Rotary Club of Rotorua

2019 Police Person of the Year

2019 Rotary Club of Rotorua Police Person of the Year Award

Through this award the Rotary Club of Rotorua provides the public of Rotorua an opportunity to acknowledge and express their gratitude towards the local Police. 

This is done by inviting local residents to nominate a worthy Police Officer whom they consider has carried out his or her duties in the line of service above and beyond expectation.

The recipient receives an engraved trophy and $250.00 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice. 

Rotary Club of Rotorua

Rotorua Police Person of the Year Award 2019.pdf (538 Kb)
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Police Person of the Year

Police Area Executive Officer Wendy Wrigley

The hard work police do in the community was recognized on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at the Rotorua Police Pay Parade. Held at the Rotorua Lakes Council Chambers, the ceremony honoured the long service and commitment officers had shown.  

This year the recipient of the Rotary Club of Rotorua Police Person of the Year Award is Police Area Executive Officer Wendy Wrigley. This award is presented annually to recognize consistent, outstanding service to the community and working above and beyond the expected standard.

The recipient was chosen from community nominations by a panel of judges which included the President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua as Chair (Russell Burton), the Rotorua Area Commander of Police Anaru Pewhairangi, Mayor Steve Chadwick and a non-Rotarian community representative.  President Russell presented Wendy Wrigley with the Rotary Police Person of the Year Award for her "Dedication to the Community". 

On Monday 28th May, 2018, Wendy spoke to the Rotary club about her life both in and out of the N.Z. Police. As an unsworn police officer, she is responsible for the administrative and support services at the Rotorua Police Station and is certainly appreciated by all who work with her.

Top photo shows President Russell with Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi (Area Commander Rotorua), Wendy Wrigley and Mayor Steve Chadwick presenting the award to Wendy.

Bottom photo shows Past President Ann Nicolas thanking Police Area Executive Officer Wendy Wrigley for her address to Rotorua Rotary Club members on Monday 28th May 2018. 

Rotorua High Schools Senior Student Leaders Presentations

Monday 19 March 2018

It is a highlight of the year for the members of the Rotary Club of Rotorua to listen to the achievements and aspirations of the student leaders of the seven high schools in our District. Rotorua School for Young Parents, Rotorua Boys' High School, Rotorua Girls' High School, John Paul College, Rotorua Lakes High School, Reporoa College and Western Heights High School.


Power Point Presentation from the Sydney Rotary International Convention
Roger Gordon spoke on the need for attracting new people to join Rotary. His address was complimented by a Power Point presentation given at the RI Convention by Mary Beth Selene.
This Power Point presentation may be viewed by clicking the PDF Attachment below.

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Rotary Club of Rotorua 90th Birthday Celebration

Rotary International Past President Bill Boyd addressing the guests

President Russell Burton's Pen - 20th December 2017

We finished our Rotary year last week in real style – thanks to everyone for literally pitching or golfing in and contributing to a fun and different evening. It was very special to have our own John talking about our club, its history and providing his own personal experiences, It does show how operationally Rotary has changed over the years. I am still amused from the stories in the 75 Years of Rotorua Rotary book how for some Directors meetings they ended with a singing session. Maybe that was helped by the preceeding drinking session! Similarly John describing the late night / early morning sessions. How times have changed. It was nice again to make special acknowledgment of John for his being the only New Zealander in the Rotary Heritage and History International Hall of Fame

 Bill Boyd was also a star – reminding us of the amazing activities that Rotary has seeded over the years. I never knew about many of these so it was a further reminder of how integral Rotary is in our community but how little profile it has.

 It was also a real pleasure to recognise the long service and contribution that Robin Findon has made to Rotary and be awarded with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

 Interspersed with some light hearted activities and awarding of chocolate fish for golfing and expertise in Christmas Knowledge trivia.

 Thanks to Martin, Tony, Katrina, Robyn and Ann and also quizmistress Robyn, all their assistants in to making this a fun and informative evening.

 It is interesting to note the increase in responses to the article by Sir Anand Satyanand and a push to see this more fully debated across Rotary in New Zealand. I have been asked if we could have a special club session on this as well.

 A new year and perhaps some new beginnings for us.  In the meantime have a wonderful break with whanau and friends and I look forward to seeing you all again on the 15th of January.

