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Tauranga Te Papa Car Rally

What a fantastic event again this year. A dull Saturday morning was brightened considerably by the presence of the participating crews dressed in the theme of their entry. We set off on a route along the Wairoa river and over the Kaimais, guided by excellent navigational notes and quiz clues, to end leg one in Te Aroha for morning coffee and some interesting poses with the local sculptures! Leg two took us to Paeroa Maritime Park for a working bee with Paeroa Rotary setting up some lighting poles for the parks Christmas Light Show, we were rewarded with an exceptional lunch provided by our Paeroa Rotary friends and partners, and witnessed two PHF presentations to the park's owners (insert Pix below) in recognition of all their hard work in the community.
Lunch with Paeroa RotaryOnwards on an interesting route around the Hauraki Plains and westwards to Keripehi and over the fabulous Top Road towards Tahuna and on to Morrinsville for an ice cream break and more interesting poses with the famous Cows of the town at least one of which appears in the pix below with Rotary Branding before the final leg through more wonderful Waikato countryside to our overnight stop at the Podium Lodge in Cambridge where we enjoyed an excellent evening of food and fellowship.
The following morning started with a home cooked breakfast followed by the presentation of trophies to the top three winning crews. The weekend was rounded off by a visit and tour of the Cambridge Velodrome, a magnificent facility.
Well done to our organisers and all the crews, especially the winners, well done team!
Footnote from the editor. Can we guess that the President was Driving Miss Daisy and that they were the winning team?
Rotary District Conference 2019
                                                          “inspiration around every corner”
President Elect Mike Fraser is keen to have a great turnout of Rotarians from our Club for the District 9930 Conference and is encouraging all the club to come with him for a weekend of fun and Rotary Education in Hamilton. By all coming together we will make sure that the comradeship gained will be long remembered. Just ask those in the Club that have attended previous District Conferences.
To Register and book please follow this:

