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






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.


In delivering the profile of our newest Paul Harris fellow Secretary Graeme Rolston profiled Gary’s career and time in Rotary. He noted that the person he wished to talk about was probably like all small boys, in that he would have played with matches and fireworks. He had a creative & intuitive mind.

He was born in Ashburton and after leaving school worked for the Ashburton Borough Council in the building division. Gary progressed through several roles before moving to Wellington in 1983 to take up a role with the Department of Labour. 

Gary joined Rotary in 2007 becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Waikanae in 2012. During this time Gary was President in 2013-14 and has brought much of the Club’s operations into the 21st century. He has digitized all of the Club’s records, up graded the web site and made the newsletter modern and well designed. He is also the Club’s IT specialist when setting up for meetings when speakers need modern technological aids.


Always willing to assist with Club activities Gary volunteered to take on the role of President again when it looked as if no-one was available to take on the role.


Gary was honoured to accept the award and noted that he did wonder why so many of his family had turned up just to see his induction as President, especially when his brother, Murray arrived unannounced the night before from Auckland.

The Board unanimously approved that Gary should be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his commitment and service to the club.
Congratulations Gary
Richard Campbell on behalf of the Club.



2016-2017 President Gary McElhinney & Bev and out-going President Graham Calvert & Maria
Many thanks to those staying on to support my year as President
Graeme Rolston: Secretary, Richard Starke: Treasurer, Barry Herbert: Club Service, Richard Campbell: International & Youth



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




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Guest Speaker Tony Hadfield  
Meeting 13 July 2016

Below Tony with Belinda


Belinda had for some time an urge to walk at least parts of the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Early in 2015 she asked Tony if it was something he would be interested in doing - To her surprise, he said "why not"! 


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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