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BY JESS BERGHAN There’s a lot of doom and gloom out there but local businesses agree that it’s time to spread some joy in the Kāpiti community. The team at Māoriland is in full swing organising the 2nd Matariki Ramaroa Festival planned to start in Paraparaumu on the first Matariki public holiday on June 24. Festival producer Dylan Herkes says he’s thrilled at the support so far to a sponsorship drive. “Matariki is more than just a public holiday, it’s a unique tradition for this country steeped in rich history and meaning. Last year we kicked off Matariki Ramaroa for three weeks of Arts events across Kāpiti and had a fantastic response from the public, with over 20,000 people engaging in events
from beachside light sculptures to tree planting.” said Dylan. With the support of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s major events funding Matariki Ramaroa has so far found generous support from Coastlands, Tuatara and Kelly & Co (Ōtaki). Matariki Ramaroa kicks off at Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach Friday June 24 with a free light sculpture exhibition, the lighting of the beacon fire, music, food, performances and more. Over the following three weekends there will be arts events across Kāpiti including the 9th Māoriland Film Festival – which screens feature and short films in the five day, 70+ film festival.
“We have built the Māoriland Film Festival into the largest Indigenous film festival by audience on the planet. Now we want to help Kāpiti build a national attraction we can all be proud of with Matariki Ramaroa. Events such as these not only bring joy to our community but also increase awareness of the cultural wealth as well as the economic benefit from increased visitor numbers” said Māoriland Managing Director Libby Hakaraia. For more information on becoming a sponsor for Kāpiti’s Matariki Ramaroa 2022 visit matariki.maorilandfilm.co.nz or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What the changing loan laws might mean for you
BY FLEUR HOBSON When you are applying for a mortgage or a loan, including a business loan, what the lender can sign off on is governed by a controversial piece of legislation. Known as the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA), this legislation requires lenders to act responsibly. As well as the CCCFA, itself, the government has also set in place regulations under the Act, known as the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Regulations 2004. Last year the government made a series of changes to both the CCCFA and the regulations. Significant new rules came into effect on 1 December 2021. These new rules saw the implementation of prescriptive rules around lenders assessing a borrower’s suitability for a loan and whether they could afford it, among other things. The new rules led to a deluge of
complaints from borrowers and mortgage brokers. The borrowers and mortgage brokers were appalled that loan applications were being turned down due to people’s spending as outlined on their bank statements. Some people even found that spending money on some quite small items have caused them to miss out on a loan. As a result of the problems with the new rules, more than 10,000 people signed a petition against the law changes that came into effect on 1 December. In the wake of this opposition to the CCCFA rules, the government has announced that it will review them. The government “is making practical amendments to responsible lending rules to curb any unintended consequences being caused by the CCCFA,” the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Dr David Clark, announced on 11 March.
He announced four changes: • clarifying that when borrowers provide detailed breakdown of future living expenses there is no need to inquire into current living expenses from recent bank transactions; • removal of regular ‘savings’ and ‘investments’ as examples of outgoings that lenders need to enquire into; • clarifying that the requirement to obtain information in ‘sufficient detail’ only relates to information provided by borrowers directly, rather than relating to information from bank transaction records; and • providing alternative guidance and examples for when it is ‘obvious’ that a loan is affordable. Dr Clark said those changes were not the “final word” and further changes to credit laws and the Responsible Lending Code would be considered.
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Grants to help with Covid response BY FRANK NEILL Another upcoming initiative in the Bright Futures project is showing people more widely the renewable energy that is being generated, and providing information about the advantages of renewable energy.
Taking cooked meals to people who are isolating and providing Covid-19 Rapid Antigen (RATs) tests are just two Ōtaki initiatives that will benefit from the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s social impact grants, announced in April. Six organisations have been awarded a total of almost $150,000 for Ōtaki-based projects in the social impact grant initiative, offered by the council as a one-off programme this year. Organisations have been awarded grants to support their community work during the Covid-19 response. The districtwide social impact grant was open to organisations across Kāpiti, including Ōtaki. In addition Ōtaki social impact grants were awarded just for Ōtaki-based organisations.
Steady As You Go
Steady As You Go is a series of classes on fall prevention that will start in Ōtaki on 6 October and run to 8 December. Age Concern Kāpiti Coast is running these classes and received $2,700 from the Ōtaki grant distribution towards this project. “Falls are the most common cause of injury in older people,” says Alison Miller, the Steady As You Go Co-ordinator. “One-third of people over the age of 65 fall each year, and half of people over 80 fall each year. Steady As You Go classes are well-established in New Zealand and have helped thousands of older people to gain strength and balance, reduce their risk of having a fall, and improve their general health.” For more information or to register for a class, call Ms Miller on 04 298 8879.
Te Kai Kollective
Taking cooked meals to people who are isolating is just one of the initiatives of the Te Kai Kollective project run by the Māoriland Charitable Trust. Te Kai Collective received two grants, $15,000 from the districtwide scheme and $10,000 from the Ōtaki scheme for this project. Te Kai Kollective is focused on promoting social justice in relation to food. Its main aim is to find ways to get fresh, affordable, healthy food to people. As well as its gardens on the land behind the Māoriland building and land it is leasing next door, Te Kai Kollective also sources food from growers. This enables it to provide initiatives such as taking cooked meals to people who are isolating, taking parcels of food to needy people and providing a stall on Main Street, outside the Māoriland Hub where people can pick up fresh vegetables and fruit between 11am and 1pm on Tuesdays.
Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki
Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki received three grants, including an Ōtaki social impact grant of $7,600 to support its immediate response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This response has included providing RATs tests. The second grant, also from the Ōtaki fund, was $10,000 for its Hunga Rangatahi mahi ora project. The project is to develop and support youth workers in Ōtaki through training. “The funding will be used to understand what services exist for those wanting to train as youth workers and where regular, local and more importantly, cultural needs are met,” says Moko Morris of Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki. “We want to identify and strengthen connections so that our future workforce is strong and able to meet the needs of our younger community members.” The third grant it received came for the districtwide fund and was $15,000 for its
Elishka Graham, one of the organisers of Māoriland’s Te Kai Kollective, at work in the gardens behind the Māoriland Hub.
He kai he rongoā, he rongoā he kai project. This project is about “understanding the whakapapa of our food and the social, cultural and envrionmental impacts of how food is produced is crucial to how we sustain our local food systems together,” Ms Morris says. “Small scale producers and farmers are finally being valued and looked to as people demand to know what is in their food. Our social impact will be bringing people together to grow, to share and eat – localising our food systems one bite at time.”
for its Bright Futures project. One of the initiatives that will benefit from the funding is growing carbon forest. It is basically about planting, and also sharing with the community about planting and growing carbon forest.
Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki received two grants for its Connecting to whānau project. It received $25,000 from the districtwide fund and $10,000 from the Ōtaki fund. The Ōtaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust received $30,000 from the districtwide fund for its Waka Ora project.
Stage two of Energise Ōtaki’s Warm Up Ōtaki project received $9,640 from the Ōtaki fund. This project provides people with an 80% discount on insulation and heat pumps to people who qualify. People can check out if they qualify by visiting https://energise. otaki.net.nz/warm-up-otaki. Energise Ōtaki has found that the people who really need insulation or heat pumps or both have often not been applying. Stage two of the project will involve client outreach, aimed at connecting with people who need their homes warmed up, and also helping them through the application process. Energise Ōtaki also plans to spread the warm up programme into the wider Kāpiti and Horowhenua community. The second grant Energise Ōtaki received was $14,800 from the districtwide grants
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Grants for creative projects BY FRANK NEILL Two Ōtaki organisations have received grants from the 2022 Kāpiti Coast District Council Creative Communities Scheme. The scheme funded 22 applicants across a wide range of Kāpiti arts projects. The Ōtaki Pottery Club received two grants. One was to allow people of all ages to experience creating with clay. The second was to provide opportunities for young people to create in clay and exhibit their work.
Ōtaki Montessori also received a grant. The money is for encompassing Te Ao Māori through community celebration of the Māori New Year and Matariki celebration. The council has not announced the amount each organisation was granted. The maximum grant available is $2000.
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Te Horo’s Mirek Smisek Arts Trust recently received $4,500 from the Kapiti Coast District Council Heritage Fund. The Trust is currently developing a unique heritage and cultural visitor site incorporating the relocated and restored pottery kilns of renowned local ceramic artist, Mirek Smisek. “The grant will initially be used for the eradication of rats and pests around the site,” said the trust’s John Draper. “And there’ll be some tidying and replanting, but there are a lot of Maori medicinal and healing plants growing, we want to retain these. We’ll be erecting signage with plant names and their traditional use.” The Kilns at Te Horo are situated on an ecological site, Cottle’s Bush which retains remnants of totara and matai forest, part of a series of recovering fragments that cross the plains between Kapiti Island and the Tararua Ranges (lowland forest is rare in the Wellington region). “Adhering to KCDC ecological guidelines will be an important part of restoring the area,” said John. Waka Kotahi has recently completed the installation of a culvert, and further work will take place later this year but no completion date for The Kilns at Te Horo has currently been set.
Te Horo’s community market is on Sunday 1 May 10.00am to 1.00pm at Te Horo Hall. Loads of autumn veggies and fruit at the seasonal surplus stall as well as honey, local award-winning olive oil, preserves, natural skincare, arts and crafts such as mosaic mirrors, quilting, driftwood, sculptures and bird feeders, linens and knits.
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The monthly social gathering at Te Horo Hall is on Friday, 6 May at 5.30pm. BYO drink and a plate of finger food to share. All welcome.
Judging by the number of cars outside Feathers Café, aka Hyde Park Village Café, this local watering hole has been discovered. It was heartening to see this piece of Te Horo buzzing again. This was my second visit and a repeat of the friendly service, great coffee (Mojo is a favourite), and yummy meals (at reasonable, affordable prices. The cafe specialises in seafood, and there is plenty to choose from, with an emphasis on paua (burgers) and whitebait (fritters served between white bread just as we remember them).
