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The August meeting was cancelled due to Covid lockdown

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Frank Coppens was inducted as new member into our club:

Main Speaker: Helen Beaumont - Christchurch City Council Head of Three Waters and Waste 

Is our drinking water safe? We’ve had problems with well heads, the taste and smell of chemicals in the water and dead animals in the Akaroa reservoir. Helen will be speaking about water supply and the state of our City’s infrastructure.

Additional Main Speaker: Pamela Richardson

Pamela Richardson, of Akaroa, received the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to conservation and the community. Mrs Richardson has contributed to the Canterbury community for more than 20 years. She played an important role in the former Banks Peninsula District Council's Task Force for 10 years, co-ordinating rural landowners' responses to the district plan. She also helped establish the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, which encourages rural landowners to protect areas of biodiversity. She was the first female President of the North Canterbury Federated Farmers and is the convenor of its Banks Peninsula branch. She was involved with the Canterbury Community Trust for many years, has been a trustee of the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, and is an Akaroa-Wairewa Community Board member.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Main Speaker: Dr Greg Burrell - Meeting the needs of fish and people: dredging the Heathcote River.

Dr Greg Burrell is a freshwater scientist with over 20 years of professional experience in freshwater management, aquatic resource surveys, restoration, and applied research. Much of his earlier career focused on managing effects of wastewater discharges, mining, land development, and water abstraction, while more latterly the focus has broadened to include waterway restoration. Greg has worked in Hamilton and in Canada, but most of his career has been based in Christchurch. Greg is the owner of Instream Consulting in Christchurch.

Mini-Talk: John Wiltschut - Part 2 - "From Silicon Valley to Christchurch".

Sharing the experience of 17 years in the California high-tech industry and retiring in New Zealand.
John continues with the second part of his mini-talk which he started at the March meeting.

Three new members were inducted into our club: David, Dave and Tony:

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Main Speaker: Stephen Roach - Habitat for Humanity: building foundations for a better life

Stephen is the General Manager for Habitat for Humanity in Christchurch and he will give us more insight in the history and current activities of this charitable organization. Habitat for Humanity Christchurch provide a range of local programmes aimed at building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Mini-Talk: Stig Eldred

Stig has recently returned from the U.S.A. and he will talk about his thoughts on Covid in the U.S. and the recent Election. As most members will know Stig is a very professional entertainer, and his subject is huge so this should be a lively presentation.

Craig was inducted as a new member into our club:


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Three new members were inducted into our club: Simon, Peter and Noel:

Main Speaker: Kylie Phaup-Stephens - "Kiwi Birds Don't Fly"

Kylie will give a talk titled “Kiwi Birds Don’t Fly”. Over a decade ago now, she arrived back in New Zealand after the ultimate OE. She travelled 50,000 kilometres solo from the U.K to Christchurch on a cheap mountain bike and on a budget of just under 8 dollars a day. Starting in London and then Europe she traversed 23 countries in 20 months. Needless to say, there were some interesting incidents along the way which we look forward to hearing about. Europe was relatively straight forward but thing got trickier when she reached Iran, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and China. As well as difficult situations she had many positive experiences including incredible kindness by the New Zealand Army in Afghanistan who gave her milo and a hot shower.

Mini-Talk: Nish Mohun - Health and Disability Advocacy Service

Nish is the local advocate for the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service and volunteered to talk to us because she is concerned that not enough people are aware of the Service and of the help they can get if they need to make a complaint. The Ministry of Health runs this free service that operates independently from all health and disability service providers and agencies. It is designed to ensure that people with Health or Disability issues can get help if they need it. They provide individual support for any person having an issue with a health provider in any area of health. The Service is promoted on the Ministry’s website.  The Service handles around 2700 complaints in a year with almost 100% closed in that time and 93% of the complainants were satisfied with the outcome. More information can be found at the Health and Disability Advocacy website.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Main Speaker: Dr Bryon Mann – “Climate Change is not man made ?”. 

Bryon describes his talk as “controversial and educational and based on simple science and history”. He has degrees in Physics and Maths and qualifications in Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy and Philosophy and has studied climate for more than 20 years. His talk should provoke some interesting debate because he argues that Carbon Dioxide is not something to be concerned about.

Some background information on this topic:
NASA: Direct Observations Confirm that Humans are Throwing Earth’s Energy Budget off Balance
BBC: A brief history of the Earth's CO2 

Mini-Talk: John Wiltschut - "From Rotterdam to Silicon Valley to Christchurch".

Sharing the experience of growing up in the Netherlands, enjoying 17 years in the California high-tech industry and retiring in New Zealand.


Dr Stuart Walley was our Main Speaker at the 25 February 2021 Meeting.

As well as describing his extensive experience with the Oil industry, Stuart offered to talk about the future relevance of the Energy Industry in the broader macro-economic landscape. This is a fascinating subject in an era when there is so much debate about the significance of fossil fuels to the current world economy and at the same time their role in the global climate crisis. Stuart is currently the Senior Sales Director for Sales and Services for Exploration & Production Software, with the Emerson Automation Solutions business in the Eastern Hemisphere. Emerson supplies production software to the Oil industry and that software gives companies the power to explore, appraise, plan and develop oil & gas fields to achieve optimum ultimate recovery and enhance production rates throughout the entire life of the asset.

Stuart holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics and Geology, where he studied the response of coastlines to rapid changes in sea-level during the Devonian. Since then, his career focus has been on Exploration and Production, specifically in geophysical services, well services, advisory services, consultancy, technology development and sales and business management within the Energy Industry. He has considerable global experience having worked in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent, and Asia Pacific and over the past 24 years has established a comprehensive understanding of the Energy business and E&P asset life cycle.

The 25 February 2021 meeting was also the AGM and an overview of planned activities was presented.


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