Low-cost books to the community
Significant donations to local charities

9-10 November, 2019, 9am-5pm
Trinity Church, 22 College Rd, Timaru
Free entry

Book donations

Drop off at any collection point a most service stations in Timaru, Temuka and Pleasant Point during the two weeks prior to Bookarama, or arrange collection by contacting:

Murray Purvis:
Phone: 6884218

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The future of our club's art scholarship programme is again assured after a very successful art auction held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery Friday 18 Oct 2019.  Convenor, Harley Smithson was thrilled by the turnout and bidding that contributed over $10,000 to the scholarship fund.  61 Items were donated or offered by artists or owners, including very well known and collectable artists including: Hanrahan, Brinsley, Webb, Mulholland, Cleavin, Bower, Esplin, Badcock, Greig, Forde and van den Bergh.   The auction was topped-off by an artwork by The Honorable Jacinda Ardern,
Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.  The works of two previous winners of the scholarship, Isobel and Emily Bell, were also auctioned.
Big thank-yous go out to: Rose and Dale Walden for arranging the bulk of the items; our auctioneer, Snow;; the Staff of the Aigantighe, for professionally, hanging the exhibition; and the Friends of Aigantighe for the hospitality.
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Supreme winner: Aoliyah Beswick.

Supreme winner: Aaliyah Beswick. with Aigantighe Art Gallery Manager Hamish Pettengell.

40 years on and our annual ARTARAMA is still showcasing some amazing art from our South Canterbury kids. 400 entries make up another great Rotary show in conjunction with Aigantighe, Friends of Aigantighe; and South Canterbury Art Society.

Gleniti students with their 'Wearable Art': from left: Luke Campbell with his brochure dress, Azaria Phillips and Addison Tait with their wedding dress, and Zac Campbell with is map dress.


Aigantighe Art Gallery:

Painting: Year 1-3, Indie Robinson-Smith; year 4-6, Fletcher McCall; year 7-8, Pippa Nevin; year 9-10, Lucy Grieve; year 11-12, Liana Karika; year 13, Jazmin Duncan.

Collage and Print: Year 1-3, Lincoln Tocker, year 4-6, Dan Ali; year 7-8, Emily Bray; year 9-10, Maia Grieve; year 11-12, Ellarose Bennett; year 13, Kaia Holland.

3D: Year 1-3, Room 3 St Joseph's School; year 4-6, Luke Campbell; year 7-18, Luke Winter.

Class awards: Pacifica Turtle (Grantlea Downs) and Makikihi School.

Supreme winner: Aaliyah Beswick.

Rotary Club of Timaru North:

Painting: Year 1-3, Brylee Dennison; year 4-6, Amelia Walker; year 7-8, Wihanel Kruger; year 9-10, Yunseo Lee; year 11-12, Yixuan Li; year 13, Bam Na Ranong.

Collage and print: Year 1-3, Hynun Lee, year 4-6, Penny Smith; year 7-18, Taylah Cross; year 9-10, Beth and Ruby (Mountainview High); year 11-12, Felafoai Fiso; year 13, Ella Waters.

3D: Year 1-3, Isla Prue; year 4-6, Zac Campbell; year 7-8, Lilou Caspritz and Briar Annett; Year 13, Alexandra Innes. 

Richard Logan Memorial:

Payge Overstone.

Friends of Aigantighe:

Robots (Bluestone).

South Canterbury Arts Society:

Anne Marie Bendsen.

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Our key H2H sponsor, Holcim hosted lunch for South Canterbury charities who help man the H2H Fun Run Walk Jog this year.  $8000 of funds raised was donated to: Heart Foundation, Hospice, Life Education Trust and Stroke Club, In presenting the cheques on 20 May 2019, John Keenan said: "It's a great way for people who participate to give back to our community." Read the Stuff article here for more of our story.
H2H cheques for charities Geoff Cloake 2019-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
Trevor Johnson led members in nine 4x4s over the Seaward Kaikoura Range into the Clarence Reserve on 30 March 2019. Reaching 1300m above sea level this track was spectacular but not for SUVs or the lighthearted. In perfect weather everyone lunched out at the old homestead on Quail Flat, and listened to Barrie Payne's account of the area and farming on NZ's most-remote Muzzle Station.
Andy and Kath hosted everyone to lunch the next day on Foxdown farm, allowing a decent rumble through their private museum.  See photos from the club's annual weekend away here:
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2019 President Harley Smithson and President Elect Shirley Keenan posing with George, a Gagliardis clown, after the Circus Quirkus performance in TBHS School Hall 13 May 2019.

Circus QuirkusAbout 300 kids and their folks were treated to a magnificent 90 minute music pumping show featuring aerialists, acrobats, clowns contortionists, jugglers, hula hoop dancers and more.  The show has been touring New Zealand since 2002, hosted by NZ Rotary Clubs, this being our first year. It was held at the TBHS hall because the Theatre Royal was closed for earthquake renovations. 

