Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Bulletin

Wednesday 17 June, 2020

David Shackleton

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, leaders adjust their sails” John Maxwell.

One of the most important values of Rotary is participating in community service work. Giving back to our local and global communities, and making a difference, is the core of what we do. As the president’s term draws to a close, I reviewed how many community projects we have been involved with this year.

Despite a two and half month hiatus due to the lockdown, we were involved with an impressive 33 activities. They range in scope from organising an ambulance to be sent to Samoa, cleaning up Zealandia, planting 500 trees, participating in a street appeal for the Children’s Hospital to collecting and donating Christmas gifts for the House of Grace. And many in-between.

We have certainly been active. The impact on the communities we support has hopefully been meaningful and material. This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all those who made this happen.

See you on Wednesday



Speaker's Report

Professor Mike Berridge - 
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Mike outlined the areas of research for the Malaghan Institute being cancer, asthma, allergy, infectious diseases, gut and brain health and during his talk he illustrated how they are discovering cell engineering is similar or linked and research into this is underway.  Mike has a PhD from Auckland but has worked around the world studying ways to harness the power of the immune system.  

Much of the talk was topical as it was about the interface with Covid-19 and that it is a SARS 2 Coronavirus.   Mike noted strategies developed to contain SARS1 took 2 years which means SARS2 or Covid-19 is in its infancy.   Spikes on the outside of the virus make it highly infectious and binds very well to lungs causing severe damage.  Coronavirus is growing around the world and while epidemiologists are working to understand the number of active cases and some countries are not reporting accurate numbers and the active virus as we know spreads very quickly.  The message Mike gave was while we are unable to provide a vaccine we need to isolate the active virus and eliminate the disease which is what NZ has achieved until the virus came into NZ via two travellers.  

The first Covid-19 test kit in NZ enabled researchers to understand what we are dealing with and more importantly that the virus had to be caught and early.   Mike admitted that mistakes were made but because NZ acted like a team of 5 million we are able to manage the disease and of course we now have no community transmission in NZ.   The problem we now face is that the virus is in 215 countries with very different government policies so beating this disease is proving difficult globally. 

A vaccine seems the only way to develop herd immunity to the current Coronavirus and Mike outlined how Malaghan have discovered a lot about the immune response to cancer and is working toward how this might transfer across to viral diseases like this one.   Mike’s special interest currently is the bio engineering on cancer cells and how other inflammatory diseases cross over with other infections that damage cells.   Recently Mike and Darren Day from the psychology department at Victoria University noticed that depression is knocking out certain cells affecting the bio engineering and how this discovery crosses over to changes noted in cancer cells.   These discoveries are in their infancy so it is early days in developing a vaccine for Covid-19 with the outlook for a vaccine not expected before the end of 2021.    In the meantime Mike’s advice is to keep the border closed.

The topic shifted to the Interesting link in the loss of a sense of smell which is evident in viral diseases such as Covid-19 and in neurological conditions such as Alzheimers.   It was noted a loss of smell could be an early way to detect Alzheimer’s unless you have a cold of course!  Perhaps we can try and think of ways to train our sense of smell!

Thanks Professor Mike always a delight to hear you speak.


Anne Hare - Reporter


A welcome to our newest member -

Nicola Fawcett
Nicola was introduced to the club by her mother Tamaris Livera and President David presented Nicola with her formal documentation and congratulated her on becoming a member.
We Need Your Support!
Support Gillian Jones into her District Governor Role

As a club, we need to support our own Gillian Jones by providing a good turnout to District Changeover. We will celebrate District Governor John Mohi’s successful year and look forward in anticipation to incoming District Governor Gillian Jones’s role in our Centennial Year.

To celebrate this centennial change the event will be taking place in soon-to-turn-100 Lansdowne House in Masterton: a stunning venue where one can enjoy delicious food and wine, celebrating the best of the Wairarapa.

$60 per head, with cash bar. (Free if Zooming, but we hope you’ll charge your glass.
You may consider donating a portion of the meal cost to one of our Centennial projects.
Hybrid: Face-to-Face or Zoom
Sunday June 28th:
11.30 for Lunch
12.30 Lunch is Served
Hybrid: Face-to-Face OR Zoom
Zoom: Link to be provided upon registration (Free).
Face-to-Face ($60 for the extravagant lunch)
Lansdowne House, Masterton
What do I need to do?
To attend via Zoom or in-person please register here!

Please note that due to venue capacity numbers registrations are based on a "First-in, first-served" basis, so be quick!
R I Convention Walk Challenge

R I Convention in Hawaii was due to be held this weekend but has been cancelled. As well as joining virtual sessions (article below), you can have a bit of fun participating in the Walk Challenge. Simply download the app and sync with your step tracker.  There are international leader boards. Should be fun.

Click here for link

The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
Take advantage of this unique & free opportunity!

In addition to last week's article (immediately following) here is a Membership here
Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will link you with Rotary and Rotaract members from around the world. Sign up now for this free online event that takes place 20-26 June. Our first virtual convention is open to all Rotary members and participants.

