Q&A with Helen Clark

AUDIENCES at the 2018 RI Convention were inspired and challenged when Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (2009-17) and one of the architects of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), joined then RI president Ian Riseley to discuss gender equality and the environment, how both are intrinsically linked to the SDGs’ 15 other goals and Rotary’s role in helping carry out this global agenda.

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Q&A with Helen Clark

Klinginsmith Challenge

THINK TANK perform important research and advocacy roles in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology and culture. They are of rising prominence in our main political parties, playing an important role in promoting policy debate and discussion and engaging and informing the public on political issues. Why not then, take that same formula and apply it to Rotary membership? Essentially, taking the Rotary out of Rotary to give us a fresh future, while still retaining our core values. The Rotary Club of Pakuranga, NZ, did just that . . . and the result was spectacular!

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Klinginsmith Challenge

Global Warning

ACCORDING to live statistics website theworldcounts.com, five trillion plastic bags are produced every year. That’s 160,000 a second! Put one after another, they would go around the world seven times every hour and cover an area twice the size of France. Following last month’s ban of singles plastic bags by major supermarket chains across Australia, the Rotary Club of Cromwell, NZ, has joined the cause, banning the use of plastic bags at its annual book sale and offering Rotary-branded reusable bags as an alternative. The New Zealand Government is also considering banning the bag, after a 65,000 strong petition was handed over to Parliament earlier this year.

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Global Warning

Clean Slate Without Prejudice

IT IS A WELL-KNOWN fact that both Indigenous Australians and New Zealand’s Māori are over-represented in the correctional systems of their respective countries.

Two programs – Clean Slate Without Prejudice in Redfern, NSW, and the Matipo Gardens Project in Whanganui, NZ – are doing their part to address these concerning statistics by empowering their respective communities and giving them ownership over their futures.

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Clean Slate Without Prejudice

The Matipo Gardens Project

MATIPO ST in Whanganui, NZ was a bleak place: full of rundown state housing occupied by unemployed people, most with strong connections to the Black Power gang. But the leadership had decided the world of crime and drugs was not the way forward for their children.

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The Matipo Gardens Project

Together We Transform

A LONG-TERM partnership between South Australia’s Nazareth Catholic Community and the Rotary Club of West Torrens, along with the Good Crocodile Foundation in Timor-Leste, has invested close to $150,000 over nearly seven years to support the Timorese community of Triloka and undertake life-changing projects in the region. The latest project is providing much needed medical assistance to the community and its outlying villages through the donation of a second mobile medical clinic.

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Together We Transform