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A Different ANZAC Day

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The plaintive bugle calling ‘The Last Post’ was supplanted by a melancholy electric guitar on a quiet Waerenga Road on ANZAC morning. Neighbours Mayor Gurunathan and Andrew London recognised the significance of the day together. Mayor Gurunathan read a verse from the poem ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon, while holding the New Zealand flag aloft, and musician Andrew London played the Last Post on his electric guitar. At all times, the photographer, the musician and the politician kept in their respective bubbles.

For the Fallen BY LAURENCE BINYON With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England’s foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night; As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Source: The London Times (1914)

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Thoughtful donations brighten Enliven’s Levin homes

Things may be operating slightly differently at Enliven’s Levin rest homes and retirement villages, but there is still plenty happening. Soon after New Zealand went into COVID-19 Level 4 lock down, Enliven heard from Levin’s Dekker Flowers, offering to donate large bunches of carnations to Reevedon Home and Levin Home for War Veterans. The flowers have helped to further brighten many of the residents’ days, Levin Home administrator Vicky Prouting says. Vicky says another Levin resident, Linda Sherlock, has also been donating bouquets of flowers from her own garden to Levin Home. Vicky picks these up on her way to work in the morning. “They look lovely around our lounges and dining rooms.” As well as beautiful flowers, local Levin business RJ’s Licorice has donated bags of its delicious Levin Home for War Veterans resident Ruth Starr product to Enliven’s Levin residents with carnations donated by Dekker Flowers and staff. Enliven also recently kicked off its inaugural ‘Colour Your Day with Enliven’ For more information, visit inter-home colouring challenge, which is open to families to participate in. In Levin Enliven offers a full continuum Enliven recreation advisor Davina of care from independent retirement living Solomon says taking time to do some to rest home, hospital and dementia care. colouring is helpful for stress relief and a To learn more about Enliven’s philosophy creative way to pass the time. and services, There are prizes for the best colouring by visit residents, staff and the best Colour Your You can also call Day display. There are also small spot 06 368 7900 (Reevedon Home) prizes up for grabs for Enliven family members who wish to take part. or 06 366 0052 (Levin Home).

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One way of using the lockdown constructively BY FLEUR HOBSON One of the things the Covid-19 lockdown has given most of us is time. This is time that we can use in some very constructive ways, such as having a look to see if everything you have in place is up to date. One very good idea is to take some time to step back and look at whether you have everything in order from a legal perspective. Is your will up to date, or has something happened since you signed your latest will that means it would be a good idea to review it? It could be that you have separated, or you have a new partner, or you have gone into business. In fact, there are a number of life events that may have happened that means that your will needs updating. Another question to look at, and now

would be a great time, is what would happen if you had an accident or health event (such as a stroke, for example) that meant you could no longer look after yourself and needed some form of care. Many people think that a person’s spouse, or partner, or another family member can simply take care of things. While they can help, partners and other family members don’t have automatic rights to manage a person’s affairs when they become unable to do so themselves. Their spouse or family members cannot, for example, sign a document on the person’s behalf. Unless the person has made a legal arrangement – called an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) – the partner or a family member will have to apply to the Family Court to be appointed the person’s property manager.

Do you have an EPOA, and is it up to date? There are two types of EPOAs – one for your property, and the other for your care and welfare. You should really have both of these in place. These need to be signed with a lawyer to be valid. So now is a good time to contact your lawyer to get your EPOAs in place, or to review them so they are up to date. You may now want to name a different person to be your attorney, compared with the person named on your existing EPOA, for example. Now may also be a good time to check that your major assets are protected against a variety of events such as action by creditors and making sure your children keep their inheritances, to name just two examples. One way to provide that type of

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protection is to establish a family trust, so one question to look at is this – “is now the time to set up a family trust?” Or you may not have the right succession planning in place, if you own a business or a farm, and now would be a good time to look at this question. All these issues need advice and assistance from a qualified and experienced lawyer. In fact, during the current lockdown, people are already talking to their lawyers about such matters. Updating or organising such things as wills, EPOAs, trusts and succession plans can mostly be arranged remotely. If you would like to look at a legal “health” check, we would be only too happy to help you. Contact Fleur or Susie at Susie Mills Law 2019, 364 7190, 282 Mill Road – opposite Farmlands.

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Hanging Out for a Long Black in these times of Lockdown? The Ōtaki Mail asked all Otaki’s coffee people if they were going to be open. Some are not opening, others did not reply in time.

Text, Collect and Drive Through

If you’re desperate for a coffee the following takeaway joints are open for business under Level Three. All have to obey the health and safety requirements to minimise contact between staff and customers. People will have to remain two metres apart. You will need to text your orders in and pay by Pay Wave.

Riverstone Cart on SH1 from 6am until 2pm daily. Coffee, scones, pies and sammies. Text with name to 022 2476 8614

Café 66 8am-2pm Takeaway food available. Text with name to 0220 379 741 or


The Kindness of Strangers and Friends – A Very Personal Message

Blanche, in Tennessee Williams’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, quotes that she ‘always depended on the kindness of strangers’. I would add friends to that. Throughout this last five weeks, we, here at the Ōtaki Mail headquarters, along with all other over 70-year olds, have been in lockdown since the PM Jacinda Ardern made her dramatic State of the Nation speech and advised those over 70 to ‘stay at home?. We did and went into lockdown a week ahead of the rest of New Zealand. This offered us no time to bulk buy toilet paper, flour, butter or sugar or any other necessity of modern-day living. We kept away from people. Friends have shopped for us. They have sent texts, emails and phoned to see if we need anything from the supermarket. They have kept us comfortable and supported. And the strangers. The man who saw an elliptical comment on Twitter in response from me to a question, ‘what would you have stocked up on if you knew now what you’d miss?’ I had replied chocolate. He delivered two large blocks of Whittakers’ chocolate to my letter box. The physiology of wants verses needs when you can’t succumb to a craving is interesting. The panic of Covid-19 and how it has decimated the people and economies of the world doesn’t fade when you suddenly realise that you can’t whip out and buy chocolate. And what is happening all over the world as governments grapple with this silent swift killer seems to magnify an irrational craving. You could substitute chocolate for any cravings. Mine happened to be chocolate. To all those people who left shopping at our door, or at our gate, or treats in our letter box thank you. To the stranger who left chocolate thank you. To the Prime Minister and Dr Ashley Bloomfield who daily informed us in quiet, authoritative and reassuring tones what was happened to New Zealand, thank you. Those one o’clock briefings became compulsive viewing. And to Ōtaki residents who by and large seemed to obey the lockdown to save lives and protect people, thank you. We, individually and as a community thank you.


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No cases of Covid-19 in Ōtaki The community’s response to Lockdown Helpful friends and neighbours Jacinda Adern and Ashley Bloomfield Doctors, Nurses and health care workers

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020 By Ann Chapman

Guidelines if You have an Underlying Illness

A Big Thank You to All

If you have a compromised immune system, we’ve put together some guidelines for you. If you are immune-compromised, avoid staying with a person who is selfisolating. You should stay at least a metre away from people who are unwell if you are immune-compromised. It’s also important that everyone helps to protect the safety of immune-

Wow what a ride its been this last month! Congratulations Ōtaki for keeping yourselves safe and therefore keeping out this disease that has changed our lives! Please don’t get complacent, the threat lingers! But I don’t want to talk about the virus specificly, I want to shout out to all of those people who have kept us going. Those “essential workers” whose needs have been ignored by the government. To all of you, thank you for supporting us during this time. New World, Countdown management and especially staff. You have continued on despite the significant risk. You have turned up everyday. You have taken our critism and abuse and continued with a smile. You have managed those of us who in panic have wanted to buy all the toilet paper. You have managed your supply chains of hundreds of items much better than our goverment has managed the supply chain of vaccines.

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compromised people living in our community. For example, if you’re unwell, avoid contact with someone who is immune-compromised. Hand-washing and Social distancing are the best we can do for everyone, especially the immune-compromised.

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MedLab Closed

Compulsive viewing in our lock-downed household is the one o’clock briefing by the Prime Minister and Dr Ashley epidemic. Time is not on our side”. Bloomfield. It is a masterpiece in public communication. The facts are laid out as to He said. The World Health Organisation was funded to monitor epidemics, but it is how we as a nation is tracking in the fight to eliminate Covid-19. There is no dodging not ready to act. What we need, said the issue and we are all the better informed Gates are strong health systems, a for them. Our leaders are clear, concise medical core ready to act, a military system ready to play ‘germ games’ rather and calm. than war games. There is now a wealth of information about this new virus brilliantly explained Prescient advice, Mr Gates. on-line and in The Spinoff by Dr Siouxsie And now US President Trump is Wiles, a microbiologist from Auckland withholding funding for the WHO. University. The Ōtaki Mail has simplified some of the relevant facts about this fast moving deadly virus.

The Ōtaki MedLab is currently closed. Please be assured that this is only a temporary closure and normal services will resume at the conclusion of the Covid-19 response. Ōtaki residents requiring blood tests are being asked to go to the MedLab in Levin. If you are unable to get to the MedLab in Levin please contact Ōtaki Medical Centre to arrange for your sample to be collected there.

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Ōtaki Health Shuttle Service

Health Shuttle services which usually operates to support patient travel from Ōtaki to Palmerston North Hospital are currently unable to continue due to a lack of driver capacity, as many volunteer drivers are in the vulnerable population groups. The DHB is working with Horowhenua Health Shuttle Service and St John’s to sustain services. We have been working to recruit additional volunteer drivers and we are grateful to have on loan the shuttle vans from Horowhenua and St John’s to continue providing this vital transport service to our communities. While establishing the service we have sustained patient travel through a paid taxi service. We encourage anybody who still needs to travel to hospital for critical heath procedures/appointments to arrange somebody within their household “bubble” to drive them where possible. This is the safest way to travel and helps us continue to break the chain and reduce unnecessary person-toperson contact. If you live alone, or have no vehicle or family that can provide transport for you, then please call Palmerston North Hospital at least a week before your appointment and ask to be put through to the Patient Travel Service, who will endeavor to help make arrangements for you.

Medical Centre Matters

We are still here. We are available. While recently we have been focusing on acute care and the virus, we still need to take care of those of you with chronic conditions. We have some capacity available so if you need us, call. Flu vaccines have started to flow a little better however we can not order in bulk. Stay in touch, watch our facebook page for updates.

What you Need to Know : COVID-19

Bill Gates – the unlikely prophet In 2015, Bill Gates, billionaire founder of Microsoft, and a latterly a generous sponsor of the eradication of polio gave an 8 minute TED talk, which has attracted over 25 million viewers on YouTube . His talk warned the world to be ready for the next epidemic. He spoke of Ebola, and of the 1918 Spanish ‘flu epidemic that killed 33 million people. “We prepare for war”, he said, “but not for an

Yes someone has funded TV advertisements to say thanks, its not enough for the risk you have been exposed to every day. You are true superstars and our communty should not underestimate the risk that you take. Of course there are others, my own team for example, pharmacies, police who place themselves and families at risk every day by facing up. Thank you all!

What is a Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. It is a recently and named COVID- 19 after the year it was first discovered.

How do you catch it?

The virus is highly contagious and spread from person to person, by droplets when a contagious person coughs or sneezes and exhales. The droplets don’t hang about on the air but fall quickly to the land on surfaces where it can easily be transmitted through touching. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.

What are the symptoms?

Most people who become sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment. They may suffer from all or some of the following: • a cough • a high temperature (at least 38°C) • shortness of breath. • sore throat • sneezing and runny nose • temporary loss of smell

How long are you contagious?

‘There is no evidence that you are contagious the whole time, just a few days before symptoms start. Not clear how long remain infectious but data suggesting its first few days of having symptoms ’.

(Siouxsie Wiles). Symptoms take up to 14 days to show after a person has been infected. A person can pass on the virus to others before they know they have it from up to two days before symptoms develop.

Is there a cure?

No. The only solution currently is to stop the spread of the virus and eliminate it from our environment. That is why isolation and social distancing is so important.

What about Antibiotics?

Antibiotics kill bugs not viruses, so they are no use at all. Antibiotics do not stop a virus.

Is this the same as the flu?

No although it can look and feel like it in the early stages.

Who can Catch it.

Anyone can, however older people and those with underlying illnesses may be more prone. It can also spread rapidly and exponentially which is why social distancing is so important.


MidCentral DHB is encouraging anyone with symptoms to get tested. There is a designated site in Ōtaki and it can be accessed via the Medical Centre or the Healthline and an appointment will be made. The test is free. At the time of printing all tests in Ōtaki were negative.

Let’s keep it that way. Stay Safe. Stay in your bubble. Stay away from people.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Good lockdown compliance in Ōtaki BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki residents have complied well with the level 4 lockdown the government imposed in response to Covid-19, the Police say. The Police had seen a “good level of compliance in Ōtaki” by and large, Senior Sergeant Sam Gilpin told the Ōtaki Mail. Only a few people were issued verbal or written warnings, he said. “We urge everyone to keep up the good work by staying local, maintaining your bubbles and adhering to the restrictions around exercise and outdoor activities,” Senior Sergeant Gilpin said. “Nationally, we’ve seen a decrease in crime across areas such as road policing, theft, burglary and assault so that will be very similar at a local level. “Residents should remain vigilant, though, and continue to secure their property and vehicles, even when they are home.” The Police will continue to be “highly visible in our communities and on our roads to maintain public safety, security and order,” Sergeant Gilpin said.

