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Roslyn Noonan gave an interesting talk on Human Rights, which are defined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. When they were adopted the NZ delegate said that all articles are equally important. She noted that they do not include the right to smoke so prisoners were unable to invoke help for a smoking ban in prisons! A Former Commissioner Roslyn outline New Zealand's prominent role in Human Rights from the Treaty in 1840 to present day rights for the disabled. She has been assisting the development of human rights in the South Pacific, particularly relating to climate change and family violence and emphasised the importance of consultation at he grass roots level to build pressure for change.
Roslyn Noonan Human Rights 2019-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
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Rotaract Speakers
 
District Rotaract Representative Becky Giblin and Natalie Johnston reported on the Rotaract District Conference which was held early September.  33 Rotaractors, DG Gary and DGE Craig attended discussing numerous projects being undertaken by District and Australian Rotaractors.  The club contributed some funds towards the cost of the Conference.
 
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Rotaract Speakers 2019-09-21 12:00:00Z 0
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Professor Maurice Curtis, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Auckland spoke about "Your amazing brain"
 
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and gave us a fascinating overview of the hippocampus, striatum, olfactory bulb, beta amyloid, dopamine, lewy bodies, graduate students at Berkley & chocolate, astrocycles, pericycles, tunelling nanotubes, and the relevance of some of them to alzheimers and Parkinsons disease.
 
Incredible research is being undertaken at Auckland University but there is still a lot more to be discovered!
Prof Maurice Curtis -Your Amazing Brain 2019-09-21 12:00:00Z 0
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James Young
 
 
Haere Ra Jamie - we will greatly miss your enthusiasm and dynamism.  You and Karen have made an amazing contribution to the club and our community - you epitomised the concept of 
 
 
Thank you - we look forward to seeing you both back here when you get the opportunity!
James Young Farewell 2019-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Gary Langford had the pleasant task of inducting Andy Chen MBA into the Club. Andy is CEO of Methven. Welcome Andy.
Gary then presented service certificates to John Beck, Jim Holmes and Ed Mitchell, 20 years; and Tony Fortune, Bryan Haggitt and Barrie Ross, 35 years. 
 
Gary married his wife, Jan in Wellington and now lives in Victoria Avenue. In 1976 he moved to Auckland with AHI and joined the Rotary Club of Onehunga. In 2000 he joined the Rotary Club of Auckland East. He reminded us that we are all members because someone asked us to join. He acknowledged the strong support of his club in his role as DG.
 
He drew our attention to the wider family of Rotary, including Rotaract, Interact and The Rotary Foundation. Our district, 9920 is vast and comprises 1385 Rotarians in 53 clubs. The Rotary Foundation has been successful in reducing the incidence of polio from 300,000 in 1988 to just 57 in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2019.
 
Members were encouraged to plan to attend the district conference in Auckland and the RI convention in Hawaii.  
District Governor- Gary Langford 2019-08-31 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
Anneke Cumack-IBO Hungary 2019-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
Kris Gledhill-Sentencing in NZ 2019-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
RYLA- Awardees 2019-08-11 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
Bruce Howe - Finance report and other 2019-08-03 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
Paul Goldsmith MP Ross J Forrester 2019-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
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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. 
Jim Bradley Ross J Forrester 2019-07-16 12:00:00Z 0
Peter Thorne 2018-11-11 11:00:00Z 0
Andrew Alexander- Change 2018-10-18 11:00:00Z 0
James Doy- Musician 2018-10-05 11:00:00Z 0
Professor Craig Radford 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Peter Hillary Mountaineer. Adventures in Nepal 2018-09-21 12:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Kathryn Trounson - Electric Cars 2018-09-15 12:00:00Z 0
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Best known as a Sports Journalist who reported on 250  All Black games. The last of his kind.
 
Wynne Gray began his journalism career during the seventies at the Auckland Star and 8 O’clock before heading to travel and work in Europe and Australia. On his return he wrote about cricket for the NZ Herald and became their senior rugby writer, attending more than 250 All Black tests around the globe and numerous other internationals at World Cups as he filed for the company newspapers and online productions.
Guest Speaker Wynne Grey - Journalist 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
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One of the oldest and largest of the Rotary Fellowships founded in the United Kingdom in the 1940's.There are now IYFR Fleets worldwide divided into three Districts.
 
