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Volume 65 Number 14 - 8 October 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 10 October - Mei Maihi - Kaikohe Matariki Court
Wednesday 17 October - Annual Meeting

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
10-Oct-2018HelenBruceIsaacJohn ENoelNgaireJohn VColin

News and Notices

  • Link to 2018 Traverse Sponsors.

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

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 Rotary Down Under.

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

  • Link to the latest ShelterBox Newsletter.

  • 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.

Regular Newsletters

  • Noel Sainsbury is a District Court Judge based in Waitakere. Before his appointment to the bench he was a lawyer in Wellington, doing both defence and prosecution work. This week he is filling in at Kaikohe District Court, staying with Rotarians John and Helen Ellis. Noel was their guest at Kaikohe Rotary this week and kindly agreed to step in as our guest speaker.

  • Noel said most New Zealanders' views on crime and punishment largely come from what they see and read in the media. Yet despite appearances to the contrary, crime is coming down - despite a greater range of offences and an increasing population.

  • Most of those (90%) accused of crimes plead guilty. That is what we would expect of a police force that investigates thoroughly and lays charges only when there is clear evidence. While most cases are settled with guilty pleas, it is the small number that go to trial that pick up all the public attention. There is still a lot of public misunderstanding about the trial process. A trial is a contest of evidence. Therefore witnesses are cross-examined and their credibility can be challenged, so juries can then decide who to believe.

  • Noel told us had done criminal and civil law. But civil cases were often so expensive. Some litigants were so well off they were prepared to spend whatever it took to burn off their opposition which had fewer resources. Criminal law was much more straightforward. And even if your clients plead guilty, the lawyer still had an important job to ensuring the best possible outcome for their clients.

  • Kaikohe Rotary would like to thank Judge Sainsbury for his insights on the legal system, based on many years experience.