Rotary partnership with The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in East City has been humbled by a generous donation of $10,000 received from the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. Corps Officer, Major Joanne Wardle, presented the Club President, Peter Bailey, with a certificate of appreciation. This donation has been used to help fund our Family Experience, which brings families and individuals from all walks of life together and creates a fun and meaningful experience through fellowship, friendship and hospitality, and also to purchase goods for the food parcels.

This year has seen a higher demand for our food bank service with many people experiencing unemployment, often for the first time in their lives. 
If other groups or individuals would like to take up the opportunity to give, donations can be made at The Salvation Army East City located at 39-45 Wellington Street, Howick on Wednesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 2pm, or by contacting us 09 535 0847.

Alternatively, you can also support our car boot sales which we run every second Saturday at our church hall. ‘Rent’ a stall or come and bag a bargain. 
If anyone is interested in knowing more about Rotary, please contact Peter Bailey.
Rotary partnership with The Salvation Army  2020-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

Joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay California

On the eastern edge of the Pacific, Half Moon Bay CA is a small city on the California coast, south of San Francisco. A string of beaches along the bay includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Coastside Trail leads north to Pillar Point, near the huge waves of the Mavericks surf spot. Nearby, Montara Mountain rises in the protected Rancho Corral de Tierra area. The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. On the western edge of the Pacific Half Moon Bay is a coastal suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, lies immediately south of Bucklands Beach. It formed part of Manukau City until the amalgamation of the entire Auckland Region in 2010 under one governing authority, Auckland Council. With two Rotary Club's of Half Moon Bay facing off across the Pacific Ocean it just seemed right that we met together. The zoom meeting was most informative and enjoyable.

Rod was able tell them all about Bangers to Bluff and may even have got some of their members interested in participating the future and this was before the meeting proper had started.
Mary Rogers their President opened the meeting and they had a former exchange student from Italy and a member in Spain zooming in, it was amazing to have four countries involved.
Rotary Half Moon Bay CA is 45 km from SanFrancisco and about 2 hours drive from Monterey.  It is called a “bedroom community” to San Francisco noted for tourism, horticulture, beach trails, fishing etc and home to the Mavericks Big Wave surfing.  Population of 17 000 and originally a Spanish town.
The club chartered in 1951 with a focus on mentoring, working with seniors, beach clean ups and youth exchanges.  They say they are small but mighty!
Big fundraiser happens with the Pumpkin Festival when the town gets up to 300 000 visitors.
Stuart reciprocated and outlined our club history. Peter and Charles commented on how the American clubs focus was very much local.
We then had a serious conversation around Covid and it’s impact on communities and clubs
Then came the truely heart felt contribution from the exchange student outlining the issues being faced in Italy.  Her father is a doctor working 18 hour days and he has lost 3 of his doctor friends to the virus. The impact on some people who recover will be life long.  What she said should be broadcast to skeptics of the impact of the virus.
All in all a very worth while meeting which could be built on in the future.
Joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay California 2020-09-19 12:00:00Z 0

Distinguished Professor Spoonley

Paul is a leading NZ Sociologist and began teaching at Massey Un iversity in 1979. Some of his current research includes immigration in New Zealand, the alt-right in New Zealand, New Zealand demographics, and the Christchurch Mosque shootings.  He has written or edited 25 books during his career and is a regular commentator in news media. Paul is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Technology medal.  He entitled his talk “The Politics of Vitriol”.  It was his third visit to the club.
Paul began his studies looking at The National Front in the UK and it was then when The Battle of Lewisham took place.  He now chairs a government committee looking at hate speech and how it might be dealt with.  

The internet has changed the nature of politics with unfiltered anonymous communication and its rapid circulation. You can now say things you would never have said in the past.  We now have a new age of politics with a rise in Nationalism and a decline in mass political parties.  Birth rates in the UK and NZ have plummeted.  What has emerged is the Identitarian Movement and a growth in Anti-semitism and Islamaphobia.  There are 5 million plus politicised/anti-Semitic tweets per day.  
Hate speech is difficult to deal with but we try through libel laws and defamation but we don’t have specific hate speech legislation.  Who will decide what “hate speech is”?  Sir Geoffrey Palmer says “ Free speech is an essential element of our democracy”.  
Online safety has become a huge issue particularly among young people with 11% of people targeted last year and 1 in 5 teenagers.  We cannot rely on the various platforms to self regulate.
Perhaps we need to extend the Human Rights Act and the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
All in all a very thought provoking address.
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Kirk Hope - CEO Business NZ

Kirk opened with the structure of Business NZ. The organisation is owned by regional business bodies in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin as well as the Sustainable Business Council and the export sector. The objectives are primarily to aggregate and disseminate news and information relevant to NZ companies and to provide lobbying and advocacy for the NZ business community.
Kirk outlined the impact that the Covid pandemic imposed on NZ companies focussing especially on the tourism and hospitality industries. He provided a number of pertinent examples and described how he presented to Government and the Department of Health on the lessons learnt from the second Auckland lockdown. Specifically the importance of establishing a regional command centre in future localised level changes. This will ensure local knowledge is leveraged and communication and decision times are shortened.
A very timely and enlightening address.
Kirk Hope - CEO Business NZ 2020-09-09 12:00:00Z 0


Like most Rotary clubs across the New Zealand and Pacific region (Rotary Oceania), Lautoka Rotary has remained consistently very active in supporting those suffering from the restrictions, health and economic effects of the Covid-19. The latest project of the Lautoka Rotary members is to construct a greenhouse and a washhouse for the Lautoka Lelana Primary School.
Melissa Natawake is the club’s youth ambassador and said the members especially wanted to grow sustainable projects that supported the grassroot communities struggling at this time.  The club also supplied vegetable, herb, fruit and flower plants to get the greenhouse started. 
Alongside this support they were able to supply food hampers through the school canteen to assist students who had not been able to attend school due to the financial constraints of the pandemic.  In a collaborative effort, the funds for the food hampers were provided by Otahuhu Rotary, Auckland.
Other recent projects of the club have been the start of a long-term initiative providing reusable sanitary packs for the communities with which they work and a food hamper relief project to outlying villages of the Western Division of Fiji.

