Supporting Education

Supporting Education during a Pandemic and Beyond
Liz Courtney
Rotary Clubs and Districts have been using Rotary Foundation global grants for years to work with our partners to expand access to learning, because we know education can be a pathway out of poverty.
Many projects address the complex components that go into educating children. The COVID-19 pandemic, with school closures, loss of jobs, and physical distancing, has made it more difficult to achieve the United Nations goal of universal access to education for children.
But there are steps you can take to make sure your grant project leads to sustainable outcomes and has the desired impact.
Learn more here.
Supporting Education Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle

Trailer Raffle 2020
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
The Trailer Raffle is heading for the finishing post.   It is a lot more fun with two people and we apprecite your ongoing help to fill in the roster here.   
And if you are feeling really game, maybe try what Rob Nicol has had some great success with. He has sold 40 books so far via an email to his Contacts without leaving the house which reads as follows:
Yes,the Rotary Club of Papanui has organized another trailer raffle. Following the successful years and helping so many worthwhile causes we are this year sharing the profits with Ronald McDonald House and our own Children in Need Trust. Both very worthwhile charities. 
Tickets are 1 for $5 or a book of 5 tickets for $20.
Purchase online by paying into my account #(add here).
No money? No ticket? No problem!  A photo of your purchase will be sent online. 
Looking forward to seeing your name on my bank statement. 
Many thanks for your ongoing support with this signature project that has served our community well over recent years.
Trailer Raffle Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0


Bowls Night this Thursday 26th November
Arrangements have been made for all meal and bowls hire payments to be made at the bowling club bar where an EftPOS machine is available.  A cash bar will also be in operation.
Xmas Puddings
Please get your final orders in this week for the Xmas Puddings.  These are 700g which at $20 each is great value with $5 going back to the Club.
If you aren’t going to the Club event this Thursday please contact Gordon with your order via (027) 471 5241 or email it to him at
Ladies Christmas Breakfast Sat Dec 5th 
All Rotary ladies are warmly welcome to come and enjoy great fun and delicious food at Lois’s house 20 Mistral Road, Northwood at 9:30 am on Saturday December the 5th.
Our lovely Christmas Elves will be cooking so you are guaranteed great service and food!  Remember to bring a $5 gift for Secret Santa. 
Please reply to Lois by text or phone to 021 735 404 or email her at by Wednesday Dec 2nd. 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
The President’s Blurb
I enjoyed last Thursday nights screening of the video of New Zealand and the South Pacific projects. It was great to see a couple of Papanui Rotary projects in the mix.
I would also like to thank Jim Hudson for continuing to keep Rotary Foundation in our minds. It is Foundation month and we could do our bit by becoming Centurion members. It cost $100 and it qualifies for a charitable donation rebate so you get part of your donation back by way of tax refund.
Arie as District Club Development Chair briefed us on a number of membership projects on the go. Opportunities for membership are always there and the trailer raffle is a case in point. This year we have had 4 queries about Rotary so far. 
On Monday Arie and I, Liz, Denis and Mandi joined a group of students from Ara Institute School of Broadcasting down at the Chch Bowls Club. The students were putting together  a video of the students interacting with Rotary club members while playing a game of bowls.
It is an initiative led by Liz who has been working with the broadcasting school for some time. They were a great bunch of students and we had a lot of fun. 
Don't forget to keep checking the trailer raffle rosters to see if you can help. When I checked in the weekend there were a few gaps.  See you all on Thursday
Food for Thought
“It is worth remembering that when we are pointing the finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing back at us.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0


Rotary Leader Nov 2020
Helping Club and District Leaders achieve Success
Posted by Liz
Leadership Development available from Toastmasters
As part of our alliance with Toastmasters International, we’re offering a series of leadership and communication courses to Rotary and Rotaract members.
The first two courses, now available in multiple languages in the Learning Centre, discuss fundamental leadership skills like motivation, integrity, and team inclusiveness.
You’ll also discover how ethics, decision making, goal setting, and delegating help you develop the skills necessary to lead a team effectively.
Watch this video to learn how to find the courses in the Learning Centre and how to get the most out of them.
Toastmasters Liz Courtney 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

EftPOS Unavailable

No EftPOS Machine on November 19th
A reminder that there will be no EftPOS machine at our meeting this week on the 19th of November as it will be at the trailer raffle.
You will be able to pay with cash or otherwise you will need to deposit the cost for your meal via internet banking into Papanui Rotary Inc. Account 03 1355 0892268 00.
EftPOS Unavailable Deryn Tregurtha 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle Update

Trailer Raffle 2020
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
The Trailer Raffle is now into the second week. We need help to fill this week's roster, please. There are a few gaps in the week, but we particularly need people to help on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
You can find the roster here.  Any time you want to check it out just bring up this link, or refresh it on your computer to get the latest version. You can also view it on your phone or ipad with the Google Sheets app. At the bottom of the page (or top, on some phones)  you can view weeks 3 and 4.
Please contact Lois or Deryn to put your name on the roster or to ask for help if you have any problems viewing the roster.
Thanks for your help to turn the yellow to white!
Trailer Raffle Update Deryn Tregurtha 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0


A reminder to come and enjoy our Bowls Night on 26th November. This is a Partners Night where we are being hosted at the Morrison Avenue Bowling club on Thursday 26th November.
Come and have a go! Bowls are available for hire at a cost of $5 per person and helpful advice and tuition is available.
There will be people on hand from 5:30 pm to assist with coaching etc.  Bowling will start at 6.00 pm and will be followed by a delicious buffet meal at 7.00 pm. The meal cost is $25 per head. A cash bar will operate during the evening.
Don’t forget to wear an item of tartan or other Scottish attire to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
Please contact Tony Tizzard on (021) 664 801 or email him at by Thursday the 19th November to register for this event.
Come and join us from 10.00 am on Friday 20th November for fine coffee, good conversation and a fun time at Reality Bites Cafe, Sawyers Arms Road.
Everyone welcome. 
The President’s Blurb
It was good to have another committee meeting last week. The committees are doing good work so don't put in your apologies. Be part of making things happen. 
We are into the silly season and our trailer raffle is underway again. I see many of our members are getting involved and thank you for that. 
There are a lot of membership initiatives underway at present, many of them involving younger people who things differently to ourselves. I have asked District Club Development chair Arie to brief us on Thursday about these initiatives.
Food for Thought
“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0


No EftPOS Machine on November 19th
Please note that there will be no EftPOS machine at our meeting on the 19th of November as it will be at the trailer raffle.
You will be able to pay with cash or otherwise you will need to deposit the cost for your meal via internet banking into Papanui Rotary Inc. Account 03 1355 0892268 00.
EftPOS Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Community Awards

Community Awards Night
We had a great turnout for our annual Community Awards Night last week with Lois welcoming us by noting that serving our community and acknowledging those who do this is a significant part of what Rotary is about.
This year we acknowledged four women from a diverse variety of areas as our award recipients as follows:
Dorothy Andrew
Dorothy was recognised for her support and organisational efforts for Aged Concern. 
She initially responded to an advert to assist taking the elderly by bus on morning tea trips and it grew from there. 
“We currently can take two busloads each morning”, smiled Dorothy, “which includes organising entertainment which attendees thoroughly enjoy.” 
The Harewood Road church is often the location of choice where Dorothy is also the verger.
Linda Cowan
Linda was also recognised for her involvement with Aged Concern which also includes supporting the hosting of morning teas.  She also is actively involved in helping facilitate conversations at these events.
In addition, Linda acts as an accredited ”dog sitter” and visits clients with her own dog Lewis where he is well received.
Coming from a background in education, she also helps with reading activities at a local primary school plus organises morning tea for teachers at the local High School.  M
“I like to go that extra mile across a range of areas” shared Linda.
Stephanie Cowan
Stephanie works tirelessly in the sudden death syndrome area and is a director with “Change our Children”. 
She often presents to public gatherings and both local and international levels and has also designed an intervention programme on promoting smoke free pregnancy with a particular focus on Maori and Pacifica audiences.
An additional programme she supports is sharing a “safe sleeping” guide for parents who choose to often have their children in their beds,
“Since 1987 we have seen a reduction in infant deaths in this area from 4.3 to 0.7 per thousand” shared Stephanie which as a great result.
Jodi Wareing
Jodi joined Lois’ law firm in 2016 as she impressed the team despite having no legal experience. 
At the same time her husband was diagnosed with cancer and. despite the challenges this came with and her eventual loss, learnt the role quickly and became a highly efficient and valued member of the team.
When Lois took over managing the local schools Speech Contest, Jodi quickly came on board and became highly efficient in managing the complex organisational aspects of this large event over many years. 
In concluding, Jodi advised us to “never regret a day in your life”.
We gave a round of applause to our four recipients on this year’s Community Awards and wished them well for the future.
Community Awards Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0


Come and enjoy our Bowls Night on 26th November. This is a Partners Night where we are being hosted at the Morrison Avenue Bowling club on Thursday 26th November.
Come and have a go! Bowls are available for hire at a cost of $5 per person and helpful advice and tuition is available.
Bowling will start at 6.00 pm and this will be followed by a delicious buffet meal at 7.00 pm. The meal cost is $25 per head. A cash bar will operate during the evening.
Don’t forget to wear an item of tartan or other Scottish attire to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
Please contact Tony Tizzard on (021) 664 801 or email him at by Thursday the 19th November to register for this event.
Papanui Bush
A reminder that weeding at Papanui Bush is every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 9.30 am.  We look forward to a morning tea on Tuesday the 10th at 9:30 and to then continue onwards and upwards with spring maintenance.
A Reminder …
Ladies Christmas Breakfast 2020 … save the date … Saturday 5th December at Lois’s house in Northwood.  Mark your diary for a morning of fun, food and festivities!
The President’s Blurb
I enjoyed the Community Awards night last Thursday. Thank you to Lois and her team for organising the evening. They were a very deserving set of awardees. I was also encouraged by the number of people present on the evening.
The trailer raffle is off to a good start at Northlands. Thank you to those who are volunteering to do shifts at the the mall. Please keep an eye on the trailer roster as it will require all of us to pitch in to get all the tickets sold.
This week we have our committee night. This year holding the committee nights the way we do is proving successful with good attendance, good discussion and lots of ideas. 
In the first week of December we hope to do another Rotary Can Appeal. This time we are doing the can appeal for City Mission who we have already been in touch with. Flyers will be available soon. 
Food for Thought
“To handle yourself, use your head but o handle others, use your heart.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Milk Bank Trust

Rotary Community Breast
Milk Bank Charitable Trust
The Gift of Liquid Gold
Last Thursday night a small group of us visited the RCBMB (Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank) where midwife and Chair of the Milk Bank, Rotarian Yvonne Hiskemuller, gave a very informative talk while enjoying a glass of wine and a delicious array of finger food.
The RCBMB was initiated by Yvonne 5 years ago when then District Governor Liz Courtney, asked clubs in our District to look for projects that were centred on the Rotary International Maternal and Child Area of Focus.
It was begun by a dedicated group of Rotarians with the support of Lactation specialists and Midwives in Canterbury to help mothers supplement their efforts with milk donated by other women.  This group of women took up the challenge and formed the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Trust.
The aim of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank is to provide easily accessible, short term donor breast milk to mothers while they establish their own milk supply. The donated breast milk is frozen, pasteurised, checked and given to parents and caregivers free of charge.
It took almost 4 years of negotiating with the Canterbury Health Board and the Neo Natal group to finally be taken under the wing of St. George’s Hospital support. This is the first free community Breast Milk Bank in New Zealand offering breast milk to new-born babies up to 6 weeks to help mothers establish a good milk supply.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health recommends babies ideally are exclusively breast fed until aged six months.  Breast milk is full of antibodies which help to develop a baby's immune system making it such a special commodity.  Breast might be best for babies, but getting feeding underway can be a struggle.
Previously, the only babies in the country with access to a pasteurised milk bank service were premature or sick babies at Christchurch Hospital's neo-natal unit. The Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank extends that service. To date we have provided 360 babies with 300 litres of Breast Milk from 63 Donors since 2018.
The Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank opened in July 2018 and was given a room at St. George’s to work from.  Specialised temperature controlled freezers, computers, donor kits and furniture were all supplied and sponsored by four Rotary clubs, Christchurch Garden City, Papanui, Riccarton and Christchurch Rotary clubs who gave funds to begin this free service.
A large fundraising dinner and auction began the $ 30,000 required to set up the initial first year of running costs with a concert, specially printed tea towels and quiz nights following on. 
It is completely staffed by over 20 volunteers many are Rotarians, nurses and retired midwives.
What do we Need and Why?
The Milk Bank is situated at St. George’s Hospital and with their support, and an anonymous donor, they recently provided a pasteuriser for the Milk Bank which means that donated milk can be sterilised immediately. Previously, all the donated milk was pasteurised through the Neo Natal Unit run by the CDHB.
This has reduced our running costs but has increased our volunteer time. We are now looking to raise funds to staff the pasteurising of the donor milk and to extend our reach to encompass a wider geographical group in the community.
How can you Help Us?
The Trustees of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank now include a number of Medical and Scientific based Specialists who give their time free of charge to assist us with growing this free service.
Rotary would like to grow this free service throughout the country but can only do this with public and corporate support. It costs us approximately $ 25,000 pa to run this service to meet the growing need for mothers and babies who want to breast feed.
For more information on the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust visit their Facebook page or their Give a Little page.
Milk Bank Trust Liz Courtney 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

St James Park Halloween

Halloween at St James Park
In partnership with Ray White Real Estate, this event took place in St. James Park last Friday 30th October from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Set up began at 2.30 with a group of willing Rotarian workers putting up the Gazebo and assembling the 5 Scavenger Hunt stations.
Before it opened we had people queuing at the gate and with the smell of the BBQ on a wonderful balmy evening wafting through the air over 420 children and families raced around the park pencils and paper in hand to claim their bag of sweets.
Many of the families had costumes, faces painted and all the Halloween accessories to conjure up the scariness of Halloween. It was a very colourful event and we received many positive comments from families who were appreciative of having a safe and fun event to attend.
Working alongside the Ray White team makes this a winning combination as they enable Rotary to have greater exposure when advertising on their social media site and we collaborate very well bagging up sweets, setting up the stations and sharing the publicity.
A big thank you to the team of helpers who made it so much easier to bring some good old fashioned fun to the families in Papanui.
St James Park Halloween Liz Courtney 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0


Mitre10 BBQ raises funds for Special Needs Camp
Thanks to some Club members giving up their holiday hours on the Sunday of Labour weekend we were able to generate a $590 profit to go towards the Papanui High School Kimi Ora Special Needs Camp which runs over 3 days.
Some events we support make a real difference to the young people we are trying to help. The Kimi Ora students have a chance to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature with some innovative fun activities.
The Year 12 students who accompany them learn about spending significant amounts of time with students less fortunate than themselves. It is a real bonding experience for all and exposes students to parts of life you don’t see every day in the classroom.
The Rotary BBQ is also a bonding exercise for those who participate. There is another one on December 13th so we look forward to seeing some new faces.
Hanmer Halloween Event
A small keen team or Rotarians and partners went up to support the Hanmer Halloween event at the end of the week with crowd control and the BBQ.  Similar to last year their Grotto was one of the biggest hits with the kids.
Liz’s daughter taking her 1st ever shot
As noted below by Janice, our club hosted the District Target Shooting Tournament down at the Bangor Street clubrooms of the Chch Target Shooting Assn last Tuesday evening.
A great time was had by all.
Trailer Raffle 2020 Roster
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
The Trailer Raffle begins next Saturday. We need the first week's roster filled by this weekend.
You can find the roster here. Any time you want to check it out just bring up this link, or refresh it on your computer to get the latest version. You can also view it on your phone with the Google Sheets app.
Please contact Lois 021 735 404 or Deryn 021 161 5861 if you need help to put your name on the roster.
Thanks for your help to turn the yellow to white!!
Also, a Reminder to those who went on the Breast Milk Bank visit, please pay your $15 into our bank Papanui Rotary Inc. Account # 03 1355 0892268 00.
The President’s Blurb
It has been a very big week for Papanui Rotary.
On Tuesday evening our club hosted the District Target Shooting Tournament down at the Bangor Street clubrooms of the Chch Target Shooting Assn. Our club has hosted this annual event for over 35 years. 13 Teams competed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Many thanks to the volunteers/shooters that came down and assisted on the night. The Ashburton Men's team took out the top men's award, the Avonhead Women's team took the women's award as we couldn't field a women’s team this time and Arie was 2nd top shot with a score of 93.4.
The district movie night in support of Polio Plus was attended by only 8 from the club. The event was a sell out and the tickets sold out too quickly for many of our members. The profits from the evening will of course be matched on a two to one basis by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If there are members that were keen to make a donation to the Polio Plus cause please makes the arrangements with Deryn. 
On Thursday in place of the club meeting we went to an evening at the Chch Rotary Breastmilk Bank. 14 members attended and were impressed with the service offered by the breastmilk bank.  It was explained in very clear terms as to the difference that breast milk makes to the health of new born babies.
The unit was established by Rotary and looks to Rotary for continuing support as no money is set aside in the CDHB budget for this purpose. The running costs are approx. $30,000 per year. We thank Liz for her involvement in the establishment and ongoing management of this unit and for being a constant champion of the breastmilk bank.
On Friday many of us participated in the Ray White/Rotary Halloween event at St James Park. Over 400 children and parents turned up on a fine afternoon and had a good time.
A group of 15 Rotarians, partners and family members came down and helped set up the Rotary gazebo, helped run the BBQ and manned the stations dotted around the park ticking of the activity sheets of the children. The evening was lovely and many families queued for sausages and drinks and had a picnic. 
The final event of the week was the Halloween event at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp.  7 Rotarians and partners/family members travelled to Hanmer to help out with crowd control and manning the BBQ. Once again the weather was great. Over 200 children came to the camp with their parents and went through the Halloween grotto which camp management and staff had gone to great lengths to set up.
A really pleasing aspect to the evening is that most of the children had dressed up for the occasion. We hope at some point to establish a satellite club in Hanmer so these events help build Rotary's profile in the village as well as our involvement with the camp. 
To all those wonderful people that came out to help us during the week a big “thank-you”. Some of you came out several nights in a row and to you an even bigger thank you. 
This Thursday night we have the community awards evening which Lois and her team have put together. Come along and support Lois on this evening. 
Deryn has posted on the internet the rosters for the trailer raffle which kicks off this weekend. Please have a look and put your name down for a handful of shifts because we need as many helpers as we can get for this project. 
Food for Thought
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

World Polio Day
Jim Hudson
October 24th was World Polio Day.  It is a time to reflect on the scars the disease has left on countless children over the years but for us as Rotarians to be aware of our commitment to the total eradication of the disease and to promote the significance of the Global Polio Eradication Campaign to our community.
Quite a few of you will not be aware of Rotary’s involvement and commitment to take on this mammoth task.  It all started in 1985 when Rotary initiated and undertook the vaccination of young children in the Philippines. 
It was so successful that in 1988 a global project, in association with WHO, UNICEF and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was initiated.  I can only marvel at the vision of those that said ‘if we can do it in one country, we can do it worldwide.”
That was when the world was getting 350,000 new cases of polio a year or nearly 1000 cases a day.  You might think that’s nothing compared to our current Covid-19 pandemic.  Well, it affects children almost exclusively and the effects are life-long. 
Then there is the cost factor – a polio-free world will save the global economy US$40-50 billion in health costs within the next 20 years.  And we have a vaccine.  Covid has badly interrupted immunization programs with a spike in case numbers, one more challenge among many which include waring factions and religious beliefs preventing or denying the administration of vaccines.
Polio is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under 5.  It spreads person to person, typically through contaminated water and it attacks the spinal cord and nervous system which may lead to paralysis. 
There is no cure but we do have a vaccine which is safe and effective, which Rotary and its partners are using and have immunized over 2.5 billion children to date.
Why end polio?  WE must stop the transmission of the virus where it remains endemic, and we are now down to 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  There are up to 60 countries still rated high-risk where large scale immunization campaigns still operate to provide much needed protection. 
There is no place on earth that is safe until the disease is eradicated everywhere, which is why low immunization rates are recipe for an outbreak.  A country needs to have had no new cases for 3 years before classified as polio-free.
So how do we fund this campaign?  Rotary has already provided over US$2 billion towards the programme set up in 1988.  You may recall that funds for The Rotary Foundation are channelled into one of 3 funds, the Accumulated Fund, or if specified, into the Endowment or Polio funds. 
This year, thanks to Covid, fundraising is even more challenging.  End Polio Now goals have been set, requesting a club donation of US$1,500.  If half our club members became Centurion supporters and specify the Polio Fund then we will meet our target.  For Rotary needs to again raise a minimum of US$50 million this year to qualify for the Gates Foundation 2-for-1 subsidy.
I referred earlier about waring factions.  A story in the latest RDU is worth sharing.  In the 1990’s the Tamil insurgents in Sri Lanka were making the vaccinating programme for 1/3 of the country’s children virtually impossible. 
Rotary stepped in with  UNICEF to engineer a ceasefire, they had to negotiate with one of the world’s most feared and elusive rebel leaders of the day. 
Eventually, the Rotarian negotiator received a letter from the rebel leader, which read, “Dear Mr Ravindran (who was Chair of the Sri Lankan Polio Committee) if you can persuade your government to stop the war for 2 days, then we are willing to lay down our guns for 2 days too, for our war is not with children”.
Soon the NID (national immunization day) was on and vehicles bearing the Rotary emblem were heading for the vaccination booths set up in areas occupied by the insurgents.
This just goes to show that Rotary does have clout on the World stage.  It is essential that we don’t lose sight of the end goal of the programme we help initiate, because if we fall behind now we go back to square one.
Jim urged us to all become a Centurion and help rid the world of this terrible disease.
World Polio Day Jim Hudson 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary 35th Anniversary

Rotary NZ World Community Service
35th Anniversary - 28 October 2020
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS), initially Rotary Overseas Aid Projects (ROAP), celebrates 35 years of service to the Rotary Districts of New Zealand and Pacific Countries and their partner Rotary organisations and communities worldwide.
This milestone is due only to the tenacity, positive spirit and dedicated service of Rotarians past and present. The inaugural District Directors were CT Field 9910, Brian Meadowcroft 9920, Jack Ridley 9930, Gerry Fox – Chairman 9940, Keith Rollo 9970 and Lou Robinson 9980.
RNZWCS was registered as RNZWCS Limited, a not for profit limited charity CC26860 on 11 December 2003. Prior to and more significantly since, RNZWCS has partnered with the NZ Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs obtaining grants from various partnerships in New Zealand, in addition to bilateral and multilateral funding. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative benefitting to date from in excess of NZ $12 million from MFAT.
In 1995 and on three occasions since RNZWCS has undergone a rigorous re accreditation process with MFAT to enable it to continue to receive funding. The latest in recent weeks conducted by independent consultants in the form of due diligence.
The 15 standards set by MFAT covered 5 key areas: governance, associates, finance, good practice and safeguarding. The exercise having been completed to MFAT’s satisfaction, RNZWCS has entered into the Design phase for a $1.5 million activity partnering with Rotary Pacific Water for Life in Fiji.
Since 2003, RNZWCS has witnessed Rotary receiving approx. $35 million from external funders.
In addition to funding support RNZWCS manages the Emergency Response Kit (ERKs) programme, first introduced into New Zealand in 1985 as EMBOX by Eastern Hutt Rotary. Since 2007 when records have been kept, some 10,000 kits have been purchased and packed.
Rotary volunteers at warehouses in Auckland and Christchurch have undertaken the task. RNZWCS is indebted to the Auckland Rotary Clubs who recently packed 1,000 kits to supplement those prepositioned in Pacific countries in preparation for the forthcoming cyclone season.
RNZWCS values the financial and strategic support from MFAT in addition to the support of Rotary in Pacific countries along with other International and local NGO’s who provide storage and logistical support when the need arises.
RNZWCS continues to support Rotary Clubs in Christchurch with their Donations in Kind programme. They have consigned 22 Containers of goods to Pacific countries in the past few years with one at sea currently between New Zealand and Tonga.
Donations in Kind are a valued commodity and only items specifically requested are sourced. The newly established Passport Club in Rotorua has taken up the challenge following the Christchurch example.
RNZWCS responds to the Humanitarian needs of people as they arise undertaking appeals to Rotary, the private and public sectors. Most notably included the Christchurch earthquakes when in excess of $2 million was received and more recently significant responses were made to the Australian Bushfire and Samoa Measles Epidemic Appeals.
Since 1985, RNZWCS has worked collaboratively with its Australian counterpart RAWCS and in the early years issued a quarterly project booklet to clubs in both countries. In 2014 RNZWCS and RAWCS entered into a formal MOU. From 2018 a Working Group meets quarterly by zoom. Details Page 41 Oct 2020 RDU.
RNZWCS acknowledges the support and valuable assistance given by past and present New Zealand Rotary District Governors and from every Rotarian in addition to MFAT and external donors both public and private.
Rotary 35th Anniversary  Stuart Batty 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0


An Update from our Foundation & International Director
Stuart Batty was part of inaugural New Zealand PolioPlus meeting in 1985. Of the initial completion budget worth US$ 1 million, Rotary’s contribution was US $250,000.
The Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (formerly Rotary Overseas Aid Project) was established 35 years ago on the 28th October 1985.  The first committee member for 9970 was Rotarian Keith Rollo from Nelson.
That same year the first Emergency Response Kit ERK (formerly called the Emergency Box EMBOX) was packed in New Zealand for distribution following cyclones in Pacific.
EMBOX was first established in England in 1975. In the early days, Rotary Clubs bought a kitset box and members brought items (usually second hand) to be placed in the box. Today all items are purchased and packed by Rotary volunteers.
Rotary leased a warehouse in Auckland until recently for $1 for four months. 1,000 kits have been packed and now on the way to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Forecast for this cyclone season which starts in November.
8 to 10 tropical cyclones are predicted across the SW Pacific, which is near or slightly below normal. Specific risk factors are:
·       Elevated risk: New Caledonia and northern New Zealand
·       Normal risk: Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau
·       Normal or reduced risk: Tonga, Wallis & Futuna, and Samoa
·       Reduced risk: Tuvalu, Tutuila/ American Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands
Three tropical cyclones are expected to reach severe strength.
A container is to be packed in Christchurch for Fiji in coming weeks. Included in items requested is linen. Euan and Stuart are also approaching schools for desks and chairs.
Covid is affecting Pacific countries. Whilst Fiji is the only country to have had cases, it is estimated 150,000 Fijians are now unemployed due to collapse of the tourist industry. Rotary is supporting Pacific communities particular around food security.
Rotary continues to actively support these efforts to support our Pacific neighbours.
We are still looking for a few more people to join the Wednesday Lotto. All profits will go to Usa River Rotary Club, our Sister club in Tanzania, to be used for Development and Training for disadvantaged youth.
This runs for 20 weeks, and costs just $3 per week, a total of $60. $50 goes to the holder of the Wednesday Lotto Bonus Number and $10 each to the holders of the numbers either side of the winning number.
Take a punt, you might win all of your money back, and if not, you will be contributing to a worthwhile project.

