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Kia ora Members

Our speaker last Monday was André Lovatt from Auckland Airport.  Amongst the 800 projects he has to juggle over the next 15 years valued in excess of 28 billion dollars, he has to build a new International Terminal wing, rebuild the Domestic Terminal along-side the current International terminal and build the Northern runway.  It seemed a massively complex task, and we received insights into the many ways the Airport is changing its infrastructure to accommodate our future travel requirements.
This week Rotary International announced  Nigeria, as one of the three remaining Polio countries, has been declared Polio Free.  On 21st August, Nigeria reached the 3 year milestone of no reported cases.  The two remaining countries still to wipe out Polio are Afghanistan and Pakistan, who have had 133 cases in the last three years.  We are raising funds for "End Polio Now" on 1 November with collectors at Britomart Station.  Keep the date for your opportunity to volunteer for a hour or two.
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown                                  


Next Monday’s Speaker – Brett O’Riley
Our key-note next Monday 5 August is our newest Club Past President Brett O’Riley, who in January became the Chief Executive of EMA (Employers and Manufacturers Association).  Brett has a career in the technology sector, including Chief Executive of ATEED, where he was known for his advocacy for the City of Auckland and the development of many initiatives in the areas of tourism, major events and innovation.  Brett has also held senior positions in the private and public sector, including founding Chief Executive of NZTech.  Brett will give an EMA update on the economy and business environment.
RC of Ak Harbourside’s 25th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside invites you to join them to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Friday 23 August.  Please let Jacqui in the office know if you would like to attend and she will organise the tickets:
Venue: Novotel Auckland Ellerslie, 72 – 112 Greenlane East Road, Ellerslie
Date & Time: Friday 23 August 2019 from 6.30pm
Dress: Formal / Traditional
Tickets: $65.00 per person – please let Jacqui in the office know if you would like to attend
Women Achieving More with Diane Foreman
No matter what stage of your career you are at, staying motivated, hungry for new ideas and inspired can be a challenge.  Hear from one of NZ's most successful businesswomen, Diane Foreman, as she digs into the nitty gritty about how perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit and maintaining a competitive edge in a crowded market led to the $80 million sale of Emerald Foods.  Coming from humble beginnings, Diane will share how she grew from being a high school dropout and struggling young single mum to being named 2009 NZ EY Entrepreneur of the Year and honoured by the Queen in 2012 for her services to business.  Join us for after work drinks and nibbles and take advantage of the opportunity to ask Diane your burning questions about being a woman in leadership. 
Date & Time: Tuesday 6 August, 6pm – 7pm (Networking until 7.30pm)
Venue: EMA Business Hub, 145 Khyber Pass Road
Tickets: EMA Members $69 + GST and Non-EMA Members $89 + GST Register Now
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
Retirement Village Living Implications
On Thursday 19 September there will be a free community education event about  the implications of retirement village living (the Commission is an autonomous Crown agency, offers objective, impartial information - this is not a marketing event).  The seminar discusses, in very frank and robust terms, the personal, legal and financial implications that need to be considered before becoming a retirement village  resident.  The venue will be the Auckland Bridge Club, 273 Remuera Road, 10am tea, start 10.30am, finishing around midday.  Registration is free and important because seats fill quickly.  People can register online at or by calling Paul Niccolini on 021 565 321.
District 9920 Conference 15 – 17 May 2020
This Conference will have a carefully crafted programme that will inspire and entertain you and will be held in the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building, which has superb facilities and plentiful underground parking.  There will also be an exciting pre-Conference programme whether on the harbour, on the golf course, exploring Auckland or relaxing on Waiheke Island.
2020 Rotary International Convention
Next year’s RI Convention will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from Monday 6 until Friday 10 June 2020.  For more information and to register, go to: