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Merry Christmas Ōtaki Today wishes all our readers and advertisers a safe and Merry Christmas, and a happy 2019. We’d also like to thank you all for the fantastic feedback and support we’ve received for the new newspaper. There’s so much news in and around this great town, and we’ve enjoyed telling the stories that matter to us all. We’ll do it again in January and keep doing it through 2019 and beyond. – Debbi and Ian Carson Graduates on Saturday included, from left, Natasha Johnson, Valmae Panui, Chaana Morgan, Janice Tahurangi Beard, Ana Allen, Alaina Teki-Clark and Amoa Hawira.

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received her Tāhuhu Whakaakoranga (Master of Education, full immersion) which she began in 2007. Maria’s love for kura kaupapa and its philosophy has been the driving force behind her determination to complete her studies this year. Maria is a registered teacher and kaumatua at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi in Nelson. She travelled up from Golden Bay to make all seven residential seminars at the Ōtaki campus. She also journeyed to the far north to complete research and interviews for her thesis, which resulted in her connecting, after 60 years, with her biological father and siblings halfway across the globe. One of Maria’s students and a teacher at the same kura, 15-year-old Sonaia Beard (Te Āti Awa, Ngā

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CARTOON OF THE MONTH

By Jared Carson

Drivers too fast, ignoring lights and on cell phones at new 30km/h zones. – see page 7

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ŌTAKI CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES Ōtaki Racecourse, Te Roto Rd, Ōtaki. 11.30am Thursday, December 20. $10. INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL ŌTAKI FAMILY RACES Monday January 7. Ideal for a family picnic with kids entertainment – a fun family day out. Adults $10, children aged 17 + under FREE. TE HORO XMAS IN THE PARK Dixie St Park. December 23, 5.30pm. Free sausage sizzle, 8.30pm outdoor movie. Fun and games, bouncy castle, lolly scramble, BYO drinks and picnic, bring a $5 named and wrapped present, Santa will be visiting. Bring rug, chairs and bug spray! Funded by Friends of Te Horo Beach. CHRISTMAS SERVICES: RANGIĀTEA AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH Combined Christmas service at Rangiātea: Christmas Eve 11pm, Christmas Day 9am. Join Rangiātea’s Rev Marie Collin and All Saints’ Rev Ian Campbell as they celebrate Rev Campbell’s last Christmas service – he retires next April. MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 68 Main St. The sixth annual festival returns March 20-24. Full programme available on Waitangi Day, February 6. Regular updates: Facebook or maorilandfilm.co.nz. ŌTAKI KITE FESTIVAL Ōtaki Beach. 10am-5pm February 16-17. FREE. International kite flyers, stalls and entertainment. Harcourts Big Dig. BYO kite or buy one on the day. ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB CRAFT MARKET: opposite New World, every Sunday. Ph 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. WAITOHU STREAM AND DUNE CARE GROUP, north Ōtaki Beach. Mondays, 9-11am. Join the friendly group and learn about growing eco-sourced plants from local seed. Planting and weeding in the dunes or nursery, followed by a cuppa. Phone Lyndsay, 06 364-6283. To list your community event, contact debbi@idmedia.co.nz or phone 06 364-6543.

Burglaries spike as weather warms By Phil Grimstone Senior officer, Ōtaki Police

The improving weather has seen an increase in burglaries during November, particularly holiday homes in our beach communities. Police understand the fear, frustration and anger felt by victims who have had the sanctity of their homes violated, often resulting in the loss of items holding significant monetary or sentimental value. Burglaries are notoriously difficult to resolve quickly in the absence of forensic or witness evidence. However, we often identify offenders and recover property at a later date. Reuniting stolen property with the rightful owners is challenging and time intensive. Please record serial numbers and inscribe items such as tools and electrical goods and take photographs of jewellery, art etc. I have highlighted crime prevention strategies previously and it’s a timely reminder to consider implementing these. Police have arrested a local male in relation to the recent spate of burglaries and are following further positive lines of enquiry. We have executed several search warrants across the wider Ōtaki region, recovering significant amounts of methamphetamine,

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firearms and stolen property. car seats or they are FROM THE POLICE Individuals in our community incorrectly installed. continue to distribute During the onemethamphetamine locally – they hour checkpoint we are driven by their own greed and checked 33 vehicles have no regard for the far reaching containing children effects this is having on our in car seats. One was families and social wellbeing. 100% correct, five These people thrive on the were acceptable with silence and inaction of others, by minor faults and the intimidation or reliance on existing PHIL GRIMSTONE other 27 “failed”. familial ties and relationships. Encouragingly, We have demonstrated that with the right most of the faults were through lack of information we can take action and disrupt their knowledge, rather than deliberate negligence or trade. laziness. Speak with me with full confidence and I would like to thank Tim Fellows of Spanner anonymity and I can guarantee my team will Works Auto Mechanical who provided a followdeliver results. up service to install bolts or extension straps. Police recently partnered with Plunket and Road trauma has affected our community Kāpiti Coast District Council at a checkpoint with several serious crashes, including fatalities. on Mill Road focusing on child restraints. It was I often think about our emergency responders purely a prevention and education opportunity attending these horrific incidents, particularly to ensure our children travel safely and reduce our volunteers, who will no doubt hold their the risk of injury if they are involved in a loved one closer this Christmas. collision. No enforcement action was taken. It is with great sadness to think that presents Research has found that 84 percent of will remain unopened under Christmas trees vehicles carrying young children don’t have across the country.

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New efforts to save rotunda The recent announcement that the Department of Conservation is to take over ownership of the health camp land in Ōtaki has led to renewed efforts to save its historic rotunda – and could even lead to a new health camp being established. The land is designated for use as a children’s respite facility, and DoC says it is talking to Kāpiti Coast District Council about opportunities for use of the site for similar community reserve purposes. If not, the land could return to its original owners or ultimately be sold on the open market. The health camp rotunda has an A1 heritage listing and although in serious disrepair, is regarded as one of Ōtaki’s most significant historical buildings. Di Buchan, who last year published a book about the health camp history, is leading a campaign to restore the rotunda. She already has the support of several people who are prepared to establish a Friends of the Rotunda trust, which will fundraise and drive restoration efforts. They include renowned historian Jock Phillips, who is general editor of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and lives part-time in Ōtaki. “The rotunda is a valuable historical asset, not only for Ōtaki but the whole of New Zealand,” Di says. “It’s certainly the most important building associated with the health camps in

New Zealand.” Architect and conservator Ian Bowman has assessed the rotunda and confirmed that it can be restored. The original flooring, for example, is in very good condition because it has been covered with other materials over the years. As the future of the buildings is unknown, Di hopes Stand will sell the rotunda to the new trust for $1. She’s also hopeful the rotunda can stay on the health camp site, but other locations around Ōtaki will be investigated. “We’ve already lost one rotunda, and we don’t want to lose this one. It’s just too important.” (See story page 8.) Stand Children’s Services, which closed the health camp in July after failing to secure funding to keep it open, announced last month that the land ownership would pass to the Department of Conservation. DoC already owns some of the land adjoining the health camp. While Stand technically owned the health camp land, it had been gifted originally by local philanthropist Byron Brown for use as a health facility for children. Some of the land was also gifted by the Crown after it was acquired from Māori freehold owners. It passed through various entities over the years, but the designation as a

SAVING HISTORY: Di Buchan in front of the rotunda at the old Ōtaki Children’s Health Camp.

health camp made it difficult for Stand to sell the land, so it is now reverting to the Crown. If a suitable reserve use is not identifed, DoC will declare the land surplus and it will be passed to Crown agency Land Information NZ under the Public Works Act. Linz will then investigate the history of acquisition and whether there are any obligations

– Di Buchan

to offer the land back to any former owners. If they are unable or unwilling to take the land, it will be offered for sale on the open market. The likely scenario is a housing development or a retirement village. n  Di Buchan says anyone wishing to join the trust to help with activities, including setting up a website and newsletter, fundraising, writing letters and submissions etc, may contact her at di.buchan.nz@gmail.com

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COMMENT GURU’S VIEW: K GURUNATHAN

Challenges in keeping the local culture as Ōtaki gentrifies It’s a standard joke that you have to have lived in Ōtaki a number of generations before the locals consider you a local. The joke exists because there is an element of truth in it. Ōtaki is an old township with deep pre-European roots. Previous local government boundaries had embraced Ōtaki to the north. Those memories remain despite new boundaries pulling Ōtaki south into an identity called Kāpiti. Even today, I hear people talk about Ōtaki as a separate entity from the rest of the district. There is, I believe, even a tint of resentment that Ōtaki

has been corralled south to be “ruled” from Paraparaumu. While there is cultural merit in holding on to these memories, civilisations, even small ones like us, have to adapt to changes. On December 3, NZTA’s chief executive, Fergus Grammie, and

LOCAL LENS: EDITOR IAN CARSON

director of regional relationships Emma Speight, met Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen and chief executive David Clapperton in my office. It was an urgent meeting in reaction to a joint statement by both mayors calling for immediate action from NZTA to fix the abysmal accident record on SH1 north of Ōtaki. A tragic 22 deaths over six years with 11 of that in this year alone. Another 74 with serious injuries. They promised immediate short-term safety measures (see page 8). The relevant long-term fact – a new expressway from Ōtaki to north

of Levin – will not happen for eight to 10 years. Ōtaki’s access to key services such as police, corrections and especially medical will continue to lie to the north. A former coroner had called this stretch of road “killing fields” on account of all the white crosses. In contrast, by 2020, a new expressway will stretch from Ōtaki to Wellington. Historical fact – efficient transport infrastructure connections bring changes. And this is already happening from increasing growth, which means an influx of more people with little local connections.