Come together during general sessions to witness the power of Rotary connections. Learn new skills, explore thought-provoking topics, and discover inventive ways to engage and adapt at our breakout sessions.

Visit the convention’s event page on Facebook to connect with other members. And use the hashtag #Rotary20 in your social media posts to share what you’re looking forward to at this year’s convention. Don’t forget to invite a friend from your club or share the convention with your Rotary family.

Women in Tech Breakfast -
"This is life, but not as we know it"

Register now!

IYM is excited to be involved in TechWeek 2020. We are hosting an online Women in Tech Breakfast in conjunction with SSS IT Security Specialists. Our theme - "This is life, but not as we know it".

We have three inspiring women who will share their story and how Covid-19 has changed life as they know it.
DATE:     29 July
TIME:      7 am- 8.15 am
VENUE:  Online event - Registration Link:

Our guests are:

Victoria Crone CEO of Callaghan Innovation. 

Victoria is passionate about making a difference to New Zealand. She has twenty years experience in the Communications and IT sectors, across strategy, partnerships, product, marketing, channels, business development, customer services, communications and brand. She is experienced in all customer segments (Corporate, Business and Consumer), across traditional and emerging products. Victoria is known as a results-driven leader. She has held many Board roles that cover a variety of private, social and not for profit enterprises.
Georgia Elliott - Project Manager @ SSS IT Security Specialists

Georgia leads the Project Management team at SSS IT Security Specialists. Her role is managing the translation of technical jargon into a common language for project teams or stakeholders to understand, resulting in success.
Maniaiwaho Phillips - PKI and IAM Specialist @ SSS IT Security Specialists

Maniaiwaho is PKI and IAM specialist at SSS IT Security Specialists. Her role is to enable the management of the lifecycle of identities within organisations including Identity Governance, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Lifecycle Management and Privilege Access Management.
There will be an opportunity for a few questions following each speaker.

We hope you can join us and our guests for an inspiring and informative start to your day. Don't forget to register!
Jul 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Jul 15, 2020 7:00 AM
Italian Ambassador
Jul 22, 2020 7:00 AM
Toastmasters Collaboration TBC
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meet & Greet
Opening Thought
Happy Dollars
Parting Thought
Club Reporter
Club Duties and Roster:         
NB: If you are rostered for duty and cannot make it, then please arrange for someone else to take your place and let Brent know at or 021 725060 Txts are fine too!
See below for 4 wk Roster
Have you registered for 24 June Rotary Meeting?
If here or on the meeting heading below.
Upcoming Events
Perambulators walk Butterfly Creek Sunday 28 June
Jun 28, 2020
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Changeover & Post Covid Celebration
The Wellington Club
Jul 01, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Post Changeover Dinner - Bellamy's by Logan Brown
Jul 01, 2020
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 8 July 2020
The Wellington Club
Jul 08, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 15 July 2020
The Wellington Club
Jul 15, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 25 July 2020
The Wellington Club
Jul 22, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Social Get Together - Thursday July 23
Thistle Inn
Jul 23, 2020
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 29 July 2020
The Wellington Club
Jul 29, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 5 August 2020
The Wellington Club
Aug 05, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Goal Setter Awards
Hotel Intercontinental
Aug 10, 2020
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
View entire list


And Post Covid Celebration

A reminder...….Registration for Changeover must be made by this Wednesday 24 June (for Catering purposes). Payment is also required....
When: 5.30 pm
            Wednesday 1 July 2020
Venue: The Anteroom 
             Level 5
             The Wellington Club
             88 The Terrace
Cost:    $50 pp
              Canapés and welcome drink
              Cash bar 
Payments to Club Account  
With Reference ‘Changeover’
Click here for invitation

Remember no morning meeting

Presentation of
Keyway Awards 


Nicholas Duncan, Dawn Sanders, and Paula McKnight received Keyway Awards for their special contributions to the club. The awards were presented by President David.


Rotary in Review -
A roundup of Rotary News Click here
Rotary South Pacific & Philippines Office - 
Newsletter: Click here

Rotary  - 4 Ways to engage members online:
Click here
Rotary - On The Move Newsletter for June 2020 plus webinar invitation. Click here
Interesting comments!








Rotary Predator Free Waterfront update...….
Bev Wells and Marc Rands show off their catch!! on Sunday 21 June 2020.
Rotary Predator Free Waterfront Trapping Schedule
Week Ending (Sunday)
Volunteer 1
Volunteer 2
May 24
Jeff Lee
Brent Gerrard
May 31
Jenny Flannigan-Tong
Howard Tong
June 7
Bill Day
Steve Lawton
June 14
David Shackleton
Richard Brodie
June 21
Marc Rands
Bev Wells
June 28
Noel Winsloe
David Shackleton
July 5
Steve Lawton
Dennis Small
July 12
Brent Gerrard
Bill Day
July 19
Brenda Lazelle
Dave Lazelle
July 26
Jenny Flannigan Tong
Howard Tong
Aug 2
Richard Brodie
Peter Whittington
Aug 9
Noel Winsloe
Bev Wells
Please note: I have used Sunday as the service day for the week, but feel free to negotiate an alternative day to suit with your Service Volunteer Partner. If your allocated day doesn't suit please swap. Text Fraser Ebbett (WCC) 021 765 694 when you arrive and leave the site.

