Local News and Events
The beginning of the Rotary year is full of both challenges and opportunities.  It is an exciting time when new energy, ideas and connections are brought into our leadership teams and when we thank those who have led our Clubs and District with such enthusiasm over the past year. 
Because leadership changes every year in Rotary, one of our challenges is continuity to ensure we achieve our long term goals.  This means not just doing those things we have always done, but ensuring the new initiatives, ideas and aspirations of your Club are worked through to completion.  Many initiatives take much longer than one year and one leadership team to achieve, whether it is reenergising your Club, increasing membership or developing a new community project
On a very wet Sunday afternoon 26 June 2016 Simon Manning passed the chain of office to Martin Garcia
Our Assistant District Governors are a very important link in our District chain.  Read here for the first of our series of bio’s on the AG’s.  This month:  John Heremia Mohi:  Wellington 2, Lee Wilkinson: Wellington 3 and Chris Garrett: Kapiti/Horewhenua
Several Rotarians have been honored in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year.\
Roy Lithgow, Ian Paterson, Aruna Abeygoonesekera, Robin Brockie
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As you read this first bulletin, the new District Website is up and running. There is more work to be done to polish it and fill in some gaps.  This will happen over the next month or so.
With this new website platform, we have a fabulous opportunity to improve our communication, build resources and do things better - faster, and simpler promoting Rotary and our district to a global audience.
By the end of June, the first replacement stock of ERKs will have been flown into Suva from Auckland for prepositioning and in the coming weeks Auckland Rotarians will be packing a further 1000 kits for further deployment around the Pacific. Donors continue to be supportive and we look forward to a continuing steady flow of donations to maintain this Rotary humanitarian support so that we can bring immediate relief to our Pacific neighbours following natural disasters.
Clubs can donate via www.rnzwcs.org. Please state club name and tag for ERKs.

It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact.”
For the full (and very useful) RI Manual and Guidelines see ttps://www.rotary.org/myrotary.
What does this mean for you?
 Eighteen young men and women with intellectual disabilities grasped every ounce of courage they had to enter the Rotary Best Speaker Awards, staged by Plimmerton Rotary. The event was sponsored by Tommy’s Real Estate.
Recently Linda Wellington, Past President of Port Nicholson club, had much delight in handing over a brand new state of the art coin operated clothes dryer to The House of Grace in Newlands.
Two weeks ago, Robert became the first learning-disabled person ever to be elected to a United Nations committee; the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. 
 His appointment to the UN is the product of years of activism on behalf of the disabled, especially those with intellectual disabilities.
District Newsletter
July 2016
Jul 02, 2016
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