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Let’s have fun
Let’s get results
Let’s make new friends


Combined Rotary Club Tree Planting
Grant and President Lisa helping out at the combined Rotary Clubs planting at Panpac in Milburn last Saturday 1st September 2018.

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All trees planted result in a donation per plant to the Sinclair Wetlands.


Brain Injury Association Donation
BIA-LOG-give-a-little-4The Rotary Club of Dunedin is pleased to advise it has agreed to grant $500 from the Club Trust to Brain Injury Association (Otago) to assist in sending two Liaison Officers to a training workshop in Christchurch on 8 August 2018. Training of this type is rarely available in the South Island and the Association supports over 560 clients who are affected by brain injury in the South Island. The Association has expressed its gratitude for the grant and advises that it will be holding its annual fund raising quiz night in September at the Kensington. Details on the Quiz Night are as follows:

Venue: Kensington at The Oval
Tuesday 25 September
Quiz to start at 7:00pm
Tickets $5 per person
Ring BIA Office 471- 6156 or visit the BIA office:
Community House, Moray Place.


Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards 2018

KNB awardsThe Rotary Club of Dunedin was pleased to be recognised at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards on Monday 30 July 2018. Our club received First place in the Taylor Community Pride Award 2018 for our work on the West Harbour Trail. Excellent recognition for an excellent project.

Photo – Brenda Harwood


Gift Basket of Goodies

Gift basketA gift basket of goodies was a welcome Friday surprise for Dunedin Hospital emergency department nurses on the 6th of July. Rotary Club of Dunedin Club delivered the treats to thank the nursing staff for the great job they do.

Organiser Carmen Houlahan said the club was planning a series of random acts of kindness and ED staff were an easy choice as the first recipients. “As a family we’ve had our kids in ED and the staff were great.”

Dunedin Rotary president Lisa Wilson said she hoped other clubs and organisations would follow its lead with some acts of kindness of their own. “It’s an easy thing to do. It’s about acknowledging members of our community and saying thanks for their work.”



Christmas presents
This December our members contributed a range of gifts suitable for children aged 11 to 18. These will be distributed by Salvation Army to their clients.

Syrian Dinner

On the 25th of November, the Club indulged in a Syrian Dinner.  It was an opportunity to try some classic Middle Eastern cuisine that Syria is famous for, Through both a cooking demonstration and dinner. Proceeds raised on the night went towards the NZ Red Cross and Rotary Club of Dunedin Youth Refugee Fund.

Murder on the Orient Express
We joined with the other Dunedin area Rotary Clubs to attend a preview of the film Murder on the Orient Express on Wednesday 8 November. Half of our ticket price of $20 went to The Rotary Foundation to contribute to our international campaign in partnership with the World Health Organisation to eliminate polio from the world.

Otago Polytechnic visitOtago Polytechnic visit
On 26 October we paid a visit after work to Otago Polytechnic. Chief Executive Phil Ker told us about the strategic direction for Otago Polytechnic, and then Matt Carter introduced us to EduBits – the new micro-credentialing initiative which is changing the way education is delivered.

We were taken for a tour of Otago Polytechnic’s soon to be completed Student Village – a purpose built 231 bed facility which will house students in 2018.  The Village has been constructed with the environment firmly in mind. Sustainable materials have been used throughout.

West Harbour 14 Oct 2017

Photo credit: Graeme Leith

West Harbour working bee
Another working bee was held on Saturday 14 October 2017. Club members placed concrete for a number of plinths at the Dunedin of the trail. These plinths are for a Tai Chi fence and the base for the last of the exercise equipment. 

Quiz night
The club’s quiz night was held at the Otago Golf Club on 7 September 2017. It successfully raised $700 for our Red Cross former refugee children’s support fund,  to enable young people to access sporting, cultural and other extra-curricular activities. A big thanks goes out for all the support to our members who helped organise, who kindly donated goods, who participated on the night, and who bought raffle tickets. Your support, and that from the team from Rotaracters who sold our raffle tickets, The Otago Golf Club staff, and the quiz master Mr Paul Fielding were much appreciated. Fiona Nyhof

Support for Syrian refugees
The Red Cross reports on how an earlier donation from our club has been used:

“Red Cross received $3000 from Rotary and has now has distributed all but $200 of the fund. Thirty one allocations were made to 27 young people. Recipients attend 10 different schools. Allocations were as follows: 3 Swimming Lessons Wakari, Bradford; 14 School camp fees Carisbrook, Queen’s High, Green Island, Balmacewan Int, Taieri College and Pine Hill Schools; 2 Football fees King’ High School, Northern Junior AFC; 6 Touch rugby fees Silverstream; 1 Football academy King’s High School; 5 Football shoes Taieri College. The largest allocation was $200 which was made to pay for participation in the King’s High School Football Academy. The smallest allocation was $20 for Touch Rugby Fees at Silverstream School.
School camps  – the children enjoyed the experience and to be able to attend the camps with other children from their class or age group. The children seem to enjoy the outdoor experiences that come with attending school camps and roasting marshmallows by the campfire seems to be a particular highlight.
Football Fees and kit – a number of young people, mainly boys, have joined football or futsal teams. They are regular participants and access to the donation funds has ensured that they are able to participate. This included football shoes, or fees that their families would not have been able to afford. – A few of these young people who have accessed the funds are really talented and the clubs are pleased that they can participate.
Touch Rugby – Boys and girls at Silverstream School are enjoying participating in this activity with their peers at school. It seems to be quite popular at the school and allows the children to be part of one of the many activities that others in their school take part in.

