Welcome to District 9940

Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Rotary 9940 is the Rotary District for the Lower North Island. It comprises 1,500 members; just over 50 Clubs and endless opportunities to get involved in the community, network, develop and make friends. Additionally, you become a member of one of the largest membership organisations in the world with 1.2 million members worldwide. 

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Our Main International Projects

Give Every Child A Future

Three times more women die from cervical cancer in the Pacific than in Australia. In Kiribati, every year 1 in 18 children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these lives could be saved by vaccines.

In collaboration with UNICEF, the plan is to vaccinate 100,000 of the most disadvantaged children and adolescent girls across the Pacific to prevent:

  • In women, cervical cancer;

  • In children, severe diarrhoea caused by rotavirus and meningitis, blood infections and pneumonias caused by pneumococcal disease.

This project is running across the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


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The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation exists to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

In its over 100 years of operation, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects across the world from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.

  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.

  • $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.



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End Polio Now

Since 1988, we've seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than three years, we've seen wild polio cases in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan - and we aim to eliminate this disease off the face of our world.


The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunise over 2.5 billion children worldwide.


Help us achieve this goal.



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Our News

Local News and Events
Already we’re into September!  Kevin and I have visited about 20 Clubs thus far and have plans to visit another 12 in the next few weeks.  Each visit is so interesting.
What we love is the fact that each Club has its own personality.  We are always warmly welcomed and members are keen to tell us about their projects, their successes, their areas of focus, their challenges. I’m delighted at the openness to doing things differently to achieve a different outcome.
One common theme is the fact that all Clubs without exception have youth and improving educational outcomes as a key focus.  This month of course is Supporting Education Month.  As Rotarians, and quoting from the RI website, “our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults”.
In our Clubs this happens in a range of ways.  A favourite project, ably led by Joy Durrant, is Dictionaries in Schools – as relevant now as it ever was.  This has been added to with the Usborne First Atlas, through the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust. 
Clubs tell me about the heart warming experience of handing these and other books out to children who may not have owned their own book before. Rotarians love the opportunity to go into schools and read too. 
Many Clubs are offering scholarships that enable students to advance their learning in ways they might not otherwise have been able to.
                                 Diary the date and check out accommodation now.
                   In Greytown (Friday night) and Carterton (Saturday and Sunday).
             Experience a Taste of the Wairarapa, celebrate our centenary and focus on
                                           future proofing our proud heritage.
                       Dress in the decade of your Club’s Charter on Saturday night!
                                                       Not to be missed. 
                                                 Registrations open soon.
It has been heartening that in this Covid environment, Clubs have still been able to support Schools and other institutions in their literacy efforts.
Literacy orders have hardly taken a blip and thousands of Usborne dictionaries have been ordered, and increasing numbers of Rotary Rhyming Around the Alphabet books for our younger audiences of early learning.  The District has done an admirable job in supporting literacy efforts and well done to many, many Clubs.
You may have read recently that New Zealand scores poorly on mathematical and literacy scales, on a global basis.  Naturally this has implications for ongoing growth and development, and contribution, for an individual.  A lower socio-economic household tends to have lower levels of literacy and mathematical skills.  This is particularly important when we think about supporting, in particular, our low decile schools.  Sometimes a child just needs their own special book.
Meanwhile, an Innocenti Report Card 2020, produced by the United Nations Children’s Fund Office of Research, released this week, reports on children’s well-being around the globe, with some surprising results.  Unicef says New Zealanders should be shocked by the report, and that we must do better.  Included in its findings, are some interesting comments. 
Eastern Hutt Rotary was out and about recently presenting 52  very happy year 4 students, at Naenae School, with their Usborne Dictionaries. 
Proudly presented by Jaye Howey and Glenda Barratt.
And that's not all! 
There were 28 very happy recipients of Taita School who received their dictionaries.

