Rotary Bulletin 01-Nov-2021

Rotary Bulletin 01-Nov-2021 Meeting

Next Meeting – 8th November 2021 at which the Guest Speakers will be Nicola Robertson (Manager of Biosecurity) and Emma Sherwood (Manager of RSE/Seasonal Labour,15 November 2021 the guest speaker is Elizabeth Wright. At the meeting on 22nd November 2021, there will be no guests as it will be the Club’s AGM

Members at the meeting of 01-Nov-2021 were welcomed by President Lynn, who advised that the evening guests would be two of our members giving their life stories, followed by committee meetings.

GRACE: was given by Roger Jopling: “May we thank the Lod for the food we are about to receive.”

TWO MINUTE TALK: Trish’s two-minute talk referred to an article she saw in Saturday’s HB Today. The article was about State Highway 2, Pekapeka roadside, questioning have you ever waved or tooted to the rock or placed something there – without knowing why? Kaumatua Jerry Hapuku states the rock is adorned in Kahungunu history. The local legend is that the rock (Kohaku) ‘Te Ana o te Ao Mutua’ earned a place in Te Matua o Maui folklore. The Taonga (Treasure) is more than 500 years old. Various stories regarding the ‘Rocks’ mysterious escapades under the cover of darkness, to its role as a temporary resting site for the deceased’ or the place where a peace treaty was signed between two local hapu (subtribes), or the rock found it’s resting place after being scorched by the angry sun Tamananuitera. The most prominent memory was from his grandmother who would ‘often tell them how to bow their heads as a sign of respect. The rock was where the dead were rested on their journey back to their marae or urupa (Burial ground). Jerry says they still do that today and that all the stories are valid – as he believes they add to the greater body of Matauranga Maori (Body of knowledge from ancestors) and Kahungunu identity. Jerry also spoke of the guardianship of the Pekapeka and the land being passed down through lineage. Tamanohorakau last had control of the future of the land. His descendants are the Timu family, from whom she derived. (I learned something here).

So my story I grew up with was:- (and it sounds like one of the night escapade stories Jerry referred to):-

When the road was being built, the workmen had to move this large rock out of their road, so they did and placed it towards the swamp area, but every morning when they came to work, the rock was back in the middle of the road.

I still wave to the rock (It is meant to mean good luck to do so). I wonder – do you? And what is your story? But it has also made me think – because as time is marching on, – I need to meet up with Uncle Jerry and learn some whanau/family history.

SERGEANT: President Lynn ran a successful session, having at the last moment to replace the appointed sergeant, and fined nearly all of us for good, little or no reason. He raised: $48.40!

GUEST SPEAKER: Given there was the intention to use the evening for each of the committees to hold a meeting, two club members gave in each case, a fascinating account of their lives:

Rotarian Peter Graham spoke to the Club of his life story beginning in 1954 when he was born, coinciding with Elvis Presley’s recording his first record, the advent of the first mass Polio vaccination, the 1st atmospheric nuclear bomb test at the Bikini Atoll, the beginning of the construction of Disneyland, the first sale of a colour tv, a 12″ screen for $1000 ($28k in today’s money) and Roger Bannister ran the 1st sub-4-minute mile. He grew up in the leafy suburbs of Woburn in Lower Hutt, attended Hutt Valley High School, then studies Architectural drafting at Wellington Polytechnic. Later Peter decide the allure of travel held more appeal than study so struck out with a like-minded friend on their first overseas trip to the exotic shores of Australia. He wished he could have said that it was the start of his big OE, but what followed was some eight years of experiencing life in various parts of Australia.

He worked as a fruit picker in NSW, a truck driver for a building firm in Sydney, a ski resort worker on Mt Kosciusko, and also spent time in Western Australia working as a driving instructor, brickies labourer, and Haulpak driver (a 200-tonne diesel-electric dump truck) in an iron ore mine in the northwest. Visibility from these monsters was very limited, one driver on his shift drove over the top of a badly parked Toyota Landcruiser in his blind spot and didn’t even feel a bump.

As his 30th birthday approached, Peter decided he needed to get serious about some sort of career path, so packed up and headed back home to Wellington. Peter worked in management roles with LV Martin and Son for several years before deciding advancement opportunities were always going to be limited in a family business so looked around for other opportunities. Around this time he had met the lovely Shelley who had also just returned from several years overseas and in 1986 they got married. During that year 1986, you could buy a Casio portable tv for $380, Chernobyl nuclear reactor had exploded and Hayleys Comet passed close to the earth. All paled into insignificance compared to the start of Peter and Shelley’s life together.