“Red Cross has been fortunate to have funding for a short term Youth Resettlement Case Worker and she has been working closely with the young people to encourage them to engage in sports and other activities. The Rotary funds have supported the work she has been doing and enabled young people to overcome some of the barriers to participating in these activities, to make friends and to more successfully integrate into the community. Once again, thanks to Rotary Dunedin for its support of positive resettlement for young people. We have noticed an increase of interest in participation in extra curricula activities; and the number of former refugee young people will continue to increase. We are very pleased to be able to continue to partner with Rotary in this project.”
Sue Price

Sinclair Wetlands planting
On 2 September members of our club joined with Rotarians from other clubs to plant trees at the Sinclair Wetlands. In a project coordinated by Assistant Governor Claire Ramsay, hundreds of native trees and shrubs were planted on the Saturday – a great response to Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s request to plant at least one tree for each Rotarian. The Rotary Youth Exchange students came and joined in, and there was also a great turnout from the Rotaract Club – needless to say, a bit of mud got thrown around and a great time was had by all! Jackie St John


Donations to great organisations
President Sarah Warhurst presented cheques on 20 July to three very worthy causes here in Dunedin. Top left: Sarah Strang and Lynlea Forbes from St Vincent De Paul, Bottom left: Peter Lobb from Salvation Army and Right: Nick Callaghan from Presbyterian Support, all accepting over $1100 each. Brilliant work fellow Rotarians.
Gaye Wright

A new Rotary year
On 29 June we celebrated Changeover at Technique Restaurant at the Otago Polytechnic. A great night was had with our new President Sarah Warhurst making it a fun party atmosphere with a ‘Super Hero’ theme. The night started with Robyn Johnston singing while everyone mingled, then Master of Ceremonies, John Drummond kept the night flowing with a good dose of humour. We had two members, Peter Gouverneur and Jane Johnson presented with Paul Harris Fellowships by outgoing President Murray Bayly. We wish Sarah all the very best for the coming year….up up and away!!

Sarah has three goals for the 2017/18 year:
Let’s have FUN
Let’s get RESULTS
Let’s make new FRIENDS

West Harbour recreation trail

During June we were pleased to install additional exercise equipment along the side of the popular walking and cycling track at West Harbour.

Graeme Leith 14 May 2017


Trees for Babies
Every May we help Keep Dunedin Beautiful with their Trees for Babies project and 2017 is no exception.  Trees for Babies is a long-term native tree-planting project where family members can celebrate the birth of a child or any significant family milestone. It also contributes to a native re-vegetation project in a city reserve. We dig the holes ahead of time so that the planting is easier for the families.

A talented actress
We are pleased to support Juliette Barnard who is one of 24 students selected from over 5000 applicants to be a member of the prestigious Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company 2017. Juliette will travel to the United Kingdom 7 to 26 July 2017 to participate in an education programme specifically devised for them by Globe Education at the Globe Theatre in London. Juliette is being supported with a grant from the Mona Semke Trust.

Foodbank collection
During April we collected cans of food from our members and contributed them to the Presbyterian Social Support Services team for distribution to those who needed them.

Mystery dinner
Also during April we held mystery dinners on two Saturday evenings. 26 mystery guests turned up for dinner at the homes of 4 of our members. They donated the price of the meal. $1320 was raised, to be used by our club in a range of projects that benefit young people.

4 Way Test speech contest
This year our Rotary District is again running a speech contest for senior high school students. The students can choose their own topic but must apply Rotary’s 4 Way Test to that topic. The 4 Way Test is about ethics, a simply formula to help work out what is the right thing to do in any given situation:

“Of the things we think, say or do –
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

The first round of competition is held in the Rotary clubs. We heard speakers from Otago Boys High School and Logan Park High School. The judges had a difficult job determining the winner, as every student gave a very interesting and thought provoking speech. Oscar (pictured) from Logan Park took out 1st place with his talk on “Freedom of Speech” and 2nd place went to Arian for his speech on “Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy”. Well done to all the participants.

Pizza evening
We started the year with a social pizza evening. Ahmad Taha, shown here cooking his pizza, was inducted as our club’s newest member. Ahmad is a neurosurgeon at the Southern District Health Board.


4 Responses to Home

  1. Emily Zhang says:

    Hi just wondering how Rotary Club takes on new member? would I be able to join Rotary if i d like to make some contribution to the comminity?
    Just some information regarding me, My name is Emily Zhang, have been in NZ dunedin for last 13 years. I am working for ANZ banking as a Senior Personal Banker specialised in home lending and insurances – currently on Maternity leave. I have a good connection to a lot of local businesses specially Asian Businesses. I am also a part time student doing “Master of Business Administration”

    • Lesley Brook says:

      Hi Emily, yes we welcome new members who would like to join with us in making a contribution to our community. I encourage you to come along to a meeting (details on the website under Who are We?) or join in one of our projects (details on the website under What is Happening?). Please email president@dunedinrotary.org.nz so we know when to expect you. We look forward to meeting you.

  2. Nanette Linklater says:

    I am Interested in attending one of your meetings as I am thinking of joining Rotary.Can you please give me details on how I would go about achieving this.

    • Lesley Brook says:

      Hello Nanette, thanks for getting in touch with us. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings, 12.30pm on Thursdays. Information about speakers is on our “What’s happening?” page: https://dunedinrotary.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/. That page also includes the contact email address for our club’s president so you can let us know which meeting you would like to come to. Please note that our 22 Feb 2018 meeting is at a different location than usual. Normally meetings are at the Dunedin City Scenic Hotel, which is on Princes Street, at the corner of Dowling Street. We hope to meet you soon.

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