Welcome everybody.  Another cracking day in the Bay.  I wish to welcome our guest speakers, Buddy Mikaere and Cliff Simons, and partners: Dorothy Butt, Judith McFetridge, and Margaret des Forges(with Campbell).
I would also like to convey our club ’s condolences to Norm Bruning who recently lost his mum at 98 years-of-age.  Our thoughts are with you and Maureen and the family at this time.
A further notice is that John Barnard has indicated his intention to resign after 30 years with our club, and still longer in Rotary.  As you probably know, John has been contending with significant health issues for some time.  Hopefully, John and Joyce will be able to join us at a club meeting when we can wish them both well for the future in person.
Rotary segment: Over the Christmas period I have been dipping into a couple of older books.  The first of these is March Past: A Review of the First Fifty Years of Burnham Camp.  I spent the first seven years of my childhood in Burnham.  You will know the Jesuit saying, ‘Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man.'  I can only leave it to others to judge whether this is true in my case.   The important point is that this interesting and important book was commissioned by none other than our Lieutenant-Colonel C. C. Stewart, RNZA, who was Camp Commandant in 1971.
The second older book that I have been looking at might be regarded as an idiosyncratic choice.   It is Lord Cobham’s Speeches, and I picked this book up for a couple of dollars at the Salvation Army Opportunity Shop.  Viscount Cobham was our Governor-General from 1957-1962, and his writings tell of a different New Zealand.
Of particular interest is Cobham’s speech to the Rotary Conference in Auckland on 7 March 1958.  The new Governor-General spoke to the international character and commitment of Rotary.   He said that Rotary is based on personal friendship and respect, and there is nothing finer in life.   He also said that: “Rotary, being based on the dignity of the individual, while remaining international, by stressing unselfishness and service as a basis of worthy enterprise, is playing its full part toward a better understanding between nation and nation.”
And then.....
A wife was cranky because her husband was coming home late.  It was her birthday and she expected better.   She decided to leave him a note, which said, "I've had enough, and I have left you.  Don't bother coming after me."  
She then hid under the bed to observe his reaction.    After a short while the husband came home.    Firstly, she could hear him in the kitchen opening the fridge.    Next, he came into the bedroom, and she could see him walk towards the dresser and pick up the note.   ‘That will show him,’ she said to herself, while she was trying to cope with the hessian hanging down on her face from the bed base above.   After a few minutes the man of the house wrote something on the note and then he picked up the phone to call someone. 
 "She's actually gone.   Yeah I know, about bloody time.   But I still can’t believe our luck.   I'm coming on over.  Put on the sexy French shirt.   Isn’t it wonderful?!   The husband hung up, grabbed his keys, and left. 
The wife heard his car drive off as she came out from under the bed.   Seething with rage, and with tears streaming down her face, she grabbed the note to see what he had written.   "I can see your feet.   Stop being a fool.   We're out of milk.   Put the kettle on and I will be back in five minutes.”
John Butt - Portrait of a Plumber
An intriguing story behind the painting of an apprentice plumber
on a mural in the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library.
Last year John found out about a mural in the library that he is in.   The mural is inside the library and depicts real people from Lower Hutt.   The subjects were selected by Ron Muston, the Library's architect, to represent a cross section of the city's population.  A wide range of occupations are represented, and included are the architect, and the artist himself, Leonard Mitchell, and none of them are named which was intentional.
In 1955, John was an 18 year old apprentice plumber, when he was asked to be part of a series of three large murals for the Library.   He was asked because he was the top plumbing apprentice in Lower Hutt.  His employer was not too impressed, docking John's pay while he undertook the three sittings required.  The three murals still hang in the Library, and John features on 'Human Endeavour', a mural depicting 50 real-life Lower Hutt citizens.   Since the line drawings for the mural were purchased by the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1990, there has been renewed interest in finding out who all the people were, and most have now been identified.
Leonard Mitchell was commissioned to paint the murals for the Library's opening in February 1956, and had just three and a half months to complete the task.   The original plan was to paint the murals straight onto the walls, but Mitchell insisted they were done on canvas to ensure longevity.
Mitchell started by drawing detailed sketches of the various people.   At the second sitting he added colour, and the third sitting was to check on the colours used.
