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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland, North Auckland  1010
New Zealand
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Sir Lockwood Smith
Aug 21, 2017
Brexit - An Historic Moment. Will it be Wasted?
Aug 28, 2017
Auckland Property – Current Issues and Future Trends; Chair: Tony Caughey
Q&A: Margaret Bearsley, CEO, Takeovers Panel
Sep 04, 2017
Interviewer: Stewart Germann
PHF Lunch/Speaker Keith Jackson Cooks Global Foods
Sep 11, 2017
Growing a global coffee and food brand
Rodney Wayne, founder Rodney Wayne hair salons
Sep 18, 2017
Lessons learnt from creating a NZ Icon
Panel of Fran O'Sullivan, Mark Lister, Ross Davey
Sep 25, 2017
Post-election outlook; Chair: Steve Corbett
Breakfast(7:15am)Q&A: PeterBusfield,CEO,NZ Marine
Oct 02, 2017
The America's Cup: It's all on for New Zealand now - Interviewer Andrew Aitken
Peter Maire
Oct 09, 2017
Going Global
Carmel Murphy
Oct 16, 2017
The Networking Queen
Panel: Crowd funding history and successes to date
Oct 30, 2017
Chair: Ngaio Merrick
Breakfast (7:15am) Q&A: Professor Andrew Taberner
Nov 06, 2017
Bioengineering: Needle-free injection technology - Interviewer: Jai Basrur
Brian Gaynor, Head of Investments, Milford
Nov 13, 2017
New Zealand’s capital markets – then, now and in ten years’ time
Tara Lorigan, CEO and Founder, Company of Women
Nov 20, 2017
Successful women entrepreneurs
Panel: Dr Caryn Zinn, Catherine Bell, Ray McVinnie
Nov 27, 2017
Eat Well, Feel Great; Chair: Elizabeth Lennie
Breakfast (7:15am) Q&A
Dec 04, 2017
Janene Draper, Co-founder & Director, Farro Fresh
Dec 11, 2017
From 12 to 450+ staff in 11 short years
Feb 12, 2018

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Vitale Lafaele moved to Auckland from Samoa with his family when he was two years old.  When he retired as Area Commander Counties Manukau in 2015, his career spanned over 35 years of NZ Army and NZ Police operational, tactical, and executive leadership.  Vitale is still the only Samoan to gain the command of an Area in NZ, the only Polynesian to reach the top level in any of Auckland’s three metropolitan Police Districts and the only Police officer to command all of NZ Police Specialist Tactical Squads; the Armed Offenders Squad, Special Tactics Anti-Terrorist Squad, and Dignitary VIP and Witness Protection Squads.  As well as extensive leadership and command expertise, Vitale has 18 years’ community and corporate governance experience and currently sits as a Director on a several governance boards.  The title of Vitale’s speech will be "Leadership under fire".
We’d like to invite you to join us for the upcoming TTT (Third Thirsty Thursday) next week.  We are moving the time up to 5:30pm to make it easier for some of you to enjoy a relaxing after-work chat & drink before joining your families at home:
Time:  5:30pm – 6:30pm
Date:  Thursday 17 August
Place:  The Jefferson, Imperial Building, Fort Lane, Auckland (Google Map Link)
No RSVP necessary
TTT is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with fellow Rotarians outside of the regular Monday meetings in a purely social context.  The whiskeys, wines, and nibbles at The Jefferson are delightful.  We encourage you to come along.  Partners and friends are also most welcome to join.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Frida, Tom and Monika on behalf of the Rotary Club of Auckland
On Monday we farewelled member David Botting, who after nearly 39 years as a Rotarian, has decided to retire.  David was part of one of our first group exchange trips, which in those days spanned 5 months, to India and Ceylon.  Eventually these trips become known as Group Study Exchanges and became an International Rotary programme, that over time were reduced to four weeks.  It was on this trip that David met his wife Deidre, who also joined us today.  While a member of our Club, David was Chair of the RCA Foundation and Trustee Company, during its ownership of the Ellerslie Flower Show.  It is also thanks to David we are able to hold our end of year Bowls and BBQ evenings at the St Heliers Bowling Club.  President John then presented David with a PHF+1 in thanks for all the work he has done for our Club and Rotary over the years.
Then our key-note speaker was Dr Ron Jones, the author of “Doctors in Denial: the forgotten women in the ‘unfortunate experiment’”.  This research, led by Professor Herbert Green, hypothesised that carcinoma in-situ of the cervix (CIS) was not a precursor of cancer and he studied a group of women with CIS that involved observing their health, without their consent.  Many of these women went onto develop cancer and a number eventually died.  Yet, even by the mid-1960s there was almost universal agreement among gynaecologists and pathologists worldwide that CIS was a precursor of cancer, requiring complete removal.  In 1984 Jones and senior colleagues Dr Bill McIndoe and Dr Jock McLean published a scientific paper that exposed the truth, and the disastrous outcome of Green’s experiment.  This led to a public inquiry in 1987, when Judge Silvia Cartwright observed that an unethical experiment had been carried out in large numbers of women for over 20 years.  And even today there are still people who believe this work by Green was acceptable, even though these women were never given the opportunity to make an informed decision about their involvement or instead to opt for medical intervention.  There are many instances of such practices historically within the western medical arena, were people have unknowingly contributed to the supposed advancement of scientific research, often at the cost of their health and even their lives, such as Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment in America.  Regardless of your thoughts regarding this experiment at National Women’s, today in New Zealand medical research requires participants to give their informed consent to be involved, rather than someone else making this decision for them without their knowledge.