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
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  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.”
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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
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.
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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  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
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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.
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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.”
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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
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.”
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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.
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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.
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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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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 …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.
Rotary Facts Grant Paice 2019-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
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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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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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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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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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.
Youth Hub Grant Paice 2019-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
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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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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Posted by Geoff Haworth on Jul 03, 2019
Invitation to a Book Launch
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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.
Our New City Grant Paice 2019-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Mayor Visit Grant Paice 2019-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
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
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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.
Rotary F/Ship Liz Courtney 2019-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
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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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.
Papanui Bush Update Denis McMurtrie 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Convention Fun Deryn Tregurtha 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Operation Overlord Grant Paice 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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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Posted by Tony Tizzard on Jun 04, 2019
Doing Good Tony Tizzard 2019-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
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 !
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Archaeological Dig Report Grant Paice 2019-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
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.
NZCT Jenny Haworth 2019-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
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).
Life Grant Paice 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denis McMurtrie on May 29, 2019
Papanui Bush Clean-up Day
Email Denis McMurtrie for more info here
Pap Bush Denis McMurtrie 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Chch Patrol Grant Paice 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Learning & Info Seminar Grant Paice 2019-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
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. 
Pink Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2019-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Defying Gravity Liz Courtney 2019-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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 tells more of the story.
Tanzania Stuart Batty 2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0
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  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
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
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
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:
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).
CSA 2019 Gordon Shields 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Hampers Grant Paice 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Info Evening May 2019 Grant Paice 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Michael Andrew  Grant Paice 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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
Alan Bond Grant Paice 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arie Geerlofs on Apr 03, 2019
Quiz Night 14th April 2019
Quiz Arie Geerlofs 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Hanmer Day Grant Paice 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Auction Tony Tizzard 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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
Snippets Grant Paice 2019-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Mar 27, 2019
Entertainment Fundraiser 2019-2020
Ent F/Raiser Gordon Shields 2019-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lois Flanagan on Mar 27, 2019
Women’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast Reminder
B/Fast Reminder Lois Flanagan 2019-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
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!
Bag Auction Grant Paice 2019-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
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.   
Pap Drama Grant Paice 2019-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
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.
SPPETS Grant Paice 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Snips Grant Paice 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Liz Chicago Grant Paice 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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
Friday Tragedy Jenny Haworth 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Web Club Grant Paice 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
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 …
JR Vid Grant Paice 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
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.
B Thompson Grant Paice 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Hanmer Springs 40th Gordon Shields 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Hutt Day Grant Paice 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Gift Wrapping Grant Paice 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
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
Ltr of Thx Jenny Haworth 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary 2019 Grant Paice 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
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.
For additional information check the RF website here.
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Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Feb 20, 2019

Where does the Dessert go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the left over dessert at our Thursday meetings? If it is 'portable' then it doesn't get wasted.

Last Thursday there were several left-over fruit mince pies.  Deryn and Angela gathered them up and they were dropped off at Aratupu Preschool on Friday morning where they were accepted with big smiles and great joy!
A rare treat for many of these children.
Desserts Deryn Tregurtha 2019-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
Lrng & Info Session 2019-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 20, 2019

Recent Article in ‘Rotary Down Under’

In the article below Gina & Liz discuss the value of sharing on the ground snapshots that focus on the essence of what Rotary is about.
Special thanks to Simon Forsyth for his assistance with the graphic.
RDU Article Grant Paice 2019-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 13, 2019

Vision for a Stronger Rotary

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
Rotary Vision Grant Paice 2019-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 13, 2019
What a handsome lot we snapped at Ronald McDonald house!
Thanks for the pic Gary.
Snip Grant Paice 2019-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 13, 2019

Mandi Bates Presentation

Our own Mandi Bates, who currently works as a senior liaison officer in the wool industry, started her speech by noting that she  born in Christchurch and had an upbringing in the farming industry across a range of locations. 
She initially attended Glentunnel Primary followed by Darfield High and Craighead Diocesan.  While not a great experience Mandi did discover singing which she particularly enjoyed.
MB Grant Paice 2019-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney on Feb 13, 2019

RA AMazing Race Picture

Liz sent through this collage of pictures from the Rotary Associates Amazing Race event.
RA Race Liz Courtney 2019-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Feb 11, 2019

Rotary Associates Amazing Race at the University

Each year, as part of the Canterbury University Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), Rotary has the opportunity to present to new students the benefits of applying to become a Rotary Associate.
In previous years, Tony Taylor has been very successful in pitching what Rotary has to offer giving a 10 minute Presentation followed by a one-on one question and answer session.
This year, the University’s ELDP Leaders decided to have an Amazing Race concept to convey to students what was available as part of the program.
There are about 90 ELDP students this year. They were split into teams of 7-10.
There were two parts to the activity
  • Amazing Race
  • Information Booth
The Amazing Race consisted of 10 stations. Each station represented a possible program which the students could join to further their Emerging Leadership skills.
Our station was to promote the Rotary Associates program for this and subsequent years. Gary and Jonny put together a Gift Wrapping challenge where, in 7 minutes, the students had to wrap 4 objects conveying the message “ Rotary Helps the Community through projects.”
After the race we had the opportunity to setup a “booth” where students could go to in order to ask indepth questions about the Rotary Associates program. The booth was put together and looked after by Liz. She was assisted by Mandi on the day.
You can see a video of the event by clicking here
Rotary Associates event Gary Denhard 2019-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stuart Batty on Feb 06, 2019
Water for Life
Stuart Batty provided the following additional information on the International committee’s Water for Life project.
Water for Life  Stuart Batty 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Tizzard on Feb 06, 2019

Alan  Bond

It is with sadness that we advise of the sudden passing of Papanui Rotary club member Alan Bond, aged 90, who served Rotary for over 46 years.
Alan joined Rotary in Timaru, being inducted into the Timaru North Rotary Club on 28th September 1972.
His educational vocation then brought him to Christchurch where he joined Papanui Rotary on the 1st of December 1979.
Alan  Bond  Tony Tizzard 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 06, 2019

The New Zealand Spinal Trust

Hans Wouters gave us a unique insight into the wide range of support the NZST provides for individuals and their families when faced with spinal injuries.
Coming from a background in advertising, Hans has been working for the last 7 years with the Trust as it developed and grew the range of support services it provides. 
In helping demonstrate how spinal injuries can be life changing, Hans asked us: “Is breaking your neck a fate worse than death?”
NZST Grant Paice 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Jan 30, 2019

Celebrating the Heart and Spirit of Women in Rotary

Commemorate the service of women in Rotary with the Celebration of Women Pin.
$20 each.
We also now have name label magnets. $5 each.
See Gordon to order a pin or get a label magnet.
Pin & Magnet Gordon Shields 2019-01-29 11:00:00Z 0

Tanzanian Orphanage Water System Support

Recently our International Committee assisted with funding for a much needed rain water harvesting system for a local orphanage in Tanzania which cares for 54 children in the village of Maji ya Chai. 
The amount of $2,509 was required to fit guttering to three dormitories and to purchase of a large tank into which the rain water would be collected. 
Orphanage Support Verdi Van Beek 2019-01-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 30, 2019


