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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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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: Fran O'Sullivan, Mark Lister
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
Janene Draper, Co-founder & Director, Farro Fresh
Dec 11, 2017
From 12 to 450+ staff in 11 short years
Feb 12, 2018
Prof Graham Le Gros, Director, Malaghan Institute
Feb 19, 2018
Leading edge medical research, particularly cancer research

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Earlier this year, Sir Lockwood Smith left London after four years as High Commissioner, at a crucial time for New Zealand - United Kingdom relations, courtesy of the Brexit vote in the UK.  Lockwood says the job was much harder work than he had expected and this only intensified after the Brexit referendum.  Lockwood said in the trade area, he found his counsel called on - not least because the UK had not had to negotiate its own trade agreements for 40 years, while New Zealand had built up a great catalogue of experience.  The title of Lockwood’s speech on Monday will be ‘Brexit – An Historic Moment.  Will it be wasted?
It is with great pleasure that I advise that Brett O'Riley has been appointed as President Elect for the 2018/2019 Rotary year. Brett will be stepping down as CEO of ATTEED at the end of September 2017 and he is very keen to devote more time to Rotary.
Stewart Germann
Past President
Rotary is celebrating 100 years in Australasia in 2021 by introducing a project to immunise 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries.  This is an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Rotary achievements and demonstrate the contemporary relevance of the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’.  The four oldest Australasian Rotary Clubs – Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland, in partnership with UNICEF Australia and New Zealand will lead the immunisation across the Pacific Project to support the sustainable introduction of three new life-saving vaccines:
  • Rotavirus Vaccine – to prevent a severe form of diarrhoea;
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine – to prevent pneumonia, blood infections (such as sepsis) and meningitis;
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine – to prevent some types of cervical cancer
By working closely with each country’s Government, the program will continue in the long term, so generations of children and adolescent girls will be supported.  The nine Pacific Island countries that will benefit from this project are – the Cook Island, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  This new venture builds on the Rotary and UNICEF’s partnership that began in 1988, spearheading the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – the world’s largest ever public health endeavour.  So, what can you do to help?  You can be part of the committee for our Club working on this project and/or you can make a donation - $45 will immunise one child on an ongoing basis.  Many thanks to the David Levene Foundation who has already donated $4500 to immunise 100 children.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Jacqui in the office.
This year the Auckland Grammar Interact Club again ran their Foodbank project for the Auckland City Mission.  In total, they collected approximately 1400 items of food and donated $500 – helping to ensure many families currently in need in Auckland, will be able to put food on their tables thanks to the boy’s and the Auckland City Mission’s work.
Dear Rotary Clubs & Rotarian - Namaste,
Since few days due to continuous rainfall in Nepal, many places of Nepal have been worst hit by landslides and floods.  Thousands of people especially children and women are worst affected.  Hundreds of people have lost their life.  Currently, Nepal Government appeal for humanitarian support as the situation is getting worst and out of control.  We request our friends and supporter for humanitarian support as Nepal is continuously hit by Natural disasters:
Thank you President Rtn. Kumar Thapa
Rotary Club of Dhulikhel, D3292, Dhulikhel,Nepal, Post Box:2731
This week we heard first from Stewart Germann who announced our President Elect is Brett O’Riley (see above article).  Then Amy Klitscher, who our Club sponsored to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme, spoke about her experiences, during the week-long course.  Amy was pushed mentally and physically and discovered she was capable of a lot more than she realised and is now a lot more confident and calmer all in aspects of her life.  She also learnt the importance of leadership qualities, particularly the ability to convey messages in a calm, clear and succinct manner.  But the most important lesson Amy learnt was to always check your jacket was waterproof!  Jacqui Bensemann then spoke about the Rotary Centenary Immunisation Across the Pacific project (see the above article).
Monday’s key-note speaker was Vitale Lafaele, whose speech was titled ‘Leadership Under Fire’.  Vitale grew up in Auckland and his options as a young man were to join a gang or the military and he chose the latter, applying to join the NZ Army’s Special Air Services (SAS) in the first intake open to civilians.  From the 300 applicants, Vitale was one of the 23 people who survived the 15-month initiation course and went onto spend five years in the SAS, before joining the Police.  Vitale’s career spanned over 35 years of Army and Police operational, tactical, and executive leadership and is 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.  All of these positions required not only exceptional leadership skills, but also complete confidence in himself and his decisions and the most important aspect was knowing his weaknesses, as well as his strengths, so he could adjust his behaviour accordingly.  Vitale also saw the importance of flexibility and resilience, so that when situations and environments changed, as they always would, he was able to change.  Vitale had a stroke last year, leading to some vision loss and had to step down from the Police, but currently sits as a Director on several governance boards and is re-evaluating his future.