Ōtaki Today February 2020

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KITES ON SHOW: Part of the spectacular display at the kite festival on Ōtaki Beach during the weekend.

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KITE SPECTACULAR The best array of kites to hit Ōtaki Beach were on show with spectacular effect at the weekend. The eighth annual Ōtaki Kite Festival on February 8-9 drew huge crowds again – estimated at more than 20,000 – who strolled along the beach among the kites, flew their own kites, went for a swim, browsed the stalls and listened to the onstage entertainment. The strong winds on Saturday had many of the smaller kites stranded for the day, but Sunday proved to be a stunner. The legendary Ōtaki sunshine shone and a good onshore breeze gave

kite flyers from throughout New Zealand and around the world the ideal conditions they were hoping for. Flyers from the Netherlands, England, United States and Australia brought kites never before seen at Ōtaki. They revelled in the conditions and were overwhelmed with the event and the hospitality they received. Many of them arrived in the middle of the week, allowing them to have a couple of days of ideal flying conditions before the festival. They made the most of it with some impromptu flying on the beach.

Australian Bodie van der Hilst, who came for the first time with Queensland’s Phoenix Kite Collective, was stunned by the beach, the weather and the festival. “We’ve had a fantastic time here – you’re so lucky in Ōtaki to have a beach like this and to be able to put on such a good festival.” Simon Chisnall of Ashburton’s Peter Lynne kites, who attends kite festivals around the world, was equally enthusiastic. “This year was one of the best festivals I’ve been to,” he said. “You’ve got a world-class event.”

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LOCAL EVENTS GREY POWER MEMBERS MORNING TEA Friday March 6, 10am-12pm at the Rotary Hall, Aotaki St,Ōtaki. MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL March 18-22, Māoriland Hub, Main St, Ōtaki. maorilandfilm.co.nz STEADY AS YOU GO CLASSES to prevent falls are on at the Memorial Hall 2.15-3.15pm every Friday from February 21. Falls are the most common cause of injury for older people, with one in three aged over 65 having at least one fall a year. This increases to 1:2 for the over 80s. The most common causes are weakened leg muscles and poor balance. The classes improve muscle strength and balance. Call Alison or Dermot at Age Concern Kāpiti on 04 298-8879. HOBNAIL with Ōtaki band member Hamish Graham play at The Winemakers Daughter, Te Horo, on Sunday February 23. The band has been nominated for two NZ music awards and the show starts at 3pm. Tickets $20 door sales only. MANAKAU BOWLING AND SPORTS CLUB 10 Mokena Kohere St, Manakau. Social roll up. Wednesday evenings 5.30pm. All welcome. Roger 027 733 1012. ŌTAKI MUSEUM: Health on the Hill: Celebrating the Ōtaki Maternity Hospital and the Sanatorium. Museum open Thursday-Saturday 10am-2pm, excluding public holidays. otakimuseum.co.nz ŌTAKI TENNIS CLUB: Club day Sundays from 3-5pm. Enquiries to Gary Quigan 364-6321 or 027 256 0121. ŌTAKI GARAGE SALE: third Saturday every month, 9-11.30am, rain or shine, Presbyterian Church, 249 Mill Rd. 364-6449. ŌTAKI LIBRARY Books and Bickies: An informal book group meets on the second Friday of the month, 10.30-11.30am. Talk over morning tea about books read. Skills Café: Guests share a different craft or skill on the fourth Friday of the month. Mostly hands-on workshops. Other services: A JP at the library every Monday 10.30am-12.30pm. Age Concern every second Thursday 10am-midday. Greypower every first and third Thursday, 10.30am-1.30pm. ALL LIBRARY SESSIONS ARE FREE ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB CRAFT MARKET: opposite New World, Every Sunday of the month during daylight saving. Georgie 027 234 1090. ŌTAKI COMMUNITY RECOVERY CENTRE: Friday mornings 9.30-11.30am. A mixed group offering mind games, sit and be fit. $5pp includes morning tea – first visit free. Open to all looking for exercise, fun and friendship. Supper room in the Otaki Memorial Hall, Aotaki St. Contact Myrtle Buckley 364-5075 or Glenys Lowe 364-5572. SEASONAL SURPLUS STALL Thursdays, buying from 10.30am, selling from 11am. In front of Memorial Hall, Main St. Bring in your surplus fruit, vegetables and eggs. Contact 364-7762 for details. . ZUMBA GOLD with ANNA: Fitness, Fun and Friendship for the active older adult. Te Horo Village Hall every Mon and Fri 9.30am, $7/class, 10th class free. Info Anna 021 0243 0430. To list your community event, contact debbi@idmedia.co.nz or 06 364-6543.

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CARTOON OF THE MONTH By Jared Carson Beach bylaw review to look at activities on our beaches. – News

Views sought on beach bylaw Arts project funds available If you’re planning an arts project this year, Kāpiti Coast District Council might be able help fund it. The council administers the Creative Communities Scheme and has about $23,000 to give in grants this round. The fund supports arts activities that celebrate Kāpiti culture, community involvement and diversity, particularly Toi Māori/ Māori arts. The allocation committee aims to fully fund (or close to) projects and usually grants up to about $2000, depending on how many applications are received. Last year the fund supported local projects such as: •  The Whakaaro Whakairo carving symposium •  A weaving workshop with a group of kuia and younger wahine •  A jazz combo of students touring Kāpiti schools •  A café mural (photo above). Council arts advisor Rosie Salas suggests people talk to the council before making an application. “The key thing to bear in mind is that the scheme aims to support the community accessing and participating in arts activities. With all the wonderful arts activities that go on in Kāpiti, I’m sure many will fit the criteria for this funding, so we’d love to hear from you.” n  Search for “Creative Communities Scheme” at kapiticoast.govt. nz, email artsadmin@kapiticoast.govt.nz or phone 04 296-4700.

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Are you happy with vehicles on the beach, are there good accessways, should all dogs be on a leash all year round? Those are the kinds of questions likely to be raised as Kāpiti Coast District Council seeks community input on how our beaches are managed and protected. The input is part of a review of the council’s beach bylaw. Later this year the council will be consulting with the community on the bylaw under the Local Government Act, which requires all council bylaws to be reviewed every 10 years. The bylaw creates the rules for council-managed areas of beach and covers a range of activities, including how people behave on the beach; dumping of litter or green waste on the beach; horse riding; harvesting sand, stones and wood; life saving; vehicles; and trading and events on the beach. KCDC environmental standards manager Jacquie Muir says hearing from the community ahead of formal consultation will help raise any issues that might need to be addressed early in the process. “Our beaches are a taonga and play an important part in everyone’s lives and in the district’s identity,” Jacqie says. “We already know from our service requests from the community and other feedback that there are a few issues on our beaches people are keen to see addressed, and we want to hear from others about what is working well and what could be improved. “This will help us pull together some options and discussion points for the consultation process.”

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Jacquie says in the last decade Kāpiti had seen many changes both locally and nationally that could be reflected in a revised bylaw, including a growing population and the effects of climate change. “With more change on the horizon it’s a good time to be taking a look at how we continue to protect our coastal environment and keep our people safe – the priorities of the bylaw.” She says all beaches and coasts are covered by a range of national, regional and local legislation or regulation and it is no different in the Kāpiti district. “Kāpiti’s beach bylaw works with and is subject to a range of rules under transport, marine and conservation Acts, regional council regulations and customary rights provisions. The police and Fire and Emergency also play a role on New Zealand beaches. “It’s a complex regulatory area and there are limits to what we can implement and enforce with a bylaw, but if we are going to make changes and future-proof how we care for our beach we need the input of our community.” Residents can let the council know their thoughts on the beaches and how they are looked after by filling out a short online survey at kapiticoast.govt.nz/beachbylaw The survey won’t be the only opportunity for the community to have its say. Information drop-in stations along the beach and other busy locations and a schedule of workshops are planned for coming weeks. More information on these events will be on KCDC’s Facebook page and at kapiticoast.govt.nz

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Te Horo’s Faith milk flies out the door It’s milk fresh A2 from the farm, filtered and chilled – not pasteurised – and it’s racing out the door at Te Horo. Faith Farm Fresh is a new venture from the Faith family, who have been farming their pastures at Te Horo since 1914. The milk is sold from a new red shed, built near where the old Red House Cafe stood before a devastating fire in 2015. The idea is proving so popular, they’ve run out several times since the outlet opened for business on January 21. “The response has been phenomenal,” says Stacey Faith. “It’s not unusual to have queues out the door. We’ve added 10 more cows to the dedicated A2 herd to cope with the demand.” Customers have commented on the unprocessed nature of the milk, and a many remember the “top milk” with the blue foil caps they used to get delivered to their door. The cream rises to the top with the Faith milk, too – great for the morning porridge or coffee. The milk is kept chilled in two 200-litre pods, which are connected to two self-service dispensing machines made in Italy. Fresh milk goes into the pods every afternoon. One-litre branded glass bottles are

MILKING IT: Keegan Faith samples milk fresh from the farm, watched by Mel Gundesen, left, and Stacey Faith.

for sale for $4 each, but customers can bring their own bottles of up to 2 litres if they wish. It’s cash only ($2.50 a litre) or tokens can be bought, and the dispenser offers change. There are also chiller bags that hold

two 1L bottles each for sale, as well as replacement bottle caps. In the meantime, staff have been on-site, but once customers get used to the machines, it will be mostly self-serve.

The A2 milk comes from a simple farming method – cows bred to produce A2 milk. The Faiths began with 18 of their nearly 400 cows producing A2 for the new venture. With the demand, they now use 28.

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They are milked only once a day. Faith Farm Fresh is at the south end of the Te Horo village area, in the red shed back from the road with the life-sized fresian cow on the roof. It’s open 6am-10pm daily.

