The Rotary Club of Karori hosted Barbara Mulligan of Karori last Tuesday evening, a former Port Nicholson Rotary Club member and a “one person champion” restorer of the graves of the 1918 Wellington flu victims in Karori cemetery.
 
Over the past year Barbara has been hard at work with the support of a few friends and volunteers preserving close on 700 graves  of those who perished from the flu pandemic  in a period of just over two months from mid- October to mid December 1918.
 
The so-called ‘Spanish’ influenza killed an estimated 50 million people world- wide. New Zealand lost nearly 9,000 people to influenza, about half as many New Zealand military deaths over four years in World War 1. The 1918 flu pandemic was the worst public health crisis New Zealand had seen. Barbara showed graphic pictures of graves that had suffered from years of neglect and the outcome of hard work to restore them. Many of these graves are in an area down on the eastern side of the cemetery with gum trees overhanging and where considerable damage has occurred over many years. The flu attacked and killed people who were in their prime of life, not just the very young or elderly. Housing conditions in the capital, places of work and being around people who carried and spread the virus made people very vulnerable and there were many deaths of working people in their 20s and 30s.
 
Karori Cemetery, owned and managed by the Wellington City Council, is one of the largest cemeteries in New Zealand, over 40 hectares containing some 85,000 interments. Barbara showed many slides especially of the servicemen’s section, where in a space of four weeks in late 1918 row upon row of victims of the flu pandemic were buried, many of them having come from the Trentham training camp which was heavily hit by flu in the latter stages of the war.
 
Barbara is hoping to encourage the formation of A Friends of Karori Cemetery to care about conservation, preservation and a full interpretation of this vast cemetery.
 
The restoration project led by Barbara  culminates in a special Influenza Centennial Commemoration at Karori Cemetery  on Sunday 18 November at 11am and again on Sunday 25 November with a public service in the Services section. Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington Central  MP Hon Grant Robertson will give addresses and with the addition of an address by Professor Geoffrey Rice, author of two major publications about the Flu pandemic in New Zealand, ‘Black November (1988) and an updated version,  Black Flu 1918: the story of New Zealand’s worst public health disaster, published last year.
 
Karori Rotary Club member, Henk Rood, gave a viewpoint following Barbara’s address with a focus on whether members of Rotary have perceived any advantages from moving to meeting only twice a month. Her said that on a recent make up meeting at Rotary on Cuba, a club which still meets weekly they were most interested in whether there had been gains from moving to only two meetings a month. He said the jury was still out on this question in his view.
Karori Cemetary And The 1918 Flu Pandemic Phil Oliver 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on 23/10 Rotarians were addressed by Dion Blackmore and Peter Barker. Dion was sponsored by the club to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Peter is the Wellington Board Chair of the Samaritans organisation.
 
Since attending RYLA in Jan 2018 Dion has been on courses at Outward Bound and at the Aspiring Leaders Forum. He found both courses were very challenging but also provided great experiences. Serving others is the best foundation for a meaningful life.
 
The ALF course took place over 4 days and included a wide range of activities. Amongst these was time spent at parliament with MPs, workshops and sporting activities, community service and a barn dance. Day 4 wrapped up the course, leaving with the thought 'You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give'.
 
Dion will be working at Morrison and Company over the summer and invites us to stay in touch at DionBlackmoreKiwi@gmail.com.
 
Peter's presentation was rather more somber.
 
He joined Samaritans 24 years ago and has held various positions both operational and managerial in the organisation. He highlighted the huge scale of suicide in NZ and what the Samaritans organisation does to help people that seek help in difficult circumstances. Samaritans are part of a global network that provides round the clock phone counselling for lonely and suicidal people. In NZ 1 in 5 will experience problems with mental health or addiction. In 2017 this contributed to 12 suicides per week a truly stunning statistic.
 
Peter stressed that suicides are preventable provided early assistance can be provided. Depression is often the first step towards suicide, marked by; persistent low, sad or depressed mood; loss of interest; irritability; change in sleeping habits and physical agitation.
 
Help can be obtained at www.depression.org.nz. Samaritans will listen and offer compassion and understanding. The service is completely anonymous and confidential. The organisation is always looking for volunteers who will go through a selection and training process.
 
The Good Samaritans Phil Oliver 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
 
 
The latest in the series of ANZ Bank - Karori Rotary business breakfast meetings was held on 17 October with guest speaker the Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester.
 
Justin's presentation entitled 'Back To The Future' gave a very upbeat assessment of the direction in which the city is heading.
 
Starting with transportation he highlighted the speed with which transport modes can change. As an example the horse and cart was replaced by the motor car in less than 15 years. In Wellington we are starting to see another major transport change with the movement towards electric cars. The city is adapting by encouraging charging stations for the new vehicle type. Light rail is also being kept under review.
 
Justin dealt with changing demographic changes. There has been a lack of investment in low cost housing. This must be addressed. A lot more people will be living in the city centre and despite some growing pains this is starting to pay off. The council is striving to make the city centre an attractive environment for these new inhabitants.
 
Along the way the occasional mistake has been made but these have been offset with some significant successes. The environment has benefited from the predator free movement. The has been significant progress with Te Tauihi Te Reo Māori policy. The shift from Guy Fawkes to Matariki has been largely accomplished.
 
