Speaker Date Topic
Mayor Campbell Barry Jul 06, 2022
Update on Council Projects across Lower Hutt
Linda Vagana MNZM Jul 13, 2022
Linda Vagana is the General Manager of Duffy Books in Homes

Linda Vagana lives in Auckland and is visiting Wellington to talk about her work as the General Manager of Duffy Books in Homes.  Linda is also well known as an international netball coach and player.  She represented New Zealand as a Silver Fern and also Captained Samoa at the World Cup..

The Mission of Duffy Books in Homes is simply to break the cycle of booklessness and ensure that books are available for children to read at their homes with their caregivers.  

Dr Theresa Pankhurst Jul 27, 2022
Malaghan Institute VAANZ Programme - Clinical Trials of COVID 'booster vaccine to end all boosters'

Dr Theresa Pankhurst (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou) is a postdoctoral researcher in the VAANZ programme and Te Urungi fellow.  She is currently working at the Malaghan Insitute on a homergrown Covid-19 "booster to end all boosters". The pre-clinical tests are investigating a vaccine that can effectively neutralise multiple variants of the Covid 19 virus as well as provide durable long-term protection for 5 to 10 years.  This will strengthen New Zealand's preparedness to navigate this pandemic as well as being prepared for any further pandemics including research, manufacture, thoroughly safety test and distribute vaccines as needed, without having to rely on the overseas market.

As the inugural receipient of the three year Te Urungi Fellowship Dr Pankhurst will blend her two passions; immunology and Te Ao Maori.  This will assist the Institute in its work towards equitable health outcomes for Maori.  During the final two years she will be seconded to the Babraham Insitutue at the University of Cambridge working with a lead researcher in germinal centre B-cell biology and vaccination.

Wayne Gordon Aug 17, 2022
Creating Tomorrow - The Regionalisation Pilot Programme
Rotary International is considering a project to address membership, public image, communication, leadership, and fundraising challenges to help define a more sustainable future for Rotary. 
Our region, or Zone 8, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, has been selected as one of two potential regions from across the globe to pilot a regional approach to governance. It is important that you, our fellow Rotarians, are consulted throughout this process. In fact, the project cannot proceed without the support of members and clubs.  
This presentation aims to provide Rotarians with information that may answer any questions they have, and to assist in preparing them for a vote on whether or not we should adopt a pilot for change.
Wayne is the District Governor Nominee (2023-2024)

Wayne joined the Rotary Club of Makino in 2015, serving as President over 2019-20.  Prior to his Rotary membership, Wayne served with the New Zealand Army for 24 years from leaving high school until taking his release from the service in 2012.  Wayne trained as a Chef, and fulfilled roles in catering and wider logistics management throughout his Army career, also enjoying various roles within trade and regimental training.  He deployed overseas several times during his service in both operational and non operational roles, and took a one year leave of absence to 'Winter over' as the Base Chef at Scott Base Antarctica.

As well as tertiary trade and management qualifications, Wayne holds a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership degree which he completed through extramural study with the University of New England.  

Wayne is currently a business owner and director of a residential construction business, and his wife Anna is employed as a Fire Risk Management Officer with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), as well as being a volunteer Firefighter with the Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade outside of working hours.  Both share a strong sense of commitment towards their local communities, having held school Board of Trustees positions and sports coaching roles as well as other voluntary commitments.  

Wayne and Anna have two young teenage children and as a family they enjoy being caravan owners, and travelling around their favourite parts of New Zealand.