Otaki Mail September 2021

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Hair – just when we needed some BY PENNY GAYLOR

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Harmony and understanding Sympathy and trust abounding No more falsehoods or derisions Golden living dreams of visions Mystic crystal revalation And the mind’s true liberation Aquarius! Aquarius! In these COVID Lockdown times, the second chorus of the Anthem song of the rock musical production of Hair rings loud and true. The Ōtaki Players have yet again shone out in our community with the amazing theatrical talent and experience to put on the musical production in the newly renovated Ōtaki Civic Theatre. Directed by Tracy Wills-Wright, pictured right, the Hair theme, music and message which opened on 12 August took the Ōtaki theatre audience back to a time of social change, debate of the ethics of political regimes and military intervention, and debate about the use of drugs.

Could have been last night’s television news! But no, it was the 1960s, the fashion was different? Under the musical direction of locals Graham Orchard and Andrea King, the cast of 20 belted out the musical anthems of the era. Lead cast members include: Connor Norris as Claude, Nick O’Brien as Berger, Nadi Figur-Ambler as Ronny, Nick Olson as Woof, Desree Morrison as Dionne, and Amanda Richards as Chrissy. Enter stage right, Lockdown. Regrettably following the country going in to Lockdown, and the unpredictable environment of Levels changing the Ōtaki Players had to make the difficult decision to postpone the last eight shows. “We are fully committed to rescheduling these shows for later in the year and more information will follow over the coming weeks,” Ōtaki Players.

“Over the next two weeks all ticket holders will be contacted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.” So as the song Chorus goes: Let the sunshine Let the sunshine in

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Seek advice before taking out a reverse mortgage BY FLEUR HOBSON Reverse mortgages are becoming quite popular for older people wanting to access some of the equity that is tied up in the home they own. According to the Heartland Bank website, more than 18,000 New Zealanders aged over 60 years have used this facility to access cash. A reverse mortgage is where a bank or a finance provider allows people to borrow against their home without having to make any repayments until the home is sold. What the bank gets in return for the cash it gives the home owner or owners is a share of the property. The bank will charge interest on the amount it pays out, and the interest they charge is typically at the top of the

mortgage interest range. When the house is sold or the ownership is transferred, the bank will take its share (say 10% or 20% of the sale price), plus the interest that has accrued over the time of the reverse mortgage. There are some obvious advantages to taking up a reverse mortgage, which is why thousands of people have done so. The most obvious advantage is that it allows people to access cash to spend however they like. There are also some disadvantages. Getting a reverse mortgage costs money. There are start-up costs and fees, as well as ongoing costs. Borrowers are also accruing compounding interest at a higher rate than fixed rates.

At least while house prices increase, reverse mortgages can be relatively safe, as long as they guarantee at least two things: firstly they guarantee no repayments while you are living in the house, and secondly that they have a no-negative equity guarantee. A no-negative equity guarantee is where the bank guarantees that mortgagees never face a situation where they owe the bank more than the house is worth. There are other options where you can access cash without taking out a reverse mortgage. Downsizing your house to give yourself cash in the hand is one option. Another is selling your home to your children where they pay you a lump sum or regular repayments and allow you to

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Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

Whiti Te Ra Premiers Champions for a 5th time BY PENNY GAYLOR Whiti Te Ra Premiers have won the Wellington Rugby League championship for a fifth time, beating St George in the final 14–6. Captain Manaia Osborne says it was a great Grand Final to be a part of, and ultimately win. “Huge ups to St George, they were the form team all year,” says Manaia. “They started like a house on fire, but I knew if we could stay in the game for the full 80 minutes, at some stage there’d be an opportunity for us to take the game, and when the chance arose we took it with both hands. “It was a hard grind for most of the game, and we struggled to make meters through the middle, up until about the 60 minute mark. But we had the fitness and belief that when momentum swung back in our favour we’d capitalise and score the points we needed.” Manaia says the Premier team’s strength this season that enabled to build a winning team was players’ fitness, and experience played a huge role. “But above all, our kotahitanga (unity) as a team is what enabled us to become champions. Most of us are related through whakapapa, and those that aren’t soon

become whanau through the connections we make at training and the tight knit community we have here in Ōtaki and our club Whiti Te Ra. This year Whiti Te Ra fielded teams in both the premier and reserves grades, which Manaia was helpful. “We had many players play for us this year that would’ve otherwise played rugby or not at all; we had four season ending injuries to key players in our premier side and other players who spent most of the season on the sidelines so having two sides was huge for us as a club this year. “It was amazing to be able to host our manuhiri in our own new clubrooms this year, huge thanks to the club for making this possible. Thanks to all our sponsors for your ongoing support, it doesn’t go unnoticed, and to our supporters who are loyal as we love the way you all get behind us – we thank you all.” And as for next season? Manaia says the plan for next season is to win both WRL reserves and premiership titles in 2022! “Any new players in our region looking for a whanau to join we’ll welcome you with open arms.”

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Manaia Osborne holds the championship cup, with supporters from left, Herangi, Matai, Kobe, Manaia’s son Te Aumangea and Tainui.

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Paddy’s Mart 2021

After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 the popular Te Horo School’s Paddy’s Mart is back on Saturday 4 September. This is a major fundraiser for the school, a Home and School initiative, and looks set to be as successful as their recent Quiz Night which raised more than $7,000. There will be all the usual good stuff such as the fun game, Smash Palace where you get to throw wood and smash crockery, mystery bottles (filled with delicious sauces, oils vinegars etc), bric a brac, baking, edibles and flowers from local gardens, books, toys and comics, sweets, plants, crafts, pony rides, food stalls, preserves, archery, raffles, bouncy castles, lego racing (on a racing ramp), live music and the infamous cow pat bingo. The school gates open at 11.00 am.

Lucy Corry at Springfield

A journalist for almost 20 years, Lucy Corry started her food blog The Kitchenmaid about eight years ago, and for the last three she has written a weekly recipe column (lots of yummy, can-do cookery advice) on stuff.co.nz and in The Press, the Waikato Times and the Dominion Post. Lucy has recently released her new book, Homecooked and it will form the delicious theme for her class at Ruth Pretty’s Springfield on Saturday 16 October, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Lucy loves to cook, eat, read and think about food, and is certain that home cooking, rather than eating takeaways in front of food shows on TV, is the answer for what ails us. For more information: www.ruthpretty.co.nz

Te Horo’s monthly Country Market

Plenty of market goodies such as honey, artisan/organic bread, olive oils, preserves, natural skin care, arts and crafts including mosaic mirrors, quilting, jewellery, driftwood sculptures and bird feeders, linens and knits on offer on Sunday 5 September 10.00am to 1.00 pm at Te Horo Hall. Best of all, the seasonal surplus stall is back with fresh, new season surplus produce from local home gardens. Part of Ōtaki’s Sustainable Food Group, the stall buys produce at 80% of the price

at which it will be sold. The other 20% goes to cover expenses in running the stall. Any excess produce, or profit over and above expenses, is given to local community groups. The stall offers locals a chance to buy fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs at affordable prices.

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The monthly community social catch-up is on Friday 3 September, 5.30pm at Te Horo Hall. BYO plate of finger food to share and something to drink. All welcome.




The Future of Te Horo Very soon, Te Horo is going to have a series of completed Expressways, that will in effect, move it to about where Pukerua Bay is now, time and accessibility wise from Wellington. How to make land available for more people to live here, while retaining the Rural flavor will be a balancing act that the Community needs to have an input into. On the one hand, KCDC views Te Horo mainly as a ‘food basket’ that needs protection from Development, and

Government has rightly legislated to protect NZ’s valuable soils. On the other hand, the Government has also passed Legislation forcing all local Authorities to show how they are ‘intensifying’ subdivision rules to fit more homes into our existing residential areas. Greater Wellington Regional Council has come up with a plan to fit 30,000 more people into the Kapiti Coast area by 2050. There is no doubt about the desirability of Te Horo, the beauty of the hills, our

scattered Totara, a top rated school, beaches and mountains for recreation. Above all, it is about the green space between dwellings! We have so many Enquiries everyday for land in this area. Larger land lots sell for in excess of $1m, while quality lifestyle properties are selling for more than $2m. So what are the options? Allow everything to be cut in half? Allow 2ha lots as a minimum size, thereby retaining some ‘productive’ capacity? Re zone

a larger area for a Te Horo ‘Village’? This of course will require water and sewerage? Move all Development to the hills? Or move all Development to the Coastal fringe? Let’s get the conversation going, I have booked the Te Horo Hall supper room for 7pm on Tuesday 14th September, COVID permitting, to set out a few thoughts I have? Please come along and ‘join the conversation’. Grant

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Drama & Hip Hop Classes to start at Māoriland Rangatahi interested in the performing arts will be able to experience and participate in hip-hop and acting classes at the Māoriland Hub from term four 2021.

Through Te Ara Toi, Māoriland is excited to create a regular space for rangatahi in our Ōtaki community to participate in the arts. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s CARE fund.

These weekly classes are part of Te Ara Toi – a new Māoriland initiative funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Creative Spaces funding.

In announcing this funding the minister Carmel Sepuloni has said, “The arts, culture and heritage sector was hit particularly hard by COVID-19. The CARE fund is part of the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme and underlines our Government’s commitment to building back better as we secure our recovery from COVID-19… I have seen firsthand the wellbeing benefits of creative spaces. There are many people in our communities who are marginalised and experience barriers to being able to make the most of their artistic skills and talents.”

Te Ara Toi will deliver arts experiences by rangatahi for rangatahi with instructors drawn from our own community including trained actors Isaac Te Reina (graduate of The Actors Programme) and Reuben Butler (graduate of Toi Whakaari). “I’m super pumped to begin sharing the knowledge, skills and experience we’ve gained during our careers so far to local Ōtaki rangatahi,” said Isaac, “We’re hoping to inspire and encourage their creative aspirations to the next level.” Ngā Pakiaka, the Māoriland Charitable Trust’s youth film leadership group will also launch a filmmaking club for rangatahi keen to connect and create through film storytelling.

A class timetable and sign up information will be available on the Māoriland website from late term 3. www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

Frequent visitors of the Māoriland Film Festival will recognise Ngā Pakiaka as the rangatahi who open every screening. Ngā Pakiaka also facilitate E Tū Whāanau Rangatahi filmmaking workshops for rangatahi aged 12–24 across Aotearoa while making their own professional films. Ngā Pakiaka’s film club will be open to rangatahi aged 14–24 with a keen interest in film.




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Ōtaki Mail – September 2021 By Ann Chapman

Taking Otaki'spulse COVID-19 Misinformation in our Letterboxes Again BY ANN CHAPMAN In the weekend coming up to deadline I again received a leaflet from voicesforfreedom, a group which purports to know more about COVID-19 than our health experts, our scientists and our Ministry of Health. It disturbs me because the information in it could cost people their lives. And now we are in Lockdown again because of the resurgence of COVID, this time the very infectious Delta variant. Information from the World Health Organisation said that by 13 August 2021 there were a total cumulative count of 207,523,253 cases of COVID-19. This figure includes 4,333,094 deaths. As of 18 August 2021, a total of 4,428,168,759 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.


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Vaccination is now in full swing in Ōtaki and environs. Go get one. More than 2.48 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 14 August. Your health, the health of your family and the whole community is at risk if people

don’t vaccinate. The vaccine is safe. It has been approved world-wide and by our own authorities after extensive research. Believe in it. We will all the better for it.

September Blues – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month BY ANN CHAPMAN Raising awareness and fundraising for prostate support is held every September. The Prostate Foundation’s symbol is a blue ribbon hence September Blue. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and finding it early can save lives but not all prostate problems are cancerous. This is a problem that many men have difficulty discussing so talking to your doctor early is critical for a successful outcome as soon as any symptoms appear.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system and is about the size of a walnut. It is found inside the body, in front of the rectum (bottom) and just below the bladder. It produces some of the fluid in semen. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland grow abnormally, and can spread either locally or around the body.

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The chances of getting prostate cancer increase from age 50 onwards. Prostate cancer affects people with a prostate: men, trans-women, non-binary people assigned male at birth, some intersex people.

