Your Conference2020 Committee
District Governor John H Mohi
 
John Heremia Mohi, from Rotorua and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, is a member of the Wellington North Rotary Club. He was club President in 2014-15, and Assistant Governor in 2016-2018.
 
John had a 25-year career in education which included teaching deaf and hearing-impaired students. He was supported by District 9940 to undertake a Rotary International Scholarship at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, where he completed an MSc in 1989. Subsequently he managed Special Education Services in the Waikato for seven years.
 
From 1996-2010 John was a Director at the National Library of New Zealand. He was responsible for leading the National Library’s plan for responsiveness to Māori plan, drove international indigenous initiatives for librarians and coordinated international relationships between the Library and other institutions. John was also a member of the National Commission for UNESCO New Zealand, chairing the Culture and the Communications Sub-commissions. He represented the National Commission nationally and internationally.
 
Currently, John is chairing the centennial project documenting the history of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific - Mana Tangata. He is also on the advisory committee for Rotary Down Under
 
John’s vision for this conference is to profile and promote young people and outstanding communities of action.
 
Lane Mohi
 
Lane Mohi is an educationalist whose fifty year career spanned primary teaching,  teacher education and recruitment, educational research and evaluation, both in New Zealand and overseas. She worked for the Department of Education, and the Education Review Office in a a number of senior management and leadership roles, including being a member of the NZ National Commission Delegation to the 2001 and 2003 UNESCO General Conferences in Paris.   Lane is a graduate of Otago University and was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in the 2010 New Year Honours for her service to education in New Zealand.
 
Lane is a proud New Zealander who acknowledges the privilege of being born in this country in which educational opportunities can open doors locally, nationally and across the world.  In retirement she is enjoying family, friends and photography while supporting Rotary’s vision for a better world through working in partnership with her husband John. 
 
Lane’s vision for District Conference 2020 is that together we connect and are energised and inspired to continue making a positive difference in our district, community and in ourselves.
 
 
Howard Tong
 
Howard developed a successful career in teaching and then moved into the technology industry. It was at that point he was invited to join Rotary. He joined the new Rotary Club of Port Nicholson, Wellington, as a Charter member in 1989. Howard was Club President in 2007, and District 9940 Governor in 2010-11.  Subsequently he has served as Public Image Coordinator for Zone 7b, and chaired the national Public Image multidistrict group (ROZCOM).  In this role he led three national public image campaigns involving television, radio, social media, roadside billboards and printed media.
 
In recent times Howard has facilitated training of Rotary Coordinators in Chicago, is the D9940 Director on the Board of ROZOPS (the governing body coordinating public Image, technology and membership initiatives from Rotary in Oceania, and is the District 9940 Advisor and Trustee for ‘Rotary Clubs of Greater Wellington Free Ambulance Charitable Trust’.
 
Howard is supported by Jenny and, having both recently moved into retirement, they now have more time to enjoy their family and five grandsons and has more time to devote to Rotary projects!
 
Howard has this message for District Rotarians:
What a great conference theme: ‘Rotary Connects the World – Together we Connect’.  We are looking forward to a good representation from every Club in our District to celebrate our connectedness.  The setting for the conference allows for Conference seating around tables, with ample opportunity to connect with your friends, and with others.  Saturday evening will be a stunner – each Club is invited to come along dressed in the way that reflects their roots.  There will also be opportunity to be hosted by fellow Rotarians to reduce the cost for the weekend.  An event I’m sure you will all enjoy.  Register early so as not miss out on this highlight of John and Lane’s year.
 
Suzanne Manning
 
Suzanne is married to Bruce Manning, President of the Hutt Valley club, and despite not yet being a Rotarian, is being sucked into the whirlpool that is Rotary! Although this is her first major role with Rotary, the Rotarian service ethos fits well with Suzanne, who has been a long-term volunteer for Playcentre and for the National Council of Women.
 
She is an academic, researcher and writer, with qualifications in science and education, working in the field of both early childhood and adult education. For many years Suzanne focused on combining community service and study with raising three children, who have now moved into the adult world.
 
Suzanne has organised many previous conferences, seminars and large meeting events; and attended even more, so has a good idea of ‘what works’ and ‘what does not’ in a conference. Her vision for the District Conference in 2020 is for an interactive conference that inspires attendees to continue their work in their local clubs, and gives them new ideas for future club development.