Mike would sometimes say of himself, ‘I’m a man of passion’ and there is no doubt that Mike felt passionate about Rotary – the international service organisation with over 1.2m members and nearly 37,000 Rotary Clubs in 220 countries around the world.
Mike lived Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above Self’. Already a prominent Rotarian in Fiji and New Zealand, in the early nineties Mike promoted the formation of a new Rotary Club in Auckland that would be demonstrably multi-ethnic. He shared this vision with a fellow Rotarian, Dr Gam Lee. As a result The Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside was chartered in 1994 with more than 50 members of whom approximately a third were of Asian descent, a third of Indian descent and a third of European descent. Mike was its Charter President and our club still reflects that same multi-ethnic mix.
On Wednesday evening, at our first meeting for the new Rotary year, as we remembered Mike we acknowledged that were it not for Mike, our club would not exist and we would not have had the opportunities to serve others or to form the deep, long-lasting friendships that we all enjoy.
In the Rotary year 1998-1999, Mike served as District Governor of District 9920 – a Rotary District that currently has 50 clubs and is one of the largest in the world with clubs in New Zealand, Fiji, American and Western Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and the Cook Islands.  Our club supported Mike in his role of District Governor and it was not only an honour to do so, but a source of immense pride and satisfaction for our members.
Some of the highlights of Mike’s year as District Governor included important changes he made to the District leadership structure which have remained in place ever since, the formation of five new clubs (including one in Fiji and a record that has never been surpassed) and the holding of the annual District Conference in Fiji which is still talked about as possibly the best District Conference there has ever been.
PLEASE NOTE:  A Memorial Service to celebrate Mikes life will be held in Auckland on Sunday August 21st.
Venue:  Lyell Creek Lounge Alexandra Park 233 Greenland Rd East
Time:  2.30pm
To assist the family with arrangements, could any Rotarian intending to attend the service, please RSVP to