District Governors Elect


DGE Profiles


District 9910 Ian Kiernan

Born 1960 in Henderson, Auckland, Ian is the eldest of 4 children and has 2 brothers and 1 sister. His early childhood was spent in Kelston West Auckland, but the family moved around the city in subsequent years eventually settling in Mt Albert. Ian attended Mt Albert Grammar School from 1973 to 1977. In 1975 the Family relocated to Norfolk Island, however Ian remained in Auckland to finish his schooling. He boarded with an Uncle & Aunt returning to Norfolk Island for school holidays. Upon completing high school Ian returned to Norfolk Island and commenced work in the local Foodland Supermarket.

In 1979 Ian was offered the opportunity to work in the Supermarket Industry back in Auckland whilst also undergoing industry management training with Foodstuffs. Working first in a 4 Square Store in Freemans Bay, Ian progressed to Milford New World Supermarket where he worked for 5 years – 3 years as Manager. In 1984 Ian was awarded a Foodstuffs Management Scholarship. It was during this time in Auckland that Ian met and married his Wife Jasmine in 1980. Ian and Jasmine moved to Norfolk Island permanently in 1985 where they have resided ever since. Currently Ian is General Manager/Director of Norfolk Island Supermarkets Pty Ltd and partially involved in family businesses Celtic Shipping Services and Kiernan Agencies.

Ian’s involvement with Rotary commenced during his teenage years when he attended Rotary meetings with his Father and had active involvement in Rotary projects when back on Norfolk Island for holidays.

In particular he recalls the Rotary Beach Carnivals held each summer on Boxing Day at Emily Bay. When Jasmine and Ian returned to live permanently on Norfolk Island, Ian was invited to Join Rotary as a full member at the age of 26.

  • Joined Rotary (Norfolk Island) in February 1986
  • Has held every Rotary Club, including President 5 Times
  • Served for several years on District Friendship Exchange Committee

Aside from Rotary Ian has been involved in voluntary roles with many Community organisations and sporting bodies on Norfolk Island, including 12 years as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Norfolk Island Golf Club. Ian’s early sporting interests included Rugby League (Greens United) and Squash. Today he is an avid Golfer with very low ability and a correspondingly high handicap.


District 9920 Gary Langford

Married to Jan and lives in Auckland

A Chartered accountant and retired Fellow of the Institute of Secretaries. Gary has a BCA and BA degree from Victoria University of Wellington and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced management programme

 Recently retired as CEO of Eagle Technology Group Limited. Previously held senior leadership roles at Trade NZ, NZ Dairy Group, John Burns and Carter Holt Harvey.


District 9920-District Governor 2019-20

Currently District Governor Elect on the DG Train. A member of the District Leadership team, the Foundation committee and District Finance and Administration committee.

A graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and a trained Facilitator

Rotary Club of Onehunga -District 9910 (18 years)

Joined Rotary at the age of 29 in 1976 and was an active club member until 1994 when I left Rotary due to business travel commitments. During my time at the club I was Bulletin editor, Programme director, International Director and my wife and I hosted a Rotary Youth exchange student from California.

 Rotary Club of Auckland East-District 9920 (18 years)

Held many Director appointments as well as being Club President during the 2011-12 year. Awarded a PHF on 10 June 2013 and part of the winning District quiz team the same year. Jan and I have hosted the GSE team and Rotary exchange students from Denmark and the USA.


District 9930 Peter Maxwell

Club President 2014/15

Assistant Governor 2015 – 17

Peter was born and brought up in the North East of England (Newcastle –upon-Tyne and County Durham). In the early 70’s he moved to the South West of England, where shortly after he arrived there – a Kiwi girl on OE came to live over the road, and as they say, “the rest is history”!

His career can be divided into two halves. The first 30 years were spent working for a commercial bank in the UK (Barclays Bank) where his roles encompassed Branch, Regional and Divisional Banking rising to the role of Deputy Director of one of the Bank’s Division.

In 1998 he left the bank and took up a role at the University of Bristol, centred on the protection and commercialisation of Intellectual Property and supporting the creation of new high technology companies. At the University he established the Setsquared Centre (a Business Incubator) which has recently been awarded the status of  the World’s top University owned incubator. He also held the post of Treasurer and Secretary of the UK Science Park Association.

