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Ōtaki Girls’ Theatrical Success

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Parekawa Finlay and Ari Leason show their talents.

BY SARAH DELAHUNTY, writer/director I’ve been working in theatre a long time now and of course there have been experiences that are remembered as highlights. Working with Parekawa Finlay and Ari Leason on their entry in the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival has been one of them. I already knew them as pretty remarkable young women, so when they asked for a hand with their entry, I agreed. They were thinking of the scene in Othello where he murders his wife Desdemona in a jealous rage. I asked Pare if they were really keen to enact yet another example of male violence against women and put like that, she naturally said no. I said I’d take the scene and sort out something else. So I did. It wasn’t hard. The words all needed to be Shakespeare’s so I picked out moments showing Othello’s use of power and Desdemona’s lack of it, added in words of accusation from her maid after Desdemona’s death, and built up an indictment of

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male violence with the aim of empowering the young women on stage. To make it their statement. The rest of the big success they have had was created by the two of them. They worked incredibly hard from the moment of getting the script. We live in different towns, I was rehearsing a play in Wellington and they lead very full lives. Rehearsals were not easy to arrange but they did the work together. Learnt the whole thing fast, took on all that was offered in the way of direction and made it their own. The week before the Regional Festival they were both sick and we had no final rehearsal. I couldn’t get to the event myself. I thought possibly what we had put together was too different to be popular. But no - they were the performance picked to go to the National Festival. A great moment. I finally saw them perform at the Nationals in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington. Our scene was pretty different from everything else there. And they shone

- winning two awards, most imaginative and innovative production and the Sheilah Winn Trophy for Most Thought Provoking Performance. And Pare has been selected for the week-long workshop in October from which a group are selected to go to the Globe Theatre in London - Ari is too young to be eligible this year. These are wonderful opportunities and successes, but I get the feeling that the performances they did locally in Ōtaki, the feedback from people who identified with what was presented, the support they got from people around them, was as meaningful to them as the awards which they collected on the Michael Fowler Centre stage in their gumboots. And to me, it’s this perspective that makes them remarkable young women, and capable of bringing such strength, clarity and understanding to their performance.

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The Ōtaki Mail commends Sarah, Pare and Ari for their success.

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Matariki atua ka eke mai i tē rangi e roa, e Whangainga iho ki tē mata ō tē tau e roa Divine Matariki come forth from the far-off heaven. Bestow the first fruits of the year upon us. Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster and also of the season of its first rising in late May or early June. This is a marker of the beginning of the Maori new year. There are many legends about Matariki with the most popular one being that the mother star – Matariki – is surrounded by her six daughters, and journey across the sky once a year to visit their grandmother Earth. They bring her gifts, life force or energy to help her throughout the year. In turn they learn new skills which they guard and pass on. For us living here in Ōtaki the Māori New Year is marked by the appearance of Matariki twinkling above the Tararua . It is a time for rebirth and commitment: to ourselves, our whānau and our community. For Matariki, the Māoriland Hub will mark Matariki with a month long series of events for our community to connect, participate and collaborate. The Maoriland Hub helps us all celebrate this renewal of life force with exhibitions, storytelling and art. Tātai Whetū is an arts exhibition of Toi Māori and Toi Taketake. A correlation of new and historical artworks from established and emerging Māori artists from Ōtaki and the Kāpiti Coast as well as Wellington, Horowhenua and Manawatu regions. Tātai Whetū will be at the Toi Matarau Māori Art Gallery at the Māoriland Hub with the exhibition open from 6pm on June 27. A special feature will be the series of four Artist Kōrero starting from June 27 – July 4. The first of the Tātai Whetū Artist Kōrero Series is He Kāpehu whetū kei ōku ringa – Storytelling through whakapapa and body adornment by Keri-Mei Zagrobelna. Keri-Mei’s chosen medium is adornment and jewellery based and is a co-founder of The HinePae-Kura Collective. Series two focuses on Kete Aronui – Māori Art Philosophy and is an intimate evening with Debra Bustin speaking about her 40-year journey as a practicing artist and her guiding philosophies. Series three explores the Gems of Mataariki by Neke Moa and is a discussion on sustainability of natural resources in the Pacific and how climate change and colonisation has impacted on those who rely on those resources to support their families and communities. The final series, Toi Taketake – Te Mana o Te Wai by Sequoia Hauck is a multi-disciplinary insulation performance from a young Anishinaabe artist from Minnesota who focuses on creating theatre and performance art that looks at decolonising the process of making art as a way of

Editorial Kids As Leaders Recently the world has been shown kids in action. Kids taking control of what they think is important and kids showing we adults, leadership. No longer are they content to sit and watch. Now they are claiming their place in the world demanding to be heard, demanding action and showing that being young is no barrier to leadership. Firstly there was the international strike by students over climate change led by Greta Thunberg of Sweden who as a 15 year old activist started to demonstrate outside the Swedish Parliament against Government’s inaction over climate change. It was under her leadership that students across the world went on strike demanding action. Demanding that those ‘older people’ in positions of power and responsibility, not only listen to their young voices but heed them, and take action. The grey men and women who run the world are also destroying their future. Here in Ōtaki we have also seen kids in action. Ōtaki students went on strike in support of Greta’s call to arms and more recently some Ōtaki student’s organised a 40 hour football challenge ‘Football for Famine’. The money raised from this marathon football match is to go to World Vision. Their idea. Their work. Their success and their leadership. In Wellington there is news of an influx of young people putting their hands up to stand for their local council. Newly elected young MPs are now making waves in spite of their youth, Chlőe Swarbrick at 24 and Golriz Ghahraman at 38, and National’s Simeon Brown, 26 are three who now bring the average age of our parliament down to 49. America has the youngest ever member of Congress at 29. She too, is making waves as only the young can do. From Greta and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, our young footballers to our own youthful prime minister and MPs, let’s celebrate and enable a new wave of young people making decisions on their worlds and as a result on ours. We can all learn from their youth, their passion, their anger, their ability and we can also enable them, not ignore them. Theirs is the voice of the future and we older people can only look to our past. Give them a shot and embrace their passion. Any young people out there ready to put their hands up?

healing past and future generations. Maakarita Paku, the Māoriland Kaitiaki Toi of the exhibition says the exhibition “seeks to engage positive responses from the community, and is a creative space for dialogue and opportunities to prosper.” Exhibiting Artists Sonia Snowden, Huhana Smith, Kohai Grace, Elaine Bevan, Ezra Bevan, Pip Devonshire, Hinepuororangi Tahuparae, Neke Moa, Miriama Grace-Smith, Sian Montgomery-Neutze, Vianney Parata, Pania Barrett, Johnny Hauraki, Karangawai Marsh, Hemi Macgregor, Aria Parker, Jacob Wilkins-Hodges, Tracey Patete, Leah Warbrick, Lorna Tawhiti, Ron Te Kawa, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Debra Bustin, Keil Cas, Jamie Berry, Pikihuia Haenga, Maakarita Paku, Sequoia Hauck, Te Kura Māori o Porirua, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito. On the 29th June the newest and hottest Maori showband on the entertainment scene will be bringing their hilarious show to the Māoriland Hub. The Māori Sidesteps offer up a fresh take and a political spin on some old familiar party tunes and new and original, foot-stomping music. This incredible group entertains crowds with soulful harmonies and laugh out loud stand-up comedy. On the 4th July Matariki at the Māoriland Hub will also see the launch of the Wahine Toa Superhero Comic created by local Superhero reader Tapahia Heke and the Māoriland Charitable Trust. In this comic Tapahia sits down with 14 Māori wāhine from across Aotearoa and describes their superpowers. Working across a range of different disciplines (business, design, iwi development, film, education), these wāhine share a common dedication to working for their communities and show that the skills for success take many different forms. The Wāhine Toa comic is an inspiration piece created to empower, enable, and energise our young girls and wāhine everywhere. Also part of Matariki at the Māoriland Hub is the Kia Ngāwari – Humble Warrior Yoga Tour 2019 is the first of its kind to travel the country with a purpose to offer Hauora/Wellbeing of yoga and connection by Studio Red Yoga Teachers Taane Mete, Buster Caitcheon and Juan Diaz. The two-hour workshop on the 16th July is an offering of Vinyasa, Yin and meditation for all levels including waiata, karakia and live music.

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• Ōtaki WI for the beanies they knitted for the City Mission Night Shelter • Ōtaki Toy Library – finalist in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards • The shortest day has passed • People who pick up discarded rubbish on the streets

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Ōtaki Library Events:

What's ON

• Books and Bickies: our informal book group meets on the second Friday of the month, 10.30 -11.30am. We talk about the books we have read and have morning tea. • Skills Café: the fourth Friday of the month. We have a guest who shares a different craft or skill every month. These are mostly hands-on workshops. Registration is usually required. • JP service: A JP is here every Monday between 10.30am – 12.30pm • Age Concern, are here every second Thursday of the month, 10am - 12pm • Greypower, are here every first and third Thursday of the month, 10.30am – 1.30pm • Poetry Competition, entries until end June

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Te Horo Country Garden Tour is back This popular event is planned for later this year, and promises to be even bigger and better, with gardens open to the garden-loving public over two days, the 16th and 17th November. Te Horo lends itself to events such as this, with the wide variety of soil and climatic conditions within a relatively small area. From coastal properties to gardens set high in the hills, from sandy soils and rocky river-beds to fertile loams, there’ll be much to admire and learn from.

Zumba lovers at Te Horo Hall

Parking update

Te Horo Talk wrote last month about driving and parking around Te Horo School, particularly at drop off and pick up time. Although mostly positive, reports have later emerged of problem parking, particularly at the bus only bay, and drivers parking diagonally in parks across the road. This means other parents are unable to park – some consideration, respect and courtesy is needed here.

Drinks and Nibbles

Te Horo’s iconic monthly social gathering is on Friday, 5 July, 5.30 pm at Te Horo Hall. Bring a plate of finger food to share and something to drink – everyone welcome.

• Tātai Whetu Exhibition opens June 27 – July 26 • Kete Aronui - July 3, 6-8pm • Toi Taketake - July 4, 7-8pm • Nga Pūariki O Mataariki, Te Mana O Te Wai -July 4 6-7pm. • Whakapapa – quilt workshop - July 13-14, 10am – 5pm • Kia Ngawāri – Humble Warrior Yoga Tour – July 16 – 2-4pm • Public Forum -Food For Thought: He Whakaaro Kai - July 17 at Ōtaki College Staffroom 233 Mill Rd, 7pm - 8:30pm, followed by supper. Koha collected on the night will go to the Ōtaki Foodbank.(see page 21) • Ōtaki Museum RSA exhibition Opens July 1 Thurs – Sat 10am – 2pm

• Regular Events

• Ōtaki Women‘s Community Club market. SH1 every Sunday 9am – 3pm • Waitohu Dune Care Group Mondays, north Otaki Beach 9-11 • The Hope Cafe 19 Aotaki St Thurs 3-5 Creative workshops for the non- arty

The popularity of dance classes is on the increase (maybe the influence of this year’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’), and a new super-energetic Zumba class starts on Saturday mornings (9.15 am) at Te Horo Hall. For further information about Zumba Strong you can contact Tammy 027 2404121. Zumba classes continue on Wednesday and Friday morning at 9.15 am at the hall, with dance-goers reporting “great benefit from the regular dance routines.”

Catching Mary Poppins Jnr

Hope you all caught Te Horo School’s great musical production ‘Mary Poppins Jnr.’ Led by the hugely experienced Jacqui Simpson, supported by parents and teachers, the forty four strong cast and their crew (aged 9 to 13) had worked long and hard (since March) to create this iconic stage presentation. The show followed a history of Te Horo School Broadway musical productions: ‘Annie Jnr” in 2017, and ‘Madagascar Jnr’ in 2018, and featured our favourites such as ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ and ‘A Spoonful of Sugar,’ and the wonderful ‘Supercalifragilistic…’ see review p19 Mary Poppins: A chimney sweeps holiday! The young sweeps sing and dance Chim Chim Cher-ee

Celebrating all things Dutch!


The Netherlands is a tiny low lying country, intensively settled and developed, and with the highest population per square mile of any Country in the world! They have made the most of a ‘swamp’, much of it below sea level! NZ too has benefitted hugely from our Dutch connection and settlement. Hard working, accomplished, knowledgeable, open and sharing, so many industries owe their excellence to strong Dutch input. Think dairying, flower growing, egg production, poultry, engineering, and many many other fields of business. A week of Cycling around the cities, historic towns, rural roads, and canal banks has shown us what is possible with separate cycle lanes, millions of people cycle every day, to work, to school, socially, to the grocery store, teenagers, oldies, businessmen, families! An amazing sight. Grant Robertson

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Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Kia ora

With so much construction work going on, it’s been great to have the opportunity to switch hats and be involved in the creative side of the PP2O project. The community reveal of the Ōtaki Gateways Project – a public arts work development – was delivered at the June Ōtaki Community Board meeting and has been met with good support. The Steering Group represents all parts of the Ōtaki community and has worked hard to incorporate integral strands of Ōtaki history in the final design.

The design of the six-metre high sculptures, to be located at the north and south ends of Otaki township, represent the attributes which have

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shaped Ōtaki such as the three magnificent waterways, horticulture and other industry, and of course its people, which its success has been built on. Aggregates from the river will be used in the concrete sculpture, embedding the DNA of Ōtaki within, and further community input will be sought with the inclusion of time capsules. It has been a privilege to work with the community on the Gateways Project and for Fletcher to facilitate the design through to the installation of the sculptures which will occur in 2021. If you need any further information on the PP2Ō Expressway Project please visit our website (where you can sign up for digital updates), call us on 0800 PP2O INFO or email Ngā mihi, Andy Goldie, Project Manager

‘The Ramp’ demolition

The demolition of ‘The Ramp’, the Main Road North road/rail bridge got underway on June 10 and was completed on June 19. ‘The Ramp’ was built in 1936–37 by well-known builder Ted Menzies who built four bridges throughout the Horowhenua region. The installation of the bridge opened up access to and from Ōtaki and had a significant impact on growing industry.

