The Alison Gilbert File

We were delighted to catch up with Alison’s life history at our last meeting. Overall Alison is an extremely busy person who has worked hard to become a Partner in the Brookfield’s management team.

Alison spoke about her life and the influences that have impacted on where she is now and focussed under four headings. In reading her story one should also bear in mind she has made her way in times when women had to prove their worth many times over.

1/ Alison is the second eldest of six children. As a child she was shy and retiring. She is related to the late Les Hammond, who was a Past President of our Club. When it came time for Alison to head off to University at the end of the seventh form year her parents were reluctant to allow her to move to Auckland to study law.
Instead she studied for a Bachelor of Social Science at Waikato University. This course of study did not interest her that much so she went to work for the Public Service.
Within six months she was promoted and then travelled to Wellington to work for the Department of Education. She attended the Outward Bound course and this enhanced her confidence.
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A Year in France
A Year in France
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Dec 26, 2019
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Jan 01, 2020
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Pakuranga Rotary Christmas Lunch
A Great Start to the New Year

BBQ at the Pakuranga Sailing Centre on 20th January .

Start time 5.30 pm.

Dress casual 

$33.00 pp. Cash bar.


Your Chance to Drive an Electric Car for 4 Days!

District Conference 9920 sponsor Genuine Vehicle Imports will supply one lucky Conference registrant with a late model Nissan Leaf full EV, to drive and use for four days.  GVI will provide a fully insured, 2019 model Nissan Leaf . They will instruct on how to charge and operate the car and supply a charging cable. (Any driver of the car must hold a current NZ Driver’s Licence).

The winner of this offer will be selected by a ‘lucky dip’ from all registered attendees.


-          Early Bird registrants get THREE automatic entries into the lucky draw

-          Registrants after 31 Dec 2019, automatically qualify for one lucky draw entry

ALL THE MORE REASON FOR EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION! (Early Bird registrations close 31 Dec 2019)

See the website to register.  No need for your Rotary number or password:

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Sunday 15th December Christmas lunch at Howick Club

First meeting of the new year 20th January  BBQ at Pakuranga Sailing  centre

First meeting at Waipuna 2nd February normal time