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Volume 63 Number 45 - 29 May 2017

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 1 June - Introduction to My Rotary

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
31-May-2017BruceGlenisNoelDonHelenValerieLiz
7-Jun-2017GlenisJohn EColinNoelIsaac

News and Notices

  • Link to a message from Kerikeri Rotary President Doug Galbraith inviting us to their meeting tonight to hear their guest speaker Kiwi Adventurer and Author Jeremy Scott (RSVP 10:00am).

  • Link to 100 Years of Doing Good in the World - a message from the Rotary Foundation.

  • Link to Otago Youth Adventure Trust - Milton Rotary Tramping Club - Bookings open for 2018 events.

  • Dictionaries for Year Four Students are now ready for distribution. We are looking for volunteers to take the dictionaries to the schools. Please fill in the spreadsheet.

    • Link to spreadsheet.


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 - 26 May 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Young Leaders in Action - May 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Leader - May 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Youth Exchange - May 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Giving and Grants - May 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 594 - May 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.


24 May Meeting

  • Justin Blaikie grew up locally, went to Northland College (where he was taught by none other than our own Glenis Sutherland) and then completed a Masters Degree in Botany at Otago University.

  • He has has worked for the Department of Conservation, as a builder, set up a nursery at Ngawha Prison and as tutor in horticulture at NorthTec.

  • For someone who has had a life-long interest in the environment it was natural for Justin to enter the political sphere. Last year he was elected to represent the Kaikohe-Hokianga ward on Northland Regional Council.

  • This week Justin briefed Kaikohe Rotarians on the wide range of issues the regional council is dealing with. The first is climate change, the effects of which will be significant for Northland given a large proportion of its population and economic activity occurs in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding and/or sea level rise.

  • Then there are pests and biosecurity threats, of which the recent myrtle rust incursion is a reminder. NRC is also the point agency when it comes to quality.

  • Justin said farmers had got a largely undeserved bad name for creating pollution. He said poor water quality has many causes that include industry and sewerage. We all cause water pollution and we all have a common interest in improving water quality.

  • Justin said the solution might come in improving management of our soils. The Kaipara Harbour - New Zealand's largest - is suffering enormously because of sedimentation which is killing invertebrates and fish. Justin said he is in the process of setting up a trust which will work to improve water quality in the Hokianga Harbour.

  • Our own district councillor John Vujcich thanked Justin for his passion for the environment and said he looked forward to working with him on projects to improve the lives of people in the mid-North and our environment.