Ōtaki Mail, August 2022

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Ōtaki’s $29million infrastructure investment Ōtaki and six other centres around the country have secured Government funding for groundwork infrastructure like pipes and roads that will enable over 8,000 new homes to be built, Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods announced at Ōtaki Maori Racing Club. “The Government’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund was set up to jump-start housing developments by funding the necessary services, like roads and pipes to homes, which are currently holding up development,” Megan Woods said.

Over 1,000 homes Papakāinga, affordable and market housing flagged for Ōtaki In Ōtaki, a joint application between Māori landowners, Council and private developers succeeded in securing approximately $29.32m of IAF funds to upgrade water supply and roading. This funding is expected to enable over 1,000 papakāinga, affordable and market homes. Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki says its own housing needs assessments demonstrated that whānau want to stay in Ōtaki but cannot continue to meet rising housing costs. “Many are being displaced out of the town, losing connections to critical support networks, hapū, and marae. Nearly half of whānau have had to access support for living costs or have delayed payment of bills,” says a Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki spokesperson. “We need Iwi-led solutions to fulfil housing aspirations and care for te taiao. Seeking assurance that all housing developments will prioritise caring for our waterways and provision of healthy affordable homes for our Ōtaki community is the priority.

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Otaki MP Terisa Ngobi and Minister of Housing Hon Megan Woods.

Providing suitable ‘papakāinga’ homes and communities will bring many benefits and change for whānau now and into the future. Solutions to achieve ‘good growth’ is the goal.” “Our population is continuing to grow, and it’s estimated we will need 15,000+ additional dwellings to house 32,000 new residents by 2051,” says Mayor Gurunathan. “The proposed developments will increase the total number of dwellings in Ōtaki by 60 percent over the next 10 years, providing a diverse range of housing choices. The new infrastructure will increase capacity for further development in the future and provide improved drinking, waste and storm water resiliency for existing residents. “Housing is a complex issue and not solely the responsibility of any one organisation or sector. Solutions must lie in partnerships and we are immensely grateful for this transformational investment for Ōtaki, and for those in our community struggling with housing accessability.”

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BY FLEUR HOBSON Going to court is one way you can settle a dispute you may have with someone or some organisation. It is not a cheap option, though, and it is also very stressful and takes a long time. Fortunately, going to court is just one of a number of options. There are three other main methods of dispute resolution – referred to by lawyers and many people in business as Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR. The three main options are negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Negotiating a solution that both you and the other party can accept is almost always both the cheapest and least stressful path you can take. You can, and indeed many people do, negotiate directly with the other person. In fact, this happens quite frequently – for example between neighbours over a fence or overhanging trees.

You don’t have to go into this alone, either. You can have your lawyer carry out the negotiation for you. Sometimes, this is a much better option than going it alone. The whole idea of a negotiation is to discuss the area or areas of concern and then come to an agreement that resolves the issue or issues. Sometimes, however, negotiating a settlement is not the best strategy, especially where an independent person is needed to assist. Outside of court, ombudsman or a tribunal, there are two types of ADR that involve an independent decision maker. One is mediation and the other is arbitration. The main difference between these two is that a mediator is there to help you reach a way to resolve the dispute but cannot make a decision, whereas an arbitrator or

panel of arbitrators can make a binding decision. In addition to negotiation, mediation or arbitration there are also other ways disputes can be settled out of court. Some services, for example insurance and banking, provide an ombudsman service. There are also a series of specialist tribunals that can hear a dispute and make a decision. When it comes to claims, the Disputes Tribunal can hear claims up to $30,000 and decisions of the tribunal are binding. And there are other tribunals, such as the Tenancy Tribunal, the Weathertight Homes Tribunal and the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal. Whatever way you decide you want to resolve a dispute, it is highly recommended that you talk to a lawyer and get advice on your dispute.

Lawyers can help in a variety of ways, including advising on whether it is better to opt for negotiation, mediation or arbitration, or go via an ombudsman or tribunal, or even if it is best to go to court. They can also help with practical issues, such as helping you prepare questions to ask witnesses and helping you prepare briefs of evidence, for example. Thirdly, lawyers can also help you with advising on strategies for success. For expert advice, whatever your issue, contact Fleur, Susie or Freya at Hobson Mills Law, 364 7190, 282 Mill Road – opposite Farmlands.

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Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Ōtaki Bus Services Doubled Metlink’s Ōtaki bus services were doubled from 25 July, vastly improving commuter connections to trains running between Waikanae and Wellington. Weekday services on the number 290 bus route are being increased from nine to 19, and from six services to 11 on weekends and public holidays. Greater Wellington’s Kāpiti Councillor Penny Gaylor said the increase would be a boon for Ōtaki residents. “Ōtaki commuters have long struggled to access Metlink’s Kāpiti rail line, which terminates in nearby Waikanae,” Cr Gaylor said. “This is real win for those commuting to Porirua or Wellington by rail. It’s also a boost for workers and shoppers on the Kāpiti Coast who rely on the 290 bus to get to Paraparaumu.” The new 290 timetable will benefit Ōtaki bound commuters as well, with an additional bus leaving Waikanae station at 7.20pm on weekdays after connecting with the later 6.14pm train out of the capital. “As an Ōtaki local, I know those of us working and studying in Wellington will be pleased we can get home on public transport if we miss the 5.35pm train,” Cr Gaylor said.

“Our older community will also benefit from the increased frequency of 290 buses, and those of us who rely on cars will be able to protect the climate by shifting to public transport.” While doubling the route 290 buses will support Ōtaki’s growing population, Metlink ultimately wants the town to have frequent rail services beyond the daily return journey currently provided by KiwiRail’s Capital Connection. “A once-a-day diesel commuter train is not enough. But as the track is only electrified as far as Waikanae, that’s as far as Metlink trains can go. “Our trains are 50-years-old and due to be replaced. We need the government to get behind our business case for a fleet of hybrid electric trains that can run on batteries to Ōtaki and all the way to Palmerston North.” “Until then, the 290 bus will remain a vital service for Ōtaki and the Kāpiti Coast. I’m delighted its timetable is being doubled.” Commuters and travellers can view the new route 290 bus timetable that will take effect from 25 July, at metlink.org.nz GWRC Cr Penny Gaylor at the Otaki Library bus stop.

Deputy Mayor of Kāpiti announces Mayoral Candidacy Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow has announced that she will stand for Mayor of Kāpiti District in the upcoming elections. With fifteen years as an elected council member, including two terms as Deputy Mayor, Holborow says she has proven experience and a deep understanding of the community’s needs. The cost of living, housing, climate change and sustainabiy growing the community will be her priorities as Mayor.

“Kāpiti is on a trajectory of growth and change, and I am committed to leading a council that really listens, one that acts effectively to deal with the challenges and opportunities ahead. “I will lead a team where every elected member and iwi representative has a valuable and meaningful role, and the community has a greater opportunity to contribute to council. With new leadership and a re-set of our iwi partnership, we have a unique opportunity to create dynamic and effective change.

“The rising cost of living and housing is hitting our community hard. We need to tackle these challenges head-on, and to do this the council needs to be responsive and effective, while keeping rates as low as possible. “I will ensure we pull all the levers to deliver affordable housing, and encourage development which delivers a range of housing options to suit our community’s needs. “Our community has a strong record of environmental action, but we can lift our game even more. I’m committed to improving and extending our cycleways, delivering more efficient waste management, assessing all council buildings for carbon efficiency, and greening our open spaces, towns and neighbourhoods. “I’m committed to ensuring that the Council does all it can to support businesses and developers to put the environment front and centre.

“We have so much we need to do and leading the Kāpiti region into the future requires an experienced Mayor with a deep understanding and love of our community.” Projects that support the growing number of families and young people in the District have been features of her roles so far. Two major highlights were driving council involvement and fundraising for Te Raukura ki Kāpiti and the Mahara Gallery. She says community and cultural facilities are essential for the well-being of the district. “I will ensure the Waikanae Library is completed as soon as possible, and the upcoming Arts Strategy is an opportunity to bring iwi, arts stakeholders and the community together to make the most of the creativity that exists in Kāpiti.” “I look forward to leading a council which listens, delivers and works for everyone in our community.”


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Shelly Warwick standing for Council Shelly Warwick is standing for the Ōtaki seat on the Kapiti Coast District Council, after two terms on the Ōtaki Community Board. Ōtaki born and bred, Shelly wants to be a strong voice for Ōtaki around the council table. “I’ve spent many years in voluntary roles in the community, earning two volunteer awards. I was Chair of the Waitohu School parent committee for eight years and a big part of our annual fireworks organisation. This is a fantastic event for our town, and throughout this time I made many amazing connections with Ōtaki businesses and individuals. BY VIVIENNE BAILEY

Winning blackberry liquor from Te Horo family farm Sun sweetened blackberries sourced from a family farm in Te Horo and blended in a traditional European style have taken a top award in the liquor category of the recent New Zealand Spirit Awards. Barlovska Craft Liquors base their liquors on time honoured recipes handed down through the generations. “Our liquors recreate our grandparents’ family bitters and tinctures recipes, but we give it a modern Kiwi twist,” said director and operations manager, Karolina Strus. “In Europe the tradition of drinking liquor is a big one. In Poland liquors are used as something sweet instead of a cake, or an as an addition to ice cream.” With 27% more entries than previous years, and fierce competition, judges said the Barlovska blackberry liquor was a delight to judge, and they looked forward to trying more flavours in the future as the brand was something special.

“With the high calibre of entrants this year it feels like this is the time for New Zealand distillers to shine.” Judges included The Shout NZ writer and Dark Spirits Panel head judge Tash McGill, “we were impressed and inspired by the meticulous spirits presented and the adventurous exploration of flavour.” The company also won silver medals for their Feijoa Liquor and Spiced Honey Liquor. Barlovska’s Craft Liquors are available at Liquorland, Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington, and Barrel to Bottle in Levin.

Te Horo Country Market

driftwood sculptures and bird feeders, linens and knits there will be something for everyone.

The traditional country and community market is on Sunday 7 August 10.00am to 1.00pm, wet or fine at Te Horo Hall, School Road. With more than 30 stalls, inside and out, selling a range of locally grown and produced goods including veggies and fruit, free range eggs, honey, extra virgin olive oil, preserves such as jams and sauces, natural skincare, arts and crafts like mosaic mirrors, quilt work,

Drinks and Nibbles

Join locals for a winter catch-up at Te Horo Hall, School Road, Friday 12 August, 5.30pm. BYO drinks and a plate of finger food to share. All welcome.

“I was the leader of the Ōtaki Kids Safe crossings group that campaigned for, and saw the creation of, an underpass on SH1. This was integral to our Kids safety getting to and from school and was the single factor influencing the new lights on the Ōtaki ramp that continue to provide a safe pathway for our children, and in fact, all people crossing SH1. I have also successfully campaigned for other road safety improvements. I’m deputy chair of the Ōtaki College Board of Trustees, and as a registered nurse am currently leading Mid CentralDHB’s Covid response team in Horowhenua. “As a community board member I, like so many others, was shocked at the attempted abolition of the community boards earlier this year. This local, grassroots level of representation has not been well supported by council in the six years that I’ve been on the Board. As the ward councilor I will be part of trying to change the mindset that seems to exist with councillors, that grassroots democracy is not important to communities. “We in Ōtaki definitely need a strong and truly representative voice in our council. In the same review, it was decided to allocate extra councillors to both Waikanae and Paraparaumu. This creates an even bigger imbalance of voting power around the table. Ōtaki and Paekakariki ratepayers have missed out and will need as many elected representatives as possible to advocate on their behalf.”

Projects like Te Uruhi, the Kapiti Gateway and the blow out in cost needs to be reigned in. Times are tough for people right now, with the cost of living skyrocketing, and the council should be very careful with ratepayer money. Of the over $7million now touted for the project, $3.2 million is on the 235msq building, a very hefty price tag for what is only a small construction. There was little will for this project in the first place and the community were not listened to. Recently costs for Te Uruhi have increased by another $3million, this comes from the ratepayer purse, it is unacceptable. Our ratepayer base in Ōtaki have been hit hard with rate hikes in recent years. We have an elderly population on fixed incomes and statistically lower pay packets than those ratepayers in our southern Kapiti towns. There are many projects that would have been more deserving of this investment and that would benefit a much bigger population than the gateway. “We need Ōtaki to be recognized for all its assets and uniqueness, and, for the post expressway Ōtaki to be able to blossom into the destination it deserves to be, boosting jobs and businesses in our town. “I will represent Ōtaki around the council table with all the dedication and passion that I have poured into my community as a volunteer.”

