The annual joint meeting of Rotary Karori and Karori Lions members was held on 11 October. Rotary Karori members were warmly welcomed and President Graeme reciprocated with thanks. He also took the opportunity to hand over the Karori Lions' share of the net proceeds from this year's book fair.
 
Beth Anders of Karori Lions gave a powerful and passionate presentation on Camp Quality, a volunteer organisation providing camps and recreational activities for children suffering from cancer and their families. Camp Quality was founded over 30 years ago with the assistance of the Lions Clubs of New Zealand.
 
The Wellington Region with which Beth is associated conducts a summer camp, a picnic, and a reunion day for senior campers. It also runs a weekend training camp for volunteer companions who are assigned to each child attending a camp.
 
The focus is on children aged 5 to 13 years. Seventy children are enrolled for the January 2018 summer camp. Camps provide a stress-free and caring environment for the children, where fun and friendship are combined with achievable challenges. Camps also provide a respite period for families.
 
Camp Quality is dependant on fundraising to meet the annual costs for the Wellington Region of around $140,000. Lions clubs contribute around one third, while the balance is raised through a wide range of events and fundraisers. 
 
Beth concluded with a message of hope and commitment to the lasting impact of these camps and an invitation to Rotary Karori to consider providing support.  
Joint Meeting with Karori Lions Douglas Webb 2017-10-11 11:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on 26 September District Govenor Mitchell Brown outlined the challenges facing Rotary, together with some potential solutions.
 
After a greeting in Te Reo, Mitch introduced Taupiripiri, a carved talking stick owned by the New Plymouth West Rotary group. Carved by a master carver the stick comprises several sections. At the top there is a bird with it beak shut 'listening'. Other sections represent the creation of the world, our environment and finally an uncarved section representing the future. Mitch also referred to the chains of office and some of the individuals that had worn them.
 
The most critical challenge facing Rotary is membership. The average age of club membership is increasing. To conteract this we will push the theme 'Go Wild About Rotary'. Further interaction with our communities is key and the Rotofest event will be held in Palmerston North on 11-13 May. This will include the opening of the Wild Based Recovery Centre on the Friday. Social events will feature the Roger Fox Band and food trucks parked around the square.
 
Visit From District Governor, Mitch Brown Phil Oliver 2017-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
Ambassador Mario Alzugaray Rodrigues, Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand, was welcomed to our meeting on 12 September. The Ambassador is a career diplomat who was posted to New Zealand in 2015, following postings in Beijing and Shanghai.
 
In introducing the Ambassador, we acknowledged the tremendous losses of life and property in Cuba as a consequence of Hurricane Irma, and extended our sympathies to the Cuban people.
 
Cuba's history has been shaped by its central position in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to four centuries of occupation by Spain, domination by the United States from 1902 until the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and post-revolution the US trade embargo, that largely continues until this day.
 
The trade embargo is the most comprehensive set of sanctions imposed on any country, and imposes barriers both large and small on dealings between Cuban businesses and people and not only the US, but also other countries and people. 
 
In this context, New Zealand is a welcome trade partner, the main export being dairy products, while tourism is growing rapidly. Cuba is also seeking to tap the New Zealand experience in economic and social reform.
 
The Ambassador and his family are enjoying the lack of formality and relaxed lifestyle in New Zealand.
 
 
(pictured; l to r: Ambassador Rodrigues and David Watt, Rotary Karori) 
 
Cuba - New Zealand Relations Douglas Webb 2017-09-12 12:00:00Z 0
David Baker and Michael Blundell of the Rotary Club of Masterton South made a presentation to our 12 September meeting on a proposed mobile medical health unit to meet significant unmet needs for easy access to primary health care in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands.
 
They are seeking financial support for the purchase and fit-out of the clinic, with the target of delivering the clinic to the Government early next year. The government will supply medical personnel, and will meet the operating costs of the clinic.
 
 
(pictured; l to r: Michael Blundell and David Baker; Ambassador Rodrigues; President Graeme Titcombe; David Watt)
A mobile medical health clinic for the Cook Islands Douglas Webb 2017-09-12 12:00:00Z 0
As it has for the last 20 years, Rotary Karori was the lead sponsor for the 2017 Awards, presented at a well-attended ceremony on 5 September. The Awards are the brainchild of former Rotarian, Wally Simmers, along with Heather Baldwin of the Karori Community Centre.
 

 
The Awards recognise the achievements of Karori young people in service to the community, arts and sports, academic improvement after overcoming obstacles, courage and bravery, and contributions to other young people. This year, 26 awards were made, including the Supreme Award to Lily Marsh. The award citations featured social activism, mentoring and leadership. 
 
A keynote address by Zara Maslin of Attitude NZ stressed that young people should find their strengths and use their potential to do something meaningful beyond themselves. 
 
"It won't always be easy - the right thing isn't always the easiest, and the easiest thing isn't always right. The most important things in life are what you do for other people."
 