Construction update

North Zone (north of the Ōtaki River to Taylors Road) Enabling works have kicked off for Bridge 1 (Waitohu Stream Bridge) and we’ll soon begin construction of the southern abutment. Earthworks continue between Bridge 1 and Bridges 2/3 (over the expressway and rail) and architectural panels have been placed on Bridges 2/3. Moving south, the old Main Road North rail overbridge (‘The Ramp’) has been demolished and removed from site. Bridge 4 (Rāhui Road overbridge) eastern abutment is now constructed to full height, ready for concrete works and bridge beam placement.

In the southernmost section of the job, we’ve begun earthworks between Te Kōwhai and Te Hāpua Roads for the new local arterial road alignment. Once completed later this year, we will temporarily switch all state highway traffic onto the new alignment, so we can then construct the expressway bridge that will cross west to east over the railway. Long haul earthworks also continue, and the Awatea pre-load is in its second stage, alongside SH1. The 70km/h speed limit in place is important given the close proximity to SH1 and the driver distraction that can be caused by the big machinery. Once again, thank you for your patience and extra attention.

Hemi Te Ao Lane’s Rāhui Road access will temporarily close from July, with alternative access off SH1. Works have kicked off for the realignment of the northern end of the existing platform at the Ōtaki Station and permanent fencing is now in place. South Zone (south of the Ōtaki River to Peka Peka) Ōtaki River Bridge continues to plough ahead, with side panels being placed and works ramping up on the northern side. Just south, tie-in works continued on Ōtaki Gorge Road with eagerly awaited fine weather allowing the pavements to be completed and traffic to be switched over to the new alignment (stage 1). Bridge beams have been placed on the new Ōtaki Gorge Road Bridge (that will go over the expressway) in preparation for the second Ōtaki Gorge Road traffic switch later this year (stage 2). The midsection of the south is a hive of activity, with culvert construction, utility installations and dumper crossings. The safety of the community and our staff in the area is a priority and due to this there are a number of temporary speed limits in place. We appreciate your patience and extra attention on the roads.

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Ōtaki Community Health Trust Grants The Trustees of the Ōtaki Community Health Trust (ŌCHT) are pleased to announce the following grants to Ōtaki College. The grants include a special donation for health purposes from Ms Debra Delglyn, in memory of her grandfather, the late Dr K H Gill of Auckland and Great Britain. This donation was facilitated by a professional relationship between Ms Pip Martin, trustee of OCHT and Ms Delglyn. The Ōtaki Community Health Trust in conjunction with the Delglyn grants, has granted funds for the Manukura GPS boys leadership/ mentoring. Funding for this group would be used to purchase resources to enhance a group of 20 boys, creating a sense of pride, unity and wellbeing. Revolution Tour, a Performing Arts Group. Apopo group, for travel Christchurch-Wellington for six facilitators and includes accommodation for 2 nights Positive Education – Visit Kings College, for developing and supporting wellbeing across the school. Three students and one staff member will visit Kings College in Auckland, building connections and relationships with students currently living ‘Positive Education’. This will provide an opportunity for students to take ownership and collaborate on how to build wellbeing and positive education at Ōtaki College. Mental Health First Aid – CoLiberate for six Participants In all, the total of grants to the college was $9,751 of which $4,811 was from the special fund of Debra Delglyn and $4,940 from the ŌCHT.

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GP’s assessing patients over the phone Urgent appointments to be triaged

Ōtaki Medical Centre has introduced a phone based triage assessment system that sees patients sent for blood tests, x-rays and receiving diagnosis and prescriptions without visiting a GP. Triage is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition.The new service determines the needs of patients who request an urgent or same day appointment, before they come into the practice. Patients who ring for an urgent or same day appointment will receive a call shortly after from one of the GPs (where possible the patients GP) to discuss their medical complaint and determine the next steps. If it is able to be resolved over the phone, it is. If it is determined by the triaging GP that the patient urgently needs to see a GP face to face, the patient will be seen on the day. A trial of the new service began in December 2018 and has achieved better than expected results. For example, of the 187 triage events in April, 64 were resolved over

the phone. The previous procedure saw patients being triaged by a nurse at the practice prior to seeing a GP at additional cost to the patient. Ōtaki Medical Centre hope patients will find the triage service convenient as well as cost and time saving. This is a patient focussed service and together with initiatives such as the ManageMyHealth patient portal is a part of the design to provide a more convenient service to the community. The cost for the telephone service is the same as a standard consult, however, if the patient requires an urgent face to face appointment, there will be one fee only for services supplied on the same day. Ōtaki Medical Centre welcomes feedback from users of this service as we strive to improve the patient experience.

Forum for Health Members of the Ōtaki community provided valuable feedback and insight during a public forum organised by MidCentral DHB recently. The Health and Wellbeing Forum, which was attended by Ōtaki people, Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group members and MidCentral DHB and Central PHO staff, was held at the Memorial Hall’s Supper Room on Thursday 16 May. The purpose of the forum was to gain feedback about current health and wellbeing issues and to update Ōtaki people on progress made towards priority areas identified within the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Plan, which was formed during MidCentral DHB’s Locality Planning process in 2017. These priority areas included: • Access to Healthcare – having easy access to healthcare when people need it; • Mental Health and Addiction – improved Mental Health and Addiction support in communities; • Better Communication and Connection – quality communications and connections between health services, people, whānau and communities; • Healthy Living – a well community where everyone is supported to have quality living and healthy and active lives. Attendees were given a presentation by DHB staff and then had the opportunity to give feedback at a variety of information stations throughout the hall. During the forum, community members also had the opportunity to ask senior DHB staff about current issues affecting health and wellbeing of individuals and

whānau within Ōtaki. Feedback about current issues included logistical issues in getting to appointments outside of Ōtaki, calls for more support systems and challenges around access to low cost housing. Confusion about when Ōtaki and Te Horo residents are able to access services from Capital and Coast DHB was also highlighted. This is an area that MidCentral DHB staff will be working on over coming months, to ensure that service providers within both DHB areas and the general public all have access to clear guidelines around this. Angela Rainham, Locality and Population Health Manager at MidCentral DHB, said it was pleasing to see members of the community taking such an active role in improving health and wellbeing in Ōtaki. “We really appreciate the candid, forthright nature of the feedback we recieved from the people who attended the forum. It was evident those in attendance were very passionate about the health and wellbeing of the Ōtaki community.” “The next step for the DHB will be to collate and analyse this feedback alongside that gathered from engagement with other groups within the community. It will then be used to inform future planning of appropriate areas within the DHB.” Although forums provide a good opportunity to provide feedback, MidCentral DHB is open to speaking to Ōtaki people about issues affecting health and wellbeing at any time. Feedback can be provided to Angela Rainham by emailing or


Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Penny's Piece

There was plenty of action afoot on the recent GWRC Environment Committee agenda – all of it about the mitigation or adaption to the perils of climate change. Here’s a slice of the action from Regional Council. Restoration Day was held in Waikanae on 18 May, with the them this year being Caring for our Coast. Speakers issued a range of calls to action – to get busy on climate change, to collaborate and get together more (particularly community restoration groups with iwi) and to shift our thinking when it comes to coastal erosion. Rock groyne repairs have been completed along the Hutt River

Page: Ōtaki and KCDC, with further workshops being established with KCDC to discuss the planning control measures described in the FMP. The next step for this project is to run a series of public events and to speak to specific landowners about the FMP options and current status. On the compliance and enforcement front, GWRC issued four Infringement Notices to the Transmission Gully Project for repeated non-compliance, both in procedures and management of erosion and sediment controls onsite, resulting in discharges of sediment-laden water into streams.

Formal warnings have also been issued to NZTA and the Wellington Gateway Partnership in relation to these incidents, which occurred in January, February and March. Site preparation for the winter planting at Queen Elizabeth Park has been completed. Some 12,000 plants will be planted by schools, corporate and community participants, and another 3,000 along stream banks. But wait there’s more – we’re also planting out a further 8.2 hectare area in the Park on the Maclean Trust site and other park areas by contractors in conjunction with Groundtruth – a local Paekakariki company.

Gateways. The idea at the time was to create iconic features that were Gateways to Ōtaki at our northern and southern offramp areas. Distinctive enough that they would “put us on the map”, be photographed and seen around the world. Think the tin sheep at Tirau, the gumboot at Taihape, carrot at Ohakune… only more elegant! Done well, the Gateway Sculptures would attract people off the expressway and into Ōtaki to explore them further and of course while they’re here they may as well get petrol, grab a coffee or a bite to eat and do a spot of shopping, thus contributing to our

local economy. Now I’d be the first to admit that some will drive straight past, but the sculptures, standing at 6 metres high will leave an impression in the minds of those travelling through and I’m sure pique the curiosity of some to come back one day when they have time and visit our lovely town and see what the sculptures are all about. The sculptures will also signal that you are going through Ōtaki. I use Waikanae as an example in the sense that you could drive right through on the expressway and not even realise you’ve been through Waikanae. The Sculptures will create a sense of “arrival”

at our Northern and Southern entry’s. There will also be a narrative around Ōtaki’s story at the gateway sites telling of our rich history and hopefully a little history lesson as you walk up to the sculptures. Lastly a huge thanks to the team at Fletchers, NZTA, Rupene and Chris who worked on the project with me. We achieved a design that reflected the diversity in our community and will be something we can all be proud of. The next highlight will be when they’re finished!

This process means we’ve become quite familiar with some groups and individuals over time. Various sports teams have similar issues for their changing memberships such as funding travel to national or international events. We’ve followed the progress of many individual sportspersons. Firstly as their coaches or parents have asked for funds to help them with equipment or travel. And then, as they achieve success, the youngsters come to ask on their own behalf. We deal regularly with applications from the Ōtaki Foodbank. We contribute to support the work

of groups like the Ōtaki Community Patrol. Ōtaki RSA is celebrating their centennary in July. They have received grants from us but they had greater needs and I must congratulate them on the major grant they received from the Lotteries Grants Board. Application forms for grants are on the KCDC website. There are rules and criteria. Not everyone qualifies and not everyone who does qualify gets what they apply for. But everyone receives a fair hearing. Presentation matters though. We’ve had a gymnast who showed us her skills. And at

our last session Ōtaki-Te Horo Ukuleles, who needed help with the rental for their practice venue, “sang for their supper” by performing for us. The 2018/19 year hasn’t finished but, in the 2017/18 year the Board made grants of almost $27,000 to nearly 60 recipients. It’s not our money. One way or another it comes from your rates. We like to think we spend it wisely and that it benefits members of our Ōtaki community and the community as a whole.

and two new rock groynes have been built in the Ōtaki River above Mangahaene Island. Other flood protection work was undertaken on the Waikanae River. The work included gravel extraction, channel realignment, a new rock link and planting under the Waikanae Expressway Bridge. This was the most significant in stream work GWRC has carried out in the bed of the Waikanae River for some years, so it has provided a good opportunity for us to apply processes that may be required for future works. The Ōtaki Floodplain Management Plan (FMP) was approved in 1998 and is now being reviewed. Recent progress includes GWRC discussions with Nga Hapu o

James' Jottings Being an elected member is at times challenging and the highlights can be few and far between. So, when the Gateway Sculptures were finally revealed publicly it was a rare moment of pride and satisfaction. I’ve jokingly referred to it as a “proud dad moment” to see an idea finally “birthed”. To give some context the Ōtaki Gateways were an idea I had some 6 years ago when writing the submission and personally presenting to the Board of Inquiry on the PP2O project. They then formed part of the consent conditions and Fletchers who won the contract to build the expressway were required to construct the

Chris' Chat

Each month, when the Ōtaki Community Board meets, one of the largest parts of our agenda involves applications from local individuals, groups, clubs and teams, for money from our community and sports funds. The other community boards in Kāpiti manage the process a little differently from us. Some just look at written applications and approve or not. We’ve always insisted that applicants have to be represented and speak to their applications. We also want them to come back to report on the outcomes.

Penny Gaylor

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Proud dad moment

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VOLUNTEERS: For the Health of our Community BY SHELLY WARWICK Without Volunteers in our Communities, a lot of people would miss out on so many things. With all the talk of how our nations mental health is suffering, imagine where we would be without those who give up their time and effort to help others. Ōtaki, being a small town, enables this Volunteer culture to thrive.

We have groups who fundraise to help out local causes like Ōtaki Women’s community group, Rotary and Lions. We have those who provide food assistance like our Food bank, and Cobblers Soup kitchen. We have those who provide assistance with basic needs ie: warmth in the home like the Curtain Bank assisted by the Ōtaki Menz shed. We have amazing sports coaches and clubs like Surf Club, Waka Ama, Rahui, Whiti, football, canoe polo, pony club and school sports that provide our youth and families with a place to be healthy, interact with others and gain lifelong skills in resilience, hard work, team work and pride in themselves. This would never be possible without the coaches and club committee members who volunteer their time. We have amazing volunteers who bring us events and local enter-

tainment so that all in Ōtaki can attend without having to travel out of town, like Ōtaki Promotions group (Kite Festival), Maoriland, Ōtaki Players, and the Waitohu school fireworks. These events now draw thousands in to Ōtaki each year promoting and supporting our businesses, and our town. Events and entertainment to look forward to are good for one’s soul. And these events are run by volunteers. We have volunteers who are trying to make a difference to our planet, starting right here in Ōtaki with energy and eco friendly ideas that have a potential to show the rest of the country how it is done. Energise Ōtaki with their soon to be established solar farm at the transfer station and their many ongoing projects and plans for eco friendly and efficient power generation. The newly established Zero Waste Ōtaki wanting to save

reusable goods from landfill, and Transition Towns Ōtaki trying to use excess produce from our gardens and orchards for good in Ōtaki. And community gardens trying to enable others to get fresh free produce to eat. And we have those helping others with their health issues and access to services such as the Ōtaki health shuttle, with volunteers getting Ōtaki people to and from appointments at Palmerston North hospital. Programs that are run to help our people with their health issues and provide support to families. And the many committees and groups who run events and programs here. We have our ultimate volunteers, the Fire brigade. They don’t get given a shift at which to do their volunteering, but are called out anytime day, night or weekends 24/7 to assist Ōtaki people with health, emergency and extreme

events. Our firemen and women are called out to help those who need ambulance assistance when there is no ambulance in Ōtaki. They are called to any traffic crashes, to assist police and of course fight fire. These call outs may last hours on end, which they must be away from work or home. My only disclaimer in this story is that I cannot possibly name all of the wonderful people and groups who do amazing things here in Ōtaki, giving time, energy, effort and love within our community. Without whom our town would have a huge hole. Next time you have one of those volunteers within earshot, it would be great to tell them how important they are to health and wellbeing of our whole community, and to you as an individual.



Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Queen’s Service Medal comes to Ōtaki BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki Beach resident Grant Stevenson was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Those who have lived in the town for some time may remember Mr Stevenson’s wood turning business on State Highway 1, where Riverstone Café now stands. After moving to Wellington, he has recently returned to Ōtaki. A long standing supporter of community projects, Mr Stevenson received the QSM for services to the arts. His first reaction on learning of the award was surprise, Mr Stevenson says. He also had a “slightly odd” reaction. “I thought back to the projects I’d done and thought about what I could have done better. “What I really loved about getting the award was that it recognised that what I love was recognised by others.” His award came as a result of leading and being involved in a long list of projects, all of which had one main aim – “to enhance the community” – and many of which had a strong arts focus. The scores of projects are too long to list, so the Ōtaki Mail asked which he saw as highlights. When he was Community Affairs Officer for Levin Borough Council, he was “lent to Foxton for a day”. Mr Stevenson spent that day preparing a report that made a case to move away from the suggestions being made at the time to modernise the town centre, and instead recommended that they restore it. The idea was picked up, particularly by then Councillor Anne Hunt, and a series of events followed in its wake. The tram station was put back onto coun-

cil-owned land and a horse-drawn tram was bought. A group of Dutch people went to the Netherlands to get plans to build an authentic Dutch windmill, and the windmill was built. The town has also added a Dutch museum. If you look now, the whole main street “is absolutely amazing,” he says. “The reason I like that project is that it proved to me that successful communities are the ones that are trying.” Capital 150, he says, was “probably my favourite event.” Nobody had plans to celebrate Wellington’s 150th year when he suggested it. Mr Stevenson received the go-ahead, and designed and delivered a weekend celebration of the anniversary. He raised all the funding and opened 45 Wellington institutions with animated visitor experiences from the arts sector. “We achieved 80,000 visits in two days,” he says. “The grand finale was a film projected onto Parliament buildings and that attracted 9,000 people.” Mr Stevenson designed and delivered the 50th anniversary commemoration of the sinking of the ferry Wahine last year. He also raised the $200,000 the project needed. The Wahine commemoration was attended by more than 350 people, 111 of them survivors on the ship. Others were survivor family, friends and rescuers, who were, finally, formally thanks for saving lives. The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and Deputy Prime Minister also attended the event. “The most difficult job, most definitely, was the fund-raising for the Levin swimming pool,” Mr Stevenson says. He proposed a fund-raising idea where the community would build a house in a day on

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Grant Stevenson QSM with a painting he recently completed.

land given by the council. The idea was picked up, and the community built a house in six days, which was sold to provide funds for the pool. The many other projects he has been involved in include the Levin Smoke-Free Fun Week where 600 people quit or reduced smoking, saving an estimated 800 years of life. The list is long, going back to 1966 when he ran his first big event, the World Floral Art Show in Wellington, and at present he is helping the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre. Mr Stevenson has had no formal arts training, despite his long involvement in arts-related events. Right now, in fact, “I am trying to teach

Kapiti Coast District Council library staff organised a Pink Ribbon breakfast this year, with around 40 attending.

myself painting.” “I obviously have an interest in moving communities forward,” Mr Stevenson says. “I think Ōtaki has got some interesting things going on.” Among the list he mentions are the Māoriland Film Festival and subdivisions in various part of the town. “I feel Ōtaki is on the move. I think what we have got here is a breadth and depth lacking in many towns. “What I would like to see, though, is the community giving more thought on the impact of the road,” he said, referring to the new highway, which will bypass the town. One thing he would like to see is 20 or 30 people getting together to give that issue attention.

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FOCUS ON — Barry Mansell



BY PHIL WALLINGTON The river defines our community. It is not a mighty stream, like the Nile, The Amazon, The Ganges or, closer to home, The Waikato. The Ōtaki River has a relatively short journey, from the high ridges of the Tararuas, down to its boulder strewn mouth. Like all such streams, the phases of our river are often described in terms of a human life. Its birth, trickling out of the high crags, a boisterous adolescence until its middle stages when the unstoppable cataract cuts down into a mighty gorge and a powerful cascade flows into a mature river. Of course, the life of our river is infinitely longer than any human span. We are looking at hundreds of thousands of years, as a restless volcanic landscape, pushed up from the ocean, was further distorted and sculpted by tectonic shifts in the earth’s continental plates. With a guide, who has lived on this river all of his 83 years, pointing things out to me I can see where recent geological events have carved out a story set in stone. Barry Mansell was born on the river, on a farm up in the heart of the gorge country and has lived his whole life in; on the land his parents bought back in 1933, just three years before he was born.



When I met with Barry Mansell, I had already visited Ōtaki Gorge on a few previous occasions and formed some superficial impressions. Its main attraction was, to me, scenic. Its productivity beyond adventure tourism, “lifestyle” and tramping, was hard to determine. Trees grew pretty well… so a timber business might work; and anyone needing boulders of rocks in any size imaginable need look no further. But scenery, trees and rocks are just the backdrop to some inspiring tales of human endeavour and endurance. Barry John Mansell is a remarkable man. In his time, he and his family have worked the land from the lean years of the depression, when wool prices bottomed at four pence a pound, then, converting to dairying and slowly building up herd. The early days in this challenging terrain were filled with stories of the hardships endured, and determination shown, by the people who took on the task of clearing the hill country and working and re-working the stony flats, until a seed bed was produced and pasture grown. This involved three separate

campaigns, using a chisel plough towed by a bulldozer. After each turning of the land, they faced the Sisyphean labour of lifting and removal of tens of millions of boulders of all sizes. In the face of such back-breaking manual work, initially with bullocks and draughthorses, many of the early runholders gave up in despair. In the years after the Great War the government rewarded ex-servicemen, who wanted to go farming, with “Soldier Settler” land grants. Some of them were around Te Horo and at least one, up in the Gorge. After serving in the trenches and surviving the war the land grants seemed a good reward for returned men. But in practice, many of them lacked the necessary skills and found surviving on marginal or very poor country a soul-destroying ordeal. The Mansells survived and eventually prospered. On leaving Wellington College in 1953, Barry Mansell went straight to work on the family dairy farm. He also lifted, heaved and shifted his quota of the ubiquitous rocks and boulders. He played rugby for Ōtaki, in the Horowhenua competition; and spent quite a bit of time deerstalking in the Tararuas. Often, young Barry would bring back up a couple of deer from a single day’s hunting. When I went to visit him at his home, I hung my hat on the very nice rack of a 10-pointer, hanging on the wall near his front door. It is a functional reminder of the times when the gorge and surrounding hills swarmed with red deer. Barry Mansell is a local historian and has traced his genealogy back to forebears living in England at the beginning of the 19th Century. His ancestors George Curtis and Eliza Newsham, set out for NZ on the emigrant ship, The Pekin which called at Lyttleton before sailing to Wellington. George Curtis disembarked and, with a companion, set out to walk to New Plymouth, to make preparations for the later arrival of his family. Barry Mansell has written of the journey, which is an exciting and vivid window into the landscape and the early conditions of the colony. Barry’s book, is ironically titled “From Tiroroa to Waiwa – 500 metres”… which represents his own short journey from one family farm homestead to another, close by, which he built.. His forebear’s long trek from Wellington to New Plymouth, in 1840, was by any standard, an epic journey --through a land of many streams, much thick bush and very few roads or tracks. What George Curtis and his mate John Stephenson Smith experienced is a now vanished, but then, virtually a wild landscape. What they ate along the way is fascinating. Tea was the beverage de jour; and flour, pork and mutton were the staple ingredients of their meals. Their diet was varied when

By Phil Wallington

they came across a herd of goats and had fresh meat to roast. In the evenings, around camp-fire in the bush, they supped on brandy and biscuits. 19th. Century Colonial Dining was pretty basic. Barry took me on a short tour of the Gorge, to point out some significant landmarks and to describe what had once been a struggling and tenacious band of characters and farming families. They have now passed away into history, some of which he has written. He loaned me some good books. “Life in the Gorge” by Les Marriott. Another “Life in the Gorge”, recording the Ōtaki Museum Exhibition of 2011. And of course, his own book, is a catalogue of his family history and of lives well led. It was uncanny as we drove and walked over some of the Gorge country, how much the hand of Barry Mansell could be seen and how much knowledge this “living treasure” holds in his memory. He kept pointing out, fairly ordinary but often remarkable, places and objects. I was leaning on a very large old galvanised steel box, when Barry told me that this was one of the many containers in which English Dinner Ware, packed in straw, was shipped from places like Staffordshire and imported into NZ. In the old days nothing was wasted, so farmers acquired these (almost indestructible} objects and re-purposed them. They became water-tanks, animal feed bins, even weather-proof covers for outdoor machinery. Some of the failed enterprises up the Gorge have left only traces as clues to pioneering efforts. Where there was once a pig farm, only the ghostly foundations, outlined in stone, remain. Where animal pens once stood, there is pasture returning to the encroaching bush. An old steam boiler marks the site of one of the many timber mills which thrived in their time. The paths to and from bridges, long washed away by the river, remind us what a difficult barrier lay between the banks; and how much effort and ingenuity went into the primitive engineering and number-8 wire technology of the timber fellers and bushmen.



It’s Medieval Market Day in Levin, Barry Mansell and Ian Campbell take a break from washing dishes in the Anglican Parish cafe

As Barry is “getting on”, I have been pondering his significant contribution to our community, his beloved Gorge and some of the very tangible good he has wrought. His legacy is large. Mansells still farm the land. His son, Tim, runs the business now. His daughter Penny has a Doctorate and is a

clinical psychologist. When I asked him were there any local roads named after him. Barry said, “he wouldn’t much like that”. I thought about that for a while… before the wisdom dawned on me. Once it has your name on the sign-post, the character of the street is totally the province of its residents. One has no control over the reputation of a neighbourhood street! There is a “Mansell’s Bush” up in the Gorge and of course, anyone who ventures up the Gorge Road comes to pass through “The Totara Tunnel”. This is a unique and appreciated scenic feature – due to Barry Mansell’s days as Chairman of the Horowhenua Energy Board. He managed to ensure that the power lines running up into the Gorge were, for a considerable distance, moved, from the road verge out into the adjacent paddocks. The Totara trees have grown without the biennial mutilation caused by linesmen, so they now meet over the road to form a cool tunnel of green foliage. It is impressive monument to Mansell foresight. In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Barry was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for his decades of service to our community and to a host of local organizations. The whole Mansell family, including Barry’s grandchildren, are keen and skilled horse riders. Barry and his wife Sue have ridden competitively for 50 years and both have judged at AP&I shows all around New Zealand and in Australia. Barry and his wife were also keen members of New Zealand’s, thriving but largely unpublicised, hunting fraternity. He has been an active member of the Horowhenua Hunt for more than 50 years and was co-opted to write the Centenary History of this organization, which has done much to promote cross-country events for riders of all ages. Barry is a member of the Friends of the Ōtaki River, he works for the Ōtaki food bank and he is active in his church, the Ōtaki Anglican-Methodist Parish Barry and Sue Mansells’ home gardens are part of the regular garden tours in our region…. And finally, let me express my gratitude to Barry Mansell -- ever willing to enlighten the ignorance of fools like me, who feel the urge to learn about that special, hidden “mondo piccolo” (little world - in Italian) up in the Gorge. Thank you very much Sir. I shall now return your books.



Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Ōtaki’s Alma Wallace second in Stihl Timbersports NZ Ladies Championship

Alma has an impressive 14 years under her belt in the sport, having already proved she’s a formidable opponent winning the Underhand Ladies Championship for the last 5 years and the 2012 Hayward Underhand World Title.

NOTICE OF 2019 TRIENNIAL LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTIONS The following elections will be held by postal vote Saturday 12 October 2019 Kapiti Coast District Council (Single Transferable Voting Electoral System) Election of the Mayor Election of five Councillors At Large (district-wide) Election of one Councillor for the Ōtaki Ward Election of one Councillor for the Waikanae Ward Election of two Councillors for the Paraparaumu Ward Election of one Councillor for the Paekākāriki-Raumati Ward Election of four members for the Ōtaki Community Board Election of four members for the Waikanae Community Board Election of four members for the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board Election of four members for the Paekākāriki Community Board Candidate names will be listed in true random order on the voting documents. Nominations Nominations open on Friday 19 July 2019. Completed nomination documents must be received by the electoral officer no later than 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019. Nominations must be on the correct nomination paper for each position, and be received with a deposit of $200 incl GST (cash, eftpos or online payment). Candidates are encouraged to include with their form a candidate profile statement and recent colour photograph for sending out with voting documents. Candidates should refer to the candidate handbook for requirements. Electoral Rolls Preliminary electoral rolls can be inspected at the following locations during normal office hours from Friday 19 July to Friday 16 August 2019: Kapiti Coast District Council office, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Waikanae Service Centre, Mahara Place, Waikanae Ōtaki Service Centre, Main Street Ōtaki Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu Paekākāriki Library, Wellington Road, Paekākāriki (Monday, Wednesday 1.304.30pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm Electors may enrol or amend details on the residential electoral roll by: • completing an enrolment form at postshops, public libraries or council offices • calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56) or visiting Ratepayer electors may enrol or amend details by contacting the Electoral Officer. Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 5pm on Friday 16 August 2019. Katrina Shieffelbein Electoral Officer – Kapiti Coast District Council Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254 phone 04 296 4700 or 0800 4864 86

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019 The Ōtaki Police Column Ōtaki Police have noted a significant rise in burglaries and thefts across the region. Offenders are initially targeting garages and garden sheds and then entering vehicles and houses if the opportunity presents. Tools such as lawnmowers, chainsaws and power tools are being stolen along with jewellery. These items are often difficult for owners and police to identify during the course of an investigation and are easily on sold. They will forever be a hot commodity and I encourage the community to turn their mind to steps they can take to prevent victimisation and the heart ache of losing sentimental items. A number of victims have left their homes, garages and vehicles insecure with items of value easily accessed. Don’t wait until it’s too late, learn from others misfortune and visit the NZ Police website or the Ōtaki Police Station for steps you can take to keep reduce the likelihood of your home becoming a target.

