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Flightdec to work on Ōtaki identity Wellington-based Flightdec Limited, which has strong local connections, has been contracted to work with Elevate Ōtaki and the community to develop an identity for Ōtaki. The identity will be used in ongoing promotion and marketing. Flightdec has been appointed by Elevate Ōtaki to undertake the six-month project after a rigorous selection process. Chair James Cootes says he’s pleased that work can begin in earnest. “The group has had a period of discussion around what we and the community feel is important for Ōtaki,” Cr Cootes says. “Now we need some expertise in building an identity. We’re looking forward to working with Flightdec’s team. Locals will see some real progress over the coming months.” The Elevate Ōtaki group is tasked with promoting the town and district, with particular emphasis on mitigating and enhancing the effects of the expressway. Flightdec director Fraser Carson says he’s also looking forward to working back in Ōtaki. “I was born and raised here and I’m a trustee of the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust,” he says. “So I’ve got an interest in seeing that Ōtaki makes the most of what it has to offer – for residents and visitors. “Flightdec’s approach is to connect the various elements of communities like Ōtaki, and build trust and relationships in the process. We want the local community to be very much involved.” Once the Ōtaki identity has been defined, Elevate Ōtaki will look at projects to best tell that story of identity, using funds from KCDC and NZTA.

Wifi for Main Street Main Street will have free wifi by the end of June. The wifi will provide a service from the Telegraph Hotel on Rangiuru Road to the library on Aotaki Street via four access points along the street. Visitors and locals will be able check emails, watch live streaming and perform other internet tasks by logging on with any wifi-capable device. They simply need to look for Ōtaki Public Wifi (or similar – name still to be confirmed) on their device. “Most smart phones, tablets and laptops will be able to conveniently log on when in range,” says Kāpiti Coast District Council chief information officer Ewen Church. “Wifi will need to be turned on and flight mode turned off. “In most cases, devices will find all available wifi networks, so people will need only to select Ōtaki Public Wifi, accept the conditions of use, and click to connect.” The network speed on a user’s device will depend on traffic at the time. The service is being provided by the council, and is the first in a Kāpiti town centre. It’s costing about $18,000 to install and $600 a month to maintain the 1Gb fibre connection, network monitor, network support, and annual inspection of the access points.

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WIFI COMING: Angela van der Sman awaits the wifi service in Main Street, due by the end of June.

Broadband provider Wireless Nation is installing the fibre circuit to service the four wifi access points. The Ōtaki Community Board’s March meeting was told about the start date for the project by KCDC’s manager people and partnerships, Janice McDougall. It has been on the board’s agenda as a KCDC “work in progress” since at least 2015. Ōtaki Ward councillor James Cootes is

Rāhui Road from the County Road intersection to the BP station closed on Monday to allow construction of the new Rāhui overbridge. The road and new bridge will reopen in about seven months to carry traffic over the realigned railway line, and eventually the expressway when it’s completed in mid-2021. The railway level crossing will be decommissioned. While the road is closed, local traffic wanting to exit County Road, Rāhui Road and Te Roto Road will be diverted up Freemans Road. It can join the existing State Highway 1 at Te Manuao Road or Waitohu Valley Road. Pedestrians are being diverted north or south on a County

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Road footpath. The road closure has meant a change to the 290 Waikanae-Ōtaki Metlink bus service. Buses used to turn directly into Te Manuao Road, down to Rāhui Road and back to the highway. They will now go to Waitohu Valley Road, then loop around Dittmer Street into Te Manuao Road before turning back south on the highway and down County Road. The buses will then head in the reverse direction to the previous route, going east along Rāhui Road and along Freemans and Te Manuao roads back to the highway, turning south. New temporary bus stops have been created along the Plateau loop (see diagram at left).


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delighted to finally see the wifi project happen. “It’s unfortunate it has taken this long to be installed,” he says. “The project was a response to the impacts of the Main Street redevelopment, and to attract people off SH1 to the downtown shopping area of Ōtaki. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that more exists in Ōtaki than the highway shops. “However, now it’s finally becoming a reality, it will be a welcome enhancement for Ōtaki.”

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TE HORO EASTER MARKET April 21 Easter Sunday, 10am-12.30pm. Te Horo Hall, School Rd. 40+ food and craft stalls, café, sausage sizzle, hot X buns, firewood raffle, pony rides. ŌTAKI COLLEGE 6Oth REUNION Ōtaki College, Mill Rd. April 26-27. www.otakicollege.school.nz/60threunion (see page 13)

THE HOPE CAFÉ, Capital Training, 19 Aotaki St. Starting May 2, Thursdays 3-5pm. Creative workshops for the non-arty; connecting wellbeing with creativity. Bring your ideas to share. Projects working towards something special for the community. 04 299 6981 or info@tearakorowai.org.nz or just come along. Koha. ŌTAKI ANGLICAN PARISH FAIR, 47 Te Rauparaha St. Saturday May 4, 10am. Baking, preserves, used goods, books, toys, sausage sizzle and delicious food for morning tea and lunch. ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB CRAFT MARKET: opposite New World, On the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month over the winter season. Georgie 027 234-1090. ŌTAKI GARAGE SALE third Saturday of the month, 9-11.30am, rain or shine, Presbyterian Church, 249 Mill Rd. 364-6449. ŌTAKI MUSEUM 49 Main St, Ōtaki Village. Open Thursday-Saturday 10am-2pm. SEASONAL SURPLUS STALL Thursdays, buying from 10.30am, selling from 11am-noon, or until sold out. In front of Memorial Hall, Main St. Bring in surplus fruit, vegetables and eggs. Contact 06 364-7762 for details. To list your community event, contact debbi@idmedia.co.nz or 06 364-6543.


In the March issue of Ōtaki Today we reported on two talented young singers, Tui Tahere Katene and James Kereama Stent. The photo caption incorrectly said it was James South. Also, in the ‘Why I Love Ōtaki’ column by Judi Yung, the first paragraph of the column from our February issue, by Barb Rudd, was left in. It should not have been there. And Judi’s photo should have been credited to Simon Neale, not Simon Neil. The corrections were made to the online version of the newspaper.

No uniform, but 28 years with police She’s not in uniform, but for the Ōtaki public, Fiona King is probably the most recognisable face at the local police station. Fiona is the frontline support officer at the station. While that essentially means she’s the public face that attends the station counter when people come in to talk about an incident, report a crime or offer some useful information confidentially, there’s much more to the job. “I’m usually the first point of contact and people will come in for all sorts of reasons,” Fiona says. “Some will just want advice, but many come in to report something that’s happened to them or their property, like burglary or wilful damage. It can be a stressful time for some, and they can be upset. It’s about dealing with their complaint with empathy and respect, and reassuring them we’re here to help them out. FIONA KING: “I try to go out of my way to help people, and there’s a real sense of satisfaction “The majority of people are good to deal with. when I can help and they’re happy.” Occasionally there will be the odd angry person, but listening to what they have to say respectfully usually helps enjoying the job. The variety of work appeals, and anything can crop up so to calm the situation.” no day is the same. Apart from the customer service role, Fiona co-ordinates much of the “I try to go out of my way to help people, and there’s a real sense of administrative work required at the station. That can include processing satisfaction when I can help and they’re happy.” prosecution files for court, logging and filing incident reports including Fiona started out at the Police National Headquarters at Wellington in lost property and dealing with found property, handling phone calls to the May 1991 as an administration clerk. She co-ordinated the administration for station and providing administrative support to the officers. the Police/Ministry of Transport merger, ensuring all traffic officers attended Although she’s available at the station from 9am-3pm Monday to a training course at the Police College, before the merger took place. From Friday, Fiona says most enquiries and reporting can be done remotely – there she moved to the Police National Recruiting Office, first as a clerk and either online or by phone to the Police Crime Reporting Line (CRL) on then, in 1995, she was appointed deputy co-ordinator of recruiting, and then 06 364-7366. on to the Human Resources Appointments section in 1997. “I know some people like to interact face-to-face, and that’s fine. That’s After seven years commuting from Ōtaki, in June 1998 the job of what what I’m here for.” was then called watch-house officer came up at Ōtaki. She’s never looked In May, Fiona will have been with the police for 28 years, and she’s still back.

Ōtaki Today is produced monthly by publisher ID Media Ltd, 13 Te Manuao Rd, Ōtaki. ISSN 2624-3067 For editorial enquiries or news tips, please contact editor Ian Carson 06 364-6543 or ian@idmedia.co.nz For advertising enquiries, please contact general manager Debbi Carson at 06 364-6543 or debbi@idmedia.co.nz PHOTOGRAPHER Simon Neale • CARTOONS Jared Carson CONTRIBUTORS Fraser Carson (Media & Community) • Kath Irvine (Edible Backyards) • Ken Geenty (Farming) • Daniel Duxfield (Fitness) • Rex Kerr (History) • Steve Roxburgh (Food Science) Design by ID Media Ltd. Printed by Beacon Print, Whakatane. Ōtaki Today is a member of the Community Newspapers Association. To view Ōtaki Today online: otakitoday.com ISSN 2624-3067 • Next copy and advertising deadline May 7.

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Caltex goes, shops shuffle

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The Caltex service station at the highway shopping precinct closed on March 31, making way for a new development on the site. The closure is part of a realignment of retail stores in the area – an encouraging sign that retailers and developers continue to have faith for the future as the expressway nears completion. During the next couple of months the Caltex infrastructure will be cleared, making way for what’s understood to be a development that will bring new dining, retail and entertainment to the site. It’s likely to link to the park just to the north, raising the possibility of an upgrade to the park facilities. Meanwhile, art gallery and design store Artel is due to move in to the old Rembrandt clothing shop at the end of the month. It is relocating from Mahara Place in Waikanae, with Waikanae Library moving into the space. It’s a win-win for the library and Artel owner Maude Heath. The library is pleased to have the space, and Maude is happy to move on. “I’ve been in Mahara Place for a while, but it’s time for something new.” Artel was established 10 years ago as an artist co-operative, and under Maude, it has been at Mahara Place for the past four years.

The Kiwi nurse revealed this week as having been held captive by Isis for five years, has called Ōtaki home for about 20 years. Local sources say Louisa Akavi has a house close to the township. She was regularly away for long periods on duty overseas with the Red Cross, and tended to keep to herself when she was home. There’s intense speculation about whether Louisa is still alive. NZ Red Cross revealed on Louisa Akavi. Photo: NZ Red Cross Monday that she had been captured by Isis in Syria in 2013, but this had been kept secret. Both the New Zealand Government and Red Cross knew of her capture, but preferred to keep it quiet for her safety. That changed when the Isis caliphate collapsed recently across Syria and Iraq. “Louisa is a valued member of the Red Cross whānau,” Red Cross secretary general Niamh Lawless said. “She is highly skilled, compassionate and resilient. A friend, a colleague and mentor.” She has dedicated her life to those affected by war and violence, and she went to Syria because people needed her. She wanted to use her skills to make a difference for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

BYE-BYE CALTEX: The last night at Caltex on March 31. The site is to be redeveloped, with plans for new dining and retail stores.

She’s excited about being in a new space – which is a bit bigger than what she had at Mahara – and about the move to Ōtaki. “I’m looking forward to being in a destination town like Ōtaki. It’s all new, but I know my customers will follow me.” In other developments, Hunting and Fishing opposite RiverStone Café is developing the site next door previously occupied by law firm Simpson and Co before they moved.

It’s understood a new store will be built on the site, allowing a new tenant to occupy the current building. NZ Natural Clothing is busy refurbishing the ground floor of what was until last month Marlan Trading’s store. Marlan will remain upstairs, but the whole ground floor will be the new retail space for NZ Natural, which will be moving from across the alleyway just next door in the next couple of months.

Farther north, Wakefields Law has completed new signage above Subway after taking over Simpson and Co last year. Although it couldn’t be confirmed, Ōtaki Today also understands that the former Traffic Café in Arthur Street has been leased, pending the arrival of a new retailer. A couple of empty shops are still available at the highway shops, including one previously occupied by Discount Shoes.

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Kapital Irrigation joins The Greenery

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The Greenery at Manakau has added Kapital Irrigation to its business, boosting the list of garden services it offers Kapital has built a reputation for quality over more than 30 years on the Kapiti Coast, providing irrigation and landscape services mainly for residential and lifestyle blocks, and even retirement villages. It offers a full range of services, including bore water extraction, pump and water tank installation and maintenance, sprinklers and drip water irrigation. Kapital owner Ian Thomson says water conservation is a big issue in the district, especially in Kāpiti where water metering applies. “People want to know that they’re using water wisely and that there’s no waste,” he says. “We can ensure that their water bill is kept to a minimum and that every bit of water used is effective for people’s gardens and lawns. And we can help them get the water Ian Thomson, left, shakes hands with The Greenery’s new they need no matter what time of year irrigation manager, Dan Esler, while irrigation technician or what kind of weather.” Ben Dunkley tries to keep photo bomber Kola the dog out The purchase of Kapital Irrigation is of the photo. a good fit for The Greenery. The two companies have worked together to help home-owners make the best of their gardens – Kapital getting the water in, and The Greenery providing garden design with the right plants in the right places, with good landscaping and mulch to maximise water conservation. To see an orderly transition and to ensure the service quality is maintained, Ian is staying on meantime as a consultant to The Greenery.