The Auckland Fleet has two Past International Commodores and the current International Rear Commodore is an Auckland Fleet Member, Past Commodore David Hansen. The Auckland Fleet will be the first in the world to have had three International Commodores. The current International Commodore is from Argentina and the two previous to him were from the Philippines and Italy. To be a Member you do not have to own a boat just an interest in boating and all Rotarians are eligible to join. Some of the activities of the Auckland Fleet of IFYR have included....
International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians Wayne Brewer 2018-09-07 12:00:00Z 0
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A periodic update from the Rotary Youth Exchange programme, District 9920, NZ (August 2018). There are many benefits to hosting an exchange student. Find out how to get involved.
Rotary Youth Exchange News 2018-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Club visit from District Governor, Ingrid Waugh 2018-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
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Frank Hogan has practised criminal defence law for over 40 years.  He is concerned about all aspects of child poverty and in particular housing and is the Child Poverty Action Group housing spokesperson.
Guest Speaker Frank Hogan - Child Poverty 2018-08-25 12:00:00Z 0
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The New Zealand government is currently considering major reform of the country’s tax system and recently set up a Tax Working Group to make recommendations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Should we have a capital gains tax?
  • Should we have a land tax?
  • What should be done to incentivise small business?
  • What should be done to protect the environment?
  • Should fruit and vegetables be excluded from GST?
  • Should there be a tax on sugary drinks?
Guest Speaker Michael Littlewood - Tax Reform in NZ 2018 Catherine Holden 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
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Insights to new applications and digital disruptions. A successful Entrepreneur, Educator, Author, Business Coach & Advisor. Warwick is passionate about Entrepreneurship & Business success and is one the founders of the Apps Parkable and Campable and is to going to talk to the club about ‘Disruptive Technology’. 
 
Guest Speaker Warwick Beauchamp - Disruptive Technologies 2018-08-08 12:00:00Z 0
It seems hard to believe that it is nearly a year since The Growing Unit was opened at Tamaki Primary School and the first seedlings were put into their little bags to be looked after by a group of children until they were ready to be planted out in their permanent positions. 
 
Now that day had come so off we went in a bus: two teachers, several mothers, two Rotarians and a group of very excited and thus noisy children to a farm in Clevedon, an Auckland Council chosen site. There we were joined by a group from Accor Hotels,  some of the boys who had helped with the plumbing work of The Unit at the school and an advisor from the Council...
Trees for Survival – Recount from club member RE first planting Day for Tamaki Primary School, 7 August 2018 2018-08-08 12:00:00Z 0
Digital Display Screen in New World Remuera 2018-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Alan Johnson - Salvation Army 2018-07-27 12:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Andrew Beer - Concert Master with the APO 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
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Megan Jaffe of Remuera gave a very inspirational presentation on the building on 411-413 Remuera Road, which she has created for the Remuera community
Guest Speaker Megan Jaffe 2018-06-29 12:00:00Z 0
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Business is Awesome – A 1-day challenging and inspired seminar for secondary school students considering business careers.
Business Is Awesome 2018-05-04 12:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - Bill Hodge 2018-05-04 12:00:00Z 0
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Tim Edmonds of Cure Kids and Prof. Stephen Howe updated our members about the Fiji Oxygen Project which is the subject of a major fund raising campaign by our Club.
The Oxygen Project is designed to save the lives of children, in hospitals and clinics, who are currently dying due to the lack of a reliable supply of oxygen.
Guest Speakers for Fiji Oxygen Project 2018-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
9920 DistrictConference 2018 Cindy Bakewell 2018-04-13 12:00:00Z 0
 The Great Auckland Duck Race - What an achievement 2018-03-29 11:00:00Z 0
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Ruth has worked in the not for profit sector for the last 25 years as a leader of charitable trusts.  She joined the Gut Cancer Foundation two years ago.  Ruth was a member of the Rotary Cub of Parnell for 15 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Ruth gave a very interesting insight into the work of the Gut Cancer Foundation.
Guest Speaker - Ruth Davy, Gut Cancer Foundation 2018-03-29 11:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - Robin Cooper, Auckland International Airport 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) 2018-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
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Ross Bay shared some insights in the lead up to Easter 2018.  He is a past Rotarian, a volunteer fireman, as well as being the Anglican Bishop of Auckland.  Ross was previously the Vicar of St. Mark's in Remuera.
    Guest Speaker-Bishop Ross Bay DLM 2018-03-16 11:00:00Z 0
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    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.
    Waiatarua Tree Project - Maintenance Day 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
    Alan Duffy - Books In Homes Project 2017-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
    ROMAC (Rotary International Medical Aid for Children) 2017-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
    Epsom Lodge Cooked Breakfast for Salvation Army Residents 2017-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
    District Governor Malini Raghwan 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
    Trees For Survival 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
    AED At Palmers Garden Centre 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
    3D Printer At Tamaki Primary School 2017-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
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    Communicare is a not-for-profit association which has been serving the seniors, lonely and disabled within Auckland. Dot was awarded a Rotary Service Award from President Norman for 55 years of volunteering for Communicare.
    Guest Speaker - Dot Lamb, Communicare Catherine Holden 2017-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
    Visually Impaired Person Camp Catherine Holden 2017-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
    Business is Awesome Richard Veber 2016-05-27 12:00:00Z 0
    Helping people with disabilities make their own music - a story by Susie Ma 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
    Finding Safe Haven - a story by Megan Ferringer 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
    Saving lives in Ghana - a story by Walter Hughes 2015-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
    India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-25 11:00:00Z 0