Ngāmotu News 
May 24th  2021

District Governor: Gillian Jones     2020/21

President: Sally Morch

Secretary: Michael Archer
Club Website:
Next Guest Speaker :24th May
Andy Ramage-Brown (Gary Brown's daughter):
Subject: Te Araroa Cycleway North Cape to Bluff
Apologies for Meetings by 12.00 Noon Day of meeting
To Wally Garrett: 
Mobile: 027 859 7580
Home: 7550988
For Meeting 10th May
Murray Gillespie, Sally Morch,   Jan Dempsey, David Brownson, David Lusk, Stephen Bovett, Wally Garrett, Michael Archer, Harry Duynhoven, Tony Bird, Owen McCluggage, Lucy and Aby Sibanda, Des Friedrich, Dennis Eales, Mike Makein
Apologies:  Chas Wilcox,  Geoff Harding, Gary Brown, David Gibson
Guests: Daniel Fleming, Abygail Sibanda
Grace: David Brownson
Fines:  Mike Makein fined members when testing their knowledge of South Island Lakes and Sounds.
3 Minute Talk: Lucy Sibanda
Lucy talked about a young woman she new in Zimbabwe who has led the cause for women's rights in that country.
This person was raped as a young woman and gained a law degree after having children.
Woman had no property or matrimonial rights and no right to vote unlike New Zealand.
Through her determination and courage she gathered support of many like mindedy women to effect change.
Proving that its possible to speak out. 
Small differences do help the world.
The New Plymouth West- Good Home Quiz Fundraiser went well and although our team didn't finish in the top 3 it acquitted itself well.
Chamber BA5 at WITT 
Tuesday 1st June.
The speaker is the head of the newly formed NZ Tertiary Commission
Welfare: David Lusk
Welcome back Owen. 
Geoff steadily improving but understandably cautious about coming back.
June 14th Meeting- NPBHS Interact Charter Night
This will be a special partners night to launch the New Plymouth Boys High School Interact club.
(as an aside the first Interact Club in New Zealand was at NPBHS in 1962-63 and started by PDG Stuart Hayton a member of our club) It obviously went into recess, great that we are reviving it in the NZ Rotary Centenary Year.
Habitat for Humanity- Harry Duynhoven
The 39th Taranaki 4 Bedroom House in Waitara has been piled during the week. The family occupying the house have been on site all week.
Flooring to go down next week and framing shortly after.
Anyone interested in volunteering let Harry know.
 From Des:
Mana Tangata People of Action: Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand. Des has 20 copies @ $40.00/book contact him if you'd like a copy.
Will retail at $60.00.
Des also distributed Number Plate surrounds  (100 Years of rotary) free to all members.
From Sally:
DG Gillian is giving every club in the District the Book:
Creatures of Habit by Australian Rotarian Mark Huddlestone.
Has spoken at District Conferences and remotely at the last conference.
Challenging clubs to change thinking on how clubs ae run.
From Wally Trust matters:
Supporting fitting out a vehicle for transporting a child with severe medical issues approx $3000.00.
Parting Thought: Stephen Bovett
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to overcome, to endure. to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering
Please note that the greeter now also has responsibility for putting all our meeting gear away after the meeting
Message from President Sally
Greetings Everyone,
Another excellent speaker this week in Daniel Fleming from King and Queen Hotel.  A local guy who trained in New Plymouth, honed his skills in various places and returned to put back into the community. A big thank you to Harry for organising our speakers.
A reminder that on the 14th June we have a partners and visitors evening to Charter the Interact Club of New Plymouth Boys’ High School.  This will be an exciting evening with local and out of town visitors to support the boys and the club. There will be raffles so bring some cash to go to a worthy Rotary cause.  Maybe a good night for us to bring visitors that we have been thinking of introducing to Rotary.  Please let Wally know numbers attending.
The Cancer Society have asked for our help with the Cape Egmont Half Marathon on Sunday 18th July?
They need 10 people.  Their job is Marshalling.  It is from approx. 7.15am until approx. 12pm.
Anyone who can help please let me know as soon as possible as I have to let Lisa at Cancer Society know.
We will be having a meeting this coming Monday night as it is the fifth Monday of the month.  As we have not had a social evening at the beginning of this month and with Queen’s Birthday robbing us of another we will meet for a social night with a twist at the Auto Lodge usual time.  Check out the roster at the bottom of the bulletin.