Celebrating the Karori Youth Awards 2017 Douglas Webb 2017-09-05 12:00:00Z 0
 
The annual Rotary Karori/Karori Lions book fair was held over two days on 25-26 August. With a new venue this year and a large number of good quality books, the fair attracted many buyers from Karori and beyond. 
 
The book fair continues the successful partnership between our two clubs, allowing us to do more together for our community.
 
Additional support for the book fair was provided by Karori New World and other local retailers.
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Karen Adair (shown with President Graeme Titcombe and Douglas Langford) addressed Karori Rotarians on the history and current work at the Mount Street Cemetery at their meeting on 22 August.
 
Karen is a policy manager at the Ministry Of Culture And Heritage. She has a family connection to Rotary Karori through her parents Robin and Yvonne Adair.
 
Mount Street Cemetery is a little known cemetery adjacent to Waiteata Road in Wellington. Both the Mount Street and Bolton Street cemeteries  were created in about 1840 or 1841 and consecrated by Bishop Jean Baptiste Francois Pompellier.
 
Mount Street Cemetery is the final resting place of a complete cross section of society, and remains church property to this day. The 1840s saw many soldiers buried there, many gold miners were buried there in the 1850s and many Irish Catholics in the 1870s. The earliest surviving headstone belongs to Captain O'Connell and is dated 1850. In total it is estimated that 950 graves are contained in the tiny plot of land.
 
Archaeology At The Mount Street Cemetery Phil Oliver 2017-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
General Election Candidates' Meeting 2017-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
At the Rotary Karori/ANZ Bank business breakfast on 17 August, Professor Graham Le Gros,  Chief Executive of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Dr Robert Weinkove, consultant Haematologist, spoke about the work of the Institute.
 
It is vital that New Zealand continues to have an independent research organisation carrying out the active biomedical research programme being undertaken at the Malaghan with the support  of Central Government,  businesses and community organisations alike. The Malaghan Institute is now into its fifty-first year of research operations in New Zealand.
 
Graham Le Gros, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, said the Institute has built a strong foundation in basic biological research and through decades of investment and support for its research into the human immune system the results are paying off.
 
The research staff have an understanding of the immune system that is making it possible to use the body’s own systems to heal itself. Their work is focused on cancer, asthma and allergies, and brain health research. In the next decade or earlier, we will see an immune-based approach applied to treating conditions such as multiple sclerosis, autism and diabetes.  
 
The Malaghan operates with 100 staff at its base in Kelburn. Graham Le Gros acknowledged his board colleague in the audience, Port Nicholson Rotarian Ian Paterson, along with wife and fellow Rotarian Jane.  Ian has contributed large sums of financial support to research at the Malaghan from sales undertaken by his real estate company, Just Paterson.
 
Dr Robery Weinkove, Clinical Director of the Institute's laboratory team generating GMP-grade human dendritic cells, spoke on the Car T cell therapy programmes being undertaken at the Institute and provided a picture of how international research agencies, especially in China, are also leading on immunotherapy research. 
 
He said their task as a team at the Malaghan Institute is to roll out new cancer therapy  treatments, to build new cures for allergic diseases and to build the Mayo Clinic in the South Pacific.  Their goals are to build manufacturing capability, clinical experience and quality management, and to collaborate with all other research groups.
 
The audience had many pertinent questions to our speakers on the future of the research programme at the Malaghan and were left in no doubt that the Institute is recognised globally as a world leader and is well supported by strongly interested philanthropic individuals and organisations who want to see the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research play an important role in shaping New Zealand’s future.
 
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The District RYLA team has announced that it is seeking highly motivated 18 to 24 year olds who have already illustrated leadership potential.
 
Guide to RYLA is available, with information on the application process along with recommendations on how to interview and select deserving candidates. For programme costs please refer to the Rotary Clubs Guide to RYLA.

Key Dates;
Now -            Seek expressions of interest 
October -       Interview and select your clubs applicant(s)
31 October -   Submit your applicant(s) to the RYLA committee 
20 November - Early bird payment closes

For more detail, go to www.ryla9940.co.nz, or contact Ganesh Cherian, Programme Director (Hutt City) on ganesh.cherian@gmail.com.
RYLA registrations now open webb 2017-08-08 12:00:00Z 0
Alan Cameron is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and spoke at a Rotary Karori meeting on 25 July 2017. Feldenkrais is an educational approach that aims to help people who have physical limitations to understand why they feel the way they do and to learn how to move differently to overcome the problem. 
 
Feldenkrais is not a medical treatment and is different to massage and chiropractic, which work directly with muscles and bones. It is about working with the nervous system and the coordination of movement.
 
Using the ability of the brain to relearn, and using gentle, slow body movements, habitual patterns of movement that are inefficient or causing discomfort are identified and modified.
 
Areas of focus are balance and stability, coordination and flexibility, and chronic pain.
 
 
Improving bodily function through movement Douglas Webb 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
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 http://www.futureofwork.nz/
 
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.
 
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21-23 APRIL 2017: Rotary District 9940 CONFERENCE --
NEW PLYMOUTH
 
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.
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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. 
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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.
 
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