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Bikes snapped up in Energise Ōtaki giveaway Benji’s Mum wanted him to have a bike. Ōtaki Bike Space had them – for free! So Benji got his bike. It was that simple. On February 1, Mum Lea took Benji to the first Ōtaki Bike Space day at the Aotaki Street skate park. Among the dozens of bikes available, he chose one that suited his age and build, got some advice about how to look after it, and rode it home. He’ll now be able to ride it to Waitohu School from his Bennetts Road home, rather than walk the several kilometres. “I’m a single mum, so getting a bike free for Benji is fantastic,” Lea says. “We’ll now go out and check the safest way for him to bike to school. He’ll love it.” Ōtaki Bike Space is an initiative of Energise Ōtaki. Its aim is to encourage more people to use bikes, rather than motorised transport. The first bunch of 50 good condition used bikes came mostly from the Paekākāriki Bike Library, which has been operating since 2014. Others were donated. Forty were given away on the day. Along with the bikes came 33 new helmets, courtesy of a last-minute anonymous local donor. The bikes were brought in by the public so they could be refurbished. “We are so fortunate to have so many kind READY TO RIDE: Benji Thoms, 8, with Mum Lea and his new bike and helmet, courtesy of Energise Ōtaki and Ōtaki Bike Space. Photo Ian Carson

and generous people in Kāpiti,” says Bike Space co-ordinator Sara Velasquez. “They have donated their unused or unneeded bikes, volunteered their time to fix bikes, or supported our kaupapa with grants and donations. Thank you.” Sara says the goal of the first bike day was to ensure that everyone who needed a bike got one. All they needed to do was contact her through the Ōtaki Bike Space Facebook page or phone her to reserve their bike. An important component of the Bike Space is also about teaching some easy maintenance and road safety skills for people interested in bikes. “We’d love to do a few more of these during the year, but also integrate some workshops about bike safety on the road,” Sara says. “The dream is to do some regular workshops on the lost art of bike maintenance.” It would be ideal to do these once a school term, but help is needed to get bikes ready. “Extra hands running the day would also help, so we can make sure we are meeting the need.” Helping Sara on February 1 were Phil Byrne of Ecoshifter Ltd, bike mainenance expert Ropata Selwyn, and Sara’s husband, Stephan Titze. They helped fix bikes, grabbed spare parts as needed, adjusted seats, and even did a quick fix for the bikes of some kids that needed it. Sara has appealed for anyone with bike skills to get in touch if they can help. n  Ōtaki Bike Space. See on Facebook or contact Sara at 027 621 8855

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PAIR KEEP WINNING Following on from their win in the Ōtaki Bowling Club pairs championship, Ronnie Crone (above left) and Jane Shelby Paterson have gone on to win the Kāpiti Champion of Champion Pairs. The match was played in perfect conditions over the weekend of January 18-19 at Waitarere Beach Bowling Club. The latest win qualifies Ronnie and Jane to play in the New Zealand finals at Dunedin later in the season.

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Royal alliance 70 years in the making Wehi and Hira Royal celebrated 70 years of marriage on February 4 at their home on Raukawa Marae, just metres from where it all began. They were married by Rev Paul Temuera in 1950 at the Raukawa whare nui, necessitated because Rangiātea Church was being restored at the time as part of centenary celebrations. It was a small ceremony attended by Hira’s mother, Kahu Bell, Pat Bell (Hira’s sister), Matenga Baker and Aaron Cook. Money was a bit tight for the teenage bride and groom, so there were no photographs taken. The wedding breakfast was corn, brisket and cabbage boil-up. The couple lived at first in the house where they now reside at Raukawa where their first son, Eddie, was born. Eddie was named after Hira’s father, Ted Bell. They then moved to a bach at the back of a house in Mill Road owned by long-time Ōtaki School teacher Moana Lochore. They later moved in to the house, taking over two bedrooms. “Mrs Lochore was wonderful,” Hira says. “She was a special friend.” However, the family was growing – eventually to reach 12 children, including a whāngai daughter, Meilene Pou. After Eddie were Miri, Sylvanus (dec 1973), Hepa, Kahu,

Patricia, Renata, Reggie (dec 2016), Mahina, Mereana and Rititia. In 1954, Wehi (often known as Willie because many Pākehā had trouble pronouncing his real name) and Hira built a house in Anzac Road, where they were to bring up most of their children. Originally only two bedrooms, it expanded with new rooms built. There were special whānau memories made in Anzac Road, on the banks of the Mangapouri Stream. The stream was a great food source – with tuna (eels) and crawlies – and it was the kids’ playground and swimming area. They looked out for each other and their safety. Hira says they were wonderful years, happy and busy but there was always time to spend with the

children, even though there was also always a baby to care for. Changing nappies was a constant. “They weren’t disposable ones like today,” she says. “You got great satisfaction from seeing a line of lovely white nappies blowing in the wind on the long clothesline.” Wehi worked most of his life laying cables and roads in Wellington for McLaughlin Asphalts. He travelled every work day in a van that left with many Ōtaki workers early every morning. Hira involved herself in many local organisations, including as a founding member of the local playcentre. She worked for a time at the sanatorium, and immersed herself in the church, becoming a minister at Rangiātea. After 70 years, the couple retain a wonderful sense of humour, surrounded by their children, their 32 grandchildren, and 45+ greatgrandchildren and great-great grandchildren. ABOVE: An early photo of Hira (in school uniform at Hukarere Anglican Māori Girls’ College) and Wehi. RIGHT: Wehi and Hira, now 89 and 88 respectively, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Daughter Kahu is in the background.



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Elevate Ōtaki – promoting a unique town By James Cootes Elevate Ōtaki chair

. . . when we connect, we are

Elevate Ōtaki has geared up its social media work in recent weeks, to celebrate what Ōtaki stands for and, as we say, “to help elevate our sweet little slice of Aotearoa”. The group consists of a committee of eight passionate, purposeful locals who share a vision to support a thriving, bustling, enhanced community. We work to promote Ōtaki and Te Horo, build business confidence and advocate for the district. We care about one thing, and that is our community. Every person, every whānau, every business, every organisation. We want to actively promote our town for its individuality, manaakitanga and mana. Since its last networking event in December, Elevate Ōtaki has been working with local business owners to capture their stories and connections to Ōtaki, sharing these on our new social media channels – Facebook and Instagram (@elevateotaki). From the new bellissimo pizzeria, Antonio’s, to the lovely Melissa and Leon Kingi at Black & Co, to the hardworking Steven and Janine – husband and wife duo at New World – it’s been a pleasure sharing their stories, and the impact they all make on our town. We look forward to sharing many more. The Elevate Ōtaki social media channels not only connect community and business networks, but also present the vibrancy and cultural goings-on around our place, acknowledging Ōtaki as a destination where out-of-towners will want to stop.

able to collaborate, share ideas and learn from one another’s achievements, giving us all the opportunity to thrive. It’s important to note that we’re not trying to change anything about who we already are. We’re working to celebrate it.

SPREADING THE WORD: Elevate Ōtaki committee members James Cootes and Angela Buswell at the Elevate Ōtaki information stall during last weekend’s kite festival.

In collaboration with local voices and local legends, the next project is to present a vibrant and engaging identity for Ōtaki. The purpose of this is to unify and celebrate our town as one. To acknowledge our history and heritage, our strengths, our passions and our people. An identity that we can all relate to, and one that we can all be proud of. Elevate Ōtaki has, of course, been asked the fundamental question: Why? Our intent behind curating this work is quite simply to celebrate what our town stands for.

We’re a collective that wants to put you, the residents of Ōtaki, at the centre of this work. In celebrating our diversity, innovation, creativity and mana, we are able to better connect with one another. And when we connect, we are able to collaborate, share ideas and learn from one another’s achievements,

giving us all the opportunity to thrive. It’s important to note that we’re not trying to change anything about who we already are. We’re working to celebrate it. This is a project and a conversation that will be around a while. In fact, there’s no reason for it to ever end as Ōtaki grows and evolves into the future. We believe it takes a community to elevate a town, and we invite you all to embrace this journey as one that we take on together. We encourage you to join the conversation. Our next community hui will take place soon. Make sure you find us on Facebook to be notified of this, and to place feedback on some of the things you feel make our town and our identity unique. Your voice matters and is important to us. If you’d like to contact us, go to our Facebook page or email comms@elevateotaki.nz Ngā mihi nui, Ōtaki.

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Summit & Community Event 8 March 2020 Ngā Purapura Ōtaki

Join us for the Takutai Kāpiti Summit and community event – combining a day of activities for the kids, live music, and food with the opportunity to find out more about climate change and its effect on our coastline. The Summit will be the first step in a community-led process to explore how we respond to coastal change and sea level rise in our district. So, bring the family, enjoy the day and join the conversation: 10am–12pm Summit conference: opportunity to hear from national and local leaders, and climate experts. It’s free to attend but spaces are limited so register now at takutaikapiti.nz 12pm–3pm Summit community event: opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of food and entertainment and find out more about the project. (No need to book – just come along!) Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road, Ōtaki

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MFF2020 programme released Māoriland Film Festival has launched its 2020 programme in which more than 120 films and 84 events from 92 indigenous nations will be showcased. Each year the innovative festival – the largest indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere – offers a range of films that engage and entertain, many of which are Southern Hemisphere and New Zealand premieres. The theme for MFF2020 is Me Reretau – Be in Balance. It offers stories that seek harmony in an increasingly discordant world. MFF2020 is from March 18-22 and will open with the festival premiere of The Legend of Baron To’a directed by Tainui film-maker Kiel McNaughton. Kiel and producer Kerry Warkia are the team behind last year’s opening night film, Vai, and Waru. Further highlights include the multi-awardwinning First Nations Canadian documentary Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up. It will be presented by both the film-maker, Dr Tasha Hubbard, and the family at the centre of this documentary that seeks justice for the shooting of a teenager. From indigenous Peru, there’s the highly acclaimed environmental documentary Sembradoras de Vida. For those who love Zombie movies, there’s the First Nations thriller Blood Quantum by Jeff Barnaby, and Sundance Alumni Navajo film-maker Blackhorse Lowe is back with his doom-romcom, Fukry. Another Southern Hemisphere feature premiere is Sámi filmmaker Amanda Kernell’s Charter, which has just premiered at Sundance

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Film Festival. Amanda will also be at MFF2020. For the first time, Māoriland will also screen films from indigenous Taiwan, including Long Time No Sea, Wawa No Cidal, the virtual reality experience A Song Within Us, and a series of new shorts made in January as part of the Through Our Lens rangatahi film-making project. Māoriand again offers short film programmes that represent a diverse and compelling view of the world we live in. For those looking to further expand their horizons, there are the provocative Māoriland NATIVE Minds sessions, as well as virtual reality demonstrations in the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub (M.A.T.C.H). Special events include the Māoriland keynote Address at Rangiātea Church, and the free whānau outdoor screening of Frozen 2. Industry events include the Māoriland Pitch as well as panel discussions featuring local and international film-makers. Māoriland celebrates diversity. More than half of the films in the programme have been directed by women or genderqueer film-makers. With a focus on providing a platform for indigenous artists, Toi Matarau, Māoriland’s visual arts gallery, includes top Māori artists with tāmoko, carvers and weavers working in and around the Māoriland Hub.

