Start the year with a Game of Bowls 2018-12-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Simpson
The ever-popular movie night is on again to kick off the New Year.  

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book.

In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.

Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.

Thursday 7th Feb
Movie fundraiser
The Lighthouse Petone
"Green Book"
$20 a ticket

A movie ticket makes a nice gift at this time of the year. :) 

NB This will replace the meeting on 6th Feb ( Waitangi Day )
Many thanks

Movie Night Fundraiser 7 Feb Lighthouse Petone Michelle Simpson 2018-12-13 11:00:00Z 0
Those of us who are able to snuggle up at home away from this wild cold spell of wet weather, spare a thought for those less fortunate.

Think of Martin and Jill Penrose who are heading towards the south pole for a three-week cruise and should be passing through the roaring 40s about now.  Check their progress here.
Christmas Weather 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0
Friday Christmas Drinks at the Angus Inn 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0
Members are invited to the School Reading Assistance Tutors morning tea on Wednesday 5 December at 10:30 am.  The event is at Judith Clarke”s house 31a St Ronans Ave.  If you would like to attend please contact Lorraine on 027 4436 981  
School Reading Assistance Tutors Morning Tea 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2018
It's not too late to get your tickets, call Barry, he is looking forward to hearing from you.
We would love you (and your partner) to attend our Rotary Hutt Valley 2018 Christmas function on Wednesday 19 December.  It will be an informal occasion and provide the opportunity to celebrate the festive season with good conversation, fun and laughter (I’m sure we all deserve it after another busy year). 
The Angus Inn will be putting on their special pre-Christmas set-menu dinner and our very own Secret Santa will be there.  Relevant details include:
  • Venue: Angus Inn Hotel (Tattler’s Room)
  • Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
  • Dinner: from 7:00pm  (pre-Christmas set-menu)
  • Cost: $49-90 per person
  • Cash bar operating
  • Secret Santa: everyone is requested to bring a present to the value of around $5.
RSVP: For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 12 December to either Michelle {0272 572 602) or Barry (0274 478 262). 
Please note that payment may be made:
  • by internet transfer to Club account  02 0610 0071690 000 with your name as a reference.
  • or at the door on the evening but please RSVP your attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Michelle and Barry

Rotary Hutt Valley Christmas Function Barry Girvan 2018-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
Go the Cyclists at Taupo 2018-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Kaukau Street Fair Sun 9 Dec 2018-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
A Big Welcome to Little Louis Williams 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
Make a note in your diary for Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November – Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – we would LOVE to hold on to the Rotary Challenge Cup for another year.  The accommodation has been arranged. 
For more information on how to enter click here.  It's not too late.  

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 23/24 Nov 2018-04-05 12:00:00Z 0
Life Flight Trust Street Collection Vounteers Wanted 2018-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
Old Ads from the USA 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Video LINK for Theme Address Barry Rassin, RI President elect
Also access to the ClubRunner App for ANDROID or IPHONE you will always have access to your meeting duties and will be up-to-date with club events and occasions.
If you are loading this app on your phone you will need your Rotary password. Drop Jo and email and she will be able to give it to you.
Links that Jeff passed on 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0

I promised to share this with you all - then forgot! 

Tina spoke at Rotary a couple of weeks ago and she shared this article......take a look from page 20 of the attachment.

Rugby Jerseys



The History of Rugby Jerseys 2018-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
Helpfull Rotary Sites 2018-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

25th Anniversary - Club Celebration 

25 years is a significant milestone for our club and   Rotary Hutt Valley has three significant events occurring in June 2018,  the club leadership team has decided to combine these three great events into one very special 25th Anniversary celebration.  The celebration will incorporate the 25th Anniversary of our charter in 1993, the Past Presidents Dinner and Club Changeover.

Plans are well underway for a sumptuous  dinner at The Angus Inn. For such a significant event we are expecting many notable guests and past members, so to ensure your seat please book early.  


There will be an email sent out shortly with more info on how to make your booking. 


Don't forget to diary 29th June, do it now!

Club 25th Celebration Dinner 29 June 2018-02-21 11:00:00Z 0

Women’s dinner

On Thursday 15 February our first dinner for 2018 will be held 6.30pm at ‘Mid Valley Resturant’ 115 High Street Lower Hutt.

It is Malaysian, licenced  and is situated at the South end of High Street near Laings Road.

If you plan to join us please contact Jill at

Please note Jill's new email address.

Thank you


Rotary Womens Dinner 2018-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Newlove
Wishing you all a fantastic 2018!
We'll be back in action from early February.  I'm looking forward to the second half of my year as your President
Happy New Year Joanna Newlove 2018-01-04 11:00:00Z 0
Don't forget to RSVP if you would like to attend this event.

