Ngāmotu News 
January 25th  2021
First Meeting of the Year 

District Governor: Gillian Jones     2020/21

President: Sally Morch

Secretary: Murray Gillespie
Club Website:
Stephen Bovett,  Owen McCluggage, Murray Gillespie, Sally Morch, Dennis Eales,  Des Friedrich,  Harry Duynhoven, Wally Garrett, Mike Makein, Geoff Harding
Tony Bird,  Gary Brown, David Gibson, David Brownson, Chas Wilcox, David Lusk, Jan Dempsey
Abysinia  and Lucy Sibanda
Nel Sheppard Brown, Katrina Sheppard
Grace: Owen McCluggage
Raffle: Owen McCluggage
Fines:  Wally fined members  using the America's Cup as the subject.
3 Minute talk: 
Harry Duynhoven
Spoke about the upcoming Council Debate on the introduction of a Maori Ward.
When he was Mayor and 6 months into his tenure, Kamatua Council invited  him to lunch to discuss the issue of greater maori participation  in Council matters.
Their suggestion for 2 representatives on each of the  council committee's was rejected by Council.
Plan B was the establishment of a Maori ward.
A permissive clause allows for a referendum regardless of whether council votes for it as Mayor Judd found later.
Even though a recent council decision to overwhelmingly  want a Maori ward, likelihood  is that a petition will vote against it.
Council have to review  electoral arrangements every 6 years. Recommendation is that the
Council will lobby Government to change the law to allow a Maori ward without a referendum for next elections.
Parting Thought:
Murray Gillespie
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom- Thomas Jefferson

Dinner at Jan’s

When:   Monday 1 st February

Where:  34 Rimu Street, Strandon, N.P. (come up steps on the left please.)

Time:   5 pm onwards -(dinner about 6.30pm)

What to bring:  A vegetable dish, salad, dessert or nibbles  (please confirm with Jan so there are no double ups).

RSVP by  Saturday 30th please - 0274 503 366, or 7588373 with numbers please.

You do NOT need to bring wine glasses, plates, cutlery, servers etc.

Let the sun keep shining!!  Looking forward to catching up with you all.

Message from President Sally

Greetings in Rotary

Thank you to everyone for your attendance last Monday night.  Another very impressive young lady who attended RYPEN. Nell, from Sacred Heart, spoke to us about her experience which turned out far greater than her expectations.  She will be Head Girl this year at her school.  Good luck Grace and Nell in your positions. 
Don’t forget Monday next at Jan’s for a BBQ.  Thank you Jan for your clear details about the evening.  Please let Jan know who is attending and what you are bringing.
At this stage we have David Lusk, Murray, Des, Sally, Dennis, Jan and Wally, going to Conference in Wairarapa.  Remember if you want to go please register before the end of this weekend to get the earlybird cost. Also let me know for accommodation.
We are going to need everyone’s help on Saturday 27th March, in Inglewood at TET Stadium,for the Relay4Life.  Our club has a very specific job, handing out beads for laps teams complete.  A couple of our members will also be helping with the financial side of the day.
Yours in Rotary
President Sally

Address by Nel Sheppard Brown our RYPEN Candidate from Sacred Heart Girls College
Introduced by Murray Gillespie.
Nel had originally been selected to go to RYPEN in March 2020, however the COVID 19 Pandemic caused a postponement to October 2020.
She was recommended by the school Dean and didn't think she'd enjoy it.
However she loved it and it exceeded all expectations.
Meeting like minded students from around the District and having 2 days of challenges and talks created a real bond amongst the participants.
They dressed up in OP Shop clothes on Saturday  night doing impromptu skits raising social awareness.
The course she believed was invaluable and led her and some other participants to be selected as Head Girl or Boy
She indicated that lifetime friendships were created and they continue to maintain contact through social media. 
Nels mother Katrina accompanied her. As a 15 year old she had been sponsored for a Gymnastics Competition in USA by Rotary several years ago.
Nel is keen to do a technology degree at Canterbury University where her Grandfather was an engineering graduate. She is a keen adventure racer and has competed in the National Hillary Challenge as a team of 8, 4 girls from SHGC and 4 boys from Francis Douglas. Last year they were placed 4th.
Nel thanked the club and Rotary for sponsoring her to go to the course, she was extremely grateful for the opportunity.
General Business
Habitat for Humanity
Harry gave an update on their current build at Waitara, a 4 bedroom home for a family with six children from Eltham.
January Birthdays:
Deepak Ahuwhalia, David Gibson and Des Friedrich.
National Science and Technology Forum
Sally received an Email from Solomon saying how great the course was, he is keen to talk to the club and also to be involved with Interact at Boys High.
6 Sixty Concert
Kay Kendall is seeking volunteers to scan at the Concert. Let Sally know if you're available.
Life Education Fundraisers (see adverts below)
Dare to Dream:Plymouth International 12/2/2021
The Slacks: Goodin Country Garden 28/2/2021
Bulletin Editor
Murray Gillespie
Roster for February 2021
February 1st
February 8th
February 22 nd
Guest Speaker/
No Meeting
Waitangi Day
Jan Dempsey
Wally Garrett
34 Rimu St
Tony Bird
David Brownson
Jan Dempsey
Stephen Bovett
David Lusk
3 Minute Talk
David Gibson
Parting Thought
Des Friedrich
If you are unable to do the duty set out in the list above please contact another member to fill in for you. Please let President Sally know who has taken your place as she will be setting out the agenda for the night.  Apologies to Wally Garrett (027 859 7580, or 7550988) email: