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Watch out for toxic algae Keep an eye out for toxic algae in our rivers and streams this summer. During summer, with higher temperatures and lower water levels, the algae (cyanobacteria) can form extensive blooms which can be toxic, particularly to dogs if they eat it. Even a small amount can kill a dog. In rivers, cyanobacteria generally form brown or black mats that grow on rocks in the river bed. Greater Wellington Regional Council has useful information about how to spot toxic algae and has an interactive water quality map – see gw.govt.nz/safeswim/

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TO LONDON: Parekawa Finlay, who’s off to London’s Globe Theatre in July.

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Funding gets Pare to Globe Young Ōtaki College actor Parekawa Finlay is off to the Globe Theatre in London thanks to the generosity of the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust. The trust came up with the $9000 required after hearing of Pare’s selection to attend the theatre made famous by bard William Shakespeare. “We knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so the XŌtaki committee got together and came up with the funds, along with the Philipp Family Foundation Trust,” XŌtaki chair Max Lutz says. “XŌtaki has helped a lot of students in its five years of existence, and we’re really pleased to be able to help Parekawa.”

The Philipp Family Foundation Trust came up with $3300 of the $9000 total, which includes air fares, accommodation, course fees and a living allowance. Pare is understandably excited about the trip, which will be in July next year. “I’ve never even been in a plane before, anywhere, and never been overseas so this is so exciting,” she told Ōtaki Today. “When I got the call that I was accepted, I could hardly talk, and then I thought ‘how am I going to find $9000?’ I worried about that for a while, and then the XŌtaki trust stepped in. “I am so grateful I can’t really describe it. It’s just a great thing for them to do. Nothing like that has ever happened for me before.”

The Ōtaki College student attended the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand National Shakespeare Schools Programme in October, along with 45 other young actors and student directors from throughout the country. Pare was selected for the prestigious course after an award-winning Othello performance. along with fellow Ōtaki student Ari Leason, at the National Shakespeare Festival in June. Pare, who is 18, impressed enough to be one of 24 chosen to go to London to perform at the Globe Theatre. She’s hoping it will help to hone her acting skills and lead to a theatre acting career. While Shakespeare is quintessentially English, continues page 2


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Ward councillor to chair key committee Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes has been appointed to the key role of chairing the Strategy and Operations Committee at Kāpiti Coast District Council. The committee is an amalgamation of the Strategy and Policy Committee, which James previously chaired, and the Operations and Finance Committee. The mayor, all councillors and a Māori-appointed member with voting rights are all members of the new committee. The deputy chair is new councillor Gwynn Compton. The committee deals with decision-making that is not the responsibility of the council, including setting and approving the policy and strategy work programme, approval of nonbudgeted expenditure, financial policies and operational aspects of bylaws. James says there are some challenges ahead. "I’m looking forward to what will be a challenging role with topics like the beach bylaw and coastal adaptation needing to be addressed,” he says "We’ve got a good mix on

council and working together can achieve some good outcomes for our communities." James also has responsibility for the transport portfolio after Mayor K Gurunathan announced the council's governance structure and committee memberships for the next three years, at the council's first formal meeting on November 7. The responsibilities for Ōtaki’s two other councillors are: Angela Buswell – Business and Jobs portfolio, Cycleway Walkway and Bridleway Advisory Group, Friends of the Ōtaki River, and Accessibility Advisory Group; Jackie Elliott – Waste portfolio, Regional Waste Forum, and Waste Minimisation Task Force. Mayor Guru, also an Ōtaki resident, has responsibilities for Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, Regional Transport Joint Committee Older Persons Council, and Regional Strategy Joint Committee. The council has four council sub-committees. The Audit and Risk Sub-committee will have an Independent chair appointed and membership

includes the mayor, deputy mayor, deputy chair Angela Buswell and Gwynn Compton. The sub-committee monitors council’s financial management and reporting systems and has oversight to ensure sound audit and risk processes are in place. The Grants Allocation Sub-committee will include the mayor and councillors Janet Holborow, Rob McCann and Martin Halliday, with Jackie Elliott appointed as chair and Bernie Randall as deputy chair. The committee assesses applications and allocates council’s grants from its five grant programmes. The mayor will chair the Appeals Hearing Sub-committee for hearing legislative appeals or objections, and the Chief Executive Performance and Employment Sub-committee, which includes all councillors. Jocelyn Prvanov is deputy chair with Janet Holborow and James Cootes as members. Cr Janet Holborow has been appointed to a second term as deputy mayor.

Grant gets Pare to Globe Theatre in London from front page Pare refuses to compromise her Māori heritage. In fact, her determination to incorporate it in her performances appears to have worked in her favour. During a recent Shakespeare programme, Pare and her group of students performed Henry V. Many of the students struggled with the French spoken in the play, so they translated into te reo Māori. The result was an English/Māori performance of Henry V in the Legislative Chamber at Parliament, attended by Pare’s whanau and friends.

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“We ended up exploring ideas of colonisation in Aotearoa and changed all the French lines into te reo Māori, making the French soldiers and royalty Māori,” she says. “In doing this we had all the French cast speaking in almost half te reo and half English, so we were able to perform a haka to the English king during the performance and we had those French cast of high regard wearing tā moko. I was lucky enough to be cast as the French king, along with a young Māori guy from Tuhoe. “At first we were a little confused as to how we were going to share the role as we began to split the

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lines and figure out when we’d be on stage. “Our director, Erina Daniels, then talked to us about how she would love to see us both on at the same time and not sharing the role, thus showing the common occurrence in te ao Māori of Mana Wāhine and Mana Tāne leadership together.” Pare says she’s happy to know she might later work with some of the same people in Māori theatre one day. Pare is the third Ōtaki College student to go on the London trip. The others were Tua Fa’avale and Juliet Kane following their 2009 performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Brian top student Brian Van was rewarded for his academic efforts by being announced as dux in the 2019 Ōtaki College senior prize-giving awards on October 31. Brian will be studying for a bachelor of engineering with honours at Wellington’s Victoria University next year. His list of firstin-class in 2019 included calculus, chemistry, physics and statistics. Brian also received the Ōtaki Memorial RSA award, Andrew Phillips Cup for dux, the M I Turnbull award for top boy in Year 13 and a Victoria University scholarship. He is an international student from Vietnam who joined Ōtaki College as a Year 10 student in 2016. Days after achieving dux, Brian received a WellingtonNZ award at Parliament for academic excellence as an international student. William Tam was runner-up to dux. In 2020 William will begin study for a bachelor of commerce at Auckland University. William was the inaugural winner of the Wakefield Group Ltd scholarship for Proxime Accessit and was also awarded an Ōtaki Women’s Community Club scholarship to assist with his studies. The 2019 Sander Scholar, who travels to Scotland in January 2020 to visit Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, is head girl Lauren Blakeley. On her return from Scotland Lauren will be studying for a bachelor of teaching in primary education at Otago University. Lauren also received the Chairperson’s All Round Excellence Cup. Lauren was awarded scholarships from Concrete Doctors, Fun Zone Group Ltd and the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust.

The 2019 Sportsperson of the Year was Damien Doyle (see back page). Top Girl in Year 13 was Emily Int-Veen. Emily is an international student who plans to return to Germany next year to begin her university studies. In Year 12, Karen Su was top girl and Jacob Gates was top boy. Hala Graham was top girl in Year 11 and Paikea Bai-Te Kira was top boy. The other much-anticipated announcement made at senior prize-giving is the heads of school team for 2020. Next year’s head girl was announced as Kahe Nakhla, with head boy Jacob Gates. Deputy head girl will be Emily Georgetti and deputy head boy is Damien Doyle. Associate heads of school are Claryce Cutler, Morgan Gould, Alex Lundie, Maddy McAlpine, Keegan Ryan, Karen Su, Jacob Walker and Kiri Winiata-Enoka. Principal Andy Fraser said he was proud of his students and appreciated the support that helped students on their journey. “Many local organisations, businesses and individuals sponsor scholarships and awards for our senior prize-giving,” Andy said. “These awards provide acknowledgement and support for our students as they step out onto their future pathways. That’s very much appreciated by the students and the college. “We congratulate the graduating class of 2019 and wish all students sitting external examinations every success.” •  See also pages, 7-8 and 32.

AWARDS: Dux Brian Van receives his awards at the 2019 Ōtaki College prize-giving. Photo Fraser Carson

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In a secluded spot under a kahikatea tree in the Haruātai bush, tamariki from Ōtaki Montessori Preschool find magic. Every Monday when the weather’s good, the children and teachers take an excited, chattery walk into the surrounding bush from the preschool that sits at Haruātai Park. Tui and other native birds flit among the trees, the air is fresh, the trees tall and magnificent. The kahikatea has become a magnet for the preschool, not just because it’s a calming and pleasant way for children to enjoy their local environment, but also because of the engagement with nature and the learning involved. The children have adopted their little area of paradise, and with the blessing of Greater Wellington Regional Council, have cleared it of weeds. It’s here they learn first-hand about how trees and plants grow, and how the birdlife interacts with the bush. The preschool is being assisted by the nationwide Enviroschools network, through which early childhood centres and schools commit to a long-term sustainability journey. Tamariki and students connect with and explore the environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities. On November 5, Enviroschools facilitator Amanda Dobson and Te Atawhai Kumar of Te Aho Tū Roa joined 20 teachers and administrators of the Montessori preschool and six other primary and preschools from throughout Kāpiti to venture into the Haruātai bush. They found seeds and learnt about

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IN NATURE: Enviroschools co-ordinator Amanda Dobson with primary and preschool teachers and administrators in the Haruātai bush. Photo Ian Carson

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It was a busy October for the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade. A total of 25 callouts were made, with “some unusual ones”, according to fire chief Ian King. Among them were attendances to help remove a ring from a finger and to assist with a leaking fish tank. The brigade was called out for three property incidents (car, shed, electrical in a hotel), five medical, one motor vehicle accident, six special services (including the leaking fish tank, the ring removal, and assisting with two chemical spills in Levin), five private fire alarm activations, and five rubbish, grass or scrub fires.

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FINANCIAL AWARDS FOR TOP ŌTAKI COLLEGE Receiving financial awards at the Ōtaki College prize-giving on October 31 were: Hunter Austin: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education. Paikea Bai-Te Kira: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education; MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 11 Boy. Lauren Blakeley: Sander Scholar Award, Sander Ties; Concrete Doctors Financial Scholarship and Ipad; Fun Zone Group Ltd Education Scholarship; XŌtaki Alumni Trust Scholarship. Ella Brown: Marjorie Gordon Memorial Health Award; Bruce Anderson Memorial Trust Scholarship; Parkin Art Scholarship. Claudia Allan: Bruce Anderson Memorial Trust Scholarship. Damien Doyle: Marlan Trading Sportsperson of the Year Award; Concrete Doctors Outdoor Pursuits Scholarship. Parekawa Finlay: XŌtaki Alumni Trust and Philipps Family Foundation Scholarship. Nicholas Fleming: Joint recipient, Ōtaki Ward Councillor Scholarship. Jacob Gates: MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 12 Boy. WINNERS: Ōtaki College premier award winners from prize-giving night on October 31 are, from left, Damien Doyle (sportsperson of the year), Brian Van (dux), Lauren Blakeley (Sander Scholar) and William Tam (dux runnerup). Photo Jorden Young

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STUDENTS Hala Graham: MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 11 Girl. Emily Georgetti: Liberty McLaren Cook Award for Poetry and Prose; the J B Northern Award for Level 2 Science; and the Greater Wellington Councillor, Penny Gaylor, grant. Sharnee Housiaux-Roderique: Frank Bryce Masonic Trust Scholarship. Emily Int-Veen: The Wakefields Lawyers’ Award for top student in NCEA English, level 3; MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 13 Girl. Alex Lundie: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education; XŌtaki Alumni Trust Scholarship. Wade Nattrass: Joint recipient, Ōtaki Ward Councillor Scholarship. Hetal Patel: Ōtaki Mail Scholarship. Charlotte Wood: Winwick Trust Scholarship David Phung: Kevin Crombie Memorial Commerce Award and Cup. Quinn Straker: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education. Karen Su: MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 12 Girl. Tammy Rumsey: Joint recipient, Ōtaki Women’s Community Club Scholarship. William Tam: Wakefield Group Ltd Scholarship for Runner-Up to Dux; Joint recipient, Ōtaki Women’s Community Club Scholarship. Brian Van: RSA Scholarship for Dux; MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 13 Boy.

