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Volume 64 Number 23 - 4 December 2017

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 6 December - Speaker - Heater Ayrton - Te Taraire Reserve
Wednesday 13 December - Pot Luck Christmas Celebration - Tarahi, 325 Hariru Road

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
6-Dec-2017NoelNgaireSteveBruceHelenJohn EIsaac

News and Notices

  • Link to Invitation from President Ian Riseley - Rotary Convention 2018.

  • Link to Invitation to Kerikeri Rotary Christmas Party - Kaikohe members are welcome.

  • Link to Learning and Development - Online Courses for Club Officers.

  • Link to Ride for Rotary - a multi-district fundraiser.

  • Link to Cycle Tour of New Zealand.


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 - 1 December 2017.

  • Link to the Governor’s Newsletter - November-December 2017.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 601 - December-January.

  • Link to Shelterbox Newsletter - 21 November 2017.

  • Link to Young Leaders in Action - November 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.


29 November Meeting - Visit to Northland Region Corrections Facility

  • Ngawha Prison is the biggest employer in Kaikohe. Yet most of us pay little attention, only noticing it when we drive past the turnoff on State Highway 12, just east of Kaikohe. The prison is out of sight- and usually out of mind.

  • On Wednesday a group from Kaikohe Rotary supplemented by six members and friends from Kerikeri Rotary went behind bars to find out about what prison life is all about. We found out the prison is a 24-hour, seven-day a week operation. It's built on land bought from local iwi Ngapuhi. In line with with its resource consent conditions, the design of the prison blends in with the landscape, so inmates can view green fields and the local landscape from within the walls.

  • But prison is not just about locking people up. The focus on Ngawha is on giving them activities, so they can develop skills that makes them employable when they leave prison, so hopefully they never return. Assistant prison director Simon Tanner explained the prison's focus on reducing reoffending.

  • We visited workshops where we saw examples of the inmates' work in carpentry and carving. In another the inmates learn how to service a car. In another they do painting. Inmates interested in horticulture or farming can do practical courses run by local tertiary provider NorthTec.

  • Unfortunately, the rains came bucketing down so we were unable to see some areas in which we had expressed interest - such as the library. But it meant we were able to move onto dinner which was splendidly catered by inmates from the prison kitchen who showed superb cooking and presentation skills, supplemented by great service.

  • The visit reminded us that the prison is an important part of the community and its inmates have contributed to projects such as the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park and assisted groups like Ohaeawai School and Kerikeri Playcentre. The inmates are almost all from Northland and are 70% Maori. Rotary is looking at working with prison management to help ensure they don't return.

  • Thank you to Simon and the team for hosting us. We hope our visit will be the start of something great for all concerned.