Ōtaki Today April 16, 2020

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Census shows 906 more of us The Ōtaki district had 9180 residents as of the 2018 Census, 906 more than the previous Census in 2013 – an increase of 10.95 percent. The greatest increase was in Te Horo, which was up 15.15 percent to 1422; followed by the Ōtaki urban area, up 12.58 percent to 3489; and Ōtaki Beach, up 12.22 percent to 1818. The figures were released recently by Stats New Zealand. The Ōtaki district includes Forest Lakes, Waitohu, Ōtaki (including the township and railway areas), Ōtaki Beach, Ōtaki Forks and Te Horo. All had population increases, the lowest being at Forest Lakes, which had only 39 new residents, an increase of 6.25 percent.

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Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes says the increases confirm anecdotally what he’s seeing and hearing. “I predict the completion of Transmission Gully and the Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway will only further add to growth in numbers as Wellingtonians choose our community for its relaxing and friendly lifestyle,” he says. “What is important is that our community retains what makes its ‘special’ as newcomers choose the Ōtaki way of life.” Overall, the latest data show there were 402 more females in the district than males (4791 compared with 4389), most notably in the Ōtaki area where there were 207 more females than males.

Those who identify as Māori total 2739, up a whopping 35 percent on the 2013 Census. Māori represent 23.8 percent of the total Ōtaki population, up 2.5 percentage points. In the New Zealand population, 16.5 percent are Māori. In the Ōtaki area, 41.4 percent are Māori, with 37 percent at the beach and 28.8 percent in Waitohu. The lowest percentage is at Ōtaki Forks (8.5%). Asian people accounted for 3.3 percent of the Ōtaki district population, Pacific people 2.9 percent and 2.2 percent were “other”. Those in Ōtaki speaking te reo Māori to a high level account for 10.2 percent of all residents, and as high as 19.2 percent in the township. continues page 2




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Source: Stats NZ. For full details of the Census and other statistics for New Zealand and regions, go to stats.govt.nz

Lockdown good deed When help is needed in this community, there’s always someone to step up. Marian Gallagher is usually one of the helpers, having a long association with support agencies, meals-onwheels and the Sunday market on the highway. But during lockdown, her regular mower man has been unable to come and keep her lawns in Te Manuao Road as pristine as the garden she proudly tends nearly every day. So she asked next door if someone would care to do the lawns. Kaziah Roach-Box, 10, was quick to put his hand up. Marian got her lawns mowed, Kaziah got out of the house but close to home, and they could still keep their 2-metre physical distancing. Job done.

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Election time jostling offers up intriguing possibilities


igh drama politics are about to be played out in coming weeks as Winston Peters and NZ First jostle with the prime minister and her Labour team on the timing of the next election. While Jacinda Ardern has announced a September 19 date, both NZ First and National have indicated a preference for a later time. These contrasting positions offer up intriguing possibilities. First, Labour wants an early date to capitalise on the goodwill flowing to the prime minister for her leadership on the actions taken to eradicate Covid-19. NZ First MPs don’t want the September timing because they fear an early election will be an almost two-horse contest between Labour and National, with minor parties suffering accordingly. But the PM holds the key card. She can, if necessary, create a reason to ditch the Coalition Accord and ensure that the election takes place on September 19. There are, however, more potential twists in the

political game. Simon Bridges as up economic casualties of the POLITICS National’s leader has previously lockdown – individuals, businesses said he could not work with Peters and public good institutions; state because he is “not trustworthy”. direction and control of businesses He did not rule out working with and involvement in business NZ First. operations; means of gathering Will success in curtailing funds to reduce the level of New Covid-19 ensure a substantial Zealand’s indebtedness and the Labour majority, as current cost of ongoing government social Labour polling shows? support. With about 40 percent of It reckons to be at 49 percent the workforce currently dependent BRUCE KOHN with National at 35 percent on government payments, pressure and NZ First and the Greens hovering about 5 on financial resources of the state will be huge. percent. But polls taken in the glow of growing Does this mean higher direct taxation, a capital success on a path to eradication of the virus are gains tax and/or a wealth tax could be on the unlikely to hold up. horizon before year’s end? Reality suggests that the economic problems of Can new and more strict water regulation tremendously high borrowing that has been taken proceed that will cost farmers, and potentially on to combat Covid-19 will offer scope for major local bodies, significant sums to meet fresh differences between the two main parties and standards? What infrastructure spending will probably starker than usual choices for voters. take precedence in the creation of employment? Issues are likely to abound, many rooted Will Shane Jones have his way and achieve in the extent of ongoing state largesse to pick establishment of a new Ministry of Works and a


By Jared Carson

special levy on export of logs to be handed on to financially beleaguered sawmillers? There may well be room for some inquisition of the Government around its handling of Covid-19. Was there unnecessary delay in implementing tougher border restrictions and if so, why? Why did it take the Ministry of Health so long to move from business as usual to a crisis setting? Why were the police not monitoring more tightly self-isolation of overseas arrivals in early stages? Should the ministers of health and the minister of police have played a stronger administrative role? In more normal times the third year of a government cycle is devoted primarily to legislation and announcements that will benefit the incumbent party or parties at the polls. This year the Covid-19 recovery plan that the Government produces will set the scene for intense debate on the future shape and extent of the state’s role in the nation’s governance. n  Bruce Kohn is a former economics and business editor, political and foreign correspondent who recently retired as chief executive of the NZ Building Industry Federation.

Census figures from page 1 The rate in all of Kāpiti is 4.3 percent, about the same as the national figure. The average age of the Ōtaki resident was 48 – the youngest in Ōtaki township (43) and the oldest in Forest Lakes (52). The median individual annual income was $29.483. Most householders owned their home (59.7%), and 24.3 percent did not own their home. The rest (15.9%) had their home in a family trust A total of 44.2 percent of the population was in paid full-time work (45.5% for Māori), 16.2 percent in part-time work (18%), 3.7 unemployed (9%) and 36 percent not in the labour force (29.2%). Of the general population, 17.3 percent were studying full-time and 2.9 percent part-time. The smoking rate continues to fall, with 13.7 percent regular smokers in 2018 compared with 14.9 percent in 2013. Among Māori the smoking rate is still higher than for the general population, at 23.3 percent, though down from 25.7 in 2013 and 35.2 percent in 2006. For both the general population and Māori, rates are highest among Ōtaki and Ōtaki Beach residents; lowest in Ōtaki Forks. In other 2018 figures, 52.7 percent of Ōtaki district people had no religion and 34.75 percent were Christian. The median weekly rent in 2018 was $257 and 85.7 percent of the population had access to the internet.

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The group lobbying for an expressway interchange at Peka Peka has submitted an application for the project to be “shovel ready” when the Covid-19 crisis ends. Since the lockdown, Crown Infrastructure Partners Ltd (CIP) has been helping the Infrastructure Industry Reference Group (IIRG) to advise the Government on issues affecting the construction industry. The reference group has been asked to prepare a list of infrastructure projects that are ready for construction and could be deployed as part of a postCovid stimulatory package. CIP invited applications for projects to be considered. The lobby group Finish our Road – Connect Kāpiti (FOR) put in an application to have the interchange considered as a “shovel ready” project. With a deadline at 5pm on Tuesday (April 14), the group was busy during Easter with Zoom meetings most days, working on the application. FOR’s application says the project is to complete an interchange for connectivity at Peka Peka by providing two south‐facing slip roads in conjunction with the Peka Peka to

Ōtaki expressway project. It would be able to start reasonably quickly and could be considered as an “add‐on” to the current PP2Ō construction. FOR says the interchange is key to continued local employment, especially while resources and machinery are in the vicinity. The northern direction slip road could be started almost immediately while the final design is completed for the southern direction slip road. This valuable infrastructure would make better use of the investment by maintaining the local connectivity to the expressway, including for emergency services. “If this doesn’t occur, it has been modelled that on day one of PP2Ō opening, 2200 vehicles per day will be forced to use Waikanae residential roads, creating serious safety issues and increased emissions,” FOR said in the application. “It will also provide continued employment for many Kāpiti workers and bring much needed continued business and tourism to our community.”

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New gig for Joseph delights shoppers By Ian Carson

Exclusive stores such as Harrods and hotels such as The Ritz in London have their doormen who greet shoppers with a smile and old-fashioned courtesy. They are the first contact with those establishments so they’re trained to the enth degree because first impressions count. New World Ōtaki supermarket owners Steven and Janine Cole might not have known it at the time, but when they hired Joseph Te Wiata in the week after the Covid-19 lockdown, they got more than a doorman. They got the kind of supermarket assistant that no amount of training can supply. Joseph has been at the front of New World five days a week for the past two weeks. In that time he’s delighted shoppers with his unerring good humour, his immaculate courtesy and infectious smile. “It makes a trip to the supermarket just that much more enjoyable,” said one shopper who did not want to be identified. “This is a really stressful time for everyone, so to come down to New World and be greeted by someone like Joseph just makes your day. He’s just fantastic.” Joseph normally runs his Ōtaki fitness gym, Body & Soul, in

MORE THAN A DOORMAN: Joseph Te Wiata at work helping New World shoppers. “People have been really nice and no one seems too stressed.

Riverbank Road after moving out of the old Jubilee Hotel building in Waerenga Road late last year. However, when the lockdown came on March 26, the gym had to close. “I was a bit stressed for a while,” Joseph says. “Like a lot of people here, my business was gone, at least for a while, and I didn’t want to just sit around.”