Rotary Zone 8 conference

See below the details for our Rotary Zone 8 (NZ, Pacific Islands and Australia) Conference.
Great speakers, from the comfort of your lounge.
All the times are Australian Eastern Standard Time - i.e. 2 hours behind us
Register by clicking the link below.
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Flirty drone delivery

Flirtey director NZ Samantha Sharif and Domino's NZ GM Scott Bush
We were delighted to host Samantha Sharif of the international Flirty organisation at our club. Flirty was founded in the US as one of the first companies to offer drone deliveries in 2013 and made the world's first Pizza delivery by drone on the Whangaparoa Peninsula in August 2016. Samantha spoke on the opportunities that drone deliveries can offer an economy, in times of crisis and generally, as well the stimulus this industry could provide to our post Covid 19 economic recovery.
Drones can be an integral part of NZ’s crisis management plans – providing resilience and humanitarian benefits. In a crisis, such as the current pandemic, or e.g. earthquake – we may not want or be able to use our usual ground-based transport networks.  
Countries around the world are trialling drone deliveries of medicines, PPE and groceries. In addition drones are providing surveillance data on curfew breakers and fever symptoms. Ireland, Scotland, the US and Chile are among the countries where drones are already being used to provide contactless delivery or delivery to hard-to-reach locations. 
In this way drone delivery could become an integral part of future crisis management plans. “It is not currently part of our national crisis management plans, but with a pandemic, where you are trying to limit face-to-face contact or an earthquake where  ground-based transport infrastructure could be taken out drones offer a greater potential in terms of alternative transport and crisis resilience.”
Drones can also present NZ Inc with a Post Covid opportunity to review and reset how we operate our economies and supply chains as well as embrace the potential to be more sustainable and resilient. Drones (as part of electric aviation) offer this – as well as safety, efficiency, productivity, congestion and environmental benefits.  The drone sector could be worth $7.9 bn to NZ.
This is especially true for so called “last mile delivery”. Click and deliver dominates retail and has transformed how we shop - but we have not taken the opportunity to transform how we deliver. Last mile deliveries represent more than half of the cost of the average delivery and is an industry worth upwards of $100 billion. There are 220 billion personal vehicle trips taken a year in the US. Use of drones could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90% and significantly reduce the road toll.
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Bruce Cotterill


Tremendous insights into business leadership

We were delighted to host Bruce Cotterill, a highly respected NZ business leader and "personal excellence" evangelist at our meeting on Wednesday 12 August.  In a world where only unpredictability is predictable and the prevailing wind brings uncertainty, businesses must focus only on what they can control to survive and prosper. Moreover they need to narrow their attention and energy to the one or two components of their business that actually make a difference and doggedly stick to their core competence.
Over time Bruce has identified the 7 'Principals of Profit' that drive the bottom line to be;
  • Dealing with change
  • Leadership
  • The back office - finance and admin
  • Products and services
  • Sales and Marketing
  • People
  • Customers
With regard to the 3 key principals of leadership Bruce expresses these thus;
  • Clarity
  • Communication
  • Consistency 
The entire address was rich with business insights, observations on the human condition and humour. An interactive Q&A was the perfect finale and earned the poser of "the best question" a copy of Bruce's best selling book “The Best Leaders Don’t Shout”. A thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring meeting.
Bruce Cotterill 2020-08-12 12:00:00Z 0

Committees for 2021

Mission statement
To actively involve HMB Rotary Club in support for Community oriented projects in the form of man power and or financing.
The 2020/21 year it is proposed that local projects will take priority over NZ wide or international.
Community projects supported 2020/21
Salvation Army Community Appeal
Pink Ribbon appeal
Trees For Survival
Red Cross Street Appeal
Emergency Response Kits-funding and packaging
RYLAR Community Day
  • Steve Udy
  • David Jamieson
  • Bob Ainsworth
  • Steve Hayes
  • Haydon Gaskill
  • Ian Rodger
  • John Grogan 
To plan and execute the Changeover and Christmas functions and engage members in a fellowship program that strengthens bonds with each other and the club.
Fellowship events planned 2020/21
  • Monday munchies/ Tuesday Chewies at local eateries
  • Christmas function
  • Changeover
  • Look who's coming to dinner  
  • Factory visits e.g. Rocket Lab
  • Quarterly dinner meeting instead of breakfast to which partners are welcome
  • Assist with the speaker programme where necessary
  • Michelle Godsiff 
  • John Tizard
  • Ian Thomsen
  • Helen Carbery
  • Gary Bates
Club Development
Maintain the health and vitality of the club, its membership, format and life
  • Organising the Speaker Programme
  • Recruitment of New Members
  • Membership Retention
  • Health and Welfare of all Members (Almoner)
  • Ongoing review of club practices, format and health
  • Stephen Glading
  • Malcolm Sweetman
  • Terry Daniel
  • Marie Raos
  • Irena Giles
Club Services and Communication
To communicate the clubs purpose, activities, achievements and special moments, firstly with members and then to the wider public. Ensuring communication to members is clear about upcoming events and issues and that members feel they have sufficient channels to stay in touch and be heard. Also provide the communication and services infrastructure to manage the day to day life of the club; 
  • Sergeants
  • Duties
  • Technology for meetings and communication
  • Bulletin
  • Website
  • Social media; WhatsApp, Zoom and Facebook
  • Charles Miller
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Andrew Laing
  • Martin Duffy
  • Frank Mace
  • Gil Lawrence
  • Selwyn Hodder
Plan and drive the delivery of the portfolio of Rotary youth programmes to provide opportunities and support the development of local youth and schools in our area. 
  • RYLA
  • Interact
  • Rotoract
  • Rypen
  • RANZ
  • RYE
  • MUNA
  • Challenge Camp
  • Macleans College Support
  • International Youth Exchange
  • Stewart Littlejohn
  • Ross Sly
  • Andy Wilgermein
  • Glen Campbell
  • Mark Steele
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Bangers to Bluff - New blood