Finally the Mayor gave an overview of the plans that are being developed for Karori and summarised the responses received from community consultation.
 
A vigorous but friendly question time brought the meeting to a close.
Mayor Justin Lester At Business Breakfast Phil Oliver 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
Polio Quiz Night
 
On 9 October Michael Fagg, chair of district 9940 Polio Plus ran an entertaining and informative Polio quiz.
 
Michael stressed that although we are making progress the fight is still far from over. Starting back in 1985 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has been a long hard fight. The remaining cases are occurring in countries that are at war or where there is social unrest. Once a country has eradicated Polio a period of 3 years must pass without further cases before the country can be declared disease free by the WHO.
 
The Polio virus occurs only in human beings. Eradication of Polio will be only the third disease to be eliminated, after smallpox and rinderpest. The economic benefits of eliminating the disease are huge.
 
Most enticingly Michael had on display a jeroboam of wine to be auctioned early next year together with any other wine donations received.
Polio Plus Quiz Night Phil Oliver 2018-10-15 11:00:00Z 0
 
Many thanks to everyone taking part in the blood pressure checks on Saturday 6 October at the Karori Mall. Most importantly we thank RNs, Judith from St Johns and Elizabeth from Massey who performed the BP checks. Thanks also to Chirag P for organising the location and providing us logistical help with the campaign.
 
We managed to get over 100+ people through the Blood Pressure checks in the Karori Mall.
 
Highlights of the day
  •     A young man, hesitant to get the check done but finally referred to his GP for low blood pressure. Judith and Richard expertly advised him.
  •     A lovely lady who did her last check when the campaign was run 2 years ago and was wondering if we will continue to run the campaign every year.
  •     The campaign was a mix of people from different genders and ethnicities with however most young people opting out of it.
  •     A lady who had a very high reading but was expertly handled by Judith and Beth, advised not stress out as she was looking well, but was referred to check with GP.
  •     A guy expertly predicting his BP before the check.
  •     Quite a number of people who advised they regularly do the BP checks.
  •     A person who told us he has a BP measurement machine at home, we just came across one such case.
Blood Pressure Monitoring Phil Oliver 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
 
 
Karori Rotarians hosted a joint dinner with Karori Lions on 2 October. The evening's highlight was an address by the Britsh High Commissioner, HE Laura Clarke.
 
HE talked of the cultural links between our countries, stressing that these cannot simply be taken for granted but must be recognised and built on where ever possible. One of her main roles is to futire proof the relationship between the countries.
 
HE spoke of three main areas of concern. The first is to strengthen business links and to encourage growth of trade in goods and services. Part of this will be to investigate the prospects for a free trade agreement. The second area is to ensure cooperation in response to events on the world stage. This includes intelligence, climate change and cyber crime. The UK is currently establishing 3 new High Commissions in the Pacific. The third area is to encourage exchanges in the arts and in culture. These are all aspects of a broad and rich relationship between the UK and NZ.
 
An example of the outreach on a personal level was to run a competion 'Be The British High Commissioner For A Day'. This attracted a large number of entries and was won by a girl from Rangiora. She was able to meet with various political figure and to take part in the celebrations for International Womens Day.
 
Inevitably discussion turned to Brexit. Although negotiations are going through a bumpy phase HE stressed that there is a lot at stake. These issues simply have to be worked through. Many of the problems will be resolved simply by using WTO rules.
Joint Rotary/Lions Dinner Phil Oliver 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on 25 September we welcomed Kay Webster who has been recently appointed to manage the Karori Community Centre.
 
Kay has stepped into the job after working in the Anglican Church for many years and in various roles. When asked about the change in jobs she replies that she has always asked 'What do people need to be the best they can be?' This the approach that she intends bringing to the Community Centre. In her previous roles Kay explained that she had developed a sense of timing when moving from one to the other. It seemed to her that this was the right time to move on to a new job.
 
Rather than reciting a list of job functions Kay chose to tell the story of her time at the KCC by telling us about some of the personal interactions she had had with people at the Centre. These included a conversation with a Saudi woman with very little English. Despite this and the cultural differences they were able to have a joyful interaction. On Monday morning the Centre hosts a sewing group. The group specialises in taking fabric that would otherwise end up in the land fill and turning it into useful items. More importantly the women are able to share their skills with one another. Younger members of the community can find an accepting environment over a game of bowls.
 
Other activities that Kay mentioned at the Centre include the Citizens Advice Bureau, the toy library and a food bank. Above all Kay wants to encourage a warm human environment at the Centre.
Karori Community Centre - Under New Management Phil Oliver 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
A successful Rotary/Lions book fair was held at the Baptist Church hall on Fri 14 and Sat 15. The financial result will be determined in conjunction with the Lions. However it appears that the Saturday take was down on Friday's take. This follows the pattern of trading in previous years.
 
Watch this space.
Book Fair Phil Oliver 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
We welcomed our guest speaker Councillor Andy Foster to the meeting on 11 September and Andy took the opportunity to outline the proposal to formally establish a Karori Environmental Association. The aim is to protect and enhance the natural environment of Karori and its surrounds, including landscapes, waterways, indigenous vegetation and to encourage public involvement in projects, access and enjoyment of the natural environment.
 