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Arts Trail deemed a success The Kāpiti Arts Trail 2019, run over the first two weekends of November, wrapped up with people from the Wellington region and beyond taking in a spectacular range of Kāpiti art. Kāpiti Coast District Council arts advisor Rosie Salas says there was a great vibe on the trail this year with many arts venues “humming”. “Beautiful weather the first weekend brought many people out and despite a late spring rainstorm on the last Sunday, visitors still hit the trail, with many also taking away some wonderful Kāpiti art,” Rosie says. “Visitors appreciated the opportunity to talk to the artists in their studio and see them in action, and others really enjoyed the convenience of seeing several artists and their work in shared studios, galleries and hubs. “A full report on this year’s trail is still a few weeks away, but early feedback from artists and visitors suggests this was a really good year for attracting visitors to the district and in sales. “Lots of people left with a piece of Kāpiti art.” BIRD’S EYE: Artist Kevin Hastie had two great weekends during the Kåpiti Arts Trail. His ceramic birds sold “really well” at the Artscape Gallery on the Ōtaki railway shops.

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Meet your new elected representatives Councillors and Community Board representatives have been sworn into office and are now getting down to business. Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes returns for another three-year term, alongside community board members Stephen Carkeek, Chris Papps, Marilyn Stevens and Shelly Warwick. The Ōtaki Community Board will play an important role in advocating and making submissions to Council and other statutory agencies on behalf of the Ōtaki community. The Board is also responsible for administering grants to individuals and groups for community purposes. For more information on our elected members and their roles, visit our website. 


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A big thank you to all the artists who participated and to everyone that joined us on this year’s Kāpiti Arts Trail.

Haruātai Park is the place to be in Ōtaki this summer and there’s plenty to keep the whole whānau entertained. Spread across nearly nine hectares of land, Haruātai Park is home to Ōtaki Pools, Ōtaki splash pad, Haruātai playground and the Haruātai sports fields. The playground boasts picnic tables, the tallest swing in Kāpiti, and other super fun equipment for all ages and abilities.

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The new shared path is a vital link connecting the Ōtaki Township, Te Wananga o Raukawa, and the shopping precinct, to the beach. It provides a much needed safer off road facility for cyclists, pedestrians and other alternative modes of transport. The next stage will be construction of a pedestrian refuge island at the western end. This will create a safe crossing point to link the shared path with the footpath on the northern side, opposite Robert Mckeen Street.

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David Pritchard – hard working, entrepreneurial David Kennedy Pritchard 22.04.1947 – 02.11.2019

David Pritchard was farewelled at Southwards in Paraparaumu on November 7 at a big funeral where mourners spilled into the foyer. It was a sign of his huge respect among business people, workers, colleagues and friends. David was born in Ōtaki to David and Lorna. He was the oldest of four children, followed by Stuart, Pam and Nigel. Their mum was a florist and their dad a nurseryman growing orchids, tomatoes and seedlings for local market gardeners. David junior attended Ōtaki School and went to Ōtaki College in 1959 as a foundation student. He was not much of a scholar but used to say he excelled at commercial studies. On a visit to a university on a college trip to Australia in 1962, one of his teachers said: “Pritchard, take a good look because this is the closest you’ll ever get to a university.” David thought, “I’ll show him, I’m going to be a millionaire one day.” He left school aged 15 and went to work on the Bothamly dairy farm in Te Horo before heading to Putaruru to work on his Uncle Cliff ’s dairy farm. However, after Cliff died in a traffic accident, David returned to Ōtaki and worked for Goodmans driving scrapers and dozers all over the Wellington region. It’s how he developed a love for machinery. In 1966 David senior suggested David and Stuart lease a dairy block off the main road north of Ōtaki. They started with 80 cows which was all they could afford, but soon diversified their business by buying a brand new tractor and hay bailer, and contracting for local farmers. They worked hard, paid off the machinery quickly and bought out the opposition, having

12 tractors on the go at the peak when David was only 20. Their first big break was when they bought the Jenkins farm on Addington Road in 1970 – David was 24 and Stuart 22. They couldn’t have done it without their mum and dad selling their florist and market garden business, their house in Ōtaki and their grandparents’ beach house at Te Horo to help with the deposit. Their first mortgage was at 18 percent. In 1972 they completed their first subdivision, four hectares that helped with the purchase of a second farm in Shannon where they cropped barley and grew spuds. They also doubled the size of their chicken broiler sheds at Addington Road, increasing production to 30,000 chickens every three months. Sadly, Lorna died in 1973 aged just 53. She passed on her generosity and hard-working traits to the family. In 1975, the Pritchard boys secured 250ha of freehold land and 100ha of leasehold land at Forest Lakes. They funded the purchase by subdividing and selling the Shannon farm, and the chicken sheds and house at Addington Road. Meantime, David met Jacqui Orbell and they married in 1976. During the 1970s, Pritchard Bros bought farms, added value, subdivided and sold. The brothers were hard working, innovative in their approach and entrepreneurial. In the 1980s, they continued with dairying, milking 700 cows, farm contracting and further

diversification into horticulture. Business boomed in horticulture. More land was bought, fruit planted and companies syndicated. Willow Park Gardens and then the Willow Park Group were formed, including the construction of a packing shed able to process 400,000 trays of kiwifruit and 250,000 trays of apples and pears a season. The group grew to 120 fulltime staff and 700 seasonal staff. The property empire grew on the back of this growth. Meantime, after the birth of Sam in 1979, David and Jacqui produced John, Sophie and Alice in the 1980s. The sharemarket crash of 1987 brought the Pritchard brothers down to earth. However, believing that when one door closes, another opens, they emerged with small local land developments. They bought the Lindale farm in a partnership that created 147 lots over a 20year period. Then in 1996, David broke his neck in a fall

from a flying fox in Rotorua, Three weeks in hospital gave him time to refocus, deciding to prioritise the land development business. He built a staff of 40 who could take a land development project from conception to completion. This included a construction arm. Sections were developed throughout the country. In 2003 David was nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards and won the property/ construction category. One newspaper reported that Pritchard Group owned $100 million worth of residential developments. He also took on many significant trust and company directorships. Then in 2008, aged 61, he had three months in Wellington Hospital after a massive infection. He became a tetraplegic and spent a further 10 months at the Burwood spinal unit. This was no easy adjustment for an action man, but he set the goal of getting back home to Forest Lakes, which he did. David always had a genuine interest in people. He was a good communicator and generous with his time and hospitality. In 2009, he was inducted into the Kāpiti Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame and in 2018 he was one of two inaugural inductees into the XŌtaki College Alumni Hall of Fame. Family, business and positivity were key principles for David. His honesty, generosity, work ethic, interest in others and strong sense of humour were key traits. – From a eulogy by Sam Pritchard

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Innovation a key to New World success An understanding of customer needs and encouragement from the top for staff to be innovative led to New World Ōtaki winning the supreme award at the 2019 Electra Business Awards. The supermarket, owned and operated by Steven and Janine Cole since 2017, won the best business award which covers the Kāpiti and Horowhenua regions. They also won the award for best large business, and shared the Give Where You Live award with Kāpiti Coast Funeral Homes. Steven says he’s delighted with the award, particularly because it recognises the contribution of staff to the supermarket’s success. “It’s the first time we entered the awards, so it was a bit of learning curve for us,” Steven says. “We put a fair bit of effort into the application, expected to learn something from that and if we were lucky pick up a category win. “So to win two categories and then the big award was fantastic. While Janine and I run the business, it’s our staff who are making the difference. Without them I’m sure we wouldn’t have had a show of winning anything.” Encouragement of staff input clearly impressed the Electra judges, who were “impressed by the highly focused management and leadership of New World Ōtaki since 2017”. “This has set up the business for the future, based on the development of internal talent in a way that increases business drive through

worker engagement. New World Otaki’s business growth can be attributed to genuine understanding of customer needs and a commitment by employees to innovate about how those needs are met.” Innovation could be seen in their comments for New World Ōtaki’s win in the large business category. “As a large business, New World Ōtaki uses specialist skills, such as the Gold Medal pork sausage, to deliver exceptional customer experience.” Award winners were: Business of the Year, New World Ōtaki; Highly commended, Kāpiti Coast Funeral Homes. Excellence awards: Owner Operator, Horowhenua Taste Trail; Small Business, NZ Proud Ltd; Medium Business, Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home; Large Business, New World Ōtaki. Achievement awards: Emerging Business, Horowhenua Taste Trail; Employer of Choice, NZ Proud Ltd; Give Where You Live, New World Ōtaki and Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home; Health and Safety, Kitchen Creators Ltd; It’s Great to be Here, Horowhenua Taste Trail; New Thinking, Marty’s Panel & Paint Ltd. Customer Choice Awards: Hospitality, Relish Café Waikanae; Retail, Kitchen Creators; Service, Zebunisso Alimova of Mike Pero Mortgages; Age Friendly, Relish Café Waikanae. •  John Mowbray of Mowbray Collectables was inducted into the Electra Kapiti Hall of Fame – more in the December issue. TOP TEAM: Steve and Janine Cole outside their New World Ōtaki supermarket, with their 2019 Electra Business of the Year award. Photo Ian Carson

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Award-winning olive grove up for grabs By Michael Moore

It’s a recipe that is bitter sweet for David and Helen Walshaw of Te Horo who have nurtured and manicured their eight hectares of rich alluvial soils on the banks of the Ōtaki River for the past 15 years. The temperate micro-climate of Te Horo has produced some of New Zealand’s finest olive oils. However, it’s time to find a new custodian for the couple’s award-winning Kapiti Olives. “It’s been a great journey but now we would like to move on and enjoy our next adventure, that hopefully will involve more travel,” David says. “We have a lot of interest [from prospective buyers], but it’s a different thing fronting up with the money.” David says the land will be developed “over my dead body” if any buyer might like the prime riverside land for commercial or residential development, given the motorway construction increasing access to the region. “I won’t sell unless it’s someone enthusiastic and passionate about the olives and the brand we have built up,” he says. “We are one of the biggest groves in New Zealand, but it’s tiny. It will be sad to leave this, but it’s time for us.” Kapiti Olives has been awarded

IN THE GROVE: Kapiti Olives’ David Walshaw at work in his Te Horo groves.

numerous accolades from their industry peers from the very beginning. Last month they took out their 10th gold medal with Best in Show at the 2019 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards in Wellington. Before that, they were awarded a

gold medal for the fifth year running at Auckland’s Royal Easter Show. Last season, Kapiti Olives’ 2300 trees netted on average 28kg of olives per tree, much more than most other orchards that get closer to 10kg. A total of 7600 litres of oil was produced from their 2019 harvest.

Photo Michael Moore

“We get a very high catchment and it has got progressively better and better since we planted our first tree in 2004,” David says. “This year there were more medium taste oils produced across the country, whereas last year, they were mild and delicate, and some intense.

