These three seminars are relavant to Rotary in our part of the world and have been developed and made available by District 9465 Membership Chair Kero O’Shea and are based on feedback from his community.  These are suitable for all club leaders and membership specialists. Clicking on the Title takes you to some additional information.
 
 
When: Nov 23, 2017  7.30pm  Register here
 
Have you ever wondered about the power of effective facilitation in Rotary?
It is one of the most important sets of skills for leaders. Facilitation is a process to guide and direct work with groups of people such as meetings, planning sessions, and training of our members and leaders. The process of facilitation is a way of providing leadership without taking the reins.
 
 
 
When: Nov 30, 2017 5:00 PM     Register here
 
You’d have to be nuts to start a new Rotary club from scratch in our current environment of declining membership and closing clubs. It could only be done by offering a very different version of Rotary. Presenter Mark Huddleston will talk about what makes the Rotary club of Seaford unique and how it continues to grow. Mark will share his top 5 secrets of success at Seaford; initiatives he believes can be employed by any club to improve membership outcomes.
 
 
 
When: Dec 3, 2017 10:00 AM    Register here
 
In this webinar, Presenter Jessie Harman will outline the changing landscape for volunteering, and what you can do to strengthen your club. This webinar is a must for anyone keen to ensure their club can successfully attract and retain volunteers now and in the future.
Three Membership Voice webinars over the next three weeks 2017-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
GoBabyGo and the Combined Rotary Clubs of Hamilton team up to help

Volunteer-run charity GobabyGo  today donated 11 specially adapted, ride-in electric BMW toy cars to 11 mobility-challenged Waikato children today.

Children like three-year-old Ezekiel, who lives with cerebral palsy, and relies on a tiny wheelchair to get around, or 18-month-old Kingston, who has cardiac issues — among other health challenges — and who therefore tires easily.  Show left are volunteers from the combined Rotary clubs of Hamilton with a few of the kids and the cars
Mobility-challenged kids get mobile play 2017-11-07 11:00:00Z 0
School on a 'speck' of an island get much needed rennovation 2017-11-02 11:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from across all the New Zealand-based districts travelled to the Christchurch venue of the 2nd annual National Membership Seminar.  The venue was full creating an atmosphere of optimism conducive to full participation and very constructive discussion.
 
Showcased was the absolute latest of successful resources and technique followed by animated discussion of those practices that are making such a difference in raising the membership of so many clubs. Exciting times for Rotary!  The discussion, presentations and other resource will shortly be available at http://www.rotaryoceania.zone/page/national-membership-seminar-(october-2017)-resources
Yes! We can and will grow our Rotarian numbers 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Easy to read, clear and concise – the ultimate lay-persons overview of The Rotary Foundation
 
Some find understanding The Rotary Foundation confusing.  No longer – while there is much detail that can be drilled down into, the following explanation by Mike Webb, a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, is well worth the quick read and can be shared. 
This year we celebrated 100 years of the Rotary Foundation, our charity
 
Our Foundation has very special qualities as it is an enabling Foundation, it asks us to donate or contribute like so many other charities but it also asks us to get involved and utilise the funds. We give but we also receive. Our Foundation is able to achieve its mission through the generous contributions and active participation of Rotarians and friends of Rotary
Understanding The Rotary Foundation made easy - an essential read Mike Webb, Rotary Foundation Trustee 2017-2021 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Powerful and destructive.  It is extremely worrying to see a cyclone developing and coming right at you.  You know it is going to hurt. It is even more worrying standing there in the wreckage of your home and possessions and wondering “what now” for your family having lost everything.  And then a Rotarian turns up with an …
Staring Destruction in the Face 2017-10-24 11:00:00Z 0
Last call: Shape your club's future 2017-10-18 11:00:00Z 0
Diwali is the festival of lights celebrated every year spiritually signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Due to Rotary's diverse membership and close association with the community, many Rotary clubs hold or support these celebrations and this year Porirua Rotary has held their first Diwali event.
Lighting up the rich cultural diversity of Porirua 2017-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Alumni Feature Story
 
Although a shy high school student, I had a passion for languages, different cultures and a huge desire to explore the world. But I lacked confidence, held a lot of fear, felt like I didn’t have a voice nor knew who I was.  However, I did know deep-down this wasn’t the person I was meant to be. I needed help, guidance and a catalyst to become my true self and I knew travelling was the answer.
 