Nationally, Police had dealt with 4,452 breaches of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and the Health Act 1956 in relation to Covid-19 up to 6pm on Wednesday 22 April. There were 477 prosecutions, 3,844 warnings and 131 youth referrals nationwide. The good compliance by Ōtaki people with the Covid-19 lockdown runs parallel with excellent figures for Covid-19 infection. As at 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 April there were no confirmed or probable cases of Covid-19 in Ōtaki, the Mid Central District Health Board’s website said on its Covid-19 update page. In fact, Ōtaki was the only location in the board’s area with no cases. The other locations were: Palmerston North with 10 cases, Manawatu with 6 cases, Horowhenua with 11 cases and Tararua with 4 cases. Kāpiti had 18 confirmed or probable cases of Covid-19, Capital and Coast District Health Board said on its Facebook page, posted at 4.49pm on 23 April. New Zealand had 1,451 confirmed and

probable cases at 9am on Thursday 23 April. The number of recovered cases was 1,065, there were 8 people currently in hospital and there were 16 deaths. New Zealanders were generally complying with the Covid-19 level 4 lockdown, according to the results of a HorizonPoll survey, announced on 20 April. The poll, taken between 7 and 12 April showed that 95% of respondents were complying with the lockdown. Another 4% were essential workers, leaving just 1% saying they were definitely not complying. The poll also showed that 72% of New Zealand adults were confident that the lockdown would work, and that Covid-19 could be contained and widespread community transmission prevented. People were asked to rate their confidence on a 0 to 10 scale, where 0 was “not confident at all” and 10 was “very confident”. 72% gave a rating of 6 or higher, with 46% rating it 8 or higher. At the other end of the scale, 4% said they were not confident at all. The survey had 1,267

respondents aged 18 and over. Another survey, conducted by Colmar Brunton, showed that 87% of people backed the government in its management of the Covid-19 crisis. Only 8% disapproved of the government’s response. The study surveyed more than 600 people between 20 and 21 April. It also showed that 93% of respondents were complying with the level 4 lockdown, which aims to slow down the spread of the virus responsible for the illness.

Mobilising against virus attacks BY FRANK NEILL One very important step we can take when faced with the threat of being infected by a virus, such as the one causing Covid 19, is to take action to strengthen our immune system. Dr. Melinda Ring MD, executive director of Northwestern Medicine’s Osher Centre for Integrative Medicine in the United States puts it well. “When the immune system isn’t working at full capacity, it doesn’t have the army of immune cells and mediators ready to mount a defence at the first sign of attack,” Dr Ring says. “This means infections may progress more rapidly from a mild virus into sepsis, a widespread infection leading to malfunction of the body’s organs.” There are some relatively simple steps you can take that will greatly enhance your immune system. These steps do not, of course, mean that you should abandon the most important disease-limiting actions such as regularly washing your hands and social distancing. But they are, nevertheless, important steps you can take to reduce your chance of coming down with a virus infection. Indeed, you may even become immune to the virus while not having experienced even one symptom. The first step is to eat well. There is a saying “let food be your medicine” and when it comes to enhancing your immune system, food really is the best, if not the only medicine. Another well-known saying is “eat the rainbow”, meaning eat a good variety of colourful vegetables and fruit. Eating the rainbow will enhance your immune system. The various colours in fruit and vegetables come from chemicals called flavonoids, which are good for us in a number of ways. One is that they can help us win the battle against viruses. Salima Lalani and Chit Laa Poh put it very well in their 2019 scientific paper Flavinoids as Antiviral Agents. “Flavonoids are naturally occurring polyphenolic biomolecules widely found in plants and are responsible for a wide variety of biological functions,” they write. “These biomolecules can act at different stages of viral infection, particularly at the molecular level to inhibit viral growth.”

As well as “eating the rainbow”, make sure that the food you eat is natural food, as distinct from processed foods. You may choose fish, or meat, or eggs, or beans, or lentils – along with plenty of vegetables and fruits of many colours. Leafy greens, watermelon, carrots, berries, broccoli, oranges, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, berries, grapes and other brightly coloured produce help your immune system function at its best. Processed foods, foods high in sugar or in fructose corn syrup, and foods that convert very efficiently into sugar when we digest them actually weaken our immune system, in contrast to the “whole foods” that enhance it. As Dr Ring suggests, you can think of your immune system as an army which your body mobilises to protect you against invaders. It’s important, then, to feed the army, and feed it the food it needs to go into battle well prepared. It is important that you don’t give it items that make it weaker. “Some experts believe that taking a daily multivitamin can help ensure you’re meeting at least your daily minimum requirement for certain nutrients,” MedicineNet says on its website. “Vitamins that are critical for immune function include vitamins A, C, D, and E. Zinc, selenium, and magnesium are minerals that your immune system needs to function at its best. These minerals are also critical for the function of many enzyme reactions in the body. Your immune system and body can’t function at their best without the basic building blocks they need to work properly. “Some research has suggested that compounds in herbs and supplements can enhance immunity. Garlic, astragalus, milk thistle, ginseng, green tea, black cumin, and licorice are just a few herbs that have been reported to have immune boosting benefits. Talk to your doctor of pharmacist before including herbs and supplements into your regimen. They may produce side effects, especially when combined with other herbs, supplements, or medications.” Exactly what will work and what will not work when it comes to combating the virus responsible for Covid-19 has yet to be established by research. Currently high dose vitamin C is being researched in China, where it is also being used as a treatment for the illness. Another supplement that is being recommended, particularly by many

functional health practitioners in the United States, is quercetin. The second step to boost your immune system is exercise. It provides your army with the training it needs to successfully battle invaders. A recent study found that people who take 12,000 steps a day had a massive 65% lower risk of death from all causes, compared with people who take only 4,000 steps a day. The study also found that higher intensity exercise did not improve the numbers. The important thing was the number of steps. Another effective, and simple, exercise regime is known as Tabata Training, after Japanese scientist Dr Izumi Tabata who discovered it. The Tabata programme is simple and does not take much time – just four minutes a couple of times a day. It involves working hard for 20 seconds (such as doing push-ups, bodyweight squats or burpees) then resting for 10 seconds, and repeating this eight times. The third boost to your immune system is getting enough sleep. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep for you. If you are having difficulty with going to sleep or staying asleep, talk to your doctor about it. Stress reduction is the fourth step. Research has shown that stress of any significance results in all aspects of immunity going downhill. There are many ways to manage stress, including practising techniques such as meditation, tai-chi or yoga. The three things we have already talked about – eating well, exercising and sleeping well – are also very important. So, too, is accepting that there are things you cannot control and being assertive instead of aggressive. Two simple steps that significantly reduce stress are to stop for a couple of minutes a few times a day and just take deep breaths,

and to spend two or three minutes a day thinking of things you can be grateful for. The fifth step to enhance your immune system is to get sunshine. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunshine, and is essential for your immune system to function properly. It is, therefore, important to get out in the sun and to do this for at least 20 minutes a day without sunscreen, as sunscreen blocks the body’s ability to made vitamin D from sunshine. Obviously getting too much sun from unprotected exposure is unhealthy, but getting some unprotected exposure significantly enhances your immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to lower lung function, and this may affect your ability to fight respiratory infections such as Covid-19. Not only will these five things – eating well, exercising, sleeping well, stress management and getting sunshine – improve your immune system, they will also enhance your life generally.

Immunity packs for front line

A new charity aims to help protect New Zealand’s frontline workers as they help in the battle against Covid-19. Called “Stay Home NZ”, this charity will support essential workers and their families by helping them build their immune systems. It is providing immunity packs filled with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are known to strengthen people’s army of cells that defend them against attack. You can find out more at Stay Home NZ’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook. com/StayhomeeNZ/.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Lockdown in Ōtaki

Ōtaki Foodbank supports the town’s needs in Lockdown



I’ve lived in Ōtaki for 12 years and as a lot of you know I teach workshops in a room at the Community Health Centre. When I went into self–isolation a week before the Lockdown I was in the middle of teaching a course on writing a crime novel. So when we switched to doing it online, Michelle and Janet at the Centre were kind and supportive as was Dave at the Ōtaki Shuttle service when I cancelled the regular Friday bookings. The Lockdown also made me think for the millionth time how lucky I am to live and work in the age of technology. It means I can keep in touch with whanau, friends, students, other writers – has made the Lockdown time a lot easier and more fun too. I get sent videos of one of my great granddaughters learning to be a magician, another two setting out for a walk with their dog. Technology also means that even though my eyesight is failing I can still work. I have a big screen with big type on it. There’s a good crop of writers in Ōtaki and they’ve been very good to me. Two of them have (and are still) getting my groceries. We exchange emails and shout at each other as the groceries are dropped off in the back yard. Another writer put some plastic gloves in the letter box, another dropped off some quinces and then another one dropped off some quinces. As well there’s the friend who sticks eggs in my letter box, the people who walk past. If I’m outside they wave, smile, comment on the apple tree or the Lilliput Library. In the daily round of work – writing, washing, cleaning, vacuuming, cooking, baking or when I’ve gone for a walk, I’ve been conscious of life still going on for everyone, just not so public. I miss the cars parked outside, miss seeing people at Nga Purapura or Te Wananga o Raukawa, my good neighbours, but I know they’ll be keeping up the work in their bubble somewhere. My good neighbour on the other side has been very generous with feijoas – look in the ‘usual spot’ she emails like we’re on some secret service assignment. I’m hoping for the pie in the brown paper bag next. Big thanks to the Ōtaki Medical Centre, the front of house staff, the doctors, nurses and to the Hamish Barham Pharmacists and staff – so efficient, so kind – putting up with me peering at the eft–pos machine – their smiling, ‘See ya Renée,’ when I leave. I don’t know who hands out kindness but one thing I do know – if you have to be in lockdown then Ōtaki is the place to be.

“Thank you for all your support,” Ōtaki Foodbank manager Lucy Tahere says to all the individuals and businesses for the continuing support the foodbank has received during the current Covid-19 lockdown. With the current lockdown, 25 locally self-employed people have referred themselves to the food bank for help, while waiting Work and Income approval for their applications for assistance. Added to these are another nine parcels requested through organisations in Paraparaumu and Levin for clients living in Ōtaki, plus the 44 parcels provided through local organisations many of whom the food bank regularly supports, 78 parcels over six weeks. Ms Tahere said those who had selfreferred had never needed to ask for help previously. There have been many local monetary donations, from both businesses and

individuals and some goods from businesses, including 100 trays of eggs from one business, all of which are gratefully received. While she has had to stop food donations at the door, for the health and safety of the food bank volunteers and reducing the foot traffic through their doors, food donations can be left at theNew World supermarket bin. Other locals have assisted with delivering parcels where necessary. Ōtaki seamstress, Nancy Carr had initially offered a mask pattern on the Sunny Ōtaki facebook page for people who might like to make a mask. She received 12 requests, and others unable to make one requested a mask. After checking with the Ministry of Business, Innovation And Employment, (MBIE) that this complied with all safety requirements, she gave away 23 masks suggesting a donation to the Ōtaki Food Bank instead of a payment. These were well received by Ms Tahere. Congratulations, Nancy!

While willing to help people feed their families, Lucy did remind all beneficiaries to check with WINZ about eligibility for the extra food allowance announced recently. Although the food bank doesn’t normally deliver food parcels, they have been delivering to the elderly and vulnerable people in our community and those with young children. She acknowledges there is a long way to go but not knowing how long the lockdown will last and the lowering to Level 3 doesn’t change the way the food bank had to operate. “We’re holding our own, food and donation-wise, but have had some people “double-dipping” through out of town foodbanks as well as Ōtaki’s,” Ms Tahere said. “We were lucky and got a lot of stuff in before the lockdown. I just want to say thank you for your help. Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.”

Oh the rush to get organised and find my way through the digital system in time for class. At least no one could see if I managed to get dressed or not. Those first few sessions sure show where I haven’t been in the last five weeks, as I collapse at the end of the session with a good strong coffee. It’s great to see you Ngawira. Routines, what are they? No classes, meetings, choir, or church and no services over Easter. I did join the live streamed services over the internet, but not quite the same as being a part of a large group. No Anzac Dawn Parade and no Retreat ceremony at the end of the day. I didn’t make the 6am driveway salute. No Ōtaki Mail work until just before deadline - a story on the Ōtaki Foodbank and then -o-oh, Lloyd says “do a piece on life in a bubble”. But there’s now time for a great neighbour and some friends to telephone chat. No Easter eggs for the local grandchildren, so I bake them a cake. Yummy food offerings for me, h’mmm, time I did some more baking. Shopping – I really miss making my list of specials, choosing which steak or chop I’ll choose and what about treats… But

my son has been wonderful getting my supplies and an occasional treat – that Whittakers Berry and Biscuit chocolateyum, yummy. Where did it go – oh dear, more exercises, please. The hardest part of a one person bubble is I have to talk to the dog even more – he doesn’t really appreciate my efforts unless it means food, still he’s someone to speak at. I must make more calls on my IPad. Roll on Level three or will Level two be much better? I’ll have to wait and see and STAY HOME.

Life in a Bubble MARGARET ANDREWS Life in a bubble of one plus an aged dog. What changes have I had to make, other than STAY HOME? There was big excitement just days before the lockdown. My oldest son arrived with a present for me – an Ipad. “Now you can talk to your friends and stay home,” he said. So between the two of us, – mostly him – we had it set up and ready to go a couple of days later. First was a call to family in Dunedin and a couple of days later a further long talk with the grandchildren. A call to granddaughter in Germany – oh wow that was fun, and so was being able to call her on her birthday a few days later. And then there was a catch up with great granddaughters, and a surprise catch up with a son in Melbourne. This was a new way to communicate, just wish I could remember how to change the places I want to use and delete those I don’t want. After no exercise class for some weeks, it was a great delight to find the connection to the Kori Kaumatua classes live streaming from leader Ngawira Richards’ home. It usually runs at the Hub Church.

