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Volume 67 Number 38 - 12 April 2021

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe - Bulletin


  • Wednesday 14 April - No Meeting

  • Wednesday 21 April - Speaker - Mike Edmonds, Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board

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 Polio Plus Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest District 9910 Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under - April 2021.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Bulletin.

7 April Meeting

  • In 1999 Kerry and Annie Hilton wanted to do something different with their lives. So they moved their family to Kolkata in India with an idea of doing good. Being new to one of the world's largest cities, they unwittingly moved into a red light district where they witnessed first-hand the degradation to women caused by the sex trade. Determined to find ways to help women escape exploitation they set up a sewing business - something that would create profits by helping women, rather than exploiting them.

  • After two decades of good works, Covid-19 struck. Kerry and Annie decided to come home, although they had no clear idea of what they wanted to do. They bought a house truck and while driving through Kaikohe they noted the premises that once housed Mitre 10 was for sale They put in an offer which was accepted, so moved to Kaikohe and looked at finding a use for their building.

  • Kerry and Annie have called it Te Ara Hou - a new pathway. It will host the branch of the All Heart store - a charitable trust that finds new uses and owners for surplus computers, furniture and other gear that corporates no longer need and would otherwise go to landfills.

  • Kerry said that he hoped to employ 20 locals in the Kaikohe premises which are due to officially open on 8 May. It's a fantastic initiative providing needed employment in our town. Kerry and Annie deserve congratulations for making a difference in Kaikohe. Kaikohe Rotary wishes all the best for Te Ara Hou.