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‘The Survival of Māori’ book is launched BY PENNY GAYLOR

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This week a collection of papers by Emeritus Professor Whatarangi Winiata was released, The Survival of Māori, As A People. Professor Whatarangi and Daphne Luke (pictured below) compiled and edited the 400 page book. Launched in Wellington this week, to more than 350 people at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, the papers included traverse the many topics Professor Whatarangi considered throughout his academic teaching.

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As described in the Preface by Hirini Moko Mead, (Professor Sir Sidney Moko Mead); “Read the papers in this collection and you will find that he is standing firmly as a Māori of Ngati Raukawa and his name is Whatarangi Winiata. He demands that Māori be Māori, that they reject the colonising and assimilating policies of the past and stand up in the ‘tū tangata’ mode – that is, that Māori appear, act, think and just are Māori.”

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As described by Hirini, “The papers in this book span four decades, and if we phase in the birthing process that brought the author’s ideas into Te ao mārama (the world of light), we have to add another decade or two.”

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Daphne says for the past six years she and Professor Whatarangi have worked on compiling the book. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to compile and edit this collection of writings.” “He continues to maintain an incredible work ethic and a fierce determination to effect change for his people, whether Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Toa Rangatira or the entire Māori nation.” Printed by Huia Publishing, the book is in Hardcopy for $65, with an online version to assist accessibility for students. A beautifully produced book, as expressed in the title, Professor Whatarangi’s papers present the pathway for the survival of Māori. E kore aku mihi e mutu. Nga mihi nui.

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Senior stroke specialist will speak at Levin War Veterans Home Enliven’s Levin War Veterans Home is hosting a series of bi-monthly events that will cover topics relevant to elders in the Horowhenua community which will aim to provide attendees with information directly from healthcare professionals. “We have had great turnouts of up to 10 people at each event. Feedback has been really positive with people telling us they feel informed and have insight into the conditions covered and increased knowledge of what support is available,” says Levin War Veterans Home manager Michelle Day. Bronwyn Glavin, Senior Field Officer Stroke Central New Zealand will speak at the home next month. Stroke Central is a not-for-profit member-based organisation for stroke survivors and their whānau. The event is open to the community and will run for an hour from 5.30pm on Tuesday 3 August in the home’s Veterans Arm’s Lounge. Entry to the event is by donation/koha, with all proceeds going towards Stroke Central’s work. Bronwyn’s talk will include how to recognise stroke symptoms, how to access stroke support services in Horowhenua and what information is available online. “Stroke Central is very active in the community and Bronwyn is involved with anyone at the home who has had a stroke and offers support for residents and families,” says Michelle.

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An important thing we all need to do BY FLEUR HOBSON What happens if you can no longer make decisions for yourself? This is something that could happen to any of us at any time. A serious accident or an adverse medical event, such as some illnesses or the onset of dementia, could take away our ability to make decisions. Some of us have prepared for this possibility. Some of us have set up what is known as Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs). Others have not prepared, however, probably because they are not aware of just how much it will cost their family in both dollar terms and in their stress levels if something goes wrong and they can no longer make decisions. There are two types of EPAs – one for decisions about your property, and one for decisions about your health and welfare.

EPAs appoint the person or people who can make decisions either about your care or about your property if you no longer have the capacity to do it yourself. When somebody has and EPA or EPAs in place, the way forward is relatively straight forward. The person appointed in the EPA simply steps up to make the necessary decisions. If you don’t have an EPA, there is nobody who has the right to make a whole series of decisions, or to sign, on your behalf. Your spouse, or partner, or family will be able to deal with some things, but they have no authority to sign on your behalf if you’re mentally incapacitated – even if it is only temporary. And that can prove expensive, because if you don’t have an EPA, an application will need to be made to the Family Court.

The Family Court has the power to make a number of orders under a law known as the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Two important orders the court can make are: • appointing a welfare guardian, to look after your personal care and welfare; and • appointing a manager or managers to take care of your property – and that includes everything you own. The court may not necessarily appoint someone you would like to see looking after your affairs, which is another disadvantage of not have and EPA. As well as appointing a welfare guardian or property manager, or both, the court requires reports. Property managers, for example, need to file a report every year.

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The court will usually also require that welfare guardians and property managers apply for a review of their appointment after three years. They can be reappointed, but the court needs to be satisfied their appointment is still necessary and in your best interests. Once again, the cost of that is quite high. As well as the cost, there is also the time the court process takes and the stress that it can place on all or some of the family. The best advice is to see your lawyer and get your EPAs organised as soon as possible. We at Susie Mills Law are very experienced in helping people set up their EPAs. If you don’t yet have an EPA, we are happy to help you. Contact Fleur or Susie at Susie Mills Law, 364 7190, 282 Mill Road – opposite Farmlands.

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Whānau, friends, firefighters farewell Mr Taratoa

Busy 2021 for Fire Brigade


BY FRANK NEILL Whānau, friends and his fellow firefighters farewelled well-known Ōtaki resident Richard Taratoa on 18 July. Mr Taratoa passed away on 14 July, and Rangiatea Church was packed to overflowing for his funeral on 18 July. A major part of Mr Taratoa’s community service was as a volunteer firefighter, and he served as a member of the Ōtaki Fire Brigade for 33 years. After joining the brigade on 8 January 1988, Mr Taratoa received his gold star for 25 years’ service in 2013, when he was also made an honorary life member of the Ōtaki Fire Brigade. Among the many callouts he attended was the fire which totally destroyed the original Rangiatea Church, built in 1851. Following an arson attack, the church where Mr Taratoa also got married was completely gutted by the flames in the early morning of 1 October 1995.

It was perhaps no surprise, then, that two of Mr Taratoa’s final journeys before he was cremated were on the Ōtaki Fire Brigade’s Ford V8 fire engine, originally bought by the brigade in 1940, and which served until 1979.

The Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade has been particularly busy so far this year.

The veteran fire engine transported Mr Taratoa from the Tainui Marae to the Ōtaki fire station, leaving at 11am on 18 July.

The big increase was hard to explain, says Ōtaki’s Chief Fire Officer Ian King. It could, perhaps, be Covid related.

This enabled whānau and firefighters to have an hour or so with Mr Taratoa before the vintage fire engine then transported him to Rangiatea Church. As well as his service with the fire brigade, Mr Taratoa was well known for his sporting achievements, which included being the Ōtaki Sport Club’s squash club captain, serving as both Vice-President and President of the Ōtaki Railway Bowling Club and playing rugby for Rāhui.

Richard Taratoa just after receiving the bar to his gold star, marking 33 years’ service as a firefighter, on 5 June.

Billions soothe collateral damage of water reforms but long-term funding solution still MIA

A $2.5 billion support package is an initial salve for ratepayers facing collateral damage from the Government’s Three Waters Reform but a one-off lolly scramble of funding doesn’t address the longer-term burden the proposal has them bearing, says Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan. The package, announced today, aims to support local authorities through the transition process and the financial impacts of the reforms. “While I’m happy to see that the chorus of concerns raised by councils across New Zealand about the equity of this proposal has been heard, and a soothing balm in the form of transitional funding has been offered up, the ratepayer is still very much on the hook for whatever comes next,” says Mayor Gurunathan. “Right from the outset, Government acknowledged that the real issue here is funding and while there has been a lot of

focus on what the future costs might be, the proposal still offers no solutions that reflect our communities’ ability to pay. “My role is to advocate on behalf of Kāpiti ratepayers, who have invested heavily and proactively in water infrastructure and services at the cost of many other nice-to-haves over the years. This proposal would still see them stumping up for a wider solution.” Mayor Gurunathan says he is also pleased to hear that further information addressing concerns about the proposed ownership model of the new entities and the removal of accountability to local communities would also be forthcoming over the next few weeks. “We continue to support the objectives of this programme – improved safety, quality, environmental performance, and affordability of New Zealand’s three water services. We want to see the best outcome for New Zealand, for our environment and for our residents,” says Mayor Gurunathan. “We acknowledge the challenges ahead and that the costs of delivering water services will climb. The Government have been very clear that they believe that scale is the solution. We need time to assess the veracity of that. We will take the next eight weeks to work with our community to understand the proposal and the data informing it before taking a formal position on our next

steps. I’m particularly keen to work with Wellington Region mayors to develop a unified position.”

The brigade attended 138 callouts during the first six months of 2021. This is 45% higher than the number of calls during the six months to 30 June 2020.

February was the year‘s busiest month to date, with 27 calls. There were 21 calls in January, 23 in March, 22 in April, 24 in May and 21 in June. The brigade attended 11 property fires, 26 motor vehicle crashes and 17 medical and ambulance assistance calls. Private and building fire alarms being activated saw the biggest number of calls, at 28. Incidents involving rubbish, grass, scrub, trees, driftwood and similar was the next highest at 27 calls. Special services, such as lines down, helicopter landings and other incidents not fitting into the above categories totalled 17. The brigade also responded to 12 calls to assist neighbouring brigades, either at incidents or standing by to cover their stations. The range of work the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade does in the community to keep us safe is “priceless,” Kāpiti Mayor Guru Gurunathan says. “Thank you to all of the volunteers. Thank you to all your families.”

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Poor weather affects Te Horo water supply

The recent spell of inclement weather triggered a precautionary boil water notice from Kapiti Coast District Council. Residents of Hautere/Te Horo were advised to boil tap water as a safety measure due to the water being more muddy than normal. A high turbidity makes it harder for the treatment process to kill all micro-organisms that may be in the water, thus making it unsafe to drink. Residents with further concerns or questions about water quality can call KCDC 0800 486 486 or visit their website at https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz

Drinks and Nibbles

Meet newcomers to Te Horo and catch up with neighbours at the monthly Drinks and Nibbles at Te Horo Hall, Friday 6 August, 5.30pm. BYO drinks and a plate of nibbles to share.

at the rear of St Margaret’s Anglican Church in School Road. Surrounded by mature trees and a well-maintained vegetable, herb and fruit garden, a fully fenced outdoor area which includes a large sandpit, inground trampoline, fort, swings and a Wendy House, the church now rings with the laughter of small children (and their mums). Inside you’ll find plenty of arts and crafts stuff, trains, blackboards and dress-ups. A donation of $2 per session or $20 per family per term covers coffee, tea and biscuits (for morning tea) but it’s also a good idea to bring a wee snack for your child/children. Te Horo Playgroup meets every Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm. thplaygroup@gmail.com for more details.

Te Horo Country Market

The monthly community market with loads of locally grown produce, Italian meats and cheese, arts and crafts and much more. On Sunday 1 August 10.00am to 1.00pm at Te Horo Hall, School Road.

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There can’t be many playgroups finger painting and ink stamping in an historic church, but Te Horo Playgroup is one of them. The historic St Anne’s Anglican Church was built in 1909, Te Horo’s first church, and now resides (it was relocated in 1936)

Members of Te Horo Playgroup paid a recent visit to Te Horo Rural Fire Service.

Works by composers Handel and Purcell will be performed at the next Kapiti Chorale and chamber orchestra concert at St Paul’s Church Paraparaumu on Saturday August 7 at 3pm. Titled Handel Smorgasbord with a dash of Purcell, excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Samson along with four of his Coronation Anthems, including Zadok the Priest will feature and for a taste of Purcell’s Thou Knowest Lord and Dido’s Lament will be served. The soloists, soprano Caitlin Roberts, the current Chorale award winner and mezzo soprano Ruth Armishaw. Eric Sidoti, music director and director is assisted by Ōtaki’s Ann-Marie Stapp will lead the afternoon with the orchestra led by Mary Taylor, promises to be a memorable afternoon. Ōtaki concert goers can get tickets from Les Church phone 06 364 561 or email at tickets@kapitichorale.org.nz

Showcasing Talented Young Kāpiti Musicians The Kāpiti Concert Orchestra will present their next concert at Kāpiti’s newest performance venue, Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, on Saturday 31 July at 2pm. The Orchestra conducted by Donald Armstrong, Associate-Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, will play music by Liszt, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Lizst’s popular Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 for Orchestra was originally written as one of 19 for piano but was later adapted for Orchestra by a colleague and has become a firm concert favourite ever since. Brahms took his time writing his First Symphony – about 21 years. Brahms lived and worked under the shadow of Beethoven’s legacy but following the premiere of the First Symphony in 1876 he finally emerged as a composer in his own right. This concert also gives the Orchestra the opportunity to showcase the talents of the next generation of young musicians to a wider audience by providing two Kāpiti College students with the chance to play, rehearse and interact with a professional conductor and a large group of experienced musicians as well as

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Back in the days when I had Hair, and as Chairman of the Ōtaki Te Horo Young Farmers Club in 1972, I organized a bus trip for Members and Friends to attend Hair the Musical in Wellington. It was an all star cast direct from New York, and the bus was crammed with parents, neighbours, partners, about 45 of us all up! The show was fantastic, we all joined in singing along to every song, danced in the aisles, waved our arms around and had a great time. Our generation was now ‘special’, the dawning of the age of Aquarius was upon us! It was a life changer for me, and the glow of the show is still with me after all these years. I recently visited the refurbished Ōtaki Civic Theatre, it is just wonderful. Make sure you come along to Ōtaki Players production of Hair the musical in August, the amazing show, in our amazing theatre, what a heady mix!!