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IN BRIEF Twenty fire responses

The Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to 20 incidents in March: three medical; four motor vehicle accidents (extrication, scene protection or assisting police and ambulance; two good Intent (where something was thought to be happening, including one explosion); two private fire alarms; six rubbish, grass or scrub fires; and three special service requests with helicopter landings and assisting the public.

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Tomai making the cut in business Tomai Te Peeti (above) is an artist with an eye for the hirsute – that’s a smart word for “hairy”. But unlike many artists, he’s got his feet firmly on the ground. He’s starting his own barber shop, looking to establish himself in business early in life so he can look after his partner, Hinewai, their month-old son, and a nephew and niece aged 10 and 8 who came to live with them a year ago. It’s a tall order for a young man born and brought up in Ōtaki where he confesses he “got into a bit of mischief ”. But the impression is that Tomai will do OK. He’s going into business eyes wide open, aware that he needs to put in some serious effort to make things work.

The new barber shop, due to open on April 27, is among the shops surrounding Reds Cafe in Arthur Street. Called Most Faded – after an American trend of “fading” the length of hair – the shop is to be what Tomai calls traditional barbering for men of all ages and hair choices. “I like to think of it as a man cave – somewhere guys can come in and feel comfortable, whether they’re a young dude who wants a flash cut and beard styling, or an older guy who just wants a clean cut and a shave,” Tomai says. “We’ve got traditional barber chairs, I love using cut-throat razors and you’ll get a hot towel at the end of it,” he says with a grin. The image of wild west barbers shaving the

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lathered face of a cowboy would not be out of place here. Assuming a wild west lack of professionalism, however, would be. After doing some building work and teaching at a local kohanga reo, Tomai worked for several years with barber Andy Ross of Andy’s Barber Shop at Paraparaumu Beach. It was the best on-the-job training he could get. “Andy taught me heaps,” Tomai says. “And not just about how to cut and style hair. There’s customer relationships, looking after the business, all that sort of stuff.” With the blessing and support of Andy and Tomai’s wider whānau, Tomai now has the opportunity to have his own barber shop – and he’s making the most of it.

If you’re an Ōtaki resident, you can apply for travel and other expenses for hospital and other out-of-town specialist services. The National Travel Assistance Scheme allows you to apply for travel, accommodation and support person costs if you or a family member needs to travel long distances, or frequently, to see a medical specialist (and you have been referred by another specialist). See ‘Travel Assistance’ at www.health.govt.nz for more information and eligibility criteria.

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Air Chathams is to offer direct passenger flights from Auckland to Norfolk Island from September 6. Previously, New Zealand travellers had to fly to the island via Australia. Air Chathams has been flying to Norfolk during the past two years with a range of charter tours. The new route will be serviced by the 50-seat Convair 580 aircraft used for the charter flights, with an estimated flight time of just over two hours. It will fly to Norfolk weekly on a Friday, departing Auckland at 9am and returning the same day. Introductory fares are expected to start at $199 (exclusive of taxes). Tickets will be on sale this month (April). The airline operates regular Kāpiti-Auckland flights.

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Nominations open for awards Nominations for the 2019 Kāpiti Civic Awards and Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are open until 5pm on May 31. The Civic Awards recognise the efforts of local residents who help to make our community vibrant, diverse and thriving. Every year, several people are recognised for their work with nominations for an award. Civic Awards are awarded to residents who: • have carried out meritorious voluntary service for the benefit of the district • have made a significant contribution to the welfare of others within New Zealand or overseas • have made outstanding personal achievements in their field. For criteria and conditions, and to fill out a nomination form, look for civic awards at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz. The Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards recognise groups or organisations that help make Kāpiti a great place in which to live. The awards focus on volunteer groups in the categories of Heritage & Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, Sports & Leisure, Education & Child/ Youth Development, and Rising Star. To nominate a group or organisation, look for community awards at www.wellingtonairport.co.nz.

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‘Second quarter 2021’ for expressway The Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway is due for completion in the second quarter of 2021. Originally, the contract completion date had been set at January 7, 2021, and with hopes the expressway could be open before the Christmas traffic in late 2020. However, construction manager Steve Findlay told a meeting of north Ōtaki residents on March 25 that “second quarter 2021” was the likely completion date. A statement from the NZ Transport Agency later said the new timeframe was because a shared pathway had been added to the project. “The inclusion of the shared path to the PP2Ō expressway project scope is an added benefit for the community,” acting senior project delivery manager Karen Boyt said. Initially, cycling facilities were going to be designed, developed and included after the project was completed, and had been intended to run on what is now State Highway 1, which would become a local road. However, after an assessment process and strong support for the pathway from the community, it was decided to build the path as part of the project. “As a welcomed addition to the PP2Ō project by the local community, the shared walking, cycling and bridle path means that the expressway will now be opened in 2021,” Karen said. “While the extension to the completion date is not ideal, it is necessary in order to provide the long-term benefits that the shared path will provide the community.” She said the PP2Ō team would continue its community engagement and consultation on the design for the shared path and there would be a positive announcement soon. Meantime, construction of the new Ōtaki

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Work on the Ōtaki River bridge so far has resulted in: • 3600 tonnes of bridge beams in place • 35,000 hours of labour worked • 3100 cubic metres of concrete poured • 22 piles • Six bridge piers • 900 tonnes of reinforcing steel in place • More than 2500 crane lifts, ranging between two and 65 tonnes. River bridge (above) has reached the halfway mark, with 55 of the 110 bridge beams now in place. At 330 metres long, it is the largest structure on the expressway. The two lanes in each direction will carry about 12,000 vehicles a day and provide a more resilient and efficient connection between

northern and southern Ōtaki. Also progressing rapidly are works on the new Waitohu River bridge, the bridges north of the Mill Road roundabout, and positive community engagement on the design for the PP2Ō shared pathway.


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Poignant moments at SS Otaki commemoration By Ian Carson

It’s now 102 years since SS Otaki was sunk by the German raider SMS Moewe in the First World War. The action and heroism on that day – March 10, 1917 – is now remembered each year at Ōtaki College. A monument installed at the college for centenary commemorations is the focal point for war veterans, particularly those who served in the merchant navy. They came again this year, on March 11, from throughout the country to remember their comrades who died in active service and since. Even veterans from the vicious Arctic convoys of the Second World War – who are now well into their 90s – attended and once again laid a wreath, along with navy personnel, the British High Commission, Merchant Navy Association, Ngā Hapū ō Ōtaki, the Kāpiti mayor and others. There were poignant moments as the wreaths were laid, hands on hearts and medal-laden chests, a few tears amid sombre memories.

What seemed particularly poignant was the participation of college students, who this year organised the event. Their respect for the veterans and their understanding of the circumstances in which the veterans served was obvious. The students helped lay wreaths, lowered flags and listened attentively to the speeches. Tutaamore Nikora also spoke on behalf of the students, and the dignitaries listened, with a few nodding heads. Tu noted the historical significance of the event to Ōtaki and the college, and acknowledged the contribution of the many people who served in conflicts overseas. Several of the veterans later shook his hand in gratitude for his eloquence. The impression was undoubtedly that Ōtaki College is a place where people can come from around the world to reflect and remember. The SS Otaki monument can be visited any time, and is a permanent reminder of days past but not forgotten. LEFT, Merv Martin of the Merchant Navy Association remembers his shipmates as he lays a wreath, assisted by Ōtaki College student Tairua Nakhla. RIGHT: Student Ethan Rutter lowers the flag at the end of the commemoration. BELOW: Members of the Russian Convoy Club, from left, Stan Welch (HMS Apollo), Chris King (HMS Bluebell), George Billing (HMS Nabob) and Derek Whitwam (HMS Berwick). The club meets annually in Ōtaki and members regularly attend the SS Otaki commemorations. Photos: Ian Carson


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Rāhui Road is now closed between BP and the southern County Road intersection. The road will be closed for up to seven months with traffic and pedestrians diverted via alternative routes as shown here in the graphics. Closing the road allows construction of the new Rāhui Road overbridge to be completed safely. Now the rail track is realigned, the level crossing in this area will be de-commissioned and eventually replaced by the new overbridge. Later this year Rāhui Road will re-open and the overbridge will carry local traffic across the expressway and re-aligned rail tracks. We appreciate this may cause major disruption to local journeys. Our number one priority is your safety and we thank you for your patience and cooperation while we get on with the works as quickly as possible.




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STANDING WITH CHRISTCHURCH: Ōtaki stood with Christchurch at 1.39pm on March 22, marking a week to the minute after a gunman began his terror at two of the city’s mosques. At Te Wānanga o Raukawa, a sausage sizzle raised funds for the victims, then staff, local kura and the community gathered for a sombre two minutes of silence. There were Māori, Pakehā, young, old, men, women in headscarves, visitors, locals, all holding hands in solidarity with the Christchurch victims. Then a powerful haka broke out, bringing tears to many. Ōtaki College had a red-and-black mufti day with gold coin koha going to the Christchurch appeal. Students wrote messages inside a large heart on the college quadrangle, at 1.38pm there was a minute’s silence, followed by a karanga at 1.39pm and a college haka a minute later. Right: The haka at Ōtaki College. – Photo: Simon Neale Above, left and below: Sombre moments at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. – Photos: Ian Carson

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Fast-track highway safety solution result of collaborative council work I want to publicly thank Horowhenua District Council CEO David Clapperton and Mayor Michael Feyen for their collaborative work, with KCDC chief executive Wayne Maxwell and myself, in pushing for fast tracking safety improvements to the highway north of Ōtaki. Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has responded to our direct appeal, expressing her concerns for the safety performance of the section of SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin and Foxton, and is looking to initiate a fast-track solution. The minister has

asked NZTA to initiate a mediumterm proposal in the Safe Networks Programme (SNP). SNP is being developed to deliver safety treatment quickly using “off the shelf ” solutions without having to undertake a whole business case approach.


Retailing is a dynamic beast Our story this issue on page 3 about the movement of retailing in and out of the railway shopping area shows just how dynamic the retailing beast can be. That dynamism can, of course, be seen from two very different perspectives. One can take the view that the empty shops indicate an economic slump and a sign that retailers are getting out before a downturn in business post-expressway. It’s a view that’s was expounded in the Wellington press several years ago. That pessimism was unfounded, as I told the reporter at the time. However, the story was always going to be about the downturn, so let’s not allow the facts to get in the way of a good story. The other view is that retailing is always fluid – shops move in and out all the time – and as long as there’s no mass desertion, other retailers will move in. That’s proven to be the case in Ōtaki – at least in the railway shopping precinct – over time. It’s sometimes disappointing to see good retailers go, but they have their reasons. Sometimes it’s simply to take up a better opportunity in a better location to expand their business. So we wish them good luck. Often it’s for corporate financial reasons – store closures are likely to hit the small towns first. The current situation in the railway area, however, gives cause for particular optimism. With Maude Heath’s Artel arriving to fill the empty Rembrandt store at the end of the month, we’ll have a vibrant new art space. It will add to the vibrancy of the area, where Hori a few doors along already stirs the pot with his pithy quotes and cutting edge art. I can see Hori and Maude getting along famously. There’s also the Caltex development. It’s one of the worstkept secrets, but the developers are saying little until they can get their plans across the line with resource consents etc. Let’s hope the council shows its commitment to being “business friendly” and is accommodating. The kind of development the rumours portray include a new hub of entertainment, dining and retail. It’s an exciting prospect, and just what we need to boost the area as the expressway nears completion. We need to be promoting Ōtaki to the world, but we need more than natural assets, historical and cultural uniqueness, and good shopping to do that. Having a quality restaurant, a modern bar and good entertainment has a real allure for people wanting to visit Ōtaki for weekends and holidays. Let’s hope it all comes together.

“While this is a nationally managed programme, it is a top priority for this region,” she said. This follows a joint approach to the minister seeking urgent action. Our letter of March 5 focused on the 10 deaths and serious injuries that occurred on this stretch of road between October and December. As many deaths and injuries occurred then as has happened for the previous four years combined, and it accounts for 20 percent of all the deaths on this stretch since 2000. Each accident is a tragedy for the families involved. We pointed out that

these unacceptable level of deaths, injuries, increasing delays and impacts on resilience highlighted the fact that the current highway is no longer fit for purpose. Both councils, which have been working closely with NZTA, especially around the connections of local roads with SH1, also appreciate NZTA has long-term proposals to significantly improve SH1. We, however, told the minister we want urgent interim investment to improve the highway’s safety and we’re ready to work collaboratively with NZTA to achieve that.