Our community organisations and facilities are the heart of our town. They are run by our people for our people and often only continue to exist due to the generosity and goodwill of volunteers. We all have friends and family who have benefited from the services they provide. Unfortunately criminals in our town have no respect for the sanctity of these facilities and their actions have caused the loss of hard earned assets such as electronic items and also the food and alcohol that is relied upon to drive the small profits to keep them operational. These offenders reside in our town, their behaviour is unacceptable and Ōtaki Police are working hard to pursue lines of enquiry. If you have any information please don’t hesitate to contact Police in full confidence via website, by phone 06 364-7953 or in person.


WE’VE COME A LONG WAY... BUT TELL ME, WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY? BY HOWIE C. THINGS There was a familiar knock at the door. “Come in!” I called, and headed for the kettle and gingernuts. My pal Oldilocks settled down on his favourite chair. I waited for Oldie’s familiar news update on village and neighbourhood, of which he is an amazing collator of local information. But instead, he burst into song! “We’ve come a long way,(tra la), Something new every day, (tra la), But tell me, (tra la laaa), Where do the children play?” “So, what do think, Howie?” “Um... of the song? Of the singing?” “Of the point I am making!” he barked. “Isn’t it obvious? You’ve seen all the improvements and additions at the south end of Kapiti Lane, Howie... the bridge, the viewing platform, the car park, the picnic tables on that large well maintained expanse of grass – and most recently... “The loo!” I blurted. “Quite,” said Oldie. “But the point I am making?” He waited. I pondered. “Is?” I prompted.

“A children’s playground, Howie! Isn’t it obvious? And now is an ideal time to present the idea to the KCDC, because there’s a plan afoot to add a new item of play equipment to the two existing Ōtaki playgrounds – Haruatai Park on Mill Road, and the ‘Pirate Ship’ playground on Tasman Road. There is no playground at the south west area of Ōtaki. That large grass Reserve down Kapiti Lane, already equipped with a viewing platform, whale pot, car park, picnic tables – and a loo – is such an obvious place for children to play while learning about New Zealand history and geography and native plants and birds... I could go on and on...” “Yes, I’m sure you could,” I grinned. “So, what do you want me to do about it?” I asked, already guessing the answer. “Write something, Howie!” he urged. So, I did. “And make sure the KCDC read it!” he added. “I’ll leave that to you,” I said. P.S. attention KCDC (from an anonymous resident).



Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Anna Bradbury - The Garden is Soul Food BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Anna, the face of South Pacific Roses on the State Highway for 8 years, recently left her dream job to bring her expertise to our gardening community. Anna Beissel was born in Levin in 1966, the ninth of 10 children. Her mother Shirley and father Gordon were both keen gardeners, and Anna remembers always wanting to help Dad with his outside work. ‘Mum and Dad loved their roses’. Educated at Horowhenua College, she left the sixth form to work as a car groomer, but soon joined Professional Uniforms’ Ōtaki clothing factory. In the ‘eighties there was still a lot of work in Ōtaki and Levin in the apparel business. Anna then joined Kerr Industries in Levin, to work as a sample machinist, where it was her job to make the whole garment. She stayed for at least 6 years, rising through the ranks to be Supervisor. Anna met builder Warren Bradbury when she was 19. Together they began building a house ‘on a sandhill’ at the top of Lupin Road adjacent to the council cemetery. After 12 years in the clothing business, Anna was bored and needed a change. ‘I know, I’ll go out gardening’, she decided, and before long she had an abundance of gardens in Levin to look after. Her fame spread south, and she soon counted Ōtaki’s Max Lutz and Sue Wood as clients. In 1989, Anna and Warren rented out Lupin Road and went on their OE. Instead of flying off to London, they became gypsies and decided to explore our nearest neighbour. They bought an Escort panel van and worked at a vineyard during grape harvest time in Griffith, NSW. ‘It was a dirty, horrible job with the temperature often reaching 35 degrees’, she recalls. ‘We had to wear long sleeves & trousers to protect our arms & legs from the sugar in the grapes. No mechanised grape harvesting back then. We slept in a horrid little hut, on an airbed that

had a slow puncture.’ They slaved their guts out doing piece work, were paid for what they picked and after 7 weeks they departed for Melbourne, pockets full of money. Living in a tent, Warren got casual building work, Anna worked in a clothing factory. After 4 weeks or so, off to Adelaide for the Winter, then they went inland to the centre of Australia. In Alice Springs, Anna worked as a home help for the Red Cross. Then things got a bit more interesting. They heard of a job in the tropics of Western Australia. Rather than take the conventional route, they decided to drive direct, from Alice across the Tanami desert on a heavily corrugated dirt

road to Halls Creek, a distance of more than 1,000 kilometres, on a journey that took 2 and a half days.And then on to Broome, being towed as the Escort had blown its engine in the desert. There they stayed for 18 months. Broome, population 7,000 in the Kimberley’s was known for its pearl farms, white sandy beaches and tourism. Anna worked as a housemaid in a resort, and soon became their gardener. Warren got building work, and became obsessed with boats and sportfishing in the Western Australian tropics. After a Christmas in Perth, they flew back to Ōtaki for a holiday and to visit family. Homesickness and their Lupin Road house in need of rehab, were reason enough for them to come home. Anna bought ten roses from Mary Robertson at Pukehou and joined the Levin Rose society. ‘Dad was my wing man’, she recalls. In those days, Ōtaki had a Rose Show and Anna thought ‘I could do that’. Could she do it? Yes she could! She started exhibiting roses and began winning straight away. One thing led to another, and with her exuberance and enthusiasm, she was conscripted to the committee of the Levin Rose Society and quickly became president, a position she held for five years and during that time she also served 2 years on the NZ National Rose Society council. In her time, Levin successfully held the National Spring Rose Show, an event not held there before. At the time, the Horowhenua District Council were about to rip out the aging rose garden in Cambridge Street. Anna along with a small group of people presented council with an alternative plan. Mayor Brendan Duffy was so impressed that he persuaded council to agree, giving Anna free rein to reconfigure the gardens. Warren donated his labour and built the central Pergola that

provides a lovely central feature to the gardens. Duffy even supported her in bringing the national rose show to town. For five years Anna would be found there on her Monday’s off work deadheading the roses. Today, the Cambridge Street rose garden is a showpiece, enhanced by the historic courthouse that complements the garden, a place of contemplation and an opportunity to smell the roses. Like many rose societies, events overtook them, and they disbanded four years ago. The same thing happened in Wellington and even London, and reflected the public ‘falling out of love’ with roses, and with belonging to gardening societies. That didn’t daunt Anna. She joined the Manawatu Rose Society, was recently appointed to the committee, she also sits on Manawatu Trial Grounds committee and is on a panel that assesses new rose varieties going through the NZ Plant Variety Rights process employed by MPI. Not satisfied with national success, she wanted to be a better exhibitor, so she took steps to become a rose judge. This took 7 years of study and exams, and she is now one of over 30 accredited national rose judges. Along the way, Anna has won many awards at local and national rose shows, but her modesty doesn’t allow to remember how many. ‘It’s always a huge thrill to win a prize at a rose show’, she says. Eight years ago, while driving son Sam to school, Anna saw a ‘For Sale’ sign on the South Pacific Roses building on State Highway one. She needed prizes for her next rose society meeting, and plucked up courage to ask if they could donate a couple of roses. ‘Yes, sure’, said Noel Wright and Anna departed with eighteen rose bushes, together with a job offer. ‘I need you here’, was Noel’s parting words, after they’d had a long talk that revealed Anna’s depth and breadth of rose knowledge. ‘Do I want this?’ thought Anna. ‘Can I leave my gardening ladies in the lurch?’ ‘Go ahead, it’s your passion’, was the advice from many. After a week’s training, Anna, who had never worked in retail, operated a till, driven a tractor, or quad bike was on her own as the sole operator of South Pacific Roses North Island operation. After 3 months Anna was allowed to hire a helper, and South Pacific’s rose sales took off. In Anna’s eight years, sales have doubled year upon year. Sales were mostly to the passing trade & trade customers: with Wellington and Manawatu accounting for the great majority of sales, and in the later years with development of the website and online shopping. And now, Anna Bradbury is entering a new phase in her career: Consultant Gardener. Roses, she says will always play a big part in her life, but she’s once again offering her skills as an experienced gardener. Whether it’s advice on a new garden, rehabilitation of an existing garden or regular maintenance, Anna is prepared to do it. ‘I want to treat a client’s garden like my own’ is her credo. Disclosure: Lloyd & Ann Chapman are about to become one of Anna’s clients.

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

BY MARGARET ANDREWS Ōtaki Community Board’s final meeting for the 2018/19 financial year was held this month to a full house. There were three major presentations: Gateways Steering Group: members launched the artworks for the new sculpture design for the north and south entrances to Ōtaki from the expressway. The 6m x 2.8m sculpture embraces our heritage- the history, progress and development of Ōtaki, the three significant water ways - the Waitohu and Mangapouri Streams and Ōtaki River, all “wind together to meet in a circle that captures whiti te ra – representing the sun’s rays”.

During construction, river aggregates will be used in the concrete and a time capsule with messages and community views will be included for future generations to explore part of Ōtaki’s history. The Ōtaki Gateways Steering Group included representatives from the Ōtaki Community Board, Kapiti Coast District Council, Nga Hapu o Ōtaki and NZ Transport Agency. “The art works are very much driven by local community and make an impressive

Page: He noted KYS now has an Ōtaki branch visual statement which reflects Ōtaki’s (lack of transport makes for difficult interheritage and aspirations,” OCB Chair action with the Kapiti centre) Christine Papps said. “The sculptures were designed to add value to Ōtaki and provide a focus point for those travelling through Public Speaking: the area.”* Community Grants Fund: Councillor James Cootes said he believed As this was the end of financial year, the the sculptures will be stunning iconic feabalance of funds was divided among each tures of Ōtaki and Te Horo. applicant group with each receiving an Local Ōtaki designers were selected to extra $155 above what was applied for work with Fletcher Construction on the because any remaining funds go back to the design, on completion Fletchers will on council’s general fund. They do not rollover organise the installation of the sculptures. to the next financial year. NZTA’s Glen Price spoke to the ŌCB meetŌtaki/Te Horo Ukulele Group: was granting during the official launch. ed $500 to assist with hire costs of their Graffiti Eradication Project: Terry Poko practice room. organiser of the graffiti eradication in conFrances Tull spoke to the application while junction with Kapiti Youth Support whose two other members entertained the Board young folk help with removing the tags and members and those present with a number. graffiti, while Ōtaki community groups also assist with removing these “artworks” from Citizens Advice Bureau: was approved private properties and some public arrears. $747 to assist with cost of sending three Mr Poko noted when tags are removed volunteers to train as budgeteers. Member, pretty quickly - within a couple of days, the Jean Chamberlain spoke to the application, instigators begin to lose interest. saying the newly trained budgeteers would fill the gap following the closure of the Ōtaki Main Street Wi-Fi: Four sites Ōtaki Budgeting Service. between the Aotaki Street - Main Road and Tasman Road intersections have been approved for free Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing internet access for people without a home connection. Some (internet) areas will be filtered - eg pornography and gambling. It is intended to have the wi-fi up and running by the end of June. Will Meyer KCDC, reported on progress to the Board. 2019 Local Body Elections: with the 2019-2022 triennium elections coming up in October, Ms Papps noted nominations would be opened on July 19.. People interested in standing for the ŌCB, KCDC both Ōtaki ward councillor or district wide, Greater Wellington Regional Council or MidCentral District Health Board will be able to access information from KCDC Service Centres. OCB Members Activities: Board members keep busy around the wider Ōtaki district and further afield between the six weekly public meetings. Ms Papps reported that she happened on a “blue truck” parked in the New World carpark – it’s a mobile bank and will be coming to Ōtaki weekly on a Tuesday. Shelly Warwick has visited rest homes, and Jean Chamberlain queries elder care facilities facility in Ōtaki. Elevate Ōtaki: Mr Cootes noted the Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda: was upcoming open meeting “What does Ōtaki approved $641 to assist with setting up mean to you?” to be held at the Maoriland the group and applying for heritage listing Hub on June 19. of the rotunda, to save and restore the He said there is interest in looking at the “iconic” building. Di Buchan spoke to the possibility of clips on all rubbish bin lids.

Real Estate: The Unlikely Career Step for Tradies After eleven years in the building industry, Ōtaki local Brendon Heenan’s unlikely career move is enabling him to give back to the local community, hire locals, and have better quality of life, and he is now encouraging others in the trades to think about real-estate as a viable career step.

