Ōtaki Today July 2019

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Museum break-in interrupts cricket climax Ōtaki Museum Trust treasurer Neale Ames was watching the Cricket World Cup final early on Sunday morning when he got a call that the museum had a break-in. A window was broken a little after 12.30am to gain entry and money from the museum’s donation box was stolen. Up to about $150 was in the box. Neale, police and a security firm attended and Neale waited while a glass company repaired the window. “I didn’t get back home until about 3.45 so I missed several overs of the cricket final,” Neale lamented. “But I did see the end, flicking between that and the tennis at Wimbledon.” The break-in follows a spate of burglaries at weekends around Ōtaki, including the Ōtaki Bowling Club (see page 3).

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Ōtaki Scholar Rohan Mudkavi with Ōtaki College principal Andy Fraser, left, and Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki chair Rupene Waaka at Raukawa Marae on Monday.

‘Special links’ for Scholar The 76th Ōtaki Scholar arrived in Ōtaki on Monday (July 15) and was welcomed with a pōwhiri at Raukawa Marae. It was a special occasion for Rohan Mudkavi, who sees the links between Ōtaki College and his own Robert Gordon’s College as particularly special. “Although our schools are so far apart geographically, there is still a strong connection between the two and I hope this connection lasts for years to come,” Rohan Mudkavi told Ōtaki


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“She is somebody who I really admire and look up to, so the prospect of meeting her is amazing.” He said before leaving Scotland that he had talked to Cameron Stephen and Jamie Seedhouse – both recent Ōtaki Scholars – who told him the people he would meet would be very kind and that the scenery was beautiful. “I have never visited the country myself, but my parents spent a substantial period there.



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Today before setting out for New Zealand. “Our strong relationship allows both schools to learn from one another and improve, ensuring that each school reaches its full potential. I think it’s amazing.” Ōtaki is the first stop on a two-week trip from Aberdeen, Scotland. During this time he will travel throughout New Zealand, visiting 11 schools. He will also meet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, something he said would be a highlight of his trip.

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LOCAL EVENTS ŌTAKI MUSEUM: RSA exhibition: 100 Years Remembrance. An exhibition to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Ōtaki RSA. Open ThursdaySaturday 10am-2pm. MANAKAU BOWLS: Indoor bowls is at the Manakau Community Hall, Mokena Kohere Street, Monday nights March to September from 7.15pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact Sue 06 362-6782 or Graham 06 364-5584. ŌTAKI LIBRARY • Books and Bickies: An informal book group meets on the second Friday of the month, 10.30-11.30am. We talk about the books we have read over morning tea. • Skills Café: Guests share a different craft or skill on the fourth Friday of the month. These are mostly handson workshops. Registration usually required. • Other services: A JP is at the library every Monday between 10.30am-12.30pm. Age Concern is every second Thursday of the month from 10am-midday. Greypower is every first and third Thursday of the month, 10.30am-1.30pm. All library sessions are free. THE HOPE CAFE, Capital Training, 19 Aotaki St. 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, email info@tearakorowai. org.nz or just come along. Koha welcome. ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB CRAFT MARKET: opposite New World, Winter open 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month. 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. TE HORO-OTAKI UKULELE GROUP meet on the first and third Friday every month: 10:30am-12noon. Te Horo Hall. From beginners to experienced, all welcome. 364 3335. TE HORO DRINKS & NIBBLES August 2, 5,30pm. Monthly get together at the Te Horo Hall. Join us for a drink on the deck, just bring a bottle and a plate to share. To list your community event, contact debbi@idmedia.co.nz or 06 364-6543.

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By Jared Carson NEWS: Clocktower ‘desecrated’ by wifi antenna. What next?

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Human remains found Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki has reinterred human remains found during work on the expressway last month. Work was immediately stopped and NZTA’s Accidental Discovery Protocol was actioned. The protocol had been developed alongside Ngā Hapū to ensure correct cultural processes are followed. NZTA said that, as tangata whenua, it was appropriate that the hapū should decide what happened to the remains, or koiwi tangata. The agency would not confirm any further details and Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki could not be contacted for comment. Ōtaki Today understands that the remains of 15 people were found. Out of respect, the location will not be revealed at this time.

Youth a priority for Terry Moore Ōtaki and Terry Moore clearly Speakers such as Hurricanes have a connection. rugby players and an orthopedic Though born in Rotorua and surgeon provided motivation for with maternal connections to the the kids to do as well as they could Far North, Terry loves Ōtaki and in life. its people. It’s where he’s most Terry sees working with youth as enjoyed his policing and where he an important part of preventative found his sense of what it meant to policing. be Māori. He took time out from “Kids who go off the rails aren’t his job to learn te reo in Ōtaki, bad kids,” he says. “But they’ve and in the process cementing his sometimes had some bad things positive view of the area. happen in their life. If we can work “Ōtaki is a place where people with them early enough, we can have a genuine concern for what’s avoid them getting into serious going on,” he says. “People want trouble later on.” what’s best for the town. There’s Often youth offenders will also a strong sense of Māoritanga have their first brush with the law LOVING IT: Sergeant Terry Moore: “I love getting up every morning and here.” with traffic offences. They can be Terry always wanted to be a cop., going to work.” relatively minor, but it puts them in “ever since I was a little boy”. There will be many young Ōtaki people for the system and can make them feel like they’re a Out of college, he got some life skills working whom Terry has made a difference. During criminal from the start. in various jobs for a couple of years, then joined his assignment to Ōtaki a couple of years ago, “I’m always keen to work with the kids so the police. He’s never looked back. he was instrumental in running the Cactus they get their driving licence, have a vehicle “I’ve still got a passion for it. I love getting programme at the college. The programme that roadworthy and they’re safe. Although we up every morning and going to work. I like gave youth an opportunity to set goals, push have to keep the public safe as well, we should to be able to help people and make a positive themselves physically and mentally, and most be supporting young people so we don’t end up difference in their life.” importantly, to put some purpose in their life. with serious problems later.” Terry has worked at stations around New Zealand, and even had a deployment to MARLAN TRADING CO LTD Bougainville helping the police to rebuild a shattered infrastructure. However, his most memorable assignment was on Pitcairn ŌTAKI COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP Island, made famous after it was populated by mutineers from Captain William Bligh’s Bounty Marlan Trading Co Ltd are still the suppliers of the Ōtaki College uniform. in 1789. Terry and his wife, May, spent a year on the island, with Terry as the community police Come on down to 176 Main Highway, Ōtaki officer supporting the Pitcairn officer. (across from the Mobil) you go upstairs to “It was a fantastic experience. The island only the uniform shop. has about 40 residents, one shop that’s open Our trading hours are 1.00pm-4.00pm on an hour a day, three days a week and stocked Fridays. from a ship that calls in every three months, and everything runs on a generator that gets turned If these times do not suit, Kirsten is off from 10pm till 7am. It’s a close community. available by appointment, just give her a call on 06-3648183 or 027-466-3317. We were accepted by the Pitcairners from the start and became part of island life.” We have eftpos, cash and WINZ facilities. Terry is now based in Levin but his area Kirsten Housiaux covers Horowhenua and Ōtaki, so he still Kirsten Housiaux 06 364 8183 Sales Account Manager spends plenty of time here – and takes every SalesTrading Account Manager 027 466 3317 Marlan Co Ltd Marlan Trading Co sales@marlantrading.co.nz opportunity to drop in to the local station.


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Club bowled over by burglars The Ōtaki Bowling Club is frustrated and angry that weekend burglars are regularly targeting their clubrooms on Waerenga Road. The burglars have broken into the clubrooms four times in less than two months – on May 27, June 10, June 16 and on July 7. In the process, they’ve smashed windows – and in the latest incident a window frame – and vandalised the premises. With cash removed off-site, no money has been taken, but some minor items have been stolen and furniture and fittings have been damaged. Club captain Paul Selby says the break-ins are frustrating and costly. “There’s a $500 excess on our insurance, and the cost to repair every break-in is less than that,”he says. “It means we can’t claim on insurance and we have to pay for the damage ourselves. “We’re a small club with limited resources, so we rely on fees and other income to continue operating. Anything spent on unscheduled repairs is money we can’t spend on the club. “We’re already out of pocket by up to $1600. That’s a big chunk of our income. It’s frustrating.” Paul says that after talking to other clubs and leaders in the community,

Club captain Paul Selby at the broken window where burglars broke in to the Ōtaki Bowling Club on July 7.

the identity of the alleged perpetrators is fairly well known. “I suspect we’re not the only club that’s been hit recently.” The club is more than 110 years old. It recently received a grant to help replace its main bowling green with a new all-weather surface. It will allow players to use the green

all year round, including members of other clubs who look for all-weather greens for winter tournaments. Paul says the grant has to be used for the new surface, so repairs must come from the club’s own funds. “It’s at a time when we need to be looking at upgrading the clubrooms, too”

The break-ins have been reported to the police, who have advised the club that unless more information or evidence is found, they can’t proceed further. Police urge anyone who knows anything about the incidents to contact them by calling 0800 101 105 or going to www.105.police.govt.nz

Scholar welcomed to Ōtaki from front page “They have told me that there are a lot of similarities between Scotland and New Zealand. I look forward to seeing these parallels.” Rohan said he had talked to some of the Ōtaki College students who had visited Robert Gordon’s College. “However, there is still a lot I want to learn about the town.” He believed the scholarship sent a great message to the people of Ōtaki, particularly one of unity. “I think the fact that I am the 76th Ōtaki Scholar shows that the connection between our two countries is strong enough to have lasted a long period of time and hence will hopefully continue to last for years to come.” The scholarship was established to honour the bravery of Captain Archibald Bisset-Smith and the crew of SS Otaki in 1915 when the Ōtaki engaged a German ship that eventually sunk it. The captain was an old boy of Robert Gordon’s College and he married a New Zealander. “The scholarship ensures the schools will never forget that courage,” Rohan said.

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Time out on clock ‘rabbit ears’ The public wifi was a good idea – putting an antenna on the town’s clock wasn’t. Kāpiti Coast District Council said in March it hoped wifi in Main Street would be operating by the end of June, but a public outcry about the siting of one of its devices has delayed installation. Seeking the best “line of sight” option to ensure the wifi signal would reach the widest area, workers put a wifi aerial on the Gertrude Atmore memorial clock (see at left). Other aerials have been placed on private buildings in the street. Ōtaki residents immediately objected, with comments on social media saying the “rabbit ears” were an eyesore. One said the siting of the antenna might have been “practically in a great spot, culturally in a poor spot”.

As well as voicing annoyance at the visual distraction on the clock tower, people were upset about the technology going on a significant local memorial. Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes was quick to seek a remedy. “I know it wasn’t intentional and was more than likely someone trying to complete a project that didn’t appreciate the significance of the site,” he said. “Hopefully they’re able to move the equipment onto a pole and achieve a good outcome for all.” Suggestions that the transmitter could be placed on the Memorial Hall or library were dismissed because it would not get good coverage down the street. James said later that KCDC staff were exploring other options and would remove all the devices from the clocktower as soon

as they had found a solution. One of the devices – a security camera on the south-facing side of the clock – has been there at least since 2008. No complaints had been made about it. KCDC’s chief information officer, Ewen Church, said the council unreservedly apologised to the Ōtaki community. “The council is investigating the best alternative location to install both the transmitters and the CCTV cameras, and will restore the clock to its original condition,” he said. While he would have preferred that the situation not arise at all, James Cootes was pleased locals voiced their opinion. “I have to say I love the sense of pride in our community. It’s part of what makes Ōtaki such a great place.”