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New Art Classes for Kapiti A local husband and wife team, best known for their award-winning mortgage broking business, have taken on their next creative challenge with the announcement of their new Kapiti art classes commencing in August. Craig and Joanna Pope, pictured right, previous owners of Pope & Co. Mortgages which sold to Loan Market last year, have bought the Kapiti franchise of Seasons Art Class, one of the fastest growing franchise systems in the UK and Europe. Joanna, who will be fronting the business while Craig continues as a broker for Loan Market, says they are delighted to bring this proven, professional and fun model of learning art to Kapiti. “We love the Seasons Art Class concept and think it will work well in Kapiti, a region that naturally embraces the art scene. Seasons Art Class is for anyone who loves art or just wants to try something new and have a bit of fun.” Seasons Art Class has approximately 28 branches throughout New Zealand, and caters for everyone from ‘beginner’ through to those looking to improve their skills. The 14 week courses explore pencil drawing, oil pastel, watercolours and acrylics. With quality tutors, an extensive curriculum, and all tools supplied, the courses culminate in an end of term exhibition, where friends and family are invited to observe their loved ones’ creativity on display. “This is a space where locals, even those who haven’t previously considered themselves as ‘arty’, can challenge themselves, learn new skills, and meet new people,” says Joanna.

Passionate about both purchasing and learning art, Joanna and Craig will also be enrolling in the courses. “We are both visual people and were inspired by European art galleries during our overseas experiences in our younger years. I also used art as a tool during my time teaching in early childhood education and at kindergarten. Today, we have a significant collection of New Zealand artists’ artwork, along with nearly 100 books on New Zealand art! “We know that Kapiti will be a brilliant place for Seasons Art Class and look forward to introducing a classroom environment for fun and learning.” Registrations are open and the first intake will be in early August. Classes will be held during the day at the Kapiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach. The course consists of one three-hour class per week. The overall cost is $55 per week, or you can save 10% by paying upfront for the term. If you are interested and would like to know more about the classes, email joanna@seasonsartclass.co.nz or call 0276655470. For more details please visit: https://www.seasonsartclass.co.nz/

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New options for your Electronic Waste An e-waste recycling service is now in Kāpiti!

This service is brought to you by a partnership between Kāpiti Coast District Council and Recycling for Charity.

Recycle more of your old electronic items – like chargers/adapters, small household appliances, cellphones, computer parts and much more – all for free! Where possible, electronics will be fixed, upgraded and sold. Items that cannot be fixed will be disassembled and recycled.

• Especially designed for beginners to intermediate • Step-by-step curriculum makes learning easy • All in-class materials & refreshments are supplied • Three hour class with qualified tutor • Only $49 per week after initial $84 registration fee Kapiti classes start 3rd August (14 week course) Morning (9.15am–12.15pm) OR afternoon (1–4pm). Kapiti Boating Club, Paraparaumu Beach. Call Joanna Pope to book 027 665 5470 or book online www.seasonsart-kapiti.com Email: joanna@seasonsartclass.co.nz www.facebook.com/seasonsartkapiti

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Fridges/freezers, stoves, and TVs will continue to be accepted via the kiosk for a fee. Please visit our website for the list of fees and charges. kapiticoast.govt.nz/ewaste-recycling


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St John’s Ambulance service is currently recruiting in the Horowhenua for volunteers for Ōtaki and Foxton. These towns will be getting a First Response Unit (FRU) soon, which changes things for volunteering. So if you ever wanted to become a volunteer and thought that 12 hour shifts were too big a commitment, well now there is a game changer. A FRU is very similar to the fire service. Volunteers will have a pager and if an urgent job comes in the FRU will respond as well as an ambulance for back up.

Levin, Foxton and Ōtaki Diary August 2021 Massages on hold at present but available at Addis House each Thursday by appointment. Please ask Jennie. Pure Breast Care. Ph Liz 0800 259 061. Winchester House.

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Foxton Cancer Kōrero (talk), St Johns Hall, Avenue Road. A place to talk if newly diagnosed, in or post treatment.


Thursday 5

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. All welcome. Topic 1: New Normal. Addis House, 135 Ruahine St, P.Nth.

10am to 11am 06 356 5355

Tuesday 10

Volunteers Meeting. Freemasons Hall, Parker Ave.

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Wednesday 11

Ōtaki Cancer Kōrero (talk), Gertrude Atmore Supper Rooms. A place to talk if newly diagnosed, in or post treatment.

Thursday 12

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. Addis House, PN. Topic 2: Post radiotherapy – Non medical. All welcome.

Wednesday 18

Levin Cancer Kōrero (talk), Winchester House. A place to talk if newly diagnosed, in or post treatment.

Thursday 19

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. All welcome. Topic 3: Sleep & Relaxation. Addis House, 135 Ruahine St PN.

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Lymphoedema Support Group. Winchester House.


Sunday 22

Vintage Car Club. New World Car Park, Levin.

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Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. All Welcome. Topic 4: Exercise & Nutrition. Addis Hse, 135 Ruahine St, PN.

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Friday 27

Daffodil Day

For further information on any of the above please contact: Jennie Wylie, Support Coordinator, Horowhenua Services 112 Winchester Street, Levin 5510 Opening Hours 10am to 2pm

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As a FRU volunteer, if you are on duty and paged, you would then go to the station, grab the FRU and go to the job, assessing the patient and helping until the ambulance arrives. Then you can go back to your day. This is an extra level of service in case an ambulance is delayed. Training is provided to the same level as current volunteers. Sessions are run mostly at the weekend. For the community it means a faster response to urgent situations. This is an additional resource to the local ambulance. Unfortunately, if that ambulance is already on a job or transporting a patient then the responding ambulance is coming from further afield. This means the FRU is a very important first call for people who may be waiting alone.


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Ōtaki Mail – August 2021


Raincoats and gumboots were the fashion of the day for the Ōtaki Friends of the River planting day at the top of the haul road at the end of June. A smaller crowd than most planting days, but the stalwarts came armed with spades and wet weather gear and made short work of the 1000 plus native trees and shrubs waiting to be set into their “forever” places. As the three smaller areas were completed several of the workforce moved into the mature trees to replace some of the trees first planted on the eastern end of the newest site, about 20 years ago. Another stalwart, Eric Matthews, had a very welcome morning tea – cups of hot tea, coffee and biscuits ready as the work was finished.

Among those present were Mark Byers and Liz Sinclair from Waikanae, who had sponsored the day. They have been walking their dogs up the Chrystalls Walkway for the last eight to ten years and say they are impressed with the work the Friends (Fotor) have been doing and how they work with the councils – Greater Wellington and Kapiti Coast District councils and Winstones. “We enjoy the environment and restoration and thought we’d like to contribute and support a really good cause,” they said. Fotor secretary, Trevor Wylie, welcomed everyone and thanked them for turning out on such a miserable day. “We’re creating a better environment,” he said.

He acknowledged the GWRC Ōtaki depot workers for their help with the planting and Mark and Liz for their support “…it’s wonderful to have Waikanae money here.” Although the Ōtaki River was quite high that morning, the extreme rain a few days later didn’t affect the new planting, although there was a slight washout on an earlier site – mostly mulch and nothing to worry about and no real problem… Trevor reported at a later date. “All went well, we got a bit wet of course,” Trevor reported later. “Our planting partners, Mark and Liz were thrilled with the outcome of the day and want to assist further on at some stage.”

Mark Byers and Liz Sinclair, sponsors of the day’s planting, unveiled the plaque commemorating the areas planted, the Ōtaki River was running high that day.

Many hands made for quick work as the volunteers set the 1000 plus seedlings into their forever site.


Ngaro Huruhuru – Native Bees


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Or in this case a native wasp. Commonly called a mason bee and sometimes a potter bee, the Mason Wasp (Pison spinolae) is pretty well known throughout New Zealand. As soon as I started looking into this odd little wasp, the species division waters became clouded. Sometimes they were included in our huruhuru or native bees and sometimes they were put in with our 30 odd species of native wasps. Further muddying the waters was the real Mason bee (sp. Osmia) that is native to the USA and being used as an increasingly popular pollinator in orchards and now being threatened by… wait for it… apis mellifera or the common honey bee who compete for the same food sources but in much larger numbers. Our New Zealand Mason wasps are solitary critters. They do not form colonies or any type of community. They were brought here from Australia around about the 1880s and so are regarded as native and integral our indigenous trees and flowers. They have cousins all over the world and are important pollinators wherever they are found. The Mason wasp has a very small stinger and cannot puncture human skin easily. Adult Mason wasps eat pollen and nectar from flowers and honeydew. They are hunting wasps but don’t eat live prey although anecdotally they have been seen feeding on mosquitoes (a good thing) and other insects. They are of no threat to our honey bees as there is no way that pint sized wasp could take on a hive. Unlike the big gangster Vespula vulgaris or common wasp. The life cycle of the Mason wasp is fascinating if not a little gruesome. The female will spend most of her lifespan building a nest out of mud. She gathers little balls of earth or clay and carries them in her jaws to the building site. This can be in your old raincoat hanging at the backdoor, a keyhole, nooks and crannies, a curtain, and on one occasion the nest blocked all the pressure openings on a friend’s milking plant regulator. She then converts the clay into a thick plaster to build the cells for her eggs. And all the while she sings in a distinctive whiny sort of way. High pitched and very noticeable. So, the hunting bit comes in to it when she sorts out the food for her young. Before the wasp completes the cell, she goes off hunting. For Orb spiders. The ones that make the lovely spiral webs we see glistening with dew in the sunlight. Once she finds a spider she likes the look of, she will bite it and inject it with a chemical that paralyses it. She clamps it

Mason wasp with imprisoned Orb spider.

in her jaws and places it in her nest. She continues until the cell is full. She lays an egg next to the spiders, seals it off and then builds another adjacent cell and the process continues. The spiders can move their legs but they cannot escape or move away. They remain fresh and viable until the eggs hatch and the wee grubs eat them up. Work done, her job is finished. There is no more maternal care given to the offspring. The male patrols the nest to wait for the emerging females so he can fertilise them as soon as they leave the nest. After this there is no further courtship or interaction between mates. But in an interesting twist of fate, or divine comedy or such, there is a predator, a small wasp Melittobia australica, that preys on the Mason wasp by injecting the wasp grubs with its ovipositum through the clay cell wall and laying its eggs inside the grub. These eggs then hatch and consume the host grub. One has to wonder what happens to the poor old Orb spiders! If you would like to attract a Mason wasp to your garden, you might like to try to build a nesting place. From https://www. permaculture.org.nz/blog/louise-shaw/ native-bees 1. Collect a range of bamboo with a hole diameter of around 1–1.5cm. Cut into lengths of 15cm. Or.. 1. Wrap 15cm. by 5 cm pieces of old cereal boxes around a pencil to create cardboard tubes. Secure with tape. Then.. 1. Tie tubes into a bundle tightly with string. 2. Hang Mason Wasp Motel in a dry, warm, sunny spot or place in a bug hotel. It is very important to keep overwintering pupae dry and cool as they can succumb to various fungi. Smaller motels can be moved indoors to a cool dry space overwinter.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Pukekaraka hill plantings complete

What’s On


Elishka Graham puts in the last Renga Renga during the Matariki planting on Pukekaraka hill.

