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Summary of Toastmaster Presidency 2017

04714198 MCBC Toastmasters


20 August 2016 – Club Humorous Speech

Participants: Nora Ah Poe, Tina Brockway, Jane Crosbie, James Hippolite, Barry Shaw, Florence David, Lynette Wall, Jane Crosbie, Ross Middleton

3rd: Barry

2nd: James

1st: Tina

3 September 2016 – Club Table Topics

Participants: Fiona Hippolite, Lynette Wall, Ruth Malo, Melanie Alican, Elliot Ikilei, Ashlyn Hart, Ross Middleton

3rd place: Elliot

2nd place: Fiona

1st place: Ruth

11 February 2017 – International Speech

Participants: James Hippolite, Ross Middleton, Molino Garcia, Jonas Kuhn

1st: James.  James went on to place 3rd in the Area contest.

11 February 2017 – Club Evaluations

Participants: Ashlyn Hart, Patrick Mariner, Lynette Wall, Molino Garcia, James Hippolite

1st James: James did not place in the Area contest.


Turning Tides – Wellington – 12-14 May 2017

  • Keynote speaker: 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia.
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: voting on new national Executive
  • International Speech Contest: hearing the best of the best.
  • Dinner & Dance

Hold on to Your Dreams – Invercargill – 18-20 November 2016

  • Keynote Speakers: Mike Alsop, John Parsons
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: deciding to split the country into 2 districts.
  • Dinner & Dance


Competent Communicator (6)

  • James Hippolite
  • Barry Shaw
  • Fiona Hippolite
  • Molino Garcia
  • Florence David
  • Steve Lamb

Advanced Communicator (2)

  • James Hippolite (ACB)
  • Jane Crosbie (ACB)

Competent Leader (3)

  • Fiona Hippolite
  • James Hippolite
  • Ruth Malo


10 new members:

July 2016 Ashlyn Hart
Steve Lamb
March 2017 Amit Sharma
April 2017 John Chen
Manju Malik
May 2017 Desiree Crosby
Eva Hutchison
June 2017 Manu John
Sonia Ng
John Barben


  • Iliganoa (Nora) Ah Poe
  • Tina Brockway
  • Jane Carswell
  • Florence David
  • Manohar David
  • Min Hu
  • Steve Lamb
  • Christine MacDonald
  • Trish Stack
  • Fritz Tuaa
  • Joe Tuilua
  • Lynette Wall

New Executive

Role Start 2016 End 2017 New
President James Hippolite James Ruth Malo
VP Education Tina Brockway Jane Crosbie Jane
VP PR Melanie Alican Ruth Melanie
VP Memberships Barry Shaw Barry Amit Sharma
Treasurer Barry Barry Manju Malik
Secretary Christine MacDonald Warren Christie Barry
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Molino Patrick Marriner

Distinguished Club Programme

How did we achieve it?

Goals to Achieve    Goal    To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 2
7 New members 4 4
8 More new members 4 6
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2

Accepting the Competent Leader Award

My fellow toastmasters, it is with true gratitude that I accept this award today.

As you know, Toastmasters is a unique organisation, which, for over 90 years, has been teaching people how to give speeches and how to lead meetings.

For those who may not know, Toastmasters achieves this goal by providing a supportive environment for members to give their speeches, and to have their speeches evaluated.  In turn, all other roles during a meeting are also evaluated.  It is this environment of mutual support that enables a club to develop and grow its members.

This award recognizes that I have worked through the Competent Leadership manual.  This manual consists of 10 projects, where a variety of roles are required to be performed and evaluated.

  1. Project 1 tested my Listening Skills, by requiring me to complete basic roles necessary for the successful running of a normal club meeting.
  2. Project 2 tested my Critical Thinking, by requiring me to be able to evaluate other roles.
  3. Project 3 tested my ability to give Feedback.
  4. Project 4 tested my Time Management skills, by successfully completing a Timer role and a significant other role within a meeting, on time.
  5. Project 5 tested my ability to Plan and Implement significant roles.
  6. Project 6 tested my ability to Organize and Delegate by requiring me to help to organize a special club event.
  7. Project 7 tested my Facilitation skills, by requiring me to perform a couple of vital roles in the club meeting.
  8. Project 8 tested my Motivation, by requiring me to perform roles to assist others.
  9. Project 9 tested my Mentoring skills. I especially wish to thank my mentee, Molino Garcia, for allowing me to mentor him.  It was a privilege to be allowed to speak into another member’s life.
  10. Project 10 tested my Team Building skills, by requiring me to give back to the club.

Having now achieved this award, I have the following recommendations for others wishing to achieve it.

  1. If at all possible, you should attempt to get onto the Executive Team. This will afford you opportunities to complete certain roles.
  2. However, even if you are not on the Executive Team, you can volunteer to assist them. In this way, I was able to perform the role of Web Master, even though I wasn’t the Vice President of Public Relations.
  3. There are four competitions during the year: International Speech, Humorous Speech, Table Topics and Speech Evaluations. You should volunteer to be the convenor of one of these competitions.  This role alone will fulfil the entire Project #6.
  4. If you are only one signature away from completing a project, then ask the Vice President Education to assign you that role in the coming month. You are not imposing.  The VP Ed delights in knowing that you are interested in advancing your record.  It is impossible for the Exec Team to know in advance which roles you wish to pursue at any particular time.
  5. And lastly, of course, for every role you fulfil in your club meeting, check your manual to see whether you can get it signed off. Then find somebody to sign it off for you.

