Otaki Today March 2021

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Putting      in Ōtaki It’s a simple idea that local artist Hohepa (Hori) Thompson hopes will catch on – let’s speak some basic te reo Māori in our shops and businesses to reinforce Ōtaki’s point of difference. Hori and collaborator Hape ki Tūārangi Cook say it would make a huge difference for people to hear te reo greetings and see te reo signage when they visit Ōtaki. “It’s easy, right?” Hori says. “We can all say ‘kia ora’ or ‘kā kite’. We can have our brand name in te reo and English, as well as garment labels and menus. “Wouldn’t it be great if every time someone came into a store they were met with a greeting in Māori? We want to put a bit of ‘chur’ in Ōtaki and have some fun with our reo so when people come through they leave with a smile on their face, and hopefully a bit more knowledge of our culture.” Hori says visitors would start talking about the town that truly embraces te reo, not just giving it lip service. “If we did this and it really caught on, it could be a kind of wero [challenge] for other towns, too. Let them see if they can do better than us.” Hori (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kai Tahu) and Hape ((Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Whātua, Kai Tahu)are adamant they’re not trying to force the idea on anyone – “It’s just an idea.” And it’s not coming up with something new. “Ōtaki is already a bi-lingual town. We would just like to see more people – Māori and Pākehā – using te reo more often. It’s not difficult, but it could make a huge difference for visitors.” Although Hori is based at the highway shops, he says business people throughout Ōtaki could be part of it, too. “This is for everyone. I hope it will become the norm in every part of Ōtaki.”

CHUR: Hape Cook, left, and Hori Thompson at one of Hori’s outdoor art installations on the highway in Ōtaki. They are keen to have more people using te reo Māori throughout the town. Photo Ian Carson

The concept is not something about which the two men have canvassed the community or other organisations. They say it’s simply an idea, and they don’t want it to be bogged down with bureacracy that can become too formal and stifle creativity. They want it to have a life of its own, developing simply because it’s the right thing to do.

It doesn’t mean they’re not serious about it, however. Hape, who has worked previously on the website for Te Wānanga o Raukawa, has built a new website to back the idea. Found at churotaki.co.nz the site is a place where people can sign up for the concept, learn some basic te reo, get tips about how to implement the idea and share their own ideas.

A hui at Hori’s main highway art gallery planned for 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 17. “It would be an opportunity to come in and kōrero about what they think about the idea, and get some tips about how they can do this.” Hori wants to continue the meetings to encourage business people and see what works. n See churotaki.co.nz


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PITOPITO KŌRERO/POLITICS I Ōtaki Today, Maehe March 2021

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Middle NZ voters pose challenge to Labour The Ardern Government has a sensitive political undertone that might prove to be its biggest obstacle to a third term in office. It comprises a mix of policy settings that taken together make up a programme for social and cultural change that does not sit well with many middle New Zealand voters whose allegiance to Labour at last year’s election produced the overwhelming majority it now enjoys in Parliament. Earlier this month Wellington writer Karl du Fresne, in an article in the Australian version of London’s Spectator magazine, wrote under the headline “New Zealand being transformed, but not in a good way”, of transformational change under the Labour Government. While New Zealand daily media are quick to report news items praiseworthy of the country and its prime minister, this article received little, if any, coverage in the author’s home country. Du Fresne wrote that the Government was “pursuing policies that will entrench racial separatism, undermine democracy, turbocharge the grievance culture and promote polarisation and divisiveness”. Among the policies and trends he singled out to justify this view were: •  “Inflammatory rhetoric from an ideologically driven Human Rights Commission and a handful of vociferous immigrant activists whose

views are at odds with those of recommendations will not go POLITICS their communities.” unchallenged. •  Encouragement for the creation Proposals for “hate speech” of designated Māori seats on laws do not escape the author’s city and district councils – a law notice: “Labour has vowed to change that will not only give introduce tight controls on what Māori (or more correctly partNew Zealanders may legally say Maori) candidates a shortcut about matters of race and religion to representation by enabling (and very likely gender and body them to avoid the inconvenience shape, too).” of winning popular support, He wrote that New Zealand BRUCE KOHN but will result in the election “sometimes feels as if it’s in the of councillors responsible only to people who grip of a Year Zero cult similar in tone, if not in claim Māori ancestry. scale, to that promoted by Pol Pot’s Kampuchea •  A draft history curriculum “approved by (Cambodia) where everything that has gone educational bureaucrats that’s drenched in before was renounced.” neo-Marxist identify politics and presents The perspective that du Fresne holds will not the country’s past as one characterised by the be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is a perspective oppressive effects of colonialism on Māori”. rarely canvassed in political and media columns Du Fresne characterises the educational that will resonate in communities away from bureaucrats as having taken advantage of “an the capital’s focus on the trends championed by ideological tail-wind” after having shamefully those in power and those who have their ear. ignored New Zealand history in the past. Notably, however, Simon Bridges’ attack on He sees the Climate Change Commission’s the police commissioner for what he termed his recommendations for tackling climate change “woke” approach to policing seemed a signal that in this transformational context. That former at least some National Party MPs have picked Labour and ACT minister Richard Prebble has up on uneasiness in the regions at the trends and also slammed the recommendations as “a return policies mentioned by du Fresne. There are also to central planning” suggests the commission’s signs ACT is on a similar page.


The difficulty for National and ACT lies in taking issue with Labour while not provoking the polarisation and divisions for which the electorate over recent decades has demonstrated little taste. In 1975 Rob Muldoon confronted Labour with a passion and imagery that brought Labour to its knees. He played high-stakes politics of confrontation. They swept National to power because of the close identification by regional electorates with his opposition to what communities saw as an overwhelming Labour liking for central planning and execution. Labour’s strong support from the ranks of publicly supported charities, community fundraising groups and social organisations that look to it for funding, as well as from trade unions, the education lobby and academia, means it can look to these groupings for beating back any National/ACT strategy. Subsidisation of daily media in straitened circumstances might also be a background factor, although any deal made for Facebook to compensate for use of content could take this factor out of play. Covid-19 skewed the ideological field in 2020. Authority and clear direction were wanted for dealing with the pandemic. It’s unlikely to be a factor in 2023. n  Bruce has been an economics and business editor, political and foreign correspondent in Washington, London and Hong Kong. He recently retired as CEO of the Building Industry Federation.


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ŌTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Thursday March 18, 7pm at the Supper Room, Ōtaki Memorial Hall. All welcome. Will be followed by light refreshments. Come along and support your local theatre. ARTSCAPE EXHIBITION: ART WITH A TWIST Local emerging young artist Brian Harvey exhibits. Open until March 28 at Old Courthouse Gallery, Main Highway, Ōtaki. MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL Main St, Ōtaki. March 24-28. maorilandfilm.co.nz See page 9 MAHARA GALLERY Mahara Place, Waikanae. Until 24 April: Hemi Macgregor, ‘Toitu Te Whenua, Toitu Te Moana, Toitu Te Tangata’; and Gerda Leenards, Frances Jill Studd, Sophie Saunders & Janet Bayly ‘an observational practice’. Tues - Sat, 10am - 4pm. Free entry. All welcome. THE KĀPITI RADIO YACHT CLUB races regularly at Winstone’s Lake from 1pm on Sundays (Awatea Pond in Paraparaumu Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm, Sundays at 10am for newcomers), weather permitting. Look for Kāpiti Radio Yacht Club on the web and Facebook. ŌTAKI STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets first Thursday of each month, 10am, Presbyterian Church lounge, Mill Road, Ōtaki. Next meeting March 4. ŌTAKI MUSEUM Main Street, Ōtaki. Current exhibition Ko Ōtaki Te Awa – Ōtaki is the River. Open Thursday-Saturday 10am-2pm, excluding public holidays. otakimuseum.co.nz ŌTAKI YARD MARKET Every Saturday 8am-2pm, SH1 shops. Growers, crafters, bakers, makers and more. To book a stall: otakiyard.nz ŌTAKI WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB CRAFT MARKET SH1, opposite New World, open 9am-2pm every Sunday in summer. Contact Georgie 027 234 1090. ŌTAKI GARAGE SALE Third Saturday of the month, 9-11.30am, rain or shine, Presbyterian Church, 249 Mill Rd. 06 364-6449. Rev Peter Jackson 021 207 9455, owpresb@xtra.co.nz SEASONAL SURPLUS STALL In front of Memorial Hall, Main St. Thursdays, buying from 10.30am, selling from 11am. Bring surplus fruit, veges and eggs. Contact 364-7762. TE HORO COUNTRY MARKET Te Horo Community Hall, School Road. First Sunday of the month: 10am-1pm. To list your community event, contact debbi@idmedia.co.nz or 06 364-6543.

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No signs of Ashford Park resolution The track spat that has pitted walkers and cyclists against horse riders showed no signs of resolution after a meeting at Ashford Park. The meeting on February 24 was called to canvass the views of both sides of the argument, allowing an exchange of ideas and the possibility of a solution. However, with some raised voices and much shaking of heads, compromise appeared unlikely. The evening meeting at the Te Roto Road end of the track next to the racecourse was led by Winstone Aggregates operations manager Josua Grobler and attended by Ashford Park Community Liaison Group chair Di Buchan and Ōtaki Community Board chair Chris Papps. The spat between the two groups began just before Christmas when Winstone opened a new track so horse riders could also have access to Ōtaki River. However, following liaison group recommendations, it diverted walkers and cyclists from a parallel existing track they had been using for four years, to the new track and allowed horse riders to use the old track. The diversion incensed the walkers and cyclists because the new track is narrower, has rough terrain and lacks shade. Di Buchan says her group made the recommendation because it had advice that horses would be “spooked” by other horses in an adjoining paddock. That concern appears to have been allayed after a suggestion at the February meeting at Ashford Park that a trial run of horses on the track be videoed to see their reaction. It’s understood that video shows no sign of horses being distressed – either on the track or in the paddock.

MEETING: The meeting on February 24 at the Ashford Park track. No obvious agreement between walkers/cyclists and horse riders, was found.

That might lead to the solution being a switch back for walkers and cyclists to their old track. It’s a solution that’s unlikely to please horse riders, whose group fought hard to gain access. The liaison group is likely to make a new recommendation to Winstone – which uses the land for quarrying – at an April 1 meeting. In a statement to Ōtaki Today, Winstone said that in 2015 it constructed the 5-metre-wide private walkway for pedestrian and cycle access

as part of its resource consent for using Ashford Park. Since then, an increasing number of horse riders also indicated they would like access to the walkway. “We want to work constructively with our communities and stakeholders,” the statement said. “While our resource consent required a narrower 3m walkway only, even at 5m wide, we felt the current walkway, which is fenced on both sides, could not safely accommodate

walkers, dogs, cyclists and horse riders. To ensure everyone’s safety and accommodate more community users, we constructed a further 3m-wide corridor adjacent to the original one. The design and proposed use of the new 3m corridor was considered and agreed to by the Ashford Park Community Liaison Group. “We are currently working through community feedback on the designation of the walkways with Kapiti Coast District Council.”

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Moths buzz in to Te Horo Three vintage Tiger Moths flew in to Te Horo aerodrome on March 1, on their way to a Tiger Moth Club gathering in Thames. The Moths – two from Canterbury and one from Blenheim – and their pilots and passengers were to fly north the next day as they hopped from one aerodrome to another through the rural North Island. One pilot, Amanda Rutland, took up flying to emulate her grandfather, Bill Kingan, who flew Tiger Moths as a top-dressing pilot after the Second World War. Amanda was formerly from Paraparaumu but now lives in Christchurch. ABOVE: One of the Tiger Moths landing at Te Horo, LEFT: Visitors (from left): Wayne and Wendy Tantrum of Blenheim, Graham Holley (Wellington), Amanda Rutland (Christchurch), Craig Clapham, Lionel Green and Aaron Murphy (Canterbury), and John Baynes (Gore). Photos Ian Carson

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Another $25,000 goes on median house prices The surge in Ōtaki house prices continued in February, with homes.co.nz reporting the estimated median house price to be up $25,000 in the last month to $565,000. This follows a leap of $20,000 in January, lifting prices by $45,000 in just two months. In February last year, the median house price was $450,000. In the past three months, prices have shot up 10.9 percent. They’re up 18.7 percent in the past six months, and 25.7 percent up on this time last year. Local real estate agents don’t see an easing of the trend any time soon. Demand is simply outstripping supply, they say. “I think the fear of some home owners is that if they sell they won’t have a place to live in,” says Brendon Heenan of Tall Poppy. “So they’re staying put, therefore reducing stock availability. The stock levels in Ōtaki are at a record low.” About 300 homes in sub-divisions are due to be built in the next three years, which might be expected to

dampen house prices. However many sections – including house and land packages – have already been snapped up. Homes in the currently available sub-divisions are selling at prices between $575,000 and $650,000. Rural blocks of about two hectares (five acres) are going for about $850,000 before building even starts. “We need even more sections,” Brendon says. “Unfortunately red tape slows their delivery.” Grant Robertson of First National says house-price rises are driven by many factors at present, including low interest rates, massive stimulation from the Reserve Bank to “ward off ” a Covid recession, and 12 years of KiwiSaver account accumulations by young people. “You can add the ‘one off ’ factor of the expressway build, shortening travel times, but equally importantly causing full employment and fat business profits; the special character of Ōtaki; and the return of Kiwis fresh out of quarantine,” Grant says. “It’s almost a perfect storm of positivity. We are firing on all cylinders!”