Picture: Natasha on her Prom Night
Natasha Prendergast – Youth Exchange 2007 to Canada , now a member of Rotary Takapuna North 2017 2017-10-04 11:00:00Z 0
The road towards eradicating polio has required lateral thinking: The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one. Here are five interesting things you may not know about the fight to end polio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Started in 2015, Havelock North Rotart return to complete a hospital project in Vanuatu.  Ambae one of 80 islands in Vanuatu but is currently being evacuated due to volcanic activity.
 
 
A sensational Winemakers Lunch that has done so much over ten years.  The attraction of the lunch is not just the food and wine, it is also the high interest in the messages of the high quality guest speakers and ultimately in the good done in the local community.
 
Rotary on the Move provides useful advice for Rotarians.   This has a membership focus and is very practical.
Making a difference stories 2017-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Alumni Feature Story
 
You don’t expect to hear someone like Rez Gardi say their experience at a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme was challenging.  However, she admits RYLA challenges you to get outside of your comfort zone and she had no idea what to expect, walking in to a room full of strangers on the first day.
 
“Comfort zone” isn’t a phrase used when describing Rez’s early life.  Her family is Kurdish and her parents’ families had settled in Iran to escape persecution.  They became political activists, fighting for Kurdish rights and independence and as tensions escalated in Iran they fled, with their two children, to Pakistan.  The family spent the next nine years in the refugee camp of Quetta, where Rez was born and were finally resettled in New Zealand in 1998.
Rez Gardi - Empowering Youth Leaders 2017-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Vocational service is one of the distinguishing characteristics of Rotary. 
 
The workplace is being reshaped by data science and technology, traditional jobs are fast being replaced with jobs that require new skillsets. The work future will require a whole new approach to education, training and recruitment.
 
Rotary District 9940 is a major sponsor and supporter of the Work in Progress conference being held in Wellington in early November, which is looking at the changing nature of work.
Work life in the balance 2017-10-02 11:00:00Z 0
HELP the people of Ambae Island currently experiencing a major disaster event. 2017-09-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex and Wendy McKenzie
In 2002 Gemma Sisia started the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania with 3 pupils and staffed by volunteers. 14 years later the school has a primary and a secondary campus, two boarding establishments, educates around 1,800 students and employs more than 250 fulltime local staff including teachers, cleaners, cooks, security guards, bus drivers and maintenance personnel. This is a truly inspirational story and one that would not have happened with the support of many Rotarians and Rotary clubs.
School of St Judes fights poverty through education in Tanzania Alex and Wendy McKenzie 2017-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
Doing good in the community is the main reason most join Rotary and there is never a lack of projects in the club and out in the wider Rotary world that people can become involved in.  No experience needed, just enthusiasm.
 
The following is a few pictures from a recent Pacific project followed by a description.  This serves as an example of what can be done through Rotary.
 
I joined to do good and Rotary delivered 2017-09-13 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Symposium (or Conference) in Auckland was very good.  Most would say it was more than that … it was fantastic.  Certainly those who attended the Future Leaders Forum were universally ‘blown away’ with the quality of the programme and the scope and scale of Rotary they were exposed to. However it is described, it was a game changer at a time when change and our need to be willing to embrace it is an imperative.
The challenge is ... CHANGE 2017-09-12 12:00:00Z 0
We are people of action 2017-09-11 12:00:00Z 0
It was a busy Rotary day in Dunedin on just the second day of Spring, despite some not very friendly weather!

Rotary Youth Exchange applicants, along with the current group of hosted students, gathered at Berwick Lodge for the weekend full of activities, evaluations, assessments information and fun. The District 9980's RYE Committee once again organised a very successful weekend that for many of these young people is the beginning of a great life adventure.

Just along the road, the combined Dunedin Clubs, Mosgiel, Taieri, Milton and Balclutha spent much of the day planting trees at the Sinclair Wetlands. In a project coordinated by Assistant Governor Claire Ramsay, hundreds of native trees and shrubs were planted - a great response to Rotary International President Ian Riseley's request to plant at least one tree for each Rotarian.
 
The RYE students came and joined in, and there was also a great turnout from the Rotaract Club - needless to say, a bit of mud got thrown around and a great time was had by all!
Great results with an amazing collaboration effort involving so many 2017-09-03 12:00:00Z 0
68,055 projects  
37,530,545 volunteer hours  
2,469,011 people involved  
US$564,986,628 funds contributed  
US$320,969,437 donated in kind goods and services  
 
These are the projects displayed on Rotary Showcase website and represent only a fraction of the projects done in Rotary.  Have a look and you will be in awe of the variety and depth of the projects Rotary clubs engage in and the thing to remember is that these are all clubs just like the one in your local community.
37,530,545 volunteer hours! 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
Your local Rotary club is an inspiration - join in today 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
"This Close" to eradicating Polio - Seeto family with Melbourne Harley Riders submitted by Ron Seeto (Newmarket Rotary) who never misses a chance to promote Polio Eradication!  Rotarians do take pride in what they achieve and take the opportunities that arise, even when travelling, to promote Rotary and Rotary causes such as the global polio eradication initiative we are all so proud of.
 
 
 
Pictures tell an exciting story 2017-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
[See some of the submissions at:  http://www.rotaryoceania.zone/Stories/pictures-tell-an-exciting-story ... this collection is over but do not stop taking the photos and sending them in.]
 
Saturday 19 August is World Photography Day!
 
Help create a positive impression of Rotary in the community through photography
 
Send to cs.bg.robinson@xtra.co.nz your best Rotary photo with a comment as to what is it and we will display these next week on the Rotary New Zealand website.
Help create a positive impression of Rotary in the community through photography 2017-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Hamilton East, New Zealand, has been organising a farm visit for the international students of the University of Waikato every year for more than 20 years.   
 
The farm, owned by Club member Neville Woodcock and his wife Carole,  is one of the largest sheep and beef farms in Hamilton with over 2,000 sheep and 300 cows. The cattle breed is Angus, famous for premium quality meat.  
 
The purpose of the farm visit is to provide a real kiwi farm experience to international students as most of the students come of the countries where farming is not common and many of them have not visited a farm before.
 
Farm experience for international students 2017-08-04 12:00:00Z 0
Follow Rotary International President's Fiji Visit on Facebook 2017-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
 
The new and improved Rotary Club Central is finally here. Navigate more easily with our modern interface, and use this essential planning tool on you mobile phone or tablet. You can also quickly track service activity and see your past and current club data in easy-to-read charts and graphs.
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Discover what's new in Rotary Club Central 2017-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
The West Harbour Beautification Project by the Rotary Club of Dunedin, with support from the the Rotary Club of Dunedin North, involves the creation of exercise opportunities along the 2.3 km stretch of the West Harbour Shared Pathway between the Dunedin Boat Harbour and Maia. 
 
The project also includes beautification of the area by planting native shrubs. The project has an estimated cost of $200,000 and all labour is being provided by Rotarians, their friends and families and TaskForce Green.  The design of the project has been carried out by Mick Field who is a landscape architect and he is doing the work as a volunteer.  He has been made an Honorary Member of our Club for his involvement in this project.
Shared pathway now a stunning community asset 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Totally!

Marton Rotary has for several years been giving Usborne Dictionary Dictionaries to pupils in seven schools in Bulls and Marton, to the excitement of the students and gratitude of teachers who speak of the value of these dictionaries as a valuable tool and teaching aid.

The dictionaries are specially designed for children of the Year 4 age group. With more than 1000 colour illustrations accompanying 10,000 entries and 25,000 definitions, and easy to read text students eagerly anticipate receiving their copy as they reach Year 4.    Pictured are students at South Makirikiri School.
Year 4's excited at receiving their dictionary? 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
A hundred years of ‘doing good in the world’ was celebrated on Sunday as the five Nelson City Rotary Clubs planted a grove of trees to mark the centennial of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Around fifty members of the Nelson, Nelson West, Rutherford, Stoke-Tahunanui and Whakatu clubs, along with family and supporters, used a brief window of fine weather to plant 280 native trees, shrubs and plants just west of the skating rink at Tahunanui Beach. They also let off 100 blue and yellow balloons and unveiled a plaque on a bench seat commemorating the Foundation centennial planting.
 
