Friday, October 24, 2014

Help Celebrate World Polio Day

For all the clubs that have something special planned, please take some high res photos & send to your District's Public Image Chairs, as would love to capture these, showing the world what New Zealand/Pacific Islands are doing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What you might like to know about World Polio Day 24th October

24th October 2014 designated World Polio Day by the World Health Organisation is a reminder of Rotary New Zealand’s part in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. Stuart Batty is Rotary’s PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisor for New Zealand. He says “Rotary New Zealand have raised NZ$6.8 million for Polio Eradication since 1985 and since 2002 the New Zealand Government has given NZ$5.2 million. Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced 99% from 350,000 a year to about 400 in 2013. In 2014, Southeast Asia was certified polio-free after India eliminated the disease from its borders, an incredible feat for a country once considered the hardest place on earth to stop polio. Earlier this year, the Director-General of the World Health Organization declared polio to be still a public health emergency of international concern. As such, WHO urged polio-impacted countries to ensure travellers leaving their borders are immunised against the disease. This decision puts additional measures in place to ensure New Zealand as well as the rest of the world protect the incredible progress to rid the world of the disease. Rotary worldwide, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985 and has since contributed US$1.3 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunise more than two billion children in 122 countries.    A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death.  There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.” 

For further information, or to donate, visit or


Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION again receives the highest recognition from the Charity Navigator Organisation

On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International on achieving our coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars. In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator, highlights the fine work of efficient, ethical and open charities. Our goal in all of this is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.

Based on the most recent information available, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has earned our seventh consecutive 4-star rating. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Only 2% of the charities we rate have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Get ready for World Polio Day

Woman chalking house

Watch the End Polio Now: Make History Today Livestream event, including a global update on the status of polio eradication, on World Polio Day, 24 October, at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), at Your club or district can organize a viewing party or incorporate the viewing into your existing World Polio
Day plans. The archived video will be available following the live program.

Also, your club meeting during the week of World Polio Day can focus on Rotary's work to end polio. Community fundraisers scheduled on or around the day will raise public awareness of the need to eradicate polio and remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio-free world. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Taking e-clubs to next level - Facebook ones

When you think we can't look at other ways of forming clubs, this is the next level from e-clubs, a Facebook based club. Makes for a very interesting story.......

Illness leads former Navy code breaker to form world’s first Facebook-based Rotary club | My Rotary

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Looking for ideas for Polio day???? Look no further

Polio Day 24th Oct - if you are looking for a great project that is easy to get involved in, look no further. The Rotary Club of Otahuhu, D9920 did such a great job last year, they are doing it again & that is involving their local primary school.

They have a letter that is easily used to send out to your local schools. All you need to do is add all your details, the rest is done for you, so if you are interested, please get in touch with your District PR Chair who has all the details.

Friday, August 29, 2014

You can still have your say

Not much time left, but your opinions count & will be a huge help in shaping our Rotary future. No time to lose......
We have had over 1,000 respond and the results will be reviewed and will assist the Zone Communication Group in future planning.  As well as determining the impact of past media campaigns, questions have been asked on the use of current web sites and how they benefit members.  Thanks to all of you who have already completed the survey.  If you have not already done so, the survey will remain active through to 31 August.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hot off Press 2nd edition of Public Image Newsletter

Do you want to know what your zone, District & club is doing? If so read the attached link to inform you of what is happening in & around your patch.
Please remember to send your stories & articles to myself & Colin Robinson

September  2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

How are you celebrating Red Nose Day????

Some are going all out, others are just texting NOSE to 933. Whatever you are doing, Happy Red Nose Day.

Check out Rotarian Dave Hawke of Rotary Club Botany East Tamaki. Those that know him, this is typical of Dave........

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Red Nose Day is tomorrow & we are going to make TV. Spread the word.....

Great news straight from the Red Nose Day Head Office..........with Rotary’s support, this year we have $10, 000 in the bank for our Red Nose Day campaign and we are going to announce it on our Red Nose Seven Days TV Special at 9.30pm on TV3 on Friday 22nd August.

Red Nose Seven Days Special

Make sure you're tuned into watch the Red Nose 7 Days Special on Friday 22 August at 9:30pm on TV3. It's a one hour special episode of 7 Days complete with a little mischief from our mates, Jono and Ben, from Jono and Ben at Ten.

Those Rotarians that haven't done anything with their club & would still like to help with this campaign, you can text NOSE to 933 to donate $3. Now how easy is that........