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Volume 67 Number 40 - 26 April 2021

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe - Bulletin


  • Wednesday 28 April - Board Meeting

  • Wednesday 5 May - Matt McLeod - District 9910 membership chair and Governor nominee for 2022/23

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Introduce Speaker



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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 South Pacific and Philippines Office Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under (RDU) Supplies Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Rotary Action Group Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary in Review.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Membership Minute.

  • 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.

21 April Meeting

  • Around 15 years ago Mike Edmonds decided he had enough of the rat race. So he moved from Auckland to Kaikohe in search of a quieter life. Here he's used the skills he learned as an electrical engineer and as a business owner to make things happen in the mid north. 

  • As a committee member of the Kaikohe Rugby Club he worked with president Cheryl Smith to turn around the fortunes of the club, so much so that in 2019 Kaikohe successfully beat out Kerikeri for the rights to host a Super Rugby warm-up game. The event was such a success that last year Kaikohe was asked to host its first ever NPC game, with Northland defeating Waikato, largely thanks to a starring role from Kaikohe's own Johnny Cooper.

  • Mike is also chair of the trust that runs the Pioneer Village. He told us the work of general manager Kelly van Gaalen to increase the village's visibility, including its outreach to schools. But the village can only operate thanks to a large pool of volunteers. Mike is one of them, as he is certified to drive the village train.

  • But Mike is best known as chair of the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board. Mike spoke of the board's work in improving the design of community facilities. Traditionally, Far North District Council has used engineers to design and install facilities. But engineers emphasise the functionality of things, with little regard for aesthetics. The board has put its foot down by employing local design firm Akau and required the council's engineers to work with them on projects such as installing toilets in Memorial Park. Results are looking promising and the project could be an example for others around the Far North.