The Rotary Club of Waikanae is for active business and community leaders who enjoy the fellowship of others and who want to make a difference in their local community.
Rotary is a global organisation with around 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs. Rotarians are people who:
• Get involved with their communities
• Connect with other professionals
• Share their time & experience with young people
• Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
• Use their skills to help others
Rotarians adopt the principle of “Service Above Self” by being actively involved within the local and international community, through charitable and fund raising projects.
Waikanae Rotary meets 6pm Wednesdays except for the first Wednesday of each month.
VENUE: Cedarwood, 17 Parata Street, Waikanae 5036.


At our meeting on 30 October  Stuart and Glenn (who brought 4 year old son Axel along) are involved with the volunteer charity called “Kidz Need Dadz”.

Axel was happy, because he won one of the raffle prizes and took home a block of chocolate.

There are four branches of the organisation located in Auckland, Wellington, Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.

The vision of the organisation is Strengthening father-child relationships through support, education and fun.

Kidz Need Dadz meets weekly in Raumati where they see a range of men with a broad range of stories and issues who typically have been through a split in a relationship.

Kidz Need Dadz
Kidz Need Dadz meets weekly in Raumati where they see a range of men with a broad range of stories and issues who typically have been through a split in a relationship.

The organisation helps with a range of things like accessing services available to men (although they are much fewer than those available for women); assist with supervised visit between fathers and their children; assist in mediation between partners, and help to find accommodation to name a few.

The charity has produced 22,000 copies of a book called “The Bloke’s Book” which is free and is a catalogue for the range of services available for men.

One of their prime focus each year is Father’s Day and bringing fathers together with their children which in 2019 was at Kapiti 10 Pin.

Kidz need Dadz provide data for researchers into a male view of relationship issues and also on draft social legislation.

Glenn, a Waikanae local, told his own powerful story of his relationship issues, how he suffered from serious depression and blamed everyone else for the situation he found himself. He has been separated from his eldest children who live on the West Coast and his experience with “the system” hasn’t been good. Glenn undertook a range of counselling and with support from Kidz need Dadz is living with his partner and son Axel again. Recognizing his weaknesses and addressing them was the turning point in his journey. Glenn attributes Kidz need Dadz as the primary reason he is now in a much better place and volunteers with the organisation to help others who are where he was.

Polio Plus Waikanae Rotary

Waikanae Rotary members with their "End Polio Now" shirts at the Waikanae Railway Station.
Jenny & John Algar, Richard Starke, Graham & Yvonne Oliver and Robert Nugent the driving force for the Waikanae Rotarys support for the End Polio Now Campaign.

On Thursday 24 October 2019 Metlink provided free train travel  for anyone wearing Red
"End Polio Now" T Shirts.

These were for all the lines in the lower Wellington area plus the "Capital Connection" from Palmerston North.

Rotarians travelled from as far North as Taranaki & the Wairarapa to participate.

Robert Nugent who organised our clubs involvement rode the trains for 9.5 hours and travelled some 500kms. This raised funds for the cause and highlighted Rotary's involvement in the drive to eradicate Polio, a fact not well known to the public.

Waikanae Rotary President Steve
at work.

Steve travelled into Wellington on the Capital Connection with about 30 other End Polio Rotarians and supporters who had started their day in Palmerston North.

He decided to wear his T shirt all day at work and received many comments and questions about the T-shirt and what it meant.

He collected about $10 in donations as well as many people taking the hand out to donate later.

The T-shirt meant he “discovered” a few fellow Rotarians at work.


It was a pleasure to have Marion Patchett – District Chair of the RANZSE programme on hand to present Grace with a certificate for her successful exchange.
Leah Botica and Grace’s mum Catherine were also in attendance for Grace’s talk.
President Steve presented Catherine with a small token of the Club’s appreciation for opening up their home and participating in the exchange programme.


The following member and service businesses support Waikanae Rotary and its promotional activities

Lucy Goldman helping out with the annual foodbank collection which this year was a Cluster-wide project, coordinated by the Kapiti Club.

Lucy presenting a  Rotary Club of Glen Innes Banner to Waikanae Rotary President Steve Botica.

Lucy has now returned ho

The Mobility Shop 16 Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu provided members recently with a wide range of Electric Bikes to test run around the Cedarwood Courtyard. 
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