New Zealand, D9930

Napier, New Zealand, D9930

Taradale is a suburb of Napier, New Zealand, and located on the edge of Hawke's Bay's world famous wine country.
The Rotary Club of Taradale meets every
Thursday at 6:00pm
at the Taradale Town Hall, Lee Road, Taradale.
Fellowship starts at 5:15pm.


Directors 2018-19

Major Events

Club Services




Richard Hay



President Elect

Claire Connor


Keith Lines


Emre Erturk


Kaye Wishart/

Doug Syme

Club Administration

Helena Mead


John Reid


Anne Worley

Service Project

Steve Winter


Claire Connor


About Taradale



If you would like to know more about the Rotary Club of Taradale, and perhaps enquire about joining the Club, then please ring the President at



Rotary Club of Taradale

Shine for Shelter Box

Report  on a special evening organised by Claire Connor, to raise money for the Shelterbox programme

 10th October 3rd 2019


Reporter: Rob Pattullo

The evening's guest speaker was Jimmy Griffith.

Jimmy was introduced by Claire as a ShelterBox Response Team leader who has been deployed internationally 12 times in the last 5 years. As Jimmy was being introduced, a piece of freshly baked shortbread was passed around to each member, the significance of this was explained by Jimmy as he opened his address.

Jimmy Griffiths with Claire Connor, Club's Shelterbox coordinator,

Richard Hay, Club President

Jimmy began with a slide of an elderly Nepalese women sitting in front of a pile of rocks hitting them with a pick to make lots of smaller rocks. For this she was paid $1.00 per day.

Jimmy bakes shortbread regularly for his Shortbread Trust which he sells for $2.00 a piece. The comparison between the two really drives home the message of poverty and vulnerability many millions of people face daily around the world. The Shortbread Trust in conjunction with sponsorship has raised over $85,000.00 to date. These funds are then used to provide fresh drinking water, sanitation, food and ShelterBoxes in the aftermath of disasters around the world.

A light box to provide light and communication

Jimmy’s first deployment was to Malaysia after serious flooding had made many homeless. In this case, ShelterBoxes were able to provide shelter & security for many families. Jimmy’s most recent deployment was to Bangladesh to assist with the Rohingya refugee crisis from Myanmar. These huge camps were built on hillsides, sanitation was non-existent and the situation was desperate for so many and could remain so for some time. Rotary International has been able to give ShelterBox real credibility where ever they are deployed. Rotary opens doors with local government, customs, police etc to enable help to get to where it is needed quickly. This is solely volunteer work for Jimmy and his dedication and passion for this work was an inspiration to all of us present.

There are 240 ShelterBoxes on hand in NZ to deploy in an emergency and 180 ShelterBox Response Team members internationally.

 All victims of disasters need is to be shown some kindness and to this end Jimmy recited a poem about kindness.



Taradale Town Hall

The Town Hall is an attractive assembly hall available for use by the local and wider Hawkes Bay community.



Hire the Hall



Puketapu Auction and Fair

The Club holds an annual Auction and Fair (PAF) on the property of Roger Alexander at Puketapu. For more information click the following link


Oliver Smales Memorial Trust

The Trust supports the education and training of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay in co-operation with the HBDHB. To learn about the Club's involvement in this Trust,

Click here...




Dolbel Reserve

Dolbel Reserve is a passive Council Recreation Park of some 18ha on the Western Hills of Taradale.





Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education Trust.

The Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education Trust administers a fund for the benefit of students NZ wide and can partner with other similar trusts globally.

For details of how to make an application for KTMET funding, click here.

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Website last updated 27/11/2019