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Hei Pānui Nui Mā Ngā Ringa Tautoko

Māoriland Hub - exciting plans


There are plans by the Māoriland Charitable Trust for the iconic Edhouses building now called Māoriland Hub to become a multi-purpose cinema and art space.

Kei ngā rangatira, kei ngā whānau, tēnā koutou katoa. We greet too, all our ringa tautoko, our supporters of Māoriland. We placed the following words on the windows of the Māoriland Hub. We share them with you – in case you’ve not been in Sunny Ōtaki recently. Tēnei ka mihi oha atu nei me ngā whakawhētai mō te pai o tō tātou hui taurima kua oti nei. Mei kore ake koutou rangatahi mā, Pāpā me Māmā Some of the team behind the Māoriland Film festival and the mā, kaumātua mā, ā me ngā hoa maha. Māoriland Hub including the kaihoutu (patron) of the rangatahi

film festival Julian Dennison (star of Hunt for the Wilderpeople) We at Māoriland want to thank every single person who came to watch a film, or who offered their time, energy, and hearts to help us put on such a wonderful festival.

The manuhiri and guests to our town, from within New Zealand and around the world, have left feeling healed and energised by their time with us.

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First step is a new roof and skylights which the trust hopes to make happen in August at a cost of over $120,000. More detailed plans will soon be up in the window of the Māoriland Hub. Look out also for the launch details of the Māoriland Social Club, on Sunday 7th May at 6pm. Watch out for public Matariki events and catch up on film screenings too!

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Moko Morris (Te Aitanga a Mahaki has joined our for a tramp to the/ Te topAtiawa) of Kaitawa Road, team, and has taken responsibility Ōtaki Gorge, with five transitions and 12 ensuring commitment to check pointsfor before the our finish line. There navigated through bush and farmland and our taiao is active, through mara Some of the international fi lmmakers salute Ōtaki on the beach bridge), taking over eight hours to finish. were also a couple of navigation detours, tubed down Ōtaki for River, all of 200 our So thank youthe everyone helping to make kai, recycling trade justice, through private land behindand Mansell’s competitors in the BigFestival Bang Adventure fourth Māoriland Film such an astound- The start line was only revealed the preshe will be organising screenings farm. Race, around and through the lower foot vious night, so teams with their support ing success. and supporting our kaupapa. Moko hills behind Ōtaki and Ōtaki Gorge. crew and supporters were on private land The first washas a mental the worked challenge extensively-in the OrMFF 2017 by the numbers: alongside the Waitohu Quarry soon after outline of a spade made up with matches ganic /Hua “Another great over eventfive with plenty of chal• 121 Events days 7.30am, ready to collect their course maps with a pieceparakore of gorse at the top, they had lenges, butpremieres some good timeswinning made,”fievent • 8 NZ of award lms and last minute instructions for the 8am to remove two matches industry and while maintaining director, Yaxley said. “A great day • 100 fiCarrie lms from start. With the starting point at the top of the shape of the spade and keep the gorse. brings her for• everyone, with 15 countries andno serious injuries.” the paddock, teams had to run around the For the second, they energy to were faced with • 71 indigenous nations paddock, negotiating five horse jumps befive upside down us. kayaks across a small November 7 was the fifth annual six hour • 35 New Zealand films fore collecting their bikes and heading up lake, teams had to cross the lake over the adventure race and the most entries to Catch up to check in at the • 60 works by female the track to Gundy’s Hut. Several teams kayaks and remember date, with teams of twodirectors or four competing with Mokokayak - the “captain” • 2 free outdoor screenings took a wrong turn and ended up in the marker at the middle as men’s, women’s or mixed teams. With if was you issued with an “identi• 32 international filmmakers in attendance next paddock! of each team perfect weather conditions, most teams over two thousand people turned out for the second whanau havethey anyhad to click into the • 1300 in line screenings workshops ty” disc which outdoor screening of Moana! made it torangatahi the finish within&six hours, It’s a steep climb up tophoto Gundy’s quite a ideas at credits Tina-Marie Haresnape recording markersoratsuggestions each checkpoint and but the last three teams were still out in challenge for many, but once at the top it kiaora@maorilandfi transition, ....continued overleaf the field and missed the cut-off time for We hope you enjoyed the films, and the time BY MARGARET spent with thoseANDREWS who make them. These are sto- the river section and had to cycle down ries the world needs to see. We are proud to share the Ōtaki Gorge from Shield Flat to the They came, they cycled, climbed hills, end of Kaitawa Road (over the swing them with you.

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This from local woman Noleen Seddon who knows first hand the benefits of life at Enliven’s integrated home and village in central Levin.

Reevedon Village residents are given preferential entry into Enliven’s rest homes, including the neighbouring Reevedon Home, as well as Levin Home for War Veterans.

Noleen lived at Reevedon Retirement Village next door to Reevedon Home for 17 years before moving to the rest home in January this year.

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“I was independent in my cottage but I knew they would look after me at the home if I ever needed it.” She explains that even before she moved to Reevedon Village, she’d seen how special the home and village was.

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“My mother lived at Reevedon Village in the exact same villa that I moved into. My husband lived at Reevedon Home for almost three years before he passed away in 2001. I was going there every day to see him – that’s when I decided to move into the village next door,” Noleen explains.

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Maoriland Trust chair reports I bloody love going to the movies! There is nothing better than being in a comfy seat in a dark space watching a stunning big screen story. And somehow, by sitting with a crowd of expectant people who have also chosen to be there, I feel part of a community. I feel immersed. Bingo Shorts at the Māoriland Film Festival, 2017 I especially had that feeling during the recent Māoriland Film Festival. It was our fourth annual celebration of indigenous cinema and a wonderful chance for our community to immerse themselves in over 121 films. There were dramas and documentaries and short films that speak to many of the issues facing our planet today. We even got in a few games of Bingo during a session of experimental shorts. We had fun at our festival! After a profound pōwhiri at Raukawa marae, filmmakers and rangatahi, parents and film fans got together to plan for the Festival activities. In particular, choosing which films to go and see. The NATIVE SLAM 2 filmmakers were concentrating on finishing their 72-hour film challenge films they’d making together in the days leading up to the festival. Some of the most acclaimed feature films to be screened were SAMI BLOOD, TANNA, ANGRY INUK, BONFIRE, POI E, ZAC’S STORY and GOLDSTONE. These incredible movies are an astonishing mix of passion, social justice and committed storytelling. The outdoor screenings for HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and MOANA attracted well over a thousand people. And who could forget the electric response to Michelle Latimer’s RISE, her masterly film about Standing Rock. For nearly a week Ōtaki hosted many

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filmmakers, film fans and whānau. Thirty native filmmakers from overseas joined us and each of them left the festival feeling rejuvenated by what they had experienced here in our town. The community enjoyed seeing another Ricky Baker in their midst: The popular film star Julian Dennison and his mum Mabelle took a full part in all the activities. Their keynote address at the Rangiātea Church was a master-class in wisdom and wit. The Aboriginal Mob brought their stunning 360˚ camera technology and amazed everyone with their ground breaking work in ‘immersive’ filmmaking of the future. Everyone was blown away by the murals in the township and at Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano created by Hawaiian artist Estria, Mike Bam and Cherise. A wide range of industry experts, artists and healers came to Ōtaki to share their work and their kōrero with us. Much of all this activity took place at the new Māoriland Hub. The festival was this year blessed with our own spacious headquarters. The iconic and beloved Edhouse’s Department Store transformed into the Māoriland Hub. It was so easy to host activities and guests and set up our box office there. We have plans for the Hub and will keep the community up to date with the activities we will offer the town. The school’s programme led by our own young filmmakers Ngā Pakiaka was a celebration of storytelling for youth. The Ngā Purapura venue was regularly packed with hundreds and hundreds of students applauding films made by their own, and other young filmmakers from around the world. Our rangatahi are the storytellers of tomorrow, and their capacity to

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communicate well with each other and the world is one way to protect our unique New Zealand identity in an uncertain future. Māoriland was a success because so many people came to see the films and wanted to take part in the buzz: To wear the T-Shirts, hang around and enjoy the vibe. We were blessed by the weather and the buoyant mood of so many festival-goers and hard working volunteers. Tēnā koutou katoa. There is no doubt that native cinema is growing as a potent filmmaking force. Māori filmmakers contribute to it. So do other Polynesian people along with Aboriginal, the Sami, the Native peoples of the American continent, and a host of other indigenous nations from around the world. Despite differences of language and custom one of the common characteristics of all these films is that they are about relationships: With our environment, with each other, and within ourselves. Film is not just about entertainment. Though it’s certainly one of its greatest attractions.

ficult to find. A good film will change your mind. A great film will change your life. This is why film is an art and why I love going to the movies. – Tainui Stephens Māoriland Charitable Trust Chair

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Otaki's Waterways The Prime Minister's chief science advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman delivered his New Zealand's Fresh Waters: Values, statistics, trends and human impacts a fortnight ago. The 84 page report was comprehensive in its scope and analysis, but fell short on pointing the finger at irresponsible farming or poor legislation. It provided an excellent background, nevertheless. He was scathing of the recently-announced government 'Swimmability' proposals (90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040), that is a hollow joke, but unfortunately the joke's on us. Equally, the government's attitude towards Climate Change does not befit a developed country with clean & green aspirations. Gluckman noted that it was the arrival of Pakeha and the rapid expansion of pastoral farming and its intensification over recent years (dairying) that were the root causes of the decline in water quality. He noted that climate change is applying pressure to our freshwater ecosystems, with flooding, droughts and sea-level rise being hazards that we will have to get used to. The solutions offered were not rocket science, but bear repetition: - protecting and restoring riparian zones - planting and keeping livestock out of waterways - ensuring water allocation does not exceed sustainable river flows - better management to ensure ecosystem health Fresh water, he said is a taonga - a treasure of great cultural, environmental social and economic significance. New Zealand has abundant water resources (as we discovered in the awful Summer) but not always in the right places, or at the right time. Some of our rivers are badly degraded (Manawatu

springs to mind) Most of our wetlands are degraded. Fertiliser over-application, has led to Nitrogen and Phosphorous pollution, high stocking rates to faecal deposition and contamination. Applying Gluckman's microscope to Ōtaki, how do we fare? The Ōtaki river ticks all the boxes. With a very active and successful Friends group (chaired by a conscientious farmer) and a Regional Council who operate good management and conservation, it's a model river, helped immensely, one should add by the majority of its catchment in the Tararuas, and a short flow to the sea. Ōtaki's water comes from the gravels of the Ōtaki river, and without a healthy river, we probably wouldn't have a healthy town! The Waitohu stream, is a capricious beast, capable of extreme flows. Much of its path is through lifestyle blocks that practice varying degrees of conservation, with little riparian planting or stock inhibition. The Mangapouri Stream oft-quoted as one of the Regional Council's most polluted streams, flows through the racourse, down Mill road alongside Convent road before joining the Waitohu. Once a source of food, today a sadly-neglected stream, crying out for rehabilitation. The Mangaone in Te Horo until recently flooded regularly, and was a prime example of stock grazing in and around the water. Not a good look. We all Ōtaki residents should insist our waterways are cleaned up, and not sit idly by watching our taonga slowly degrade, our fish decline and our children with nowhere to swim safely.

