Representing Massey Residents and Ratepayers

Young Mums Fitness Classes- Monday mornings

For young mums keeping fit both before and after pregnancy is a problem. The halls latest user, Yummy Mummy Fitness classes meets on Mondays at 10am and can help expectant Mums and new Mums get back in shape.

Simmone Rank offers 3 group fitness classes, through Yummy Mummy Fitness to help new Mums meet their fitness needs during and after pregnancy are catered for.

Prenatal Fitness:
Gain strength and fitness during pregnancy to prepare for labour and a speedy recovery afterwards.
The classes are suitable for women who have previously exercised and those who are planning on lifestyle changes during this critical time as they cater for all levels of fitness.

Mummy & Baby Pilates:
During pregnancy your core muscles endure enormous stresses which often leads to weakness in the core and back once baby has arrived.
Back pains and bad posture are common side effects of this. These problem areas with at a Yummy Mummy pilates based exercise class. Babies & toddlers are very welcome to come along!

Stroller Boot camp:
Another good class is the child friendly boot camp classes for mums!

If you want to get fit, strong and/or lose weight – this class is for you!

All mums are welcome, whether they have a new born, toddler or your kids are already at school!

Mums can start this class 6-8 weeks after a natural birth and 12-14 weeks after a c section.

You can even join a free trial class!

For more specific requirements and care, Yummy Mummy Fitness trainers can also be booked for 1on1 training sessions at your home or localpark.

Check out the website under Yummy Mummy Fitness, listed under hall users links.



Kung Fu Classes Thursdays 7pm to 9pm

Whatever positive goals you have, with proper trainings in our Wing Chun school you will improve your fitness level, self confidence, learn practical and effective skills that may protect you and your loved ones in unwanted situations.

You can join the class on Thursday evenings in the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall starting at 7pm.

The classes are conducted by Sifu Antony George.

Around the age of 19 Antony joined Black Dragon Jiu Jitsu and was taught by Professor Steve Heremaia for a number of years. During that time he trained extensively in throws, joint locks, wrist locks, sweeps and grappling. He left Black Dragon to travel overseas, including visiting the Shaolin Temple. When Antony settled back in New Zealand, he met Sifu Bruce Cheng, a master of Wing Chun from the Lo Man Kam lineage. Lo Man Kam’s style in particular interested him as Master Lo incorporates wrist locks and holds with his style of Wing Chun and Chi Sao.

Antony says: “I have trained with my Sifu continuously for over 10 years and hold the utmost respect for him and our lineage. I currently run the Massey school, being the first training hall to expand from the Headquarters“.

Let Them Eat Cake

The Waitakere City Cake Decorating Club hold their monthly club meeting on the second Saturday of every month between 9am and 1 pm, in our hall on the corner of Don Buck and Red Hills Roads.

You’ll find a link to their site down the left hand side of this page. The Waitakere City Cake Decorating Club is listed under hall users.

At the club’s April meeting, President Trish demonstrated how to make an interesting dish “Sushi in Icing”.

Their website lists some very nice cake recipes; the featured cake is a peach blossom cake that appeals to children and the site’s editors are quite certain a few husbands, fathers, boy friends and partners do as well.

Check out the photos featured on the clubs web page. Your eyes will open and your mouth water at cakes you can only dream of, unless you join the Waitakere City Cake Decorators.

Mind you, if you do join you’ll likely need to turn up on Friday mornings and exercise with the Fitness League or get even more adventurous and go line dancing on Tuesday nights.

Of course, there’s always Kung Fu on Thursday nights to keep the weight down while you work off the sugar rush you’ll doubtless get from scoffing all that home baking.

Freshening the Hall

For over fifty years Massey Birdwood Settlers Association has operated its own hall at the top of the hill, on the corner of Don Buck and Red Hills roads.


The association is currently undertaking a ‘freshening’; repainting the insides and refurbishing and recovering furniture and fittings, thanks to a grant from the Henderson Massey Local Board.

Recently the association installed heat pumps for both the main hall and the smaller Lions Den, an area constantly in demand by the community for smaller group meetings.

