|DG Martin and President Mick O'Connor|
I was privileged to be presented with the tokotoko Taupiripiri which is the work of a Ngati Porou carver (one of my sons-in-law is of Ngati Porou affiliation). Taupiripiri is the speaking cane of the Chief Spokesman and the name in simple terms means "walking arm-in-arm", togetherness". Taupiripiri provides a Maori dimension to the office and role of the Governor of our District.
|AG Colin Jackson, Polaiu'amea Kirifi, DG Martin, |
New Plymouth West Rotary is involved in many projects locally and overseas and supports a range of youth programmes.
I visited the Trees for Survival project at Moturoa School and was impressed with the programme that has been developed to make this school an eco-school, educate students and provide them with life-long skills. There was a real emphasis on cultivating and protecting rare and threatened Taranaki species.