Rotarians are people like you and me. There are no secret handshakes. No rituals or clandestine get-togethers in the wee hours. We’re just a bunch of normal Kiwi men and women united by a common desire to put something back into the place we call home.

In other words, we’re here to serve and develop our town and our region. And to have fun doing so. Our projects all involve the development, in one way or another, of our community and our young people.

While our local community is our focus we also spend time on international community projects designed to make the world a better place for some of our neighbours, particularly those in the Pacific.

The projects we become involved with are decided by the heads of the Club’s various working groups and endorsed by our Board. For some projects our involvement is a matter of funding, while for others it’s about pitching in with good honest hard work to make something happen or to bring a plan off the drawing board and into existence.

Our members aren’t required to fund any of our work from their own pockets. The money we spend is raised from the community. What we contribute is our time, expertise, planning capabilities and, in some cases, our blood, sweat and tears.

Occasionally we are able to bring to bear the considerable resources of Rotary International for the benefit of local projects.

For a full list of projects we were involved in last year, click here.


My wife and I moved to Kerikeri in 2016. I had been a member of Rotary in Christchurch for 20 years and so, not knowing anyone in Kerikeri, it was the logical move to join the Kerikeri RC. This instantly gave us a good sized group of friends who made us welcome.

Neil Blanchfield, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I enjoy being part of a group of like-minded people who work hard to improve our community in lots of different ways; from funding youth exchange visits through to sponsoring children to attend science fairs, and everything in between.

Ian Faulkner, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I wanted to become involved with a community organisation. Rotary ticked all the boxes: fellowship, leadership, contribution to both local and international communities – and totally different to my day job.

Vicki Douglas, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

The fellowship of Rotary is hugely rewarding. My favourite project is the Rotary International Youth Exchange, particularly accompanying these young people on their South Island Safari.

Bruce Burling, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined Rotary because the Kerikeri club’s fund-raisers are always so much fun to be involved in. Rotary’s big on flexibility these days and that’s important because family and work always have to come first and second.

Alison Lemon, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined Rotary when I was in my 20s and have benefitted both in business and socially from being an active member. I’ve made many lifelong friends through membership.

Dale Simkin, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

Rotary to me is about working with like-minded people who want to give something, either big or small, back to this wonderful community.

Bill Frazerhurst, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

The Rotary Club of Kerikeri is a very well-established club. It  provides the opportunity  to contribute to our community in many ways I could not otherwise have imagined.

Dawn Laurenson, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined the Rotary Club of Kerikeri 30 years ago to contribute to our communities, both local and international, and to have fun while doing it. The same motivation exists today.

Doug Galbraith, Rotary Club of Kerikeri