The minister said NZTA had also undertaken a series of quick, interim measures, including installation of wide centrelines with flexible posts between opposing lanes. It’s a measure with proven results elsewhere in the country. Rumble strips and electronic speed signs are additional measures. The safety measures are important for every SH1 user, including Ōtaki residents forced to head north to Levin and Palmerston North to access government services. n  K Gurunathan is the Mayor of Kāpiti Coast and is an Ōtaki resident.


Beware the pledges of rates reductions The proposed average rates increase for this year is 4.8 percent. Woohoo, says no one! As every year rolls around, local and regional councils tax another hard-earned portion of your income. It’s like a neverending cycle . . . probably because it actually is. We’re also in “election year”. In the next few months prospective candidates in local elections will make pledges to secure your valued vote and the most pertinent question on the lips of voters is “are you going to increase rates” or something similar. I’ve been serving the community as an elected member for 12 years now and I’ve never stood on a campaign promising lower rates. I know how challenging the rates area is. It’s about here that I’ll let you in on a little secret. Rates are forecast in the council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) for the next 20 years. You can find the LTP on the council’s website. So unless you reduce spending or increase

income, not a lot is going to change. Councillors work hard to prioritise what they think we should or shouldn’t do, but usually you’ll see rates within 1-2 percent of the council’s forecasted LTP. For example, this year our LTP rates were forecasted at an average of 6 percent, so 1.2 percent higher than we’ve proposed this year. Have you ever seen an election candidate say “vote for me and I’ll see that nothing is spent in this community”? Nope, didn’t think so. That’s because they wouldn’t get elected. There’s this tension between still delivering new or renewed assets (halls,

roads, playgrounds etc) or services within the district, while trying to keep rates down. Among all this you’re also competing with the election promises of other elected members across the district. So when election candidates start throwing around promises of reduced rates, ask them to explain in detail how they propose to achieve this. Don’t accept answers like “reduce spending” – reduce spending from where? Or “cutting staff numbers” – tell me what roles are surplus to requirements? Or on the other hand, “provide more social housing” – great, but where are you going to fund both the capital and operating expenditure to do this? Candidates need to be able to back up the “what they’ll do” with “how they’ll do it”. Rates next year, however, will be interesting. The Waikanae Library needs money and I predict more council buildings will be revealed to also need repair. n  James Cootes is the Ōtaki Ward councillor on the Kāpiti Coast District Council.


The convenience of a good rivermouth facility When I was a young mother with four young children, much of my time was focused on toilets and the training of those four youngsters in how to use such devices. I’m sure I never thought that several decades later I would be making a short speech as community board chair at the official launching/opening/dedication or whatever, of a toilet at the mouth of the Ōtaki River. But that’s where I found myself about a week ago (see page 24). For many years people visiting the rivermouth to fish, whitebait or simply to take in the view have wanted the convenience of a convenience. About five years ago the Friends of the Ōtaki River decided it was time there should be a toilet at the mouth of the river. I’m sure they never thought it would take this long or that it would be such a complex process.

Consultation began about four years ago. Every political body was involved. Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for things that happen on the foreshore. The piece of land where the toilet is sited is officially Conservation Department land, administered by GWRC. Kāpiti Coast District Council needed to be involved in providing the equipment and the appropriate connections. And the funding had to come from various places, including GWRC and KCDC. And that still left a shortfall, which was met to

the tune of nearly $30,000 by the Philipp Family Foundation, funders of many of the developments around Ōtaki and Kāpiti. So there we were, officially opening the toilets at the mouth of the Ōtaki River. Technically, it’s an achievement. The toilet is connected to the sewerage system – so no risk of leakage as there might have been if it was a septic tank set-up. It has full plumbing, so it flushes and you can wash your hands. This isn’t that easy to do when you’re building near to a rivermouth. And right alongside is a viewing platform so visitors can admire the view of Kāpiti Island. Unfortunately, someone, let’s hope they’re not from Ōtaki, has already removed the recently installed heavy-duty garden seats built by the Waikanae Menz Shed. If you removed the seats or know who did, it would be great if they were returned.. n  Chris Papps is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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The longer we stay, the more qualities we find By Marilyn Stevens

Forty years ago, my husband, Wayne, and I started bringing our family to Ōtaki to camp at what was then the Capitol (now Byron’s Resort). The beach, the clean air, the freedom and the friendly people were all draw cards. Eighteen years ago we decided to make Ōtaki home and so moved from Paremata to Te Horo. The longer we stay here the more qualities we find; we love the community spirit, the kite festival, Māoriland, the history here. It’s truly an awesome little town. However, there are also areas that need help. Because I love this community I wanted to involve myself in any way possible. I am now deputy chair of the Ōtaki Community Board and chair of the Ōtaki Community Network Group. Through that involvement I have been able to identify areas that require attention, and one of those is the need for a more efficient, effective and accessible health care system. I have recently joined the Otaki Health and Wellbeing Group, and have been on the Kāpiti Health Advisory Group for 2½ years, Waikanae has also started a health advocacy group and I have been invited to join that as well (this gives consistency right through Kāpiti Coast). These groups are working with Capital & Coast and the MidCentral district health boards to give

MARILYN STEVENS: Ōtaki “an awesome little town”.

patients the choice of whether they be treated in Wellington or Palmerston North. The boundaries are being softened, so you do have choices. We are also advocating for more services closer to home so people don’t always have to make the long journey to hospital. The expressway when finished will be a real asset, but it has not gone without creating

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challenges for those affected by its construction. Some of the very people who have lost their homes and land to allow for the expressway are going to be unable to access it and use it. People from Te Horo, Peka Peka and northeast Waikanae have to either travel north to Ōtaki to get on or, right down Te Moana Road, Waikanae.

This is going to mean about 2433 more traffic movements a day on urban roads through Waikanae, which will create more safety issues and road maintenance that will ultimately be paid for by the Kāpiti ratepayers. Traffic on the expressway and the maintenance of such is funded by NZTA. I co-ordinate a very skilled group with roading/technical/IT/marketing expertise that is lobbying KCDC and NZTA to re-look at the business case that was submitted to NZTA board for consideration, and led to rejection of an interchange at Peka Peka. The business case is flawed and has gaping holes in it – we are asking this be re-visited and that the land already available for an interchange be secured and not sold off as excess land for future development. The overbridge is already there as part of the interchange and all we are lobbying for is on/off slip roads for accessibility and connectivity. These are only about 500 metres long and not nearly as expensive as a full interchange. Both Waikanae and Ōtaki community boards approved a motion at their last meetings to go to council that these requests be actioned. Last week I went to the NZ community boards conference, so I look forward to reporting back about what is happening around the country with other boards. Enjoy the month ahead and stay safe on the roads.

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Show some love and beat the hatred On March 15 we saw how much love there is in Aotearoa. We saw it wrapped in hijab and flower bouquets. We heard it in karakia and memorials for the whānau and loved ones of everybody affected in Christchurch. We were also reminded there are bad people, racists and fascists in our country. Āe, even in Aotearoa. Any minority, especially, could have told you this. It’s never been hard to see, but I imagine it's easier to forget when you’re not the one living countless effects of systematic bias, hatred, the second looks, the hurtful names. Or worse. Nobody wants to imagine the worse that happened that day. But we could have. There are fascists here. If you are not them, WORK AGAINST THEM. You do this with

Nobody thinks restricting gun access will stop love. Love for your neighbour. If all your shootings. It will never stop hate. But we “hope" neighbours look the same, walk down a different Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy was presented with it lessens the likelihood and scale of any future street. Spend time with people different from a petition on March 22 asking him to vote shootings. That meme about guns you. Get outside your circle and yes to the second reading of the End of growing arms would be funny if not understand more about that person GOOD THINKING Life Choice Bill. for the context of the discussion; at work who doesn’t share your Members of the Kāpiti-Horowhenua End one hundred people shot because belief system, your skin colour, of Life Choice Society presented the petition they chose to believe in their God. your preferences or way of life. in the name of 961 residents in the Ōtaki Maybe fighting for our gun rights Lots of us move in circles of electorate. Nathan Guy voted yes at the first reading so the public could have the debate is a reflexive argument some of us people just like us. Step through via the Justice select committee. He has not make because we think we should. the wall of that circle, even just for indicated how he will vote at the second Maybe seeing the proud NRA a bit. reading. supporters in America rallying Spend some time outside it, get Petitioner Ann David said many people around last year's 39,000 deaths by to know those people different had stories of loved ones who had endured gun has encouraged us to fire from to you so you can remember, PERA BARRETT protracted deaths with great suffering. Others the hip without too much thought. underneath it all, when you get saw the Bill as a right to self-determination Or maybe that's always been true. down to the things that matter, that and protection from enforced suffering. I'm sure we all understand self-loading guns they're not different at all. If enacted, the Bill would allow New mean faster gunshots, which means more You’ll learn things you never knew. You'll Zealanders to ask a doctor to hasten their people died in Christchurch. remember that yours is not the only way. And death under strictly controlled conditions. So less ability to get those guns might have you’ll be working against the hatred. A patient would need to be terminally ill meant fewer people died. If we understand that, The people who are scared of those who aren’t with a prognosis of less than six months or the logic of restricting gun access to potentially like them. Those people are threatened because with a grievous and irremediable medical save lives is easy to follow. Maybe those of us they don’t want to share OUR world with ways condition. In either case, the applicant posting memes against the ban just haven’t of life different from theirs. They’re scared of not would need to be “in an advanced stage HE MOBILITY COMPANY publishing 04/04/19 booked size M4X8 of irreversible decline in capability” and made it that far down the thought process yet. being right. WE-8370940AA (100%) publication KAPITI OBSERVER dimensions 25.4X18.2, cms width by “experiencing unbearable section sufferingRUN that isOF PRESS Or maybe we just needittoorre-frame thecorrections They want those walls to exist, it makes them Please check your proof carefully and approve submit proofed 01-Apr-19 6:22:54 AM unable to be relieved in any manner tolerable question to one of hope. Is it worth hoping for feel strong. They’re not strong if we don’t let ges to your adorwithin ATOL system at a time that suits you. Just follow the link in yourthem ad proof email to view your ad, then click APPROVE or CORRECTIONS button rig to him her” at the the time of signing a written life,the if the cost is a change to my target-shooting be. request for assisted dying. Go and show somebody different to you some routine, or is my inconvenience too high a price Two doctors would have to confirm for society to pay? love. That’s how you beat hatred. that all of the eligibility criteria are I think that answer is pretty simple. I hope In the weeks following March 15, the gun law simultaneously present, that the patient is korero took over Facebook feeds. Mostly people you do, too. mentally competent to make the decision shouting "Guns don't kill people, people kill n Pera Barrett is the 2019 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero and does so uncoerced, of their own free people". of the Year for his work providing Christmas gifts to children will. Any doctor can decline participation. in low decile schools. He was born and grew up in Ōtaki. For the record, nobody thinks that's wrong.





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Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, kei aku whakatiketike, nei rā ngā mihi matakuikui ki a koutou, ngā ākonga o mua. Ko koutou e whakanui ana i ngā tau e 60 o te Kāreti o Ōtaki nei. Nō mātou anō te māringa nui ki te manaaki i tēnei kaupapa whakahirahira o tātou. Kāore e kore he nui ngā āhuatanga rerekē, ngā āhuatanga hou, ā, ko te tūmanako hoki he āhuatanga mīharo ki a koutou. He wā kia noho tahi i runga i te whakaaro kotahi. Te tūtaki anō i ō hoa o mua, me te anga whakamua ki ngā whakaritenga o te Kāhui Ākonga o Ōtaki. He ringa tōhaunui te Kāhui Ākonga o Ōtaki, kua ihuoneone te karawhiu ki te tautoko i te Kāreti o Ōtaki me ngā ākonga hoki, kia whāia tonutia ai a tātou tamariki ki te eke ki ngā taumata e wawatatia ai rātou. E kore rawa te puna ā mihi e mimiti ki a koutou, otirā tātou e tau nei. Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui. A very warm Ōtaki College welcome to all past students attending the 60th reunion. It is a pleasure to host the event at the college and I trust that while you’re here you will be able to see the many changes since your time here. It will be a time to catch up with old friends and acquaintances and share stories of the past. It might also be a time for you to reconnect with the college and be part of its future through the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust, which now plays a significant role in supporting the college and student body in helping us to fulfill our college vision of "developing young people who always strive top be the best that they can be”. Enjoy your time together. Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui.