Increasing cost of rentals with the poor pushed out further north. The gentrification of Ōtaki has begun. And, with that, the long-term challenge of keeping the local culture without it making you blind to the fact that Ōtaki could be serviced more efficiently from the south. At the very least the community needs to have an informed debate. Lastly, I thank the publishers of Ōtaki Today for providing a platform for community views. Be safe this holiday season. n  K Gurunathan is the Mayor of Kāpiti Coast and is an Ōtaki resident.

FORWARD FOCUS: JAMES COOTES

Time changes, but not the outdoor experience

What’s up with a road we’ve driven on safely for years? Eleven fatalities (so far) in 2018, four in a twoweek period last month and 22 over six years. That’s the toll for the stretch of State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Foxton. Just as with the recent spate of suicides, we scratch our heads and wonder what the hell is going on. Some of the road fatalities were Ōtaki residents. We’ve felt their loss keenly. Fortunately, and unlike with suicides, there are some quick fixes on the roads that can reduce the risk. Noting the toll on the Ōtaki-Foxton road, and after a meeting with the mayors of Kāpiti and Horowhenua, the NZ Transport Agency last week announced several urgent safety measures (see page 8). There are other things the agency will be doing in the new year, and there’s the promised Ōtaki to Levin project, which will undoubtedly make driving safer. But you have to wonder why the spike in fatalities on a road most of us have been driving on safely for years. One answer could be that the expressway has lulled people into a false sense of security. Drive north of Ōtaki like you do on the expressway and you’ll soon come to grief. It’s a very different road, so, as the saying goes, drive to the conditions. Another answer could be found in the behaviour of many drivers around the streets of Ōtaki. In Te Manuao Road, motorcycles and cars regularly accelerate from one end to the other, at times reaching at least 100km/h. This is in a 50km/h area with Waitohu School in the middle! Residents in other roads, such as Tasman, Waerenga and Rāhui, have similar experiences. The solutions sometimes involve speed humps, but these are problematic for several reasons – cost, and inconvenience for residents among them. Surveillance by police is another deterrent, but just like speed humps, we can’t have them on every road. So, in the spirit of Christmas and personal responsibility, please drive safely these holidays – and get to enjoy 2019!

It’s been some years now since my Dad passed away, but I still have fond memories of him driving me down from our home in Maungataparu to arrive in the middle of the night at my uncle Cecil and Bob’s in Manakau. Dad, having come originally from Ōtaki, came down each year to go whitebaiting on the Ōtaki River. We’d camp by the river’s side and at night sit around the campfire and Dad would tell stories of the huge snapper they used to catch off the beach and the deer they used to shoot in the Tararuas. I must have been about 10 years old and would sit, listening in fascination. Later in life Dad would say to me: “Son, when I was your age I used to throw my rifle over my shoulder and walk up into the bush for a week. . . .” and I’d reply: “Dad, if I did that now I’d probably get arrested by the time I got to town.” And we’d both laugh. You see, times have changed, but what hasn’t changed is the great outdoor

experience Ōtaki has to offer. Recently I was asked as a councillor to be in a #lovemybeach campaign to promote our Kāpiti Coast beaches. That was easy for me as I love my beach and it’s easy talking about something that you love. We live at Te Horo Beach and each summer we go swimming and boogieboarding, and if I’m really lucky a spot of fishing for some snapper, red cod or tarakihi. As we head into the Christmas holidays I encourage you to spend time with those you love, and enjoy all the coast has to offer. We have a fantastic surf club that patrols Ōtaki Beach and if you’re not keen on the ocean, then our new pool and free splashpad at Hāruatai Park is always an option, as are many of the popular swimming holes. There’s a lovely walk up through Crystalls Bend, or if you’re even more adventurous you can tramp the Ōtaki Forks. But for me personally, this year it’ll be tubing down the Ōtaki River with family and friends.

Whatever you decide to do over summer, please take care, be considerate to others around you and enjoy yourselves. From the Cootes whanau, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. PS: To find out more and upload your awesome beach photo, go to www. lovemybeach.nz Up for grabs are three sets of two return flights from Kāpiti to Auckland courtesy of Air Chathams. n  James Cootes is the Ōtaki Ward councillor on the Kāpiti Coast District Council. •  See also our feature on things to do and places to see, pages 14-15 [Editor]

ŌTAKI OUTLOOK: CHRIS PAPPS

‘Speaking of many things’ as year-end approaches The other night we were sitting in our spa (one of the best things we ever bought) and talking about nothing in particular (a spa is a very good place for that) and one of us started “Lewis Carrolling”. “The time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings.” This brought on an urgent need to Google the whole poem. This column is a collection of “things” as we near the end of another year. The Ōtaki Community Board has had its last meeting for the year. We had a briefing from the Fletchers expressway construction team. They told us of the progress they are making in spite of what we all think has been a fairly wet spring. And they gave us a glimpse of where things will go after New Year. Construction will shut down over the main Christmas/New Year period as far as PP2Ō

is concerned. However, Kiwirail will take advantage of the holiday period to realign the railway line from north of the station and under the new road bridge. As I write I’m looking forward to the last expressway Community Liaison Group meeting for the year. We’re going to have a chance to get a closeup look at the progress on the new Ōtaki Bridge. As you drive over the existing bridge all you see is glimpses of that huge crane slinging beams into place. Congratulations to all those Ōtaki Main Street businesses that entered the Christmas window dressing competition. I hope you all took the opportunity to have a look at their efforts and to vote for your favourite shop. And now, as Christmas approaches, I want

to echo a current advertising campaign – “It’s not about presents, it’s about your presence.” Make the time to visit with family, seek out neighbours and look for those who may be on their own and who might welcome a bit of company. It’s not hard to do. Just make the effort. Best of the season to you all from me and the Ōtaki Community Board. n  Chris Papps is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ŌTAKI: GUEST COLUMN

Living the dream and lots of coffee By Pip Payne

I have been around Ōtaki Beach on and off throughout the build of our new home from last December, and we have been living here full-time for about five months now. I say we, but my lovely wife might disagree with the term “full-time”; she commutes to Wellington for work week days. Living the dream would be working from home or locally. Till then, gigs and teaching will do, as well as learning about how to tame a sand dune. I do have rewarding part-time work as housekeeper. I’ve discovered the joy of making “commuter smoothies” (it’s a thing!). And taxi-driving my wife to the station. This has involved negotiating the 80km/h race track called Tasman Road. There have been a few white-knuckle “about-to-missthe-train” and “watch that pukeko” drives already. Really glad that road isn’t long and winding. We both love living here, and have a strange tingling sensation – a new feeling called “a lifestyle”. I’m experiencing the urge to “get involved” in the community. I think it’s feeling that one can actually make a difference, possibly because of the size of the place. It might also be the undeniable “village feel”. So far, getting involved has

included buying a lot of coffee at Lean-To Coffee on Moana Street (and playing some slide guitar there some Sundays). It’s been great to experience the universal usefulness of a “coffee house” – meeting, chatting, and getting to know locals. It helps that Rusty, the owner and dogwelcomer, is gifted at introducing people to each other in a way that’s not actually annoying. With Maree’s aptly named “Good Grub” van and Maria’s soon to open Pohutukawa Eatery (mid December), Moana Street is looking more like Moana Vegas! Another wonderful resource is Ngā Purapura’s cafe. The food is well priced, nicely cooked and there is always prompt, friendly service. Cake work-offs at the public gym next door are a bonus. There too, I’ve met open, friendly people, who are more than happy to point this stranger in a strange land towards local endeavours. One reason I left England was the allure of other cultures, and just like there’s no point living at the beach if you don’t like the sea, why live anywhere else when I can live among Ngāti Raukawa and the Māoritanga of Ōtaki – the bicultural and bilingual nature of the area is magic. Another plus is having family on

STRIKING A CHORD: Pip Payne plays his guitar at Lean-To Coffee.

Alt-Bennetts Road. A great place to occasionally get away from the beach and learn about Kombucha. There’s a walkway around Haruātai Park that’s another good one for windy or even wet days. Then there’s the swimming pool and sauna – an absolute beaut after a commute. Living in a “close” community can be a bit startling. During the build for example, complete strangers came up to me and congratulated me on the

build progress and said things like “isn’t the view from the platform great?”. Becoming open to new possibilities has come with the move and I find myself agreeing to unexpected things. There’s Pilates, a kitten and pottery lessons. I draw the line at the pop-up nudist beach though. Someone asked me to look in on their AirB&B between guests and check it’s ok, and fix what’s not. Looks like a “house check” service

has started. I’m writing this in Whakatane, where I drove down Ohope Beach yesterday, counting only one bachtype place. It’s a blessing to be in Ōtaki Beach before the expressway is completed. Like any town, I’m sure Otaki has many sides, but as the March against Meth last week shows, people are trying to make a difference. I hope to be one of them.

