Polio and Taliban 

Posted by Bill Boyd on Aug 20, 2021
Taliban have children too
The situation in Afghanistan has escalated since a zoom meeting of RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators last week but several messages with great impact were delivered by our senior leaders during that meeting.
Polio and Taliban Bill Boyd 2021-08-19 12:00:00Z 0

“In the Heights” - a Movie Fund Raiser.

Posted by Jaye Howey on Aug 13, 2021
Raising funds for our Rotary projects is always a problem. Using a Movie as a fundraiser usually meets with a fair degree of success, although selling sufficient seats to make a good profit can be a challenge. The Lighthouse Cinema in Petone is always extremely supportive.
“In the Heights” - a Movie Fund Raiser.  Jaye Howey 2021-08-12 12:00:00Z 0

What has influenced your life

Posted by Dave Wilson on Aug 06, 2021
Otahuhu, South Auckland where I grew up attending Otahuhu Primary School & Otahuhu College was a vastly different place to what we have today with very few if any other ethnic groups other than a few Maoris or Chinese market gardeners.
What has influenced your life Dave Wilson 2021-08-05 12:00:00Z 0

Exploring New Zealand

Posted by Brian Klee on Jul 15, 2021
One of my interests leading up to my teenage years was scouting.  It got me fascinated in the outdoors as I began working towards the Queen’s Scout award.  To walk as much of our beautiful country as I can, still happens.
In those early days I lived in Palmerston North, hiking most of the Tararuas and a little of the Ruahine range.  I had one near death experience while walking up the Mangahoa stream near Shannon doing a trip to the Ohau gorge. 
Exploring New Zealand Brian Klee 2021-07-14 12:00:00Z 0

2021 Changeover

Posted on Jun 28, 2021
Tonight was another annual occasion to celebrate the past 12 months and to welcome in Eastern Hutt's new President for 2021-22, Anne Abbott.  It was a yet again a little unusual, as Wellington was still under Level Two Covid restrictions but it still didn't spoil a memorable evening those who attended.
2021 Changeover Brian Klee 2021-06-27 12:00:00Z 0
Mike Fackney - Paul Harris Fellow Jan Palmer 2021-06-27 12:00:00Z 0

Healthy in the Hutt – 19 June 2021

Posted by Shelley Bryant on Jun 19, 2021
This was a great day with very good attendance and positive feedback from the exhibitors.  The event was held at the Walter Nash Stadium which was an ideal venue.
Healthy in the Hutt – 19 June 2021  Shelley Bryant 2021-06-18 12:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting Evening

A very interesting evening was enjoyed by members and their guests at Avalon Pavilion on Friday 4th June.  Even though it was leading up to Queens Birthday, this fundraising event for the Wellington Children's Hospital raised nearly $5,000.
Wine Tasting Evening 2021-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
International Committee Chinese luncheon fundraiser Rachael Carpenter 2021-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Fridges to Hutt Hospital

Posted by Jan Palmer
In early October I received a call from Margaret McIver asking if our club would consider raising money for two fridges for the medical ward family rooms at Hutt Hospital.
Fridges to Hutt Hospital Jan Palmer 2021-04-07 12:00:00Z 0

Travels in New Zealand

Posted by Christine Meredith on Apr 06, 2021
This year with no overseas travel on the cards my daughter and I decided to do a road trip up the East Coast.  She had never been there and I had not driven that route since mid-1960s.  So a chance for us to connect with our NZ lives.
Travels in New Zealand  Christine Meredith 2021-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

2021 Walk for Mental Health

Around 300 walkers gathered in the grounds of the Wellington Tenths Trust (supporters of the Walk), many of them students from schools around the Hutt Valley.  They completed the recent 3-kms walk from Petone’s Hikoikoi Reserve, to the Petone Wharf. 
2021 Walk for Mental Health 2021-03-20 11:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out and About

Rotary has been very active the past few days.  Thanks to Jaye's enthusiastic encouragement, we once again turned out to serve the breakfast for the Weetbix TRYathlon at the Hutt Recreational Ground.  It's a great children's event and our efforts were certainly appreciated by the organisers.  Thanks to everyone for putting aside the time for what was a brilliantly fine Lower Hutt day.
Rotarians Out and About 2021-03-16 11:00:00Z 0

Home on the Farm

Posted by Ron Hunter on Mar 02, 2021
I grew up in a large homestead (pictured) on a farm at 'Mahunga' in Masterton with my Mum Olive, Dad George, Twin Sister Janet, and younger Sister Margaret (who was also a twin, but her brother died at twenty-one months) along with sheep, cows, cats, possums, chooks, and horses.
Home on the Farm Ron Hunter 2021-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Dave Comparini's Memorial Seat

Posted by Brian Klee on Feb 17, 2021
Something that was not clear was what the Wellington Regional Council's intended programme was around maintaining their plots like this.  So last night, led by Richard Perry, members of the Environment Committee and others, started a weeding programme in front of Dave Comparini's chair.
Dave Comparini's Memorial Seat Brian Klee 2021-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

My Thai Experience

Posted by Glenda Barratt on Feb 09, 2021
It was 2001 and my brother had just married a Thai woman from the rural outback’s of Bangkok.  A bachelor for many years he had decided to cut out the dating scene and choose a ‘Mail order Bride' instead.  
My Thai Experience Glenda Barratt 2021-02-08 11:00:00Z 0

Undies for Africa

Posted by Glenda Barratt on Jan 18, 2021
Last year, Ross Barber spoke about the tragic truth around what women are subjected to when they do not have underwear.  Thanks to donations from members and friends, we were able to send over a couple of suitcases of both new and pre-owned items.
Undies for Africa Glenda Barratt 2021-01-17 11:00:00Z 0

What does the acronym PETS mean?

For a long time, PETS has been the acronym for 'Presidents Elect Training Seminar'.  For us, the new Presidents Elect, this first training was over a weekend held at Massey University on 21st and 22nd November.
What does the acronym PETS mean? Anne Abbott 2020-12-08 11:00:00Z 0

Introducing our 2021 RYLA Candidate

Posted on Nov 27, 2020
We are proud to nominate this year's RYLA candidate, Madi Arps.  Here is her introduction: Kia Ora! I am 17 years old (at time of writing), and I am just completing Year 13 at Naenae College.
Introducing our 2021 RYLA Candidate 2020-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Naenae College Prizegiving - 2020 Jan Palmer 2020-11-11 11:00:00Z 0

TV Consumer Advocacy

Posted by John Terris on Nov 01, 2020
I helped set up NZ’s oldest TV consumer advocacy group Media Matters in NZ, (viewers.org.nz) 27 years ago, a stimulating but often frustrating activity.
Pity that so much that is worthwhile on telly is impossible to watch because of the continuous interruption of commercials.
TV Consumer Advocacy John Terris 2020-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Compost Bins For Te Omanga Hospice

Posted by Richard Perry on Oct 28, 2020
The Hospice had been looking for support to provide it with two sets of 3 compost bins, for the processing of the large amount of leaves grass and other compostable waste generated in their grounds.
Compost Bins For Te Omanga Hospice Richard Perry 2020-10-27 11:00:00Z 0

Riding the Trains to End Polio - 2020

Posted by Richard Perry on Oct 28, 2020
Last Friday, 24th October, a party 14 Eastern Hutt Rotarians and partners rode up and down each of Wellington’s train routes, to raise money for the End Polio Campaign.
Riding the Trains to End Polio - 2020 Richard Perry 2020-10-27 11:00:00Z 0

RYDA - 2020

Posted by Jan Palmer on Oct 16, 2020
RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) was a successful event with 78 students from Naenae College participating at the Ricoh Centre on the 13th October.
RYDA - 2020 Jan Palmer 2020-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

