Robin is the Head of Operations - Aeronautical at Auckland Airport.  
After the war, Whenuapai airport was made available for civilian services; TEAL continued to operate at Mechanics Bay.  There was pressure from the business community to build an airport that could handle aircraft other than flying boats and military aircraft.  A range of locations were considered but Mangere won out on weather.  This airport opened in January 1966.
Currently 75% of all international arrivals to New Zealand are via Auckland Airport.  There are over 19 million passenger movements each year - domestic and international, inbound and outbound which equates to four time New Zealand's population.
The airport supports 30 international airlines and 4 international freight airlines.  There has been significant growth i the past four years with the number of airlines up 50% since 2014; Flights from the Airport are to 46 international destinations and 19 domestic destinations. 
there are 173,000 flights each year, 150+ international flights each day and 310+ domestic flights each day.  Auckland Airport is also New Zealand's second largest port for combined imports and exports.
Auckland Airport are also significant property owners with 1,500 hectares of land, 800+ businesses, 100+ shops, cafes, restaurants, 2 hotels and in excess of 20,000 people working here.
Guest Speaker - Robin Cooper, Auckland International Airport 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Getting involved and making a difference...Raising funds and assisting in the packing of Emergency Response Kits (ERKs), providing immediate relief to our Pacific Island neighbours during natural disasters.
When a civil disaster hits, such as cyclones and floods in the Pacific Islands, families can lose everything. ERKs are provided to try and assist families in surviving the first days after the disaster, until large scale aid reaches them.
These boxes are produced in New Zealand and stored in New Zealand (and throughout the South Pacific Islands), and are available for immediate distribution. On receipt, a family will be able to construct a basic shelter, find food from the land and sea, cook and cloth themselves. The emptied plastic containers can hold 90 litres of water.
In an emergency, the most pressing need is for basic supplies to help a family survive the first few days; Rotary Remuera is here to assist in a practical way, by working with other New Zealand Rotarians and helping to supply distressed and displaced families with Emergency Response Kits (ERKs).
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) 2018-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
Ashok introduced our guest speaker, Bishop Ross Bay and gave a brief history of Ross' achievements.  He has been the Anglican Bishop of Auckland since April 17th, 2010.
Bishop Bay was educated in Papatoetoe and at the Bible College of New Zealand.  He was ordained in 1989 and began his ministry with a curacy at Whangarei.  Later he was Priest assistance at St Matthew's Auckland and the Vicar of  Ellerslie.  He became the Vicar of St Mark's in Remuera in 2001 and was appointed Archdeacon of Auckland in 2006.  His last post before being ordained to the episcopate was as Dean of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.
Bishop Ross spoke about the relevance of the church in today's world.  Having done a lot of thinking about this topic he pointed out that his talk was not a defense of Christianity or a claim on a place in society today.
  • Debate arises over Christian Festivals and shop trading hours, particularly this Easter in Dunedin with the Ed Sheeran concerts being held there.
  • The changes to the parliamentary prayers
  • Why we should perpetuate religion in Schools. 
There is no official connection between the Church and State, however Samuel Marsden did establish the first religious settlement in NZ in 1814, so this makes religion part of our heritage.  Over the years, the census has shown that there is a large percentage of the population who have 'no religion'.
The issues that arise over trading hours are:
  • Why should this be imposed on a society that no longer worships?
  • There is pressure to work when employees really want the day off.
  • It is good to stop and take time off, especially in our consumer society.
  • Regular periods of rest should be encouraged.
  • How do we maintain a sense of spiritualism?
  • How do we get people to stop and think?
  • Easter is a good time to do all these things.
Guest Speaker-Bishop Ross Bay DLM 2018-03-16 11:00:00Z 0
Quack, quack - The Great Auckland Duck Race is Sunday November 12, 2017, 8am to 12pm; a family-friendly festival and fundraiser. Partnering with Rotary Club of Manurewa-Takinini, Rotary Remuera will raise money for the Life Education Trust and other great charities. This is a great opportunity to come together to support the important work of the Life Education Trust – educating and empowering children to make healthy choices for full and healthy lives.
Picture this…Thousands of rubber ducks racing through the rapids at Vector Wero Whitewater Park. Race divisions include: Schools, Businesses and General public. Get your duck (or ducks) now for this quacky and fun event!
There will be FOUR Races
1) Business Duck Race
2) School Race: local schools are offered free ducks to decorate and race
3) Ray White Race: 65 Ray White offices are competing each with their own decorated duck
4) Everybody Race: 5,000 little yellow numbered ducks will be released into the rapids at the same time.
