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: online.harewood@raewardfresh-si.co.nz.
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 garymkennett@gmail.com  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


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:

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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.
Goony Bird Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-04 11:00:00Z 0


Sound System Training
We need to get the best out of the sound system for the benefit of all our members and Gary Denhard has kindly agreed to train some members on the use of our sound system.
Gary will be approaching some members regarding the training which has the full support of the President and Board. 
If you would like to be trained please feel free to talk to Gary or President Keith. 
Papanui Rotary in Action!
A number of keen members turned out last Saturday to help long term active member Larry Skiba and as his family works towards finally getting back into their repaired house.
Hard at work …
… before and after shot from Gary.
What a great example of the comradery and support we are willing to give to both the wider community and each other as Rotarians.
Thought for the week …
“The best way to stay healthy is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do things you’d prefer not to.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-02-04 11:00:00Z 0

Path to Mortality - Neville Digby

The Path to Mortality:  The Story So Far
Recently inducted member Neville Digby gave us a great presentation last week as he took us on his journey so far.
In considering his name, Neville revealed that Sir Everard Digby, a Gunpowder Plot conspirator, was imprisoned in 1605 until hanged, drawn and quartered in 1606.  On a more favourable note Neville has a bridge located on the North branch of the Ashburton River with his name on it.
At fourteen he developed a keen interest in amateur radio and also spent a year attending jet boat racing events over a 25 year period.  He also raced catamarans for some time which he especially loved.
In his working life to date he only had two employers the old NZ Post Office (where you were supposed to have a job for life, if only!!) working in the broader communications field.  This included checking communications at a variety of locations including the Chatham’s.
His 43 year employment with the Municipal Electricity Department which eventually became Orion has kept him continuously technically challenged.  He has also worked as a volunteer  for Civil Defence in the greater Canterbury area and has been presented with numerous awards for his endeavours.
With respect to the changing nature of his work, Neville has had to reinvent himself many times in his vocation as it is a very dynamic and changeable field.  It has had its benefits though which included having the opportunity to skinny dip in the QEII pool.  Among his other various interesting “activities” he was once banned from US casinos for counting cards.
Neville feels he has been very lucky in his working life as his skill set has remained in demand.  This was in no small part due to his ability to constantly reinvent himself in what is a very dynamic and changeable market. 
One of his successes was when they purchased a natural gas company where his activities helped to significantly increase the value that led to it being sold for a sizeable profit.  He also spent time as Director of Canterbury Innovation incubator.
Returning to his time at Orion, Neville noted that it is currently the 3rd largest electricity network company in NZ.  It is heavily regulated with its profit also being capped.  Previously based in the Red Light district, it is now in Wairakei Road which includes controlling the upper South Island network. 
In ensuring risk management is a key component, a key approach that helps ensure its ongoing success is ensuring the technologies it chooses are well suited to business centres. 
When the quakes hit Christchurch they lost their buildings and moved into some stronger older 1930’s ones that enabled them to be the only business left operating inside the CBD’s red zone for 4 years. This helped keep the power network working.
They considered  putting data centres into containers and ended up having computerised data containers and now have three of these very useful tools available.
In terms of other interests, Neville is President of the Veteran Car Club of NZ and finds that this interest in particular is like an illness.  His only solution to date is to buy yet another one and he has acquired an impressive range of vehicles to date including an “Alvis” car but not yet a traction engine.
He especially enjoys going to events and showcasing his vehicles and arrived at our meeting in his electric 1904 Baker which he acquired in 2011.  Manufactured in Cleveland, it is one of the oldest electric cars in the world.
“When it runs out of power I can tow it with a horse” he chuckled.
See this link that Simon sent through for more info on this amazing vehicle.
In terms of a bucket list, Neville is especially keen to visit Antarctica and see the Aroura Northern Lights.  And, of course, acquiring (yikes) even more old cars.
We thanked Neville for yet another amazing insight into one of our newer members whose speeches continue to fascinate and inspire us with respect to the diversity and exceptional skill sets we have in our Club membership.
Path to Mortality - Neville Digby Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-29 11:00:00Z 0


Working Bee at Larry’s Home
We are holding a working bee this Saturday starting at 9:00 am at Larry and Janetta’s house, 373 Papanui Road (next to the Vet. Clinic), that is nearing completion following 18 months of earthquake repairs.
As part of the ground strengthening layers of reinforcing steel and stone hardfill were placed under the new concrete floor and extended slightly beyond.
In order for the topsoil to be replaced for gardens, the surplus stones, mortar etc. need to be carefully cleaned off the grounds beforehand.
I have talked to Larry and Janetta and suggested that a Rotary Papanui working bee be arranged to do this.  In recognition Larry and Janetta are making a donation to the Club.  Larry and Janetta have also suggested they host a BBQ afterwards.
The building contractor has offered his tipping trailer for use and he will arrange for the dumping of the hardfill.  The work involves two parts:
  1. Raking off and removing the stones with some light cultivation to ensure most stones removed and put on trailer with no soil.
  2. Removal of some Ivy and rogue planting which has grown during the 18 months repair at the perimeter of the section, placing this on the garden at the rear, to be taken away by others later.
Tools required include sturdy metal rakes, garden gloves, 2-3 wheelbarrows, shovels, spades, 1-2 pick axes, sturdy brooms, secateurs, and loppers/pruners
The project should take no more than half a day with 7-8 helpers.  This a great opportunity for fun and fellowship while raising some funds for Rotary with little effort or organisation.
If you can assist for some or all of the time, can you please email me on courtney@xtra.co.nz or text me on 021 370256 ASAP.
Nick Courtney
Speaker for This Week
Note that we have a change of speaker for this week.
In conjunction with Grant McFadden and Euan Hilson our speaker for this Thursday is former barrister and Merivale resident John Burn who is well known to Grant and Doug.
He is an inveterate letter writer, champion of stopping Merivale Mall development, and proponent of alternatives to ACC.
Your Club Chat Editor preparing for his Chatham’s  visit in a Convair
President Keith reminded us that our trip to the Chatham’s is fast approaching.    He will email all those going with more details shortly.
Heads Up re Next Major Event
Arie gave us a heads up that we are looking to host up to 150 attendees at the next Emerging Leaders Evet and Hanmer Forest Camp in March.  More details coming.
Thought for the week …
“I told my partner that if I ever end up in a vegetative state just pull the plug so she got up and turned the TV off.”
The story on last week's speaker, Neville Digby, will be put up on the website and emailed out tomorrow after he has checked them.
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

Community North Patrol

A Message from Christchurch North Community Patrol
We received a great message from Laura whose organisation received a 3rd of our recent Trailer Raffle funds.
She attached some upmarket photos of us with our new vehicle for use on your website or promotional material.
They are out and about with their new vehicle so we should see them zipping around our neighbourhood soon!
They are also happy to come and report back and do any final bits and bobs that might be outstanding.
Community North Patrol Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

New Year Welcome

Welcome to the New Year!
I hope you are all suitably fed, watered and rested as the New Year gets underway. 
A good number of us had a great evening last week hosted by Keith and Heather at their lovely dwelling in West Melton.
Great food, excellent comradery and a fantastic array of delicious food was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We kick off our 1st meeting at the Papanui Club this Thursday with a presentation by new member Neville Digby.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Club Chat Editor

New Year Welcome Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

Bush Fire Appeal

Aratupu Presentation
A couple of days before Christmas President Keith was on hand to present two new car seats for Aratupu preschool and nursery to use to transport children to their facility and thereby help parents who are unable to bring their toddlers in.
The staff were most grateful to Papanui Rotary and their Children in Need Trust who underwrote the purchase.
The photo above shows the presentation.  Some of the children were keen for a test run straight away!
Bush Fire Appeal Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

Bush Fire Appeal

A Message from our DG
Australian Fires from Space
Stuart posted this message from DG Gary.
I have been approached on a number of occasions by Rotary clubs wishing to contribute to a District Bush Fire Appeal.
Our Australian friends so willingly gave to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, the Pike River Disaster, and the more recent Earthquake in Waiau/Kaikoura/Seddon/Ward. 
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service has an appeal in place that gives a tax benefit for contributors, so I recommend clubs, members and supporters use this avenue for contributions. 
The disaster that unfolded nightly on our TV screen was difficult to comprehend.  The blanket of smoke haze that engulfed the South Island recently is a grim reminder of the scale of the fires.
Thank you to those that have already contributed, and to those who are considering contributing.
Gary Hopkinson
District Governor  2019 – 2020
Bush Fire Appeal Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Speakers

Upcoming Speakers
Doug’s list of our planned speakers in the coming weeks is as follows:
Jan 23rd: New Member presentation by Neville Digby.
Jan 30th:  New Member presentation by Anne Spicer.
Feb 6th: Waitangi Day
Feb 13th: Richard Archbold, Architect, International Convention Centre Auckland.
Feb 20th: Papanui High School Principal on preparing students for leaving school.
Feb 27th: Hon Amy Adams on My Lifer in Politics
Mar 5th: Lynda Murchison, Environment Consultant, on Climate Change.
Mar 12th: Robbie Riston, Christchurch Men’s Prison, who is joined by a reformed ex prisoner.
Mar 19th: Morrison Avenue Bowling Club
Mar 26th: Forum.
Apr 23rd: Sharon Crean on Beyond Water: fighting poverty and providing clean water in East Africa.
Thanks, Doug, for the great job you do organising our speakers.
Upcoming Speakers Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-20 11:00:00Z 0
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Lotto Bonus Number Fundraiser Results from Deryn
Hi to all our supporters of the Lotto Bonus Number Fundraiser. 
Congratulations to the following weekly winners.  Our latest result was as follows:
18th Jan
Number 26 Lois Flanagan $50
Number 25 Jill Archbold $10
Number 27 Tony Taylor $10
Rub shoulders with these people as this is the second time #26 has come out in six weeks.
Winners can claim their prize from The Crystal People shop, wait until our next meeting, or put it towards further draws if you have not paid the full $60.
Good Luck for next week!
Gordon is selling 2x Christmas Puddings at $20 each with $5 going to the Club.
Thought for the New Year …
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

Hal Borland
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

Pap Rotary Xmas 2019

Papanui Rotary Christmas 2019
A happy band of 45 club members and partners joined together at the Presbyterian Village Community facility to celebrate our Christmas wind up for 2019.
What a pleasure it was to have Deborah from Ambrosia Kitchen and her team to cater and look after us.
A delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres was served at our table.
This was followed by Lois’s surprise entertainment in the form of 9 year old Eliza playing guitar and singing a bracket of songs.
In place of a regular Sergeant’s session, Rob Thomson provided the material for some entertaining, thought provoking and hilarious activity. Every attendee was given the name of a part of the body or a medical condition and was asked to stand and provide an alternative description for this; e.g. indigestion –the consumption of food indoors as opposed to outdigestion as at a barbecue or picnic.
The main course was a feast fit for royalty with pork raised to a large extent on acorns, beef, new potatoes, a yummy chicken and noodle salad and a mixed green salad with accompanying dressings.
Prior to dessert being served, Santa (alias Arie) arrived and dispensed the small gifts that everyone had brought. There was a lot of inquisitive looks and much frivolity as the array was opened and displayed.
The raffle was drawn next and the prize winners more than satisfied with their success. Thanks to Cynthia Tizzard for doing a great job wrapping and displaying the gift baskets and other prizes.  The dessert table groaned under the selection Deborah had prepared for us. What a diet breaker!  The sumptuous meal was topped off with a satisfying tea or coffee.
There was a great deal of mingling and chatter as club members and partners relaxed in a wonderful atmosphere of friendship.
President Keith was a very able MC.
Thank you to Lois and a variety of helpers who put together an outstanding and most enjoyable night.
Merry Christmas everyone and our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Pap Rotary Xmas 2019 Tony Tizzard 2019-12-22 11:00:00Z 0

Xmas Service Message

A Christmas Message from Susan Hunter
This abridged article that Susan, a previous President of the Rotary Club of Toronto put up in a previous year has some sound comments on what “service” is about.
It is said that the most precious gift you can give is time. When you give of your time, you give a little of yourself and a part of your life to someone else. Time in the service of others is what defines all Rotarians. This is especially true during the Christmas season.
For many months leading up to Christmas, our members spend an enormous amount of time planning and preparing two spectacular celebrations to make many people very happy.
Both celebrations require planning on a grand scale, which several members do with great enthusiasm and passion.
So many of our members give of their time and service. As you may know, the definition of service is evolving in Rotary and the long-standing focus on “attendance” at a weekly gathering is being challenged by the hard realities of work and life that demands our time and forces us to prioritize our attention.
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we need to talk about what service means to us. Our Club Board of Directors is engaged in this conversation and I encourage you to get involved in this dialogue.
As our membership evolves with the ever changing world in which we live and work, we need to be responsive and flexible with how we define time and service to Rotary.
For me, service can mean different things.  Some participate on Committees identifying the philanthropic projects worthy of our support, while others come out to our events and parties to lend a helping hand, or take part in trips in faraway places. And there are dedicated members who just do the many activities that make things happen at our Club. All manner of service is worthy and valuable.
The world needs Rotary, now more than ever. Our singular mission is to improve the lives of people and to create a better world. In whatever way you choose to serve Rotary, I sincerely thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community, our Club and our members.

And at this special sacred season, I hope you take the time to reflect on the many blessings of your life and the privilege to be of service to others. Hedley and I extend our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a bright New Year to you and your families.
Xmas Service Message Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-22 11:00:00Z 0

Samoa Appeal

Pacific Measles Outbreak
Stuart sent this through with a big thank-you to all of those who have supported this appeal and to all those still to do so.
Rotary New World Community Service (RNZWCS Limited) have received a request from the Rotary Club of Apia to support them in supporting the Ministry of Health and communities in Samoa.
The Ministry of Health have specifically sought assistance from Rotary for health centre furnishings and supplies (beds, screens, trolleys, wheelchairs etc.)
The Rotary Club is also providing family support for those bereaved families. To date 72 children have died with some thousands under care and observation.
Donations in New Zealand may be made through RNZWCS Limited.
Receipts will be issued for Tax Deductible purposes. (CC26860)
Four Donation Options Quoting Activity No. 421
Internet Banking 03 1702 0192208 01
Paypal at www.rnzwcs.org
Cheque to RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
Signatory to the Council for International Development Code of Conduct
Samoa Appeal Stuart Batty 2019-12-22 11:00:00Z 0


Winning Numbers are Go!
Our fundraising activity based on those having the bonus Lotto number or the numbers either side each week is underway!
Ron Sedgley struck the bonus number (#8) last Saturday with Gordon and Faye Sedgley coming in on either side.
Winners the week before were Lois Flanagan (#26) with Jill Archbold and Tony Taylor coming in one-off.
Upcoming Activities from Tony
Merry Christmas everyone and our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
We will hope to see you all at President Keith and Heather’s place at West Melton for a barbecue to kick off our 2020 on Thursday 16th January.
Papanui Bush Project
Reminder that the following events are planned for the Papanui Bush project going forward:
  • Saturday January 18th: a community planting session. 
  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month: gentle weeding session.
Contact Denis for more info.
Thought for Christmas …
“Did you know Santa's not allowed to go down chimneys this year? It was declared unsafe by the Elf and Safety Commission.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-22 11:00:00Z 0

Aratupu Request

Aratupu are short of a few gift wrappers on Saturday 21st December from 1.45 pm until 5.30 pm.
Arie and Janice and Tony have offered to help but if we can get another 5 people to help it will mean that we need do only one hour each.
If you can help please email Tony Tizzard at a.tizzard@xtra.co.nz as soon as you can.
Aratupu Request Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-11 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 10, 2019
Proposed South Island Amalgamation
Nick Courtney gave us an overview of the proposed amalgamation of Districts 9970 & 9980 and the opportunities this might bring for the South Island should it go forward.
“We need to vote on this proposal in March with the overall goal being how to best strengthen Rotary in the South Island” explained Nick and DGs have had Zoom meetings to discuss this proposed change by considering how we can look at new ways of making it work.
With respect to why we need to consider amalgamation at this stage, Nick shared the following reasons:
  1. We have declining membership that is nearing the 1,100 threshold which, if met, will require us to merge.
  2. By acting earlier we can better shape our future.
  3. The NZ population and Rotary membership itself is aging which means we need to consider new ways operate regionally.
With respect to the advantages of opting for amalgamation, Nick identified the following:
  1. It increases our attractiveness to new members.
  2. We have access to greater resources.
  3. It gives us a simpler operating model with significantly less duplication.
  4. It increases our attractiveness to larger sponsors.
  5. It enables us to take advantage of better communication options due to improving technologies.
Nick also noted that the new size of a combined South Island district would make us similar in size to successful overseas districts.
With respect to the challenges, these include that DGs will no longer be able to easily visit all Clubs and we will instead have to look at Cluster events to help with District wide communications.
With respect to the voting process, each Club gets one vote.  If it is a “go” a team will be established to focus on how to take it forward with the target date for the change being July 1st 2022.
“So how will it affect us?” asked Nick?  He suggested that initially it will not be that noticeable but - as noted by Paul Harris - change will come as the pace of change continues to accelerate.
In concluding his presentation  Nick suggested that going forward we will need to be looking at how we continue to set up and develop clubs in our new district in order to best meet changing times with new and innovative approaches.
Amalgamation Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-09 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 10, 2019
Rotary Papanui Mentoring Programme
Nick shared that we are looking at formalising the new member experience in order to help them feel part of their club via a variety of activities.
This approach has worked very successfully in other NZ districts.
The idea is to engage new members from the time they join as there is a lot to learn about how Rotary works and how to get the best out of joining.
On joining, a new member will be assigned a knowledgeable Mentor and registered on the rotary.org  Club Runner site.
A list of activities, which includes familiarity with all technology applications, will then be worked through and signed off.
Mentoring Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-09 11:00:00Z 0

Ladies Breakfast

Posted by Lois Flanagan on Dec 10, 2019
Ladies Breakfast a Hit!
About 25 ladies joined together on Saturday 7 December for fun and food. It was a great time and wonderful to hear so much chatter. 
Great to welcome several of our widows and older wives as well as our new lady members. Angela won the prize for the best Christmas dressed lady and Faye Sedgley for the person travelling the furthest for Christmas dinner!
Our three quality chefs Nick, Tony Tizzard and Arie not only looked majestic in their white shirts, red bow ties, Christmas aprons and red chefs hats but they cooked delicious waffles and pancakes as well as doing all the dishes. Thanks so much - you were amazing! 
Ladies Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2019-12-09 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 10, 2019
Have you got your number yet for our latest fundraiser?
The sheet of remaining numbers & names can be viewed here or ring or text Deryn 021 161 5861 and she will put your name and phone number beside your chosen number.
We will begin as soon as all 40 numbers have been taken.  When it starts and winning numbers will be announced in Club Chat and future meetings.
See last week’s Club Chat for more details.
Papanui Bush Project
The following events are planned for the Papanui Bush project going forward:
  • Saturday January 18th: a community planting session. 
  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month: gentle weeding session.
Contact Denis for more info.
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
Another “Colour Run” event is planned at the Camp for late January and we are looking for a carload of Rotarians to support it.  Contact Arie if interested.
Also a heads-up that we are supporting another Community Day at the Camp in late March.  Date to follow.
Christmas Dinner 12 December 
Just a reminder that entrees will be served between 6:30 to 7:00 pm then there is some surprise entertainment before our main course. Father Christmas will also be arriving later in the evening. 
Don’t forget to bring a $10 gift for Secret Santa and some $ for the special raffle.  Looking forward to seeing you soon for a great finish to the Rotary year. 
Some Shots of Swansea from Rob
2020 Dates
Our next Papanui Rotary meeting is a 16th January for a BBQ at Keith & Heather Mitchell’s on Jan 16th and then back to the Papanui Club on 23rd January.  More details to follow.  Gordon.
Thought for the week …
“The 3 stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.”
Snippets Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-09 11:00:00Z 0

