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



About TaradaleRotary


If you would like to know more about the Rotary Club of Taradale, and perhaps enquire about joining the Club, then please ring


Ben Keehan




Project Tongan School Books

90 Cartons of Secondary Schools Books

Collected and Shipped to Tonga

In February 2018 Cyclone Gita swept through the Kingdom of Tonga leaving a trail of destruction behind. Suffering in its wake were most schools which suffered considerable water damage rendering most of their teaching material useless

Bob McCaw, a member of the Rotary Club of Taradale, an educationalist, and a man who had considerable experience of working in Tonga, suggested to the Club that rather than direct its efforts towards yet another book collection for the Solomon Islands (they had completed 3 in previous years), they offer to collect books for Tonga.

Bob used his Tongan contacts, and the Club offer was readily accepted, with the request we try to get books from High Schools, levels Year 9 to Year 13. All Club members were asked to help contact schools and about half found positive responses of help from schools, so collections started in earnest in August.

Books from Napier GHS

Books from Napier BHS

The major contributors were

William Colenso College

Napier Girls’ High School

Napier Boys’ High School

Sacred Heart College plus Wentworth School (Auckland)

Taradale High School

Hukarere Maori Girls’ College



Top: Collection at Sacred Heart, Theresa Cowen, HOD Science, Steve Winter, Mark Oldershaw, Richard Hay.

Above: Robbie Symons and Paul McGrail share a joke outside Conroy’s shed

Left: Robbie Symons and HOD Maths at Napier BHS, Stew Gourdie

Books, once collected, were stored in a warehouse made available by Conroy Removals in Napier. Members volunteered once a week to help sort and pack the books in cartons also provided Conroy’s. Collectors were amazed at some of the top quality books being given away. This is the result of a change of teaching delivery in many schools with learning material now being delivered on-line rendering some books redundant..

The Final Packout

Richard Hay, Bob McCaw, Robert Kyle, Mark Oldershaw, Steve Winter. Absent, Robbie Symons

At the end of November packing ceased and Conroy’s wrapped three pallets containing 90 cartons and stored them in a container which was then transported to Auckland FOC where the consignment will be shipped to the Ministry of Tonga in Nuku’alofa. The Rotary Club of Taradale pay the shipping costs to Nuku’alofa in Tonga and the Ministry of Education in Tonga pay the landing charges.

In the Container and ready to go

Paul McGrail (Conroys), Steve McKenzie (Conroys),

Robert Kyle, Bob McCaw, Richard Hay.

The books consignment departed on the vessel IMUA 11 on the 14th Dec.and arrived in Nuku’alofa on the19th Dec 2018.

This site will be updated when the MOE Tonga uplift the books from Customs early 2019

The Rotary Club of Taradale is indebted to Conroy Removals for their continued support of Club Projects. Without their generous backing, this project would have not been possible.

Read more on Club's past Books Projects



Taradale Town Hall

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


Hire the Hall




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,

Click here...





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.

For details of how to make an application for KTMET funding, click here.


Legal Documents


Website last updated 30/12/2018