With the supermarkets suddenly becoming busier than ever and a son already working at New World, Joseph put his name down for a job there. He got a four-week contract. The job is to make sure shoppers go in and out of the supermarket in an orderly fashion – keeping good physical distancing and forming a queue if necessary – ensuring they

get a trolley if they need one, and sanitising the trolleys as they return. With the apparently boundless energy of a gym expert, Joseph says he clocks up about 30,000 steps a day on his fitness tracker. “I probably get more exercise out here than I do at the gym,” he says. He couldn’t be happier. He gets to chat to his gym clients that he

wouldn’t see otherwise, he says hello and shares a joke with locals he knows, and gets to meet new people. There have been no unhappy incidents, unlike at many other supermarkets. “No, I haven’t had any real problems at all,” Joseph says. “I had one guy who didn’t agree with not being able to take bags into the store, but we agreed to disagree. “People have been really nice and no one seems too stressed.” It seems the perfect fill-in job and a bonus for New World. Owners Steven and Janine Cole say he’s a huge asset to their team. “He’s our own store celebrity and goes above and beyond to keep the New World Ōtaki team and our customers safe,” Steven says. “He ensures all customers understand the Level 4 protective measures before entering the store in a way that expresses his genuine enthusiasm and kindness. “If Joseph isn’t on the door, customers might see his son, Cullen, following in his dad’s footsteps helping customers understand the measures and bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. “We’re privileged to have both Joseph and Cullen on our team as we serve and look out for our community.”

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Keeping well – advice for ĹŒtaki from DHB An ĹŒtaki Health and Wellbeing newsletter was released recently by MidCentral District Health Board. The main points are paraphrased as follows; the full text is at otakitoday.com Please be assured that health services are still operating (although some things are being done differently) and for any emergencies, call 111. Staying physically active is important While in self-isolation you may go for a walk and enjoy nature in your local neighbourhood. Walking is a great way to maintain your general fitness. Take a cell phone or tell someone in your bubble when you are due back. Keep a 2-metre distance from people at all times. If you are staying at home, one great way to get some exercise is doing ‘sit to stands’. When watching TV, every ad break try to stand up from your chair and sit back down slowly. Repeat five times. Staying mentally healthy: It is normal to feel stressed or lonely when self-isolating, but there are some things you can do to feel better. Reach out to your usual support people over the phone or online – family and whÄ nau and friends. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important. We also recommend sticking to a routine, such as having regular mealtimes, bedtimes and exercising. The Mental Health Foundation’s new ‘Getting Through Together’ campaign also has tips, ideas and resources to help us all through this time at allright.org.nz If you feel you are not coping, talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, call or text 1737 – free, 24/7 – to talk with a trained counsellor. KCDC welfare support helpline: If you don’t have the essentials to get through lockdown (such as food, medication or cleaning supplies), call a neighbour, a family member or friend who lives nearby. You could also check shopping online. If these options are not available, call the council welfare support helpline on 0800 486 486 between 7am–7pm, seven days a week. HEALTH SERVICES Covid-19 testing: There are five designated testing sites across the MidCentral district to assess and swab for suspected cases of Covid-19, including

one in ĹŒtaki. A mobile testing unit is also available to support people who cannot access the testing sites. Access to testing is by referral only. If you are feeling unwell, you can call the Covid-19 Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP. ĹŒtaki Medical Centre: The centre is still open to see people face-to-face but please do not visit without calling first. Your GP or nurse practitioner will advise whether you need to visit. You may be greeted at the door and asked questions before coming into the practice – or you may be asked to go to a different entrance. Your GP and nurse practitioner might offer different ‘noncontact’ options, such as telephone or video consultations. There may be charges for phone, video and email consultation services. Pharmacy: Pharmacies will stay open but are available for essential services only. This includes prescriptions, other medicines and advice. Entry is limited. People will be asked basic health questions first. If unwell, get someone else to pick up a prescription and get them to take ID. If you can’t to come to a pharmacy AND you do not have someone who can pick up your prescription, ask the pharmacy about deliveries. Visitors will have to wait in the car or outside. If waiting outside, keep at least two metres away. There might be a 24-hour delay to complete non-urgent prescriptions. Your pharmacy might ask you to return at a specific time or contact you when the medicine is ready. Order repeat scripts as usual. Don’t order repeat prescriptions early. MedLab: The ĹŒtaki MedLab is closed temporarily until at the Covid-19 response has ended. If you need blood tests go to the Levin MedLab in Levin. If you

can’t, contact ĹŒtaki Medical Centre to arrange for your sample to be collected there. Mental health: Think Hauora Te Ara Rau is not seeing people face-to-face. All MÄ tanga Whai Ora/ staff are doing appointments via phone or video. Referrals must be through your GP and are limited. For mental health support call or text 1737. Other useful resources are: Real-time Resilience Strategies – https://nziwr.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ NZIWR_Real-time_Resilience_Coping_with_ Coronavirus.pdf; Te Puawaitanga on https://www. homecaremedical.co.nz/telehealth-services; Just A Thought on justathought. co.nz; Lifeline at 0800 543 354 or free text “helpâ€? to 4357; Youthline at https:// youthline.co.nz/ counselling/html; and thelowdown. co.nz Hospital: Many appointments are now via phone or video. Some non-urgent appointments have been postponed. If you have an appointment or elective surgery at any MidCentral DHB facility, and you’re not sure if you should attend, call 0800 256 963 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, don’t attend or visit. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. No visitors are allowed to Palmerston North Hospital and the Horowhenua Health Centre – except on essential and compassionate grounds. For example a parent/guardian who is supporting a child, a support person for a birthing mother or a nominated person supporting a terminal patient. The decision will be made by a clinician and the visitor will need to undergo screening first. Horowhenua Maternity Unit: The unit is closed until further notice. Options for location of primary birth include your home or Te Papaioea Birthing

Centre in Palmerston North. If your pregnancy is more complicated you will need to birth in Palmerston North Hospital. With the midwifery workforce under pressure and to ensure safety for mums and babies, staff are working in two facilities, rather than three, during this time. speak to your lead maternity carer if you need more information. Shuttles: The service from ĹŒtaki to Palmerston North Hospital is unavailable as many volunteer drivers are in the vulnerable population groups. The DHB is working with Horowhenua Health Shuttle Service and St John’s to sustain services. More volunteer drivers are being recruited. Meanwhile, patient travel can be via paid taxis. We encourage anybody who still needs to travel to hospital for critical heath procedures/appointments to arrange somebody within their household “bubbleâ€? to drive them. This is the safest way to travel and helps us continue to break the chain and reduce unnecessary person-to-person contact. If you live alone, or have no vehicle or family that can provide transport, call Palmerston North Hospital at least a week before your appointment and ask to be put through to the Patient Travel Service, who will try to make arrangements for you. Home and community support: There have been changes in the way Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) are provided. These are the services provided by support workers in homes, and may include helping with showering and dressing, medication oversight, and domestic assistance. MidCentral has asked providers to prioritise services to care for the most vulnerable people. This means some services will be limited to allow support to be redirected to those who need it most. Providers will monitor anyone who might be put at risk because of any changes. MidCentral DHB and providers will endeavour to do welfare checks via phone for any clients whose services have been put on hold. If you have any questions or concerns, particularly if you feel you or someone you know will be at risk if services change, contact the service provider.

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Council moves to support community

Emergency Operations Centre kicks into gear for Covid-19 Kāpiti Coast District Council has two important roles during the pandemic – to staff Kāpiti’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and keep core essential services running. While the Ministry of Health is the lead agency for a pandemic response, Civil Defence has a role to play in ensuring all responding agencies are connected. In the Wellington region this is led by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office with six EOCs staffed and run by councils around the region. Kāpiti’s EOC was activated on March 25. Staff are operating remotely to co-ordinate a localised response to the national pandemic plan. Functions include intelligence, planning, operations, logistics, welfare, public information management and recovery. Council group manager place and space James Jefferson is the local controller for the Kāpiti EOC. “At the heart of our work is making sure our residents most in need have access to food, REMOTE: EOC controller James Jefferson clothing, and other essential items to keep them at his remote work station. Photo supplied healthy, safe and warm,” James says. “This is not without its challenges during a Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown as we are not immune from the need to stick to the rules and limit our movements around the district. “Standing up a virtual EOC has been a real test of our agility but we have people who are well connected in the community so we’ve been able to get some good grassroots intelligence. This has helped us to identify the community need and make informed decisions about how we should respond, while working within the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act framework.” An example is the council welfare support helpline. Since March 26, the EOC team has made 50 needs assessments by phone. Calls have resulted in food parcels being delivered, and essential items such as clothing and winter blankets have been sourced. The team has also organised the coordination and delivery of prescription medicines and connected people with the relevant government agencies for accommodation or financial support. “This sounds simple enough, but when you’re operating in an environment where you can’t use your established community and volunteer groups to assist it adds another layer of complexity.”

Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed at this time,” he says. “These measures are a first on some immediate measures to support step in what will be a multi-staged approach to local people and businesses affected by the social and economic recovery for our district. Covid-19 outbreak. “These are difficult times and we are At a briefing last week the council agreed to: committed to playing our part to make sure •  Remove rates late payment penalties for rest everybody comes out of this situation in the of 2019/20 best way possible.” •  A June 2020 rates payment holiday for those The council is also reviewing its 2020/21 impacted by Covid-19 budget to find further savings, and will continue •  Waive rent payments for three months for to assess the situation as the full effects of major tenants Covid-19 continue to become clear. •  Rapid supplier payments, aiming for sevenGuru says local government plays an day payments important role for New Zealand communities •  90-day credit terms for invoices and economies. •  Refund consent deposits and fees if applicants “We’ll continue to work hard to support the request to withdraw their application community throughout this time and in the •  Refund a quarter of fees for food, alcohol and coming months and years, while balancing the outdoor dining licenses paid in the current need to do our job and deliver essential services financial year in a sustainable way.” •  Increase weighting for local businesses in Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says procurement processes staff have been working hard to reshape the way •  Allow community boards to repurpose the council works and continue to operate, and unallocated discretionary grants for 2019/20 connect with businesses and the community. to Covid-19 response initiatives “We’ve moved at pace to respond to this •  Flexibility to repurpose remaining social dynamic situation. Further work is under way investment grants in 2019/20 as appropriate to look at how we support the community •  Extend existing library book loans by six weeks. and district to recover following lifting of the Mayor K Gurunathan says the council is lockdown.  committed to supporting the community “This includes looking at a range of possible and playing its part to mitigate the effect of actions to support the community and help get Covid-19. the local economy going. “We know many people have been directly n  To access support, visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/covid19impacted by the Covid-19 virus and many supportpackage or call 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486. A YOUR LOCAL others will be struggling with the uncertainty dedicated email address will be activated shortly.




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Ōtaki Update April 2020

A word from our Mayor Our daily lives have changed dramatically in the last few weeks, but I am humbled by the neighbourhood and community spirit that continues to shine in Kāpiti. As a Council we have been focused on delivering core services under COVID-19 Alert Level 4, including water and wastewater treatment, emergency maintenance, building consents, and animal management. We are supporting our most vulnerable through a new welfare support helpline, and we’ve announced a financial assistance to support local people and businesses in response to COVID-19. These measures are a first step in what will be a multi-staged approach to social and economic recovery for our district. These are difficult times and as a Council we are committed to playing our part to make sure everybody comes out of this situation in the best way possible. We don’t know how long we’re going to be in Alert Level 4 but what we do know is that if we work together as a community we will get through this. Stay safe, stay well and stay home. Mayor K Gurunathan

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Stay home and save lives

We have launched a welfare support helpline for Kāpiti residents who have no family, friends or neighbours who they can turn to help them to access essential supplies (food and medication).

You’re doing well Ōtaki in the fight against COVID-19. The government is expected to provide an update on our current alert level on 20 April but until then it is vitally important that we continue to stick the rules.

Anyone needing urgent support can call our Council call centre on 0800 486 486, and they’ll be directed through to the Council’s welfare support team who will be ready to help. Since 26 March, our team has supported more than 60 people to access food parcels, essential items such as clothing and winter blankets and prescription medicines. They have also connected people with the relevant government agencies for accommodation or financial support. The helpline is staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week.

This isn’t the time to start making exceptions, if you are going outside to grab a breath of fresh air please don’t venture out beyond your immediate neighbourhood and follow the two metre physical distancing rule. Continue to catch up with your whānau, friends and neighbours by phone or online, and remember to show patience and kindness to those that are continuing to leave their families every day to provide essential services.

You’ve got this Ōtaki – stay home and save lives!

Dogs must be on a lead during Alert Level 4 Out and about walking with your dog? For everyone’s safety, please keep your dogs on a leash while we’re at Alert Level Four, even in usually off-leash areas. Treat your dog as part of your “bubble”. This will help ensure they’re not contact spreading the virus between bubbles, and reduce the calls we get for dog incidents. With more dogs and their walkers out and about, there are increased opportunities for scuffles between dogs, which may require owners to intervene and break their bubbles. We want to avoid this, and keeping dogs on leashes is a proactive action we can all take to help.

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The Great Depression – as it was By Ian Carson

The global economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is only just beginning to be felt, but there’s talk of another Great Depression. It conjures up ideas of mass unemployment, soup kitchens and families in poverty. It took a world war beginning in 1939 to break that Depression, and a post-war period of previously unseen prosperity – at least in most of the Western world. A few people remember the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now into their 90s, their experience was as a child growing up when there was no welfare benefit to support struggling families. Almost unimaginable now, for many, especially in the cities, it was each for their own, relying on family, neighbours and charities to survive. The Government of the day “helped out” by forcing family men into work gangs, where they were paid a pittance for their labours. Gangs such as these worked in the paddocks of Ōtaki Gorge lugging rocks to build stone fences – the rocks being dubbed Hautere turnips. The fences are still visible today. Other workers took the degrading role of horses, pulling harrows to level pasture and even sand dunes. Men resorted to wearing sugarbags for work clothes, such was their

RECOLLECTIONS: Eric King at the old main highway bridge before it was demolished last year. He grew up in Te Horo before moving with the family to Te Manuao Road in 1936.

poverty. The attire led to Tony Simpson’s oral history of the era entitled The Sugarbag Years. There were riots in the cities, where the police ruthlessly suppressed protests organised by unions. My own mother, Mae Carson, at nearly 97, remembers the 1930s vividly. “My Dad was a Gallipoli veteran and always suffered from shrapnel that was never removed,” she says. “He was lucky to have a job through

most of the Depression as a tram driver in Wellington. But it was still tough. “I remember neighbours coming over regularly to ‘borrow’ some flour or sugar. People were industrious. They foraged for whatever they could and made meals or baked with what they had. And everything we wore was home-made. You could see that some families were struggling because of their ragged clothes.” Eric King, 95, grew up on the

family’s war-assistance farm at Te Horo – his father being a First World War veteran. Eric recalls that time as being care-free for a young boy in the outdoors. “My parents didn’t talk about the Depression much. We went to school with a school lunch Mum made every day, we biked everywhere and got on with life. He remembers his parents paying the monthly bill at the Te Horo store and having only 30 shillings

(probably less than $50 in today’s money) left over for the rest of the month. But they got by. “Mum’s sister would sometimes come by and bring a dozen buns she’d baked. We enjoyed those.” Being on a farm, the family was resourceful. They farmed cattle, grew their own vegetables, had chickens for eggs and meat, and made use of everything lying around the farm. “We didn’t waste anything. Even our shorts were lined with flour bags that Mum sewed into them. I think she made all our clothes back then.” Eric, was however, aware that not all families had it easy. One large family they were friendly with had a room set up with wheat sacks for beds, rather like a hammock. They couldn’t afford beds for everyone. Madge Bird, who lived in Matene Street before she died in 2013, told of her days growing up in the Merwood family at Rangiuru Road. It was perhaps a typical experience of large families during the Depression. Stan and Margaret Merwood had 14 children. Unable to house them all, they acquired an Army tent for the property, big enough to accommodate the seven boys. Madge said her Dad constructed a wooden pallet floor for the tent. In all weathers and through all seasons, this was their bedroom.

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Flat out: flat batteries, flat tyres While many people are “Yep, we’re getting calls in the lamenting the quiet, the father middle of the night, but we’re here and son team at Bowler Motors to help and sometimes it really is are wondering when they’ll get a urgent.” break next. The duo are not only travelling Since the stay-at-home orders out to fix vehicle problems, but also were imposed on March 26, Dave making emergency repairs at their and son Royce have been “flat out” Dunstan Street workshop. attending to emergency vehicle “We give priority to people repairs and recoveries for people who need to get to doctor’s stuck on the road. appointments, to get to the chemist “It’s been busy,” says Dave. for prescriptions, or to get food,” “We’re getting calls for all sorts Dave says. of things, but the most common While the Government recently is to jump-start cars that have flat announced that vehicle owners batteries. could take six months if necessary “We’ve sold about 30 batteries to get the next warrant of fitness, in the last week or so to make sure the Bowlers are still getting plenty ON CALL: Father and son Royce, left, and Dave Bowler of people get up and running. Our of enquiries. Bowler Motors. supply of batteries has had to be “We’ll do it especially if they been restocked about three times need to go a long distance. We had “Start your car and idle it for 15 to 30 in that week.” a call the other day from someone who minutes every second day or so. That will The battery problem is worse than usual works at Wellington Hospital. You can’t keep it well charged.” because they are being drained as vehicle turn them down. These people need to get Dave and Royce are the only staff on sit in driveways and garages unused. safely to work. deck at Bowler Motors in Ōtaki; the “It might seem like there’s nothing “Otherwise, give us a call and we can talk manager at their Porirua garage is also happening, but batteries get drained about the possibility of getting in when we working along with his daughter. because there’s always something going on go down to a Level lockdown.” Together they’re dealing with all the in the background and the weather’s a bit Meantime, farmers are still requiring enquiries and call-outs – including many cooler. repairs and replacements for blown tyres flat tyres – which are still occurring at any “It doesn’t take too long for a battery to on hay wagons, and the Automobile time of the day or night. It’s the downside get drained.” Association and State Insurance continue of having a call-out service that’s operating The solution? to request vehicle recoveries. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Paul on call for pesky pests Pests have no regard for Covid-19 lockdowns, creating problems for homeowners and businesses at any time. Fortunately pest controllers are considered essential services where there’s a risk to health and safety. However, general control of ants, for example, would not be seen as essential. The criteria allow local expert Paul MacLeod of Protekt to emerge from his own bubble to deal with serious infestations around Ōtaki. “I’ve had to deal with a few wasp nests but they’ve been outside so I haven’t had to get close to anyone,” he says. n  Paul MacLeod, Protekt, 06 364 5759

