Gavin Trethewey

What kid (male) in the 50s or 60s didn’t take delight in assembling and flying an Airfix balsa wood Mustang or Hudson plane using heady glue, hard-backed razor blades and a lump of plasticine? Such fun!  As it must be for those in the Warbirds Association of New Zealand who have the pleasure and challenge of assembling, maintaining, displaying and in many cases flying such magnificent machines in order to preserve an important aspect of our past.

Our speaker this week was Gavin Trethewey who has had many years flying experience both in the Royal NZ Air Force and as a commercial pilot.  In an interesting address, illustrated with photos and video clips, he opened up the world of iconic planes dating from the First World War BE2 and Fokker Triplane, through the twenties and thirties (Percival Gull, De Haviland Foxmouth with folding wings and the trusty DC3) through WW2 (Kittyhawk, Mustang, Mosquito and Spitfire - $4000 will get you a spin in this!) to the more recent Catalina, F86 Sabre and BAC 167 Strikemaster.  These a just a few of the planes mentioned.

Duncan's Doodles

What a great weekend with three exchange students in Pirongia last weekend though rather tough on my knees crawling through parts of the Ruakuri Cave for black water rafting.

 We look forward to another great youth activity this Sunday at Top Schools.

The Pest Free project with other Rotary Clubs in the Howick ward is now at the interesting stage of building up our trap library

Apr 15, 2019 6:30 PM
Big Cruise Liners and Container Vessels
Big Cruise Liners and Container Vessels

Peter was born in the Cook Islands but grew up in Howick, heavily interested in sailing and water sports from a young age. He was in the Howick Sea Scouts, a member of Howick Sailing Club and also Shelly Park Sailing Club. Peter and his dad learnt to sail together and his dad's investment in a Sunburst yacht set the ball rolling, great investment for father and son bonding. This influenced Peter's career choice greatly, especially after a trip on the Spirit of Adventure. He attended Cockle Primary School.

At aged 18 - Peter went away to sea in 1981 and finally returned to New Zealand at the beginning of 2015.

It’s been a real journey to many corners of the globe and back as a Qualified Master Foreign Going and a Maritime Pilot.

May 06, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary and Business
May 20, 2019 6:30 PM
The Cloud Application And Cost Benefits
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Tip Top Schools Fun Day Out 2019
Edgewater College
Apr 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
Apr 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Apr 25, 2019
Sachies Kitchen Chinese Cooking Social Night
Axis Building Unit 1-4
Apr 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A month of Cars
May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019
2019 District 9920 conference
Napier Conference Centre
May 10, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
World Bee Day
May 20, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29, 2019
Queens Birthday
Jun 03, 2019
Dawn Johnston Koru Award Nominations Wanted

Do you know someone in the local community who has overcome adversity to live a life of serving others?

The Inner Wheel Club of Howick is looking for such a person to present a Dawn Johnston Koru Award to. The inaugural presentation of this award was made last year to Alan Breslau of Half Moon Bay who survived a horrific plane crash 56 years ago followed by many years in hospital. The award was based on the Inner Wheel theme for 2017/2018 ‘Leave a Legacy’

The spiral shape of the koru, the emblem of the award, signifies new life, positive change, personal growth, harmony, and above all, hope for the future.

Awardees need to have demonstrated self-awareness, resilience, compassion, and a desire to assist others becoming a full contributor to the community.

This is an Annual Award and the successful recipient needs to be a New Zealand citizen residing in the Pakuranga or Botany electorate area. The award is a Koru Trophy to keep and the book ‘Leaving a Legacy’.

If someone in your wider Rotary community knows a person who fits the above criteria and would like to nominate that person could you please email my Secretary, Julia Castles at with details.

Adrienne Davies
Howick Inner Wheel Club
Rotary Youth Exchange
30 Years of Women in Rotary
Remuera and St Johns - Quiz Night Challenge
Rotary Club of South Auckland Cultural & Charity Night 2019
Remuera and St Johns - Quiz Night
Emergency Response Kits

We are always ready for an immediate response when Cyclones, Floods, Tsunami strike our vulnerable Pacific Neighbours.

This activity has been supported by clubs, Rotarians and the public for close on 40 years.

Please continue to help us continue to be the first responder when the need arises.