Toastmasters is a bit like university, as opposed to school.  You are provided the manual, but it is up to you to proactively manage your own project completion record.  Nobody is going to chase you up to complete your manual.  This is your prerogative.

What comes next?  After the Competent Leader award, comes the Advance Leader Bronze.  In order to achieve this level, one must:

  1. Have fulfilled an Executive Team role for a minimum of 6 months; and
  2. Completed 2 educational speeches of 10 minutes each.

The final person I wish to give heart-felt thanks to, is Warren Christie for shoulder-tapping me to join as a Charter Member of this club in July 2015.  Warren had to convince me that I needed the club, and the club needed me.  I am grateful that he persevered.

We took only 3 months to get up to the 20 members necessary, so that we were able to charter as a fully-fledged club in October 2015.

It has been said that this club is unique, in that our members are motivated to provoke one another to higher levels of achievement.  With a weekly meeting, we are able to fulfil many more roles than most other clubs more quickly.

This award recognizes that I was motivated by others here to achieve.  I am grateful to this club for the opportunities afforded me, and I hope I am an adequate role model to follow.

I have had a few outside opportunities to put into practice, the skills learned here.  I can attest that these skills work, and are appreciated by the outside world.  Personally, I have noticed family occasions in the past were lacking, because nobody was prepared to say a few words.  People do appreciate when somebody has bothered to put some words together to mark a special occasion.

Once again, thank you fellow Toastmasters.  It is a privilege to be presented this award.  I gratefully accept it.

Mr Toastmaster.

MCBC Toastmasters Club Election Results 2017

Fellow Toastmasters of the MCBC Club.

Congratulations to the new Executive Team voted yesterday.  These people will take over leadership of the club from 1 July, after a month of transition.

Role Existing New
President James Hippolite Ruth Malo
Vice President – Education Jane Crosbie Jane Crosbie
Vice President – Memberships Barry Shaw Amit Sharma
Vice President – Public Relations Ruth Malo Melanie Alican
Secretary Warren Christie Barry Shaw
Treasurer Barry Shaw Manju Malik
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Patrick Mariner
Immediate Past President Warren Christie James Hippolite

Thank you to all who put their hands up (including those who were not chosen this time).  Your 1-minute, impromptu campaign speeches were most informative and instructive!  I look forward to following Ruth’s leadership and seeing what the next 12 months has in store for us as a club.

We are well on our track to achieving all 10 goals of the Distinguished Club Programme.

Goals to Achieve Goal To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2  Achieved
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4  Achieved
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1  Achieved
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 0 1 AC needed
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1  Achieved
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 1  Achieved
7 New members 4 4  Achieved
8 More new members 4 3 1 New Member needed
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6  Achieved
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2  Achieved

Christmas 2011 Newsletter


  • Sam Soukotta guest speaker @ Elim
  • Creation at The Rock
  • Uncle Ross stayed with us
  • Church in the Community (Stokes Valley Pool)
  • Tree Top Walk with Tane
  • Travel to Londts at Te Puke
  • Ken’s family visit us.


  • WHEN Camp at Brookfields Scout Camp, Wainuiomata
  • Tane @ Basic Chemistry Course, Victoria University
  • Church in the Community (Taita)
  • Vex Robotics Fundraiser
  • Hamish’s 12th birthday
  • Stan Walker Concert
  • Zirka Circus


  • Marriage Course at Salvation Army, Johnsonville.
  • Tennis
  • 17th wedding anniversary and celebration
  • Men’s Ministry with Pastor Cornelio Perez


  • Duck Race Fundraiser (for St Johns)
  • Marriage Enrichment Dinner and Course
  • James temporary Team Leader at work
  • Messianic Passover (Knox Church)
  • Outreach at Taita Laundromat


  • Tane’s 14th Birthday
  • Captivating Creation Cavemen from Canada (Reformed Church of Silverstream)
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Adolescence Study with Hamish
  • Tane at
    • FITE Life Group, The Rock Church
    • RAZE Youth Group, Elim Church
    • Traction Youth Group, Newlands Baptist
  • James’s 43rd Birthday
  • High School Musical (at HIBS)
Aimee at Pulse (Kids Church) at Elim


  • WHEN Science Fair
  • Adolescence Study Complete
  • Relationships Course @ Taita
  • Show Stoppers at Chilton St James School
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Excellent performance appraisal
  • Dot Net Meetups


  • Running Relationships Course @ Taita Church
  • Kids 4 Drama Rehearsals of a Midsummer Night’s Fairtale
  • Two Gilbert & Sullivan plays
    • HMS Pinafore
    • Trial by Jury
  • Hamish at Telecom Foundation Workshop
  • James interviewed about home interest rates (just a man on the street)
  • Web training and after party
  • Visiting speaker Cecily Stoneham


  • 1st Plasma Donation
  • Auckland Holiday:
    • MOTAT
    • Rainbows End
    • Auckland War Museum
    • Ice Skating
  • Rotorua & Te Puke
    • The Luge
    • The Londts


  • James moved into new Telecom building
  • A2 Drama Class rehearsals
  • Promise Keepers


  • Naomi & Anna Visit
  • Boundaries Course – Participation Completion
  • Boundaries Course – Leaders Commencement
  • Rugby World Cup
  • Interviewing Candidates at Telecom
  • Tane @ ATC Dinner
  • Aimee’s 10th birthday.