COMING THROUGH: A driver pulls into the grid near the pedestrian crossing on a typically busy Sunday.

Hit posts stop ramp overtaking Hit posts have been installed on the highway rise south of the new bridges, known as The Ramp, just north of the BP roundabout. The hit post are aimed at preventing drivers pulling into the painted grid as they head down the hill. Most drivers would likely be locals keen on passing built-up traffic – especially at weekends – to go west into Mill Road.

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River exhibition stirs 270 years By Ian Carson

Ōtaki Museum’s new exhibition about Ōtaki River has drawn the attention of three men who likely know the river and its vagaries more than anyone. Carl Lutz, 95, George Gray, 90, and Barry Mansell, 85, with a collective age of 270, each has a lifetime of memories growing up and working on the river, dealing with its occasional ferocity, and managing its fickle nature. It was clear from their gaze on the exhibits at the museum – and their conversation often interspersed with deep thought – that the river has been a huge influence on these men’s lives. Carl Lutz came to the farm deep on Rāhui Road with his family as a youngster in 1935. He still works on the farm on the north side of the river nearly 90 years later. On the other side of the river, Barry Mansell was born into the Mansell family that became synonymous with Ōtaki Gorge. He recalls the first 10 years of life without electricity in the farming family’s home. He still lives in the Gorge. George Gray was born and grew up in Ōtaki. As a young man, he took on the job of overseeing management of the river for what was then the Manawatū Catchment Board. He stayed in his role with the catchment

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board for 37 years, and a further three years with Greater Wellington Regional Council after the local authority amalgamations of 1989. Looking over the museum exhibition titled Ko Ōtaki Te Awa – Ōtaki is the River, these men not only knew about, but also experienced many of the events on display. While he obviously doesn’t remember it, Barry was born to Terry and Marjorie Mansell during a huge storm in 1936. A young man, Ralph Wood, was part of a tramping group caught in the storm. He died of exposure at Twin Peaks in the nearby Tararua Ranges. But Barry also remembers the good times. “My elder brother Lindsay, sister Rosemary and I would go up to the Arcus property on horseback, take our lunches and swim in the river in the summer time,” he says. “It was absolutely wonderful, right up above the Ōtaki Forks.” He also remembers riding up over North Mangaone Road and into Anzac Flat, the headwater for the Waikanae River. Horses were then the only method of transport for the Gorge families. Barry’s first horse, when he was “10 or 12”, was one broken in for him by Charlie Arcus.

Interrupting Barry’s musings, George said he recalled seeing Barry on horseback chasing a deer through a quarry. “Yes, I remember that,” Barry said. “That was a deer that had been chased by Arnie Denton and Jim Morrah’s dogs. But not many people know about that quarry now. It’s all covered up. It was just by the Waiohine swing bridge. The catchment board for 30 or 40 years got very hard greywacke by blasting it out.” While spending almost all his life farming and drawing from the river’s bountiful resources, Carl acknowledges that the river can be both friend and foe, taking as well as giving. “It had a dark side to it,” he says. When he was 11 and his parents out for the day, he noticed the river rising rapidly. Eager to get the cows to safety and milking later that day, he and a friend staying at the time ran about half a mile along the road across a footbridge. They drove the cows into the shallower waters of the river, hoping they would arrive safely on the farm downstream. However, every one of them ended up on all the neighbours’ farms – and all survived. “We were lucky to get home ourselves – the footbridge was still passable. That was my first bad experience of the river.”

Three wise men of the River Three wise men of the River Carl, Barry and George. One lived in Rāhui The others up the Gorge. Now the River was their worry The River was their foe. But with much study They laid the River low.

So when you see the flooding And little damage done. Think of these three fellows And all their wisdom. But just you remember When all is said and done. With the climate changing The big one’s yet to come.

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WISE MEN: Looking over the Ōtaki Museum exhibition at left are (from left) George Gray, 90, Barry Mansell, 85, and Carl Lutz, 95. Photo Ian Carson

Although it was just before his time in Ōtaki, Carl recounted the story of the death of Ann Falder, who was staying on a neighbouring farm when the infamous flood of 1931 struck (it flooded into Mill Road, Ōtaki). With water rising around the house, Ann insisted husband John, take her into town. They were crossing a footbridge when it gave way, tossing them into the river. Ann was later found drowned near the race course;

John survived with the help of Jack Robinson and Jack’s son, Eric. George Gray, who had spent time as an Army engineer, was given his first job with the catchment board by Len Taucher. He started on a pick and shovel. “I told Len I wouldn’t be staying long, maybe two months. I spent the next 40 years working there.” George was only 28 when Len died suddenly. He was offered Len’s job. “That was the biggest learning curve of my life,” he says. “But I loved every day of my job on that river.” There were differences of opinion between the catchment board and the farmers, but George says there was mutual respect because they all understood the river – even when the board was prepared to let the Rāhui farmlands go under water if Chrystalls Bend flooded, to save the houses and businesses in Ōtaki. That threat has largely been alleviated after the regional council carried out work at the bend.

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Te Wānanga o Raukawa 2020 students who missed out on their graduation day because of Covid-19 disruptions will join 2021 graduates for a ceremony at the end of the year. A double ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 11. Meantime, the 2020 graduates will receive a graduation package in the post that will include a presentation folder to hold their tohu (certificate), academic transcript, tumuaki letter and an invitation to attend the ceremony in December to receive their graduation taonga.

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Vouchers for museum winners Three then-primary school pupils correctly answered all the questions about Main Street – with answers found throughout the display – in the recently closed Main Street exhibition at Ōtaki Museum. Their efforts were rewarded with vouchers to spend at various businesses in Ōtaki. Pictured at the museum with museum chair Judith Miller are, from left, Levi Hurcomb, Lily-Anne Wood and Ellie MaddafordWood.

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The incidence of call-outs for the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade reached nearly one a day in February. A total of 27 calls were made for fire-related incidents in the 28 days of the month. Of those, eight were for rubbish, grass and scrub fires; six to private fire alarms; four “good intent”; three for motor vehicle accidents; two each for property fires and “special services”; and one each for medical assistance and assisting another brigade.

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Shorts a popular feature of film festival Short films are a popular feature at the Māoriland Film Festival, and none more so than the impressive line-up secured for the 2021 event due to begin on March 24. The films, by international indigenous film-makers as well as talented film-makers in Aotearoa New Zealand, this year total more than 60, with 18 nations represented. Māoriland, now presenting its eighth annual festival, is a premier venue for many film-makers. It is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest international indigenous film festival, run across five days. The categories of short films at Māoriland 2021 are: Wairua Shorts 10am March 25, Māoriland Hub Every living thing, including the land, mountains, rivers, oceans has a wairua – a spirit existing beyond death. This collection of short films speaks of the wairua within and around us. Whānau Shorts 12.30pm March 25, Māoriland Hub Whānau. Family, whatever its shape, provides the thread that resonates through all these stories. Aotearoa Shorts 2.30pm March 25, Memorial Hall Shorts made in Aotearoa in 2020. These include the Māoriland NATIVE Slam V films, made in the

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days leading up to the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. Whenua Shorts 10am March 26, Māoriland Hub Papatūānuku sustains. But we need to protect her. These short films encompass the ways Indigenous nations recognise the relationship between land and people. Whakapapa Shorts 12.30pm March 26, Māoriland Hub We are all connected by whakapapa to our ancestors and each other.

Rangatahi Shorts for Tamariki – Islands of Mystery (Te Reo Māori) 10am March 27, Māoriland Hub Josh and his dog crash back 700 years, to a mysterious land where taniwha roam and ancient warriors rule. This is the world premiere of the popular NZ animation series Island of Mystery in te reo Māori, as voiced by tamariki from Ōtaki! Haumaru Shorts 11.30am March 27, Memorial Hall Films made during the 2020

Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. Parental guidance recommended. Bingo Shorts 6.30pm March 27, Māoriland Hub Love playing Bingo? Really love short films? In this session, you can do both and win prizes, too! Bring a pen. Wai Shorts 11am March 28, Māoriland Hub Nothing can exist without wai. The theme of water runs through all these stories.

Meantime, Māoriland is looking for kaitūao (volunteers) for the festival dates of March 24-28. Support is needed in a myriad of ways – ticket sales, ushering, parakore, keeping the whare clean and tidy and providing support to kaimahi as they bring the festival to life. Organisers are also looking for kaihapai – rangatahi from the community who support Ngā Pakiaka to look after the needs of audiences at the venues. This might include ushering, opening screenings and assisting with filming and social media. n  To sign up as a volunteer, visit the Māoriland Hub in Main Street, or fill in a form at maorilandfilm.co.nz Book tickets at maorilandfilm.co.nz or through iTicket.co.nz

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UP AND OVER: Ōtaki rider Paris Karl-Fields takes her horse over a hurdle at the recent Ōtaki College equestrian competition in Waikanae.

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College equestrian event draws 135 A total of 135 riders from 42 schools competed in Ōtaki College’s annual equestrian show-jumping event at Waikanae in late February. The meet is the second biggest school equestrian event in the country, growing year-on-year with riders coming from as far away as Whanganui, Wairarapa and elsewhere in the Wellington region. “It is always a pleasure to attend this event which has grown over successive years into a major secondary school equestrian event,” says Ōtaki College principal Andy Fraser. “The organisation is stunning and the level of skill, ability and determination shown by riders is unreal. “While the competition on the day is highly competitive, it’s always good to see the high levels of friendly engagement between competitors. My sincere thanks to the organisers of this event – long may it last.” This event is run by a small group of volunteers led by Lenka Fields and Sacha Kenny. Lenka says the success is only possible because of the support from local many businesses who donate goods and services. “We really couldn’t do it without them,” she says. Ōtaki College entered two teams with Aleshia Blakeley on Elation KCE taking the prize for top Ōtaki College rider in Ring 1, and Jett Barkley on River Vixen being awarded top Ōtaki College rider in Ring 2. Teams winners: 1st – Alex and Ella, Raumati Beach and Paraparaumu Beach School, Alexandra Kenny-Schlup and Alex Mear. 2nd – Onslow Red Rockets, Ashley Holmes, Jessica Todd, Ava Robinson and Micah Wratt. 3rd – Balance, Balance Primary School, Ariana Aspinal, Naomi Mabey and Bridie King (on two ponies). 4th – Solway College Navy, Alice Bourke, Amelia Westgarth, Isabella Behrns, Sofia Spencer Ring 1: Champion Sasha MacNamara on She’s Pure Class, Horowhenua College; reserve Jessica Todd on Cavallo, Onslow College. Ring 2: Champion Micah Wratt on Hugo Boss, Onslow College; reserve Jayde Timmins on Charlie, Tararua College. Ring 3: Champion Bridie King on Zena, Balance Primary School. Source: Kirsty Doyle

Jett Barkley with her horse River Vixen. Jett was top Ōtaki College rider in Ring 2.

LEFT: There were plenty of riders and supporters from 42 schools throughout the region who competed in the Ōtaki College competition.

Planning for our future

Setting the scene – the challenges and opportunities ahead A growing and changing population

As the saying goes, the only constant in life is change. Here on the Kāpiti Coast, our district has seen significant change over the last few decades, and will continue to do so in the coming years.

