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Volume 63 Number 34 - 13 March 2017

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 15 March - Board Meeting
Wednesday 22 March - Maggie Maihi - Victim Support

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
15-Mar-2017John V
22-Mar-2017RayColinGlenisIsaacElizabethValerieNgaire

News and Notices

  • Link to a Rotary Learning and Information update.

  • Link to an interesting and informative chart about Emergency Response Kits and ShelterBoxes.

  • Link to a poster about the opening of the Okaihau to Horeke Cycle Trail and the Horeke Regatta.

  • Link to an invitation to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Dinner.

  • Link to the website of the Rotary District Conference 21-23 April 2017 in Whangarei - follow the links to the programme and registration pages.


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 - 10 March 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Weekly - 3 March 2017.

  • Link to the Governor’s Newsletter - 8 March 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Youth Exchange - March 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 592 - March 2017.

  • 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.

8 March Meeting

  • Mike Edmonds has a background in electrical engineering. But from his early days Mike's father impressed on him the importance of being active in the community. Mike took this message to heart. After many years of community involvement, including helping turn round the Kaikohe Rugby Club, Mike was last year elected as chairperson of the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board.
  • On Wednesday Mike came to Kaikohe Rotary to talk about the work of the community board and how it interacts with the Far North District Council and the community. Mike said that while the community board is not part of council, the board has no staff or assets and therefore is dependent on council resourcing. 
  • Describing the function of the board is quite difficult. But the board acts as a sounding board for community concerns and advocacy for local initiatives, such as plans for the land on which the Kaikohe rubbish tip is situated.

  • Mike says the board has had only four meetings since it was elected at last year's local body elections. It's going out, listening to community concerns and then seeking information from council officers. Examples include toilets and flooding problems in Kohukohu and the poor state of public toilets at Mangamuka.

  • Mike said board meetings are open to the public. Around half are held in Kaikohe, with the remainder being held else in the board's area, which stretches from Mangamuka to Waimamaku and includes both sides of the Hokianga Harbour. And if people have concerns or questions about council services (and the costs thereof) they should raise them with the Council as a request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.


  • This week Kaikohe Rotarians also heard from Teresa Le Noel. Teresa is a 14-year-old from Kaikohe who has been chosen for a student exchange to Newcastle in Australia next month. It was great to hear Teresa's life story, about her extended family and her likes and dislikes. Congratulations, Teresa! We wish you all the best for your time across the ditch and look forward to hearing from you when you get back.