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RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) is a fun residential weekend where the participants participate in a range of outdoor activities designed to build their self-worth in a way that they can value themselves as "Person of the Year", make new friendships and connections, perhaps listen to inspirational guest speakers, and use this developed belief in themselves constructively in a team environment. It is an adventure that will change their lives!
RYPEN is aimed at year 10 students, who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity, leadership and application in everyday life, and who will benefit from further development and guidance. The principal aim is to communicate a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically. The Year 10 dean of the participants school can offer guidance on appropriate students for selection.
RYPEN aims for the “average” student and not for the outstanding few! It is advised that ‘friends’ are not selected. If the student does not know anyone at the start of the weekend, they’ll be certain to leave with 20 to 40 new friends when it concludes.
A range of activities is included to challenge the students, from motivational speakers to anti-drug and crime avoidance, to outdoor high ropes/confidence courses and water activities. They are never bored!
Enrolment for RYLA 2023 is now open.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a programme for 20 - 26 year olds. RYLA aims to grow emerging leaders by providing an intensive leadership development programme. Participants take part in a range of experiences including seminars and group activities designed to develop both self-leadership and leadership of others.
RYLA is held at Epworth Recreation Centre, on Lake Karapiro in April each year and applications for the 2023 intake close on 28 February of 2023.
The dates for the 2023 programme are Saturday 15th April - Thursday 20th April.
Please contact the club if you are interested or head to the district RYLA page for more information:
To download the application form please go the the grants section of our website or click here: page/rotary-youth-leadership-award-(ryla)
MONDAY 12 December at 6pm at venue Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Sulphur Point
- RSVP to Roger by 5 December
Dress - Casual Christmas Beach Theme
Fun night before Christmas - $50 including a great menu
Golden roast Turkey w cranberry stuffing and gravy.
Maple Glazed ham on the bone (g/f.d/n)
Baked baby potatoes and seasonal baby veges tossed in herb & lemon butter (g/f.d/n.vegan)
Big green salad.  Seasonal salad greens & veges w herb vinaigrette (g/f.d/f.vegan)
Dessert:  Christmas pudding with custard.
Tea and Coffee.
The Great Tauranga Duck Race after several postponements was held in front of a large crowd of families and businesses keen to see the progress of their ducks on the Tauranga Harbour.
The results are now published as follows:
General race winners :-
  • 1st Prize $1000 Ticket #1060 Greenpark School
  • 2nd Prize $500 Ticket #184 Nicholas Yip
  • 3rd Prze $250 Ticket #3621 Hannah B
Corporate Races
- Unassisted
  • 1st Palmers Gardenworld, Bethlehem
  • 2nd Higgins
  • 3rd Forsyth Barr
Congratulations to all the winners.
Quiz Night with Papamoa Rotary
Thursday 17 November at Papa Mo Pub. at 6.30pm
Combined Rotary Meeting
Members are asked to make up Teams of 6 members, so you can select your team from Club members and wives, partners etc
Join us at 6.30pm on Tuesday 6 December at Tauranga Rialto Cinema for an evening at pre-release movie. Proceeds to Rotary End Polio.
Cost $25 each. Bring friends as well. Advise numbers to Roger now.
Simon Ellis has completed volunteer lists and subs to help with renewing science kits for primary teachers. Contact Simon for more details
The Great Tauranga Duck Race - Sunday October 9th at 10am
This is a fun family event to raise funds for charity on the Tauranga waterfront at The Strand, organised by Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club.

5000 numbered small plastic ducks are launched into the harbour, to race down a short course on an outgoing tide. Tickets ($5 each) are available through participating local schools, and available on the day. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning ducks, attendance is not required to collect.

Businesses can also take part in the corporate race, by purchasing larger ducks for $200 + GST, which they can brand in their own corporate colours. The corporate race has two divisions – assisted (eg. remote controlled) and unassisted, with bragging rights rewarded by trophies for the winners and best dressed.

Proceeds raised this year will benefit local participating schools (who receive 100% of ticket sales they make), our three local surf lifesaving clubs, the Rotary Youth Driving Awareness program for Year 12’s, and the YWAM ship Koha which provides medical aid to the Pacific.

Support for the event is provided by our major sponsor Forsyth Barr, McLeod Cranes, and Mainfreight, and surf club IRB’s ensure all ducks safely return!

For further details contact Brett Bell-Booth on, or visit
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Tauranga Te Papa

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Armitage Hotel
Willow Street
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3110
New Zealand
Club Calendar
December 2022
Stay Connected
Upcoming Speakers
Movie night at the Rialto- The Lost King
Dec 06, 2022
No meeting on the 8th Dec
Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2022
Tauranga Yacht Club @ 6pm
President's BBQ
Jan 22, 2023
This is a Sunday.
First Meeting after Christmas break.
Jan 26, 2023
Amanda Mattock, Tauranga Courts
Katherine Sandford
Feb 09, 2023
UBCO- electric bikes
Next Meeting Duties
1st December 2022
Greeter, Steward, Grace and Parting Thought
Thompson, Rob
Assistant Cashier
Batchelor, Mark
Speaker Host, Introduction and Thanks
Bell-Booth, Brett
Raffle Donor
Fraser, Mike
26th January 2023
Greeter, Steward, Grace & Parting Thought
Assistant Cashier
Speaker Host Introduction & Thanks
Raffle Donor
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