Pukekaraka hill is 150 plants richer thanks to a working bee of 10, together with two children on 7 July. The planting was part of the Matariki Taiao programme, and was the culmination of a major planting programme that has taken place on Pukekaraka Hill, which overlooks St Mary’s Parish and St Peter Chanel School, over the last five years. During that time people have planted more than 1000 plants, mostly trees, on the hill, says Peter Healy, Te Whānau Pukekaraka. Those plantings have involved both St Peter Chanel School and the children. “It’s great to have this final block cleared and planted,” Mr Healy says. Pukekaraka hill is Ngāti Kapu land “and we are really grateful that they have allowed us to plant here.” One of the planters was Elishka Graham, of Māoriland Maara, who put in the last of the Renga Renga (New Zealand rock lilies) planted along the top of the hill. An important part of Matariki is looking after the environment, she says, and this is part of what Māoriland wants to do. The planters were busy again six days later, this time with a planting and beach clean-up at Peka Peka Beach. Matariki is an abbreviation of “Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea” (the eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea) and refers to the cluster of stars known in European tradition as Pleiades.

What’s On Cocktails at The Milk Station 4pm Sun 1 Aug. Cocktail food demonstration along with cocktails to drink, flowers, books and treats to buy. $45, for tickets email margotdecotesworth@gmail.com Stationhouse Social Club 5th August at the Ōtaki Golf Club 6:30–9pm. $45 for a delicious two-course meal and entertainment from two live bands. Tickets email: gregandanje@xtra.co.nz Ōtaki Players Hair The Musical 12 – 28 August. Civic Theatre. Ōtaki Community Board 3 Aug 7pm, Gertrude Atmore Supper Room. Learning About Bees with the Ōtaki Mail’s bee queen Penny Kerr-Hislop 22 Aug 3pm Presbyterian Hall, Mill Rd $5.

Exhibitions The Ōtaki Museum exhibition “Ko Ōtaki te awa: Ōtaki is the river” until the end of October. The next phase featuring other aspects of the river’s history will open a week later. Thurs – Sat, 10am – 2pm. Māoriland Hub: Native Minds: The Power of Music to Change Your Life. Thurs 5 Aug 6pm

Mahara Gallery Waikanae: ‘Ātāroa, the long shadow of the New Zealand land wars.’ Until 18 Sept. Floor talk: Dr Rangihiroa Panoho Aug 21 2.30pm. Paul Thompson: Asemica, artist’s books. 27 July – 18 September 2021 Workshop Aug 28 12.30 -3.30 (booking essential)

Regular Events: Ōtaki Sports Club Social Tennis every Friday from 9–11am followed by a cuppa at the Haruatai Park courts. Ōtaki Women’s Community Club Market. SH1 every Sunday 9 – 3 Waitohu Dune Care Group Mondays, north Ōtaki Beach 9–11 Te Horo Market Te Horo Hall, first Sunday of the month. 10am – 12.30 Ōtaki Library Books and Bickies 2nd Fri of the month 10.30–11.30 Kāpiti Horowhenua Enterprising at 50 Plus Network. Paraparaumu Library. 6.30 last Monday of every month. AngelaandBillR@outlook. co.nz Ōtaki Arthritis Support Group. First Thursday each month (Jan excepted) The Hub. Tasman Road 3.45–5pm Ōtaki Stroke Support Group First Thursday 10am Ōtaki Presbyterian Church Mill Rd.





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Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Ōtaki Repair Café BY MARGARET ANDREWS “The models were made on the big 3D printer in pieces then joined together,” Fern said. “With the ‘giant’ sized printer you can walk underneath the printer.”

Fixed it – was the result for most of the 85 items brought in to the Energise Ōtaki’s fifth Repair Café held at the Memorial Hall on July 4 as happy customers took their goods home. Among the sewers, electricians, bike mechanics and a knife sharpener, were a group of 3D printer operators in action making a part for a cake mixer and bases for war gaming figures among others. With most items successfully repaired many bikes, a variety of electrical items and articles of clothing and jewellery, were taken home now they were useful again. The 3D printing people attracted a lot of interest with Chris Georgetti and Ethan Rutter from Ōtaki College using the college 3D printers were joined by Fern and Sam Campbell who prepared 3D models for the Whale Song sculptured whales on display at Coastlands Mall.

Organiser Hanna Wagner-Nicholls said it was another successful turnout with about 80 people attending, many use it as a meeting point and chance to sit down for a coffee and chat in the café corner, the operators were from a local group community group on a fund raiser. “The workshops were an opportunity for people to learn new skills and trying to do things for themselves learning from someone with the skills who can show” Ms Wagner-Nicholls said. “Inherited items and heirlooms – it’s a pity to throw them out. It was good having Chris and Ethan from Ōtaki College. It’s very important for young people to learn to care for things, the present day most things can’t be repaired.” Of all the items brought in only five were beyond repair but where feasible parts were recycled. The next Repair Café will held 17 October.

Ōtaki Community Grant launches as source gets top prize Local charity Energise Ōtaki has won a top national prize for its solar farm project, just as a grant for community energy projects is launched from its proceeds. The ‘Best Community Energy Project 2021’ award went to the trust’s engineering partner Infratec, in the SEANZ Fronius New Zealand Sustainable Energy Industry Awards held in July. SEANZ called the project’s community model “a quantum step forward” in energy production. Energise Ōtaki Chair Leigh Ramsey says, “We were stoked. We are aiming for energy independence in Ōtaki; hearing about the win while launching a grant that the farm is paying for… the sun’s shining on us today.” The Whakahiko Ōtaki – Energise Ōtaki Fund will take money raised from selling solar power and give it to local projects. Energise Ōtaki is now calling for applications. “It’s really not just about electricity, it’s about ‘good energy’”, says fund committee member, KCDC Councillor James Cootes. “We’ll boost projects that promote a sustainable energy future or reduce energy poverty and energy waste, or ones that educate and motivate, even provide jobs. Our criteria are pretty broad, because Ōtaki’s energised by its stellar creative projects – art, music – as well its technical ones.” An open workshop will be held in September for people wanting to further develop their ideas before applying, and applications close on 1st October. Funding rounds will be held annually. The Fund committee (Leigh Ramsey and Dave Rumsey of Energise Ōtaki, Tanira Cooper of Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki, KCDC Councillor James Cootes and Honiara IrwinEasthope from Wellington Community Trust) expect to divvy up around $23,000 to donate to a number of energy-focused ideas and projects. More information and application forms are on the Energise Ōtaki website: energise.otaki.net.nz/whakahiko-otaki Revenue-generating solar panels at the Rau Kūmara site.

Tracy Pearl salvages all parts – screws, wires and metal body, from Jill Brown’s electric jug, one of five items which couldn’t be repaired, parts will be recycled of reused.

Zero Waste Otaki Update BY JAMIE BULL

We have all been reminded of the importance of this initiative recently, as participants in discussion groups looking at options and possibilities for dealing with excess timber and wood in our region. Timber and wood comprises 33% of our waste stream in Kāpiti. So while our operation at the moment is relatively small scale, as we grow, our importance will increase. The Zero Waste Ōtaki site is currently in a transition stage. We have gone from having a relatively ordered site to chaos in a few short weeks. This is due to on going site works which when finished will enable us to get on with creating permanent facilities and structures for the long term. In the meantime there have been significant delays – which means that while operating still, the site is very messy and visitors need to be aware there are some health and safety issues and to exercise caution. Particularly with respect to exposed glass.

And while we practice patience, there are positives occurring which tie in with this. We have received a significant amount of mulch from Composting New Zealand which will be spread over the earth mounds which have been developed around the parameter of our site. It is ZWO responsibility to look after the site, and Jane has a wonderful planting plan to both stabilise the mounds, make the site an attractive place to be (otherwise the blackberry will take over again) and to encourage bees and birds. As our site is on a capped land fill, much (but not all) of our planting needs to be shallow rooted plants. There is a very large area to be planted – as well as the planter boxes, which are starting to be constructed. However, the mounds can take some plants with deeper roots. We do not have a budget to purchase plants so are looking out for donated plants. We are seeking natives eg coprosma, hebes, grasses, manuka and pittosporum. And when we have a decent number of plants, we will be needing help with planting. If you have any relatively established natives self sown on your section, we would be delighted to receive them. We are not in a position to collect but a drop off at a workable time can be organised. Contact Jane 027 232 3051 or drop then off on a Wednesday morning 9.15 – 11am. Follow us on Facebook and our website zerowasteotaki.nz


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Rāhui stumble in semi-final BY FRANK NEILL Rāhui could not quite manage to clear the second to last hurdle in the Horowhenua Kāpiti premier rugby competition. After finishing the round robin section of the competition in second place, Rāhui met Levin College Old Boys in the semi-final at the Ōtaki Domain on 3 July. Having defeated the Levin team twice in the round robin matches, Rāhui went into the match as favourites. However, it was the Levin team who emerged the victors, winning 37-21. Morehu Connor-Phillips and Paora Connor-Phillips scored tries for Rāhui, while Jack Tatu-Robertsson kicked three penalties and a conversion. Joel Winterburn scored three MVP points, Sam Gibson 2 points and Paora Connor-Phillips one point.

A week earlier, Rāhui came back from a 10-7 half time deficit against Foxton to score a comfortable 32-10 victory. The Ōtaki-based team scored five tries, with Morehu Connor-Phillips, Sam Gibson, Mish Buick and Jack Tatu-Robertsson dotting down. Jack added three conversions and two penalties. Rāhui notched up a convincing 27-3 victory over Shannon at the Ōtaki Domain on 19 June. In very wet and slippery conditions, Rāhui produced a great display of wet weather rugby to dominate the match. Along with outstanding defence, Rāhui produced some excellent attacking play which saw them run in two tries when Alizay Roach and Sam Gibson, who also scored 1 MVP point, dotted down. Jack Tatu-Robertsson kicked one conversion and five penalties and was awarded 3 MVP points for the match. Trevor Marama was the other MVP scorer with two points. Rāhui defeated Levin College Old Boys 36-22 on 22 May, notching up seven tries. Leon Ellison, Nicholas Fleming, Lewy Marshall, Manupiri Rikihana, Richmond Wells and Mish Buick dotted down for Rāhui. Jack Tatu-Robertsson kicked two conversions and Mish Buick one conversion. Teraiti Donaghy scored three MVP points, Hayden Rasmussen 2 points and Leon Ellison one point.

Jack Tatu-Robertsson, one of Rāhui’s outstanding players during the 2021 season, kicks for position during the match against Levin College Old Boys on 3 July.

Sam Gibson completing his jump over a would-be tackler on his way to scoring a try against Shannon in wet and gloomy conditions on 19 June.

Ōtaki footballers top their tables BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki’s two senior football teams were at the top of their competition tables when this edition of the Ōtaki Mail went to press. The women’s team, Ōtaki Kāeaea, is certainly soaring in the second round of the competition after finishing round one in fourth place. Its latest win came when Western Suburbs Dinoscores defaulted to Ōtaki on 18 July.

Ōtaki’s Travis Robertson (right) and Manakau’s Ray Lenaghan converge on the ball, watched by Michael Glensor during the local derby on 10 July.

A week earlier Ōtaki Kāeaea notched up a convincing 3-1 victory over Wellington United Rubies, who sit third on the table. Louisa Donnell scored twice in the match, played at Haruatai Park, while Haley Bertelsen added a penalty. Catherine McKnight was awarded three MVP points, Shaneen Kane two points and Aimee Porteners one point. Another convincing win came Ōtaki’s way on 4 July when they beat Brooklyn Northern United Salty Pidgins 3-0. Louisa Donnell again found the back of the net twice and Kelsi Robertson also scored. Georgia Cooper won three MVP points, Hannah Grimmett two points and Shaneen Kane one point. The match against Island Bay United Orcas, scheduled for 27 June, was postponed because of wet weather. Wet weather also saw all games in the Horowhenua Kāpiti men’s football competition cancelled on 17 July. Ōtaki Purutaitama and Manakau Hui Mai produced a gripping match in the local derby at Manakau Domain a week earlier – on 10 July. It was a close, evenly fought encounter and, in the words of a well-worn phrase, somewhat a game of two halves. Ōtaki looked the most likely to score in the first half, and score they did when Devon Yung found the back of the net from the penalty spot. It was Manakau who looked the most likely in the second half, and they were rewarded for a fine effort against the leading team in the competition when Atain Halley scored. Rory McClennan was awarded three MVP points for Manakau Hui Mai, Peter Dawson two points and Marty Yaxley one point. Manakau Hui Mai lay second on the second division table following this result. Manakau Tuakana Teina are also second in their competition, the third division, following the rained out

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matches on 17 July. A week earlier the team had a bye and it notched up a valuable victory on 3 July, beating Waikanae Coasters 3-2. Father and son Robert and James Wylie scored and Finley Stevenson also found the back of the net. James Wylie was awarded three MVP points, Gareth Bulliff two points and Chris Henry one point.

