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Sand can create the most wonderful art

Saturday 6 January 2024

The first project of the year was for the community in the form of the annual Sandcastle Competition.

What an Amazing Sandcastle Competition we had on 6th January at Paihia Beach 🏖️

We had over 20 entries (groups), even a fellow Rotarian and his family from San Diego!

The tides and the weather played its part and a wonderful day was had by all as you can see from the pictures shown at https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=791019829718670&set=pcb.791023896384930

  • Colour Run was the boost many needed

    The Bay of Islands Colour Run was a great success! So much colour and fun had by all. All the participants were ready and wearing white for the start at 10 am on Saturday 23rd March. As soon as they were through the start line the colour fun begun which continued through 7 other colour stations.

    The route started and finished at Horotutu along Paihia Beach to Stock port turn around back through Horotutu along the length of Ti Beach to Waitangi Bridge to the finish. We had families and people of any ages take part. A real good family fun day.

    Every participant received a medal at the finish.

    We had a bluetooth speaker for a young guy Dominic who finished first, a helicopter ride for a beautiful family who were best dressed and a Otehei trip for to visitors to the area who were the most colourful by the end of the colour run.

    We had so many generous prize donation for our spot prizes that were loved by everyone who was drawn out of the lucky bucket by name. The Rotary Club raised $2360 which will be spent on community projects.

    Thank you to all our volunteers to make this event possible and a Fantastic Fun Day, PKF Bay of Islands, QRC Tai Tokerau, Bay of Islands College, Bay of Bay of Islands Rotary Club members.

    We received funding from the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board to value of $1460, thank you.

    A huge thank you to all our sponsors!

    Prizes were sponsored by The Old Packhouse Kerikeri, Greens Paihia – Thai Cuisine, Redwoods Cafe, Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack Paihia, Cathay Cinemas, Zane Grey, Salt Air, Explore, Keri Pharmacy, Alix, Makana, Anne of Craicor, BOI ITM, Banana Boat, Gold ‘n’ Gifts, Cabbage Tree, 4Square, Mitre10 and Repco.

    Thank you to all who participated on the day, you were fab!

    We look forward our next Colour Run!

    • by Donna Smith
  • Miles of fun on Inter-club rally

    We had the Interclub Car Rally yesterday with 6 cars and 13 entrants from Bay of Islands Club.

    Our DG Neil Murray also attended the rally and he partnered with Don, a previous BOI member.

    We met at AG Vicki’s home in Waipapa where we were briefed by Vicki and Devon on what to do. The course had a time limit of 2 ½ hours and was about 90 km.

    We had to find clues along the way, which included amongst, others the following:

    • finding numbered rocks in Waipapa
    • work out parking cost at Kerikeri Airport
    • pick up more rocks on the way to Puketona,
    • find clues at the Holy Trinity Church in Pakaraka,
    • drive to Kawakawa with more clues/answers to be collected on the way, including an animal on a roof
    • visit Hundertwasser Memorial Park – take selfies and find more clues in Kawakawa
    • visit the Opua Commercial Centre, advise number of businesses there and who sponsors The Minerva
    • Take a selfie with a NZ native animal
    • Collect more clues going through Paihia and also a sachet of tomato sauce ( which was used for the sausages)
    • We drove back to Waipapa and now it was really on, finding more clues and trying to pass fellow participants

    Third prize was won by Thys, Heidi and Darryl, second prize was Roger and Jill. Clive and Val Newton from Kerikeri were the winners.

    We were treated to a great meal of ham, sausages, salads etc at Vicky’s house, courtesy of Unichem Pharmacy.

    The cherry on top, was Siouxsie Wiles who arrived and was presented a Paul Harris Fellow by Vicki.

    Many thanks to Assistant Governor Vicky and Kerikeri Club for organising this and their hospitality.

  • Digging deep for prizes brings great joy

    What a great Community Event we had on Saturday 20 January 2024 . It is really a privilege to be part of Rotary and do fun events like this for our community and visitors.

    Darryl was the Games Master, and the kids were entertained with egg & spoon races, 3-legged run/walk, sack racing and a massive tug of war where both teams were equally matched, and it took quite a while for a winning team to appear.

    The Beach Dig was amazing, and the kids did a great job in finding the 100-odd numbers which was buried in the sand. When finding a number, they could exchange it for a prize! It was great to see so many happy faces.

    Many thanks to Jaap Honing for supplying the equipment for the Beach Dig and helping with the set up. Rotary could not do events like this without people like Jaap and Eleonor.

    The sausage sizzle team was on duty to feed the hungry diggers and spectators – thanks to Four Square Paihia for supplying the sausages, bread, and onions – their help in making this event a success is greatly appreciated.

  • Sandcastle Competition creates amazing art

    The first project of the year was for the community in the form of the annual Sandcastle Competition.

    What an Amazing Sandcastle Competition we had on Saturday 6 January at Paihia Beach 🏖️

    We had over 20 entries (groups), even a fellow Rotarian and his family from San Diego! Entry was free but a sausage from the Sizzle was $3 and very popular.

    The tides and the weather played its part and a wonderful day was had by all as you can see from the pictures shown at https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=791019829718670&set=pcb.791023896384930

  • More than sausages!

    We are regularly at local events with a sausage sizzle going. These are hugely popular with the community who have the opportunity to support us while enjoying a snack in return. Thank you for stopping by when you see us.

    The funds raised at these sizzles support community projects so in buying a sausage good is being done (so go to our Projects page). They also project an awareness about BOIR and it gives a chance for the Rotary club to interact with the community and visa versa including the exchange of ideas and information.