Posted by Bart Signal on Sep 25, 2019

On Thursday, 24 October - we are joining forces with Somerville and Highbrook Rotary at a charity movie night in support of PolioPlus - Rotary's world project to eradicate polio.

Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne. As a little girl, Michelle (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup - horse-racing's toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). After her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1.

Register at our Ride Like A Girl Movie Night event to secure your ticket

Ride Like a Girl Bart Signal 2019-09-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2019

On Monday, 21 October - Jamie France a former Team NZ engineer and now Production Director at Rocket Lab is enlightening us on how a design engineer with the yachting syndicate from 1997 through to 2013 is now building $7m rockets that are launched into space on New Zealand's east coast.

Register at our Rocket Lab Night event to let us know you are going to be there.

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Posted by Mia Kidston on Aug 08, 2019

It’s weird to think I’ve been here on exchange for over 6 months now. That I’ve already spent half a year away from my family and friends. It’s also a little weird to have summer in the middle of the year, but hey! I’m not gonna complain about three months off school. This summer has been chock-a-block. This month especially.

One of the highlights of this month was getting to see my friend Oscar! He visited Lille for the day and it was amazing! We had some coffee and a good yarn, went to watch Toy Story 4, and then he met one of the Australians Sara. We had so much fun that day, mucking around in shops, having a picnic in the park and wandering endlessly through Lille. We even bought matching toy rabbits for our blazers. It was so nice to see a familiar face.

The last of my oldies left on the 6th. After that, trips to Lille were a little boring and didn’t feel right. Us newbies, uh oldies now, have been hanging out as much as possible, but it’s a little difficult since all of us are going on holiday with our host families. We’re all really excited for our newbies to arrive, there’s about 30 arriving. The integration weekend is on the 30th but sadly, I can’t go for the nights. There may be a chance I’ll go for the last day.

It’s because my host family is taking me down south for a week which I’m really excited for! It’s really generous of them. I spent the last 10 days in Saint-Florent, Corsica! I stayed with very generous and kind Rotarian family. They took me out on the boat most days, the others were chill days where we made food at home and then I would explore a little. They even took me to Bastia for dinner one night! It was so much fun getting to know Georges and Emilie and their little girl, Rose. One night, I made Bacon & Egg Pie as a thank you for hosting me, they loved it. I’m super grateful for the opportunity and hopefully will be able to see them again as they live in Bethune.

Rotary Youth Exchange on a Summer Holiday Mia Kidston 2019-08-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Loseby on Aug 01, 2019

Tickets On Sale Now

With well-known NZ actor Shane Cortese as auctioneer, teams will compete in a fun night putting their trivia knowledge to the test to win great prize and auction to support Life Education Trust and Pakuranga Rotary projects. 

Come in your outlandish and creative wearable art.
Edgewater College
32 Edgewater Dr
Auckland, 2010
New Zealand
Alan Davies
021 535 556
Wearable Arts Pakuranga Trivia Night and Auction - 7 September Nick Loseby 2019-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Aug 01, 2019

Public Art adds uniqueness to our communities, improves the image and identity of the local environment we inhabit and directly influences how people see and connect with a place. It delights, welcomes, challenges and inspires. It asks questions, tells stories and impacts different people in different ways. It celebrates richness and creativity. It transfixes public places and can have a utilitarian effect.

Richard McWha is the Auckland Council arts and culture manager and on Monday evening he demonstrated the impact various pieces of public art around Auckland have had. Richard and Nichola Waugh, an arts and culture project manager at Auckland Council, are both involved in the Pakuranga Rotary's 50th anniversary project to commission a work to install along the Rotary walkway at Sanctuary Point.

Sanctuary Sculpture Support Les Divers 2019-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary International

For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized,” says Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton. “It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world. They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.”

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating for 11th year Rotary International 2019-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Jul 19, 2019

More than 24,000 Rotarians  from 170 countries descended on Hamburg in June to Capture the Moment, make new connections, renew old ones at the 110th annual Rotary International Convention.

During the convention, they were part of the conversation on pressing world issues like polio eradication, pollution, refugee migration, disease prevention, and literacy. They inspired to enhance thier skills in areas that Rotarians value, like fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and fellowship. 

Attendees - Past RI President Bill Boyd and Rotarian Del Johnston enlightened Pakuranga Rotary about the Hamburg Convention.

Rotarians descended on Hamburg Kelvin Davies 2019-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
WAP Trivia Night - 7 September Nick Loseby 2019-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute Bart Signal 2019-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Ian Handisides 2019-07-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Duncan on Jul 11, 2019

Bill Boyd was President of Rotary International in 2006/2007, only the second New Zealander to hold that position.

On 30 June 2019, Bill finally drew closure to his stellar 30 years of International service to Rotary and returns to be 'Bill Boyd - Magazine Distribution and member of Pakuranga Rotary.

Always by his side during his years service has been his much adored wife Lorna, who herself played her part in Convention break-out sessions and became a fountain of Rotary knowledge which she graciously shared with whomever and whenever the appropriate occasion rose.

The members of the Pakuranga Rotary salute Bill's work for Rotary and its many endeavours.

A Salute to International Rotarian - Bill Boyd Bill Duncan 2019-07-10 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Jul 01, 2019

Pakuranga Rotary  was treated to reports by two very enthusiastic Rotary exchange students. Georgie Chalmers who has returned from a year in Denmark and Victoria Melber our exchange student from Austria.  The Rotary Youth Exchange [fittingly initiated by the Copenhagen Club in Denmark in 1927] now gives around 9000 students a year the opportunity to live and study in another country.

The messages from Georgie and Viktoria mirrored those given by successive students and reinforces just how valuable this exchange is.

Both Georgie and Viktoria were given and took the many opportunities offered, to see and experience new cultures while on exchange. For Georgie this included trips to many parts of Europe on the Europe tour and Cologne in Germany on a school trip and Majorca [part of the Spanish Balearic Isles] on a family holiday.  For Viktoria it involved the South Island trip and visits to places all over the North Island. She recounted all of the many activities she took part in ranging from the school ball, Marae visit, Challenge Camp, Tongariro crossing, school sports teams and many Rotary activities.

Georgie Chalmers & Viktoria Melber Allan Vester 2019-06-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Jun 14, 2019

On Monday the 27 the of May, the Board arranged a special meeting to welcome three new members into the Auxiliary branch of our Rotary Club. This particular evening was the only time one of our new people was available for Induction, as he was off overseas the following week. During the mix and mingle, a 40 slide PowerPoint of the Auxiliary members community involvement was running. This gave a clear insight of both the impact and the fun they have been having… a very fresh approach to Rotary.

 Before the formal induction, we heard from three younger members, introducing themselves and telling us a little about that makes them tick.

First up was Crystal Leung, our 20 year old Engineering Student, with a rather witty PowerPoint that gave us a good insight into her family, her interests and how much she appreciated Rotary Grandpa Duncan’s financial support the enabled her to become a Rotarian.

Next we had Rachel Wong, a 19 year old Health Science student who had prepared a comprehensive electronic display of her achievements during her last year at Pakuranga College. Se too, was gracious in her thanks to Rotary Grandpa Peter Armstrong, for his generous support of her.

Lastly, Joe D’Ambrosio, from the USA and the Hard Materials teacher at Farm Cove Intermediate, told of his decision to settle in NZ with his Kiwi wife and his pride in her achievements.

He then handed Bart a “cheque” for $1,131.00 which was money raised by a couple of Auxiliary members, selling household surplus donated by two Pakuranga Rotary members.

Newest Rotarians Sylvie Wilkinson 2019-06-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Jun 14, 2019

Last Monday we welcomed Melissa Chan-Brown, Newshub presenter and reporter, to our meeting and we were delighted to tune in to her presentation. 

Do you recall Melissa visiting our Pakuranga Rotary some 20 years ago as a member of the Pakuranga College debating team? I am sure Peter Woodcock does.

Melissa joined TV3 12 years ago and was based in London for 5 years reporting on Royal activities, terror attacks in Paris and no two days were the same but there was always the challenge to be first with developments then write up the story and edit it for the news that night. She is now filing stories for radio and various news slots.

Melissa Chan-Brown Kelvin Davies 2019-06-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jun 11, 2019

For a computer and internet bunny, what a challenge to provide some sort of summary of what John Taylor told us about the cloud this week!

However, what I think I learned (E&OE) was:

  • The cloud provides the ability to access high speed computing over the internet.

  • What makes this possible is the provision of multiple data centres all over the world, always available and durable and, most importantly, totally secure. Currently 20 centres are in service with another 4 on the way,

  • Sydney is our closest centre. N.Z. lacks security of power supply to be viable for this purpose.

  • Amazon Company, in 2006, decided to sell infrastructure as a service (iaas) based on its own development of massive systems of racks to handle its world-wide sales of books then other products.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) floated at $US18 per share – now worth about $1900!

  • The data centres provide at least 160 services to customers e.g.  app. creation, A.I., web applications, internet of things etc. etc.

  • Economy of scale has greatly reduced the cost of maintaining storage of data for customers whilst giving fastest performance, highest availability and reliability, the largest and most flexible global footprint and the strongest security.

  • You don’t buy a package, you just pay for what is used, when and where.

  • All data inputted is owned by the provider and can only be accessed by the provider’s personal system.

John Taylor - The cloud Application and Cost benefits Peter Woodcock 2019-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 14, 2019

When Noel Holyoake joined Rotary in 1963 he had been in business in Rongotai for 10 years. Rotary clubs in that era were defined by a commercial area and classifications were important. Noel was in the oil heating and air conditioning business and his firm manufactured sheet metal piping. What it needed to develop was the ability to incorporate bends in that piping.

After being shown the door by one potential contact in Los Angeles who might have assisted, Noel attended a meeting the next day at the Wiltshire Boulevard Rotary. When he explained his predicament to a member at the club he was quickly referred to another Rotarian who had already solved the puzzle and who was delighted to make a movie of the process for Noel.  By the end of his visit, that fellow Rotarian had sourced the necessary manufacturing machinery in Salt Lake City which promptly ended up in New Zealand.  One good turn deserved another and Noel was able to acquire a 1930 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in the neighbourhood which was shipped back to the club in Los Angeles which had a particular use for it.  When another product which could bend was subsequently developed by Noel’s team, a Rotarian happened to be President of a sheetmetal association and it was that contact which lead to the patents for the new process being sold to that association, all made possible and achieved through Rotary connections.

While commenting about the intermix of Rotary and Business, Noel also took time to laud the achievements of the Pakuranga Rotary including the introduction of RYLA, the emergency box scheme and trees for survival. While Noel maintains he owes much to Rotary, Pakurang Rotary and community clearly owe much to Noel.

Ahead of the Curve  Les Divers 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 14, 2019

Pakuranga Rotary had the privilege of hearing from Penelope and learning of her background. She has been in New Zealand for 12 years and vividly recalls the Rainbow which greeted her when she first arrived.  Having worked in hospitality for 5 years locally, she has set out to pursue a career that will satisfy her for a lifetime and is now in real estate. She joined Rotary to make a difference in her Community, and for the joy of contributing to Humanitarian causes. She has worked in both the United States and Brazil and is proficient in both Portugese and Spanish and has a young family. It is a delight to welcome Penelope.

Who is Penelope Franca Les Divers 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 14, 2019

Initial conceptions of 3 Artists have been selected to go to the development design phase for this 50th Anniversary project.  It is intended that there will be a presentation to the club in July at which details of the 3 outstanding entries will be provided and input sought from club members.  An initial site has been identified at Sanctuary Point and the art work is intended to be a visible enduring attribute to the community which references the Clubs long term commitment to Pakuranga.

Pakuranga Rotary and Public Work of Art Les Divers 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 14, 2019

Anna Salmon is a Reading Recovery Teacher at Panmure and has put out a call for more Volunteers for the Reading Recovery Programme at Panmure Bridge School.  If you know of anybody interested in helping in this very gentle way the advancement of children, please contact Guy Clapshaw or Carol Holmes of the Auxilliary Club.

Panmure Bridge School Reading Programme Les Divers 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on May 14, 2019
Pestival Duncan Loney 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Howick Local Board citizen Awards 2019 Duncan Loney 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Curtain Call Duncan Loney 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on May 14, 2019

Rotary Peace Centers

Dear Rotarian,

We have a little over one month left to recruit qualified candidates for the 2020-21 Rotary Peace Fellowship and we need your help!

As club president, you play a critical role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates in your network. Clubs also play an important role in coaching candidates and helping them connect to districts for endorsement. We encourage you to use and share these resources:

  • Send personalized emails with the fellowship announcement to contacts within your network.

  • Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Submit their name and email in our referral form and we’ll follow up with them.

Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to

We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships!

Rotary Peace Centers
Rotary Peace Centers – your investment in action





Rotary Peace Centres Duncan Loney 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Wellbeing Day Out Graham Kearns 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Apr 24, 2019

Our guest speaker last week was Peter Willyams an experienced Ports of Auckland Pilot .

Peter was born in the Cook Islands but grew up in Howick and attended Cockle Bay Primary, Howick Intermediate and Kings College where he specialised in Science and Mathematics . He commenced sailing by joining Sea Scouts and eventually the family purchased a Sunburst yacht. He was sponsored on to the Spirit of Adventure and then decided on a maritime career. He went to sea in  Y1981 as a cadet with the China Navigation Company and studied at the Auckland Maritime School. Peter then joined Gearbulk/KGIS then Saga Forest Carriers and served on the same ship for 11 years .

Bringing in the Big Ships to the Port of Auckland  Kelvin Davies 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Mt Eden Rotary & Epsom Rotary Invite You to ROCKETMAN Movie Night @ Lido Cinema (Thu 30 May) Graham Kearns 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Apr 24, 2019

Geoffrey passed away Friday 12 April in Auckland, after an extended period of illness.

He leaves a huge legacy of helping communities in Fiji, in particular on Taveuni Island.

Geoffrey initiated the Rotary Club of Taveuni and led significant Rotary projects over many years, to improve Fiji’s health, education and housing- working extensively with the Rotary Organisation, and other partners.

His legacy will be the many lives he changed for the better. He has been an inspiration

We send our condolences to his family and his community

The following is taken from Geoff’s own recent writing.

“The Rotary Club of Taveuni Island is made up of 11 active members who represent the cultural mix of Taveuni and we do anything that benefits the health and education in rural communities.  For twelve years we have run the largest totally free South Pacific cataract surgery program.  From the time the patient leaves home and returns, irrespective of their location anywhere in the Fiji Islands, we cover all costs, providing meals, accommodation, sunglasses, post-op medication, laundry, tooth brushes etc.  My wife Joey runs Patient Services with her team of volunteers and they produce about 400 meals plus a day for four different cultures on 2 x two burner gas stoves. We own over 100 single mattresses and pillows, plus all the required bed linen for the patients and the theatre.  Our surgical equipment is worth over $500,000 and now with two new Stryker operating beds it has increased to $550,000. 