Eco Bags
New Horizons Rotary are selling blue Eco bags printed with all the District 9970 Clubs. These are a fabulous product for Clubs to use for storing gear, as new member induction packs, gifts, etc. They are a simple and effective way of promoting Rotary out in the community.
They have only a few hundred bags to sell now at $3:00 each and really want clubs to get behind this initiative for their fundraising success.
Orders to Gabrielle Heath
Ashburton Conference: Last Chance to Register
See the email sent on Thursday 27th to all District members from John Driscoll for details and the registration form.
Gordon’s Goss
Gordon shared that Gift Wrapping took in $468 more than last year.  We also achieved 4 additional trolleys in the Tree of Giving activity and gave out 28 boxes which was significantly up as well.
Well done to all members who supported these initiatives!
Snips Grant Paice 2019-01-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken McNee on Jan 30, 2019

31st January Guest Speaker Correction

Please note that our speaker this week, Hans Wouters, is the CEO of the NZ Spinal Trust with their head office at Burwood Hospital.
His role is quite different to that of the CDHB’s Spinal Unit manager as initially suggested.
Thanks Ken for spotting this.
Correction Ken McNee 2019-01-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Geerlofs on Jan 22, 2019

Shona’s Travels

Luke Taylor (Hokitika) Shona & Alex Dodd.
One of our members, Shona Dodd, is also the Chair of the District Rotary Youth Exchange Committee. 
Janice Geerlofs is also on this committee member as the Outbound Co-ordinator.
Every year 40 or so Rotary Youth Exchange students leave New Zealand shores for foreign destinations where they are hosted by Rotary Districts and clubs in exactly the same manner as we are hosting Hans Lübeck.
This year it was Shona’s turn to chaperone the group travelling to Europe, including a 3 day stopover in Los Angeles so the students could go to Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Shona's Travels  Janice Geerlofs 2019-01-21 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Booth on Jan 22, 2019

Starting a New Club Meeting Reminder

Are you or your friends interested in starting a new club in our District?
This is a new initiative for people who have a passion for “hands on” projects, who wish to join with other like-minded people to meet differently, to explore lower cost options, and to give Rotary a fresh approach to community service and new ideas.
New Club Meeting Ken Booth 2019-01-21 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 22, 2019

Theme 2019-2020: “Rotary Connects the World”

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
His key thoughts and details in the recently released Citations Brochure are as follows:
Rotary Theme 2019-20 Grant Paice 2019-01-21 11:00:00Z 0


We look forward to catching up with many of you all at the BBQ this Thursday January the 17th.
Grant & Mary-Lynne Paice
Snippets  Grant Paice 2019-01-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Tizzard on Jan 16, 2019

Family Fun Day

Tony Tizard emailed re a community fun afternoon for all the family to celebrate being run by the Aratupu Nursery & Preschool who have been one of our gift wrapping teams since the beginning 10 years ago.
Details below.
Fun Day Tony Tizzard 2019-01-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken McNee on Jan 16, 2019

Speaker for January 31st.

Ken McNee emailed me with respect to our speaker for the 31st January who will be Hans Wouters, CEO of the NZ Spinal Trust.
His work spans two spinal units in NZ and he has 18 on his team of dedicated impassioned people who help Kiwis living with the effects of spinal cord injuries to find their future.
Speaker Ken McNee 2019-01-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 11, 2019

My Rotary

Have you checked out the My Rotary page lately? It is full of regularly updated tools and in depth information.
If you haven’t joined it yet, you can register via clicking the link above and choosing the REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT option on the right.
My Rotary Grant Paice 2019-01-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Jan 05, 2019

Coffee Morning is our first Get Together of 2019

On the first Friday of every month members and friends of Papanui Rotary meet for a chat. All are welcome to come and chat about whatever is happening with anyone and anywhere. We meet at Reality Bites Coffee Bar in Sawyers Arms Road at 10am on the first Friday of every month.
First 2019 Event Gary Denhard 2019-01-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 03, 2019

Celebrating New Year around the World

One example of the amazing diversity we are fortunate to experience on Plant Earth is the quite varied ways that different cultures celebrate the arrival of the New Year. 
Some interesting examples include:
Celebrating NY Grant Paice 2019-01-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 03, 2019

Presidential Message from Barry Rassin

January 2019
Vocational service can be hard to define, but it is easy to describe: It is simply the point where our Rotary lives and our professional lives intersect. When we put our Rotary ideals to work through our work, that is vocational service.
When I returned to the Bahamas after many years working in health care administration abroad, I realized that my country badly needed a modern health care facility. The resources we had at the time were out of date and inadequate, and people who were unable to travel abroad for care often did not receive the care they needed.
NY President's Message Grant Paice 2019-01-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 27, 2018

The Queen's Message on Christmas Day

The Queen began by noting the centenary of the Royal Air Force and recalled the First World War which ended 100 years previously. She also referenced royal weddings and births as well as the seventieth birthday of the Prince of Wales.
She said that faith, family, and friendship have been a source of continuous comfort and reassurance to her. She also recalled the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London and the goals of the Commonwealth and its principles of mutual respect and cooperation.
Queen's Message Grant Paice 2018-12-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 27, 2018

Changes in the Location of World Population

A recent article in Stuff raised some interesting challenges in terms of how we might best support changing global demographics if  everyone in the world could move to whatever country they wanted to which is predicted would swell NZ’s population by 231 per cent.
United States-based research firm Gallup's most recent Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI), a 2015-2017 survey of more than 450,000 adults from 152 countries, has revealed that New Zealand would see a substantial influx of people if migration were free.
World Population Grant Paice 2018-12-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Evan Thomson on Dec 27, 2018

Jingles for Wrappers

Evan sent out an email regarding a jingle for our “wrappers” as follows:
Wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it all the way
Oh what fun it is to wrap on a freezing summers day.  Oh!
He received three others in return as follows:
Jingles Evan Thomson 2018-12-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Tizzard on Dec 19, 2018

Recent Passing

It is with sadness and regret that we advise you of the recent passing of PDG Euan Hilson's wife Dawne.
Dawne died peacefully last week and at their request, a private family funeral has been held.  She was a regular companion for Euan at the club's social and formal occasions and will be missed by her many Rotary friends.
Our sincere condolences and the support of our club go to Euan and his family.
Passing Tony Tizzard 2018-12-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 19, 2018

Christmas Function

A great evening was held by all who attended the Club’s Christmas function at Jagz restaurant in Kaiapoi.  Some “special guests” were also in attendance including Santa and his helper who came all the way from the Northern Hemisphere to be there!
Xmas Function  Grant Paice 2018-12-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 19, 2018

Presidential Message from Barry Rassin Dec 2018

It's traditional that the first Rotarian magazine of the Rotary year carries a profile of the incoming RI president and his or her family. I've always read those profiles with interest, never giving much thought to the possibility that one day, I might be the one bringing a writer from the magazine to my Rotary club meeting! I have never liked a lot of attention, and the idea of having my picture on the magazine cover made me a bit uncomfortable.​​​​​​​
Presidential Message Grant Paice 2018-12-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 12, 2018

Feilding Rotary Christmas Cave

Our Feilding Club in the North Island is running a magical Christmas Cave this week with displays, activities, model trains and - of course- Santa!
Entry by coin donation.  A great idea perhaps for us next year?
Cave Grant Paice 2018-12-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philippa McQueen on Dec 12, 2018

Christmas History and Traditions

Hans, Larry, Geoff & Rob in Christmas Mode
Last week Geoff Haworth, Larry Skiba, Rob Thomson, Arie Geerlofs and Rotary Youth Exchange Student Hans shared some interesting history and memories of Christmas.
Xmas Philippa McQueen 2018-12-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2018