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Innovation – the lessons from announcer’s 1936 Having grown up in Ōtaki, I learnt the value of being humble. So, name-dropping is definitely a nogo area. When some city friends recently started a conversation on the subject of “who is the most famous person you’ve ever spoken with”, I humbly volunteered Prince Charles. Yes, honestly. Then, the question came into my head, who is the person I’d actually met, briefly, who had the biggest impact on my professional life? My name-drop answer is Leslie Mitchell, the first person in the world to appear on television. In 1981, I was lucky enough to land a job working at Alexandra Place in London for the BBC. Alexandra Place was where, in 1936, the BBC decided the invention of television was sufficiently advanced to begin broadcasting. By 1939 there were about 500 TV sets in the world, all in London, but then transmission was shut down for the duration of the war. Fast forward to 1981 and I worked on a BBC documentary commemorating this first tentative launch of television, and through this met many of the first presenters and producers from the time. Why did it have a personal impact? In 1981 Lesley Michell was 76 years old and my conversations with him provide something of a bridge back to

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FRASER CARSON 1936 – now 82 years ago and just 37 years back to 1981. Leslie Mitchell recalled lessons from his own history that have kept resonating. The late 1930s was a highly innovative time. The Great Depression was subsiding and the world faced rampant nationalism and global conflict, but innovation and technology was accelerating. Seem familiar? With a deep seriousness Leslie told me that most people couldn’t imagine the future, so could only understand it in the context of the past. To explain, he recounted that in 1936, many people could understand television only as being like “radio with pictures”. I came to use that observation in the late 1990s as it was becoming clear how the world-wide web was

gathering power as a tidal wave of unimaginable change. I say “unimaginable” only because of the internet’s bewildering power and reach. But the challenge was, and still is, where is its value and what will the future look like? By 1999, the internet already consisted of millions of web pages, websites and users. Social media hardly existed, apart from a platform called Six Degrees, followed closely by ICQ and MySpace. The big discussion of the time was about “online communities”. Instant gurus on the topic sprung up everywhere, peddling the idea that any website could become an online community with three basic ingredients. First, build as many links as possible to other websites in your community. Second, set up forums and blogs in the website so people would interact with each other. Third, dedicate a massive amount of time and effort into starting and maintaining the website so users would be attracted to the service and the value offered. Thousands, if not millions of websites became hard-working hubs for towns and communities of interest. The problem was, things changed rapidly after 2000 and most of these sites collapsed or became

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unloved shadows. So, what killed the online community? First, they were never going to survive long term because they simply depended on too much manual labour. But more tellingly, with the arrival of Facebook in 2004 and numerous other social platforms, interaction suddenly became easy and more ubiquitous elsewhere. Then, the real killer blow came from Google with smart search outgunning clunky portals. Having learnt along this cyber pathway, and not to be too humble, by 1999 I imagined where the internet might head. Maybe online communities could flourish, along with (or without) Google and social media, where websites could interconnect to share news, views and information in a safer managed environment. In the process, it would create clusters and communities that fostered better understanding and collaboration. Like most people in 1999, I could not have predicted the massive success of social media or even how good a Google search could be, but what of individual websites – little pieces of isolated real estate in the internet galaxy?

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In 2018, the internet has undergone massive growth and change, but little about websites has changed from 1999. Websites have technically evolved and look much better, but most are not effective communications tools, other than to contain bits of static information – Home, About and Contact. In other words, rather like people thought television was “radio with pictures” in 1936, most people still imagine little more for a website than a “brochure online.” Once set, it’s time to forget. n Fraser Carson is a member of the XŌtaki

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November fire calls

Work in full swing along expressway

Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade attended about 20 calls for a wide variety of reasons during November. It attended six motor vehicle accidents – including two fatal accidents within two hours of each other – a ladder rescue off the roof of a house, the rescue of two people trapped under a fallen tree, an oven fire, two structure fires and four rubbish or scrub fires. Ōtaki also responded to two requests for assistance from the Levin brigade.

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Regional News The expressway team updated the Ōtaki Community Board about its works at the November 27 board meeting. Construction manager Steve Findlay and communications manager Sarah Ropata briefed the OCB about progress, which is in full swing along the expressway route from Peka Peka to Ōtaki. Steve said all piles were in for the Ōtaki River bridge, and beams were being placed in good time. Piles were expected to be in place at the new Waitohu Stream bridge (Bridge 1) by Christmas, and work was continuing apace elsewhere on the project. There was some discussion about the safety of pedestrians at the new lights just north of the BP roundabout. Sarah Ropata said there have been concerns, largely because of driver behaviour. “There’s a 30km/h speed limit in place, and when the lights first went in a lot of drivers were just going too fast, and sometimes didn’t stop when the lights went red,” she said. “We’ve also noticed a lot of drivers using cell phones.” She said the behaviour of drivers had

improved as they became familiar with the road layout. The expressway team and local police were continuing to monitor the area. The following Ōtaki Community Board grants were approved: • $500 to the Alzheimers Society to help with the costs of travel for a dementia adviser. • $350 to Birthright Ōtaki to help with the costs of a Christmas party for registered families. • $500 to Ōtaki Community Patrol to help with the costs of running the patrol vehicle. • $192 to Ōtaki Toy Library to help with the costs of having internet access to check out toys and manage memberships. • $500 to Ōtaki Kindergarten to help with the costs of installing outside curtains. • $500 to Ōtaki College tp help with the costs of a senior study tour of Japan, including hire of Japanese cell phones. • $500 to Kāpiti Coast Harness Racing to help with the costs of children’s entertainment at its event in February. • $500 to Ngāti Raukawa Women’s Touch team

to help with the costs of attending the Māori National Touch Tournament in December. • $250 to Hawaikinui Tuarua Waka Ama – to help with the costs of intermediate girls to attend the national waka ama championships in January. • $250 to Hawaikinui Tuarua Waka Ama –to help with the costs of junior-16 girls to attend the national waka ama championships in January. • $250 to Kāpiti Coast Rugby League Club – Horowhenua/ Kāpiti Tag to help with the costs of running a tag competition in Ōtaki. • $500 to Ōtaki Canoe Club to help with the pool hire costs at the Ōtaki Pool for club nights and additional training for new members. • $310.25 to the Di Buchan Environmental Trust to help with venue hire for a book sale to generate funds for environmental restoration projects. There was also a special grant of $1000 to the organisers of Pop Up Carols to assist with the costs of a Christmas carols show in Ōtaki.

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Mothballed rotunda full of history

New road safety measures

The health camp rotunda is one of two that came to Ōtaki from Rotorua in the late 1920s in preparation for the opening of the health camp in 1932. They were built in 1915 and used as dormitories at the King George V Military Hospital for convalescing patients during the First World War. The octagonal dormitories were named Anzac and Suvla in recognition of New Zealand’s efforts at Gallipoli. They were dismantled and transported to Ōtaki by train. The Lower Hutt firm of S Jarvis and Son rebuilt them, but almost went out of business because the nuts and bolts had been fused together by the Rotorua sulphur. The rotundas – one for boys and the other for girls – each held, at peak, 60 beds. They became a feature of health camp promotions over the years, appearing on posters, teatowels and first-day stamp covers. The buildings were used as hospital wards during the Second World War, mainly for geriatric and orthopaedic patients. One of the rotundas was demolished in 1963 and went to a Johnsonville property. It was rebuilt but with little of its original character remaining. The remaining one was converted from a dormitory to a recreational building. Over the years it has been used for concerts – it had excellent acoustics – dances and gymnastics training.

