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Auckland

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
New Zealand
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Dr Chris Jenkins, Senior Solicitor Russell McVeagh
Jun 25, 2018
Divided Kingdom? A Cambridge student's view of recent British politics
 
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Next Monday (18 June) our speaker will be Simon O’Connor, who is a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives and a member of the National Party.  But instead of talking politics, the title of Simon’s speech will be ‘Iraq & Afghanistan – A fascinating and fantastic recent encounter’.
Our biggest annual fundraiser and your opportunity to “do good” and volunteer is coming in July.  Each year the World Press Photography Exhibition (WPPE) raises thousands of dollars for our charities and we can’t do it without your support.  We therefore need volunteers (Rotarians, family and friends) to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible on Level 6 of Smith & Caughey's in Queen Street.  If you can help, then please contact Jacqui in the office, who will let you know which shifts are still available.  Also, a number of members are unable to offer their time to volunteer for this event for various reasons, so, if you fall into this category, we are offering the option of making a donation, so we can hire a student to take your place.  To employ a student for two shifts will cost on average about $120.00.  If you would like to volunteer or donate funds so we can hire a student in your place, then please contact me directly on (09) 486 6010 or reply to this email.
A Rotary Emergency Response Kit (ERK) is given to families in the South Pacific who have lost their homes and possessions in a Cyclone. The 23kg kit contains the basics to get families through the first few weeks. The contents include tarpaulins and mosquito nets, tools – hammer, saw, pry bar, shovel and machete, cooking equipment and kitchenware, cleaning materials, first aid kits and clothing.   This year we are packing 750 Emergency Response Kits (ERKS) to replace those distributed in Tonga and Samoa after Cyclone Gita in February this year.  I encourage some of the newer members to get involved.  It is a good opportunity to see Rotary in action.  I am looking for a team of 15 to 20 people for the packing session. Please let Jacqui know if you can take part by replying to this email or phoning her on (09) 486 6010.
 
When: Saturday 7th July 2018 from 10.00am to 1.00pm
 
Where: Auckland University Tamaki Campus, 261 Morrin Rd, St Johns
 
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Last week the documentation to formalise a twinning relationship between our Club and the Rotary Club of Hong Kong (District 3450) was completed by President Kelvin Mui (and previously signed by President John Collinge), so now we are Sister Rotary Clubs.  This came about because of past RCA member Donna Buckland, who has just become the 2018/2019 Rotary Club of Hong Kong President, hoping our two Clubs could build a lasting relationship.  We look forward to what the future may hold.
District Governor Malini and District Governor Elect Ingrid's District Changeover function is on Saturday 7 July and all Club members and their partners are invited.  Come and join your fellow Rotarians for an evening of fun and celebration. There will be a welcome drink on arrival, nibbles throughout the event and a cash bar will be available.  Please let Jacqui in the office know if you are interested in attending and if you have specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.).
 
Date & Time: Saturday 7th July 2018 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
 
Location: Quality Hotel, 20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
 
Cost: $30 per person
This week began with President John thanking Gill Johnston for looking after the office while Jacqui was galivanting overseas (and Jacqui also thanks Gill for ensuring she didn’t return to chaos!!!!).  We then watched the video organised by Ngaio Merrick, regarding interviews from the Breakfast with John Key last month, that can be used to help boost our membership.  This was followed by Jacqui talking about her trip to Europe, travelling the Camino Pilgrimage Trail from St Jean Pied de Port (in the Pyrenees) to Santiago de Compostela (near the Spanish coast) and surviving 700km of cycling and walking.
 
We then heard from the guest speaker Roger MacDonald, Chief Executive of Panuku Development Auckland, who is charged with regenerating our city, by balancing profit with the greater good.  Panuku, meaning to ‘move on’ or ‘move forward’, is the product of a merger between the old Auckland Council Property Limited and Waterfront Auckland.  Roger has worked globally on large private and public development and infrastructure projects, so he has the experience to work on beginning to fix Auckland’s problems, to radically improve the quality of urban living.  Our City has been and still is growing, on average, by about 800 people a week, which started well before the councils amalgamated in 2010, so there is no quick solution.  Currently, there are about 20 urban development projects being worked on, with many involving multiple key stake holders to find solutions, from both the public and private sectors.  While regeneration of these areas is paramount, also just as important is to ensure re-gentrification doesn’t also occur, so providing protection for local inhabitants.  For more information go to https://www.panuku.co.nz/