About Us


Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Our motto:        Service Above Self


Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

There are 5 Rotary clubs in Northland, (Bay of Islands at Paihia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kaitaia and Waipapa.)


The Rotary Club of Waipapa was chartered in 1994 and the first president was Roger Moore.

Rotary was opened to women in 1989 – 90.  Our first Women President was Clara Gillanders in 1996.

Our club is located within District 9910, covering clubs from Kaitaia in the North, down to Henderson across to Onehunga / One Tree Hill and then off-shore to Norfolk Island, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.  There are nine areas within our district and our club is in Area1 taking in the Rotary Clubs of Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Waipapa, Kerikeri and Bay of Islands.  Our club holds a high profile in the area with members previously having held posts at District level.


Our membership consists of a range of ages and professions and our members choose their level of involvement depending on their own commitments.


International Youth Exchange – Applications for exchange students will be received from October through to the end of April each year. Students depart the following January for a 12 month exchange.  New Zealand is divided into six Rotary Districts and you apply to the District in which you live. To apply via this website, applicants must live within Rotary District 9910 which covers the area north from central Auckland. Applicant’s parents do not have to be members of Rotary.  If you apply for an exchange you will attend a selection weekend where you will find out all about the programme and have the chance to meet students from overseas, who are in NZ on exchange, as well as NZ students who have completed an exchange.  Successful applicants will attend further briefings and an orientation weekend.

Model United Nations Assembly – We sponsor local students to attend this annual event.  Its aims to simulate the working of the United Nations Assembly by having school teams of two or three Year 12 and 13 (Forms 6 and 7) students representing  a particular UN country in debates on matters of world politics and social concern.

National Science & Technology Forum – The Rotary National Science & Technology Forum is held annually , generally in January.  This programme is for OUTSTANDING all round science, maths and technology students in Year 12 who will be returning to school in Year 13 and are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level. This fully residential programme is conducted by Rotary and the Tertiary Institutions of Auckland. By the end of the Forum students should have a better understanding of the tertiary courses they wish to follow and a fuller appreciation of the place of science and technology in the wider community. It also provides an opportunity for high achieving students to spend time with similar minded people and the experiences gained invariably result in overall personal growth and a renewed motivation to succeed.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – RYLA is a Rotary organised programme promoting youth leadership and caters to young aspiring leaders aged between 20-28. Since its inception in 1960, thousands of young people around the world have benefited from RYLA. Many have gone on to be outstanding leaders of their families, their businesses and the communities in which they live.

Rotary Australian New Zealand Youth Exchange – This programme is designed to foster International understanding between young Australians and New Zealanders, by giving secondary school students the opportunity to experience family, academic and community life in Australasia.

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness – Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) is a not-for-profit organisation with a commitment to the reduction of youth road trauma in New Zealand through the delivery of quality, evidence based road safety education program.

ShelterBox  – is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families around the world who are affected by disasters. ShelterBox responds to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering lifesaving aid to families across the globe at a time when they need it the most.

Rotary Foundation Committee – The purpose of the Rotary Foundation Committee is to support and promote the efforts of Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The goals of the committee are:

  • to ensure all clubs enter their Foundation goals in Rotary Club Central on My Rotary
  • To ensure all clubs contribute at least $NZ125 per member for Annual Giving
  • To ensure all clubs give at least $NZ50 per member for Polio Giving
  • To encourage every Rotarian to personally give NZ$100 each year to become a Centurion Member of The Rotary Foundation.
  • To encourage and assist Rotarians and their families to become Paul Harris Fellows and Paul Harris Society members.
  • To share knowledge of The Rotary Foundation with Rotarians of the district and continue to promote Rotary Foundation through regular Club visits, presentations and training
  • To seek a Major Donor or a new Member of the Bequest Society.
  • To seek an additional Benefactor from each club in the district.
  • To qualify all District 9910 clubs for District Grants (that wish to be qualified)
  • To assist clubs to be part of bigger projects by providing guidance and communicating opportunities
  • To carry out a Global Grant Project in District 9910
  • To further develop Korean partnership and carry out projects in Vanuatu and NZ and ROMAC


President :                   Jack Armstrong

Secretary :                   Michael Bain

Treasurer :                  Stephen Hunt

Committees : Youth Chair  Kathy Palmer; Community & Vocation Chair Avis Mountain.