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 Next Meeting          

 at Cedarwood Wednesday 29 March 2017           





Paraparaumu College & Matched Twin Exchange Student Emma Joss and Paraparaumu Rotary President Marion Patchett spoke to the club about Emma's forthcoming visit to Eumundi near Brisbane. 


Photo from left: Alison & Emma Joss , Waikanae Rotary President Gary McElhinney,
Steve Botica (Emma's Mentor) Marion Patchett Paraparaumu Rotary President & Leah Botica. 
Maria Calvert (Not present is also part of the Mentor / Support Team) 



Wayne was born and bred on the East Coast completing his schooling in Gisborne. Joining the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1973 he served for 20 years which included postings on six ships, several shore bases including peace keeping missions in Cambodia and 2 ½ years with the Defence Force in Singapore. 

Retiring from service in 1994, he joined Harcourt’s in Birkenhead, Auckland and with Harcourt’s has worked in the North Shore, Gisborne and the Kapiti Coast where, in 1999 he accepted a position as Auction Manager.

Wayne was accompanied by Ray Marshall from the Waikanae Office.

Wayne explained how the multi business closures on the East Coast affected real estate in that area.

In 1999 Mick Robbers grabbed Wayne from the Gisborne Harcourt’s Office to setup their auction programme. Wayne had invested a lot in learning and became passionate about auctions. 



Richard Campbell spoke at our meeting on the 22nd March about their family trip to New Orleans and the Mississippi River. For a time, Spanish explorers trying to find the river's headwaters called it Rio Grande (also translated as “Big River”), an apt name for a river that discharges 600,000 cubic feet of water per second when it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  

They flew in to Houston which is only an hour’s flight from New Orleans.
From the air the Delta Region looks mainly water.

The main channel of the river is 90 miles from the centre of New Orleans and is deep enough for ocean going vessels. Overall the Mississippi River is 2500 miles long. Unlike most rivers with an estuary the Mississippi has a Delta with a lot of water with much of the surrounding land is below sea level.



The vast fertile alluvial plains were ideal for sugar cane (not cotton) as it was too wet for it. The plantations were worked by slaves who lived in the small quarters shown in the photo. Nothing much changed when slavery was abolished. The workers still worked for a pittance and had nowhere else to go. The slave’s quarters had a primitive kitchen, main room, and bedroom - working from dawn to dusk conditions were pretty tough.

An exciting part was their visit to the "Swamp Area" (apparently, it does not smell) there were lots of (don't touch) spiders, racoons and alligators whose favourite lunch were Marshmallows if humans weren’t available.


NOTE: The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.



The 2016 / 2017 Board are: 

President: Gary McElhinney
Immediate Past President Graham Calvert
President Elect: Steve Botica
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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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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