Speaker Date Topic
Ann Dunphy, Libby Barrett & Alex Gatt Sep 23, 2021 7:00 AM
Rotary Reading Enrichment Programme (REP)

Do you know about the Rotary Reading Enrichment Programme (REP)?

REP is a programme that has been running for 20 years – but somewhat under the radar!  It aspires to raise student literacy levels by offering professionally supervised one-on-one sessions with students, at set times, and worked within the school timetable.  The programme was set up at One Tree Hill College by past principal Ann Dunphy and businessman Harvey Alison, representing the Penrose Rotary Club.

Students are paired with volunteer reading tutors, who give up their time to coach students to help them with basic literacy principles and gain more understanding (and therefore more enjoyment and motivation to read) from the texts they work on.  REP is now offered at seven high school.  Our club member Alex Gatt has been a Tutor for this programme for many years and can’t speak more highly of it. 

This week we are delighted that Ann Dunphy will be joining us to tell us about the programme, along with Libby Barrett who has been the volunteer-REP coordinator at One Tree Hill College for 20 years; and our own club member Alex Gatt will also share his experience as a Tutor there.

Desley Simpson Sep 30, 2021 7:00 AM
Auckland Councillor

Desley is an Auckland Councillor representing the Orakei Ward. Prior to that she was Orakei's Local Board chair, a role she held unopposed for 6 years since the formation of the super city in 2010. Desley is known to many of our members and most recently 'entertained' us as a member of the RC Auckland East Debating team during our annual interclub debate.

We look forward to hearing what is keeping Desley super busy in her role as Councillor.


James Palmer Oct 07, 2021 6:00 PM
New Zealand’s Housing Crisis: An overview of the real stats and state of housing in NZ

An overview of the real stats and state of housing in New Zealand, and a discussion on some of the solutions needed to tackle New Zealand’s greatest social crisis since the Great Depression.

James Palmer, BA, LLB - Chief Executive, Community Finance and Christian Savings.

Christian Savings is New Zealand’s only registered charity that is also licensed by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as a non-bank deposit taker.  Christian Savings manages over $225m, with over $180m in loans to a range of not-for-profits and Community Housing Providers.    

James identified a need to grow impact investing to help meet New Zealand’s significant housing crisis.  He founded and launched Community Finance in 2019.  Community Finance is now New Zealand’s largest open impact investment intermediary established to facilitate investment into affordable housing.  The core focus is on permanent solutions delivered by reputable organisations who are equipped to take care of our most vulnerable New Zealanders. Community Finance has already advanced over $50 million to Community Housing Providers such as The Salvation Army and Community of Refuge Trust.  In 2021, Community Finance launched the Aotearoa Pledge to raise an additional $100m for impact investing through the housing sector.  By April 2021, $71m had already been pledged from a range of fund managers, KiwiSaver providers and community trusts and foundations.

At the Institute of Financial Professionals of New Zealand Gala event in May, James won the coveted Emerging Leader Award for 2021.

Combined meeting with RC Auckland Harbourside Oct 27, 2021 6:00 PM

We have been invited to join RC Auckland Harbourside for their Wednesday evening meeting. Speaker details will be added as they become available.

Meeting deferred to Wednesday 27 October Oct 28, 2021 7:00 AM
Combined meeting with RC Auckland Harbourside
Scott Brown & Jessica Bell Nov 04, 2021 6:00 PM
Scott Brown Carpentry

Scott Brown Carpentry is a small building and renovations business owned by Scott Brown and Jessica Bell. In 2018 Scott started creating YouTube videos following his work on the building site. Three years on, with an audience of 279,000 followers and averaging 100,000 views per video, Scott and Jessica now work full time managing their building company and growing local and international YouTube audience.

Jessica and Scott will share how they grew an audience through their digital marketing platforms, as well as the challenges and successes of operating a unique business model in a growing digital world.

Shelley Katae Nov 11, 2021 7:00 AM
New CEO Tamaki Regeneration Company

Shelley was appointed as CEO of TRC in August.  She has been invited to give us an update.  Bio will be provided when it is available.

AGM followed by Speaker Nov 11, 2021 7:00 AM
Deferred for Quiz Night on Friday November 19 Nov 18, 2021 7:00 AM
Quiz Night Nov 19, 2021 6:00 PM