Duncan's Doodles

Happy New Year to all our readers

I hope you are refreshed and ready for the busy time of the year for Pakuranga Rotary

I look forward to seeing many of you at our first meeting on 21 January where no doubt there will be plenty of catching up to do

Our long standing member Frank Burns recently resigned but will attend our 21 January meeting so make sure you come along to bid him farewell.

We also bid Mia Kidston – Av revoir and Bon voyage – as shortly she departs for France and starts her year as a Rotary Exchange Student.

President Duncan

New Christmas Addition

Christmas is all about a very special baby...

We want to share our own special Rotary baby with you all... some beautiful shots of  Mahina Louise, Penelope's wee girl now just 6 weeks old.

“Chippies” of Action

A Rotary team consisting of three members of the Pakuranga Rotary , Peter Armstrong, Don Lawry, Chris Ward, and his ex-classmate Howard Scott and Dennis Kavanagh (Don’s friend), has just returned from 12 days in Fiji on the island of Taveuni.

The team had a very successful time there assisting a group of local builders, by helping to construct a 2-classroom block in the village of Bouma. While the local builders laid the concrete slab and started laying the blockwork forming the walls of the classroom, the Rotary boys constructed the roof trusses. They then painted these with two coats of undercoat and continued by painting the 75 sheets of ceiling panels. In total, Don worked out that we painted 810 square meters, the equivalent of 4 full sized tennis courts.

Rotarian Geoffrey Amos and his team of locals wonderfully looked after the Rotary boys. We were proud to help support the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island.

This project is a great example of Rotary In Action, and we all felt privileged to represent Pakuranga Rotary in assisting in an international project.

Jan 21, 2019 6:30 PM
Life with and after Rugby
Life with and after Rugby

Gary Braid is a former rugby union footballer who represented New Zealand playing for the All Blacks. Two of his sons, Luke and Daniel both have played rugby to a high level

Gary attended Otumoetai College where he played football before taking up rugby and making the first XV in his last year at high school. Braid made his debut for Bay of Plenty in 1981 as a lock playing 124 games for the province, achieving captaincy in 1991. He made the All Blacks in 1983 and played in eleven games including two test matches He was loaned to North Harbour in 1986.

In later years Gary coached the Auckland University RFC in the Auckland Premier competition, plus took on other coaching roles overseas. He is currently part owner of the "The Kingslander" pub in Auckland, has his own IT Consultancy business and has recently completed coaching roles in Slovenia and Croatia.

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Pakuranga Rotary Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Jan 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
January Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Jan 21, 2019
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Auckland Anniversary
Jan 28, 2019
Waitangi Day
Feb 06, 2019
Social Day Pirongia
Loney's Bush Retreat
Feb 09, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
February Board Meeting
Waipuna Hotel
Feb 25, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wonderful  Community Projects

Pakuranga Rotary has initiated some wonderful community projects. Beginning all those years ago when Rotarians started the famed Rotary Walkway and over recent times, the joint projects with the Howick Local Board at Bramley Reserve.

Included in those projects is the Snakes and Ladders Playground which was showcased on the front cover of the Howick Local Board’s recent report. Rotary projects can have a wider use in terms of projecting our image into the community than we ever thought possible.

Charter members - Bill Duncan and Bob Ritchie have been reflecting on the impact that Pakuranga Rotary has made in the community for nearly 50 years. I wonder what Pakuranga Rotary is envisaging for 2019 and future community projects?

Another one bites the dust!

Pakuranga Rotary now has 16 Council registered rat catchers! Don, Sylvie and Ron have all had good results and between them, have eradicated 5 rats.

Please remember to log your catches on the CatchIt database (you all have your access codes). Even if you do not yet have a trap, you can still visit and see what has been caught in your street.

Congratulations to Pakuranga Rotary and special thanks to President Duncan for this new and very worthwhile environmental community service!

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


Ian Handisides reports that we have 16 Rotarians (32 People) already registered for District Conference at Napier, 10-12 May, 2019 . There is still time to register with a discount if you login before 31 December 2018.

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!!  

If you enter the promo code 'December' and then <Apply> , you will receive a 10% discount on the registration and activity fees.  This offer is only available until the end of December and there are now limited places available with a firm cap on the number of attendees and partners due to venue constraints.  

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