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Volume 63 Number 24 - 12 December 2016

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 14 December - Christmas at Wildspur

News and Notices

  • Kaikohe Rotary Christmas at Wildspur - Wednesday 14 December.

    • Link to the form to register.

    • Link to (read only) spreadsheet.

  • Link to Don’t Miss the Celebration of the Century.

  • Link to a message from Bay of Islands Rotary President Ninni regarding the Area One Dinner.

  • Link to a note from Roger Toplis about a special opportunity to have a great Day on the Bay.

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 - 2 December 2016.

  • Link to download the November Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to Shelterbox Newsletter - December 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Membership Minute - December 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under - December 2016.

  • Link to Young Leaders in Action - November 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Leaders - November 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Giving and Grants - November 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Youth Exchange - November 2016.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Kerikeri Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

7 December Meeting

  • Steve Wilce came to New Zealand from Britain 30 years and forgot to go back. Most of his career has been spent in defence industries, including five years working in Australia's Hunter Valley.

  • But eventually Steve and his wife decided on a charge of lifestyle and they became managers of the Nautilus Lodge in Paihia. But a long-running land dispute led to a decision to exit and in 2013 they bought a winery on Guy Road, Kaikohe.

  • That winery had been established by Ivan Brakovich in the 1960s and was in Northland. But after Mr Brakovich died, it passed to his son who had little interest in the property and it was a little run down when Steve took over.

  • In three short years the Taraire Block has produced a variety of reds and whites that are available from New World Kaikohe. Steve told us he refuses to add sugar to his wines. Doing so is legal in New Zealand but not in Australia. Steve relies on his grapes to provide the flavour. His 2015 vintage was dry, reflecting that year's sunny weather. This year's vintage is much improved thanks to more plentiful rain.

  • Steve says his vineyard is very much a one-man operation, although his wife helps with sales and marketing. They run a stall at the Kerikeri Farmers' Market, and also did so at the Traverse.

  • John Vujcich thanked Steve for his presentation, saying it was fantastic to have another successful enterprise in Kaikohe.