Geoffrey Amos Del Johnston 2019-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Apr 04, 2019

What kid (male) in the 50s or 60s didn’t take delight in assembling and flying an Airfix balsa wood Mustang or Hudson plane using heady glue, hard-backed razor blades and a lump of plasticine? Such fun!  As it must be for those in the Warbirds Association of New Zealand who have the pleasure and challenge of assembling, maintaining, displaying and in many cases flying such magnificent machines in order to preserve an important aspect of our past.

Our speaker this week was Gavin Trethewey who has had many years flying experience both in the Royal NZ Air Force and as a commercial pilot.  In an interesting address, illustrated with photos and video clips, he opened up the world of iconic planes dating from the First World War BE2 and Fokker Triplane, through the twenties and thirties (Percival Gull, De Haviland Foxmouth with folding wings and the trusty DC3) through WW2 (Kittyhawk, Mustang, Mosquito and Spitfire - $4000 will get you a spin in this!) to the more recent Catalina, F86 Sabre and BAC 167 Strikemaster.  These a just a few of the planes mentioned.

Gavin Trethewey Peter Woodcock 2019-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Graham Kearns 2019-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrienne Davies on Apr 04, 2019

Do you know someone in the local community who has overcome adversity to live a life of serving others?

The Inner Wheel Club of Howick is looking for such a person to present a Dawn Johnston Koru Award to. The inaugural presentation of this award was made last year to Alan Breslau of Half Moon Bay who survived a horrific plane crash 56 years ago followed by many years in hospital. The award was based on the Inner Wheel theme for 2017/2018 ‘Leave a Legacy’

The spiral shape of the koru, the emblem of the award, signifies new life, positive change, personal growth, harmony, and above all, hope for the future.

Awardees need to have demonstrated self-awareness, resilience, compassion, and a desire to assist others becoming a full contributor to the community.

This is an Annual Award and the successful recipient needs to be a New Zealand citizen residing in the Pakuranga or Botany electorate area. The award is a Koru Trophy to keep and the book ‘Leaving a Legacy’.

If someone in your wider Rotary community knows a person who fits the above criteria and would like to nominate that person could you please email my Secretary, Julia Castles at with details.

Adrienne Davies
Howick Inner Wheel Club
Dawn Johnston Koru Award Nominations Wanted Adrienne Davies 2019-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Mar 21, 2019

Have you thought about a Student Exchange?

Every year Rotary International offers students the chance to go on a 12 month exchange in countries like France, Germany, Holland, Argentina, plus more.

It is not as hard as it might sound because Rotary gives you a lot of support and you will have your own support person in your exchange country while you are away. You don’t have to know the language before you go. One of the highlights is a summer trip around Europe or your host country.

"It’s amazing I’ve come this far, I never would have guessed this is where I would be right now. Looking back on the year I’ve had so many once in a lifetime opportunities and it’s the mind set of being willing to say yes to anything offered that really makes a great year.  You learn to be part of a different culture and end up with friends all over the world."

Students that have been on exchange tell Rotary that it is the best thing they have ever done and hey come back with great confidence and independence and really ready to get on with university or whatever they are doing next.

Applications close 30 April

Join them to find out more
Thursday 28 March
Remuera Golf Club
12 Abbots Way
RYE Rotary Youth Exchange Youth
Rotary Youth Exchange - Apply Now Bart Signal 2019-03-20 11:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange,Youth
Posted by Les Divers on Mar 21, 2019

Guest speaker on Monday was our very own Simeon Brown on how he has found ways to make a difference from the backbenches.  His week is taken up with constituent meetings Monday and Friday, interspersed with Wellington on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and community events on weekends.  He very much enjoys his constituent meetings on Monday with interesting people and interesting stories – a contrast from dealing with bureaucrats for the next 3 days.  Simeon has been at the forefront of raising awareness with local issues, including the about to commence Ameti project. He is also dealing with the current concern in many of the education circles in our community about the government proposals to fast forward the governance of schools back to the 1950s.

His Private Members Bill dealing with synthetic cannabis was drawn on the first ballot out of a biscuit tin and has precipitated a government bill attempting to deal with the problem.  Simeon has also recently been designated as a contact person for National in the Botany electorate.  As Ken Worsley, who introduced Simeon, says, it  is always a pleasure to hear from him.

Make a Difference from the Backbenches Les Divers 2019-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
Remuera and St Johns - Quiz Night Graham Kearns 2019-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
Tip Top Schools Fun Day Out Coming Soon Peter Woodcock 2019-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
30 Years of Women in Rotary Sarah Gilbert 2019-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of South Auckland Cultural & Charity Night 2019 Duncan Loney 2019-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Mar 18, 2019

Rotary National Science and Technology Forum attendee Ann Li thanked Pakuranga Rotary for its sponsorship of her to the forum during the holidays.

She outlined the amazing overview of subjects she was able to receive and the awareness she now had of the advanced fields to which she can aspire. Her particular interest in medical science was well catered for and she came away from the course with precious memories and lifelong friends.

Rotary in action!

Rotary National Science and Technology Forum Inspires Les Divers 2019-03-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Mar 18, 2019

Members present paid tribute to the victims of the Christchurch attack with a minute’s silence.  The Sergeants’ collection was also devoted to help in Christchurch.

Tribute was also paid to Les Hammond.

Russell and Wendy Clark joined us for Russ’s last meeting as a member.  He has resigned to be able to provide further care for Wendy.  President Duncan outlined Russ’s long and abundant service to the cause of Rotary and Russ and Wendy were thanked by all members.

Reece Andrews (son of David and Elizabeth) was inducted as Pakuranga Rotary’s second corporate member representing Access One Scaffolding Limited.  Reece is the General Manager at Access One Scaffolding and was provided with our traditional Rotary welcome.

Meeting Highlights Les Divers 2019-03-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Fothergill on Mar 17, 2019

We are now only 2 months out from the District 9920 conference in Napier.

Already more than 200 of you have registered for the conference, but there is still plenty of time for those who have not.  

District Conference is only 2 months away John Fothergill 2019-03-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal

The network of female vaccinating teams credited with bringing polio to the brink of extinction in Pakistan will next month be brought to bear on measles in the country's first nationwide blitz against the virus in five years.

Health officials believe the community teams credited with turning around Pakistan's campaign against polio in some of its most stubborn haunts can have a similar effect on other health problems.

Pakistan has used millions of dollars of polio donor funding to build a network of dedicated operations centres and health workers. Polio cases have fallen from 306 in 2014 to only four so far in 2018.

While Pakistan still has the polio virus circulating in the environment and has some time to go before it is declared polio free, health officials are starting to look at other potential uses of the network they have put in place.

One of the most successful parts of the anti-polio campaign has been the recruitment of tens of thousands of largely female community-based volunteers who vaccinate children in their own neighbourhoods.

Read more
Pakistan's female vaccination team moves from polio to measles Bart Signal 2019-03-06 11:00:00Z 0 Community
Posted by Viki Melber on Mar 05, 2019

The Tongariro crossing has been great fun!

We got up at 5am in the morning and drove to the start of the Crossing. It was raining when we finally started walking at around 8am making it a hard walk all the way up to the top but it was nevertheless a great feeling, even if the view wasn’t further than 30 metres. All of us were completely wet at the top, because the rain jackets couldn’t hold the water anymore and I was freezing even if I wore 4 layers.

The view cleared up at the lake at the top and it got really hot so I walked down with shorts. We had quite a few stops - Jazmin and I were the first people down the mountain. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.

RYE Rotary Youth Exchange Youth
Crossing Thru the Clouds Viki Melber 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange,Youth
Posted by Bart Signal on Feb 22, 2019

Have you thought about a Student Exchange?

Every year Rotary International offers students the chance to go on a 12 month exchange in countries like France, Germany, Holland, Argentina, plus more.

It is not as hard as it might sound because Rotary gives you a lot of support and you will have your own support person in your exchange country while you are away. You don’t have to know the language before you go. One of the highlights is a summer trip around Europe or your host country.

"It’s amazing I’ve come this far, I never would have guessed this is where I would be right now. Looking back on the year I’ve had so many once in a lifetime opportunities and it’s the mind set of being willing to say yes to anything offered that really makes a great year.  You learn to be part of a different culture and end up with friends all over the world."

Students that have been on exchange tell Rotary that it is the best thing they have ever done and hey come back with great confidence and independence and really ready to get on with university or whatever they are doing next.

Join them to find out more
Monday 18 MarchWednesday 20 MarchThursday 28 March
Papakura RSA
40 Elliot St
Te Tuhi Centre
13 Reeves Rd
Remuera Golf Club
12 Abbots Way
RYE Rotary Youth Exchange Youth
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evenings Bart Signal 2019-02-21 11:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange,Youth
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Feb 21, 2019

How lucky were the 33 people who were hosted by Pres. Duncan at his forest retreat in Pirongia. His extensive piece of bush clad land, complete with swift flowing stream, was a surprise to all. (not to mention the mansion)  Duncan’s family had travelled to prepare refreshments for us, hiding them in little secret locations around the property.



We enjoyed the most delicious BBQ mini lamb burgers in a leafy glade by the river as well as ice cold drinks and canapes dotted around the property. The bold and brave tried out the huge zip line, much to the enjoyment of onlookers with their cameras at the ready. In keeping with the conservation theme, we were sent on a competition walk to identify native trees.

Turns out, many of us did not know our rimu from our rewa rewa, but fun (and a few arguments) we did have. One highlight was the feeding of the dozens of enormous endangered long finned eels. Did you know they can swallow a whole sausage in one audible suck? Thank you Duncan and family for a very different, fresh and invigorating fellowship adventure. When can we come back?

Eels, eats and eco- entertainment at Pirongia Sylvie Wilkinson 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Feb 21, 2019

On Wednesday 27 February from 12noon to 1.30pm, the Rotary Club of Auckland is having a special lunch meeting, supporting the South Auckland charity Te Whakaora Tangata and will also include a performance from Dave Dobbyn.  This charity provides a holistic, long-term mentoring programme for those most at risk, with an average restorative cost of about $24,000 per person, far less than most other organisations can provide.  The aim is to successfully break the perpetual cycle of dysfunction and disadvantage in broken families and the results to date are impressive.  The panellists for this event, who have been through this programme, will include a woman who became a mother at 12 and a man in and out of prison for 35 years.

Date & Time: Wednesday 27 February, 12noon to 1.30pm
Paid Parking: Available in the EMA parking building on Auburn St
Cost: $60.00 per person
RSVP: clicking here or contacting Jacqui - (09) 486 6010 or
Help Support Te Whakaora Tangata Duncan Loney 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
Pestival - East Auckland Schools Green Jam Duncan Loney 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Viki Melber on Feb 19, 2019

School started and I got really busy in school. I joined the tennis team and went to the tryouts for the volleyball seniors team, where I finally made it in the team.  For subjects in school I chose English, Chemistry, Calculus, Physics applied and Outdoor Education.

On the 10th February I went together with some of the other Rotary Exchange students and my friends from school to the Hare Krishna Holi festival, which took place at the Hare Krishna Temple in Riverhead. We all came home with the colour everywhere and were looking forward to our rainbow shower.

It was so much fun.

A Colourful Time Viki Melber 2019-02-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Feb 14, 2019

Following funding from the Johnston Trust, Trustee Alan Vester and a small team have been busy washing, scraping and painting at Anchorage Park School. They were snapped with three members of the Club, along with class teacher, Rotarian Lorraine. Alan has worked very hard and deserves our thanks.

Dental Clinic to Multipurpose Room Sylvie Wilkinson 2019-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Feb 14, 2019

Last Saturday, eight members of the Auxiliary supported Auckland South R/C at the ASB Showgrounds to raise funds for this important District project. The crowds were HUGE, the noise deafening and the colour dazzling as this Chinese New Year celebration welcomed in the Year of the Pig. We sold raffle tickets, received donations and encouraged groups to try the Oxygen Ball game. Auckland South’s Secretary Madison, sent us this message.

“Please enjoy our fun images to share with Pakuranga Rotary members and accept our thanks a trillion for your support through donations, volunteers and friendship. We hope for a chance to meet and work with you on more projects"

Fiji Oxygen Project Fundraising Sylvie Wilkinson 2019-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Feb 14, 2019

Last week, on behalf of Pakuranga Rotary, Elizabeth and Crystal from our Auxiliary Club visited Anchorage Park School to present a Rotary atlas to each year four child. The two young ladies designed their own brand of presentation, which was not only fresh and lively, but a huge hit with the children. The photos show them explaining the function of an atlas, playing their ”under and over, find the page”  game,  and with a grateful recipient. Well done Crystal and Elizabeth and thank you for a very different and delightful presentation.

Atlas Presentation Sylvie Wilkinson 2019-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Viki Melber on Feb 07, 2019

December and January were probably my busiest months in New Zealand. I have seen so many different locations and have done so much.

I was in Whangarei, spent New Years on Waihi Beach, was in the Bay of Islands and did a day trip to Cape Reinga. I also watched some movies with Bart, Adrianne and Cameron.

On my last weekend before school was about to start, my host family took me to Rotorua where we did the luge, a walk in the redwood forest and visited the Wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland, what I found amazing.

Now school has started again and it is nice to see all my friends again.

Viki's Travels Viki Melber 2019-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ainie Kwok, RYPEN Chair on Feb 05, 2019

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership over a weekend long camp for Year 12 and 13 students, aged between 14 - 17 years old, designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.


This year RYPEN will be held on Friday 29 to 31 March 2019 at Kokako Lodge, Falls Road, Hunua, Auckland.

The RYPEN 2019 team us made up of Rotaract Club of Auckland and Rotaract Club of Auckland University, plus members of other Rotary Clubs. They have been hard at work over the holidays and would like your help to deliver the RYPEN programme in March 2019.

They are looking for assistance for the camp.

  • Camp mum and dad - From Friday 29 March 5pm onwards until Sunday 31 March 2019
  • Transport Chaperone - Friday 29 March, Ellerslie Carpark x minimum 2 volunteer members
  • Registration from Friday 29 March 2019 from 4pm - Hilary Prior (Auckland) + 2 volunteers required
  • Clean-up team on Sunday 1pm onwards - 4 x volunteers required

Team Leaders will be Rotaractors and RYLA awardees 2018.

Please contact Ainie Kwork ( if you want to be involved in this year's RYPEN 2019 programme.

RYPEN needs Your Help Ainie Kwok, RYPEN Chair 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Feb 05, 2019

There was some reassurance, mixed with worrying reminders of what gambling can do in the lives of many of our fellow citizens in the address given by Rob Burrell at the meeting this week.

Rob has a team of ten whose responsibility on behalf of Sky City Casino is to keep an eye out for potential or actual gambling addicts as well as anyone breaking the strict rules of casino use. With 400,000 customers per month and 1 in 25 likely to have a ‘gambling problem’ there is no shortage of potential ‘clients’ in this job which Rob admits is not easy.