  • Boundaries Course – Continuation
  • The Real Saint Nick (Rehearsals)
  • Extreme Dance
    • Tap Dancing Performance
    • at Southwards Museum Theatre
    • Smooth Criminal & Thunderstruck
  • St Johns Awards Ceremony
  • Telecom/Chorus Demerger Ceremony
ST John Comps 095


  • The Real Saint Nick (at Elim)
  • Boundaries Course – Completion
  • Christmas Plans

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 11


Volume 5 Issue 11

November 2010

Hippolite Musings 



In November, I:

  1. Conquered the Project Management tool which Telecom uses by entering 3 months actuals and 1 months forecast work for the 8 staff in my team.  I’m a trainee Team Lead!
  2. Finished Spring Interclub (Squash) competitions.  Harrumph.
  3. Attended Northern Squash prize giving (see photo left).
  4. Attended copious rehearsals as King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim’s production of “It’s Cool in the Furnace!
  5. Gave my Creation presentation once again, this time to a men’s group at Elim.  Took great questions.  Very positive experience.
  6. Attended Guy Fawkes Celebrations at Frank Kitts Park (courtesy of a BNZ staff friend).  Got out of the rain by going across the road (courtesy of Telecom House access card).
  7. Attended another Vex Robotics Scrimmage.
  8. Attended a mate’s birthday BBQ.  ‘Tis the season!
  9. Sent Aimee for her first camp away from home without us (St. John’s).
  10. Ran four Align Bible Club services.
  11. Received direction on how to maximise My Personal Performance (MPP) reporting.  This is corporate-speak for complying with my quarterly performance reviews.
  12. Fixing up WHEN library database in preparation for handing it over to somebody else.  Yippee!
  13. Sat and failed my Windows Communication Foundation exam.  Ah, well, there’s always next month!
  14. Studied (before and after exam) materials for said exam.
  15. Met with Martin Steel, pastor of Harbourside Church and mentor to Align Church.  Received (more) leadership training.  Asked seriously tricky questions.  Got straight answers.
  16. Took ABC class to Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames drama at Avalon AOG.
  17. Took final minutes as Secretary for Grenada Village Community Association at AGM.  Presented finances as acting Treasurer.
  18. Assisted Fiona to handover Membership Secretary duties of WHEN.
  19. Align Leaders Workshop (Praise Centre, Wainuiomata).
  20. Guitar lessons.
  21. Gave promo of musical production at church.
  22. Delivered one project.  Picked up three more.  Christmas is always busy (people trying to get stuff finished before the shutdown period).


World Outreach



  • INDONESIA. This coming Monday, Nov 22 the Principal of Tawangmangu Bible College (TBC) and an attorney of Justice will meet with the Governor of Central Java to request that the authorities reduce their price for the TBC campus land to the 30% deposit that has already been paid. Other land owners on Mt Tawangmangu are also protesting the gov’t’s high freehold fee on their land, with most landowners not willing to pay.  Sam & Carol Soukotta ask that we remember to pray for this very important meeting on Monday, in particular that the favour of the Lord will be toward TBC. Thank you.
    Please also remember John LeRoy in prayer as he continues to recover after contracting typhoid and dengue fever last month in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • MOZAMBIQUE. A WO team is presently in northern Mozambique ministering to some 400 Koti leaders and they request our prayers. In particular they are asking for wisdom to know how to encourage & guide some of the Koti who sense the Holy Spirit directing them to go and minister among the Mwani people group further north, near the border with Tanzania. Pray too for a rich anointing of the Holy Spirit on the Koti gathering, for healing of bodies that are afflicted with malaria and other diseases, and that the inner working of the Holy Spirit will continue to transform the Koti people from their former pagan ways, and baptize them afresh in the Father’s love.   
  • WO2010. Prayer is requested as members of the WO International leadership meet on Mon, Nov 29 to discuss and sign off on important policies relating to the organization’s journey of change that began back in 2003.  At present 90% of what was targeted to happen by the end of 2010 has been achieved. The Nov 29 meeting will help sign off on the remaining outstanding items.
  • VISAS. Please pray for Jessica (India), Tony & Annette (Thailand) and Jason & Anne (Indonesia) who all need the favour of the Lord for the approval of their visas so they can continue serving the Lord in their respective nations.   


  • THAILAND.  Lorraine Dierck, WO Thailand field leader writes: “Our church-planting teams are doing well with much fruit, and continuing to baptise new believers every day. Outstanding miracles continue to happen as these uneducated brand-new believers step out in faith and pray for blind eyes to be open, lame legs to start walking – and they do! The new churches are now preparing for their first Christmas as followers of Jesus, and as you can imagine, they are wisely planning how they can use the Christmas story to bring their families and friends to faith in Jesus Christ.”
  • ETHIOPIA. Daniels’ father Tammen is an important man who leads 5 mosques in South West Ethiopia.  Through the testimonies and witness of some friends, Daniel became a believer in Jesus Christ and steadily grew in his new found faith even though he experienced much opposition and persecution. He now is pastoring a church in a Muslim community. Recently he witnessed to the leader of the local mosque and the man and his whole family eventually became followers of Jesus Christ.  Within three days of the mosque leader’s conversion his oldest son suddenly passed away. He refused to bury his son in the traditional manner but wanted his son buried at the Christian cemetery.  Some five thousand Muslims attended burial and listened intently to a clear presentation of the Gospel.  Shortly afterwards when at Friday prayers, a Mosque Sheik told his congregation that they should beat the Christians and kill Daniel. As he was about to publicly announce this over the loud speaker system, a heavy rain storm fell on the mosque and surrounding area and nobody could hear the announcement.  Then a lightning strike destroyed the crescent and moon on top of the mosque and part of the building was damaged.  The mosque sheik was shocked and frightened by what had happened so declared, “don’t touch the Christians because their God is more powerful.”   Since then there is peace and Daniel has seen the church grow with more coming to listen to the preaching of the Word of God every week.