Allenvale Visit

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 04, 2019
Allenvale School Visitors
Allenvale School provides education in a specialist setting for students who have an intellectual disability.  Many also have specific disabilities and/or difficulties. This means they require a highly differentiated teaching and learning pathway which is not available in a mainstream school.
We were privileged to welcome Gary Quarless, Principal, accompanied by Bev Wall, parent and PTA member, as our guests last week.
Gary opened his presentation with the phrase: “Every day starts with a sunrise and ends with a sunset.”
The start of a school day at Allenvale is very different to most mainstream schools. From 8:30am, a large number of mobility vans and taxis arriving from all over Christchurch. This can be quite the challenge as the school has one narrow access road and the front area is relatively small, especially with more than twenty vehicles coming and going!
In the future, a purpose built school will be built in Belfast but, as this is a 2 year design & build process, the school has to cope with their current setting and ‘make do’ in buildings and classrooms which were not originally designed for children who have special needs. “Having said that, the staff and board have done an amazing job in adapting many of the classroom and outside areas to make them as safe and accessible as possible. In this our PTA and local community have been incredibly supportive, especially Rotary.”
Everyone can learn and our goal is to maximise the opportunities for students to learn, achieve and progress throughout their schooling.  As many students are non-verbal and do not read text, many different specialised communication technologies and ways of teaching are used at school.
Our most able senior students attend a community based facility near Northfields. Here, the primary focus is to maximise their involvement in and access to their local community and their independence as they are after all young adults.
“For example, developing the students’ social and monetary skills enable them use local buses, travel to and use shops or just enjoy a drink in a café with friends.” explained Gary. 
With respect to the various causes of the challenges the school’s students face, Gary identified the three main origins as:
  1. Global developmental delay – this means there are significant intellectual delays in all areas with students from birth.
  2. Disease and infection, either pre or post-birth resulting in intellectual disability.
  3. Injury or accidents.
In the past, many children who had significant physical disabilities or health issues did not live into adulthood but, as medical interventions have improved and developed, many are now living well into adulthood.  “This brings more complex, multi-layered students into our school and requires health professionals to increasingly be part of the team” noted Gary.
The school curriculum is based on the NZC (New Zealand Curriculum document) and increasingly focuses on the five key ‘Key Competencies’ for learning:
  1. Thinking.
  2. Using language, symbols and text
  3. Managing self.
  4. Relating to others.
  5. Participating and contributing.
Two key competencies that the school aims to prioritise are Relating to Others and Managing Self. Tertiary sectors and business have both identified these as essential skill areas they often find lacking in young adults and the MOE is currently looking at the implications of this for all our schools and curriculum.
“Over the last few decades, increasing numbers of children are going to school while not being ‘ready to learn.’ Here in Canterbury, many schools have adopted Play Based Learning approaches to address this. At school we are exploring how we can incorporate this into our own practice” shared Gary. 
Developing a Rich Communication environment is a foundation block at Allenvale, as is student voice. The latter has been well captured in the consultations regarding the design of our new school, both within our school and the wider community.
It is also important to recognise and celebrate students as positive members of our local community and indeed wider society. One way we do this is to hold termly Mufti-Days to support national events, such as Loud Shirt Day or Autism Awareness Day. Donations collected on these day are all sent to the chosen charity, and our students and whānau really do enjoy being able to ‘give back.’
“This days can be great fun too” noted Gary with one example being the holding of their own Highland Games event recently.
“At the end of each day, we return to what can often look like ‘controlled chaos’ as we support 146 students to access their vehicles for the journey homes” smiled Gary. 
In conclusion, Gary noted that one of their biggest issues is obtaining appropriate funding as the school is very reliant on raising additional each year to the standard MoE grants in order to help address the learning, health and family challenges of all students.
We then asked Bev for her thoughts as a parent of a child at the school. 
“You often don’t know what is going to happen to your child going forward and I would like to ensure he has support and that I can trust the staff to look after him” she replied.
“I love picking Caleb up when he is smiling and happy as that way I know he is also safe.”
Lois thanked Gary and Bev for their insights into Allenvale, the challenges they face, and the great work they are doing in ensuring their students receive the very best education possible going forward.
Allenvale Visit Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-03 11:00:00Z 0

Helen Forrest Induction

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 04, 2019
New Member Helen Welcomed to Papanui Rotary
President Keith warmly welcomed our latest inductee, Helen Forrest, into the Club.  Helen shared that she was brought up with the “4-Way Test” on the wall and as a result is very familiar with what Rotary is about. 
After a long work history as a nurse and social worker, Helen completed a Diploma of Massage Therapy and has Post Graduate Certificates in Advanced Sports Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Active Isolated Stretch and Foot Joint Mobilization.
She runs her own business as a massage therapist and loves what she does in a job where she can help to keep people well.
Welcome to Papanui Rotary, Helen.  We look forward getting to know you better and the value of the wide range of skills and experiences you bring into our Club.
Helen Forrest Induction Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-03 11:00:00Z 0

4-Way Test

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 04, 2019
4-Way Test Presentation
Following the completion of Helen’s induction Barbara Davey, Anne Spicer and Neville Digby were presented with their personal copy of “The 4-Way Test” by President Keith at last week’s meeting.
4-Way Test Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-03 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 04, 2019
There will be an AGM held at our meeting this Thursday December the 5th to approve the Club Finances for the 2018 / 2019 year.
Please note that an article on the presentation that visiting staff from Allenvale gave to us last week will be published later this week after it has been reviewed by staff.  I will let you know by email when it is available on our website.  Grant Paice.
A reminder that this week's meeting is your last opportunity
to bring along non-perishable food items for our Christmas Hamper raffle on the 12th December.
A reminder that Rotary new potatoes for Xmas from the Belfast club will be available again. They are Cliff Kidneys and are $5.00 per 2.00kg box (same as for the last 2 years).  They begin digging next week.  See the form Gordon emailed out and bring it along with you this Thursday as Grant McFadden will take orders.
Papanui Rotary Troupe in fine form at our 1st of two Christmas events at Bupa Parklands Care Home last Saturday.  Happy for others to join us this coming Saturday (the 7th) from 1:30-2:30 pm.  The dressier the better.  Don’t worry if you are not the “loudest” singer … others will drown you out J.
An urgent reminder: if you are coming to our Ladies breakfast on Saturday 7 December please email Lois at Loisflanagan@parryfield.com  ASAP. 
For those attending our Christmas function on Thursday December 12th at the Village Community Centre, 460 Papanui Road, please remember to bring a $5:00 wrapped gift for Secret Santa. 
Club Fundraiser
We are about to begin a 20 week fundraiser, based on the Lotto Bonus Number each Saturday night, raising $1000 for club funds.  It works like this: those who choose to take part choose a number between 1 and 40, that hasn't already been chosen by somebody else.
The person having the Bonus Number in Lotto each week receives $50 and the people with the numbers either side of the winning number each receive $10. Members can invite friends, family, workmates, etc to take a number.
The sheet of numbers and names can be viewed here. You can ring or text Deryn 021 161 5861 and she will put your name and phone number beside your chosen number.
One person per number. Money can be paid in cash at a club meeting or deposited into Papanui Rotary Account 03 1355 0661945 00 using your name and Lotto, as reference. $60 can be paid up front or divided into 3x $20 payments.
We will begin as soon as all 40 numbers have been taken. It will be announced in the club chat when it will begin, or, if it is during the holiday period members will be notified by email.
The winning number will be announced in the Club Chat and at the following meeting. The winners each week will be notified and payment arrangements will be made if they are not club members, otherwise money will be paid out at our weekly meeting.
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Raffle Prize Uptake

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Dec 04, 2019
Collection of Prizes
The first prize winner of the Trailer and all its contents, Colleen Edwards from Marton, arranged for her stepson Thomas and his partner Rebecca to collect it from Verdi’s place on Friday as they were driving North that day to attend a family event.
2nd and 3rd prize winners collected their goods at the Papanui Club last Saturday.  They were:
Sandra Mahan (right) from Christchurch who won the BBQ and Charlie Christie (centre) from Belfast who won the appliances package.
Raffle Prize Uptake Club Chat Publisher Paice 2019-12-03 11:00:00Z 0

Feb Visitors

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 27, 2019
Arrival of Visitors in February
David Drake, a past District Governor, spoke to us briefly last week regarding the imminent arrival of 14 professional visitors.  They will be visiting NZ for eight days including an overnight stay at Hanmer on February the 28th and anyone who might be interested is welcome to join them there for a BBQ.
They will travel to Christchurch on the 29th of February and be here through to March 2nd.  If anyone can help with overnight stays please contact David on (03) 347 3474.
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Raffle Draw

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 27, 2019
The winners of our recent Trailer Raffle were drawn last week.
Three ticket numbers were obtained by Verdi in the presence of local policeman Nathan Wilson.  The lucky winners were then contacted with the news.
They were:
  • 1st Prize:  Ticket #01208 Colleen Edwards, Marton
  • 2nd Prize: Ticket #02098 Sandra Mahan, Christchurch
  • 3rd Prize: Ticket #04139 Charlie Christie, Belfast
Colleen was especially happy with the news and decided that she just might have something a little more exciting for morning tea.
A big thank-you to all who contributed their time and efforts that helped make this a very successful event and a special thanks to Deryn who worked tirelessly over many weeks to ensure things went like clockwork.
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NI Visitors

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 27, 2019
A 2nd Youth Exchange Student Visit
We were delighted to host another group of students from various North Island Rotary clubs who, accompanied by Jen McKenzie and Peter, are involved in a boutique trip around the country.
They are:
  • Matthias Groppe from Germany based in Auckland
  • Adrien Rossier from Switzerland based in Whangarei
  • Thim Bozzetto from France based in Auckland
  • Yee-Hsien Wu from Taiwan based in Auckland
  • Lily Hogan from the USA based in Whangarei
  • Flo Aldunce from  Chile based in Whangarei
  • Amalie Ruhlmann from Denmark based in Auckland
  • Clara Liebmann from Austria based in Auckland
Each student briefly introduced themselves and shared one bit of excitement when they accidentally missed a bus as it’s sign named the end point of its journey rather than the place they were going to on the way.  Luckily things all worked out though and they are thoroughly enjoying the diversity of the places they are visiting and the activities they are experiencing.
They finished with a great rendition of a Maori folk song, Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi, written by Wi Huata.  He wrote the song and taught it to his children whilst on a family gathering to Lake Tutira, north of Napier, that explains how iwi come together to support each other.
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Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 27, 2019
Papanui Rotary Christmas Function

Our function this year is on Thursday December 12th at the Village Community Centre, 460 Papanui Road Papanui  Road at 6:00pm for 6:30 pm starters .
Our wonderful Deborah from Ambrosia Kitchen will cook us a delicious three course Christmas meal. The cost is $45 per person and drinks are BYO.

We will have surprise entertainment between each course of the meal and Father Christmas hopes to be there too to wish everyone good tidings!

We are planning to have a special Christmas raffle to raise funds for an orphanage in Bangladesh so please bring cash.  Donations for the raffle are asked for and can be brought to any meeting prior to 12 December.

All Rotarians, partners, widows and friends of Rotary are welcome.  Come and enjoy great food, fun and fellowship on our Rotary meeting for  2019.
Please let us know ASAP as we need numbers to assist Ambrosia Kitchen with their planning.

A reminder: Ladies breakfast on Saturday 7 December : please email Lois at Loisflanagan@parryfield.com  to say if you are coming. 
A couple of reminders from Gordon to place your orders for the following items:
  • Christmas Puddings 700 gm  $20 each with $5 going to the club.
  • Belfast/Kaiapoi potatoes:  details on Thursday.
Click here for more info on The Plainsmen.
Thought for the approaching festive season …
If we are not supposed to eat at night why is there a light in the fridge?
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Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle Results 2019

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Nov 22, 2019

2019 PAPANUI Rotary Trailer Raffle Results

Yes folks. This year's Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle was drawn at 10am on 22nd November.
The lucky winners are:
1st Prize.  Ticket No 01208   Colleen Edwards of Marton (North Island)
2nd Prize. Ticket No 02098   Sandra Mahan of Strown, Christchurch
3rd Prize.  Ticket 04139   Charlie Christie of Belfast.
A list of the prizes they have won can be seen here
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.
Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle Results 2019 Deryn Tregurtha 2019-11-21 11:00:00Z 0

RE Students Nov 19

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 20, 2019
Youth Exchange Student Visit
Our Six Exchange Students with Shona
It was a busy night at Papanui Rotary last Thursday with Club Member Shona, who organises our involvement in the programme, introducing us to six of the Rotary Youth Exchange students currently being sponsored by Rotary Clubs throughout the South Island. 
They are:
  • Calix from France based in Waimate.
  • Hanna from Sweden based in Queenstown.
  • Ana from Brazil based in Christchurch.
  • Lilly from Austria based in Invercargill.
  • Eugenio from Chile based in Cromwell.
  • Erina from Switzerland based in Wanaka.
We also had Kegan join us who will be going to Brazil.
Each student spoke briefly about themselves and how their experiences or planned experiences are going so far.  They are finding it a great opportunity to experience a variety of new activities, learn about Rotary and make new friends. 
Kegan also spoke briefly about being proud and excited about his upcoming overseas placement and the opportunity this gives him to develop and grow.
It has been suggested that Rotary Exchange experiences can move participants up to seven years ahead in their personal development when they return home. 
Shona closed the session by suggesting that one of the key advantages of this programme is: “We can change the world one student at a time.”
Nick thanked Shona for her hard work and the students for their visit and commented on the resurgence this valuable programme contributes to potential new generational membership.
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Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 20, 2019
Visitors from Abroad!
Karen & Andy with Exchange Students
We were privileged to host Karen and Andy McKean from the South Jeffco Rotary Club who visited us last week.
Andy shared some of the activities they are involved with which includes a big involvement in working side by side with Roterac that brings people aged 18-30 together to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership & professional skills and have fun through service.
Club banners were swapped by Andy and President Keith.
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Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 20, 2019
E-Day This Saturday
Image result for kilmarnoch christchurch electronic dismamtling
Are there computers, monitors, printers, mobile phones, small household appliances and TVs gathering dust in your garage? This is an opportunity to give your old electronics a new home.
The team at Kilmarnock have partnered with Rotary to host this year’s E-Day in Christchurch.
When: Saturday November 23rd 
Where: outside all Warehouse Stationary stores.
Time: 10am - 4pm
The concept behind the E-Waste programme is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
The Kilmarnock team dismantle a variety of electronics that are deemed to be at the end of their life to recover the maximum amount of recyclable materials. This process also ensures that hazardous substances don’t make their way into landfill.
Once dismantled, products are sent these to another local organisation who converts them into raw materials that other industries require to produce new products.
Kilmarnock will really appreciate your support and donations.
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Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 20, 2019
Gift Wrapping
After 10 years working in conjunction with Northlands Mall, they have radically revised the criteria for gift wrapping.
Following a survey of club members where the response clearly indicated low numbers being able to attend the compulsory training, the Board have regretfully advised Northlands that our club will not be involved in the gift wrapping project this year.
Xmas Rotary Papanui Entertainment Group

A reminder from Kate that an invitation to entertain residents has been received from Bupa Parklands Care Home for Saturday 30 November and 7 December from 1:30pm until 2:30pm.

If you can make it please feel free to dress in your Christmas regalia to delight the residents.

Songs we will be covering include Snoopy's Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland plus some Christmas carols.

All welcome.
Ladies Breakfast Reminder
Our speaker for the 28th of November is Gary Quarless, Principal of Allenvale School, accompanied by Bev Wall, parent and recipient of gift wrapping last year.
Allenvale is a special school in Christchurch catering for young people with disabilities. The school has staff comprising teachers, therapists and teaching assistants and provides programmes for students aged between 5 and 21 across a variety of settings.
Allenvale is focused on meeting the needs of each student and engaging with parents, whanau and community. Senior students are often involved in work placements, polytechnic courses and a variety of community programmes.
We look forward to hearing from Gary and Bev.
Thought for the week …
It’s really hard to listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
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Homicide Support

Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 13, 2019
Homicide Family Support
Debra Stokes, accompanied by her husband Gerard, gave us an insight into her challenging role as a Family Support Worker in homicide situations which came into being in 2013.   She is one of three staff that offers this throughout NZ.
“While we found it very challenging being a new role, it also meant we were able to make our own way” explained Debra.
Initially started as a project, it is now an ongoing established part of the 1st responder process which also includes the Police, Fire Service and Ambulance which often involves accompanying Police when families are told what has happened.
 “The primary families who have lost a loved one are the recipients of our service”, continued Debra, “and they can live anywhere on the planet.”  This makes her role very wide reaching.
Robust family support is available and provided which includes attendance at Court processes which can take a long time.  After that families are also supported through the Courts process.
“Every family has different needs”, noted Debra, “and when multiple attendees are involved it can take a long time to go through the process.”
In commenting on the Mosque incident, Debra noted that this was totally different to other experiences as it affected people throughout New Zealand and the world.  “We were initially flying by the seat of our pants but knew that we needed to get as many of our support workers as possible on the ground quickly” she explained.
Debra saw it as a privilege to help out during this situation and knew they needed to ensure culturally appropriate support was in place as needs varied from working with highly qualified people to supporting others where language issues required help with basic English.
“Ongoing support will be continued for a long time”, noted Debra, as the process will continue well into the future.
She has found it amazing to work with a wide variety of cultural communities but also challenging in ensuring everyone is working off the same sheet.  This required seeking out culturally appropriate ways to interact with families and it was helpful to receive training in this area.
Overall Debra found that communities were very gracious and welcoming and it was a privilege to support families through the process.
Moving forward, it is fortunate that the Ministry of Justice is on board with funding and they also have more people on the ground as the process continues.
Most funding for the service comes from the Ministry of Justice, explained Debra, but support is also provided via ACC plus other various fund raising efforts which helps cover additional costs including funerals.
With respect to the offenders, support can also offered to their relatives who are often traumatised by what they are experiencing. This is especially present when car crash deaths are involved.
With respect to how she manages the challenges of the role, Debra explained that her focus is strongly on the job she has to do and she ensures that the roles of the different parties are known, clear and followed.
“My role”, clarified Debra, “is to help the people I work with make decisions and to refer them on to the appropriate support service depending on the specific nature of their needs.”
She noted that the Police are very supportive of her role. 
We thanked Debra for insights into her challenging work and for giving us a broader understanding of the way in which this valuable service operates.
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Pap Halloween Event

Posted by Liz Courtney on Nov 13, 2019
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Report from Liz
Rotary Papanui partnered with local Real Estate business, Ray White Papanui to bring some family community fun to the locals on the 31st October.
It took the form of a children’s scavenger hunt to identify Halloween figures at 10 stations, writing it down on the sheet provided and giving it back at the end to receive a bag of sweets. We allowed an hour to complete this hunt and it worked out perfectly.
Using Ray White’s Facebook page registration for the event it attracted over 400 + children. Large posters and flyers were put in shop windows and delivered to primary schools and households in the local area.
Liz Courtney, from Papanui Rotary, organised the set-up of 5 of the stations along with plenty of Rotarian helpers and Ray White volunteers did the remaining 5.
The collaboration between the groups was wonderful beginning with putting together 500 small paper bags of sweets with Rotary / Ray White branding a few days before and working out the Halloween stations that would be the most effective and easy for us to assemble within a short 2 hour period.
This event gave us an opportunity to showcase Rotary, work with a local business and educate them about Rotary and the benefits of partnering with us. Our event skills were highlighted and it engaged over half of our members both young and older.
The feedback has been fantastic from families who attended, our Rotarians and the staff at Ray White.
This is a repeat event!
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Trailer Final

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Nov 13, 2019
Trailer Raffle Final Week
Hi Everyone
Hi Everyone.
The raffle is coming to an end.  We still, however, still need a few names on the roster to finish it off.  If you can spare a couple of hours between Wednesday and Sunday, please add your name via the Roster Link  and let me know.
Just as importantly:
We need the butts, money, & any unsold tickets back.
If you still haven't brought them back please do so by Friday so that any unsold books can be sold over the weekend. Where possible we want to sell them in numerical order to lessen the gaps between sold and unsold for the draw.
Thursday night's meeting would be an ideal time to bring them in, but if you can't make it then please make arrangements to get them to me somehow. 
Kind regards:
021 116 15861
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Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 13, 2019
Sherie (Library) and Paul (Grounds) at Mairehau Primary team up to help Rotary load a trailer full of books for the children in Fiji. “Thank you Mairehau - you are like gold to the Fijian pupils” (Denis).
“If you go into the woods today” … great picture from Denis of Liz & Nick taking it to the weeds on our Papanui Bush project!
Reminder that our EftPOS Machine will not be available at the Club Meeting this week but will be available from next week onwards as the raffle draws to a close.
Thought for the week …
Why is it that people who think life is predetermined look 1st before crossing the road?
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Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 06, 2019
Papanui Rotary Halloween Events
Thanks to Gary who posted a story on our website regarding the Hanmer Forest Camp Halloween event … check it out here.
Thanks to Simon for these snaps from the Papanui event.  Check the full set of photos he took on Dropbox here.
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Koru Trip

Posted by Larry Skiba on Nov 06, 2019
Koru Care Trip Oct 5-19 2019
Twenty-four kids and thirteen caregivers left Christchurch on October 5 2pm. This trip was supported by Riccarton Rotary.  In Auckland we were allowed to enter the Koru Care Lounge for drinks and food and visit by Air New Zealand flight crew dressed up in costumes.
After a 12 hour flight to Los Angeles we were met by Dee, a bus driver we have known for several years, and travelled to the Knots Berry Farm resort. We were able to go for a swim and settle into rooms. We went to Claim Jumpers for tea.
The next day was a long day and evening at Disneyland with lots of pictures with characters and autographs plus time to do many of the rides and see fireworks at night.
Next day we bussed to Sand Diego and were able to visit Sea World to see shows and marine life plus several rides, that evening we went to Hobb Nobb restaurant in downtown San Diego below flight path of planes coming into airport.
Next day was a day for shopping to buy items for themselves and family members plus Pirate Dinner Show. Then came California Adventureland with may rides and shows ending in the Wonderful World of Colour, then back to Disneyland to explore the new Star Wars ride and area.
We then went to Hollywood Blvd to explore Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum on way to Staples Centre to watch LA kings play Ice Hockey against Las Vegas team. Everyone enjoyed Popcorn, Hot Dogs burritos plus cookies and drinks in the corporate box.
We had a visit from Jerrod Stoll who we met with Rachel Hunter some time ago before the Kings won the Stanley Cup twice. He is now a TV presenter for Fox Sports. Next day was our last day at Disneyland to do some ting again or ones we had missed.
Next day was an early start to Universal Studios with Tour of back lot Harry Potter zone plus many rides and characters. Last day was at Knotts Berry Farm the home of Snoopy and with many larger rides and western themes. Last days was packing and enjoying swimming complex.
Fun was had by all but I was kept busy with several adults with sore throats and bronchitis plus a broken toe & elbow grazes, and children with nose bleed, eyebrow laceration and bruised toe. Then back home with most children asleep before meals arrived!
Parents were all pleased to see their children again.
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Trailer Raffle

Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 06, 2019
Trailer Raffle Update
Hi Everyone
Thanks to those who responded to emails to join other Rotarians on the trailer raffle.  It is a great chance to get to know more about especially our newer members or others who you may not have seen for a while.
We are nearing ½ way through so keep those slot bookings coming by turning the available yellow spots to white on the raffle roster link and letting me know by emailing me at datregurtha@gmail.com or phoning / texting me at (021) 161 5861 about when you are able to help.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 06, 2019
Posted by Liz
Preparation for the Next Container
A reminder from Stuart that we will be dismantling desks from three schools on Monday the 10th of  November from 9.00am and packing them in our container to go to the Pacific Islands to help improve the facilities for the children there.
If you are able to assist please contact Stuart directly on (027) 269 5615 or email him at stuart.batty@rnzwcs.org and he will assign you to a school to go. 
Dismantled desks will then need to be taken to 7 Spencer Street, Addington to be packed on Monday afternoon and completed on the Tuesday if needed.
Visit by Rotary District 9910 RYE Group
We have a group of 8 Rotary Youth Exchange students from district 9910 and 2 chaperones coming through Christchurch as part of a South Island tour.
They will visit Christchurch on Thursday 21 November arriving from Hanmer about midday.  They intend to join our Papanui Rotary club meeting on Thursday night, stay the night and the next day head south to Tekapo.
We need billets for these young people and their chaperones.  They will having their evening meal at Rotary so billeting them for a night involves taking them home from Rotary, providing a bed, a shower and breakfast and next morning dropping them off at Arie and Janice’s home.
Arie and Janice are taking one of the chaperones PDG Peter Smith and 2 students. Lois has offered to take a couple of students so we still need spots for the remaining chaperone Jenni McKenzie and 4 students.
If there are 2 or 3 Rotarians that can help could they please see Arie or Janice at Rotary or ring them.
This group is to be distinguished from a group of RYE students from district 9980 coming to Christchurch the week before and staying show weekend in Christchurch.
They will be visiting our club on Thursday 14 November. Their accommodation arrangements are already sorted as they will be staying with RYE committee members.   
Posted by Lois
Reminder that our EftPOS Machine will not be available at Club Meetings on Thursdays while it is being used at Papanui Mall for the Trailer Raffle.
Thought for the week …
I was watching a Marathon one day and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another dressed as an egg. I thought: “This could be interesting!”
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Hanmer Camp Halloween

Posted by Gary Denhard on Nov 04, 2019

Hanmer Forest CAmp Halloween a Hit!

