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Councillor Nicola Young, 23 Feb 2016Councillor Nicola Young was Tawa Rotary’s guest speaker on 23 Feb 2016.

Nicola Young is a first-term independent Wellington City Councillor who, as her website states “….. grew up in Mt Victoria and Kelburn, used to live in Mt Cook, and now lives in Te Aro; all part of Lambton Ward [the inner-city ward] where my family has lived for six generations.” 

Nicola is from a political family and Wellington is in her DNA.  Her father was the National Member of Parliament in Rongotai for a number of years.  She lived in England for 20 years where she brought up her family.  In her early working life she joined The Evening Post as a cadet report.  She still enjoys writing and contributes a monthly article to a Tommy’s Real Estate publication. 

Nicola stood for Council to get things done.  Her achievements in Council include ensuring city lanes “….. become features, rather than dark corners”; support for the seismic strengthening of St Mary of the Angels, “this iconic church with some of the best acoustics in Wellington”; support for the preservation of Erskine Chapel, her old school in Island Bay; support for lower fares on the Wellington bus network; and the installation of more bicycle locking points. She has opposed the Island Bay cycleway because she believes a cycling master plan should have been developed at the outset, and it would have made more sense to start construction of cycle lanes in the central city than in Island Bay.    

She intends standing for Mayor in the upcoming local body elections.  She believes that “Wellington has too many strategies, and not enough action, whereas strong, inspired mayors drive change.”  She told us that she will stand on a platform of Economic growth – education and IT; Transparency & accountability; Roading improvements; Value for rates; Working with Government.

Nicola finished by reminding us that the election is on October 8.  “If people don’t vote, they can’t complain.”

Superintendent Tusha Penny

Superintendent Tusha Penny, March 2016

Superintendent Tusha Penny is scheduled to visit Tawa Rotary this Tuesday 1 March  

Superintendent Penny is the first officer to ever take on the role of National Manager - Child Protection and Sexual Violence. She spearheaded a national change management programme to accelerate police response to the Commission of Inquiry. She has been recently appointed to Superintendent, National Manager: Prevention at Police National Headquarters. 

Please invite your friends and family to this special occasion.

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Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



01 March

Superintendent Tusha Penny Des O'Sullivan

08 March

Movie - Polio Fundraiser Richard Herbert

15 March

Major David Bennett, Salvation Army Martin Garcia

22 March

Brett Hudson, List MP for Ohariu Brian Frampton


Movie fundraiser – End Polio Now!

Movie fundraiser The Lady in the VanWe have organised an off-site outing to view the movie “The Lady in the Van”. This event has been organised by the Rotary Club of Tawa as a fundraiser event for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! Project. As well as just having a fun night out.

This occasion is open to all on a first-come basis and is limited to presold 60 tickets. I will be selling tickets and collecting money at Rotary on Tuesday 1st March. This is a good occasion to also invite potential Rotary (or Inner wheel) new members and to highlight one of Rotary’s most important and well known international projects – END POLIO NOW! Rotary has been behind support for polio eradication for the past 30 years and hopefully polio will be finally cleared from the world within the next 5 years – with only one country left as an active source of the polio virus.

If anyone is definitely keen but unable to attend to the meeting on the 1st March – please let me [Richard Herbert] know to reserve tickets.

The details are -

Venue: Light House Cinema, Pauatahanui

Movie: “The Lady in the Van” staring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings

Date: Tuesday 8 March

Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm movie start

Cost: Entry by pre-sold ticket at $20 per person – limited to first 60 sales

Fundraiser: This event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! project

Food: to maximise the donation to this worthy cause and to cater for the flexibility of everyone in terms of time and food requirements, no food or beverage is included in the ticket cost. Patrons are welcome to purchase their own food and beverage requirements direct from the Lighthouse café – in terms of selection availability it would be better to arrange this prior to the movie time. So plan to come earlier if at all possible and join in the fellowship also.


Richard Herbert, Foundation Director

Historic walk through Tawa

Tawa Rotary and the Tawa Historical Society are inviting our community to join a ‘Southern Trail’ walk on Sunday 13 March, 2pm (rain or shine). The Southern Trail is a 4.5 km flat walk from Tawa Community Centre to Willowbank Reserve and back along the Te Ara Tawa Walkway. Bruce Murray will address 10 points of historical interest on the walk.

This is a significant community event that has been supported by Unichem Simons Pharmacy and NZ Fire Service. Please promote this event to your neighbours, family and friends.

Other Rotary news

District Conference:

Note from DG Simon Manning: “Of importance to you all is the registration site is now open for our district conference. If you haven’t been to a conference for a while please consider joining us in Nelson as it promises to be a great opportunity to remind ourselves why we do the work we do for this wonderful organisation.

To register now please go to:

Rotary events/fundraisers:

Charity Golf Day - Rotary Club of Paraparaumu – early notice received is that their Charity Golf Day is Thursday 17th of March 2016 at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course. Select the following PDF for further information: Rotary_Golf_2016_Early_Notice [size 1.75Kb]

Children’s Health Education, Vanuatu

Rotary Club (Eastern Hutt) has a modest children's health education project in Vanuatu, for which the club is using Givealittle to raise funds.
The project trains teachers to train the children and teenagers to take care of their own health. Eastern Hutt Rotary also has a NZ volunteer who monitors progress there. Please look at:
Please note that with both Rotary and Givealittle, 100% of donations go to the cause - there are no admin fees (apart from bank overseas transfer costs). While it would be good if you could make a donation (large or small) yourself, it would also be very useful for you to forward this URL to anybody in your address book that you feel might also be sympathetic to the cause.
Many thanks
Dr Desmond Darby
Eastern Hutt Rotary

Councillor Nicola Young visits Tawa Rotary

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