Dr Gertrude Atmore, in a photo from 1946. Photo: Ōtaki Museum

Who was Dr Gertrude Atmore? The woman after whom the memorial clocktower is named was Emma Gertrude Atmore (née Applegate), a muchloved doctor in Ōtaki. After graduating from Otago Medical School in 1920, Gertrude became a house surgeon at Invercargill Hospital and medical superintendant at Coromandel before taking the same role at the Ōtaki sanitorium in 1921. In 1922 she set up her own private medical practice in Ōtaki. She was well known for her compassion. During the Depression she helped with the birth of more than 100 children and was reputedly paid for only one of those births. Gertrude married solicitor Charles Atmore, who was twice mayor of Ōtaki for a total of 19 years and held many prominent positions in the town. When she died in 1959, her body lay at Raukawa Marae, an indication of the respect she held with the Māori community. Pākehā, Māori and Chinese all paid their respects. It was one of the largest attendances for a tangi at the marae. In 1964, a clocktower was dedicated in her honour. Mayor Otho Yates said at the time: “May I appeal to you as you pass by and glance at this evidence of affection and love of the women of Ōtaki, to emulate in your own lives the indomitable spirit of service so nobly shown during her life by Dr Gertrude Atmore.” The “supper room” at the Memorial Hall is also named the Gertrude Atmore Lounge. Photo: Ōtaki Museum

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Crane wows kids on way to bridge Big rig stops at school Pupils at Waitohu School got a look at a key part of the expressway build when a big rig carrying a crane stopped at their front gate on Thursday, July 4. The controlled stop gave the children a chance to not only see what will lift beams onto the new Rāhui overbridge, but discuss with the expressway team what’s involved in construction. Big trucks began delivering the beams along Te Manuao Road and past the school from midJuly in preparation for their lift by the crane. With Rāhui Road closed from the western end while the bridge is being built, Te Manuao and Freemans roads provide the only viable route for the trucks. The bridge is a huge construction job. It will carry the longest single span on the entire expressway project, traversing the expressway itself, the railway line and shared pathway For the record: •  The bridge beams are 50.3 metres long. Three sections make up the total length. •  Beams are being delivered in 17m-long sections. Fifteen beam sections are to be delivered on nine truckloads (six of the trucks have two sections bolted together). •  Beams are being transported from East Bridge in Napier, generally overnight to avoid most of the traffic •  Beams are being installed in a two-thirds section, from the west abutment to the expressway centreline, and then a one-third section from expressway centreline to the east abutment section. •  3700 bolts are required to join everything together. •  250 tonnes of steel will be used to make the bridge beams and bracing. •  The bridge deck is being made with 68 precast slabs supplied by Stresscrete in Ōtaki. •  Two layers of reinforcing supplied by Fletcher Reinforcing in Levin will connect these slabs onto the bridge beams with 200m3 of concrete supplied by Firth in Ōtaki, which uses sand and gravel from the Ōtaki River. •  The bridge will span the shared path, rail corridor and all expressway lanes with no support in the middle. •  Beams are two metres high •  The bridge will include a shared path on one side and a footpath on the other. •  It replaces the need for a rail level crossing, making it safer for road users.

ABOVE: Pupils and teachers at Waitohu School talk about the crane carried by a truck that stopped outside the school gates. RIGHT: The crane at work on the Rāhui bridge site, lifting the first of the huge beams into place. Photos: Ian Carson


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Ideas fed into identity project A public forum organised by Elevate Ōtaki at the Māoriland Hub on June 19 produced a wide variety of views and ideas about Ōtaki’s unique qualities. The ideas are being fed into a project run by Flightdec to create an identity for Ōtaki. It was emphasised during the meeting that the project would create something that reflected what was already in Ōtaki. “We’re not looking to develop an artificial concept of Ōtaki, or ‘change’ Ōtaki,” Flightdec director Fraser Carson said. “Rather, we’re looking at enhancing what’s already here. “At this stage, we’re getting to understand and define the fundamentals that showcase the town, and the stories and things that make the community work for people’s well-being.” The project is looking at how to showcase the best of Ōtaki as the expressway approaches. The forum was one way of gathering people’s views and ideas. Community leaders are being canvassed in interviews, and people on the street – young and old – are being asked for their opinion. As facilitator for the forum, Fraser told participants that Elevate Ōtaki couldn’t work on the project alone –

the identity of Ōtaki needed to come from the people of Ōtaki. He explained the importance of an identity for Ōtaki as it experienced change driven by the effects of the impending expressway. “Identity is a sense of place, of pride, a voyage of discovery,” he said. “Knowing and understanding your identity helps to solve issues, it helps to create pride and create a sense of belonging.” This led to two questions for the attendees to workshop: 1. What makes Ōtaki good and unique, relating to a theme? 2. What is the single thing that makes Ōtaki special? There were seven themes and the groups set about workshopping at various tables to produce a mind map and answers to the questions. “Those discussions have been very helpful as we work on creating the identity,” Fraser said. The project is due to be completed by the end of the year. Meantime, a communications strategy will be created that will make broader use of the identity and further develop the main themes that have come out of the identity project. n See www.elevateotaki.nz for more information

Te Horo swastika tagger remains unknown By Michael Moore

An investigation by Kāpiti Coast District Council has failed to find the culprit after a Te Horo Beach roadside berm was defaced with a swastika last month. The council was contacted about 5pm on June 13 by a resident who noticed the Nazi emblem (below right) emblazoned near the front of her Dixie Street property. Shylah, who didn’t want to provide her surname, said she reported the graffiti to the council soon after her young children told her what they had seen. A council contractor had been repairing potholes in the street, just a metre from where the large swastika was burnt into the grass. One of its trucks returned to the address to remove the markings within an hour of the call to council. The contractor’s branch manager was asked about the graffiti but would not comment. KCDC communications manager Sue Owens said the council had investigated but was not able to establish who was responsible. “This kind of behaviour is appalling, and it’s very disappointing,” she said. “We absolutely condemn this type of behaviour.” Shylah said she was pleased the markings had been removed. “Considering my grandparents were driven out of Holland by the Nazis, I find this really offensive,” she said. Another Te Horo resident, Fred Mecoy, said the only way to stamp out far-right activity was to expose it. “We need to educate them so they know what the symbol really means and feel the shame they deserve,” he said. “I worry that young people today simply know

that it gets a reaction without fully understanding the history. “Shameful also that it happened within a week of 75th D-day anniversary. Most of us wouldn’t be here, enjoying the life we have, if it weren’t for the sacrifices made back then.” Ōtaki Ward Councillor and Te Horo Beach resident James Cootes said he was disappointed with the graffiti. “It was likely a mindless act done in the moment with little thought,” he said.


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Major investment in the future of our drinking water supply

A $16 million investment in water supply, safety and resilience is underway in the Kāpiti Coast District. We are constantly working to make sure our community has a safe and reliable drinking water supply. As part of our continuous improvement programme, work is underway to upgrade the Hautere and two Ōtaki water treatment plants. We’re also progressing the second stage of our Waikanae Water Treatment Plant upgrade.

help improve the resilience and reliability of these drinking water supplies.

The water from the Hautere and Ōtaki treatment plants is safe to drink but occasionally experiences high turbidity (cloudy water). The upgrades of the Hautere and Ōtaki treatment plants will

For more info about our water supply and treatment visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/water.

Plastic Free July We’re halfway through July and that means Plastic Free July and New Zealand’s single-use plastic bag ban are well underway. Both of these nationwide environmental initiatives will help to protect and preserve the environment that we live in. For tips on living plastic-free, visit www.bagsnot.org.nz.

The work at the Waikanae Treatment Plant involves replacing some of the equipment that is nearing the end of its life. It will also ensure this plant is robust enough to withstand a major earthquake.

Rahui grandstand now complete

Dog registration 2019/20

Over the last few months we’ve been carrying out refurbishments to the Rahui Grandstand that overlooks the rugby field at Ōtaki Domain. We’ve replaced the ceilings and windows and have made some structural improvements to make sure the grandstand continues to serve sports teams and the community for many years to come.

This year we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to register your dog. There are pop-up registration events happening around the community, an online payment option, or you can pay in person at any of our Council Service Centres. Check out our website for details on how to register your pooch. Registration closes 31 July. www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/dog-registration.

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Local innovators get PGF boost A $2.5 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund will allow Ōtaki’s Omeo Technologies to leap ahead of its international competitors and create more than 20 new jobs. Having launched its revolutionary Omeo personal mobility vehicle in March, the company is in rapid growth mode. Director and inventor Kevin Halsall says sales from throughout the world have been fantastic, but Omeo still had things to do to develop the product further. “The loan will enable us to start ramping up quicker than we would have otherwise,” he says. “It lowers the risk of us not being able to fill the demand, which could open us up to our competitors.” Omeo is also looking to move all its facilities to one large site in Ōtaki. It presently has a different site in Lower Hutt for its manufacturing. This is expected to result in the creation of 21 jobs, including both professional and product assembly roles. “We’d like to get it all under one roof, and all here in Ōtaki.” Although the Omeo is a world leader in mobility technology, it still has plenty of room for improvement. While not wanting to give away trade secrets, Kevin says he’s looking at ways that users can be even more independent.

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The Omeo is the only device anywhere that fully integrates a dynamic seat control system with selfbalancing technology. It means users intuitively govern the direction, speed and braking of the Omeo through body movements – hands-free. “There still plenty of things we can work on, like how to carry or pull loads, and loading the Omeo on to cars and other transport with anyone other than the user.” Another recipient of the Provincial Grown Fund was Waiorua Lodge Ltd on Kāpiti Island. Run by the Barrett family of Ōtaki, the lodge received $635,000 to look at how to improve the tourism infrastructure on the Māori-owned land. An upgrade of the existing lodge and supporting facilities at Waiorua Bay will be investigated, as will renewable energy sources to maintain the island’s unique environment. This could bring more people to the region, which acts as a gateway to Kāpiti Island, and increase employment opportunities for local people. Waiorua director John Barrett said there was potential now to extend the tourism season to a full 12 months, rather than just the summer season. Another eight full-time positions could be created – “it could be even more depending on the final business case,” John says.

What is believed to be a roaming dog got into a Domain Road chicken run on Sunday night (July 14) and killed all four hens. The chooks’ owner, Chris Papps, who is also the Ōtaki Community

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It was all shovels out as the Tall Poppy Real Estate team donned gumboots to plant more than 1000 trees along the Ōtaki River Bank on July 6. The planting was sponsored by Tall Poppy’s Brigitte Duncan and Bram Crysell, with dozens of people from Friends of the Ōtaki River helping out. “Bram and I arrived in Ōtaki six years ago,” Brigitte says. “Walking the dogs at the beach and the river, we’ve noticed and appreciated the planting. And reading the

signs of the sponsors along the way it felt like there was a real sense of community.” The couple joined the Friends of the Ōtaki River and have been regular helpers on Wednesday mornings. “We quickly got swept up in the passion and enthusiasm of the group and it was an easy ‘Yes’ to sponsoring a planting. The people who have sold and bought properties in Ōtaki through us have enabled this to happen.”

Budgeting service offered A new budget advisory service is now available at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Ōtaki. The service has several trained financial mentors who help people with advice about their personal finances. It’s free, confidential and non-judgemental. Comfortable surroundings include a secluded and private area for discussion. The service says everyone receives a friendly welcome. If you’re looking for budget advice, call in to the CAB at 65A Main Street, next to the Memorial Hall swing park, open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday, or call on 06 364-8664.

Board chair, says a neighbour saw a dog that looked like a large brindle bull terrier wandering. Chris says the dog has been seen several times in the Waerenga Road, Knights Grove, Domain Road area.

“If anyone sees or knows who this dog belongs to, please get in touch with me,” she says. “I wouldn’t want someone’s children to find their pets or chickens in the state ours were in. This dog needs catching.”

