Ahead of the Curve

When Noel Holyoake joined Rotary in 1963 he had been in business in Rongotai for 10 years.  Clubs in that era were defined by a commercial area and classifications were important.  Noel was in the oil heating and air conditioning business and his firm manufactured sheet metal piping.  What it needed to develop was the ability to incorporate bends in that piping.

After being shown the door by one potential contact in Los Angeles who might have assisted, Noel attended a makeup the next day at the Wiltshire Boulevard Rotary Club.  When he explained his predicament to a member at the club he was quickly referred to another Rotarian who had already solved the puzzle and who was delighted to make a movie of the process for Noel.  By the end of his visit, that fellow Rotarian had sourced the necessary manufacturing machinery in Salt Lake City which promptly ended up in New Zealand.  One good turn deserved another and Noel was able to acquire a 1930 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in the neighbourhood which was shipped back to the club in Los Angeles which had a particular use for it.  When another product which could bend was subsequently developed by Noel’s team, a Rotarian happened to be President of a sheetmetal association and it was that contact which lead to the patents for the new process being sold to that association, all made possible and achieved through Rotary connections.

While commenting about the intermix of Rotary and Business, Noel also took time to laud the achievements of the club including the introduction of RYLA, the emergency box scheme and trees for survival.  While Noel maintains he owes much to Rotary, the Club and community clearly owe much to Noel.

Auxilliary Member Penelope Franca

The club had the privilege of hearing from Penelope and learning of her background.  She has been in New Zealand for 12 years and vividly recalls the Rainbow which greeted her when she first arrived.  Having worked in hospitality for 5 years locally, she has set out to pursue a career that will satisfy her for a lifetime and is now in real estate.  She joined the Auxilliary Club to make a difference in her Community, and for the joy of contributing to Humanitarian causes.  She has worked in both the United States and Brazil and is proficient in both Portugese and Spanish and has a young family.  It is a delight to welcome Penelope to the Club.

Duncan's Doodles

I had two meetings with Council yesterday for our proposed Fireworks Display later this year. We appear to have full support for a site in Lloyd Elsmore Park but may struggle to get a Council Grant. We are working on this with Howick Lions. Fingers Crossed

District Changeover is coming up – Save the date Sat 6 July 5.30 -8.00pm

May 20, 2019 6:30 PM
The Cloud Application And Cost Benefits
The Cloud Application And Cost Benefits

John drives the Consegna business as the Managing Director and Founding Partner - he is an Amazon Web Services Certified Professional who has vast SMB and Enterprise customer practical Cloud Delivery Consultancy experience.

With over 20 years IT Infrastructure delivery experience throughout the UK, Europe and APAC regions, John has a passion for technology and cloud transformation.  He has successfully delivered numerous cloud initiatives for organisations across multiple industry verticals, to both private and public cloud topologies.  

A few of the companies Consegna have helped on their cloud journey recently include : Quotable Value, The University of Auckland, NZ Defence, Department of Conservation, Oranga Tamariki, IRD

The cloud can be a daunting proposition, John can simplify and explain clearly the benefits of being in the cloud - both for big business and personal use.

Jun 24, 2019 6:30 PM
A Year in Denmark
Jun 24, 2019 6:30 PM
A Year in New Zealand
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World Bee Day
May 20, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 27, 2019
5:30 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
Pakuranga Rotary Changeover Brunch
Bucklands Beach Yacth Club
Jun 30, 2019
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Pakuranga Rotary and Public Work of Art

Initial conceptions of 3 Artists have been selected to go to the development design phase for this 50th Anniversary project.  It is intended that there will be a presentation to the club in July at which details of the 3 outstanding entries will be provided and input sought from club members.  An initial site has been identified at Sanctuary Point and the art work is intended to be a visible enduring attribute to the community which references the Clubs long term commitment to Pakuranga.

Curtain Call
Panmure Bridge School Reading Programme

Anna Salmon is a Reading Recovery Teacher at Panmure and has put out a call for more Volunteers for the Reading Recovery Programme at Panmure Bridge School.  If you know of anybody interested in helping in this very gentle way the advancement of children, please contact Guy Clapshaw or Carol Holmes of the Auxilliary Club.

Rotary Peace Centres

Rotary Peace Centers

Dear Rotarian,

We have a little over one month left to recruit qualified candidates for the 2020-21 Rotary Peace Fellowship and we need your help!

As club president, you play a critical role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates in your network. Clubs also play an important role in coaching candidates and helping them connect to districts for endorsement. We encourage you to use and share these resources:

  • Send personalized emails with the fellowship announcement to contacts within your network.

  • Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Submit their name and email in our referral form and we’ll follow up with them.

Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to

We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships!

Rotary Peace Centers
Rotary Peace Centers – your investment in action





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