US Ambassador - Scott Brown

On Monday 19th October, Eastern Hutt Rotary will be proud to host the United States Ambassador to NZ as our guest speaker.  This will be a partner's night and also an opportunity to meet some of our future Satellite Club candidates.
US Ambassador - Scott Brown 2020-10-06 11:00:00Z 0

Focus on New Zealand

Posted by Paul Giles
A few days ago I was looking through our bookcase and deciding what should stay and what could go - things you do in retirement!  Anyway, I came upon ‘Focus on New Zealand'.
Focus on New Zealand Paul Giles 2020-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

Michael Jameson Retires

Posted on Sep 21, 2020
Haere Ra, Michael Jameson, PHF.  As one who exemplifies all that is best about Eastern Hutt Rotary, it was Michael's last formal attendance as a Member this week.
Michael Jameson Retires David Gledhill 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0
Life & Times of Robin Aitken David Gledhill 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

Hutt River Bank Clean Up

Posted by Paul Giles
An enthusiastic and willing group of club members (and partners) spent Sunday morning picking up an assortment of paper, plastic and other items of rubbish lying on the banks of Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River.
Hutt River Bank Clean Up Paul Giles 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

A Life of Learning

Posted by Christine Meredith on Sep 03, 2020
At the beginning of this year, a trip to Brisbane to see family and life seemed normal.  Little did I know that Covid19 was looming.  Online I had seen that there was an unusual flu virus in China, with no idea of the impact it would have on me, my family, friends and country.
A Life of Learning Christine Meredith 2020-09-02 12:00:00Z 0

Quiz Par Excellence

Posted by David Gledhill on Aug 31, 2020
Linda and husband Ray Wallace organised a quiz night based on questions largely about our own Club.
Quiz Par Excellence David Gledhill 2020-08-30 12:00:00Z 0

Purchasing a New Vehicle update

Posted by David Gledhill
On Purchasing a new vehicle, a letter to John Cole.  EE lad, you don't know how lucky you were.  I went to buy a new (to me) vehicle in 1962.
Purchasing a New Vehicle update David Gledhill 2020-08-18 12:00:00Z 0

Introducing Barry Littlefair

Posted by David Gledhill
Barry's was meant to be a small "life and times" on "Why I joined Rotary", but when the planned main speaker did not arrive Barry's turned out to be the main, indeed only, talk.
Introducing Barry Littlefair David Gledhill 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0

2020 Usborne  Dictionary Presentations

Posted by Jaye Howey on Aug 11, 2020
Recent presentations to Year 4 students at Naenae School to 52 very happy recipients receiving their Usborne dictionaries.  Proudly presented by Jaye Howey and Glenda Barratt.
2020 Usborne Dictionary Presentations Jaye Howey 2020-08-10 12:00:00Z 0

Purchasing a New Vehicle

Posted by John Cole on Aug 10, 2020
                           1975 versus 2020
Last month I took delivery of a new company vehicle. It made me reminisce about buying a vehicle in the “old days”.
Purchasing a New Vehicle John Cole 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Richard Perry's 40+ Rotary Years Colin Alford 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Jenny Thompson, MNZM

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
It was a proud family moment, especially for Secretary David Thompson when his wife Jenny became a Member Of The New Zealand Order Of Merit (MNZM).
Jenny Thompson, MNZM 2020-07-14 12:00:00Z 0

Southward's Wurlitzer

Posted by Gary Stratton on Jul 15, 2020
The Wurlitzer theatre organ was developed to accompany silent movies.  Although expensive, they replaced the various theatre groups of musicians in the larger theatres.  They were very popular in Britain and a very few made it to NZ. 
Southward's Wurlitzer Gary Stratton 2020-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
Innovated Young Minds - 2020 Sue Avison 2020-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Welcome to 2020-21 Board 2020-07-06 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Gwen Hoople

Posted on Jul 06, 2020
Originally from the Scottish border town of Jedburgh, Gwen was raised in Hamilton and went to Sacred Heart Girl’s College.
Welcome to Gwen Hoople 2020-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

2020 Changeover

Posted on Jul 06, 2020
 Eastern Hutt's 2020 Changeover Evening
What a very memorable evening!  Led in by President, Robert Sinclair, a Scottish cord piped in the Haggis.  This was superbly orchestrated by Kevin Nelson, who then recited Robbie Burns' famous poem.
2020 Changeover 2020-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

Update from China

Posted by Richard Pollock on Jun 30, 2020
Former Member, Richard, and Jocelyn, visited the club during a holiday back in NZ on 18 July 2018.  Courtesy of Facebook, here is an interesting update from him while travelling within China since Covid-19.
Update from China Richard Pollock 2020-06-29 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Robin Aitken

Posted on Jun 29, 2020

President Robert and members warmly welcomed Robin Aitken at the end of June, as our newest Member.  He said his memory of Graeme Blick's mantra, “Rotarians are good people, doing good things”, was still fresh in his mind.

Welcome to Robin Aitken 2020-06-28 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome Barry Littlefair

Posted on Jun 22, 2020
Tonight we welcomed Barry Littlefair as a new member.  Barry and Diane emigrated to New Zealand in November 2019 and they now live in Eastbourne.  They have 2 sons, one married to a Kiwi, with two children, also living in Eastbourne.  The other one is married and lives in Hong Kong.
Welcome Barry Littlefair 2020-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Des Darby - Honorary Membership Status 2020-06-21 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotary World Out There

Posted by Bill Boyd

The Rotary International Board, The Rotary Foundation Trustees, and all their committees will meet online at least till the end of 2020.  The Board has recommended that all Institutes and training of incoming officers also be virtual.  The ban on the funding of Rotary travel continues.

The Rotary World Out There Bill Boyd 2020-05-31 12:00:00Z 0

Peace Scholarship Foundation

Posted by Bill Boyd on May 31, 2020
Many Rotarians support the concept of Peace [though there is no clear definition of what Peace is].  While the decision to establish a Peace Endowment was made in 2005, it was 2008 before work to fund the endowment began and by 2017 the gifts as at 30th September 2017 are $156,321,477. 
Peace Scholarship Foundation Bill Boyd 2020-05-30 12:00:00Z 0

Classifications in Rotary

Posted by Bill Boyd on May 21, 2020
The classification principle goes back to the start of Rotary in 1905 when Paul Harris and his friends decided that members should come from different classifications so as to represent a cross section of society and not become another focused self interest group.
Classifications in Rotary Bill Boyd 2020-05-20 12:00:00Z 0

Tribute to Dave Comparini

Posted by Colin Alford on May 11, 2020
“Service Above Self” - the Rotary International motto is epitomized by Past President Dave Comparini.
Dave joined the Rotary Club of Eastern Hutt in September 1998. His background was in Construction Management having started his working life as a carpenter in Nelson.
Tribute to Dave Comparini Colin Alford 2020-05-10 12:00:00Z 0

Mum's Virtual 90th Birthday Party

Posted by Jan Palmer
As many of you know, I am from a very large family.  On 2nd May, along with a niece, I arranged via zoom to have a virtual birthday party for my Mum’s 90th birthday.  Family members dialed-in from all over NZ, plus Australia, Sweden, and Singapore.
Mum's Virtual 90th Birthday Party Jan Palmer 2020-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
The Positives of My Covid-19 Lockdown Annette Ruck 2020-04-29 12:00:00Z 0