•  31 feature films, 85 short films and 4 VR works with filmmakers from 27 countries and 92 Indigenous nations – 120 films in total •  33 New Zealand films •  17 New Zealand premieres of international films •  53% of programmed filmmakers identify as women, non binary or non-identifying •  MFF2019 attended by 12,500 visitors contributing more than $1.3 million to Ōtaki and the wider Kāpiti Coast economy. The input of Ngā Pakiaka, young Māori filmmakers from throughout Aotearoa, are at the centre of everything Māoriland does; they are the building blocks of our future. Ngā Pakiaka have programmed the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival and will show short films made this January during Through Our Lens workshops in Taiwan and Sapmi. The MFF2020 Red Carpet Party to wrap up the week-long festival will feature surprise performances by some of Aotearoa’s finest musicians. Māoriland Film Festival hosted 12,000 visitors in 2019 and contributed $1.3 million to the local economy. The full programme is available online at www.maorilandfilm.co.nz.

wellness, inner calm and a spiritual knowing,” she says. “My passion is to share these offerings to empower others to embrace their own medicine ways. “When we access this knowing in ourselves, we are living from our highest self and we discover a deeper connection and purpose to our whānau, community and the

The challenges the Kāpiti region faces with climate change will be the focus of a one-day community event at Ngā Purapura on March 8. The Takutai Kāpiti Summit, organised by Kāpiti Coast District Council, will kick-start a conversation about the challenges climate change will bring to the coastline. National and local leaders, and climate experts will discuss the challenges. Bookings are necessary to attend the summit. This will be followed by a community event that combines entertainment, food, and interactive opportunities to learn more. See takutaikapiti.nz

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Te Horo Voluntary Rural Fire Force is reminding residents to take care with outdoor fires. It’s still in an open fire season, meaning a fire permit is not needed, but you should always have a garden hose handy when burning green waste. Fire chief Bryan Sutton says the coastal areas are drying out quickly because of the north-westerly winds, so the fire situation could change. Check that it’s OK for a fire at fireandemergency.nz Meantime, the brigade attended three vegetation fires in January. The Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade had 13 callouts in January. They included: two for property fires; four motor vehicle accidents; three medical; three rubbish, grass or scrub fires; and one private fire alarm attendance.

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Spotlight from the palisades shines bright on the thief in the night “Like an invading war party alcohol came like a thief in the night and now it’s time for Māori to regain the palisades and take back control”. That’s an observation made by community leader Otene Reweti at a Māori health hui organised by Te Pune Kokiri at Manukau, Auckland. This comparison was captured in a report by the 2010 NZ Law Commission titled Alcohol in our Lives: Curbing the Harm. The Inquiry led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer tabled the most comprehensive review of the regulatory framework around the sale and supply of liquor. I have picked this particular quote by Mr Reweti out of the 500-page Law Commission report to highlight

the fact that an alarm has been raised about the potential of another “thief in the night” coming to Ōtaki. The biggest business in town, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, has submitted to the District Licensing Committee against an application for another liquor outlet. The Wānanga’s tertiary education model is rooted in holistic cultural values that defines knowledge not only as a means to access employment but also personal and


A ‘world-class’ kite festival – it’s all right here The comment from one of New Zealand’s most experienced kite flyers at the weekend was telling: “You’ve got a world-class event,” he said. Simon Chisnall is part of the internationally famous Peter Lynne Kites of Ashburton. The company makes kites not only for kite enthusiasts but also film companies and Middle East royalty. They know their stuff. So does Simon. He attends kite festivals around the world, taking the huge Peter Lynne kites with him. He sees kites flying on beaches in California, paddocks in Britain and city reserves in Singapore. So when he flies his big show kites at Ōtaki and says the 2020 festival was one of the bests he’s ever been to – and that the festival is world class – we’ve got to take note. Having led the organising group, the Ōtaki Promotions Group, up until late last year I could – along with the rest of the hard-working group – puff out my chest and say we’ve done well. And we have. But it’s much more than that. Getting confirmation that we now have a world-class kite festival right here in Ōtaki shows that we can do anything we set our mind to. And the world is hearing about it. The international kite flyers I spoke to during the weekend were effusive in their praise. They had several days of glorious weather, a pristine and uncluttered beach on which to show off, and a relaxed and appreciative crowd. Quite simply, they loved their time here and they’ll want to come back. They are returning now to their respective countries – some in the grip of winter – taking with them fond memories of Ōtaki. They’ll rave about our beautiful beach and friendly people. Those listening will take note. They might think about coming here for a break from a New York or Amsterdam winter. They might also take to the internet and see what we’re all about. And while they’re there, they’ll not only find rave reviews about the kite festival, but also the fabulous Festival of Pots and Garden Art. And coming up next month is the Māoriland Film Festival, the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest indigenous film festival. They all make me proud to be an Ōtaki lad. I also wonder what else we might be able to achieve in the years to come. The world’s our oyster. n  Ian is editor of Ōtaki Today

community well-being. Part of that includes the critical need to provide a Māori counterfactual through decolonisation. The submission notes that the Wānanga was established in 1981 as part of a development plan designed to address the poor state of Māori. “It’s well known that the introduction of alcohol to our people was a significant contributor to that stage. This has been the experience of indigenous peoples worldwide.” Both these points are reflected in the 2010 Law Commission report which highlighted alcoholrelated harm across a range of social indicators for Māori and lower socio-economic groups. The report’s executive summary drew particular

attention to the causal link between alcohol addiction and aggression. Other issues include problems at work, being picked up by police, financial, legal and life-threatening health issues. The commission’s approach to the review accepted that New Zealanders live in a free democratic society and any limitation to these values must be justified. They have the ability to behave as they choose as long as their actions respect the rights of others and was not contrary to the law. The liquor company has a legal right to make this application. The public and affected parties have a right to challenge that application before the independent District Licensing Committee.

Public policy decisions to impose restrictions, the commission says, need to be justified by strong arguments. One could argue that given the evidence the Law Commission has marshalled through its research and nationwide consultation it’s a no-brainer. Senior police have repeatedly told me that every time officers are called out to attend to instances of domestic violence and public disorder there were significant links to either meth or alcohol. Good on the Wānanga for the spotlight on another thief in the night. Time to regain the palisade of strong arguments to take back control. n  Guru is the Mayor of Kāpiti Coast and is an Ōtaki resident.


A surplus and we get an expressway built What a difference a surplus makes! In my last column I wrote about the need for the Government to fund the Ōtaki to north of Levin (Ō2NL) expressway. Well, they’ve listened and confirmed funding for it, with construction expected to start in 2025 and completion planned in 2029. Now if you’re reading this and thinking “that’s far too late” then you’d be among many I’ve spoken to and I’d agree. However it’s better than their previous position on the road and who knows, it might get brought forward. What was missing in the infrastructure announcement was funding for the hybrid trains Greater Wellington Regional Council is proposing for the Kāpiti line in its $415 million rail package. The Government’s $211 million (rail package) announced includes most of the things GWRC asked for and I imagine the balance of GWRC’s projects will be

announced closer to the General Election at the end of this year. Well that’s my prediction and I hope I’m right as we desperately need more public transport options, both north and south of Ōtaki! Over the last few weeks KCDC has also kicked off its review of the Beach Bylaw. This is something all councils are required to do every 10 years (see page 2). Why, you might ask? Well things change, for example 10 years ago we didn’t have the popularity of fishing Contikis. The review is your opportunity to tell us –

the council – what is important to you in your community. Now that might be different for Ōtaki than it is for Te Horo or Peka Peka, but that’s OK. That diversity in our district needs to be reflected. Now with any of these topics there will often be a silent majority and a loud minority, or some that share more “extreme” views. The challenge for us, as a council, is to produce a bylaw that balances all this out to find a sensible middle ground. However to do that we need as many in our community as we can to fill out a submission. To find out more about the beach bylaw review you can visit my councillor Facebook page or KCDC’s website/Facebook page. I’m also working with KCDC staff and the Ōtaki Community Board to have some local drop-in sessions in Ōtaki and Te Horo. I hope to see you there! n  James is Ōtaki Ward Councillor


Working out what community board power looks like One of the key issues during the Kāpiti district elections was the idea from Local Government New Zealand, endorsed by Mayor Guru, that community boards should be “empowered” to do more. The Ōtaki Community Board held its first meeting and has had a subsequent “pre-board” meeting where we sorted out who would be responsible for the various portfolios. Largely this means which one of us liaises with various groups and who attends and observes which council and council committee meetings. We have also started a process where we will aim to identify some of the key issues for Ōtaki and how the community board will advocate for and work on these issues. In the immediate future we need to consider what proposals we will put to council as part of the development of the next edition of the District Plan. And we need to work with the council and

the mayor on what form “empowering” the Ōtaki Community Board and other boards will take, and how the Ōtaki community and Kāpiti as a whole can benefit from the idea. Each board member and each board has ideas and views on what “empower-ment” could mean. What we must do is ensure that those views are ones supported by our community. The Local Government NZ proposal is to increase council funding to the boards, to allow them to collaborate with their communities and work with them on what projects or activities within the board’s area

should be funded. Kāpiti has long been a strong supporter of community boards. Our geography, our different community demographics and communities of interest make giving boards power to engage more directly with local needs a very important step forward. The proposal aims to give boards an increasing role in community safety and, ultimately, more say in supporting our local economies. How we implement this will be something that will develop over time, but it will certainly need input from our community and, as a board, we will be seeking that from you. Please try to keep up with the discussions on empowerment as they develop over the next few months and feel free to contribute to them when the opportunity arises. n  Chris is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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Levin road welcomed

ANN-MARIE STAPP: “Living in Ōtaki means I have a community of vibrant connections. . .”

