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 21 June 2017           





 Students from Paraparaumu College ran our meeting on the 14th June.Ieremia Tuivaiti (Head Boy), Logan Voullaire (Deputy Head Boy) Tessa Thomson (Head Girl) and Heidi Stone (Deputy Head Girl and Acting President for the meeting)




 Te Rehia Lake-Perez was our guest speaker  for this meeting.
Te Rehia is a youth worker and is a second year intern with Zeal

Tu Kaha - Maori Kaupapa - Help connect Maori to their culture.
Initially she didn't like being identified as Maori but connected back to her 
culture helped with her Youth Work.

Through this youth work she has seen the development of improved 
relationships between youths and their community.
She feels privaliged to work with her community.


The current generation is standing out and expanding options by being more
involved in the community. There is still a need for young Maori innitiatves in Kapiti.
She loves Kapiti and loves her community.


Her volunteer work is targeted to help create young Maori Leaders not just in schools.
Te Rehia is an inspiring student and has the ability and connections
with youth to achieve her ambitions.






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. 
(Not present) Maria Calvert and Leah Botica part of the Mentor / Support Team).


Rotary Member Graeme Rolston gave a fascinating insight into his career in the early days and where it is now.


Waikanae Funeral Home and the Cedarwood Function Centre came about by a dream that Graeme had. For some time, the company has been looking for a suitable site for expansion of its facilities from the former Kapanui Rd site.


We all went on a guided tour of the new building. Who can remember what it looked like as the old Mitre 10. We soon forget. The Architect, Gilplans and builders, Mulholland Construction, both from Paraparaumu have designed and built a high class and architecturally award winning designed and spacious facility that Graeme and Loris are very proud of.  We could see the attention to detail in construction and the attention to providing the most up to date technical equipment in CCTV, sound presentation and data production/ recording. It is a maze of wiring, technology and planning that makes it such a functional building.


Thought has even gone into providing for future staff expansion. The use of Cedarwood is growing as a function centre outside of the funeral home use and of course we as a Rotary Club enjoy part of that experience.


The photo shows part of the control room at the rear of the auditorium. If you look closely you will see our photographer (Gordon Patching) in the background.
Graeme’s presentation made it one of those meetings where you really had to attend to get the real background and understanding the challenges we face in life.


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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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.


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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