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What’s ON Friends of the Ōtaki River Planting Days May 21 am at Chrystall’s Bend June 7 am at Chrystall’s Walkway June 24 am at Chrystall’s Walkway July 24 am Top end of the lagoon Junior Basketball Coaching Programme – Term 2 2017 Hoop Club in Ōtaki restarts Sunday 7 May to Sunday 2 July Ōtaki College Gym, Mill Road, Ōtaki 5 to 10 year olds 1.00 to 2.00pm 11 to 17 year olds 2.00 to 3.00pm Contact – Corey Woodroofe 0274439141 World War One at Sea Ōtaki Museum 49 Main Street Thursday – Saturday 10am – 2pm Church May Fair Hadfield Hall, 47 Te Rauparaha St, Ōtaki. Saturday 6 May, 10 am to 2 pm Annual Parish Fair with all the usual treats and bargains. Age on the Go Expo Saturday 29 April 9.30 – 3pm Waikanae War Memorial Hall RSA Movies and Live Music See RSA advertisement Page 19 for details Ōtaki Pottery Club After School Classes 4 weeks from 15 May Mondays 3.30-5pm $50 Contact Margaret Hunt 3648053 Ōtaki Players 70th Birthday Curtains Up May 6 7pm – 10pm Register by website – no door sales Ōtaki Women’s Community Club Market 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday SH1 opposite New World Waitohu & Te Horo School fundraiser Cabaret night at Ōtaki Maori race course Saturday 3rd June Tickets $60 Manu Korero competitions Wednesday 17 May (see page 7) Maoriland Hub - launch Sunday 7th May at 6pm at 'Edhouses'


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Marj Nutting retires BY MARGARET ANDREWS

Since 1966 Marj Nutting has been the cleaner at Te Horo School, but after 51 years on the job she has finally hung up her gloves and apron and retired to enjoy her garden. Such a dedicated length of service called for more than just “goodbye and thanks” and so the whole school came together in the new school hall to give their farewell, at the end of March. Many of her family and friends were invited to join in the afternoon of accolades and presentations, because not only did she spend 51 years as cleaner, but Marj was also the school bus driver for over 20 years. The pupils had made her a book of memories and photos and also prepared a list of questions about her time at Te Horo School. One of the questions included “what enthused you to stay so long?” she replied “I love the school and the people have been nice.”


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Te Horo’s heritage hall is bustling with activities these days. Spokesperson, Sharon Hurst, said as well as the regular country markets (first Sunday of every month), the weekly Swiss Ball exercise classes (Tuesday 9.15am) and the popular Drinks and Nibbles (first Friday every month), there’s a variety of newcomers, including hands-on horticulture classes – contact Warren for next enrolment date (

Access to Kapiti’s expressway, the Peka Peka to Ōtaki section, is limited for the Te Horo community. Once completed, the current design has access points at Ōtaki and Waikanae only (on and off ramps at Peka Peka have been omitted).

Dance classes for children are planned, starting in May, and grown-ups can have their dance fix on Thursday evenings (5.30pm start), contact Sharon 06 364 3624 for further details.

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“If none of these interests you, we still have Monday evenings free,” said Sharon. “Why not start a new group? Our rates are favourable and the hall is always well presented.”

In response to a request funny things that happened” she told of school bus woes “they were noisy so I had to keep at them all the time” the school punishment was that “naughty kids were not allowed on the bus!” And the best story “I told a child to sit down - a little girl

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was standing up and playing around. I turned round and told her to sit down; she replied you keep your eyes on the road!” She told of how her own children had to help - the boys emptied the rubbish bins and her daughter had to clean the hand basins. “We all grew up here, we helped or not helped with the cleaning!” granddaughter Kate Springer said as she thanked the school on behalf of the family. “Thank you Te Horo School for everything you have done for Marj. It’s been a really big part of our lives.” “On behalf of the school I would like to thank you for everything you’ve done at our school,” principal Craig Vidulich said. “It’s been phenomenal. Marj has been reliable, dedicated, committed, kind, caring and above all else she is a really nice person!” Mr Vidulich presented her with a garden statue as a farewell gift. To complete the formalities, the school sang the school song before forming a guard of honour from the hall leading to the new senior playground, where Marj, assisted by two pupils cut the ribbon declaring the new equipment “ready to use”.

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To talk about hiring the hall contact Peter 06 364 3933 or Sharon 06 364 3624.

Community Hub Exercise reminder Sunday 30th April, 10.00am – 12.30pm Find out how your Te Horo community would cope in an emergency event. Scott Dray from WREMO has coordinated an exercise plan, based on the March workshop, to test how the community copes with requests and offers of help, and how locals will coordinate and get support to those who need it. The exercise needs people to make it work (acting as helpers and survivors) so head along to Te Horo Hall on Sunday – it’s for the good of the whole community.

Te Horo Country Market A monthly mix of Te Horo’s produce and products including the Seasonal Surplus Stall, garden plants and art, olive oil, home-baking, spices, and smoked salmon – Sunday, 7 May 10.00am to 12.30pm at Te Horo Hall.

Drinks and Nibbles Bring a plate to share and your own drink to the community’s monthly social evening at Te Horo Hall, Friday, 5 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm. It’s a great way to catch up with friends and meet newcomers to the community.

Buying an Agent on commission alone??

Nothing gets up my nose quite as much as the ‘cut price real estate companies’, crowing about their ‘savings’ for their customers. No agent/agency ever charges a full commission (ie 3.5%) across the full sale price of a property, so some advertising alluding to this is misleading. The reality is that at this part of the business cycle, all real estate fees are negotiable, for every company. As ‘days to sell’ have dropped, from 130 days to 30 days or less, and the effort required to find a buyer has fallen, ALL real estate companies have cut, chopped and reduced their fees, to reflect that. The number of sales being made has doubled, prices have gone up 30% on two years ago, and average fee rates have dipped. If an Agent can be almost guaranteed to sell every property

At the end of Te Horo School's guard of honour for Marj Nutting, Mikaela Edwards, left, and youngest pupil Sam West, cut the ribbon to declare the new senior playground open and ready for fun.

they list, as in the present market, then of course fees drop, it’s a no-brainer. When listings are scarce, and competition for those listings is intense, as now, then fees will drop. Better to have 100% of a lower fee than 0% of a higher one?? In a market where everything sells, no premium is perceived as necessary for the best Agents, even though results achieved still vary widely! When the market turns, as inevitably it will, sometime in the future, when only the genuinely good Agents can consistently achieve top results, when listings start to build up and take longer to sell, then fees may be rebuilt. When listings are back taking 130 days to sell, and Vendors have plenty of time to see and recognise who is getting the best results, they may be prepared to pay more? But it is hard to envisage 4% fees coming again any time soon, if ever??

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After 51 years as cleaner and bus driver at Te Horo School Marj Nutting retired. With a little help from great granddaughter, two year old Charlotte Stringer, she received a garden statue as a farewell gift.

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Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Kia ora

together to ensure safety on the job is paramount for construction workers, future maintenance crews and the public. Our first Health and Safety In Design workshop, detailed below, was a key step on that pathway.

Welcome to the second edition of the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Construction Update.

There’s a lot of local interest in the PP2Ō project, as the replies to our online survey indicate. Many thanks to all who completed the survey and I encourage you to subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep abreast of progress and opportunities for consultation.

As our detailed design work continues, and more stakeholders and outside companies become involved with the PP2Ō team, it’s important to make sure we’re all working

Looking west across Ōtaki River, rail and SH1 bridges.

May 2017

John Palm, Project Manager

Looking southwest across Ōtaki to Kāpiti Island.

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT EVERY TURN Good health and safety outcomes are an established requirement for modern roading projects. We must consider the welfare of not only the road builders and surrounding community but maintenance crews and emergency services that may need to access the road. To ensure such principles are embedded at the very start of the PP2Ō project, a Health and Safety in Design workshop was recently held. Sixty people attended from a variety of organisations, including the NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and Capital Journeys, which carries out highway maintenance. Tim Barry, PP2Ō health and safety lead, says the meeting was an opportunity to examine how potential risks could be lessened or eliminated. ‘The workshop focused on how we can work together to build health and safety into every aspect of this project, both while it’s being built and when it’s operating.’ ‘Often it’s the little things that make a big long-term difference. For example, Capital Journeys recommended not to use bark chip on steep banks above drains as it rolls down and causes blocking and potential flooding in heavy rain. Drains would need to be unblocked by hand, creating unnecessary risks for maintenance crews,’ says Tim. Another example of health and safety innovation on the project is design and construction teams working together to cut down truck movements and reduce their loads during earthworks. ‘Not only does this lessen diesel emissions, which are an onsite health hazard, it enables us to meet Greenroads social and environmental requirements.’ KiwiRail representative Lyndon Hammond says the meeting was very worthwhile. ‘It was a great opportunity for us to talk about the operational aspects of rail and how those considerations could be incorporated into the design, construction and ongoing operation of PP2Ō.’ Further workshops are planned and a project ‘risk log’ has been developed to enable ongoing health and safety collaboration and information sharing as the project progresses.


