As part of our commitment to service above self, the club’s International Committee partners with other Rotary clubs in New Zealand and overseas to help improve the lives of communities in developing countries. We focus mainly, but not exclusively, on the Pacific where New Zealand has special responsibilities. Our aim is to make a difference through well-designed and targeted projects using the skills of our members, and the funds we raise which are supplemented, where appropriate, by Rotary International and our fellow clubs.
Our priorities for 2016/17 are to focus on two areas – firstly, the continuing provision of Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) in response to disasters in the South Pacific and second, to seek water projects in the Pacific involving the use of Sky Hydrants. This is an exciting new technology and affordable piece of equipment which can provide drinkable water in humanitarian and disaster aid situations. The International Committee aims to identify these sorts of aid projects in the Pacific and to raise money through fund-raising and working with other Rotary Clubs to bring the projects to fruition. If you want to make a difference to lives in the developing countries of the Pacific, this committee is for you.