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Inﬂation, the evil that erodes the value of money! Inﬂation has reached a 30 year high at 7%. Those of us working and trying to get ahead in the 80’s remember inﬂation at ﬁrst 7%, then 11%, ﬁnally topping out at 16%. Inﬂation raged at elevated levels for almost 10 years! Interest rates racheted up to 25%, that was the ‘medicine’ needed to wean the youthful and overly optimistic baby boomers (and others that should have known better), from their ﬂamboyant borrowing and investing for everything from goats to ﬁlms to shares to big houses and property syndication. Thank heavens there were no NFT’s around then!
incomes is Capitalisms way of bringing property prices back into ‘long term ratios’ of earnings and incomes.
We have already had massive inﬂation around property this cycle, the coming inﬂation around wages and
Our Reserve Bank Governor has one job, and two tools to do it with. His job is to keep inﬂation between 1% and
Some inﬂation is ‘imported’ with most due to stupid ill discipline by Central banks around the world, printing and pumping massive amounts of money at ridiculously low interest rates into an already strong economy, creating bow waves of demand for fridges, cars, houses, more houses, so much so that production and shipping is unable to cope. Inﬂation is simply too much money chasing too few goods and services!
3%, his two tools are the supply of money and the cost of that money, which he sets every two months. Among the highest paid in the land, with a simple job to do. Can I use the analogy of a famous saying, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” Our wonderful Reserve Bank Governor has lavished out vast amounts of money, at precisely the wrong time of the property cycle, so that during Covid times, property has increased in price by over 50% in just two years!! After the party comes the hangover, and that is what inﬂation will feel like! What a magic 30 years we have had since we last killed the inﬂation Beast! Grant
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Ōtaki retains community board
BY MARGARET ANDREWS With Easter weekend one of the most important in the Christian church’s year, the combined churches of Ōtaki joined together for several events and worship services. The weekend began with the Good Friday prayer walk from Waitohu School to St Peter Chanel, stopping at each school for a reading of a part of the Easter story, a prayer for all who attended or worked at the school and a song before moving on to the next school. The walkers, from pre-schoolers to 80 years plus, began at Waitohu School and together they walked down the highway and to Ōtaki College, with two of the men each carrying a wooden cross. People joined or left the pilgrimage as they needed, some brought their dog for a walk, some not so young drove between the schools. Their walk signified the journey from when Jesus had been arrested, tried and sentenced to die on the cross, his death and being buried in a nearby tomb, with Roman soldiers standing guard. From the college it was on to Ōtaki School, Te Kura-a-iwi Whakatupuranga, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rito, completing their pilgrimage at St Peter Chanel, before returning to Hadfield Hall for a very welcome morning tea. About 35 people joined the pilgrimage with most completing the journey. Over the weekend there were various services at the different churches, on Thursday evening a sharing of the Passover meal and a foot washing service at All Saints, re-enacting the sharing of the Passover meal and remembering Moses preparing to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Christ’s washing his disciples feet – serving others, and at all churches Sunday’s service celebrating the risen Christ, the most important day of the weekend, a time when many families come together, celebrating the risen Christ and sharing the day within their family.
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The Good Friday prayer hikoi approaches Ōtaki School from Waitohu School and Ōtaki College en route to Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano.
Nearly to the end of their hikoi, members of Ōtaki churches, arrive at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rito, to share the Easter reading, song and prayers for the school’s teachers and families before heading to St Peter Chanel School a short distance down Te Ruaparaha Street.
We're seeking your ideas for a time capsule! Much of what we know about our history has come from artefacts that tell stories of our ancestors. If you could leave a piece of Ōtaki to be discovered by future generations – what would it be? PP2Ō is seeking ideas for items to be included in a time capsule which will be placed underneath one of the Interchange Gateway Sculptures (gifted to the community as part of the project). The time capsule theme is ‘Your Ōtaki – what Ōtaki means to you’. This includes contemporary views, historic documents and artefacts that provide insights into how Ōtaki came to be, the place it is today and what it means to the community. Anything placed in the time capsule must be dry and non-perishable, so items made from materials like paper, plastic and glass may work best. “Think broadly” is the request from the project team. If you would like to submit an item to be considered for the time capsule, please email email@example.com.
The Ōtaki Community Board will continue to serve following the Local Government Commission (LGC) review of Kāpiti’s representation arrangements. The LGC made a major change to the representation proposal adopted by the Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) after considering 11 appeals. KCDC had opted for 10 councillors and a Mayor, with five of the councillors being elected at large by Kāpiti voters. KCDC also opted to have one ward councillor for each of the Ōtaki, Waikanae and Paekākāriki-Raumati wards and two councillors for the Paraparaumu ward. This would have meant Waikanae was under represented, having 24.79% less population per councillor, while Ōtaki was over represented, having 12% more population per councillor. The LGC decided to reduce to the number of councillors elected at large from five to three. Instead it increased the number of ward councillors to seven. Along with an adjustment of boundaries, this has seen a much more even representation for each ward’s population, which all have a deviation of less than 10% following the changes made by the LGC. Paraparaumu will now elect three ward councilors, Waikanae two, and Ōtaki and Paekākāriki-Raumati one. “We acknowledge the council’s endeavours to retain the 5:5 wards/at-large councillor model in response to community feedback,” the LGC said. “However, we cannot endorse the proposal when a slightly different balance of wards/at-large reflects the principle of local plus district-wide representation while also ensuring fair representation for electors.” The LGC endorsed KCDC’s proposal to have five community boards. As well as the existing Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki community boards, there will be a new Raumati Community Board. Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has welcomed the LGC decision, saying he sees it as a “boost to grassroots democracy”. Mayor Gurunathan also welcomed the “direction towards localism the Commission has given through its decision during a time when central government reforms are heading towards greater centralisation”. The new representation arrangements will be in place for the local body elections on 8 October. The LCG determination, released on 6 April, is at https:// www.lgc.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Kapiti-Coast-DistrictCouncil-determination-2022.pdf.
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Ōtaki Foodbank BY MARGARET ANDREWS The Ōtaki Foodbank manager Lucy Tahere and our volunteers have been very busy since Covid-19 variant Omicron hit our town and surrounding areas with over 80 food parcels given out over eight weeks, mid-February to March 8. On the bright side, Lucy reported they have been assisting several families and people
on low or minimum wages and a number of our senior citizens and grandparents caring for their mokopuna are receiving help too, as well as our own residents. Lucy reported to the April committee meeting, there had been an increasing number of people who are only residing here for a short time, becoming offensive when told they did not meet the Foodbank’s criteria to receive assistance. Because of the abuse and threatened violence security measures have been upgraded to the building and all parcels
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And as the Foodbank works with WINZ, it is noted all benefits and superannuation increased at the beginning of April and on May 1 the Winter Warmer allowance $63.64 for people with dependent children and $40.41 for single people is available, this is paid until October 1. Lucy and the committee are very grateful for the continuing support given by individuals, organisations and businesses in our wider community and beyond. Thank you.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Stolen toilet returned BY FRANK NEILL Zero Waste Ōtaki’s stolen toilet has been returned. The deluxe commercial grade composting toilet was removed from Zero Waste’s premises next to the landfill on Riverbank Road. Zero Waste discovered the toilet had gone on 23 March and notified the Police. In the wake of the theft, Zero Waste also reached out by word of mouth and social media asking if anyone had seen the toilet anywhere. Zero Waste also said that they would accept a return “no questions asked”. It was returned on 10 April as a result of the social media post, Zero Waste committee member Alan Hoverd told the Ōtaki Mail. “It is great news we have got it back,” Mr Hoverd said, although it was a little the worse for wear and the water tank lid was missing.
“Thank you to everyone who was involved in the return,” says Sergeant Shaun Stout, acting officer in charge of the Ōtaki Police. Zero Waste’s Facebook page also thanked the community, saying: “We appreciate the community support which helped get this back.” The toilet theft was one of four burglaries reported to the Police in the month to 22 April. A number of valuable personal items were stolen from a Toyota parked at a property in Aotaki Street. This provides “a reminder to remove valuable items from your vehicle when you come in at night,” Sergeant Stout says. A tall domestic gas bottle was stolen from a Marine Parade property during another burglary, and Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for this item. A black and blue Malvern Star Stratosphere mountain bike was stolen during the fourth burglary, at a Temuera Street address. Police had no leads on any of these four burglaries when this issue of the Ōtaki Mail went to print. “Police would appreciate it if the public could look out for these items,” Sergeant Stout says. Police also received reports of a number of minor thefts and unlawful takings during the month. Police found a man had been seriously assaulted by his partner when they were called to a domestic incident on 15 April. Police charged a 49-year-old woman following the assault and she was scheduled to appear in the Levin District Court.
Ōtaki MP Teresa Ngobi points to where the missing toilet once stood during a visit to Zero Waste Ōtaki by a delegation of Members of Parliament on 8 April. Zero Waste committee member Alan Hoverd (left) is explaining what had happened.
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Care and share A village with heart BY HOWIE C. THINGS ENDORSED BY OLDILOCKS “Howie, HOWIE. Are you there, Howie?” There was pathos in my neighbour’s voice. I hurried from the bathroom. “I’m here my friend. Come in. Sit down.” Oldie sank into his favourite chair shaking his head so vigorously I was worried he might lose it. “It’s HORRIFIC Howie. It’s so heartless. Bring all the refugees here! We can make room for them! Ōtaki is a village with heart…” “The refugees from Ukraine?” I guessed. “Yes! We can find a place for them. We have a population of diverse nationalities.
Our families migrated to New Zealand, as so many others have. Even the Maori arrived here by canoe. We can open our hearts and find homes for others…” Oldie was so focussed on his concerns for the ousted families from Ukraine he accepted his cup of tea but ignored a gingernut. “I have it all planned. You can move into my batch, and they could use yours.” “That’s a very generous offer, Oldie,” I blinked, gulping my tea. “But I’m sure Ōtaki would open its heart for the homeless from Ukraine. Let’s see if there are others who would agree.”
BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki fire fighters helped battle a massive blaze in Levin on 31 March. Emergency services were called at around 11:20am after fire broke out in the commercial building in Keepa Street, which is next door to the Z service station. The building was occupied by Whaioro Trust Te Ata Kura for alternative education and Te Runanga o Raukawa. One of the Te Runanga o Raukawa staff members was in the building when it caught alight, but managed to get out of the building safely. The Whaioro Trust Te Ata Kura students were out on a morning walk when the fire started. This meant all the building occupants were not harmed by the fire. Seven fire engines attending the fire, which took some two hours to bring under control.
Fire fighters were at the scene for most of the day to dampen down hot spots. This was one of three calls the Ōtaki Fire Brigade received to assist other brigades during March. In addition, there was one cover move to Waikanae and another to Levin. The brigade attended 25 calls during March. There were three calls to properties and seven calls to rubbish, grass and scrub fires. Private fire alarms activating resulted in four call outs. The brigade attended five motor vehicle accidents and two medical emergencies. There was also one special service call, which includes events not fitting the above categories, such as helicopter landings and lines down.
Mizuho Nishioka, Recent works 18 March – 6 May 2022 Photographic images This show also supports Mizuho’s invitation to exhibit at the Palazzo Bembo during the Venice Biennale from April 2022. All welcome, free entry. MAHARA iti is the new temporary gallery for Mahara Gallery at 2 Mahara Place, Waikanae. Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Zero Waste Ōtaki Update BY JAMIE BULL
This has been quite a month for ZWŌ and we have appreciated the ongoing run of great weather which has enabled significant progress on building storage bays and sorting the site. This work has been mainly done by the “Thursday Boys” – a group of enthusiasts who are skilled at building stuff. That group is growing and more volunteers are welcome. Especially if you have skills in up-cycling items or making items such as saw horses, bird boxes and the like. As a result of their work, it is becoming easier and safer to access wood and move around the site. Earlier in the month, we had the sad discovery that our deluxe composting loo, afforded with a grant from Whakahiko – Energise Ōtaki, had been stolen. Hours and hours of volunteer time had gone in to preparing the base and the filter pond, so we were all rather despondent, especially as we hadn’t even got it to the stage of being usable. A few weeks later, thanks to social media posts – it came back “no questions” asked, and we are extremely grateful.
We always welcome community groups who are interested in what we are doing, and our latest visitors were a delegation, hosted by our Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi, of several MP’s from the Infrastructure and Environment caucus committee. Our donated water tank is now on site. The plumbing components were also funded by Whakahiko – Energise Ōtaki. So, one of our current projects is getting that all set up, to give us a sustainable non potable water supply on site. In the coming month we hope to get the newest 20ft container into action. It was donated by KCDC and needed a lot of TLC. That is just about completed with the recently completed installation of a new floor. And finally – after many delays due to Covid – the container cover (funded by a grant from KCDC) is being installed between two containers which will give us an outdoor under cover working space. This will be a great development for us We are open every Wednesday 9.30–10.30, and the last Sunday of the month 9.30–12 noon. And it is wonderful to continue to welcome Ōtaki folk when they come to the site for the first time. Keep up to date with our activities via our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to go on our mailing list or visit zerowasteotaki.nz
So long for now, Stuart Pritchard
His achievements speak for themselves, but we’ll do it too: long time Energise Ōtaki trustee Stuart Pritchard is moving on to greener pastures. Says trustee Hanna Wagner-Nicholls, “Stuart isn’t someone who pushes to be in the limelight. He works and achieves in the background with his connections and wide business experience.” From large scale to small – from setting up ‘eco-hub’ Cleantech to securing the Ōtaki Bike Space container – Stuart’s skills in gathering groups towards shared goals have benefitted Energise Ōtaki. And Ōtaki at large, his home town. Stuart’s project successes give others confidence to follow. He was the first to use solar power in a commercial building in Ōtaki and still has Ōtaki’s only commercial wind turbine. Then (in his trustee role and with the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust) he helped set up the first solar installation at Ōtaki College. The healthy soil and stock on his family’s organic farm showcase the benefits of reducing nitrogen fertilisers, while their carbon offsetting tree plantation helped inspire Energise Ōtaki’s own.
Energise Ōtaki’s Chair Leigh Ramsey has known Stuart for many years. “His drive and passion to see more sustainable practices be adopted (whether better farming, reducing food waste, alternative fuels, or providing curtains and insulation for better housing) has been unrelenting. He has been incredibly supportive of businesses trying to commercialise sustainable and renewable technologies for the benefit of the community and New Zealanders, and to create more local jobs.” Energise Ōtaki’s trustees would like to thank Stuart for his commitment and passion over the last decade and a half, and wish him and his family well. “Stuart, you will be missed!”
Throwback to 2015! Stuart Pritchard (second from left) with interns (Camila Mazzo and Om Dolasia) who he found and mentored.
MPs check out Ōtaki environmental projects BY FRANK NEILL Five Members of Parliament visited Ōtaki on 8 April to check out two significant positive environmental initiatives that operate in the town – Zero Waste Ōtaki and Energise Ōtaki. The delegation, pictured left, was led by Ōtaki MP Teresa Ngobi and are members of the Infrastructure and Environment Caucus Committee. Joining Ms Ngobi were Northcote MP Shannan Halbert, Ōhāriu MP Greg O’Connor, list MP Helen White and Papakura MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki. Kāpiti’s Mayor Gurunathan and other Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) representatives also attended. Zero Waste Ōtaki was the delegation’s first port of call. The main focus was on the wood recycling project that Zero Waste operates. Rather than dumping wood (including items such as windows and doors that also contain glass) that is no longer needed, people can deliver the wood free to Zero Waste Ōtaki. As well as residents bringing unwanted wood, tradespeople were also bringing their offcuts, Alan Hoverd told the delegation. Another interesting aspect was that there were a number of people who were building small houses who were buying wood from the project. “I love the kaupapa,” Ms Ngobi said, “not putting it [the wood] in the waste.” The delegation then moved to Energise Ōtaki, where the organisation’s chair, Leigh Ramsey, outlined some of the projects that Energise Ōtaki operates. These include operating a solar farm. This “generates about $40,000 worth of revenue,” Mr Ramsey said. “We want it 40 times bigger. “It is running the whole wastewater treatment plant and we also export to the local [electricity] grid.” In addition, Energise Ōtaki had installed two solar farms at Ōtaki College. Another project was the curtain bank, which aimed to keep warmth in homes and keep energy costs down. Some 400 people had benefitted from the curtain bank, Mr Ramsey said. Warm up Ōtaki was a third initiative. It provided items such as insulation and heat pumps to eligible home owners. The bike space project had seen some couple of hundred bicycles given to people, and Energise Ōtaki was now looking at providing people with electric bikes. The aim of the Ōtaki Repair Café was to provide people the skills to fix broken items, rather than disposing of them in the landfill. The Repair Café was becoming very popular, Mr Ramsey said. Energise Ōtaki was also involved with community gardens, he said. And those were just some of the projects Energise Ōtaki was involved in.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
The Rongoā Space BY JOANNE HAKARAIA bruises and sprains. A diluted decoction of the leaves was drunk as a tonic for alleviating stomach ache. I really love this rākau. It’s easy to grow and tastes delicious. It is currently in our dispensary at The Rongoā Shop and Dispensary located within Māoriland. Pop in for a taste. We would love to see you!
Rongoā of the Month Piripiri
Piripiri or Hutiwai (Acaena novaezelandiae) is known by Māori to be the maiden hair of Hinenuitepō. This plant belongs to the rose whānau and is common throughout Aotearoa. It grows abundantly in Ōtaki and seems to enjoy rocky ground and sand dunes. Because of their trailing stems and attractive pink flowers, they can be used in hanging baskets and in rock gardens. This is particularly good if you’re going to use this as a rongoā or simply as a refreshing morning tea. The stems are prostrate and trail along the ground. The leaves are pinnate with seven to twelve leaflets. From October to January and it flowers a beautiful red/pink colour.
Piripiri was traditionally used as a rongoā for kidney and bladder complaints. It is a diuretic which means it may help release extra fluid in the body. Bear in mind that you will mimi more. It was also used for skin conditions such as ‘the itch’. The seed heads can cause an irritation just by sticking to the skin. What’s interesting though, is that a decoction made by infusing piripiri leaves in water can provide relief from itchy skin, known as ‘the itch’. Bathing in a Piripiri decoction will provide relief for the body. The leaves can be steeped in hot water and applied to open wounds and to
Bathing for itch skin Place a couple of handfuls of leaves and stem into a pot with about 3 litres of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes or longer. Strain and then pour into bath water. You can make a larger decoction for the bath if you choose to. Wairākau for kidneys and bladder Place a handful of leaves and stem into a pot with 500mls of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. This makes a refreshing wairākau and very easy to drink. Poultice for open wounds Make a wairākau and strain the juice. Apply the pulp to the open wound.
The Bee Column – Ngā Kaitiaki Pi BY PENNY KERR-HISLOP
Romancing the Bees
Romanticising the bees is a good thing in some ways as it has alerted the world to the global plight of at least the honey bees and hopefully to pollinators in general. But at some point, it has gone from a sensible amount of promotion of the dangers facing our apis mellifera populations, to attributing human emotions and traits to a ridiculous degree. I do believe that there is a magic about honey bees that is fascinating and captivating. That they are a socially hierarchical insect that live in a community where they have distinct roles to play and a unique way of communicating, is without a doubt. This has been the subject of study and lyrical and imaginative interpretations from Shakespeare to Emily Dickenson and more recently in a myriad of books and movies.