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Final design work and planning. Surveying. Groundwork investigations.

Enabling works. Main construction starts, including earthworks and foundation work for major structures and bridges.

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Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Menzshed update

The Arising Son



The other day I sat down on our new sunny patio with Ian Futter our Chairman and asked him some questions for this update.

People from the combined churches of Ōtaki celebrated Easter with a pilgrimage on Good Friday and an early morning Sonrise Service on Sunday.

Here are some interesting answers: We have 43 members 8 of whom are women, the oldest member is 84 and the youngest won't tell us his age. Since July last year we have done 92 community call outs, that's a total of 333 hours of work at no cost. The Ōtaki College wood and metalwork departments machinery and equipment is being fixed and serviced by 2 of our mechanically knowledgeable sheddies. Anzac day flag holders, large banner reels for the kite festival and many broken chair and small table legs were made good again. Energise Ōtaki and the College has also asked us to build several 750mm cubes with interchangeable wall materials for science experiments in their Curious Minds project. It's going well.

Michael & Tony at work building Energy Cubes

The rain stayed away on Friday as about 30 people made their way from Waitohu School pausing at each of the schools in Ōtaki for a bible reading of the Easter week events, leading to Christ’s crucifixion, a prayer for all these involved with each school and a song, as they moved on, completing their mission at St Peter Chanel

School and morning tea with the St Mary’s Church people. Almost 50 people, young and not so young, climbed Pukekaraka Hill before dawn for the annual Sonrise service. At the 6am start the first light in the sky was followed by a brilliant sunrise as the service of readings, song and prayer was coming to an end and people made their way down the hill for a breakfast of hot porridge, cereals and toast. This service has been held every year, rain or shine since 1991, with only one or two wet mornings.

An antique dolls 'push chair' estimated to be more than 80 years has been taken from rusty and falling to bits, is now pink and ready for another 80 years. So as you can see we are quite busy and enjoying the work at the Shed! Us Toi Boys are busy and having fun......our biggest problem is what can we make for the girls, any ideas would be helpful.

Sonrise Easter Morning Some of the 50 or so people at the Easter morning Sonrise Service atop Pukekaraka hill. The people gathered for the 6am service to welcome the new day and rejoice the day of Christ’s resurrection

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Ōtaki's Success Story THE ROTARY FOUNDATION IS TURNING 100! The Rotary Club of Otaki invite you to attend a Community dinner to celebrate Rotary Foundation celebrating 100 years. The foundation was created in 1917 as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world”. It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26-50 from the Rotary club of Kansas City, Missouri to a total of more than 2.663 billion dollars in total contributions.

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Keep warm with free curtains The Curtain Bank is coming to your place

"The children's bedrooms are no longer freezing and the windows are dry in the morning. I'm sure my children have less health problems now" Katarina tells us. Thanks to the initiative of Energise Ōtaki, with the help of the Sustainability Trust in Wellington and the Citizen Advice Bureau Ōtaki, eligible Ōtaki homes received free lined curtains last winter. Maria told us that "it's amazing what a difference those curtains made to my living room. It's nice and cosy now and my electricity bill dropped by $30 a month" and Patrick reports "double lining of curtains was something I never believed in until I got the curtains in June. Only then I realized that I needed less wood for the fire and that there was no draft from the windows."

Ōtaki Citizens Advice Bureau April 24 to May 5

The Ōtaki Curtain Bank is again offering eligible Ōtaki homes (Community Card Holders) the opportunity to receive free lined curtains.

If you have a Community Services Card, pick up a Curtain Bank order form at Ōtaki Citizens Advice Bureau, 65a Main Street (next to the swings by Memorial Park), from Monday, April 24

Costs: $50-00/head. Seats will be limited to ensure your place pre pay your ticket to West pac Account 031-532-0028113-00 Reference F/D and Name

Last year 55 Ōtaki families received 150 curtains.

Bring the completed form and your Community Services Card to Ōtaki CAB by Friday, May 5

RSVP to Michael Fagg E: or M: 0212943039 by the 5th May at the latest.

Please call 364 9134 beforehand to ensure that somebody is there to receive them.

Venue: Otaki Golf Club, Old Coach Road, Otaki on Thursday 18th May 2017, from 6pm.

This event is kindly supported by

Used curtains and tracks can be dropped off at the CleanTech Centre, 12-14 Titoki St. Ōtaki.

We will call you in a few weeks’ time when your curtains are ready to pick up from the CAB

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Many thanks to Energise Ōtaki, Kapiti Coast District Council and Ōtaki CAB

Manu Korero Wellington Regional Competition comes to Ōtaki BY PHILADELPHIA METE-KINGI

Through hours of writing over 3,000 words, to memorising a 5 page speech, it all comes down to these 12 minutes! Manu Korero, a National Speech competition which runs all over New Zealand. There are four winners from each section of the regional competition, who compete in the national competition. Speech competitions are a great way for students to portray and convey their thoughts and ideas through their own words. The four sections are: Korimako/Senior English: ages range from Years 11-13 Sir Turi Carroll/Junior English ages range from year 9-10 Pei Te Hurinui Jones/Senior Māori, years 11-13 Rawhiti Ihaka/Junior Māori, year 9-10. Both senior sections have not only their prepared speeches to write, memorise and perfect and then in front of the judges (12 minutes for the Māori Speech and 6

minutes for English) but they also have an impromptu speech. 10 minutes before they stand, they are given a range of topics to chose from, from the moment the timer starts they have 10 minutes to prepare a 2-3 minute impromptu speech in front of the judges and the rest of the crowd. This year the Manu Kōrero Wellington Regional Competition 2017 will be hosted right here in Ōtaki by Te Kura-ā-Iwi ō Whakatupuranga Rua Mano and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Te Rito. We have four venues for the four sections of the competition. The 4 venues are Te Wānanga ō Raukawa, Ngā Purapura, Raukawa Marae and Rangiatea Church. A programme for the day will be given out at each venue on the day of the competition. The competition will be held on Wednesday 17th of May 2017, and is open to the public. There will be a powhiri in the morning before the competition begins.

Ngā Whakataetae ā Rohe ki te Whanganui-ā-Tara Ko te “Manu Kōrero” tētahi whakataetae kōrero huri rauna i a Aotearoa. E whā ngā toa ā ia rohe ki ia wāhanga ō te whakataetae ka haere ki ngā whakataetae ā motu. Ko ngā whakataetae kōrero ētahi ara hei whakahua, hei whākātu i ngā whakaaro ō ngā ākonga. E whā ngā wāhanga ki tēnei ō ngā whakataetae. Ko te Korimako, tau 11-13, ko te Sir Turi Carroll, tau 9-10, Pei Te Hurinui, tau 11-13, ā, whakamutunga ko Rawhiti Ihaka tau 9-10.

Māori ō Te Rito. E whā ngā wāhi mō ngā wahanga e whā. Ko ngā wāhi ko Te Wānanga ō Raukawa, Ngā Purapura, Rangiatea, ā, whakamutunga ko Te Marae o Raukawa. Ka tukuna tētahi wātaka ki ngā tangata ki ngā wāhi ē whā. Ka tū tēnei whakataetae hei te 17 ō Haratua 2017. Kua huakina tēnei ō ngā whakataetae mō te marea. I mua i te timatanga ō te whakataetae, ka powhiritia hei te ata.

Mō ngā wahanga tuakana, kei ā rātou ngā kōrero kua whakarite,( 12 miniti mō Te Reo Māori, 6 miniti mō te reo Pakeha) me mahi hoki rātou i te Kōrero tene. Tēkau miniti i mua i te tū, ka whiriwhiria i tētahi kaupapa kōrero, ā te wā ka pau te tēkau miniti, ka tū te kaikorero ki mua i ngā kaiwhakawā, te nuipuku hoki ki te whakahua i tētahi korero 2-3 miniti. I tēnei tau ka tū Te Whakataetae ā Rohe ki te Whanganui-ā-Tara ki Ōtaki. Ka whakauwhi ngā kura e rua ā Te Kura-ā-Iwi ō Whakatupuranga Rua Mano rāuā ko Te Kura Kaupapa

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Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Taking Otaki’s pulse

Live well, get well, stay well

Ōtaki Community Health Centre 186 Mill Road, Otaki Monday – Friday Yoga Otaki Women’s Health Centre The Hearing Company Sexual Health Clinics Temperton & Associates Accountants Cervical Screening Clinics New Zealand Association of Counsellors Counselling Ann-Marie Stapp – Social Work Practitioner Total Mobility Agent Narcotics Anonymous Health Information MidCentral DHB The MenzShed Alcohol & Other Drugs Service, Meals on Wheels Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health and Adult Mental Health Service Rooms available for rent, long or short term For information on services phone Janet or Michelle on 364 6367

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By Ann Chapman

New Renal Services for Ōtaki and Horowhenua Residents The machines and chairs have arrived, building work is nearly complete, and staff are ready. All that is needed is the patients and they are waiting excitedly for the renal haemodialysis service which will be operating out of Horowhenua Health Centre by the end of this month. The three-chair facility is an investment in the Horowhenua community, and a sign of MidCentral DHB’s commitment to provide services closer to home. As a result, some patients no longer have to travel to Palmerston North several times a week to receive dialysis treatment. Lyn Horgan, Operations Director, Hospital Services said: “Having this renal service established in Horowhenua will make a big difference to dialysis patients in the district. The new service will be based out of the STAR 4 ward at Horowhenua Health Centre, and we are currently finishing off the construction work required for this to operate properly. “There’s a lot involved in getting a service like this off the ground. The room needs to have plumbing well organised, as dialysis machines use on average

Anyone affected by cancer, whether they are the patient or support person is welcome to contact our new coordinator, Amber Marshall who extends an invitation to the Ōtaki Community to have a monthly support group meeting starting on the 29th June.