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New journal features famous weaver BY FRANK NEILL The Ōtaki Historical Society’s journals have returned, following the launch of the 42nd publication on 15 August. The journal was launched following the society’s annual general meeting. More than 65 people crowded the Ōtaki Museum for the journal launch and annual meeting. COVID-19 saw a break in journal production, with none appearing in 2020. Volume 41 was published in 2019 as the society began its fifth decade of journal production. The latest journal features Ōtaki identity and world famous weaver Sonia Snowden on its cover. This points to an article on Sonia, who attended the journal launch. The article was written by Annie Bythell. Annie tells the story of an identity who has been part of the Ōtaki scene for more than 40 years. Of Ngapuhi descent, Sonia was born in Ngapuhi in 1946 and grew up in Waihare. In the 1970s, as a young mother in Stratford, she was invited to a party in Ōtaki. She came to the party and never left the town. She attended te reo classes for adults, taught by Ōtaki College teacher Hiko Hohepa, who asked if anyone would like to go to the Rotorua Arts and Crafts Institute for a few weeks to weave. Sonia went, and this began a life of travelling, both singing and weaving. In 2001, she was asked to lead a team of weavers to recreate 76 purapura whetu tukutuku panels for the rebuilding of Rangiatea Church, which was burnt down in 1996, and she spent two years on the project. The many awards Sonia has received include the Visual Arts Award for her

contribution to the arts in Kāpiti. In 2019 she was awarded the Tā Kingi Ihaka award at Creative New Zealand’s Te Waka Toi Awards in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the Māori arts. As well as the article on Sonia, the journal features a round-up of the projects where people are working hard to save our built heritage and our natural history. Another article presents the results of detailed research about the land and the river that supports us all. Museums throughout New Zealand feature Sonia’s kete whakairo, amd her work has featured in displays in international exhibitions. A copy of the journal can be bought at Ōtaki Museum, Railway Bookshop, Ōtaki Post Shop, RiverStone Café and Books & Co; or it can be ordered by visiting https://www.otakihistoricalsociety.org.nz/ journals. The Ōtaki Historical Society’s (OHS) latest journal featured in the 2021 annual report, presented to the annual meeting by outgoing President Meagan Roach. “Thanks to a very generous donation of $20,000 from the Ōtaki Commercial Growers Trust the 2021 journal price is only $20 and local businesses were not asked to pay for advertising,” she said. The report also paid tribute to Maurice and Janice King, who have been the journal distributors for about 20 years. “They post current and past journals and keep the four outlets supplied with stock. The committee thanks Riverstone Café, Post Shop, the Railway Bookshop, Maurice and Janice.” Under the heading “New Ventures”, the report said: “In August the Museum Trust


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Famous Ōtaki weaver Sonia Snowden with the Historical Society journal featuring her on the front cover.

agreed that OHS could use the west panel in the reading room. The first display included maps and info about Rangiatea Urupa. The current display is about Pukekaraka. “OHS offered and later submitted Volume 41 of the Ōtaki Historical Society’s Journal to be placed in the PP20 time capsule. “This year the society tracked and categorised the 174 enquiries received… family 20, property 12, journal sales 21, journal content 15, membership and admin 60 and general 46.” Between 250 and 400 hits were made a month on the OHS website,

www.otakihistoricalsociety.org.nz. These were mainly to search the index or to ask about ancestors from Ōtaki. Patsy Whenuaroa and Meagan Roach manage the OHS Facebook page which is mainly used to post topical pictures and advertise events. Numbers vary but in June the posts reached 1600 and there were 460 engagements, the report said. The following officers were elected at the annual meeting: Patron, Meagan Roach; President, Patsy Whenuaroa; Secretary, Sarah Maclean; Treasurer, Neil Greenwood; committee members, Ian Cooksley, Jeanette Carpenter and Jackie Elliott.

Ōtaki Historical Society Secretary Sarah Maclean launching Volume 42 of the society’s journal.






A rapidly filling Ōtaki Museum just before this year’s Ōtaki Historical Society annual meeting.


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

Otaki Community Board BY MARGARET ANDREWS The recent meeting of the Ōtaki Community Board was held in the Gertrude Atmore Supper Room on 3 August at 7.00pm. Chair Christine Papps welcomed all present, with a special welcome to new Board member, Cam Butler and his family. The first item on the agenda was Mr Butler’s making his declaration of office and signing it, before Janice McDougal, Kapiti Coast District Council’s Group Manager People and Partnerships. Mr Butler was the only candidate for the vacancy left by Stephen Carkeek’s resignation, therefore no by-election was held.

Public Speaking Time Funding Applications Music Matters was approved $400 covering Memorial Hall hire and tuning of the piano for the annual Spring Sing concert in September. Organiser AnnMarie Stapp told the Board she was expecting about seven choirs from Levin to Plimmerton to join together for the afternoon’s entertainment. She noted there was a new choir from Kapiti Village joining the event and two choirs had closed, the following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kidz Need Dadz organisation was approved $500 towards expenses for their free Father’s Day event at the Kapiti 10 Pin Bowling on September 5, for kids growing up with dad in the family home. Ms Papps noted many families didn’t have transport and asked if the organisers could “do something to help?” Jamie Bowen from the organisation reported on an educational programme they run encouraging dads to be the best dad they can.

Sporting Activity Fund Junior Interclub Tennis – Ōtaki Sports Club was approved $500 for the purchase of tennis balls. Club member, Lillian Bramley said the club currently have 16 junior members and is planning to attract more junior players. She noted the Sports Club is thriving with the football and squash sections doing well in their fields while tennis members play in the KapiMana region. Samara Shaw, KCDC department secretary, noted there was a strict following of criteria when considering funding applications, they must be received eight days before the following meeting and no retrospective applications will be considered. This in response to queries of applications not considered for that meeting.

Members Reports All members had been busy during the last six weeks attending a variety of council and other organisations meetings and events. Councillor James Cootes attended a number of council and community meetings. He reported rent increases for council housing units for the elderly,

noting this would make them eligible for the accommodation supplement from Work and Income. The road at the west end of Main Street has been widened by removing the tree plantings and narrowing the footpath and the parking angle has been altered to 30° an easier angle for entry-exiting parking spaces. He commented on the very successful Matariki Light Festival held at the beach near the surf club building. He also noted Energize Ōtaki had grant funds available and Elevate Ōtaki now had flags available to promote events in Ōtaki. Marilyn Stevens attended a community liaison meeting with Waka Kotahi/ NZ Transport Agency and Fletchers re the Gorge Road–State Highway 1 intersection and the dangers it created – drivers’ vision difficulties, particularly when exiting Gorge Road they have little vision of south bound traffic coming up hill off the Ōtaki River Bridge. “The original design was for a round-a-bout.” Mr Cootes spoke of his own experience driving through the area. He is in contact with Waka Kotahi noting any Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway design changes must be approved before any changes made. Chris Papps and Shelly Warwick had both attended a number of meetings and events. There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.45pm. A public forum re the Local Alcohol Policy will be held on Tuesday September 7, in the Gertrude Atmore Supper Room at 11am, following the Ōtaki Community Network Forum meeting. (This info from OCNF meeting via Claire Rewi KCDC staff.)

Welcoming Cam Butler Cam and his family, wife Nicolette and sons Finn 11 and Kieran nine, have lived in Te Horo for almost five years. The boys attend Te Horo School and Cam has been involved with school activities. A part-time home dad, he has a manufacturing business in Riverbank Road making fibreglass kayaks – canoe polo is one of his main interests. A “community” person, Cam is chair of the Ōtaki Promotions Group – the organisers of the Kite Festival and other local events and he is heavily involved at the Ōtaki Canoe Club where he is a coach of the junior a canoe polo team. A busy dad and busy with community involvements.






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Ōtaki Volunteers receive Civic and Community Awards for contributions throughout pandemic Fifteen Kāpiti volunteer groups and individuals have been honoured by Kapiti Coast District Council for their part in keeping our communities connected and strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the annual Kāpiti Coast Civic Awards were again paired with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards to honour the outstanding people who make our neighbourhoods and communities the special places they are. Mayor Gurunathan said the awards event was particularly poignant as Council and the wider community have been waiting to celebrate these volunteer groups and individuals. “The Awards were paused last year due to the pandemic, so it was great to at last recognise those who, through their service and commitment, have had such a positive impact on our communities at such an integral time. “COVID-19 has brought social and economic challenges to many in our district. I have no doubt that without the mahi of these groups and individuals the impacts would be far greater,” says

Mayor Gurunathan. “Kindness is what these recipients have in common. Whether they’re creating communities around home cooked soup, rugby league or the arts, or making Kāpiti a greater place to live by stepping up to fill a gap or lend a helping hand – it all comes from a place of kindness. I’m so grateful to have these wonderful people making a difference in our district.” The Civic Awards are Council’s highest honour for individual residents and groups who’ve made a lasting impact in the community. Based on public nominations, Council gives awards based on exemplary service or leadership for their community. Ōtaki’s Joseph Te Wiata (picture bottom left), along with Peter Blacker, Helen Keivom and Cobblers Lunch Group received this year’s Civic Awards. Rupene Waaka (pictured right) was honoured with the special Mayoral Award for his significant contribution to the community. The Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards recognise the contributions made by community groups in six categories: arts and culture, education and child/youth development, health and wellbeing, heritage and environment, sport and leisure, and the rising star category for emerging groups. Winners and those highly commended in these awards were:

Arts and culture Highly commended: Coast Access Radio Winner: Pickle Pot Be-In

Health and wellbeing Highly commended: Ōtaki Foodbank and Ōtaki St John Shuttle Winner: L’Arche Kapiti

Zero Waste Ōtaki Update BY JAMIE BULL


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As finalists in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards Kapiti Coast District, four of us represented Zero Waste Ōtaki at the awards function early in August. We are absolutely delighted to be the Winners in the Heritage and Environment category and also the Winners of the Rising Star category. As well as a financial reward, we are now in the running for an award at the regional finals, which will be announced at a gala celebration dinner to be held early November. This recognition so early in our operations is really exciting and affirming. In other news, the planned site works continue to be delayed, so the site is still messy and we are stalled on our sorting, and upcycling. We are operational but it is low key.

Despite this, progress has been made with a huge load of mulch distributed by Compost New Zealand onto the earth mounds around the perimeter of our site in order for us to get planting. The goal is the beautifying our site and encouraging birds and bees. (and to help keep the blackberry at bay.) We acknowledge and convey a very big thank you to 100 & 1 Garden and House Plants who donated approximately 350 native plants. Jane also donated plants and in late July, eleven volunteers under the direction of Jane planted about 375 plants into the earth mounds. We also thank Yates New Zealand who are donating wildflower seeds. Our volunteers have also been building planter boxes and one is in situ and planted. Our current refrain – “ when the site works are completed…” will see these boxes moved to their long term locations and also planted out. At that point the building of permanent timber storage can begin as well as the relocation of another container. We are so ready for this next stage of development. In the meantime, we would still welcome donations of native or bee friendly plants. And practical volunteers are always welcomed. Keep up to date with our activities via our Facebook page or email zerowaste.otaki@gmail.com to go on our mailing list.


Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan pictured with Mayoral Award winner Rupene Waaka.

Education and child/youth development

Highly commended: SeniorNet Kapiti Winner: Te Ara Korowai

Sport and leisure

Highly commended: Community Sports Bank (Wellington City Mission) Winner: Kapiti Bears Rugby League Club

Photo credit: Mark Cootes.

Heritage and environment Winner: Zero Waste Ōtaki

Rising star

Highly commended: Pickle Pot Be-In Winner: Zero Waste Ōtaki

Supreme award: Te Ara Korowai


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

KCDC consider ‘reshaping’ local democracy

New fund for local projects

As the Otaki Mail went to print, councillors were due to consider Kapiti’s local democratic arrangements for the 2022 local body elections, Kapiti District Mayor K Gurunathan says. At a KCDC Council meeting councillors will finalise their preferred option for Kāpiti Coast District’s representation arrangements for 2022 which will be tested through public consultation from 1 September to 4 October. Mayor Gurunathan says councils are required to review their representation arrangements at least every six years. “Council is the voice of local people. Councillors must represent and balance a range of interests, so it is important our community feels they’re represented fairly and effectively. Our current arrangements have been in place since 2004, so it’s timely we take a fresh look to see if they remains fit for purpose. This involves looking again at our wards and boundaries, the number of councillors and whether they’re elected locally or across the district, and whether we have community boards.

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“Councillors have been working through this since early this year. We’ve seen the results of research and engagement with our community and considered a range of possible representation options. The results of public surveys, interviews and workshops that were undertaken earlier in the year indicated our community has mixed views about the ways our local democracy is working,” he said.

