About our club

The Rotary Club of Hutt Valley actively encourages full participation irrespective of sex, race, religion, or ethnicity. It was chartered on 6th May 1993, with eight women in the 33 initial charter members. Now the club has 30 members, who range in age from their early thirties up to 75 years, with the majority in the 30 to 50 range; and women represent 35% of these. The range of professions and businesses represented spans from training providers, lawyers, natural health therapists, and software developers, to volunteer co-ordinators, accountants, and metal art exporters.

Historical and current projects

  • Support for health education programme on Tanna Island, Vanuatu
  • Emergency Response Kits for cyclone hit Fiji
  • Research machine for Gillies McIndoe Institute
  • Outside classroom at Epuni School
  • Youth Leadership Day
  • Major fundraising initiative for a special low-temperature refrigeration unit for the plastic surgery section at Hutt Hospital
  • Landscaping of the sorely neglected Pomare School gardens
  • RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • RYPEN - Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment
  • National Science and Technology Forum
  • Vegetarian cookery demonstration that raised enough funds for two emergency resource kits for distribution to disaster areas in the Pacific.

The club also supports Supergrans, Duffy Books in Homes, Polio Plus, reading in schools, Pride of Workmanship awards, plus we have formed a relationship with Minoh City in Japan, which is sister city to Lower Hutt.


Highlights from our history 

  CAFUI delegation visit
  Club celebrated 20 years
2009 Members travel to India to participate in the Polio Immunisation project Polio Plus
2008 Working with Rata Street School to raise $30,000 and built a new junior playground
2007 Cocktail evening with John Key as the guest speaker, raising funds for the Duffy Books in homes programme at Rata St, Epuni and Pomare Primary Schools
2006 Charity Dinner with Michael Campbell, celebrating his winning of the US Open, and raising $50k for his chosen charity, Ronald McDonald House
2002 Club Member Judy Bain is District Governer for Rotary year 2002/03
2003 Charity Dinner with Sir Edmund Hillary commemorating 50 years since his accent of Mt Everest and raising $30k for his projects in Nepal
2001 136 boxes of stationery sent to Vanuatu, reaching 4,000 children
2001 ‘Angels in the Garden’ with Hayley Westenra
1999 Began sponsorship of Duffy Books in Homes
1998 Club charters the first Rotary Community Corps in NZ
1998 ‘Battle of Bands’ with the local Hutt Valley High Schools
1997 Held first Pride of Workmanship event
1994 Japanese Study Exchange students hosted by the club
1993 Club chartered