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Jay Robinson, Libraries 9 Feb 2016Jay Robinson, Team Leader, Libraries and Community Spaces, Wellington City Council spoke at our Tues 9 February meeting. Jay fills the role of Head Librarian at the Mervyn Kemp Library and has his office in the complex.

Born in Iowa, USA, Jay’s grandmother instilled in him a love of books from an early age. He arrived in New Zealand 11 years ago and has worked in libraries in a number of locations – Takaka, Rodney, Palmerston North and Wellington.

Jay summarised the existing services provided by the local library including new features such as “Zinio” – an online facility for downloading collections of various leading magazines in electronic format.Jay Robinson, Libraries 9 Feb 2016(2)

Libraries are now seen as “spaces for the community” and new layout designs are been implemented across Wellington. A new “regional hub library” is to be built in Johnsonville at a cost of $16.5m, with construction commencing during the current financial year. Athfields have been appointed architects and design is well advanced. It will incorporate meeting rooms, coffee bar, flexible spaces for community use and car parking.



[Photo - from the left: Rotarian Peter Lockery and guest speaker, Jay Robinson]

Parting thoughts were presented by Doug Burrus at the meeting:

“My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn’t have any excuse to be stupid.” Joan Bauer, Rules of the Road

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.” Claudia Alta Johnson

Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



16 February

Bill Day, Wellington Hospital Foundation - visit to Sim Suite Patrick Waite

23 February

Councillor Nicola Young Malcolm Sparrow

01 March

Superintendent Tusha Penny President Ken

08 March

Movie - Polio Fundraiser Richard Herbert

15 March

Major David Bennett, Salvation Army Martin Garcia

22 March

Brett Hudson, List MP for Ohariu Brian Frampton

Visit – Simulation Suite at Wellington Hospital

Tues 16 February will be a visit to Wellington Hospital’s Simulation Suite that is used for training on the Life Flight Trust aircraft. Bill Day, Chair of the Wellington Hospital Foundation, will be hosting this interesting tour.

Bill notes: “Our main community project beginning now is the provision of a new MRI Scanner of which we will tell you more of later. A visit to the Sims Suite will be exciting for you and memorable, let me assure you.”

Tawa Rotarians and their guests are asked to meet at the Hospital atrium by 6pm. Parking and meal details have been distributed by email associated with this bulletin news.

Coming up – outstanding speaker!

Coming up on 1 March – PDG Pat Waite notes “Superintendent Tusha Penny from the NZ Police is an outstanding speaker. As only one of three women Superintendents in the NZ Police she is, in my opinion, a strong candidate to one day be the first female Commissioner of Police. I heard her speak at an Inner Wheel Conference a year or so ago and I was struck with her energy, passion for her job and for the community she works to protect”. 

Superintendent Tusha PennySuperintendent Penny is the first officer to ever take on the role of National Manager - Child Protection and Sexual Violence. She spearheaded a national change management programme to accelerate police response to the Commission of Inquiry. She has been recently appointed to Superintendent, National Manager: Prevention at Police National Headquarters. 

Rotarians are encouraged to invite their friends and family to this special occasion.

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Other Rotary news

District Conference:

Note from DG Simon Manning: “Of importance to you all is the registration site is now open for our district conference. If you haven’t been to a conference for a while please consider joining us in Nelson as it promises to be a great opportunity to remind ourselves why we do the work we do for this wonderful organisation.

To register now please go to:

Rotary events/fundraisers:

Rotary Club of Paraparaumu – early notice received is that their Charity Golf Day is Thursday 17th of March 2016 at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course. Select the following PDF for further information: Rotary_Golf_2016_Early_Notice [size 1.75Kb]

Make up with Rotary Kyneton: ADG and Tawa Rotarian, John  visited Rotary Kyneton in Victoria, Australia. He brought back a pamphlet from the club to share with us - scanned copy: Rotary_Kyneton [size 423Kb]


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