Keeping an Eye on Punters Peter Woodcock 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show Duncan Loney 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Community River Carnival Chris Ward 2019-02-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Jan 29, 2019

Gary Braid was happily playing soccer at Otumoetai College when he succumbed to peer pressure and tried out for the First Fifteen. The rest is history, as the former All Black outlined to our first meeting of the year on Monday evening. Gary represented New Zealand in 1983 and his sons Luke and Daniel have kept the Braid name well recognised in rugby circles since.

Gary confessed he found the drudgery of training a relief at a time when he had three young children in the house. The motivation of playing for your mates and country was and remains as powerful as ever for our national side. There is no free ride and the All Black legacy imbues humbleness. He has enjoyed a wide and varied career since his playing days which includes coaching stints in Croatia and Slovenia, National Sales Manager for DB Breweries, property investing, software development and being a Publican.

Question time elicited the observation that rugby players in all European countries (except France) do not have the intuitive skills of players in countries such as New Zealand where the game is played from a young age and coaching therefore involves breaking the component parts of the game down and having to teach those skills.

Gary Braid - From Otumoetai to Slovenia Les Divers 2019-01-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Jan 09, 2019

Can you help Highbrook Rotary?

  • Run or Walk - Register by 6 February and be in to win a prize!
  • Volunteer - It takes many people to run the event including set up, pack down, registration, traffic wardens, marshal etc. 

If you can help, then contact Highbrook Rotary

Read more
Highbrook Rotary Fun Run Walk Bart Signal 2019-01-08 11:00:00Z 0 Community
Posted by Chris Ward on Jan 07, 2019

A Rotary team consisting of three members of the Pakuranga Rotary , Peter Armstrong, Don Lawry, Chris Ward, and his ex-classmate Howard Scott and Dennis Kavanagh (Don’s friend), has just returned from 12 days in Fiji on the island of Taveuni.

The team had a very successful time there assisting a group of local builders, by helping to construct a 2-classroom block in the village of Bouma. While the local builders laid the concrete slab and started laying the blockwork forming the walls of the classroom, the Rotary boys constructed the roof trusses. They then painted these with two coats of undercoat and continued by painting the 75 sheets of ceiling panels. In total, Don worked out that we painted 810 square meters, the equivalent of 4 full sized tennis courts.

Rotarian Geoffrey Amos and his team of locals wonderfully looked after the Rotary boys. We were proud to help support the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island.

This project is a great example of Rotary In Action, and we all felt privileged to represent Pakuranga Rotary in assisting in an international project.

Read more
“Chippies” of Action Chris Ward 2019-01-06 11:00:00Z 0 Pacific
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Dec 31, 2018

Pakuranga Rotary has initiated some wonderful community projects. Beginning all those years ago when Rotarians started the famed Rotary Walkway and over recent times, the joint projects with the Howick Local Board at Bramley Reserve.

Included in those projects is the Snakes and Ladders Playground which was showcased on the front cover of the Howick Local Board’s recent report. Rotary projects can have a wider use in terms of projecting our image into the community than we ever thought possible.

Charter members - Bill Duncan and Bob Ritchie have been reflecting on the impact that Pakuranga Rotary has made in the community for nearly 50 years. I wonder what Pakuranga Rotary is envisaging for 2019 and future community projects?

Wonderful  Community Projects Kelvin Davies 2018-12-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Dec 24, 2018

Pakuranga Rotary now has 16 Council registered rat catchers! Don, Sylvie and Ron have all had good results and between them, have eradicated 5 rats.

Please remember to log your catches on the CatchIt database (you all have your access codes). Even if you do not yet have a trap, you can still visit and see what has been caught in your street.

Congratulations to Pakuranga Rotary and special thanks to President Duncan for this new and very worthwhile environmental community service!

Another one bites the dust! Sylvie Wilkinson 2018-12-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Dec 24, 2018

Christmas is all about a very special baby...

We want to share our own special Rotary baby with you all... some beautiful shots of  Mahina Louise, Penelope's wee girl now just 6 weeks old.

New Christmas Addition Sylvie Wilkinson 2018-12-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Viki Melber on Dec 24, 2018

During November and early December Viki toured the South Island with Rotary Exchange Students - Getting to know more of what New Zealand has to offer and making life-long friends.

Click on the link below to see more 

Touring the South Viki Melber 2018-12-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Dec 17, 2018

Pakuranga Rotary, Howick Rotary, Somerville Rotary, Auckland South Rotary, Half Moon Bay Rotary and Botany East Tamaki Rotary joined forces at this year's Howick Santa Parade to show all the good work done in the local community. Be it dictionaries in school, Bangers to Bluff, eradicating polio or supplying Emergency Response Kits to the South Pacific.

With a record 60 floats, the parade was a huge success, and the judges enjoyed engaging with everyone and seeing all the effort our local community put in. It must have made the judges Adele White, John Russell and Richie Barnett's decision difficult.

Rotary on Show at Howick Santa Parade Bart Signal 2018-12-16 11:00:00Z 0
St Johns Rotary - Trivia Night Bart Signal 2018-11-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Nov 15, 2018

A Few (Commissioned by Predator Free 2050) is the third installment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species by emerging artist Erin Forsyth.


The Pah Homestead
TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Rd

When30th October – 9th December
  • Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8am - 5pm

09 639 2010

A variety of flora and fauna are represented in this collection with special attention given to the butterflies pepe or pūrerehua (Lepidoptera), manu/birds (Avifauna), pekapeka/bats (Chiroptera) and rakau/trees. It is the artist’s intention to continue creating and adding images to this series, which may provide insight to the unique biological (bio) diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Erin Forsyth - A Few Bart Signal 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Nov 05, 2018

Whare Hauora, an amazing new in-school health facility created by Starship Community, in partnership with the Starship Foundation and Bartfoot & Thompson. Located at Panmure Bridge School, the relocatable clinic is designed to provide a higher quality of community health care to primary students.

Whare Hauora is the brainchild of Nurse Consultant Sarah Williams who saw first-hand the need for appropriate spaces for healthcare within schools, and has worked on the project from conception through to reality.

Sarah says: “The Whare Hauora project celebrates a collaboration between health and education which came about through a shared vision and established relationship. Experience had shown us that having a nurse available in the primary school space greatly supports children who have health issues that are preventing them attending school or engaging in learning activities. This approach works even better if there is an appropriate facility for our nurses and others to use.”

Richard Johnston, Principal of Panmure Bridge School, says: “This concept makes a significant and positive change in the relationship between education (the school ) and health. The model developed here, in creating a respectful and purpose built environment, has huge potential to be up-scaled across the education sector to meet the needs of many communities.
Whare Hauora a First Les Divers 2018-11-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eve Butler on Nov 02, 2018

Kenya was the recipient of the Rotary Senior School Service Award for her service to environmental issues at the Saint Kentigern College.

Kenya has been widely involved in environmental programmes throughout her education. Of particular significance is her involvement in Trees for Survival. This is an environmental programme that sees students grow, care for and plant out thousands of native seedlings in riparian zones across Auckland every year. Kenya began her involvement in ‘Trees for Survival’ at age 7 at Ardmore Primary School; which she then continued to engage with here at the College until Year 13. Trees for Survival has been running at the College for now more than 25 years, and in that time has planted over 30,000 trees. The Saint Kentigern is very grateful to the Pakuranga Rotary who are our sponsors and never miss a planting day with the college.

Kenya Ashcroft - Rotary Service Award Recepient 2018 Eve Butler 2018-11-01 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under November 2018 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Mission Heights Pestival Duncan Loney 2018-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Oct 23, 2018

Our speaker this week was Mortaza Sahar, who was introduced by our own member Elizabeth Arrowsmith a year 13 student at Pakuranga College.

He remembers as a child growing up in Afghanistan, a country which had been overrun by the Teleban and life was extremely difficult for a young lad and his family. Eventually they fled to Quetta living in one room and just surviving. His Uncle left and travelled towards Australia and after their boat was breaking up he was picked up by a container ship and arrived in Australia. From there the Uncle moved to New Zealand and Mortaza’s family then followed and settled in the Refugee centre at Mangere.

From Afghanistan to New Zealand Kelvin Davies 2018-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
An Invitation from the Rotary Club of Remuera Duncan Loney 2018-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Oct 16, 2018

Join us and Somervile Rotary at a special screening of Bohemian Rhapsody to support End Polio Now.

With your help, we can end polio for good.

Tickets are $25

To register - Just click on the poster or click here

The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.

Bohemian Rhapsody Bart Signal 2018-10-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Boyd on Oct 16, 2018

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio
24 October

With your help, Rotary and its partners can end polio for good.

World Polio Day Bill Boyd 2018-10-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Handisides and Bart Signal on Oct 08, 2018


You can find more information about the conference here  ( including timetable, accommodation options and guest speakers. You can register for the conference by going directly to the District website. There is a significant amount of interest in this conference and places are strictly limited so get in now!!  

Please note:

You will need your Clubrunner login to register for the conference.  If you have never logged in to Clubrunner before, or have forgotten your password or login information click here for instructions (, on how to retrieve your username and/or password.  If this fails, talk to PE Bart Signal or Secr Graham Kearns for help.


SATURDAY AFTERNOON at the Convention Centre, Wine Tasting will be on offer. But as you will have plenty of Wine at night, I have organised amazing entertainment for our Club,you will not be disappointed.

A NAPIER PRISON TOUR, only $25 per person. Afternoon Tea will be available.

When registering, you will be asked if you want to accept one of the Conference Options for the Saturday Afternoon. If you would like to join me on a Prison Tour, then don’t reply to one of The Conference Options, just advise me.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS. Also we are booked at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania which is across the road from the Convention Centre. I have a Group Booking for all Pakuranga Attendees, it’s great to be together.

Please advise me once you’ve registered and I will inform the Hotel on your behalf, DO NOT MAKE A HOTEL BOOKING YOURSELF, otherwise we will double up.

Why not consider breaking the Journey and stay Thursday Night in Taupo. I have booked Rooms at The Millennium, also known as Manuals, overlooking Lake Taupo. Please let me know if you are interested.

So please seriously consider attending this District Conference in Napier next May 10-12. This is a wonderful opportunity for Fellowship, not only with our own Members but with other Rotarians from other Clubs.


Ian Handisides

Conference Promoter

District Conference 2019 Ian Handisides and Bart Signal 2018-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Oct 08, 2018

District Governor Ingrid has asked that everyone in Rotary District 9920 consider donating to the Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) project this year if not already done so.

ERKs are distributed following disasters including tsunami, cyclones and floods in Oceania and the South Pacific. The ERKs project was established in 1985 and was a District 9920 project for 20 years before it became expanded throughout New Zealand.

The supply of Box and Contents is in itself a District 9920 project and many Rotarians assist in a practical way each year by packing the kits in Auckland – hands on Rotary service.

Emergency Response Kits - Assist in a Practical Way Duncan Loney 2018-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2018
KARACHI - Rotary has announced nearly 100 million dollars in grants to support the global efforts to end polio—a vaccine preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every in a year.

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016, said press release received here from Rotary (Pakistan).

“Nigeria has prevented further cases of wild poliovirus. Thanks to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have supported, particularly in Borno,” said Chairperson of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee, Dr Tunji Funsho.

Rotary announces $96.5m to end polio 2018-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Asking those Questions that make all the Difference for Rotarians 2018-10-04 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Greetings from Rotary District 3181!

Am Rotarian Ritesh Baliga, Chairman - Ride for Rotary 3. This is with regards to previous mails from Ride for Rotary 3 conducted in India by Rotary District 3181 under the leadership of our District Governor Rotarian Rohinath.

The first two editions of Ride for Rotary was a great success to which close to 25 Rotarians from different countries attended and had a wonderful experience.

This event is to promote International fellowship, exchange of Rotary views. The proceedings of this event goes to The Rotary foundation.

Event will be from 13th January and ends on 27th January 2019.

Below mentioned are the event highlights:

  • A 14 days event commencing from Mumbai (India) that can either be a motorcycle ride or a four wheel drive.
  • Showcasing Indian Heritage, Culture and Diversity.
  • The ride will cover 5 Rotary Districts, many Rotary Clubs along with temples, churches, Tiger Reserves, forests, Beaches and via some breath taking beautiful roads in the lap of nature.
  • The route is from Mumbai- Lonavala - Pune - Mahabaleshwara - Rathnagiri - Goa- Dhoodhsagar - Hampi - Chikmagalaur - Mysore - Kushal Nagar - Mangalore.
  • Participants/ Riders will be provided motorcycles/cars, fuel, stay, food, riding gear, mechanical support, medical support during the event period.
  • Cultural activities and fellowship will be part of the event.

Participation Fee: 3540 USD Incl. Taxes[ Includes food, stay, bikes, fuel, airport transfer and lot more]

We request you to register for this event and make the event a great success.

For more information please log on to

Ritesh Baliga
Chairman - Ride for Rotary

Ride for Rotary in India 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Sep 26, 2018

Pest Free by 2050? An ambitious but achievable goal in the view of Ed Chignell who outlined the responsibilities of his hard-working organisation. But it has to start small – in local communities where eradication of rodents can be done through the actions of every one of us who sees a problem.

From the communities the goal can be extended to broader districts and already there have been significant achievements around the country – Bay of Island peninsula, Tiri Tiri, Little Barrier being the closest with Waiheke being targeted next. Mahia peninsula is another location receiving special attention. Short videos showed the actions taken and those planned with the goal of restoring birdsong to the wild where rats, ferrets and stoats have done major damage over the years. The question was asked about rabbits in the mix but the primary targets are the predatory animals.

Ed left attendees at Pakuranga Rotary's meeting in September in no doubt that the issue was being addressed, that there is still some way to go but the will is there and, given the necessary finances, dedicated workers will do their utmost to achieve a pest-free new Zealand in the next 32 years.

Pest Free by 2050? Peter Woodcock 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Sep 09, 2018

Holyoake Debate: Featuring Edgewater College and St Kentigern College

The 2018 Holyoake debate presented the very topical moot,

“That freedom of speech is a threat to both social harmony and political stability.”

After a long break Edgewater College was back at the debate with an inexperienced team debating against the cup holders, St Kentigern College.  St Kent’s, in a display of good sportsmanship also brought a more junior team.

Despite the relative youth of the teams there was no shortage of good arguments, extended vocabulary and some great oratory  flourishes.

2018 Holyoake Debate Allan Vester 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
What a great debate!  St Kents very narrowly from Edgewater College. Thank you once again to Noel and Betty Holyoake for their sponsorship.

Next week is our fellowship night which are growing in popularity. If you have not attended such a night yet please come and enjoy a more relaxed evening.

On 17/9 the following Monday it is club assembly where budgets are presented! We have lots to talk about!
Duncan's Doodles 3 September 2018 2018-09-07 12:00:00Z 0
Predator Free 2050 2018-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 03, 2018

Something you may be interested in from the Rotary Club of East Auckland

Rotary eBike Safari 2018-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Aug 29, 2018


Our Club was Chartered on the 6th May, 1970 . Over the past few years  the Club has been giving thought to an appropriate project to mark the 50th Anniversary.