80 to 90litres of water per treatment. The electrical work also has to be up to a high standard, known as ‘body protected’ to ensure no electrical problems could impact patients. “Our four haemodialysis machines have arrived, along with four specialised dialysis chairs. Only three machines will be in operation at a time, with one as a spare. Importantly, we also have a senior renal nurse who is excited to get started at this new service. “As this is a smaller centre, without a renal specialist – known as a nephrologist – on site, we will be taking patients who are stable and not complex. We have been communicating with local dialysis patients to make sure everyone knows what the situation is, as more complex patients will still have to travel to Palmerston North Hospital. “This new service in Horowhenua is part of a larger project to improve our renal services, including a big push to help people carry out more dialysis at home.” The first patients will begin treatment later this month, with an official opening of the unit to happen in May.

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Ōtaki is the venue for a new recovery centre thanks to the work of the Ōtaki Stroke Support Group. If you have had a stroke or suffer from Parkinsons this is a centre for everyone who needs ongoing support for recovery. After raising $30,000 the centre is scheduled for opening on Friday 5th May, to support people who may have, or are currently suffering from an accident, stroke, cardiac problems, or degenerate diseases. The need for a centre was promoted by local man David Clark who is the president of the local support group. He was inspired by the support he received in Levin following his own strokes which left him in a wheelchair. The money raised will be used for equipment and

Ōtaki Community Recovery Centre rent. Equipment such as parallel bars and a treadmill are critical to keep those weakened by strokes to stay mobile. Once people have completed the need for active medical or nursing care this centre will provide the next link towards full recovery. The centre is at Body and Soul Gym on Waerenga Road and will operate with the active support of Joseph te Waiata. Classes will be held once a week and the services will be available to anyone in the community including those who are or have used recuperation services elsewhere such as physiotherapy and will be tailored to individual needs.


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Penny’s Piece: A Liveable Wage

Reflecting back on the past month, a significant decision by the Greater Wellington Regional Council was to pay our employees a living wage. The vote around the Council was unanimous with all 13 representatives from across the Wellington region voting to support the move. The total support in the end reflected a consensus that was built from a wide range of different political perspectives. In my six months on GWRC I've observed a pretty full range of

James' Jottings

No one likes rate increases

It’s that time of year again when council reviews its Annual Plan. In previous years I have sat around the table as a Community Board member and participated in the line by line review of Councils operations. However it’s my first time at the table as a Councillor where I have a vote... and one I take seriously. I can honestly say the weight, or burden that that vote carries for me is high and I don’t take it lightly. If you’ve been following the news KCDC has signalled an average rate increase of 5.9% as voted for by your elected Councillors and Mayor. What percent your property would be varies depending on where you are, the size of

Chris' Chat

I’m going to start with something affecting many of us who travel through Peka Peka at busy times of the day – Cone City, or the Mad Merge. Having just spent the past week getting on and off the Expressway on my way from Ōtaki to Paraparaumu and back I’m amazed no one has been killed there yet. I’ve heard of several accidents which haven’t resulted in injuries but it may be only a matter of time before something serious happens. Many people are impatient. Merge Like A Zip is just a phrase and not something we seem able to do well.

political leanings. But what our decision did show was a consistent approach to the responsibility in governance to be a good employer. Everyone around the table was of course focused on the fiscal implications. The move to a Living Wage for all employees will require an increase to ten employees, totalling $10,000 per year out of an annual operating budget of approximately $300 million. Making the shift from KCDC to GWRC, where 70% of our annual spend is on public transport, I've been spent a great deal of time recently absorbed in the costs to people for getting to work or study on a train or bus. your property but for those in the Ōtaki area the average is around 5.5%. Now I know many reading this will be thinking that’s far too high and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wish it was lower. It’s no coincidence that I have never campaigned on low rates as I’ve been around the council table long enough to know full well how hard it is to get rates to the level people expect whilst still investing in the community to take it forward. The reality is as a Council and a district we are facing many challenges. Our storm water issues for the entire district is a $240+ million dollar problem that will take years to overcome. Efforts by the previous council to drive rates down, has seen our Contingency But I believe the real problem is all those confusing cones, lack of space and the difficulty of being able to see traffic coming on your right when merging from the old SH1 side. Expressway traffic can see you coming and should adjust, but it’s hard for many to see over their right shoulder or in their right mirror. Next week I’m going to contact Expressway Project Manager John Palm with the aim of setting up an on-site meeting to see if anything can be done to fix this faster. On a happier note, I’m delighted to be able to tell you about progress on the Haruatai Pool and playground upgrade. Parks and


The recent Ōtaki Lions’ Book Fair was very successful and has benefitted several organisations with books and funds. The historic Ōtaki Railway Station opened its doors and had three rooms filled with books. There were boxes of books on tables, on the floor and under the tables, all sorted into categories, records, videos and DVDs and everything just $1.

For the past nine years I've been a member of the Management Committee of the Ōtaki Foodbank, and it may surprise some that many of the clients are working families whose income doesn't cover all their basic household expenses. And like everyone I'm keeping a keen eye on our local real estate market. We're seeing plenty of properties changing hands around Ōtaki and Te Horo as people are drawn to our community, and as many are squeezed out of more expensive housing areas in the Wellington area. Of course some people leaving Ōtaki are finding the prices here too tough, and they in turn are moving north as part of the drift Fund for emergencies, along with our Strategic Land Purchase Fund stripped to zero. These are both prudent and good practice. However addressing those topics is only a fraction of the rate increase. The majority of the proposed rate is largely unavoidable with funding depreciation and inflation accounting for 4.5% and new compliance costs a further 0.2%. Now I can hear you saying but inflation or CPI hasn’t gone up that much. Councils are not affected by CPI or Consumer Price Index as that is based on consumer purchases like bread, butter, milk. Councils around the country use a measure referred to as LGCI or Local Government Cost Index and refers to items like concrete, gravel, pipes etc as that’s more in line with the goods and services we use. Recreation Manager Alison Law tells me the upgrade to the pool is slightly ahead of programme at the moment. The ramp and splash pad have been excavated and the splash pad toys have been ordered. At the same time the playground is due to be finished soon. An opening event is planned for Friday April 28 – that may be passed by the time you read this but there should be announcements about it. It looks fantastic with something for all ages along with a new “all abilities” swing. This is a first in Kapiti designed for children with high special needs. More “good news” – the Regional

north for rental property or purchasing. Who could honestly say that the minimum wage set by Government could enable a family to save a deposit to purchase their own home. I prefer to use the term, a liveable wage. If a good employer expects the best out of their employee, how can it be unreasonable for the employee to expect that their pay gives them enough to travel to work, to feed their family, to clothe their family, to provide a warm dry home for their family, and to hold on to the hope that one day they could even save a deposit for a modest home of their own.

Penny Gaylor

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I take my responsibility to be a good community representative very seriously, and equally to be a good employer of the organisation I have responsibility for.

All pretty boring stuff which, irrespective of where or how it happens, your rates go up $150 or $250 a year and often your income hasn’t. As I said earlier the burden of that weighs greatly as it also affects my friends and whanau. Yes it may be “only” an extra $2.50 a week but for some compounding annually that hurts. I know there will be varied opinions on this, and I encourage residents to submit into the Annual Plan and let us know your views. James Cootes If there are areas you want us to Ōtaki’s KCDC Councillor reduce our services or delivery to reduce rates then tell us. 0274 572 346 I’m committed to do my best for a community I care about but I also want to see it grow economically providing jobs and opportunities.

Council has completed work on the new bus route around Ōtaki and there are several significant changes which bring the routes closer to more people and make the service more accessible. Some new bus stops are planned and consultation is currently underway with affected neighbours. You’ll hear more about this in the next few weeks. Next month there is the national meeting of Community Board members and groups being held in Methven. As local Zone 4 representative I will be attending along with Ōtaki CB members Marilyn Stevens and Shelly Warwick as well as other CB members from Kapiti.

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Robertson family reunion helped with shifting the boxes from Waikanae to the railway station. We’re very grateful for their help.” From the books left at the end of the day, the children’s books went to Waitohu School’s gala the following day, some books went to the Ōtaki RSA library and a few boxes to the HUHA animal rescue shop. From one event five organisations received support. Thank you, Ōtaki Lions’ Club for your efforts.

Lions’ Book Fair organiser, Peter Asquith said the $3000 raised on the day would go towards the building of a pump track at Haruatai Park, which is going through the resource consent stages at KCDC. “We’re pretty pleased with the results,” Mr Askwith said. “We had very good support from the Periodic Detention workers who

The Robertson Family, all descendants of the original Walter and Agnes Robertson who arrived in NZ in 1881, met for the 7th time recently at Tatum Park in Manakau. Altogether, 144 Members of the ‘Clan’ got together for the weekend, (the furtherest away from London and Canada) which included ‘Piping in the Haggis’, camp-fireside singalong, Highland games, and updating the Family tree. The Family gets together every 5 years.


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017 was 13 has been selected to represent New Zealand in Italy. As Dillon had already left for Italy, Mrs Ladbrook his mother, spoke to the application.


The Ōtaki Community Board held its recent meeting on April 4. Public Speaking:

The Ōtaki Junior Soccer Club’s application for $298.93 to purchase first aid kits and containers for the junior teams to have available during games to treat injuries, was successful. Liz Crighton spoke to the application. Building and Resource Consents Grants Fund:

Michael Fagg spoke on behalf of the Rotary Club of Ōtaki objective to have at least six defibrillators in Ōtaki available 24 hours a day. Currently defibrillators are not available after hours. He suggested the Kapiti Coast District Council includes funding in the Annual Plan. Kevin Currie Group Manager Regulatory Services, explained the process for submitting requests for funding through the Annual Plan process. Funding Applications: Community Grant Fund: The Aotearoa Annual Sisters Conference 2017 organisers applied for $500 to cover shortfall in registration income as they had reduced the fee to $150 per person. This was to allow women from low income families to attend the conference and workshops to their personal advantage. The conference is being hosted in Ōtaki in May. The fee covers the conference and accommodation costs.