Hebe handy with new sanitiser As an essential service developing and manufacturing a wide range of natural products, Hebe Botanicals has been working on as best they can. Since the March 25 lockdown, couple and business partners Sandra and Steve have continued making products and supplying their essential service stores and selling essential health items online. However, like any smart business people, they’ve looked at how they can assist in times of crisis. With their skills in business developing innovative and effective natural products, they’ve turned their hand to producing, labelling and bottling something they wouldn’t normally make but everyone seems to want – hand sanitiser. “We’ve used our 80ml spray bottles to efficiently apply the sanitiser,” Steve says. “We’ve also added some other things such as D-panthenol, glycerine and aloe vera for maximum hand moisturisation, and Beta-caryophyllene and citric acid (pH balanced) for better hand protection and increased effectiveness. “It’s a premium ‘Rolls Royce’ hand sanitiser made right here in Ōtaki, and we are donating some to staff at local aged-care facilities.” The new Hand San can be ordered from their website, along with a 250ml refill bottle to top up the spray bottle when needed. Meantime, Sandra advises anyone whose hands are suffering from sanitiser overuse to use the best soap possible, preferably a mild olive oil-based Castile soap. “And at home you should just be using soap and warm water.” • Fellow Riverbank Road business and cleaning products manufacturer The Soapbox also supplies hand sanitiser (see below).

Christine and Richard wish folks to take care, be kind and enjoy your time at home (unless you have to work!), in which case . . . thank you.

Project aims for creativity

A project to encourage local creativity during the Covid-19 crisis has been launched, with an exhibition of the work planned after lockdown. The Creative Project is encouraging individuals and family “bubbles” to get creative for an extended period of time, using any artform. It’s the brainchild of Manakau resident Robyn Keeling. “Being a mother of five, a grandmother and relief teacher these days, I know how important it is to keep young ones busy and occupied,” Robyn says. “Feeling sympathetic and concerned for families during lockdown, I thought setting up a ‘creative project’ opportunity for young people, families in their bubbles, and individuals would be a great idea to help fill in the time during the lockdown, bring enjoyment and focus, and promote creativity, with an exhibition to follow at a later date.” A Facebook page, The Creative Project 2020, offers suggestions about materials and websites that could offer inspiration and assistance. There is lots of flexibility around submissions. The only rule is that projects involve some planning and likely take a week or more to make. The project could be made of paint, mixed media, paper, paper machē, flax, wood, recycled objects, wool, fabric, stones, driftwood, drawings or even computer art. Schools and families from Foxton to Te Horo have been invited to join the project. Individuals, whether part of an art and craft group or with no art background, are also encouraged to participate. n  See The Creative Project 2020 on Facebook or email thecreativeproject2020@gmail.com

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Please don’t ask me not to cry By Georgia Hapeta

Call to ‘stand at dawn’ for Anzac Day The Ōtaki RSA is encouraging locals to observe Anzac Day with the “Stand at Dawn” initiative. The national RSA and New Zealand Defence Force have adopted the theme, in which the day is commemorated under this year’s extraordinary circumstances by people coming to their gate at 6am on Anzac Day, Saturday April 25. It’s the first time since commemorations began that Anzac Day has not been commemorated with services throughout the country. Ōtaki RSA president Mike Fogarty says it’s a great initiative. "It allows people to stand at dawn and to commemorate Anzac Day nationally, but in their own personal way,” he says. "We encourage people in the Ōtaki, Manakau and Waikanae areas where our Otaki & District RSA would normally convene ceremonies, to follow the guidelines and to join the national recognition.” He says it's important that people continue to maintain their own bubble to keep themselves and the community safe. "The last thing that anyone would want is for this Anzac recognition to interfere with the great work being done by everyone in New Zealand at this

time. Stand tall, show respect and stay safe are key messages.” Poppy Day, which contributes important welfare funds for the RSA, is expected to be run later in the year after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Meantime, Mike is urging anyone who has a poppy in a drawer or jacket pocket, or can make one themselves, to wear it at 6am on Anzac Day. The RSA says the day is still a time for people to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of military people who are serving or have served, and who are called upon to support New Zealand in times of war, conflict and disasters. People are urged to stay in their bubble on Anzac Day, but stand at their letterbox, at the front door, in their lounge rooms, balconies, or driveway. Radio NZ National will broadcast live from 6am (and on the internet or on phone via rnz.co.nz/ listen/app) with the official dawn service. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering. The broadcast includes The Last Post, Ode of Remembrance in te reo Māori and English, the national anthems and an address by Defence Minister and Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.

Please don’t ask me not to cry. Some people say to you, “Don’t cry” when something tragic happens and you want to cry, and scream, and blame, and even lie down and die. It’s because a whole new chapter of your life hits you fair and square in your heart, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t even begin to comprehend what to do, or how to face a future without this child of your womb who is a mother herself. More than that, she was a daughter who befriended so many in her own life and gave her all to her children and those she loved. We take so much for granted TREASURED DAUGHTER: Ana with husband Paul and not many take the time to Hawea, who himself died last year. stop and smell the roses, talk to and befriend strangers, help those less fortunate than themselves and make time to just be there for others. I’m talking about my daughter, Anaherika (Ana) Angelique Waiwera Hawea, who left us on March 26. She will not be happy I’m writing this. But I’m not trying to memorialise her in any way as more important than others. Rather, it is to say to each of you that it’s OK to question all that’s going on in the world with Covid-19, because it’s scary and devastating, but it’s a situation we have to accept if we want to move on. We are all in this together and the personal tragedies that we face are, for a lot of people, terrifying. So you might say, “What now?” And I say to you, “We must carry on. Everyone loses loved ones. Everyone at some time faces sorrow, loss and hurt.” I have had the honour and privilege of serving at many tangi services for Māori, Pākehā, Chinese and German alike. I can say with honesty that it is one of the most rewarding things to be asked to do. I cry for those I am asked to do those services for, but now this is my daughter. Although she was in Australia, she was never closer. I’m now left with my memories, and my tears. I remember, for example, last Christmas when my daughter and my two mokopuna shouted me a flight to Melbourne on December 12 for her 21st birthday on December 17. I was able to spend precious time with them before flying back to New Zealand at 12.01am on New Year’s Day. An earlier bishop of our diocese thought I was strange because I didn’t judge other religions. I say it’s all about one thing: love. God loves us and if you want to cry, do it! n  Georgia Hapeta is a deacon at Rangiātea Church in Ōtaki.



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Inconsistency of data reporting not unusual in an emergency A few weeks ago, some elected members were concerned to know how many people tested positive for Covid-19 in Kāpiti. The Ministry of Heath breakdowns used to include figures by council boundaries. I understand they stopped after general online abuse of infected people and incidents where fearful locals travelled out of the bubble of their greater neighbourhoods to shop at distant “safer” places. There were also privacy issues. Data are now aggregated under DHB boundaries. Even here, there is no consistency. While Capital & Coast DHB follows the ministry’s reporting protocols, as of April 15 MidCentral details the regional number at 29. Nine of those are at Horowhenua and the great news – none in Ōtaki. Figures on the number of tests


Local news never more important Parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee heard on Wednesday from New Zealand media organisations. The live stream included submissions and comments from the big players such as NZME, Stuff and RNZ. Last-minute, and after much lobbying, the Community Newspapers Association was admitted into the discussion. As a member and strong supporter of the CNA, Ōtaki Today contributed to the submissions. What the select committee heard was that media groups are in dire straits. Some, such as the giant German Bauer Group, have already packed up and gone home, leaving New Zealand icons such as The Listener and Woman’s Weekly in the dirt. The media corporates are struggling with free-fall advertising revenues as businesses remain closed. Almost all community and regional newspapers have gone into hibernation, leaving only daily papers, (with reduced page numbers because of few advertisers) radio, television and social media to report on events and provide information. Putting aside the disaster of social media in providing accurate information, communities have been left high and dry. That’s why we at Ōtaki Today decided early on to keep publishing, if only online meantime. In fact we’ve continued to publish fortnightly, rather than monthly, during lockdown. We aim to be accurate, relevant and responsive to our community. And to keep providing local news and telling local stories like no other. Local news has never been more important. n  Ian is editor of Ōtaki Today

taken was not published. This inconsistency is not unusual. As a journalist, and later an elected member, I have been through a handful of civil emergencies, but always related to floods and earthquakes. The chain of command was singular. The regional and local controllers’ roles in emergency management were spelled out clearly. At last year’s civil defence training sessions for elected members I stressed that when a civil emergency is declared we basically switch from living in a democracy to

a “limited dictatorship”. Individual liberties and even property rights are temporarily surrendered for the safety and welfare of the common good. The current Covid-19 is a different type of emergency management. It’s been a creeping event since January with public messaging and directions coming from MOH. We were consistently advised not to overtake the ministry’s messaging. Then came the Level 3 & 4 Alerts, the lockdown, and then the State of Emergency. The national, regional and local civil emergency operation centres kicked into action. MOH continued its key role while the government-as-a-whole approach saw parallel command structures run by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Ministry of Social Development.