After four fatalities on State Highway 1 between Ōtaki and Foxton during a two-week period last month, the NZ Transport Agency is fast-tracking several new safety measures. They include flexible posts on flush medians, temporary electronic safety message signs, and radio advertising targeting traffic during the busy holiday period. “We also have a programme of safety initiatives that we expect to begin next year,” says NZTA director of regional relationships Emma Speight. NZTA, Kāpiti Coast District Council and Horowhenua District Council met last week to discuss ways to improve safety on the road immediately and in the long term. “To make New Zealand’s roads safer we need to improve every part

The remaining rotunda at the children’s health camp – in better days. Photo courtesy of Di Buchan

The rotunda is registered as Category 1 on the Heritage New Zealand List and is a heritage building on the Kapiti Coast Heritage Buildings Register (B9). It has high technological interest as its design reflects the attitudes of the day towards the treatment of the sick. In recent years the rotunda has fallen into disrepair and has been mothballed awaiting a decision on its future. Investigations have recently begun in conjunction with Heritage New Zealand on how it can be restored as a memorial to the pioneering days of the health camp movement and as a community facility. Alison Dangerfield, area manager of Heritage New Zealand, is enthusiastic

about the potential for repair and reuse of the building. “Buildings which have had little maintenance over many years, on first look can seem a bit challenging, but this challenge is one that has been met by many people all over New Zealand,” she says. “The adaptive reuse of such a remarkable structure, which has played such a significant role in the lives of so many New Zealanders, will enable this part of the country’s history to be appreciated by generations to come.” n  Reproduced courtesy of Di Buchan. Sources: Buchan, Di; “Sun, Sea and Sustenance: the story of the Otaki Children’s Health Camp”, Steele Roberts, 2017, Bowman, Ian; Conservation Plan for the Rotunda, Ōtaki; 1997 Tennant, Margaret; “Children’s Health the Nation’s Wealth: A history of children’s health camps”, Bridget Williams Books, 1994

of the system – that means safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and safer drivers,” Emma says. “That’s why the Transport Agency has already committed to the Ōtaki to north of Levin project, which will improve safety between Ōtaki and Levin. We expect to be able to announce the details of the project soon.” KCDC Mayor K Gurunathan welcomed NZTA’s moves to improve safety. “This is an important stretch of highway for our community with people regularly traveling north from Ōtaki to access healthcare and a lot of their services,” he says. “I’m pleased the Transport Agency has listened and is now taking practical steps to reduce harm while we wait for the Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway project to progress.”

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Meth hikoi draws hundreds About 400 people turned out to march against meth on Saturday, December 1. The hikoi, from State Highway 1 down Mill Road to Ōtaki Domain, was organised to raise awareness of the drug problem and to show that the community did not want it in Ōtaki. Marchers represented a wide range of the Ōtaki community, and included KCDC Mayor K Gurunathan, Ōtaki College principal Andy Fraser, Adrian Gregory (chair of the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group) and other community leaders. The hikoi culminated in speeches at the Domain, where organiser Rawiri Barriball said the point of the march was not to lay blame. “We’re here because we care, and to tell our people that there is help available, not to point the finger,” Rawiri said. He said later that he hoped to reach out to schools, where information and the testimonies of people who had struggled with addiction and suicide could be passed on. “Hopefully the hikoi can open doors for people to seek help and not be judged, but be nurtured into recovery by whānau support. At the end of the day we love our people, and we’re here when they are ready.” – Photos: Ian Carson

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Book sale to raise funds for environmental trust A book sale on Saturday January 5 is being held to raise funds for environmental projects. Proceeds from the sale, from 10am-2pm in the Gertrude Atmore Lounge next to the Ōtaki Library, will go to the Di Buchan Environmental Trust. Although the trust already has plenty in stock, people can still donate books (see contact number below). A few more volunteers would also be helpful. A book sale last year’s raised more than $500, which helps to make a real difference to an environmental project. The trust was established by social and environmental researcher and author Di Buchan. She and her late husband came to Ōtaki in 2010. With the surplus cash from the sale of her Wellington home, Di set up the trust to support work on healing New Zealand’s waterways, soils and forests. “This work is essential if future generations are to experience a quality of life comparable – and hopefully better – to that which we have now,” she says. Di and the trustees work with landowners and with schools, particularly those in lowdecile areas that might otherwise struggle to access the funding, knowledge and networks to undertake projects aimed at environmental restoration.

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Locally, the trust has supported a stream restoration project with Te Kura-iwi a Whatupuranga Rua Mano, and they are currently in discussion with the landowners of Makahuri (previously Marycrest) to work out how best they can help with an environmental restoration project. Makahuri’s owners plan to protect and expand the small but high-quality remnant of original lowland coastal vegetation. Chris Cosslett, one of the DBE trustees, described the bush as surprisingly diverse, weed-free and intact. “The pest control by the owners over the last two years has already yielded encouraging results,” he says. “Seedlings of important tree species, which were previously absent, are now common under the mature trees because rats are no longer eating the seeds.” The remnant includes numerous mature pukatea and kohekohe, as well as some huge kahikatea. The size of these trees suggests the forest was never cleared. Di Buchan says the trust hopes local students will get involved and that the project might expand into adjoining properties to create a corridor of bush and wetland to the sea. This will require a significant financial investment and the book sale proceeds will help. n  For more information, see www.dbtrust.org.nz or phone Di Buchan on 027 683 0213.

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An award out of James’s pocket The “Good on ya” award this month goes to an unlikely candidate – not because he doesn’t do good, but that in his role it’s almost expected. At the Ōtaki College prize-giving in early November, a new award was offered. It was the Ōtaki Ward Councillor Scholarship, which went jointly to Douglas CarkeekGraham and Josh Young. It’s worth $1500 in total and is aimed at supporting students moving into a trade-based career. Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes handed over the prizes. What’s unusual is that the prize money could easily have found its way into James’s pocket – and no one would have thought twice about it. Not long after James took on his councillor role, he and other councillors and the

mayor received a pay rise, as assessed by the Remuneration Authority. James declined it. “Having sat through previous Ōtaki College prize-givings I thought it would be great to support some youth of Ōtaki with a ward scholarship,” James says. “It was a personal thing for me, but I certainly hope that future councillors will continue to support it.” Asked whether other elected members at Kāpiti Coast District Council should follow suit, James says he thinks it’s a good idea, but he knows that others support their communities in different ways. “It’s not for me to say how they do that, but if they did offer a scholarship to their local college, that would be fantastic for our youth.” n  If you know of someone who deserves a “Good on ya!” please let us know at Ōtaki Today, 06 364-6543, or otakitoday@idmedia.co.nz

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All Cookie wants for her Christmas is you! Cookie has been with HUHA for some time now. It has to be said, all the staff love her. She’s a star with amazing commands and tricks to boast about, and she would be amazing at agility. Why is she still at HUHA? Because Cookie is not a one-size-fits all kinda girl. Her loyalty and devotion, clever mind, need for zoomies, cuddles and ability to love is all there, but Cookie needs an experienced person to guide her and keep her out of trouble. She has a prey drive so a no-cat home is best, and although she loves wide open spaces in which to run she is not great with stock. Cookie wants and needs a human companion with her to go on adventures. She loves zoomies with other dogs, but she is the dominant one. High secure fencing is a must. She would make an amazing hiking mate or jogging buddy, and she is definitely a layin-bed and have cuddles girl. To find out more about adopting Cookie, call HUHA (04-392 3232) or drop in to the HUHA shop on the main highway in Ōtaki. Cookie wants and needs a human companion with her to go on adventures. She loves zoomies with other dogs, but she

NO TOOLS: Jonah Pritchard at his Rangitira Street house renovation.

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When Jonah Pritchard got called out on a rescue mission with Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR), little did he think that his tools would be stolen while he was gone. However, that’s just what happened when Jonah left some of his tools at a house renovation in Rangatira Street on Sunday, November 25. While he gathered most of his tools up and put them in his van, several were left at the house where he’s eventually moving with his family. Some time between the 10am call on Sunday until his return to the house on Monday evening, a burglar had broken in and stolen a paint sprayer, a bin full of painting gear, a bin of plastering gear, a battery charger dry-wall sander

and screw gun. While this was happening, Jonah was in the hills by the dams at the back of Shannon. A woman had separated from her companion and wandered off the tracks on Saturday afternoon. She spent an uncomfortable night in the rain and was close to hypothermia before being rescued by Jonah and his LandSar team. “She was lucky we got to her in time,” Jonah says. “I love doing the rescue work, but it’s a bit gutting when someone pinches your gear while you’re away.” Police attended and completed a forensic scene examination and are still investigating. Any information can be provided in confidence to Sergeant Phil Grimstone at Otaki Police.

Manakau reserve to become pleasant recreational area Roses, field flowers in spring and plenty of grass are in the offing as the Driscoll Reserve extension takes shape at Manakau. The reserve adjacent to the railway tracks in front of the old Manakau Hotel is being developed by Horowhenua District Council in consultation with the Manakau District Community Association. For years it was used by Ravensdown Fertilisers as a railway staging depot. Council parks and property officer Ben Wood says the block of land will include plenty of plantings and grass, and is intended to be a pleasant, low-key recreational area. “There will be a simple walking track with plantings and a few trees,” he says. “On the railway side we’ll be planting roses that will creep along the fenceline. It will not only look great in flower, but also deter people from crossing the track, which is really dangerous.” Special flax will go at the southern end and it will be harvested for weaving and for educational purposes. Field flowers will emerge in the grass during spring to be mowed back when they have fallen. The grass has already been sown and a community planting day is planned to finish off the reserve. That might now wait until the end of summer to ensure the best chance of plants surviving. A new, larger watertank will also be installed, in an unobtrusive location, to replace the old concrete one. It will be used if needed for local fire fighting. SPRUCE-UP: The Driscoll Reserve extension to the south of the Second World War memorial at Manakau is to get a spruce-up.

