Maurice Williamson - New Zealand Consul General to the US
This week Noel Holyoake introduced Maurice Williamson to address the club and we were treated to one man’s story about his keen interest in technology, his belief in New Zealand and a passionate promoter of our country and its enterprise.
Following completion of his studies at university, Maurice was employed by Air New Zealand where he stayed for 17 years before being elected the Member for Pakuranga and entering Parliament where he served for 30 years.   Maurice looked after some 30 portfolios during this time and his qualification to serve as Consul General in the US is well founded.   Maurice says however that his role is more “deal doing” rather than diplomatic as he strives to generate contacts and create opportunities for New Zealand Businesses wanting to establish trade with the US.
25 Years of Pakuranga Rotary’s Top Day Out Fishing Day

At its meeting on the 5th of March, Pakuranga Rotary celebrated 25 years of running the Top Day Out Fishing Day.   Originating from an idea Noel Holyoake had, the first event was organised by John Rofe who created the relationship with Coast Guard not only as major beneficiary of the proceeds but also as a key contributor to the event providing boats to ferry the fishos and safety on the water.

Recycling in Auckland
Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs)
Dear Friends in Rotary,
You will be aware that Cyclone Gita is currently causing havoc in the Pacific and may indeed head down to New Zealand in the coming days.
We are in touch with Rotary in the Pacific:  at present in communication with Rotary Clubs in Samoa and Tonga.
Rotary’s Emergency Response Kits have been prepositioned in both  countries to enable immediate response.
We work with Disaster Management Coordinators in effected countries to ensure that the response is well manged and the kits are distributed in a timely manner.
We have direct contact with New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Disaster Relief Forum who provide at least twice daily situation reports.
As we prepare to replenish stock in 2018, we are most grateful for both club and members’ support for this vital Rotary Humanitarian Response spanning over four decades.
Details are in photo for making a contribution.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Best wishes
PDG Stuart J Batty QSM,JP
Executive Director
Upcoming Speakers
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Upcoming Events
Tip Top Schools Day
Edgewater College
Mar 25, 2018
NZ Tour Home Hosting
Apr 07, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Vocational Visit - Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd
Apr 09, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter Woodcock
March 6
Peter Hawkins
March 13
Ian Kelman
March 17
Terry Sutherland
March 20
Duncan Loney
March 26
Spouse Birthdays
Sue Rea
March 9
Glenda Griffin
March 14
Lorna Boyd
March 25
Papakura Food Waste Pilot scheme

AC are to begin picking up your food waste – see here how the pilot scheme will work in Papakura

Battery Recycling Scheme Announced

Your Environment Committee encourages to bring your old and flat dry cell batteries to Rotary , and we will have them recycled.

The box will be near our Rotary reception at every meeting.

Please do not put these batteries in your rubbish  as they are bad pollutants.

If the batteries are already leaking, we do not want them!

Lifetime Opportunity - Rotary Youth Exchange
Volunteers required  for the Rotary NZ Tour project  -  April 2018
We urgently need volunteers for:
  1. Hosting a dinner for one International Rotarian couple, plus a Pakuranga couple on Saturday 7th April.
  2. Airport Pick-ups.  (see details following)
  3. Looking after a couple for part of the day on Friday 6th April.
Help us make this event a Rotary experience our guests will never forget.
Disposing of E-Waste
Disposing of you E-Waste
Tip Top Schools Day

Peter Woodcock has taken on the responsibility of co-ordinating the organisation of the Tip Top Schools Day, set down for SUNDAY 25 March at Edgewater College.

Please contact him with offers of assistance ( in doing the multitude of preliminary ‘jobs’ required to make this a successful day – especially if there was a task you helped with in past years. Key responsibilities will be in organising the man-power (we hope to get some support from neighbouring Rotary Clubs), the parking, and gear check. On the day itself we look forward to ‘all hands on deck’!

State of our Gulf
Interesting read in regards to Top Day Out Fishing:
Rotary International News

World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s