One of our masthead fundraising projects is in need of new thoughts, ideas and leadership. The current committee of Stewart MacLaren, Rod Cooke, Brian Hedge, Ian Thomsen, Peter Bailey and more latterly David Jamieson have been involved for a number of years – and now is an appropriate time to introduce new blood to lead the project from May 2021 through to our 2022 event.
To this end we are offering an incentive for someone to lead this important fund raising project for the 2022 event – our attitude is that whoever runs Bangers to Bluff need to have taken part in at least one or preferably several Rally’s to understand the culture
For Bangers to Bluff 2021 we offer:
  1.   Our Club Car as a “free” Banger for the trip for you and friend or partner or wife
  2. A sponsor will provide a Fuel Card for the trip duration
  3. The Registration Fee for Bangers to Bluff will be paid by the Rally (RCHMB)
You will pay for:
  1. Accommodation, meals, ferry crossing, entertainment and getting home from Invercargill (although in the past that’s been accommodated by riding in the Support Vehicle coming home
  2. You will be required to raise not less than $500 for Sponsorship of the Club Car

In running Bangers to Bluff for post 2021, you have access to experienced participants that will be happy to assist, and you will have undertaken the journey and understand the culture of what we are trying to achieve.
If you are interested, please contact any one of the current committee above.   

Rod Cooke
Bangers to Bluff 2021
Mob 021 228 5321
Bangers to Bluff - New blood 2020-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

14 October Evening Meeting

On Wednesday 14 October we will have our first evening meeting for this Rotary Year. We will be dining at BBYC in the main function room.
Our speaker will be Mitchel Pham. Mitchell first shot to fame when TV One ran a series on individuals that had risen above great hardship and made a significant impact in our community. Mitchell's episode chronicled his journey from a childhood refugee to NZ from South East Asia to a successful IT entrepreneur and leader in NZ, and on the global stage.
Very recently he was honoured to be appointed to Asia Society’s Global Council, where he is in great company, standing alongside former New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, MP and Minister of Trade, Tim Grosser, who served on the Council for a decade from 2005. In Mitchell's words; "For me, networking is as natural and as integral to who I am as breathing. It makes sense to me both personally and professionally — and it always has. Genuine human-to-human connections enrich your knowledge and skills, your understanding of culture and place and your ability to do business, influence others and get things done. More importantly, they extend your friend and whānau circle beyond your own front door step. That really appeals to me as someone motivated by relationships and achieving goals through collaboration."
This promises to be an amazing evening of friendship, networking and inspiration.
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Jan Barraclough

Jan Barraclough of Craigs Investment Partners gave a comprehensive view of the status quo and quo vadis for investing decisions in our new abnormal.
Jan led with how, interestingly, equity price levels have not dropped nearly as much as they did during the GFC. There were two underlying themes running through her narrative, firstly nothing is broken in the system - this is an externally triggered pause. Secondly different sectors and companies are experiencing the shock in very different ways.
In this context whilst consumer discretionary and IT/ Communications firms have been winners and are doing fine, industrials/ financials/ property and especially energy are really suffering. Jan underscored that notwithstanding the epic proportions of this government's support and stimulation packages, the very low public debt with which we entered the crisis gave us significant headroom to act and we remain well below the G7 in terms of national debt.
Macro trends driving the environment include more remote working reducing demand for office space, less international travel, reduced migration and increased demand for IT services and communications. At this stage the worst cases scenarios look highly unlikely. Also the rebound has been stronger than expected, national lockdowns are a thing of the past, fiscal stimuli look likely to continue and we have the fiscal headroom to support these, and finally there is no sign of inflation.
Areas of concern include the potential for a second wave, the sustainability of current consumer confidence and global uncertainties including trade tensions being driven by the current US regime. All in all a stimulating, practical and timely address.
Jan Barraclough 2020-07-21 12:00:00Z 0