But at what point does romanticising become “bee washing”? Like “green washing”, does including honey bees in a story make it more attractive. Are they the new royal family of literature designed to attract because of our deeply held affection for the honey bee? Do they give us the warm fuzzies? A story I skimmed as I did the literature review to write this column had me in fits. A woman carrying a styrofoam box with a queen and some worker bees had an encounter with a man, who I can only surmise went on to fall madly in love with her, and noticed that the bees in the box raised their humming pitch when his hand brushed against hers in the street. It got better. Every year at the end of summer, the woman would let the queen from her hive decide where she would next move to by putting her on a map and allowing the queen to pick a destination. Then she would go and live there. Because queenie knew best. But the honey bee is a farmed domesticated animal in most parts of the world. Without humans, apis mellifera would not survive. No more than our modern sheep or cows would be able to without human management. The time for dreaming of wild bees has passed – except for rare colonies as are found on the Chatham Islands where diseases and parasites are still unknown and the feral populations can exist without the help of humans. And bees like our bigger livestock demand a lot of care and attention. They reward us for taking care of them and do a great job of pollinating our crops. They are a uniquely special insect but please do not lose sight of the plight of the wild insects. There’s a whole array of them that provide a pollination service. In fact, three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and about a third of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators at some stage. And it’s not just bees… flies are huge pollinators. That includes the midges that pollinate the cocoa crop that chocolate comes from. In Aotearoa, moths pollinate. Our native bees pollinate. Butterflies pollinate. A lot of
our birds and bats pollinate and they in turn need insects to eat. And there are wasps as well. Wasps are major pollinators. Again, another insect that’s widely disliked but actually crucial for our environment. So it is all intertwined and pretty critical. There is a whole roadside berm full of pollinators out there. Hop out of the car and take a peek among the flowering yarrow.
Without these creatures, we would be without many of the staple foods that we depend on in our lives as well as some of the luxuries. Especially ice cream and chocolate. They need our focus and attention as the role they all play is as important as that of the honey bees.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Pétanque players win two trophies
Local footballers score three wins
BY FRANK NEILL
BY FRANK NEILL
The Ōtaki Pétanque Club lifted two major trophies in 10 days during April. The club picked up the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Cup on 10 April, a trophy they last won in 2018. This trophy is available to any club in the Wellington and Manawatu regions to challenge the holders, who must accept at least one challenge every 31 days. Ōtaki defeated Upper Hutt 5-3 to claim the prestigious trophy, the same team they beat last time they lifted the Cup. Gary Brunton won two of his three singles matches, Shirley MacDonald and Barbara Nicholl won both their doubles games and Liz MacDonald, David Corley and Dave Gatchell won one of their three triples matches. The Horowhenua Pétanque Club has put in the next challenge for the Jacques Cochonnet Cup, and this will played in Ōtaki on 4 May, starting at 9:15am. Ōtaki then added the Casey Cup to its trophy cabinet following the final day of play on 20 April. Ōtaki scored 1,033 points over the three days of competition, 99 points more than second placed Horowhenua with 934 points while Kāpiti was third with 834 points. The Casey Cup was originally an indoor bowls trophy, which Mr Brunton found one day in his wardrobe. With no indoor bowls happening at the time, Mr Brunton donated it as a pétanque trophy, which is now contested annually by the Horowhenua, Manawatu, Kāpiti
and Ōtaki clubs, with each club hosting a round of play. Following the article on pétanque in the last issue of the Ōtaki Mail, Mr Brunton has received some information about the Caseys, who donated the cup. He had been told that they ran an engineering works in the Dunstan Street premises now under the IHC banner. Anyone with more information about Mr and Mrs Casey is welcome to contact Mr Brunton at 027 364 5303.
The winning Ōtaki team with the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Cup: back row Gary Brunton (left) and Dave Gatchell; front row (from left) Barbara Nicholls, Liz Donaldson (holding the cup), Shirely MacDonald and David Corley.
All three local men’s football teams began the 2022 season with impressive victories on 9 April. Ōtaki Purutaitama defeated Waikanae Stroller 9-2 at Haruātai Park to finish round one at the top of the Horowhenua Kāpiti division one table. Two players scored hat tricks for the Ōtaki team, with both Chris HawleyStone and Tom Mackley finding the back of the net three times each. Unsurprisingly, they were both awarded three points as the most valuable players (MVP). Waka Cook-Porter was awarded two MVP points, and Josh Fruze – who also scored for Ōtaki – was awarded one point. Tipene Road and Te Hau Cook were the other two players who scored goals for Ōtaki. Manakau Hui Mai also kicked off the season with an outstanding 3-1 win over Waikanae Jets. Also playing in the Howowhenua Kāpiti first division, this result saw Manakau Hui Mai in third place on the table on goal difference with the top three teams all on three competition points. Atain Halley, Cameron Lafrentz and Nathan Fulford all scored goals for Manakau, with Cameron picking up two MVP points. Chris Temperton was named player of the
match and awarded three MVP points, while Willy West notched up one MVP point. Manakau’s second division team, Manakau Tuakana Teina, was completely dominant in its match against Waikanae Wolves, winning 7-0. Robert Wylie scored a hat trick in the match, played at Manakau Domain, while Max McHugo and Finley Stevenson both scored two goals. Gareth Buliff was named player of the match and was awarded three MVP points. Max McHugo scored two MVP points and Max Igasia one point. The 7-0 victory saw Manakau Tuakana Teina at the top of the division two table at the completion of round one of the competition. Ōtaki’s women’s team, Ōtaki Kāeaea, did not fare so well in its opening game, however. Playing in the Wellingtom women’s second division, Ōtaki lost its opener to Seatoun Seagals 0-2 on 10 April Huia Paul had an excellent game for Ōtaki, and was awarded three MVP points. Christina Tuiupou scored two MVP points and Vanessa Harfitt one point. No games were played in either the Horowhenua Kāpiti or the Wellington competitions during Easter weekend.
Ōtaki’s new tennis champions BY FRANK NEILL Hannah Grimmett and Callan Nikora are the 2022 Ōtaki tennis champions. Hannah won the title when she defeated Louise Jackson 6-4 6-3 in the final, held at the Ōtaki Sports Club’s Haruātai Park courts on 10 April. Callan made a clean sweep of his final, completely dominating Tom Caines when he won 6-0 6-0. Hannah and Callan also emerged with the mixed doubles titles, again with a very comfortable victory. They defeated Tom Caines and Emma Whiterod 6-0 6-1. Callan Nikora hits a winning serve on his way to winning the men’s singles championship.
Callan made the trifecta when he teamed up with Pataka Moore to win the men’s doubles title. In a much closer encounter, Callan and Pataka took three sets to beat Adam Shelton and Tom Caines 5-7 6-3 6-2. Emma Whiterod and Monique Moore also won a title when they beat Louise Jackson and Ema Moore 6-3 6-0 in the women’s doubles. The 2022 Ōtaki tennis championships was played for the first time for some 25 years. What had been an annual event until the 1990s had not been played since that time. This year’s event saw the championships resurrected for what is now planned as an annual event. Ema Moore won the women’s plate, contested between the losers of the two semi-finals. Ema beat Jo Nikora 6-0 6-4. Scott Henderson won the men’s plate following a long three-set battle with Philip Grimmett. Scott finally emerged the victor 6-2 6-7 7-5. Scott then teamed up with Ben Gardner to win the men’s doubles plate, beating Josh Wineera and Forest Glanville Hall 6-2 6-4.
Hannah Grimmett in action on her way to winning the women’s singles title.
Waka Cook-Porter, who played an outstanding game, in action during Ōtaki Purutaitama’s 9-2 victory over Waikanae Strollers.
Chris Hawley-Stone, who scored a hat trick in the season opener on 9 April.
Friends of Ōtaki river planting BY MARGARET ANDREWS The Friends of the Ōtaki River held their first planting day for 2022 on a perfect Ōtaki autumn day, with the late David Pritchard’s family providing much of the man power to get the 854 trees, shrubs and grasses bedded in, while the grandchildren collected up all the seedling pots and bags. “David was born and bred in Ōtaki,” his wife Jacqui said. “They lived on the highway and David was always at the river. He was interested in growing things and what Fotor were doing at the river.” “A lovely day in paradise, a great Ōtaki day,” said Fotor chair Max Lutz. “It’s lovely to have all the grandchildren, the fourth generation of the Pritchard family in Ōtaki, here today. And another well known local family planting on the river.” This planting by the Pritchard Family, at the top of the Haul Road, is in memory of
David’s life time interest in the river and in Fotor’s plantings and rejuvenation along the river banks from the top of Chrystalls Bend to the river mouth. Fotor members and schools, families and businesses who have helped with the planting days have planted over 100,000 trees and plants in the last 20 years, Mr Lutz said.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
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Autumn is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs – they can become established over the cooler, wetter months. Add some long-term fertiliser at planting time and tie to a support stake. It’s also a good time to plant new season’s daphne, camellias and rhododendrons for welcome colour in your winter and early spring garden. May is moving month – many smaller shrubs, such as azaleas and gardenias, can be transplanted this month. Collect autumn leaves for composting. It’s your last chance to plant spring bulbs, but there’s still time to get your lily bulbs in. They are easy to grow and can be planted any time between May and September. Work bulb food into planting area and cover bulbs with 10cm of soil. Trim back autumn flowering perennials and mulch trees, shrubs and perennials with compost. Lift dahlia tubers and gladioli corms and store in a dry place ready for planting again in spring. Sow seeds of alyssum, sweetpea, lobelia, calendula, cineraria, nemesia, statice, Virginian stock, cornflower, lupin and forget-me-not. Plant out seedlings of calendula, wallflower, snapdragon, nemesia, pansies, primula, stock, polyanthus, cineraria and viola.
Fruit and vegetable garden
Harvest the last of your feijoas, guavas, kiwifruit and tamarilloa as they ripen. Plant your first strawberries – well established plants will fruit earlier and for longer this spring and summer.
Fruit tree pruning can start as soon as leaves have dropped. Feed citrus trees with citrus fertiliser to maintain foliage colour and good health. Mulch your vegetable and fruit trees with compost. If your veggie patch won’t be used over winter, think about sowing blue lupin or mustard seed as a winter crop. This is an easy, natural way to add nutrients and improve soil structure for spring. Shallot and garlic bulbs are available in garden centres now – start your planting. As leeks grow, pile up soil around the stems to provide some support and keep stems white. Thin out carrots and other autumn sown crops. Cut back asparagus to within 15cm of ground level after stems turn yellow. Sow seeds of beetroot, carrots, onions, spinach, swedes, turnips, radish, broad beans and broccoli directly into your garden bed. Plant out seedlings of broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, spring onions and silverbeet.
