Guest Speaker 4 March 2021

James Renwick is a weather and climate researcher. He is Professor of Physical Geography at Victoria University, specialising in large-scale climate variations. He was awarded the 2018 New Zealand Prime Minister's Science Prize for Communication by the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern.
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Terry Pinfold and his hardworking team of assessors have ploughed their way through the year’s scholarship applications, resulting in presentations to be made at the January 28th BBQ meeting at the Khandallah Bowling Club. We thank the team for their hard work.
WN SCHOLARSHIPS 2021  Ross Foubister 2021-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Alice Springs Zone 8 Virtual Conference Ross Foubister 2020-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 3 September 2020

Posted by Ross Foubister on Aug 25, 2020
Wellington Children’s Hospital with Michael O’Brien & Helen Moate
Michael O’Brien – Architect
Michael is a Partner and Principal at Studio Design + Architecture and leads the Wellington studio. He has led dozens of major projects to completion, both here and in the Asia-Pacific region. Michael knows what makes for a successful project. A clear understanding from the outset between the client and architect of the project’s goals is key, as is trust and communication during the build stage. A strong idea is paramount, that carries through from early concept to built completion.
Guest Speaker 3 September 2020 Ross Foubister 2020-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Club Presidents

I was born in Auckland. After qualifying as a civil engineer, I did post-graduate studies in the UK and worked in the US and Australia. Since then I have lived in Wellington, for nearly 50 years.
I had a varied career, working for the NZ Wool Board and then for two years in the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group advising on transport, energy, communications and the environment. I was CEO of the association representing waterfront employers and then as planning manager of Transit NZ, now the NZ Transport Agency. I completed my career in India on a World Bank assignment. In my retirement, I retain my connection with the ports and shipping industries as Chairman of Trustees of the Maritime Retirement Scheme.
I have been a Rotarian for five years, and value the fellowship and being part of a service club.
I have been married to Hilary for nearly 30 years after my first wife died. We have five children between us, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson. My retirement interests are bowls, bridge and occasional writing. I attend Khandallah Presbyterian Church with Hilary.
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Club History

In the 1960’s, when Rotary was rapidly expanding, Ron Harrison, the Wellington Manager of New Zealand Breweries, with headquarters in Molesworth Street, called a meeting to establish a new Rotary club. With the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Wellington, the Rotary Club of Wellington North came into being on 18 November 1965 with 26 Charter Members, whose names are listed on page 7. The initial Club gathering took place at midday in the Battle Bar of the Waterloo Hotel to enjoy conviviality and then adjourned to the Dining Room for the first meeting. Ron Harrison, as the first president, occupied that role for the next 18 months.
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The Board met by Zoom, and agreed to trial a club members link up by Zoom. This has been trialed and now experienced by a majority of club members.
For some of you it will be meat and drink; for others a bit scary - however, no pressure, but it may be an occasion to become familiar with this now key way of communicating during the rahui (lockdown).
The purpose of it is to allow us to see and speak with one another, in a modified version of a Rotary club meeting that we are used to on a Thursday lunchtime. Features of the session will include a reflection, notices, happy dollars and where feasible, a speaker, as we all are full of stories since lockdown. We will also include some catch-up time.
Rotary Oceana has kindly allowed us to use its Zoom account. Club members will receive a reminder and access link prior to meetings. Guests of members will be welcome using the same link .
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