Last year the above project was formally adopted and we are to kick start a sculpture trail along the Rotary walkway. This is to generate future support for the overall concept....

Pakuranga Rotary 50th Anniversary Project Kelvin Davies 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0
Trivia and Auction Night Bart Signal 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Aug 21, 2018
Life Education Trust Director Lincoln Jefferson comes to speak to Pakuranga Rotary as the Club prepares for Trivia Night 2018 to be held on Saturday 6 October supporting  the work of the Trust.
After a brief introduction outlining Pakuranga Rotary’s close involvement with the Life Education Trust (now Counties Manukau) since 2000, Rotarian Alison Gilbert introduced its current Director LINCOLN JEFFERSON who gave an overview of the organisation, then some specifics related to the local scene.

Nationally, the LET’s 45 mobile classrooms reach 250,000 children per year with their interactive programme on healthy living, all facilitated by trained teachers. Locally, in Counties Manukau, the goal is to lift the figure from 35,000 this year to 40,000 next.

Pakuranga Rotary Supports Life Education Trust Peter Woodcock 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Aug 16, 2018

Upcoming Speaker Ed Chignell: CEO Predator Free 2050

Pakuranga Rotary has been fortunate to secure this highly respected businessman and conservationist to speak on the topic of Predator Free 2050.   The opportunity to join us at this event is extended to Rotary clubs as a combined group along with any other interested parties who would like to grab at the chance to get involved in this exciting initiative on Monday the 24 of September, at the Waipuna Convention Centre.

Ed has a strong commercial background and a ton of strategic nous. He was appointed CEO of this new nationwide initiative in August 2017. He is a life member of the NZ Arboriculture Association and the recipient of the Ron Flook Award for services to NZ.

He was co- founder of Treescape and for 37 years, was CEO of that large company.

Ed will give us an overview of the objectives and a practical look inside this mammoth task to rid NZ of predators. This is a perfect umbrella view for our Rotary and local schools’ push to become pest free in their areas.

Ed gives very few public addresses, so come and join us and make the most of this opportunity.

More information to follow.

Pakuranga Rotary swings in behind exciting new predator free programme Sylvie Wilkinson 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alison Gilbert on Aug 16, 2018

Our speaker next week:  Lincoln Jefferson-General Manager Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

Lincoln joined Life Education Trust Counties Manukau late last year. Lincoln sees his role as general
manager for Life Education trust Counties Manukau, as enabling him to continue to work in a
community which he is passionate about.

His previous roles have included leading the John Walker “Find Your Field of Dreams” Foundation Primary Sport programme which supported primary, intermediate and secondary schools on South Auckland.

Our environment is really important to Lincoln and leading the Manukau Beautification Trust successfully he was able to beautify the community with projects such as The Largest Single Environmental Clean-up in NZ History which attracted 2,000 volunteers.

Upcoming event; Life Education Trust to speak to Pakuranga Rotary Alison Gilbert 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Next week 13/8 we have our fellowship evening at Waipuna and all including guests are welcome. I hope to see you there

At 7pm in the bar that same evening Graham K, Bart Phillip and I will be holding a meeting with Howick Lions starting planning for  Project Gunpowder, a fireworks display night. We need another member to join this team so if you are interested in this exciting project please contact any of us

Our area Pest Free Meeting with the 4 other Rotary Clubs in the area will be held Wed 8/8 and we will report progress at our next meeting 20/8

HELP.  We are short of funds. Are there some unused items you could list on trademe for club funds?

Any other fund raising ideas? Please share
Duncan's Doodles 6 August Duncan Loney 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
ROMAC is a key District Governor Rotary programme providing life-saving and dignity-restoring treatment to the children from developing countries in Oceania.
This Rotary programme spans the Australian and New Zealand regions, and between 20 and 30 children are referred to New Zealand (mostly to Starship hospital) for treatment each year.
We are looking for an Operations Manager, who is a current member of Rotary, to join our volunteer team, mostly based in Auckland. The primary role of the Operations Manager is to organise and manage the logistics of getting ROMAC patients from the Pacific islands to New Zealand for treatment. This includes the processes associated with obtaining and managing the appropriate passport, VISA and immigration requirements and ensuring ROMAC documentation is completed.  Travel documentation, itineraries and ticketing for child and carer travel to New Zealand and return home are also part of the role.
This role is part of the NZ Regional Committee with members who are supportive and have roles integral to the Operations Manager role. Generally, a commitment of between 7 and 14 hours per week may be required to fulfil this role, occasionally longer when uploading data and information into the ROMAC database and reporting.
If you are a Rotarian looking for a way to contribute directly to the objects of Rotary and are interested to find about more about this role please email NZ Region Chair Glenys Parton at for a Role Description.
Operations Manager wanted - New Zealand Duncan Loney 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Loseby on Aug 07, 2018

After arriving last Wednesday, Viktoria was quick to settle in with her Counsellor for her year with Pakuranga Rotary - Nick Loseby and his family hosted Viktoria (pictured on the right enjoying coffee with Denise Loseby) for the first few days before she moved on to her first home stay. 

Exchange Student Viktoria Melber arrives from Austria Nick Loseby 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock

9920 District Governor Ingrid Waugh promised a short address and time for questions – and she delivered!

Be the Inspiration’ is the Rotary theme of World President Barry Rassin and Ingrid obviously took this on board as she gave her seventh presentation to 9920 clubs as D.G.  After some warm fuzzies directed to our club’s record and Rotary stalwarts she outlined her FOUR priorities for the current Rotary year.
DG Ingrid Waugh Comes to Pakuranga Rotary Peter Woodcock 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
Beauty in the pie of the beholder...... Les Divers 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Jul 20, 2018

Come and show us your pie making skills!

I have the NZ Bakels Team gearing up for Rotary Pie Awards and  look forward to a great evening tasting all of the pies you are to bake and bring along

As advised I will shortly arrange to send to you one small tin for a pie that is to be judged and a larger tin for a pie that we can share for dinner. The pies will all be reheated on arrival

At present we have just 16 attendees so for all of the undecided who have not yet registered please do so as soon as possible so we can firm up numbers for the event

Click here to register or decline

Duncan's Doodles Duncan Loney 2018-07-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Jul 20, 2018

Local Aeronautical Icon and British Motor Car Enthusiast Visits Pakuranga Rotary

Monday’s meeting featured the Reverend Dr Richard Waugh a noted expert and author on New Zealand aviation history. In a topic entitled, Pioneer Airlines That Changed New Zealand, Richard gave an informative and entertaining history of the development and importance of commercial air travel.

Rev. Dr. Richard Waugh on Cars and Planes Allan Vester 2018-07-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Jul 20, 2018

Exciting New Beginnings PAKURANGA ROTARY AUXILIARY’S FIRST PROJECT - Reminiscent of Pakuraranga Rotary's first major project...….

What a joy it was to see our brand new Auxiliary members answer the call to assist in the development of Anchorage Park School’s “Treemendous Makeover !”

After winning the Project Crimson award for the best environmental makeover, the race was on to get the groundwork done before the grand opening later this month.

Pakuranga Rotary Auxilliary's First Project Sylvie Wilkinson 2018-07-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Jul 09, 2018
Waipuna Offers Reduced Meal Costs on Fellowship Nights

Meal Costs. Please note these will be charged at $32 from our next meeting on 16/7

On fellowship nights which are the 2nd and 4th Mondays each Month you have the opportunity to meet for Fellowship or to hold Project team meetings. Ron French will be holding the Trivia Project team meeting next Fellowship evening 9/7 in the bar at Waipuna. Snacks and drinks available from the bar.

Apologies I will be away in China for (I think) the last time

Duncan's Doodles - Jul 9 Duncan Loney 2018-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
The World Press Photo Exhibition Opens 2018-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Say YES to Life Pod 2018-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Jun 26, 2018


Thank you to all who attended and I look forward to the year ahead Special thanks to MC Graeme Houston. Thank you also to Graham Kearns, Bart Signal as well as Virginia, Crystal and Rachel. I trust you all enjoyed the performance of the E - PACS Lion and Dragon Dance Group. I am still waiting for my invitation to join!

We have two project needing some ‘volunteers’ to join the teams. Pest Free and Fireworks Nov 19 Please send your expressions of interest without delay.

Duncan's Doodles - Jun 26 Duncan Loney 2018-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duncan Loney on Jun 21, 2018

No meeting Monday 25/6
Two days in a row listening to Duncan will be just too much


ERKS ( Emergency Response Kits)

Fellow Rotarians we have an opportunity to take up a slot to pack ERKS

  • Tues 12 July 10.00 to 14.00
  • Wed 25 July 18.00 to 21.00

Are you able to assist? We shall put an invitation on ClubRunner

Social Night
Monday 30 July
NZ Bakels
Cnr of Industry RD and Church St East

Cost $20. Free Bar

We will supply all entrants with 1 large and one small pie tin

The large pies are for dinner
) identical filling 
The small pies are for judging 
) and pastry please
Any Pastry, Any filling

The date is ideal as the Bakels supreme pie awards are judged 26 July and the winners announced 31 July
An invitation will be issued on ClubRunner.

Duncan's Doodles - Jun 21 Duncan Loney 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock and Bart Signal on Jun 13, 2018

Mary Taylor was recognised for her work driving Rotary District 9920's Pacific Island Midwifery Training Programme. This, her second Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition which was bestowed and presented by District Governor Malini - congratulations Mary!

The programme facilitates the sending midwives from remote areas of the Pacific for leadership skills training in Canberra. The course content has been designed to facilitate personal and professional development, and to enable them to pass on their leadership knowledge to their colleagues.

Mary Taylor recognised with PHF Peter Woodcock and Bart Signal 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jun 13, 2018

Sylvie Wilkinson was recognised for her efforts that started the Pakuranga Tamaki River Rotary Auxiliary. Her Ruby Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition is a first for District 9920 and it was fitting that District Governor Malini made the presentation on the night celebrating fifteen new Rotarians - congratulations Sylvie!

Sylvie Wilkinson receives a PHF Peter Woodcock 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson and Peter Woodcock on Jun 12, 2018

On Monday June 12, President Dave and members of Pakuranga Rotary were treated to very special and quite uplifting occasion as members of the new satellite, Pakuranga Tamaki River Auxiliary, formally became Rotarians. All the more special because our District Governor Malini Raghwan was present to do the honours and congratulate the fifteen new Rotarians who were arrayed in their different national flags or colours, obviously excited and enthusiastic about the step they had made.

The amazing CVs of each were delivered by a variety of young and old – pupils introduced their teachers with pride and considerable confidence and aplomb, sometimes out-performing their more senior fellow presenters. Congratulations to new Rotarians:

  • Carole Holmes
  • Lorraine Field
  • Pauline Puckey
  • Rachel Wong
  • Fiona Smith
  • Annette Tomas
  • Elizabeth Arrowsmith
  • Joseph D’Ambrosio
  • Rosemary Rodgers
  • Zahana Zafirova
  • Crystal Leung 
  • Kiri Kirkpatrick
  • Trish Plowright
  • Becca de la Vega
  • Penelope Franca

Particularly gratifying was the evidence of a youthful contingent from both current and past Interact ranks. This promises well for future involvement by younger people in Rotary!

Click on the read more link to find out more about each of our newest Rotarians.

Pakuranga Tamaki River Rotary Auxilary Sylvie Wilkinson and Peter Woodcock 2018-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Jun 11, 2018
To get a ticket, either
Alternatively make a donation into Pakuranga Rotary's bank account 02-0223-0017811-005 with ERKs in reference.
Support Christopher Jed Wieland 2018-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Jun 11, 2018

“The Rotary Foundation is the most visible expression of Rotarian generosity – a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind.”
– Paulo V. Costa, 1995-96 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair in a speech to the 1996 convention

Recently our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. To find out more visit Rotary Foundation.

Doing Good with Rotary Foundation Bart Signal 2018-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
District Governors' Changeover Invitation Duncan Loney 2018-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Highbrook Rotary Changeover Dinner Invitation Duncan Loney 2018-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 25, 2018

This week Dame Lesley Max (DMNZ MBE, MA(Hons) came to speak with us about the Great Potentials Foundation and how it helps to address the persistent inequality, which manifests itself in poor educational outcomes, unemployment, poor health and poverty for disadvantaged sectors.

Dame Lesley Max is the Co-founder and Trustee of Great Potentials Foundation whose aim is to relieve suffering, potential disparities, crime and enhance wellbeing.

Dame Lesley co-founded Great Potentials Foundation 1990.  She created the Family Service Centre model, introduced HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) in New Zealand, and developed MATES (Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme).

Dame Lesley Max brings a story of hope, work and success against drivers of poverty and inequality Jed Wieland 2018-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on May 16, 2018

Demonstrating remarkable degrees of aplomb and confidence in what for most was probably a fairly intimidating setting, four students from Pakuranga College and three from Edgewater College gave their reports on the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPRN) camp, held a few weeks ago. 

The commonality in all reports was clear – the camp experiences made personal impacts that have changed their lives in many different ways.  For one (Zoe) the deprivation of a cell phone ‘sucked the soul’ out of her but the positivity experienced in the few days without it has encouraged her to set goals to go phoneless for long periods of time. For another (Shelby – already in a leadership role at her school) this deprivation led to meaningful face-to-face interactions resulting in far better understandings of what others are thinking and developing new personal relationships. More than one spoke of their deeper understanding of what leadership means – not being a director but being a facilitator and encourager being among the qualities required.  Team building exercises helped this process. Lionel relished the change in personal relationships – the ‘ghost bus’ on the way to camp became the ‘party bus’ on its return! Songyan found immense value in exposure to the variety of cultures represented at camp. 

RYPEN as a Life-changer Peter Woodcock 2018-05-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on May 08, 2018

The issue of leaky buildings is one that just won't go away and an expert report from Jeanette Drysdale on the problem was warmly received. Jeannette, a long serving and very actively involved Rotarian is also highly qualified in the area of timber rot and the regulations and standards associated with the use of timber in construction. 
As Jeanette explained it New Zealand was at the centre of a perfect storm. A relaxation of the standards associated with the use of untreated timber in construction, increasingly complicated designs, parapets, enclosed balconies, smaller eaves, increased reliance on paints and sealants, monolithic cladding directly fixed and a raft of new building products, ably supported by architects all combined to lead to what was a disaster. 
A Lot of Rot Allan Vester 2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 03, 2018

Roger told us that the Trees for Survial (TFS) scheme now operated successfully in 135 school, but that there was much potential and he underscored again the intention to grow the number of schools by 25 a year and 200 schools by 2020.

Plans to update the way seedlings were delivered to schools means that the young seedlings will arrive in trays from which they are taken as “plugs” and then put straight into plastic bags ready for planting when the time is right.   Roger sad that each school will receive 1,000 plugs a year with enough potting mix in a single once a year delivery.

Currently the growing units are constructed in East Tamaki by Rollformers but this is soon to be taken over by the Men’s Shed organisation and if not already, will represent their number one community project.