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Home – where there’s music and art It seems strange to be writing about why I love Ōtaki when I’m sitting in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Then again, maybe not so strange. Being so far away, and at the end of a three-week trip, I’m very homesick for my life with Mary at our aptly named piece of paradise, Ōtaki Haven. Homesick. Being sick for home. Wanting to be back with our loved ones in a familiar place. The word home invokes both images of places of birth and places we choose. Ironically, Mary and I thought we were choosing Ōtaki when we bought in 2005, but we’ve come to believe that Ōtaki chose us. We moved so we could have a quiet life in retirement and I could get a better chance at MS remission. A life that involved music and art, a garden with none of that Wellington gardendestroying wind, and not having to leave the property too much. We found the house we wanted fairly quickly and managed to talk ourselves out of it, convincing ourselves it was too small. A month later, when its sale fell through, we had another chance. We made an offer. We haggled. We bought. On settlement week we realised we were driving up Friday to collect the key and we didn’t even have a bed, so we bought one over the phone to be delivered the Friday night. The day arrived, the real estate agent was waiting on the steps, lights on and with our key. No bed in sight. We were just going to go to plan B, find a motel, when a lone voice shouts out from down the drive “anyone here buy a bed”? He’d parked on the road and walked the 180m driveway with the mattress on his shoulders. That’s how life in Ōtaki begun. On a wing and a prayer. For the first year we commuted up every weekend, bringing bits of our Wellington life to Ōtaki, preparing to sell our old home and make the transition. We watched the studios being built, the bathroom and kitchen renovated and the deck form a courtyard for the spa pool to sit upon. A safe place! From the time we Civil Unioned in Wellington in 2005 to the time we had our community wedding on the deck of our friends, the Leasons, in 2014, we had been blessed with a whole new life. Godparents to gorgeous children. New friends. Catholic Worker community. Church. Music. Art. Garden. A


Confirmation that an expressway from Ōtaki to Levin will be built has been welcomed by Kāpiti Coast District Council. The Government announced on January 29 it would invest $12 billion in infrastructure throughout the country. Funded projects include a four-lane expressway to Levin, with the aim of beginning construction in 2025 and completing it by 2029. There’s also a $211 million investment in the region’s rail network by 2025. “This is great news for Kāpiti and the wider region and will bring significant improvements for our people, communities and businesses, although an earlier start to construction would make sense,” Mayor K Gurunathan says. “A north-south road connection between Ōtaki and Levin that connects with the Kāpiti expressways and the forthcoming Transmission Gully will reduce travel times, make doing business easier and, crucially, improve our resilience.” Ōtaki Ward councillor and transport portfolio holder James Cootes says better road links will also make getting around the region safer. “The difference in driving experience between the new roads we have and our older ones is stark,” he says. “It will be great to have some improved safety elements on this regionally and nationally important link.” He would have liked to see more investment in rail. “Late last year Greater Wellington Regional Council put forward a $415 million business case to boost capacity as our communities grow. We supported this proposal and look forward to seeing how this might progress.”

ANN-MARIE STAPP small business. Far from being the quiet life we had expected. Home has become the place we have laid our roots, and where we’ve been welcomed. Home is where the music and art happens. Gabriel’s Horn and Art in Heaven studios sit along side each other and the creativity gives us energy to connect. Living in Ōtaki means I have a community full of vibrant connections through singing groups, Renée’s creative writing course, Pukekaraka Sts Mary and Joseph Parish, Māoriland Film Festival, markets. All of these things make me love Ōtaki. And the thing that ties all this together? The people. The conversations in the supermarket that mean a 15-minute shop takes an hour. Turning the corner in Countdown on Sunday after Mass and seeing all the congregants, and realising we could have had Mass in aisle 3. The unplanned stop for coffee (or a pie, and a custard square) to catch up on all the latest. The Ōtaki Facebook pages that keep us up-to-date with traffic, whose pet is missing or been found, and who might need our support. The people who come to singing on Tuesday afternoons at Hadfield Hall and delight me with their music that we share with others at Ocean View and Carols in the Park. The Ecumenical choir supporting the Presbyterian monthly contemplative service with intent and meaning in their contributions. The friendly snippets of conversations and banter at the post office, pharmacy, doctors waiting room and the op shops. The honk of a horn from a familiar face driving down Main Street. Home. A place where you choose to live and in turn it chooses you. There’s simply nothing like turning off SH1 at the roundabout, onto Mill Road and Main Street, knowing I’m back home.

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Kāpiti Beach Bylaw review We’re seeking community input on how our beaches are managed and protected ahead of a review of the Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw. The Beach Bylaw creates the rules for Council-managed areas of beach for important things like health and safety, litter, access, vehicles, horses, motorised watercrafts and environmental protections. We know there are a few issues on our beaches people are keen to see addressed, and we want to hear from the community about what is working well and what could be improved. Visit our website www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/beachbylaw to learn more about the review and to complete our short survey to have your say - it should only take a few minutes.

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Climate Change and Our Coast Summit In March, we’re holding a Summit and community event to kick-start a conversation on the challenges climate change will bring to our coastline. The Summit will take place on Sunday 8 March 2020 at Ngā Purapura in Ōtaki, and is a chance for the community to come together to hear from national and local leaders and climate experts and discuss the issues and the challenges we face.

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Is it safe to swim? While we’re all enjoying the Kāpiti summer, the warmer weather has seen a rise toxic algae blooms in both the Ōtaki and Waikanae Rivers. Dogs are at greatest risk from toxic algae because they love the smell of it and will eat it if they can. If there’s a toxic algae warning in place the best thing you can do to keep yourself, your whanau and your furry friends safe is to keep your dogs on leash and avoid swimming. For the latest recreational water quality information for your favourite watering hole visit the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website

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How prepared are you for an emergency? Kāpiti is an awesome place to live but like many places in NZ, we often experience earthquakes, storms and flooding. We’re also at risk from tsunamis. We all need to be prepared to manage on our own, or as a community for at least three days after a disaster - it can simply take that long for help to arrive. Making preparations in advance will help your household get through the challenging days safely, and as comfortably as possible. For information on how you can be more prepared visit

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Mike Moore – ordinary man, extraordinary life It was 1993, a General Election year. It proved to be New Zealand’s last election under the first-past-the-post (FPP) system and represented a first big test for the new Bolger government, after National’s landslide victory of 1990. Mike Moore had become prime minister for eight weeks, up to the 1990 election, following the sudden resignation of Geoffrey Palmer. In typical fashion Mike would later say he’d been prime minister for “five minutes”. Early in August 1993 my office phone rang. It was a person I’d never heard from before – the president of the Labour Party – who was urgently enquiring about whether my new agency would be interested in running the advertising and external media communications for the party’s election campaign of that year. To say the call was a surprise is an understatement. Our agency had been formed only a few weeks before and polling day was set for November 6, barely three months away. That seemed like an impossibly short time to plan and carry out a large campaign involving media planning and the production of TV and radio commercials, as well as massive amounts of print material. Nevertheless, the call invited me to attend a strategy meeting where I would get to meet the leader of the Opposition, Mike Moore. So, I rolled along and sat through several hours of afternoon discussion before Mike appeared briefly, to ask me if I would like to join him back in his office in half an hour. I have little recollection now of that meeting, except arriving and being invited to share a drink or three. The next morning, I was contacted by the party president and informed that Mike would like us to work with him, and the party, on the campaign. Mike Moore, like any politician, was not everyone’s cup of tea. But as a man who thought deeply about issues, he relied on a massive

intellect and operated largely on MEDIA & COMMUNITY spotted a group of young kids lingering instinct and hunches. on another corner In that first late-night meeting I and set off in their found him to be fully engaged in direction. the task at hand. It seemed to They must have mean that he had already been startled accepted that we were competent to encounter a enough to do the job (phew!) so familiar figure his focus was on our chemistry who offered them together – could he work with some very sound me and could we translate his FRASER CARSON reasons why their political agenda into compelling parents should vote Labour on communications? November 6. Mike Moore’s death this month rekindled Much has been written and memories, for me, of a man on a constant said about Mike Moore since mission. In fact, the “missions” were multiple, his death on February 2, such and all fuelled by ideas that gushed from a brain as his leaving school at 14, in perpetual motion. becoming the youngest MP Above all, Mike was a man with a common at 23, prime minister at 41 touch. Our agency team worked intensively and head of the World Trade with him over those three months and it was Organisation at 51. apparent how much he cared about the future But Mike Moore saw of the country and the people going about their himself as an ordinary tasks of working, bringing up families, playing person. I think he also sport, whatever. accepted his exceptional qualities A couple of recollections illustrate my point. as a man driven to make others’ lives better. Mike, and sometimes his wife, Yvonne, This obsession was no doubt also channelled would spring visits to our downtown office, A campaign press advertisement produced for by an early-life near-death experience that had Mike Moore and the Labour Party in the 1993 occasionally late at night. On one occasion him welcome each day as an opportunity to do General Elections. he arrived and we had our young children in good. the office after school. Mike spotted them and RIP Mike Moore. immediately moved in for a chat. After about 10 n Fraser Carson is a member of the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust and the founding partner of Flightdec.com. Flightdec’s kaupapa minutes of much laughter and hand-slapping is to challenge the status quo of the internet to give access to more reliable and valuable citizen generated content, and to improve Mike finally broke away to attend to the more connectivity and collaboration. He can be contacted at fraser@flightdec.com. serious conversation of the impending General Election. Above all, Mike was a man with a common touch. Our agency In fact, for a man who never had children himself, he was obviously fond of them. team worked intensively with him over those three months and it On another occasion, on a street-meeting trip was apparent how much he cared about the future of the country to Kåpiti, the local party had apparently failed to organise a posse of voters to stand on a street and the people going about their tasks of working, bringing up corner and await the arrival of the party leader. families, playing sport, whatever. So, undeterred by the lack of an audience, Mike


