Mel Opie and Sarita McLean

Rotary NZ


Wayne Heath

OHS Consultants Ltd

Our District Governor Sarita wanted to have a conference with a difference. With Ōnuku Marae as the venue, she and her conference committee, after months of planning, certainly achieved that.

We were blessed with good weather at just the right times for the arrival of 130 attendees on Friday evening. While waiting outside people could take in the scenery and ambience. We were called onto the marae early as the welcome-on cannot be conducted in darkness. Many people spoke of the warmth and atmosphere of proceedings and of the excellent offering of kai to end the impressive powhiri. Just to mention too, that the food (kai) was excellent on every occasion, thank you.

The conference committee were committed to the theme “the one world of Rotary making difference” underlined with celebrating our cultural diversity which was one of the key reasons for holding the conference at a marae. It was also a chance for our Rotary family to learn a little more about our shared cultural heritage. Thank you to everyone at Ōnuku for making our conference a success; this certainly will be a conference that everyone will talk about for years to come!

Thank you for the opportunity over these past 3 years to assist Onuku Runanga establish a strong and robust health and safety management system that helps provide a safe environment for whānau and manuhiri while at Onuku Marae.

Keep up the good work, for as you will be aware, safety in the community is not about a destination where we arrive and relax; rather about a journey where we stay alert and pro-actively pursue continual improvement.