Dobel Reserve

Club Contributions

Since 1992, the Rotary Club of Taradale, along with other voluntary groups including our own dedicated volunteers, who carry out their duties every week, have contributed well in excess of $120,000 towards this very worthwhile project, along with many thousands that the Napier City Council Parks and Reserves have contributed as well. Over 12,000 native and deciduous trees have been planted throughout the Reserve in this time.

Barbara Arnott, Mayor, opens the Dolbel Memorial Gates

In 2003, the Reserve was greatly enhanced with the construction of a set of gates at the entrance to the lower flats. Planned by member Ian Kepka, the gates were funded by a range of donations, including the Dolbel Family. The Club was the major donor, with $20,000 from Auction Funds. The gates are called the Dolbel Memorial Gates and features a retaining wall along the northern side of the car park area. The mayor, Barbara Arnott, opened the gates in July 2003.

The Dolbel Memorial Gates

School Involvement

The involvement of local schools continues the long tradition of students participating in the development and planting of trees in the Dolbel Reserve. Members of the club help show the students how it’s done and give assistance. Students have been involved with raising of funds for the purchase of trees.


Taradale High School students
Taradale Intermediate students help with planting 1991
Taradale Primary students, with Estelle Ward, help with planting 1995