Trentham Memorial Park

Posted by Shelley Bryant on Apr 24, 2020
Paul and I have been so lucky to live next door to the most beautiful park in the Hutt Valley – Trentham Memorial Park.  It is wonderful to have it so close and has been a godsend during these past 4 weeks of isolation.  We walk to the park twice a day – a long walk without the elderly dog and a short walk with the elderly dog.
Trentham Memorial Park Shelley Bryant 2020-04-23 12:00:00Z 0

Our Past Stressful Time

Posted by Tony Cornelius
Over the last 4 weeks of isolation, I have reflected on how fortunate I am and how I am so pleased that I never experienced a pandemic during my working life.  I can only imagine what many people are having to deal with.  For some families worried about whether they will still have a job, how will they cope financially and, in some cases, living under less than ideal conditions.
Our Past Stressful Time Tony Cornelius 2020-04-17 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Terris
It’s all happening around me but not to me, which is fine by me.  People are behaving badly , but I’m not among them, such a relief.  The long arm of the law has reached out to grab a number of people trying to make a run for freedom from Lockdown.  I sneakily admire such high jinx but is it really worth the bother?  I mean hiring lawyers and ruining your CV?
LIFE IN LOCKDOWN 14-4-20 John Terris 2020-04-15 12:00:00Z 0

The Politics of Covid19

Posted by Bill Boyd
The politics of the Covid19 response have cost a lot of lives internationally. Sadly, in the early days it became a US/China issue and this delayed the preparations for what was inevitably going to happen. I read yesterday that US agencies took two months to issue their purchase orders for items such as ventilators and protective clothing and have since struggled to catch up.
The Politics of Covid19 Bill Boyd 2020-04-14 12:00:00Z 0

Polio Update

Posted by Bill Boyd
As at 8 April, Afghanistan had 3 cases this year as again 29 for the full year last year. In the month of February there were 6.7 million children vaccinated but 1.9 million children were missed as they were in areas that were inaccessible. They have 19 cross border posts which vaccinated 1.8 million children as the amount of movement between Afghanistan and Pakistan is considerable. In their country they have 2926 social mobilisers, who organise and vaccinate.
Polio Update Bill Boyd 2020-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

Coronavirus Blues – Flight from Ethiopia

On 10 March I flew out of Wellington, on Singapore Airlines, excited to embark on a solo and independent seven week trip to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda. However, to ensure that I had one of the limited permits to visit mountain gorillas, I was also booked on an eight day tour of Ugandan wildlife parks. While I was aware of the increasing Covid-19 threat, I considered all would be well for me in eastern Africa. 


Coronavirus Blues – Flight from Ethiopia  Michael Fackney 2020-04-08 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Membership

Posted by Bill Boyd
I saw a comment the other day that a Rotarian was querying what was happening at Rotary International level. RI staff are working from home till at least 30th April and there will be no funded RI travel before May 31st. The April meetings of the RI Board and the Foundation Trustees were both held virtually. Not simple because of time zones! All Peace Fellows were asked to return home if possible and somewhere in excess of 1000 Rotary Youth Exchangees returned home early.
Rotary International Membership Bill Boyd 2020-03-12 11:00:00Z 0

Weetbix Tryathalon - 2020

Inspired by the community buzz we'd enjoyed in previous years, our team of enthusiastic Rotarians once again volunteered in supporting the Weetbix Tryathalon at the Hutt Recretional grounds.  Once again, it was so enjoyable. The weather played it's part but sadly, a Hutt Valley power cut brought a new challenge!
Weetbix Tryathalon - 2020 Brian Klee 2020-03-11 11:00:00Z 0

A Favourite Pastime

Lawn Bowls is the anglicised variant of a family of sports in which several larger balls or biased bowls are rolled or thrown at a smaller target ball.
A Favourite Pastime Judy Dearsley 2020-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

WFMH Report

On March the 1st our inaugural Walk for Mental Health was held.  The weather was stunning, the harbour was flat, no wind – everything we could have possibly asked for.

WFMH Report Shelley Bryant 2020-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Patons Rock and Surrounds

My Xmas holiday destination of Paton Rock was once again the place to go in 2019.  Over the past 20 years the opportunity to Holiday with my good friends at “The Look out“ on the beach is always a delightful experience.
Patons Rock and Surrounds Dave Comparini 2020-01-30 11:00:00Z 0
Simple Music Player Robin Fenwick 2020-01-22 11:00:00Z 0

Walk for Mental Health

A dedicated few have been working hard during the holiday period to present this inaugural event.  Make it a family event and please share this information with your friends too - especially if you're on Facebook!
Walk for Mental Health Shelley Bryant 2020-01-21 11:00:00Z 0

Community Health Monitor

Last year, Eastern Hutt Rotary approved a donation towards the salary of a Community Health Monitor.  The photo above and others below have been received along with their thanks from Dharamvir Singh in India.
Community Health Monitor Colin Alford 2020-01-13 11:00:00Z 0
Pre-Christmas Thoughts Glenda Barratt 2019-12-08 11:00:00Z 0

Community & Health Committee report

Posted by David Gledhill on Dec 05, 2019
Over the past 6 months the Community & Health Committee are proud of their collective activities.  Here are some of those we are proud to be involved in:
Community & Health Committee report David Gledhill 2019-12-04 11:00:00Z 0

Parkinson Collection - 2019

Posted by Russell Good on Nov 01, 2019
The numbers are in. The collection at Pak’N’Save, Lower Hutt netted a total of $1,516.40.  A great achievement, only possible with your support.
Parkinson Collection - 2019 Russell Good 2019-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

A family affair

Posted by Linda Goss-Wallace on Oct 28, 2019
On 'End Polio Now' day, Ray and I were heading to Brisbane Airport after a short break in Surfers Paradise.  We took the opportunity to stop at SouthBank and meet my oldest brother David Goss.  He's a member of The Greater Springfield Rotary Club in District 9630 in Brisbane and they were also participating in an event that evening, "Riding The Train to End Polio" - as you can see by his t-shirt.
A family affair Linda Goss-Wallace 2019-10-27 11:00:00Z 0 Rotary

Ride the trains to End Polio Now day

Posted by Richard Perry on Oct 24, 2019
I’m pleased to say that a good group of Easter Hutt Rotary members participated in the day’s activities.  Five members or associates (of all ages) stood collecting from the public at Naenae Station during this day, in shifts from 6am onwards.
Ride the trains to End Polio Now day Richard Perry 2019-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
Russian Delight Brian Klee 2019-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

Wim Julicher - Paul Harris Fellowship award

Posted on Sep 30, 2019
What better occasion to honour someone, than when the District Governor visits.  Accompanied by his family, Wim Julicher was presented the Paul Harris Fellowship tonight.  It was a huge surprise and there was the odd tear in the eye I believe!
Wim Julicher - Paul Harris Fellowship award 2019-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

Duffy Books in Schools - Rata Street School

Posted by Jaye Howey on Sep 13, 2019
At Rata Street School last week, Eastern Hutt Rotary was once again present to promote 'Books in Homes' and of course Duffy Books.  Those included were Annette Ruck, John Cole, Linda Goss-Wallace and myself.
Duffy Books in Schools - Rata Street School Jaye Howey 2019-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Strange but True

Posted by Moira Jackson on Sep 12, 2019
Our first grandchild is due mid-November.  The prospect of her arrival would have turned her late granddad into a puddle of unbridled excitement. 
Strange but True Moira Jackson 2019-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Linda Goss-Wallace

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
A very big welcome back in Rotary to Linda Goss-Wallace!  Linda joined Eastern Hutt Rotaract in 1985, then a year later moved back to Wainuiomata and joined Wainuiomata Rotaract.  Over the next 7 years she held all the board directorships and was President for two years.
Welcome to Linda Goss-Wallace 2019-08-25 12:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Duffy Books

