For many in our community the website is one of the very first points of contact with the community. 
Yes, some will be involved and see the club at projects, but a reality is that this is fleeting … here one short period of time, gone (and forgotten) the next.
A reality is that those who may wish to engage with Rotary will do this online before they ever chance upon a project out in the neighbourhood.
You have to make it easy for your community and others in Rotary to connect with your club.  So briefly, here are some “must do” actions clubs must do if they wish to be visible and for that visibility to be effective:
Making online work for you  2019-09-26 12:00:00Z 0
The 2019 Christchurch Rotary Regional Conference is now concluded and a massive thanks go to organisers Ross Skinner and Liz Courtney and their team for an outstanding [outstanding] conference. It was incredibly good. All conference participants had a high energy and value time that has reinvigorated their commitment to Rotary. We have been Rejuvenated!
Under the "Read More" tab there are some very brief insights into the essence of the Conference ... after all (for example), how can one convey the deeply felt and emotional reaction to the final Key Note speaker Cam Calkoen on "Developing an Awesome Winning Attitude"? ... you can't, you have to be there to experience. Such is the value of these conferences and it is hoped you, the reader, will seriously consider attending the next one.
The next AUS/NZ Rotary Regional Conference is "Spring into Alice", Alice Springs, 18-20 September 2020
Rejuvenated! The Regional Rotary Conference in Christchurch was just incredible 2019-09-22 12:00:00Z 0
For many years I’ve had a personal goal of ‘giving back’, so I was a Board member and Chair of a not for profit for some years.  About five years ago I stepped out of my corporate career, which included the role of General Manager at Air New Zealand responsible for leadership and culture development.  What a privilege it was to work with the executive teams led by Ralph Norris after 9/11 and the demise of Ansett, and then latterly Rob Fyfe.  I learnt so much and I absolutely loved the 11 years I spent there. 
That work remains my passion and about 5 years ago I started my own consultancy designing and facilitating leadership and team programs, and coaching leaders at all levels within a diverse range of organisations, big and small. 
Just before I started my consultancy, I joined St Johns Rotary having been introduced to it by Donald Bowie whose daughter along with mine took dance lessons together meaning both families got to know each other well.  Unfortunately, the intensity of establishing the new business meant I found I was unable to contribute as much time and energy as I would have liked to club activities but contributed as I could and the club was certainly most understanding. 
Then earlier this year I thought I would have the time to do more, so I took on the Directorship of the International Community Service Committee portfolio, with Donald as my mentor.  I am looking forward to working more closely on some international projects with my fellow committee members and the rest of the community, learning more about Rotary and attending meetings whenever I can. 
Phil my partner is a Civil engineer and we live in Stonefields.  We always enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration at the dinner meetings.  I also have a son Brett who is an Architect and on weekends I love entertaining and exploring outdoors in the Summer, and in the Winter watching rugby and much like Hugh, miniseries!   
Women in Rotary - Muriel Roake 2019-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Courtney on Aug 15, 2019
Open to ALL Rotarians, this is going to be one special event. Have a read of the compelling reasons why you should consider attending in this article and by looking at the website and Facebook pages for latest updates on speakers, activities and more.
Why YOU should attend. Many of you are asking questions about the September Conference so here are some answers !
Regeneration: The NZ-Aust Rotary Conference September 2019 Liz Courtney 2019-08-14 12:00:00Z 0
Central to a District 9910-Rotary Foundation Global Grant Water and Catchment Sanitation Project was a new multipurpose building on Maewo Island, Vanuatu, that was handed over to the community at Naone Primary School in a colourful display of cultural dancers in 4 July 2019.
Many Global Grant projects in the Pacific seem to be completed with little fanfare outside the community involved yet are shining examples of the dedication and hard work of Rotarians and locals to improve the lives of many in often remote and very poor communities in the Pacific.  This is one such story worth a read.
Picture: The handing over was made in the presence of Director of Education Samuel Katipa,  Past District 9910 Governor Lindsay Ford (in black) and his wife Alison, SHaRM Foundation member/ Project Manager Stuart Friend and other invited guests.
Global Grant: Water and Sanitation Project in Maewo Community, Vanuatu 2019-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
The Third Object of Service for Rotarians is; The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life. Past President Anil of Glenfield Rotary shows how it is done.
A small but huge gift 2019-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
The 2nd annual RotarySwimarathon more than doubled the number of teams and swimmers that took part in the 2018 RotarySwimarathon. 47 teams and 274 swimmers swam a total of 7,038 laps (175.95 kilometres, or the equivalent of Auckland CBD to Tirau) and pledged almost $16,000 in sponsorship.
Generation Homes RotarySwimarathon 2019  2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Conditions were near perfect for the first week of Have a Go Sailing for 2019; mainly cloudless skies, flat water and a gentle southerly making Okahu Bay a great location for new sailors; 20 schools participated, most were low decile.  To learn what these children thought of this unique opportunity to experience a totally new skill set, go to HERE
Have a Go Sailing Builds Young Confidence 2019-06-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Rotary’s activities and celebrations to mark 100 years of Rotary in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands were officially launched at Government House in Wellington on 20 June 2019. An audience of more than two hundred were introduced to Rotary’s plans which will lead up to the celebration of 100 years of Rotary achievement in Auckland in 2021.  Most importantly, it is the impact we have in our communities that we should celebrate during this time.    
Governor-General launches Rotary Oceania’s centennial activities  2019-06-27 12:00:00Z 0
I have been proud to have been a Rotary member since 2 May 1992. Initially inducted into The Rotary Club of Karori and a member there for 19 years and then transferred my membership to The Rotary Club of Carterton upon my family’s move to the Wairarapa in 2011, both clubs in district 9940.
Joining rotary initially was to contribute my time outside of business interests and to become involved in our local community. I was initially invited to join The Rotary Club of Karori by an existing female member of that club who knew of me and my involvement in the initial setting up of The Women in Business Network in Wellington. Knowing nothing of Rotary I went along and was made to feel very welcome by fellow members. The club gave me the opportunity to mix with other businesspeople and was it was an organisation completely apart from my business and family links. Something just for me, not dependant on who I was married to or what my two children and their interests were.