We have twenty-two numbers taken already, but need a few more before we can begin again. Any number not taken will be allotted to Usa River, as we did last time, but we need to raise the prize money first, before we can give away any profits.
Please call Deryn on (021) 161 5861 or email her at to join this fun fundraiser.
Many thanks:

The President’s Blurb
Seven of us attended the charter event of the new Rolleston Rotary Club last Thursday night. It was an excellent night where we were able to catch up with other Rotarians who were involved with Rolleston in the past year, celebrate with the Rolleston group and enjoy the evening.
Grant was able to lead the Club meeting back in town with the emphasis being on Polio. Thank you to Grant and also to Stuart and Jim for their presentations.
The BBQ Hut at Mitre 10 was very busy on Sunday. The weather was good and the store was very busy. Thank you to Gary Denhard and his team of volunteers for making this happen. We will do it again on 13 December.
This week we have a number of events on. The District Shooting Tournament is on tomorrow night with 13 teams participating, there is the District Polio movie night on Wednesday and on Thursday many of us are visiting the Christchurch Rotary Breastmilk bank. 
Liz still needs volunteers at the Ray White/Rotary Halloween night at St James Park on Friday night. If you can spare some time please contact her.
Arie has his team of volunteers for the Halloween event at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp on Saturday night. 
There will be plenty to report back on when we next meet at the Club.
Food for Thought
” I woke up this morning and forgot which side the sun rises from, then it dawned on me.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Mastering Mountains

Mastering Mountains
Accompanied by his wife Rebecca (Bex) we were treated to a presentation by Nick Allen on his journey leading to his activities with the Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust.
Established in 2015 the Trust aims to enrich the lives of people affected by MS and Functional Neurological Disorder.
“By helping our grant recipients get outdoors we aim to create life-long change in their lives by enabling them to live a physically active and meaningful life” shared Nick.
Nick’s experiences include being a writer as well as a semi-professional climber and he has a passion for making the outdoors accessible for others.  “This is very important for physical, mental and spiritual health” said Nick.
Looking back on growing up, Nick remembered his Dad taking him for an experience in the mountains at age 7.  He found it quite challenging and very much an adventure that left him with a big sense of achievement.
As a consequence he decided that he wanted to be a climber and scoured the libraries for every book he could read on the topic.  He also pinned a picture of Mt Everest on his ceiling.
In his late teens, however, he started to experience neurological issues including a weakness in his legs and tremors in his hands.  He tried training harder but this had no effect.
One day at aged 21 he hit the wall and woke up feeling extremely weak and unable to climb the stairs.  He kept trying to exercise but had little luck and ended up bedridden repeatedly, sometimes for up to a week. He found this extremely hard, demotivating and left him feeling he was lost with little hope in sight. 
Luckily he also found real strength at this time with the community he was in.
So at aged 24 he decided to study overseas even though this meant he was having to use a mobility scooter as the pain made it difficult to walk very far which he was not fond of and made things incredibly hard.
On turning 25 he realised he needed to drop out of his studies and return to New Zealand.  One day while sitting across the table from a medical professional it was suggested he had MS.  This was quite the surprise as he realised it was going to be a long term experience.
“One in 5 New Zealanders will have a neurological challenge and diagnosis at some stage of their lives” noted Nick.  “I still tried to ignore it but the result of my efforts of continuing to train also led to me crashing more”.
He decided to alter his approach by improving his diet and adopting a more balanced activity regime.  In 2010 he got into a Massey rehab plan and adopted a three pronged approach including improved diet, better stress management and guided exercise. This meant learning how to listen to his body.
As a result he slowly began to manage his situation better and was making progress as he neared his 30th birthday.  So five years after being told he had MS he was able to finally get back into rock climbing as he now had an approach that was working.
He also realised he was still at home and unsure where he was going in life.  “So off to climb in the Himalayas I went” smiled Nick.  He attempted 2 peaks and finally achieved what had been a childhood dream which included being at the top of a 21,000 ft peak.
Seeing the sun rise over multiple 8,000 ft peaks was magic and gave him a great sense of achievement and accomplishment as it had taken months of training to reach a goal that he felt was unattainable.  He especially appreciated the community support that helped him get there.
In 2016 he wrote a book titled “To the Summit” which was the hardest thing he’d done in his life.  “It also helped me process the nature of my diagnosis at a time where I was experiencing mixed emotions from both my previous experiences and the challenge of writing the book”.
In 2017 he got married which was one of the best blessings to come from writing the book.  “I have learnt that hardship leads to blessing” smiled Nick.
In 2019 he achieved ten first ascents on granite rock faces on Stewart Island which reminded him of the value of these and other recent achievements he had experienced.
“More recently I am often fatigued and it is an on-going battle to maintain strength in my legs but I continue to think through how to best manage the on-going challenges I love” smiled Nick.
With respect to Mastering Mountains, as noted earlier Nick and his team help people overcome challenges in the outdoors environment.  This included assisting a MS client with a grant to have a personal trainer that helped her achieve a major traverse with her family and community. As a result she is now better equipped to go through the ongoing challenges of MS.
 “The approach we take” explained Nick in closing “involves helping people accept change, build capacity, learn new skills and implement lifestyle changes which helps them successfully cope with their challenges”.
We thanked Nick for his insight into how both he and the clients Mastering Mountains support find effective ways to ensure they can successfully manage their neurological challenges and continue to experience interesting and rewarding experiences in their lives.
Mastering Mountains Grant Paice 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald

All Go at Ronald McDonald!
“On a Monday night earlier this month four lovely ladies from Parry Field Lawyers with Deb & Neville Gimblett and myself cooked dinner for the residents of Ronald McDonald House. 
Homemade hamburgers were on the menu with magnificent wedges made by Deb & Neville  as well as corn cobs. Apple deserts and custard followed. 
Everyone worked hard and the residents really enjoyed their meals.  A big thanks to Neville & Deb who  did a fantastic job of cooking and helping with cleaning up as well. Thanks also to the Parry Field Charitable Foundation which helped with a contribution to the costs of the food. 
It’s always a real blessing to be able to help these families in need.  All the Parry Field ladies enjoyed the experience  and are keen to do it again !”
Ronald McDonald Lois Flanagan 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0


Members were provided some time ago with a coffee mug and asked to toss their loose pocket change into the mug for:
“Just the Cost of a Flat White a Week.”
Every dollar collected goes to the Rotary Foundation. For any members who have not received a mug, Stuart will have some available at this week’s meeting.
When you have a sizeable amount in your mug please pass the money to Treasurer Deryn.
Many thanks:
Look what you might be missing!
Ladies Christmas Breakfast 2020 … save the date … Saturday 5th December at Lois’s house in Northwood.  Mark your diary for a morning of fun, food and festivities!
Did You Know …
Source: Rotary Down Under Oct 2020 Issue 632
The President’s Blurb
I found last week’s speakers very inspirational and just enjoyed the evening. Thank you for coming along.
This week we have a board meeting and later in the week the International Committee are going to brief us on the efforts of Rotary and partners on eradicating Polio. 
Arie and I, Liz and Nick can't be there because we are guests at the Charter event for the new Rolleston Rotary Club. Nick, Liz and Arie have supported it for the last 18 months and attended their meetings in addition to attending our Club meetings. The evening is the product of a lot of work by a lot of people and the District can be proud. 
Next week we have a lot of Rotary commitments that will require your help. Arie needs shooters to fill out the men’s and women’s teams for the district shooting tournament which our Club has hosted for over 30 years. The tournament is being held on Tuesday 27 Oct. I (Janice) will need a couple of helpers in the kitchen. 
On Friday night 30 Oct we are joining Ray White Real Estate for a Halloween night at St James Park. Liz will need plenty of helpers on the night. Last year 400 people participated. It is a great way to advertise Rotary to our local community. If you can help please contact Liz. 
The night following Sat 31 Oct, Rotary is helping the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp with their Halloween event. Arie and Nick are currently on the Board of the camp and a number of our members are past Board members. We need a team of six to go up there to manage the BBQ and help with crowd control of a lot of excited children. The camp managers convert the recreation hall into a Halloween grotto and it is spectacular and interactive. 
The local kids all dress up for the occasion. This year the numbers will be greater as the town is holding a Spring festival. If you can help please contact Arie.
On the Wednesday night 28 Oct we have the District Movie Night about the life and times of Helen Reddy the Australian singer. The evening is a Polio fundraiser and David Drake is hoping to sell out the picture theatre down at Hoyts Riccarton. Stuart is taking orders for movie tickets. Go out and enjoy yourselves. 
All of this amounts to a lot of opportunities to clear your dairies and serve your community. We need your help.
Food for Thought
“One idea leads to another. The teapot led to the steam engine, which led to the gas combustion engine, which led to the rocket propulsion system, which took us to the moon.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0


On Being a Parent
President Elect Grant Paice gave us some insights on his experiences as an educational psychologist when talking with groups about surviving parenthood.
“I always introduce myself by saying that I have no kids, a cat that occasionally does what it is told, and a wife that never does what she is told and that I was here to tell them how to manage being a parent” smiled Grant.
He then shared a model for managing behaviour based on the key principle that “what you notice is what you get” i.e.:
  1. Behaviour that is noticed increases the chance that it will occur again.
  2. Behaviour that is ignored decreases the chance that it will occur again.
  3. Behaviour that is dangerous needs to be stopped quickly with the minimum amount of attention including:
    1. Diverting attention via proximity or restructuring or:
    2. Having the child or other(s) removed from the situation.
After giving a couple of examples he then shared the Premack Principle that states we are more likely to perform a less desirable behaviour if it is followed by a more desirable one. 
“On a hot Saturday I am more likely to mow the lawns if I follow this with a cold beer” smiled Grant ”whereas if I have a beer first I tend to leave the lawns until the next day”.
He then gave a few examples focused on the principle that what you notice is what you get. 
“No single parenting strategy works with all kids or in all situations” noted Grant, who went on to suggest that effective parents acquire a wide range of strategies to help them deal with the various situations they might face.
“Parents who struggle with being consistent are like slot machines” he continued “with kids in this scenario continuing to play parents until their behaviours results in as payoff.”  A sounder approach, suggested Grant, is to maintain a reasonably consistent approach to managing behaviour based on the above principles.
After a few more examples Grant asked for ideas from the floor re managing a teenage daughter who, when upset, storms off to her bedroom and slams the door shut.  Members quickly came up with Nigel Latta’s idea of taking the door off its hinges and placing it in the garage for two weeks which typically gets rid of the problem very quickly.
“A work colleague of mine used this tactic to great effect” grinned Grant.
In closing Grant reminded members that kids do eventually leave home and gave us this final tip: “Remember to change the locks”.
Evan thanked Grant for his humorous presentation on surviving parenthood.
Parenting Grant Paice 2020-10-11 11:00:00Z 0


On Wednesday 28 October at 6pm there will be a Helen Reddy Movie fundraiser, “I Am Woman”, at Hoyts Riccarton for $20.00 per ticket per person.   
Helen landed in New York with her three year old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within a few weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970's feminist movement. 
She wrote the song I am Woman which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.
As with previous screenings for “End Polio Now”, all Clubs who sell tickets will receive a share of the profits and these will be credited to their respective clubs as a donation to End Polio Now.
 Christchurch Clubs have been very supportive of the five previous movies that have been held for End Polio Now, and we hope that we will receive this support once again.
Tickets will be available in the week commencing 19th October.
Halloween Reminder
A reminder to all members that Liz is looking for volunteers to help make this evening on October the 30th a great success.
Please refer to last week’s Chat or view the story on line here to see where you would like to help make this an event to remember.
Papanui Bush Reminder
A reminder that we are weeding tomorrow (Tuesday the 13th) starting at 9.30 am with morning tea and will be finished by noon.
The President’s Blurb
Sadly I had to leave Rotary early last week because of a recurring migraine.  Thanks to President-elect Grant for stepping up again. 
I met with Gary Denhard earlier in the week to interview a candidate for the RYLA course to be held in the third week of January 2021. An excellent candidate whose name will be revealed after the board meeting.
We have received further names for this course but given the cost (approx. $1000 per person) we are looking to see if there are Clubs willing to sponsor but with no candidates. 
October 24 is World Polio Day. The International/Foundation committee will take the speaker slot at our meeting on 22 October and this will be dedicated to updating you all on the where Rotary and its partner organisations are in the eradication of polio.
Please support Stuart and his team as they put something together for this night.
On 28 October there is a district wide movie night designed to raise funds for polio. There's an opportunity to do something socially with fellow Rotarians and at the same time raise funds for polio. 
The week commencing 26 October will be a very active one for Papanui Rotary with the District shooting tournament on Tuesday 27th, the polio movie night on Wed 28th, a visit to the Chch Rotary Breastmilk Bank in place of the normal Rotary meeting at the Club on 29th, the Ray White/Rotary Halloween event at St James Park 30th and on the 31st the Halloween event at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp.
Lots of opportunities for everybody to roll up their sleeves and help out.  I look forward to seeing you all this Thursday night.
Thought for the Week
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-11 11:00:00Z 0

Wheelie Bins

Wheelie Bins: What Goes Where?
Averil Stevenson with President Janice
We were treated to an interesting and informative presentation by Averil, the Commercial & Compliance Manager at EcoCentral’s recycling plant.
Averil was born in Lyttelton and has two children of which one turned four today so we were very appreciative of her giving up her time to talk to us.
Part of her role involves talking to community groups because recycling is not that flash at the moment in greater Christchurch.
"We not only put stickers on wheelie bins but we also aim to educate the public" smiled Averil.
The Christchurch operation recycles 200 tons of recycling each day which comes from is as far away as Ashburton and the Mackenzie District.
“Post lockdown saw a huge increase in rubbish in the recycling, with over 50% of trucks now being failed as unable to be recycled” explained Averil.  Two issues as a result of this are:
(1) Many items that could be recycled are now in landfill plus:
(2) There is not enough recycling available to meet our commitments to overseas processing factories.
They have also had issues recently getting processed recycling into destination countries as they have been badly affected by the Covid-19 virus and closed their borders.
To this day EcoCentral is turning way over 40% of all incoming loads. Because these go straight to landfill it has cost residents in the region of $1.2 million dollars to dump these loads.
To help combat this, lots of bins are being regularly checked for content with only 20% getting gold stars, 60% require information to better educate house owners and the remaining 20% are being used to put anything and everything in including dead animals, food waste etc.
These bins are not being collected and result in the owners going to ‘Strike 1’ status. If they fail again two weeks later they go to ‘Strike 2’.  If they fail again, then the bins are taken away.
The processing of bins that are accepted is semi-automated. So:  what’s in them?
“Paper is the most common item in the recycling bins but you need to be aware that we can't process anything smaller than an envelope so receipts, shredded paper etc. need to go in the red bin” explained Averil.
Glass bottles and jars are recyclable and most go into a product used in roading.  The lids, though, must go in the red bin as otherwise the machine thinks they are a piece of paper.  Steel, aluminium and aerosol containers can also be recycled but paint cans and tin foil need to go in the red bin.
With respect to plastic, the recycling centre’s goal is to recycle as much plastic as possible onshore. Rigid plastic bottles and containers are OK providing it is numbered 1, 2 and 5 only. All other plastics go in the red bin.
Standard milk plastic is also OK but squeezable containers (#4) and anything with number 7 on it cannot be recycled. Anything smaller than a yoghurt container or bigger than 3 litres also needs to go in the red bin as these are also not able to be processed within the recycling plant.
“Soft wrap film also needs to go in the red bin as our system thinks it is paper as well and this is what makes up most of our contaminants” shared Averil.
So, in summary, any plastics you can ‘scrunch’ go in the red bin.
To help ensure loads are safe, drivers are being increasingly asked to look at what goes in via amounted camera. “We are also going into schools to educate students and giving talks to groups such as yours” smiled Averil.
The company is  are also looking at increasing recycling standardisation across New Zealand including ensuring that labels of “type” are more easy to see which will help bin owners choose the right bin for especially products that need to go in the red bin.
We thanked Averil for her informative talk and display of key items which will be a great help to ensure that we are putting the right products in the right bins.
Wheelie Bins Grant Paice 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0

Halloween is GO!

Halloween is “Go” for Friday Oct 30th
Great news - yes it is all on! 
I know how much you all enjoyed the event last year so please put your hand up to help for 2-3 hours again. Many of you suggested that we have a BBQ at this year’s event and we are going to run with this to cover some of the costs for this free family event.
The help and jobs required are as follows;
  • 6 people to help erect and pack up the Gazebo and erect banners.
  • 6 people to blow up balloons, tie together and secure at poles around Gazebo, help with Collect, erect our Papanui Rotary Wand and pack up at the end.
  • 8 -10 people to set up and take down 5 stations around the trees (items supplied).
  • 4 people to stamp children’s sheets and on the hand when they hand in their sheets.
  • People to give out bags of sweets to the children at the finish line once sheets handed in.
  • 4 people to help run the BBQ including transport, set up and pack up.
  • 2 more people at the end to help pack everything up.
Can anyone help with sourcing sausages at a good price please?
Bread can be purchased from Couplands and tomato & mustard sauce will also be purchased.
Any further suggestions welcomed to make this an even more enjoyable event so get involved and join in the fun.
Contact Liz to put your name down to help.
Halloween is GO! Liz Courtney 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0


The grass is growing fast!
Just a reminder we are weeding next Tuesday the 13th starting at 9.30 am with morning tea and will be finished by noon.
The grass is growing fast.
Cheers Denis.
Braintree Building Fund Raiser
“Hi to all at Papanui Rotary.
Thank-you to all the wonderful people who supported us at our recent public fundraising launch party. 

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the 300+ guests present, and their willingness to support the cause. There was an incredible energy in the room.

We are so close to having a world-first wellness centre for Cantabrians living with a neurological condition.

We have raised $4 million so far, or 80% of the funds needed and are now seeking public donations for the final $1 million to make the BrainTree Wellness Centre a reality.”
Donate to Brain Tree here.
The President’s Blurb
Last week was a big Rotary week for me. A lot of work was done tidying up the calendar for the next 6 months following the latest board meeting which involved talking to a number of the directors as well as speaker coordinator Rob Thomson.
On Wednesday I went to Rolleston Rotary with Nick and Arie. It was exciting to listen into the planning going into their events and projects and their charter event on 22 October. There is a lot involved in establishing a new Rotary club and I offer congratulations to Nick, Liz and Arie, Matt Sullivan and the team from Lincoln as well as Amanda vander Kley and her team at Rolleston for making this all happen. 
The journey of Rolleston will form part of a webinar on new style Rotary clubs that Nick and Arie together with Rebecca Fry from Australia are presenting to DG trainers and District membership chairs across Australia and New Zealand this Thursday evening. At last count there were 130 registrations for this webinar. 
This Wednesday I have a cluster meeting over breakfast with presidents of the clubs in our cluster and Assistant Governor Craig Murphy. Craig has asked each club president to report on any changes/innovations made since Covid-19 in response to Rotary World President Holger Knaack's challenge to be bold and embrace change.
It was with a lot of sadness that I announced last Thursday that Victoria, the daughter of Paul and Anne Wilson died suddenly after a very brief battle with cancer. Paul is one of our honorary members. Paul and Anne lost their son Craig 15 years ago and now their daughter has passed away.
There was a good contingent of Rotarians and partners at Wai Mana funeral home on today (Monday) to support Paul and Anne. They passed on their thanks to me for the flowers and messages received from Rotary.
It was good to have another external speaker last week in the form of Averill Stevenson. I am sure we will all have better recycling habits going forward. This week we hope to have a report on the very recent Australia/New Zealand virtual conference including a very interesting clip on projects in New Zealand. 
Thought for the Week
“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0

Speech Comp Results 2020

Primary & Intermediate Speech Finals 2020
Lois Flanagan
This year’s speech contest was the biggest for many years with 67 students from 9 schools competing in the preliminary rounds. It was a real pleasure to welcome 2 new schools this year- Ilam and Emmanuel Christian School.
Thursday 17 September was the day for the preliminary rounds. Topics for the speeches ranged from the lofty subjects of Bullying, Black Lives Matter, Health and Obesity and Child Labour, to lighter topics of Ice Cream, Lego and Annoying siblings.  One young man told us Rugby is Dangerous, while sporting a large black eye he got from playing hockey! 
The judges had a hard task to select 4 finalists in each of Years 5, 6, 7 & 8. In the end there was a good variety of schools represented in the final 16 with every school which competed having at least one student in the final. My grateful thanks to the 4 preliminary round judges: Donna Cherry, Ken McNee, Jennifer O’Leary & Grant Paice who did a fantastic job of choosing the finalists. Thanks also to the timekeepers, Keith Mitchell and Gordon Shields who kept everyone on the right time.
It was a wonderful night of entertainment at the Finals at Heaton Intermediate Performing Arts Centre last Thursday night. Parents and friends filled the theatre to enjoy the speeches. Our judges for the final were our own Rotary Associate Sarah Pride and a new judge this year: John Ballantyne from Bishopdale Toastmasters. 
The finals kept the audience well entertained with spirited speeches on the History of Make-up, Ethical Fashion, the advantages of Singing and Jet Pack Transport. Two of the first place winners were speeches from students who each spoke with passion & humour about the challenges of living with Diabetes and Celiac Disease. 
We congratulate all the students who took part in the competition on their commitment, skills and courage in standing up in front of an audience and performing so well. The finalists were all superb and special congratulations to them all.
Special thanks to Heaton Intermediate School who welcome us so warmly every year and provide the rooms and the Performing Arts Centre for us to use.  Thank you also to Gordon Shields for getting the gift vouchers and to Tony Tizzard who prepares and beautifully hand writes all the Certificates.  
The speech contest has been going for 26 years and is a great way Papanui Rotary can be involved in the community and make a difference to young peoples’ lives. 
Make sure you book a seat for next year’s finals! 
Speech Comp Results 2020 Liz Courtney 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0

TIME 100 Rotarian

TIME 100 Rotarian
Submitted by Liz
Dear Rotarians/ International PolioPlus Committee Members/ Directors and Trustees

It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Just a few moments ago, Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.

You can view Dr. Funsho’s profile on the TIME website here.

Dr. Funsho is a member of the Rotary Club of Lekki in Lagos, Nigeria and is Past District Governor of District 9110 and member of the International PolioPlus Committee. Dr. Funsho is a cardiologist with a lifelong commitment to building a healthier world.
As Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair since 2013, he has built on the work of his predecessors by leading PolioPlus efforts in Nigeria. Working alongside his fellow Rotarians, Dr. Funsho has built awareness for the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary and our fight to end polio.

The Time 100 list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Dr. Funsho joins the list with some of the most important and well-known public figures in the world who have been past recipients of the honor: heads of state such as Angela Merkel, religious figures like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Bono, philanthropists like Bill Gates, and activists such as Malala Yousafzai.

Dr. Funsho stands on the shoulders of the countless women and men of Rotary who have dedicated their lives, their time, and their money to Rotary’s top priority of eradicating polio. This honor is not just a testament to his work, it is acknowledgment that Rotary members make a difference in the world—one that is worthy of international recognition among the world’s most distinguished leaders.

Every Rotarian can be a leader in the fight to eradicate polio. We hope you’ll use this recognition of Dr. Funsho and Rotary as an opportunity to put renewed energy and focus into creating a world where no child ever again has to be paralyzed by the poliovirus.
We’ve come so far into our fight to eradicate polio, and we’ve made incredible progress in the face of enormous challenges. As we join in congratulation to Dr. Funsho, let’s join together and deliver upon our promise to End Polio Now.
Holger Knaack: President, Rotary Foundation
K.R Ravindran: Chair, The Rotary Foundation
TIME 100 Rotarian Grant Paice 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0


John Stringer had a chat with Keith and Janice recently and they have agreed it would be fun to run a weekly book table at Rotary for the rest of the year, to raise some funds, selling books associated with the Club as Christmas stocking fillers.
He has two books out this year, Keith can provide the Chatham Islands book, and John is hoping Jenny might put up some of her books in the mix. John will get the Papanui Heritage book.
He has asked me to put out an initial call for Rotary Members to bring along books for sale that are in some way associated with the Club and, ideally, they would be authored by Club members but not necessarily.  He will run a book table each Thursday. They can be new, or second hand, but need a connection.
Keith and John will bring their ones along next week to kick it off.
Kathy received this letter recently regarding funds raised for MSPC.
Dear Kathy
We now have the totals back from all the buckets and we can let you know how Papanui Rotary Club did for our 2020 Street Appeal!
Your group raised $1,417.40, which is absolutely fantastic!
Thank you so much for your continuing support and for helping us smash our targets this year. We can never fully express how grateful we are for your continuing support.
Kind regards,
Charlotte Ackroyd
The President’s Blurb
The primary and intermediate schools speech competition finals last Thursday night was a great success.
Two new schools joined the mix and there were 16 great finalists speaking on a range of topics some hilarious, others very serious issues. 
17 Rotarians and one partner attended and everybody was impressed.  Thank you to Lois and her team for a wonderfully organised event. 
Thankfully the Rotarians that came to the Club for a meal remembered to come early. We were back to buffet and it was very enjoyable. Now that we are back to the buffet you only need to contact Deryn or the apology line if you are going to be absent or if you are bringing guests. 
I am looking forward to a full attendance this week at the Club. Have a good week everybody.
Thought for a Windy Week
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0

EQ Claims & Res

Earthquake Claims and Resolutions
We had the privilege of hearing from Ken Pope, National Manager of the Residential Advisory Service 
(RAS) and Darren Wright, Director of the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS) last Thursday.
These free services cover the greater Christchurch area and are funded by the Government under the Innovation & Employment Service.
The GCCRS service arose to help those people who have not been satisfied with the repairs of a home bought post earthquake after having discovered bad workmanship or damage not noticed by the original insurance companies and have not received adequate payouts to cover the repairs.
In 2018 GCRS settled 1400 claims and has approximately 1000 people they are continuing to help.
The service offers the following:
  1. Organise a peer review.
  2. A facilitator to work with the homeowners Engineer and the Insurance Company’s Engineer so they can share information and work out a satisfactory result.
  3. Independent Dispute Service with Engineers & lawyers.
  4. A determinate Service if required presided by a High Court Judge to make a final decision.
  5. Tribunal service.
  6. Community Law group for free advice.
  7. A case manager is assigned to your case to help with wellbeing, engineering and technical issues.
The GCCRS is different to other services available as the package they offer is significant in that it recognises the wellbeing of the homeowners first and foremost and acknowledges that many of them have struggled to obtain any satisfactory help.
The Government also recognised that those in the greater Christchurch area had not been treated fairly by some Insurance companies and that the Residential Advisory Service and the GCCRS needed to work together to benefit the homeowners.
The Government has allowed $300 million for this programme.
Donna Cherry, one of our own Papanui Rotarians, is a lawyer with the Community Law group which has helped 1500+ people since the GCCRS began. In its latest survey figures 92% of people who have been helped are satisfied with this free service.
75% of people have used this service through word of mouth recommendation. Although the funding has been extended by the Government through to June 2021 it is expected to be extended again due to the number of cases still to be resolved.
Some homes purchased post earthquake and have uncovered damage due to EQC repairs not properly undertaken up to the limit of $ 115,000 the homeowner can still be helped. They need to register the damage with EQC or contact GCCRS before the 14th October 2020 if they bought the property before the 14th August 2020.  After this date homeowners can still get help but the process to access help will be more difficult as the EQC ACT is always open.
Questions & Answers session from the floor was:
  • What if I am proposing to buy a house in the Christchurch area?
It is fundamental if purchasing to have a professional House check.
  • What if my Insurance was with Southern Response?
The Government now has an MOU with this group to settle claims fairly. Recommend working through the GCCRS for clarity around any specific situation and its FREE.
  • What is the average time it takes for a case to be resolved?
Anywhere between 4-6 months on average.
85% of people take a Cash Settlement while the remainder undertake the repairs required.
Residential Advisory Service (RAS)
Ken Pope outlined the role of the Residential Advisory Service which works in tandem the GCCRS.  It’s focus is on Canterbury and Christchurch but also works across NZ when large scale disasters strike.
They helped work through 16-18,000 claims in Kaikoura and have been involved in claims in Edgecomb, Whakatane and along the coastal area of Wellington with landslips. They respond to National disasters and contract the staff for the GCCRS.
For Christchurch homeowners the RAS assists with unresolved damage claims under the EQC regime. Resolution / settlements are limited to EQC payments criteria. This service is available for all home owners not just those of onsold properties.
Ken summed up the work done by both groups by saying his greatest satisfaction is “making changes to peoples lives each and every day.”
Keep up the good work and spread the word!
EQ Claims & Res Liz Courtney 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Int Day of Peace

International Day of Peace 21st September 2020
The United Nations International Day of Peace started in 1982 and now occurs each year on 21st September (for more details click here).
The Rotary District 9800 Peacebuilding Committee discussed at its meeting on Monday 17th August 2020 how Rotary could encourage recognition of this day and participation by Rotarians.
It was noted also that Hostelling International has, since 2013, promoted “Sleep for Peace” on this day at its hostels throughout the world.
The Project
Taking account of the current limited ability for many people to freely travel and meet others to conduct events for this day it is proposed that a virtual event be conducted by your Club involving Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, members of Hostelling International globally and the public in an initiative called:
STEP 1 Be at Peace
Peace starts with each of us being at peace with ourselves so each participant would take a minimum of say 15 minutes to sit in silence and calm and contemplate what being at peace means to them.
STEP 2 Speak your Peace
In the current climate many people are limited in who they can physically connect with so this step is to speak to their closest connection and share with them what peace means to them. If there is no one physically close then they can connect with others by phone or other means available to them.
STEP 3    Write of Peace
The next step is to spread the word further by writing a message of peace and sending that or posting it on social media with the #b@peace. You are encouraged to be creative and have fun sharing!
STEP 4    Sleep for Peace
Seeing as how we all need to sleep somewhere and to tie in with the young travellers and other hostellers, this step is to celebrate how peaceful sleep is by sharing “sleep secrets” potentially with a photo such as objects that help to calm in the evening, locations where the best nights sleep was etc. also with the #b@peace.
Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs can organise this as a peace project and encourage all members to take part on or before 21st September.  Upon completion of the four steps the club can collate the participation of all their members and friends and inform the District Peacebuilding Committee Chair.
Contacts District 9800
Int Day of Peace Liz Courtney 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Bush Update

Papanui Bush Update
John Stringer
Hi everyone, I’ve been working nights at Isolation Centers since March so have not been free to be at much of Rotary this year. When we’ve been allowed together ourselves I've been self-isolating during the day at Papanui Bush when able, and working with distanced others to make progress in 2020. 
One development is that I’ve negotiated a partnership with TransRail to co-manage the rail corridor alongside the Bush with Northgate Trust (Northcity Church) that sits on the land at the top end of the Bush.
The plan is to level this area with clean fill and topsoil, with large native trees; use historic disused rails and sleepers to create a fence and plant this area as a public walkway into the Bush from Sawyers Arms Rd next to the decommissioned Scout Den.  
There is also a plan down the track (literally) to erect a feature entrance way. TransRail are keen to support this and we are awaiting a formal response so we can take things further.
This area sat at the heart of the 1850s Bush, so is quite appropriate as a restoration project as part of what we’ve been accomplishing in the Bush itself.  We have had donated a large number of native flax, and the idea is take these and plant them outside the Bush along the barrier fence, along the TransRail corridor, to help create a barrier (both wind and noise) from the trains.
Denis and I have discussed this as a possible rolling-along project we could do with Rotary, starting at Langdons Rd end by MEGA and working our way up gradually to Sawyers Arms Rd filling in the gaps with harakeke (flax) plantings as we go. There are already a large number in situ along with old historic cabbage trees.
You might be interested in this early photo of the area which shows some of the post-Papanui Bush market gardening. Langdons Rd runs through the middle in front of the new Papanui Tech.
The 2018~ restored Papanui Bush runs where the trees are, over the house (at center) and to the west of Papanui High between the two parallel roads. The Kruses Waterway settling pond (Just left of the school wing) is still there today.
Pap Bush Update John Stringer 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0


Give Every Child a Future
To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, we’ve teamed up with UNICEF to give life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across the Pacific. 
Rotary Give Every Child a Future is a sustainable project that will ensure generations of children and women are protected against cervical cancer, rotavirus and pneumococcal disease.
More info to come in future Chats.
Coffee Club
As we are returning to Level 1, our Coffee Club meetings at Reality Bites Cafe resume this Friday (September 25th) and we look forward to seeing you there at 10:00 am!
Still Young at Heart
Larry & Grant managed to sneak off to Mt Hutt at the weekend.  A great day was had with good snow, smaller crowds, settled weather and a relaxing pit stop at the Hororata Café Bar on the way home.
The President’s Blurb
Thank you to President-elect Grant Paice for stepping in last Thursday while I was in bed with a migraine.  I hear the speakers were very interesting. 
Arie and I along with Liz and Nick had the privilege last week along with many others in the district to participate in Australia/New Zealand virtual conference. It was intended to hold the conference in Alice Springs but Covid-19 resulted in it being turned into an on-line format. Over 900- Rotarians from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific participated on Saturday and on Sunday the number topped 1100. 
World RI President Holger Knaack addressed us as did the first woman nominated for the World President role, Jennifer Jones, on the need for change and innovation in Rotary. Past President Ian Riseley from Australia spoke as did incoming RI Director Jessie Harman who spoke to our club back in June. 
There was a clip showcasing projects in New Zealand. Three of those projects were Papanui Rotary projects so our club got plenty of air time and exposure. We will find a gap later in the year to present on conference to the members.
Thanks to Lois and the team for the work they are doing on the speech competitions. I am looking forward to the finals this Thursday.
Remember that dinner at the club this week is starting at 5.30pm so we can get away to Heaton Intermediate on time. 
Thought for the Week
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

Jim Hudson
In his 2nd talk about the Rotary Foundation Jim began by sharing changes in the funding system.
All funds collected for The Rotary Foundation from individuals, Clubs and Districts go to the Foundation’s Annual Fund, unless specifically requested to go to the Polio Fund or the Endowment Fund.   Annual Fund monies are invested for three years at the end of which 50% are directed to the World Fund and 50% to the District Designated Fund which is available for our District to use.
Under the new granting model, districts manage the application process and select the projects to be funded for approval by The Rotary Foundation. The funds are then deposited into a dedicated district bank account and onto the clubs to enable the projects to be completed within the year. 
“What we can access” explained Jim “is dependent on what we have contributed over the three years so the more money we all contribute to The Rotary Foundation, the more will come back to us to distribute in District Grants.”
Local district examples include Riccarton Rotary’s Hohepa Walkway & Reflection Garden and Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary’s neonatal jaundice prevention programme for Fiji (below).
The World Fund is used to pay for Global Grants that are much bigger in scope and for which the minimum budget is US$30,000.  “These require more detailed and specific goals” noted Jim.
The Foundation also supports teaching and learning opportunities overseas with the focus being to create lasting change across the globe, our communities and ourselves. 
Jim ended his informative session with the following key point for us to keep in mind:
“Supporting our Foundation helps all of us make a difference.”
Rotary Foundation Jim Hudson 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

MS Parkinson's Support

Our volunteer collectors were in action recently including being located at a great site at the entrance to New World which resulted in a good number of people donating and also sharing their experiences about their loved ones who have or had multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s.
Helen & Janice in action
We received the following letter of thanks:
Dear Kathy
Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Canterbury would like to thank Papanui Rotary Club for their help at our 2020 Street Appeal.
We really appreciate the continuing support of your group, especially during these uncertain times. We simply would not have been able to have the Appeal without you, and so for your support, we are incredibly grateful.
We don’t yet have the full totals for the various areas and sites however we will let you know as soon as we have our final tallies.
Thank you again and I hope we can count on you again next year!
Kind regards:
Charlotte Ackroyd
MS Parkinson's Support Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

Youth Impact

Youth Impact Projects
Our small but super impactful projects have brought our Sister Club Usa River in Tanzania and the youth at their drop-in centre and orphanage much joy.
The two top pictures show activities that help youth let out energy in a safe way that focuses on self-control and concentration followed below by being able to enjoy a good night’s sleep thanks to new bunk beds and mattresses in the Orphanage.
Youth Impact Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0


All Go at the “Bush”
It was great to see a good turnout at Papanui Bush recently.  Morning tea was especially well earnt by our hard working group of attendees.
What a Happy Chap!
Lois wins this month’s prize for the “Best Committee to Be On” thanks to her baking a scrumptious lemon cake. 
Thanks for the picture Kate.
A Message from the Papanui Club GM (abridged)
As I’m sure most of you are aware the Government have extended Level 2 until at least September 16th, so we have just over a week more until we can hopefully go back to Level 1 and normal Club operations.  Brett.