Getting together again, 10 years on By Peter Northern, Reunion committee

After the resounding success of the 50th jubilee and the amount of positive feedback received, the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust decided it would be worthwhile celebrating the college’s 60-year anniversary. This time around, the reunion committee is lucky to have a mix of members from the 50th jubilee committee, plus some new faces that bring a fresh and enthusiastic approach to organising the weekend. There will be a similar format to the last reunion, with registration at the college from midday on the Friday, a pōwhiri and afternoon tea at 3pm, followed by the popular “Giggle and Gossip” starting at 6.30pm. This is a great evening event, and a relaxed and informal way to reconnect and reminisce. The main difference for this reunion is that everything is to be held at the college, in the hall and marquees. What could be more appropriate than holding a college reunion at the college itself? Saturday morning will see the return of the popular march from the Domain to the college at 9am in your decade group (feel free to follow the example of a few last

time and wear your old school uniform – for those that still fit them)! At 10am there are photos and morning tea, along with speeches and a cake cutting. Saturday night will be a big one, starting at 7pm in the hall with live music, continuous supper and a cash bar. We will also be screening school photos and some from the last reunion so we can all remember what we used to look like. Bring your dancing shoes, a sense of humour and memories of your time at college. Unfortunately the bike sheds are no longer there! This will be a great weekend and an awesome opportunity to catch up with friends and acquaintances from years gone by, and maybe forge some new friendships along the way. If you haven’t registered but intend to come, you only have a few days to do so. There are limitations on numbers and catering, so if you haven’t registered for the events on Friday or Saturday night, you won’t be able to arrive and pay on the day. The committee is looking forward to seeing you all over the weekend and will be happy to answer any questions you may have and assist in any way we can. Fingers crossed for a fine weekend!


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Twenty-five years of growth and expansion Before the opening of Ōtaki District High School on February 2, 1959, secondary education was afforded to pupils of the southern Horowhenua district by their travelling by rail or bus to Horowhenua College. Throughout the 1950s, there was, in New Zealand as a whole, huge growth in the provision of new secondary schools to cope with the great increase in the number of children of secondary school age. In the same period, there was a growing unrest in Ōtaki about pupils having to travel. This prompted the primary school committees of the district to seek a secondary education establishment in the area. A major meeting with Wellington Education Board officers on March 6,1957, showed that the establishment of a district high school was an accepted fact. On May 19 of that year, a committee was set up to study “high school uniform matters, colours, badges. . . ..” This committee reported in June, giving details of the colours chosen: clerical grey with royal blue and gold. Plans of the original D block were presented In August 1957 and a decision was made to press for action to get all the facilities ready by 1959. Ōtaki District High School began on February 2,1959, with a roll of 62 third form students. The principal was Sam Bilborough. The school was not officially opened until March 3 1960 by Phil Skoglund, Minister of

Education. The roll grew to 157 in 1960 and, in anticipation of rapid growth, the committee pressed for establishment as a full college. This was granted as from February 1, 1961. The roll that year was 217, and the college also catered for 277 manual training primary school pupils. Terry Chadwick had been appointed principal. In 1962, John Saunders was appointed as the new principal.

1963-1984 The period of 1963-1970 was marked principally by a growth in the roll numbers, particularly in the senior forms, and by a great expansion of the physical facilities of the college. The Stephen Hill-as Memorial Swimming Pool was officially opened in the early summer of 1963-64. In 1963, too, began the erection of B block, which had the library and art rooms, and the assembly hall and administration block. B block came into use early in 1964, and shortly afterwards so did the assembly hall block, which was officially opened by Governor General Sir Bernard Fergusson. The gymnasium was completed in 1969. In October 1969 the college board approved of the Education Department’s offer of transition to a Form 1 to 7 college. In 1971 the new institution began in the face of great difficulty: 234 new pupils in the Form 1 and 2 area were enrolled with no new facilities. By all sorts of makeshifts, somehow the school began, but it was late in the year before the Nelson

John Saunders,principal from 1963-75.

Block was finally completed. It was even later when such conversions as the new metalwork room were available; but a new era in secondary education had begun. A greater variety of subjects and course options were available, a greater degree of teacher specialisation and a wider use of physical facilities such as the gymnasium was an advantage for the youth of Ōtaki and wider district. A continuing growth in the physical amenities was a feature of the years 1971-1975. These years were marked by a steady improvement in the level of academic successes and in the range of intramural and extramural activities available to the pupils. A music room was added in 1974 and there were extensions to the library, the gymnasium

equipment room and the provision of a kiln in the art room. In 1973 the board agreed to 7th form students wearing “mufti” instead of uniform. This symbolised a new relationship in secondary schools that was growing between senior pupils and staff. At the end of 1975, John and Wendy Saunders retired from the respective positions of principal and senior mistress. Rex Kerr took over as principal, and Diane Barton was appointed to replace Wendy. In 1981 a horticulture course was established in line with the changing rural emphasis in the Ōtaki district. Another change was the development of a wider outdoor education curriculum to take advantage of the many venture opportunities in the hills, rivers and forests so close to the college. The growing interest and focus on the social impact of a changing society on education was evidenced by the appointment of a full-time guidance counsellor in 1978 and of a full-time teacher of Māori language and culture. The French language option disappeared for want of support, but computer awareness became part of the programme. The growing roll meant that the assembly hall had to be widened, the library in B block was substantially extended, an audio-visual room was provided and three more classrooms were additions to the teaching facilities. n By John Saunders, principal 1963-75. Reproduced with

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Constant change and pressure in the middle years By Rex Kerr, Principal, 1976-97

The early years of Ōtaki College were a time of relative stability and consolidation, with the roll growing to 603 by 1976. The following years were a time of constant change. The roll increased further in the 1980s to just over 680, then dropped to hover about 500. The baby boom was over. With the loss of students, staffing numbers also fell, but the percentage of Māori gradually rose from 20 to 40 percent. The curriculum had to meet changing student needs. Te reo Māori was introduced in 1977 and the arrival of Hiko Hohepa in 1978 saw it flourish, along and with the introduction of day classes for adults. There was a renaissance in te reo locally. For three years in a row, Ōtaki College had a representative in the Pei Te Huranui Jones National Whaikorero finals with Mauri Ora Kingi winning in 1979 when Ngāti Raukawa and Ōtaki College hosted the finals in Ōtaki. Te reo went from strength to strength with the arrival of four prefabs to house the newly established bilingual unit, which later developed into an immersion unit. In 1978 the first of a series of national reports, the Johnson Report, came out decrying the fall nationwide in national standards, and the basics in particular. A guidance counsellor was appointed in 1979 and as the roll grew new subjects such as Japanese were added to French and Māori. Horticulture was added with the opening of the horticulture block in 1981. Work transition was introduced in 1978 for students looking to take up apprenticeships, and in 1987 Ōtaki College became a targeted school. During this period the old Endorsed School Certificate was replaced by Sixth Form Certificate and nonUniversity Entrance subjects, such as physical education, computing, business studies, and design and technology, were added to the curriculum. Change accelerated in 1987. Ōtaki College was a selected school for the National Building Code Survey and the National Curriculum Project, and to top it off the Picot Report came out, which brought huge changes with Tomorrow’s Schools in 1989. This placed enormous pressure on the college community. The board of governors was replaced by a board of trustees – appointed representatives of the PTA, borough council and Education Board were replaced by elected parent representatives.

The new boards were given greater Chinese students made up authority over the running of 5 percent of the roll and were schools, including finance, buildings, great achievers, most going on to staff appointments, local curriculum university and the professions. and policy development. Extra-curricular activities, cultural The principal and staff were interests and sport thrived. Outdoor given greater responsibility for the education was available to all day-to-day running of the college students and a wide range of camps and curriculum delivery. Principals were organised, depending on became CEOs and advisors to the student needs and interests, and staff trustees. Changes came elsewhere expertise. These included camping, – education boards, regional offices, tramping, cycling, canoeing, sailing, the inspectorate and examination skiing and fishing. boards were abolished and replaced Cultural interests were not by the Education Review Office, NZ ignored – kapa haka, choral, Education Qualifications Authority orchestral, band, bell ringing and a smaller Ministry of Education. and debating were available to Charters and a plethora of students and involved inter-college policies were required to meet every exchanges. Students were given OTAKI COLLEGE PRINCIPALS top left-right: Sam contingency, including teacher opportunities in a wide range of Bilborough, Terry Chadwick, John Saunders; bottom development and supervision, summer sports, including athletics, left to right: Rex Kerr, Mel Cooper, John Kane. student safety, and curriculum canoeing, cricket, equestrian, delivery and implementation. As these administrative changes softball, swimming and tennis, and in winter basketball, hockey, were being absorbed, Ōtaki College took on new challenges. In netball, rugby, soccer and volleyball. Students went on to 1991 the school went into partnership with Wellington Teachers’ represent New Zealand at senior level in eventing, canoeing, College and Ngāti Raukawa, and established a Māori language basketball, kayaking, rugby league and rugby, with John teachers’ outpost, Te Whanau o Akopai ki Te Upoko o te Ika. The MacDonald representing New Zealand at the Seoul Olympics in following year, the Weraroa Unit was set up for severely disabled kayaking. The most eagerly anticipated events were the overnight students. school exchanges with Taihape, Queen Charlotte and Okato Despite the extra load imposed on the whole school, colleges. sound, productive teaching continued and students did well. The annual visit by the Ōtaki Scholar from Robert Gordon’s Examination passes were above the national average and in College in Aberdeen was a highlight. The rural character of the most cases above 75 percent. In some years, bursary passes college was seen through activities such as the lamb and calf day were as high as 100 percent. Several students went on to earn and the whole-hearted involvement of parents, staff, students and scholarships to study in Canada, Japan and Australia. board in the annual gala. In the early years many students left aged 15, went straight None of these successes would have been achieved without into work and progressed to become successful businessmen and the commitment and dedication of enthusiastic, competent staff women in a wide range of trades and activities. Others went into members to a heavy teaching load, and their involvement in the the armed forces to rise through the ranks to senior positions. extra-curricular programme.

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Daunting, exciting first days for students of ’59 Compiled by Ron Gibbard

Ōtaki District High School opened on February 2, 1959, with a roll of 62 third form students, including four sets of twins – the Gilbert and Cole girls, the Richmond brothers and the Laytons. The principal was Sam Bilborough, who was also principal of Ōtaki Primary School, so he visited the high school perhaps only twice a week. The school was not officially opened until March 3, 1960, by Education Minister Phil Skoglund. For the foundation students, the first days were daunting. They had no idea what to expect in this new environment. Looking back now on those early days, some of those students have shared their thoughts.

HEATHER WATSON The first day was so exciting. Wearing my brand new grey and royal blue uniform and panama hat I walked to school with my friend, Enid Heath. Every pupil walked, biked or bussed to school. No car drop-

offs then. The builders were still working on the site. We wore rompers for PE and I hated them. I was a prefect. At primary school we had had our subjects like maths at the same time every day. Now at ODHS they were set at different times every day. How refreshing. We moved from room to room each period so kept our belongings in a locker. They were never locked. Only the boys did woodwork. The staff kitchen was so modern. Science with Mr [ John] Northern was interesting, but no mucking around with him. The staff called us by surname only and two of them were chain smokers. With only 62 pupils at school we got to know everyone and we still have that strong bond today. I can’t ever remember being bullied at school. Heather left high school to work for Roydon Textiles and in later life worked in the family business, Watson Gardens. She still lives in Ōtaki.

GLENN BURT As one of the ‘Te Horo toughs’ we were not feeling that brave actually, pretty apprehensive and worried on that first morning in February 1959. We huddled in a small bunch at Te Horo Store waiting for the school bus. All bright and shiny in our new school uniforms complete with blue blazer and cap. The Richmond twins, Hamish and Robert, were both wearing ties – should we have all been wearing them as well? We were dropped off at the high school at the start of a long and barren drive. Apprehension increased. Lots of strange faces and some stern looking teachers at our first assembly. It got better, though. We were formed into classes, went to new rooms with new furniture, teachers actually not that scary and lots of friendly new faces. Wow! A fire alarm to tell us when classes and breaks were finished. After “scally-wagging” as a teenager, Glenn gained a masters in philology on his 60th birthday while posted at the Defence Senior Staff College.

HEATHER STEWART I am proud to have been a foundation pupil of Otaki District High School and will be attending the 60th reunion in April. Only three courses were offered in 1959: professional, commercial or home science. I have vivid memories of early mornings in the middle of winter wearing our beautiful grey romper shorts running round the tennis court; learning French from our Jean Paul text books (my proudest moment was passing an oral and written exam in French held in Wellington); at the end of our first year the woodwork room was cleared for our school dance. Heather started work at Dowsetts then later moved to Australia and worked in aged care.