“Councillors are taking this feedback and advice on legislative requirements into consideration to develop an initial proposal which we’ll consider at our next meeting, before going out to consultation with our community,” Mayor Gurunathan said. “We will look forward to hearing the views of the community and will maintain an open mind.” Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, councillors can only put forward one option for consultation. Following consultation, councillors will consider the community feedback and whether any changes are required before making a final decision in November. The final proposal will go to the Local Government Commission for a determination if there are any appeals or objections, or if the final proposal doesn’t comply with the legislation in any way (such as meeting rules around the need for similar ratios of councillors to ward populations within ten percent). The meeting agenda, council report and research results are available on the Council website. Find out more at: www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/your-council/ the-role-of-council/representationreview-2021

Chinese Language Week is coming BY FRANK NEILL Ni hao. Chinese Language Week 2021 begins on 26 September with dumpling day, an opportunity for everyone to enjoy one of the famous elements of Chinese cuisine, and runs to 2 October. Ōtaki College will have a full programme for the week, which it has organised in conjunction with the Confucius Institute. Based at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, the Confucius Institute is dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and to fostering international cultural and intellectual exchange. Ōtaki College’s Chinese language week programme will focus on year 7 and 8. It will feature a variety of activities, including the Chinese language, caligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese drama, Chinese food, making dumplings, the tea ceremony and kung fu. This represents a return to having activities for Chinese Language Week following a break of two years. COVID-19 brought activities to a halt last year, and the year before there were resourcing issues for the college’s Chinese language programme. In New Zealand’s school curriculum, Chinese Language Week supports the principles of cultural diversity and inclusion. It gives students the chance to experience and learn a new culture and language. Children can explore the values of diversity, community and respect, and see what it means to be part of a global community. It is particularly appropriate that Chinese Language Week is celebrated in Ōtaki, given the long association of Chinese people with the town. That goes back to before the turn of the

20th Century, when a number of Cantonese speaking Chinese arrived in Ōtaki, primarily from the Otago goldfields and from Wellington. They leased land, as they were not permitted to own it, and they began market gardening for Wellington. By 1910, there were numerous market gardens operated by Chinese. There are now few, if any, descendants of the early Chinese settlers, however. That was mainly because the immigration laws of the time provided for such a low annual quota for Asian entry that wives were not usually able to join their husbands in New Zealand. That situation gradually changed, however, giving rise to multigenerational Chinese families in the area. By 1988 Chinese families resident in this area for at least two generations include some very well-known names: the Moys, Hings, Chongs, Chungs, Wings, Youngs, Gows, Yungs, Wongs, Sues and Yees. Some of the town’s street names reflect this Chinese heritage. This includes Jean Hing Place. When Jean Hing and her older son Brian unveiled the street sign on 22 August 2007, they were unveiling the first bilingual street sign in New Zealand. Long before Ōtaki’s now famous kite festival was established, there was also a famous kite initiative in the town. Moy Chin Poy began making kites and found a commercial outlet for his interest. People walking, cycling or driving down Main Street in the 1970s would have seen his “Kites For Sale” sign. He sold a variety of very well made kites with prices ranging from about $3 to $4. So there is plenty to celebrate for Ōtaki in Chinese Language Week this year.

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Walk/Run promoting Mental Health BY ALEISHA BLAKELEY, YEAR 13 On Saturday 25th September, there will be a free community event held at Ōtaki College! You can either walk or run around your choice of three different distances; 2km, 4.5km and 11km. The idea and kaupapa of the event is to bring the community together in a healthy, fun way to promote the Mental Health Foundation 5 Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning. Mental Health and Wellbeing has been recognised both across society and within our schools so we would like to put on an event where the community can take part and learn from different mental health providers who will be advocating and educating at the event. The idea is for students from college to help with the organisation and implementation of the event. Students have been putting their hands up to volunteer as marshalls and other roles within the event. In April, Jo McInerney our guidance counsellor at Ōtaki College, alongside two other students and myself went to KCDC and provided a presentation.

We were granted $2000 from the Community Grants Fund to support a community social event. Alongside the different walking/running options we have booked two bouncy castles, outdoor games, as well as Zeal, who will provide a stage where our own student performers have come forward, volunteering their time to perform. Zeal are also bringing a coffee cart, we will have a sausage sizzle and kai to give away. Everything within the event will be free, so that there are no boundaries, everyone is able to come and make the most of the day. Registrations will be on the day from 8.30am with the first walkers/runners setting off on the 11km beach loop at 10am. We will stagger the shorter events following this. There will be spot prizes following the event. As students we are hoping that this can be a positive way to bring our community together on September 25 – which coincides with the beginning of Mental Health awareness week nationally.

Opinion Piece: Shelly Warwick, Ōtaki Community Board member The Axeing of Local Democracy In a secret, councillor only meeting recently, KCDC staff put a plan to councillors to axe community boards in the Representation Review. This was supposed to be a secret and voted on at Thursday’s council meeting without any chance for community boards to react. This proposition was put to the councillors with only one councillor objecting to the plan, Cr Bernie Randall of Paraparaumu, and wanting staff to revisit this proposal, while all other councillors were in agreement with staff. However, it is the worst kept secret, with community board members now aware and feeling under attack. A strange position for the councillors to take when half of the sitting councillors have previously sat on community boards. And at the last election our Mayor Gurunathan campaigned on a promise to give more power, decision making and money for our grass roots democracy

community boards; neither of which has materialized since the election or indeed in this year’s Long Term Plan. In the past Community Boards had access to Development contributions from subdivision, which gave them some money and decision making within their communities to do projects for their local areas. This was all taken away pre 2016 when I first went on the Community board, and the money is pooled for the district, staff now make all the decisions on how it is spent. This removes the local knowledge and decision making that would involve the community. Priorities for the council may not specifically be priorites for the locals. I stood for the Ōtaki Community Board after frustration in dealing with KCDC and NZTA on road safety projects in Ōtaki, and have to say I am disappointed to say as an elected member my requests don’t go unaddressed as they did at times when I was just Joe citizen. This disappoints me, and this is exactly why we need Community board members to be the conduit between the public and the council, and also to call our councillors to account if they are not listening or not performing well. This will be put out to the public for consultation. It is a way to remove localism and grass roots democracy if it is allowed to go ahead. Maybe our boards can do better, but without the ability to be part of the decision making we have no influence. I encourage you to have your say in the consultation that KCDC is running in September and to support our democratically elected community voices which have served to empower our Ōtaki community.

Our main focus is on participation and involvement. Ōtaki College would love to invite our community to join us on this special day! We would love to see you there!

Electric bus trialled in Ōtaki Uzabus is trialling an electric bus on their Kapiti Coast routes, including using it for some Ōtaki services. Regional Manager Grant Davis says the Yukon manufactured bus has a range of approximately 420 kms, and features include USB charging stations for passengers. “It requires approximately 8 hours to complete a full charge,” says Grant.

“The bus will be in operation on the Kapiti Coast for three months as a trial, and has been in service around the Metlink Network for over a year now.” “Every driver who has driven the bus has nothing but positive feedback regarding the environment and performance of the bus.”


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

Forum to address alcohol related harm BY FRANK NEILL

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The new Ōtaki Alcohol Forum will hold its inaugural meeting on 7 September. Super Liquor has invited a number of local people to the meeting, which will be chaired by Stephen Vega, Public Health Advisor with Wellington Regional Public Health. Who will serve on the Ōtaki Alcohol Forum is on the agenda for the first meeting. So, too, is who will chair the forum and who will take minutes. Other agenda items include defining the purpose of the forum and identifying community concerns related to alcohol in Ōtaki. “Future meeting agendas could include the identification of a collective vision, strategies and actions to address alcohol related harm in Ōtaki,” the invitation to the inaugural meeting states. When the Kāpiti Coast District Licensing Committee granted the application for an off licence for a Super Liquor store in Ōtaki, it did so with the condition that Super Liquor “take reasonable steps to establish an Ōtaki alcohol forum in collaboration with the reporting agencies” (Medical Officer of Health, NZ Police and Kapiti Coast District Council Inspectorate). Meanwhile Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is working on developing a Local Alcohol Policy. “The harms and costs of alcohol are met by the local community,” KCDC’s Group Manager for Strategy, Growth and Recovery Natasha Tod says.

“A Local Alcohol Policy could help reduce these social and financial costs and that is what we’ll be exploring in the next few months.” Developing a Local Alcohol Policy for Kāpiti will be done in several phases. Phase one will be to work with Regional Public Health and Police to develop a research report to identify alcohol issues, present the community’s views on alcohol and the licensing controls available, and assess if a Local Alcohol Policy would be beneficial for Kāpiti. The research report will be prepared in the second part of 2021 and will involve community input. Councillors will then consider the report and if a policy is agreed as an appropriate approach to the issue, it will be developed and released for public consultation in 2022. According to Alcohol Healthwatch over 60% of New Zealand councils have Local Alcohol Policies, with more going through the process. “This is not a particularly fast process and we expect it to take between two and three years to complete,” Ms Tod says. “If we go ahead with a Local Alcohol Policy, once it is in place the licensing body must consider it when making decisions about licensing applications.” The Ōtaki Mail asked KCDC if it has put together a timetable for gaining community input and KCDC says that the LAP team is working through the details and will update the website “when things are set”.

Make sure your vehicles are locked BY FRANK NEILL The number of thefts from unlocked vehicles has declined after Police arrested two brothers on 30 July, says Sergeant Phil Grimstone, the Police’s officer in charge of Ōtaki. Among the stolen items were cards with paywave, which had been used in a series of fraudulent transactions. Police arrested the 19-year-old twins who were subjects of warrants to arrest at around 9:30am on Main Street. The brothers entered, searched and stole from a number of vehicles, mainly where people had left the vehicles unlocked on their properties. They also entered a number of homes to steal items. On two occasions the owners were home at the time. The offending had resulted in a number of social media conversations about the thefts and Police are happy to advise the community of these arrests, Sergeant Grimstone says Police filed a total of 18 charges, 12 against one brother and six against the other. The charges included burglary and theft from vehicles. The two brothers were remanded in custody to appear in the Devin District Court on 25 August. “This spate of thefts from vehicles underlines the importance of being vigilant and being security conscious – in particular making sure your car is

locked and that you don’t leave credit cards, purses, wallets or any valuable items in your car,” Sergeant Grimstone says. Two gang members were stopped by Police while driving on Tasman Road at noon on 28 July. Following a search of the vehicle, Police arrested a 34-year-old man and charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm – a shotgun – and ammunition, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis. The man was remanded in custody to appear in the Levin District Court on 18 August. Police also arrested a 29-year-old gang member who had a warrant to arrest, and they also charged him with possessing cannabis. He was released on bail but did not appear for his court appearance. Two drink driving incidents resulted in Police laying charges during the month to 18 August. A 66-year-old man with almost six times the legal breath alcohol limit stopped by Police on Marine Parade at around 5pm on 6 August. After drinking a large amount of spirits, the driver gave a significantly high reading of 1447mcg per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg. The man was charged with driving with excess breath

alcohol, third and subsequent and is due to appear in the Levin District Court on 1 September. A driver has been remanded in custody after he was stopped on State Highway 1 in Ōtaki at around 2pm on 24 July. The 42-year-old had a blood alcohol reading of 109mg per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 50mg. He was charged with driving with excess blood alcohol and driving while forbidden and was remanded in custody to appear in the Levin District Court on 22 September. Police attended 30 family harm incidents in the month to 18 August. Four people were prosecuted, a 25 year-old man, a 30-year-old man, a 32-year-old man and a 50 year-old man and they faced 12 charges in total, mainly for violence towards an intimate partner and property damage. The 30-year-old, who had a tomahawk when arrested, was remanded in custody and was due to appear in the Levin District Court on 25 August. He faced six charges: injuring with intent to injure, assaulting a person in a family relationship, breach of a protection order, breach of a Police safety order, wilful damage and possession of an offensive weapon.



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Eliminating the “Uneliminatable” Rumour has it that very recently on an it shall remain unnamed motu in Aotearoa, a beekeeper burnt 300 hives. Thus dealing to an American Foulbrood (AFB) cluster that had turned into a super spreader event that was then locked down, isolated and eliminated. This is shocking on several levels and tragic on others. No beekeeper would ever choose to destroy his livelihood and commit his bees to flames. But, this is a devastating bacterial infection that will, if left unchecked, wipe out entire apiaries. And Spring is when it starts to rear its

ugly head. It is also impossible to eradicate. The bacteria or spores that spread and cause AFB can to live on in soil and equipment for years and has been around for a very long time both globally and in New Zealand. AFB attacks the larval stages or brood of the bees. The bacteria infect the grub and when it dies it becomes a “sticky, ropy, soupy mass of bacterial food”. (P. Lester, Healthy Bee, Sick Bee, VUW Press 2020). At a very advanced stage the infection will start to smell. At which point, the hive is very far gone and there is no way back. Actually, from the moment a hive is infected there is no

chance of saving it. Remedial action must be taken quickly and the sooner the hive is destroyed, the better the chance of the infection being curtailed in its spread. Perceived wisdom is that AFB is usually spread by robbing: a group of bees go into a weakened, infected hive and loot their honey stores. There won’t be much resistance and the invaders become contaminated with AFB spores as they move through the hive. They then return to their own hive carrying the infected honey. The nurse bees feed the honey to the grubs and the cycle continues. AFB only affects bees. Because it is so virulent and destructive, there is a dedicated register set up to record its occurrence and this involves an annual return that all beekeepers, no matter how big or small, are legally required to complete at the end of every season plus an inspection by the end of November. While varroa mite infestation has superceded AFB in terms of its economic significance, the control of AFB is required by law and must be adhered to. All beekeepers should hold a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement to ensure that they understand the correct procedures around AFB including its recognition. So, if you discover AFB in your hive, it needs to be destroyed and this is also prescriptive. The frames and bees must be burnt. If you are not sure, contact your local bee club or ask a fellow bee keeper to have a look for you.

