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Michelle Smith
From President Michelle.
Note our meeting on the 27th of March will be in the Hunterville Room on the second floor of the Ascot Stand.
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Programme 27-Mar-2018 3-Apr-2018 10-Apr-2018
Topic NZ Road Safety Education NPH organisation TBC
Speaker Maria Lovelock Aurora Zacarias Evening meeting TBC
Introduction John Overall Loren O'Sullivan TBC
Thanks Alastair Macfarlane Martin McGahan TBC
Rapport Ron Halls Neil Shah Roger Gower
AV Duty David Weikart Paul Monk John Hawke
Cash Desk Greg Carr John Hawke Colin Lucas
Registration of Visitors Patrick Learmonth John Mtichell Russell Toplis
Presidents Table Youth Community and Environment Fund Raising
Host to Visitors John Long Graeme Orchard Mark Wells
  Bill Mabey John Overall Kuei-Sen Yang
Attendance Register Malcolm MacDonald Kevin Peacock Eric Turner
Sunshine Boxes Ron McPherson Richard Solomon Mike Alison
  Terry Mikkelsen Bill Strand Peter Bassett
Raffle Duty Ian Bond John Burton Dave Birch

Mark Knoff-Thomas
Guest speaker at out meeting on 20 March was Mark Knoff-Thomas, Chief Executive of the Newmarket Business Association. Mark was accompanied by Di Goldsworthy and Kelly O'Shannessey.
Mark gave us a run through on what is happening in the Newmarket Area which is quite obviously going through an exciting evolutionary stage.
The retail environment is competitive and will become more so with Westfield investing $800 million into 277 Broadway.
Mark told us that Newmarket's position is still strong as a go to destination for shopping but the impacts of other developments including Britomart and Sylvia Park are being noted. In particular Sylvia Park with its recent developments have improved its brand offerings to shoppers which is meant that destination has become more desirable
Mark gave us some numbers. There are 1300 businesses in the Newmarket area 20,000 workers and 4500 residents and that number is climbing. The catchment area is the Eastern suburbs and the core demographic of shoppers who visit Newmarket are women of 45+ years who are either professional or don't need to work because husbands do.
There is enormous pressure on infrastructure and reserve areas within the old Newmarket Borough area. There are no open spaces for teenagers to go to other than Lumsden Green and the Station Square which quite frankly is a wasteland beside the Newmarket railway station.
This is an issue that the Newmarket Business Association has addressed and continues to address with Council and Auckland transport.
Mark told us about the development being undertaken at 277 – 309 Broadway. The 309 Broadway site will be fast moving retail with movie theatres and a restaurant zone on the top level. This will be linked to 277 by a elevated crossing above Mortimer pass and the intention is to 77 will be high-end shopping with David Jones as an anchor tenant at the Gillies Avenue end countdown and high-end retail in the spaces fronting Broadway.
It is anticipated that the rebooted 277 – 309 Broadway will be appealing to a wider consumer group rather than the demographic mentioned above.
Mark also told us about a proposed development on the Warehouse site at the northern end Broadway. The Warehouse has sold the land to Singaporean developers who, it is understood, will be developing high-end retail and residential apartments.
Mark told us about the difficulties he has in dealing with Auckland council. Particularly the station Square which is bounced around between entities with nothing happening. The business Association has put in $50,000 of its own money to try and mitigate the area but that is not being supported by either the local board or the Auckland Council.
Quite frankly Station Park is an eyesore and needs to be dealt with especially to mitigate some of the social issues which have been apparent in recent times with shopkeepers being threatened by you. Even if some improvements are made to the area station Park is a very hard sell however you look at it.
It was a very interesting address by Mark updating members on what's happening in Newmarket.
Petanque at Epsom Bowling Club
A small but hardy group of members assembled at Empson Bowling club on Wednesday, 21 March for the Petanque evening.
Sadly proceedings were interrupted by rain so, whilst the first round was completed after a rain delay, and eventual winner could not be found so we will have to resume the competition next year.

Thanks to Peter Corner for organising the event which was very enjoyable.
District Conference 2018 at Denerau Island
Conference Time. 6th to 8th April 2018 Denerau Island
Apologies for the short notice but here are the registration links for District Conference 2018


Registration links are also available on club runner under upcoming events.

Whats Coming up
An Evening with Jennifer Jones

An Evening with 
Jennifer Jones
Tuesday 27 March 2018
Quality Hotel, Parnell
Join Jennifer Jones, former RI Director 2015-2017, in an evening where you can connect and hear Jennifer talk on the future of Rotary. 
Jennifer is the President and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., an award winning television production company in Windsor, ON. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland and is a Past District Governor of District 6400.
In Rotary, she has served as the Chair of the Strengthening Rotary Advisory Group, Moderator of the 2013 RC/RPIC Institute, Vice Chair of the RI Communication Committee, North American RPIC Coordinator, the Advisory Board for Rotary Canada and the RI Promotions Committees for Lisbon and New Orleans. She served three terms as Seminar Leader at the International Assembly and has been a featured speaker at this event on four occasions.
Quality Hotel, 10-20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland
Cash bar from 6pm, buffet dinner at 7pm.  $50 per person
To reserve your place, go to and follow the link or email  
To confirm your booking by making payment – please deposit the cost of your ticket/s to:                 
Rotary International District 9920:   12-3011-0757766-02 
Reference:  (your surname)
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