On Thursday 31 October the Hanmer Forest Springs Camp has their second Halloween event. Last year they had over 100 locals attend the inaugarl Halloween Night Festival so they decided to run the event again.
This year, they featured a "Haunted House" by turning the Recreation Hall into a scary trip through dark ghostly corridors.
Arie, Nick, Gary and Leo (Arie's German Student) travelled up to help. They manned the BBQ along with Alyssa Jitau (our Rotary EXchange Student from two years ago who is holidaying in New Zealand with her Mother).
Gary was the photographer.
It was a very successful night and the Haunted House was an amazing success.
If you want to see what it was like you can see a video here or look at the photo slideshow here.
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Trailer Update

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Oct 29, 2019
Trailer Raffle Update
Jessie and Max on the job!
Hi Everyone
Thanks to those who responded to emails to help fill spots.
We are off to a good start with what feels like increased numbers of mall visitors this year.
While we have one person on most times, it would be great if you can please look to see who might appreciate a hand. Working alongside another member is the best way to get to know them as we all have a story to tell and share each other. 
Can you also please remember to ‘turn the available yellow spots to white’ on the raffle roster link and then let me know by emailing me at datregurtha@gmail.com or phoning / texting me at 021 161 5861 about when you are able to help.
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Pap Bush

Posted by Denis McMurtrie on Oct 29, 2019
Papanui Bush Update
On Saturday the 9th of November we are have a Community Planting session from 10am -12 noon.  This is a chance for Rotarians who enjoy being involved in the project to come and meet the community and do some planting with our ranger Yvette Williams.

On the following Tuesday the 12th we will follow this up with  our usual weeding and further planting from 9am - noon with students from Casebrook and Bishopdale.
We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events as your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Upcoming Events

Posted by Lois Flanagan on Oct 29, 2019
Upcoming Events
Our Christmas celebrations for this year are at Nobanno’s Restaurant in Riccarton Road on 12 December at 6:30pm. This is the only Bangladesh Restaurant in Christchurch and the food is delicious!  Cost $40 for 4 course set menu. Drinks for purchase. 
While eating we are also supporting Christopher, the owner of the restaurant, who has had a difficult few months after the mosque shootings and other factors, but he also  gives a portion of his income to support an orphanage in Bangladesh.  Come for great fun, great food and great fellowship! 
Our 1st meeting for 2020 will be a BBQ at the home of President Keith and Heather at 11 Brampton Drive West Melton on Thursday 16 January.
Details to come but pencil in the date now for a fun time in the lovely countryside of West Melton. 
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Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 29, 2019
Brown Paper Bag Evening
A fun night was had at our annual Paper Bag auction last week.
We have received $717 so far and, with requested donations from those who could not attend plus remaining sales on the night, we are looking at a final amount of ~$829.
A reminder that our EftPOS Machine will not be available at Club Meetings on Thursdays while it is being used at Papanui Mall for the Trailer Raffle.
Neville Digby send this through for us.
Saturday was the Wanaka Rotary duck race. The stream they use flows through our neighbours property so I got these photos. 
My take is they had over 600 small ducks which cost $5, and probably close to 60 commercial ones which are much larger and they cost $100 the larger ones were put in after the small ones and they are themed by the companies sponsoring them. I have subsequently heard it raised $17,000 this year so I might have to revise my Duck number estimates. Counting moving ducks is not easy so I just took a guess.
We always see the event if we are here it’s quite entertaining, especially when people end up in the stream!!!!
Here we go again …
A further Invitation for the Rotary Papanui Entertainment group to entertain residents this Christmas has been received from Bupa Parklands Care Home on Saturday 30 November and 7 December from 1:30pm until 2:30pm.
Songs we will be covering include: Snoopys Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland plus some Christmas carols. If you can make it please fell free to dress in your Christmas regalia to delight the residents.
Congrats to Emily
Emily Gualter, a previous member of Papanui Rotary until she went to work in Timaru, has announced her engagement.  Good spotting Gordon!
Thought for the week …
“A turtle only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.”
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World Polio Day

Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 29, 2019
Update on World Polio Day
Alison Driscoll, our district’s Polio Plus coordinator, visited us last week update us on the current and future efforts of this worthwhile programme.  A document that summarises the facts she spoke about reads as follows:
In three weeks’ time the whole Rotary world and all those working towards the eradication of polio will mark World Polio Day.
I am writing to encourage you to mark this day as well, taking time to reflect on progress to date - a 99.9% reduction in cases worldwide - but also on the need for continued support and funding.
Please consider some type of fundraising to mark the day - perhaps your Sergeant’s fines that week could go to polio, a
special raffle, a surcharge on your meal, a special fundraising project?
Rotarians are innovative fundraisers and I am confident you will find a way to support the cause.
District-wide we are still planning on a movie fundraiser this Rotary year.  Scheduling difficulties meant the movie that had been considered for this month has not happened.  There will be more information as we find an alternative.
It is timely with World Polio Day approaching to update you on the current situation, where there is good news and not-so-good news.
You may already be aware that Nigeria clocked up three years without a wild polio case in August.  This means that Africa has now been polio free for three years, a marvellous achievement.
So that is the good news.  What is a little less heartening is the increased numbers of wild polio cases in the two remaining endemic countries.  Cases now stand at 82 as at 26 September.  The two remaining endemic countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The bulk of the increase in numbers this year has been in Pakistan which now has 66 cases this year.  Afghanistan is sitting at 16.
Much of the increase in Pakistan is attributable to increased anti-vaccination propaganda.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has recently said:
The negative impact on the programme of the anti-vaccine propaganda and rumours was most visibly seen during a recent vaccination campaign in Peshawar. 
During a National Immunization Days (NID) campaign, a rumour that the polio vaccination could make children unwell, led to more than 37,000 children rushed to hospital in one day, a basic health unit set on fire, and indirectly the death of several vaccinators and security staff. 
This coordinated scare tactic had a devastating impact on the NIDs and will continue to impact future immunization efforts in this country.
Obviously much work is being done to counteract this propaganda and continue to work in vaccinating children across Pakistan.
Alison encouraged us to keep up our good work in supporting the End Polio programme, despite the difficulties in Pakistan, as the end is in sight and we cannot afford to stop now after so much has been achieved.
World Polio Day Grant Paice 2019-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

Quakes Talk

Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 23, 2019
Lessons Learnt from the Kaikoura Quakes
We were treated to a very informative and fascinating insight into the findings to date following the Kaikoura quake which was described by our speaker, Clark Fenton, as one of the largest earthquakes since the arrival of Pakeha on our shores.
A Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology at University of Canterbury, Clark has been actively involved in ongoing research following the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake on the 14th of November 2016.  A geological engineer from Scotland, he is very experienced in researching earthquakes which included many years as a consultant in the greater San Francisco area.
In terms of history, the meting of ice in the planet’s surface many eons ago resulted in the Earth’s crust started “shuffling” as the tectonic plates had lost a lot of weight on top of them.  “This sometimes results in high impact quakes often occurring in unexpected areas” Clark noted with Sweden having recorded some of the largest ones in the past.
Large quakes like the Kaikoura one, which luckily resulted in few deaths, occur roughly every 100 years or more.  “The key approach when working in this field is to look into the geological record which drives a lot of the research and exploration” explained Clark. 
In terms of the actual work, the process typically involves:
  1. An immediate response which involves gathering information on ground motion, ground deformation and structural performance.
  2. Short term activities for 1-2 years looking at resilience & recovery and hazard cascades including burst dams.
  3. Intermediate term activities including landscape evaluation and slope stability.
  4. Longer term activities including lessons learnt, disaster planning and anticipating the next quake.
The Kaikoura began at 00:02 am at a depth of 15 (+/- 4 km) with an epicentre 15 kms North of Culverden and continued for approximately 120 seconds. 
“Geonet was rapidly overloaded”, explained Clark, “but luckily RNZ was able to keep us well informed.” 
It started in the South and propagated northwards like a zipper.  Most of the energy goes with the quake, noted Clark, with Wellington suffering the most structural damage as that is where most of the energy went while Christchurch got very little energy from it. Waiau, on the other hand experienced 2-3x vertical gravity movement which was twice as much of Christchurch.
One of the greatest impact features of the quake and the resulting aftershocks was slope failures (i.e. landslides) which resulted in significant road closures.
“Our initial attempts to try and figure out what caused it was initially hampered by not being able to get about much”, noted Clark, “and as a result we focused initially on the Kaikoura South area.”  This included walking along ruptures plus talking to farmers who wanted to show visitors their “better” fault(s).
This covered a large area which was researched by mostly walking around.  Farm fences were especially useful in enabling researchers to map how the land was displaced which proved especially useful in planning future below ground pipelines.
One interesting difference with this quale was that there was little liquefaction as the land was mostly bedrock.   The biggest impact was slope failure with over 30,000 landslides having been identified to date. “With respect to buildings, wooden timber framed houses on block bases held up the best” noted Clark.
In 2017, storms and rains re-activated quake triggered landslides which continued in 2018-19.  “This is an ongoing issue”, he explained, “as it results in far greater amounts if slip occurring compared to what slipped during the initial quake(s) which delays recovery.”
One feature Clark mentioned was the Leader River dam which, by 2017, resulted in more water that entered the dam starting to make its way downstream.  This resulted in more erosion which further changes the evolving nature of the river both now and will continue to do so in the future.
Leader River Dam
“The Clarence River was lifted 9 metres”, noted Clark.  As a result it now has to flow through prime paddock which was lost.  Additional impact is also caused by the increasing amount of sediment that ends up flowing into the sea which also affects these ecosystems including potential damage to bridges.
Clark and noted that not every slope fails but instead leave large open fissures on the landscape.  One issue with these, he explained, is that this allows water to enter which can weaken them resulting in potential future landslides.  An additional challenge for farmers is the loss of water quality cause by pumps failing due to the increase in sediment.
“Over time things will eventually settle”, explained Clark, “but this will take a long time.” 
In summary, Clark views that slope stability is the current main focus which is particularly relevant in New Zealand as we have lots of road corridors that are at the bottom of steep slopes.
With respect to the future, the longer term focus for those working in this area is to increase the understanding of the faults themselves which includes looking at the geological record with respect to how often they have occurred in the past and what we ca can expect in the future. 
In closing Clark noted that: “Faults seem to talk to each other so we have to look at them as a collection”.
We thanked Clark for his insights into one of the largest quakes we have experienced in recent times and the longer term nature of these events that will affect us for decades to come.
Quakes Talk Grant Paice 2019-10-22 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle Underway

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Oct 23, 2019
Trailer Raffle Underway
Many thanks to those who have helped with our trailer raffle to date which is now well underway.
We require at least one person each time slot to sell tickets to the public at Northlands Mall and still have a few slots needing filling in the coming days. 
To look at the roster and choose times, please go to our Online Roster.  Once you have chosen time slots that you can fill (any of the yellow spaces) please email me at datregurtha@gmail.com  or text or call me on (021) 161 5861, or collar me at Rotary on Thursday night.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and the filling of available slots leading into next week and beyond.
Deryn Tregurtha - Raffle Organiser
Trailer Raffle Underway Deryn Tregurtha 2019-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
Support Papanui Rotary Quiz Night Arie Geerlofs 2019-10-22 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 23, 2019
A reminder that our EftPOS Machine will not be available at Club Meetings on Thursdays the 24th & 31st October and 7th & 14th November while the Machine is being used at the Trailer Raffle.
Thursday 31st October it is Halloween Madness time!!
We need your help as this event has really taken off on social media and through contacting our local primary schools. As a result we have almost 400 children registered to attend and we still have over a week to go - HELP.
Last week you would have seen the short list of what is needed;
  • 6 people to erect and take down the District Gazebo
  • 5  or more people to help with decorating 5 of the 10 stations with Halloween themed items provided and taking then down again
  • 10 or more people to help with handing out the sheets and collecting them again from each child then giving them a bag of sweets.
This is a short event running from 4.30- 5.30 pm. However those helping decorate will need to be there from 2.30 to 4.15 to set up.
It is a really fun event and one where Rotary has equal input to making it an event for next year and make useful contacts for the future.
I would really love your volunteer help for an hour or more so contact Liz on 021 407870 to put your name on the list where you want to help.
Thank you on behalf of our local children.
Thought for the week …
“My life has a superb cast but I can't quite figure out the plot.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-10-22 11:00:00Z 0

Shane Kelly

Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 16, 2019
Ngai Tahu Farms
We were privileged to hear last week from Shane Kelly, General Manager Dairy for Ngai Tahu, where he leads the trial and adoption of new technologies in line with the guidance of Mana Whenua to drive profitability and champion industry best practice in animal nutrition, soil management and irrigation.
Shane was born and raised in Hokitika.  He got into agriculture in 2003 and was named Farmer of the Year in 2009.  He joined Ngāi Tahu Farming in 2013 as the Rural Project Manager where he was responsible for overseeing the conversion of forestry to irrigated pasture. 
The approach taken in his work is based on the idea that:
“When the land and the water are sustained the people will prosper.”
With respect to business structure, Ngai Tahu separates out its commercial activities from Iwi with a minimum investment value of $20M.  The key areas it is currently involved in are Farming, Capital, Property, Seafood and Tourism.
“The Iwi side covers off most of our other activities but is still interlinked to our commercial endeavours” explained Shane. 
Current activity includes ongoing development of Eyrewell Forest, plus they also have land at Culverden plus three high country stations and an additional 49 hectares of forestry on the Coast.  “This helps sustain the sawmill industry there” noted Shane.
It is a large operation with over 200 full time employees supporting the use of $430 million dollars of assets.  “People are our greatest taonga (a treasured possession)”, noted Shane, “with our focus being on family, looking after people, building expertise, stewardship and taking action.”
Managing this is a challenge, he explained, as Iwi want to talk about people and the environment while the bankers want to talk about dollars.
Shane then shared that a key focus in their activities involves using innovative technology in order to get the best result while also taking care of the environment. 
Recent gains in this area include (1) reducing their nitrogen footprint by 28% and increasing water savings by 17% which is supported by ensuring 15-20 days of water storage is available for drier periods.  They are also moving to the use of liquid fertilisers which is another win-win change.
“In summary, we aim to use good science to get us there” Shane explained, which includes building and growing relationships with all key players. 
We thanked Shane for sharing the range of activities and approaches Ngai Tahu are actively involved in with their taonga and the innovative approaches they are taking to ensure sustainable best practice in their endeavours.
Shane Kelly Grant Paice 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

Uni Associates '19

Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 16, 2019
Thanks to our Rotary Uni Associates
Tony, accompanied by President Keith, gave a huge “thank-you” to our Rotary Uni Associates for their fantastic efforts over the last year. 
Jessie, Sarah (Program Coordinator), Caleb and Gabby worked tirelessly for us across a range of activities with their efforts at the major Hanmer event being especially appreciated.
We wish them well for the coming year and the possibility that they might be available to continue with us in future.
Uni Associates '19 Grant Paice 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle '19

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Oct 16, 2019
Trailer Raffle is Go!
A Previous Year's Papanui Rotary Trailer
It is time for our Annual Trailer Raffle at Northlands Mall.
This year our total prize pool is $10,712, well worth winning, and something we can be proud to sell! We will be selling tickets from 19th Oct to 17th Nov. 
Profits from the raffle this year will be shared between St John Ambulance, Youth Hub Trust, and Community Crime Patrol - three very worthy causes. 
We require at least one person each time slot to sell tickets to the public at Northlands Mall. It is a fun time, talking to lots of people, hearing their stories, particularly how they have connected with Rotary in the past.
We are inside the mall where it is warm and dry. Hopefully we will be permitted to have a stool for those who cannot stand for too long, however, if there are two of you at the same time one can take a short break to sit elsewhere if necessary.
We have 10,000 tickets to sell, so we will be hoping to sell 60 - 100 books each day.
Can you please help?
To look at the roster, and choose times, please go to our Online Roster.  Once you have chosen time slots that you can fill (any of the yellow spaces) please email me at datregurtha@gmail.com  or text or call me on (021) 161 5861, or collar me at Rotary on a Thursday night.
I will update the file as quickly as possible so that anytime you go to the file link it will always be up to date.
If everyone does a minimum of six shifts we will be able to cover the entire time with two people each shift. 
Thank you, I hope to hear from you soon.
Deryn Tregurtha - Raffle Organiser
Trailer Raffle '19 Deryn Tregurtha 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 16, 2019
Progress on the Formation of a New SI District
(Summary only: refer to the Email sent to all D9970 members last week for full text)
You may be aware that work has been quietly progressing on the formation of a new South Island Rotary District, amalgamating District 9970 and District 9980.
The formation of the new district has resulted from the two districts discussing together the challenges in the South Island.
Discussions to date have been positive and open with a strong understanding of, and commitment to, the new district being an essential factor in supporting Rotary for many years to come.
Currently district chairs and coordinators from both districts are sharing their processes and discussing how programmes can be managed on a South Island-wide basis.
Over the next few months every opportunity will be taken to discuss the formation of the new district with Presidents, Presidents-elect, Past District Governors and clubs.
Early next year clubs will have the opportunity to support or object to the formation of the new district through a voting process.
Any comments or queries about the new district can be made to members of the working group as outlined in the full email.
New SID Grant Paice 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 16, 2019
Our EftPOS Machine will be available at our meeting this Thursday 17th October. 
Please note, however, that it will not be available at Club Meetings on Thursdays 24th & 31st October and 7th & 14th November while the Machine is being used at the Trailer Raffle.
Ronald McDonalds Night Crew
Five amazing legal secretaries and Lois, all from Parry Field Lawyers, cooked a delicious meal on Monday night. Special Shepherd’s Pie, amazing coleslaw and corn cobs made up the first course, followed by lemon cake and ice cream for desert. 
A great effort from all the ladies and special thanks to Sarah Wilson who was MasterChef.  Thanks also to Parry Field for letting all the ladies leave work early to cook. 
Brown Paper Bag Auction
A reminder from  Arie that we are having an Auction on the 24th of  October  (World Polio Day) to raise funds for Polio Eradication.  If members could bring along items in a paper bag for auction (nothing less than $10 in value thanks).  Arie.
Advance warning also that there is a Quiz Night on Monday the 4th of November at Baillies Bar, Edgeware Road, commencing at 6.30pm. Get a group together and have a dinner before the quiz commences. This quiz night is being put on to raise money for membership initiatives and club projects.

