Hibiscus Coast Rock'n'Roll Club was formed in 1998 in Orewa.
Interest was mustered up by an advertisement in the local paper.
A meeting was held at the Orewa North Primary School Hall on the 2nd Feb 1998. 18 people attended and a steering committee was set up. They called themselves the Orewa Rock'n'Roll Club.
Around twelve loyal members turned up each Tuesday evening at 'Muldoon's Bar', and then the 'Orewa Surf Club' and then onto the Lions Hall in Whangaparaoa (all in the first year of operation).
The membership rose to 34 members and a bigger venue was required and we moved next door to our present hall at the Whangaparaoa Citizens and Ratepayers Hall and have been there ever since.
We now boast around 150 members and most Tuesday nights around 80 of these members turn up to dance and have fun. The club receives good support from other Rock ‘n’ Roll Clubs in New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Credit for the club getting off the ground and putting us on the map goes to the original foundation members Harold Thomas, Jacqui Hall, Robert Harris, Bev and George Russell, Vicki White, Chris and Heather Lewis.
Credit for keeping us on the map must go to Jim Grassick as well as the support he was given by Noelene Mack. Jim and Noelene together shared the leadership role of the club for over 18 Years!
The club is now 23 years old and still going strong under the leadership of Leslie Green.
Harold Thomas could see that Hibiscus Coast Rockers had nowhere to Rock'n'Roll and placed the advertisement in the local paper.
First meeting of people interested in forming a Rock ‘n’ Roll club was held at the Orewa North Primary School Hall.
A steering committee was set up lead by Chris Lewis.
Regular Tuesday night events began at Muldoon’s Bar in Orewa.
Lessons were offered. They were taught by Martina Mahy and assisted by Heather Blackburn of the Westside Rock’n’Roll club.
The Regular Tuesday night events moved to the Orewa Surf Club.
First Hop held. It was at the Dairy Flat Hall and over 160 people attended mostly from other supporting clubs.
First newsletter printed.
First AGM was held at the Orewa Surf Club.
The Regular Tuesday night events moved to the Lions Club at Whangaparaoa.
Erin Syms took on the task of music co-originator. Digitising Rock’n’Roll music onto a computer. A task that took many years of refinement.
Became a Registered Incorporated Society.
The Regular Tuesday night events moved to the Whangaparaoa Citizens and Ratepayers Hall.
Heather Blackburn took over the teaching role, assisted by Noelene Mack.
Noelene Mack took over the teaching role.
The club Website was published. Thomas Mischler was the creator and continued to maintain the website content for the next 10 years.
Began a Facebook presence.
The printed Newsletter was discontinued.
Leslie Green started teaching the beginner's class.
Noelene Mack continued to teach the Intermediate classes.
If you have any questions about the club. Please feel free to email us or talk to us on club nights. Further contact details are available here.