Rotary International Outgoing President Ian Riseley, made special mention to New Zealand and a Maori proverb in his Opening address at the recent convention in Toronto, which truly is at the heart of Rotary. 
 
"You may have heard it said that the world is run by those who show up. Rotarians don’t just show up. They show up, and get to work. Many of you know that I love the great country of New Zealand. There’s a Maori proverb from that country that I’d like to share with you, that asks: What is the most important thing in the world? The answer is: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. In Rotary, it is the people who are making a difference."
 
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