Andy outlined several key projects that community groups have already indicated their interest in being involved in and he encouraged our Rotary Club to pick up and lead out on the opportunities that he presented to the Club . He was keen to see various organisations in Karori to come together and participate in a range of project ideas.
 
Reserve areas in Karori need improvement and this attracted interest from members who wished to take up the challenge and to discuss some specific ideas more with Andy. One statistic of interest was the number of traps that Karori residents have on their properties bordering reserves, bush areas and Zealandia to trap environmental predators, with 1000 traps noted at last count in the suburb.
 
The Club expressed its thanks to Andy for his presentation and gave a strong indication that the Club would certainly like to lead out on some of the project challenges on offer.
 
Community Projects Phil Oliver 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
Karori Rotary was delighted to support and join the large attendance at the recent Karori Youth Awards on 5 September at the Marsden School auditorium. We extend our warmest congratulations to all award winners and in particular to the Supreme Award winner, Elliot Gonzales, for his leadership in building up the Karori Kung Fu Club.
 
We thank our Rotary representative Allan Frazer for his sterling work and involvement on the Youth Awards committee for this year’s awards.
 
Karori Youth Awards Phil Oliver 2018-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
 
At our last meeting on 11 September we welcomed principals of schools in our catchment area to receive grants from the Club. Present were Tania Savage, Cardinal McKeefry School, Jeremy Edwards, Northland School, and Jane Reddish, acting principal of Makara Model School.
 
All schools are doing environmental projects with an emphasis on full pupil participation. Tania gave us a power point presentation on their special garden project.The grant funding from Rotary will assist future work on these projects.
 
The principals of St Teresas and Karori Normal will be coming to our next meeting to receive grants and from Karori West Normal at a later meeting.
 
School Grants Phil Oliver 2018-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
 
 
At our meeting on 28 August we were treated to a talk by Dr Dragos Bratasanu from the Eastern Hutt Rotary Club on the 'Pursuit Of Dreams'. The 'Pursuit Of Dreams' is also the title of his recently published book.
 
Dr Dragos was born in Romania in the last part of the communist regime. His early upbringing took place amongst some poverty. Although the regime provided the basics of life, food and shelter, they also took away all other freedoms. Dragos said it took him a long time to understand what his environment was doing to him and that it is the environment that produces the result.
 
He eventually made his way to a job at NASA but still suffered from a lack of money, having to read books by surreptiously reading them in book shops. Now in his mid 20s he began to ask himself, what is his dream? This crystallised into a dream to visit the North and South poles. This was a serious ambition given that he had only $200 per month. He gave himself a year to try all his options also deciding to wait until the last day of the year before evaluating his decisions. By leveraging all his options he was able to fly from Argentina to the South pole. This led to an invitation to go to the North pole flying from 24 hours of light to 24 hours of darkness.
 
Returning to Romania he spent time travelling to various monastries coming to realise that your dreams are about your unique expression in spirit and truth. When dreams come from the heart they will always working in the long run. Dragos played a short movie in support of the idea that there is nothing that we can't achieve and that it is never too late to start.
 
Dragos dealt with the reasons he moved on from jobs at NASA and Telecom in pursuit of his dreams. He has a strong concept of service to others (similar to Rotary) and believes that service to others is always repaid.
 
The Pursuit Of Dreams Phil Oliver 2018-09-03 12:00:00Z 0
General
At our meeting on 14 August President David outlined a full program of projects and forth coming events (please see the side bar and plan your support). He also welcomed Coral Anderson, past president and member of the club for 19 years who was visiting from the Wairarapa.
 
Anant Bhatnagar
Our main speaker for the evening was our own Anant Bhatnagar. Anant gave a brief assessment of his personality and described his career in IT in the US, UK, India, Australia and New Zealand. Anant is currently working for Datacom, a large, international IT services company. His role is a team leader responsible for the Transition and Transformation team. This is an essential role in a company that assists local industry to outsource their IT infrastructure. Managing the change from in house IT systems to outsourced systems presents multiple challenges that must be carefully managed for a successful project. Datacom has successfully managed projects for ACC, MBIE, DIA, Chorus and Parliamentary Services.
 
Anant screened an amusing video illustrating the pitfalls of outsourcing and showing the importance of keeping focused on the job at hand. This encapsulates the Datacom strategy of acting as a local outsource.
 
The talk concluded with a light jab at the project management of the new bus time tables. Several of the questions revolved around AI and Anant agreed this would have an increasing influence on all our lives.
 
Karori Youth Awards
Allan Fraser spoke about the importance of the Annual Karori Youth Awards. These will be held in the Marsden School Auditorium at 7pm on Wednesday 5th September. Rotary Karori is the core sponsor of the awards and this is our 20th year of supporting this event. We are particularly keen this year to have a great turnout to celebrate the 20 young Karori people who have been nominated for Awards this year. We are working hard to get more community participation in line with the vision developed in the Karori Project to move towards being a more connected community. One action to bring about change is to involve more people in community events such as this.
 
Richard Oldham presented a viewpoint that focused on cycles in the economic sphere.
Club Meeting, 14 August Phil Oliver 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
 
Our Rotary/ANZ business breakfast was thoroughly involved in the world of consumer rights when Sue Chetwin, CEO of Consumer New Zealand addressed a good size attendance at the Karori Park Café on 1 August. Sue has brought strong consumer advocacy and journalism skills to her position as Chief Executive. She joined Consumer in 2007 following two previous outstanding chief executives for the organisation, in David Russell and Dick Smithies. Dick was a member of Karori Rotary for a number of years and was a renowned public speaker and debater. Sue Chetwin previously had more than 25 years in print journalism in New Zealand and made her mark as editor of the Sunday News, Sunday Star Times and the Herald on Sunday returning to Wellington to take up her present role as head of Consumer New Zealand..
 
Sue said her key role as the public face for consumers is to ensure Consumer New Zealand remains relevant and continues to be an important part of kiwi lives. She got our gathering into action with a quick fire knock-out quiz, asking everyone to stand  and take part in questions on consumer rights, products and guarantees. At the end of this quite exciting icebreaker, one figure remained standing in the room, with all the right answers – guess it had to be a lawyer, our one and only Luke Yiavasis who earned himself a free subscription to Consumer.
 
Consumer New Zealand is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to getting New Zealanders a fairer deal. Established as the Consumer Council in 1959 it was set up to protect and promote the interest of consumers of goods and services. Sue said that when she looked back at one of its first editorials in 1959, the organisation  can fairly say it has continued on the track it was set up to do.  With the strength of her public relations skills and years of engagement in tough decision making faced as a major newspaper editor, she sailed through many examples of issues she put to the meeting that have confronted Consumer New Zealand on things like misleading pricing,  small print and conditions confronting consumers at the retail counter and the high level ethical challenges that have emerged from research on huge ranges of consumer products.
 
Membership of Consumer New Zealand has grown significantly and it now has over 100,000 members and supporters.
 
Sue constantly takes the battle to Parliament on behalf of consumers in New Zealand leading submissions on various bills affecting consumer rights on goods and services, an area of work which has taken up a lot of her time and that of her team colleagues and Consumer New Zealand Board. One area of concern as our audience agreed being the cost of consuming electricity.
 
Questions flowed from the floor around misleading advertising from some very significant service providers in New Zealand, about product testing and maintaining high ethical standards in the exchange between supplier and recipient of products and services.
 
One of our best meetings to date and very well received by our breakfast supporters.
 
Sue Chetwin, Consumer Champion Phil Oliver 2018-08-12 12:00:00Z 0
Mary O’Keeffe, our guest speaker, gave a very animated presentation to members and guests with an address entitled “What lies beneath”. Guests from Johnsonville Rotary included President Neil Haydon and 8 other members. Attending from Wellington Rotoract were President Madison Faber and Samatha Cleary. Minneke Rood, Jeanette Souter, Michele Sutherland and Clara Yiavasis, partners of Karori members also attended.
 
Mary has been an archaeology consultant for over 20 years working on  major infrastructural roading and  building refurbishment projects around the capital. She has worked extensively on the Kapiti Expressway, Transmission Gully, the Wellington City By pass, the building of the new Wellington Regional Hospital and redevelopment work at Government House. Mary traced the history of Government House, being the site of an early lunatic asylum, with images of early buildings, walls and gardens, and sites of building redevelopment in Willis street, uncovering a lot of history around early settlement in the city, how people lived with examples of bottles, plates and clothing found, and wells located deep in the ground for inorganic material which were very common around inner city properties.
 
The Club also saw images of skeletal finds and remnants of middens, shell beds and cooking ovens on the Kapiti Coast, the extent of dune erosion and construction work turning up early Maori burials. Under Government legislation all pre 1900 sites in New Zealand are deemed archaeological sites which must be protected when new development work is proposed. Archaeological authorities are approved for redevelopment with mitigation conditions. Mary fielded many questions which highlighted considerable interest in her topic and presentation to the Club.
 
Allan Frazer followed with a view point on rural and urban environmental impacts in New Zealand urging the importance of bringing both communities closer together to resolve issues for sustainability and benefit for all society, especially for urban residents to gain a  greater appreciation of the rural environment around them. Too few people living in inner cities are getting an appreciation of life on farms and enjoying the values presented  by our rural landscape.
What Lies Beneath, Archaeology In Wellington Phil Oliver 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
President David announced that Anant Bhatnagar and Barry Taylor had joined the board, Anant as Club Services director and Barry as Secretary.

We have been advised that Clubs can provide their own volunteer nurses, paramedics etc this year to assist with the Blood Pressure/Stroke Foundation Awareness Day in October, run in conjunction with New World Supermarkets. Karori has made such an arrangement for 2018.  More details to be announced over the next few weeks.

The meeting on 24 July at Marsden will be a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Johnsonville. Partners are also invited. The guest speaker will be Mary O'Keeffe, consultant archaeologist. Her topic will be 'What Lies Beneath Wellington'.

Allan Frazer reminded members that applications for the Karori Youth Awards close on 5 August. Applications are open to youths in the age range 11-25 and can be made at the community centre web site.