My husband travelled extensively for some years at that time and being able to be part of the Rotary family really meant a lot to me. The weekly meetings gave substance to a demanding business life and a regular engagement that I would schedule into my business diary, 6pm every Tuesday without fail. Karori was a very busy club with about 45 members at that time. I was honoured to be elected to the role of Club President in 1997-98. Karori also honoured me by making me a Paul Harris Fellow.  Karori Club was very active in the community as well as District 9940. The Group Study Exchange received a lot of support from Karori and I was involved in the District Committee for several years.  
My family have hosted Student Exchanges from Brazil, Canada and Germany and it was a joy to share their lives and development of young students into young adults over that time.
Cluster Clubs originated in Wellington at that time and this gave us all the opportunity to join together on the larger projects that could have been too challenging for smaller clubs. The events we were involved in during that time with the Cluster Clubs were the charity preopening days at the National Museum Te Papa, the open days at the Westpac Stadium and being guinea pigs for the catering for a formal dinner also at Westpac Stadium. 
The highlight for my Rotary years was the presentation to the Zealandia Board on the proposal for funding the new predator proof fence of 8.6 km to surround the New Zealand wildlife Sanctuary.  The Board Member’s eyes lit up at our suggestion for fence posts to have a Rotary Plaque with the donor’s name to record their donation of $100.00.  In the end, several kilometres of Rotary posts were erected on the perimeter of the walkway with Rotarians from all over the world contributed to this worthwhile project. As I used to say to them, “in future years your grandchildren can come along and see what Grandad did for this wonderful project”.  This fence post project was promoted to all Rotary clubs in the Wellington area and I soon became used to erecting the 3-piece sample fence a metre wide, along with a stuffed dead possum caught on the wiring as an example on how it would prevent future incursions into Zealandia.  Without the Predator Proof Fence, Zealandia could never have been possible.
Since 2011, my husband Bill and I have lived in the Wairarapa.  We both decided to retire, Bill from his profession as Consultant Change Manager and my Finance and Insurance background.   Initially we designed and built the Five Star Hoeke Lodge, just outside Carterton.   A wonderful time, meeting many guests who spent time with us enjoying the luxurious lifestyle we created especially for them.   Unfortunately, Bill had a quadbike accident a few months later and we reluctantly sold Hoeke Lodge and moved into the Carterton township.
My time in The Rotary Club of Carterton has been busy with many projects on the go.    Five years as Convenor of the Annual Christmas Parade and also resurrecting the Challenge Shield School Gardening Competition on behalf of the local A & P Organisation.   Originally created in 1906 with a wonderful trophy to be held by the winning primary school for 12 months, it had gone into recess in 1964. Revived in 2011, the competition is among 12 schools competing for this Challenge Shield and the children thoroughly enjoy their gardening experiences. A great way for them to learn about the living earth.
The Friendship Exchange programme has also been a great way to enable other Rotarians to travel and learn about other countries. In 1995 I was able to travel to Colorado and Texas on this programme and recommend the experience to all Rotarians. As at March 2019, I am currently winding up parts of a Friendship Exchange from New South Wales, Australia District D9700 and also Vancouver Island and North Coast of Washington USA District 5020. Clubs from all over the world can be involved in this programme and it is thoroughly recommended.
Coral Aitchison
Rotary Club of Carterton
Women in Rotary - Coral Aitchison 2019-05-23 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
Interview with Elizabeth:
1.         How long in Rotary and the club and district noted
I have been in Rotary for under a year and I am a part of district 9920.
2.         Why did you join Rotary and what keeps you in Rotary?
I was one of the chairs of the Interact club at Pakuranga College and I wanted to continue being able to give back to the community so when I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Auxiliary club, I was on board! What I really admire about Rotary is the collaboration of people in different lines of work and the ability to establish connections with those in the club and within the community.
3.         What is your current role in Rotary?
I am a member of the Pakuranga Tamaki River Rotary Auxiliary.
4.         What has been the best Rotary highlight/project for you?
Some highlights of Rotary so far have been being able to present Atlas’s to the children of Anchorage Park Primary School and being a Sergeant at the 2019 South Pacific President Elect training. I have also enjoyed collaborating with other Rotary clubs such as working with the South Auckland Rotary club at the Chinese New Year Market Day to raise funds for the Fiji Oxygen Project.  
5.         Your profession, work area, skills and talents
I am a BioMed (pre-med) student at Auckland University and I am interested in becoming a doctor.
6.         Family and/or children etc
I am of Tongan, Fijian, Scottish and English descent. I live with both my parents and enjoy being a part of a large Tongan family with many cousins, aunties, and uncles.
7.         Interests and hobbies/passions
I love sport and I have a passion for netball (indoor and outdoor). I hope to get back into club netball in the future. I am passionate about the medical field and I aspire to be a medical health professional in the near future.
8.         Something about you not many people know
I am religious and love being Christian. My faith is very important to me and I try my best to integrate values of kindness and love through all that I do.
9:   How would you express what is most important to you personally about Rotary?
Being a force of change is imperative, especially in a world filled with inequities. But in order to effectuate our goal of common good, it is important to have a foundation based on diversity and acceptance, that of which Rotary seeks to achieve and that of which I hope to accomplish as a woman in Rotary.
Women in Rotary - Elizabeth Arrowsmith 2019-05-23 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
A group of physically disable young adults took the offer to challenge themselves for a week of new experiences at the joint District 9910 and 9920 Challenge Camp held during May 2019.
Success for these young adults was well earned 2019-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
I have been a Rotarian for 14 years (joined October 2005) with Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside District 9920.
