The Parliamentary Rugby team turned out during the Golden Oldies Rugby tournament in Wellington on Wednesday 2nd November. We played the Centarians, a team of mixed Wellington players and special guests Frank Bunce and a couple of Silver Ferns! We went down but acquitted ourselves well.
We have really settled in to our new office in Kerikeri. Now that we are right on the street its even easier for people to drop in with their concerns. We are at Cottle Court, 97 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri. Please call in if you have an issue that we can help you with or write to us at PO Box 298 Kerikeri 0470. Email: email@example.com
I attended the award presentations, held at the Whatuwhiwhi Community Hall, of the Sei Shin Ryu Karate Club. What a marvelous exhibition of skill, strength and discipline! Many students received certificates and some achieved the next Belt. I was very impressed with the commitment and effort of Sensei Ian Sharples in establishing and maintaining his dojo.
My colleague Sandra Goudie invited myself and Mark Blumsky to her home patch as “celebrity” guests at the annual Matatoki School “Possum Bust”. The aim is to make a concerted effort to control these pests and have a bit of fun, and raise funds for the School. There was possum-skinning, gumboot throwing and target shooting. “Ken” even showed up to film a segment for his upcoming show. The day was a great success and raised around $8,000 for the School.
I was among an excited crowd that welcomed the Kerikeri High School problem solving team home from their successful competition in the USA. These young people are a credit to their community and to Northland. I was reminded of another successful problem-solving team, from Kaitaia, back in 1994. These wins are not just a ‘flash in the pan’; its pattern of success that bodes well for our future.
As one of 3 NZ representatives to the International Parliamentary Union
(IPU), I went to the 114th Session in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2006. I was
elected as President of the Assembly for one of the plenary sessions.
I was amazed at the vibrancy of this developing nation, but also touched
by the poverty I saw there. I have to say, in NZ, to quote a well-known
phrase "we don’t know how lucky we are".
You can read about the IPU here: www.ipu.org/english/whatipu.htm
At an induction ceremony for young St John recruits, I was impressed by the number of our youth who are making a commitment to their communities.
I had the pleasure of officially opening the 2006 Kaitaia A&P Show and judging the best trade displays. The winning stall had a great display of colour and the second place entry told a positive story of sustainable development in small rural areas.
I attended the opening of a new access track and wetlands at Kawakawa; a cooperative project by Northland Fish & Game, the FNDC and Ngati Hine Health Trust. I was so impressed by the gracious and welcoming attitude of Taumatamakuku locals, expressed so eloquently by their kaumatua, Toko Tipene.