November 2019 – The best month of my life! Blog from Jannick Michel German Rotary Youth Exchange Student
When I reminise about all the trips, adventures and activities I have done in the last month, I can’t believe it has all happened in 30 days! The 2-week holiday program from my school (Otumoetai College) where I had an awesome time with fantastic people from all over the world and interesting trips. And finally, the 19-day South Island trip, which felt like 2 days, because of my wonderful new friends – my third family : )
My highlight of the school program was overnight bush camp, where we stayed in tents in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest.  We had a refreshing trip to a lonely waterfall. The trips to Hot Water Beach and  “The Hobbiton” movie set were typical of New Zealand and I really and enjoyed them, after finishing the book of “The Hobbit”.
It is really hard for me to find my personal highlights of the South Island trip, because there were so many fantastic moments. I´m sure Rachel would say the same, because she was with us on the trip as a chaperone for the first 11 days.
After a weekend in Wellington, we went on a beautiful and scenic ferry trip to Picton and then on a trip to the Able Tasman National Park, where we had a 2-day kayak adventure with an overnight stay in a beautiful bay. These two days were the hardest, but also the most rewarding and exciting days on the trip. They are my favourite, because I got the chance to see dolphins, the beautiful bays, and rocks along the seafront and I got to know many students much better than before.
After a long trip along the coastline and a short look and the Pancake rocks in Punakaiki, we stayed for the night in Greymouth. Greymouth is a especially because of the gigantic waves at the beach and also because of the “Hokitikas Treetop Walk” a really nice memory.  On the next day we drove to the Franz Josef Glacier and ended up in Wanaka, where we took nice pictures in front of the famous tree in the water.
Te Anau was our next destination, where we had a amazing time at the Kepler track and the boat trip to the Doubtful Sound. We saw little Penguins and enjoyed the beautiful landscape, which was formed by glaciers millions of years ago.
After Te Anau we went to Queenstown, the “Adrenalin Capital of the world”. Rachel left and Vivian Edgar joined us there. On the first day we had an exciting jetboat trip on the Shotover river. The second day in Queenstown, was the most disappointing day for me on the trip, because all my activities – the skydive and the hang glide- I book, were cancelled because of the weather. I made the best of the situation and had one of the famous “Ferg Burgers”. We than walked up the gondola with some of the students and had an amazing view and a nice time together. The walk down was really exciting, because it was completely dark, so we had to find our way with flashlights.
Up coming Speakers
Feb 10, 2020
Bay of Plenty Reional Councillor
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Mar 09, 2020
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Apologies - Reminder Members please send apologies for the December 9th meeting to Clyde Stewart, for the December 16th Christmas Dinner please email attendance for both yourself and partner to Bevan Rakoia -

Cambodia - Undiscovered Lands Paul Noonan, informed the club of a bike trip in Cambodia, The Cycle trip confirmed by the operator Red Spokes to start in Phnom Penh on 31 May 2020, which would be in the area of school that the group can visit on Thurs 4th and Fri 5th of June, there are 5 people committed to the trip. If you are interested in the trip or know of a keen cyclist please visit 

Rotary Tauranga Book Sale 7th & 8th March 2020 - Tauranga Rotary has = indicated looking for helpers with some of the heavier work, but also help with sorting. The book sale group are currently working at Harvard Way on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9 until about 12 noon.  Please wear closed in shoes and there is a sign in sheet you will need to complete.

Helpers for parking attendants for the Saturday and possibly Sunday will be much appreciated.


Duty Roster January - March 2020
Guest Speaker - Jean-Paul Thull FCILT Dr-Ing
Jean-Paul is a free-lance advisor to governments, consultancies and logistics companies.
He is a civil engineer educated in Germany and NZ, who specialises in transport & urban planning, logistics, energy & waste management. His expertise includes multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder projects associated within a multi-cultural environment. Prior to academia (senior lecturer at Lincoln University 1996-2014), he worked for two consultancies in Karlsruhe, Germany from 1987-1996 concentrating on air quality modelling, contaminated sites, solid waste & infrastructure planning from design to building site supervision. With a passion for international affairs & education, he has continued nurturing his professional contacts in both Europe and South East Asia through small contracts and academic exchanges. He has been involved with Indonesian & other Asian/European authorities on a number of projects since commencing self-employment in 2014, from feasibility studies to peer reviewing.

Jean-Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), chairman of a number of transport groups in New Zealand (e.g. CILT NZ education chairman), an academic member of the NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA), and on several judging panels. As EASTS NZ president (Eastern Asian Society for Transportation Studies), he is a keen advocate of Asian countries, understanding the complexity of decision-making across various cultures. He leads the ‘Young Power of EASTS’, a group of young professionals across 20+ Asian nations, that will give their perspective on transportation at the next OECD Transport Forum in Germany- (if funding sorted). He is member of several advisory panels within the wider community in BOP, associated with sustainable development, transport and road safety. He enjoys liaising with industry and politicians by providing them with critical support, next to a strong commitment to social responsibility. He is a positive advocate for tertiary education, research and industry networking, leading to tangible outcomes benefitting both the community and the economy. In his spare time, he is passionate about kaitiakitanga.
Meetings each second and fourth Monday of the month – 5.45 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.  There will be no meeting on public holidays, and these dates will have been rescheduled in the same month.   All guest are welcome to join, please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.