Forecasts estimate that over the next 30 years or so, our current population of 55,500 will grow by approximately 30,000 – a higher level of growth than anticipated in our last long-term plan. As our population increases, we must carefully plan for greater demand on Council infrastructure and services, and the growing pressure on our environment. It’s predicted that we will see continued growth in key demographics like older persons and young families which has implications for the types of infrastructure and services we will need to plan for in the future.

Some changes we can foresee and others are less certain. What we do know, however, is that we must plan ahead for change together as a community to ensure Kāpiti continues to be a great place to live. This is where our long-term plan comes in. It’s a big deal because it lays out the work we intend to do over the next 20 years. It details the planned activities, services and projects, how much things are likely to cost and how we plan to pay for them. This plan has an impact on everyone living on the Kāpiti Coast, in one way or another. Formal consultation on our draft Longterm Plan 2021–41 will begin on 7 April. Deciding what to invest in and when is no walk in the park, it’s a constant balancing act and we need to make these decisions together as a community. To ensure we deliver a plan that best serves our people, now and in the future, we need to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead. What’s driving change on the Kāpiti Coast and how do we plan for it?

Housing availability and affordability Like many parts of New Zealand, the Kāpiti Coast District is experiencing increasing demand for housing, affordability issues, rising rents and pressure on its public housing services. As our population continues to grow, there will be more pressure on existing housing. This is already being felt with some of our families having to leave the district and an increasing demand for government support to access housing. At the end of 2020, there were 165 people or families on the waiting list for social housing in Kāpiti. In the private market, house values have also risen rapidly. A revaluation by Quotable Value

in October 2020 showed an average rise of 29.1% over the last three years. One of our long term goals is a resilient community that has support for basic needs and feels safe and connected. Housing plays a key role in trying to achieve this. While Council doesn’t have direct responsibility for many of the drivers of the housing crisis, over the past year, we have been exploring what can be done to increase the supply of affordable homes and make it easier for people to access housing in our District. We must decide if Council should take a bigger role in housing, and if so, what that commitment might look like.


Our changing climate Key projects and infrastructure Council is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of network infrastructure like roads, sewage disposal, water and stormwater, and community infrastructure like libraries, parks and recreational facilities.

Our property portfolio of older persons’ accommodation, community halls and venues is aged and in need of a proactive programme of maintenance and renewal. The average age of our buildings is 55 years.

Through our long-term plan we’ll do more work on projects we know are high priority for the community, like Waikanae Library and our stormwater programme, and we’ll get started on some new initiatives. This will help stimulate our local economy.

To ensure we are investing in the right places and projects, we must identify what services Kāpiti needs now and in the future, and what kind of physical spaces will best support this.

Our climate is changing and like many coastal communities around Aotearoa, we are vulnerable to a wide range of environmental challenges. While the rate and magnitude of future sea level rise and environmental change is uncertain, we do know that coastal hazards will have increasing implications for development and infrastructure in coastal areas. This will mean we need to make some decisions as we plan for the future. With an increasing number of events such as extreme weather damage it is becoming more expensive to insure our infrastructure. We have to look at different options for protecting our district’s assets.

Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic The future of local government Central government is progressing some major changes in the local government sector which will have a significant impact for communities and the role of councils. Some examples are the Three Waters Reform Programme which has the potential to change the way critical water infrastructure and services are delivered in our district, and the replacement of the Resource Management Act which will reorient the system to focus on delivery of specified outcomes, targets and limits in natural and built environments. At the same time, the Government’s expectations of the role of local authorities are increasing and the local government sector

has concerns about how these expectations can be sustained without additional support. The Local Government (Community Wellbeing) Amendment Bill, which passed in 2019, assigned councils responsibility for the social, environmental, cultural and economic health of the communities they govern. As we plan for the future, we need a clear steer from our community on what’s important to our role as Council and what we need to advocate for.

Our community is being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 with hardship being felt particularly by the young, elderly, Māori and Pasifika, those already in hardship and parts of our business community. Our community support and NGO sector have been overwhelmed with the need in our district, and this need has continued to grow – a trend that is anticipated to continue. Council has developed a Recovery Plan that takes a broad approach, tackling issues and opportunities that are both within the direct remit of local government while supporting, together with other organisations, other initiatives that will contribute to our recovery. Our recovery relies on strong partnerships and relationships, all working together to support each other and our communities. Our planning for the future must reflect this.

How will we pay for our future? Revenue from rates account for around three quarters of Council’s income. This is because we don’t have any income generating assets. Our rates fund a wide variety of required local authority functions along with other activities identified as priorities for our community. One of the significant issues facing us in this long-term plan is the increase to our base costs including inflation, insurance premiums and depreciation. These costs are going up faster than household inflation. We have received strong feedback from our communities that while people would prefer lower rates increases, they do not wish to see services and facilities cut in order to reduce rates.

Borrowing on capital expenditure that is repaid over the life of an asset is another way Council can reduce the burden on ratepayers. This ensures that each generation that benefits from an asset also contributes to it.

New ways of generating income and delivering key projects, such as working in partnership with the public and private sectors, could be a way for Council to fund future development while reducing the burden on ratepayers.

Without debt many communities across New Zealand would simply not have the infrastructure that enables them to exist and grow. Higher gross debt ratios don’t necessarily show that councils are borrowing too much. Instead, it can sometimes more accurately highlight

a lack of income needed to grow, even as the population has grown. This is the case for Kāpiti. We have made significant progress on improving our budgetary performance in recent years with a focus on strong financial management and paying down debt. Independent financial rating agency Standard and Poor’s has revised our credit rating outlook up two grades from A+ to AA as a result. To adequately address the challenges ahead, replace aging infrastructure and cope with current and future growth, we need to explore alternative and new funding streams beyond rates.


Protecting what makes Kāpiti a great place to live 99%

agree that the Kāpiti Coast is a great place to live


are confident that the district is going in the right direction

In our annual survey of Kāpiti Coast residents and ratepayers for 2019/20, 99 per cent agreed that the Kāpiti Coast is a great place to live and 73 per cent are confident that the district is going in the right direction. As our district grows and changes, we must decide, as a community, how we preserve the things we love the most about our home while investing in the things that best serve the needs of our people now and in the future.

 Formal consultation on the draft Long-term Plan 2021–41 will take place between April 7 and May 10. Stay informed and involved at:


What matters most to you Late last year over 200 Kāpiti Coasters told us what matters most to help us prepare the draft Long-term Plan 2021–41 for consultation. We asked people what mattered most as it relates to our district’s future, our neighbourhoods, COVID-19, and growth. Key themes included a strong demand for a new community library in Waikanae, building community resilience, a desire for Council to be more transparent and open, the importance of keeping our airport, and the need to protect our environment.

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See what else Kāpiti Coasters told us at: haveyoursay.kapiticoast.govt.nz/ what-matters-most

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Know about stroke March is Stroke Awareness Month – a time when everyone can familiarise themselves with what stroke is, its effects, treatment and recovery. Ōtaki is fortunate to have a stroke support and wellness group, which hosts meetings at the Senior Citizens Hall in Rangatira Street from 10am to 12 noon on Fridays (see page 9). Apart from meeting people who have had a stroke and support people familiar with strokes, participants can join in brain teaser sessions with Ōtaki’s own Joseph Te Wiata. Joseph puts people through some stress-less activities and a “sit and be fit” exercise class. While most of us probably believe we will never have a stroke, the statistics show it happens to someone in New Zealand every hour on average. Every five hours, someone dies, making stroke the third leading cause of death. More than 50,000 people are now living with the effects of stroke, and about a third of them need assistance with everyday living. The statistics are worse for Māori and Pasifika people, who have a 2-3 times greater risk of having a stroke compared to Pākehā. Stroke is no longer a disease of the elderly – more than 54 percent of people affected by stroke are younger than 75. Males have a 20 percent greater risk of stroke compared with women, especially in young age groups. n If you want to donate $3 for Stroke Awareness Month, text ‘stroke’ to 5339.

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Flute, harp and Mulled Wine Mulled Wine Concerts, headed by pianist Mary Gow, is putting on a special concert featuring the sounds of flute and harp at Paekākāriki’s Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 21. Michelle Velvin, a Wellington-based harpist, composer and teacher, will play the harp, and Dunedin’s Bridget Douglas will be on the flute. Both are at the top of their musical field. Michelle has a passion for performing New Zealand compositions and writing new music reflecting her life in New Zealand. She has performed as part of all of New Zealand’s major orchestras and performs regularly with both the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington. She was a winner of the NZ Performance Harp Competition and has created the Wellington Harp Orchestra. Bridget studied at Victoria University of Wellington and followed this with studies in the United States with the assistance of a Fulbright graduate award and Creative NZ music scholarship. While in the US, she won several competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist’s Competition and an Artists International Award, including a recital at Carnegie Hall, New York. She joined the NZSO where she is currently section principal flute. Together, Michelle and Bridget will present a programme of music by Fauré, Ibert, Piazolla, Gareth Farr, Toru Takemitsu and Persichetti. The Mulled Wine 2021 season (all 2.30pm) Sunday 21 March – Bridget Douglas flute, Michelle Velvin harp. Sunday 30 May – Piano Duo Beth Chen and Nicole Chao. Sunday 27 June – Piano recital Nikolai Saratovski. If unable to enter NZ due to Covid, back up musicians Andrew Beer violin and Sarah Watkins piano. Sunday 25 July – Pianist David Barnard and friends Sunday 15 August – Guitarist Matthew Marshall with guests Five-concert season tickets available for $120. n  Tickets for the March 21 flute and harp concert $30, students $15. Door sales available. Email marygow@gmail.com or phone 021 101 9609. For information, see www.mulledwineconcerts.com, or find on FaceBook

CARNIVAL: A street carnival, similar to the party and lantern parade in 2012 above, is a popular idea with museum visitors asked about how to celebrate 100 years of Main Street.

Ideas for Main St party Ōtaki Museum’s recently ended exhibition about Main Street has elicited many ideas from the hundreds of visitors to the exhibition on how the street’s 100th birthday could be celebrated in 2021. The most popular suggestions were a street parade and a street carnival. The two suggestions could be combined into one event. Parade proponents suggested brass bands, marching girls, horses and carts, old cars, period costumes and races of various sorts (sack, wheelbarrow etc). Those suggesting a street carnival thought of dances in the street, music through the generations, kapa haka and food stalls. The third most popular suggestion was a street fair – a “centennial market”. All the popular suggestions would require street closure. Another suggestion and the next most popular was to light up the old buildings, such as the Civic Theatre, the museum, Māoriland Hub, and the Telegraph and Family hotels. Restoring the museum to its former glory by doctoring its 1980s façade with rendered polystyrene or creating an optical illusion with paint was another idea. Other suggestions included a concert in the renovated Civic Theatre of music through the decades, showing old movies at the Civic Theatre, or showing some of the videos Errol Maffey has created over the years. Displays in shop windows with public voting for the best one was another, as was having displays highlighting and celebrating the different aspects of local history – Māori, Chinese, Italian and Pākehā. All the ideas have been sent to the Ōtaki Promotions Group to consider supporting.

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INTERSECTION: The intersection of Arapaepae Road and Queen Street, at Levin, where a roundabout will be built. Photo Waka Kotahi

Waka Kotahi NZTA says it’s continuing to refine the draft preferred alignment of the new Ōtaki to North of Levin (Ō2NL) highway. After the agency got feedback from property owners, the community and key stakeholders during consultation in AugustSeptember 2020, it has been refining the draft preferred alignment of the new highway. Geophysical surveys have been conducted in recent months to further investigate the suitability of this area, and other technical assessments are being completed. The agency says it will announce the refined draft preferred alignment this month. It will contact property owners ahead of the announcement to update on areas that have been altered and how it affects them. Preliminary design work will continue

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community to help with the governance and management of our centre. We rely on parents to help manage, and know that everyone is busy. We wonder if there is someone in the community who could offer some time. Are you an ex-parent/grandparent, or just have an interest in our Early Childhood Education Community Centre? Please contact us and we can have a chat! Libby Slow, Head Teacher We offer morning sessions from 9am–12pm (a great option for the little ones) or a full day session from 9am–2.30pm. Get in touch on 06 364 7500 or email us at om_admin@otakimontessori.co.nz to arrange a visit.

