Real Estate from the Street

If you’re looking for some professional commentary in the real estate market refer to the latest monthly report from Vanessa Taylor from "" (HERE), and also read anything Tony Alexander puts out (HERE). I follow him on LinkedIn but there are other sites with his always sage advice.

As to the local situation ….Here goes ….

How am I finding this lockdown in Real Estate mode? Frankly It’s a bit of a breather and an opportunity to upskill. I’ve given my team the weekends off but during the week we are continuing to work, although I have let them sleep in!! The company is still operating, but working from home. Listings are being processed (by email), AML can still be completed, the LIM and Property File departments at Council are still processing these (within a very short time frame), the banks and our mortgage brokers are working, valuers are still working as much as they can.

Titles are coming through for us to check as well, thankfully our legal peers are working to process anything we need from them. Properties that were in the pipeline are going unconditional. Our main hold up is building inspections so any contracts written up. Yes some moving dates have had to be pushed out but in the main the solicitors are dealing with those issues.  

So, the phone is pretty quiet BUT the internet is going ballistic!!! Viewing numbers have increased 5 fold and the “watchers" are through the roof. So I expect there will be pent up activity immediately post the Lockdown. In this area of the Eastern Beaches suburbs we still are suffering from a shortage of good property to sell and a large pool of buyers in every price bracket and schooling zones (which is one of the main drivers of buyer movement in this area). I liken the situation a little to the Christmas close down. Of course people are still making real estate decisions  i.e. “house is too big is too small ..I’m sick of this do up lets move or renovate ..let’s buy a do up we’ve finished this one ". Also those with shares may think next I’ll  invest in bricks and mortar, others will sell investment properties to cash up and sadly some relationships won’t last past the lockup time! 

After leaving Level 4 we will probably be running almost from the outset, might take a week or two to readjust to our daily routine. Yes strong demand plus low interest rates will ensure it’ll be business as usual pretty soon. Noticeable changes already include first home buyers being impacted as their Kiwi Saver values drop, this may mean those buyers will need to hunker down, waiting until markets improves. However others may take a punt and buy whilst the market is in a state of uncertainty. I wonder how long that will take?? It was only 6 months during the GFC.


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President Terry Update

Sunday evening 5 April

 Easter Greetings to all.  

Well these events will certainly make 2020 a year which will long be remembered. Hopefully all of you and your families are well and coping with the limitations being placed on our lives.

Some of us are lucky(?) enough to be still working from home (and hoping our clients/customers will have funds to pay us in due course). For others working from home is a new experience and hopefully you are still being paid. Some may not be so lucky unable to work and having to amuse yourselves to while away the time but getting some funds to exist on. Yet others who have no job and having to exist on the generosity of Work and Income. Those on pensions – well you were born lucky eh!.  

Whatever your circumstances don’t let it worry you in silence. Irena Giles is our almoner ( Mob 021-393-936  Res 576-2553. You will not be the only ones in our Club going through your experience. By the time you read this we may know whether the lockdown is to be extended or lowered a level. On the lighter side feel sorry for those of our membership who have water views and are in walking distance of the sea – no swimming, boating etc!!

For those of you planning to break the rules you could spend time writing to the Department of Justice for a certificate  which says you spent x days on Home Detention and when you get sentenced to HD you can say to the Judge “Please your Honour ……..”

Covid-19 by numbers.

It is all about the numbers! Some of us watch the News Conferences at 1 p.m and 3 p.m on NZTV One and are given the figures for the virus with no relationship to anything else. NZ has had 1 death due to the virus (although there were other issues as well.) According to the figures available on the Net NZ has approximately 34,000 deaths a year (2020 Rate) i.e 94 deaths per day on average. We have had 11 days (to Sunday 5th of Lockdown. That means 1034 people have died since the Lockdown started on 25 March. Scoreboard NZ "1034" Covid19 "1".  Perhaps we have been lucky. There was no mention of this figure.

Figures for Italy and Spain are quoted at about 700 to 800 deaths per day. We assume they are virus related and announced with such seriousness we are led to believe it is coming after us.   Daily deaths for Italy  1,765  Spain 1,180. 