This is a sad process for beekeepers and comes with the additional problem of dealing with how to destroy plastic frames which are becoming increasingly popular. The black tarring smoke of burning plastic is not a good look and has been an issue for years for us until recently. The beekeeper and his friend George have now built a cyclonic incinerator so that the frames can be cleanly burnt and not pollute the surrounds. The task of burning hives is unpleasant enough without the guilt. It was a relatively simple design and seems to do the trick. The biggest hope is that we will not have to use it too frequently as the season gets under way. So for the sake of your bees this season, do your inspections as the weather starts to warm and the queen gets into laying. The sooner you identify and eradicate any disease, the better off your apiary will be.

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The mother and daughter team M+M (Maggie and Mum), with Maggie, at just 16 years a big part of the team. Mum (Shelly) returned from Australia 16 years ago to live on a lifestyle block and, although she grew up with a farming family, soon found there is a lot to learn when you are doing it for yourself. “A lot of people think that animals just eat grass and are easy to look after, but they all require care, attention, good feed and the occasional drench and vaccination, and it’s pretty hard to fit it in with the busy lives that we all lead,” says Shelly. For the last four years Maggie has fitted in raising calves around school, and sells them weaned. “It’s a labour of love for Maggie, and for the past two years she has raised 25 calves per year. “This year she is also raising orphaned lambs for sale. “We offer docking, drenching, flystrike treatment and dagging, livestock supply, and advise and management for those who are too busy, or don’t have the knowledge of how to manage lifestyle block animals. “We want to help people have healthy livestock and less stress to make the ‘Lifestyle’ more enjoyable. “So if you are new to the Lifestyle block or need advise or help, call us on 021 949 214.”


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

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Complete pruning of fuchsias, hydrangeas, hibiscus and other flowering shrubs by removing diseased, dead or damaged branches – try to get this finished before any vigorous spring growth. Continue planting dahlia tubers and gladioli corms for a colourful summer display. Divide and replant primroses and polyanthus after flowering. Feed flowering spring bulbs with a side dressing of bulb food to ensure growth and the development of flowering spikes for the next season. Hemercocallis or day lilies can also be planted now. These come in a variety of forms and colour – they’re a delight in the summer garden with their cheery flowers and attractive foliage. Feed and mulch roses, trees, shrubs and flower beds. Plant out new perennials like lavender, agapanthus, canna lilies, fuchsias and geraniums. Sow your favourite summer flower seeds – alyssum, wallflower, cosmos, celosia, dahlia, gazania, gerbera, impatiens, petunia, viscaria, begonia and Californian poppy. Plant out summer seedlings of spring and summer flowering annuals – calendula, hollyhock, pansies, polyanthus, marigold, chrysanthemum, delphinium and cornflower.

Fruit and vegetable garden

Prune passionfruit vines and feijoas to encourage new growth and fruiting. Plant out strawberries, blueberries, brambles and rhubarb.

Spray stone fruit trees with copper and bug oil spray to protect from leaf curl disease and prevent brown rot. Continue planting early-crop potatoes after sprouting – remember potatoes can also be grown successfully in a tyre or large plastic bag filled with good quality garden mix. Complete your vegetable garden preparation by digging in plenty of compost. Sow veggie seeds of carrots, beetroot, silverbeet and peas directly into the garden. Sow lettuces, leeks, cabbage, tomato, capsicum, courgette, eggplant and cucumber into trays of seed raising mix ready for transplanting later. You can transplant summer vegetable seedlings into the garden, lettuce, cabbage, leeks, onions and silverbeet.


Now is the perfect time to sow new lawns. Feed existing lawns with lawn fertiliser – make sure you water in well. Spray for Onehunga weed and broadleaf weeds with a turf or prickle weed killer – be prickle free this summer.

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We tend to think of daffodils and frothy pink cherry at this time of year but there is quite a store of charming native spring performers. Just think of the glistening koru that emerge from our iconic tree fern’s trunks. The magic of their beautiful form never palls in the way sugar-pink blossom can. There are also many natives like makamaka (Ackama rosifolia), a small bushy tree whose new spring growth adapts subtle, burnished hues that reward closer inspection, and which produces reams of fluffy, spiderlike creamy flowers in late spring. However, our kowhai and clematis must surely vie for the top two places among our native spring stars. The golden yellow of kowhai blooms is a perfect partner for the general feeling of well-being and optimism that lifts our spirits in spring – plus they have the added power to lure tui and bellbirds into the garden. As trees they cast only light shade, their roots are nitrogen-fixing, and with their dainty foliage, slightly pendulous habit and slender twigs and branches, they never appear over-powering even in a tiny garden. There are two common species you’ll come across at your garden centre or nursery, Sophora microphylla and S. tetraptera. S. microphylla means small leaves and it has the smaller leaflets of the two. It also has distinctive tangled juvenile growth that can sometimes continue for as long as 10–12 years. Once this stage is past, the plant can be relied on to bloom profusely – but not before. S. tetraptera has slightly larger leaves, grows a little taller and starts flowering younger. If you prefer a shrub, try Sophora ‘Dragon’s Gold’ which grows about 1.5cm high and from 1.5cm–3m wide (and grows well in pots). Kowhais tolerate a range of soils (even stiff clay) providing it is reasonably free draining. They like moist conditions but never wet ones, and when established will tolerate dry summer periods. Watch out for the native kowhai moth caterpillar which can completely defoliate

young plants. Our most famous evergreen, twining climber, Clematis paniculata produces a glistening mass of white, star-shaped spring blooms set against dark-green foliage. It more than outshines the popular and often over-vigorous, exotic sister species, deciduous C. montana and its offspring. Grow this native beauty where its roots are shaded in soil that doesn’t dry out in summer – the foot of a ponga fence is perfect – and where it can show off its blooms in the spring sunshine. In time it will climb up to 10m if allowed, making its way up a tree or a similar distance along the top of a fence. We have other lovely spring flowering clematis, such as C. petriei, a small grower with more modest but more fragrant yellow flowers. C. forsterii and C. foetida produce an abundance of small, star-shaped white flowers, but puawhananga is the shining star.


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

Focus on growing kumara

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) originates from South America, but is known here as kumara, their Maori name. One of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, (low in sodium, and virtually fat and cholesterolfree) it is loaded with more fibre than oatmeal, and provides essential nutrients such as vitamin B6, calcium, and iron. Varieties include the firm textured, mellow-tasting red, and the slightly sweeter, soft-textured gold. The orange variety is firm and tastes the sweetest. You can start sprouting kumara shoots in late winter or early spring – select well-shaped, undamaged and disease-free tubers. Use a polystyrene or plastic box with drainage holes and a clear plastic or glass lid, and line the bottom with 10cm of horse or pig manure that is just starting to rot. Cover with a layer of straw and top off with a few centimetres of sand. Push a couple of kumara tubers into the sand, then water and cover. Keep the seed bed well watered.

As the manure heats up your kumara will sprout vigorously. Lift the lid to allow for air circulation, and to prevent mildew and fungal problems. Sprouts can be cut off the tuber when they’re about 5cm high and roots can be easily separated – this will take approximately 4–8 weeks. Kumara are sun lovers and require a long, warm, growing season – at least five frost-free months, and both days and nights should be quite warm. They won’t thrive in cold wet soils, or where they are exposed to cold winds. Plant in free draining, loose soil, preferably one that has a hard pan about a foot below surface – if you don’t, bury something like corrugated iron under the soil to act as a hard pan substitute. If your soil is too heavy the skins will be covered in a patchy brown virus, and if there’s no hard pan and your soil is fertile, the tops will go for miles, but you’ll get no kumara. Blend in a balanced fertiliser, but don’t be tempted to

fertilise while plants are growing – you’ll encourage leaf growth as opposed to tuber growth. It’s a good idea to mound up soil (about 20cm) before planting out in spring (after all threat of frost has passed). Plant 10cm deep, 40cm apart, and bend roots of cuttings under, into a J shape, so roots face up to the top again under the ridge of soil – this will prevent vines from spreading too far. As vines grow the stems will try to put down new roots where they touch soil, so lift foliage regularly to encourage tuber growth. Don’t plant kumara in the same spot twice, but they will grow successfully in containers (they’ll need to be at least 30cm deep). They’ll require plenty of water through summer to ensure good-sized tubers. Harvest kumara in 105–120 days, once leaves start to die down or turn yellow in autumn. Dig up and leave on top of soil to dry for a few days before storing.

Spring blooms and summer fruit Almonds are not really nuts. They are fruit and botanically part of the Prunus family, counting cherries, nectarines, and peaches as close cousins. But while we eat the flesh of these summer fruit, then biff the stones, with almonds it’s the other way around. Almond trees start producing in their second or third year, and remain in production for 50 years or more, so they’re a great long-term garden investment if you’re looking for delicious annual returns. And they’re not just productive – they’re attractive too, with fragrant pink and white blossoms, followed by slender, finelyserrated leaves (the blossom clad boughs drop their petals after a few days in a vase but give a beautiful display while it lasts). After the burst of blossom in early spring, usually at the end of August, the furry fruit (like flattened peaches) is ready to harvest from late February. When ripe the hulls naturally split open to reveal the shell of nut inside. Most almond varieties grow up to 5m tall, but the cute,

self-fertile dwarf variety ‘Garden Prince’ grows only to a maximum height of 3m (perfect for potagers and pots). Beautiful pink blossoms are followed by medium sized, sweet nuts. ‘Garden Prince’ is a low chill type, making it suitable for warmer spots. ‘All-in-One’ is a frost-hardy variety, bearing heavy crops of soft-shelled nuts with sweet-flavoured kernels. It’s also suitable for northern areas as it needs less winter chilling. The tree is a semi-dwarf, growing to 4.5m high, and is self-fertile with white, early-spring blossom. If you opt for one of the larger varieties, like the wonderfully named ‘Fatnut,’ be prepared to be ruthless with the pruning saw – the trees are vigorous and need a firm hand. The self-fertile ‘Monovale’ grows to about 5m tall and produces big crops of hard-shell nuts with a strong, marzipan-like flavour – the hard shell provides greater

protection from summer rain damage than the softshelled or paper varieties, such as ‘All-In-One.’ A disease-resistant variety, it’s also used as a pollinator due to its long flowering time Almond trees like sunny sites with fertile, self-draining soil. Mulching around the base of tree, regular watering and feeding with balanced fertiliser gets young trees off to a good start. Almonds should also be pruned to an open vase shape in late summer, which helps keep the tree smaller while promoting fruiting growth – the open shape allows for air movement to minimise disease issues. Home-grown almonds are the ultimate health food – the kernels are nutritionally rich with high levels of protein, vitamin E, calcium, folate, magnesium and phosphorus, and because it’s gluten-free, ground almond flour is a versatile baking ingredient for those suffering from celiac disease.


