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Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club
Military Rd
Boulcott
Lower Hutt,  5010
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Rotary District 9940 has a partnership commitment with the Hospitals Foundation, official charity of Wellington Regional Hospital, to raise $400,000 for two Whanau Rooms in the new Wellington Regional Children's Hospital – one on each of the surgical and medical wards.

Each one will have their own play deck, an indoor play area for patients as well as a dedicated area for whanau with a kitchen, lounge, dining and sleep room for parents/ guardians who have a child in ICU. This provides vitally important support at this critical time in a child’s life. Naming recognition for Rotary will also be given for these rooms for an initial period of 7 years from the date the new Children’s Hospital is open to the public.

 
Rotarians are often at the forefront of challenging and important actions that help to make New Zealand a better place. At our club meeting on 3 March, Simon Manning, a funeral director and former President of the club, spoke movingly of his work as a member of the team responsible for Te Auraki.
 
Te Auraki is a Defence Force initiative to repatriate to New Zealand the remains of defence force personnel and their dependants who died while overseas between 1955 and 1971. The choice to repatriate rests with the families, who reinter their relative at a place and time of their choosing.
 
This was a complex and demanding task, involving liaison with foreign governments and militaries, funeral directors in the countries concerned and in New Zealand, and the families of the deceased. Not all families chose repatriation, but 35 did so.
 
 
Simon was recognised by the Minister of Defence with the Award for Excellence for his and his company's role in this unique event.
 
 
After an absence of several years, Rotary returned to Wainuiomata on 13 November. Rotary Hutt City brought together local and central government politicians, business and professional people and Rotarians for a breakfast at the Wainuiomata marae. Following a welcome and blessing, the large audience of Rotarians and locals heard from Bryce Wilkinson, a leading economist and a Senior Fellow at the New Zealand Initiative. 
 
Bryce spoke on the likely direction of the economy, wage subsidies, consumer confidence, the economic implications of the rise in government debt and the impact of low interest rates on the housing market. 
 
Jeremy Ward is the Managing Director of East-West Ferries, which has operated two ferries on Wellington Harbour since 1989.
 
Jeremy spoke at a meeting of the club on 4 November on the future of harbour ferry travel, which will be fully electric ferries developed by the Wellington Electric Boat Building Company Ltd.
 
Two years ago, in partnership with Meridien Energy, the company began the process of manufacturing New Zealand's first all-electric, carbon fibre, zero emission passenger ferry and the first in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
The new ferry is expected to go into service in 2021. It will be 18.5 metre 20 knot catamaran and will carry 135 passengers, substantially more than the current East-West ferries.
 
The future is exciting. The company is receiving significant interest from other NZ ferry operators and will shortly expand to a significantly larger boat building warehouse in the next few months.
 
The company aims to develop a new ferry route from Queens Wharf to Miramar Wharf with a run time of 10 minutes, linking with an electric shuttle bus from the wharf to the airport terminal.
 
 
At a recent club meeting, Prue Lamason provided an update on the Riverlink Project, a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Prue is an elected member of the Regional Council and a member of Rotary Hutt City.
 
The Riverbank Project has the aim of transforming Hutt City into a more resilient and liveable city, with strong connections to the Hutt River.
 
The project partners have committed a total of $455 million to meet the expected project cost and preparatory work is underway.
 
The Regional Council investment aims to improve flood protection through realigning, deepening and widening the river, increasing the size and height of stopbanks and improving biodiversity and water quality.
 
The City Council prioritises enhancing walking and cycling connections, providing a promenade on the new eastern stopbank, and enabling future mixed-use development and public spaces.
 
The NZTA investment will fund major transport improvements at Melling, including a new interchange, train station, and improved walking and cycling routes.
 
Project designs are due to be finalised later in 2020 with construction to start in late 2022.