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Ten ways to ‘unspoil’ the children this Christmas By Dr Justin Coulson

Even in homes where getting by is a bit of a struggle, Christmas is generally a time of indulgence. We max out our credit cards buying “stuff”, eat more than we should, eat fancier than normal and generally over-do it financially (and in other ways). At the same time that we spoil ourselves and our loved ones, we often bemoan the ingratitude of our children. We feel that they’re spoiled. We wish they’d look beyond themselves and stop making Christmas all about “me, me, me”. With this in mind, here are 10 tips for “unspoiling” your children this Christmas. First off, focus on others. 1. Focus on service This year one family I know is baking dozens of cookies and visiting the local police station, ambulance station and fire station to drop off some Christmas cheer. The family want to thank the people who work to keep us safe. Others I know love to visit the local RSPCA with supplies or donations, drop food, books, and toys into a women’s shelter, or donate a goat or chicken (or money for a well) to one of the many overseas charities that help those who are impoverished and in need. 2. Focus on your neighbourhood Who are the people in your neighbourhood? Perhaps an elderly widow could do with a hand in her yard. ‘Tis the season for fast-growing grass and gardens. Perhaps someone has just gone through a tough separation, and could do with a Christmas hamper to ease the pain (financial and emotional) that Christmas might bring. One of our favourite things to do is to host a neighbourhood Christmas party. We invite all of our neighbours for a barbecue and to sing carols. Every year, we are asked for the date in advance so people can be available! 3. Secret Santa drops Our children’s favourite Christmas activity is playing “knock and run”. We select a handful of people we want to give something to each year. It might be a teacher, a friend, a coach or church leader. We wrap their parcels (often home-made treats), write thank you cards and drive to their home. After parking out of sight, we sneak to their door, place their gift on the doorstep, and bang on the door before sprinting for a hiding place. Then we watch with delight as someone gets an unexpected, anonymous Christmas surprise. (It can be hard to do this well with six children and we’ve often been caught – but it’s always fun.) Next … focus on the children. 4. Give something exciting The reality is that our children DO want to get something exciting at Christmas. So pick something great for them (within your budget),

and help them enjoy it. A decision to not get holiday will be more memorable than yet more anything can leave them feeling resentful, toys? particularly when they see everyone else “getting”. In a similar vein, gifts that encourage 5. Reduce the quantity of their gifts relationships are better than gifts that promote Some children receive gifts from everyone. isolation. A new iPad might be fun, but it might Grandparents, aunts, uncles, lead to introversion (and fights). parents and even siblings are all It might be better to buy some expected to buy for everyone. games that require the family to This not only costs a fortune, but interact, or perhaps some boogie it can overwhelm children and boards for summer fun together. leave them expecting more and 8. Rather than gifts, give letters more. Invite extended family to One year for Christmas I contribute to one meaningful gift, contacted my siblings and asked rather than lots of bits and pieces. them to give me 10 memories 6. When opening gifts, take time of special times with Dad. With to savour them six children, we had a total of Savouring is the magnifying, 60 memories, each written on or amplifying, of a positive separate pieces of coloured experience. When the children paper, and rolled up into miniDr Justin Coulson open a gift, give them time to scrolls and placed into a jar. Dad savour it. Encourage them to play opened the jar and looked at with it. Let them breathe in the excitement of us, perplexed. He reached in and pulled out the moment, rather than ripping into the next the first note. He read it and chuckled. Then it package and flinging their gifts aside. dawned on him that there were 60 notes from 7. Experiences are better than things his children. He dipped his hand in again and One of the most remarkable findings from read. Then he began to weep. The rest of that positive psychology research is that spending Christmas morning, he read, cried, laughed and money on experiences brings more happiness reminisced. It was a meaningful, wonderful gift than spending money on “stuff”. Perhaps a family that cost nothing but meant the world.

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Kia ora, and welcome. As we start to wind down for the year we’re all wondering where 2018 has gone? We have been busy this year with the roll increasing month on month, and it’s great that parents are choosing to enrol with us. The tamariki have been very busy practicing for their concert and making some really cool Christmas decorations for their families. Goodbyes have been said to seven children over the last two months, as they have made their way to the big world of school, and Lynda, who has been the centre manager/head teacher for the past two years is leaving us at the end of the term. She is heading to Whanganui to be closer to her family. Lynda will be missed by the children and staff. We all wish them well. On a happy note we welcome Nancy, as a permanent teacher in the Kea room, along with Jo, and Angela on Fridays. Nancy has been with us for a year, as a part-time teacher, so it’s really exciting for the centre that she is now full ttime. She brings lots of vibrancy to the classroom. Tracy as our teacher aide. She works across both classes

9. Encourage children to write thank you notes Boxing day is a great day to take stock of gifts and say thank you. Invite your children to write thank you notes to those who gave to them, saying specifically why they’re grateful. Sincere thanks take time – but it is a wonderful way to help the children show appreciation. Finally, give the most valuable gift you can … 10. Give the gift of time There might be no gift more appreciated by our children than time. It costs so little, yet is so hard to give generously. When we give of our time generously, all the material desires of our children fade away. This Christmas, unspoil your child by reducing the emphasis on materialism, crowding out the crass commercialism of “getting” with sincere, compassionate giving. It can make your Christmas truly memorable. How are you planning on making this Christmas one to remember? n  Dr Justin Coulson is one of very few people in Australia with a PhD in Positive Psychology, and the ONLY person in Australia (and almost the world) whose PhD includes a careful look at the intersection of positive psychology and relationships, particularly in family life. One of Australia’s most respected and popular corporate and education keynote speakers, facilitators, authors, and researchers, he has spoken to and worked with tens of thousands of people aiming to improve relationships, meaning, and wellbeing in leadership, education and especially in family life.

and is a huge asset to the teachers and the centre as a whole. A successful AGM was held November 28. The centre has a new president, Rebecca Hines, and lots of new faces on the committee. We are looking forward to working with them. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Take care if you are travelling, enjoy your family and friends, and eat lots, and we will be back next year full of energy and ideas. If you are looking for a quality and unique pre-school call us on 06 364 7500 to discuss your options. CENTRE TITBITS: THE LAST DAY of Montessori will be December 18, re-opening January 22, 2019. AUDIT RESULTS: The results will be available online soon. AGM was held in November and a new president has been elected. ONGOING encouragement of healthy food and lunches.


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IN THE GARDEN THE EDIBLE GARDEN

Kath Irvine is a permaculture designer and has been designing and managing edible gardens since the late 1990s. Passionate about growing food and good design, Kath runs workshops from her Edible Backyard in Ohau, showing people how it is done. Get a glimpse of the good life at an event or get Kath in for a consultation at your place.

Edible Backyard is a series of gardening workshops run from Kath Irvine’s permaculture home garden. Created to support you on your journey to becoming a food gardener, Kath will teach you how to design and run your own Edible Backyard. It’s a unique opportunity for hands-on, organic learning from a working permaculture garden. Kath serves the Wellington, Kāpiti and Horowhenua districts with the best organic gardening advice. See www.ediblebackyard.co.nz for information.

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Sorting small problems leads to a peaceful life I began my food-growing journey up Ōtaki Gorge, living down the drive from some of the best people you’ll find anywhere, Ray and Joan Moffatt. Joan had a beautiful, but practical garden, and I learned many great things working alongside her: the value of vigorous self-seeders, the importance of ground-covers in the war on weeds, and how having places to sit and rest makes you sit and enjoy; not to waste time being too fussy – take the kids to the river instead; to use what you’ve got to create the things you need; and the value of being in the garden often to catch problems when they’re small. Though it sounds too simple to be life-changing, a daily walk and sort in the garden will change your gardening life. All problems start small. Small problems make for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life. I don’t know about you, but this I love. Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few shield bugs each day can stay an epidemic. Liquid feeding at the first sign of a fading plant picks it up and boosts it along before it craps out. Sprinkling slug bait as soon as the carrots germinate prevents a mollusc midnight feast that leaves you empty handed. Don’t be deceived by its simplicity – a daily stroll is your secret garden weapon.

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December to dos December is all about succession crops – plant a few more of your favourites to keep the harvests flowing in. Make room for them by chopping down green crops and clearing finished crops or flowers. Or make a new area by laying cardboard and piling up compost, or rotten straw or some such, and plant into that. Or use boxes or pots. Sow a few more beans, corn, cucumbers or zucchini. Train cucumbers up a trellis to save room and if you can’t be bothered with bean frames, grow dwarf beans. All they need is a stake at each end of the row and a bit of twine about the middle to hold them upright. Plant out a few more tomatoes, basil, parsley and salads. Direct sow dill, basil, chervil, salads, magenta spreen, beetroot, carrots and coriander. Sow as many summer green crops as you can fit – phacelia, buckwheat, mustard or lupin. These begin as a much-needed rest for your soil, become nectar for the beneficial insects and end up as mulch or compost. Last call to plant out melons, squash, kumara and yams. If you want to get any of these happening you need to jump on it now to have a ripe harvest come autumn. Keep the flowers coming on to brighten yours and your neighbours’ day, and to feed our friends, the beneficial insects. Direct or tray sow zinnia, gaillardia, cosmos, sunflowers, anise hyssop, cleome, mignonette, marigold – whatever your favourites are.

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UNVEILED: The whaling pot and whale bone at the beach lookout are unveiled by Ōtaki Museum chair Judith Miller and historian Rex Kerr. Looking on are Guy Burns (in cap) who donated the pot; Friends of the Ōtaki River (Fotor) deputy chair Eric Matthews, who arranged for its installation at the lookout; and Fotor chair Max Lutz (blue shirt).

