Invite to Tour New Zealand

The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invite you to join The Ultimate 17 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand  6th – 22nd April, 2018.

 The Tour Key points and Highlights are:

  • The Tour includes 4 Rotary fellowship events.
  • The planned Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
  • Accomodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
  • A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel throughout the Tour.
  • An optional 4 day pre-tour to Northland/Bay of Islands is also offered.

Here are some of the 62 tours/visits, of which all but one is included within the Tour price:

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Sky Tower, 2 hour tour of ‘Hobbiton’, Te Puia ( Rotorua centre of Maori culture and geothermal wonders), Huka Falls, Napier wine tasting,  Wellington’s

Te Papa Museum, Weta Workshops, Ferry to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford or Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin and Christchurch City Tours.

Below are two of the typical comments we received from all our 2017 Rotarian tourists:

  • We thought the tour was fantastic. Sharron (the Tour Guide) was brilliant.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour and you are to be congratulated.

The 17 day Tour Price is approximately: US$4,870pp share-room. US$6,300pp single.

The 4 day pre-tour Price is: US$1,125pp share-room. US$1,420pp single. To receive the full 9 page itinerary email both  and

Program – CHS-BR Expansion

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge COO Jon Mercer presented CHS-BR’s Facility Plans. Jon is also a member and past president of our club. A lot of details were provided – for the full story see the link below. The Valdese ER is not going away!–year-master-facility-plan/article_1e8618f0-ca17-11e7-9785-73997bc6f89f.html

Dr. Lafferty presented his “3 Truths and a Lie” at this meeting. That is how we are getting to know each other this year.

One Head One Bed – Christmas Project

Update: Our club donated $1500 to One Head – One Bed. Interact Clubs of Heritage and Draughn are working on their own fundraisers.

Tim Barnsback (teacher at HMS) is seeing a lot of homeless/transient kids in the school system (there 86 in Burke County). He said kids need beds (versus sleeping on the floor or 3 kids stuck in a bed or sleeping with their grandmother). Transient homeless kids may be at a friend’s house a month and then to an uncle’s house for 6 months, etc. When you do not sleep well, it is hard to do well at school.

Tim has found collapsible cot style bunk beds he would like to provide to kids for about $150 a bunk bed set – they could take this bunk bed from house to house in a carry bag (price is half off the list price of the bed – thanks to the company). They would have something of their own – a bed, with storage for their personal items.

This fits in with President Beth’s wanting to do something to address the opioid issue in the county (we had talked about packed suitcases to social services) – but homelessness of kids or kids at random houses because of their addicted parents seems like another way to help.

Tim is working with the school system to identify kids who would benefit. We would like to get as many kids in beds by Christmas as possible. Consider making a personal donation to the club on Tuesday, Dec 5 and we will write one big check to Tim at the end of the week.

DHS Interact and HMS Interact are excited about this project and working to raise money to help fellow students. At our board meeting, we agreed to match 3 to 1 what the students are able to come up with.