Takapuna Celebrates 45 years
On 5 August, Takapuna Kiwanis Club celebrated 45 years. The other clubs in Divisions 1 and 10 were invited to attend and about 50 people did so – members from Mt Roskill, St Heliers, Drury and Waiau Pa travelled north and many friends of the speaker swelled the numbers.
After an excellent buffet dinner, Mike Hill did a short presentation on the history of the Takapuna Club, followed by David Lees, who gave us an illustrated talk on his amazing motorcycle tour around South America.
Gov. Elect Megan Allan, Lt Gov Div 1 David Haines, Guest Speaker David Lees, Takapuna Club President Margaret Hancock, with the very bike used for the long journey around South America.
Foster Hope North Shore
Takapuna club recently had Louise Allnutt from Foster Hope, North Shore, as guest speaker. They believe a foster child deserves to know that someone out there cares about them; their vision is to provide the basic necessities to our most vulnerable children in care; and their mission is to create backpacks for children going into foster care during difficult circumstances, which are a symbol of their support and love for both the children and their caregiver. The club presented FosterCare with a huge pile of items for their back packs – including pyjamas, knitted beanies and scarves, toiletries, books, toys etc.
St Heliers Annual Motutapu Island Planting Day – 21 June 2015:
The day dawned bright and changeable as 12 St. Heliers members boarded the ferry to Motutapu Island, together with some 130 other people. A few went to the nursery to do the bunching up rows of plants to minimise wind damage, and then empty the polythene bags for re-use, but most went to the paddocks where 1500 plants waited to be put in the ground. This was achieved in two hours.
The day ended with a barbecue at Home Bay – with thanks from the organisers before embarking on the ferry back to town.
Top photo: The St Heliers team after planting day on Motutapu Island
Bottom photo: Bob Reay (ELIMINATE Director), Trevor Burnnand (centre), and Barbara Kelly (St Heliers Club president) at the presentation of Trevor’s ELIMINATE Zeller award on 13 May 2015.
St Heliers Annual Schools Speech Competition – 24 June 2015:
This evening is always eagerly anticipated by our club members, fellow Kiwanians from Mount Roskill and Takapuna clubs who regularly join us on this particular night and by the families and supporters of the speakers themselves.
It was heartening to see two of last year’s competitors return to “duel another day”: namely Isabella Hawkins (Glendowie College) and Olivia Fonua (Tamaki College). We also had a different adjudicator this year – with Toastmaster Victoria Walker more than capably performing this duty for us.
The speakers, and topics, were: Isabella Hawkins (Glendowie College) “Teens and technology”; Olivia Fonua (Tamaki College) “Expectations on youth”; Louis Addock (Sacred Heart College) “The treatment of Kiwis in Oz”; Chris McCardle (Selwyn College) “What is it to be human?”
After due deliberation and handing on customised advice for each speaker, our adjudicator, Victoria Walker, named Isabella Hawkins as the winner.
North Harbour Science and Technology Fair
On 3rd September, Takapuna President Margaret Hancock, and Vice President Julia Soo, attended the North Harbour Science Fair at Birkdale Intermediate School. Nine North Shore Intermediate and Secondary Schools participated and 132 projects were received covering a wide variety of topics to a very high standard. Much credit must go to the encouragement given by the teachers from the various schools.
The 2015 Kiwanis Award for the Physical World was awarded to two students from Carmel College, Veronique Simmonds & Catlin Blewden, their topic being “Insulation Investigation”. While not having the chance to spend time reading their submissions, the overall presentation was impressive and showed that a lot of research had gone into it.
As well as our Kiwanis Trophy, it was interesting to note that the Stanley Jober Cup for Outstanding Log Book went to Alex Jones from Whangaparoa College, whose subject was “What is the most effective way to wash your hands?” The Late Stanley Jober was a Takapuna Kiwanis President, whom I think encouraged the Kiwanis involvement in the Science fairs.
President Margaret was asked to present the 12 Gold and Silver medals, so it turned out to be a busy night for her.
Visit of International Counsellor, Marcel Kreienbühl and Heidi, from Switzerland
On Saturday, 19th September, Lt Gov David Haines organised a dinner for some 16 Division 1 members at the home of Takapuna member, Julia Soo. This was an opportunity to get to know Marcel and Heidi before they took the long flight back home to Switzerland the next day. Whilst in the South Pacific they have had the opportunity to do some touring in Australia and NZ, including the Coromandel.
Marcella Popplewell, Heidi & Marcel Kreienbühl and Governor-Designate Megan Allan.
Vanuatu Container Packing – Saturday 12 September
Two Papatoetoe Club Members and three Key Clubbers joined the group of 40+, including a family from Vanuatu and two members from New Caledonia. In all, members from 16 clubs participated in packing the 40ft container. There was also a film crew, 3 students and 2 teachers from Kristin School making a video of the project. This is to be used for promotional purposes. Apparently two of the students will also go to Vanuatu to film the container being unloaded.
John Lee described it as a display of chaotic enthusiasm – some people were packing books and assorted items, while others were ferrying the packed stuff to the container, while others were inside, physically putting everything in place. There was a wide range of items, apart from school resources: hospital beds, tools, wheelbarrows, sewing machines. The doors were finally closed at 5.30pm – so a huge day, a great team effort – and thank goodness for a fine day.
Packing and labelling boxes to go into the container