Rotary Kaukau is pleased to invite you along to hear all Lee Mauger talk about what motivated him to start the hugely popular Space & Science Festival.

Lee emigrated from Europe to New Zealand 11 years ago, and immediately felt lucky to have stunningly clear views of the night sky on his doorstep. Going from a light polluted location to a much darker location made him realise the march of light pollution was heading our way, and our luck may eventually run out. Having two small children, Lee was particularly concerned that by the time they grew up they may not be able to see the night sky as we do, and the impact that may have in inspiring their wonder of the world and sparking their interest in science.

Through his local schools Lee quickly found other parents, teachers, astronomers, engineers (and scientists) had the same concerns, and together they formed a not for profit charity called the 'Space & Science Festival' which runs events each year to inspire the next generation in all things STEM. May 2018 will be the 5th anniversary of the festival. The festival was designed to run near when the clocks change, allowing kids to sneak in an extra hour of darkness for astronomy, and officially be allowed to 'stay up late' and do science. 

Lee’s presentation will be followed with a brief presentation about Rotary and the work we do both in our local community and globally.
Encouraging The Next Generation of Astronomers 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018
Wellington Districts youngest Rotary Club celebrated its second change of Club President on Sunday 8th July.  As well as club members, friends and family, there were three former District Governors and the current District Governor present.
Rotary District 9940 Governor Marion Johnston congratulated incoming President Prue Harrison on her appointment. Prue is only the third President of Rotary Kaukau and the first female President for the club. 
Outgoing President Michael Middlemiss thanked club and committee members for their efforts throughout the year, which amongst other things, saw the Khandallah Christmas Fair resurrected into what will now become an annual event.
The formal part of the event was followed by a pub quiz that raised funds for Rotary charities.
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The Kaukau Changeover is happening on Sunday 8th July at Khandallah Trading Company from 5:30pm, followed by a quiz from 7pm. 
Come along to welcome Prue into her year as President, and remind ourselves of all the great things we achieved in the year just gone.
Family and Friends are welcome, and there will be raffles and prizes for the best quiz team so make sure you get as many of your besties together to form a quiz team and be in to win!
8 July 2018
5.30 to 9.30pm
5.30pm - Changeover
7pm - quiz

Khandallah Trading Company
Agra Crescent and Ganges Road, Khandallah

Our changeover will be followed by a quiz. Bring your friends and family and make up your own quiz team, or join one on the night.
This is a fundraising event, and all proceeds will go to End Polio Now.
$30 (includes $5 off your first drink and continual canapés throughout the evening)
Please pay by bank transfer to Rotary Kaukau 03-0502-0365616-000 Particulars: Changeover Reference: Your name
Please email to confirm your attendance or for any questions
Club Changeover Coming Up 2018-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
Khandallah Village Fair Planning Update Prue Harrison 2017-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Kaukau Challenge
The Kaukau Challenge was held by the Khandallah Schoo on 12th November. We went along to help out with this event which was a fantastic opportunity to raise our profile in the community.
Our four keen marshalls headed up the hill just after 9am, joing about 25 other volunteers to ensure there was a marshall every 300 meters. While they were out making sure no one got lost and providing encouragement where needed, the rest of us setup the Nachos stand and get very busy serving Nachos to hungry competitors for several hours.
It was a great day out, and many thanks to all the volunteers who were able to spare a couple of hours to put on their brand new tee shirts and get out and help a very worthy cause.
Kaukau Challenge a great success Michael Middlemiss 2017-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Middlemiss on Oct 08, 2017
With the support of New World Khandallah and the medical expertise thanks to Andrea from the Ngaio Medical Clinic we were able to help over 60 people have their blood pressure taken. It was great to be out in the community with both our banner and new tee shirts, and the feedback we received from everyone was overwhelmingly positive. Many thanks to Brett, Russell, Doug, Prue, David, Rebecca and Helen for helping out on the day.
Stroke Awareness Day a great success Michael Middlemiss 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Middlemiss on Oct 08, 2017
Timing wasn't good for this meeting, with it landing right in the middle of school holidays. However, with the number who turned up on the night, and the proxy votes that Prue and Helen had diligently collected, we had enough members to meet the quorum requirement of 50% of the club membership to proceed with the AGM. Read on to find out who next years president will be...
October Formal and Annual General Meeting Michael Middlemiss 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Middlemiss on May 01, 2017
The April Formal Meeting was dedicated to working with our committees and trying to come up with some great projects for both the rest of this Rotary year and the next Rotary year, and what a great night it was!
All five committees broke off and had some very good discussions, before presenting back to the group. .
Committee Night Was Great Michael Middlemiss 2017-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Barnes on Mar 15, 2017
Rotary Club of Kaukau is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
We are raising as much as we can to support our cause, and we need your help! Order your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. We still have seven books to sell. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time! There will be copies of the Entertainment Book available for purchase at the next formal meeting.
Latest Fundraiser - Entertainment Books still available David Barnes 2017-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Middlemiss on Mar 13, 2017
It is 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon as I type this. My plane has not long taken off, and I’m heading home after spending three days at the South Pacific Presidents Elect Training (SPPETs) weekend.
It was a big commitment for me – I had to take a day’s annual leave for the Friday, and had to give up a whole weekend of time with my family, to attend. Was it worth it? Definitely. It was a privilege to spend my weekend with such dedicated people, all passionate about helping those around them.
Reflections on South Pacific Presidents Elect Training Michael Middlemiss 2017-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0