Twenty-one reasons for a club to become a Rebus affiliate


 The steps taken by 273 Clubs to leave Australian control and align with a new Kiwi-run organization, seemed to be a great opportunity to finally achieve the long sought-after independence for NZ Clubs – first attempted in 2004. (Some of these Clubs were established in this country long before Australia followed suit). But how did it turn out? What went amiss with the successor to the very successful original Steering Group, causing some Clubs to seek a viable local alternative or even consider returning to Australian control?

Rebus NZ Inc was established in December 2015 when it saw that much of the Steering Group’s hard work was in danger of being lost by governance difficulties within Probus NZ Inc (the Steering Group’s successor). Especially critical was the loss of use of the Probus name in circumstances which will be debated long into the future. REBUS  has offered Clubs a simpler accreditation structure and has enjoyed increasing success with some 55 Clubs now becoming affiliates and with more under consideration.

We believe that the following reasons have contributed to Rebus’s results to date:-

  • Initial Rebus Committee composed of Life members, Past Presidents and senior members of the Probus Club of Hibiscus Coast (later to become a Rebus Club):

  • Selection of a distinctive name – not dissimilar to Probus:

  • Rebus NZ Incorporated became an incorporated Society on 7th December 2015 with Constitution (Rules) approved by the Registrar.

  • REBUS name successfully trademarked in NZ and logo designed:

  • Mission Statement “Steering a safe Course through our Retirement Years” adopted:

  • Establishment of an easily accessible website - containing extensive information and down-loadable documentation. (No password needed)

  • Design and production of quality Rebus-themed regalia and affordable pricing:

  • General Liability Insurance cover of $10m protecting affiliated Clubs against any claim made on them by a third party suffering property damage as the result of a Club or a Club member’s negligence:

  • Access to travel insurance for “Seniors” containing unlimited medical expenses, which has been negotiated for members of affiliated Clubs with greater flexibility in coverage of pre-existing health conditions:

  • Strong emphasis on Rebus acting strictly as a Service Centre – providing a non-intrusive relationship and taking no income from sales of Regalia or travel insurance:

  • Experienced Governance - the Rebus Board benefits from three members of the original Steering Committee joining the Board, following their resignation from Probus NZ Inc. (one of these, the Rebus Chairman served on the Steering Committee as its Administrator);

  • Regular production of Newsletters (including Rebus Chronicles and monthly Rebus Club News):

  • Dedication to maintaining 24/7 response to Club communications – email or phone:

  • All undertakings to affiliated Clubs as outlined in the Rebus pledge, fully met:

  • Affiliation fees set at a rate reflecting a Service Centre structure with lower overheads:

  • Democracy assured with Presidents of affiliated Clubs becoming members of the Society with the right to attend and vote at Special or Annual General meetings:

  • Transparency in prompt disclosure of Financial reports. (10 days after balance date) Modest income surplus in the first and second years ended 31 December 2016 and 31 December 2017 of $1400.60 and $2093.24 respectively. Assets at 31 December 2017 total $3493.84:

  • Stability in Board Officers with three additional members during 2016/8 from new Rebus Clubs, allowing two members from the Rebus Club of Hibiscus Coast to progressively retire as planned.

  • All male initial Board now reduced to 5 men and 3 Ladies better reflecting the gender balance within the membership of Rebus Clubs.

  • Deputy Chairman appointed to ensure succession planning for future safety of the organization.

  • Rebus NZ Inc has been successful in stemming the flow back to Australia with almost 55 Clubs having decided to become Rebus affiliates. More have the issue under consideration – if not for this year, then for the next affiliation period 2019/20.

  •  REBUS name trademarked for potential use in Australia, on 15 March 2018



How does Rebus NZ Inc which styles itself as a “Service Centre”, differ from other organizations offering accreditation?

  • No costly regional structures through which Clubs must communicate:

  • Clubs have direct access to the Chairman and Secretary by well-posted phone and email addresses:

  • Presidents of Clubs automatically become members of Rebus and can attend and vote at meetings:

  • Rebus acts in an advisory capacity only – as and when invited:

  • Because of its structure and objectives, Rebus operates a modest budget to ensure that promised services are delivered in a cost-effective manner:

  • As in the UK, where there are in excess of 2000 Probus Clubs, absolute autonomy is achieved after Clubs adopt and adhere to a Standard Constitution which enshrines long established principles.

How does a Club find out more about what Rebus can offer?

Simply call 09 424 7115, 09 424 7759 or email and ask if it is possible for a personal visit to be made to your Club to speak either to your Committee or the full membership. During the last 30 months, The Chairman, Secretary and Board members have visited several such Clubs and are happy to consider additional meetings where practicable.


P.O. Box 541
Whangaparaoa 0943

Phone 09 424 7115

Mob 027 4739 787

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