TFS has received a generous donation from the Potter Masonic Trust.   Individual schools will be responsible for the first $1,000 of the cost of a growing unit and the Trust has agree to contribute to the balance.
Roger’s presentation highlighted the enormity of the Government’s tree planting programme and the role that TFS is playing in engaging our young environmentalists of the future.
Trees for Survival Reaches 135 Schools Jed Wieland 2018-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 03, 2018
Allan Vester has retired as Principal of Edgewater College after 23 years. Known for his ability and willing input, Allan has played a tremendous role as a member and supporter of Pakuranga Rotary.    Events such as Top Schools and our Trivia evenings would not have been the same without the assistance Allan gave when he made the facilities of the College available, his readiness to set up and run the sound systems, assist with maintenance of equipment and generally do as much around the Pakuranga Rotary’s activities as demands on his time would allow.
In addition to his long term at Edgewater College, Allan was Chair of the New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Council for 5 years. He leaves Edgewater College in great shape, with a loyal staff and students who have enjoyed their time at school, his emphasis being that everyone cares about each other. He looks forward to maintaining his interest in education and having the time to expand his recreational opportunities.
Pakuranga Rotary congratulated Allan and proudly presented him with a Community Service Award and wished him all the best for his future endeavours which will no doubt retain a community focus while giving him a bit more time for his own interests as well.
Allan Vester - 23 Years at Edgewater College Jed Wieland 2018-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 03, 2018

Dennis’ presentation informed us of the Potter Trust, its history, the man who started it all and why it is so familiar to many through the public places we come across, but not knowing why or who Mr. Potter was.

The Potter Masonic Trust is the legacy left by Bro Frederick Seymour Potter (1847 – 1941) who is the most generous individual benefactor in the history of Freemasons New Zealand.   The Trust funds projects generally relating to Children but including community facilities, educational programmes, music, disadvantaged children and health.

The Potter Masonic Trust helps Trees for Survival  Jed Wieland 2018-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blankets 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on May 01, 2018

In a few months Pakuranga Rotary is hosting another Exchange Student - Viktoria Melber from Austria.

We need more host families to make Viktoria's year successful.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes. They can be Rotarians or non-Rotarians, and may include young children, older children, grand children or no children at all.

Hosting a student brings the world to your place - you meet someone from another country, share their culture, their language, and their perspective of the world. At the same time they will learn about you and life in New Zealand which makes if a fun and enjoyable two-way experience.

Can you help with hosting or do you know someone that may be interested?
If yes or want more information, then please phone me on 0272046471 or email

Also refer to the Rotary Youth Exchange website for information

Host Families Needed Bart Signal 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange applications CLOSING SOON Bart Signal 2018-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Apr 26, 2018

At our last meeting Emily presented an overview of her time as an exchange student based in Copenhagen, Denmark during the period 2017 to 2018.

She is 18 years old and it is very apparent she made the most of her opportunities that the Exchange presented. She really embraced the lifestyle and made lifelong friends and contacts. There were challenges e.g. the language but Emily learned a lot from her host families. She soon realised the exchange was not a holiday and it was over to her to ensure it was a success.

Rotary Youth Exchange – Emily Lit  Kelvin Davies 2018-04-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Apr 26, 2018

In accord with the current years Inner Wheel theme “Leave a Legacy” the Howick Inner Wheel Club are inaugurating The Dawn Johnston Koru Award.  

The spiral shape of the Koru signifies new life, positive change, personal growth symmetry , harmony and hope for the future

The objective is to give recognition and pay tribute to a person who in the face of adversity displayed perseverance in overcoming obstacles in pursuance of goals and dreams. It is anticipated the recipient is a person who has responded to adversity, bounced back and in doing so has been inspirational or helpful in assisting others become full contributors to their community.

This will be an annual award and successful applicants need to be New Zealand citizens residing the Pakuranga and Botany electorate boundaries

Nominations are sought.

If you know of or are aware of a potential nominee I would be pleased to hear from you.

Del Johnston
0274 948 501

The Dawn Johnston Koru Award Del Johnston 2018-04-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Apr 19, 2018

Geoff Thorpe has served as President and Director of Yachting New Zealand, is a former Law Professor and senior partner in a legal practice and a skilled raconteur.  In the process of completing a round the world adventure in a 50-foot catamaran, Geoff had plenty of tales to tell on Monday evening of the sights and sounds and adventures and risks experienced since he and his wife first set sail in the catamaran from Westhaven in May 2011. Trekking up through the Solomon’s, Indonesia and Singapore and then spending 3 years cruising the Mediterranean meant not only spectacular landscapes and friendly locals numerous encounters with officious immigration and border control authorities.

Avoiding ice bergs in the Arctic Circle required that sometimes Geoff would need to go 2 days without sleep. The Catamaran is currently parked at Chesapeake Bay waiting for Geoff and his wife to commence the final leg of their voyage back to New Zealand. The primary objective of the cruise around the world has been to have fun and it was clear from Geoff’s address and his observations of some of the places that they have visited that a trip with such a leisurely schedule and thousands of places to visit cannot fail to generate fun but also an experience which would be very difficult to match.

Seas the Day Les Divers 2018-04-18 12:00:00Z 0
We Are the One Dave Andrews 2018-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Apr 03, 2018

Roger Milne reports that Trees for Survival has big plans to grow the number of schools participating by 25 each year to reach 2,000 by the year 2020.  95,000 seedlings are going to schools by courier but some volunteers are needed to put the plant growing units together for the schools entering the programme.

Trees for Survival Les Divers 2018-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Apr 03, 2018

Peter Hawkins presented on Monday evening an outline of the New Zealand Tour which a group of Australian and American Rotarians are about to commence.  The logistics in arranging such a tour are immense and already 90 Rotarians have indicated an interest in next year’s tour.  Some improvements have been made to this year’s tour based on a questionnaire sent to last year’s participants with the 17 day tour now ending in Christchurch with a farewell dinner.  Peter deserves many plaudits for the effort and time in promoting his vision and the potential it has demonstrated.

New Zealand Tour Les Divers 2018-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Apr 03, 2018

In a though provoking address to our meeting on Monday night Sylvie Wilkinson outlined the results of exit and entry surveys she had carried out on behalf of District.  The purpose of the surveys was to endeavour to collect evidence as to the motivation for people joining Rotary and leaving Rotary.

What Attracts New Rotarians? Les Divers 2018-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Mar 23, 2018

Speaker this week was Matt Poland of Auckland Transport who gave us a comprehensive update of the AMETI projects – there are actually 4 stages, the first being the completion of the Panmure Transit Station.  The next stage, already underway with archaeological exploration of the Mokoia Pa site, will provide rapid bus access (and wider pedestrian and cycle thoroughfare) along Lagoon Drive, across a new bus-only bridge to Pakuranga Plaza.  Graphic representation showed very attractive settings for this stage – still a couple of years away to completion.

Matt Poland of Auckland Transport - AMETI projects Peter Woodcock 2018-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Mar 13, 2018

This week Noel Holyoake introduced Maurice Williamson to address the club and we were treated to one man’s story about his keen interest in technology, his belief in New Zealand and a passionate promoter of our country and its enterprise.

Following completion of his studies at university, Maurice was employed by Air New Zealand where he stayed for 17 years before being elected the Member for Pakuranga and entering Parliament where he served for 30 years.   Maurice looked after some 30 portfolios during this time and his qualification to serve as Consul General in the US is well founded.   Maurice says however that his role is more “deal doing” rather than diplomatic as he strives to generate contacts and create opportunities for New Zealand Businesses wanting to establish trade with the US.

Maurice Williamson - New Zealand Consul General to the US Jed Wieland 2018-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
State of our Gulf Roger Milne 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
Disposing of E-Waste Roger Milne 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
Papakura Food Waste Pilot scheme Roger Milne 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Recycling in Auckland Roger Milne 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Mar 06, 2018

At its meeting on the 5th of March, Pakuranga Rotary celebrated 25 years of running the Top Day Out Fishing Day.   Originating from an idea Noel Holyoake had, the first event was organised by John Rofe who created the relationship with Coast Guard not only as major beneficiary of the proceeds but also as a key contributor to the event providing boats to ferry the fishos and safety on the water.

25 Years of Pakuranga Rotary’s Top Day Out Fishing Day Jed Wieland 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Milne on Mar 06, 2018

Your Environment Committee encourages to bring your old and flat dry cell batteries to Rotary , and we will have them recycled.

The box will be near our Rotary reception at every meeting.

Please do not put these batteries in your rubbish  as they are bad pollutants.

If the batteries are already leaking, we do not want them!

Battery Recycling Scheme Announced  Roger Milne 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Feb 27, 2018

In September last year, after an exhausting election campaign, Simeon became the new MP for Pakuranga on the retirement of Maurice Williamson. The day of that election was his most restful in the last five months!

As the new kid on the block (the youngest National MP) Simeon’s induction into the workings of the parliamentary ‘system’ was partly programmed and partly the product of an osmosis process. The end result he described as being ‘life-changing’, both on the home front and in Wellington where he spends three days each week. The busyness in setting up his electorate office, hiring staff, dealing with constituents’ issues, being the minute-taker for his caucus and coping with meeting schedules and attendance in the House has been both exhausting and enervating. He loves it!
Simeon Brown - The First Hundred Days in Parliament Peter Woodcock 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Lifetime Opportunity - Rotary Youth Exchange Graham Rea 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Feb 26, 2018

Tucked away on the stroke side of Panama Road heading towards the Tamaki Estuary is the superb facility that is the home of the Auckland Rowing Club, now in its 149th year.  Pakuranga members and their spouses had the opportunity on Monday night of viewing the resources and learning of the Club’s history from Club Captain Michael Smyth and other officers.  The Club’s colours (and blazers) of red and black stripes were adopted from the colours of the Auckland Regiment (some members of which later settled in Canterbury and allowed the use their colours by assorted sports teams).

Rowing – Where 2K Doesn't Go Very Far  Les Divers 2018-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Feb 18, 2018


This week we were privileged to hear fro Professor Bill Hodge an eminent law scholar and close friend of President Dave who shares a common interest in Marathon running. He has run across the United States of America.

Our very own Past President Blair Wingfield, who no doubt enjoyed catching up with Club Members, introduced the Professor.

Bill Hodge has degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities, is now a resident in Auckland lecturing at University of Auckland since 1972. He is a very active in mediation and associated employment matters and collective bargaining.

Professor Bill Hodge: The Trump Story Kelvin Davies 2018-02-17 11:00:00Z 0

Pakuranga Rotary has, for 21 years, run a Charity Fishing Competition with the major proceeds going to Coastguard. Named the “Catch a Top Day Out” it is held around March each year.

Pakuranga Rotary arranges for groups of corporate guests to go out on a launch fishing competition in the inner Hauraki Gulf. Each boat is supplied with fish bait, lunch and refreshments, with the day finishing in the evening with a meal on Motuihe Island and prize giving. We are always looking for more launch owners who would be interested in making their boat available for this fun and memorable fundraising event. If you have a launch and would be keen to help both Pakuranga Rotary and Coastguard, please get in touch with us on the contact us page.

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Catch a Top Day Out - Make our Community Safer 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0 Community

Top Schools is held annually, generally on a Sunday at Edgewater College in Pakuranga, Auckland Organised and supervised by the Pakuranga Rotary, teams from the local schools take part in a range of sports type activities. The emphasis is on co-operation, teamwork as well as friendly inter-school competition. Teams are mixed with students from Year 3 - Year 6.

Community Schools Youth
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Top Schools - Working with Our Kids 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0 Community,Schools,Youth
Posted by Georgie Chalmers on Feb 01, 2018

Dear everyone back home

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the warm weather.

It is finally all happening and my exchange is here! It has been a long time coming and I honestly cannot stop smiling about this, once in a lifetime, adventure that is unfolding before me.

It all began on the 9th of Jan at roughly 5.30pm when all of us, nervous but excited outbounds, arrived at the airport with our families. I was absolutely terrified. I wasn’t 100% sure on what I had got myself into; leaving everything I knew and of course my gorgeous family to embark on a journey half way across the world.

Georgie Arrives in Denmark Georgie Chalmers 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jan 25, 2018

Peter Woodcock has taken on the responsibility of co-ordinating the organisation of the Tip Top Schools Day, set down for SUNDAY 25 March at Edgewater College.

Please contact him with offers of assistance ( in doing the multitude of preliminary ‘jobs’ required to make this a successful day – especially if there was a task you helped with in past years. Key responsibilities will be in organising the man-power (we hope to get some support from neighbouring Rotary Clubs), the parking, and gear check. On the day itself we look forward to ‘all hands on deck’!

Tip Top Schools Day Peter Woodcock 2018-01-24 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jan 25, 2018

With three years’ experience in dealing with Chinese ‘officials’ (whether local, sub-district, district, municipal or provincial!), ‘consultants’, ‘compliance officers’ etc. one fears for the condition of Duncan’s liver as he endured meeting after meeting to help organise the construction of Bakels Dalian in China. In fact, with 36 licenses required and face to face meetings with compliance officers to gain approval for each one, it’s not surprising it has taken so long to get a factory up and running.

Setting up Bakels new factory in China Peter Woodcock 2018-01-24 11:00:00Z 0
Life Education's Charity Golf Day Alison Gilbert 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Jan 17, 2018

This week Past President Terry Carson made a surprise visit to Pakuranga Rotary and updated attendees with his community school projects in North Pakistan.

Terry was introduced into Rotary by Bill Duncan, joined Pakuranga Rotary in its first year, and was elected President in 1979/80. He operated a successful engineering consultancy business in Auckland, sold out and then established a similar operation in Sydney. He continues today as a Rotarian in Sydney.

Pakistan Projects Kelvin Davies 2018-01-16 11:00:00Z 0

In 2008 the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, in conjunction with Pakuranga Rotary, implemented a Rotary Dictionary Project for NZ. The intent was that Rotary clubs throughout NZ would supply Year 4 students (8 to 9 year olds), in low decile schools, with their own named copy of an illustrated dictionary. The dictionary chosen has proven to be superb with a huge uptake by Rotary clubs nationwide

Education Schools
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Rotary Dictionary Project - Furthering Education David Wardell 2017-12-31 11:00:00Z 0 Education,Schools

The Rotary walkway was built and laid in stages by members and volunteers of the Pakuranga Rotary with the assistance of Council and community sponsorship. It was completed in 2014 when some widening and replacing of older parts of the walkway also took place.

The Pakuranga Rotary shared pathway has become a very popular walk or ride stretching 9km from Prince Regent Drive in Farm Cove to the Panmure Bridge adjacent to the Pakuranga Town Centre. The path weaves past the Pakuranga Sailing Club and offers great views up and down the Tamaki River.

The Rotary Walkway - Building Community Assets 2017-12-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Dec 24, 2017

It might be assumed that after the New Zealand General Election in late September 100% of Kiwi’s considered that 50% of the country had lost their minds. In contrast, there is no doubt that 100% of the Rotarians present at Monday evenings Christmas Party agreed with the three Paul Harris Fellows (PHF’s) which were awarded respectively to Mike Collins, Bart Allsop-Smith and the indefatigable Duncan Loney.