 Yours in Rotary
President Russell Burton

See Bill Boyd's Address, by clicking the .pdf attachment below.  



Monday 15 January 2018

This year's Harold Holmes Student Grant recipient was awarded to Shayla Dixon from Western Heights High School. Shayla spoke about herself, as well as her achievements and aspirations. Her early education was with the Seventh Day Adventist School which gave her a good grounding in discipline and care of others. She went on to Western Heights High School where she gained many honors before matriculating this past year. Shayla plans to attend Waikato University and gain her qualifications to be a primary school teacher so that she can give back to the community that has given her so much.  
Photo shows President Russell Burton congratulating Shayla Dixon. 

Rotary Club of Rotorua 90th Birthday Celebration

P.P. John Heaton's Address

See John Heaton's Address by clicking the .pdf attachment below.

John Heaton - Club Address 11th December 2017 - 2.pdf (247 Kb)


Monday 14 August, 2017

Top photo shows from left: President Peter Fitchett (Rotary Club of Rotorua Lakes), Eamon Walsh (John Paul College), Rangipurei Manley(Rotorua Girls High School), Nathan Kenah (Rotorua Boys High School), Emma Jackson (Rotorua Lakes High School), Shanayla Barrett (Western Heights High School), Adjudicator Claire Marsh and President Russell Burton (Rotary Club of Rotorua).
Immediate Past President Allen Foote chose the topic for the contest, being, "How do we make our community a better place".    
The bottom photo shows President Russell Burton presenting the Rotary Club of Rotorua Annual Speech Contest Shield to the winner, Rangipurei Manley (RGHS).  


Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Rotary Club of Rotorua had a joint dinner meeting on Monday 10 July, 2017 with the Rotorua Multicultural Council at Teal Kitchen, Rotorua.

Ten migrants from ten countries spoke about their journey to Rotorua and the contribution that they are making to our community at a joint meeting of the Rotary Club of Rotorua and the Rotorua Multicultural Council. The dinner was held in Teal Kitchen, owned by Lily Joy Paulmitan Alomari from the Philippines (back, left). Next to her are Krithika P Simon from India, Gabriel Morales from Brazil, Elena Mezentseva from Russia, Faustinah Ndlovu from Zimbabwe, Carla Garcia from Argentina, Juan Nieuwoudt from South Africa, Tony Li from China, Alexis LewGor from Fiji, and Mohabat Khan Malak from Uganda and Afghanistan. 

 Seated are Russell Burton, President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua, Hon Todd McClay MP who thanked the speakers, and Margriet Theron, President of the Rotorua Multicultural Council.

 The dinner was attended by 24 Rotarians and partners and 30 migrants from 16 countries.

Read the Rotary Community Profile Publication

Paul Harris Fellow Award

Past President Peter Spurdle - PHF

Past President Peter Spurdle with his family; wife Robyn, daughter Laura, grand daughter Hazel and son Paul. A happy occasion after Peter was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award at the Club's Changeover Dinner on 28th June 2016. Peter joined the Rotorua Rotary Club in September 1990 and over those years has held many different positions in the Club including President in the 2003/2004 Rotary year. In 2004, Peter organised his fellow Rotarians in walking the Rotorua Marathon to raise $16,000 in the gift against the resurgence of polio.

2017 Harold Holmes Student Grant

Awardee was Shayla Dixon
The 2017 grant recipient was awarded to Shayla Dixon from Western Heights High School. Shayla gave a very good talk about herself, her achievements and aspirations. Her early education was with the Seventh Day Adventist School which gave her a good grounding in discipline and care for others. She went on to Western Heights High School where she gained many honors before matriculating this past year. Shayla plans to attend Waikato University and gain her qualifications to be a primary school teacher so that she can give back to the community that has given her so much. 