 
 
 
Tree Planting Marks a Centennial of Doing Good in the World 2017-07-03 12:00:00Z 0
Lincoln and Districts Community Care have their headquarters at 16 Lyttelton Street Lincoln and have been caring for communities surrounding Lincoln in the Selwyn District for just on 40 years.
 
The impetus to establish Community Care Lincoln came about in August 1977, when two Tai Tapu ladies who were Red Cross volunteers approached the Lincoln Medical Centre, requesting that rural families should be given support like those in need in the city were receiving.
LINCOLN COMMUNITY CARE HAVE A MOTOR VEHICLE 2017-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
$1.2 billion pledged to end polio 2017-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
After a chance meeting of the Richmond and the Cashmere Rotary Clubs earlier in the year, it was agreed the clubs should join together to assist the people from the Kaikoura area post-earthquake.
 
This was to happen from 7th to 10th April. Seventeen members from Cashmere made themselves available but unfortunately this was postponed because of flooding and road closures in the area due to cyclone Debbie.
 
The visit for the Cashmere team was rescheduled for three days from 29 April to 1 May.Nine members were available to attend on this weekend.
Cashmere Rotary Club helps out after Kaikoura Earthquake 2017-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

“A large part of my university experience was going on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme) and then helping out afterwards, and this was probably the most significant thing that led me to apply for my scholarship. It's really nice to see friends and club members keeping such a strong connection!” – Dr Oscar Lyons

Oscar is studying in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and has just been appointed Junior Dean. After RYLA, he and several other participants (Michelle, Felicity, Emma to name some) joined Rotary and as young professionals have made an invaluable contribution to their club where they have given back to the RYLA programme as part of the organising team as well as participating in many other club projects, often as the project leaders.

Young professionals join thanks to RYLA 2017-06-05 12:00:00Z 0
General Information re Avonhead Rotary 2017-06-05 12:00:00Z 0

 

Are you a Rotarian visiting New Zealand to watch some Rugby and enjoy the sights?
 
Welcome.
 
We have clubs in almost every community so drop in to a meeting and meet the locals.  You will be made most welcome; and get the locals advice as to the best sights, restaurants etc.  We are a global organisation so let's also share insights into the best projects and Rotary here and in your part of the world.
 
Most of all have fun.
Visiting New Zealand for the Rugby? 2017-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Zealand (Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific) has now joined LinkedIn and the link address is https://www.linkedin.com/company/rotarynewzealand
 
Initially, this is to promote Rotary in our region to the business community as part of the National Publicity and Membership Campaign being primarily run via the Rotary New Zealand Facebook page but moving forward it is hoped that Rotarians and those who wish to specifically want to associate with Rotary will connect with this page.  After all, business/vocational networking was the foundation of Rotary.
 
LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 500 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
Rotary New Zealand now on LinkedIn - connect with us 2017-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Calling all Rotary clubs - Join the publicity revolution starting 1 May 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

 

Not even the prospect of heavy rain could spoil the planned Riverside Dinner last Saturday. Because of the forecast of rain, the joint organisers, Warkworth Lions and Mahurangi Rotary, wisely moved the event to the planned wet weather location, New World undercover car park.

The carpark was transformed into a 240 seat banqueting hall where over 200 diners enjoyed a roast dinner followed by a selection of desserts. During the meal  entertainment was provided by Warkworth Brass Band as they played their wide repertoire of Big Band music. Decoration of the dining area with ships flags and various maritime memorabilia including anchors, oars, lifebelts, navigation lights etc. gave a nautical atmosphere to the event. 

Dining in Style Despite the Big Wet 2017-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Sustainability within projects is vital to keep in place the advantages doing the project in the first place brings to those in need.  But sometimes it is an advantage to revisit how we view the creation of sustainability. 
 
This is an exceptionally interesting example of this and well worth a quick read.  It relates to a project intended to provide literacy for children yet a water buffalo was the best solution!
 