In the photo above, John is standing in front of the mural in 2018.   He is depicted in the mural in the back row, second from the right.
"Victory at Gate Pa"
Buddy and Cliff gave an abbreviated version of the talk that they normally give,  which can go for two hours, about the Battle of Pukehinahina-Gate Pa on 24 April 1864, and which is the subject of their book, "Victory at Gate Pa".   The brevity did not diminish the power of the story.
Cliff summarised the events.   The battles in Tauranga were an overshoot of what was happening in the Waikato, where from Meremere to Te Awamutu had been invaded.   Some men from Tauranga went to fight in Waikato.   Tauranga was being used as a logistics supply area to the Waikato with food, war supplies, and men being shipped through the area.   People from further down the east coast were coming through Tauranga to Waikato, to avoid going through the Arawa land, where they had sided with the British.
The authorities decided to blockade Tauranga Harbour, and on 21 January 1864 there were 600 soldiers in Tauranga, to cut off the trafficking of food, war supplies, and war parties.  Maori warriors came back from Waikato to help the local people, and they built on Gate Pa.   This caused troops based near The Strand to think that the Maori were making preparations to attack them, and they sent for reinforcements.
On the day of the battle there were 230 Maori defenders, and they were attacked by 1750 troops.   The pa was bombarded all day, and at about 4 p.m. General Cameron thought that his troops had done enough, and they charged into the pa.   It looked like the British had won, but then the soldiers were driven out, and they ran back down the front.    During the night there were both Maori and soldiers lying in the pa.   During the night and under the cover of a fog, the defenders made their way out of the pa.   Maori had suffered 19-32 killed, and a number wounded.   The British has suffered 31 killed, and 80 wounded.   General Cameron thought they would carry on the next day, but others saw it as a defeat.
A Maori woman, Heni Te Kirikaramu gave water to the wounded soldiers lying in the pa.   Henare Taratoa, had written rules of conduct, which said that wounded were to be spared.   The giving of the water became symbolic, as no soldiers were mutilated or executed, and this was greatly appreciated by the British.   Nominally it was consider a Maori victory.
Seven weeks later troops were out patrolling looking for signs of a new pa, and they saw warriors in the Pye Pa area.    Colonel Greer, who gave the name to Greerton, went out the next morning with troops, aiming to put the Maori down.   The Maori were caught in the open, without protection, and a disciplined bayonet charge swept them off their position.   Sixty were killed, and the remainder were pursued by infantry and cavalry.   A total of 130 Maori were killed, and 108 were buried in the trenches the next morning.   After this battle the Maori surrendered.   Confiscations of their lands took place, but in recognition of their kindness in sparing the wounded at Gate Pa, some of the land was returned to them.    Redoubts and forts were built to secure the land, and the land that we have as the inner city results from these battles.
Buddy then shared the effects that these events had upon his hapu.   The 1867 Native Settlements Act allowed punishment for rebellion, and his hapu lost their land.   They were given a small piece to retain but it was a non-economic base.   His hapu were left trying to survive, and it was impossible.   Families moved out and squatted in the confiscated area, now the inner city.   They were squatters on their own land.   They spent too much energy in trying to stay alive, and it was tough to live.    At the Judea Marae, a redoubt was put just up the road to oversee them, and then it was staffed with Arawa troops, so you had Maori overseeing Maori.   Buddy says His great grand father, grand father, and father were all brought up hard.   He wondered why his father was subservient to pakeha, and he believed he was not as good as anyone around him.    One day he went with the family to a restaurant in Garden Place, in Hamilton, and almost fell out of his chair, when he was served by a pakeha woman.
Buddy says the lack of an economic base held the people down, and they are only starting to assert themselves now.   The 1975 creation of the Waitangi Tribunal provided a way forward for them, and they are still seeking justice.   There have been developments, including the Anglican Church coming to apologise over its role in the history.   Buddy says they have a reasonable case for redress, and watch this space.......
Georgia Scholarship -  Paul Higson advised that Isla Evans, a former RYE student sponsored by this club to Brazil, has been back, worked hard, and has now been awarded a Georgia Scholarship.   Isla will join 90 students from around the world, spending one academic year at a Georgia university in the USA while being hosted during the holidays by a local family.   Full details are on the District website.