Understandably given the unprecedented challenge, the virus’s nationwide and multiple impact over health, business and welfare has seen some uncoordinated messaging, making it sometimes difficult for controllers managing the local response at an operational level. The crisis was managed on the run, at full speed, in urgency. But, despite the small wobbles, we have done well as a nation so far. We have had remarkable leadership in the prime minister, an Opposition that has put aside party politics to focus on the national crisis, and Kiwis who normally have a benign disregard for authority, following the national call for personal discipline. On a related matter, it’s interesting that the CCDHB figures exclude Ōtaki because it’s part of MidCentral.

The Mayor’s Office and council Emergency Operations Centre staff have to work with two DHBs to co-ordinate a Kāpiti response. On the plus side, because of these twin boundaries the district has potentially gained two Community Based Assessment Centres – in Ōtaki and in Paraparaumu – where testing will be done , and intelligence on welfare and tracing are recorded. We’ll be into the fourth week of lockdown soon. The question of an extension sits on the tension between the science around killing off the virus and the near-death brinkmanship of our businesses and economic system. Ironically politicians are not classified as essential workers. But they will have to make the call. n  Guru is the Mayor of Kāpiti Coast and is an Ōtaki resident.


Are you flexible enough to adapt, change, shift? Just like that we are all experiencing a “new normal”. That is just one of the many new phrases being coined in this rapidly changing world. Terms such as iso, bubble life or social distancing, and in the business world, words such as pivoting, innovation or adaption. We’ll no doubt have preCovid and post-Covid to add to the GFC and the like. Suddenly platforms such as Zoom, Facetime and similar online conferencing platforms have become household names as we all scramble to find new ways to communicate. Each day I try to read a devotional and at the moment I’m reading one from John Maxwell who teaches all around the world on leadership. Although referring to biblical events well before our time, the principles I found in the devotional still have relevance, regardless of your own personal beliefs. It says effective leadership requires being flexible. It involves adapting. Changing. Shifting. Any baseball player can tell you that today’s home run has no bearing on tomorrow’s game. Every author will tell you that their best book ever must

be the next one they write. But winning tomorrow’s game or writing your best book ever requires learning, adapting and shifting one’s focus today. Just because something worked well yesterday doesn’t mean it will be effective today; and what works today might not be the right tool for tomorrow. In the Old Testament, Nehemiah was charged by God to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile of the nation of Israel. But rebuilding that wall would be a monumental task – one that would require all-hands-on-deck to pull it off. In chapter 3 of Nehemiah, there’s a list of everyone Nehemiah employed and managed during the project – everyone from priests to temple servants,

to goldsmiths, to perfumers. No one, male or female, was exempt from the command to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall. When opposition to rebuild came from the Arabs, Ammonites and Ashdodites, Nehemiah was forced to adapt. While Israel’s enemies plotted to fight Jerusalem and foil their plans to rebuild the wall, Nehemiah shifted his plan and turned his people from builders into builders and warriors! With a hammer in one hand and a sword in the other, his workers kept building the wall. He pivoted, was innovative and adapted. You don’t abandon the values, principles, strategies, and training that got you where you are; it’s about adapting those core parts of you through intuition and creativity—just as Nehemiah did by putting a sword in the perfumer’s hand and saying, “Keep building!” Today’s best may not be enough for tomorrow’s challenges. However what’s important is are you willing to adapt? n  James is Ōtaki Ward Councillor


Zooming in to see how we can help when this is over Three weeks ago I had never heard of Zoom. Now I’ve “attended” and even “chaired” several “meetings” using this piece of technology that allows you to call meetings and invite people to attend them from the safety of their own “bubble”. You can see them and talk to them. We’ve even set up a family Zoom meeting, which means I get to see my kids and grandkids once a week to exchange views and things like recipes, and just try to stay in touch. Come to think of it, we’re probably talking more now than we were before lockdown! The community board has “met” a couple of times and discussed what we can do to help people in Ōtaki now and after lockdown ends. We’re trying to make sure we preserve the limited funds we have so we can help people once things

start to return to “normal”. Earlier we thought we might help the Ōtaki Foodbank, but then the Government announced it was helping foodbanks. No point using our funds when there’s other money available for them. If the foodbank really needs our help we’ve told them to ask. We’re talking with the Ōtaki Promotions Group and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. They have their collective “ears” to the ground. When we’re back to normal we can work with them and other

community groups to identify where we can really help in the recovery in ways that Government might not. Council has also met on several occasions and I’ve attended those from the comfort and safety of my dining room table. Fund raising recipe book I cope by cooking. I’ve been going back through old recipe books and I know other people are, too. On the Sunny Ōtaki Facebook page I suggested people might like to send me some of their old favourite recipes and we could combine them into a book to raise funds for post-lockdown causes. I’ve already had quite a few responses but I’m looking for more. Send me an email at: christine.papps@xtra.co.nz and let me know what you have. n  Chris is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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The post-Covid world is up to us W

HAT will our world look like after this is all over and we can go about our daily business? Sorry, I don’t know. The reality is no one knows, so we can rely only on speculation and the unfolding economic, social, political and environmental indicators. And they’re changing every day. What I can say with some certainty is that whenever we emerge from our bubble, it will be into a different world than we left less than a month ago. It will be a world of tentative hope, but one full of unknowns. The hope comes from the fact that New Zealand’s economy began this crisis in a strong position, we have robust public institutions and stable government. And yes, good local government and perhaps more importantly, healthy support networks in small communities such as Ōtaki. These things will help us not only get through, but rebuild in new ways that we have perhaps not thought of before. What we do know, however, is that there have been job losses, and we have the prospect of more as some businesses find they can’t keep staff on when there’s little for them to do. On the positive side, the Treasury projections show New Zealand could face a far lower unemployment rate than most other countries. The best case scenario is for unemployment to go from about 4 percent now to 8.5 percent in the June quarter of this year, and then down to 5.5 percent next year before returning to current levels in 2024. It’s not great news for workers, but it could be

far worse, when other nations Can we expect our world to COMMUNITY are staring down the barrel of go back to “normal”? Unlikely. 30 percent unemployment. Already we’re all thinking in We also know some different ways. We rather like businesses, perhaps especially the empty roads, the family time in the retail sector, will not together, the walks around the reopen when restrictions are block where we chat to people we eased. Before this, many were didn’t know before. While it might surviving week to week, hoping not be obvious in Ōtaki, we like for enough income to just pay the images of cities such as Los the bills. With closed shops and Angeles and New Delhi with clear IAN CARSON no income, and the prospect skies free of pollution. of even less revenue in the short term, the best We’re thinking differently about corporate decision will be to close down rather than risk greed and the fact that most of the world’s wealth losing more money. is held by so few. So our town and many others around the And with isolation, we’re thinking more about world might look a little different for a while. how we can lead a more sustainable life – both However, small communities can be resilient individually and as a community. That can when they work together to find solutions. While provide great opportunities for us in Ōtaki to we have great leadership in Ōtaki with Mayor produce more locally for local needs. K Gurunathan, ward councillor James Cootes The renewable power initiatives of Energise and community board chair Chris Papps, there Ōtaki and other organisations are now are other individuals and organisations that highlighted more than ever. Why pay for are probably even more effective in finding and imported services and products such as this implementing the lasting remedies that will be when we have local groups and businesses who needed. can provide them? They are the ones who never crave the public Individually, we can do more as well. No doubt spotlight nor wear the shackles of office that some during lockdown have learnt new home confine nimble and effective innovation. They baking skills, started growing their own garden have unofficial networks, smart friends for and dusted off some of the tools in the shed to advisers, husbands, wives and partners who offer make a compost heap or fix the fence. wise counsel, and an innate sense of what’s good It will be a new world, but what it will look like for the community. will be up to us. They will likely be the ones who will make n  Ian Carson is editor of Ōtaki Today. This and other comments the biggest difference – even if most of us don’t and news articles are online at otakitoday.com. Ian can be contacted at ian@idmedia.co.nz realise it – during the next couple of years.


IN BRIEF Still no infections in Ōtaki

No cases of Covid-19 in Ōtaki had been reported as of 11.59pm on Wednesday (April 15). The number of confirmed cases in the MidCentral DHB district was 24 and another five were probable cases. Twenty-one people in the DHB region had recovered and no one was in hospital with the virus. The cases confirmed and probable are in Palmerston North (10), Manawatū (6), Horowhenua (9), Tararua (4), Ōtaki (0).

Rubbish options

Kerbside recycling and greenwaste pickups are not happening during the Alert Level 4 lockdown, but KCDC says there are a couple some other options: •  wash your recycling well and store it for recycling once the transfer stations reopen •  stockpile your greenwaste until your collection restarts, or the transfer stations reopen •  start your own home composting. See “waste management during alert level 4” at kapiticoast.govt.nz

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CELEBRATING BEFORE LOCKDOWN: From left, Narcisa, Maria and Claudia Pavan celebrating Maria’s 89th birthday in February.

