Category: News

MTSC 2024 Calendars Now on Sale

The 2024 MTSC calendar features winning photographs from this year’s photo competition; A4 printed on both sides in colour, saddle stitched and hole-punched for hanging.

If you would like to purchase a calendar(s) contact the
Beechleaves Newsletter Editor at <>
or other Committee members.

Interclub Photo Competition

The winning entries from the MTSC, PNTMC and MUAC club photo competitions will compete in the annual Interclub Photo Competition, hosted this year by Massey University Alpine Club. 

Come along for a night of excellent photography from your fellow outdoors enthusiasts.  All welcome.


Paint The Lodge – Work Parties

This Summer’s work plan is to repaint the exterior of the lodge and do some internal touch ups.

Accommodation for each weekend will be free for helpers and transport may be available from various centres.  We need all levels of help from painters to cleaner-uppers to cooks.

Work parties will only proceed if there is a reasonable weather forecast, so please register your interest as soon as you are able and we will contact you directly with updates.

Most equipment will be provided by the club but do bring the usual lodge requirements as well as painting clothes, electric sanders, power leads and your favourite paint brush.

Contact John Lyttle (Lodge Manager) to register or if you have any questions.

Email or text 027 433 6307

Scheduled dates are:

  • 15-17 December 2023
  • 26-28 January 2024
  • 9-11 February 2024
  • 8-10 March 2024


Weekend Social Get Together at the MTSC Lodge

Come along to our Potluck Dinner and social weekend on 4-5 November 2023 and bring your partner / significant other if you would like. There will be optional tramps on Saturday and Sunday or just relax and enjoy the lodge. Important – This is limited to 32 people (Lodge capacity) so please respond asap if you keen. 🙂

Please include in your reply email the names of those joining us. 

Open to all club members with transport by the club van and private vehicles.

There will be a bed for everyone in the lodge’s shared rooms. Choose your bed as you arrive (we will not be allocating beds). Cost: $50 per person per night plus the cost of transport based on mileage (likely to be about $50).

Food/Drink: Bring per family (to share for dinner)

– a dessert or snack/starter plus a main dish (meat or veg).

Also bring what you would like to drink, bread (if you would like it for lunch/breakfast) and any special food/drink you would like. The pantry and freezer are well stocked at the lodge so most things will already be there for all other meals.



MTSC Photo Competition 2023 – Results

The results from the MTSC Photo Competition 2023 are available here.

Winning entries will be entered into the Interclub Photo Competition, scheduled to be held on 2 October 2023 and hosted by Massey University Alpine Club. 

Club nights now starting at 7:00 pm

Club nights will start at 7:00 pm, as from 1 August 2023.  The location remains unchanged, and meetings will continue to be held at the Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50  Park Road, Palmerston North (next to the Lido Aquatic Centre) unless otherwise noted.  Please update your calendar accordingly.

New Committee

Congratulations to the incoming committee for 2023-24. We welcome Linda Campbell as secretary, Anne Jolly as membership secretary, and John Salisbury and Rob Pringle to the general committee. A big “thank you” to Sue Nicholson, Richard Lander and Peter Rawlins who are taking a break from committee work. Nicki Fielder is our social convenor.

For a list of the new committee and appointments, please see the Contacts page

Download the AGM 2023 booklet here.

Lodge Work Parties – 2023

The lodge toilet renovation is now complete.

The next workparty will be the Lodge Food Carry, currently scheduled for the weekend of 30 June – 2 July 2023.



Subscriptions were due by 30 April, and invoices and reminders have been sent out. If you did not receive yours, then please check your email “junk” or “spam” folders and contact the Membership Secretary ASAP.

Paid-up members of MTSC will receive their latest FMC “Backcountry” bulletin and discount card in mid-late June. The FMC card gives discounts on travel services (including annual DoC hut passes), equipment, publications and other services, from a long list of suppliers.

If you no longer wish to be a member of MTSC then please drop an email to the Membership Secretary.

Photo Competition

It’s time to look through your photos ready for this year’s competition. The best 3 images in each category
will be chosen by an independent judging panel and the best image in each category will be chosen by
popular vote on the night. Categories will include:

o Alpine scenery with no people or man-made objects
o Alpine scenery including people or man-made objects
o Bush/lowland/subalpine and no people or man-made objects
o Bush/lowland/subalpine with a human element
o Historic Photographs (Before 1 January 2020)
o New Zealand native flora & fauna
o Long exposure

There will be a prize for every photographer who enters an image as well as prizes for the best image in each
category and the best image overall. The competition rules are on the club website. Entries need to be in
by Friday 21st July.

Note: Voting for your favourite image will be electronic so please bring along a smart device with a QR code reader “on”.

Click here for more details.