In 12 months or so we will get a better idea. There should be a noticeable blip in the graph showing deaths over the last 70 years.  The death rate from the virus(?) in the USA 3,500 to date (not sure about the days). USA has 8,053 deaths per day  per day!

The figures quoted in NZ are Cases actual (advised or aware of) Number suspected, Number recovered, Number in hospital, Number in ICU (Intensive Care Units) Deaths. The numbers are not comparative. We should be told of the number of Cases to which the recoveries relate.

Apart from Italy about 4% of the cases result in death and because of the skewed comparison it is likely to be higher in the wash up may be 5-6%.

Hope that gives you some context next time you watch the televised News Conference. Pay particular attention to what Jacinda says from Conference to Conference and when a politician fronts with someone from a Department.

Enjoy your Easter.


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An Essential Service


At Sealink our life has been re-defined in dramatic fashion. We have had armed police turn up to pull people in a stolen car off the ferry and a number of call outs where people have been somewhat strident in their demands to travel. Most heart wrenching was the fellow wanting to see his dog who was unwell. The demands at the terminals have been interesting to say the least and its amazing how quickly people turn feral when their expectations aren’t met.

The photos (middle and right) above are of both our chiller and Ambient units loading for Great Barrier and are in many ways identical to the Waiheke traffic. In the trailer we have parts and tires for the islands fire appliance, dialysis and other medical supplies, LPG, distilled water, home appliances, a generator, bread, beer, wine and general grocery items.

Waiheke is getting a lot of winemaking supplies and the oyster farms have also just stocked up on essentials, the support of primary industries goes on regardless. There’s the daily trailer load to the supermarket and the same in returns from the recycling and Waste Management operation. These services are absolutely essential lifelines to these thriving but isolated communities.


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Covid 19 How to stay SAFE


Johns Hopkins Hospital advice

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).

By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only

-between 3 hours (fabric and porous),

-4 hours (copper and wood)

-24 hours (cardboard),

- 42 hours (metal) and

-72 hours (plastic).

But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.

They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. \

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.





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Sadly as we saw from the theft of a Covid 19 testing station shelter this week, times of great anxiety and stress require us to be the most vigilant we can be to keep ourselves and our assets safe physically, on the phone and on-line.
The best way to deal with phone scams is to hang up immediately on any one you do not know. Do not give them one second of your precious time. If you do end up having a conversation, on any medium, with someone you do not know, be sure that NO ONE you do business with will ever phone and;
  • Request your password 
  • Request your credit details
  • Threaten to disconnect your broadband or anything else
  • Tell you that you've been hacked 
  • Request access to your personal computer or laptop
Also never call back a missed call that you see on your call log and do not recognise. If it is important they will call back!!!! This is a famous scan, your call gets rerouted multiple times and ends up costing an arm and shoulder.
I have noticed an increase in computer scams since the lockdown began. Similar to the recommendations for the phone the best advice is do not open any email from anyone you do not know or from whom you are expecting correspondence. If it is important they will keep trying. NEVER open an attachment from any person or organisation you do not know. This maxim is not as straight forward as it seems, scammers have become very good at imitating banks, phone companies and the like, so;
  • Nobody you deal with would ask any of the questions outlined above for the phone
  • Look at the senders address at the top of the email, very often they are hacked email addresses, it could be your address, mine or another random third party address - this is a sure give away. This is demonstrated in the screen shot below, an email I received this morning, ostensibly from Netflix, wanting me to click on their link! In this instance a Graham Irvin has been hacked and his account is being used to send emails.
  • If it purports to come from your bank etc but is not in your normal routine, ignore it but call the bank and ask, they will not mind. Never respond to the email, phone your normal contact first.
  • No email you have not interacted with will harm you👍😊
  • For critical organisations, bank, phone, medical, Facebook etc use a unique password (only for that account) - that is really important
  • Make sure you apply all updates sent to you and your device, i.e. Microsoft, Apple etc, they continuously monitor scams and update security accordingly
  • Completely power off your laptop/ tablet/ phone at least once a week
There is some useful further reading if you are interested, Netsafe and the Government both have sites with current scams and ways to report scams. All local banks have an option for reporting scams on their websites.