If I had a water buffalo 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Just as Rotary has become flexible in the format it offers, so has Rotaract.  The Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone sponsored the now very popular and successful e-Club, Rotaract Club World One 9920 shown here giving a hand together to an NGO helping the people in need in Provence.
 
The week commencing 13 March is Rotary's World Rotaract Week and a time to acknowledge the substantial work in the community done by the nine Rotaract clubs in New Zealand plus the four in the Pacific Islands.  These young women and men really know how to engage with their communities, particularly with the youth of those communities.  Their common interest means they form lasting friendships with their own age group both at home and world wide.  If you know a young adult wanting to expand their network of contacts and friends as well as doing good in their community please encourage them to contact a local club - details via www.rotaract.co.nz 
A global Rotaract club from NZ 2017-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
The Pop Up Playground family fun day at Ellerslie Racecourse run by the Rotary clubs of Auckland on Sunday 20 February put a smile on so many faces.  The kids and their families had a wonderful time and it was fantastic to see so many turn up. 
 
There was a magnificent atmosphere on the day with Rotarians mingling with families who were interested in what Rotary does. Some of the highlights included the Police performing group, Chiefs and Blues rugby players, JP the clown, China dance groups, Tai Chi, Hip Hop, school groups and a Taiwan Aboriginal Dance. There were also farm animals, soap box carts, kite making, volleyball, a sports zone plus inflatable slides and car display.
Pop Up Playground brought huge smiles 2017-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary E-CLUB 9920 FRANCOPHONE works for Maternal and Child Health Care

The ROTARY E-CLUB 9920 FRANCOPHONE (“non-virtual”) has participated in an International Project "Global Grant" as Primary International Partner, with the Rotary Club of Chaiprakan (D.3360) as Host Club, and the Rotary Club of Schwetzingen-Walldorf (D.1860 in Germany), the Rotary Club of Suntec City (in Singapore, D.3310), and the Rotary Club of Patumwan (in Bangkok-Thailand, D.3350) as Secondary International Partners to fully equip a “Mother and Child Health Care Center", thus enabling future mothers and newborns of the mountain populations in northern Thailand (in Chaiprakan) not to be completely isolated during the long rainy season; this Project will significantly reduce peri-natal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, fully in line with at least 1 of the 6 Focus of Rotary International. But all of this could be done only with the help of The Rotary Foundation. On the picture: members of some of the Rotary Clubs participating in this International Project, along with representatives of the Community, during the Hand Over Ceremony.

E-club active using global grants 2017-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
The International Travel and Hosting Fellowship exists to promote and facilitate regional, national and international "connections" between its members. ITHF members travel to all different parts of the world and host members from all other parts. Members' lives are enriched by these connections and cross cultural exchanges.

That’s the elevator speech you find on ITHF.org, and here’s what those words mean in application.  Jim and I joined ITHF 6 years ago ...
Do you enjoy travelling and meeting others? 2017-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Palmerston North Interactors are continuing to help Red Cross support refugees arriving in their community by helping to sort household goods for refugee houses.   In March they will be helping set up, dish up, clean up afterwards and participate in a 400 person refugee lunch. 
Interactors 2017-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Mike was brought up in Middlesex and went to school in Harrow (the grammar school at the bottom of the hill)  he was involved with his church as a senior server, a keen member of the scout group and continued to play rugby.
 
Mike served his articles in London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then moved to the West Country and heads a practice in Wells.
 
Mike joined the Rotary Club of Mendip in 1976 and has had most jobs in the club (except Treasurer), he was President in 1981-82 and became District Treasurer for five years from !986 then after two years as Vice Chairman Mike was District Governor in 1994-95. Mike led a Group Study Exchange team to New Zealand in 1991.
 
With other club members Mike has made a number of charity films for Sightsavers and other charities in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi and in GB and I.
 
He sat as a Justice of the Peace for ten years and now serves his community as Trustee, Treasurer or Auditor for many charitable and sports organisations nationally and locally.
 
Mike Webb Profile 2017-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look

Rotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.

New, modern look for rotary.org 2017-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Jessica came to NZ this year on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarship from Virginia.  She earned a Master of Teaching in Learning to be a high school English teacher from Canterbury University but what has been most memorable and life-changing for her has been the experience of living abroad. “Along with all the tramps and travel in this stunningly beautiful country it is almost a case of where have I NOT been?”
 
