The Rotary Club of Petone

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A very warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Petone - Petone is nestled on the northern shore of Wellington Harbour in New Zealand. 

The Rotary Club of Petone was established in 1951 and continues to assist, contribute and lead in many projects across the community and overseas. 

Enjoy your experience here and as you will see, there are numerous opportunities to be involved in working together for the benefit of all in our own and other communities. Join us at Caffiend (Jackson Street, Petone) on Tuesday nights - we meet at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start but let us know in advance so we can confirm catering numbers.  

Latest News

Thank you Michelle & Murray - Welcome President Kevin

New President Kevin Harris has taken the reins for 2021-2022 and a huge vote of thanks and appreciation goes to Murray and Michelle who were Joint Presidents for 2020-2021.

Kevin has set out his plans for the coming year and we got off to a flying start with all Committees laying out their strategies for the upcoming year.

Hopefully our plans aren't impacted by Covid this year although in saying that, some parts of our international projects will still be on hold. We will continue to support the likes of Polio-Plus, Shelter-Box and Emergency Response kits (ERK's) but will not be able to get "feet on the ground" especially with our water project in Fiji.

Mr Petone - Roy Hewson

(Extracted and abridged from Stuff.co.nz)

Known fondly as "Mr Petone," Petone Rotary Honorary Member Roy Hewson died on the day a book by that name was published by the Petone Historical Society. The society was just one of many organisations Roy started in Petone.

"What made him special was his value system, his integrity and mana. He got the respect of people and always worked hard for his community."

Author and friend Nik Zangouropoulos​ said "such was his influence in Petone, it was not hard to be impressed by Hewson."

After graduating from Teachers College in 1950, he celebrated by marrying Joan.

His teaching career began as a "probationary assistant" at Petone Central before moving on to a number of other schools in the Hutt, Wairarapa and Wellington.

After nine years as principal at Dyer St, he took up the position of principal at Petone Central. With a roll of over 400, Hewson was not required to teach and it was there that he crafted his reputation as an educator with vision.

The school had a wide mix of ethnic groups and Zangouropoulos, who was a student, recalls how Hewson "stamped his mana and personality" on the school to the benefit of all.

In the 1970s he became involved in the Labour Party and was elected to the Petone Borough Council staying on the council until Petone amalgamated with Lower Hutt in 1989 and for a time was deputy mayor.

Over 40 years, Roy was involved with or started a huge range of organisations including the Petone Planning Action Group, Petone Community House, the local historical society, the Jackson St Programme, Keep Petone Beautiful and the Walk of Champions.

Roy always had an immense interest in sport and as a proud Petone-ite he identified that more than 200 locals that had represented New Zealand.

A book soon followed and Roy backed that up by starting the Walk of Champions with plaques on Jackson St commemorating Petone's sporting heroes.

He was particularly pleased, when one of the people honoured was his son, Allan.

At 87, he wrote his last book, The Cradle of Champions, on the development of sport in Petone.

Roy moved into the Bob Scott Village, which carries the name of many famous Petone All Blacks, with his beloved Joan. Fittingly, he moved into the Hewson Wing.

Among those who paid tribute to Hewson at his funeral at the Petone Rugby Club was former All Black captain Andy Leslie.

He praised Hewson as a man who helped generations of Petone youngsters.

But his passion for Petone is what made the biggest impression on Leslie.

"There is a saying that if you cut a real Petone man, he will bleed blue (the colour of Petone rugby). Well if you cut Roy Hewson, you would find the bluest blood possible."

*Roy William Hewson, ONZM, JP, born October 6, 1930, died  May 8, 2019. He is survived by Joan and their children,Trish, Allan and Kevin.

We will certainly miss you Roy.