About Our Club

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club
Military Rd
Boulcott
Lower Hutt,  5010
New Zealand
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8.30 am. Visitors are most welcome.
Speakers
Wiremu Tamaki
Oct 05, 2022 7:00 AM
Coaching and mentoring through a Maori lens
Judith O'Byrne, the Salvation Army
Nov 02, 2022 7:00 AM
Current projects, needs and opportunities to collaborate
Rob Petrini - Senior Pastor, Hutt City Baptist
Dec 07, 2022 7:00 AM
Christmas and the New Year
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Executive Secretary
Treasurer
Bulletin Editor
Events & Service Chair
Membership Chair
Club Site Administrator
Meeting Facilitator
Projects Chair
Public Image Chair
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Club Stories
Andrew Sliper of Landcorp spoke at our meeting on 21 September on challenges facing agriculture in 2022, particularly in livestock farming. Landcorp is the largest corporate farm owner and operator in New Zealand, with 365,000 hectares of land under management.
 
With an ageing workforce and difficulties in attracting staff, famers are dealing with skyrocketing production costs, rising consumer expectations around food quality and traceability, and pressures to lessen the environmental impacts of farming activities.
 
 
Thirty years ago, Rotary Hutt City conceived and launched a project to develop a walking and cycling trail beside the Hutt River. The final section of the trail has been completed with the planting of one thousand native trees and shrubs by Club members at Manor Park. 
 
All of the nine Rotary Clubs in the Upper and Lower Hutt Valley have been involved in helping to create this wonderful recreational asset along with assistance from Upper Hutt City, Lower Hutt City and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
 
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The Mayor of Hutt City, Campbell Barry, spoke at our meeting on 3 August, on the state of the city and Council’s current priorities and challenges. This continues an association between the Club and the Council that stretches back to 1943, with the then Mayor John Andrews being elected as the Club’s inaugural President. Campbell was 28 years old when first elected as Mayor - one of the youngest Mayors in NZ at the time.
 
The Council is grappling with the need for large investments in infrastructure because of the physical characteristics of the city (the Hutt Valley is the largest flood plain in NZ), climate change, rapid population growth, and social inequality.
 
Major planned investments include $587 million for Three Waters, $406 million for transport improvements, $136 million for Riverlink and $89 million for the replacement of the Naenae Pool complex.
 
After static or declining numbers ten years ago, the Hutt City population is today around 113,000 and is expected to reach 150,000 by 2043 (100 years after Rotarian Mayor John Andrews). As a result, very high levels of house construction are required over the next twenty years.   In 2021, 1067 new residential consents were issued, including 244 houses and 544 town houses. 
 
While the Council has concerns about the effect on heritage areas of higher density residential rules and relaxed parking requirements imposed by central government, Council is obliged to work with this changing environment.
 
The Council values key partnerships, with Mana Whenua represented by five Iwi organisations and two Marae, and with the Club in the ongoing development of the Hutt River Trail and Innovative Young Minds.  He also noted the recently formed Wellington Regional Leadership Committee, which aims to cooperate and plan a shared approach to problems and find the best outcomes to maximize the benefits across the region.   
The Rotary team arrived at Boulcott School at 6.00 a.m. on 23 June to help celebrate Matariki with marshmallow roasting. 
 
It was pitch dark , frosty and windless---the lights on our beanies helped with the  loading of the firewood into the braziers. Brian Ross arrived with his infamous "flame thrower" and seven braziers were lit, each one representing one of the Matariki stars in the constellation.  By 7.00 a.m., the school community was setting up for breakfast and the Maori cultural presentation commenced with the haunting playing of a conch shell.
 
The corridor inside the school had been decorated with Matariki stories and the ultraviolet light  provided a surreal setting. 
 
At the end of the speeches a piper played 'Amazing Grace' and then the marshmallows were ALL ON for young and not so young.
 
The Matariki stars rose over the Wainui hill and were slowly extinguished by the new rising sun on a magnificent morning.
 
What a great event --- emotional and uplifting to experience our very first official Matariki event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Hutt City is a founding partner with Hutt City Council in the establishment of Innovative Young Minds, a programme encouraging young women to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing.
 
IYM, with the support of Rotary Hutt City, other Rotary clubs and commercial sponsors, offers online and residential programmes showcasing study, research and career opportunities available in these fields.
 
Twice a year, Rotary Hutt City organises a quiz and auction evening to raise funds for IYM's work. May's event was yet another enjoyable and highly successful evening, raising over $12,000.
 
With big dreams and a vision for a walking and cycling trail from Red Rocks, Owhiro Bay, to Point Howard, Rotary Hutt City member Allan Brown was a driving force behind a unique coalition established in 2008. 
 
Bringing together Living Streets Aotearoa, Cycle Aware Wellington and Rotary, the Great Harbour Way was born.  A charitable trust was formed, funds were raised to support expert advice, and 35 submissions were made to local councils and NZTA. 
 
The fruits of this work were revealed in 2021, with the announcement of Government funding for the Ngauranga-Petone and  Eastern Bays sections, as well as additional funding for the Hutt River Trail (another flagship project originated by Rotary Hutt City members in 1992), the granting of resource consents and the announcement of a project delivery team.
 
With construction expected to begin in 2022, the vision of a seamless walking and cycling route around Wellington Harbour with links to the Hutt River Trail and on to the Wairarapa, is on the way to becoming a reality and a unique community resource for the Wellington and Hutt communities.