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Bruce Murray, 19 July 2016Speaker Bruce Murray, talked about progress on fund raising for the Tawa Memorial, Grasslees Park - introduced by Phil Harland who reminded members that Bruce and his wife Shona have both been presented with Paul Harris Awards by our Club for services to the Community.

The Tawa Historic Society Inc. was formed with the help of Tawa Rotary in 2001 with several members past and present involved in the committee establishing and maintaining the Tawa Historical Society (THS).

Gordon Mygind, 19 July 2016Gordon Mygind spoke about his passion to see a memorial built for those 15 servicemen from the Tawa area who are honoured on the board in the Tawa RSA and he indicated that he was prepared personally to contribute a substantial amount towards the cost of construction of the memorial.

Bruce showed pictures of the design and plans for the construction of a memorial wall and seats to be built at the end of Oxford Street to complete the memorial park area. This area already includes a memorial for Elsdon Best and Brian Webb rose garden and is approached through the pergolas built by Tawa Rotary through the good efforts of our late member Ray Harris.

Speaking on the cost and funding of this project first considered two years ago, this has now risen and estimated to be $160,000 but only about a third of that amount has been has been offered or gifted which has included $50,000 from the Linden Tennis Club Trust and other trusts. In answer to questions Bruce advised that although some 70 memorials are spread about NZ, the government does not fund local memorials. Funds are raised by local communities and the Tawa Community board is making a contribution. The WCC is also cooperating with this project and approved the project subject to the organizers guaranteeing the full cost of funding the actual memorial.

The THS has taken the lead with so far with the encouragement of the Tawa RSA, Tawa Community Board, Tawa Rotary and possibly the Tawa Lions Club. While further effort will be made to seek funds from Community Trusts, contributions from the community would be welcome.

Phil Harland then referred to a discussion paper that has been under consideration by the THS to establish a community group to raise interest in the memorial project and find ways of raising funds and/or seeking contributions from the Tawa Community and area. The Tawa Rotary Board has been asked to consider taking the lead in organising a community group from various sectors to seek public interest and create fund raising projects for the memorial to ensure that the effort made so far is topped up by the community.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



26 July

Visit to Police & Fire Communications Gaylene Lines

2 August

Michael Farrand, Chief Fire Officer, Tawa Fire Brigade Peter Lockery

9 August

Rotarian Geoff Atkinson, Rotary International Convention in Seoul; welcome Rotary Exchange Student - Gaelle Ibarguen Robert Armstrong

16 August

Justin Lester, Deputy Mayor -           Mayoral Candidate Malcolm Sparrow

23 August

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30 August

Anthony Simon, Advances in Pharmacy Gary Denton

6 September

Club Forum Pres Andrew Watson


Visit to Police Communications

Gaylene Lines has arranged a visit to the Police and Fire Communications at Wellington Central Police Station, 41 Victoria Street, Wellington.

Rotarians and guests are asked to arrive promptly - 5.45pm for 6pm latest - where Gaylene will meet us in the foyer.  Cost is $22 per person. A meal will be provided and we will receive a tour of the Comms unit. Entry is restricted hence the need to arrive promptly to enable this accompanied visit to get underway. 

Please note!: If you have not already done so, please confirm attendance to Gaylene (no later than midday, Monday) - required for catering purposes. 

Rotary supports youth development

Rotary International Youth Exchange (RIYE)

We’re delighted to welcome Gaële Ibarguen to Tawa Rotary - DG Martin and a contingent from the Tawa Rotary family were there to meet her as she arrived from Belgium after midnight at Wellington Airport. Martin has posted on his blog about the recent RIYE arrivals here.

Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN)

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Taihape, RYPEN is for 15-17 year olds possessing qualities that deserve further development.  The aim is to challenge all participants in situations that develop qualities of confidence, leadership, team co-operation, physical limits, social skills and bush craft. District 9940 has more information on RYPEN here.

DATE: Friday 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016
VENUE: Kawhatau Outdoor Education Centre, Taihape
Nominations Due: 2 September 2016

Rotary Youth Leadership Programme (RYLA)

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Hutt City, RYLA is a five day residential high energy programme developing young leaders between the ages of 18 and 24.  The aim is to assist the next generation of leaders expand their skills.  The programme recognises, encourages and educates current and future leaders by offering this intensive training experience.

DATE: Friday 25 January - Sunday 29 January 2017
VENUE: Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt
Applications should be made on the application forms available on the RYLA website and submitted to sponsoring Rotary Clubs by 30 September 2016.

Tawa Rotary will consider applications from suitable candidates for both RYPEN and RYLA.

District Conference 2017

District Governor 2016-17 Martin Garcia has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. To find out more and register, see:

We have a new District Website at: The July 2016 newsletter is now available- see more.


2016 Rotary theme

Tawa Memorial Project - 19 July 2016

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