On Wednesday March 10th, the club welcomed Cathrine Khafula who gave a very interesting and personal presentation covering her life entitled “My Life in Zimbabwe and New Zealand”.

Cathrine explains how she established her baking business; Flembeau Cakes

Kathrine described her life journey starting with being raised by her grandmother in rural areas Zimbabwe, later moving to South Africa with her young family, and then coming to New Zealand.

She explained how she got a passion for baking from when she started cooking starting at an early age and how this has led her to start a successful business Flembeau Cakes based in Wellington.

For further information on Cathrine’s company use this link


Johnsonville Rotary’s Fun Day for families with young children – Teddy Bears Picnic was on 14th March at Rewa Rewa School.

The Bouncy Castle proved to be a very popular attraction

Teddies brought their families for a fun day out. The event was opened by Greg O’Connor our local Member of Parliament who also was part of the judging panel to choose the winners of Biggest, Best Dressed, and most loved Teddy

Greg O’Connor and the other judges ponder the winner of Best Dressed Teddy

There were stalls selling jewelry, toys, coffee, Macarons and a sausage sizzle plus entertainment including Shabby Salon, Facepainting, a Bouncy Castle, Colouring Competitions, and several fun sports events to keep everyone happy.

Wonderful Hairstyles
Amazing Facepainting
The wheel barrow race was just one of the fun competitions
Even the parents got involved

Johnsonville Rotary would like to thank everyone who attended the Teddy Bears Picnic. We hope you all had a fantastic time.

Our thanks to Rewa Rewa School for their support hosting this event and for the use their facilities and to Newlands Childcare for the electrical power connection for our PA equipment and for the coffee cart.

Special thanks to all of our stall holders and sponsors especially Mitre 10 Crofton Downs who provided the prizes for the Teddy Bear and colouring competitions and the loan of the BBQ for the sausage sizzle.

If anyone would like further information on Johnsonville Rotary and/or get involved with some of our other community activities then please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

    On Saturday 12th December 2020 the club celebrated Christmas and the end of Rotary Club program for the year with a Christmas Party for members, gusts and friends.

    Maria Reyes is welcomed as a new member by Club President Neil Haydon

    It was a special meeting as it also saw the induction of new member Maria Reyes. The club also welcomed Maria’s family as guests to the dinner.

    Johnsonville Rotary Club would like to thank all stallholders and all visitors for coming to the Johnsonville Christmas market on Saturday 6th December.

    Despite the cold blustery windy weather the market was busy especially after the finish of the Johnsonville Christmas Parade.

    Nearly 30 stalls were represented at the market selling a wide range of goods. These included arts and crafts, jewellery, food, toys, Christmas decorations, bath products, books and many other potential Christmas gifts. Also “Clowning Around” were at the market offering some fun kids activities

    Rotary Johnsonville offered a Sausage sizzle and some shelter to visitors from the elements. It was also an opportunities for people to learn a little about Rotary and what it does.

    On 28 October 2020 Johnsonville Rotary were welcomed by Porirua Rotary Club for a Halloween themed fun evening. We were bewitched by the hospitality and fun and it was most enjoyable evening for everyone. We thank Porirua Rotary for making us so welcome and all their hard work setting this event up..

    Members from Porirua and Johnsonville Rotary Club

    Johnsonville Rotary President with District Governor Gillian Jones and her partner Kevin

    On 12 October 2020, we were privileged to host and have as our guest speaker, Gillian Jones, the District Governor of Rotary District 9940. Gillian gave us an inspiring talk on Rotary, the plans for the future, and a report on key activities in our District (the lower North Island of NZ).

    DG Gillian Jones updates the club on the latest ideas of the Rotary International

    The Johnsonville Rotary’s Christmas Market will return on Saturday December 5 2020 – the same day as the Johnsonville Christmas Parade.

    The market will be located at Countdown Supermarket on Johnsonville Road next to the Christmas parade route and promises to be bigger and better than in previous years.

    If you would like to run a stall at the market then please contact us now:

      Johnsonville Rotary hosted a women’s networking event on 28 September 2020.

      COVID-19 is affecting many people. Thousands are losing their jobs, mostly women, and many small businesses are struggling. The talk on Mon 28 Sept hosted by the Rotary Club of Johnsonville was a timely reminder that the Venus Network, a charitable trust active in most bigger cities in New Zealand, is there to support women who own, or are planning to start, a small business.

      The talk was given by Britta Hollmann, the regional Director of the Venus Network (and President of the Rotary Club of Hutt City in Lower Hutt). Her talk was attended by Rotarians, women business-owners in Johnsonville and  neighbouring areas, and also women in our community generally who were interested to hear her and also to meet and network with other women in our community.

      Venus Network provides a family-friendly opportunity for like-minded women facing similar challenges to network with each other at regular meetings over coffee or a  meal, and to take up one of the varied business training and development courses offered by the Venus Training Academy.

      Britta Hollman addresses attendees of the Women in Business Networking Event

      Britta emphasised the value of networking for everyone in business in New Zealand. She has found her broader Rotary network invaluable, and enjoys the emphasis on community service that is an integral part of Rotary. Venus Network opens access to a different network of people, with a deeper, more directed focus on helping women grow themselves and their businesses.

      This event was attended by 42 people and provided finger food, which enabled people to meet and network with each other, prior to Britta’s talk. It was a most enjoyable evening for all.

      The finger food was part sponsored by Mitre 10 (Crofton Downs) and New World Newlands also donated 3 platters of food for the function. The attendees and Johnsonville Rotary were most appreciative of this.

      On Monday 14th September, Andrew Hopgood was the guest of the club. Andrew spoke passionately about his life and work in helping others overcome all forms of addition (drugs, alcohol, etc.). Andrew has worked as a Senior Clinician with Red Door Recovery, an agency established to assist people (including members of the Mongrel Mob) from the addictions to drugs, substances and alcohol”. It was a compelling presentation on how he has taken his personal experience and used it to create processes that help people change their lives for the better.

      Andrew Hopgood explaining how he helps people overcome substance addition

      Graeme Mander, of Johnsonville Rotary club has sadly passed away. Graeme joined Johnsonville Rotary in 1971, was Club President between 1981 and 1982, and made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1987. Graeme was highly respected throughout the Rotary world, an active leader on many club projects and served District Rotary on the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee.

      Graeme ran Wellington–based Mander Plumbing for 60 years, serving his apprenticeship under his father and took over running the business in 1965 and continued working until his retirement in 2019. Graeme was a National Life Member of Master Plumbers, he served on the National Council of the Society for over 25 years, was National President from 1985-86 and again in 1999.

      He was the Master Plumbers representative on the Industry Training Board and also served as New Zealand representative on the World Plumbing Council for nine years from 1996.

      Our love is extended to Graeme’s wife Christina and their three daughters and their families.