Barbara emailed me with a correction as follows:
“I am no longer on the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives Board but have recently been elected as their Secretary for their Canterbury Southern Region instead.”
Good crowd at our October “Reality Bites” get together!
Thought for the Week:
“You know you’ve eaten too much salmon when you start running up escalators.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 09, 2019
Two New Members Inducted!
President Keith inducts our two latest new members
We were delighted to induct two new members into our club last week: Anne Spicer and Neville Digby. 
"Welcome to the fold, Anne & Neville."
We look forward to getting to know you and the great skill sets & experiences to both bring with you that we are sure will be of value to our club.
Inductees Grant Paice 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0

Barbara Davey

Introducing Barbara Davey
We were delighted to hear from Barbara Davey about her life and work as a legal executive and Rotarian.
Barbara has been in the secretarial area for many years and has completed six papers as a legal executive.  She is also currently on the Board which, as part of its duties, looks at the wider range of activities they have responsibility for authorising.
In 2001 Barbara left Christchurch for a position in Nelson where she was introduced to Rotary.  They held their meetings in the Boat Shed Café which was a fantastic location.
Barbara next took up an opportunity to go to Auckland but the Rotary Club she joined there was mostly looking at raising funds whereas she was more interested in projects she could work on.  Six years later she returned to Canterbury and joined the Belfast Club and has now joined us at Papanui Rotary.
With respect to her work, Barbara noted that in the early days this involved using typewriters that required being very accurate as fixing errors was a challenge.  Now it is all computerised and work can be done much more efficiently as information quickly goes into her workspace from where it is submitted in a matter of minutes.
Her biggest challenge work wise involves dealing with EQC claims.  As a legal executive you needed to assign a claim to the new owner and submit this to EQC in order for it to be formally registered.  This is often quite challenging as poor repairs create sizeable obstacles that need to be overcome in order to complete the process.
“Recently the use of the ‘as is where is’ strategy is one you need to be very careful off” advised Barbara. Issues here that need to be overcome include that these properties are usually uninsured plus can’t always be reinsured which means that the new owner has to fund all required repairs.
Lots of 1st home owners go after these types of properties and as part of her job she is kept busy ensuring new buyers are aware of these challenges.  Another often unknown challenge is that if current owners were paid out for repairs and didn’t use it this amount must be transferred to the new owners. 
Other requirements in place are (1) for people buying and selling property other than the home they reside in, they must hold it for 5 years and (2) people living here on work visas cannot buy property in New Zealand i.e. they must have resident status and proof that they actually live in New Zealand. 
This is to protect against money laundering. 
We thanked Barbara for her interesting insights into her work and look forward to her involvement with us as a valued member of Papanui Rotary.
Barbara Davey Grant Paice 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 09, 2019
Quote for the Day:
“We spend most of our lives on the run, waking up to an alarm, eating and sleeping by the clock, going to work to a schedule, and when we retire what do they give us? A watch.”
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0

Jnr Speeches Final

Posted by Lois Flanagan on Oct 02, 2019
Papanui Rotary Junior Speech Contest
A week after the preliminary rounds of the Junior Speech Contest, the finals were held at Heaton Performing Arts Centre last Thursday 26 September. From thirty-five Year 5&6 students, it was a hard job for judges Philippa and Evan to choose 8 finalists.  Grant Paice and Cheryl did a great job of choosing the 8 Year 7 and 8 finalists. 

As always the standard of speeches was very high making a tough night for the judges but wonderful entertainment for the full theatre. Topics included English History, Death Row, a Free Range Kid, U-Tube is an Educational Tool, Why Not to Clean, and the final student who told us all in difficult circumstances to just Suck it up!
Our judges this year were Sarah Pride, one of our Rotary Associates, and Tim Sissions, a Partner in a local law firm. Both gave great comments and spoke to students individually who came to see them. Thanks also to our timekeepers Gordon & Doug, Tony Tizzard for the certificates and Liz who beautifully filled in the names.

Nine schools took part this year including Selwyn House who joined us for the first time. Our grateful thanks to Sarah Cummings at Heaton Intermediate who is always so helpful in providing rooms and students to help with ushering.

Every year the students amaze us all with their talents. If you missed the finals this year, you missed a night of fun and entertainment. Make sure you are there next year!
Jnr Speeches Final Lois Flanagan 2019-10-01 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 02, 2019
Twenty Reasons to be a Rotarian
Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02
Rotary Club of Ascot Having Fun!
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc...
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, colour, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfilment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.
Reasons Grant Paice 2019-10-01 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 02, 2019
Lessons We Can Learn from Geese
Geese are fascinating creatures. Things we can learn from them include:
Sharing a common goal
As each goose flaps its wings it creates “uplift”, an aerodynamics orientation that reduces air friction, for the birds that follow. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock achieves a 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
The lesson is that people who share a common direction and goal can get where they are going quicker and with less effort because they benefit from the momentum of the group moving around them.
 Increasing visibility
Flying in V-formation increases the visibility as every goose can see what’s happening in front of them.
The lesson is to make our organizations visible in both directions. Having top-down visibility enables leaders to stay connected with the edges while bottom-up visibility enables members to see the bigger picture, engages them, and empowers them to better align themselves with organisational objectives.
Having humility to seek help
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the friction of flying alone. It then quickly adjusts its mistake and moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
The lesson is to be humble to admit the challenges we face and to seek help as soon as we get stuck. This enables us to move faster and achieve more.
Empowering others to lead
When the lead goose in the front gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and allows another goose to take the leadership position.
The lesson is to empower others to also lead. Micro-managing and keeping tight control will burn you out. It will also disengage and demotivate others around you. People have gifts to offer. Give them autonomy, trust and a chance to shine.
Always recognizing great work
The geese honk to recognize each other and encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
The lesson is to make sure we praise people and give them the recognition they deserve. Lack of recognition is one of the main reasons people are unsatisfied with their activities. It’s very common for efforts to go unnoticed in a busy and fast-moving work environment. Providing recognition and encouragement keeps teams motivated to achieve their goals.
Offering support in challenging times
When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
The lesson is to stand by each other in difficult times. When things get difficult and people are facing challenges, that’s when your teammates need you the most.
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-10-01 11:00:00Z 0

Irrigation NZ

Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 25, 2019
Irrigation NZ – Facts & Fallacies
We were privileged to hear an informative presentation from Elizabeth Soal, the Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand, a not for profit organisation established in 2004 that looks after the interests of over 3,500 irrigating farmers, growers and industry professionals throughout NZ.
INZ has been established to:
·       Facilitate the adoption of best practice in irrigation and water management.
·       Develop a world-class resource base of knowledge, information and statistics on irrigation in NZ.
·       Provide effective communication & networks of the organisations & interests involved in irrigation & water management.
·       Promote the story of irrigation in NZ.
“We aim to influence national and local players and train people in good irrigation practice to maximise returns and conserve the environment” explained Elizabeth.
“The organisation currently runs four research projects including fish management plus the development of an online e-platform to train rural people plus an application that reduces nitrates and shares information on how water is used to supply the food we eat” added Elizabeth.
Irrigation in NZ is not a recent phenomenon.  It has been around since the gold mining rights days.  Richard Seddon was a strong early strong supporter and there were lots of calls at the turn of the century for the Government to become actively involved to avoid the disastrous effects of droughts.
The Government also invested heavily in irrigation in the 1930s via the Ministry of Works.
Elizabeth next shared some interesting statistics including:
·       The annual rainfall in NZ is 550 cubic kms which is 25x the global average.
·       40 ckm of this is ice with another 110 ckm of this returning to the atmosphere.
·       Only 2% of the total rainfall is used by us of which 51% goes into irrigation, 14% is used domestically and 13 % is used by industry.
·       In comparison to the world which irrigates mostly by spray, 86% of NZ irrigation is via surface water.
·       Canterbury uses 80% of our NZ wide irrigation of which 47% is for dairy, 23% for sheep, 17% for beef and 5% for vegetables.
She noted that the Government is currently consulting on fresh water reforms based around what leads via regional and district plans into the granting of resource consents which inform farmers what they can and can’t do.
It includes ensuring that no further irrigation developments will be allowed unless it can be proved that they will not increase nitrates going back into the land. 
“”As we face uncertainty, water storage in becoming increasingly important” added Elizabeth.
With respect to seeing visible improvements, Elizabeth suggested this will take time as leeching has been occurring for some time.  The challenge is that if we reduce this then many farmers would need to consider returning to dry sheep farming which may not be viable.
So how will this change things?  Elizabeth noted that International good practice suggests a national guidance framework to help ensure local approaches are appropriate.  Councils will be increasing monitoring to ensure safe practice that protects our water which for Canterbury includes reducing or eliminating the possibility of our groundwater becoming contaminated.
Doug thanked Elizabeth for her informative history on irrigation in NZ and an update of planned changes as we work towards ensuring a sustainable future in this important area.
Irrigation NZ Grant Paice 2019-09-24 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jim Hudson on Sep 25, 2019
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Jim Hudson reminded us of the six broad areas established in 2013 that the Foundation address which are summarised on their International website as follows:
  • Preventing disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Saving mothers & children
  • Promoting peace 
Jim noted that the Foundation provides a raft of opportunities that we can address via both global and district grants.  In 2018 this amounted to 86,677,399 in funding worldwide to 1,306 grants. (Source: Rotary Foundation International website).
Jim will be going into more depth on the Foundation in a future session.
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Int Conference

Posted by Gary Denhard on Sep 25, 2019
International Conference “Roving Reporter “
Gary attended the conference last weekend as a volunteer and sent these pictures through.
The 1st one is with our International Rotary President Mark Maloney from Alabama who had heard about Papanui Rotary as he has just seen the video Gary created for the University Leaders.   He was interested to discuss this with the producer and coincidentally met Gary right after.
The others are at reception plus a general shot from upstairs.
More coming soon …
Int Conference Gary Denhard 2019-09-24 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 25, 2019
Thursday Attendees at Papanui High
We were delighted to support Papanui High School via our presence over three afternoons as hospitality students took part in an NCEA assessment for the provision of  “afternoon tea”.
Thursday was a busy day for some of us who were also involved earlier that day in judging and timekeeping for the Rotary Speech Competition preliminaries held at Heaton Intermediate followed by a lovely lunch.
Not much was eaten by us for dinner at our Thursday Rotary meeting that evening!
Rotary Speech Competition Finals 2018
Please note that the finals for this year’s competition are this Thursday 26 September at 7pm at the Performing Arts Centre at Heaton Intermediate.
We will meet as usual at the Papanui Club and those who are able to attend can then head to Heaton afterwards.
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Msg of Thx

Posted by Stuart Batty on Sep 18, 2019
A Message of Thanks
Stuart Batty shared this reply we got back for our donation in support of vulnerable children programmes in Tanzania.
“I do appreciate what has been done to children for the whole 16 weeks training and share some moment with trainers (Moses, Leon and Izack) in Jujitsu and Yoga.”
“To be honest the mentioned facilitators has been more than what I expect them to respond in facilitating the program. On behalf of the children, and as a person to lookout for their welfare I am humbly requesting the continuation of the program in residential centre, where it has proven to bring positive impact.”
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Avdg Scams

Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 18, 2019
How to Avoiding Frauds & Scams
Senior Sergeant Stu McGowan from the New Zealand Police gave us an insight into the various frauds and scams in New Zealand and how to avoid getting sucked in.
Stu began by noting that the target of frauds and scams is our property, identity or wealth and explained that there is a lot of information out there to help ensure that we don’t get taken in. 
New Zealanders are the most likely people to get scammed with over 21% of us having experienced it with the most common segment taken in being young white males. 
Most come from overseas and, once money is lost, it is very difficult to get it back explained Stu.  The most common ones come from overseas offering free app downloads that gently take money out of your accounts with the majority of funds obtained being used to fund terrorism. 
Others include credit card offers and some door to door visits.
Some of the most common ones most of us have seen include lottery wins and cheap holiday offers that require you to pay up first to receive them.  Another common one is an offer to fix your computer that asks you to allow them to log on.  Once done they can then download a program that enables them to monitor all keystrokes including account numbers and passwords when using internet banking.  Very realistic bank site ones are also becoming more realistic and sophisticated.  “You need to remember that banks will never ask for your login information so delete any content that does so” recommended Stu.
“Another one offers great returns for investments.  If you get caught with this one you need to stop all contact and payments” advised Stu.  One case he is aware of resulted in the victim losing $280,000.
Stu suggested that if you are concerned about an offer you receive, Googling the name of the company can often result in it being identified as a scam. 
Another common one involves affinity or romance.  “We tend to accept people at face value which is risky” said Stu.  Once sucked in, the perpetrator asks for money for various reasons including having lost a job, needing to help a sick relative or to travel to NZ to join you.  In one case a person lost $85,000 before realising they had been tricked.
A more sophisticated one involved 2 people from overseas coming into NZ via Australia and buying thousands of dollars’ worth of goods using cloned credit cards via amended ATMs. One purchase was for a $30,000 ring and another for $70,000 from one store that required them to use numerous cloned cards with the retailers not seeing this as unusual.  Luckily they were caught at the airport.
In closing, Stu suggested the following two key ways we can avoid being scammed:
  • Never click on any links or attachments that ask you to log in and verify one of your passwords.
  • Double check that a person, offer or company is legitimate before providing details or payment.
If you think you might be or have been tricked check out Netsafe for tips and advice, Cert NZ  and NZ Police to report a cyber security problem.
And remember the golden rule:
“If it is too good to be true then it probably is.”
Nick thanked Stu for his informative presentation on the various frauds & scams out there and how to stay safe.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 18, 2019
Simon sent these thoughts and a link to the Stuff article on
“One of the things that is relevant is that Polio is not at peoples front of mind because there hasn’t been an outbreak in NZ for longer than most people’s memories.”
“As mentioned in this article it only takes someone to bring it back unwittingly from overseas for it to break out again.”
A Bit of our History …
George Fowlds
 As with the growth of Rotary in Australia, the main catalysts for Rotary’s beginnings in New Zealand lie with the two Canadian commissioners Jim Davidson and Layton Ralston. Yet, the first seeds of growth were sown by the Hon. (later, Sir) George Fowlds.
George, a Scot by birth, was a prosperous draper and visited both Canada and the USA between August and November 1920. Fowlds often appeared at Rotary and Kiwanis meetings as guest speaker but did not actively consider Rotary for himself until he appeared at the Rotary Club of Victoria, BC, Canada.
Fowlds was a former Minister of Education for New Zealand which would have made him an obvious choice for Rotary club speaker. Among Fowlds other achievements; he was President of the University of Auckland and President of the Board of Trustees of the University of New Zealand. From the Victoria club, Fowlds received information from the club secretary and this inspired him to call in at Rotary headquarters in Chicago.

(Forward by NZ Prime Minister, S. G. Holland, 14 Jan 1955)
To access the full article and additional links to our history click The Beginnings of Rotary in New Zealand.
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Ronald McD

Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 11, 2019
Ronald McDonald House
We were delighted to host Regan De Burgh as our guest speaker last week who gave us a detailed insight into the focus and operation of the local Ronald McDonald House (RMH) facility that we help support.
Regan previously worked with St John NZ followed by a management role with a large Australian retailer. After the quakes she decided to return to NZ and worked as the loyalty & marketing manager for Kathmandu plus ran a consultancy business. 
She came to realise that her true passion was the not for profit sector and is currently the Fundraising Advisor for the South Island operations of RMH. 
“Our local facility has 26 rooms and operates at 99.9% capacity” shared Regan which is a reflection of increasing need and how busy it has become.  It includes an outside park which is mostly used by family members while their child is in hospital.
Most families using the service come from the West Coast and Southland. When they are full the team accesses additional rooms at the local Y with these families using RMH facilities during the day.  As a result of these high levels of demand Regan is kept very busy seeking additional funding to support their sometimes hectic operation.
The most common referrals are for neonatal and high risk pregnancy cases.   “This is a reflection of many families having children later in their lives” shared Regan. They are also experiencing an increase in psychological issues.
“We are the only family focussed child centric facility in the South Island”, explained Regan, “and our goal is to keep families close so that all family members can be present as needed.”
In 2018, 1,208 families stayed for over 8,000 nights.  The average stay was 7 nights and the longest to date was 401 nights.  “We went through 6,204 litres of milk, 1,740 loaves of bread, and 4,620 toilet rolls which saves families $1,000 a week on average during their stay which is what it costs us to operate the facility” she explained.
It costs $140 a night to accommodate a family for a room and the team has to fundraise 100% of the operating costs.  They are assisted by a number of regular volunteers on some days and also rely heavily on community groups who contributed over $700,000 in 2018. 
NZ has one of the highest number of public charities and competition is high for donated funds.   “Unlike public perception we are not bankrolled by McDonalds” shared Regan. The team works very hard to source the funds it needs to operate successfully.
Many groups from a wide variety of organisations, including Papanui Rotary, help out on cook nights.  “This is really appreciated as you can’t price the value of a home cooked meal,” said Regan, “and the people, the food, and the conversation makes it feel like a 2nd home which is a real blessing.”
“We all learn a lot from the kids who are pretty much living in the moment” shared Regan. 
We thanked Regan for her insights into the operation of RMH and wished her and her team well for the great work this valuable facility provides to families.
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Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Sep 11, 2019
The Community Committee
The following events present us with opportunities to put “Service above Self”.
Please put these dates in your diary now:
  1. Arthritis NZ Appeal 27th September
  2. Age Concern Parking 30 September
  3. Stroke Foundation Blood Pressure checks 5th October
  4. Pink Ribbon Appeal 11 October
  5. Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle 17th Oct - 18th November
  6. Dementia Canterbury Appeal 22nd November
“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the Heart”
Elizabeth Andrew 
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Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 11, 2019
Lois shared that the recent Pink Ribbon Breakfast this year was a great success with 115,000 participants attending over 4,000 breakfasts throughout NZ.  Many thanks to the 25 who attended our Papanui Rotary event.
Our “special guest” violinist in action at last Tuesday’s Papanui Bush project clean-up morning.
Some snaps from our colleague Rob Nicoll’s travels to Alice Springs.
A picture from our morning social gathering at Reality Bites café in September.  Staff are affectionately calling it the New Zoo Hour.  Fancy dress next time perhaps?
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Enviro Award Denis

Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 04, 2019
Preservation of the Environment Award
President Keith presented Denis McMurtrie with an award in recognition of his exemplary work on the Papanui Bush Replanting project focused on the continual enhancing of the ecosystem to provide an amenity to carry out passive recreation, restore cultural heritage and encourage the return of native birds.
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PR Ent Group

Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 04, 2019
Introducing …
The Papanui Rotary Entertainment Group
A great afternoon was spent last Saturday afternoon “entertaining” residents and staff at the Parklands Care Home.
After being well warmed up by the talents of Ron “The Piano Man” Sedgley, it was straight into our wide ranging variety show with aplomb.  Songs from far and wide were performed with gusto including guest items from “Elvis” and “Sinatra”.
Thanks especially to Kate for organising practices and playing the music for us and Angela, who looked quite the piece in her pink dress and umbrella, for arranging this fun event. 
Today Papanui, tomorrow the world!
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Helping the Pacific

Posted by Gary Denhard on Sep 04, 2019
Helping the Pacific
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Gary  wrote a story in Clubrunner on behalf of Liz called “Helping the Pacific”,  a Rotary Australasia Centenary project to save lives by vaccinating 100,000 children across nine Pacific island countries against three diseases and to establish vaccination programs in each country.
Check out the full article on the Papanui Rotary website here which includes a link to the project’s website.
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Sept Board Mtg

Posted by Tony Tizzard on Sep 04, 2019
September Board Meeting
Due to the commitment of a number of Board members to the NZ / Aust. Zone Conference President Keith has proposed that the date of our next board meeting be shifted from Tuesday 17th Sept to Tuesday 24th September.
The venue will remain at 36 Mary Street, Papanui and start time remains at 7.30 pm.
Please be sure to note this in your diaries.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 04, 2019
A reminder from Denis that our next Papanui Bush Weeding Day is Tuesday the 10th from 8.30 - 12.00.  A special musical guest appearance will be made at morning tea.
Max sent info through for a great upcoming show. 
The Best of International and National Barbershop concert is the climax to the New Zealand National Barbershop Convention being held in Christchurch from 13-15th September 2019.

Special guests are the Headline Quartet, After Hours, from America who are the 2018 International Quartet champions. The concert also features the winning chorus from the New Zealand National Barbershop Convention along with the famed Malestrom Chorus from Burnside High School and the internationally successful VocalFX Chorus from Wellington.
For more info and ticketing click here.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 28, 2019
Stuart Batty was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for our humanitarian response to people of Pacific countries work over many years.
Papanui High School is opening their annual hospitality class afternoon teas to us. This is a great opportunity to support the school and enjoy a really yummy afternoon tea that is prepared and served by the students as part of their NCEA assessment.
Details are below. Please let Denis know as soon as you can if you would like to attend one of the three afternoons offered.
Hi Dennis
Please could you encourage your lovely members to come for afternoon tea again for me.
Tuesday 17th September 3pm 
Wednesday 18th September 3pm
Thursday 18th September 3pm
The cost is $5.00 per person which can be paid on the day. 
Gluten Free is available but we need to know.  I need numbers as soon as you know so then I will send it out to the staff here
Thanks so much: Judy Coleman (Asst HOD Catering).
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DG Visit

Posted by gra on Aug 28, 2019
A Visit from the District Governor
We had the pleasure of welcoming and hearing from our District Governor Gary Hopkinson at last week’s meeting.
A retired architect, Gary shared that he attended Greymouth High before training at two Universities plus on the leisure side continues to enjoy fishing and sailing.  He has spent over 40 years in the scouting movement and was then asked if he would like to join Rotary on the Coast … and the rest is history.
In terms of the ongoing development of Rotary, Gary feels that getting members out and doing “stuff” is important and noted that even small projects can make a real difference for the communities we work with.  His club currently sponsors young women in overseas countries to go to college so as to help raise the education levels of their villages.
He also talked briefly about (1) the Centennial project which will involve four clubs from NZ & AU building support for immunisation and (2) looking at the process involved in working towards amalgamating Districts 9970 and 9980 which he feels will be quite the challenge for us going forward.
When asked what his best moment was as a Rotarian, he commented with a grin: “Marrying another Rotarian.”
Liz thanked Gary on our behalf for taking the time to visit us and share his thoughts going forward.
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Tony PH

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 28, 2019
Paul Harris Presentation
Tony Taylor was presented with the Paul Harris award in recognition of his many years of service and contribution to youth.
Tony joined Rotary in 1990 and has served during his time with us to date as both President and Board Director.  He also primarily established the Rotary Associates group which included building a strong link to the University of Canterbury focused on enabling youth to experience voluntary service.
This was hard slog at the start, but through Tony’s perseverance the programme had 50 applicants after a year.  Since then it continued to grow as more clubs and students came on board. 
This has resulted on over 1,000 youth being introduced to and experiencing what Rotary volunteering is about with a number of Rotary clubs having benefitted from the experiences of youth involvement through Tony tireless efforts in this area.
When asked about a memorable experience, Tony shared that it is the quality of the students themselves that he felt was amazing.
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Roteract Visit

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 28, 2019
Visiting Rotaract Students
A panel of Roteract students, accompanied by UoC’s Emerging Development Leader Jo Carter, visited us last week and were asked, as a panel, a number of questions about their experiences including how this has changed their feelings about volunteering and fellowship.  Their replies included:
“I love being involved in doing something practical.”
“I have learnt the value of a friendly and welcoming approach.”
“I found it a great way to meet people, make friends and gain organisational experiences.”
The group then presented Tony with a gift of a University of Canterbury hoodie in appreciation for his work.
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PR Activs

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 28, 2019
What Has Papanui Rotary Been Up To?
The Amazing Race Project
We were treated to a video that highlighted many of the recent activities we have been engaged in including:
University of Canterbury Rotary Associates Program
Community Painting Project
Local Railways Track Clean Up
The Amazing Race
District Rifle Shooting
Ronald McDonald Meals
360 Degrees Walking Track
Papanui Bush Project
Hanmer Forest Working Bee
Trailer Raffle
These and many other activities we have been actively involved with, including the gathering and sending of key supplies to Pacific Island countries,  support the goals of “impact, reach, engagement and adaptability” which are key components of International Rotary’s Strategic Plan.
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CI Trip

Posted by Keith Mitchell on Aug 28, 2019
Chatham Island Trip
The stunning Te Kopinga Moriori Marae
Papanui Rotary Club are planning a week’s Rotary trip to the Chatham Islands, leaving Christchurch midday Tuesday 31st March 2020 and returning Tuesday 7th April 2020.
We have 20 seats booked on the aircraft, airfares are $770 pp return.  Ten rooms have been booked at the new five star hotel at a cost of $380pp per night. 
This includes all meals, transfers, 5x day escorted tours of the Island, the use of two mini vans on the free day, and a final evening meal at the Admiral Gardens (drinks included). Plus the book, “Discover the Chatham Islands”, prior to departure.
Please email Keith Mitchell on email kmitch@xnet.co.nz to reserve your place on this tour to an amazing part of New Zealand.  First of 20 will be on the list.
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Helping the Pacific

Posted by Liz Courtney on Aug 23, 2019

Rotary Give Every Child a Future

Vaccinating 100,000 Pacific island Children by 2021

Rotary Give Every Child a Future is a Rotary Australasia centenary project to save lives by vaccinating 100,000 children across nine Pacific island countries against three diseases and to establish vaccination programs in each country.

