Rotarians around the world have been saddened by the sudden death of the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. His term as Rotary's 108th President would have begun on 1 July 2018. He would have been the first Rotary International President from Uganda. 
David Watt met him when he came to our District 9940 Conference in Foxton in 2014. Sam was due to come to the 2017 Rotary Institutes in Darwin and in Auckland in September this year.
Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honour and more details will be available soon.
In Memoriam Douglas Webb 2017-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
Barrie Keenan addressed Karori Rotarians on the subject of civil defence and community resilience at their meeting on 11 July.
Barrie introduced himself as mainly retired but with continuing interests in civil defence, the Wellington Hospital Chaplaincy and Scots College. He is the secretary of the Karori Community Hall Trust and has been involved with civil defence in Karori since 2004.
Emergency events by their nature are unpredictable but what we can predict is that they will continue to occur. New Zealand has a rich history of emergency events with recent examples including the Ngauranga Gorge slip, the Edgecumbe floods and the Port Hills fire.
Looking back through history we have the formation of Lake Taupo, possibly the 3rd largest volcanic eruption in history and the Mount Tarawera explosion. Although much attention has been paid to earthquakes we also increasingly need to consider emergencies caused or enhanced by global warning.
We know from recent experience that the recovery costs of earthquakes are high but the recovery costs from volcanic events could be much higher still. How are we to respond to such events?
Civil Defence In Wellington Phil Oliver 2017-07-13 12:00:00Z 0
Changeover 2017 was memorable for the award of two sapphire pin PHFs: one to Jim Johnston, presented by former District Governor Martin Garcia, and the other, a double sapphire, to Doug Langford, presented by President John, in one of his final acts as President.
Jim's citation noted that he received his first PHF in 1998. This second award is in recognition of 20 years of service to District 9940 science programmes and forums and 10 years of service as District Chair of the Rotary national Science and Technology Forum.
Doug is a foundation member of the club and received his first PHF in 1991. He has served  as President and Treasurer, and has held numerous club offices. Most recently, he has been the Rotary Karori liaison to Rotary Kaukau, and has been instrumental in the formation of a new Probus Club in Wellington.
Keeping it in the family, we were entertained with an accomplished piano accompaniment      provided by Doug and Allison's grandson, Joshua.
Past-President John reflected on his year as President before gratefully handing over the chain of office, and the responsibilities that go with it, to President Graeme.
The evening was also notable for the theme of US Independence Day, with Allan Frazer emerging a clear winner for most outstanding costume, notwithstanding a strong challenge by David Watt.
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Grant Robertson, the popular Wellington Central MP, addressed the members of Rotary Karori on Tuesday 20 June. After a brief biographical introduction, Grant moved on to his main topic of the evening, his work as Chair of the Future Of Work Commission. The Commission is a Labour Party initiative that has taken place over a 2 year period. The Commission has produced a 78 page report that attempts to break out of the 3 year electoral cycle and to look at the big picture for employment trends.
Grant contrasted the speed of change in various eras, from the printing press to the internet. Automation is increasingly gaining traction and is popping up in surprising places. Not only is automation becoming dominant in large scale manufacturing but also areas such as accounting and medicine. The report contains 63 recommendations focusing on inclusion, resilience and adaptability. The full report can be found at
Grant stressed the importance of careers advisers to assist young people preparing to enter a rapidly changing work place. Sadly this advice is largely lacking at the present time, with teachers often expected to carry out this function as an addition to regular teaching commitments.
Grant Robertson And The Future Of Work Phil Oliver 2017-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Karori Rotarians hosted Counciller Andy Foster at their meeting on 13 June. Also present were Council Officers Cally, Bo and Tim. The meeting was designed to elicit thoughts and ideas that would contribute to the forward planning processes for the Karori suburb.
Andy, a long time stalwart of the Karori area, started out by providing context for the Wellington City Councils planning processes, stressing the need for dialogue. This was the first of a number of sessions planned for the Karori suburb. Similar sessions will shortly be launched for Miramar and Kilbirnie. However Karori faces a number of critical decisions in the short term including those for infrastructure, transport and education.
Rotarians Participate In Karori Planning Exercise Phil Oliver 2017-06-14 12:00:00Z 0
At our new members' evening on 9 May, Rotary Karori and Rotary Kaukau Presidents (John Barton and Russell Law) presented to Jacqui Jago, Karori Branch Coordinator, Bellyful, a grant made by the two clubs. Bellyful provides meals for families with new-born babies and families with young children struggling with illness. 
