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President's Message
Michelle Smith
From President Michelle.
There are no meetings on the Tuesday following Anniverary Day and on Waitangi Day.

Our first evening meeting of the year is to be held on February 13th, and will be held at Remuera Golf Course, we will have as guest speaker, retiring Para-Olympian, Liam Malone. Please confirm your attendance as soon as practicable as this will be an interesting evening.


Duty Rosters 

Members please note that if you are unable to undertake your duty please arrange for some-one else to take your place
Programme 30-Jan-2018 6-Feb-2018 13-Feb-2018
Topic     The World's Fastest Mans on Blades
Speaker No meeting No meeting Liam Malone Evening Meeting
Introduction     Brian McMath
Thanks     John Burton
Rapport     Roger Gower
AV Duty     David Weikart
Cash Desk     Colin Lucas
Registration of Visitors     John Burton
Presidents Table     Rotary Foundation
Host to Visitors     James Carmichael
      Alan Cole
Attendance Register     Linda Coles
Sunshine Boxes     Vinod Dewan
      Nigel Fowler
Raffle Duty     TBC

Helen O'Sullivan - CEO Ockham Residential
Pres Michelle welcomed guests, friends from the Penrose Rotary club and members for the first meeting of 2018.
Our guest speaker was Helen O’Sullivan CEO of Ockham Residential a major player in the Auckland apartment market.
Helen gave us an update on Ockham’s activities in Auckland and took us through some of the apartment complexes that it is built in the past few years. She then closed with a brief discussion on the Ockham foundation what it seeks to achieve and similarities with the aims and objects of Rotary.
Ockham’s aim is to provide residential buildings containing affordable apartments but which are built in a world-class manner.
Ockham aims to build buildings that
  • are beautiful, appreciated by the local community and improve the local built environment.
  • Contain appropriately dimensioned rooms        
  • are constructed with durable materials require minimal maintenance and which age gracefully,
  • provide high levels of on-site amenity for the residents of those buildings and their visitors.
  • Are constructed using best practice to ensure residents comfort and minimise ongoing costs.
Ockham is taking advantage of the new Auckland unitary plan which makes greater density possible. Some of its buildings are being constructed in places that one would not ordinarily expected multi unit residential blocks to be constructed. “Daisy” in Eden terrace is an example.
Helen, as well is being Ockham’s CEO is also owner of an Ockham apartment stop that in itself speaks volumes for the quality of the apartments Ockham has constructed.
Ockham foundation supports initiatives encouraging critical thought, independent thinking and attempts to foster a sense of social justice amongst students.
Although in its early stages the foundation has funded first foundations scholars studying in the science faculty of the University of Auckland, funded an outdoor classroom and nature trail at Grey Lynn PrimarySchool, funded postgraduate scholarships in statistics at the University of Auckland and is working with Nga Rangatahi Toa and organisation assisting youth excluded from schools to re-enter educational and training pathways from which they would otherwise be barred.
Helen then commented upon Ockham projects completed and under construction. These included Hypatia on Khyber Pass, the Turing building in Grey Lynn, Station R, opposite the Mount Eden railway station, the Issac, again in Grey Lynn, Wamka in Ellerslie, the Ockham building on Sandringham Road, Tuatahi in Mount Albert, Set in Avondale, Bernouli Gardens in Hobsonville and finally Daisy again in Mount Eden.
This is a fine body of work by any stretch of the imagination.
Helen gave a very interesting address which shows clearly the pathway of residential development that will be followed in metropolitan Auckland and particularly the inner-city. To see more about Ockham go to
RYLA 2018 Applications

Time flies.

RYLA applications are sought for RYLA 2018.

Richard Solomon is leading the selection process for RYLA participants nominated by members of our club, so put your thinking caps on and see if you can identify potential nominees.

The RYLA week is being run this year by our Club, so it is a big RYLA year for RCON and we are integrating some positive new ideas into what, as you know, is already a very successful leadership development week for the selected young adults to further develop their leadership team work and communication skills and self confidence. Many RYLA graduates each year refer to their experience as " the week that changed my life."

- The website - - has been upgraded and I suggest you familiarize yourself with it. 

- A process change is that ALL applications are to now be completed on line through the format on the website. There they will be received by the District Organizing Committee straight into the RYLA data base.

They will then email a copy of each application back to our Club for the interview process. 

PLEASE ENSURE the box is completed on each application, indicating the application is through the Rotary Club of NEWMARKET

Some Key Information.....

- we will be looking to interview applicants during March so your selection process should be ideally completed around the end of February. 

- The fee this year is $950 + GST= $1092.50 .

- Age. Candidates should be between the ages of 20 and 28 on 1st May .2018. 

- Dates. Saturday 30th June (early start) to Saturday 7th July (midday), The Rotary Club will provide transport to and from the venue. 

- RYLA is about Leadership and developing existing leadership skills. Candidates should be already demonstrating some clear leadership abilities that can be further developed. 

- As you identify your nominees, please draw their attention to the website for information and particularly to ... 

... the dates 

.... the Code of Conduct

... the Compulsory Equipment List

... and the need for a reasonable standard of fitness (Ability to walk 10 Kms at a reasonable pace is an indication.)

... On interview candidates will be asked to confirm their compliance and commitment with all of these. 

If you have any queries please contact Richard
Whats Coming up
Tue      23 Jan             Lunch meeting with Penrose Rotary
                                                                                    Helen O’Sullivan   Ockham Property
Tue      30 Jan             No meeting
Tue      6 Feb               No meeting
Tue      1 Feb               Evening Meeting                  Liam Malone         Remuera Golf
Sat       17 Feb                        Epsom Lodge Residents Breakfast                                                
Mon    19 Feb                        Ronald McDonald House Annual BBQ
Volunteers required: Up to 20, first in first selected
Contact: Martin McGahan
Tue      20 Feb                        Lunch meeting
Sat      24 Mar           Annual Motutapu-Rangitoto Dual Traverse
                                                            Fundraiser for Motutapu Restoration Trust
                                                            Volunteers required for marshalling and other roles
May                            Motutapu Island planting weekend
                                    CIRCUS Q
                                    AUTISM CONCERT
                                    MOTUTAPU W/E
26 June                      CHANGEOVER
30 Jun – 7 Jul             RYLA                                       Eastern Beach                      
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