To understand more go to their website ( Rotary Give Every Child a Future ) where they have excellent videos or read a little more below.
‘To prevent cervical cancer and save the lives of children in the Pacific’

More women die from cervical cancer in Pacific Island countries than in New Zealand or Australia and, in parts of the Pacific, nearly 1 in 16 children die before their 5th birthday from vaccine preventable diseases. We’re going to stop that!
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.
Despite improvements in vaccines programs, the poorest and hardest to reach children are still being left behind.

Diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea remain leading killers of children under five years and high rates of life-threatening cervical cancer continue to devastate Pacific Island families. Poor health systems, limited government resources, environmental challenges and families living in difficult to reach areas mean children are missing out on life-saving vaccines.

To protect 100,000 children from rotavirus, pneumococcal disease and cervical cancer, across nine Pacific Island Countries: Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tokelau over three years:
  • HPV vaccine for girls to prevent cervical cancer in later life
  • Rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines for all children to reduce illness and deaths from gastroenteritis, pneumonias, meningitis and bacteraemia
To strengthen the immunisation programs in each country so that these vaccines continue to be delivered to future generations of children.
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"Guts & Grace" by Geoff Howarth

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 21, 2019
Last Thursday our own Papanui Rotary member Geoff Haworth spoke about his latest publication, “Guts and Grace”, the history of the Christchurch City Mission.
He explained that it was virtually a Rotary production.  As he wrote, Jenny his wife published it, and Cheryl Colley was an editor. In addition, a significant group of Papanui Rotarians turned up at the book’s launching on July 9th at the Transitional Cathedral.
For Geoff the book was a retirement project which he began shortly before he retired in June 2014.
To research the history, he had to work his way through many boxes of material stored at the Mission plus refer to other material in the Diocesan archives and the Christchurch Library.  He also interviewed over 30 people who had worked or still do work for the Mission.
“Guts and Grace” shows how the Mission began in 1929 as the Great Depression was taking hold In Christchurch. It originated in the school room at St Luke’s Manchester Street where teams of volunteers provided lunch for unemployed men.
Mission staff and volunteers in 1930
Within three month, the Mission had a headquarters in Salisbury Street. Despite the severity of the Depression, public and church support was such that the Mission purchased a site at 199 Antigua Street and built a specialist headquarters building which still survives at 275 Hereford Street where the Mission moved to in 1968.
“Guts and Grace” tells the story of how the Mission was founded, how it grew and found support from throughout Canterbury, and how it began new services and laid off ones that had outlived their usefulness as it kept track of the city’s changing needs and demands.
Over the years it has set up separate Night Shelters for men and women, a chain of op shops, the Mt Grey Downs Centre outside Rangiora, the Caravan in the Square, Thorpe House, Walsh House, and build teams of social workers. It still depends on volunteers and regular donations of food and money.
It served the city very well in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes and opened its new headquarters in 2012, debt-free. It is a flexible, compassionate and well-run organisation and does great work at the heart of Christchurch’s Christian caring networks.
The Mission today
We thanked Geoff for his insights into the Mission as it grew and evolved over the decades.
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Law Request

Posted by Lois Flanagan on Aug 21, 2019
Law Society Request
Lois sent through this invite for those who might be interested to be jurors for the litigation training skills programme for training lawyers.
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Posted on Aug 21, 2019
Great e.g. of a “versatile” tool … thx for the pic Gary!
Fiji container request reminder: we are still keen to receive storage units / upboards, wheelchairs and tools (especially gardening tools) for our next shipment.
Please call or email Stuart and he will collect them.
Some of the Papanui Rotary boys caught eyeing up possible instruments for our upcoming singing event?
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Posted by Liz Courtney on Aug 21, 2019
“Good Night Sleep Tight” Pictures
Liz sent through these lovely pictures she took from Anna Arps’ presentation to us earlier this month.
Gotta love those slippers.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 14, 2019
Verdi shared that our recent Quiz was very successful and thanked everyone for their prizes, raffle donations and involvement. 
The profits will used to support various causes including fighting obesity in Samoa and supporting tutors in a Tanzanian orphanage.
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Rotary Facts

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 14, 2019
Some Interesting Rotary Facts
The name “Rotary” comes from the original practice of rotating meeting locations.
In addition to the Rotarian motto “Service Above Self” there is a secondary motto: “One profits most who serves best.”
Rotary has 7 official languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
August is Membership and Extension Month, a time to focus on Rotary's continuing need for growth, to seek new members and form new clubs. 
Worldwide polio cases have decreased an astounding 99% since 1988 due to Rotary’s PolioPlus participation in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 
 The furthest a Rotary Club banner has ever traveled:  In 1968 astronaut Frank Borman, member of the Houston Space Center Rotary club, carried a banner on the Apollo 8 flight to the moon!  Check this out here.
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Fiji Request

Posted by Stuart Batty on Aug 14, 2019
Fiji Container Request
A container of school desks, chairs etc. is shortly to be consigned to Fiji. A wish list for other items has also been received as follows:
  • Storage units / upboards etc. to use in our new industrial park complex.
  • Wheelchairs
  • Tools
  • Garden tools (clean)
They need to be in good/usable condition.  Any items you can provide will be gratefully accepted.
Please call or email Stuart and he will collect them.
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Aged Concern

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 14, 2019
Aged Concern
Liz Reece, our locally based Aged Concern Accredited Visiting Service Coordinator, gave us an in depth insight into the challenges and services available via her organisation to our increasingly aging local population.
Liz began by informing us that the two key areas of work are the visiting service and outings service which is offered throughout Canterbury and the Coast with clients often transitioning from one service to the other.
“Social isolation and loneliness are the key issues these services address”, she explained, “which is increasingly common as a result of demographics.”
Approximately 21% of people aged 65+ feel isolated or lonely which has a large effect on health and wellbeing.  Liz noted that they are also finding these issues are starting to appear more often in younger groups with one of the main causal factors being social media.
Other primary causes include loss of a partner, loss of family contact, issues with hearing and especially loss of vision which affects in particular the ability to drive. 
The outings service tales 8-10 clients out for coffee to a variety of locations and they tend to quickly become friends.  Around 900 outings are run each year which includes drivers, hosts, and support staff who assist with mobility as required.
The visiting service offers a minimum of a one hour a week social interaction with common activities including reminiscing over their life and sharing photos etc. with many clients especially valuing being able to talk with someone outside of their family.
The current age range of clients is from 65 to 107 and the visitors range from being in their 20s to their 80s with many still working.  Quite a few were rebuild workers who were missing their families.
Every case is unique and presents different dynamics. It can sometimes take time until a client is happy inviting someone into their home but most get there eventually.
Aged Concern currently has ~200 home visitors who make over ~7,000 visits yearly. For many clients this is the only person they see who is not being paid which makes a huge difference for them. 
All volunteers are vetted and trained, which includes Police checks, in order to ensure both clients and volunteers are safe. “What is especially interesting is that some clients don’t tell their family about their new visiting friend” explained Liz.
Liz shared a particular example where a female client had lost her husband and was still in shock.  Liz managed to build a gently bond with her and, a few years later, she is now able to go on outings and meet others independently and has become a different person as a result of these experiences.
Aged Concern helps make over 100 matches between clients and volunteers each year.  With respect to the value the visitors experience, Liz concluded her talk with the following comment from one volunteer:
“The simple act of showing people they are not alone can be deeply meaningful to both of us.”
Liz also mentioned that some Papanui Rotary members are already working as volunteers which raises the opportunity for others to become involved perhaps?
We thanked Liz for her insight into Aged Concern and the great work it does for it’s clients.
For more information click here to view Aged Concern’s website.
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Good Night

Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 07, 2019
Good Night Sleep Tight
We were privileged to hear from Anna Arps, Secretary / Trustee of the Good Night Sleep Tight Charity, which was established in 2016 to provide winter sleepwear and bedding for needy children up to 12 years old in the greater Christchurch area. 
The Charity’s volunteers work with a wide range of organisations who help identify families struggling with the cold each winter and take responsibility for the distribution of packs of clothing and bedding to hundreds if recipients each year.
Each pack consists of a duvet, flannelette sheets, toy slippers, a dressing gown, singlet, homemade hat and a book as shown above.  The packs cost $100-$120 each thanks to generous support from a wide array of local suppliers. 
The Charity is also supported by many additional corporate, non-profit and educational organisations.
Families are very grateful for this support and an example of feedback from one read as follows:
“My girls have gone to bed so happy and have slept through the night.”
We thanked Anna for sharing this marvellous service with us.
For more information click here to view the Charity’s website.
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RYLA 2020

Posted by Keith Mitchell on Aug 07, 2019
RYLA 2020
Letter received - Details (abridged).
The RYLA Planning Committee has arrangements well underway for January 2020.
Applications are to be received by 28 September 2010.
The Rotary Club of Lincoln is managing the District 9970 project and is encouraging all Clubs to consider supporting it.
We would like to thank & acknowledge all Clubs who identified and supported candidates in 2019.
The feedback we received about the last course and programme con tent was very positive.
This link to the RYLA website provides relevant detail to gain an understanding about the course and the application form.
Kingsley Clark
027 241 9830
RYLA Convenor
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Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 07, 2019
Jessie Fahey, our UoC emerging leader who has been especially active in the McMurtrie Papanui Bush project, was presented with her RYLA Certificate at last week’s meeting.
We received a ‘Letter of Thanks’ from the Tourettes Association of NZ for our Club’s support towards the Rotary sponsorship of the recent Brainwaves concert at the Isaac Theatre.
It was an incredibly successful evening and the Club’s contribution made a huge difference to many young people who live with this disorder.
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Youth Hub

Posted by Grant Paice on Jul 31, 2019
Meeting the Developmental Needs of Teenagers
Dame Sue Bagshaw, accompanied by her husband Phil, spoke to us regarding the latest Youth Hub project which was established in 1995.
Sue began by discussing the nature of the teenagers their work is focussed on with respect to it being about how they develop over time. This includes.
  • Physiological growth e.g. teenage boys in particular often begin this stage with dramatic growth in their feet.
  • The brain also changes in how it thinks and how emotions begin to take effect.
  • People around you also start treating you quite differently as you enter your teenage years.
  • Often one of the biggest arguments that begins to occur is around the amount of time teenagers want to spend on computers.
  • Identity issues start to become increasingly important with respect to “who am I”.
  • Spiritual development kicks in and legal issues arise with respect to when you are allowed to start engaging in various activities of interest.
Reassurance is crucial, shared Sue, with grandparents being especially valuable at this time.
It is also about brain development as specific wiring that has been dormant comes more online from age 15 onwards.
“Just as much support is also needed in the second half of adolescence and teenagers require a calm environment to help learning occur” Sue added.
As an example, the fight / flight options begin to come into play to help teenagers avoid danger or threats.  Sleep patterns also change with many teenagers tending to stay awake well after 10 p.m.
What also happens is the brains wiring becomes more integrated which includes the ability to think more into the future.
"So what is needed for good development?" Sue asked.  She feels strongly that home, school and community need to work together to help teenagers as they develop.
"It is all about connectedness" explained Sue which includes feeling they belong, are supported, experience consistency, and feel respected for their individuality.  Fairness is also increasingly valued during these years.
She noted that we also need to consider what environments we create to support such a structure.
In terms of numbers, Canterbury youth aged 20 to 24 years represents 33% of the total population.  Also, on the challenges side, there are over 12,000 youth and families which are dependent on the benefit that need even more support.
With respect to the Youth Hub, Sue noted that there are 11 one-stop shops around the country.  The Trust itself was formed in 2017.
Its mission is to provide facilities for organisations to work from and supporting the healthy development of 10 to 25 year olds and their families.
"It's about having somewhere to go where they feel safe" explained to Sue.
Many organisations are very supportive of the Trust and they have been working during the last year to decide what is needed which includes ensuring the input of teenagers themselves.
1st stage of the Youth Hub development
The current Salisbury Street development that is underway will include the following:
  • A safe Drop In centre.
  • A cafe with training opportunities.
  • An events centre and an art gallery.
  • Quiet spaces both inside and outside.
  • A creative arts and music centre.
  • Hot desk spaces and interview rooms for visiting agencies.
  • A market garden.
  • Housing to help youth who need to get sorted in their lives.
There will also be youth workers on site available to assist when needed.
This approach is based on an overseas model and focuses on building independent skills in preparing youth for moving on to their own place.
The 3-5 year project has an estimated cost of 12.15 million dollars.
We thanked Sue for her insight into this worthwhile project and wish her well for the future.
For more information from a recent article about the Youth Hub on Stuff click here.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Jul 31, 2019
We were delighted to have visiting young cricketers who attended the Provincials completion in Auckland visit and thank us for the support we gave them to attend this event. 
Han’s PPT presentation about his year with Papanui Rotary before returning home can be viewed here.
Regeneration Conference
A reminder that the NZ-Australia Conference is coming up in September (20th - 22nd).  There are activities before and after the Conference. Check these out in the official website here.
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Goals for Rotary

Posted by Liz Courtney on Jul 31, 2019
President Mark Maloney’s Goals for Rotary
My dear friends, Rotary leaders, and Rotaract leaders:

A new Rotary year is upon us, and let us say one final thank you to former President Barry Rassin for his outstanding leadership. Barry, we will miss you, but we know and appreciate that you will continue to lead Rotary in important ways for years to come.

I have spoken for several months about how Rotary Connects the World, and the time has now arrived to put our words into action. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year when we begin to implement the new Strategic Plan, what I call the Rotary Action Plan and when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.

That anniversary will underscore the ties we have and goals we share with the United Nations. We will host five special events—UN Day in New York, three presidential conferences in Paris, Santiago, and Rome, and a final celebration just before the Convention in Honolulu. This will help us achieve the first Action Plan goal of increasing our impact by demonstrating that Rotary’s influence in the world has only just begun.

The second Action Plan goal is expanding our reach.  To achieve that, we need to grow Rotary – reaching out to new members, engaging current members, and creating more alternatives for membership for the next generation of Rotarians.

The third goal is enhanced participant engagement, making sure that Rotarians have experiences that are personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. This is why I believe so strongly in building a more family-friendly Rotary -- one that welcomes children to our activities and that is considerate of families in our scheduling. Let us recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.

The final priority of our new Action Plan is increasing our ability to adapt. New approaches to our organizing principles do not threaten our sense of who we are. That is why I believe that Rotary must respect professional commitments and not require Rotary leadership to be a full-time job. We need to respect the time and responsibilities of young people who are building careers.

Together, we will harness the power of connection just as our organization has been doing for more than 114 years. We have a long, proud heritage. And we will continue to thrive because we are not afraid of change.

I look forward to leading you in this important journey, as Rotary Connects the World!

Yours in Rotary,

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020
Goals for Rotary  Liz Courtney 2019-07-30 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Jul 03, 2019
Verdi is asking for donations of goodies for raffle and auction prizes for the International Committee's Quiz Night on 4 August. There will be gift baskets so he can accept anything you can think of to bring along.
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Book Launch

Posted by Geoff Haworth on Jul 03, 2019
Invitation to a Book Launch
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Our New City

Posted by Grant Paice on Jul 03, 2019
“Our New City” by Anthony Gough
We were given an enthusiastic and informative presentation on the fascinating developments going on in “our new city” by property owner / developer Anthony Gough.
Anthony shared that there are currently 2-3 major property owners who are leading the way with the central city redevelopment in particular.   “While specific development in the CBD was initially delayed, it is now well underway” he explained.
Some of the key particulars Anthony shared with us included:
  1. There are plenty of carparks now in the CBD.
  2. Key aspects of recent developments include attractive courtyards and connected laneways.
  3. There are lots of interesting sculptures and decorations in place in especially outside areas.
  4. Many buildings include multiple entry points and alleyways.
“Anchor projects are completed or well underway” shared Anthony with ones of particular mention being the Bus Exchange, the Convention Centre, the Library and the planned Margaret Mahey playground.  He also noted that the Earthquake Memorial is well worth a visit.
He shared a wide range of pictures of the developing city with us including the Performing Arts and Terrace retail precincts.  “For some reason 80% of people still use cars to get into town which surprises me given the car parks that are now available and the great deals including The Crossing where you can park for 2 hours for $2” he mused. 
“Don’t use Manchester Street” he smiled “as you will be held up.  Use the parking available which is mostly in Lichfield and Hereford instead” he suggested.
With respect to his own developments, Anthony talked in particular about the Terrace (previously referred to as the Strip) where he has a number of projects in place or underway.  This includes:
  1. Having a range of different designs rather than everything being the same.
  2. Ensuring a wide range of different types of locations is offered.
  3. Ensuring wind protection and sun access in key locations.
  4. Taking good care of acoustics to ensure people can easily hear each other.
  5. Offering free parking in a car park he is currently building from 12 midnight to 9:00 am so visitors have the option of bussing home and collecting their vehicle the next morning.
Anthony then shared some of the wide range of restaurants he has developed which helps accommodate a diverse set of personal preferences in the growing customer base.
We enjoyed Anthony’s enthusiasm for where our city has got to, where it is going and his commitment to its future and wished him well for what will be a challenging but essential part of taking our city forward.
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Darrell Leque

Posted by Larry Skiba on Jun 26, 2019
Darrell Leque
Darrell was a past member of Papanui Rotary when in charge of Bethany rest home. He was involved with the inaugural go-cart racing team that won the first trophy! Papanui also won the second year.
He was from the USA, trained as a plumber and worked in construction in Hollywood. He met Marilyn and became involved with Salvation Army before coming to NZ. The latter moved to Nelson to look after a Salvation army rest home before going to Auckland to help with drug rehabilitation.
Darrell & Marilyn were given Paul Harris awards during my year as President.  He then returned to Christchurch to have treatment for a medical condition.
His service was held at the Salvation Army Citadel with the army band.
Larry Skiba
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Posted by Ken McNee on Jun 26, 2019
Ken’s Notes for This Week’s Speaker
Antony Gough, Managing Director of The Terrace Christchurch Ltd, is known in Christchurch for creating “The Strip”, a parade of bars and restaurants along Oxford Terrace that became a popular social precinct and tourist destination along the Avon River until the earthquakes in 2011.
Antony graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours, with a special interest in nuclear physics.
After graduating he worked initially as a trainee computer programmer and within 5 years headed up a staff of 25 who implemented one of the first real time computer networks connecting branches from Auckland to Invercargill. He then left this and ran a sheep farm in Chertsey for 13 years while also building up a property portfolio.
In 2014 Antony was awarded an honouree doctorate in Commerce by the University Of Canterbury for his work in rebuilding Christchurch after the earthquakes.
His interest in property investment began when he was 21, when he bought his first commercial property while still a student. He went on to buy many commercial properties including the Russley Hotel, which is now being developed as a retirement village, the 10-storey office tower known as Craig’s Investment Partners House in Armagh Street, and the eight storey Poplars Apartment Hotel and Oasis Restaurant & Bar in Chester Street East. 
He is now, after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, a vocal and enthusiastic supporter of the city’s rebuild. Antony was an important person who helped to establish the Re:Start Container Mall in Cashel Street.
In August 2013, Antony’s $140 million re-development project centred on his former Oxford Terrace precinct began. The Terrace project, a CBD’s major rebuild project, has transformed the iconic site bounded by Oxford Terrace, Cashel Mall and Hereford Street into a dynamic hub of retailers, hospitality providers, office space, and car-parking.
Laneways, courtyards and roofed terraces connect the buildings and central courtyard with the different elements of the development, providing generous public spaces within the development.
Stage One of The Terrace is complete and it includes three buildings facing onto Oxford Terrace and a fourth facing Hereford Street. It includes hospitality and office space.
Stage Two is the substantial building on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Cashel Street known as Westpac House. Stage 3 will be a large car park building with retail on the ground floor currently under construction.
The Terrace combines the best of global urban design with the unique features of Christchurch to deliver a village development that will be a landmark in the city for the next 100 years.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 26, 2019
Can members please bring along an item suitable for inclusion in a hamper which will form the major prize in our Changeover raffle.
Tony asked for members who are interested in helping children with their reading for one hour a week in the 3rd term to let him know as an email re this is coming shortly from the school.
Nick is looking for volunteers to help out at Hanmer during our major upcoming Youth Leadership weekend event on July the 13th & 14th.  Please let him know if you are available to assist.
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Mayor Visit

Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 19, 2019
Lianne Dalziel Visit
We were privileged to host our mayor and hear her thoughts about the events on and following March 15th.

