Club Notices

  • David Bruce gave us an update on the Kapiti Model Rail Show project, set for the 16 - 18 April.  Everything looks on track at this stage.  Road signs are going up around the district and cards and T-Shirts have arrived for when we distribute the cards at railway stations in the week of the event.

    Please Search for Kapiti Model Rail show Facebook page and Like it.
  • Past President Steve advised on behalf of President Robert that there would be a Board meeting on Wednesday 7 April, at Brent Bohanna's place - 7 Waipunahau Place Waikanae from 7:30 pm.



  • 07 April '21 - No meeting
  • 14 April '21 - David Bruce


Members rostered on will perform all these duties: Open meeting with Grace/Message; Sergeant; Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 07 April '21 - No meeting
  • 14 April '21 - Kapiti Model Rail Show briefing
Parting Thought
"Tax avoidance means you hire a $250,000 fee lawyer, and he changes the word evasion into the word avoidance”
Franklin D Roosevelt


The meeting

Rebecca Easterbrook (Bert as she prefers), the Manager Prosecutions and Support at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) was introduced by Graham Oliver.

Bert gave us a short history of how MPI can be traced back to 1875 when 30 sheep inspectors formed the Stock Branch of the Department of Crown.  The Ministry has various forms and names splitting off and re-joining over the intervening 146 years.

MPI is a large organisation, about 3,000 personnel that comprises 5 business units and 4 functional groups :
  • Biosecurity New Zealand

  • New Zealand Food Safety

  • Fisheries New Zealand

  • Te Uru Rākau

  • Agriculture and Investment Services

MPI's vision is “New Zealand will be the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products”
The organisation has 5 different Ministers and Associate Ministers to respond to.
MPI is working in the following areas:
  • Fit for a better world – ambitious targets to achieve within a decade using the 3 pillars of productivity, sustainability and inclusiveness. E.g. Add $44b in export earnings, reduce biogenic methane 24-27% below 2017 levels by 2050, employ 10% more kiwis in the primary sector by 2030.
  • Farm plans, Overhaul of Biosecurity Act, Animal Welfare Strategy
  • Fisheries Transformation Programme, Freshwater implementation
  • Cameras on boats, New Zealand Forest Service, Consumer health lens with focus on nutrition, Thriving rural communities
  • 5-point Māori strategy, Opportunity Grows Here, Jobs for Nature, He waka eke noa and on and on and on.
MPI administers 43 Acts of Parliament and lots of subsidiary legislation that keeps her and her team very busy.  She recounted some recent prosecutions in the Fishing industry, Food and Wine Sector, and farming sector.
Bert fielded many questions from members and she was thanked by Graham for a most interesting talk.
We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.  Please phone Graham 04 905 2626 by 5 pm Monday for catering purposes if you're attending on that Wednesday