Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Update on Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu from NZWCS


We now have 1000 ERKs either in Vanuatu or en route.

600 left on HMNZS Canterbury last Sunday – two and half 20 foot container loads. Prime TV News covered Sunday night.

Huge thanks to MFAT, RNZDF (Navy), Jenners Worldwide Freight Ltd for making this possible.

The value of the consignments is approx $600k so we desperately need that equivalent to replace the stock.

The Public Response to our Appeal which has appeared on a number of websites has been well received and we are grateful for donations large and small.

We have received many calls and emails from people representing Ni Vanuatu people in New Zealand and New Zealand residents from other Pacific countries with requests to assist them to send containers of donations in kind and other goods. Each is being considered, but not encouraged.

The reasons are many, essentially to protect the Vanuatu economy and not impair the livelihood of the established business community. A lot of DIK sent by well wishers is often inappropriate.

A priority for funding is re-establishment of safer drinking water. 75 communities are being considered to provide potable water and reduce the sanitation and health consequences which arise from water sources damaged by the cyclone.  Following on from a successful project in Samoa as a result of the last Cyclone devastating that country, water harvesting roofs and tanks maybe installed in  schools in strategic locations which community members can access which will prevent the closure of schools due to sanitation and health concerns. 

Reestablishments of home vegetable gardens also an urgent need which is being considered a priority.

New Zealand Rotary Volunteer Peter Wilson has arrived in Vanuatu to undertake needs assessments having determined a number of islands as those we should support given that Rotary has provided infrastructure to their communities in the past and know the islands well. Rotarians in Vanuatu have suffered loss to homes and businesses and need support whilst they tend to their own personal issues. Trauma is an issue often forgotten at these times.

Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands over a vast area of ocean and limited access mostly by sea. From the most southern to the most northern the distance is approx 1000 kilometres in a straight line.

Given it is only 10 days since Cyclone Pam hit, we believe we are well on track to make a real difference over the coming days, weeks, months and possibly years.


 Four Donation options are:
At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking

Quoting   03 1702 0192208 01             Ref.  888 or for ERKs specifically 308

Paypal  at   –     www.rnzwcs.org

Cheque to

RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand

Rotary Youth logos changing - watch this space

About a year ago, Rotary carried out a survey with a simple question: How can we bring our youth program logos closer to Rotary and align them with our new visual guidelines? From the responses, it was made clear that any change should include Rotary, be consistent with our voice and visual identity, and express the history of these programs even as we engage future participants:
  • 74% of you prefer a Rotaract design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 75% prefer an Interact design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 77% want a stronger connection between Youth Exchange and Rotary
  • 82% want a stronger connection between RYLA and Rotary
As you know, these programs have made a positive difference in our world for decades. We’ve developed leaders through RYLA, built international understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, and worked side-by-side with Interactors and Rotaractors to take action in our communities. But, just like Rotary, these programs have never received the recognition they deserve. Members of the public often don’t know our programs, why they matter, and how they are connected to Rotary’s story.

In the coming days, we will be rolling out a new visual identity for these programs that helps make that connection to Rotary more clear. Now when we continue to tell our inspiring story of the great work these young leaders make in communities around the world, they will know it is an extension of the Rotary brand. This new visual identity won’t replace your memories — the framed RYLA certificate on your wall, the well-loved Interact T-shirts in your drawer, or the many Youth Exchange pins on your blazer. It won’t erase your fondness for your Rotaract lapel pin or traditional club banner. Instead, we hope our effort builds on those positive feelings and gives you new ways to share your Rotary story with even more young leaders worldwide.

After all, there is no better Rotary brand than youth. You are Rotary’s values in action. You are our voice. And together we can share your Rotary experience with even more leaders.
Learn more about how these visual changes to our programs will strengthen Rotary’s image in our voice and visual identity guidelines.

Monday, March 16, 2015

CYCLONE PAM - VANUATU. Help requested.

In addition to below message:

Rotary New Zealand and ShelterBox are responding to the devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu with appeals for donations and emergency kits.  Details are at www.cyclonepam.rotarysouthpacific.org 


Rotary New Zealand is appealing for funds to support our Neighbours in Vanuatu following the devastation from Cyclone Pam.

600 Rotary Emergency Response Kits are on stand by for immediate dispatch to affected areas.

Rotary will be collaborating with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Emergency Task Force and the Vanuatu Disaster Management Office to ensure that the Emergency Response Kits are directed for best possible advantage to those affected.

The appeal funds may also support families rebuild their homes and  re-establish their vegetable gardens in addition to health and education issues.

New Zealand Disaster Response practitioners are also on stand by to go to Vanuatu to specifically assist Rotary.

