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Next Monday’s Zoom Meeting – 28 September 2020
This will be the fourth Monday of the month and under our new convention, this is an opportunity to get to know each other better via Zoom.  We will have two Board members, Kristen Flannery and Jackie Hinchcliff, giving 5 minute speeches and then Jackie will talk more about the Australasian Centenary vaccination programme ‘Give Every Child A Future’ (GECAF) and her role.  Please join us at 12.30pm on Zoom using the following link:
Monday 5 October will be a Physical Meeting
The following week on Monday 5 October 2020, will be our first physical lunch for some time.  Our speaker will be the eminent QC Jim Farmer, who will talk to us about the Cannabis Act.  Venue details will be confirmed next week.
This Week’s Meeting
This week we heard from Caralise Trayes on Zoom, who spoke about the End of Life Choice Act.  The clear message was that this is a complicated and multifaceted issue.  Her book ‘The Final Choice’ is selling well in book stores and online
James Wheeler Davidson – The Marco Polo of Rotary International
On Monday I participated in a Zoom call with 42 participants, all celebrating the achievements of James Wheeler Davidson.  James was one of two Canadians who started the four initial Rotary Clubs in Australasia in 1921 – Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland.   In 1929, at a personal cost to himself of $250,000, James set out on an extended world trip promoted by Paul Harris himself, to establish Rotary Clubs around the world.  The Rotary Clubs on the Zoom call were all founded by this renowned explorer, who had previously visited even the North Pole.  We heard from Presidents from Athens, Cairo, Jerusalem, Bombay, Madras, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, to name just a few.
Mana Tangata
I’m delighted to report that we have received the first draft of the New Zealand Rotary history book, which is currently being reviewed and it looks fantastic.  My thanks to Past President Jim Johnston, who has reviewed it and found its contents extremely interesting.
Tony Caughey
Abel Tasman National Park Update
This is a good environment story.  The Abel Tasman National Park (ATNP) is located at the top of the South Island and comprises 22,000 hectares.  It received 300,000 visitors in 2017, the highest of any NZ National Park.  Seven years ago a group of Trustees who were concerned about the environmental degradation of the parks flora and fauna, embarked on a 20 year restoration project called Project Janszoon, otherwise known as PJZ (Abel Tasman’s middle name was Janszoon), in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and multimillion dollar funding from Annette and Neal Plowman.
Did you know that introduced predators kill an estimated 68,000 native birds in NZ every day?
We set about to change that in the ATNP through a combination of bait drops, DoC traps, and  self-setting traps.  To date we have killed 37,000 rats, 1800 stoats, 300 weasels and counting.  We have introduced new birdlife to the park - 35 Kaka, 54 Kakariki, 230 Pateke/brown teal ducks, 1saddleback, (to name a few).  The birdlife has returned in abundance.  In the words of a senior Doc hut warden. “If you can see the birdlife that has come back in 5 years, can you imagine what it’ll be like in 30 years – you’ll be tripping over them”.  The park was also becoming infested with wilding pines. They have all been poisoned and we have planted 43,000 native trees including 500 rata.  For more information regarding this amazing project, go to
The local schools have been fully engaged with each adopting a section of the park and using it for school projects.  Every time we have the release of native birds the children are asked to  set them free from their carrying cages. There is always great excitement.
We will know we have succeeded when we have:
  • Biodiversity values in the park are no longer threatened
  • Populations of key indicator species of birds, animals and plants show favourable trends
  • Strong community interest (which we have achieved)
  • Visitors to the Park applaud an outstanding conservation success
  • The model created by this project is being surpassed in other parts of NZ.
We aim to complete the restoration by 2042 – in time for the 400th Anniversary of Tasman’s visit to Golden Bay.
Barrie Brown
Trustee- Project Janszoon
Weekly Quiz – 1918 Flu Pandemic
In 1918/1919 it is estimated that up to 50 million may died people died from a flu virus, with half a billion people having been infected – at a time when global communication and travel was far less than it is today:
  1. Which was the most lethal wave of the 1918 flue pandemic?
  1. Initial Wave
  2. Second Wave
  3. Third Wave
  1. Why was the 1918 flu epidemic so devastating?
  1. It was an extremely lethal strain of the flu virus
  2. People were more focused on WW1 than on the pandemic
  3. Overcrowding, poor nutrition and poor sanitation
  1. How many people were estimated to have died in the first six months of this pandemic?
  1. 15 million
  2. 20 million
  3. 25 million
  1. When was the gene sequence for the 1918 flu epidemic finally determined?
  1. 2005
  2. 2010
  3. 2015
  1. How did the immune systems of the monkeys infected with the virus react?
  1. No reaction
  2. Mild reaction
  3. Extreme reaction
  1. B – Second Wave (and the third wave was more deadly than the initial wave)
  2. C – overcrowding, poor nutrition and poor sanitation
  3. C – 25 million
  4. A – 2005 (recovered from a flu victim buried in the Alaskan permafrost and American soldiers)
  5. C – Extreme reaction (the immune systems of the monkeys who died had gone into overdrive (known as a cytokine storm), which may explain why so many healthy young adults died from this flu strain
Upcoming Events
D9920 Polio All Train (PAT) Day
Britomart Train Station
Oct 23, 2020
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lunch with Sir Stephen Tindall
The Northern Club
Nov 16, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
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