Rotary has been in NZ since the Rotary Club of Wellington and the Rotary Club of Auckland, were chartered in 1921.
Rotary have administratively set up Zones and Districts around the world. NZ is part of Zone 7B and there are currently 6 Districts within this zone.
9910 - 41 clubs in our Rotary District, which extends from the northern and western areas of Auckland to the whole of Northland and on up into the Pacific.
9920 - New Zealand (half of Auckland), American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga
and on the internet (eClubs)
9930 - 51 clubs in the Heart of the North Island includes Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Hawkes Bay
9940 - 58 clubs in the lower half of the North Island including Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu
9980 - 30 Clubs in the lower half of the South Island including South Canterbury, Otago, and Southland
Many people do not realise that many of the organisations now in place were first started by Rotary but now run independently.
Did you know that Rotary helped set up:
The J R McKenzie Trust is a charitable Trust set up in 1940 by Sir John McKenzie, and continued by his family. It has a 75-year history of helping to build stronger communities.
Its establishment was supported by Rotary and today the JR McKenzie Trust Board includes one Rotarian nominated by each of the 6 Rotary Districts who also have J R McKenzie Trust Panel.
As an independent philanthropic Trust, its role is to support a very diverse range of organisations and initiatives. As well as grants, the Trust look for other ways to create a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.
Rotary is the Foundation Partner of Cure Kids and continues to participate in Constitutional and Management aspects of Cure Kids.
Rotarians are involved in the research Cure Kids funds because of their medical expertise.
Within Rotary in New Zealand, many Rotarians, clubs and Rotarians regularly support Cure Kids in sourcing the funds they need for their research. Rotarians are often involved in the many fund raising events run by Cure Kids and a specific Rotary Team has regularly participated in the $10 Queenstown Challenge:
In addition many Rotarians and / or Rotary teams have helped organise or have participated in events where the proceeds have gone to support the research to cure kids - the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge www.cyclechallenge.com is but one example.
In recognition of the connection with and the support by Rotary over the years, Cure Kids partnered with Rotary in New Zealand in support of Rotary's fundraising towards Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign with a contribution of $200,000 in 2009-2010.
Cure Kids was founded by Rotary and Rotary has been involved for almost 40 years. In 2012 there are several events that Rotary clubs are invited to participate in that Cure Kids have specifically designed to enable clubs to contribute but also to gain significant public relations benefits from their involvement.
ROMAC brings those "Forgotten Children" 15 years and under from developing countries to Australia and New Zealand for often life-threatening and dignity-restoring surgery not available to them in their own country.
They have been disfigured by accident and/or congenital conditions, and as such are kept hidden from society.
Eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons and other specialists donate their time for the required surgeries. During their recovery after surgery, local families host the children, and a parent accompanying them.
RNZWCS Ltd (International Service) was established to facilitate the international aid and development work undertaken by New Zealand Rotarians and its partners.
New Zealand Rotarians partner in a variety of humanitarian projects, many of them in the Pacific though there are others in countries.
International community service sometimes brings Rotary clubs from two or more countries together to serve one of their communities through a particular project. It's true teamwork as there are always a number of other parties involved – local people in the project itself, governments, local authorities, and other partner Non Government Organisiations (NGOs).
There is a great deal of work required in the background to ensure that projects Rotary New Zealand is involved in are well managed and as sustainable as possible. This is why Rotary New Zealand was established.
This includes the Emergency Response Kits project providing emergency aid to the Pacific in time of disaster.