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Volume 63 Number 02 - 11 July 2016

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 13 July - Club Assembly
Wednesday 20 July - Board Meeting

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
13-Jul-2016Bruce K
20-Jul-2016John V

News and Notices

  • The NZ Blood mobile unit will be at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall on Friday 15 July.

  • The next Rotary Learning and Information course is in Whangarei on Sunday 7 August. If you have not yet participated in one of these courses be sure to read the information sheet. It would be great to have at least two Kaikohe Rotarians taking part.

    • Link to Information Sheet and Invitation.

    • Link to Registration Form.

  • The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Fun Trivia Night is at the Copthorne Waitangi on Saturday 6 August. Can Kaikohe Rotary make up a team of eight?

  • Link to Momentous Night for Kaikohe Rotary Club - Northland Age 7 July 2016.

  • Rotary Down Under (RDU) Supplies now have a new website and catalogue. You’ll find it here.


Calendar and Blogs (where there is always something new - check these links every week)

  • Link to the Kaikohe Rotary Club Calendar. Go here to check out Guest Speakers for future meetings and details of other club activities.

  • Link to Kaikohe Rotary’s Facebook page.

  • Link to the District Facebook page.

  • Link to the District Calendar.

  • Link to the Rotary Service Connections Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Voices Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Down Under Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Regional Public Image Resource Blog.

  • Link to Rotary International’s Member News.

  • Link to Wasrag (Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) Blog.


Regular Newsletters

  • Link to Rotary Weekly - 8 July 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 585 - July 2016.

  • Link to download the Governor’s Newsletter - June 2016.

  • Link to Young Leaders in Action - June 2016.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.


6 July Meeting Report

  • As you drive into Kaikohe from the east you may see Rawiri Taiwhanga Park. This park was built by Kaikohe Rotary to mark the 150th anniversary of the treaty of Waitangi. But who was Rawiri Taiwhanga? On Wednesday night Rotarian and local historian Bruce Gillies unveiled a video presentation based on research carried out in 1972 by William Thomson.

  • Rawiri Taiwhanga was a noted Ngapuhi warrior from Kaikohe who was feared by opposing iwi. But he was also a friend of Samuel Marsden who in 1819 sent Rev Thomas Gare Butler to establish the Kerikeri Mission Station. Butler realised that the mission could only succeed if food was grown locally. So he established a farm and asked Taiwhanga to help run it. As a result he learned the skills of growing and cultivating crops such as potatoes, milking cows and tending cattle. The farm became a huge success. However friction between Marsden and Butler led to Butler's recall to Sydney in 1823. Taiwhanga accompanied Butler to Sydney and spent several months working on an Anglican farm at Parramatta.

  • Taiwhanga returned home in early 1824 to resume his farming activities. After distinguishing himself in a battle at Kaiwaka in 1825 he renounced his warlike ways and became a man of peace. He helped William and Henry Williams established the mission station at Paihia before returning home to Kaikohe where became the area's first dairy farmer, established schools and churches for his people and in 1840 was one of the first chiefs to sign the Treaty of Waitangi.

  • Thank you Bruce for enlightening us on the life and times of one of Kaikohe's earliest and most distinguished citizens.