Bev Stanley – respected and loved teacher Beverley Ann Stanley 04.01.1936 – 11.01.2020

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Beverley Arcus was born in Wellington 84 years ago. She was the oldest child of Harry and Joyce Arcus and sister of Carol, Glenys, Peter, Bill and Kathy. The family moved to Ōtaki in 1938, living first at Rangiuru Beach and then in Kirk Street. Harry and Joyce bought the garage on Rangiuru Road next to the Telegraph Hotel, which had previously been horse stables for the stagecoaches that travelled up and down the coast. They later bought a house at 275 Rangiuru Road and it was here that Bev had a happy childhood with her younger siblings. Bev went to Ōtaki School and in 1949 to Chilton Saint James School in Wellington, where she did well, receiving awards for French and Latin. From there she went to Wellington Teachers College. She began her teaching career in the late 1950s at Ōtaki School, where three of her siblings were attending at the time. She even taught Kathy for a short while. Bev met her husband, Ted Stanley, in 1955 at the Blue Moon Ballroom in Paraparaumu. He was a teller at the ANZ bank on the corner of Rangiuru Road and Main Street. They

BEV STANLEY: Teacher and member of many community groups in Ōtaki.

married in January 1957 at All Saints Church and their three oldest children, Robyn, Bruce and Neil, were born in Ōtaki. Ted was transferred to Palmerston North in 1961 and daughter Carolyn was born there. Bev was busy during the years she brought up the children in Palmerston North. She was a playcentre supervisor, belonged to the Anglican Mother’s Union and was involved

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with the local kindergarten committee, including performing in annual fundraising musical events. In 1966 the family moved to Taupō and Bev went back to work, this time at Taupō Primary School. She became a well respected and loved teacher. Her Taupō career lasted until a transfer to Ōtaki’s Waitohu School in 1986. Ted and Bev bought the house at

Rangiuru Road after Bev’s mother, Joyce, died. It remained in family hands for more than 75 years. In Taupō Bev developed a love of herbs and her knowledge of the folklore, superstitions and healing qualities led to many speaking opportunities. Bev and Ted started to attend markets in the 1980s – first selling plants, and later preserves and jams for which she became well known. They went to markets for many years in Otaki, as well as others such as Thorndon, Newtown, Petone and Martinborough. After Bev retired from teaching at Waitohu School she was approached to work at Te Horo School, which she did until her final retirement aged 70. She believed strongly in reading and became a reading recovery teacher. She learned te reo Māori, played the piano and helped produce dozens of musical events in Ōtaki and Taupō, coached netball, and in Taupō made a point of ensuring the children in her care were fed and warm. Bev was a member of many community groups in Ōtaki, including Citizens Advice Bureau, Women’s Community Group, RSA, Birthright Op Shop and Skills Sharing group. She died after a short illness on January 11 and will be missed for her vibrant, kind and happy personality.

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Prune summer stonefruit before winter sets in


KATH IRVINE Plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, almonds and cherries are best pruned in summer when they finish fruiting. There are a few good reasons to prune them now rather than winter. Number one is disease prevention – there are no silver leaf spores on the wing at this time of year. Number 2 – pruning in summer lessens the amount of leggy watershoots the following season, slowing down that wild stonefruit growing style. A vase shape

Four-six evenly spaced main branches (scaffolds) come from the trunk about a metre off the ground. This low centre of gravity means that with annual pruning you can keep your fully grown tree to 3m-4m. To reduce an overgrown tree, do it slowly over 4-5 years. Cherries and almonds are hard to tame. Hamper their ever upward tendencies by tying scaffold branches horizontally or growing them in Evergrow bags (see evergroworchard.co.nz) 5 golden rules 1. Always prune on a dry day.

2. Study your tree before cutting. Find the framework by identifying the scaffolds. Notice where light is blocked and vigour has faded. 3. Don’t prune off more than a quarter of your tree. Stack the prunings as you go for a clear visual. 4. Wipe tools with methylated spirits or vinegar to prevent spreading bacteria from tree to tree. 5. Use sharp tools for clean, healthy cuts. Bacteria cling to ragged edges. Every variety grows differently, so use below as a guide in tandem with commonsense and intuition. Make a strong frame Start with the main branches/scaffolds, loppers and pruning saw to hand. Allow up to six main branches for your frame. Choose ones coming off the trunk at about hip height and well spaced around the trunk. Remove other branches. Shorten longer branches back to similar lengths as shorter ones to create a strong balanced shape. Don’t remove more than a third off each branch. Remove old, weak or broken branches. If a

Prune vigorous laterals and reduce clutter.

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A strong frame of branches, coming off the trunk about hip height and well spaced around the trunks.

young shoot is available, pull it down and tie it into the space. If not, wait for a well placed growth next season. Remove all growth in the shade under the main branches. Remove all growth heading to the middle and growing in the middle for a light centre so fruit grows all the way along the branches, not just the outside. Make fruit Finish your prune with the fruit producing, secateur-sized wood – the laterals/fruiting shoots that grow along the branches. Create a 20cm-ish space between each lateral by completely cutting off (thinning) laterals that cramp the space.

Shorten any laterals that are longer than 40cm. Prune back vigorous ones to a similar length to shorter ones. Watershoots Where there are lots of upright growths, don’t remove all of them or you’ll end up with three times more next year. Completely remove every third upright growth (choose the most vigorous ones) and reduce the others back to a couple of buds. With any luck they develop into fruiting spurs. Assess your beautiful prune Walk round the tree and check it’s a balanced shape and light shines forth into every nook and cranny.

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HAUORA/HEALTH Take care of yourself now with preventative healthcare I’ve talked before about the benefits of regular exercise and a balanced, moderate diet. Especially the benefits of better physical functional capability, improved general health and increased longevity. This month I’m focusing on how we can achieve that and why GETTING FIT we should do it. I call it “preventative healthcare”. Preventative healthcare is about taking care of your health now, so you’re not forced to rely on the medical system later in life. Well maintained physical health and DANIEL DUXFIELD fitness will last much longer and more reliably into our elder years, resulting in fewer problems down the line. So what can you do? Well, that’s the easy part. Find a fitness professional who has the type of

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. IN A CRISIS OR EMERGENCY 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.

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training programme you want, and a training environment you will feel comfortable in, and get started. Once you’re started and have done a few sessions you’ll feel energised to go back and do more. The Ministry of Health guidelines on physical activity for adults say we should sit less, move more, and break up long periods of sitting. 1. Do at least 2½ hours of moderate or 1¼ hours of vigorous physical activity spread throughout the week. 2. For extra health benefits, aim for 5 hours of moderate or 2½ hours of vigorous physical activity spread throughout the week. 3. Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days every week. 4. Doing some physical activity is better than doing none. That’s the bare minimum recommended to keep you in average health. That’s not hard. For many of you, you’ll already be hitting these targets just through your occupations if your job is quite physical.

Preventative healthcare is about looking after what you have now, building it up to a point and maintaining that level of physicality up to the point of death. But keep in mind, as you age your body will start to break down and that’s where the extra exercise mentioned in the guidelines, such as strengthening activities twice a week, builds the muscle mass to keep you in great shape as you age. Preventative healthcare is about looking after what you have now, building it up to a point and maintaining that level of physicality up to the point of death. There’s no rule that says: at a certain age you can’t go to the gym or see your trainer any more! There’s no age at which you

can’t put on muscle through physical training. Given the right programme and willing trainers, even retired and elderly folks can improve their health through regular exercise. Especially if you have an illness that could be improved with a little movement and excitement. It might be too late when you’re older and suddenly diagnosed with an illness that could have been prevented, had you got just a little more exercise or regularly worked out for the last 10 to 20 years. Or longer. The medical profession is about diagnosis and treatment and it’s more than likely the treatment is a pharmaceutical drug with plenty of side effects. Surely it makes logical sense to start looking after your health so you can avoid catastrophic diagnoses later in life, and those drugs and their side effects.

