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Volume 65 Number 15 - 15 October 2018

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 17 October - Annual Meeting
Wednesday 24 October - Nicola Smith - Kawakawa Librarian

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
24-Oct-2018ElizabethNgaireBruceLizGlenisIsaacNoelJohn E

News and Notices

  • Link to World Polio Day 2018.

  • Jacqui Robson is a photography student who had to photograph an event for her final assessment.

    • Link to the four 2018 Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse photos she submitted.

    • Link to her 117 Photos  of the 2018 Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse.

  • Link to a pānui from Ākau.

  • 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 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.

10 October Meeting

  • In Kaikohe we have something that is unique in our country. Nowhere else in New Zealand is there a Matariki Court. This week Kaikohe Rotary welcomed Mei Maihi from Kaikohe District Court who explained to us what the Matariki Court is and how it works.

  • She told us that the Matariki Court is only available to defendants who plead guilty to all charges against them. While a District Judge presides, the court runs on a more informal basis that ordinary courts. It encourages offenders to face up to their offending and brings together services -such as drug and alcohol counselling - along with whanau and victims of crime to help address the causes of offending.

  • However, the Matariki Court is not a soft option. Like other criminal courts, it has to operate in accordance with the Sentencing Act. And with the increased involvement of other agencies, its processes can be slower. On average defendants are processed in about nine months, instead of two or three months for ordinary courts. While most offenders serve sentences of community service or home detention, some have gone to prison.

  • And while the Matariki Court utilises tikanga Maori,it is not a court exclusively for Maori. Those of other ethnic groups can also use it, with referrals coming from lawyers, social workers, counsellors and even police.

  • John Vujcich thanked Mei for giving us a fascinating insight into the work of the Matariki Court. If it reduces reoffending, there will be fewer victims of crime. That means we will all be better off.

  • Afterward, Mei posed with President Valerie.