Duty Roster 2020-2021

 Hall Set UpMeet & GreetAttendanceRaffle & Final Thought5 Min SpeakerSubjectSergeant
8-JulMark SteeleMalcolm SweetmanIan ThomsenJohn TizardHelen CarberyCompletedKen Reynolds
15-JulRobert (Bob)AinsworthGary BatesGlenn CampbellHelen CarberyGary BatesCompletedKen Reynolds
22-JulRodney (Rod)CookeW. Bruce CracroftJohn DavidsonMartin DuffySelwyn HodderCompletedAndrew Laing
29-JulDennis EastonHaydon GaskillIrena GilesJohnGroganNo speakerNo TimeAndrew Laing
5-AugSteven HayesBrian HedgeMatthew HitchingsSelwyn HodderKen ReynoldsLifeKen Reynolds
12-AugDavid JamiesonGil LaurensonStewart LittlejohnTerry DaniellTerry DaniellT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
19-AugTerry DaniellVictor (Vic)McNallyMark SteeleMarie RaosAndy WilgermeinT.B.A.Andrew Laing
26-AugKenneth ReynoldsIan RodgerFrank MaceRoss SlyPeter BaileyBusinessAndrew Laing
2-SepMark SteeleMalcolm SweetmanIan ThomsenJohn TizardNo speakerClimateKen Reynolds
9-SepGary BatesGlenn CampbellHelen CarberyRobert (Bob)AinsworthCharles MillerBusinessKen Reynolds
16-SepW. Bruce CracroftJohn DavidsonMartin DuffyRodney (Rod)CookeAndrew LaingLifeAndrew Laing
23-SepHaydonGaskillIrena GilesJohn GroganSteven HayesSteve UdySailingAndrew Laing
30-SepBrian HedgeMatthew HitchingsSelwyn HodderDennis EastonStewart MacLarenLawKen Reynolds
7-OctGil LaurensonStewart LittlejohnAndy WilgermeinDavid JamiesonHaydon GaskillT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
14-OctVictor (Vic)McNallyJohn TizardMarie RaosAndy WilgermeinAndy WilgermeinHawaiiAndrew Laing
21-OctSelwyn HodderFrank MaceMalcolm SweetmanKenneth ReynoldsBrian HedgeT.B.A.Andrew Laing
28-OctJohn TizardIan ThomsenJohn TizardMark SteeleIrena GilesHistoryKen Reynolds
4-NovIrena GilesHelen CarberyRobert (Bob)AinsworthGary BatesGordon PorteousTextilesKen Reynolds
11-NovJohn DavidsonIan RodgerRodney (Rod)CookeW. Bruce CracroftIan ThomsenRotaryKen Reynolds
18-NovGlenn CampbellJohn GroganDennis EastonHaydon GaskillRod CookeT.B.A.Andrew Laing
25-NovMatthew HitchingsSelwyn HodderSteven HayesBrian HedgeMarie RaosReal EstateKen Reynolds
2-DecStewart LittlejohnAndy WilgermeinDavid JamiesonGil LaurensonJohn GroganInsuranceKen Reynolds
9-DecIan ThomsenMarieRaosTerry DaniellVictor (Vic)McNallyStewart LittlejohnKindergarten SalesAndrew Laing
16-DecFrank MaceMalcolm SweetmanKenneth ReynoldsIan RodgerGil LaurensonTeachingAndrew Laing
20-Jan No Rotary meeting on 20 Jan 2021     
27-JanHelen CarberyIan ThomsenGary BatesJohn DavidsonRichard WilkiePoliceKen Reynolds
3-FebSelwyn HodderRodney (Rod)CookeW. Bruce CracroftGlenn CampbellDennis EastonFishingAndrew Laing
10-FebJohn GroganDennis EastonHaydon GaskillIrena GilesMatt HitchingT.B.A.Andrew Laing
17-FebIan RogerSteven HayesBrian HedgeMatthew HitchingsSteven HayesT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
24-FebAndy WilgermeinDavid JamiesonMalcolm SweetmanStewart LittlejohnGlen CampbellT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
3-MarMalcolm SweetmanTerry DaniellVictor (Vic)McNallyMalcolm SweetmanJohn TizardT.B.A.Andrew Laing
10-MarRoss SlyKenneth ReynoldsIan RodgerFrank MaceRoss SlyT.B.A.Andrew Laing
17-MarMarieRaosMark SteeleRoss SlyIan ThomsenSteve UdyT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
24-MarChris WalkerGary BatesGlenn CampbellHelen CarberyChris WalkerT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
31-MarRodney (Rod)CookeW. Bruce CracroftJohn DavidsonMartin DuffyGordon PorteousT.B.A.Andrew Laing
7-AprDennis EastonHaydon GaskillIrena GilesJohn GroganDarren CurtissT.B.A.Andrew Laing
14-AprSteven HayesBrian HedgeMatthew HitchingsMark SteeleRenee RobertsT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
21-AprDavid JamiesonGil LaurensonStewart LittlejohnAndy WilgermeinPeter Bailey T.B.A.Ken Reynolds
28-AprEliseMarkwickVictor (Vic)McNallyChris WalkerMarie RaosIan RodgerT.B.A.Andrew Laing
5-MayKenneth ReynoldsIan RodgerFrank MaceRoss SlyVic McNallyT.B.A.Andrew Laing
12-MayMark SteeleMalcolm SweetmanIan ThomsenJohn TizardStephen GladdingT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
19-MayIrena GilesGlenn CampbellHelen CarberyRobert (Bob)AinsworthKen ReynoldsT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
26-MayW. Bruce CracroftJohn DavidsonMartin DuffyRodney (Rod)CookeDavid JamiesonT.B.A.Andrew Laing
2-JunHaydon GaskillIrena GilesJohn GroganDennis EastonMartin DuffyT.B.A.Andrew Laing
9-JunBrian HedgeMatthew HitchingsHaydon Gaskill ??Steven HayesMichelle GodsiffT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
16-JunGil LaurensonStewart LittlejohnAndy WilgermeinDavid JamiesonBob AinsworthT.B.A.Ken Reynolds
23-JunVictor (Vic)McNallyChris WalkerMarie RaosTerry DaniellLisa JamesT.B.A.Andrew Laing
30-JunIan RodgerFrank MaceRoss SlyKenneth ReynoldsMalcolm SweetmanT.B.A.Andrew Laing
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Meetings 8 & 15 July

