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Growth in our Community

Steve Wilson, Te RitoSteve Wilson, Trust member and Programme Co-ordinator of Te Rito Organics, provided a fascinating insight into the set-up and running of the gardens.

First established in 2010, Te Rito facilitates a training and work environment in which disadvantaged and at-risk young people are given an opportunity to learn the life skills of growing food and acquiring an income in a sustainable way.

Armed with a display of the various stages of compost, starting with the raw basic ingredients and tracking its development through to the final product (beautiful vegetables), Steve likened this process to the impact Te Rito has on the disadvantaged youth they help and mentor through to becoming more independent and self confident citizens in our community.

Steve advised that Te Rito Gardens was open to the public (Hassells Road, old Porirua Hospital) to purchase their organically grown vegetables, on Fridays from 3.00 – 7.00pm and Saturdays from 10.30 – 1.00pm.

Membership Recognition

Tawa Take NoteCongratulations to Rotarian Steve Pettigrew and Karen whose store, Take Note Tawa, was named store of the year at the Paper Plus Group Awards recently. Steve gave members a rundown on recent developments with the business, including planned renovations.

Raffle Winner

Congratulations to winner of the New World raffle: Malcolm Sparrow.

Parting Thought

Parting thought shared by Malcolm Andrews:

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." Anne Bradstreet


Thursday 25 Sept  Street appeal for Wellington Children’s Hospital
  Community seminar – emotional and mental wellbeing and responsible use of technology – required to support our youth at Tawa College
Saturday 27 Sept    Key of Friendship
Tuesday 30 Sept   District Conference early bird registration closes
Saturday 4 Oct  Stroke Foundation – blood pressure awareness campaign


Appeal – Wellington Children’s Hospital

Wellington Childrens Hospital AppealChris has received a good response from Tawa Rotarians to help with the collection for the Wellington Children’s Hospital – at Outlet City, Tawa.  The collection will be between 10am and 5pm on 25 September 2014.

All funds collected will go directly to the Children’s Hospital to help improve the facilities and provide vital medical equipment and much needed comforts for the kids and their caregivers.

Thank you Chris Black and those who have volunteered to help for this worthy fundraising venture.

Being a responsible digital citizen

Tawa Rotary has been approached to help spread the word in our community about this Thursday’s seminar on being a responsible digital citizen.

A seminar is being held in our community to learn about the importance of emotional and mental wellbeing and responsible use of technology. This seminar is being delivered by Assoc. Prof Marc Wilson and Dr Jessica Garisch of the Youth Wellbeing Study Team from Victoria University of Wellington.

Time and venue: Thursday 25 September at 7pm, Tawa College Hall. Seminar Flyer 25 September 2014

Cybersafety continues to be a topic of keen interest as issues of cyber bullying, scams, cyber stalking, computer security arise. NZ Police advises on helping to prevent online identity theft and protecting our children when they’re online at : ; Netsafe provides numerous resources on internet safety:

We have been liaising with Tawa College to find ways to raise the awareness and understanding of resources available to help our young people, their parents and friends to address cybersafety.

While there is a technical side to “cyber safety” such as security controls, etc. - the technical side is possibly easier to take care of than the real emotional and mental side of our young people. However the emotional and mental wellbeing is about what we need to inform the community -young people and their emotional and mental wellbeing in relation to use of Facebook, Twitter, Texting, Sexting, Video-Gaming etc., is our concern.

Please spread the news in our community about this forthcoming seminar.

Key of Friendship

The second round for Key of Friendship is on 27 September. The following date is15 November, with the final round in February / March 2015.

Please advise Ngaire (via email or phone 2329000) of your availability for this night and let her know if you would like to host this round or a later round.

If these dates are really not an option to you and you would like to participate please contact Ngaire to discuss this. If there is enough demand she can arrange an alternative date.

Key of Friendship is a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians a little bit better and a way to contribute to our clubs fundraising activities.

How it works is that we run a series of three evenings where you share a meal with two other couples from the club. One evening you are asked to host, catering for yourselves and your guests. The guests are asked to pay $20 per couple as a donation to Rotary and to bring a bottle of wine, chocolates or something similar for the hosts. The secret is that the hosts don’t know who is coming for dinner until they arrive at their front door, and the guests don’t know where they are being hosted till between 4:30pm - 5pm the night of the event. It’s always a fun night, and this year should be no different.

If you have dietary restrictions let Ngaire know ASAP so that she can let your hosts know well in advance.

Stroke Foundation – Blood Pressure Campaign

On Saturday 4 October, Tawa Rotary will be helping the Stroke Foundation NZ blood pressure awareness campaign at Tawa New World and at Porirua New World. Please contact Gary Denton or Chris Black of the Community Services team to offer your help for this campaign.

Thanks to Andrew who managed to establish Tawa New World as another campaign centre. This required negotiation with campaign partners for Tawa to be able to be included at this late stage.

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand (, is co-ordinating this campaign with the support of partners St John, Wellington Free Ambulance, Foodstuffs and Rotary. The groups want to raise public awareness about the relationship between untreated high blood pressure and stroke, and to encourage people to have their blood pressure checked regularly. Free blood pressure checks will be offered as part of the campaign, and information provided about stroke risk factors.

Our involvement will be to assist with raising awareness in our community, and on the day – to assist with encouraging people visiting New World to have their blood pressure read, writing down the blood pressure readings undertaken by St Johns or Wellington Free Ambulance staff, and handing out information to the public.

Register for Conference 2014

Ken Pearson and Martin Garcia are encouraging members to attend the combined District Conference and Institute from 5 to 7 December. This is a unique opportunity right on our doorstep to experience two days of information, inspiration, entertainment, fun and meeting with fellow Rotarians from the District, New Zealand and Australia.

Early bird registration closes 30 September.

From 1 October the current $285 + $70 (for the Saturday night function) will increase to $325 + $70. So get on line and register now at (A saving of $40 if you register early).

A programme is available on line; and you can register now. More activities and speakers will be added. The Facebook page is

Register at

PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (no District Conference in calendar 2015).

Good health @ Revolve

The Tawa Rotary Revolve Gym class is held each Sunday, at midday, or 10 minutes earlier if you wish to warm up on a treadmill. At Revolve Gym, The Mall, Tawa. Tawa Rotarians and their friends / relations are very welcome to join - so come along and give it a go. FREE for first time attendees – else only $10pp per session. A bargain for a 40 min. weights and exercise circuit to tone up those muscles. Want to find out more? - get in touch with Richard Herbert.

For print version of notices, select the following: Bulletin notices 21 September 2014 [size 382 Kb]

Tuesday 16 September 2014

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