Louisa Donnell, who scored two goals in the match, in action during Ōtaki Kāeaea’s 3-1 victory over Wellington United Rubies on 11 July.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

HAIR BY GRAHAM ORCHARD, ŌTAKI PLAYERS So before we go any further let us address the elephant in the room – nudity, or more to the point, nudity in the rock musical HAIR. In actual fact when HAIR opened off Broadway in 1967 there was no nudity, that came later in 1968 when it opened on Broadway, and yes it was controversial. I have watched many theatre productions of HAIR while researching and only one company had nudity. I have mixed feelings because so often in conversations about the musical it is the first thing referred to, usually jokingly, and yet this show is SO much more. HAIR is without a doubt a reflection and product of its time, but still relevant to the world we live in today. It was the first “Rock Musical”, there was nothing quite like it performing on stage anywhere. Audiences had varied reactions as did the critics. Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated a month before the show opened. Woodstock was yet to come, but there were already peaceful human Be-ins in Monterey, festivals and protest. HAIR the musical follows a “tribe” of friends politically protesting Vietnam, promoting free love and peace against the backdrop of their own lives and the world that was changing with them.

There is a frankness to this show, a frankness about sexuality, drugs and politics. The writers knew what they wanted to say. So it has been a challenging show for a cast even in these modern times. It has been exhausting, thought provoking, but always wonderful. Wonderful because we get to work together, this is community theatre. We all have families, jobs, commitments. But we come together and rehearse for hours for the same reason… We love it! Oh, and here is a fun little aside we have a New Zealand connection to HAIR. In the original West End production in 1968 Tim Curry had his first full time acting job and it was in that show that he met another cast member called Richard O’Brien, yes the first meeting of what was to one day become “The Rocky Horror Show” But now back to where we started and the elephant in the room – there is no nudity in Ōtaki Players production of HAIR. But there is talent, passion, fabulous songs and a great vibe! So for one evening turn the devices off and come experience live theatre. Join our tribe! Peace Tracy Wills-Wright Photo by Annette Scullion.


3 August

Ōtaki Community Board Meeting


Gertrude Atmore Room, Memorial Hall, Main Street, Ōtaki


5 August

Public Forum


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


5 August

Strategy and Operations Committee Meeting


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


10 August

Waikanae Community Board Meeting


Waikanae Community Centre, Utauta Street, Waikanae


12 August

Audit and Risk Sub-committee Meeting


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


17 August

Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board Meeting


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


24 August

Paekākāriki Community Board Meeting


St Peter’s Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāriki


26 August

Public Forum


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


26 August

Council Meeting


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu

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Otaki Players Society

Book and Lyrics by

Music by

Gerome Ragni & James Rado

Galt MacDermot

Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre Director & Choreography: Tracy Wills-Wright

Musical Direction: Graham Orchard & Andrea King

OTAKI CIVIC THEATRE August 12,13,14, 19,20,21, 25,26,27,28 @7.30pm Sunday Matinees: August 15 & 22 @3.00pm Early bird ticket special: Adults $30.00 (for the month of June), thereafter $35.00 Students: early bird $20.00 (for the month of June), thereafter $25.00

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~ Warning: some content may offend ~ “HAIR” is presented by permission of ORiGiNTM Theatrical on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, A Concord Theatricals Company


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Musical Muse – ‘Let’s Talk About Me’ – The Musical BY ANN CHAPMAN

Andrew London has moved on since we profiled him as our first ever Musical Muse some two years ago. Since then life has seen some dramatic changes in his world as a musical performer. Covid happened. Lockdown happened. And suddenly there was no work. Musical shows, his bread and butter were cancelled. Lockdown forced some lateral thinking, and he got creative. Three new indicatives came out of his enforced seclusion. Trapped in his home but accessible by email, friends started showering him with ideas and more than a few ‘what abouts’ were suggested. A friend suggested internet shows. Another friend’s suggestion that he wanted Andrew to perform a 45 minutes show to a group of 100, one lunchtime started the ball rolling. He was sent an audio interface on condition that he perform a high quality 45 minutes show to an audience of 100 at the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). But first Andrew had to upskill himself in the technology needed to do this. He needed to know how to use the audiointerface and he had precious little time to practice before his lunchtime date. Two weeks later with minutes to spare his first Skype show went live. That prompted his series of weekly internet shows, Live at the Londons where he and Kirsten played to an international audience. No ticket sales but a virtual koha box was provided which kept the wolves from the door. He also now had the space for some more song writing. Most of Andrew’s songs are all written by him, and new songs, The Covid Suite, were added to his repertoire. And then the book, Let’s Talk About Me, became part of his lockdown experience. Published at the end of lockdown, the

book features most of his songs, witty, political, funny and powerful are all there in this book which in turn prompted the third activity. A couple of friends, and unlikely sounding duo, April Phillips, a script writer and producer, and Wayne Mills an accountant suggested a show. A Musical based on Andrew’s songs. They asked themselves ‘what would it take to do this?’ Firstly they need a budget. Enter Wayne. Then they needed to free up April from any other commitment. Funding was not forthcoming from Creative NZ at that stage so they turned to crowdfunding using ‘Boosted ‘ an Art’s Council initiative. The reached their target and immediately got started on Let’s Talk About Me - The Musical. The title of the show is from Andrew’s most frequently requested song and is the name of his book. They used that funding to pay April, to get sets designed, do another budget to stage the show, do some research and after three months the script was done. “When April came with her script she was really nervous,” Andrew said. “In fact I nearly cried when I read it. It was so good, so funny.” It is a hilarious and musical ride following a middle-aged kiwi bloke navigating his way through a mid-life crisis. Its comedy theme is cleverly meshed with Andrew’s most popular songs that provide the right element of satire and whimsy to the story line. The two hour musical is chock full of laughter and endearing moments of pathos. There was only a little left in the kitty so more funding was needed to employ the cast, the director, the musical director so they formed a three-way partnership and applied once again for funding from Creative NZ. They received all they asked for and a sum of $16 thousand meant they could get the show on the road. The musical now has a cast of four. Andrew was persuaded to play the lead, local woman Tracey Savage joined the cast as well as April and Jeremy Nelson. The music is provided by Andrew (singer/ guitar)and Kirsten London, (bass) Greg Crayford on drums along with Michael Crawford on sax and keyboard. The show will be directed by Fingal Pollock, and musical director is Nick Granville. Rehearsals start in mid-August for the opening night at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre, Coastlands Theatre on 23 September. There will be two other evening shows plus a matinee before the cast hits the road and tours New Zealand. Watch this space for when tickets become available. Copies of Andrew’s book are available at Book&Co State Highway l, Ōtaki.

Let’s Talk About Me – The Song So nice to see you, how you been? It’s been a year or two I’ve heard you’re doing famously at whatever it is you do me? I’m just fantastic, so nice of you to ask we got this conversation back on track at last… You must have heard I got that job in the advertising game you won’t believe how much I earn, but I’m still just the same Sure I go to San Francisco and the Cote d’Azure on biz and all my friends are famous or they know someone who is Let’s talk about me. I’m much more interesting than you Let’s talk about me. My life is fabulous it’s true Let’s talk about me. It’s something that you all should do That’s enough about me, let’s talk about you What do you think about me? So tell me, how’s the band and how’s that little town you settled in? I can’t remember what it’s called, let’s all have another gin and I’ll tell you how I met the All Black captain just last week and maybe then you’ll get a chance to speak… or not Let’s talk about me. I’m much more interesting than you Let’s talk about me. My life is fabulous it’s true Let’s talk about me. It’s something that you all should do That’s enough about me, let’s talk about you What do you think about me? So nice to see you, how you been? It’s been a year or two I’ve heard you’re doing swimmingly at whatever it is you do me? I’m just fantastic, well the Prozac helps a bit and it’s only when I stop I realise I’m talking… Shall we talk about me?

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Ōtaki Update July 2021

Waterworks on Main Street nearing completion Installation of 1.6km of a new water main along Tasman Road and Main Street will be completed in early August. General Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says installing the new, bigger water pipe is part of Council’s planned maintenance to cater for an growing population, improve water network resilience and replace aging pipes. “We’ve also taken the opportunity to widen a section of Main Street that was narrowed as part of street scaping in 2011,” Mr Mallon said. “The community reported to us that the narrowed road didn’t feel safe, so we’ve rebuilt the edge of the road approximately one metre back from its previous position. “We understand the work has been quite disruptive over the last couple of months and appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation while we got the mahi done.”

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Ōtaki Community Board by-election

Research to reveal alcohol issues in Kāpiti

Sharing your life with a canine companion? It’s important for their and everyone else’s safety that dogs are well cared for, kept under control and registered.

The Ōtaki Community Board has a new member.

We’ve started work to explore whether a local alcohol policy for Kāpiti could reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.

To avoid a late fee dogs should be registered with Council by 2 August 2021. The new tag colour for 2021/22 is a fetching (get it?) red so be sure to have that displayed when out and about on your next adventures.  Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/dog-registration or call us on 0800 486 486 to get started.

Following the resignation of Stephen Carkeek from the Board we called for nominations from the community to fill the position. As a result Cam Butler was elected unopposed and will sit as a member until the end of the term. Mr Butler lives in the Ōtaki area and has had a long association with a number of clubs and organisations. Community Boards are an important part of local democracy and we acknowledge everyone who puts themselves forward to represent their communities.

Many people enjoy alcohol responsibly and safely, but it can cause harm. A local alcohol policy could set different rules in different areas to reflect each community’s views, character, needs and values. First, we need understand the issues we face and whether this would be the most effective way of reducing harm. In the coming months we’ll be asking for your thoughts, so keep an eye on our website for more information.  Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/local-alcoholpolicy or email our Policy team at localalcoholpolicy@kapiticoast.govt.nz



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Plant out new roses in rich, well-drained soil, with plenty of compost and complete pruning of established plants in time for spring growth. Plant out bulbs for summer flowering – gladioli, galtonia, tigridia, late-blooming nerines and amaryllis. Late August is a good time to lift and divide perennials like hemerocallis (day lilies) and plants like grasses, hellebores and ferns which do not like to be split in autumn. Lightly trim sasanqua camellias that have finished flowering. Tie in wayward growths on climbers such as bougainvillea and give a light prune to tidy up. Prune your wisteria now – cut back to spurs, each with 2–3 fat buds. Complete pruning of deciduous, summer-flowering shrubs such as buddleias, fuchsias and hydrangeas. Dead-head proteas, and leucodendrons as flowering finishes. Cut them back quite hard but make sure you leave a little leafy growth behind. Protect hostas from slugs and snails with a copper barrier, old coffee grounds or sharp grit. Lift and divide snowdrops as they finish flowering – they are best handled ‘in the green’. Sow seeds of alyssum, begonia, carnation, celosia, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, marigold, petunia, phlox, viscaria, zinnia, nemesia, delphinium and viola. Plant out seedlings of pansies, viola, polyanthus, cineraria, stock, poppy, cornflower, hollyhock, carnations, cosmos and Canterbury bells.

Plant out your early season potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes. Use frost cloth to protect sprouting potatoes from late frost. Plant asparagus crowns into prepared garden beds. Rhubarb roots, strawberry runners and garlic can also be planted now. Fertilise all fruit trees – spread evenly over root zone, taking care to keep away from the trunk. Protect fruit tree blossom from late frosts. Prune and tie-in espaliered and fan-trained fruit trees. Sow seeds of plants that need a long growing season such as tomatoes, peppers (capsicums and chillies) and aubergines in pots or trays for planting out later. If your soil is warm and friable sow beetroot, cabbages, leeks, cauliflowers, lettuces, peas, radishes, silver-beet, spinach and turnips. If in doubt, sow in trays for planting out later when the weather is warmer. Plant your seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, broccoli, silver-beet and spinach. Plant out perennial herbs such as thyme, marjoram, tarragon, sage and parsley, and divide up and transplant old plants in fresh soil.


