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Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
It has been a very moving day as we acknowledge the fallen and contemplate the new environment that the Christchurch mosque attacks has placed our society in.  I think our core kiwi values have come to the fore, but it has made me question how individually, and collectively through organisations like Rotary, we can make a difference in promoting cross cultural understanding.
We had a lively meeting last Monday, beginning with a great 5 minute talk from Nic Russell on the work she is doing to support families.  The following link is for Luka’s video which encountered technical problems on Monday and more information about Kenzie’s Gift can be found by going to the following website  Then we heard from Holly Bennett, who talked about the topical subject of Government advocacy, where she is taking a unique approach.
Next Monday we have two speakers from the Auckland Health Foundation -  Gwen Green is the CEO and Hannah Davies their Fundraising and Marketing Manager.  This recently established organisation goes beyond what is presently funded in the healthcare system and through donations, financially supports projects, research and education for adult health services, which have the capacity to transform healthcare.
I hope to see you all tomorrow.
Hei kona mai
Brett O'Riley
Next Monday 4 March – CEO of ICE
Next Monday’s speaker at the Stamford is Nuwanthie Samarakone, CEO of ICE, which stands for Introduce, Connect, Evolve and matches graduates with corporates and helps those businesses with strategies to manage their new staff members.  Today, organisations need to create strategies not only for their business, but also for their staff.  ICE aims to design strategic people programmes relevant to the world of work today, providing strong core competencies; ideal traits and characteristic development, with the added benefit of being also flexible and resilient.  Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and across Government Agencies in the Asia Pacific region.  Nuwanthie also believes young people should get involved in their communities - giving back is not hard.  The most incredible people in the world are those who are committed to making the lives of other people better and brighter.
ER25 – Listen to Sir John Kirwan
We have been fortunate to get Sir John Kirwan (known as “JK”) for our next ER (Experience Rotary) event.  JK will be interviewed by President, Brett O'Riley, on the theme of ‘mental health as it relates to business and leadership’ and we will also have the opportunity to taste a selection of JK's own Jk.14 wines.  The aim of ER25 is to introduce new members to the Club.  Current members are welcome to come to the event if they bring a prospective new member, or are able to help on the night.  JK needs little introduction - the former All Black and 1987 Rugby World Cup winner has been an amazing campaigner for depression and mental health awareness.  These days he works in his ambassador roles for Westpac and Auckland Tourism, whilst continuing with raising the profile and assisting with mental health initiatives, including his involvement with the website.  We hope you and your guests can join us for what will be a very special evening.
Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time: 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start
Venue: KPMG, 18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, City
Parking: On the street or Viaduct Harbour Carpark
Cost: $10.00 (to be donated to the Sir John Kirwan Foundation)
RSVP: RSVP by 11 March either to Jacqui or by registering online at
RCA Golf Day – Tuesday 9 April
This year’s Club’s Golf Day will be on Tuesday 9 April at the Akarana Golf Course and partners are invited to play.  If you are interested in taking part, then please let Jacqui in the office know, with your golf club membership number and current handicap, as well as any special requests, such as hiring a golf cart.
Date & Time: Tuesday 9 April, 11.30 registration for a 12noon tee-off
Venue: Akarana Golf Club, 1388 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill
Cost: $40 per person, which includes green fees, prizes and finger food
RSVP: Jacqui Bernards (09) 486 6010 or
WANTED – Used Handbags for Women’s Refuge
The Rotary Club of Manukau Sunrise are looking for spare handbags, ones that are still in good condition, but you don’t want or use anymore.  The Club will then use these handbags, by filling them with personal items & make them into a much needed care package & deliver to the Woman’s Refuge. Some of the woman arriving to these centres have nothing. This will give them a little bit of hope, showing there are people out in the world that are wanting to help, even in this little way.  If you have any handbags you would like to donate, then please drop them off to me over the next few weeks at our weekly meetings, or they can be delivered to the Rotary office at 8 Greydene Place, Takapuna.
2019 Challenge Camp
Applications are now open for the Rotary Challenge Camp, which buddies up incoming Rotary Youth Exchange students with disabled youth aged 16 to 24, for a week of fun and challenging activities.  Activities include team building exercises, hearing inspiring disabled guest speakers, a visit to the Tree Adventures high-wire course, learning the basics of circus performance and a visit to the Parakai hot pools.  And on Thursday night there will be a concert where all camp attendees are expected to be involved.  All Rotarians are invited to attend the concert.  Our disabled youth are either physically, intellectually or sensory disabled.  Challenge Camp is a joint project of 30+ years between Rotary Clubs in Districts 9910 and 9920.  The venue for this year's camp will be Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club, from Monday 13th to Friday 17th of May.  For more information go to and applications close on 1st April
Rotary International Student Exchange
It is that time of the year again, when three information evenings are being held to provide students and parents with details about the youth exchange program.  Also, information can be found on their website  Please circulate this information to any student who may be interested:
South Auckland:
7:30pm, Monday 18 March, Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot Street, Papakura
East Auckland:
7:30pm, Wednesday 20 March, Te Tuhi Centre (Pakuranga Art Gallery Building), 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga
Auckland & Central
7:30pm, Thursday 28 March, Remuera Golf Club, 12 Abotts Way, Remuera
Rotary Leadership Institute
The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March and will be held at Selwyn College.  We encourage all new and existing Rotarians to attend, and especially those who will be taking up leadership roles.  This is an opportunity to learn from others, share ideas and challenge your thinking; discover more about Rotary and Rotaract and how this knowledge can help you contribute to your community, as well as providing an opportunity for personal growth.  If interested in attending, please contact Jacqui in the office, who will provide you will all the information you will require.
2020 Rotary Peace Fellowships
Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our Peace Centres.  Through academic training, practice and global networking opportunities, this program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace.  The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.  In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.  The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available and we need your help to find the next cohort of experienced global peace and development leaders!  Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their District and Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.  General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to
2019 Rotary District 9920 Conference
You are invited to attend the 2019 District 9920 conference to be held at the Napier Conference Centre from 10 - 12 May 2019.  Registrations will open on 1 September 2018 and earlybird registrations will be available until 30 November 2018.  There are a range of accommodation options available at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Art Deco Masonic Hotel and Expressotel and also events outside of the conference.  Please go to the following link for more information
2019 RI Convention – Hamburg, Germany
The Rotary International's 2019 Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 1 to 5 June.  There are already nearly 30 people from different NZ Clubs attending, including RCA President Brett O’Riley and myself.  If you’d like to know more about this event and are possibly interested in joining us, would like to fly with and/or stay with other NZ Rotarians in Hamburg, let me know or reach out directly to the District Coordinator for this Convention: Jennie Herring:  Or if you would like to register, then please go here.  If you register prior to Dec. 15, 2018, you will receive an early-registration discount, which is US$395 vs. US$495 or US$595 at later dates.  District Governor Ingrid Waugh, also mentioned the possibility of a 10-day “Zurich-to-Amsterdam Cruise” leading up to the convention  and Jennie Herring can help us get the black shirts that all the NZers wear - which will really make us stand out!  So please let us know if you are interested in attending, so we can organise a couple of fun Kiwi/RCA activities, while in Hamburg!  And also feel free to run any questions by us
Upcoming Events
Spirit of New Zealand Voyage
Spirit of Adventure
Apr 08, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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