For our Rotary members who are also members of the Papanui Club, their AGM will be held at the Club on Sunday September the 27th at 10:00 am.
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs)
This year ANZWCS is planning to provide 1,000 kits for use in the Pacific Islands where ongoing natural disasters, such as cyclones and earthquakes, cause massive suffering.
The international and foundation committee has agreed to fund at least three ERKs at a cost of $600 each but would like to increase this number.
We have already received several promises of help and are now seeking support from other club members. This could be in the form of assistance to fund either part or all of the cost of an ERK.
RNZWCS is a registered charity and contributions are able to be claimed by donors for income tax rebate purposes.
Please consider supporting this great program and if you are able to assist the following details will help:
Donor Name and Address
Bank Account: 03 1702 0192208 02
Amount Pledged:  $
If you have any questions please contact Stuart or Euan.
The President’s Blurb
Covid alert levels have done it to us again - another 7 days. This week we have Darren Wright and Ken Pope from The Greater Christchurch Earthquake Resolution Service speaking to us about botched repairs claims and claims arising after on-sales. 
In light of the level 2 restrictions it will still be plated meals this week - half roasts and half fish and chips.  It is a Partners night so it is important to let Deryn know whether you are coming (Yes or No) and whether you are bringing a partner. 
The following week Thursday 24th is the finals night for the Primary and Intermediate speech competitions. The meal (hopefully back to a buffet) will start at 5.30pm to enable members to get to Heaton Intermediate School on time. 
Arie and I did a stint collecting for MS and Parkinson’s at Northwood New World. We were right beside the Lotto counter and were struck by people’s generosity and some of the tragic stories they told about family members affected by these diseases.
Thank-you to many members who assisted with the collecting.  Last Tuesday we managed to join the team weeding at Papanui Bush on a fine day. We were surprised by the growth in the native trees planted at the Bush.
The committee night last Thursday was a great success with good attendances and some serious work being done by the committees. Thank you to everybody for your participation.
Just a reminder we are not permitted to go to the bar and order our own drinks - the club is operating on a single serve basis. A staff member has to come and take orders. Frustrating but that is life at every venue at present.
The general manager told us he had some complaints from diners who were not allowed to come to the bar but observed Rotarians trying to do exactly that.  Thanks for your understanding going forward.
Look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday.
Just took a call this afternoon from Deryn who has been informed that the meals for this Thursday’s meeting at the Papanui Club is either a roast or fish & chips. 
She has heard that the fish & chips are especially scrumptious.
Thought for the Week
“The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world.”
RI President-Elect Gary C. K. Huang
(The Rotarian Apr 2014)
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

School Climate Action Team help

School Climate Action Team Help
The local colleges in Blenheim have a group of youth who have formed a climate action team and took on a project to plant trees at several local schools.
Rotary Blenheim funded trees and joined them for a day going around local schools and planting trees.
School Climate Action Team help Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary School Speech Competition

Papanui Rotary Junior Speech Contest
Papanui Rotary runs a Junior Speech competition every year for students from years 5-8.
There is an excellent response from local schools. Most years there are at least nine schools represented. This year 2 new schools joined the competition. The students produce many outstanding speeches on a wide range of subjects.
This year there are over 30 students competing in Years 5 and 6  and 25 in Years 7 and 8. The top 4 speakers from each year go through to the finals which are held at the Heaton Intermediate Performing Arts Centre.
The standard of speeches is always very high and makes it a tough night for the judges.
It’s a great event which helps young students develop a skill to take them into their lives with the confidence to speak in public.
Rotary School Speech Competition Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Special Rotary Values Awards

Rotary Values School Awards
Christchurch Avon-Otakaro Rotary have annual awards for Intermediate students who meet Rotary values rather than academic/sporting awards.
They run an annual prize giving for schools in their area. It is for students in Intermediate schools (or equivalent) who have reflected Rotary values - and who might not otherwise get a prize for academic or sporting achievement. It is the jewel in the crown of their club activities as it is very well received.
They also do a prize giving for students “graduating” a youth offenders facility which is also very well received. Members who go along say that find it very moving as these kids often get nothing.
They also provide prizes to two high schools in their area for a student who has overcome difficulties that year.
Special Rotary Values Awards Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Ready to Learn Package

Rotary Ready to Learn Package
Rangiora Rotary has offered a "ready to learn" package to one school per year. The first was Southbrook, followed by Rangiora Borough and this year it will be Ashgrove School.
The ready to learn package is given to the School to administer. The School Principal uses it for pupils who would miss out on things like sports gear or classroom books or similar materials.
They tradiitionally valued the packages at $100 per needy pupil and got the estimated numbers from the school.
Ready to Learn Package Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Enrichment Program

Rotary Enrichment Program
The Rotary Enrichment Programme (REP) is a community initiative sponsored by the Penrose Rotary Club.
The focus of this programme, is to enrich and enhance the literacy and reading skills of the College’s Year 9 students, while its aim is to accelerate their learning to prepare them for their future NCEA assessments.
Tutors from the community work weekly with students who have been selected because they have shown they have the potential to do well at the College.
These tutors are doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, teachers accountants etc. They give their time freely to work one-on-one with our students.
The REP coordinator says that, “The success of the programme can be measured by the glowing reports received from the various ERO visits, parents’ and students’ feedback, and knowing that five of our current prefects are ex-REP students.”
Rotary Enrichment Program Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

School Pets Day and Art Work

School Pets Day and Art Work
Lincoln Primary hold a large annual Pets’ Day and Lincoln Rotary supplied 13 volunteers who despite the name of the event actually judged various year groups’ art work.
It was a great morning and Rotary want to do that again in November. 
The Rotary Club visited the new Primary (Ararira Springs) and met with the Principal.
They have a very active group of parents but most of them work during the day so cannot assist during the normal school day.
They therefore asked Rotary for volunteers to help with reading and listening to reading and clubs such as cookery and gardening.
The club has various volunteers lined up but have yet to start this due to Covid-19 restriction and school holidays. Hopefully they can start when they get back later this month.
School Pets Day and Art Work Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Intermediate School Breakfasts

Intermediate School Breakfasts
Whakatu Rotary cooked and served breakfasts for Intermediate students. One day for boys. One for girls. There were inspirational speakers and each student could invite a special guest. 
It was a most significant school project for the club. For a number of years they prepared, cooked, served (and cleaned up!) breakfast over two mornings every second year for Nelson Intermediate students and a parent/carer/significant adult as part of leadership and mentoring programme.
The first day was for the girls and the second for the boys. Each breakfast was like a school formal, with fully set tables in the hall, followed by a guest speaker promoting leadership, education, goal-setting, etc for the young people, who really looked forward to it.
At present, the tradition has not continued but is a good example of a fun and meaningful project which brings a Rotary Club  into contact with the school, staff and students.
An excellent artcile featuring photos and videos from Stuff can be seen by clicking here:
Intermediate School Breakfasts Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

School Special Needs Camp

School Special Needs Camp

At Papanui High School, the Kimi Ora Unit is for students with an intellectual disability.
Each student works on an Individual Education Programme, which is worked out jointly by the student, the family, specialists and the school staff.
There is a strong emphasis on communication, functional life skills, relationships and self-care. Their programme aims ultimately to transition and support students through work experience opportunities and the ongoing development of independent living skills.
There are two rooms, fully equipped with kitchen areas, class and office space, computers, a TV etc. Classes make use of the school library and community library, gymnasium, computer science, food and nutrition and other specialist rooms.
All students have Art, Physical Education, Music and Food and Nutrition with specialist teachers.
Based on IEP and staff assessment, students can, where appropriate, also join mainstream classes.
These students are fully accepted as part of the wider school and take part in all special school events such as sports days, school dances and special events. They attend form time in a mainstream class.
Senior students work alongside the Kimi Ora students as peer tutors and assist with the annual camp.
The Kimi Ora Camp
The annual camp is held in late September each year. Year 12 students act as leaders and run the 3 day camp and activities. It is rewarding for the leaders and students. They end up one big happy family.
Papanui Rotary runs a BBQ fundraiser which is specifically to provide some financial assistance with accommodation, food transport and camp activities.
School Special Needs Camp Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Edible Garden Working Bee

Edible Garden Working Bee

Blenheim Rotary have been assisting a lower decile school. Initial involvement was a working bee to clean up the school edible garden and then a later working bee to extend this to further gardens.
They also ran a working bee to fix the school bikes which are held at the school for children without bikes of their own or not at school.
Rotary held their club night at the school and with the donation from the local STIHL Shop of a pole driver, planed 350 trees that had been donated to the school.
Rotarians attended the Matariki night at the school and helped with the sausage sizzle.
The local colleges have a group of youth who have formed a climate action team and took on a project to plant trees at several local schools. Rotary Blenheim funded $1000.00 worth of trees and joined them for a day going around local schools and planting trees.
Rotary Blenheim has funded an information evening with Nathan Wallis (gold coin donation) He focused on the importance of the formative years of prenatal and preschool.
Edible Garden Working Bee Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

School Farm Visit

School Farm Visit

Ferrymead Rotary organised a school trip to a farm.
Many children had never been on a farm before and some had never been out of Christchurch.
Rotarians have a vast network of personal and business contacts. These can come into play to help schools with a variety of activities for students who may have not experienced some things in the wider world.
It is often easier for a Rotary Club to provide time, contacts or experience rather than using the proceeds from fund raising.
School Farm Visit Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Touch Rugby Shirts for Juniors

Touch Rugby shirts for Juniors in Belfast and Kaiapoi

In 2008 40 Junior touch teams (ages 5 to 12) in the Belfast area had no playing shirts to identify their team. Some parents couldn't afford to buy a shirt for their child to play in and they were unable to play.
Using the slogan 'Kids in sport stay out of court' the Rotary Club of Belfast/Kaiapoi set about finding sponsors from the local business community and from Club members themselves.
With these sponsors in place they purchased 40 sets of playing shirts for the teams.
There are up to 12 players in each team. This meant over 400 shirts.
Each team has a different colour shirt, a number on the back, the sponsor's name on the right front and the Rotary logo on the left front. They have now repeated this project each year since 2008.
The Junior Touch Game has grown in 2020 to now include a total of 63 teams from Belfast and Kaiapoi and this means that there are over 600 young people from age 5 through to 12 years playing each week.
Touch Rugby Shirts for Juniors Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Remedial Reading Helpers

Remedial Reading Helpers

At one Canterbury Primary School members from two local Rotary Clubs go to school each week to guide students in their remedial reading session.
This school, like many others, has students who participate in special remedial reading programs.
The challenge is that, teachers and assistants often do not have the time to sit for reasonable periods of time to listen to the students reading.
Many Rotary club members have committed to be there every week to listen to and guide the young students.
It is rewarding for the Rotarians and enjoyed by the students.
Remedial Reading Helpers Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

My Journey in Rotary

My Journey in Rotary
We were treated to newly inducted member Mark Bond’s presentation to us last week including his Rotary journey so far.
“This is the 3rd Rotary Club I have been with” started Mark “which are Melbourne Garden City, Belfast and Papanui.”
Mark’s father joined the Timaru Club and he was dragged along as well.  In 1979 he transferred to Christchurch which he found a bit of a challenge to fit into.  In 1982 Mark was sponsored by the Papanui Club into RYLA and then joined Roterac. “I made many good friends in those days” smiled Mark. 
In 1989 Mark moved to Auckland but was still dragged along to Papanui Rotary when in Christchurch.  In 1996 he then moved to Melbourne and met a bloke who took him along to a local Rotary club which had an interesting “no alcohol” approach. 
Mark then returned to Christchurch in 2001 to join a law firm and became a partner in 2005. He also joined the Garden City Rotary Club at that time.
In 2009 he took some leave and decided to take a break from Rotary around the time of the earthquakes.  “I eventually decided to re-join and here I am” he laughed.
Mark has been very grateful for the fellowship that both his parents also valued and feels he has some big shoes to fill but is willing to do his best.
“My law firm manages everything to do with property” he explained.  Mark runs a busy team and is also a Board Member of Aged Concern which focuses on celebrating what they contribute.
This includes managing a very active property market which included dealing with the incredible growth in EQC plus, more recently, managing the effects of Covid-19 on property activity.
“Late last year there was a rise in values but since then we have experienced major changes in regulations that require much greater attention to compliance and diligence” noted Mark. He also noted that there has recently been a greater number of listings but still a shortage of stock which makes it a sellers’ market.    
Like Hill St Blues, Mark’s advice at the present time is: “Be careful out there” as the quality of repairs and workmanship in the past was extremely variable and often did not require consent.  He also strongly recommended that you obtain a report from a structural engineer before pursuing any purchase.   
In addition to enjoying time with his two boys aged 16 & 18, Mark is also kept busy as the Code of Conduct Commissioner at many levels of cricket and has become involved in Canterbury Golf to boot.  His interests include playing golf, and dabbling in the kitchen.  Watching his boys play hockey is also high up on his liked activities list.
Ken thanked Mark for his interesting talk and we look forward to the wide range skills and experiences including those with Rotary that he brings to our Club.
My Journey in Rotary Grant Paice 2020-09-07 12:00:00Z 0


Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020
NOTE: an order form will be sent out to all members shortly.
As promised attached is the line-up of Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020.  As you will see the old favourites especially Casa Blanca are still there and there are also three new ones we have never had before.

The freesia flyer has already been circulated and there have been good orders but there are still plenty left. I hadn't seen the bulbs when the flyer went out and I have to say that they are nice big bulbs and should do well.

This year I have left the price of the Lily flyer so that you can insert your own, as you may want to add a dollar or two to cover freight. The retail should be at least $10. 

Bruce Kelly
Treasurer Rakaia Lions Charitable Trust
A Great Suggestion from Liz
Jan has been nominated for a Westfield Local Hero Award.
Many of us know Jan through cooking at RM house and I thought it would be awesome to get as many of our members to vote for her. The prize is $10,000 and it goes back to Ronald McDonald house. 
The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. The $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support communities over the next two years.
Gary suggested that we might be able to apply for this if we are aware of the needs of the priority groups which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.
The President’s Blurb
I enjoyed Mark Bond's job talk last week. He joined us only the week before but his association with Rotary has been long and eventful. Welcome to the club Mark. 
One thing I did notice last week was the number of folk who were on duty but who were absent without having arranged a swap or replacement. Please if you are not going to be at a meeting, organise a swap or replacement and drop me a line or text so I am not rushing around on the night looking for volunteers to help out. 
Because we are not in buffet mode at the club at present we are getting plated meals. The Papanui Club need to try and get the numbers as accurate as possible. In the current state of things it is helpful if you let Deryn know whether you are coming ‘yes or no’ and absolutely if you are bringing a guest. 
The extension of alert levels is playing havoc with our club calendar. I am working with the directors to confirm various dates and reschedule if necessary. This information will be helpful when you sit down later in the week with your committees. 
Enjoy your committee night. 
Thought for the Week
“Dear optimist, pessimist and realist.  While you three were arguing about the glass of water, I drank it.  Sincerely the opportunist.”
Snippets gra 2020-09-07 12:00:00Z 0

Mark Bond

A Big Welcome to Mark Bond
As noted in the President’s Blurb below, it was a pleasure to warmly welcome Mark Bond into Papanui Rotary.  Mark was joined for the occasion by his wife Julie, his mother Adrianne and his good friend Craig Sargison, President of the Rangiora Rotary Club.
Mark & Craig with the 4 Way Test
Mark brings a board wealth of skills and experiences to the club and we are looking forward to his presentation to us next Thursday evening.
Mark Bond Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

My Three Shirts

My Three Shirts
Chris wearing his Camouflage Shirt & Chaplain Sash
Our special guest speaker last week was Chris Purdie, a Leading Shepherd and Principal Army Chaplain at Burnham Military Camp.
Married to Sylvia and proud father of three boys, Chris has been in a ministering role for thirteen years and has been based at Burnham for the last five of these.
1st Shirt
“My first shirt is my Army T-Shirt which means I still have to participate in and pass all fitness requirements” explained Chris.  He has also found this a great way to meet and get to know all his fellow Army comrades.
One of his primary tasks is to run services every Sunday.  As Burnham also doubles as the Defence Force Prison, he also gets the opportunity to meet those who are currently incarcerated who especially enjoy the opportunity to have some time out plus it also allows Chris to share who he is and what he offers.
“Most of the other time I am involved in a wide range of camp activities which gives me additional ways to get to know a wider range of camp residents” he added.
2nd Shirt
The 2nd shirt Chris then showed us was his camouflage shirt which includes showing that he is also an Army Officer paid by the Govt. 
Chris then explained that he started his working life in social work and spent a lot of time supporting youth before deciding that chaplaincy seemed an appropriate next step.
“My job” explained Chris “is to see that soldiers get the spiritual care they need”.  This sometimes involves calling in other faith specialists to help the diversified range of people to works with.  Chris also works in closely with other support personnel which helps provide a more comprehensive support service.
With respect to service, Chris went to Afghanistan in 2008-09 as a non-combatant.  “I was lucky that things were very quiet at that time and ended up spending a lot of time with the medics” he added.  Chris felt it was a very useful experience to be overseas and in the field as it was quite different to camp life.
In looking back at his main role, Christ added that a key part is liaising with other professionals to ensure the people he supports get the best help they can.  “Many people wait too long to ask for help” he explained “and this gives us the opportunity to intervene in a more timely and effective manner.”
3rd Shirt
The final shirt, Chris explained, is his Army Jacket.  In addition to his three shirts, Chris also wears his preaching outfit.
“I am especially proud of my sash”, he smiled, “which I wear at special ceremonies and events.”  It is nationally recognised to signify that the wearer is a Chaplain.
Returning to the morning services he runs which start at 6:00 am, Chris noted that many military people are quite spiritual by nature which many members of the public might not realise.
“Chaplains have been in the Armed Forces since the 1880s” Chris noted “and a large part of our role has always been to listen to their problems and support them as they consider solutions.” 
What really helps, he explained, is that the army sees people as its most valuable resource and that supporting those them through injuries or challenges is critical.
John thanked Chris for his interesting and informative presentation and we wished him well for his ongoing valuable work at Burnham.
My Three Shirts Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0


Liz sent this brief video through that shows the Rotary International President and the Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee Chair talking about Africa being Polio free.
CTRL-Click here to view it.
Target Shooting Competition is Go
Our planned Target Shooting Competition is still planned for September 29th.  We are looking for volunteers and Arie will be updating us shortly.
Rotary Gear
Thanks, Lois, for sending these pictures through of newly available Rotary gear.  Contact Liz or Lois for details on how to order these if you are interested.
Papanui Bush Dates
Put these dates in your Calendars for helping out from 9.30-11.30 am and enjoying morning tea every second Tuesday of the month. 

Sept 8th, Oct 13, Nov 10th
Bring your own flask. I look forward to seeing you there.
2nd Reminder …
Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your friends and family as 20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising.
They can purchase any one of the 21 Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and we retain 20% of the purchase price.
Thanks for your support:
The President’s Blurb
It was wonderful to be able to induct new member Mark Bond last Thursday. Mum Adrienne was very proud and it was special to have her and Mark's wife Julie along on the night plus Mark’s good friend Craig Sargison, President of the Rangiora Rotary Club.
If any member knows people who they believe are keen to serve their community and might be willing to do that with Rotary please feed the names to Arie or Nick and they will pick up from there with the membership committee. 
Alert levels have not changed so this week it will be plated meals at the club again.
This week I have a cluster meeting with Assistant Governor Craig Murphy and the Presidents of Avonhead, Hornby, Riccarton and Sunrise. It is always interesting to hear what other clubs are up to, share ideas and hear how they are handling change in this challenging environment we operate in. 
Thought for the Morning
“Grant’s “tree”mendous 2nd excuse for a late Club Chat!”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0


Goodbye Wild Poliovirus
C/- Liz
Within the next few days, as reported in the current issue of Rotary Down Under, the World Health Organisation African Region will be officially certified free of wild poliovirus.
August 25 is the red letter day and certification will come four years after Nigeria, the last Polio endemic country in Africa, recorded its last case of wild Polio!
When the African region is certified as wild Polio-free, five of the six WHO regions (representing over 90% of the world’s population) will be free of the wild poliovirus.
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region.  It has involved millions of health workers travelling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
In 1996, Rotary and our partners joined with Nelson Mandela to jumpstart Africa’s commitment to polio eradication with the launch of the ‘Kick Polio out of Africa’ campaign. Mandella’s call mobilized African nations and leaders across the continent to step up their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine.
Since 1996, nine billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided, averting an estimated 1.8 million cases of wild poliovirus on the continent.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of thousands of Rotary members, health workers, traditional and religious leaders, parents, and country leaders.
Rotary and its members have contributed nearly US$980 million to eliminate polio in the African region.
These are amazing statistics and they were highlighted during an End Polio Now Zoom meeting involving 60 EPN Coordinators, Rotary senior leaders and Rotary International staff.
RI Past President and TRF Trustee Chairman Elect John Germ announced Rotary’s fund raising details from the 2019/20 Rotary year in which we just scrambled over the line to reach the coverted goal of US$50 million to ensure the two for one bonus of US$100 million from the Gates Foundation was achieved.
Cash income reached a final total of US$50,795,000!
My request to you all is to share the above information with all Rotary clubs and team members during the next week.
Fund raising in the shadow of Covid-19 will be difficult again in the year ahead and our senior leaders have urged End Polio Now coordinators to encourage their teams to make an early start.
Now is the time to plan high profile activities for World Polio Month in October and especially on World Polio Day of October 24.
The September issue of RDU will carry full details of the Sir Clem Renouf Polio Appeal to be conducted over the next six months and to encourage high level fund raising by all Rotary Clubs and members: a fitting tribute to one of our world’s great Rotary leaders.
Rob Byrne, TRF Services senior coordinator at the RI South Pacific & Philippines office in Parramatta, will do a direct mailing to all Governors and Rotary Clubs with simple instructions on the banking system to support the Clem Renouf Appeal. Our senior leaders in Bill Boyd, Ian Riseley, Noel Trevaskis and Jessie Harman have prepared brief video messages available via the RDU Studio to promote the Appeal and the concept of the virtual meals.
Please urge your Rotary Clubs to get on board and donate the value of their Rotary meal to the Appeal.  Let’s make this new concept work and don’t forget … plan your World Polio Day celebrations now!   
With thanks and warm best wishes,
PDG Bob Aitken
Poliovirus Liz Courtney 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0


Gary Hopkinson sent through an email where he was delighted to confirm that five Rotary Clubs attained a citation last year (four with distinction) with many others coming close to also achieving this.
The Clubs that achieved this are Cashmere, Greymouth, Lincoln, Papanui and Riccarton.
This is a significant award that honours Clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success.  Clubs that achieve the goals required to achieve this are viewed as helping strengthen Rotary and shaping our future.
Citation Keith Mitchell 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0


Quiz Night
The recent Quiz Night raised a net profit of $2,668.  
Thank-you to all those who donated goods or supported the night by your participation.
20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising.
Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your friends and family. 
They can purchase any one of the 21 Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and we retain 20% of the purchase price.
Thanks for your support:
Gordon & the Rotary Club of Papanui.
The President Elect’s Blurb
Many thanks to attending members last week who put up with my 1st go at running a meeting.  Special thanks to Deryn for her fantastic support.
On to more important matters, President Janice has just told me that - similar to last week - we are having another two-choice main meal of either (1) a roast or (2) a Beef & Guinness Stew with a pudding to follow this coming Thursday the 27th.
Remember me talking last week about my A&W job at A&W when I lived in Canada?  This is the only job I have ever had where I sometimes got to ski to work.
Cheers: Grant
Thought for the Week
“No-one has more to do that a toddler at bedtime.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0

Lessons Past

Lessons from the Past?
The Dangers of a Pandemic Flu
Paula Arrubla-DiGrigoli and Colette Oduy Joseph, from the Collier County Health Department, gave a presentation on pandemic flu to members of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary at the Marco Island Yacht Club in August 2006.
Joseph gave examples of past pandemics. In 1918, there was the Spanish flu, which affected 40 percent of the world population and originated in Kansas. In 1957, there were 70,000 deaths in the United States because of the Asian flu.
She explained the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Seasonal flu occurs every year during the winter and most people recover in one to two weeks. Pandemic flu occurs infrequently, maybe three times each century, and can occur any time of year.
The flu virus is not always considered airborne and is also transferred through touch. For example, if a person with the flu sneezes into his or her hand and then touches a door knob and someone else touches that same knob it can lead to them becoming unwell.
Since the flu is a virus, it needs a host such as a bird or human. For example avian, or bird flu, is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally among wild birds.  A pandemic flu is virulent and causes a global outbreak.
The World Health Organization has developed a system of identifying where the world stands with regard to pandemic flu. Because a pandemic flu would be worldwide, she said, we need to be prepared to help ourselves.
During her presentation, Arrubla-DiGrigoli warned that when the first human is found with a pandemic flu, there will be as little as 30 days before it spreads worldwide.
When we develop an antivirus, we also need to determine now who would receive a vaccine if it is in limited supply and also how people would need to be in voluntary isolation to keep it from spreading.
To avoid contracting the flu, she said to wash hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and stay home if you have flu symptoms.  Also thoroughly wash eating utensils, avoid close contact with family members who are sick.
She said everyone should also get an annual flu shot.
Receiving proper education from health and emergency officials is just the first step in heightening awareness and preparing in advance.
Lessons Past 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0


Thursday the 20th at the Pap Club is “GO”
After the challenges of the previous few days after our return to Level 2, Deryn & Grant with President Janice’s approval have decided that having a meeting at the Papanui Club for interested members this Thursday the 2oth is a “go”.
We have been offered a “two-choice meal” of a Roast or Lamb Shanks plus pudding and decided to go with this meeting as a social opportunity for interested members to get together. 
We will be there from 5:15 pm to take payment in the usual ways.  We will also set out the tables & chairs to ensure social distancing is followed and hopefully enough of the tech members will be able to attend and help set up the speaker system etc.
Please let us know via an apology if you are not able to make it and for those who are coming to either look for the QR code to scan with the Covid App or for a sign in sheet near the front entrances.
Grant will open the meeting before the meal.
Afterwards we will have a very brief presentation from Grant on a dubious topic of vague interest that he has yet to decide on and after that we will run a brief table competition with prizes.  Others are also welcome to share info on upcoming events or news etc.
We both look forward to seeing you there.
Deryn & Grant
Two Reminders from Deryn
If you have not yet paid your sub, please do as as soon as possible as these are now overdue.