Ladies Xmas Breakfast

Every now and then the Papanui Rotary Ladies have a breakfast and have fun while often raising a few dollars for local causes. This month they had a Xmas theme and everyone received a lovely gift.
As usual, some of the Rotary guys cooked for them. You can watch the video here.
Another great event. Thanks to Lois for hosting the morning and all who helped.
Xmas Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2018-12-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Dec 05, 2018

Rotary Foundation Coffee Mug

It would be great if members could bring their Coffee Mug donations to the meeting on Thursday 6th December so we can have a tally up.
Also continue to save shrapnel for future donations.
Coffee Mug Gordon Shields 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Geerlofs on Dec 05, 2018

Christmas Function Reminder

Don’t forget to book for the Papanui Rotary Christmas Function
Date:          Dec 13, 2018 6:30 pm
Cost:           $50.00
Location:   Jagz Restaurant, 416 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
See Janice’s earlier email sent Nov 30th for more details.
Xmas Janice Geerlofs 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Dec 05, 2018

Project Pipeline Update

You may recall that, as an incentive for submitting ideas for new projects, the club was offering a complimentary drink to those who gave ideas.
The complimentary drinks will be offered this Thursday 6 December to the 24 members who qualify.
Pipeline Gary Denhard 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 05, 2018

Simon Forsyth Photographer Extraordinaire

One of our club members Simon Forsyth, a former Rotarian from Waikanae, gave us an interesting insight into his life as a photographer.
Simon grew up in Christchurch and went to Waihi Boarding School where he experienced the extremes of very cold winters and hot summers with shorts being the required uniform all year around.
He began his interest in photography in his third year with a teacher who set up a photographic Club. Simon initially borrowed a box camera and during his secondary school years read every book and article he could find on photography.
Simon 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Dec 01, 2018

Trailer Raffle 2018 winners receive their prizes

On Saturday 1st December, the Papanui Rotary Annual Trailer Raffle lucky winners received their prizes. They were presented by Papanui Rotary President Jenny Howarth , raffle organiser Deryn Tregurtha.
Lucky 1st Prize winner Nicky with Deryn & President Jenny
2nd Prize winner Noel with Deryn & Verdi
3rd Prize winner Alison with President Jenny
The raffle had been drawn on 23 November under police supervision.
The winners were:
  • 1st Prize (The Briford trailer and contents) : Nicky Churton
  • 2nd Prize (Masport 6-burner Barbeque) : Noel Veale
  • 3rd Prize (Zip kitchen small appliance pack) : Alison Kelly
Thank you to all in the community who supported us.
2018 Trailer Raffle drawn Deryn Tregurtha 2018-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Nov 28, 2018

Last Week for Ordering a CHristmas Pudding

This is the last week for ordering a Christmas Pudding. 
Cost: $20 (with $5 to Papanui Club funds.
To Order: go to
Xmas Pudding Gordon Shields 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lois Flanagan on Nov 28, 2018
We look forward to you attending our Women's Christmas Breakfast to be held on Saturday 8th December at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
To all the men who receive this email, please let your wife/partner/friend know about it as we don't have their email address.
I hope to see as many as can make it.  Let’s keep these cooks on their toes!
Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Geerlofs on Nov 28, 2018

New Year BBQ

Arie & Janice Geerlofs are hosting a New Year BBQ on the evening of Thursday 17 January at their home (4 Phoenix Lane, off Vagues Road by the railway line).
As parking is limited please drive in and drop your drinks, food and the other half off in the lane and then park your car on Vagues Road.
Cost is$10.00 per head to cover the meat. Drinks are BYO.
NY BBQ Janice Geerlofs 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 28, 2018

Christmas Function

Our function this year is being held at the Jagz Bar & Restaurant at Sovereign Palms, 416 Williams Street, on the North side of Kaiapoi starting at 6:30 pm.
The cost is $50.00 to be paid to Gordon Shields.
Please register through the Club Runner invite.
Xmas Grant Paice 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 28, 2018

Brian Thompson Inducted

It was our pleasure to induct Brian, accompanied by his wife Linley, into the Club last week.
They have two children, Nicholas and Sharne, who are both married with family.
Brian trained at Teachers College in 1974 and has had a life of teaching in many different and varied positions including being a Principal.
He also worked in the truancy area plus assisted with the closure of Avondale.
Brian Thompson Grant Paice 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 28, 2018

Peter Smith's Interesting Life So Far

Peter Smith, Rugby World Cup Project Manager, gave us an amusing and insightful glimpse into his interesting journey so far.
He began by sharing his father’s advice when he was first asked to speak at a Rotary event: “Get in and get out”.  Luckily for us he chose not to follow that tonight.
Peter remembers that after spending 13 years at St Andrews his father suggested it was time for him to consider getting a job.  He ruled out going to University but did have an interest in drama and public speaking and was obsessed with cars.
However a job it was and, on hearing that Dalgety was looking for a sales person, in he went and met Mr White the Accountant who began by asking him: “Why are you here?” and followed that up by saying they only hire kids from another school.
Peter Smith Grant Paice 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Verdi Van Beek on Nov 21, 2018

Rotarians Load Container for Fiji

During November several Rotarians and other helpers loaded another container of miscellaneous items which had been collected to send to schools and families in Fiji.
On behalf of the International Committee Verdi thanked all involved in helping out.
Container for Fiji Verdi Van Beek 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 21, 2018

Trailer Raffle almost Done & Dusted

Thanks to all members who helped out over the previous weeks.   

A very special thanks goes to Deryn who worked tirelessly day and night in ensuring things went like clockwork.
She is looking forward to being able to hopefully watch some SKY programmes now in the evenings.
Trailer Grant Paice 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 21, 2018


Verdi shared that the container has been packed for delivery to Fiji and thanked all involved in helping out.
The University of Canterbury is very impressed with what Rotary does and would like to run a 1-2 day project for 130 emerging leaders.  We are looking into how we might be able to be involved in this.
Philippa passed on a suggestion from Heather with respect to an idea for Christmas: might we all bring along a small gift for Ronald McDonald parents?
Gary shared how the Pipeline Project is progressing on the amazing 82 ideas received last week.   Next steps may include grouping similar projects together, reviewing them and sending thoughts through to the Board for deciding which ones to proceed with.  This includes involving new members in the process.
Can Directors please submit a Report for next week’s Committee Meeting.
Snip Grant Paice 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 21, 2018

November is Foundation Month

In addition to Ending Polio, Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
Visit the Rotary Foundation’s “Our Causes” page here for updates on how we make this happen.
Foundation Grant Paice 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 21, 2018

RYE Students visit Papanui Rotary

We were delighted to welcome seven Exchange Students to our Club Night last week. 
Arie began proceedings by commenting on the great value the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme brings. 
Shona then added that 32 students have been put through the South Island Tour as part of the programme and the significant impact that the programme has in changing the world one student at a time.
RYE Grant Paice 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Courtney on Nov 14, 2018

New Initiatives for the Future of Rotary

“It is far better to dare mighty things even though we might fail than to stay in the twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.”
Arie & Nick challenged us to take a look at ourselves in terms of where we currently are and how we might need to change our thinking and approach in order to ensure ongoing viability and success as an organisation.
Initiatives Nick Courtney 2018-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 14, 2018

November is Foundation Month

Summary notes below are taken from an article produced by District 5730
The month of November is the month Rotary International dedicates to the programs and activities of the Rotary Foundation and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the many great things that our foundation delivers to our world.
Foundation Grant Paice 2018-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney on Nov 14, 2018