Rotary Scholars are a Rotary success story 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you so much for supporting Red Nose Day 2016 for Cure Kids!

Cure Kids were thrilled to announce that, thanks to generous Kiwis like you, $748,000 has been raised so far, which will go towards funding vital child health research.
Rotary Clubs across New Zealand got involved this Red Nose Day by holding fundraisers within their clubs, collecting donations during club meetings, running social media ads, as well as offering merchandise to people at their local shopping centres and supermarkets.
Thanks from the Kids 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Looking forward - what do we want to achieve? 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary clubs of St Johns, Franklin and Manukau City Sunrise (some pictured here) have recently participated in ‘Walking Stars’ for cancer research. As Alex McKenzie said, "Just over 4 hours half marathon walk thru inner city Auckland - night life we don't normally see!!!"
 
In weekly walks preparing for the event, not only have the participants improved their own health and fitness, but they have welcomed any others including family and friends to join in even if not actually taking part in the event itself. This is yet another illustration of the camaraderie that Rotarians build together that motivates them to become involved in a wide range of activity that benefits those in need. The fellowship that resulted was amazing and the publicity for the clubs and for Rotary was huge ... getting the Rotary brand out into as many events as possible does us all good.
Walking Stars and more 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
The mission? To raise upwards of $150,000 to $200,000 for the Breathing Space Southland Trust, which oversees a night shelter established in 2013 for Invercargill’s homeless.
 
A number of clubs in Invercargill joined forces for this project where there was an emphasis on Rotarians contributing their vocational skills in the organisation and building of the houses and only paying for professional services to fill skill gaps.
 
Hands on to help the homeless 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

At the Friday 18 November dinner for Cure Kids ‘Celebrating 45 years of breakthroughs in child health research’, Cure Kids member representing Rotary, Past District Governor Beryl Robinson accepted on behalf of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific a Cure Kids Founder Award as recognition by Cure Kids for Rotary’s role as founder in 1971 (to celebrate 50 years of Rotary in NZ) and as an on-going partner of Cure Kids.

 

Beryl received this special plaque for Rotary, and replied that Rotary continues to have a close relationship with Cure Kids, as Rotarians are on the board, researchers and staff, plus of course all of the fundraising and event participation support that comes year after year from Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians. Rotary is extremely proud of Cure Kids achievements, so we will continue supporting Cure Kids.

Rotary Acknowledged 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
In the early hours of Monday 14 November 2016 there were two severe earthquakes in the remote Kaikoura area of the South Island (Rotary District 9970) of New Zealand.  There has been substantial damage in the region, particularly to infrastructure such as access via roads and rail.  Some damage was also caused in the Wellington region (Rotary District 9940).
 
While significant and devastating these earthquakes are in a remote area of New Zealand and the rest of New Zealand is 'open for business'. Despite these and the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes these are rare events ... just real bad luck to have two events within a few years. Rotary will no doubt play a substantial role in helping the communities affected over time but no initial Rotary emergency response has been needed with this being organised via Civil Defence and other Government agencies.
 
There have been many expressions of concern and messages of support from around the world to Districts 9970 and 9940 and these are appreciated.
 
District 9970 Governor Arie and RNZWCS Stuart Batty will visit Kaikoura and the region when the roads reopen and meet with community leaders as there is no Rotary Club in Kaikoura or the region.  While initially it may be difficult to reach Kaikoura itself, Cheviot, Culverden and Waipara region are likely first stops.
 
They will endeavour to establish a Rotary Community Corp amongst them to assist Rotary in providing support for the reestablishment of community initiatives. If the same pattern follows that of Christchurch following their earthquakes, there will be a number of groups in need of assistance particularly around the welfare and wider needs of children and young persons. Rotary is aware that Lions International is very active in Kaikoura and will contact them with a view to collaboration.
 
Following inquiries from within New Zealand and overseas an Appeal has been set up
 
Rotary New Zealand will be working with members of the New Zealand Disaster Relief Forum to provide any support that is called for. Any specific concerns as to welfare of people etc. email info@rnzwcs.org   
 
Kaikoura and surrounding districts which is in District 9970 does not have a Rotary club. Appeal funds will be distributed to community activities resultant from the Earthquake as approved by District Governor 9970.
 