Meeting 8th July
Our speaker was Lisa Lovelock  from RYDA - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness.
This programme started in NSW 2001 after a number of tragic road accidents involving young people. NZ joined in 2006.  The RYDA website gives all the background to the programme.  Next year they aim to put 10,000 students through.  Programme is tightly evaluated and constately updated.  It’s focus is on the teenage drivers headspace not the technical aspects of driving.
Peter outlined the committee structure for 2020/21.  We will all be allocated a committee but there is room for negotiation so please talk to Peter if you would like to change.
Evening meetings will be quarterly this year. The first one will be on 17th September and they will have a slightly different format.  Zoom is to continue as it is great for those incapacitated or away and opens up a new range of speakers.
Bruce reminded us about the golf day in November.
Meeting 15th July
Sergeant Ken welcomed us and addressed issues around the 5 Minute Speaker.  If you don’t want to do it tell him. Also be aware it does not have to be your life story, it can be a subject currently captivating your attention, it is your choice.  Also if you need more time to cover you talk see him in advance. He is focussed on managing the meeting to ensure it finishes on time.    Lastly he reminded members that if you cannot do an allocated duty then arrange a swap.  He then welcomed our illustrious President Peter Bailey
Peter said he has spent time on his to do list and all will be revealed soon. 
Michelle outlined some detail around the evening meeting on Thursday September 17 where the speaker will be Mitchell Fan.  
Irena thanked members for the donations to the blanket appeal.  We have received letters of thanks from children and the CEO of the ATWC.  She also advised us of the passing of Claire Maclaren’s mother.
Brian said that glass orders can still be made.
The speaker was Krissy Cloutman from the Farmstrong Programme.  The organisation works with farmers and our rural community to build resilience and maintain mental health. They provide the resources, support and  strategies they need to deal with stress, stay balanced and keep well.
Gary Bates was the 5 Minute Speaker and gave a very informative talk about his life and passions
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Changeover 2020

We enjoyed a convivial and moving changeover at BBYC on Sunday 5th July. Proceedings started with a moments silence honouring Paul Cressey, a founder member and stalwart of our club. He will be sorely missed. 
Past President Terry gave a summary of the high points of the 2019/ 2020 Rotary year. A year out of the box which will be infamous of decades and centuries to come. Our ability as a group to pivot and adjust to the new normal was recognised by our District Governor Gary Langford. It was also noted that we were the first Rotary Club to conduct a new member induction on ZOOM when we were privileged to welcome Helen Carbery to Rotary.
Two Honorary Memberships were awarded. To John Rudd and Richard Osborne respectively. These are a great honour and the Board and membership were delighted to recognise three decades of dedication, hardwork and friendship from these two fine colleagues.
In addition a Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Irena Giles recognising her contribution as President in 2018-2019, and a Paul Harris Sapphire to Rod Cooke for his conception and  leadership of, as well as his personal contribution to, the Bangers to Bluff Rally. This is now our most important fundraiser.
The chains of office were passed to President Peter. Peter accepted the office with grace and committed to leading the club through the year ahead. His focus will be on meeting the needs of both our local community and our membership. Making a difference in Half Moon Bay and Howick whilst having a good deal of fun and providing opportunities for members to network and develop personally.
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Social Groups

Convivial shared meal at La Padella - "Tuesday Chewies"
A number of informal social groups are available for fellowship and friendship within the club. There is a ladies coffee group, usually the third Thursday of the month - check upcoming events.
Every Friday morning at 8:00 am at Apothecary there is an open invitation to join who ever is there for a caffeine shot and conversation to start the day! Then, if you still have the energy there is a similar open invitation to end-of-week drinks, from 4:00 pm at the Bosuns Bar in the Prospect. Chill and chat.
In addition to these "regular" opportunities to enjoy fellowship watch for upcoming events like  "Monday Munchies", "Tuesday Chewies", special functions and vocational visits in the bulletin and on WhatsApp.
Do take advantage of these opportunities to connect, relax and strengthen bonds.
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Paul Cressey ONZM
Paul was President of the Rotary Club of Howick which sponsored the establishment of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Club in 1989, and he joined shortly after his term as Past President of Howick ended. 

Paul subsequently became President in 2007 and served in a number of capacities in the Club including two extended terms as Treasurer. He retired from Rotary in February this year to concentrate on his Chairmanship of the Howick Community Menzshed, and a project which he had been invited to join with the Ministry of Health.

Unfortunately, his untimely passing was literally days away from the completion of the shed which he had worked for tirelessly over the last four years to get established.
The shed is a fitting legacy he leaves behind, along with his huge contribution to the establishment of the Child Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House, Deputy Chair of Counties Manukau District Health Board, various Ministry of Health projects, Chair of South East Auckland Life Education Trust, Board member of The Royal NZ Plunket Society and many other organisations and projects in which he has been actively involved. 

The health and wellbeing of our people and particularly children have always been Paul’s priority, and it was fitting that he was appointed in 2007 as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his service to the Child Cancer Foundation. Paul and Sheryn lost a son to cancer

The contributions to Rotary  by Paul and Sheryn and especially to the community have also been recognised by Rotary with both being awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.

Paul has been an outstanding leader, mentor, and visionary. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. 
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Chloe Swarbrick

Chloe gave an excellent insight into Green Party policy and policy development, as well as her own journey in politics. Running for Mayor of Auckland on the smell of an oily rag at the age of 22 she came third with 80,000 votes, outperforming competitors that had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chloe also described some of her earlier entrepreneurial ventures as she was finding her way in adulthood, or crafting an environment to connect with her community in an "art gallery/ cafe/ donut shop".
Whatever ones' individual leaning it was clear to see that Chloe is a highly articulate, motivated and transparent member of parliament and the "national debate" is better for her contribution. Chloe clearly laid out the 4 pillars of Green Politics, which are ecological wisdom, the notion that the worlds resources are finite and should be wisely managed, social justice, grass roots democracy and non-violence, this last particularly poignant in todays global climate.
Chloe answered a number of questions on water, water quality, her place in central Auckland and the legalisation of cannabis. A very stimulating address.
Chloe Swarbrick 2020-06-09 12:00:00Z 0