The reason I joined Rotary is that I saw my husband and his friends doing all this good work for the needy people through our Club and I wanted to be a full Rotarian so I could do the same, help others in need and not just a partner Rotarian.
Rotary is an International Charitable organisation doing good for others in need. What keeps me in Rotary is “Doing good for others in Need and assisting with the education of the Underprivileged Children” as I believe education will eradicate Poverty. Volunteering my hours to do good in the Community and overseas gives me great inner satisfaction. This is what I love doing most being a Rotarian.
I am currently the International Director of our club and the District 9920 Trainer for the past two years. I am also a Past President of our club (2014-2015 year) and have held many Leadership roles in my club.
The best Rotary Project that I have been involved in is distributing the Rotary Osborne Dictionary to the underprivileged children in Fiji, going personally to the rural schools in Fiji. In most cases these Rotary Dictionaries have been these 10 year old children’s first book they have owned. In some cases, the class teacher has cried while thanking us as they value this assistance so much.  A very satisfying project for me which we have been doing for the past 4 years in joint partnership with Education First Trust and are still continuing to do this project.
I am also currently volunteering as the Chairperson of Education Frist Trust  – another Charitable organisation. I have been a trustee of Education First Trust for the past 10 years.
Together with my husband Sursen Singh who has been a Rotarian since 1994, we have travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal three times now together with a group of Rotarians and friends and family of Rotary. We have met some very excited Rotarians in India who have organised combined Rotary meetings with our group. This has been a huge International Rotary experience for us meeting these likeminded people overseas who are also doing good for others.
I am a Registered Financial Adviser, Director owner of Mortgage Providers NZ Ltd which I have been operating since 2005. My expertise is in Lending as my previous role was a Lending Manager at ANZ Bank.  I specialise mainly in Home Loan & Business loans and love assisting my clients get into their first home, purchase investment properties or a Business.
I love the social aspect of being a Rotarian, meeting people for personal and professional reasons. I have made many friends over these years as a result of being a Rotarian.  I like to be an active Rotarian in our Clubs Board and fundraising projects. Rotary has given me many Leadership opportunities which has assisted me in my professional work.
My husband Sursen Singh is a retired Banker, an Honorary member of our Rotary Club. I have two adult children, son and daughter in law & gorgeous grandson  living in Sydney and daughter living in Melbourne. I love my family and try and spend as much time with them as I can.
I love travelling, meeting people, cooking, gardening, good wine and keep a healthy lifestyle by  regular gym and eating healthy food.
I grew up in a village in Nausori Fiji and  come from a family of charitable people. My grandmother was a well-respected community leader, doing volunteer work for the people in need in the village, my parents both were very giving as well. My six siblings are all very charitable as well in different ways.
For me personally being a Rotarian,  has given me so many opportunities in Leadership roles, meeting new people here in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas, to serve others who are less fortunate than me and getting that inner satisfaction when you see a smile on those underprivileged children’s faces when they receive their first book – this is Rotary for me.
Women in Rotary - Joyti Singh 2019-05-07 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
“Through travelling as the Governor’s wife, I have been provided with opportunities to see Rotary through a wider lens.”    
I was inducted into the Rotary Club of East Coast Bays in District 9910 on Monday 11 March 2019 so I am a very new Rotarian. However, my involvement with Rotary commenced when my husband became a charter member of the Rotary Club of North Harbour in 1989. Our children were young and this club offered many opportunities for whanau fellowship and community engagement. Over the past 30 years I have enjoyed supporting the club through such activities as fundraising events, tree planting on Motutapu Island, hosting IYE students and club catering for Ronald McDonald House dinners for families.
I was a primary school teacher for over 30 years with 26 of those years teaching and as Deputy Principal at a Decile 1 school on Auckland’s North Shore, where I saw Rotary in action. Local clubs supported our school through hands on projects, funding programmes and equipment. It was the willingness of participating clubs to always say “yes’ to requests that impressed us the most. I am now retired from full time teaching but I continue to work in schools as a relieving teacher.
Over the past 2 ½ years I have had the privilege of being a part of an incredible journey with my husband Jerry, the current Governor of District 9910. Together we decided this would be a challenging but rewarding role and in July 2016 the first part of our chapter commenced.
As the wife of the Governor I wanted to be a hands-on teammate. In this role I took on the challenge of completing the District Directory; timetabling club visits; writing the monthly Governor Newsletter; catering for the many formal and informal district meetings; chairing the conference committee and became the ‘Governor’s Chauffeur’. Together we have visited 45 D9910 Rotary, Rotaract and Satellite Clubs in New Zealand, Noumea, Vanuatu and Norfolk Island. We were warmly welcomed by Rotarians across the district and heard of the wonderful work they continue to do. The highlight of this time for me was to witness the hard work undertaken in Vanuatu by dedicated Rotarians and the treasured memories of fellowship from our visits to our Pacific Island clubs.
It has been as a result of my time as the wife of the Governor, having had the opportunity to observe Rotary with a wider lens, that I made the decision to become a member of this wonderful organisation. I am looking forward to participating in projects that make a difference to the tamariki (children) and women in less privileged communities both locally and globally.
Jerry and I have 3 adult children and 8 mokopuna (grandchildren) who all live in close proximity to us. Whanau is very important to us and even over the past year we have attempted to continue our “nana and papa” roles whenever possible. Once Jerry’s Governor role ends in July 2019 I look forward to reading the stack of books I have sitting on the  bedside table, spending more time up at our shared family beach house in Mangawhai Heads, getting in some fishing and catching up with friends.
One of the most significant achievements I am proudest of is being the inaugural organiser of what has become the largest Cultural Festival for Primary and Intermediated schools on Auckland’s North Shore. I continued to coordinate this event for the following 22 years.
Women in Rotary - Fay Norman  2019-05-07 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
I have been a member of the Next Rotary Generation North Shore club for about 18months, which is a Satellite Club belonging to Milford Rotary, sitting in District 9910.
