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Malcolm Sparrow 6 Sept 16Tawa RotaJudith Gray 6 Sept 16ry has been fortunate to have included in its membership over the years a number of people who have served their community through Local Government.  On 6 Sept 16, we heard from two members;  Malcolm Sparrow and Judith Gray who are aspiring to be elected to Wellington City Council to represent the Northern Ward. 

Malcolm we know not only as a Rotary member but as a person with a heart for the community. After earlier careers in insurance and publishing Malcolm has in recent years been heavily involved in community work. He served as the first coordinator of the Tawa Community Centre from 2007-09. And was an elected member of the Tawa Community Board from 2005 – 2013, the last three years as chair, before then being elected as a Wellington City Northern Ward Councillor in 2013.

Malcolm says he is standing for Council again because he’s made a positive contribution in the Northern Ward and would like the opportunity to continue doing so.

Malcolm told us about some of the projects he has been involved with as Councillor and some of his aspirations for a future term.  

Past activities include:

  • Community Resilience portfolio leader
  • helping promote the take-up of emergency water tanks
  • Council appointee to the Tawa Community Board
  • running of the bi-annual Tawa Community Civic Awards
  • completion of the Tawa Valley shared pathway and its extension to Porirua Harbour.

Aspirations for Tawa in the future include:

  • successful enhancement of the Tawa Town Center through the $1m programme currently being consulted on by Council.
  • successful inauguration of a Tawa Business Improvement District.
  • enhanced Iinkages of Tawa to the Porirua Outdoor Recreation area at Spice Forest/Colonial Knob
  • a fenced dog recreation area at Taylor Park
  • the Tawa Memorial in place next year
  • a Menz Shed in Tawa
  • to have public toilet facilities built in Linden
  • a shared walkway/cycleway along Middleton Road
  • to ensure our preparedness as a community-minded suburb to see an average of a Neighbour’s Day BBQ in every street each year.
  • to be the best community we can possibly be!

Judith is a more recent Rotarian but is a long standing member of our community, having lived and worked in the northern ward for over 30 years. She owns and operates the successful business of Nada Bakery in Johnsonville and Tawa and has on local school Board as well as other local and national committees.    

Her first foray into local government politics was in regards to the redevelopment of the Johnsonville Mall site which has incurred many delays blamed in part on Council apathy and lack of support.

Judith is standing as an independent and looking to contribute to a fresh leadership of Wellington to chart a stronger direction forward under the guidance of its local communities.  


Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



13 September

Stephen Jay, Gen Manager Grid Development,Transpower Darshan Shetty

20 September

Informal meeting at The Roundabout, Tawa President Andrew

27 September

Dr Ken Gledhill, Director GeoNet "Forecasting Earthquakes" Bernard O'Loughlin


Transpower - Stephen Jay

Tuesday 13 September, we welcome Stephen Jay, General Manager Grid Development for Transpower and Darshan Shetty to Tawa Rotary.

Collection – Wellington Children’s Hospital

Please help with collecting for the Wellington Children's Hospital.

When?: Friday 30th September. 

We need to cover the collection point on the Main Road, Tawa.

One or two hour spots between 9.00am - 4.30pm

Please contact Judith Gray 027 440 6098 or

Polio Plus Project - World's Greatest Meal

Friday 11 November 2016

Venue: 26 Oxford Street

Time: 5.30 onwards - dinner will be delivered at 6 p.m. BYO.

Cost: $25.00 per head

The meal will consist of either a takeaway container of half rice, half butter chicken or half rice half curry vegetarian for those who require it, and roti bread

Tea and coffee and delicious slices will also be served

Please get in behind this worthwhile project. If you are unable to attend the evening, perhaps a $10.00 donation to Polio Plus - the more raised, the more polio drops can be purchased.

TRF Centennial Motorcycle Expedition

Greetings from Rotary District 3181, India. We would like to invite you and members of your Rotary Club to participate in our event, to mark the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation, “Ride for Rotary-TRF Centennial Expedition”.

This event blends 14 days of International Fellowship, trekking, incredible sightseeing, cultural evenings with Indian music and dance, with well thought off cuisines.

All these start off, with participants getting flagged off from the “Heritage city” of Mysore. Participants travel on motorcycles for next 14 days, with an average travel of 160kms per day. They touch the most beautiful and historically important places to complete the expedition.

The expedition is open for all Rotarians and Rotractors. Proceeds from this event will go to “The Rotary Foundation”.

Click Here For More Details!

District News

District Governor's Martin Garcia’s September message highlights that this is basic education and literacy month on the Rotary calendar. See more

District Conference 2017 - DG Martin has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. To find out more,  register:

The District Website established on 1 July is available at:


2016 Rotary theme

Local Government Candidates - Malcolm Sparrow and Judith Gray 6 Sept 16

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