Upcoming Speakers

DG Gary Langford
Aug 26, 2019
District Governor's visit
Tony Fortune
Sep 02, 2019
Rotary Convention in Hamberg
Club committee meetings night
Sep 09, 2019
Committee meetings
Norman Curtis
Sep 16, 2019
Your Amazing Brain
 
Upcoming Events
 

Meeting Time & Location

Mondays, 5:30 pm, 
Remuera Bowling Club, Market Rd 
(access via Dromorne Rd)
Remuera, Auckland, NZ 1050
 

Becoming a member puts you in touch with community leaders. Visit our club and learn about Rotary Remuera and it's opportunities. Phone Jim on 021 814 167 to enquire further. We look forward to meeting you!
 
 
 
 
Are you a person who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Our club offers opportunities to: Get involved and make a difference; meet at social events and volunteer for projects; network with others resulting in lifelong friendships and business connections; and exchange ideas, learning about and finding solutions to the issues facing our community and communities around New Zealand and the Pacific.
 
Latest News
Our first was Anneke Cumack, a student from Dio who the club sponsored to the 30th International Biology Olympiad in Hungary. 72 other countries participated an Anneke was a member of the four person New Zealand team. The competition included two six hour theory exams and six hours of practical exams. Anneke won a silver medal and made world wide friends. The team returned via Doha. Anneke is now coaching the next lot of Dio possible participants.
Our speaker was Kris Gledhill, who is now at AUT Law School and previously a colleague of Ken Palmers at The University of Auckland. He presented numerous and very insightful statistics on New Zealand's Sentencing Regime-A Comparative Analysis. NZ has a relatively high prison population, of which 29% are on demand. Remand prisoners account for the growth of the prison population in the last 10 years. Kris said that the number of judges is capped and many remand prisoners have to wait a long time to have their cases heard. 51% of prisoners are Maori. Reported crime rates are decreasing but the perception of crime is increasing. Judges are issuing tougher sentences.
We were privileged to have our RYLA awardees report back to the club on their experiences at the event. The awardees were:
Rowan Smith
Emma Salmon (Peter's granddaughter)
Liam Nott
Blake Norcross
Bryce Hayr
Giacomo Lamplough
 
Each awardee highlighted the speakers/events which meant the most to them and they were all different. They all agreed that they had gained a lot from the experience and were most grateful to the club for sponsoring them.
 
Bill Chakow from the Howick Rotary Club, an organiser, showed a video of the course which enabled members to get a good idea of what is involved.
Our own Bruce Howe presented three topics to the club.
 
Club Finance
Last financial year the club itself raised a net $47,000, most of which was given to the Fiji O2 project. Club operations ran at a loss of $2,234. The current directors are addressing this matter and a solution may be a subscription increase. A shortfall of $37,000 is projected in the current financial year, with committees budgeting to spend $130,000.
 
New World screen
The screen has three objectives:
Promote Rotary;
Display community notices; and
Commercial advertising to raise funds for the club's charitable activities.
 
Last year the screen raised $20,800 and has the potential to raise more. The club needs members to approach firms and encourage them to buy time on the screen. Please see Iain or Bruce if you are willing to assist with this vital activity.
 
Soso Village Water project
The village is in the Yasawa Island group in Fiji. It has 350 people, including 90 children in about 100 homes. Their water is contaminated and has tested unsafe to drink. Bruce  is well into organising a project to pump bore water up to tanks, using solar electricity. The water would be gravity fed into filters and piped to homes. The project is anticipated to cost around $65,000 and is included in the International committee's budget.
Paul Goldsmith completed a MA (Hist.) at The University of Auckland. He has written several biographies of prominent business people and is a National Party list MP. Currently he is Finance and Infrastructure spokesperson. He explained that the National Party focuses on the economy because growth enables spending in increasing the quality of peoples' lives. Increased investment is needed to increase productivity and quality infrastructure is required. Balanced spending on across all forms of transport, including roads is necessary.
Jim is a consulting engineer, specialising in municipal wastewater throughout New Zealand. Most of his working life was spent in Dunedin. He told us of his three most interesting jobs and his latest overseas five week adventure, visiting where his grandfather and father served in Gallipoli and Crete respectively. 
Diana Thomson
Diana was succinctly introduced by her father Hugh Garlick. She was stimulated into public speaking by joining Toastmasters in Singapore. When she returned to New Zealand in 2016 she noticed that capable women business people were not good at speaking up and promoting themselves. She decided to set up a business to help women build confidence when speaking and has now written a book. Research has shown that mixed gender teams outperform single gender teams so it is important than women have the confidence to speak up and contribute.