Welcome to District 9940

Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Rotary 9940 is the Rotary District for the Lower North Island. It comprises 1,500 members; just over 50 Clubs and endless opportunities to get involved in the community, network, develop and make friends. Additionally, you become a member of one of the largest membership organisations in the world with 1.2 million members worldwide.  
After a series of setbacks due to COVID and engine availability we are pleased to advise that Ride the Train to End Polio is take place on Sunday 4 September 2022 (Fathers Day) departing Paekakariki at 7.50am to Taihape return.
The train will be stopping at Levin, Palmerston North and Marton, and people can join at those locations.
We will provide regular newsletters to those that have booked, including a timetable, and events. A commemorative one-off T-shirt is being finalised, and we will provide details on this and how it can be ordered shortly.
Everybody is welcome!
This is a great opportunity to promote the work of Rotary, and have a trip on a steam train, so please spread the word amongst friends and relatives so that they can have the opportunity to take part.
We look forward to seeing you on the journey.

Rotary Children's Health Trust

Rotary District 9940 has a partnership commitment with the Hospitals Foundation, official charity of Wellington Regional Hospital, to raise $400,000 for two Whanau Rooms in the new Wellington Regional Children's Hospital – one on each of the surgical and medical wards.

Each one will have their own play deck, an indoor play area for patients as well as a dedicated area for whanau with a kitchen, lounge, dining and sleep room for parents/ guardians who have a child in ICU. This provides vitally important support at this critical time in a child’s life. Naming recognition for Rotary will also be given for these rooms for an initial period of 7 years from the date the new Children’s Hospital is open to the public.


This exciting project will contribute to ensuring that the Children’s Hospital will meet the needs of young patients, and their whanau, during what is likely to be stressful times in their life. This will help them not just for now – but into the future as well.

The One Million Masks Project
Across the world members of our organisation have been working with communities and health authorities to communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19. This has been achieved through donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are stretched beyond capacity because of the pandemic. Members globally are also ramping up efforts to help communities navigate the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary’s goodwill, community connections, strategic partnerships and innovation can all support the effort to protect communities from COVID-19.
OUR MISSION in this project is simple. Through generosity we will help our communities most in need here in New Zealand and in the Pacific. This will be through the donation of up to 1 million masks to these communities & the education of how masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 and its various strains will be here for a while. Masks will help stop the spread of the disease.
THESE AREN'T JUST ANY MASKS. These are state-of-the art masks manufactured here in New Zealand using wool-based state of the art filter technology offering the highest performance and protection while ensuring easy breathing.
Developed to align with World Health Organisation guidelines these masks provide three essential masking elements to address Delta: Fit, filtration and breathability: achieving practical particle removal at N95 level whilst being comfortable to wear and easy to breathe through.
A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR SOCIAL GOOD: Together with Lanaco - who's experience and filtration systems have been used in NASA space crafts and who's masks equipped the New Zealand Olympic teams - this charitable project will ensure our whanau and friends are protected from the Delta strain and any future strains that come here

Rotary Give Every Child A Future

Three times more women die from cervical cancer in the Pacific than in New Zealand. In Kiribati, every year 1 in 18 children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these lives could be saved by vaccines.

In collaboration with UNICEF, we are vaccinating 100,000 of the most disadvantaged children and adolescent girls across the Pacific to prevent:

  • In women, cervical cancer;

  • In children, severe diarrhoea caused by rotavirus and meningitis, blood infections and pneumonias caused by pneumococcal disease.

This project is running across the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.