Publication Date04 February 2022
Publication titleRotorua Weekender
Rotorua Croquet Club: Twilight croquet begins November 4. Play starts at 5.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer. New players are welcome to join. All equipment will be provided

Rotorua Settlers and Steam Museum: Thursdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers welcome. Meet other volunteers and help maintain and improve the museum site. Drop in or email

Cancer Society Walk for Wellness: Every Thursday at the Redwoods from 9.30am. Call (07) 349 4556 for more information.

Probus Club of Rotorua: Meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Rotorua Golf Club. Guest speaker and morning tea. For more information call Kevin (07) 348 6755.

Rotorua Tasters & Wine Club: Meet last Thursday of month for wine tasting with matching food at Terrace Kitchen. Hosted by winemaker from different vineyard across New Zealand each month. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members, annual subscription to club is $25. No obligation to purchase, but if you like the taste of the wine you sample, price of wine is discounted for Tasters Club. Meet at Terrace Kitchen at 5.30/6pm. For more information contact Vivien Cooper at (027) 270 3594.

Rotorua Genealogy Group: Meets third Thursday each month, February to November, at 6pm at the Public Library.

New members and visitors welcome. Learn how to research your family history. Contact: Wayne at (07) 345 3867.

Rotorua Life Drawing Group: Artists who meet to draw. Beginners welcome. No tuition given. Alternate Thursdays. 7pm to 9pm. Cost $10 (model fee). Please contact Ingrid for information -

Rotorua Bridge Club: 7pm at the Rotorua Bridge Club, Neil Hunt Park. Sessions of play, everybody welcome. Contact (07) 345 5114.

Rotorua Astronomical Society: Meets first Thursday of the month from 7.30pm. We have regular Speakers, videos, and some telescope viewing nights (weather dependent). Rotorua Arts Village, Hinemaru St. $5 koha for non-members. Contact the secretary at for more details.

Ukulele and Guitar Club: Every Thursday, 10am to 12pm, Rotorua Citizens Club, no charge. For more information call the Rotorua Citizens Club on (07) 348 3066.

DIY Shed Rotorua: Wednesdays 9am to 2.30pm and Thursdays 5pm to 10pm. 7/11 Dinsdale St, entry through the gate, next to Bunnings. off-street parking only. “Empowering women to learn basic trade skills.” A space for you to work in while learning new skills or increasing those you already have. There are three classes you must complete first and bookings for these are essential. $10 for each visit, extra charges will apply for classes, tutors and special events. Contact - Jocelyn (021) 065 8329, email: or visit the Facebook page DIY Shed Aotearoa.

Mad Poets: From Thursday, January 27: meet at Rave (Herbert’s Room) every Thursday from 3.30pm to 5pm. All welcome. Bring a favourite poem. Koha. Contact Jackie, (022) 081 0136.

In General

Forest And Bird: The Rotorua Branch of New Zealand’s leading conservation group. We have regular meetings, presentations and field trips, manage the Violet Bonnington Reserve on Mt. Ngongotahā and use volunteers at our major pest control project at Tikitapu Scenic Reserve. For more information look at our website and Facebook page, email or contact Margaret (07) 357 2024 or Judy (07) 345 7477.

Wine and Food Society: A club about enjoying good wine and food with fun people. Organised functions every six to eight weeks. New members welcome. For more information and upcoming events contact Ian or Judy (07) 348 5303 or 027 280 5605.

Growing Through Grief: A non-profit organisation who run support groups for children and young people between ages of 5 and 18 years who are suffering grief and loss in their lives. Each programme runs through a school term and enrolments can be taken anytime by calling Wendy (07) 350 3384, (021) 814 816, or email

Curtainbank Rotorua Charitable Trust: We gift donated pre-loved curtains to families in need of warmth. Open Wednesdays, and Fridays 10am to 11am. Second building on the left, Rotorua Racecourse. Call (021) 2020 129 to see if you fit our criteria to qualify for curtains.

The QE Health Patients’ Association: We are supporters of QE Health — past and present patients, staff and users of QE facilities and services. Contact Pat Cowbourne (07) 346 1655 or Judy O’Sullivan President of the QE Health Patients’ Association on (07) 348 4248 or (0210) 393758.

Achilles International: A worldwide organisation whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics. For enquiries please contact Glennys Kereopa, Regional Co-ordinator: Tel. (07) 350 2391 & (0273) 644440 & email:

GirlGuiding Rotorua: For more information contact Helena Martin at or phone (0219) 40853, or visit our website at

Friendship group for 60+: A small group who meets regularly for companionship and arrange activities and outings for enjoyment and support. New members welcome. Contact: Bryan Palmer (027) 446 9092 or Shirley Knudsen (027) 404 4035.

Bujinkan Sen Dojo Rotorua: Teaches people authentic Japanese martial art designed for self defence and survival. For all enquiries please contact Chief Instructor: Leighton White Telephone: (0223) 290 413 or email

Quota International:We are involved in a wide range of projects with special emphasis in the areas of hearing and speech, and disadvantaged women and children. For more information visit our website

Swim Rotorua: Classes available for all.

Literacy Rotorua: Available to help adults who want to improve their reading, writing, spelling and maths skills. We also help with learner licence at no cost for the learning. At 1292 Pukuatua St. Phone (07) 350 2286, (0212) 043904. Open 9pm to 2pm daily.

Rotorua Menz Shed: Meet new faces, learn some wood-working skills or pass on their knowledge to others. Come along and meet us, have a coffee and a chat at 16 Te Ngae Rd, opposite Countdown carpark. Phone (07) 347 8393.

Canine Friends: We visit the following rest homes on a regular basis: The Gardens, Fergussons, Glenbrae, Makoha, The Redwoods, Wharearoha and Cantabria. For more information have a look at

Rotorua Parents Centre: A volunteer organisation who have been providing services to the community for more than 40 years and would love to expand membership. Phone (07) 345 3111 email or visit the website at

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