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Volume 64 Number 35 - 2 April 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 4 April - Speakers - Sharon and Peter Crean - Beyond Water (Joint meeting with Waipapa Rotary).
Wednesday 11 April - Adrienne Tari - Latest Developments on the Cycle Trail.

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
4-Apr-2018DonLizNoelGlenisIsaacHelenJohn E
11-Apr-2018JimDonBruceIsaacLizNoelJohn V

News and Notices

  • Link to New Video for Youth Development Voyages on the R Tucker Thompson.

  • Link to the R Tucker Thompson Trust update.

  • District Conference - Kerikeri - 6-8 April.

    • Link to poster.

    • Link to website - go here to register.

    • Link to It’s Not Too Late to Register for Conference 2018.

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 Rotary Down Under 604 - April 2018.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • 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.

28 March Meeting

  • It's always a pleasure to welcome people who come from other parts of the country to contribute to the vibrancy of Kaikohe. This week Kaikohe Rotarians had the chance to welcome Darren Huston, the new owner-operator of Kaikohe New World. Although not as famous as his All Black predecessor, Darren has a fascinating life story which he shared with us.

  • Born into an average Kiwi family, Darren wasn't sure he would amount to much. After leaving school he worked at service stations and in retail. He then got the chance the chance to go to university where he completed a degree in science and technology. He then spent several years working as a forestry and mill worker around Kawerau. But he gradually moved in a different direction, helping to implement SAP (Standard Application Process) in the mill.

  • But then Darren's career took a radical turn. His wife Karen wanted to move to UK where she quickly got a job as a teacher. Darren used his newly gained IT skills to gain contract work. They stayed in Britain for 12 years during which time their two children were born. But eventually the call of home proved too much.

  • Back in New Zealand Darren found a job working for Fonterra. But he was determined to be his own boss and didn't want to spend the rest of his working life in IT. So he resigned and took a job stacking shelves at Pak N' Save.

  • That was the first step of a journey that would eventually bring Darren to Kaikohe. In the four years before he came here Darren owned a Four Square in Rotorua's Western Heights. Darren said that store served a similar demographic, which resulted him being chosen when the Kaikohe opportunity came up.

  • While Kaikohe has a high level of social deprivation, Darren says his experience working in towns like Murupara and Kawerau has been useful preparation.

  • Darren employs 80 staff and says his employees make a fabulous team. He's keen to get involved in community projects, although he has issues to sort out first.

  • We are delighted to welcome Darren and his family to Kaikohe and look forward to working with him on future projects.