A Rational Market!

Thank You Ōtaki Travis and Grant, ‘Team Robertson’ held their position as No 3 in NZ at the recent First National Annual Awards, runners up Top Rural Office in NZ, and Onyx Award winners for the 4th consecutive year.

Most of the gains in property values during June to December 2021, have now been ‘given back’ during these last 6 months. We estimate this has been about a 15% gain, then loss, either side of Christmas. Prices are now back on a par with last July.

The one area that is slow is section sales. Given the uncertainties around building costs, this is not too surprising. As inflation is dealt with, and interest rates stabilise, confidence will rebound and new builds will start again, and sections will sell.

After a pause period during January to March 2022, the market is again transacting at solid levels. In the area we monitor and are active in, Peka Peka to Ohau, sales numbers have been 25 in April, 18 in May, 19 in June, a healthy and sustainable level.

This mirrors exactly the situation in Australia where interest rates are rising, prices are easing, several major high rise Apartment projects are paused and being reevaluated, and a few building companies have gone under. But as here, with full employment the ‘medium term’ looks OK!

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The Ōtaki Community Patrol is looking for more patrol volunteers – and community sponsors The recent increase in car thefts and other petty crime in the Kapiti region has seen a burst of anguish being expressed on local social media. Several people have called for a community response, including patrols. Ōtaki has actually had its own official community patrol for several years and carries out regular patrols of the area. But it needs more patrol volunteers and has put out the call for interested locals to sign up. Secretary Victor Kuipers says the organisation needs the community’s involvement and support now more than ever. “The Ōtaki Community Patrol is entirely run by volunteers. Our operating costs are funded by a mix of financial contributions from local council, businesses, community organisations, and individuals. Without this support, we can’t play our part in creating safer

communities, and we all have a part to play. “The more support we have from the community – including people to do the patrols – the more that we can be out there,” says Victor. Ideally, the patrol would like a dozen new members. Both individuals and couples are welcome. There are always two in the vehicle. Couples often do a shift together, while individuals pair up. The shifts can be any time and any day of the week – whatever suits the volunteers. “We do both day and night patrols, both on weekdays and weekends,” says Victor. A police check is required for all recruits, and full training is provided. Ten online training modules need to be completed during a three-month probation period, but Victor says they’re not onerous and provide some valuable knowledge. The current patrol team has a variety of backgrounds – from retirees to people

who work full-time and carry out patrols in the evenings or on weekends. The local Patrol is part of Community Patrols of New Zealand, which supports over 4000 members and 150 Patrols across the country. Its role is to keep an eye out day and night around Ōtaki and Te Horo, responding with passive assistance if called on by the police. Ōtaki Community Patrol has its own marked patrol car. The Patrol maintains contact with the Police during each patrol, but patrollers never confront people nor have the power to arrest anyone. “We look out for potentially suspicious activity and report,” Victor says. “We’re an additional pair of eyes and ears for the police.” Patrols check on industrial neighbourhoods, schools, and sports facilities, and keep an eye out on residential streets. They watch out for any suspicious activity, damage to property,

From left to right, Michelle and Martin McGrath, Peter Scholtens, and Brent and Lesley Porter.

stolen vehicles, doors left open, and graffiti on public property. Having a relationship with Kāpiti Coast District Council means it also reports back on street lights that are not working, and even dumped rubbish. Anyone interested in joining should email otaki@cpnz.org.nz and they will be in touch.

Cam Butler for Community Board Cam Butler will seek re-election to the Ōtaki Community Board in October’s council elections. “Since coming onto the Ōtaki Community Board, part way through this term, I have been able to see how the council operates, more of the Ōtaki community that I love, and get a feel of what can be done,” says Cam.

“Admittedly it was a shock to get a place on the Ōtaki Community Board, then immediately lead the charge to stop KCDC from getting rid of community boards.” “However, the pluses far outweigh the minuses, and I’m happy to say I’m throwing my hat in the ring for the next term of helping the Ōtaki community.”

Storms keep fire brigade busy BY FRANK NEILL

Want to make a change? We have the job for you. Stand for Council. Nominations are open now until 12 August. Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/vote for more info.

Stormy weather during the first half of June resulted in 17 calls within three days being answered by the Ōtaki Fire Brigade. Those 17 calls made June one of the brigade’s busiest months with a total of 33 callouts. This compared with 20 calls during the entire month of May. People sought a variety of assistance during the storms. The brigade did whatever they could when answering the calls, Ōtaki’s Chief Fire Officer Ian King told the Ōtaki Mail. Often, however, the brigade could not do as much as the caller would like, he said. For example they may want a tarpaulin placed over the part of the roof the wind had torn away, but high wind made placing a tarpaulin impractical. Even if the brigade had placed a tarpaulin, the wind would have blown it off.

In the case of situations such as trees falling on power lines, it was a matter of the brigade securing the scene until the appropriate organisation arrived. Two of the June callouts were for assistance to the Paraparaumu and Waikanae Fire Brigades, and both these happened during the stormy weather. There were two calls to motor vehicle accidents and another two calls because of a medical emergency. Private fire alarms activating resulted in six callouts. There were two calls to properties and one call to a rubbish, grass or scrub fire. Two calls were made with good intent, although the services of the brigade were not needed when it arrived on the scene. Special services, such as lines down, helicopter landings and other incidents not fitting into the above categories resulted in 16 callouts.

Ōtaki Community Board seeks applications for $40k Fund The Ōtaki Community Board is very excited to announce the 2022 Ōtaki Community Board Initiative Fund. The Ōtaki Community Board was granted $20,000 in the Long Term Plan for the year 2021/22 and $20,000 for year 2022/23. Due to Covid stalling the implementation of the Fund in 2021/22 the amount has been specially retained so there is up to $40000 to be allocated to improve the health, wellbeing and/or aesthetic enhancement of the Ōtaki Community.

This funding is additional to the funding the Ōtaki Community Board is allocated through the existing grant processes and is not constrained by the same criteria. The Ōtaki Community Board looks forward to engaging with the Ōtaki community on potential projects for this fund and will invite enquiry and applications following the next Ōtaki board meeting on August 2nd where criteria will be formalized. This is an exciting opportunity for both the board and the community.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

The Message is Simple It’s always been simple. Wear a mask. Stay at home if you feel sick. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated. But we seem to have forgotten this. We’re tired of Covid, tired of the restrictions. But some of us can’t afford to be tired of it. Some of us can’t afford for you to be tired of it. Those people rely on everyone following the message: wear a mask, stay at home if you’re sick, wash your hands. And get vaccinated. The people who rely on all of us are the elderly, the immunocompromised and the chronically ill. Ōtaki is home to all of these people. There is now a nationwide spike in reported Covid numbers. That’s only the ones which have been reported of course. Anecdotally we know there are many people who don’t report their symptoms. Here is Ōtaki we have also seen a spike. Last week the reported number went from 89 to 116, in only a couple of days. Wearing a mask has multiple effects. It protects the wearer, it protects others. It protects not only against Covid and its many variants, but also against the flu. Over the last two years throughout our various lockdowns and mask wearing requirements the incidence of flu decreased dramatically. Now, as people stop wearing mask, and have started to congregate, it has reappeared harder and faster than before. It seems our two years of low rates of flu has weakened out immunity allowing the flu virus to hit hard now.

Knowing the Difference

It may be hard to know the difference between the flu and Covid. The symptoms are remarkably similar.

Two years ago, almost to the day we spoke about how our team at the Ōtaki Medical Centre had heard and taken notice of the community feeling frustrated by the time taken to access services at the practice and were identifying new ways to attract clinical staff to our organisation.

Signs of the Flu

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue.

Primary care nationwide has expressed this concern to the government, and we look forward to some changes in this space. With these issues in mind we have undertaken a review of our service.

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Iwi and GWRC Waitohu planting BY JAMIE PERYER, WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL We know that the Waitohu and Mangapouri are not healthy awa, and tackling this issue is not straight forward. Some time ago the Greater Wellington departments of land management, flood protection, biodiversity and other departments got together along with Nga Hapu o Ōtaki and looked at what could be done now and for the awa and for the catchment; this project was called Mahi Waiora. Through the Mahi Waiora project we developed a catchment plan that identified actions that we could collaboratively work towards. One such action was to restore inanga habitat. Inanga (whitebait) as a mahinga kai species are a good indicator of stream

health and it was quickly identified that the habitat for spawning in this catchment was poor. Whitebait spawn at the top of the salt water wedge which is the highest point that the salt water comes up to. This location on the Waitohu is where we stood for the recent planting day. Before we started the site had banks that were vertical and slumping, and contributing sediment to the stream. There was limited grass cover or suitable habitat for inanga to lay eggs into. The surrounding land and wetland was dominated by weeds, there was 2m high blackberry throughout most of where we have planted. Large exotic trees shaded out the key areas of the stream, and this was also limiting Inanga habitat as they require streambanks that get some sunlight to spawn in. We’ve been working with Brent Wootton who owns the land on the north side of the river who has undertaken a large amount of restoration work right throughout his property. In working with Brent we got the exotic trees removed from his side of the stream. Brent, with GWRC support, then retired large margins of land along the stream from grazing, and replanted the margins with suitable native species. In his words, he wants to achieve “Gold Standard riparian restoration”. Brent deserves commendation for what he has achieved and one of the fruits of his work is that he has now sighted Matuku (Bittern) which are rare wetland birds he previously hadn’t seen on his property. Once the exotic trees were removed along the stream we looked at the G-Bung area on Ōtaki Porirua Trust Board land. Through engaging with Ōtaki Porirua

Trust Board, GWRC and Nga Hapu o Ōtaki established a plan to restore the site focussing on both the habitat for inanga and the whenua behind. The plan included undertaking weed control, getting consent and battering the bank back to a gentle gradient and then planting appropriate inanga spawning species. The bank was planted with native species the that inanga like to spawn in: Pukio, Purei, Oioi, Wiwi, Toetoe, Toetoe upokotangata. The remaining 2ha margin of dune and wetlands have been planted. The wetlands were planted with Harakeke, Ti Kouka and Pukio in the wettest parts and Manuka, Karamu, Manatu, Makaka and Mingi mingi. The dune soils are planted with Ngaio, Taupata, Kanuka, Kapuka, Akeake and Puahou. Longterm the site will be enriched with forest species to re create what pre-human forest would have been present. Fonterra who have supported the OPTB in other matters, provided support to this

Photo Credit Ethan Rutter.

project. The Ōtaki catchment is a priority catchment for them to support. KCDC have also provided support to this project. We believe we are creating ideal habitat for inanga to spawn and hope that we will see a healthy growing population of inanga and other species within the awa. This project is a great example of Greater Wellington working in partnership with and Nga Hapu o Ōtaki. Caleb Royal, (pictured left) has been an integral part of this project and the wider work being done in the catchment. He deserves a lot of credit for what has been achieved. This project is only one small part of what is needed to be done to restore the Waitohu. Greater Wellington is undertaking several other projects in the catchment and would encourage any landowners to get in touch and play their part in restoring this stream. (Feel free to suggest anyone who is interested gets in touch via riparian@gw.govt.nz)


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Giveaways and get alongs Zero Waste Ōtaki Update

What has two legs, gives away wheels, and can’t ride a bike? Not a what, a (beloved) who. It’s our Ōtaki Bike Space crew leader, Ōtaki’s own Kirsty Doyle. Despite a firm commitment to never pedal, Kirsty’s tops at helping others get two wheels on the road. Kirsty’s crew has one more fix-it session coming up, to mend bikes generously donated through the year. It’s on Saturday 13th August. Then we’re gearing up for the Great Bike Giveaway, on 24th September. Last year there was a queue for free bikes right out the skatepark. We calculate that more bike rides = fewer car rides = lower carbon emissions + better fitness. Reduced waste too, as the bikes are being used rather than thrown away. Want to join the fix it crew? Kirsty confirms there’s a job for everyone keen. More people means more fixed bikes means more bikes to give away. Email Kirsty at otakibikespace@gmail.com

Winter has seen the release of some great new books for adults and children alike. And we are full to bursting with jigsaw puzzles. Best sellers over the past month include: Harbouring – the latest historical novel from Jenny Patrick, based in Wellington and Kapiti around 1840. The World’s Worst Pets – the latest David Walliams book for children. Great fun! Freezing Order – a true story of Russian money laundering, statesponsored murder, and surviving Vladimir Putin’s wrath – from author Bill Browder The Boy from Gorge River: from New Zealand’s Remotest Family to the World Beyond – Chris Long’s incredible story of growing up and what he has achieved. And new for August: One: Simple One Pan Wonders – a new Jamie Oliver cookbook, A Load of Bull, by animal photographer Amanda King –

This month we’ll also be holding information sessions for the second annual Whakahiko Ōtaki-Energise Ōtaki Fund. Got an energy related project or project idea needing a financial boost? Last year, revenue from our solar farm went toward inventions, a food farm, stream restoration, and plugging insulation gaps. We’ll be posting details on our facebook page and website soon (energise.otaki.net.nz).