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Musical Muse – Joanna Devane – Flutes and Percussion BY ANN CHAPMAN Music, for this Gisborne family came early, as it was part of everyday life. Joanna’s parents wanted music in the house so the five kids were all encouraged early to play or sing. The family background was enhanced by a very good primary school which had a great music programme, so from the age of seven Joanna started playing Recorder and Percussion. Her teacher would lay out the instruments in the classroom, woodblocks and shakers to the front and xylophones and glockenspiels behind. Children would be given a chance to play all the instruments at different times and it was a great way to learn how to play together in a group. When she went to Intermediate school, music continued to be part of her curriculum. Joanna was given the chance to learn an orchestral instrument and she chose the flute. The sound spoke to her. It was the era of James Galway, who played the instrument like a magician. She loved the sound he made and started learning it at 11. Joanna had already been playing the piano since she was nine and knew how to read music so learning the flute was a matter of knowing how to blow across the instrument rather than into it and discovering the fingering for the notes. She joined the school orchestra while at Intermediate, which cemented the idea she had learned in primary school that playing with others was an important part of learning as well as it being a social activity. “Learning to play an instrument can be lonely,” she says, “and joining a group early on is as important as classes. I picked flute up quickly and kept going into high school where I continued to play in the orchestra.” Sports suffered. It was either music or netball and music won. By the end of her School Certificate year (aged 16)/ Year 11 she had joined the Gisborne Youth Orchestra where she played until the family moved to Christchurch to be nearer grandparents. Christchurch, being a bigger city offered a lot of opportunities and Joanna joined one of the orchestras at the Christchurch School of Music. Burnside High School had an “incredible music department and an orchestra playing in the school hall on a visit told her this was the

school for her. While at Burnside she learned to sing, because she’d taken a Performance Music course which required singing in a choir, as well as playing an instrument. “It was great experience singing in a choir and it gave me the confidence to use my voice. I was introduced to opera which I thought was brilliant. I was playing in two school orchestras. And the school,

because it was so big, had all the instruments. My secondary school years were musically wonderful.” When she moved on the Canterbury University she continued with the flute and choral work. She did a degree in Music but did not have a ‘performance’ component to her degree. “It was poor in comparison to Burnside.” She continued her lessons privately and gained her LTCL in flute. She was teaching a few pupils at this stage, singing in choirs and after a spate in youth work she went to Teachers’ College. “I’d always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was six. I used to practice on my sister and brother. I was the oldest and the teacher, they were the pupils. I’d sit them down in front of me and we’d do lessons.” She began her teaching career here in New Zealand, but also taught in Australia and the UK. “Then I came to Ōtaki College in 2012.” She took the position as Head of Performing Arts where her classical training doesn’t get used a lot. But “I can read music and understand a score. As a beginning teacher I had to teach myself the guitar, the drums and bass, all integral to music for teenagers at Ōtaki College”. She sees herself as the big picture person and her itinerant teachers as the experts. Today she doesn’t teach classical music but has introduced the concept to her Ōtaki pupils. She plays them classical music and has taken them to the opera, but the students are more interested in keyboards, guitars, and drums and popular music. “But what’s important is the experience of music, the feel and the rhythm of it. And for the kids to be able to play together.” She plays for the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, sometimes as second flute but more often on percussion where her ability to read music, follow a conductor, and understand a score is critical. She plays for the Ōtaki Players sometimes when they need a flute but even though she’s classically trained she doesn’t do a lot of classical playing. “But my background has been critical in my role as a teacher and educator.” But mainly she wants to inspire kids to play together as a group, to experience the joy in playing and feeling music together. “It’s how I started and that’s my mission in life.”

Rotunda Book Fair BY MARGARET ANDREWS The Repair the Roof book fair organised by the Friends of the Rotunda was very successful. “We’re delighted,” Friends of the Rotunda’s president Di Buchan said. “We hoped to raise $2700 to repair the turret – the raised part in the centre of the roof, and raised $2803 between the books, raffle and café and a couple of donations. We had 100 through in the first hour.” There was a crowd outside the front doors waiting to open at 10am, on August 14 at the Memorial Hall. All keen to make their way through the hundreds of books on offer, from novels and nonfiction, to garden, music, historical books cooking and a good range of children’s books, as well as an assortment of magazines, video DVD’s and music CD’s all priced from children’s books at 50 cents to $5. As people entered the hall they were enticed to purchase raffle tickets with five draws of a mixture of very good prizes. The Rotunda Café was selling a variety of homemade sweet and savoury foods with tea and coffee, the table and chairs set out invitingly for weary book searchers to take a break before returning to the search or heading home The rotunda at the former Ōtaki Children’s Health Camp, is the only one left from the two built in Rotorua as rehabilitation centres for injured soldiers returning from World War I. It was moved to Ōtaki in the 1932 as the first permanent home for the Children’s Health Camps and later rehab care for returning WWII soldiers. The building is a registered Historic Places Building and the Friends of the Rotunda group are hoping to fully restore the building and the remaining buildings from the health camp and some of the remaining photographs and artefacts.

Leeanne Horner looks through the children’s books section, while fair helper, Frances Tull talks about a book of interest to five year old Harry.

New comer to Ōtaki Gaye McDowell, takes a break from looking for bools, for a cuppa and chat with Raumati’s Anthony Dreaver.

Fenn Gordon is already laden with books while she continues to search for more interesting titles.

First arrivals made for the stacked tables of books, some stopped to purchase raffle tickets on the way in. Photo: Judith Millar.


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Local Events – Recent and Beyond Lockdown

An entranced audience sharing gin cocktails, eating and learning about making cocktails at The Milk Station. Trish Perrins discussed making easy cocktail party food. Also in attendance were some of Kapiti’s purveyors of good things from cookbooks to local wine and sublime Italian cheese.

Ruth Pretty in Conversation with winemaker John Belsham of Foxes Island vineyard. A long lunch featured pate, fish chowder, pork belly, braised duck salad, and crème brulee matched beautifully with wines from Foxes Island in Marlborough.

The Kapiti Concert Orchestra playing at Te Raukura ki Kapiti. Along with regular musicians, the orchestra took the opportunity to introduce the audience to pupils at Kapiti College, The guest conductor was Donald Armstrong. Guest soloists from Kapiti College were Clara Satherley, (Violin) and Lucis Vidiella-Lopez, (Piano).

What’s On Please check opening for events as COVID Lockdown may influence opening hours. Exhibitions

Andrew and Kirsten London entertaining book buyers at Books & Co at the first of regular events to be held at the bookshop. Along with singing Andrew signed copies of his book, Let’s Talk About Me, available at the book shop.

Spring Fling BY MARGARET ANDREWS The fourth Spring Fling concert will light up the Ōtaki Memorial Hall with songs of many genre, as seven choirs from Levin to Paraparaumu join together to give an afternoon of song. Each group will sing their own bracket of songs and the combined choirs will all sing together, there’s ample opportunity for audience participation while the choirs are changing places as well as joining the choirs. The concert will be on Sunday

September 5 from 1.30–3.30pm and a gold coin entry to cover expenses. Last year’s COVID-19 lockdown and gathering limits, led to the closing down of two choirs, but a new choir from Kapiti Village will be joining the other groups. Two Ōtaki choirs, Let’s Sing Ōtaki and Ōtaki Ecumenical Singers will be among the other choirs performing. Organiser Ōtaki’s Ann-Marie Stapp says it a great opportunity to see and hear what choirs in the region can achieve.

The Ōtaki Museum exhibition “Ko Ōtaki te awa: Ōtaki is the river” until the end of October. The next phase featuring other aspects of the river’s history will open a week later. Thurs–Sat, 10am–2pm. Ōtaki Players Hair Ōtaki Civic Theatre until 28 August Father’s Day Dinner Milk Station 6.30 Sept 5. Booking margotdecotesworth@gmail.com Mahara Gallery Waikanae: ‘Ātāroa, the long shadow of the New Zealand land wars.’ Until 18 Sept. Paul Thompson: Asemica, artist’s books. 27 July–18 September 2021 Workshop Aug 28, 12.30–3.30 (booking essential) AGM CAB, Ōtaki at10 a.m. Tuesday, 31st August 2021, Citizens Advice Bureau 65a Main Street, Ōtaki AGM Ōtaki Cricket Club 8 Sept. 7.30 Family Hotel. New players welcome.

Regular Events:

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


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Hannah Grimmett to play rep squash BY FRANK NEILL

Hannah Grimmett.

Ōtaki squash has been riding the top of a wave recently, with Hannah Grimmett selected in the Wellington women’s representative team and the top men’s team winning its competition. The President of the Ōtaki Sports Club, Hannah made sure of her selection in the Wellington team when she won the Hutt City Open held from 9–11 July. The Hutt City Open was a selection tournament for the Wellington team. In a very close encounter, Hannah defeated her friend Gemma Gee from Hutt City, who was actually graded ahead of her. Because of that, her selection did not come as a surprise. It was most welcome, however. “It’s cool,” she says. “I’m glad I was selected. It was something I had been working towards and I am looking forward to playing against all the top players.

“The only way to improve is to play these better players.” Hannah was selected for the team after taking part in a Squash Wellington training squad. This squad came together in January and has trained monthly since. Hannah is currently a national champion. She was a member of the Kāpiti Squash Club team that won the B grade national title at the New Zealand Squash Championships in September last year. The Wellington team will play in the New Zealand teams event in November. She is also among the 32 players who have been selected for the Oliver Sport New Zealand Squash Championship 2021, due to take place at the Hutt City Squash Centre from 10–12 September. Hannah began playing squash when she was 10 years old, and has played on and off for 20 or 21 years. She took a break to concentrate on tennis, but then returned to squash, and has

played at a representative level in both sports. The Ōtaki Sports Club’s top men’s squash team, Ōtaki Haruātai is the new Wellington interclub 4th grade champion. Victory in the competition came when the team of Callan Nikora, Murray Bruce, Jayden Matthews and Brendon Heenan defeated Khandallah 3–1 in the final on 10 August. This saw the team finish the winter season undefeated. The women’s team, Ōtaki Poipātū, won their their third place play-off against Mana 3–1 on 11 August. Playing on their home courts, the results of the Ōtaki Poipātū players were: Tasha Webby 3–0, Mahinarangi Hakaraia 1–3, Keriana Sterling 3–1, and Chaka Nikora 3–0. The 7th grade men’s team, Ōtaki Rahui, also won their third place play-off against Island Bay 3–1 on 10 August.

Following the successes of this season, Te Rāhui Kura now has its sights set firmly on the 2022 competition. “We are excited about next season now and are refocusing,” says the team’s manager, Helena Winiata-Enoka. Te Rāhui Kura’s players are Boston Pollock, Kita Kanavatoa, Witana Cameron, Zivian Gibson, Varian Gibson, Harrison Gould,

Makaire Kanavatoa, Welby Wallace, Bronson Terry, Jacob Emeny, Ōtaki Adams, Manaia Henare, Te Rangitawhia Martin, Kahutia RikihanaBarr, Kingston Wirihana-Terei, Te Wano Winiata-Enoka, Tamarehe Rua, Teina Taumaa, Jayaiah Ashford, Tawera Wharemate, Dahrius Brown, Pheonix Couchman, Tairua Nakhla and Cade Vanderwiel.

Te Rāhui Kura so close in final BY FRANK NEILL Just a centimeter or so was the difference between Te Rāhui Kura and Wellington College Black when they contested the final of the Wellington under 15 4th grade rugby competition at the Ōtaki Domain on 7 August. A conversion attempt following one of Te Rāhui Kura’s three tries hit the upright and came within a couple of metres of deflecting between the sticks. That miss meant Wellington College went on to win the match 17–15, thanks to a last minute try. The first half belonged to the visitors, who led 12–0 at the break after scoring two tries and converting one of them. The second half belonged to Te Rāhui Kura, however. They ran in three tries when Harrison Gould, Teina Raumaa and Dahrius Brown dotted down. That gave Te Rāhui Kura a 15–12 lead, and they looked to be heading for victory with less than five minutes to play. Wellington College, however, came back to deny the Ōtaki team with their late try in what proved a thrilling encounter. Despite narrowly losing the final, 2021 has been an outstanding season for Te Rāhui Kura in its first year in the Wellington competition. It has chalked up a series of victories, many of them dominant, and lost only two of its matches, both by narrow margins.

This is an excellent record for a team that includes one player who has never played any other sport before, and three more team members who were new to rugby. Another factor is that the team has players from not just one but three secondary schools – Ōtaki College, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito and Te Kura-aiwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano.

Harrison Gould (with the green mouth guard) scoring one of Te Rāhui Kura’s three tries.

Te Rāhui Kura performing the haka at the beginning of the final on 7 August.

One of Te Rāhui Kura’s try scorers, Teina Taumaa, about to collect a pass, moving his team onto attack.

Jacob Emery making good ground, supported by Te Rangitawhia Martin, who went on to score one of Te Rāhui Kura’s three tries.


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Ōtaki the women’s football champions BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki Kāeaea are the Wellington women’s football division three champions in just their first season in the competition. They ensured their victory at Haruātai Park on 15 August with a 1–0 victory over Island Bay Orcas. The win meant the team, coached by Brent Bertelsen, was assured top spot in the second round of the 2021 competition with one game still to play. At this point, Ōtaki Kāeaea were undefeated in round two and assured of promotion to division two next season. Alannah Taylor found the back of the net with a strongly hit shot the beat an excellent Island Bay keeper and give her team victory.