Whaling pot finds new lookout home A whale pot dating back to the early 1800s has found a new home at the lookout near the mouth of the Ōtaki River. The lookoout fittingly has uninterrupted views of Kāpiti Island, from where the pot was taken about 100 years ago. It would have been used in the boom days of whaling as a try pot, which was used to remove and render the oil from whale blubber. Several whalers operated from stations based at the island, including many names such as Cootes, Ransfield and Jenkins that were synonymous with early settlement in Ōtaki. The pot travelled with Guy Burns as he moved properties around Paraparaumu and Raumati. Eventually, he thought it fitting that it should have a permanent home where people could view it as a historical treasure. He approached the Ōtaki Museum, who in turn talked to the Friends of the Ōtaki River (Fotor). It was decided to place the pot at the Fotor lookout near the river mouth, where people could see it as they viewed Kāpiti Island in the distance. A fossilised whale bone donated by Margaret Bayston has also been installed at the site. Fotor deputy chair Eric Matthews took on the project, coated the pot in oil to keep it from rusting and drilled a hole in the bottom to let water drain out. Local historian Rex Kerr delved into the history of the pot and found it came from the

Carron Foundry in Falkirk, Scotland, some time between 1800 and 1840. He wrote the words on a plaque at the lookout, which say: Originally used on Kāpiti Island for boiling down whale blubber into oil. One whale usually yielded about three tons of oil. The mid 1830s was the peak of the whaling boom on Kāpiti Island. There were about five stations located there and on the offshore islands at this time. Ngāti Toa encouraged the whalers in return for trade, especially in muskets. Whalers known to operate from Kāpiti were Harvey, Cootes, Ransfield, Hamilton, Nicol, Stubbs, Bowler, Westcott, Jenkins, Evans, Workman, McDonald, Carter, Taylor, Carpenter and Jillett. Robert Jillett, a late arrival in 1837, was by 1844 the last whaler on Kāpiti, operating out of Waiorua Bay. He had five boats and employed about 40 men, mostly Māori. By 1850 whaling had ceased to be profitable and the stations were abandoned. During the off season, many of the whalers lived in Ōtaki and took Māori wives, eventually settling down here to raise their families. Those known to settle in Ōtaki were John Harvey, James Cootes, James Ransfield, William Hamilton, John Westcott (old Waistcoat), William Jenkins and John Carpenter. Hector McDonald and Sam Taylor ran trading posts at Rangiuru before moving on.

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Māoriland a finalist in events awards Māoriland Film Festival has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s best public events with its place as a finalist in the 2018 NZ Events Association awards. MFF is one of five finalists in the best arts or cultural event 2018 category that includes A Waka Odyssey (New Zealand Festival), Matariki Festival 2018 (Auckland Council), Pop-up Globe Auckland Season 3 (Pop-up Globe Auckland) and Te Hui Ahurei a Tuhoe. The winner will be announced in Auckland on March 26. “It’s really exciting to be recognised among some really major events in New Zealand’s biggest cities,” says MFF director Libby Hakaraia. “Most of these events have huge budgets and teams of professionals. So to see our community-supported festival among these really puts Ōtaki and the Kāpiti Coast on the map.” Mandated by Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki and organised by the Māoriland Charitable Trust, the MFF is a whanau-led kaupapa Māori event that celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of indigenous cinema each March. In just five years the festival has

grown from working out of a small caravan to being the largest international indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. In March 2018, MFF celebrated its fifth annual festival in Ōtaki with more than 12,500 visitors attending screenings, workshops and special events over five days. Sixty international indigenous filmmakers travelled from across the globe to present their work, which included 10 New Zealand premieres of international feature films. Māoriland will soon be calling on kaitūao (volunteers) to support MFF2019 to be be held from March 20-24, 2019. HUMBLE CARAVAN: The caravan where it all began, with, from left, Māoriland’s Tainui Stevens, Libby Hakaraia, Maddy de Young, Tania Hakaraia and Pat Hakaraia. Keep an eye on Māoriland Facebook and website Trust (MCT). From here, the MCT hosts events Māoriland Film Festival and the for programme updates. The full and other activities year-round. Māoriland Hub are supported by In 2017, the trust opened the programme will be released on The Māoriland Hub was recently members of the community and local Māoriland Hub – the former Waitangi Day. the Kāpiti winner of the Wellington businesses, as well as Kāpiti Coast Edhouse's department store, now a As MFF has grown, so too have the multi-purpose kaupapa Māori multiAirport Regional Community Award District Council and the NZ Film for Arts and Culture. Commission. activities of the Māoriland Charitable purpose arts space.

MFF films to Finland Māoriland’s hand in five films has been rewarded with them being chosen for a third international film festival. In October, The Gravedigger of Kapu, shot in Ōtaki, had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, along with the Māoriland-commissioned Native Slam III short films. The Native Slam short films are made in the days leading up to the Māoriland Film Festival and involve teams of indigenous filmmakers from around New Zealand. In November, The Gravedigger of Kapu and the Native Slam III films screened at the Winda Film Festival in Sydney, and they are now winging their way to the top of the Northern Hemisphere and the Skabmagovat Film Festival in Inari, northern Finland. The films will be screening on a huge ice screen under the Northern Lights at this Sami festival. Māoriland director Libby Hakaraia says it’s an amazing environment to watch films – “seated on reindeers pelts, swaddled in hi-tech snow gear in -40 degree temperatures.”

New rangatahi coordinator appointed Moko Morris in the Maoriland Maara Kai, built at what was Edhouse’s car park.

Productive gardens can be found in the most unlikely of spaces By Moko Morris

What was once a car park is now the Māoriland Maara Kai, constructed of 10 raised garden beds, lined with plastic and full of nutrient-dense food. In its first year of organic certification, dual certification from Organic Farm NZ (OFNZ) and Hua Parakore is in progress. Both systems have different ways of monitoring and ensuring appropriate measures are in place to see that food produced meets their standards. Both resonate well with the aims and ideas of the Māoriland Hub. Ensuring our products meet stringent quality control and offer a premium for our whānau and our buyers, we are positioning ourselves where we may be able to create a business from our produce to feed our bank account as well as our whānau. This has its challenges and we are exploring where this might take us and how we can best

maximise these opportunities. Of course, it’s not all about money – supporting one another in a small town to learn together and grow together all contributes to the wider picture of food sovereignty. Together we can transform old ideas and make impactful change right where we are. Bringing together and valuing the capacities of community members, Free Range Fridays will begin again in the new year. These are occasions to unite generations and to recover the wisdom of our elderly in a few hours each week working together in the maara and nourishing our wairua through kōrero and mahi. We are encouraged by the feedback we have received from people and workshops are in progress for the new year. Sign up for our newsletter to keep in touch with goings-on at the Māoriland Maara. While our maara is useful and productive, above all it’s fun! n  See www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

Ariah Kapa has been "We worked together to organise and run workshops appointed as the new overseas with rangatahi in rangatahi coordinator at Aitutaki and Rarotonga,” Ariah Māoriland Charitable Trust. says. "The films we all made Arial hails from a small town will be premiering at Māoriland at the tip of the North Island, 2019. I can honestly say that Te Kao, and grew up and went the experiences I’ve had with to school in a Northland town Māoriland so far have really set similar to Ōtaki, Kaitaia. me up for my career in the film She moved in 2016 to making industry.” Hamilton to do a bachelor As rangatahi coordinator of arts in screen and media for the Māoriland Charitable studies. During her three years Trust she will be running the at Waikato University she rangatahi film makers group took part in the Through Our New Maoriland rangitahi called Ngā Pakiaka (The Lens rangatahi leadership film coordinator Ariah Kapa Roots) for aspiring filmmakers making programme run by aged 12-25. Ngā Pakiaka provides hands-on Ōtaki's Māoriland Charitable Trust. opportunities within the Māoriland Film In November last year she travelled to Tahiti Festival, as well as the opportunity to watch with Māoriland and met many inspiring people and review many indigenous films from around who continue to mentor her as a film maker. the world. Māoriland will also be launching This year she also went to Rarotonga with the M.A.T.C.H., the Māoriland Creative Tech second of the Through Our Lens programmes. Hub for rangatahi to experience the world of She was one the rangatahi co-ordinators this video game making, app development, coding, time around and witnessed the growth in film animation and so much more. and leadership skills of the four rangatahi Māori, n If you’re a Māori youth interested in joining Ngā Pakiaka, including two from Ōtaki – Paeone Thatcher email kiaora@maorilandfilm.co.nz or look on the Māoriland and Oriwa Hakaraia. Facebook or Instagram page.


