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The 2020 Book Fair has been Revived

Date posted 26 January 2021
We are delighted to announce that our 2020 Book Fair, which was to have been held on 21-22 March 2020, but which had to be postponed in the interests of health and safety, will now take place over the period from 19-21 February 2021. The new venue will be open every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
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Community celebrates our future leaders

Date posted 15 August 2020
The Primary School Leadership Awards celebrate the achievements of primary school students who have been selected for their leadership and contributions to school life. This dovetails with the strategic priority of our Council, and the ‘service above self’ mission of Rotary. This was the sixth Awards ceremony and the attendance was the largest yet and, as ever, the Elim Church again proved to be an excellent venue. Keep reading >>

The date for the Primary School Leadership Awards is approaching

Date posted: 28 July 2020
This event is a wonderful opportunity to honour up and coming leaders from our 32 primary schools. Two students from each primary school are nominated by their principals and receive a Certificate from the Mayor. If you know a student who has been nominated at one of our primary schools, do come along to Elim Church on Monday 10 August and join the celebrations. Keep reading >>



We have a new google calendar available to view

Date posted 1 July 2020
You can now see our google calendar which will show our activities well in advance. It's dynamic (which means that it will be updated regularly). If you click on an event, you will be able to see a little more detail. If you want even more detail, you can find that on our Events page and if you want to see what we've been up to, you can find that information on our Weekly Updates page. 

The 2020 Book Fair is back on track

Date posted 22 June 2020
It's always lovely to be the bearer of good news and so many people have been asking whether the 2020 Book Fair will be reorganised now that we are able to mix and mingle a bit more - social distancing permitting, of course. So, put the dates of 3 and 4 October in your diary and come and join us at The Kennel Club. Keep reading >>

Back to Level 1

Date posted 9 June 2020
The Government has announced that New Zealand can now move to Level 1, a nearly normal life but with voluntary tracking and closed borders. While we heave a sigh of relief, let's all continue to act responsibly and take care of each other, and support local as much as possible as the economy begins to recover. From 16 June, our weekly meetings will return to the Mana Cruising Club and we look forward to welcoming people to join us.


Date posted 26 March 2020
Weekly Tuesday evening physical meetings have been suspended until further notice, but virtual meetings are now taking place at 6.30 on Tuesday evenings, using Zoom. If you would like to join any of the meetings, please make contact in the usual way. We hope all our members, friends, and visitors to this site remain safe during this difficult time.


We're sad to say that the Annual Book Fair has been POSTPONED

Date posted 16 March 2020
It is with great regret that we have decided to POSTPONE our annual Book Fair, which was to have been held this coming weekend - 21-22 March 2020. We are following the guidelines set down by our Government and in the interests of the health and safety of everyone who might have congregated at the Kennel Club during the course of the weekend. It is our intention to reschedule the Book Fair once it is safe to do so. Keep reading >>

Primary School speakers delight - again - 29 November 2019

Date posted 4 December 2019
This is one of the most enjoyable events in our Rotary calendar. The best speakers from the nine primary schools in the Paramoana cluster (schools in northern Porirua) compete for trophies and impressive cups for the winning schools. It began in 2002, with our club sponsoring it continuously from 2003. You can read about the event here and find additional photos on our Gallery page.

Mary Potter Charity Golf Tournament

Date posted 22 October 2019
Here's an exciting opportunity to have an afternoon of good fun on Friday 22 November and support a very worthy charity at the same time. There are holes to sponsor, goods to donate and an opportunity to raise a team to play. Keep reading >>

Joy and Laughter on every side ...

Date posted 9 September 2019
Ten young adults came from Lower Hutt, Wellington and Whakatane on Saturday to compete in the Rotary Best Speaker Awards. This is a highlight of the Rotary year and the third time the event has been held. As each speaker took the stage, there were cheers of delight and encouragement from the other contestants. Keep reading >>

Nurture the seed and it will blossom

Date posted 14 August 2019
The future of the Porirua region is in excellent hands if the calibre of recipients of the 5th Porirua Primary School Leadership Awards is any indication. Following the awards, the Corinna School singers returned to sing ‘Parea Nei’: “All doubts swept away, all restraints cast down.” A fitting finale to an excellent occasion. Keep reading >>


Golly, golly, gosh!

Date posted 19 July 2019
A MenzShed is coming to Porirua. Come along to our Open Day on Saturday 3 August from 11.00-1.00pm. The venue is Mai Katoa, 2A Upper Main Drive, Porirua Hospital. Let us know if you're coming so that we have enough sausages! Keep reading >>

A New Year

Date posted 29 June 2019
As is the Rotary custom, the new Rotary year runs from 1 July to 30 June. This is a time for change and refreshment and a new President and Board leads each club for the following year. on 25 June the Changeover took place at the Grand Hall at Parliament and President Euon Murrell took the helm. Keep reading >>

Happy customers

Date posted: 2 April 2019
It appeared that there were even more purchasers than in previous years waiting at 9.00 am on Saturday 30 March for the doors to open at the start of the Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair 2019. And the 'takings' bore this out with income higher than that from last year. People are still reading 'real' books!  One of the lovely differences was that most customers came into the hall with their re-usable 'shopping bags' at the ready so that the absence of plastic bags is taking off. Keep reading >>

Books galore

Date posted: 4 March 2019
The date is coming round again and our ever-popular Book Fair will be happening over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 March 2019 from 9.00 am. Come to the Kennel Club in Prosser Street, Porirua. There's still time to donate your books and DVDs. Come and browse through the wonderful selection and enjoy catching up with old friends as you partake of the superb refreshments. Keep reading >>

From Pauatahanui Village to Kakaho Bridge

Date posted: 22 February 2019
At the club's weekly meeting on 19 February, President Donna expressed how wonderful it had been to cut the ribbon with Mayor Mike Tana, following a karakia led by Taku Parai from Ngati Toa, and declare Stage 3 of Te Ara Piko open. Keep reading >>

From tragedy comes opportunity

Date posted: 2 February 2019
The Belola School in Timor Leste is finished and 120 children are about to start their new school year in their own school. The old school was burnt down in 1999, during the Indonesia withdrawal from East Timor. Belola is a remote village located approximately 15 kilometres from the Indonesian border within the Balibo Sub-District. Children in this small impoverished community are disadvantaged because they are denied full access to education. Keep reading >>

Children excel again

Date Posted: 1 December 2018
The Parumoana Schools' cluster covers the nine primary schools in northern Porirua. It is a longstanding tradition, now stretching back over 17 years, for them to compete to see who their best young speech-makers are. The students were confident, well-practised, and astonishing in their maturity. Keep reading >>

Fun with BJ Bear

Date Posted: 26 November 2018
This was a fantastic opportunity for Rotary to provide the organisation and means of community engagement, bringing huge benefits to both the kids and the police recruits for whom assisting young children will soon be a part of their day-to-day work. Keep reading >>


Pop into our Pop-Up

Date posted: 2 November 2018
There's a whole week in November when we'll be in our Pop-Up Shop at 17A Hartham Place, Porirua. You'll be able to find books, dvds and much more. Thanks to Plimmerton Inner Wheel, you'll also find a huge variety of second-hand clothing and much more. Make sure you pass by on at least one of the days from 5-10 November between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


An evening to remember

Date posted: 1 November 2018
On Wednesday 17 October, Pataka was the venue for one of the most amazing Rotary events: A celebration of 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. Keep reading >>


You had to be there ...

Date posted: 1 September 2018
This was the fourth annual celebration of the leadership of our outstanding primary school students. Many people said that, with these leaders of today, our city is in good hands. Children's Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft said, 'This ceremony is a reminder of the creative power that can be unleashed by young people.' One proud grandfather cried ...  Keep reading >>

The news we've been waiting for

Date posted: 17 June 2018
Walk along Te Ara Piko today and you can see that work has begun on the fourth stage of the pathway from Motukaraki Point to Kakaho Stream. The completion of the pathway from Pauatahanui Village to the Camborne Walkway now seems closer to reality than at any time in the past ten years. Keep reading >>

Bravery 10, Obstacles nil

Date posted 28 May 2018
It was all happening at the Anchor Church in Whitby on 26 May as twenty-five young adults regaled us with exciting adventures about their 'favourite holiday', some even looking to a future fifty years ahead.  The improvement in the ability of the contestants who have entered in previous years was very apparent.  Keep reading >>

Rotary Best Speaker Awards for IHC Youth

Date posted 16 April 2018
This event will be held on Saturday, 26 May 2018 at The Anchor Church in Whitby when entrants will speak about 'My Best Holiday'. If you know of anyone who might benefit from entering this event, please let us know. Keep reading >>

Book Fair as popular as ever

Date posted 20 March 2018
Read what David Pine has to say about the ever-successful Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair, held over the weekend of 17 and 18 March. It was another well supported event with proceeds going to Life Education Trust and a variety of community projects. Keep reading >>

Out with the old and in with the new

Date posted 18 February 2018
It's only four short weeks until the 2018 Book Fair. Is it in your calendar? Have you told all your friends and relations that the day is looming closer? Have you fossicked through all your shelves and turned out all your cupboards to see if there are things you want to donate for others to read? The time is now. Keep reading >>

Twelve beautiful gardens thrill visitors

Date posted 6 February 2018
It was a very special day and the weather gods made sure it was fine - if a little hot. You can read about the day and more photos will be available in our Gallery soon. Although there were fewer tickets sold this year, we're very grateful to those who supported the event and helped us to raise just over $10,000 towards the ongoing construction of Te Ara Piko.

Pauatahanui Garden Trail

Date posted 13 January 2018
A different time of year, new and exciting gardens, and this year, some additional information about things that are going on in our Community. Get your tickets and come along to enjoy a great day out! You can find out how to get hold of your tickets and, when you do, you'll have all the information you need to trail around the gardens to your heart's content. Keep reading >>

A Christmas party

Date posted 30 November 2017
Thirty-two children from three primary schools in our city attended the Christmas party at the Police College on 18 November. Both the schools and the Police recruits speak highly of this event, with the children talking about it for weeks afterwards. And there are some great photos to enjoy. Keep reading >>


Plenty of advance notice

Date posted 21 November 2017
With Christmas just around the corner, what better present to give to loved ones than a day out at the Pauatahanui Garden Trail from 9.00-4.00 pm on Sunday 28 January 2018. Vouchers and the tickets themselves are now available and the date has been changed to fit in with more settled weather. Keep reading >>

The Polio Virus. Is it still a danger?

Date posted - 9 May 2016

We all know that Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours. In 1985, Plimmerton Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.>> Keep Reading


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