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What a truly beneficial month of lockdown we have had. We have slowed the progress of the Covid-19 invasion, we have enjoyed our families immensely, we have recharged our batteries fully, and appreciated the decisiveness and surety the Government has put in place. But we are very ready to get on with business too! The Government is only spending our own money on us, We have to pay it back, and it is our choices and our families that will be limited in the future by spending too much now. So glad to be back, working for our living by serving the needs of our Customers, and paying our way and the way of a few others as we go. By the time you read this, we will have been ‘open for business’ for nearly a week. I know we will have done many Appraisals because we have plenty booked in already, and I know we will have shown several properties because we have many showings booked as well. Tuesday 28th on to Friday is looking busy! There will be some uncertainty for

there will be deaths and divorces, marriages and births, empty nests and growing families, investment needs and cashing up investments, negotiations, and servicing of past and future Customers to attend to. We have so many positive indicators around Te Horo, Ōtaki, and Manakau. Wellington will fare best of all the main Centres, being the seat of Government, we have continuing work on the two big roading projects, due to open this time next year, we have very low interest rates, we have lower LVR’s for those investors and first home buyers with lower Deposits, (making buying cheaper than renting for many!) and the certainty that the $850m O2NL project is getting ‘shovel ready’ for 2023 or just after. We are a sought-after area on an exciting growth path. It will be good to be busy, and no longer locked up and listening to the Economists and other pessimists. Those of us who actually make things, grow things, do things, will secure our future.

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Unsustainable clam fishing makes waves BY FRANK NEILL Two main responses have emerged to the article entitled Unsustainable clam fishing hits Ōtaki that featured on the front page of the April issue of the Ōtaki Mail. This article quoted Ōtaki Beach resident, Doc Ferris, who said the time is fast approaching when clams will be fished out of the Ōtaki coast. The first response to the article is that Cloudy Bay Clams has not dredged the Ōtaki coast for clams since the issue was raised, Mr Ferris says. The company has not fished the Ōtaki coast for six weeks or more now. The second response is that the article has received a great deal of support from both organisations and from individuals. One organisation that contacted Mr Ferris is the World Wildlife Foundation. The World Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit foundation that aims to keep endangered animals safe. It identifies the most critically endangered animals, grouping them into a 100 List. Hector’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus Hectori) is one of the animals on WWF’s endangered list. The foundation has made the initial contact with Mr Ferris, and will contact him again once the lockdown has been lifted. The foundation, Mr Ferris says, “is very much interested in what is going on” with the clam fishery. So too, is an organisation called Friends of the Sea, which has also contacted Mr Ferris. Another organisation that is interested is Te Tai Hauauru Fisheries Forum, which involves coastal iwi groups from Kāpiti to north of Taranaki. This forum has placed clam fishing on its agenda, and has identified two main issues.

The first issue is the mortality of the shellfish returned to the sea by Cloudy Bay Clams, and the fact there is no sufficient requirement on the fisher to ensure that the clams they return to the sea survive. Only bigger clams are used by the company, and the smaller ones are returned to the water. These smaller clams do not survive after they have been put back in the sea, mainly because they cannot dig themselves back into the sand. Because of this, small creatures like sea lice get into the clams and strip the shells, which then wash up in their millions onto the beach. The second issue is that Cloudy Bay Clams are fishing in a customary fishing area that is also a public space. The exposure of the clam fishing “is having a positive effect” and Mr Ferris says he has had “heaps of support”. That includes a lot of support from the Raukawa iwi and also from local people. The Raukawa iwi sent a complaint to the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, and Mr Ferris has also written to the Minister complaining. They have received a response from the Minister. In the response he received, the Minister talked about how issues such as rough seas and fluctuations in temperature could affect clam mortality. Mr Ferris says the evidence does not point to that being correct. “The sea has been huge for six days now and there’s not a dead clam on this beach.” The material in the Minister’s response appeared to have been a cut & paste from the Ministry of Primary Industries, and Mr Ferris says the MPI has not properly researched its claims.

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Clam shells in their thousands cover Ōtaki beach following dredging by a Cloudy Bay Clams vessel. photo: Doc Ferris

The MPI had also said that Māori did not harvest clams, because they lived in water that was too deep. “I know that not to be true. Shell middens on the east coast are full of clam shells,” Mr Ferris says. “That [claim by MPI that Māori did not harvest clams] really annoyed me,” he adds. As a result of MPI’s assertion, “there is no customary allowance”. Both the Ōtaki Community Board and the Wellington Regional Council have also been supportive, with that support going back to before the lockdown. “A number of councillors had been to the

Ōtaki kite festival and had noticed the Cloudy Bay Clams boat dredging. People could not believe how close the boat was getting,” Mr Ferris says. After the lockdown is over, Wellington Regional Councillor Penny Gaylor, who chairs the council’s Environment Committee, plans to invite Mr Ferris to address the committee on the commercial clam fishing in Ōtaki. Ms Gaylor originally invited Mr Ferris to make a presentation at the committee’s 26 March meeting, but that meeting was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Anzac Day 2020: A Time for remembrance and also a time for change A Personal view BY PHIL WALLINGTON

This year’s Anzac Day will be unique in both New Zealand and Australia. Due to the Covid-19 regulations, on both sides of the Tasman Sea, the traditional ceremonies will not be held. There can be no large public gatherings, no veterans marching in their solemn ranks, no families proudly wearing ancestors’ decorations and campaign medals, no politicians stepping up to war memorials to lay their wreaths. The mournful bugle call of The Last Post will not ring out, except on the radio or on television. This is the first time since The Great War of 1914 – 1918, that our countries will not pause and take part in a mandated celebration of what some people still refer to as “the baptism” of our two kindred nations. The idea, that both New Zealand and Australia underwent a baptism of blood, which was an essential rite to mark a “coming of age”, was first put forward by the Australian journalist and war correspondent C.E.W. Bean. Bean, who went on to write Australia’s Official History of the war, is largely responsible for creating “The Anzac Legend”. He landed with our troops on the Gallipoli Peninsular, soon after the first wave went ashore. He witnessed the futility and terrible slaughter of the campaign. Charles Bean described the battles with the entrenched Turkish Army, in vivid and heroic despatches from the front lines. They captured the public imagination of those “at home” and increased enthusiasm for the war. Bean also recounted the final act of the Gallipoli tragedy, the meticulous and successful plan of deception, which enabled the invasion army to slip away at night, unnoticed by the Turks. So, the remaining Anzacs escaped, to fight another day. Charles Bean and others – Rupert Murdoch’s, journalist father, Keith Murdoch among them -- were the first to “leak” the extent of the disaster. They cunningly, by-passed the military censorship, which only allowed glowing accounts of the campaign to reach the outside world. They reported the harsh and very unpalatable truth. The campaign on Gallipoli had gone tragically wrong, almost from the beginning, and there was no chance left for the Anzacs and the other allied troops to achieve a victory. The news shocked newspaper readers throughout the British Empire. It led to the senior British commander, FieldMarshal Lord Kitchener travelling from London to visit the troops and to see first-hand, the stalemate which had developed. He recommended the withdrawal of the all the allied forces and abandonment of the campaign. The news shook the Government in London. Heads rolled, including that of Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, who had been one of the strongest proponents of the attempt to force open the Straits of Gallipoli and to knock Turkey out of the war. The rest as they say, is history. The Anzacs went on to fight their other battles in Egypt, Palestine and Syria (in the case of the NZ Mounted Rifles and the Australian Light Horsemen). But the bulk of the troops went on to France and to Flanders, where further disasters awaited, before the final victory was achieved. By the end of the war, with the United States joining the allies (in 1917) the Germans had been comprehensively beaten. They were retreating on all fronts. But in the final months before the Armistice, it was the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian troops who were “the spearhead” of the allies. The British Army was exhausted, the French Army had mutinied. So, it was “the colonials” who

became the elite, “shock” troops, breaking through the German lines. In the last one hundred days of 1918, up until November 11th and the armistice, it was the soldiers of the Dominions who smashed the German Army and sent it reeling backwards.

The Price we Paid.

Those great final victories, and the sorry defeats of our soldier ancestors, are the ones we commemorate. We remember them each Anzac Day. What is largely forgotten, is the terrible cost of the Anzac Legend. The numbers are staggering. In World War 1, 16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded. A further 507 were killed in training accidents and an estimated 1000 + died within 5 years of the end of the War as a result of injuries and illness. The total population of New Zealand in 1914, was just a little 1,000000. In all, 120,000 New Zealanders enlisted and around 100,000 of them served overseas. Those killed or wounded represent a 58 per-cent (per capita) casualty rate. It was a most unenviable record held by New Zealand. The Australian figures were proportionately similar. In 1914 Australia had a population of fewer than 5,000,000 people. In their all-volunteer army, 416,809 men were enlisted. More than 62,000 of them, were killed. While a further 156,000 were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner. Compared with earlier and later conflicts involving our two nations, the First World War casualties represent an enormous and irreplaceable loss of human capital from the early development of our kindred societies. The sheer, horrible waste sustained by our first exposure to modern, “industrial scale” warfare is immeasurable. So many promising young men were destroyed at the threshold of their future lives and careers… so many grieving families… so many widows and orphans… and the women who would remain lifelong spinsters. The other salient and inescapable fact is, the battles we fought were often misconceived, and almost criminally misdirected. The leaders of our countries were also frequently misled. It is an unarguable fact the “masters of war”, usually, felt more comfortable sacrificing “mere colonials”, rather than their own compatriots. As we contemplate the first Anzac Day in modern times, without public gatherings, perhaps it is also time to reconsider and to re-evaluate the whole business of Anzac. And let’s face it; it is a business for some. No doubt the military, the Defence Forces of Australia and New Zealand see much benefit and have put a great deal of money and effort into celebrating “The One Day of the Year”, which means so much to their traditions and reputation. Politicians of all stripes also make much of Anzac Day. Appearing as leaders in a secular, non-political spectacle, bolsters their public personas. Laying a wreath is a reverential act which defies connection to any sort of controversy. And what about the public. I can say from my perspective (75 years of age) I still find Anzac Day to be an emotionally moving experience. But it is one which has changed greatly over the years. As a youngster in Australia, we had neighbours and friends of our family who had fought in the Great War. I well remember, the simply enormous Anzac Day Marches in Sydney in the 1950’s and 60’s. The ranks of First World War veterans were thinning a little, but the Second War veterans passed the Cenotaph in Martin Place, in their thousands. I also remember seeing an Australian Infantry Battalion marching past the Town Hall, on their way to fight in Korea.

As I grew older, I took part in many Anzac ceremonies. I was an army reservist in the University Regiment and later a gunner in an artillery unit. We paraded and we also provided uniformed guards of honour at commemoration ceremonies. When the Vietnam War came, along with conscription in Australia, many of my cohort were drafted or enlisted to fight in yet another Anzac effort; in Phoc Tuy Province. Several of my friends were killed or have died since then. I have lived in New Zealand for 30 years now and have witnessed a resurgence in Anzac Commemorations, with many young people turning out. Often, they have taken to wearing some ancestor’s decorations and campaign medals on their right breast. Of course, our Anzac consciousness reached its apogee in 2015, with the centenary of the First troops landing at Anzac Cove. Many kiwis and Aussies travelled to Turkey and many more of us watched the wonderful successive Anzac Day coverages – marathon television events shown on Maori Television Service. Since then we saw a gradual build-up to the celebration of the Centenary of the Armistice. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…November 11th. !918, the guns fell silent and “the War to end all Wars” was over. Perhaps we should have drawn a line after that 100th Anniversary? In recent times – and especially now, in lock down – I have pondered the meaning and significance of Anzac and have started to question its continued high place in the national consciousness of our two countries. With no recent major conflict, the ranks of veterans have shrunk dramatically. The WW2 veterans have largely passed away, and those who served in Vietnam are all either dead or are mostly retired and living as superannuants.

What does Anzac mean for “Generation X”?

The term, Generation X, was first popularized by the Canadian writer and cultural commentator, Douglas Coupland, He also coined the term “McJob” in his efforts to explain some of the harsh realities of life for our youth, which has been subjected to intense media saturation from birth, a pervasive lack of religious faith during childhood and the absence of economic stability in adolescence. Coupland goes on to describe the values and experiences of Generation X as “having memories they do not actually possess.” He puts this down to “the presentation of nostalgic images or ideas in such a way that even people who were not yet born seem to “remember” that time. These (unreal) memories are of a personal nature and are seriously believed. Events of great trauma, dramatic and horrible happenings all lend themselves to this kind of treatment. Of course, the real danger here, is the tendency of such memories and nostalgia to evoke a sympathetic yearning for a past that is viewed through “rose coloured glasses” and with uncritical warmth and even affection. No one in their mind should “love” war. Apart from “factoids” which console the coming generation, we have also had a sea change in our societies and our collective attitudes over the past century. The Anzacs came from countries that were almost mono-cultural. Maori and Aborigines were under-regarded minorities, while most of the rest were strongly tied to “the Home Country”. We valued our Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and European ancestry. Both Australia and New Zealand embraced resolutely “white” policies, excluding Asians and others from citizenship. Today we are

multi-cultural and multi-lingual countries. All the many different nationalities that have migrated south, in the last half a century or more, have almost no connection to Anzac. But nonetheless, we are still bound by obsolescent laws which enshrine the Anzacs. In NZ and Australia, we all have a public holiday. There is also the legislation enacted just after the Great War which protects the Anzac name. It cannot be used in advertising, or as a brand name or trademark. The only possible exception is the Anzac Biscuit! But that is part of a long culinary tradition.

Some hyperbole from Turkey.

