At 2 minutes after midnight, on November 14 2016, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake affected the northeast coast of the south island. Soon to be called the Kaikoura Quake, the tremblor cut off tourists and residents of the small seaside town. Click here for a personal account from the one Rotarian who was “in the right place at the right time.

Great news and update from the District 9980 website regarding our E-Club chartering.

A recent Washington Post article highlights the “time and toll of water collection” for African families.

This Rotary Down Under magazine article provides an Introduction to the establishment of this WASH e-club.

The TEDx Talk by Dr. Ron Denham, WASRAG Chair Emeritus, is highly-recommended to all who seek a brief introduction to the WASH challenge globally.  In this talk, on May 13, 2010, Ron Denham affirms Rotary International’s commitment to helping achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal that calls for a 50 percent reduction in the number of people with insufficient access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. At that time this crisis was claiming more than two million lives each year, a majority of them children.  It’s not over yet.

On 19 April 2015 Mark Balla gave a TEDx Talk in Queenstown, in Rotary District 9980, New Zealand.  Sometimes life leads you to far flung places and puts you in positions that you never dreamed. When you follow the rabbit hole and embrace it with both arms you might never realise it how it might change your life. Mark’s simple and personal story is beautifully expressed from a guy who just wanted to do the right thing. Mark discovered something that could at the very least change people’s lives when he started an organisation called ‘We Can’t Wait’.

This year’s World Water Summit was held on 4 June in São Paulo in Brazil.  The water summit, the seventh convened by the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG), focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools and provided Rotary members with resources and tips for starting their own projects.  Read more here.