Members then considered the Revitalisation Plan for the club. As membership has declined and more engagement for members was being sought, the need for the plan has become increasingly urgent. President David spoke of the survey returns from members and a focus group meeting chaired by District Club development chair, Tony Heyward. This workshop reinforced messages that came through the survey results. The plan going forward was prepared in response to member responses and opened up discussion at the Club Forum.  Recommendations from the Board sought support for the principle objectives of the club going forward and to seek support for a move to a breakfast format which could provide more interest and support for the club from people who have busy lives, may have difficulties getting back to Karori for evening meetings and generally have other commitments  including family needs which may prevent attendance at the Club’s evening engagements.

The current costs for meetings at Marsden with a reduced membership, were outlined by treasurer, Doug Langford. It was likely that the dinner cost for members could increase and the cost for use of the Function Room at Marsden had not changed for some considerable time. Doug indicated there were implications for the Club of costs on a reduced membership. The club currently has a membership of 22 but with 4-5 other members not attending at present, the numbers at Marsden meetings had reduced to around 16-17 which put quite a lot of pressure on the club, including attracting top speakers. President David said the Board was aware of 3-4 possible new members so hopefully that may help to arrest the decline in recent membership numbers and give the club a base to build for the future.

Discussion looked at options of moving to a breakfast format with a potential for club growth – a breakfast meeting was possible at Marsden on Wednesdays. Alternatively, following the business breakfasts being held at the Karori Park Café, which are attracting good numbers, that venue could provide more regular breakfasts for the club. The business breakfast appealed to people with more pressing commitments at other times to meet. Quite a number of members expressed a reluctance to move away from the present formats being offered by the club.

Members generally wished to continue to meet at Marsden as at present, to maintain the partnership business breakfast with ANZ and community groups, and to review the situation again in 6 months, meantime committing to the Plan objectives to have more member involvement with community projects, seeking to grow membership and support of the Club to offer fun and friendship opportunities for members and partners through social activities and to working together with other Rotary clubs.

 
Club Forum 10 July 2018 Phil Oliver 2018-07-16 12:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarians and their partners met on Saturday 3 July to mark the passing of the presidency from Graeme Titcombe to David Watt. Graeme welcomed our guests; Assistant Governer Linda Wellington and her husband Craig, Sandra and Cliff Daley, Tristram and Joshua Langford and Christine Murdoch.
 
After reviewing our progress over the last year Graeme passed the presidency to David Watt who outlined some of his plans for the new year. In particular he stressed the importance of the club forum on 10 July urging all members to attend.
 
The committee now comprises
    David Watt, President (until December)
    Jim Johnson, President Elect, Community And Youth
    Graeme Titcombe, Immediate Past President
    Barry Taylor, Secretary
    Doug Langford, Treasurer
    Anant Bhatnagar, Operations And Services
    Phil Oliver, International
 
During dinner we were entertained by Joshua Langford show casing his outstanding talents on the piano.
 
After dinner the results of the silent wine and flower auctions were announced with a generous amount contributed to club funds.
 
The meeting ended on a high point with the award of Paul Harris Fellowships to
    Jamie Milne
    Henk Rood

    Doug Webb
 
 
 
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Following the recent member survey and workshop, a club forum will be held on 10 July to discuss the conclusions and next steps.
 
This will take the place of the regular club meeting scheduled for that evening.
 
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A reminder to members to register for the upcoming mid-winter solstice evening on 30 June, which is also the changeover event for the beginning of the new Rotary year. 
 
Registration can be performed by selecting the event on the Rotary Karori website home page and following the prompts.
 
The closing date for registration is 27 June.
 
A silent wine auction will also be held to raise funds for community activities. Donations of interesting or valuable wines should be made to Lewis Weatherall.
Celebrating Matariki and the start of a new Rotary year 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Bowel cancer is the second most common form of cancer in New Zealand after prostate cancer, with 3000 new cases each year. Early detection and treatment is critical, and it is important to be aware of the risk factors and the symptoms.
 
Stefan Corbett, a Karori resident, bowel cancer survivor, and community ambassador for Bowel Cancer New Zealand, spoke at Rotary Karori on 12 June. Bowel Cancer New Zealand is a national charity for those affected by the disease. It works to raise awareness of the symptoms, promote early diagnosis, and encourage fair and affordable access to treatment.
 
Stefan spoke of his own journey, the failure of several GPs to identify his symptoms, and ultimately the detection of a major tumour. Fortunately, surgery and follow-on treatment have resulted in a positive outcome.
 
His experiences motivated Stefan to volunteer to work with Bowel Cancer New Zealand in promoting awareness through sharing his story and information about the disease.
 
The key risk factors associated with bowel cancer are being 50 years of age or older, having a personal or family history of bowel cancer, and genetic factors associated with the disease.
 
Though the risk of bowel cancer increases with age, there is also an increasing prevalence in young people. 
 
However, the risk can be lowered by a healthy diet (including plenty of vegetables, fruit and cereals), regular exercise, 
quitting smoking, and minimising alcohol intake.
 
A free national screening programme for bowel cancer is being rolled out around the country. Screening will be offered every two years to men and women aged between 60 and 74 years, who are eligible for publicly-funded health care.
Bowel cancer - not often talked about, but common 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Graeme Titcombe, current President of the Rotary Club of Karori, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the home support sector and the community.

Graeme had an extensive career in the electrical and electronic manufacturing and service industries in New Zealand and Australia before becoming CEO of Access Home Health, now Access Community Health. ACH is a provider of homer-based health and disability services owned by Rural Women New Zealand. Graeme was CEO from 1999 until 2015 during which time he led the consolidation of a range of rural support services into a national service and oversaw significant growth in those services in New Zealand.
 