I joined Rotary really by chance when a friend suggested I come along to a meeting of a group I might be interested in. The reason I stay though is the connection to Milford Rotary where my Grandad was a member and Paul Harris Fellow before he died 10 years ago. It's also the fellowship, and the flexibility of my club, we are the "new generation" of Rotary and we structure our meetings and projects around our members and what works best for them - not the other way around.
Currently, I am President, and will continue to be President for the 2019-2020 year. So far, the biggest highlight has been organising a Charity Ball fundraiser for Youthline, which managed to raise $10,000 to go towards helping Youthline run their 24/7 helpline that helps many young people in crisis around the country.
I currently work as a Marketing and Events Executive at the Takapuna Beach Business Association. I work on organising community events for the Takapuna area, and marketing campaigns to bring people into the area to support the local businesses within our boundaries. I also dabble in graphic and document design, which adds great value to what I bring to any role or group.
I am a keen netballer, playing both socially and competitively at the netball grounds on the North Shore, and I also love catching up with friends, seeing great movies and reading amazing books.
I'm a pretty open person - but something some people might not know about me, is that I'm a big petrolhead - I grew up in the world of stockcar racing, and I've loved motorsport and cars ever since!
To me, Rotary is about connection - whether it's to other members, the community, a cause or a project. Rotary is connecting.
Women in Rotary - Hannah Stoddart 2019-05-05 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
Kiribati is one of, if not THE, poorest nation in the Pacific with communities in desperate need of a helping hand.  District 9920 has recently initiates two major undertakings that will help these communities substantially.  Here District 9920 Governor Ingrid is shown a community garden during her April visit.
Rotary continues Pacific expansion 2019-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
I have been a Rotarian coming up three years in the 9910 District and am currently our club President as well as being our District Trainer.
I love what Rotarians do out in the community helping others in need and enjoy the variety of projects that are on the go. During this time, I have met so many incredible people and made fantastic friendships, business connections and gained so much knowledge. This has included participating in Rotary International Fellowship trips to India and visits to neighbouring clubs in Vanuatu where I have been so inspired by how many of us are committed to doing good in this world and am so grateful and humbled by my fellow Rotarians.
One of my fondest projects in my first year as a Rotarian was organising a fund raiser for Woman’s Refuge and Youth Suicide awareness having had a staff member lose his son to suicide.This project stirred me to want to do something to help those left behind after such a tragedy, so I organised a Family Feud game show event where we raised over $10,000 in one night and had so much fun.Not only was the cause great but the personal development gained will remain with me for a lifetime as my self-confidence was elevated more than I could have dreamed.
I am a people leader by nature and by profession, working with change management. As a consequence, I spend many hours educating and empowering others to become better versions of themselves and so moving into the club President role in my second year of Rotary was an easy transition for me.
As a full time, professional, business owner and wife to an Assistant Governor, mum of three grown up children and a Nanny of four grandchildren, I am so blessed to have such a fulfilled life. It’s funny to think that I may have spare time, but in fact I do and in these moments,  I enjoy being creative, cooking, painting, drawing, sewing, swimming, biking, walking and training for a marathon. I must acknowledge that lifestyle balance and having the most amazing supportive loving people in my life has been the key to my success. 
Women in Rotary - Georgina Richards 2019-04-29 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
Clare McCall joined her club, Rotary Westhaven District 9910 in January 2016 because she wanted to work with like-minded people and help make a difference both on a local and global level. Clare is on the Board of her club, is the speaker coordinator and also organises the monthly Club Bulletin.
In 2018 Clare was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow recognition award to acknowledge the contribution she has made to projects in Nepal after founding ‘Himalayan Leaky Foundation’ charity to help ‘transform lives through kindness’. Clare is the driving force behind the ‘Thamdanad Integrated Water Supply & Sanitation Project’ working with Rotary Westhaven and the Rotary Club of Kavre-Banepa to achieve their objectives. The aim of this project is ‘water supply facilities’ and other ‘health and income’ generating activities for the communities within villages that were heavily damaged during a major earthquake in 2015.  Clare says the best thing about being a part of Rotary is the amazing people she has met and being involved in the Global Grant Nepal Project.
Clare is CFO/Director of a medium-sized plumbing company that was started by her late father John, in 1978. When Clare joined the family business 14 years ago there were 10 staff and it has now grown to over 30 staff with a strong focus on commercial construction.  
Clare is also Co-founder of ‘Himalayan Leaky Foundation’ started in memory of her dad. Clare’s long-term partner Bino, a talented artist who has worked with Sir Peter Jackson, is also involved in HLF, visiting Nepal each year with Clare to build relationships and work on projects to help the under privileged. Clare has been working with her Nepali colleagues since the 2015 earthquake, providing emergency support immediately after the quake and then ongoing support. This included building 25 basic houses in a village of over 60 people. In 2016 Clare worked on a project with Rotary Westhaven to insulate these houses. 
Clare’s passion lies in supporting and empowering women within the Nepal patriarchal society and HLF has been running successful adult literacy classes since 2016. This gives women the ability to read and write the basics, therefore giving them skills to find work and enabling them to support their families - often single-handedly. The classes also give women an opportunity to share their lives with each other, building a network of on-going support.
At home Clare and Bino own four very spoilt cats and although Clare has no children herself, she is Kuia to 11 mokopuna ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old. Clare enjoys travelling, hiking (especially the Himalayan Mountains), good movies and great wine.  She is also presently studying Te Reo to share Bino’s rich culture. Clare is also a long-time fan of American rapper and song writer Eminem and has seen him in concert 4 times.
Women in Rotary - Clare McCall 2019-04-11 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
Women in Rotary - Barbara Whitton 2019-04-11 12:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
In 2008.....

