Gary Braid - From Otumoetai to Slovenia

Gary Braid was happily playing soccer at Otumoetai College when he succumbed to peer pressure and tried out for the First Fifteen. The rest is history, as the former All Black outlined to our first meeting of the year on Monday evening. Gary represented New Zealand in 1983 and his sons Luke and Daniel have kept the Braid name well recognised in rugby circles since.

Gary confessed he found the drudgery of training a relief at a time when he had three young children in the house. The motivation of playing for your mates and country was and remains as powerful as ever for our national side. There is no free ride and the All Black legacy imbues humbleness. He has enjoyed a wide and varied career since his playing days which includes coaching stints in Croatia and Slovenia, National Sales Manager for DB Breweries, property investing, software development and being a Publican.

Question time elicited the observation that rugby players in all European countries (except France) do not have the intuitive skills of players in countries such as New Zealand where the game is played from a young age and coaching therefore involves breaking the component parts of the game down and having to teach those skills.

Duncan's Doodles

We have some busy times ahead and wish to remind you of some key dates:

Pirongia Social Visit 9 Feb

Carnival day at Bramley Reserve 24 Feb

We hope to see you there!



Feb 04, 2019 6:30 PM
Sky City - the casino, security, safety, problem gambling
Sky City - the casino, security, safety, problem gambling

Rob Burrell is Host Responsinility Team Leader at SKYCITY Entertainment Group. He will enlighten us on the casino, security, safety  and the efforts in place to minimize problem gambling.

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Waitangi Day
Feb 06, 2019
Social Day Pirongia
Loney's Bush Retreat
Feb 09, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Community River Carnival
Bramley Drive Reserve
Feb 24, 2019
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
February Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Feb 25, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
World Water Day
Mar 22, 2019
Carnival Day Sunday 24th February

Sunday 24th February is the Day!  That's right. Sunday 24th is the day of the Pakuranga Carnival. A day for our community and their Families. The venue is the same as usual - Bramley Reserve.

This is an important fund raiser for our Club. To ensure the day' success, we will need your assistance. There will be jobs for everyone - some for setup; some for operations throughout the day; some for cleanup.

Don Lawry will be allocating areas to individuals for a letter box drop the week prior to the event. Chris Ward will have the staff roster for the day allocating jobs and times.

In addition to last years activities, there will be the Howick Brass Band and NZ Police & their Patrol Jet Ski.

Bring your family - bring everybody's family to the Carnival Day on Sunday 24th  at Bramley Reserve.

Remember, from the Club's perspective, the most important person to bring is YOU - YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!

Highbrook Rotary Fun Run Walk

Can you help Highbrook Rotary?

  • Run or Walk - Register by 6 February and be in to win a prize!
  • Volunteer - It takes many people to run the event including set up, pack down, registration, traffic wardens, marshal etc. 

If you can help, then contact Highbrook Rotary

District Conference 2019


You can find more information about the conference here  ( including timetable, accommodation options and guest speakers. You can register for the conference by going directly to the District website. There is a significant amount of interest in this conference and places are strictly limited so get in now!!  

Please note:

You will need your Clubrunner login to register for the conference.  If you have never logged in to Clubrunner before, or have forgotten your password or login information click here for instructions (, on how to retrieve your username and/or password.  If this fails, talk to PE Bart Signal or Secr Graham Kearns for help.


SATURDAY AFTERNOON at the Convention Centre, Wine Tasting will be on offer. But as you will have plenty of Wine at night, I have organised amazing entertainment for our Club,you will not be disappointed.

A NAPIER PRISON TOUR, only $25 per person. Afternoon Tea will be available.

When registering, you will be asked if you want to accept one of the Conference Options for the Saturday Afternoon. If you would like to join me on a Prison Tour, then don’t reply to one of The Conference Options, just advise me.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS. Also we are booked at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania which is across the road from the Convention Centre. I have a Group Booking for all Pakuranga Attendees, it’s great to be together.

Please advise me once you’ve registered and I will inform the Hotel on your behalf, DO NOT MAKE A HOTEL BOOKING YOURSELF, otherwise we will double up.

Why not consider breaking the Journey and stay Thursday Night in Taupo. I have booked Rooms at The Millennium, also known as Manuals, overlooking Lake Taupo. Please let me know if you are interested.

So please seriously consider attending this District Conference in Napier next May 10-12. This is a wonderful opportunity for Fellowship, not only with our own Members but with other Rotarians from other Clubs.


Ian Handisides

Conference Promoter