A Gathering of the People of Waipori – 26th and 27th March, Easter, 2016

and informal Meet & Greet on the 25th at Gabriel’s Cafe 6pm onwardsCanton Quartz Battery


The Waipori Reunion is happening in Lawrence, and Waipori, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th 2016.

That is Easter Weekend and these dates were picked to enable people to travel comfortably.

An informal Meet and Greet will be held on the Friday evening  at Gabriel’s Cafe and Bar from 6pm for those already in the area.

The main venue will the Simpson Park Stadium in Lawrence and we start Registrations from 10am and open formally at 1130am on Saturday morning.

The stadium will serve as our central point for displays.  We invite people to bring their memorabilia of Waipori, and the people associated. Photographs and stories bring these people back to us. There will be an evening meal.

SATURDAY EVENING MEAL – $50 for 3 course meal, starters, main and dessert.  Drinks available to purchase at venue and our own Waipori wines will be available.

On Sunday

To honour our ancestors and the townspeople we will have a short memorial service in the cemetery and unveil the graves that are being restored. We will be about an hour here depending on the weather, some may wish to stay longer and to cover this we have a 2 hour lunch break at the Waipori Station shearing shed.

Some gold panning is a must for the young, or young at heart, to give the opportunity of re-living a little of our ancestors’ experience.  To keep this safe we ask that parents are with their children, and we have created  a route handy to the cemetery where some special sands might be worth checking for colour (GOLD!)  Volunteers will assist and show children what to do.

Lunch at Waipori Station shearing shed

Social time with light fare and drinks provided by The Lee Stream Hall Committee

Soup and Roll for $10, and Devonshire Tea/Coffee for purchase as a fundraiser.  Cash only (no eftpos).

Packed lunches are also available to pre-order at the Wild Walnut Cafe in Lawrence.

The weather will be very much a part of our trip and is not negotiable.  Unless it is a howler with sleet or worse the trip will go ahead –  and we will just have to live with it  – just like our ancestors did.

4WD at 2pm. We will be undertaking a 4WD trip to the top of the lake visiting some particular sites. Private 4WD transport will be available for some of those who do not have vehicles, or want to relax and let someone else take the responsibility.  We meet at the crossroads for Waipori Station and we all travel together in convoy for safety and to meet the Station Managers wishes.

Sunday Bus trip (return) – $10 for those booked  

Registration, and Meal and Bus are now payable via our account Waipori Reunion” Kiwi Bank Account, 389017 0019665 00

Registration costs $30 for each adult and $50 for a family of two adults and up to three children (under 14).  Our registration fee enables us to reach out to other Waipori people via the media and pay event expenses.  Registration includes the official opening at 11am on Saturday and displays and activities at Waipori on Sunday, but does not include Saturday’s dinner nor the Sunday bus trip from Lawrence to Waipori (return!).



Registration can be filled in below from this site. Once you have registered please make your payment online to the

“Waipori Reunion” Kiwi Bank Account, 389017 0019665 00.

Entire amount for Registration, Meal and Bus is $90, without bus $80

On your bank payment form please indicate your NAME and place an R (for Registration) M (for Meal) or B (for bus) or D (for donation).

So, as an example, if you are doing everything your code would read ‘Your Name’,  then in the next box, RMBD

Standard RMB (Registration, Meal and Bus without donation) or

RM (Registration and Meal)

Donations, to help with running costs, are gratefully accepted.


If not online banking

Cheques and Personal info including names, numbers, and contact information may be sent to: 

Waipori Reunion

c/o Kerry Driscoll

12 Joyce Crescent


Christchurch 8041




Waipori Reunion Waiver and safety reminder.

 I understand that the Waipori Reunion activities include an element of risk.

My decision to participate in this event indemnifies the organisers of the reunion of all liability in the event of accident, injury or misadventure of any kind. I am aware that photographs will being taken during this event which may be shared in a public domain and I will notify organisers if I do not wish to be part of this.

For those driving, we will be endeavouring to ensure your weekend is a safe and happy one, and expect you to drive responsibly.   Please keep in mind that the road to Waipori is a narrow one and two way traffic likely.  There will be signage to let drivers know the road will be busier than normal

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