Evenly apply a balanced lawn fertiliser to stimulate new growth. Moss can be a problem in poorly drained or shady areas of lawn. – rake area thoroughly and apply a solution of sulphate of iron (10g per square metre) to kill moss.

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At this time of year, gumboot deep in the depths of winter, we search for signs the days are getting longer and possibly slightly warmer. Some years this process appears to take longer than others, but there are always some late winter early spring plants that can bring joy, regardless of what is happening outside. Viburnum is the plant that cheers my heart (and my garden) during the winter glums. This versatile family of easy and rewarding small trees and shrubs ranges from the popular snowball tree, Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’ with its maple-like green leaves and massed pompoms of green-white flowers (snowballs) to evergreen Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ which is lovely as a hedge (the mid green foliage is lush and trims well). ‘Eve Price’ has the extra bonus of being extremely tolerant of harsh weather conditions, even strong winds. The semi-evergreen Viburnum x burkwoodii is one of the early bloomers with tight clusters of white flowers opening from pink buds, and flowering from winter through to spring. The sweet, delicate fragrance is reminiscent of soft baby powder. ‘Anne Russell’ is a popular hybrid producing strongly perfumed pink to white flowers. A special favourite is Viburnum x caricephalum. Its strong scent, carried a long way in the air, evokes the freshness of a summer’s day. Viburnum carlesii is known as the Korean spice viburnum and you do get a divine smell of cinnamon or nutmeg, even a hint of clove-like carnation in its scent. The rounded clusters of flowers emerge pure white from pink buds followed later by jet black fruits. The leaves are dull green often colouring in the autumn. ‘Auroa’ is a standout, with red flower buds, opening to pink and deliciously fragrant flower clusters. The showier but unscented viburnums appear in spring. Viburnum plicatum ‘Marlessii’ is often likened to a tired wedding cake because its beautiful, flat, white flowers sit along the spreading branches. Viburnum plicatum

tomentosum is similar but with toothy leaves that also colour well in autumn. Providing flowers, fragrance, berries and autumn colour, these evergreen and deciduous shrubs flourish in virtually any soil though they are happiest in a rich hummus that does not completely dry out in summer. Most are frost hardy and will tolerate light shade, making them a great addition to any garden, particularly as a background shrub. If you choose carefully, you can have a viburnum in flower from winter through to the start of summer.


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Focus on growing currants

Currants are native to the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere and have been cultivated in Europe since the 1500s. A long-lived, small bush (like gooseberries, their close relations), they are ideal for a range of garden sizes, easily fitting into small spaces as a hedging border or as a stand-alone specimen. A mixture of red, white and black currants can make a unique feature in your landscape (and in the kitchen). The most common is the black currant, best known for jam, and the vitamin C-rich syrup. Blackcurrants, botanically called Ribes nigrum, are extremely high in vitamin C, with four times the amount found in oranges. They also provide significant amounts of vitamin E, carotenes and potassium. Blackcurrant seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a rare essential acid. Red currants, R. rubrum, are mostly used as jelly to serve with meat, and have much less vitamin C. The white ones contain virtually none – the darker the fruit the better it is for you. Plant your currants in winter, either in full sun or choose a site with late afternoon shade. They grow in various soil types but prefer heavier soils, rich in clay. Thick organic mulch helps suppress weeds, keeps soil cool, and gives bushes the nourishment they need. Currants are low feeders. An annual application of citrus fertiliser is plenty. Being shallow rooted, the plants need regular moisture through the warmer seasons, and shelter from hot, drying winds. They also prefer 800–1500 chilling hours – the number of flowers and fruit set are reduced if there is a lack of winter chill.

Black currants fruit on year-old, light brown growth, so cut out old wood when bushes have finished fruiting, leaving the pale stems to produce next season’s fruit. Red and white currants fruit on spurs that form on old wood, so need less drastic pruning, which can be left till autumn or winter. Remove downward pointing growths and shorten all branches by about a third – the aim is to have open bushes, enabling air to circulate freely. Those varieties with the prefix Ben (‘Ben Mapua’ and ‘Ben Rua’) are black currants developed to flower later than other varieties such as ‘Tai Tahi’ and ‘Magnus,’ which has a tart, sharp taste, sweetening when fully ripe. Popular varieties amongst red currants include ‘Gloria de Versailles’ and ‘Myra McKee,’ but the

Magnolia magic Magnolias are one of the loveliest and most impressive mid-winter/spring flowers (some will flower intermittently during summer). With thick, waxy petals forming goblets on bare branches, a mature magnolia is a breathtaking sight, and most have wonderful, silky buds that form in winter, a reminder of the wonders to come. Magnolia denudate is one of the earliest magnolias to bloom, although sadly, rather susceptible to frost. The large, fragrant white flowers are held upright on naked branch tips (it was planted outside monasteries in its native China as a symbol of purity), giving it a distinct Oriental appearance. Magnolia denudate will eventually grow to a tall, spreading tree (5 x 4m), so make sure you make room for this special treasure. Varieties of Magnolia x soulangeana are great for backyard gardens. Try the reliable ‘San Jose,’ a delightful, small tree that flowers young with maroon,

chalice-shaped flowers fading to dusky pink or ‘Lienni’ an upright tree producing large, goblet-shaped, beautifully molded flowers, each petal incurving at the tips, coloured a rich rosy-purple, white inside, and pleasantly fragrant. Other magnolias suited to city gardens include ‘Felix Jury,’ whose huge magenta-pink flowers appear from early spring, ‘Vulcan’ which has deep port wine flowers, ‘Black Tulip’ that produces black-red blooms mid-season and is reasonably wind tolerant, and ‘Burgundy Star’ which has narrow, upright growth that works well in courtyards and driveways, great as a specimen tree, or trimmed as a hedge. Flowers are star-shaped and wine-red, appearing late winter early spring. A smallish magnolia that also flowers when young is M. x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel.’ A magnificent, open branched small tree (more like a bushy shrub), it produces a mass of narrow petalled, star shaped, soft lavender pink blooms, opening from deeper buds, early in the season and lasting for several weeks (fortunately unaffected by frost). If you’re after a change of hue there is the conicalshaped tree, ‘Elizabeth’ which bears fragrant, clear primrose yellow, cup-shaped flowers. However, not all magnolias are grown for their flowers – the huge, papery-thin leaves of Magnolia macrophylla have divine, bluish-green undersides in spring. The leaves later turn white as they fall in autumn, making quite a sight as they carpet the ground. Ideally plant magnolias in a sunny position away from strong, cold winds, making sure you give then plenty of room to develop. While they prefer good, well-drained soil they will cope with heavier soil. It’s important to mulch to conserve moisture and to water well, especially the younger trees in dry weather. Pruning is not necessary, but you can do so if you want to reduce size.

vigorous ‘Jonkheer van Tets,’ which was bred in the Netherlands almost 80 years ago, is the earliest to flower and fruit. White currants are an albino form of the red, and taste less tart. Not as popular as the red, they are usually sold without a variety label, although two old varieties, ‘White Versailles’ and ‘White Dutch,’ sometimes appear in garden centres. ‘White Grape’ has large clusters of pale pinkish yellow fruit. At harvest time pick the entire cluster – berries can be frozen whole or eaten fresh, made into jam, sauces or jelly (the white makes the best jelly). Blackbirds and sparrows love the soft fruit, especially the red variety, so protect your fruit with bird netting.


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Long-term Plan 2021– 41 Our plan for securing our future Message from the Mayor Tēnā koutou katoa A big thank you to everyone who helped shape our Long-term Plan 2021–41, whether you had a say during the consultation phase or shared your thoughts with us another time over the last three years.

In this plan, we have included five community outcomes. These are our priorities and reflect the big issues we must address so we can continue strengthening our community, environment and economy.

Between a global pandemic, a growing population, issues with housing availability and affordability and responding to climate change, we’re at a point where bold action is required to make sure we’re building our resilience and protecting what we love about the Kāpiti lifestyle.

I am proud that, working with Mana Whenua representatives from Ngāti Raukawa au ki te Tonga, Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi, we were able to develop a community outcome highlighting the importance of the Mana Whenua–Council relationship and how it contributes to all the other outcomes. This is key to the future of our district’s development.

Following central government’s lead and advice, we have adopted a stimulus plan and budget. We have trebled our capital expenditure programme, keeping our focus on our core infrastructure role, which makes up 71 percent of our $1.4 billion spend over the course of this plan. While many expressed concern over the rates increase, the plan was well supported, and there was agreement that investing for growth and resilience is the right approach to take at this time. The community also told us it wanted to see movement on a number of key issues and through this plan we are taking steps to address these. The plan will see an average rates increase of 7.79 percent for 2021/22. While Council would absolutely prefer to have a lower rates increase, Council’s view is that the district’s key need at this time is for investment to help stimulate recovery and prepare for the future. We can’t afford to wait.

No decisions were made lightly. Councillors, as your elected community representatives, had to weigh up the views of submitters, the benefits and risks, and the needs and aspirations of our community both now and in the future. We know not everyone will agree with our decisions, so we want to explain what sits behind them. I encourage you to read on to learn a little bit more about what’s in the plan and why. Ngā mihi

K Gurunathan Mayor, Kāpiti Coast District

Your views counted Consultation ran from 7 April to 10 May 2021 and the final Long-term Plan was adopted by Council on 24 June 2021. We received a total of 741 submissions from individuals and organisations across the district. People provided feedback via our online survey, email, on paper, or in person. Submitters didn’t have to respond to all the questions we asked, just the ones that mattered to them.



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Our four key decisions

1 Should Council take a bigger role in housing?

THE DECISION: ✓ YES – Council should take a bigger role in housing In the Long-term Plan, we will take action in several ways to expand our contribution to improving housing access and affordability in our community. Our main focus will be to increase our activities to support and enable development.

THE WHY: There are significant and well-documented issues with access to housing and housing affordability in Kāpiti and we know this is something many are concerned about. Over half of the respondents to this question said yes, Council should take a bigger role, with 244 wanting Council to take on the role of enabler. Council will now look at the options available to us, including the possibility of exploring opportunities to increase our role in social housing (in partnership with iwi, a community housing provider or central government), how we could influence the supply of affordable housing through things like expanding land supply, incentivising higher-density development in suitable areas or looking at providing increased housing by encouraging a wide range of developments.

2 Should we renew the Paekākāriki sea wall a different way?

THE DECISION: ✓ YES – rebuild the wall in timber Starting in the coming year (2021/22), we will rebuild the wall in timber to improve protection of the road, three waters infrastructure, and the beach environment. This includes improving access to the beach for all users and incorporating an art and cultural thread in the design.

THE WHY: Since consultation was undertaken with the community for the 2018–38 Long-term Plan about the Paekākāriki seawall and a plan developed, costs and conditions have changed and the previously agreed plan is now unaffordable. 70.9 percent of respondents to this question said they would like the seawall to be replaced with a timber wall, and Councillors agreed. As far as possible we will work to ensure we retain the core elements of the concrete design option worked on with the Paekākāriki Seawall Design Group and the Community Board in consultation with the Paekākāriki community. The timber wall will cost $17.1 million and will be built in stages over the next five years. The staged approach better suits local contracting companies and will enable us to plan construction for when the weather is more reliable. The wall’s estimated life will be 25 years.


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3 Should we set up a CCO (Council controlled organisation)?

THE DECISION: ✓ YES – we should set up a CCO In the first year of the plan, we will set up a CCO for Kāpiti. If and when we have a specific activity or activities, that we consider could be managed by this CCO we will undertake a specific community consultation before any action is taken.

THE WHY: Over half (56.1 percent) of respondents to this question indicated support for Council setting up a CCO. Many saw an opportunity for a CCO to play a role in the airport. The main reason respondents gave for not wanting Council to set up a CCO was the belief that CCOs are not the core business of Council. CCOs are used by more than half of New Zealand’s councils. Council made the decision to proceed with establishing a CCO for potential future use because it can be useful to manage services, hold assets and leverage opportunities for delivering major projects. CCOs can also attract funding from sources other than ratepayers and a council-controlled trading organisation can generate a profit from its activities that is returned to the council. Under its governing legislation, a council itself is not allowed to generate a profit. When we asked people if they support Council exploring other ways to generate income, 79.3 percent of those who responded said yes, we should.

