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Hangi at Te Rito, 15 Dec 15(1)On the evening of Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 30 Rotarians, including family and friends, gathered at Te Rito Organic Gardens in Porirua for a special end-of-year hangi.

The weather was fine and many took the opportunity to take a guided tour of the gardens before the hangi was lifted.Hangi(2) at Te Rito, 15 Dec 15

During dinner, PDG and Past President Pat Waite awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation to Keith Wray [pictured left] in recognition of Keith’s outstanding contribution to Tawa Rotary Club and the Tawa community, and wished him all the best for his next posting in Taupo.Keith Wray, 15 Dec 15

A big thank you to Steve Wilson (Te Rito Organic Gardens Trust representative and Coordinator) and his team for all the hard work that went in to making our end-of-year hangi a really special occasion.


Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



19 January 

No Meeting  

26 January

Johnston Connelly - Volunteer Co-ordinator, IHC NZ Chris Black

02 February

Vocational Visit to Vega Industries. Hosting Rotary Club of Karori Malcolm Andrews

09 February

Jay Robinson, Head Librarian Tawa, & WCC Team Leader  

16 February

Bill Day- Wellington Hospitals Foundation Visit Pat Waite

23 February

Councillor Nicola Young Malcolm Sparrow

01 March

Superintendent Tusha Penny President Ken

IHC – Unique Volunteer Friendship Programme

This Tues, 26 Jan, we welcome our guest speaker Johnston Connelly who will talk about IHC’s unique volunteer friendship programme. The programme is about making a positive change in someone’s life and gaining a new friend in the process.  It is about spending time doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with a person with an intellectual disability. A full induction and orientation programme is provided for new volunteers, and IHC also provides ongoing training with specific emphasis on understanding intellectual disability, communication and first aid. Applicants invited are age 17 and above from all walks of life who have a clean police record, a warm heart and big desire to support others.

Visit to Vega – 2 Feb Meeting

The meeting on 2 February 2016 - Tawa Rotary will host Karori Rotary with a visit to Vega – a NZ company that’s described as the global leader in high performance aids to navigation. ‘Vega designs and builds specialised signal lights for safe movement by sea, air and land. Some of the most challenging waterways in the world are marked by PEL Sector Lights made by Vega. It was founded in 1972 and is the only NZ company designing and manufacturing for this market.


The evening will include a factory tour, intro to Vega and its products, meal, raffle and President’s notices.

No particular dress code is required by visitors. 

Cost will be $25.00 (GST inc) per person for catered cold buffet meal and light refreshments. There isn’t a bar available.

Start time will be 5.45pm for 6.15pm. We hope to finish by 8.00pm.

Shelterbox to Syria

Shelterbox for Syria, Jan 16Encouraging news has been received that the Shelterbox donated by Tawa Rotary has made it to Syria.

“It is now almost five years since civil war in Syria sparked the world's greatest humanitarian crisis. Teams from UK based ShelterBox have worked tirelessly to get aid to thousands of refugees and internally displaced families. With a long term presence in four countries, now the charity is focusing on two fronts - in neighbouring Lebanon, and via a route into Syria itself.

'The Syrian crisis is complex and bloody with no end in sight. But ShelterBox is able to make a real difference on the ground. We have developed strong partnerships with those able to operate on our behalf in the country, and through careful distribution management and the increasing use of technology, we are able to effectively identify and reach the most desperate.'

ShelterBox is currently working in or through four different countries, assisting some of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled the country, or channeling aid to 6.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) left inside Syria.

They are working with trusted and proven local and international partners to distribute aid inside Syria itself.

It is a privilege to be able to reach out to vulnerable families to help them start rebuilding their lives. This simply would not be possible without the support Rotary club members have given us.

Best wishes, thank you and warm regards,

Kay Joyce,

ShelterBox NZ Secretary”

District news

The District Governor's newsletter for January 2016 is available: D9940_Newsletter_January [size 3.1Kb]

Our best wishes are conveyed to District Governor elect Martin and Denise Garcia as they return from International Assembly held in San Diego. Rotary's annual training meeting gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary leaders from around the world.

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]

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