Each year, less-advantaged children are given complimentary tickets so they can attend, with their families. Tickets are sponsored by local businesses are not for public purchase or resale. Read more here...

International EntertainmentCircus Quirkus is run by International Entertainment Ltd, a New Zealand based event management company specialising in the production and sourcing of both local and international acts particularly for charitable organisations. Read more here...

Circus Quirkus comes to town Geoff Cloake 2019-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Timaru North Rotary’s iconic H2H - Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Jog was again held in early March this year. First held in 1971, this popular event attracts hundreds of young and old who run or walk the 10 km from Hadlow, just beyond the western edge of Timaru, through the city streets to finish on Caroline Bay, near the port of Timaru. For the youngest and oldest, or those less fit for whom 10 km seems too far, there is a shorter course of 3 km from the Countdown Supermarket in Church Street.  H2H has always been a fun run, and a feature each year is the number of children – and adults - who run in fancy dress.

Our H2H is always a fun feature on our annual calendar, especially when watching the fancy dress turn-out. This year we counted 928 people of all ages crossing the finish line in a festival of colour. Combined with supporters, 1500-2000 people may have enjoyed the great morning out.

For the past four years we have deliberately coincided H2H with Children’s Day on Caroline Bay so children can continue their day with free amusement rides and other activities.

Members efforts, though still considerable, are made a little easier each year due to ongoing refinements.  Thanks go to our charities, who also help-out, boosting volunteer numbers to ensure every street crossing is now manned – in return for a donation.

Our generous sponsors and supporters are also to be thanked for, promotions, sales, transport, street arrangements, funding and prizes

Read on for a full report.

H2H 2019 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog. Geoff Cloake 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
Emily Bell - Art Scholarship winner - 2019 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

Santa and his little helper passing out pressies at our club's Xmas party.
Carols by Candlelight.
December flashbacks Geoff Cloake 2019-01-21 11:00:00Z 0
500 native grasses, shrubs and trees were planted at the Otipua Wetlands on an incredibly nice morning. Eight from the Boy's Brigade 3rd Timaru, with leaders Fiona Blisset and Chris Kronings,  joined 16 Club members making short work of the task.. Also digging in was Jim Garden of the Timaru Rotary Club.  This project follows a Rotary International initiative, planting 12 million trees world wide.
Noel Crawford preparing a hole for a plant held by Inga, an AFS student from Germany . One day this hillside will be covered with native flora, as seen in the distance.
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Sue and Neil Dickson - Harley and Jennifer Smithson

Sue and Neil Dickson - Harley and Jennifer Smithson

Welcome to your new leadership role Harley Smithson and big thank you to Past President Neil Dickson and partners!  These sentiments were expressed along with awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships and Honorary Memberships at our club's well attended change-over night 12 July 2018.

Change-over night 2018 Geoff Cloake 2018-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

From left: Jeff Paul; Peter O'Neill; Noel Crawford; Marthy Cloake; Heather Barber; Rosalie Davidson; Allan Barber; Paul Coleman (Holcim); Barbara Fleming

Thank you Holcim for your sponsorship of our H2H - Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog,  While entry fees cover most of the associated costs, sponsorship ensures donations can be made to partnering charities.  The need for volunteers has increased over recent years to meet safety planning requirements, and our club is fortunate to have extra support from: 

  • Alzheimer's Foundation - Barbara Fleming and Rosalie Davidson

  • Heart Foundation - Marthy Cloake

  • Stroke Club - Heather and Allan Barber

  • Hospice - Peter O'Neill

  • Life Education Trust - Jeff Paul

Holcim, now our major sponsor, invited representatives to a presentation and tour of their premises 5 June 2018..

See more images of the presentations and tour here:

H2H Fun Run Walk Jog 2018 donations possible with Holcim sponsorship, Geoff Cloake 2018-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

Our H2H is always a fun feature on our annual calendar, especially when watching the fancy dress turn-out. This year we counted 760 people of all ages crossing the finish line in a festival of colour. Combined with supporters, 1500-2000 people may have enjoyed the great morning out.

For the past three years we have deliberately coincided H2H with Children’s Day on Caroline Bay so children can continue their day with free amusement rides and other activities.
Members efforts, though still considerable, are made a little easier each year due to ongoing refinements.  Thanks go to our charities, who also help-out, boosting volunteer numbers to ensure every street crossing is now manned – in return for a donation.

