Eels, eats and eco- entertainment at Pirongia

How lucky were the 33 people who were hosted by Pres. Duncan at his forest retreat in Pirongia. His extensive piece of bush clad land, complete with swift flowing stream, was a surprise to all. (not to mention the mansion)  Duncan’s family had travelled to prepare refreshments for us, hiding them in little secret locations around the property.



We enjoyed the most delicious BBQ mini lamb burgers in a leafy glade by the river as well as ice cold drinks and canapes dotted around the property. The bold and brave tried out the huge zip line, much to the enjoyment of onlookers with their cameras at the ready. In keeping with the conservation theme, we were sent on a competition walk to identify native trees.

Turns out, many of us did not know our rimu from our rewa rewa, but fun (and a few arguments) we did have. One highlight was the feeding of the dozens of enormous endangered long finned eels. Did you know they can swallow a whole sausage in one audible suck? Thank you Duncan and family for a very different, fresh and invigorating fellowship adventure. When can we come back?

Duncan's Doodles

Our workshop at Rotary on Monday was an excellent opportunity for gathering input from members on a number of relevant topics and we look forward to the results and how it will shape Barts year ahead.
Thank you to all those who visited The Loney Estate in Pirongia. It was great to see you there and special thanks  to all my family and Rotarians who assisted on the day. Photos show some of the highlights
For 29 April we are proposing a social and details will be on clubrunner shortly
Bart's Banter

Thank you to all those that participated in the workshop on enhancing development, enjoyment and viability of Pakuranga Rotary.

Mar 04, 2019 6:30 PM
Building in the Islands
Building in the Islands

Come along to see and hear what the team from Pakuranga Rotary has achieved recently on the Island of Taveuni in Fiji.

This is an opportunity to see ROTARY IN ACTION. This team that volunteered there last November included 3  members from Pakuranga Rotary: Chris Ward, Peter Armstrong, and Don Lawry  plus 2 others.

This is a unique project as it covers the Rotary areas of being a District, International and Community project.

So come along and bring a friend to understand what Rotary can do for the less fortunate in our District, and why YOUR Pakuranga Rotary is recognised as a leaders in the Pacific region.

You need to be there to hear this wonderful story

Mar 18, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary National Science & Technology Forum
Apr 01, 2019 6:30 PM
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Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evening (South)
Papakura RSA
Mar 18, 2019
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evening (East)
Te Tuhi Centre
Mar 20, 2019
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
World Water Day
Mar 22, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evening
Remuera Golf Club
Mar 28, 2019
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Apr 25, 2019
Bart's Banter

Thank you to all those that participated in the workshop on enhancing development, enjoyment and viability of Pakuranga Rotary.

A Colourful Time

School started and I got really busy in school. I joined the tennis team and went to the tryouts for the volleyball seniors team, where I finally made it in the team.  For subjects in school I chose English, Chemistry, Calculus, Physics applied and Outdoor Education.

On the 10th February I went together with some of the other Rotary Exchange students and my friends from school to the Hare Krishna Holi festival, which took place at the Hare Krishna Temple in Riverhead. We all came home with the colour everywhere and were looking forward to our rainbow shower.

It was so much fun.

Pestival - East Auckland Schools Green Jam
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evenings

Have you thought about a Student Exchange?

Every year Rotary International offers students the chance to go on a 12 month exchange in countries like France, Germany, Holland, Argentina, plus more.

It is not as hard as it might sound because Rotary gives you a lot of support and you will have your own support person in your exchange country while you are away. You don’t have to know the language before you go. One of the highlights is a summer trip around Europe or your host country.

"It’s amazing I’ve come this far, I never would have guessed this is where I would be right now. Looking back on the year I’ve had so many once in a lifetime opportunities and it’s the mind set of being willing to say yes to anything offered that really makes a great year.  You learn to be part of a different culture and end up with friends all over the world."

Students that have been on exchange tell Rotary that it is the best thing they have ever done and hey come back with great confidence and independence and really ready to get on with university or whatever they are doing next.

Join them to find out more
Monday 18 MarchWednesday 20 MarchThursday 28 March
Papakura RSA
40 Elliot St
Te Tuhi Centre
13 Reeves Rd
Remuera Golf Club
12 Abbots Way
Help Support Te Whakaora Tangata

On Wednesday 27 February from 12noon to 1.30pm, the Rotary Club of Auckland is having a special lunch meeting, supporting the South Auckland charity Te Whakaora Tangata and will also include a performance from Dave Dobbyn.  This charity provides a holistic, long-term mentoring programme for those most at risk, with an average restorative cost of about $24,000 per person, far less than most other organisations can provide.  The aim is to successfully break the perpetual cycle of dysfunction and disadvantage in broken families and the results to date are impressive.  The panellists for this event, who have been through this programme, will include a woman who became a mother at 12 and a man in and out of prison for 35 years.

Date & Time: Wednesday 27 February, 12noon to 1.30pm
Paid Parking: Available in the EMA parking building on Auburn St
Cost: $60.00 per person
RSVP: clicking here or contacting Jacqui - (09) 486 6010 or
Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show
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.

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