Plimmerton Rotary

Community Organisation

Plimmerton Rotary
The Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)
Paremata
Porirua 5024 on Tuesday evenings only
3 days ago

It's in the Bag!

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Could anyone, other than Bryan Waddle, have given us a more entertaining, funny, and fast-moving evening? He entertained, he challenged our intellects (yeah right!) he poked fun, he encouraged, he ridiculed and all in the best and funniest way. It was definitely an evening to remember and certainly… View moreCould anyone, other than Bryan Waddle, have given us a more entertaining, funny, and fast-moving evening? He entertained, he challenged our intellects (yeah right!) he poked fun, he encouraged, he ridiculed and all in the best and funniest way. It was definitely an evening to remember and certainly lifted our tired spirits for an hour so that we could be transported and reminded how to laugh at ourselves and forget what was happening in the world outside. Many members had the opportunity to shine, or not, and prizes, booby and otherwise, (such as a copy of the Kama Sutra won by Les or the $100 dinner voucher won by Rhondda) were handed out when correct answers were provided, albeit not necessarily by the candidates.

19 days ago

Porirua City prepares for growth

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

There is a lot, probably too much, going on in the planning world. Last evenings’ speakers were planning commissioner and consultant Gina Sweetman, and Porirua City Planning manager Stewart McKenzie. Gina is the younger daughter of Rhondda and Les, and does a lot of work with, and for, our city … View moreThere is a lot, probably too much, going on in the planning world. Last evenings’ speakers were planning commissioner and consultant Gina Sweetman, and Porirua City Planning manager Stewart McKenzie. Gina is the younger daughter of Rhondda and Les, and does a lot of work with, and for, our city council.

They both knew their stuff and were forthright in their views. An overwhelming issue is that our central government has several large balls in the air at once: a review of the 30- year old Resource Management Act, the “Three Waters” proposal, and a review of local government in general. Against this uncertainty, the city council is preparing a new District Plan with a 30-year vision for Porirua.

It will be a plan to deal with growth. Porirua City expects to add 30,000 to its population over 30 years and will need 11,500 new homes and $1.8Bn worth of new infrastructure. This can only be achieved by diversifying housing (eg into medium density types) and making new zoning across the city and surrounding area. Housing will be intensified near transport hubs.

The hearings on the new District Plan will take place from now until June 2022.

Transmission Gulley and the impacts of climate change are more powerful factors than before. The responsibility for dealing with the costs of coastal retreat is yet to be decided.

There was a robust question and answer session. The diminished role of the layperson in planning processes is a constant problem which the city is well aware of. Outcomes for Porirua are to a large degree determined by central government.

Club members were certainly better informed at the close of the lively meeting.

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34 days ago

Dr. Taku Parai from our local Iwi, Ngati Toa.

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Maori Language Week, and a good moment to welcome Dr. Taku Parai from our local Iwi, Ngati Toa.

After an exchange of preliminaries between Dexter Traill and Dr. Parai in te reo Maori, Taku went on to describe his upbringing, the history of his Iwi, and what the future holds.

Taku comes from a … View more
Maori Language Week, and a good moment to welcome Dr. Taku Parai from our local Iwi, Ngati Toa.

After an exchange of preliminaries between Dexter Traill and Dr. Parai in te reo Maori, Taku went on to describe his upbringing, the history of his Iwi, and what the future holds.

Taku comes from a large family centred on the Takapuwahia Marae. His father was a Maori All Black and went to great lengths to launch his sons into various trades.

Taku has had a varied career, first as an electrician and then as a historian, after enrolling at Victoria University. He was awarded a PhD in Norway, after studies involving the Sami indigenous people of Scandinavia.

Following growing unrest about Crown acquisition of Maori land, the Waitangi Tribunal was established in 1975. It was not until 2010 that Ngati Toa’s claim was settled. The settlement was seen as satisfactory by the Iwi, and it has enabled the development of a wide range of enterprises and services.

The Iwi is looking forward to major investments in housing, in collaboration with local and central government, and training and employment opportunities for young Maori.

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68 days ago

Inspiring young leaders of Porirua celebrated

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Porirua’s inspiring young students were recognised today for their outstanding leadership and service in their schools and community.

The Rotary Clubs of Porirua and Porirua City Council presented the Primary School Leadership Awards to 61 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church.

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Porirua’s inspiring young students were recognised today for their outstanding leadership and service in their schools and community.

The Rotary Clubs of Porirua and Porirua City Council presented the Primary School Leadership Awards to 61 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker, and Rotary District Governor Mark Wheeler presented the awards and gave each student a Rotary International theme pin for 2021-2022.

Mayor Anita Baker said she was impressed with how these young award recipients lead by example to make a positive change in their schools and community.