A number of Local Massey tradespeople have been used to undertake the refit of the hall, including T&K Upholstery on Royal Road, Massey Maintenance, Lewins Electrical,  Jefferies Plumbing and Western Lock Services. The heat pumps were installed by Air Conditioning Services ( one of the Directors is a local). The carpet is from Carpet and Matland in Henderson.

The Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall is home to the Waitakere City Cake Decorating Club on Saturday mornings, Massey Primary School Housie, Red Hills Kindy, the Fitness League (Friday mornings), Creative Memories (Saturdays once a month), Auckland 7th Day Adventist Church Chinese , Kung Fu (Thursdays), Massey Indoor Bowls (Wednesdays), Line Dancing Tuesdays). Shalom Celebration Church (Sunday), a Wine Club and Westside Fellowship Church (Sunday afternoons) as well as the Association itself on the last Thursday of every month.

Association Secretary John Riddell, is looking forward to increased patronage of the Hall, as a result of the freshening. The hall  used to be the home of the  Massey Library, the CAB and Barnardos  as well the Massey Community Board meetings. These were some of the many of the activities that were held in the facility in past years.

Profits from rents along with grant money is poured back into the up keep and improvement of the Hall as well as providing information for the community and assets  such as a defibrillator which is available for use by the local doctor in case of an emergency. The hall is also used by Lincoln Primary School if ever needed should a Civil emergency mean the school can not be used.

” The Association has been around since 1925, the hall since 1954, and I would like to think that both will be here in 2054, serving Massey and its residents.”, says Mr Riddell, ” continuing the legacy of the Luckens family and the Spargo’s  and the many other pioneers of the area.”

MEMORANZA Day – 19th May in the Hall

We used to know this day as National Scrapbooking Day. Some years ago Creative Memories renamed it Memoranza. This year, together with two other consultants we put on this special day for you. Come and spend the day with friends and your photos.

There will be spot prizes, raffle draws, crop talks and free give-aways. There will also be a “Make Someones Day” draw for $2 per ticket or 3 tickets for $5 – perhaps you will be the lucky one earning cash to spend on whatever product you choose!

We will have a display table so please bring any pages or albums you would like to share with others.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided.

A great goodie bag, you also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a “Best Of” paper pack valued at $37 for $18.50. This includes a sample of 2 designer sheets of 12×12 paper per power palette (including a new power palette due for release in May!), along with gorgeous shimmer cardstock. A fantastic set at 50% discount … and only available to Memoranza customers that have pre-registered.

If you are a person who loves some YOU time, this is just the BEST day out.

See you at the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall, this Saturday, 19th May, from 10am till 6pm.

Fitness League – So what are you doing 9.30am Friday Mornings?

COME & EXERCISE WITH BRENDA NEW LOW IMPACT EXERCISE CLASS is starting in the Massey Birdwood Settlers Assoc Hall, Don Buck Rd, Massey Friday morning 9.30am on the 17 February 2012. Brenda is a teacher with the ‘Fitness League’ (formally League of Health and Beauty’), founded 1930 in England by Mary Bagot Stack, revolutionising exercise at that time. Our teachers are all trained in the Bagot Stack System and attend training to ensure their knowledge on new systems is up to date. Fitness League NZ classes are inexpensive, varied, social and fun. The Bagot Stack technique teaches rhythmic movement using both contemporary and traditional music to energise, tone and strengthen the whole body. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Class time: Fridays 9.30am to 10.30am
Where: Massey & Birdwood Settlers Assoc Hall,
Don Buck Rd, Massey
Casual $9 per class
Member $7 per class

Fitness League Membership Fee: $15 per year (Membership entitles you to attend other classes & socials paying only their class fee)

Come along and introduce yourself prior to class starting or phone Brenda on 09 478 8537. Please also check our website for further information.

A friend introduced me to the Sunnynook Friday morning class in 2000. Working at a desk since leaving school my body needed some help, but it didn’t take long after starting with FLNZ to see improvements. I enjoyed my class so much I found a second class held at night in Murrays Bay. In 2005 and 2010 joined the teams at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On returning I joined the teacher training course and now have started the class at Massey.

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