David Seymour

David Seymour, leader of the NZ ACT Party addressed the club via Zoom from Wellington. ACT has made strong gains in the polls in recent times and it was easy to see why. David provided a very clear and insightful analysis of NZ current situation and a very practical vision of how to proceed in the post virus world.
Acknowledging the tremendous result that NZ has achieved with the medical component of the Covid challenge, obtained with the compliance and goodwill of the general population, he focussed on the road ahead and how to mitigate the negative impacts and build upon the gains made. David painted a very clear and inspiring picture of NZ as a frontier society, comprised of families over the centuries and in modern times uprooting and moving here to the edge of the world to offer their children a better future. Kiwis are motivated and entrepreneurial  and we can do this!
Although we had very low government debt prior to February 2020 (20% of GDP) which did give the government the headroom to borrow up large to implement their various support and recovery packages, when you add in privately held overseas debt we drop to the 5th worst in the OECD, a vulnerable position. The Reserve Bank and Government will be printing $90 billion to part pay for our ladder out of the Covid hole which has several attendant risks. Our Reserve Bank Act, dating back to Don Brash's time as Governor, was the world leader and the independence the RBNZ enjoys is fundamental to maintaining long term confidence in the economy. Further, international lenders will be watching our progress, nervous that a deteriorating fiscal position, the monetising of our debt, and political expectations of future largesse will increase the risk of inflation and a devaluing currency.
His address also touched on the psychological risks of the current leadership style. Specifically the dangers of the smiling and kind face of demagoguery which encourages compliance and unquestioning obedience but also discourages criticism so risking free speech and reducing robust debate and critical thought.
David's recipe for New Zealand's next steps was very easy to follow. Look to save at least 10% of the $80 billion spent on the "business as usual" daily outgoings to run the country. Stop spending on the free first year at Uni which has brought no benefit, attack wasteful civil service spending (the Ministry of Education has 2,600 employees earning an average of $86k per annum i.e more than 1 for each school in the system and on average being paid more than the highest paid teacher) and apply a 10% salary reduction across the entire sector. Then apply the Productivity Commission's suggested reforms to the Resource Management Act which is a significant barrier to development and growth, provide a twelve month growth stimulus to the economy by temporarily reducing GST to 10% and finally increasing the spend in public health to strengthen testing, tracking and tracing to lock in our gains and hasten the opening of our borders. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking session.
David Seymour 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Forewarned is fore-armed

Rotary turns on many things, friendship and service to others are fundamental but so is networking and business intelligence. Business intelligence we had In every sense of the word, crisp intellect, clear communication and critical insights abounded.

In this moment of history, with great uncertainty and an everchanging landscape, the ability to forecast will make the difference between good and great. An insiders view of the GCR (Yes! Global Covid Recession) opened all our eyes, and minds, to the scope and complexity of the damage the virus has wrought, and the collateral complications of the Reserve Bank and Government recovery and support programs.

We were excited and very pleased to receive an industry update from Neil Bradley, Treasurer of the Bank of New Zealand and one of the leaders of the NZ banking and capital community at our club meeting on the 27 May held on ZOOM.
The discussion ranged from the unusual global capital flows that have resulted from the Covid discontinuity, the sectors of the economy that will be most and least affected, changing consumer behaviour in the new normal and what market trends might emerge in the months ahead. Our forecasting ability was undoubtedly enhanced.
It is important to note that even though everything we heard was already in the public domain, the organisation of the data presented and synthesis of the insights was masterful. A special meeting and the highlight of our program.  Many thanks Neil.
Forewarned is fore-armed 2020-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Geoff Duffy on Climate Change

We were privileged to enjoy a very comprehensive, balanced and clear address from Dr. Geoff Duffy of the University of Auckland on the complex misunderstood subject of Climate Change.
Geoff took us on a measured and well marked trail, starting from the difference between weather and climate, past the make up of the atmosphere, skirting the relative importance of the various so called Green House Gasses (GHG) right to the door of the overwhelming influence of water vapour on climate.
His logical analysis outlined and supported his very clear hypothesis that, because water vapour, not carbon dioxide, is (by a country mile) the most significant and influential GHG, the emphasis placed by the popular media and IPCC is mistaken and misrepresents what is essentially a result of 4.5 billion years of naturally changing climate on earth.
He underlined how climate not only reacts to the changing composition of the atmosphere, but also a myriad of other factors. These include the strength of the sun which varies over time, volcanic activity, the elliptical nature of the earths orbit and the natural mitigation of these forces by the compensation of clouds, and yes water vapour!
Given the importance to the NZ economy of the Dairy Industry Geoff made special mention of the negligible effect of Methane on climate, another serious misrepresentation. 
Geoff's talk was enormously well received, he has kindly offered to accept questions and discussions and can be found at and 09 479 9383, and his talk can be viewed here.
Geoff Duffy on Climate Change 2020-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

Half Moon Bay leads the way

It often takes societal discontinuity to trigger and stimulate change. To create a burning platform that motivates decision makers to make a courageous change in direction.

By 2007 all the infrastructure for online marketing and advertising was in place, but take up was slow, results viewed with suspicion and progress slowed by inertia. Then the GFC struck, companies overhead budgets were slashed by in excess of 60% overnight and marketers were left reeling. Almost immediately marketing expenditure was switched from expensive print, press and magazines to online options at a fraction of the cost. Massive savings were realised and results were just fine. The global economy bounced back in the decade that followed, but behaviours that had changed were entrenched. Online marketing is the new normal and one of the strongest and fastest growing segments of the modern economy! Resilience, innovation and progress through adversity are one upside of the human condition.

 Twelve years later, a virus arose in the east and spread across the world. It has triggered the most devasting and sharpest contraction of economic activity for centuries and the greatest disruption to the normal pattern of life since the second world war. More than half of humanity has been isolated in their homes for their own protection. Work, family, school and all forms of social contact have either disappeared or been shaken to the core. The old ways are suddenly inaccessible and unsuitable for supporting commerce and contact. Also for Rotary.
30 years after chartering The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay (RCHMB), and having just celebrated this anniversary in the same rooms as the first and every subsequent meeting, we found ourselves locked away. No meetings, none of our comfortable routine,  no Friday coffee and no service or long standing program delivery. The world had changed in a blink and survival of the Club and our social fabric demanded a swift pivot.

