|The Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu|
Club Information Page
The heart and strength of Kiwanis is in the club itself.
Each club is composed of individuals from a wide range of
occupations, representing the active forces and spirit
of its own local community. The Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu
provides service to Te Awamutu and the surrounding area and
has been doing so since our club was organized on
8 June, 1981.
If you desire to enhance your community, the Kiwanis
organization may be just what you are searching for.
Take a few minutes to review this information and see what
Kiwanis is about. The information presented is specific to
the Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu, but is typical of the
activities of Kiwanis clubs located throughout the world.
If you like what you read, see the contact information at
the end of this document which will put you in contact with
us or a Kiwanis club local to you.
What does the Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu do?
We voluntarily share the challenge of community improvement
and leadership, assuming personal responsibility for civic
projects including assistance to youth, the disadvantaged,
the elderly, conservation of natural resources, development
of community facilities and creation of international
understanding and goodwill.
If you have a community service project in the Te Awamutu
area which you think the Kiwanis might be able to help you
with, we want to hear from you. All requests will be
considered but projects which directly benefit young children
and their families will be given more favorable
consideration. We prefer projects that we can do, build or
otherwise participate in rather than just providing
Some of our community projects completed in the past two
years are listed here. For a more complete description,
see our activities page.
- Multi-Sport Challenge
- Originally known as the Kiwanis Kakepuku Killer and run as a duathlon in
October, 1994, the event morphed into the ASB Bank Multi-Sport Challenge and was
held in April in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The funds generated were largely donated
to the Kiwanis International IDD project (Iodine Deficiency
Disorder - a world project of Kiwanis International to fight this crippling
disease of children) and other service projects of the Te Awamutu Kiwanis.
The Multi-Sport Challenge was discontinued after the 1998 event due to lack of a
- Yarndley's Bush
- In cooperation with the Waipa District Council, The
Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu built a board walkway and a
viewing platform into this unique stand of Kahikatea
trees (a New Zealand native podocarp). This project
stretched over numerous weekends during several months.
- Ngaroto Lake Walkway
- Ngaroto is a peat lake which serves the Te Awamutu
area as both a recreational area and a natural marsh
wildlife sanctuary. In cooperation with the Waipa
District Council, The Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu built a
board walkway through the marsh at the upper end of Lake
Ngaroto. This will be part of a recreational and nature
walk that the Council is developing to go entirely around
What do you get out of Kiwanis?
An opportunity to develop leadership and public speaking
The pride of belonging to one of the finest service
organizations in the world.
An opportunity for meeting and networking with prominent
community leaders in the Te Awamutu area, in the Waikato,
nationally, and internationally.
The good feeling from knowing you have personally helped your
community and its people.
How does one join?
Kiwanis membership is open to all individuals of good
character and community standing residing in, or having
other interests within, the Te Awamutu area. We require
of our members, only that they have a willingness to serve
the community, attend the majority of our meetings and pay
the annual dues.
If you think that Kiwanis sounds like a pretty good idea and
you might be interested in joining our club please write,
call, fax or email us. We want more members and would be
happy to have you visit one or more of our meetings as our
guest and find out first hand who we are and the type of
activities that we do for the Te Awamutu and world
communities. See contact details below.
What does it cost?
Dues are currently $100.00 per year. There is no joining fee. The dues
cover the administration of the club at the local, national and international
levels. Each member gets the monthly club newsletter. The price of the
meal at our regular tea meetings is currently $24.00 (drinks extra).
The Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu holds its regular meetings twice every month on the
2nd and 4th Tuesday
starting at 6:00 PM. We normally meet at the Commercial Hotel, Long Acre
Restaurant, 97 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu. Our evenings start with an
informal half hour of socializing followed by a dinner. Our aim is to have at
each meeting an invited after dinner speaker to address our members on topics relevant
to our community, to our charitable work or to our personal development. The
short business meeting which follows deals primarily with the organization of our
various community service projects.
Guests are always welcome! We are proud of our small organization and will happily
tell you about what we are doing to build a stronger community.
We have a number of "partners evenings" throughout the year; special meetings such as
these allow our non-member friends and spouses to participate in our Kiwanis
activities and fellowship. In addition, there is traditionally a Christmas
social where partners join us in a special outing. Children of members are not
forgotten either and older children frequently join with us on our many worthwhile
Administrative funds are acquired through dues and the sale of our labor to firms and
individuals. Money for service projects comes through other fundraising projects
such as the Multi-Sport Challenge, selling firewood
(which we saw up, split and deliver) to the public and donations.
These funds are strictly separated and well accounted for.
Want to join the team?
Now that you know what Kiwanis is all about, wouldn't you be proud to be a member of
this great service organization? If you would like more information about the
Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu, you can contact one of our
officers or send an email to
We would be happy to invite you to one of our dinner meetings as a guest of the club
to see if Kiwanis membership is for you.
Feel free to drop a line to:
The Kiwanis Club of Te Awamutu
c/o The Secretary (Ed Murphy)
P. O. Box 15418
Dinsdale, Hamilton 3243, New Zealand
Telephone: +64(21)049-3474 (mobile)
If you are elsewhere in New Zealand or the South Pacific, see our
District pages for a Kiwanis Club near you; farther away,
you can contact Kiwanis