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Craig Nicholson 22 Nov 2016On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016, we welcomed Craig Nicholson as our guest speaker. Craig is the Principal Project Manager of the massive Transmission Gully Project, having joined the design team at the commencement of the project in 2006. He was appointed the project head in 2009 and oversaw the transition to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in 2012. The consortium will build the highway under contract to be completed by April 2020 and maintain the road for 25 years thereafter.

The 27 kilometre length of the highway will incorporate 27 bridges each designed to withstand 8.5 magnitude earthquake. Of interest to the local community, Craig described the total reformation of the Collins Avenue overbridge which will be raised 2.5m in height to be level with the existing SH1 motorway – by adding additional diversion lanes on each side of the bridge during construction.

Craig was thanked by Judith Gray who is a “neighbour” to the construction site office in Rangatira Road, Linden. Judith expressed gratitude for the thoughtfulness of the project team in keeping the locals informed and repairing the access to properties following last week’s earthquake.

Rotary welcomes Craig Nicholson, 22 Nov 2016

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)




1 & 5 December

Toot4Tucker - Tawa Foodbank

[back-up date: 8 Dec]

Laura Sommer

6 December

Joint Lions/Rotary meeting: guest speaker, Chris Boyd, Hurricanes Rugby Coach Gary Denton

Saturday 10 December

Club Christmas Progressive Dinner  

13 Dec

 Hangi Evening President Andrew


Coming up:

  • Tawa Christmas Parade - 3rd December - Crowd Control marshalls will be required
  • Toot4Tucker - collecting donations for Tawa Foodbank - Thursday 1 December and Monday 5 December; [backup date Thurs 8 Dec].

Toot4Tucker - Tawa Foodbank

Toot4TuckerDates: Thursday 1 December and Monday 5 December; backup day Thurs 8 December. 

Collectors / drivers are asked to arrive at the Tawa Fire Station by 5.30pm. Following briefing, we expect to start collecting 6pm until 8pm. No later as parents are trying to get their young children to sleep.

This community project led by Tawa Rotary is to bring in contributions for the Tawa Foodbank before Christmas. We involve Toot4Tuckerlocal service organisations and volunteers to walk through the streets of Tawa - sirens/lights/whistles blaring to raise attention and encourage food donations. It's a united venture to do something good for neighbours in need within our community. Please raise awareness about this significant annual project with your friends and family. Toot4Tucker started in 2011 and has continued to grow with donations of non-perishable food items that help to benefit people in our community. See more.

District News

November is Rotary Foundation Month. District Governor Martin's November message: This month is The Rotary Foundation Month and next year marks 100 years of The Rotary Foundation doing good in the world through Rotarians like you.  We can see the work that we are currently able to achieve projects like RUCHI and a potable water project in the Philippines through Rotary Foundation Global Grants and numerous smaller projects through District Grants.   Read more.


District Conference 2017 - DG Martin has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. Join us to celebrate a programme with top entertainment, fabulous speakers, a weekend full of magic and sharing the Fellowship of Rotary. Local Rotary Clubs have put together an exciting range of activities. Further information available here.

The early bird registration fee for the District Conference if fully paid by 20 December is $199 ppRegister here.

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Transmission Gully - Craig Nicholson, 22 Nov 2016

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