Democracy in Action
I am currently involved in a significant number of school Board elections. The levels of voting are not high in many schools. Thats not a significant issue in that schools have oversight from the Education Review Office,  work closely with the Ministry of Education, operate under a well understood set of rules and have trained and professional leaders - i.e they are well set up to continue to run smoothly. When it comes to our local body elections and our national elections the need for people to get engaged is much more important.
We have all become complacent about just how embedded and robust democracy in our system is, but recent events around the world show just how quickly things can change. Even in New Zealand we have a small but vocal group advocating making the country ungovernable something that goes directly against the values that Rotary holds dear. 
A reminder to all members. I am looking for content. The Bulletin is a place where you can have included information about our club, our members or Rotary projects which that you think other Rotarians would be interested in. Also its great when members alert me to successful events that have been run in other local clubs. Obviously it's not a forum for advertising or politics. 
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Scribe report 1
Guy Slocum leads a busy life. He is involved with Investment Consulting, Sales Training, Management Consulting, natural therapies. Auckland Airport Rotary and even a new political party formed just days ago. But Guy was able to take time out to tell members on Monday evening of his time as a Cold War fighter pilot flying Lightning and Phantom aircraft with the RAF.
The MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine has essentially kept the peace between the nuclear superpowers for 70 years. The task of the RAF was to let the USSR know that their fighter aircraft could get to the Soviet aircraft before the enemy aircraft were in range of a missile strike on the UK. But the logistics involved in meeting the Soviet aircraft 500 miles from the UK were surprising. Because the RAF Lightning had such a limited range, it had to be refuelled by flying tankers up to 32 times on an 8 hour mission.
Although on a full tank the Lightning had 50 minutes of fuel, it was necessary to keep the tank topped up constantly.
Although relating events from another era, with the Cold War ending just as global warming was heating up, Guy’s close up photos of the enemy aircraft they were stalking and recollections of dicey landings, complemented by amusing anecdotes of his time in the cockpit made for a well-received address.
Scribes Report 2

On Monday night the club welcomed Reay Neben, described in the clubs invitation as "undoubtedly the matriarch of community newspapers in New Zealand". And Reay lived up to the introduction. The Times and the community have grown up together, both changing and adapting to the what has been a period of sustained growth. As subdivisions popped up across the region "gone were the cows crossing Fortunes Road". 

For the past 50 years the Times has chronicled the events of a rapidly growing and changing community. Its archives hold a wonderful record of our community as it was, as it changed and as it is now. As a local paper dedicated to local news and events it has recorded things that will have gone unremarked in the larger city wide and national papers.  From the descriptions of the development of the Historical Village, to the building of the colonial style shopping centre via a local lawyer by the name of Winston Peters standing for the seat of Hunua to now King Charles riding a bicycle around Lloyd Elsmore Park. While not its core business, the paper has also reported on more contentious issues such as the petition to parliament to stop the changing of the name for the area to Te Irirangi.

At the same time as our community has changed so to has the newspaper publishing business. Reay said "We still produce the news but now in so many different ways." From the he early days of including a photo [then black and white] involved multiple steps and a darkroom pages being put together by experienced typesetters to digital publishing. Those changes have opened up a raft of improvements in design, the ability to make changes right up to publication and the ability to reach an expanding population. 

The Times was the second newspaper in NZ to move to using a digital camera. At $30,000 it was an expensive investment but Reay estimates it paid for itself in eighteen months. Desktop publishing thanks to Apple changed everything. Every paper was made up on a screen, colour became the norm and the paper purchased its own press. The Times was also an early adopter of electronic publication via its website and in 2005 they won the Pacific areas newspapers association marketing award with heir on-line voting for Miss Howick beating the much larger Sydney Morning Herald's coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games.

In an interesting aside Reay commented that the paper has also been a major employer of people delivering the paper including the current Leader of the Opposition , Chris Luxon. From humble beginnings.  Reay is justifiably proud of the paper and its commitment to our local area and of the wonderful team that put it together.   


Sneakers for Schools
Under the Sneakers for Schools programme run by Raewyn Kavanagh over 50 pairs were donated and cleaned.
Once ready for redistribution they were handed out to Riverhills Primary School and Edgewater College.
Both schools were very thankful and spoke of the need for pupils who have no proper footwear.
Beyond Water
Over the past 15 years Rotary in New Zealand has been a big supporter of BeyondWater and we have been invited to a very special event happening on November 18th.  As a celebration of the 240,000 people every day who now have access to clean water and sanitation facilities, there will be a function, ‘Under the African Skies’ at the Uxbridge Centre in Howick. 
Door entry is $20 which covers all food and drinks at the dessert evening. We’ve even got Kenyan coffee and teas available. 
Our team from the 2022 Pedal Against Poverty NZ tour will be there, sharing how their cycle route from Cape Reinga to Wellington is going. The night will be full of exciting activities including a live video link to our team in Kenya, raffles, an auction, sale of African goods and more. 
Attached is the invitation, we would love to see you there! Tickets can be purchased online HERE.
Kind regards
Sharon Crean
Global CEO
2013 Rotary Humanitarian Award Recipient
Country Representative for The One Humanitarian Award District 3450

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The Pest eradication project. 
  • Can You Host A DOC200 Trap?
We are running an important project to place a DOC200 trap to target mustelids (weasels, stoats, ferrets) every 200 meters around the coastline from Wakaaranga Creek to Mangemangeroa and continuing up the valley to Point View Reserve.
We will take care of all aspects of the trap, lures, recording, and disposal of catches, etc.  We just ask that you check the trap from time to time and inform us of any catches. Traps are child and pet safe and are generally placed along a fence line or similar feature.

Please find links to information outlining the Mustelid Control Zone Project and a consent form for you to complete and return to us if you are interested in participating – we have already caught 2 weasels and 1 ferret in our local area!
  • We invite you to visit our newly launched website: to keep up to date with our latest news and information.
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