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Owner of Tall Poppy franchises in both Ōtaki and Horowhenua, Brendon Heenan left a successful career as a builder to opt for what he says is better earning potential

and future security, and says hiring other young locals originally from the trades has been a great direction for his franchises. “There are definitely advantages to hiring millennial locals from the trades, they make really good agents. They understand property construction, have a far better ability to relate and attract millennial buyers, and are hungry to learn and take initiative. They also understand new advertising media such as Facebook which gives a great competitive edge,” says Brendon Heenan. Recent hire Jayden Matthews in Tall Poppy’s Ōtaki office made the switch from being a gas fitter of 10 years to a licensed real estate salesperson, noting flexible hours, sociability, and managing his own time as major factors for the switch. “Meeting and talking to new people and having more flexible hours appealed to me. Of course, the busier the market is, the busier you are, but I like managing my own time more. There are also plenty of transferable skills, I’ve learnt a lot about houses over the years, this broad trade knowledge is useful as clients may ask me questions about an extractor fan or a water tank, or various elements of a house they are considering buying. In Ōtaki it’s a mix of new

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Community Board about their efforts to date, including working with Heritage NZ people who are now onsite working on an archaeological study of both the site and the building. Energise Ōtaki: was approved $1,200 towards the cost of purchasing hardware and software to assist with monitoring the Solar Thermal System and the Photovoltaic System at Ōtaki College. The panels are attached to the gymnasium roof and provide heating for the swimming pool, students will do the monitoring. Zero Waste Ōtaki: was granted $695 the funds to assist with setting up the “upcycling, recycling and reusing” initiative based at the Ōtaki Transfer Station. Jamie Bull told the Board of their current focus – to collect waste wood from the refuse, with the support and assistance of the operators. They would spend half a day a month sorting the wood. Wood suitable for reuse will be available for sale, while waste wood is sold as kindling. Members have spoken with the Menzshed folk about collecting tools and being mentored in identifying types of wood and their uses. Ōtaki Women’s Health Group: was granted $655 to assist with the costs of updating and printing the Ōtaki Directory. Michelle Baker said all educational, sports and health groups and organisations were listed in the directory. This would be the second reprint of the booklet.

Sports Grants Fund:

Ōtaki College Sports teams: The two teams were each granted $400 to attend various winter tournaments. The Netball team will play in the Wellington tournament and the Senior Boys Basketball team will be playing in the Palmerston North tournament. The college sports coordinator, Kirsty Doyle and team members Kiri Winitana-Enoka and Nathan Fulford spoke to their applications. (They entered separate applications.)

Public Speaking:

Ōtaki College: Gillian Gordon and several of the students who travelled to Japan late 2018, reported on their experiences and thanked the Board for the grant towards costs. Patrick Joss: thanked the Board for the grant towards costs to attend international tennis tournaments and reported on his successes there and outlined tournaments coming up. The meeting closed at 9.08pm. The next meeting will be held on July 23 at 7pm.


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Garden tasks for July

Flower garden

Apply mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture for the spring and summer months. Prune deciduous shrubs which flower in summer such as most roses and hydrangeas. Make sure your climbers are well secured to their supports. Cut vigorous climbers such as ivy, climbing hydrangeas and Virginia creeper well back from your windows and gutters if they’re planted on house walls. Cut leaves away from hellebores and epimediums (also known as barronwort, bishop’s hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, or yin yang huo) so that flowers are shown off as they emerge – it also reduces the risk of fungal disease – or plant new hellebores, available now in flower at garden centres. Dead-head proteas as soon as flowers fade, pruning the bush as you go. Spring-flowering bulbs are beginning to show their noses – sprinkle a few slug pellets about as you see signs of life, although those in pots should be reasonably safe. Take hardwood cuttings of cornus, forsythia, ribes, roses, salix, viburnum, weigela, and other suitable shrubs. Towards the end of the month plant gladioli, dahlias and calla lilies for summer flowering. Gladioli will flower approximately 100 days after planting. Sow seeds of aquilegia, delphinium, dianthus, larkspur, nemesia, pansy, primula, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sweet-pea and wallflower. Plant out seedlings of pansies, primula, sweet-pea, lupin, stock, lobelia, larkspur and dianthus.

Fruit and vegetable garden

liflower, peas, lettuce, onions, radish, spinach, silver-beet, swede and turnips. Plant out seedlings of artichoke, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, potatoes, silver-beet and cabbage – the use of a cloche protects plants from wet and cold, and allows for earlier plantings. Control slug and snail populations with bait such as Quash, or beer traps. Snail colonies sheltering under rocks and piles of decaying leaves should be cleared away and disposed of. Pick winter lettuce, leaf by leaf, to prevent waste – rocket, lamb’s lettuce and chicory cope with cold. Rust can be a problem on broad bean plants, celery, beetroot, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots, especially in poorly drained soil, or where there’s poor air flow. Remove infected leaves immediately and dispose carefully. A copper or general fungicide spray may be needed. Plant new fruit trees – citrus, apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Prune deciduous fruit trees, protect with pruning paste. Spray fruit trees with copper spray if they are infected by curly leaf.


Mid-winter lawns differ in the type of treatment they need, depending on the sort of lawn used. Summer-growing lawns such as kikuyu and couch grass slow down in autumn, and almost stop growing altogether in winter. They need little care, and virtually no mowing. In gardens where Kentucky bluegrass has been planted, they will continue to grow, needing only gentle feeding, and the occasional mow.

Plant new rhubarb crowns, strawberry plants, asparagus crowns, garlic and shallots. Build up your vegetable beds with compost, but don’t cultivate wet, boggy soils. Raised beds may be the only solution for heavy soils with severe drainage issues. Sow seeds of broccoli, cabbage, broad beans, cau-

Second thoughts

During winter the simple structure of a well-kept hedge is especially appealing. Great foliage and form are the keys to its success, although attractive flowers or fruit are an added bonus. A flowering hedge is particularly valuable in a small garden, where you want to make the most of all available surfaces. Sometimes one flowering plant is so lovely or perfumed we just want to plant a whole row. At waist-level, flowering hedges help define garden lines, direct foot traffic and provide shelter for lower-growing plants. Kept above eye-level, they provide privacy, screening and useful shelter. Versatile flowering hedges have a softening look in bloom, but bring a more formal look to a garden when trimmed. A two-tiered effect combining a razor-straight hedge with a more billowy, flowering one can look fantastic, such as a rose hedge edged with close clipped buxus or silver teucrium, or a tall, clipped ‘Corokia’ hedge teamed with a white-flowering hebe. Although almost any shrub can be grown as a hedge, the best are those with dense foliage, long-lived, and ideally requiring trimming no more than two to three times a year. But most of all your plant needs to suit soil and climate. The small-leafed hebes are a good little border hedge if you want a flowering alternative to English box. Unfortunately box is often affected with blight, (an infection where parts of the plant brown off and die). Look for vigorous, bushy hebe varieties with attractive, tightly packed foliage, such as the frost-hardy, ‘Wiri Mist’. Sasanqua camellias are great as hedges, with a height

range between 1m and 3m. ‘Setsugekka’, the camellia equivalent of the white ‘Iceberg’ rose is an all-time favourite, although for sheer volume of flowers, the Paradise Camellias (‘Helen’, Belinda’, ‘Baby Jane’ and others) are standouts, and their blooms have wonderful weather tolerance. For scented hedges, the sweet tea olive, ‘Osmanthus delavayi’, is valued not only for its lovely foliage but also for its richly scented flowers. A frost-hardy evergreen, flowering is mainly early spring but often starts in winter. The compact cultivar ‘Pearly Gates’ is ideal as a low hedge. For taller hedges it’s hard to beat the sweet scent of michelia. Even when not in bloom evergreen michelias are among the most attractive plants in the garden. Most fragrant is ‘Michelia figo’ (port wine magnolia), although her flowers are smaller and less conspicuous than other michelias. Quick-growing Mexican orange blossom (‘Choisya ternate’) needs trimming often to keep a tidy shape, but it makes a pretty, textured, medium-height hedge with glossy, evergreen, three-fingered leaves, and a show of long lasting white flower clusters throughout late winter and spring. Prune immediately after main flower flush, but before Labour weekend, and then trim lightly for shaping during summer. When to trim is always a something of a problem with hedges. Most flowering hedges (like the Mexican orange blossom), should be trimmed immediately after flowering. This will allow the maximum time before the next season’s flowers develop. (Hedges are pictured on the next page)

Water-blast paths now – it will remove nutrients which feed algae. Re-cut your lawn edges, and fill in bare patches and hollows with new turf for a fresh, clean finish.

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019


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Great winter herbs

Basil and other heat-loving herbs die down over winter but the herb garden has plenty of other hardier herbs ready to harvest. Oregano (Origanun vulgare) loves full sun and good drainage (during winter the intensity of your herb will not be as strong) but this hardy herb is still a go to for pizzas, spaghetti, and in tomato dishes. Plant oregano in raised beds or dig in plenty of horticultural grit and organic matter. Keep fertilisers to a minimum and trim plants after flowering to stop them getting straggly. Drought and frost-resistant, sage (Salvia officinalis) grows best in full sun and welldrained, limey soil (add lime to your soil if necessary). Avoid overly fertile soil – sage prefers medium to poor soil. The lower half of the plant stops producing leaves after a few years if pruning is neglected. To prevent this, trim the tops of the plant each spring to encourage bushy growth all over (when harvesting, snip off whole sprigs to promote development of further shoots).

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is one of my favourite herbs (lovely flavour, fragrance and flower), and like sage and oregano likes a sunny spot in free-draining soil. It doesn’t like wet feet, so add horticultural grit or pumice to improve drainage if required. The plant has low fertiliser needs (if growing in a pot use a potting mix that’s low in nutrients). Rich soil encourages softer growth and diminishes flavour. Another bonus, thyme is both drought and cold hardy.

Rosemary is a stalwart for winter’s lamb roasts (and also ideal for herb butters). In the garden the plant’s biggest threat is wet feet, so position your plants in light, sandy, free-draining soil in full sun. Plants are frost hardy, but soggy soil in frosty locations is bad news. Prune plants by one-third in late winter or early spring to keep from going straggly. With the soup and stew season upon us, it’s time to savour chervil, a great herb for winter use, and one which deserves to be grown more widely. Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) enhances all basic winter standbys, such as casseroles, soups and stews, as well as some of our favourite cheese and egg dishes – it makes a great substitute for parsley in scrambled eggs.

Chervil is a winter annual, which grows to a height of 25-38cm, and is best sown in autumn as the weather starts to cool down. The long, thin black seeds (6mm long and enclosed in a case until ripe), resemble small arrows, and are best sown directly into the patch where they’re to grow. They can also be sown into trays, covered lightly with potting mix and seedlings pricked out two to three weeks later – ripe seeds germinate rapidly. The herb has pretty, ferny-green leaves with dainty, white flowers, and likes a sunny spot with well-drained, light soil (although leaves will retain more flavour if grown in light shade). Foliage turns pink and white if growing conditions are too hot, and it will quickly run to seed. Although hardy, some protection (such as a cloche) may be needed during very cold spells.

As with parsley, harvest the young leaves for the best flavour. The tiny, delicate flowers, which taste of sweet aniseed, can also be eaten – try them as a garnish on salads and soups.

Chilly day colour Thank goodness for those reliable cold weather stalwarts, that band of intrepid annuals that bravely splash their brightly-hued blooms into our chilly, grey (often wet) days. Pansies are an all-time favourite, although despite advances such as improved heat tolerance, they perform better in cooler months. They hate persistent, heavy rain particularly the large flowered types, so a sheltered spot is best. My favourites are violas – they have a special charm, with their smaller blooms, and they’re less prone to bending rain-battered heads. They also tend to have a neater and more compact growth habit.

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are an old-fashioned, cottage-garden type plant. Today they come in a wide selection of plant sizes and flower forms – tall types are ideal for sheltered borders, and great for picking. Dwarf varieties are great for instant colour, like ‘Tahiti’ which produces masses of short, dense spikes of flowers in numerous colours on a bushy 30cm tall plant. These look good mass planted, especially with pansies and spring bulbs.

For a medium height snapdragon ‘La Bella’ is an outstanding series, producing a profuse display of showy,

fragrant spikes on dark green foliage. The plants reach about 55cm high, and the bright-coloured blooms are great for picking. Fairy primroses (Primula malacoides) are delicate-looking annuals with tiny, single flowers above pale-green foliage, much like a miniature floral bouquet – maybe that’s why butterflies love them. They prefer moist, humus-rich soil, and look lovely growing in a rock garden or container. Pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis) are easily grown annuals that produce bright- coloured flowers at a time when warm hues are particularly welcome. Different varieties vary in vigour, and in the colour and form of the bloom they produce. Dwarf varieties are useful for containers, and at the front of gardens. Taller types are less disease prone however, and are useful as cut flowers – abundant selfsown seedlings will be a blessing – or perhaps a curse. New variations of ever popular alyssum (Lobelia maritime) continue to emerge. There’s a wide range of growth habits and an ever increasing selection of flower colours. ‘Easter Bonnet’ has a light, honey fragrance, and produces a mat-forming, clump of foliage, with hairy, lanceshaped leaves. Blooms are coloured lavender, violet and deep shades of rose and pink. Great for rock gardens, between flagstones, and looks pretty planted with pansies, sweet William and parsley in containers.

‘Snow Crystals’ is a vigorous, older alyssum, with a sweet scent. The dazzling, pure white flowers are produced on neat mounds – perfect as edging or ground cover. For more blooms keep the plant trimmed back. And don’t overlook the wide range of jewel -coloured polyanthus – a couple planted near the front door, either in a pot, or in the garden, provide a bright, welcoming note on chilling days – a great ‘cheer me up.’

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

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It’s been a busy month down at the Civic, with the set from “The Father” being dismantled and then quickly turning the place into a Parisian Opera House ready for “The Phantom of the Opera”. Rehearsals are well underway for both the cast and the orchestra. The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes Think Of Me, Angel Of The Music, Music Of The Night, All I Ask Of You, Masquerade and the title song About The Phantom Of The Opera. By the time the Ōtaki Mail gets delivered to you this month, you will have a few days left to secure your early bird tickets at the reduced price. Tickets are available at or by visiting Video-Ezy in the Main Street.

The Ōtaki Players have also received confirmation that we are able to stage Grease Jnr at the Theatre later this year. This production is shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make Grease a favourite among rock and roll fans of all ages. The School Edition eliminates all of the references and uses of cigarettes and alcohol, as well as any swearing or bad language. Practically all of the songs have undergone changes as well; the numbers are all shortened and edited for content/language. Some plot lines are missing from the school version, such as Rizzo’s pregnancy and her song, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” The beginning of the pyjama party in Marty’s bedroom is cut as well. In the Junior Edition, the Pink Ladies do not offer Sandy cigarettes or wine. Instead it begins directly with piercing her ears. Auditions will be held on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd September at the Civic Theatre.