From Ian Handisides we learnt that Mike Collins was a master magician at age 16 and joined Rotary in the 80’s in, of all places, Papua New Guinea. He has been a member of Pakuranga Rotary since 1996 and every Christmas displays extraordinary talent at the (Grand)Children’s Christmas Party in keeping the children convinced and their Grandparents in stitches.

Of PHF’s and Politics Les Divers 2017-12-23 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Dec 07, 2017

We had three pupils from Room seven at Riverhills School visit us at Rotary to say thank you for the support and assistance our club has given them in preparing and delivering their Emergency Grab Bag project. The girls told us that our motto of Service Above Self was an inspiration to them and that we were excellent role models for young people. They admitted that they wanted to become members of our club when they grew up. The girls were accompanied by their parents, siblings, Principal and Deputy Principal… a lovely opportunity to “sell” Pakuranga Rotary.

Riverhills School visit to Pakuranga Sylvie Wilkinson 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Rea on Dec 07, 2017

Georgia (Georgie) Chalmers is being sponsored by the Pakuranga Rotary as an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student to Denmark. Georgie will depart on her 12 month exchange in January 2018. Originally from Canterbury (cheers of support from some Pakuranga Rotary members!) Georgie’s family moved to Auckland after the Christchurch earthquakes. Georgie then attended Macleans College where she was a very keen hockey player and has just completed her Year 13 studies.

Georgie has wanted to go on a student exchange since year 9 so is very excited to now have that opportunity and she will be hosted by the Rotary club of Holstebro in Jutland which is in the north west of Denmark and is a town of about 35,000 people.

New outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student – Georgia Chalmers Graham Rea 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Armstrong on Dec 07, 2017

Our speaker last Monday was Past President Peter Armstrong who shared with us his involvement and experiences as a member of the above Fellowship.

As our founder Paul Harris said “Fellowship is wonderful, it illuminates life’s pathways, gives good cheer and is worth a high price.

Formed in 1965 the Fellowship has 1500 Rotary members’ world-wide and according to Peter is Rotary’s best kept secret. The Group is divided into global areas including Australasia , Americas, European, and rest of the world. The Fellowship includes 65 Recreational groups and 38 Vocations and in addition to Flying the categories include Banking and Dentistry. The New Zealand section has 38 members and the E club of Aviation , worldwide meets weekly. There are two Fly Ins per annum in New Zealand

Rotary Flying Fellowship Peter Armstrong 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Handisides on Dec 07, 2017

Last Sunday,38 Children were entertained by 3 Coaches from Playball Skills who managed interaction with the Kids and it was great fun for the Participants and the Adults looking on. After a scrumptious Morning Tea, the man himself ----SANTA  of course duly arrived in an amazing  Silver Mercedes Convertible and was welcomed by some very excited children. SANTA had just arrived from the North Pole so we were very priviledged to have him first on his very busy schedule.Presents for all which completed a very happy occasion.

Special thanks to Don Bowater and Mike Collins for playing a very important role.

Grandkid's Christmas Party Ian Handisides 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Dec 03, 2017

This week, Roger Milne led a team of three speakers involved with the improvement of our environment.

Firstly, Roger Milne gave us an update on the Trees for Survival (TFS) programme.   Already his goal to increase by 25 a year, the number of participating schools has 17 prospects.

As Auckland Council no long provides funding, Roger is seeking commercial sponsorship where TFS is rewarded by commercial sponsorship on a tree/sales basis.

Improvement of our Environment Jed Wieland 2017-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Davies on Nov 29, 2017

Numbers will be taken over the next few weeks for our Pakuranga Rotary’s Christmas night on December 11.

A fun night for all at Waipuna, 6.00 for 6.30, and at $50.00 per head we have been able to keep the cost as the last two major evenings.

Pakuranga Rotary Christmas Party Alan Davies 2017-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Nov 22, 2017

Howick Rotary President Gavin Green has invited us to their Christmas party on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. 

Details provided below.
Invite to Howick Rotary Christmas Bart Signal 2017-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
Howick Santa Parade Bart Signal 2017-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
Pakuranga Rotary Children's Christmas Party Ian Handisides 2017-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
Myrtle Rust Roger Milne 2017-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Nov 15, 2017

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Rotary Foundation Month Bart Signal 2017-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Nov 14, 2017

Vodafone has announced it will close its email accounts on 30 November. This includes all email addresses ending in,,, and

Vodafone is encouraging customers to sign up for a Google Gmail or Microsoft Outlook email address and is offering an auto-forwarding service.

If you are one the 250,000 or so people who have been relying on a Vodafone, Clear or Paradise email address, then you will need to get a new email address and update ClubRunner so you still get the Pakuranga Rotary bulletin.

Plan ahead for email closure Bart Signal 2017-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Nov 14, 2017

Special guest and speaker this week was our very own District Governor Malini Raghwan, member of the Suva Rotary Club in Fiji.  It was interesting to hear that Malini’s induction into Rotary matters was as a RYLA participant in NZ some years ago.

A few challenges started the address.  First, to keep up the momentum of introducing more women into Rotary membership.  District 9920, with 28% women members is well ahead of the world average of 20% but there is still a way to go.

District Governor Malini Raghwan Peter Woodcock 2017-11-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Nov 09, 2017

Ian Balme is a Waikato Farmer with a booming voice and an interesting history of development projects and commercial success.  When he stumbled across the decommissioned Stratford/Okahukura Railway Line 7 years ago he immediately sensed that the unused line and the impressive scenery it travelled through could be utilised in a unique way by creating a scenic train ride in the majestic forgotten world.  Obtaining a 30 year Lease over the line in 2011 was just the first step in creating a viable business.  Rail carts needed to be designed and constructed and refined in a way where all ages could be readily accommodated.  The Rolling Stock had as its pedigree Golf Carts and in designing and developing the conveyances, the comfort and safety of the cart was put before the horse-power – the petrol engines allow a maximum of 24 km per hour (two thirds of the company’s clients are 65 plus). 

King Country Adventure in the Cart Les Divers 2017-11-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Nov 01, 2017

Last Monday Pakuranga Rotary gathered at the Pakuranga Sailing Club to unveil the new BBQ which has been a Club project for over three years. The co-sponsors for the project were the Howick Local Board and the Stephenson Family Trust.

Kelvin Davies acknowledged the support of the co-sponsors and also Gary Boles and David Collings from the Howick Local Board. We should also thank the various Pakuranga Rotary Boards and the Community Committees during this time who maintained their confidence in the project despite the extended time frame.

Rotary BBQ – Bramley Beach Kelvin Davies 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Nov 01, 2017

On 11 November help celebrate two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlight the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

The event also honors people who make a positive difference in their community, their country, or around the world. Each year, about 1,000 guests attend.

Rotary Day at the United Nations Bart Signal 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Nov 01, 2017

This follows on from my report in the previous bulletin.

The photos above are showing the rebuild of a burnt out building in the hospital grounds which has been declared sound for such rebuild.

The cost of the rebuild will be met in part by the Ministry of Health who will provide the materials. The estimated cost nett of  materials is $25k plus fit out which to a large extent could be provided for by DIK,  e.g. furniture and furnishings.

The revamped building will be to provide a “house” for birthing mothers and family members of hospital patients – (Ronald McDonald House concept) and includes 5 bedrooms, kitchen and lounge.

The Taveuni Rotary team of builders have amongst other activities built 9 teacher houses (photo attached shows 2) comparable to any newly built house in New Zealand.

Building this “house” is now a relatively simple routine undertaking for them.

Taveuni Rotary - follow up Del Johnston 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Oct 17, 2017

Recently Stuart Batty Director for RNZWCS visited Taveuni Island, Fiji 9920 to evaluate Rotary and MFAT funded activities undertaken since Cyclone Winston.

Rotary’s response is second to none found anywhere in Fiji with School Teacher Housing, Classrooms and Amenities Blocks rebuilt having been the priority,

along with distribution of DIK (school desks, chairs, cabinets etc.) and immediately following the cyclone ERK’s (Emergency Response Kits).

Significantly, all buildings previously built on the island including the preschools suffered no damage from Cyclone Winston.

Rotary’s impact on Taveuni  would not be what it is without the 24/7 commitment of PP Geoffrey Amos.

Whilst on Taveuni, Stuart inspected a number of pending activities including the rebuild of a burnt out building in the hospital grounds which has been declared sound for such rebuild. (see photo)

Taveuni Rotary Building Communities Del Johnston 2017-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Murder on the Orient Express Movie Night Dave Hawke 2017-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Oct 17, 2017

Dr Lester Levy could have addressed the club on any topic from his wide range of experiences (including Chairmanship of three District Health Boards) but chose to focus on his insights as Chairman of Auckland Transport.

The question posed was, “Is traffic congestion in Auckland inevitable?” The answer was NO but is it likely? YES. Reasons given included the huge current and projected population growth of the city, with or without new migration, caused by greater life expectancy, returning Kiwis, and the burgeoning numbers of international students seeking education here.

Insights as Chairman of Auckland Transport - Dr Lester Levy Peter Woodcock 2017-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Oct 11, 2017

Geoff Amos reports as follows:

" Hi Del and Ron,

Today we delivered the two donated Defibrillators to Dr. Alumita, the SDMO of Taveuni Subdivisional Hospital. She expressed her very grateful thanks for this much needed equipment.

One will be kept at the Hospital and one in the Rotary Ambulance. She has undertaken to train nurses and drivers how the to use the Defibrillators correctly and to care for them.

Our thanks to RC Pakuranga and RC Plimmerton for their kindness and support. 

We were fortunate to have RNZWCS Director STUART BATTY & his wife Leslie here when we made the presentation."

Defibrillators for Taveuni Del Johnston 2017-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Oct 11, 2017

Peter Woodcock presented members with a dilemma in terms of Top Schools. This event is eagerly anticipated by hundreds of primary aged pupils and is a great community event but as a club we are finding it increasingly difficult to staff the event. A show of hands made it clear that members value the event and want it to continue. Peter outlined some possible alternatives to Pakuranga Rotary members providing the bulk of the labour force but if numbers on the day continue to decline the longer term future of the event must be in doubt.

Top Schools Dilemma Allan Vester 2017-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Oct 11, 2017

First speaker was Cindy Bakewell, herself a Rotarian with the Remuera club. Cindy is a travel broker with NZ Travel Brokers and her key messages were that attending the District 9920 conference in Fiji starting Friday April 6th 2018 is something well worth considering followed by a great travel deal for those intending to attend.

Cindy has arranged a twenty seat discount with Fiji Airways giving a return fare of $795. Members would have to travel up on the 5th but can arrange a date that suits them to return. Those interested should contact Cindy.

Bula - District 9920 Conference in Fiji Allan Vester 2017-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Oct 03, 2017

Fresh from the surreal experience of walking through the doors in Wellington as an MP, Simeon Brown spoke on Monday of the privilege and honour he feels to have been elected to represent the Community.  He gave a huge thank you to the Club for its support over the last 6 months.  Simeon is shortly about to undergo a 2 week induction program for new MPs and looking forward to getting stuck in to working hard over the next 3 years.  He has already demonstrated his appetite for hard work during the campaign and if that is any indication, the citizens of the Pakuranga Electorate will be well represented.

Our New MP - Simeon Brown Les Divers 2017-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Oct 03, 2017

The Board of Edgewater College and Principal, Allan Vester have generously assisted the Pakuranga Rotary for some years with its annual Trivia Evening and President David took the opportunity on Monday night of presenting Allan Vester with a cheque for Edgewater College of $1,000.

Edgewater College Contribution Les Divers 2017-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Oct 03, 2017

Pakuranga Rotary recently assisted the Children’s Autism Foundation to have representatives at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Sydney.  The justification for providing that help was profoundly evident from the address given to the Pakuranga Rotary on Monday night by Service Manager, Gera Veheul.

The Foundation was established 7 years ago to meet needs of parents who were struggling to get support.  It now has 9 staff, including 5 Family Counsel Consultants.  Autism Spectrum Disorder is the name of a group of Developmental Disorders affecting people in different ways.  In some of the more severe cases development is stalled at a 2 year old level.  Those who are Autistic display areas of the brain that are stronger or weaker than normal – the visual part of the brain functions exceptionally well.  Some exhibit amazing memory skills and Autism is characterized by incredible honesty.  However, such honesty can have a downside because the lack of social skills include a lack of diplomacy.

Children's Autism Foundation Les Divers 2017-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Sep 27, 2017

This week Christopher, our exchange student, told us he went fishing. He caught a 50-cm snapper – there’ll be a few of us that would aspire to do that on a regular basis!

Christopher also attended a visit to a Marae, and went to Goat Island to do some diving. With school holidays a week away, Christopher is looking forward to joining members and share their activities with them. You can contact Christopher via Don Roberts.

Christopher's& Fishing Tale Jed Wieland 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Sep 21, 2017

This week we enjoyed having two speakers Richard Molitor and Linda Guirey.  This was a New Zealand first and probably a first for Rotary where two former exchange students came and shared their experiences since their scholarships some 40 years ago!
Richard, an inbound student in 1975 told us that upon his return to the US he finished school and attended the University of Washington from where he graduated in 1982 with a degree in pharmacy.  He went on to travel, including to New Zealand before settling down to a role in hospital pharmacy.
Past International Exchange Students Jed Wieland 2017-09-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Del Johnston on Sep 21, 2017

Extract from Geoffrey Amos to Del Johnston, emailed dated 20th September

“Currently we have a team of 4 workers on Kioa Island painting the school buildings. It is their 70th  Anniversary of the first settlers arriving from Tuvalu Island and they wanted the school to look good.

We have just finished a big walk way at Holy Cross College outside the boys dorm. The Principal was so happy he got the boys to re concrete the path around the girls dorm, then asked us to put a new roof on the girls ablution block.

The Cyclone and white ants caused the loss of the roof. Great to have a good reputation for quality work and be appreciated for the work we do. Without the support of Clubs like Pakuranga this would not happen.

Stuart Thomson's “Building for Cyclones “ book has been more helpful than I can believe. He has taught us a lot and for this and other contributions he has made, his knowledge survives”.

Geoffrey Amos

Rotary Club of Taveuni Island, Fiji

News from Taveuni Del Johnston 2017-09-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Sep 20, 2017

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) develops Rotarians as leaders for the future by providing Rotary Learning and Information

A fun, two‐day, interactive seminar that builds Rotary knowledge and develops leadership skills.

The RLI course curriculum is set and updated by the International Rotary Leadership Institute. Trained RLI Facilitators are Rotarians chosen for both their Rotary knowledge and facilitation abilities.

