Lighting up Auckland’s Sky Tower for Rotary’s centenary
Rotary’s 100 years in New Zealand and 85 years in the Pacific are characterised by an extraordinary record of endeavour and service. This month, they celebrate their commitment to serving others with a huge celebration in Auckland. Rotary also have an ambitious programme of initiatives throughout 2021.
On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June, 2021, Rotarians from all over New Zealand will gather at Kiri Te Kanawa Auditorium, Aotea Centre, for 48 hours of tributes, inspiring stories, networking and special performances. On the evening of Friday 25 June, there will be a large-scale public event – ‘Rotary 100 Year Centennial Showcase’ – featuring a Kapa Haka group and performing artists.
On stage, dignitaries including Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, will join with past Rotary District Govenors, Paul Harris Fellows, and past and active Rotarians to talk about 100 years of achievement in New Zealand. The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and The Rotary International President Elect, Jennifer Jones, the first woman in history to hold this position, will pay tribute with special congratulatory video messages. The work of charities started by and linked to Rotary will also be showcased.
Throughout 2021, Rotary celebrates its New Zealand centenary and 85 years in the Pacific with two major projects for local Rotarians: Rotary Give Every Child A Future (a vaccination programme in nine Pacific Island nations) and Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance (planting native trees throughout Aotearoa.) See Notes to Editors overleaf for full details.
These projects form the backbone of Rotary’s Mana Tanagata History Project, spearheaded by project chair John Mohi and Tony Caughey, President of the Rotary Club of Auckland. The project saw the recent publication of Mana Tangata: People of Action written by noted historian Dr Stephen Clarke. Clarke’s book brings to light Rotary Oceania’s long history of community service and remarkable achievements, not least their gold standard work to eradicate polio and the establishment of Cure Kids in New Zealand.
Since the first New Zealand clubs were founded in June 1921, Rotarians have been people of action – enriching and enhancing New Zealand communities through their commitment to serving others. There are now more than 250 clubs all over the country and Rotary have ambitious plans to reinvigorate their membership and broaden their appeal. They hope to attract new members from different backgrounds and the next generation of New Zealanders.Over the past 100 years, Rotary Oceania has championed and poured millions of dollars into environmental causes, health care, youth development organisations, disaster relief and civic amenities. For further information and to purchase tickets to ‘Rotary 100 Year Centennial Showcase,’ please click here: https://erp.rotaryoceania.zone/event.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 and was the first service club organisation in the world. Throughout the world, Rotary operates in more than 200 countries and has about 1.2 million members. Rotary International comprises 35,742 clubs and 1,212,416 members in over 220 countries.
Rotary Give Every Child A Future is a combined Australian and New Zealand Rotary centenary programme, in partnership with UNICEF, to save lives by vaccinating 100,000 children in nine Pacific Island countries against three diseases: rotavirus, pneumococcal and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, by funding and establishing sustainable vaccination programmes in each country.
The Rotary 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance initiative is a partnership with Te Uru Rākau Forestry New Zealand and the One Billion Trees Fund. At its heart is the power of harnessing communities and volunteers at all ages to enhance the environment by planting native trees as living memorials, including in commemoration of past Defence Force members, post-First World War influenza victims, and other significant New Zealanders and events.