Despite the challenges of winter weather we continue to open every Wednesday morning 9.30–10.30, and will be open on Sunday 31 July from 9.30–12 noon. As well as wood suitable for garden and house projects, we have up-cycled chairs:, doors of all sorts and sizes; bird nesting boxes; firewood; bread and cheese boards; gumboot removers; as well as some large specialised windows that need a new home – the list goes on. Came and check it out. Te Hunga Rangatahi ki Ōtaki are proving to be great volunteers. They have “ planted” the first sponsors pou, and willingly relocated wood around the site from the drop off location. That is something that occupies much of the volunteers time, so their support is really valued.

And the “Thursday Boys” are continuing to build storage bays, and the site is really developing with accessibility and locating different sorts of timber. Remember you can drop of good reusable timber for free when we are open. Recycling is so important, especially wood recycling as it is the largest product taking up space in the landfill, and does not easily break down. In case you don’t know, there is also an electronic recycling container at the transfer station – on your left as you go in. There is no charge for dropping off small items, such as mobile phones, adapters, chargers, laptops, computer screens, appliances, digital devices and tools. Lets keep up with the challenge of a sustainable approach to living. It is evident in all the various weather patterns that the planet is starting to bite back. Keep up to date with our activities via our Facebook page or email zerowaste.otaki@gmail.com to go on our mailing list or visit zerowasteotaki.nz

Ōtaki Bike Space crew with a new bike recipient at last year’s Great Bike Giveaway.

A stunning book recording the extraordinary beauty of cattle on NZ farms. Joan – a fresh portrait about the life of Joan of Arc by Katherine J Chen Eddy, Eddy – the new YA novel by NZ author Kate de Goldi A Fish in the Swim of the World, by Ben Brown is a classic memoir by one of Aotearoa’s finest Maori writers, updated with new material. The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd – by Finlay Macdonald. Many great books make it to the screen. A few recent titles include: Life after Life (Kate Atkinson), Stay Close (Harlan Coben), Heartstopper, (Alice Oseman) The Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Connelly’s The Brass Verdict), The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart) One of us is Lying (Karen McManus) and coming very soon: Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens). Lastly – I am directing Frozen Jr, the musical in November at Ōtaki Players. Loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, this is a 1-hour version of the Broadway musical of the movie! Auditions are on 2nd August for kids 9–16. Get in touch fast if you want to be part of this fun production! Jacqui and team

Daffodil Shows Spring is not quite here but the daffodil season is well under way. Flowering times are earlier this year, probably yet more evidence of global warming. A warmer, drier summer has also had an impact on this season’s crop. “It may well be a season of fewer blooms – as a result of the weather conditions last season,” says Diane Irwin, secretary/treasurer of the Central Daffodil Group. “With the warmer, drier summer, and little rainfall during February and March this year, these conditions will impact on the early growth of the bulbs.” Diane reports that the early multihead tazetta varieties have come and gone. The Erlicheer seem to be well under way and the top exhibition variety “Lemon and Barley” has already started to bloom. The early standard yellow and yellow/red varieties can now be seen at supermarkets and florist. The first of the early “double daffodils”, Lunar Probe and Stalker, are in bloom. The central group’s early show this year will be at the Horowhenua Masonic Lodge Building, Power Street, Levin, on Tuesday 9 August. The show will not be open to the general public due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Ōtaki Horticultural Show will be on Friday 2 September at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Mill Road, Ōtaki, and will be open to the public from 1pm to 3pm. The National Daffodil Society’s North Island National Daffodil Show will be at the Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street, Terrace End, Palmerston North and will be open to the public on Saturday 10 September 1–4pm and on Sunday 10am–4pm.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022


POROPORO Rongoā of the Month

One of my favourite plants is Poroporo (Solanum aviculare). It has a striking purple flower with a yellow centre. The leaves are dark-green to purple-green and almost look like hands with long fleshy fingers. It’s tolerant of heavy shade and full sun, and dry or wet soils but not frost. It’s such a hardy plant that it springs up in places that always seems to be on the outer fringes of gardens or spaces that are inhospitable. It likes disturbed ground, areas that are unkempt and dishevelled. It’s as if its role is to bring joy to an area that requires beautification. This could be where its rongoā lies… Since studying rongoā I have come across a few types of Poroporo depending on where I am in Aotearoa. They have no relation to each other and provide different rongoā. It’s always important to know the names of the rongoā from our area. We have to ensure we are confidently identifying the correct plant before harvesting. It’s not advisable to ingest or eat any rongoā

without knowing the plant with certainty. There are specific tīkanga to follow and these tīkanga were put in place to keep us safe and to keep the plant and its environment safe. Māori kept Poroporo growing close to their pā sites. They would cultivate them for their berries. When ripe the berries are delicious, when unripe the berries are extremely poisonous. I would stay away from berries of native plants unless you are with someone experienced in this field. Foraging for kai is wonderful and has its place. Foraging for rongoā is a foreign concept. Rongoā is carried out with karakia, intention and has purpose. Traditionally used for ‘the itch’, Māori would boil the leaves with lard to make a panipani. The leaves are anti-inflammatory, antipruritic (stops itching), antibacterial and antifungal so it was very useful for inflamed skin with itchy conditions. The fruit contains high levels of the alkaloid solanine, which can be infused from the leaves with hot water to create steroids. Poroporo is a natural steroid.

A poultice of the leaves were also applied to bruises and skin eruptions. Adding leaves to a bath was to alleviate rheumatic complaints. I have enjoyed this plant for many years and strengthened my relationship with it long before I made a rongoā with it. We have fine-tuned the balm over the years and listened to our customers. Poroporo is the main rongoā in our Papa Balm – an anti-itch for skin. You can find us at The Rongoā Shop & Dispensary, 68 Main Street, Ōtaki (inside Māoriland). Please make sure that you can confidently identify all plants before tasting.

The Bee Column – Ngā Kaitiaki Pi

Top award for local trainee rural contractor



Recently, while crossing the Ōtaki Bridge heading north with a full load of sugar syrup in the tank on the back of the ute, rear passenger side wheel fell off. Ōtaki Bridge is very narrow with a single lane in each direction. It is State Highway One and extremely busy at 10 in the morning. The beekeeper’s plan had been to take advantage of the sunny day and get out and feed some of the bees. Like most livestock, this is the time of year for supplementary feeding, and it is imperative to check any hives that may have started to dwindle and throw some syrup and a bit of pollen substitute into them. The ute tipped onto the wheel drum and scraped its way to the north end of the bridge. Very quickly some scaffolding guys and their truck came to the rescue and towed the vehicle to the side out of harm’s way. Shortly after that a very kind woman turned up with the wheel in her boot. Ōtaki Tyres happened to be travelling North and stopped and called Rod Clifton to tow the ute to Circuit Auto Electrical on Riverbank Road. Even though it was an expensive mishap, disaster was averted, and the beekeeper felt buoyed by the help and assistance he got when things went south. Our community here is Ōtaki is supportive and while we all feel under the pump these days, it is good to know that there are good people out there. Nobody yelled and laid blame or called him a silly old fool. People just helped. A few days later with new tyres and back on the road, things went south again. Despite it being the depth of winter, wasps had attacked and destroyed 12 out of 20 hives at a site in Ohau. The wasp guards put in during summer would have been a deterrent, but the wasps had played the long game. They will watch and select a weaker hive and, during winter, the bee numbers in the hives are much reduced. The raid might last for days, the wasps seeking to overcome the hive. The bees will try to crowd out the wasps at the hive entrance and bite and swarm at the

invaders. But the more enfeebled the hives become, the harder the wasps push. Defences down, the hives were… defenceless. The wasps seemed to be mostly after honey rather than the protein they would convert from the bee larvae. It was weirdly out of season and not something we would expect to see happening at this time of year. The wasps were flying continuously from a nearby small forest and landing on all the remaining living hives. Without intervention, the bees would not see the month out until their numbers started to build up again. A quick trip to Mitre 10 and now with several wasp traps strategically placed around the site, a good goop of pollen and a feeder full of syrup, we will wait and see whether the bees can hold off the attackers. Come December we will engage the Vespex wasp bait around the edge of the forest to try to reduce the wasp numbers.

Ōtaki’s Mat Peart is the North Island winner of the 2022 North Island trainee rural contractor award. This is the first year Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) have run the awards, which recognised contracting excellence. There were two winners, one each from the North and South Islands. They topped the field of 120 trainees, who were then shortlisted down to eight finalists. Mat is “a real credit to the industry,” RCNZ’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Olsen told the Ōtaki Mail. “He is a deserved winner.” All eight finalists in fact did well with the judges and each will receive a certificate celebrating their achievements, Mr Olsen said. RCNZ will recognise all the finalists at the upcoming road shows, which start in Palmerston North on 8 August and finish in Christchurch on 25 August. The two winners will each receive a trophy to keep and a training bursary of $3,000 to be used to advance their careers. “I’m quite honoured by winning this award,” says Mat, who is in his fourth year as a trainee rural contractor with Ōtaki firm Sims Contractors. “I’m absolutely stoked.” The inaugural trainee contractor awards, he says “is a great opportunity for the industry moving forward. It shows people that contracting is a real career.” When he was at school, rural contracting was not presented to students as a career option, and people usually moved into it from positions like working on a farm. That has now changed and “it is quite cool that contracting is now put forward as a career option.” Going into the final, which was conducted by Zoom call, he was “quite nervous,” Mat says. However he was soon put at ease by the judges – Peter Ettema, the Ministry for Primary Industry’s (MPI) Director of Regional Economic Development;

Mat Peart at Sims Contractors Ltd yard on Old Coach Road North.

Kyle Baxter, Norwood’s Professional Lead Tractors and Machinery and President of the Tractor and Machinery Association; and Emily Hawker, HR and H&S Manager with Waipounamu Contracting in Southland. The awards could not have come together without the support of the judges and MPI which provided sponsorship, Mr Olsen said. “We also acknowledge the fundamental role of the HanzonJobs programme which allowed trainees to record all the work they were doing and RCNZ members, who supported the programme and the need to get young Kiwis into the industry.”


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Ōtaki wins sports club of the year BY FRANK NEILL The Ōtaki Sport Club is the Wellington region’s club of the year for 2022. Nuku Ora (Sports Wellington) announced that Ōtaki Sport Club was victorious at a function in the TSB area in Wellington on 5 July. This award was made for the “outstanding impact on the community” and the “great achievement” of the club’s tennis programme. The Ōtaki Sport Club beat the other four finalists – Eastern Suburbs Cricket, Hutt United Hockey, Wellington Wildcats Ultimate Frisbee and Waikanae Beach Tennis clubs. The club was “very surprised” even to be nominated for the award, says Adam Shelton, the club’s Tennis Development Lead. The nomination was put forward by Tennis Central, which administers clubs in the Wellington and KapiMana area. “We are very pleased that Tennis Central has seen the work we have put in over the last couple of years,” Mr Shelton says. “We’ve turned around tennis in Ōtaki. “We’ve doubled the number of players and we have raised a lot on money for infrastructure and operations.” The club has, in fact, raised more than $130,000 for three initiatives. It raised $125,000 to install new flood lights at its Haruātai Park tennis courts, as well as spending around two years on putting together an application to Kāpiti Coast District Council for resource consent for the lights.