Geoff Mathis, (a Rotarian based in Mount Maunganui, NZ) then Rotary District Governor had an idea, one that required kiwi ingenuity and farming expertise. Geoff developed a simple biogas digester (cow manure in one end – gas out the other end) to help the village of Mwika have access to lighting and cooking gas.

Mwika, on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro, is an area of approximately 14sq kilometres. Seven villages reside here, totalling a population of around 7,000 families. Of these, 95% have no electricity or transport. Most families own 1-2 cows.

It All Started With Some Rotary Kiwi Ingenuity... 2019-04-04 11:00:00Z 0
Theresa has been a “honorary” member of the South Wairarapa Rotary district 9940 for 8 months.  She is a Rotary exchange student from Austria hosted by the South Wairarapa Club. 
Theresa joined Rotary as an exchange student and she enjoys meeting up with Rotarians and other Rotary Fellows. She attends weekly meetings, has given a presentation to the Club, took an active role in the Martinborough Fair run by the South Wairarapa Rotary Club and is involved with other Rotary events. 
Rotary organises a lot of activities for exchange students.  She has had a lot of highlights during her exchange but one of them was a three week tour in the South Island, where she went tramping, bungee jumping , whale watching, white water rafting, kayaking and especially hanging out with the other Rotary exchange students.  
Theresa is still a student and she studies Music, Drama, English, Photography, Te Reo Maori and Spanish here in New Zealand. Last year she won third prize in a local photography competition.
Theresa’s parents and sister live in Austria. They are keeping in regular contact through Facetime. They are currently hosting a New Zealand Rotary exchange student.  Theresa is looking forward to meet up with her when she returns to Austria in July.
Theresa is a talented piano player, she loves to sing and playing the guitar. She is also a passionate skier and she likes tramping. One of her hobbies is going outside to take pictures of nature and different landscapes and of course another thing she likes to do is hanging  out with her friends.