Tamaris Livera - a profile by Jean Sloane

I would like to introduce you to my new friend: Tamaris Livera, a kindred spirit, I think; a soul mate even. Could I be so fortunate?
Tamaris had a successful career in the banking industry for 25 years but the pressure to perform became relentless. “7% annual growth on $1.2 billion is a lot of pressure,” said Tamaris. She had always wanted to be a real estate agent and after considering the move for a few years, she invited the opportunity to be made redundant in 2015.  By 2017 she was a licensed agent. “I love it,” says Tamaris. “I want to be a good, hard working agent,” she says. “And because I have so much experience on the financial side, I bring a lot more to the role.” Tamaris is a self-confessed workaholic but what she loves is being of service to people. “Because I am true and honest,” says Tamaris “I think people trust me. I like being able to make a difference in their lives.”
I love the fact that Tamaris’ favourite words seem to be, “I love” She certainly has a breadth of interests. “I love cooking,” she says. “I love people” “I love travelling” “My love, apart from cooking is New Zealand art.” “I love art.” But, her many loves are not passing fancies. She cooks, she travels, she visits with artists around New Zealand and she collects their work, ceramics, paintings and glass.  “New Zealand is really talented,” says Tamaris as she beams with enthusiasm over the many cups of coffee she has shared with artists across the country. “There are some wonderful people here. Every piece of art I have tells a story of where I’ve been and the people I’ve met, and I really like that.”
I love the fact that Tamaris has a depth to her that ensures the more I tell you about her, the more there is to learn. One might describe her as ‘like an iceberg’ but only to demonstrate that there is far more beneath the surface. If Tamaris were an iceberg though, she would melt. She has a genuine warmth about her, a kind soul and a humility which is endearing.
Tamaris says, “I’ve been so fortunate. I’ve had a really fantastic life. I’ve had a lot of strong women in my background: my mother, my grandmother, my great grandmother and my aunt.”
Tamaris tells a beautiful story about a woman named Alice; a woman Tamaris affectionately refers to as her aunt. Alice lost her mother when she was very young. At the age of five, when her father remarried, he packed Alice up and dropped her off at the home of another family in Colombo where, as a domestic, she was beaten and ill-treated. Only a child herself, she would take the other children to school and wait for them all day. Eating only one meal a day, often after 8 p.m. Three years on, at eight years old, Alice hid in the bathroom at the school. When later discovered she was brought to the home of Tamaris’ Aunt who was a teacher at the school. Alice was brought to Tamaris’ grandparents’ home and they agreed to keep her safe, hiding her until the search parties went away. She was the daughter they never had. They took her in and Alice simply never left. She had finally found refuge and a family that would love and protect her.
“Alice is such a role model to me,” says Tamaris. “she is one of the most beautiful, confident women. Despite all the adversity in her life, she never blames anyone and never has anything but a good word to say about anyone. She is such a sweet person.”
Today, June 15th is Alice’s birthday. She is 83 years young and lives here in New Zealand. In typical style, Tamaris is celebrating her Aunt’s special day with a big Sri Lankan meal.
“We love to celebrate in my family with good food and good wine,” says Tamaris. “The most important thing however is good company.”
Tamaris says, “I have a lot of loves in my life. People are my first love. Without people, I wouldn’t do very well. I also love cooking.” As she scrolls through her photos to find some samples of the Sri Lankan dishes she makes, she talks about a Dutch Breakfast Cake called Beudher that she makes at Christmas. Tamaris can’t help but comment on other pictures as she scrolls through. Some of her dog Alfie, a very cute little Cavoodle, “Another love of my life,” says Tamaris. Pictures of her children Nicola, Joshua and Daniel. “I’m so proud of them. I just love my children.” And a picture of her best friend and husband Bill who she says is “long suffering.” Given Tamaris’ very well-adjusted attitude toward life and living, I dare say, she is exaggerating about her husband’s “suffrage”, but she says, he’s a great guy. Thankfully, he likes to travel too. One of Tamaris’ many loves.
Tamaris has returned many times to Sri Lanka; she has fond memories of her childhood there and says it is a beautiful country. “You must go, it’s a fabulous place. The coast is beautiful. You can visit the tea plantations, the ruins of ancient kings, game sanctuaries and the “Gem Pits” where they mine rubies and blue Sapphires.
Tamaris tells me that Sri Lanka is known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean but I think the real pearls are its people. Tamaris being the example of a naturally, perfect one. Aren’t I lucky to have a new friend like Tamaris?