The club also raised funds to hire a professional coach for the first time ever. That enabled the club to provide free coaching for children, again a first for the club. “It’s really enjoyable to see kids developing and improving their skills,” Mr Shelton says. Fund-raising also enabled the club to buy state of the art electronic ball machines, to assist with training and skills development.

Adam Shelton, the Ōtaki Sports Club’s Tennis development Lead, and club President Hannah Grimmett with the Wellington sports club of the year trophy.

In addition, the club held senior club championships for the first time in 30 years this year. Five championships were decided – men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. “It was a fantastic way to celebrate a ground-breaking season for the club,” Mr Shelton says. The club plans to build on its outstanding developments over the last two years. It plans to continue enhancing its programmes and to continue free coaching for children. “Also, for the first time this century, we will hold junior club championships as well as continuing the senior club championships,” Mr Shelton says. The club’s primary goal for tennis is “to develop and provide tennis programmes that enable people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to play, enjoy and grow in tennis. “We are always looking to improve the programmes we have here and how we deliver them, and through doing that we have found that the result is more people in our community are joining the club to be able to participate in what we offer,” Mr Shelton says. “Although the award was for our club’s amazing work in tennis, I see it also as a reflection of the efforts from our other two codes – football and squash,” the club’s President Hannah Grimmett says. “All our codes have had a great year – with new teams, increased numbers of players, new events and new coaches.” Mr Shelton has been responsible for most of the development that has taken place in tennis over the last couple of years.

Huge victory for women footballers BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki Kāeaea scored a massive 9-1 victory over Waikanae Ladyhawks in the Capital Football women’s second division on 17 July. The win saw Ōtaki Kāeaea move up into second position on the round two table, with three wins and a draw. This is very similar to last season, the first season that the Ōtaki Sports Club had fielded a women’s football team, when they also showed a marked improvement over their first round performance in round two. Lou O’Donnell scored a highly impressive four goals in the win, while Kelsi Robertson scored twice. Vanessa Harfitt, Daniela Larenas and Caitlin Sanson also found the back of the net. Unsurprisingly, Vanessa and Lou featured among the MVP points, with Vanessa scoring three and Lou scoing two. Maddy West was awarded one point. Victory also came Ōtaki Kāeaea’s way on 10 July when they defeated Miramar Rangers Seconds 2-0.

Kelso Robertson and Rebekah Wright were the goal scorers while Emily Wikingi scored three MVP points, Daniela Larenas two points and two players – Maddy Marshall McNabb and Catherine McKnight – each scored a point. Despite dominating the attacking opportunities, Ōtaki Kāeaea drew 1-1 against Tawa Twisters on 3 July. Shaneen Kane scored three MVP points, Caitlin Sanson one point and Rebekah Wright one point, while Kelsi Robertson hit the back of the net. Amy Porteners scored the sole goal when Ōtaki Kāeaea beat Stokes Valley V-Nix 1-0 on 26 June. Izzy Chen scored three MVP points, Maddy West two points and Amy Porteners one point. With one bye and one match postponed by rain, it was a quitter month for the men’s team, Ōtaki Purutaitama. They drew 1-1 with Waikanae Jets on 16 July but lost 2-3 to Kāpiti Coast United on 25 June.

Manakau United’s top team, Manakau Hui Mai also had a quieter month, with a bye and one match postponed because of the weather. They also lost both matches they played, going down to Paekakariki Tuatahi 0-2 on 25 June and losing 2-4 to Kāpiti Coast United Hearts on 2 July. Two young players – 16-year-old Caleb Smith and 15-year-old Fintan McHugo played outstandingly for Manakau Hui Mai on 2 July. Both Caleb and Fintan were filling in, having usually played for Manakau’s second team – Manakau Tuakana Teina. Caleb was awarded three MVP points and Fintan one point, while Sam Ward received two points. Manakau Tuakana Teina, who play in the Horowhenua Kāpiti second division, gained the upset of the season to date with a 2-1 win over Waikanae Wanders, who were top of the table before that loss. This was just the second victory for the Manakau team. Robert Wylie and Atain Haley scored Manakau’s two goals, while Chris Henry won three MVP points, Joseph Te Waiata two points and Jeremy Crowe one point.

Tennis juniors unbeaten BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki’s D grade junior tennis team is unbeaten following the first two rounds of the winter competition. After beating Vogelmorn in its first match of the season on 26 June, the team then had a bye. The winter competition is played fortnightly, meaning only two rounds were played before the Ōtaki Mail deadline. The other junior team, the Hotshots, have had one win and one loss. This is the first year that Tennis Central has run a junior winter competition. The Ōtaki Sports Club also has two senior teams in the competition, so has progressed from having just one winter interclub team last year to four teams this year. The C grade team won one of its three matches, beating Karori United. However the E grade team has lost all four of its games.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Ōtaki’s Commonwealth Games swimmer BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki swimmer Kokoro Frost has been selected to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Kokoro, who both swims and coaches with the Ōtaki Titans Swimming Club, will represent Samoa in five events. His programme begins on 29 July with the heats of the men’s 50 metres butterfly, men’s 100 metres backstroke and the mixed 4x100 metres freestyle relay. Then on 1 August, Kokoro will compete in the men’s 100 metres butterfly heats. His final heat comes on 2 August when he will line up in the 4x100 metres medley relay. Born in Japan to a Japanese father and Samoan mother – his mother is Seuga Frost, who teaches at Ōtaki College and is the Titans head coach – Kokoro came to Ōtaki when he was two years old, and the town has been his home in the 17 years since then. He began competitive swimming at the age of eight at the Kāpiti Swimming Club in Ōtaki, which since

changed its name to the Ōtaki Titans Swimming Club. In his 12th year of competitive swimming, Kokoro has won multiple Wellington swimming titles and also medalled at national secondary school swim meetings. He also holds multiple Samoan national records. The highlight of his career to date, Kokoro says, was representing Samoa at the 2019 Pacific Games, held in Samoa. “This was my first major international and also the first time I raced over there [in Samoa],” he says. As well as swimming competitively, Kokoro is also a member of the Swimming Wellington team, where he is the Communications Co-ordinator. Kokoro attended Ohau School, where his mother was a teacher at the time, then went to Palmerston North Boys High School for four years, moving to Kāpiti College for his final year of secondary schooling. As well as his role as Swimming Wellington’s Communications Co-ordinator, Kokoro is currently in his first year studying for a Bachelor of Communications at Victoria University. Commonwealth Games swimmer Kokoro Frost in action in the pool.

Otaki bowlers aim for top in NZ BY FRANK NEILL The Ōtaki Bowling Club’s women’s fours team has received another boost in its bid to become the New Zealand champion of champions team. Doreen Moselen, Pat Montgomery, Clare Hack and Pat Bloxham, have qualified to play in the New Zealand champion of champion fours in Hastings from 22 to 24 July. This came after the team won the Kāpiti Centre champion of champion fours on 5 March, picking up the Sarah Conlon Trophy. This was the first time in 38 years Ōtaki had won the trophy. The Ōtaki Women’s Community Club has provided the team with $1,000 towards the expense of attending the tournament. This club runs the Ōtaki market, held in the car park opposite New World fortnightly during winter and then weekly from daylight saving’s beginning. The funds raised from the market are used to help community organisations, the club’s President, Kerrie Fox says. “Over the last few years we have given away more than $50,000 to various good causes, including St John, the Fire Brigade and the Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club.” In addition the club provides two scholarships a year and gives to families in need in Ōtaki. The club’s $1,000 grant to the women bowlers came on top of a $1,440 grant from the Ōtaki Community Board.


Ōtaki Women’s Community Club President Kerrie Fox presents $1,000 to bowlers Doreen Moselen (skip) Pat Montgomery, Clare Hack and Pat Bloxham. Claire Hack is holding the Sarah Conlon Trophy the team won as the Kāpiti Centre champion of champion fours.

Ōtaki squash team makes final BY FRANK NEILL The Ōtaki Sports Club’s top men’s squash team has made the final of Squash Wellington’s division three winter competition. Ōtaki was at the top of the table when the Ōtaki Mail went to print. They had 110 points, just one point ahead of Red Star 1, although Red Star had a catch-up game to play. The interclub finals were due to be played on 26 and 27 July. Ōtaki scored a convincing 217-193 victory over Club K on 5 July, with Callan Nikora, Kent Pollard and Abraham Growcott all winning their matches. It was an even more convincing victory in the game before, played on 28 June. All four Ōtaki players – Hannah Grimmett (playing in the men’s team), Callan Nikora, Simran Singh and Declan Prentice – won their matches, giving the team a clean sweep. As well as the top team, Ōtaki also had a team in the men’s division seven and the women’s division three competitions.

Rāhui pipped in semi final

The Ōtaki Sports Club’s inaugural Matariki squash tournament on 25 June proved a great success. The event attracted 36 players from clubs throughout Wellington and some 30 supporters, with games beginning at 8:30am and continuing until 5:30pm. Following that, players and supporters attended the club’s Matariki banquet dinner at 7pm. The club will also host another tournament on 7 August – the women’s E grade tournament. This had attracted 30 entries when the Ōtaki Mail went to print, including Ōtaki player Kylie Gardner. The focus of the event is to encourage women into squash in a friendly environment, rather than highly competitive squash. Ōtaki has entered a C grade men’s team and a D grade women’s team in Squash Wellington’s super championships, which starts on 29 July.

Rāhui missed out by the narrowest of margins on booking a place in the final of the Horowhenua Kāpiti premier final. In its semi-final against Shannon at the Ōtaki Domain on 16 July the scores were level at 23-23 at the end of ordinary time. The match then went into extra time, where neither team could add to the scoreline. Shannon made the final as they had scored four tries to Rāhui’s three. It took a late comeback from Shannon, who scored three tries in the last 15 minutes after Rāhui had led 23-8. Liam Tooman, Jonathan Fuimaona and Trevor Marama scored Rāhui’s three tries, while Jack TatuRobertsson kicked two penalties and a conversion. Rāhui also drew its match on 9 July, with a 17-17 final score in its away game against Paraparaumu. Sam Gibson, Alizay Roach and Morehu Connor-Phillips dotted down for the Ōtaki team, while Tama Cook added one conversion. Trevor Marama, with three MVP points, Leon Ellison, with two points, and Morehu ConnorPhillips, with one point, were all outstanding for Rāhui. It was a pity that Rāhui could not match their 2 July result against Shannon in the semi-final. Rāhui won that encounter 25-14, with Joel Winterburn and Alizay Roach both scoring tries. The team was also awarded a penalty try. Jack Tatu-Robertsson kicked one conversion and two penalties. As well as scoring a try, Joel Winterburn was awarded three MVP points, while Toddy Eriha gained two points and Alizay Roach one point. The Rāhui women’s team will be looking to be the Horowhenua Kāpiti champions for the fourth successive year when the women’s premier competition kicks off in mid September. Rāhui entered a team in the competition for the first time three seasons ago, and have won the title in each of the three years they have competed. One of this season’s outstanding performers for Rāhui, Toddy Eriha lines up a pass as he is confronted by two Shannon players.


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Continue planting new season’s roses in rich, welldrained soil, with plenty of compost. Finish pruning roses, tie climbers and finish composting and digging beds. Prune early flowering shrubs as soon as they finish flowering. You can also prune jackmanii-type clematis (most other types aren’t pruned). Make sure your bulb beds are free from weeds and top-dress anemone and ranunculus beds with welldecayed manure. Keep planting gladioli, dahlia and begonia tubers for summer flowering. Trees and shrubs can also be planted now to maximise on spring growth. It’s still a good time to lift and divide those untidy, leggy clumps of perennials. Sow seeds of alyssum, viola, begonia, nemesia, Californian poppy, pansy, carnation, zinnia, celosia, viscaria, cosmos, verbena, dahlia, sunflower, delphinium, snapdragon, dianthus, salvia, honesty, portulaca, marigold and gypsophila. Plant out seedlings of pansies, carnations, viola, polyanthus, cineraria, hollyhock, stock, alyssum, poppy, cornflower, cosmos, canterbury bells, aquilega, gypsophila and forget-me-not. Armies of slugs and snails are out in this wet weather – use Quash to protect young flower seedlings.

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Now is the time to prepare your garden for spring planting, digging in generous amounts of compost – add lime if necessary.