Planning guide helps households prepare A new Earthquake Planning Guide offers important advice about how to get your household prepared for an emergency. The large-format guide, produced by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, has some simple steps and practical information such as how to store water, identify items already within your home that can be used in an emergency – such as blankets, clothing and kitchen/camping equipment – and easy tips on general household preparedness that can be started today. The guide also encourages you to get to know your neighbours as previous events have shown the people around you might be your first source of support. It advises everyone to create a written household plan to be kept in an easy-to-find place such as on a noticeboard or refrigerator, and that everyone in the home is familiar with. It sets out things like an agreed meeting place, what plans your school has and where your children should go or who would collect them if needed. It would also record details of friends, neighbours and family who might be part of the plan.

IN BRIEF Footpath upgrades scheduled

The KCDC programme to upgrade footpaths in the 2019/20 year shows three areas in Ōtaki. The Tasman Road footpath, which is already being upgraded, is to be completed in concrete to Mountain View Terrace. The length to complete is about 800 metres. An 89m length of footpath in Lupin Road will be renewed with asphaltic concrete. Iti Street to Aotaki Street will have 158m of asphaltic concrete laid to renew its footpath. KCDC says that in line with its increased focus on footpaths under the Long Term Plan, it will complete about 5km of new and upgraded footpaths across the district during the 2019/20 year. A similar amount of footpaths were established or renewed in 2018/19.

Thirteen fire call-outs in June The Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to 13 incidents during June. They included two property fires, four building alarms, two medical emergencies, two motor vehicle accidents, one special service, and two “good-intent” calls where no action was required by the local firefighters.

Annual Plan issued

Ōtaki Community Emergency Hub members, from left, C J Jacobs, Robyn Matthews (with granddaughter Lily Matthews), Cr Jackie Elliott, and convener Ruth Barrington with the Earthquake Planning Guide..

Ruth Barrington, Ōtaki Community Emergency Hub convener, says the Earthquake Planning Guide provides excellent practical information and ideas. “It’s a very useful place to start your preparedness journey,” she says. “Copies are available at the Ōtaki Library and I urge

everyone to get one, not only for themselves but also extras to share with neighbours when you knock on their door to introduce yourself!” The information is also available online at: www.getprepared.nz/personal-preparedness/ guide

The complete Annual Plan outlining what KCDC will work on in the next financial year has been issued. The plan is available online and in council service centres. Starting July 1, the 2019/20 plan includes budgets and key focus areas ranging from water treatment upgrades to community facility renewals. Kāpiti residents will see major work progressed across the district in 2019/20, particularly around further strengthening of the water supply and roading networks. The new budgets mean an average 4.8 percent rates increase across the district, an average of $2.73 per week per household. Actual increases will depend on the value, location and type of property. Ratepayers can visit the council’s website – www.kapiticoast.govt.nz to get an indication of what their new rates will be.

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1919-2019 Green light for club upgrade A Lotteries grant of $52,000 means the Ōtaki RSA can begin refurbishment of its clubrooms in Raukawa Street. The funding comes just as the RSA celebrates its 100 years of service to veterans and their families, and the Ōtaki community. The RSA executive has been planning the clubroom refurbishment for some time. President Mike Fogarty says he’s delighted with the funding news. “It’s fantastic news,” he says. “The funding will meet the full costs of carpeting the clubrooms, including the bar and social area, and the restaurant. It also allows us as the executive to go ahead with plans to make better use of the space in the clubrooms.” The premises were originally built around an existing house in the 1930s. It was known as the “Harper house” and was gifted to the RSA by then-president Harry Edhouse, who with his family ran the famous Edhouse’s department store in Ōtaki. Previously the RSA had no formal location to call home, with meetings often in the homes of committee members. The clubrooms were completely refurbished and modernised in 1995. The RSA recently completed an outdoor patio suitable for members and families. The inside refurbishment is a continuation of improvements that will enhance the experience of visitors and members. “It will also allow areas to be partitioned off for use for functions and meetings, making it an even greater community asset,” Mike says. “The Ōtaki RSA is in great shape, and we want to build on our reputation as a community focal point and gathering spot in the Ōtaki area. “The timing of this announcement as we celebrate our 100-year anniversary ensures that the Ōtaki RSA will continue to grow and support current and recent members of the armed forces, and to provide a vibrant and expanding community hub into the future.”

Curator Rex Kerr look at one of the RSA exhibits at the museum.

Plenty of interest in museum exhibition The Ōtaki Museum exhibition recognising 100 years of service from the local RSA is attracting plenty of interest. Opened officially on July 1, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, flags and other exhibits – including a Second World War padre’s ammunition box – that commemorate the men and women who had a connection to Ōtaki. Some, such as officer Rikihana

Carkeek and nurse Nan Simcox, are well known for their service; others, such as Sisters Mabel Pownall and Ethal Lewis, less so. Some photographs on display are of unknown people – so visitors might be able to identify them. The exhibition covers both world wars and other service commitments of the past 100 years. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Veterans minister ‘pleased to see Ōtaki RSA doing so well’ LEFT: Veterans Affairs Minister Ron Mark at the Ōtaki RSA service in Memorial Park on July 7, with Ōtaki RSA president Mike Fogarty and Lt Col Jacob Murray (centre). Photo: Howard Chamberlain

BELOW: Ron Mark speaks to veterans and their wives. Photo: Howard Chamberlain

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Veterans Affairs Minister Ron Mark came to town on July 7 to help the Ōtaki RSA celebrate its 100th anniversary. On a cold winter’s morning he spoke and laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Memorial Park, had a cuppa at the RSA and visited the Ōtaki Museum’s RSA centenary exhibition. In his speech to a small crowd of veterans, visitors and RSA supporters, the minister noted that there were 41,000 veterans in New Zealand, and 31,000 of them were contemporary veterans who had served more recently. Their service was as important as the older veterans who had served in some of the world’s worst conflicts. He praised the efforts of the local RSA and thanked them for their service during the past100 years. He was particularly happy to note that it was a strong organisation with an eye on the future. “I’m pleased to see the Ōtaki RSA doing so well when many others are closing around the country,” he said. The minister was especially interested in the exhibition at Ōtaki Museum. “This is amazing,” he was heard to comment on several occasions as he looked at the historic photographs and exhibits on display. He was busy taking snaps on his cellphone for later reference and had many questions for exhibition curator Rex Kerr, Ōtaki RSA president Mike Fogarty and RSA executive member Cam Ronald.

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Services cemetery to get gateway A $50,000 grant announced by Veterans Affairs Minister Ron Mark when he was in Ōtaki on July 7 means construction of a memorial gateway for the Ōtaki Services Cemetery can begin. The gateway will lead people in to the services cemetery, and will help to commemorate the men and women who are interred there. The general design reflects the significance of the Māori commitment from Ōtaki and the wider area that the Ōtaki RSA represents, from the Waikanae River in the south to the Waikawa River in the north. The gateway will have the military symbols of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and the Merchant Navy that operated the convoys that crossed the Atlantic and the Arctic during the Second World War. Descendants of all four services are members of the Ōtaki RSA. There will also be an inscription representing the servicemen who came from local iwi. Many of them gave their life, especially in the two world wars. The gateway will reflect their heritage and their values, which are enshrined in their service. The design and concept of the gateway has been led by Ōtaki RSA executive member Tom Mutton, former head of Navy David Ledson,

and Rupene Waaka of Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki, with input from Kāpiti Coast District Council, which manages and maintains the cemetery. Local company Concrete Doctors has provided technical advice and will be the constructors. The Ministry of Veterans Affairs has been involved throughout, with a contractor providing technical advice that has allowed the funding decisions to be made. Minister Mark, in his remarks on July 7, offered his personal support to the project, and to ensure that Veterans Affairs funds were allocated to the best possible purposes, with the Ōtaki RSA and the memorial properly recognised. He said that he wanted to ensure that funds are committed each year to the services that Veterans Affairs provides, and to ensure that its outcomes and aims were met in ways such as this. Veterans Affairs had agreed on refurbishment of the grave sites and improving access at the Ōtaki cemetery. Concrete Doctors has been awarded a contract of $50,000 for this work. The minister announced an additional $50,000 so work on the entrance way and memorial could begin. Ōtaki RSA president Mike Fogarty

NEW ENTRANCE: A concept sketch of the new gateway into the Ōtaki services cemetery.

said the gateway would be a lasting memorial of the 100 years of the local RSA. “This gateway sets the path for the next 100 years,” he said. The minister and Mike both saw the need for current and recently

retired military members to be well supported. The minister spoke of the difficulty for service personnel after returning from overseas duty and trying and re-establish themselves in the community. LEFT: Looking across to the services section of the Ōtaki Cemetery. The new gateway will be to the right.

He cited several instances of personal loss and suicides by returned veterans. The Royal New Zealand RSA vice president, Bob Hill, conveyed a similar message. “The RSA nationally is prioritising this support to the recent service personnel who have served in ‘peacekeeping’ missions and reconstruction missions, which are now recognised as having such an impact on people’s military lives and their future lives.” A date for completion of the services cemetery gateway has not been set, and will be determined by the final technical and engineering signoffs.

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Food producers need a say in Kāpiti’s economic development One of the first joys of moving to Otaki was the experience of eating out of an abundantly productive vegetable garden – a testimony to Ōtaki’s endowment of high quality soils. Ōtaki has a long economic and cultural history of food production supported by good soils and climate. I pick a dark lining off this silver cloud from history. An Evening Post report from 1916: “Wellington has depended to a large extent on the Hutt Valley for its vegetable supply, but Taita is so close to Wellington that it is gradually being cut up for residential sections. Gardeners have been driven out . . . So it would seem, Otaki must become Wellington’s principal kitchen garden.” In fact, what that press report fails to mention is that Ōtaki has been the

Wellington region’s food supplier for 160 years. A KCDC report dated 2010 picks up on that dark lining mentioned earlier. The report was commissioned by a senior manager, Gale Ferguson. The Massey University Landcare Report was titled Rural Productive Potential in Greater Ōtaki: A Sustainable Food Future”. It noted that Greater Ōtaki had a significant production of eggs, chicken, raw milk, olive oil and a range of vegetables.


Echoing the 1916 Evening Post report, it observed that dairying had been in decline as farmers subdivided land for lifestyle blocks. Berries and tomato production had shifted to glasshouses in South Auckland. Vegetable production had also declined with some moving to cheaper land in Horowhenua. Compliance costs and competition from large-scale operations were additional reasons. The report also noted an increasing network of residents with home gardens and an informal economy of sharing. The 2010 data showed the then Greater Ōtaki population of 8300 spent $22 million on food. The fact that this report and its data are almost a decade old will be a sobering thought. Since I’m not aware

of any updated report, one can safely assume that the decline in the rural economy had not only continued, but the pressure has increased. Firstly, by investors buying and land banking in anticipation of residential growth. Secondly, by demand responding to the PP2O expressway and the increasing property costs in Wellington. So Ōtaki is facing the same changes that had seen the demise of the rural economy and the rural culture of the old Hutt Valley. Greater Ōtaki, north of Te Hapua Road, helps define the provincial character of the district. There’s a social and cultural ambience that goes with this. Growth pressures are starting to stress this heritage. The question is, how do we keep our rural character, and the best of the

rural economy that goes with it, while allowing for sustainable residential growth? In looking for design solutions, the District Plan already has a place for rural hamlets. Lifestyle blocks can also be productive units. I think there’s an urgency for a renewed dialogue with the district’s orchardists, vegetable growers, dairy farmers, meat producers and food businesses, as well as our development community. What this means is that Kāpiti’s economic development strategy should not be defined and shaped by only our urban business interests. The representatives of our rural economy need to claim their own space. n  K Gurunathan is the Mayor of Kāpiti Coast and is an Ōtaki resident.