Photo shows President Russell Burton congratulating Shayla at the Monday 15 January 2018 Rotary Club of Rotorua Luncheon meeting 

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Waiariki Scholarship Recipients for 2016

Hospitality and Forestry

Every year, the Rotary Club of Rotorua awards scholarships to the best-performing students in Hospitality and Forest Management at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Picture shows Alex McKillop (Diploma in Hospitality Management); Byron Dewar (Diploma in Forest Management); Sara Falconer (Diploma in Hospitality Management) and Ray Bloomfield (President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua).
This year the Hospitality and Forestry awards were made at a Rotary Club of Rotorua luncheon meeting on Monday 20 June 2016.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Swim the Lakes funds

President Ray handing over a cheque to Darryl Parker and Robyn Spurdle from Big Brothers Big Sisters Rotorua at a Rotary Club of Rotorua luncheon meeting on Monday 20 June 2016. The funds were raised at the 4th Famously Rotorua Swim the Lakes event, organised by Katrina Allison and held at Lake Okataina. Darryl is pleased with the growth of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rotorua, with 27 families now being helped by mentors being provided by young people


Monday 16 May, 2016

The annual Secondary Schools Speech Contest of the Rotary Club of Rotorua has been run since the 1960s. The topic for this year's contest, chosen by Immediate Past-President Russell Dale, was: "How do we minimise the impact of new technologies on society".

Top picture shows from left: Daniel Poskitt (Western Heights High School); Maggie Donovan Cotter (Rotorua Lakes High School); Sam Bocock (Rotorua Boys High School); Chantelle Cobby (Rotorua Girls High School); Aneesha Dahya (John Paul College).
2nd picture shows: Sam Bocock with President Ray Bloomfield (Rotary Club of Rotorua).
3rd picture shows: Sam Bocock with President Bronwyn Webster (Rotary Club of Rotorua Lakes).
4th picture shows: Mrs Claire Marsh (Adudicator) and Mr Niall Baker (Timekeeper).

The contest was held at the Distinction Hotel at a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Rotorua and Rotorua Lakes.


Rotorua Rotary Clubs' project
On Saturday 14 May 2016, Rotorua Rotarians faced the challenge of planting 10,000 tulip bulbs on Rotorua's Hospital Hill. That is a lot of bulbs to be planted in one session! Well, the job was completed in 2 hours with a sausage sizzle and coffee breaks thrown in.
All going well, the bulbs will be a magnificent sight of colour during the 2016 Tulip Fest in the week of 01 - 09 October this year.
To view photos of the planting of the bulbs, go to the Image Galley link on this website.


Senior Student Leaders from the seven High Schools

The hosted Senior Student Leaders from the seven Rotorua High Schools for lunch at the Sudima Hotel on Monday 7th March 2016.
16 students shared their aspirations for the year and to indicate their goals after leaving school with Rotary Club of Rotorua members.
Students who attended the luncheon were from left: - Jade Wharemate (Head Girl), supported by Nicole Roder (Deputy Head) and Quinn McKay; - Jordon TeReu (Head Girl), Awatea Leach (Deputy Head Girl); - Arapeta Paea (Head Boy); - Chantelle Cobby (Deputy Head Girl); - Ryan Beamish (Deputy Head Boy); - Jessica McDonald (Head Girl), Robbie Wong Toi (Head Boy); - Annalies Heuvel (Head Girl), Josh Sargison (Head Boy); - Bailey Morrison (Head Girl), Kurate Broughton (Head Boy); - Anna Baker and Wakata Epapara.


Village built by Rotarians for Fiji's poor survives unscathed

Cheap, sturdy houses designed by Peter Drysdale have survived Fiji's devastating cyclone with barely a scratch and provide a potential blueprint for reconstruction efforts.
Of the 230 Koroipita houses, none sustained significant damage after Cyclone Winston swept through the Fiji islands. Peter Drysdale uses roofing screws for sturdier construction. Villagers thank Mr Drysdale for giving them safe houses. The houses could be built in five days for $13,000 each, Mr Drysdale says. In Koroipita, or Peter's Village, on the north west coast of Fiji's main island Viti Levu, residents are cleaning up after Cyclone Winston.
But it is not a massive effort like those seen in other cyclone-ravaged parts of the country.
Instead, a handful of men are repairing a small section of a collapsed retaining wall.

Peter explained why the houses were so strong by pointing to the roof of one of the structures. "Have a look at this connecting roof. You can see the strapping details. We use about 14 coils of steel strapping and about 58 kilograms of nails in each house. It's all in the fixings."

Past President Russell Dale explains: "Rotary Club of Rotorua members have traveled to Koroipita in 2014 and 2015 to construct four houses in the village. On both occasions the teams have assisted with the relocation of families who are living in very perilous conditions. This experience has given the construction teams a real purpose for their week.
Roofing and wall iron was all screwed, framing connections were all double and triple strapped, and the entire house is bolted to the bearers and piles. It is incredibly satisfying to those involved to know their efforts survived the worst nature could throw at them".