Prune passionfruit and feijoas to encourage new growth and fruiting, also autumn-fruiting raspberries. Continue planting new citrus and deciduous fruit trees. Fertilise all fruit trees – spread evenly over root zone but keep away from trunk. Plant new strawberry plants – keep existing plants clean by hoeing, not too close to the plants, and give a dressing of blood and bone. Spray peach and nectarine trees at bud movement with a fungicide for leaf curl. Continue planting autumn-sown onions. Sow or plant new asparagus beds. Lift and divide rhubarb clumps, and manure existing plants with any animal manures available – use blood and bone at 150g per plant. Plant main crop of Jerusalem artichokes, also seed potatoes – lay in a tray in a sunny place for 7–10 days until the ‘eyes’ sprout, then plant in the garden. Sow more peas if required, also leeks, cabbages, cauliflowers, beets, brussels sprouts, lettuces, onions, radishes, carrots, parsnips and spinach. Plant out seedlings of cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and silverbeet.


Evenly apply lawn fertiliser to stimulate new growth – use a method like seed sowing to ensure even distribution or use a fertiliser spreader.

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Lift and divide perennial herbs such as chives and tarragon, and plant new herbs in the garden or containers.

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Although we know them as yams, these root vegetables are called Oxalis tuberosa, and are sister species to that dreaded garden weed, the pink and yellow-flowered oxalis. True yams (Dioscorea spp) are tropical plants, with potato-like tubers, that would find it difficult to survive in most parts of New Zealand., but this easy-care, self-perpetuating vegetable is well-suited to many areas of our country. In late winter or early spring buy some big, firm, plump yams from your supermarket (it’s also possible to buy yams from a garden centre, as you would seed potatoes). Set on a tray and leave to sprout in a reasonably warm, dry place. Once the sprouts are 5cm long they are ready

to plant out (ideally not until the end of October). Choose a sunny, sheltered and well-drained site for your crop and prepare soil by adding compost and aged manure (a proprietary potato fertiliser is another option). Plant with sprout facing up in furrows about 6–8cm deep, 25 cm apart and with 45cm between rows, once there is no further risk of frosts. Lightly pat soil to firm, and water the tubers in. As yams push through the soil mound up the rows as you would with potatoes to encourage greater tuber production (although this increases the yield a little, it is not essential). Yams thrive in summer’s long, hot days, but need plenty of water during dry periods (water about once every 10–14 days in dry weather), and although wireworm can attack tubers they are otherwise free of pets and diseases. They take around 5–6 months to mature, and the tubers, like kumara, grow most in the last six to eight weeks of the growing season. Harvest by digging tubers carefully with a fork when leaves start to die down or turn yellow (usually in the autumn or early winter). Many people prefer to let a few frosts affect the crop before harvesting – frost helps sweeten the tubers. Leaving yams for a week or so after harvest also helps to decrease their acidity and increase sweetness, but they don’t store for long periods like potatoes. At harvest time put aside the best and biggest tubers to use as next season’s seed yams.


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BY VIVIENNE BAILEY viv.bailey@xtra.co.nz

Trees for shelter Kapiti Coast has had its fair share of wild winter this season. Blasting storms bringing strong winds, often gale-force, and hail showers have visited our shores and the wind has not treated our trees and shrubs kindly. There has been much weather-related damage and loss. Trees for shelter, as a wind barrier, should be designed to slow wind, not to completely stop it. A dense, solid barrier of trees provides maximum protection nearby, but can create turbulence, thus limiting the shelter area. Short shelter belts are ineffective – wind can funnel around the end. To provide a maximum amount of shelter, the belt should be longer than 12x the height of mature trees. You also need to think carefully about the directions most damaging winds come from, and plant shelter trees in an area that limits the impact those winds have on your property. Sheokes (Casuarina cuninghamiana) are popular shelter trees in many areas as they not only grow quickly but make good firewood, have some nitrogen-fixing properties, and stock will also eat them. But they can grow tall (20–30m) and spread quite wide, so you’re forever trimming them to keep them 6m high, and in certain conditions they may sucker. Pittosporums such as lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenoides), karo (Pittosporum crassifolium), kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium), or ngaio (Myoporum laetum) make great shelter for coastal gardens. A non-running

bamboo, such as some of the Bambusa multiplex varieties, is another possibility. Jon Muller, of Wellington Gardens Ltd, a landscape designer for Wellington and the Kapiti Coast recommends the wind-resistant tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis) or Flowering Cypress, and taupata Coprosma repens, as shelter trees for the Ōtaki-Waikanae alluvial terraces. He also suggests New Zealand pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) and the smaller growing Kermadec pohutukawa (Metrosideros kermadecensis). Akiraho (Olearia paniculata), and the Chatham Island akeake (Olearia traversiia) provide good shelter on the terraces, and are noted for their extreme hardiness, and tolerance of coastal conditions. I have found akiraho a great shelter and hedging plant, a little slow getting started, but worth the wait – lovely pale, yellow-green foliage and small, sweet-smelling flowers (sometimes hard to track down, not a ‘fashionable’ plant.) Exotic trees such as radiata pine (Pinus radiata), and macrocarpa (Cupressus macrocarpa) are widely planted as shelter trees, but their eventual size make them impractical for smaller gardens. The broad-leafed eucalyptus is bare-stemmed, and gaps between trees close to the ground will cause wind tunnelling. Under planting with lower-growing species such as pampas or flax should prevent this. The vigorous poplar (Populus) quickly forms an effective wind break as well as having a stately

elegance. However, like the willow (Salix), also good as shelter, a careful choice of site is important to avoid future problems with drains, paths, lawns or small gardens – both trees have extremely invasive root systems. The best time for planting shelter belts is spring and autumn.

Queen of climbers Alternatively known as leather vine, traveller’s joy or virgin’s bower, clematis is a great all-rounder. The group of plants includes more than 250 species, both evergreen and deciduous, including our native springflowering Clematis paniculata, with its creamy clouds of single, white, star-shaped blooms. Clematis come in a wide array of colours, from pure white to deep burgundy red. If you choose carefully, it is possible to have a display of flowers from August through to May. You can use clematis to cover unsightly fences, to trail over trellis and pergolas or to keep company with roses and perennials. Growing over a trellis or fence helps to eliminate mildew by allowing good air circulation but avoid windy spots or you will end up with tangled, damaged vines. Like most climbers, clematis like to keep their feet cool, while their heads bask in sunshine. Plant in good soil enriched with blood and bone, compost or well-rotted manure, and keep roots cool by placing a large stone at the base of plant. Before planting give your plant a soak in a bucket of water, then gently tease out roots if they’re pot-bound. Bury the plant deep, 10–15cm deeper than it was in the planter-bag. This protects against clematis wilt, a fungal disease that attacks the stem. By burying the plant, you give it a second chance if wilt strikes (by enabling it to send up new stems). Pruning is important, and how you approach the task depends on the group of clematis you have. The first group consists of late flowering types, which flower in summer and autumn on new growth produced that season. If you don’t prune, they continue to grow in spring from where they’ve flowered the previous year, leading plants to become bare at the base, with flowers only at top. To prune this group, which includes ‘Duchess of Albany,’ ‘Jackmanii,’ and ‘Ville de Lyon.’, cut back entire plant to just above the lowest pair of strong buds during mid to late winter. The second group covers early flowering types, such as

Clematis alpine, Clematis macropetala and Clematis montana. These vigorous vines flower in late spring, some continuing into early summer, and produce flowers on short stems from growth produced previous summer. For the first-year procedure is like the first group. But once a framework is established, prune back any stems that have produced flowers to within a few centimetres of the plant’s main structure.

The third group includes the spectacular large-flowering hybrids that flower from late spring to mid summer on stems formed the previous year. These require careful attention if they are to perform well. Cut back new plants in late winter to the lowest pair of strong buds, and between late spring and early summer train growths up your support. The following winter cut back all main growths by half, to a strong pair of buds. During summer train your young vine to establish a basic framework, and immediately after flowering cut back mature shoots by a quarter to a third, until they are within 30cm of base. Guide and tie any new basal shoots that develop from cut stems. Most of all, remember when selecting clematis to note what type you’re buying so you know its pruning requirements.


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Te Rito’s NCEA attainment top in NZ BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki school Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito has the distinction of having the highest rate of NCEA attainment for Māori students in New Zealand. This success is based on the high quality of education provided by Te Rito, which currently has 86 students – 33 in the senior school (years 9 to 13) and 53 from new entrants to year 8. One of the kura’s foundational principals is “love of te reo Māori and continued growth of learning,” the principal, Hēni Wirihana (Janie Wilson) says. Learning is, therefore, “centred around the child – the development of the child. “Children are our future. Our language and customs are the path.

Te Rito’s philosophy of teaching and learning is outlined in Te Aho Matua, the statement that sets out an approach to teaching and learning in schools that are designated Kura Kaupapa Māori. Te Aho Matua has six parts. Each part has a special focus on what is crucial, from a Māori point of view, in the education of children for the future. Part six of Te Aho Matua, Ms Wirihana says, is particularly relevant as it outlines “what a graduate would understand, how they would view their world, and how they would contribute back to their community”. Entitled Te Tino Uaratanga, part six lists 13 characteristics which Kura Kaupapa Māori aim to develop in their children. These include that the students: • develop free, open and inquiring minds alert to every area of knowledge which they choose to pursue in their lives; • become competent thinkers, listeners, speakers, readers and writers in both Māori and English; • advance their individual talents to the highest levels of achievement; • delight in using their creative talents in all feats of endeavour; • are receptive to and have a great capacity for aro/ta, for joy and for laughter; • are true and faithful to their own sense of personal integrity while being caring, considerate, and co-operative with others; • assimilate the fruits of learning into the deeper recesses of consciousness where knowing refreshes the spirit; • manifest self-esteem, self-confidence self-discipline and well developed qualities of leadership; • value their independence and self-determination in setting personal goals and achieving them;

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito’s Principal Hēni Wirihana.

“We draw that together as a kura, as a bridge to their further learning. We are very focused on te reo and tikanga (customs) to empower tamariki and to provide them the development to meet future challenges and contribute back to the community,” Ms Wirihana says. This approach to learning is highly valued by parents. That fact was highlighted in the latest Education Review Office (ERO) report on Te Rito. The ERO quoted a parent as saying: “I am overjoyed that my children are here, that my children are a part of this world. There is no better world for them.” The quality of education at Te Rito is underlined by the ERO’s conclusions. The ERO found that: • raukura (graduates) epitomise success; • te reo Māori education is transformational; • leaders as visionaries display commitment and drive for transformation; • kaiako (teachers) as facilitators focus on the provision of high-quality teaching and learning; • emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual wellbeing are paramount; and • whānau participate, influence, lead and actively contribute to education success. Two-way support between Te Rito and whānau is an important contributor to the success of the kura. “Family participation leads to success,” Ms Wirihana says. “The whānau of Te Rito are so supportive of the teachers. That’s an incredible privilege,” she adds. The strong link between the school and whānau goes back to the very beginning of Te Rito. In 1988 a parent group was formed with the aim of establishing Ōtaki’s first full immersion school. The parent group was following a model of kura which had recently been established in Rotorua. The parent group succeeded with their aim and Te Rito opened in February 1991. The kura spent its early months based at Te Wananga o Raukawa before moving to its current location in Te Rauparaha Street in October that same year.

Students practising with rākau. Te Rito students practising for the Kapa Haka competition.

Te Ata Baker-O’Connor, a senior Wharekura student, sharing her group’s work.

• radiate the joy of living; • manifest physical and spiritual well-being through the harmonious alignment of body, mind and spirit; • are secure in the knowledge of their ancestral links to the divine source of all humanity; and • are high achievers who exemplify the hopes and aspirations of their people.


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Ōtaki College News July 2022


From the Principal Andy Fraser It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Ōtaki College Senior English Teacher and Dean of International Students, Avatar Loorparg. Avatar passed away on Wednesday 13 July after battling against a serious lung condition throughout the first half of this year. Avatar had a long and distinguished career in Education. She lectured at Wellington Teachers’ College as well as teaching at several local colleges including Porirua and Paraparaumu, where she held the position of Head of English. Earlier in her career she taught in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. She has also lectured at Victoria University of Wellington and has sat on many professional committees, most recently the Teacher Refresher Course Committee. She was an experienced ESOL teacher and, in addition to her English classes, took on the role of International Dean at Ōtaki College. It is, however, as a caring and supportive teacher that she will be remembered best by so many of our community. Her students have all experienced her efforts to support and encourage them to reach their potential. Achieving at one’s best was something that she believed in deeply and demonstrated at first hand in everything she did. Avatar will be at once sadly missed and warmly remembered by everyone whose lives she touched.