Councils at the core

Getting review across the line no small job

I have to admit to being interested in local body politics for a long time. It probably makes me a bit of nerd, neither working as a council officer nor as a councillor. I have, however, done a lot of contract work over the years for local authorities and their representative organisations, so I’ve picked up some information that I’ve found useful. With elections coming up in October, I thought it timely to share some this information. First, councils to me are at the core of politics. Members of Parliament can make the grand decisions, but the real work gets done in our communities. That’s why when disasters strike, resilient communities with strong local connections get through it. The Government really doesn’t want to know about the nitty-gritty stuff, but that’s what affects our lives day to day. Who do we blame if the tap water is foul, the toilet won’t flush or there’s a pot-hole in our road? And blame people we do. I’ve known of council officers and councillors who have been reduced to tears with the vitriol they’ve been subjected to. Social media trolls have a field day. Council services tend to be taken for granted, ironically because for a huge percentage of the time, they work flawlessly. It’s not to say we shouldn’t hold councils to account. They’re spending our rates, which we’ve already worked hard to pay, so we expect wise decisions. Which brings me to the next point. Voting. We have a chance every three years to elect our councillors. Once they’re elected, they will vote as they see fit on any range of issues, from rates rises to event funding. So when we vote for our local body candidates, we’re offering them a mandate to act on our behalf. But what if we don’t vote at all? Apathy means the majority of people eligible never cast a vote. They then have to accept whatever comes their way. If we don’t vote, we can’t blame anyone for what happens. No vote, no say. So please vote these elections, think carefully about who you vote for, and make your vote count.

If you haven’t heard about it already, at the June 27 council meeting I succeeded in passing recommendations to conduct an independent review of Kāpiti Coast District Council. Although it took more than an hour on the day to get the recommendations across the line, it took weeks of planning and discussions to get the support to make it happen. This was no small job! Some have criticised the timing, saying it was rushed or that it was an election stunt. The truth is I had tabled these recommendations more than two months ago, but withdrew them. Ironically, at the time I didn’t even know if I would stand as a councillor again. If it was an election stunt I would have issued a media release announcing the review, the work I did to get it across the line, and I would have said I was standing again. I’ve done none of that. I did what I did because I believed it was the right thing to do.

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Why a review? We have some fantastic staff at the council doing lots of great things. We also have teams that are incredibly stretched. We managed to get Kāpiti included in the Provincial Growth Fund and our infrastructure team’s roading work was recently regarded as some of the best in the country. But our “open for business” mantra continues to be questioned and our delivery in economic development has been lacklustre. The review I have no doubt will reflect that, and will find the areas that need improving, to lift our performance, our culture and our reputation.

The council has set up a sub-committee to establish the review terms of reference. It will cover the organisational culture, including staff satisfaction and turnover; interface between governance and staff; relationship with key stakeholders, and between staff and ratepayers; effective delivery of the open-for-business programme; and the capacity/capability of staff to deliver the council’s objectives in a cost effective and efficient manner. We will then look to appoint an independent reviewer and have a look at how the council is performing. Once we have completed the review, we can look at what we are doing well and where we can improve our performance, our culture and our reputation. Just in time for an incoming council to focus its next three years on implementing the recommendations to better serve our community. n  James Cootes is the Ōtaki Ward councillor on Kāpiti Coast District Council.


More Māori representation for Ōtaki We have Māori and English signs in and on buildings. Warning signs on the PP2Ō expressway sites are in Māori and English. The full-time and parttime students of the Wānanga and the youngsters from the full immersion schools can be heard conversing in Māori around town. Few events of any note in Ōtaki, and indeed in Kāpiti, occur without the support and ceremonial involvement of kaumātua and senior Māori. I believe we were also the first town in New Zealand to have Chinese and English street names to acknowledge the huge contribution of Chinese to the growth of the Ōtaki district. Each month it’s really interesting and inspiring to see and hear the young Māori from our college and schools come to the Ōtaki Community Board to make applications for funding to attend sporting events or undertake other activities.

We know Ōtaki as a community has many challenges. There are issues both our Māori and Pākehā youth are finding difficult to deal with and where they need the support of their families and communities. So, where am I heading with this? Earlier in July the Local Government New Zealand conference was held in Wellington. One of the reports it received, and an issue about which there was general publicity, was the lack of Māori representation as elected members in

local government. True, there are formal and informal groups that enable Māori to contribute. KCDC has a Memorandum of Understanding with the three iwi of Kāpiti. Te Whakaminenga ō Kāpiti is the formal group that contributes to and comments on council plans, debate and issues. On July 19 nominations open for this year’s local body elections. Nominations will be called for the Ōtaki Community Board, the other boards, for the mayor and for council. I hope some nominees will have Māori family connections. It would be great to see more. Of all the community boards in New Zealand, it seems to me that in bi-lingual Ōtaki the community board should have at least one Māori member. n  Chris Papps is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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Engaging in the pipi shuffle on a perfect beach By David Ledson

I love Ōtaki because it has many parts of it to love – and the fact that something that is secret generates its own attraction. And, let’s be honest, to most travellers Ōtaki is just a two-block strip of shops either side of the state highway – a strip bounded by New World in the south and to the north, what at peak times must be the worst roundabout in New Zealand. Pushed to decide from among the remarkably bountiful choice of places to especially love in Ōtaki, my hand goes up for Ōtaki Beach, defined by the Ōtaki River to the south and the Waitohu Stream to the north. It was this beach which first brought my wife and me to Ōtaki; we bought a bach on Marine Parade as a “weekender”. Walking along the beach in all seasons gives me a strong emotional and spiritual sense of what it means to be a New Zealander, someone who lives, especially in summer, in the land defined by the sharpness of its shadows from the intensity of the sun. On one side I see the Tararuas, the majesty of their appearance obscuring the lethal edge of their nature, and on the other the Tasman Sea, linking us with Australia and joining us at the coast. But I particularly enjoy being able to see the South Island – to have that clarity of awareness that New Zealand consists of more than just the North Island – and to acknowledge that without Maui’s canoe there would be no fish. I especially enjoy, in summer, the opportunity to engage in two unique New Zealand dances.

There’s the pipi shuffle as I move along the surf line trying to determine whether there are any pipi to be harvested, and then the sudden move into the pipi twist, which signals the attempt to toe the shellfish from the sand and then into the hand. The accompanying music of the breaking waves, coming from the percussion section of Nature’s orchestra, adds to the sheer enjoyment of the experience. Moving from Marine Parade towards the beach and into the sea, it’s necessary to first get through the fine talcumlike sand – I just can’t stand to walk through it in bare feet – and then onto the beach sand, heavier with the dampness left by the sea as it has drawn back, retreating for a few hours to re-energise itself for yet another of its relentless assaults on the coast. The smell of the sea and its unique taste reminds me that to eat kina is to know what it would be like to eat the sea. No one could forget the beauty of an Ōtaki

“ Walking along the beach in all seasons

gives me a strong emotional and spiritual sense of what it means to be a New Zealander, someone who lives, especially in summer, in the land defined by the sharpness of its shadows from the intensity of the sun.

– David Ledson

sunset seen from Ōtaki Beach. The palette of reds, greens, and blues smeared across the sky, the magnificence of the sight flaring briefly before being wiped away as the darkness of the

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evening overwhelms it. We don’t live close to Ōtaki Beach, but lying in the night, whenever a southerly gale rages out at sea, the furious sound of the waves, struggling once again to overpower the beach, rolls along the strange Ōtaki road with four different names – Tasman Road, then Main Street, then Mill Road, and finally along Rahui Road – before smashing through the bedroom window. Ah, Ōtaki Beach – I love it. n David Ledson and his wife Barbara first walked along Ōtaki Beach in 2001. They moved to Ōtaki from Wellington to live full time in 2010.

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Newest accommodation in Ōtaki reveals It’s been a while since Ōtaki has had a new motel. Now there’s the state-of-the-art Littel Ōtaki, snuggled into Dunstan Street just a stone’s throw from the highway shops. The project has been a labour of love for its owners, Mark and Anna Rudings. Ian Carson caught up with them as they opened the doors for the first time.

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BELOW: One of the motel’s two-bedroom units, fitted with plenty of features for a stay away from home.

The newest motel in town, Littel Ōtaki, is a cool little place that’s big on comfort, style and convenience.

Located on the old Railway Bowling Club grounds in Dunstan Street, Littel Ōtaki is everything a travelling business person or family would want in a motel. The style is evident, from the colourful etchings on the roadside wall contrasting with the concrete, to the classy furniture in the rooms. Owners Mark and Anna Rudings set the bar high when they worked with their designers and chose the fittings. “We like to feel comfortable in a motel, and say, ‘wow, this is nice’ when we walk in,” Anna says. “So that’s what we’ve aimed for. A motel where we would feel great if we stayed there.” They seem to have hit the mark. After opening in early July, Littel Ōtaki has attracted plenty of interest, and positive feedback from the first guests. They’re liking the fact that the rooms are more spacious than most motels. There are 10 in total, including studio units, townhouse-type units, and four large two-bedroom apartments. Combined, the units can comfortably accommodate up to 33 people. All the bookings and check-ins at Littel Ōtaki

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a Littel motel with a big heart are automated through a system developed by Mark. Guests book online and they’re emailed and texted a code to enter on a keypad outside the room. This lets them in when they arrive – at any time of the day or night. In future, the system will even turn the lights on when they enter. On the roof are solar panels that heat the water during the day. Mark, who is also a member of the Elevate Ōtaki group, says further sustainability measures have been planned for, with space for energy storage “when it becomes economically viable”. Keen organics gardeners, the couple have also planted a variety of trees and shrubs around the property, including in the courtyards at the back of the units. The front of the motel has fruit trees. “People have suggested when they come by that the fruit will get pinched,” Mark says. “But that’s what they’re there for. We’d love it if someone came along in the fruit season and grabbed a lemon or an apple. That’s what roadside gardens in the community should be for.” n Littel Ōtaki, 42 Dunstan St, Ōtaki. Web: littel.nz e: otaki@littel.nz ph: 0800 LITTEL (548835). Bookings by website only.

RIGHT: Mark Rudings at the Littel Ōtaki motel in Dunstan Street.

BELOW: Tasteful decor is a feature of the motel.