The other Anzac myth (recently exploded) is the supposed statement of the Turkish General, Mustafa Kemal, who beat back the Anzac invasion of Gallipoli. As Head of State and the Turkish Republic’s first President, Kemal Ataturk (Father of the Turks) there was a pious script, supposedly penned by the Great Man himself. It was claimed, he wrote a consoling message of grief and compassion to the Anzac Mothers. Mothers of men who died in the campaign. Recent researches, in the Antipodes and in Turkey, have revealed it was actually penned by a poetic, but anonymous, employee of the Turkish Government.

To the future.

I do believe that we should re-evaluate Anzac. More than a century after the event, it should cease to be a national obsession. It should become instead, a humbler process of commemoration. I, personally, do not favour the wearing of unearned medals and decorations. They belong to families and to descendants of the servicemen and women who have passed. They are taonga, to be held and treasured by the generations to come, along with the personal mementos, diaries, photos etc. Certainly, we should look back to our past wars realistically. They were times of trouble, uncertainty, stress and sacrifice. There was little glory to be had -- and little of that remains. Sometimes, we leapt into the fray and later regretted what happened. In the future, we need to ensure that our NZ Defence Force retains and enhances its good reputation, as fair warriors who respect the rules and conventions of war… and act as honest brokers of peace. That means whenever New Zealand is called upon to put “boots on the ground”, we do it with best intentions and the with the full knowledge and consent of New Zealanders, as expressed through our democratically elected Parliament.



Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

ANZAC Day Lockdown 2020 in Ōtaki

Brenda & Roger Thorpe in Mill Road at 6am

Rupene Waaka in Domain Road at 6am

Waerenga Road was out in style

Waikanae, too BY HELEN HOLT Trumpeter Andrew Guerin, 54, plays the last post from his balcony in Waikanae. In other years, the former territorial soldier has played at the Wellington Cenotaph and Waikanae War Memorial, but due to the Covid-19 lockdown and cancelled Anzac services he chose to stand at dawn and play from his balcony instead. “Social media was saying get out there at 6am and stand by your gate, so I thought I might as well do something. There is a retirement village out the back (of our section) so I thought it would be quite nice for them to play on the deck. We’re at the top of the hill, so it echoes around.” The first time he performed the last post was at Levin Civic service when he was 16. “It was pretty nerve-wracking. It’s a tricky piece because it jumps all over the place. Everyone knows it, and often your instrument is cold. And the band was there and they will critique you if you muck it up. It’s pretty rare that you play the last post and it’s absolutely perfect.” For brass musicians around New Zealand, Anzac day was very busy. Many brass

Anna Bradbury’s wreath on a neighbor’s fence in Lupin Road

bands played at least 2 services a day, and solo trumpet players were asked to play at smaller services for the last post. Guerin’s routine for the last 3 years has been to play at the Wellington Civic service with 7th Battalion (former army band), before driving back to Waikanae to play at the war memorial for Kapiti Brass.

A Domain Road memorial


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Musical Muse - Wayne Mason BY ANN CHAPMAN He’s been a Kāpiti resident for a long time but now, in his retirement, Wayne has made Ōtaki his home. An accomplished musician and composer, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit since 2001, Wayne was born in New Plymouth in 1949. He learned the piano and sang at school, good grounding for his future career as a musician. His mother sang, loved opera and his father’s family were all piano players, so Wayne’s musical pedigree is pretty good. He started the classical piano when he was nine and that instrument has been the foundation of his music career

ever since. It was in 1959 he first came upon rock’n’roll. Wayne became hooked on this new type of music. Classical piano went out the window and rock’n’roll became an everyday part of his life. His mother had taken him to a variety show where the Roger Whiteman Band was playing. ‘That concert and that music transformed me.’ At Heretetaunga College in Upper Hutt, he became part of a school band the Sine Waves, played the piano and sang vocals which have remained his main instruments although he taught himself the guitar, to supplement the band when there was no piano available. He was on

the way. Sine Waves eventually evolved into his first professional band, The Fourmyula which became one of New Zealand’s top bands of the late 1960s. They won a Battle of the Bands return trip to England where they recorded in Abbey Rd and met the Beatles. Music as a living was never part of his early plans. His parents bombarded him, as they did in those early days, with ‘what are you going to be when you grow up’. He wanted to be a meteorologist and developed a huge passion for it. Even today he still retains that passion. He worked for broadcasting as a trainee engineer, ‘a tech guy,’ he says, until conflicts between shift work and gigs got in the way of that career avenue. He was moved to a 9-5 clerical position. But since the 1970s music has been his real profession up until the 1990s when gigs became scarce, money dried up and he became a postie in Paraparaumu. Wayne has been part of an eclectic selection of bands. While playing in the Fourmyula in 1969 at the age of 20 he wrote the award winning silver Scroll song Nature. - sitting in his garden at home, surrounded by trees he wrote a happy song, in just an hour. Nature has been described as folk-tinged, uniquely gleeful. It reached number one in Jan 1970 and again in 1992 sung this time by the Muttonbirds. In 2001 to celebrate 75 years of Apra in N Z it was voted by Apra members as their number one song out of 900 entries and a clear winner. His last song for Fourmyula ‘Otaki’ was written while he was in London. Originally a blues song it was decided to write about a town he had had a long history with visiting the town when he was young with his surfer girlfriend and thereafter coming here on and off for decades.

His next band was the country rock band Rockinghorse and musically unlike The Fourmyula who were more pop. They picked up a series of awards, 1975 Best Group and later best single for their Thru The Southern Moonlight, before they split up a few years later. Back in Wellington New Zealand after a spell in Sydney, Wayne formed Two Armed Men with Jonathan Crayford and Ross Burge in 1983. A musical departure for him as it was much more jazzfocused. Jonathan described Wayne as ‘very strange and amazing, at the same time domestic and from outer space, writing songs full of weird chords and lyrics about emotional derangement.’ Next came the Warratahs, a country band and after four albums and a lot of touring he left the band in 1994. Leaving the band allowed Wayne more freedom in writing and subsequently he formed The Wayne Mason Band. He released critically acclaimed three solo albums. His song have a darkness, but they also capture the essence of New Zealand’s scenery. He still regularly plays gigs up and down the country with a variety of groups. Recently Wayne played in Ōtaki with Andrew London at the Stationhouse Social Club. Wayne is a virtuoso with over 100 songs, three solo albums, expertise in country, rock’n’roll, gospel and blues. He has three sons who are all fine musicians and they often play together and jam in what he describes as a wonderful band Ōtaki is lucky to have him as one of our Musical Muses.

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

ABC - Authors’ Book Corner - Janet Slater Wallis BY WENDY BLAAS A story scribbled with a stubby pencil on a scrap of paper while contending with an ill-tempered goat has won Ōtaki resident and children’s author, Janet Slater Wallis, a prestigious honour at the Margaret Mahy awards day this month. The Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day is an annual celebration of New Zealand authors, their books and achievements. Janet’s best-selling title, The Big Block of Chocolate, illustrated by Christine Dale, and first published in 1985, has been awarded the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book. The award is made annually for a work of fiction which is still in print and has stood the test of time as a successful, enduring children’s book.

Janet, who is a long-time resident of Ōtaki Beach, is a children’s writer, and a writer of fiction, non-fiction and drama for adults. She has published more than 100 titles for children. Several of her books for junior readers have been adapted for radio, and she has also written

for children’s television. The Big Block of Chocolate, which was awarded a Premier New Zealand Bestseller Gold Award in 2004, has been released in three different editions, most recently reprinted in 2017. It remains a children’s favourite for its rhyme and rhythm. Janet recalls, with amusement, penning the story and the distraction provided by the family goat. She could not have imagined a book that was written in snippets while she was pegging out the washing would come to be so well-loved by generations of readers. As a child, Janet was encouraged in her writing ability by her parents and teachers. Her earliest steps on the path to becoming an author were contributing poems and stories to the Evening Post’s Children’s Page. Janet went on to train as a teacher and wrote reading materials for her pupils, but it wasn’t until she was in her late 30s and a mother to six children that she launched into the writing world. Janet’s writing regime in those days was to get up at midnight and write to 4am. Sometimes she would still be working away when the rest of the family turned up for breakfast. Her first success was in writing humourous articles about family life, which were published by various newspapers and magazines, as well as adult stories for Radio New Zealand Drama. Then came the invitation to become a scriptwriter for Radio New Zealand’s award-winning preschool programme ‘Grampa’s Place’. A series of stories that featured on children’s television were her first to be accepted for publication. From there Janet went on to write more than 100 picture books and

The Creative Project Launched BY ANN CHAPMAN A project that aims to encourage creativity during the lockdown phase has been launched this week. The Creative Project is encouraging individuals and family ‘bubbles’ to work on a creative project for an extended period of time, in whatever form they are most comfortable with, and will culminate in an exhibition. Manakau resident and The Creative Project Coordinator, Robyn Keeling, says “being a mother of five, a grandmother and relief teacher these days, I know how important it is to keep young ones busy and occupied.” “Feeling sympathetic and concerned for families during lockdown, I thought setting up a ‘creative project’ opportunity for young people, families in their bubbles, and individuals would be a great idea to help fill in the time during the lockdown, bring enjoyment and focus, promote creativity, with an exhibition to follow at a later date.” “Being creative is known to be a calming activity and promotes positive mental well-being. Something we all need at the moment.” A Facebook page, The Creative Project 2020, has been set up to encourage people during the process, giving suggestions regarding materials they might use and websites that could be useful for inspiration and assistance. There is lots of flexibility around submissions, the only rule is that projects involve some planning and likely take from a week upwards to make. “The project could be made of paint, mixed media, paper (paper machē), flax (weaving), wood, recycled objects, wool (knitting, crochet), fabric (sewing), stones, driftwood, drawings, computer art, “ Robyn says. “We’d love to see people’s progress on their project over the coming weeks. Please share your photos with us

on Facebook.” Schools and families from Foxton to Te Horo, have been invited to join The Creative Project 2020. Individuals, including those who are part of art and craft organisations, or with no art background and just keen to experiment, are also encouraged to participate in this event. An exhibition will follow at the end of the lockdown period, at a date to be advised. Register by 30th April via Facebook or email:

Arielle Cornford, Robyn Keeling’s granddaughter

novels for the retail and educational market. Having a background in education, she was also enthusiastically involved in the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly the New Zealand Book Council) Writers in Schools programme which saw her visit schools through the country, inspiring and fostering the creativity of the next generation of writers. The writing process for Janet begins in long-hand. Her ideas take shape in scrapbooks. She often works at local cafes where she is almost part of the furniture. She says the best thing about being an author is the feedback she has received from readers. News of the award has met with a warm and enthusiastic response from generations of her readers, many who tell her they can recite The Big Block of Chocolate word-for-word.

“I am completely overwhelmed. I count myself so fortunate to have had a career doing something I love.” Janet maintains that her large family (six children and a foster daughter) were the inspiration and motivation for her success. While news of Janet’s success has been made public, the award ceremony that was to have taken place this month has been postponed due to the covid-19 lockdown. Janet continues to write for enjoyment. Her other past-times include long walks on Otaki beach, exploring the Kapiti trails, and participating in Ōtaki community events. Her collection of published writing includes a book about a St Bernard dog which is set at Ōtaki beach, as well as an adults’ short story that revisits her childhood memories of time spent at Ōtaki Health Camp.

New glossy magazine BY TOM FREWEN It might seem to be the worst of times to be launching a new magazine, slap bang in the middle of a government ban on them. But it could also be the best of times as readers strive to fill the void created by the loss of their favourite weeklies and monthlies. Coming to their rescue, a new magazine from, of all places, Waikawa Beach, home of Kristy McGregor, editor of The Sheperdess, ma te wahine, mo te whenua (from the women, for the land). In her first issue, which went on sale in the week that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage allowed publication of daily newspapers but not magazines or community newspapers under the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown regime, Kristy revealed an astute understanding of her undertaking. “The launch of a printed publication is an anomaly in lives occupied by digital media,” she wrote in her first editorial. “Yet, it’s much more of an experience. Receiving a magazine that you treasure in your letter box is a real treat. On goes the kettle, as you settle down to read. It’s to be poured over, gently flicked through, savoured. It’s an offering of our most precious resource; our time.” Before moving to New Zealand six years ago, Kristy lived on a cattle station in far western Queensland. The nearest town with more than 30 residents was an eight-hour drive away. “Through the weekly mail plane that would land on the dirt airstrip, and weekend gatherings with neighbours, I learned a lot about belonging and rural communities,” she writes. “Yet I felt the women were missing out. With a group of women, I created the Channel Country Ladies Day. It’s an annual event, now eight years on stronger than ever, to bring women from the remoter corners of three States together for a weekend of laughs, connection,

comradery and burlesque.” Crossing the ditch, Kristy noted that New Zealanders were “pretty quiet at sharing the good things that are going on.” “There’s a wealth of treasures in rural communities,” she says, “but they aren’t widely celebrated or shared.” The partner of a farmer with a son coming up to 18 months, the sixth generation to live on the family farm at Waikawa Beach, Kristy describes The Shepherdess as “a first step towards a greater vision I have of cultivating and celebrating vibrant rural communities. “In the cloud of cows and grass, there’s an appetite for people stories.” Published quarterly, The Shepherdess is on sale at Kristy’s local shop, the Manakau Store, and at Farmlands throughout the country. Annual subscriptions and single issues are available from the website. Beautifully produced and extremely readable, The Shepherdess is exactly the real treat that you can look forward to finding in your letterbox and adorning your coffee table, well worth its cover price of $14.95 per issue.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

We are currently trading at LEVEL 3. Whilst the shop is closed, you can phone orders to 364 2142 email tehorogardencentre@ or facebook. Goods can be collected from front of shop. FEIJOAS

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Gardening with Garden tasks for May

Flower garden

Lift gladioli corms and dahlia tubers once the foliage has died down, and store in a cool, dry place. Plant your lily bulbs or divide existing ones. Dig up bulbs, divide bulb scales and plant in seed-raising mix. Lift and divide daylilies. Hurry and finish spring bulb planting – it’s your last chance. Spray trees and shrubs with Conqueror oil to control scale, aphids and mites. Continue with autumn planting of trees and shrubs that stand up well to winter. Leave those that may need a bit of pampering until the weather warms up in spring. Plan new roses to plant this winter, and get the ground prepared by digging in plenty of well-rotted compost or aged cow manure. Mulch trees, shrubs and perennials with compost. Sow seeds of frost hardy flowering plants such as calendulas, cornflowers, primulas, stock, ornamental kale and pansies. Plant out seedlings of wallflower, cineraria, linaria, viola, nemesia, poppies, lupin, statice, calendula, polyanthus, clarkia, scabiosa, snapdragon and stock.