Fields of Remembrance

Mandi Bates visited the crosses that were erected as part of the Fields of Remembrance Project that commemorates the fallen during WW1.
If you missed the PRESS article you can catch it here.
Remembrance Liz Courtney 2018-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arie Geerlofs on Nov 14, 2018

Quiz Night

The Quiz Night was a great opportunity to test the knowledge/intelligence of up to fifty folk who participated.   Many arrived at the Elmwood Restaurant early and dined before quizmaster Alister got underway. 
The questions focused on a number of topics ranging from board games to movie themes and many other subjects. The pleasing aspect of the evening was that there were thirty guests of Rotarians present.
1st place went to Discombobulated which was led by Lois Flanagan’s son Hamish.
2nd place was Four Meat and One Vege comprising of the Murnanes and the McQueens.
3rd place was the Quizards comprising of the Tizzard family.
Sue Nicholl won a prize in the raffle ticket draw.  Winners are grinners!
The fellowship was great with many asking when were we going to do this again?
Quiz Night  Arie Geerlofs 2018-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Nov 14, 2018

Final Week for Trailer Raffle

We still need volunteers to complete the last week. Please check the roster on this link  and contact Deryn regarding times you are available to help at or call her on (021) 161 5861.

Please bring all butts and unsold tickets to Rotary on Thursday night unless you are absolutely sure you can sell them over the weekend.
Trailer Deryn Tregurtha 2018-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Nov 08, 2018

Papanui Project Pipeline - 84 ideas

During discussions on re-invigorating Papanui Rotary Club for the future it was pointed out that, when new members join they are expecting to participate in something to do with helping others in the community. It was agreed that we rarely have a list of activities that provide the opportunity to do something useful.

There are significant activities each year such as:
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Trailer Raffle
... but we need more smaller projects with hands-on involvement.

Papanui Rotary is not short of new ideas. Ideas for projects, events and fundraisers come up all the time whenever Rotarians meet.

Many ideas come when we meet people at our meetings, from other clubs at movie nights, Quiz nights. Changeover, club visits and generally observing what we see happening in the community.
These light bulb moments rarely get recorded and many are worthy of further action.

The whole idea is that there is a place to submit ideas as they come up and they don’t simply “fly off” and are never seen again.

The Papanui Rotary board has started the Papanui Project Pipeline.

It is a simple plan is to provide a place where ideas can be captured and someone else will evaluate them. Basically ideas are captured and put on a register.

They are then evaluated by club members through a simple process which provides more informed information about each so further evaluation or resources can be applied if required.
Some may be put on hold as the idea could be good but the timing is not tight. See the image below:
Some may be so small the initial evaluating members might just decide to make it happen themselves.

Also, the person coming up with the idea has no accountability to have ongoing involvement in making it happen (unless they want to).

They would obviously have to expand on their initial idea with a short discussion or couple of paragraphs. A sample of the Pipeline is shown below:
The idea was presented to the club on 8 November 2018. New ideas were asked for. On the first night 72 new ideas were submitted. The list is now up to 84.

This means that, once the list is filtered and prioritised Papanui Rotary, should be able to offer a variety of interesting activities for new members, friends of the club, university and school volunteers.
Project Pipeline announced Gary Denhard 2018-11-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Nov 07, 2018

New Trailer Raffle Layout

Deryn has organised a new layout for our Trailer Raffle table that makes things a lot easier and safer for us when rostered on. 
Many thanks to the efforts of Club Members in making themselves available to date and we are looking forward to activity picking up over the next two weeks.
There are still a few slots that need filling later in the month so please look at the current roster here and email Deryn at or phone/text (021) 161 5861 to let her know any additional slots you can fill.
Trailer Raffle Grant Paice 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney on Nov 07, 2018

What is Post-Polio Syndrome … Lyn Robertson’s Story

Lyn lives in the Papanui area and suffers from Post-Polio Syndrome. She contracted polio as a child living in the North Island when she was about 4 years old when polio was an epidemic in the Raumati region.
Lyn and her family were immediately put into isolation for a period of six months where she went through intensive treatment at the Douglas Bader Centre. Her symptoms paralyzed her legs so the water therapy and swimming strengthened her leg muscles. She attended these sessions every day for 18 months.
She was in a wheelchair for about a year and started school with callipers on her legs which was extremely hard as she became the butt of jokes and bullying. Lyn had to use callipers for about 3-4 years at primary school which was not an easy experience for a small child.
Post-Polio Syndrome Liz Courtney 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2018

The Beginnings of Rotary in New Zealand

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. 
Beginnings 2018-10-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 31, 2018

International Night Extravaganza

Members attending our night of African food, music and culture last week were privileged to hear and be entertained by a talented group of Christchurch based Zimbabweans. 
Naison, Ezekiel, Victor and Shupayi shared with us various aspects of Zimbabwean history, music and culture plus some of their experiences on their personal journeys.
The evening started with a traditional Zimbabwean band playing a variety of music that reflected their journey to New Zealand as well as acknowledging where they had come from.
International Night Grant Paice 2018-10-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 24, 2018

Rotary in Iceland

The first Rotary Club in Iceland was founded September 13th 1934 and that was the Rotary Club of Reykjavik It was confirmed by RI on the 31st of May 1935. 
At that time Iceland belonged to Denmark and the first six Rotary clubs in Iceland belonged to the Danish District # 75.
Today there are ~30 Rotary clubs in Iceland.
Iceland has one Rotarian for every 266 inhabitants which is among the highest (if not the highest) per capita in the world.
Iceland Grant Paice 2018-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 24, 2018

Hans Receives an Honorary Cap

As a result of his efforts in surviving an entertaining game of golf, Hans was presented with a Kaiapoi Golf Club cap to celebrate the day. 
Hans Cap Grant Paice 2018-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 24, 2018

Trailer Raffle Update

Our Trailer Raffle is up and running!
Thanks to all those who have put themselves forward to help with this. 
As noted in recent emails though we still have spots to fill so please take a look at the roster here and email Deryn at or phone/text (021) 161 5861 to let her know what additional timeslots you can fill.
Trailer Raffle Grant Paice 2018-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 24, 2018

Committee Night

Reports from our Committee Night held on October the 18th are entered below.
Committee Night Grant Paice 2018-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 18, 2018

Cycling Cairo to Cape Town: What an Experience

Ex leading camera retailer Paul Farrow talked to us about his epic ~12,000 km cycling journey through Africa with his wife Wendy.
Married with four children, Paul enjoys athletics, running marathons, fly fishing and cycling.  He remembered attending a course titled: “The Psychology of Winning” and valued learning an approach based on the idea that: “If it's meant to be it's up to me".
Some time ago Paul also saw the value in makiing a “Lifetime List”,  also known as a bucket list. He is currently on his third one.
He has also learnt that when you are at the start of large project the end can almost seem impossible so, instead of letting the brain say: “I can't do it” he decided instead to take the approach of thinking to himself: “I can” by taking one step at a time along the journey.
Paul had already completed various trips of increasing length on bikes and, after learning about the Cairo to Cape Town trip, Wendy and he decided to give it a go.
Cairo to Cape Town V2 Grant Paice 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Oct 17, 2018

Trailer Raffle

As this is our main fundraiser for the year, please do your bit to help. If everyone did at least ­one timeslot per week then we can fill it.
All club members can view the roster here. You'll be able to see what times are available as the time slots still not filled are in yellow.
Please email me at  or phone/text (021) 161 5861 to let me know what timeslots you can fill.
As the times fill I will change them back to white with the name of the volunteer in that slot. You can visit this page whenever you want to see it updated.
I will update it each night but may not be able to update it through the day while at work.
Thank you for your consideration:
Deryn Tregurtha
Trailer Raffle Deryn Tregurtha 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 17, 2018
Colin Wormald visited us from the new Encounter Bay Rotary Club 80 km south of Adelaide.  He shared that the Club runs a number of raffles and also generates good returns from various markets they organise and supervise. 
Hans Rubeck thoroughly enjoyed his South Island trip with other Exchange Students,  Some of the many highlights included the Tekapo to Queenstown section, visiting a  seal colony and  getting to go skydiving.
Jonny Murnane shared that he has a new job with the Presbyterian Community Trust on a new project that puts health professionals into schools to enhance and create sustainable well-being and health.  
Snips Grant Paice 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 17, 2018

Pink Ribbon Pics

Pics from the 2018 Pink Ribbon Appeal to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Pink Ribbon Grant Paice 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 17, 2018

Cycling Cairo to Cape Town: What an Experience

Ex leading camera retailer Paul Farrow talked to us about his epic ~12,000 km cycling journey through Africa with his wife Wendy .
Married with four children, Paul enjoys athletics, running marathons, fly fishing and cycling.  He remembered attending a course titled: “The Psychology of Winning” and valued learning an approach based on the idea that: “If it's meant to be it's up to me".
Some time ago Paul also saw the value in makiing a “Lifetime List”,  also known as a bucket list. He is currently on his third one.
He has also learnt that when you are at the start of large project the end can almost seem impossible so, instead of letting the brain say: “I can't do it” he decided instead to take the approach of thinking to himself: “I can” by taking one step at a time along the journey.
Paul had already completed various trips of increasing length on bikes and, after learning about the Cairo to Cape Town trip, Wendy and he decided to give it a go.
At the start of the trip Paul and Wendy found that their equipment was over the weight limit and had to spend an additional $3,000 to cover it. Their second challenge was medical insurance as this was not available for 9 of the 12 countries involved. Getting sufficient cover cost more than the airfares.
Cairo to Cape Town Grant Paice 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 10, 2018

Two Guest Speakers on October 4th!

Sarah & John with John’s wife Laurie relaxing at our meeting on Oct 4th.
Sarah Pride’s Experiences at the Aspiring Leaders Conference
Sarah was one of 120 participants at this event held at Parliament.  On arriving at the facility they were welcomed by Winston Peters and various other attending  Parliamentarians and then split into 16 teams, including facilitators, with the focus being on discussing various aspects of leadership  from their point of view.
After watching part of a “robust” session of Parliament in full swing, Sarah’s group then visited an MP in their office and discussed their thoughts on leadership.  Sarah enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Jan Tinetti, a member of the Education Select Committee, who she found to be very down to Earth.
Later on the same day they all attended a banquet and had the chance to mingle with other participants and dignitaries.
During the next few days Sarah got to hear from a number of different speakers on a wide range of topics including an especially interesting one titled: “Recipe of Success for Life”.
The groups also visited a unique eleven story Marae set on a hillside and experienced a memorable Pōwhiri.  Participants actively assisted with a wide range of tasks while on the marae which ended with a feast.
Oct 4 Speakers  Grant Paice 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 10, 2018

Fantastic Facilitator Role for Liz

The 2019 Regional Leaders Training Institute will take place in Evanston at the One Rotary Centre from 1-6th March 2019.
Liz Courtney, our Rotary Public Image coordinator( RPIC ) for Zone 7b,  has been invited to be one of the facilitators at this annual training event.
She regards it as an honour to represent our region.
Facilitator Liz Grant Paice 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 10, 2018

Apologies & Guests for Meetings

Please remember to email by 10:00 am on Wednesdays if you can’t be at a meeting.
Please also email if you wish to bring guests or your spouse ./ partner to the meeting.
Apologies Grant Paice 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth

The Great Car Rally

About twenty people gathered at the Z station on the corner of Johns Road to receive their instructions and leave at three minutes intervals for the journey. In each car there was a driver and a navigator – sometimes two.
Lois, Cath Costello and I headed as ordered down Johns Road hunting for the Fish & Game headquarters where we had to collect the first answers. Yes we got the number and the building material and the trees, but where were those pesky animals that were supposed to be in front?  They’d gone and at 80 kph we couldn’t stop. Eventually I wrote ‘None - they disappeared.’  As they had.
Car Rally Jenny Haworth 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Verdi Van Beek on Oct 10, 2018

Papanui Rotary International Night Thursday 25th Oct

The flag is composed of seven horizontal stripes of different colours. 
Black represents the African population, red the blood shed during the struggle for independence, yellow the mineral wealth and green the fruitful landscape.
International Night Verdi Van Beek 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Oct 10, 2018

Bohemion Rhapsody

This movie screens at 6.30 pm on Thursday lst November 2018 at the Hoyts' Riccarton complex.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the British Rock Band Queen focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life.
Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
End Polio Now Event  Gordon Shields 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2018

blood pressure campaign

Many Papanui Rotary members volunteered their time to encourage the public to have their blood pressure taken at Northlands Mall last Saturday. Over the years we have helped identify people at risk of a possible heart attack. This campaign is done all over New Zealand with hundreds of Rotariansvolunteering their time to work with St. John's staff. THANK YOU. 
Blood Pressure Campaign this weekend Gary Denhard 2018-10-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Oct 04, 2018

Apologies and Guests for Club Meetings

EMBARRASSMENT: Last Thursday night (27th September) the Rotary Club was embarrassed by the fact that SEVEN members did not advise that they would not be attending the meal- the tables were set and deserts provided.
A reminder that when you are:
  • Not attending a regular Club meeting or:
  • Bringing a guest:
Please advise us by email via accordingly.
This is to give the Papanui Club accurate numbers for food and for the number of tables required.
Copy of Reminder Gordon Shields 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 03, 2018

Larry & Hans Slip Sliding Away

Click here to watch Larry leading Hans down the ski slopes off the top of the Quad Chair at Mt Hutt.  Hans did really great as it was only his 2nd day on skis and the 1st time he’d had a lesson.
Hutt Grant Paice 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 03, 2018

Geraldine's Roses

Geraldine is the Christchurch ambassador of the “Look Good, Feel Better” charity and sells roses with the proceeds going towards Ronald McDonald House South Island for the purchasing of new fridges and freezers for the Christchurch house’s Family Kitchen.
Jenny will be bringing order forms to our meeting this Thursday for those interested in buying one. 
The cost is $24 per rose which will be delivered to Rotary Clubs late October.
Roses Grant Paice 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Oct 03, 2018

Upcoming Events

The Kilmarnock Edition Fundraising Concert for the Rotary Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust
Saturday 13 October starting at 7.30 pm at The Village Community Ctr, Ilam Rd.
Proceeds go to the Rotary Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust.
Tickets $20 (including supper).
Contact (03) 942 4661 for more info.
ARTarama 2018
12-14 October at St Andrews College, Norman’s Rd, Papanui.
Featuring over 440 artworks by 60 artists including a special exhibition of works by renowned Canterbury artist Austen Deans (1915-2011).
All proceeds to Nurse Maude Hospice (more details here).
Gala Opening: Friday 12th @ 6:00 pm: Ticket-only entry $25 pp.
For tickets Phone 027 733 4284 or Email
General Exhibition & Sale Sat 13th 9am=-5pm & Sun 9am-2pm.
Door sales Adults $5 donation, students $2, children free.
Koru Care Children Fundraiser - “A Night at the Races”
This fundraising event for Koru Care Kids is being held this Friday October the 10th at Addington.
Doors open at 5pm … $45 per person or Tables of Ten available.
For more info contact Cynthia Annear on 021 035 1561 or speak to Larry.
Events Grant Paice 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Oct 03, 2018