Pukekaraka Maori Mission application was approved $500 towards cost of KCDC resource consent for the upgrade of the Mission House, which was built in 1897. The application was spoken to by Michael and Debbie McAsey.

Speaking to the application was member Te Uira Kerehoma. The grant for $500 was approved.

KCDC is continuing to look into a potential dog exercise park.

Sporting Activity Grants Fund: Ōtaki Girls Canoe Polo Team Wildcats were granted $500 to assist with the team’s participation at the National League championships to be held in Naenae. The funds were to cover travel and accommodation expenses, games play from early morning until late evening. Parent, Megan Nelson-Latu told the Board canoe polo was “very much a self-funded sport” and the girls had been doing odd jobs and raising funds for themselves. The three day competition costs $600 per team for travel and registration. Dillon Telford Ladbrook applied for $500 to purchase racing safety gear to compete in the CIV National Trophy Superbike Class in Italy. Dillon who has been racing since he

Appointment to Community Liaison Group: The New Zealand Transport Agency is establishing a Community Liaison Group (CLG) for the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway project. The purpose of the CLG is for the groups in the wider community are kept up to date with the construction activities and to monitor the effects of the construction project, on the community, with the right to report issues to NZTA. ŌCB chair Chris Papps and Board member Marilyn Stevens were approved ŌCB representatives to the Community Liaison Group. Matters Under Action:

KCDC website: council is looking at ways to make the website easier to access, particularly information on community board dates and agenda. Ōtaki Beach Development: Mr Cootes reported this was a community run process, originally organised by the late ŌCB member, Colin Pearce and former ŌCB member Rob Kofoed. The planning covers the beachfront area between Karaka and Korimiko streets. The elected committee has been in abeyance over the last two years or so.“If Council take it over it will be Council run from top to bottom, not bottom to top,” he said. “This would leave little room for community input.” Board member, Shelly Warwick volunteered to pick up the liaison with the development

committee. Members Business: Kerry Bevan spoke to issues re the siting of the World War I Honours Board in the Ōtaki Library, people have complained to him the Board is set “very high” which makes it difficult to read. "It’s a community possession and many families have members listed on there,” he said. Marilyn Stevens reported attendance at a NZTA meeting on the (PP2O) Expressway saying people attending felt they were better informed re the processes and planning, following the meeting. Shelly Warwick queried what was happening with the Ōtaki Boating Club. They had been seeking permission for clubrooms and wash down area at the beach. Mr Cootes responded “currently talking with Council staff re their options. Reports of concerns about vehicles travelling at speed through the carpark, behind the Ōtaki Museum, to access the Main Street bottle store. Shelly has received requests for a second public toilet at the library. A query from the Ōtaki College sports coordinator, Kirsty Doyle, asking how many College teams can apply for sports funding. Councillor James Cootes had attended a meeting of the PP2O re the continuation of the McKays to Peka Peka walkway, cycleway and bridleway. NZTA have agreed to bring funding forward for a walkway, “but we need to have strong consultation process and advocate strong and hard for our community.” The KCDC Long Term Plan is now ready for community consultation and the Council’s Annual Plan consultation is about to begin. The annual rates look to be a 5.5-5.6 increase in the 2017/18 year.The Community Facilities Strategy will involve a review of all (council) buildings in the district. Chris Papps asked if there was a budget allowance for Anzac Day flowers.

Montessori news Ōtaki Montessori Preschool is a community based non-profit organisation that takes children from 2 ½ to 5-6 years old. Lynda Wilson, our new Centre Manager/Head Teacher has over 20 years’ experience working with tamariki and kaiako in Montessori environments in New Zealand and in Europe. She is supported by an awesome team of teachers, Wendy, Yvonne, Charlotte, Robyn and Mandy and Roselle as the new administrator. So far this term our tamariki have been developing a keen interest in butterflies and learned all about their life cycle. The butterfly larva hatches from the eggs and the caterpillar begins to feed. The children watched in awe as the hungry caterpillars ate entire swan plants in a day. Finally, the chrysalis forms and the much-anticipated butterfly emerges. Our doors are always open to visitors and you are welcome to come in, have a look around and have a chat with staff about our wonderful Montessori programme that also incorporates Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. Don’t be shy – come on by!

Montessori children's swan plants have provided interst for the children, food for the larvae of the monarch butterfly

She has received a request for a barbecue to be installed at Haruatai Park. There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.30pm.

Slavonic Masterworks Young, talented cellist, Lavinnia Rae will be guest soloist with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra in a performance of Antonin Dvořák’s much loved Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra in the Waikanae Memorial Hall at 4.00pm, Saturday, 6 May, 2017.

in some ways pays homage to the music of his father- in - law, Antonin Dvořák. Tickets available from Otaki Vets, Mill Road

Lavinnia Rae entered The New Zealand School of Music at the age of 16 and is currently in her fourth year as a performance cello student. Since she began her cello studies at a very young age she has won many prizes and awards for her playing. She has been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since 2013 and this year is their Principal Cellist. Lavinnia lists as performance highlights playing the final movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1 in a masterclass with Leonard Elschenbroich and performing Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto with the NZSM Cellophonia Ensemble in 2014 as well as making her solo debut in the Michael Fowler Centre in 2016 playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with the combined NZSM Orchestra and Wellington Youth Orchestra. As an interesting side note Lavinnia does have a connection to the Kapiti Coast with family living here and no doubt Kapiti concert-goers will be following her future career with interest. Other works which the Orchestra will perform under the baton of conductor Andrew Atkins include the dazzling, magical Overture to the opera Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber; Bedřich Smetana’s most well-known movement, Vltava, from his highly patriotic tone poem Má Vlast; and the Scherzo Fantastique by Josef Suk - a fantastic, good natured work that

Slavonic Masterworks Cello Soloist Lavinnia Rae Conductor Andrew Atkins Leader Jay Hancox

Dvořák Cello Concerto Weber Oberon Overture Suk Fantastic Scherzo Smetana Vltava Waikanae Memorial Hall Saturday 6 May 2017 4.00pm Tickets available from: Otaki Vets, Mill Road, Otaki Lovely Living, Mahara Place, Waikanae Moby Dickens Book & Post Shop, Paraparaumu The Family Music Store, Amohia St. Paraparaumu NZSO principal cellist Lavinnia Rae

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Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

FOCUS ON - Howie and Lorraine Matthews When Sampson won the Awapuni Gold Cup on April Fools day, a reader suggested that Howie and Lorraine Matthews warranted mention in the Ōtaki Mail. That was an offer I couldn't refuse. They've been training thoroughbreds at the Ōtaki track for seventeen years: 'we're boutique trainers', Howie said, ' no more than 10 horses in work, always a good one coming on.' Such modesty: in 30 years training, Howie has had, 319 wins, including 22 at group & listed level, for an enviable 10.5 strike rate. Not bad for a boutique trainer. Howie went to school in Matamata. The headmaster had horses in training with champion trainer Dave O'Sullivan, and when Howie was summonsed for another 'six of the best', the head said if he couldn't be bothered at school, he should become a jockey. He jumped at the offer. Under Dave O'Sullivan's tutelage, Howie was a pretty decent jockey, riding over 50 winners. In the later years at the O'Sullivan stable, he spent more time helping the trainer rather than riding winners, and it was not surprising when, at 22 he accepted the position as private trainer for a wealthy owner.

and Awapuni which was designed to take racing into the 21st century. Sadly, today racing is not in the best of health, with fewer races, fewer horses and fewer spectators, unable to compete with other forms of gambling like Lotto and pokies. Today you can watch racing on Trackside, and spectators stay away from race meetings in droves. At one of Ōtaki's 15 meetings annually, you'll often find fewer than a thousand spectators, discouraged from 'bringing their own' and unlikely to enjoy the experience. Ōtaki was once a big training establishment, attracting powerful trainers like Doug Webster, Walter McEwan, George Walton, Mick Preston, Ken Thompson, Clem Bowry, Anton Koolman and Karen Zimmerman. In Ōtaki's heyday, there were upwards of 120 horses in training. Last month, Karen Zimmerman shifted her team north to Karaka, and today there would be fewer than 40 horses in work.

Dubai Destination out of Magic Star by Danzero. The stallion Dubai Destination was a $1.5 million purchase at the Kentucky sales, bought by Sheik Mohammed for his famous Godolphin stables. As a racehorse, Dubai Destination won 4 races at the highest level, before retiring to stud. He was reasonably successful as a stallion, siring 799 runners, 516 winners, and 25 stakes winners, but never quite made the dizzy heights of Zabeel or Danehill. He shuttled from Ireland to Australia in 2004 for five years. Janice Street talked her way into a 5% share, and the horse named Sampson went into training with Howie & Lorraine Matthews. He won his first race as a four year old over 1400m at Ōtaki, and 7 races later won a listed race at Trentham in the wet. Next Spring he won over a staying distance at Wanganui, and dead-heated over 2100m at Ōtaki, before winning over the classic distance (2400m) at Trentham. That was his 17th start.

Lorraine Matthews with the Awapuni Gold Cup, Howie with Sampson, Janice Street with the Trentham Stakes cup

But all is not gloom and doom. In 2011, Janice Street went to the yearling sales at Karaka where she watched an Ōtaki owner pay $20,000 for an Australian bay colt by

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The majority owner decided to quit Sampson at that point, and offered him to Janice and the Matthews. He now races in the ownership of Lorraine Matthews (75%) and Janice Street (25%). In their ownership, he's had 7 starts, all in top company, winning the Trentham Stakes (group 3) and the Awapuni Gold Cup (group 2). Noteworthy is the fact that for the last 5 races, Sampson has been ridden by Howie's old mate, Reese Jones. Why? I asked. Howie said that being a boutique trainer means that he's unable to command loyalty from jockeys who have alliances with major stables. This means he has to take 'pot luck' and hope a decent jockey is freely available, which is often not the case. Jones is happy to travel down the island to ride Sampson, and Howie is happy to retain him. Sometimes loyalty is rewarded....

