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Volume 67 Number 12 - 21 September 2020

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe - Bulletin


  • Wednesday 23 September - No meeting

  • Wednesday 30 September - Speaker - Frank Jackson - Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children

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Five Minute Speaker

Introduce Speaker



Sergeant's Assistant

Thank Speaker

Last Word




John V






News and Notices

  • Link to Take Action for World Polio Day - 24 October.

  • Link to ĀKAU - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

  • Link a recent South Wairarapa Rotary Bulletin.

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 in Review.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Rotary Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Rotary Bulletin.

16 September Meeting

  • Roger Ludbrook's family has been farming near Ohaeawai for generations. A sheep and beef farmer, Roger's farm is one of the most efficient in Northland.  But his interests extend wider. Roger has been active in Federated Farmers for decades and served three years as its Northland President. This week Roger was the guest of Kaikohe Rotary and told us how this activism came about.

  • As a young farmer Roger came to appreciate the role of Federated Farmers in being the farmers' voice in Wellington, being in the ear of bureaucrats and decision makers and commenting on legislation affecting agriculture. While some farmers saw their membership as a way of gaining access to discounts - and others believed they could stay outside, save money and negotiate  better discounts themselves - Roger believed in Fed Farmers as the voice of farmers - even after  a split in the Northland branch that resulted in the creation of a breakaway organisation.

  • Today only 50% of the country's farmers belong to Federated Farmers. Roger says that when times get tough farmers evaluate their discretionary spending and some decide FF subs are something they don't want to pay. But staying out reduces the organisation's influence and means the government of the day is less likely to take farmers' concerns seriously.

  • Roger also spoke of the carbon charge and what it is doing to farming. With successive governments guaranteeing a high price for carbon, many farmers have been encouraged to get out of agriculture and plant trees instead. But the carbon market is essentially manufactured and can be manipulated by governments and bureaucrats. And the loss of fertile agricultural land to forestry could result in New Zealand - one of the world's most efficient producers having to import food. Roger said consultants had told him that he could increase his farm's income by a factor of two or three by converting to forestry. But with ongoing uncertainty of what might happen to the carbon price, Roger is sticking to what he knows best.

  • Fellow young farmer Isaac Vujcich thanked Roger for his presentation that gave us all - farmers and non-farmers alike - plenty to ponder.