Posted by Rob Sinclair on Aug 21, 2019
Last evening Jaye Howey and myself had the honour to attend Government House to celebrate 25 years of Duffy books in Homes and receive acknowledgment of Eastern Hutt's contribution to such a wonderful cause.
Celebration of Duffy Books Rob Sinclair 2019-08-20 12:00:00Z 0

Healthy Homes - update

Posted by John Terris on Aug 14, 2019
BETWEEN 2015 AND 2017 a dedicated team of footsloggers from the club, supported by HCC and the Health Board,  visited about 3000 low income rented tenancies, both private and HCNZ, in the Hutt, to establish which qualified for the Government programme of free or subsidised home insulation.
Healthy Homes - update John Terris 2019-08-13 12:00:00Z 0

Soap Box

Posted by David Gledhill on Aug 08, 2019
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke and quoted by J.F. Kennedy
Please imagine that there has just been a violent bank robbery in Lower Hutt.
Soap Box David Gledhill 2019-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Innovative Young Minds 2019

Posted by Annette Ruck on Jul 16, 2019
The Innovative Young Minds (IYM) program is run by the Hutt City Council and Hutt City Rotary with some help from other local Rotary Clubs, including us at Eastern Hutt. It provides young women in years 11 and 12 (the old 5th and 6th forms) with exposure beyond the school gates to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing - the STEMM subjects. Traditionally these have tended to be male dominated fields but they are now accessible and available to women if they know about them.
Des Darby and I had previously interviewed three Naenae College students, Alaa Loulou, Cindy Zhu and Ilma Aminudeen, all of whom gained places on the course, with our club sponsoring two of them. One of them, Ilma, was in the first cohort and Jaye Howey had the pleasure of hearing her speak on behalf of them all at the Grand Hall of Parliament.
 Ilma Aminudeen at the Grand Hall of Parliament, and Cindy Zhu with Alaa Loulou at the Innovation Dragons Den 
This year the program ran over two weeks and involved eighty students in total.  Each week, 20 of the students were local and 20 were from other parts of New Zealand. I had the privilege of being a volunteer on seven of the ten week days.
Innovative Young Minds 2019 Annette Ruck 2019-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

Mind the Gap

Posted by Colin Fenton on Jul 16, 2019
In a little over one year we will be voting in the next general election, and of equal importance, also in the referendum on Drug Reform that will include the legal status of Cannabis in this country. While thinking about this recently, my thoughts went back to my early days at Medical School and to one of our lecturers involved in research of the synapse. This is the microscopic anatomical gap between two nerves and between the end of a nerve and either a gland or a muscle, and one of the unanswered medical mysteries at that time was how does a nervous impulse jump the gap?
Mind the Gap Colin Fenton 2019-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

The Auckland Marathon

Posted by Gregory de Costa on Jul 06, 2019
The Auckland Marathon generally attracts over 10,000 participants, all running or walking over the harbour bridge early in the morning. In preparation for this, marathons are held at least five times in different locations on five weekends. It used to be coupled with short distance runs, children’s events and so on, lasting three to four hours.  The first practice marathon is usually held at Unitec, and then the others are in different locations around Auckland. The Rotary Club of Western Springs, my former club, has over the last 6 to 7 years been volunteering the marshalling activity for this event.
The Auckland Marathon Gregory de Costa 2019-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

Tuesday mornings. Term time.

Posted by Christine Meredith on Jul 04, 2019
For over 15 years I’ve been involved with the Probus Reading programme. I started with the second intake of those willing to listen to children learn to read. The programme started in the decile 1 schools of Rātā Street in Naenae, Pomare in Taita, and Epuni at Fairfield in the Hutt Valley.  At the time the programme was started there were not enough volunteers to put it into more decile 1 schools. The programme is the brain child of Rotary. It is still in the original schools. Each of the schools could do with more helpers either on a regular basis or on the relieving list. We also need more men to do it.
Tuesday mornings. Term time.  Christine Meredith 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

President Pat Heffernan's Review of his Year

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Jul 01, 2019
Well where did that year go. Richard said to me at the start of my year that it will go fast and he wasn’t wrong.
I have really enjoyed my year as your President, maybe not the first 3 months though, but once I knew what I was doing things were great. It is full on and I was glad I retired to do the job. Dean McMillian told me about 5 years ago not to do the Presidents job while you are still working and that was great advice.
President Pat Heffernan's Review of his Year Pat Heffernan 2019-06-30 12:00:00Z 0

Serving Rotary

Posted by Judy Dearsley on Jun 27, 2019
At our changeover on Monday, 1 July, I will become an ordinary member of our Rotary Club, i.e. I will not be holding any official Rotary office.  Much as I enjoy being part of the Rotary family, I have been sitting at a Rotary Board table once a month, apart from December & January each year, for 13 years.
Serving Rotary  Judy Dearsley 2019-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

Outcome of Healthy in the Hutt 2019

Posted by Shelley Bryant on Jun 25, 2019
This proved to be a very successful day with 20 exhibitors attending. Feedback from the exhibitors is that they really enjoyed the day and would love to come again next year. Feedback from the people who came was that they benefited from the day and would like the event to be run again.
Outcome of Healthy in the Hutt 2019 Shelley Bryant 2019-06-24 12:00:00Z 0

More support for Te Omanga Hospice

Posted on Jun 24, 2019
At this evening's meeting President Pat Heffernan was pleased to present Biddy Harford, CEO of Te Omanga Hospice, with a cheque for $16,500. Two thirds of this will be used by the Hospice to purchase items for patient care and the remainder will be added to its current need for capital expenditure. The larger part of these funds were raised at our annual Te Omanga Golf Tournament.
More support for Te Omanga Hospice 2019-06-23 12:00:00Z 0

Are we like Janesville?

Posted by Des Darby on Jun 18, 2019
I recently read the book “Janesville: an American story” (2017) that at first sight reminded me of Lower Hutt. It's written by Amy Goldstein, a Pulitzer Prize-wining Washington Post reporter. A review had told me that the book describes what the town of Janesville, Wisconsin, had done to recover ....
Are we like Janesville?  Des Darby 2019-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

My International Exchanges

Posted by Tony Cornelius on Jun 11, 2019
I was invited to join Rotary in 1990 (that’s how it was in those days) and my first committee was International, and this side of Rotary became a huge part of our lives. My Gisborne club, in District 9930, was very active in hosting both GSE (Group Study Exchange) and RFE (Rotary Friendship Exchange).
My International Exchanges Tony Cornelius 2019-06-10 12:00:00Z 0

What an Experience

Posted by John Cole on Jun 05, 2019
Some members and friends may remember the year I was District 9940 District Governor (2001-2002).  I had a project to raise funds to support the Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital in Bhopal, India.
What an Experience John Cole 2019-06-04 12:00:00Z 0

Osborne House - Isle of Wight

Posted by Brian Clarke on May 20, 2019
When Mary and I went cruising last year we were based out of Southampton. We had a couple of days on shore between the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth cruises so together with our travelling companions we headed for the ferry to travel across to the Isle of Wight for an afternoon of exploring.
Osborne House - Isle of Wight Brian Clarke 2019-05-19 12:00:00Z 0

Te Omanga Gardening

Posted by Brian Klee on May 19, 2019
Last Sunday morning, David & Jenny Thompson, Kathy Bryant and I, helped out for a few hours preparing the grounds for the next gardening stage since Te Omanga Hospice moved back home.
Te Omanga Gardening  Brian Klee 2019-05-18 12:00:00Z 0

My Favourite Food

Posted by Kathy Bryant on May 16, 2019
At a recent meeting we had Rachel Taulelai visit and speak to us.  She very entertainingly walked us through the 10 foods that represented her and the important memories and things in her life.  This got me thinking about what they would be for me....
My Favourite Food Kathy Bryant 2019-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

Pink Ribbon Breakfast - Update

Posted by Shelley Bryant on May 14, 2019
Thanks to everyone involved in our Pink Ribbon Breakfast, this was an outstanding success!  In fact, we had to turn people away as we couldn't accommodate more than 100 people!
Pink Ribbon Breakfast - Update Shelley Bryant 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Dr. Gregory De Costa

Posted by Pat Heffernan on May 06, 2019
Gregory was born and grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  After completing a Civil Engineering degree, he went to Japan to do a Masters in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Hydraulics and Hydrology.
Welcome to Dr. Gregory De Costa Pat Heffernan 2019-05-05 12:00:00Z 0

Proud Moments

Posted by Shelley Bryant on May 06, 2019
Proud moments- we all have them.  Some of these moments can be quite huge.
Proud Moments Shelley Bryant 2019-05-05 12:00:00Z 0
A Tribute to Dr. Milne Jaye Howey 2019-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Posted by Shelley Bryant on Apr 30, 2019
Come along and support this worthy cause and listen to the renowned breast surgeon, Mr. Burton King who we know will give a very enlightening and interesting talk.
Pink Ribbon Breakfast Shelley Bryant 2019-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
2019 Pride of Workmanship Award Jaye Howey 2019-04-28 12:00:00Z 0

I'm A Storyteller

Posted by Glenda Barratt on Apr 23, 2019
Unlike others,  I don’t have an amazing adventure overseas to tell you about (Well I do, but that’s another story), or a foray into something that will hold you spellbound as you read.  Rather I would like to share with you a piece of self-discovery that took one person, one sentence, to help me make complete sense of my life.
I'm A Storyteller Glenda Barratt 2019-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

2019 Quiz Evening

Posted by Des Darby on Apr 11, 2019
The recent Quiz Night was a great success, with lots of fun identifying strange objects and substances in the quirky-question sections.  Over $
1,000 was raised for the Duffy Books in Homes programme, thanks to everyone who participated.
2019 Quiz Evening Des Darby 2019-04-10 12:00:00Z 0

A day like any other?

Posted by Terry Barr on Apr 10, 2019
The day started like any other day.  There was no indication from the cosmos when I swung my feet out of bed that today would be any different to any other.
A day like any other? Terry Barr 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0

PHF Award - Brian Lummis

Posted on Apr 08, 2019
 President Pat with Brian Lummis & ADG Leole Malama-Prasad 
On 8th April 2019, Brian Lummis was awarded a double Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire Pin for his outstanding service and contributions to Eastern Hutt Rotary of many years.
PHF Award - Brian Lummis Pat Heffernan 2019-04-07 12:00:00Z 0

Guests from UK

Posted by Dave Wilson on Apr 08, 2019

On Monday 8th April we welcomed Past Rotary President Anthony Chick and his partner Immediate Past Inner Wheel President Carole Corless from Carnforth UK.


Guests from UK Dave Wilson 2019-04-07 12:00:00Z 0
Baring Head Lighthouse Brian Klee 2019-03-30 11:00:00Z 0

2019 Te Omanga Golf Day

Posted by Brian Clarke on Mar 29, 2019
   President Pat and Hospice CEO Biddy Harford
What a great day!  We were blessed with a perfect day - warm temperatures, little wind and blue sky.
2019 Te Omanga Golf Day Brian Clarke 2019-03-28 11:00:00Z 0

My Grandfather HD

Posted by James Wheeler on Mar 20, 2019
I thought I might share my recollections of my Grandfather Mr Henry Dargaville Bennett (HD to everyone).
My Grandfather HD James Wheeler 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
Special Guest from Philippines Brian Klee 2019-03-17 11:00:00Z 0

Weetbix TRYathlon

Posted on Mar 14, 2019
Once again Eastern Hutt Rotary had a team of enthusiastic volunteers at last week's Weetbix TRYathlon, supported by Mayor Ray Wallace and National Candidate, Chris Bishop.
Weetbix TRYathlon 2019-03-13 11:00:00Z 0

Quiz Evening

Posted by Jaye Howey on Mar 13, 2019
This quiz evening is being organised by the Education and Employment Committee for family and friends.  It's no ordinary quiz!!
Quiz Evening Jaye Howey 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange with New South Wales District

Posted by Christine Meredith on Mar 13, 2019
Last weekend (4th March) during a discussion over the District 5020 USA/ Canada exchange group I became aware that a NSW group already in Palmerston North needed people to host in the Hutt Valley.  I put my name forward. 
Rotary Exchange with New South Wales District Christine Meredith 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
It’s Not Worth our While? Paddy Wells 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Who's being do what lately 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0

A Morning in Malmo

Posted by David Thompson on Feb 19, 2019
                        Here is yet more talent
It was May 1989. I was one of a small team of engineers who flew first to the UK and then to Ludvika in Sweden for technical, project management, and quality management work on what were to become the new Thyristor Converter Banks of New Zealand’s upgraded HVDC link.
A Morning in Malmo David Thompson 2019-02-18 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA - 2019

Posted by Jaye Howey on Feb 06, 2019
This year, Chris Bennett was our worthy sponsored candidate for this amazing leadership training event run by Rotary at the Silverstream Retreat last month.
RYLA - 2019 Jaye Howey 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

Baby Boomer Thoughts

Posted by Annette Ruck on Feb 06, 2019
My youngest son spoiled me and gave me a battery powered cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner for Christmas - I love it!  The same week my 12-year old grandson struggled to understand why you would ever use a crank handle to start a car.
Baby Boomer Thoughts Annette Ruck 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

Lest we forget

Posted by Richard Perry on Jan 30, 2019
                         LEST WE FORGET.
A highlight of our recent European tour was a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Lest we forget Richard Perry 2019-01-29 11:00:00Z 0

Water & Sanitation Group

Posted by Colin Alford on Jan 16, 2019
The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects.  Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices. We encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community. Most importantly, WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.
Water & Sanitation Group Colin Alford 2019-01-15 11:00:00Z 0

2018 Trailer Christmas Raffle

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Dec 26, 2018
Congratulations to lucky ticket number 10178, this year's major winner of our Christmas Raffle!  She was very pleased with her prize and would share it with her family.
2018 Trailer Christmas Raffle Pat Heffernan 2018-12-25 11:00:00Z 0

Christ Church Cottage Museum - updated

Posted by John Terris on Dec 12, 2018
Sadly, Lottery Grants Board aren't going to help with buying the land, or the cottage, but they will likely help with the fitout, which would be great.  Thanks heaps for your assistance to date with all this.  The text of the official reply reads:
Christ Church Cottage Museum - updated John Terris 2018-12-11 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas past and present

Posted by Dave Morris on Dec 12, 2018

For many of us born in the Northern Hemisphere a summer Christmas takes a bit of getting use to. In the UK, where I come from, Christmas is usually a time of short days and cold temperatures being close to the mid-winter solstice.


