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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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Q&A: Vanessa Baxter (The Fearless Kitchen)
Feb 12, 2018
Positive changes at charities through cooking. Interviewer: Brad Jacobs
Prof Graham Le Gros, Director, Malaghan Institute
Feb 19, 2018
Malaghan Institute – leading edge medical research, particularly cancer research
Panel: Binu Paul,JeremyMuir,Michelle van Gaalen
Feb 26, 2018
Disruptive technologies including Bitcoin and Blockchain. Chair: David Whyte
Q&A: Councillor Desley Simpson
Mar 05, 2018
Auckland Council post-election - is the scorecard positive? Interviewer: Craig Brown
Anthony Grant
Mar 12, 2018
Sculptureum: Bringing art to life in Auckland
Grahame Thorne
Mar 19, 2018
Tall tales whilst and since being an All Black
Panel: David Woods, Kirsty Campbell, Akina advisor
Mar 26, 2018
Impact Investing - doing good whilst generating a sound financial return. Chair: Bruce Sheppard
No Meeting - Golf Day
Apr 09, 2018
Q&A: Jay Allnutt, CEO Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu
Apr 16, 2018
Getting outstanding graduates into low decile schools. Interviewer: Tony Caughey
Cheryll Martin, General Manager, Volunteering Ak
Apr 23, 2018
Volunteering Auckland
Panel: TBA
Apr 30, 2018
Tourism. Chair: TBA
Breakfast (7:15am) Sir John Key
May 28, 2018 7:15 AM
Leadership - commercial vs political. Chair: Sir Ralph Norris
Upcoming Events
  • Film Breathe
    Berkeley Theatre
    Dec 19, 2017
    6:20 PM – 10:00 PM

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Our first meeting in 2018 will be a lunch meeting on Monday 12 February, when our speaker will be Vanessa Baxter, from The Fearless Kitchen (  I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you again in 2018 - Jacqui
Our Club, in conjunction with UNICEF, has been offered a pre-release screening of Breathe (movie trailer Click Here), about a polio victim on Tuesday 19 December at the Berkley Cinemas in Mission Bay.  The cost is $30pp and includes a drink on arrival and all profits from this event will go to the Australasian Rotary Centennial Project - Give Every Child a Future.  The evening starts at 6pm, with the movie beginning at 6.20pm.  Please forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested in attending and you can either register online at Register Online or contact Jacqui at (09) 486 6010 or
The Rotary Club of Auckland has again been fortunate to be selected as one of the organisations to receive (with minimal effort on our part, other than attendance) the proceeds of an auction to be held at the 2018 Chinese New Year Charity Dinner at the NZ Bloodstock Karaka Million Meeting at Ellerslie on Saturday 27 January.  Tickets are $200 per person or $1900 for a table of ten and included in this price is magnificent views of the racecourse, a gourmet buffet and beverages.  Dress is black tie.  Please support this event as it is a significant fundraiser for our Club.
Event: 2017 Charity Dinner at Karaka Million Twilight Meeting
Date and Time: Saturday 27 January 2018 from 3.30pm
Venue: Guineas Ballroom, Level 3, Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Ellerslie
Call Jacqui on 09 486 6010 or for tickets.
Many thanks to Ally Cui and Yi Ping Ge for all their work in making this happen.
We held our final weekly meeting for this year on Monday and began with some words from The Very Reverend Anne Mills, Dean of Auckland, Holy Trinity Cathedral.  (Anne replaced The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, who left our shores late last year to become the Archdeacon of Canterbury.)  Anne has now seen the completion and consecration of the Cathedral and is enjoying the newly refurbished premises and all it has to offer.  Anne’s Christmas message was to try and focus on non-material items, as the path to a better life and a better community is not about items that can be purchased, but about change from within and helping others where you can, and she hoped everyone would be able to make a non-material difference sometime during this Christmas period.
Our second 5 Minute Speaker was Pam Elgar, the Chief Executive of Make-A-Wish NZ, a charity that tries to make the wishes of children with critical health issues come true.  The aim of this organisation is to provide a little joy to sick children and their family and caregivers, at least for a while, so their thoughts can be about something nice for a change.  Wishes can take anywhere from six to eighteen months to deliver, with the child and those nearest and dearest to them being involved in the journey.  Make-A-Wish deals with many agencies and businesses, as well as having numerous volunteers on their books.  So, if you would like to support this amazing group of people, then please visit
Today’s key-note speaker was Janene Drapper, the Co-Founder of Farro Fresh Foods.  Janene began working life as an optometrist, but her heart just wasn’t in it, but she was very passionate about food.  Eventually Janene decided to leave optometry and open a specialised food shop with her husband, though neither of them had any experience in this industry.  Needless to say, the initial journey was founded on many mistakes, but with the help of Ray McVinnie and learning from these mistakes, they are now the owners of a very successful business.  Farro’s first shop was in Lunn Ave, when the only other shop nearby was Placemakers and there were no houses yet built at Stonefields and they were told it would never work.  Farro now has five stores around Auckland and their aim is to be a one-stop-shop, stocking as much NZ produce as possible and currently about twenty percent of their stock is sourced from overseas.  As well as Farro itself growing, this business has also allowed other local food producers to also grow their businesses.  Farro’s philosophy is to support NZ food artisans and they have done a wonderful job in meeting their aim.