Bringing in the Big Ships to the Port of Auckland

Our guest speaker last week was Peter Willyams an experienced Ports of Auckland Pilot .

Peter was born in the Cook Islands but grew up in Howick and attended Cockle Bay Primary, Howick Intermediate and Kings College where he specialised in Science and Mathematics . He commenced sailing by joining Sea Scouts and eventually the family purchased a Sunburst yacht. He was sponsored on to the Spirit of Adventure and then decided on a maritime career. He went to sea in  Y1981 as a cadet with the China Navigation Company and studied at the Auckland Maritime School. Peter then joined Gearbulk/KGIS then Saga Forest Carriers and served on the same ship for 11 years .

Duncan's Doodles

Thank you to Peter Woodcock and all his team of helpers for another successful Top Schools Day. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the day and we will shortly hold a review meeting to look at ways to increase participant numbers back to their peaks

We have some great speakers coming up and can recommend Jon Taylor 20/5 IT/The Cloud for younger members as well as Melissa Chan-Green 10/6 News Hub Reporter as a great meeting to invite partners. Kelvin will have more details in the bulletin.
May 06, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary and Business
Rotary and Business

Noel is a pioneer of New Zealand’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Holyoake Industries is the largest manufacturer of air distribution equipment in the Asia-Pacific region, and employs more than 350 people in New Zealand and Australia.

A proud Rotarian, Noel established Rotary's Trees for Survival Project 25 years ago and now it involves 5,000+ school students planting 70,000+ tree each year.

May 20, 2019 6:30 PM
The Cloud Application And Cost Benefits
Jun 17, 2019 6:30 PM
A Year in Denmark
Jun 17, 2019 6:30 PM
A Year in New Zealand
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April Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Apr 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
A month of Cars
May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019
2019 District 9920 conference
Napier Conference Centre
May 10, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
World Bee Day
May 20, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
May Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
May 27, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29, 2019
Queens Birthday
Jun 03, 2019
June Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Jun 17, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
An ideal night to invite your partner: Come and hear MELISSA CHAN-GREEN speak on her experiences as a Newshub Reporter

Melissa Chan-Green (nee Melissa Davies) presents Newshub Live at 6 at weekends and is a reporter based in Auckland. 

Melissa has travelled the globe covering everything from the Arab Spring uprisings to the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Gallipoli centenary and Paris terror attacks. 

She has reported from several Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cups.  

Melissa has particular experience in reporting on royal events - having attended events to meet them personally and covering the wedding of Prince William and Catherine and the birth of their children, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan and their tour of New Zealand. 

Mt Eden Rotary & Epsom Rotary Invite You to ROCKETMAN Movie Night @ Lido Cinema (Thu 30 May)
Geoffrey Amos

Geoffrey passed away Friday 12 April in Auckland, after an extended period of illness.

He leaves a huge legacy of helping communities in Fiji, in particular on Taveuni Island.

Geoffrey initiated the Rotary Club of Taveuni and led significant Rotary projects over many years, to improve Fiji’s health, education and housing- working extensively with the Rotary Organisation, and other partners.

His legacy will be the many lives he changed for the better. He has been an inspiration

We send our condolences to his family and his community

The following is taken from Geoff’s own recent writing.

“The Rotary Club of Taveuni Island is made up of 11 active members who represent the cultural mix of Taveuni and we do anything that benefits the health and education in rural communities.  For twelve years we have run the largest totally free South Pacific cataract surgery program.  From the time the patient leaves home and returns, irrespective of their location anywhere in the Fiji Islands, we cover all costs, providing meals, accommodation, sunglasses, post-op medication, laundry, tooth brushes etc.  My wife Joey runs Patient Services with her team of volunteers and they produce about 400 meals plus a day for four different cultures on 2 x two burner gas stoves. We own over 100 single mattresses and pillows, plus all the required bed linen for the patients and the theatre.  Our surgical equipment is worth over $500,000 and now with two new Stryker operating beds it has increased to $550,000. 

Dawn Johnston Koru Award Nominations Wanted

Do you know someone in the local community who has overcome adversity to live a life of serving others?

The Inner Wheel Club of Howick is looking for such a person to present a Dawn Johnston Koru Award to. The inaugural presentation of this award was made last year to Alan Breslau of Half Moon Bay who survived a horrific plane crash 56 years ago followed by many years in hospital. The award was based on the Inner Wheel theme for 2017/2018 ‘Leave a Legacy’

The spiral shape of the koru, the emblem of the award, signifies new life, positive change, personal growth, harmony, and above all, hope for the future.

Awardees need to have demonstrated self-awareness, resilience, compassion, and a desire to assist others becoming a full contributor to the community.

This is an Annual Award and the successful recipient needs to be a New Zealand citizen residing in the Pakuranga or Botany electorate area. The award is a Koru Trophy to keep and the book ‘Leaving a Legacy’.

If someone in your wider Rotary community knows a person who fits the above criteria and would like to nominate that person could you please email my Secretary, Julia Castles at with details.

Adrienne Davies
Howick Inner Wheel Club
Rotary Youth Exchange
Emergency Response Kits

We are always ready for an immediate response when Cyclones, Floods, Tsunami strike our vulnerable Pacific Neighbours.

This activity has been supported by clubs, Rotarians and the public for close on 40 years.

Please continue to help us continue to be the first responder when the need arises.