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Volume 65 Number 11 - 17 September 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 19 September - Board Meeting
Wednesday 26 September - Adrienne Tari - Northland Conservation Board

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
19-Sep-2018John VHelen
26-Sep-2018Steve-ColinBruceDonLizJohn VGlenis

News and Notices

  • Link to Rotary eBike Safari - 3-5 November - Hauraki Rail Trail.

  • Link to Inspire Learning at all ages - The Rotary Foundation.

  • Link to a letter from the Rotary Oceania Modernisation Group.

  • Kaikohe Rotarians are assisting as marshalls for the Copthorne Far North Rally and Classic Rally 2018 on Saturday 22 September. Several members attended a briefing last Saturday.

    • Link to Briefing Notes. Click on the links for the videos.

  • Link to Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse back on this Month - Northern Advocate.

  • Link to Far North District Council - Have Your Say on Alcohol in Public Places.

  • Link to Alumni Connect Week.

  • 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 Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Youth Exchange 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.

12 September Meeting

  • Steve Wilce is qualified in physics and has enjoyed a career in scientific research. But five years ago he came to Kaikohe to grow wine. This week, our town's only winemaker shared with Kaikohe Rotary a few secrets of his

  • success.

  • Steve believes most people who come into wine making end up over-complicating things. Steve believes in keeping things simple. He operates the Taraire Block vineyard at the entrance to town and believes our volcanic soils are absolutely ideal for wine making, giving him an advantage over growers in Kerikeri who have clay soils.

  • Whiles grapes enjoy our subtropical climate, our wet weather in the last 12 months - especially in summer - has been unhelpful for growing grapes.

  • Steve believes in placing an emphasis on quality over quantity and prunes his vines to ensure the volume of fruit is not excessive. The vineyard is mostly a one-man operation, although he brings in help from NorthTec students to assist with harvesting the grapes and turning them into wine.

  • After he bottles his wine Steve sells to supermarkets (mainly New World) and wine shops. He also has stalls at shows and events - including upcoming Kaikohe Traverse. He says churches are also good customers, as they need regular supplies of communion wine.

  • Steve gave us a fascinating insight into the production process, While he insists it's easy, producing good wine requires lots of care and attention to detail. We're lucky that Steve has both in abundance.