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Connectivity beats social isolation any time Many years ago, a friend was enduring a to mental health issues and a lack of community marriage breakup. well-being. The not-uncommon battle over asset division But an often under-appreciated aspect of and “ownership” of the children led to acrimony community life is connectivity – the ability and no small amount of bad behaviour, probably of citizens to connect with each other. We on both sides. tend to think of it as the way we do business Her former husband had decided she was or build support for things, or get access to no longer the love-of-his-life amenities. But how often do we MEDIA & COMMUNITY but had consigned her to be the ask ourselves about how many enemy-of-his-life, which seemed people are lonely and feel underto mean she should be the valued? It can happen through enemy of others as well. circumstances, such as old age, An abiding memory was disability, financial struggles or how a few of her friends a marriage break-up. But there suddenly disassociated from will be lonely people who are her and engaged in cruel and wealthy, and isolated people uninformed gossip where she working in a large workforce. was somehow cast as a villain, As I have mused in previous rather than a victim. None of it Ōtaki Today articles, the best FRASER CARSON was directed at her personally, connectivity happens when of course, but it inevitably found its way to her people get together in the flesh and talk indirectly. together. Loneliness is replaced with good It’s an unfortunate reality of life that some company; problems are solved, and areas of people can be given to conclusion jumping need are connected up to areas of support. and quick to believe untruths without a shred Positive examples of this can be found where of evidence. Of course, all this is fair game for elderly people get together with the very young, people with nothing better to do than judge or people from different backgrounds share others and create harm, without consequences their stories. And it’s also what people do when for themselves. someone needs support in a time of crisis. But anyone, given a circumstance, can In today’s world, we’re led to believe we’re experience the icy blast of malicious gossip better connected than ever before. Social media, and feelings of social isolation, as my friend in particular, is great at finding everything from experienced first-hand. a lost cat to an old friend, and helping whānau In any community, the happiness, health keep in touch with each other. But rather than and well-being of people is the most important join people up in communities, it tends to thing. Loneliness and social isolation are gather them into monocultural groups that are, increasingly recognised as major contributors in themselves, isolated from one another. Nor

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is it inclusive, as a mate found when he set up a Facebook page for his cricket team, only to discover only two team players on Facebook. The attraction of easy-to-use social media masks its darker site. It has become a festering hotbed for the misinformed and opinionated who comfortably hide behind its digital veil. In other words, the digital connections in social media are, in many respects, working to divide people, which can be to the detriment of healthy, connected-up communities. I have no doubt that my friend’s ex-husband might have delighted in fanning the flames of revenge on social media, had it been available, and there would have been no shortage of cheerleaders to stir up an executioner’s mob. So, why aren’t communities using the internet

more fully in the way it was intended, as a tool to connect anyone with a computer or a mobile? And why can’t each community decide what standards of behaviour are acceptable in community exchanges – as happens on any community’s streets and pubs – rather than abandoning standards to anonymous trollers, or to Facebook in Silicon Valley? As we’ve seen in recent times, abdication of community responsibility is what has led to political dislocation in the United States and in Britain and contributed to the Christchurch tragedy of March 15. Can we create better connected communities that have a say in how it works for the community good? The answer is yes, and it should be one mission every community tackles head-on. n Fraser Carson is a member of the XŌtaki College

Alumni Trust and the founding partner of Flightdec. com. Flightdec’s kaupapa is to challenge the status quo of the internet to give access to more reliable and valuable citizen generated content, and to improve connectivity and collaboration. He can be contacted at fraser@flightdec.com

Sorry, Israel, you can’t have my money If we’re friends on Facebook or real life, for in the different kinds of mahi I do, because you might know the whole Israel Folau there are plenty of bad role models for us, situation makes me feel like saying things setting unhelpful and unhealthy examples. you’re not meant to print in the paper. If Because of his relevance to some of them, we’re not, I’ve summed up those feelings my Māori and Pacific Island whānaunga and here. mates are more likely to listen when he talks. If “the fight of your life” is to be allowed to Knowing it’s those people, my people, who tell your 280k followers that my gay mates are most likely to hear, maybe even adopt and whānau are inherently his views is what makes my GOOD THINKING evil, while keeping your $5m knuckles white. property portfolio, you can’t So my call to action, kāore, have my money. If you don’t our call to action, is this. If you’re think there are bigger problems in a position to lead, to be a the world could solve with $3 good role model, please do. If million, or your donation, take you’re doing something helpful, some time to look around, something worth sharing, please. tell the world. That’s how you I was reflecting recently on amplify the difference you why I’m still feeling/thinking already make. That’s how you PERA BARRETT about it. I don’t like carrying offset the negative examples who that kind of energy around, so fire from the shadows. I was interested in why I was doing so. And I “But that’s not the Kiwi way,” you might realised what it was. hear. It’s not just the harmful effect his words Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka. have on our already vulnerable rainbow The kūmara doesn’t speak of its own sweetness. community and whānau. Other people with Ignore that whakataukī – don’t worry about platforms and influence as big have done others calling you a kūmara bragging about its worse and I didn’t clench my fists as hard. sweetness. We can tell when you’re doing it It’s not just the asking of $3 million from a for the right reasons. society with much bigger problems than one There are plenty of bad role models for man’s rugby contract. There have been bigger mine and your people to follow. But you can misuses of putea that didn’t annoy me as be one of the good ones. Be a leader and fight much. back with a better example. Be a role model who reminds us of the good we can do. I get angry because of the people who Tell us about it. Be the one we can turn to, connect to Israel the most. Most of us are away from the negative. Do it today. more likely to listen to the people who look like us, and he looks like a group of us who You might be surprised how many of us sometimes don’t seem to have enough good need you. role models. n Pera Barrett is a rap singer, story writer and Shoebox I’m not Samoan, I don’t play league, but I Christmas freedom fighter. He is the 2019 Kiwibank New know what that lack of relevant examples feels Zealand Local Hero of the Year for his work providing like. The minds he’s most likely to reach are Christmas gifts to children in low decile schools. He was the same ones I try to set a positive example born and grew up in Ōtaki.

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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.

Organic mulching is all you need For the past few years I’ve been knocking off the plastic in the garden shed. I’m still on the job – not quite plastic-free, but getting there and enjoying the process of streamlining the shed, my wallet and best of all my waste. The irony is too great to ignore – all our lovely organic food gardens creating tonnes and tonnes of plastic rubbish. No more plastic seedling trays When I run out of time to grow my own seedlings, Awapuni seedlings to the rescue! Buy them online or at New World and Pak ’n Save in recycled newspaper with biodegradable labels. Or pop into Mitre 10 for Awapuni’s pick-and-mix selection (I love this) in recycled cardboard punnets. Streamline the plastic bags The good news is that as far as fertiliser is concerned you need only one. One good quality, full spectrum mineral fertiliser will do all the jobs at your place – fruits, vegetables and pasture. You don’t need all those bags of plant-specific artificial fertiliser. Find a New Zealand-made, sustainably sourced one that comes in

a robust reusable sack. I recommend Environmental fertilisers, Fodda and Agrisea. The health of your soil, crops and good self are long term stronger when you use a full-spectrum mineral fertiliser. What about the plastic compost bags? Bulk buy at garden centres is my great idea, or pre-filled bags that you swap out each time – boomerang garden sacks. Lime, blood-and-bone, sawdust, compost. The possibilities are endless. Plastic bottles These are the bottles I have remaining in my shed. As I use them up I am going to let them go. I feel a wrench when I think about my favourite EM and seaweed foliar, but times are such that sacrifices need to be made. • I’m trying out the compost tea brewer from craftygatherer.co.nz Aerated compost will replace the EM. • Homemade comfrey + herb liquid feed will replace the seaweed. • As for the biodynamics, BD max are keen to give glass bottles as an option in the future. • Neem is the only one I cannot imagine letting go at this stage.

Organic matter (OM) Leaves, seaweed, seawrack, mineral-rich herbs, pond weed and manure are all mineral-rich and all around us – and plastic bag-free. Become an OM collector. Travel with a sack and shovel in the boot. Forage respectfully, take a little, leave a lot

and never from a reserve. Recycle all your nutrient-rich food scraps and greenwaste at home or get them collected by a local programme. When you stop putting your food and green waste in the bin you’re making a huge contribution to climate change – one of the top 10 for best impact

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HEALTH Diabetes patients reaping benefits of changes in care Patients are at less risk of dangerous events and are more likely to have better outcomes thanks to improvements in diabetes care. Hypoglycaemia – where a patient’s blood glucose level becomes too low – is a real and common risk for people with diabetes. However, an inpatient diabetes management package at Capital & Coast District Health Board implemented in November 2017 has seen hypoglycaemic events drop by 26 percent in less than two years. “Around a quarter of our hospital patients have diabetes – and a single hypoglycaemic event can have a huge impact on their health,” says diabetes inpatient nurse and project lead Miranda Walker. “One hypoglycaemic event can extend a patient’s hospital stay by more than two days because it slows their recovery and makes them more susceptible to further illness. The end result is a sicker patient who will likely take longer to recover, and a more expensive hospital stay.” The inpatient package was introduced to improve results and reduce harm for patients with diabetes. It included improved guidance around prescribing, use and monitoring of insulin – including when a patient is fasting for surgery or procedures. “By reducing the number of hypoglycaemic events by 26 percent, we’re ensuring patients aren’t having to stay in hospital longer than they initially need to – which has also saved the DHB around $250,000 in costs for increased hospital stays.” The diabetes team will now review the effect the changes have had on hyperglycaemic events – where a patient’s blood glucose becomes too high – and expects to see a similar reduction. “The improvement we’re seeing in hypoglycaemia management in hospital is testament to how well all our health professionals responded to the need to change practice to improve patient outcomes,” Miranda says. “Diabetes is so common that every doctor, nurse, dietician and pharmacist working with patients had to change how they did things once the changes were implemented – and it’s really paying off for our diabetes patients.”

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New resources removing mental health barriers A new set of online resources is demystifying mental health treatment and options for young people and their families. The Drive series is a set of video resources designed to help young people and their families navigate their way through child and adolescent mental health services. The series was produced by Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) registered nurse and dialectical behavioural therapist Dion Howard.. Dion spent two years developing the videos for Werry Workforce Whāraurau – a national centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health. The videos portray real clients’ and families’

experiences, and provide an intimate and realistic insight into mental health services and treatment. Dion has worked hard with clients and families to make the videos relatable and engaging, removing the stigma and fear around seeking treatment. “By featuring real people in the videos, we’re taking away the unknown and making it relatable for our young people and their families,” Dion says. “We want to demystify mental health services, and make them accessible, rather than shrouding them in layers of anonymity.” The videos are available now online at https://werryworkforce.org/drive-series and can be shared with clients, their families and whānau.

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It’s not hard to get fit in those later years I have a few older clients who come to me because they either want to improve their physical condition, have activities they would like to be fitter for or need exercise rehabilitation support for treatment by an osteopath or physiotherapist. This is great. As an older person – not an “old person” – these people value their health, realising as they approach retirement (or are retired) that they need their body to function as well as it can. I’ve just turned 42 and I’m really not that “old”. I exercise to varying levels of intensity up to five times a week and yes, I’ve found that joints stiffen a little and things don’t heal quite as quickly as they used to. That’s not going to stop me from exercising as I get older. I need my body to function as well as it can and so should you. The Ministry of Health recommends 60 minutes of aerobic activity every day to maintain your health. I’ve spoken before about the benefits of cardiovascular health and how those people with healthier hearts live longer

lives. This is the foundation no worries. GETTING FIT of being able to be active in It’s simply a case of inspiring your retirement years so you the blood and hormonal flows can enjoy your retirement. around the body and freeing A strong healthy heart is those joints, muscles, bones important. and fascia up again so they It’s also important that can all function like they were just because you’re near or designed to do. are already retired that you Exercise can take many shouldn’t go lifting weights. forms, too. It will be in the gym with your preferred exercise You can build muscle at any DANIEL DUXFIELD professional, but it can also be age. So having an exercise a brisk walk or tramp, ballroom professional who can help you to maintain what muscle density you have dancing for cardiovascular health, swimming, cycling, or simply sitting down and help you get a little stronger is only and standing up a few times. going to be to your benefit. Always talk to your doctor before As a fitness trainer I have no doubt that beginning any programme with an I can help you become that lean, mean exercise professional. Check that any gardening machine you’ve always longed medication you’re taking won’t interfere to be! with your exercise progress. And if you’d Another thing I want to point out is like to know where to start, you can always that the body never forgets that you used to play sports or engage in other mid to get in touch with me. high-intensity activity. Your joints might n Daniel Duxfield is an exercise professional who not have the flexibility right away, but operates DuxFit Functional Fitness from a private studio with some exercise and coaching you’ll be in Ōtaki. Contact 022 1099 442 or danielduxfield@ running in tries on a Sunday afternoon or gmail.com and see https://www.facebook.com/ duxfitfunctionalfitness/ smashing it on the badminton court with