John Elliott

Koinonia House News



  • 69 Children Saved From Prostitution Rings
    November 09, 2010
    A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday. There are now 39 Innocence Lost task forces and working groups throughout the country. So far, those units have recovered 1,250 children, and the initiative has resulted in 438 indictments, 625 convictions, 153 criminal enterprises disrupted and 58 successfully dismantled, authorities said.
    – CNN
  • Bible Distribution Nixed At Michigan Schools
    November 09, 2010
    A school district in southern Michigan is stopping a longstanding practice of allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles in the hallways of its elementary school after a parent complained to the district’s superintendent. Superintendent Mike Potts told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the district is not taking a stand on whether Bibles are right or wrong but simply following regulations as a government agency. "We cannot condone the passing any literature of that nature regardless of who’s passing it out," said Potts.
    – The Christian Post
  • China and Russia Vow To Advance Military Cooperation
    November 09, 2010
    China and Russia, vowing to advance military ties, signed an agreement in Beijing Tuesday for developing military cooperation between their two countries. The signing came during a one-day visit to China by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, RIA Novosti reported. A spokeswoman for Serdyukov said the accord involves contracts to supply spare parts for air defense systems, aviation and navy equipment.
    – UPI
  • Oklahoma Sharia Law Ban Blocked For Now
    November 08, 2010
    A popular new law that bars Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic law, or Shariah, when deciding cases was put on hold Monday after a prominent Muslim in the state won a temporary restraining order in federal court. US District Court Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange ruled that the measure, which passed by a large margin in last Tuesday’s elections, would be suspended until a hearing on Nov. 22, when she will listen to arguments on whether the court’s temporary injunction should become permanent.
    – Fox News
  • Intelligent Design in The Hebrew
    November 06, 2010
    In the Hebrew version of Wikipedia, the page on intelligent design translates ID with the phrase "tichnun tivoni," which means something like "intelligent planning." And so it’s translated regularly too in Ha’aretz and other Israeli news sources. The Wiki page is well supplied with the usual distortions that you’d expect from Wikipedia in any language, but never mind that. The question of how to translate "intelligent design" into the language of the Bible is an interesting one. Is there an actual Biblical phrase that captures the idea?
    – Evolution News and Views

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Climategate video of the year

James says:

This video is a hard-hitting exposé of the tactics used by Climate Alarmists to distort the truth and spread fear, uncertainty and doubt in order to advance, or at the very least maintain their grasp of tax-funded tenures.

Why I Am A Creationist


  • Pew survey reveals widespread religious ignorance
    When the Pew Forum surveyed Americans’ knowledge of various religions, no one really scored well. What are the implications for the Church? Gary Bates and Lita Cosner suggest a solution in their analysis.
  • Does chromosome fusion prove common ancestry?
    Evolutionists claim that evidence of chromosome fusion in humans, who have 23 pairs of chromosomes, proves that we were descended from apes, who have 24 pairs. But Dominic Statham shows that for evolutionists, their interpretation amounts to “Heads I win, tails you lose”.
  • Mammoth burgers served on buns?
    New Scientist has published new evidence of widespread flour production in ‘stone age’ Europe. In this article, CMI-Australia’s David Catchpoole shows how evolutionary assumptions about the diet of ancient humans caused scientists to completely overlook this evidence.
  • classic: The evolution train’s a-comin’
    Don’t the small changes we see in living things today prove that, given millions of years, those small changes could add up to evolution? In this classic article from Creation magazine, Carl Wieland says no; because the changes are heading in the wrong direction! Read The evolution train’s a-comin’ (sorry, a’goin’—in the wrong direction).
  • Exciting new feature. Get on your mobile!
    Need an answer on the go? Now it’s easy to access our over-7500 fully searchable articles through any web-connected cell phone: just go to
  • Creation talks by satellite—with a twist…
    CMI speaker and satellite scientist Dr Mark Harwood has commenced recording a series of 16 sessions of 30 minutes each for an Arabic Christian TV Channel that provides content for satellite-based channels over Australia and New Zealand, plus also for possible Middle East coverage. The interesting ‘twist’ is that the programs will be transmitted by a satellite that Mark actually designed! If you haven’t already got it, we highly recommend Mark’s latest DVD, Elephants in the Room.

Why I Am Pro Maori


Nominations for Kaumatua and Rangatahi representation on the Board of Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc, are now open.

The Kaumatua positions are for

  • 1 x koroua, and
  • 1 x kuia

The Rangatahi positions are for

  • 1 x kotiro, and
  • 1 x tamatane

If you would like to nominate an iwi member to the Board of Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc., please click here to access the nomination form on the Ngati Toa website or contact the Runanga office on the number listed below.

Nominations close on 6 December 2010 and nomination forms and supporting documents must be received at the Runanga office by 5pm, Monday 6th December 2010.

All nominees and nominators must be registered members through whakapapa, reside in New Zealand and be 18 years of age and over.

In the case of the Rangatahi (both kotiro and tamatane), the nominees must be at least 18 years of age and be no older than 27 at election day, that is 18 February 2011.

Voting papers will be sent to registered Iwi members. Postal votes will close 6pm Wednesday 17 February.

A Special General Meeting will be held Puna Ora, Takapuwahia on Thursday 18 February 2011 where a final opportunity to vote will be available. Voting will open at 10am and close at 3pm. 


