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Volume 65 Number 45 - 10 June 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 12 June - Speaker - Ricky Houghton - Te Korowai Trust
Wednesday 19 June - Primary Schools' Speech Contest

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
12-Jun-2019SteveJohn EJohn VHelenLiz

News and Notices

  • Meals on Wheels - 17-21 June - Can you help?

    • Link to spreadsheet.

  • 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 Otago Youth Adventure Trust and Milton Rotary Tramping Club bookings for 2020 open 18 June.

  • 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 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.

5 June Meeting

  • When Brian Papesch and his wife Jane moved from Papakura to the Bay of Islands 12 years ago the avid scuba diver quickly found a project that was right up his alley. This week John told Kaikohe Rotary the story of the sinking of HMS Canterbury.

  • Brian's son John was part of a trust that had bought the decommissioned frigate Canterbury for $1 so it could be turned into a dive attraction.

  • After the navy towed the Canterbury to Opua, Brian using his skills gained as a structural engineer to remove sharp edges and items that could pose a danger to divers. Items that were salvaged from the ship were sold to recoup costs. Unfortunately, the ship's generators were too big to be removed and had to be left on board.

  • While Brian was hard at work on the ship, his son was helping to secure a resource consents from Northland Regional Council. Deepwater Cover near Cape Brett was chosen as the wreck site because of sheltered location would help ensure the ship would not break up, while its clear waters are ideal for divers.

  • A demolition expert from Korea was employed to oversee the sinking, while the regional council and Maritime New Zealand were present to ensure no adverse environmental effects. After local kaumatua performed blessings, the controlled explosions went off without a hitch and the Canterbury sunk to the bottom, more than 30 metres below the surface.

  • Brian says the sinking of the Canterbury achieved its objective, attracting divers from around New Zealand and the world.