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Rotary Club of Newmarket
embraces the future
A New Zealand Rotary club is spearheading
a campaign to see a 3D printer in every
school in the country.
An introduction to the Vice President
Research & Development of MakerBot
Industries in the US was the seed
for the Rotary Club of Newmarket,
NZ, initiative to put 3D printers into
schools. MakerBot have a goal of
partnering with the community to
put a 3D printer into every school in
the US. Past president Brian McMath
suggested that his club would be an
ideal partner for this in New Zealand.
As a result, MakerBot gave the club a
3D printer to kickstart the project.
The printer was commissioned
by staff at the NZ Product
Accelerator, a government-funded
initiative to transform companies
“The Product Accelerator has pulled together all 3D printing capability in
its partner universities, and increasing awareness of this technology is one
of its goals,” said Professor Mark Taylor, director of the program. “So this
partnership with the Rotary Club of Newmarket was an ideal fit.”
Newmarket Primary School in Auckland was chosen as the first school
to get a 3D printer. Principal Wendy Kofoed is in no doubt that the Rotary
Club of Newmarket has a new and innovative way to create a link between
education and technology.
“Without organisations like Rotary recognising the fact that schools often
struggle to keep up with technology, we’d be left behind, and so would our
students’ bright, young minds,” Wendy said.
“The cost of 3D printers has decreased significantly as the technology has
developed, which makes them very affordable to most Rotary clubs, so our
goal is to make this a New Zealand-wide project,” Brian said.
The next 3D printer purchased by the club went to Point England School,
and June Gray Charitable Trust funded one for May Road Primary School
(both of these schools are the lowest socio-economic decile 1 rating). The
club also purchased a printer for another primary school, so four were placed
by the end of July.
Rotary in New Zealand has a signature project in mind once a few more
schools get these printers – printing a full-size Moa bird! The concept is that
schools would 3D print designated sections of the extinct Moa, which would
then be assembled.
Still a long way to go, but the momentum is increasing...
For further information contact Brian McMath on +64 21 914 439 or
Newmarket Primary School students
see a new dimension.
Our vital work
We will be returning
to Vanuatu soon
to formalise our
relationship with local
(overseen by the
Rotary Club of Port
Vila) and to continue
the rebuilding after
Cyclone Pam earlier
this year. Australian
DART member Howard Bradfield, of the
Rotary Club of Woodend, Vic, will head
up our ongoing efforts in Vanuatu.
Our provision of aid to Nepal will go
on for a long time. Most of our physical
assistance consists of tents and other
materials. With the monsoons, delivery
is painstakingly slow, but we persist,
working alongside local Rotary clubs
Through our friends at Disaster Aid
Malaysia, our attention has turned to
Myanmar following major flooding. We
are organising the supply of equipment,
including the Australian SkyHydrantTM
water filtration systems.
Our major emphasis in the Philippines
continues to be the provision of safe
drinking water, using those remarkable
systems, which we provide in conjunction
with the Balay Mindanaw Foundation.
Balay Mindanaw CEO, “Bibing”
Mordeno, was in Australia recently and
spoke at the RI Director’s Networking
Seminar. Balay was joined by Rhett
Butler AM, founder and chairman of the
SkyJuice Foundation, the providers of
sustainable water solutions worldwide.
Finally, a welcome addition to our
Melbourne office has been Jan Burney,
who works part-time handling all day-to-
We always welcome enquiries from
Rotary clubs about becoming a Disaster
Aid Australia representative in their
district. Contact us at
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