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Mar 26, 2018
Impact Investing - doing good whilst generating a sound financial return. Chair: Bruce Sheppard
Apr 02, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
Getting outstanding graduates into low decile schools. Interviewer: Tony Caughey
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Auckland Tourism is absolutely BOOMing. Chair: Jason Hill
May 07, 2018
What we do, why we do it, the differences we have made to peoples lives
May 14, 2018
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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland, North Auckland  1010
New Zealand
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Mon 19 Feb Speaker – Prof Graham Le Gros
Our speaker next Monday is Professor Graham Le Gros, who is was appointed the Research Director of the Malaghan Institute in 1994.  Graham works closely with their Trust Board in the governance of the Institute’s activities and leads an active biomedical research programme in allergic and parasitic diseases.  Last year Graham was awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance he has given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.  The title of Graham’s speech will be ‘The Leading Edge of Medical Research – Particularly Cancer’.
Cyclone Gita Tonga Update – 14 Feb
Email from Stuart Batty, Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (Registered Charity CC26860)
YOUR SUPPORT is needed URGENTLY - join with us to Make a Difference.  We have been in phone contact with Rotary Tonga and two local NGO’s and everyone has been affected on Tongatapu, including Rotarians with some major damage to their homes.  This Club is small and the President is overseas, therefore It has fallen to the incoming President, a relatively new Rotarian to manage and we are giving her every encouragement.  To relieve the pressure on this Rotary Club, the Emergency Response Kits (ERKs), some 550, are being distributed today and above all coordinated to ensure they go to the neediest with no duplication - once again Rotary ERKs are the first support many are receiving.  In the coming days we will be working with partners to provide resources to provide more support.  Thank you to those who have already responded.  We need cash donations as soon as possible, so Tonga is able to purchase and distribute other essential items, including food parcels and water.  There are 4 Donation Options - Quote Activity No. 333:
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications
The Rotary Peace Centres announce the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application has launched – go to the application page for more information and helpful tips.  This programme funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centres. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.  Applications for the 2019-20 program are now being accepted and the deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May.
Rotary International Youth Exchange
Applications are now open for high school students aged between 16 and 18 years at departure in January 2019.  These students will spend twelve months in an overseas country, attending school while living with several host families.  Applications close on 30 April and all the information can be found at
Auckland Dementia's Online Charity Auction
The Rotary Club of Parnell is proud to support Dementia Auckland’s first ever online charity auction – where you could collect some amazing items.  From a signed Jona Lomu rugby jersey, through to gorgeous collectable homewares and family passes for some of Auckland’s favourite attractions, dining vouchers and coffee machines, there’s truly something for everyone.  Visit the Dementia Auckland Trade Me auction today to see what is on offer and to place your bid/s - Auction will be open from Friday 9 February until Sunday 18 February.
Fun Run Walk – Wed 21 February
The Waipuna Conference Suites Highbrook Fun Run is an annual event raising funds and awareness for local charities and this year’s event will be on Wednesday 21 February.  The Rotary Club of Highbrook and many other local businesses have joined together to organise this event, which includes a 5 or 10 km run or 5 km walk.  For more information and to register, please go to
Taveuni Trivia Fundraiser – 1 March
The Rotary Club of St Johns is holding a Taveuni Trivia Night Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Waiyevo Hospital Project in Fiji.  This project will refurbish one of the burnout hospital buildings and convert it to a 5-bedroom unit for expectant mothers and family and for visiting doctors and surgeons supporting the various Taveuni health programs.  Tickets are $30pp, which includes finger food and a cash bar will be available, as well as a silent auction.  If you would like to attend, then please contact Jacqui in the office.
Date & Time: Thursday 1 March, with doors opening at 6.15pm for a 7pm start
Venue: Glen Taylor School, 172 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie 1072
Dinner with RI President Ian Riseley
On Friday 2 March at the Waipuna Conference Centre, you can join Rotary International President Ian Riseley, with other Rotarians from all over the South Pacific, for dinner and his speech regarding the good Rotary is achieving globally.  The cost is $55pp and a cash bar is available.  The evening begins at 6pm, with dinner being served at 7pm.  If you would like to attend, then please email and make payment to bank account 12 3011 0757766 02.