City Mission Letter

Sally from the City Mission sent us this letter thanking Deryn, John & Angela for their much appreciated support on the day of their clothing drive.
CM Jenny Haworth 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Oct 03, 2018

Junior Speech Contest Finals

A good number of club members supported the finals of this Rotary supported annual event held at Heaton Intermediate last week.
We were treated to a wide range of outstanding high quality speeches delivered by sixteen amazing, confident youngsters.
They were always well-researched, occasionally very funny and each held the attention of the audience.
President Jenny assisting with handing out certificates to the winning speakers.
SpeechComp Jenny Haworth 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 26, 2018

Golf Fun Day

A great day was held by an enthusiastic group of us at Kaiapoi Golf Club last Sunday with over $100 being raised for lighting for the Drama Dept. at Papanui High School.
Attire was especially interesting as shown above. 
Special thanks to Evan and his band of helpers for organising a fun and enjoyable event.
Golf Day report Grant Paice 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Sep 26, 2018

Greetings from Rotary District 3181!

This is with regards to previous mail from Ride for Rotary 3 conducted in India by Rotary District 3181 under the leadership of our District Governor Rotarian Rohinath.
The 1st two editions of Ride for Rotary were a great success with close to 25 Rotarians from different countries having a wonderful experience.
This event runs from the 13th to the 17th of January, showcases Indian Heritage, Culture & Diversity and promotes International fellowship and the exchange of Rotary views.
D3181 Jenny Haworth 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Sep 26, 2018

Greetings from Rotary District 3181!

This is with regards to previous mail from Ride for Rotary 3 conducted in India by Rotary District 3181 under the leadership of our District Governor Rotarian Rohinath.
The 1st two editions of Ride for Rotary were a great success with close to 25 Rotarians from different countries having a wonderful experience.
This event runs from the 13th to the 17th of January, showcases Indian Heritage, Culture & Diversity and promotes International fellowship and the exchange of Rotary views.
D3181 Jenny Haworth 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Sep 26, 2018

Greetings from Rotary District 3181!

This is with regards to previous mail from Ride for Rotary 3 conducted in India by Rotary District 3181 under the leadership of our District Governor Rotarian Rohinath.
The 1st two editions of Ride for Rotary were a great success with close to 25 Rotarians from different countries having a wonderful experience.
This event runs from the 13th to the 17th of January, showcases Indian Heritage, Culture & Diversity and promotes International fellowship and the exchange of Rotary views.
D3181 Jenny Haworth 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 26, 2018

Ski Trip for Hans

Hans had a great day at Mt Hutt last Sunday with Larry and Grant.  He was off up the quad chairlift within the 1st hour and took a special liking for a trail that included rolling jumps.
After the day he also got to see the finish line for the Peak to Pub race.
While cycling down the steep Mt Hutt road looked a little crazy he thought it might be a fun event to try on his next trip to New Zealand.
Ski Grant Paice 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arie Geerlofs on Sep 26, 2018

Shooting Event Report

Our club once again hosted the District Target Shooting competition on Tuesday 18 September. Papanui registered 2 men’s teams and 1 women’s team. The women scooped the cup for best team in the women’s’ division.
Congratulations to Vanessa Dynes, Cath Costello, Emma Kelly (Arie and Janice’s’ daughter in law) and Fraser Dynes who was not made to wear a skirt in order to help the women out.
Shoot Arie Geerlofs 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Upcoming Events & Speakers

27th September
Please note that the Speech Comp Finals are this Thursday starting at 7:00 pm at Heaton Intermediate.
4th October        
Sarah Pride (Associate) A short presentation on the Leadership Course she under took recently.
John Stringer a new member will talk about his life and times and in particular his recent trip to Israel where he took part in an archaeology dig.
11th October      
Paul Farrow the retired owner of Paul’s Camera Shop, a leading photography firm in Riccarton. His topic is biking from Cairo to Capetown, an epic 12,000 kilometre journey through Africa. Paul’s passion is cycling and over the past 3 years has cycled through 30 countries. I haven’t cycled to that many cafes in Christchurch!
18th October
Committee Night
25th October
Zimbabwean Evening at St Giles Hall.
Upcoming 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arie Geerlofs on Sep 26, 2018

Shooting Event Report

Our club once again hosted the District Target Shooting competition on Tuesday 18 September. Papanui registered 2 men’s teams and 1 women’s team. The women scooped the cup for best team in the women’s’ division.  Congratulations to Vanessa Dynes, Cath Costello, Emma Kelly (Arie and Janice’s’ daughter in law) and Fraser Dynes who was not made to wear a skirt in order to help the women out.
Shoot Arie Geerlofs 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Shooting Event

Our club once again hosted the District Target Shooting competition on Tuesday 18 September. Papanui registered 2 men’s teams and 1 women’s team. The women scooped the cup for best team in the women’s’ division.  Congratulations to Vanessa Dynes, Cath Costello, Emma Kelly (Arie and Janice’s’ daughter in law) and Fraser Dynes who was not made to wear a skirt in order to help the women out.
SHoot 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Sep 26, 2018

Upcoming Speakers & Events

27th September
Please note that the Speech Comp Finals are this Thursday starting at 7:00 pm at Heaton Intermediate.
4th October        
Sarah Pride (Associate) A short presentation on the Leadership Course she under took recently.
John Stringer a new member will talk about his life and times and in particular his recent trip to Israel where he took part in an archaeology dig.
11th October      
Paul Farrow the retired owner of Paul’s Camera Shop, a leading photography firm in Riccarton. His topic is biking from Cairo to Capetown, an epic 12,000 km journey through Africa. Paul’s passion is cycling and over the past 3 years has cycled through 30 countries. I haven’t cycled to that many cafes in Christchurch!
18th October
Committee Night
25th October
Zimbabwean Evening at St Giles Hall.
Upcoming Jenny Haworth 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Sep 26, 2018


Sincere condolences to Angela from all club members on the passing of her mother.
Cdlncs Deryn Tregurtha 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 26, 2018

Welcome to our District Governor

We were privileged to have our new District Governor, John Driscoll, address us last week accompanied by his wife Alison.
John has lived his entire life in Ashburton and they have four children and six grandchildren who also love close to home.
Rotary is a big part of John & Alison’s lives based on service, friendship, fellowship and personal development in what is a very active Club. John sees Rotary as offering great opportunities as it connects people together in order to do great things world-wide.
He admitted to never seeing himself in his new role and credits this to opportunities he has had in the past to take on increasingly responsible roles in various organisations.
He is a strong believer in Rotary’s vision statement which reads:
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
DG Speech Grant Paice 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Courtney on Sep 26, 2018

Rotary Learning & Information Session

The next one-day Rotary Learning and Information Session will be held in Christchurch on Saturday 27th October. Lunch is provided.
The sessions are interactive with Rotarians from other clubs. Topics covered include Foundation, creating service projects, engaging members, and the Rotary world amongst others.
It is a good opportunity to learn more about Rotary and up to date information in a social environment.
Those interested please contact Nick Courtney.
RLIS Nick Courtney 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Shields on Sep 19, 2018

Apologies and Guests for Club Meetings

A reminder that when you are:
  • Not attending a regular Club meeting or:
  • Bringing a guest:
Please advise us by email via accordingly.
This is to give the Papanui Club accurate numbers for food and for the number of tables required.
Reminder Gordon Shields 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Sep 19, 2018

The City Mission Clothing Drive

Thanks to John Stringer and Angela Lumb who joined me at The City Mission for this year’s Clothing Drive. Thanks, too, to Geoff Haworth and Jim Hudson who both volunteered but were not able to make it due to illness.

