Auckland Branch AGM and Casino Night 30/3/17

John Bennett – 2017 Auckland Branch Life Membership Award

This year’s Auckland Branch AGM and Casino night was held at “The Original” Bar and Restaurant in the Viaduct Harbour on the 30th of March.

The AGM was attended by approximately 30 people, and chaired by the Auckland Branch President John Bennett.

The AGM saw an election of Committee Members to serve on the Auckland Branch for the upcoming year. This saw the retention of Eddie Devine, Chris Walton, Mark Mischefski, Steve Morrison, and Charlotte Winwood. Along with new official members Larissa Michelsen, Sanjay Patel, and Anna Zhan. Congratulations to them, and the retirement of Rachel Barker for the years of service she has put into the Auckland Branch since 2009.

John BAt the conclusion of the formalities to the AGM, for the sixth time in history an Auckland Branch Life Membership Awarded was being awarded to a PNZ member in the Auckland Region.

The recipient - Who was taken by great surprise was our current sitting President John Bennett.

John joined the Auckland Branch Committee soon after his employment at the Speciality PVC Compounding Company Chemvin Plastics back in 2003 as their Operations Manager. “The story goes that he was introduced as Mr Bean – but not as funny on his first day at work”.

John is the first person to be the Auckland Branch President twice. His first term covered 2006-2008 where he hosted the National Conference in Paihia in 2008. During this time he has put a lot of effort in thinking up ideas, and organising both social and technical events for the benefit of both local and national PNZ members. John also joined the PNZ National Executive Committee in 2006, and is still an active member .


John is a “Clubman” – by which he is a regular attending member that participates greatly in the clubs he joins. These include the Porsche Club, and a local Gun Club outside of the Plastics Industry. Apart from most PNZ Auckland Branch events you will find John at the Annual National Conference.

John is the worthy recipient of the Auckland Branch Life Membership Award, for the many hours of work dedicated to improve PNZ, and the continual support of both the Auckland Branch and the Plastics industry.

The rest of the evening was enjoyed by all playing the Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette tables with their millions. The other winner “Best Gambler on the night” was Eddie the son of an Irishman, who won the title on the last spin of the wheel.

South Island Branch AGM & Dinner
Andrew Stewart 2017 South Island Branch Life Membership Award

The South Island Branch also had a very successful AGM Dinner at the Dux Central in Christchurch. It was attended by around 30 members including seven from National Executive who remained in Christchurch following their meeting earlier in the day. 

The AGM saw the election of a new South Island committee under the stewardship of a newly elected President Brian Moyna from EPL. The Branch Senior Vice President is Adam Lowe from Kaipak Ltd the Junior Vice President Terry Hockley from Ixom. Returning committee members include Sheryn Carter from Clariant, Adam Brook from Action Plastics, Mark Field from EPL, Stephen O’Neill fromTalbot Technologies Ltd and Peter Topham from RX Plastics. 

Andrew StewartA highlight of the evening festivities was the presentation of a South Island Branch life membership to retiring President Andrew Stewart from General Cable.

Andrew has worked for over for thirty years in the cable industry in Christchurch holding a variety of operational roles including the management of laboratory and testing facilities, quality and environmental  compliance, health and safety and approval of raw material supplies. He is also a Lean Green belt actively involved in multiple productivity and quality improvement  and cost saving activities on site.

He was first elected to the South Island Branch Committee in 2003 and as President in 2015/16. Andrew is hugely regarded for his wise counsel, great organisational skills and willingness to get things done. This was no better demonstrated then by his leadership of the South Island Branch Conference Sub- Committee which had oversight of our very successful 2107 Conference in Nelson. 

With the imminent closure of General Cable, Andrew has retired and will take up one of his great passions being travelling. This will include walking the Camineo de Santiago- a 700+ km walk across northern Spain. He is also looking forward to exploring New Zealand in his campervan.

Congratulations and many thanks for your contribution to Plastics New Zealand Andrew, and we will enjoy hearing your stories on your return from overseas  =

During the remainder of the evening attendees celebrated with Andrew, caught up on happenings in the industry and within PNZ and generally enjoyed each other’s company