“Every season is different. “We usually harvest in June, so the timing of ripeness, the climate, all impact the final oil. Our Frantoio oil is probably the most popular blend and sold in supermarkets. “People are very loyal to a particular oil they like, as it’s an unknown product to many, so when they see an award on the bottle, that makes it more attractive.” The grove grows five varieties derived from Italian, Spanish and Greek olive trees, and produces four different oils: from full fruity and more robust to a mild fruity smooth oil. David was a Wellington banker and financial adviser for 25 years before putting on his gumboots and pruning trees in his award-winning olive groves near Ōtaki. “Having a business that’s quite involving, in whole lots of ways, you still feel like there’s work to be done, but it’s all been worth it. It’s difficult to be successful with olive production, as it’s all about economies of scale.” The land is river silt and free draining, making it ideal for growing. Te Horo has boasted several olive groves over the years with growers including Alistair Bridge, Graham Harris and Craig Garner.

Surplus stall celebrates 10 years of service By Michael Moore

The dedicated sustainable food team from Transition Town Ōtaki have opened their popular seasonal surplus stall outside the Memorial Hall again. This year marks the 10th anniversary since the group first provided the service for the local community. The stall encourages locals to bring along fruit, vegetables – even herbs and eggs – to be sold on their behalf. The stall, which opens every Thursday at 11am, buys produce at 80 percent of the sale

price. Anything left over is donated to Cobbler’s lunch at the Memorial Hall supper room, and other needy local community groups. TTO trustee Hannelore Wagner-Nicholls says the group wants to encourage more people to grow their own vegetables at home. “Anyone can do it and gardens can be any size,” she says. “It’s one of our core values, to be a sustainable and resistant community. We want our community to learn how to garden. I want to get our seniors involved, so they can share their skills and knowledge with younger folk.

“We’re delighted that the council is now regularly planting vegetables in the public gardens next to the library and hall. This shows us how community gardens are so important, and we have our council gardener for Ōtaki, Derek, to thank for these ones here.” Hanna said they had tried to establish a community vegetable garden some time ago, but it had never taken off. “We tried to get one off the ground at the college, but that didn’t really work. It would be wonderful if we could establish a garden that everyone can contribute to and benefit from. People realise the value of community projects like this, and the exchanges they provide.” Transition Towns hosted a community food forum in July to discuss the issues around access to healthy nutritious food. Attending were Lucy Tahere from the foodbank, Steven Cole

of New World and Kiwa Raureti from the Ōtaki Medical Centre. “Our community realises there’s a problem with our food security and getting back to more healthy living and healthy foods,” Hanna says. “We’re working on a food map that will record what we have locally and what is grown. I encourage anyone interested to get in touch and get involved in the local food group.” Last year, Transition Town ran a forum to promote a zero waste community for Ōtaki, and is hopeful an initiative, with the support of council, can be launched in 2020. “Unfortunately, it’s taking too much time. As a community, we have on-going problems and management of waste, and all working together. Our aim is to connect and educate, with the goal to inspire further development around the reuse, recycle and reduce approach to waste.”

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Role a privilege, now a few ideas for better community engagement In my last column we were still waiting for the official results of the elections and now that they are confirmed I can say a huge thank you to all 1925 people for giving me your support by voting for me as Ōtaki Ward Councillor. It truly is a privilege and I will work hard to not only get the best outcomes for Ōtaki and Te Horo, but also do my best to keep you all informed and engaged. I’ve got a few ideas that I’m keen to try, to make me more accessible to assist with enquiries. As soon as I’ve locked down the details, I’ll let the

community know. Mayor Guru and the council have also confirmed the committee structures and portfolios. There’s more about that in this issue of Ōtaki Today [see page 2 – ed], but I’m thrilled to chair the Strategy and Operations Committee, which is the

second committee to full council, which the mayor chairs. I’ve also been given the Transport portfolio due to my lengthy experience around the council table in transport projects. But I’ll also take an active interest in other portfolios such as housing, health, business and employment, just to name a few . . . working with the councillors appointed to them. One of the first things I’m keen to facilitate in the new year is a housing hui as we look at the pressure on our community with rising rent and house prices, or in some instances

even just finding a house. I’m also keen to explore what’s possible with our aging older person housing units. We need to work on a longer term strategy to replace them with a more modern offering similar to what Palmerston North has done. Mayor Guru also campaigned on “empowering community boards”, which was a strong focus that came through from Local Government New Zealand. I imagine this won’t happen overnight and so I’m keen to work with the mayor, council and community boards on where they

can best utilise their community connections and intel to get better outcomes. I’m a big believer that a wellfunctioning community board makes the councils job easier. The Otaki Community Board has always had a reputation for being effective in representing it’s community and I’m obviously keen to see that’s enhanced. As I’ve said before Ōtaki is so unique with its strong whanau based community. It’s something we need to cherish and nurture moving forward. n  James Cootes is the Ōtaki Ward Councillor on Kāpiti Coast District Council.


A pat on the back for the expressway construction workers I was at a recent Community Liaison Group meeting with the expressway team when local farmer Max Lutz was moved to congratulate the efforts of the project’s steel workers. “They’re out there getting on with the job in all weathers,” he said. “It would be great if they could be acknowledged in some way.” As one who’s done a fair bit of

steel work in his time, expressway construction manager Steve Findlay nodded his head. Max was right. Of course these workers have a job to do, and they get paid, but they’re generally taken for granted. We see the orange figures in the distance, tying on rebars and scampering around the many bridges and culverts. We scarcely give them

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the spot. They know they’ll be asked time and again, but anything can happen to cause delays. The interesting thing is that any delay is unlikely to be because the workers aren’t doing their job. So to all the expressway workers, yes we’d love to see the job done quicker, but your efforts are appreciated. n  Ian Carson is editor of Ōtaki Today


As the hard work begins

The new triennium is properly under way after the inauguration and swearing in of the mayor, the council and the community board members on October 31. The first meeting of the Ōtaki Community Board was scheduled for Tuesday (November 12). The inauguration took place at Southwards Theatre in Paraparaumu before an audience of about 200 people, mostly families and direct supporters of the successful candidates for the council and boards. An American friend, Terry Mixter, was staying with us and he came along to the inauguration with my partner, Tony Cronin. Terry worked for several years as a general surgeon in Greymouth Hospital and he has dual United States and New Zealand citizenship. For several years he has divided his time between the US and New Zealand. He is interested and curious about our combining of cultural traditions and the importance of observing Māori traditions and protocol in council’s formal events. After several years of involvement with council through Tony, and my own with the Ōtaki Community Board, I’ve become familiar with the tikanga that’s a strong part of our council’s culture. Looking at it through the eyes of our American friend and trying to answer the questions he asked afterwards was interesting. He gave me another perspective on the importance and relevance of the Māori

ceremonial involvement in the very Euro-centric aspects of the inauguration and “swearing in” ceremony. Council’s own in-house cultural group, Te Waka, plays a huge role in much of what we do. Their waiata and haka in support of council’s long-time kaumatua, Rakauteora “Don” Te Maipi, is outstanding. Our American friend was most impressed. Swearing in involves the mayor, councillors and board members reading a formal oath of office. Whoever wrote it paid little, if any, attention to how difficult it might be to read and say, and it’s hard enough to do in English. Paekākārīki has a new ward councillor, Sophie Handford, who at 18 is the youngest councillor in New Zealand. Sophie chose to do her oath in Māori. While it did not sound any easier to read she deserves full credit for taking on that challenge. Now we’re all elected and sworn in, the hard work begins again. n  Chris Papps is at the print date the chair of the Ōtaki Community Board.

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A transient childhood, but strong connection to Ōtaki By Lara Matthews

When I was a child my family moved a lot. I was raised in Wellington and I think it’s fair to say I had a pretty typical “city kid” upbringing. We seemed to move every couple of years, but it never bothered me as we didn’t travel far and I could stay at school with my friends. The only downside of this arrangement was that I never felt I had a physical “place to call home”. Despite this sense of transience, I have always had a strong connection to Ōtaki. My parents were born and bred here, and returned once us kids left home. One set of grandparents was also born here and they came back from Australia to live; the other grandparents lived here from 1952. My brother and his family have also been living in Ōtaki for the past eight years. I spent many Christmas and school holidays at my grandmother’s house on Te Manuao Road and have fond memories of visiting my greatgrandmother at Matene Street. In fact, I can hardly walk down the street with my mother without her pointing out someone we are related to and where the family connection is. My whakapapa extends back to the early 1800s on my pakeha side, and even further for my Māori ancestry (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa and Ngāi Tahu). In my mid-20s I was still living in Wellington with my then partner (later husband), Dustin. We were your conventional uni graduates flatting in the heart of the CBD, and our childhood dreams (his to become a farmer or builder and mine of having a petting zoo)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Lare Matthews on her “dream property” in Te Horo with son Liam.

weren’t exactly realistic. We were stuck in the corporate world and in search of something more meaningful, like quitting our jobs and moving to South America. Or being sensible and buying an overpriced “first home” in Wellington. With the housing market going crazy though, I found myself looking half-heartedly at properties that we could barely afford and wouldn’t want to live in anyway.

I gave up that dream and focused on planning our overseas itinerary. On a whim one day I expanded my web search to include “bare land” and “Kāpiti”. I found a section in Te Horo, 3.5 hectares with a lot of scrubby, half-dead manuka and no mature trees. It was perfect. We found ourselves following the trend of moving to the Ōtaki region and realised our

dream of owning our first home. We saved money by doing a lot of the work ourselves and got a new build for a price comparable to a shack in town. Dustin got to dabble in his building and farming dreams and I have my cat, dogs, sheep and cows – basically my own little petting zoo. And we now have two young boys. The Ōtaki region has given us so much. I love the lifestyle up here and being able to raise my kids in the country. I remember a few years back seeing a young girl walk her pet goat along Freemans Road and thinking how cool it would be to give my children that experience. The climate is better up here and I feel like we get a proper summer. There’s incredible bush walks, beach walks and river walks to take the children and the dogs to and plenty of activities up the gorge to satiate the need for some adventure. Te Horo is a beautiful area and best of all my family is just a short drive to Ōtaki. Like anywhere, Ōtaki is not perfect and there are issues in the community to work on. But there are also many things to love about the place. Such as the annual kite festival. The early morning view of Kāpiti Island lit up by the sun. Extra-long parking spaces. To me, however, what I love most about Ōtaki is that it feels like home. I might not have been born here, but I am part of this place now, and it’s a part of me. Do I ever yearn for South America and the experiences that would have brought to my life? Yes. Do I regret moving here instead? Absolutely not.