"Our tamariki in Porirua are truly inspiring and I’m so proud to be here today. Thank you for all you do for others, for giving your time and talents to help others and being positive role models in our community, I believe the future of Porirua is in good hands."

The President of the Rotary Club of Plimmerton, Kay Phillips agreed. “One of the many things that I love about the Primary School Leadership Awards is that we get to showcase some of the wonderful talent in Porirua schools.”

She said that the Rotary International theme for this year is 'Serve to Change Lives'.

“I believe that is what our young people being honoured today, are doing – you serve within your school to change the lives of all students for the better.”

Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, spoke at the event about the impact of their leadership.

“You are the leaders of today. Not just the leaders of tomorrow. You have the opportunity to change the way Aotearoa values young people now. Your character is the starting point.”

The children were selected by principals from primary schools throughout Porirua. Two senior students from each school were chosen based on leadership, service above self, and being role models.

The students had been involved in a range of activities including sports, kapa haka, dance, community work, academic pursuits, environmental efforts and supporting and caring for other students.

Wendy Betteridge, the Project Leader for the Awards, read through all of the young leaders’ citations prior to the presentations. She commented that she was overwhelmed by what she read and reflected on where their amazing leadership skills and evidence of service will take them in future years.

A list of recipients is attached.

For a testimonial on each student, or other queries, please contact Wendy Betteridge at Rotary on 021 417576 or wendy@lastingimpact.co.nz

2021 Award Recipients:

Adventure School

Darius Alefosio

Ashleigh Neal

Bishop Viard College

Eterei Leiataua-Finau

Anaru Siohane-Hune

Brandon Intermediate

Siu Ala

Seepa Kosetatino-Liufau

Cannons Creek School

Olipelise Leofo

A Bi Vang

Corinna School

Clayton Lee

Ripeka Rankin

Discovery School

Marcus Chapman-Walsh

Ellie Jenner

Glenview School

Jennyvette Lealaisalanoa

Baraa El Masri

Holy Family School

Oluolu Hune

Mikayla Lokeni

Linden School

Zayden Edward

Kii Kii Reynolds

Maraeroa School

Ariana McNaughton

Lucien Tulia

Natone Park School

Ezekiel Fuimaono

Missouri Maifala

Ngati Toa School

Miriam Siave

Tiwini Tukukino

Papakowhai School

Travis Carnegie

Carter McKee

Paremata School

Madeline Griffiths

Makayla Webb

Pauatahanui School

Sofia Boden

Anika Myers

Plimmerton School

Hazel Edge

Felix Thomas

Porirua School

Serenity Neru

James Tangitamaiti

Postgate School

Milla Aiulu

Ferne Stevenson

Pukerua Bay School

Ryan Flanagan

Trilby Knill

Rangikura School

Alfred Maeva

Peyton Perez

Russell School

Paul Brown

Kenzo Taae

St Pius X School

Tania Rinchom-Paull

St Theresa’s School

Patrick Reiher

Archie Sinclair

Tawa School

Bella Burbery

Grace Fountain

Te Kura Maori o Porirua

Prin'sess Eketone

Te Maiohi Tua

Titahi Bay Intermediate

Alexi MacCormick

Isla-Mia Tukukino

Titahi Bay North School

Cruz Nordstrom

Apiata Rowlands

Titahi Bay School

Toby Benson-Tofts

Allise Taurima

Wellington Seventh Day Adventist School

Azriel Alatimu

Ania Latu

Whitby Collegiate School

Louisa Egley-Turner

Alma Steinfeld

Windley School

Matthew Mafuolo

Joshua Wolff

9 Aug 2021

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73 days ago

Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance project.

Rhondda Sweetman from Plimmerton Rotary

Past-President Bill gave a brief report on the Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance project. He said that it is now really starting to take shape. Three sides of the northern half of Plimmerton Domain have now been planted with about 11,000 stems since commencing in October 2020. There were 25 … View morePast-President Bill gave a brief report on the Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance project. He said that it is now really starting to take shape. Three sides of the northern half of Plimmerton Domain have now been planted with about 11,000 stems since commencing in October 2020. There were 25 volunteers on the job on a magnificent Saturday morning - 13 Rotarians from Plimmerton and Porirua Clubs plus a bunch of enthusiasts from Whitby Scouts and some local community supporters too. Once again, Ron Lucas sped up the hole digging by pre-drilling with his trusty post-hole auger. The team planted about 500 Carex plants. They also assembled about 700 cardboard sleeves and stakes for protecting some of the trees planted last month as shown here in the photo. The volunteers really appreciated the home baking from President Kay. Bill also mentioned his appreciation to Rachel McClellan from PCC who not only works flat out on the planting days but also coordinates all the logistics of getting plants and protectors to the planting site from the PCC nursery.

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