The Dowse Welcomes Rotary
Wednesday 29 November
Peter Barker, chair of The Dowse Foundation and Courtney Johnston, director of The Dowse, are delighted to invite members of the Rotary Club of Hutt City and the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley to a special breakfast event to express our thanks for your many years of support.
The Dowse’s flagship summer exhibition Gavin Hipkins: The Domain will be open for a guided viewing with Courtney, and our store will be open for pre-Christmas shopping with a special discount.
Bubbles, tea, coffee and light breakfast refreshments will be on offer.
7am–8.30am, Wednesday 29 November
The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road
Lower Hutt
RSVP to or 04 560 1470 (acceptances only) by Wednesday 22 November.

The Dowse Welcomes Rotary - RSVP Required 2017-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
 A big thank you to all who helped with this event raising money for the te Omanga Hospice and other local worthy causes.  It was a great concert and enjoyed by all.

VOCAL FX - A BIG THANK YOU 2017-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
Pauatahanui Garden Trail 28 Jan 2018 2017-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

From your "stand in" P P  as Jo, Chris, Judy and Luke supported family in Auckland

Our thoughts have been with you all. 

The "Ted Talk" replaced our speaker this week due to circumstances beyond our control. Very interesting  and worth serious thoughts about protecting our planet 

Paul shared the value of the Innovative Young Minds Programme (IYM). This is certainly a youth programme that our club will support again in 2018. 

Tony reminded us about "Japan Day " Support is needed, see the FaceBook for details. 

" Round Taupo Ride"  is only  9 days  to go. Bikes and riders are ready. Go well and enjoy the weekend. 

Vocal FX tickets are now available, and have been distributed to members. Michelle has tickets for you all, or you can purchase through "Event Finder " This will be an amazing evening so share with family and friends. Your support will help Te Omanga Hopice and our clubs projects. 

Enjoy your week 


Message from PP Michelle 2017-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Why Workout for Water?

Because 2.1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. For every workout we’ll be encouraging Instructors and members to raise USD $414, which is the cost to build a water pump in East Africa. Just one of these pumps can bring clean, safe drinking water to an entire community.

Donate here


Workout for Water Mid Thomas 2017-10-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Simpson

Hurry, Hurry, Tickets going fast!



Murder on the Orient Express – 8th November 6pm– REPLACES USUAL MORNING MEETING.

Lighthouse Cinema Petone

Tickets $20, all proceeds will go to Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign

Contact Michelle (aka Nana) –


Murder on the Orient Express Michelle Simpson 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from Rotary Club of Hutt Valley, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 New World Gift Card PLUS FREE DELIVERY! What a win!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book, or the new Entertainment Digital Membership for your smartphone is packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and more!
New World is not a participant in or a sponsor of this promotion.

Rotary Club of Hutt Valley
Michelle Simpson

Entertainment Michelle Simpson 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

Working Bee : Pomare School : Saturday 4th November

We will take apart the existing wire panel fence, and use the panels with new posts to fence the boundary of the school, around the edge of the tarmac.

The school have been wanting this done for ages, and are really excited it’s about to happen.

Come and lend a hand from 9am till we are done. 

Paul is still looking for volunteers.


Working Bee : Pomare School : This coming Saturday 4th November Paul Newsom 2017-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Taupo Challenge Supporters Trip-1 Day to go! Derrick Gee 2017-09-22 12:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 24 October 2017-09-22 12:00:00Z 0
Club Survey Results 2017-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Hutt Valley is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
Purchase an Entertainment Membership from us to support our fundraising, and you can enjoy the best of what Wellington has to offer with the special Entertainment advantage. Filled with valuable offers for everything you love to do, Entertainment Memberships are the perfect guide to Wellington’s finest restaurants, cafés, attractions and much more.

“Love visiting new places and eating at different places that I wouldn't normally go to. But with the amazing savings why wouldn't I! Thanks entertainment book!” - Esther

Use only one or two of these offers, and you'll more than cover the cost of your Membership!

Rotary Club of Hutt Valley
Michelle Simpson


Entertainment Books Fundraiser 2017-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
This weeks guest speaker contact details if you can help this worthy cause or would like some information.
Irene Wakefield

This Weeks Guest Speaker 2017-08-22 12:00:00Z 0
The Great NZ Blood Pressure Campaign 7 October 2017-08-18 12:00:00Z 0


Carl has received the email about the upcoming Keep NZ Beautiful clean up.

We've done this before and it would be great to support it again.  Carl has the Kea's, Cubs and Scouts on hand......lets see if we can help out his year.

We are just confirming the day (Saturday or Sunday) and we'll let you know.