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Martin and Gil

For some time Martin Duffy has enjoyed a strong relationship with a youth development organisation in Vanuatu. They provide a wide range of programs and mentoring for the local young people as well as a series of camps.
The camps are hosted at their own facility, on a large piece of land made available to them. The intricacies of land ownership in Vanuatu being what they are, the Youth Group must ensure the property shows added value and improvements each year to secure, retain and exercise ownership. This of course includes long distances of fencing across unforgiving terrain.
The size of the land and the nature of the terrain makes this a major mission and there have been a number of working bees over recent years. The latest was September last year and Martin participated enthusiastically, as he always does. The photos below (left to right) are the intrepid team, the produce market in Port Villa (the only game in town for retail therapy) and some serious fence building.
                                                                       GIL's STRONG ADVICE: DON'T LEAVE HOME TILL YOU HAVE SEEN THIS COUNTRY
Just had a stunning three and a half weeks in the lower South Island. Walked bits of the Kepler Track then went to Stewart Island where we saw a Kiwi on the side of the road and came third to last in the pub quiz.

Then the highlight of the trip four days in the Catlins a most amazing place. Scenery to rival the Great Ocean Road in Oz and amazing beaches with seals and sea lions. Time in Dunedin to catch up with relatives then on to Oamaru with its incredible architecture and the Steampunk museum. Finished up in Christchurch with a very interesting day at Lytelton. If you are not keen to travel abroad in the near future just enjoy the delights of good old NZ.
Very sound advice I say, pictures below (left to right) are Tunnel Beach South Dunedin, The view from Nugget Point in the Catlins and The Kepler Track
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Travellers return

Two of our number were overseas as the pace of global infections spiralled from fast to frantic! We are VERY pleased that both have returned safely and are locked securely down at home in glorious Howick!
John Grogan and Margaret headed off to Perth Australia on Friday 13th (I know 😳) en route to a wonderful cruise and then Safari around Africa. Fortunately the company realised in time that the writing was on the wall and boarding was cancelled. After four days of "cooling their heels " in Perth the Grogans called it a day and headed home to Auckland, disappointed but wiser and most of all safe at home!          
Charles and Sue left for an epic six week trip on the 10th March first to Serengeti in Tanzania, then a family wedding in Cape Town and 4 weeks in the UK, including the Orkney Islands from whence his family hailed. They enjoyed Serengeti enormously and had the time of their lives. As Serengeti was mostly off the grid the enormity of the global pandemic only hit when they got back to Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport. Three agonising hours on the phone got their tickets changed for a straight through return to Auckland via Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Singapore, but was not enough to consummate the deal with a suitable exchange of Visa details. The only other flight out, KLM, was cancelled with no notice 5 or 6 hours prior to take off, the airport was teeming with frantic travellers, but they made it to Addis where after an hour in the depth of the airline labyrinth the payment was made and they made the rest of the trip uneventfully. Flying though the eye of the storm, two major airline hubs with tens of thousands stressed travellers desperately trying to get home before the gates swung shut.
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Classic Car Show

In 2015, a bunch of East Auckland classic car lovers joined forces and decided to share their passion for British and European classic motors with their community. Their goal was to provide a free, non-competitive event to suit everyone, from the keenest petrol head right through to the absolute vintage car novice. A seed of an idea grew, gained momentum and the end result was the first Auckland Brit & Euro Classic Car Show, held in March 2016.
“We had 480 cars on show and some motorcycles too,” says Richard Waugh, who’s a member of Auckland’s Jaguar Drivers’ Club. “Between 3000-4000 people came along and we had overwhelmingly positive feedback from them.
The event has gone from strength to strength and the 1st March this this year was the 5th anniversary. Well over 1200 British and European classic cars on display in the beautiful setting of Lloyd Elsmore Park. Thousands of visitors came and went during the day.
Our  Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay is priveledged to be one of many local community organisations that provide logistical support and volunteers. In particular we assist with the marshalling of vehicles, traffic management and access control. We do our best to ensure that exhibitors and visitors are able to enter and leave the park smoothly and quickly without disrupting the traffic in the area. 
It is a pleasure to assist with an iconic local event and a great day out.
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Golf Day

