District Conference 2019
You are invited to attend the 2019 District 9920 conference to be held at the Napier Conference Centre from 10 - 12 May 2019.
Registrations will open in September 2018 and earlybird registrations (15% discount) will be available until 30 November 2018.  To register for the Conference click here.  The costs are:
Conference Delegate $345 (earlybird $293.25)
Delegate's Partner $235 (earlybird $199.75)
Rotaract (conference only - no meals) $170 (earlybird $144.50)
Registrations may be amended at any time up to 30 April 2019.
Registrations may be cancelled at any time up until 31 March 2019 and you will receive a full refund, minus a $20 administration fee.  No refunds will be provided after 31 March 2019.
There are a range of accommodation options available at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Art Deco Masonic Hotel and Expressotel.  See below for details on how to register and get the special conference rates.
The theme for the conference is Keep Rotary Real.
There will be events available outside of the conference - see below for details.  Please register for these events at the time you register for the conference
Conference Program Outline:
Friday 10 May 2019
Conference Activities will begin on Friday with the District Governor's golf tournament at the Bridge Pa Golf club.
Also on Friday afternoon we have optional activities - A bike tour of 6 wineries organised by On-Yer-Bike (see below) or a guided Art Deco walk through Napier (see below).
Registration for the conference will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and there is a cocktail party from 5:30 p.m.
The conference will be formally opened at 6:00 p.m. 
The cocktail function concludes at 7:30 at which time you can make your own arrangements for dinner.
Saturday 11 May 2019
Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. for those who didn't make it Friday night.
The conference opens at 8:45 a.m. and a program of entertaining, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers and projects will follow.
Lunch will be at 12:30 and the program for Saturday will conclude at 3:20 p.m. to allow the venue to setup for dinner.
On Saturday afternoon we will be offering the options of a wine tasting at the venue with a number of smaller Hawkes Bay wineries or a guided Art Deco walk through Napier.
Saturday night sees a gala dinner with a theme of Art Deco (no surprises there !!).  Entertainment will be provided by Stolen Records.
Sunday 12 May 2019
The Sunday program commences at 8:30 and includes more entertaining, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers and projects.
The conference will conclude at 12:30 and you are then free to return home or stay on to enjoy Napier and the surrounding countryside.
Speaker Program.
We have an exciting list of speakers lined up or this conference - keep your eyes here for additions to the list as they are confirmed.
Current speakers confirmed are: (click on the names for links to bio information)
  • Dr Tom Mulholland - Dr Tom is an Emergency Department Doctor and GP with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand. He has worked in Kaitaia Hospital in the North to Southland Hospital and the Sub Antarctic Islands as a doctor. He has worked in Tologa Bay, Chatham Islands, Papamoa in the east to Raglan, Taranaki and Greymouth in the west. He has hosted his own TV and Radio shows, written two internationally best-selling books and been a professional speaker to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton for the last 10 years.
  • Dr Harold Hilman -After working in his early years as a clinical psychologist, Dr Hilman developed a passion for leadership development while teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.  His professional journey since then has led him down the path where he is actively exploring the domain of authentic leadership.  His two books have focused on what it means to lead others through authentic connections.  
  • Mike Williams - Mike is a former president of the Labour party and regularly appears on current affairs television in New Zealand.  Mike is chief executive of the Howard League whose programmes and objectives are aimed at reducing the prison population, reducing recidivism rates and helping reintegration of former prisoners into communities. 
  • Nigel Latta - Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.

    He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.
    His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff. In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes he co-founded a production company, Ruckus, and the team have since made numerous primetime television series including Mind Over Money, What Next, and The Curious Mind. In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.

  • Janie Elrick - Janie loves adventure and is always planning her next one. She’s climbed Kilimanjaro, been trailing in the Yukon River and sailed her own yacht across the Atlantic.
    With a goal of completing a marathon on every continent, Janie has ticked Antarctica and two others off her list.  
    Janie brings her passion to her work and has held successful roles as CFO at leading New Zealand companies – Downer NZ, Steel & Tube, NZ Dairy, Synlait, Zespri, and LIC. Her contribution to the merger of several dairy companies to form what is now Fonterra Co-operative Group is a career highlight.  
    Janie is at a life crossroads, choosing to leave the corporate world and embark on the not yet chartered adventure of life after work.  She will share her experiences, her passion for adventure and her long held belief of ambitions without boundaries.

Conference Sponsors:
A big Thank-you to the companies that have helped out with sponsorship of the conference - please make sure that you support them in return.
  • Avalon Waterways - From Europe to the Galapagos and Asia, cruise in casual luxury with Avalon Waterways with choices as unique as you. 

    Glide away down the world’s most spectacular rivers, enjoying a unique vantage point from your own private oasis. Our floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows blur the line between where the world ends and your suite begins, allowing you to experience the world less seen from the comfort of your bed. This is experiential river cruising.

  • Heartland Bank - Heartland is a New Zealand bank with roots stretching back to 1875 and a proud history of serving communities through respected names such as CBS Canterbury, Southern Cross Building Society, PGG Wrightson Finance and MARAC.
    Whether it’s applying for a loan or making a term deposit, we are committed to finding a way to make it easier for you. We focus on speed and simplicity in everything we do so we can get to “yes” faster

Accommodation Options:
Expressotel - http://expressotel.co.nz/
Cnr Clive Square East and Tennyson Street
Phone: (06) 835 3373
Confirmation Number #60160
Art Deco Masonic Hotel - http://masonic.co.nz/
Corner of Tennyson Street & Marine Parade
Phone: (06) 835 8689
Confirmation Number #62729
Scenic Hotel Te Pania - https://www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/locations/new-zealand/napier/scenic-hotel-te-pania
45 Marine Parade
Phone: (06) 833 7733
Ref: 13279090
Download the booking form here.
Activities and Events:
District Governor's Golf Tournament:
This prestigious event is open to all conference delegates. 
In 2019 year the tournament will be played at the Hastings Golf Club at Bridge Pa.  Hastings Golf Club is consistently rated within the top club courses in New Zealand, with impeccable championship course conditions, set amid picturesque surroundings.
The highly sought after cup will be awarded to the competitor with the highest stableford points.
On Yer Bike Winery Tours. 
Situated just out of Napier at Ash Ridge wines. 
You start the tour at Ash Ridge Wines from where you can cycle to:
Art Deco Walking tour.
The most complete Art Deco tour of Napier, this extended guided walk begins at the Art Deco Centre with an audio visual introduction from your local guide.
You’ll hear the dramatic story of the 1931 earthquake and discover Art Deco; the style of the times in the 1930s. Your small group will then depart on a one and a half hour guided walk through Napier’s Art Deco Quarter, including visits to the interiors of some of the most stunning examples of this architectural style in the city.
On your return to the Art Deco Centre at 4.00pm you will be invited into the boutique theatre for a complimentary tea or coffee and to view a short film about our world famous Art Deco Weekend celebrations.
*Note that access to some buildings is not possible at weekends or on public holidays.  Guests must be able to walk approximately 3kms over flat surfaces with some steps.
Hawkes Bay Wine Growers Tastings
Enjoy wine from 8 local wineries (the majority lesser-known) offering a wide selection of representative wines for tasting and purchasing.
The tasting will be held at the Conference venue.