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President's Message
Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members
Well what a difference a week can make. Quite possibly New Zealand rugby fans were treated to one of the best rugby performances by the All Blacks in the last decade on Saturday night, and so now those rugby fans will start to look forward with anticipation to the RWC Tournament in Japan in five weeks.
While the All Blacks re-grouped this week, we held two meetings on Tuesday night to plan future activities for RCA.  The first meeting was held to prepare the Club's governance structure for the activities that we will support in the Rotary Centenary Year.  To ensure we have the appropriate people delegated with roles to lead each stream of our 100 years celebration.  There are a number of activities we are aiming to undertake in the year, these include the Give Every Child a Future program, Mana Tangata - the Book to record our 100 year history of Rotary in New Zealand, a celebration event when we will aim to gather together as many members current and past together, and an Exhibition of 100 years of Rotary.  In addition to the Centenary meeting we held the monthly Board meeting.
As well as it being the Centenary Year next year, we are the host club for the District Governor - who will be our very own Craig Horrocks, and so we will have plenty to do. The Board is preparing for the roles that we will undertake as the host club of the DG.  In addition to several support roles around secretary and treasurer,  we will be involved in helping prepare and run the District Conference, and the training programs SPETS and LETS.
I hope you have got your booking in for our Club movie night which is Downton Abbey at 7pm on Sunday 15 September, at Hoyts Mission Bay.
This week’s meeting is a Club assembly to hear about a number of projects our Club is involved with.  Next week’s speaker will be Nicole Buisson, Small Business Director with Xero.
Have a great week.
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown                                  
Next Monday’s Speaker – Tony Gibson
Our key-note speaker next Monday 12 August is Tony Gibson, CEO of the Ports of Auckland since 2011.  Tony has more than 30 years’ experience in shipping and logistics, having worked in various roles in Africa, Asia and Europe, including as European Director of Customer Operations, Rotterdam, before being appointed Managing Director, NZ and Pacific Islands in 2002.  Following a take-over by Maersk, Tony served as Managing Director of Maersk NZ for three years.  Most recently Tony has pursued his own business interests as a director and then Chairman of EROAD, a road-user-charge solution provider and in 2008 he was appointed by the Minister of Transport to the Road User Review Group.
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
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
District 9920 Information Evening
The District is holding a joint Foundation and International Service Information Evening.  Get an update on some significant International Service projects being undertaken by Clubs that have been supported  with funding through the RI Foundation.  Hear about projects being planned, learn about the Foundation activities and how these benefit our District and how your Club or you can help and more.  And, if you are interested in having  food, tea/coffee in the Kolmar Bistro prior to the meeting then please let me know as soon as possible.  If there are sufficient numbers interested, then we can ask to have this area open form 5.45pm prior to the meeting.
Date & Time: Wednesday 4 September 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Kolmar Centre, 12 Sutton Crescent, Papatoetoe (carpark in Sutton Cres opposite Hunters Plaza)
RSVP: Jeanett Drysdale (International District Chair) by 31 August - Email:  or (09) 299 9435 or 021 939 728
Te Whakaora Tangata Fundraising Dinner
The South Auckland based charity, Te Whakaora Tangata (Life Restoration For Our People), which our Club supports, is having its annual fundraising dinner on Friday 6 September at the Alexandra Park Function Centre, from 6:30pm. The venue and dinner (two courses) are provided at no cost to the attendee.  Te Whakaora Tangata works with broken and dysfunctional families giving them support, hope, and love, with excellent results. It has superior test and measure disciplines and is strong on governance, with an independent Board chaired by Chris Clarke, formerly CEO of World Vision.  Should you like to attend this powerful event, please email John Lennie by Thursday 15 August at including any dietary requirements, and he will make the booking for you.
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.
Rotary Walk for Spring – 29 September
Our District has organised a walk to welcome in Spring.  If you would like to be involved – family and friends are also welcome, then please show up on the day to participate.   This will be about a 5km walk, ending back where we started at the café, so those wanting to stay & socialize more can also enjoy refreshments.
Date & Time: Sunday 29 September, 9am start (and also the morning that daylight saving starts)
Venue: Cornwall Park Café (lots of parking)
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: