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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by John Terris on Nov 07, 2018
Many of you will be familiar with the Christ Church at 73 Eastern Hutt Road Taita.  Those who built this were people of remarkable courage and fortitude, who after some very hard times which accompanied their journey and arrival.
Christ Church Cottage Museum John Terris 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Paul Giles on Aug 27, 2018
In November 2017 our pharmacy was subject to the customary Ministry of Health audit (in our case this happens about every five years).
What ever happened to common sense? Paul Giles 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on Jul 16, 2018
Welcome back Terry Barr! President, Pat Heffernan, had pleasure in welcoming him back to Eastern Hutt Rotary.
Welcome back Terry Barr 2018-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
World Community Service 2018-07-10 12:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on May 12, 2018
A group of 11 Eastern Hutt Rotarians and wives attended this year's Rotafest in Palmerston North.
Read more
2018 Rotafest Conference Brian Klee 2018-05-11 12:00:00Z 0 Rotary
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
To Begin Just A Little Bit About Who I Am Annette Ruck 2018-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Brian Klee on Nov 23, 2017
Volunteering recently at the National Sumer Games for Special Olympics New Zealand.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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