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Volume 65 Number 43 - 27 May 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 29 May - Speaker - Gary Bramley - Puketī Forest Trust
Wednesday 5 June - Speaker - Brian Papesch - The sinking of the frigate Canterbury in Deepwater Cove

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
29-MayIsaacBruceLizNgaireJohn EHelenSteveNoel
5-JunNgaireSteveHelenElizabethIsaacNoelJohn EColin

News and Notices

  • The New Zealand Blood Service is at the Memorial Hall Kaikohe  - 8:30am-12:00 - Friday 14 June. Are you available to help out?

    • Fill in this form if you are available.

    • Link to spreadsheet (read only).

  • Link to Governor’s Changeover Invitation.

  • Link to the Dictionaries Spreadsheet.


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 Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Leader.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Youth Exchange.

  • Link to the latest Polio Plus Newsletter.

  • 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.


22 May Meeting

  • Around 20 years ago Kevin Strawbridge decided he wanted a better life for his children. So he chucked in his high powered job as Auckland-based sales manager for Carter Holt Harvey Forests and moved north, to manage the company's Kaikohe nursery. A few years later he branched out on his own and formed Northland Forestry Nursery. This company which is based in Kaikohe, now produces 10% of New Zealand's pine seedlings.

  • Kevin told us that business is so good that the company has outgrown its premises on Thorpe Rd. He has bought a second property off Ngapuhi Rd near the airport. The company employs six permanent staff but its seasonal workforce can be as high 19. Kevin says most of these workers come straight from the dole.

  • The Coalition Government's one-billion trees programme has been a boon for Kevin's company, because it is supplying most of the seedlings that are planted in Northland. But Kevin says the programme's name is a misnomer because the country was already planting 500 million trees before the programme was announced. And while the programme has been good for his company and for Northland, Kevin says it is difficult to base long-term business decisions on a programme that could be changed or cancelled on a political whim.

  • It is clear that Kevin knows what he is doing. It's good for Kaikohe and for the Northland that he does.