RON GIBBARD We, the first students, were to form the early history of our college. We had no sense of tradition, with no seniors to show us how to study and aspire to excellence. Many of us became late bloomers. Several of our group gained university degrees well into in their working life. Because of the small number of students, the boys played cricket one week and softball the next. At interval and lunchtime two of our teachers would light up their fags and tell the prefects to catch the smokers on the field. Amazingly, our slow walk across the fields netted no culprits. Hilton Burt, the de facto principal, instilled in us a love for English and was a caring man. Johnny Northern took maths and science, and his gruff manner disguised an exceptional wit. He went on to serve our college as deputy principal for many years. Mr Gubbins worked hard to bring the French language alive to us. I learned it very well by having to write many punishment lines in French for him. On returning for the 60th jubilee, my thoughts are not for the buildings, although they evoked many memories. My college memories centre around people. Boys who finally grew up. Girls who grew up quicker! The discipline and success of our hockey team under Graeme Smith. The wonderful vocabulary of Snow Burnett. Thanks to those teachers who moulded us and laughed with us in those formative years. Ron trained as a geography and mathematics teacher, spending his final 20 years at Horowhenua College as maths head of department. He is on the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust, the 2019 Reunion Committee and lives in Levin.

MICHAEL HODGES My overwhelming memory of 1958 was picking carrots, carrots and more carrots on the site [which was then the Bellina market garden]. Michael’s first job was an apprentice butcher.

Students from 1959-60 gather at The Domain before their march to Ōtaki College for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2009.

After studying parttime he’s now in private practice as a human resources consultant in Christchurch.

LOIS HARVEY & ERNA WINTERBURN From ‘The Class of ’59’, reprinted courtesy of the Otaki Historical Society.

“Every one of us had a brand new uniform. On the first day we walked through town we were a novelty and the shopkeepers came out to have a look at us. Girls were rostered to prepare morning tea for the five staff. There were plenty of volunteers as we were allowed to eat a couple of biscuits. It was acceptable (for male teachers anyway) to smoke in front of pupils at school. What was unacceptable, however, was for teachers to live together as partners and not be married. Today it is no smoking for teachers at school but it’s OK to live together. How times have changed! We wee a small group of pupils brought together by a unique situation. The class of ‘59 will always have a special place in the history of Ōtaki.” Erna was head girl from 1959-62. She trained as a commerce teacher and after teaching in England and Zambia, returned to Ōtaki College. In 2005 she gained a degree in ESOL. Erna died in 2017. Lois lived and worked in Ōtaki and was active in organising a reunion in 2002 for the 1959-60 students. Lois also died in 2017.


College ‘best it’s ever been’ – Janice Brown Relationships “ matter. It’s not ‘them and us’. ” For thousands of students, Janice Brown has been synonymous with Ōtaki College – never one without the other. The genial senior dean has not only provided a classroom education, but perhaps more importantly, a sympathetic ear and sound advice that’s got many students through some difficult times. Janice’s first assignment at Ōtaki was as a relieving teacher in 1978. It lasted only six weeks, but she was to be back three years later after being head-hunted by then-principal Rex Kerr. She has become a fixture at the college every since. Janice was born in Whanganui while her family was working on a farm in Maxwell. Her father was a shepherd, so the family moved where the work was, including Taihape and Mangamahu. By Standard 2, the family was in Shannon and then Moutua, and Janice went on to Manawatū College. The education journey began in 1972, when as a 16-year-old Janice started at Wellington Teachers’ College. The family had come to Ōtaki, living near to and becoming friends with Rex Kerr and wife Elizabeth. On completion of Teachers’ College, her first school was at Taradale, and then Tairangi in Porirua East. It was there that she became part of a liaison team working to support teachers. As with many young Kiwis of the time, the lure of overseas experience beckoned. Janice travelled for three years, living and working in countries including South America, South Africa, Israel, Scotland and England. It meant a variety of jobs as diverse as cooking for coach

LONG ASSOCIATION; Janice Brown, who first started at Ōtaki College as a relief teacher in 1978. Photo: Ian Carson

tours around Europe, waitressing, working for a travel agency and as a barmaid in Knightsbridge, London, frequented by comedy stars of the time such as Spike Milligan and Kenny Everett. By the time Janice returned to New Zealand, it was the family association with Rex – and the impression she’d made in her brief stint at Ōtaki College in 1978 – that led him to secure her as a permanent teacher in 1981. Gaps in her tenure since have included maternity leave for her two children with partner Russell Gibson, a year in Australia and

brief teaching assignments at Ōhau Primary School and Horowhenua College. There’s an obvious affinity, however, with Ōtaki and its college. Janice has grown with the college, adapting to changes and never losing sight of the fact that students matter. Her pastoral care is legendary, going out of her way to ensure that students get the support they need in often difficult personal circumstances. She’s embraced the college’s restorative practices culture, which has seen it become a

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A call-out by Ōtaki Today to discover which former students and staff have died in the past 60 years has revealed the following list of 300. The list is undoubtedly incomplete, but it has been compiled in good faith using information supplied. Therefore, we can’t guarantee the names are accurate or the spelling correct. If you do have any corrections – or, sadly, additions – please let us know. We’ll update the list on our website – otakitoday.com Wayne (LYN) FARROW Greig FIFIELD Amiria FORD Steven FRANZ (2011) Wayne FLYNN Harold FULFORD Murray FULFORD John GALLYER Azalea GHOODOSI Hona GILBERT John GILBERT Moana GOODING (ROIRI) Angela GOW Kahu GRAY Sandra GRAY (BELL) Iian GREIG Dayle GROWCOTT John GROWCOTT Kevin HALL Frances HAMLIN Mark HANLON Mike HAKARAIA Wayne {Jacko} HAKARAIA Rachael Albert Mita HAKARAIA Anita HARATA *Lois HARVEY *Carol HAWEA John HEATHERWICK Andrew HEWER Mark HEWER Stephen HILLAS Te Hiko o te Rangi HOHIPA Judith HOLSWICH (HALL) John HORN Allyson HOUSE (HORN) Richard HEANEY Mark HEWER Bryce HUMPHREY Graham HUNT Christopher Leith HUNTER Lynda HUXTABLE



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When questions beat answers

When I think of Ōtaki College, nearly 50 discovery and imagination does the rest. years after I left, my mind returns to old But the world of information and reading mates, playing sport and the wonders of is changing from my days at Ōtaki College. books. Books and libraries are used by young and old Books in a library are a treasure trove to kids. as much as ever, but the way we access content They appear as a beautiful assortment of sizes has been heading towards screens for some and colours – a bit like an endless lolly shop time. where consumption is limitless and The good news about this is it provides there’s never a chance of much greater and easier access MEDIA & COMMUNITY to massive online libraries consuming too much. of information and digital As a kid I especially recall interaction, that can often be hanging out at the Ōtaki Library and, unusually for me, filtered according to what’s useful. staying silent. Thousands of But that benefit might also be the bringer of some bad news. books organised into sections so that any eager kid could We live in a world of instant zero in on whatever took their answers, provided by online search fancy. and social media, which is literally I recall becoming at our fingertips. At the same time, fascinated, for a period, this avalanche of information is FRASER CARSON by the early rocket builder clearly creating unprecedented Robert Goddard and his wildly dangerous overload and complexity in the lives of many. experiments with explosive substances in order For groups of young people, we are seeing to hurl a cylinder skyward. Once my interest clear signs of fatigue and stress from this. It’s was piqued, book after book revealed itself and changing behaviours and I suspect no one could be plucked from the shelves and taken really knows where it is leading us. home to further the obsession. When I think back on the simpler times Books on rocketry inevitably led to books of learning many things through books and on outer-space, aircraft, weather science and from conversations, it was much less about the whatever. John Northern’s biology classes were complexities of the world and the pressure to a highlight. find definitive answers, and more about the I’ve come to realise, now that I have my own wonder and joy of the process. It allowed kids adult kids, that children are naturally drawn to to learn and develop critical thinking, their books. In most cases, all they need are adults own ideas and to use imagination to solve who expose them to books from an early age things. As in the academic world, an answer is and, from there, a child’s natural sense of wonder, often not definitive and usually simply raises

more wonderful questions. Perhaps, if the black and white answer is so easy and simple to find, why think and use imagination at all? The screen has done most of it for us. Some years ago, I read a magazine article about how the Hubble Telescope had exploded our understanding of the Universe, describing it as doubling our knowledge. That seemed like a huge achievement, except that we obviously can’t ever quantify all the knowledge the Universe contains. But just imagine we could calculate a zillion things to understand about the Universe, the Hubble has only allowed us to get from one to two, or maybe 1000 to 2000. I would argue that the Hubble story, to the mind of a kid going to the library in search of wonder, discovery and imagination, would bring joy that there are more books to read and many more things to discover. Conversely, to the mind of a kid hardwired to find a simple answer to everything, the zillion unanswered questions could be a frustrating and insoluble barrier. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t always need an answer. Perhaps we should simply elevate the power and optimism of questions and use books more to rekindle the kid’s innate joy of learning. This month I’m looking forward to meeting up with some past fellow book-lovers at the Ōtaki College 60th anniversary reunion. n Fraser Carson is a member of the XŌtaki College Alumni

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Friday April 26 12pm: Open school Powhiri Registration packs available 3pm: Afternoon tea 6.30pm: Giggle and Gossip Saturday April 27 9am: Parade in decades from Domain Road 10am: Photos and morning tea 7pm: Dance, continuous supper and entertainment Register at: otakicollege.school.nz/60th-reunion Enquiries to: reunion@otakicollege.school.nz REUNION ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

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XŌtaki trust helps fund college projects The XŌtaki College Alumni Trust was established five years ago by a group of former students to help the college with projects and scholarships that help current students to realise their goals and dreams, and to help build a 21st century college – it’s about students of the past helping those of the future. The trust has undertaken projects worth about $300,000 in its brief existence (see table at right). Previously, these kinds of projects would have had to be funded through the college budget – meaning some would never have happened. They have allowed the college to invest in other important areas of education. Some of the funding has come from generous organisations such as the Philipp Family Foundation, but a significant amount has been donated by former students who wish to “give something back” to the college of their youth. Several new scholarships have been created to help students with further study or opportunities to create a better future. One of the innovative projects is to supply solar power. In two stages, solar panels have been installed on the college hall roof. More can be added. The energy savings to the college are reinvested in scholarships worth at least $3500 a year. XŌtaki chair Max Lutz says the assistance of funders and former students has made a huge difference at the college, but there’s still plenty to do. “We’ve made great progress in five years, but there are other projects we’d like to get off the ground,” he says. “If anyone can help, I’m always happy to talk to them. The reunion would be a



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great time to discuss it.” New projects for which the trust is hoping to raise funds include: •  improved lighting and audio in the assembly hall – estimated cost $53,000 •  provide an all-weather canopy for an area of concrete – estimated cost $12,000 •  build stage 3 of the solar project – estimated cost $30,000 •  increase the number and/or value of financial scholarships. The trust also held its inaugural Hall of Fame event in 2018, which recognised former students Chris Parkin and David Pritchard. The next event will be in 2020 – nominations can be made at the reunion and directly to XŌtaki through its website or Facebook page. The Hall of Fame is aimed at honouring former students who have achieved locally, nationally or internationally, and have contributed to Ōtaki College in some way.

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I’m Kath Irvine. I’ve been growing all the vegetables to feed my family of six for 20 good years. Spray-free, natural, low-input food gardens are my thing. I believe in smart design – it saves time, and money, and the planet, and makes a garden hum. I recycle, reuse and forage, and use as little plastic as possible. I believe in a daily serve of freshly picked organic greens for a happy mind and strong body, and it’s my dream that every New Zealander has this. So I aim to provide the best organic gardening advice through my articles, writing books, workshops and garden consultations.

Grow yourself a daily winter harvest A daily serve of fresh-picked, home-grown greens keeps us strong and well, which is especially important through winter. The thing is that time is ticking by. As nights and mornings cool off, growth slows right down, too. If you want greens through winter, get planting today! THE STAPLES The three humble crops listed below are the backbone of my winter kitchen and winter Bok choy


wellness. They can all be grown in containers – no need to be fancy, a banana box will do. For quick growth, choose big seedlings, use good compost, and liquid feed weekly. 1. Parsley. Is there a more nourishing, low maintenance, go-with-everything herb? I have at least six plants on the go at any one time. For long-lived plants, pick a little from each rather than a lot from one. 2. Silverbeet, chard, perpetual beet, kale. Beneficent leafy greens! Nutritious, easy to grow and they fit into every wintery meal. Plant them into lovely soil and keep picking the outside leaves to inspire fresh new ones. Drop the leaves on the ground as mulch. 3. Celery. The trick to juicy stems is to plant into good compost and mulch well. Keep the soil moist. Celery loves seaweed, so add it beneath the mulch and liquid feed with it often. Pick the outside stalks regularly with a twist and pull, to keep new growth coming on. I grow mine in the greenhouse – going undercover prevents rust. FABULOUS BRASSICAS Brassicas are amazing for our health. I harvest a daily serve autumn through spring with little and often plantings from late January through June. For a useful steady supply, plant some slow maturers with some faster ones. This also brings a nice variety to the table.