 The immediate priority was a simple, ubiquitous and instantly interactive network to keep us all connected and aligned, a 21st century conch shell or jungle drum. A WhatsApp group sprung up with almost all members engaged and we were quickly reassured of one another’s safety and situation. We now had a platform to share pictures and news, to stay aligned and facilitate development our response to our  new environment.

 The video conferencing app “Zoom” had been around for eight years, almost to the month, and had grown well in the online economy providing companies the ability to hold virtual meetings with people  in a number of distributed locations. Solid but not spectacular. Until now.

 With Zoom on every ones lips and laptops and no clarity on how long it would be before we could all meet in person,  we took the plunge and moved our meetings onto this platform, long available but whose time had now come. Starting mindfully and deliberately with a number of smaller “hang outs” of 5 to 8 members we tried and tested the technology, became used to the experience and the functionality. Within a week we held our first full virtual meeting, club business, a speaker and even a sergeant session.

Half Moon Bay leads the way 2020-05-11 12:00:00Z 0

Duty Roster

Hall Set UpDavid JamiesonElise Markwick ??Ken ReynoldsMark Steele
Meet & GreetGil LaurensonVic McNallyIan RodgerMalcolm Sweetman
AttendanceRenee RobertsChris WalkerFrank MaceIan Thomsen
Raffle & Final ThoughtAndy WilgermeinMarie RaosRoss SlyJohn Tizard
5 Min TalkMark SteeleIan RodgerVic McNallyStephen Gladding
SergeantKen ReynoldsKen ReynoldsAndrew LaingKen Reynolds
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Duty Roster 2020-05-04 12:00:00Z 0

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
Music brings us closer together. It can be made and enjoyed by anyone, and at times like this, the connectivity that music brings is more important than ever. Whether it’s listening, creating or performing, the shared experience of music really can bring us together in the face of uncertainty.
Music is predictable and rhythmic, it improves, co-ordinates and organises movement. It captures and maintains attention which is essential for learning. Music activities help to develop social skills, listening, turn taking and paying attention.
The Trust works closely with Somerville School in Panmure, The Wilson School in Takapuna and Starship Hospital in Grafton. They also provide training for students studying Music Therapy and have students from NZ, Australia, the USA and the UK. Internationally they have a strong association with Nordoff Robins, the world leader in Music Therapy.
Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

Simeon Brown address

Simeon opened by recognising the seriousness of our current situation and paying credit to NZ leadership across the entire political spectrum, as well as health workers and he generally gave credit to “team NZ” on progress and results to date.
It is now 5 weeks since parliament closed, Simeon and his team have been receiving more queries than any time before. They have handled numerous issues from business support to access to medical services and the anguish of loved ones passing alone and then no funeral.
He and his team have set up a network of street captains which has been very successful in establishing connectedness and providing another, very direct, channel of communication to people on their own or vulnerable.
Simeon also paid credit to the parliamentary Epidemic Response Committee, observing that the pandemic and the aftermath has and will trigger some of the most significant fiscal, social and community responses in our history. Among others $52 bn being spent on relief packages and the health service response, and the quarantine lockdown. In these circumstances parliamentary accountability remains essential.
Simeon emphasized that National is committed to cross party consensus and constructive participation in a truly “NZ” effort to beat the virus and not politicize the issue. Equally however they recognize that this is not only the biggest health crisis for 100 years but also an unprecedented economic crisis and the party will provide a vigilant, vital and very active opposition.
An excellent address, many thanks Simeon.
Simeon Brown address 2020-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

Being Essential

Every momentous time develops its own lexicon. Some new terms, with critical importance to all of us have emerged. Essential, essential service, essential worker!

The dictionary advises that “essential” means “absolutely necessary, extremely important” and the word itself derives from “essence” i.e. “the intrinsic nature of something, which determines its character”.

When the chips are down, for us, “essential” comes down to stocked supermarket shelves, fixed burst water pipes, front line health workers, rubbish removal and the like. These are the tasks, activities and needs (as opposed to wants) that are absolutely necessary to maintain the character and integrity of our community and life.

What can we learn from this? If we aspire to being an “essential club” we need to be very clear on who, where and what our society is, whom our community comprises, where they are and how broadly we define them.

To be an “essential” club we need to understand, at a very granular level, what activities, support, needs and wants the people in our community require to retain and grow the character and integrity of their life.

This is a time and a call for us to refocus on our true purpose, be deliberate about what we do and why.

To use these insights to inform how we provide one another with friendship and support in ways that meet our needs. Putting in place a variety of opportunities and structures that take into account individual interests, styles and commitments and new realities. Retailers have a saying “stack it high and watch it fly”, and in the same way for a club “meet the need, show the care and they’ll be there”.

In the same way Rotary is about “Service above Self”. Reflectively defining our broader community and thoughtfully focussing on the activities and needs essential to their character and community integrity will ensure that our service, in hours, thoughts and funds is focussed, valued and will make a real difference.

Although being “essential” is largely about needs I find achieving “essential” status a very aspirational goal.

Being Essential 2020-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

A very talented Bunch!