Four Donation options are:
At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking Quoting   03 1702 0192208 01   Ref.  888

Paypal  at   –     www.rnzwcs.org

Cheque to
RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand

Thank you for your generous support.

PDG Stuart J Batty QSM,JP
Director, RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand
Ph/Fax 64 3 3599218
cellphone 027 2695615

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Diary Date for Red Nose Day August 21st 2015

Red Nose Day was established in New Zealand in 1989, back when Cure Kids was known as the Child Health Research Foundation (founded by Rotary in 1974). 

We’ve gone from strength to strength since then, and in 2015 our Red Nose Day appeal will help us to keep funding research into the illnesses and conditions that affect the lives of Kiwi kids.

Last year Rotary clubs across New Zealand got involved in all sorts of activities to make a big contribution to our total on the day.   You connected with everyday Kiwis in your communities and their generous donations have helped improve or prolong the lives of many Kiwi kids while we go for the ultimate goal: the cure.

As our Founding Partner we would love to have as many Rotary Clubs on board as possible, for our big day.   Get on board! 

Contact Mark Laurence on 027 521 3870 or email him at mark@curekids.org.nz  to register your club’s interest and find out how you can help.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015-16 Rotary Theme is.........

Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16

Our new Rotary theme for 2015-16 revealed. Following, parts from our Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran speech in San Diego.

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Rotary Month Themes

At the October 2014 meeting, the RI Board modified the Rotary International calendar of special observances to highlight the Areas of Focus.   The new calendar is:

August                  Membership and Extension Month

September          Area of Focus:  Basic Education and Literacy Month

October               Area of Focus:   Economic and Community Development Month

November           The Rotary Foundation Month

December            Area of Focus:  Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

January                 Vocational Service Month

February              Area of Focus:   Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

March                  Area of Focus:  Water and Sanitation Month

April                      Area of Focus:   Maternal and Child Health Month

May                      Youth Services Month

June                      Rotary Fellowships Month

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rotay Showcase - easy tips to help promote

Rotary Showcase allows clubs and districts to boast about the projects undertaken. Rotary Showcase has other benefits which allows countries to experience different project ideas which they could use. Showcase’s Impact Tracker includes information of the number of project volunteers, how long they spent on the project and the worth of the contributions in either cash or kind. Load your project/event via the Internet browser.

Showcase works best with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari - register your project by signing into
Rotary.org. Go to Develop Projects section of the Take Action menu. Rotary Showcase is supported Rotary languages and Google translate. You can include your project and club partners. Video your project or event and load it onto YouTube. Showcase allows you to post up to 20 photos.

Include information about the project, volunteers, the hours spent and the impact that the project had on the community. Other social media to consider is Facebook, Twitter and your district or club blog and website. Tell the world what Rotarians and Rotaractors do – use Rotary Showcase to seek sponsorship – the more the corporates see, the more they would want to be involved.

The value of showcase is shown in diagram below:

Friday, December 12, 2014

23rd February 2015 - mark in your calendar

Whether we call this day Rotary's Birthday, Rotary's Anniversary or Rotary's Celebration, this is a date to put in your diary. We are turning 110!!!

This is a day/week to celebrate in some way, marking 110 years young. Talk to your District Governor or District Governor Elects as they got some great ideas from their training last eek in Wellington. Share the message & start planning for the big day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Tuesday - 2nd December

Rotary New Zealand is joining with other charitable organisations who are calling on the public to consider those around the world who will benefit from this year’s GIVING TUESDAY - 2 DECEMBER 2014

Rotary will use donations for various outreach activities they are currently supporting including worldwide polio eradication, Ebola health workers in Sierra Leone and Liberia and closer to New Zealand, the Rotary Emergency Response Kit program which has been assisting families in Pacific countries since 1985. They never know when disaster will strike. Often it has happened during the Christmas/New Year season.

What a great way to celebrate that time of year knowing that Giving Tuesday donations were making someone else's days that much better. Donors have already contacted Rotary including some who are giving the equivalent of one Emergency Response Kit as an alternative to sending gifts to their family or clients at Christmas.

Details can be found on Rotary’s website www.rnzwcs.org with links for making donations.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Attention Rotarians in New Zealand.  It is still enough time to register and come to Wellington for the combined Institute/Conference starting Friday.
An excellent programme with over 550 in attendance.
With the support of Clubs in D9940 and the Governor there is going to be posters on  advertising bollards in the week leading up to the #WHYRotary2014 event.  There will be extensive newspaper coverage.  There will be an End Polio light projection on the Michael Fowler Centre.  As well as this, pull up banners will be at the airport to increase the profile of this 'must attend' event.
Register at this web site