December 2019
Nick Tuitasi QSM
Dec 12, 2019
Social issues and Challenges for New Zealand Families
Mandy Savage
Jan 23, 2020
Cancer Society's new hub in Paraparaumu
Nora Olsen
Jan 30, 2020
Little Sprouts Kapiti
Eric Holliday
Feb 13, 2020
"Sharing the Lessons": Promoting fishing safety globally (from Paraparaumu Beach!).
Martin Sloman
Feb 20, 2020
Kapiti Kindness Trust
Club News
President Annemarie Tiffen ...
Annemarie is a well known Kapiti restaurateur and businesswoman, a dynamic personality who has been a very active, giving and valuable club member since joining in 2015.
The winning number of the trailer raffle was 1082.
The draw was supervised by a police sergeant from the training college.
Kapiti Rotary has facilitated and contributed to the installation of 3 community AEDs in the past few months.
The Te Atiawa Courts AED is in an area used by many sports codes and visitors. The courts are used by netball in the winter and tennis in the summer, the adjacent fields are for softball and baseball in the summer and rugby in the winter and alongside is the BMX track and a playground.
The Paraparaumu College AED is located at the entrance to the gym which is used by students during school time and by many diverse groups after school and in the weekends. Paraparaumu College Parents’ Association had been fundraising for the AED and Kapiti Rotary was able to donate to the fund and then facilitate the installation with WFA (Wellington Free Ambulance).
The Matai Road Reserve AED is on the outside of the Kapiti Arts and Crafts building beside the Senior Net Kapiti building. Many seniors (and younger) visit these buildings and the adjacent playground area.
Kapiti Rotary has worked in collaboration with other service groups, businesses and locals In all of these installations.
Some of the important facts are:
  • Each week on average four people suffer a cardiac arrest in the greater Wellington area.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time.
  • 77% cardiac arrests occur in the home, and 23% in a public space.
  • 72 % are male and 23% are female
  • The average age for men is 63, and for women 67
  • Cardiac arrest in children is rare but does occur
High Honour Accorded to Kapiti Resident
The Rotary Club of Kapiti recently recognised the consistent contributions and achievements of one of its members, namely Captain John Granville RNZN (retired) spanning some 53 years of service. “We recognise his service to the nation, to Rotary the organisation, to  our community, both  local and  international, and to people of all ages, creeds and ethnicity. This person is a true Kiwi; a good bloke who has shown that he will quite literally do anything for anybody”, said the Club President Chris Tchernagovski
Following a 35 year career in the service of his nation, including the prestigious command of HMNZS Canterbury, the Leander Class Frigate, there have followed nearly 19 years of impressive service of a quite different kind.  This includes chairman, membership and support of at least 3 charitable trusts. He has served as President, chair of multiple committees and secretary, as well as oft repeated tenure as Vice President of the Kapiti Rotary Club, supporting many new Presidents in their duties and their personal development paths. 
This member has held lengthy appointments at Rotary District level, including Assistant District Governor and District Youth Chair and co-chaired a ground breaking action Central Rotary District conference in 2014.
 John Granville has been a Member and served variously on the Executive of The Paraparaumu Memorial RSA since 2008.  He has been a lynchpin of the welfare support to local veterans and their widows as well as being a strong vocal and active supporter of the rescue initiative which, in partnership with the Kapiti Club, saved the Paraparaumu Memorial RSA from descending into all but memory. As the co-chair of a 2014 WW1 centenary concert at Southwards he was responsible for a significant sum of money being raised to support local youth services and veterans welfare.
“In particular, this member’s contribution to support and development of our youth is worthy of special mention. It covers physical and mental health development and education in the arts and sciences as well as support to the development and growth of young local business and community leaders. As chair of the Rotary District 9940 Youth Committee he has enabled, supported and participated in some of Rotary’s most important programmes such as RYLA and RYPEN”, said the President.
Since 1996 he has been tutoring Kapiti regional boat users in the art of inshore navigation raising awareness and safety standards in the Kapiti Recreational boating community through the Coastguard Boating Education Service.
Mr Granville’s work with charities over his years of service have contributed to the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars subsequently disbursed through his involvement with charitable trusts to the widest range of local community, national and international good causes.
A recipient of a Fred Burns award in 2000/01, a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006/07, The Jack Donaldson award in 2012/13, A District Sapphire pin in 2013/14 and more recently the Selly Hyde trophy, awarded only 3 times since its creation, this member has earned much deserved recognition as a Rotarian.
“But what marks this member’s service more than anything else is his selflessness and humility, his generosity of spirit and seemingly limitless belief in the the inherent goodness and potential of the people with whom he comes into contact.  He is fond of describing himself as an ordinary Rotarian.  The truth is that he is an effective, but quietly inspiring leader, mentor and coach, whose contribution seems never ending, delivered with mischievous humour, charm and an energy that eclipses many younger than he.  He has never sought nor would he ever expect any of the recognition afforded him over his many years of service, said Chris Tchernagovski, The Kapiti Rotary President.
Local Golf Club Bucking overseas Trends
The Rotary Club of Kapiti recently had the privilege of hearing at first hand, some of the good work that the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club has accomplished in recent times, which has resulted in a significant increase in tourist numbers to the Kapiti Coast, and subsequent benefits to members.
The Manager of the Golf Club, Leo Barber, provided information relating to New Zealand and international golfing trends, whereby examples of membership losses and club closures in New Zealand and in USA, and even the home of golf Scotland, are worrisome. Notwithstanding, our local Club has taken significant measures to improve facilities and service to retain existing and attract new members. A keen interest in attracting international travellers, has resulted in a sharp increase in visitors and participants alike. A very recent release of a professional aerial promotional video, has seen a collective reach of  60,000 views already, and much comment from offshore people who have shown interest in wanting information on visiting, playing golf, and holidaying on the Kapiti Coast.
Photo Caption:  Past President of Kapiti Rotary Murray Lobb (Left) passing thanks for an informative address to Leo Barber, Manager Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (centre), and Alistair Beissel introducer (Rt).
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