On this day in 2003 The journal ‘Nature’ reported that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy. He apparently survived the last pandemic


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72 Devonport Rd,
PO Box 2401, Tauranga 3140,
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Janine Speedy
Mar 13, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Mar 20, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
RYPEN Weekend
Mar 20, 2020 3:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 3:00 PM
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Mar 27, 2020
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Janine Speedy - Speaker
Camella Anselmi - Ron Fyfe
Vanessa Moodie - close to membership
President Elect Rhonda welcomes all…
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner- Dates are 18th April and 2nd May. Contact Les if you wish to be involved and do not already have your name down for this event. Email:
Military Wives – Warren Banks canvassed enthusiasm for a movie night (options are 8th or 15th April). An offer of drinks and nibbles saw a forest of hands backing the venture. Remember who you were.
Police Vetting Forms – Can members get these completed and back to David Robinson ASAP.
The Great K Valley Cycle Challenge is still on and now set for 5th April. We need assistance from volunteers for this great event and if you can’t assist, then you need to participate!
Ex – Member Welfare – Helen Jarman recently underwent bowel surgery at Waikato Hospital. She is now recuperating at home and doing well.
Conference 2020
Conference – Early bird rates are only available until 20 March! (not 3 weeks) If you intend to go to Conference get in to save yourself $50! 

Guest Speaker Janine Speedy was back for an update. This time Plan Change 26 – Housing Choices and Te Papa Spatial Framework. 
After the Analysis and Engagement phase, there was a quick sprint through the Design elements to flesh out Scenarios for the Discussion Document. There were lists of what we like (short), what we don’t like (longer) and what we would like to have (v long indeed).
Unwittingly for some, we were taking part in the Stakeholder Engagement that accompanies such a Discussion Document, with a preview of the Housing Choice Plan, with modern looking Duplexes (2 houses touching) and Comprehensive Designed Developments (many houses touching).
There were far too many technical elements for your humble scribe to get down correctly, but all detail is available…
Raffle – Neville Whitworth 
Sergeant –Chris Dever and his Intrepid travelling companions are still planning to travel west to the East on 31st March. The Land of the Rising Sun is made up of 6000 islands, nestled on the Pacific Rim of Fire, where it endures Volcanos, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (not to mention Nuclear Disasters). People have lived there for 30,000 years, and of the current population of 127M, only 506 have the Coronavirus, so they should be fine.
Wish us luck he asks….
And finally….. A teacher asks her class what their favourite letter is. A student puts up his hand and says 'G'. The teacher walks over to him and says, "Why is that, Angus?"


Parting Thought from Lisa Phillips: 

“If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of"  Bruce Lee


Duties for the next 3 weeks:

20 March
27 March
3 April
Andrew Knowles
Kathy Webb
Barbara  Whitton
Technology Set-up
Wayne Shadbolt
John Carlson
David Robinson
Second Door and Parting Thought
Warren Banks
Dean Thompson
Henry Kaiser
Glenn Dougal
Shiv Thammalla
Lynda Burch
Speaker Intro and Host
Glenys Parton
Paul Belcaster
Speaker Thanks
Ray Scott
Dave Woodhouse
Ross Brown
Neil Matson
Pauline Cowens
Bulletin Editor
Neville Whitworth
Pauline Cowens
Stephen Dorrington
Kathy Webb
Barbara Whitton
Greg Brownless
Zespri. The rise of the red kiwi fruit.
Michael Fox
Committee meetings
Peter Buell, Harbour Master