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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 welcome.
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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.
 
Though Covid has since June put some limitations on our usual community outreach, Rotary Hutt City is enjoying a successful year, based around three elements. 
 
First, where Covid allows, we are continuing to support our community through our effort and resources. In July, we provided collectors for the Womens' Refuge annual street collection, In August, we donated a dishwasher to the Hutt Hospital Childrens' Ward for the use of the nursing staff. We are also continuing to work with the Regional Council in support of the ongoing development of the Hutt River Trail, which by 2021 should comprise 54 kms of walking and cycling trails in the Hutt Valley - a phenomenal local asset.
 
Second, our partnership with the Hutt City Council is driving forward the Innovative Young Minds initiative, which goes from strength to strength. While it was not possible this year to deliver a residential learning programme, IYM delivered in July an online programme to 70 young women in years 11 and 12, exposing them to research and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing. 
 
 
 
 
Third, as an active group of committed individuals, we are growing our numbers and exploring new opportunities to serve community needs in Wainuiomata, a rapidly growing suburb of Hutt City but with no current Rotary presence. Alongside this growth strategy, we aim to provide our members with a range of networking and social opportunities and the opportunity to hear top-notch speakers at our fortnightly breakfast meetings.
 
 
 
A new Rotary year begins in July, with a new club president taking up his or her role for the next twelve months. In July 2020, we marked that occasion (known as Changeover) with a dinner at Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club.
 
The evening was a popular success – big crowd, splendid meal, much laughter and great fun.  The highlight was the welcome to incoming President Britta Hollman by outgoing President Peter McCombs.
 
In reviewing the achievements of the past year, Peter recalled highlights of our journey:-
 
- Matariki marshmallows on Wellington Waterfront
- the extension of the Hutt River Trail amenities, now totalling some 25km
- our Rotary Young Leadership initiative
- the annual Tree of Joy at Queensgate with gifts to more than 1500 Hutt Valley families 
- the independent status achieved by our Innovative Young Minds initiative
- support given by the club to the Naenae Boxing Academy to benefit disadvantaged youth  
- our response to three months of the COVID–19 pandemic with weekly Zoom meetings
- Government approval to begin construction of the long-sought Ngauranga to Petone Cycleway
 
The evening brought an added thrill from the keen and very spirited bidding in two auctions led by Kaleb Barton of ‘The Professionals’ team offering Items donated by members.  
 
These ranged from vouchers for any desired building project to notably signed rugby balls, a hosted lunch for six to driving thrills in a racing car, and from a pair of embroidered towels featuring Covid-19 heroes Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a pair of pedigree orchids.