Bay of Islands Rotary supports community and youth projects in the Paihia – Russell and surrounding areas.

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Bay of Islands Rotary is a super friendly group of women and men active in the local community.

We are volunteers come from all walks of life and ages sharing a passion for making a positive difference to those needing a helping hand up. We do this through a variety of projects of our own and sponsoring people, particularly youth, to programmes that will help them grow as individuals. 

Our members are as active as their lifestyle and commitments allow and have huge fun in being involved as this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends while also doing some great things for the community. In doing so this adds value to their lifestyle.

As Rotarians we have access beyond the club to the extensive world of Rotary internationally whether to meet others, take part in service or pursue recreational or professional interests. For more on Rotary as a global service organisation visit

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Bay of Islands Rotary offers volunteers community service opportunities through participation in various project teams, and by contribution to local, national, Pacific and international projects and events.

The projects we do in the community come from ideas received from members of the community and from club members and we welcome the involvement at all stages of project creation and delivery of anyone willing to contribute as they can, including those wishing to help with project funding through sponsorship (note that project funds are via our Charitable Trust enabling donation receipts). The following shows a small selection of our projects:

Supporting Great Causes

Here is a popular annual breakfast raising funds for Daffodil Day (Cancer Society), but we support several others as volunteers as well.  Internationally we are active supporters of the global Polio Eradication initiative started by Rotary International.

Other local activities include helping the set up and breakdown for the Russell Ocean Swim, and sausage sizzles of course, or marshalling at various events like the Kerikeri Marathon … there are too many to list all here.

Support to other communities

Creative solutions is something we are good at and here we have locally sourced used clothing going via yachts heading to Tonga for poor villagers there. There are many other examples, such as sponsoring disaster relief in the Pacific or members helping recovery clean-up activity in Hawke’s Bay.

Improving our Environment

Near Russell, we support the development of walking and cycling tracks, but there are a wide range of environmental activities we take a part in or support in a variety of ways. This can range from a simple beach cleanup to tidying up a Waitangi roundabout to helping create new tracks or building footbridges to supporting school environmental programmes.

Youth and Young Adults

We support many projects that foster the potential of our youth and young adults.  Shown is the presentation to a student of a Pictorial Dictionary, a project we do with over 12 schools in the area.  Others include sponsorship to leadership development opportunities, whether to on the R Tucker Thompson or the well regarded Rotary programmes such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN for secondary school students).

Contact us to find out more.

We are always approachable, so there are a number of ways to contact us:

Contact us using the Contact Details listed below and we will get back to you promptly, whether you just want more information, are wanting to volunteer or support us as a sponsor or maybe even want to consider membership.

Arrange to meet a member for a chat over a coffee.

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Participate and get to meet our members and supporters by volunteering at a project.

Weekly Get-togethers

Coming along to meet our friendly team while enjoying a delicious dinner and an interesting topical guest speaker.