Feed lawns to boost growth and suppress weeds. Bare areas can be raked over and reseeded.
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A lolly pink carnation striped with white is a recent addition to Watson’s Garden Centre, Ōtaki. The flower is the result of 65 years in local growing, and another horticultural achievement from owner, Don Watson. Don sowed a mixture of red, white and pink carnations five years ago in pursuit of a design that bettered the bunch of red and white striped carnations he’d purchased from a florist. “I wasn’t happy with the colour, and I began to think about how I could improve it,” Don said. “I like to try new things.” The plants grew large and flowered, and Don repeated the process for five years until “unforced natural growth produced a design I was finally content with.” The changing of colour technique and cultivation was leant many years ago when Don was working with the original owner of Watson’s Gardens, Jim McCormick. The cottage-garden pretty variation is unique to Watson’s Gardens, and when I visited recently the collection of strong, robust Candy Stripe carnations (named by staff member, Kirsten) looked a picture beside the recently opened Carnation Café.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
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Focus on growing shallots Like garlic, shallots are traditionally planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest (plant when the soil is not too wet). They are one of the easiest members of the onion family to grow and mature faster than their cousins. Shallots are generally grown from an individual bulb which multiplies into more bulbs, or cloves, but they can also be raised from seed. Bulbs for planting are generally available from garden centres, although you can also buy them from the supermarket. But make sure you buy organic, New Zealand-grown bulbs as overseas ones are usually sprayed to stop sprouting. Like all members of the onion family shallots grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. The lighter, or looser, the soil, the larger your shallots will grow. They also like moist (not waterlogged) conditions, so dig in plenty of compost to help retain moisture.
Choose a good-sized bulb (the size of the bulb you plant will affect the end result – the bigger the bulb the bigger the outcome). Divide up multiple bulbs and plant each individual bulb, root end down. Set them with their noses just below the surface so they can grow strongly undisturbed by birds. Gently press them into the ground, allowing about 12–15cm between bulbs and 30cm between rows. After planting water well, and again over winter if soil becomes dry – be more vigilant with watering in spring and summer – the root system is shallow, and plants can’t dig deep for water. Keep weeded and remove any flower heads that form. If growth is slow feed with a balanced fertiliser – for the biggest bulbs, feed regularly with a fertiliser high in nitrogen (chicken manure is a good alternative for organic gardeners). In early summer, scrape the soil from the bulbs so sun can reach them and aid in ripening (when tops are about 20cm high they can be picked for flavouring). The leaves turn yellow and die down in mid to late summer. Your bulbs have now finished growing and will begin to swell quickly. Lift clusters carefully, with tops attached, to cure in a warm, dry place for two to three weeks, then store in a mesh bag in a cool, dry spot out of direct sunlight (make sure loose outer skins are removed as these can trap moisture which can rot your bulbs). Slotted trays that allow good air movement also work well for storage, or you can plait tops together and hang up. Good air movement is essential to prevent disease, and a cool spot will prevent sprouting.
If bulbs are dried properly, with good airflow and low relative humidity, they should store for about nine months. If you are pickling it needs to be done within a month of drying if their full flavour is to be preserved.
Cultivation hints for citrus May is citrus planting time and the season’s stock of citrus trees, from traditional oranges and lemons to sweet tangelos and lip-smacking sour grapefruit, has started to arrive in garden centres. There’s something really satisfying about strolling through your garden enjoying the fruit of your labour straight from the tree – even more so with citrus as they’re so easy-care. Citrus are also ornamental, with beautifully fragrant summer flowers, brightly-coloured winter fruit and dark green, glossy foliage all year round. Pick a sunny, sheltered spot when planting your citrus. Most varieties tolerate light frost, though fruit quality and quantity can be affected if your chosen spot is too cold – limes and Satsuma mandarins are the least cold-tolerant. Plant out in free-draining soil and mulch over the root system to conserve moisture in summer when fruit is forming.
Some varieties make great container plants for the deck or patio, such as the ‘Meyer’ lemon and ‘Clementine’ mandarin, though you’ll probably need to water weekly. Use a large pot, at least 50–60cm in diameter, with good drainage holes, and fill with good quality tub mix. For the first year or two pick off all the young fruit while still marble-sized, to encourage strong growth. The main period for fruit and shoot growth is summer, so you’ll need to water in dry periods. Mulch with compost, and fertilise in spring and summer to encourage lush growth. You can get good crops without pruning, just thin out the odd shoot if your tree gets very dense. Pruning shoots back a little as you harvest fruit also helps encourage new growth the following season. My elderly ‘Meyer’ lemon tree is suffering from lemon tree borer, a nasty native pest. There’s not much you can do to prevent this, but luckily most trees, including mine, can live and crop for years with some amount of
borer damage. Scale and citrus whitefly may become a problem but are relatively easy to control with lowtoxicity sprays. Large-growing varieties – some can reach 4–5 metres tall and wide, include grapefruit ‘Golden Special,’ and ‘Star Ruby,’ lemons ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Yen Ben,’ great if you have an aversion to picking out pips, oranges ‘Carters Navel,’ ‘Best Seedless’ and ‘Washington Navel,’ and tangelos ‘Seminole,’ and ‘Ugli.’ For containers, try limes such as ‘Tahiti’ and ‘Bearss,’ and mandarins ‘Miho,’ Miyagawa,’ ‘Silverhill,’ and ‘Okitsu,’ but buy the biggest glazed pot and best quality potting mix you can afford, feed twice a year with slow-release fertiliser, mulch with compost, and water deeply every few days in summer Kaffir limes are worth growing for their leaves, rather than for fresh fruit. I use the fresh leaves of mine to flavour Asian-style dishes, either whole (remove before serving), or chopped – you can also use the rind of the fruit, which is lumpy and seedy.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Ōtaki – Education Town
Major focus on well-being at St Peter Chanel School BY FRANK NEILL “Our programme is based around well-being,” says the acting principal of St Peter Chanel School, Urutakai Cooper. “We offer numeracy and literacy like every other school but we also look at the holistic well-being of the child and that is what our curriculum is based on.”
St Peter Chanel Catholic School’s Acting Principal Urutakai Cooper.
St Peter Chanel School, Te Kura Katorika o Hato Petera Kaniera, is a Catholic full primary school for years 1 to 8 next to St Mary’s Church and the Catholic Marae, Te Marae o Hine. “We plan what our whole year will look like based on the four dimensions of well-being – whānau well-being, mental well-being, physical well-being and spiritual well-being,” Ms Cooper says. These also relate to the school’s four core values, which are: • Aroha – love, respect, kindness, togetherness • Whanaungatanga – relationships, connectedness, whakapapa • Whakapono – belief, faith, self-belief
• Rangimārie – peace, tranquility, strength, respect As well as the major focus on well-being, St Peter Chanel also has a strong focus on the environment. “We look at our environment and our curriculum is based on what is going on in our environment right now.” In the coming term, the St Peter Chanel students will look at the Mangapouri Stream, which runs from the ranges, through Haruātai Park, next to St Peter Chanel School and feeds into the Waitohu Stream. “Mangapouri Stream was a huge resource for our people. It was a storehouse for food. “We know that that storehouse has been polluted and we want to look at restoring it. “Next term we are looking at Inanga/ Whitebait, and how we can be the guardians of that resource,” Ms Cooper says. “We have a lot of education like this outside of the classroom. That’s what we offer at this school.” Language and history are also very important at the school. St Peter Chanel became the first bilingual school in the Horowhenua-Kāpiti region around the late 1970s. “That was because my mum’s generation worked hard on it being a bilingual school,” Ms Cooper says. People were losing conversational Te Reo Māori language, and the school identified a need for the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori. So the school sought and received support from both parents and the wider community to become bilingual. When the Kohanga Reo Raukawa (for pre-schoolers) started they supported also supported the school becoming bilingual, and all the Kohanga Reo graduates came to Te Kura Katorika o Hato Petera Kaniera. The school’s history dates back to the 1890s and followed the arrival of the French Catholic missionaries in Ōtaki.
The Pukekaraka hill, which overlooks St Peter Chanel School.
Mahara Gallery tutor Harriet Bright with St Peter Chanel student Arekatera RikihanaTukerangi during a kaupapa sponsored by the Phillips Foundation. Arekatera, who is a descendant of Tonihi Te Ra, was working on art that was included in a book published last year.
When the French missionaries arrived they began building a relationship with the local Māori people, particularly with the Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti people, and many of them became Catholic. One person who was baptized a Catholic was the daughter of Tonihi Te Ra, who is also one of Ms Cooper’s ancestors. The land where the school and St Mary’s Church now stand was owned by Tonihi Te Ra. It was part of the Pukekaraka block, named because of the abundance of karaka trees many years ago. Tonihi Te Ra, of Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti and a descendent of Raukawa, gifted the land to the French missionaries, firstly to build a school for the descendents of Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti and then to build a church.
