Six international projects and three local community projects have been given the green light - thanks to the initiative of the following nine Rotary clubs that were recently awarded District Grants:
 
Whakatu to upgrade the Lake Rotoiti Outdoor Education Centre (in association with other Nelson & Marlborough Clubs)
Ferrymead to fund a spring garden tour for isolated and lonely residents
Christchurch to replace the playground benches St Marys Primary School
Rutherford Nelson to provide books in Cambodia
Rangiora to provide hospital supplies for cataract operations in Fiji
Papanui to assist with obesity prevention in Samoa
Greymouth to assist with tertiary education for young women in Pakistan
Blenheim South provide a Community House project in Nepal
Christchurch Avon-Otakaro to provide a garden & sheds at St Albans Community Preschool
Greymouth to support tertiary education for young women in Pakistan.
 
District Grants are funded by the Rotary Foundation, which is one of the world's largest and most-respected charities. Unlike most charities, the Rotary Foundation does no work itself - instead, it funds projects proposed and managed by local Rotary clubs, but only if those projects meet strict approval and reporting requirements set by the Foundation.