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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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Panel: Crowd funding history and successes to date
Oct 30, 2017
Chair: Ngaio Merrick
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: Scott Pickering, CEO, ACC
Dec 04, 2017
Interviewer: David Diepbrink
Janene Draper, Co-founder & Director, Farro Fresh
Dec 11, 2017
From 12 to 450+ staff in 11 short years
Prof Graham Le Gros, Director, Malaghan Institute
Feb 19, 2018
Leading edge medical research, particularly cancer research
Feb 26, 2018
Mar 05, 2018
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
Mar 26, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

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There is no meeting next Monday 23 October as it is a public holiday - Labour Day.  Our next lunch meeting will be on Monday 30 October, when we will be holding a Crowd Funding Panel featuring Simeon Burnett (CEO & Co-Founder, Snowball Effect), Oliver Cuthill (Senior Analyst, Armillary Private Capital) and Barry Grehan (Chief Lending Officer, Pledge Me).
On Monday we presented RCA member Pam Newlove with a Paul Harris Fellowship, in recognition of all her work for more than a decade with the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund.  Our Club administers this fund, for families in the District 9920 Auckland area, where meeting basic education costs for school compulsory requirements, such as uniforms and stationery, is a challenge.  Congratulations Pam!
Last Sunday’s movie evening was a great success – many thanks to everyone who helped ensure a great night was had by all who attended and you were also fundraising for the Rotary Australasian Centenary Project.  Our last movie evening for 2017 will be on Sunday 12 November from 7pm at the Berkley Theatres in Mission Bay to see the remake of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  Kenneth Branagh directs, as well as playing Hecule Poirot, with one of the most flamboyant moustaches seen in a long time.  Cost is $30pp and includes a drink on arrival and all profits from this evening will go to Rotary’s End Polio programme.  Go to the following link for the movie trailer: and an invitation will be circulated in the coming weeks.
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.
John Campbell, Professor Michael Findlay and Colin McCahon will all be at the inaugural Pancreatic Cancer Dinner in Parnell on Wednesday 1 November, where you can also view amazing art work.  For those involved in Rotary, you will know Elaine Lunken - one of the first Rotary Club of Auckland female members, who is living with this Cancer.  As our campaign ambassador, she will be featuring in the NZ Women’s Weekly in late October and she and her family are supporting this event.  Help her and us raise vital funds to help fight this cancer.  Book tickets through  Use your email address to login or Facebook page. To buy tickets click on register and if buying more than one ticket, just use your own email address for each person.  It also asks for date of birth for each person. If you don’t have this put in a random date e.g. 1.1.1990 (must be before that date).
RC of Manukau Sunrise FiaFia Night – Saturday 28 October
You are invited to the Rotary Club of Manukau Sunrise’s Fia Fia Night on Saturday 28 October - a fundraiser for Middlemore Foundation Kidz First, Hospice and youth projects and includes a Pacific themes fashion show.  The evening starts at 6:30pm at Ferguson Intermediate School, with the opening and powhiri, followed by a South Pacific buffet and tickets are $50 per person.  If interested in attending please contact Les Parlane on (09) 267 3700.
Water Treatment Plant Open Days
Watercare is holding free open days for their plants as follows:
  • 27 & 28 October- Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • 11 Nov- Rosedale wastewater Treatment Plant
  • 18 Nov- Ardmore Water Treatment Plant
Bookings are essential and can be made by going to:
RC of Downtown Auckland Dinner – 2 November, 6.30pm
On Thursday 2 November you are invited for dinner and to hear Tom Scott, the political cartoonist, in conversation with Mark Sainsbury - a fund raiser for Youth Programs and costs $89 per person.  Tom is launching his new book ‘Drawn Out’ and this is available for $40 with dinner bookings or $45 on the night.  If interested, please contact Jacqui in the office, who will forward you all the information and booking details or you can contact Jan Malcom directly at
Women in Public Sector Summit 2017 – 2 November, 9am
This Summit is themed 'Auckland Leadership Pathways' the Summit will honour Auckland's diversity and the opportunities for women in leadership roles in Auckland.  For more information and to register please go to
The Great Auckland Duck Race – Sunday 12 November
The Rotary Clubs of Manurewa-Takanini and Remuera are organizing The Great Auckland Duck Race at the Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau on Sunday 12 November If your business would like to assist The Life Education Trust by donating $250 and entering The Business Duck Race, please email  Many prizes to be won, and it will be a great family day!
Counties Cycle Classic – 19 November
The Rotary Club of Pukekohe invites you to be part of their Counties Cycle Classic on Sunday 19 November 2017.  There are various distances to cycle and a special category for electric bikes.  If you would more information and to register for this event, then please go to
Auckland Garden Designfest – 25 and 26 November
The Rotary Club of Newmarket is holding an Auckland Garden Designfest on 25 and 26 November.  Designer Gardens selected by a panel of experts from the Garden Design Society of NZ will be open to the public.  Go to for more information and how to purchase tickets.
Our 5 Minute Speaker on Monday was Charles Norton, who is the 2017 BECA / Rotary Scholarship recipient, presented to the best all round Year Four Engineering Honours student at Auckland University.  Charles’s area of research is a simulation of the radiography booking system at North Shore Hospital, to help simplify and streamline this process.  Annually the Waitemata Health Board (North Shore Hospital comes under this umbrella) carries out 175,000 radiography procedures and this booking system needs to incorporate regular and emergency bookings, outsourcing when necessary.  To date, Charles’s computer model has led to a 34 percent reduction in outsourcing and a zero increase in patient’s waiting time – a fantastic outcome.  Congratulations Charles!
Our key-note speaker Carmel Murphy (aka ‘The Networking Queen’), who spoke about her business and how she overcame her fear of public speaking.  Up until seven years ago, the thought of speaking in public rendered Carmel virtually paralysed, but then she decided enough was enough and she had to stop this fear ruling her life – and the rest as they say is history.  It took Carmel about two years to become comfortable speaking in public and she now uses her experience to help others to be comfortable with public speaking and to be proficient networkers, which is beneficial for all aspects of their lives.  Carmel’s five top tips were:
  • Focus on the Present – be fully focused on what you are doing now, not what you have done or are going to do.
  • Physical Approach – physically engage in what you are doing now, such as making eye contact.
  • Find Communality – what can you learn about others you are in contact with by talking to them?
  • Appreciation – thank everyone who was involved in organising any events you attended
  • Follow-Up – in business 95 percent of kiwis don’t do this after attending an event and so why did you attend this event in the first place?
For more information about Carmel’s story and her tips go to