In early 2013, our founding members John Smith, Max Frost, Claire Patterson, Fred Horst and Mimi Tuhaka, decided to set up a new bridge club to encourage people on the North Shore to learn and play bridge.
This initial group of committed bridge players, then established the foundation of the club by setting up the Club Committee, Club Rules and Constitution and soon after, Newbies Bridge Club, became an incorporated society.
The biggest obstacle the new committee faced was acquiring a home for the new club. In November 2013 a solution was suggested by a local resident, Reg Smith, that the club lease the old Takapuna Workingmen’s Club buildings. The Workingmen’s Club was dissolved in 2012.
A number of working bees with tradies and Newbies Bridge Club members were undertaken to renovate the existing club rooms to make them a comfortable place to learn and play bridge.
On 1 April 2015, Newbies Bridge Club was officially opened by the Mayor of Auckland and the first games of bridge were played.