Community projects

Great day to be at the top of the lighthouseKnapps Lawyers’
Boulder Bank Walk

Nelson West organises an annual 9 km walk along Nelson’s iconic Boulder Bank, to benefit the Nelson Volunteer Coastguard and other local charities.  Walkers experience this special place up close, visit the historic lighthouse, and see Nelson from a different angle.

Next BB Walk: 15 March 2020. Visit our Facebook page (Nelson West Rotary) for updates.

Nelson Food Bank

Gary collecting for Nelson Food Bank

Collecting for Nelson Food Bank

Each Christmas season, we run our ‘Cash or Cans’ event at Trafalgar Park Countdown. We ask shoppers to purchase an extra item for the food bank as they go through the store. We continue to be impressed by the generosity of Nelsonians pitching in to help people who are struggling during the holidays.

The event runs on a Friday to Sunday in mid-December. Some years, the Stoke Tahunanui Rotary Club also collects at the Stoke Countdown supermarket, increasing the impact of this event. Every year, we collect hundreds of food items as well as significant cash, which is used to purchase more food.

Murray & youth exchange students 2012Youth programmes

Many of Nelson West’s activities involve programmes for Nelson’s youth. For many years, our club ran the Rotary Youth Exchange for the top half of the South Island, placing local students with overseas Rotary clubs and host families and welcoming foreign students to our communities.

Carfit & Young Drivers

CarFit clinic at Ernest Rutherford villageMembers of Nelson West assist with local programmes to help our oldest and newest drivers. CarFit helps seniors to check the seat height, mirrors and other settings of their cars so they can be safe behind the wheel.

Student involved in Rotary Young Driver Awareness programmeMeanwhile, the Rotary Young Driver Awareness programme teaches 15-year-olds about the perils of dangerous driving. Nelson West Rotary supports this programme financially and by helping with marshalling at the clinics for students.

Event marshalling

We assist event organisers with marshalling and car parking at local events, keeping traffic flowing and everybody happy. Our main events are EcoFest and the Home & Garden Show – the funds we earn go to support a wide range of local projects and initiatives.  Contact us to help with your event.

Shelter Boxes in useInternational projects

Nelson West supports the ShelterBox programme, supplying emergency tents and supplies to victims of natural disasters.

Rotary - End Polio NowWe also support the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus programme, which has made huge strides in eradicating polio from the earth. It now exists in only three countries, and Rotary is working hard to eradicate it completely. We’ve also provided funding and other assistance to the hospitals on Aututaki and Nuie.

Wakapuaka reserve, Natureland, Centre of New Zealand, Melrose House…

Painting crew at Melrose HouseOver the years, the Rotary Club of Nelson West has been involved in numerous local projects to beautify and improve our local environment and facilities.

  • Improved facilities at Natureland
  • Renovations at Melrose House
  • Planting at Wakapuaka, along the Maitai River and in other locations
  • Upgrading the lookout at the Centre of NZ
  • plaque at Centre of New Zealand

    plaque at Centre of New Zealand

    Construction of bench seats for Nelson’s Port Hills

  • Construction of stoat traps for Lake Rotoiti
  • Refurbishment of Rotoiti Lodge
  • Assistance building the Girl Guides Lee Valley camp
  • Construction of a spa pool at Riverside Pool
  • Supporting the Soroptimists’ Teen Parent Unit at Nelson College for Girls
  • Funding for English Language Partners to purchase classroom furniture for new immigrants’ classes
  • Assistance with Aututaki Hospital
  • Support to the Epileptic Society for a self-braking pram for a new mother

    laying concrete pad for seats at Orphanage Stream

    laying concrete pad for seats at Orphanage Stream

Would you like to join Rotary and help us do good things for our community? Visit us to find out more!