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The All Blacks needed their whakapapa clues to the “meaning-of-life” and the chops of Siya Kolisi, the talisman leader of a battered but grinning Springbok team, said it all: “We success… and failure. did it for them.” Listening to Kolisi and Erasmus talk about He was talking in the immediate aftermath what this victory meant, we begin to appreciate of the Rugby World Cup victory, about the 58 exactly what England were up against and the million black, white, brown and yellow people way the Springboks were thinking about it. As of the rainbow nation watching and hoping, as the players ran out you could see it in their eyes. one, for a World Cup victory. England had lost the match MEDIA & COMMUNITY Owen Farrell, the England before it even began. captain, was a broken man and Kolisi, the first black captain could barely speak. All the hype of South African rugby in his of the England build up, after 50th game, had his dad flying for having targeted and smashed the the first time in his life to watch All Blacks in the semi-finals, had his son play. evaporated. Former Springbok Brian That build-up trumpeted the Habana said about Kolisi’s undeniable brilliance of the impoverished childhood: “He Aussie coach and how success just wanted to get through some for the England players would nights knowing that he could go FRASER CARSON bring riches to them as never to school and get a jam sandwich before. No doubt the players would have been in that would see him through the day.” touch with their agents to negotiate bigger fees Then the great South Africa 1995 World Cupand the beer would have flowed like the Thames winning captain, Francois Pienaar, hailed Kolisi in the English pubs. and the Springboks’ success saying: “All races In the previous week England coach Eddie would have woken up wearing green, which Jones had mentioned more than once that wouldn’t have happened in my time.” nobody had won the World Cup after losing a In the professional era, players and coaches game earlier in the tournament, as South Africa often ply their trade wherever the dollars shine did this time. What he forgot to mention was brightest. But in the white-hot heat of a Rugby that no nation with a coach from overseas has World Cup final, the motivations that shone won a World Cup. most brightly were solid traditional values. The super-smart South Africa coach, Rassie Through knowing who you are and where you Erasmus, ensured that that little fact remained belong, people understand their true identity intact. and history. It is at the heart of Māori New In the tender moments after the 2019 Rugby Zealanders’ values. It’s called whakapapa. World Cup final the comments of the winning We see it in action all the time, but too and losing captains and coaches gave some small often in the non-indigenous world we pay it


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scant regard. Kolisi and the Springboks have it in spades. So too does the Tongan rugby league team, as do all the Pacific Island teams at the Rugby World Cup, where many of the players put their whakapapa and country ahead of everything else, often including large professional contracts. Looking at the All Blacks, they have enough Māori and Pasifika players to appreciate these values, but every team needs to lose sometimes. The pressure on the All Blacks to dominate the rugby world is intense from within New Zealand. This not only comes from the relentless and often unrealistic expectations of the rugby public, which seems to well from near the epicentre of our DNA and identity. It’s also a way for New Zealand Rugby to have any kind of mana in a world dominated by big-money corporatised sport, as is the case in England.

The All Blacks seem to operate with a mantra of “The best or nothing”, to borrow the Mercedes advertising slogan. As a result, they are at their very best after a defeat when injured pride and revenge is the motivation. But is revenge the best motivation when the pressure of a knockout match have to be overcome and defeat does not allow for revenge? Whakapapa is a deeper reservoir where character, pride and motivation is required. It’s not necessarily the smartest, fittest, fastest or strongest team that wins, but the one that wants it most. The Springboks would have died for their country. n  Fraser Carson is a member of the XŌtaki College Alumni

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MenzShed honours Pat By Michael Moore

Pat Futter, widow of Ian, immediate past chairman and founding member of Ōtaki MenzShed, has been inducted as an honorary member. Chairman Tony King presented the membership certificate at a function in honour of her late husband’s extraordinary service to the MenzShed. “We are pleased and proud to present this to Pat, in honour of Ian’s dedication and service,” Tony said. “This is only the second honorary membership the club has awarded. We should not forget that in addition to his stewardship of this club, Ian was a leading figure in our community. “He was involved in so many activities that I am surprised he had time to do anything else; but he did of course. Above all he was a family man. People like Ian are rare, and it was a privilege to know him and work with him while he provided wise and strong leadership to our members.” Ian died after a short illness in July from pancreatic cancer. He was also involved in several community organisations including Amicus (formerly Probus) and Lions. His obituary was published in September’s Ōtaki Today. Pat joins Bronya Clare as an honorary member. Clare was the wife of the late Valdis Plato, who founded the Ōtaki shed in 2013. He had an inclusive vision that promoted friendship, building and supporting local community and saw the creation of opportunity by nurturing those in need as central to the club. Unlike many Sheds around New Zealand and Australia, Valdis, who died in 2017,

wanted to create a welcoming place for both men and women. “There's a satisfaction of doing something in the community, doing things with people who are unable to do it themselves,” he said at the inaugural meeting. “Valdis’ legacy to Otaki is this wonderful club we have here, where anyone is welcome,” Tony King says. “Currently we have 12 women members and around 40 men, most are retired but all just want to help their community. Whilst we have a mission to help and support small projects in our community, the shed also provides a space for comradeship, fraternity and friendship and supporting each other. This is what makes it so special.” n  The MenzShed is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 186 Mill Road, behind the Community Women’s Health Centre, telephone 022 4069 439.

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No local DHB representation, but services secure The future of Ōtaki’s health and well-being first port of call is usually our GP. services is secure, despite the disappointment Ōtaki Medical Centre has been energetically that no Ōtaki representative is any longer at working to recruit an additional GP for the the MidCentral DHB table. practice, looking nationally and internationally. The community thanks Ann Chapman for Ward councillor James Cootes and I, as chair undertaking that role for the past 19 years. of Ohwag, have stepped forward to support However, our local health system, along those efforts, advocating for a with the co-ordination and more effective campaign of GP HEALTH UPDATE delivery of our health services, recruitment regionally and, actually lies in our own hands. closer to home, a marketing We have several local bodies campaign to showcase our town, and groups that collectively our district and the great array contribute to this – for example, of opportunities they offer for the Ōtaki Health & Wellbeing living and working here. Advisory Group (Ohwag) has In response to recent a strong strategic relationship Facebook posts, TPO, with MidCentral and actively in conjunction with the Ōtaki advocates for improvements to Medical Centre, will be holding services, in particular for services two community forums for ADRIAN GREGORY to be located and delivered in people interested in contributing Ōtaki and Te Horo. to the development of Ōtaki’s health services. Ohwag works in tandem with Te Puna Depending on the success of these forums they Oranga o Ōtaki (TPO) and the Ōtaki Medical could become a regular event. Centre, who are directly involved with coAnd the new memorandum of understanding ordinating and integrating health services across between the two DHBs, signed just a few our part of the district. And of course, others months ago, has brought greater choice for such as the Women’s Health Centre, Ōtaki Ōtaki residents, giving them access through Community Board, Community Network GP referrals to “planned care” services at Forum and other local organisations such as Wellington Hospital. Rotary, which is working with colleges to A leaflet explaining how this works was support the mental well-being of our rangatahi, widely distributed to almost all homes in Ōtaki and many others. and Te Horo, but if you haven’t seen that, drop So, what’s actually happening to enhance the into the library or the medical centre and pick future of healthcare in Ōtaki? up a copy. Well, we are all understandably interested in More specifically, Ohwag represents Ōtaki the access we have to health services, and our on the mental health and addictions initiative,

Unison, which is leading inter-agency initiatives to expand services locally, particularly afterhours, and ensure equity for Māori and Pacifika. Ohwag has also participated in the first of a series of workshops to improve MidCentral’s “planned care” services (medical and surgical care for people who don’t need to be treated right away, along with follow-up appointments) both at the hospital and in our community – more of this as the work progresses. Recently we started working with MidCentral’s Aged Care and Rehabilitation division to improve hospital-to-home and community rehabilitation, particularly for older people and those who are frail. And we’ve participated in a hui on “virtual

health”, delivering health service using new digital technologies. There is, inevitably, much more happening in the health space in Ōtaki and nationally, with a nation-wide review of our health and disability system to be published next March. ºHowever, I hope this preview of the future has shown that we in Ōtaki are being proactive in driving and delivering a positive health future for our community. I will be writing an occasional column in Ōtaki Today to keep readers up to date with developments. n  Adrian Gregory is chair of the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group.

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A paddock-to-plate experience Thirteen specialist food producers are on show during the Horowhenua Taste Trail on Saturday, November 23. The live paddock-to-plate event is in its fourth year. Visitors can experience how some of Horowhenua’s leading food companies create their products, and it’s an opportunity to sample fresh produce, directly from the source. “All of our producers are proud to share their history with you when they open their doors on the day so you can take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the way your food is grown and produced,” says Horowhenua Taste Trail (HTT) chair Antony Young. The 13 producers on the trail for 2019 are Turk’s, Lewis Farms, I &G Silver Olive Oil, Bagrie Dairy Farm, The Baked Dane, Waikawa Fresh, The Ultimate Egg, Genoese Pesto, Thoroughbread Foods, Woodhaven Gardens, Soul Sisters Kombucha, Ōhau Wines and Ōhau Gourmet Mushrooms. This year there will be new producers, deluxe bus tours and extra events. Participants will see how the food is produced, then enjoy it in a gourmet form at many of the producer’s sites. Or they can fill up a market bag and take away the freshest produce to enjoy at home. “Passionate foodies can extend their Taste Trail experience and sign up for a series of Savour Events to wrap

around their day,” says HTT executive director Catherine Lewis. Savour events include the Horowhenua Long Table Dinner; three gourmet breakfasts – Breakfast and Bubbles by Ocean Beach Eatery, Classic Breakfast by Capitol Restaurant and Breakfast on the Farm by Artisan Kitchen; and two happy hours – Happy Hour at Genoese Pesto and Happy Hour at Lewis Farms.

“Each experience gives participants a closer look at where their food comes from,” Catherine says. The event welcomes people of all ages and is family friendly. A variety of ticket options are available to suit all appetites. •  For tickets and to find out more, see tastetrail.co.nz or visit Facebook Page @horowhenuatastetrail

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Ōtaki food businesses will be part of the Kāpiti Food Fair at Mazengarb Reserve, Paraparaumu, on Saturday, November. The 250-plus exhibitors will include Ōtaki and district suppliers such as Dutchy’s Burger Joint, Kāpiti Candy Co, Kāpiti Olives, Old Hautere Road Olive Oil, and Siggy’s Pies. From 10am-4pm, there will be exhibits of everything from sweet treats and meats to delectable preserves and alcohol. Meateaters will be able to sample a range of pies, salamis and sausages, and seafood lovers will have a big choice fresh from the water. Also at the fair are kitchen gadgets and other foodie equipment – from chopping boards to platters, and tagines to reusable bags. And there are recipe books, health products and pet foods, too. Two stages will have continuous live entertainment and buskers from Colossal will be performing during the day to add to the festive atmosphere. The PartyPerfect Celebrity Guest Kitchen will showcase this year’s star guest, Nicky Sinden – known as “The Fishing Chick” – and talented local chefs will be demonstrating their own special dishes. The Tuatara Bar is open from 10am to 4.30pm and kids are allowed with a parent or guardian. BYO food is encouraged. n  See kapitifoodfair.co.nz or find at Facebook.com/ KapitiFoodFair/

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Saving the seed of the ones that perform well builds strength year after year in your own climate. GROW Beans are super productive, low maintenance and – apart from the odd sucking insect – problem-free. Compared to fussy old tomatoes, for instance, they’re a dream. As long as they are in moisture-retentive, free-draining soil they will grow and grow. Pair them with low growing flowers to call in the bees, confuse the pests and keep the ground covered in the easiest and prettiest of ways. Nasturtium, calendula or marigold all work. Cucumber, gherkin or squash will happily scramble at their feet and salads fit well here, too. If shield bugs are a regular in your patch, sow mustard and/or cleome as a catch crop close by. Keep on top of sucking insects on your daily walk about by squashing them. Use Neem if the pests get away on you. HARVEST Simply leave the beans to dry on the vine. Be sure to harvest them before the pods pop open. Pop the beans out. Fill a jar and store in a dark cool pantry.

Refried beans from the home garden.

n  Kath Irvine has been growing all the vegetables to feed her family of six for 21 good years. Spray-free, natural, low-input food gardens are her thing. She believes in smart design – it saves time, and money, and the planet, and makes a garden hum. She recycles, reuses and forages, and uses as little plastic as possible. Kath believes in a daily serve of freshly picked organic greens for a happy mind and strong body, and it’s her dream that every New Zealander has this. She aims to provide the best organic gardening advice through her articles, books, workshops and garden consultations.

LEFT: Beans can be stored a in a jar and will keep well in a dark cool pantry. RIGHT: A climbing frame for beans.

