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Volume 66 Number 08 - 19 August 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 23 August - Speaker - Sasha Wilson - followed by visit to Te Pū o te Wheke Gallery
Wednesday 28 August - Board Meeting

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
21-Aug-2019BruceNgaireDon
28-Aug-2019John V

News and Notices
  • Link to Meals on Wheels Spreadsheet - 19-23 August. 

  • Link to Ohaeawai School Quiz Night - 6 September.

  • Link to Ngāwhā Corrections Visit - 17 September.

  • Link to Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2020.

  • Link to Membership and Foundation Seminars.

  • Big Boys’ Heritage Toys - Fathers’ Day at the Kaikohe Pioneer Village - Sunday 1 September. Kaikohe Rotary has a Sausage Sizzle and Traverse Information and Registration stall.

    • Link to the information poster

    • Link to volunteer to assist at the stall - do it now!

    • Link to the spreadsheet (read only)

  • 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 Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Service and Engagement Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Kerikeri Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

  • Link to the latest Kaikohe Business Association Newsletter.


14 August Meeting

  • Craig Pinkney knows the Hokianga Harbour like the back of his hand. He was brought up in the area and his father has been a commercial fisher for more than 60 years. After some years living in Australia he came home in 2010 to help his father, as well as providing a better environment for his wife and two young children. 

  • But declining returns from fishing encouraged Craig to look to diversify. So last year he became the master of the MV Ranui. Built in 1945, the Ranui was originally a launch for transporting wounded soldiers across Lake Rotoiti to a convalescent hospital. Two years later the Ranui was sold into private ownership and it subsequently spent long periods plying Lake Rotorua and Lake Taupo. It was sold again and came north to the Hokianga Harbour. Craig became involved in the business after one of the original owners pulled out.

  • Craig told us the original intention was that the Ranui would provide a link from Horeke to Rawene for cyclists on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. But that proved uneconomic, as most cycle trail users turned around and headed back to Kaikohe. So instead the Ranui offers sightseeing cruises of the harbour, taking in Horeke, Rawene and Kohukohu - where it is based. The Ranui has a shallow draft which makes it ideal for river cruises, although these are tide dependent.

  • Craig spoke passionately about the environmental effects of poor water quality in the harbour, which he says is caused by reclamations, forestry (especially the planting of pines near streams) and farming run-off. He says actions across a number of fronts is needed to rescue the Hokianga Harbour from its current malaise.

  • John Vujcich thanked Craig for an interesting and stimulating presentation. For more information on the Ranui go to their webpage or Facebook page.