He was President of the New Zealand Home Health Association from 2001-2006.
 
Within the Karori community in Wellington, Graeme was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Karori in 1982. He has been Club President twice, and is a PHF with sapphire.  He has been Treasurer of the Rotary Karori Sanctuary Discovery Area, Chair of the Karori Community Bus since 2007, a founding Trustee of the Karori Community Hall Trust, and provides accounting services for the Marsden Day Care Trust.
Graeme John Titcombe – ONZM, Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018.   2018-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
Nick and Christine Hurley addressed Rotary members highlighting the activities of 9940 District International Services Committee and introducing an exciting new international project.
 
The aims of the committee are

To act as a centre of excellence for clubs in the lower North Island, providing advice and information on international matters.

To promote support and collaborate on sustainable development projects, mainly in the Pacific.

To promote Rotary NZ emergency response kits for disaster relief.
 
Christine and Nick Hurley with Graeme Titcombe (centre)
 
There are six areas of focus for international projects.
    Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
    Disease prevention and treatment
    Water and sanitation
    Maternal and child health
    Basic education and literacy
    Economic and community development
 
The committee works closely with other organisations such as VSA and MFAT and with other Rotary organisations in New Zealand and Australia. These partnerships include the global project Stop Polio Now and the SkyHydrant water filtration system to provide clean drinking water. Currently the committee has assisted the Mobile Medical Health Centre in the Cook Islands, helping to secure a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. The MMHC will be oficially handed over by the Prime Minister on June 18.
 
Emergency response kits contain more than 60 non food items to assist with survival immediately after a natural disaster. The ERKs include such items as tarpaulins, spade, fishing tackle, cooking and cleaning materials, clothing and mosquito nets. Most importantly the ERKs have been pre positioned in the Pacific Islands for immediate response. Since 2007 5,588 ERKs have been distributed. Restocking ERKs calls for an ongoing need for Rotary funds.
 
Christine introduced a new ground breaking and unique partnership, Project Vision. To celebrate the centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand Rotary in partnership with Unicef and the Asian Development Bank will support the introduction of 3 new vaccines in the Pacific region. Immunisation rates in the Pacific are poor. In Kiribati nearly 1 in 18 children die before their fifth birthday.
 
The vaccines are for
    Rotavirus
    Pneumococcal Disease
    HPV (Cervical Cancer)
 
Funding requirements are estimated at $US3.5m over a 3-4 year time frame. A digital campaign is planned, visit EveryChildAFuture.com for information and to donate. To achieve our goals we will need local and district support, Rotary Foundation support and matching grants from corporations and philanthropists. The later provides an opportunity to promote rotary.
 
Rotary Looking Outwards Phil Oliver 2018-05-23 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Karori mourns the loss of Bob Murdoch who was a member of the Club for over 25 years. Bob passed away on 10 May aged 76.
 
He provided outstanding leadership in the local Karori community on many projects, namely the redevelopment of Karori Park, with new play areas and seating, the planting of trees at the Park through the Rotary programme of Trees for Survival, and the installing of paver bricks near the Karori Library, a project in which school children and their families donated bricks for the walkway, commemorating the first settlement  in Karori and the centenary of the transition of the Borough of Karori to the Wellington City Council 1891-1991. Bob was also a member of the committee leading out on the mural project on the wall by Marsden School.
 
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Karori in the 1990-91 year and in 2005 he was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Club for his outstanding community work.
 
In 2009 he was invested with the Insignia of an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to manufacturing and to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year.
 
Bob is pictured (right) receiving his honour from the then Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand.
 
Prior to his retirement in 2013, Bob worked for the Industry Capability Network (ICN), working across New Zealand and Australia to give suppliers and purchasers access to a range of project opportunities and industry expertise.
 
Bob was a strong supporter of the Rotary Karori/ANZ business breakfast programme and worked with the Club in its establishment and continuation.
 
We extend our love and deepest sympathy to Christine and all her family on the passing of Bob.
 
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The Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft outlined some of the challenges posed by child poverty at a Rotary Karori/ANZ Bank business breakfast meeting on 1 May.
 
Judge Becroft began his talk by referring to the 'I Have A Dream' speech by Martin Luther King, how he put to one side a prepared speech and urged on by Mahalia Jackson gave his most famous speech from the heart. There is a need in New Zealand for us to have a dream moment for our children.
 
 
 
 
New Zealand has dropped out of a group of countries that had good outcomes for all their children. Instead we have arrived at a state where 70% of children can be said to do well or very well, 20% do much less well and 10% do badly or worse than children in other Western countries. The latter group are commonly subject to abuse, neglect and family violence. This has taken place against the background of a changing society which has become much less homogeneous. There are approximately 1.23m children (0-17 years) making up about 23% of New Zealands population. Its clear that far too many of our children are being left behind. The number of children is rising but the percentage of children is falling due to older people living longer.
 
Judge Becroft spoke of the importance of the first 3 years of life. Yet paradoxically women receive tax breaks when they return to work. There are many studies showing that childhood poverty leads to poor outcomes in later life.
 