Where to from here? The horse is now 7 years old, but he's only had 38 starts. Many racehorses have retired by now, with over 70 starts to their name. Sampson is sound, happy to be a racehorse, and Howie will keep him going as long as he wants to be a racehorse. Brisbane beckons: Howie's been there, would love to go back again. There are any number of lesser cup races in Australia, and a carefully-planned campaign could bring home some more cups. Sampson will never compete in the Melbourne Cup, but with an astute trainer, there are plenty of races to win for Sampson.

After some years as a public trainer in Matamata, Howie and his new bride Lorraine set off for a two year stint on a pre-training farm in Northern Japan. They loved Japan, loved the work and the people. Howie reckons it was a wonderful life, despite having to educate young thoroughbreds in the snow of the Japanese Winter.

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year, Sampson ran 3rd in the Wellington cup, which had been re-instated to 3200m (two miles), and in November he won the Waverley cup.

On Saturday, Sampson raced at Riccarton in the rich Canterbury Gold cup. This time he finished seventh, but his travelling companion Pinsraad won the last race, under the expert guidance of Reese Jones.

At 25, Howie rode Big Gamble by Sobig to run second in the Wellington Cup, and in 1977 trained Extra Flash to win the prestigious Telegraph. In 1989 Howie took Coshking to Brisbane to win the Brisbane Cup, followed by a win in Melbourne in the Dalgety. Next year he ran in the Melbourne Cup.

On their return to New Zealand, one of his owners persuaded Howie and Lorraine to move to Ōtaki. Moving to Ōtaki was easy. Lorraine rode horses in work at the track, and together with Howie they were ideally suited to run a boutique training establishment. The Ōtaki Maori Racing Club in 2000 had a big new grandstand and had formed an alliance (RACE) with Trentham

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On January 1st, 2015 Sampson ran 4th in the Auckland cup, and in October won the Egmont cup over 2000m. The next

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The Ōtaki Mail wishes Howie, Lorraine and Janice well with the mighty Sampson, and will be pleased to report on his future success. If you'd like to experience the thrill of ownership, Howie would be happy to sign you up as a member of one of his racing syndicates. Email him at cosh_king@


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Eugenie and her special plants BY VIVIENNE BAILEY

Te Horo Garden Centre is a hub for gardeners, either local or from further afield. They’re searching for something special, an unusual plant. “I try to stock plants that others don’t,” said Eugenie, garden centre spokesperson. “Plants like Bouvardia ‘Prince of the Night.’ It has a heavenly smell in the evening, much like gardenia – it’s one of my favourites.” Eugenie with her rhododendrons The semi-evergreen ‘Bouvardia humboldtii’ originates from Mexica and is relatively easy to grow. It is classified as a small shrub, but can be trained as a climber. The plant needs a warm, sheltered site in sun or semi-shade, and protection from wind – not a plant for Kapiti’s coastal regions, but suitable for inland local conditions (though tolerates only light frost). The narrow, tubular, pure white, waxy flowers are produced in clusters during autumn and winter. Eugenie recommends planting in a spot where fragrance can be appreciated and to trim stems back hard before new growth in spring – left to their own devices they tend to become sprawling and untidy. Te Horo Garden Centre is well stocked with camellias, particularly the versatile, early-flowering sasanquas, which “don’t get petal blight.” Eugenie said the strong-growing, upright ‘Setsugekka’ was a popular variety, though her own favourite was ‘Early Pearly,’ which produces double white blooms with a hint of blush pink on the outer edges. “The sasanquas are great as standards,” she explained, adding “I have a passion for standards, of any kind.” Eugenie also stocks ‘Daphne Alba,’ a favourite of mine. The plant has glossy green leaves and tight clusters of creamy white flowers with a gorgeous fragrance. It is also available as a standard, although Eugenie said almost any plant can be standardised, “I’ve just finished standardising a kaka beak.” I’ve not had much luck growing kaka beak: snails always get the better of them, but I’m definitely going back for that daphne.

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Imbue your garden with fragrance this winter Daphne Leucanthe will please with it fragrance and pink or white flowers when all is grim and cold outside. Worth growing for that fragrance which greets you on a cold winter morning.

Gardening with Focus on carrots and parsnips Carrots and parsnips from your own garden have an earthy sweetness about them – once tasted the shop-bought ones may never taste the same. These hearty root vegetables can be grown for most of the year although winter cold slows their growth (the soil acts as an outdoor refrigerator, keeping vegetables crisp and nutrient rich). The best way to grow carrots and parsnips is from seed (though it is possible to transplant seedlings). Choose a sunny spot and whether you dig your own or buy bags of growing mix, soil is the key – it should drain well and have a loose, even texture. While deformed carrots (they still taste good) have a certain quirky appeal, if you hanker after neat, tapered specimens that are easy to peel, you’ll need to remove lumps of compacted soil and stones – these send young taproots growing in all directions. A bed of fine, crumbly soil is ideal (preferably where a well-fertilised crop of leafy greens have previously grown). Excessive fertiliser, especially nitrogen, will also lead to warped carrots. Just apply a side dressing of balanced general garden fertiliser or liquid feed once carrots are growing. Once the seedlings are around 3-5cm tall it’s time to sacrifice a few plants to make room for others to grow. Leave about 2-3cm between each seedling and as plants grow, thin some more and eat the seedlings (for a continuous supply sow every 3-4 weeks). Carrots come in a range of shapes, sizes and colour and there’s some interesting heritage varieties. Try

Flower garden Autumn is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs – they can become established over the cooler, wetter winter months. Add long term fertiliser at planting time, and tie to a support stake.

May is a moving month – many smaller shrubs, such as azaleas, hebes and gardenias can be transplanted this month. Prepare the soil in the new spot and water well afterwards. It’s your last chance to plant bulbs for a spring display.

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Parsnip seed is very short-lived so it’s best to use fresh seed – check date on seed packets. Even with fresh seed and perfectly prepared soil, seed can take a long time to germinate. A good idea is to sow rows of radishes as markers between the parsnips. Radishes will be ready to eat when parsnips are ready for thinning. Parsnips are very cold-resistant and can be stored in frozen ground until you’re ready to eat them. But do harvest before growth starts in spring or your parsnips will turn woody and unpalatable. The variety ‘Hollow Crown’ is recommended for late summer sowing and is a traditional favourite. The large, tapering roots are creamy, tender and sweet tasting. The French heirloom (pre 1826) ‘Guernsey’ is a reliable, sweet-tasting variety that produces large tops and needs a good 30-40cm elbow room in each direction – the more room you give them the larger they’ll grow. For more information about carrot and parsnip varieties, go to and www.kingseeds. (available from Otaki Hydroponics, State Highway 1)

Garden tasks for May

New season camellias, daphne and rhododendrons can also be planted to add welcome colour to the winter and early spring garden.

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the 19th century ‘Paris Market,’ a small, round carrot (shaped like a radish) which matures early and is popular with kids (because of its size). Carrots are only 2.5cm to 4cm in diameter when fully mature (cover shoulders to prevent greening). ‘Purple Dragon’ is another heirloom, with a sweet, spicy taste, which produces medium length carrots in a variety of colours including dark violet and reddish purple.

There is time to plant lilies – they are easy to grow and can be planted any time between May and September. Work bulb food into the planting area and cover bulbs with 10cm of soil. Shorten tops of dahlias in preparation for cutting down. Trim back autumn flowering perennials, and mulch with compost. New season’s roses will soon be available – continue preparations for your new plants by adding plenty of compost to the soil.

As your leeks grow, pile up the soil around the stems to provide support and keep the stems white. If you’re not using your vege patch over winter, think about sowing blue lupin or mustard seed as a winter crop. It’s an easy way to add nutrients and improve soil structure for spring. Hoe and thin autumn sown crops such as carrots. Sow seeds of beetroot, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, turnips, radish, spinach, swedes and onions directly into your garden. Plant out seedlings of broccoli, silverbeet, spring onions, cabbage and lettuce. Dig over and manure rhubarb. Plant your first strawberries – well established plants will fruit earlier and for longer this spring and summer. Feed your citrus trees with citrus fertiliser – May is the best month to transplant citrus trees and to plant new ones. Fruit tree pruning can start as soon as leaves have dropped. Put in cuttings of bush fruit, such as gooseberries, currants and blueberries.

Sow seeds of alyssum, sweet pea, lobelia, cineraria, lupin, statice, cornflower, calendula, nemesia and stock.

Thyme, chives, rosemary and bay can also be planted.

Plant out seedlings of calendula, viola, pansies, cineraria, stock, wallflower, snapdragon, nemesia, scabiosa, poppies, primula and polyanthus.

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

Fruit and vegetable garden Cut asparagus back to within 15cm of ground level after the stems turn yellow.


Second thoughts Bring tender patio plants into a sheltered position, and brighten your patio or deck by planting pots and hanging baskets with winter flowering annuals.


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

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Colour for chilly days It’s time to start planning a bit of colour for those fast-approaching cooler days. Our autumn follows hard on the heels of an invisible summer – many of us yearn for a bit of ‘cheer me up.’ Thank goodness then for those reliable stalwarts, the band of intrepid annuals that bravely splash their brightly-hued blooms into our grey-tinged 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) bring back memories of Grandma’s garden. They now 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 self- sown seedlings will be a blessing – or perhaps a curse.

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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, lance-shaped 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.

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Ōtaki Players - a Theatrical Milestone BY MARGARET ANDREWS

From very small beginnings in May 1947 to the present day, Ōtaki Players members have brought live theatre to the stage in many, many forms and 70 years later, it’s time to celebrate. The first get together of interested people in the community, was called by Katherine Keddell to be held on May 7 to discuss the formation of a play reading and dramatic club, thus the Ōtaki Players Society was born. In those first days, they met in member’s homes for play readings. Five months later they presented three one act plays, in the old Anglican Hall. It was their first public play readings and they then produced readings from 1948. They used various halls, including the Civic Theatre, the Memorial Hall supper room around the town for rehearsals and productions. The first major production was The Importance of Being Earnest, in 1950, performed in the Anglican Hall. Once they began staging bigger productions they used the Memorial Hall, a venue which was used over the next 40 years.