Christmas past and present Dave Morris 2018-12-11 11:00:00Z 0

John Terris - PHF No.2

Posted by Judy Dearsley on Dec 10, 2018
John Terris, QSO, was tonight's recipient of a 2nd Paul Harris Fellow Award tonight, a person who has been a stalwart of the Hutt Valley for many years.  A Rotarian since 1997 initially with Hutt Valley Rotary, and then Eastern Hutt Rotary from 2011.
John Terris - PHF No.2 Judy Dearsley 2018-12-09 11:00:00Z 0

2018 Trailer Raffle

Posted on Dec 06, 2018
For the 28th year, Eastern Hutt Rotary have their Trailer Raffle at Queensgate Mall, Lower Hutt with prizes value at $5,000, thanks for the corporate sponsors, members and friends.
2018 Trailer Raffle Brian Klee 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0

My Lucky Life

Posted by Christine Meredith on Dec 06, 2018
I consider myself to be lucky. Yes, a lot of other stuff has happened too, always resulting in a learning thing becoming luck.
My Lucky Life Christine Meredith 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0

Housing - the current market

Posted by John Matthews on Nov 29, 2018

I thought might be topical, with the Reserve Bank removing some of the lending criteria today, to give you all an update on the property market in Lower Hutt in particular.  You're probably all sick of hearing about property – the media seem to love reporting on it.  Here's my overview of the current situation.


Housing - the current market John Matthews 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0

Letters of thanks!

Posted by Richard Perry on Nov 27, 2018
We thought you would like to see just two of the many letters of thanks Jaye and I received have received, following our presentation of the Usborne Dictionaries at Naenae primary.
Letters of thanks! Richard Perry 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

Naenae College 2018 Awards 

Posted by Richard Perry on Nov 15, 2018
             Brook Waldron                           Hazel Schapel
On Tuesday 6 November, I represented us at The Naenae College Senior Prize giving.  It was heartening to see so many students from a wide variety of backgrounds being recognised for their achievements.  The reaction from the student body to the awards showed a heartening generosity of spirit and a happy pride in their school.
Naenae College 2018 Awards Richard Perry 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Exploring 'God's Own'

Posted by Brian Klee on Nov 13, 2018
Mary and I have been fortunate to enjoy many overseas trips to North America, Europe and a few to Asia.  But as they say, "Don't leave home till you've seen your own country", so 10 years ago I decided I needed to 'knock-off' the New Zealand's Great Walks.
Exploring 'God's Own' Brian Klee 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0

Why International Service

Posted by David Thompson on Nov 12, 2018
Eastern Hutt Rotary does some wonderful things in our local community. That hard work and money is helping kids who might otherwise miss out, or we do any of those other myriad supportive things we are known for, it somehow feels more connected or more personal and perhaps more relevant because it is local.
Why International Service David Thompson 2018-11-11 11:00:00Z 0

Fishing Experience to Remember

Posted by Dave Comparini
I was invited to join a 9 person party for a 5-day fishing trip into the Fiordland National Park on the launch Legacy.  It was 20 years since I was in the area tramping and shooting and was keen to visit once again and check out the fishing.
Fishing Experience to Remember Dave Comparini 2018-11-07 11:00:00Z 0

Past President 2005-2006

Posted by Ron Hunter on Nov 01, 2018
I was very privileged to have been President of Eastern Hutt Rotary Club 2005/06 and recall some of the highlights of that year.
Past President 2005-2006 Ron Hunter 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Exploring New Zealand

Posted by Brian Klee on Oct 26, 2018
Mary and I have fortunate to enjoy many overseas trips to North America, Europe and a few to Asia.  But as they say, "Don't leave home till you've seen your own country", so 10 years ago I decided I needed to 'knock-off' New Zealand's great walks.
Exploring New Zealand Brian Klee 2018-10-25 11:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - 24th October

Posted on Oct 24, 2018
World Polio Day - 24th October
Bill Boyd, 2006-07 Rotary International President
This week Rotary throughout the world recognized this day and through his daughter Kathy Bryant, her father Bill Boyd sent a short update on Rotary's & the Gates Foundation's polio eradication programme.
World Polio Day - 24th October 2018-10-23 11:00:00Z 0
International travel & rotary Jaye Howey 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Exchange visit between District 9940, and District 5020 (Canada and USA)  Anne Abbott 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
Freedom of Speech Michael Jameson 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

Rotarians abroad

Posted on Oct 10, 2018
       Rotarian's abroad
It's customary to engage Rotary banners when visiting overseas clubs, which is what Jaye Howey, Anne Abbott and Christine Meredith have done recently.
Rotarians abroad 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
New Members Month Jan Palmer 2018-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Brian Clarke Richard Perry 2018-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

Tribute to Joe Tomlinson

Posted by Colin Alford on Oct 01, 2018



 (26 September 1978 – 1 October 2018)

Here is a bit of background to Joe Tomlinson and his remarkable involvement with Eastern Hutt Rotary in servicing his community for the past 40 plus years.


Tribute to Joe Tomlinson Colin Alford 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

Duffy Books - update

Posted by Pat Heffernan on Sep 20, 2018
On Wednesday morning I had the pleasure to go to Rata St school for the distribution of this year's Duffy books. It was a first for me and what a great experience.
Duffy Books - update Pat Heffernan 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Kapiti Island Pat Heffernan 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0

Tree planting

Posted by Dave Comparini on Sep 16, 2018
Tree planting Project 16 September 2018
Clubs around the World have embraced 2017-18 world president Ian Risley’s call for Rotarians to plant 1 tree for every Rotarian in the world.
Tree planting Dave Comparini 2018-09-15 12:00:00Z 0

Duffy Books

Posted by Jaye Howey on Sep 13, 2018
With Hutt Valley Rotary, Eastern Hutt Rotary has been involved with Duffy Books for many years. Conceived by Alan Duffy in 1992, so far in 2018, the programme has reached over 520 Decile 1-4 schools, nearly 300 Early Childhood Centres, over 100,000 students, all financed by more than 200 funding partners and supporters.
Duffy Books Jaye Howey 2018-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

The Dowse disaster

Posted by David Gledhill on Sep 13, 2018
Recently I have visited the Expressions Gallery in Upper Hutt and the Pataka Museum in Porirua. The Expressions has had several superb exhibitions, most recently the "Where Children Sleep" and the National Ceramics Finalists, and before that exhibitions of The Photography of Lloyd Homer; Rugby and WW1; The Mona Lisa Story; and the NASA Space photographs.
The Dowse disaster David Gledhill 2018-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reminiscences

Posted by Russell Good on Sep 05, 2018
Let me take you back to March 1996 and a Coffee meeting with a referral source in Petone. The conversation turned to Rotary and how he thought I would enjoy being a member.
Rotary Reminiscences Russell Good 2018-09-04 12:00:00Z 0
What ever happened to common sense? Paul Giles 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Innovative Young Minds - 2018

Posted on Aug 27, 2018
Once again Eastern Hutt Rotary were very proud to sponsor 2 young women to this year's Innovative Young Minds programme in July.  They shared their excited experiences and what inspired them at our meeting this week. 
      Kathy Bryant, Madeline Arps, Hannah Fleury, and Pat Heffernan
Innovative Young Minds - 2018 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Is It the Truth?

Posted by Colin Fenton on Aug 21, 2018
Since the enunciation of the Four Way Test in 1932, generations of Rotarians have been asking themselves "Is it the truth"?
Is It the Truth? Colin Fenton 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Judy Dearsley on Aug 15, 2018
Having recently lost a sibling in a family of five, it has again made me very aware again of how unpredictable life can be and the ramifications that emerge from an event. 
Life Judy Dearsley 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0

My Working Life

Posted by Absie Crook on Aug 08, 2018
I would like to tell you about my working life from 1990 when I retired from the service station industry. It was then that I became at taxi driver before becoming Operations Manager for Hutt & City Taxis.
My Working Life Absie Crook 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Our return back to Gisborne

Posted by Tony Cornelius on Aug 02, 2018
In Mid-July Jenny and I went up to Gisborne, over 2 years since our last visit, and 3+ years since we sold up and moved to Wellington.  We took the opportunity to catch up with friends, our farm neighbours and even fitted in a meeting with my previous Rotary Club.
Our return back to Gisborne Tony Cornelius 2018-08-01 12:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Community Event

Posted on Aug 01, 2018
Here is an upcoming event in support of Te Omanga Hospice.
Lower Hutt 26th Annual Community Concert - Sunday 9 September 2018, from 2-4pm
The concert will feature a mixture of entertainment with free admission, but donations will be appreciated and accepted for Te Omanga Hospice, the charity selected by Mayor Ray Wallace.
Upcoming Community Event 2018-07-31 12:00:00Z 0

33 days with 3 Queens

Posted by Brian Clarke on Jul 25, 2018

During the month of June this year Mary and I embarked on an exciting series of cruises with the Cunard Line.