Travelling to different countries is one of the activities Theresa loves the most. She is going to try playing school soccer this year. 
Most of the people that know Theresa in New Zealand are not aware that Theresa sings. In Austria she sang in a former student choir with other 30 students from her old music middle school she went to and she also has had singing lessons in Austria as well as here in New Zealand.
Throughout Rotary there are countless Rotarians whose journey in Rotary began with a Rotary youth programme such as Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and others.  Those taking part in service with Rotary through these programmes are a part of Rotary.
Women in Rotary - Theresa Schwärzler  2019-03-28 11:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
I joined Rotorua West in 1994 having moved to Rotorua from Wellington. I had not been a Rotarian previously, although I was aware of Rotary as my father had been a Rotarian for many years.  
My husband Richard and I moved to Rotorua for business, we had not lived in Rotorua previously and did not know anyone. Joining Rotary was one way to meet people while getting involved with the community and giving volunteer service.
In Rotorua West I have held Director roles and have been honoured to be our Club’s President twice. Currently I am the Assistant Governor for Rotorua.
There have been many events and projects we have been involved with our the years, it would be hard to single out any one project, I am extremely proud of the enthusiasm and commitment from all of our members – it is this aspect of Rotary, the willingness to be involved to make things happen, that keeps me engaged.
Outside of Rotary I co-own a very busy Property Management Company – Rotorua Rentals, I am on the committee of the Wine and Food Society of Rotorua and I am the current Chairman of Neighbourhood Support Rotorua, an organisation I have been involved with for almost 25 years.
Other interests are gardening, keeping fit, travel, and cooking. 
I am an animal lover, we have two adorable cats, or rather they have us ! As I am seldom at home having a dog is not an option at this time.  
For anyone thinking about being more involved with their community I would recommend attending a few Rotary meetings, for me I am thankful I am able do something for others.
Women in Rotary - Pauline Evans 2019-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Christchurch Tragedy - Message and Appeal 2019-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Leole Malama-Prasad joined Hutt River Valley Rotary in 2013 because she wants to continue making a difference in the community working with like-minded people to ensure the best opportunities for young people across Aotearoa and also across the world. As Leole says, ‘Who else can say they are making a difference with friends and whanau? How many people can say they have contributed to eradicating polio?”
Rotary has provided opportunities that Leole has willingly accepted such as Past President of Rotary Club of Hutt River Valley and currently as an Assistant Governor and a member of the District 9940 Club Development and Membership Committee.Throughout these roles her Rotary highlight is getting a Rotary Presidential Citation in her year as President as it symbolises all the changes and efforts made in my year.
Her favourite projects are Dictionaries in Schools and the annual Rotary Stokes Valley Christmas Parade – Absolutely loves it!
Outside of Rotary, Leole is a Community Advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs where a half her role is community funding and the other half is supporting communities, community organisations and projects through the delivery of training, connections and facilitation
She is married to Raj Prasad, fellow Rotarian, who is of Fijian Indian Descent.
Women in Rotary - Leole Malama-Prasad 2019-03-11 11:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
My husband Colin and I have been in Rotary for quite some time, as we believe that serving others in our community is to be truly a part of that community.  We have both been offered many opportunities through Rotary, and our willingness to say “YES” to these opportunities, even when we didn’t really know what was actually involved, has benefitted all concerned.  We have learned new skills that have helped us in business and our everyday lives. 
We have also been to places and had incredible experiences that we would never have enjoyed otherwise, but most importantly, we have met amazing people from all over the world and remained friends with many.  All along the way, we have made a difference, either to those in need through the projects we have participated in, or by helping others in Rotary and Rotaract to gain the knowledge and skills to be able to do likewise. 
My volunteer roles have been in our Rotary club, our Rotary District, throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, and regionally.  These varied roles specialised in the areas of leadership, membership and training, with enabling others being a passion.
Every year has its treasured memories, but undoubtedly our most memorable year was when I was District Governor in 2004-2005, leading Rotary in Auckland and six Pacific Island nations, while also celebrating 100 years of Rotary throughout the world.  Colin has also always been very involved in Rotary technology, publicity and training, so we enjoy Rotary together. 
Women in Rotary - Beryl Robinson 2019-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Telling our Story of Rotary ... In 2021 we will celebrate one hundred years of Rotary serving our communities in New Zealand and the South Pacific Island nations. Our clubs are all descended from the original Clubs - Rotary Club of Wellington and Rotary Club of Auckland. It’s about the story - your story - your club story - our story - our history of Rotary's achievements in Oceania. So how do you tell it?  Read on …
Preserving and showcasing your club history 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary is always ready for an immediate response when Cyclones, Floods, Tsunami strike our vulnerable Pacific neighbours.  This activity has been supported by clubs, Rotarians and the public for close on 40 years.  Please continue to help us continue to be the first Responder when the need arises. Emergency Response Kit Brochure here. Read on for some more NZ-relevant ideas
When DISASTER strikes! 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Inglewood Rotary Club were proud to hold their 24th annual Charity Car Show on Sunday 4 February. A warm and sunny day welcomed an amazing number of vehicles in Inglewood with a record being reached of over 276. A fantastic crowd enjoyed two displays by the Fire Brigade. Funds raised will be going to Inglewood Volunteer Fire Service and other local Community Projects.  View pictures courtesy of William Bishop HERE
276 Cars on Display at Inglewood Rotary Charity Car Show 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
And they are off ... saying goodbye to the last of the lot of newly found friends from the Yasawas, Ba, Lautoka, Sigatoka....Moce Mada Taus and Dreus following their successful eye surgery.
The Taveuni Eye Project run annually by Taveuni Island Rotary is one of several very worthy projects seeking funding through Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS). Whether you are a individual or a Rotary club or a business wanting to support a great cause there will be a project of interest to you.  Have a look at one of these special projects at  Eleven projects from around the Pacific + Tanzania.  All donations gratefully received and tax deductible (NZ) with four giving options.
Special Projects seeking your support 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
Karen joined the Rotary Club of Whakatu in the middle of 2012.
She joined Rotary because she works for herself and by herself as a historical researcher and writer and was keen to expand her social networks, while also offering herself for community service. Her father Fred had been a Rotary member many years earlier and as both a Rotary exchange student (short term Australia exchange) and a RYLA student, she was keen to give back to the organisation that had offered her some great opportunities.
Karen chose the Whakatu club because it is a breakfast club and the majority of its members are still working. A meeting that starts at 6.45am and finishes on the dot of 8am on a Friday is a great way to vitalise the last working day of the week. But Whakatu is also renowned for its lack of Rotary formality and traditions and that also appealed.
She loves the social, community and Rotary networks she has developed as a result of being a Rotarian. She has thrived on getting involved, not only with the club’s management board, but also as club president and in various district and area projects, especially those related to women and polio. She is currently the club’s immediate past president and End-Polio-Now advocate.
One of her Rotary highlights to date was being one of three women from the Whakatu club who visited India in 2017 to participate in an End-Polio-Now vaccination programme in Agra. Visits to several Rotary projects in Agra highlighted the difficulties many young women have in continuing their education while dealing with their menstrual cycle in less than ideal sanitatary facilities. Many did not attend school while they were menstruating and many dropped out altogether. This led to Karen getting in touch with the Mamma’s Laef (pronounced Life) project based in Vanuatu. Run by local Nelsonian Belinda Roselli, it offers paid employment to local Vanuatu women, who make and then distribute washable sanitary pads to school girls throughout the island nation. The distribution of kits are supported with basic reproductive health education. The Whakatu club made a donation to the project and then became the lead club in a successful three-club district grant application which together resulted in several hundred girls receiving their own kits, enabling them to continue their education.
Karen is a professional history researcher and writer and the author of more than 10 history books, most about Nelson-Tasman history. She uses her skills to keep the club Facebook, website, and Instagram and Twitter accounts up to date with news, projects and events. She also writes stories about club projects for publication in local newspapers, assisted by her husband Martin, a professional photographer and also a member of the Whakatu club.
Karen and Martin have one son, Troy, who is a keen attendee of his parents Rotary club meetings when he is home in Nelson. He is currently a Masters student at Tokyo University.
Outside of Rotary, Karen is a member of Nelson Historical Society, She is a twice-former president, looks after the society’s social media presence and is editor of its annual journal.  She also a trustee of the City of Nelson Civic Trust and a member of the Nelson branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. She is a keen traveller, with several trips to Japan under her belt and more planned while her son Troy is living in Japan. She loves reading fiction and non-fiction and has towering piles of books by her bed all begging to be read. She has been a member of the same book group for 16 years.
Something you might not know about Karen – in 2017 she was honoured with a Queen’s Service Medal for services to historical research and the community, with special mention made of her work with Rotary to end polio.
Women in Rotary - Karen Stade 2019-01-23 11:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific

Women have always had an influence in Rotary right from the contribution of Jean Thompson, Rotary's Founder Paul Harris's wife, who is often stated as being "the power behind the Rotary 'throne' ".  2019 marks 30 years since Rotary International formerly enabled women to join Rotary as Rotarians. Since then the direct contribution of women in Rotary has soared and is today pronounced.

Read more
Women in Rotary 2019-01-16 11:00:00Z 0 #womeninrotarynzpacific
Rural Kids Bus Shelter Project Report Bob Gillon November 2018  
The 3 Total Span Bus Shelters are completed and in use by local children in Te Rahu Road, Downard Road and Sutherland Road.
In May 2018 the Beacon ran an article calling for rural families to suggest sites for the bus shelters with a good response.
In negotiation with local schools and farmers, UzaBus, Whakatane District Council, Transit NZ and Chorus the 3 sites were selected and the pallets containing all the components were delivered from the factory in Christchurch to my home. Each frame was put together in my front yard. I commenced the on-site work clearing the sites, digging drainage and erecting boxing.
Whakatane ITM provided the steel mesh. The concrete base was poured - provided by Allied Concrete, then the frames transported to the site by trailer, lifted on and off by 4 strong neighbours and local farmers.
Rotary Whakatane's Rural Kids Bus Shelter Project 2018-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
From the D9930 website
Rotary  Whakatane's  guest speakers were club member and birthday boy Craig and his partner Bridget (“the Palmers”) who gave us an update and tag-team presentation on the Rotary Predator Trap Project. 
The project came about when the inspirational idea to try and get hold of stoat traps from a local supplier aligned with the Menz Shed group looking for something to do.  Stoats are the number one predator of Kiwi chicks.  It took about a year to put things together, but the project is going very well now.  
The traps are built by Menz Shed using local suppliers for the materials and are delivered to your door.  The funds raised go to support local youth environmental initiatives and environmental education. 
The Rotary Predator Trap Project 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Annually Rotary clubs across New Zealand team up with the Stroke Foundation and St John for the Big Blood Pressure Check Day and here are some pictures of the action.
Blood Pressure - high or not? 2018-10-06 11:00:00Z 0
Irrigation creates new growth 2018-09-26 12:00:00Z 0
Vanuatu’s Little Stars Summer School (VLSSS) 2018-09-23 12:00:00Z 0

The easiest people to ask to join or support you in Rotary are those you have helped in the past. So, ask them

Alumni Reconnect Week is a dedicated time (an excuse if you need it) to go back to those who you have sponsored to Rotary programmes over the years and show them new opportunities for them in Rotary and ASK them if they are interested.

Think of the RYE student now a young professional who could add a fresh face to your club
What about the RYLA awardee who is looking for a new way to do something positive for themselves and their community

The list goes on - have a look at

Let's GO, and grow 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
CLEAR! Waiheke Rotary makes life-saving AEDs readily available 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0
Howick Rotary in Auckland took the initiative in changing from the use of single use plastic bags and replacing these with an environmentally friendly alternative.  This is a decision that is pragmatic, thought out and of actual additional benefit to their community. This is typical of a club that prefers to lead rather than follow.
Time for change - Enough of those plastic bags! 2018-08-22 12:00:00Z 0
At the culmination of 6 years work, the Rotary Club of Awapuni opened the first Steven Adams Basketball court in NZ , at Awapuni , Palmerston North in August 2018 ... and it was opened by Kiwi NBA star, Steven Adams.
Awapuni Club - Ticking all the Boxes 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pacific Water For Life - Training Plumber Opportunity 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
So who are these Rotarians? 2018-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris said:
“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is
the element which holds it together.”
My Road to Rotary
Relevance for these uncertain times 2018-07-22 12:00:00Z 0
There is inspiration every where you turn in Rotary and the most inspiring stories are the ones told by Rotarians of their journey in Rotary and how it has shaped their lives.  Here Lisa, a young professional and President of Dunedin Rotary, tells of her journey.
Rotaract to Rotary Club President. 2018-07-20 12:00:00Z 0
Takapuna North Rotary, concerned for the welfare and health of the most vulnerable children and families in their community has helped kickstart the KiwiHarvest initiative on the North Shore.  This has been an outstanding success in providing fresh nutritious food to those who most need it by rescuing good food that otherwise would be thrown out.
Rescued food nourishes disadvantaged children and families 2018-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
Random Story from the Regions 2018-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
Experience Rotary in Comfort 2018-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
A Pacific CAN Do Attitude 2018-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the many who have led our six districts,  our clubs and our many projects for a wonderful job done over the last Rotary year. Welcome to those beginning or continuing in  leadership positions for the year ahead.
Thanks also to Rotary International President 2017-2018 Ian Riseley and Juliet for their leadership.  As Ian said recently: "You may have heard it said that the world is run by those who show up. Rotarians don’t just show up. They show up, and get to work. Many of you know that I love the great country of New Zealand. There’s a Maori proverb from that country that I’d like to share with you, that asks: What is the most important thing in the world? The answer is: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. In Rotary, it is the people who are making a difference. Thank you for all that you do."
Our success is up to us.
Welcome to the Dawn of Another Rotary Year 2018-07-01 12:00:00Z 0
At the recent “Changeover” of Presidents at the Ahuriri Sunrise Rotary Club in Napier, Katherine Dunstall was installed as president for the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year.  Katherine is a third generation Rotarian – her father and grandfather preceded her into Rotary, and a fourth generation funeral director, being preceded there be her great grandfather as well as the aforementioned.
Wise Words 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Very thought provoking - a must view 2018-06-16 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Liz Courtney
The year I was District Governor for District 9970 my focus was on Child and Maternal Health projects. A Rotarian and midwife, Yvonne Hiskemuller, suggested that we start the process of setting up a Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank.  Christchurch is the only centre in New Zealand that has an operating milk bank which is situated in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and it provides donor milk to some NICU babies. We saw the opportunity to work with the hospital to reach a wider community need. This seemed a perfect fit for Rotary to become involved in such a project.
Levin Rotary has completed its largest and most successful project ever with outstanding benefits achieved at every stage of the project.  A pile of lumber became a transportable house which became $100.000 which became 250 Chromebooks in the hands of needy children.  This is an inspirational example of Rotary in action.
Building transportable house netts massive $100,000 for children 2018-06-06 12:00:00Z 0
From guest speaker to building fireplaces in Nepal this is a story of connections, commitment and energy 2018-06-04 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary on the Move - December 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
A young life forever changed for the better 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
ROMAC News - June 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Mentoring New Members 2018-05-15 12:00:00Z 0
Enhancing Public Image Across New Zealand and the Pacific 2018-05-15 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary never just asks for money, rather uses active fundraising efforts so should anyone ring saying they represent Rotary and are asking for money ... hang up. If you wish to support Rotary please approach Rotary through the appropriate website.
Phone Scam Warning 2018-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
A facelift for a very special community asset 2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotahome project in Fiji was started in 1985. Since that time a total of 978 homes have been built for families including 241 at Koroipta Town housing some 1,250 people.

