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Presidents Notes - Rapport  26 February 2019
Dates to put in your diary.
Petanque at Epsom Bowling Club - 20 March 2019  See Peter Corner for more details.
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 plase tell Paul Monk.
District Conference. Napier 2010 - Keep Rotary Real.  To book for the conference see the conference website -
Duties  - If you cannot undertake your rostered duty please arrange for some-one else to step in and do your duty.
Programme 5-Mar-2019 12-Mar-2019
Venue @ Meeting Time Evening Lunch
Speaker Rod Davis TBC
Topic Have a Go Sailing initiative and America's Cup - Awardee, Ross Craig Oncology Award TBC
Thanks Mike Allison  
Rapport Colin Lucas  
AV Duty David Weikart Paul Monk
Cash Desk John Hawke Colin Lucas
Registration of Visitors Malcolm MacDonald Kevin Peacock
Host to Visitors Glen Marvin Richard Solomon
  Ron McPherson Bill Strand
Attendance Register Terry Mikkelson Russell Toplis
Sunshine Boxes   David Weikart
  John Overall Kuei-Sen Yang

Freedom Camping - Fiona Hyland
Our Guest Speaker on Tuesday was Fiona Hyland.
Fiona addressed us on the subject of Freedom Campers and the new Freedom Camping by-law about to be foist upon us by the Auckland Council.
Fiona is in her own words an ordinary citizen and a resident of Auckland City. Before she became aware of the issue of Freedom Camping she went about her daily business, working in her business, bring up family without much thought of what the Auckland Council does. She could hardly be described as an activist.
However all that changed when she became aware of the councils proposals in relation to the Freedom Camping Legislation. Fiona is now well versed in the Council process, the Reserves Act and the proposed bylaw which purports to regulate Freedom Camping.
Fiona was shocked and surprised to find out the the bylaw being promoted to council to regulate Freedom Camping does so in the permitted areas which are a number of public parks throughout the city but does nothing to regulate freedom campers from parking up in non scheduled land which includes  our iconic beach front roads, most of the streets in Auckland City and anywhere else you can find a spot.  It is true that the council permits and regulates Freedom Camping in the permitted areas but there is a lacuna for other areas which means on a review of the proposed bylaw there will be unregulated camping the areas mentioned.
Fiona made the point that our Local Boards and elected representatives have been given a some-what one-sided view of the issues surrounding Freedom Camping and may not have been given adequate or appropriate advise by council officials.  The Eden Albert Board has tried to push back but the regulatory committee voted their opposition down.
While it may not be initially well known that in some areas there will be open slather on Freedom Camping Fiona is rightly concerned that the word will get around the freedom camping world in absolutely no time at all. Very quickly she asserted we will see vans and cars parking up, possibly for days on end in some of our iconic streets.  she noted that places like the Parnell Rose Garden and the waterfront would be particularly popular.
Although the council's  generous and well publicised consultation period, December to Mid February has come to and end Fiona said we can still lobby our elected representatives, whose contact email addresses are located on the Auckland Council website.
We can also lobby our local board members and MPs. if that is done successfully then the new by law may not make it through the council process.  If not then we may be faced with Freedom Camping taking place almost without restriction in Auckland
Fiona's address was well received by members and a spirited question session followed.
Board/Fellowship Updates
Geoff Smith Gave us an update on the Board Meeting that took place on 24 February2019.
Grants have been made to;
1.  Rota Pacific
2.  RYLA for sponsorship of club Rylarians,
3.  In conjunction with Mangawhai to Samuel Orchard to undertake an Outward Bound course.
4.  To the Taveuni School Scholarship to enable students to travel to school from the outer Fijian Islands.
Geoff also noted that the club meetings for the foreseeable future be; on the first Tuesday of each month an evening meeting at Remuera Golf club and the remaining meetings will be luncheon meetings at Ellerslie.
Peter Corner told the meeting that the Bob MacMillan Petanque Trophy will once more be on the line at the Epsom Bowls club on 20 March 2019.
Bill Strand updated us on forth coming social events including a weekend at Mangawhai (with some golf for those inclined) on the weekend of the 23rd of March 2019.  To register your interest contact Ric Buchanan.
Bill also advised of an event on 30 May called "...lunch at the end of the line."  Members meet at Newmarket, hop on the train and travel to "...the end of the line", lunch and then return to Newmarket.