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Tawa Rotary - Update from Committees

Pat Waite, 8 Sept 2015Past President Pat Waite actively engaged our attention on 8 September 2015 as he asked us which committees we are serving on. We received updates from Tawa Rotary Board directors and committee chairs – a great chance to hear about planned activity across the service areas. The chairs of the service committees are:

Club Services – Malcolm Andrews

Community – Chris Black

International – Judith Havill

Membership – Pat Waite

Youth – Gaylene Lines

Foundation - Richard Herbert

Elizabeth Sutton, 8 Sept 2015The member’s update was provided by Elizabeth Sutton who shared her interesting experiences living in Tawa. She recollected her time as a young Rotary wife since her husband, Graeme joined Tawa Rotary at age 28 because he could no longer belong to Rotaract at that age. Graeme served until his death in 2009. Their two sons and daughter live in England and Linden. Elizabeth has lived in Tawa all her life – she enjoys skiing, bridge and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and Mary Potter Hospice. She finishes with Wellington Girls College after twenty years – the last 10 years was working in the student office. Elizabeth is looking forward to visiting family who are living in England, and she will have the opportunity to see World Cup rugby matches.

The parting thought shared by Phil Harland was “Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

Universities New Zealand – Chris Whelan

Chris Whelan, Universities NZ, 15 Sep 15On 15 September, we hear from Chris Whelan, Executive Director of Universities New Zealand - the representative body for New Zealand’s eight universities. Universities New Zealand’s goal is to enhance the quality of our universities and their contribution – locally and nationally, to New Zealand’s social and economic growth. Chris has been invited to talk about key trends and issues that are facing universities in 2015 and beyond.

Upcoming events

Date (2015)



22 September (updated)

District Governor Visit

Pres Ken Pearson

24 September (Thurs)

Wellington Children's Hospital Appeal


29 Sept

Meet your fellow Rotarian Peter Lockery

3 October

Blood Pressure campaign at New World Tawa


6 October

Rainbow Creative Andrew Watson

13 October

Andrew Wharton - Boston Marathon experience

Robert Armstrong
21 October (Wednesday) Joint meeting with Tawa Lions -     Inspector Paul Basham                   Winter Games Duty  
27 October Andrew Jack, Chief Censor  
10 November Garth McVicar, Sensible                   Sentencing Trust  


Tawa youth mentoring – Ngātahi Hapori

The Ngātahi Hapori programme – a community together – works to enable school leavers from Tawa College to make positive training and employment choices to maximise their potential. The programme is supported by Tawa College, Tawa Rotary and people associated with the college who want to contribute.

Tawa Rotary has been supporting this initiative since its inception in 2013 through participating on the organising committee and one of our Rotarians, Chris Black, is a mentor. There are currently 17 mentors with 4 added recently. Notices to College assemblies and parents will be distributed in the fourth term to encourage potential school leavers to register as mentees.

Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a mentor; or know of a potential mentee (school leaver from Tawa College).

Mentors receive training. They take the lead in supporting young people through a one-to-one relationship; serve as positive role models; building a relationship that fosters self-esteem and motivation; and helps mentees to set goals and work toward accomplishing them.

A new website has been established at as a first iteration with more content to be added and an intranet will provide a space for training content and interaction with mentors. Thanks to Fraser Carson from Fresco - Wellington Rotarian - who has provided the site at no cost to the programme. The site is able to be connected with the wider community, as does the Tawa Rotary website.

Volunteers – Wellington Children’s Hospital Appeal

Wellington Children's Hospital AppealThursday 24 September – Tawa Rotarians are invited to help with the Wellington Children’s Hospital Street Appeal. The stand will be located outside Take Note on Main Road, Tawa.

Tawa Rotary Update from Committees

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