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.  

Rotarians adopt the principle of “Service Above Self” by being actively involved within the local and international community, through charitable and fund raising project




Wednesday 10 August 2016


Guest Speaker Dan Foster & Jen. 


Dan was diagnosed with a rare liver disease when he was 17 years old called PSC, which causes scarring of the liver and can lead to liver failure.

It didn't stop him from travelling the world though, and during his travels met his wife Jen.


They both met up in Australia and were married in Fiji. Shortly afterwards he became critically ill as the disease rapidly got worse and he had to go on a transplant waiting list whilst living in the UK with his Scottish born wife. 


Dan was told he had less than 12 months.



That's where Dans wife Jen stepped up and volunteered herself as a live liver donor.

Jennifer fought all the way to be that donor and had to undergo test after test before she was given the green light to save her husband’s life.


This had never been done in Scotland before and involved cutting more than half of Jens liver out, and transplanting it into Dan. The liver is able to regenerate after transplantation, making it possible for a healthy person to donate part of the organ. 


After months of consultations and tests, the live operation went ahead on January 16, 2008, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The operation was a success and it's been 8 1/2 years since, and they both doing great.

Since then they been trying to raise awareness about organ donation and how you can let your family know your wishes if you want to be a donor.

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While still in the UK veterinary nurse Jen, won a Sunday Mail Great Scot Unsung Hero award in 2008 after being nominated by Dan who had to keep it a secret from Jen who was part of a large London theatre audience.

Another slide showed the Editors son (if you use your imagination) when Dan & Jen were touring Canada in a big Red SUV.


Dan admits his philosophy has always been to cram as much into life as possible. He said: “Being diagnosed with PSC changed his life and he was determined to do as much as he could while he was healthy, which got him travelling in the first place and led me to meeting Jen – the best thing that’s ever happened to him.” 




Waikanae Rotary 2016 -2017 Changeover Group Photo at Cedarwood, Waikanae. 
It is not often that such a large group photographs so well. Apologies to a couple at the back that are a little obscured.

Outgoing President Graham Calvert said it was an honour and privilege to have been the 50th President of the Rotary Club of Waikanae. The highlight of the year being the 50th jubilee Celebrations held in May.
The club still managed to make a significant contribution to the Waikanae Community and Educational Institutions it supports.
He acknowledged the support of his Board:
Graham Oliver: Club Service
David Lewis: Community Service
Richard Campbell: Youth Director
Steve Botica: Programme Organiser
Gary McElhinney: Public Image Co-ordinator.

Both Graham Oliver and David Lewis have retired from the board but will continue to support the club to the fullest.




The 2015 / 2016 Board are:

President: Gary McElhinney
President Elect: TBA
Treasurer: Richard Starke
Secretary: Graeme Rolston
International / Youth Director: Richard Campbell
Club Service Director: Barry Herbert
Community Service Director: TBA
Public Image / Bulletin Director: Gary McElhinney




 The following  member businesses support Waikanae Rotary and its promotional activities








President Gary was made very welcome at 
a recent visit to Takapuna Rotary Club.


31 August 2016 

Maeve Hume-Nixon is a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Vocational Scholarship.


She is undertaking post graduate study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This will lead to an MSc.

Maeve attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington before completing a MBChB course through Otago University in 2012.

Maeve spent her final three years based in Christchurch and was there when the earthquake hit on February 22 2011.

After graduating from Otago University Maeve at Wellington Hospital  before completing a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Liverpool School
of Tropical Medicine at Liverpool, England. 

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today (15 June 2016) announced that Harrison James from Waikanae NZ will be promoted to Principal Dancer in the 2016/17 season.


Note: Harrison James is known to us as James Wynn. His full name is Harrison James Wynn but he has taken the name Harrison James as his professional dancing name.
This season, Mr. James will make his company debut as Albrecht in Giselle and debuted in several lead roles including his recent performance as the role of L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince as well as Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and James in La Sylphide.

Mr. James has also danced such lead roles as Des Grieux in Manon and Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Born in New Zealand, Mr. James was promoted to First Soloist in 2015. Before joining the National Ballet in 2013, Mr. James from Waikanae trained at San Francisco Ballet School’s Trainee Program and the New Zealand School of Dance and danced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Béjart Ballet Lausanne.


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