4 Should Council explore ways to have a role in the future of the Kapiti Coast Airport?

THE DECISION: ✓ YES – Council should explore ways to have a role in the airport We will start exploring whether the Council could potentially have a role in the airport. As Kapiti Coast Airport is privately owned, any future steps would need the agreement of the airport’s owners and a full consultation with the community about a specific proposal, so this is a first step.

THE WHY: The future of the privately-owned Kapiti Coast Airport is uncertain. Of those respondents who answered this question, 73.6 percent said that Council should explore ways to have a role in the airport. The main reason being that the airport is an important asset for Kāpiti. What we will do initially is investigate how various scenarios could work for our district, for example operating the airport under a lease or owning it in partnership. We will also be open to other options that may emerge which would benefit our community. If we identify a viable option, the second step will be to consult with the community on a specific proposal. While we explore the options we will also build and maintain dialogue with the airport owner, iwi and other important stakeholders.



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THE DECISION: We will be increasing our investment in our district’s infrastructure and facilities to respond to the impacts of the pandemic on our community as well as the impacts of growth and climate change.

THE WHY: We asked if people thought that investing for resilience and growth is the right approach for Council to take at this time. Out of 382 responses to this question, 307 were in support of this approach but emphasised the need to proceed with care. Council acknowledges that there will be challenges in getting through the level of work outlined in the plan and is gearing up to manage all aspects of what is proposed closely. We are also looking to do some things differently to create efficiencies.

RATES FOR 2021/22

THE DECISION: Council set the average rates increase of 7.79 percent for 2021/22. Some of this increase is related to our proposed increased spending, but the Council is also facing higher costs that we have no choice but to pass on. For example, inflation* and depreciation accounts for 6.2 percent (on average) of the proposed rates increase. Only 1.6 percent (on average) of the proposed rates increase are changes to the work programme.

The rates increase will vary for different properties across the district. To find out the 2021/22 increase for your property use our rates calculator at kapiticoast.govt.nz/rates.

THE WHY: Over half (57 percent) of the respondents who shared their views on the proposed rates said that they did not accept the need for the increase and think that Council should find a different way to deal with cost increases. The main reason given for opposition was that rates increases result in hardship and unaffordability. Council’s view is that the district’s key need at this time is for investment to help stimulate recovery and prepare for the future. When asked, the community agreed that investing for resilience and growth is the right approach for Council to take at this time. We also need to make some catch-ups after a lower than proposed increase last year in response to COVID-19. The Council is very mindful that affordability of increasing rates is a concern. Council has added $50,000 per year to its rates remission fund that will potentially provide rates assistance to a further 167 households on top of the current level of uptake. The reality is we are highly dependent on rates. Revenue from rates makes up around three-quarters of Council’s income. Through this Long-term Plan Council will explore other ways to generate an income. * We use the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) to measure inflation, rather than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) because the LGCI refers specifically to costs councils face.

Our plan for securing our future TOITŪ KĀPITI

Long-term Plan 2021–41




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Ōtaki – Education Town 40 Hours of Futsall Mania – Manukura GPS BY PENNY GAYLOR Manukura GPS lads have done it again! They’ve completed their challenge to play Futsall for 40 hours, spurred on by their commitment to fundraise for Liam Paroli and his whanau. The $8300 raised by their non stop Futsall challenge was to help Liam who is having cancer treatment. Ōtaki College’s Manukura GPS is a boys leadership group based on helping serve our community and provide belonging for our young men, says teacher and Manukura mentor Sam Ward. The group of 25, and based from Year 11–13 wanted to help the Paroli whanau, because of their close ties with Manakau Football Club. With all of the challenges they are now having to face in regards to supporting Liam's cancer treatment, we thought this was a perfect opportunity for us to try and help. Teacher and mentor Sam Ward said “we had 17 different groups/teams/whānau/friends come through and play against us.” “Approximately 1500 goals were scored, and only 2 hours sleep on average. “The GiveALittle page is still live and will be for the next couple of weeks, so hopefully we can still get some follow up donations through!”

Ōtaki Montessori receives NZCT grant Ōtaki Montessori is receiving $58,482 from the New Zealand Community Trust for building improvements to the pre-school centre at Haruatai Park. The Montessori Pre-School Ōtaki is a not-for-profit charitable organisation who receives funding from the Ministry of Education, but that money barely covers the day-to-day running of the pre-school. Concerned that they are unable to maintain their buildings to a healthy state, they applied to the NZCT for a grant. As outlined in their application; “Despite this we are doing our very best with limited resources / equipment to facilitate learning within a safe,suitable and enjoyable environment.” The grant will “help with two projects in relation to two areas which we have identified as needing urgent improvements”. “Firstly covered deck repair and Ramp project. We need help with creating a necessary, safe, dry and practical space for the children in our care. Our existing covered deck area cannot be utilised for this purpose, as it is currently unusable during wet times of the year. This is because the roof leaks and creates a slip hazard. This therefore means that due to these safety concerns on rainy days all the children need to remain inside, which is obviously not conducive to learning nor the wellbeing of our young and diverse learners.” “The money will help create a wheelchair ramp to allow access for everyone, and once these repairs and alterations are completed, the deck area will become an all-weather outside classroom which can be utilised as a gathering space for families and whanau.” “It would also mean we would have a place where we can invite the wider community such as the local ‘aged care facility’ (for example Ocean View Residential Care) and hold other events/ celebrations relevant to the centre. Research shows that connections with the community is beneficial for all as through making links to the community, children develop a wider horizon of interests, providing them with a sense of belonging.” “Secondly the grant will go towards playground improvement. As educators we are aware of the need for physical developmental opportunities to be available to children, and how crucial this is for their holistic development. The children’s learning is limited by our restriction to extend their physical, social, and emotional development, which prepares them for school.”

Congratulations to Manukura GPS who, on the weekend of 17/18 July, undertook a mammoth fundraising challenge. They played a 40 hour non-stop game of football in the College Gym to raise funds to support a local whānau who’s eight year old son is battling cancer. All proceeds are going directly towards the family’s travel to Auckland for cancer treatment over the next 18 months and everything this encompasses. The boys would like to thank everyone who offered such fantastic support over the weekend and to everyone who was willing to donate.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Ōtaki College News July 2021


From the Principal Andy Fraser We now head into Term Three of the school year, which is traditionally very busy, particularly for seniors who tend to be involved in a number of assessments for NCEA. We would encourage whānau to support students as this can sometimes be quite a stressful term for our young people. We will be reopening the Science Block which has now been renovated with new unisex toilets, Sports Director’s office and storage facilities and overall is looking really good for our students to return to. While we are pleased that the block is reopening it has highlighted the fact that we are at 99% capacity with our students and building ratio. In order to manage this we have been working alongside the Ministry of Education to develop an enrolment scheme. The Ministry have informed the College that they have undertaken the required consultation and that there was no negative feedback given through this process. This means that the enrolment zone will be put in place at the commencement of Term One, 2022. Thank you to all those whānau who responded to our survey to ascertain preference around students’ legal or preferred name to be used on reports. Following this consultation the feedback strongly reflects a desire to maintain legal names on our school reports, however, if you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me at the College. The BoT has been working on the development of the 2022–26 Strategic Plan. The draft plan can be viewed on our website – www.otakicollege.school.nz. If you have any feedback, please email me at afs@otakicollege.school.nz.

Year 7 and 8 Times Table Challenge

Keiontay Mulvay’s Voyage on the Spirit of Adventure I’d say my experience on the voyage was pretty life changing and I couldn’t be more proud of the person I’ve become after it. I’ve gained a lot of confidence from this experience and I’d like to extend that throughout life because my peers inspired me to do my best and that I could achieve anything if I push myself. It’s been interesting meeting people from different places around the world and getting to know their background and where they’re from. I had the opportunity to become friends with everyone on voyage 822 and have grown to love and appreciate them just as much as they gave me. At the start of Voyage 822 I wasn’t sure about the whole ‘ship’ thing, I wasn’t positive about staying on a boat for 10 days either. A couple of days before it started I was terrified because I knew nobody and was worried what people would think of me. I had so many doubts but reassured myself that I could do this and that this was for me and only me. If I went home before the voyage even started then I would regret it so bad. I have made the most of my time on the voyage 822 because I’ve now realised that I want more than what life has to offer me, I want to be able to chase after what I want and not have it handed to me for no reason. Because then I’ll feel like I haven’t accomplished anything in life and I’ll feel like I have no purpose in life. Back down in Ōtaki I have no clue what I want to do when I become older or what the next chapter of my life will be, but I feel like all the friendships I made with people that they helped indicate that for

In the last week of term we completed the inaugural times tables challenge for Year 7 and 8 students. The students have been practicing their times tables for the last few weeks, both in class and at home. Two students (and one reserve in case they were required) qualified through two intense quizzes to represent their homeroom class in the finals. Congratulations to Ashtyn and Stanley (SWL), Jack and Jackson (LCW), Mana and David (DHT), Darby and Tiaki (SOL), Bijou and Nevaeh (ATN) and Giorgio and Mauatua (MNL). These were the 2021 Term 2 qualifiers. The final was held in the Hall, with the rest of the Year 7 and 8 cohort in the audience. The MC and quiz master for the finals was Mr Wood. It was a very intense competition, however, all of the

participants eventually overcame their nerves and acquitted themselves commendably. The results were: In first place and winner of the Year 7&8 Times Tables Cup was Giorgio Bevan (pictured right), who will be the quiz master in the Term 3 competition. Mana Toimata and Stanley Butler took out second and third place. I am sure they will try to represent their homeroom classes again next term. I would like to thank Whaea Alison and Whaea Louise for developing the competition and for all of the hard work they put into preparing for and running the day. Coline Diver, Curriculum Leader, Mathematics

Wellbeing Walk/Run

a presentation to KCDC in April and were granted $2000 from the Community Grants Fund to support a community social event. As well as the 3 walk/run options we are having activities for children – bouncy castle and slide, outdoor games, sausage sizzle, coffee and Zeal are providing a stage for musical performances. Registrations will be on the day from 8.30am with the first walkers/runners setting off on the 11km beach loop at 10am. We will stagger the shorter events following this. There will be spot prizes following the event. The students are hoping that this can be a positive way to bring our community together on September 25 – which coincides with the beginning of Mental Health awareness week nationally.

BY JO MCINERNEY Over the last few years Ōtaki College has placed increased focus on student hauora and wellbeing. This has extended in 2021 to all students taking part in a weekly hauora lesson. As the value of wellbeing has been recognised across society I have thought over the last couple of years that it would be valuable for the students to extend their focus out to our community. The Mental Health Foundation 5 Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice and Give can all be applied to a community fun walk/run event. The idea is for the students to be involved in the planning and implementation of the day. Three of our students and myself did

me. I feel good about myself for once and I learnt tons of things on the voyage. I learnt that it’s alright to do things wrong because that’s how you learn new things. I learnt how to sail and work with a group of amazing people who wanted me involved in something. We had to wake up at 6:30 every morning and jump off the boat into the ocean and that was probably my least favorite part of the voyage because it was so early in the morning. I learnt how to sail, I didn’t know sailing could be so interesting. We even had a trainee day where us trainees ruled the ship for a day. I was one of the cooks along with a girl I met named Misty. It was

so hard cooking for 37 people but I set my mind to the challenge and overcame what needed to be done. We were put into watches and did challenges against each other. I was in Port A and the other three teams were Port B, Starbid A and Starbid B. Each group was then put on night watch and we were put in pairs for 2 hour shifts all the way to 6:30 for our morning swim. Each pair sat in the wheelhouse and had to record all these different things like the wind speed and if the boat had drifted away from the anchor etc. Every 20 mins we also had to walk around the boat and look for anything coming our way. On the way to look for anything dangerous we then had to open the hatch and check if there was any smoke or fire coming from the engine to be safe. There were too many things to describe that were amazing and I couldn’t imagine it being any better than it was. I’ve learnt to enjoy life and to try new things whether it scares me or makes me have 2nd thoughts because I want my life to be epic. I don’t want my life to go downhill because of one mistake, I also got told that we can learn from our mistakes and try again till I get it right. That’s what I want life to be like so thank you Voyage 822 you will be missed and remembered. Keiontay Mulvay, Year 12 Ōtaki College Student


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Book review

Utopia Rising: Ki Ahau – Count Me In BY VIVIENNE BAILEY The recently released Utopia Rising: Ki Ahau – Count Me In is a timely collection of essays. Many are drawn from the Ōtaki community and illustrate various initiatives within the town. The Oxford dictionary defines ‘utopia’ as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Sir Thomas More (1477–1535), the first person to write of a ‘utopia,’ used the word to describe a perfect imaginary world. This is the theme of the anthology, edited by Louise Ludlow and Susan Connolly (members of the Greenaway Writing Group), instigated by their perception of an increase in the publishing of dystopian literature.

Readers may find the use of the sans serif font a little difficult to read. This is a valuable although not comprehensive overview of Ōtaki and the work being untaken to shape her community, linked with ideas on economic philosophies. Available from the Maoriland Hub, 11 Raukawa St, and Books and Co, 216 Main Highway, Ōtaki.

Pete recently brought back a young hind from a hunting trip in the Tararua’s. Here is how he prepared and cooked the back steak. Hang for a week and a half in the chiller.

Get meat to room temperature. Rub on olive oil, and generous amount of salt and pepper on both sides. Pre-heat bbq to very hot, ie when you drizzle oil on it will smoke.

Many will be interested to learn of the work at Maoriland Hub and mara (garden), the Ōtaki Repair Café, the right to repair movement, Energise Ōtaki, solar energy and the electricity structure, wood recycling (words from the tireless Jamie Bull), regenerative farming, the importance of our local library (a vital community hub, the piece thoughtfully written by Tiriata Carkeek), the revival of what was a thriving local flax industry in Ōtaki and Horowhenua, the advantages of emulsified fuels, biodynamic farming and much more.

A brief biography (background and relevance) on each author would have helped readers’ understanding, as would a glossary explaining some of the political aspects mentioned such as neoliberalism.

BBQ’d Venison Back Steak

Then remove the sinew with a small sharp knife, cut it off and tidy it up.

Conceived during the first set of Covid 19 restrictions, shelved then reinvigorated, the book features a wide variety of work, some from those who Louise interviewed, and others who wrote a contribution. This amalgamation results in a book of two halves: the more esoteric, academic essays of authors such as Soraya Bradley and environmental activist, Deidre Kent, (who co-founded Transition Towns Ōtaki and Ōtaki Timebank) combined with the passionate words of Hohepa (Hori) Thompson, and his belief that the use of te reo will make the Ōtaki community stronger and more connected.

The focus on tamariki wellbeing, the value of early childhood education within the community, and healthy literacy practices would have been enhanced by reference to local support agencies such as Literacy Aotearoa and a list of Ōtaki’s early education providers.

Peter Housiaux’s

Cook for 3 minutes each side on the hot plate. Then finish with 30 seconds on each side on the grill. (Times may vary slightly depending on size of back steak.) Excited writers all gathered on Saturday 10 July for the official launch of their collected essays – Utopia Rising. Amid wine, food and cheer, all the writers had an opportunity to speak about their work and what motivated them. Louise Ludlow as the architect of the book who along with help from Susan Connelly both spoke. Louise commented that the book had not only a local message but a national and international one as well, a message about transitioning from what was and is, to what needs to be for sustainability.

Remove and rest for 10 minutes. Slice to required serving size, slicing diagonally makes bigger steaks.

The Village that Closed its Doors BY HOWIE C. THINGS Research by Oldilocks My pal Oldilocks flopped down on his favourite chair as if the whole world was weighing on his shoulders. “First the Medical Centre closes its doors on weekends! And now! NOW!” Silence… “And, now?” I prompted. “Well, I had a bit of this twinge on Saturday, Howie,” he continued. “I knew I couldn’t get a medical appointment, but I thought to myself if I could explain the problem to a pharmacist there could be an antidote available to ease my discomfort…” He sighed deeply and reached shakily for the cup of tea I handed to him. “The pharmacy doors were shut. ‘CLOSED AT WEEKENDS’. We have quite a large elderly population here in Ōtaki, Howie.

Some folk may be unable to drive themselves to another town for assistance if feeling unwell. Healthline can give helpful advice, but sometimes an issue needs to be seen as well as heard. St. Johns ambulance staff are already overwhelmed with call-outs…” He paused for breath… “I recently read that Ōtaki is preparing for a boost to our population of a further 30,000! And no weekend medical care!” He shook his head. “I have the utmost respect and gratitude for our medical staff and pharmacists. But I think an explanation for these closures should be in order.” “I hear you my friend,” I nodded. “I’m guessing you’re hinting for me to spread the word?” He nodded. “ I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels concerned.”

Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda Book Sale The Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda are holding a book sale on 14 August in the Ōtaki Memorial Hall from 10am until 3pm. The objective is to raise the funds needed to complete the repair of the Rotunda roof. Just over $2,000 is needed to repair the roof and windows of the lantern which sits on top of the roof. Once the lantern windows are repaired sunlight will once more flood the centre of the building. In addition to books and CDs for sale there will be raffles and also a cafe so that people can have a cuppa and something to eat in between selecting great additions for their book cases! The books cover a huge range of topics – history, novels, DIY, poetry, art, gardening, cookery and matters equestrian.

For presentation, drizzle with Balsamic, and suggest serving with the delicious Penray Plum Chutney as pictured.


Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Media Muse Those people out there. What do they want? What are they wearing? What are they doing on their devices? Do they click, do they swipe? How do they vote? Who are they, those people out there? They are us, to misquote Pogo who once said “I have met the enemy and he is us.” But if they are us, as the prime minister once said, we cannot be them because… work with me on this. I was listening to the Nine to Noon show on the wireless while I peeled some turnips. The show’s presenter, Kathryn Ryan, has a broadcast persona that is best described as “bossy”. Whatever the subject under discussion, she needs to show that she has done her homework and knows at least as much if not more than the person, usually an expert in their field, that she’s interviewing for the further education, enlightenment and even entrainment of her listeners, the people out there. The other day, doing my peeling prior to descaling the kettle, Kathryn was interviewing the new acting chief executive of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Andrew Hubbard. He had been invited to talk about the digital divide, the technical term that the media have for the problems that people out there have with computers, printers, phones, remotes, Netflix and screens in general. She wanted to know more about the digitally challenged. Those people on the wrong side of the aforementioned divide, what was their problem? KR: What kinds of things is it? Is it people having literacy, whether it’s language, English as a first language issues or just literacy issues, which makes any kind of written communication challenging, confidence issues, communication issues? AH: All of those. Yeah, all of those.

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen KR: Or disabilities that make communication a challenge? AH: Yep. KR: All of those things mean just sitting and typing something doesn’t necessarily work. AH: Exactly. After identifying the types of people out there on the wrong side of the digital divide, Kathryn wanted to know whether they were keeping up with the Government’s agenda which, she said, was advancing “at pace”. In her regular Monday threeway with the left-of-centre guy and the right-of-centre lady, Kathryn hit the ground running with a run-down on the Government’s agenda. “The RMA initial reforms are out there. The Local Government Minister has said here is where the four water entities are and we would like to transfer all your water assets into them. The future of local government is an issue. Just trying to remember some of the other things like health reforms and the climate commission report. We’ve had the EVs announcement and more to come. So the agenda is advancing, and advancing at pace.” Right-of-centre lady wasn’t so sure it was actually an agenda. “This is not about speed of reforms,” she said, “this is about the speed of announcements.” Momentum, it’s called. It’s Wile E. Coyote chasing Roadrunner in the Looney Tunes cartoons, legs spinning in mid-air until gravity takes charge and he plunges down into the canyon. It’s going nowhere fast. Among the spray of announcements recently has been the business case for merging Radio New Zealand and TVNZ which has been on high-rotate for the past couple of years. Recycled again on

Wednesday 31 March when Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi unveiled his absurdlynamed Strong Public Media Business Case Guidance Group (SPMBCG), Cabinet papers actually admitted that the announcment was being made to provide “visible momentum”. Ms Right-of-Centre also complained about the lack of detail which, as we know, is where the devil lives. There were so many gaps that the people responsible for removing the commercially sensitive information from official documents complained they had nothing to redact. The proposed Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms had more holes than there were rabbits to go down them. The Three Waters reforms were so top-heavy they turned turtle and sank. As for the ban on HATE SPEECH. Will it stop me shouting at the news? And what about the people out there? The owners of the tractors and mud-caked utes with their dogs on the back and scone-baking wives who convoyed into town on Friday 16 July? Is their howling at Jacinda and Grant a form of hate speech? “There are people out there, ranging from Duncan Garner to Judith Collins,” Mr Leftof-Centre told Kathryn Ryan on Radio Cindy, “who are trying to tell you that if you write some off-color remark on Facebook, Jacinda and the cops are going to be banging on your door.” “Whereas,” he quickly clarified, “that’s not what it’s about.” No, no. Absoludally not. Kathryn Ryan’s RNZ colleague, Corin Dann, was banging on Judith Collins’ door on Thursday 15 July when the Opposition leader fronted for cross-examination on Morning Report about her National Party’s “Demand The Debate” campaign. “Okay. This billboard campaign,” Dann opens up on Collins. “There are reports that you have sought funding from Don Brash, the former National Party leader now aligned with Hobson’s Pledge and other

things. Is that correct?” Dann asked this question or variations of it seven times, eventually giving up after three minutes – half of the interview – in a futile attempt to out the former National Party leader with Judith Collins repeatedly refusing to identify individual campaign funders. Questions then turned to the “Demand The Debate” campaign which Radio New Zealand seems to regard as a personal affront to the prime minister. But although Don Brash was off the hook, he wasn’t allowed out of the frame. “And I think it’s important though,” Dann continued, ”that Don Brash’s name has emerged in this debate, because he is aligned with a group (Hobson’s Pledge) that is fairly extreme on race issues. They feel that Maori seats, both at councils and governments, are racist.” “So,” Dann tells the Leader of the Opposition, “you are then essentially aligning yourself with it. And I’m interested to know, and National Party voters will be interested to know, where is National going on this? Are you going further and further to the extremes on race?” So, the Leader of the Opposition tells the journalist: “We’ve got a liberal democracy that I absolutely believe in, and the National Party believes in, (that) requires people to be able to debate issues without being told that they’re bad people for having a view that’s not necessarily everyone else’s. “So yes, we will have debate under a National-led government, and we will be able to say what we think, and we will not be shut down and told that it’s hate speech to say what we think.” Finally and in conclusion at this point in time, I want to be absoludally clear about two headlines that I would like to see: MISSING LINK FOUND IN LEVIN and ELON MUSK COMES A GUTSER.

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New alcohol forum meeting soon BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki’s new alcohol forum will hold its inaugural meeting in August. A date had not been set when this edition went to print. However, the meeting will be held in late August, at a date and time to be confirmed, Super Liquor’s franchise manager, Peter Joseph, told the Ōtaki Mail. “We are about to send an invite out to the first meeting.” This follows a meeting on 8 July between representatives of Super Liquor, the Police, the Ministry of Health and the Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC). The inaugural meeting will be chaired and run by the Ministry of Health. Mr Joseph added. The Ministry of Health promoted the idea that Super Liquor must take reasonable steps to establish an Ōtaki alcohol forum as a condition of being granted a licence to open an outlet in Arthur Street.

After Super Liquor agreed to this condition, the ministry withdrew its formal objection to the application. As well as its involvement with the establishment of an Ōtaki alcohol forum, KCDC is looking at whether a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) for Kāpiti could reduce alcohol related harm in the community. LAPs are commonly used by councils to better manage the sale and supply of alcohol in communities. A LAP can specify things like how far licenced premises can be from public facilities, how many types of licences can be issued in the district and hours of trading. It could set different rules in different areas to reflect each community’s views, character, needs and values. The negative impacts of alcohol have been a long-standing concern in the community KCDC’s group manager for strategy, growth and recovery, Natasha Tod, says.

“While lots of people do use alcohol responsibly we have heard many times over the years from the community, the Police and our health partners that alcohol is causing enough problems to warrant council exploring steps to reduce harm,” Ms Tod says. “The harms and costs of alcohol are met by the local community. A Local Alcohol Policy could help reduce these social and financial costs and that is what we’ll be exploring in the next few months.” In the last issue of the Ōtaki Mail, we incorrectly quoted KCDC’s senior policy advisor, Leeza Boyd, as saying that the aim was to come back to council with a provisional LAP in January 2022. That was not correct. Ms Boyd in fact said that the aim was to have a draft (rather than a provisional LAP) by January 2022.