Four Donation Options Quoting Activity No. 999
Internet Banking              Westpac 03 1702 0192208 01  -  Swift Code WPACNZ2W  IBAN Code  031702
Paypal at                    http://www.rnzwcs.org/donate/
Give a Little at           https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/earthquake
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email info@rnzwcs.org or our contacts listed on   http://www.rnzwcs.org/aboutus/
 
Further updates will be posted on www.facebook.com/rotarynz as appropriate as Rotary’s involvement in the recovery occurs over the coming months.
 
Of interest:
The Rotary International Board of Directors has authorized the formation of the Disaster Network of Assistance – Rotarian Action Group. The DNA-RAG provides advice and support for all aspects of disasters ranging from preparedness through long term recovery. DNA-RAG can be contacted for assistance by email at dna.rag.contact@gmail.com.
 
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Way back in May 2016 Darrell Phillips was a judge at the Plimmerton Rotary Rotary Best Speaker Awards, a speech contest for adults with special needs.  He was so inspired by the experience that he write about the contest for his Toastmasters club and it then went on to be published in the Toastmasters International magazine  (read here).  This is an example of the great publicity Rotary can get from its projects and all participants in our projects should be encouraged to share their experiences to their own networks.
 
This story was also published in the August issue of Rotary Down Under magazine.  Contestant Samuel Goddard is pictured presenting his speech.
Rotary project inspires 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Eleven Rotary clubs in the Christchurch area have combined to maintain the Christchurch 360 Trail which is a 140 kms long walking/cycle track that goes around Christchurch, NZ. Recently the 360 Trail Committee took part in the Breeze Walking Festival and 20 people walked the trail in eight days. It was no mean feat. Rotarians provided “tail end Charlies”, co-ordinators and a BBQ for lunch on the longest section of the trail.
 
11 Christchurch clubs keep the 360 Trail open for all 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
As Rotarians, we are a network of inspired individuals who translate our passions into relevant social causes to change lives in local and international communities.
 
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
 
We are the backbone of our city and district, we care about our people and we make a difference. Why are we successful? What makes us stand out from the crowd? Through the five Rotary Clubs in Rotorua, what have we achieved locally and internationally?
 
These were the questions we wanted answered to inform the people of Rotorua of what the five Rotary Clubs have done in Rotorua in the past, the present and what future plans we have that will benefit the local community. 
 
We are all very good at getting on with the project or task in hand. However, we are not so good at telling our success stories and how we make a difference! So some means needed to be found ... and was.

 
A Rotary tabloid that impressed the community 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
New sponsors and support were the extra bonus of our recent Westhaven Rotary project aimed at providing local primary school students in Auckland, NZ with attractive and productive edible gardens. “Not only did we achieve a significant upgrade to the school’s edible gardens that the students will enjoy for years to come, we also attracted major sponsors, including Bunnings Warehouse and Countdown supermarket, who then engaged more sponsors on our behalf,” says Rex Billington, President of the Rotary Club of Westhaven.
 
The project aimed to bring new life to the school gardens that had fallen into disuse by refilling the existing planter boxes, creating an all-weather path around the garden and filling the boxes with edible plants that the students could eat.

 
Edible school garden project grows funding and sponsors 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
In looking for a new way to ‘go to the people’ and inform them about Rotary in their area Rotarians in Dargaville and Whangarei, NZ noted there were vacant shops in their local shopping areas that of they could create a display in would place them firmly amongst the crowds out shopping.  So the Rotary ‘Pop-Up Shop’ was born.

 
Empty shops for Rotary? 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
From small, tentative beginnings in 2001 The Howick Rotary Club’s "Bookarama", second-hand book fair has grown into a major local event and fundraiser which has provided a win win win  for everyone.  It is not many Rotary projects which have a list of a dozen winners.
 
The first winner is the environment which benefits from the relocation of some 25,000 pre-loved books with new owners and the appropriate recycling of over 5 tonnes of waste paper rather than its consignment to landfill.
Winners all 'round 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fellowships come in all shapes and sizes and most Rotarians would benefit from including one of these into their Rotary mix.  Say no more.  Picture from Cruising Rotarians web .
 