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based on this refined version of the draft alignment as the agency completes the detailed business case. This will provide information for the detailed analysis of the anticipated costs, risks and benefits of the preferred alignment and how it will deliver on expected outcomes. Once this work is complete, Waka Kotahi expects to be able to confirm a final preferred alignment later this year, and work will continue on preparing a Notice of Requirement and required consents. It is not until the final alignment is decided that it will be able to fully understand the land requirement needed for the new highway. It expects to talk with landowners about the land that will be needed for the new highway about the middle of next year. – Waka Kotahi NZTA Project Update

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If it’s fernackered, fix it If you like something, it has sentimental value or just has life left in it, don’t throw it out – fix it! If repairing something feels beyond you, then the Ōtaki Repair Café at the Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 21, could not only get your item fixed, but also give you some valuable skills to help you fix it again or tackle another repair job.. Everyone has hung on to broken toasters and tools, blunt knives, and broken but beloved jewellery that clutters their garage, cupboards or drawers. There’s always the hope that someday these things could be fixed and used again. Now they can be. As it seems society moves further away from repairing – preferring to just buy a new item – there’s no better time to teach our kids that not everything that’s broken is beyond use. Fortunately the Repair Café has some talented volunteers

who give up their time and who love tinkering. They can help with most things that need fixing. The café day also offers some training on how to do repairs along the way. “It’s ‘small town, big heart – Ōtaki manaakitanga’ at its best,” says Hanna Wagner Nicholls of Energise Ōtaki, which organises the event. “Fixing something yourself feels good!” As in the previous three repair cafés there will also be a special corner for the children. “We want to show them that things can be fixed: a teddy with a missing ear, a toy car that doesn’t race any more, a hole in a pair of jeans that would look great with a special colourful patch,” Hanna says. “Hopefully they take this attitude with them as they grow up.” n Repair Café, 10-2pm Sunday, March 21, Memorial Hall, Ōtaki. See Ōtaki Repair Café on Facebook for updates about what’s happening on the day.


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ia koutou, talofa everyone. It’s great to have the opportunity to do an update of what my team and I have been up to over the last month. February was our first “sitting block” which means for three weeks of February all Members of Parliament are required in the House to attend select committees, speak on Bills and participate in Question Time etc. For me this means I am required to be in Wellington from Monday evening through to Thursday evening. When I am not required at Parliament you responding to property owner requests will find me working my way up and and works cannot start until all of the land down our electorate. My team and I has been purchased. have been running constituent clinics in Highlights from this month include the Paraparaumu and Levin while we wait amazing feedback from kura and tamariki for our offices to be ready. on the free lunches in THE ELECTORATE We will be running clinics schools initiative which this in Foxton, Ōtaki and Government is very proud Waikanae soon. of and we can already see Bryce Hughes is our the benefits to our tamariki manager MP support and their whanau. The in the North and you historic achievement of the can contact Bryce for an Māori Wards Bill passing appointment on his email: and the mahi being done bryce.hughes@parliament. on banning conversion govt.nz therapy that will make a TERISA NGOBI, MP I have noticed queries massive difference to our around the Ōtaki to north Rainbow communities. of Levin road, or O2NL as it is more Locally I have had the privilege of commonly known. I would like to be attending the opening of Zero Waste clear that this Government continues Ōtaki, an amazing community initiative to be committed to this project. We are driven by Jamie Bull and the team who

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divert waste from the landfill while upcycling some beautifully carved art pieces. You can check them out at the transfer station in Ōtaki. I also attended the Ōtaki Kite Festival and I’m certain that is the biggest crowd I have ever seen for this event! My family and I shopped at the Ōtaki Yard Market a few weeks ago and scored myself a great pair of earrings from a local artist, and lastly I attended a fabulous evening at the famous Ōtaki Garden Party hosted by Di Buchan. I know people will be feeling anxious as we are currently dealing with Covid and working through levels. Let’s continue to do our part – scan, stay home if you’re sick, wear masks on public transport and wash your hands. We can do this. We have done this before and can do this again! n  Terisa is the Labour MP for the Ōtaki electorate

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Big upgrade for beach pipes Ōtaki Beach is about to get a big upgrade to its stormwater system. The 13-month council project will upgrade the stormwater network along Toi Street, Manuka Street, Moana Street, and Tasman Road at the intersection of Moana Street. New stormwater pipes will be larger than the existing pipes and will reduce the likelihood of flooding after heavy rain. In some places, the drinking water reticulation network will also be upgraded to accommodate the new stormwater pipes. The new pipes will be laid in the road and berm areas, and will be mostly installed by open trenching. Some of the water mains will be installed using trenchless methods. The seven phases of work begin this month with completion scheduled in April next year.

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Buzz overhead offers different perspective on a our town It was about midday on March 1 that I got a text from flyer and local architect Rob Kofoed. “How would you like to take a flight this afternoon?” he said. It’s not every day I get asked to go aloft for an aerial view of Ōtaki, and apart from an invited excursion on Chathams Air’s DC3 early last year, I’d never flown over my own patch. “Of course,” I replied, trying to seem nonchalant but quietly excited about the opportunity. I was certainly eager and though like most a tad apprehensive about the dangers of flying, I was assured because of the experience of the pilot. Rob has been flying for nigh on 40 years, he’s a flying instructor and assessor for pilot relicensing. I also wanted to get a look over the Te Horo aerodrome, a block of land where many moons ago I recall going to regular country fairs where they had wood-chopping, candy floss and other old-style attractions. I suspect the old go-kart track used to be there, too, or certainly nearby. Rob keeps his Cessna 172 at the aerodrome, and I’d heard some Tiger

Moths were flying in for an overnight stay, so that was worth a photo (see p4). Once airborne, it was clear Ōtaki was a different place than I imagined at ground level. There are houses and businesses I never knew existed, and the unique perspective gave a clear indication of how close landmarks were to each other. It was also clear how the natural landscape has shaped Ōtaki. The Ōtaki and Waitohu rivers are dominant features, as is the ocean beating relentlessly on the beach. And then there is Kāpiti Island, like an ancestor lying quietly offshore ready to grumble if you didn’t respect the mainland and its bounty. We live in a fantastic part of the world. It’s always great to look at it differently every now and then. n  Ian is editor of Ōtaki Today

FROM ABOVE: An aerial view of the south end of Ōtaki Beach from Rob Kofoed’s Cessna. In the foreground is the old Children’s Health Camp, with the “pine forest” behind it, the Ōtaki River farther south and Kāpiti Island offshore. Photo Ian Carson



Stunning power of the haka at Gateway meeting

More public transport options needed

As you will probably know, the council recently made a decision to go ahead with the Kāpiti Gateway project. The aim is to have an attractive, biosecure and more economically effective introduction to Kāpiti Island than the current set-up where people going to the island have their bags searched in a rather barren and inhospitable car park before boarding the boat. The project’s been in the council LongTerm Plan for the past several years but never quite got off the ground because of a lack of funds. Now, with about $2.23 million from the Covid Recovery Fund, and $2.23 million from council funds, the project is a goer. There are strong views for and against the proposed plans. As chair of the Ōtaki Community Board I am privileged to attend and observe council and Long-Term Plan meetings. Other community board chairs do the same. We

From time to time members of the public approach us in our role as elected members with an idea or solution to a particular need within the community. This can often be a result of personally experiencing the issue, but rather than simply complain about it, some choose to find solutions. Colin Davies was one such person, who, as a resident of Te Horo Beach, approached me about an idea of extending the bus route to better serve our community. Colin didn’t just ring me up and chew my ear about the poor lack of public transport, but had put some thought into the issue. He’d mapped out a possible route, timed it, and sourced more up-to-date population numbers through the council’s meshblock data. With that all pulled together we approached Greater Wellington Regional Council with a proposal to provide a bus service into the Te Horo community. Now when it comes to transport the current government’s priorities have shifted with a focus more towards “mode shift”. That is, shifting people’s dependency on cars and into other modes of transport. The government policy statement mentions “better transport options to access social and economic opportunities” and “developing a low carbon transport system that supports emission reductions, while improving safety and inclusive”. Along with those statements are their priorities of what will be delivered by 2031 (short to medium-term results). These are improved access to social and


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don’t get to vote but we are often allowed to speak and we can lobby councillors and talk with staff about issues. With strong views on the project, including a 3500-odd petition against the plans for the building and set-up, a great many people wanted their views heard. The public speaking and submissions went on pretty well all day. The pros and the cons were thoroughly explored. Local iwi strongly favour the project and the plans. They’ve even gifted a name, Te Uruhi. They see the gateway as a way to recognise the significance of the partnership between iwi and council, a place to strengthen the links between the island and mainland, to help people understand the island’s national significance and importance to them, and a place to strengthen biosecurity measures and protect the taonga for future generations. Iwi made presentations on this and did it well. Afterwards, there was silence for a moment, then one man stood up and began a haka. More and more joined in. The volume and the pace grew. It was one of the most visually, aurally and emotionally moving haka I have ever experienced. It clearly annoyed some people, but inspired others. The power of that haka was stunning. It might have even changed some votes. n  Chris is chair of the Ōtaki Community Board

economic opportunities, public transport and active modes are more available and/ or accessible, increased share of travel by public transport and active modes, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced air and noise pollution. So after a few meetings with the helpful staff at the regional council we had their support to investigate the proposed service. To help inform any request they put to regional councillors to provide the necessary funding, they needed to ascertain the level of demand. That’s where YOU can play a part. To help inform their decision, the regional council has a short survey you can fill out (see link below). https://survey.researchfirst.co.nz/SE/1/J3017/ ?fbclid=IwAR0erOG1iAVzahBMufpKtvUPqn6 Pucc35vHokux6D-G7PA2fgqHDvHgtEEo Please share it with your friends and neighbours to show how much demand there is to justify the service. The feedback YOU provide could be the difference between getting increased public transport in our community – or not! If you complete the survey, you can go in the draw to win one of two $100 cash prizes. n  James is Ōtaki Ward Councillor

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Lies versus truth from the days of Miss Hoskins A

s a kid at Waitohu School in the 1960s, I recall my teacher, a Miss Hoskins, as a very sporty type who liked to travel. One day in class she revealed a desire to go to the Himalayas. Keen to impress, I proudly offered the fact that my Dad had once been to the Himalayas. My little tale might even have extended to the notion that he had roamed on Mount Everest. What was I thinking? I had no idea my Dad had been anywhere near the Himalayas, albeit I knew he’d been to exotic places as a Kiwi sailor in the Royal Navy of the Second World War. Home I went, armed with the knowledge that Miss Hoskins was keen as all hell to know more about this and had said that she’d drop by to quiz my father on his Nepal escapades. “So Dad, you went the Himalayas, right?” Unfortunately his one-word reply confirmed nothing of the sort, and I was left with an empty boast and no MEDIA & COMMUNITY idea about how to rectify my monstrous lie. There was, of course, a simple solution – admit the mistake to my teacher and put the matter to rest. But no, FRASER CARSON in my spongey eight-year-old mind, I had no escape from my extravagant claim and I simply kept quiet, waiting in terror for the arrival of Miss Hoskins at my house, in search of my Dad’s story. Duly Miss Hoskins did arrive, unannounced, to see my father. I spotted her foot appear under

a hedge, so I shot inside and hid under a bed, fearing the worst consequences of my dishonesty. Was there a punchline to this story? Well, no. They had the conversation, but nothing else happened and the matter was never raised again by my Dad or the teacher. Except that my amplified untruth is imprinted on my mind to this day. It comes to mind, especially as we are increasingly challenged by what is true and what is simply made up, especially in social media and in politics. Children naturally have fertile imaginations and spinning stories is part of growing up. But as kids, we are all taught (at least most of us) to avoid falsehood and to tell the truth.

When we deliberately deceive others and make things up so it’s hard to separate fact from fiction, we end up with a big problem. Personal trust is weaker and, in communities, social cohesion begins to fray. But the truth is never pure. It’s often a bit ugly and perplexing. It’s the currency of academics and scientists, requiring nuanced understandings and critical thinking. And facts will always be relative, just because there is rarely only “a fact”. There are interpretations and a simple truth can evolve as we might reevaluate over time. In life, politics and in the media, I once quaintly thought that facts could be open to a bit of distortion, in order to win an argument or

gain some kind of advantage. Let’s face it, most people routinely give out the occasional small lie, and if caught out, admit the mistake, quickly back-track, apologise and move on. But what happens when politicians, including a former United States president, constantly deal in untruths and never backtrack or apologise? They have so distorted the difference between a lie and a truth that the lie has become the currency for their advantage, while the truth is just what someone else says. In fact, when Trump is accused of anything, he’s suddenly the victim and others are the ones spreading fake news. For Trump, a lie can be made up in an instant and it doesn’t matter, to his supporters, whether it stands up to critical examination. His MAGA fans, all caught in a bubble of slogans, conspiracies and simple explanations, have an easy attraction as every utterance deals with their troublesome realities of life – Mexicans, Muslims, gays, black people, women, etc, etc. So, consider this. If my Dad had been a big liar, like the 8-year-old me, and had told Miss Hoskins a porky about climbing Mount Everest, she no doubt would have been none the wiser and ecstatic with the news. My Dad’s ego would have been stroked, and I would have learned a Trump-like lesson that lying makes me bullet-proof and has personal benefits. I might have lost some friends, but I would have likely made some new ones. I might even have decided to lie my way to becoming president of something. n  Fraser is a former member of the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust and is the founding partner of Flightdec.com. Flightdec’s kaupapa is to challenge the status quo of the internet to give access to more reliable and valuable citizen generated content, and to improve connectivity and collaboration.

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PAKIHI/Business Minimum wage for all hours worked


Tech monitors en-route perishables Amid the Covid-induced dislocation to exports of horticultural produce – including throughout the Kāpiti-Horowhenua region – and its effect on shipping and air cargo timetables, positive news is the increased attention by technology companies to the logistics needs of the sector. Of particular interest is a New Zealand-developed track-and-trace sensor system called Roambee that can provide evidence of the temperature of shipments in real time. This allows growers and their freight forwarders, as well as their customers, to monitor the conditions affecting products in transit. The value of this reporting system from packages or boxes lies in the ability of both exporters and customers to seek adjustment to the temperatures inside the storage space in which the products are being transported. The same sensor system shows where the ship or aircraft is and signals in real time whether packaging is subject to tampering, and even a potentially damaging tilt of the packaging. Shippers can have 24-hours-a-day visibility of their product’s progress to market. Roambee Variations to temperatures in transit can have significant spoilage implications for some fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and cut flowers. That’s why the new Roambee system has attracted the attention of Kiwi perishable goods exporters. The real-time reporting system to a computer screen or cell phone provides an extra layer of security beyond that of traditional transit “loggers”, providing location information useful for estimating customer arrival times and making adjustment to transit routes in the event of unforeseen timetable disruption. This reporting procedure also adds security to the movement of sensitive pharmaceutical products such as vaccines. Recording of the system’s reports can help track both distribution and condition monitoring, as well as the maintenance of inventories, disclosing where supplies are held and when packages have been opened. Availability of the system through Auckland-based company Kaptura means it should soon become commonplace as an aid to getting Kiwi produce and flowers to world markets in tip-top condition. For Kāpiti Coast growers aiming for markets in Australia, Asia and beyond, this fresh technology might well be worth exploring. n See kaptura.co

hether you are for it or against it, the minimum wage is set to increase from April 1. The Government has set the new minimum hourly rates of pay as: • $20 an hour for adult workers (increased from $18.90 an hour); and • $16 an hour for starting-out workers and trainees (increased from $15.12 an hour). This increase applies to both workers paid by the hour and to salaried workers. It’s a common view that the idea behind paying a salary is to even out peaks and troughs, and paying employees more than minimum wage some of the time makes up for the extra hours they work at other times. However, the law is clear that employees must be paid minimum wage for all the hours they work and the ability to “average” is actually quite restricted. For example, a salaried worker sometimes works 40 hours a week, but other times they work 70 hours. They are paid fortnightly and annually they work an average of 100 hours per fortnight. Many employers would assume that paying this person a salary of $52,000 (the equivalent of 100 hours a fortnight at minimum wage) meets minimum wage obligations. However, the maximum period employers can average an employee’s hours is fortnightly, unless employees are paid weekly, in which case the employer must average weekly. This means that, in the above example, if the employee worked 70 hours for two weeks in a row, their salary would not equate to minimum wage and they would be entitled to a “top-up” payment. Clearly then, whether an employee’s hours are averaged annually or weekly makes a big difference to the amount an employee is entitled to receive. For this reason (and others) many businesses choose to pay their staff fortnightly. For those wondering about KiwiSaver, while the law enables employers and employees to agree that the employer’s KiwiSaver contribution will be included in an hourly rate/salary rather than paid

on top of it, this does not enable employers to pay less than the minimum wage. Employers’ KiwiSaver contributions must be paid on top of (in addition to) the minimum wage. For both employers and employees, it’s also important to understand that certain clauses in employment EMPLOYMENT LAW agreements (such as restraint of trade clauses or availability clauses) require some form of payment to be effective. Often the agreement will say the salary or hourly rate includes this payment, but that’s unlikely to work if the AMY WEBSTER salary or wage is the minimum wage. If employers want to stay on the right side of the law, and have the ability to prove they are meeting their minimum wage obligations, they also need to keep a record of the number of hours each of their employees have worked, and how much they were paid for it (called a “wage and time record”). Employers can face fines of up to $20,000 for failing to do this, so if your business is not doing this, get recording! The key take-away for business owners: If you have anyone on your team earning less than the new hourly rates set out above or anyone employed to work 40 hours a week and earning a salary of less than $41,600, you probably need to give them a pay rise. Even at $47,000, you need to be keeping a careful eye on hours; if they work more than five additional hours in a week you might need to pay a “top-up” for those hours. (This article was written with the assistance of Francesca Flaws, a law clerk at Wakefields Lawyers.) n  Amy is an associate at Wakefields Lawyers and an expert in employment law. She heads the Employment Law Team, which helps both employers and employees in all areas of employment law.

Become a master at building value in your business


f you’re a business owner or executive, every decision you make should be directed toward building value in your company, even if you don’t intend to sell for years. To grow value in your business, there are five factors to focus on: • creating and keeping a healthy income stream • ensuring a tidy profit after all costs and overheads are paid (including your own salary) • having and using a proven plan of marketing that produces consistent sales (because marketing is maths, pure and simple) • building and serving a strong client/customer base • being efficient and making sure you have the best systems to free your time and reduce your frustration. Remember, the more the business relies solely on you, the less valuable it is. Your “irreplace-ability” might do wonders for your ego, but little for your business’s value. Rembrandt is known as a great master of art. He also taught, mentored and transformed

artforms for the ages. why one is driven to success. At YOUR BUSINESS Many of us consider this level business owners need to ourselves proficient in many clearly articulate an inspirational and areas. Some call ourselves engaging vision and mission to bring experts, but few of us are others – customers, team members, ever considered masters. partners, suppliers – with them, Mastery requires a higher before they can proceed to money understanding of any mastery. discipline and takes time to Money mastery for a business acquire. The good news is that includes understanding the key we can master business skills attributes, triggers and contributing CHRIS WHELAN with intensive focus. factors for maximising cashflow Ask yourself: What are the skills you want and reducing cost of goods sold. This level to master? What specific goals do you need of mastery includes in-depth study and to achieve to keep on the right path? Which understanding of cash management, financing factors are critical to your success? What does and lending terms, accounts payables/ real success look like? Who can help you set receivables, financial statements, pricing the vision and keep you on track? How can you strategies, sales forecasting and more. measure progress and get effective feedback? While most business owners will pay for Mastery is has four separate business areas: expertise in these areas, it’s critical that the Destination, money, time and delivery. owners themselves understand every area that Destination mastery focuses on establishing a affects results. powerful mission and vision for an organisation, Once a roadmap for a business destination setting SMART goals to achieve objectives and money mastery are in hand, owners must and understanding why a business exists and shift their focus to time mastery. At this level,

owners must focus on planning, delegating and how much self-education and development they are committed to for long-term success. Remember, the goal is to have your business work for YOU, not you working every hour under the Sun for it. The last level is delivery. Business owners must ask: How does their organisation deliver on the brand’s promise? Everything from supply lines, to delivery services and customer experience must be analysed to ensure that at every level the focus is on maximising satisfaction. The quality of your products and how easy you make it for customers to buy from you are all inherent in this level of mastery. Every level of mastery requires study, research, and practice. But to truly call yourself a business master you must also be able to share and educate others. It’s through the sharing of your expertise that you can ultimately call yourself a master. That’s worth thinking about. . . n  If you think you could benefit, and make your business

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FRIENDS: Andrew London (second from right) with friends (from left) Wayne Mason, Rob Joass and Laura Collins under the bougainvillia at the Winemaker’s Daughter Café in Te Horo. Photo Ian Carson

London on song at Winemakers Too Many Chiefs Winemaker’s Daughter Café, February 21 Reviewed by Ian Carson

ICONIC ŌTAKI Late summer flowers have been attracting the birds into Ōtaki gardens in recent weeks. This photo by Janice Street shows a range of birds enjoying the flowers in her back yard.

The superb musicianship and song-writing skills of Ōtaki’s Andrew London are evident whenever he performs, but amalgamating them with the talent of other great musicians seems to bring out the best in him. This was no more on show than at his recent Sunday afternoon gig at the Winemaker’s Daughter Café on the highway just north of Te Horo. Teaming up as Too Many Chiefs with the legendary Wayne Mason (The Fourmyula, Waratahs), Rob Joass (Hobnail, The Shot Band) and Laura Collins (Back Porch Blues Band), Andrew was at his best. He engaged guests with a mixture of wit and nostalgia, quietening one group who began the afternoon with their own distracting table-talk but soon recognised they were missing something special. It was his easy rapport with fellow band members and his audience that made

a pleasant Sunday afternoon a much more memorable experience than mowing lawns at home. The taverna-type venue complete with magnificent flowering bougainvillias trailing through the rafters helped, perhaps prompting Andrew to say it was his favourite place for a gig. The four complemented each other perfectly, with great harmony and musicianship as they performed their own songs in turn. All were able to let loose with their individual talents, showing that small-town New Zealand can still attract stellar performers. London’s ensemble produced a great show that’s worth catching next time Too Many Chiefs get together in town. And what would a show with Wayne Mason be with New Zealand’s officially all-time favourite song, written by Wayne 52 years ago in Upper Hutt – Nature. It was the ideal round-out to a sunny summer’s afternoon.

Authentic, polished performances to turn back the clock Gold Dust Woman Showcase, Southwards Theatre, February 20 Reviewed by Grant Robertson

A boisterous and entertaining crowd of 250-plus Coasters sang along and stomped their feet to Stevie Nicks (AKA Rachel Williams) and Tom Petty (AKA Greg White) on Saturday night (February 6) at Southwards. There was plenty of enthusiastic interaction, the broad mix of grey heads, rockers, mums and bogans were fun to watch, and the small crowd of dancing girls swelled during the night till the whole place was pumping! The team of musicians did a fabulous job, warming to their task and loving the positive vibe as the night developed. Lead guitar Cam Sutton, well known as owner of the Family Music Store in Paraparaumu, was outstanding. Rachel Williams was “true to character” as Stevie Nicks, producing an authentic performance throughout the night. However, she could have interacted more – after all it was a live performance. Greg White lifted the audience a notch every time he stepped into character and performed the Petty songs. His 12-string guitar numbers were brilliant, and it was a great reminder of Petty’s huge contribution to popular music. Ōtaki’s own Jared Carson paced himself to start with, then unleashed a strong leadership role on the drums, never missing a beat as far as I could see, and looking and sounding every bit the professional. Underpinning it all, bassist Robbie Graham was also polished. We wish Gold Dust Woman all the best with their New Zealand tour, and look forward to further events such as this at Southwards to turn back the clock!

THE BAND: Gold Dust Woman Showcase at Southwards, from left Cam Sutton, Jared Carson (on drums), Rachel Williams, Greg White and Robbie Graham.