Yours in Rotary
President Sally
Guest Speaker: Daniel Fleming
Hospitality in New Plymouth Post Covid
Daniel (introduced by Harry Duynhoven) was brought up in New Plymouth attending Vogletown, Highlands and New Plymouth Boys High School, going on to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management at PHIMs. Harry mentioned that he was recognised by Harry's wife Margaret, who taught him at Vogletown, as an amazing little guy that was the "perfect package". Good with people, and smart.
Daniel's proud to call Taranaki home after Hotel Management experience in Queenstown, Port Douglas, Wellington.
In particular at The Intercontinental in Wellington where they hosted All Blacks, Hillary Clinton, PM Singapore, Russell Brand  One Direction and many other celebrities 10 years ago.
He's been the CEO of The King and Queen Hotel for the last 8 years.
As co- owner he's had the New Branded freedom to set up the Hotel from scratch. It was rated the best 4.5 Star Hotel in New Zealand a few years ago.
He's along with other 20 businesses established the West End Precinct transforming the White Heart Hotel that once hosted The Magog Motorcycle Club and Sticky Filth to an up market area.
He markets the Precinct as a one destination package that embraces accommodation with restaurants, retail shops, TSB Showplace, Len Lye Centre, Bovett Brewster Art Gallery. 
The 32 Room facility was doing extremely well with 90% occupancy then COVID 19 hit and they were down to zero occupancy and a very scary situation.
He had just come back from a trip to The States just prior to Womad in 2020.
Working from home he managed to keep all staff on the payroll with the Government Wage Subsidy assistance and recovered quickly to the point that in April/May this year the Hotel is performing better than ever. This was not without some concern about security over the lockdown period.
He believes Domestic Tourism is booming in Taranaki bucking the trend of other destinations.
He joined the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce 7 years ago and has been the Chairman for 2 years citing the many things The Chamber now does to make it more relevant for 700 businesses that are members.
He's been a director of WITT for the last 3 years which he believes has been doing better than ever with student numbers, courses offered under the CEO , John Snook. 
As to its future under the Governments proposed restructuring plans this remains to be seen but they are desperately trying to gain $100m funding to right the under investment of previous years.
Daniel believes that the future for New Plymouth is looking bright citing developments at The Taranaki Cathedral, Parihaka as things to look forward to, for independent travellers visiting.
He outlined a 6 story West End Precinct Development that will provide 8 City Full-time Apartments (value 1.8-3 $M) and hotel growth to 42 Rooms. This will be built over a 3 year period.
Des Friedrich thanked Daniel for his inspiring talk congratulating him on his success as a local entrepreneurial businessman and support for The New Plymouth Community at large.
Congratulations to:
Jan Dempsey President Nominee for 2022/23
Stephen Bovett President Nominee for 2023/24
Bulletin Editor
Murray Gillespie
Roster for May/June 2021
May 30th June 14th June 28th
Guest Speaker/
NPBHS Interact Club Charter
Te Araroa Cycleway
Andy Ramage- Brown
Greeter/Tidy Up
Murray Gillespie Des Friedrich Owen McCluggage
David Brownson Owen McCluggage Jan Dempsey
  Sally Morch Gary Brown
    Stephen Bovett
Wally Garrett Michael Archer Dennis Eales
3 Minute Talk
Des Friedrich David Lusk Sally Morch
Parting Thought
Lucy Sibanda Aby Sibanda Tony Bird
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: by Noon  on the day of the meeting.