More on Rotary Recreational Fellowships HERE and if there isn't one there for you ... start one.
Ahoy! 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
The children of leprosy sufferers are often need a helping hand and Rotary club in New Zealand and individual Rotarians have helped sponsor some of these children to a better future.  The picture here is of RNZWCS Stuart Batty with Sister Agatha of the Rehabilitation home and Monica, a student sponsored by East Coast Bays Rotary.
CHEFing Children of leprosy sufferers 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary members in New Zealand will be among thousands worldwide reaching out during the week commencing on World Polio Day,  24th October 2016, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  
 
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of 19th September 2016.
World Polio Day 2016 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Twin Exchange opened doors to a bright future 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
It's been just short of five years since I returned back to the U.S. after my life-changing time as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand. Prior to my time in NZ, which started in February 2011, I was pretty insistent on a career as a health practitioner but my experiences in New Zealand changed my future direction dramatically ... for the better.

 
A career-changing experience 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
I could have been a refugee ... instead I became a Rotarian 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary E-Club of WASH has just chartered, and, while its meetings might be held in cyberspace, its roots are distinctly and terrestrially Kiwi. Its home base is Dunedin, and it’s sponsored by two District 9980 clubs: Dunedin and Dunedin East.

The WASH – water, sanitation and hygiene – E-Club is the brainchild of Rotarian, and former Dunedin club president, Dr Steve Atkins. Inaugural e-club president Dr Chris Bloore has also paid tribute to assistant governor Lesley Brook, who, he says, has contributed an “enormous amount of work” in bringing the club to life.
DISTRICT 9980 LAUNCHES GROUNDBREAKING E-CLUB 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Wesley chose to come to New Zealand for his Ambassadorial Scholarship because it “offered the environment that I was looking for along with outdoor activities”.  He was joined during the year by his girlfriend and they found that the “Kiwi’s” embraced them and they quickly formed a bond of friendship with the country and their host Rotary club.  Their stay was meant to be one year and they ended up staying five. 
Rotary Alumni: A bond of friendship (and a new wife) 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Simply Inspirational - Rotary Alumni achieves much 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Did you take part in a Rotary programme and enjoy it?  Thinking back, was there some part of it that changed you or opened an new opportunity you would not otherwise have had ... or you have a positive experience that is interesting.
 
Please send this to us, along with a picture if possible of you or some activity while on the programme.  We are not expecting a finely written prose or long (a paragraph would be OK) ... if, in your own words (even bullet points), you are willing to share with others so more people will be inspired to become involved with Rotary's programmes we would be delighted. 
 
Did you take part in and of Rotary's youth leadership or exchange, vocational or scholarship programmes?  Send to cs.bg.robinson@xtra.co.nz
We are interested ... are you 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
 
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by :
October is Economic and Community Development Month 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Take one passionate, determined Australasian Vocational Training Team, add backing from District 9980, throw in a Rotary Foundation global grant, and what do you get?
 
Mindboggling” progress in Mongolia’s maternal health system – and hundreds of mothers’ and babies’ lives already being saved each year, thanks to a very special delivery: childbirth education.
Rotary Ingenuity Saving 100’s of Mothers’ & Babies Lives 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Great to see Rotarians across New Zealand supporting Stroke Awareness Day by facilitating blood pressure checks on 1 October.  Remember the song ‘Staying Alive’? You want to stay that way? Strokes kill far too many people and are preventable which is why Rotary is supporting the national 2016 Big NZ Blood Pressure Check Day.

 

Staying Alive - 2016 Big NZ Blood Pressure Check Day 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Would you care to learn about the potential for “Synthetic Spider Silk”, “Placebos vs. Nocebos”, or how about “Struvite Crystallisation”?   Then, plan to join in next year’s EUREKA! Awards.
EUREKA!  Fostering tomorrows scientists 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary supports activities and training to improve education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by:
1. Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all;
2. Increasing adult literacy in communities;
3. Working to reduce gender disparity in education;
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.
September is BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY  Month 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Resource for Rotarians 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Welcome to Rotary New Zealand & Pacific Islands 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0