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MAHI MĀRA/Gardening

Prep soil now for winter crops


he cooler nights and dewy mornings start to cool our soil down. Get planting autumn and winter crops of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, silverbeet, perpetual spinach, parsley, celery and leeks this month to make the most of the last of the warmth. Hungry winter crops such as leeks and brassicas need awesome soil. Check in with it before planting out by grabbing a handful and squeezing it. If it looks like a nice moist, crumbly chocolate brownie, then you are on a win. If not, you need to improve it. It won’t be strong enough to support good crops. Prepping soil Aerate hard or heavy clay soil. If you can’t push your hand into it, your seedlings’ roots don’t have a chance! Aerating means sliding your garden fork in as far as it will go, pulling it back towards you before pulling the fork out. Repeat this all over your chosen spot. Then spread a 1-2 cm layer of compost, sprinkle gypsum or lime and a full spectrum mineral fertiliser. A layer of seaweed or comfrey, or dollops of well rotted manure or worm castings with each seedling are all excellent mineral alternatives. If your soil is sandy, go down, not up. Scoop out the sand to about 10cm and line with a thick layer of wet newspaper then fill the hole with compost and continue as above. Soak and plant Sit seedling pots in water for a minute. Add a drop of liquid feed if you have some. Before planting, water the soil until it’s just moist, then bring soil microbes to the party by

soaking your garden bed with EM mixed with whatever liquid feed you have. Mulch and feed Mulch seals the deal. Create it with a quick garden whip-around. Chop up old crops and flowers, trim herbs or other soft foliage plants, mow the lawn and add in leaves, sea wrack, bracken . . . whatever is to hand. Mix all these bits and pieces together and spread them on. You can’t buy this kind of goodness. If you well and truly don’t have enough garden waste, another option is to weigh down bits of fabric (sacking, old towel, hubby’s holey T-shirt from 1987. . .) around your plants with rocks or tent pegs. Boost your plants along before the cold hits with weekly liquid feeds. Emergency planting If you’re short on time and/or garden supplies and the soil in the vegie patch is below par, fossick about in your garden to find the best soil on offer. Never mind if the best soil is by a rose or a lemon or with the flowers, and never mind if it means dotting vegies all over the place rather than in a line or one bed together. Nothing wrong with emergency, random seedling planting. It’s a common enough occurrence around here. Another option is to plant crops in pots and greencrop your bed over winter for some R&R before spring. The important thing is to keep planting so you can eat nourishing, fresh greens this winter.


Kath Irvine has been growing vegetables to feed her family for 21 years. Spray-free, natural, low-input food gardens are her thing. She believes smart design saves time, 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. She provides organic gardening advice through her articles,books, workshops and garden consultations.


Humus-rich soil

Crops and learning from library sharing garden

GREEN FINGERS: Ōtaki Library team leader Tiriata Carkeek and librarian Robyn Edmonds at the sharing garden. Photo supplied

The “sharing garden” at Ōtaki Library is bringing new life to the community hub. The garden is providing a range of fruit, vegetables and herbs for the community, as well as offering a ready-made outdoor classroom to enhance community education programmes. Created in late 2019, the garden is in the courtyard entrance of the library. It has salads, sliverbeet, pumpkin, spring onions, lemongrass and limes, and is home to a bee-friendly lavender hedge. “We thought it would be good to have a garden out there that provided food for the community and we wanted to run garden programmes in conjunction with the library,” says library team leader Tiriata Carkeek. “People love it and definitely use it. It’s a bit of a wild garden, but we had a good crop ready during last year’s lockdown and that was well used, and one family made all their Christmas salads with produce from the garden. People just pick as much as they need for meals.” The garden is also helping to boost the food-growing skills of the community. Workshops on composting, hydroponics, sustainable living, and taking and growing from cuttings are regularly attended by up to 100 people and are enhanced by having a real-life garden to use. Gardening tool, plant and textile swaps in the courtyard also bring people together, as do events such as summer and Matariki garden parties. Tiriata says having the garden has extended what the library can offer the community and there are plans to continue growing it. “The courtyard has more purpose and rolls into the library. We want to plant a few more fruit-bearing trees and keep it going.” – Everything Kāpiti, KCDC

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HAUORA/Health Lead – the fatal attraction that keeps giving


on roofs. ead is an environmental HEALTH SCIENCE And then there was leaded toxin, and infants and petrol. It’s hard to imagine a more young children are effective way to spread a toxin particularly vulnerable. through a community than to In fact everything conspires spew it out the exhaust of every against children. They have car. Scientists of the day said lower body weight, they absorb it was safe, well at least those ingested lead more efficiently scientists employed by Big Oil. than adults, and their developing Experts in lead toxicity had serious bodies (particularly the brain misgivings, but they were outand nervous system) are more DR STEVE HUMPHRIES voted by commercial interests. sensitive to the damaging effects America finally banned of lead. leaded petrol in 1986. But thanks to successive Through placental transfer and breast milk indecisive governments who failed to heed the foetus and baby can receive lead that has increasing scientific evidence, it took another accumulated in their mother’s bones – lead is Image Marlon Ferrer, Pixabay 10 years for New Zealand to do the same. By the toxic gift that just keeps giving. The hand-tothat time the average blood lead levels (BLLs) mouth behaviours of babies and young children evidence showing adverse health effects in of New Zealand children was more than 10 µg/ also make them more prone to ingesting leaddL (10micrograms of lead per decilitre [100mls] children below 5 µg/dL, the absence of a contaminated soil and lead dust in houses (the measurable safe threshold, and the fact that lead of blood), a blood level 70 times higher than toxic legacy of leaded petrol and lead paint). serves no purpose in the body, the World Health preindustrial times. By today’s standards half the The effects of lead absorption for children children in New Zealand had a notifiable disease! Organisation has concluded that there is no can be widespread, profound and irreversible. known safe blood lead concentration in children. The burden to society has been high, though As a cumulative poison even low levels of However, with the recent lead contamination largely hidden. The effects of single high doses exposure can ultimately result in lower IQ, of water supplies in Otago, health officials have of lead are visible and dramatic, for example learning deficits, and impaired academic used a “reference value” of 5 μg/ dL vomiting, diarrhoea and even death. achievement. This can then translate into poorer (0.24μmol/L) as a safe BLL. But But these are rare occurrences. Far job advancement, lower income and even higher this reference value is not based on more common are the health effects rates of crime. studies of lead toxicity. Instead it of cumulative low doses of lead, And lead affects almost every organ system is derived by surveying the BLLs and this creates a far greater health in the body. Long-term health effects include of American children and then burden for society. reproductive problems in men and women, forming a cut-off point (5 µg/ These cumulative effects are kidney dysfunction, hypertension, heart disease Lead dL) for the top 2.5 percent. This insidious. A parent doesn’t know their and stroke. The health burden to society caused reference value is a useful statistic child’s IQ is four points lower than it by exposure to lead can be enormous. for identifying individuals and could have been. In general, the health Given the extreme toxicity of lead you would populations with the highest exposures to lead, problems are delayed, have a gradual onset, are think we would avoid it at all costs. But because but it does not tell us what a safe BLL is. of its useful properties (malleability, high density highly variable (people with the same BLL can Studies have shown that for every dollar have quite different health outcomes) and those and corrosion resistance) the opposite has been spent on reducing lead exposure, in the long outcomes are common health problems anyway true. We have something of a love affair with run society saves far more than a dollar through (for example, stroke or heart disease). All this lead, you might call it a fatal attraction. Exposure improved health. Reducing lead exposure is not helps to hide the effects of lead exposure. to lead is almost always due to our use of lead only good for public health, it’s also a sound The health impacts of lead exposure are products. economic investment. revealed in epidemiological studies, and it is World-wide lead production was ramped up Given the lead contamination problems these studies that shape public health policy. to more than a million tonnes a year to make in Otago do we have any concerns with our With the removal of leaded petrol and (among hundreds of other things) batteries, Ōtaki water supply? KCDC water treatment more awareness about other sources of lead ammunition, pewter, lead glass and lead-soldered plants manager Bruce Nesbit says: “At the last contamination, New Zealand children’s BLLs tin cans. We fired tonnes of lead shot into our analytical report, lead levels were so low, they have dropped to an average of under 1 µg/dL lakes and waterways. Our houses were riddled were undetectable”, (less than 0.5 µg/L) and “the today, a 90 percent reduction over three decades. with lead; from lead-based paint, to lead-headed Ōtaki water reticulation system does not feature On the basis of a growing body of scientific nails, lead-soldered water pipes and lead flashing


any pipe joints containing or made of lead”. An analysis of water from my kitchen tap at Ōtaki Beach indeed confirms an extremely low level of lead at only 0.12 µg/L. That’s more than 80 times lower than the maximum acceptable value (MAV) for lead in water. Very reassuring numbers. However, reticulated water can still be contaminated by taps containing lead-alloy brass, or lead-soldered copper pipes in older houses. New Zealand has come a long way but, as the lead contamination problems in Otago show, there is still room for improvement. Older water reticulation systems containing lead need to be replaced. For years Master Plumbers NZ has asked the Government to make lead safety standards mandatory for plumbing products, rather than relying on voluntary adherence. They are still asking. America now has a maximum limit of 0.25 percent lead in tapware, a regulation New Zealand should adopt rather than just asking people to flush the tap in the morning (but no advice about when you come home from work). We need to follow the examples of overseas countries and lower our current acceptable levels for lead in water and reduce the BLL for a notifiable disease. New Zealand was tardy in getting rid of leaded petrol, we shouldn’t be tardy now. n  Health scientist Dr Steve Humphries is a director at Hebe Botanicals in Ōtaki. He was previously a lecturer at Massey University and director of the Health Science Programme.

Taking personal responsibility for health I

’ve talked often about what you can GETTING FIT do to improve your overall health and well-being with regular exercise. I’ve written at length about the health benefits of maintaining your fitness as you age. And especially about how the health sector is over-burdened, not just with Covid, but with the huge problems it faces with obesity and diabetes in New Zealand. This month’s article focuses on your personal responsibility to yourself, your DANIEL DUXFIELD family and our wider society. We live in a world now where it’s easy to blame society for the way we are, especially health and fitness-wise. There are lots of things that can easily destroy your health, such as fast food, lack of physical challenges, sedentary jobs, etc. Life can be pretty easy and exercise looks too much like hard work to many. But let’s think about this. Our health sector is under immense pressure. It’s not helped by almost one in three

adults (over the age of 15) being obese as classified in the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health. The official 30.9 percent figure has not generally changed since 2013, but in adults aged 45 to 64 this has increased. All of those people are likely to have type 2 diabetes show risk factors to develop it. While the last year has been all about the Covid-19 pandemic, people’s behaviour has had to change to protect the health sector from being overwhelmed with cases. Society adapted for the greater good; we locked down for a time, washed our hands more and didn’t go to work with a cold. So why don’t we do the same for the hundreds of thousands of people who are classed as obese? Why is that not a priority? If you’ve been willing to make changes in your lifestyle to meet the demands of the Covid pandemic, are you prepared to make changes in your lifestyle to prevent you ever becoming overweight, then obese and developing type 2 diabetes? Personal responsibility is not an outmoded concept. Our society lives or dies on its general health and fitness. Our health sector will never cope with that 1-in-3 obesity statistic becoming

2-in-3. Personal responsibility means making better food choices, committing to regular exercise and encouraging family and friends to join you in some physically challenging activities. Saying “exercise to too hard” is just not an option and to be blunt, it’s a bullshit excuse. As I’ve said on my Facebook page: “the only reason you’re not exercising regularly is the bullshit excuse you’re telling yourself about why you can’t.” The truth is this – if you don’t make the time now to address your health and fitness, even just for basic maintenance, you will have to face up to your doctor telling you later in life that you have since developed serious health problems. You’ll have to make time and money available for all those tests and scans, specialist appointments and, at worst, surgery, recovery or even funeral expenses! Is that the future you want or do you want to live to a ripe old age with no issues in your winter years? Perhaps it’s time to take personal responsibility for your own health and fitness. n  Daniel is an exercise professional who operates DuxFit Functional Fitness from a private Ōtaki studio. Contact 022 1099 442 or danielduxfield@gmail.com and see www.facebook.com/duxfitfunctionalfitness/

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HĪTŌRIA/History Work of giant river digger on film – what a drag By David Klein Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

