skip to main content
Site banner

The new leader of the local Toastmasters club, Neil MacInnes, is a long-time member of the international speaker-training organisation – but he never tires of it.

Neil, a Te Horo resident (below), took over as Toastmasters of Waikanae president on July 1. He hopes to bring new members to the club while maintaining its warm, positive atmosphere.

“There’s a great range of experience in the club,” he says. “The spirit is laid back and fun.”

The twice-monthly meetings are a safe place for anyone to build confidence in how they present themselves in formal speeches, job interviews or meetings. These skills are especially crucial now, Neil says. “The job market after Covid will be a competitive place. Confidence in projecting yourself could well make the difference in a job hunt.”

Neil joined Toastmasters in 1975 and always at a local club wherever he lived. Now retired from a career in printing and management, Neil finds that attending the twice-monthly meetings, giving speeches and evaluating other speakers, keeps him sharp and confident. He also loves learning from other club members as they tell their stories.

“I get motivated from hearing where people have come from and what they have accomplished in their lives.”

He’s seen many members follow a journey of growth in Toastmasters – breaking through nervousness and lack of confidence to bloom into effective speakers, listeners and leaders.

 Toastmasters of Waikanae also covers Ōtaki and Te Horo, and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in the Cardiff Room, The Waikanae Club, 8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae. Visitors welcome. Phone 027 427 4623 for information.

Toastmasters appoint president


Home page stories from May 2020

The Ōtaki Foodbank is coping, with community support, while seeing a big leap in demand for food parcels. READ MORE

A review concludes that Ōtaki’s former Children’s Health Camp is to be recognised for its significance. READ MORE

Figures released recently by Stats New Zealand show Ōtaki with 906 more than the previous Census in 2013. READ MORE

Taipari Tukerangi turned 11 last month so his Mum wanted to do something special, despite the lockdown. READ MORE


Home page stories from April 2020 (second edition)

An Emergency Operations Centre is running during the pandemic to keep core essential services in place. READ MORE

Kāpiti Coast District Council is promoting immediate measures to support local people and businesses. READ MORE

Shovel ready submission by interchange lobby to boost expressway interchange chances. READ MORE

Ōtaki RSA president calls ‘stand at dawn’ for Anzac Day a great initiative and is encouraging locals. READ MORE


+ Text Size -
Original generation time 1.7884 seconds. Cache Loaded in: 0.0006 seconds.