Kath makes a climbing bean frame with flax flowers. “Flax flowers are fab if you have a frame to attach them to, or if not windy at yours they make a lovely teepee which works well for shell-outs. Compost them, vines and all, at the end.

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HAUORA: HEALTH Find the things that make you happy

I gave a talk recently at Ōtaki College’s prize giving. I’d thought about what to say, and realised that if my kids, Huhana and Kāhu, were in the audience and I only had 10 minutes, what I’d say was simple: be happy. That’s an easy thing to suggest. Talking about how is harder. Happiness is something I’ve proactively worked at because I had to. When I was 21, I crossed the centre line in my car at 100km/h and killed a woman named Lorna. She was someone’s mother, wife, and friend. To follow my dad’s advice and “not make this something that takes my life as well”, I had to work on my happiness. Living happily with that guilt and hurt takes effort.

We all know the GOOD THINKING stats on mental health and suicide. I’m not unusual. Happiness isn’t just something that might make life better; for a lot of us it might be what saves it. Your life is a PERA BARRETT collection of years and those years are a collection of days. What you buy with those days is how you spend your life. Make the choice to spend them in a way that makes yours happy. If you don’t, the world will

choose for you, and it might not have your best interests at heart. Right now, most of my days are spent doing one of five things. • Whanau time • Shoebox Christmas or other social work • Writing short stories • Making music • My 9-5 as a digital product owner. I do each of those things because I love them. But I didn’t know that until I tried. I’ve had nine jobs in the past 15 years. Once a job isn’t mutually beneficial and I’m growing as well as doing the mahi, I start looking for another. I’ve tried all sorts of creative work. Music and stories are what keep getting me out of bed in the morning.

I started Shoebox Christmas with one school and 81 tamariki, not knowing how much I would enjoy the building process, and how much happiness it would bring to myself as well as those children and the volunteers involved. Look around, there are a million ways to make a life out there. What everyone else is doing might not be for you – kei te pai tērā, that’s fine. Find the things that make you happy. Spend your days in a way that buys a happy life. When those days are gone, they’re gone. We don’t get any refunds or exchanges. Karawhiua, go hard. n  Pera Barrett is a rap singer, story writer and Shoebox Christmas freedom fighter. He is the 2019 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year for his work providing Christmas gifts to children in low decile schools. He was born and grew up in Ōtaki.

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I have a great anatomy app which I use to show my clients their muscles and how they work. Plus you have the added bonus of someone to chat too while you work out. I find that proper exercise prescription is key. I have clients for whom some movements and exercises would be totally inappropriate for them to do. It’s either because the exercise doesn’t suit their individual goals or they might have a previous injury that a particular exercise would exacerbate. In terms of qualifications, you should look for a personal trainer with certificate 3 and 4 in fitness. That is the base qualification around the world. If your mate at the gym doesn’t have that, don’t listen to their advice!

You could end up injured. Many trainers then go on to get nutrition qualifications and even degrees and masters degrees in exercise science and advanced physiology. Many will specialise in particular fields of exercise and movement such as sports, rehabilitation, functionality and weigh-loss etc. Others go onto become physiotherapists and chiropractors. Many will also be registered with some form of industry association, be they FitRec (my industry association), the Registered Exercise Professionals association or Exercise New Zealand. n  Daniel Duxfield is an exercise professional who operates DuxFit Functional Fitness from a private studio in Ōtaki. Contact 022 1099 442 or danielduxfield@gmail. com and see https://www.facebook.com/ duxfitfunctionalfitness/

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If someone has attempted suicide or you’re worried about their immediate safety, do the following: •  Call your local mental health crisis assessment team 0800 745 477 or go with them to the emergency department (ED) of your nearest hospital •  If they are in immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111 •  Stay with them until support arrives •  Remove any obvious means of suicide they might use (eg ropes, pills, guns, car keys, knives) •  Try to stay calm, take some deep breaths •  Let them know you care •  Keep them talking: listen and ask questions without judging •  Make sure you are safe. For more information and support, talk to your local doctor, medical centre, hauora, community mental health team, school counsellor or counselling service. If you don’t get the help you need the first time, keep trying.

•  Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) •  Samaritans 0800 726 666 - for confidential support for anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress •  Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 - to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions •  Healthline 0800 611 116 - for advice from trained registered nurses •  www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal free online self-help. For children and young people •  Youthline 0800 376 633, free text 234, email talk@ youthline.co.nz or webchat at www.youthline.co.nz (webchat available 7-11pm) – for young people and their parents, whānau and friends •  What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (0800 WHATSUP) or webchat at www.whatsup.co.nz from 5-10pm for ages 5-18. •  Kidsline 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) – up to 18 yrs.

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Welcome to the complex world of cannabis sativa Which hemp oil do you want? Part 2

Regardless of the carrier oil used, it is called CBD hemp oil. The extracted CBD is often added to hemp seed oil, which is how Hemp seed oil does not contain significant levels of the you can get hemp seed oil with high levels of CBD. psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is normally extracted from hemp cultivars (for example, As discussed in Part 1, there’s a distinction between low-THC Charlotte’s Web) as there are fewer regulatory hassles compared cannabis sativa, which we call hemp, and high–THC to extracting CBD from THC-containing cannabis cannabis sativa – generally referred to as cannabis. HEALTH SCIENCE cultivars. The low levels of THC in hemp seed oil is partly There are also biochemical reasons to use hemp. because the oil comes from hemp, which has low THC and CBD are synthesised in the plant from THC levels anyway. However, it’s mainly because of the same precursor, cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). where cannabinoids, such as THC, are produced So if you want a lot of CBD, you want a cultivar that and stored in the plant: predominantly in the is converting all of its CBGA into CBD, and not into flowers/buds, and then (in decreasing THC. concentrations) in the leaves, stalks, roots and So you want a plant that produces very low finally the seeds – where THC is less than 1 part per levels of THC, and that is a hemp cultivar. A lot of million (ppm). “medicinal cannabis” might actually come from So you could smoke the seeds from even the most DR STEVE HUMPHRIES hemp – welcome to the complex and confusing powerful high-THC cannabis and you would not world of cannabis sativa. get high. CBD hemp oil may contain purified CBD (CBD isolate) or Likewise hemp seed oil does not contain significant levels of it may be a “full-spectrum” extract containing a range of other cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive but medically useful cannabinoids such as cannabigerol (CBG), and terpenes such as cannabinoid. The hemp cultivars currently approved in New beta-caryophyllene. These combinations are said to produce a Zealand are relatively low in CBD at around 1-2 percent – we want the hemp to produce seed, not cannabinoids. And, again, the CBD is not formed in the seeds anyway. A recent survey found that nearly If there were any substantial amounts of THC or CBD in hemp seed oil it would be due to poor processing and contamination half of internet CBD hemp oil products from plant material. In New Zealand there are strict controls on processing and there’s a legal limit of 10ppm for THC and 75ppm did not fully meet their for CBD in hemp seed oil. That’s far too low to get high from, or label claims and some contained to produce any therapeutic effects. So what is the CBD hemp oil sold on the internet? no CBD (cannabidiol) at all! It’s made from hemp cultivars with high (10-20 percent) levels of CBD. The CBD is extracted from the flowers and leaves So it’s still a bit of an unregulated with solvents such as ethanol, butane or supercritical CO2. The wild west. concentrated extract is then added to an oil, which might be coconut oil, MCT oil or any other oil.

synergistic therapeutic effect – the “entourage effect”. Beta-caryophyllene is also found in black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, clove, rosemary, lavender and basil. It activates the cannabinoid receptors in our body producing an anti-inflammatory effect. So we are all enjoying the health benefits of a cannabinoid that’s in everyone’s kitchen. A recent survey found that nearly half of internet CBD hemp oil products did not fully meet their label claims and some contained no CBD at all! So it’s still a bit of an unregulated wild west. In New Zealand, CBD is controlled under the Medicines Act and it’s not legal to obtain any CBD product without a prescription. There are so-called full-spectrum hemp oils for sale on New Zealand websites. As an example, one website is selling 15ml for $68. That’s a lot of money for hemp seed oil with no meaningful levels of cannabinoids. Let the buyer beware. So what is CBD hemp oil used for, and does it work? In a future column we will look at the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis products, and where we might be headed with their production and availability in New Zealand. n Dr Steve Humphries is a director at Hebe Botanicals in Ōtaki, and was previously a lecturer at Massey University and director of the Health Science Programme

Support for people with wonky plasma cell By Joy Wilkie

Multiple myeloma, myeloma, plasmacytoma – have you been diagnosed with one of the above? I have. These names all apply to the same wonky plasma cell that multiplies crazily, and in my case decided to take up residence in my pelvis (to be exact the iliac crest which is that elephant earshaped bone that gives women their “hippiness”). It grew away there for I don’t know how long until going for a run got a bit uncomfortable, then I did a big stretch sideways and felt extreme pain; I thought I’d strained a muscle and didn’t go to the GP until it didn’t ease after some weeks. I got Ibuprofen and it still didn’t go away, so a few months later when I could barely walk I had an MRI. Everyone thought it was a bone problem so the orthopaedic surgeon was surprised that it wasn’t his domain. It was cancer, and because it was in a bone I was referred to a sarcoma specialist. Tests showed not sarcoma, but myeloma – a

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MAHI TOI: ARTS Betty’s kitchen in library exhibition The vintage kitchen collection of two local identities has been revealed in a library exhibition called Betty’s Kitchen Curiosities. The wonderful collection of vintage kitchenalia usually lives packed away in the home of Betty and Joe Kenneally, who happen to be two of Ōtaki Library’s most frequent visitors. When Betty and Joe married in 1966, they didn’t have much money to furnish their small Dunedin flat. So they spent their early married life visiting antique and second-hand shops. For them it was not a matter of building a collection. It was more about having items and putting them to practical use. They bought a big old bedstead and used stone hot water bottles to keep the chill at bay. Betty baked using old-fashioned mixing bowls, rolling pins and flour sifters. In 1981, she wrote Betty’s Old Curiosity Recipe Book, featuring “New Zealand Treats, Morsels and Household Hints from Grandma’s Day”. By this stage, Betty had the