33 days with 3 Queens Brian Clarke 2018-07-24 12:00:00Z 0

Queenstown Region

Posted by John Cole on Jul 19, 2018
Lynne and I together with another couple have spent the last week staying in Queenstown.  To me it is the most beautiful region of New Zealand.
Queenstown Region John Cole 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Welcome back Terry Barr 2018-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
World Community Service 2018-07-10 12:00:00Z 0

Visiting Banceny Monastery in Ukraine

Posted by Dragos Bratasanu on Jul 11, 2018
A while ago, I watched on TV a documentary about a monk in Ukraine who, although he had nothing, he had a dream of building a monastery where he could care for the orphans, the sick and the abandoned children.
Visiting Banceny Monastery in Ukraine Dragos Bratasanu 2018-07-10 12:00:00Z 0
UH Housing Trust Shelley Bryant 2018-07-01 12:00:00Z 0

Colin Alford

Posted on Jul 01, 2018
Colin Alford receiving yet another Award at the District Changeover in Wanganui during the weekend!
Colin Alford 2018-06-30 12:00:00Z 0
Understanding Poverty Kathy Bryant 2018-06-27 12:00:00Z 0

Christ Church, Taita

Posted by John Terris on Jun 25, 2018
Our own member, John Terris, shared with us a short history behind the Christ Church in Taita, including the Trust's effort to raise $500,000 for the establishment of a Visitor Centre. 
Christ Church, Taita John Terris 2018-06-24 12:00:00Z 0

The Life and Death of Personal Data

Posted by Don Battah on Jun 21, 2018
Preparing one’s online personal data for moving on to greener pastures is often overlooked which might make an already stressful time for family even more so. 
The Life and Death of Personal Data Don Battah 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0

Work in the Pacific

Posted by David Thompson on Jun 18, 2018
Our Club Has Done Good Things Overseas
Well, it has.  It has been really active in the past 12 months helping needy people in the Pacific.
Work in the Pacific David Thompson 2018-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

My Rotary Story

Posted by Colin Alford on Jun 06, 2018
In April 1987 our family including Jan’s mother reluctantly moved from Murray’s Bay on Auckland’s North Shore to Lower Hutt. The move was made for sound business reasons and not taken lightly. We left behind good schools, good friends and a good way of life. We had built a lovely wee house on our section for Jan’s mother, she was very happy there.
My Rotary Story Colin Alford 2018-06-05 12:00:00Z 0

More Dictionaries in Schools

Posted by Jaye Howey on Jun 05, 2018
                       Pomare School                                                                  Naenae School
Our annual programme for the giving of Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries has now been completed for the year, with the recent presentations to year 4 students at Naenae Primary School, Pomare School, and St Michael’s School.
More Dictionaries in Schools Jaye Howey 2018-06-04 12:00:00Z 0

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Posted by Helen Thomas on Jun 02, 2018
Pink Ribbon Devonshire Tea

Our Pink Ribbon Devonshire Tea was a great success and that was thanks to a huge team effort.  We raised $400.00 for this very worthy cause and had a lot of fun on the way.
Pink Ribbon Breakfast Helen Thomas 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0

Taita Central School

Posted by Jaye Howey on May 23, 2018
The presentation of Usborne Illustrated dictionaries to Year 4 students at Taita Central School this week, was the start of our 10th year of presentations to 4 low decile schools in the Naenae/Taita area.  Many happy and excited faces!
Taita Central School Jaye Howey 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

Cataract surgery

Posted by Anne Abbott on May 21, 2018
What is it like to go through cataract surgery in 2018? Have you thought about the medical advances that have happened since 1950, when “Call the Midwife” was written about midwives in the East End of London?
Cataract surgery Anne Abbott 2018-05-20 12:00:00Z 0

Kiwi Initiative

Posted by Dave Wilson
Following is a Rotary Project that new Rotary members need to be aware of and older members need to remember which I was very involved with for many years both in our Rotary Dist. 9940 and also Nationally.
Kiwi Initiative Dave Wilson 2018-05-15 12:00:00Z 0
2018 Rotafest Conference Brian Klee 2018-05-11 12:00:00Z 0 Rotary

Girls Can Do Almost Anything!

Posted by James Wheeler on May 07, 2018
Girls can do almost anything!
"​​​​​​​Two women pilots were flying their Air New Zealand Q300 into Wellington airport.
They landed and taxied up to the gate……..Question……..who parks the plane?"
Girls Can Do Almost Anything! James Wheeler 2018-05-06 12:00:00Z 0

This Week in the Community

Posted by Richard Perry on Apr 25, 2018
On Anzac Day, I was privileged to lay a wreath on behalf of the Club, at the service on the Anzac Memorial Plaza.  Our thanks to the generosity of Rob Sinclair for providing the wreath materials and the hands of Helen Renor who prepared it.
This Week in the Community Richard Perry 2018-04-24 12:00:00Z 0

The Amazing You

Posted on Apr 23, 2018
Wow, what an inspiring evening!  After selling their home in Croatia, Dragos and Anca donated all sale proceeds to a local church, then set off on their worldwide adventure. To learn more about his remarkable life so far, HERE is his story.
The Amazing You Brian Klee 2018-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

Building Washing Robot

Posted by Joe Tomlinson on Apr 23, 2018
In 1962 when Joe Tomlinson started his one-man painting business from his home in Epuni he had no idea that 56 years later the company would be what it is today.
Building Washing Robot Joe Tomlinson 2018-04-22 12:00:00Z 0

Das Auto

Posted by David Thompson on Apr 17, 2018
Last Sunday my wife and I, along with our daughter and one of her friends, went for a bush walk at a place that has been a family favourite for forty years. It was a beautiful cool but sunny day. We dawdled and got only three-quarters of the way from Catchpool Valley to the Orongorongo River while our daughter and her friend walked the full distance.
Das Auto David Thompson 2018-04-16 12:00:00Z 0
Vera Lynn Concert - update Brian Klee 2018-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

We're a team

Posted by Helen Thomas on Apr 11, 2018
Helen and Howie Thomas – we’re a bit of a tag team and always support each other with our various activities.
We're a team Helen Thomas 2018-04-10 12:00:00Z 0

2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award 

Posted by Michael Battah on Apr 09, 2018
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a 5-day intensive youth leadership program. Across the 5 days, we took part in a number of seminars and activities.  Some of the more memorable ones include:
2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Michael Battah 2018-04-08 12:00:00Z 0

Lower Hutt today

Posted by John Terris on Apr 04, 2018
The most recent GDP figures for the Lower Hutt economy highlighted on your front page last week have been a long time coming and could do with a bit of historical perspective. The whole thing didn’t get conjured out of a hat.
Lower Hutt today John Terris 2018-04-03 12:00:00Z 0