November the 25th 2019 dawned a beautiful day and became better and better as the hours ticked by. Blue skies, sunshine and very little wind. Perfect for golf! The thirty volunteers from the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay were delighted, after months of planning and organising now was the hour for the 2019 Golf Day.
Around 120 golfers from all around Auckland, from a wide range of industries, joined together in 40 teams for an afternoon and evening of networking, competition, friendship and fun.
The golf is an Ambrose competition, an easy going format that gives all players the chance to shine. In addition there are multiple opportunities to compete and test your prowess, putting and driving included.
2019 was the 17th Golf Day by the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, supported by deep and enduring relationships in the Auckland business community and similar partnerships with non-profit and charitable organisations that have been beneficiaries of this iconic annual event. The event is proudly supported by 20 generous and committed sponsors.
The primary beneficiary of the Golf day in 2019 and for several years prior, is Life Education Trust Counties Manukau. This longstanding partnership has helped Life Education deliver life skills training amongst the youth of South Auckland. Along with other community support from around the area this contribution has aided an increase in the number of mobile classrooms from 1 to 6. In an era where mental health and life skills have never been in sharper focus this program makes an incredible difference where and when it is needed.
The day wrapped up in the 19th hole with refreshments, a hearty meal, prizegiving and great camaraderie. Hole in one!
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Bangers to Bluff Donation

The Bangers to Bluff participants will be at this meeting on Tuesday 24th March – they will take part in the breakfast, we will then hold a briefing and get away around 9.00 am
A quirky rally from Auckland to Bluff in a vehicle worth less than $2000, on the road less travelled and in the company of fascinating adventurous souls has become a fixture in the NZ calendar - Bangers to Bluff. All proceeds and sponsorships go directly to recipient charities, with a strong neurological and mental health theme via the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay
Be part of the journey, DONATE HERE
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  Duty Roster 2020  
 Meet & GreetHall Setup, Takedown AttendanceRaffle, 5 min Speaker & Final Thought
18/03/20Haydon GaskillRodney (Rod)CookeW. Bruce CracroftFrank0 Mace
25/03/20John DavidsonMartin DuffyDennis EastonLisa James
1/04/20JohnTizardSteven HayesBrian HedgeHaydon Gaskill
8/04/20David JamiesonAndrew LaingGil LaurensonMatthew Hitchings
15/04/20Frank MaceStewart MaclarenVictor (Vic) McNallyStewart Littlejohn
22/04/20Marie RaosKenneth ReynoldsIan RodgerGordon Porteous
29/04/20Ross SlyRachel StrevensMalcolm SweetmanJohn Rudd
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RYLA Applications

With the new calendar year getting underway again after this hot summer, it’s time to think about RYLA 2020 and generating a good field of applicants;

The timeline of events is:

30 April 2020                   Applications close

7 May 2020                      Rotary clubs advised of successful applicants names

14 May 2020                    Candidates notified of their acceptance

27 June to 4 July              RYLA 2020

Could you please identify your candidates and get them to complete the online application  RYLA 2020 Application Form as soon as possible.

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District Conference 2020!!

Members, this year the District Conference is being hosted in the warm heart of our beloved City of Sails. It is a wonderful opportunity to get a global and NZ view of Rotary and what we achieve, an amazing opportunity to connect and enjoy time with one another in a stimulating and different environment, not to mention an incredible opportunity to network and socialise with other folk like us from "the best" parts of Auckland and the Islands. We are very keen to have a good turn out and put together a group booking, sign up today - you will definitely not regret it.
The Conference is a special time with a carefully crafted programme that will inspire and entertain you.  During this time you will connect with old and new friends and meet people in the community who are making a difference in the world.
The conference will be held in the magnificent Sir Owen G Glenn Building at the University of Auckland Business School in Auckland CBD and has superb facilities for our conference including plentiful underground parking.
There is an exciting pre-Conference programme whether on the harbour, on the golf course, exploring Auckland or relaxing on Waiheke Island.
Join us for the Conference - you are in for a wonderful time. Click here for lots more!
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Anniversary Photographs

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Speaker Hosting instructions

  • Liaise with the programme organiser (currently the Club Development Director) who would have emailed speaker (and you) with details of location, meeting format, allotted time for address and your name etc.
  • Contact the speaker a week prior to the meeting to confirm attendance, and ensure any equipment required such as screens, projectors etc. will be available. 
  • Host at breakfast and give a brief introduction of the speaker.
  • Thank the speaker at conclusion of the address, (be brief) and present a small gift in appreciation (collect from under the podium before the meeting commences).
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Attendance instructions

