NZICC Auckland
NZ International Convention Centre Auckland
We were delighted to hear from Richard Archbold last week on the journey he and his team have been on in the construction of the new world class International Convention Centre in Auckland.
Richard recently returned from Amsterdam where he was recognised for his work on the new convention centre which he has been involved with for the last 6 years.
"It's been an interesting journey but well worth it" said Richard with a smile.
His journey in life started by growing up on a country farm where he worked with nature, machinery and animals in a very pragmatic way where you had to solve challenges that were in front of you with what was available
This has served him well over the years and particularly with the challenge of building New Zealand's largest convention centre which he describes as "my difficult girlfriend".
This journey started in 2013 and he has worked in with a wide variety of other players on what has been a massive scale. The brief includes over 1400 drawings for what is a transformative landmark project for Auckland.
In terms of how he looks at the project, Richard shared a quote that Innovation requires getting one big thing right while execution requires getting thousands of little things right.
Distinguishing features involve combining architecture and engineering working together in order to find excellent solutions. At the start, however, thinking was focused on what is this structure meant to do?
It was decided that it needed to reflect Aotearoa first and foremost and art was seen as a key guide to help us on our journey.
Richard shared that most international conference attendees spend a significant amount of their time in the conference buildings and so this needed to strongly reflect what NZ is about.
In terms of size, the centre is 3500 square metres in size and is the tallest three-storey building in New Zealand.  The centre of the building houses the exhibitions at the base and a huge presentation theatre at the top.
To the left the building focuses on people movement while to the right it focuses on the movement of incoming and outgoing goods.
One key feature called The Spine is available to be open 24 hours when required and is one of the largest open spaces of its type in New Zealand.
"We insured that we had lots of space between the building and the site boundaries in order for attendees to meet and mingle outside the building" shared Richard.
Another key requirement was to maximize the flexibility and how the building was used which enables us to run huge events as well as having multiple events running side-by-side. The end product is able to house a wide variety of events which gives us a huge range of options to help meet differing customer needs.
With respect to the artwork, artists worked on the building which has two of the largest art works in New Zealand. Sarah, one of our main artists, worked on how light filters through the trees which resulted in a lot of natural light coming through.
The use of 3D modelling enabled us to look at a wide variety of options to help get the effects that the artists and designers wanted.  By October 2018 the project was underway with all guns blazing. It needed to meet all safety requirements which included 40mm trusses being fabricated overseas and shipped to Auckland in order to manage loading.
Five cranes were required on site to position them plus the use of mock-ups also enabled us to check the effects of glass including views and reflections. The team analysed results, made changes and began making final decisions on products we would use.
"By August 2019 we were on the home straight and despite a major fire event in October that year we got passed it and completed the project" shared Richard as he showed us some pictures of the building and final form of this amazing building.
Here is a link (click the centre of the page it takes you to) of a similar talk Richard gave last year. It’s only 21 minutes long so easy to watch over a cup of tea, and covers the general overview of the building with a focus on the art. 
We thanked Richard for his fascinating presentation of what is a huge asset for New Zealand in a way that includes giving especially overseas attendees a great experience of what Aotearoa is about.
Become a Centurion!
Jim continued his presentation to us on sharing the various sources by which Rotary is funded which includes from individual Rotarians, Friends of Rotarians, Clubs and Districts donating some or all of any unused designated funds.
At a personal level it is by individual support which includes (1) becoming a Centurion (2) being a member of the Paul Harris Society and (3) a larger 1-off donation.  Jim shared that individual support in particular has become a key force in the work we do both globally and locally.
In the past, when becoming a Centurion was promoted, Jim noted that 50% of club members were Centurions and returning to this level is one of our goals for the coming year.  It involves a donation of NZ$100 or more per annum (tax deductible) which Jim pointed out amounts to two coffees a week. 
We are keen to encourage members to accept Jim’s challenge that as Rotary members we support the Foundation by becoming Centurions as a worthwhile way to help fund the wide range of local, district, national and overseas projects we support.
Anyone who wants to support the Rotary Foundation can help by becoming a Centurion.  To do this please pay $100 to the Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust 19-775588 using Account Number 03 1355 0661945 00.  In the details area add your name and the reference "Centurion".
Packed House
It was great to see a full room last week for our visiting speaker.  Here’s looking forward to a great year as we get into it.
Car Trial – March 15th.
The Fellowship Committee is running a Sunday car trial for members, families and friends. 
The route will be easy but not the questions! Meet at the Papanui Club for a 1:00 pm start. 
The destination for afternoon tea is Deborah's of Ambrosia Catering at Doyleston.  $20 per head will cover a great afternoon tea and a talk on the history of this fabulous property (for those that haven't been before).
Numbers required at our meeting or by contacting to Rob Nicholl.
Proposed Amalgamation
Tony recently emailed all members out details of the Proposal to Seek Rotary International (RI) Approval to form a new district.
Please ensure you read the materials attached to this email as our Club will be discussing this issue shortly and we want you to be fully informed of the background and facts as we decide how we will go forward on this.
Speaker System Training with Gary
I am running 3 sessions this Thursday evening (20 February) on setting up the microphone stand and microphone for guest speakers at the following times:
  • 5:00 pm
  • 5:15 pm
  • After the meeting (say 7:30 pm-ish)
You will learn how to setup a microphone stand so that it is in perfect position for a speaker while avoiding the limitations of the system we use.  This will make you able to re-position the said microphone if it is needed to change during the meeting due to speaker height requirements.
It will be very informal but we are off to a good start with more volunteers than I have seen for a long time.  If you didn't put your name down you can join in anyway.
Reminder re Payments
When paying on line please check which Account the deposit has to go into as follows:
Subs and Meals: 03 1355 0892268 00
Anything else: 03 1355 0661945 00 including details re what it is for.
Many thanks:
Thought for the Week
“If you want to find out where your kids or grandchildren are turn off the internet connection.”
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Jeff Smith Papanui High School principal speaks
The Papanui
Feb 20, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Hon. Amy Adams - My life in politics
The Papanui
Feb 27, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:45 PM
Climate Change
The Papanui
Mar 05, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Coffee Morning at Reality Bites Cafe (10am)
Reality Bites Cafe
Mar 06, 2020 10:00 AM
Weeding and Planting at Papanui Bush
Papanui Bush
Mar 10, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 20th February 2020
Hudson, Jim
Speakers Host
McMurtrie, Denis
Vote of Thanks
Nicholl, Rob
Visitors Host
Batty, Stuart
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 27th February 2020
Taylor, Tony
Speakers Host
Van Beek, Verdi
Vote of Thanks
Flanagan, Lois
Visitors Host
Spicer, Anne
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 5th March 2020
Hilson, Euan
Speakers Host
Smart, Kate
Vote of Thanks
McNee, Ken
Visitors Host
Barltrop, Charles
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
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Centurions  $100 Payments to Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust 19-775588
Account number 03 1355 0661945 00.
In details area add your  name and the reference"Centurion".