Visit of Ōtaki Scholars

In the first week of the holidays I had the pleasure of collecting the 2020 and 2021 Ōtaki Scholars, Patrick Robinson and Angus Jack, from Wellington airport and bringing them back to Ōtaki as the first stop on their six week tour of New Zealand. It was most unfortunate that Anish Subramaniam, this year’s Scholar and the 2022 Captain of Robert Gordon’s College in Scotland, was unable to join us due to last minute passport problems. It is likely, however, that Anish will be able to visit next year. Ōtaki College and community hosted the Scholars for the first seven days of their

stay, introducing them to life in New Zealand. After a day of rest and recovery, the Scholars were welcomed at a pōwhiri at Raukawa marae, attended by the Mayor and other local dignitaries. This has become the traditional start to the Ōtaki Scholar’s tour of the country. Following the ceremony the Scottish boys were taken on a tour of local Ōtaki sites by Pataka Moore.

secondly, our bands were showcased. It was great to hear original songs from our three Smokefreerockquest bands. Special congratulations to Dragon Scales who, we have just heard, have made it through to Rockquest Semifinals. Dragon Scales is a combined colleges band made up of Saren O’Sullivan and Wyeth Andrews from Ōtaki College and Robbie Upshon from Kāpiti College. Hannah Thompson and Regan Crighton were the hosts and did a wonderful job. Regan was able to entertain the audience with his array of Dad jokes as the bands took time to set up. We had a wonderful backstage crew supervised by Anje Glindemann, dramatic lighting from Whaea Tamsin and a meaningful staff performance of Six60’s Pepeha using NZ Sign Language. We look forward to having more nights like this in 2023.

Variety Concert

Their visit was packed with highlights, including an overnight stay on Kāpiti Island. We were extremely fortunate with the weather, with the trip going ahead despite the very rainy conditions over the holiday period. Perhaps it was too wet for the kiwis, though, as none were to be spotted during they boys’ stay on the Island. Our thanks to Kāpiti Island Nature Tours, who hosted Patrick and Angus, along with College students Max, Tia, Jess and Kaea. After their taste of outdoor adventures in Kāpiti, it was time for Patrick and Angus, along with several of our head students, to head to Wellington in order to meet the British High Commissioner. The High Commission has, over many years, supported the Ōtaki Scholar tour and, in more recent years, the reciprocal visit to Scotland by our Sander/Everiss Scholars. The next day it was time for our students to hand Patrick and Angus over to their Scots College hosts, following a tour of Government House. We look forward to Patrick and Angus returning for another few days in August, when they will be able to participate in term time College activities.

On Wednesday 6 July the College held its annual Variety Concert. The students loved having an audience to perform live to. The concert was also live streamed so that the whole college community could watch it. The concert was in two parts, firstly dances from our senior and junior classes and Taleah singing a solo, and

Triennial Board Elections Nominations are now open for the Ōtaki College Board of Trustees election. Nominations close on Wednesday 3 August, so be in quickly. Becoming a Board Member is a great way to become more involved with your College and its future strategic direction. Nominees do not need to have students currently enrolled at College. You can nominate either yourself, or someone else. If you would like to learn more about what being on the Board involves, please email current Board Chair, Penny Gaylor, on penny.gaylor@hotmail.com. Nomination forms are available from the College Office, or from Returning Officer, Kirsty Doyle, kdl@otakicollege.school.nz. A list of all nominations currently received is displayed in the College Office.


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Active Artists – Hohepa Thompson – Hori BY ANN CHAPMAN Hohepa Thompson is Ōtaki born and bred. He’s made his life here with his whanau and his art down at the beach near his grandmother. His gallery now adorns the site in Moana Street where Rusty has his Lean To coffee shed.

Hohepa moved his gallery from the state highway to the beach some 5 years ago. It hasn’t missed a beat from the move. What used to be just a shop on the SH1 has now become a movement down at the beach. Raised in Te Reo, brought up at the beach, Hohepa left Ōtaki aged nine. His secondary schooling years were spent at St Patrick’s school in Wellington where he found himself as one of only four Māori students. It was there, in an attempt to fit in to a pakeha world, that he put his Māori heritage aside. ‘It’s the biggest regret of my life,’ he says. He was to become the token Māori, called on to perform whenever the school required a powhiri, a haka or a korero. He hated it. It was easier to withdraw from being Māori. It was there that he was first called Hori, once a pejorative word which he has chosen to reframe, and has since come to embrace the name moving it from being negative to something positive. He calls himself and his brand Hori as a signal for something good. He’s redefined the word. Art has always been part of his education. Notwithstanding early education issues, he went to Victoria University where he did a degree in digital media design, part of which was animation and videoing.

He then went travelling for four years. It was overseas when he discovered that the best thing about him was being Māori. So, when he came home to Ōtaki, his art work became his outlet to ‘decolonize his mind’. The Gallery hosts a selection of work, both freehand and digital. It includes fashion designed by his partner Mia and work from other Māori artists. ‘It reflects all his worlds. Some of it teaches his own people to deal with their world to challenge the colonial ways. It is provocative, challenging, and political,’ he says. His art aims to allow people to understand their own thoughts about colonisation and Māori. ‘I try to offer some insight of the Māori world to those who don’t have it and try to make it easier for those who don’t know my world,’ he says. ‘A bridge to understanding.’ Hohepa describes his work as Toi Māori with many layers of messages in them, standing alongside Mana Motuhake – autonomy. That is how he sees his place. A place where his family lives and works. A place where he is joined by other artists as well as visitors. ‘It’s about community,

the sharing of food and ideas and of course art.’ His partner Mia designs clothes. Hori adds the digital images to them. He holds painting workshops for rangitahi. He hosts different artists teaching people to paint. Future plans are for an ‘artist’s residency’. His reputation outside Ōtaki is huge. He takes commissions, he has many business request for assistance on their ideas. He works with them either digitally or with a canvas and brush. Alongside the gallery is a café, Te church, – as an ode to the old church where Hohepa and his family now live in. In honour of Te Maori’s own gods, as well as te Reo, the menu represents their Kaupapa, mahuika, papa bowls – and kawhe and keke. All the staff are fluent in te Reo and it’s a place where you can come to speak Māori and be spoken to in Māori. It’s an educational and creative environment – and all are welcome. Ōtaki Beach residents are still able to have their shot of coffee in an environment alive with people, art, ideas, clothes, and challenges.

Ōtaki Scholar reflections: Patrick Robinson Kia Ora Ōtaki, My name is Patrick Robinson and I am the 77th Ōtaki Scholar. For those who don’t know, the Ōtaki scholar is a pupil (always the Head Boy) from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, Scotland, who travels to Ōtaki and a host of towns and cities across New Zealand. This was set up to commerate the legacy of the S.S. Ōtaki, a merchant navy vessel sunk by a German raider in 1917, of which the Ōtaki river is the namesake. Due to the challenges faced by the Coronovirus Pandemic, I was unable to travel at the end of school in 2020 – it looked unlikely I’d travel at all. However such was not the case and along with fellow Ōtaki Scholar (no. 78), Angus Jack, we’re making up for lost time. We arrived into “Windy Wellington” (definitely a white-knuckle landing!) on the 13 July before returning to our

welcoming hosts in Ōtaki for some much needed sleep. After a few days of recovery, we had the privilege of being welcomed onto the Raukawa Marae for a pōwhiri. This was was a fantastic introduction to Aotearoa and we were so grateful to experience this welcome. Following on, we were lucky enough to try some local specialties including Mussels and Muttonbird. We then embarked on a Wahi Tapu tour of the locality, and as tradition goes – dipped our feet in the Ōtaki river. A few days later we set off with a few of the college leadership team for an overnight on Kapiti island. The weather was warmer than our summer and the Weka and Kākā were cheeky – we even heard the calls of kiwi in the night. Towards the end of our stay we also had the privilege of visiting the British High Commission with some senior Ōtaki students to mark the scholarship. At the time of writing we are

to travel again to Wellington, this time to meet the Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro, before continuing our travel around the country. Angus and I would like to thank Ōtaki College and the Department of Internal Affairs for making us feel so welcome and putting together such an awesome itinerary for our trip – in particular College Principal Andy Fraser and the DIA’s Ruth Lewis. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our gracious hosts, Ōtaki College Board Chair Penny Gaylor and the Georgetti family. Thank you to

the Barrett whanau – for the once in a lifetime trip to Kapiti island with Kapiti Island Nature Tours. Finally a thank you to the people of Ōtaki for bringing us into your town – there’s nothing sweeter than Kiwi hospitality.

Pictured below, Patrick in the green jacket and kilt, with Angus on his right visit the British High Commission, bottom pictured at Raukawa Marae for the powhiri, and bottom left pictured visiting the US Marines Hut at QEP.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2022

Māoriland founder honoured BY FRANK NEILL Libby Hakaraia, founder of the iconic Māoriland Film Festival, was honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours. Ms Hakaraia (Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa), was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Her honour was bestowed for services to the film and media industries. She and her partner Tainui Stephens founded the Māoriland Film Festival in 2014. The festival has grown rapidly and is now the largest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere.

Libby Hakaraia (in the centre with the light blue top) with the Māoriland team.

Two years after the festival was launched, the Māoriland Charitable Trust began operating the Māoriland Hub, a multipurpose cinema, arts space and Kai Collective on Main Street. Ms Hakaraia is executive director of the hub, responsible for all the activities it stages. The trust runs Te Uru Maire, an initiative that gives Māori rangatahi access to the tools and skills to create stories and the opportunity to connect with indigenous storytellers internationally. Ms Hakaraia was a producer of the hugely successful New Zealand film Cousins, released in 2021. Based on Patricia Grace’s novel of the same name, the film tells the highly moving story of three Māori girls who are cousins. One of them is taken from her whānau, placed in an orphanage and given a Pakeha name. The film follows the lives of the three girls, and the story of how two of the cousins resolved to find the cousin who had been taken from her whānau, together with their emotional reunion. Ms Hakaraia founded the niche film company Blue Bach Productions in 2004. This enterprise’s productions include documentaries and the well-known Māori Television series It’s in the Bag. She has worked in New Zealand’s broadcasting and media sector for more than 30 years, beginning her broadcasting career with Radio Waikato. Her broadcasting career has also included time with Radio Aotearoa, Australia’s ABC and National Radio’s Māori magazine show Whenua.

Following 14 years in journalism, Ms Hakaraia began her screen career in the late 1990s – first as a researcher then as a director, producer and writer. Her first role as dramatic director came with The Lawnmower Men of Kapu in 2011. She also wrote the story, about a young man trying to wrangle his three lawnmowing uncles to tidy up unruly marae grounds. Filmed at Te Pou o Tainui Marae, in Convent Road, the film won the People’s Choice Prize at the 2012 Wairoa Māori Film Festival. She is the producer of NATIVE Slam, a challenge involving New Zealand and international indigenous filmmakers. Ms Hakaraia has been a jury member at ImagineNATIVE, the world’s largest indigenous film festival, which is held in Toronto, Canada. She has been an executive member of the Screen Production and Development Association and Ngā Aho Whakaari. In what is an already busy schedule, Ms Hakaraia has also published three books on Matariki, including Matariki: The Māori New Year (2004) and Celebrating Matariki (2006).

Whina: a review BY VIVIENNE BAILEY

It has been in development for a decade, a victim of endless lockdowns, but the film, Whina has emerged as not only an amazing account of one woman’s exceptional life, but also as a powerful, although inevitably compressed, portrait of almost a century of Aoteoroa New Zealand’s social history. Following the typical biopic structure of jumping between different stages, the film uses the earlier years of Dame Whina’s life to give context and structure to the historic Maori Land March (1975), illustrating the scope of change that occurred during her lifetime for te Iwi Maori (archival footage played towards the end of the film of thousands of people walking over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, a news clip seen many times before, is especially poignant, moving this viewer to tears – there were many such moments). The two-month long hikoi was a foundation stone in the process of restoring Te Tiriti to the national consciousness and led directly to The Treaty of Waitangi Act being passed.

