Rotary D9940 Conference 17-19 May 2019
"Light My Fire" (Inspiring Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to Action)
Conference Programme
UPDATE 16 May: This is the final programme

Conference Location: Whanganui War Memorial Centre

Friday May 17 2019

9:00am - 12.30 pm   Board, Finance Committee
2.30pm - 6:00pm       Registration Desk Opens in the foyer
Activities on the Memorial Hall Forecourt
4.30 pm - 6:00pm     Delegates Convene, BBQ Food, cash bar available
Venue - Memorial Centre Forecourt and Foyer
Flyover - Richmond Harding's scaled down Spitfire
6:15pm - 9:00pm        Plenary Session 1: Welcome and Conference Opening
Venue - Concert Chamber
Parade of International Flags
Welcome address from Mayor of Whanganui, Hamish McDouall and Whanganui North President Colin Slaughter
Aspirational address by RI Presdient's Personal Representative, PDG Wendy Scarlet, D9640 Australia
Addresses from DGs Representative on behalf of other districts John Driscoll (D9970) and DG Marion Johnston.
ENTERTAINMENT - The Pātea Maori Club 
Famous in New Zealand for its hit Poi E, which held the number one spot on the NZ music charts for four weeks back in the 80's.
Over the years, the Pātea Māori Club has performed for royalty and celebrities in New Zealand and abroad. In 2005 the group was selected by the New Zealand Government to perform in Seoul, South Korea, and to represent New Zealand at the World Expo in Aichi, Japan.

Nationally, the group continues to receive recognition for their contribution to New Zealand music, receiving a Music Industry Award at the 2009 New Zealand Maori Music Awards.

Saturday Morning May 18

6:45am - 8:00am        BREAKFAST SESSION
Venue - Concert Chamber
Inspirational Speaker - Russell Simpson, CEO Whanganui District Health Board: Himalayan Extreme Adventure.
8:30am - 10:00am     Plenary Session 2: Polio - Why we must finish the Job
Keynote Speaker - Dr Mathew Varghese – Vaccinations Work
Dr. Varghese specialises in the rehabilitative treatment of polio victims at St Stephens Hospital, in Delhi, India, which is funded by donations from the church and Rotary Clubs.
When Dr Varghese began working at St Stephens hospital in 1990 there were about 3000 new cases of polio every year. Dr Varghese campaigned in the 1980’s to have a nationwide vaccination programme introduced, a huge logistical task vaccinating every child in India under the age of 5. . Now India is polio free. His dream came true.
Living with Polio in New Zealand.
Keynote speakers – Jeanette Aldridge, Secretary Polio NZ,  and Gordon  Jackman, CEO Duncan Foundation
The “forgotten” disease has Kiwi survivors still feeling its effects. Although polio may be a fading memory for most people, that’s not the case for the small and ageing group of New Zealand polio survivors who are now dealing with the long-term effects of the virus. For Jeannette Aldridge, the late effects of polio first hit when she was in her thirties. She is the secretary of Polio NZ, an organisation set up 25 years ago to support polio survivors and lobby for better services for those experiencing these symptoms.
She is one of New Zealand’s youngest polio survivors, having contracted the virus in 1955 when she was five months old. Both legs were paralysed for a time and, although she regained some mobility, she spent her childhood wearing callipers and walking with crutches.

At the age of 62, Gordon Jackman finally knows what it feels like to walk freely. Gordon, who was diagnosed with polio before his first birthday, has become the first New Zealander to be fitted with carbon-fibre orthotic leg braces, developed by a pioneering United States orthotic specialist.
But with no Government funding available for the expensive and life-changing technology, Gordon fears many other Kiwis might not be so lucky. "At age 62, having had polio all that time, I never imagined in my life I would feel these things and experience these things," he said. "So it's sort of like getting wings and a motor."
Vaccines Work:
Sue Hina is a Registered General/Obstetric Nurse, who is currently working as an Immunisation Coordinator for the Whanganui Regional Health Network – Primary Health Organisation. Her passion and conviction in immunisation has strengthened over the 30 years she has worked in primary care. For the last two years she has led a dedicated team of eight; who work to improve a number of health targets, including immunisations, B4 school checks, influenza vaccination, cardiovascular risk checks, smoking cessation, cervical and breast screening.
10.00am - 10.30am   MORNING TEA - Venue Pioneer Room
10:30am - 11:50 am   Plenary Session 3: Economic and Community DEvelopment
Venue - Concert Chamber
Keynote Speaker  Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan - Turning Lives Around