Fruit and vegetable garden VEGE SEEDLINGS good selection

May is a good time to plant onions, including shallots and spring onions. They like a sunny, sheltered spot in limed (slightly alkaline) soil. Earth up celery and leeks. Lift and divide horseradish. Cut back asparagus to within 15cm of ground level after stems turn yellow. Sow directly into the garden: broad beans, peas, spinach, winter lettuce, onions, radish, turnips, swede

and parsley. In trays sow broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for planting out later. Plant out seedlings of cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, endive, kale, silverbeet, spinach, Brussels sprouts and radish. Plant in the garden or in containers: strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants. Harvest feijoas, guavas, kiwifruit and tamarillos as they ripen. Divide and replant large clumps of rhubarb – give them heaps of compost – they love it. Plant citrus in a well-drained, sheltered site – they won’t tolerate chilly breezes or cold, wet feet. Feed existing citrus with fertiliser. Spray any fruit trees that have become diseased during the growing season with lime sulphur. If we’re having a lot of rain, try to choose as settled a day as possible and add a sticker or wetting agent such as the organic Rainguard. Treat curly leaf on peaches and nectarines – spray with fungicide just before the leaves fall and again in spring, just before the buds burst. Treat all the foliage, bark and buds with copper spray to stop the disease taking hold. Mulch all vegetables and fruit trees with compost before the soil becomes waterlogged or cold.


Feed lawns to boost growth and suppress weeds. Bare areas of lawn can be raked over and reseeded.

Second thoughts

Bring frost tender patio plants into a sheltered position. The combination of cooler weather and over-watering can prove fatal to indoor plants, ease off watering and fertilising as the weather cools.

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I love blue in the garden, and the sky-blue flowered Cape plumbago, or Cape leadwort (Plumbago auriculata), is one of my old favourites. It’s an easycare, rapid-growing, great performing shrub which pretty well looks after itself, thriving in a sunny situation with well-drained soil, so perfect for coastal gardens (though try to plant in a spot sheltered from those pesky, seaside breezes). The evergreen, semi-climbing shrub (1.5 x 1m) from the Plumbaginaceae family, is native to South Africa (particularly around Natal and Eastern Cape), and has long slender stems, light to mid-green foliage (spoon shaped leaves with a smooth, delicate texture) and masses of brilliant, pale blue, phlox-like flowers (produced in large tresses). The blooms are tubular with five petals produced on the current season’s wood, mainly during late summer and autumn (often flowering when many plants have finished), and have a very thin tube at the back, attached to a hairy sticky calyx (flowering is somewhat reduced in a shady location). Prune after flowering or any time during winter if you want a bushy, more compact plant. When left to grow without pruning it forms an open shrub with graceful, arching branches (you can grow as a climber by tying branches to support structures such as trellis). The plant’s semi-rambling tendencies make it ideal for covering or disguising a fence or wall that annoys, or even a tree stump that you don’t want to look at. Plant next to pink-flowering shrubs for a lovely soft colour combination, or add plants with a stronger shape such as Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’ or clipped Buxus sempervirens balls. You can provide different textural qualities with plants like Phormium ‘Green Dwarf,’ or other plants with spikey or strap-shaped foliage. Plumbago ‘Royal Cape’ grows to about two metres, and once established takes summer drought in its stride,

often performing better than usual in extended dry periods (my plant has been exceptional this dry summer). It flowers are a more intense blue, produced in profusion on a big, bushy shrub (it’s sometimes hard to see the attractive green leaves). It’s ideal as a background shrub, a perfect partner for lower-growing shrubs, perennials and annuals. Some interesting shrubs to grow in front include the dark blue Dichora ‘Blue Sapphire,’ another all summer bloomer, and pink hebes, hydrangeas which could be white, blue, pink, or red, and dramatic silver foliage plants (our native Astelia ‘Silver Spears’ is one of the best). Or you could create a Mediterranean feel by combining with olive trees and lavender. There is a pretty, white-flowered version Plumbago ‘Alba,’ and also a red variety, but my heart belongs with the blue.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

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Focus on growing spinach

Spinach, made famous by Popeye, is an annual growing to 30 cm high with rosettes of broad, smooth or wrinkled leaves. Brought up on silverbeet, I didn’t taste spinach until I was well into adulthood. Although I love it now, it did take a while to adjust to spinach’s slightly sweet, faintly bitter taste.

Europeans, like me, were slow to catch on to spinach, Spinacia oleracea, as a food. It was used medicinally for 500 years (apparently as a mild laxative) before becoming common as a vegetable in the 16th century. Despite the gradual start, it has become a great favourite, overtaking other green veggies such as sorrel and the decorative orach, or mountain spinach (although these are being rediscovered by modern gardeners and cooks) in the popularity stakes. It can be sown year round in many areas (it requires a

similar soil to silverbeet), and is one of the most versatile veggies, brilliant raw in salads as well as cooked (either steam or put in a pan with no extra water, adding a knob of butter, or a little olive oil, but keep heat low to avoid burning). Spinach also grows rapidly, put some seed in now and it will be at the baby leaf stage in three or four weeks (it’s very easy to grow as a microgreen). Keep sowing through May for autumn and winter harvesting (in warmer weather it tends to bolt). Downy mildew can be a problem, so look for varieties resistant to this disease such as ‘Upright’ which has shiny, dark green, serrated leaves. With an erect habit, it has better air flow through the plant, and also less dirt splashes on the leaves. Also look for ‘Santana,’ a great variety for harvesting at the baby leaf stage. The leaves are dark green, smooth and oval-shaped. Both varieties are available at Kings Seeds. ‘Merlo Nero’ is an Italian heritage variety (small, bright green leaves), available from Italian Seeds Pronto which can be sown from autumn until spring. Harvesting of spinach can be either the whole plant or you can pick individual leaves. Pick the outside leaves while they are young and tender by breaking the stalk by hand. Don’t tear the leaf stems away from the plant’s base as this damages the plant. New Zealand spinach, (Tetragonia tetragoniodes) also known as Cook’s cabbage, is not a true spinach, but it’s one of our most popular native edible crops (with a similar taste to spinach), and being a seaside plant is a reliable veggie in hot, dry summers, happy in poor soil (it doesn’t like frost). It is a sprawling plant (a single plant will grow 1m or more across) with triangular, fleshy leaves (the more you pick, the more the plant produces). Valued for its high vitamin C content, it was reportedly discovered during the South Seas expedition of Captain Cook, who used the plant to prevent scurvy in his crew.

Erica melanthera Bursting with pretty tiny bell shaped flowers is Erica melanthera (Heather). When many others lay idle in the garden, this little beauty will keep dazzling. Erica ‘Winter Fire’ is also available. .

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ Bringing some height to your garden is Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’. A lush and compact evergreen with brilliant white flowers, a real stunner! H5m Plant Care “Caring for your house plants just got easier”. Gro-Sure from Kiwiwcare have released a range for Houseplants, Cacti & Succulents and Orchids. Great companions for our Indoor Plants! Gift Vouchers, giftware, garden and pest products & pots are available year round. Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm closed Sundays.

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Dainty in autumn Cyclamen hederifolium (previously known as Cyclamen neopolitanum), is a small, dainty autumn-flowering bulb, although flowers can start to appear as early as January from baked, parched soil (as mine did this summer). It prefers partially-shaded areas, though will grow in full sun, and looks lovely planted en masse in front of shrubs, around trees and woodland gardens (you can overplant with annuals in summer). The tuberous perennial produces dark-green leaves, in a variety of shapes from ivy-like, heart-shaped, to spearlike, often marbled with silver on top and purple underneath. Foliage appears towards the end of flowering, and results in an attractive ground cover through until early summer (grows to 10cm). Flowers come in a range of light to mid-pink, or pure white, with a dark centre (sometimes scented). They have the longest flowering season of the dainty species, blooming until the bulb goes dormant in late spring. Native to woodland, scrub and rocky areas in the

Mediterranean region, from southern France to Turkey and the Mediterranean islands, it is a robust (pest and disease free), hardy cyclamen growing in hard, poor conditions and tolerating both cold and heat. What it doesn’t like is wet soil. Good drainage is essential for these bulbs, and with suitable preparation and care bulbs will grow and flower well year after year. Prepare your planting site when soil is moist and easily worked (after first rains in autumn). Remove all weeds and incorporate bark, compost or other organic material. Prevent water logging by incorporating a generous layer of gritty material such as coarse sand. Clay can also be broken up by adding gypsum and organic matter to soil. For heavy soils raise the level of beds and borders with extra topsoil and coarse pumice or sand. Plant bulbs when soil is moist and warm (in autumn or early spring) so that a good root system develops. Place tuber just below the surface in hummus-rich, well-drained soil. In spring apply organic fertiliser such as blood and bone, at a handful per square metre. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when the leaves wither. Apply a balanced fertiliser each spring.

The large, flat, disc-shaped bulbs are very long-lived, and it’s not uncommon to find older ones the size of a dinner plate (these older bulbs produce an amazing profusion of flowers). If you can’t find the bulbs for sale they are easy to grow from fresh seed, and generally seeds down in the garden. The secret is to sow immediately and not try and store seeds. The species cyclamen have a gentle charm which tends to be lacking in the big-flowered hybrids which are sold as house plants. However most of these will survive as garden plants, and live on if you find a suitable spot where they won’t be in competition with overhanging plants.

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Ōtaki Update Late April 2020

You’ve got this Ōtaki The move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 earlier this week is a “quantum leap forward” for our nation but it’s important to remember that our fight against COVID-19 is not over. At Alert Level 3 we will need to be even more vigilant. The stakes are high and the actions we take in the next few days and weeks will have a long lasting effect on our community’s wellbeing. We need to continue to do what is being asked of us – stay in your bubble, continue to practice physical distancing, stay at home as much as possible and be patient and kind. This will help make sure we don’t lose sight of any of the gains we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19.

You’ve done a great job so far Ōtaki so let’s continue to work together as a community and finish what we started. Kia kaha – the stronger we all are today the sooner we’ll welcome tomorrow.

Love Local

Need support?

Our local businesses need our support now more than ever and we’ve teamed up with our colleagues across the Wellington region to deliver a ‘buy local’ campaign. Many of our local businesses have online stores and now that we’re in Alert Level 3 they are able to deliver their goods or undertake their services providing they do it safely. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be encouraging you to #LoveLocal and support the businesses that make Ōtaki, and Kāpiti, such a great place to live.

A range of government and Council support is available to people and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

 For updates and to learn more about local businesses, you can join the Love Local – Kāpiti Coast community group on Facebook. #LoveLocal

• If you need urgent support to access essential supplies, for example food and medication, please call our Council welfare support helpline on 0800 486 486. The helpline is staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. • If you need help with living expenses as a result of COVID-19 you may be eligible to receive some financial help from Work and Income. For more info call 0800 559 009. • If you need health advice call Healthline free on 0800 611 116.

 For more information about what support may be available to you and your household visit or call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997.

Update on Council services At Alert Level 3 significant restrictions remain in place and, for the most part, our Council teams are continuing to work remotely to deliver your essential services. Our district’s public libraries, pools, playgrounds, skateparks, courts, dog parks, community venues and public toilets will remain closed for the duration of Alert Level 3. Our parks and reserves are open for daily exercise but if you are using these public spaces we do ask that you stay in your bubble, stay at least 2 metres away from other people, keep your dogs on leash at all times, avoid using drinking fountains and seating areas and stay home if you feel unwell.

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Backyard Sports and Training - Peneha style

Teariki Peneha and four year old Mataia (aka Honey) share a bike ride along their awa

Kaylis practising his shooting style ready for getting back in to training with his Ngati Raukawa Basketball team post Lockdown

Emanea Peneha, nine years old, navigates the backyard challenge to work on her footwork

Kaylis Peneha, 11, working through his dribbling drills


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Supporting Global 2020 Wellington Architecture Awards The competition is a peer-reviewed programme of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Bees Institute of Architects (NZIA). These four Kapiti Coast are of particular interest. PENNY KERR-HISLOP

The beautiful weather continues. There have been some rough days in between but the beekeeper has been pretty happy with it overall. There have even been mutterings about mating days and drones although a moot point as no more cells or virgins are being put out this late in the year. He thrashes his hives hard during the season. Putting virgin queens into hives, waiting for them to get mated, gathering them up and then couriering them all over the country from Waiheke Island to Blue Rock. Turning over queens every 21 days from cell to sale. This means, come end of the season, about now, he and the bees are exhausted, and both need to make sure they are tucked up comfortably for winter before the cycle starts again in Spring. On the home front this means puddings. For the bees this means pollen substitute, new varroa strips and a good feed of sugar syrup. They haven’t have too much of a chance to build up their own honey stores during the season and without the supplementary feeding, they would wither and die when the cold hits. On these calm autumn days, the smoke from the beekeeper’s smoker draws a straight line skywards. The crusty old bee suit is in dire need of a wash, some bits held together by duct tape as are his fingers which are pretty wrecked and split by this time of year, although he prefers using electrical tape for this. His favourite site is an old pear orchard and the bees there are doing well sucking the sugar from the bird bitten pears. The orchard is calm and sheltered and the grass has grown long and dry between the trees. He checks each hive for a laying queen and then feeds and closes up the box. If a queen has disappeared, he will combine the left-over bees with a neighbouring hive. The entrance is reduced with old copies of the Otaki Mail to keep out wasps, mice and to minimise robbing by neighbouring stronger hives. He pauses to ponder the irony of this. The beautiful old pear orchard was planted by the couple who now own the Otaki Mail. His green ute is mostly on its own out there on the road these days as he moves about between sites. There are no road workers to growl about and no Streetwise to grab a coffee from. He feels lucky to still have a focus to his day and a purpose to keep him going. Bless you all.

