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Volume 65 Number 09 - 3 September 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 5 September - Speaker - Isaac Vujcich
Wednesday 12 September - Speaker - Steve Wilce - Winemaking in Kaikohe

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
5-Sep-2018Bruce-John VHelenLizNoelGlenisSteve
12-Sep-2018IsaacLizJohn EGlenisElizabethColinNgaireDon

News and Notices

  • Link to the latest from the Kaikohe Business Association.

  • Link to September is Literacy Month.

  • Meals on Wheels - 3-7 September.

    • Link to Spreadsheet.

  • Link to the Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse 2018 - Information and Registration page.

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.

Regular Newsletters

  • Link to the latest Rotary Weekly.

  • Link to the latest ShelterBox Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest newsletter from Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

  • 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 August Meeting

  • On Wednesday night Kaikohe Rotary welcomed Paul Knight who is the chief of Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings, which is the commercial arm of Ngapuhi. Paul explained that Ngapuhi has three arms: the Te Rūnanga-a-iwi o Ngāpuhi, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services and Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings.

  • Paul said Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings is chaired by Jason Witehira, a successful Māori businessman who owns the Victoria Park New World in Auckland and is recent inductee on the NBR rich list. The company was formed to manage fishing assets that were vested in Ngāpuhi as a result of Treaty settlements in the 1990s.

  • Since then it has diversified its asset base and within Kaikohe it owns the Mobil Service Station, Paper Plus, the site of Malahi Cafe and the Marino Court buildings. But while it is exploring developments in agriculture, forestry, horticulture and aged care, it remains primarily focused on fishing, with 84% of the company's revenue coming from these activities.

  • But Rotarians were most interested in a project that is close to our community: the proposed new civic hub on the former Kaikohe Hotel site which is owned by Ngāpuhi. Paul explained that if Kaikohe is to thrive it needs visitors to stop and spend their money rather than to drive through. Te Pū o Te Wheke (The heart of the Octopus) - a multi-use community and civic hub - aims to bring shoppers into town and visitors to stay longer. It will incorporate council offices, library and other community facilities, such as a museum and facilities that highlight Ngāpuhi culture and traditions.

  • Paul said he is putting together an application to the provincial Growth Fund for $174,000 to enable Opus International Consultants to prepare a business case. If the business case finds the project is viable, more detailed designs will then be done. More details can be found here.