Ollie presents Dave with mounted chain of office.

Past President and long time member Mike Hill speaks about experiences.


Waikanae Rotary had its first meeting under the new regime on Saturday 13 Aug at Relish Café.

The next meeting is Saturday 24 September at 9:30 am, again at Relish Café.


Upcoming projects

  • 19 August - Pride of Workmanship Awards dinner
  • Sunday 4 September - Ride the Train to End Polio  Tickets available here
  • October - Prize Giving donations - Waikanae School, Kapanui School, Paraparaumu College.


A wonderful night was had at the Waikanae Boating Club celebrating the end of the Waikanae Rotary Club and the creation of Waikanae Rotary (a chapter of Mana Tangata).  It was on 10 August 1966 the club was chartered and on 10 August 2022, 56 years later to the day, the celebration was appropriately held.

It was great to see Randall Heke (who is 94 years young), Keith Sowry, Michael & Valerie Hill, Bryan & Viv Lawrence, Colin & Virginia McKenzie, John Skene & Alison Hall.  Thanks also to all the former members and partners who attended and to those who came in their nautical themed outfits.

Richard Campbell did an excellent job as MC and Quiz Master.  He also acknowledged the Presidency of Rodger McCormack (Leonie) and also acknowledged David Bruce (Rachel) for leading the transition from club to chapter.

A number of previous presidents/members attended and reminisced about their time in the club including Mike Hill, Dave Murton, Graham Oliver, John Algar and Randall Heke.

Past President Graham Oliver presented the chain of office to Dave Murton as the first custodian.  The chain had been beautifully mounted in a presentation case along with a photo of the foundation members from August 1966 by Warren Ixer of Picture Perfect Framing.

Past President David Bruce explained how the club will go forward under the banner of Mana Tangata (translates from Te Reo as “People of Action”), quite appropriate really.  Essentially the members and work will carry on, the only thing we cannot do is call ourselves a Rotary Club.

District Governor Nominee Jocelyn Hogg, who represented District Governor Marilyn Stevens acknowledged the work of the club over 56 years and also spoke of the opportunity for Rotary to reinvent itself going forward to continue to do the great work in the community.

Thanks to Graham Oliver for arranging the venue and catering and to the staff of The Galley for providing excellent food.

A great night was had by all.  So much so, that it has been suggested that we hold it as an annual event.  Which seems like a good idea.


Visitors welcome
Saturdays at 9:30 AM
Relish Cafe
Elizabeth Street
Waikanae,  5036
New Zealand
We usually meet at Relish Café on the second Saturday of the month. If you're planning to attend, please call Steve on 021 0278 4641
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