The Pavans – from Italy to Ōtaki and back with love Narcisa Pavan came from Italy with her family to live in Ōtaki from 1959 to 1977. She now lives in the north of Italy and has been living in lockdown for more than a month. My parents, Maria and Settimo Pavan, migrated to New Zealand from Arzene, a little country town in Friuli Venezia Giulia, in 1959. At that time there was vast unemployment in Italy. They travelled by ship and paid their own fare. At that time I was nine years old and my sister, Claudia, was 18 months. Narcisa Pavan My father had a brother living in Johnsonville who had migrated to New Zealand when he was very young. When we arrived in Wellington he took us to Ōtaki where we stayed with the Dal Din family for six months or so. During the first year my parents worked in the market gardens – my dad for Peter Barone, and my mother for an Italian family in Manakau. My father went on to work for Fletcher Construction, and my mother worked as a machinist on the shirt line at Roydon Textiles. They built a house in Lemon Street where we lived until 1974. My parents visited Italy for a holiday that year and

decided to return home. They returned to New Zealand for six months to sell their house. Claudia went with them and she has not returned to New Zealand since. Leaving Ōtaki was not as easy as you might think. I can say that my family was very grateful for the way everyone in Ōtaki accepted us and treated us as one of them. Thank you so much, Ōtaki. I stayed in Ōtaki working in the office at Roydon Textiles (on the corner of Aotaki and Rangatira streets ). I had so many friends there. My very special friend, Dawn Nicholls, was my first New Zealand friend. I returned to Italy three years after my parents left. In 1969 I had gone back to Italy for a working holiday, where I met my husband-to-be, Lino. I came back to New Zealand and three years later Lino joined us. We married in Ōtaki in 1972. We lived in Wellington for a year where Lino worked as a chef at the James Cook Hotel and I kept working for Roydons from the McKenzies head office. Lino was offered the opportunity to work as a cook at the Tongariro power scheme so we moved to Moawhango on the Desert Road. We later returned to Italy. We now live in the north of Italy in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It’s population is 1,215,220. We live in a country town called Valvasone Arzene. We have a son, Stefano, who graduated in 2005 as a master brewer and is living and working in the UK. My mother is 89 and self-sufficient, living in her own house nearby. My father died a few years ago. Claudia lives not far from me as well. We have been locked down for a month now and will be at least until April 13, the Government saying it will certainly be for longer. People here have accepted the situation and are behaving well, keeping to the rules. We leave our homes only for groceries and pharmacy needs. Lockdown for us is an ordinary routine because we love staying at home. We have a big garden (mainly flowers and trees) and a lovely dog to play with. We are very lucky to live in a zone with very few people having the Covid-19. Not far to the west of us, in Milan and Bergamo, the virus seems to be slowing down with fewer people being infected, but the number of deaths is still high. I still think of Ōtaki and New Zealand, where I grew up, as my home. Tenere al sicuro (keep safe), Ōtaki. LEMON STREET: From left, Claudia, Settimo, Maria and Narcisa Pavan.

PAVANS: Maria and Settimo Pavan as Ōtaki people would remember them.

WINNERS: The 1967 Roydon Textiles Basketball: Back row, from left, coach Narcisa Pavan, S. Cassidy, L Gerrard, K Carkeek, K Cassidy, L Edwards. Front row (L-R): G Bradbury, N Rikihana, C Adams (captain), L Foster. Absent: R Jenkins, J Te Wiata.

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Ngaire’s big Mexican adventure as Covid-19 hits Ōtaki accountant Ngaire Gallagher’s warranted a visit. I saw one house that big adventure emigrating to Mexico in I really liked and compared to house March coincided with Covid-19. She prices in New Zealand it was very shares her experience. reasonable – and so were the property rates at US$150 a year. Ko Tainui te waka So I contacted the real estate agent Ko Tararua te maunga Ko Ohau te awa and had a look at the house while I Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi was there. She said anyone could buy Ko Ngāti Kikopiri te marae a house in San Miguel de Allende, Ko Ngaire Gallagher ahau though there are restrictions when I’ve had several trips to Mexico, the it comes to rural land and properties close to the sea. most recent being in October last year. I have always loved the place, When I returned to New Zealand the people and the cultures, but it I first checked if I could take my cats was the cold winter in New Zealand with me to Mexico, then employed last year that led to my decision to an immigration person in Mexico move there to live. That and the to make sure I would qualify as a lower cost of living. resident there. My first visit to Mexico was in The Mexican Embassy in 1981. Then in 1986 I spent a month Wellington was very helpful and in South America and became good explained that I could actually retire friends with a woman on the same there. I had to prove a tour, Jan. She stayed certain level of savings on after that in Mexico for a 12-month period. to continue with her So initially I Spanish. She boarded obtained a four year with a wonderful temporary resident family in Mexico City visa, then once I and Cesar, the son of arrived here I had to these people, visited fill in more forms and me in Wellington in provide copies of my 1990 on his way to see passport, Mexican visa our friend Jan in Banks and have more photos Peninsula. Ngaire Gallagher taken. I am now This family has waiting for a letter that become my very good friends and I have stayed with them advises whether I can stay. on each of my four trips to Mexico. Presuming that I can, then I go back I last stayed with them in October. for fingerprints and eventually get Mum Elsa is now in her 90s and a temporary resident ID card that I Cynthia, one of her daughters, lives will provide a copy of to the shipping with her, while another daughter, agent in Mexico to get my container Tess, lives with her husband, also in of goods shipped over here. Mexico City. They always make time It has been interesting to see just to take me to interesting places in the how little one needs to get by. Mind city, not to mention restaurants! you, I am not doing much tripping Before I visited in October last year around or entertaining! I checked out real estate, particularly I have two cats that I inherited from in San Miguel de Allende. I got to my sister in Australia when she died know of this place through Leisa, in 2011. I was concerned about how a friend who lives at the beach in they would manage the flights due to Ōtaki and whose daughter married a their ages. Casper is 12 and Colette 9. Mexican boy and lives there. I delivered them to the airport in I had seen her photos and thought Wellington to fly to Auckland where it was such a beautiful place that it

they spent a day and a night before flying to Santiago, Chile. This was much easier then flying through Los Angeles with all their regulations. They had a little break there in transit and a bit of a run around before flying to Mexico City. I met them there at the place of the Mexican agent for JetPets. I received photos of them at each stop and I was so impressed by the way the Mexican people looked after them when they were dropped off from the airport. They looked after me well too, taking me to the nearest shopping centre for a coffee and, of course, a little bit of shopping. It was a very long trip for them (and me) as we then got into a shuttle for the five-hour drive to San Miguel de Allende, which is where we live now. I arrived at my accommodation (opposite the house I was buying) where the owner, Magali, insisted I have the cats with me for the week, so the three of us shared the room until the settlement of my house went through. I was supposed to have moved to another accommodation place but was too sick with a cold to do any moving. The internet here is great so I am able to keep doing my tax and accounting work from here. My visa doesn’t allow me to earn money in Mexico, but I can continue to earn money for work in New Zealand. I haven’t had any problems with the internet at all. It is as good, if not better, than it was in Ōtaki. My arrival in Mexico coincided with Covid-19. Los Angeles airport was the usual chaos, with hoards of people jammed in together waiting what seemed like ages in long queues. However at Mexico City’s international airport there were nurses dressed in PPE taking the temperature of every passenger as they left the aircraft. One of the big challenges in Mexico is that about 56 percent of the population live day-by-day and make a living selling goods and meals on the streets. It is not always possible

FRIENDS: Ngaire and Mexican friend and neighbour Magali Angulo.

for many people to have enough water to carry out the recommended hand-washing routine. In San Miguel de Allende all the schools were closed earlier than New Zealand and they will remain closed until the end of April. Public processions and gatherings were also cancelled and public parks are closed. My friend Cesar in Mexico City is a doctor so I have been receiving instructions from him on what to do since March 23. I wasn’t able to source any masks here but there are now people making them so I am expecting a delivery today. There is not an official lockdown here but only essential services are supposed to be operating. I have been self-isolating since March 28 so I am not sure exactly

what is going on in the city – I just rely on a few local Facebook pages. Most things I can get delivered to the house so I have no need to go out. My good friend, Magali, helps me out when I do need anything “on the outside”. Good friends make such a difference. With communication being so easy these days I am able to keep in touch with David and Hannah, my son and daughter-in-law, and have free conversations as often as we like. I am able to continue my work with the local iwi thanks to Zui (Zoom hui). I am hopeful that this Covid-19 does not affect Mexico badly as it has in Spain and Italy, and now the US. I am looking forward to things improving so I can have a better look around my new surroundings.

BELOW FROM LEFT: Outside Ngaire’s new home in San Miguel de Allende, cats Casper and Colette settling in, Casper enjoying the warm weather, and the view from Ngaire’s terrace.

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n got up ins living and working in Wellingto HMS BRITANNIA 1963: Ōtaki cous h  Phillip ce Prin and en Que the nnia docking, with about midnight to see HMS Brita olls and Adelade Nich ) ssey (Blo Mary olls, Nich ny on board. From left, Marge, Daw (Addie) Nicholls Phillips.

h  The corner of Main and Aotaki streets where the Memorial Hall is today. Circa 1930-40s. Addie remembers, “All the town kids used to play in the library grounds there, running through, hide n seek etc, till the lights came on, then you’d hear all our mothers calling from the different streets for us all to come home.” Amo Clark: “I remember when town looked like this. Some of the older people used to sit on that fence in front of the library smoking! Some of the buildings are still there.” Carol Newcombe thinks the man on the bike could be her father, Ashton Cootes, as her mother Enid had a similar photo (now lost).

Built on the corner of Main and Aotaki streets in 1894 as the Bank of Australasia, this building later served as a house for the Davis family. Today the location is the site of Churchill Court. The building at left rear was the old town hall, later Southgate’s Garage before also being demolished in the 1970s. Charles Fearnley Collection.


