Keeping an Eye on Punters

There was some reassurance, mixed with worrying reminders of what gambling can do in the lives of many of our fellow citizens in the address given by Rob Burrell at the meeting this week.

Rob has a team of ten whose responsibility on behalf of Sky City Casino is to keep an eye out for potential or actual gambling addicts as well as anyone breaking the strict rules of casino use. With 400,000 customers per month and 1 in 25 likely to have a ‘gambling problem’ there is no shortage of potential ‘clients’ in this job which Rob admits is not easy.

Duncan's Doodles

We have another great social opportunity at Sachies Kitchen in Parnell where for a 2.5 hour session Sachies will teach us how to 3 standard Chinese dishes over 2.5 hours at $89 / head. Please confirm your interest  to Pres Duncan and we can then book a suitable date

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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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
Dental Clinic to Multipurpose Room

Following funding from the Johnston Trust, Trustee Alan Vester and a small team have been busy washing, scraping and painting at Anchorage Park School. They were snapped with three members of the Club, along with class teacher, Rotarian Lorraine. Alan has worked very hard and deserves our thanks.

Fiji Oxygen Project Fundraising

Last Saturday, eight members of the Auxiliary supported Auckland South R/C at the ASB Showgrounds to raise funds for this important District project. The crowds were HUGE, the noise deafening and the colour dazzling as this Chinese New Year celebration welcomed in the Year of the Pig. We sold raffle tickets, received donations and encouraged groups to try the Oxygen Ball game. Auckland South’s Secretary Madison, sent us this message. “Please enjoy our fun images to share with R/C Pakuranga members and accept our thanks a trillion for your support through donations, volunteers and friendship. We hope for a chance to meet and work with you on more projects “

Atlas Presentation

Last week, on behalf of Pakuranga Rotary, Elizabeth and Crystal from our Auxiliary Club visited Anchorage Park School to present a Rotary atlas to each year four child. The two young ladies designed their own brand of presentation, which was not only fresh and lively, but a huge hit with the children. The photos show them explaining the function of an atlas, playing their ”under and over, find the page”  game,  and with a grateful recipient. Well done Crystal and Elizabeth and thank you for a very different and delightful presentation.

Viki's Travels

December and January were probably my busiest months in New Zealand. I have seen so many different locations and have done so much.

I was in Whangarei, spent New Years on Waihi Beach, was in the Bay of Islands and did a day trip to Cape Reinga. I also watched some movies with Bart, Adrianne and Cameron.

On my last weekend before school was about to start, my host family took me to Rotorua where we did the luge, a walk in the redwood forest and visited the Wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland, what I found amazing.

Now school has started again and it is nice to see all my friends again.

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!

Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show
Council focus on Rotary Walkway

The Auckland City Council is again  focussing attention on the Rotary Walkway and Snakes and Ladders Park in their February edition showcasing what is there to do in our region. Did you see the number of people using the Rotary BBQ on Waitangi day?

Some of us may feel nostalgic as we witness the demolition of houses in Pakuranga Road.

RYPEN needs Your Help

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership over a weekend long camp for Year 12 and 13 students, aged between 14 - 17 years old, designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.


This year RYPEN will be held on Friday 29 to 31 March 2019 at Kokako Lodge, Falls Road, Hunua, Auckland.

The RYPEN 2019 team us made up of Rotaract Club of Auckland and Rotaract Club of Auckland University, plus members of other Rotary Clubs. They have been hard at work over the holidays and would like your help to deliver the RYPEN programme in March 2019.

They are looking for assistance for the camp.

  • Camp mum and dad - From Friday 29 March 5pm onwards until Sunday 31 March 2019
  • Transport Chaperone - Friday 29 March, Ellerslie Carpark x minimum 2 volunteer members
  • Registration from Friday 29 March 2019 from 4pm - Hilary Prior (Auckland) + 2 volunteers required
  • Clean-up team on Sunday 1pm onwards - 4 x volunteers required

Team Leaders will be Rotaractors and RYLA awardees 2018.

Please contact Ainie Kwork ( if you want to be involved in this year's RYPEN 2019 programme.

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

Nominations for District Governor

I am sending this message out on behalf of PDG Dr Iain Wakefield who is Chair of the District Nominating Committee which each year selects the District Governor Designate for two years time.

This year we are seeking nominations for the Governor for 2021-22 or 2022-23. This person will lead what will be one new and larger district made up of what is currently Districts 9910 and 9920. 

Both Districts are following the same selection process and will be working together to each select a candidate. Hence we are seeking candidates to be Governor in either 2021-22 or 2022-23.

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