"Carmen in New Zealand" Blog
With our exchange student Carmen's agreement, Club members have access to her blog.
Carmen's blog address is:
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To translate her blogs into English, go to Google and type in:
Paste the blog website address into the appropriate box. Follow the instructions.


Rotary Club of Rotorua Luncheon, Monday 11 January 2016

Trustees of the Geyser Community Foundation, Past Presidents Murray Patchell and Margriet Theron, with the President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua Ray Bloomfield, and the 2015 recipient of the Harold Holmes Student Trust grant, Bianca Rogers-Mott. Other members of the selection panel for the Award are Ryan Holmes, grandson of Harold Holmes, and Rotarians Tony Hill, PP Paul Wilson and PP Kierin Irvine. Through the foresight of the late Rotarian Harold Holmes, and the ongoing support of the Holmes family, an outstanding and very deserving young woman from our community has been assisted to achieve her goal of studying at Waikato University.

Bianca Rogers-Mott was a Prefect at Rotorua Lakes High School and has participated twice in our Club's Annual Secondary School Speech Competition. She described herself as a "Drama Queen": the theatre is one of her passions. When Bianca was younger, she played netball and then switched to competitive rowing. Breaking an arm took her out of the North Island Rowing Championships and allowed her to focus on her school work in 2015. She is working at Bunnings before setting off to Waikato University to study political science and theatre. As a member of Rotorua Youth Voice she helped to organise Glo-Walk in Whakarewarewa Forest and a Youth Forum for young people from Tokoroa and Rotorua to discuss the future of the districts. She was a leader in Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), and helped organise a school breakfast club.

FUNDRAISER - Firewood Project

Shelterboxes and Koropiko Rotahomes
Wood has been kindly donated by Mr Murray Scott, Kildarragh Farms, Ohakuri Road, Atiamuri. Sunday 13 September 9.30am start. Those with trailers and chainsaws, please bring them.
Martyn will be taking pre-sale orders at $75 / 1m - delivered. Payment on delivery.
Bring own lunch and tea/coffee. Partners welcome.
This is an International committee project.
Enquiries: Martyn Craven,; 0274 747 059


How to add a Website Shortcut to your Desktop for our Club Website and Facebook
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Step 1: Open your Web browser and go to the website for which you want to make your desktop shortcut.
Step 2: Right-click the address in the address bar at the top of the window, then click the Copy option.
Step 3: Right-click in an empty space on the desktop, click New, then click Shortcut.
Step 4: Follow instructions from screen as W7 versions change slightly.


Computer, Tablet or Smartphone
To download, and install, a copy of the District 9930 Electronic Directory onto your computer, tablet or Smartphone.
Click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Rotary Virtual Conference


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Welcome to the first NEW Public Image Newsletter that we will be publishing on the 1st of each month. This one is out early, as hoping to start the year off with a hiss & a roar. Also giving Districts the chance to use this information & provide worthy articles for the ones to come. This is where I ask for your help. The hope is to have in the future additions, a District section that showcases each District & what they are up too, so we can share with everyone & hopefully other Districts might learn a thing or two & try different ways of doing things, if others have already tried & are successful. As you know, I am a big believer of not having to re-invent the wheel if we don't need to.

To do this, I would ask that you please send through anything of interest from your District, to myself ( ) & Colin Robinson ( ), who has kindly taken this up being one of my new Public Image Assistants. I am very lucky to have someone like Colin, who can put my ramblings together into what I believe will be a very useful tool for all.

Our deadline for material will be the 20th of each month, so with this being out early, you have a little extra time, as next due date is the 20th August. Please don't leave this until the last minute, as will also be looking at what everyone sends for our PI Blog & other social media areas.

We hope this will be informative & of use to more than just your PI Committees. Please help share this within your Districts, so we get everyone thinking more about Public Image & how we can help. Please feel free to comment, as this is our first edition, but we do hope you enjoy.

Leanne Jaggs
Public Image Coordinator Zone 7B

Each month a new copy of the Public Image Newsletter will be posted on this page as a PDF Attachment. Please click on the file and enjoy the read.

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