If you have not yet paid what you owe from the Brown Paper Bag Auction please do so as soon as possible. If you can't remember what you owe, please contact Deryn on 021 161861 or email her at
Though for the Week
“It’s not about the cards you are dealt that matters but by how you play them.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0


The President’s Blurb
We had a great night last Thursday and an excellent speaker. We also dealt with a lot of club business which was great to see. There are a lot of committees working hard. 
We enjoyed returning to a full buffet meal at the club last week. During the week the Papanui Club indicated that the meal prices are going up this week by a dollar.
The Papanui Club had been indicating this shift in their pricing before Covid 19. So the meal charge when you come to club is now $24.  As noted in Grant’s recent analysis this still represents a significant discount that we are grateful for.
The Quiz night on Sunday night hosted by the International committee was a huge success with nearly 100 people taking part. Thanks to Verdi for an excellent night out.  Verdi is still finalising the numbers but is predicting a total sum raised close to $3,000. 
Mark Bond (son of the late Alan and Adrienne Bond) has been proposed for membership. We are still working on the date of the induction which depends on the availability of family members. 
I attended a cluster meeting with Asst Gov Craig Murphy and other club presidents last Wednesday. It was reported that there are a lot of clubs in the city dealing with venue and catering issues. Relocation options are limited and often more expensive. 
A lot of interest was shown in our Rotary Can Project. Many clubs want to participate in the same week we next do a collection but there may be a variety of charities that benefit. 
Christchurch Sunrise reported that another e-day collection (where people can drop of old TVs, computers etc) is planned for later in the year. 
Many clubs were having issues with membership as a result of  deaths, members who are nervous about health conditions not attending and some who just decided to set a new path in life and resign. Clubs are worried about how to retain members, what groups to target and how to remain relevant and attractive.
There is work to do.  It was agreed to share notes on good speakers and projects that clubs could work together on.
Jennifer E. Jones Nominee for 2022-23 President
Foundation Trustee Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a ground breaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organisation’s 115 year history.
Rifle Shooting Competition
A reminder that the next Papanui Rotary rifle shooting competition will be held on the 29th of September. We have hosted it for some time and need volunteers to run it. More information coming shortly.
Thought for the Week
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Tim Jones

The Hāpai Foundation
Tim Jones, from the recently formed Hāpai Foundation that supports people with intellectual challenges to live full and happy lives, addressed us last week.
“Our approach is to try to help people think differently about intellectual disability” explained Tim.
In New Zealand deinstitutionalisation took off in the 90’s with the aim being to help people live in their families, communities and schools as much as possible.
In recent times fundraising has become increasingly tough as New Zealand has one of the largest number of organisations seeking funds in the world.
A welfare council was set up in the past to support changes in how Templeton operated which helped bring  a diverse range of organisations together. This is still a work in progress.
“Our premise is that everyone deserves a fair go and we are a voice for those who are often without one” noted Tim.
“We see intellectual disability as better described as those who have challenges in their daily activities that most of us take for granted. Being a small number of people in the wider New Zealand community makes it hard for organisations like ours when fundraising” explained Tim.
There is a wide range of support available at all levels but it is the ones who sit in the middle that the organisation aims to ensure remain visible.
Their guess is that there are approximately 4000 people in Canterbury that have an intellectual disability. While there is a concentration in the Southwest, they are also quite widely spread throughout greater Christchurch and most are in need of support.
The company’s focus is on inclusivity which can be a challenge for their clients as they often struggle with quite simple things like going out for a coffee in a retail setting.
They have therefore decided to promote the use of an access card that rates local locations on their suitability for their clients. Countdown, for example, offers one hour week of quiet time which is a good start.
They are beginning to talk to lots of companies regarding their approach promoting what is called the Kiwi Able Card that allows a person with challenges to bring along a support person. Another option they are looking at is the Mobility Card which encourages holders to use supportive businesses.
Last week they were supported by the Minister who is keen to back this process.  Their sales pitch is that this meets the needs a significant proportion of the population who can support businesses during current tough times.
“We are hoping that our approach will increase awareness as this is a good way to support the clients we serve and to look at who can support us financially as we move forward” concluded Tim.
Doug thanked Tim for his presentation, passion and determination to help those who often do not have a voice for themselves.
Tim Jones Grant Paice 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Challenge

Rotary Foundation Challenge
A Presentation by Jim Hudson
Rotary is an International organisation in over 200 countries and we need to recognise this.
Founded in 1917, it's mission is to enhance understanding, world health and peace which includes making a significant impact on reducing polio and other water borne illnesses.
Funding for these activity comes through us as Rotarians.  Our biggest benefactor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which will triple our funding towards the eradication of polio campaign if we raise 50 million dollars.
We also have the opportunity to contribute by becoming Centurions for a tax deductible $100 per annum.
I would like to challenge our current Rotary membership to double our number of Centurions over the coming months.
Rotary Foundation Challenge Jim Hudson 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference

Rotary Making a Difference
Content from Rotary District 9970’s Newsletter
Rotary’s recent first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its week-long program at which a number of world leaders and partner organizations spoke about how we are all coming together to help each other through the pandemic.
In a video address, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said we need to work together to find solutions to the problems that are weakening our societies. 
“Your [Rotary’s] efforts have made a significant difference  in eradicating polio, in strengthening communities around the globe, in alleviating the suffering of vulnerable populations, and in building a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world,” Guterres said.
A panel of global health experts also discussed how the infrastructure that Rotary and its partners use for polio eradication has helped communities tackle the needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Christopher Elias, president of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that:
“In pretty much every country where the polio eradication initiative is active, which is over 50 countries, those assets have been dedicated to the COVID-19 response. The world is benefiting, particularly in the poorest countries where we’ve been chasing down the last cases of polio; we’re greatly benefitting from the infrastructure that (Rotary’s) polio initiative has built over the last three decades.”
Making a Difference Grant Paice 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Talent Quest

The Great Papanui Rotary Talent Quest
You never Know …
Evan has been giving some thought to the Rotary evening at 1 Kiln Place, Kaiapoi, on 20th August from 5:30 pm onwards as follows:
For some fun and entertainment we will present a "Papanui Rotary Has Talent” show (PRHAT).  
All very tongue in cheek and quite informal.  Members and partners might show us how talented they are and they might like to 'hide behind a stage name'.  The fellowship committee members will be the glamorous 'Talent Judges'.
They might say "It's a YES from me!"  For the evening people will need to bring finger food (yes keep it simple), plates, cups and a folding chair would be useful. Drinks (soft drink, beer ,wine,tea and coffee) and glasses will be provided.
Of course this will be a partners night.  No need to dress up,unless your talented performance requires it!  You may be good at magic, or music (I have a piano or singing (lipsynch?) or making us laugh, playing the ukelele, "flying a DC3"or displaying your photographyor sailing your yacht"or surprise us with your talent.
Warm  regards: Evan.
Talent Quest Evan Thomson 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0


The President’s Blurb
What a wonderful night last Thursday night at the club. The Brown Paper Bag Auction was lot of fun and at the same time raised over $1200 for club funds.  Assistant Governor Craig Murphy attended and sent a lovely message next morning saying how much he enjoyed the evening with us. 
The next fundraiser is the Quiz night this Sunday night being hosted by the International committee at Bailies Bar and Restaurant.   The Membership committee also has a Quiz night booked in October and Gary Denhard and the Youth Committee have booked the BBQ hut at Mitre 10 for a couple of Saturdays in the Spring/Summer. 
Mark Bond (son of Alan Bond) has been nominated for membership and the board is progressing this.This week there is another potential member coming to our meeting. 
This week I will be attending a cluster breakfast with other club presidents - this is a monthly event.  Later in the week I will be putting out a summary of last weeks board meeting as well as a couple of lines about the cluster breakfast. 
Thank-you for the many messages of support I have received in the last few weeks.
Papanui Bush is Go
A reminder from Denis that weeding at Papanui Bush is every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 9.30 am.  We hope to have a morning tea on the coming Tuesday the 11th as we push onwards and upwards.
2016 Speech Finals Night
Sarah Cumming, the Deputy Principal at Heaton Normal Intermediate School, is happy to once again have the school host the Papanui Rotary Speech Competition.  
The following dates are their preference:
  • Preliminaries: Thursday 17th September in the Learning Resource Centre & Room 20.  Avoiding break times would be great so participants are not distracted by the noise. 
  • Finals:  Thursday 24th September: in the Performing Arts Centre.
More details coming shortly.
Gordon has shared that Joan Hawley, wife of a former member of the Club the late John Hawley, has passed away and that the Funeral Service will be held at the Harewood Crematorium Chapel , Wilkinsons Road, on Wednesday at 11.00 am.
Thought for the Week
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

The President's Blurb

The President’s Blurb 27 July 2020
It was really enjoyable to go out last week to the Garden Thai restaurant.  Twenty members and six partners attended.  The food was good and so was the fellowship.
This week we have the Brown Paper Bag Auction at the Papanui Club. Please bring along something to be auctioned by our auctioneers.
The Board will be meeting this week and an evening will be set aside in the programme for a further discussion on the goal setting exercise. 
This Thursday evening (Brown Paper Bag Auction) is a fun night as well as a fundraiser for the Club and we might have some visitors.
I would also like to suggest that we please leave any discussion on the goal setting exercise to the allocated evening so we can focus on enjoying the Auction.
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
The President's Blurb Janice Geerlofs 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Pop Up Tearooms

Pop Up Tearooms
Deborah Gill-Smith asked me to send this on to you all with the following message: 
“I thought I’d pass this Flyer on to you as this is something I’m cooking lots of lovely treats for this coming Saturday in Lyttelton.   I thought some Rotarians might be interested in an outing.”
Deborah used to cook for our Rotary meetings and makes wonderful food. She is doing the cooking for the promotion.
Pop Up Tearooms Lois Flanagan 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0


A Reminder …
Thought for the Week
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary

Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary
On Thursday evening Nick presented in draft format the data and responses received from 35 members during the Club goal setting he and Liz facilitated by Zoom during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

An electronic PDF copy of the 17-page result is being emailed to you immediately after this story is published.
With input from Philippa McQueen and Cheryl Denhard, all the responses have been recorded and compiled under the following three groups for each of the goal setting time periods:

1) Club Goals - Looking After and Enhancing Ourselves.
2) Projects - Working Locally (supporting the Papanui Community)
3) Projects - Working Widely (supporting the wider Community- regional, national, international)

As Nick explained on Thursday, members need to take the time to read and review the responses and ideas and the Club Board which will the develop the next steps in the process.
Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary Nick Courtney 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Quiz Night

Quiz Night is Approaching Fast
The International Committee is holding a Quiz Night at Bailie's Bar, Edgeware Village on Sunday, 9 August 2020 commencing at 6.00pm to raise funds to purchase mattresses & bedding for the Tuppendane Orphanage in Tanzania.
Teams of six persons are invited to take part.  The entry fee is $15 per person.
There will be a raffle and a silent auction and we are looking for donations of either (a) items for a raffle hamper (b) raffle prizes or (c) silent auction prizes.
If you wish to enter a team please contact Verdi van Beek at 027 432 3962 or email him at .
Quiz Night Verdi Van Beek 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0


The President’s Blurb 21 July 2020
Last Thursday night we had a presentation from Nick Courtney on the goal setting exercise that members of the club had participated in. The presentation was the collation of the 35 responses received, ordered into 90 day, 12 month and 3 year goals. 
There was some discussion about the views expressed in the presentation (remembering that these were the views of the members) and concern was expressed by some.
The board will be meeting shortly to discuss next steps which will obviously involve discussion among our members. I have received lots of emails and at this stage do not wish to receive any more. The board and I value your views and input but they should be directed to the group discussions  that will be coming.
In the meantime we look forward to a fellowship evening this Thursday night and the Brown Paper Bag Auction on Thursday 30 July.  The first three Thursdays in August will be held at the Papanui Club which should leave us ample time to schedule the discussions.
What a great event!
Twenty-seven ladies dressed in pink and three Master Chefs had breakfast on Saturday morning at Lois’s house in Northwood. 
Gorgeous pink outfits combined with lots of fun and laughter made a happy time on a cold morning. Stories from Angela and Helen (who found she had fifty-two pairs of knickers on a count during lockdown) kept everyone entertained. We were also delighted to celebrate two special ladies, Ann and Angela, after their journey this past year with breast cancer. 
The three chefs (Tony, Keith & Arie) did a magnificent job of cooking corn fritters and washing up all the dishes by hand! Our grateful thanks to all three as they worked so hard. 
We also collected a huge number of gifts for the Women’s Refuge. Thanks so much to the generosity of all the ladies for the gifts.  Donations raised $450 for breast cancer which was a fantastic effort. 
This is a reminder that we are meeting at the Thai Garden Restaurant, 484 Cranford Street this Thursday the 23rd July. 
Start time is 6.00 pm. BYO (limit one bottle of wine per couple).  Plenty of onsite parking available.
Thought for the Week from Keith
Why be a Volunteer?
It's not for money, it's not for fame,
It's not for any personal gain.
It's just for love of fellowman
It's just to lend a helping hand.
It's just to give a tithe of self,
That's something you cannot buy with wealth.
It's not medals worn with pride
It's for that feeling deep inside.
It's that reward down in your heart
It's that feeling that you have been a part
of helping others far and near
that makes you be a volunteer.
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

New Board Underway

Our First Board Meeting
We had a great initial meeting of the new 2020/21 Board for at Nick & Liz Courtney’s place.
Onwards and upwards!
New Board Underway Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-12 12:00:00Z 0

Older Adults  Needs

Exploring the Needs of Older Adults in the Papanui-Innes Community Board Area
Gary Denhard
As Youth Director Gary was looking to find out what is happening in our community. While doing some research he came across this earlier document that has some interesting findings for our “older” youth.
Gary is also collecting stories of Youth Activities around the district and several clubs are involved in Boyle River. It was created by the Belfast, Kaiapoi and Rangiora Rotary Clubs 40 years ago.
He feels it is worth checking it out here if you would like to find out more about it and some great programs we could consider participating in.
Older Adults Needs Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-12 12:00:00Z 0


The President’s Blurb
Welcome to my “blurb” that I will be placing on Club Chat from time to time.
It was great to see so many members participate in Committee nights held either at Chair’s homes or at other times depending on availability.  There were lots of ideas and events from and subsequently the Club Calendar for the first 6 months is filling up fast.
Membership inducted 2 new members at change-over and are working with several more to try and get the Club to 50 members as well as look at alternative meeting formats to bring on different types of groups.
Ronald McDonald house is underway and the Hanmer Forest Camp has asked for assistance with their Halloween night Sat 31 Oct. Liz will be talking to Ray White as to what is planned this year.
Several Rotary clubs have indicated an interest in joining with us when there is speaker of interest available and others are keen to host us on a Club visit plus join us and take the successful Rotary Can Project to their neighbourhoods.
This week Nick is presenting the results of the goal setting exercise undertaken in June. 
Next week we will be holding “Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner”, a partners event.  Please support Barbara & the Fellowship crew as they put details together.  The cost is $25 per head and BYO.  Proceeds go to Club funds that help us deal with requests for assistance.
Cheers: Janice
A further reminder that the Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
If ladies are able can they please bring a small gift for Women’s Refuge to the breakfast. These can be a little bar of soap, flannel, toothpaste or anything small which can be passed on. 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to by 15 July. 
Hohepa Pathway & Reflection Garden Project
Keith send through that IPP Greg Cayford has been in touch with the 2019-20 Club Leaders to say thanks for a collaborative job well done.
We look forward to catching up again in Spring when we can revisit Hohepa and celebrate the new developments. 
Ronald McDonalds is Back!
As from August clubs and corporate groups are able to come back and cook for residents. Dates confirmed before Covid-19 are back on the calendar.
Janice is delighted to share that we are therefore back on for August 1oth, October 12th and December 7th.
This is great news … more details to follow.
Thought for the Week
 “Not everyone appreciates having a bath in winter!”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-12 12:00:00Z 0



Papanui Bush
Nice winter shot from Denis.
Who’s Coming to Dinner?
This fun event is planned for June the 23rd.  Guests bring $25 per person and a bottle of plonk.  We will be collecting names of hosts and guests shortly!
Brown Paper Bag Auction 30 July
Nick & Arie will be auctioneers at this annual event where you bid for “what’s in the bag”.  Please indicate on the bag if it is something significant to ensure the high rollers can take each other on for it.
Reality Bites
A reminder that our Reality Bites get together at 10:00 am is now on the 3rd Friday each month which falls on July the 17th.  See you there!
2nd Reminder
The Papanui Club require accurate numbers for meals each week that we are going to be meeting there.
To achieve this please advise if not attending and also if bringing a guest to before 10.00 am on Wednesdays.
If you do not attend and have not apologised the Papanui Club will have prepared a meal for you.
Also, when you are rostered on reception please be there by 5.15pm and help set up the reception area.
Thought for the Week
 “The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to our ability to reach it.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Year

Liz gave us a great overview of our year to date that focussed on the wide range of activities we have been involved with over the last twelve months. 
It began with Keith recording our history and then looked at the quite startling fact that we have had six past District Governors and will raise this to seven when Nick takes the reins in the future.
The following selection of pictures from Liz’s presentation capture the key activities we have had the privilege to have been involved with as Rotarians in what has certainly been a very different and challenging year.
Remembering our History
Welcoming new members
Working in Committees
Solving the World’s Problems
Supporting the Papanui Bush Project
Youth Leadership Awards
Community Breast Milk Support
Food Can Project during Covid-19 Lockdown
Emerging Leaders at Hanmer Camp
Halloween Event with Ray White
Attending Rotary Conferences
Presidents Elect Training
Additional activities that were mentioned included the trailer raffle that over three years has raised $75,000 for supporting community agencies and assisting with funding for the building of a BBQ area at the Burwood Spinal Unit.
Well done to all members and supporters who contributed their time, effort and passion to make our year a great success.
Our Rotary Year Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

Changeover 2020!

Changeover 2020!
Oh want a night!  No, it wasn’t “Late September back in ’64, what a very special time for me as I remember what a night.”
But what a great turnout and how well dressed up in style were a number of our members for one of the key evenings of the Papanui Rotary year.  Of particular note was Gary Denhard who looked especially dapper.
As part of our celebration we were delighted to induct two new members into the Club:
Inductees Kathy Anderson & Deborah Gimblett.
President Keith noted that Kathy’s experiences include extensive travelling across a vast range of countries and a real passion for caring for others while Deborah brings significant experiences as a Rotarian including being yet another DG that we are privileged to have in our Club.
Significant contributions by various Club members were then celebrated with particular note being made of the contribution that Gordon Shields and Tony Tizzard in particular have given the Club over many years.
Retiring President Keith then gave his Report that began with acknowledging that we never expected to find ourselves in the challenging Covid-19 situation.  “The world needs Rotary more than ever” he noted “to help support those who are struggling worldwide.”
Outgoing & Incoming Presidents Keith & Janice
Incoming President Janice next took the stand and shared some of her goals for the year that include focussing on ensuring that we look at new ways of doing things, continuing to grow our membership and to build a much wider public awareness and presence of who we are and what we do.
One of our guest visitors, DG Mark Yaxley , then spoke and as part of his thoughts going forward he suggested that we need to put the “fun” back into Rotary by ensuring that we have memorable moments that help make Clubs stronger.  This includes opportunities to work more closely with Toastmasters to this end.
Past and present DGs take a bow
Janice then closed the formal part of the evening by sharing the importance of working together going forward as espoused in the TEAM  analogy: “Together Everyone Achieves More”.
Changeover 2020! Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-28 12:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Environ

Supporting the Environment
Nick Courtney
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
Supporting the Environ Nick Courtney 2020-06-28 12:00:00Z 0


Want to Play?
Gary recently sent out a suggestion to members that those who are interested in learning to play the Ukulele might look at the “Ukulele for Beginners” course being offered through the
Adult & Community Education programme at Papanui High School in July.
This fun class will teach you the absolute basics to start playing the Ukulele. Mainly chord shapes and strumming rhythms to popular songs will be taught.  Gary also has a couple of spare Ukuleles he could lend to anyone who wants to have a go.
For more info click here for course details.
The Papanui Club require accurate numbers for meals each week that we are going to be meeting there.
To achieve this please advise if not attending and also if bringing a guest to before 10.00 am on Wednesdays.
If you do not attend and have not apologised the Papanui Club will have prepared a meal for you.
Also, when you are rostered on reception please be there by 5.15pm and help set up the reception area.
Many thanks:
The Attendance Department
 Picture of the Week
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A reminder that the Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to 
Verdi shared that we are once again organising a fundraiser event at Bailies at 6pm on Sunday August 9th with finds raised going towards providing bedding and mattresses for an orphanage in Tanzania.
Keep this date free … more info coming shortly.
The “Coffee Club” meetings to which all Club members are welcome will now be held on the 3rd Friday of each month at Reality Bites Café, Sawyers Arms Road.
This will be a regular event each month which I will also put in the Club Calendar.
The “Seniors” coffee morning, held for specifically for the older Club members and some Honorary members, is now also to be held on the first Wednesday of each month.
See you there!
Thought for the Week
“It is far better to dare mighty things even though we might fail than to stay in the twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-23 12:00:00Z 0
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Tomorrow is Changeover night.
We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible to celebrate both the past year and consider what the future might bring in what is one of the more challenging times we have faced for some time.
A saying I have always liked is as follows:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.”
Changeover Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-23 12:00:00Z 0


Living-alone Rotarians Fellowship
Two of our Founding Members
Since we dropped to Level 2, a group of living-alone ladies from Papanui Rotary have been meeting at Papanui Club on Friday evenings, and thoroughly enjoying the social contact after so long alone. 
They now extend a welcome to any living-alone Rotarian, man or woman, to join from 7.30 pm in the Lounge Bar at Papanui Club, Sawyers Arms Road, Christchurch for fellowship and a few laughs.
Get out of the house and make some new friends. This will be a weekly event and if sufficient people are interested in this we will look at meeting in different venues around the city so everyone gets the chance to meet closer to home. 
Please direct any inquiries to Deryn on 021 161 5861. 
Fellowship Deryn Tregurtha 2020-06-15 12:00:00Z 0


The Heartbeat (May/June 2020)
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation continue to monitor closely the pandemic of COVID-19, assessing its impact on Rotary operations, events and members.
What remains clear throughout is how Rotarians are using ingenuity, flexibility and shared resources to stay connected and help those most affected by Coronavirus.
We are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that, even at a distance, we’re people of action.
Stay safe; stay well; stay Rotary engaged!
See the full content here.
Heartbeat Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-15 12:00:00Z 0


Thought for the Week
 “The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to our ability to reach it.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-15 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Rotary Underway!

Papanui Rotary is Underway!
After many weeks apart it was great to finally get together with our fellow Rotarians & guests at The Papanui Club earlier this week.
Thanks to New Zealand’s early and effective approach to managing the challenges Covid-19 presents we were all intact and looking forward to getting back into action.
A great start to our interesting future going forward.
Pap Rotary Underway! Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-13 12:00:00Z 0

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

The Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30 am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
All Rotary ladies, wives, partners, widows and Friends of Rotary are invited to come as well as any friends you would like to bring. 
Ladies please wear something pink. There is a prize for the best pink outfit!! 
Come to support a great cause but to have fun and friendship as well as to enjoy  great home cooked food from our lovely (almost Michelin star) Rotary men chefs. 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to 
An anonymous donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation is your entry for a fabulous fun breakfast. There will be a raffle so bring some small change. 🌸🌸
Pink Ribbon Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2020-06-13 12:00:00Z 0


Tony Blackler Memorial Service
Tony was well-known in the District and we were all saddened by his sudden death. A memorial service for Tony is being held at St Martins Presbyterian Church, 43 St Martins Road, Christchurch, on Saturday, 27 June at 2.00pm.
A Change to Club Chats
As we are now back to some form of normality under Level 1, this will be the final Sunday Club Chat for the foreseeable future.
It has been my pleasure to help maintain contact with you all via this medium and I would like say how much I appreciated those of you who helped by contributing content over the last few months.
Starting this coming week future Chats will now be published on Tuesday evenings and will include upcoming duties.
Thought for the Week
 “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-13 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Rotary is Go

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice
Papanui Rotary is Up & Running
We are having our 1st in-person group meeting on Thursday the 10th of June since moving to Level 1 at midnight Tuesday.
After a number of Zoom meetings and social get together on screen, it will be great to get the opportunity for many of us who can attend to see each other in 3D for the first time since March.
We have been busy, though, with our activities including (1) the successful Can-2020 event where we gathered a significant amount of groceries for the Salvation Army (2) continuing to develop the Papanui Bush area and (3) we have begun a process of looking at our short, medium and long term strategic direction and operational activities going forward.
A quote I have always liked is:
“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from … all that matters is where you are going.”
Pap Rotary is Go Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-09 12:00:00Z 0

Did You Know

Did you Know …
Why is Rotary called Rotary?
The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.
What is World Rotary Day?
Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations' shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.
How many countries have Rotary clubs?
Two hundred countries.  It's made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
Did You Know Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-09 12:00:00Z 0


Picture of the Week
”Best wishes to everyone as we move forward in what will be a quite different world.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-09 12:00:00Z 0

Gordon Shields

Gordon Shields: My Time in Rotary
Gordon (2nd right) at Hanmer Forest Camp
I was born at Lewsham Hospital (now Southern Cross) on Bealey Ave in 1941 and spent the first five and a half years of my life on a farm at Masons Flat near Hawarden in North Canterbury.
My family then moved to Christchurch where I was educated at Hawarden District High School, New Brighton Primary, Papanui Central Seven Day Adventist, Heaton Intermediate (3 Years) and St Andrews College.
I started a Pharmacy apprenticeship with the late Em Dale (a charter member of our club) in 7959, Managed Redcliffs Pharmacy for seven years and purchased Shields Pharmacy at 95 Main North Road in 1972, took on a partner in 2000 and sold in September 2005.
I was President of the Canterbury Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, Vice President of the Canterbury Division of the Pharmacy Guild and a Director and former staff member of the Urgent Pharmacy.
During my primary and secondary years I was a St John Ambulance cadet, a member of the Presbyterian Reese Camp committee. More recently a member of St Giles Presbyterian Church Board of Managers, I am now on the Parish Council of The Village Presbyterian Church, a member of the Papanui High School PTA Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Hanmer Spring Forrest Camp Trust.
I became a Justice of the Peace in 1993.
Margaret and I were married in 1968 and have three daughters: Heather who is in Christchurch, with her sons Henry and Oscar and daughter Elsie, Kerry who lives in Incholme l8 kms out of Oamaru, and Paula who loves in Warkworth with her husband Andy and their two girls Joella and Elise.
I joined the Rotary Club of Papanui in September 1975 and have enjoyed the time, particularly the fellowship of non-pharmacists and the opportunity to help in the community. At the time of joining Rotary I could have told you anything & everything about pharmacy in Christchurch but not much else.
During my time in the Papanui Rotary I have been President, Director of Fellowship, International Committee, Foundation & and Community Service, and Treasurer for the last 11 years.
Time to retire.
I will start with "a what is my life" followed by activities that I am aware of since the chartering of the Club Rotary Address 4th June 2020
Robin Stirling and I attended a Rotary meeting probably round 1960-ish this being my first taste of Rotary before joining in 1975.
The RC of Papanui was charted on the 3rd of March 1958.  RC of Papanui's early major activity was the creation of the recreational area at the Groynes in 1960. This was possible because Neil lssac and Leister Farrer of lssac Construction and Farrer Waimak were charter members of the Club and had the appropriate machinery for the heavy work required.
Other activities undertaken in the early days include:
  • Swings constructed at Plynlimon Park by Joe Sedgley – Ron’s' father. 
  • Playground work at Erica Street and Armitage Reserves.
  • Demolition of old houses.
  • Building of a Mobile Stall which was available from the Waimairi County Council for Community Use.
  • Organising an auction of nursery stock the commission which went in the Children in Needs Trust.
  • When the Town Hall was built two pipes were donated for the organ: one in memory of Cliff Bowman a former of the Club.
  • The Club doubled the size of the Aged Peoples Welfare Centre in Blair Ave, refurbished and maintained it then used it for Club meetings until the APW Council sold the building in 2003.
  • Renovation & painting of the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hostel.
  • A Bookarama organised in a building on the Corner of Blair Ave and Papanui Road.
  • Building swimming pools at the Methodist Children's Home in Harewood Rd and Allenvale School.
  • Painting of the YMCA lodge at Arthurs Pass.
  • Arranging for two bath hoists for Bethany Hospital in Paparoa Street.
  • ln earlier days the Club organised a thank-you party for School Children’s traffic wardens at Xmas. 
  • Defence Driving was introduced in NZ by Jim Reid an active member of the club in earlier years.
  • We had a nursery at Heaton Intermediate School for plantings at Corsair Bay.
  • The Club organised work experience of students from Greymouth High School in Christchurch.
  • Organised a Men’s Health Forum with Lions & Kiwianas at St Andrew College.
  • The Club established the Papanui & Merivale Probus Clubs
Another major event was the establishment of Abilities lnc. in Vagues Road which gave work and organising activities for disabled people. The club was recognised with a Paul Harris Award for this venture. When no longer required the building was sold and the money raised was gifted towards the building of the Abilities Lodge at HSFC again mainly for the disabled.
Other activities the club has been involved in that I remember include:
  • High Country Farm visits organised by Lon Holland.
  • Fishing trips to Port Underwood with the Perry Families.
  • For youth: RYLA, RYDA, and science summer schools in Auckland.
  • Factory and work place visits to the Crematorium, Air NZ Hanger, Medical School and Prison.
  • Transporting paraplegics to Hanmer for the day being their first outing from Burwood Spinal Unit after their
  • Accidents.
  • Supplying suitcases for packing books, clothing, & medical supplies for Fiji.
  • Sourcing a wishing well to collect donations to assist Ronald McDonald House which I believe may still be at RMH.
More recently I have been involved with:
  • Tree of Giving at Northlands Shopping Centre.
  • The sale of The Entertainment Books since 2006 which return the Club $14 for each book sold and is now in digital form only.
  • Directing traffic at PHS for Aged Concern Expo parking.
Meeting Places of the RC of Papanui during my time have been:
  • 1958 St Giles Church Hall.
  • 1963 Papanui Memorial Hall.
  • 1971 Fendalton Community Centre Clyde Rd.
  • 1976 Autolodge.
  • 1977 Monavale.
  • 1979 Blair Ave Centre.
  • 1991 lsleworth School (briefly).
  • 2003 Elizabeth House.
  • 2005 St Pauls Church Lounge then back to St Giles when St Pauls found asbestos in their roof.
  • 2016 Papanui Club.
In addition to providing worthwhile services to the local community, there is one other main enjoyable aspect to being a member of Rotary that I have appreciated:
“The fellowship it provides members.”
Gordon Shields Gordon Shields 2020-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