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NURSING AWARDS Patients, whānau, staff and the public can nominate a nurse or midwife they believe has demonstrated extraordinary care and is deserving of recognition with a Daisy Award. The international award recognises nurses and midwives who go above and beyond for their patients. The programme was recently launched across MidCentral DHB and Think Hauora. Fill in the online form or pick one up from reception at a MidCentral DHB or Think Hauora site and mail it or drop it to reception staff, or email to daisy@midcentraldhb.govt.nz This year is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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5G – the answer in the nature of scientific research clear research focus and so researchers “go fishing”. Thousands of Lately there has been considerable public concern about the safety of 5G. Worldwide there have been petitions calling for researchers running hundreds of analyses generate thousands of analytical results. Therefore, even if radiofrequency fields produce a moratorium on its rollout. no adverse health effects, researchers will still accumulate a large Indeed a considerable number of cellular, animal and number of statistically significant adverse health results, simply epidemiological studies have reported adverse effects for through statistical chance. radiofrequency fields. Researchers are used to working with statistical probabilities Why then do public health organisations worldwide, including and weighing up all the evidence. They look for replication, our own Ministry of Health, continue to maintain there is no because real effects occur consistently. They look for sensible clear evidence of harm? Conspiracy theories abound about the relationships, such as a clear dose-response relationship. But influence of “Big Wireless” but, as I mentioned in my article we don’t get that with radiofrequency fields. In some studies last month, the answer is to be found in the nature of scientific Peer-reviewed journal articles devote adverse effects are associated with the highest dose, in others research. the moderate (middle) dose, while in other studies it’s only the a lot of time to the methodology of [a] We will start by looking at an animal study that reported lowest dose (sometimes miniscule) that appears harmful. Most cellphone radiation causes tumours in rats. In one of the analyses study, and its limitations. Poor results show no harmful effects at all. This complex set of results from the study, rats were randomly assigned to one of two groups. is hard to explain by any causal mechanism, though it’s consistent In the control group four rats developed tumours, but in the quality studies, producing with chance outcomes. treatment group, where rats were exposed to cellphone radiation, Researchers look for coherent patterns. Twenty years of untrustworthy data, are more likely five rats developed tumours. It’s an increase in tumours for the rats epidemiological research has failed to find a credible link between exposed to the cellphone radiation. to report adverse effects for cellphone use and cancer in human populations. In this context But there’s a fundamental question a researcher must ask the rat study results look even more like a chance with every sample result: Could this result happen radiofrequency fields. Unfortunately, HEALTH SCIENCE outcome. simply by chance? For the study above, could Significant outcomes not only happen by chance, anti-5G websites and social media we randomly assign rats to the two groups, do they can also be produced by methodological flaws nothing and still get the same result? If a result has such as Facebook don’t provide a within a study. Consequently, researchers look at the happened by chance we shouldn’t read anything quality of the data. Peer-reviewed journal articles into it. balanced discussion of the scientific devote a lot of time to the methodology of the study, An outstanding achievement of data analysis and its limitations. Poor quality studies, producing evidence. is that for any research outcome researchers can untrustworthy data, are more likely to report adverse calculate the probability the result could happen by effects for radiofrequency fields. chance. Results unlikely to have occured by chance The current recommendation to proceed with 5G is based on Unfortunately, anti-5G websites and social are referred to as statistically significant. more than 80 years of research and thousands of independent For exploratory research, such as determining if DR STEVE HUMPHRIES media such as Facebook don’t provide a balanced research papers looking at the effects of electromagnetic fields. discussion of the scientific evidence. Cherryradiofrequency fields are harmful, if a result has less Most importantly, those calling for a moratorium are invoking picked significant results can provide a mountain of than a 5 percent probability of occurring by chance it is deemed a strong version of the precautionary principle – that we should “evidence” for the harmful effects of radiofrequency fields if no to be statistically significant. be certain that 5G is safe. But we don’t live on the planet of consideration is given to Type 1 errors or methodological quality. What this means is that even if radiofrequency fields have no absolute safety, we live on the planet of managed risk. No human In contrast, researchers weigh up all the evidence. On that biological effects, for every 100 results analysed we still expect to activity is free from potential harm, and to demand complete basis, the scientific advice to public health agencies, such as our get about five significant outcomes occurring by chance. These safety would be paralysis – we would do nothing. significant results, which occur by chance, are referred to as Type Ministry of Health, is that there is no consistent or credible link Current scientific evidence shows that radiofrequency fields between radiofrequency fields and adverse health effects. 1 errors. at regulatory levels are highly unlikely to be harmful and that But what about the group of “over 180 scientists and doctors With repeated analyses, Type 1 errors mount up, and with any risk we might discover can be managed. Current permitted in almost 40 countries” who have called for a moratorium on radiofrequency research we run a lot of analyses. As covered in energy levels have a large margin of safety already built in. the rollout of 5G until the safety of 5G is fully established by last month’s article, there is no established mechanism of harm Research is ongoing, and researchers and the public health independent research. for radiofrequency fields at regulatory energy levels. If we don’t agencies they advise will make decisions by weighing up all the There is a small, but very vocal, minority of scientists making know how these fields might harm us then we don’t know what available evidence. these demands. Mainstream scientists have accused them of the harmful effects might be. Is it cancer, an impaired immune It is what we all should do.. system, chronic fatigue, infertility or depression? We don’t know, cherry-picking studies to support their position. Perhaps we need to ask the other 18 million scientists and doctors in the world and so we test everything. n  Dr Steve Humphries is a director at Hebe Botanicals in Ōtaki, and was previously a what their viewsIRRIGATION are to get a more balanced view? lecturer at Massey University and director of the Health Science Programme That is, without a known mechanism of harm, thereTHE is no GREENERY PORTRAIT


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LAST LIGHT: The sun sets behind Kāpiti Island as Simon Edmonds’ boat comes out of the water after fishing off Ōtaki Beach.

Pottery club on the move

First honey bees celebrated in Waikanae show The story of how Mary Anna Bumby brought the first European honey bees to New Zealand 180 years ago is being told in a performance at Waikanae. Mary Bumby’s Hive of Story is interactive storytelling theatre that explores not only Mary’s life but the life of the honey bee and it’s long and fascinating history with humans. It’s told by researcher, storyteller, gardener and novice bee-keeper Tanya Batt. The performance is at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, at 7pm on February 27 (later at The Woolshed, Pukerua Bay, on February 28; and Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, Wellington, on February 29 at 11am and 2pm. n  See BumbyBatt on Facebook or visit the website: imagined-worlds.net



















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The Ōtaki Pottery Club is moving from the college to the Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club. The potters have been at Ōtaki College for 30 years, but the racing club’s bigger facilities and other factors brought about the move. President Rod Graham says it bodes well for the future of the club. “We had 30 great years at the college and I’m sad to be leaving, but we now have about three times the space at the race course,” he says. “The move has been very amicable with the college.”


The club has about 90 members but has not been able to expand because of the limited space in which members could work. The potters have taken over the old tote building at the racing club. Members have spent the past few months renovating the premises and creating two new classrooms. The Philipp Family Foundation has been a generous benefactor, donating $60,000 dependent on the club raising $140,000 itself. The fundraising effort has been enhanced by

the success of the annual Festival of Pots and Garden Art. Takings from the 2020 festival doubled, with a record $190,000 in art sales. The club’s cut, plus gate sales and cafe takings helped it comfortably reach its $140,000 target. Along with pottery and class rooms, the new premises will also house a gallery. It will be open on race days, with the goal of being open to the public on some days of every week. Adult classes will start again in term two along with clay workshops for young people.

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Big potential in genetics There’s big potential in farming GE has been used FARM FOCUS for beneficial use of recently experimentally to delete genes developed, but controversial, in the fungi that produce the genetic modification (GM) for detrimental chemicals, thus plants and animals. making the grass safe for Benefits such as resistance to animals to eat. Another potential use disease and improved product of GE is to speed up apple yields and eating quality are among production where trees the many possibilities. Use of GM naturally have a long juvenile could also apply in other important period of up to five years organisms, such as fungi and bacteria. before bearing fruit. A GE GM is done through laboratory DR KEN GEENTY approach could knock out the alteration of DNA gene sequences gene that represses flowering, which contain codes for characteristics and functions in living organisms. reducing the breeding cycle to eight months and The latest form of the process doesn’t necessarily allowing much quicker productivity and more rapid conventional plant breeding progress. involve incorporation of foreign DNA and is An allergic reaction to cows’ milk in some known as gene editing (GE). infants is due to the presence of the milk Earlier GM pioneered in the 1970s often protein beta-lactoglobulin. It’s possible GE inserted foreign DNA via gene transfer in crops could eliminate the gene for this protein in grown in 24 countries worldwide. As recently as 2013 half of New Zealand’s domestic food supply cows, which could increase the potentially large overseas market for infant formula. was imported in 88 lines of GM canola, corn, The burgeoning and lucrative manuka potato, rice, soybean, sugarbeet and lucerne, as honey industry faces potentially devastating labelled approved foods in New Zealand. diseases with the plant susceptible to recently Even though we have imported foods from discovered myrtle rust. GE could switch off GM plants, no production of GM food lines are such susceptibility genes in manuka. currently permitted in NZ out of containment. Our “GM free” reputation is seen to have export Even though GM often mimics and hastens marketing advantages. natural genetic change during evolution, and Some of the following examples of possible with conventional breeding programmes, there use of GE in our primary industries were are solid barriers to implementation. Stringent discussed during a recent series of regional conditions for use of GE in New Zealand seminars run by the Royal Society of NZ. stipulate development only under containment, Beneficial use of GE for animal production environmental approval, Treaty of Waitangi is in perennial ryegrass, the most important consideration and animal ethics approval. animal forage crop grown in New Zealand. However Royal Society senior researcher Dr Mark Important for persistence of the grass is the Rands reports an expert panel recently set up is presence of a fungus, known as an endophyte, reconsidering these conditions, almost unchanged which lives inside the grass. The fungus since 2001. This will open the door for possible produces a range of protective chemicals which GE application across the board in primary deter insects from eating or damaging the grass. industries, the environment and human medicine. n   Dr Ken Geenty has had a 30-year research and But some of these chemicals are harmful to development career in the sheep and beef cattle industry, animals, causing a serious condition known as including pioneering research in sheep dairy production. He ryegrass staggers. now lives in Ōtaki.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

A few months back I spent the day at Te the difference between what you’re currently Hā kaituhi māori, a Māori writers hui. Te capable of, and what you want to be able to reo Māori and writing are two things that do right now. We used to call that ‘potential’. excite me and two things I spend a part of All that feeling of discomfort was telling each day trying to be better at. me was that I’ve got space to grow and I care At this hui there were people about the subject enough to GOOD THINKING who made their living from want to already have learned. writing, and people who could I’m not an imposter; I know flick our reo from their tongue what my potential is, and I’m in like a chisel slicing through the the right room to move towards air. it. Lots of times through Imposter syndrome is when the weekend I found myself you feel like a fraud and don’t feeling uncomfortable, in the think you’re up to the job of middle of kōrero I didn’t fully being where you are. But if you comprehend, my brain not acknowledge that learning is PERA BARRETT quick enough to translate all the constant, then you’re in exactly kupu (words) flying around. the right place. I stared blankly as whole sentences passed When your head tells you you’re in the me by. The same happened when we would wrong room, when your puku rolls and you talk about the mechanics of writing. Some look for the door, listen to your heart for a of the techniques flew over my head while minute. others nodded their understanding. Be a bit easier on yourself. Feeling that This was imposter syndrome, right? I read discomfort means you’re trying to stretch about it on the Internet. A rolling discomfort and grow past what you’re currently capable grew in my stomach, my head saying you of. don’t know what they’re talking about, you That’s not you being a fraud, that’s you shouldn’t be in this room. being ambitious, trying to reach to your But then my heart kicked in. These are potential. Nobody ever succeeded at things I want to know, things I love, and something they never started. things I want to be better at. I’m only Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū! uncomfortable because I think I should Feel the fear and do it anyway! already know them. n  Pera Barrett is a rap singer, story writer, and founder of Shoebox Christmas. He received the Local Hero award Maybe I should be a bit easier on myself. at the New Zealander of the Year awards in 2019. So maybe that’s all imposter syndrome is,

