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This page contains information about our 2017 district convention which will be held on the 1st and 2nd of September, 2017 in Taupo, New Zealand.
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About the Venue and Accommodation :
The convention will be held at The Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo, New Zealand.
Enjoy the stunning vista of Great Lake Taupo and the mountains of Tongariro National Park from this lake front accommodation and the spacious deck of the fabulous onsite restaurant and bar.  The venue also includes five function and conference rooms for 2-300 people.  Boutique shopping and the Taupo nightlife are only a short leisurely stroll away.  Suncourt Hotel is the ideal accommodation base for trout fishing, mountain biking or a golfing getaway.  Suncourt Hotel is minutes from the many Taupo attractions and activities including Huka Falls, hot thermal pools and four wonderful golf courses.  There are plenty of activities and things to do in Taupo, regardless whether you are into fast-paced adrenaline adventures or a laid-back relaxing soak.  This fantastic region has everything from scenic cruises to skydiving, mineral hot pools to cultural experience of the Maori rock carvings, dining to white water rafting.  When you visit, you’ll fall in love with this unique and breathtaking region they call Great Lake Taupo.
As at 26 May, 2017, all rooms at the Suncourt are fully booked.  But there is plenty of accommodation at other Taupo hotels.  Below are some of the nearby hotels.  Le Chalet Suisse Motel is right next door.

  Accommodation Website Distance from Suncourt Price range from:  
Le Chalet Suisse Motel "www.lechaletsuisse.com/" ( 1 & 2 bedroom units) 200 m. NZ$162
Birchlands "www.birchlandsmotel.co.nz/accommodation/" 200 m. NZ$100
Taupo Ika Nui Timeshare Resort "www.taupoikanui.co.nz/" 260 m. NZ$150
Twin Peaks lakeside Inn "www.twinpeakstaupo.co.nz/" (has 2 & 3 bedroom units) 300 m. NZ$160
Acapulco Motor Inn "www.acapulcotaupo.co.nz/accommodation/" 400 m. NZ$103
Catelli's of Taupo Managed by Acapulco Motor Inn (see above) 450 m. NZ$120

All functions, meetings and assemblies will be held in the Suncourt Hotel.
Great Lake Taupo :
The Lake Taupo area is advertised as "Nature's Ultimate Playground".  Fresh air, snow, trout, rivers, lakes, people, fun, food, attitudes.  Explore our world and discover a fresh new holiday destination.
Convention Program :  
Program - Pre-convention - Thursday Evening, 31 August, 2017
 17:00 Governor's function to thank her 2016/2017 Support team (by invitation).  To be held in the the governor's suite at the Suncourt Hotel
  18:30 NZ-SP Past Governors dinner meeting (separate ticket function).  To be held in the Nukuhau Room.
Program - Pre-convention - Friday Morning, 1 September, 2017
 09:00-12:30 Convention registration desk open.  Located in the Wharewaka Foyer of the Suncourt Hotel.
 09:00 District Foundation Trust meeting (for Foundation trustees).  To be held in the Nukuhau Room.
 10:00 2016/2017 district trustees meeting (for 2016/2017 district officers - observers welcome).  To be held in the Nukuhau Room.
 Lunch Please note that a luncheon meal is not included in the registration fee and is at your own cost.  There is limited room at the Suncourt Hotel.
Program - Day 1 - Friday Afternoon, 1 September, 2017 Delegate ribbon
 12:45 Welcome and business sessions.  To be held in the Tauhara Rooms.  Please be seated by 12:45 at the latest.  Late comers will not be admitted until the opening ceremony has concluded.  For those requiring translation services please ensure headsets have been obtained from the convention registration desk.
 12:58 Call to order.
 13:00 Opening ceremony.
 14:00 Business session 1.
•  Apologies.
•  Roll call of clubs.
•  Remembrance - candles, reading, minute of silence.
•  Adoption of the standing rules of convention procedure.
•  Appointment of a parliamentarian and scrutineers.
•  Announcement and introduction of candidates for office.
•  Announcement of motions and resolutions.
•  Call for notification of items of general business.
•  Approval of the minutes of the 2016 district convention.
 15:00 Sheriff - Housekeeping - Afternoon Tea.
 15:15 Workshop 1 :  Formula/Communication (Clinton - Laetitia - Danielle).
 16:15 2016-2017 Governor's address.
 16:25 Sheriff - Housekeeping.
 16:30 Convention adjourns for the day.
 18:30 Evening formal function.  This will be held in the Tauhara Rooms.
•  Recognition of the 2016-2017 team.
•  Division 7 Show.
•  Dinner.
•  Griffin presentations.
•  Fund raising for the District Foundation and the Kiwanis Children's Fund.
•  Dance with the 17-piece "Great Lakes Big Band".
Program - Day 2 - Saturday, 2 September, 2017
 07:30 Past lt. governors breakfast (separate ticket function).  To be held in the Nukuhau Room.
 08:00-09:30 Convention registration desk open.  Located in the Wharewaka Foyer of the Suncourt Hotel.
  09:00 The bus for the partners program will leave the Suncourt Hotel shortly after 9:00.
  09:00 Convention reconvenes in the Tauhara Rooms.
 09:00 Business session 2.
•  Announcements/House Keeping.
•  District Treasurer's report.
•  Resolutions and Amendments
•  District Foundation Trust report (Foundation Chairperson Patsy Hill).
•  General chair reports (already tabled and in the Convention Booklet).
 10:30 Break - Sheriff - Morning Tea.
 10:45 Workshop 2 :  The District Foundation (Patsy Hill) and The Kiwanis International Children's Fund (Graham Chick).
 11:25 Address by the Kiwanis International Counsellor (Peter Kimberley).
 11:55 Key Note Speaker (John Funnell)
 12:30 Lunch.
 13:30 Business session 3.
•  Announcements/House Keeping.
•  Election of officers
    Governor 2017/2018
    Governor-elect 2017/2018
    Trustee NZSP Foundation 2017/2019
•  Announcement of Appointments
    Treasurer 2017/2018
    Secretary 2017/2018
•  District Awards 2016/2017.
•  Best club bulletin English.
•  Best club bulletin French.
•  Clinton Green Award (Past Governor Mike Boyd).
•  Best club signature project.
•  Banner patches (convention attendance, science fairs, district projects, monthly reports).
•  Presentation 2018 Convention (Port Vila).
•  Forum - questions from the floor.
•  General Business.
 15:00 Break - Sheriff.
 15:15 Governor-elect 2017/2018 address.
 15:30 Governor designate address and introduction of 2017-2018 district team (Governor designate Pierre Macabies).
 16:45 Closing Remarks (Governor Kiki).
 17:15 Close of the Convention
 19:00 Social function with dinner and entertainment from the music group "Bliss".  This will be held in the Tauhara Rooms.  The dress theme for Saturday evening is "Be Adventurous".
Program post-convention - Sunday, 3 September, 2017
 09:00 2017/2018 district trustees meeting (for 2017/2018 district officers - observers welcome).  To be held in the Nukuhau Room.
 11:30 Brunch at the Taupo Golf Club, 32 Centennial Drive, Taupo (separate ticket function).
Project Display Boards :
Project Display Boards (similar to those which have been available at previous district conventions) were foreseen but have had to be cancelled due to lack of space.
Registration Fees :
The full registration fee for all Kiwanis members or partners or guests is NZ$230.  An 'early-bird' full registration (paid before 31 May, 2017) was be available for NZ$200.  The full registration includes convention sessions, meals, Friday and Saturday evening functions and the partners program.
Deadline for all registrations is 12 August, 2017 (registrations have to be received and paid for by this date for catering purposes).
Partial registrations are available for evening functions, the partners program and for business sessions only.  See the registration form for details.  Partial registrations use the same form as full registrations and must be received and paid for by the same deadline as full registrations.
Receipts will be issued once payment of the registration fee has been received.  If you have sent your registration but have not received your official receipt, please contact the convention secretary (details below) as something has gone wrong.
To download a convention registration form :
  in English en française
PDF 2017 district convention registration form (623 KB). Fiche d'inscription 2017 convention du district (620 KB).
MS Word 2017 district convention registration form (1226 KB). Fiche d'inscription 2017 convention du district (1057 KB).
Convention registration forms can also be requested by mail from the convention secretary.
Please complete one form for each person attending either the convention or the individual convention events.  Print information clearly on the forms.
Convention Flyer :
A convention Flyer, suitable for distribution to anyone interested in attending the convention can be downloaded or viewed :

  in English en française
PDF 2017 district convention flyer (79 KB). Brochure convention du district 2017 (80 KB).
MS Word 2017 district convention flyer (160 KB). Brochure convention du district 2017 (275 KB).

Convention Contact Details :
Further information can be obtained from:
    Rex Crenfeldt
    2017 district convention chairman
    Telephone:  +64(7)378-6204 (home)
    Telephone:  +64(27)2104909 (mobile)
    Yvonne Joynes
    2017 district convention secretary
    Telephone:  +64(7)856-4484 (home)
    Telephone:  +64(27)9499217 (mobile)
    Email:  bandy5@xtra.co.nz

Get psyched!
The convention committee is looking forward to seeing all district Kiwanians and their partners at the convention.  They are committed to providing you all with an entertaining and fun experience.
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