This formidable yet inspiring wahine needed the power of three to do her life justice and the performances of Tioreore Ngati-Melbourne as a teenage Whina, Miriama McDowell as a grown woman and Rena Owen as Whina in her older years bring all her vitality, strength, courage and purpose to the big screen. Despite not technically resembling each other, they combine to present Whina seamlessly across decades – no mean feat. Producers Matthew Metcalfe and Tainui Stephens, and co-directors James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse 2014) and Paula Whetu-Jones (Waru 2017) have gathered a stellar cast to drive their story home, and coax great performances from all. I was particularly stoked to see James Rolleston playing the Maori Battalion soldier, Gabriel, Whina’s nephew. But the stars will always be Miriama and Rena. Whina is a deeply personal insight into a phenomenal woman’s life, one who broke gender and cultural barriers her entire life. It is an uplifting, respectful representation of an iconic New Zealand activist and leader. A legend.





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Cubs Jumble Fundraiser Ōtaki Cubs leader Annie Bythell sends her thanks to everyone who contributed, by giving, buying and working at the recent Cubs Jumble sale. “We raised $1000,” says Annie. “The funds are for running costs for our scout hall at Haruatai Park, rates, insurance, and power.” Later in the year the Scout section will begin fundraising for Jamboree to be held in Hamilton. The Ōtaki Scout Group is looking for a remarkable, inspirational person to run the youngest group Keas, 5 to 8 year olds, focussing on crafts and stories for an hour once a week. Contact Brent Bythell on 06 364 8949.


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Media Muse Early in his excellent book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind”, Yuval Noah Harari observes that humans are the only species capable of communicating information about things that do not exist. Humans are not alone in their ability to use language to communicate with each other. Animals and birds communicate, but only about real things in their warnings of approaching threats, mating cries, senseless barking (dogs) and irritating wake-up calls (roosters). But as far as we know, Harari writes, only Homo Sapiens (us) “can talk about entire kinds of entities that they have never seen, touched or smelled.” There is no way of seeing, touching or smelling a property market. Yet politicians and journalists talk about markets as if they were real. They write about them rising, falling, flattening, sky-rocketing, exploding, stalling, recovering and collapsing. With animals, this is called anthropomorphism – the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to a god, animal or object. It enables politicians and journalists to spin a story or narrative out of data. This is how they earn a living. In a country of five million souls, not much happens on a daily basis that qualifies as news of national importance. So, to stay busy and keep up their mortgage and car payments, politicians and journalists fill the news deficit by agreeing to talk and write about a whole lot of things that don’t really exist. They call it politics. Except when the country is plunged into mourning after an All Blacks’ loss, the news is mostly about politics. Even when the story is about something specific, say, the health system or petrol prices, it is still about politics. Last month’s headlines were dominated by reports of a nursing shortage in all parts of the health system. In aged care facilities, the shortage of nurses in the first half of this year was reported to be just under 1000. Formal health and safety notifications submitted to the Ministry of Health from aged care facility nurses were consistent with the reports of 800 aged care beds closing over the past 12 months due to a lack of nursing staff, according to National’s Health

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen spokesman, Shane Reti, himself a GP and former District Health Board member. “In the first six months of 2022 alone, there have been 1,875 Section 31 notices submitted to the Ministry of Health, including 987 nurse shortage notifications. This is a substantial increase from previous years. “In 2021, there were 851 Section 31 notices submitted and only 260 in 2020,” he said. (“A Section 31 notice is submitted from a registered nurse to notify the DirectorGeneral of Health when there is a health and safety risk for residents or a situation that could potentially put the health and safety of a person at risk.) Definitely a problem. But was it a crisis? Sunday Star-Times editor, Tracey Watkins, was convinced it was and that it went well beyond a nursing shortage. “Hospitals are in crisis,” she editorialised in the Sunday 17 July issue of the country’s only newspaper that is distributed nationally. “Emergency departments are in crisis. GPs are in crisis. The system is close to being overwhelmed.” The only person who did not agree that there was a crisis was the Minister of Health, Andrew Little. He had been asked to “call a whole bunch of different things crises before,” he told Newshub’s political reporter, Amelia Wade. “In the end, it’s not the label you put on it, it’s what you do about it.” The obvious next question – “What are you doing about it, Minister?” – did not occur to Ms Wade. More concerned with issuing instructions to the Government than asking questions, she ticked off the prime minister for not wearing a mask in a photo opp with youth MPs in Parliament. “This is not a good look,” she editorialised sternly, elbows flapping and backed by the two national flags on either side of the podium in the Beehive theatrette. “Covid-19 is killing kiwis every day. It’s crippling our businesses and overwhelming our hospitals. Our leaders should be leading from the front, using every photo opp to normalise our most effective defence – masks.” Not doubt believing she was boldly holding the Government to account,

Please be seated BY HOWIE C. THINGS (AT THE REQUEST OF OLDILOCKS) “Howie, someone needs to DO SOMETHING,” moaned my pal Oldilocks as he flopped into ‘his’ chair and waited longfully for the promised restorative of tea and gingernut. “It’s not right Howie,” he moaned, shaking his head. “Tasman Road has FOUR of them.” “Huh?” I blinked, trying to figure this out…

talking truth to power and all that, Wade was way out of line – it’s not the job of reporters to editorialise or tell the government what to do – especially when they fail in their basic task of obtaining answers to questions of great public interest. Mr Little is right. Crisis is a word that has been rendered meaningless by overuse in headlines. “It doesn’t matter what you call it,” he said, “it’s about what you do that matters the most and what we’re doing is continuing that effort to recruit.” Obviously, as that recruitment effort has not been effective in preventing the nursing shortage, um, crisis, has the Government considered lowering the entry barriers so that anyone wanting to become a nurse does not have to go to university and take out a student loan? Perhaps it’s time to go back to on-the-job training, as the Government is doing with journalists who are not noticeably in short supply. “Supporting a pipeline of cadets for workplace training within Aotearoa newsrooms is just one focus of NZ On Air’s latest round of Public Interest Journalism (PIJF) funding,” the Government’s broadcast funding agency announced on Monday 11 July. Among the successful applicants for a share of the $4.1 million of taxpayer funds on offer was Dunedin’s Allied Press, publishers of the Otago Daily Tmes, the only major metropolitan daily still in family ownership. Allied Press is owned by the Smith brothers, Julian and Nick, who were said to be worth $80

million in the National Business Review’s 2019 Rich List. With an estimated $70 million in annual revenues, their company is obviously not short of a bob or two. Neverthess, taxpayers are having to help out Allied Press with $516,000 for a one-year cadet scheme to train, mentor and support up-to five new journalists “addressing skills and recruitment gaps that are especially acute in regional and local news organisations.” Another $695,500 is going to The South Today programme on Allied Press’s television channel in Dunedin “to deliver local video news content to local communities.” If the government has taxpayer funding to address “skills and recruitment gaps” in regional newspapers and television, surely there must be some money to remedy similar problems in other areas such as nursing. After all, nurses are ranked third in the 2022 Reader’s Digest survey of New Zealand’s most trusted professionals, below doctors and firefighters but ahead of paramedics, police officers, vets, scientists, pilots, pharmacists and teachers. Down the bottom of the pack, call centre workers and social media types are joined by politicians and journalists. Needless to say that, while unable to deny their low public esteem ranking, neither group will admit that it amounts to a crisis. Even if they did, it wouldn’t be real.

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“Seats, Howie! FOUR seats from the village to Robert McQueen Street, so people can stop and rest!” “Well, isn’t that a GOOD thing, my friend?” I puzzled. “Yes. It certainly is, but how about the alternative route to and from the village, along Rangiuru Road? There are two seats for the local bus heading west, but from Old Coach Road to the village… how many seats have you counted? There are none, Howie! The older I get, the longer the walk seems to take, with not a single seat in sight for a pedestrian to pause and regenerate.” “Well, you can regenerate now my friend,” I smiled, passing him his favourite cup of tea and biscuit. Meanwhile, Kapiti Council, can you PLEASE provide seats for walkers along Rangiuru Road? After all, it’s going to get busier!

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OTAKI IN THE NEWS – 1870’s Selected from early New Zealand newspapers, as written and published at that time.

OTAKI SHIPWRECKS 1878 October 14, 1878


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The police received the following telegram yesterday morning: “Otaki, Sunday, 9 a.m. The barque Felix Stowe, of Harwich, from Newcastle, bound to Lyttelton with coals, was blown on shore this morning at the mouth of the Otaki River. Messrs Jenkins and McDonald, with a party of natives, put off in one of the ship’s boats found on the beach, and brought off the captain’s wife in a terrific sea. The ship is not hurt, and is likely to be got off at 10 a.m. A boat manned by Maoris put off again to the ship, and returned with some of the crew. The boat capsized, and Captain Piggott, master of the barque, was drowned; also Mr Lamont, chief Officer; A. Naughton, apprentice; and Farrell, able seaman. The others came ashore in a most exhausted condition. The bodies are not yet recovered. The ship is driven up on the beach about 100 yards since 9 a.m., and at low water is nearly dry. The sea is smooth.” October 24, 1878

ENGLISH SHIP ASHORE AT OTAKI – CITY OF AUCKLAND WRECKED – NO LIVES LOST The City of Auckland, Captain Laws, from London, bound for Napier with railway material and 240 adult immigrants, went ashore near the mouth

Ōtaki Mail – August 2022 of the Otaki River about 10 o’clock on Tuesday night, in a heavy north-east gale. Great excitement appears to have prevailed amongst the passengers, some throwing their boxes, etc., overboard. The lifeboat came ashore in charge of the second mate, and every endeavor to land passengers was made. The residents of Otaki made every arrangement for their protection, and traps and Cobb’s coach were on the beach waiting to drive them to the township. The beach was lined with natives hauling up the wreckage. The City of Auckland lies about twenty chains north of the Otaki River, and is about forty chains from the wreck of the Felix Stow October 25, 1878


All the immigrants and crew were safely landed at about 4 p.m., this evening (Wednesday). One of the City of Auckland’s boats was worked beautifully by Wm. Jenkins and the following crew: Morgan Carkeek, Mark, Hector Hammond, J. Seymour. They all belong to Otaki. They worked hard all day bringing immigrants ashore, in which they were assisted by another of the ship’s boats, commanded by the second mate of the ship. The immigrants are all safely lodged in the schoolhouse and College buildings. Both European and natives are assisting them. The vessel is a full rigged ship; she is almost bows on. The acting-constable, James Ransfield, Mr Udy, of the Otaki Ferry Inn, also two of his men, worked well, conveying those passengers who needed assistance in the ferryboat across the Rangiuru Creak, which was flooded. All the Otaki residents, both European and native, acted in the same generous and brave manner that they did at the wreck of the Felix Stowe. October 28, 1878 Mr Hunter asked the Minister for Public Works, if the Government would cause inquiry to be made in order to ascertain whether it would be advisable to erect a lighthouse near Otaki. He pointed out that there had been three wrecks recently since the lighthouse was removed from Kapiti. November 2, 1878

THE STRANDING OF THE SHIP – CITY OF AUCKLAND Following summary was printed in the Otago Witness. October 24th All hands from the wreck were saved. The people are short of provisions, which have not yet been landed. There is no danger of the vessel breaking up.