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h  KAPA HAKA GROUP circa mid 1950s: if you remember the group and who was in it or have corrections, please email us. Suggestions of names are: Back row 4 from left, 1. Jak Rikihana (partly hidden), Bryan Gray (behind Dawn) Row 3: 6 Patsy T, 8 Kere Johnston, 9 Kahu H, 10 Dawn Nicholls, 12 Barbara Cootes. Row 2 from left, 17 Carol Cootes, 18, 19, and 20 Beverly, Hine and Josie Gilbert, 21 Rei Tahiwi, 22 Rinei Johnstone, 23 Rota Hohepa.

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when it was being built. Mummy Hawea and Honey outside what looks like Roydon Textiles h  grounds by the huge Marae Raukawa in house the in Hotel Central old the to next Honey lived pohutukawa tree.

Share your old pics Adelade (Addie) Nicholls-Phillips was born in the Ōtaki Maternity Home on August 10, 1941 – the eldest daughter and fifth child of Rangi and Niu Nicholls (10 children in total). She attended St Peter Chanel Convent School from 1946-1954, then went on to St Joseph’s Māori Girls Boarding College in Napier from 1955-1958. Addie recalls: “Growing up in Ōtaki was a wonderful experience. Through attending the convent school we grew up and became friends with all the Tainui families, and because we lived in Rangatira Street in town we knew and played with all the town families. As children we all played together wandering from town to join the Tainui kids and ending up either at the Waitohu swimming hole or venturing out to the desert (an area past the Ōtaki Golf Club) to play cowboys and Indians. “Life as a child in Ōtaki was exciting and adventurous. A lot of these photos are memories of aunts, uncles, and cuzzies we grew up with, respected and loved. They are taonga from the past to be forever cherished. “He tangata akona ki te whare. Tunga ki te marae, taua ana. A person taught at home shapes well on the marae.” Addie now lives on the Gold Coast in Australia. As a fun activity in lockdown, Addie decided to post some old photos each day to her Facebook page and kindly allowed Ōtaki Today to share them. Many photos have no names or details so it has been fun for her to see comments from those who may remember. If you recognise any faces or details about the photos please email to: debbi@idmedia.co.nz. If you have old photos you’d like to share and find out more about them, send to: debbi@idmedia.co.nz

where the figure Addie thinks this photo is across the road from the Central Hotel h  these three men behind fence the climbing ers rememb She is. und backgro the in the butcher”. Mano when she was a kid, “so the shop there should be George Mann’s Lana Nicholls. ghter grandau by middle the in man the as d identifie -Nikora Nicholls

h  Weno Tahiwi was a teacher at Te Wai Pounamu College in Christch urch. She taught te reo Māori and played the piano. Can someone identify whic h is Weno?

h  Barb Rudd says: “Some Wehiwehi whānau in here. Our local idols in the day. Dave Raika (front left) and Tommy Thomas (far right at back).” Do you remember the band’s name and other members?

h  This view is of the Convent School looking down from Calvary. George Tahiwi says: “We lived on the other side of Calvary next to Kapumanawawhiti Pa. Sister Bernadine was my primer teacher.”

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HAUORA/HEALTH Correcting bad posture in the home workplace A lot of people are working from home now and it seems like this is going to be the new normal for the time being. Even once the lockdown is over you will want to use the following exercise advice as you get back to working in your normal place of work. We’ve all heard about taking micro pauses every hour or so to relive GETTING FIT the pressure of sitting and staring at a screen. Human bodies weren’t designed to sit and stare at computer screens for long periods. A lot of people experience headaches, sore necks and shoulders from bad posture. DANIEL DUXFIELD It’s very easy for your spine to slouch, your shoulders and your head to drop forward and for you to get a sore back. What happens when this occurs is your trapezius muscles in your upper back get pulled unnecessarily as your head drops forward and your posture worsens. Your trapezius muscles run up your spine from the base of your rib cage and they attache to the back of your skull. They also run sideways to your shoulders along your shoulder blades on each side of your back. Once these muscles get pulled from poor posture, from sitting in a chair staring at a screen with a slouched back, they can cause headaches. Knots will develop as the muscle fibers are strained and you can have an injury which without corrective exercises will plague your forever. So how do you fix this? Prevention is the best

cure. My first piece of advice is to throw away your office chair and sit on a swiss ball. By sitting on an unstable swiss ball your spine is forced to stay erect. If you learn to be conscious of your body posture, your shoulders will naturally sit back and will relax into their proper position. Sitting on a swiss ball also gives you a great passive core workout because your core (the 10 muscles of your abdomen) have to work harder to keep your upper body erect and not slouched. Secondly, take short breaks every hour or so to do a few push-ups. I know not everyone can do push-ups, so do modified push-ups if you don’t have the strength to do standard ones on the floor. The quality of your push-ups matters more than the quantity. So make sure you start each push-up on the floor from your chest and push up so that your arms are straight. Keep your elbows close to your sides with your hands close just under your shoulders. That is how you should be doing your push-ups. The increased blood flow to your arms, chest and upper back will benefit the muscles that are being put under pressure by bad posture. Taking this a little further you could push yourself to failure by doing as many push-ups as you can during your micro pauses. The other benefit of this is you’ll build muscle mass in the upper body and correct any bad posture you may have been dealing with previously. Trust me, your physiotherapist will love you for it. n  Daniel Duxfield is an exercise professional who operates DuxFit Functional Fitness from a private studio in Ōtaki. Contact 022 1099 442 or danielduxfield@gmail.com and see www.facebook.com/duxfitfunctionalfitness/

HELPLINES AND LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES It’s OK to reach out for help – never hesitate if you are concerned about yourself or someone else.


If someone has attempted suicide or you’re worried about their immediate safety, do the following: •  Call your local mental health crisis assessment team 0800 745 477 or go with them to the emergency department (ED) of your nearest hospital •  If they are in immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111 •  Stay with them until support arrives •  Remove any obvious means of suicide they might use (eg ropes, pills, guns, car keys, knives) •  Try to stay calm, take some deep breaths •  Let them know you care •  Keep them talking: listen and ask questions without judging

•  Make sure you are safe. For more information and support, talk to your local doctor, medical centre, hauora, community mental health team, school counsellor or counselling service. If you don’t get the help you need the first time, keep trying.

Services offering support & information: •  Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) •  Samaritans 0800 726 666 - for confidential support for anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress •  Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 - to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions

•  Healthline 0800 611 116 - for advice from trained registered nurses •  www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal free online self-help.

For children and young people •  Youthline 0800 376 633, free text 234, email talk@youthline. co.nz or webchat at www.youthline.co.nz (webchat available 7-11pm) – for young people and their parents, whānau and friends •  What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (0800 WHATSUP) or webchat at www.whatsup.co.nz from 5-10pm for ages 5-18. •  Kidsline 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) – up to 18 yrs.

More options: www.mentalhealth.org.nz


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Cooking during Covid

BEER BREAD (also known as 1 2 3 Bread) 1 can of beer 2 cups flour 3 tablespoons sugar Mix well. Put in greased pan. Bake at 190C for 30-45 minutes. • You can substitute lemon lime soda or seltzer water for the beer. • You can spruce it up a bit as well. Brush the top with garlic. Mix in cheese and/or bacon bit. Add herbs.

Being cooped up at home has forced us back into the kitchen and while it’s a great for some, others are pining for their takeout. Many of us previously relied on restaurants and takeaways to survive, but social media posts now tell a different story – freshly made bread, fancy meals and delicious cakes are flowing from our ovens like we haven’t seen since our nana’s days! Many Kiwis are lapping up the extra time at home to cook. It’s a luxury that hasn’t been possible for many. With a shortage of some ingredients at times, many of us have had to be innovative and create meals from what ingredients we do have at hand. Bread can be made without yeast, takeaways can be made at home, fruit now ripening on the trees can

be preserved or baked, and recipes we haven’t made in years are coming forth from our cookbooks. Cooking is something to focus on, something to do to help keep minds quiet; its results can keep us well and cheer us through these crazy times. Without being able to pop down to the shop for a missing ingredient, we are all making do – adapting and engaging with our cooking instincts. We are wasting less, thinking more, and valuing food in a completely different way for the precious life-giving stuff it is. Here are a few easy and delicious recipes to try if you haven’t already. Straightforward comfort cooking is in order. Stay home, keep safe and cook.


NADIA LIM’S UNLEAVENED FLATBREAD If you’d like to make bread without yeast, here’s Nadia Lim’s easy-peasy flatbread recipe - great for turning into garlic butter naan to have with curry, a wrap Middle Eastern style, or a (non-traditional but still awesome) pizza base. Here ya go lockdowners . . . • 2 cups self-raising flour (or plain flour with 2 teaspoons baking powder added) • 3/4 cup milk (of any kind), or plain yoghurt or water • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil (or any oil) • 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. Place flour, milk, oil and salt in a bowl and mix to combine. 2. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes (mins) or until dough is smooth. Divide into 4-6 portions and leave to rest on the bench for 10-15 mins or so. 3. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or fry pan on medium heat. Roll each piece of dough out into a roughly 25cm circle, lightly brush with a little oil. Place in hot pan and cook for about 2 mins each side or until puffed and golden. If you’re using garlic and herb butter, spread it on whilst bread is hot. Repeat with remaining dough. Mmm! Other ‘nice to haves’ are butter, garlic, fresh herbs (but not essential) to make a garlic n’ herb butter to spread on.