Tony Tizzard

Tony Tizard: My Time in Rotary
Like Gordon I will start with some personal facts and then cover my years of enjoyment in the Papanui Rotary Club.
I was born in Christchurch two & a half months premature. I weighed 3 lb and fit snuggly inside an electric jug. My early education was at St Michaels’ school and later at Waltham Primary school, followed by Christchurch West High School.
With School Certificate in hand I left school for a good job in a grocery warehouse before joining Whitcombe & Tombs (now Whitcoulls) in the Educational Book Dept. I spent the next twenty years there ending up as the National Book Manager.
I left there to join a small book wholesale business which Cynthia and I eventually purchased and set about building it up to a NZ wide company selling to bookshops, libraries and schools across the country. Over twenty years later we retired leaving my son and daughter-in-law running the business which they are still doing today.
At the time my interest in Rotary began, you were invited to join by a current member. It was the custom to have two club members visit your home and conduct an interview. My interviewers were Alan Bond and Ralph Forbes.
I was subsequently inducted into the club in September 1997. Tonight, I am dressed in the more formal attire that was expected to be worn to meetings in those days. I quickly found that developing a new business and raising a young family was taking all my time and reluctantly resigned from the club some months later.
I am pleased to say that those early months had left me wanting more so by making a few adjustments I was excited to re-join Papanui Rotary on 30th June 1998. I learned so much during my first few years and quickly came to appreciate the fellowship and commitment of the Club members all of whom were only too eager to provide me with help and advice.  I was elected President for the 2004/2005 year, following the Club’s first lady President, Marie Fahey.
I vividly recall those first committee meetings. They were usually held at the appropriate Directors’ residence each month. The atmosphere was conducive to the development of many interesting projects that were discussed and planned.
In 2006/2007 I became Assistant Secretary and Bulletin editor from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 until July 2020 I have been Club Secretary.  I also had the privilege of being involved with some Rotary District work.
Following the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes, I acted as Administrative Secretary for the Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust and later also for the Rotary Neighbourhood Charitable Trust. Both these Trusts distributed many thousands of dollars to help those who suffered resulting from the ‘quakes.
Our Club has been involved in so many great projects over the years that it was difficult deciding on which of them to mention.
Here is a small selection:
  • Security duty for the weekend at Papanui High School for the school’s 75th Anniversary. (Spooky walking through Huge empty, dark marquee).
  • House painting at Gambia Street, Ian Place and Kaiapoi (where Arie threw a water blaster at me from the roof!)
  • Christmas tree sales. When the weather was bad this was a hard way to earn a few dollars.
  • Hanmer Forest Camp Abilities Trail which was opened in 2004.
  • Led by club member Brian Langley, the Rotary Massed Children’s choir project raised $15,000 for Child Cancer through the sale of cd’s and tapes.
  • Rotary Air Rally. Two distinguished pilots in the club, Ross Ewing and Keith Mitchell organised a rally for light aircraft using local private air strips. Club members acted as scrutineers at each strip. $2,000 was raised for the club’s Children in Need Trust.
  • Overseas Service. Jim Hudson has served Rotary undertaking dentistry work in Nepal, Kenya, Mexico and Thailand while Max Wright has worked in Fiji for many tears conduction ophthalmic work. Stuart Batty continues his outstanding work for Rotary NZ World Community Service in assisting the Pacific Islands and in Tanzania.
  • Speech Contests. During the 1970’s and 1980’s the club held the Murray Reid Shield Contest for secondary schools. Because of time restrictions with school curricula, this was eventually amended to the Junior Speech contest by club member Alan Bond where local primary and intermediate schools now participate.
  • Peer Support. The club has for many years sponsored the growth of the Peer Support programme at Papanui High School where senior school pupils attend a camp and learn how best to help and support first year pupils. Each senior pupil is then teamed up with a junior from day one of that pupil’s secondary schooling.
  • Gift Wrapping. For the past 10 years the club has organised this project for other local community groups and has been responsible for distributing over $120,000 to them.
  • Trailer raffle. This annual fundraiser is contributing well over $20,000 each year to chosen charities and community groups.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange. The club has supported this excellent programme over many years. They have both selected and sent students overseas and hosted many students from around the world.
My son spent a year in Germany with this scheme and we have hosted two students: one from Belgium and one from Germany.  We have also had the pleasure of hosting a couple from Croatia during the Rotary Friendship Exchange.
Some of the memorable District Conferences Cynthia and I have attended 9include”
  • Nelson, where we travelled to and from in the Lamb and Hayward seniors bus and withstood many inquisitive stares on the journey!
  • Akaroa where we dressed as characters from Hallo! Hallo!
  • Christchurch St Andrews College where Jim Hudson gave the most memorable rendition of addressing the haggis. Such was his enthusiasm that when wielding the sword to top the thistle his mighty swing saw him slice through part of the stage curtaining!
I found that by participating in committee work, and also attending Board meetings as Secretary, my self-confidence grew and I learnt not to be afraid of public speaking. Of course I still get quite nervous but good preparation helps to overcome this.
Papanui Rotary has enabled me to build and continue to enjoy the fellowship and friendship of so many committed and interesting people. These lasting relationships are, for me, one of the two cornerstones of my Rotary experience. The other is working for and in the community both local and overseas.
I really appreciate drawing on the experience of our older club members who have worked so hard for the club over many years. Their value to the club is worth so much to us. When we couple this with the energy and enthusiasm of the younger members’ we have the ingredients for a great club with exciting times to look forward to.
With respect to the future, I feel that we must continue to foster friendships by working together and using our combined skills and ideas to develop projects that assist both local and international communities. Do this and we have a bright future ahead.
We will all get the best from our Rotary membership in direct relationship to the effort we put in and I leave you with this following thought:
“Effort in equals satisfaction out.”
Tony Tizzard Tony Tizzard 2020-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Covid & Polio

Rotary, COVID-19 and Polio
This article from Liz explains about how the staff who go out to vaccinate against Polio are helping fight COVID. It makes for interesting reading and the important role many Rotarians are taking on overseas.
Over the next several months the polio infrastructure Rotary helped build – including its tools, workforce, and extensive surveillance networks – will be used to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by supporting preparedness and response activities in many countries, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This truly represents the ‘Plus” in PolioPlus.
Building on decades of experience stopping polio outbreaks, Rotary and our partners have a critical role to play in protecting communities from this unprecedented pandemic, just as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) did in the past to respond to outbreaks of Ebola, yellow fever, and Avian flu.
In places like Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan polio staff are tracing contacts and testing for COVID-19, combatting misinformation and sensitizing health professionals on the disease. The GPEI’s coordination mechanisms – such as hotlines and emergency operations centres – and physical assets like vehicles and computers have also been deployed against COVID-19.
Pakistan: Polio staff are aiding efforts to strengthen surveillance and raise awareness about COVID-19 across Pakistan. The team has trained hundreds of surveillance officers while also supporting the development of a new data system that’s fully integrated with the system used for polio.  Across the country, polio eradication logistics experts are facilitating the distribution of personal protective equipment for the COVID-19 response.
Rotarians are providing face masks, personal protection kits to medical staff, repairing ventilators, assisting governments in setting up and monitoring quarantines sites, and utilizing vaccine carriers to transport COVID-19 specimens to laboratories.
Rotary’s Polio Resource Centres are helping the fight against COVID-19 by sensitizing religious leaders and community influencers, producing posters with information on hygiene and physical distancing, and providing food rations to families in need.
Nigeria: In Ogun and Lagos states, over 50 polio program medical staff are conducting contact tracing, disease detection and data collection and analysis to stem the spread of COVID-19. World Health Organization field offices used for polio eradication coordination across the country are now supporting COVID-19 teams, and the GPEI is lending phones, vehicles and administrative support to the response.
Afghanistan: Over 3,750 community volunteers who typically support polio surveillance in Afghanistan are now promoting hand washing and positive hygiene practices in communities to reduce transmission and exposure to COVID-19.
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Papanui Bush Visit: New Date
Pap Bush before & after Friday’s efforts
Following the call to cancel on Saturday, we have reset the date for our walk-around to Tuesday the 9th of June at 10:00 am.
The forecast still looks OK for that date at this stage. 
Hohepa Project Message from Greg (via Keith)
Good evening all … it’s taken some time but Thunderbirds are Go!  We have been given some dates to get our planting underway as part of the District Grant project at Hohepa incorporating the new Pathway and Reflection Garden.
We are looking at two Saturdays (June 13 & June 20) with a back-up of June 27 in the advent of poor weather.
We would like to run two shifts per day:
10am – 12 noon
Lunch from 12 noon to 12.30 - on site
12.30pm (approx.) until 2.30pm.
Whilst this is a great community project and a great project for Hohepa, it is equally a great fellowship “hands on” project for Rotarians. Even more so because we are allowed out to play!
I apologise for the short notice but we had to wait for the stars to be aligned in so many ways and this has finally happened.
It would be great if I could get an indication from each of your clubs (Lincoln, Hornby, Papanui; Cashmere, Sunrise) as to how many people are available for each of the four shifts over the two days. Then we can work out a rough roster.
This should be a fun activity and a great way to finish of our Rotary year.
I look forward to hearing from you all by Email:
Thought for the Week
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting June 4th

Zoom Meeting June 4th
Nick & Liz
As noted in Liz’s email, President Keith has changed the starting time for our Zoom meeting tomorrow night from 6:30pm to 7:00pm in order to allow attendees to finish dinner before joining the meeting.

Details of the meeting are as follows:
Papanui Rotary Club Meeting
Tony Tizzard and Gordon Shields will both be retiring from their Club roles as Secretary and Treasurer. This will be a wonderful way to hear about their experiences and insights over the years. 

Jun 4, 2020 @ 07:00 PM Auckland, Wellington.

Click here to join the meeting.
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Baby Photo Comp

Baby Photo Competition Results
While there were only a small number of participants at last weekend’s Zoom Happy Hour, we still ran the great Baby Photo Quiz which was a lot of fun.
There were big babies, little babies, and babies you would recognise right away as they still look the same today.  We had them standing up, lying down, smiling and frowning. Some were in lovely knitted suits and some completely naked.
The winner of the bottle of wine was Liz Courtney with the highest score of 5 out of 15 guessed correctly.
We look forward to running this again at a later date.
Baby Photo Comp Gary Denhard 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Lets Find Out More About ... 

Let’s Find Out More About …
Grant Paice
What is your earliest memory?
I remember my 1st day at primary school.  I was the best dressed kid there.  I also learnt a valuable lesson when I tried playing with another boy’s building blocks and was told in no uncertain terms: “Mine … MINE!”
What was your first Job?
While at primary school did quite a few things including delivering papers and running a lawn mowing business.  I started the latter as I was in love with a girl one year older than me and this way I got to be near her while mowing her parent’s lawns.
Alas being one year younger at that age was a big “no” for her but I did get the neighbours either side of where she lived as new lawn mowing clients.
What is one of the accomplishments in your life so far that you are proud of?
Passing my first ski instructor qualification with the NZ Ski Instructors Alliance on the third attempt.  Back then there were only two levels and the courses were very tough with high pressure to perform and low pass rates.
I learnt that the secret was to stay positive, ski near the back of the group, say nothing unless asked and when told you were doing things wrong to smile and say: “Thank-you … I will work hard on that.” 
The Alliance now offers three levels with a more gentle 1st stage that is much more encouraging of aspiring new instructors.
How did you come to join Rotary?
Both Deryn and Stuart had a part to play in it. 
Deryn and I met at the West Coast Bar in Papanui on Friday evenings and she told me she was a Rotarian.  It interested me as before then I had mostly served on quite narrow focussed committees and was becoming more interested in organisations with a wider brief.
I met Stuart on a flight from Wellington to Christchurch.  Being quite a short flight I had ordered a drink a bit too late and was told their EftPOS had closed and I needed to pay cash.  I only had $2 on me but luckily Stuart came to the rescue.
I decided I had better come along to a meeting to pay him back and the rest is history.
As a Rotarian, which of the activities you have been involved in did you enjoy the most and why?
President Jenny approached me when she took over and said: “We’d like you to do our weekly Club Chat.” 
At first I was a bit unsure what I was getting into but thanks to great tuition from Liz I soon got the hang of it and I really enjoy helping members share and stay up to date with what we and the wider Rotary organisation are up to.
If you were able to go back in time and meet yourself when you were a teenager, what suggestion might you give yourself?
I would tell myself to never use a letter to break off a relationship.
From age 16 I went out with a lovely girl called Carol.  While other friends were falling in and out of love and moving repeatedly from infatuation to despair, we had a relatively calm time of it during those formative years.
After a few years I realised we were going in different directions but I was unsure what to do as I had never broken up with anyone before.  I decided to write her a lovely letter.  After it was sent I never heard from her for ages. 
A couple of weeks later I was walking through town one night and was tapped on the shoulder.  On turning around Carol called me something I cannot repeat here and delivered a match winning left hook that dumped me on the footpath.
A lesson very well learnt … no more letters.
Lets Find Out More About ... Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0


There will be a Pink Ribbon Breakfast for our Rotary ladies and friends in July to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation. 
Come to Lois’s house to enjoy a wonderful morning of fun while raising funds for a great cause.
This is just a preliminary notice to all our Rotary ladies to watch out for more details which will follow soon. 
A Snippet from the Recent Board Meeting
“It is clear that, if we are to appeal to the next generation, we need to pay attention to social media platforms.
Work is going into the District Facebook page, Instagram, and the District Newsletter so not only Rotarians know what is going on, but all who find us. The District website is also being refreshed.”
Check out other content including reference to one of our recent Club activities here.
Thought for the Week
“Life is like a ten speed bike: many of us have gears we have never tried using.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0


Thursday June 4th Zoom Meeting
A reminder from Keith that this Thursday (June 4th) we are having a Club Zoom meeting at 6.30 pm.  Tony Tizzard and Gordon Shields will be the guest speakers. It would be great to have a good attendance please.
Liz sent this brief update from Bill Gates on our ongoing efforts to eradicate Polio.
Zooming in
Don’t forget our social Zoom meeting tonight at 5:30 pm.  Gary will be running the Baby quiz at 5.45 pm after everyone has had the chance to catch up like we usually do.  
The login link is here.
Udderly Cow to replace Buzzy Bee
“The only constant in life is change.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-30 12:00:00Z 0

Can 2020 a Success

Can-2020 a Success
Liz Courtney
Over the last fortnight Papanui Rotary Club members have been collecting food cans for the Salvation Army Foodbank. After talking with the Salvation Army they had been inundated with people desperate for food after losing jobs.
Under the COVID-19 rules we needed to come up with a simple and contactless plan to collect from the public.
Deryn Tregurtha, who usually runs our trailer raffle, came up with the idea for people to leave a can by their letterbox on a designated day and time to suit the Rotarian collecting them and to keep the project a quick and simple thing to achieve, by asking each Rotarian to collect in their own street or nearby.
When completed the cans were then dropped off at a single collection point, to keep contact to a minimum, and then we arranged to deliver them to the Salvation Army Food depot.
Paul, who manages the Salvation Army Food Depot, helped us repack the bags and boxes onto pallets on the forklift.  Like us they were overwhelmed by the huge amount we collected and extremely thankful.
Within a 2 week period we collected just over 1500 cans and numerous packets of dried food, sauces and the occasional bars of chocolate!  In the end we needed a trailer to deliver them to the food depot and Courtney Architects office frontage now doesn’t look like a food store.
A very satisfying project under lockdown as it involved all the members giving everyone a sense of doing something good and necessary for our Christchurch community.
What a great result.
Can 2020 a Success Liz Courtney 2020-05-30 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Bush Activities

Pap Bush Activities Next Week
Denis, John & Grant
Progress in the NW showing Kotare & Paradise Duck  
As noted in an earlier Club Chat, Yvette Williams, Park Ranger (Programmes & Partnerships with the CCC) will be fully involved in the Arbor Day Papanui Bush planting on Friday June 5th and will be hosting two sessions: 10am - 11am and 11.15am - 12.15 pm.
If any Club Members would like to be part of this, you can come and join Denis at either session to help out.
On Saturday June 6th you are all  invited to join John, Denis and Grant on  a social “walk around” focussed event starting at 2:00 pm.  We may also have a small number of plants to tidy up from the day before.  
Please bring along a thermos if you would like to have a drink afterwards.
On arrival at “The Bush” either or both days please look for Yvette on Friday and Grant on Saturday as we need to capture your name & contact details.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pap Bush Activities Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-30 12:00:00Z 0

Cure Kids

Cure Kids
Liz Courtney
Who We Are
We focus on raising funding to enable high-impact, New Zealand-based medical research to help save, extend and improve the lives of children diagnosed with serious life-impacting and life-limiting health conditions.
Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, and since then we have invested more than $40 million in New Zealand research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.
Cure Kids’ funding supports researchers across New Zealand whose work focuses on childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy, infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns as well as child and adolescent mental health – and many, many other areas of research.
Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government. We work hard to support the best research possible to make a measurable difference to the health and well-being of children in New Zealand. This is made possible by the continued generosity of individuals, businesses and community groups across our remarkable country.
The Cure Kids team is made up of passionate and determined people who are all driven by the same goal; to find the cures that so many of our children need.
Cure Kids Members
The five Cure Kids Members participate in constitutional and governance management aspects of Cure Kids. Three are drawn from our founding partner, Rotary in New Zealand, continuing its proud association and support of Cure Kids.
The fourth Member is the current President or nominee of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand, while the fifth Member is a South Island based nominee from the Board of Paediatricians of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Cure Kids Liz Courtney 2020-05-30 12:00:00Z 0

Host a Roast

Host a Roast Opportunity
Liz Courtney
Ronald McDonald has again set up an initiative called Host a Roast and is inviting individual Rotarians or their Clubs to become involved in Ronald McDonald House South Island's fundraising event of the year.
Whether it's a curry or a lunch, a roast or a brunch, dining is better together!   
During the month of July, we are invited to host a roast, brunch or lunch and invite our whānau, friends or colleagues to attend for a $20 donation which will go towards supporting families who require a 'home away from home' while seeking hospital treatment for their child(ren).
“Until Level 1 is lifted they are employing a chef so instead of just giving them a donation we could consider doing this as a fundraiser for them and enjoy getting together at the same time” suggests Liz.
Host a Roast Liz Courtney 2020-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Bush Update

Papanui Bush Update
Yvette Williams, Park Ranger Programmes & Partnerships with the CCC, emailed Denis with this news re their plans for Friday the 5th of June.
Their team will be fully involved in the Arbor Day Papanui Bush planting on Friday June 5th and will be hosting two sessions: 10 am - 11 am and 11.15 am - 12.15 pm.
Papanui Rotary members who also want to come along on the Friday (as noted in earlier Chats) are also welcome to join Denis et al.  if interested.
More details re both the Friday and our more social “walk around” focussed event at 2:00 pm on Saturday June 6th will be in Sunday’s Chat.
Pap Bush Update Denis McMurtrie 2020-05-26 12:00:00Z 0


Zoom Meeting
While having changed to Level 2, the toys are still playing it safe with Zoom meetings and social distancing!
Joke of the Week from Mandi
A police officer stopped at a farm and said to the farmer: “I need to inspect your farm for illegal drugs."  The farmer agreed but said:”I wouldn’t go into that field over there".

The officer replied: “Mister, I have the authority of the Government with me" and, reaching into his pocket, pulled out his badge, shoved it in the farmer’s face and said:
“See this badge?  This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any land, no questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear?"
The farmer nodded politely, apologised, and went about his chores. A short time later he heard loud screams, looked up and saw the officer running for his life from the paddock while being chased by a huge mean bull.
With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer and it looked likely that he would not make it to safety.  The farmer threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs:
"Your badge, show him your badge!"
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Back to the Future

Back to the Future
Nick Courtney
Twenty-seven of our forty-five members, including a prospective new member, “Zoomed In” for last Thursday's Club goal setting session presented by Nick and Liz.
There were several apologies and others were unable to make the session.
Consequently, Nick has provided a copy of the PowerPoint as a PDF as well as the Brainstorm template to enable all those unable to attend the Zoom to participate or for those who wish to refresh.
The Board is keen to have responses from as many members as possible so the Club, as a top priority, can recover from the Covid-19 environment and move forward positively in the new environment.
Nick asked that all of those at the Zoom session forward their ninety day, twelve month as well as three year goals for the Club and thoughts to him at
Thank-you to the members, including prospective new members, who have already responded. Nick will be following up with all remaining members later in the coming week.
It does not matter how brief the responses are, as we are keen to hear all views and thoughts which will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
For those unable to attend the session here is a summary of the process:
  • Print off the “Goals Brainstorm List” attachment to the email sent to you if you can.  Otherwise use a sheet of paper.
  • View the Brainstorm session PDF attached to the email.
  • Fill in your list and email it back to Nick at
  • Use the Headings in the “Goals Brainstorm List” in the email to indicate where you want Papanui Rotary to be in the next three years, twelve months and ninety days.
  • Aim for at least five outcomes in each area on the list.
  • Make your three year goals big and bold.
  • Make your twelve month goals a stretch, yet achievable.
  • Make your ninety day goals super realistic.
Feel free to call Nick on (021) 370 256 after 5pm to talk through the process if you would like further clarification.
The involvement of as many members as possible is both highly valued and crucial to ensure we are able to move forward during these especially challenging times.
Back to the Future Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-23 12:00:00Z 0


Baby Photo Quiz
President Keith is inviting you to another fun Sunday Zoom Happy Hour on May 24th
This Sunday Gary is running a Baby Photo Quiz with a bottle of wine for the winners.  We have fifteen photos of current members when they were “babies”.
Either bring along the attached Answer Sheet that Gary emailed you or otherwise just get a piece of paper and write fifteen numbers down the left hand side.
You will see each baby photo for 15 seconds. Note these are all current members.
Gary will be running the meeting if Liz is unavailable.
It’s That Time of Year
Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link  with your friends and family.
If they purchase any one of the twenty-one Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and 20% of every one sold contributes to our fundraising.
Thanks for your support:
Gordon & the Rotary Club of Papanui.
Thought for the Week:
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-23 12:00:00Z 0

Visit to Pap Bush

Papanui Bush Visit
Grant Paice
John, Denis and I were joined by Brian Burke, Chairman of the Papanui Village Business Association, for an informative stroll through Papanui Bush. 
At the designated meeting place we also briefly met up with Stacey Holbrough, Community Development Advisor with the Papanui-Innes Community Board and staff member at Papanui High School.
Alas the magnificent colours have faded, but the plantings from previous work days are doing well and, at the East end, there were a lot of new plantings being put in place by the North West developers.
Planting in full swing
Apart from a brief kerfuffle between John and a sizeable resident eel (below) who did not take great pleasure at him disturbing it’s “lunch” (a rat), we were able to easily walk and enjoy the whole circuit which is larger than it initially seems.
Eddie the Eel is bottom-right
I was most impressed by the interest and passion both Denis and John have for this project.  Brian also chipped in with some good ideas for additional funding and participant possibilities which bode well for this project going forward.
Some good growth here!
Re upcoming activities, in addition to Saturday June the 6th @ 2:00 pm (as noted in the June 13th Club Chat) the team is also keen to see if a small number of helpers might be available on Friday June the 5th to help with some weeding and tidying up as we prepare for winter. 
Otherwise we hope you will join us for some gentle planting and a wander through the bush tracks on June 6th.  Remember to bring along your own thermos of tea and a snack to enjoy afterwards in groups ot ten max.
Note: more details to follow in next Sunday’s Club Chat.
Visit to Pap Bush Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-19 12:00:00Z 0

Burwood BBQ

BBQ area at Burwood Hospital
President Keith sent these impressive pictures through of the BBQ area at Burwood Hospital that Papanui Rotary donated money towards.
They want to come to the Club and thank us personally however the current situation means this will have to wait for now.  
Hopefully in the summer months we are able to visit enjoy this area with staff, residents and their families.
Burwood BBQ Keith Mitchell 2020-05-19 12:00:00Z 0


A Message from Tony
Nick Courtney is presenting a brainstorming programme this Thursday the 21st where we look to the future development of our Club.
This is an important meeting so please make every effort to attend this Zoom meeting tomorrow night.
Details of the Zoom connection will follow shortly.
Ordinary Rotarians can sometimes find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. In their own words, they tell us what it’s like to:
  • Fall in love through Rotary.
  • Survive the unimaginable.
  • Visit Rotary clubs in 22 countries.
  • Go undercover for the FBI.
  • Run 156 miles across the Peruvian desert.
Check these and other stories out here.
Thought for the Week:
“Taking a dog named Shark to the beach is probably not a good idea.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-19 12:00:00Z 0

Can-2020 Update

Can-2020 Update
We already have some great results being reported for our Can-2020 project.  Lois put out 50 flyers and collected about 120 cans and lots of groceries as well as one lady who contacted her to make a donation. Her hallway looks like a grocery shop!
Thanks to Denis, Lois & Tony for your emails and pictures and to Deryn for assisting with the nuts and bolts. 
With respect to “what next”, once you have collected your cans please take them to one of the following two locations:
During the Coming Working Week Hours:
Please bring your cans to Courtney Architects, 14 Harewood Road.   The process that needs to be followed is:
  • Pre Visit: call Nick beforehand on (021) 370256 to say when you are coming.
  • Parking: there is generally 1 or 2 available carparks on the street immediately in front, otherwise there is parking behind the building but only the door on Harewood Road will be unlocked.
  • Access: entry shall be only from the doors in the red porch on Harewood Road into the Meeting Room area.
  • Process: there is a table immediately inside with hand sanitizer and a log book. All visitors are to record their name and cell phone or home number in the log book in accordance with the NZ Govt. Level Two rules.
  • Cans: these are to be left in the designated area.
  • Note: there is to be no contact with staff.
While this may seem onerous, Courtney Architects needs to protect both you and their staff as we all need to continue being careful so as not to erode the gains made during lockdown.
If members need help in transporting their cans to the storage area, Lois is happy to help.
In the Evenings:
You are welcome to bring your cans to Janice & Aries’ Place, 4 Phoenix Lane, off Vagues Road by railway line.
  • Please phone 03 352 1118 first to say you are coming in order to ensure we are there.
Lois put out 50 flyers and collected about 120 cans and lots of groceries as well as one lady who contacted her to make a donation. Her hallway looks like a grocery shop!
Can-2020 Update Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-16 12:00:00Z 0

Hohepa Pathway

Hohepa Pathway & Reflection Garden Project
Greg Cayford (Email content abridged)
Whilst the virus has caused considerable delays to this project, progress is well advanced and Greg hopes to be able to communicate that in a couple of weeks they will be able to plant on site.
This will depend on works being completed, that plantings are available and deemed acceptable to be planted during May & June subject to Hohepa being happy for Rotarians to be on site whilst meeting stringent H&S protocols.
The project team is very keen for a “hands on” aspect with Rotarians to go ahead. They will be guided by the Prime Minister in terms of gathering numbers for this kind of project and will ensure the Health and Safety of everyone is top of mind.
The assistance of all Rotary Club members who are keen to use a spade, a rake or plant would be gratefully received.
Greg will be in touch as news comes to hand. 
Hohepa Pathway Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-16 12:00:00Z 0


The Great Realisation
This amazing bedtime story, written by a NZ born poet living in Wales, is read to children in the style of a bedtime fairytale and talks about life before and after the pandemic. 
Click here to watch it.”
Thought for the Week:
“Jonny sent through this “suggestion” for how we might end our Zoom meetings.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-16 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Bush Day

Papanui Bush Planting Day
John Stringer
Papanui Rotary Weeders Group
We've received written approval from the Papanui Community Board / Council to plant kahikateas at Papanui Bush on Saturday, June the 6th
Come and join John & Denis for a wander through the bush tracks and some gentle planting at 2:00 pm at the Bridgestone Reserve (opp. Mega Mitre 10) on Chapel Street.
We have visited the area recently and John has been collecting windblown cabbage tree saplings growing in footpaths and fence lines nearby and replanting these in the bush.
Please remember gloves as it could be a bit chilly, a small shovel if you would like to help with the planting, plus your own thermos if you want to have a cuppa at some stage during the afternoon.
Prior to getting underway we will go over health & safety distancing requirements under Level 2 that we need to adhere to.
Deryn has also suggested we get some saplings (rather than seeds) to give to interested Rotarians to nurture in their glass houses for a year.  
We think that’s a great idea and John will approach the DOC nursery in the context of Arbor Day and see if he can obtain some free saplings for the Club.  Members can take them home if they wish and Denis and John will nurture the rest.
We also have offers of small native kowhai and cabbage tree etc. We will definitely take anything you have and wish to donate. Denis and I, or the occasional weeding group once these are able begin again, will be happy to plant these on an ongoing basis.
So if you have a random cabbage tree sapling in your garden you don’t want, let us know and we will organise to replant it.
Papanui Bush Day John Stringer 2020-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

Ideas Database

A “New Ideas Database” is Live
At Sunday Happy Hour last week some attendees suggested we should have a "new ideas" page on our club website which Gary has duly set up.
“This is for anyone who comes up with an idea in a conversation and wants to capture it.  You go to the website, click on the Projects tab, and then click on the “New Ideas Database” says Gary.
You can go there directly from here.
“If you are on a PC you can edit it and add your ideas. If you are on a phone I don't think you can. In that either case text or email your idea to me and I'll add it.” offered Gary.
The new page has a couple of ideas from our last Happy Hour that will be fleshed out going forward.  All new ideas will be added to the Club's Project Pipeline.
For the moment anyone can access the page. If it proves to be something useful Gary may have to make it secure so you have to login to view it.
If you have a new idea then please note it to the New Ideas Database with your name and the date. This means the idea will not be lost after coming up in conversation or your thoughts. 
Also feel free to share your idea by other means as well.
Can the page be altered?  “Sure can!” says Gary.  As we start to use it more, Gary is able to adjust it to suit.
And don’t forget to dust off and deposit your Foundation Cup coinage totals into bank account 03 1355 0661945 00 as these will be especially helpful for upcoming project ideas amongst other things.
Ideas Database Gary Denhard 2020-05-12 12:00:00Z 0


Two things from Gordon:
If any members wish to make a cash donation to the Salvation Army, please deposit it in the Club Charitable Account 03 1355 0661945 00.
Secondly, if members have any surplus fliers for the Can-2020 collection, please advise Lois.
Emergency Response Kits Update
The ERK that Janice and Arie partly sponsored is now fully sponsored thanks to a generous Rotarian. “We believe a 2nd ERK has been privately sponsored by a Club member bringing the total ERKs sponsored so far by Papanui Club members  to two” shared Janice and Arie.
Might you be interested in sharing this idea to your friends, fellow Rotarians and / or family members to see whether a group of you could jointly sponsor one?  The cost is $600 per kit.
Members Handbook Update
Thank you to those members who have advised us of changes to their contact details or confirmed details for the 2020-2021 Members Handbook.
This is a reminder from Tony to please let either Cheryl or him know if you require any last minute changes and confirm if everything is OK by 5.00 pm Friday 15th May.
If they do not hear from you they will use the current listing.
When the Bubbles Burst
Club Chat Editor
Some of the things we may or may not miss in the coming months include:
Being made to blow bubbles & making bubbles.
Sipping bubbles & getting rid of those jolly weeds.
All the best everyone as we cautiously venture out into what will be a quite different world.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Can Project

7 Day Rotary Can Activity – You can Help the Foodbank

Today, Papanui Rotary have launched a small and simple (but significant) activity for our club members.
 The Foodbank (Part of the Community Administries of the Salvation Army) urgently needs more canned food to help those desperately in need because of the Covid-19 Lockdown.
Our initiative is for every Papanui Rotary member to offer to collect cans from twenty or so neighbours in their street who may wish to help.
We have almost 50 members and we have a target of collecting over 500 cans in a couple of hours.
We start today by delivering flyers to our 20 closest neighbours and will collect the cans at neighbour’s gateways at the times noted on the flyers.
The activity finishes at 8pm on Sunday 17th May 2020.
Each flyer has the name and contact number of the Rotary member collecting the cans so it will be easy for any neighbours to ask questions.
We are excited about a small initiative which should delivers big results.
Rotary Can Project Gary Denhard 2020-05-11 12:00:00Z 0

Dr Jessie Harman

Papanui Rotary Back in Action!
Guest Speaker Dr Jessie Harman in Centre Stage
We had a great turnout for our 1st post lockdown Zoom meeting and we were privileged to have Jessie join us as our guest speaker. Her topic was:
“The Future of Rotary”
Jessie began by noting that the current situation we find ourselves in, thanks to the technological tools we have available, provides us with unparalleled opportunities and challenges.  These include having a lot more flexibility in how we choose to operate compared to what we had in the past. 
Jessie feels that Rotary’s underlying foundation which includes our international presence in over 250 countries provides us with a great platform for the future which we need to acknowledge and build on.
With respect to our key challenges, Jessie noted that these include:
  1. Our busy lifestyles which, while challenging, mean we have to be creative in identifying how we can still contribute.
  2. Increasing expectations as consumers which challenge our values going forward.
  3. How to bring on board the new range of millenniums who want to be involved but not in the traditional roles we have used in the past.
  4. Addressing the issue that many people are not engaging as actively with us in our current way of operating which often looks more like “work”.
Jessie feels that we need to step back and investigate how we can build a more suitable platform for what Rotary needs to become in the future.  Some of her current thoughts on this include:
  1. Adopting and ensuring we align more closely with a member-centric approach.
  2. Look to increase membership diversity and embracing greater flexibility in how Clubs operate.
  3. Seek out more meaningful voluntary opportunities with flexibility being a key component.
This will help ensure we have a thriving future going forward.
Jessie also feels we still need to manage the change process with courage and optimism and to implement change in ways that acknowledge and reflect our past while facing the future by embracing positive optimism in order to build a solid platform for future growth.
When asked: ‘What is one thing we can do right now that could make the biggest difference in the current challenges we face?” Jessie replied:
“Actions speak louder than words.”
We thanked Jessie for her insights and thoughts on how we might go forward in the quite different world we will be facing in the coming months.