Christoph Zintl, Karori Youth Centre, spoke at the same event of their work with young people and thanked Rotary Karori for its continued financial support for the Centre.
Rotary - a reliable partner Douglas Webb 2017-05-10 12:00:00Z 0
Karori Rotarians were treated to some youthful snap, crackle and pop at our meeting on 11 April. Three young people who had received Rotary assistance reported back on their experiences and a candidate for the RYLA spoke of his background and of his hopes for the future.
Youth Night At Rotary Karori Phil Oliver 2017-04-17 12:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Karori and Kau Kau Rotary Clubs had the opportunity to view first-hand the rescue fleet, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft at the Wellington Life Flight Trust base, Lyall Bay, on Tuesday night. The questions put to Sebastian Grodd, Marketing and Fund-raising Manager, and the crew of the Life Flight fleet, clearly indicated a deep interest in their business.
Club visit to the Life Flight Trust Andy Nicoll 2017-04-01 11:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on 14 March was Roy Ferguson, Wellington North Rotarian and former New Zealand Ambassador to the United States. Roy spoke on the recent US election and the inauguration on 20 January this year of the 45th President - Donald John Trump, a 70 year old businessman and television personality. 
An Inside Perspective on the Trump Presidency 2017-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Karori is proud to be a supporter of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute. We have recently made a grant to the Institute towards the travel costs of an Institute staff member who will visit the Salk Institute in the United States in order to learn more about recent advances in stem cell technology that allow the creation of new healthy tissues. 
Supporting the work of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
 Rotary Karori places a high priority on working with young people in our community. We recognise the challenges faced by many young people and look for ways to provide mentoring and positive and supportive advice. One of those is the Karori Youth Centre operating out of the Karori Community Centre.
 At our meeting on 14 February, we heard from Christoph Zintl, Youth Development Adviser at the Centre. Christoph was accompanied by Heather Baldwin, chair of the Community Centre (l to r: Christoph Zintl; John Barton, Club President; and Heather).
 Christoph has been working with young people for many years, initially in Christchurch and later in Karori. During this time, he has noted that the age range of young people at the Centre has expanded over time, and now is from 11-25 years. He observed that "young people need encouragement to do better." Through helping young people, "you get involved - what you get behind the scenes is very different to what you see." 
Helping young people in Karori 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
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.
An Educator Speaks 2016-11-10 11:00:00Z 0
Our new website 2016-10-27 11:00:00Z 0
21-23 APRIL 2017: Rotary District 9940 CONFERENCE --
Clubs are already making block bookings at the Conference Venue and at the ‘sister’ hotel just up the road.
Taranaki Clubs are looking at home hosting for Conference attendees. New Plymouth has a large number of motels reasonably close to the Conference venue.
Registrations for District Conference are now open at:
NOTE: the special $199 Conference Registration rate is only available until 20 December 2016: thereafter it will be $225.
District Conference 2017 2016-10-26 11:00:00Z 0
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.


Zealandia Douglas Webb 2016-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Karori complimented on generosity Douglas Webb 2016-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
The principals of five local primary schools, Karori Normal (Conrad Kelly), Karori West Normal (Janice Shramka), Northland School (Jeremy Edwards), Makara School (Gail Dewar), and St. Teresa’s School (Mary-Angela Tombs) attended our meeting on 23 August. The schools received grants in 2015 from Rotary Karori's Sunshine Fund to assist students who, for one reason or another, would not otherwise be able to fully participate in the whole school curriculum. 
At the meeting, President John Barton presented a further round of grants to each school for the 2016 year. Although the amounts are modest, they fulfil an important role – from helping with attendance at school camps to meeting the cost of bus fares which, in the case of one family, runs to $15 each school day.
Sunshine Fund for Karori Schools 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Opening Thought (Jim Johnston): A Maori proverb (given in Maori and English): “What is the most important thing in the world?  It is the people, it is the people, it is the people”... ‘We are the protectors and nurturers of our next generation.’
Closing Thought (Rob Webb): ‘Finis Coronat Opus’  (‘The End Crowns the Work”), contemplating this as he notices the shipping container on the Mobil Karori forecourt – now the local Private Box lobby. 
Opening and Closing Thoughts 23 August 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
The Club has partnered with the Rotary clubs of Wellington and Apia, Volunteer Service Abroad and the Tindall Foundation to support the establishment of a commercial garden in the village of Lalomalava, Savaii, Samoa. 
Samoa Garden Project 2016-08-30 12:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0