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Volume 65 Number 44 - 3 June 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 5 June - Speaker - Brian Papesch - The sinking of the frigate Canterbury in Deepwater Cove
Wednesday 12 June - Speaker - Ricky Houghton - Te Korowai Trust

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
5-Jun-2019NgaireSteveHelenElizabethIsaacNoelJohn EColin
12-Jun-2019SteveNoelJohn EJohn VJimNgaireHelenLiz

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 an invitation to the Westhaven Rotary Midwinter Matariki Gala - 22 June.

  • 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 Rotary Down Under.

  • Link to the latest Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest ShelterBox Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s 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.

29 May Meeting

  • Gary Bramley's overseas in-laws where delighted when he took them to visit Puketi Forest in 2000. But Gary was distraught because while he heard the call of the introduced mynah bird, the song of native species was absent.

  • At the time Gary was a committee member of Forest and Bird. He and his fellow members spoke to DOC which said it had no money to undertake pest eradication in Puketi Forest. Despairing of any official action Gary and a few friends formed the Puketi Forest Trust in 2003. Gary was its chairperson for the first five years and has just finished a second five-year term in charge.

  • Gary explained to Kaikohe Rotary that Puketi is a 20,000 hectare forest in the centre of the mid-North. The lack of pest control meant pest species such as stoats, rats, possums and weasels were rampant. These pests were killing native birds and native trees in the forest.

  • The new trust negotiated an agreement with DOC to take charge of pest eradication in 5000 hectares on the eastern edge of the forest. This was the first such agreement with a voluntary group for DOC land anywhere in the country. This agreement remains in place 15 years later and the trapping undertaken by the trust's volunteers has enabled the return of native birds such as the North Island robin and the kokako. But trapping needs to continue to ensure pest species do not surge in population.

  • Gary says his trust depends on volunteers, although money received from trusts, donations and a DOC contract enables it to continue its important work. The trust is an example how committed members of the community can make a real difference. Rotarians were pleased to hear from Gary and wish the trust well in its future work.