1998 District Convention (Christchurch) Conv. logo

This page contains information about our 1998 district convention, held 28-29 August, 1998 in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. The convention was hosted by the Kiwanis Club of North West Christchurch.

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Convention Theme:       Antarctic Gate for '98

Christchurch is the headquarters of Antarctic activities and our convention took place at the Airport Plaza Hotel, next door to the award winning Antarctic Center. There was a visit to the Center on the Friday evening and the Antarctic theme colored all other activities.

Convention Program Delegate ribbon

Program - Preconvention - Thursday, 27 August
10:00-12:00 District foundation meeting (for foundation trustees)
14:00-16:00 District trustees meeting (for district officers)
17:30-19:00 Forum for past governors and past lt. governors (included dinner)
20:00-22:00 - Ice-breaker / conversation

Program - Day 1 - Friday, 28 August
09:00-10:15 Opening ceremony and official welcome
10:30-14:00 Business session A - part 1 (with lunch)
14:00-14:45 Keynote speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Harding, who spent two years as the only doctor at Khunde Hospital in the Himalayas (built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966). While there, she did a research study on IDD as a follow up to work done many years before by other New Zealand doctors. Her address was very educational, entertaining and motivating.
14:45-16:00 Business session A - part 2
16:00-17:00 Workshop 1
18:00-23:00 "Opening the Antarctic Gate" - Visitors were greeted with a glass of mulled wine, then had the opportunity to walk through the interactive Antartic Experience followed by a buffet meal including light entertainment and governor's awards - a lively and educational evening.

Program - Day 2 - Saturday, 29 August
09:00-0920 Address by the international trustee
09:20-10:15 Workshop 2
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-14:00 Business session B
14:15-15:15 Workshop 3
15:30-17:30 District trustees meeting (for new district officers)
17:30-18:45 Governor's cocktail party
19:00-24:00 "Black and white shuffle - Dine and Dance. Held at the Airport Plaza. Attire was semi-formal and in keeping with the color range - black and white caberet masks were provided. Handover to the new governor's team.

Program - Postconvention - Sunday, 30 August
10:00-10:30 - Thanksgiving service
11:30-13:30 Farewell BBQ - a casual outdoor barbeque followed the church service to close the convention.

Partners Program

Friday, 28 August, 1998
Partners tour in parallel with Business Sessions. Courtesy cars departed from the Plaza Hotel and the Gateway Motor Lodge for shopping or sightseeing.
Saturday, 29 August, 1998
10:30-15:30 - Bus departed the Plaza Hotel and the Gateway Motor Lodge for the Arts Center market for specialty shopping followed by a surprising ride on one of the city's trams. Lunch at the Botanical Gardens restaurant followed by a wander around the gardens and museum.

Club Reports on the 1998 Convention:

A selection of individual Kiwanis club reports on the 1998 district convention.

Convention report from the Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu

NZSP District Home Page / NZSP 1999 district convention page

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