  • Record attendance on a sheet provided by the Secretary.
  • Collect money for breakfasts paid by guests. Full instructions are provided with the attendance list.
  • Hand attendance sheet to the President before the meeting starts so that visitors and guests can be acknowledged. 
  • Count meal money and hand to the raffle duty person for recording on the Raffle/Meal money record slip to be found in the cash box.
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Life Education Trust

The connection between Life Education and Half Moon Bay Rotary started in 2001, when Pakuranga, Howick and Half Moon Bay Rotary Clubs  became partners in the initial launch of Life Education in the Howick Pakuranga area.
 Our collaboration over nearly two decades has been part of community support from around Counties Manukau facilitating an increase in the number of mobile classrooms from 1 to 6. In an era where mental health and life skills have never been in sharper focus this program makes an incredible difference where and when it is needed.
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Find out More

Come and try a meeting, or phone up for a chat about Rotary, either way we  value your interest and will welcome you in any way we can. Call 021 414 311 to talk to Charles or 027 494 9384 to talk to Stewart.
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Hall Set Up

Hall set-up  
  • Arrive no later than 6.30 am
  • Equipment is stored under the stairs in the foyer. The combination lock number is C138. You will need Podium, pull-up Rotary and 4 Way Test banners, wooden sign for outside, power point projector, laptop (brief case and silver box), microphone (in kitchen cupboard between food prep area and pub)
  • Place the Rotary wooden sandwich outside the front entrance of the Club building visible to all passers by
  • Set up Members’ badge board on the table immediately through the double doors and open, place the lectern top next to it
  • Wheel the podium to the front of our meeting area, open the front doors, hang the "Year Slogan" banner on front and hang the 4 Way Test banner behind the podium on the wall
  • Remove the bell and gavel from the cupboard and place on the table next to the podium
  • Remove a pen (boxed) from the bottom of the cupboard and place on the top of the podium ready for presentation to speaker
  • Retrieve the microphone from the cupboard in the kitchen (between kitchen and bar), ensure amp is switched on, switch on the repeater outside in the meeting area (between kitchen and bar) and place in holder on the podium
  • If you feel comfortable set up lap top and projector, if not coralle Martin, Charles, Ian T or Andrew Laing
  • Discuss with President whether to erect pull up banners to block the sun at the North East window, clear days in Autumn and Spring
  • At meetings end put equipment away in reverse order to the above, and return all tables and chairs to their original positions. Hall take down is part of the duty
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The Germ of the idea!


Like all dynamic living things our Club and our projects continuously evolve and develop. One of our current cornerstone projects, fund raisers and generally FUN activities is our Rally from Half Moon Bay to Bluff at the bottom of the “Mainland”. For reasons that will become clear it is called “Bangers to Bluff”

Once upon a time, circa 2014, Stewart, a founder member of our Club was watching Top Gear. In that episode Jeremy Clarkson and team were tasked with buying an old car and doing some feats that would challenge the car's robustness and make the old “banger" jump though some hoops!
This made Stewart think!  It could be really fun to try something similar, with a group of friends,  where everyone would buy a car for under $1000 and drive it from Auckland to Bluff. He tested the idea on a bunch of mates and within 1 minute of explaining it had five "signed up" and raring to go. At that early stage they called it "The Grand Challenge" ( ref $1000) 
A group of mates it was, but they still set some rules. Firstly the cars must have a current WOF and Rego, the tool kit was to be no more than a roll of duct tape and a hammer, and the cars were to be sold /disposed of in Queenstown after getting to Bluff. In addition they strove to stay in holiday camps where ever possible. In this way a legend was born, giving 15 odd teams a memorable time of their lives, whilst raising significant funds for “blue chip” NZ Charities year after year.
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Meet and Greet instructions

  • Arrive no later than 6.30 am
  • Position yourself at the or near the name board, and stay on station throughout
  • Greet your fellows (gender neutral term) as they enter, cheer them up, assist with badge
  • Ensure they record their attendance on the register
  • Spot visitors and speaker, deliver a warm HMB welcome and direct them to President, Speaker Host or a buddy from our number
  • Advise sergeant who was last one in
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Raffle Instructions