In 2006 Peter moved to New Zealand and joined the executive team at the Waikato Innovation Park where he took responsibility for the Management and Development of the Park’s Community. He also established and led a team that supported companies and their management based across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions. He retired from this role in April 2016.

Peter is married to Mary and they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren (all of whom live in London)

Outside Rotary, Peter’s interests are

  • Lay Minister St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Morrinsville and Diocesan Synod Member
  • Sailing (both power and sail), DIY, Gardening, Fishing, Music (both listening and making) Travel, Rugby (watching), Campanology and Woodturning.


District 9940 John Mohi

John Heremia Mohi is a member of the Wellington North Rotary Club where he was club President in 2014-15. He served a two year term as a 9940 Assistant Governor in 2016-2018.  Currently, he is chairing Mana Tangata a centennial New Zealand Rotary project documenting the history of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific.  He is also on the advisory committee for Rotary Down Under.

Prior to John becoming a Rotarian he was nominated by the Wellington North Rotary Club and supported by District 9940 to undertake a Rotary International Scholarship at Purdue University, Indiana, USA . There he completed an MSc in 1989.

John is a member of Te Whanau-a-Apanui iwi from the Eastern Bay of Plenty. He was born, one of four boys, in Rotorua and attended Rotorua Boys High School where he was a senior swimming champion and Deputy Head Boy.

During a 25 year career in education John held positions as teacher, senior teacher, adviser and manager of children with special educational needs including being a teacher and educator of the deaf and hearing impaired. John is a graduate of the University of Otago and holds Post Graduate qualifications from Waikato and Massey universities.

From 1989 to 1996 he was a manager of Special Education Services in the Waikato. During this period he worked to implement parent-driven decision making in the sector and was a key member of the team that introduced Conductive Education to New Zealand.

In 1996 John joined the team of Directors at the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) through to 2010. At the NLNZ he was responsible for leading the National Library’s responsiveness to Maori plan, driving international indigenous initiatives for librarians and co-ordinating international relationships between the Library and other institutions.  He was deeply involved in formative exhibition collaborations with other collecting agencies and whanau, hapu and iwi.

John was also a member of the National Commission for UNESCO New Zealand as a Chairperson of the Culture and the Communications Sub-commissions. He has represented the National Commission for UNESCO NZ nationally and internationally.

John is married to Lane who is also a graduate of the University of Otago. In the 2009 New Year Honours Lane was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for her services to education in New Zealand.  She retains a keen interest in the issues of Women and Girls through her affiliation to the Zonta Club of Wellington and UN Women National Committee of Aotearoa, New Zealand.


District 9970 Grant Hopkinson

I am your District Governor Elect for this Rotary year. Rae and I are both members of Greymouth Rotary, and are looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead.

I am a retired architect and Rae a retired teacher, with four adult children and three grand daughters. We have both served our club as President and Gary as an Asst Governor for 4 years.

We both joined Rotary because we were asked to. The club was active in the community, and it was pay back time after a RYLA scholarship in 1970 and GSE exchange in 1975. I did not anticipate it would lead to District Governor.

We are both passionate about life in a small community, and active in a number of community and voluntary groups. Collaboration and sharing has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both of us.

My first District event will be the President Elect training in Hamner, so I do look forward to

meeting all the PE’s this year and share some time with the Asst Governors form the District. Its going to be offered as a weekend event, with AG training on the Sunday.


District 9980 Tania Lowery

I joined the Rotary Club of Balclutha in March 2011, taking up the role of Bulletin Editor in July 2011 (and only getting out of it three years later!). Since joining I have also been on the club’s Directors for most of that time, as well as holding the role of District Grants Administrator for District 9980 for three years.

I met my fiancé, Phil Atkinson, at Rotary, and we get married in November 2018. Nothing like trying to organise a wedding and President Elect training to keep you on your toes!

The District Governor role is a huge honour, and I am looking forward to the journey alongside my fellow Rotarians. Together we will ensure Rotary continues to make a difference in the world.

My day job is as an accounting technician for Shand Thomson Ltd in Balclutha. Phil has his own property management business, also in Balclutha.

We enjoy tramping and reading as our main non-Rotary interests.

I have two adult daughters, and Phil has a grown-up crew of five.