The new exhibition at Ōtaki Museum focuses on the Ōtaki River and features fascinating and impressive footage of a dredging operation from the 1940s. Ko Ōtaki Te Awa – Ōtaki is the River opened last month and runs until the end of November. Alongside a broad overview of the Ōtaki River, a 30-minute recording from the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection titled Ōtaki Dragline, shows the dredging in 1946. The significant works were necessitated by the regular flooding that affected Ōtaki. Tracking the history of the river, an Ōtaki Historical Society Journal from 1987 notes there were serious floods in 1920, 1925, 1926, 1936 and 1940. In 1931 alone there were four floods. The major flow down from the Tararua Ranges – catchment for both the Ōtaki and Waitohu rivers – had defeated earlier attempts to constrain it. The film shows the operation of a dragline machine. This consisted of two towers, one on either side of the river, the taller of which was 40 metres high. Between them a thick cable suspended a large bucket that would drag through the river perpendicular to the flow, scooping material from the riverbed. Each scoop could remove up to 18 tonnes in one pass, with this material generally being deposited to form a stop bank. The “scouring” process would proceed along the river with the towers moving on rail tracks. The dragline could span a river up to 300 metres wide and the buckets made for a fearsome sight as they ploughed into the water. Ōtaki Dragline shows the machines in action: the buckets removing large quantities of riverbed and forming new stop banks. Surveying staff monitor the progress, and scenes from an aeroplane show the large scale of the work. The film is surprisingly engaging. Scenes are well selected, shots are steady and nicely framed, and the colour film is well exposed. Among all the action, four men are taken for a ride in the bucket as it’s towed by a bulldozer to another location. The power and might of the dragline machines compelled the Government to buy them from the United States. Three machines were bought at a cost of £35,000 each – equivalent to $3 million in today’s money. Despite the large expense, their purchase was supported by the Opposition. National Party MP for Bay of Plenty Sir Bill Sullivan referred to them as “bobby dazzlers”, an old slang term

DRAGGIN’ THE LINE: An aerial view of the 1946 dredging of the Ōtaki River.

meaning “a person or thing that is outstanding or excellent”. Public Work Minister Bob Semple said: “I am satisfied these machines will be a blessing to the country, just as bulldozers were. These machines are able to drag through a river where human beings are unable to go, and where bulldozers would be useless.” The draglines were used for a variety of dredging tasks around the country. Other locations initially targeted for scouring were the Orari River near Temuka in South Canterbury, and lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere near Banks Peninsula. They were slow, however, to become operational as the electric motors had to be modified to work with New Zealand’s electric current. The Ōtaki River project was finished in 1947, with the river being narrowed and the bed lowered. Since then, the incidence of significant flooding has been greatly reduced.

Can you help Ngā Taonga? Several people are shown in this recording – both in the operation of machinery and observing the works. View the footage at the museum exhibition – do you recognise anyone? The recording comes from 1946, more than 70 years ago. If you know anyone involved in the dragline operation, or with the Ministry of Works at the time, we’d love to hear from you. • Sources: Ōtaki Historical Society and Papers Past – we are grateful for these resources. n Ngā Taonga cares for an enormous number of recordings that capture New Zealand life. They can be explored in the online catalogue at ngataonga.og.nz. Sign up for the Ngā Taonga newsletter using the Sign Up button at the top of the page.

From Ōtaki Dragline, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

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Remarkable Ida had busy life on the river


his month, the exhibition Ko Ōtaki te Awa opened to acclaim at the Ōtaki Heritage Museum. It’s a huge step up for the museum in terms of the quality of illustrations and materials on display, so make sure you visit the museum at least once during the next six months. There is so much to say about the river and the people who have lived along it, battled with it and shaped it over the years – tangata whenua, settlers, farmers, timber millers, river managers and conservationists. But I noticed as I walked around the display that not many women were featured in the river’s story. Nevertheless, there were women living along the river and in the bush, raising children, running households, helping on the farms and providing services to the small communities up the Gorge and beyond. They, too, tolerated the hard conditions, and learned to live with a river that could wipe out their


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FORKS POST: The post office at Ōtaki Forks in the early 1940s.

hard work in one flash flood. So I have decided to use this column to highlight some of their stories. The first woman I have chosen is Ida Corrigan. Ida was a remarkable woman full of energy and enthusiasm, who won praise for her kindness and hospitality. She ran a school at Ōtaki Forks, operated the post office there (one of four servicing Ōtaki at the time), and ran an orphanage attached to the post office. She was secretary of the Correspondence School Parent and Teacher Association from its inception in 1936 and was honoured with life membership in 1943. Ida was also a founding member of the Ōtaki Forks Women’s Institute. Her home was the social centre for the small community at the Forks, as well as a refuge for lost trampers, search parties and people trapped in

the area by storms. Ida’s husband was Harold Corrigan, who was secretary of Tangata Timber Mill Ltd, which operated the Corrigan Mill No 2 on the bank of the Waitatapia Stream at Ōtaki Forks from about 1934 to 1938. It took only four years for all the good timber to be cut out of this area, and the mill subsequently closed. Harold and Ida didn’t live on the mill site at the time of its operation, but after it closed they moved into the manager’s house until it was washed away in a flood. After that they moved to a new house on a terrace above the Forks. Ida was childless, her only child being still-born. However she managed to surround herself with children even in such an isolated area. In the early 1930s she was a teacher aide at Waiohanga School,

Photo Ōtaki Historical Society, Ōtaki Lions donation

at the mouth of the Gorge. And in 1936, when she and Harold moved to their new home on the terrace, she had a veranda built onto the house to accommodate a school. She was duly appointed sole charge teacher with 11 pupils. The year before, the post office had been built on the terrace with a seven-line manual exchange. Initially Ida’s mother ran the post office, but Ida took over shortly after. She had an orphanage built onto the side of the post office and the children helped bolster the school roll to ensure it stayed open even after the mills closed. The Corrigans left their home in 1942 after an earthquake wiped out the road and a fire destroyed the house. The post office closed at the same time. They moved to 27 Wellington Street, Paekākāriki, far

from the river. At some time after the Second World War, Harold went to the Solomon Islands. He died in Burma in 1954. Ida moved to Ames Street in Paekākāriki, where she resided until she died in 1979 aged 93. The site of the Corrigan homestead, school and post office is now marked by bits of concrete and bricks surrounded by exotic English flowers and shrubs. The skid site for Corrigan’s No 2 Mill is above the Roaring Meg stream. The remains of the steel ropes used to winch the logs cross the river indicate its location. A Lausonia Cypress tree, which Ida planted, is still on the skid site.

Sources: Kerr, R. Not only Te Rauparaha & Hadfield but also. . . 2018 Otaki Historical Journals n  Ōtaki Museum, Main Street. Open Thu-Sat 10am-2pm.

OLD SCHOOL PHOTOS Ōtaki School, S1, 1958

Thanks to Janice Cole Street for providing this photo with all the names!


TE HORO SCHOOL, Primer 1 and Standard 1, 1935. No identifications for this school photo ... ŌTAKI SCHOOL Standard 1, 1958 (left) Back row (l-r): John Gilbert, Bayne, Orrberg, Michael Gordon, Brian Horn, Phillip Webster, Edwin, Dave Warren, Graham D’ath, Noel Leighton, Robert Campbell. Row 3: Christopher Harrison, Stephen Foster, John Marshall, Ross Cudby, Elizabeth Hart, Bronwen Evans, Denis Aden, Alec Young, Joey Chong, Michael Karipa. Row 2: Pauline Lipscombe, Yvonne Phillips, Kathleen Kenna, Jeanette Mathie, Anne Waterson, Bronwen Black, Denise Watkin, Janice Cole, Jill Campbell, Christine Tucker, Lynda Mathie. Front row: Helen Jorey, Carla Lutz, Carol Peter, Lexine Gerrard, Marilyn Hodges, Norah Caird, Catherine Jenkins, Carol Johns, Margaret Kendrick, Pauline Wright, Glenyis Wilton. If you have school photos you’d like to share, please email debbi@idmedia. co.nz. If you can identify or have corrections, we’d love to hear from you.



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Blooms of toxic algae have been found in Ōtaki River and it is recommended that children and pets not swim there. Summer’s high temperatures and long dry periods cause cyanobacteria to form blooms that can be toxic to dogs if they eat the algal mats. Dogs are attracted to the smell and may eat mats that wash up on the river’s edge. A small amount, the size of a 50 cent piece, can kill a dog. Testing is done on the Ōtaki River just upstream of the SH 1 bridge (above right). Keep yourself and your pet safe before swimming by checking the status of these blooms at:

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PLAY TIME: An early indicative scope of what the playscape will look like – work is still under way to finalise details. Photo supplied

Playscape in Lions’ sights A specially designed therapeutic “playscape” is the target of an Ōtaki Lions garage sale on Saturday, March 27. The playscape will be at the new Wellington region children’s hospital that’s under construction. It will feature various therapies to aid rehabilitation and increase social participation and well-being. It includes custom-made equipment with special surfaces for sensory and developmental benefit, and will use medicinal and native plantings to provide a natural and stimulating environment for creative and imaginative play. Playscape will be a welcome distraction for children and their families – including from Ōtaki – from the challenges they are facing. All Lions clubs from the Wellington Hospital catchment area have pledged to raise a combined total of $500,000 for the construction of the playscape. The integrated Child Health Service and children’s hospital will be named Te Wao Nui – The Great Forest of Tāne, in recognition of the cultural significance and life-giving properties that Māori associate with the forest. The Wellington Hospitals Foundation says every year there are more than 87,000 visits from children and young people to the current children’s hospital. They come from across the Greater Wellington region from Taranaki, Whanganui to Napier, and down to Nelson and Marlborough. Three years ago, following an approach by the Wellington Hospitals

CHURCHES Rangiātea 33 Te Rauparaha St, ŌTAKI • 364 6838 Sunday Eucharist: 9am • Church viewing hours, school terms: Mon-Fri 9.30am- 1.30pm St Mary’s Pukekaraka 4 Convent Rd, ŌTAKI Fr Alan Robert 364 8543 or 021 0822 8926. Sunday mass: 10am. Miha Māori Mass, first Sunday. For other masses: otakiandlevincatholic parish.nz. Anglican Methodist Parish of Ōtaki St Margaret’s, Te Horo. All Saints’, Ōtaki. St Andrew’s, Manakau. Co-Ministers: Jessica Falconer 021 778 345. Rev Simon Falconer, 021 857 744 email: ministers@otakianglican.nz Services: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, All Saints’, Te Rauparaha St, Ōtaki, at 9.30am. 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, St Margaret’s, School Rd, Te Horo, at 9.30am. 5th Sunday to be advised. Ōtaki Baptist cnr SH1 & Te Manuao Rd, ŌTAKI 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

Foundation, Mark Dunajtschik made an extraordinary gift of $50 million to build a new world-class children’s hospital for the region. “This unprecedented generosity is deeply appreciated and will ensure a brighter and healthier future for thousands of Kiwi kids,” says Bill Day, chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation. With community support, including the Lions clubs, the foundation is raising $10 million to outfit and equip the interior of the new hospital. Ōtaki Lions president Jenny Askwith says the last garage sale was a huge success. “We were blown away by the generosity of our community and their donations, and by the support for the sale on the day,” she says. “We’re hoping for the same this time as Playscape will provide such an amazing service to our community.” The club is collecting suitable household items (not televisions, computers or printers). All electrical items must be in good working condition. The garage sale will be at the Rotary Lounge in Aotaki Street, Ōtaki, from 8am to 2pm. n  To arrange pickup, phone Peter 06 364-2417, Colin 022 091-5752, Clive 027 450-5070 or Jenny 06 364-6538, or email president.otaki@lionsclubs.org.nz To donate to the hospital, see whf.org.nz

MEDICAL Ōtaki Medical Centre 2 Aotaki St, Ōtaki 06 364 8555 • Monday-Friday: 8.45am-5pm. Emergencies: 111 AFTER HOURS: Team Medical, Paraparaumu: 04 297 3000 Coastlands Shopping Mall. 8am-10pm every day. Palmerston North Hospital emergencies, 50 Ruahine St, Palmerston North • 06 356 9169 Healthline for free 24-hour health advice 0800 611 116 St John Health Shuttle 0800 589 630 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 Streets, Ōtaki. CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU ŌTAKI 06 364 8664, 0800 367 222. 65a Main St, Ōtaki. otaki@cab.org.nz AROHANUI HOSPICE SHOP 11 Main St, Ōtaki. 06 929 6603 BIRTHRIGHT ŌTAKI OPPORTUNITY SHOP 23 Matene St, Ōtaki. 06 364 5524 COBWEBS OPPORTUNITY SHOP TRUST Main St. OCEAN VIEW RESIDENTIAL CARE Marine Parade, 06 364 7399