The scholarship is inclusive of all academic and accommodation costs. A truly amazing opportunity open to any 18-25-year-old undergraduate or pre-uni student from your community.   On the website, Isla introduces herself....
'I’m Isla Evans, a 19-year-old university student about to start my second year studying a bachelor of communications at Auckland University of Technology.    Before University, I spent my last year of high school doing a Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil.  This experience was my first introduction to Rotary.   Since then I’ve been looking to continue doing similar things which led me to apply for the Georgia Rotary Student Program, which is a scholarship that would allow me to go to university in the state of Georgia for a year, sponsored by Rotary.
With the endorsement of my Rotary Club of Otumoetai, I applied in September 2018.    After months of waiting anxiously to hear back from Rotary in Georgia, I’ve finally been offered a place to study at Georgia State University in Atlanta.   Even though my exact course of study and departure date are yet to be decided, I am unbelievably excited and so thankful to Rotary and all the friendly Rotarians who have helped me along the way.'
Tauranga Book Fair Parking - Keith McLeod is looking for names to help fill the roster to assist with directing parking at the Tauranga Book Fair.   A roster was circulated, but there are still gaps, and more names needed.   If you can help at anytime 8-10 March, please contact Keith.   This activity raises $1000 for the club.
K. Valley - John Butt reports that the next tree planting will be the first week of May, where there are $20000 worth of trees to be put in.
Tom Ryan - Donald Hegan advised that he called and saw Tom 10 days ago.   He sends his best wishes to the club.  Donald was reassured to see him in good health and bright.
Carmen gave an update on preparations for the Beatgirls evening.   She set out the costs, and income streams, and potential profit of $20000+.    Currently with sponsorship, and free gifts/services the project is in the black, but the final outcome will now depend upon sales.    The message is sell, sell, sell!
Volunteers were called for placing posters in seven shopping centres, and to approach businesses for goods to raffle etc.   The message is ask, ask, ask!   We are seeking at least five big auction items.   Do you know a friendly travel agent.   It is great publicity, and tax deductible.
A policy has been set for Rotarians who help out on the night - you buy a ticket, and remember that it is a donation and that 30% rebate applies.    Job allocation for the day will be done later - remember it is not what Rotary can do for you, but what you can do for Rotary.   This is our big event of the year - let's see you there.
Bernie Currie - February
Don took to the history theme of the night.   He posed seven names -
James Cook, Lord Lyttleton, Agatha Christie, George Bernard Shaw, the Prince of Wales Edward V111, a Maori proverb, and Mark Twain.   
He then provided a list of quotations, and the member's task was to determine who said what from the list of candidates..
  1. 'They were so generous as to tell us they would come and attack us in the morning'.
  2. 'One of the few un-english and perfectly civilised habits here, is that they seldom dress for dinner.'
  3. 'The beach is awful.   You look out to sea and then turn around ...  and everybody's rubbish is dumped on the sand.'
  4. 'I thought it an uncommonly pleasant place, although it smells like Hades.'
  5. 'It is a rotten way of seeing a fine country ... Returned soldiers & shrieking people & schoolchildren are all that I shall remember.   The balls and other functions were even less appealing.   Half the men are overflowing with scotch ...and the women get on my nerves & none of them can dance for nuts.'
  6. 'A child, who is given proper values at home and cherished within his family, will not only behave well amongst the family, but also within society and throughout his life.'
  7. 'It was Junior England, all the way to Christchurch.'
  1. James Cook found the locals extremely obliging when he dropped anchor in Mercury Bay 5 November 1769.
  2. Lord Lyttleton, 1867
  3. Agatha Christie who visited in 1922
  4. George Bernard Shaw, Volcanic Plateau 1934
  5. Prince of Wales Tour 1920
  6. Maori proverb
  7. Mark Twain 1895
COMING UP ......
25 February -  Business meeting
11 March - Mike Farmer, Farmer Autovillage  - electric cars and the future

Mike Farmer is group managing director of Farmer Auto Village here in Tauranga, Farmer Auto Village have been agents for a number of new and used vehicle brands for over 25years.    Farmer Auto Village are active and major supporters in the community.








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