If there are any questions regarding this information contained in this email please phone the Runanga on 04 237 7922 or email

Missy Te Kahu
Iwi Registration Administrator
Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc
Phone: (04) 237 7922

How to… 

Engage the Culture

What struck me as odd this month was the Pike River Mine disaster.  The outpouring of grief; the decision to hold a state funeral; the unprecedented (I was a child and didn’t notice Erebus) public attention.  For 29 coal miners nobody had ever heard of before, at a West Coast mine nobody knew existed.

God got a mention.  This was good.  Even the atheists who want to ignore Him, couldn’t resist trying to lay the blame at His feet.  Which is highly amusing, because their faith position offers no hope nor succour to the families of the miners.  Meanwhile, the churches cooperation in Greymouth contributed to a very positive image of Christian unity.

And finally, I have to agree with the lone letter to the editor who exposed an (in hind site) obvious contributing factor to the accident: that the Greens value snails over the lives of those men by forcing the mine to tunnel rather than allow open cast mining. 

Snails are not taonga.  People are taonga.

Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Lister (1827–1912)

Imagine making a discovery so important that a whole branch of science dates its calendar by it.  That is what happened because of a Christian doctor.  Joseph Lister’s discovery of antisepsis has led some to divide the history of medicine into the eras “before Lister” and “after Lister.”  His work did more to save lives in the hospital than any other in history.  Surprisingly, it took nearly a generation for his discovery to become accepted.  He faced strong opposition from doctors and surgeons who didn’t believe him and weren’t about to change their ways.  In the end, however, because of Lister’s perseverance in teaching what he knew was right, and from the dramatic success of those who followed his procedures, his ideas finally took hold, and at his death, he was a world-wide hero.

Friday Fax


Dear Colleague,

Today Terrence McKeegan reports on the Holy Father’s historic vigil for all unborn human life.  People from around the world participated in their local churches, and 10,000 people participated in Rome.  

Amanda Pawloski reports on the UN Youth Conference.  For lack of money, sponsors, and organization the conference might not happen next summer.    

Spread the word. 


Austin Ruse

Pope Leads Worldwide Prayer Vigil for Unborn Life

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

ROME, December 2 (C-FAM) Last Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI led an unprecedented global prayer vigil for unborn life in Rome that was repeated in countries around the world. Ten thousand faithful jammed St. Peter’s Basilica including many children who were presented to the Holy Father.

In his remarks, the pope offered support to those working in the pro-life movement. “I wish to express my thanks to all who have taken up this invitation and those who are specifically dedicated to welcoming and safeguarding human life in different situations of fragility, especially in its early days and in its early stages,” he said. 

Dithering Over UN Youth Conference

By Amanda Pawloski

NEW YORK, December 2 (C-FAM) If present dithering is any indication, the promised global conference celebrating the UN International Year of Youth may not happen after all.

As it stands now, governments at the UN cannot decide on a date, sponsor, funding, or venue. However, some fear that a hasty youth conference will be thrown together at the last minute, given the example set by the World Youth Conference in Mexico this past August. 

Train a Child



  • Had rehearsals for his tap class end-of-year production of Wonderland, playing one of the Queen’s guards;
  • Had rehearsals as a guard for King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim’s production of It’s Cool in the Furnace
  • Hmm maybe there’s a theme developing here.
  • Started attending The Rock Church’s FITE (youth group) instead of Onslow Community Church’s TYG.  Not sure of the desirability or rightness of changing, but at least he’s wanting to go to something reasonably positive.


  • Is getting jaded with the hard work of deconstructing and re-building robots now.  Now we’ll see if he has an engineer’s tenacity;
  • Is enjoying learning guitar chords from me, and we can play simple duets now;
  • Has discovered that St John’s award merit badges for community service, and that helping to lead Children’s Church at Align qualifies.  He’s much more focussed there now.
  • We sold his unused, second-hand drums on Trade Me.  He got a reasonable portion of the money.  He promptly chose a replacement toy.  We went to Dick Smith to buy a walkie-talkie set with 3km range.  We discovered the batteries were extra and expensive.  He negotiated a loan with me.  He was not entirely pleased with his new acquisition, until he’d earned some money to extinguish the debt.  Now he’s happy and learned a valuable lesson (so has Dad – I won’t do that again).


  • Went away on St John’s camp.  Made a friend.  Talked heaps.  Slept little.  A great time was had by all.
  • House was quiet in her absence.  Ah bliss.
  • Was also in Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy production of Wonderland.  Played one of the tapping caterpillars.  Very cute.  As the oldest in her class, was a capable leader.

Why I Am Pro-Israel


Weekly Review: November 28, 2010

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • He Didn’t Care if Children Died
    No we are not talking about Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin or Mao. We are reporting the words of a teenage Muslim who wanted to blow innocent people up at a Christmas celebration in Portland Oregon.  Mohamed Osam Mohamud is the…
  • Palestinian Blogger Arrested by Fatah: 
    The press keeps referring to Fatah as moderates, the civilized ones Israel should embrace. One Jerusalem has often documented the uncivil nature of Fatah and its Palestinian Authority (PA). To their long list of incivility to their own people you…
  • Muslims Violate French Law…While the Police Watch: 
    watch the video
  • Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Origin of the Western Wall: 
    Over the years, One Jerusalem has recorded examples of Palestinian leaders denying an ancient Jewish presence in Jerusalem. Well this week they publicly displayed their contempt for Israel’s claim that the Western Wall was constructed by Jews. In an official…
  • Jews Are The Offspring of Pigs and Apes: 
    That Muslim children in England are learning such drivel is (unfortunately) not a great surprise. But what is surprising and encouraging is that the British news media is treating this story with the contempt it deserves.The Daily Mail, Britain’s largest…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


She Learned Her Lesson

I was the new teacher for the toddler-age Sunday school class, which included my 14-month-old daughter. During a lesson on creation, I’d ask questions like, "Who made the trees?" or "Who made the sun?" and the children would respond, "God did." I was pleased the children learned quickly that God made everything.

