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 13th February 2019 
 6pm 17 Parata Street, Waikanae 5036.
  Speakers: Chris from the Health Evolution
Plus Riley McIntosh & Ben Clarke (Book award recipients).

This is a good night for partners and friends to attend. 




Our Speaker on 31 Oct was Peter Gallagher, one of three Senior Specialist Investigators for NZ Fire and Emergency (formerly the NZ Fire Service).

Peter talked to us about the characteristic of a fire and explained the rationale for some of the messages Fire and Emergency are trying to get out to all New Zealanders.
All fires are non-discriminatory and have three characteristics:

1. they produce smoke, and its smoke that kills us, because cyanide is in the smoke when modern materials burn.
2. Its hot- 1400 degrees Celsius at ceiling level.  By comparison your electric stove element only gets up to 410 degrees.
3. Fire is black – the particles in the smoke are black and make it impossible to see the fire.  The particles also are attracted to the coldest part of your body – which unfortunately is your eyes and sticks to them blinding you.

He spoke about the common causes of fires and typically its three things – Men, Women and Children (more accurately its their behaviour that causes fires).  He’s seen multi-boxes with screws in them to stop them tripping; one hot point with 26 devices hanging off it; and smoke detectors disabled and not where they should be to give adequate warning to get out.

Unlike animals, a human’s sense of smell “turns off” when we sleep and hence we need smoke detectors to substitute for our noses when we sleep.  Peter says they find very few deceased animals after a fire.
Peter said the best type of smoke detector is a photo electric.  And they have a life of up to 7 years without having to replace the battery for a cost of about $20 each.  Detectors should be placed in all rooms where there is living, but not near cooking or a heat source, ideally in the centre of the room.






Our speaker for the meeting on the 14 November was 9940 District Governor Marion Johnston who thanked the club for a very warm welcome and noted that our club was well connected with the community and had opportunities for membership.

She spoke a bit about her family / business and 9 grand children.
Marion was born in Invercargill on a sunny Saturday last century.
She received a secondary education at Christchurch Girls’ High School and Wellington Girls’ College and trained as a teacher at Wellington Teachers’ College.
After a career of some 16 years in the Education Service in several roles, including payroll development, Marion and husband Mike bought a long-established family automotive business in Whanganui which they have operated for the past 22 years; Marion joined the Rotary Club of Wanganui North in 2003 after being invited along by a customer.
Both Marion and Mike have a passion for cars and have been closely involved in motor sport for 40 years.  They are also members of the Vintage Car Club and each owns a vintage car. Marion is also involved with the historic paddle steamer ‘Waimarie’ which operates on the Whanganui River.

Rotarys new Vision Statement, something Rotary always had but wanted a statement that would communicate what we stand for and where we are headed. This was crafted after considerable discussion. Together Rotary sees a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in communities and in our selves.

In Rotary we unite because we know we are far stronger together than alone. We take action because we are not just dreamers, we are doers.

We work to create lasting change for good and change that will endure long after our involvement here.

Rotary does extraordinary things in their communities.

How people perceive us sits well with our Service above self Motto. This does not mean that you put your family aside to do Rotary work or put business on the back burner to do Rotary work.
Marion would like clubs to be open to the flexibilty created in 2016. Life styles have changed and Rotary has recognized this. She asked clubs to think about fund raising as opposed to Service, noting that our club already followed this path.

Finally noting that most members joined Rotary to give something back to the community










Callum Greig pictured above with President Steve spoke on the 12th September 2018 to the club about his time at the NASA Advanced Space Camp, the best educational-based experience of his life so far. Everything about the trip was absolutely amazing made possible by the Rotary Club of Waikanae sponsorship to the 2018 Rotary Science and Technology  Forum.

Space Camp gave him the ability to find out all the possible careers that he could pursue to become integrated into the space industries. The diversity in the number of jobs you can follow, from working with the rockets on the ground to being the astronaut inside the rocket and or to even teach others the wondrous knowledge, was just incredible.


The amazing thing about working in any job in the space industries is that you are working with modern and new science, experimenting with new theories and being the ‘first’ to do certain things. Space Camp has shown him that the specific career paths surrounding the space industries are adventurous, exotic, fulfilling and most of all, something he wants to pursue.






Waikanae Rotary President, Steve Botica with the two current Rotary Matched Twin Exchange Students 
Ariana Davis from Kapiti and Tahlia Barwick from Tamworth Australia who are both studying at Paraparaumu College.


Both Ariana Davis & Tahlia Barwick Matched Twin Exchange Students sponsored by Waiikanae Rotary spoke to Beach FM our local radio station.

The recording states Paraparaumu Rotary where Marion Patchett Paraparaumu Club President at the time is the Students Mentor and valued supporter together with Waikanae Rotary.

Listen to the 6 minute recording.





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



The 2018 / 2019 Board are: 

President: Steve Botica (Leah)
Immediate Past President Gary McElhinney
President Elect: Steve Botica
Treasurer: Richard Starke
Secretary: Graeme Rolston
International / Youth Director: Richard Campbell
Club Service Director: Graham Oliver
Public Image / Bulletin Director: Gary McElhinney




 The following  member businesses support Waikanae Rotary and its promotional activities









Marion Patchett presented Emma Joss with her certificate in recognition of acheiving her exchange last year in Queensland, Australia.

Marion is 9940 District Chair for the
NZ-Australia Matched Student Exchange Programme & IPP Paraparaumu Rotary.



Recent media reports indicate that the works commisioned in 1990 may be at risk with the future developments in Waikanae planned by the KCDC.

Along with the Waikanae Lions Club your Rotary Club was very much involved in the Waikanae Sculpture Garden Project and will be petitioning the council to preserve the sculpture garden.





Graeme Rolston spoke at our meeting on the 12th July 2017 about his and Loris's Month away in Canada.

The holiday was timed to take advantage of the Canadian Summer however the climate decided not to play ball and was roughly a month late.

Flowers that should have been in full bloom were not at their best. Apparently, Canada has had 4 more metres of snow on top of the normal 15 metres. The map below shows their 4,100km road trip. 

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Richard Campbell introduced Caylin Morgan
the Paraparaumu College Student, Waikanae Rotary supported attending the National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland, this January.

Caylin is a Year 13 Student at Paraparaumu College.
She has a passion for Science especially Biology and
this year is studying English, Maths, Physics, Biology & Chemistry.

This time last year she would never have imagined that she would be spending her summer holiday at Science Camp.

On the 19th April 2017 Caylin spoke about her experiences at (highs & lows) 
the Forum focusing mainly on the academic, personal
and social aspects of the forum.



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