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Chief Advisor, Pasifica

Matelina Leaupepe, Chief Advisor PasificaMatelina Leaupepe, Chief Advisor Pasifica at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, addressed the Club on the challenging objectives the Ministry has in the following areas:-

- Innovation and Employment.

- More Competitive Business.

- Job Opportunities for All.

- Affordable Housing.

There are 300.000 Pacific people in New Zealand and 60% of them were born here. New Zealand families have on average one or two children while Pacific families have three or four. Hence there is a rapidly increasing population of Pacific people. A large percentage of Pacific people are employed at the lower end of the wage scale and live in rental or low cost housing.

One of the most challenging objectives is to prepare and train young people for future employment. Extended education leading to employment should ultimately raise the social standing of these people.

Overall there is a joint vision "Growing New Zealand for All." It is hoped to achieve positive results by following in the words of St Francis of Assisi. "Start with the necessary", "Do what is possible" "Suddenly you are doing the impossible."

Members' 3 Minute Talk

Brian Frampton members' talk 21 Apr 2015insulation material experiment 21 Apr 2015Brian Frampton concluded his 3 minute members’ talk with an impressive yet simple display that compared New Zealand insulation with imported materials – he soaked both materials in water while he was speaking. He noted that New Zealand insulation material doesn’t absorb liquid which is really important for home owners to know should there be any leaks in building. The exported insulation material he used in the experiment, however, was completely sodden and disintegrated.



Parting Thoughts

Prince Philip- if you see a man helping a woman out of a car it is either a new car or a new wife.


Shona: "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburettor."

Tony: "Water in the carburettor? That's ridiculous."

Shona: "I tell you the car has water in the carburettor."

Tony: "You don't even know what a carburettor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car?"

Shona: "In the pool."


The graduate with a Science degree asks: "Why does it work?"

The graduate with an Engineering degree asks: "How does it work?"

The graduate with an Accounting degree asks: "How much will it cost?"

The graduate with an Arts degree asks: "Do you want fries with that?"

Upcoming events




28 April

Cassandra Shih, UN Intern

Laura Sommer
2 May

Hanging Basket working bee

Richard Herbert
3 May


District 9940 Assembly, Palmerston North

5 May

Diana Crossan CEO, WFA

Des O'Sullivan

12 May

Catherine Plunkett - Scientist, Malaghan Institute

Denise Garcia

19 May

David Corner - Self Advocacy Adviser , IHC

Malcolm Andrews
23 May

Key of Friendship Dinner

Ngaire Best
24 May

High Tea Event

Irene Corpuz
26 May


President Martin

Tawa Rotary Hanging Basket Working Bee

When: Saturday 2 May 2015  2pm – 3pm.

We need about 8 people to help with this activity including a couple to act as Health and Safety wardens to watch out for the public around Brian’s truck. We will first meet at the Tawa Fire station to collect a load of baskets. If you have Tawa Rotary or hi-viz jackets then please wear them. Please let Richard know if you are available, m. 0274455942.

District Assembly Training - Sunday 3 May

District Assembly training is being held on 3 May at Palmerston North Boys’ High School.  This is an opportunity for new Rotarians to learn about Rotary, for Rotarians to be updated, for Club officers to learn more about their roles and for all of us to meet other Rotarians.  Let’s support President-Elect Ken as he heads closer to assuming the Presidency and to ensure your Club remains strong.  The following PDF includes the programme details: District_Assembly_2015_brochure [size 1.7Kb]

Rotary International Youth Exchange

News from President Martin: We will be able to host a student from Brazil from March through to July 2016, thanks to Mark and Rita Carroll who have once again generously offered to host. She will be hosted by Porirua Sundown and Plimmerton Rotary Clubs from July 2015 to February 2016. Exchange students have always added value to the Club and its atmosphere and I am sure you will support Mark and Rita during the hosting period. Gaylene Lines is the key Club contact for this exchange and will be putting things in place before the hosting, including police youth protection checks for those hosting or planning to take the student sightseeing.

Rotary events

One of the great things about Rotary is that there are always so many events on offer by local Rotary Clubs.   On Saturday 25 April, the Rotary Clubs of Mt Victoria and Port Nicholson hosted the ANZAC Day Special Commemoration and Breakfast to raise funds for Wellington Children’s Hospital. Here are some more events recommended to Club members.

  • Wednesday 29 April - Porirua Sundown Rotary has seats available to Porirua Little Theatre’s production of “Voices from the Dark” commemorating ANZAC’s 100 years.  Tickets are $25 each and it starts at 7.30pm. If you would like any tickets please contact Don Casagranda at .
  • Thursday 30 April - Karori Rotary Club of Karori in conjunction with the ANZ Bank is holding its next business breakfast at the Karori Park Café on Thursday 30 April.  The guest speaker is Steve Sanderson, CEO of Wellington International Airport Ltd on expansion plans for the Airport. 

For information on what’s happening in our District, visit the District 9940 new website at:

Bulletin 25 April 2015

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