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How about a cytotoxic, mutagenic antibacterial on toast? Local scientist Dr Steve Humphries of Hebe Botanicals looks at what’s in manuka honey. People have used honey for thousands of years to treat infected burns and wounds. Honey’s antibacterial properties are due to a combination of factors: the high concentration of sugar, its acidity and trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide. All things that bacteria don’t like. And then along came an even more powerful antibacterial honey – manuka. This extra antibacterial power was referred to as “non-peroxide activity” (NPA) and trademarked as a “unique manuka factor” (UMF). This unique property was eventually determined to be due to the presence of the chemical methylglyoxal. Interestingly there’s no methylglyoxal in manuka nectar. The methylglyoxal is produced by heat-treating the manuka honey. This converts the naturally occurring dihydroxyacetone in manuka nectar into methylglyoxal. So manuka honey with high levels of methylglyoxal is not a traditional food. It’s a relatively recent manufactured product. Methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone are cheap industrial chemicals and $40 worth is enough to turn a tonne of ordinary honey into high added-value fake “manuka” honey. Clearly there is a strong financial incentive to adulterate. Despite the strict guidelines and requirements for a genuine manuka honey, it’s been estimated that worldwide up to 80 percent of so-called manuka honey is in fact adulterated. Methylglyoxal is a highly reactive chemical. In the body it reacts with peptides, proteins and DNA (and not in a good way) to form what are collectively known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs in turn create cellular dysfunction, which is implicated in ageing and many age-related degenerative disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and cancer. Because of the deleterious effects of methylglyoxal, there is a health model that proposes we restrict methylglyoxal and AGEs consumption. We can do this by not smoking (methylglyoxal is in cigarette smoke) and minimising the consumption of many processed

foods that have high levels of methylglyoxal and AGEs. The concentration of methylglyoxal in high UMF manuka honey is hundreds of times more than in any other food, and a single 20g serve of manuka honey can easily double a person’s total daily intake. The health burden of this increased methylglyoxal consumption has yet to be determined. Methylglyoxal is used in cosmetic DR STEVE HUMPHRIES research as a skin damaging agent. It’s applied to skin to mimic the effects of ageing and environmental damage like UV exposure. It disrupts the structure of skin collagen and damages DNA (it’s a mutagen). Cosmetics can then be applied to the damaged skin to assess their potential healing properties. So in the scientific research world, methylglyoxal is a skin damaging agent par excellence, but in the cosmetic marketing world methylglyoxal (packaged up as the unique manuka factor in manuka honey) becomes a hero ingredient for skin care! In reality manuka honey is almost certainly added to cosmetics as a puffery ingredient for marketing purposes (ie in miniscule concentrations) so it will have little effect on the skin in any case. Honey has promise as a medical treatment for wounds, especially as it can be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The methylglyoxal in manuka honey gives it an antibacterial advantage over conventional honeys, but it often does not heal as well, and in some circumstances can even impair wound healing. This is thought to be due to the cytotoxic nature of methylglyoxal. Manuka honey has been promoted for good gut health. Why would people pay a premium for manuka honey, with its unique antibacterial properties, and think that would be a good thing for gut health? This requires some remarkable leaps of faith: that you can accurately self-diagnose that you have a gut bacterial



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imbalance requiring intervention; that the manuka honey can be delivered in sufficient strength to have an effect; and that the unique manuka factor (ie the methylglyoxal), a broad-spectrum antibacterial, can target “bad” bacteria while somehow avoiding “good” bacteria. It’s widely claimed that bacteria cannot develop resistance to manuka honey. This is true for any topically applied honey. However, when consuming manuka honey the only substantive antibacterial effect to survive through to the stomach and gut is methylglyoxal, and bacteria can develop resistance to it. There are also internet claims that manuka honey can ease irritable bowel syndrome and help fight stomach ulcers. Despite hundreds of research studies no clinical trials show that ingesting manuka honey produces any benefit. Manuka honey isn’t a superfood, it’s honey with methylglyoxal. For breakfast I will be having a good clover honey. I don’t need or want a cytotoxic, mutagenic, antibacterial on my toast.

Brain stimulation aids stroke victims

P2With PHYSIO AND PODIATRY 23/05/2017 12:25:05 PROOFand TIME long-term strokes being a leading cause of death disability, it’sp.m. heartening to see LASTtoRUN: C64 05/24/17 that technology advances are finding way help victims. 18.2X4 SIZE:United States Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in the have led the first-ever deep brain stimulation in a stroke victim. The goal was to improve motor function, one of the devastating symptoms of strokes. It worked. “She could move her arm within a few weeks in a way she had not been able to move since the stroke,” said neurosurgeon Andre Machado, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. Since therapy, the woman had regained function of her left arm. She suffered an ischemic stroke in 2015, losing function on the left side of her body and needing assistance to accomplish everyday tasks. “I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I had to count on everybody to help me get dressed, get showered; just getting to the bathroom and just even to get outside they had to help me.” While the researchers and the woman were hopeful of good results, the therapy surpassed their expectations. “I noticed a change almost from the beginning,” she said. “Now, I can move my arm up and down and out to the side. I can reach behind me and turn my wrist.” Testing is ongoing with additional patients. But researchers hope this deep-brain therapy will help people recover from stroke-related paralysis.


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TOP LINEUP: Guitarist Matthew Marshall, Dame Kate Harcourt and Sir John Trimmer feature in the latest Mulled Wine Concert.

Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies, four traditional songs and Cinderella by Alexey Arkhipovsky, for guitar and electronic effects. Described as “. . . a guitarist of superb technical accomplishment and a musician of perception and style” Matthew Marshall is one of New Zealand’s leading classical guitarists. He is head of school at the Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier. Dame Kate Harcourt is a doyenne of the New Zealand professional performing arts. A star of countless theatre, TV and film productions,

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Former Ōtaki College dux Tihema Baker has his third book “half written” only three months after the release of his second. Exceptional, the second of a sci-fi trilogy aimed at young adults, was released in May. It’s the sequel to the Sir Julius Vogel Awards finalist Watched, and continues the story of super-powered prodigies Jason and Rory in their battle against the allseeing Watchers. Watched was released to literary acclaim by publisher Huia Books at Te Papa in 2015. But Tihema is having to publish the second book himself. “I had to look at self-publishing, which is not as easy as it seems.” Tihema began writing the first book when he was still at school. “I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it’s really hard to make a living from it in New Zealand. I’d love to be writing full-time, but it’s more of a hobby at the moment.” After leaving Ōtaki College in 2009, Tihema went to Victoria University, studying for an arts degree with double major in Māori studies and English literature. He graduated in 2013. Meantime, in 2012, he applied for Te Papa Tupu Māori Writers Programme, submitting Watched as a raw manuscript. It got Tihema into the programme, where he was able to devote six months to learning how to refine the book. “My dream was for this book to be published, but because of uni and work commitments, I could never

find the time to spruce it up enough to submit to a publisher. Then Te Papa Tupu came along. It changed everything for me.” A year later, he had further success, winning the best short story in te reo at the 2013 Pikihuia Māori Writers Awards for Kei Wareware Tatou. It’s about two Māori Battalion war veterans, one haunted by memories of the war and the other suffering dementia, meeting for the latter’s birthday. It was inspired by Baker’s grand-uncle, who served in the 28 Maori Battalion. Tihema works as a senior policy advisor for the Office of Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti in Wellington. Tihema’s books are in libraries and online at amazon.com

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Powerful Meremere at Māoriland After a hugely successful tour in 2018 that included 32 performances in theatres, prisons and marae, Rodney Bell is in Ōtaki at the Māoriland Hub with his award-winning performance work, Meremere. The performance is on the Friday and Saturday nights of July 26 and 27, with a matinee show on the Saturday. Meremere is a powerful and engaging autobiographical work in response to Rodney’s extraordinary life, and the series of events that have been unique for one individual to experience in a lifetime. The multimedia performance piece has been developed in collaboration with director Malia Johnston’s performance design company, Movement of the Human (Moth). Meremere includes audio-visual by award-winning designer Rowan Pierce, and live music from the highly talented Eden Mulholland, who bring this insightful, surprising and very personal story to life. In 2018, Rodney performed across the North Island, as well as in Singapore and the Gold Coast. Meremere also took awards for actor of the year,

director of the year, sound design of the year, and the excellence award for AV design at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards. The production has also given Rodney the 2017 Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award, and the 2016 Attitude Artistic Achievement Award in what has been an extraordinary career. A critically acclaimed dancer and performer, he is internationally renowned for his physically integrated performance. He has been dancing professionally since 1994 when he began as a founding member of Touch Compass Dance Trust. He moved to California in 2007 to join Axis Dance Company as principal dancer,

touring to 32 states until 2012. He had many challenges after finishing with Axis and before returning to New Zealand, including a period of homelessness on the streets of San Francisco – an experience that inspired Meremere. Rodney and Malia Johnston danced together between 1999-2003 and Rodney has worked closely with Malia since his return to Aotearoa. Malia has a 20-year background in choreography and performance direction, she has collaborated with a diverse range of performers and arts organisations, and created new work for both the national and international stage. She is notable for her many years of working on the World of Wearable Art Awards show.

n Meremere, 8pm Friday, July 26; 4pm and 8pm Saturday, July 27 at the Māoriland Hub, Ōtaki. Tickets at iticket.co.nz and at the Māoriland Hub, $20 waged, $15 unwaged.

Talent, generosity get Pare to schools production Ōtaki College actor Parekawa Finlay (at right) is off the National Shakespeare Schools Production in September, thanks not only to her talent but also the generosity of sponsors. A Givealittle page seeking donations totalling $1260 to get Pare into the production exceeded its target within a couple of days. It means she will be one of only 46 acting and directing students chosen from around the country attend the programme in Wellington.


They will attend a week of intensive workshops and rehearsals culminating in public performances on the weekend of October 5 and 6. They will study aspects of Shakespeare’s works and three of his plays in particular under the direction of leading directors. High calibre tutors take workshops with the whole group for half of each day. For the other half, the students, in their three groups, rehearse with their director and group. Other experiences are added into the schedule.

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From 11am to midday on Thursday, July 25, Rodney Bell (see at left) will present a one-off rangatahi workshop providing behind-the-scenes insight to the creation of Meremere and his own life story and work. Entry is $2. Contact kiaora@maorilandfilm.co.nz to book.

Eagals land in Levin

The Eagals, New Zealand’s only all-female Eagles tribute band – return to Levin on Saturday, July 20. The Eagals are regular performers at clubs, music festivals, house concerts and venues throughout the country. The line-up blends their musical influences – Celtic, trad, Americana, country, jazz and blues – with a set of classic Eagles hits from the 70s through the 90s. With a shared love of singing harmonies and acoustic music, the Eagals “took flight” during the Te Rangi Music Festival in January this year. Saturday’s concert is at the Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall, 155 Bartholomew Rd, home of the Levin Folk Music Club. Door sales $15/$10 unwaged and LMFC members, 7.30pm start.