Ōtaki to give thought to food “Food for thought: He whakaaro kai” is an Ōtaki community forum on July 17, taking a broad look at food from six different perspectives, from the family table to the council table, supermarket aisle to the foodbank, local iwi to the local medical centre. The theme is uncovering the issues in our community related to “Food Security”. This is defined by the World Food and Agricultural Organisation for a household or family as “access by all members at all times to enough safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” Transition Town Ōtaki (TTO) has organized the forum, the second in a series of three on waste, food and water. Last year’s was the well-attended “Waste: What a load of rubbish” forum, with the outcome the establishment of the Zero Waste Ōtaki group, working to improve the local handling of waste. “Food For Thought: He Whakaaro Kai” will be held on July 17 at Ōtaki College Staffroom 233 Mill Rd, 7pm - 8:30pm, followed by supper. Koha collected on the night will go to the Ōtaki Foodbank. Our aim with this forum is to connect and inform our community to work towards the goal of physical and economic access to enough nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food for every family,” said Jamie Bull, who will be chairing the forum on behalf of TTO. “We are planning a follow-up gathering in early August which will focus

on options and some possible solutions,” she said. The structure will be a six minute presentation by each panelist, followed by a Q+A from the floor. Barb Rudd, Ngāti Maiotaki, of Hapū o Ōtaki will give the opening presentation. Other panelists are: Lucy Tahere, Manager, Foodbank Ōtaki Steven Cole : Owner / operator Otaki New World James Cootes: Ōtaki Ward Councillor KCDC Andrea Rosser : Teacher and mother Kiwa Raureti: CEO, Ōtaki Medical Centre Since 2007, Transition Town Ōtaki has worked on finding ways for a small community to grapple with change and to “think global, act local”, with a particular emphasis on sustainable food. One of its projects is the Seasonal Surplus Stall, where local gardeners sell their extra produce, each Thursday from November through to May. This forum is being held in conjunction with KCDC #8 wire series and will be followed up with practical workshops on the following Saturday. For further information: Jamie Bull, 027 444 9995

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Ian Campbell - a Retiring Reverend BY MARGARET ANDREWS Moving into retirement and leaving Ōtaki after 16 years, Reverends Ian and Jenny Campbell take a lot of memories with them and leave many more for the people of the wider Ōtaki district. The family arrived in Ōtaki in January 2003, Ian to take his role of vicar of the Anglican-Methodist Parish of Ōtaki and in time for their three teenage children to start the new school year, two at Ōtaki College and Jo the eldest to begin at New World. Now they and the six grandchildren are scattered between Kuku and Taupo. He has seen many the changes in our communities – Ōtaki, Manakau and Te Horo, among them the changes in farming and development of lifestyle blocks. “We have become a commuter community - but a fantastic community - with a fantastic heart and some really good people,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place to live - the beach to the mountains with a lovely river in between. Gardens - put something in and it grows!” But Ian has planted more than garden plants, using his artistic skills he created a stone maze on the church lawn which was often used by parishioners and the community people, quilted banners for many of the church seasons and “just because”, he is a keen woodworker, he has made “thousands” of wooden holding crosses and doves, created “word puzzle” mazes in the church with cut-out letters, built trolleys and play sheds, rope swings and ramps for bikers for the children attending sKids afterschool and holiday programmes, encouraged gardening with them planting tomatoes and parsley along the church wall. Ian was the “go to” person for computer hiccups and problems and kept the parish technical equipment operating but was also frequently seen in the Hadfield Hall kitchen washing dishes during parish functions and events. Some of the highlights during the years he has been here, have been the setting up of a chapter of the international Prayers and Squares ministry, a parishioner’s creating of the Loved4Life baby quilts now with chapters in many parts of the country, the preschool music programme Mainly Music - all these have been operating for over ten years, and Let’s Sing a community singing group for people who love to sing, all creating engagement and involvement in and with the community. He has also quietly supported other parish initiatives, in the background not in a leadership role, but available for suggestion or guidance; anything that could help with some uncertainties for smooth going forward. He found a family connection, through the historical spread of the gospel by the Maori people, via his maternal great, great grandparents. They were Methodist lay missioners at Cloudy Bay after the Wairau Land Disputes and then with Te Rauparaha bringing the gospel message to Ōtaki and the building of Rangiatea Church and the connections with the Anglican missionary William Colenso. This led to Ian’s interests and journey with Rangiatea Church and Te Wānanga o Raukawa. “I was at St Johns College (in Auckland) when Rangiatea burnt down, but I had no understanding of its story,” he said. “The day of its opening I watched the ceremony on the big screen,

while flat on my back from my couch at home, with a back injury.” So from this small family connection, he worked with many of the Rangiatea ministers and their teams and shared services between the congregations. With the Wānanga and church land surrounding two sides of the All Saints property, he has watched the development of the Wānanga over the years - opening of the kohanga reo and the kura. “With the spread of the gospel by the Maori people, Ōtaki is a missional centre. I have been inspired by the growth of the Wananga in the short term and long term. With their 30 year plan, all the Wānanga area developments have totally changed the area,” he said. “One of the things I will miss the most - to hear kapa haka, karanga and waiata when they have an occasion there – it’s been lovely to hear.” But Ian wasn’t the only person in the vicarage with a ministry; Jenny was also an ordained Anglican minister and shared the services, especially at St Andrews in Manakau where they opened a cafe church once a month. This was open to all residents to come and share coffee and nibbles over a chat on different topics. So popular was the northern bypass topic one month they had to move over to the Manakau Hall which itself overflowed with 300 attending. Unfortunately a break-in and theft of much of the café equipment and Jenny’s health issues brought these services to a close. In their early years in Ōtaki, Jenny was the acting minister at the Ōtaki Presbyterian Church for two-three years. Jenny helped with the setting up of the Prayers and Squares chapter and was a keen quilter, a registered nurse. She and another parishioner, also a nurse, set up the Parish Nurse programme helping older people in their homes and with health appointments and issues. She helped set up the Cobwebs Trust, which operated the op shop in Ōtaki and helps people in need. All proceeds from the shop go back into the wider Ōtaki community. “It’s been a real privilege to be involved with families in their times of celebrations and times of crisis, Births and deaths, and other significant family events,” Ian said. “Thanks for the way the churches in Ōtaki have worked together.” And to the futureWe have bought a section in Shannon and a Bunnings Warehouse Affordable Home to install there. It is fully insulated and double glazed, with all the floor coverings and decorating done and major appliances installed in what was a show. So Ian will only have the outdoors to work on – the vegetable garden is in and already doubled in size, but there will be plenty still to keep him busy. “We’ll be moving away from the model of the horse and cart days, when churches were built half a day’s ride apart - it’s now moved to technology. The whole social context has changed with the use of technology,” he said. They will leave the huge wooden vicarage to their much smaller warmer home. “We have been greatly blessed, being part of the wider community,” Ian said. “Wishing God’s blessings upon what will continue to develop as it (the parish) goes forward.”

Left: It’s almost time to say farewell Long time parishioner, Jean Whetren presents Ian with a farewell gift from the parish, assisted by her daughter Margaret Tews Right: Sasha the terrier is not too sure about all the fuss as she receives Ian’s gentle ministry during a St Francis Day service at St Margaret’s Church Te Horo

St Francis Day pet blessings were popular with young and old. Ian Campbell and children during the Mainly Music on Sunday programme, joined by parishioners and visitors

It’s Mainly Music on Sunday and Ian joins in the stick song with his then young grandsons Hamish and Liam

Decorating the All Saints Christmas tree with the children and parishioners



Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Ōtaki Update June 2019

New Annual Plan sets our focus Find out what our key areas of focus are for the year ahead in our 2019/20 Annual Plan. You can find the annual plan online or pick up a hard copy from one of our service centres or libraries. From pipes to playgrounds we’re delivering for our community. Ōtaki is on the list for an upgrade of the town water supply pipe to allow for future growth as well as renewals and and refurbishments at the Ōtaki Pool. We’re also making a contribution to renewals at the Ōtaki College gym. Find out more at

Ōtaki Pool changing room upgrade We’ve just completed our upgrade of the Ōtaki Pool accessible changing rooms to provide a safer and more pleasant experience for pool users. We’ve upgraded the floor surface to improve drainage and grip, resurfaced the wet area walls, re-painted, and installed new benches and shower fixtures. The men’s changing room will be upgraded later in the year. 

New speed limits

Dog registration

Council has confirmed new speed limits for 47 rural roads and three village centres (Paekākāriki, Raumati South and Raumati Beach) in Kāpiti, following community consultation earlier this year.

Heads up to Ōtaki dog owners - your 20192020 dog registration pack should have arrived last week in the post or via email.

This review was all about setting speed limits that reflect the form and function of the road and importantly, making our roads safer for all users. Thanks to everyone who had their say.

We’re trying to make registering your furry pal as easy as possible this year by offering lots of ways for you to take care of business. There are pop-up events happening around the community, an online payment option, or you can still pay in person at any of our Council service centres around the District.

The new limits will come into effect in midJuly - for more info on the speed limits that are changing, visit our website.

Check out our website for details on how you can pay. But hurry - registration closes 31 July!




Ōtaki Mail —July 2019


Kapiti Coast writer launches Bonjour Lucy Bee BY VIVIENNE BAILEY Kapiti Coast writer, Anne Ingram recently released her second novel about Lucy Bee, a feisty Kiwi girl with a passion for helping others. Lucy Bee is tested to the extreme however by the challenges and adventures that enfold in Bonjour Lucy Bee. Set in France, Bonjour Lucy Bee (published by One Tree House) is a sequel to Lucy Bee and the Secret Gene (2014), and is aimed at young readers aged eight to thirteen. “It’s about the importance of identity and belonging, and the plight of refugees,” explained Anne. “I started writing the story at Port Royal on the Burgundy Canal. It was going to be a love letter to France and her people, but it soon became much more that.” Anne became aware of the predicament of refugees fleeing to Europe after observing (and connecting) with a number in various places throughout France, particularly in the smaller rural towns where locals were fearful of their presence, and place, in community. “The dream of young Afghan refugee, Qasim whose entire family has been killed by the Taliban, is to find a place where there is safety and peace, and to be part of a family. For him, this is France.”

As chairperson of the Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Charitable Trust, Anne has edited and published collections of work for children by local writers Shortz – stories from Kapiti (2012) and Flying High – stories and Poems from Kapiti (2015). She is currently busy writing another adventure about Lucy Bee. Lucy Bee and the Secret Gene and Bonjour Lucy Bee are available at Paper Plus, Coastlands and at Unity Bookshop, Wellington, and at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie.

Anne has worked as a newspaper columnist, freelance journalist, publisher’s editor, teacher, and also owned the iconic Paraparaumu Beach specialist children’s bookstore Moby Dickens’ Books for many years.

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Writer Anne Ingram with Adrienne Bushell, Alliance Francaise, Wellington, and Anthony Dreaver, MC at recent book launch.

Mary Poppins - A Worthy Performance BY MARGARET ANDREWS School musical productions are becoming very popular and Te Horo School’s latest production Mary Poppins, is definitely their best yet and worthy of a public performance. A cast of over 40 children aged seven to 12 years acted, sang and danced through this well-known story and songs – remember A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Let’s Go Fly A Kite and the unforgettable Supercalifragilicexpialidocious? The young actors enjoyed themselves while giving the performance of their lives. The lead characters - Mary Poppins played by Maddie Simpson; the children Jane and

Michael Banks –were well played by Zara Bird and Robbie Upshorn; and chimney sweep Bert was Freddy Sayer. They were like seasoned actors for some so young, portraying very believable characters. I attended the final dress rehearsal, performed to an audience,of young family members and residents from a Kapiti resthome. I was intrigued with the mum sitting beside me with a toddler. Both were totally absorbed in the near nonstop performance, and mum admitted to being unaware of anything else around her. “They did really well,” director Jacqui Simpson said after the dress rehearsal. It’s a very complex musical and the most difficult we’ve done with lots of music and costume changes. Definitely the hardest show yet.”

The show was a new experience for new principal Michelle Tate “The kids were just amazing.” It took a lot of time and effort. With all stage productions there’s masses of work behind the scenes; the lighting and sound were operated by senior students and the kids helped with a lot of the backstage work too. Thanks must also go the “masses” of parents who have supported and worked with the production, too. The 70 minute production of Mary Poppins JR is a Broadway Junior show, scripted and designed for school productions. The shorter time meant there was no interval but with so much action on stage time wasn’t noticed.

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1 small pita bread grated cheese ham, torn in pieces 2 Tbsp tomato paste Preheat your oven to 180°C. Spread the paste over the pita, place the ham, and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browning.

The cubs were making pizzas for one another as part of developing their cooking skills and setting the table to then sit together and share their meal. Tip: The Cubs were vigilant about washing their hands before food preparation began.

Michael (Robbie Upshorn) and Jane Banks (Zara Bird) visit the sights of London with Mary Poppins (Maddie Simpson). They join in with the Bird Woman (Isla Rountree) and children with the song Feed the Birds

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

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Cancellation - Meetings are sometimes cancelled for a variety of reasons. To confirm whether a meeting is on, please ring the Democracy Services Manager on (04) 296 4700 or toll free on 0800 486 486. Venue – Please note that all meetings will be held in the Council Chambers, Civic Administration Building, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu, unless otherwise specified. Public Forum – a 25-minute session will be held before every Council and major committee meeting (9.30 am – 9.55 am) in which you can speak on any topic. Bookings are essential. Please book ahead with the Democracy Services Advisor – online booking form can be found on website. Public Speaking Time – Under Council’s Standing Orders (Appendix I) a period will be provided after the start of each meeting for Public Speaking Time to allow for oral submissions relating to agenda items, and at the end of meeting for other items not on the agenda. If you wish to address the Council or its Committees during Public Speaking Time please book ahead with the Democracy Services Advisor and you will be given an approximate timeslot. People who book ahead for Public Speaking will be given precedence over those who do not. Live-streaming: Council and Standing Committee meetings are live-streamed. Agendas are available two days before the meeting at: • Our website; • Council’s Libraries and Service Centres.