Devon Yung and Travis Robertson each scored twice, while Soapi Lupi, Isaac Cant, Tom Mackley and Matthew Braddick also found the back of the net. Michael Scott was awarded three MVP points, Isaac Cant two points and Matthew Braddick one point.

One of NZ’s oldest tennis players BY FRANK NEILL

Soapi Lupi, one of Ōtaki Purutaitama scorers on 24 July, breaching the Waikanae Wanderers defence.

Alannah Taylor scoring the winning goal for Ōtaki Kāeaea on 15 August, ensuring the team became the 2021 champions.

Arihia McClutchie earned three MVP points in an outstanding display for the home team, while Maddy Marshall McNabb scored two points and Aria EpihaEdwards one point. Wet weather and a bye meant that Ōtaki Kāeaea played only two matches in the month to 15 August. They defeated Seatoun Seagals 2–0 on 25 July, with Louisa Donnell and Aria Epiha-Ewards scoring a goal each.

Aria Epiha-Edwards brings the ball forward for Ōtaki Kāeaea, with Ariana Rēweti in support.

The team now has sweatshirts thanks to a $1,000 anonymous donation, for which the Ōtaki Sports Club is grateful. Three other local football teams each finished third in their competitions. Ōtaki Purutaitama had the opportunity to win division one of the Horowhenua Kāpiti men’s competition with one round to play. They needed victory in the final game of the season when they played another competition frontrunner, Kāpiti Coast United Sopranos. However the Sopranos won a very close encounter 1–0 on 31 July. Isaac Cant was awarded three MVP points for the match, Jacko Murray two points and Travis Robertson one point. A week earlier Ōtaki Purutaitama scored an impressive 8–2 victory over Waikanae Wanderers on 24 July.

Following the competition, Ōtaki Purutaitama began three games in a knockout competition. They drew 0–0 with Paekakariki in the first of these, played on 14 August. Manakau Hui Mai finished third in the Horowhenua Kāpiti second division following a 7–4 win over Waikanae Wanderers on 7 August. Matt Field notched up a hat trick in the match, Boyd Wallace scored twice and both Cameron LaFrentz and Marty Yaxley found the back of the net. Heron Matheus won three MVP points, Marty Yaxley two points and Pete Dawson one point. The team was not so fortunate on 31 July, losing to Paekakariki Central 0–4. Cameron LaFrentz scored three MVP points, Atain Halley two points and Jamie Allcock one point. Manakau Hui Mai also lost on 24 July, going down to Kāpiti Coast United Sopranos 3–8. Cameron LaFrentz scored twice for Manakau and Atain Halley scored once. Nathan Fulford was awarded three MVP points, Josh Sannazzaro two points and Wiremu Royal one point. Manakau Tuakana Teina finished third in division three, despite losing its last three matches. Kāpiti Coast United Hearts beat the Manakau team 4–1 on 24 July, with Robert Wylie scoring. Dan O’Neill was awarded three MVP points, Josh Bulliff two points and Sam Ward one point. Manakau Tuakana Teina lost to Paekakariki 2–6 on 31 July. Fraser Watson and Robert Wylie scored while both Kimbal McHugo and Chris Henry scored three MVP points. The team also lost to Kāpiti Coast United Bandits 1–3 on 7 August. Finley Stevenson scored and Allan John won three MVP points. Both Manakau teams are involved in the knockout cup currently being played, and they will also meet each other at Manakau Domain on 11 September. Following the annual “Wisdom v Youth” game on 18 September, the club will holds its prizegiving evening.

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Betty Jefferies plays a shot during a Friday morning tennis session.

One of New Zealand’s oldest tennis players is a regular sight on the Ōtaki Sports Club’s courts at Haruātai Park. Betty Jefferies is 92 and every Friday morning sees her take to the courts between 9am and 11am before enjoying a cuppa with the other Friday morning players. Not only does Betty play on Fridays, she is the organiser of the session, which is open to anyone wanting a friendly game and a get together over a cup of tea or coffee. She came to Ōtaki from Auckland, where she played competitive badminton, in 1987 and joined the Ōtaki Sport Club. As well as playing mid-week tennis against Waikanae and Paraparaumu, she also joined the Friday morning tennis get together. Her sporting prowess does not lie in the game, however, but rather in rifle shooting, where she was a North Island ladies representative. It’s the enjoyment of the game that attracted and that keeps her playing tennis. The Ōtaki Sports Club has always been a friendly club, and very supportive too, she says. “It’s been really good – and not just tennis but barbecue nights, wedding anniversaries and birthdays, including an 80th birthday.” Those who come along are also very supportive of one another. When one of the Friday morning players became very ill, others went to her place and cleaned up her garden for her. It is not only Ōtaki people who like the Friday morning tennis get together. “A few people come from Waikanae because they like the atmosphere,” Betty says. “At the same time, we would dearly love to get some more players. We thoroughly enjoy it.” Despite her age, Betty is looking forward to many more months or years playing the game. “I want to keep playing as long as I can,” she says. “I’m lucky I can still get around.” Ōtaki also features in the winter inter-club tennis competition, where it has entered a mixed doubles team. Ōtaki’s latest victory came on 1 August, when it defeated Ngaio 4–2. After five of the seven rounds, it currently sits in the middle of the table. Four players take to the court each week and Ōtaki has now seen nine players in action. They are: Fiona Wilson, Louise Jackson, Tom Caines, Adam Shelton, Lilian Bramley, Donna Ryan, Gary Quigan, Forest GlanvilleHall and Heitia Raureti.


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Ōtaki – Education Town

Ōtaki combined Kura basketball teams

Above: Junior Girls team. Below: Junior Boys Teina team.

Ōtaki Girls Football Team 2021 Lorne Singer, Coach

It has been an absolute pleasure to coach the Ōtaki College Girls 1st XI Football team in 2021. After coaching the boys team for 2 years, I effectively swapped with Kimbal McHugo this year, where he is now coaching the boys team with Mike Glensor. Kimbal coached the girls to many stunning victories including the Wellington Regional Title in 2019 against Wellington Girls College. This year we have a squad of 18 hardworking players who are so proud to play for their school. And so they should be, having won every single game to date including the division final “three peat”. We love having our home games at the college where caretaker Colin Rice has produced a belter of a pitch for us to train and play on. This year’s squad has a high number of junior players, which is very exciting for the future. The team is magnificently led by cocaptains Skye Singer (Year 13) and Lily Yaxley (Year 12). Lily is a supreme organiser and one of the most versatile players in the team, covering every position including keeper. Skye has excelled in her 3 years as goalkeeper, and enjoys the odd stint as striker. Our defensive unit has been rock solid all season and is led by our sweeper Kate Hall with her committed tackling and skillful clearances. Left back Sarita Fulford must be the toughest player in the league, and the length of her throw-ins has been admired by opposition coaches. Midfield sees wonderfully structured play and vision from Ihnia Graham and Elliot Yaxley who feed our four-pronged attack

of Siena Vidulich, Te Kahariki Waitai (Kaha), Vallerie Natano-Seumanutafa (Val) and Kiana Scrimgeour. Kaha and Val have netted 25 goals between them using their skill, pace and finishing prowess to capitalise on awesome team play. All 18 players contribute to this team’s success. Parent Carrie Yaxley is a brilliant manager and we have appreciated her exceptional efforts all season. The support of whanau and friends has been amazing too. Ōtaki College is certainly enjoying a purple patch with football. Our Wellington Regional Final Qualifying match (scheduled for 18 August vs Scots College), has been halted by the recent lockdown, but we hope to be able to have a crack at them later on. Watch this space.

Skye Singer, Co-Captain

I have loved being a part of the Ōtaki girls football team for the last 3 years and this year being a co-captain. It’s the best feeling when a team from a small college can successfully take on the bigger schools. I am proud of how far we have come, the overall vibe is so positive and no matter what the situation is, we keep pushing on. My favourite memories to date include scoring the last penalty as goalie against Wellington Girls College when we won the Wellington regional final in 2019. Topping our grade three years in a row has also been unreal. Something important that I have learnt is that it’s not always about the game itself, it’s about the people you surround yourself with and that a positive team culture can bring out the best in you on and off the field. Rangatira Te Tū ( Ō. C. Pride)!

This year the three Ōtaki local secondary schools, Ōtaki College, Whakatupuranga Ruamano and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rito, amalgamated to create five basketball teams forming; Junior Boys Teina, Junior Boys Tuakana, Junior Girls, Senior Boys, and Senior Girls. Ariana Reweti says that with over 50 players, all five teams have had an awesome season playing in the Wellington College Sport competition. “The youngest of our teams, the Junior Boys Teina team, made up of players who had never played together before and even some who had never played before, had a hugely successful first season making it all the way to the final for their grade,” says Ariana. “It was a tough fought battle and the boys played incredibly well but they just missed out on the gold, finishing second place overall for the Northern School Zone Junior Boys grade. “Our Senior Girls team played a tough season in Division 1. A team also made up of plenty of first timers, they did well to play in a high grade and win a few games. “The season is still going for our other three teams at the moment with our Junior Girls team securing their spot in the Division 3 Junior Girls final after finishing top of the table.

“Our Junior Boys Tuakana team have qualified for their Division 2’s semi-final after finishing 4th in their grade, and our Senior Boys have one last game to play for the season. “I wan to thank our collective group of volunteer coaches and managers who made this season possible for all of our teams, Ed Wallace, Aria Epiha-Edwards, Eli Tapine, Trist Reweti, Te Tahi Takao, Katera Rikihana-Tukerangi and Lynette Hatsel. “This has been an amazing season of basketball for our local secondary school kids and the combination of the three schools in our small town has been a huge success. “The whanaungatanga between our three schools is important and any opportunity to get the three kura together doing something as one is always valuable. “I also want to make a special mention to Dwayne Fox of Fox Contractors who generously sponsored our Junior Boys Teina team this year. Your support is greatly appreciated by the boys thanks heaps Dwayne,” says Ariana.


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

Ōtaki College News August 2021


From the Principal Andy Fraser COVID-19

As I write, we are once again in Lockdown, with the possibility of the current three days being extended. We are working hard to make sure that, even if Lockdown continues, there is as little disruption as possible to student learning. This is an important time in the year, particularly for Seniors, and we will continue delivering the curriculum through our on-line class sites, on-line meetings with teachers and via email. We urge both parents and students to keep checking their emails regularly for updates. Information will also be posted on the school website – www. otakicollege.school.nz. If Lockdown is extended, the Ministry of Education will make arrangements for students without devices and/or internet connection. Whānau of those students will be contacted by phone. Things you need to know about Alert Level 4 1. Schools and early learning services are closed onsite, but open for distance learning 2. Only essential services or business can open 3. Face coverings are a vital tool to reduce spread Only leave your home if you need to, and please wear a face covering when you do. We know of instances where people have picked up Delta simply by walking past someone with it. Face coverings are required on public transport and domestic flights, in taxis and ride-share services and at any business operating at Alert Level 4 (supermarkets, pharmacies etc.). Those aged under 12 remain exempted from having to wear face coverings. 4. People must only leave their homes for essential purposes You can only leave home to shop for groceries, access necessary healthcare, get a COVID-19 test, exercise in your local area or go to work if you are working in an Alert Level 4 service and you cannot work from home. 5. Schools will be cleaned and contact tracing will take place if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school School cleaning will take place when we move to Alert Level 3. 6. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level: • Physical distancing • Hand hygiene • Cough and sneeze etiquette • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces 7. Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak If people have cold or flu symptoms they should call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, they should do so. 8. Locations of interest If you have been at a location of interest within the relevant time periods, please follow all public health advice. You must call Healthline for information about getting a test. 9. Stay within your personal bubble At Alert Level 4 people must stay home and keep within their immediate household bubble. There may be extended bubbles where there are shared care and custody arrangements. It is important to note that, whilst the Delta variant is more contagious than

previous variants, the manner of transmission is no different and, once College is open again, we will be taking every care to ensure surfaces are clean, hand sanitiser is freely available and is used appropriately and all recommended precautions are taken to keep your children safe.

Ōtaki College Enrolment Scheme The Ministry of Education has been working with the Ōtaki College to establish a new enrolment scheme. This is to assist the Board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of the schooling facilities across the network of local schools. We have completed consultation on the proposed scheme, which has now been finalised. The board has adopted the scheme and it will come into effect on 1 January 2022.