Teaching lessons at home was more of a challenge. I had tried hard to teach my daughter to pick up her toys, and she wasn’t learning very quickly. One day I walked into the living room to find toys scattered everywhere. In exasperation I asked, "Who made this mess?" My daughter looked at me with a proud smile and said, "God did!"

—Carol J. Rivest, "Heart to Heart," Today’s Christian Woman

Events Schedule


In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.






Advanced Students Concert

Raroa Intermediate School



Telecom Christmas Party

TSB Arena


4-5 Dec

Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy presents Wonderland

Memorial Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington

Tane & Aimee Hippolite

10-12 Dec

It’s Cool In the Furnace

Elim Church Wellington

James et al


Robotics Scrimmage

Scots College



Christmas Carols

Grenada Village Community Hall



TechNet Unplugged

Intercontinental Wellington



Kids Bible Klub EOY performance

Newlands Christian Assembly

Aimee Hippolite


2010 Final Wellington Geek Dinner




Elim Carol Service

Wellington Elim






10-14 July 2011

PDC 10



Bible Reading 

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End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Evangelical Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily Christian businessmen from Wellington, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.
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METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7


Volume 5 Issue 7

July 2010

Hippolite Musings


In July, I:

  • Played in a squash tournament (lost utterly, but at least I competed);
  • Celebrated the wife’s birthday;
  • Release my daughter for a sleepover (slumber party);
  • Watched the All Blacks decimate the South Africans;
  • Hosted my big brother and his new family at my home (for the first time ever);
  • Got some outside advice on improving my marriage (always a good idea, guys);
  • Attended a fund-raising movie night (the chick-flick The Blind Side, was very good);
  • Learned to strum the chords for “Hotel California” and “Stand By Me” on my guitar;
  • Hosted my wife’s best friend from primary & secondary school in our home for the first time;
  • Attended my two son’s school holiday programme drama production “Turn Back the Clock”;
  • Attended a mid-winter Christmas party put on by our neighbours at the Grenada Village Community Hall;


World Outreach



  • BEREAVEMENTS.  Dorothy Chismon’s 88 year old Mum passed away un-expectantly in NZ this week from a suspected brain aneurism.  Dorothy has been able to change her schedule so as to arrive in time for the funeral this Saturday.  Please uplift Dorothy (& family) in prayer during this sad time. Also remember to keep H & B before the Lord in prayer as they adjust to life without their precious (& only) son, (19yrs), who passed away suddenly earlier this month.
  • EAST AFRICA.  Chris, Nadine and Matthew Brittain have just completed the WO 6 week NATIONS training course in Thailand and are about to touch down in Kenya to set up home and the new WO East Africa base.  They write:  “Can we ask the WOI family to pray for us as we arrive in Kenya this coming Monday to begin mission mobilization. We are very grateful for the Nations course which has been excellent preparation.  We would like prayer for finding suitable accommodation, a car and that we start well.  Thanks.”
  • S’PORE.  This August 02-05 the World Outreach International Vision Team meet to sign off on a number of policies /  procedures / programs that are outcomes of our WO2010 journey.  The following week (Aug 10-13) the WOI Mission Council meets as part of its 2 annual gatherings. Please pray for all those involved and pray that these two weeks of leadership meetings will be mightily blessed of the Lord resulting in great outcomes that will help the many ministries in WO go forward with greater confidence and effectiveness – Praise the Lord!
  • INDONESIA. Continue to pray for God’s provision for the purchase of the campus land on Mount Tawangmangu in Central Java. Sam & Carol Soukotta are very grateful to those who are praying and who have contributed to the fund to buy the land on which the Tawangmangu Bible College premises are located. To date around half of USD330K has been received / pledged.  The deadline for full payment is January 2011. Please keep praying that the necessary funds will be forthcoming and this marvellous facility will continue to be used to train up Godly men & women for ministry service in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim populated nation.


  • THAILAND. Testimonies from the 19 ‘students’ at the recently concluded 6 week WO Int Nations Training Course (NTC) in northern Thailand, are full of praise for how they all benefited from these studies.  Participants were from Nth India, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, and all raved about the excellent material.  Lorraine Dierck who heads this WO training ministry, says that this course was the best yet.  The next 6 week NTC is set for Christchurch, NZ mid January to 3rd week of February. Email Lorraine for more info.

