Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March 2019
Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre
Waipuna Road Mount Wellington


Welcome Message from
Past District Governors Liz Courtney and Jennie Herring,
co-Chairs of South Pacific Presidents Elect Training

Welcome 2019-20 Presidents from the six Rotary Districts of New Zealand and the South Pacific.

We look forward to working with you at President Elect Training in Auckland, New Zealand, an innovative approach to President Elect Training that brings together Presidents-Elect from many islands in the South Pacific, and from across New Zealand.

Through intensive training during the weekend we will help to prepare you to lead your club as an effective President. This training is planned to build on what has happened in your Districts at your first PETS training. Planning of the material for this training has involved all District training teams and we have endeavoured to provide you with a comprehensive overview of what’s needed.

We are fortunate to have a high calibre of speakers to inspire, inform and share their stories with you. The breakout sessions will be facilitated by trainers from across New Zealand and the South Pacific and I know that they are keen to work with you as they listen, question and share ideas.

We wish you success this weekend and during the exciting year ahead.

PDG Liz Courtney and PDG Jennie Herring
Co-Chairs, 2019 South Pacific President Elect Training

On behalf of:
DGE 9910 Ian Kiernan              DGE 9920 Gary Langford
DGE 9930 Peter Maxwell          DGE 9940 John Mohi
DGE 9970 Grant Hopkinson     DGE 9980 Tania Lowery


PDG Liz Courtney Co-Chair


Liz is a Director of Courtney Architects – Designers Ltd with Rotarian husband Nick. They have employed and mentored numerous graduate architectural students from within New Zealand and overseas. As a result Liz has developed her business management and public relation skills along with her Interior Design Consultancy within the Practice.

 Her 3 year role as the Rotary Zone 7B Public Image Coordinator encompasses New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. One of her goals is to identify our Rotary stories in a way to inspire people and showcase what we do as an organisation.

Encouraging clubs to count their volunteering hours on projects so that we can use these numbers to greater effect when attracting partnerships, working closely with membership groups nationally to increase our member base is a high priority.

Working at “grass root” level in our community has always been of great importance to Liz as she believes that by helping others to have access to education and health services it will lead them to become independent contributing members of society. Giving people a hand up and not just a hand out.  

When District Governor her focus was on Child and Maternal Health encouraging Rotary members to look for projects in their locality and to engage with people who work in this area. It took three and half years for a dedicated group to begin the first New Zealand Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank based at St. George’s Hospital in Christchurch which Liz is particularly proud. 

As District 9970 Public Image Chair for Rotary Liz is involved in presentation work at training events and Rotary clubs, managing social media, media liaison,writing articles for various publications, general promotional material for clubs and other groups and assisting with fundraising events and conferences to raise the awareness of Rotary in the community.  

Liz is also involved with a group of Rotarians developing a new shape for Rotary in New Zealand and are looking at various options that could suit Rotary in the future. 

Liz has 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 adult step grandchildren some of whom live overseas. As a result one of her passions is travelling and experiencing different cultures. As she said herself “ it gives you a far greater understanding of people if you know the environment and culture they live in .”


PDG Jennie Herring Co-Chair

Jennie was born in Dunedin and educated at Whangaparaoa Primary and Glendowie College.

Jennie has been in the Aged Care industry for 32 years and currently owns and operates a private hospital/rest home facility in Auckland.

Jennie has eight children, five boys and three girls.  Two of the children live overseas as do all the five grandchildren.

Jennie joined the Rotary Club of Ōtāhuhu Inc in 1997. She was Club President 2007-2008, Assistant Governor for District 9920 from 2011 to 2013. Jennie was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004,a Sapphire in 2012 and 2014 , became a member of the Paul Harris Society in 2015 and a Major Donor in 2016.  Jennie was District Governor  for District 9920 in 2015/16 when her District theme was Share your Passions – Inspire All.

Jennie currently holds the position of Assistant Rotary Co-ordinator (Membership), Foundation Stewardship Chair, District Finance – Chair of Audit Committee.  She is currently serving as a Director of RozOps and RDU.