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below shall be eligible to enrol at the school. (All numbers are inclusive). The Northern Boundary runs along from the coast to just North of Manakau. The township of Waikawa Beach is in zone. Addresses on Whakahoro Road are in zone. State Highway 1 addresses between 564–820 even and 493–831 odd are in zone. The scheme then runs across country to the Kāpiti Coast District and Carterton District Council boundaries. The scheme runs South along this boundary until close to where the South Wairarapa District boundary. From this point in runs west back to the coastline. All of Te Horo are included. Te Hapua Road are in zone. Peka Peka is not in zone. All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the scheme unless otherwise stated. Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date that will be published by public notice in a medium appropriate to the area served by the school. This will enable the board to assess the number of places that can be made available to students who live outside the home zone. Where a property has two or more entrances on different streets, or where the actual address of a property is in dispute, only the rateable address as recognised by the local City Council will be considered to determine if the property is in or out of Note that all students who are already enrolled at Ōtaki College before the enrolment scheme commences are entitled to stay at the College. Siblings of current students will have priority access to any out-of-zone places offered by the school. Applications for enrolments will be processed in the following order of priority: First Priority This priority is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary for Education. Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students. Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth Priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school. Fifth Priority will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school. Sixth Priority will be given to all other applicants. If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions by the Secretary, under Schedule 20, Clause 3 (1) of the Education and Training Act 2020. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by public notice in a medium appropriate to the area served by the school. Please note that the college has raised the matter that Iwi/hapū affiliation is not present within these criteria. This will be discussed further with the Ministry of Education as it is not currently covered under the Education and Training Act 2020.


Alpine Trip Cut Short by COVID Captain’s log, August 17th…

It’s only been one day but ‘Cabin Fever’ is kicking in; Thorsten is currently strategising Backgammon with Shelley, a solid crew playing UNO. Current Location; Mt Ruapehu (2797m). Pouring rain/sleet and howling wind has put a halt on building the snow mounds that were part of the focus for this Level 2 Outdoor Education Alpine Trip, along with other alpine skills such as crampon and ice axe work.

The reality in Outdoor Education is that the weather determines what we do. Whilst this trip was no exception, COVID-19 proved worse than the weather and again spoiled some of the unique experiences that the trip provides. When we received the news that the country was going into Lockdown, plans were quickly

revised and we returned to Ōtaki on Wednesday morning. I received a message from Max McHugo on Wednesday evening, it read “thanks for the great camp bro, it sucks it was cut short but it was mean as.” Thank you to Shelley Buckley and Howard Manins for your help and to ODE2; thank you for all your help and your efforts (constructing snow mounds, shovelling snow out from underneath the vans, helping Whakatane High School) these efforts did not go unnoticed. In the 2 days we had up the mountain in adverse conditions you stayed positive and embraced the alpine environment… legends. Kent Pollard, TIC Outdoor Education

Rotary Interact Planting

Ōtaki College has an active and enthusiastic Rotary Interact group, proudly supported and encouraged by our local Rotary Club. Current Interact group members come from across the school, from our youngest members in Year 7, through to our departing seniors in Year 13. Each year, the College Interact group choose a local and an international project to focus on. This year, the group are fundraising to raise funds for wheelchairs in Tanzania, as part of a Rotary sponsored project. They held a recent non uniform day and sausage sizzle and will have other fundraising events in the coming weeks to help fund their international project choice. For our local project, the group decided they would like to do some planting alongside the Ōtaki River.

The Ōtaki College Rotary Interact group had an enjoyable morning planting with the Friends of the Ōtaki River (FOTOR) on Wednesday 11 August. Thankfully, after the recent poor weather, we were fortunate to have a stunning, sunny Ōtaki day which was perfect for planting. The group were involved in planting over 400 plants as part of the ongoing project by FOTOR to restore the river environment. The planting session was student organised and led, with Year 13 student Kaitlin Vodanovich liasing with Max Lutz from FOTOR. On the day, 13 members of our group were able to attend and take part in planting. Ōtaki Rotary President, Adrian Gregory was also able to attend to support and encourage the group, alongside Max Lutz, Chair, FOTOR and other members of FOTOR. The Interact group would like to thank the Friends of the Ōtaki River and Ōtaki Rotary for supporting them with their project. Megan Nelson-Latu, ŌC Rotary Interact Co-ordinator


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

New World Ownership Change From 30 August New World Ōtaki will have new owners. A statement from New World said that current owners Steven and Janine Cole (pictured left) are “taking this opportunity to spend more time as a family and would like to sincerely thank all our customers and suppliers for their support and patronage over the years”. “Be assured that the new owners Matthew and Nicole Mullins will maintain a commitment to quality products and service; and are also keen to become part of the local community.”

Mocha cookies Cam Butler

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Chilling Out – Where to Find Warmth BY HOWIE C. THINGS

(Translated by Oldilocks) “Thanks Howie,” said my friend Oldilocks, helping himself to a gingernut and dunking it into his cup of tea. “Chill, man…” “What do you mean by ‘chill’?” I blinked. “Obviously you have not been keeping up with the times, Howie. Chill is the modern cool.” “Huh!?” I was more than puzzled. I could see he was immensely enjoying my confusion.

When I left home a long, long time ago my mum wrote me out all my favourite recipes in an exercise book, bless her cotton socks.

During lockdown my boys and I rediscovered the recipe book and mocha cookies was an old favourite. Warning — the dough mix is incredibly tasty, best not to test it in case you can't stop. 250gm butter ½ cup sugar Melt butter and stir in sugar. 2 cups flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoon cocoa Sift together then add the melted butter/ sugar.

“Remember Ollie Olsen, Howie? Stay cool till after school? As I said, chill is the modern cool.” I shivered. “This conversation is making me cold, Oldie. Can you warm things up a bit?” “Well, Howie, you’ll be happy to know that we now have another opportunity for warm consumption and friendship, at the Ōtaki Council Supper Room on Monday mornings. You should go there and chill out.” I could see he was warming to this ‘cool’ conversation. “Soup Day on Thursdays, Howie. Appreciative villagers flock for a variety of warm soups and buns at this popular event, so deserving of an award for its community spirit. And now, Howie, the Supper Room doors are opening on Mondays for hot beverages and munchies where people can chat and chill.” “I really think, Oldie, that you are thoroughly enjoying that deliberate constant repetition of a particular word.” Oldie grins and departs. He returns shortly. (No pun intended.) “Howie, did you hear? We are back in lock-down!” “Don’t worry mate,” I replied. “We can handle this. Chill, dude.”

Stir to a stiff dough then roll into little balls, place on the greased tray and press slightly with a fork. Bake at 180°C for 15 mins then leave to cool on a rack.

Icing Warning this is coffee-based so has caffeine. 50gms butter 1 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder 3 teaspoon milk Melt butter, add dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Ice the flat side of a cookie then sandwich together. Yum, yum, yum and the diet goes out the window.


Ōtaki Mail – September 2021

Media Muse Wild fires, floods, famine, earthquakes, pandemics, plagues, pestilence, the Taliban, landslides and manmade catastophes to one side, the Bledisloe Cup is safely locked away in the nation’s trophy cabinet for another year. So, mustn’t grumble. Also on the bright side, we had Olympic glory in Tokyo. A record number of our athletes medalled and podiumed. The Bledisloe Cup safely locked away. Did I mention that already? The Wallabies played their part, their humiliation as complete and satisfying as any of their previous three million defeats on Eden Park’s hallowed turf. Shame that so few fans turned out to see what could be the last match that our fabled ABs play at home this year – only 25,000 compared with 47,000 for the first match. Some said ticket prices – $200 for a decent seat – were a deterrent. Others blamed the pies. If you’re into irony, the first Bledisloe test, watched by many, was nowhere near as entertaining as the second test, watched by few. They can say, however, should their grandchildren ask what they were doing on the night of Saturday 14 August 2021, that they were there in person to see Brodie Retalllick, the tall All Black lock assembled from parts, lumber at pace towards the sticks and dive between them like a low-flying aircraft carrier.

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen It’s amazing, though, that spectators persist in going along in person when the television coverage is so good. Even a front-row corporate box on the halfway line, in-game drinks and pie delivered to the seat, cannot compete with the couch at home, a wellstocked beer fridge, sozzies and crisps, instant replays, fast-forward for the ads and mute button for the commentary. Television is all you need in a plague. A new season of Let’s Talk COVID with Jacinda and Ashley started on Tuesday, replacing the evening news and leaving only enough time at the end for a commercial break and the weather. On International news channels with a broader perspective, chaotic scenes at Kabul’s airport included a stunning shot of 640 Afghanis, fleeing the Taliban, crowded onto a C-17 U.S. military cargo plane, opting not to pay the extra for a seat as is the custom with Air New Zealand. Sitting crammed together on the floor with no carry-on luggage or inflight refreshments, they presented one vision of a possible future for mass air travel. American billionaires, meanwhile, undid their seat belts and cavorted briefly in zero gravity at the edge of space, consuming cocktails and canapes while bumping up against the ceilings of their private space capsules. Back on earth, Kiwis – as they keep calling us, may they rot in Hell – strapped as many


Celebrating Celebrating Friendship, Friendship, Fellowship Fellowship and and Fun Fun Welcome to our Amicus Club! We are retired Welcome to our Amicus Club! We are retired or semi-retired people who welcome new or semi-retired people who welcome new members to our meetings. These are usually members to our meetings. These are usually held on the second Monday of every month, held on the second Monday of every month, at the RSA, 9 Raukawa Street, 10am to 12 at the RSA, 9 Raukawa Street, 10am to 12 noon. Contact our Secretary Val Long 06noon. Contact our Secretary Val Long 06364 6464, or just turn up. Our next meeting 364 6464, or justthturn up. Our next meeting is on Monday 13th September. is on Monday 13 September. We have interesting speakers every month We have interesting speakers every month and, at our July meeting, Ōtaki resident, and, at our July meeting, Ōtaki resident, K. Gurunathan, better known as our Kapiti K. Gurunathan, better known as our Kapiti Coast District Mayor, Guru, held us spellCoast District Mayor, Guru, held us spellbound. He opened up about his life, from his bound. He opened up about his life, from his earliest experiences of discrimination, both earliest experiences of discrimination, both racial and religious, growing up in Malaysia, racial and religious, growing up in Malaysia, to his dilemmas in local government right to his dilemmas in local government right now. What a gem we have as our Mayor; now. What a gem we have as our Mayor; an honest politician, who is proud to live in an honest politician, who is proud to live in Ōtaki. Ōtaki. In August our Guest Speaker, was aviation In August our Guest Speaker, was aviation historian, John Skene, who brought a display historian, John Skene, who brought a display of aviation memorabilia to show us. Howof aviation memorabilia to show us. However, his main topic was of the first flight at ever, his main topic was of the first flight at Ōtaki in January 1914. Ōtaki in January 1914.

This was accomplished by 23 year-old Will This was accomplished by 23 year-old Will Scotland, who had just gained his British Scotland, who had just gained his British Aviators Certificate in England, bought a Aviators Certificate in England, bought a Caudron Biplane and shipped it back home Caudron Biplane and shipped it back home to New Zealand, where he found just the to New Zealand, where he found just the right place to fly it - Ōtaki. The flight took right place to fly it - Ōtaki. The flight took place in a field just south of Ōtaki Bridge, place in a field just south of Ōtaki Bridge, advertised in the Ōtaki Mail as The Pahiko advertised in the Ōtaki Mail as The Pahiko Estate. There is a memorial to the flight in Estate. There is a memorial to the flight in the rest area south-east of Ōtaki Bridge. the rest area south-east of Ōtaki Bridge. Also, every month a club member delivers Also, every month a club member delivers a short talk. This way we get to know the a short talk. This way we get to know the interesting people who make up the meminteresting people who make up the membership of our club. bership of our club. Recently we have heard from a volunteer Recently we have heard from a volunteer ambulance driver, and many others about ambulance driver, and many others about their life experiences for example: as a mitheir life experiences for example: as a microbiologist, a speech teacher, a refugee, and crobiologist, a speech teacher, a refugee, and a pilot. In the last meeting we heard from a a pilot. In the last meeting we heard from a recent member who is a farrier. We are an recent member who is a farrier. We are an interesting lot! In the last few months, in interesting lot! In the last few months, in spite of the winter weather, President spite of the winter weather, President Merv Falconer has welcomed many new Merv Falconer has welcomed many new members and visitors to our meetings. members and visitors to our meetings. We can’t wait to hear their stories, too. We can’t wait to hear their stories, too.