Lianne shared that she is often asked to talk about this and still finds it surreal in terms of how this could possibly happen here or anywhere in New Zealand.

In Lianne’s opinion, the attack had nothing to do with culture or faith. She felt that it was designed to inspire more violence and to encourage others to do the same.

She appreciated our Prime Minister calling it a terror attack, because these attacks are often described as the workings of a ‘lone wolf’. These individuals do not act alone. They have a supportive network through the part of the internet they call the ‘dark web’.

She noted also our Prime Minister’s amazing response, which was captured in a photo of Jacinda Ardern wearing a head scarf and hugging a Muslim woman. This was displayed on the world's tallest building, the 829m-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the word ‘peace’ in both Arabic and English.

This highlights how significant her response was, in terms of how the rest of the world responded to what happened.

Lianne feels that by focussing on our response as a city and a country, will help provide some of the answers the world is looking for in terms of how we respond to terrorism, to reduce the risk of retaliation and avoid further violence.

She mentioned the words from the Muslim communities, which also emphasised peace, love and forgiveness. “We are broken hearted but not broken” & “we will not be divided” were inspiring words from the Imam at the Call to Prayer.

Lianne said she still found it hard to believe that the hatred that drove this attack could exist in our city, where people could be judged by what they wear or the colour of their skin.
But the truth is that it exists. We all remember the bus driver, who closed the door on the young woman wearing a hijab. Lianne knows there are many more examples.

Her message was we need to be able to help people feel safe, and that given we have come together to stand beside our Muslim brothers & sisters as “one”, we need to make sure that is for now and in the future.
These reflect our key values as a community. We need to build bridges between communities and we can do that. Our own Rotary members could invite members of the wider community to engage in coffee mornings to get to know each other better.

Commenting further on the response to the attack, Lianne felt that the coming together of key communities in support of each other was also a great example of how to get the healing process underway.
She mentioned the strong relationship that developed between local Maori and members of the Muslim communities. She also commented on the extraordinary response of the hospitals and support services that immediately swung into action.
“I was so proud at how everyone simply stepped up to what was needed to be done with compassion and kindness” she continued and felt that this increased her understanding of the profound impact of these types of acts.

She finished by sharing that she feels it is not about tolerance, but about being in a place where we stand as one and embrace dignity & respect regardless of where we were born or what our beliefs are.
Being courageous means speaking with our whole heart, and this sets the tone for everything we do.

We thanked Lianne for her sharing her thoughts and insights on this tragic event.
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Stuart Fiji

Posted by Stuart Batty on Jun 19, 2019
Stuart Batty in Fiji
Development Counsellor Mr Jonathan Rowe (centre left) is joined by Mr Stuart Batty of Rotary NZ (centre right), Mere Miki of VaiWai (far left) and Neil Maharaj (far right) in commissioning the sanitation facilities for Vatunilose village.
If you are on Facebook check it and other pictures out here.
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Posted by Max Wright on Jun 19, 2019
The Plainsmen Matariki Concert
The Plainsmen and friends are having a concert celebrating Matariki.  Details as follows:
When:7.30 pm Saturday 29th June.
Location: Salvation Army Auditorium 853 Colombo St.
Cost: Adults $20.00 Seniors $15.00 Students under 18 free.
For Tickets contact Max Wright on 385 8102, 027 437 9351, 021 142 7668 or visit plainsmen.co.nz.
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Rotary F/Ship

Posted by Liz Courtney on Jun 19, 2019
Rotary Fellowship Opportunities
Are you aware of the various Rotary Fellowship opportunities?
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
Deryn, for example,  is in the International Home Hosting Fellowship and Lois has just joined up in Hamburg to do the same.
Check out the range of activities available here.
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Posted by Jenny Haworth on Jun 19, 2019
ROMAC Newsletter
ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who, with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places.
They quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations in Oceania, was a major cause. Rotary faced the challenge to assist an 18-year-old Fijian girl whose right leg was threatened if immediate surgery was not performed.  During the next four years, eight children were brought to Australia for major, often lifesaving, surgery.
Soon 20 Australian Rotary clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways. ROMAC established five regions representing clubs in the west, east, south, north and centre of the country.
A New Zealand region was formally established in 2004 and treated its first patient, from Vanuatu, in December 2005. The inaugural New Zealand region representative was Trish O’Reilly and Dr Max Morris, the first New Zealand Medical Director.
Check out the latest from ROMAC here.
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Posted by Gordon Shields on Jun 12, 2019
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Papanui Bush Update

Posted by Denis McMurtrie on Jun 12, 2019
Papanui Bush Clean-up Report
About 80 people arrived at 9am in the heaviest frost of the year to grub, weed and plant in the Bush.
Colleagues Emma Norrish and Cr. Mike Davidson of Papanui-Innes Community with staff: Helen, Stacey and Christine (thanks for the hot coffee and sausages team); about ten of us from Papanui Rotary; several CCC Rangers; members of the public; Papanui Heritage; rotating classes from Papanui High School during class periods; and the CCC Walking Group came through as well.
We got lots done including mainly ring weeding around the growing native trees, some new plantings, and large areas of stubborn weeds were grubbed or pulled out and extracted.
The concreted metal tree plaques initiated by Denis McMurtie and supported by Rotary and Papanui Heritage were also installed at strategic sites in the Bush.
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Convention Fun

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Jun 12, 2019
Convention Fun from Deryn

Rotary ladies let loose in Dresden
In this picture Lois and I are right in the centre of the city square so thought we should show some decorum seeing as we were both wearing Rotary shirts!

Because we were wearing our shirts a young lady came up to us to ask if we had been at the Convention, as her mum had been there. You never know who you might end up talking to when you wear a Rotary shirt. We also had several ladies in our party that would have willing paid us for them.

I’m now in my room supping from a bottle of Pilsner. It has been 30C outside today and still 26 so certainly need something cold.
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Operation Overlord

Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 12, 2019
Remembering Operation Overlord
National Geographic honoured the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June the 4th 1944, when the Allied Forces began the world's largest amphibious invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Some of the statistics of this operation are as follows:
156,115 Allied troops landed in Normandy
11,590 Allied aircraft supported the landings
6939 Allied naval vessels were deployed
11 Allied nations took part in Operation Overlord
We remember in particular the 209,000 Allied and civilian casualties who helped create the freedom we enjoy to this day.
For more details click here.
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Mayor Visit

Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 12, 2019
Lianne Dalziel Visit
We were privileged to host our mayor at last Thursday’s meeting and hear her thoughts about the events on and following March 15th.
Given the sensitive nature of the topic, more detailed notes of Lianne's talk will be included in next week's Club Chat after she has checked the content and emailed it back to me.
Grant Paice
Club Chat Editor
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Doing Good

Posted by Tony Tizzard on Jun 04, 2019
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Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 04, 2019
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Deryn, Lois & Liz at the Hamburg Convention
Liz & Lois at a Women in Rotary Event
Reality Bites Get Together Reminder
See you there this Friday the 7th at 10:00 am !
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Archaeological Dig Report

Posted by Grant Paice on Jun 04, 2019
Excavating the Tell es-Safi (Gath) Archaeological Site
John Stringer spoke about his fascinating experiences excavating at the archaeological site of Tell es-Safi (biblical Gath), the home of Goliath and of David, in the Elah Valley.  
The site sits inland in a triangle between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the foothills of Judea. It is significant as being one of the main cities of the Philistine Pentapolis and the excavations are concerned with understanding the Philistine culture in the late Bronze Age ca. 1100 BC transitioning into the Iron Age, the era of King David and Solomon.
John believes the Philistines (the “Plst” of Egyptian cartouches) were actually a coordinated and organised Mycenaean colonisation, first of the Nile delta and then up the Cannanite coast where they settled (“The Way of the Philistines”).
A Philistine Warrior
John explained about the animals found on site, showed photos of how a site looked, how it was organised, and showed physical examples of tools used, the kind of attire necessary plus other practical components of an archaeological dig including what kind of food is eaten, accommodation etc.
He also mentioned that working the site occurred from very early in the morning to around midday as extremely hot temperatures made it too challenging to continue on site later in the day.
John on site early morning
He then went into detail about the kinds of things found including bones, obsidian blades, worked stones, clay bricks, and pottery. He explained that archaeology also looks for things that are not there such as pork bones which, if absent, suggests a Jewish context.
John completed his Masters research at Victoria in classical studies focussing on aspects of Philistine material culture and  in particular on their art.  He drew commonalities and similarities with Mycenaean art including the use of distinctive florals and bird motifs, female goddesses and particular graphic elements, weaponry, clothing and other cultural patterns described by the Egyptians (Ramses III) and the Bible (1 and 2 Samuel).
We thanked John for his intriguing insight into the dig and club members took the opportunity to look up close at the array of materials, clothing and artefacts he had brought along with him.
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Posted by Jenny Haworth on Jun 04, 2019
Card from the New Zealand Conservation Trust
President Jenny shared this message to us from the Trust:
“The New Zealand Conservation Trust would like to thank the Rotary Club of Papanui for the generous donation towards the repair work on the Kiwi Nocturnal House.
Safety and care of the Kiwi is always our main focus.
The renovation of the roof will ensure that their environment is maintained to a high level.
Kind regards
New Zealand Conservation Trust Trustees.”
To view more details about the Trust’s activities click here.
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Posted by Grant Paice on May 29, 2019
The Journey of Life
One of the fascinating things I have got from hearing and publishing the stories of our various speakers and their organisations over the time it has been my privilege to be a Rotarian is the vast diversity of people’s quite changeable journeys.
It certainly challenges the thinking that many people often have in their younger years that our journey through life will be relatively stable, smooth and predictable.
An artist I particularly like,  Glenn Jones, captures this in one of his pieces above which he has given me permission to show here.  To view more of Glenn’s work click here (scroll down and click “Show more products” to see his wider range).
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Pap Bush

Posted by Denis McMurtrie on May 29, 2019
Papanui Bush Clean-up Day
Email Denis McMurtrie for more info here
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Chch Patrol

Posted by Grant Paice on May 29, 2019
Christchurch North Canterbury Patrol
Laura Hatwell and Angus Fitzpatrick gave us an interesting insight into the activities of the voluntary non-for-profit night patrol who act as the eyes and ears for the Police.
Laura, who is originally from England, works as a Team Leader for Youth Town by day and as a Community Patroller by night.  She especially enjoys patrolling as it is quite different to her day job.
“There are approximately 6,000 sworn Police officers in NZ and 5,800 community patrollers” explained Laura “and we are honoured to do our job which helps keeping the community safe.” 
The main role of the patrol is to observe and report issues.   This includes:
  • Running day and night community patrols.
  • Collecting local police station mail 5 days a week and delivering it to Police Headquarters.
  • Picking up and delivering patients and equipment to the Charity Hospital.
  • Sending in summary reports of observations each shift.
In addition, the patrol has also been supporting people affected by the Mosque attacks by taking them to free counselling.
“We have approximately 23 patrollers that work across 24 weekly shifts.  This amounts to covering ~ 1,200 kms over 180 hours of patrolling in our old tired CRV vehicle” said Laura.  “Police pay for our petrol but we rely on goodwill from various sources to cover costs” she explained.
As their vehicle is on its last legs, they are currently actively fundraising for a new vehicle to ensure they can maintain the level of patrolling currently in place.
Angus then took the stage and explained that patrolling is very much a cooperative effort that shows their presence to the general public.  “This is crucial to our role” he explained “as it helps build trust with the wider community.”
When asked why he patrols Angus shared that he wanted to do something more and feels it has given him a deeper insight into what he can do for the community.
When asked what some of the tasks they are involved with are Laura shared the following:
  • Showing our presence at key community locations as a deterrent.
  • Observing and reporting on fights and possible drug deals.
  • Stopping and checking that individuals who seem to be struggling are alright.
  • Checking vehicle registrations.
In closing, Laura and Angus reminded us that we can also help by calling 111 for urgent activities in progress or 105 for non-urgent activities and they suggested we “Give them a wave” if we see them out and about.

We thanked Laura and Angus for their insights into this valuable service.
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Pink Breakfast

Posted by Lois Flanagan on May 22, 2019
A Big Pink Thank-You
Deryn in “Pink” Mode!
I am sure all of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. It is nearly 3 years since my lovely sister in law died after a fight against breast cancer. I still miss her so much.
On Saturday it was our turn to do something in memory of those special people we know who have had to deal with this horrible disease.
 24 ladies and 3 wonderful men got together at 20 Mistral Road Northwood to raise funds for Breast cancer by way of a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and to celebrate life. Lots of fun was had by all and it was special to hear all the chatter and laughter.
Angela had usually calm ladies fighting each other to grab a parcel when their number was called out! Ann Hudson cleverly guessed there were 97 hot pink Jaffas in the jar, Sue Nicholl won the prize for the lady who had travelled the farthest to get there and Mandi Bates was the youngest guest!
Deryn was stunning in her pink wig and oh so long pink eyelashes. Was that really Deryn under there we all asked?
 Our 3 great heroes, Nick, Tony Tizzard and Keith, cooked waffles and did dishes all the while looking stunning in pink aprons and bow ties.
It was great today to send the sum of $500 to the Breast Cancer Foundation. That was a fantastic effort from all our generous Rotary Ladies. 
 Thanks so much for all the ladies who came and for our special gentleman who looked after us so well.
Well done everyone. 
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Defying Gravity

Posted by Liz Courtney on May 22, 2019
Defying Gravity Conference
“Defying Gravity” was the catch phrase used to grab everyone’s attention at the District 9970 Conference last weekend.
The speakers were awesome and began with our District Governor, John Driscoll, talking about his own journey through life which took unexpected turns and how he has learnt to deal with changes in his life by turning them into positive learning experiences.
The conference was opened by an excellent speech from the Rotary World President Representative Murray Versoe, who incidentally was a District Governor in Liz Courtney’s year group of 2014-15.
This was followed by Craig Fernandes, the Rocket Man, a Mechanical Engineer who is responsible for the Assembly Line manufacture of producing rockets. Rocket Lab is based in NZ and employs many young and talented NZ science and engineering graduates.
They now also partner with NASA and his story was fascinating and got the whole conference off to a rocketing start. We were all impressed that NZ is a preferred partner with NASA and that Rocket Lab is a successful NZ business.
Winner of the Canterbury Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award in 2014, Member of the Institute of Directors and NZ Asian Leaders, Jessie Chan Dorman gave us a thought provoking story of her family history of endurance, heartache and hope all wrapped up in a presentation that was sincere and humorous.
Jessie is a human dynamo in business circles and at home on the diary farm she owns with her husband near Ashburton she is mum, cook and advisor. A real treat to have heard her story.
Lauren Ellis is a NZ representative cyclist competing in London and Rio Olympics. She was the Rotary Club of Ashburton’s Young Achiever Award several years ago.
She talked about the trials of competing at a high level and the sacrifices made, medals won and lost, the hard work of training and the mental hardness required. It was a very interesting presentation given by a young, driven and dedicated young woman about facing your demons and winning.
Lastly, we were treated to the extraordinary Cam Calkoen. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and has gone from doubting his ability to run, to representing NZ in athletics, winning championships in NZ, Australia and Canada.
He is now taking his winning attitude into diverse environments to encourage others to achieve their personal bests. He ensures that life can be AWESOME !  His infectious and very humorous presentation had us all on our feet to applaud him. He was truly AWESOME and we look forward to hearing him again in September in Chch at the joint NZ-Australia Conference 2019.
On Sunday we drove, cycled or walked out to Lake Hood where 2 large trees were planted by the Mayor and the two Ashburton Club Presidents. This was followed by a BBQ. This recognised the combined 80 years of Rotary service within the area.
It was a great way to socialise with other Rotarians, hear about the history and development of Lake Hood and to hear about both clubs history.
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My Journey

Posted by Grant Paice on May 22, 2019
“My Journey” by Veitomoni Siufanga
We had the pleasure of hearing Veitomoni Siufanga’s interesting journey from his upbringing in Tonga to his current position as a Reverent in a local Methodist Parish.
Veitomoni began his story by telling us that Tonga is known as “The Friendly Islands” and that his name is Fijian and means “love”.  He comes from a family of 12 and grew up in the place Captain Cook landed when visiting Tonga for the 1st time.
His family was passionate about education and his father initially worked for the Govt. but later on was unable to work and his mother had to work to support the family.  They earned money selling produce and food including jelly fish and coconuts.
After Veitomoni finished primary school he went to Methodist College and then in the early 1980s he attended High School but was told to leave as he had organised strikes.  He eventually found another Christian school to study at but had to promise not to organise any more strikes.
After this he took a management job with the Department of Transport on low pay.  He found that his income was not enough as he also now had a girlfriend and so left and started selling goods under the table which significantly increased his income.  When his brother realised what he was up to selling goods under the table and put a stop to it.  Veitomoni had to then move to New Zealand in the mid-60s.
He settled in Otara but found that he was no longer interested in schooling at this time. He got some factory work but as he was living the high life was sacked and needed to find something else to do.
He next developed a friendship with a person in a gang and he began to associate and become connected with them.  At this time there was a lot of friction between Tongans and Samoans which was becoming very dangerous.  The churches tried to stop this and Veitomoni next moved to Hamilton to escape it.  While the same issues were present there it was not as violent.
In one fight, however, he was badly injured and when he woke up a young lady was sitting beside him.  “Why are you here?” he asked to which she replied: “I saved your life.”  When he asked why she said she wanted to stop the fighting.  They had four children during their time together.
In the early 90’s Veitomoni needed to get away from New Zealand as he had got into some trouble and went back to Tonga for a while before returning some years later.  He next met a young Tongan girl and she helped him realise he needed to change as life was too short to keep putting himself at risk. 
She was a Mormon but decided to leave and go to a Methodist church and they had four children over the next 7 years.  “Some people are unsure if they are my children or grandchildren” said Veitomoni with a chuckle.
He next completed a Diploma at the Bible College of New Zealand and also ran a small business which he later gave up and got into Parish work which included working for a Trust that supports Pasifika youth and children.
Recently he was delighted to be seen as worthy of his current position as a Reverent and credits this to being able to gradually and progressively turn his life around.
He told his parish that he never dreamed that he would achieve this in his early years and that, going forward, we all need to be supportive of everyone as human beings regardless of who they are or what they have done in their past.
He feels that New Zealand is now a truly multicultural county and he likes the motto: “We are one.”
We thanked Veitomoni for sharing his journey with us and wished him well in his current and future roles.
My Journey Grant Paice 2019-05-21 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on May 15, 2019
A Rotary Song
Are you aware there have been Rotary songs over the decades?
This one was composed in 1923 by a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and became part of an official Rotary song book in the 40’s.
Click here to listen to it.
Song Grant Paice 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on May 15, 2019
A Piece of Our History
Rotarians have extend their vocational service into the community in many ways.
Working for the New Zealand Community, who initiated the following?
Who started The Crippled Children’s Society in New Zealand?
Who built the first Karitane Hospital?
Who organised the first mobile TB clinic?
Who started Milk in Schools?
Who began the first Health Camps?
Who brought Defensive Driving Courses to New Zealand?
Who extended Heritage throughout New Zealand?
Who began the National Kidney Foundation
Who began the Riding for Disabled
Who began the Asthma Society
Who began the National Children’s Health Research Foundation?
If you answered Rotary to each of these questions, you would be right. Many of the early activities of Rotary are now lost in the mist of history.
Source: Henderson Rotary Club Article.
History Grant Paice 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on May 15, 2019
Regeneration Conference Details
Christchurch is hosting this event in September. 
Enjoy great speakers including Mark Maloney and Per Hoyen. Focus on the changing face of Rotary in our countries involving community groups & seminars for all age groups and tours. See projects showing Rotary in Action rebuilding our community.
Click here for more info on the Conference website.
Rejeneration Grant Paice 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Lois Flanagan on May 08, 2019
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
This fun event is coming up fast! 
Please reply to Lois ASAP if you want to join us by emailing her here or phoning her on (021) 735 404.
Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2019-05-07 12:00:00Z 0