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New recycling for old tech If your office or shed is full of unwanted computers and other technology that you’ve never wanted to dump at the landfill, OfficeMax is offering a waste recycling solution. Launched in November New Zealand’s first free e-waste collection and recycling programme called TechCollect. Partnering with the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP), the new OfficeMax pilot programme is aimed at diverting tonnes of e-waste from the landfill by offering drop-off recycle points at OfficeMax’s retail locations throughout New Zealand. The nearest to Ōtaki are in Palmerston North and Wellington. New Zealanders are believed to be among the world’s worst e-waste offenders, producing an estimated 20kg per person each year, according to the International Telecommunications Union. It’s estimated that up to 50 tonnes of e-waste could be recycled through the new scheme. TechCollect is a not-for-profit service that is industry-funded by companies such as Dell, Epson, Canon, Microsoft, Toshiba and HP. At least 90 percent of commodities recovered are used as raw materials in the manufacture of new products. TechCollect accepts and recycles:

RELAXING: In the new outdoor space are, from left, RSA committee members Stuart Lusty and Tom Mutton, administrator Natasha Taratoa, manager Peter Clareburt and president Mike Fogarty.

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only Environmental Choice licensed e-waste recycler – collects and processes the e-waste from the OfficeMax stores to ensure regulatory requirements are met. Croxley currently processes more than 200 tonnes of recyclable material each year, including nonbiodegradable plastics. It is the only recycler to offer a secure pathway to repurpose electrical waste products. Metal and circuit boards are separated for recycling, while plastic is sent to local manufacturers to be used in items and materials such as electric fence insulators. n  For more information on OfficeMax and TechCollect, see officemax.co.nz or techcollect.nz

RSA opens outdoor area A new outdoor space at the Ōtaki RSA is the first step in a strategy to broaden the appeal of the club. The space has outdoor tables and umbrellas, planter boxes, a barbecue and even a small kids play area. It’s expected that it could be used for entertainment as well as a relaxing outdoor space. “It helps bring the RSA into the 21st century,” says manager Peter Clareburt. “After 100 years of RSAs, we thought it was time to refurbish and give members new options. “They can now enjoy the RSA outdoors – just in time for Christmas – in the fresh air and in a safe and relaxed environment.”

The area is open to the sun but fully enclosed with a fence, next to the RSA car park. It’s a non-smoking area. Peter said the RSA was in good heart, despite many other clubs struggling or closing down around the country. “We’re in good shape, but we recognise that we still need to be relevant and widen our appeal to more people. We’re the only chartered club in the district and we’re keen to get more members. It’s a club for the community.” Any prospective members can join up by filling in an application form at the RSA, where staff can guide them through the process.

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Ant-detector dog gives island all-clear An expert sniffer-dog has scoured Kāpiti Island for any sign of Argentine ants and given it the all-clear. Specialist ant-detection spaniel Rhys-Jones and handler Brian Shields were drafted in from Auckland Council's biosecurity team. The Conservation Dogs Programme, supported by national partner Kiwibank, has 31 pest detection dogs, with Rhys-Jones being the only Argentine ant dog. The team was asked to check if the invasive ants had reached the Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve after being found at the mainland stepping-off point at Paraparaumu Beach earlier this year. Argentine ants are widespread on the Kāpiti Coast, but this nest was close to where Kāpiti Island tourism providers depart, increasing concerns that the ants could reach the native bird sanctuary. The detection dog sweep was part of DoC's comprehensive plan to keep the nature reserve free of Argentine ants. Brian and Rhys-Jones spent four days checking Kāpiti and Wellington's other pest-free islands, Matiu/Somes and Mana. No Argentine ants were found during the searches.

DoC's biodiversity ranger, Colin Giddy, says it’s a great result and shows that the careful biosecurity checks undertaken by visitors, contractors and DoC staff are worthwhile. “This is really pleasing, and a great relief. Everyone who has travelled to Kāpiti or our other pest-free islands should feel proud as they have helped keep these special places safe." Aggressive and invasive, Argentine ants pose a serious threat to New Zealand's natural environment. They reach enormous numbers, which means they have a huge appetite. They can compete with kiwi and other native birds and lizards for food such as insects, worms and nectar. Other impacts include displacing and killing beneficial native insects. To reduce the risk of ants transferring to Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, DoC has contracted a pest control company to keep them in check at the Kāpiti Boating Club departure point. No ants were found within the controlled area at this site. However Rhys-Jones, whose nose is so keen he can detect a single ant, did find ants in nearby public areas. Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council biosecurity staff are supporting an

effort to create a larger buffer zone around the club, and have provided free ant surveillance and control for people who travel regularly to Kāpiti, such as island staff and residents. “The ants are now common along the Kāpiti Coast and many other parts of Wellington. That's just a given,” Colin says. “What we can do is try to control their spread to this precious island. “We will also have surveillance measures in place on the island so we can pick up any incursion quickly. If they get to Kāpiti or one of our other pest-free islands, we Argentine ant dog Rhys-Jones and handler Brian Shields. can eradicate them – Image: Lee Barry, DoC that's totally feasible. “However, robust quarantine those defences are holding. measures to minimise the risk of "It great to know that, with them getting there is our first line of everyone's help, so far we are defence, with regular checks to ensure winning.”

Hospital wifi boosted Wifi has been boosted at Palmerston North Hospital. During the past three months, the number of free wireless hotspots available to the public and staff has been boosted to more than 400. Coverage now includes almost all of the campus. The unlimited free wifi data is courtesy of local internet service provider InspireNet, which has supplied the hospital with wifi since late 2011. MidCentral DHB chief digital officer Steve Miller said providing fast and reliable wifi not only helped staff, but also was of great value to patients and visitors, helping them to stay connected with friends and family.

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College mourns dedicated teacher HINERUPE ATAHAEA WILSON-MOORE Ōtaki College was sad to mark the recent sudden death of Hinerupe Wilson-Moore, a long-standing former member of the college staff. Known to all at the college as Whaea Hine, she was born and raised at Te Whaiti, in the Urewera area, among her father’s Ngāti Whare iwi, and educated at Murupara and Auckland Girls’ Grammar in Auckland. She later moved to Whakakī near Wairoa, where her mother’s family of Ngāi Te Ipu, (Ngatī Kahungunu) were based. After teaching for several years at Wairoa College, she moved to Ōtaki in 1991 as a Te Atakura teacher, tasked with: •  building up resources in Māori language •  advising and helping staff with tikanga Māori •  working in the guidance unit counselling Māori students •  liaising with the local community and parents •  assisting with professional development of staff •  supporting Raukawatanga in the college •  visiting parents and homes in a pastoral role •  enhancing the values of aroha, manaakitanga, whānau and wairuatanga in the college. Hine dedicated herself to all these aspects of education and more. Principal Andy Fraser says she was a teacher of great skill and dedication, and was well Whaea Hine, who dedicated her life known for her “no nonsense” approach in the classroom. to teaching. “Some students might have found her a bit gruff at times, but they soon came to realise that she had their best interests at heart and that she had high expectations of them. She was a natural teacher and passionate about education throughout her life. “She was always thoroughly organised – some might say obsessively so – and professional, and was always happy to mentor or assist other teachers.” In 2010, Hine won an educational study award and completed a post graduate diploma in Māori medium education. She also had some short periods of leave to travel to the US and Europe. After retiring from full-time teaching, she continued to be a frequent and valued relief teacher, often making herself available at short notice. Hine died suddenly at her home in Ōtaki on October 31, one day before the college senior prize-giving. She will be missed by all immediate and wider whānau, by her colleagues and by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, David, her four children, Miria, Aroha, Roger and Theresa, and her many mokopuna and great-mokopuna.

Graduates celebrate at Wānanga

from front page Aged 65, the Ngāti Wairupe descendant, also a past graduate of mātauranga Māori, returned to Te Wānanga o Raukawa to undertake post graduate studies in Ahunga Tikanga, Māori Laws and Philosophy. Returning to the Wānanga has been one of the highlights of his life. “I came back to study to set a precedent for my people, to show our rangatahi that if I can do it, they can do it . . . this is what Te Wānanga o Raukawa does, it helps our people find their identity,” Laurie says. Laurie is keen to return to doing what he loves most – sharing his knowledge and helping Māori. He is adamant that through sharing his knowledge of tikanga and mātauranga Māori he can help open more doors for Māori lost behind bars. “We need tohu to open doors for our children who are stuck between the living and the dead.” Te Rā Whakapūmau was streamed live on the Wānanga’s Facebook page. The day also featured toi demonstrations (carving and weaving), a children’s area, branded merchandise and book stall, fundraising by local kura and kohanga reo plus an interactive promotional expo for anyone wanting to – Source: Ōtaki College newsletter find out about study options in 2019.

ABOVE: Friends and whānau packed Ngā Purapura for the graduation. BELOW: One of the Ōtaki graduates, Graham Rikihana.


