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February is World Understanding month in the Rotary calendar

Sweet as ...

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cromwell, NZ, Youth Exchange Student Anders Lade from Denmark arrived at a chilly Queenstown Airport on July 24. Since then, Anders has embraced the Kiwi mantra of “sweet as” and grabbed every opportunity with two hands.

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Sowing the seeds for a greener future

With the assistance of Rotary, Trees for Survival is fostering in students an appreciation for the natural environment from an early age.

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Pushing the limits

The Rotary Club of Papeete-Tahiti, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Moorea, organised its 10th 18km swim between Tahiti and Moorea on November 15, 2014 to raise money for diabetes. 

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New community services van for Dunstan Hospital

When the Rotary clubs of Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra and Roxburgh, NZ, heard that the Central Otago Health Services Limited (COHSL) Dunstan Hospital and allied services needed to replace their community services van, the clubs banded together to come up with a solution.

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A whole new way of learning


A $130,000 Rotary grant has enabled a New Zealand educational trust to expand a revolutionary internet-based teaching system across the Far North region.

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Hats off to Nauru

The Rotary Club of Nauru’s inaugural Dõbarmedañ Day in support of mental health was a great success.

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Raw talent on show in Mangere


The energetic opening act by the Mangere College Kapa Haka Group set the scene for four days of spectacular NZ youth talent at the fifth Rotary Club of Mangere Showtime Extravaganza in September. 

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Cruise holiday leads to incubators for PNG

Not content with relaxing in a deck chair, a group of Rotarians used their P&O cruise to improve the lives of Papua New Guinean families.

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Resilient Christchurch

Christchurch Rotary clubs joined forces to host a networking event for local businesses still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and gained some new members along the way.

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Cyclone Marcia leaves a path of destruction in her wake


At its peak, Cyclone Marcia caused 69,500 premises to lose power, at least 1000 homes suffered structural damage and 385 properties have been deemed uninhabitable. The Insurance Council of Australia has received 8950 claims, with the estimated insurance losses now standing at $53.4 million. These numbers are confronting, but they are nothing compared to the human suffering the cyclone caused.

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ShelterBox in Southern Malawi

ShelterBox is currently working in Southern Malawi following sever flooding that has left hundreds of thousands homeless. NSW Central Coast Rotarian and ShelterBox Response Team member, Peter Pearce, is currently on the ground helping to distribute aid. Peter is soon to be joined by another Australian volunteer, Peita Berzins, also from the Central Coast. Peita, a retired teacher, completed her SRT training last October and this will be her first deployment. We wish Peita, Peter and the rest of the team the best of luck.

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