New Zealand, D9930

Napier, New Zealand, D9930

Taradale is a suburb of Napier, New Zealand, and located on the edge of Hawke's Bay's world famous wine country.
The Rotary Club of Taradale meets every
Thursday at 6:00pm
at the Taradale Town Hall, Lee Road, Taradale.
Fellowship starts at 5:15pm.

Directors 2018-19

Major Events

Club Services


Keith Lines



President Elect

Richard Hay


Steve Winter


Ben Keehan



Kaye Wishart/

Doug Syme

Club Administration

John Reid


Emre Erturk


Helena Mead

Service Project

Phil Alexander


Claire Connor



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Ben Keehan




 Bob Twaddle QSM Passes On

Members of the Rotary Club of Taradale were saddened to learn that one of their longest serving members had died. Robert (Bob) Bruce Twaddle QSM passed away peacefully in Summerset surrounded by family members on the morning of the 6th July 2018, a few days short of his 94th birthday.

Bob will long be remembered as the Foundation Principal of Taradale High School. In 1969 he appointed a team of 10 talented teachers, and despite unfinished grounds and buildings, the school opened on 3rd February 1970, By the time he retired in 1984, Taradale High School had become a co-educational high school that had gained great support from its local community as its students accumulated not only a wonderful academic record, but recorded high levels of achievement in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.

By 1975, with Year 13 students now being prepared for Bursary and Scholarship exams (as they were then), Bob, his staff and the local community felt the school was ready for self governance and a Board of Governors was established breaking away from the Napier High Schools Board which had established the school in 1970.

Until he retired in 1984, Bob guided the school as it grew to a role of about 1000 students. A broad based curriculum was established with provision for Maori learning. Japanese was introduced early, leading later to the school attracting significant numbers of overseas students. Wide ranging activities were provided so as to allow all students to be involved away from the classroom. Academically students from the school were achieving results in national exams as good as if not better than other comparable schools in Hawke's Bay.     

Without question, the establishment of a very successful high school serving the Taradale community, is and ever will be, the shining beacon of Bob’s illustrious career.                            

Bob and wife Nan


Bob attending a Rotary Celebrity Dinner with grandson Nathan, National and Olympic rower.

Bob was born in 1924 and was educated at both Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Wellington College. He then attended Victoria University in Wellington, graduating with a Master of Art (English) with Honours. He taught at a number of schools including Wanganui Tech, Freyberg High School (10 years), and PNBHS. In 1965 he was appointed Principal of Paeroa College and remained there until 1969.

In 1948 Bob married Nancy Randall (“Nan”) while they lived in Palmerston North. Over those early years, they had 6 children, John, Maggie, Judith, Lynne, Alison (Ali) and Bruce. Nan was a talented teacher in her own right but gave up the classroom and with Bob’s support, raised an extremely successful family.

Sadly Nan never saw the full development of her family as she died in 1986, just after Bob had resigned from Taradale High School.

Bob joined the Rotary Club of Taradale in early 1970 and gave 44 years of service. He took up many roles within the Club.

  • 1978 he was inducted as Club President and he used his role to lend weight to an idea put forward by the late Kel Tremain of establishing an educational fund to support talented students needing funding to pursue higher education.

  • 1988 the Club honoured him by making him a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • 1993, following the death of club Rotarian, Kel Tremain, the education trust fund was re-established as the Kel Tremain Memorial Education Trust (KTMET). Bob served from 1997 to 2010 as the Trust’s Deputy Chairman.

  • He was for a period responsible as the Club’s contact with Rotary Foundation. He assisted members requiring funds for projects through RI’s Matching Grants scheme.

  • He was the Club’s publicity officer and for a period of time produced the club’s newsletter.

  • He served as the Club’s contact with the developing Community College, now known as EIT. He promoted this link helping to organise the annual Club awards to two students who had been selected by the Institute.

  • 1996 He was a member of the Preserve Planet Earth committee with Ron Ward and helped with planting trees to establish Dolbel Park.

  • 1996 With the help of Club members, he helped promote the Taradale Probus club (now the Friendship Club of Taradale) and was a past chairman an d life member.

  • 1998 He joined a group of club members visit Tomakomai North Rotary Club in Japan. Tomakomai and Napier enjoy a sister-city relationship.

Bob was very community minded and gained wide recognition and respect  working for local community organisation

  • In 1992 he became a foundation member and secretary of the Taradale Development Association. He became widely admired for his tireless work on behalf of the local business community.

  • In 1995 he helped set up a Trust called the Taradale High School Foundation which supports activities within the school that are not funded from the core budget.

  • He was a foundation member and served several years as president of the Taradale and District Community Development Association. During this time he promoted and helped raised funding for the lighting of the Taradale Town Clock. The Rotary Club assisted with funding and labour. Club member Robbie Symons installed the cabling for the lights and Past Club member and Past Napier Mayor, Dave Prebensen installed the ground lights.

  • 1992-2000 Bob was a member of the Friends of the Taradale Library and was the driving force for the establishment of anew library.

  • He assisted Ron Ward and a group of concerned citizens worried about the potential loss of the local Taradale police station. He organised the collection of 9000 signatures in 14 days and this helped win the case.

For his work in the community he was awarded a QSM honour in 2005.

Bob discusses the lighting of the Taradale Memorial Clock tower with Dave Prebensen and Warren Cooper

Bob greatly enjoyed Rotary fellowship but resigned in 2014 because of ill-health. He lived a life epitomized by the Rotary motto of “Service above self”. He was always giving, and in doing so touched many people who loved him for his warmth, his great sense of humour, and for the work he had done which affected so many lives. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on as long as there is a clock tower shining its light out on the citizens of Taradale.

Taradale Town Hall

The Town Hall is an attractive assembly hall available for use by the local and wider Hawkes Bay community.


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Puketapu Auction and Fair

The Club holds an annual Auction and Fair (PAF) on the property of Roger Alexander at Puketapu. For more information click the following link


Oliver Smales Memorial Trust

The Trust supports the education and training of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay in co-operation with the HBDHB. To learn about the Club's involvement in this Trust,

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Dolbel Reserve

Dolbel Reserve is a passive Council Recreation Park of some 18ha on the Western Hills of Taradale.







Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education Trust.

The Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education Trust administers a fund for the benefit of students NZ wide and can partner with other similar trusts globally.





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