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES SCHEME Attention all creatives! Are you planning a project for later this year or early next year? More than $23,000 is available (in this funding round) for arts and cultural projects from the Creative Communities Scheme, administered by the Kāpiti Coast District Council and funded by Creative New Zealand. Projects must meet one or more of three key funding criteria: • Broad community involvement – The project will create opportunities for our local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities. • Diversity – The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of our local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity. • Young people – The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts. We welcome applications for projects with a Toi Māori focus and with a high degree of participation. Key Dates for this funding round: • 4pm, Friday 19 July 2019 - applications closing date. • Thursday 29 August 2019: Grants Allocation Committee meeting. Please note that your project must start after Thursday 29th August 2019. Application forms are available at Kāpiti District Libraries, and on the Council website www.kapiticoast.govt.nz

To discuss your application contact the Arts, Museums, and Heritage Advisor by email: artsadmin@kapiticoast.govt.nz or by telephone: 04 296 4700

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A hard life in frontier country up The Gorge By David Klein, Ngā Taonga

Life doesn’t get much harder than it was in the Ōtaki Gorge at the start of last century. The land was rugged and covered in thick, gullied bush with minimal infrastructure. It was frontier country and a tough place to farm. During the Depression, one of the Gorge locals was Darcy Collier. He recounts his early life in two amusing and surprising episodes of Spectrum, the long-running Radio New Zealand (RNZ) documentary show. Presenter Jack Perkins describes the land in the Gorge as “marginal at best”, and it was here that Darcy lived with his family. After the economic slump in the 1930s, his family moved out, and Darcy went to live with his mate, Les Marriott. Les would later write a book of his experiences, Life in the Gorge. They were hard times and Darcy was a hard man. He comes across as a real Kiwi bloke – able to laugh off most privations. You can listen to the two episodes online at www.bit.ly/OTSpectrum. Please note the introduction for part one is about one minute into the recording – it starts with a “cold open” of Darcy speaking. This is the style of Jack Perkins, who then introduces the speaker and gives some background to the programme. Many people know the Gorge as the gateway to Ōtaki Forks, a favourite

tramping, camping and river-swimming spot. Even now the road presents challenges. It is gravel and winding and there’s a constant risk of slips. The road was closed at the Blue Bluff for seven months from December 2016 after large, ongoing slips fell. In Darcy’s time, the challenges were even greater. Due to the nature of the road, all vehicles would carry a shovel. “There were always slips: sometimes you’d go around with one wheel hanging out,” he says. “We never took much notice of it.” If there was a big slip, the entire community would be isolated. Everyone would help clear it and the road was kept open quite reliably. One short-term solution was to simply dig a new track over the slip, which Darcy says could mean “you’d end up driving 30 feet [10 metres] above the original road”. As there were farms and settlements on both sides of the Ōtaki River, crossing over was another hairy endeavour. There were several swing bridges, made of course from number 8 wire that had been twisted to form cables. “They were pretty flexible. You had to be careful timing your steps,” Darcy recalls.

An even more remarkable way to get across was via the bosun’s chair. This was a stretched wire running from a high to low point, with another wire set up for the return trip. A meat hook was placed over the cable and attached to a small chair. Sometimes Darcy would just use the hook. “You’d hang on and slide across to the other side. The landing sometimes wasn’t too good – you might land head first. But you got fairly good after a while. And the wire never broke!” A good thing, considering it was

about 20 metres above the water. These are just a couple of stories from Darcy, told to presenter Jack Perkins in a warm and colourful conversation. Spectrum ran for a remarkable 44 years and more than 1000 episodes were produced. RNZ notes that it is “recognised as one of New Zealand’s most valuable libraries of oral history”. The Sound Archives that Ngā Taonga cares for contain an enormous number of recordings that capture New Zealand life. They can be explored in the online catalogue at www.ngataonga.org.nz

ON THE ROAD: A hairy trip along Ōtaki Gorge, probably in the 1920s. Ref: PAColl-2165-1. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. / records/23179127

The Kingites and the arrival of Pai Mārire brought tension Historian REX KERR continues his series plotting the history of Ōtaki and its people. This is part 7. When Tamihana Te Rauparaha returned from his visit to England c1852 he felt that Māori needed a king of their own. Along with his friend, Matene Te Whiwhi, he set about persuading iwi of the need. The iwi took some convincing, but in 1858 Potatau Te Wherowhero of Ngāti Mahuta was crowned king. However, as the King Movement (Kingites) became more strident in their demands over land and governorship, Tamihana and Matene became disillusioned with the movement. Troubles over the land in Taranaki escalated into open warfare between Māori and the settlers, threatening the peace, kinship and loyalty to the Crown of Ngāti Raukawa in and around Ōtaki. Encouraged by Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti and Ngāti Wehiwehi, who had strong affiliations to Waikato, and supported by Te Ati Awa, who sympathised with their kin in Taranaki, the Kingites were welcomed to Pukekaraka in Ōtaki in 1860. The Kingite flag was hoisted and a large number of warriors from the West Coast of the North Island and Te Ati Awa, led by their chief, Wi Tako, arrived. A standoff developed between those who supported the Kingites and those loyal to the Crown (Queenites). In 1862, a runanga (council) was formed and rules for the governance of the district were established. Some of the more militant runanga members demanded that Pākehā be killed or driven out. However, Wi Tako counselled moderation and leading Raukawa chiefs Tamihana Te Rauparaha, Matene Te Whiwhi, Paora Pohotiraha and Hukiki Te Ahukaramū worked alongside the missionaries for a peaceful solution. The bulk of Ngāti Raukawa remained loyal to the Crown. Also in 1862, Governor George Grey arrived in Ōtaki, and accompanied by the leading chiefs of Ngāti Raukawa, he met Wi Tako, Heremia Te Tihi, Wi Hape and other leaders of the runanga at the bridge over the Mangapouri Stream at Pukekaraka. It was agreed there would be peace in Ōtaki if no government troops came to the district, and if Grey looked into the grievances at Waitara and withdraw some troops from Taranaki.

Peace was preserved. However, small numbers of local warriors quietly slipped away to join the Kingites in the north, including a teacher at the Pukekaraka mission, Henare Taratoa, who was to die at the battle of Te Ranga Tauranga in 1864. The influence of the runanga remained strong and when in 1863 the mission doctor, DESTINATION OTAKI Charles Hewson, tried to buy some land adjoining his small holding in Rangiuru Road, it strongly opposed the move and he did not proceed. The uneasy peace was threatened in 1864 when a delegation consisting of the Pai Mārire prophet Te Ua and the Hauhau arrived at Pukekaraka to persuade Ngāti Raukawa and Te Ati REX KERR Awa to join them in their war against the Pākehā. They raised their flag at Tainui Marae. Encouraged by Kate Hadfield, the wife of Kāpiti archdeacon Octavius Hadfield, Ngāti Raukawa raised their own a homemade Union Jack over the common in front of Rangiātea (there is a view that this flag was raised earlier, in 1863, in opposition to the Kingite flag Ramsden p239) to show their loyalty to the Queen. An uneasy peace prevailed. The following year a Great Runanga was held at Rangiātea, attended by most of the settlers and missionaries in the area. The Hauhau leaders exhorted Ngāti Raukawa and Te Ati Awa to join them and drive all the Pākehā into the sea. Wi Tako, although a strong Kingite supporter, was opposed to bloodshed and spoke against it, as did Tamihana Te Rauparaha and others. However, it was the words of Matene Te Whiwhi, who apparently spoke last and eloquently, which persuaded all that peace was the best option for Ōtaki.

As quoted by McDonald, he said: “You have us kill all the pākehās in the country. That we will not consent to. Hector and Bishop Hadfield, and the pākehās are our friends: you may drive other pākehās into the sea, but these be allowed to dwell in peace amongst us.” Matene Te Whiwhi concluded his powerful words with: “Let us keep the Manawatū for a playground for children.” The Hauhau to their credit accepted these words and departed. The area south of the Rangitikei River was left in peace. It’s important to note that Tamihana Te Rauparaha went to the Wairarapa and successfully persuaded Māori there to remain loyal and peaceful, and Matene Te Whiwhi and Wi Tako went to the East Coast and did the same. They also took the peace message to other areas. As a reward for their loyalty, Governor Grey presented Ngāti Raukawa with a Union Jack and they stayed in possession of their lands when the lands of “Rebellious Māori” to the north were later confiscated. In 1866 Matene and the leading chiefs of Ngāti Raukawa attended Queen Victoria’s 47th birthday celebrations in Wellington, once again confirming their allegiance to the Crown. However, more change was coming to Ōtaki and with it a new influx of settlers. In part 8: Epidemics, Land Acts and the Railway bring change and more settlers to Ōtaki. n References: Bevan, T. “Reminiscences Of An Old Colonist.” Otaki Mail. Otaki. 1908. Carkeek, W W. The Kapiti Coast Maori Tribal History and Place Names of the Paekakariki-Otaki District. Reed Publishing. 2004. McDonald, R. Te Hekena – Early Horowhenua. G H Bennett & Co, Palmerston North. 1979. Ramsden, E. Rangiatea. A H & A W Reed. Wellington. 1951. R M L. “The Great Runanga At Tainui Puke-karaka”. Otaki Historical Journal. Vol. 4 1981. pp106-110 R M L & G J D. “The Kingite Flag At Pukekaraka.” Otaki Historical Journal. Vol. 4 1981. pp111-113 Simcox, F S. Otaki The Town and District. A H & A W Reed. Wellington. 1952.

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‘Clover is king’ for Stuart’s low-input farming Reduced soil fertiliser and chemicals for About 35 crossbred heifers come onto his animal health can have environmental 15-hectare property in August each year as 185kg and cost benefits for farmers. Carbon weaners. They’re efficiently grown to 500kg as emissions and nitrogen two-year-olds. FARM FOCUS pollution are reduced High pH, slow-release rock and spending on animal phosphate and lime fertiliser, the remedies is saved. basis of his “functional fertilisers”, Respected former Ruakura ensure pastures are lush and highly scientist Dr Clive Dalton nutritious. Clover content is high has reported that our highly with a ryegrass base, and mixed efficient conversion of grass with dock, plantain and buttercup, to animal products has been provide great diet satisfaction for eroded over the years by the cattle. Based on regular soil increased use of nitrogen tests, essential minerals are added fertilisers. The advent of the to fertiliser as needed and sulphate DR KEN GEENTY of potash is applied in summer. Kapuni ammonia urea plant in Taranaki in the 1980s had urea fertiliser With the above fertiliser regime, Stuart’s mantra applications more than double, particularly in that “clover is king” is a reality, his cattle efficiently the dairy industry. Clover that naturally fixes cleaning up the flourishing mixed pasture with atmospheric nitrogen started to disappear in high growth performance and outstanding meat mixed pastures, leaving them grass dominant quality. and nitrogen hungry. The cattle are quarantined on arrival at the The downsides have been mainly property and receive no chemical treatments environmental, with increased nitrogen runoff thereafter. polluting our waterways and nitrous oxides Stuart rotationally grazes his cattle with 48-day from soil and fertilisers increasing potent intervals in winter reducing to 20 days during greenhouse gas emissions. the spring pasture growth flush. Grazing pressure These trends have affected how Stuart is light, going from 4000kg DM per hectare to Pritchard farms near Ōtaki. He’s a firm about 1500kg with grass, clover and herbs all believer that low input farming – with less eagerly consumed by the cattle. From 18 tonnes nitrogen fertiliser and organic farming of dry matter per hectare grown annually, surplus principles – are the way to go. pasture goes into about 120 bales of baleage for Stuart’s wide previous experience includes winter feeding. dairying, large-scale bull beef, cash cropping, Complementary sidelines on Stuart’s property horticulture and property development. He include a four-hectare block of native trees to help is currently registered with an AssureQuality mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and a beeorganic farming “conversion” status. breeding enterprise for export of queen bees and

Stuart Pritchard grows his cattle efficiently on high-powered clover and herb-dominant pastures. Photo: Ken Geenty

production of organic honey. Graham Shepherd of Bioagrinomics says the greenhouse gas emissions index on Stuart’s farm is relatively low and environmentally friendly. Minimal fertiliser use not only makes a major contribution to New Zealand’s long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, but also contributes greatly to less nitrogen pollution of waterways, avoiding compromise of valuable biodiversity. Low use of chemicals for animal health reduces input costs and is essential for organic farming. All these low-input measures help greatly with product quality and marketing. 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.