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Page 22 Not long before the death of New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy on December 3, Heperi Mita wrote about his memories of his legendary father. He wrote about growing up on movie sets and how his Dad finally received due recognition for his contribution to the local film industry and our cultural identity. This article first appeared as a blog on the website of New Zealand’s audiovisual archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision – ngataonga.org.nz

Remembering director Geoff Murphy By Heperi Mita

My earliest memory of my father is of him blowing up a house in Ponsonby for his film Never Say Die. I think I was only about 4 years old at the time, but that’s the kind of thing that leaves an enduring impression on a young boy. When I was 6, he took me out to the middle of the Nevada desert where he was shooting a robbery scene for the HBO movie The Last Outlaw. This time he blew up an entire bank. By the time I was 8, he was orchestrating a head-on collision between two freight trains in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for the Warner Brothers film Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, and it was at this point it struck me to ask him a simple question: “How did you get your job?” Even as a young boy I recognised the prestige of his position as a director on set, but aside from the opportunity to blow things up, the glamour meant nothing to him. While filming in London with Tom Skerritt, Helen Mirren and Max von Sydow on Red King White Knight, the thing he talked about the most were the home videos he took with my brothers Bob and Miles goofing around in Europe. He was 47 years old and greying by the time I was born, so my mental image of him has always been of him as a grizzled old director puffing on a cigarette. It is through the archives that I get to see him as a young man, a time the preamble to Goodbye Pork Pie describes as “an almost forgotten age, the good old days when you could drive your car whenever you pleased, and gas was less than a buck a gallon”. And what I see in those old films are a bunch of mischief-makers picking up a camera and having a bit of fun while under the influence of some sort of mind-altering substance. A man

whose passion for the trumpet and notoriety as a hippy far eclipsed any notion of him ever becoming a successful director. But you can also see the raw cinematic instincts of the filmmaker he would become, and the playfulness that he carried into his later work. He would make his flippancy his signature and it comes across in his Kiwi classics. It’s an aspect of his style that gets toned down significantly in his Hollywood work, and I guess those home movies with my brothers were his outlet to express that side of him. Despite his reputation for having a laugh and indulgence, he took his craft seriously. While he once told me he couldn’t count the number of times he did acid, he also said he never did any of his professional work under the influence of any kind of substance. And he was uncompromising in his principles. I remember on the set of a Western he was filming in the States there was a scene set in a Mexican village involving hundreds of extras, most of whom were elderly women. The second assistant director, pushing to complete the shoot on schedule, mercilessly barked orders at these kuia, and upon witnessing this my father reprimanded him in front of the entire crew and questioned the assistant director’s sense of decency and respect. And while Dad was never the most aggressive man, the memory stands out to me because I had never seen someone so ashamed as that assistant director was. There are many things that I see in him which he has held steadfast throughout his life. But as he aged I also saw him change. He retired from the film industry more than a decade ago. He quit smoking when he turned 70. He also stopped driving, a big adjustment for the man who once drove a stunt car into a lake for Goodbye Pork Pie.

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A young Heperi Mita on shoulders and on set with his father, Geoff Murphy

Time and the cumulative effects of his indulgences wearied his body, and outliving many of his peers and close friends softened him emotionally. To be completely honest, the thought of his mortality was a topic that weighed heavily upon the minds of those of us who were close to him. But that had been the case for some time. I remember going to the pub with him a few years ago where he was greeted by Dave Gibson who joked: “Jesus Christ, Geoff! You’re still alive!” Well, my father turned 80 a few weeks ago, and even he was surprised by his own longevity. There was a time not long ago when

he thought he’d never live to see his work properly recognised – a lifetime as an antiauthoritarian did not exactly ingratiate him with the gatekeepers of society. But in the past five years he had been awarded almost every accolade one could achieve in film – from lifetime achievement awards, to being named an Icon of the Arts. And so the journey into old age was bittersweet. But the beauty of such a long life in film means that the past is only as far away as the play button. n To search the online catalogue and discover these items visit www.ngataonga.org.nz


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Volunteers critical to kite success The contribution of volunteers from throughout Ōtaki – and sometimes further afield – is acknowledged by the organisers of the Ōtaki Kite Festival as being crucial to its success. About 100 volunteers put their hand up every year to help out, in a variety of ways. Festival coordinator Kirsty Doyle says without them, the kite festival could not be held. “We rely on them every year,” Kirsty says. “They help out directing traffic, parking hundreds of vehicles, taking our survey, putting the ropes up and taking them down at the kite flying area, setting up and packing down, looking after our guest flyers with lunches and transport, selling merchandise, helping with lost children and so on. “The list is huge. And that’s just what’s required at the weekend. The committee on the Ōtaki Promotions Group are also volunteers.” The promotions group plans the kite festival throughout the year, with the festival taking up the majority of discussions at meetings. Between meetings there is still plenty to do, including making funding applications, organising media and promotions, buying merchandise etc. OPG chair Ian Carson says the effort each year is huge. “There’s an enormous amount of voluntary work, both before and after the event,” he says. “Having set it up the festival as primarily a community event, nobody minds it. The reward is knowing that the community looks forward to it every year, and that we can show off

Kite volunteers Graham Rikihana and Carol Ward.

Ōtaki to visitors from around New Zealand and the world.” Operating as an incorporated society and relying on volunteers is unusual for a major event organiser such as the OPG. Most events are operated by organisations that seek a return on their investment to help pay for staff and build funds for future years.

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“Volunteerism creates a double-edged sword for the OPG,” Ian says. “It attracts plenty of local assistance, but at the same time we must go cap-in-hand to funders. They sometimes want to see the event become self-sustainable, so that’s a challenge.” The OPG is seeking corporate sponsorship to ensure the continuing viability of the kite festival.

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Test your Ōtaki knowledge (Answers can be found in this and the October issue of Ōtaki Today.) 1.  Who is Rangiātea Church’s minister? 2.  What anniversary is Ōtaki College celebrating at their reunion in 2019? 3.  The latest Otaki Historical Journal is out now. How many journals has the Otaki Historial Society published? 4.  How many years has it been since Rangiātea Church was rebuilt? 5.  What has happened with the improved weather during November? 6.  How many years has it been since the Wānanga’s first graduation ceremony at Raukawa Marae. 7.  What’s the date for the Ōtaki Kite Festival in 2019? 8.  Who is leading leading a campaign to restore the rotunda at Otaki health Camp?

9.  What summer product is local business Hipsta now selling? 10.  How many fish has the expressway team relocated and safely captured this year? 11.  What is the name of the book created and published by Waitohu School’s Year 10 with illustrator Jared Carson. 12.  What is the name of the search and rescue organisation of which Jonah Pritchard is a volunteer? 13.  New Zealand’s only expert sniffer-dog has scoured Kāpiti Island for what? 14.  Who is offering a waste recycling solution for old unwanted computers and other technology? 15.  Name two of filmaker Geoff Murphy’s movies. 16.  What’s the date for the Big Bang Race in 2019? 17.  Who formed the local waka ama club, Hawaikiinui Tuarua ki Ōtaki? 18.  Who is the new rangatahi coordinator at Māoriland Charitable Trust?

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Mud, rain, smiles – do it again in 2019

Swim club on top The Kāpiti Swimming Club, based at Hāruatai Pool in Ōtaki, won a regional gold coast zone trophy on Sunday December 1 for the club with the most personal best times. The team of seven 7-16 year-olds competed against teams from the Tawa Swimming Club, Porirua City Aquatics and Raumati Swimming Club for the trophy. They swam in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medleys with distances ranging from 50m to 400m. The Kāpiti club trains at the Ōtaki pools Monday-Friday from 5-6pm or 5-7pm. The squad will be training until December 21 and returning on January 14. The photo shows, back row, Kokoro Frost and Tiphaine Strepenne (coach); middle row Nevaeh Gardner, Riley Cohen, Kupa Gardner and Leah Shipp; front Nevaeh Lawton. Absent Lluis Joubert. n For information, contact race secretary Jill Aungiers on Kāpitisc@gmail.com, head coach Seuga Frost 021 1748789, or pick up a flier from the Ōtaki pool.

Organisers are already planning for the 2019 Big Bang Adventure Race after record numbers lined up again this year. Competitors in the eighth annual race in November had plenty of photo opportunities as by the end of the day, mud, rain and smiles were the main themes. Entries to the lower North Island’s only adventure race sold out two months prior with more than 420 entered – which organisers are confident will occur again in 2019. This year, as is the format of the race, maps were handed out and teams given a few minutes to work out their plan. The first challenge was a river crossing over the Waitewaewae River. The forecast for the day looked grim, and although there was little break from the wind and rain, the river levels stayed low, allowing safe passage across. “We kept a very good eye on the forecast in the days leading up to event day, and it was looking like we were going to have to make the best of a worst situation,” said event director Carrie Yaxley. “In the end, even though it rained almost all day, we still managed to get the teams across the river, and tubing down the Ōtaki on a safe river flow. We were very lucky.”

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SPORT Waka Ama clubs bring back the medals Two local waka ama clubs came back from a recent weekend in Masterton with a clutch of awards. Ōtaki Waka Hoe and Hawaikiinui Tuarua ki Ōtaki Waka Ama clubs competed in the regional championships against others from as far north as Napier and New Plymouth to Wellington. Ōtaki Waka Hoe was outright winner with 26 gold medals, nearly four times the number of the secondplaced Toa Waka Ama Club. It also received 17 silver and 14 bronze medals. Hawaikinui Tuarua Waka Ama was fifth with three golds, eight silvers and four bronze. The clubs now go to the national waka ama championships at Lake

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