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President's Message
Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members
Last week I attended the 2019 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) dinner with Brett O'Riley and Ann Tod.  Our club sponsored 5 young adults to attend the 7 day leadership training course which was run by Halfmoon Bay and Pakuranga Clubs, in partnership with the NZ Army, at Willow Park.  Our own member Elbert Angkiriwang, Director of Youth,  attended this year’s course, and was very excited about the leadership experiences he gained through the week.
Before attending the course, attendees have to go through an application process and interview to be selected for the course.  The 118 people that came to the 2019 course are an amazing group of young adults who are already making an impact through their lives in the workplace and in the community.  They are energetic, enthusiasts with a sense of their potential as young leaders.  The Rylarians of 2019 give me a great sense of comfort that the future leaders of our nation of are of such a high calibre.
When the course registrations open again for the 2020 RYLA, keep the young adults in your families, work places and network in mind to encourage them to attend this course which is a life changing experience that links a group of young leaders together for their lives.
I would also like to congratulate Pam Clarke for receiving two Paul Harris Fellows at last week’s District Changeover, for all her work at District level over the last few years.  Congratulations Pam!
Our speaker today is Jamie Sinclair, who is the CEO of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, having previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of its development arm.  I hope you can join me at lunch today to hear this interesting speaker and about the future plans for this Trust.
Craig Brown                                  
Next Monday’s Speaker – Sir Jim McLay
Our key-note speaker next Monday 8 July, will be Sir James McLay KMNZ QSO, who is a diplomat and former politician.  Jim was Deputy Prime Minister during 1984 and also Leader of the National Party and Leader of the Opposition during 1984 to 1986.  Jim retired from parliamentary politics in 1987 and in 2009 became New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2015, Jim became New Zealand's Representative to the Palestinian Authority and from 2016 to 2017 was New Zealand's Consul General in Honolulu.  The title of Jim’s speech with be  ‘My time as NZ Ambassador to the United Nations’.
World Press Photo Exhibition – 29 June to 28 July
This year's World Press Photography Exhibition is now open to the public on level 6 of Smith & Caughey's  And please remember to contact Jacqui in the office regarding volunteering at this year's Exhibition if you haven't already done so.
Mid-Year Christmas Festivities
For anyone who may be interested, there are still a few remaining Rotary Christmas Puddings from last year (they keep very well), which would be ideal for mid-year Christmas festivities.  If interested in purchasing any of these puddings, which are $20 each, please contact Jacqui in the office.
Battle of the Suits – Tuesday 13 August
The Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland in association with Milford Asset Management, are hosting a major fundraiser - a black tie debate on Tuesday 13 August 2019 at the Cordis Hotel, with the moot being “Can a Working Port & Auckland City Co-exist?".  One team comprises three lawyers - Kathryn Beck, Katherine Anderson and Michael Timmins and the other team is a carefully selected group of 'Celebrities' - Sir John Key, Tom Scott and David Downs.  Debate adjudicators are QC’s Simon Moore and Lynton (Lyn) Stevens and MC for the evening is Miriama Kamo.  This is a fundraiser for the 'Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project’ and the evening will also include an auction, a silent auction and a raffle.  Tickets are $250 per person or $2500 for a table of 10, which includes arrival canapés, 3 course dinner and drinks.  Tickets can be purchased from Gill at or 021 278 9915
Te Whakaora Tangata Fundraising Dinner
Te Whakaora Tangata is holding its annual Fundraising Dinner on Friday 6 September 2019.  This organisation is an innovator of parent-focussed, whanau restoration programmes in South Auckland.  For further information please phone (09) 269 4083 or email
RCA LinkedIn Update
We have decided to increase the Club's presence on LinkedIn by creating a public LinkedIn page that can be accessed by anyone - rather than the "closed" LinkedIn Group we currently have, which can only be accessed by invitation.  We will therefore be closing the old Group down.  For those of you in the old LinkedIn Group, we hope you will take the time to transfer to our new page.  If you are not currently connected to the Club through LinkedIn, now is your opportunity to do so.  Simply click on the link below and then click the follow button. We hope you will enjoy the fresher look and content of our new page -
Denis Moller
Director – Communications & IT