Posted by Ian Handisides and Bart Signal on Oct 08, 2018


You can find more information about the conference here  ( including timetable, accommodation options and guest speakers. You can register for the conference by going directly to the District website. There is a significant amount of interest in this conference and places are strictly limited so get in now!!  

Please note:

You will need your Clubrunner login to register for the conference.  If you have never logged in to Clubrunner before, or have forgotten your password or login information click here for instructions (, on how to retrieve your username and/or password.  If this fails, talk to PE Bart Signal or Secr Graham Kearns for help.


SATURDAY AFTERNOON at the Convention Centre, Wine Tasting will be on offer. But as you will have plenty of Wine at night, I have organised amazing entertainment for our Club,you will not be disappointed.

A NAPIER PRISON TOUR, only $25 per person. Afternoon Tea will be available.

When registering, you will be asked if you want to accept one of the Conference Options for the Saturday Afternoon. If you would like to join me on a Prison Tour, then don’t reply to one of The Conference Options, just advise me.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS. Also we are booked at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania which is across the road from the Convention Centre. I have a Group Booking for all Pakuranga Attendees, it’s great to be together.

Please advise me once you’ve registered and I will inform the Hotel on your behalf, DO NOT MAKE A HOTEL BOOKING YOURSELF, otherwise we will double up.

Why not consider breaking the Journey and stay Thursday Night in Taupo. I have booked Rooms at The Millennium, also known as Manuals, overlooking Lake Taupo. Please let me know if you are interested.

So please seriously consider attending this District Conference in Napier next May 10-12. This is a wonderful opportunity for Fellowship, not only with our own Members but with other Rotarians from other Clubs.


Ian Handisides

Conference Promoter

Conference Program Outline:
Friday 10 May 2019
  • Conference Activities will begin on Friday with the District Governor's golf tournament at the Bridge Pa Golf club.
  • Also on Friday afternoon we have optional activities - A bike tour of 6 wineries organised by On-Yer-Bike (see below) or a guided Art Deco walk through Napier (see below).
  • Registration for the conference will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and there is a cocktail party from 5:30 p.m.
  • The conference will be formally opened at 6:00 p.m. 
  • The cocktail function concludes at 7:30 at which time you can make your own arrangements for dinner.
Saturday 11 May 2019
  • Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. for those who didn't make it Friday night.
  • The conference opens at 8:45 a.m. and a program of entertaining, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers and projects will follow.
  • Lunch will be at 12:30 and the program for Saturday will conclude at 3:20 p.m. to allow the venue to setup for dinner.
  • On Saturday afternoon we will be offering the options of a wine tasting at the venue with a number of smaller Hawkes Bay wineries or a guided Art Deco walk through Napier.
  • Saturday night sees a gala dinner with a theme of Art Deco (no surprises there !!).  Entertainment will be provided by Stolen Records.
Sunday 12 May 2019
  • The Sunday program commences at 8:30 and includes more entertaining, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers and projects.
  • The conference will conclude at 12:30 and you are then free to return home or stay on to enjoy Napier and the surrounding countryside.

Activities and Events:

District Governor's Golf Tournament:

This prestigious event is open to all conference delegates.

In 2019 year the tournament will be played at the Hastings Golf Club at Bridge Pa.  Hastings Golf Club is consistently rated within the top club courses in New Zealand, with impeccable championship course conditions, set amid picturesque surroundings.

The highly sought after cup will be awarded to the competitor with the highest stableford points.

On Yer Bike Winery Tours.

Situated just out of Napier at Ash Ridge wines.

You start the tour at Ash Ridge Wines from where you can cycle to:

  • Abbey Cellars
  • Alpha Domus
  • Ash Ridge Wines
  • Ngatarawa Estate
  • Sileni Estates
  • Te Awa
  • Trinity Hill
Art Deco Walking tour

The most complete Art Deco tour of Napier, this extended guided walk begins at the Art Deco Centre with an audio visual introduction from your local guide.

You’ll hear the dramatic story of the 1931 earthquake and discover Art Deco; the style of the times in the 1930s. Your small group will then depart on a one and a half hour guided walk through Napier’s Art Deco Quarter, including visits to the interiors of some of the most stunning examples of this architectural style in the city.

On your return to the Art Deco Centre at 4.00pm you will be invited into the boutique theatre for a complimentary tea or coffee and to view a short film about our world famous Art Deco Weekend celebrations.

*Note that access to some buildings is not possible at weekends or on public holidays. Guests must be able to walk approximately 3kms over flat surfaces with some steps.

Hawkes Bay Wine Growers Tastings

Enjoy wine from 8 local wineries (the majority lesser-known) offering a wide selection of representative wines for tasting and purchasing.

The tasting will be held at the Conference venue.

Check out District 9920 Conference 2019 Registration website for more details