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David Bradshaw
Presidents Notes - Rapport  21 May 2019
Members were welcomed by President David to our meeting at Ellerslie Conference Centre.

Our meeting was notable for three reasons;

  1. The annual general meeting for President Michelle’s year (2017 – 2018) which lasted for all of 58 seconds.

  2. The introduction to those present of the members of the board of the Newmarket Rotary club for the year 2018 – 2019, and most importantly;

  3. New member Sara-Jane Elika’s vocational.

President David noted that change over will be taking place at Sorrento on 25 June. Invitations have been sent out to members.


Past president Roger Harvey spoke to the meeting about the Diabetes Project which intended to educate youth through online portals about type II diabetes, a serious problem both in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands.

The project will be formally introduced next Tuesday. The club has contributed $3000 to the project.

The project will be kicked off at 6.30pm at the Alexandra Park Raceway – Alex Boardroom.


Paul Monk spoke to the Garden design project. He circulated promotional material for that project. In short if an intending ticket purchaser pays $600 then that person gets 20 tickets the event. Check the promotional material that Paul has circulated.


Remember these events are on the horizon:

  • Lunch at the end of the line on 30 May. A number of people have already indicated they are attending capacity for the 25 people. Contact Ian Bond to register your interest,

Please note our next meeting will be at Ellerslie Events Centre 28 May 2019 12:00pm for 12:30pm
We have offered to host a Rotary Youth Exchange student most likely a young woman from Germany.  Host families are sought in the Epsom Girls Zone so that the student as has been the case in previous years can attend that school. Please contact Colin Lucas if you can assist.
Dates to put in your diary.
Circus Quirkus - 9 June 2019
The Garden Designfest is up and running. But sponsors are needed. If you know anyone whose shoulder can be tapped please tell Paul Monk.
Duties  - If you cannot undertake your rostered duty please arrange for some-one else to step in and do your duty.
Programme 28-May-2019 4-Jun-2019
Venue Lunch @ Ellerslie  
Jocelyn Armstrong & Ricky Waters
Religious Diversity or Religious Discrimination
No meeting (Queens B'day)
Introduction Alastair Macfarlane  
Thanks tbc  
Rapport Colin  
AV Duty John Hawke  
Cash Desk Greg Carr  
Registration of Visitors John Graham  
Host to Visitors Ron Halls  
  Roger Harvey  
Attendance Register Alan Hayward  
Sunshine Boxes Terry Hibbitt  
  Richard Holden  

Sara-Jane Elika - Vocational
At our Tuesday meeting a good turn out of members was treated to a Vocational by one of our newest members :- Sara-Jane Elika.
Vocationals are probably the most important part of Rotary life as they are the means we get to know our new colleagues.  Sara-Jane's vocational address was no exception.
Staring with a Mihi and finishing with a Waiata Sara-Jane's vocational was inspiring.
Sara- Jane told us of her upbringing and education and her current activities.
She is married to Ralph, also a new member, since 2007 and has four children the youngest aged four twins aged six and her eldest is nine.
Her father is Samoan and her mother European.
Her father was until his retirement principal at Mount Albert Primary School in the inner-city. When he was appointed to that position was first Samoan Primary School principal in the country. Sara-Jane notes that he is studying for a new career in the clergy.
Sara-Jane told us that her maternal grandfather lived in at Papakura and was a member of the Papakura Rotary club. 
Sara-Jane is an alumni of St Cuthbert’s
Ralph and Sarah have been married for 12 years. They met at Auckland University as they both were law students at the time.  It was best described as meeting in the middle as Sara-Jane came from Papakura and Ralph is a Westie.  Faith is an important element in her life. Sara-Jane and Ralph's children attend or will attend St Michaels Catholic School. Church is an important part of their lives.
Sarah’s brother Onosa’i Auva’a represented Auckland at provincial rugby level and played for the Blues. He also played sevens for New Zealand and was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Having retired from representative rugby Onosa’i is now chaplain at Kings College.
At University Sarah Jane took a law degree and a music degree. She has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  It happens that Ralph also has a law degree. This combination and the contact with her brothers teammates led to Sarah Jane and Ralph to set up a sports management business advising young sports people in relation to professional contracts.
Sarah Jane is a passionate singer. She has won a Tui award and an number of other awards over the years as a consequence of her abilities.
Since leaving university she has had many roles first as a mother and wife, then providing performance to musicians in diverse areas including entertainment law, event management and the development of business plans in the creative industry.
In some background reading your editor discovered that Sarah Jane had been a production manager for the Sunday current affairs program, a production assistant for fair go, and event manager for Parachute Festival. She has also lectured atMAINZ Tai Poutini Polytech, mentored for the New Zealand music commission and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Auckland the Centre for Pacific studies and unitec for contemporary studies.
In 2017 Sarah Jane was the winner in the emerging leader category of the governance New Zealand annual awards ceremony. She has as well gained number of ministerial appointments including appointed chair of the content committee for National Pacific Radio Trust, as a board trustee of the League for Life Foundation founded by the New Zealand Rugby League and as chair of the Community Legal Services South Trust.
Finally, and that is not enough, she is a director with Ralph of Elika consulting group which combines their considerable skills to provide a full service strategic consultancy across public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Sara-Jane will be a valuable member of our club.
      WHAT’S UP  @ Rotary Newmarket  
Tue 28th May  12pmLunch @ EllerslieJon Lamb                                                   Religious Diversity Centre 
Wed  29th May  12pmLunch at the End of the LineTrain journey from NewmarketBill Strand
Tue 4th JuneNo meeting - Queens B'day  
Sun  9th JuneCircus Quirkus Paul Monk 
Tue 11th JuneLunch @ EllerslieDraft Strategic Plan pt IIA must to attend for an update following the feedback from the last presentation 
Tue 18th JuneLunch @ EllerslieAnthony GrantThe Sculptureum, Matakana
Tue 25th JuneDinner @ SorrentoChangeover Farewell Pres David                    & Welcome Pres Colin
Fri 28th JuneTrees for SurvivalAt Hunua, with                                    St Cuthberts CollegePeter Bassett                      
Tue 2nd JulyDinner @ Remuera Golf Clubtba 
Wed 24th JulyTrees for SurvivalAt South Kaipara,                                  with St Peters CollegePeter Bassett                      
Sat- Sun 3-4th AugMotutapu weekendA fun and fulfilling weekend          working and playing at MOECMartin McGahan                                     
Conference - Napier

All Rotarians must attend at least one District Conference!

Meeting likeminded people, listening to inspiring speakers, being updated on Rotary projects locally and internationally, having fun and fellowship, making new friends and more. The recent District Conference in Napier was no exception.

For this attendee, memorable speakers included

Tom Mulholland Doctor Global  “Be KYND ….prevention and intervention on wheels..”

Nigel Latta “the hard stuff…too much alcohol is bad for us…”

Janie Elrick “Testing the Boundaries – you only have today – Do it Now!”

Harold Hiltman “Leadership for the Future…Authenticity….Fitting In Standing Out…”

The venue this year was in Napier Convention centre right by the the seaside complete with all the delights that this little Art deco city has to deliver.

The gala night theme was Art Deco naturally.

There is another opportunity to connect with your Rotary family….Next year it’s closer to home ….Conference is in Auckland !