The slow: Most cabbage and broccoli take about 75 days from transplant to table. Cauliflower is longer again, about 90 days. and brussel sprouts longer still at 120. The quick: Chinese cabbage, gai lan and bok choy are ready in about six weeks from transplant. So too, Italian broccoli rabe, which is a slightly bitter, shooting broccoli (I love it). A VIRTUAL BED Here’s a virtual bed to show you what I mean: • Plant two cauliflower, three broccoli, two Daily winter harvest at Edible Backyard. cabbages, one broccoli rabe and six bok choy. This uses about 1.3x3m of bed. • Make the most of the space by planting small saladings, for example, land cress, corn salad, miners lettuce, rocket, coriander, winter lettuce and beetroot, around the edge. • The bok choy will be ready first. Once that’s out, plant more saladings in the space. • Next you’ll be harvesting rabe, followed by broccoli heads. • Once the main head is cut from the broccoli it’ll keep growing edible shoots as long as you keep picking. • Then comes cabbage and broccoli shoots, Main head De Cico broccoli. followed by the cauliflower and still more broccoli shoots. Two or three of these mixed brassica beds, planted a Any gaps in harvest will be filled by your month apart, provide a wonderful continuity through handy-dandy leafy greens, parsley and celery. winter.


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Getting fit and healthy– where do I start? By Daniel Duxfield

Where you start is really up to you. It’s always best to try out a few things Great, you’ve made the decision to see what you like and what you find to improve your health and by enjoyable, because if you don’t enjoy extension your life, through it then you won’t go back for more. exercise and eating well. As I mentioned above, a personal Brilliant, congratulations, and trainer is an excellent place to start I stand behind you all the way. So because they will ensure that you are what’s your first step? doing each exercise correctly, and Well, in an ideal world it would they will teach you the right form and be to get a personal trainer, or technique to use. exercise professional, who will They will be on hand to make sure DANIEL DUXFIELD and should correctly prescribe you don’t injure yourself and to guide exercises suitable to your ability you through each movement so you achieve the and level of fitness. best results. But I understand that not everyone can afford A personal trainer is also good because they a trainer, so sometimes it’s good to find a group will be able to prescribe exercise based on injury class. history, health issues and your functional goals. There are lots of options out there in terms This is where correct exercise prescription of getting started. Group classes are a great way is important, so you can build up to certain to jump into exercise and there are plenty of movements by growing your strength and classes of all types available. fitness as you become fitter and stronger. There are basic aerobics, step and pump It also pays to look around for someone who classes, group-based strength classes, bootyou like, can relate to you and your situation, camps, Zumba, boxfit and more being designed and can suit your budget. each year. When you start or are returning to your GETTING FIT

Feedback sought at health forum The public is invited to a community health forum at the Memorial Hall Supper Room from 4.30-5.45pm on Thursday, May 16. The forum, organised by MidCentral DHB, will update the community about progress in the priority areas identified within the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Plan. They are: • access to healthcare – having easy access to healthcare when people need it • mental health and addiction – improved mental health and addiction support in communities • better communication and connection – quality communications and connections between health services, people, whānau and communities • healthy living – a well community where everyone is supported to have quality living,


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and healthy and active lives. People will be able to give feedback to the DHB and Ōtaki’s Health & Wellbeing Advisory Group about the key issues affecting health and wellbeing. Community engagement to develop the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Plan was done in 2017. The DHB says it now needs to see if the community priorities and focus areas are the same as those identified in the plan development, or if there are new issues. The forum will include a presentation from the DHB and the chance for people to move around stations related to the priority areas and feedback areas. n

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fitness journey, it’s important to start gently and slowly. Be careful not to overdo it in your first few sessions as it’s all too easy to injure yourself by doing an exercise incorrectly. Middle-aged guys are famous for this, thinking that they can lift what they used to when they were younger – years ago – only to wind up injuring themselves in the weight room trying to recapture their youth!

So start easy, as you can always build up the intensity as you become fitter and stronger. There is always the danger that a poorly executed movement can result in a torn or strained muscle, or worse a dislocated joint. This where supervision is best practice. Some gyms will have helpful gym instructors who are there for members as needed. All gyms will have personal trainers, too, but sometimes it’s OK to ask a more experienced exerciser to assist you and you might make a new friend or gym buddy at the same time. So happy lifting, exercising and I hope you enjoy your fitness journey. n Daniel Duxfield is an exercise professional who operates DuxFit Functional Fitness from a private studio in Ōtaki. Contact 022 1099 442 or danielduxfield@gmail.com and see https://www.facebook.com/duxfitfunctionalfitness/

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


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Six parenting habits to practise every day

The Montessori Method of Education

By Angie Heck

Living the Montessori philosophy at home with children can seem daunting. Educators get dedicated training in this curriculum, after all, so you might ask yourself, "How could I possibly use this philosophy at home if I don't have a special degree?" While it's true that educators need to have a well-rounded and complete understanding of the pedagogy to run a classroom, there are some things you can do at home without years and years of study. To help you get started, here are six elements of Montessori philosophy that anyone can use while interacting with children. 1. Respect your child as a person We respect our elders, we respect our partners, but the thought of respecting children seems a bit strange at first. After all, they are still new to this world! But that's all the more reason to show children respect in daily interactions. They will feel heard, they will feel loved, and they will learn how to respect others through your example. Example: If your child wants your attention, but you ask them to wait a moment, make sure you turn to them when you've finished your task. Say, "Thank you for waiting, what can I help you with?" This shows them you respect what they have to say. 2. Foster your child's freedom and independence When one cares deeply about a child or family member, it's difficult to watch them struggle – we want to step in to help! But this isn’t always helpful in a child's learning process, their selfconfidence and their intrinsic motivation. Most materials in the Montessori classroom are designed to allow children to use them independently, including the kitchen and bathroom areas. Children love the fact that they have control and independence over basic tasks like washing their hands or using the toilet. At home, look for areas where you can give your child freedom. Maybe a low snack shelf that is all their own? Lower coat hooks so they can reach? Example: Let your child dress themselves. It might take longer, and the clothes might be mismatched, but in the end, they are learning fine motor skills, step-by-step logic and decision making. 3. Give them freedom—within limits A delicate Montessori concept, freedom

within limits means letting your child guide their own daily activities based on their interests. However, setting limits is important as they help your child understand what is and isn’t acceptable. Any activity that hurts themselves or others would be an example of when to set limits. Example: At the park, let your child decide how they would like to play. Set some limits before you go, "It's not okay (it's unsafe) to go outside of the fence onto the busy road." 4. Slow down—and give them space An element of the Montessori philosophy that you can use at home is giving your child ample time and space to explore. Children run on a different internal clock than grown-ups, and it can be difficult to take a step back to appreciate that. Make sure you consider your child when making your daily schedule. Example: Rather than rushing through a trip to the library, leave enough time for your child to explore the books on the shelves or ask the librarian questions. 5. Use big words – even with little kids Using big words isn't exclusively a Montessori concept, but it is implemented daily in the classroom. Most first-time observers of a classroom are surprised when they hear the teacher announce, "I see some debris on the floor that needs to be picked up before lunchtime!" You can start incorporating new language at home. Children will pick up the definition of new words through contextual clues or by

The Montessori Method of Education, developed by Italian doctor Dr Maria Montessori (pictured below) in 1906, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori's method has been used for more than 100 years in many parts of the world. The Montessori method views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Although a range of practices exist under the name "Montessori", the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential: • Mixed age classrooms; classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old are by far the most common, but 0–3, 3–6, 6–9, 9–12, 12–15, and 15–18-year-old classrooms exist as well. • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options. • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours. • A constructivist or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction. • Specialised educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators are made out of natural, aesthetic materials such as wood, rather than plastic. • A thoughtfully prepared environment where materials are organised by subject area, within reach of the child, and are appropriate in size. • Freedom within limits. A trained Montessori teacher who follows the child and is highly experienced in observing the individual child's characteristics, tendencies, innate talents and abilities.

asking you, "What does that mean?" Very soon your child will be using rich and descriptive language in everyday life. Example: Don't censor your language. If a firetruck is really big, try using words like enormous, gigantic or impressive to describe it. 6. Always be making observations of your little one Finally, here's a Montessori reminder for mums and dads to take the time to observe your child. In the classroom, educators spend a lot of time watching how children interact with materials in the classroom and with one another. This information gives the teacher insights into the unique and intricate character of each child. Example: Watch your child when they are playing by themselves. Observe what gives them true joy, what frustrates them or what they tire of easily. Cater your activities at home based on your child's preferences. While the Montessori curriculum is best left to a school environment, that doesn't mean you can't use some elements of the philosophy at home. By using some of the tips above like respect, independence and observation, you'll be able to create a caring and supportive environment that will contribute to the happiness of the whole family. n Angie Heck writes and curates Montessori-based content for parents in Primary, an app by Montessorium. She works with Montessori educators all over the world to make Montessori concepts more easily-accessible to families everywhere.

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The big event since the last newsletter was our centre trip to Nga Manu Nature Reserve. The tamariki (and helpers) were very excited to take a bus trip to this fabulous attraction. Everyone had lots of fun, especially feeding the eels. We have a new teacher, Libby Slow, starting in the Tui room on April 29. Libby has many years of experience as an ECE teacher and brings some exciting new skills to the classroom, eg: music and drama. We will miss our fantastic relievers who have all stepped in to cover the vacancy until we filled this position, however having a permanent teacher is going to offer consistency within the classroom. A new garden shed has been put on the Tui deck to keep all our gardening equipment locked away


when not in use. Two balance bikes have also been purchased and the children had great delight putting them together (under supervision). Lots of fun is had when they are outside. Kereru room have been very busy with their gardening activities and art. They created a lovely big Kiwi (pictured left) representing the power of diversity, important after March 15 in Christchurch. The centre has been taking advantage of the beautiful Autumn days by going out for walks. We are so fortunate to have the lovely bush across the park to explore.

On a sadder note when we came to work on Monday. we found we had some unwelcome visitors over the weekend, who thought it was funny to break the basketball hoop, throw buckets and other items at our hens, to remove coverings off the children’s huts and outdoor reels, and to turn on the taps and let the water run all weekend. Montessori teaches children respect for ourselves and others, and also for the environment, so this behaviour does not endorse these teachings. If you are looking for a special pre-school give us a call or check out our facebook page: facebook.com/Otaki-Montessori-PreSchool-Incorporated-329672440445190/

NEWS I Ōtaki Today, April 2019

Waikawa water project gets funding boost Waikawa Beach residents will enjoy a cleaner river after the Government announced last month funding of $170,000 to improve the health of the Waikawa catchment. Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said the grant from the Community Environment Fund would contribute to the Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project. Horizons Regional Council is contributing another $45,000, Landcare Trust $30,000 and land-holders $15,000, making a total of $260,000. The project will bring together land-holders, iwi and hapū, farming groups, the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association and others in the wider community. The Waikawa catchment stretches from the Tararua Ranges to the coast at Waikawa. It will establish three demonstration sites on Waikawa Stream by 2021 to highlight current good management practices for stock exclusion, erosion control and riparian planting. At the same time, the Landcare Trust will work with several educational organisations to monitor the stream and work with iwi and hapū to develop a strategy and action plan. Project activities include: planting at least 20,000 plants, stream monitoring, riparian fencing, excluding stock from streams, erosion control, public meetings and community participation. Land use on hill country in the catchment includes sheep and beef farming and forestry, while lowland flats are used for horticulture and dairy farming, and grazing occurs on sandy country closer to the coast. The Community Environment Fund is administered by the Ministry for the Environment and supports projects that strengthen environmental partnerships, raise environmental awareness and encourage participation in environmental initiatives in the community.

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Full flush if caught short at estuary For the many people who use the Ōtaki River estuary, there’s now a full-flush facility if they’re caught short. A new toilet was opened on April 10 at the estuary after years of delays and debate about funding and infrastructure. It is open dawn to dusk and serviced daily by Kāpiti Coast District Council. The toilet was part of a Greater Wellington Regional Council estuary plan in 2001. The plan was to also include planing, paths, drain clearing for whitebait spawning, and a picnic area. The toilet, however, got forgotten until four years ago, when the community and recreational users called for it to go back on the agenda. Then debate began between KCDC and GWRC about ownership of the project, and who would pay for it. With KCDC saying it had no money allocated, the Friends of the Ōtaki River approached the Philipp Family Foundation and received $30,000 – enough for installation costs. The two council agreed to pay for other infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage connection.

READY TO GO: At the estuary toilet opening were, from left, Irene and Ray Mackle of the Philipp Family Foundation, KCDC councillor Angela Buswell, Fotor chair Max Lutz and Ōtaki Community Board chair Christine Papps.

Fotor chair Max Lutz says it was a long and sometimes frustrating process, but he’s pleased with the outcome. “There’s been a need for a long time,”

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Autumn 2019

Kāpiti art collection in Hodgkins celebration

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CONTAINER: Kāpiti ceramics & textile artists. SHRINES: Sculptural assemblages by Sue Artner.

28 April - 9 June

FRANCES HODGKINS, from Dunedin to Waikanae.