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Huge Ōtaki success at national cat show BY FRANK NEILL This year’s National Cat Show proved highly successful for Ōtaki’s Lyall Payne. One of the cats he entered, Chalfont William Tell, was the supreme best Birman at the event, held in Tauranga on 15 June. Not only did one of his cats win, but another, Chalfont Hip Hip Hooray, was the runner-up supreme best Birman. She is a daughter of Chalfont William Tell. And a third, Chalfont Overnight Sensation was the best neuter/spay Birman and fourth best in show in the neuter/spay division. “I had a hugely successful time,” Mr Payne said. This year’s show attracted 231 entries, which were judged by judges from Hong Kong, Finland, the United States and Australia. Mr Payne’s success continues a tradition of Ōtaki successes at national cat shows. In addition to him taking out a series of wins in past shows, so too have Val Richards, who also showed Birmans, and Marion Petley, who shows British Blues. Mr Payne’s introduction to cat breeding and showing

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came when he bought a house in Mill Road, some 27 years ago. At the back of the property was a mess hall, built at the time American servicemen were in the area during the Second World War. The previous owner had converted the mess hall into a hairdressing salon, and said they were going to covert it again, this time into a cattery. They asked Mr Payne if he would mind looking after their cats until they got settled. Soon after, however, they came back and said circumstances had changed and Mr Payne could, if he wanted, have the cats – two young female Birmans. Val Richards started breeding them, and then later Mr Payne took over. He became an enthusiast. As well as breeding and showing Birmans, he is now also a qualified cat show judge. All the Birmans he breeds have Chalfont in their name. They are named after Chalfont St Giles, a village some 30km from central London. “That’s where all the Paynes came from originally,” Mr Payne says.

Lyall Payne with his supreme winner, Chalfont William Tell.


Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Media Muse

Biblical warnings of the end of the world being nigh, such as an uptacke in pestilences, earthquakes, famines, plagues and false prophets, do not generally include the arrival in shops of the new 98-inch television screens. If there is a sure sign that the End Times are here and the Judgment Day is upon us hallelujah, it’s these mammoth screens. About as big as a king-size bed, they are priced at $79,999.98 with an eye on the market segment with a cut-out point of $80,000. As an added incentive, there’s a special online offer if you register for the retailer’s website — another $5 off, reducing the price down to $79,994.98 — a saving that could come in handy if you’re having to make alterations, add extra wall space or just to get the damn thing inside. The reason for the absence of the 98-inch television screen as an early onset “End Time” warning was surely because there was no television, or radio even, when these bits of the Bible were written. Basically, there were just tablets, but not as we know them today. When Moses came down from the mountain he had the Commandments on two stone tablets. Consider the difference with similar important documents today, the Budget for example. Too big to be carved on tablets, the Budget has to be put out on the internet where it can be hacked (if you’re Russian) or search-engined (if you’re in the National Party). But back to these screens, I’m told that Hardly Normal in Paraparaumu has sold two of them to a customer who wants one for his home and the other for his boat. No kidding. When he’s out in his boat and wants to watch television he’ll get on his jet ski to


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get enough distance between himself and the screen so as to view the action without breaking his neck. It seems like a lot of trouble to take considering the quality of some of the programmes. Have you seen the one on Duke, one of four mainstream channels run by the government’s TVNZ company, in which television cameras follow cops around the United States, supposedly live, stopping speeding drivers and busting into homes while people are taking drugs and having sex. I thought the “V” in “TV” stood for “vision” or “video” but increasingly it stands for “voyeur”. In our living rooms we can follow cops around on the other side of the world or, closer to home, watch a Mexican standoff with cellphones as welfare officers try to enforce a court order to remove a newborn baby from his mother’s arms in a hospital ward that looks more like a Wellington bus stop and where the only white skin is on the television reporter. Described as “harrowing” and “investigative journalism” by the Newsroom website, this video was actually a gross exploitation of a traumatic experience for a group of powerless and vulnerable people, made all the worse for being funded by New Zealand on Air out of the small change remaining from the $38 million originally intended to provide — finally — a non-commercial television channel. A capital gains tax was not the only election pledge that Labour has failed to honour. There is also the non-commercial TV channel and something else that I discovered when rooting around in the documents at the back of New Zealand on Air’s website. In a letter dated February 28 2018 to the broadcast funding agency’s then

chairwoman, Miriam Dean, the former minister of broadcasting, Clare Curran, writes: “As foreshadowed in the Labour Party Broadcasting Manifesto, I wish to signal a review of NZ on Air’s functions. The scope and timing of such a review is yet to be determined, but you can expect this to become clearer over the coming 12 months.” It is now 16 months since that letter was sent so I asked Ms Curran’s successor, Kris Faafoi, what, if any, progress has been made on this review. I made this request under the Official Information Act, as you do. At time of writing a week had passed without even an acknowledgement that the request had been received. Mind you, this is par for the course with Mr Faafoi, himself a former television journalist who distinguished himself by chasing an MP into a toilet to ask him if he would be taking his wife on an overseas trip. A review of NZ on Air is well overdue. The Broadcasting Commission, as it is officially known, was set up by the Fourth Labour government under the Broadcasting Act which came into effect precisely 30 years ago on 1 July 1989, a time when television sets still had knobs for controlling the vertical hold. As anyone not yet in their dotage but close can tell you, when television came in and was so expensive that most people had to rent sets month-by-month, the picture would start rolling like a rat on a treadmill. You’d have to get up and fiddle with the vertical hold to try and steady it down. To know what it was like, have a go at watching tv after necking a bottle of vodka. Switch to monochrome and throw soap powder at the screen for an authentic experience.

Early TV sets were enclosed in cabinets, some with doors that hid the screen and could be opened for viewing on special occasions, like the Queen’s Christmas Message. Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”) had one in “Keeping Up Appearances”. The drop in standards implicit in allowing a vulgar mass medium such as television into the living area is all the more difficult to disguise with the mammoth screen. Once again it’s traditional furniture to the rescue. Some new big screens are also available with wooden frames so that they look like works of art, pictures on permanent vertical hold, as it were. Classy. It’s all down to the new 8K technology which offers four times the picture quality of 4K technology (not to be confused with the 5G technology that is proving to be so effective in the Chinese Government’s surveillance of the Uighur population in East Turkistan and will be a cutting edge game-changer for the America’s Cup races in Auckland in 2021 or whenever). “The quality of 8K is stunning,” says one mega-screen consultant. “You can stand with your nose to the screen and still not see any pixels.” Actually, you can stand with your nose to the screen that you have now and not see any pixels — or anything for that matter. Maybe if you had your nose on the screen and moved your head up and down very fast you might solve the vertical hold problem. Generally, though, if using the nose-toscreen test when checking the quality of your new screen, first make sure you’re alone in the room and don’t do it for too long.

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Ōtaki - Education Town a learning eco-system

Opinion piece: What is it that Teachers want? Time. Time to teach, time to develop strong relationships with our rangatahi, time to plan, time to talk and consult with other staff both in our department or out of it, time to upskill ourselves and most of all time to have fun and enjoy our job! Probably the biggest issue raised when I have spoken with teachers about this profession is having time to do our job to the best of our ability. Recently I have been on a professional development course which took me out of the classroom one day a week for nine weeks. My students didn’t like having a relieving teacher, but the other teachers I was on the course with loved being able to spend a day out to upskill themselves and start to have time to think about what they were doing in their classroom. We had conversations about students, how to engage them more, how to include more cross curricula options for them so they were wanting to stay in school and achieve.

As teachers we were able to discuss and share our reality and it was really interesting to hear that the issues are the same for both Primary and Secondary teachers in either the English or Te Reo Māori medium. Time is finite and yet we seem to have so many tasks to fit into a day. The list grows longer as we try to be the best we can be for our students. The pastoral needs of our students are growing and we as teachers are the ones who are dealing with this on a daily basis. We know in Ōtaki that we have experienced tragedy and teachers are working hard to help our rangitahi work through this. However, I would ask the question Who helps the teachers? We didn’t take the action to strike lightly and when we were gathered at the roundabout on the Main Highway at 7am on Wednesday 29th May there was a real sense of unity with the other Kura from Ōtaki joining us from the college.

Some of us then went into Wellington to the big rally and Ōtaki ended up at the front of the march, thanks to Ōtaki School and its banner, and right in front of Chris Hipkins as he spoke to us. This was a very unifying experience too. It was quite incredible to be with thousands of people who shared your reality and understood your frustrations. As we move into discussion and voting on the settlement offer, teachers will be considering the main issues we face - our workload which seems to grow every year, the retention and recruitment of teachers and salary. I put them in this order deliberately because just about every teacher I know does not come to teach because of the money. They teach because they love making changes in kids lives. Joanna Devane PPTA Union rep Head of Performing Arts Ōtaki College

Below: Ōtaki teachers protesting

Kaitiakitanga I tēnei ao hurihuri : Our Culture/Our Whānau, Our Environment/Our Future BY KAHUKURA KEMP A symposium held in Foxton on 21 June did all that such an event is expected to: inform, encourage conversation, entertain, but above all, to inspire us to keep moving forward into the future. The outstanding lineup of speakers comprised Mason Durie, Nanaia Mahuta, John Tamihere, Manu Caddie, Sharlene Maoate-Davis, Wira Gardiner, Joe Williams and Farah Palmer. Mason Durie, although retired from professional life, continues to fight for the health of our people through his involvement in the protection of the Oroua river which is vital to the health of Ngāti Kauwhata as a source of food, recreation, spiritual revitalization and a marker of tribal identity. Partnership with the Manawatu District Council led to the Oroua River Declaration signed off in 2015. Nanaia Mahuta, with her many years of political experience acknowledged the government’s obligation to assist Māori in our self-determination. Rightly, she acknowledged that the government doesn’t have all the answers. Her work now is looking at three roles for the government: strategic leadership and a long vision; resetting the role of Te Puni Kōkiri to better serve wellbeing outcomes; alignment and step change for innovation and investing for impact to

assist in the journey from dependency to self-determination. John Tamihere acknowledged Whatarangi Winiata, the architect of this wananga as “a walking Maori solution”, a term that can be also applied to Whānau Ora – whānau as architects of their own destinies, rejection of assimilation, seizing today to shape the future. Manu Caddie is part of Hikurangi Group in Te Tairawhiti, a collective committed to creating sustainable jobs and environment enhancement through natural product innovation. They are involved with land utilisation, sustainable commercialisation, carbon farming indigenous species, fit for purpose business structures, ecosystem restoration and job creation for cultural survival. A current innovative research project is being undertaken jointly with Massey University and Hokaido University in Japan looking into the potential of using kina waste for potential rongoā use. Sharlene Maoate-Davis in speaking about our relationship to te taiao remarked that “we have had a divorce going on – it’s time to look at the marital relationship and start to repair it”. Traditional themes were explored as indicators of wellness – karakia, mōteatea, whakapapa, our relationship to atua and how we can enter into a rela-

tionship with the environment in different ways. Her message was “journey around the neighbourhood, see what’s what and what needs to change” because we all need to think seriously about the inheritance we are gifting to our mokopuna. Wira Gardiner asserted that cultural survival requires activism, not passive complacency. “Cultural preservation requires eternal vigilance”. We were reminded about the many things we have to celebrate within our culture – language excellence expressed in Te Manu Kōrero and kapa haka competitions; written works that increase our capacity to record our history; film works that tell our stories; musicianship. We were also reminded of risks to cultural survival if we are not adaptable. Debbie Packer looked at the challenges we face in the 21st century and urged us be our authentic selves, remember that we came to Aotearoa by design and we must reinforce, preserve and protect our authenticity. Joe Williams gave us a scary snapshot of our future if we do not grab hold of a vision, and work towards that vision, getting past self-doubt and doubts of others. “We forget how we set things upside down by imagination and belief”. We need to know what we will look like in 2050 and work toward our preferred future.

Farah Palmer is an exemplar of wāhine in a leadership role. The three-time rugby World Cup winner and former captain of the Black Ferns was truly inspirational in showing how to use your strength to claim your space, develop passion and share it with others. If all our young Māori women are given the opportunity to hear this woman speak then their future will indeed be bright. Many thanks to Te Pā Harakeke o Te Awahou who brought this symposium together. For this writer, it brought a sense of exhilaration that despite, or maybe because of, the not so good things that we experience as a people, we are moving into the future with determination to make it better for all of us. E ngā rangatira, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi. Visit us at 144 Tasman Road, Ōtaki Phone us at 0800 WĀNANGA Visit our website at Email us at


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Ōtaki College News June 2019

From the Principal Andy Fraser The month of June has been incredibly exciting as we have been able to see the talents of our students showcased in our recent school production as well as on the national stage at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival in Wellington.

native and Innovative Production and Most Thought-Provoking Performance. Their 15 minute scene from Othello stood out, not only for their incredible acting, but also for the use of a bilingual presentation in Te Reo Māori and English. In follow-up, Pare has been accepted into the National Shake-

flourish in our rapidly changing world with its shifting employment trends. In doing this we are focussed on shaping the future of education and how this will be delivered within the College. This will require us to: • Understand our community and its aspirations

• Identify opportunities for young people locally, nationally and international • Ensure there is a teaching and learning programme that meets the needs and aspirations of all young people in our College community. One of the many challenges ahead of us is to understand that the purpose of education has changed. Education has always had two goals – replication of existing knowledge and exploring new knowledge. In the past, and more recently, common practice has been focussed on replication of existing knowledge, however, given the scale and rate of change, its focus now needs to shift to preparing young people for a constantly changing future. I am looking forward to working with the new Board on developing how education will look at Ōtaki College in the future.