St Peter Chanel School, Te Kura Katorika o Hato Petera Kaniera, was built and opened in 1894. The school has two projects in the pipeline. One is to build a hall and the other is to have a working swimming pool. The current pool is not useable. The school’s name comes from its patron saint, Peter Chanel, a French priest in the Society of Mary (Marist). A missionary in Oceania, he arrived on the island of Futuna in 1837. He was killed in April 1841 at the instigation of a chief who was upset because his son converted to Catholicism. Chanel was declared a martyr and beatified in 1998. Pope Pius XII canonised him on 12 June 1954.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Ōtaki College News April 2022
From the Principal Andy Fraser The end of Term One has arrived and, while we have been managing the expected disruptions that Omicron has provided, it is encouraging that, for the most part, College has remained in operation over this period. I do wish to acknowledge the amazing efforts of all staff at the College who have gone out of their way to support students and go the extra mile to support one another. At a time when we had few relievers available, all our teaching staff freely gave up non-contact times in an effort to allow students to continue with face to face learning onsite. I also want to acknowledge the amazing whānau support that we were offered when this did become overwhelming and Year Levels were rostered home. Thank you for all the emails and phone calls of support. We now find ourselves with an opportunity to regroup over the holiday period and, while we hope that we will encounter less disruption next term, our teaching staff are still working hard to develop their online class sites to enhance our hybrid learning model which will allow students working from home to access authentic and purposeful work until they arrive back at school. On return we will be working under an Orange Level setting. At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds. We also ask that your child continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time. At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport. We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing
whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick. Regardless of circumstances, the College has continued to look for opportunities to support teaching and learning along with student hauora and property development. This is not always easy working solely from Ministry of Education grants and so the work of the Xōtaki Alumni Trust is something the College values greatly. I wish to sincerely thank Maz Lutz and the Trustees for their tireless efforts in making Ōtaki College a better place and wish to thank them for: • the funding of chromebooks to support students’ learning • the funding of jackbords (via the Philipp Family Foundation) that will allow students to access high level learning and the development of knowledge around coding, thereby supporting the College’s move into deep learning pedagogy
• Lumino Smile Creation Ōtaki orthodontic work (special thanks to Dr Robin Young), providing selected students with free access to orthodontic work • funding of extra counselling services at Ōtaki College. These latest initiatives are just a few examples of the ongoing support the XŌtaki Alumni Trust offers as it continues to provide our students with the extra opportunities they deserve. My thanks to the Trustees: Max Lutz (Chair), Janice Brown, Kim Cook, Emma Henderson, Peter Housiaux, Peter Northern, Kerry Walker and Scott Wylie. In closing I hope that you have had an enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to seeing our students back in Term Two. Andy Fraser, Principal
Outdoor Education in Term One
This term in Outdoor Education has seen both of our major trips take place, ODE3 Sea Kayaking the Marlborough Sounds and ODE2 paddling the Whanganui River.
Level 3 Outdoor Education students spent 5 days Sea Kayaking the Kenepuru Sounds staying at DOC sites (Ferndale, Moetapu, Putanui Point and Cowshed Bay). From the terrifying Pukana demonstrated by Howard Manins, the intense Fairy Glide from Okaitiki Point to the other side of Ohinetaha Bay and catching Snapper and Kahawai off the Mussel Farms, this trip always provides plenty of variety. Students understood the importance of contingency planning and the impact that the weather can have on group management. The weather for the best part of this trip was amazing and the overall vibe demonstrated by the students was fantastic! Level 2 Outdoor Education students experienced 4 days being surrounded by the mighty bluffs that only the Whanganui River can provide. Understanding the importance of risk management and how it applies to people, environment and
equipment was the focus. Students were punctual, well organised and respectful throughout this trip. Those that have paddled the Whanganui River from Whakahoro to Pipiriki will know of the infamous 50/50 rapid (a rapid that has a 50% chance of tipping out). After much anticipation the 50/50 did not disappoint, we had 3 out of 7 canoes tip out each providing different methods of rescue (a jet boat being one of those methods much to the delight of the rescuees. An awesome trip accompanied with epic weather. Thank you to Howard Manins and Nathan Fulford who took time from his work to help out and thank you to both ODE2 and ODE3 students who continue to support, encourage and look out for each other during these experiences. Kent Pollard, Teacher in Charge of Outdoor Education
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
What’s on at the Toi Matarau Gallery April was a month of varying weather patterns, a collision of the Sun’s two wives Hineraumati and Hinetakurua. At Toi Matarau, in this month’s limited release art drop, we spotlight an artist who reflects these types of divine encounters through her own unique hybrid sass. Mā tō rourou, mā tōku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. As Māori, sharing our abundance with one another is manaakitanga. We are in extraordinary times with many whānau in Ōtaki who are self isolating or unwell. We would like to encourage everyone to continue sharing kai and rongoā with one Rehutai showing off her completed wahakura.
another. We also acknowledge the kaimahi of Te Puna Oranga who are responsible for the Government’s Covid delivery in Ōtaki. At Māoriland we welcome Joanne Hakaraia and Te Waka Rākau Rongoā dispensary. Joanne is onsite from Wednesday to Saturday, 10–3pm to share her mātauranga in the traditional Māori medicinal healing and the cleansing and enlivening rongoā teas and tinctures. The refurbishment of the Toi Matarau gallery is close to completion. The walls have been replastered and repainted, the matai floors sanded and restored back to their original glory. We will be installing a brand new art hanging system before re-opening with new artworks. In more exciting news we celebrate ringa toi and former Toi Matarau kai mahi Neke Moa, who has been awarded a grant for a 12-month project researching and developing new art objects and adornment pieces. It was a pleasure to record an extensive interview with Neke and to hear her thoughts and her passion for her artform. In her latest exhibition at Auckland art gallery, Season, Neke has been exploring the hono (relationship, link) between atua, tohunga and tāngata. She uses shells, driftwood, pīngao and many other materials she gathers on Ōtaki beach. Neke has created pieces based on kōrero tuku iho about Papatūānuku, her sisters and their roles in the creation of Te Ao Mārama. On the weekend before Easter, we facilitated an excellent wānanga wahakura for whānau who wanted to create a harakeke bassinet for their pēpi. We will be holding two more wānanga over the next two months if you are interested in creating this taonga for your whānau.
The Toi Matarau team extends a warm thank you for the continued support we receive. The contributions of bubble wrap, art and merchandise purchases, kind words of encouragement and positive feedback, most appreciated and not forgotten. Keep an eye out on Māoriland’s social media and the website for the re-opening of the gallery, the arrival of new artist showcases, upcoming Toi Workshops and events. There will be lots to see and experience and we look forward to opening our doors again to welcome you all back!
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Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
OTAKI IN THE NEWS – 1870’S Selected from early New Zealand newspapers. March 14, 1874 OTAKI: Judge Rogan opened the Native Land Court here this morning. The Court is likely to last for two or three months as the ownership of all the land is disputed. August 5, 1874 No telegrams have been received during the last two days, owing to several of the telegraph poles between Foxton and Wellington and Otaki having been washed away to sea. A staff of men had been dispatched to repair the damage, and it is expected the line will be in working order during today. August 21, 1874 One of the greatest “finds” of frost fish ever made in the Colony was made by the driver of Cobb’s coach, on Tuesday, between Otaki and Paikakariki (sic). He picked up no less than one hundred and sixty, and reports that the Maoris had filled about fifty sacks and baskets. November 7, 1874 A rather novel event in the shape of a mail robbery is reported. It appears that the bag from Wanganui to Otaki was opened in transitu, and a registered letter, covering a gold watch and chain, abstracted. The bag was very neatly opened. The seal securing the string by which it was tied was left intact, the string being cut through, and the bag split open at the back. The letter was then taken out, and the bag tied up with a fresh piece of string slipped up under the crack in the seal, so that to all appearance it was quite secure and sealed. We believe that Mr Young, the coach proprietor and the mail contractor, intends to offer a large reward for the discovery of the thief. The watch belonged to Mr Booth, and its loss will fall on him.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022 November 20, 1874 A reward of £50, with a free pardon to an accomplice, is offered by the Government for information that will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons who lately opened a mail bag, while in the course of conveyance by mail coach between Wanganui and Otaki, and stole there from a registered letter, containing a gold watch and hair guard. There is now, therefore, £100 offered for the detection and conviction of this mail robber. February 20, 1875 It is very awkward travelling on the West Coast at the present time. Monday’s coach was stuck up at Otaki. The passengers had to cross the river in a canoe. At Waikanae the river had to be swum; and at Ohau, the passengers were obliged to wait for ebb tide to enable them to swim the river. March 9, 1875 Tamihana (Thompson) Te Rauparaha, a chief of Ngatitoa, residing at Otaki, has obtained by subscription the sum of £51 17s, towards repairing and improving the Native church at Otaki. He has sent us a list of the subscribers, Native and European, but we cannot afford space for its insertion. We observe amongst the names those of His Excellency the Governor, His Honor the Superintendant (sic), and a number of other gentlemen of Wellington. March 24, 1875 The Otaki River was flooded yesterday. Three valuable horses were drowned from Langley’s team, which took the upper ford instead of the ford by the Ferry Hotel. The driver of the team was saved. The accident would not have happened had Carmont’s Ford been taken. April 8, 1875
I, the undersigned will not be responsible for any debts my wife may contract without a written order from me. WILLIAM SMITH, Storekeeper, Otaki April 19, 1875 The inland telegraph road from Otaki to Waikanae and Paikakariki (sic) is now complete, and the removal of the wires to the new route will be commenced without delay.
We are celebrating our first birthday at Books & Co, having opened on 27th April last year – and what a year it has been! Certainly, a roller coaster ride in many ways, but we are so proud and pleased to be part of the Ōtaki retail scene and the wider community. We have loved meeting our customers, hosting book launches, and assisting several book clubs to get up and running. We are looking forward to our next year and want to thank all our customers – we couldn’t do it without you! We are seeing a wave of new releases of New Zealand biographies which are all recommended: Grand: Becoming my Mother’s Daughter, by Noelle McCarthy, The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw, The Boy from Gorge River, by Chris Long, So Far for Now, by Fiona Kidman, Dancing with the Machine, by Jo Morgan, and I am Autistic by Chanelle Moriah. This last book is an honest account of what it is like to be autistic, written in a fun and interactive way, and illustrated by the author.