Three Frances Hodgkins works from the Field Collection have been included in a major Auckland Art Gallery exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. They will form part of “Frances Hodgkins, European Journeys”, which opens at Auckland Art Gallery on May 4. “Being asked to contribute work from the Field Collection underlines the value and importance of the Hodgkins works held in the collection,” says Mahara Gallery director Janet Bayly. “We are grateful to the collection trustees for making the paintings available.” They will join 147 other Hodgkins works from New Zealand and around the world in an exhibition that marks the 150th anniversary of Hodgkins’ birth. The three paintings from the Field Collection on loan are The Dye Yards and two works painted in the French port of Douarnenez. Hodgkins is celebrated as one of New Zealand’s most successful expatriate artists of the 20th century. She has an enduring legacy in both Europe and New Zealand. Sue Artner, Navigator’s Shrine, Honouring the Guidance of Pleiades and Good Fortune, 2010

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The Kāpiti Concert Orchestra is playing with an Italian theme at its performance in Ōtaki on Saturday, May 4. From 4pm at the Memorial Hall, the orchestra offers “Viva L’Italia”, conducted by Donald Maurice. It will present all the drama and romance of Tchaikovsky’s masterful Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet, and Mendelssohn’s joyful Italian Symphony. The Italian theme will continue with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar (soloist Jane Curry) and the Concerto for Viola d’amore and Guitar (Donald Maurice and Jane Curry). A short piece by Alfred Hill, The Moon’s Golden Horn, will complete the concert. A second concert is scheduled for August 10 in Paraparaumu with conductor Mark Carter in a programme including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 with soloist Shadley van Wyk. The final concert for the year will be a return to Ōtaki on November 23 when Luka Venter of the New Zealand School of Music conducts his first concert with the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra. n The Kapiti Concert Orchestra is always looking for experienced players to join it.

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Arts trail dates set

The 2019 Kāpiti Arts Trail will be during the first two weekends of November: Saturday-Sunday 2-3, and 9-10. The annual district-wide event attracts thousands of visitors and featured more than 100 local artists in 2018. Artists will be able to apply later this month via Kāpiti Coast District Council’s website and Facebook page. Artists can also list their studios year-round in the print and online guide produced as part of promoting the trail every year – see the 2018/19 Arts Guide at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/arts-trail or at libraries and other sites throughout Kāpiti and the Wellington region.

Modernism, exhibiting with avantgarde artists such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Her links with Kāpiti were forged by her sister Isabel marrying local farmer, businessman and MP William Field and settling in Waikanae. Her ashes are interred in Waikanae cemetery.

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The Kāpiti Concert Orchestra’s Jane Curry (guitar soloist) and Donald Maurice (conductor and viola d’amore soloist).

The exhibition includes artworks produced between 1901 and 1946: from early watercolour travel sketches of the French Riviera, Morocco and Venice, through to Hodgkins’ first contact with modernism in Paris, and oil paintings from her later life in Britain. Mary Kisler, the exhibition curator and Auckland Art Gallery senior curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, says the exhibition is the result of almost a decade-long research project. “Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys” will allow visitors to see what Hodgkins saw, and to understand how place influenced the way she painted. Hodgkins was born and grew up in Dunedin. She left for Europe in 1901 and apart from a brief return to New Zealand, spent the remainder of her life in England and Europe. By the late 1920s, she had become an important figure within British

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Whalers and traders – the first Pākehā In part 4, local historian Rex Kerr continues his series on early Ōtaki settlement. By REX KERR

The shrewd tactician Te Rauparaha had worked it out correctly and soon there were traders and whalers arriving at Kāpiti. The former bought flax, spars and moko mokai (dried tattooed heads) in exchange for muskets, axes, blankets and other items. The whalers came to catch the annual migration of the huge mammals through Cook Strait. Te Rauparaha, along with other rangatira, welcomed them and took them under their protection. Probably the first ship to visit Kāpiti was in 1824, when the Urania arrived under Captain Richard Reynolds. It was in this ship that Te Pehi Kupe sailed to Britain to meet King George and buy muskets. Two of the earliest known traders are John Harvey, who arrived c1830 and set up at Rangatira, and in 1831 Samuel Ashmore at Waiorua. Harvey later moved to Katihiku, where he provided a ferry service across the Ōtaki River. By the mid-1840s, about five stations were operating off the Kāpiti coast, employing probably close to 100 men, both Māori and Pākehā. In the off-season many resided at Ōtaki and took Māori wives, often of high status, and had some land settled on them. Those known to be married, first according to Māori custom and later by Christian ceremony, and who settled and spent some time in the area are John Harvey, James Cootes, James

Ransfield, William a whaler was Johnny DESTINATION OTAKI Knox, the son of Hamilton, John a convict. On the Westcott, William Jenkins, Sam death of his father, he Taylor, Hector came to Mana Island McDonald, Henry to work, firstly for Thomas Carter, John Bell at Mana Robert Jillett, Island then Evans John Curley, at Tukumapuna Thomas Laughton Island off Kāpiti as (Lawton), John a bookkeeper. He Hammond, became fluent in te Robert Jury and reo Māori and acted REX KERR John Carpenter. as an interpreter for Of these, Sam Colonel Wakefield Taylor operated as a trader and ran an and others for years before he became accommodation house at Rangiuru, the postmaster operating the Waikanae and Hector McDonald was a trader. Ferry Hotel as a licensed victualer. Later McDonald went to Hokio Beach, He married Katherine Ellis in 1851 Taylor (destination unknown), Carter and moved to Ōtaki in 1865. Johnny to Kaikoura, and Jillett to Heretaunga Knox made a considerable contribution (Lower Hutt). to the community as an interpreter, Hector McDonald was an interesting clerk of the court, secretary of the case. He arrived off Kāpiti in 1832 and Licensing Court, clerk of the Ōtaki set up a station. He was then invited Highway Board and returning officer by Te Rauparaha to settle at Rangiuru for Te Horo. He died at Ōtaki in 1889. where he established a trading post These men may have been wild, and operated a trading ship, the Regia. uncouth and in many cases of dubious To consolidate the deal he married character, but they were Ōtaki’s first Te Kope (Ngatera), the niece of Te Pākehā settlers – men who married Rauparaha. Te Kope probably died in settled down and from whom today are childbirth or soon after the birth of a descended many of the district’s oldest son, Hugh Victor, in 1848. established families. In 1854, McDonald married Agnes Next Part 5: An Invitation to the Missionaries. Carmont, sister of William Jenkins’ n Sources: Bevan, T, ‘Reminiscences of an old second wife, Margaret, and moved to Colonist’, Otaki Mail, 1907. Maclean, C. Kapiti. The Whitcombe Press. Hokio Beach about this time. He died Wellington 1999. in Ōtaki outside Bright’s Hotel in 1878 Wellington Pastorate Register of Baptisms, and was buried at Hokio. Marriages and Deaths. Micro-MS0883 and One often incorrectly described as Micro-MS-0803 ATL.r,


Street notable for military service Some towns are well known for their contribution nationally and internationally in various fields of enterprise and endeavour. In the case of Ōtaki, there’s long been a tradition of military service dating back over 100 years, with many families having multiple members serving – and sometimes dying – on battlefields overseas. But delving into some of the Ōtaki names, one street in particular stands out. During the 1950s through the 1970s, Convent Road (now known as Te Rauparaha Street), had at least 17 people who joined the various arms of the military. The Waaka family, for example, had five brothers who served in the Navy. A list of the names from this street in this era is below, as supplied by a former resident who wishes to remain anonymous. It’s acknowledged that this list VETERANS: from left, Ray (Lynn) Potter, John Taylor, John Brown and Rupene Waaka, might not be complete. outside the Ōtaki RSA, 2017. AIR FORCE: Teresa Larsen (died July 4, 2015)

Wayne Taratoa

ARMY: Sibi Morehu (died May 2, 2001) Wi Taiapa David Waaka

Ray Potter John Taylor Mike Winterburn

NAVY: Basil Brown (died January 7, 2012) George Tahiwi Henare Waaka Raymond Waaka (died 2014) Tom Waaka

John Brown Graham Tahiwi Paul Waaka Rupene Waaka

If you know of others, let us know at Ōtaki Today – 06 364-6543 or otakitoday@idmedia.co.nz

Reflections on Māoriland Film Festival Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s kaitoko kaupapa torotoronga ā-iwi matua – senior outreach curator Māori specialist – Lawrence Wharerau has been at every Māoriland Film Festival. Having just attended the sixth festival in Ōtaki last month, he reflects on how he’s seen it grow. Looking back over the six years of its existence, I say Māoriland Film Festival and its organising committee, please take a bow. The main kaupapa of Māoriland is to build on the cultural, social and economic development in the Horowhenua region. They have already won several awards for the work they do in and for the community. From early beginnings, building on the dream of local broadcaster and film-maker Libby Hakaraia, the charitable trust and its supporters have built this festival of “fourth cinema” – moving image with an indigenous focus – into a buzzing and enthralling five-day event such as you rarely see in small towns. Box office and events have both increased to the point organisers must wonder how much bigger it can all get. The other time this cozy town gets this busy is during the Ōtaki Kite Festival each February. This year when I arrived on the Friday morning the township was heaving with people. Young and old alike thronged the streets on foot with tour buses running up and down the main street moving people to and from screening venues. The keynote speaker kicking things off this year was our own Heperi Mita (taonga Māori collection team leader at Ngā Taonga), first-time director of one of the festival’s sell-out films,

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen. His documentary is a deeply personal look at his mother, the formidible Merata Mita, and her contribution to Māori and indigenous storytelling on screen. It speaks to the sacrifices she endured and triumphs she accomplished over a long period in screen production. Another stand-out and sold-out screening was Vai. A collaborative feature film made by nine female Pacific film-makers, it was filmed in seven Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa. It is about the journey of Vai, played by a different indigenous actress from each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water. Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People was also a highlight. This documentary recounts the three-year, round-the-globe journey of the Hawaiian ocean-going doublehulled canoe Hokole’a and the environmental impact mankind has on the planet. The annual Native Slam competition matches indigenous film-makers from around the world to create unique short films following some strict guidelines. With no budget, a range of filming restrictions and just 72 hours, teams must unite and create a short film. This year’s winners were Jason Taylor (Māori), Morningstar Derosier (Anishinaabe), Tyson Mowarin (Ngarluma) with their film Awa. Māoriland has grown into much more than just a film festival. It is a centre of musical entertainment, film and production education for rangatahi, encouraging and mentoring

IMPRESSED: Lawrence Wharerau at the Māoriland Film Festival 2019.

emerging screen production talent as well as environmental sustainability and minimising human impact on the ecosystem. Māoriland Hub, based in the former Edhouse’s department store on Main Street, is fast becoming a cultural powerhouse. It showcases Māori creative talent of all description – weaving, carving, story-telling, exposure to music and health practice. The links and relationships that have been created across the globe are impressive, from the Sami of the Arctic Circle, to the First Nations of Canada and the Americas, from the Aborigine

mobs of Australia to the many nations that make up Pacifica: Māoriland attracts some of the best indigenous screen talent working in fourth cinema. Very impressive. n You can find other impressive audiovisual content at www.ngataonga.org.nz

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Challenges of farming can sometimes overwhelm Farming can offer an affluent and partner in discussions and decision enjoyable lifestyle, but it comes with making. some tough challenges. As well as farm consultants and other Most farmers cope admirably with the rural professionals, effective support is likes of adverse weather offered by a local Rural FARM FOCUS or tight economic Support Trust, which conditions. But some began in 1986. Chair don’t. Margaret Millard says Long-time Ōtakithis group of about based farm consultant 15 farmer volunteers Ron Halford says basically “helps farmers the advent of to help themselves”. “Rogernomics” in the It was discovered 1980s sparked an onset early on that spouses of farmer pressures, who were not involved largely because of in the farming business declining government often didn’t know what support. In those days, was going on. Problems DR KEN GEENTY farmers didn’t talk ranged from relatively about their difficulties, but tended rather simple production deficiencies to to “man on”, often allowing pressures to succession planning. build up. Sometimes advice is simply to Not until the last decade or so have contact the appropriate people, whether farmers been encouraged to talk about technical, financial, legal or socially hardship. Early support work came from oriented. On other occasions help can the likes of a local farmer, the late Collis be ongoing and more of a counselling Blake, and more recently high-profile nature. About 14 similar rural support people such as All Blacks Richard Loe, trusts operate throughout New Zealand. John Kirwan and Sam Whitelock. Farmers can contact the local branch on Well-known Marlborough farmer 0800 787 254. Doug Avery has for some time been It’s often a matter of farmers either a champion of avoiding or coping being confident and in control of their with depression in farming. His main lives and farming business, or rather message has been simply to improve tending to be overburdened with communication. concerns. The emphasis is now on talking about The concept of “circles of control and problems and involving a spouse or

concern” shown in the diagram at right illustrates the issues. Scenario A represents a farmer with a successful farm business and rewarding lifestyle. Scenario B, which fortunately only depicts the minority, represents a farmer overwhelmed with concerns, often leading to stress and ultimately depression. With appropriate guidance and support, a farmer can shift along the continuum from Scenario B to Scenario A. Some of the key steps required for this shift include: •  talking to spouses/partners, farming associates and support people/groups •  seeking appropriate professional help •  making time for leisure and relaxation •  planning your own risk management to cope with - extreme weather events - the economic and political environment - your social environment to avoid loneliness •  emphasis on not worrying about what you can’t control. All this boils down to having a good life balance, experiencing profitable and rewarding farming and avoiding stress. The old adage that “90 percent of what we worry about never happens” often rings true! n Dr Ken Geenty has had a 30-year research and development career in the New Zealand sheep and beef cattle industry, including pioneering research in sheep dairy production. He now lives in Ōtaki.

