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Good Cents Programme 11 Aug 2015

At the 11 August 2015 meeting, Makerita Makapelu and Matt Crawshaw from the Porirua Good Cents programme explained that the initiative emerged from local conversations at the height of the economic boom in 2007. Members of the Wesley Community Action Board were surprised that despite economic growth and high employment rates, demand for the local foodbank remained high.

Close relationships with families utilising the foodbank revealed that many of these families were trapped in a cycle debt that was rapidly reducing their financial wellbeing. Conversations with these families revealed the huge impact this financial stress was having on the individuals concerned, their families and the community as a whole.

Good Cents emerged as a locally grown response to this concern about debt and has started to grow into a community owned initiative that is focussed on transforming systems and structures in our community that create unsustainable debt. Good Cents is about working collaboratively, across the whole community to identify how together each of our contributions can make a difference. To date there have been over 200 who have completed the programme which runs for 8 weeks with 2 hours per session. Matt and Makerita provided examples of some very positive life changes have occurred from most who have completed the course.


Upcoming events

Date (2015)



18 August

Stephanie Lamborn, Volunteer Service Abroad

Ngaire Best

25 August

Visit to Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Dr Swee Tan

Pat Waite

1 Sept

Bishop Duckworth, Anglican Bishop of Wellington

Richard Hutchison

8 Sept

Reports from Committee Chairs


15 Sept

Chris Whelan, Exec Director, Universities of NZ


27 October (Updated)

District Governor Visit

Pres Ken Pearson


Volunteer Service Abroad

Stephanie Lamborn, VSA 18 Aug 2015Stephanie Lamborn is our guest speaker for Tuesday 18 August speaking on Volunteer Service Abroad.
While studying for a Masters in Development Studies at Victoria University Stephanie joined VSA Univol. This programme is a collaboration between VSA and Otago, Victoria and Auckland Universities.  Stephanie initially became involved in order to find a thesis topic but the programme stimulated a change in direction for Stephanie and started her on her path towards a teaching degree. IN 2014 she undertook her first Univol assignment in the Division of Media and Communication in PNG Bouganville.

 Speak Out VSA

Important Notice – Visit 25 August

Tawa Rotary is visiting the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, hosted by Dr Swee Tan on August 25th.

Location: NZ Blood Services Building (next to Wellington Hospital). The address is 7 Hospital Road (which runs off Adelaide Road). After turning into Hospital Road, take the first right and follow the road round.

Members are asked to gather at the back of the building (NZ Blood Services Building) where we will be met.

Our hosts hope to stagger (by 10 minutes) the tour taking around 10 or so people at a time. Pizza will be provided.

Rotarians must confirm with Malcolm Andrews, Club Services Director, this week if they are attending this visit and also if they are bringing guests.

Tawa Valley Pathway Community Tree Planting

Rotary and friends, tree planting 8 Aug 15

Tree planting besides the Tawa Valley pathway (south of Taylor Park) – Saturday 22 August.

What: Please bring a spade if possible although it is not necessary for everyone to be able to dig holes – Tree planting 8 August 2015there is plenty of opportunity for lighter work also in logistics (moving the trees to planting holes) and the planting of trees. Please bring you own spade if possible, and garden quality gloves and suitable clothing and footwear for the weather.

One hundred of the 500 trees supplied by Wellington City Council were planted on 8 August. A small group of Tawa Rotarians, Tawa Lions and a Tawa College parent did a great job planting the trees in between occasional showers. We look forward to great weather to plant more trees next weekend.

Tawa Rotary is co-ordinating this community event. Contact: Richard Herbert.

Bishop Justin visiting Tawa Rotary

Bishop Justin, Anglican Bishop of WellingtonMost will have heard of or seen the dreadlocks, the sandals or bare feet, but how many of you have met the Anglican Bishop of Wellington?  I can say that if you were to judge this book by its cover you would be way off the mark.  Justin is a humble yet determined man who is giving his all for the last, the lost and the least, who embodies service above self and communicates with a passion. [Photo courtesy of]

Tuesday the 1st September is your chance to meet and hear the real Bishop Justin. Partners are welcomed or maybe we should say encouraged.

Good Cents in our community

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