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 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 Phil Shaw 027 259 1636 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 Vaevae 027 447 7864 ŌTAKI FLORAL ART & GARDEN CLUB Macha Miller 364 6605 ŌTAKI FOODBANK 43 Main St, Lucy Tahere 364 0051 ŌTAKI HERITAGE BANK MUSEUM TRUST 364 6886 ŌTAKI HISTORICAL SOCIETY Sarah Maclean 364 2497 ŌTAKI MENZSHED 022 406 9439 OtakiMenzShed@outlook.com ŌTAKI PLAYERS SOCIETY Roger Thorpe 364 8848 or 021 259 2683 ŌTAKI POTTERY CLUB Rod Graham 027 445 7545 ŌTAKI PROMOTIONS GROUP Cam Butler 021 703095 ŌTAKI AND DISTRICT RSA, 9 Raukawa St 364 6221 ŌTAKI SPINNERS & KNITTERS’ GROUP, Barbara Austin 364 8381 ŌTAKI STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Marian Jones 364-5028 ŌTAKI WOMEN’S NETWORK GROUP Carol Ward 027 235 6151 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 Fagg 021 294 3039 TIMEBANK Suzanne Fahey 021 1275 074 TOASTMASTERS OF WAIKANAE Graham 04 905 6236 TRANSITION TOWN OTAKI Jamie Bull 364 0550 WAITOHU STREAM CARE GROUP Lynda Angus 020 459 6321


ŌTAKI TOY LIBRARY 027 621 8855 Saturday 10.30am-noon Memorial Hall, Main St. KIDZOWN OSCAR 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 Haruātai Park, Roselle 364 7500 ŌTAKI PLAYCENTRE Mill Rd. 364 5787. Mon, Tue, Thu 9.30am-noon ŌTAKI PLAYGROUP otakiplaygroup@hotmail.com ŌTAKI SCOUTS, CUBS AND KEAS Brent Bythell 364 8949 PLUNKET MANAKAU PLAYGROUP Honi Taipua St, T & Th 9.30am-noon 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


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 ŌTAKI (waka ama) DeNeen Baker-Underhill 027 404 4697 ŌTAKI ATHLETIC CLUB Kerry Bevan 027 405 6635 ŌTAKI BOATING CLUB Trevor Hosking 021 642 766 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 RAILWAY BOWLING CLUB Maureen Beaver 364 0640 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 Jim Babbington 027 530 0443 TAI CHI Gillian Sutherland 04 904 8190 WHITI TE RA LEAGUE CLUB Kelly Anne Ngatai 027 256 7391 WILD GOOSE QIGONG, CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN (TAI CHI) & CHUN YUEN (SHAOLIN) QUAN. Sifu Cynthia Shaw 021 613 081.

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Use logic and process of elimination to fill in the blank cells using the numbers 1 through 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and 3x3 block. Puzzle solution pg 23. EASY #31




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ACROSS 1. Extinct giant bird which in Māori legend is called pouakai (11) 8. Greed (7) 9. Requirements (5) 10. Multitude (4) 11. Intention (7) 12. Animal, kiore to Māori (3) 13. Competent (4) 15. Product used in fertiliser and animal feeds (4) 17. Fluid from wound (3) 19. In mythology, home to Maori before they sailed to New Zealand (7) 20. Plant type used in cooking and medicine (4) 23. Repeatedly (5)

24. Wrestle (7) 25. The stars of a 1970s/80s New Zealand cooking show (6,5) DOWN 1. Explorer, soldier and artist who had one of NZ's great walks named after him (6) 2. Accumulate (5) 3. Milk which has a light green top (4) 4. Excused (6) 5. Benevolent (8) 6. Blot on the landscape (7) 7. One of Santa's team (6) 12. Quit (8) 14. Enchant (7) 16. Egg producers (colloq) (6) 17. Sandbinding plant, Proverbs 1:3 NCV aka golden sand “They will teach you how to be sedge (6) wise and self-controlled and will 18. Fixate on teach you to do what is honest and fair and right.” something (6) 21. Throw out (5) 22. Foolish (4)



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1. Name the two peole who together organised the building of Rangiatea in 1851. 2. How many marae are there in Ōtaki affiliated with the iwi of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and its hapū? 3. What club was established in 1886 and is the only one in the world? 4. Te Wānanga o Raukawa is a Tikanga Māori university, What does this mean? 5. What year did the Ōtaki Golf Club establish in? 6. Who was the Ōtaki-born Māori bass-baritone opera singer, film actor, whakairo (carver) and artist born in 1915? 7. What Ōtaki rugby player played for the All Blacks from 1947-1954? 8. What year did the first postal service come through Ōtaki? a. 1825 b. 1841 c. 1863 d. 1846. 9. The Bevan children, including Thomas Bevan Senior, walked from Wellington to Waikawa to join their father. The family later settled around Manakau. What year was this in? a. 1841 b.1843 c. 1845 d.1847. 10. In the late 1820s whalers settled in Ōtaki, working from Kāpiti Island in the whaling season and the rest of the year living on the mainland on small properties granted them by the families of their Māori wives. Who are some of the whalers who settled permanently in Ōtaki?


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CROSSWORD SOLUTION #1794i ACROSS: 11. Haast’s Eagle, 8. Avarice, 9. Needs, 10. Host, 11. Purpose, 12. Rat, 13. Able, 15. Urea, 17. Pus, 19. Hawaiki, 20. Herb, 23. Often, 24. Grapple, 25. Hudson Halls. DOWN: 1. Heaphy, 2. Amass, 3. Trim, 4. Exempt, 5. Generous, 6. Eyesore, 7. Dasher, 12. Resigned, 14. Bewitch, 16. Chooks, 17. Pingao, 18. Obsess, 21. Expel, 22. Rash.



11. How many whaling stations were there on Kāpiti Island in the mid 1830s? 12. Which Ōtaki market gardener was one of the first NZ growers of broccoli? 13. What year did a coach service began, carrying mail and passengers from Wellington to Wanganui, and later to New Plymouth? The route ran along the beach from Paekakariki to Foxton. It turned off the beach along what is now Old Coach Road, Rangiuru Road, Te Rauparaha Street, Convent Road and Old Coach Road again to the beach. Ōtaki was a major stop. a. 1861 b.1863 c. 1865 d.1866. 14. In 1878 two ships were wrecked off Ōtaki beach. What were they called? 15. What year did the first Ōtaki newspaper begin and what was it called? 16 What year was the new (exisitng) otaki Railway Station built? a. 1911 b.1891 c. 1921 d.1901. 17. In 1932 a Public Works camp was established for unemployed men in Te Horo. Housed in tents the men picked up ‘Hautere turnips’. What were these? 18. In 1952 the Wesley Youth Hall was built. What is it known as today? 19. In 1959 Otaki College opened. What was it first known as? 20. The Ōtaki Players’ Society began in what year? a. 1947 b.1957 c. 1937 d.1967. (Answers at right)


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KNOW YOUR TOWN QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Missionary Octavius Hadfield and Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha. 2. Two. Raukawa Marae and Te Pou o Tainui Marae. 3. The Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club. 4. Tikanga is a Māori concept incorporating practices and values from mātauranga Māori, Māori knowledge. Tikanga is translated into the English language with a wide range of meanings — culture, custom, ethic, etiquette, fashion, formality, lore, manner, meaning, mechanism, method, protocol, style, customary law. 5. 1901. 6. Inia Te Wiata. 7. Vince Bevan. 8. b. 1841. The first postal service came through Ōtaki, carried on foot. 9. 1845. 10. James Cootes, William Jenkins and James Ransfield. 11. Five. 12. Dow Chung. Seed companies approached him in the 1980s to do trial crops. 13. d.1866. 14. The Felixstowe and the City of Auckland. 15. 1892, The Horowhenua Times. 16. 1911. 17. Stones 18. The Rotary Hall. 19. Ōtaki District High School. 20. a. 1947

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TĀKARO/Sport I Ōtaki Today, Maehe March 2021

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A day at the races The Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club had spectacular summer weather for its meeting on February 27. On a perfect track well prepared by track supervisor Reg Winiata, race-goers were treated to exciting equine rivalries and the spectacular environment that is Ōtaki racing. While there were eight races on the card, all eyes and the big money were on the seventh, the $200,000 El Cheapo Cars weight for age classic run over 1600 metres. Clear favourite Advantage, trained by Jamie Richards and ridden by Opie Bosson, was the winner, pushed closely by Callsign MAV and Travelling Light third.

LEFT: Opie Bosson rides Advantage home ahead of Callsign MAV to win the feature race at Ōtaki. Photo Ian Carson

The Ōtaki Promotions Group thanks the sponsors, supporters and volunteers who helped make the Ōtaki Kite Festival 2021 the fabulous and successful event it was. (Note this is an updated list from that which Ōtaki Today incorrectly advertised in the February issue.)

Golf cash for good causes particular passion for assisting St John. The first annual tournament was in 2017, but Covid-19 intervened last year. “We intend to carry on annually,” Katie says. “It’s great for the community and a great way to raise some funds for good causes.” Brendon Heenan of Tall Poppy agreed. “It gets people in the community out to support St John and the golf club,” he says. “And it was good this year to see a lot of young people who usually play other sports getting on the

course enjoying themselves.” About 100 people in 27 teams competed, with the team of Hendrix Maru, Toddy Eriha and Collin Swainson taking the top title. No one claimed the Tall Poppy $10,000 prize money for a hole-in-one.

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The Tall Poppy Kevin Crombie Memorial Golf Tournament at Ōtaki Golf Club on February 26 raised $2825 each for the Ōtaki St John ambulance service and the golf club. Katie Agar, who organised the tournament, said the event was a great way to honour Kevin. He had been a principal in the accounting firm Agar Crombie (now Agar Fenwick), with Katie’s father, Rod. Kevin died suddenly at the club in 2015 aged 60. He supported many charities and other local organisations throughout Ōtaki, but he had a

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS Kāpiti Coast District Council NZ Kite Flyers Assn members Ōtaki Surf Life Saving Club Envirowaste Harcourts Ōtaki Ōtaki Today RiverStone Cafe Zeal Ōtaki Community Patrol Ōtaki Boating Club Ōtaki Lions Club Ōtaki Scouts Group Ōtaki Waka Hoe Rotary Club of Ōtaki Lions Club of Ōtaki The Soap Box Professionals Ōtaki, Double Winkel Real Estate Rāhui Junior Rugby Riverslea Retreat The Tele Mobil Ōtaki Ōtaki College, Manukura GPS Trevor Hunter Shane Matthews Carl Lutz Robert Sims Farmlands ŌtakI Higgins, Traffic Hammer Hardware Ōtaki Tall Poppy Real Estate

Ōtaki VOLUNTEERS Gina Marie Aburn Barbara Aires Basia Arnold Jenny and Pete Askwith (Lions) Roger Beech-Pooley Kerry Bevan Ian Carson Derek Chisholm (Rotary)

Dale & Bruce Davey Maddy Drew (+Emily +Philippa) Barbara Franks Isaac Fulford Kirsten Fulford Pat Futter Jenny Gordon Carolyn Graham Adrian Gregory (Rotary) Audrey & Jon Grundy Donald Hall Glenda Heyward Pete Heald Brian Henderson Deb Hunnewell Shauna-May Jopson

Barbara Johns Kate Lindsay Mathew Lochhead Robert Lochhead Isabelle London Michelle McGrath Stephen McPhail Judith Miller Krisha Modi Moko Morris Sandy Murray Ōtaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust (teams) Maureen Owen Maggie Peace Shay-Marie Peneha John Peters (Rotary) Jim Parse Graeme & Michelle Peter Margaret & Mark Ranum Inanga Rose Tammy Rumsey Deb Shannon David Smith Julie & Don Sperring (Lions) Jackie Sutton Fay Te Kira Tania Te Kira Stephanie Tidman Pip Van der Mespel Helen Walch Lesley and Malcolm Wicks Jane Windle

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Hosts take Whiti nines tournament Six teams competed in the annual Whiti te Rā league nines tournament at Ōtaki Domain on Saturday, February 27. Playing under bright summer skies and heat, the hosts won the tournament in a local derby final against Rāhui. The Whiti win reversed the Rāhui finals outcome from 2020. Whiti te Rā fielded two teams. Rāhui had one team, along with Victoria Hunters (Victoria University), Wainuiomata Lions and Toa (Porirua). It’s the third time Whiti te Rā has hosted the tournament. PHOTO: Rāhui’s Nick Fleming streaks away for a try against the Victoria Hunters, with Paora Connor-Phillips in support. Photo Ian Carson


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