April 22, 1875 Latest Melbourne News: A marble obelisk has just been finished here at a cost of £200, for the grave of the Maori chief Rauparaha, who died at Otaki in 1840. June 19, 1875 We had a fearful storm here on Saturday night and Sunday morning, which gave the church a considerable shaking. A large slab from one of the uprights which supported the roof came down, and smashed one of the seats. The same gale blew down a chimney on Mr Langley’s house – took a window out of Mr Carkeek’s house, and a window out of the Armed Constabulary Station, several other houses sharing the same fate; and an old willow tree, that stood nearly opposite the Telegraph Hotel came to grief. I am told that a great many of the trees in the Otaki bush have been blown down. July 6, 1875 If Tamihana Te Rauparaha carries out his last notion, Otaki will be still more improved in appearance. The above mentioned chief owns a square block, containing several acres, opposite the church, and on this he proposes erecting a handsome monument to the memory of his father, at the same time improving the ground in a befitting manner. July 10, 1875 We regret to learn that the residents of Otaki are at present suffering a great deal of illness. Measles are of course to be noticed, but in a mild form. There are however, other forms of sickness that are more trying. Several cases of gastric fever, for instance have lately occurred. The native population, too, is not exempt, and several deaths have occurred amongst them, while others are very ill. The site of the township is almost at dead level, and it is therefore not the healthiest place in winter time. It is to be hoped however that in time Otaki will progress like the rest of the Colony, and then there will be a prospect of this state of things being altered. January 28, 1876 The ketch Otaki took on board on Wednesday some heavy pieces of stone, one of marble, for shipment to Otaki, where a monument is to be erected to the memory of the great chief Rauparaha … whose achievements in connection with native wars are well
There has been a big increase in the number of books dealing with emotional wellbeing, for children. How do I Feel? Aroha’s Way, Let it Go, and the latest additions Finding my Calm and Big Emotions for Little People, all by Wilding Books, offer children ways of understanding and managing their emotions. For adults, there are many new books covering ways to deal with anxiety, stress and grief, as well as motivation and self-care. Some of our popular titles include Brené Brown’s latest: Atlas of the Heart, Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman, What Happened to You? by Bruce D Perry and Oprah Winfrey, and Future You by NZ entrepreneur Frances Valintine. We can order specific titles for you – and we do offer free local delivery for anyone who can’t get to the shop. Happy reading! Jacqui and team
known. The erection, of whatever form it is to be, should at least be imposing, inasmuch as it is calculated to cost Mr Thomas Rauparaha about £400. The stone referred to was sent from England to order.
Early photograph of Te Rauparaha’s monument.
Bust of Te Rauparaha atop monument.
Early Photograph of Te Rauparaha’s Grave. Rangiatea Urupa. All photos courtesy Otaki Historical Society.
Ōtaki Mail – May 2022
Media Muse Just when it looked as though they’d run out of new ideas, television comes up with Dancing Without The Stars. In a bizarre new twist (intentional dance pun there), the show that saw former ACT party leader Rodney Hide drop his partner on her head and revealed his successor, David Seymour, to be the Twerp of Twerk, is back on our screens with a bizzarre new twist (did I mention that already?). It will feature two men dancing together. One of them, Eli Matthewson – never heard of him? Me neither – is reported as saying that he is “so stoked to be one half of the first same-sex pairing” on the show. “It’s about time,” he prattled on to Mikaela Wilkes in a July 14 interview on Stuff, “I can’t believe it’s never been done before.” But it has. The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, which inspired the Dancing With The Stars format, featured a same-sex couple last year. Australia and the United States have followed suit and Denmark’s competition was won by an all-male pas de deux. Going even further back in time, almost to the dawn of television, male-on-male dancing was all that was on offer in the 1960s at a certain boy’s boarding school in the South Isand. Mathewson, who apparently is a radio breakfast show person and an awardwinning comedian – are there any comedians who have not yet won an award? – opened up on Instagram about it. “Top up your voting phone,” he thumbed, “and tune in as the iconic question ‘who will do the girl steps’ is finally answered.” I am not convinced that that question is iconic, on a par with a Classical Greek statue depicting a famous athlete or in the way that the Eiffel Tower is an iconic
By Manakau’s Tom Frewen symbol representing Paris. Not literally iconic and not iconic at all, really, just a question. To which the answer, in my case, is me. I do the girl steps. Anthony (not Tony, his mother was very strict about that) was my regular partner for our Monday afternoon dancing classes in the fourth form (Year 10). He always led, which seemed natural to me until the next year when dancing classes were moved to Saturday mornings and we were allowed to dance with girls. One of them, Anchor, named for her position in their senior tug-of-war team, insisted on leading. I’m not sure why it was thought to be a good idea to have boys dancing with each other just as they were coming into puberty. Only a year earlier they played it extra safe by limiting our choice of partners to chairs. We collected the chairs from the primers’ room and took them down to the gym where Greasy Jack, as we called him on account of his heavy-handed application of Brylcream, was waiting with his portable record player and his partner in a shortish skirt that sometimes flared up to reveal glimpses of forbidden flesh and garters with red bows (some things you never forget). Together they demonstrated, as you would see today on YouTube but not so much on TikTok, everything we would need to know to get through the annual school dances in three years’ time. Then, one step at time, we guided our chairs through the quick-step, the cha-cha-cha, the fox trot and, of course, the waltz. Then we took the chairs back to the primers’ room for another week in their regular day job of being sat on. Among the reasons for the absence of a “Dancing With The Chairs” show on
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building resilient, sustainable communities encouraging greater community participation improving the quality of life of the participants working in partnership with a range of community groups, including iwi/hapū.
television is – and this is especially true of almost all mass produced chairs – because they lack personalit which is the first building block in the construction of a media profile and, with good luck and timing, the eventual metamorphosis, from caterpillar into butterfly, of a celebrity. On television, male news anchors need reasonably good legs so that, wearing their regulation narrow trousers, they look virile standing with feet wide apart when presenting big and/or breaking news. Sitting down, which they do with important interviews on issues that can only be discussed when sitting down, their expressions may include mild brow furrowing indicating concentration, sometimes a raised eyebrow and an occasional amused chuckle. With female newsreaders, oddly, their voices are the least important attribute. The vocal quality of female newsreaders on local television channels ranges from harsh barnyard sqwark to a wasp trapped in a nose flute. Their face, figure and hair are their real meal tickets, not just for their appearance on screen but also, and even more importantly, for their airbrushed portraits on magazine covers. Television channels create celebrities for cross-promotion of their programmes in other news media. The April 25 issue of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, for instance, features Kerre Woodham on its cover. Although she’s been on the telly – Fair Go, Heartland and Ready, Steady, Cook – that was a while ago. Now 57 although still with her youthful figure, best described as keg-shaped, Woodham does talkback on radio, a more forgiving medium than television for career broadcasters of a certain age. “Heartbreak to Healing” is the cover headline that the Woman’s Weekly used to promote its story about her, with a sub-heading adding some additional spice: “The secret that saved me.” Inside, the headlines over the story by Wendyl Nissen, herself a former editor of
the magazine, radio talkback host and permanent fixture on the local celebrity merry-go-round, are much more upbeat. “Kerre’s dancing on air”, “I’m so ready for a knees-up!” and “The broadcaster is glammed up and ready to strut her stuff on NZ’s favourite dance show.” It is NZ’s only dance show on mainstream television and Woodham is the only contestant that its mom-and-dad audience would recognise as a familiar face. The other contestants are (thank you Google): Dave “Buttabean” Letele, a former boxer turned motivational speaker; Eric Murray, Olympic rower; Brodie Kane, podcaster; Jazz Thornton, author and mental health advocate; Rhys Mathewson, stand-up comedian; Sonia Gray, Lotto presenter; and Alex Vaz, reality TV veteran (The Bachelorette, Heartbreak Island). Heartbreak is a word that is getting increasing use in the age of click bait and the competition for eyeballs. Whereas the headline “Annual pie awards postponed until 2023” might not command your attention, it’s possible that you might be hooked in by “Heartbreak as annual pie awards postponed until 2023” – I didn’t make that up; it was a headline on TV3’s AM breakfast show recently. I could find no supporting report about grief-stricken bakers mourning postponement of the pie awards, just as there was no reference in Nissen’s story to any heartbreak or the secret that saved Woodham from whatever it was she needed saving from. Fake news, as Trump called it. Such, though, is the desperation in the promotion of this year’s Dancing Without the Stars – a zombie version of a format that dates back to 1997 and the first Big Brother programme. Based on the elimination of one contestant every week and the audience’s emotional and actual involvement in that process, the same format delivers a great deal more entertainment and interest in The Great British Sewing Bee (TVNZ) and The Great Pottery Throw Down (SKY Arts).
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Ōtaki Update April 2022
We’re sticking to our Long-term Plan Right now, Council is preparing our district’s 2022/23 Annual Plan. This document will lay out the mahi (work) Council intends to do between July 2022 and June 2023. Council is not proposing any significant changes and is largely sticking to what’s laid out in year two of our Long-term Plan 2021–41, the Plan we consulted our community on last year. We intend to make only minor amendments, mostly due to external factors such as supply shortages, inflation, and COVID-19. As it stands we are proposing a 7.5 percent average rates increase which is lower than the 8.0 percent projected increase for year two of our Long-term Plan. Council recognises that any rates increase has an impact, particularly on those in our communities on low incomes. Help is available and more information can be found on our website or call 0800 486 486. Find out more and search the proposed 2022/23 rates for your property at kapiticoast.govt.nz/DeliveringForKapiti
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Draft plan change to enable papakāinga We’re seeking feedback on a draft plan change that will enable more homes, including papakāinga for tangata whenua on their ancestral land. New government rules to address the housing shortage mean councils have to enable more homes to be built in urban areas. To do this, we have to make changes to our District Plan – the rulebook for urban development and land use. The changes recognise papakāinga as a taonga that fosters thriving whānau, hapū and iwi because they help reconnect tangata whenua to their land and tikanga. Have your say on Draft Plan Change 2 (Intensification) at haveyoursay. kapiticoast.govt.nz by 5pm, Monday 2 May 2022.
Community funding opportunities coming soon We’re proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities to support community projects and initiatives across the district. Applications for our ‘ThinkBig’ fund are still open until 1 May. This fund, run by the Kāpiti Youth Council, helps young people turn their big ideas into reality and drive positive change in our community. Applications for our Social Investment Fund close on 20 May. This fund is for not-for-profit organisations, iwi and hapu working to create safer and more connected communities. Find out more at kapiticoast.govt.nz/funding.
Smelly maintenance work underway at the Ōtaki Wastewater Treatment Plant Between April and late October 2022, we’re removing sludge from the oxidation ponds at the Ōtaki Wastewater Treatment Plant. Depending on weather conditions and what’s in the sludge, this work might create some unusual smells in the area. The de-watered sludge and solids will be disposed of to an approved landfill. We’ll try to minimise smells as much as we can and we thank the community for their patience while this important work takes place. Sludge build-up is a normal part of the oxidation process, and it needs to be removed every 5–10 years to keep the ponds working efficiently. Visit kapiticoast.govt.nz/wastewater for more information.