  • Collect $30 from the raffle takings the week before your duty
  • On the way to the meeting collect the meat pack from Fresh Choice, pay $30
  • Obtain cash box, ball bucket and yellow ticket dispenser from under the podium.
  • Load tickets into the yellow dispenser and sell to members as they enter.
  • Pay $30 from the raffle takings to the following week duty holder or the sergeant. 
  • 0n completion, cash is to be counted and handed to the treasurer with a receipt for the cost of the prize (usually sourced from Fresh Choice), and a signed slip (to be found in the cash box), indicating the amount collected for raffles and visitor meals (ex- attendance desk).
  • A float of $20 is to remain in the cash box.
  • On the call of the President, have the bucket of balls ready for the speaker to draw.
  • Return the cash box, yellow ticket dispenser and ball bucket to the podium.
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Communications Team Dinner

The communications and club development team spent a great evening together on Saturday. Gathering at Benjarong in Howick's Picton Street every one thoroughly enjoyed the fine Thai cuisine, the stimulating conversation and the warm friendship.
We value the many opportunities we have as a club to socialise, with events or groups that cater to many different tastes, lifestyles and busy calendars. Regular dinners, evening meetings and going to the arts are generally evening activities. There is a very longstanding tradition of a reflective review of the week on a Friday afternoon, and on Friday mornings an equally regular coterie of members that meet to start the weekend early in the heart of Howick with a coffee. For partners there is a monthly coffee catch up in the morning. If you have an idea for a new occasion it is guaranteed to be supported.
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Guess who is coming to dinner?

Service is what we do but on this occasion we were "serving" ourselves! 23 diners descended on four generous hosts, bearing culinary contributions. Everybody enjoyed sumptuous tucker, stimulating conversation and the warmth of spending time with good friends on a cold winters night. A fabulous start to the weekend.
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Meeting 21 Aug 2019

First evening Meeting

Individuals and organisations both need to change and adapt to stay relevant. Wednesday night was our first evening meeting, manifestation of our commitment to change and progress. After a convivial buffet dinner we adjourned to the meeting room for our meeting.
Richard Wilkie started proceedings introducing four Rylarians from this year's course. Shannae Pickett-Walsh, Courtney Graham, Charlotte Brown and Scott Lunn shared their experiences from RYLA, their highs and lows, their key personal watershed moments and what RYLA had meant for them. It is always inspiring to be in the company of impressive young people clearly on the track to leadership and this night was no exception. Congratulations to all the Rotarians involved and all the awardees.
The main event was our very own Andrew Laing with a review of travel, contrasting then and now with a focus on modern trends. Modern travel is about tailored itineraries that reflect the interests and travel styles of the traveller. Cruising or driving, tours or independent travel, packages or adventure, the choice is ours. 
Andrew illustrated these trends with colourful personal experiences and anecdotes from trips in British Columbia, Cambodia and the battle fields of WW1. 
Ultimately as travellers we need a clear vision of what we want to experience from each trip, a deep understanding of how we like to arrange our travel as individuals and the style in which we would like to go. A thoroughly entertaining and informative address.
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We were recently very privileged to visit one of New Zealand's fastest rising tech start ups! Supremely inspiring to meet and visit with talented, driven Kiwis that lead the world in in a highly contested and very fast moving field. A field that integrates the best of Kiwi ingenuity and technology.

The recipe? Harness New Zealand's top academic, entrepreneurial and driven talent, then leverage the best and most unique aspects of our manufacturing skills, pristine unspoilt environment, and geography and capture the high ground in a market where reliability and accuracy eliminate price from from the sales discussion.

One day a movie will be made to chronicle this iconic David and Goliath Kiwi success story, so inspiring!

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At times like now when the polar blasts move across the country, when there is ice on the windscreen nearly every morning and power is a limited resource, staying warm and healthy is a real challenge for far too many families. Cold homes can lead to many debilitating conditions including high blood pressure, pneumonia, and bronchitis. People already suffering from health issues, the elderly and children are especially vulnerable to the cold.