Childhood poverty is often thought of as being difficult to measure, this is not true, There are 17 internationally agreed factors used to measure child poverty. Similarly income poverty is defined as less than 60% of the median income. By these definitions 26% of children are affected by poverty compared with 20% of the overall population. We do well for old people but statistics measuring the ratio of deprivation between young and old tell a shocking story. In many comparable countries this ratio is in the range of 1-2. In New Zealand the ratio is 6 showing that children have far higher rates of deprivation than old people.
 
Increasingly however governments have recognised the problem. Halving child poverty by 2030 is one of our sustainable development goals. However the problem is massive and urgent. Judge Becroft showed several slides of adverse social gradients that were clearly dependent on poverty. Finally Judge Becroft made an appeal for us all to listen more carefully to childrens' voices. Their inclusion can lead to surprisingly beneficial outcomes.
Judge Andrew Becroft, Children's Commissioner Phil Oliver 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Bill Day is the chair of both the Life Flight Trust and the Wellington Hospitals Foundation. He is also a member of Port Nicholson Rotary. Bill spoke at Rotary Karori on 28 March.
 
Wellington has had a purpose-built children's hospital since 1912, the first in New Zealand. The building was demolished in 1988 and replaced with a children's ward, now in need of replacement.
 
In 2020, a new Wellington Regional Children's Hospital will open.
 
The story of the new hospital reflects the ambition and vision of the Foundation and the generosity of Wellington businessman Mark Dunajtschik. In June 2017, it was announced that Mark would pay for, build and gift the entire facility.
 
The Government will fund supporting infrastructure while the Foundation is raising $5 million for the fit-out of the hospital and state of the art equipment including wellness and child friendly areas. 
 
 
The hospital has been designed with the needs of children and their families in mind. The goal is that the rooms should be the least clinical looking as possible.
 
Once opened, the hospital will serve a regional catchment including Taranaki across to the Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Wellington and Marlborough.
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Mobile Medical Health Centre
 
The Mobile Medical Health Centre (MMHC) destined for the Cook Islands is nearing completion. This major project has been carried out under the auspices of the Masterton South Rotary Club but has relied on contributions from Rotary clubs in the region. Rotary Karori has contributed $1,500.
 
The self contained health clinic has been constructed in a large bus and is due for shipment to the Cook Islands in May.
 
Members are invited to view the finished project at the completion ceremony to be held on Sunday 15 April from 9:45 am at the Essex St car park outside the Masterton RSA.
 
 
Mobile Medical Health Centre Phil Oliver 2018-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
Narelle Umbers, recently appointed principal at Marsden College, shared her vision for the college with Karori Rotarians at their meeting on 13 March.
 
Narelle is only the 12th principal in Marsden's 140 year history. A short video showed that the school welcomed Narelle in grand style. The ceremony included a powhiri and entry with Narelle wearing a recently aquired  feathered korowai.
 
AD SUMMA Phil Oliver 2018-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
With the ageing of the population, increasing numbers of New Zealanders are experiencing dementia, a group of symptoms leading to changes in brain function. Women are at significantly greater risk than men.
 
More than one percent of the population are estimated to be dementia sufferers and this is expected to increase steadily with greater longevity and improved diagnostic tools.
 
The resulting economic cost to the country is around $1.7 billion a year, and this is forecast to increase to $4.6 billion by 2050. 
 
Dementia Wellington is a non-profit organization working to making life better for people affected by dementia in the Wellington region. Anne Schumacher, the chief executive of Dementia Wellington, spoke at a Rotary Karori meeting on 27 February. 
 
While there is some institutional support for dementia patients in retirement villages, and through support groups such as the Marsden Club in Karori (backed by Rotary Karori), the majority of dementia patients live at home with assistance from carers. Without support, dementia patients can become isolated from the community. 
 
Dementia is progressive and cannot be cured or slowed. There is though evidence that the onset risk can be slowed through maintaining good heart function, remaining physically active, dietary changes, mental stimulation, and social activity.
 
Dementia Wellington can develop individual tailored plans for each individual, including assistance with maintaining community connections, information and in-home support. It also works to educate the community and health care providers.
 
As a non-profit, Dementia Wellington relies on membership fees, fundraising and grants to supplement the partial funding it receives from DHBs. It also relies on volunteers to assist with fundraising or to work with dementia patients. Anne invited Rotary Karori members to consider supporting this work.
 
 
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Karori Rotarians were treated to some youthful snap, crackle and pop at our meeting on 13 February. Karori Rotary supported Sarah Philp-Wright and Anjali Gentejohann from Marsden College to the Rotary National Science And Technology Forum and Dion Blackmore to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. These three young people reported back on their experiences. What a delight it was to share their enthusiasm.
 
Rotary Science And Tech Forum/RYLA Phil Oliver 2018-02-15 11:00:00Z 0
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Esther Consedine, General Manager of Elder Family Matters and a Karori resident, spoke at our meeting on 28 November. Elder family Matters provides support and care for elder people at home or the place they call home in a village or independent living environment.
 
The demographics of ageing are compelling: the 65+ age group has doubled since 1981, and will double again in the next 30 years. With this change has come an awareness that the needs of this group are becoming much more diverse, with elder people increasingly wishing to be active, socially engaged, and often continuing in paid or unpaid employment.
 