2018 Chinese New Year Charity Ball
The Rotary Club Auckland Harbourside’s annual Chinese New Year Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 3 March at the SkyCity Convention Centre.  This is one of their signature fundraising events and this year will support the Ronald McDonald House.  Tickets are $150pp or tables of 10 are $1500, which includes stellar entertainment, an auction, raffles, fine Chinese cuisine, wine and juice at tables, with a cash bar also being available.  Our Club would like to organise a table, so if you would like to attend, then please contact Jacqui in the office.
Women in Rotary High Tea – 10 March
This year’s Women in Rotary High Tea will be on 10 March 2018 at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre in Lloyd Elsmore Park.  The theme will be Hats & Handbags and please invite family and friends as well.  Donations of used handbags in good condition and women’s health and beauty items are also welcome and will be used as fundraisers throughout the event, with profits being donated to women in need and other Rotary projects.  If you are interested in attending, then please contact Jacqui in the office, as we would like to book a table for our Club’s attendees.
Date & Time: 2pm, Saturday 10 March 2018
Venue: Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 451 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Cost: $45pp
Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar
The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) seminar taking place at Glendowie College on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018.  All new and existing Rotarians are encouraged to attend if they haven’t already done so and especially those who will be taking up leadership roles.  If interested, please contact Jacqui in the office, who will provide you with all the information you require.
D9920 Conference 6 - 8 April 2018
Registrations are now open for the District 9920 Conference in Fiji, from 6 to 8 April at Denarau Island in Fiji.  Please go to the following link for more information regarding this conference, accommodation and registration:
This Week’s Meeting – 12 February 2018
Monday’s meeting was the first for 2018 and we began with the induction of Sharron Lloyd.  Sharron is the General Manager of Trans-Tasman Business Circle New Zealand and works with clients globally, focusing on building relationships and providing innovative and value-enhancing stakeholder engagement.  Prior to this job, Sharron worked extensively in event management, including the 2005 Lions Tour and Auckland Cup Racing.  Welcome Sharron!
We then heard from our first 5 Minute Speaker, Monika Levinson, who spoke about her current work into finding volunteering opportunities for Club members, with the first being at the Auckland City Distribution Centre on 17 March.  Monika is also working towards securing an opportunity to help with a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, as well as other volunteering opportunities later in the year.
Our second 5 Minute Speaker was Craig Horrocks, who spoke about the two big projects that have been established to help celebrate the centenary of Rotary in Australasia in 2021 – the ‘Give a Child a Chance’ South Pacific vaccination programme and the ‘History of Rotary in Australasia’ publication.  The vaccination programme aims to immunise 100,000 children in 9 South Pacific countries and Jacqui Bensemann is the Chair of the team organising our Club’s involvement with this initiative.  This second project aims to collect historical data from all the Rotary Clubs in New Zealand and Australia and condense this information into one publication.  For anyone who would like to be involved with either of these projects, please contact Jacqui in the office for more information.
Our key-note speaker on Monday was Vanessa Baxter from ‘The Fearless Kitchen’.  Vanessa came third in New Zealand Masterchef in 2013, even though she was born, raised and educated in Australia.  Prior to moving to NZ due to her husband’s work, they had spent many years in South East Asia, where she discovered her love of food and cooking, as well as recognising the need to also give something back to those less fortunate than herself.  Vanessa has now lived in New Zealand for six years and as well as setting up ‘The Fearless Kitchen’ (, Vanessa also works with three main charities – the Ronald McDonald House (, Bridge the Gap ( and Koto: Know One Teach One (  In 2016, Vanessa, working with Fonterra, took 12 kiwi students to Vietnam on a Koto initiative and found it was beneficial for everyone involved, helping people to understand each other’s cultures and the challenges and strengths they experience.  Vanessa also made a special offer to members regarding her cookbook and details of this can be found by going to
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