John Elliott
International Director

Koinonia House News



  • Olympia Food Co-op Is Boycotting Israeli Products And Tutu Agrees
    July 28, 2010
    South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday that he supports the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products. The Olympia Food Co-op, located in Olympia, Washington, announced last week that no Israeli products would be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.
    – Haaretz
  • Christian Graduate Counselling Student Expelled for Opposition to Homosexuality
    July 28, 2010
    A federal judge has ruled in favour of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counselling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views. “Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”
    – Fox News
  • Judge Puts Damper on AZ Law
    July 28, 2010
    A federal judge stepped into the fight over Arizona’s immigration law at the last minute Wednesday, blocking the heart of the measure and defusing a confrontation between police and thousands of activists that had been building for months. Coming just hours before the law was to take effect, the ruling isn’t the end. It sets up a lengthy legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — ensuring that a law that reignited the immigration debate, inspired similar measures nationwide, created fodder for political campaigns and raised tensions with Mexico will stay in the spotlight.
    – AP
  • Boy Scout Jamboree This Year Celebrates 100th Anniversary
    July 28, 2010
    Franks said Fort A.P. Hill becomes a city of 90,000 people every four years when the jamboree is held there. Scouts from throughout the world participate in hundreds of activities like scuba diving, camping, shooting and other outdoor activities associated with scouting. Scouts have the opportunity to work toward any badge offered by the organization including alpine skiing, Franks said. “This year is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting,” Franks said. “Traditionally, the jamboree is a way of bringing scouts across the country together to share in scouting skills and share in the fellowship of scouting.”
    – The Daily Reflector
  • Ahmadinejad Ready to Negotiate
    July 27, 2010
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad abandoned preconditions for talks over Iran’s nuclear program late Monday, saying talks would start in early September regardless of the conditions he had set. Ahmadinejad last month gave conditions for talks with the UN Security Council and Germany including their stance on Israel’s nuclear program and Iran. Ahmedinajad told state TV late Monday, however, that Iran would “follow negotiations” whether or not the conditions are met.
    – The Jerusalem Post
  • Obama Chooses The View Over the Boy Scouts
    July 26, 2010
    President Barack Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group on Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, as part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration. However, the president is sending a videotaped message to the scouts for Wednesday, the same day he will be in Manhattan to tape an appearance for ABC TV’s talk show “The View.”
    – CNS News

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Climate Conversation Group

Gluckman’s disreputable science

The government’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA), Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, treats climate questioners as “deniers.” Such tactics are the antithesis of science and deserve the firmest reproach.

His attitude emerges from an analysis of a headline speech he gave on June 9, entitled “Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate” in which he raised the topic of people sceptical of the science of global warming, justified labelling them “deniers” yet gave no evidence of the reality of dangerous human interference in the climate.

The analysis, by Richard Treadgold, Convenor of the Climate Conversation Group, in association with scientists of the NZ Climate Science Coalition, is available at Gluckman stumbles, Part 2 – Sludge. Or at a shorter URL:

At the same time, in a related and astonishing development, the CSA and the Royal Society reveal that they refuse to talk seriously to people about climate change. Since early this year, Dr Doug Edmeades, on behalf of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, has been trying to engage our CSA, Sir Peter Gluckman, and/or the Royal Society in a conversation about global warming.

Regrettably, they have just confirmed their refusal even to talk to us, so it is time to bring the matter to the public. It is clear there have been serious failures in our public science framework in its handling of climate change. We now reveal to the people of New Zealand just how unkindly and unjustly their top scientist deals with those who disagree with him. Many will be surprised to hear the unscientific details.

Richard Treadgold
Climate Conversation Group

Murrays Bay
Auckland, NZ.

Why I Am A Creationist


As you read this thousands have already been reached

After many years in the planning, we are incredibly excited at something that is taking place right now. CMI’s Dr David Catchpoole is currently in the early stages of a two-month ministry tour delivering the creation message in Indonesia. He is preaching in Indonesian—David spent many years working in Indonesia, and his wife Esther is Indonesian, and through attending an Indonesian-language church the last few years, his language skills have been refreshed and honed. After just a few days there, David has already spoken to over 3,000, but by the end we estimate that approximately 20,000 people will have heard him speak (and quite possibly more).

Read The (long) road to Indonesia.

A call to prayer

Many don’t realize that the islands that make up Indonesia (one of Australia’s closest neighbors) constitute the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But with a total population in excess of 200 million, the Christian minority is nevertheless huge, and feeling pressure for their faith from many directions—not the least being the increasing teaching of evolution that challenges the foundations of the gospel. The hunger, and the excitement at the message, has been immense already. Please pray for David and his wife during this long arduous tour, and also for their children who remain back home in Australia. Their tour schedule can be viewed here.

A special effort

Hearing the message is one thing, but CMI’s ministry methodology has always been about getting resources into people’s hands. We know from over 32 years of ministry feedback that the life-changing resources we take along multiply the ministry outreach when they get shared around among family members and friends. For this reason CMI commissioned special translations of the Creation Answers Book and Stones and Bones for this trip, locally printed and suitably priced. The hunger with which they were taken up in the early meetings looks like we will have to reprint to meet demand on this tour. Praise God!
You can read an article and early report on this incredible ministry opportunity called The (long) road to Indonesia that provides more insight than we can explain in this short Infobytes. It also contains short clips on David speaking in Indonesian and a video from a young Indonesian man who shares how David’s ministry impacted his life. He wrote:

“I am so grateful to Dr David Catchpoole … because he was able to help me to understand that the creation by God in the book of Genesis is indeed the truth and fact, therefore, it is not a fairy tale, and it cannot be denied by anyone even by evolutionist.”

“All the sermons and seminars run by Creation Ministries have helped me immensely and I am certain it will also help our friends in Indonesia to have a better understanding that evolutionism is truly misleading. I honestly worry because evolutionism is still taught at every school in Indonesia, started at primary level all the way to high school level even to university level.”

Another CMI initiative

Although CMI speakers from our various offices have ministered in many countries around the world as diverse as Namibia, Holland, Romania, China, Russia, Fiji, Malaysia, the scope and potential of this Indonesian tour is huge. We thank you for your support of all of our offices that allows such exciting opportunities to happen. In fact, CMI’s Dr Rob Carter only just returned from a ministry trip to Dominica (an island nation in the Caribbean Sea). Stay tuned for his report on that soon.

