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Speakers
Beth Watson
Aug 16, 2018
National President of Motor Neuron Disease Association
Joanne Richardson
Aug 23, 2018
Wellington Zoo
Peter Hookham
Aug 30, 2018
Road Code
TBA
Sep 06, 2018
Dr Rod Badcock
Sep 13, 2018 6:00 PM
Electric Airliners -The New Zealand Connection
Charter Night
Sep 20, 2018
Club anniversary and Paul Harris Fellows
Ben Knight
Sep 27, 2018 6:00 PM
Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve
Holly Norton
Oct 04, 2018
Collaborate
Simon Manning
Oct 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Global Grant Projects
Foundation Committee
Nov 22, 2018
Foundation
Christmas Function
Dec 13, 2018
 
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Club News
One of New Zealand’s longest ever serving parliamentarians, Peter Dunne, recently addressed the Kapiti Rotary Club.
The Hon Peter Dunne served as a busy politician for over 33 years, and retired from Parliament in April 2017. During his time as a politician he served as a Cabinet Minister or Associate Minister for both Labour and National led governments, and held 11 different portfolios. In 1995 he became an independent along with some members of both Labour and National, and formed the United NZ Party which later became the United Future Party. In due course he became the Party leader.
His time with the Kapiti Rotary Club was mainly devoted to explaining his working with the eight Prime Ministers that had led the New Zealand Government during his 33 years. Some very amusing anecdotes were recounted, which had the audience highly interested and eager to hear more.
At question time, he was asked his opinion on who was the best Prime Minister he had worked with. His response was, that all of the eight worked extremely hard for the benefit of the country, and it is difficult to rank them, because each of them held strengths in different form. He did go on to mention the ability of John Key as a very capable Chairman and economist, and Helen Clark as a very clever politician and negotiator. He regretted the fact that Bill English was not enabled to realise the plans and policies he had outlined prior to the last election.
In thanking the Hon. Peter Dunne for an outstanding address, Dr. Ken Milne of the Kapiti Rotary Club congratulated him for the informative insight into the life and trials of a New Zealand politician.
 
Photo Caption: Kapiti Rotary President Chris Tchernegovski (Left), and Dr Ken Milne congratulate Hon. Peter Dunne (Centre), on a most outstanding and informative address.
 
The Valley That Managed To Transform a City
Mr Paul Atkins, Chief Executive of the well-known Zealandia Bird Sanctuary recently visited with the Kapiti Rotary Club, and presented facts about the preservation of wild-life in and about Wellington that interested a large audience.
Many species of native birds including Tui; Kakapo; HiHi; Korimako; Kaka and Fantail, have been provided with a predator-free safe haven within a fenced valley, in which to breed and live naturally. This has had the effect of bringing bird-life back into the surrounding suburbian gardens, and residents can once again enjoy the benefits of watching and listening to the attractive calls of native birds in their own surroundings.
Zealandia staff have been actively involved in the encouragement of  a  predator-free Wellington. Rats, opossums, and stoats have now been eradicated from the suburb of Miramar. There is an initiative to give priority to bringing about a Wellington that can boast being the ‘world’s first pest-free capital’.
Zealandia attracted almost 73,000 visitors in the past 12 months, and these included 4,600 cruise-ship passengers from all over the world. Comments relayed to staff have been very complimentary, and many overseas organisations have expressed intentions to emulate the wild-life preservation example that has been set in Wellington.
When asked about the future, Mr Atkins replied that ‘Zealandia is leading a transformational change in the way people think about the value of nature, and learn how to nurture and live with it in the places we live’.
Photo:  “Paul Atkins Left), CEO of Zealandia Wildlife Park is congratulated by Rotarian Tim Beere (Right) on his outstanding address to Kapiti Rotary.
 
Guest Speaker John Christian - Pitcairn Island
John spoke about the settlement of Pitcairn island, which was initially settled by the mutineers of the Bounty.  John's descendants came from the Isle of Man so he is probably related to Fletcher Christian.  John wove a story of great adventures, sailing ships, mutineers, brave men in small boats, dastardly and wicked deeds, beautiful women, deserted islands, faulty maps and postal stamps.
For more information his presentation is here.
Pictured: John being thanked by Stephen Lange

AED installation in Hinemoa Street (July 2018)

Kapiti Rotary (in conjunction with WFA) has now completed its 5th installation of an AED (automated external defibrillator). It is on the Coast Community Church building in Hinemoa Street. Visitors to the Church, local residents and businesses in the northern end of the Hinemoa Street area will now have fast access to an AED if someone has a cardiac event.

Donors for this site were Kapiti Rotary, Coast Community Church, Geethal Data Systems, Kapiti Lions and the Combined Probus club of Kapiti Central.

A dedication/unveilling ceremony for all interested groups will be held at a date to be advised.

                                         
Club President Changeover
Outgoing President Vince Indo gave a colourful and well received presentation of the highlights and successes of the year.  These included:
Increased Membership
  • Club 40th Anniversary
  • Obtained District Grant Funding
  • Updated the Club Strategic  Plan for the next 3 years
  • Participated in several Rotary Youth related programmes
  • Migrated to a new Club Management and Communication platform
  • Delivered several major Club Community Projects/Fundraising Events
  • Engaged a new Caterer
  • Acquired  new Club assets
  • Delegation of 6 Club Members to International Conference
  • Hosted international Rotarians and Notable Guest Speakers (including 3 Ambassaders)
  • Held a variety of Rotary Themed Evenings and Social Events
  • Raised over $23,000 that has been donated across our local Community
To read the full presentation: go to powerpoint
 
President Vince Indo (left) handing over the presidential chains to Chris Tchernegovski
 
 
 
 
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