Conductor, soprano feature

The Kāpiti Concert Orchestra is returning to Ōtaki Memorial Hall with music by Sibelius, Grieg, Canteloube and Borodin at 3pm on Saturday, November 23. Conductor Luka Venter and soprano soloist Alexandra Gandionco feature in the concert. Luka has a bachelor of music in classical performance KITCHENALIA: Librarian Andrea Barnes takes a break at the Ōtaki Library exhibition of Betty Kenneally’s at the New vintage kitchen collection. Photo Ian Carson Zealand School Luka Venter of Music. collecting “bug” – if she saw These – along with items about the family items she has in He says a highlight of his career is a something interesting she bought passed on from her mother and her collection. professional development tour he made it. aunt – added to her interest and From her grandmother’s rolling to Europe in 2018 to enable him to attend She also inherited a lot of collecting habit. pin to her mother’s cane basket, masterclasses in conducting, and to shadow and family items – everyday and Kitchen and baking they help tell the story of the observe many renowned conductors. special items that were used by implements of the past reveal a women in her family and the lives As a composer he won the NZSO Todd her grandmother in the old family lot about our pioneering, social they lived. Corporation Young Composer Award in 2018 homestead in the South Island at and culinary history, but Betty Betty’s Kitchen Curiosities is and was a finalist in this year’s event. Purakaunui (Otago Heads). also admits to being sentimental on throughout November. Alexandra Gandionco is also a graduate of the NZSM. She sings with the Freemason’s NZ Opera Chorus, was a finalist in Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Competition in 2017 and Ōtaki Today cartoonist Jared Carson has produced his third book 2018, and is in time for Christmas called Fish Musicians. an almunus of With typically quirky use of cartoon characters and rhyming prose, the NZ Opera Fish Musicians features well-known musicians depicted as sea-life – School in think Eelvis Presley, David Buoy and Mackerel Jackson! Whanganui. The story follows the task of Bernard the gurnard and Kate the She has skate, who are friends of Neptune, the king of the sea, to throw him a performed regal birthday party. several They have to organise a band, so they ask the best underwater soprano roles musicians they can find. There are drummers, guitarists, trumpeters with NZSM, and flautists. There’s also the gig to organise, which is part of the story. Eternity Opera, Fish Musicians is a fun book for parents and young readers. It Bach Musica follows two other successful books by the Ōtaki author, illustrator and with NZ and musician – Animals in Vehicles and More Animals in Vehicles. Opera in Bach’s Alexandra Gandionco All three books can be bought online at jaredcarson.co.nz or from Coffee Cantata. RiverStone Cafe. Alexandra will present a selection of Joseph Jared plays drums for the Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, including the Jared Carson with sons Cade, left, and Kyuss. Showcase, which is playing at the 2020 Ōtaki Kite Festival. well-known Bailèro. The concert will open with a performance of En Saga (A COMBINED CHURCHES CAROLS IN THE PARK Fairytale) by Jean Sibelius. This brought to you by Ōtaki Churches work has been described as a “masterpiece of astonishing Sunday 15 December 2019, 3-4pm power and originality”. Haruatai Park, Mill Road, Ōtaki Grieg’s Lyric Suite is based on Christmas Carols Singing in the Park is back again this year. four of the six piano pieces from A ‘pop up’ choir is needed to support this. Add your voice to our local choirs Book V of his Lyric Pieces Op 54 REHEARSAL TIMES: – Shepherd Boy, Norwegian Rustic COMBINED REHEARSALS FOR ALL March, Notturno and March of the OPTIONS • Tuesdays Dec 3 & 10, 7pm Trolls. • Tuesdays 2-3pm Catholic Church The exhilarating melodies Let’s Sing Ōtaki choir Saturday November 23 Borodin • Saturday Dec 14, 11am and rhythms of Borodin’s exotic Hadfield Hall, Te Rauparaha St Ōtaki Memorial Hall brief rehearsal at park to get feel Polovstian Dances will round out • Wednesdays 11.30-12.30 Ōtaki Sibelius 3pm for singing outdoors. the afternoon. Ecumenical Choir, Grieg Ask Ann-Marie for a pack of lyrics and sheet Catholic Church, 4 Convent Road

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If raining, Carols in the Park will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Mill Rd, Ōtaki.

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PIC OF THE MONTH: Do you have a great photo at or around Ōtaki? Email us your pics for possible publication to: otakiphotos@idmedia.co.nz

PHOTO: Philip Armitage

Films premiere in North America Māoriland recently returned from 10 days of travel in North America where they premiered the four NATIVE Slam IV films and Bub at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. ImagineNATIVE is now the first indigenous film festival to be a qualifying festival for best live-action short for the Academy Awards. NATIVE Slam film-maker Alika Maikau’s latest short, Molokai Bound, was awarded the Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Best Short Work, meaning this film is now eligible to be nominated for the Academy Awards. Bub co-directors Oriwa Hakaraia of Ōtaki and Te Mahara Tamehana of Taipa in Northland, are both members of Ngā Pakiaka, the Māoriland Charitable Trust’s youth leadership programme, which delivers workshops for other young people around the country. They were supported by 67 donors via Boosted to get to the imagineNATIVE festival. While they were there they participated in micro meetings with festival leaders from throughout the world. They also viewed several films in preparation for the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival in Ōtaki in March next year.

IN RESIDENCE: Sámi film-maker Anne Lajla Utsi is to take up the first Māoriland residency at the Māoriland Hub. Photo supplied

Sami film-maker first to take up Māoriland residency Two film-makers will have the opportunity of working in Ōtaki under a new film-making residency at the Māoriland Hub. Two positions for national and international indigenous film-makers with the Māoriland Filmmakers’ Residency are offered in 2020. It’s the first time any such residency has been offered in New Zealand. Anne Lajla Utsi, the head of the International Sámi Film Institute will be Māoriland’s first recipient. Anne Lajla is a champion of Sámi film-making, which has grown from strength to strength through her work at the institute. The vision of ISFI is to provide the Sámi population with competence and a better economic foundation to develop, produce and screen their own films in the Sámi language. The institute is for all professional film workers all over the Sámi lands in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The film projects are to be primarily produced in the Sámi language. Anne Lajla is traveling with her whānau from Kautekeino in Norway to take up residence for a month from mid November in Ōtaki. She was recently was part of the Sámi representation at the wrap party for the long awaited Frozen II. Anne Lajla teamed up with Walt Disney Animation Studios to “get the details right on Frozen II . . . We want cinemagoers to experience authentic Sámi culture, reindeer herding and Norwegian nature.” Coming to New Zealand will be the farthest south Anne Lajla and her family will have ever gone.

“It has been my dream to come to Aotearoa ever since Māoriland started seven years ago,” she says. The Māoriland Film Festival is New Zealand’s annual indigenous film festival and is now the biggest film festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Anne Lalja will be collaborating with Māoriland and Māori film-makers during her residency. ”Now more than ever the world needs our stories. Indigenous stories show that we are connected to our culture and our lands and waters. We can inspire the world community to find a more sustainable way of life. By building our indigenous film community, we can create a change worldwide. I am so honoured to be the first Māoriland resident and I can’t wait to meet your film community.” Indigenous filmmakers from throughout New Zealand and from around the world are invited to apply for the residency to develop or complete film projects. They are encouraged to collaborate with Māori film-makers and other artists during their residency. Residents will also have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge base, particularly with rangatahi participating in Māoriland projects. The Māoriland Filmmaker’s Residency is a refurbished four-room villa within the Māoriland Hub and will include an editing suite, office and living space. The residency is supported by the Māoriland Charitable Trust.


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Veterinarians provide valuable farming support

Community BBQ struck a chord The Waikawa Beach village has been filling Local producer Woody’s Farm supplied up for decades. It’s well established with its gluten-free sausages – pork, beef and goat. 250 houses. Vegan salads and falafel provided options for An urban area, sections are smaller and those who don’t eat meat. houses are close together. That’s an ideal setup A local couple allowed us to use the grassy for casual conversations with neighbours – a area by their lake. solid foundation for a strong Others provided labour to WAIKAWA WAYS community. word the flier, buy the groceries, The much newer Strathnaver make salads, bring BBQs, do the area though is founded on two cooking, setup and take-down streets and a couple of private and clean up. lanes. About 100 properties are This team effort of planning scattered along a total length of and execution was worth it! So some 3.5km. many people were thrilled to get In such a rural residential area to meet their neighbours. sections are bigger and houses Or in their words: more spread out so it’s harder “A big thank you for a well run for neighbours to meet casually. arvo much appreciated. A great MIRAZ JORDAN That can be a little isolating. turnout again, thanks for the What’s more this is a rapidly effort. I know folk enjoyed.” developing area. A couple of dozen new houses “Thank you and the team for a really have popped up recently or are being planned. enjoyable afternoon yesterday! So well Many people are new to the area. organised, yummy food/salads etc and a great Which is what led a group of neighbours to way to get to know/keep in touch with others.” apply to Horowhenua District Council for a $250 “It was great to meet up with a few new grant from the Events Fund to run a BBQ for people. Thanks so much for organising it, such a everyone in the Strathnaver area over Labour lovely idea! “ Weekend. “I didn’t realise it would be a feast!” This really struck a chord. About 60 people “Having ‘vegan options’ on the flier is what attended and the response before and after was made me attend. If that hadn’t been on there I enthusiastic. Another 15 or so expressed regret probably would have ignored it.” that prior commitments kept them away. Several people have asked if this could be an annual n  Miraz Jordan is a Waikawa Beach resident and blogger. See www.miraz.me and lovewaikawabeach.nz event.

Farmers obtain vital and backup on compliance to FARM FOCUS information for their avoid animal health related businesses from advisers, the disasters. farming media, the internet Farmer support for the LHVC and their farming friends. concept is strong. Surveys have shown that Committee member and veterinarians, primarily dealing Manakau dairy farmer Michael with animal health, also provide Keeling says the concept is a significant chunk of farming unique and the influence advice. of farmer members works By the very nature of their positively. He greatly values the work, vets develop trust and ability to set goals with his onceempathy with their farmers, DR KEN GEENTY a-day milked 320-cow herd using adding to their credibility and Headland Consultancy. Aboout impact. As a result, many vets are leaning more 300 calves from his herd are reared on the farm towards consultancy along with their routine for replacements and marketing for beef. animal health work. In some cases, vets are Waikawa Beach dairy farmer Tracy Hodges, moving into full time consultancy. who milks 430 cows, also once-a-day, says the A great example is at the 80-year-old Levin LHVC consultancy is welcomed as a “noHorowhenua Vet Centre (LHVC) where vet brainer”. Animal health and nutrition go hand in Charlene Christensen operates as a consultant hand with each complementing the other. Tracy with associated Headland Consultancy. Farmer says the consultancy dimension greatly adds members had asked for this at their Vet Club value to vet services. AGM a few years ago. LHVC operates as a club Troy Hobson runs two iwi-owned dairy farms, contract practice to the Vet Club with input milking a total of 700 cows conventionally from the 117 farmers who are club members. twice-a-day near Levin and Ōtaki. About 100 Senior vet Keith Christensen says the LHVC dairy beef animals from the herds are finished model is ideal for this consultancy innovation. each year to market weights. Farmer members have a say in the running of Using LHVC primarily for animal health, Troy the Vet Club and in determining pricing of says the interactive service is outstanding. A services. Farmer involvement is for a minimal welfare benchmarking concept called Welfarm annual fee. helps with compliance. Keith says most farmers do their day-to-day The way farmers get their essential and work in isolation where stress and depression updated farming information varies widely can easily build. They therefore enjoy contact according to personal preferences. and a chat with their vet. Included could be Some, for example, enjoy attending field days benchmarking information comparing their and seminars while others prefer one-on-one farm performance against others in the district contact with their advisers. There are the avid and discussions on general farming issues. readers of farming media and those who enjoy A key service offered by LHVC is using the internet. “stewardship” of restricted veterinary medicines, Producer organisations Dairy NZ, Beef and such as penicillin and various vaccines that Lamb NZ and Deer Industry NZ offer limited farmers are authorised to use. Vets give guidance consultancy in return for levies based on animal production. Then there are numerous farm consultancy options along with various other rural professionals, including vets. n   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. LEFT: Senior Levin vet Keith Christensen says they have an important role in advising farmers. Photo Ken Geenty

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Rare 1931 quake footage found in rusty tin cans By David Klein, Ngā Taonga

In late September, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision relocated its offices to space within the National Library. This led to an exciting opportunity for a new exhibition that demonstrates the organisation’s crucial audiovisual preservation work. Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka highlights a range of material from Ngā taonga’s collection, including never before seen footage of the aftermath of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. The footage was the work of freelance cameraman Thomas Henry Whetton. His film had spent the past 80 years in a pile of slowly rusting tins. Despite this, some of the footage is in remarkable condition. Thomas arrived in the Hawke’s Bay region days after the earthquake and was able to record several scenes showing the damage. He filmed on the 35mm format favoured by professionals, and the result is a steady and clear record of the devastation. As a freelancer, Thomas hoped to sell his footage to news outlets and cinema owners around the country. This led him to clearly record information about the scenes, locations and dates depicted. It’s very unusual to have this first-hand information, and decades later this “meta-data” is a boon for archivists. Thomas’s family had held on to the film over the decades. They deposited the material with Ngā Taonga whose archivists have been working through the collection. Some of the film had

been stored in tobacco tins, and over the years some had rusted to the point where they needed to be prised open. All the films were assessed and matched with available documents. Ngā Taonga’s archivists then did an extensive amount of work to prepare the film for preservation. The film was nitrate stock, which is highly prone to degradation unless stored in optimal conditions. This was thoroughly cleaned to remove sticky parts, frames and sections were repaired and additional blank film “leader” was added to the beginning and end of each reel. Following this delicate and methodical work, scanning the collection could begin. High resolution scans were taken of every frame, and the image was stabilised and colour matched to be as close to the original as possible. The scans were uploaded to Ngā Taonga’s digital archive and backed up on servers and archival tape storage. The original films were then returned to a specialised nitrate vault. Visitors to Rust + Restoration are able to see excerpts of the earthquake footage and physical objects from the Whetton collection – cameras, projectors and some of the rusty film cans. Other treasures from the Ngā Taonga collection are also included in the exhibition.

CHALLANGE: Old film in rusty tins provides a challenge for Ngā Taonga archivists.

This includes examples of its very oldest films, extensive home movie collection, a broad survey of New Zealand’s recorded audio history, and a glance at television history. The rusty tins from the Whetton collection are emblematic of the issues Ngā Taonga faces in caring for all its audiovisual taonga – rust never sleeps. All formats of film, television and audio recording are at risk of degradation. Ngā Taonga’s archivists are racing against time to preserve this material before it is damaged beyond repair. Rust + Restoration highlights these challenges. Physical film and tape can degrade and break as the layers chemically decompose. The

information-storing magnetic layer of audio tape can disintegrate. Most video tape formats require their own specialised players and equipment – most of which are no longer manufactured. Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka is a must attend exhibition. It’s on now until February 22, from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday at Te Puna Foundation Gallery, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Wellington. n  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 You can sign up for Ngā Taonga’s email newsletter at www.bit.ly/2NwsLttr

Deregulation and change on the way as 21st century nears Historian REX KERR continues his series plotting the history of Ōtaki and its people. This is part 11.

As the 1970s comes to an end, Ōtaki, The Gold Coast poultry plant and chicken population 4000, is a borough in its own farm at Te Horo contributed to a strong right, a rural servicing centre and a picture of local economy. Government departments, prosperity. including Post & Telegraph, Public Works and There were two distinct business areas. Ōtaki NZ Railways were large employers. However, township had every sort of dairying and market gardening retail service, including two DESTINATION OTAKI were still the drivers of grocery stores, a bookshop, prosperity. shoe shop, two electrical The Muldoon National stores, draper and women’s Government brought the and children’s wear, butcher, beginning of change with sports shop, bicycle shop, deregulation. The first to be chemist, hardware, furniture, a affected was the railway in 1982 garage/service station, picture when the Qualitative Road theatre, two real estate agents, Transport Licensing Act was tearooms and one fish and chip passed, abolishing the 150km shop. limit on truck journeys. Trucks There were several corner and buses could now compete REX KERR dairies throughout the freely with the railways in an township. Also three banks, a open transport market. post office, four hotels, two motor camps, a full Gradually rail services were shut down and range of professional services and a maternity in November 1986, the railway station closed hospital. Three primary schools and a college down. completed the picture. Jobs disappeared and workers’ cottages were Ōtaki Railway had a business character of sold off. Local transport companies could no its own where many of the retail services in longer compete with the larger national carriers the township were replicated or had branches. and either closed or were taken over. There was a hotel, three garage/service stations, When the Lange Government was elected in a motel, bank and post office. It also boasted a 1984, it set about opening up the economy and museum run by the local Lions club. freeing the marketplace by a series of reforms Several stock and station agents served the instigated by Roger Douglas (Rogernomics). It needs of farmers. There was full employment saw agricultural and consumer subsidies phased provided by a strong industrial base, which out, as were tariffs on foreign imports. State included two clothing factories, several controlled services like the railways were sold engineering plants, a dog biscuit factory, dooroff or converted to State Owned Enterprises making plant, two precast concrete plants and (SOEs). the Rāhui Milk Factory. An abattoir was also The impact was initially disastrous for rural planned. Several local carriers and a regular bus service towns such as Ōtaki, which lost its Post service supported these activities. and Telegraph Services (P&T), railway station,

The small market garden was no longer profitable and these also slowly disappeared to be replaced by larger mechanised commercial units often producing monocrops for the new supermarkets, or for export. With the disappearance of the family market garden went the roadside stall, unable to compete with the one-stop-shop of supermarkets. and Public Works. The two textile factories, Roydons and Leslies, closed, unable to compete with cheap imports. The Rāhui Dairy Company (1992), Gold Coast Poultry (1999), the newly opened abattoir (2000) and Allenson’s Doors (c2000) were taken over by large national companies and were eventually closed with a large loss of jobs. The banks were downgraded and the big three eventually closed. Dairy farming and market gardening also felt the winds of change. The small dairy farm was no longer profitable and many older farmers either retired or sold their enterprises to be taken over by large commercial units of several hundred cows, or they were converted into lifestyle blocks. Stock and station agents, set up to serve the farmers, disappeared from the Railway precinct. The small market garden was no longer profitable and these also slowly disappeared to be replaced by larger mechanised commercial

units often producing monocrops for the new supermarkets, or for export. With the disappearance of the family market garden went the roadside stall, unable to compete with the one-stop-shop of supermarkets. Local government was drastically reorganised in 1989 and 500 local authorities and boards were reduced to less than 100. Ōtaki was a casualty when the Ōtaki Borough and the Horowhenua County Council were abolished and the township and surrounding area south of Pukehou Hill was incorporated into the Kāpiti Coast District Council based at Paraparaumu and became part of the Greater Wellington Region. The irony of this was that while Ōtaki politically came under the Greater Wellington Regional Council, socially, culturally and emotionally it was still attached to the Horowhenua and Manawatu-based Horizons Region for the greater part of its social, health, police and justice services, with no public transport links either way. The impact of this was that initially many small businesses, retail and professional services were lost, along with the people who had worked in them. Shops, offices and workshops became vacant, but it was the railway that had served the farmers and market gardeners that suffered most. It made a dismal picture of neglect. As the 21st century approached, the1995 Census recorded the population of Ōtaki as 5580, but with the approach of the motorway from Wellington, more changes were on the way and new people would arrive. References: King, M. The Penguin History of New Zealand. Auckland. Penguin Books. 1994. Kerr, R. Otaki Railway; a station and its people since 1886. Ōtaki. Ōtaki Community Railway Trust. 2001.

•  Part 12: The 21st century brings change.

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Seagulls have become such a problem that Wellington Airport decided to monitor three landfills around the city to see which is their favourite feeding site. The seagulls were coloured with food dye to deal with the risk of bird strikes endangering flights. Staff began spraying the birds with the orange, green and blue dye – a different colour for each rubbish dump. The dye washes off in a few weeks but before that, airport staff then logged sightings of the variously coloured gulls. Airport spokesman Greg Thomas said the operation was a success, and wasn’t surprised to find out that most of the birds came from the Southern Landfill. It is the largest of the landfills in the Wellington region, and obviously the one closest to the airport at only four kilometres distance. The airport now tends to use the data to help stop bird strikes with planes.

Two Wellington spots named in Time list Wellington is home to two of the greatest places on Earth to visit, according to the iconic Time magazine. The Zealandia eco-sanctuary and Hiakai restaurant are both listed in Time‘s article “World’s Greatest Places 2019 – 100 Destinations to Explore Right Now”. Zealandia was highlighted for its efforts to preserve some of Aotearoa’s rarest species. Zealandia was formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and is a protected natural area. It is the first completely fenced urban ecosanctuary in the world. Also in Wellington, the Hiakai restaurant was singled out for its use of native ingredients to produce Māori-inspired cuisine.



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Giant pumpkin grown in America A farmer in California, Leonardo Urena, has broken the record for growing a giant pumpkin weighing 950kg. Leonardo spent the summer tending to the massive pumpkin, dedicating long hours to care for it. He could only sleep for five or six hours before heading back to work as a supervisor on a ranch. He took the top prize at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Organisers said it set a record grown for pumpkins grown in the state.

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Fifty kg of honey has been found in a massive beehive in a Brisbane woman’s home. Beekeeper Paul Wood found a treasure trove of honeycombs inside a massive beehive when he was asked to examine the house. He removed the honeycomb and the 60,000 bees inside the 10-month-old hive at the request of the homeowner. Paul took the bees into his own hive in his backyard, where he and his colleague gently vacuumed the bees into a special box for transportation and removed the honeycombs, straining the honey into jars.

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Cubs experience river walk The local Cub group got first-hand experience recently of the outdoor space created by the Friends of the Ōtaki River (Fotor). Cub members and leaders Laurie Ann Engels, Andy Paroli, Jodie Perfect, and Annie and Brent Bythell were given a guided tour of the riverbank by Fotor chair Max Lutz. Max told them he had also been a Cub in Ōtaki 55 years ago. His father, Carl, had been a Scout in the 1940s. The tour included discussion about how the Friends are restoring plant life along the river and how everyone can help to make it a better place for future generations. The Cubs were shown the Friends’ arboretum – a showcase of specimen trees – and saw the extensive walkways the group has restored and enhanced around Chrystals Bend. ATTENTIVE: Local Cubs with Friends of the Ōtaki River chair Max Lutz, far left. Back row from left are Jaye Hazelton-Watson, Scott Eastwood, Jayden Tarachokov (obscured) and Vision Carre. Front row: Marama Stent, Lexi Paroli, Bill Brookman, Finn Butler, Anya Perfect and Cian Young. Sitting is Max Lansbury.

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. Sunday mass: 10am. Miha Māori Mass, first Sunday. For other masses: otakiandlevincatholic parish.nz. 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 Ōtaki Presbyterian 249 Mill Rd, ŌTAKI • Rev Peter Jackson 364 8759 or 021 207 9455 • www.otakiwaikanaechurch.nz Sunday service: 11am Jehovah’s Witness 265 Mill Road, ŌTAKI 364 6419 • www.jw.org • Sunday meeting: 10am

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AMICUS CLUB OF ŌTAKI 364 6464 COBBLERS LUNCH CLUB Thursdays 11.15am-1.30pm Gertrude Atmore Lounge. Free soup. FOREST & BIRD PROTECTION SOCIETY Joan Leckie 368 1277 FRIENDS OF THE ŌTAKI RIVER (Fotor) Trevor Wylie 364 8918 FRIENDS OF THE ŌTAKI ROTUNDA Di Buchan 364 0180/027 683 0213 GENEALOGY SOCIETY Len Nicholls 364 7638 KĀPITI COAST GREY POWER June Simpson 021 109 2583 KĀPITI HOROWHENUA VEGANS: Alastair 364 3392 Eric 367 2512 KEEP ŌTAKI BEAUTIFUL Margaret Bayston/Lloyd Chapman LIONS CLUB OF ŌTAKI Peter 021 267 3929 MORRIS CAR CLUB Chris Torr 323 7753 ŌTAKI BRIDGE CLUB Tim Horner 364-5240 ŌTAKI COMMUNITY PATROL Errol Maffey 027 230 8836 ŌTAKI & DISTRICT SENIOR CITIZENS’ ASSN Vaevae 027 447 7864 ŌTAKI FLORAL ART & GARDEN CLUB Maureen Jensen 364 8614 ŌTAKI FOODBANK 43 Main St, Lucy Tahere 364 0051 ŌTAKI HERITAGE BANK MUSEUM TRUST 364 6886 ŌTAKI HISTORICAL SOCIETY Sarah Maclean 364 2497 ŌTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY Roger Thorpe 364 8848 or 021 259 2683 ŌTAKI POTTERY CLUB Rod Graham 027 445 7545 ŌTAKI PROMOTIONS GROUP Ian Carson 364 6543 ŌTAKI RAILWAY BOWLING CLUB Maureen Beaver 364 0640 ŌTAKI SPINNERS & KNITTERS’ GROUP, Barbara Austin 364 8381 ŌTAKI WOMEN’S NETWORK GROUP Carol Ward 06 364 7732 ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB/SUNDAY MARKETS Kerrie Fox 027 340 0305 ŌTAKI WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Rema Clark remaclark@xtra.co.nz RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE Jamie 027 444 9995/Drew 021 288 7021 ROTARY CLUB OF OTAKI Michael 021 294 3039 TIMEBANK Suzanne Fahey 021 1275 074 TOASTMASTERS OF WAIKANAE – phone Graham on 04 905 6236 TRANSITION TOWN OTAKI Jamie Bull 364 0550 WAITOHU STREAM CARE GROUP Lyndsay Knowles 364 6283