Success of Fiji’s Rotahomes 2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
What Rotary achieves by working together is amazing  2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2018
Sailing can be so fulfilling and foster such a sense of accomplishment so to have children from low decile schools exposed to the sport that is known to have lifetime benefits is a huge achievement.
After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response Team.  Read more.
After a grueling year ... 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary on the Move Newsletter May 2018 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Follow the Health Bus Journey through NZ to Rarotonga 2018-04-19 12:00:00Z 0
These are two significant initiatives that all clubs are requested to support.  These are in the final development phase and information is soon to be presented to clubs throughout Rotary Oceania.  Click on the immunisation to link to information for that project.
Two New Highly Prominent Projects To Become Familiar With 2018-04-18 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary on the Move Newsletter - April 2018-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
Bring emerging leaders into your club 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
TfS Newsletter 2018-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
Now in digital format 2018-03-25 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary plants for the future - each one of us! 2018-03-25 11:00:00Z 0
Latest news from D9940 2018-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
March Rotary Leader 2018-03-08 11:00:00Z 0
Well briefed – squatter kids to benefits from many generous clubs 2018-03-08 11:00:00Z 0
An evening with Jennifer Jones on 27 March 2018-03-08 11:00:00Z 0
Sue Cronin (L) and Vicki Crosbie cross the finish line - Pukekohe is best known for its V8 race cars and onions. Sitting in the heart of New Zealand’s richest horticultural land, it was natural the traditional goodie bags for entrants in the inaugural Counties Cycle Classic would be stuffed with local produce!
Inaugural Counties Cycle Classic 2018-03-08 11:00:00Z 0
March Rotary on the Move 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Find your passion in Rotary 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Kissing Frogs at Rotary Meetings 2018-02-27 11:00:00Z 0
ERKs distributed
people helped and counting
Rotary has done well in helping following Cyclone Gita but let's not let up yet.
CLICK HERE for updates and how you can still help.
Devastated Tonga Still Needs Your Help 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Lots happening in the lower half of the South Island!
News from 9980 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
What is happening in 9930 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Easily create a visiually stunning website using this new series of helpful guides.  Login to this website and go to Documents and download the SNAPSHOT guides. 
New Guides Help You Achieve 2018-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Te Ara Piko – The Meandering Path 2018-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Te Ara Piko – The Meandering Path
Pauatahanui Inlet is the only large estuarine wetland left in the lower half of the North Island. The Inlet is recognised for its high ecological, aesthetic and recreational values, being classified as a site of Special Wildlife Interest by the Department of Conservation and recognised as an area of Significant Conservation value in the Regional Coastal Plan.
An Environmental and Conservation Success Story 2018-02-24 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 20, 2018

There are a series of Clubrunner and Publicity SNAPSHOP guides you might find useful under 'For Rotarians' / 'Documents and Resources' on - a login is needed which is the same as for your club Clubrunner site.  Note that the direct links to these guides as below do not need you login to view as have been filed as 'Public' because they do not hold privacy information.  These may be updated at anytime so always go back to source (Documents) if possible.

The purpose of these is to find the quickest and easiest way for doing things useful for clubs in a way that anyone can achieve a good result using existing software.

If there are improvements to any of these you would like or have additional topics that need consideration please email

New Guides available on a variety of Clubrunner and Publicity topics 2018-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whanganui continues to provide support for a community initiative to educate and upskill people who have found it difficult to secure employment because of their past history. 
The objective is to create employment for themselves and the wider community.
Educating and Upskilling - a Wanganui success story 2018-02-14 11:00:00Z 0
Cyclone Gita: Updates and how you can help 2018-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
The members of Highbrook Rotary in Auckland have accepted the challenge - will you?
May be a bit down and out?  Not too comfortable as the least of the reasons having underwear is of use to you.
Liz Courtney is collecting underwear for children in Fiji's Squatters camps. They are desperate for girls and boys aged 2 - 4. Children's underwear is very expensive over there and the volunteer teachers, who are funded by Rotary, are wanting to teach the children about health and hygiene.  A small action by you can change a child's life.

Can you help add to this  collection?  Ask your President Elect to take your / the club contribution along with them to South Pacific President Elect Training on 2 March so they can taken back to Fiji with the Presidents Elect attending from there, or email Liz at 
How would you feel without your underwear? 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

Did you know that Rotary in New Zealand and Australia are drawing closer together? On 1 July, Australia joins us as part of the new Rotary Zone where instead of New Zealand and the Pacific being a Zone on its own we will be in a Zone that includes part of Australia. We do not lose our self-determination … independence ... call it what you will, but there will be improve synergies, communication and sharing and implementation of ideas that support clubs and strengthen Rotary in our region.


Hobart will be the place to be on 14-16 September 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
NZer Jimmy Griffith in Bangladesh as a response volunteer with ShelterBox. 2017-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
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
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: ... 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 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


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.
$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?
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
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 
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, 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’s modern, new look, 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, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.

New, modern look for 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   
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          
Give a Little at 
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email or our contacts listed on
Further updates will be posted on 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
November 2016 Earthquakes 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
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.
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
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
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