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Claire Tyler, Enduring Power of Attorney 10 May 16Our guest speaker on 10 May 2016 was Claire Tyler, an Associate at Wellington law firm, Rainey Collins, Lawyers.

Claire gave a clear and concise presentation on the subject of Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs). She explained that there were two types of EPAs – one covering property assets and another specifically for mental health capability. Often both are established at the same time to cover a relative close to you.

The property EPA gives the “attorney” power to act in respect of property assets which are in the legal name of the “donee”, as may be appropriate given certain circumstances. The mental health EPA applies where the donee has lost capability to act on personal matters, such as finance, health decisions, accommodation, etc. Anyone over the age of 18 years may establish an EPA and Claire advised that it was good practice for all adults to give serious consideration to having one or more EPAs in place in the event of a sudden serious illness or disability. The cost is not great (circa $300 per EPA) and it saves huge stress for all concerned.

Claire answered many questions following her address and she generously stayed on after the meeting to meet with individuals who had private matters to discuss with her.


Welcome – Ian Munro

Ian Munro, 10 May 16A warm welcome was extended to Ian Munro as he joins Tawa Rotary. Ian is a Tawa resident who has been with Rotary in Dunedin North and Motueka. He was a Rotary Foundation Scholar in Seattle.

Ian has been a secondary schools teacher, school counsellor and liaison officer for the University of Otago. He’s on contract with NZ Qualifications Authority.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



17 May

CPR Refresher

Gary Denton

24 May

David Barber - Writer/Retired Foreign Correspondent


31 May

Book Fair preparation


7 June

Book Fair Preparation


14 June

Major David Bennett, Salvation Army, Nepal & Fiji Devastation

Martin Garcia

21 June

President Elect Andrew Watson – Vision for 2016-17


28 June

Presidential Changeover



CPR refresher

We are having a CPR/Defibrillator refresher evening conducted by Wellington Free Ambulance. We’re expecting four members from Tawa Lions who have accepted the invitation to join us.

“Early defibrillation combined with CPR can improve survival rates to as high as 74% when defibrillation is provided within three minutes of collapse. For every minute that is wasted, the chance of survival decreases 7-10%.” [Quremed]


Tawa Rotary 2016 Gigantic Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will be held once again at the Tawa New World Mall spare shop over the weekends of 11/12th and 18/19th June. This is an important event in the life of Tawa Rotary and now represents our largest fund-raising opportunity. So it is important that all members are able to participate in the organisation prior to and supervision on the day, and clean up afterwards, to make this a highly successful event.

As well as the actual sale days there will be working-bees beforehand on at least two Tuesday evenings prior and three Sundays during May to organise the setup of trestles and the layout and sorting of books. I hope that all members will make this a priority in their diaries to come and help. More details on individual working-bees will be posted closer to the time once we have confirmation from New World on the when the whole room will become available for our setup.

Members may receive inquiries from the public about where to drop off books. Books can either be dropped to the large bin that is placed for this purpose within the New World Mall north corridor. Or if donors would prefer to have the books collected then I’m happy to do this – please either forward the request to me (with a name, address and contact phone number), or ask donors to contact me directly. For members who have books of their own for the Book Fair or who are holding stocks to contribute, then please don’t add these to the bin, but bring them with you to one of the Sunday work bees, or arrange with me to have them collected.

Richard Herbert

Tawa Rotary 2016 Book Fair Convenor

Phone: 2326828, mobile 0274455942


Editor’s note: a big thank you to Wendy Betteridge for posting an event notice on our Tawa site, and promoting this book fair through Our Porirua.

Shakespeare Lives

Rotary loves fostering talented youth and especially their leadership skills!

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival provides your members to be stimulated and excited by the 5 and 15 minute scenes they will be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre on 3rd and 4th June (over 70% are student directed!).

Details are attached.

Selected from all over the country these secondary school students will astound all!

A perfect opportunity for fellowship, please encourage your members to attend at some stage at the Festival.

On behalf of Dawn Sanders ONZM QSM

Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ

Toi Poneke: Wellington Arts Centre

Other Rotary news

District Changeover: 26 June 2016 at Tawa Bowling Club, Tawa, 1pm

We strongly encourage you to support this Rotary event, to take the opportunity to thank DG Simon and to meet the new leadership team for 2016/17.

District Conference 2017: District Governor 2016-17 Martin Garcia has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. To find out more and register, see:

Rotary Gym Discount

“Can you pass this on to your Tawa female Rotarians and/or partners: Casual entry into any of our classes is $10 or join us with a membership and receive 10% discount.

Please find attached our new group fitness class timetable. BIG_WALL_TIMETABLE.APR [size 316Kb]

It would be lovely to have your club Rotarians join so that they can feel the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and improve their fitness.

Debbie Mair, Porirua Configure Gym for Women

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