Club Information
Downtown Auckland (Inc)

Established in 1984, we are a dynamic and vibrant Rotary Club

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:20 AM
Northern Club
19 Princes Street
Auckland,  1010
New Zealand
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
AGGS Students
Jun 29, 2021
RYPEN
Richard Leggat
Jul 06, 2021
CEO - Kiwis for Kiwi
Stewart McLaren
Jul 13, 2021
Bangers to Bluff
RYLARIANS 2021
Jul 20, 2021
RYLA
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LATEST NEWS
‘BATTLE OF THE SUITS’ DEBATE RETURNED IN 2021!
 
It was a night of entertainment and hilarity when the ‘Battle of the Suits’ debate organised and hosted by the Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland in association with Milford Asset Management featured again on the Auckland event scene on Wednesday 19 May 2021. 450 guests made their way to the 5-star Cordis Hotel ballroom in central Auckland, dressed-to-impress in their finery for the occasion and ready to enjoy the evening’s festivities. 
 
On 19 May 2021, a ‘celebrity’ team comprising Steven Joyce, Dame Fran Wilde and Karl Budge argued the affirmative against the Legal Eagles, Julian Miles QC, Rachael Reed QC and Timothy Orr. The Honourable Justice Simon Moore of the High Court and Court of Appeal Justice Lyn Stevens adjudicated keeping everyone in line (between much hilarious commentary) and MC David Downs, failing at times NOT to favour the affirmative argument, brilliantly held everyone (including himself) in check and on track. The celebrity team were victorious on the night, as determined by a cheering audience.
 
Once again our club had the privilege of holding our final meeting for the year at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell.  Andy Picot led a meeting full of Christmas spirit, member Michele Corso gave us an insight to Christmas in his homeland of Italy, The Very Rev'd Dean Ann, Dean of Auckland reflected on our Covid year and we rounded out the meeting with some hearty carol singing from the club choir accompanied by Dr Philip Smith, the Cathedral Organist.  It was great to see so many members and their families in attendance and many thanks to Delphine Feasts for a wonderful breakfast.
At the AGM on Tuesday 8 December, Simon Walton was given an enthusiastic  Downtown Auckland welcome by members as the President Nominee to lead the club in 2022/2023.
 
Congratulations Simon!
Elaine Ebbett and Frankie Crellin have been busy over the last few months delivering books to Edmund Hillary Primary School and to the spinal unit in South Auckland.
 
Elaine sources the books from friends and libraries and enjoys being able to provide books to children who would otherwise never have a book in their home.
 
The latest delivery to Edmund Hillary Primary School was welcomed with open arms as it was just in time for this years prize giving.
 
If anyone has access to books that Elaine could use in this way please let her know.
On Wednesday 11 November, Greg Moyle delivered 25 swan plants as part of our Gardens in Schools project to Freemans Bay Primary School. 
Similar deliveries have also been made to Ponsonby & Bayfield  Primary Schools.
Along with this, Greg has also delivered in excess of 50 bags of soil to Herne Bay Marist Primary School.
More Gardens are being planned with the next one to be constructed at Grey Lynn Primary School
Our Club was thrilled to receive this award at District Changeover. Congratulations and a big thank you to David Graham, Mark Jenkins, Christine Fenby, Gill Johnston and Byran Theunisen who organised the 'Battle of the Suits' event and made it an unforgettable experience for Rotarians and Non-Rotarians.
The Project Excellence Award is given to a Rotary Club that has completed a club project that has impacted on Non-Rotarians.
Battle of the Suits will be back on 19 May 2021 at the Cordis Hotel.