Penny’s Mussels & Zucchini Fritters

Paetawa Beach House, Peka Peka

Andrew Sexton Architecture Perched within the dunes, this compact home is conceived of as a simple shed roofed building. An oiled timber upper level rests upon a raw concrete plinth embedded in the dune. Precisely placed openings allow light to move slowly through the home animating the interiors and providing a heightened awareness of time and seasons.

Penny Gaylor Half pottle of Marinated Mussels Zucchini, grated 2 eggs 1/3 cup of flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Salt Olive oil, for a shallow pan fry Feel free to add other elements, like herbs, or capsicum

Te Horo Beach House First Light Studio

The house design is driven by its dramatic landscape, facing the salt-laden prevailing wind continuously lashing the shifting sand dunes. As a response, the house – long and low, hunkered into the topography – becomes part of the dunescape itself, its roof pitch following the land’s natural gradient.

Grate zucchini and blend with eggs. Chop mussels into small pieces. Fold in to eggs & zucchini. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir till blended and no flour lumps. Shallow pan fry in olive oil as per a corn fritters.

Waikanae House Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects

Created as a low, horizontal form that follows the contours of the hill, the home was constructed in two stages. Sustainability was the primary focus of the design, with views to the western slopes of the Tararua range, natural ventilation and solar gain are maximised.

Mahara Place Redevelopment

Athfield Architects & Boffa Miskell

Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) sought a design team to upgrade the heart of Waikanae to invigorate an aging town centre and celebrate and invite the community to connect in a period of change which is happening as a result of major infrastructure redevelopment. The brief was to provide a landscape which reinforced a sense of place and identity for locals and improve connectivity through the town centre to the railway station and Whakarongotai Marae while providing both informal and formal resting points.

Notes Easily doubled to use whole pottle of mussels, with say 3 eggs, and 2 zucchini.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Media Muse

Simon Shepherd’s opening question for the Minister of Small Business, Stuart Nash, about moving down to Covid-19 Alert Level 3, was: “Will I be able to get a takeaway flat white?” To be fair, Newshub Nation’s presenter was only using takeaway coffee as an example of the type of economic activity permitted after moving back from Level 4. But outside the Wellington bubble, a beer at the pub and a pie from the dairy would leave a takeaway flat white in the dust as the top priority must-have for most people when allowed out of lockdown. The Newshub Nation programme itself is a by-product of one of two radical changes to New Zealand’s broadcasting and print media 30 years ago. The first, in 1989 under Labour, stopped the screening of non-commercial programmes in prime time, keeping advertisers in front of the biggest television audiences for the evening news. The second, in 1991 under National, opened total ownership of New Zealand media companies to foreigners. Initially designed to rescue the fledgling TV3 channel from bankruptcy and maintain competition for TVNZ, the removal of barriers to offshore owners over time saw almost all our daily newspapers, most magazines and all commercial radio fall into foreign hands. Competition between two commercial television channels for the large primetime audience — around 1.2 million viewers in the Covid-19 lockdown — inevitably results in some hyping in the writing and delivery of the news. An accent on controversy and outrage, the loud bangs that eyewitnesses invariably report hearing, the soundbites and the cliches that have become the new normal going forward, an accent on stories unfolding as we speak and breaking news leading to events being taken out of context, to put it mildly. Putting events back into context, such as Shepherd’s interview with the minister, should be screened at 7pm following the news bulletin when they are most topical and there is a large audience for that sort of information. Instead, because the needs of advertisers dominate the schedule, they have to be screened on weekend mornings and or fairly late on Monday night when very few people are watching. Newshub’s audience is usually down around 40,000, almost too small to measure. Q+A is up to a record 19,700 numbers swollen in the thirst for information about the virus. Commercial television news also reflects a need to maximise audience numbers for advertisers by reaching out to the lowest

common denominator. Reporting the Covid-19 situation, for example, health workers and patients are turned into oven-ready stereotypes as heroic angels and tragic victims. At the same time as promoting the Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, to a starring role as a modern Dr Kildare heart-throb, the media turned Opposition leader, Simon Bridges, into a villain for simply doing his job. That is holding the government to account although the media think that it is their job and are doing their best to make him redundant. As NZ Herald senior writer, David Fisher, noted in a lengthy feature article, Bloomfield is the first medical doctor to head the Ministry of Health for several years — since Dr Karen Poutasi had the job from 1995 to 2006. The Minister of Health, David Clark, meanwhile, slutshamed by his prime minister for disobeying orders to stay at home, is also a doctor — of philosophy. Ironic, no? He studied theology before completing his PhD at the University of Otago. If a doctor makes a good director of health, does the Broadcasting Minister, Kris Faafoi, gain any an advantage in having been a television journalist? Before going into politics and winning a by-election for Labour in 2010 to succeed Luamanuvao Winnie Laban in the Mana electorate, Faafoi was a reporter for TVNZ. He trained at the Broadcasting School in Christchurch, the home of hype for a generation of New Zealand radio and television reporters. After taking over the broadcasting portfolio when Clare Curran selfdestructed in September 2018, among his first tasks was to meekly accept TVNZ’s decision not to pay a dividend in that financial year. At the same time, he quietly abandoned Curran’s review of NZ on Air’s functions, allowing the funding agency, then led by chief executive Jane Wrightson and chaired by broadcast funding veteran Ruth Harley, to take a dominant role in developing a new “super-sized” public media agency. Based on merging TVNZ and RNZ, now subject to development of a business plan, the new structure would deliver Labour’s long-promised public service television channel — but on the internet, preserving the lucrative prime time for advertising on the mainstream commercial channels. The critical flaw in the plan — the belief that one technology can replace another and the failure to see the internet as a completely new medium that is used differently — would not necessarily be apparent to a television journalist who

Ōtaki College year 7&8 teacher Megan Nelson-Latu leading her class for online learning

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen started work at the beginning of what could be called the screen age. The choice of journalism as a career, moreover, might also indicate an uncritical acceptance of the high value that news media place on their role in society and their dire predicament in the advertising revenue drought under Covid-19 lockdown. Mediaworks’ Newshub quotes Newsroom’s co-editor and former TV3 news boss, Mark Jennings, as saying the country risks losing its journalists and seeing democracy “go to hell in a handbasket” if the Government doesn’t help soon. So desperate is the need for cash flow, journalists have jettisoned their cherished belief that the editorial independence of the Fourth Estate depends on the financial strength of their proprietors. Their scorn for public broadcasters having to go “cap in hand’ to governments for money has been replaced by pleas for “more runway” which sounds so much better, until you remember that airport runways have been turned into jetliner parking lots. The Australian owner of Stuff, publisher of the Dominion-Post and the Horowhena Mail, unashamedly held out its begging bowl. “Donating supports Stuff’s mission to report your stories without fear or favour, and with fierce independence,” wrote Stuff ’s Editorial Director, Mark Stevens. His chief executive, Sinead Boucher, wrote: “As Covid-19 has spread throughout the world, the value of journalism in our society has become incredibly apparent.” The media’s crisis was “existential” — life or death — according to former NZ Herald editor, media commentator and academic, Gavin Ellis. “The need is for cash . . . and cash now.” When it came, the Government’s $50 million media rescue package, announced by Faafoi on Thursday 23 April, contained useful cost subsidies for broadcasters, some little help for websites and nothing at all for newspapers and magazines for which there had been record demand from readers wanting their words and pictures in ink on paper and their news in greater variety and depth than available on screens. As well as being a journalist Faafoi is effectively disadvantaged in having advisers who see the future only on screens near them. Their ban on the distribution and sale of magazines and community newspapers, such as this one, is the most stupid action in all of the government’s response to the coronavirus emergency.

Coming from Faafoi’s advisers in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the ruling that non-daily publications had to cease printing and go-online under Alert Level 4 was made with no understanding of the relationship that readers have with the printed word. Similarly, failure to grasp the emotional bond that listeners have with a favourite radio station or programme lay behind the ministry’s failure to warn Faafoi of the political risks inherent in RNZ’s dumb plan to scupper Concert FM in favour of a youth network. One of the two gold medals won by RNZ at this year’s New York Festivals Radio Awards was for Clarissa Dunn’s Music Alive programme (Concert FM, MondaySaturday, 8pm). The award was for Concert FM’s broadcast of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performance of Chris Cree Brown’s work Phoenix. Written to be the first piece that the CSO would play in the rebuilt Auditorium at the Christchurch Town Hall, it won the award for Best Live Sound. Audio quality is the reason for Concert FM being broadcast in stereo on FM — something clearly not appreciated by the minister’s advisers in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. As for their ban on community newspapers, apparently set to continue through Alert Level 3, they should read Station 11 by Canadian novelist Emily St John Mandel. Published in 2014, it’s about a pandemic like the one we’re in now. Among the first signs of a return to normalcy is a three-page newspaper in which “There were announcements of births and deaths and weddings. A column for bartering: a local man was seeking new shoes in exchange for milk and eggs, someone else had a pair of reading glasses that she was hoping to trade for a pair of jeans, size 6. There was a story about a group of three ferals who’d been sighted to the southwest of town . . .” The community newspaper is the media’s cockroach — it can’t be stamped out, it will keep coming back and it will survive as long as its owners reside in the same place as its readers. If The Listener was such an icon, the Woman’s Day and the Woman’s Weekly so beloved, the daily newspapers so essential to democracy — why were they allowed to fall into foreign ownership? The Government’s answer to that question is far more important than any quick cash handout.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Ōtaki - Education Town a learning eco-system

Ōtaki kura and schools ahead of the game in educational collaboration BY JIM MATHESON A recent government review focused on what’s needed to improve education. One of its findings was the importance of collaboration between schools and the importance of placing the learners, along with their whānau and families, at the heart of education. This broader role sees schools as part of an education eco-system with the school working in close collaboration with other schools in the community, with social service agencies and community groups. In Ōtaki we have this approach well underway already. For the last four years, Te Reanga Ipurangi Ōtaki Education Trust, the schools and kura have been participating in a collaborative venture to strengthen digital literacy in our community. All Ōtaki students have access to digital devices, staff from all the schools and kura have attended professional development sessions, and have had ongoing support within each school, all of it organised by the Trust. Over the coming year we are working together to further strengthen and expand this collaboration for the benefit of all learners in Ōtaki. The government’s vision for the future reinforces the importance of such collaboration and seeks to expand it.

The review findings

Over the last 18 months the government has held a review exploring how to improve education in NZ. The review found that our education system is characterised by high levels of attainment, but this benefit is not shared evenly across our community. Inequity is institutionalised and persists within our education system. This inequity of attainment disproportionately affects young people from Māori, Pasifika and low-income communities. The review found that we are not spending enough money on supporting learners. It found that the Māori immersion sector, despite a lack of adequate support, is proving to be more successful for many Māori learners than the English medium sector.

The way we structure our system by having schools as independent competing entities appears to contribute to creating inequity. This arrangement creates mistrust between schools, limits collaboration, and also limits the capability of the system as whole to learn from its best practices. In addition not all boards are well equipped to carry out the responsibilities of governing a school. The professional skills and capability of our educational leaders and teachers is uneven and we struggle to put our best leaders and teachers with those learners who need it most. We do not have good systems for the growth and development of our leaders and teachers. The review also concluded the government agencies were not as effective as they could be.

The government response

The government response to these issues is to address them through providing extra support and clear and more inclusive goals, rather than by making structural change. It was unable to get agreement across the sector on the sort of structural arrangements needed to future-proof the system. In part the government’s approach recognises that success will come from what principals and teachers do when they engage with young people rather than from what particular governance arrangements may be. Given the government has not changed the way we run schools, the responsibility for addressing inequities in our schools is clearly with boards of trustees and school principals. And so, the government has made significant shifts in what is expected from the education system and from schools. The government’s vision for education, as stated in Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders, is: “Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina – take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality. We are descendants of explorers, discoverers and innovators who used their knowledge to traverse distant horizons. Our learning will be inclusive, equitable

Home-schooling BY PENNY GAYLOR Lockdown has meant many far-reaching changes in our community over the past weeks, including significant changes to how students were schooled. Ōtaki College like all schools around the country utilised the student’s chromebooks in a shift from classroom to online “Home Learning”. For many this was a first ever taste of home-schooling and was done while many parents and caregivers were also facing the various challenges of working from home. Expected, or unexpected, there were technical issues, but at least everyone was in the same boat, if from seperate bubbles. Teachers and school administrators worked hard to ensure everyone had access to devices for homeschooling, and it was all hands to the deck to get class lessons up in the cloud instead of in the classroom. Ōtaki College Principal Andy Fraser reinforced to parents in his emails that they were there to help, “so if you are

concerned or having problems please contact us! Thanks to those parents who have already obtained help - I am sure that this has reduced stress levels.” “Not all young people were ready to launch back into school work. A little and often is a good way to commence, but at the end of the day please do not let school work add stress to your lives while in lock down!” “Physical activity and breaks - this is really important and I encourage you to do this - its great for your bubble to engage in this. “I know that all our situations are different, so during this time just do what you can do. The well-being of your whanau far out weighs anything else,” said Andy.