Shelly and Peter had started looking to buy their first home and after dealing with several real estate agents, Peter decided it didn’t too hard and he’d give it a try while looking for his next real job. Quickly he learned it was actually a very hard job! That was 35 years ago, and he never did find that real job. Shelley and Peter have two sons, Ben and Josh (both now living in Hawkes Bay) and two granddaughters, Charlotte and Frankie, aged 3 and 1.5 They sold their Wellington home and moved to Hawkes Bay four years ago after deciding they were ready for a change, are now recently retired.

Rotarian Brian Lavelle then spoke of his life story, saying that having got home from golf today he remembered he had been asked to give this talk of his life story. He was born in 1956 into a religious Catholic family in England. Brian went to a great school which was in fact so good, he made it until he was 16 years old. He was brought up in North England and later following his marriage he had two children, his son Sean who is now 33, and a daughter Erin, both of them now living in England. Brian began his career with the Barclays Bank where he held a position for 7 years followed by some time in Godfrey with Dad’s Army, which didn’t require any training! It was there that he met his wife which lead to the plan to move to New Zealand, which they did in 1985, where he worked with Broadbank, followed by time spent with the BNZ.

In 1994 the family moved to Singapore, where they planned to stay for two years but actually came back to New Zealand in 2015. The family thoroughly enjoyed Singapore – it was ideal for the family, being involved with football and meeting many football stars. Schooling was great for the children which they loved but it cost a lot of money, however, the Banks paid for the education until the pupil reached the age of 16 years. Now back in New Zealand, they lived in Wanaka for a while as a result of an auction of a house there which Brian’s wife became interested, the morning after being at a party. She had done the research and wished to buy the house. They put in an offer, but in Brian’s mind, it was too expensive and told her to forget it. But 10 minutes later there was a phone call and were advised that the house was theirs following a 2nd offer she had put in without sharing the communicating with him. However, they moved to Wanaka where they lived for 5 years but the winters were cold and dark, except where the ski fields were. The family felt there was a need to go somewhere warmer with access to medical services due to elder health needs. It was time to sell the Wanaka house and they subsequently bought a Lockwood house in Napier. Brian is now a keen golfer and provides a driving service for the elderly.

ROTARY CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS: These well-received NZ-made puddings are now available, and at a cost of $20 delivered with $5 of that going to the club, are a great and timely fundraiser. In past years some members have used them as gifts at our Christmas function, and we’ll be continuing the recent tradition of community gifts this year so it’s worth considering. As a club, we need to order them in cartons of 6. Please order your requirements to Stephen at stephen.randalnz@gmail.com or text 021 586085. Note that because as a total club we can order only in multiples of 6 the last members to order may miss out………so as they say…… no pressure!


Colin Wake advised that:

  • While the raffle was proving to be very successful, the Club has been shut down from a couple of sites, including Mitre 10 which is requiring greater covid protection actions, including social distancing, use of masks, hand sanitising and use of cashless transactions.
  • There is a need to find an alternative site for raffle ticket marketing.

Jessica Dufty advised that:

Despite the lost opportunity last Friday, 74% of the raffle books have been sold.

Ticket sales online are also going well.

Lockdown with Ted

Eddie Blowes advised that:

  • Following Shanel Murray’s authorship of a book regarding the Teddy who created quite a community response of his daily activities during lockdown, the book has sold well. There were two copies left if anyone wanted them. The books were instantly purchased.

DUTIES: Please note these arrangements: If you are rostered on for duty but find you are unavailable it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement for yourself. Once this is done, email Stephen Randal at stephen.randalnz@gmail.com and advise him of the change.

CLUB CALENDAR 8th November 15th November 22nd November
Event/Speaker Nicola Robertson (Mgr Biosecurity)
Emma Sherwood (Mgr RSE/Seasonal Labour
Elizabeth Wright AGM no guest speaker
Cashier Schnell Duncan Gage
Badges, Grace & Parting Thought Monachino Lavelle Graham
2-minute talk Randal Ellengold Riley
Sergeant McArdle Massey Haward
Speaker’s Orderly Wake Konig Norrie
Vote of Thanks Spackman Henderson Pollard

Sue Forde
Bulletin Editor.

Editors comment: What an interesting evening! Both Peter and Brian gave fascinating stories of their life journeys, and we also heard from Trish with her 2-minute talk of the connections of her whanau with the traditional stories of the Rock (Kohatu) at Peka Peka. Such captivating memoirs
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