There is free entry to the Park all morning and musical entertainment. Don’t miss the NZ Slalom Canoe Team demonstrations racing in the rapids and recovery techniques on still water between duck races. There will also be food stalls, a bouncy castle, a photo booth, a duck shooting gallery, a variety of other games ($2 a ticket) and a free colouring-in competition.
Find out how to get your duck for the Great Auckland Duck Race.
The Great Auckland Duck Race be in it to win it… Kelly McKeown 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

ROMAC is a humanitarian program that provides urgent, life changing medical treatment to children who are from developing countries and who need it the most. ROMAC has changed the lives of more than 300 children from 20 countries, since 1988.

Rotary Remuera proudly hosts and supports ROMAC children and their immediate family. To check out more information about this organisation please visit,

ROMAC (Rotary International Medical Aid for Children) 2017-09-17 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Tree Challenge, a worldwide Rotary goal set by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, where every Rotary member plants at least one tree each and changes the environment for the better by Earth Day on 22nd April 2018.
Stepping up to the challenge Rotary Remuera members turned up in force at Waiatarua Wetlands on Sunday 18 September 2017 and planted altogether a combination of 100 trees and shrubs and also transplanted approximately 15 bushes; a great effort by all volunteers. The plants were carefully selected to match the species already planted and the shrubs will provide food for birds and insects and shelter for the young trees.
With the weather on our side, sweet treats for the workers and a positive and productive team we all had fun and made a difference. Thank you to the extra volunteers including Desley Simpson (Orakei Councillor) who joined in and got their hands dirty; was great to see locals getting involved.
Rotary Tree Challenge Accepted Kelly McKeown 2017-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
Come Join Us in Fiji!
Cindy Bakewell, our very own travel broker, has arranged a group airfare with Fiji Airways for you to travel to the Rotary Conference in April next year.
We must have at least 10 adults traveling from Auckland to Nadi to ensure we meet the group rules, however, should you wish, you can extend your stay.
Thu Apr 05 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  
Fiji Airways FJ (410) Operated by Fiji Airways
Auckland Airport, Auckland (AKL)
at 1:00 p.m.
Sun Apr 08 2018 at 8:30 p.m.
Fiji Airways FJ (413) Operated by Fiji Airways
Nadi International, Nadi (NAN)
at 8:30 p.m.
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It was a pleasure to have Malini visiting us from her home Rotary Club of Suva.  Malini acknowledged Past District Governor, Tony Fortune and Assistant Governor, Pam Deal.
Leigh Marshall was the first Rotary face that Malini saw when she came to Auckland in 1995,  to participate in the RYLA programme at Willow Park.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley has asked clubs globally to help build better environment stability by planting trees.  In Suva, Malini has been involved with planting mangroves which are a breeding ground for fish, shark, lobster and shrimp.  Mangrove swamps protect coastal areas from erosion, storm surge and tsunamis.  Each Rotarian is asked to plant a tree during this Rotary year.
Another request from President Riseley is for Clubs to log vonlunteer hours on a weekly basis.  This is for statistical purposes so we can have a better understanding of Rotary's impact on our Community.
Malini's main areas of focus include:
1. Help to improve water and sanitation services in Fiji and the Pacific Islands and 
2. Help with maternity and child health services in Fiji.
Malini showed us a powerpoint presentation about the District 9920 Conference and venue in Fiji on 6th to 8th April 2018.  Please see Cindy's notes in the Bulletin about group airfares with Fiji Airways.
District Governor Malini Raghwan 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
Steve Hargreaves has been Headmaster of Wesley College for three years.
Wesley College is a Methodist School and is the oldest School in New Zealand.  The School opened in 1844 with ten students on seven acres of land on Grafton Road.
In 1911, the School purchased land at the present Paerata site.
In 1975, this was the first School to sign an Integration Agreement wiht the Ministry of Education.
In 1985, girls were admitted to the  School.
The roll is now 330 of which 250 are boarders and students come from Kaitaia to Christchurch and overseas.   74% of the roll is Pacific Island, 24% Maori and 2% European.
There is a big focus on increasing academic attainment and looking to provide a career pathway for students from Wesley.
Steven Hargreaves - Principal of Wesley College 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
There are a few tickets available to anyone who wants to see the movie "The Hitman's Bodyguard" at the Berkeley Cinema, Mission Bay on Sunday 27th August at 5pm.  Please contact Murray Weatherston if you would like a ticket.
Movie Evening - 27th August 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
Come Join us in Fiji!
Cindy Bakewell, our very own travel broker, has arranged a group airfare with Fiji Airways for you to travel to the Rotary Conference in April next year.