It was a very successful day with many people dropping off goods. There was so much to sort but we had it all done until another van load arrived just on closing time. This lot all went inside, still in bags and boxes, ready to sort by the staff on Monday.
The shop is not usually open on a Saturday so there were some surprised shoppers who just happened to see it was open and came to look. Some items which were donated that day had already been sold by the time we left.
The City Mission staff were very grateful for our help and hoped we’d be back next year.
City Mission Deryn Tregurtha 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deryn Tregurtha on Sep 19, 2018

Upcoming Events

Positive Aging Expo
Monday 1st October 9am-2.30pm Papanui High School
Our task at this expo is to do Traffic Management.  We will require several volunteers during the day.
Please contact Doug Archbold or Deryn Tregurtha if you can assist.
Pink Ribbon Collection
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October, Countdown Northlands.
Please contact Deryn Tregurtha if you can assist.
Events Deryn Tregurtha 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philippa McQueen on Sep 19, 2018

Pink Ribbon Appeal

Pink Ribbon Philippa McQueen 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 19, 2018

Evans's Trick Golf SHot

Last Thursday Evan performed an amazing golf shot to promote his Golf Funday on September the 30th.
Check out the video here.
Thanks Gary for sending this through.
Trick Shot Grant Paice 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 18, 2018

Bringing a Natural Forest to the Centre of Christchurch

The Eden Project NZ
Martin Hadlee and Ray Sleeman shared details of the inspirational Eden Project concept that is being promoted as a huge opportunity for Christchurch going forward.
The goal of the Trust is to bring something inspirational to Christchurch. Based on the successful Eden Project in Cornwall, which created a highly successful international tourist complex in a china clay pit, Eden focusses on connecting people to an open world based on the value of transformational thinking. 
After phenomenal success in the UK, Eden is now keen to take this concept to the world stage by promoting the idea that the future is in our hands to take what presents as a derelict site and transforming it into something spectacular which becomes a catalyst for ongoing change.
The Eden Project NZ  Grant Paice 2018-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Sep 12, 2018

How I Make My Day Count

Jamie, a third term City councillor for the Fendalton Ward, gave us an interesting talk on life with the CCC.
Starting with the earthquake travesty, Jamie suggested that as well as managing the ongoing recovery it also provides an opportunity for us to rebuild the city for the future.
Prior to joining the Council Jamie worked extensively in the property industry which he enjoyed. This was especially challenging following the earthquake and gave him the opportunity to manage new projects at a young age.
In becoming a council member Jamie experienced initial and ongoing baptisms by fire which he found motivating in terms of doing the best he could to make a difference.
How I Make My Day Count by Jamie Gough Grant Paice 2018-09-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Sep 12, 2018

London Trip Report from Gary

Grant Paice has asked me for a trip report. Here we go. Cheryl and I were in London for most of August. Temperature was 32 degrees when we arrived. A marked contrast to Christchurch.

We both turned 70 recently and our son Paul and his wife Krupti bought us return tickets to London for our birthday presents. It is the fifth time we have been to London.
London Trip Report  Gary Denhard 2018-09-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2018

Some Interesting Things about Rotary

Do you know 101 interesting things about Rotary?
Club Singing is #67 on the Eureka Club’s list.
Harry Ruggles was the fifth man to join Paul Harris in the conversations that led to the formation of the first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905.
Harry was a fellow who enjoyed singing, and this was a popular activity at the turn of the century. At an early meeting of the fledgling group, Harry jumped on a chair and urged everyone to join him in a song.
Some Interesting Things about Rotary 2018-09-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Denhard on Sep 11, 2018

London Trip report

Grant Paice has asked me for a trip report. Here we go. Cheryl and I were in London for most of August. Temperature was 32 degrees when we arrived. A marked contrast to Christchurch.

We both turned 70 recently and our son Paul and his wife Krupti bought us return tickets to London for our birthday presents. It is the fifth time we have been to London. Paul and Krupti have a house in Buckhurst Hill which is in Epping Forest about 30 minutes from the centre of London on the Central Line.

Main focus of the trip was to spend time with our grandchildren Jai (5) and Nikita (2).

We had a fabulous time. We call it going to the Health Camp. Lots of walking, healthy meals and reduced alcohol consumption.

Most of our time was in London, apart from 5 days holidaying at Centre Parcs Elvedon. This is a 400 acre forest park in Sherwood Forest designed specifically for young families. We had a 3 bedroom log cabin in the forest and there are over 200 activities to be involved in. A huge swimming complex designed for kids, tree-climbing, boating, archery, jet skis, 10-pin bowling, tennis etc. Also a small village with shops, bars and restaurants. An amazing place.

We also had day trips to Colchester and Braintree to catch up with extended family plus a cruise on the Thames to celebrate a birthday.

I am a history buff so while I was there visited the Imperial War Museum, Science Museum and also climbed up and down the 9 decks of HMS Belfast (a WWII Battle Cruiser).

Les Miserable is Cheryl’s favourite musical so we had dinner in the West End one night and went along to the show. 15 years since we last saw it in Sydney. Brilliant performers.

I tried to get to one of the two local Rotary Clubs but couldn’t fit it in. I wore my Papanui Rotary top quite often and this created introductions to various Rotarians during our visit.

A collage of trip photos is below.

We used to think living in Sydney was busy bit London runs at full speed.

This was a month of "full-on" activity living in a house with two toddlers. We loved every minute but home now getting ready in case the opportunity comes up again.
G Denhard Trip report Gary Denhard 2018-09-10 12:00:00Z 0
Membership Evening Liz Courtney 2018-09-04 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Booth on Sep 05, 2018

End Polio Now

Originally posted by Ken Booth
Thursday 1st November 2018 - keep this date free
For several years 20th Century Fox has offered Rotary the opportunity to run a major movie with the funds going to Polio Plus.
You will recall over the past three years these movies have been, The Bridge of Spies, Murder on The Orient Express, and Eddie the Eagle and we also screened the Richie McCaw movie, Chasing Great.
We have received advice that this year’s movie promises to be bigger and better than ever-trust me, it will rock you!
We ask clubs to break free, band together and to join their best friends for this year’s “End Polio Now” Movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, screening at
Hoyts’ Riccarton on Thursday 1st November commencing at 6.30 pm.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the British Rock Band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through the years.
Ticket Price is $20.
The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus will credit the club $10 for every ticket sold.
Tickets are now available onw … please order through your club.
End Polio Now Ken Booth 2018-09-04 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney on Sep 05, 2018

Garden Clean-Up

Nick and Denis both helped at a garden cleanup on Saturday for a young woman suffering from terminal cancer.
Bishopdale - Burnside and Rotary Associates were the major drivers here.
A very good thing to do.
Garden Clean-Up Liz Courtney 2018-09-04 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Evan Thomson on Aug 30, 2018