bikes, trikes, scooters, skate boards, surf boards kayaks, canoes, inflatables and portable barbies to their SUVs and headed to the bach to “work from home” for the duration of the Lockdown. If there was irony aplenty for irony-lovers, believers in a parallel universe didn’t miss out entirely. New research data, published for the first time on the cover of The Listener, confirmed the conviction, long-held by people living in the parallel universe and in care, that there’s always more than one elephant in the middle of the room. Some experts even claimed there could be other species involved. Others questioned the basis for allowing elephants into the room in the first place. Linkage also emerged in developing breaking news between COVID-19 and the ACT Party. Experts in medical cross-over politics pointed to the simultaneous rise in polling for the ACT Party and the resurgence of the Coronavirus as proof that COVID-19 had somehow infected the body politic. “It’s undeniable that just when ACT looked to have been stamped out they’ve come back as a new variant and are spreading again,” said Professor Neil de Knee who declined an offer of anonymity in the hope of funding. It could be just wild talk. Who is to say? You’ve got your scientific data on the one hand and your mumbo-jumbo on the other. Put them together and you have a unified theory on what’s what. Useful for generally holding forth in the television viewing space or writing letters to the newspaper, a unifed theory on what’s what can have many applications. “Dear Sir,” your letter should begin – although not if you’re writing to The Economist, The Listener or The Dominion-Post, all of which have editors who are sheilas – “In regard to your recent article about (bus routes, sinkholes, the Taliban, cyclists, grammar, mullets, cancel culture, declining education standards, moral turpitude, electric vehicles, table manners, whatever) may I suggest that the solution lies

in simply identifying the higher-ups responsible and knocking their heads together and/or booting them hard up the bum.” When writing to a newspaper, keep in mind that many of their editors – local ones excepted of course – are barely literate. They tend to be naive and easily impressed so you may improve your chances of publication by adding that you have extensive experience in business and cartels and can back a trailer. Don’t forget to mention the war. Browsing through Hansard as one does to pass the lockdown, I came across a speech from Roger Douglas in which he clearly demonstrates that when it came to economics he was away with the fairies. “Consumer sovereignty,” he’s saying with the certainty of someone who has swallowed the Kool-Aid on the consumer-as-king doctrine, “results in resources being moved to the highest-value users.” Hard to believe, but this is the way Labour politicians talked back in the eighties. And he was the Minister of Finance. It’s amazing we survived. “If consumers buy more TVs than cars, then capital will move from car production to TV production.” No, Roger, that is so wrong on so many levels. If he were sitting in front of me now I’d say to him: “Rog, Rog, old chap, it’s not about cars v TVs. Most people have more than one of both. There’s no opportunity cost involved. It’s not guns v butter like in the text books. You need to get out more.” Of course, under Level 4 Lockdown as we now find ourselves, none of us can get out more, only less. That makes this exactly the right time to be publishing a slim but allweather volume containing my Unified Theory on What’s What. Be sure to buy several copies and remain alert. Be in the draw to win a full set of steak knives being given away free with the first 100 copies purchased of the companion all-terrain and fully-illustrated volume containing my Unified Theory of What’s What and What’s Not.

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Authors’ Book Corner Janet Newman – Poet BY ANN CHAPMAN

In this delightful book of poems written on her farm at Koputaroa, Janet has evoked a sense of the land, of farming and the memories of her childhood. She studied journalism at Wellington Polytechnic when she left school. She preferred to study writing for magazines rather than reporting but there were no magazine jobs available so became a cub reporter with The Hutt News. After she had children, Janet took undergraduate courses at Bill Manhire’s International Institute of Modern Letters, where her focus was on poetry and short stories. She then studied extramurally at Massey University where she completed a PhD in English. Janet says, “with poetry you can use language compactly to describe a moment of emotion. Poetry goes inward, it drills

down. I like to manipulate and play with language.” She believes there are two central themes in her poems, the emotional tension between caring for animals and then sending them to slaughter, and the emotional tenderness of her father in contrast to his exterior hardened by life as a farmer and a war veteran. Unseasoned campaigner, was recently launched at Books & Co in Ōtaki on the eve of National Poetry Day. Some of the poems were part of her PhD studies and took a long time to write and get to publication. “I started in 2016 and finished in 2019 and here it is finally ready in 2021.” Her doctoratal thesis is titled, Imagining Ecologies: Traditions of Ecopoetry in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her poetry explores the reality of farming juxtaposed with ever-evolving family relationships, a father growing old and vulnerable, children growing up and leaving home. The poems explore both the people of the land and their animals. Although this is her first book, she won prizes in 2015 and 2017 and was runner-up in the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award. Unseasoned campaigner, published by Otago University Press is at Books & Co.

Unseasoned . campaigner JANET NEWMAN

Ōtaki Rotunda Book Sale The Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda trustees thank the following for their support for the recent book sale which exceeded its fundraising target. Old School Beauty Watson’s Plant Nursery Byron Brown Resort The Tele Makahuri Ōtaki Lions Club Ōtaki Primary School Ōtaki College Ōtaki Community Board And thanks to all the Ōtaki residents and others who came to help or to buy books!

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Elderly Mum was no longer the happy, outgoing person she used to be. She also seemed to get upset easily. Her son, who could not find work, lived with his Mum. Her daughter, who visited regularly, often heard her brother yelling at Mum in a rude and abusive manner. 5. She became increasingly concerned that her brother was verbally mistreating their Mum and tried to discuss this worrying situation with him, but he told her to keep out of it, as he was in charge. Daughter then decided to seek some sensible, professional advice about this recurring upsetting incident. She contacted the CAB and they discussed with her the possibility that her Mum may be a victim of elder abuse. They advised that elder abuse could be verbal, psychological, financial, physical, or sexual. The CAB put her in touch with the Elder Abuse helpline for her to find the best step to take to ensure her Mum was protected from any further indignity.


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One Night Two Souls Went Walking by Ellen Conway ‘Once when I was small I asked my parents, ‘What is a soul’? ‘ Thus begins the narrator, a 30 year-old chaplain working the night-shift at a medical centre. The story of her spiritual vocation is skilfully interwoven with the arc of the plot – engaging with dying patients during one night: a lawyer, a surfer, a librarian (a librarian!!) and an elderly stroke victim all of whom she meets with insight and mercy, even as she doubts her spiritual skill. The other soul of the title belongs to a therapy dog who appears alongside her. The plot is sparse, the writing beautifully simple evoking a hospital at night. The restraint both of composition and voice allows each encounter with the departing to emerge as whimsical, poignant but ultimately hopeful meditations on death, our inner selves and what may come afterwards.



The Light of the Midnight Stars

by Linda Castillo

by Angie Cruz

by Rena Rossner

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder’s past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. He has discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn’t seen in ten years. Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy. But their reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she’s innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers. With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at Adam Lengacher’s farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew.

Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But then Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her there. On New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by César, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay. As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family’s assets, leaving César to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, go dancing with César, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America

Experience an evocative combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore in this lush and lyrical fairytale-inspired novel from the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood. Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they perform small miracles and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Hannah, bookish and calm, can coax plants to grow even when the weather is bitterly cold. Sarah, defiant and strong, can control the impulsive nature of fire. And Levana, the fey one, can read the path of the stars to decipher their secrets. But darkness is creeping across Europe, threatening the lives of every Jewish person in every village. Each sister will have to make an impossible choice in an effort to survive – and change the fate of their family forever.

murmurs, their location and intensity can be heard. The lungs are assessed, listening for changes associated with heart failure. Chest x-rays are taken to evaluate the size and shape of the heart and look for lung changes. Blood and urine tests are performed to give an indication of any other disorders in the body. Liver and kidney function are

often impaired in patients with heart disease. There are also other specialist tests that can be performed to evaluate the heart. Without these tests, your veterinarian is unable to determine the optimal treatment for your pet but with proper treatment, many are able to live a normal life for many months to years.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) CHF is a term that refers to the hearts inability to pump adequate blood to the body. There are many causes of CHF. The two most common causes are mitral valve insufficiency (MVI), or a leaky ventricle and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Right sided CHF causes poor venous return to the heart. As the heart contracts, instead of the right ventricle pushing the blood through the lungs for oxygenation, some leaks through the tricuspid valve (the valve between the right atrium and ventricle) back into the right atrium. This blood backs up into the systemic circulation (the main circulation of the body) and becomes “congested”. Fluid accumulates in the abdomen (Ascites), interfering with the functions of these organs. Left sided CHF (LS-CHF), when the heart contracts, instead of the left ventricle pushing the blood to the systemic circulation, some leaks through the mitral

valve back into the left atrium and then it backs up into the lungs. Fluid then seeps into the lung tissue resulting in pulmonary edema. This causes coughing and difficulty breathing. LS-CHF is the most common form of congestive heart failure. The most common clinical sign of CHF is persistent coughing accompanied by difficulty breathing. This is due mainly to pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). The enlarged heart will push against the trachea, causing irritation that can induce a cough. Many with CHF will fatigue more easily and not engage in normal activities as they once did. Coughing when at rest or sleeping, excessive panting, persistent loss of appetite, a swollen belly, and bluish gums are also signs associated with CHF. Auscultation or listening to the heart with a stethoscope is the first step in diagnosing heart disease. Heart rhythm,

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It was a weekend jam packed with activity with 3 teams from Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club competing in the annual Tangimoana Cup and a number of our clubbies taking part in Wāhine on Water, which our club was proud to host. Our 3 Tangimoana Cup teams were led by IRB drivers Rob Bigwood, Sam Gilpin, and Ray Lenaghan and who placed 4th, 6th and 7th respectively. The Tangimoana Cup, held on Saturday 7th August, is an IRB Long haul Race that sees crews beginning outside the Foxton SLSC, heading north towards Himatangi beach and onward to Tangimoana. Once there and having completed challenges along the way, they return back to Foxton beach, with a brief stop again at Himatangi beach. They travelled approximately 36km on the water and also had to complete a dune run, boat carry, motor carry, boat assembly and refueling.

All teams consisted of an IRB with 3 crew members and 1 support vehicle (4WD), IRB team members all had to be refreshed and hold a current Crewpersons award. It was a cracker day and judging by the wide smiles of all team members, they had a blast and will be back for more next year! Thanks to a very generous local benefactor, we were proud to host the Central Region Wāhine on Water on Sunday 8th August. The hard decision to move the event to Titahi Bay was made the evening prior due to severe weather warnings. So, with a car loaded to the brim with catering, our clubbies headed to Titahi Bay for an eventful day of talks, demonstrations and hands-on experience both in and out of the water. Wāhine on Water is all about getting more females involved, competent and confident in IRBs. Fifty per cent of surf lifeguards are female, yet only 28 per cent of IRB drivers are female. This is something the event aims to address through pairing less experienced lifeguards with more experienced female IRB mentors. The networking day provides women an opportunity to expand their boat experience, in a supported and relaxed environment. All participants got to enjoy a fun day in an IRB, learning tips on driving and crewing, and engine maintenance and upkeep from some of the best women IRB drivers in the region.

Titans swimmers in the medals BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki Titans came away with a clutch of medals from three recent swimming championships. Riley Cohen won a silver medal in the 200 metres butterfly at the Wellington Swimming Championship, held on 31 July and 1 August. In taking second place, Riley exceeded expectations, including his fourth seeding going into the event. He clocked a time a massive 15.1 second better than his previous best time in the event. Riley achieved personal best times in all his events. He clocked a time 2.56 seconds faster than his previous best in the 100 metres individual medley and beat his 50 metres backstroke time by 1.2 seconds, his 100 metres butterfly time by 0.65 seconds, his 50 metres breaststroke time by 0.84 seconds and his 100 metres backstroke time by 2.13 seconds. The other Titan at the event, Nevaeh Gardiner won two bronze medals, in the 100 metres breaststroke, beating her previous best time by 8.42 seconds, and 200 metres backstroke, where she clocked 9.81 second faster than her previous best time. Nevaeh went on to win a gold and a silver medal in the Manawatu Championships at the Freyberg Pool, Palmerston North, on 7 August. Her gold came in the 100 metres individual medley and her silver in the 100 metres butterfly. Nevaeh’s final race saw her place fourth in the 400 metres freestyle open category. Riley achieved two personal best times, in the 200 metres individual medley and the 50 metres freestyle.

The three Matson Trophy finalists (from left) Cam Carlyon, Riley Cohen and Macy Carlyon.

A third Titan also competed at the Manawatu Championships. Samantha Baille swam two personal best times, in the 200 metres individual medley and the 50 metres freestyle. Eight Titans competed in the Matson Trophy meeting on 8 August, with Cam Carlyon swimming an amazing race to finish second in the final. Riley and Macy Carlyon also qualified for the final, giving the Titans a very good presence. The relay team gained another podium finish when they touched the wall in third place.

THE KUNG FU SCHOOL Opening soon. Fridays – Rotary Hall, Aotaki St Pee wee (5-6yo) - 5:30 - 6:00 pm Children (7-12yo) - 6:00 – 7:00pm Teen and adult (12+) – 6:00 -7:30pm Enquiries/enrolments please email Rob Young www.shaolinkungfu.co.nz

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