Dry Dock Breakfast Club [Monthly]

Hi, my name is Sheldon Nesdale and I run the “Dry Dock Breakfast Club”.

Have you heard about us? We got started in 2011.

We meet on the first Friday of every month at 7.30am at the Dry Dock Cafe, Wharf St, Tauranga (for about an hour).

 Why should you join us?

  1. You get to hang out with like minded individuals who love Tauranga as much as you do
  2. We care about the successes you’ve had recently and we’ll help you celebrate them
  3. We care about what you might be frustrated with or disappointed with, we’ll help you brainstorm solutions or just commiserate with you
  4. We care about your future, your dreams, goals, and plans, and want to help you achieve them
  5. We like to have a laugh. How many mornings do you start with laughter? Not enough.

Sound good?

If you’d like to come, RSVP to me: 021 128 5046.


During the week, we hang out on:

  1. Facebook.com/groups/DryDockBreakfastClub/
    • (You’ll need to attend at least once before I’ll add you to this group)
  2. Meetup.com/Dry-Dock-Breakfast-Club/

If you’d like monthly txt reminders, txt your name to 021 128 5046.

Meeting Format

We are outside whenever possible because the acoustics are better. Here’s the format:

  • 7.30am: Order a coffee or breakfast from Sandra and her team. Take a seat beside someone new and get talking
  • 8.00am: I make a quick announcement about our sponsor Basestation Co-working space (who pay for our MeetUp.com subscription)
  • 8.05am: Everyone has 2 or 3 minutes to tell us one of 3 things:
    • Something that’s happened recently that they are proud of (we’ll help you celebrate!)
    • Something that’s happened recently that has disappointed you or upset you (we’ll brainstorm solutions with you or just commiserate with you and offer a hug!)
    • Or tell us about your future, your dreams, goals and ambitions (we’ll have the connections you need to help turns those dreams into a reality!)
  • 9.00am: Meeting Closed. But some of us hang around until 9.30am.


Dan Necklen and Rory Birkbeck invited me to come along in September 2011. They had recently moved back to Tauranga from Hamilton where they had run a similar group there. At the time, it was weekly. Within a few weeks they invited me to take over running it.

In July 2014 after almost 3 years of running it weekly, I had to switch it to monthly as my 3rd son had just been born and I was needed at home in the mornings much more.

We have been meeting on the 1st Friday of every month ever since.

These days one third of us run our our businesses from home or from co-working spaces, one third are employees, and one-third of us a fresh in from Auckland looking to make new connections.

If you, or someone you know fits into one of these categories, send them my way 🙂


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