How privileged we are to have in our midst and count as friends our very talented club mates! I draw to your attention evidence of some their remarkable lockdown achievements.
Above is a very fine piece of art, created by Richard Osborne - stunning.
Immediately below is a very fine rustic bush walk, crafted from an old fence and other existing materials from around the property by Martin Duffy. Excellent job and very sustainable.
Then from Bob Ainsworth epic re-landscaping, commencing with Agapanthus removal. Good job!
Next down, from Selwyn, some fly tying. This is so intricate, detailed and creative. Salute!
At the bottom, both shamed and motivated by Selwyn's fly tying, the best Miller could muster, consistent with a concentrated continuous calisthenic course, was some tie flying😉
A very talented Bunch! 2020-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

Travel, Tourism and Covid update

Travel and Tourism - What next
As the New Zealand border looks due to be closed for a "long time", and the Prime Minister is discussing with the Australian Prime Minister the concept of a combined border bubble between Australia and New Zealand, the future of the international travel market is not expected to bounce back quickly before July 2020 or even by September 2020.
Whilst there have been some signals from the government regarding recovery time frames, nothing is cast in stone. The dynamic nature of this crisis presents a very difficult environment in which to plan disaster recovery strategies. Our principals are changing the refund and amendment policies weekly as this global event evolves.
With 90% of Air NZ's services suspended until at least 30 June, Qantas and Singapore Airlines until 30 April as well as cancelling selected routes, and cruise lines cancelling their 2020 Asia season the region is in flux. On top of that tour companies are cancelling tours in Europe, Asia and North America to 30 June 2020 leaving travel agencies, which survive on selling travel little room to move. For us there is limited product to sell and very few clients.
Instead travel agencies are currently flat out managing clients due to travel in 2020 by protecting their bookings, postponing travel arrangements for later in 2020 or 2021 and facilitating refunds and credits for those who were due to travel in March and April 2020. 
This global event has highlighted the value of a travel agent during a crisis and the value of shopping local. Clients and consumers who booked online have found it very hard to talk with the internet, and wait for a call centre to manage their bookings.
Travel looks highly likely to take off again for autumn and winter 2021 however the industry needs to be agile enough to weather the storm for at least the next 6 months and have the resources to deploy to handle a future surge in business.
The big question is when is that likely to be? The recovery after SARS in 2003 was relatively quick at six to twelve months for the worst affected regions, but much longer for 9/11 and the GFC at 12 to 18 months. Depending on the region, the decline associated with these events was between 15% and 30% and the likely reduction for this month of April is likely to be about 60%. On that basis and reviewing the expectations in Forbes and from Air NZ among others the current consensus points to a long 18 to 36 month slog for the industry to return to 2019 levels.
Keep safe and stay well.
Andrew Laing


Covid-19 - how to stay safe and why

These hints and tips come well recommended, from a variety of (hopefully) reputable sources

* The virus is not a living organism, but a collection of molecules including RNA and protein, covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes the host cells genetic code converting them into little Covid 19 factories.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but an RNA and protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of surface on which 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 33 degrees 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),- Bu

42 hours (metal) and

-72 hours (plastic).

- 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.

Stay safe, stay strong 

Charles 😊


Travel, Tourism and Covid update 2020-04-13 12:00:00Z 0

ADG Graham Kearns

It’s a strange and unfamiliar world we are living in at present. We are being bombarded with unsavoury news items every day about COVID-19 and it took a while for those in charge to begin giving us the good news, which is that is the numbers affected that have now recovered!
In a previous life I was very focussed on exporting products all over the world having visited more than 120 countries and for 5 years as Chairman of Export New Zealand in Auckland, I witnessed and was often involved with many fantastic trading success stories as well as seeing a few failures. One of the sometimes-mentioned barriers to trade was our isolated location and the added costs to market that this caused. However, don’t we feel now that this so-called isolation is an enormous benefit in our fight against an unwanted and unseen enemy. 
For Rotary, as with most volunteer organisations, it is a very trying time for all members as well. We have had to cancel or postpone many excellent events and community service activities, plus not to mention fundraising which provides significant donations to many worthy causes, including the Rotary Foundation. Also not physically meeting on a regular basis may have an impact on membership retention but all is not lost.
A good number of Clubs in our District including our cluster, are discovering a number of alternative ways to maintain contact. Apart from making sure the Club is still communicating with the regular newsletter, some are having virtual meetings using Zoom, Skype or other software options. One Club in the District is having a regular Happy Hour with wine, beer or coffee in hand, using Zoom at a set time almost every evening. No set agenda, just a random discussion between all signed in at that time.
This week we had our monthly District Leader Meeting using Zoom which was very successful and included an Assistant Governor from Fiji. She kept us up to date with the aftermath effects of Cyclone Harold in the Pacific and the concern it may have on the control of Covid-19, as well as the immediate damaged it caused. We have some ERK packs in Fiji ready for distribution but there will be a call on all our resources as soon as we can access the existing bins and build more stocks in NZ during and after this current lockdown.
My final message is: please keep in touch with your members by any means and ensure all are handling the lockdown OK. Check to see if anyone needs help with food supplies, prescriptions or just a chat on the phone or through other digital means. Don’t just limit to members, check with neighbours, friends & relatives on a regular basis.                   
Graham Kearns
Assistant Governor
Area 3, District 9920
ADG Graham Kearns 2020-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

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.


Real Estate from the Street 2020-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

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.


President Terry Update 2020-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

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.


An Essential Service 2020-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

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.





Covid 19 How to stay SAFE 2020-04-05 12:00:00Z 0


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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Anniversary Photographs

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Speaker Hosting instructions

·        Contact the Speaker a ‘week’ prior to the meeting

·        If you are unable to Host please arrange a replacement Host and advise myself a ‘week’ prior to the meeting

·        Otherwise please check their technology requirements – and advise Charles

·        Check that they have received the ‘Speaker Information’ attached

·        Check the number of attendees and advise the Secretary – Stewart Maclaren

·        Read the ‘Hosting Information’ attached – don’t forget the gift

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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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Raffle Instructions

  • On the way to the meeting collect the meat pack from Fresh Choice front counter, this is a donation - NO PAYMENT REQUIRED
  • 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.
  • On completion, count cash and hand to the treasurer 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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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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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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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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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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