Kate Smart

Posted by Grant Paice on May 08, 2019
Kate Smart - A Life of Service
We were delighted to be addressed last week by Kate Smart who recently joined us.
Kate thanked us for the warm welcome she has had since joining Papanui Rotary and shared how much she is enjoying getting to know everybody and learning more about Rotary.
Kate is the 2nd daughter in a family of four daughters all who have had interesting lives and achieved much in their respective careers.  Her story began in North Canterbury where she chose to be born to gifted and intelligent parents. Her father's grandfather, James White Bernard, was mayor of Kaiapoi and sworn in as a JP during the 1st World War.
Her father, Herbert James Barnard, was one of a group of very young men from North Canterbury sent to England during WW2 to train as pilots in the RNZAF.  Her mother Doris was a fashion designer and garment maker of hundreds of wedding & bridesmaid dresses in North Canterbury and an accomplished painter in oils.
She attended Cashmere High and participated with great commitment in their school of music passing her Associate and Licenciate of Trinity College in Pianoforte. It was while at Cashmere that Kate joined Rotaract, and there is something to this day that she still laughs about from back then.
“Our small group decided to invite Prince Charles to New Zealand and Cashmere high school.  He was so young and eligible back then so I wrote him a letter and posted it to Buckingham Palace inviting him to come and speak to our Rotaract club.”
Some months later the principal at that time called Kate into his office. She went with trepidation wondering what she had done wrong. Did she blow up the science lab accidentally? Was she caught smoking in school uniform?
When she went to his office the Principal told her sit down in front of his imposing desk.  “I hear you invited the Prince of Wales to Cashmere on behalf of Rotaract?" he stated.   "Yes" she replied: “I sent him a nice letter and thought it was a good idea."
“Well he is coming to New Zealand and to Christchurch but don't think it was anything to do with you." he replied. He then proceeded to tell her that she and one other Rotaract member would be nominated to visit Prince Charles and Princess Anne at a meeting of other young people at Mona vale.
“So that is how I got to meet the young and handsome Prince of Wales.  My life however proceeded as a commoner because he did not ask to marry me as he chose Diana instead” smiled Kate.
Nevertheless she did move along the marriage and children pathway shifting to Gisborne with her then husband who was appointed regional director of the East Coast Dept. of Social Welfare.  She found the East Coast a very fulfilling experience including learning basic Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. 
Kate worked for the New Zealand Employment Service there for eight years which including having to drive to Ruatoria from for reporting.  Her encounter with Rastafarians on horseback, gangs, seasonal work forces, the Watties Tomato Sauce Factory and Rogernomics was all mixed in with the great fun she had as a member of the Gisborne Operatic Society and she played piano for several shows, some cabarets and also enjoyed being in a three piece restaurant band for some time.
Next came her two beautiful babies, Connie and David, and they returned to Christchurch just prior to David being born. 
Connie was born on the 1st Day of Puawa-te- Atatu Daybreak Report for DWS, a shift in social work theory and delivery to ensure children were placed with whanau in the first instance rather than with strangers. The local iwi, Te Ronga Whakata, gifted Connie the name “Kohanga-Warm Nest” which was a real honour.
Her years of balancing parenting with the need and desire to retain her job with the public service was tiring and difficult as many women can relate to with the cost of childcare resulting in  her working for $2 an hour for a few years.  This imbalance of financial outgoings for women still exists today. 
Kate worked for both DWS, latterly NZES and following a political merger the new Ministry of Social Development (MSD). She was also seconded to Recover Canterbury as one of the business advisors post the February 2011 earthquake.
Kate explained that her role in the Ministry as a Regional Labour Market Advisor involves marketing a suite of products & services to employers.  Her mail goal is to contract, in partnership, to fill shortages in industry skills.
“With 5,500 people in Canterbury receiving jobseeker benefits we are always seeking out new markets to partner with.” shared Kate.  Some examples of their contracts include the City Care Pre Apprenticeship program which has received a lot of media coverage over the years.
Negotiating a partnership with MSD starts at the beginning by building a relationship with the employer, asking and advising how MSD recruitment services can meet their needs, arranging contracts and the placement of  trainees into pre-employment or industry training and following up on employment outcomes.
Current projects of interest include finding pathways of training for people being assisted by family violence providers that enable them to join the sector at entry level, maintaining an alliance with major hotels, plus actively pursuing opportunities with the new Christchurch Convention Centre.
“MSD places hundreds of job seekers into work each year using every method available which includes wage subsidies, industry partnerships, singleton vacancy matching comma recruitment events and expos” explained Kate.  She sees it as a role that requires a sharp eye to the future as the visitor economy and manufacturing industries become the shining lights on the horizon for Canterbury as the rebuild diminishes.
“If someone was to ask me what has been my greatest achievement with MSD, I would say that often it is a matter of small miracles every day and of particular note to me is the building of the course participation assistance directory for Canterbury which enables every registered job seeker to access up to $1,000 per annum to pay for short vocational training courses or certificates if they cannot pay for themselves in areas including first aid, site safe passports, HT licence etc.” explained Kate.
Three years ago she submitted a business case to the MSD Executive Team to research, record and approved training which would become a menu and directory for case managers to use with job seekers.  This is now well and truly installed across the region with expenditure increasing from $30,000 three years ago to almost $500,000 this financial year.
Kate saw her two years with recover Canterbury as a once in a lifetime experience involving teams of staff referred to as “road warriors” that would descend on affected business areas to initially gauge what was happening.
The Canterbury Community Trust set up grants to businesses affected by the earthquake to assist them going forward. It was a devastating time for some businesses.” said Kate.  Various people assisted them through this process including in particular Pete Townsend, the then chairman of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce.
One noticeable presence on this project was IRD who were committed to helping businesses who have shied away from their tax obligations with many being supported by the waiving of penalties.
After her two years at Recover Canterbury Kate returned to MSD as a work broker working with employers and order to get unemployed people into work. As she moves around the city today people occasionally stop to remind her they know her name and what she did to help them which is very rewarding.
Kate feels that being without a job in our culture and society means a lot of things that are not beautiful including poverty, debt, anxiety but most of all a loss of confidence.  She views that this last loss in particular effects many MSD clients with overcoming barriers being the 1st step on the staircase of successfully returning to work.
Kate shared that our communities have also changed.  We no longer have mum, dad and the 2.5 kids plus we have many social issues on our doorstep including the need for social housing for families, caring and guiding for people who are struggling to manage their own lives and well-being, and parents raising children on benefits where the costs of rent, electricity, meat, and dental treatments are extremely high compared to their income.
“There is still much to do.” said Kate.  While the wheels of Government move slowly, she continues to beat the drum and bring to the table worthy partnerships & pathways for people in our community in order to upskill them and help them live independent lives.
In recent times Kate has connected with Deryn Tregurtha who will be her Rotary Sponsor and whose accomplishments she admires. Kate finished her talk by thanking Deryn and Papanui Rotary members for welcoming her into a great club and for the opportunity to share her story with us.
Kate Smart Grant Paice 2019-05-07 12:00:00Z 0


A Reminder …
The 2019/20 Entertainments Books are here now.  Contact Gordon Shields to order one.
Snip Grant Paice 2019-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

Telling our Story

Posted by Grant Paice on May 01, 2019
Telling our Story
In 2021 we will celebrate one hundred years of Rotary serving our communities in New Zealand and the South Pacific Island nations. Our clubs are all descended from the original Clubs - Rotary Club of Wellington and Rotary Club of Auckland. It’s about the story - your story - your club story - our story - our history of Rotary's achievements in Oceania.
So how do you tell it? 
To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in 2021, Dr Stephen Clarke, a professional historian, has been commissioned to research and write a landmark publication on Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands 1921–2021.
Dr Clarke started work on the book last year. The book will be part of a suite of activities under what is called the Mana Tangata Programme to celebrate the Centennial. The programme will be formally launched later in the year.
For more details about the history project click here.
Telling our Story  Grant Paice 2019-04-30 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on May 01, 2019
ANZAC Day 2019
After an enjoyable breakfast a number of Papanui Rotarians attended the ANZAC Day service at the local RSA. 
Prior to the service the Street Parade formed up in St James Ave which was led off in style by the NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade to the rousing sound of pipe bands. 
Coming up the rear were a number of motorcyclists which demonstrated the diversity of those who see great value in what ANZAC Day means.
Gordon et al near the wreath laying area.
The service itself was jam packed with people of all ages and walks of life which was a great testament to our determination to not allow the challenges of recent events stop us from remembering and celebrating those who served and, for many, gave their lives so we can enjoy the freedom we have today.
A particular plea was made for us to show our ongoing support and gratitude to those men and women who are currently serving in various hot spots around the globe in order to help maintain that freedom.
After the service concluded we enjoyed Deryn’s hospitality for tea, coffee and various delicious snacks.  The ANZAC biscuits in particular were a real hit.
ANZAC Day Grant Paice 2019-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

No Meeting April 25th

Posted by Jenny Haworth on Apr 24, 2019
Reminder from President Jenny
“Where is everyone?”
There is no evening meeting on Anzac Day.

Instead we are meeting for breakfast at Station One at the Papanui end of Main North Road - it is straight in front of the RSA - for breakfast on Anzac morning. 
The idea is that we have breakfast and then go to the Anzac service at the Papanui RSA at 9.30. 
This is followed by coffee and Anzac biscuits at Deryn Tregeurtha's after the service. Her address is 17c Rasmore Place, 8051. 
I have booked a few extra spaces for breakfast so if anyone would like to join us there is room.
No Meeting April 25th Jenny Haworth 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 24, 2019
Rotary Activities for “Smaller” Family Members
Words Game
How many 3, 4 and 5 letter words can you make out of the letters in “Papanui Rotary”.  A few to start with …
Ran … Tray … Point (etc).
You might be surprised how many there are … check the full list out here.
Complete this on line jigsaw and see if you can “guess” what the place for children in Christchurch is that Papanui Rotary supports.
Click here for the jigsaw.
Activities Grant Paice 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Journey

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 24, 2019
Anzac Day: A Personal Journey
John Emslie, the Rotary Club of Darwin (abridged)
John retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.  The long-time club member was asked to address the club meeting on 24 April on a subject related to Anzac Day.  John decided to tell his personal story and during his address you could have heard a pin drop.
My father had been a fighter pilot in Europe and my mother served in the WRAF, being mentioned in despatches for dragging the wounded crew from a burning, crashed bomber.  So for me and my siblings Anzac Day had a special significance.
I remember those days well.  After the main service in Cairns, often with a flyover by a Lincoln bomber (once dropping poppies on the parade), our family would drive up to the small fishing village north of Cairns for a picnic lunch.
Now, in those days, pubs closed on Anzac Day in that part of the world.  But keep a digger from a cold beer?  Pig’s!  So out the back of the bottom pub would gather the bronzed Anzacs.  Country police were different then, too. Accepting the fact that even if they could arrest all fifty men gathered around the keg, the two coppers would not be able to take them to the magistrate the next day because he was running the two-up game.
So, in order to keep the peace, the Sergeant admonished the assembly with a stentorian bellow: “Hey you blokes (but actually using stronger language), it’s bad enough that you’re breaking the law but you could have the decency to stay out of sight while you are doing it.”  Justice done.  

Yes, in those days Anzac Day meant a lot to me.  I was proud of my parents and my uncle Johnno, also a RAAF vet, because of the part that they had played.
As the years passed, the Australian’s love for Anzac Day seemed to wither and die.  Some say it was the disillusionment brought on by the Vietnam War and its unpopularity.  Who knows?  So we drifted through the sixties.  Anzac Days came and went and attendance at Dawn Services and marches dwindled. I had discovered more important things in life: girls, beer and football (not necessarily in that order).
On my return from a tour in South Vietnam in 1971 I had a bit of leave which I spent in Mareeba, where my wife Connie had moved to so she could be with her parents while I was overseas.
One day, on a visit to Cairns, I joined my brother-in-law Noel and his father for a drink at the Cairns RSL.  At the bar, Noel’s Dad introduced me to some of the other drinkers.  I’ll never forget the reaction.  I was told bluntly that, “When you’ve been to a proper war, you’ll be welcome here”. I left the bar with my beer untouched and had nothing to do with the RSL or Anzac Day for the next 15 years.  

In the eighties, I was posted to the Chief Engineer’s Branch in Sydney. In each state, the CE was the senior Engineer officer and as such his office looked after those matters that affected all engineer units in that state, including organising the engineer contingent for the Anzac Day march and subsequent re-union.  

One year the CE was on leave and I was acting in his place, which meant I was responsible for overseeing the Anzac Day activities.  Now I didn’t do much of the organising but I had a number of quite competent SNCOs to do that.  But I was expected to participate in the day’s activities. I wasn’t too keen on that, let me tell you.
So there I was at 0900 in Bent Street Sydney along with several hundred sappers ready to march down George Street.  We were off and my God what a crowd.  Thousands of people lined the streets all the way to Hyde Park. They were cheering and waving flags with smiles and shouts of encouragement.  What was going on?
In due course we reached the end of the march and were dismissed to make our way to the Holdfast Reunion at the Macquarie Hotel in Surrey Hills.  There I ran into soldiers I hadn’t seen in years, some old friends, some just acquaintances, but all fellows I had served with at some time.  As well, there was a contingent of old soldiers from WWII and I spent an enjoyable hour talking with them about their experiences.
I went home by train reflecting on the day and how much I’d enjoyed.  I decided that I would never miss another Anzac Day.  And, except for some seriously ill time, I didn’t.  
It’s the Dawn Service in Darwin that does it for me.
Gathering at the RSL for gunfire breakfast at 0500.  Forming up after that in Cavenagh St. The ghostly march down to the Cenotaph on the Esplanade.  I say ghostly because the last couple of hundred metres, on the Esplanade, are through the grey pre-dawn, the sound only of a solitary drum and footsteps in tune with the drumbeat.
The service starts and my mind wanders, remembers the good times and the not so good ones, mates (where are they all now?), parents, uncles, barely registering the mumbling of political speakers. The Darwin Chorale singing ‘Abide With Me’, Last Post sending shivers down the spine, and Reveille.  

The sun is rising, it is getting lighter and now we can see the great crowd gathered in remembrance. Then it’s over for another year.  Off to breakfast and prepare for the morning march.  But that’s for show.  The Dawn Service is what it’s really all about.
So, to me, Anzac Day means:
  • Remembering the fallen and those still alive but suffering physically or psychologically as a result of their service.
  • Remembering old comrades – the good and the bad.
  • Reflecting on the follies of politicians, and:
  • Catching up with old mates over a few coldies.  
I’ll be there again tomorrow but I won’t be marching.
Age has wearied me, the years have condemned me, but I shall remember.             
ANZAC Journey Grant Paice 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 17, 2019
Ronald McDonald Meal Monday in April
This month Keith & Heather Mitchell, Tony & Cynthia Tizzard and Doug & Jill Archbold made a formidable team that prepared the evening meal at Ronald McDonald House in Cashel Street. 
Accompanied by carrots, broccoli & cauliflower in cheese sauce, massed potatoes and a fresh green salad, a magnificent huge leg of ham was cooked to perfection and went down a treat.
A scrummy dessert of ambrosia, fruit salad and ice cream rounded off a wonderful meal that was appreciated by the 40 or so adults and children that consumed it.
One of the best parts of this activity is getting the opportunity to mix and chat with the families that have patients receiving treatment. They certainly have much to cope with and deserve the fabulous care they get from all the staff at RMcD House.
Once again it was a privilege and pleasure to do just a little to brighten their day.
R McD Grant Paice 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 17, 2019
Women’s Breakfast Reminder
St John Collection Day
John Milne organised two collection sites under the Papanui Rotary Banner on collection day.
Assisted by Dennis Robertson, Wayne Lyons & Lois Milne (above) they found that people were very generous when donating money with $5 notes being very popular.
John enjoyed the opportunity and will continue to help Rotary when he can.
Entertainment Books
The 2019/20 Entertainments Books are now available.
Please order now by contacting Gordon Shields.
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Stuart Batty on Apr 17, 2019
Out of Poverty in Tanzania
In 2008, with the support of many New Zealand Rotary Clubs, the Tanzanian Rotary Club of Mwika in partnership with RNZWCS Ltd determined with subsistence farmers on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro to establish a Milk Factory to collect, pasteurise and distribute milk products.
Initially estimates were for 500 litres per day, but 10 years on has now reached 3,000 litres per day four days a week and with capacity to go to 5,000 by end of 2020. The number of farmers being supported by the project has reached 600.
The Kondiki Dairy Co-op is in need for a second reliable small truck (ute) to assist in collection and distribution of milk products.  PDG Geoff Mathis (9930) has produced a website specifically to raise funds for the vehicle. 
The website www.farmersinneedtanzania.org tells more of the story.
Tanzania Stuart Batty 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

Support Aratupu

Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Apr 17, 2019
Ongoing Support for Aratupu Preschool
For some time now, any suitable dessert left over on a Thursday night has been taken to Aratupu Preschool, where it has been welcomed with open arms and big smiles.
Aratupu is run by the Methodist Mission and supports families in the Northcote, Papanui and Bryndwr areas. The majority of children at Aratupu are from young single parent families who rely on a benefit or a low income with 95% receiving the WINZ childcare subsidy. The families mainly come from areas of Christchurch with high levels of poverty.
What is unique about Aratupu is the presence of Annie Smith, the on-site Whānau Support Worker. Annie provides wrap-around support to parents with children at Aratupu, ranging from food parcels and help with parenting through to supporting families to navigate the school system and assistance with school costs for their school-aged children.
"Aratupu is a gateway for families in the community to receive the help they need", says Annie. "Often these families just need a helping hand to get through a particularly tough time."
Papanui Rotary has been assisting Aratupu for several years in several different ways. Our desserts from now on won't be provided just for us so the Board of Directors supported Deryn's idea of baking for Aratupu each week.
With that in mind we would like to draw up a roster of those interested in baking, or supplying bought baking, and delivering it each week. They are happy to receive any baking, biscuits, cake, slices, loaves etc., as long as it doesn't have whole nuts or any other ingredients that are large and chunky.
If we can get 12 interested people among our members and Friends of Rotary, you would only be called upon 4 times per year. If you can't deliver it yourself then it can be taken to Thursday night meetings and delivered on your behalf.
Please email Deryn at datregurtha@gmail.com  or call her on 021 161 5861 if you can help with this worthy project.
Support Aratupu Deryn Tregurtha 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

Te Pai

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 17, 2019
Te Pae Christchurch
We were delighted to hear from Ross Steel (GM) and Jillian Officer (Director of Sales) accompanied by Keith Beale (Owners Rep) about the exciting new Christchurch Conference Centre that is planning to open in late 2020.
Ross started by explaining that Te Pae is a joint venture with AEG Ogden, a world-wide company attached to 150 venues which run 22,000 live events annually in a wide range arenas, stadiums and theatres.  “Being the largest company of its type in the world gives us a huge advantage in management and marketing expertise” explained Ross.
With respect to why Christchurch needs Te Pae, some of the key benefits include (1) products & services and hired or purchased locally (3) delegates bring their knowledge, experience and expertise to share (3) we gain access to world leaders in their fields (4) it enhances exposure to Christchurch’s image & reputation (5) it spreads out seasonal hospitality (6) it generates future tourism and (7) it supports the economic policy of the city and its region.
In terms of target markets, Ross noted these include national & international associations, corporate conventions, trade & public exhibitions, banquets and concerts.  With respect to why build a facility of this type in Christchurch Ross shared that we are NZ’s 2nd largest city, have a strong economy where it is easy to do business,  a world class education system, are internationally connected with fast internet and have ample hotel rooms available.
Jillian noted that Te Pae is being built on two levels that both contain timber features,  It is also situated in the very centre of the CBD and is being purpose built for conventions in particular with the ability to handle 2,000 attendees. 
With respect to the name, Te Pae means “The gathering place” explained Jillian where people can meet, converse, share, entertain and perform.  The architecture reflects the meandering nature of our braided rivers and features many floor to ceiling windows that brings the outside in.
In addition a cultural narrative, manaakitanga, runs through the building which includes making others feel at home as a responsible host, being central.  With respect to the future, 65 conferences for 54,300 delegates have already been booked which will bring $62 million into the economy. 
With respect to funding, the team explained that it is totally funded by the Crown with 100% on the benefits flowing into greater Christchurch.  The Crown will also cover ant shortfalls for the next 10 years.
We thanked Ross, Jillian & Keith for their fascinating insight into this wonderful new facility.
Te Pai Grant Paice 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

Meeting Changes

Posted by Gordon Shields on Apr 17, 2019
Changes to our Meal and Meeting Arrangements
As from tomorrow the way we get our meal and where we meet on Thursday nights has changed as we will no longer be using our previous meeting room.
We will instead pass through Embers, pay for our meal (this has increased by $1 to $23), collect out name badge (this is the ticket to our meal) and then proceed to the usual place where we have got our meals from previously.
We will then be eating our meal in the main dining area (i.e. not the previous meeting room) and return to Embers at 6:35 pm latest where our meeting will be held.
Please note that access to the building will change to the front or side entrances only i.e. not the rear entrance as in the past.
Meeting Changes Gordon Shields 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 17, 2019
Welcome Catherine
Catherine with President Jenny
We had the pleasure of inducting Catherine Costello into the Papanui Rotary fold last Thursday. 
Catherine is a trained nurse and previously worked as a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Her real passion is supporting children and youth.  She has two daughters and is also currently kept busy looking after the farm.
Catherine brings a wide range skills and experiences with her and has been very supportive of various Rotary activities in the past.  We are all delighted to welcome you into the fold, Catherine, and look forward to getting to know you more going forward.
Induction Grant Paice 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 10, 2019
Casebrooke Intermediate
Mark Russell and students thanked us for our support and generosity that provided an opportunity for a number of students to attend camp which enabled them to spend valuable time with their peers, extent their boundaries and have a lot of fun.  They especially appreciated your generosity, kindness and understanding.
Rotary Associates Visitors
We were delighted to have Jessie and Caleb, two of our Rotary associates, joint us last Thursday.  They are both attending Canterbury University with Jessie studying Geology and Caleb studying Engineering.
We look forward to their ongoing interest and involvement in Rotary in the future.
Entertainment Books
The 2019/20 Entertainments Books are now available.
Please order by contacting Gordon Shields.
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0