Stuart’s mantra that “clover is king” is a reality, his cattle efficiently cleaning up the flourishing mixed pasture with high growth performance and outstanding meat quality.

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TAMARIKI I Ōtaki Today, July 2019

NURSERY RHYME Kia ora, we hope you’ve all had a good break and enjoyed your school To solve this fun kids’ crossword puzzle, you need to CROSSWORD holidays. It’s back to school next week, so here’s a few things for you do finish the to beginning line from ten popular poems. Kids, To solve this puzzle, you if you don’t know these rhymes, please ask an older before then. need to finish the line for family member for help. Then ask your helper to tell each nursery rhyme. If GET COLOURING this month’s cartoon, drop it to RiverStone Cafē, on SH1, you the rest of the rhyme. You will share you don’t know it ask a some fun in by for sure! to be in to win a $40 voucher to spend at the café. Entries must timesbe together, family member for help. 4pm, August 11. The winner is the first drawn. Last month’s winner is Zoey Then ask your helper to Dale-Low aged 6. Congratulations! tell you the rest of the 1

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COMMUNITY I Ōtaki Today, July 2019

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Skills group members, from left, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Smith and Geraldine Taylor get knitting at the Presbyterian church hall.

Craft skills group into award finals The crafty skills of a group of Ōtaki people have got them into the finals of the Kāpiti Community Awards. About 30 members of the Ōtaki Community Skills Sharing Group meet at the Presbyterian church hall in Mill Road from 9-11.30am every Wednesday. They knit, crochet, sew, scrapbook, make cards and just about any other craft that takes their fancy. But it’s not just the companionship of like-minded people that has got them to award-finalist status. These (mostly) women teach others their craft skills. It means anyone can drop in and find out about how to use a sewing machine to fix a garment, or knit a jumper for a new-born in the family. “We get some people in who have no idea about how to do

some of these things,” says co-ordinator Elizabeth Smith. “It’s great, because we enjoy passing on the knowledge.” The group’s output goes mostly to charities – both locally and overseas. Knitted blankets go to rest homes, slippers and beannies to local schools. Recently, beautiful cotton dresses have gone to impoverished girls in India – with nice clothes they’re less likely to be targeted for the sex trade (better dressed girls look like they have parents looking after them). The proceeds from hand-made cards go to a Nepal orphanage. Members of the group come from as far as Paraparaumu and Shannon, and everyone is welcome. Any unwanted craft supplies are also welcome. n  For more information, email elizabeth.geraldine@xtra.co.nz



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: 10am. Miha Maori Mass, first Sunday: 9.30am Anglican Methodist Parish of Ōtaki • 364 7099 otakianglican.xtra.co.nz. 1st and 3rd Sundays 9.30am, All Saints’, 47 Te Rauparaha St, Ōtaki; Note change of time for Sunday 7 July is 10.30am followed by Parish mid-Winter lunch. 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

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7. Scholar 8. Plug converters 11. Fawn’s father 15. Baby’s ... cord 17. Arrogant people 18. Wide view 20. Skeleton image (1-3) 21. Hit hard 22. Pronunciation style 23. Stole a look 26. Declare void


Luke 12:25-26 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

QUICK QUIZ answers at bottom of page) 1. Which fast food company used the advertising slogan "I'm Lovin' it"? 2. “Finger Lickin’ Good” was used as an advertising slogan up to 2011 by which company? 3. Until recently which food outlet used the slogan “Eat Fresh” to advertise? 4. American actress who played the part of Tokyo underworld boss O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill Vol I & II. 5. 5. The film director, Frank Capra, famous for It’s a Wonderful Life, was born in which Mediterranean country? 6. Who hosted this years Oscar ceremony?



DEATHS HAWEA, Paul. Born in Otaki, 30.11.56, passed away Melbourne 3.7.19. Loved husband of Ana and father of Shane and Ashley. Loved son of the late Rangi and Merle Hawea. Loved brother of Mihaka, George, Keith, Ramon, Michael and the late Carol. Kua Hinga te kauri o te wao nui a Tane, moe mai ra. HOUSIAUX, John. Born in Ōtaki. Late of Belmont, NSW, Australia, aged 80. Beloved husband of Carolyn. Much loved father of Peter, Lee-Anne and Fleur, step-father of Gary, Colin and Jennette. Adored grandfather and great grandfather. RAU, Darcy. Passed away on Thursday June 6, 2019. Treasured husband of Leigh. Much loved father of Aroha. Loved member of the Kaihau & Rau whānau. Darcy was taken home to Tauranganui Marae, Port Waikato on Saturday June 8. Kua hinga te tōtara ki te wao nui a Tāne. WILLIS-BREGMEN, Kim of Ōtaki. Unexpectedly at Palmerston North Hospital on Thursday July 4, 2019, aged 53. Cherished soulmate of Blair. Much loved mother of Raegan and Amanda. Nana Muzz to Akaia. Loved daughter of Jenny and Murray (dec) Willis.

AGM NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Ōtaki College Trust Foundation Charitable Trust (also known as the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust). The Trustees hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the College staffroom on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 5pm.


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Rāhui U13 player Isireli Qaranivalu tries to bust through a Western Bays tackle, with fellow Rāhui player Kaahurere Mackay in support. Photos supplied

Rāhui juniors in Wellington tournament The Horowhenua-Kāpiti under 13s rugby team travelled to Upper Hutt for three days on July 12-14, with five Rāhui junior players included. The team was captained by Rāhui’s Bronson Terry, with other local players Kaahurere Mackay, Boston Pollock, Teina Kapukai-Taumaa and Isireli Qaranivalu. Rāhui’s Slade Sturmey was coach and Megan Qaranivalu manager. The team didn’t manage a win, but gained valuable experience from the tournament. Also attending the tournament in the H-K U12s was Rāhui junior player Apirana Barber. The U12s beat Western Bays, but lost their other two matches. Meantime, all H-K junior rep teams will be playing at Ōtaki Domain on Sunday, September 1, 11am kick-off.

LITTLE RIPPAS: The winning Waitohu School team, with coach Kahura Cameron at the back are, back row: Mautua Edwards, Ajia McNaught, Darby Doyle, Nevaeh Gardner, Bijou Austin and Zenith McCartney. Front row: Taipua HaweaTawhiao, Kaylis Peneha, Zahrn Morgans and Jeremiah Qaranivalu.

A Rippa team from Waitohu School A Waitohu School team won the Horowhenua-Kāpiti Year 5/6 Rippa rugby competition on July 1 at Levin. The team goes on to represent the school and the Horowhenua-Kāpiti Rugby Union in the national Rippa tournament on August 25-27 in Wellington. Waitohu’s Rippas are coached by teacher – and league and rugby player – Kahura Cameron. After the Kāpiti-Horowhenua tournament, principal

Maine Curtis received an email from a Waikanae parent: “I just wanted to drop you and your staff a note to say what a pleasure it was to watch your Year 5 and 6 team at the Horowhenua ripper [sic] rugby yesterday. As a parent at Waikanae School with my youngest daughter, and president of the Paraparaumu Track and Field Club we were treated to a lesson in teamwork, manners and enthusiasm from both your children and staff/parents.”

Horowhenua-Kāpiti’s U13 team, above, and the U12 team, below.

TROPHY: Winners of the Lynne Walker Memorial Trophy are, from left, Brigitte Duncan and Pauline Taylor, with Lynne’s children, Crystal and Dan, and husband Andy Walker. Photo supplied

Fun fundraiser in Lynne’s memory The second Lynne Walker Memorial Trophy event at Ōtaki Golf Club was held on June 24. Hosted by the Ōtaki 9 Hole golf group, it’s become an annual fundraiser for breast cancer. A total of 76 golfers entered from Ōtaki and the greater Wellington and Manawatū region. Fun and friendship were in abundance as entrants played golf in some fantastic costumes. Trophy winners were Pauline Taylor and Brigitte Duncan. Winners of the best dressed pair were “bride and groom” Alan Tucker and Tracy Pearl. Lynne Walker was a star golfer in Ōtaki and battled breast cancer before she died in 2017. n  The event was made possible with sponsors The Golf Warehouse, Tall Poppy Ōtaki, Farmlands Ōtaki, NZ Natural Clothing, Hammer Hardware, RiverStone Cafe, Watson’s Garden, Cafe 66, Chairs Hairdressers, Te Horo Garden Centre, Hamish Barham Pharmacy and Susi White.

Ōtaki River entrance tides July 18 - August 15, 2019 metservice.com/marine-surf/tides/otaki-river-entrance

Thu 18 Jul Fri 19 Jul Sat 20 Jul Sun 21 Jul Mon 22 Jul Tue 23 Jul Wed 24 Jul Thu 25 Jul Fri 26 Jul Sat 27 Jul

HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH - 04:15 10:19 16:29 22:36 - 04:53 10:57 17:05 23:11 - 05:30 11:33 17:41 23:47 - 6:07 12:10 18:17 00:24 06:45 12:48 18:55 01:04 07:25 13:29 19:36 01:48 08:08 14:15 20:23 02:36 08:55 15:06 21:18 03:30 09:49 16:06 22:20 04:28 10:49 17:10 23:25 -

Sun 28 Jul Mon 29 Jul Tue 30 Jul Wed 31 Jul Thu 1 Aug Fri 2 Aug Sat 3 Aug Sun 4 Aug Mon 5 Aug Tue 6 Aug

HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH 05:29 11:52 18:14 - - 00:28 06:30 12:54 19:13 - 01:26 07:28 13:50 20:06 - 02:20 08:23 14:43 0:56 - 03:11 09:16 15:32 21:44 - 04:00 10:07 16:20 22:32 - 04:49 10:56 17:07 23:20 - 05:38 11:45 17:55 00:09 06:27 12:35 18:44 00:59 07:18 13:25 19:36 -

Wed 7 Aug Thu 8 Aug Fri 9 Aug Sat 10 Aug Sun 11 Aug Mon 12 Aug Tue 13 Aug Wed 14 Aug Thu 15 Aug

HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH 01:52 08:10 14:19 20:32 02:49 09:06 15:19 21:35 03:51 10:07 16:26 22:45 04:57 11:15 17:38 23:56 06:05 12:22 18:45 - - 00:59 07:07 3:21 19:39 - 01:52 07:59 14:10 20:24 - 02:37 08:43 14:53 21:03 - 03:17 09:23 15:31 21:39

Please note: The actual timing of high and low tide may differ from that provided here by LINZ. Times are extrapolated from the nearest primary port for this location, so please take care.

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Rāhui derailed on road to finals

A try to Waikanae in the last 10 minutes sealed Rāhui’s fate as they sought to progress through to the Horowhenua-Kāpiti premiership finals. Rāhui players are Joel Winterburn (No 7), Teariki Peneha and Morehu Connor-Phillips (on the ground). Photos: Ian Carson

Ōtaki’s Rāhui Rugby Club had teams in the semi-finals of the Horowhenua-Kāpiti premier and senior B competitions on Saturday (July 13), but both teams failed in their bid for a finals spot. The premiers were beaten 26-21 by Waikanae at Waikanae Park, and the Bs lost to Levin College Old Boys in Levin 34-17. The Rāhui premiers were confident going into the semifinal after beating Waikanae the week before at Ōtaki, storming back from 2010 down at halftime to win 37-25. Although ahead 21-19 with less than 15 minutes to go in Saturday’s semifinal, they couldn’t retain the lead, offering too many penalties and failing to control the ball at crucial phases. The Rāhui B team had a tough encounter with Levin COB. They were in contention for the first half, scoring some enterprising tries, but COB ground out a 34-17 win in the second half to book their place in the finals. Waikanae play Foxton in the premier final, and COB play Paraparaumu in the B final, both at Levin Domain on Saturday, July 20.

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