At a recent Karori Rotary/ANZ Business Breakfast meeting, Corin Dann, political editor at TVNZ, gave a review of the recent US election and a preview of the forthcoming NZ election.
Rotary President John Barton welcomed the record number of attendees. Jax Mitchell, ANZ Regional Manager, Business Banking then introduced Corin Dann.
|John Barton, Rotary Karori, and Corin Dann|
Rotary Karori supports opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons through programmes such as the Rotary Australia-New Zealand Matched Student Exchange. Under this programme, New Zealand secondary school students aged between13.5 and 16 years old are matched with an Australian host family and spend up to three months living in Australia and attending an Australian school, with a reciprocal visit to New Zealand by an Australian student.
At our meeting on 22 November, Amy Shields , an Onslow College student, told us of her time in Mudgee, New South Wales, living with a host family on a farm on the outskirts of the town. Amy thanked Rotary Karori for its support and spoke of the benefits of the programme through learning more about herself, developing her confidence and experiencing a different way of life.
In the wake of the hearings by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Medically Assisted Dying, the public debate on the pros and cons of a law change has been passionate and challenging. To provide a perspective on some of the key issues, Rotary Karori was pleased to host Dr. Salina lupati as its guest speaker on 22 November.
Dr. lupati is a palliative medicine consultant at Te Omanga Hospice and is the chair of the Aotearoa Branch of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine. She has made a submission to the Select Committee, but her remarks to our meeting were made in her personal capacity.
Conrad Kelly, Principal Karori Normal School, spoke to a joint meeting of Rotary Karori and Karori Lions on 8 November. Conrad has taught in schools in New Zealand, England and Kuwait, and has held a number of senior leadership roles. Since he joined KNS in 2011, the roll has climbed rapidly and KNS is now the largest public school in Karori.
Changes are taking place in thinking on education for New Zealand children and the educational aims and objectives of schools. In particular, KNS has a clear set of values (respect, responsibility, empathy, integrity and excellence) applicable to everything the school does.
Learning is not just something that happens at school. It is about developing the whole child - to feel comfortable socially through emotional development and to manage themselves.
Beginning in 1999, when the Club helped to fund the construction of the 8.6 km predator-proof fence, Rotary Karori has assisted with the realization of the vision of the Sanctuary founders of creating a protected natural area where the bio-diversity of a square mile of forest is being restored.