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The cover of this book touts it as a thriller, and it does not disappoint! In fact you are going to need a box of matches to get through this one. Two matches to prop your eyelids open so you can finish it in one go, because that’s what this electric writing, breakneck pace and unforeseen twists demand. Oliver and Nathan are a couple whose relationship of many years is breaking down, and has been for some time. It hasn’t been helped by their age difference, differing economic status, and Oliver’s seedy past. While Nathan is away at a medical conference Oliver gives into the temptation to visit an upmarket private club for gay men seeking discreet anonymous sex. The casual encounter in a private room with an enigmatic stranger turns violent and Oliver, badly and obviously bruised, barely escapes with his life. Traumatised, he’s now faced with constructing a plausible cover story for Nathan on his return, saying he was mugged while going for a run, and robbed. While Nathan is distraught he also queries why Oliver would go running with his wallet. Is this the beginning of doubt? Oliver has to pile lie upon lie to save his relationship, and himself. This is P.J. Vernon’s second novel and it is to be hoped there are many more.
This collection of funny stories will entertain and delight adults as well as children, a difficult accomplishment for a young people’s writer but one which Morris Gleitzman carries out seemingly effortlessly. According to his bio, Morris was born in the UK but now lives in Australia where he had an amazingly well-rounded career as a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, departmentstore Santa (hello David Sedaris!), TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he wrote a novel for young people and the rest is history as they say. His prolific CV and writing skill has given him the capacity to capture human foibles in a way that creates laugh-out-loud moments, but there’s also an emotional subtlety there that adults will appreciate. The eponymous story “Snot Chocolate” follows Jemma and her expert barrister mum as the latter defends two chocolate thieves, while discreetly inhaling chocolates in court, much to the judge’s chagrin and her daughter’s distress. Jemma is afraid for her mum’s career and health, and is determined to cure her of her obvious addiction to chocolate (yes, you can guess how), with hilarious and gratifying results.
by Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon Plant-based diets are increasingly popular these days, as is getting yourself organised with tasty pre-prepped food portions to save you time while ensuring balanced and sustainable nutrition. Throw in a reference to comfort food and you’re going to love this book! The first part explains the benefits of a plant-based diet, and tips and tricks for switching to this regimen (start slow) as well as how to stock your pantry, what equipment is essential (good news, not a ton) and keys to meal prep success. Start small, plan ahead, embrace leftovers are all helpful sections before getting to the main course – Prep Day Duos. Two different meals are proposed (Rice and Beans, Red Curry with Lentils and Potatoes, for example) with detailed shopping lists and action plans making it all seem pretty straightforward. Adam’s Prep Day and Stephanie’s Prep Day provide further flexibility and information: Adam prefers to eat several smaller meals during the day, while Stephanie has to work around multiple food allergies (corn, oats, soy, gluten) and does so in a way that still results in delicious options. The food photography is mouth-watering and there is even a section on desserts and sauces. Steph and Adam are committed to educating and inspiring people to make healthy food choices and this book does just that, translating their Youtube success to print very effectively.
Aging Cats: Behaviour and Problems Each cat ages in different ways and many of the conditions that affect older cats, if not correctable, can be managed to offer your kitty great quality of life. Your cat will begin to experience age related physical changes from between 7–10 years. Cats are good at masking signs of illness or pain. To ensure your senior cat enjoys the healthiest and best quality of life, we can: • recognise and reduce factors that may be health risks • detect disease as early as possible • correct/delay the progression of disease • improve/maintain the body’s health As your cat ages you can expect some of the following common changes: • Grooming is less effective resulting in matting • Nails are often overgrown, thick and brittle • Some brain related changes causing excessive meowing and disorientation etc
• Dental disease is extremely common, often causing loss of appetite • The kidneys go through changes that may lead to impaired function • Joint degeneration (arthritis), with difficulties jumping or climbing • Hyperthyroidism (overactivity), hypertension, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer • Immune systems are less able to fend off foreign invaders • The skin is often thinner and less elastic, with reduced blood circulation Changes you see in your cat should not simply be attributed to old age and therefore untreatable. Owners often notice changes in their older cats but don’t consider treatment as they assume that the changes are age related and inevitable. We would urge you to discuss any changes in your cat’s behaviour or physical condition with us. An example is an older cat that starts being aggressive – this can be caused by pain either dental disease or arthritis. Older cats that start eliminating inappropriately may have difficulty climbing into the litterbox or gaining access if stairs are involved, due to arthritis (of course this could also be an infection).
Close and regular observation of your senior cat helps to keep them healthy. Running your hands down their bodies daily, will help to feel for lumps and bumps and will often give you guidance as to weight changes, up or down, if done regularly. Gently lift their upper lips with your forefingers while scratching under their chins etc, will allow you to look at the teeth and gums. Check their nails by gently exposing them, so you know when they are due for a pedicure. During this daily check, note the condition of the coat and skin. Brush your senior cat regularly and with the correct brush, removing loose hair and ensuring this hair is not ingested during grooming. Brushing stimulates circulation and sebaceous gland secretions, resulting in healthier skins and coat. Lift some skin up gently from between the shoulder blades and
release it. The skin should move back into position quickly, if the skin stays tented, this may indicate dehydration. Diet is extremely important for aging cats and we can advise you with regards to the best option for your furry family member. Regular annual or bi-annual check-ups with a veterinarian are essential. These regular visits ensure a thorough examination is performed and over time a comparison to previous visits can be made. Certain blood tests, urine analysis etc may be suggested to help detect diseases before they are too advanced. We would like to keep your senior cat as healthy and happy as possible. Contact us for more information on caring for these special family members or to make an appointment to see one of the veterinarians.
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We would like to congratulate all of our 2021–22 season award recipients. Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club members gathered at the clubrooms on April 10th to celebrate and recognise the achievements of fellow clubbies who stood out this season and were awarded for their efforts. They are: Most Improved Boy 10 yrs or Under Tyson Riggs Most Improved Girl 10 yrs or Under Mia Woodruff Most Improved Boy 12 yrs or Under Toby Mannix Most Improved Girl 12 yrs or Under Isla Yaxley Most Improved Boy U14 yrs or Under Christian Lang-Gerrard Most Improved Girl U14 yrs or Under Mia King Outstanding Attitude & Commitment Toby Mannix Most Successful Junior Competitor Cam Carlyon Best U14 Board Paddler Cam Carlyon Best U14 Swimmer Cam Carlyon Some of our award recipients.
Senior Cups Best Senior Swimmer Ella Kingi Best Senior Board Paddler Ella Kingi Best Senior Ski Paddler Ella Kingi Other Cups Rookie of the Year Lucy Gilpin The Craig Family Trophy for Harrison Most Improved under 16 member Bigwood The Progress Award Osca Perkins McMurchie Family Trophy for most patrol hours Shea Lenaghan Pat McGreal Trophy for volunteer of the year Nick Fleming U19 Lifeguard of the Year Shea Lenaghan Surfmans award for Lifeguard of the Year Damien Doyle We’re also super proud to announce that two of our members – Ella Kingi and Sophie Irving – have been selected in the Surf Lifesaving New Zealand High Performance squad. The Ocean, Beach and pool rescue programmes have a High Performance squad from which New Zealand representative teams are usually selected for international events. Selection into the High Performance Squad is based on performance and potential in one or more disciplines. The purpose of the SLSNZ HP programmes is to develop and prepare athletes for key international lifesaving sport events. We wish Ella and Sophie the very best and can’t wait to see where this takes them.
Swimmer flies the Ōtaki Titans flag BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki swimmer Kokoro Frost flew the flag for the Ōtaki Titans Swimming Club at the 2022 New Zealand Championships, held at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre in Auckland from 4 to 9 April. Competing against the country’s top swimmers, Kokoro placed 12th in the 50 metres butterfly. He also came very close to clocking personal best times in three other events, the 100 metres backstroke, 100 metres butterfly and the 50 metres backstroke. Kokoro is one of eight Titans who are now preparing for the Wellington Short Course Championships, which will be held from 22 to 24 June. He will be joined by Macy Carlyon, Riley Cohen, Cam Carlyon, Ruby and Lucy Rasmussen, and Carys and Deryn Watkins. The club’s swimathon, originally planned for 13 April has been postponed until the first week of the school term two, which begins on Monday 2 May. The swimathon, held to raise funds for the club, is about how many lengths of the pool a swimmer can complete in either 15 or 30 minutes. The Marlins and Dolphins swim for 15 minutes and the Orcas for 30 minutes. In place of the postponed swimathon, the club held a Whacky Wednesday. This featured fun races and relays for the Marlins and Dolphins, with prizes for everyone who turned up to the event.
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Rāhui kicks off with victory BY FRANK NEILL Rāhui kicked off the rugby season in style with an impressive 39-15 victory over Levin College Old boys at Ōtaki Domain on 9 April. Facing the team that defeated them in last year’s semifinal of the Horowhenua Kāpiti premier division, Rāhui proved just too strong in the rematch. The opening stanza was very evenly fought, with Levin holding a 5-3 lead. From there, Rāhui dominated the remainder of the first half, taking a 20-5 lead into the break. The dominance continued into the second half, although College Old Boys did manage to score two tries in the final 40 minutes. Half back Jack Tatu-Robertsson was outstanding for the home team. In addition to setting up some outstanding attacks, Jack scored a try, two penalties and four conversions. Jack was deservedly awarded three Most Valued Player points, while Leon Ellison was awarded two points and Vaianu Donaghy one point. Playing his first game as captain, Morehu ConnorPhillips scored a try, while Liam Tooman, Alizay Roach and Joel Winterburn also dotted down.
With no play during either Easter or ANZAC weekends, Rāhui’s next match will see them play Foxton at Easton Park on 30 April. Teraiti Donaghy about to take on the Levin College Old Boys defence during the rugby season opener on 9 April.
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