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MEDICAL CARE Ōtaki Medical Centre 2 Aotaki Street, Ōtaki 06 364 8555 Monday-Friday: 8.15am-5pm • Saturday: 9am-noon. After hours, including weekend and public holidays. Emergencies: 111 Team Medical, Paraparaumu: After hours: 04 297 3000 Coastlands Shopping Mall. 8am-10pm every day. Palmerston North Hospital emergency department, 50 Ruahine St, Palmerston North • 06 356 9169 Healthline for free 24-hour health advice 0800 611 116. St John Health Shuttle 06 368 6369 Ōtaki Women’s Health Group 186 Mill Road, 364 6367 P-pull walk-in Drug advice and support, Birthright Centre, every 2nd Thursday 6-8pm.

COMMUNITY ŌTAKI POLICE 06 364 7366, cnr Iti and Matene Sts. CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU ŌTAKI 06 364 8664, 0800 367 222. 65a Main Street, Ōtaki. otaki@cab.org.nz AROHANUI HOSPICE SHOP 11 Main St. 06 929 6603

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ŌTAKI TOY LIBRARY 027 621 8855 every Saturday 10.30am-12noon at the Memorial Hall, Main St. KIDZOWN O.S.C.A.R. 0800 543 9696 LITTLE GIGGLERS PLAYGROUP Baptist Church Hall, Te Manuao Rd. 10am-12noon Friday each fortnight. Denise 027 276 0983 MAINLY MUSIC Hadfield Hall, Te Rauparaha St. 021 189 6510 ŌTAKI KINDERGARTEN 68a Waerenga Rd. 364 8553. ŌTAKI MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL Haruatai Park, 200 Mill Rd, Roselle 364 7500. ŌTAKI PLAYCENTRE Mill Rd. 364 5787. M, T, TH Open 9.30am-12 noon ŌTAKI PLAYGROUP Fiona Bowler otakiplaygroup@hotmail.com ŌTAKI SCOUTS, CUBS AND KEAS Brent Bythell 364 8949. PLUNKET MANAKAU PLAYGROUP Honi Taipua St, T & Th 9.30am-12pm. SKIDS ŌTAKI out of school care, St Peter Chanel School. Sonia: 027 739 1986. TE KŌHANGA REO O TE KĀKANO O TE KURA Te Rauparaha St, 06 364 5599 TE KŌHANGA REO O RAUKAWA 5 Convent Rd, 06 364 5364

SPORTS CLUBS EASY-CISE/WALKING GROUP (BODY & SOUL) Joseph 364 6191 EQUESTRIAN HORSE CLUB 364 6181, Horse Trekking club Debbie 364 6571, Ōtaki Pony Club Paul Pettengell 364 5781 GAZBOS GOLDEN OLDIES Doug Garrity 364 5886 HAWAIKINUI TUA RUA KI OTAKI (WAKA AMA) DeNeen Baker-Underhill 027 404 4697 ŌTAKI ATHLETIC CLUB Kerry Bevan 027 405 6635 ŌTAKI BOATING CLUB Trevor Hosking 364 8424 ŌTAKI BOWLING CLUB Paul Selby 927 9015 ŌTAKI CANOE CLUB Jane Bertelsen 364 5302 ŌTAKI DANCE GROUP Barbara Francis 364 7383 ŌTAKI GOLF CLUB 364 8260 ŌTAKI GYMNASTICS CLUB Nancy 027 778 6902 ŌTAKI INDOOR BOWLING Jane Selby-Paterson 927 9015 ŌTAKI MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB Sonia Coom 04 292 7676 ŌTAKI PETANQUE CLUB Val Clarke 364 5213 ŌTAKI SPORTS CLUB: TENNIS, SQUASH & SOCCER Hannah 027 327 1179 ŌTAKI SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB Kirsty Doyle 021 102 0058 RĀHUI FOOTBALL AND SPORTS CLUB Slade Sturmey 021 191 4780. Rahui Netball Kylie Gardner 0275 490 985. Junior Rugby Megan Qaranivalu 022 165 7649 TAE KWON DO Rachael or Jim 06 364 511 TAI CHI Gillian Sutherland 04 904 8190 WHITI TE RA LEAGUE CLUB Kelly Anne Ngatai 027 256 7391 WILD GOOSE QIGONG & CHUN YUEN (SHAOLIN) QUAN Sifu Cynthia Shaw 021 613 081.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

1. According to a popular New Zealand Christmas song of the 1960s, who will ‘pull the Christmas sleigh in the southern hemisphere’? w Rudolph w Prancer w Phar Lap w Sticky Beak the Kiwi 2. What tree did some early settlers refer to as ‘Antipodean holly’? w Rātā w Pōhutukawa w Kōwhai w Kakābeak 3. What did 72% of Kiwis surveyed by Reader’s Digest in 2006 claim they would prefer to eat for Christmas dinner? w A roast dinner and Christmas pudding w Barbecued food followed by pavlova and fresh fruit w A roast dinner and pavlova w Ham and salad followed by hokeypokey ice cream

4. Which organisation supplied free cigars, coffee and cake to New Zealand soldiers at Christmas during the First World War? w New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood w The Red Cross w The League of Nations w YMCA 5. Santa Claus made his commercial New Zealand debut in which year? w 1865 w 1894 w 1902 w 1903 6. Who is credited with conducting the first Christmas Day service in New Zealand? w Samuel Marsden w Jean Francois Marie de Surville w William Colenso w Paul-Antoine de Villefeix 7. In which department store did Santa Claus first appear in New Zealand? w Kirkcaldie and Stains, Wellington w Farmers’, Auckland w PDC, Palmerston North w DIC, Wellington 8. In the Kiwi song Pukeko in a Ponga Tree, how many kumera were given? w Two w Three w Seven wNine

9. Which day of the week is Christmas this year, 2019? w Tuesday w Friday w Wednesday w Sunday 10. What flavour is marzipan? w Orange w Hazelnut w Mint w Almond 11. In what century was the first written use of Xmas? w The 16th century w The 19th century w The 14th century w The 18th century 12. Who started the Christmas gift giving tradition? w The three wise men who visited the stable where Jesus was born. w The ancient Romans who exchanged gifts to bring good fortune for the new year. w Mark Antony who was always looking for new ways to please Cleopatra. w The ancient Greeks who sought to placate the gods on Mount Olympus. Answers on page 31.

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GREEN WITH ENVY Bowlers from throughout the Kāpiti and Horowhenua regions joined Ōtaki Bowling Club members on November 7 to enjoy the club’s new green. The surface had been laid during the past few weeks with bowlers from other clubs impressed. One said they were “quite envious” of the Ōtaki club. For most bowlers the new green took some adapting to, but many said it was very comfortable to walk on. The gathering was for bowlers aged 65 and over, and attracted more than 80 players. BOWLED OVER: Bowlers from throughout the region enjoying the new surface at Ōtaki Bowling Club. Photo Ian Carson

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QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Sticky Beak the Kiwi 2. Pōhutukawa 3. A roast dinner and Christmas pudding 4. YMCA 5. 1894 6. Samuel Marsden 7. DIC, Wellington8. Two 9. Wednesday 10. Almond 11. The 16th century. The “X” in Xmas comes from the Greek letter Chi which looks like an “X”. The letter “X” has long been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the Greek word for Christ begins with what looks like an “X”. Christ was often written with the letters Chi (X) Rho (p) which looks like Xp. 12. The ancient Romans who exchanged gifts to bring good fortune for the new year.





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Ōtaki River entrance tides November 13 – December 12, 2019 metservice.com/marine-surf/tides/otaki-river-entrance

Wed 13 Nov Thu 14 Nov Fri 15 Nov Sat 16 Nov Sun 17 Nov Mon 18 Nov Tue 19 Nov Wed 20 Nov Thu 21 Nov Fri 22 Nov

HIGH - - - 00:07 00:51 01:42 02:40 03:47 04:58 06:09

LOW 04:34 05:09 05:46 06:25 07:08 07:57 08:54 10:00 11:13 12:24

HIGH 10:43 11:17 11:53 12:32 13:17 14:10 15:13 16:24 17:35 18:41

LOW 16:51 17:28 18:07 18:50 19:40 20:36 21:40 22:48 23:56 -

HIGH 22:51 23:27 -

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LOW 01:00 01:58 02:50 03:39 04:25 05:09 05:52 06:34 07:16 08:00

HIGH 07:15 08:13 09:04 09:52 10:36 11:18 12:00 12:41 13:24 14:10

LOW 13:29 14:25 15:16 16:03 16:49 17:33 18:16 19:00 19:46 20:35

HIGH 19:40 20:33 21:23 22:09 22:54 23:38 -

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HIGH 15:02 16:00 17:03 18:03 06:40 07:35 08:22 09:04 09:42 10:20

LOW 21:28 22:26 23:26 - 12:52 13:45 14:30 15:11 15:51 16:31

HIGH 18:58 19:46 20:30 21:10 21:50 22:31

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Damien college’s top sportsperson Damien Doyle is Ōtaki College’s 2019 sportsperson of the year. At the college’s sports prize-giving ceremony on October 24, Damien received the accolade and a financial award from local company Marlan Trading. Damien is a top performer in swimming and surf lifesaving, winning a gold and four silver medals at national level in swimming and surf lifesaving. He was not only honoured at the prize-giving with a Sports Blue, but also won the Senior Boys Swimming Cup and is a member of the Top of Code basketball team. Sports Blues were also awarded to Kaitlyn Freeman, Paris Karl-Fields, Kaahurere Mackay, Manawatoa Nakhla, Stella Park and Blane Watson. Jason Donovan gave the keynote speech at the prize-giving. Jason is an accomplished national and world medalist in skiing and golf. He is also a glider enthusiast with more than 1000 hours in the air. He gave an inspiring speech about how dedication and hard work could overcome disability and help students realise their dreams. Prize-giving is a chance for the college to recognise the college’s top sportspeople who were nominated in the Sporty Awards for College Sport Wellington. The college’s top team for 2019, male, went to the senior boys basketball team coached by Te Tahi Takao. The top female team was the senior girls football team coached by Kimbal McHugo and managed by Julie McHugo. Maharata Nikora-Davis received an award for coach of the year for her ongoing dedication to netball. Lorne Singer received an award for volunteer of the year after a year spent helping with events, coaching and managing teams in athletics, football and volleyball. Lauren Blakeley won the Contribution to Sport Cup and Emily Georgetti was student coach of the year. •  For more on students’ achievement at Ōtaki College, see pages, 1, 3, 7-8.

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