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Stephen Jay, GM Transpower, 13 Sept 2016Tuesday 13 September, we welcomed Dr Stephen Jay, General Manager Grid Development for Transpower. Darshan Shetty, pictured right, introduced Stephen to Tawa Rotary. Darshan Shetty, 13 Sept 2016

Stephen is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. He’s had a long and varied career within the industry, including time with Mitton ElectroNet C.E.G.B/National Power/Nuclear Electric, Midlands Electricity PLc, Parsons Brinckerhoff  Power, Meridian Energy and Transpower.

Transpower looks after the National Grid and keeps the energy flowing to New Zealand electricity consumers; and manages the electricity system. The National Grid provides a high voltage backbone that extends from Kaikohe to Tiwai. Transpower’s business is regulated by the Commerce Commission (Commission) and the Electricity Authority (Authority).

Stephen talked about the future power system that’s expected to be radically different. In the long-term, battery or other storage technologies installed within homes and businesses, vehicles, distribution networks, and grid substations could fundamentally alter how the power system is operated by covering short-term power imbalances in supply and demand. A copy of Transmission Power's plan, Transmission Tomorrow, Powering New Zealand Today + Tomorrow, is available here.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



20 September

Informal meeting at The Roundabout, Tawa President Andrew

27 September

Dr Ken Gledhill, Director GeoNet "Forecasting Earthquakes" Bernard O'Loughlin

Collection – Wellington Children’s Hospital

Please help with collecting for the Wellington Children's Hospital.

When?: Friday 30th September. 

We need to cover the collection point on the Main Road, Tawa.

One or two hour spots between 9.00am - 4.30pm

Please contact Judith Gray 027 440 6098 or

Polio Plus Project - World's Greatest Meal

Friday 11 November 2016

Venue: 26 Oxford Street

Time: 5.30 onwards - dinner will be delivered at 6 p.m. BYO.

Cost: $25.00 per head

The meal will consist of either a takeaway container of half rice, half butter chicken or half rice half curry vegetarian for those who require it, and roti bread

Tea and coffee and delicious slices will also be served

Please get in behind this worthwhile project. If you are unable to attend the evening, perhaps a $10.00 donation to Polio Plus - the more raised, the more polio drops can be purchased.

TRF Centennial Motorcycle Expedition

Greetings from Rotary District 3181, India. We would like to invite you and members of your Rotary Club to participate in our event, to mark the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation, “Ride for Rotary-TRF Centennial Expedition”.

This event blends 14 days of International Fellowship, trekking, incredible sightseeing, cultural evenings with Indian music and dance, with well thought off cuisines.

All these start off, with participants getting flagged off from the “Heritage city” of Mysore. Participants travel on motorcycles for next 14 days, with an average travel of 160kms per day. They touch the most beautiful and historically important places to complete the expedition.

The expedition is open for all Rotarians and Rotractors. Proceeds from this event will go to “The Rotary Foundation”.

Click Here For More Details!

District News

District Governor's Martin Garcia’s September message highlights that this is basic education and literacy month on the Rotary calendar. See more

District Conference 2017 - DG Martin has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. To find out more,  register:

The District Website established on 1 July is available at:


For the 2016 Longview Roster, see more.

2016 Rotary theme 

Transpower - the future of power with Dr Stephen Jay

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