Interesting times ahead as expressway signed off One of the delights of WAIKAWA WAYS Waikawa Beach is that there are no commercial services: no cafe or coffee cart, no vege shops or dairies to bring visitors, traffic, and paper cups blowing along the beach in the wind. On the other hand, if you’ve run out of milk or potatoes then it’s 7+km each way to State Highway 1 to pick some MIRAZ JORDAN up at Manakau. To reach Ōtaki or Levin it’s a full 15km each way. Only the fit would cycle that far; only the foolish would cycle along the section of SH1 that ranks in the top 100 in Aotearoa New Zealand for road accidents and deaths. That leaves us to take the car for most errands. For most of us that means burdening the air with noxious gases and leaving traces of rubber and oil on the roadway to wash into the paddocks and drains. News of an additional four-lane road with shared path then is very welcome. Within a decade we might be able

to take a low-traffic route to the shops. An electric bike could ease the journey if the goal is to enjoy coffee and cake out, or to pick up the forgotten broccoli. It could also make it feasible, with a planned improved train service, to cycle to a train station, take the bike on a train to a destination, and then return, all without getting the car out of the garage. And just imagine how convenient it would be if the train were to stop at Manakau! The population in Horowhenua is increasing dramatically. By the time the road building begins in 2025 we’re likely to see even more jammed-up traffic on SH1, followed by several years of not only increasing general traffic but also roadworks and a huge number of additional vehicles to service the road construction. Waikawa Beach is a quiet little backwater, and most residents like it like that. We don’t want shops and cafes, but we do need ways to reach those things that don’t require us to pull out the petrol guzzler. We’re in for some interesting times. n  Miraz Jordan is a Waikawa Beach resident and blogger. See www.miraz.me and lovewaikawabeach.nz

Traffic jam at the intersection of SH1 and Waikawa Beach Road. Photo by Miraz Jordan

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HĪTŌRIA/HISTORY An imaginative revamp of shopping areas required Historian REX KERR continues his series plotting the history of Ōtaki and its people. This is part 13 (b).

If the district is to progress, not the most inviting of places DESTINATION OTAKI to wander casually about, peruse its strengths – including its caring community, the shops and have a coffee or educational choices, good a meal. water supply, recreational I fear for the future of the old opportunities and marque township if what has happened events – could be enhanced if to the retail area in Waikanae, the railway line was doubleespecially Mahara Place, is any tracked and electrified as far indicator with the advent of the as Ōtaki. motorway. This would provide a There needs to be an good commuter service to imaginative revamp. On the Wellington and in return positive side, some investors REX KERR gives visitors easy access to have shown confidence in the district. Ōtaki is the only the future of the Railway retail township in the Greater Wellington region, complex, with Fishing & Hunting building an which includes the Wairarapa, located on extensive new outlet next to their current retail the railway which does not have a commuter shop, New Zealand Natural Clothing and TS14 service. We need only to look to Paraparaumu expanding their outlet stores and an investor and Waikanae to see how the rail service has building a completely new retail complex where promoted their growth, both outstripping the Caltex service station was. Ōtaki. To build on these opportunities and attract If the line is double-tracked and electrified visitors to the township there will be a need to as far as Ōtaki, it will truly become part of the increase the number of marquee events, and to Greater Wellington region, not just a small town enhance and publicise the district’s wonderful natural features – the beach, the river, the gorge sitting on the border picking up the crumbs. If Ōtaki is to attract travellers off the expressway and the new Ōtaki lake, and the town’s rich it will need a compelling reason for them to do so. cultural heritage. Protecting heritage is a way to the future, It will need more than a few pretty road signs, as but already there has been the loss of most parts of Main Street and the main highway retail of Ōtaki’s earliest buildings. Another one, areas are unattractive and uninspiring. They are

the 130-year-old Jubilee Hotel, has just been reduced to rubble to make way for a residential development. Ōtaki, one of the oldest planned settlements dating back to the 1840s, has few reminders of its rich past left. What the town still has needs to be identified, preserved and publicised. If one was to make a prediction it would be that growth will come slowly to Ōtaki in the future. The overflow from an increasingly congested, expensive Wellington will come north along the expressway, rather than to Wairarapa. Although Wairarapa might have its attractions, in terms of building a transport network either through the Remutaka Ranges or over them, it will be far more challenging and costly than adding to what is already on the Kāpiti Coast. Ōtaki, with plenty of land and a good water supply, will eventually become a cheaper

alternative to Paraparaumu or Waikanae. The “developers” will inevitably move in and we could become just another dormitory suburb. If so, Ōtaki will change forever and lose its special character, which makes it so attractive to its present day citizens. If this growth were to come to Ōtaki, it would present some real challenges to the community and put stress on an already stretched local infrastructure, and social, health and educational services. One could expect land prices to go up, along with the cost of housing – privately owned and rentals – to a level beyond that which many locals could afford. Without careful management it could change the social and ethnic structure of Ōtaki, with which current residents feel comfortable. Does Ōtaki want to become another Paraparaumu or Waikanae? Ōtaki needs to be careful about what it wishes for and promotes!

Recording the significance of Waitangi Day By David Klein, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

The significance of Waitangi Day – whether a day off, a day to reflect or a day to protest – has evolved over the years and the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision highlight many of the important historical events associated with it. The day, on February 6, is our national day that commemorates the signing of one of the founding documents for modern Aotearoa New Zealand. The first official commemoration of Waitangi Day was in 1934 – Ngā Taonga’s archive holds a film recording of the events. This was two years after Governor-General Lord Bledisloe gifted to the nation the Treaty House and surrounding grounds. It was a big event, with up to 10,000 people attending. The timing was special for many iwi. A century earlier the United Northern Tribes chose a national flag at Waitangi. In 1835 He Whakaputanga was issued, the Declaration of Independence. Recordings of these commemorations can teach us about historical events, perspectives, and attitudes. They also capture the speeches and likeness of those present. Ngā Taonga holds an extensive audio recording of the Waitangi commemoration during the 1940

SIGNED: The Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, by Ōriwa Haddon.

Centennial. During one speech, Sir Apirana Ngata spoke passionately and insisted the tone of the event should not be solely celebratory, but should also acknowledge the many grievances Māori felt about the signing of the Treaty. The idea of a national holiday on February 6 had been proposed by several successive governments during the 20th century. The mood of the nation and its elected officials changed over the decades, although

Courtesy Archives NZ. AEGA 18982 PC4 1934/3067.

Māori activism kept a focus on honouring the Treaty. It was only in 1974 that February 6 became a public holiday with a day off work – it was, however, named New Zealand Day by Prime Minister Norman Kirk. He believed that the nation was ready to move forward with a new identity, and a spectacular but divisive show was held on the day. Robert

Muldoon, who became prime minister in 1975, reinstated the name Waitangi

Day in 1976. The 150th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti occurred in 1990 – the sesquicentennial of the nation. The commemorations were well attended and included a memorable speech by the Bishop of Aotearoa, Whakahuihui Vercoe. In front of a

crowd including Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and Governor-General Sir Paul Reeves, the bishop said: “One hundred and fifty years ago, a compact was signed, a covenant was made between two people . . . But since the signing of that treaty . . . our partners have marginalised us. You have not honoured the treaty. . . Since 1840, the partner that has been marginalised is me. The language of this land is yours; the custom is yours, the media by which we tell the world who we are, are yours. . .” Radio and television broadcasts of this speech and the rest of the day’s ceremony are held in the Ngā Taonga archives. Broadcasters have played a prominent role in the framing of Waitangi Day and our collections hold recordings featuring Haare Williams, Henare Te Ua, Philip Liner and many others. The online catalogue of Ngā Taonga can be searched for a large amount of material related to Waitangi Day. A good starting point is this link www.bit.ly/NTWaitangi (case sensitive) or visit www. ngataonga.org.nz 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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1.  What is the biggest reptile alive today? 2.  What is the smallest reptile alive today? 3.  Are snakes reptiles? 4.  Are dinosaurs reptiles? 5.  What is the most dangerous reptile in the world? 6.  Can some reptiles fly? 7.  How many reptiles are alive today? 8.  Are reptiles cold blooded? 9.  Do some reptiles live in the ocean? 10.  Do snakes have teeth? If you don’t know the answers, Google them, or look in a book, just like Kyuss did! Space quiz answers on page 23. Email your answers to KyussOT@ idmedia.co.nz and the first drawn with the correct answers will win a $20 book voucher, or one of Jared’s Animals in Vehicles books – your choice.






Put a line through the reptile names below as you find them. You can go across, down, or even around, to find the words. You can use a letter more than once.



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Wolf Cukier

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17-year-old discovers new planet When Wolf Cukier accepted an internship to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the US last year, he expected to be challenged and gain insights into a career in astrophysics. Instead, the New York college student attained worldwide fame for an achievement that eludes most astronomers – finding a new planet! Even more impressive, Cukier made the discovery on the third day of his two-month-long internship at the US Space Agency. It was no ordinary planet either. Further research revealed that TOI 1338 b, as it is now called, is a rare circumbinary planet – a world orbiting two stars. NASA’s Kepler system and K2 missions have detected only two dozen such planets since 1993. Even more exciting, TOI 1338 b is the first circumbinary world discovered by the TESS mission, which was launched in April 2018 to seek out exoplanets.