The workhouse brats are still hungry from Oliver, the musical

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Titania, the fairy queen, Meg Cooksley and Oberon, Peter Carr with attendants, Michael McInerney-Heather and one of fairy king, Oberon’s elf Joshua Meijer meet in the forest

From 1987 the society leased part of the former Presbyterian Sunday School Hall - now Harvey’s funeral chapel. There they were able rehearse all their shows and build the sets, staging smaller productions in The Playroom, as it was known, with major productions still going into the Memorial Hall, until 1991 when the lease on the Civic Theatre was granted. The Civic was the society’s home again, 40 years after their first show there. From those first play readings the Ōtaki Players have gone on to present a wide variety of shows; from pantomimes and musical revues, to one and two act plays including New Zealand plays - Ken Duncum’s Trick of the Light, Roger Hall’s comedies Social Climbers, and Take a Chance on Me, Gary Henderson’s Unseasonable Fall of Snow and Skin Tight and Mum’s Choir by Alison Quigley. Big London and Broadway musicals, among them Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Super Star to Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Chicago, Cats and Rent have also been performed and later this year Chess and coming up Mama Mia planned for 2018.

“Patients” in the asylum get excited by the television! From left: Mike Button, Chris Craddock, Jan Dykstra, Peter Carr, The Guardians of the Cave, Erica Stevenson and Claire Pat Barry, Allan Marsden and Rob Heather are chastised for the noise, by matron Janice Taranchokov, a scene from Anderson in Blackbird, from the Ōtaki Players Young Persons Theatre Workshop first production, Tales of the Night One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

In between times there have been several productions with an all kids cast - The Tree Bears, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and last year, the very successful Bugsy Malone, directed by 16 year old Maddie Potiki-Grayling. Children have played a big part in many of the pantomimes and musicals with at times 20 or more on stage with the rest of the cast! Back in 1988 a junior group was formed, Ōtaki Players Young Persons Theatre Workshop; this was led by Chrissie Anderson, Meg Cooksley and Ruth Cameron-Price. Here the younger members learned the rudiments of live theatre from stage directions to etiquette and acting to producing a show and backstage roles. Favourite sessions included theatre sports, a good way to learn fast action, and a workshop by mime artist Steven Aiken was very popular.

Some of the cast from the music revue western, Showdown at Diamond Lil’s

Their first show was a variety concert which raised $108 for Telethon, followed by a pantomime The House that Jack Built written by Chrissie Anderson. Later productions at the Civic were Tales of the Night, four short plays based on fairy tales for which they Phew, what a few weeks we’ve had at wrote their own scripts, followed the Civic with Maoriland Film Festival by a The Incredible Vanishing and last month and now preparing for the A Very Short History of the World. Ōtaki Players Society’s 70th birthday celebration in a couple of weeks. Many of these kids and others who joined the Players later, went Nostalgia, searching through my 30 on to take part in the bigger ŌPS years of programmes, show photographs productions with several making and events at the theatre, brought back a theatre their life force – on stage, lot of memories, mostly good, but also lighting, singing and film making. to note the ones who have died, the ones who have moved away, wondered where A strength of Ōtaki Players was they’ve gone, are they still involved in the family participation. Many live theatre, then there are the stalwarts, shows had one of both parents those who’ve been around for “years” plus their offspring on stage. Brent Bythell, Ivy Rutter, Gail Hall There were also three generations who’ve been part of the group organof the Bythell and Royal families ising the celebration. One very early performing all together especialmember and show director, Eddy Jorey ly in pantomimes, musicals and now 93, will be at the birthday bash and revues. there are others who are coming from In the 26 years at the Civic, Ōtaki Australia and of course various places Players have staged over 50 proaround New Zealand. What a night of ductions and attracted over 20,000 memories it will be - “… do you remempeople to the theatre! With cast ber that night ….” “.. do you remember members and musicians travelling so and so in …..!” It’s guaranteed to be from as far away as Palmerston a night of memories, laughter and maybe North, Wellington and Lower Hutt a tear or two! and places in between, they have built up a strong reputation for putting on a “bloody good” show.

Remember the old kitchen oven that rattled and squeaked when used - we’ve finally retired it and have purchased a new oven which should be installed in time for the May 6, what a help that will to provide hot food! And once we’ve packed away all the memorabilia, it’ll be time to prepare for the auditions for our end of year musical, Chess. Director for this production will be Levin’s Linda Buckley, musical director, Graham Orchard and with choreographer Nicola Powell These will be held on June 25, more information next month.

Family groups were often in ŌPS productions, here three generations Brent Bythell, daughter Sharon Simon and granddaughter Hazel Simon were in Fiddler on the Roof

Unfortunately we were unable to cast Aphi Tapu so had to can this production because of time limits. But the committee is looking ahead to a busy 2018 with a major production in July -August and possibly another children’s production at the end of year. Hopefully we’ll see many of our current and former members at Curtains Up” the 70th birthday celebration. Until next month Margaret

In the forest, Bottom: Graham Stevens, meets with the queen’s fairies: Clare McInerney-Heather, Joran Meijer, Hayley Housiaux Andrews, Telesia Nelson-Latu and Phoebe McInerney-Heather, a moment from Midsummer Night’s Dream


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

A world of zero waste—life beyond the bin BY BELINDA MCLEAN

After two years of living without filling a single rubbish bag, Wellingtonians Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Price are spreading their message to others keen to live a less wasteful life. In a well-researched presentation at Ōtaki College, they outlined the philosopy and practicalities of waste reduction and talked about their own journey. “We started off determined to go plastic -free,” said Hannah, “but soon got drawn into the much wider idea of zero waste. The first couple of months were the worst, but once we’d changed our thinking and habits, it really wasn’t that difficult.” Of the many problems created by landfills, plastic is one of the biggest. All the plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form, much of it leached into the sea, where it leaks in at the rate of 8 million tonnes each year. “By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish,” said the pair. Increasingly, minute particles of plastic are eaten by fish and other marine life and from there are getting into the human food chain. Organic waste makes up 40% of household waste and 20% of material going to New Zealand land-fills, half of that being food waste. As well as chemicals going into the land and waterways, land-fills produce massive amounts of greenhouse gases, particularly methane, one of the most potent in terms of global warming. “The mantra of the five Rs” Living entirely without waste is impossible, said Liam and Hannah, but instead of landfills, we should aspire to a world where 100% of the waste we produce could be put back into the earth without degrading it. The ‘5 Rs’ are a guide to how we could achieve this. These are—Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

and Rot. Hannah and Liam put ‘Rot’ at the top of their list. Much of the $872 millionworth of food Kiwis send to the landfill each year is still edible and could be rescued for human or animal consumption. The remainder and other organic waste could be composted and safely returned to nourish the earth. ‘Biodegradable’, however is not the same as compostable. Plastics which break down quickly still remain in the environment as micro particles, whereas organic waste in the right conditions will compost down to harmless nutrients within six weeks. ‘Refuse’ along with ‘reduce’ are also powerful ‘Rs’. Liam and Hannah have learnt to refuse anything that comes in plastic and non-recyclable packaging and have found that this helps in reducing their needs and distancing themselves altogether from a consumerist society where almost everything comes highly packaged. “Refuse and reduce are the crux of the zero-waste lifestyle and help you wean yourself from consumerism” they said. ‘Re-use’ was demonstrated with an array of glass bottles and jars ‘upcycled’ for storage at home. Hannah displayed her indispensable set of cutlery, reusable container for takeaway food, reusable mug and an array of bags, which she takes with her to preempt the need for packaging. The fifth ‘R’, recycling, is their least favoured. “It’s better than sending stuff to the land-fill, but it’s often a costly, time-consuming process“, they said. Recycled plastic and paper are “down-cycled”, getting converted into increasingly inferior products as they go down the chain. Most of New Zealand’s plastic recycling is shipped overseas to China, some to Australia, further increasing its carbon footprint. “Recycling legitimizes the culture of convenience and disposability. Zero waste is not about more recycling, but less.” Throwaway living is a post-WWII phenom-

enon. Even the Be a tidy Kiwi campaign has contributed to a culture where we think it’s a good thing to throw rubbish in a bin. “We don’t delete it by throwing it out.” What’s to be done? Most rubbish comes from food, drink and smoking, so a big part of the answer is changing individual and household mind-set and behavior, said Hannah and Liam. We need to re-think the materials we use, moving away from the plastics which infiltrate our lives, in food and drink packaging, clothing, utensils, to tools, vehicles, houses and much more. A collaborative, sharing economy rather than an economy of individual ownership would also reduce consumption and build community relationships. “Instead of thinking ‘I need a drill’, think ‘I need a hole in the wall’”, said Liam, telling of his own recent experience using the ‘Neighbourly’ website to locate and borrow a drill from a like-minded person in the locality. Hannah and Liam concluded with helpful hints for making the zero waste journey, sharing many of their ‘recipes’ for substitutes for packaged products, from shampoo and deodorant to Marmite and detergent. Zero waste is really a misnomer, they said, it’s an aspiration but impossible to achieve. We can, however, all make drastic reductions in our waste, starting with easy steps like bringing our own containers for takeaways, finding non-wasteful ways to have what we want, rather than making big sacrifices. Their inspiration was Bea Johnson, the ‘high priestess’ and founder of the Zero Waste movement in 2008, whose book and blog are called Zero Waste Home. Trash is for Tossers, by New Yorker Lauren Singer is another major influence. Local heroes include Matthew Luxon and Waveney Warth and their website and the Para Kore movement, parakore.maori. nz. The Para Kore movement’s vision is

Creative zero-wasters Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Price

for all marae to be working towards zero waste by 2020. Last Seasonal Surplus Stall, April 27 This ‘summer’ with its turbulent weather meant many more of our Thursday morning fruit and vegie stalls were cancelled than the usual one or two. Produce was much less plentiful as well, especially the usual summer vegetables like tomatoes, capsicums, aubergines and zucchinis. We finished the season with an abundance of apples, apparently the one and only star crop this autumn, and will reopen in October, hoping for a more benign spring. Transition Town Ōtaki TTO is a group working towards a sustainable community. It links with Energise Ōtaki, the Sustainable Food Group and the Thursday morning Seasonal Surplus Stall, as well as the West Tararua Time bank. TTO holds regular gatherings at members’ homes or local venues. Topics are relevant to the theme of sustainability—food, energy, housing, education, climate change. Membership is free and open to all. For further information ring Belinda McLean, 06 364 5573.