Duffy Books

Posted by Jaye Howey on Mar 27, 2018
An expectant “Hush” had just fallen over this Assembly at Rata Street School as children waited for the arrival of this term’s Duffy Books Role Model and the presentation (courtesy of Eastern Hutt and Hutt Valley Rotary Clubs) of 2 books to every child.
Duffy Books Jaye Howey 2018-03-26 11:00:00Z 0

Vera Lynn Concert

Posted by Jan Palmer on Mar 21, 2018
A reminder to come along and enjoy Vicki Lee sing those legendary songs once sung by Vera Lynn!  Alternatively, buy 2 tickets and give them away as a treat to family, or true Vera Lynn friends/fans.
Vera Lynn Concert Jan Palmer 2018-03-20 11:00:00Z 0

Great Barrier Island

Posted by Jaye Howey on Mar 19, 2018
Question: Why was a certain quartet of EHR members absent from the Rotary meeting on Monday 13 March? (They did remember to apologise!)
Great Barrier Island Jaye Howey 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
2018 Te Omanga Charity Golf Tournament Brian Klee 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0

Weetbix TRYathalon

Posted by Jaye Howey on Mar 15, 2018
1600 students, mainly from local Primary and Intermediate schools, competed in the recent Weet-Bix TRYathlon based at Hutt Rec. and the Huia Pool.
Weetbix TRYathalon Jaye Howey 2018-03-14 11:00:00Z 0

World Rotary President

Posted by Brian Klee on Mar 06, 2018
A group of us travelled to Palmerston North today to meet Rotary International's world President, Ian Riseley.
World Rotary President Brian Klee 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

A Visit to The Catlins

Posted by Richard Perry on Feb 28, 2018
This January, I was fortunate to join a group of experienced and cheerful Rotarian and Probus members, for a set of day-walking trips in the South Island Catlins.
A Visit to The Catlins Richard Perry 2018-02-27 11:00:00Z 0
Quiz Evening - update 2018-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

Te Araroa Trail update...

Posted by Brian Klee on Feb 24, 2018
Here's Graeme Bocock's account of his final North Island journey on the Te Araroa Trail.  A few of us joined him this time, to hear him talk about his travels so far. 
Te Araroa Trail update... Brian Klee 2018-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
Special Olympics - thanks Jan Palmer 2018-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

Growing up in a large family

Posted by Jan Palmer on Feb 14, 2018
It certainly wasn’t a bed of roses, but it was all worthwhile now with over “100 people for Sunday lunch” with brothers, sisters, their husbands & partners, their children and their husbands and partners, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. The amazing thing is we all get on!!
Growing up in a large family Jan Palmer 2018-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
Graham Bocock - continued 2018-02-02 11:00:00Z 0
Te Araroa Trail - Graham Bocock 2018-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

A non-tourist visit to Singapore

Posted by Christine Meredith on Jan 25, 2018
In December I made a very different visit to Singapore, mainly so I could visit my daughter Sarah who had moved there with her family in July. My grandsons are 8 and 10 years old. So began a very different visit to that which is normally encountered.

A non-tourist visit to Singapore Christine Meredith 2018-01-24 11:00:00Z 0

2017 Christmas Raffle

Posted by Robert Sinclair on Jan 08, 2018
Here is the 2017 Trailer Raffle being drawn under police supervision on Christmas Eve, and a photo of the very happy winner!
It is so wonderful to see it was won by such a young and deserving family, who didn't have any bikes! 
Thanks to the community for purchasing tickets and assisting us to provide needed Donations for our worthy recipients.
I would personally like to thank Brian Clark for all his effort with the Trailer raffle ensuring a great outcome, and to those club members standing in to help during my illness.   Most importantly members, members of Inner Wheel, past members, family and friends for giving up their time to enjoy the company of others while selling tickets.  Without your support, this project could not happen.
Robert Sinclair, (Raffle Organiser)
2017 Christmas Raffle Robert Sinclair 2018-01-07 11:00:00Z 0

Christmastide 2017

Posted by Richard Perry on Dec 04, 2017
Our traditional cards show snowy scenes, well rugged up choristers singing lustily, and a robin perched on a branch pretending to a merry chirping, while freezing its …um, feet off. But as a New Zealand carol reminds us, here we have an upside-down Christmas.
Christmastide 2017  Richard Perry 2017-12-03 11:00:00Z 0
Robin Fenwick - Paul Harris Fellow Desmond Darby 2017-12-03 11:00:00Z 0

Auction of Promises - Chinese Banquet

Posted by Colin Alford on Dec 01, 2017
Participating in fundraising and offering to help always reminds me of the army motto “Never Volunteer” then another part of me remembers the Rotary Motto “Service above Self”.
Auction of Promises - Chinese Banquet Colin Alford 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0

Learning and Leadership

Posted by Brian Klee on Nov 29, 2017
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether 20 or 80; anyone who keeps learning is young.” – Henry Ford
Most Rotarians pride themselves as community leaders but as mentors, how many of us have stopped learning?
Learning and Leadership Brian Klee 2017-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Introducing Dragos Bratasanu Pat Heffernan 2017-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Introducing Anna Hewitt Helen Thomas 2017-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Special Olympics NZ Brian Klee 2017-11-22 11:00:00Z 0
Auction of Promises - update Christine Meredith 2017-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Train journey across USA

Posted by Michael Jameson on Nov 23, 2017
Jenny and I arrived in San Francisco on September 1st to begin our epic journey across the US by train.
Train journey across USA Michael Jameson 2017-11-22 11:00:00Z 0
Naenae College - Educational Award Richard Perry 2017-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Holidaying in the USA and Cuba

Posted by Jasmine Howey on Nov 14, 2017
“Almost 6 weeks in the USA and then 8 days in Cuba” was my itinerary as I left New Zealand to fly via San Francisco to Sacramento on 22 September.
Holidaying in the USA and Cuba Jasmine Howey 2017-11-13 11:00:00Z 0

Parkinson's Awareness Week

Posted by Russell Good on Nov 10, 2017
We again provided collectors for this year's Parkinson's Awareness Week on 3rd and 4th of November at Queensgate, Lower Hutt.  As the organiser, I want to thank the following....
Parkinson's Awareness Week Russell Good 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
It’s a hard question; “Are you ready”? Moira Jackson 2017-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Wellington Free Ambulance

Posted by Desmond Darby on Oct 30, 2017
Thanks received from Diane Livingston, Wellington Free Ambulance, for Eastern Hutt's joint financial contribution towards their new vehicle, "Ambulance 432".
Wellington Free Ambulance Desmond Darby 2017-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Asthma Foundation Paul Giles 2017-10-29 11:00:00Z 0

Naenae Boxing Academy

Posted on Oct 16, 2017
What an inspirational evening!  Eastern Hutt Rotary was proud to be guests at Billy Graham's Academy to meet many of his team, members and enjoy a BBQ tea supplied by them.
Naenae Boxing Academy 2017-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

Avalon Park

Posted on Oct 11, 2017
The fine weather and the July school holidays has brought out children from all over Wellington to Avalon Park.
Avalon Park 2017-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

What Have We Done to My Country

Posted by David Gledhill on Oct 05, 2017
Many folk are born in their country and are dutifully proud of it, while some deliberately choose to settle in a country, and have therefore actively chosen some responsibility for it.
What Have We Done to My Country David Gledhill 2017-10-04 11:00:00Z 0

Innovative Young Minds - Our experience

Posted by Hayley Krippner & Pallavi Samie on Oct 02, 2017
Sponsored by us, Sacred Heart students Hayley Krippner and Pallavi Sami, gave us personal accounts of their Innovative Young Minds (IYM) experience.... 
Innovative Young Minds - Our experience Hayley Krippner & Pallavi Samie 2017-10-01 11:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Helen Thomas 2017-09-24 11:00:00Z 0