Reserve a place on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017


Join Leaders | Exchange Ideas | Take Action

Rotary Leadership Institute Bart Signal 2017-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Sep 20, 2017

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

Basic Education and Literacy Bart Signal 2017-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under Magazine Bart Signal 2017-09-13 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Zealand to Receive $5 Million Grant Murray Eaton 2017-09-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Sep 05, 2017

Mike Henderson, CEO of Professional Real Estate, brought our understanding of the real estate business into the 21st century with a most interesting account of the ways in which technology is revolutionizing the whole set-up.

We came away with the impression that only techno-whizzes could have much future in the selling of property and even then, you could be in danger of being by passed. He bravely informed us that all you would ever want to know about possible purchases is available online quite independent of the firms engaged in the occupation!

This also puts a big question mark over the future of those engaged in property valuation! However he was quite up-beat about the general direction of real-estate activity and obviously relishes his involvement in it. Bill Duncan expressed the thanks of the club for Mike’s most enlightening address.

Technology Revolutionizing Real Estate Business Peter Woodcock 2017-09-04 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Aug 30, 2017

This week the Club again hosted the Holyoake debate. This contest was initiated by PDG Noel Holyoake in 1983 and has been contested over the years by the three secondary schools in our catchment area namely, Pakuranga College, Edgewater College and St. Kentigern College.This week the Club again hosted the Holyoake debate. This contest was initiated by PDG Noel Holyoake in 1983 and has been contested over the years by the three secondary schools in our catchment area namely, Pakuranga College, Edgewater College and St. Kentigern College.

Holyoake Debate Kelvin Davies 2017-08-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Lit on Aug 29, 2017

As much as my summer was relatively busy, this month is just as bad (I don’t think I’ve stopped once but I love it!)

So, because the summer holidays have come to an end now and Greece is far behind in my rear view mirror, it's onto a different chapter involving school and the last couple of months of my exchange. It is extremely weird to think that time has flown by this fast. Everyone always says that the first 6 months go by fast but the next 6 months go by even faster. Faster? When I got told that i just laughed - thinking in my head how is that even possible knowing that for 17 years of my life school has gone by so slow and the years have dragged on. However experiencing it now really puts things into perspective. 

Outbound Exchange Student Update Emily Lit 2017-08-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on Aug 24, 2017

Our speaker this week was Chris Sattler, the CEO of the Company operating float planes from the Auckland Harbour.

Chris has an interesting background, born in Germany, has served in the German Airforce, travelled extensively and indeed visited over 100 countries. He is now a NZ citizen and also a member of the Auckland Rotary Club.

Auckland Seaplanes Kelvin Davies 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Andrews on Aug 22, 2017

Pakuranga Rotary bestows honorary membership to recognise people who:

  • distinguished themselves by meritorious service
  • embody Rotary ideals
  • support of Rotary's causes

This year for their roles in the community and association with Pakuranga Rotary project the following people were recognised:

  • David Collings – Howick Local Board Chairperson
  • David Comery – Mt Wellington Trust CEO
  • Garry Boles – Howick Local Board
  • Heather French – Howick Inner Wheel President
  • Maurice Williamson – Pakuranga Electorate MP
  • Paul Boswell – Farm Cove Maritime Trust Chairperson

This year for embodying Rotary ideals, meritorious service and support of Rotary's causes the following people were recognised:

  • David Oakley
  • Dawn Johnston
  • Geoff Roberts
  • Jack Tait
  • John Nicholls
  • Lorna Boyd
  • Madelaine Yolland
  • Russell Brighouse

We hope you’ll be able to join us 18 September to congratulate them all.

Recognising Community Leaders Dave Andrews 2017-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Aug 22, 2017

In 1983, Past District Governor Noel Holyoake initiated an intellectual challenge involving young people from the three secondary schools in the Pakuranga area – Edgewater College, Pakuranga College and St. Kentigern College.

Every year since then teams from two of the schools lock verbal horns in the annual Holyoake Debate, an event always eagerly anticipated and invariably enjoyed by appreciative Rotarians, parents and guests.

On Monday, cup-holders St. Kentigern College are being challenged by Pakuranga College.  Don’t miss this highlight of the Rotary year and bring family and friends.

The Holyoake Debate Peter Woodcock 2017-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Aug 16, 2017

With youth suicide regularly in the news it was timely that Monday night’s first speaker, Alex Lovell addressed the club with an engaging and enthusiastic account of his close involvement with a film on the subject.

Alex is half of a production company, Run Charlie, and with a long-time friend is co-producing a short film that grapples with the issues of bullying and youth suicide in a modern South Auckland setting.

Bullying and Youth Suicide in South Auckland Allan Vester 2017-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Aug 16, 2017

Geoff Amos’s long involvement with the Pakuranga Rotary is well known and members were pleased to have Del Johnson present Geoff with two defibrillators for Fiji.

Geoff took the time to outline three issues he believes are important.

Making a Difference in Fiji Allan Vester 2017-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Devonport Rotary Fine Homes Tour Roger Milne 2017-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Aug 10, 2017

This week Pakuranga Rotary was privileged to have Simeon Brown introduce David Carter, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives as our speaker. The Speaker is elected by members of the House and David has held the role since 2013, following on from Dr. Lockwood Smith.

Speaking on the Speaker Jed Wieland 2017-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bart Signal on Aug 02, 2017

Ever wondered what Rt Hon David Carter, the Bee Hive's Speaker of the House does?

We expect this will be informative insight into the day in the life of of the Speaker of the House, as well as some gems about how Parliament works behind the scenes.

Date:Monday 7 August
  • Speaker only from 6:30pm for only $5
  • Dinner + Speaker from 5:30pm for $30

If you are planning to join us, then please go to Upcoming Events and register so we have an idea of numbers.

The Bee Hive's Speaker of the House on Monday Bart Signal 2017-08-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017

Jarrod Lee is an Auckland singer, actor and performer accepted to one of the world’s leading conservatoires, the Royal Academy of Music London.

The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise sponsored Jarrod to attend the Rotary Youth Leader Awards developmental programme six years ago, after which he decided to give up his job to follow his dream of becoming a professional performer.

They invite you to join them to experience a wonderful new talent along with students from Michael Park School.


Tickets $25 Adults or $50 Family
Email Gabrielle Gimblett-Martin

Jarrod Lee Dare to Dream Charity Concert Bart Signal 2017-08-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Andrews on Aug 01, 2017

August: Membership and New Club Development

This month we will be focusing on attracting new members.

Having the Rt Hon David Carter our guest on 7 August provides an excellent opportunity to invite prospective members. 'A day in the life of' the Speaker of the House and insights into behind the scenes at the Bee Hive promises to be an evening that should be of great interest to a wide audience.

I urge you all to play your part in making Pakuranga Rotary successful.

New Membership Options

Shortly members should receive an email with proposals for new membership options. Some of these mirror the ideas have already been implemented by others. They include Corporate, Associate and Family membership options.

Our aim is to get others involved with Pakuranga Rotary and demonstrate what makes Rotary different from other service organisations. Once they have gained insight into the ideals of Rotary and want to get more involved.

From the President's desk David Andrews 2017-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jul 31, 2017

Our newly arrived exchange student Christopher De Blanck from Haderslev, Denmark was introduced.  He expressed his gratitude for the club’s willingness to host him for his year in NZ. Christopher impressed with his confidence and maturity and looks set to have a very successful exchange year
Christopher's first meeting Peter Woodcock 2017-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jul 31, 2017

In his thumbnail talk, Anil spoke of his humble origins in India in a home where the monthly income was approximately $NZ 10. Attending an ‘English’ school with his two brothers he excelled enough to secure his place for 10 years.A move to Hyderabad was a culture shock but again, his academic ability saw him selected as one of 50 from all of India for a course in IT – he’d never seen a computer before this move at the age of 20!

Now, with his wife and two children, he is happily part of the Kiwi scene, heading the IT section of Barfoot and Thompson. His message to all is ‘Dream Big’ – it has certainly worked for him!

Anil Anna - from India to Pakuranga Peter Woodcock 2017-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on Jul 31, 2017

Now studying for a Master’s Degree in Psychology Philippa outlined her experiences as a member of an international team of 15 on Project Starfish, working to support children at risk of becoming victims to human traffickers in Thailand and Cambodia. Rotaract provided the connection. The skilled team offered services including dental work, medical profiling, agricultural development, water-culture systems, providing musical instruments and vocational training – all with the goal of ensuring a safe future for the young participants in the Mission Shelter.Language incompatibility didn’t prevent close bonds between children and team members and Philippa found leaving very hard. Two charitable organisations working with vulnerable children and abused women, INVADER and HAGAR were given practical and financial support by team members.Philippa is committed to continuing this involvement and sees herself using her university studies to the benefit of needy young people, most likely in the same geographic area in the future.

Nick and Denise can be justifiably proud of their enterprising daughter as can our club which has given support to make this experience possible.

Follow the read more link to see more slides of Philippa's experiences.

Project Starfish Peter Woodcock 2017-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Kearns on Jul 28, 2017

Oh what a night as the song goes. We enjoyed an evening of fun and frivolity with excellent brain teases, nice nibbles, cool refreshing liquids and an MC (Duncan Loney) in many guises including a Suma wrestler that was finally a knockout and carried of the stage.

Lots of smiling faces, happy winners of the excellent auction items and medal wearers after being the winners of the quiz. Even Harold from the Life Education Trust had his happy face on for all the photos.

The results of the fund raiser are yet to be determined financially but it looks like a good one and up to last year’s profitable level. A special thanks to the total team involved. They know who they are A great job well done. We achieved the result we were looking for and I am sure we will be back next year.

An Evening of Triumphs and Trivia Graham Kearns 2017-07-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Roberts on Jul 26, 2017

Once again our Pakuranga Rotary is participating in this great Rotary Initiative. For the last 40 odd years we have hosted an Inbound International student and at the same time we have sponsored an Outbound student to an overseas Rotary District.

Our Inbound student this year is Christopher De Blanck from the City of Haderslev in Denmark. Christopher arrived last Thursday having spent 40-hours either in the air or in Airports (10 hours in Singapore).

He was hosted by Don and Bev Roberts for his first two nights and on Saturday moved to his Host Family in Howick where he will spend the next three months.

Chris is now a student at Pakuranga College.

His first visit to our Club will be next Monday so please make him very welcome.

Rotary Youth Exchange Don Roberts 2017-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Milne on Jul 26, 2017

How to recycle plastic bags and other soft plastic packaging.

See: Soft Plastic Recycling Programme Auckland Region

It’s all about vastly reducing the volume of your rubbish which would otherwise be destined for a landfill.

Please encourage this both at home and at work.

Collect : Drop : Recycle

Green Gem of the Month Roger Milne 2017-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Davies on Jul 25, 2017

At our Mini Assembly earlier this month, President David outlined that some meetings will be different from the norm.

Our meeting this week was an example of either a night-off or fellowship only night. For these meetings members can still have a meal in the Restaurant at Waipuna just like any other week.

If you attend on one of these nights, then you will need to wear your Rotary badge and sign the attendance sheet as normal to qualify for the $30.00 meal.

You’ll be informed in advance when the next fellowship only night is going to happen.

Different Sorts of Meetings Alan Davies 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Andrews on Jul 25, 2017

Trivia Night 

This was a credit to Graham Kearns and his team putting together a very worthwhile fund raising effort in association with the Life Education Trust Counties Manukau. The high jinks of our master entertainer Duncan Loney added to the success of the evening and hilarious entertainment.

The LETS team of Judy, Sarah and Harold contributed to the success with the prizes, auction items and purchase of tables.

We have never had such involvement from a partner for our fundraiser trivia quiz night and their efforts will be rewarded once final figures are known.


'A day in the life of' the Speaker of the House

The Rt Hon David Carter will be our guest on 7 August.

David’s address will provide insight into the role he plays in the running of Parliament and an insight into how Parliament works behind the scenes. He is very skilled at handling interjectors, noisy back benchers, points of order and has been known to eject members for the house. So look out Rotarians, any unorderly behaviour will receive the treatment it deserves.

Our Sergeant will be more than happy to carry out Mr Speakers commands. This is an evening not to be missed. Guests and partners are most welcome.

Our Speaker deserves a full house.

From the President's Desk David Andrews 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Andrews on Jul 19, 2017

Triumphs and Trivia 

Elizabeth and I are looking forward to having some fun at our Triumphs and Trivia evening on Saturday. There are some great prizes and auction items on offer.

We even have an online auction for Santos FC White Soccer Jersey Signed by the great Pele. 

Monday Night

There will be no meeting on Monday night - We're making a difference. You are still welcome to meet and share a drink or have dinner with friends.

From the Presidents Desk David Andrews 2017-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Davies on Jul 19, 2017

There are still has a couple of tables to complete a full house for Trivia. Please, if you have some sporting contacts or people who enjoy a fun night out with other like-minded persons who would like to test their general knowledge, then let them know we have a great night planned for them.

Contact Alan Davies now at or phone 021 535 556 and he will do the rest.

Trivia Night on Saturday - Still tickets available Alan Davies 2017-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Kearns on Jul 19, 2017

Triumphs and Trivia evening is on this Saturday - There are great prizes to available win and check out the interest auction items to win so give them the opportunity to be there and take the plunge yourself if you haven’t done so already.

Triumphs and Trivia - Auction Items Graham Kearns 2017-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Jul 18, 2017

Gray Bartlett has packed a lot into his 75 years.  Not only has his 30 albums and 20 singles sold well in excess of 1 million units, he continues to work as a concert promoter, boosting upcoming visits by Tommy Mandel and Johnny Cash’s daughter Rosanne.  Gray had realised very early on while listening to Chet Atkins that he could see colours in music and by 1961 had recorded his first single as a guitarist.  His career subsequently embraced musical direction, composition and production as well as concert promotion.  Bill Duncan recalled meeting Gray in the late 1980’s when Gray was performing in China to a live audience of 200,000 people and then conducting a master class for 500 young guitarists.

Gray Bartlett – with Strings Attached Les Divers 2017-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Jul 18, 2017

The Club has presented a defibrillator to the Maritime Centre on Bramley Drive which was purchased with funds raised at our annual carnival.

Club Donation makes the Heart Leap  Les Divers 2017-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Gilbert on Jul 13, 2017

Bring your friends and family along on the 17th of July for a night of great entertainment.

Gray Bartlett is coming along to speak about his 30 years in the music industry plus he will give a short performance.

Check out his website for more info on him:

Friends and Family Night - 17 July Sarah Gilbert 2017-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Hawkins on Jul 13, 2017

At Changeover I received a few comments/questions as to how the Tour went this year and although President Peter did announce the results at a May meeting, along with twice commenting within his ‘President Reports’, this report will give you an overview of this year's event, and detail what is planned for 2018.

Pakuranga's NZ Tours 2017 and 2018 Report Peter Hawkins 2017-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Jul 10, 2017

Our exchange student Eva, unfazed by the failure of computer technology recounted some of the details of what had been an amazing twelve months. In that time she had travelled widely across New Zealand in both main islands. She had taken part in many Rotary activities including RYPEN and assisting with the raising of $5,500 for the emergency boxes. She had engaged in many school activities including the school production of Young Frankenstein as well as making many friends on the way.

