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Universities New Zealand – Chris Whelan

Chris Whelan, Universities NZ, 15 Sep 15Guest speaker for 15 Sept 1015 was Chris Whelan, Executive Director of Universities New Zealand - the representative body for New Zealand’s eight universities. Universities New Zealand’s goal is to enhance the quality of our universities and their contribution – locally and nationally, to New Zealand’s social and economic growth. Chris talked about key trends and issues that are facing universities in 2015 and beyond.

Following on from information that he had released to the media earlier that day, Chris summarised the importance of international ratings for New Zealand. About 50% of academic staff at New Zealand universities are from overseas, and our high international ratings – with all eight universities rated in the top 600 in the world – are essential for attracting and retaining top quality academics, and also the high number of foreign students who seek to study here.

Chris also stressed the importance of the wide range of courses available to students, and outlined the effect of university degrees on increased salaries for graduates.

The interest that Chris’s quality presentation generated amongst members was demonstrated by the large number of varied questions that followed.


Upcoming Events

Date (2015)



29 Sept

Meet your fellow Rotarian Peter Lockery

3 October

Blood Pressure campaign at New World Tawa


6 October

Rainbow Creative Andrew Watson

13 October

Andrew Wharton - Boston Marathon experience

Robert Armstrong
21 October (Wednesday) Joint meeting with Tawa Lions -     Inspector Paul Basham                   Winter Games Duty  
27 October Dr Andrew Jack, Chief Censor  
3 November Melbourne Cup  
10 November Garth McVicar, Sensible                   Sentencing Trust  


Simon Manning, District Governor

DG Simon ManningWe welcome District 9940 Governor, Simon Manning to Tawa Rotary. Dg Simon is very active with his online updates on Rotary activity via Facebook and District 9940. A recent quote - “I’d like to see Rotary thinking and acting more like an organisation that is part of a new world of influence and community engagement.”

Volunteers – Wellington Children’s Hospital Appeal

Wellington Children's Hospital AppealThursday 24 September – Tawa Rotarians are invited to help with the Wellington Children’s Hospital Street Appeal. The stand will be located outside Take Note on Main Road, Tawa.


World Peace Day – 21 September

Did you know that Monday 21 September is World Peace Day. The Rotary Foundation supports world peace through its Peace Fellowship programme.

Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen in a globally competitive process to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.

See for further information.

Rotary News

Rotary DownUnderFrom Rotary Down Under (NZ Pacific Edition, Sept 2015):

President of Rotary International, Ravi Ranvindran, encourages Rotarians to ‘sharpen our tools’. He says: “For the past 20 years, we have relentlessly beaten the drum of membership in Rotary. and yet, our overall numbers remain the same. It is time to sharpen our tools. Instead of focusing on the question, “How can we bring more members into Rotary?” we should be asking, “How can we add more value to Rotary membership, so that more will join and fewer will leave?”

The endgame for PolioPlus – Rotary started its first immunisation campaign in 1979 when there were 500,000 cases of paralytic polio every year. Polio Plus was launched in 1985 with the goal to immunise all the world’s children against polio. Foundation Trustee Chair, Ray Klinginsmith, asks that every Rotary club learns the history of the PolioPlus campaign and publicises the news in their local communities. “Your club should be involved: World Polio Day is observed every year on October 24 and it’s critical that every club schedule an event this year to spread the word.”


Universities NZ - Chris Whelan

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