We must have at least 10 adults traveling from Auckland to Nadi to ensure we meet the group rules, however, should you wish, you can extend your stay.
Thu Apr 05 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  
Fiji Airways FJ (410) Operated by Fiji Airways
Auckland Airport, Auckland (AKL)
at 1:00 p.m.
Sun Apr 08 2018 at 8:30 p.m.
Fiji Airways FJ (413) Operated by Fiji Airways
Nadi International, Nadi (NAN)
at 8:30 p.m.
Rotary Conference 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Epsom Lodge Cooked Breakfast, Saturday 16th September 2017.  
You don't have to be a master-chef but we do need extra hands to help to set the tables, break eggs, serve breakfast etc.  We are looking for 4-5 volunteers for the Salvation Army Residents' Cooked Breakfast at Epsom Lodge - 18 Margot Street, Epsom on Saturday 16th September from 7am until 9.30am.
Your help with this worthwhile and fun project would be greatly appreciated.
Please email or text/call Kelly on 021 029 0457 if you are able to assist.
Epsom Lodge Breakfast 2017-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Wayne Brewer on becoming Commodore of the Auckland Fleet of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR).  Wayne has been a member of the Auckland Fleet for 17 years and will be Commodore for two years.  The Auckland Fleet has 75 members including Michael Bernecker, Hugh Garlick, Iain Valentine, Ed Mitchell, Elaine Ebbett and Barbara Morgan from our Rotary Club.  The Auckland Fleet has two past International Commodores and the current International Rear Commodore is also from this Fleet.  There are many Fleets worldwide and the Auckland Fleet have often hosted members from all over the world when visiting New Zealand.
Wayne Brewer - Commodore of IYFR 2017-08-08 12:00:00Z 0
For those Rotarians not able to attend the whole weekend, there is a Saturday only registration option to attend the Future Leaders Forum and the Saturday afternoon Symposim session which will continue the focus on how Rotary and Rotarians can ‘be the future’.
The Future Leaders Forum runs on Saturday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm as part of the New Zealand and Pacific Rotary Symposium programme that continues through to mid-day on Sunday.
Rotarians are encouraged to register for the full Symposium program which commences Friday evening.  In addition to the Future Leaders Forum speakers, the Symposium programme includes Deborah Lambie, a medical doctor, co-founder of LearnCoach, and a former Miss New Zealand in 2015, and Ray Davies, recently returned to New Zealand from the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda where he was Team New Zealand’s Head Coach, Team Tactician and the backup helmsman.
More information about the Future Leaders Forum and a programme outline can be found on
the Future Leaders Forum page on the Symposium website. Home hosting is available – more
information on the Offsite Accommodation page on the website .
The full Symposium weekend (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning) is open to all Rotarians to attend and we encourage you to register for that – go to the Rotary Zone 7B
Symposium website and click on Register for Symposium. Enter your contact details and choose Symposium under the heading ‘Registration Packages’.
Registration for the full Symposium weekend is $210
Rotarians wanting to register for just the Future Leaders Forum, go to the Rotary Zone 7B Symposium website and click on Register for Symposium. Enter your contact information and select Future Leaders Saturday Only registration under the heading ‘Optional Add-ons’.
Registration for Future Leaders Saturday Only is $125
Future Leaders Forum 09 September 2017 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
Trees for Planting – A reminder from David McAuley to take your gumboots and a spade with you to the Planting Out Day. Be at the school no later than 9:00AM on Thursday 03 August. Lunch will be provided.  Please let David know by email if you are able to attend this fun event.
Planting Out Day 03 AUG 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
Peter Salmon thanked those members who are already helping with the refugee family the Remuera Rotary club is assisting to assimilate, however , as he said there is still a  lot more to be done for this family in terms of on going help, and asked for others to volunteer. Please call or email Peter if you can help.
Our Refugee Family 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
The PR/Networking Committee headed by Catherine Holden is tasked with improving our Club’s image. Catherine and her team are working on a new letterhead, pull-up banners, and tables, with a skirt, for market days, street signage, members shirts and hats, website and social media releases, liaison with Press and Business Associations. 
Improving our Club's Image 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
President Norman presented to Delma Harrison, the owner of Palmers Garden Centre at Shore Road, Remuera a Defibrillator. 
This has been funded by our Club with the help of the June Gray Charitable Trust. 
The Defibrillator is being positioned on the wall in the checkout area.  Look for the Defibrillator the next time you are at Palmer's Remuera. 
AED At Palmers Garden Centre 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
The Growing Unit for the Trees For Survival Project at Tamaki Primary School arrived on Monday. 
The Growing Unit is in a fenced area in the middle of the playground next to the vege garden and sandpit.  Being in such a central area, it will attract a lot of interest.  While we were at the School when the Unit was delivered, people were coming up to us asking what is going into this area.  Roy Kelly is a student teacher at Tamaki Primary and is going to be responsible for the Trees For Survival Programme.  Roy is going to join Dilworth Junior School on their Planting Out day next Thursday 3rd August. 
It is great to see this project being one step closer to being up and running. 
Trees For Survival 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0

Dot Lamb has been a volunteer with Communicare all her married life.  Dot was awarded a Rotary Service Award from President Norman for 55 years of volunteering for Communicare. Communicare is a not-for-profit association which has been serving the seniors, lonely and disabled within Auckland.

Communicare was started by four women to care for people with disabilities.  They now run 21 Friendship Centres in Central, East, West and South Auckland serving more than 500 members weekly with the assistance of over 250 volunteers and a small team of part-time staff.  Each Centre is open one day a week during school term time from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  Morning tea and a light lunch is served and there is a small daily cost which contributes towards this.
Centres offer a variety of activities such as handcraft, exercises, and board games.  Communicare is very grateful for grants received from generous sponsors.  Adrian from New World contributes Vouchers to the Remuera Communicare Centre which meets at St. Marks Church Hall, on Tuesdays. 
If you know of anyone who would benefit from attending Communicare sessions, please encourage them to come along to St. Mark's.
Communicare depends on Volunteer helpers to operate their Centres.  If you, or someone else you know of, has some time to help others enjoy life, please get in touch by phoning 631- 5968.  Their website is www.  Communicare is a treasure of care, comfort and joy for people.
Dot Lamb - Communicare Catherine Holden 2017-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
After hearing Sarah Nuttal speak you will now be aware of the wonderful work and achievements  of the Life Education Trust. As Iain Valentine said we need to triple the number of ducks in the race, so please keep the sponsorships coming. Get your list to  John Beck by email or hand over a hardcopy at the next meeting.
If you have already sent John your list, we thank  you, however,  don't be shy in adding to your list to grow the number of potential sponsors.
Great Auckland Duck Race Catherine Holden 2017-07-10 12:00:00Z 0
Bryan, David and Catherine attended the graduation dinner for the 120 RYLArians, which was held at Willow Park Christian Convention Centre at Eastern Beach on Friday 7th July. Our Club selected Crystal to attend the seven night, eight day course.    Crystal did very well as the joint MC for the evening.  One of the highlights was  Captain Darren Young from the NZ Army who provided a wonderful stage show which had everyone laughting.  We also had a presentation from District Governor Malini Raghwan and the Governor Genreal Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM QSO.  Lt. Colonel Jon Atkinson presented the Army Awards to RYLA participants. 
RYLA 2017-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Catherine Holden on May 27, 2017
Visually Impaired Person Camp – each year the club brings together visually impaired youngsters supported by the Blind Foundation with a group of senior students from Diocesan, Kings and Dilworth, for a mutually beneficial & stimulating weekend of outdoor activity. Unfortunately, because of severe weather, the 2017 camp had to be cancelled.  Photos from 2015
Visually Impaired Person Camp Catherine Holden 2017-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
REMUERA ROTARY'S NEWEST MEMBER Dave Lamb 2017-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
Business is Awesome an annual one day seminar aimed at high performing young people from Auckland secondary schools considering business careers with a mix of keynote speeches by prominent and successful business leaders with group exercises and business puzzles simulating challenges and realities of real business life.
Business is Awesome Richard Veber 2016-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
In November 2013, 24 Club members spent an evening packing Emergency Response Kits for the national Rotary New Zealand Project.  Kits contain basic equipment to assist a family construct a simple shelter and clothe themselves.  Tools, toiletreis, first aid supplies and household items are in each kit to assist families in the South Pacific who have lost everything through a cyclone or other disaster.
It was a fun time packing these kits and those of you who have not had the opportunity to partake in this activity are encouraged to consider volunteering for this activity in the future.
Emergency Response Kits Richard Veber 2016-05-27 12:00:00Z 0
The Club has had a long association with Tamaki Primary School, supporting the Books in Homes pogramme - with the partnership beginning in 1999. "Thank you for the beautiful book you gave me. I love this lovely new book and have really enjoyed it. I had never read this book before. Thank you Remuera Rotary for my Duffy Book.”
Tamaki Primary School Richard Veber 2016-05-27 12:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.

Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0