Plimmerton Rotary

Community Organisation

Plimmerton Rotary
The Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)
Paremata
Porirua 5024 on Tuesday evenings only
3 days ago

Book Fair Do you have spare books?

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Would you like to donate some books for a good cause? The Rotary Club of Plimmerton is holding a book fair on the 21st and 22nd March and is looking for books to add to the collection we already have. Please check the poster for details about where books can be taken for collection.

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8 days ago

Art Thieves

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Our speaker this week was Judge Arthur (‘Art’) Tompkins, whose most impressive CV can be found on our website.
In addition to his duties as a lawyer and judge, Art has become an expert in the specialised field of Art Crime, about which he lectures widely, and studies further, especially in … View more
Our speaker this week was Judge Arthur (‘Art’) Tompkins, whose most impressive CV can be found on our website.
In addition to his duties as a lawyer and judge, Art has become an expert in the specialised field of Art Crime, about which he lectures widely, and studies further, especially in Europe.
It is an interesting and romantic subject. The theft or looting of artistic treasures goes back to the dawn of civilisation. In recent times it has involved colourful artifacts and even more colourful thieves. One such was the notorious Adam Worth, who was the model for Sherlock Holmes’ archenemy, Dr Moriarty.
Because art thieves tend to focus on the most valuable artworks, they often target high profile aristocratic owners, or the very rich. Other thefts are from galleries and museums, where the security measures are often slack, and far from what one sees in the movies.
Art Tompkins took us through the ‘Museum of the Missing’- works that have been stolen and never recovered. Some may have been destroyed.
The market for valuable artworks in opaque. The rich may not wish to admit to owning art, nor to admit when they have been stolen.
In Art’s opinion, artworks are stolen, not because they can be on-sold, but because they can be ransomed, usually to the insurer, or used as collateral for criminal loans. He doubts there are rich connoisseurs with stupendous secret collections.
Art is an accomplished speaker whose presentation was lavishly illustrated, and much appreciated by our members.

29 days ago

Ghost Fishing

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Last evening’s talk was both depressing and inspirational. Rob Wilson, president of Ghost Fishing NZ, (seen on the right next to Rob Wilson) described the activities of this entirely voluntary organisation, which tries to clean up the seabed.

Originally the focus was on lost or discarded … View more
Last evening’s talk was both depressing and inspirational. Rob Wilson, president of Ghost Fishing NZ, (seen on the right next to Rob Wilson) described the activities of this entirely voluntary organisation, which tries to clean up the seabed.

Originally the focus was on lost or discarded fishing gear - nets, longlines, fish traps and the like. These things, now made mainly of synthetic and rot-proof materials, can continue to catch and kill fish and other marine life for years- hence the name ghost fishing.

Ghost Fishing is part of an international network which removes this harmful stuff and disposes of it. Volunteer scuba divers and free-divers do the work, usually on ‘clean-up days’ assisted by others onshore.

Wellington Harbour is also a dumping ground for other kinds of harmful rubbish, in incredible variety. Supermarket trolleys, scooters, traffic cones, bottles and so on litter the seabed. They affect the sediment and starve it of oxygen, harming fish stocks.

Sometimes, however, it is better to leave rubbish in place rather than disturb the habitat any further. The divers have developed criteria for making these decisions.

Ghost Fishing enjoys strong recognition and support from the community: it was judged ‘Wellingtonian of the Year’ in 2017. Sadly, despite their efforts to educate people out of using the sea as a rubbish dump, it seems their work will go on forever.

73 days ago

Phillip Harris Senior Fund Advisor for Mary Potter Hospice Wellington

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

President Euon welcomed Phillip Harris, the Senior Fund Advisor for Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington, who runs fundraising events and encourages corporates to do the same. Thanks to the efforts of Chris Garrett and his team in staging the very successful Charity Golf Tournament, he was able to … View morePresident Euon welcomed Phillip Harris, the Senior Fund Advisor for Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington, who runs fundraising events and encourages corporates to do the same. Thanks to the efforts of Chris Garrett and his team in staging the very successful Charity Golf Tournament, he was able to present Phillip with a cheque for $6,000. Phillip told us that this money will go towards the $1 million dollars needed to build the new Community Hospice in Porirua.

87 days ago

Rotary Children's Christmas Party

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

The welcome by the Christmas Fairy and Harold the Life Education giraffe is always a delight. Allan and Barbara Nichols had everything under control. The magician, Nigel Kennedy, was eagerly anticipated and did not fail to entertain with balloon magic and the appearance of Mr. Rabbit. He made … View moreThe welcome by the Christmas Fairy and Harold the Life Education giraffe is always a delight. Allan and Barbara Nichols had everything under control. The magician, Nigel Kennedy, was eagerly anticipated and did not fail to entertain with balloon magic and the appearance of Mr. Rabbit. He made Callum into an alien. Abigail treated us to her magic words and became a swan. Sophie with her Xmas glasses became a flower.

You know the expression, 'You just had to be there'?

Ashton's reward, as the Magician knighted him Sir Ashton with the balloon sword, was a delighted giggle.

Sullivan received an outstanding motorbike.

Mya was wonderful with the Santa puzzle and all the Magician's helpers took a bow.

The audience showed their appreciation and lined up for a gentle pat of Mr. Rabbit who'd been enjoying the fun from his position on top of his cage.

Alan introduced Santa and the Christmas Fairy who delighted the children with gifts. The audience was rewarded with a lovely meal with special boxes for the children.

President Euon thanked Allan, Barbara, Harold the Giraffe (visiting courtesy of Life Education Trust), Santa and Santa’s Fairy and wished everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas.

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