CSA 2019

Posted by Gordon Shields on Apr 10, 2019
On behalf of the Papanui-Innes Community Board nominations are now open for the 2019 Community Service Awards (closing date extended to Friday 26 April 2019).
 Every two years the Papanui-Innes Community Board presents a number of awards to recognise Community Service within the Papanui-Innes area.  The Board likes to acknowledge the ‘quiet achievers’, those who work endless voluntary hours in our community.  These are often people on whom others rely to get things done, but who are not always recognised for their contribution.
The Community Service Awards recognise voluntary efforts in the following areas: Youth, Older Adults, Education, Culture, Church, Recreation, Sport, and Community Service.
To make a nomination:
Option 1 - Online:  Complete and submit a form online – please click here.
OPTION 2 - Hard Copy:  Download a form here or pick up one up from a local Council Service Centre.
To submit your completed form, Email through a signed and scanned copy to: CSAInfo@ccc.govt.nz
OR Post to:  Community Support Officer, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154
OR Deliver to: Papanui Service Centre, cnr Langdons Road/Restell Street, Papanui (or any Council Service Centre).
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Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 10, 2019
Hampers for Quiz Night 14th April 2019
A reminder that we would appreciate donations (cans, jars, packets etc.) for the hampers.  Please check expiry dates on packaged goods to ensure they are current.
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Info Evening May 2019

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 10, 2019
Rotary Information Evening Thursday May 9th
A reminder that we need 2 names of personal contacts from every member to invite to our next Rotary Info evening coming up in May. 
Based on feedback from previous events we will be adjusting the format accordingly to ensure we provide information that is relevant and appealing to potential future members.
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Michael Andrew

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 10, 2019
Michael Andrew
Robyn sent this thank-you, care of Rob, expressing her thanks to Evan who spoke at Michael’s funeral:
Hi Rob,
I just wanted to once again thank you for the service yesterday. It was lovely, and I'm sure Dad would have been really pleased with it.
I was wondering if you could confirm for me, the name of the man from Rotary that spoke, as well as the mailing address for the Papanui Rotary Club?  He did a wonderful job, and we would like to send a thank you card to him from us, and a donation in Dad's name to Rotary. 
Thanks again,
The Management Team will be responding to Robyn shortly.
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Alan Bond

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 10, 2019
A Letter of Thanks
Adrienne, on behalf of the family, wrote us a lovely thank-you letter which reads as follows:
To the Rotary Club of Papanui
Alan’s family thank you all for your messages of sympathy and support following Alan’s passing.
Rotary meant a great deal to Alan: the fellowship, a means of getting away from education for a short time each week, and the meeting with people from walks of life other than teaching.
Our sincere thanks to all those who were able to attend the service of celebration for Alan and for the wonderful support Rotary has offered Alan and myself over many years.
Adrienne Bond
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Posted by Arie Geerlofs on Apr 03, 2019
Quiz Night 14th April 2019
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Hanmer Day

Posted by Grant Paice on Apr 03, 2019
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Fun Day
A great day was had last Sunday March 31st to celebrate the Camp’s 40th anniversary which included a variety of organisations, businesses and entertainers.
The team “ready for action”
An enthusiastic group of Papanui Rotarians attended to promote and encourage locals to become involved in the proposed satellite club based in Hanmer Springs.
Chief cook Deryn in action
After setting up our stall which offered very well received free sausages, we took the opportunity to interact and share Rotary information verbally & in hard copy with a wide variety of attendees.
Perhaps the most interesting “attendees” were three llamas which the kids especially enjoyed.
What goes up must come down
At day end we also became involved in an unexpected team challenge: “How to take down the stall’s infrastructure.”   This took some time with many “helpful” suggestions being mooted until we finally managed to safely tuck it away in the back of Liz’s car.
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Posted by Tony Tizzard on Apr 03, 2019
Brown Paper Bag Auction
A sizeable amount was raised at our annual Brown Paper Bag Auction last week.
Auctioneer Dennis Robertson did a great job describing each parcel in such glowing terms, then persuaded bidders to reach a little deeper into their pockets. He was ably assisted by his live wire helper, Doug Archbold.
Much interest was shown when parcels were unwrapped.
This was a fun evening greatly enjoyed by members, partners and friends. The funds raised will go towards the club’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 27, 2019
Burwood Spinal Service
President Jenny received a letter from Liz Oliver, Service Manager at the Burwood Spinal Service, extending their heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity to speak to us and the resulting fundraising support we provided towards the building of a communal family BBQ to be located beside the Burwood Spinal Unit accommodation building.
They will be in touch when it is completed and welcome one and all who would like to come and see it at that time.
Women in Rotary Picnic
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Ent F/Raiser

Posted by Gordon Shields on Mar 27, 2019
Entertainment Fundraiser 2019-2020
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B/Fast Reminder

Posted by Lois Flanagan on Mar 27, 2019
Women’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast Reminder
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Bag Auction

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 27, 2019
The Brown Paper Bag Auction: Thur March 28th
This annual fund raiser takes the form of an auction where Papanui Rotary members bring along a gift wrapped in brown paper. These are auctioned off to the highest bidder and this year the funds will go towards the club’s contribution to our Rotary Foundation.
It is usual for the “gift” in the parcel to be around $15 to $25 worth of value. There are some items that are worth a lot more than that and if this is the case please let the auctioneer know prior to the auction so that he can ensure the bidding starts at a fair figure and thereby get a good bid for the item.
Have fun wrapping your contribution. This is a really great fun night with lots of laughs and much interest in what the bidder has bought.
Bring either additional cash or your cheque book (wipe off the dust first) and be prepared to place a bid or two and to enjoy yourself!
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Pap Drama

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 27, 2019
Papanui High School Drama Group Visit
On March 21st we were delighted to host Jay Grubb, Head of Drama at Papanui High (centre), and four of her talented students who put on a great show for us.
Jay expressed the school’s appreciation of the support we provided via the funding of an LED light that has been amazing and will continue to be well-used both for local and away performances as it adds real value to the department’s activities.
Jay’s interest in drama began when she was 8 years old and she has had the opportunity to be in a wide variety of shows as both an actor and director.  She started teaching drama at Pap High 15 years ago and finds the students value that she can practice what she preaches.  Her particular passion is for comedy.
Based on the principles of hope, compassion and thoughtfulness, Jay feels that drama equips her students a wide range of generic tools that they can take with them on life’s journey.
The group is currently the South Island Theatre Sports champions and they are all aspiring to take their passion for drama further.
The Group in Action!
Evan thanked the group for entertaining us with a variety of off the cuff approaches to dramatic performance which was well received by attending club members & visitors.   
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Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 20, 2019
Deryn’s Feedback from SPPETS
In Keith’s absence, Deryn went to Auckland to represent Papanui Rotary at the 2019/2010 South Pacific President Elect
Training Seminar.  The theme for the 2019/2020 year is: “Rotary Connects the World”.  The message here was that this can and should start in our own neighbourhoods.
Incoming World President Mark Moloney began the seminar and offered the following advice: “You set the tone, you lead the Club.”  Erin shared that she has seen this in all five Presidents during her time with Papanui Rotary while also putting their own slant on it and she feels that Keith will do the same.
Of the various messages during this event Deryn thought the following ones were worth pondering:
  • “Let’s not build barriers but open doors to Rotary.”
  •  “Before each meeting or activity ask: “What will we achieve today?” She suggested that this needs to include getting value as this is a must to attract & retain members.
  • “Unlock people’s passion for service.”
  • “Look beyond the walls, think outside the box.”
There was also a lot of emphasis on attracting younger members including especially the Young Millennials (born between 1980 & 2000) as by 2020 they will be 50% of the workforce rising to 75% by 2015.
Some of the interesting projects Deryn heard about included:
  • Refurbishing old hand tools to sell to raise funds or give away to groups who need them for good causes.
  • Contact parents of our alumni as they are in the targeted 40-50 age bracket.
  • “Project House” where Greymouth Polytech built a house with their students and had Rotary auction it off.
  • “Give every Child a Future”: a joint UNICEF / Rotary project celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia & NZ which involves giving life-saving vaccines to children & teenagers across nine Pacific counties.
  • “History of Every Rotary Club” to be written and stored digitally and hard copy to celebrate 100 years in Oceania. 
  • The Sydney Train Challenge where a father & son were sponsored to ride as many trains as possible on the local network within a given time frame.  Deryn suggested we might try this for the most bus routes and / or longest distance travelled in Christchurch.
  • The Hornby Club PE is keen to join with other clubs to organise and run a large project in the 2910/ 2020 year.
Deryn noted that Rotary is also hosting the Regeneration NZ/Aust Conference in the Christchurch Town Hall and suggested that we might consider offering accommodation to the South Wairarapa Rotary Club as she has already offered this to their PE.
At the end of the session attendees were reminded of a quote from John C Maxwell as follows: “Leaders become great not because of their power but their ability to empower others”.
Deryn also liked another of his quotes: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” and concluded her session by wishing Keith well for his new role in the 2019/20 year.
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Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 20, 2019
President Jenny and Hans swapped their respective NZ and Demark Rotary Club banners.
A reminder that this event is approaching fast.  There is now just a little over six weeks to go until District Conference 2019 kicks off! Grant will be forwarding a generic email to all Papanui Rotary members shortly with updated information about speakers, the programme and venues for the weekend's activities along with the registration form.
Registration is also available via the District 9970 website (requires login).
Breakfast is at Station One Cafe in Harewood Road at 8:30 am for those who wish and we will then attend the Papanui Anzac Service at the Papanui RSA.
Morning tea and Anzac biscuits for those who wish to share together at the home of Deryn  Tregurtha, 17c Ramore Place, Redwood after the service.
Our Women’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on \ Saturday 18 May at 9:30 am at Lois Flanagan’s home, 20 Mistral Road.
All Rotary women and friends welcome.  Our famous chefs will be our 3 great men - Nick, Tony and Keith.
All proceeds to Breast Cancer.  Keep the date and more details to follow.
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Liz Chicago

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 20, 2019
Chicago … My Kind of Town
Liz, recently returned from an international training event for incoming regional coordinators in Chicago, gave us an insight into her experiences during her time there.
The 1st thing Liz found on arrival was that the temperature was -15c.  Christmas decorations were still up and there was snow everywhere. Luckily she was able to find hot coffee at a local Starbucks outlet.
All six trainers came from different countries and one of the 1st things they noticed was the large, comprehensive folder they would be using as a resource. 
There were 40+ participants using 22 different languages so trainers had to wear translation equipment to ensure everyone was involved and engaged.
Based on the principles that together we learn as people of action, the training covered four areas:
  1. Increase impact.
  2. Expand reach.
  3. Enhance engagement.
  4. Be open to change.
At the end the event Liz took the opportunity to look around Chicago which is seen as the architectural hub of the US.
Liz concluded by sharing that she found this experience to be a fantastic way to connect with a diverse range of multicultural Rotarians as they worked and learnt together in order to take Rotary into the future.
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Friday Tragedy

Posted by Jenny Haworth on Mar 20, 2019
The Friday Tragedy - Kia Kaha (Stay Strong)
From President Jenny:
Like so many us throughout the city we are saddened and shocked by deaths that occurred in our city last Friday. It was a horror beyond our comprehension, that those who have made their homes in our city could be targeted in this way.
As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reiterated many time this is not us, this is an evil that has been visited on us.

We have and are still responding with love and support in a hundred different ways.  On Thursday I will put a box beside reception and would ask us all to make some level of donation for those families that have been affected.

There has been an appeal from the clubs that have been closely affected by the horror for all clubs to join with then in supporting Rotary Fund for the victims.

Their appeal is below.

 From the Club Presidents:
There are no words to sufficiently express the enormous sense of sadness and outrage regarding Friday's events and the immense impact this has had on the local Muslim communities in the areas of the Riccarton, Linwood-Woolston and Ferrymead clubs and on our wider community as a whole.

At an appropriate time in the near future we will seek to make contact directly with local leaders in the Muslim community to see how Rotarians can offer further support.
In the meantime, we can act now by making a significant donation to a Rotary fund that has been set up to support the victims of this devastating attack.
We are asking all clubs within our district to make a donation towards this fund, which will be made as a joint donation and message of support from all Rotarians in our district.
We also condemn in the strongest terms the base values and attitudes directed towards our migrant community who have just as many rights as we all do to live life free from violence and prejudice. Those values are a complete anathema to the values of Rotary.

Please support this appeal generously.

Yours in Rotary:
Shane Murdoch - President, Riccarton
Theresa Shaugnessy - President, Linwood/Woolston
Barbara Crooks - President, Ferrymead
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Web Club

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 13, 2019
World’s 1st Web-Based Club
Rotary’s 1st Web-based club’s site has a variety of content that is well worth a look at (click the picture above to access their home page) including A Brief History of RotaryE-Clubs.
Rotary e-Club One is a full-service chartered Rotary Club in every aspect of its management and activities, except that they do not meet for a meal, and their meetings operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
On any day, visitors can select from many meeting programs (articles) ranging from Rotary information, case studies of successful service projects, news about our club activities, tips and hints for Rotary Clubs, and a personal growth department for Rotarians.
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JR Vid

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 13, 2019
Join Rotary Video
As building membership is topical at the moment, I took the opportunity to have a look at a few on-line promo videos.   The one above is an example from Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.  
The accompanying text is:
“Join Rotary and make a world of difference to your own community, to the lives of those less fortunate around the world, to your fellow club members - like-minded men and women of all ages - and, just as important, to yourself! The projects Rotarians get involved in are incredibly fulfilling, worthwhile and rewarding - and there's plenty of fun involved.”
I wondered if it might be possible to look at either Papanui Rotary or our wider District producing a brief video focussed on what we offer potential new members?
You never know …
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B Thompson

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 13, 2019
Brian Thompson – Educator Extraordinaire
Brian Thompson, one of our newly inducted members, gave us an interesting insight into his experiences and passion for making a difference.
Brian has two children and four grandchildren and identified the two greatest influences in his life as being family 1st and teaching 2nd.
Born in Arrowtown, Brian moved to Invercargill and attended Teachers College in Dunedin.  During his career in education he was Principal in a number of schools before retiring in 2011.
Three people who Brian remembers as having an influence on his life were cricketer Gren Alabaster who he worked with as a DP in Riverton who he remains good friends with to this day. 
The 2nd person who he knew at Rosedale Intermediate said that he would amount to nothing and Brian was pleased to run into him later in his career to share what he had accomplished.  This helped Brian ensure he was very careful what he said to others as you never know when it might come back to bite you.
Another teacher Brian remembers had the unique gift of being able to make you feel that you were the only person in the room, that what you said was important, and that you should always strive to do your best.  High praise indeed.
One thing Brian remembers while going through his schooling was always getting caught when misbehaving which gave him an affinity for kids with behavioural challenges in his teaching life.
Brian’s last school prior to retirement was a local Decile 1 with a high number of the students being raised in single parent homes.  He took the opportunity to put various behavioural models in place while in this setting that helped make a positive difference. 
Part of this approach was based on five underlying rules:
  1. Start every day by completing a task e.g. make your bed.
  2. Identify someone to help you through your life. 
  3. Respect everyone, especially yourself.
  4. Life is not always fair so learn to build bridges to get over the tough times.
  5. Face down the bullies.
He also urged students to “Never give up” and take risks as this creates opportunities.
Brian then shared the story of one female student in particular who arrived from another school.  There were issues in the home but one thing Brian was pleased with was encouraging and succeeding in getting her to come to school every day. 
She was actively involved in various sports and Brian spent time supporting her as she progressed through school.  He remembered one chat they had where he asked her what her future plans were to which she replied: “To have a baby.”  He ensured her that one day she would find a nice young man.
After moving on she tried various High Schools but struggled in these environments.  Later on in her life she contacted Brian and asked if he could meet with her. 
On turning up at the address he found himself outside the Mongrel Mob’s HQ and in he went where he found she had a lovely 3 year old daughter.  She asked Brian if he would be her child’s godfather who he visited on a regular basis until they moved North to live in a Marae.
With respect to other students Brian supported, he shared that most have done well including one who is currently guiding Te Reo activities at a local high school.  Many others have gone on to play rugby and league at rep level and another coxed in rowing.  Two female students have also performed at the Cake Tin.
A key approach that Brian has applied throughout his career is to make the effort to “make a difference” in students’ lives with great success.
We thanked Brian for insights into his fascinating life and look forward to hearing more about the wide array of experiences and talents he brings to Papanui Rotary.
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Hanmer Springs 40th

Posted by Gordon Shields on Mar 06, 2019
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Trust Anniversary
If you would like to book in for accommodation please phone or email us to arrange this.
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Hutt Day

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 06, 2019
Methven Lions Mt Hutt Open Day
Great early snow at Mt Hutt in March.
Click the graphic above for an overview of the day.
Methven Lions are a group of about 70 locals who volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of the local community.  Many fundraising activities are undertaken including the Mt Hutt Open Day with the proceeds distributed locally.
Mary-Lynne and I took the opportunity to attend this event and learn a bit more about what Lions is about given that our two organisations share an emphasis on “service”.
And what a great event they put on with Mt Hutt’s massive six-seater chairlift carrying families, walkers, bikes and bikers to the summit where they enjoyed unrivalled views of the Southern Alps & Canterbury Plains.
Activities included ascending & descending the chairlift, walking or biking down from the summit, music, market stalls, bar & café, BBQ, scenic helicopter rides and a ski area inner-workings tour.
This year was especially interesting as the field had received 50-6-cm of fresh snow the week before and which meant skiing and boarding was also available: a 1st for so early in the year.
On visiting the Lions website, I found it interesting to see that there were quite a few similarities with Rotary.  Like us, for example, Lions have a similar motto: “We serve”. 
They describe themselves as ordinary, kind and generous people from all walks of life who enjoy getting together to help by working on projects to improve communities and protect the environment. 
I counted way in excess of 70 Lions in attendance across the entire mountain.  The end result was they raised ~$40,000 for use in the local greater Methven community.
To find out more about Lions and their parallels with Rotary click here.
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Gift Wrapping

Posted by Grant Paice on Mar 06, 2019
Gift Wrapping Cheque Presentation Night
Last week we were delighted to host our gift wrapping families for the 10th year. 
They were:
Allenvale School
Aratupu Pre School & Nursery
Christchurch Girls Brigade
Christchurch NW Youth Group
Kiwi Family Trust
Papanui High
Papanui High PTA
St John
St John Youth Division
Soroptimist International
Tony welcomed our guests and shared that we raised a similar amount as last year with representatives from attending teams being introduced and presented with a cheque for $1,575.
A member from each of the 10 teams in attendance then shared the various activities these funds will be used for which included craft projects, trips & experiences youth might otherwise never experience, attending camps, funding a trip to Cambodia where attendees will help build villages & schools, prize giving books & sports uniforms, youth leadership training, supporting & feeding vulnerable locals, rebuilding resources and supporting families.
Thanks to Gordon who was a tower of strength throughout the event, Evan who helped ensure we were set up to go, LIFE Pharmacy for looking after the dollars, Rebecca & Laura from Northlands Mall for allowing us to organise and run this programme.
A  special thanks also went to Norma for making herself available to fill in at the last minute for those who couldn’t make it.
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Ltr of Thx

Posted by Jenny Haworth on Feb 27, 2019
Thank-you Letter from Heather Bakkenes
Jenny forwarded this lovely reply regarding our support of RMH: 
Geoffrey Haworth
Rotary Club, Papanui
PO Box 5o6a
Christchurch, 8542
"Our gratitude knows no bounds for the oroha you show our family. Your care is absolute.
Jane Armstrong, parent
Dear Geoffrey and Team
You were there when we needed you to help provide a 'home-away-from-home' for families like Jane’s. As Jane says our gratitude knows no bounds. Thank you, thank you, thank-you!
There's nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal - but by cooking for the Family Dinner Programme, you have given so much more: the precious gift of time. Time for families to simply be together after a long day at the hospital during what is often described as the most difficult period of their lives. Consider the weight of that and hold it dear.
Last year, the Family Dinner Programme put 1,176 dinners on the table. We're so grateful that you've been part of this year's effort, which is shaping up to be even more impressive.
Thank you again for helping to keep families together and allowing them to focus on what really matters – their child.
Warm regards,
Heather Bakkenes
House Manager
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Rotary 2019

Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 27, 2019
Rotary 2019: Vision, Priorities, Objectives & Core Values
An updated version of key Rotary strategic planning is now available on line. 

The Vision Statement, as an example,  reads as follows:
Thanks, Liz, for sending this through. To access the pdf flyer covering all four aspects click here.
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Rotary Foundation Presentation
PDG John Rickard presented some interesting facts about The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation is separate from Rotary International. Quite simply, The Foundation gathers money and distributes it.
The benefactors include:
  • The Annual Fund  [US $100 per annum from each member. John reminded us of our $43 per member contribution]
  • Centurion members [US$100 p.a.]
  • Endowments
  • Polio Fund: a separate account [Every dollar qualifies two dollars from the ‘Gates Foundation’.
These funds accrue over three years and the interest raised pays for the running costs. Surplus funds are then distributed: 50% to global grants (these are long term with a US$30,000 minimum) and 50% to district grants [these are short term.
This year District Designated Funds total US$27,000. This means we could apply for about $3,000 this year.
Strategic partners include UNESCO, WHO, and The Gates Foundation.
Currently our District grant is being used to help alleviate obesity in the Pacific islands.
John put the question: “What is your charity of choice?” and suggested: “Make it the Rotary Foundation. Consider making an endowment in your will.”
In conclusion, John gave us some valuable tips:
  • Put money in regularly
  • Plan your project early
  • Be innovative. Bold. Present a new project
  • Involve Rotarians
  • Have your funding ready
  • Try a Multi-Club initiative.