Dr Jessie Harman Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

Club Update

Papanui Club Update
Dear All. 
Great to see the turn out for our 1st Zoom Club Meeting last week.  FYI, the upcoming formal Rotary meetings between now and 30th June are as follows:
  • Thursday   21 May
  • Thursday   4  June
  • Thursday  25 June  -  Changeover night
In addition to tonight (May 10th), our Zoom social hour meetings will continue so that Rotarians can stay in touch with each other on these additional Sundays:
  • Sunday 17 May
  • Sunday 31st May
  • Sunday 14th June
I am delighted to share that your team for the 2020-21 year is as follows:
President: Janice Geerlofs
President Elect/Admin Chair: Grant Paice
Past President: Keith Mitchell 
Secretary: Cheryl Colley
Treasurer: Deryn Tregurtha
Community Chair: Lois Flanagan
Fellowship Chair: Barbara Davey
Foundation/International Chair: Stuart Batty
Youth Chair: Gary Denhard 
Membership Development Chair: Arie Geerlofs
Public Image Chair: Liz Courtney
Speakers Coordinator: Rob Thomson 
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) Needed
You will all be aware of the devastation caused by Cyclone Harold in the Pacific Islands in the last few weeks. As Stuart Batty explained on our Rotary zoom meeting last week RNZCWS had stocks of ERKs handily placed around the South Pacific that were able to be distributed.
They now need to be replaced. Our Club finances have been impacted by a number of recent events with Covid-19 just being one of them. I am therefore encouraging Rotarians to think differently about sponsoring replacement ERKS.
Arie and myself are willing to jointly sponsor half an ERK and are looking for one or two partners to make up the difference. If interested please contact one of us. Perhaps some of our members could talk to fellow Rotarians, friends or family members and jointly sponsor an ERK which cost $600 each.
Stuart would be happy to supply you with any details and the appropriate Bank Account number to deposit the money into. 
Janice Geerlofs President-elect
Club Update Janice Geerlofs 2020-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

Goal Setting & Planning

Papanui Rotary Club Goal Setting & Planning
At the last Club board meeting it was agreed by the Directors that a simple Club goal setting and planning exercise be carried out by the members facilitated by Nick Courtney.
At Thursday’s first official Club Zoom meeting, following Dr. Jessie Harman’s talk, Nick briefly outlined the process which will be carried out at our Zoom meeting on May 21st.
In the interim Nick will forward by email to all members and prospective members a package which will include a simple explanation/instruction sheet and a questionnaire so members can come prepared to the Club Zoom meeting on the 21st.
The exercise will focus on:
  • Five Year Vision: creating a big and bold vision for the Club
  • Twelve Month Goals: aiming for seven to ten stretch goals but making them realistic.
  • Ninety Day Goals: setting goals that the Club is going to nail in the next 90 days.
Do not be concerned if you cannot attend the meeting as Nick or a team member will phone to ensure no one is left out of the process.
Everyone is encouraged to put their thoughts forward.  As Jessie said:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is time well spent today”.
Goal Setting & Planning  Nick Courtney 2020-05-09 12:00:00Z 0


Keith & Heather forwarded these seven simple exercises that their daughter sent them from Physiotherapy NZ to help keep our strength & balance and reduce our risk of falls.
Click here for guidelines on how to do them.
Wednesday Lotto
We still have thirteen slots to fill for our Wednesday Lotto Fundraiser so please let Deryn know if you (or a group of you) are interested.  Once it is full she will get it underway.
So far so good …
In an interesting article this week Luke Malpusus, a political editor with Stuff, noted:
‘Last Thursday the PM said: “We're "halfway down Everest.” But as every mountaineer knows, most accidents occur not on the way up the mountain, but on the way down.’
In parenting sessions I was privileged to run I used to ask attendees what they would do if, during a plane flight with their children, oxygen masks suddenly dropped down from above them.  Most said they would instinctively put them on their child(ren) first. 
But that is not what we are told to do.
I feel more than ever we need to ensure we look after ourselves 1st in the coming months in order to be able to continue to support our families, friends and the communities we choose to serve in our role as Rotarians.
Grant (Club Chat Editor)
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-09 12:00:00Z 0


As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance there are ways to help.
These are just some of the ways clubs are supporting their communities right now:
  • In Italy, one of the countries that was affected the most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals.
  • In China, the district’s clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there. 
  • In Hong Kong Rotary clubs have raised funds, packed medical supplies, and visited public housing to distribute masks and sanitizers. 
  • Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka installed thermometers in airport bathrooms and produced posters to raise awareness about the coronavirus for schools across the country. 
For more stories of service from around the world check out what other Rotarians are doing here.
Last Chance for Lotto
There are still a few numbers available for our Wednesday Lotto fundraiser contact Deryn ASAP if you are keen to be in.
Thought for the Week
“There are no great people in the world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-05 12:00:00Z 0


Introducing Rotary Can-2020
You can help even in lockdown!
As noted in the flyer (above) that Gary produced for us, Papanui Rotary has a new project. 
Since the lockdown the demand for food parcels has increased dramatically.  In some cases a week’s supply has gone in a day. Here’s an easy way we can all help.
We will supply you with about 10-20 flyers which will be delivered to your letterbox in the next few days for you to then place in the letterboxes of your neighbours.
It asks them to place a can of food at their gate which you will collect at a certain time on a stated day and keep at your home for now.
Additional details of the pickup and delivery process for the cans you collect will come shortly.  After that the cans will then be taken to the Salvation Army for distribution.
By collecting a few cans we can all make a real difference in our community. Please do your very best to help - and show that “Rotary Can”.
Any queries for now?  Please contact Liz, Deryn or Lois.
Can-2020 Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-05 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Club Mtg

Papanui Club Meetings are “Go”
Our first meeting since Lockdown is “Go”. 
President Keith and PE Janice have asked that as many of you as possible join us for this special club speaker meeting. 
We have RI Director Elect Dr Jessie Harman speaking to us about "The Future of Rotary" in this fast changing environment.
As our Zoom session is only one hour, we have an Agenda to ensure we stay on track time wise.
See Liz’s email sent out yesterday to view the Agenda plus access the link that will enable you to join the meeting.
Papanui Club Mtg Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-05 12:00:00Z 0


Foundation Cup Fundraiser
At our Dual Board meeting earlier this week we thought it might be great time for us all to dust off our Foundation Cups, add up the amount we have been quietly collecting over the past few months and deposit this amount into our Rotary bank account.
Remember to use the 03 1355 0661945 00 account and to tell us who you are and that it is your Foundation Cup $$$ J.
We look forward to catching up with as many Club Members as possible at our Zoom meeting this Sunday evening using the link Liz has emailed you.
Lockdown on the Farm …
“Meg the sheepdog is working from home until we return to Level 2.”
Do you know the most common names for sheepdogs?  And no, Wal Footrot’s “Dog” is not one of them (we never did get to know what he was named).  Check them out here.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-02 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Club Update

The Papanui Club is Back
Nik received this update for the Papanui Club recently with respect to their takeaway option for dinner which some Club Members might be interested in.
Hello Papanui Club Members
We’re Back!
As you know we can’t invite you back to the Club just yet but we can bring a little bit of the Club to you. Starting tomorrow, Friday 1st May, we’ll be offering home delivery food and beverage. All meals are prepared here at the Club daily and then chilled ready for delivery to you or for you to pick-up and reheat for dinner (or a late lunch if you order early).

Some items may be limited each day so get your orders in early to avoid disappointment. We’ll be taking orders from Midday and the last order at 6pm. Alcohol sales are only for Club Members who are over 18 (that’s nearly all of you but we have to say it anyway).
Brett Gay
General Manager
View the Menu here.

Pap Club Update Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-05-02 12:00:00Z 0

Tanzania Update May 2020

Report from our Tanzanian Sister Club
Stuart Batty
According to 2020 estimates Tanzania has 60 million people.
As at 2 May 2020 recorded cases for Covid-19 are 480 with 183 recovered and 16 deaths (3.3%) mostly on the resort island of Zanzibar and the Capital Dar el Salaam.  Great containment.
In 2019 in Tanzania deaths from other diseases and events were Malaria 80,000, Pneumonia 22,000, Coronary 19,000, Cancer 28,000, AIDS 24,000 and 17,800 Road Deaths.
Check out Stories from District 9211 that our Sister Club, Usa River, belongs to here.
Tanzania Update May 2020 Stuart Batty 2020-05-02 12:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Remembrance

Anzac Day Remembrance
If you weren’t able join us at our ANZAC theme Zoom meeting you missed a really interesting hour. All of the 16 members who attended on Sunday had great stories to tell.
Rob Thomson began with a very moving poem, one that none of us had heard before.  Evan Thompson showed us a small child’s uniform made from original military uniforms which sparked an unusually surprising story told by DG Gary who joined us about a “supposed orphan” his family brought back and adopted.  John Stringer held up an original German jerry can and Jim’s wonderful memories of visiting Gallipoli.
Many had stories around medals, mental health issues, and the “50 year code of silence” with the British Army, grandfathers, fathers and uncles. Fantastic to remember the huge sacrifices all families had made. 
It makes our COVID-19 Lockdown pale in comparison. We will remember them.
Note: Attendees and all other members are invited to share family ANZAC & WW1 stories which I will collate and put up on our web page.  A link to this will be sent out shortly with new content added as I receive it. Club Chat Editor.
ANZAC Remembrance Liz Courtney 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

SVA Groceries Delivery

Volunteer Grocery Delivery Service
Thanks Tony for sending this through. I have copied Josh’s original email into Club Chat as it might be of interest to our wider recipients as well.
Kia ora
My name is Josh Blackmore. You may remember me as one of the Rotary Associates with Tony Taylor in 2015. I am currently involved with the Student Volunteer Army.
We are running a grocery delivery service that may be of use to some of your members. This service is run in partnership with New World supermarkets, and is open to anyone over 65, the medically vulnerable, or those who should not be leaving the house at the moment.
We realise the heavy demand on standard supermarket delivery systems makes it hard for some people to access essential grocery supplies. We want to do our bit to make sure people can get their groceries, without any bubble-bursting.
We have an online store ( or customers can call 0800 005 902. Groceries are typically delivered Mon-Sat, and guaranteed within 48 hours.
Please give me a ring on (027) 739 3977 if this is of interest to you.  I have also spoken at other Rotary virtual meetings and would be more than happy to do so for Papanui if you are interested.
Nga mihi nui,
Josh Blackmore
Student Volunteer Army
SVA Groceries Delivery Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

Lotto Fundraisers

Lotto Fundraisers Update
There are at least two numbers available for anyone wanting to be part of this fundraising over the next twenty weeks. The $1000 profit the club makes from this fundraiser goes into general funds.
For those who are not sure how it works, participants pay $3 per week to take a number. They hold the same number for the entire duration of the fundraiser (20 weeks). If your number is the Lotto bonus number on a Saturday night you win $50.
Those either side of you each win $10. Easy as that. We would like this to start this Saturday providing we are fully subscribed beforehand.
You can pay in instalments i.e. you don't need to pay in one lump sum. Think of the money you are saving by not going to regular club meetings each week. Why not 'invest' it in a Rotary fundraiser?
Wednesday Lotto Bonus Number Fundraiser
We are also doing the same type of fundraising with the Lotto Bonus number in the Wednesday night draws.
The $1000 raised on Wednesdays is being sent to our sister club in Tanzania for beds and mattresses in a local orphanage. This is to raise funds that would otherwise have been raised by holding a quiz night. This can't be done at present so another Lotto bonus number fundraiser is an easier way to help our friends in Tanzania.
If you would like to be involved in either or both of these fundraisers please email Deryn at or call her on (021) 161 5861 to discuss possible numbers for you to take.
Lotto Fundraisers Deryn Tregurtha 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

Go Girl

Go Girl - The Full Story
As mentioned briefly in the last Club Chat, Liz has been busy assisting a local Papanui retirement village resident with her groceries.  She sent through more details as follows:
Liz put her name out on the Neighbourly website to say that she was a Rotarian with the Papanui Rotary and if anyone was needing help with grocery shopping to contact her. Within a short time a resident from Ngaio Marsh Village phoned.
Adrienne has no family in Christchurch and had trouble having her registered address updated by Countdown for online shopping.  She eventually gave up after three hours on the phone when they still hadn’t got it right!!
Liz contacted her and after they talked for a while Adrienne mentioned that her son had been a Rotary Exchange Student many years ago so she knew she could trust me. This really says it all about the power of Rotary!
The whole shopping experience went well and Liz was very impressed with the levels of security when dropping off the groceries to a manned tent at the entrance set up with tables for collections and deliveries where plenty of sanitisers were sprayed over all the items and names written down.
Liz never got to see Adrienne but hopes that she can help her again and one day meet her.
Go Girl Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0


Daffodil Bulbs
Lyttelton Rotary has a few quality Hadstock Daffodil bulbs left for sale.  There is a choice of 2 types: Daffodils and Jonquils at a cost of $10.00 for 10 bulbs.   They would appreciate fellow Rotary clubs supporting the sale of these for our project.
They do need to be in the ground by mid-May at the latest so you can look forward to lovely spring flowers this coming season.  Orders of how many bags you would like can be emailed directly to Barry Toomey at or you can phone him on (027) 479 9678.
On receiving your order he will direct you to the payment method.  The Club will get them delivered to either your Club or to you as soon as lockdown allows. 
Liz sent through this update about Oregon from Neville.
One of Neville’s past neighbours worked on Meridian Energies Project Aqua and the underground tunnels in Auckland.  His engineering design expertise is expensive holes and he is currently back living in Oregon USA.  He wrote the following to Neville recently which he found interesting as their population is similar to New Zealand
Oregon is under a ‘stay at home’ scenario which is quite a bit more relaxed than NZ’s total lockdown.  Construction is generally continuing and you can still purchase home improvement, gardening & auto parts etc.  Often you can order by phone and the shop will deliver to the kerb.  Other places are almost ‘business as usual’ with about half the folks wearing masks and the other acting as if nothing has changed.  
With a population of 4-million, Oregon has been pretty consistently recording 50 to 70 new confirmed cases and two to four deaths each day.   Under the current behavioural restrictions, he suspects that they will continue this trend all summer long.
Neville feels that they are probably about the equivalent of our Level 3.
Funny Lockdown Video Clip
“The NZ New Zealand Police started the NZ Creative Genius series of videos produced by talented people from around the country. This Self-Isolation for Beginners clip was filmed by Hamish McCormick of Wellington.  
Click here to access it.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Day 2020

A Very Different ANZAC Day
Rotarians, like all New Zealanders, faced a very different challenge in celebrating  ANZAC Day during lockdown this year but many felt it was "especially important" to do so as we ponder how the different future we face will unfold going forward.
Some stood to attention at their front gates, some displayed teddy bears in their front windows, and some made their own poppy displays.
Here is a selection of pictures about how we celebrated during this exceptional year as a Nation:
ANZAC Day 2020 Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-25 12:00:00Z 0


Cyclone Harold
Ken Booth recently emailed district club members about this event which included the following information from  Stuart.
Cyclone Harold has devastated parts of Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.  Those areas most seriously affected according to information supplied to the NZ Govt. by the respective National Disaster Management Offices (NDMO) are :
  • Fiji: the Islands of  Kadavu, Lau, Western Division (Lautoka, Nadi), Central Division
  • Tonga: the Islands of Tongatapu, E’ua
  • Vanuatu: Banks Islands, Santo, Malakula, and Pentecost
The number of families affected, whilst significant, is not as for previous high category cyclones in recent years. Further, communities are better prepared than in past years mitigating damage.
We have been working with the NZ Govt. Aid Logistics (MFAT), Rotary Clubs and the NDMO in all three countries. Rotarian Bob Niranjan is our representative in Fiji to ensure coordination between MFAT and NDMO. Rotary  Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have and continue to be distributed.
They are for most beneficiaries, the first tangible support they have or will receive. Thanks to Rotarians in all three countries for their support in getting the ERKs to where directed by the NDMO’s.
This approach ensures that Rotary is the only agency supplying this type of relief and eliminates the risk of  duplication
Rotary cannot do the distribution alone and is grateful to Govt. agencies (e.g. military in Fiji) and local businesses and NGO’s (e.g. MORDI in Tonga). We anticipate that in excess of 600 families have or will receive a Kit, but this figure may go higher.
Replenishment stock will need to be purchased and assembled  in New Zealand as soon as Corvid 19 allows. As expressed earlier, we appreciate the implications on clubs from Corvid  19, but know this request will receive consideration.
Best wishes and thanks to all from those people who you will never meet, but benefit from your generosity.
PDG Stuart J Batty
Note: see Ken’s emails dated 17 Apr & 24 Apr for more details.
Harold Stuart Batty 2020-04-25 12:00:00Z 0


9930’s 1st Zoom Meeting a Success
Notice of Upcoming Meetings
Next Thursday (April the 30th) we are setting up a Board meeting with President Keith, the current Board and Janice’s incoming Board.  More details to attendees coming shortly.
We also want to give all members advanced notice that we will be having our 1st Club Meeting via Zoom at 6:30 pm on Thursday the 7th of May.  The link to use in joining the meeting will be emailed to you closer to the date.
For members who are yet to use Zoom, please contact Gary or Liz if you would like to find out more about using Zoom.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at this first Club meeting as it gives us the opportunity to discuss how we will be moving forward as we slowly emerge from our bubbles.
Lockdown Picture from Helen
This is me catching up with my friend Margaret who lives two doors down. We decided that on nice days we should meet up for a cuppa. We bring our own chairs and drinks and side either side of the driveway between our places. 
Some days people out for walks stop and chat (at a distance of course) and one day a lady driving past stopped and got out to take a photo.  It is a lovely way to catch up with friends and neighbours.
Arie thought we should have worn our best dresses.  Not.  He next recommended shorts to which I laughed and replied that Margaret and I were short enough without wearing them!
Go Liz!
Liz has been busy assisting a local Papanui retirement village resident with her groceries.  What a great way to support our senior citizens during this challenging time.
Countdown Update
The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 is now officially over. Since the end of February, our customers have bought enough toilet paper to go around the world 12 times (that’s half a billion metres of toilet paper) but we are happy to say that there is now plenty in stock.
Since the beginning of March, our customers have bought 1.25 million kilos of flour (enough for 2.5 million lots of playdough!). Rest assured that our flour producers are working as fast as possible and we have more coming into stores every day. So don’t worry, the baking and playdough can continue in Level 3!
We’re still seeing high global demand for pasta and rice, so our limits on these products will continue while we wait for the demand to ease. The great news is we’ve got plenty of potatoes.
Papanui Inter-Agency Meeting
Denis attended the latest on line meeting of this group where he extended his thanks to Stacey for her great work.
He shared with attendees that we were unable to hold the planned student army event at Papanui Bush but that he has visited the site and things are ok there.
He also noted that we have been holding Papanui Rotary meetings via Zoom and that the wider Rotary community is involved in efforts to assist those affected by hurricanes in the Pacific.
Thought for the Week:
“The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-25 12:00:00Z 0

Board Decisions

Board Update
At this week’s Board of Directors meeting we have decided to apply for the Ministry of Social Development Fund for $5,000 + GST.  If successful we will buy vouchers for groceries in varying amounts for families in need especially around the Papanui area and surrounds.
We are also going to apply for a second grant to give to schools in our area to assist children to attend the Hanmer Forest Camp when the camp is able to safely reopen. We suspect that there will be a recession post Covid-19 with job losses and redundancies and families will find that financially they will not be able to give their children this opportunity.
Fingers crossed these grants will be made available so watch this space!
Board Decisions Keith Mitchell 2020-04-21 12:00:00Z 0

Want to Be?

Who do I want to Be during Covid-19?
I found this interesting graphic on an Australian outdoors website. Many of the people we currently  interact with will be at various stages of managing the unique situation we find ourselves in and I liked the content in the Learning & Growth zones as possibilities that might support those we are in contact with who are feeling trapped in the Fear zone.  Club Chat Editor.
During these challenging times, it is natural to react in a way that ensures our safety and the safety of those we care about. It is important to tend to our most immediate needs and address our most immediate challenges.  
Challenging times, however, also present us with opportunities to grow, support others, and become valuable in new and different ways.
Sometimes, if our mind set is right, we can also learn a great deal about ourselves, who we are, and who we can become.  You might find the above graphic helpful in thinking through who you want to be during this difficult time for all of us.
Want to Be? Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-21 12:00:00Z 0

Lotto Update

Lotto Fundraising Update
Deryn Tregurtha
Over the last 19 weeks many of our members have been participating in a fundraiser based on the Lotto Bonus Number. We have one week left of the 20 weeks it was running for.
For those who have not been part of this it runs like this:
Each of 40 people chooses a number, which they retain for the duration of the fundraiser. This costs $3 per week, $60 in total, making a profit of $1000 for Papanui Rotary. The person who has the Bonus Number on a Saturday night receives $50. Those holding the number either side of the Bonus Number each receive $10.
The Board of Directors decided at last night’s meeting to hold this same fundraiser for another 20 weeks. Several, if not all of those who have participated wish to do so for another 20 weeks, however there is also the opportunity to raise another $1000 by running the same on Wednesday night Lotto.
The $1000 raised in this Wednesday night fundraiser will go to the Usa River Rotary Club, our sister club in Tanzania, to fund beds and mattresses for Maji ya Chai Orphanage in Tanzania. This money was to be raised through a quiz night, however, that, of course, is no longer possible at present.
If you, a family member, friend, neighbour etc. would like to help with this fundraiser please email Deryn at this address or call her on 021 161 5861.
Those who would have supported the quiz night might like to support this instead, or maybe join with someone else who would have been in their team, so they can share any winnings.
We will begin as soon as we have filled the spaces. All you need to do is invest your money. You’ll receive an email with results each week, and the club raises $1000 painlessly.
FYI, here are some stats from the present one, over the past 19 weeks:
  • 27 people (67%) have won something back. Of those
    12 (30%) have won back their $60 investment or more.
  • Of those 5 people (12.5%) have won $100 or more, 5 numbers have come up twice, and 2 people have won $10 from both people either side of them.
  • That leaves 13 (30.7%) people who have won nothing, with one week still to go.

The club has gained $1000, plus some participants have donated their winnings to The Australian Bush Fire Fund, Rotary Foundation and Papanui Rotary.
Lotto Update Deryn Tregurtha 2020-04-21 12:00:00Z 0


An ANZAC Day Message
Due to the current situation in New Zealand ANZAC having being cancelled we would like to invite you to stand in your driveways, living rooms, balconies or work stations at 6am on April 25.
Wherever you are at this time, stand with us and take a moment to remember our fallen- but please stay in your bubble.
Ideas for a show of solidarity throughout the lockdown is the practice of placing a teddy bear in windows, so place a poppy for your teddy to wear and dress your entire window in red for Anzac Day and after.
Then as families walk with children around the block and notice poppy-wearing teddies in neighbourhood windows, grown-ups can tell stories of the family war-time heroes and convey the significance of this day for New Zealand.
Tune into Radio NZ National (AM & FM frequencies), listen live on the internet or on your phone for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6:00 am. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering.
This will be our last Saturday at Level 4 Lockdown, within your bubble make your own floral tribute and when you go out for your exercise, remember social distancing and walk past your local memorial or cenotaph and place your tribute there.
 So we hope that everyone is keeping safe in their bubble, and know that we will be keeping you updated on reopening dates and times as we hear.
ANZAC Day Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-21 12:00:00Z 0


A New Arrival!
We send congratulations to Cath Costello who has in the last week become a grandmother.  Her son William and daughter in law Louise had a little boy, Henry John, in Wellington.
All is well. Cath of course wanting to get to Wellington to see him ASAP!
Tony’s operation was brought forward and was successful.  He is now resting up comfortably.  Thanks for all the messages for Tony.  Deryn has passed them all on and will continue to do so as they come in.
Cynthia has joined another ‘bubble’, for her own safety and security, so please don’t phone until we hear that someone is at home.  You will be notified by email when any further updates come to hand.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Tony and Cynthia for a quick recovery.
Please find latest issue of the Waipapa Papanui-Innes Community Board newsletter which Denis forwarded to us here.

Sharon Munro sends her best wishes to take care of ourselves and keep safe and well.
Don’t Let the Old Man In
Check out this great video for our “Young at Heart” members.  Thanks Liz for suggesting this one.
Thought for the Week:
“Start by doing the necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-21 12:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Today

Zoom Meeting Invite
President Keith has booked a Zoom meeting with Ken Booth for today (Sunday the 19th) from 5.30-6.30 pm.
All club members and supporters are invited to check in.
Join us by clicking on the link below at or after 5:30 pm:
Zoom Meeting Today Tony Tizzard 2020-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Veteran Raises £9M 

Army Veteran Tom Moore Raises ~£9m
Sources: BBC News / Evening Standard / The Guardian
A 99-year-old army veteran who has raised more than £7m to help the NHS in the fight against Covid-19 has vowed to keep going even though he has far surpassed his original target.
Tom Moore aimed to complete 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, walking with the aid of a frame. However he has now said he will not stop and hopes to do another 100.  NHS Charities Together, which will benefit from the funds, said it was "truly inspired and humbled".
Nearly 170,000 people from around the world have donated money to his fundraising page since it was set up last week.  Mr Moore began raising funds to thank the magnificent NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.
He hoped to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks, before his 100th birthday at the end of the month.
As funds topped the £1m mark "Captain Tom", as he is known, described it as "almost unbelievable".  Overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, Captain Moore said: "It’s marvellous for our doctors and nurses on the front line.”
Ellie Orton, chief executive of the NHS charity said: "I think I absolutely join the rest of the country in being truly inspired and profoundly humbled by Captain Tom and what he has achieved.  Thank you for being an inspiration and a role model."
Comment: What a great way to raise funds to support the efforts in combating Corvid-19.  Perhaps we might look at something similar targeting the efforts of organisations that are supporting affected families through this challenging time?
Veteran Raises £9M Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-18 12:00:00Z 0


As noted in an earlier email, RDU will soon be launching a Club Resource Centre on their website geared towards helping Clubs engage with members during this difficult time.
Keep an eye on their website here as content is added in the coming days.
One of Mandi’s Pastels
Mandi is making good use of her time in Lockdown which includes developing her pastel drawing skills.  This is a lovely example of her efforts to date.
Thought for the Week:
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Lets Find Out 2

Let’s Find Out More About …
Lois Flanagan (with grandson George in London)
What is your earliest memory?
When I was in Primary school there was a family of three girls who lived across the road that I played dolls with.  I still have my almost 70 year old doll, Wendy, who I recently had repaired at the “doll hospital” and still cherish to this day. As her head fell off recently, and my granddaughter announced she was “dead”, she needed to go to hospital!
What was your first Job?
As a young teenager I worked over the Christmas period in the “returned letters” section of the busy mail room at Christchurch where my father was the supervisor. 
What is one of the accomplishments in your life so far that you are proud of?
Apart from my husband and 3 sons, graduating with 1st Class Honours with my law degree at age 47. As a mature student it took seven years of hard slog as I also had a young family and was supporting my husband in our busy parish at the time.
While my husband was incredibly supportive, others in my family found it a bit strange as there no lawyers in the family. Thanks to the flexibility of the Law Faculty at Canterbury, who allowed me do my Honours course part time, I was able to complete my Honours degree.
How did you come to join Rotary?
I have Arie to thank for that.  He was helping me manage a difficult client situation and I saw his Rotary badge.  My husband had also been a Rotarian and had suggested earlier that I might join.  Arie asked if I wanted to come to a meeting, he even collected me and the rest is history.
As a Rotarian, which of the activities you have been involved in did you enjoy the most and why?
Serving as the President was a great privilege.  I entered the role very fearful but thanks to excellent Rotary training on how to run meetings and develop a programme plus the fantastic support of my fellow Rotarians I gained confidence as the year progressed and learned so much. 
I also enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg in 2019, and seeing first-hand the power of Rotary around the world. 
If you were able to go back in time and meet yourself when you were a teenager, what suggestion might you give yourself?
I would suggest to myself  that I push my boundaries a little more.  This would include reaching out beyond the immediate options plus exploring and trying a wider range of possibilities in order to become more confident at an earlier age.
Wendy approaching 70!
I am sure Wendy would have helped me with this.
Lets Find Out 2 Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Prose Poem

Food for Thought
Janice sent this through from Michele Cranshaw, Editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, which she had included in the Editor’s Letter at the beginning of a recent publication.
“I'll leave you with this beautiful piece of writing from Kitty O'Meara:”
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger past, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Kitty’s prose poem, inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in thousands of posts on Instagram, Twitter & You Tube.
Prose Poem Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-14 12:00:00Z 0

Let's Find Out 1

Let’s Find Out More About …
Evan Thompson
What is your earliest memory?
“I remember being in the Primers at school.  One day an Indian magician came to visit us and I was fascinated how he was able to swallow razor blades.
What was your first Job?
While at primary school I worked at a local hardware store sweeping the floor, gathering up the rubbish and burning it out it the open.  I got paid 10 Shillings a week.
What is one of the accomplishments in your life so far that you are proud of?
Meeting, courting and marrying my lovely wife Margaret.
How did you come to join Rotary?
It was through my friends Alan Bond and Robin Stirling.  I was building a furniture business at the time and they thought it would be good for me.
As a Rotarian, which of the activities you have been involved in did you enjoy the most and why?
I thoroughly enjoyed the gift wrapping at Northlands because I got to meet lots of different people and they were very appreciative of what we did plus we raised money for good charities.
If you were able to go back in time and meet yourself when you were a teenager, what suggestion might you give yourself?
While I am happy with what I have done, I would suggest that I pursue my studies further at a younger age in order to give myself a wider range of options. 
Note from the Club Chat Editor:
Thanks for going 1st, Evan.  I will be featuring a different member each Chat … you never know … you might be next!
Let's Find Out 1 Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-14 12:00:00Z 0


