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Stephanie Lamborn, VSA Univol, 18 Aug 15Some personal perspectives on Volunteer Service Abroad were presented by Stephanie Lamborn. While completing a degree in Development Studies at Victoria University, Stephanie become involved with Univol – a collaborative programme between Volunteer Service Abroad and Victoria, Otago and Auckland Universities. Stephanie also completed a degree in teaching and is currently teaching at a Wainuiomata Intermediate School.

In 2014 she undertook a 10 months’ assignment for VSA/Univol in PNG Bouganville, where she worked in the area of government records and archives management. She also noted that in the early days of VSA, which incidentally was started by the late Sir Edmund Hilary, volunteers could become involved from age 18. Today’s volunteers now come from a slightly higher age group, through to the more mature ages.

Together with a group of local employees the task was to bring order to what seems to have been a storage area for government records just placed ‘any old how’ in a shed. Documents needed to be sorted, then detailed recording with some digitizing also undertaken. Storing paper records in a tropical environment is not a simple task – an air-conditioned space is required to prevent deterioration.

Stephanie spoke of her ‘out of work’ times and involvement with local people. Interestingly she commented that New Zealanders were both welcomed and respected by the local people This was not necessarily so with helpers from other countries. A very enthusiastic young woman personally, she represented both VSA and New Zealand generally, with credit.

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Philip Harland 18 Aug 15Tawa Rotarian Philip Harland talked about the anniversary of the atomic bomb in Japan. He shared some of his military experience onboard a military ship at the time and had received the Burma star for his service.Burma Start






Upcoming events

Date (2015)



1 Sept

Bishop Duckworth, Anglican Bishop of Wellington

Richard Hutchison

8 Sept

Reports from Committee Chairs


15 Sept

Chris Whelan, Exec Director, Universities of NZ

 Bill Sommer

27 October (Updated)

District Governor Visit

Pres Ken Pearson

Visit to Research Institute, 25 August

Tawa Rotary is visiting the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, hosted by Dr Swee Tan on August 25th.

Location: NZ Blood Services Building (next to Wellington Hospital). The address is 7 Hospital Road (which runs off Adelaide Road). After turning into Hospital Road, take the first right and follow the road round.

Members are asked to gather at the back of the building (NZ Blood Services Building) where we will be met.

This visit is reliant on those who have already registered attendance with Malcolm Andrews, Club Services Director. Our hosts hope to stagger (by 10 minutes) the tour taking around 10 or so people at a time. Pizza will be provided.

Tawa Valley Pathway Community Tree Planting

Tree planting 22 Aug 15Significant progress was achieved with the second Saturday planting of the 500 trees supplied by Wellington City Council – planting next to the Tawa pathway Tree Planting (2) 22 Aug 15close south of Taylor Park. A vote of thanks go to project lead - Richard Herbert, Tawa Rotarians, Tawa Lions and Tawa College parent for your help with this community project. Pres Ken hired a post-hole borer which made it easier than digging each hole by spade.


Bishop Justin visiting Tawa Rotary

Bishop Justin, Anglican Bishop of WellingtonMost will have heard of or seen the dreadlocks, the sandals or bare feet, but how many of you have met the Anglican Bishop of Wellington?  I can say that if you were to judge this book by its cover you would be way off the mark.  Justin is a humble yet determined man who is giving his all for the last, the lost and the least, who embodies service above self and communicates with a passion. [Photo courtesy of]

Tuesday the 1st September is your chance to meet and hear the real Bishop Justin. Partners are welcomed or maybe we should say encouraged.

Club Development and Public Image Workshop

When: Thursday 27 August 7:30pm

Where: you can attend without leaving the warmth of your home!

Register by email to

You will receive a chocolate fish for registering AND you’ll learn something.

Equipment required – computer with speakers.

We’ll give you the rest of the details when you register.

It will be 30 mins – providing helpful hints and tips on:

  • Rotary Central
  • Rotary Brand Center
  • Social Media tips

We hope you can make the FIRST of our helpful workshops……without leaving home!

Volunteer Service Abroad with Stephanie Lamborn

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