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10am Saturday 18 March 2023


The Waiatarua Reserve is one of east Auckland's green space jewels. Parklands, walkways, playground and wetlands between Abbotts Way and the St Johns / Meadowbank residential area.

We've been planting and maintaining parts of the reserve for a number of years now. We get together with other volunteers a few times a year to do it all.

Please join us to enjoy a bit of the great outdoors on a 2.5km walk and lend a hand to look after our community environment.

Bring gloves and gardening tools (even wheelbarrows) if you can - but not absolutely necessary.

Phone Bob 0272 169 541 for enquiries or meet us at the carpark by the Men's Shed on Abbotts Way.

Leanne Hegan and Helen Jackson from Guardian Angels recently accepted the donation of 200 toilet bags intended for parents who find themselves unexpectedly needing to stay in the hospital with their unwell child. These bags were thoughtfully packed with essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, deodorant, razors, and more.


Guardian Angels
Project Polio


Polio throughout the world has been reduced by 99%. For as little as US60 cents, a child can be vaccinated against polio for life. We are closer than ever to ending this crippling disease forever.
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The fight to end polio is a massive effort that Rotary and its partners cannot do alone. Help secure support from governments, non-governmental organisations, corporations and the public. Advocacy efforts help ensure that no child will suffer from this disease ever again. Local Rotary clubs including Ellerslie Sunrise are making history by supporting this amazing international action.

Christmas Pudding
Annual Rotary Plum Pudding Fundraising


The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise have been distributing Rotary Plum Puddings throughout New Zealand and to its Rotary clubs since 2001 raising over $2 million for charity. Every pudding sold provides a donation to the Rotary Club you have purchased from. In turn they are funding charitable works in your community. What could be better - delicious puddings and support for charity. Now that really tastes and feels good.


Other Projects
Ongoing support to local schools


The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise is actively supporting local schools by donating books, helping with projects and sponsoring school events.


For example, the Dictionaries in School programme ensures all year 4 students attending Bailey Road School in Mt Wellington receive a free dictionary to take home. We are also sponsoring the development of their new Plant Nursery.


With our support, Books in Homes visits Panmure District School three times a year to give every child books to take home and keep. We have recently sponsored the school's end of year picnic transport so every child there can enjoy a trip to the swimming pool. Without the club's help, they would not have the means to make it happen.


A great team effort between our club and Mellons Bay School is also seeing old furniture from the school being shipped to Fiji where many students desperately need desks and chairs.


Along with the Variety Club and Owen Glenn, we supplied a replacement Sunshine Coach for the original van purchased in 1995. This also included extending its garage. The van, domiciled at Stanhope Road School, is for the use of youth in our area.

Waiatarua Reserve


Members of the Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise are helping with the maintenance of the reserve.

Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust


The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise is a long time supporter of Mobility Dogs, a charitable Trust whose mission is to train mobility assistance dogs to enhance the lives of people living with physical disabilities.


In July 2008, Mobility Dogs and the Department of Corrections launched New Zealand’s first ‘Puppies in Prisons’ (PIP) programme. Mobility Dogs trainers carry out a well defined training programme whereby the prisoner handlers are guided in aspects of animal learning, behaviour, motivation, and development. Prisoners involved internationally in these types of programmes have stated that being part of the programme provided a purpose in their lives, taught them patience and responsibility, and instilled in them respect for others.


The partnership between the Department of Corrections and Mobility Dogs goes a long way to provide highly trained mobility dogs to meet the growing demand from New Zealand’s physically disabled community.

Emergency Response Kits


The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise coordinate the shipping of Emergency Response Kits to be distributed in the Pacific Islands after cyclones and disasters. The Kits are donated by all New Zealand clubs and contain life saving supplies.

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