Next Meeting – 15th November 2021 at which the Guest Speaker will be Elizabeth Wright who will be speaking of Interplast. 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 08-Nov-2021 were welcomed by President Lynn, and also introduced Nicola Robertson who will be addressing members later in the evening.
GRACE: was given by Pasquale Monachino:
“As we gather here today as members of Rotary
we are ever mindful of opportunities to tender our
services to fellow citizens and to our community,
keeping in mind always, the enduring values of life,
Exerting our efforts in those areas and on those
things upon which future generations can build with confidence
Let us continue to strive to make a better world – Thank you.”
TWO MINUTE TALK: This was given by Stephen Randal who spoke of the experience of cycling. While he enjoys the sense of freedom of cycling, he warned that some experiences temporarily make one doubt one’s desires to cycle. An experience Stephen had when he was on his cycle on a cycle track that merged with a private driveway. A woman drove her car out of the driveway, drove directly towards him and he felt his only choice was to cycle out into the traffic on the road to avoid her hitting him. He found he was driving directly into the path of an oncoming car. Fortunately, both he and the car did not collide, but following the incident, he wrote to the Hastings District Council seeking some advice as to what the rules were in such circumstances, and also recommended some education regarding such rules would be a good solution, however, the Council has not responded. Stephen believes that there is a need to put pressure on Local Government or NZTA to highlight the issue and provide advice for better road safety rules to cover such issues
SERGEANT: Paul McCardle captured one two members with fines, then revised the session for those acknowledging good contributions. He raised: $106.50!
GUEST SPEAKER: Colin Wake introduced Nicola Robertson who is the Manager of Biosecurity for NZ Apples and Pears Inc. Nicola advised that it was her role to ensure that fruit production in the region is a success. It is a role she has taken for the last 3 years. She has a Batchelor of Science degree and never planned to be involved with biosecurity but her interests were with a risk analysis of exports etc.
However the NZ A&P I gave her the opportunity for research and marketing, so her capabilities grew as she became more involved in crop protection and industry advocacy. There are 10,000 hectares of apples and pears, with the industry providing a timeline for orchardists, and was formerly known as the Apple and Pear Marketing Board. Through deregulation, there was a need to eliminate sprays and move towards biocontrol. Growing regions include Hawkes Bay, Nelson, and Otago.
There has been an increase in the varieties of apples. 2% of production is pears and the rest is apples and there are different care needs between apples and pears. Hawkes Bay production is top to f the market, with produce being shipped to Asia and Vietnam. The key port is Napier, however with the impact of Covid, the industry has been hit very hard, including shipping and packing services.
The industry has begun to identify a greater understanding of consumer needs, employment issues, and the quality of fruit. Risks for successful fruit growing include labour and biosecurity matters, so in an effort to manage those issues, the RSE programme has evolved (Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme). The program is finding that seasonal workers are getting harder to get. The first flight from Tonga arrived in Napier today, in almost 2 years. Reasons for shortages include: new planting, thinning, picking and biosecurity insects coming from overseas. The risk of arrival of overseas bio risks is from insects brought in on fruit from overseas, including the coddling moth. Potential market access is also impacted by fruit fly.
The way of avoiding high production risks is to reduce the size of the fruit by half and improve the quality of the fruit. The brown marmorated stink bug is difficult to spot and has an impact on horticulture includes damaging fruit, particularly:
- Destroying up to 50% of apples and 100% of other fruit.
- Feeding on grapes which makes the fruit susceptible to infection and taints the wine.
Infections can be completely devastating. The social impact on communities includes odour from stink bugs which winter over in houses in large numbers. It is difficult to remove the stench when the bugs are disturbed. Bugs are still in the luggage of overseas visitors and imported second-hand cars. 26 bugs can live in one shoe and are never successfully eradicated.
The USA has experienced the impact of greater use of chemicals, therefore the fruit is not acceptable in Europe. The success of bug control is dependent on the environment, appropriate choice of crops, and humidity In Italy, the crops are protected by netting but need to be small enough t resist the symptoms. Netting has become important in New Zealand too, a proceedure which is still under research. Use of netting is approved, but currently here is no long term approval. Control techniques include:
- knowing what they are doing
- researching all options
- netting is proven to be a good biocontrol operation.
It is well worthwhile walking through orchards to watch at a close situation, through all the trees.
Nicola was thanked by Colin for her talk, noting that Rotary members were now more aware of the complexity of her role.
Past President Trish advised that the movie “The Duke” is to be shown in Napier, members being invited by the Ahuriri Rotary Club, raising funds for “End Polio Now”. She invited all members to advise of their intention to go to the movie on 23 November 21.
Jessica Dufty advised that it had been decided to go back to Mitre 10 despite the more rigid Covid rules.
Charlie Fergus advised that “Christmas in the Park” has been cancelled, which was disappointing yet it was the reality. The construction of the new Campervan Park in St Andrews Rd is progressing well and we could be planting as early as next week, there are 800,000 trees to be planted. Charlie also spoke of his recent experience of collecting 6 kiwis from an enclosure in Havelock North and taking them to Mt Bruce in the Wairarapa. Hilda and Gary Wake were happy that he wanted to be involved in the work, picking the kiwis up than taking them to Veronica then on to Mt Bruce. Charlie took some photos which he will share with the Club and advised that Hilda and Gary would welcome anyone in the Club to become volunteers.
President Lynn spoke of the opportunity to play croquet at a cost of $15.00 per player. Anyone interested could contact Lynn. He also advised that there is a possibility of the Club having a meeting at Peak House. It is also possible to go to Hygge at Clifton.
Scott Henderson advised that he has been in touch with 5 fellow Rotarians, but only one – Malcolm Walker is in respite care.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and advise him of the change.
|CLUB CALENDAR||15th November||22nd November||29th November|
|Event/Speaker||Elizabeth Wright||AGM – No Guest Speaker|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Lavelle||Graham||Monachino|
|Vote of Thanks||Henderson||–||Dufty|
Editors comment: I would imagine now that most of us have a different perspective of orcharding! There was so much to learn and understand. I also was grateful for Charlie’s comments on the possibility of members being volunteers working with kiwi conservation. I have a friend who is involved and just loves the work.
The opinions expressed in this Bulletin are not necessarily those of the President or Directors or of members of the Rotary Club of Havelock North Inc.