Key contacts

Andy Fraser mobile 0274 328 829 Marion Lumley mlm@otakicollege. Hamish Wood hwd@otakicollege.

and connected so we progress and achieve advances for our people and their future journeys and encounters. Whaia te pae tawhiti kia tata – Explore beyond the distant horizon and draw it near. The large amount of public input into the review showed New Zealanders wanted an education system that was “more inclusive, equitable, connected and future focussed”. To support this vision the government has proposed the following objectives to help shape the education system. These objectives are: • Learners at the centre of education – learners with their whānau at the centre of education • Barrier-free access – great education opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every learner • Quality teaching and leadership – quality teaching and leadership make the difference for learners and their whānau • Future of learning and work – learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives • World-class inclusive public education – New Zealand education is trusted and sustainable To support schools in achieving this vision the government has committed to a ten-year programme of: • extra funding to support learners • extra support for boards of trustees • strengthening the professional capability of principals • strengthening Māori medium provision • strengthening curriculum provision • strengthening teacher training • strengthening networks and collaboration • supporting schools to be social service hubs • shifting some school property responsibilities from boards of trustees to the Ministry of Education

• strengthening local support for schools through the establishing of a unit with the Ministry of Education focussed on supporting schools to improve performance What does this mean for us? The effect of the objectives is to broaden the purpose of schools. They make equity and the Treaty of Waitangi a central part of school life. The responsibility of schools will be to ensure they have a curriculum that is accessible and engaging for all their students. The other emphasis throughout the government decisions is the valuing and strengthening the role of young people and their whānau in all aspects of school life but particularly around an engaging curriculum. This broader role sees schools as part of an education eco-system with the school working in close collaboration with other schools in the community, with social service agencies and community groups. The vision for our education system gives further impetus to strengthening collaboration across all education in Ōtaki for the benefit of all our community. Important themes common across the recent reviews of education relevant to education in Ōtaki All the reviews place a high value on: • success for every student • an engaging curriculum • tikanga and te reo Māori • trusting the contribution of students and their whānau • seamless transitions across all forms of education • collaboration across schools/kura, leaders, teachers and the community • preparation for life beyond school.

College open for Level 3

making around COVID-19 and the reopening of Ōtaki College. The MoH & MoE have carefully looked at the evidence around COVID-19 and educational settings, and at the experience of other countries in responding to COVID-19 to inform the public health advice to the education sector in planning for a move to Alert Level 3. This is what the MoH & MoE are saying. “Experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over the last three months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults..

As the country moved in to Level 3 of Lockdown schools have reopened for Year 10 students and younger, whose parents and caregivers are essential workers. Andy acknowledged there will be a lot of discussion about how Alert Level 3 school might function. “It was always going to be the case that Alert Level 3 would be much less clear than Alert Level 4 – it is by its nature a partial lifting of limitations and as such creates more grey and more ambiguity. The reason for the approach, as outlined by the Prime Minister, on Monday 20th April, is to find a balance between having schools available for those who need it while minimising the numbers of students attending for public health reasons. Here’s Andy’s overview of how the school is operating in the Level 3. We all have responsibilities to help make practical plans (that work) to keep children and the education workforce safe. Health and safety will be at the forefront of our planning and decision

Full report: Supporting all schools to succeed: Reform of Tomorrow’s Schools system [PDF 2MB] Objectives and actions: Shaping a stronger education system with New Zealanders — English [PDF 904KB]

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Broadband is the new Highway…

Looking Ahead from Lockdown BY PHILLY METEKINGI

BY KAHUKURA KEMP Working as a tikanga Māori organisation means working within an aronga Māori – the direction of seeing the world through a Māori lens. We live in accordance with tikanga tuku iho – customs handed down by our tūpuna. Everything we do is guided by kaupapa and their associated tikanga. This is the time the strength of the kaupapa and tikanga will support us and our students. The wānanga had already read the signs of the impending virus sweeping the world and in accordance with our kaupapa of kaitiakitanga our Emergency Response Team, Te Ohu Haumaru, quietly and efficiently swung into action for the wānanga to accelerate development of our online programmes, take care of staff and students and organise the whole place to prepare for a shutdown. We had already changed a cherished tikanga to greet and meet with each other in the traditional manner – face to face. This way of being enables us to acknowledge each other’s mauri by way of hongi, ruru, hekenga roimata, noho tahi. Ceasing this had been instituted by the tumuaki in full accordance with our tikanga and the approval of consulted kaumātua. We were ready to join the broadband highway. We had excellent, award-winning IT infrastructure to support us as we moved to fully delivering all of our programmes online. The majority of our academic programmes, bar one, are presented to students via noho – residential seminars held on campus or at other sites With the sudden nationwide change to the way we live, we, along with all other education providers are in the midst of sudden, radical change. For students this means that instead of travelling to noho in cars, trucks or vans, computers are the only vehicles of access. For now, broadband is the new highway to transport students to noho. Noho are presented in two semesters and we are planning to present both semesters this year in the online format. Semester 2 will also provide for the face to face experience when we become able to offer that again. Our students have been consulted on what they need, so there is a lot of work ahead of us. We are fortunate in that we have been experimenting with online learning for a while now. One of the compulsory course

In summary

1) Under Level 3, the number of people able to go to work will increase significantly, as needs to happen to get the economy moving again. Everyone else will still be required to stay in their bubble. 2) Schools will open in order to provide for parents who need to go back to work. This means that we will be open for Years 7 and 10 students who no longer have supervision commencing April 29th. *Please note that a survey will come out tomorrow and it is vital you let us know if your child will be returning on this date. 3) Ōtaki College staff will continue to teach online, so nothing will change for student

components for all diploma and degree students is online-only so it is not a totally new and untried experience for some of our staff and many of our students. However, there are huge challenges in replicating the entire noho experience in the online environment , especially for those studies that have not been previously tested in this format. Class materials needed to be reworked and tutors need to develop new technical and presentation skills to be an effective online teacher in a short space of time. Much midnight oil has been burnt. Added to that will be the need to ensure that students’ attention is held and the material fully understood. It is easier in a face-to-face situation to see where energy might be lagging a bit, or some students maybe not comprehending fully the programme content. The pressure on housebound, bubblecontained students is considerable. School work must continue, housework done, food prepared, exercise taken, all in quite confined spaces. And time needs to be made for study. Much is being asked of whānau. From our research to date about how students cope with online learning, the two main revelations have been that students struggle with time management and technical skills, so it will be a further challenge to deal effectively with those and do all we possibly can to see that our students succeed. We’re up for the challenges ahead of us. We have only to look to our traditional stories and proverbs, our historical documents and to our own modern-day experiences to remind us that we are a people of strength and of innovative thought and action to overcome adversity. They serve to inspire and lead us on to new pathways. We are prepared and ready to respond. Our combined kaupapa, especially kotahitanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and rangatiratanga will see us through. Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua Visit us at 144 Tasman Road, Ōtaki when this is over! Phone us at 0800 WĀNANGA Visit our website at Email us at learning. A small number of staff will be at school with those who need to come in and continue to support online learning there. 4) I want to make it clear that we completely support the Government decision on this and our staff will continue to serve our community as best we can but we do have concerns. If your circumstances mean you need to send your child to school, then that is what you should do. 5) We will do our utmost to ensure that everything is as safe as possible for those students who are coming to school. Students will be expected to maintain social distancing while at college (1 metre in the classroom and 2 metres outside). 6) I will email you tomorrow to find out

We are into our fourth week of self isolation here in Aotearoa. I was in Wellington with my boarding family when I heard that we were going into our 4 week lockdown, and to be very honest, I was scared. I was into my 4th week of university and was starting to adapt to my new routine and schedule. My life at that moment revolved around university and my course work. One of my lecturers earlier that week had mentioned that we might be potentially moving to distance learning(online learning) if Covid19 was to further develop in New Zealand. Little did I know that things were going to develop that fast. I had my last class at university on Monday morning and by the afternoon we were in Level 3 and moving into Level 4 lockdown in 48hrs. I decided that I wanted to come back home to Ōtaki for the lockdown to spend that time with my family. The day after we went into lockdown, Massey University announced that we would be going into mid-semester break two weeks early allowing students to get to where they needed to be for the lockdown without the stress of having to attend online classes and lectures. All of my course coordinators also extended due dates by two weeks allowing us more time to finish assignments and submissions. The course I am enrolled in is Creative Media Production and all of my chosen courses are majoring in Film and Television. These courses teach me skills and knowledge that open further doors into the film industry. Knowing that because of Covid19, the film industry has come to a complete stop both in production and in distribution both scared me and made me think about my own future career within the industry. I did stop and ask myself if it was worth it to continue with my degree if there was going to be a film industry to work in. I then looked at the deeper reason I was doing my degree which is to learn new skills and knowledge to be able to tell the stories and whakapapa of my tūpuna and my people through the art of film. I believe that this whakapapa and these stories are worth way more than anything that I could receive within the film industry. Looking into the future of studying at University, a decision has been made to finish off the rest of the first semester via distance learning and we will be commencing our 2nd half of the first semester on Monday the 20th of April, and I am looking forward to seeing what distance learning and alternate learning has to offer me and all other university students. whether your child/ren will need to attend College. It is essential that we know this in advance so that we can plan for the students’ learning and attendance needs. 7) If your child/ren comes to school, they will continue to work online with learning materials provided by their normal teachers. Supervision will be provided by staff who will provide whatever expertise they can - from a distance, of course!. 8) We have continued to deliver devices to students over the past week as well as hard copy work. If there is an issue in your household, let me know and we will work together to get it sorted as soon as possible.

Kei roto mātou i te wiki tuawhā o te mohoatanga ki Aotearoa. I Pōneke au i te taha o taku whānau tuarua i te wā i tauākī te mohoatanga whā wiki. Ā, i te matuku rawa au. I roto au i te wiki tuawhā o te wāhanga tuatahi ki Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa. I te urutau au i roto i aku hōtaka ako, hōtaka ora hoki. Ko te wānanga me ngā mahi o te whare wānaga taku katoa, ao noa, pō noa. I mea mai tētahi o aku kaiwhakahaere, tēnā pea ka haere te katoa o ngā akoranga wānaga i runga i te ipuranga, ā, ka huri tātou ki te ako a whakaaweawe. Engari tē mōhio te tere o ngā āhuatanga i puta. I haere au ki te taku akoranga whakamutunga i te ata o te Rāhina, ā, i te ahiahi i roto a Aoteroa i te taumata toru, nuku ana ki te taumata tuawhā i roto i te 48 haora. I hoki mai au ki te kainga, ki Ōtaki i tērā pō kia noho tahi au me taku whānau mo te katoa o mohoatanga. Te rā whai muri i tō mātou uru ki te mohoatanga, i whakamōhio mai taku whare wānanga i tō mātou uru tōmua ki te whakaata kia āhei ngā tauira te hoki atu ki o rātou kainga, kia kaua e maharahara mō ngā kauwhau me ngā akoranga. I whakamōhio mai aku kaiako i ngā rā hou ki uru atu i ngā tuhinga i ngā aromatawai. Ko te nuinga, he rua wiki i uru atu ki te rā tawhito. Ko te tohu e whai ana e au, ko te ‘Creative Media Production’ ko te nuinga o aku akoranga, he akoranga kiriata, pouaka whakaata rānei. Ka whakaako ēnei akoranga i ngā pukenga i te matauranga kia uru atu ki te ahumahi kiriata. Nā tēnei matenga ‘Covid19’ kua tau tēnei ahumahi i te hanga o ngā kiriata me ngā wāhanga pouaka whakaata ā te whakaputa i tēnei momo hunga pāpāho hoki. I whakamatuku tēnei i au, ko te ahumahi kiriata taku wāheke. I pātai au te pātai, he take kia mutu au i taku tohu? Mehemea kāore he ahumahi kiriata, he aha te take? Engari i tiro hohonu au ki te take i timata au i tēnei tohu. Ā, ko te take, kia ako pūkenga he whakakī i taku kete mātauranga kia āhei au te whakaputa i ngā kōrero i te whakapapa o aku tūpuna mā te pāpāho kiriata. Ā ki āhau nei, he nui ake te taonga o whakapapa o kōrero ki ngā mea ka whiwhi e au i roto i te ahumahi. Nō reira ka tika me whakamutu au i taku tohu. Tiro ana ki ngā rā e heke, ka whakamutu i te wāhanga tuatahi mā te ipurangi, mā te ako a whakaaweawe. Ā ka timata te te haurua tuarua o te wāhanga tuatahi hei te Rāhina 20 o Paengawhāwhā. Kei te hikaka au mō tēnei o ngā ara e whai ana e tātou ngā akonga whare wānanga.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home. In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

O2NL concerns voiced by Manakau residents BY TOM FREWEN Residents of Manakau are concerned that their pleas for improvements to major safety hazards on SHI between Ōtaki and Levin are being ignored. The omission of any reference in the latest Project Update Newsletter from NZTA to the two bridges over the railway line, north of Manakau and south of Ohau, and the dangerous Waikawa Beach Road/SH1 intersection, has prompted them to seek clarification from the Government’s transport agency. The danger from major safety hazards on SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin, aggravated by ever-increasing traffic flows especially at weekends and always including heavy trucks, had long fuelled demand for construction of the O2NL extension to the four-lane expressway north of Ōtaki. After the 02NL project stalled in 2018 following the election of the Labour-New Zealand First government and the appointment of the Green’s Julie Anne Genter as an associate transport minister, National’s Ōtaki MP, Nathan Guy, said: “This section (of SH1) should be a priority because it has claimed 11 lives in the last five years and seriously injured 43 motorists.” Restored in the “New Zealand Upgrade Programme“ — the Government’s $12 billion splurge on infrastructure, unveiled by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Wednesday 29 January — the 02NL project will receive $817 million for the construction of a 24km, four-lane road now called a “highway”, starting at the intersection of Ōtaki’s Taylors Road with SH1 Ōtaki and rejoining SH1 just north of Levin. NZTA expects to start detailed planning next year with construction beginning in 2025 and taking another four years to complete. While the new “highway” will greatly reduce traffic on SH1, which NZTA admits is in the country’s top two percent of high-risk corridors and contains three of its top 100 most dangerous

intersections, that will not happen for a decade. Meantime $40 million, with 10 percent allocated for investigations, will be spent on addressing the safety hazards that have contributed to 49 deaths and serious injuries in the five years to 2017. Initial scoping and design, already underway on the investigation phase, according to NZTA’s April update, will include proposals for “stretches of median barrier” on SH1 between the end of the expressway at Taylors Road through to the intersection with SH57 “excluding Manakau and Ohau, where safety improvements have recently been put in place.” One of these improvements — the removal of a feed-in or shelter lane on SHI for Waikawa Beach Road traffic to turn south into — has actually made that intersection much more dangerous than it was, according to Manakau property owner, Phil Grimmett. Calling it a “death trap”, he says it requires vehicles emerging from Waikawa Beach Rd to interrupt two lanes of traffic to go south to Ōtaki. “This is dicing with death,” he says. “A previous ‘improvement’ has exacerbated the situation. There needs to be a redesign of this intersection in the near future. A 10-year delay for real safety improvements is not acceptable.” There is no mention of this intersection in NZTA’s latest update and, as for the two bridges over the railway line, Manakau resident, Judy Webby, says there is no funding for safety improvements to either of them. One of eight Manakau residents to attend a meeting with NZTA project managers at the Horowhenua District Council (HDC) office in Levin on Friday 13 March, Ms Webby says the bridges are only intended to be included in discussions with NZTA “sometime in the future” about what happens to SH1 after it becomes the council’s responsibility as a local road.

