3rd October 2016
Peter was born in Whangarei. He left school at the age of 16 and enlisted in the RNZAF in 1967 and trained as an electrician. After leaving the air force he entered the Dairy Industry at Hikurangi as an Electrician. In1989 following amalgamations of local dairy factories, he became Chief Electrician for the construction of the Kauri Site and then Site Services Manager Kauri Site (now named Fonterra Kauri) from 1989 to 1993.
With the opportunity to change his employment direction Peter joined Kensington Refrigeration where he gained Trade Certificate and Advanced Trade Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. In 2003 Peter and three partners formed Active Refrigeration Northland Ltd which to date has a staff establishment of 12.
Peter was invited into Rotary in 2007 by the Rotary Club of Whangarei where, amongst other things, became Projects Director and then President Elect. In February 2010 he became Charter President of the Rotary Club of Whangarei City and from then on busied himself as Club Board member, Projects Coordinator and Youth Coordinator. At District level, he became a Committee member of Foundation, IYE Outbound Coordinator, IYE Inbound Coordinator, IYE Chairman, Friendship Exchange Team Leader to Argentina, Canada and Iowa, RLI Facilitator and Past Assistant Governor Area 2.
Some of Peter’s objectives for 2016-2017 are to encourage every club to include an element of membership opportunities in club projects or activities, encourage and invite every Rotarian to contribute to the Rotary Foundation in this Centennial Year and actively promote Youth programmes.