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


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

Welcome 2018-19 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 Margaret Reeve and PDG Liz Courtney
Co-Chairs, 2018 South Pacific President Elect Training

On behalf of:
DGE 9910 Jerry Norman          DGE 9920 Ingrid Waugh
DGE 9930 Graham Jull             DGE 9940 Marion Johnston
DGE 9970 John Driscoll            DGE 9980 Andrew Hamilton

PDG Margaret Reeve Co-Chair

Margaret has been involved in a variety of roles in education with a focus on quality child centred education within New Zealand and the Pacific. For example, as Director Primary Programmes Christchurch College of Education this included leading teacher training programmes in the communities of Gisborne, Te Araroa and Hokianga.

 As a volunteer Margaret has served with the Cancer Society of New Zealand as chair and trustee of the Canterbury West Coast Division Board and as a member of the Cancer Society of New Zealand National Board and more recently with Cholmondeley Children’s Centre as vice president of the Board, trustee of the Cholmondeley Foundation as well as trustee of the Living Springs Aorangi Foundation which makes it possible for children of vulnerable communities to spend quality time in a natural healing environment.

In 2004 Margaret was honoured to receive the award of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to education and community.

A member of the Rotary Club of Riccarton in Christchurch for 25 years Margaret and Brian have recently transferred to the Lyttelton Club. In 2010/2011 service as RI District Governor 9970 offered many opportunities to be grateful for the compassion and skill of members of Rotary particularly as Chair of the Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust established to allocate funding from Rotarians throughout the world.  A delight at the beginning of 2016 was the opportunity to be RI President Ravi’s representative to District 9810 Conference in Shepparton Australia. Recent vocational service focusses on training as a member of the District Training Committee including Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), Co-Chair with PDG Trish Boyle (2014 – 2016) and from 2017 has been Chair with PDG Liz Courtney of South Pacific President Elect Training Seminar (SPPETS) for NZ and the Pacific.   

PDG Liz Courtney Co-Chair


Rotary Public Image Co-Ordinator Zone 7B

 Career: Interior Designer

Director of Courtney Architects – Designers Ltd

Joined Rotary – 2001

President Rotary Club of Papanui 2007 – 2008

Assistant District Governor Rotary District 9970, 2011- 2013

District Governor 9970, 2014-15

Director of Rotary Oceania Zone Operations ( ROZops )

Co-Chair of South Pacific Presidents Elect Training Seminar ( SPPETS)

Co-Chair of New Zealand / Australia National Conference 2019

District 9970 Public Image Chair

Member of District 9970 Training Committee

Trustee for the Rotary Neighbourhood Project

Former President of Papanui Plunket Society

Former Member of Christchurch Multiple Birth Society

ATCL Speech & Drama

A 3 year role as the Rotary Zone 7B Public Image Coordinator encompasses New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with one goal to identify our Rotary stories in a way to inspire people and showcase what we do as an organisation while encouraging clubs to count their volunteering hours on projects so that we can use these numbers to greater effect when attracting partnerships. 

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 eg in child and maternal health. The Rotary Neighbourhood Project an example of a special committee set up in Christchurch post earthquake .  

Liz is also involved with a small working group of New Zealanders and Australians charged with looking at how Rotary will look and work in our communities and countries over the next 10 years as we move towards working more closely together. This is a wonderful opportunity to use our entrepreneurial skills as Kiwis and Australians offering a chance to explore new ways of capturing the essence of what we do as an organisation. 

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