Kapiti Coast COVID-19 Helpline If you live in Kāpiti and are struggling to get the essentials you need (such as food or medication) because of the COVID-19 restrictions, please call our Council welfare support helpline on 0800 486 486. This call centre is available between 7.00am–7.00pm, seven days a week.

We are a registered and recognised funeral provider as per covid 19 requirements, and provide options for whanau to farewell their loved ones. As always we are still answering our phone 24/7, so please feel free to ring us with any queries or concerns you may have. We are here to help you and offer professional advice, while we support one another during this time

Te Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa

Changes to our Service The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has made the tough decision to cease our face-to-face service to walk-in clients (including clinics) due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This is about putting the safety of our people, clients and communities first during the Covid-19 outbreak. However, you can still access the CAB service in Ōtaki by phone and email. You can phone us free anytime, including from a mobile, on 0800 367 222 and 06 364 8664

or email us anytime at . We will get back to you Monday to Friday (except public holidays) between the hours of 10.00 am and 1 pm. You can also find lots of great information, including information about the impact of Covid-19, on our website ( We will be reviewing this situation regularly to assess when it is safe to resume our face-to-face service and we will advise you when we return to our full service

We will be doing all we can in the current circumstances to help whanau have a meaningful farewell for their loved one Regular updates at Kia Kaha Otaki

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Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

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

LIBRARIANS CHOICE The Woman in the Green Dress

Babylon Berlin

by Tea Cooper (ebook available)

by Volker Kutscher (ebook available)

Reviewed by Tiriata Set in NSW this novel follows two separate but connected timelines.The first story is set in 1853, where taxidermist Della works out of her isolated Mago Creek property. Bereft at the loss of her parents, Della has no wish to return to Sydney. But the arrival of Captain Stefan von Richter - on a quest to retrieve what could be Australia’s first opal - sees Della return to the city. There she discovers her poisonous Aunt Cordelia, is selling more than curiosities at the Curio Shop of Wonders. The second timeline is set in 1919. Fleur, a young English war widow, reluctantly travels to Sydney to sort out her late husband’s affairs. There she finds herself in the company of a damaged soldier Kip - and together they begin to unravel the real story behind her inheritance. Family secrets, dastardly deeds, a precious opal and a woman in a green dress…this is a great read.

Lockdown Memoirs It has been a few weeks now since lockdown began, and we will continue in a similar position for a few more weeks to come. While there is a valid reason for it, It has posed challenges for everyone, including the veterinary industry and pet owners. Skeleton staffing and the directive to only see urgent cases, while having no face to face contact with clients has proven possible but difficult nevertheless. In light of recent experiences in the clinic we would like to talk about a few topics. Normally we advise pet owners to not feed bones to their pets. This is because at work we regularly see the result - dogs mainly, with upset tummies in the best case scenario, but more often than not with life-threatening intestinal blockages. These require sedation, x-rays, sometimes repeatedly, and aggressive treatment consisting of intravenous fluids, pain relief and abdominal surgery to remove the blockage. Depending on the severity and

Offshore: A Short Story Collection

The Road to Grantchester

by Ann Cleeves (ebook available)

by James Runcie (ebook available)

It’s 1929 and Berlin is the vibrating metropolis of post-war Germany—full of bars and brothels and dissatisfied workers at the point of revolt. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department. When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath sees a chance to find his way back into the homicide division. He discovers a connection with a circle of oppositional exiled Russians who try to purchase arms with smuggled gold in order to prepare a coup d’état. But there are other people trying to get hold of the gold and the guns, too. Rath finds himself up against paramilitaries and organized criminals. He falls in love with Charlotte, a typist in the homicide squad, and misuses her insider’s knowledge for his personal investigations. And as he gets further entangled with the case, he never imagined becoming a suspect himself.

Offshore is a striking collection of short stories, all set on islands off the coast of the UK, and features cases for both DI Jimmy Perez on Shetland, and DI Willow Reeves on Uist in the Outer Hebrides. In ‘Stranded’, set on Hilbre near Liverpool, a young man’s first love vanishes. In ‘Hector’s Other Woman’, on Holy Island, we meet a young Vera before she becomes DI Vera Stanhope, and discover how she decides to enter the police force. One of the stories, ‘Postcard from Stockholm’, is written by Lynne Chitty, winner of Pan Macmillan’s Bello imprint’s short story competition, who introduces Ann Cleeves’ beloved characters George and Molly Palmer-Jones to new readers. Ann Cleeves deftly captures the spirit of each island setting, and offers us a compelling new collection of mysteries.

The captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series follows the life, loves and losses of a young Sidney Chambers in post-war London It is 1938, and eighteenyear-old Sidney Chambers is dancing the quickstep with Amanda Kendall at her brother Robert’s birthday party at the Caledonia Club. No one can believe, on this golden evening, that there could ever be another war. Returning to London from the war seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross, and lost his best friend on the battlefields of Italy. The carefree youth that he and his friends were promised has been blown apart, just like the rest of the world – and Sidney, carrying a terrible, secret guilt, must decide what to do with the rest of his life. The touching, engaging and surprising origin story of the Grantchester Mysteries’ beloved Archdeacon Sidney Chambers, The Road to Grantchester will delight new and old fans alike.

damage caused by the blockage sometimes removing part of the intestines or stomach might be needed. There is also the risk of infection of the abdominal cavity from severely damaged and leaking intestines. These are lifethreatening situations. As noted before, during lockdown we are limited in staff. It is a lot harder to deal with scenarios like the above efficiently while still being available for other urgent cases to be seen. The whole bone blockage scenario is preventable. Please do not feed bones to your pets. Ever. But especially during lockdown. Another topic playing on our minds is vaccinations. Yes, we have had the directive by the NZ Vet Council to postpone routine yearly vaccinations. There have been outbreaks of Parvovirus in the Wellington area recently and we have seen some cases pre-lockdown from Levin and Foxton.

Parvovirus destroys cells of the intestines and leads to life-threatening bloody diarrhea. The mortality rate is extremely high, even with intense treatment. This is a serious threat to our dogs, puppies especially. We ask you, if you have adult dog that is not up to date with their vaccinations, please do not walk them in public where they are exposed. And if you have an unvaccinated puppy or kitten, please contact your vet to arrange vaccination.

We need to provide our puppies and kittens with their first vaccinations to give them a first line of protection. With a lift in lockdown levels we are hoping we will be able to slowly move our way back into providing not only life saving treatment but also life enhancing and well-being options. Stay home. Stay safe. We are here for you if you need us.

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All C.O.F. Work Transport & General Engineering Tel: 06/368 2037 or 06/368 1591 (24hrs)

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Call Mike Watson Free 0800 620 720 or Otaki 364 8886 Find me at: Or like at:

BIRTHRIGHT OP SHOP 23 Matene Street, Otaki Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm Saturday 10am – 1pm

Good/Used clothing for sale Baby clothing $1

Adult shoes $3 - $5

Children’s clothing $2

Lots of bric-a-brac from $1

Adult clothing $4

Assortment of antiques for sale

(or as priced)

We are always looking for volunteers to help in our shop – please see the Shop Manager for an application form.

Ōtaki Churches welcome you ANGLICAN

364 8886

Your trusted local crash repair specialist using the latest up-to-date equipment and technology • PPG Water Borne Paint System • (Environmentally Friendly) • Spray Booth • 3D Measuring System • Chassis Straightening Machine • Inverter Spot Welder • Crash Repairs • Rust Repairs • Plastic Welding • Free Courtesy Cars • All Insurance/Broker Work

It's your vehicle, you can tell your insurer who you want to use – Keep it local, call us today

Simon Taylor: Owner/Manager 3 Arthur St, Otaki Ph 06 36 47495


Ōtaki 9.30am 47 Te Rauparaha St 1st and 3rd Sundays Eucharist 9.30am Te Horo St Margarets 38 School Rd 2nd and 4th Sundays Eucharist 9.30am Manakau St Andrews 23 Mokena Kohere St 5th Sunday 9.30am Eucharist Ōtaki Rangiatea Church Services 37 Te Rauparaha St Sunday Eucharist: 9am Church viewing hours, school terms: Mon–Fri 9.30am–1.30pm tel office: 364 6838 email:

Acts Churches The HUB Tel: 364 6911 ShannonTurongo Church, Poutu Marae 157 Tasman Rd, Ōtaki 10.15am Family service Shannon/Foxton Highway 10.15am Big Wednesday 3rd Sunday 11.30am Baptist Levin Ngatokowaru Marae Tel: 364 8540 Hokio Beach Road Cnr Te Manuao Road/SH1 4th Sunday 11am 10am service CATHOLIC Ōtaki St Mary’s “Pukekaraka” 4 Convent Road Weekend Mass Sunday Mass 10am Kuku St Stephens Last Sunday of the month, 9am

Presbyterian Rev. Peter L. Jackson Tel: 364 6346 249 Mill Rd, Ōtaki Worship: 11am Cafe Church: 2nd Sunday, 10.45am


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

WANT TO EARN SOME EXTRA INCOME? Reliable distributors wanted for part time work delivering catalogues and mailers into household letterboxes, in Ōtaki. You’ll be delivering for Reach Media - an established National Distribution Company Call / Text: John 027 266 3916 Email:

Hartley Electrical Contracting Ltd Otaki

General electrical contractors for all your electrical requirements Domestic • Commercial Industrial • Farm


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WINDOW: Hinges replaced & new catches fitted KEYS: cut LOCKS: repaired or new locks fitted

Phone Sam Whitt NOW

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Specialised repair No Travel Charge

We provide a 24 hour service, we do have standard office hours but sometimes you need us immediately. Our four funeral directors are professionally qualified and live locally in this region, Graham grew up in Otaki. We have purpose built facilities, our own chapel, lounges and a crematorium, located at the cemetery. We will provide the funeral you want, we’re not here to tell you what to do, We’re here to help you with all details and make sure your loved one has a fitting farewell. In �mes of need we are here to help.

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John, Merryn, Andrew, Graham, Diane, Rodney

It’s about being there in times of need


Ōtaki Mail – May 2020

Keeping it real during level 4 BY NIKKI LUNDIE These sure are strange and uncertain times as we hunker down in our respective bubbles. As with all other non-essential businesses, the Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club has remained closed. Even though we’re officially out of season, the clubbies would normally be celebrating the end-of-season prize giving, keeping fit in the pool and taking part in a range of skills-based training. But with everything closed, we’ve had to use our own initiatives to keep fit within our bubbles so that when we do get back to ‘normal’, we will be on track to pick up from where we left off. There have been at-home circuits and cross-fit sessions, online HIIT and yoga classes

and even inter-bubble long-distance running challenges (within the confines of the neighborhood of course). In addition to fitness, it’s been a great time to slow down, appreciate the little things, spend quality time together and even develop new skills – anyone need a digger driver or fencing apprentice? Last month a team of 11 Ōtaki lifeguards attended the TSB Nationals Surf Life Saving Championships at Midway Beach, Gisborne. It is the pinnacle Surf Lifesaving event of the season with almost 1,400 athletes registered to attend this iconic event. Our dedicated team trained for 10 months to prepare for this event, and their commitment paid dividends with the team

winning a total of 10 medals - 1 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze. Congratulations Iron Squad, we’re super proud of you! On that positive note, we hope you’re all keeping safe and well and we look forward to seeing you on the beach as soon as possible. Stay positive Ōtaki, we’ve got this! Ōtaki lifeguards at the TSB National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Gisborne

Locals’ Backyard Sports and Training

Cody and Lucas Mildenhall keeping up with their basketball training in their backyard

Aaron Moy, Ōtaki Golf Club’s top ranked competitive player, putting in the practise during Lockdown to maintain his 1 Handicap

Meanwhile Te Whiti Ra Legends kept up their fitness with setting up challenges for their whanau (above and below)

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