Rotary Helps Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.
Check out this article on world-wide activities Rotarians are actively involved with.
Thought for the Week:
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is one of the longest words in the dictionary and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-14 12:00:00Z 0

We are Different

We’re Different!
This is a great link to what District 9930 from the “heart” of the North Island are up to during these challenging times which include how Clubs can link to other Clubs around the world.
Also check out Rotarian Gerry Townsend’s thoughts on the link about his self-isolation experience in poetry.
We are Different Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

DG Letter 8 Apr 2020

Our District Governor’s Latest Letter
(Keith & Tony asked me to include this letter in today’s Chat dated April 8th which members have received from our DG in order to ensure our Friends and Associates are kept informed.)
Two weeks down, two to go.
For the last two weeks we have focused on how we can remain connected within our Clubs, and with our friends and family. Perhaps time to look outside our bubble.
This is an email I received from a Rotarian in Greymouth. Denise has a contract to deliver meals to the aged in the Hokitika and Greymouth areas, and reports:
“I would like to do an update each week so our members can see what is happening out in the community. We are going out to so many people and our elderly are so confused, its heart breaking.
One gent today lost his best friend from natural causes (he was 96) and lives in Chch. My gent couldn't understand why he can't travel to Chch for his funeral. He was crying and I couldn't give him a hug. I spent an hour in his driveway, fully PPE’d up, and sitting 3 metres away so he could tell me about his friend.
I wonder if this is a thing that Rotary could do, talking with people on the phone with permission from clients.”
Rotarians are good at talking - is this an opportunity to look outside our ‘Rotary Bubble” and engage with those who will feel isolated and lonely? Here is a start:
Age Concern New Zealand National Office Phone: 04 801 9338 Email:
I have rung most club presidents and am delighted most have tried ZOOM and are connecting with each other. About 90% of clubs are able to use the software.
Here a few snippets:
# Cashmere has decided to use the weekly bulletin to keep in touch, and is presently running a Baby Photo competition - 70 yr. old baby photos??
# Jan Boustead has Linwood Woolston up and running with a regular club ZOOM meeting. Coaching was done on line to get everyone started.
# Many of you are trialling a full club Zoom meeting. The feedback from several clubs is to start small, with club clusters, to get used to the idea. Keep your club meetings focused with a good speaker, and a firm moderator.
# District administrator Ken can set up a zoom meeting for you and post the link out, using the new district licence. If your clubs wants its own, a 20% discount is available through Rotary Rewards or via this link
# You are invited to visit the E-club of Melbourne to check out a full E (Zoom) Club.  Click here to get the meeting times.
Best wishes - stay safe: 
Gary Hopkinson
DG Letter 8 Apr 2020 2020-04-11 12:00:00Z 0


Merivale Groceries
Merivale Fresh Choice has pick up or delivery options.  Check it out on their website here.
Painted Rocks
Arie & Janice sent this example through that was painted by their daughter Selena.  What a great project to pursue during the lockdown.
Amazing Fridge
Grant is quite interested in this one but his wife Mary-Lynne is a bit dubious about the motive.
Thought for the Week:
  • “What matters most is how we help others see themselves”.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

Zoom In

“Zooming in”
Liz & Nick Courtney
With the Lockdown comes new challenges for our members.
We decided to see how many of our members would join us on a “Happy Hour” zoom on the first Sunday of the lockdown and to come armed with a glass and enjoy a catch-up.  We had 21 zoom in with each person giving a short recap of their week. We did this again last Sunday and will continue each Sunday for the next 4 weeks at 5.30pm.
Help is offered to join zoom through a video link which is sent out with the invitation and also Liz, Nick, Gary and Jonny are all on hand to help any members who have not yet joined to get zooming.
I have been amazed by the response and the comments coming from the members “I’ve never felt so connected” said Mandi.  “I’ve learnt so much more about everyone” said Denis. “I really enjoyed that way of meeting” said John.
I think we are onto something that might just reinvigorate our members as ideas started to flow.
We looked at the Project Pipeline ideas to see what we could do from home and here are some suggestions:
Mandi’s idea: Collect wine bottle tops for either Canteen or Dialysis fundraiser (easy as we are all drinking wine in lockdown!).
Grant McFadden’s idea: Have a Happy Hour drinks for all Clubs on a Friday night (we can do this “virtually” every Sunday and invite another club to join us.)
Liz and Nick’s idea: As we don’t need to pay for a meal we could individually donate some money into our Papanui Rotary meals account and tag it for the City Mission appeal and then after a month give the whole donation from the Papanui RC.
Janice’s idea: We could also do the same as the above for the Fiji Toilet Project which would give us the satisfaction of helping families in rural villages with better hygiene and sanitation.
These suggestions were well received as we all want to make the best use of our time over this period and know we are still doing something for others.
If you have any other ideas we could do from our comfy chairs
we would love to hear them.
“Rotary Connects the World” and we are on the way to doing this.
Zoom In Liz Courtney 2020-04-07 12:00:00Z 0


Deryn Tregurtha
Deryn sent this message through from the Child Cancer Foundation in appreciation of our help in the recent Street Appeal
“Thanks to you, CCF is helping hundreds of children with childhood cancer, some of who have weakened immune systems, living in their own ‘bubbles’.
The funds you collected during our recent Street Appeal are being put to very good use right now during lockdown.
Thanks to you our Family Support Coordinators are providing a wide range of extra support to families during the lockdown, including emotional support by video calls and over the phone, as well as helping families cope with social isolation and providing access to online counselling.
They are also offering support with essential travel to hospital for treatment despite the lockdown, as well as extra help with things like household bills.
Please stay safe and well and thank-you again for supporting these children and their families. We couldn’t do it without you."
The Team at Child Cancer Foundation
CCF Deryn Tregurtha 2020-04-07 12:00:00Z 0


New Arrivals for Arie and Janice
Grant ran into Arie at Countdown this morning. The above photo is their 6 new spoodle puppies (3 males & 3 females) with proud mum, Gabby.  
Two puppies were born on the 7th and the others on the 8th. Not much sleep was had last night as the first one was born at 10.26 pm and the last at 2.48 am.
Rotarians Against Malaria
Stuart sent this bit of nostalgia through about a Rotary project.  Members may be able to spot a much younger Stuart during the course of this clip.
The Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) who work in harmony with Rotarians Against Malaria are actively engaged in the goal to eradicate malaria in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
One Amazing Dog
When studying as an educational psychologist where he had to show he could train a rat before being let loose on people, Grant    once trained a cat to bring the newspaper inside from the doorstep using backward chaining.  His efforts to train his wife over the years have not been as successful but he perseveres.
For a great example of what is possible, click here to watch one of the many amazing routines that movie star Jumpy the Dog and his owner achieved during their remarkable time together.
Thought for the Week
  • “I changed my password to “incorrect” as that way if I enter the wrong password my computer tells me: “Your password is incorrect”.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-07 12:00:00Z 0


Raeward Fresh Offer to Vulnerable Customers
Grant Paice
I contacted Raeward Fresh in Harewood on Saturday.
In addition to being open throughout the lockdown to customers from 8:00 am, they are now also offering vulnerable customers a great pick up service all week and a delivery service Mon-Sat (not Sundays).
To register you need to send an email to:
Tell them what makes you a vulnerable customer and include your name, contact details and you can then send them a shopping list. 
As they have no detailed online product catalogue you need to be clear about what you want (general details on the types of products they offer are noted here).  They then ring you back to confirm arrangements and to make payment by phone call.
For delivery to your home you need to live within 10 minutes’ drive of their store or if you are further away you can also drive there and park in the car park after they contact re the day your order will be ready    You then call them from your car and they will bring the ordered items out and put them in the boot so there is limited contact.
If you want to check it out more, 1st call them during open hours on (03) 359 2772 and choose the duty manager option. 
Other Rotary Clubs should also contact their nearest Raeward Fresh store to see if they are also offering this service.
They are all relatively new at this and it will change as it evolves but they sounded very keen to provide as safe and efficient a service as possible to those who need it.
Raeward Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-04 11:00:00Z 0

Zoom Tips

Some Zoom Tips
Gary Denhard & Grant Paice
Gallery View
If you haven’t seen this yet, you can have a "Gallery" view so you can see all attendees at once. The steps are:
  • Start or join a meeting.
  • In the top right corner, click Gallery View.
  • If the meeting has 49 or fewer people, all participants will be displayed on a single page. If there are more than 49 people, they will be displayed on other pages.
  • You can click left & right arrows to scroll to other pages.
This shows how you can control a group as the leader / host.  Additional controls appear at the bottom of your screen when you start the meeting. 
Data Usage
Did you know Zoom uses a lot of the Internet data you have available in the plan you purchased with your Internet provider?
Luckily some providers, including Spark, have currently put in place “unlimited data” offers on most internet products, but beware that these also have and end by date.
With the increasing use of Zoom as a way for Rotarians to get together at this time, you might want to look at two easy things you can do  s0 that you do not risk going go over your data cap as this can be quite costly.
  1. When on Zoom, mute your audio when not speaking.
While it doesn't use as much bandwidth as your video, you can also reduce your bandwidth somewhat by muting your audio when you're not speaking. Use the Mute button in the bottom left corner of the Zoom screen or click in your picture to turn your audio off and on.
  1. Avoid running other internet programmes during Zoom sessions.
Improve your overall Zoom client performance by not running other programmes during meetings that might also be using a data.  Ask yourself: “Do I really need to have other programmes such as email, on line movie sites, or on line music dites  etc. open at the same time?” 
If not, turn them off.
And please contact a fellow Rotarian who has used Zoom a bit (Gary kindly offered this to interested members during a recent Zoom session) as any new application can be a bit daunting to us all at first.
Zoom Tips Gary Denhard 2020-04-04 11:00:00Z 0


Managing the Lockdown
Different countries are adopting quite varied and at times unusual ways to manage the lockdown. 
This Central American country has announced strict quarantine measures separating people by gender in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Men and women are only able to leave their homes for two hours at a time, and on different days. No-one will be allowed to go out on Sundays. 
Maybe this is partly designed to help give couples a break from each other? 
In some Colombian towns, people are allowed outside based on the last number of their national ID number. 
People with an ID number ending in 0, 7 or 4, for example,  are allowed to leave the house on Monday, while those with an ID number ending 1, 8 or 5 can go outside on Tuesday. 
Nearby Bolivia is proposing a similar approach.
At one point, Serbia's government introduced a "dog-walking hour" from 20:00 to 21:00 for those in lockdown. But that has now been scrapped due to “howls” of protest (excuse the pun) from dog-owners.
While the World Health Organization says that healthy people do not need to wear face masks unless caring for someone who is ill, Austria has made it obligatory to use them in supermarkets with millions of masks provided.
Although masks are a common sight in many parts of Asia, Austria is only the fourth European country to enforce the use of masks in public following in the footsteps of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Interesting times.
Lockdown Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-04 11:00:00Z 0


Gary was contacted by ClubRunner who informed him that they have now changed over to a new, more modern and secure technology platform which will work as it did in the past.
FYI, this Canadian application is currently being used by many of the world’s most renowned organizations as shown above.
For more info about how Rotary worldwide can use this programme click here.
Garage Clean Out Time?
In case you missed it, this article from Ken’s latest email includes Rotarians suggesting we might look at doing a Garage Clear Out during lockdown in order to help keep up the Rotary spirit and contribute to a local project that will help one of our Pacific neighbours while also perhaps saving us some dumping fees.
The Rotary Club of Cashmere, facilitated by Gordon Hooper, has sent many containers of supplies up to Tonga over the years.  They are currently collecting goods for another container that will go up to the Islands after the lockdown is lifted.  Here are some of the items they are looking for.
  • Garden tools and particularly hand tools.
  • Shoes and any sporting footwear (larger sizes preferred).
  • Soft Toys.
  • Gym Equipment.
  • Fishing Equipment (rods, lines, hooks, sinkers).
  • Pushchairs.
  • Child car-seats (these can be outside their expiry date as they are used to physically support high needs children in a care facility).
  • Walking Frames (without wheels - the light aluminium frames that you lift up and down).
If you have something not on this list that you think might be appropriate to send, contact Gary Kennett, PE Lincoln Rotary, on  or call him on (03) 329 6380 or (029) 377 4545. 
So, if you have anything that might help this worthy project, let Gary know and collection will be organised post-lockdown.
Bird Song Opera
This is a nice link shared by Jenny.  Click Click here to watch and listen to this interesting version of an opera. 
Thought for the Week
  • “Build people a fire and they’ll be warm for a day.  Set people on fire and they’ll be warm for the rest of their life.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-04-04 11:00:00Z 0


Programme of our Charter in 1958
Rob sent this to Gary who forwarded it … can the “old guard” remember some of these names?
Sarita sent this through as well … the link is here in case you haven’t checked it out yet.
Interesting price change?
Grant was somewhat bemused when shopping earlier today.  It made the chickens next door to his house look rather more interesting as an alternative supply.  Luckily it was an error but it did give the hard-working shop staff a much needed laugh.
Thought for the Week
  • “My computer told me I needed a password that was 8 characters long so I chose ‘Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs’.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-31 11:00:00Z 0


Managing the Lockdown
Grant & Mary-Lynne Paice
With Covid-19 being on the news non-stop, we are all constantly being reminded and informed  of the potential challenges, losses and dangers and the need to stay at home in our “bubble” as much as possible. While this is required and sound advice, the constant barrage of often quite scary information on line and the TV can also affect our sleep, thinking patterns and stress levels.

So after a few days of this Mary-Lynne and I have decided to try to focus on the things we can control and to be grateful for all the things we have at this moment in time and the opportunities they give us now.  We are also noticing others starting to do the same.
My neighbour, for example, is a compulsive builder.  While in the past his banging about at all hours of the day and night were sometimes a bit annoying, they now remind that he is just “getting on with what he can do” and I think that is great.

I've also been getting a lot more messages and emails now than ever from family, friends and acquaintances who are taking the opportunity to catch up with and support each other. How come that is not always as common when things are going well?

My garden is looking better than it has for a long time, a new home brew is bubbling along nicely and we are taking the opportunity to spend more time with our pets who are totally oblivious to what is going on and seem mostly concerned about catching the mouse that lives behind the fridge and where the next bale of hay is coming from.
We are going for daily brief walks together where we are finding ourselves saying “hello” to and interacting with others who are also wandering about which we seldom ever did before. And I also appreciate the opportunity I have as your Club Chat editor.
Another thing I am finding useful is to update an autobiography of interesting experiences and funny moments I have had in my life to date plus writing humorous short stories.  These are small but valuable things that we sometimes put aside in our busy “normal” lives.
And, as we move though and eventually come out the other end of this unique experience, there will a huge number of opportunities for us as Rotarians to do what we do best as we support individuals & organisations in getting their lives back to some sense of normality.
So … how are you all managing these strange times?  Email me and I will add an article in the next Club Chat about what you are all up to.
Lockdown Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-31 11:00:00Z 0

Priority Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping Instructions
John & Rosalie Allen
As part of the Government’s shutdown of New Zealand, to control and hopefully eliminate the Covid-19 virus, over 70 year olds have been advised to stay at home except for exercising in the local area that they live in.
Therefore subsequent to our online Papanui Rotary get together last Sunday please find below information on online grocery opportunities, which enable over 70’s as well as other members of the public who may have compromised immunity to disease for one reason or another to undertake their grocery shopping without leaving the comfort of their home.
The example we have experience with is the Countdown supermarket chain.  Other supermarket chains, e.g. Fresh Choice, Four Square, Pac & Save, New World etc., also provide online shopping opportunities. The link for Countdown’s priority online shopping is here.
You will need to copy this web address onto your web browser and create an account before you are able to shop online.  The registration process requires you to create a username and a password.
The next stage of the process is to fill out a Priority Assistance Form for which you will need to quote your Gold Card Number or Disability Card Number as well as your date of birth etc. You will need to wait up to 7 days for Priority Assistance approval after which you will be able to shop on line as a Priority Customer.
Happy grocery shopping.  Stay well and safe during this most unusual time.
John & Rosalie
Priority Shopping John Allen 2020-03-31 11:00:00Z 0

Fly High Story

We are Made to Fly High
A long time ago someone gifted two eaglets to a King. The King had never seen such magnificent eaglets before and decided to hire an experienced caretaker for them.
The King said to Caretaker: “I want to see them fly.”  The man gave them the signal to fly but while one eagle was touching the heights of the sky, the other flew for some seconds and then returned to the branch where it had been sitting before it took off.
After seeing this, the King became curious to know the reason for the contrasting behaviour of eagles and asked the Caretaker: “What’s the reason for one eagle flying so well while the other one is not?” The Caretaker replied: “Yes, this has been a problem from the beginning with this eagle as he does not like to leave this branch.”
The King desperately wanted to see the second eagle flying high in the sky and so the next day he announced that the person who managed to help this eagle fly would be well rewarded.  After this announcement, many people came and tried but no-one was successful. The eagle continued to fly for a short time before returning to its branch.
Then one day something strange happened: the king saw both of them flying high in the sky. He could not believe on his eyes and immediately called the Caretaker. The Caretaker informed the King: “Yes, the second eagle is also flying high in the sky now. One man, a local farmer, was successful in making this happen.”
The King had the Caretaker bring the farmer who had done this to him and asked: “How did you do it?”  The farmer replied: “I simply cut down the branch on which it had a habit of sitting on.”
 “I am very pleased with you” replied the King “But tell me how did you do this while our great scholars and highly qualified people could not?”  The farmer replied:  “Your highness, I am a simple farmer. I just simply cut down the branch on which the eagle had a habit of sitting. As there was no branch, it had no option but to fly which it did very well.”
Just as the eagle didn’t realize that he could actually fly so high and always liked to remain on the branch, we also sometimes underestimate ourselves and don’t realize our true potential. In life, we often become set in our ways and keep doing what we have always done and forget about our capacity to fly high.
Like the eagle we sometimes prefer to remain on the “branch” of our comfort zone. To fly high in life and unlock our true potential it is necessary that we cut that branch as this is where we can achieve great things.
A Thought from your Club Chat Editor:
I hope you enjoyed this story.  One of our roles as Rotarians going forward will be to help support individuals and organisations emerge from their “branch” as life gradually returns to some degree of normality following what will be remembered as one of the most significant events they have faced in their lifetime.
Fly High Story Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-28 11:00:00Z 0

Lessons from the Past

What the Spanish Flu taught us about Social Distancing
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread more and more countries are going into lockdown and Governments are urging citizens to practise social distancing - but this isn't the first time this has happened.
In 1918 an influenza strain known as the Spanish flu caused the worst pandemic in centuries. It was thought to have begun in crowded army training camps during World War I where unsanitary conditions helped it incubate and then spread.
When the war ended the soldiers returned home and brought it with them. Between 50 and 100 million people are believed to have died.  In two months, New Zealand lost about half as many people to the Spanish flu as it did in the whole of the First World War. 
In response to the outbreak, officials told Aucklanders to practice social distancing and enter self-isolation. Public events were cancelled.  In Christchurch movie theatres and schools were cancelled.  Wellington tried to keep up the appearance of normality and most businesses remained open.
New Zealand is now experiencing something similar over 100 years on from the Spanish flu when on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:59 pm, the whole country entered a four-week lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  But while the Spanish flu was much more deadly, there are still some important notes we can take from it.
Lockdown early.  An American study into the influenza by H. Markel for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School found the most successful approaches to containing the influenza included early, sustained, and layered application of social distancing.
The BBC reported in Philadelphia, during the early stages of the Spanish Influenza, the city's officials decided to go ahead with a local parade despite there being 600 soldiers infected with the virus. Meanwhile in Saint Louis, Missouri, they opted to cancel their parade and introduce other measures to contain the spread of the illness.  One month later more than 10,000 people had died of the Spanish flu in Philadelphia, but only 700 in Saint Louis.
While the variables may not be the same, it does show the importance of going into isolation early.  One of the main lessons we can learn from the Spanish flu is the importance of not giving up early.
Lessons from the Past Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-28 11:00:00Z 0


Liz shared that our Oceania site has a separate page for COVID-19 updates, practical ideas to stay connected etc. which is being updated regularly.  Check it out here.
Thought for the 1st Week in Lockdown …
“Anyone who thinks marriages are made in heaven needs to be aware that so is thunder and lightning.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-28 11:00:00Z 0


As noted in recent emails from Papanui Club leaders and Ken et al, Covid-19 has wreaked havoc with Rotary Club meetings and other things both locally and at District level. 
All Papanui Rotary club meetings at the Papanui Club are cancelled until further notice, effective immediately.  We are doing all we can to ensure the safety and well-being of all our members.
Your board of directors has created a telephone tree and each of you will have regular contact from a director.
Please ensure that you adhere to all of the Government and Health Department guidelines so that we can overcome this virus and return to regular contact with one another.
There is a briefing that we have probably all listened to when about to take off in a plane: “If you have a child with you … put your own oxygen mask on 1st”.   
This would be quite the challenge to many parents but the clear message is that we need to look after ourselves 1st in order to be the best help we can be to others that are important to us.
Stay well and safe!
Covid-19 Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

Car Rally

Pap Rotary Car Rally March 2020
Thirty-seven Papanui Rotarians and family spent a fascinating afternoon on Sunday 15 March exploring the roads around Leeston. 
Our first stop after navigating our way to Chamberlains Road was at Nautilus Braids where a friend of Rob Nicholl is producing large quantities of ropes for the boat industry and other use from a huge shed on his farm.
The first two photos (above) give an idea of the spinning process. It was a fantastic place to visit and we were all amazed at the products being made. 
A short drive later took us to Strathlachlan in Drain Road Doyleston to the beautifully restored hone of our former caterer Deborah Gill Smith. We were greeted at the gate by Deborah’s son Murphy who welcomed us all.
We enjoyed the most delicious high tea of treats all made by Deborah.   Many also enjoyed seeing lots of very old items in the barn, including an old wine press and early washing machine.
The house looks amazing after its loving restoration. 
A great afternoon much enjoyed by all. Our very special thanks to Rob for organising such a fabulous event for us.  
Car Rally Lois Flanagan 2020-03-22 11:00:00Z 0


Given our challenging times ahead, from now on Papanui Rotary’s Club Chat will be sent out starting next week twice weekly on the weekendaand Wednesdays so that we can all stay as well informed as possible.
If you have content please email this to Grant by noon Friday or Tuesday.
Recent Project Container to Fiji
A gift from the people of Christchurch to the students and people of Lautoka, Fiji. Organized by Rotary (RNZWCS) NZ and distributed by Model Towns Charitable Trust. 
Grateful Recipients:
  • Lautoka School for Special Education
  • Koroipita families (with students)
  • Jasper Williams Primary School
  • Lautoka Methodist Primary School
  • KoroipitaKindergarten
  • Rifle Range Kindergarten
  • Model Towns Charitable Trust
Gary made a 3 minute video from our Bowling event ... enjoy!
 “I make a point to never laugh at the strange choices my partner makes because I was one of them.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

Corrections Visitors

Experiences with Corrections
Our guests last week were Robert (Robbie) Risdon and Cheyne Turahui from Corrections.
Robbie started by noting that his passion is for rehabilitation.  In earlier days his experiences included working in the bush until one of his mates asked whether he would like to work in the prison system as in his life at that time he had met a lot of “colourful” characters which gave him a wealth of life skills that he could bring to that type of work.
He then proceeded to tell us about the often quite harrowing experiences those who appear in Court and are remanded in custody go through.  This includes starting by being put in a holding cell with a wide variety of others regardless of their reasons for being in the same boat. 
They are then searched for any hidden articles on their body which is a real wake-up call for especially those who have never experienced this process before and placed in intervention Support units with no water or facilities where they stay there until staff are happy they have nothing on their person in order to ensure their safety.
Next they are put through a metal detector and after that undergo an assessment of the risk with respect to their state of mind.  If they are seen as being at risk of self-harm they then go into a special unit that conducts a more in depth assessment which then recommends where the best location in the prison would be best for them at this stage.
After that their typical day includes only 2 hours yard time and, when called up, they go back to Court.  If convicted they then return to a unit for further assessment and are assigned a Case Manager who interviews them and starts building their Development Plan for moving forward.
The overall goal is to targeting what the best result can be in preparation for eventual release which is decided by a meeting with the Parole Board.  “”The real issue is that many of problems the people I work with started early in life” shared Robbie. 
Looking at how he got into Corrections, Robbie noted that he started at the Women’s Prison which gave him an insight in how to support women who, as a result of abuse, often had little trust in others.  After getting to know him many of then realised he was straight up and could really help them.
Next he worked with young men at Rolleston which included training them in outdoor education activities which led to camping and climbing trips.  The programme, called “Challenge by Choice”, included consequences for not playing ball.
It culminated in a serious tramp in dangerous mountain areas which helped them develop strong bonds and the feeling that they were part of a team.
“Rather than have prisoners pay for what they did, our approach now is to help them change their lives as people, not programmes, change lives” continued Robbie.  An approach called “Motivational Interviewing” was introduced with a key question being: “Where do you really want to be in five years?”
In response to this, the leader of high profile gang responded: “I have to be here for the boys” which got in the way of him moving forward as his entire family was in the gang so he could not see how he could possibly leave.
He next shared, as an example, a prisoner who was prone to being violent who was sent to him.  He was tall, big, and covered in tattoos.  15 guards dropped him off and he came out swinging. 
“I went to see him and shook his hand which was his first experience of being treated humanely.  He told me that he didn’t think I would like what he had done to which I replied that I cared more about what you do here going forward” said Robbie.
As a result he started moving forward, is now keen to leave his gang family and get his life in order.  “If you help someone along the way it can make a real difference and one particular person I helped will now tell you his story!” concluded Robbie. 
We next heard from Cheyne who Robbie was referring to. 
Cheyne began by saying he wasn’t sure where to start.  “At fifteen I made a big mistake as my family was heavily involved in negative stuff which strongly affected how I saw the world” he began.  
After being kicked out of school he thought he was a man and chased the gang environment which he found attractive.  Before long he was arrested and went through a range of programmes which didn’t really work as they were designed for men rather than the situation he came from. 
Eventually he ended up in the Youth Unit with Robbie. 
He eventually realised he had to come to a place himself which included finding God and making a decision to live a more straight life.  He committed himself to trying hard and, despite setbacks, completed various high intensity programmes over seven years. 
“Risso (Robbie’s nickname) stuck by me throughout” shared Cheyne “and I also met my lovely wife and we have 2 beautiful daughters” continued Cheyne.  He felt that both Risso and his wife were the key to changing despite being scared by how big a challenge this was. 
He decided he needed a trade and chose studying towards work as an electrician and was very appreciative of finding work with someone who gave him a chance.   Sports wise he has also done well which includes playing league for Canterbury plus also he made the New Zealand fight team where he especially loved the training.
He also decided he wanted to learn more about being Maori.  He took his gang colours off and searched for his Maori roots.  He currently performs Kapa Haka with a local team which includes overseas travel with the group. 
“It took time to get to a place where I had to change my thinking from ‘how do I get out’ to ‘how do I need to change to move on with my life’ but I feel things have worked out well and I am especially grateful for Risso’s help with this process.” 
Stuart thanked Robbie and Cheyne for sharing their interesting journeys into, within and through the Corrections environment.
Corrections Visitors Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-17 11:00:00Z 0


Become a Rotary Centurion
Becoming a Rotary Centurion is an easy and quite painless way of supporting our Rotary Foundation, the driving force which makes so many of our global, and local, projects possible.
Through our collective annual giving of NZ$100, Rotary Centurions can allow our club to make a substantial contribution to ‘our charity’.  In the past, half of the club have been Centurions. 
I’d love to see us match or better that this year.
Cheques, please make payable to the NZ Rotary Charitable Trust and give to Gordon, or online, to the Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust, account # 03 1355 0661945 00, details, your Club name and CenturionA.
By becoming a member this month you can claim your tax-deductible contribution for this tax year.  
Please support this worthy cause, it is Our Foundation.
Jim Hudson
Foundation & International Committee
(Note from Gordon: for a receipt to be issued in the current financial year payments need to be made by 26th March to the Centurion Fund.)
Centurion Jim Hudson 2020-03-17 11:00:00Z 0


Board Meeting
A Board meeting was held earlier this week which included discussing our approach on how to best manage the challenges Covid-19 presents us with going forward. 
It was decided to cancel all planned events with students plus Keith will be meeting with Papanui Club staff re meeting and meal options going forward.
Tony also asked that members be aware that it has been decided to cancel our club meeting set down for 9th April which is the Thursday evening before Easter weekend.
Take care and stay safe everyone.
 Larry shared this from a recent Rotary publication … enjoy.
Thought for the Week
 “I used to be addicted to hokey pokey but I turned myself around.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-17 11:00:00Z 0

Helen Forrest

Helen in Full Flight!
We were given a real treat last week by new member Helen Forrest who has had a most interesting and colourful journey in her life so far.
Helen currently runs her own massage therapist business.  In reflecting back on her journey she said it felt more like writing a eulogy to which our resident celebrant, Rob, piped up and said “Send me a copy” which got a good laugh. 
Born at a very young age in Greymouth, Helen shared that she was very shy which included often hiding when visitors were in the house. “I was scared of lots of things and especially my maternal grandfather who was a farmer and would often be quite angry when things weren’t going right.”
She did love the farm, though.  After a brief stint at smoking a few cigarettes at an early age she gave it up from then on. 
On starting school Helen was not happy and went home at lunch time but her mother took her straight back.  “Overall I had a confused childhood but I got through it” she smiled.
At age 14 she moved to Reefton as her Dad had got a promotion that required them to move there.  She loved Reefton and was able to reinvent herself which included becoming involved in a wide range of activities including climbing and horse riding.  Both her parents became Rotarians when she was 14 and she went along as well. 
“We lived life as Rotarians and when asked where I was from I said Rotary” laughed Helen
Her dad was a bit of a joker which included making fake cakes with sponge in them so she became wary of food she did not make.
“When I got older I wanted to leave school early but was told that I had to have a job in order to do so.  So I went to Greymouth and started shortly after as a nurse.”  Her biggest fright in this role was seeing older people naked for the first time which was a real education! 
The job taught her the value of money and how to clean her teeth properly.  “I loved working with the men especially as I found women tended to be more grumpy” shared Helen.  After training she returned to Reefton which became her ‘safe place’.    
She started driving without a licence and met an older man who had hurt his leg and she told him she needed to get one as there was a new policeman in town.  He said “That’s me and when I get this cast off my leg I’ll be coming back to talk to you about driving without a licence.” 
During her years at Reefton Hospital the ambulance was often staffed by nurses who lived nearby.  By age 22 she had delivered babies in various weird places and had also attended some scary events including one where a number of youth had died in a car crash at 2:00 am one morning. 
“When we got to the scene I opened the door and a body part rolled out and down the slope.  I had to go and retrieve it which was quite the challenge” said Helen. 
Her next role was a nurse was at Nelson Public which was the only place she had been where she never got lost as up to then she had tended to be directionally challenged.  “I worked in acute surgery followed by moving into a psychiatric hospital where the staff seemed to be as bad as the patients” quipped Helen 
Next she started to travel quite a bit including visiting Australia and the UK but always loved returning to here safe place in Reefton. 
“After that I got married and raised 2 children in Harihari.  I worked there as a play centre supervisor and after seven & a half years returned to Greymouth.  My next job was assessing high needs families and putting volunteers in place for up to three months to help meet what would best support the family which I felt was a great scheme.  I also taught parenting skills.”
Since a young age Helen was interested in belly dancing and so decided to give it a go.  She especially loved the amazing fabrics that they wore and can still ‘wiggle’ to this day!  She also did night classes in stained glass.  “I was getting a bit sick of shift work and so decided to do a massage course in Christchurch” shared Helen.   
In 2004 Helen moved to Canterbury to get her Diploma in Massage Therapy which was the hardest thing she had ever done.  She also gained a number of post graduate certificates which include sports massage, foot joint manipulation, reflexology and human nutrition. 
“This led to me becoming self-employed which I really love” she smiled.  One especially fun programme she developed was called Self Massage for Women.  “The women and I had a great time with lots of laughs” said Helen.  She also developed ‘one bucket gardening’. 
For the last few years Helen feels she has happily plodded along and also fell into helping people plan their funerals.  She initially helped a friend who asked her to do this and has now done 15 more funerals since. 
Helen shared that on her journey she eventually decided she didn’t like being scared and has instead become courageous.  One saying she especially likes is:
“It takes courage to do some of the things which I now wish I’d never done.”
Prior to ending her presentation one Club member suggested that Gordon might like to come up and have a massage which he seemed a little perplexed about.  Perhaps another day?
We thanked Helen for sharing her interesting and quite colourful journey so far and look forward to her new ventures with much interest.
Helen Forrest Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-10 11:00:00Z 0