Students Involved in Community Projects The school production, Beanstalkers, could only be described as hilarious. It was a parody based on a number of children’s fairy-tales and had the audience completely captured from start to finish. I would like to acknowledge all the students who were involved in this production, which is one that will stick in my mind for many years to come. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Anna Groves and Joanna Devane for the work they put in producing and supporting this production to such a high standard. Anna Groves will be completing her long term relieving role at the end of Term Two and we all wish her the very best in her future endeavours – which we hope will include involvement in further school productions. On the national stage we are incredibly proud of the efforts of Parekawa Finlay (Ōtaki College) and Ari Leason (Te-Kura-a-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano). Pare and Ari won two national awards at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival - Most Imagi-

speare Schools Production (NSSP) 2019. A number of participants from this one week intensive workshop will be selected to go on to London and perform at the Globe Theatre in early 2020. We wish Pare every success. ( see page1) Special congratulations go to the two student directors, Parekawa Finlay and Tammy Rumsey.

2019 Board of Trustee Elections

On Thursday 13th June the announcement of the Ōtaki College Board of Trustees’ election was made. I have great pleasure in welcoming new trustees: Penny Gaylor, Sarah Ropata and Shelley Warwick, and returning trustees Paul Carlyon, Dale Nakhla and Maewa Kaihau (Ngā Hāpū o Ōtaki representative). They join newly elected staff representative, Natasha Simpson, and student representative, Hetal Patel. This will be an exciting term for the Ōtaki College BoT as the College moves towards a review of its current Strategic Plan and the development of a graduate profile to equip our young people to manage and

One of the most important things that we can encourage is the understanding of young people around the importance of service. I am incredibly proud of the following students who have all given up their time to create and submit successful applications to the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Think BIG programme. I wish them all the best with their various projects. Two students were granted funds to assist in the activities of the Manukura GPS group. This group was established in 2019 as a means of building leadership abilities in our senior male students. They work as a group from 7:30-8:30am every morning and complete team building, problem solving, self-identity and community service activities. In addition to the leadership and service benefits of these activities, the group also gives these young men something positive to be a part of and to look forward to each day. Jacob Gates was granted funds to go towards different items that members can earn through their service to the Manukura group. These will range from small items like wrist bands and shoe laces for regular

attendance, through to group hoodies and hats for successfully running community events. Damien Doyle was successful in his application for funding for various leadership activities for the group, including a high ropes course. The end goal for the group is to have a trophy set up at Senior Prizegiving, to be awarded to the ‘Male Leader’ of the Year. Meleane Nelson-Latu, assisted by Emily Georgetti, was successful in her application to buy a variety of games that can be used in the canteen at break times. The idea is that this will build a sense of community among students and will provide engaging lunchtime activities, particularly over the winter months. Meleane envisages some of the games leading to inter-house competitions. Amelie Prentice noticed that within our society “there is a rampant consumerist culture, which leads to heavy spending on objects that we don’t need or want outside of a trend. This is particularly noticeable in the fashion industry. In turn, this causes environmental destruction and shoddy working conditions/pay for workers in developing countries. In response to this I would like to arrange a community-wide clothing exchange event, helping lessen excessive purchasing and waste. This grant from KCDC will help to make this possible.” Sharnee Housiaux-Roderique and Hetal Patel are working on setting up Wellbeing Wednesdays. Sharnee explained: “This project is based around helping to make our school more involved with our students’ mental health and to talk about other topics that are generally not spoken about. We are hoping to create safe places for kids to open up and to talk. We have planned out the next few Wednesdays they are full of fun activities to build confidence and self-respect. The funds will go towards sports gear and setting up an arts and crafts area.”

Ōtaki College Board of Trustees’ Election Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results Parent Representative Votes CARLYON, PAUL 82 VOTES GAYLOR, PENNY 61 VOTES NAKHLA, DALE 55 VOTES WARWICK, SHELLY 48 VOTES LUNDIE, GRAEME 35 VOTES HUMPHREYS, CHRIS 41 VOTES ROPATA, SARAH 41 VOTES EVANS, TAMMY 02 VOTES INVALID VOTES 04 As there were two candidates with the same number of votes a “lot” was drawn. This was drawn by Jude Rasmussen, (Ōtaki College Admin) and witnessed by Fiona Irvine, (Ōtaki College Admin) and Beverley Kata (Returning Officer). Sarah Ropata was the successful candidate. Staff Election At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received, I hereby declare the following duly elected: SIMPSON, NATASHA I hereby declare the following duly elected: Paul Carlyon, Penny Gaylor, Dale Nakhla, Shelly Warwick, Sarah Ropata, Natasha Simpson Signed Beverley Kata Returning Officer



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RSA centenary celebrated at new museum exhibition

In the first week of July a series of events in Ōtaki will acknowledge the formation of the Ōtaki and District Memorial RSA 100 years ago in July 1919, just over three years after the New Zealand RSA was established. These include an exhibition at the Ōtaki Museum which will be officially opened by the Kāpiti Coast District Mayor, K Gurunathan, on 1 July. It will remain on display at the Museum for at least four months. The exhibition traces the history of RSA from its origins out of the darkness of the First World War and its sometimes-uneven journey through to the successful and inclusive club that it is today. The RSA was set up by veterans and its core purpose remains to care for veterans – both in the present and in the community memory. Veterans are therefore at the heart of the exhibition. At the same time, the RSA plays a vital role in supporting the local community – especially by providing a safe and welcoming place for people to come together to enjoy themselves. The exhibition also provides a glimpse into this part of the RSA story.

Museum opens reading room

As well as the opening of the RSA Exhibition, on 1 July the Ōtaki Museum will open a new Reading Room. This will provide resources which will improve public access to the research material the Museum holds. These facilities are an important step in the Museum achieving its vision of being ‘a recognised destination for all matters relating to Ōtaki heritage that positively contributes to the wellbeing and sense of purpose of our community’. Visitors are welcome to come and see the historical material available.

Quiz 1. When was the original overbridge and ramp built on the northern approach to Ōtaki? 2. Which tree’s wood was so light it was used by Maori for fishing net floats? 3. When were the Ōtaki Players formed? 4. Where was the Kaitawa School? 5. When was the Ōtaki Maori Racing Club formed? Answers on page26.

Ōtaki and District Memorial RSA Refurbishment of Clubrooms • The Ōtaki RSA has received funds from the Lotteries Trust Board which will launch the refurbishment of the clubrooms. • The Ōtaki RSA is both a service to veterans, and their families, as well as a community focal point and gathering spot in the Ōtaki area. • The refurbishment will ensure that the Ōtaki RSA will continue to provide strong community facility and service in the future, as it celebrates the first 100 years of service in July 2019.

Ōtaki RSA refurbishment begins!

The Ōtaki RSA Executive has been planning the refurbishment of the clubrooms, and were advised recently that their application to the Lotteries Trust Board for funds has been approved. The RSA President Mike Fogarty says “The announcement by the Lotteries Trust Board is fantastic news. Their significant funding will meet the full costs of carpeting the clubrooms, including the

bar and social area and the restaurant. It also allows the Executive to move forward on their wider plans to make better use of the space in the clubrooms.” The premises were originally built around an existing house in the 1930’s and the rooms were completely refurbished and modernised in 1995. Mike said “The RSA recently completed an outdoor patio suitable for members and families, and the inside refurbishment will enhance the facilities. It will also allow areas to be partitioned off for use for functions and meetings, making it a great community asset.” “The timing of this announcement as we lead up to our 100 year anniversary in July, ensures that the Ōtaki RSA will continue to grow and support current and recently members of the NZ armed forces, and to provide a vibrant and expanding community hub into the future” said Mike.


An RSA working bee in the early days of the Ōtaki Servicemens Cemetery (courtesy: RSA collection).

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The Trustees of the Ōtaki RSA Poppy Trust thanks the community for its generous support on POPPY DAY. The funds collected provide support for Veterans and ex Military Service Personnel and their dependants in need. Our thanks also go to the many volunteers and businesses who assisted with the collection of donations.

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

The Woman in the White Kimono

Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers

No One Home

Shirley Smith: An Examined Life

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them. Japan, 1957: seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she is cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations. America, present day: Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

Ancient Maori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of engrossing magical beings have endured through the ages. Some hail back to Hawaiki, some are firmly grounded in New Zealand and its landscape. Through countless generations, the stories have been reshaped and passed on. This new collection presents a wide range of traditional myths that have been retold by some of our best Maori wordsmiths. The writers have added their own creativity, perspectives and sometimes wonderfully unexpected twists, bringing new life and energy to these rich, spellbinding and significant taonga. Take a fresh look at Papatuanuku, a wild ride with Maui, or have a creepy encounter with Ruruhi-Kerepo. The contributors include: David Geary, Patricia Grace, Briar GraceSmith, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Tina Makereti, Kelly Ana Morey, Paula Morris, Renee and Hone Tuwhare.

On Halloween night, the residents of Black Gale gather for a dinner party. As the only nine people living there, they’ve become close friends as well as neighbours. They eat, drink and laugh. They play games and take photographs. Those photographs will be the last record of any of them. By the next morning, the whole village has vanished. With no bodies, no evidence and no clues, the mystery remains unsolved two and a half years on. But then the families of the missing turn to investigator David Raker - and their obsession becomes his. What secrets were the neighbours keeping from their families - and from each other? Were they really everything they seemed? And is Raker looking for nine missing people - or nine dead bodies?

Shirley Smith was one of the most remarkable New Zealanders of the 20th century, a woman whose lifelong commitment to social justice, legal reform, gender equality and community service left a profound legacy. She was born in Wellington in 1916. While her childhood was clouded by loss, she had a privileged upbringing. She studied classics at Oxford University. Despite contracting TB she graduated with a good Second and an intellectual and moral education that would guide her through the rest of her life. She returned to New Zealand when war broke out, and taught classics before marrying eminent economist and public servant Dr W.B. Sutch in 1944, and giving birth to a daughter in 1945. She qualified as a lawyer at the age of 40, and in her career of 40 years broke down many barriers, her relationship with the Mongrel Mob epitomising her role as a champion of the marginalised and vulnerable. Shirley Smith: An Examined Life tells the story of a remarkably warm and generous woman, one with a rare gift for frankness, an implacable sense of principle, and a personality of complexity and formidable energy.

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Ōtaki Mail —July 2019

Ōtaki scoops 2 prestigious Awards BY NIKKI LUNDIE A selection of powerhouses behind Surf Life Saving NZ in the Capital Coast region, including 7 members of our club, were recognised as finalists in the 2019 Awards of Excellence. The awards recognise the hard work, dedication and skills of club members who have been keeping Kiwis safe on the beach in roles as diverse as lifeguarding, training, administration, fundraising and rescue boat maintenance. Winners were announced at a ceremony on Saturday 25 May at the Mana Cruising Club. We’re absolutely thrilled with the results. Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club won the Innovation category and one of our senior competitors – Atakura Julian – was named U19 Sportsperson of the year. Atakura won 5 medals at the Surf Lifesaving Nationals earlier this year – 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Atakura is also a member of the New Zealand Black Fins, the New Zealand Surf Life Saving team. Winning the Innovation Award was the result of a new programme from the club in conjunction with The Kapiti Trust that is geared towards enthusiastic and adventurous year 7/8 students (ages 10 to 14) who are interested in learning to swim or improving their swimming and gaining water safety skills. The swimming and beach safety programme that runs over approximately six weeks includes two swimming lessons per week and beach water safety sessions at the surf club, which concludes with a rafting trip down the Ōtaki River under the watchful eye of the team at Captivate Adventures.

This programme is only possible thanks to a very generous donation we received from the Kapiti Trust, with the express objective of running an ongoing project aimed at improving water safety for a group of interested local high school students. This age group was selected as they are often being allowed more freedom from parents and are prone to getting into difficulty by overestimating their ability. While the aim of this programme is not to recruit members, it has raised awareness of our club and the work we do in the community.

Patrick Joss - tennis grant Last years water safety programme students ready themselves for a rafting adventure on the Ōtaki River

JT wins Cross Country A number of students attended our Ōtaki Inter-school Cross Country this term, the biggest number competing for quite a few years. 10 students made it through to the Kapiti Inter-school cross country where JT Byrne (left) came 1st, and Zephaniah Joe 4th. They will represent Kapiti Coast at the Wellington Regional Cross Country on 2nd July at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Sixteen year old Patrick Joss of Ōtaki received a Lions’ Club of Kapiti $1,000 grant. Patrick is competing at both national and international tennis levels and is ranked No 2 for his age in NZ. At age 14, he was the NZ national age-group teams event champion and was a member of the NZ U18 representative team to Australia in 2017. He and a partner were the doubles champions in the Queensland State championship in 2017. Patrick is described by one referee as a “role model and inspiration to others”. His success has taken him to Brisbane, New Caledonia, Vietnam and Singapore and has just returned from competition in Namibia and is scheduled to compete at tournaments in Fiji next month. Patrick says he is most grateful to his coach Francis Glover of the Tennis Academy who has been his coach from the time he was seven years pld. His future aspiration is to gain an American university scholarship which would develop his game further and give him world-class competition. He was a finalist in the Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year emerging male category in 2017, became the 2018 Paraparaumu College Sportsman of the Year and this year’s College Sport Wellington tennis champion. Pictured: Patrick and Lions’ president Bill McKeich

By Penny Gaylor The inaugural Football for Famine - brainchild of the 16 Ōtaki College boys known as Manakura GPS - raised over $3,000. Their idea proved infectious, with boys from Years 8 and 9 joining the senior students, and across their epic non-stop football game, they were challenged by eight different teams - some even turning up in the middle of the night for the football version of a flash-mob. The football version of a marathon was Live-streamed to the

world from the Ōtaki College Gymnasium, the smaller gym used as their sleeping (barely), eating and resting whare. The boys said they were “pretty chuffed” with their “good accomplishment”. One boy also noted they were especially stoked with how they had planned and prepared for the weekend “because usually all our stuff gets organised by our mums”. They did find the undertaking had been even more challenging than they were thinking, but they will definitely do it again.

Their biggest shout-out went to College teacher Sam Ward who is providing mentoring support to the Manakura group, and who showed his true grit by playing football for all but 4 hours of the event. Also they are very grateful to the College for allowing them to use the gym all weekend, and to all the supporters who brought food and came along to cheer them on. Sixteen exhausted lads, $3,000 dollars raised, 1,649 goals scored, sore legs countless, satisfaction Priceless.

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