Let’s get together

We’re counting down to one of the biggest events on our District’s 2017 calendar – 9980’s annual conference.

With the theme of Our World a Better Place, your hosts – the Rotary Club of Wanaka – are determined the conference’s vibe will be very much celebratory: a celebration of the District and all its clubs, and a toast to all Rotary’s achievements locally, nationally and internationally.

Learning, sharing and growing are the driving themes. In amidst the majesty of Wanaka and the wider Upper Clutha region, you’ll be inspired by internationally-renowned speakers, experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and sample some pretty fine local cuisine.


District Conference Message from John Germ | RI President

John Germ, Rotary International President and his wife Judy.

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends,

Judy and I welcome you to this 2016-17 District Conference. This is a great opportunity for you to come together for fellowship and inspiration. Each district conference grants us the unique opportunity to come together to share ideas, make plans, and prepare for the future of Rotary.

Now is a critical and historical time for our organization—a tipping point, if you will. Not only must we increase membership, we must have a cultural shift; one that truly embraces the concepts of membership attraction and engagement, instead of terms like recruitment and retention. We need more caring hearts, willing hands, new ideas, and integrity to strengthen our clubs. There is a potential Rotarian in anyone who cares about their community and strives to make the world a better place.

There is plenty of work to be done this year. Now is the time to capitalize on our successes and catapult Rotary towards becoming an even greater force of good in the world. We must continue to make significant progress in the fight against polio. In the last few years, we have reached significant milestones and the disease is now endemic in only two countries. But we’re not done yet, which is why I ask that you and your fellow Rotarians continue to put polio front and center, until the work is done and we have fulfilled our promise of a polio-free world.

I hope this is a motivating and productive district conference and wish you all the best. Our founder Paul Harris once said, “The power of combined effort has no limitations.” Together, we will continue to provide extraordinary service to communities around the world and add another successful year to the legacy of Rotary Serving Humanity.


John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17

Martin Cooper

Extract from Harcourts Hall of Fame Induction Booklet:
“This world we live in is made up of billions of people – each unique and individual in their own way.  Each has their own personal strengths and weaknesses, positives and negatives and their own beliefs in right and wrong, true and false and good and bad.  And within this vast mix of people there are the special characters who just make the world a better place to be in.

And so we come to Martin Cooper, mentor, businessman, auctioneer and real estate executive.  When we think of Martin we think of all his endearing qualities – passion, enthusiasm, confidence, warmth, tenacity, compassion, laughter, quirkiness, fun and charisma – that he shows to us all each and every day. He is one of those people that you just can’t help but like.”

The Hamiltones Band

The Hamiltones are a local, four piece, family band, based in Queenstown. Between them they have over 40 years of experience performing in different bands, supporting touring artists and recording CD’s and music videos.

They specialise in wedding, corporate and private functions and regularly perform at many popular Queenstown bars. With over 150 of your favourite songs on their playlist you are guaranteed a great night of entertainment and will have you busting out your moves.


Rez Gardi

Young New Zealander of the Year 2017

“Fighting for justice and equality for underprivileged and marginalised people.”

Rez Gardi is currently a solicitor at New Zealand’s premier law firm Chapman Tripp in the litigation team where she hopes to strengthen her advocacy skills. She is passionate about international law, in particular, human rights. She hopes to focus her legal career on fighting for justice and equality for underprivileged and marginalised people. Read more

Gilbert Enoka

All Blacks mental skills coach

“My set of values is simple – my word is my honour and I seal things with a handshake.”

Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. Read more

Evan Burrell

Rotarian, Actor, Social Media Guru

Evan’s message is “Let’s have fun in Rotary” and it’s with this message that has him passionately promoting Rotary’s digital story.

One of Evan’s great skills is that he uses social media to show that Rotarians are not only making a positive difference in the world, but they are having fun doing it! He presents Rotary in a lighter and engaging way, showing the more fun and humorous side to our organisation. Read more

Daniel Flynn

Founder of Thank you water

At the age of 19, Daniel Flynn discovered the alarming fact that while 900 million people around the world did not have access to safe drinking water.

Daniels motto is “Impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact”. Read more

Angelo Georgalli

Celebrity Chef

Wanaka’s newest celebrity chef Angelo Georgalli says his dream of having a successful, high rating TV show and cook book has come true. Read more

Mike Webb

Rotary International Representative

Mike was brought up in Middlesex and went to school in Harrow (the grammar school at the bottom of the hill)  he was involved with his church as a senior server, a keen member of the scout group and continued to play rugby. Read more

Martin Garcia

District 9940 Governor 2016-17

Martin was raised in New Plymouth, where his father is an Honorary Rotarian and Past-President (Fitzroy).  He studied in Sydney for almost 4 years before taking up residence in Wellington.  Read more

Whitney Smith

Cure Kids Partnerships Manager

Whitney has a passion for children’s health, and is dedicated to raising funds to support the important work that Cure Kids does. Read more

Sakhr Munassar

Global Grant Scholar

Originally from Yemen, Sakhr completed a BA in Public Policy and a Diploma in Media Communication at the American University of Beirut and of Washington DC. Come and hear how war lead Sakhr to Aotearoa. Read more