New Associates

Welcome to our New Associates
Last Thursday we were introduced to six young new Rotary Associates to the Club with member Gaby Horne also in attendance.
Keith and Tony introduced each of the new associates who were divided up at different tables to help us get to know them more quickly.
They were as follows:
  • Maddie Wilson from Christchurch who is studying Engineering.
  • Brianna Fidow from Christchurch who is studying Biochemistry.
  • Olivia Murphy from Te Anau who is studying Commerce & International Relations.
  • Maggie Tarry from Ashburton.
  • Hayley Mackey from Whakatane who is studying Engineering.
  • Ella Adams from Christchurch who is studying Health Sciences.
They will be included on our future Club Chat emailing list in order to ensure they stay well informed of what we are up to.
New Associates Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-10 11:00:00Z 0


Emerging Leaders Papanui Bush Day 28th March
Arie shared that we are on track for having a great day with a number of emerging leaders who will be working with us on the Papanui Bush project which is also about to also undergo some major development in the coming.
On the day we will be needing approximately 15 volunteers to help with supervising our student visitors, organising and serving refreshments etc. 
More info on the day and the developments coming soon.
Donna Cherry met the PM recently when she visited the Christchurch Insurance Recovery team.
International Quiz Night
This event is down for 6pm on Sunday May the 17th.  There will be a big raffle and a silent auction.  Any donated prizes for this event will be much appreciated.  Money raised will be supporting an Orphanage in Tanzania.
Congratulations to Evan who turned 80 recently!
A Further Reminder from Deryn …
Here are the links again for the Car Rally and the Bowling Night events.
Look forward to seeing you support these events!
Thought for the Week
“I've reached the age where looking in the mirror is like checking the news. I know there'll be some new developments I won't like.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-10 11:00:00Z 0


Change of Speaker
Our planned speaker for this Thursday evening is unable to be there and the slot is being filled with new member Helen Forrest.  We look forward to Helen sharing her experiences with us.
Some Links from Deryn …
Some Links from Deryn …
Here is the link for the Car Rally and here is the link for the Bowling Night.
Look forward to seeing you support these events!!
Be In to Win
We have a Lotto number available for eight weeks at $3 per week.  Advise Deryn if interested and pay $24 to Gordon before next Saturday.
Opportunity to Support Riccarton Rotary
Good morning fellow Rotarians. 
The Hohepa Pathway and Reflection Garden project is taking shape and Riccarton Rotary have locked in two planting days that Greg is coordinating the planning for.
They are initially aiming for two Saturdays, 21st March and 4th April.
More details coming soon!
Thought for the Week
“The quickest way to stop a runaway horse is to place a bet each way on it”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-03 11:00:00Z 0

My Life in Politics

My Life in Politics
Amy at Gallipoli
Amy Adams, accompanied by her husband Don, joined us last week and gave us a fascinating insight into her life in politics.
Amy attended Rangitoto College and later studied law at Canterbury and worked as a lawyer.  While she loved being a lawyer it was not quite what she wanted as she recognised that she was more interested in being ‘at the table’ where laws that make a difference are made.
As a result she was selected as the National party candidate for the Selwyn seat for the 2008 general election after a contested selection which she won with a comfortable majority.
In 2011 Amy joined Cabinet in various areas.  In 2014 she became the Minister of Justice and later National’s Finance spokesperson in 2017. 
Amy was raised in a very supportive family and grew up believing she could achieve anything if she was prepared to work hard enough.  This included deciding that she wanted to make a difference which almost all politicians she has come to know are also there for.
“Selwyn is a huge area and it has been a privilege to be their elected politician” noted Amy, and she is very thankful of a strong core of people and organisations who give a lot back to the community.
Early in her career in politics she was in the gym that many politicians use very early in the morning.  Still half asleep at 6 am she decided to use the treadmill but was unaware it was going at full speed and ended up on the floor by John Key.  “Are you alright Amy?” asked John, “our ACC budget isn’t that big” he smiled. 
“If you love the job, it is the best job in the world as we do what matters and is very rewarding” smiled Amy.  “It does, however, completely take over your life as politicians often average 80-90 hours a week which has a cost on family life but hopefully my children will benefit from my efforts in helping make New Zealand a better place.”
She noted that it can be especially hard on children as the media are often sharing news about you that can be very upsetting.  One thing she learnt early as a back bencher is to stay out of mainstream newspapers and the 6 o’clock news. 
On one occasion when she got home her daughter told her she had seen her on the 6 o’clock news.  Her initial horror was subdued when her daughter said: “You were behind John Key” which was quite a relief. 
Politicians live in a bubble which is quite different to ordinary life and the risk this brings is you can become separated from what real life is about.  “You need to ensure you find time to simply live which helps you stay grounded and connected rather than living in the bubble” she noted. 
Amy feels that when working in politics you need to get in, get out and let others come through.  It has been a privilege to represent all the Selwyn communities as their voice has helped make New Zealand a better place.  So after 12 years she has decided to move on and feels she will probably look back in amazement in her journey and what the community has achieved. 
Amy noted that when you come to leave politics you can see more clearly the delineation between achievements and ‘the game’ which is only a small a part of the job.  “While the House can seem like theatre sports the best work politicians do is away from the public eye behind closed doors” she explained.  This often includes all parties frequently working collaboratively to help make a real difference for New Zealanders.
Amy is especially proud that as a minister she was involved in passing 71 pieces of legislation and to date none have needed to be adjusted.  One achievement she is fond of is getting fibre broadband up and running and in 2 years this will make New Zealand the 4th best connected country which is a huge achievement for a country with a small population and large area to service. 
Another area she is proud of is, as Minister of Justice, she worked hard to address family violence which is a major issue in New Zealand.  She was also the only minister of Social Investment, which addressed issues in the way we work with chaotic families.  Key things involved were ensuring we had evidence about whether what we are trying actually works, and starting with the family at the centre rather than building processes to suit the organisations. 
“Our system is way too complex for the most needy families” explained Amy “and we need to look at what helps build relationships rather than just offer services.” 
Amy noted that she feels many New Zealanders do not clearly understand how Government, Parliament, MP’s, and legislation work.  Most also think MP’s can influence city and town councils who have a huge impact on our lives but they cannot she explained. 
She feels that the media also have a huge impact on public opinion which can sometimes get in the way of solving challenges and moving forward.  There are also issues with inter agency communication who sometimes seem to be avoiding the risk of acting incorrectly but Amy feels that the greater risk is to those directly affected by their actions and that this should be the real focus. 
One of her fondest memories was the opportunity to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli.  This was an incredible and very moving opportunity and she felt privileged to speak at this event.
“I will miss politics” smiled Amy “as I really loved the job but it has worn me out and it is time to go.”
We thanked Amy for her fascinating insights into her life in politics and wish her well for what the future may bring.
My Life in Politics Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-03-03 11:00:00Z 0

Mentor Programme

Slides on our Mentor Programme
from Liz Courtney
Mentor Programme Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

PHS Speakers

Papanui High School Visiting Speakers
We were delighted to host Lynette Archer (DP/ Acting Principal) and Kerren Langdon (Career Education Specialist) to share with us what’s happening at Papanui High School.
Lynette & Kerren with retired PHS teacher Denis
Lynette started off by sharing that the school uses a collaborative process called “Academic Counselling” which targets improved outcomes for students.  It involves a data based mentoring approach that builds personalised pathways for all students.
Every student has their own Academic Counsellor throughout their entire time at the school who supports them in setting goals for success.  Specific days are set aside to help students review progress and work towards their personalised goals.
Underpinning this approach is the expectation that all students will achieve academic success.
“There are 176 courses in the Senior School which include full year, semester and pathway options which give students a high degree of flexibility in what areas they are keen to focus on” explained Lynette. 
Kerren, a key member of the Careers Team, shared that their main role is to support students as they transition through and out of the school system.  This includes working closely with CATE, a professional organisation for people working in the fields of career and transition education, which help staff upskill and stay abreast of changes in the careers field.
 “A key part of our job is to give students a sense of direction and help them feel prepared and ready for what the future might hold for them” explained Kerren.
Some of the interesting patterns students will face in the future include the increasing number of our aging population who will be retiring which will be larger than the numbers coming into the workforce. 
In addition, approximately a third of students are likely to be in careers and / or jobs that don’t exist yet.  “This means we need to focus on equipping them with employability skills” suggested Kerren.
The school has a comprehensive careers website to help provide information and support.  They also provide a range of additional support which includes gaining their drivers licence, attending key careers related events, and visits to a range of employers which is especially useful for students nearing the end of their time at the school.
“We also hold a Year 13 conference at the Papanui Club which includes guest speakers, employers and past students” shared Kerren. 
Two specific programmes that also assist students are STAR, which develops and / or offers training experiences in a trade or vocational area of interest, and Gateway, that gives students the opportunity to spend one day a week with an employer.
Both programmes can also result in credits for the students. 
In summing up, Kerren noted that the school offers students opportunities that ensure they get to know what they don’t know in order to help them make more informed decisions.
We thanked Lynette and Kerren for their insights into the quite different opportunities the school offers compared to what many of our members would have experienced during their time in secondary education.
PHS Speakers Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-25 11:00:00Z 0


Child Cancer Foundation Collection
Papanui Rotary are taking part in a collection for Child Cancer Foundation on Saturday 29th Feb 2020.
We are inviting you to take part in this worthwhile Community Project. The time slots are an hour long.
Please view the roster here and, if you are available to help, please type your name into the appropriate time slot. 
Thanks you for your consideration.
Kind regards
Deryn Tregurtha
Community Director
CCF Deryn Tregurtha 2020-02-25 11:00:00Z 0


Papanui Bush Event –New Date
At this point we are planning to shift the date to Saturday 28th March, for a work period that with be approximately from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Our club will provide supervisors to direct various work projects, and BBQ cooks to prepare lunch and tea / coffee etc.
We are expecting between 100 to 150 students from the Emerging Leaders Program from the University of Canterbury to attend.
Because there are several parties involved requiring coordination we will not be able set things in concrete until after we have spoken with the council next Friday but keep this date in mind.
A reminder from Tony to members that the subs at The Papanui Club are due by 1st March.
Thought for the Week
“As I got older I stopped eating healthy food because I reckoned I needed all the preservatives I could get.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

NZICC Auckland

NZ International Convention Centre Auckland by Richard Archbold
We were delighted to hear from Richard Archbold last week on the journey he and his team have been on in the construction of the new world class International Convention Centre in Auckland.
Richard recently returned from Amsterdam where he presented the NZICC at the World Architecture Festival, a project he has been involved with for the last 6 years.
"It's been an interesting journey but well worth it" said Richard with a smile.
His journey in life started by growing up on a country farm where he worked with animals, nature, and machinery where you had to solve challenges in a pragmatic way with what was available. He attributes this to his interest in design and the built environment.
This has served him well over the years and particularly with the challenge of building New Zealand's largest convention centre which he describes as "my difficult girlfriend".
This journey started in 2013 and he has worked in with a wide variety of other designers, consultants, and artists on what has been a massive scale. The documentation produced includes over 1400 drawings for what is a transformative landmark project for Auckland.
In terms of how he looks at the project, Richard shared a quote that Innovation requires getting one big thing right while execution requires getting thousands of little things right.
Delivering the project requires intense collaboration, and Richard is proud to be part of a huge team of talented architects and designers completing the project.
Distinguishing features involve combining architecture and engineering working together in order to find efficient, functional, and beautiful solutions. It was important that engineering and architecture were ‘two horses pulling the same cart”.
A key part of the brief was that the building needed to reflect the experience and identity of Aotearoa, and art was seen as a key guide to help us that journey.
Richard shared that many international conference attendees spend a significant amount of their time in the conference buildings so it was vital the experience at the NZICC reflected what it is like to both ‘be here, and be from here’.
In terms of size, the centre is 33,000 square metres in size and is jokingly described as the “tallest three-storey building in New Zealand”.  The lower level addresses loading and other functional needs for the building, the main floor of the centre houses exhibitions, and at the top level a 2,850 seat plenary theatre and associated function areas is provided.
To the north the building focuses on public movement while to the south it focuses on service movement such as incoming and outgoing goods. This separates these uses, allowing the public spaces particularly to focus on the arrival and visitor experience.
One key feature called The Spine is intended to be open day and night and at 105m long and between 25-32m high is one of the largest spaces of its type in New Zealand.
"We worked hard to maximise the space between the building and its northern site boundary in order for attendees to meet and mingle outside the building" shared Richard.
Another key requirement was to maximize flexibility. How the building was used will enable it to run huge events as well as having multiple events running side-by-side. The end product is able to house a wide variety of events which gives us a huge range of options to help meet differing customer needs.
With respect to the artwork, two artists worked on the building to create two of the largest public art works in New Zealand.  Sara Hughes worked on the coloured glass panels, drawing inspiration from her experience growing up in the Hokianga and her memories of sunlight filtering through the tree canopy.
Peata Larkin worked on the terracotta spine artwork, composing an undulating pattern in the 13,500 ceramic tiles that clad this part of the building. Mock-ups were extensively used to review and understand the effects of these, inform product decisions, and help with buildability.
The use of 3D modelling enabled us to look at a wide variety of options to help get the effects that the artists and designers wanted.
Demolition started by December 2015, followed by the significant excavation of 220,000 cubic metres to create the basement levels.  Steel was being erected shortly after, a key feature of which were the main trusses – over 40m long and fabricated in sections to fit within container ship holds to be delivered to Auckland for final assembly.
Due to the size of the site – over a hectare – five cranes were required to reach all areas.
"By August 2019 we were on the home straight and despite a major fire event in October that year the team is highly motivated to repair the damage and complete the project" shared Richard as he shared some amazing pictures of the building under construction.
Here is a link (click the centre of the page it takes you to) of a similar talk Richard gave last year. It’s only 21 minutes long so easy to watch over a cup of tea, and covers the general overview of the building with a focus on the art. 
We thanked Richard for his fascinating presentation of what is a huge asset for New Zealand in a way that includes giving especially overseas attendees a great experience of what Aotearoa is about.
NZICC Auckland Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-18 11:00:00Z 0


Become a Centurion!
Jim continued his presentation to us on sharing the various sources by which Rotary is funded which includes from individual Rotarians, Friends of Rotarians, Clubs and Districts donating some or all of any unused designated funds.
At a personal level it is by individual support which includes (1) becoming a Centurion (2) being a member of the Paul Harris Society and (3) a larger 1-off donation.  Jim shared that individual support in particular has become a key force in the work we do both globally and locally.
In the past, when becoming a Centurion was promoted, Jim noted that 50% of club members were Centurions and returning to this level is one of our goals for the coming year.  It involves a donation of NZ$100 or more per annum (tax deductible) which Jim pointed out amounts to two coffees a week. 
We are keen to encourage members to accept Jim’s challenge that as Rotary members we support the Foundation by becoming Centurions as a worthwhile way to help fund the wide range of local, district, national and overseas projects we support.
Anyone who wants to support the Rotary Foundation can help by becoming a Centurion.  To do this please pay $100 to the Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust 19-775588 using Account Number 03 1355 0661945 00.  In the details area add your name and the reference "Centurion".
Centurion Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-18 11:00:00Z 0


Packed House
It was great to see a full room last week for our visiting speaker.  Here’s looking forward to a great year as we get into it.
Car Trial – March 15th.
The Fellowship Committee is running a Sunday car trial for members, families and friends. 
The route will be easy but not the questions! Meet at the Papanui Club for a 1:00 pm start. 
The destination for afternoon tea is Deborah's of Ambrosia Catering at Doyleston.  $20 per head will cover a great afternoon tea and a talk on the history of this fabulous property (for those that haven't been before).
Numbers required at our meeting or by contacting to Rob Nicholl.
Proposed Amalgamation
Tony recently emailed all members out details of the Proposal to Seek Rotary International (RI) Approval to form a new district.
Please ensure you read the materials attached to this email as our Club will be discussing this issue shortly and we want you to be fully informed of the background and facts as we decide how we will go forward on this.
Speaker System Training with Gary
I am running 3 sessions this Thursday evening (20 February) on setting up the microphone stand and microphone for guest speakers at the following times:
  • 5:00 pm
  • 5:15 pm
  • After the meeting (say 7:30 pm-ish)
You will learn how to setup a microphone stand so that it is in perfect position for a speaker while avoiding the limitations of the system we use.  This will make you able to re-position the said microphone if it is needed to change during the meeting due to speaker height requirements.
It will be very informal but we are off to a good start with more volunteers than I have seen for a long time.  If you didn't put your name down you can join in anyway.
Reminder re Payments
When paying on line please check which Account the deposit has to go into as follows:
Subs and Meals: 03 1355 0892268 00
Anything else: 03 1355 0661945 00 including details re what it is for.
Many thanks:
Thought for the Week
“If you want to find out where your kids or grandchildren are turn off the internet connection.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-18 11:00:00Z 0

Ultimate Frisbee Speaker

Oscar Cunningham presents Ultimate Frisbee
Those who attended our meeting on Waitangi Day were lucky enough to hear Oscar Cunningham’s presentation on his sporting career to data as an Ultimate Frisbee player representing New Zealand.
The sport is not very well known in New Zealand but is growing in popularity.  At the recent national championships there were 8 teams competing from around the country. A few years ago there were only 3 teams.
Oscar is 18 and started playing Frisbee, almost by mistake, at Christchurch Boys High School. He was soon in the Canterbury team participating in the national championships.
In 2019, Oscar was selected to play for the New Zealand Under 20 Team and went to the Asia-Oceanic Junior Ultimate Championships in the Philippines.
A video of the U20 teams training can be seen here.
There are 7 players on the field for each team but there is a squad of 18 for a game. Due to the amount of running involved most players can only stay on the field for 3-4 minutes.  Especially if it is really hot (as it was in the Philippines). Substitutions can be made at the end of each point.
They have an “Offensive 7” and “Defensive 7” in the squad but, in general, all players need to be able to perform offensively and defensively.
They play on a field about the size of a rugby field. There is no tackling but you can obstruct the player with the Frisbee (similar to basketball).
There is a goal line at each end of the field. To score a point, the Frisbee has to be caught by a team member who is over the goal line (similar to American Football).
The first team to 15 points wins with a maximum game time of 90 minutes. Half-time is at 8 points.  There are some rules to handle situations where no one has scored 15 points within 90 minutes.
When each point is scored the teams swap ends so that advantages or challenges with sun and wind are shared throughout the game.
The game promotes a “spirit” different to other sports. One point of interest is that the game is “self-refereeing”. The players work out issues between them that would require a referee or umpire in other sports.
Oscar created so much interest about the sport and his involvement that there was a flood of questions afterward that doubled the length of his presentation.
Our Club had helped Oscar with some of the funding for his trip and, in hindsight, this was an excellent investment in a young person with lots of potential and the support of a unique but fascinating modern sport.
Ultimate Frisbee Speaker Gary Denhard 2020-02-11 11:00:00Z 0

Red Cross

Good People doing Good Things
Red Cross Appeal:
Will you volunteer to help us prepare for disasters?
When the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Seddon, the Sweeney family home buckled and bent.  Mum Maxine wasn’t too fazed by the earthquake. Pragmatic about the damage, she says she found it easy to bounce back, but her husband Dave and daughter Ashleigh were shaken by the experience.
“I was quite non-understanding of it actually. I just kind of said to them to toughen up. But it didn’t work so I had to change to make myself understand that they were fearful for their lives and that it was actually quite serious for them.” 
New Zealand Red Cross provided immediate response and relief to people affected by the 2016 earthquakes, and ran workshops, which the Sweeny family attended, to help support people through their recovery journey.
We need to be ready, because disasters will happen again
The first step of disaster response is to be ready and prepared. For the Sweeney family, this means a refined emergency plan - knowing exactly what they’ll do in another emergency, where they should meet, who will get in what car and how they evacuate the dog.
For Red Cross, this means holding our annual street collection, a critical way we ensure we have the resources to help those who need it most after disaster hits.   
Help New Zealand be ready for disasters, join our 2020 street appeal  There are many ways to help – getting your family, friends and community prepared for a disaster, joining a Red Cross Disaster Welfare and Support Team or simply by helping out in our annual street collection.
Between 16-22 March 2020 Red Cross staff, members and volunteers will be across New Zealand collecting funds – and we need your help, even just for an hour or two during your lunch break.
Will you help us so that we can be here for New Zealand?
For more information and to sign up, visit our website. If you have any questions, get in touch here.
Red Cross Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-11 11:00:00Z 0


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Thought for the Week
“They all laughed when I said that I wanted to be a comedian.  No-one’s laughing now.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-11 11:00:00Z 0

John Bird Barrister

My Life as a Barrister
We were privileged to hear from John Burn (LLB), an ex St Andrews lad, who spent three terms on the CCC specialising in finance and policy.  He was also Deputy Chairman on the Canterbury International Airport.
Working as a barrister only started in the 60s. Mahon was the first one to set up and got all the big firm work so I decided instead to look after the small firms who were delighted to have me.
In terms of working with the CCC the main mistake I made was I did this for free. They now get up to $150,000 a year. Back then, though, we ran the council which I loved doing for nine years.
I was then offered a position with Hunt and Hunt in Sydney as they wanted a commercial litigator. I eventually decided to go for a year and only returned to Christchurch 6 years later.
My topic today is practice at the bar. New South Wales follows the English system which means you cannot be both a solicitor and a barrister. The good thing about this is that solicitors have to do all the work whereas barristers simply read briefs so it is much easier.
Sydney has 25,000 barristers who all specialised in a main area. Hunt and Hunt worked in the injury issues field for individuals. I was lucky to be put with a group covering personal injury e.g. someone who might have put their hands into a machine and being badly injured.
I was also privileged to go on a New South Wales Crown panel which covered asbestos related cases. In New Zealand you can't sue for personal injury as this is covered by ACC.  Most of the cases I dealt with settled but the more complex ones often went to trial.
My toughest cases involved bedside clients who, once diagnosed, often died within 6 months. Everyone, regardless of the situation, was very sympathetic with these clients who were very understanding of us which we were humbled by.
In Australia it was not unusual for claims to be settled for $2 Million. In New Zealand the same clients would get medical costs and some weekly support. So the ACC system, while supportive in some ways, can also mean significant financial hardship for affected clients.
When I first moved to Sydney I experienced the result of the cricket underarm event on the first Saturday I was there. When my boys attended school they were approached by students who apologized for what happened.
When barristers start up, they often need to take any work they can get. I was lucky and got into work that I enjoyed quickly.  There was lots of camaraderie but one quirk involved never shaking hands which was done in the past to show that we did not have a weapon on us.  We all had a lot of fun and, while we battled in Court, we never fought personally.
All Sydney cases on personal injury are on a “no win no fee" basis. You typically earn a percentage of these while in New Zealand you get a lot less.  Briefs are frequently passed from one person to another. This can work and in one situation I only held a brief for a short time and still got a sizable fee.
After I retired I took a position investigating fraud and impropriety for politicians. We were fairly busy! It was a phone job for six months but eventually I returned to the bar.
In recent times I have been fighting the development of the Merivale mall. A colleague and I attended a meeting regarding this and it goes to a hearing shortly. A decision is expected in August.
In closing John shared with a smile that he originally came home after his wife died to see his old friends but now spends much of his time trying to avoid them.
We thanked John for sharing his interesting experiences and thoughts in recent years and wished him well in his future endeavours.
John Bird Barrister Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-04 11:00:00Z 0

Goony Bird

A ‘Gooney Bird’ Flapping over BOP
Papanui Rotary President Keith Mitchell in the DC-3 Cockpit
It is as summer as the sound of cicadas, as summer as the wash of another lazy wave on the Tay Street Beach.
This summer sound is the rumble of ZK-AWP - one gracious old lady, a DC-3 which at weekends, trundles across the Bay of Plenty skyline at 500 metres (1,500 feet), her cabin chocka with tourists, plane spotters and nostalgia.
She’s one old girl decked out in all her flash retro NAC finery and being flown by an old dog.  “They always ask if this plane is safe,” says Keith Mitchell.
Then they look at me, an old pilot of 76, and think: ‘Oh that’s good, he’s obviously been round the block a few times. He knows what he’s doing’.” 
The punters probably wouldn’t appreciate some young buck in the cockpit. It needs an old man to fly an old aeroplane.
Most summer weekends, Keith Mitchell throws on a crisp white shirt with the striped epaulettes of a pilot and travels from home in Christchurch to Tauranga for an assignation with the other woman in his life – the Air Chatham DC-3.
“I certainly have a special relationship with this aircraft.”  He talks to her – ‘come on ol’ girl’ sort of thing. “And I pat her.” He doesn’t love her like he would his wife.  “But there’s certainly an attachment and much more than there would be for a modern aircraft.”
The love affair with the DC-3 is a global phenomenon. “It was September 17, 1935, when the DC-3 first went into service. And there’s nothing on land, rail, sea or in the air that can match it.”
In another 15 years the DC-3 will have been working commercially for 100 years. They are easy to love and respect.
And ZK-AWP is living, flying proof – still turning an honest buck flying fanciers from Tauranga to Katikati and Waihi Beach, round Mauao and then over the backyards of Te Puke.
McDonnell Douglas built 16,000 DC-3s and they must be looking down thinking they got that one right.  And they might also be looking down in awe at Keith Mitchell.
“Maybe,” laughs the pilot. “An old bloke in an old aeroplane?”
A DC-3 is low-spec, no frills flying.  “No auto-pilot so you are committed to flying it. Hands on flying and you don’t get many hands on flying today. Everything is automated.”
It’s 9.30am on a Saturday morning and tucked in behind Classic Flyers Museum, ZK-AWP is being shaken from its slumber. Those big 14-cylinder Pratt and Whitney radial piston engines on this big badass plane are winding up and then explode into life.
There’s smoke, lots of it. Thick clouds of oil laden smoke.
“If you wear labelled clothes, then DC-3s aren’t for you,” says Keith Mitchell. “There’s lots of oil. You get decked out.”  He means you can get caught with your pants down when aviation oil, lots of it, spatters, sprays or drips unexpectedly. It’s a game DC-3s like to play.
The DC-3 has many nicknames – Gooney Bird or albatross, Dumbo, Spooky, Puff the Magic Dragon – all names pointing to the aircraft’s reputation for reliability, versatility and power. And its timelessness would inevitably lead to verse and songs being written.
“They patched her up with masking tape, paper clips and string, and still she flies, she never dies, The Methuselah with wings.”
And if you ask a DC-3 to do something, Keith says it will do its best ever.  “I can assure you of that.”  And never a scary moment.  “Blown a few cylinders, but the radial just keeps going. And you are too busy getting back on the ground to worry about it.” 
It’s a magical experience for Keith Mitchell when the ZK-AWP moseys down the runway and eases into the air. “Sometimes people don’t even know they have left the ground. Then there’s that wonderful sense of freedom.”
With DC-3s there is a delicious amalgam of noise and nostalgia.
“I have flown them extensively in Australia and New Zealand. And you often meet people who heard the radial engine, thought it might have been a DC-3 and immediately drove to the airport to see.”
There is a lot of noise for an aircraft that’s trundles along at just 300 km/h.  And everyone, it seems everyone, has a story about a DC-3.  “They got proposed to on a DC-3, they got engaged on a DC-3.”
And then a bloke corners Keith Mitchell and tells him his father was piloting a DC-3 in 1945 when it collided with a Lockheed.
“The DC-3 lost a wing and crashed but the pilot survived and lived until he was 102.”
Great DC-3 stories. The aviation icon was also a war hero. “It helped win WW2 – not as a fighting machine but as a workhorse. But it did transform into warhorse in Vietnam. They armed them with Gatling guns to counteract the Vietcong moving at night through the jungles. Obliterated them.”
But on ZK-AWP there’s nothing more aggressive than a running commentary. Although it did serve in the RNZAF before turning out for NAC from 1953 to the late 1960s. Flash people got dressed up to travel in AWP. Later it was a top-dresser, breaking in some of New Zealand’s toughest farmland, some more commercial work and then to Tonga.
“It ended up mothballed in a hangar and when Air Chatham’s got the chance to bring it home, they jumped. “We spent a year getting it going. But I wanted to bring it home because unlike other DC-3s it had New Zealand history.”  And AWP rumbles with a New Zealand accent.  “So it had to come home.”
Keith Mitchell has the unerring knack of tweaking the rudder to bring any talk of himself back to ZK-AWP.  “She makes people cry.”  He is referring to the 1948 Berlin airlift when the DC-3 transported in more than 6000 tons of supplies to the blockaded West Berlin each day. 
Sons and daughters of West Berliners involved in the blockade would later climb into Keith’s DC-3 and cry.  “They would tell us the DC-3 won the war, that it helped them survive through dark days.”
Keith Mitchell scratches his chin thoughtfully.  “You know, I treat it as a privilege to fly the DC-3.”  And the DC-3 probably feels the same about Keith Mitchell.