Exchange Student Hans Lubeck's Intro Speech

Introduced by Ron Sedgley, our Rotary exchange student Hans gave an exceptional address. He gave a clear picture of what he was going to say and then kept us informed and entertained with his presentation.
In Denmark Hans lives with his parents and two sisters in a relatively small town of 5000 people.
Hans shared that New Zealand is a most sought after destination amongst exchange students because it is seen to be a safe, scenic country where the language is predominately English.
Exchange Student Hans Lubeck's Intro Speech Evan Thomson 2018-08-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Misc on Aug 28, 2018

Club Chat Aug 30th Notices

Trailer Raffle
This will take place between Labour Weekend and Show weekend.  The prize list is as follows:
1st prize
High-sided Briford Trailer, with wheel lock $3000+
Morrison SureCut Rotary Mower, with mulcher and catcher $449
Morrison Electric Chainsaw $199
Briggs and Stratton Electric water Blaster $169
McCulloch Curved shaft Line Trimmer $240
Hampton and Mason 5 Piece Cookware Set $499.99
Breville Microwave Oven $599.99
Electrolux Ultraflex Vacuum Cleaner $899.99
Gardeco Ellipse Mexican Chimenea  $249.99
Outdoor storage box $69.95
Outdoor  Setting, Table and 6 Chairs $2195

2nd prize
Masport Grand Deluxe Six-burner BBQ $1899
If any club member would like to contribute to the cost of raffle prizes or purchase an individual prize, please contact Deryn. Almost all of these prizes were bought at a discounted price, so while the retail prize is listed this isn't the price we paid.
Proceeds to these charities: Children in Need (10%), Breastmilk (50%) and Burwood Spinal Unit [40%.]
Garden Clean-Up
Please come to 225 Greers Road on Saturday morning September 1st. Bring garden tools, wheelbarrow, gloves etc.
Club Chat Aug 30th Notices  Misc 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Aug 28, 2018

Operation Clearout

On Saturday 15 September 2018 the City Mission are again organising Operation Clearout and they have asked if we could help.
They would like a couple of volunteers in the morning and again in the afternoon in their Buchan Street shop to help unload the vans that come in with clothing and bedding.
Our Rotary Associates have offered to help but we felt it would be good if some Rotary members could also attend to help.  Perhaps if we go in three two-hour shifts: 10-12, 12-2 and 2-3.30. On the basis of last year there is no need to be there after that as the need falls off.
Operation Clearout Jenny Haworth 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Courtney on Aug 22, 2018

Informal Get-Together Next Sunday

Liz, Arie and I are hosting another informal get-together between 6.00-6.30 and 8pm on next Sunday 26th at 115 Leinster Road for recent club members, the membership committee and those who cannot meet regularly on a Thursday night to updte everyone on club activities and to discuss new ways members can participate other than the Thursday sessions.
You (and your partner) are welcome to attend as we would value your input. Pizza and drinks provided. Please email me on  or call Liz on 021 407 870 to let us know if you can attend or not.
Regards Nick Courtney
Informal Get-Together Next Sunday Nick Courtney 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith & Heather Mitchell

A Report on the Rotary Convention in Toronto

Keith introduced himself as an aviator through and through. Heather, he suggested, thought she was marrying a farmer but he feels that aviation and being a Rotarian are intertwined.
With respect to his aviation career, Keith noted some key moments that were special to him.
In the 70’s the helicopter industry was having its challenges with many accidents at that time and he felt he did his bit at this challenging time to reduce this.
He also remembers his involvement in the Sky Ferry accident which included a Court of Inquiry as an expert witness.  This went for 7 weeks and was a very challenging task.
A Report on the Rotary Convention in Toronto  Keith & Heather Mitchell 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 14, 2018

Interesting Links

Interesting Links
Please find below some interesting links to Rotary history, Rotakids and some fun activities for our kids & grandkids.
Interesting Links Grant Paice 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Top Dog Theatre Company Evan 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Haworth on Aug 14, 2018

The Next Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting is at 302 LAKE TERRACE ROAD starting at 7.30 pm

Thanks: Jenny
Next Board Meeting Jenny Haworth 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Courtney on Aug 06, 2018
Hello Everyone,
Further to my request at last weeks meeting, can you each supply one name and address to me of someone you think would enjoy our Rotary Papanui experiences and friendship.
That’s all you need to do, Arie and I will do the rest.
Just send details to me at or phone me as per the blue book.
One name from each you could bring some new faces to the club.
If I don’t get some names soon I will call you!!!!!
Nick Courtney
Membership Evening 30th of AUgust Nick Courtney 2018-08-05 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2018

Doug in Celebration Mode

Doug in full celebration mode for the Crusaders last weekend.
Doug in Celebration Mode 2018-08-05 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 06, 2018

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Vancouver

I decided to take a look at Rotary Clubs around the world and, being a Canadian citizen, started with the Vancouver Club.  The current President, Phill Webber, put his thoughts up on their web page which he summarised in part as follows:
"I ask our members to ask themselves each day, 'How can I, today, make a difference?':
  • A positive difference in my family and personal life?
  • A positive difference in my work and business life and to the business life of my fellow Rotarians where I can just as easily do business with a Rotarian, who I know subscribes to the Four Way Test and to the Rotary Code of Conduct?
  • A difference to the Rotary Club of Vancouver?
  • A difference in our community and in our Province?
  • A difference in the world?
Let each of us, each day, keep in mind the Object of Rotary,  Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service and the Four Way Test so as to separately, and together, as Rotarians: make a difference."
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Vancouver Grant Paice 2018-08-05 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice on Aug 02, 2018

The Amazing Work of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation

Jill Tomlinson, General Manager for the Pacific Leprosy Foundation (PLF), gave us an insightful talk on the myths and realities of leprosy in the modern world.
The PLF began by providing support for leprosy sufferers who had been quarantined on Quail Island and has been in existence for approximately 80 years.  In addition to identification, support and treatment, a strong focus is currently focussed on eradication with a catch phrase being: “Leprosy – it’s time to think again.”
So what is the current situation?  Last year there were a ¼ of a million new cases word wide.  Leprosy is a leading cause of disability with numbers increasing in some countries. 
It is also present in New Zealand with 4-5 new cases per annum for mostly new arrivals.  So… what does leprosy look like?
Jill shared that it is one of the oldest known diseases and has typically been stereotyped as resulting in disfigurement and deformity over the ages.  It is, however, curable and deformity is not inevitable.
The key, shared Jill, is early diagnosis and treatment but what often gets in the way is that many sufferers do not seek help because of the stigma attached to the diagnosis.
The Amazing Work of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation Grant Paice 2018-08-01 12:00:00Z 0

pizza N plonk night

We will be holding another two of these information evenings for our newer members in the Club so keep these in your diary.
Sunday 19th August and 30th September.
More information to follow from Nick and Arie.
Pizza and Plonk Night 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney

A Fishy Story !!

Sue and Rob Nichol are travelling in Australia. They went fishing  and look what she came up with ??
Well done Sue you are giving Rob a run for his money. Enjoy your travels.
Rotarians Travelling Liz Courtney 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Paice

New Editor On Board

New Club Chat Content Organiser
Thanks to Liz’s perseverance and patience with me over the last 3 weeks I am about to take over responsibility for Club Chat.
If you have any content you would like to suggest please sent this to  which I can access from work. 
If you need to contact me text 027 354 2035 and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Unless, of course, I’m skiing!
New Editor On Board Grant Paice 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Philippa McQueen


Associate Professor Tim Woodfield leads the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Group in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

We were honoured to secure Tim as guest speaker for our meeting on 26 June and prou