Scenario A: In control, confident and productive.




Scenario B: Overwhelmed with concerns – possible stress and depression.


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Augie and Pearl Kelly with their pet guinea pigs Walnut (left) and Licorice.

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HAVING FUN: Sarah Denzel with her children Millie, 4, and Jack, 2.

Mainly Music engages youngsters Every Wednesday during school term time, young children and their caregivers have some fun time at Hadfield Hall. From 10-11.30am, Mainly Music engages children aged 0-5 with music, games and educational activities. The locally organised group even puts on morning tea with home-baked goodies, and there are gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions. Sessions usually attract about 25

families and 35 or more children. There’s a nominal fee to cover costs of $4 per child. Mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers all participate. Team leader Cherie Wood says Mainly Music in Ōtaki is an initiative of the Anglican Church next door, and while Christian based, it’s not a big part of activities. “We have a couple of Christian songs, and the rest of it is focused on letting kids and adults have some fun with

CHURCHES Rangiātea 33 Te Rauparaha St, ŌTAKI • 364 6838 Sunday Eucharist: 9am • Church viewing hours, school terms: Mon-Fri 9.30am- 1.30pm St Mary’s Pukekaraka 4 Convent Rd, ŌTAKI Fr Alan Robert • 364 8543 or 021 0822 8926 otakiandlevincatholicparish.nz, for other masses Sunday mass: 11am, 5pm. Miha Maori Mass, first Sunday: 9.30am Anglican Methodist Parish of Ōtaki • 364 7099 otakianglican.xtra.co.nz Easter Services: Good Friday (19 April) 3pm, St Margaret’s, Te Horo EASTER EVE (Saturday 20 April) 7pm, All Saint’s, Ōtaki EASTER DAY (Sunday 21 April) 9.30am All Saint’s, Ōtaki From Sunday 28 April services will be as follows: 1st and 3rd Sundays 9.30am, All Saints’, 47 Te Rauparaha St, Ōtaki; 2nd and 4th Sundays 9.30am, St Margaret’s, 38 School Rd. Te Horo; 5th Sunday 9.30am, St Andrew’s 23 Mokena Kohere St, Manakau.

Ōtaki Baptist cnr SH1 & Te Manuao Rd, ŌTAKI Pastor Roger Blakemore • 364 8540 or 027 672 7865 • otakibaptist.weebly.com • Sunday service: 10am The Hub 157 Tasman Rd, ŌTAKI • Leader Richard Brons • 364-6911 • www.actschurches.com/church-directory/horowhenua/hub-church/ Sunday service and Big Wednesday service: 10.15am Ōtaki Presbyterian 249 Mill Rd, ŌTAKI • Rev Peter Jackson • 364 8759 or 021 207 9455 www.otakiwaikanaechurch.nz • Sunday service: 11am Jehovah’s Witness 265 Mill Road, ŌTAKI 364 6419 • www.jw.org Sunday meeting: 10am

music and movement,” she says. Along with the songs there’s plenty of noise with drums and shakers that the children use with gusto. Everyone is welcome- “Just come along on a Wednesday and see what it’s like,” Cherie says. n Mainly Music, Hadfield Hall, Te

Rauparaha St, Ōtaki. For information or if you would like to help out, call Cherie 021 189 6510.

MEDICAL CARE Ōtaki Medical Centre 2 Aotaki Street, Ōtaki • 06 364 8555 Monday-Friday: 8.15am-5pm • Saturday: 9am-noon. After hours, including weekend and public holidays 06 364 8555 Emergencies: 111 Team Medical, Paraparaumu: After hours: 04 297 3000 Coastlands Shopping Mall. 8am-10pm every day. Palmerston North Hospital emergency department, 50 Ruahine St, Palmerston North • 06 356 9169 Healthline for free 24-hour health advice 0800 611 116. St John Health Shuttle 06 364 5603 Ōtaki Women’s Health Group 186 Mill Road, 364 6367

P-pull walk-in Drug advice and support, Birthright Centre, every 2nd Thursday 6-8pm.

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ACROSS 1. Explained further 6. Early Peruvian 10. Seaweed-wrapped snack 11. Goes berserk (6,3) 12. Bring to a close 14. Craves 16. Wastes away 18. Ill-fated ocean liner 20. Spotted great cat 22. Ski-lift cabin 23. Execute (law) 25. Blackberry shrubs 28. Inoculated 29. Urban 31. Earns 32. Planet watcher

DOWN 1. Otherwise, or ... 2. Beast of burden 3. Spirit contact board 4. News & current ... 5. Cooker ring 7. ... & crannies 8. Unfriendly 9. Body frame 13. Lead-in 15. Stifling 17. Praising highly 19. Lariat 21. Humiliates 22. Statelier 24. Allow entry to 26. Breakfast rasher 27. Disfiguring mark 30. Vigour

4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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10. Which atmospheric gas is the most common? 11. What was Aretha Franklin’s first No 1? 12. Who, after anchoring off Hawaii in 1779, was mistaken for the god Lono? 13. With which sport is Cedric Pioline associated? 14. Who recorded the album Dark Side Of the Moon? 15. What was the name of Dan Brown’s 2009 novel – a follow-up to the highly successful The Da Vinci Code? 16. Which atmospheric gas is the most common? 17. How long was the Hundred Years War? 18. From what animal is catgut usually made? 19. The lead in a pencil is made of what? 20. A horned toad is not a toad at all – what type of creature is it?


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Galatians 6:9

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” QUIZ ANSWERS SUDOKU ANSWERS 1. South Africa 2. Pomona (Her name derives from the Latin word ‘pomum’ meaning fruit) 3. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 4. Thomas Edison 5. Bette Davis (as HARD #15 Margo Channing) 6. May 7. Apples 8. Ed McMahon 9. I Want To Hold Your Hand 10. Nitrogen 11. Respect 12. Captain James Cook. 13. Tennis 14. Pink Floyd 15. The Lost Symbol 16. Nitrogen. 17. 116 years 18. Sheep (or goat) 19. Graphite 20. A lizard



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Bowls club gets funding lifeline Ōtaki Bowling Club has been saved from imminent closure by an $80,000 grant. NZ Community Trust recently approved the grant, which will partially fund a new all-weather bowling green at the 111-year-old Waerenga Road club. The current artificial surface is 18 years old and in poor condition, creating a variable playing surface. To ensure that the green and the club’s facilities could be used all year round, the club needed to install a new all-weather bowling green. Club member Peter Whitehead says it’s a vital project that needs to be completed if the club is to survive. “Quite simply, without a new green the Ōtaki Bowling Club would eventually be forced to close. This would be a real loss to Ōtaki and its residents. The grant from NZCT is a life line.” The grant will allow the club to start the replacement process with fundraising efforts continuing to get the new green in place before the start of the summer season. Some of the remaining funding will come out of ongoing income from membership fees, running galas,

raffles, bar takings and hire of the facilities. The club is also approaching local businesses for sponsorship and further grant applications. The revamped all-weather green will enable play during the winter and allow for all yearround coaching for new and existing members. It will also have other benefits. “The improved surface will enable us to attract new members and continue to grow our active role in the broader community,” Peter says. “It will attract other bowling clubs to play in our sponsored galas, which will further help finance the day-to-day running and maintenance of the green and club facilities. No one wants to visit a club with a substandard green.” While the work is being done over winter, the club’s No 2 green will be brought out of mothballs. The club provides a facility for other community groups such as petanque, indoor bowls, card schools and karate, as well as local special events. Lawn bowling is a popular sport in Ōtaki and the wider Kāpiti-Horowhenua region. However,

the Ōtaki club is continuing to develop ways to attract new people to the sport. One such initiative is business house bowls, which gives working professionals an opportunity to come along one evening a week in summer to bowl.

BOWLING UP: Ōtaki Bowling Club members, from left, president Kevin Stevenson, club captain and centre delegate Paul Selby, greenkeeper Don McLeod, match committee and selector Jane Selby-Paterson, match committee and pennants/interclub Maureen Beaver, and past president Peter Whitehead.

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Medal haul for local surf lifesaving club SUCCESSFUL TEAM: Members of the Ōtaki Surf Life Saving came away from the recent national championships with a swathe of medals. In one of its most successful outings to the nationals, held at Mount Maunganui on March 21-24, the club secured two gold medals, five silver and eight bronze. Led by Ōtaki’s head coach, Walter Maxwell, the team of 12 also ended the champs with 12th place overall, in a competition again 1500 athletes from throughout New Zealand. The haul was all the more impressive because Ōtaki contested only the water events, with no masters or boat crews competing this year. Four Ōtaki members have also been chosen to be part of various New Zealand squads during the coming season. Pictured above are members of the Ōtaki club at the 2019 national championships. Back row from left: Walter Maxwell (head coach) David Long, Damien Doyle, Atakura Julian, Millie Day-Ellis, Luther Maxwell, Ruby Hikuroa, Sophie Irving and Ella Kingi. Front row: Macy Burns, Jules Appleby, Logan Philp and Sterling Maxwell.

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Sampson the talk of the town He’s a mate. We just love him.” Howie and Lorraine Mathews That affection seems to be regularly share a coffee and natter contagious. He’s become a crowd with friends at RiverStone Café in favourite wherever he goes. Ōtaki. Inevitably, the conversation “When he pulled away in the St turns to horse racing – and in Leger, the crowd was roaring for him,” particular a remarkable horse called says Lorraine, who rides Sampson in Sampson. track work. “They just loved seeing him Howie and Lorraine have trained win by such a big margin.” Sampson at Ōtaki since he was a twoSampson is also a rider favourite. year-old, and along with Janice Street, Jockey Johnathan Parkes rode him to one of their caffeine buddies, they have victory at Trentham, letting the horse owned him since 2016. do what he does best. He’s been good to them, and seems to “I wasn’t happy with the pace down be getting better with age. the back of the straight so I just let him Last month Sampson won the New roll forward and he dominated the race Zealand St Leger at Trentham. He was from there,” he told The Informant. “I a bolter, winning by 8¼ lengths. What had to keep looking back to see how far was especially remarkable is that he’s a I was in front by.” nine-year-old – an age at which many In honour of the horse, Trentham horses fancy a quiet pasture, rather than has a race on Star Day in May called another gruelling race. the Sampson Cup. Howie and Lorraine The achievement at Trentham put currently have Sampson on a monthSampson in a world category – the long racing assignment in Australia. oldest horse anywhere to win a St So as a nine-year-old, how many Leger. In most countries, the St Leger is WONDER HORSE: Owners Janice Street, Lorraine and Howie Mathews at Trentham with the remarkable Sampson. Photo courtesy of Race Images wins does he still have in him? restricted to three and four-year-olds. was scratched after suffering a stone bruise. 64 starts for 11 wins and 13 placings. He has “It’s hard to tell,” Howie says. “He’s However, with a limited number of Th e bond between trainers and horse is previously won the Group 3 Trentham Stakes still loving the racing and he’s still winning, so horses in New Zealand, the race was opened up and Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup in 2017, along obvious. we’ll keep giving him the opportunities. to all ages this year and run under set weights “He’s a wonderful horse,” Howie says. “It’s not with this year’s Listed Marton Cup. He has been “We’ll know when it’s time to hang up the and penalties conditions. just the winning. He’s got a great personality, reins.” After being bought originally for just $20,000 placed in two Wellington Cups, missing out on a great opportunity in January this year when he he’s good looking and he’s a pleasure to ride. The racing public will miss him. as a yearling at Karaka, Sampson has now had

Expressway at the races It wasn’t all a “day at the races” on April 10 for some of the management team working on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway. There were certainly some smiles as a few winning bets paid off, but as sponsors of the race day at Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club, the team’s main focus was on giving local residents an opportunity to enjoy the day. Staff at an information desk also provided information about upcoming work, particularly on Rāhui Road, which runs right past the track and is closed for seven months on Monday (April 15). Traffic will be diverted. The day was a good one for jockey Johnathan Parkes (see also story above). He rode five winners of the eight races on the card, including two for Awapuni trainer Mike Breslin.

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