The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, which meets weekly at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club on Wednesdays, has teamed up with the Anglican Trust for Women & Children and the Warehouse in Pakuranga to bring some warmth into homes that are desperately cold and for whom, some respite from the shivers is welcome indeed.

Dipping into their resources Rotary purchased a load of blankets for local families, and the Warehouse generously topped the quantity up as part of their support to the local community. Together with volunteers from the Anglican Trust for Women & Children the blankets have been distributed to many families in South and East Auckland, making a huge difference to folk who normally dread the onset of winter. This was a great team effort from three organisations, charitable and commercial, working together to deliver good outcomes to their community.

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RYLA 2019

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an iconic flagship project for Rotary International and a very significant part of the Youth and Community thrust in our own District 9920. Whilst it is a District wide project each year there is a "Host Club" that takes on the task of staging and managing this amazing course and this year was The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organised by Rotary clubs and districts which is designed for young adults, all clear leaders in their chosen field, to further develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections. One RYLA alumni reflected on his involvement as follows; "That one week at RYLA shaped me in ways that are hard to describe, across all aspects of my personal and professional life. But most of all, I left with a raging desire to become a better leader and even move active and involved in my community"
With the experienced and dynamic District 9920 team, the members of Half Moon Bay had a wonderful week providing support, management, logistics and mentoring to the 120 young leaders attending. Their experience covered; presentations and workshops facilitated by community and business leaders particularly focusing on leadership development, opportunities for the exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences in discussion groups etc, open sessions, sport and keep fit exercises, the opportunity to experience and practice leadership skills in action and finally involvement in Half Moon Bay community projects with our members. Every aspect hit the spot, from the outstanding Kiwi speakers, all local and global leaders in their field and enormously motivating, to the team exercises and community projects that set the week into context. This was a celebration of all that is Rotary. Personal development, fun and networking.
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  • 5 February - Rob High – Community Fundraising Coordinator New Zealand Red Cross

  • 12 February - Club Assembly

  • 19 February John Bongard – Board Chairman ONZM CRSNZ on Rising Foundation

  • 26 February Stephanie McKenzie - Manager Howick Library

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Club Alerts

1.Michelle Godsiff, Fellowship for Howick Little Theatre (13 March), Car Rally (17/24 March) and Escape Room upcoming events.
2. Andrew Laing, Howick Rotary Stockade Hill run, Sunday, 15 March, 9am; Oxfam Trail Walk Whakatane, 50k walk, 21 March, 3. by Andrew, requests individual per k sponsorships.
For project directors and any others seeking to publicise events in the public domain note these free notice boards

1. Eastern Courier, email, deadlne Thursday.

2. Howick Pakuranga Times,, deadline Friday.

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Duty Roster

Half Moon Bay Rotary Duty Roster 2019/2020
 Meet & GreetHall Setup, Takedown AttendanceRaffle, 5 min Speaker & Final Thought
19/02/20Stewart LittlejohnFrank MaceMartin DuffyVictor (Vic)McNally
26/02/20Gordon PorteousMarie RaosKenneth ReynoldsIan Rodger
4/03/20John RuddRoss SlyAndy WilgermeinMalcolm Sweetman
11/03/20Ian ThomsenJohn TizardLisa JamesChris Walker


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Partnering with Stand Children's Services


Stand Children’s Services is both a valued neighbour and key partner in developing the Half Moon Bay and national community.

Stand works to transform the lives of children and young people who are at significant risk of harm to their wellbeing as a consequence of the environment in which they are being raised and their own complex needs. Stand’s services include home and school based social work services, a nationwide therapeutic care and education service for children and families, child and family mentoring, and respite services for caregivers, including grandparents and foster parents.

Together we find ways to support this mission and the resultant programmes, providing reading support, a dictionary for every pupil attending Stand and regular work teams.

“Rotarians from the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club, continue to be much appreciated supporters and contributors to the everyday work at Stand Children's Services – Auckland.  It takes very little to give hope and opportunity to children and the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club members offer their service and assistance throughout the year; sponsoring illustrated dictionaries for every child, providing funds for a much appreciated children’s reward scheme and practical assistance by way of working bees.

Their contribution and championing of  our service truly makes a difference”. - Pene Frost, Regional Manager

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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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