More info to follow

Keep NZ Beautiful runs 11 - 17 September. 2017-08-18 12:00:00Z 0

Following on from Jo’s update at Wed’s meeting, we can confirm that the Chinese teachers will NOT now be travelling from China.  Unfortunately their required visas to enable them to leave China have been denied and at this point they have been told they cannot travel this year.  We know that the teachers will be very disappointed. 

THANK YOU to those that had offered to host or transport the teachers. Also, the hours of work by those who had planned the exchange is hugely appreciated. 

Be assured that the club’s International team will soon be working on alternative plans for something equally exciting.  Watch this space!





Miyun County Chinese Teachers Exchange 2017-07-22 12:00:00Z 0

There is still a need for volunteers (drivers) for the following days: 

  • Two van drivers for Tuesday 11th July   and 1 support person (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Wednesday 12th July and 2 support people (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Thursday 13th July and  1 support person (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Friday 14th July and 2 support people.(in van)

Click here for the volunteer application from. If you are interested in helping out, please complete the volunteer application form and send it to

You will need to have an up to date police check. I don’t think we have enough time for this process now.


Innovative Young Minds starts on 9th July. 2017-07-05 12:00:00Z 0
The Dowse Community Pathway tells the story of Lower Hutt and its citizens and people with the city.
The Pathway is your chance to put your name on memory lane by commissioning a name or message on bricks that permanently pave the way to The Dowse along the stunning front facade of the building. Bricks start from $130 and you can choose what name, message, tribute or corporate logo you would like to have engraved on it... something that will be seen and valued by generations to come.

Options for becoming part of the community pathway

Personal options - Ideal for families

  • $130 Your text one brick - 32 characters including spaces (16 characters x 2 over two lines)
  • $240 Your text two bricks - 64 characters including spaces (16 characters x 4 over four lines)

Advertising/Promotional options

For a modest cost permanent advertising/promotion of your organisation

  • $260 Your logo - one brick
  • $420 Your logo - two bricks
  • $360 Your text 32 characters including spaces plus your logo brick(16 characters x 2 over two lines)
  • $840 your logo over 4 bricks
  • $1,680 Your logo over 8 bricks
  • $2,520 Your logo over 12 bricks
  • $3,360 Your logo over 16 bricks
  • $4,200 Your logo over 20 bricks

Community Pathway Sponsors

Please support our sponsors who give their time, money and enthusiasm to creating this story for the Hutt Valley.
The Rotary Club of Hutt Valley

The Rotary Club administer the sale, purchase and engraving of the bricks in the pathway. The Club receives proceeds from the sale of bricks in the pathway. 50% of what we receive is put back into community development the other 50% is deposited with the Rotary Foundation and used to support local or international projects like the Emergency Response Kits that were recently supplied to Fiji.

Horokiwi Paving

The team at Horokiwi paving support the Dowse Community Pathway by donating all their time with laying of the bricks. Read more about Horokiwi Pavingon their website.

The Dowse Foundation

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of bricks goes to the Dowse Foundation. The Dowse Foundation has two aims:

  • Stimulate and sustain interest in The Dowse Art Museum and to extend its educational and cultural influence throughout the community
  • Facilitate public access to the arts, in particular the visual arts and craft, through the work of The Dowse Art Museum


More information: Lorraine Girvan, 04 569 3352 or Judy Bain, 04 566 6816

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The philosophy behind the programme is simple - to break the cycle of 'booklessness'. Children who can't read become adults who can't communicate and that's a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word.
The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, provides free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.
Duffy Books in Homes AJS 2016-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Since 2003 a team of rostered volunteers has been going into 3 low-decile schools in Lower Hutt to participate in one-on-one reading sessions with children. The children practise reading to the volunteer at a level slightly higher than that at which they were currently reading. 
The response from the children is enthusiastic. Some of the children get little opportunity for similar reading experiences at home and they really appreciate being able to demonstrate their skills to an encouraging adult.
The schools now say they do not know how they managed without our team.
Giving children a reading role model in their lives AJS 2016-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
This project is about supporting local midwives on Tanna Island, Vanuatu who deal with an alarming teenage pregnancy problem and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition, and infant death. The heart of the problem is a lack of awareness and knowledge by the 20,000 inhabitants of the Island. Besides assisting with child birth, the two midwives have set about an education and information sharing learning opportunity for local schools and families; it is this role that has attracted Rotary's attention and initial support.
Health Education on Tanna Island - Save Blong Yu 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Some brought tattered and chewed-cover copies of books about Hairy, Slinky Malinki, Schnitzel von Krumm, Zachary Quack and others in her cast of characters. But young and old sought Dodd's autograph, and a few words with the author at the unveiling of bricks in the Dowse Community Pathway - our local pathway that tells the story of Hutt Valley people.
Hairy McLary honoured on Dowse pathway 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z 0