Ōtaki gains new community constable BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki’s Police presence has been boosted with the addition of a community constable, who will serve .3 full time equivalent in the town. Constable Lance Moretto comes to Ōtaki from the Levin community policing team. His initial primary focus will be on the development of the Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC), says Sergeant Phil Grimstone, the Police’s officer in charge of Ōtaki. KCDC has started work to explore whether a LAP for Kāpiti could reduce alcohol related harm in the community. As well as managing Police involvement with a LAP for Ōtaki, Constable Moretto will be involved in policing alcohol policy in general. “Once the LAP is up and running that will free him up for other community constable activities,” Sergeant Grimstone says. Ōtaki had a full time community constable, but this position was lost around eight years ago. A man operating a taser-like device was arrested by Police after members of the public told Police what they had seen at around 9:45pm on 12 July on State Highway 1.

When Police arrived at the scene they searched the man. Police located a taser, shaped like a BMW car fob. Unlike the Police tasers, this device did not have wires that extend out, but did have two aerial-like attachments that create an arc. Police arrested the man and changed him with possession of a restricted weapon, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four years. The man was due to appear in the Levin District Court on 22 July. Two good Samaritans, who came to assist following a car crash, ended up being assaulted by the car’s driver. The accident, involving just one vehicle, happened around 12:15am on the corner of Waerenga Road and Aotaki Street. A member of the public came to assist the driver, but when the driver saw the person was ringing the Police, she pushed her. A second person then went to assist, but the driver of the crashed car repeatedly punched her in the face and grabbed her hair. The driver, a 19-year-old woman, was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol after she recorded a reading of 891 micrograms per litre of breath. She was also charged with careless driving and with assault.

A 46-year-old man was stopped for driving over the speed limit at around 11:40pm on 20 June on State Highway 1. When he recorded a breath alcohol reading of 511, he was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol third and subsequent. A 26-year-old woman crashed the car she was driving into a parked vehicle in Domain Road at about 12:20am on 6 July. When Police tested her breath alcohol, her reading was 1018, and she was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. A 26-year-old man was stopped for exceeding the speed limit on Waerenga Road at around 9pm on 10 July. He recorded a breath alcohol reading of 718 and was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. A 62-year-old man was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol third and subsequent after he was stopped on Waerenga Road on 14 July. Two people were arrested in the month to 21 July following Police callouts to family harm incidents. A 64-year-old man was charged with domestic assault and a 25-year-old man was charged with two counts of assault and for wilful damage. During the month, Police attended 31 family harm incidents.

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Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Kia ora from the Ōtaki Public Library – Te Wharepukapuka o Ōtaki

Librarian’s Choice

From the centre: a writer’s life by Patricia Grace ‘We live by the sea, which hems and stitches the scalloped edges of the land.’ Renowned writer Patricia Grace begins her remarkable memoirs beside her beloved Hongoeka Bay. It is the place she has returned to throughout her life, and fought for, one of many battles she has faced: ‘It was when I first went to school that I found out that I was a Maori girl… I found that being different meant that I could be blamed…’ As she shows, her experiences – good and bad, joyous and insightful – have fuelled what became a focus of her life: ‘I had made up my mind that writing was something I would always do.” Patricia Grace is one of Aotearoa’s most celebrated writers. The author of seven novels, seven short story collections, as well as a number of children’s and non-fiction books.

Farm for life: mahi, mana and life on the land by Tangaroa Walker The awesomely inspiring true story of how Tangaroa Walker turned his life around through farming – and how what he learned can help anyone succeed. Tangaroa Walker’s early years were pretty rough. Adopted twice, he went to six different schools by the time he was six. He never read a book in his life and lived to play rugby. But he had a dream, and he knew how to do the mahi. Today, T is a true community and industry leader running a successful 500-cow dairy farm and reaching millions as the muchloved face of Farm4Life with his practical, inspiring, crack-up videos on everything from farming to fishing, finance to whanau, management to mental health. This is the story of how he did it – the good and the bad times – and all the lessons learned along the way.

Eight Detectives

Change of Circumstance: Simon Serrailler Book 11

by Alex Pavesi All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out. But that was thirty years ago. Now he’s living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island – until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories: an author, hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it. But as she reads, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are things in the stories that don’t make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder, one that’s remained unsolved for thirty years. If Julia wants answers, she must triumph in a battle of wits with a dangerously clever adversary. But she must tread carefully…

by Susan Hill CS Simon Serrailler has long regarded drugs ops in the Lafferton area as a waste of time. But when the body of a` young drug addict is found in neighbouring Starly, the case pulls Simon into a whole new way of running drugs. The foot soldiers? Vulnerable local kids like Brookie and Olivia, who will give Simon a bitter taste of this new landscape. It is a harsh winter at home as well as work. Simon’s GP sister Cat and her husband Kieron are struggling with medical dramas big and small. A trip to Bevham General on her rounds sets off alarm bells for Cat, and a visit from her son Sam as he tries to work out if his midwifery course is right for him coincides with a threat to their beloved family dog. Simon is working hard, but he’s restless, wondering what’s next. There’s nothing new going on for him in Lafferton, but sometimes the familiar holds surprises, too…

Cat’s Kidneys Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Cats is one of the most common conditions affecting older cats. In most cases it is progressive and there is a gradual decline and worsening of the disease. The rate of decline varies considerably between individual cats. Although CKD is not a curable disease or reversible we can manage and support to increase quality of life and prolong it by slowing the progression. The kidneys are responsible in helping maintain fluid balance in the body, producing hormones that help within the body, regulating electolytes, metabolising some drugs and excreting waste products (via urine). In CKD all these processes can be interfered with, causing a wide range of signs. E.g. Weight loss, poor appetite, lethargy, increased thirst and urination, severe dehydration, increased respiratory rate, hypothermia, poor coat,

vomiting, bad smelling breath and weakness. Congenital problems, kidney or urethral stones, toxins (Antifreeze, plants such as Lillies (leaves and flowers) and many household disinfectants, cleaners and degreasers), infections and neoplasia are amoung some causes but in most cases, the underlying cause is unknown. Because CKD is such a common disease, routine screening of all mature cats can help with early diagnosis. Yearly check ups with a vet are important as we can monitor weight, take urine samples and test their kidney function through a small blood test. Dietary modification is important in cats with CKD to improve quality of life and slow the progression of disease. The three main aspects to change in their diet are water intake, protein and phophate restriction.

Cats with CKD are more prone to dehydration so maintaining a good fluid intake is very important and in some cases we can show owners how to give subcutaneous fluids at home. Many of the toxic products that can build up are a result of protein breakdown and feeding a reduced amount of protein will help minimise this and improve their

quality of life. Restricting the phosphate levels can help prolong the life of the cats. There are specific diets available for our senior felines. A variety of other treatments can be obtained, depending on the individuals needs. Sometimes multiple drug therapies may be needed to keep your cat comfortable.

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Ōtaki Mail – August 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM earlier in July and congratulations to our Officer Holders and Committee Members for the 2021/22 Season. The AGM was also an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the following very worthy award recipients:


Jenny Royal, Life Member Jenny joined the club in 1984 and ran the nipper program for 7 years and has served on the committee for 37 years. Jenny has always given her time freely and has often been called upon to provide guidance in club issues. Jenny has been a highly valued member of the Committee and the Club. Don Whiterod, Life Member Don has been our building steward for 36 years after joining the club in 1985. Most don’t know the amount of hours that Don has contributed to the club. From being first on the scene to paint out graffiti to no end to the maintenance work he has done. Over the years Don has saved us $1000’s in maintenance work. We thank Don for the many hours of service to our club. Napier McFedries, QSM, Life Member Nape has given a huge contribution to the club, in a number of roles over the years. Celebrated tonight is his contribution of 60 years to swim coaching. Nape has been the cornerstone of our swim coaching for as long as most of us can remember. His skill, dedication and never give up attitude has meant a number of 14 min swimmers have been able to get their speed up, to pass the 9 min lifeguard swim time. Nape will be sorely missed.


Kirsty Doyle Kirsty joined the Ōtaki Club in 2006 and was awarded a Club Service Award in 2017. Kirsty was a Refreshed Lifeguard for 2 years, but her strength lies in administration and she has been Club Secretary for 12 years, Junior Surf co-ordinator 7 years, Coaching co-ordinator 9 years, Team Manager 11 years, and Club Captain for the last two seasons. At Regional level Kirsty served on the Local Sport Committee for three years. Kirsty is the go-to person for the club with a wide knowledge of the workings of Surf Lifesaving Central Region and New Zealand. She has been a dynamic worker for and is a valued member of the Ōtaki club management and this National award recognises her input into surf lifesaving. Justine Fleming Justine joined the Ōtaki Club in 2009 and was awarded a Club Service Award in 2017. Justine’s service to the club includes 3 years as Club Captain, Patrol Captain 6 years, Surf Lifeguard Instructor 7 years, Refreshed Lifeguard 10 years, and she competed as a Master in the canoe for 2 seasons. At Regional level Justine has been on the Local Lifeguard Committee for five years and Chair of that group for the past two of those years. She has been a Surf Lifeguard Award Examiner for six years which position carries the responsibility to maintain the high standard expected of new lifeguards. Justine has recently been appointed a mentor for the national BP Leaders for Life programme. Over the last decade she has added to her experience and expanded her view of surf lifesaving by working at Regional and National levels and

thoroughly deserves this National award. Our Lifeguards and nippers continue to work hard at achieving their respective goals. We have new lifeguard instructors; IRB instructor trainees; and IRB driver and crew candidates. All IRB trainees will be attending development days over the next few months and are aiming to head to Riversdale later this year for their respective exams. The nipper crew is working towards attending Pool Champs early in September, and with some new swim coaches on board, their training is running well.

IRB winter training. Photo: Ethan Rutter, OSLSC Lifeguard.

Whiti Te Ra in Finals

Men’s Basketball League

Whiti Te Ra league Premiers beat Te Aroha Eels in the semi finals 28-22 last weekend at the Otaki Domain. The will play St George for the Wellington championship this Saturday. Recently the senior reserves lost their semi final against Wainui senior reserves at the Ōtaki Domain completing their season. This is the first year since joining the Wellington Rugby League competition that Whiti has had teams competing in both the senior reserves and senior premiers grades, which is a huge achievement for the club, says Tamati Davis. “We give thanks to our volunteers and to our sponsors for their support throughout the year – All Things Automotive, Body and Soul Fitness, All Area Scaffolding, About Kitchens, Concrete Doctors, Gardner Homes, Hammer Hardware Otaki, Law13, Reo Kings, Tall Poppy, XCouriers, Most Faded Barbershop.

The seven best men’s basketball teams from the Kapiti Coast up through to Levin battled it out for nine weeks at Ngā Purapura in Ōtaki to find the best team across the Horowhenua and Kapiti region. The top four teams were, Paraparaumu (4th place), Bears – Kapiti (3rd), Spag & Treys – Levin (2nd), and eventual champions for 2021 RAUKAWA 1 – Ōtaki. This year’s Men’s Basketball League was kindly sponsored by local business the Concrete Doctors. Term Three will feature the Wednesday night Whakaaro Factory Whānau Mixed Basketball League held again at Ngā Purapura in Ōtaki, with 15 local teams.

Whiti junior players, Manaaki Moore, Kobe Kemp, Tainui Cooper.

Raukawa 1 Men’s Team (left to right): Te Atapo KirionaDevonshire, Reuben Bennett, Myshan Komene, Sage Minarapa, Lukah Richards, Paxman Taurima, Lyric Samu, La-Quahn Matakatea.

DECLARATION OF RESULT KAPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL ŌTAKI COMMUNITY BOARD BY-ELECTION As a result of an extraordinary vacancy, notice is given under section 65 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, that the following person has been duly nominated as a candidate for the Ōtaki Community Board by-election. BUTLER, Cam (Independent)


Aaron Whitikia converts for Whiti. Photo by Koya Taiapa.

As there was only one candidate for one vacancy, Cam BUTLER is declared duly elected to the Ōtaki Community Board. Dated at Paraparaumu, 20 July 2021 Katrina Shieffelbein Electoral Officer Kapiti Coast District Council

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