How to… 

…Engage the Culture

Chicken Came First!

Hi James

Check this out.

If evolution was accurate and true, then the egg ought to have come first. Evolution means the change from evolution is passed to the surviving species, which means gradual change at the time an egg is laid.

However, it is now seen by scientists that the chicken came first – meaning scientists cannot explain in evolutionary theory how the chicken came to exist first.

Creation science, however, believes in God’s divine hand in creation. That would concur with the concept that the chicken came first.


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

Lord Kelvin is considered one of the all-time great physicists. He established thermodynamics on a formal scientific basis, providing a precise statement of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Lord Kelvin was a strong Christian, opposing both Lyellian uniformitarianism and Darwinian evolution. In 1903, shortly before his death, he made the unequivocal statement that, “With regard to the origin of life, science…positively affirms creative power.”

Friday Fax


UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New “Rights” for Women

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM)  A United Nations (UN) treaty committee notorious for its promotion of abortion and ideological positions not supported by UN treaties, concludes its session this week after launching attacks on motherhood and traditional gender roles, while calling for an ever-expanded array of new sexual and reproductive “rights”.  The session was especially notable for the statement by the Russian Federation, which reported that decreasing abortion rates were helping to decrease the overall maternal mortality rates in that country.

Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”

By Amanda Pawloski and Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM)  A recent gathering of Latin America’s top economic commission issued a document praising secularism, condemning “lesbophobia,” calling for redistributive social systems, and liberally promoting sexual and reproductive rights. Delegates from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Eleventh Session of the Regional Conference on Women in Brazil. The purpose of the conference was to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in economic terms. The delegates were mainly “gender” advisors, representing the government of member states.

Train a Child


In July,

  • Tane & Hamish enrolled in a school holiday (ironic) programme.  They learned a new drama, called Turn Back the Clock.  They performed it at Newtown Community Hall.
  • Aimee had a couple of sleepovers.
  • I was gently rebuked by a stranger for my attitude (disparaging) towards daughter.  This will improve.

Why I Am Pro-Israel


Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Worried your Super will run short?

Senior health care solution

So you’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you – what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 MP’s and 2 illegal immigrants!  

Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating,  air conditioning and all the health care you need!  New teeth – no problem.  Need glasses, great.  New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart?  All covered. (And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now).

And who will be paying for all of this?  The same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.

Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.



New Job At The Zoo

A bloke starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks.

The first is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show the others who’s boss, he beats it to death with a spade. Realizing his employer won’t be best pleased he disposes of the fish by feeding it to the lions, as lions will eat anything.

Moving on to the second job of clearing out the Chimp house, he is attacked by the chimps who pelt him with coconuts. He swipes at two chimps with a spade, killing them both. What can he do? Feed them to the lions, he says to himself, because lions eat anything. He hurls the corpses into the lion enclosure.

He moves on to the last job which is to collect honey from the South American Bees. As soon as he starts he is attacked by the bees. He grabs the spade and smashes the bees to a pulp. By now he knows what to do and throws them into the lion’s cage – because lions eat anything.

Later that day a new lion arrives at the zoo. He wanders up to another lion and says, “What’s the food like here?”

The other lions say, “Absolutely brilliant. Today we had fish and chimps with mushy bees.”

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
2-Aug-10 Maori Group Elim International Christian Church Regina Tito
9-Aug-10 Grenada Village Residents Association Meeting Grenada Village Community Hall Bruce Patterson
12-Aug-10 WHEN AGM WHEN Library All
18-Aug-10 James and Tane leave to go skiing! National Park None


Gave this testimony at Align Church

What it means to me to be a Maori Christian

Introduction (2 min)

  • Gave my mihi last month
  • I want to share about my (on-going) journey of discovering what it means to be a Maori Christian
  • Not holding myself up as a model Maori at all: don’t korero (much)
  • But I have researched and talked through this subject with some kaumatua[1] I respect and have something to say.

Do I have to give up my Maori-ness to be a Christian? (3 mins)

  • No more so than any other culture!
  • E.g. shellfish: we are Gentile believers, not Jewish. Therefore: not saved by works but by grace alone.
  • E.g. carving: like English photographs of ancestors. Not automatically evil. Not necessarily an idol. Can become one, like a photograph can be pornographic.
  • I have been to South Africa. I have met black SA Christians and white SA Christians. Both sides are amazed that the other side calls themselves Christian! E.g. waste vs. theft.

Are any parts of Maoridom absolutely opposite to Christianity? (2 mins)

  • Makutu: cursing can only come from Satan
  • Drugs: desecrating the temple of the Holy Spirit
  • Sex before marriage: not God’s plan for a holy family

What parts of Maoridom are God-honouring? (3 mins)

  • Art: (carving, singing, dancing, etc.) can bless or curse
  • Oral tradition: an example from Genesis
  • Whakapapa: mine goes back to 30AD!
  • Whanau: including te awhina ora (maori adoption) are examples of extended family, particularly biblical

[1] Sam Chapman, Monte Ohia, Kim Workman

Bible Reading

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End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Evangelical Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily Christian businessmen from Wellington, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.
  • If you choose to respond to any item raised in this MCB, please indicate clearly which items you wish to remain Private, as any correspondence may be considered Public and could be published.
  • If this newsletter has been of benefit to you, why not drop a line and say so.  Or better yet, visit the TVORNZ website to read past issues and add a comment!
  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright © 2006-2010