MAKE YOUR OWN KFC 1 cup flour 1/3 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon sweet basil 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon dry ginger 4 teaspoons paprika 3 teaspoons white pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon celery salt 2 teaspoons garlic salt This coats a lot of chicken so it can be halved or make the full recipe and then put some away in a snap lock bag like I do for another meal or two. When cooking the nibbles soak them in 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 egg for one hour before coating with seasoning and when it’s time to fry I heat my oil to 170C degree's, place the coated chicken in the oil then drop it to about 155C and fry them for about 12 minutes, checking if they are cooked inside before taking them out. Hope you enjoy them as much as my family does. By the way this seasoning is full of punchy flavours and the peppers are the key to it working it may sound like a hell of a lot of white pepper but it's not as hot as you would expect. NOTE: if you can’t find buttermilk it’s easy to make yourself – just add 1.5 cups of milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and bring to room temperature. Make it yourself and save hunting for it.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sugar 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 5 slices crust-on bread 1/2 cup raisins 2 cups milk 2 eggs DIRECTIONS • Preheat oven to 180 C • Add cinnamon to sugar in cup, mix well. • Set aside. • Generously spread one side of each piece of bread with butter • Cutting diagonally, slice each in half. • Arrange triangle slices in pan, slightly overlapping, with butter-side up and cut edges facing the same direction, making a spiral. *As you add the bread, sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. *Put milk in small bowl, add eggs, and using whisk or fork, mix to blend well. *Pour milk mixture over bread and raisins in baking pan. • Set aside for about 15 minutes for bread to absorb liquid. • Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown. • Serve the pudding while still warm • Eat plain or with cream.

EASY APPLE SLICE 2 cups self raising flour 1 cup sugar 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced (1cm) 125g butter or margarine 1 egg Toss apples with self raising flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan or in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in egg. Pour butter and egg into the apple mixture and mix until combined. Spoon into a greased and lined slice tin. It won’t pour out and is quite a dry mix but still works. If you wish you can add a tbsp of milk to make it slightly wetter. Bake at 180 C for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Keeps for about 3 days. Serve with cream, or icecream. (Note: to make self raising flour you add 1 tsp baking powder for every 1 cup of plain flour. Blueberries and cinnamon added on top before baking is delicious too.) CREDIT: https://www.sewmucheasier. com/sew-much-easier-apple-slicerecipe?fbclid=IwAR3LSEwRnv9-Ib47yTZM69exay GkOaumWKHBfHjqw6uGlv2-ZyDez1hlKOo Author: Shelley Hong

CREAMY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP 2 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large chopped onion 2 medium chopped carrots 2 large chopped celery stalks 3 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 3/4 tsp salt 2 cups whole milk + 4 cups chicken stock 100 gm uncooked egg noodles 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast 1 cup frozen green peas Melt butter with olive oil in a large pot or casserole over medium-high. Add onion, carrots, celery and salt. Cook, stirring often, until veges are slightly softened, 6-8 mins. Add flour, stir to coat. Add broth and milk, bring to a boil. Add noodles. Cover and cook about 8 mins. Stir in chicken and peas, check pasta is done and chicken and peas are warmed through. Serve.

EASY NO YEAST DINNER ROLLS 1 cup flour 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsps mayo Combine ingredients, spoon into a greased muffin tin, cook in a preheated 180C oven 15 mins, or until done and golden brown. Makes about 5 rolls.

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DEB’S SOY, GARLIC AND GINGER POTATOES Heat oven to 180C. Cube potatoes (preferably leave the skin on). Place in a casserole dish. Combine olive oil, soy sauce, crushed or sliced garlic and sliced ginger (powdered

ginger is OK if you don’t have fresh, but not as tasty), stir through potato well. Bake in oven, stirring lightly every 10 minutes until potato is cooked. Delicious!

For a keto, low-carb version, I have used cauliflower and tofu to replace the potatoes. Chop into small pieces and bake. Also delicious but not as crisp as the potato version.

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Quiet streets a reminder of Waikawa’s past As you were . . . population dwindled. This Covid-19 version of Waikawa By the time Public Works Minister Beach, with roads empty of cars, vans Bob Semple built a bach at Waikawa and trucks, is how some longtime Beach in 1935, there were very few locals remember the good old days: people here, and only a handful of “Waikawa the way it used to be”, as baches. one said on Facebook. Things started to pick up in the So, how did it used to be? 1950s when Arthur and Drake streets Waikawa Beach (sometimes known came to be. In the 60s a small dairy, as Manakau Beach) was an extremely public toilets, and the northern half busy place back in of Manga Pirau Street the 1800s. Māori had arrived. WAIKAWA WAYS lived here since long In the 70s more small before, making a good streets were added and living from the sea the Waikawa Beach and lagoons. Ratepayers Association But before that was formed. Its primary even there were moa concerns were river and moa hunters. erosion, fire safety and Moa bones were a public telephone. By found along Takapu 1978 there were eight Road in 1962. permanent residents. The Ngāti Toa chief In the past 40 years MIRAZ JORDAN Te Rauparaha settled there has been more here for a while in the 1820s – there’s a development, with additional housing Heritage Trail information sign along in Strathnaver and the area around Waikawa Beach Road pointing out Emma Drive. where his pā used to be. Life has become busier, but there By the 1840s Europeans arrived and are no shops or cafes. Daily life started farming and other activities bubbles along, but in other years an such as flax and flour milling, and boat influx of holiday-makers has been the building. There was a hotel, and the way of life at Easter and other holidays. beach was the main, or only route, This year, of course, Waikawa Beach between Whanganui and Wellington. is quiet; quieter than it has been for According to the book Bitter Water decades. at least 3000 people lived here in 1845. It’s rather pleasant. The late 1800s though brought road Acknowledgement: The now out-of-print book and rail nearby, and as time moved Bitter Water by Deb Shepherd and Laraine Shepherd, http://www.catch22.co.nz/bitterwater on, of course, life changed and the

FROM ABOVE: An aerial photo from 1962, showing Drake, Arthur and the northern part of Manga Pirau streets. Photo from the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association archive

Technical tricks in archiving NZ audiovisual history By David Klein Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

In the last issue we covered how digital collection team leader Tom Ackroyd works to stay on top of the huge amount of digital audiovisual content that is created – and the challenges of trying to archive it. In part 2, we find out some of the technical tricks he uses. Tom Ackroyd works his way through the hard drive and runs a virus scan to protect the Ngā Taonga networks. Once cleared, the files are transferred to a working folder and securely backed up to two separate locations. The hard drive is kept until the deposit is brought fully into the collection and the entire accession is done – this occurs once the files are in the digital vault. “In the archive, film goes to a physical vault with controlled conditions,” Tom says. “Similarly, born-digital content goes into our digital vault which we call Kohinga. It’s part of a storage area network [SAN] across two different sites and comprises servers, hard drives and linear tape open [LTO] archival data tape.” It’s important that the files remain true to the original. The ICT department at Ngā Taonga has helped develop a “checksum”

process. ICT operations manager Gary Jarvis explains: “When we copy data on and off tapes or drives, we need to make sure that after each copy process every single bit, every ‘1’ and ‘0’, is exactly the same as it started.” This ensures that the file remains a faithful clone of what was deposited with us. The aforementioned fire hose of digital audiovisual content has come about through technology changes that have hugely assisted who can tell stories on screen. The costs associated with moving image production have decreased immensely over time, from early film to hand-held

cameras to videotape to smartphones and affordable digital cameras. “Most people have the ability to immediately pull a computer out of their pocket and shoot cinema grade video,” Tom says. This can then be edited and shared online, meaning that almost everyone can tell their own story, not just the likes of Hollywood studios. Some of the ease of this creation and access can lead to problems, however. You can hold up a piece of well preserved film and see the image decades later; digital equipment and files have upgrade cycles. Occasionally a supplied drive is broken or files are corrupted and Tom will have to contact the depositor. Out of the

hundreds of hard drives received over the years, only twice has a drive come in with a virus or some malware on it – these get sent back. The issue with technology upgrade cycles is further compounded by file format compatibility. The formats for producing audiovisual material change over time, compression and data storage technologies change and different video file codecs become fashionable or are pushed by business interests. “As an archival institution we want to make sure that the material we preserve has the potential to last longer than proprietary formats that come and go in a commercial environment,” Tom says. Digital material is converted to a format that is better suited for long-term storage and maximum usability. “There’s an ongoing and exciting discussion across the globe about how best to preserve digital formats, especially when you consider there have been thousands of different codecs in use over time.” Archives need to make sure that those files can be played far into the future. The solution is often a combination of transcoding and open source formats. These formats mean that no proprietary software

or hardware is required for it to play. “Open-source communities such as the FFMPEG project are of immense value to archival institutions. The people involved might work for archives. They have an eye on exactly the problem of making sure that things last into the future. Relying on commercial companies to provide those solutions can be risky even while they’re operating.” With the files safely stored in the digital vault, Tom can then work on describing the title. Colleagues will move the recording through a workflow until it finds its way to the online catalogue. Born-digital material is the present and future, but also the past. Like any audiovisual recording, it captures the people who made it and tells a story. That story has now become increasingly democratised by technology. Archives want to collect “new” material, because at each moment in time it describes how we lived our lives. However it’s made, when it is safely backed up in a digital vault, it will be able to do that. n  Ngā Taonga cares for an enormous number of recordings that captured New Zealand life. They can be explored in the online catalogue at ngataonga.org.nz and you can sign up for the Ngā Taonga newsletter at www.bit.ly/2NwsLttr

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