Also, 12 fortunate children from Pomare School.
And finally, 16 smiling children from St Michaels School with their prize possessions.
A great annual cause presented by Eastern Hutt Rotary, thanks to ongoing Jaye's initiative. 
Eastern Hutt was one of the first clubs in our District to be involved with this project, which was the result of the generosity of the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust set up in 2008.  We presented to 4 schools in 2009 and have continued to visit the same 4 schools each year. We have now completed 12 years and presented a TOTAL OF 979 DICTIONARIES!   
A Story from Gloria O'Dowd, Inglewood Rotary Club - personifies our September month's theme of Supporting Education.
Currently New Horizons Aotearoa Trust is only operating in Taranaki but if any Rotary clubs are interested in talking with Kere about expanding into your Rotary area schools please contact Kere Ell at:
Kere Ell, founder of New Horizons Aotearoa spoke at a pre-covid Rotary dinner meeting in respect to his programme of mentoring in schools, and in particular introducing his mentoring programme into Inglewood Primary School for Term 3 and Term 4 to years 7 & 8. Several members were very interested and from there members are now registered and attending during Term 3.
Kere founded the beginnings of New Horizons Aotearoa in 2013. It has since become the New Horizons Aotearoa Trust and is widely supported by Red Cross, TSB Community Trust, Taranaki Mounga, New Plymouth ITM, Puke Pine and many other organisations. 
The purpose of the volunteer mentoring role is to be working with years 7 & 8 students, providing mentoring and guidance whilst rangatahi learn new skills.
Using tools of encouragement and praise the aim is to in install confidence in rangatahi. This model is running currently in several other schools in Taranaki and Waitara Rotarians are also involved.
A few years ago our club had a person join who was very keen on a particular project, yet she didn't know how to access, or even properly understand the potential resources of Rotary to make her project happen. Rather than it taking new members years to figure that out, RLI shows people just what those resources are and how members can put together a project, or help with a pre-existing one that satisfies their passion for service.
Find an RLI Workshop[ near you during September - November and come along to access the opportunity of Rotary.
Look on the District 9940 website for details.
The Rotary Club of Apia has kicked off its 50th year Anniversary celebration in Samoa by presenting a fully functional Mercedes Benz Ambulance to the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.).
The ambulance was officially received and accepted by the M.O.H. Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Gaualofa Matalavea-Saaga, on behalf of the Health Ministry, on Friday, a statement from Rotary said.
The event was attended by the management and staff of M.O.H. and R.C.A. members at the M.O.H. offices at Motootua. 
The project was the brainchild of Rotary Past District Governor (P.D.G.), Stuart Batty, who is also the Executive Director for Rotary New Zealand World Community Services (R.N.Z.W.C.S.).
Mr. Batty has been an avid and long-time supporter of the Pacific, especially Samoa.  R.C.A. has purposely increased its efforts in supporting Samoa’s health sector through its Community Health mandate. 
Thus, when Mr. Batty broached the possibility of bringing across an ambulance to Samoa with Rotary-Assistant District Governor (A.D.G.) and R.C.A. member Louise Main, the Club responded with an emphatic ‘Yes Please!’ - and so commenced the project with the refurbishment and fit out of the vehicle. 
The fully kitted and functional ambulance was generously donated by; The Rotary Club Port Nicholson, Wellington; R.N.Z.W.C.S.
Gleeful Anticipation of  'The Big Catch' - Lyal Brenton
'The Notorious Onesie Gang' - Kapiti Rotary Club
One of Jaye Howey's beautiful Camellia
The first in a series of eight informative articles on the role of the "Youth Protection Officer?"
Historically my District position has been titled “Youth Protection Officer.”  I believe that the title should be the more inclusive “Youth & Vulnerable Persons Protection Officer.”
It is not only youth we need to be concerned about; it is all of the people who we, as Rotarians, deal with.  Young people, people with disabilities, elderly people, all people who are, in any way, vulnerable.
In the past Rotary has focused on young people.  Many Rotarians are involved in our premier youth programmes, International Youth Exchange, RYPEN, RYLA, Science Forum, The Brave Thinkers, Innovative Young Minds, Interact and RotoKids. 
However, many of our clubs are also involved in programmes for people with disabilities and in activities for elderly members of our communities.  The physical and emotional safety of these people is also our responsibility.
We need to be able to recognise the signs of abuse, harassment and neglect of all people in our care.  We need to know how to report our knowledge or our suspicions. 
We are not expected to DEAL with abuse, harassment or neglect.  But we must know what to do when it comes to our notice.
Remember, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men [and women] to do nothing.” (Abraham Lincoln, and many others.)
Richard Wishnowsky
Vulnerable Persons Protection Officer.
Pacifica and Nigerian students from Massey Uni enjoying a meal at my place (Raymond Sisely) in Marton.
Thank God for Rotarians' wives, Joy, Priya and Ngaire who fed them. Organised by AG Venky. These students face an uncertain future because of covid. If they can get home at all they are unlikely to be allowed back into NZ to complete their studies.
Venky is working up a scheme whereby the students who are stranded here can be supported and use their time here in gaining new practical skills in running a small enterprise and such things as beekeeping and self sufficiency. Bringing the students together to understand their needs and to build a trusting relationship is the first step. 
DG Gillian's facebook comment –‘This is brilliant. Thank you Venky and Ray for this important step towards us exploring how we can support these students.’ 'So Rotary'
The Rotary Club of Mount Victoria is proud to have worked along side BLENNZ ( Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand ) and secured funding to purchase a PIAF machine for them. The PIAF “ Pictures in a flash “converts 2 dimensional diagrams into embossed, tactile diagrams to facilitate learning for blind and low vision students.
Thank you for coming over Leigh , Rob and Diane and giving us a demonstration!
Tawa Rotary PP Denise Garcia shared her knowledge and wisdom in the 3/9 One News clip regarding findings on pregnant woman and Covid 19.
If you are concerned about your pregnancy in regards to covid 19, please speak to your LMC or visit www.covid19.govt.nz.
Rotary is proud of your contribution to the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their families Denise! (Ed;)
Yesterday (16/08) was a celebration of what Rotary and our community can achieve by working together.
Thank you to Inglewood businesses, golfers, Rotarians, Rotary District 9940 and KES Electrical for assisting Inglewood Rotary Club to have Solar installed at The Taranaki Retreat.
This was the culmination of 2 years fundraising at the Charity Twilight Golf Tournament.
Thankyou to everyone that assisted.