Paying tribute to her three host families Eva recounted how they had welcomed her so openly into their families and taken such wonderful care of her. This year had been the best year of her life and she was certain that it had changed her life in a really positive way. Common to many of our exchange students, Eva clearly understood that she had had the opportunity to do more and see more than most of her Kiwi friends and she thanked Rotary for that.

Click the read more link to see the slides Eva, was going to present.

Eva's Year in NZ Allan Vester 2017-07-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Jul 10, 2017

Ted van Arkel a prominent business figure in New Zealand and well known to many Rotarians took us on a journey through hs career attesting to the power of a positive attitude and taking the opportunities offered.

Ted had moved as a child with his parents from Utrecht, a University City in the Netherlands to Ohakune. He was unsure why his father, a baker, had made such a move but remembered that his mother did not like the change and within six months they had moved to Auckland. Educated in standard Auckland schools Ted left Mt Albert Grammar after the fifth form and began what was to be a wonderful career in retail at Woolworths.

Ted van Arkel the Power of a Positive Attitude Allan Vester 2017-07-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Milne on Jul 07, 2017


Sunnyhills Primary Trees For Survival planting

Planting date is the 4th August in Hunua. (Rain delay day is 11th August)

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If you have never done this before, it’s a fun day – really worthwhile albeit physical !!

Trees for Survival Needs Your Help Roger Milne 2017-07-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland

Last Monday, President Dave Andrews gave us a synopsis of the upcoming year at his “Mini Club Assembly” held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre.   The evening was a review of where we were at and then where we would like to be at the end of the next 12 months with Dave noting that we were at a turning point.

Mini Club Assembly - The Future of Pakuranga Rotary Jed Wieland 2017-07-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on Jun 19, 2017

Monday’s guest speaker was Theresa Healey who has an extensive acting resumé which includes appearing as Nurse Carmen Roberts for 5 years in Shortland Street, leading roles in the movies Jubilee and Savage Honeymoon and many years in theatre. We were treated to 5 minutes of video footage of the diverse roles she has played and even a photo from a 1964 Pakuranga Town Centre Baby Shoot.

Theresa and her 3 siblings all were talented in the performing arts in various ways and their Pakuranga upbringing clearly gave them the confidence to take on the world. Having spent 10 years in her early career constantly in the theatre she was subsequently a regular on Shortland Street and more recently is enjoying the challenge of raising her two teenage children.

She did comment that it becomes a little harder for women in their 50’s to constantly land significant roles. Anil Anna introduced Theresa to us and thanked her for giving us an overview of her already lengthy career as an actress.

Pakuranga Performers Les Divers 2017-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on Jun 19, 2017

On Monday evening, many of our Reading Tutors volunteering at Panmure Bridge School were our guests at Rotary. They were accompanied by Sue Searle and Val Martin, the delightful and well organised Reading Recovery Teachers at the school. With the extension of the programme into the senior school, we now have a team of 14 reliable and dedicated people making a difference to the outcomes for the lucky children they are working with. Come September, this programme, which is now part of the formal school curriculum, will have been in place for seven years.

Pakuranga Rotary is very grateful to our supporters, as well as the school for taking such great care of us and making us so welcome. My thanks also to President Peter for his interest and support.

Our Dedicated Reading Tutors Sylvie Wilkinson 2017-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Jun 12, 2017

Dr Simcock is now the Neurological Foundation’s medical adviser and came to speak to us about neurological disease and to help the clarification around definition and illnesses that make up the ailments that are generally discussed under the heading Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia is about the loss of the ability to think, memory can be impaired, abilities around the ability to calculate, sound judgement and language. Essentially dementia is a description of a cluster of symptoms with several difficult causes.

These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as head injuries and other structural brain disorders, toxins etc.

Alzheimer’s at 34% makes up the largest group of people affected. Currently there is no effective cure for Alzheimer’s however there is a large knowledge base and hopes are high for improved treatment options within the next decade.

Dementia a Neurological Disease Jed Wieland 2017-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on Jun 12, 2017

Our second speaker, local politician Gary Bowles came to update us on some local initiatives that he was very keen to work with Rotary on. This included rekindling some projects of the past which seemed to have lost profile and attention or could, in his view, be handled better. These included the Citizen’s award, the River Festival, the running of which he wants to push back to the community alongside the Club own Carnival event.

Gary is a long-term resident of Pakuranga with interest and responsibilities for parks and sports facilities, arts and culture and the event portfolio. He is keen to develop the relationship between Council and Rotary which is a great opportunity for our Club.

Local Politician local Initiatives Jed Wieland 2017-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelvin Davies on May 29, 2017
This week our guest speaker, Gordon Jackman, who is the Programme Manager for Polio NZ Inc., provided a graphic insight into the world action against this crippling disease.
Gordon contracted polio as a young child, one year before the Polio vaccine was introduced into New Zealand. He is exceptional in terms of how he has coped with life and at the same time has been very active on the world stage in the fight against Polio. He showed us his orthotic boot which enables him to walk without a noticeable limp. Advances are being made in this field but the ankle foot type boots are expensive and can cost more than $15k US.
A Graphic Insight into Polio Kelvin Davies 2017-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Wilkinson on May 29, 2017
On Monday our Rotary Reading Tutors and some of our Club members attended the Pink Morning Tea at Panmure Bridge School, where $775.00 was collected for breast cancer support.
While there, we were asked if we could help with finding people to start a second tutoring group, this time with the more senior students. Full training is given. (the current group has proved to be invaluable in developing reading skills)
If you know any one, Rotarian or not, who may be interested in learning more about this role, please contact Sylvie on 5277035 or
Pink Morning Tea for Rotary Reading Tutors Sylvie Wilkinson 2017-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on May 22, 2017
Monday night saw the club treated to a very interesting and engaging presentation by the “boots on the ground” Commander of NZ troops in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Hall.
Richard, MBE and MNZM, led the NZ troops in Bamiyan province from October 2008 until April 2009 and a book about his reflections on Afghanistan, A Long Road To Progress was published in 2013.
In a wide-ranging evaluation, Richard, addressed the half-truths and myths that have become the staple of the mainstream media. Starting with the myth that Afghanistan has never been successfully invaded Richard outlined a history of invasion stretching back to Alexander the Great.
Boots on the Ground Allan Vester 2017-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Woodcock on May 15, 2017
There was me and you (didn’t see the dog named ‘Boo’), sweet Caroline, Bobby McGee and a whole lot of other familiar names and faces at the Yacht Club venue on Monday as 46 members and partners ate and boogied the night away to the beat of the band Vintage Summer starring our very own Linda Agnew.
A quick glance at the bar tab showed good support from the imbibers, ensuring at least a break-even ledger. For some ‘It’s a Heartache’ may have tweaked the emotions – for others more geriatric, like yours truly, ‘It’s an earache’ may have been more appropriate but there was an out in the room next door to allow for any needed respite and recovery. All in all, an enjoyable night with a difference – the roast pork with healthy accompaniments supplied by Onsite caterers was a winner.
Didn’t see the dog named ‘Boo’ Peter Woodcock 2017-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 08, 2017

The Vocational Committee treated members on Monday night to a visit to the Wiri facility of Fruehauf NZ Limited. One of the leading assemblers of truck bodies and trailers in the country, Fruehauf employs approximately 100 people, 60 of whom work in the main production plant in Fielding. Part owner Jeff Mear gave an over-view of the company’s history and the changes which have dramatically altered the industry since the rail monopoly on long distance travel in New Zealand was abolished. 

With towing rigs and trailers now able to extend to 23m in length, members were able to observe up close the impressive capacity of trailers at various stages of construction. From curtainsiders and hardsiders to livestock, special purpose and refrigerated trailers, the company custom builds on imported chassis to the clients designed specifications. The company has been manufacturing trailers in New Zea-land since the 1940’s and entered into a licensing agreement with the historic Frue-hauf brand (Fruehauf in America has an interesting history all of its own) in 1969.

King of the Road Les Divers 2017-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Les Divers on May 08, 2017
President Peter referred to the very successful get together for District Conference attendees. Amongst the inspirational speakers at the Conference were Sir Ray Avery, Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) and Nigel Latta. Peter Woodcock was awarded another PHF by District for his huge involvement over a lengthy period with Interactors
Peter Woodcock Receives a PHF Les Divers 2017-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 01, 2017
Our two Summer Science and Technology Forum awardees gave us a fantastic report on their two weeks at Forum. Both felt really privileged to be selected and to be sponsored by the Club and the opportunity it gave them to follow their passion and consolidate their pathway to University and beyond.
Following a Passion for Science and Technology Jed Wieland 2017-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jed Wieland on May 01, 2017

Fruehauf Trailers Vocational Visit

Ken Worsley updated members on the vocational visit to Fruehauf Trailers at 21 Hobill Avenue Manukau City. Be there for 5:30, there will be an address by the GM followed by an inspection tour and then onto a restaurant for dinner - location to be advised. Closed shoes for all please and ladies, please no high heels.

Upcoming Trivia Night

Roger Milne is looking for items that can be auctioned at Trivia night. Something unusual with a point of difference is what Roger is looking for - any ideas, call Roger. 
Alan Davies has tickets available at $25 a head, $250 per table.

Harbour Bridge Walk

Duncan is proposing a Harbour Bridge walk on the 11th or 12th of June. This will cost about $95 a head if a group of 20 can be put together. Call Duncan to register your interest in this event, he recommends it as being well worthwhile.
One Minute Speakers Jed Wieland 2017-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Apr 24, 2017
On Monday evening, Murray Clarke presented a very interesting and compelling report on the work of Attainable, a charitable trust that by providing employment and support enhances the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves. Murray, after many years of corporate life was asked to work with the Attainable trust essentially to shut it down.
Attainable which had started life in 1997 as Auckland Protected Employment Trust was in trouble but Murray saw something in the key aims of the trust and now seven years later the trust has gone from strength.
Attainable Trust Making Work Attainable Allan Vester 2017-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2017

Bangers to Bluff Alzheimers Fundraiser
29th March – 9th April 2017


At 9.30am Wednesday morning, 29th March, in wet unpleasant conditions, Miss Auckland, Michelle Isemonger sounded her battery blow horn, President Peter dropped the clutch & the Mazda Green Goddess began her journey from Buckland Beach Yatch Club in Half Moon Bay on the Bangers to Bluff Charity Fundraiser rally.

Bangers to Bluff - Team Piston Broke  2017-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Apr 10, 2017
Pakuranga Rotary has been a long-time supporter of the Walsh memorial Flying School and earlier this year Kylie Chand was our candidate at the 51st school held at Matamata. The two-week programme has a solid base of theory including meteorology, aircraft technology, pre-flight checks and air traffic control along with practical flying lessons. Kylie was clearly a fast learner as he was able to take his first solo flight after only 9 hours with an instructor. That led to him getting the opportunity to take a flight with the instructor and his mother and grandmother.
Kylie thanked the club for an opportunity to kick-start what he hopes will be a career in aviation.
Flying high Allan Vester 2017-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Vester on Apr 10, 2017
Tait Steele attended Outward Bound at Anakiwa and reported to the club about just what a life changing opportunity that was. Outward Bound has a focus on personal and group challenge and service, and Tait responded to those challenges very positively. Two challenges in particular stood out, the first being a problem with panic when rock climbing. Recognising that he had to overcome that, Tait plunged in headfirst and did the climb blind folded.
Changing attitude to service Allan Vester 2017-04-09 12:00:00Z 0

The Fijian Pre-Schools projects are an ideal example of Auckland based Rotary clubs working together and matching up with an Island club to complete much needed and valuable multipurpose community assets.

In conjunction with the Taveuni Island Rotary, Pakuranga Rotary has been the lead and coordinator for building five preschools over the past 10 years, two in the village of Naselesele, one in the village of Bouma, both on the island of Tavueni plus one each on the islands of Rabi and Kioa. Pakuranga Rotary designed, arranged funding for and coordinated the construction of the preschool classrooms in those island villages. The design and specification work was completed by Stuart Thompson and the completed school rooms are multipurpose also being used as village meeting halls, housing and as refuge centres in cyclones.

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Helping in the Pacific Del Johnson 2016-07-11 12:00:00Z 0 Pacific

Rotary Dictionary Project for NZ

In 2008 the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, in conjunction with Pakuranga Rotary Club, implemented a Rotary Dictionary Project for NZ. The intent was that Rotary Clubs throughout NZ would supply Year 4 students (8 to 9 year olds), in low decile schools, with their own named copy of an illustrated dictionary. The dictionary chosen has proven to be superb with a huge uptake by Rotary Clubs nationwide

Furthering Education David Wardell 2016-07-10 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Walkway

The Rotary walkway was built and laid in stages by members and volunteers of the Pakuranga Rotary Club with the assistance of Council and community sponsorship. It was completed in 2014 when some widening and replacing of older parts of the walkway also took place.

The Pakuranga Rotary shared pathway has become a very popular walk or ride stretching 9km from Prince Regent Drive in Farm Cove to the Panmure Bridge adjacent to the Pakuranga Town Centre. The path weaves past the Pakuranga Sailing Club and offers great views up and down the Tamaki River. The walk / rideway is well sign-posted and many well placed information panels provide historical information about the area. There are lots of picnic spots along the path, which is also home to the local favourite ‘snake’ playground also built by the Pakuranga Rotary Club.

Building Community Assets 2016-06-29 12:00:00Z 0

Pakuranga's Trivia Night goes to the Dogs

The Pakuranga Club's annual Trivia night raises funds for a myriad of community projects. One of the organisations supported is the Mobility Dog Trust. At a presentation after a recent event, the club’s Andrew Seeley presented a cheque for $8,000 to the Trust. Mobility Dogs Senior Canine Coordinator Natalie Ramm spoke about the Trust’s mission - to enhance the lives of people living with physical disabilities increasing independence, confidence, self-esteem and participation in New Zealand communities.  Natalie introduced mobility dog Leah which demonstrated some of the skills so beneficial to people with mobility problems.
Helping People With Disabilities 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

Top Schools

Top Schools is held annually, generally on a Sunday at Edgewater College in Pakuranga, Auckland Organised and supervised by the Pakuranga Rotary Club, teams from the local schools take part in a range of sports type activities. The emphasis is on co-operation, teamwork as well as friendly inter-school competition. Teams are mixed with students from Year 3 - Year 6.

Working with Our Kids 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

Catch a Top Day Out

Pakuranga Rotary has, for 21 years, run a Charity Fishing Competition with the major proceeds going to Coastguard. Named the “Catch a Top Day Out” it is held around March each year.

The club arranges for groups of corporate guests to go out on a launch fishing competition in the inner Hauraki Gulf. Each boat is supplied with fish bait, lunch and refreshments, with the day finishing in the evening with a meal on Motuihe Island and prize giving. The Club is always looking for more launch owners who would be interested in making their boat available for this fun and memorable fundraising event. If you have a launch and would be keen to help both the club and Coastguard, please get in touch with the club on the contact us page.

Make our Community Safer 2014-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
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