The meaning of 'growing old' is changing.
 
At the same time, the ability of elder people to access and exploit these opportunities continues to be constrained by factors such as income, health, housing and transport. With greater longevity, there will be an increase in conditions such as dementia that affect older people.
 
The retirement village sector in New Zealand is responding with more diverse services for residents and with specialist care facilities. At the same time, the majority of older New Zealanders would still wish to live in their own accomodation and look after themselves as much as possible.
 
Innovate solutions include cohousing, where private homes are clustered around shared facilities. This encourages intergenerational mixing and sharing of the responsibilities of home ownership and maintenance. In some cases, elder people choose to directly share their home with younger people.
 
Elder Family Matters is a part of this evolving mix of living options, focusing on providing companionship, care and support for elder people who continue to live at home but require assistance. 
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At our meeting on 14 November Rotarians were given an insight into the world of drug detection. The presentation was given by Wayne and Lydia Severn assisted by drug dog Nick.
 
Wayne gained a PhD in chemistry at Victoria University. After involvement in K9 handling and search and rescue Wayne founded Scenttech a company specialising in drug detection.
 
Wayne Severn, Nick giving Graeme Titcombe a sideways look
 
The company's MethCheck function involves chemically testing houses that may have been used for the manufacture or consumption of methamphetamine. Senttech's DrugCheck function involves the checking of urine and saliva samples. Scenttech also provides a dog based drug detection service. The dogs used are German Shepherds and Malinois. The Malinois are like a smaller version of the German Shepherd. Great care is taken with the selection and importation of the dogs.
 
Dogs are used for a variety of reasons. They have a superior scenting ability, almost a third of their brains is devoted to processing olfactory inputs. Dogs can perform dual roles, able to identify stashes as well as indicating individual drug users depending on personal hygiene. They can provide probable cause for further testing and they provide a highly visible deterrent.
 
Scenttech get their dogs independently validated to international standards on a bi-annual basis. They hold licenses from the Ministry Of Health to hold limited quantities of drugs for training purposes.
 
Scenttech operate in a wide variety of environment. The dogs can distinguish competing scents in engineering workshops, factories, warehouses, ships, the transport industry etc where safety is paramount. The dogs are also used in white collar environments where drug use is often affordable. The dogs can be used in apartments to sniff under doors in order to meet insurance requirements.
 
Dogs have many advantages. They are quick, non invasive, they will work around staff and are very cost effective.
 
To round off the evening Wayne, Lydia and Nick gave a practical demonstration of drug detection. Wayne then answered a wide variety of questions from the floor.
 
 
Canine Drug Detection Phil Oliver 2017-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
At last weeks ANZ Bank - Karori Rotary business breakfast the meeting was addressed by His Excellency Scott Brown, US ambassador.
 
After an introduction in Te Reo H.E. outlined his career, including 3 years in the senate, a period in the National Guard, running a law practice and providing input to Fox news. H.E. has been a life long Rotarian and praised organisations such as Rotary and Lions as filling an important gap between government and the community.
 
H.E. spoke of our common inheritance and common goals which have generally worked well since World War II.
 
H.E. noted some of the criticisms of the Trump Administration but also pointed to some recent successes including getting 3 votes on North Korea through the UN Security Council.
 
US Ambassador H.E. Scott Brown At Business Breakfast Phil Oliver 2017-11-11 11:00:00Z 0
Our meeting on 24 October fell on World Polio Day 2017 and a portion of meal charges for that evening were donated to the End Polio Now campaign.
 
Rotary has partnered with the World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control to eliminate polio in the World. The campaign has been a major public health success, with now only a handful of cases being reported in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to match Rotary contributions in a ratio of 2 to 1, up to a maximum of US$50 million for each of the next three years. This match will result in new contributions of $450 million to go along with $1.2 billion pledged by 27 countries, organisations, companies and individuals in June this year.
 
Since 1985, Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion for the campaign.
 
At our meeting, we also welcomed Anant Bhatnagar as a new member of the Club. Anant was joined by his partner, Anne Whittington.
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Being able to obtain legal advice is a basic right for everyone, and cost should not be a barrier. Community Law Centres o Aetearoa has a network of offices throughout New Zealand and provides free legal help for people who don't have much money. 
 
Elizabeth Tennet is the Chief Executive Officer of the national organisation. Prior to taking up this role, she has been a trade union official, a Member of Parliament, a tourism owner and operator, a regional development adviser, and industry advocate. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington and spoke to Rotary Karori on 24 October. 
 
 
The twenty-four CLCs serve 50,000 clients a year. Family law issues predominate, along with employment law, tenancy, debt and immigration issues.
 
The CLCs employ around 88 lawyers and a large number of lawyers working in law firms also volunteer their time and expertise.
 
The work of the CLCs is funded by Government, and Elizabeth noted with pleasure the commitment in the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement to an increase in that funding.
 
Elizabeth is also the chairperson of the Bushy Park Sanctuary near Whanganui. The sanctuary is a 100 hectare predator-free native bird sanctuary, set amongst virgin lowland forest. Elizabeth challenged Rotary Karori members to join with Whanganui Rotarians for a working visit to the sanctuary.
 
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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
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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.
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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. 
   
 
   
 
 
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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. 
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 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 --
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.
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
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