Saving the kākāpō from extinction A 2018 study by BirdLife International has revealed that 40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, and one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction. Now, New Zealand scientists are using cutting-edge technology to revive the critically endangered kākāpō and, if successful, the techniques used might also help save other bird species. The kākāpō is the world’s only flightless parrot and is the heaviest! The few remaining kākāpō – only 114 adult parrots – live on three small islands, Codfish Island or Whenua Hou near Stewart Island Rakiura, Anchor Island, and Little Barrier Island/Hauturu. Go to www.doc.govt. nz › our-work › kakapo-recovery for more information on how to help the kākāpō. Drop your Congratulations coloured picture in to Ronan, aged to RiverSton e Cafe 10, who won the on SH1 b y Sunday January colouring February 9 to win competition and a cafe receives a $40 voucher.




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OTAKI MONTESSORI PRE-SCHOOL Haruatai Park, 200 Mill Rd, Otaki. 06 364 7500 • www.otakimontessori.co.nz What a great start to the New Year. Welcome to all our new families and we hope you have a long and happy association with Montessori. We welcome our new Centre Manager Allie Neocleous. Allie hails from Waikanae, she is a registered ECE teacher and has a wealth of experience under her belt. The team has stayed the same – Charlotte, Libby, Veronique, Nancy, Jo, Tracy, Claudia and Age – but there have been some room changes with Libby, Veronique and Nancy in Kereru room and Charlotte, Jo and Claudia in Tui. At Montessori good manners are always in style. We work really hard on grace and courtesy and to make it fun we draw a smiley face for each thoughtful, mauri enhancing action that is noticed by teachers. Our classroom rules are gentle hands,

kind words, walking feet inside, inside voices, and taking care of ourselves, each other, and our place. Twenty smiley faces earns one recycled item from the “treasure box” or a group activity, (a great way to refrain from buying more toys or curios). Positive behaviour and achieving goals gets acknowledged and rewarded without cost and waste. We love working alongside whanau to help wonderful behaviour at home too. Parents and caregivers are welcome to share these ideas. If you want to experience transformative learning make it fun, encourage and model what you want to see and hear. The rocket is a chosen shared activity. Look at the fun they are all having. Ōtaki Montessori offers a unique choice of preschool in Ōtaki. If you would like to know more please contact us, or check out our Facebook page.

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Burns wad hae been proud

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It was a night that would have pleased Robbie Burns. On the other side of the world from where the great Scottish bard became famous, Ōtaki Rotary honoured him with its annual night of revelry, haggis and whisky on January 23. Scotsman Gibby Inkster of Waikanae provided the atmosphere with the stirring bagpipes to pipe in the haggis. The haggis is a savoury pudding memorialised as the national dish of Scotland by Burns’ poem, Address to a Haggis of 1787. It’s a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt, and mixed with stock. Gibby then made the address to the haggis with the words of Burns, reciting such phrases as “Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race! As lang ‘s my arm.” Before the meal, Burns’ Selkirk Grace was recited: “Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be Thankit!” There was a light-hearted “address to

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PIPING HOT: Gibby Inkster pipes in the haggis carried by Ōtaki Rotary president Grant Robertson at the Robbie Burns evening.

the lassies” and a response, and Rotarian Adrian Gregory provided the “Immortal Memory” speech outlining the fame and foibles of the poet. And a Burns evening would not be complete with a rendition of one of his most famous songs, Auld Lang Syne. Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759, and died 1796, aged only 37. He was a Scottish poet and lyricist, and widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Wikipedia describes him as the best known of the poets who have written in

the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often blunt. Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great cultural icon for Scotland. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote by a Scottish television channel.



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NZ and Pennsylvania, USA. It tells the story of a murdered girl and her families fight to discover the truth. 12. In 1893 In 1981 New Zealand director Geoff Murphy had a massive local New Zealand hit with his movie ... ? a. Goodbye Superman b. Goodbye Pork Pie c. Seeya Later d. Flying Skies 13. New Zealand’ first filmmaker was Alfred Whitehouse who made 10 films between... a. 1856 and 1864 b. 1878 and 1888 c. 1898 and 1900 d. 1904 and 1912 14. In 2005 which film about a motorcycle beat the record held by Once Were Warriors for highest grossing New Zealand film at the domestic box-office? 15. Which New Zealand Academy Award winner has appeared in the X-Men film series, The Piano and the True Blood television series?

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Pulse, Firebirds slog it out for 1-1 Pre-season games at the weekend (February 8 and 9) resulted in a win each for Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse and the Queensland Firebirds netball teams at Ngā Purapura. While the Pulse had the benefit of Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Karin Burger, it was young guns Maddy Gordon and Elle Temu who shone as the Pulse won the first game on Saturday 58-56. The locals however struggled in the Sunday match after losing experienced midcourter Claire Kersten, who sat out the game after a head knock on Saturday, and minor niggles to several players in the re-match. They lost 61-54 after an even first half. Pulse captain Katrina Rore said it was great to have the pre-season games. “This has been great for us,” she said. “It’s not all about on-court at the moment, the off-court team bonding is just as important. “Yesterday [Saturday] was probably a better hit-out for us, today our players seemed to be dropping like flies. But that meant we got everybody out on court, had the opportunity to try different combinations and that’s exactly what we need.’’ The Pulse reverted to New Zealand opponents when they were due to meet the Southern Steel and Mainland Tactix in Queenstown later in the week and before hosting the annual Te Wānanga o Raukawa pre-season tournament on February 28 to March 1. STAR: Maddy Gordon passes during the pre-season netball match against the Queensland Firebirds on Sunday. The Pulse player was a star performer for the Pulse in their two encounters during the weekend at Ngā Purapura. Photo Ian Carson

Facing fear with the craft of public speaking By Nick Barnett

SPEAKING UP: Members of Toastmasters of Waikanae have some fun at a recent meeting. The club is running a special Speechcraft course starting on February 17.

My throat was like concrete, my tongue as dry as a fresh towel. But I did it – one minute of self-introduction before tumbling into my back-row chair. The other Toastmasters took this nervous beginner in their stride and were kind to me. After all, they’d all been in the same position.

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Here are two important pieces of wisdom: “The only way to overcome a fear is to face that fear.” And “The way to get good at something is to keep doing it.” I’ve learned the truth of these lessons many times, and never more so than when I screwed up my courage and started learning how to be a better public speaker. This was some years ago. I felt I’d achieved some life goals but one thing I couldn’t do was speak well publicly. Nerves got in the way – my mouth would go dry, I’d forget what I wanted to say or I said the wrong thing. So I avoided any situation that required me to speak. Instead of speaking up, I stayed quiet. Then one day I went to a local Toastmasters meeting and took a half-hidden seat in the back row. They asked me kindly if I wanted to introduce myself, and somehow I got to my feet and said something.

Nick Barnett is a Te Horo resident and vicepresident public relations of Toastmasters of Waikanae. n Toastmasters of Waikanae offers a six-week Speechcraft course beginning on Monday, February 17. The weekly two-hour sessions will be at 10am. Fee is $85, including workbook and mentoring. For details, phone Pauline Cook at 021 2108719 or email waikanae@toastmasters.org.nz

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SPACE QUIZ ANSWERS FROM JANUARY 2020 ISSUE 1. Jupiter 2. Neptune 3. Mercury 4. Venus 5. Earth 6. Yes. Four of the planets in the Solar System have rings. They are the four giant gas planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Saturn, which has by far the largest ring system, was known to have rings for a long time. It was not until the 1970s that rings were discovered around the other gas planets. 7. The Milky Way 8. 8 planets 9. Venus and Mars 10. Space exploration is the use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space. While the study of space is carried out mainly by astronomers with telescopes, its physical exploration though is conducted both by unmanned robotic space probes and human spaceflight.

This was the start of facing my fear – of doing the thing that scared me until it didn’t scare me anymore. I signed up for a Speechcraft course, which is a programme Toastmasters runs occasionally for non-members. At weekly meetings I learned from others about the “craft” of speaking: varying my voice, using gestures and organising my thoughts. It was a brilliant start and I learned a lot. But I knew I still had a lot to learn, so I became a Toastmasters member. One of the magic things about Toastmasters is its culture of evaluating. Every speaker has a designated evaluator – a fellow member who praises what the speaker did well and makes recommendations about what they might do better. It’s a gentle, attentive process of feedback. But for a long time, all my evaluators seemed to recommend the same thing: smile more! Smile? That was a skill that came late. I figured

out what to do with my hands (let them be loose, and gesture naturally), my eyes (look an audience member in the eye, then shift my gaze to another, then another, to stay in contact with the whole group), and my ums and aahs (replace with pauses). All of these skills – part of the craft of speaking – became second nature. But I couldn’t make myself smile while speaking. Not both at the same time. Eventually I did it, through getting up in front of a friendly Toastmasters group, again and again, and allowing myself to relax, learn, and grow. Please don’t think I’m a great speaker who never makes a mistake. Far from it! But I’m a much more relaxed and good-humoured speaker now, because I’m more confident than I used to be. I’m confident because I’ve faced that fear many times and had heaps of practice. There has always been lots of useful and meaningful advice about my efforts, which has helped me to get better at both receiving and giving feedback. Now, I’m getting ready for my first area competition in public speaking – not for the chance of winning, but for the boundarystretching experience. Speaking up? I can’t recommend it enough.



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ĹŒtaki Today, PÄ“puere/February 2020

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ĹŒtaki drag racer Rex Duckett has busted the 200mph (321.86km/h) mark with his PitRat Racing Pontiac. After achieving 199.55mph last year, Rex knew it was only a matter of time before his team hit the golden 200. It happened at the Meremere drag strip on Saturday, January 11 (photo above). He broke the mark comfortably

after officially clocking 203mph (326.7km/h). “Yeah, we’re really pleased with it,â€? Rex told ĹŒtaki Today. “It’s an especially good result because there aren’t many cars that will do over 200 without a ‘blown’ engine. We’ve just got a couple of carburettors and nitrous.â€? The “blownâ€? cars have an engine

intake that forces air into the fuel system. Rex joins an elite club of drivers who receive a prestigious red cap from the New Zealand Hot Rod Association for the achievement. Photo: Maxim Wrexer, Wrexer Productions

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