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Ian McKinnon, 5 Apr 2016On Tuesday 5 April our guest speaker was Ian McKinnon QSO, CNZM, JP. Ian was a Wellington City Councillor from 2004-2013 and Deputy Mayor from 2007-2013. He was also Chancellor of Victoria University for several years, after a distinguished career in teaching and education administration which included Headmaster at Wanganui Collegiate and Scots College, and Deputy at Eton. His topic was “Town v Gown”.

Ian traversed the historical causes of the traditional tensions between the academic and political sectors, from Plato (4th Century BC ) through the Middle Ages and Henry V111 to the present time.

In the current era the academic sector is driven by its core functions of teaching, learning and research. Accordingly academic freedom and autonomy of governance are paramount criteria. These are not easily aligned with the forces that drive central government, which is the major funder of tertiary education, or local government and local communities which are concerned with infrastructural issues and the inevitable by-products of a large resident student population. Ian said that government seeks to influence outcomes by targeting the areas to which funds are directed, known as “stem subjects” (English, science, maths and engineering are preferred to the softer subjects of arts, law and the environment). In 2014 the government contributed 41% of the VUW running costs of $380 million. Student fees only contribute 21%. With local government there are pressures over building construction, whether for teaching or accommodation of students, parking, and noisy students.

There is however continuous ongoing consultation between the upper level leaders of the organisations, though the extent required with potentially affected residents is a continuing frustration. Ian said there is therefore not so much an adversarial relationship between governors and academics as a healthy tension on issues where their respective interests overlap or might conflict.

He mentioned several anecdotal and personal humorous incidents and experiences which he had enjoyed during his long career, and was given a strong applause at the end of his engaging presentation.


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Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



12 Apr

Nina Sochon, Team building and inspiration John Sloan

18 Apr (Mon)

Visit to Zealandia with Johnsonville Rotary  

26 Apr

AGM & Di Patchett, Cheboche Trust Nepal Malcolm Andrews

3 May

CentrePort Visit Pres Ken Pearson

10 May

Claire Tyler - Enduring Power of Attorney  

Teamwork and virtual teams

Tues 12 April, we hear from Nina Sochon who is a Teamwork Specialist and leading authority on virtual teams. She is the CEO of Transformed Teams - a training, coaching and consulting firm. Nina is an experienced executive, having established and led the team that delivered the Australian Federal Government’s national work from home (‘telework’) initiatives. She recently delivered the Australian Federal Government’s “phenomenal” flexibility toolkits – a world-leading guide to businesses and organisations looking to become flexible employers. 

Nina is a consultant, mediator and experienced communication coach (Adult Speech Pathologist). She is currently advising the New Zealand Government (Opposition)’s Future of Work Commission. She recently appeared as a featured expert on the documentary ‘Equilibrium Man Challenge’.

Other Rotary news

District Conference:

DG Simon Manning, Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton 1 March 2016DG Simon Manning pictured from left with Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton.Invitation to combined Conference May 2016

Note from DG Simon Manning as he distributes the April newsletter

"If you haven’t already registered for Conference, please do so ASAP. This will assist us greatly with confirming we have the correct numbers."

To register now please go to:





 Zealandia visit with Johnsonville Rotary

Please keep Monday 18 April free. More details will be coming.

Johnsonville Rotary has invited us to visit Zealandia. Guest speaker: the new CEO of Zealandia, Paul Atkins to be introduced by Kerry Prendergast. See more

Rotary Porirua Fundraiser

India Lunch 24 April - End Polio fundraiserIndian lunch at the Whitby Taj on Sunday 24 April – $40 per head includes 410 donation to the World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio.

Gordon Beattie advises: “there are limited numbers and we are halfway after less than a week. Therefore early response please – the Sunday afternoon of the long weekend. Indian dress will be worn for those that have it (Sarah, Clive, Kath and Glynis).”

“We would love to have your support and we still have seats to fill. Tickets are available  from Whitby Taj 042347444, or from Tickets can be delivered to your club if preferred. The event is “Eat as Much as you Like”. $10 will be donated from the sale of each ticket to The World’s Greatest Meal To Help End Polio Now.”




Anzac Day Special Commemoration and Breakfast

Anzac breakfast(1) 2016Monday 25 April 5.00am-7.30am

The Rotary Clubs of Mt Victoria and Port Nicholson invite you to a special occasion to commemorate Anzac Day.

  • 00 a.m.onwards arrive at Pukeahu War Memorial, Buckle Street, for Anzac Day Service (make own way).
  • Service commences 5.30am
  • 20 a.m. Service concludes. Make own way to Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Parade, for breakfast and fellowship

$35.00 per person includes continental or cooked breakfast, tea and coffee. Cash bar available.

This event Anzac_Day_Breakfast_April_2016 is fund raising for Wellington Children’s Hospital. 

RSVP by Wednesday 20th April to Mark Chiu or Joy Durrant

District Assembly

Congratulations to DGE Martin Garcia and the District team on a well-run District Assembly at Palmerston North on 10 April. Henry and On You with District Assembly 10 Apr 2016A good number attended from across our District. A distinguished guest speaker, former Governor General and Rotarian Sir Anand Satyanand challenged us to consider consolidation of NZ Rotary into a stronger national cohort. We also were encouraged to exercise as supporters for the On You project – a project launching in August to encourage people to exercise and reduce obesity in our lives.


Be a Gift to the World

Ian Duncan McKinnon - distinguished speaker visits Tawa Rotary

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