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Te Haua Taua a year 13 student @ Pakuranga College has had an affilliation with our club for the last couple of years. His surprise visit on Monday was a breath of fresh air.
Te Haua is not only an articulate and intelligent young man, he presents well beyond his years and can hold his own in any forum.  His visit was to inform us of his class entry into a program for young entrepeneurs and also to seek advice on how to further the program into commercial success. So it was pleasure to enter into this conversation with him in his efforts to grow the project. Which is a great one. Essentially to upcycle or recylce (you choose) old coreflute political signs into protective shields for tree seedlings. The shields protect the trees from the first couple of years of predators and weather. Brilliant. We passed on our wisdom and Mike is also going to try and connect Te Haua with some other Rotarian's who may be able to offer more in depth assistance.
Copied from Williams website. Find out more about William @ https://williampike.co.nz/about-william/ . The story on the actual eruption event will come in the following weeks...
William Pike is a known Kiwi, sought-after speaker and a role model to youth nationally and internationally. He is the director of the popular nationwide youth development programme called the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA).
William Pike’s tenacious passion for life has helped him to overcome serious challenges, tackle new opportunities and enrich his skills as leader.
Losing a leg after being trapped in a volcanic eruption on Mt Ruapehu has not changed William’s outlook on life, nor has it stopped him from doing the things that he loves. He climbs mountains, goes bushwalking, scuba diving, hunting and kayaking.
An impassioned teacher, he leads a nationwide youth development programme, teaching Kiwi kids they, too, can do anything they put their minds to. And he is a sought-after motivational speaker and a role model to people of all ages.
Growing up in Auckland, William acquired a love of New Zealand’s great outdoors. At Westlake Boys High School, he was an avid sportsman – a three-time national water polo champion – and developed a zeal for outdoor pursuits. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor of Education with first class honours, and became a teacher at Clevedon School in Auckland.
A year later – on September 25, 2007 – William climbed Mt Ruapehu with a friend, James Christie; on their way back down, in fading light, decided to stay the night near the crater lake. That evening, Ruapehu erupted, spilling a lahar of rocks, water and mud down its slopes and into their hut. Crushed and critically injured, William hung onto life while James ran down the mountain to get help. Doctors called William’s survival a miracle. But his crushed right leg had to be amputated below the knee. After a long series of surgeries and a gruelling rehabilitation, William learned to walk again with a prosthetic limb. He returned to the classroom – at Murrays Bay School – and eventually returned to the mountain.
The annual Graduation Ceremony and dinner is always a highlight on the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation calendar and this year's event was another great success.
Over 200 guests filled the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to celebrate the achievements of 37 graduates who attended the event, many of whom were joined by proud partners, family members, employers and colleagues.   Over 80 trainees graduated in total this year but of those able to attend some came from as far away as Fiji and Invercargill to celebrate and receive their graduation certificate.
The evening was enjoyed by all and we are pleased to see that the future of the NZ Marine Industry is in good hands!
Bruce Robinson Memorial Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient - Grant Buchanan
Congratulations to Grant Buchanan of Shaw Diesels,  the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient presented by our special guest speaker Sean Regan of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Cyclone Gita has caused extensive damage in the Pacific.  The Rotary response is though Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - information on how to support the relief effort is here and below will be media releases detailing the evolving circumstance by date.
Four Donation Options     Quoting      Activity No. 333
Internet Banking       03 1702 0192208 01   
Paypal at                    www.rnzwcs.org
Give a Little at            https://givealittle.co.nz/org/rnzwcs/share
Facebook                    https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyResponseKits/
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email info@rnzwcs.org
Read on for media updates:
702 ERKs distributed helping 4,200+ people so far
The distribution of ERKs continues along with food parcels and tarpaulins supplied by ADRA
Thanks to ADRA in Samoa, Tongan Community Development Trust and MORDI Trust in Tonga who have provided power and logistics for a timely response.
Thanks also to the National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) and MFATs New Zealand Aid Programme for their assistance in both countries.
Events like Cyclone Gita reinforce the benefit for collaboration within the country officials and likeminded NGOs.
RNZWCS has lodged a competitive grant bid with MFAT to support the need for maintaining food security.
Here's a chance for the old gang to get together. Whilst we've been pushed from one Council department to another, it does look like some progress is being made.
Therefore we thought it timely that we take a quick recon walk @ Rongomai Park to check the current condition of the pathway and firm up the next steps (excuse the pun) in advance of getting our final answer from council. It would also be good to visit our biggest project of the last decade again to remind ourselves just how much difference we have made in our community.
The plan is to meet at Celsius and place our dinner orders. Weather permitting, walk up to the park, do the recon and return for dinner  no later than 7:30pm. As an added bonus, why not bring along one of those allegedly wasteful plastic shopping bags and put it to good use picking up some rubbish while we are there.
All members, partners, children, honorary members and neighbours are welcome to join us
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Botany East Tamaki (Inc)

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
The CELSIUS Gastrobar
123 Ormiston Road
Botany Junction
Auckland,  2016
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