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Volume 64 Number 32 - 12 March 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 14 March - Adele Woodward, Mid-North Hospice
Wednesday 21 March - Board Meeting

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
14-Mar-2018ValerieHelenJohn VJimJohn EElizabethGlenis

News and Notices

  • Meals on Wheels 19-23 March

    • Link to spreadsheet.

  • Link to Celebrating Fifty Years of Rotaract.

  • District Conference - Kerikeri - 6-8 April.

    • Link to poster.

    • Link to website - go here to register.

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 Rotary International’s Member News.

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

Regular Newsletters

  • Link to the latest Rotary Weekly.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Leader.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under.

  • Link to Youth Exchange News.

  • Link to End Polio Now Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest ShelterBox Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • 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 March Meeting

  • Bill Hutchinson is a good friend of Rotary and is well known in our community. As well as being Kaikohe's chief fire officer he is is also Civil Defence Coordinator with Far North District Council. This week Bill talked to Rotarians about big changes in the wind for civil defence.

  • Bill explained that the civil defence's response to recent emergencies such as the Kaikoura earthquake and the Port Hills fire attracted critical public comment, as well as criticism from then Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. Bill says they helped to highlight weaknesses in the current model which has been largely unchanged since World War 2.

  • Firstly, civil defence is funded entirely from rates. Therefore resourcing is determined largely by the wealth of communities and political decisions on its relative importance. And while the public believes that civil defence leads the response to emergencies, that is not always the case. For example, by law Rural Fire was the lead responder to the Port Hills fire. While many blamed civil defence for the poor response, it could do nothing about failings within Rural Fire.

  • The then National Government commissioned a review of civil defence. But its report was published after the new government came into office. While new civil defence minister Kris Faafoi has praised the report, decisions have still to be made on whether its recommendations will be implemented. However, significant change appears to be on the horizon. This might include renaming 'civil defence' with something like 'national emergency response' .

  • But whatever it gets called, it's good to know there are professionals like Bill working hard to help keep us safe should catastrophic events occur.