The Hinemoa was up this morning, but before Captain Jenkins and a crew could get down to launch a boat she steamed away without communicating with the shore, although there was less surf on today than yesterday. They have not got any provisions for the ship yet. The Maoris have made a present to the immigrants of potatoes and sheep. All Europeans and Natives are acting very kindly towards the immigrants and the crew. The City of Auckland stands in an upright position close to the Felix Stowe, apparently undamaged. The crew are busy at the vessel discharging immigrants and luggage. It is expected all the cargo can be saved. The immigrants left for the Waikanae in bullock traps and all sorts of conveyances, so as to catch the steamer Hinemoa. The landing of the passengers

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has been affected with considerable expedition, considering the circumstances, and without the slightest accident or disturbance. October 25th The City of Auckland is lying stern on to the beach, and is buried about eight feet in the sand. There is now only about one foot of water at her forepart at low water. The stern-post and forefoot have gone. The mate and crew are still on board, having not been able to get off yesterday. There is no chance of the vessel’s being got off again. The sailors say they will be able to save all the luggage, but they are not certain as to the cargo. The captain has ordered the sailors to dismantle the ship, and as soon

as that is done the crew will be sent to Wellington. The captain has left for Wellington by the coach. October 28th The City of Auckland is still in the same position. The ship’s crew and a party of Natives, under the guidance of an old whaler, are busy dismantling the ship and discharging immigrant’s luggage. Active operations, under Captain Bendall and Rolls, will be commenced at once to discharge the cargo, which it is believed will be landed in first class order, as the City has made but little water yet. The Custom-house officer, with a party of Constabulary, are camped on the beach, and will guard the cargo, when landed, until carted for shipment to Foxton. The barque Felix Stowe is breaking up rapidly, and seas are washing in and out of her. The beach from Waikanae to Ohau presents a lamentable aspect, being strewn with wreckage, coal, planking, etc. The body of Captain Piggot, of the Felix Stowe, has not yet been found, although diligent search has been made by Constable Ransfield and others for days past. Messrs Oakes and Ardnen, purchasers of the wreck of the Felix Stowe, have a party of men employed striking the masts and rigging. The vessel is sinking rapidly down into the sand. December 30, 1878 The ship City of Auckland, on Otaki Beach, broke her chain, and has again been thrown up on the beach, and is now lying broadside on, and as the wind is still also broadside on, and in a worse position than ever. It is doubtful whether she will ever be got off. February 3, 1879 Cooper, of Wellington, who bought the wreck of the City of Auckland for £150, has sold it to Bow, Birchley and Co. for £230, reserving for himself the steering wheel, binnacle, compasses, and one bower anchor and chain. The purchasers intend diverting the Otaki river by a cutting, with the object of trying to get her off. If not successful they will break her up.

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Kia ora from the Ōtaki Public Library – Te Wharepukapuka o Ōtaki One for Sorrow Helen Fields I got tired of reading crime thrillers… until I came across this one, number 7 in the DI Callanach series (but it can be read as a standalone story). Ms Fields is a former defence counsel and prosecutor so she really knows her way around a courtroom drama, as well as creating a plot and characters that grab you from the first chapter. Usually as I read through a crime thriller I have figured out who did it, and just stay to satisfy my curiosity about how it’s all brought together. But this book is different. In Edinburgh a lone bomber is targeting first responders in increasingly gruesome ways, ratcheting up the terror in a cat-and-mouse mind game that’s intensely personal for DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach. So far, so ordinary. At the same time there is a sub-plot involving a very relatable young woman in a relationship with a young local lad who quickly becomes controlling and abusive. She dumps him, he stalks her obsessively, then drugs and rapes her, she reports it but the police refuse to prosecute and then… Just when I thought I had figured out how this related to the main plot, there were unforeseen twists, accompanied by a growing sense of dread and horror as the full rationale and the person responsible for the bombings becomes clear. The moral trajectory created is gut-wrenching and the emotional impact of the book stayed with me long after I finished it. Highly recommended.

Bird: exploring the winged world The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and easy high-protein, low-sugar, healthyfat recipes for lifelong health Michelle Dudash, R.D.N. The Mediterranean Diet is reputed to be easy to follow, helping to manage chronic serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and this cookbook certainly makes it easy to quickly prepare high-protein meals that are tasty, good for you, and most importantly, usually feature ingredients likely to lie in your larder. The book is divided into sections: Starters, Plant-based meals, seafood, meat, vegetable sides, and sweets. Berry Tart with Mascarpone cream and almond flour crust caught my eye as a must-try this weekend! Perhaps as a dessert folling on from Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Chops with Mint.

Edited by Katrina van Grouw and other Phaidon editors.

The Joy of Gardening

This beautiful book explores the world of birds through the ages. It looks at the amazing diversity of species from hummingbirds to ostriches in a beautiful and thoughtful presentation. The gorgeous illustrations are sourced from artists, illustrators, ornithologists, and photographers. They range from Tweety Pie to 300-foot desert carvings to bird bank notes and bird bones. This book is the ultimate celebration of the winged world.

This lovely book is a compilation of Lynda Hallinan’s columns from the Listener and NZ Gardener. I expected it to be a standard gardening book, but instead it was like sitting beside the fire chatting with a gardening buddy. She writes about successes and failures, about human interaction with plants and gardens, and most touchingly, about her experience of life events intertwined with gardening. The main message – don’t worry about getting it wrong, just get in and get gardening.

Big panda and tiny dragon James Norbury.

Lynda Hallinan

This is the story of two friends sharing thoughtful moments together through changing seasons. Based on and inspired by Buddhist philosophy, this is a lovely book to read in your quiet time. I found this book is heartwarming and inspiring. The beautiful and calming illustrations are also a bonus.

Veterinary Nurses Ōtaki vet is fortunate to have a team of skilled and compassionate veterinary nurses. These special people help assess, treat and care for sick and injured pets/ wildlife brought into the clinic. Our vet nurses also assist our veterinarians in theatre by monitoring all patients under anaesthetic. They also ensure that our tables and equipment are sterilised, cleaned and maintained and hold pets for the veterinarian to examine and treat. Along with treating and caring for hospitalised patients they also provide our patients with the love and reassurance that they need, while they are in hospital. This reduces any stress level in the patient, to allow for uneventful recovery. Along with their regular duties, the vet nurses can also assist you and your furry family in some of the following ways: Weight clinics: Vet Nurses can advise you regarding your pet’s ideal weight and work with you to achieve this goal, without your pet starving through the process. Having a pet at ideal weight has many health benefits, taking the pressure off their joints and prolonging their lifespan

Dental examination: Our vet nurses offer free dental examinations, where an assessment of the teeth and gums is done and advice on dental care or a scaling and polishing can be provided. Dental issues can cause discomfort for your pet and other related health concerns. Nail clips/Anal glands: Keeping your furry companion in tip top shape is important and a monthly visit to one of the nurses will keep nails short and neat and anal glands expressed. This is a good habit to get into and prevents discomfort or catching them on things and any possible infections. Nutrition: Our vet nurses are trained to assist you with your pets nutritional needs. They can advise you on the correct diet for your pet, dependent on factors such as age, health and activity. Parasite Control: Ticks, fleas and worms are all preventable through regular treatment. One of our friendly nurses can assist you with your purchase and guide you to ensure that you select the correct product.

Removal of stitches: Many procedures require stitch removal 10–14 days later. Our nurses are able to assist you with this, please book an appointment to see them. At this time you can update us on how your pet is doing and discuss any concerns. Veterinary Nursing is a challenging career choice, as the nurse manages the care of the patient. Our nurses get very attached to their patients and will often work over their usual hours to make sure they get the care they need. These special and caring individuals serve our community and their furry family members every single day. Thank you!

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We are very proud to announce that our current Chairman Graeme Lundie has recently been awarded a Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Regional Service Award. This award is in recognition of his outstanding service to Surf Lifesaving both regionally and at local club level. Graeme joined Ōtaki surf lifesaving club in 2011 and has served on the committee for 8 years, 5 of those in the capacity of Chairman. He has been a refreshed lifeguard for 10 years and a patrol captain for 5 of those years. He has also served on the Regional Chairs Committee for 5 years. Graeme has been instrumental in leading the club through the introduction of national Health and Safety policy and covid restrictions; and has also played a major role in club renovation projects and the development of members. According to Paul Dalton, SLSNZ CEO “All of the award winners make a huge impact in

their communities around the country. From saving lives through rescues, to teaching young people about surf safety, and coaching young athletes to be the best they can be, they’ve all excelled and we’re very proud of that.” We’d like to publicly express our gratitude to the Ōtaki Community Board for their very generous support, which enabled us to purchase twenty body boards and three junior paddleboards for our Junior Surf Programme. This has been a massive bonus and enables us to provide more gear to our ever-growing number of nippers. Our nippers have continued to train hard poolside during these colder months. They were recently invited to take part in a friendly competition at the Levin Aquatic Centre by the Levin Waitarere Surf Lifesaving Club. The purpose of this event was to get them geared up and prepared

for the upcoming Central Region Pool Rescue Championships that are due to be held in Palmerston North next month. 16 members of our junior surf team took part and swam outstandingly. It was a very informal competition and a great introduction for the juniors that had never competed in pool rescue events. These races included swimming with obstacles, brick carry, rescue medley with brick

carry, patient tow, swim with fins, obstacle relay, brick relay and medley relay. Once again, these kids made us proud with their enthusiasm and commitment, willing to give everything a go and have an amazing attitude. Ōtaki nippers attend friendly competition at the Levin Aquatic Centre, hosted by the Levin Waitarere Surf Lifesaving Club.

Raukawa Basketball

Titans chalk up two victories

Manawatū Jets come to town


On 7 July the Property Brokers Manawatū Jets played their first national league game in Ōtaki against Franklin Bulls (Auckland). Players from the Jets spent the week in Ōtaki visiting local kura, answering questions and running practice sessions for the local children. The game was held at Ngā Purapura and was a great spectacle, featuring a number of current and former national players including one of New Zealand’s best ever players Corey Webster. The Franklin Bulls would go on to win the contest 99-83, but the sellout crowd was provided with a great show regardless. Representatives from the Manawatū Jets said they loved the vibe provided by the community support and hoped to return in the near future.

Concrete Doctors Men’s Basketball League

Nine men’s teams from Kapiti, Levin, and Ōtaki all competed this year to claim the title as the best of the best from the Kapiti Coast through to the Horowhenua. The 2022 Concrete Doctors Men’s Basketball League is now down to the final two teams, Masters of the Universe (Ōtaki) and Mamba (Levin) to compete in the Championship Final. The hot shooting Mamba features the top two three point shooters in the league in Mosiah Macdonald and Johnson Mendoza, both averaging over three three pointers per contest, and no surprises that Mamba also lead the league in points per game at 78. Masters of the Universe will feature the league leading scorer in Sean Pairama Todd who is averaging 23.9 points per game and will need to lean on their experience as the top defensive team in the league reducing teams to an average 59 points per game throughout the season. Organisers gave a big thank you to league sponsor, Concrete Doctors, for helping to provide an affordable league to our local community.

Ōtaki Titans Ace Van Noort and Henry Waite gained first place in two of their swims at the Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay Short Course Swimming championships, held at Flaxmere Waterworld from 10 to 12 July. Ace picked up his victory in the boys 13 years 100 metres individual medley. He clocked a time of 1 minute 12.75 seconds to comfortably beat William Worthington-Thin from Heretaunga Daredevils, who touched the wall in 1 minute 13.49 seconds. Henry’s victory came in the boys 12 years 50 metres breaststroke. He touched the wall in 44.00 seconds, almost a second ahead of Thomas Mill, from the Trojans Swim Club, who clocked 45.67 seconds. Titans also picked up eight second placings and seven third placings. Phoebe Nelson was runner up in the two events she entered, the women’s 16 years and over 100 metres and 50 metres freestyle. As well as winning the 50 metres breaststroke, Henry Waite finished second in two events – the 100 metres individual medley and 50 metres freestyle. He added a third placing in the 50 metres butterfly. Imogen Waite picked up three second placings and two third placings in the five events she swam. She finished second in the girls 15 years 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle and the 50 metres backstroke, and third in the 50 metres butterfly and 100 metres individual medley. Noah Ireland-Spicer was second in the boys 15 years 50 metres freestyle.

Samantha Baillie was third in the girls 11 years 200 metres backstroke, while Noah Ireland-Spicer picked up her second podium finish with third place in the 100 metres individual medley. In addition to his victory, Ace Van Noort picked up two third placings, in the 50 metres butterfly and 50 metres freestyle. The Titans have won the coveted Personal Best Trophy for 2022. Five Titans entered the Gold Coast Zone meeting, held at the Tawa Swimming Pool on 12 June, to come away with the trophy. The five swimmers wee Sorcha Hipkins, Samantha Baillie, Ruby and Lucy Rasmussen, and Lilah Eager. The oldest swimmer, at 15 years, Sorcha took masses of time off her previous personal bests, while also showing great support for the team. Samantha once again qualified for events at the Wellington Championships, while Lucy qualified for her first ever Wellington championships in all three events she entered.

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