Saturday Afternoon May 18

1:20pm - 2:30pm       Plenary Session 4 - Getting On, Moving On (Partnerships, Relationships and Stewardships)
Venue - Concert Chamber
Keynote Speakers: Dame Tariana Turia and Former Minister for Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson
For many years ownership of the Whanganui River was under dispute. Now, it owns itself.
In what’s believed to be a world’s first, the Whanganui River has been granted legal personhood, with the same rights and responsibilities as you and me. But determining where a river ends and the rest of nature begins – that may be up for some debate.
Of Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru, Ngā Wairiki, Tuwharetoa and Whanganui descent, Dame Tariana Turia served in the New Zealand Parliament from 1996 to 2014. Prior to that she had been a prominent leader and advocate for the Whanganui iwi for many years. In 2017 Dame Tariana and educator Turama Hawira were appointed the first Te Pou Tupua to act as the human face of the Whanganui River. The role was created under the Whanganui River Settlement, which recognises Te Awa Tupua as a legal person comprising the Whanganui River as an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea, including all of its elements.
In the 2015 New Year Honours, Turia was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament.
Chris Finlayson entered parliament in 2005. After the National party victory in 2008, he was appointed Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Culture and Heritage. He retained those portfolios after the 2011 election and was also made associate Minister for Maori Development. Following the 2014 election he remained Attorney-General and Treaty Minister and was also appointed Minister in charge of the GCSB and the SIS.

2:30pm - 4:30pm           SITE VISITS

Walking Tours – 3 tours

  • Arts – NZ Glass Co; Quartz Ceramic Museum

Heritage 1 – Old Town tour
Heritage 2 – River tour


  • Bus Tours  – 2 buses travelling to 2 sites.
  • Community Development – Matipo Trust and Bason Botanical Reserve Trust



Saturday Evening     CONFERENCE DINNER

Venue - Main Hall
6:00pm - 7:00pm       Pre-Dinner Drinks (Own Account)
Venue - Mezzanine
7:00pm                            Buffet Dinner commences
Venue - Main Hall
Blast off with Freddie Flash and the Firebirds to the  fabulous songs from the 50’s and 60’s  eras of rock ‘n roll and classic rhythm and blues , as well as popular songs by musos of the current era.
Silent Wine Auction to be announced during a band break

Sunday May 19

8:30am - 9:30am       Plenary Session 5 - Business session
Venue - Concert Chamber
9:30am - 11.00 am     Plenary Session 6 - Is it Fair to All Concerned
International Exchange Students Presentations
What Lights their Fires?
Keynote Speaker – Former National MP Chester Borrows, Prison Reform
Keynote Speaker – Sarah Agnew – Rotary Peace Fellow, Human Rights Lawyer
Former police officer and National government minister Chester Borrows chairs an advisory group tasked with helping reform the criminal justice system.
Borrows has always wanted to work in the justice sector following his retirement as Whanganui's MP in 2017.
"At the moment I really just want to focus on having a conversation with the public around this sort of stuff and to try and have a conversation with people who are connected to the justice sector."
People tended to think justice was easy, that you locked people up "give them bread and water and throw away the key", he said.
Sarah Agnew is a human rights lawyer from New Zealand. Sponsored by the Port Nicholson Rotary Club of Wellington, Sarah received the 2013-15 Rotary Peace Fellowship, attending Uppsala University, where she graduated with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. For her Rotary Applied Field Experience Sarah undertook an internship at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor in Phnom Penh. This was followed by a further internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
Back in New Zealand Sarah is currently working in Wellington as  Foreign Policy Officer, Middle East & Africa Division at New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
11:00am - 11:20 am   MORNING TEA - Venue Pioneer Room
11.20am - 12.30 pm   Plenary Session 7 - What lights Our Fire (Rotary Clubs of the Future)
Keynote Workshop facilitated by Evan Burrell, Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
12.10 pm                        Closing Address
RI President's Personal Representative WEndy Scarlett
DG Marion
12.30pm                         CLOSE OF CONFERENCE
Tea and Coffee provided – Lunch Own Arrangements