Dates – Friday 15 March through to Sunday 17 March.
Venue – Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton.
Details of the Programme of events and Conference details visit the website
 and complete the online registration. Registration fee is $240.00 and this holds
now until the early bird discount ends on 30 November.
Accommodation is held for Tauranga Te Papa Rotary at
 Camelot on Ulster, 231 Ulster Street Hamilton
To make your booking (First come first served)
Tauranga Te Papa block booking for accommodation. Contact Roger Miller on and choose your type of room. Send your credit card
details to guarantee the non-refundable deposit of $50 per person. Balance
payable at 1 March 2019.
Room Descriptions
Room Type:   Superior Studio – $149.00 per night
Room Description:  Spacious studio unit with a queen and a single bed, fully equipped kitchen including full sized range and microwave, dining table, heat pump/air-conditioner and 42" television. Newly renovated bathroom with shower only. 
Room Type:   King Studio - $149.00 per night
Room Description:  Spacious studio with king bed, fully equipped kitchen including full sized range and microwave, dining table, work station, 42" television and heat pump/air-conditioner. Shower only in bathroom. 
Room Type:   Deluxe Spa Studio - $159.00 per night
Room Description:  Luxurious studio with king bed, double spa bath, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, work station, 50" television and heat pump/air-conditioner. In the large bathroom the shower is over the double spa bath. 
Room Type:   Executive Spa Suite – 159.00 per night
Room Description:  Spacious suite with king sized bed which can be closed off from the lounge area. This suite has an en-suite with a luxurious double spa bath, foldout sofa in the lounge, fully equipped kitchen including full sized range and microwave, dining table, work station, 50" television and heat pump/air-conditioner. 
Room Type:   Two Bedroom Apartment - $210.00 per night
Room Description:  Spacious two bedroom apartment with king bed in first bedroom, queen and single bed in second bedroom and two single beds in alcove of the lounge. The apartment has a large dining table, two 42" televisions - one in the lounge and the other in the master bedroom, heat pump/air-conditioner, fully equipped kitchen with full size range, fridge/freezer and microwave. The bathroom is spacious with a shower, bath and separate toilet. 
Room Type: Managers Unit - $210.00 per night
Room Description: Spacious two bedroom apartment with king bed in first bedroom, and queen and single bed in second bedroom. The apartment has a large dining table, 42" television, heat pump/air-conditioner, fully equipped kitchen with full size range, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The bathroom is spacious with a shower, bath and toilet.
Talk to PE Mike Fraser or Roger Miller now for more details.
Let’s make this an event to remember.
Latest News
I’ve been in New Zealand for just over two months now, and I’ll just tell you about the coolest stuff I’ve done so far.
Vanessa took me down to Rotorua, Whakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao, (yes, really) one of the first weekend with her. I witnessed a beautiful Maori dance and singing concert, which I didn’t photograph cause I was too blown away in the moment to acknowledge my phone sitting in my pocket. They also had mini live kiwi birds, which you could see in the dark. The geysers were very impressive, and as the sun was setting the smoke turned a very pretty yellow/orange colour.
The autumn is so lovely although it’s really dry here and we haven’t had rain for maybe over a month. I changed to my last host family a few weeks ago and they are so lovely, I have two host siblings my age and we have 3 dogs. We live in the country side so I’m seeing a lot of cows lately (smelling them too). I have met all the new exchange students and it’s so strange being an oldie, I’m the only oldie and the only one speaking much German so sometimes it’s like I’m the mother of 17 teenage children. I go back to school for another year when I come home, I really want to finish NCEA. I have attached some photos below from me with the new exchange students.
Dear Tauranga Te Papa Members,
I’m currently on exchange in Moscow, Idaho of the United States. Over these past nine months I have been to many places on my exchange I thought I would share some with you all, so you could all see what it is that I have been up to, so here goes….
So far, my entire exchange has been jammed packed with traveling, changes and excitement. 
Work continues at Edgecume and our Community workers are at it again caught this time by the Whakatane Beacon who had the following comment: "Support for recovery has extended well beyond the Eastern Bay. Volunteers from Rotary Tauranga-Te Papa visit regularly to assist those who need help to get gardens back in shape. From left: Lyn Voyde, Jill Kitchen, Peter Shepherd (property owner), Neil Percival and Rob Thompson.
Neil's Volunteer Army knows no bounds and unfortunately there's still plenty to be done.
As seen on Fox News' website in an article by Doctors Tom Frieden, Jeffrey P. Koplan, and David Satcher (J
There are many to thank and praise. But an indisputable reason for the remarkable inroads against polio is the critical role Rotary International has played from the start, from initially proposing the goal to walking stride for stride with us in public health to defeat polio.
To read the full article click here.
Here they are the intrepid team from Rotary assisting one of the Edgecumbe house owners to tidy the grounds of her home, following the breach of the Rangitaiki River stop banks protecting the BOP township of Edgecumbe  This is just one of many homes damaged by the disastrous effects of water flowing up to 1 metre deep through the area. The interior of the house was refurbished throughout by building professionals and Rotary lent a helping hand with the garden restoration work. The attached image is of Neil (Te Papa), Roger (Otumoetai), Rob (Te Papa) and Jill (Te Papa) relaxing at the end of challenging but enjoyable day.
About Our Club

Tauranga Te Papa

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Daniels in the Park
53 Eleventh Ave
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty  -
New Zealand
District Site
Venue Map
Club Calendar
January 2019
Upcoming Speakers
Amber Sydenham & David Sullivan
Jan 24, 2019
Ten minute member speakers
Liz Te Amo, CEO Miro Limited Ptsp
Feb 07, 2019
Innovative large-scale berry fruit grower and exporter
Norah Riddick, Physiotherapist
Feb 14, 2019
Experiences with VSA in Papua New Guinea
Hon. Simon Bridges, Leader of Opposition
Feb 21, 2019
State of the Nation
Snr Sgt Paul Wrigley
Feb 28, 2019
Community Constable
Dr Matt Glenn, CEO Robotics Plus
Mar 07, 2019
How a local company is leading robotics' technology
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Holmes, Lyall
Greeter, Steward, Grace & Parting Thought
Saward, Barbara
Holmes, Lyall
Assistant Cashier
Lander, Ron
Speaker Host & Thank you
Owens, Keith
Raffle Donor
Rundle, Graham
McIntyre, Jock
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