Our generous sponsors and supporters are also to be thanked for, promotions, sales, transport, street arrangements, funding and prizes

Read on for a full report…

H2H 2018 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog.  Noel Crawford 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
President Elect Harley Smithson welcomed Members and Guests to Rotary Timaru North’s Art Auction. Harley explained to the audience that Clark Esplin, an Artist and former Rotarian donated two of his paintings to be auctioned with proceeds to go towards the study of Arts.
Ten more paintings and three art works in pottery were sourced through the Saffron Art Gallery and made up all the items for the auction. The Rotary Club of Timaru North decided to use the money generated from this auction to set up an Art Scholarship. The Scholarship is intended for resident South Canterbury students and artists between the ages of 17 and 25. Applications for the scholarship close on January 12th 2018.
The Auction got under way timely and “Snow” the auctioneer did an outstanding job and sold all except one of the art works. “Snow” the auctioneer understood how to work and entertain the audience and get the most value out of every sale. Great evening was enjoyed by all.
As mentioned one painting is still for sale. If you were unable to come to the meeting, please contact Harley and he will make sure you get it for a good price.
And if you missed out on an Art purchase you can still make a donation towards the newly established Timaru North Art Scholarship.
President Harley thanked everybody for their attendance and participation in tonight’s Art Auction
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Timaru North Rotary Art Scholarship announced

President Elect Harley Smithson announces an annual art scholarship fund is being established by the Rotary Club of Timaru North, to help with tertiary education costs for 17-25 year-old students studying arts. They must be NZ citizens living in South Canterbury at the time of application.

“The fund is being kicked-started with a donation of art work by renowned and once-resident artist, Clark Esplin. One painting has just been raffled and an auction event follows 16 November.” Says Harley.

The public are invited to the auction to be held Thursday 16th November 5.30pm at the Seven Oaks. RSVPs are requested by 1.00pm 15th November

The pieces are currently held by Saffron Gallery and can be viewed on-line at: A catalogue will be available on request. Absent bids may also be arranged.

$2000 has been allocated for next year. Upon agreement, this can be used towards course fees and related material costs incurred during 2018.

The successful applicant must be prepared to report formally to the club and agree to publicity.

An application form with criteria is downloadable from Applications close 5:00pm 12th January 2018, and will be considered by the club committee.


For further information please contact:

Harley Smithson
03 686 6055 or 027 4972 292

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During 10-11 April 2017 , Club members along with local school teachers volunteered at the Levels Raceway, to support 200 students, in small peer groups, to rotate through six interactive sessions, focusing on the crucial ‘big five’ road safety issues of speeding, DUI, fatigue, seatbelts and distractions as well as the importance of driving as a social responsibility, The PROactiveDRIVE programe manager Tim Hartnell, was one of 7 specialists running sessions on:
  • Speed and stopping
  • Hazards & distractions
  • The 'i' in drive
  • Road choices
  • After the crash
  • Genevieve's story
RYDA 2017 - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Geoff Cloake 2017-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a magnificent show of magic - something they would not normally get to see.

President Robbie Jackson's gave a warm welcome, explaining our club’s community service and fundraising roles. Then internationally acclaimed Chuck Jones, soon had everyone’s attention focused on his illusions, egging them on to volunteer to make all sorts of things and people appear and vanish in explosions of colour and smoke.

Our club sends its thanks all those businesses that supported us this year,

Read more about our club project here.

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Feeding the minds of South Canterbury

Again this year, scores of people lined up outside the Trinity Church Hall in Timaru, eager to search for bargains among thousands of books on display. Hundreds more, including professional book dealers, continued the hunt over the weekend of 19-20 November 2016.

BOOKARAMA, while being an annual fundraiser for the Timaru North Rotary Club, is also a community service allowing locals to access to cheap books. Organiser Murray Purvis said wider aisles were again used to allow easier browsing and, this time, popular sections were more evenly spread to reduce congestion.

Books, games, puzzles, records CDs, DVDs and cassette tapes were collected at various service stations over past weeks. These and other stored from previous years, were collected and sorted by club members and other volunteers. In the days prior, they laid out the sales tables, tidying and restocking them during the sale.

More than $15,000 will have been raised and be given to several charities. Along with the Rotary Club of Timaru South, BOOKARAMA has been run for about 40 years.

38th BOOKARAMA - 2016 Geoff Cloake 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

Fostering the art of South Canterbury school children

About 200 students, parents, caregivers and teachers attended the ARTARAMA opening and prize giving at the Aigantighe on 13 August 2016 1:00pm. The supreme prize was awarded to Makikihi Primary School. See major prizes and awards here ....

ARTARAMA is a festival of student art displaying the paintings and drawings; prints and collage; and 3 dimensional works from 30 schools. The exhibition, now in its 27th year, runs from 13 to 28 August 2016.

See photo gallery here...
A news item from Stuff is here...

Instigated in 1979 by founding member Dick Logan, in conjunction with the Aigantighe Art Gallery, ARTARAMA has, for decades, consistently represented the artwork of thousands of year 1-13 students from our South Canterbury region. As well as promoting to the schools and donating prizes, our club supports the gallery staff with volunteers to hang and take down each year's exhibition.  Artworks are not sold as this is purely a community service and not a fundraiser.

ARTARAMA is also supported with prizes and awards from: The Friends of Aigantighe; Waihi School,  South Canterbury Art Society; ARA Polytechnic, and Warehouse Stationery.  

27th ARTARAMA - 2016 Geoff Cloake 2016-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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