Annual plan 2017/18 consultation document

Annual plan feedback closes Monday 1 May We’re keen to hear your views on our plans for the year ahead.

The plans reflect the Council’s aims to continue delivering on our long term commitments while growing and developing our district. Our easy-to-read annual plan consultation document outlines proposed changes for the 2017/18 financial year, with a proposed 5.9% average rates increase across the district. Pick up a copy at a library or service centre, or see it on our website: From our website you can access our online submission portal to provide your feedback. Alternatively, you can write us a letter, email us at or drop off a completed form at Council service centres and libraries.


Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Ōtaki College News April 2017

From the principal - Kahu Edwards, Steven Kim, Charlotte Mundorf, Patrick Ransfield, Kararaina Rewi, Josh Young, Clayton Dawson, Siana Andrews, Alizay Roach, and Tiapo Kapukai-Taumaa. Their product, Bio Bin, was a self-cleaning recycling bin, with a family friendly option, had one of our judges suggesting they go home to get their cheque book in order to invest in this business; such was the calibre of entrepreneurial enterprise.

the year 13 dancers were all smiles! The CACTUS Programme has continued Variety Concert 2017 to be a key programme with Ōtaki ColThe Ōtaki College hall was filled with peolege as it provides students with a strong ple on Wednesday 29th March. It was the understanding around life skills such as annual celebration of talent at the Variety organisation, punctuality, resilience, taking Concert. There were dancing and musical initiative, problem solving, believing in groups performing from all year levels. We yourself and supporting others in a team. had Tahu-Potiki, Maia and Peter as wonIn 2017, the CACTUS Programme had derful MC’s, who entertained the crowd. Constable Mike Howland, Sergeant Leon Our year 13’s surprised us with their Kingi, the Te Wiata whanau and Kava talent on the stage with a well- rehearsed and Gavin from the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire dance. Biribo proudly showed us a dance Brigade leading activities and Anne Hagan from Kiribati which was about fishing. As feeding the troups every day. It was anothalways the staff gave a rousing rendition er very successful programme. of a classic song - this year’s was ‘Hit the road, Jack’ to finish what was a fabulous NZ Business Week evening! All Year 12 students at Ōtaki College got a taste of the business world on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March when they took part in the BP Business Challenge. This is offered to more than 40 schools throughout New Zealand each year by Young Enterprise and is a three-day practical workshop which introduces secondary students to the world of business in a fun and engaging way.

Biribio Teawaki entranced the audience

CACTUS CACTUS started out in 1998 as the vision of Hokitika Community Constable, Rob Fox, for a community-based police initiative that could assist youth in their personal development from Years 10-13. Today Combined Adolescent Challenges Training Unit Support (C.A.C.T.U.S.) has blossomed into a highly successful programme delivering positive change to young people all over Aotearoa.

The students worked in teams to create a business plan where they were required to present their ideas to a panel of judges. Our thanks go to Penny Gaylor (Greater Wellington Regional Council), Grant Robertson (First National Real Estate), Paul Carlyon (Clearheads Psychological Consultant), Jeanine Cornelius (Riverstone Cafe) and Kylie Gardner (Gardner Homes) who so willingly gave up their time to support our students by judging their business ideas. The BP Business Challenge presenters, Gavin and Paul, were very impressed with our students’ ability to work together and the quality of the ideas they came up with during the three days. The winning team was made up of, CEO

stop motion animation and virtual 3D scanners. Students were able to explore interactive, virtual reality worlds, where they could also create and add to the landscape. Students made short stop motion animation films on a variety of topics and enjoyed being able to share these with their peers. Using 3D scanners, many students also took the opportunity to create 3D virtual models of themselves, learning in the process that slow and steady produced a much better image than if they raced through. At parliament, students were able to learn about the different roles that people have within our government and how symbols are used to represent important aspects of our identity and history. Two groups were lucky enough to witness the Debating Chamber in action, with a number of them commenting on how badly behaved towards each other some of our politicians were during question time!

Winners: the Bio Bin team

The 2nd placed team, PFY, with Suzannah Kyle as CEO was an app that measured the size of “The Manu” - (old fashioned term is Bomb). A huge congratulations must go to all of the students who participated. Their ability to work together, independent thinking and innovative ideas were certainly evident. An exciting and worthwhile three days of learning which also offers the opportunity for students to gain 3 Level 2 Credits.

Year 7&8s Out and About Week 8 was a busy one for the Year 7 & 8 Department as students and staff headed in to Wellington for a variety of experiences. First up was a trip to the Capital E Festival of the Arts. Over the course of the day, students viewed three live theatre performances, from an opera about the crowning of King Arthur in Un Roi Arthur, to learning about the life of a puppet in La Vie Dans Une Marionette. Students were also involved in a piece of live interactive theatre in Whales, where they had the opportunity to learn about Whale strandings and then participate in a re-enactment of one. Students were engrossed in this performance which combined interactive theatre with valuable knowledge about what to do if they are ever involved in helping rescue stranded whales. Students commented about how much they had enjoyed the day, many having never seen live theatre before. Next up were two days of trips to Wellington to visit the new Digital Learning Lab 'Hinatore' at Te Papa and also Parliament. At Hinatore, students had the opportunity to use a range of technology including Virtual Reality headsets, google cardboard,

rescuing 'whales' in Wellington

To finish off this busy week, on Friday we were again fortunate to welcome Kite Maker Tony Rice from Australia, who worked with a number of our students producing Sting Ray kites. Tony also spoke to the students about the importance of using recyclable and compostable materials, with the kites all being made using paper products that break down and do not cause harm to the environment or animals. Local Kite Maker Yvonne De Mille also worked with students to produce a sled kite. In the afternoon, we held a mass fly off on the College field and it was fantastic to see so many of our student's kites flying, in preparation for the awesome Ōtaki Kite Festival over the weekend.

Bees Through the Seasons PENNY KERR-HISLOP

Oh Woe is Bee We’ve seen a dismal spring and summer morph into an extra wet autumn. Beekeepers from most areas in New Zealand are talking of one of the worst seasons on record with huge drops in honey harvest and bee strength. However, the warm wet weather has ensured that the plants have flowered for longer than usual and on the few sunny days the bees are active collecting nectar and pollen off the remaining flowers and trying to store reserves for the imminent arrival of the cold season. Resist tidying and pruning your perennials

for as long as possible as these last few remaining blooms are significant for all of the nectar loving insects at this time of year. The photo shows straggly cosmos flowers being targeted by bees. The cigarette plant (cuphea ignea) which flowers late into autumn is covered with honey bees and bumble bees at the moment. This plant grows easily from cuttings and is an important addition to any bee friendly garden. If you still have living hives, varroa treatment should be underway for autumn. Whatever you do for treatment, remember not to leave treatment in beyond the prescribed period and do not undertreat

as this will lead to the mites developing resistance and render current solutions ineffective. In the longer term this will not be good for bee health. So, make sure you follow instructions on the packaging. Also at this time, check honey stores on your hives and if necessary feed sugar syrup. At this time of year, sugar strength should be at the maximum which is achieved by mixing white sugar in warm water until the water will absorb no more sugar. The high strength sugar will be stored in the frames and converted to honey for mid-winter. Wasps are finally starting to consume protein which makes poisoning possible using the new Vespex ecotoxin. Now is the time

to remove the wasps that will rapidly expand in spring and may threaten your hives when searching for sugar. Contact me if you need the help of a qualified Vespex person. Penny 027733424. Winter is a good time for beekeepers to rest and relax while keeping an eye on the food supply for their bees. Enjoy the results of your hard work and hopefully a harvest.


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Thank you to everyone in Ōtaki and surrounding areas who contributed to making this years’ Poppy Day collection very successful. All the money raised has been deposited in the Ōtaki RSA Poppy Trust bank account. These funds are exclusively used to support the welfare of Returned and Service members in the our community. If you, or someone you know, has served in any of the NZ forces please consider joining the RSA in order that we may be of assistance when you require it. Members of the services, who are currently serving, receive free membership to the Ōtaki RSA and are very welcome. Please contact us. Going to press we are looking forward to Anzac Day – when we remember those who have fought and served for our country. We hope to see many of you at one of our services. On our HUGE screen this month Sun 30th April Warriors vs Roosters at 4pm. Tues 9th May Monthly Movie – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ screening at 10.15am. Tickets $6, morning tea available $2. Sat 13th May Panthers vs Warriors at 5pm Crusaders vs Hurricanes at 7.35pm Sun 14th May Movie Night – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ screening at 7pm. Fri 19th May Warriors vs Dragons at 8pm Sat 20th May Hurricanes vs Cheetahs at 7.35pm Sat 27th May Warriors vs Broncos at 7.30pm Live Music, Great Dancing Fri 5th May Fri 12th May Fri 26th May Sat 3rd June

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April Fools’ Day dawned dark and gloomy, like almost every other day in this accursed summer, soon to be winter, of our discontent. What to make of this seasonal perversity? Is it Nature’s “told-you-so” punishment for climate change denial? Are seasons now set to speed past like Sunday drivers on the new expressway or Harvey Norman’s sales — Autumn Must End Tuesday? Helping me stack the pine logs he’d delivered on his trailer, Bob the Woody remarked that a customer told him he could remember only one summer as bad in his lifetime. He’s over ninety this old geezer, memory not what it was and unsure if that bad summer was quite recent, in which case it could well be linked to climate change, or if it was when he was young and emissions were mainly nocturnal and intensely private and confidential, and well before we knew about ozone and the hole in its layer. Obviously the world had not ended after that bad summer, whenever it was. So this one might not be part of the End Times either, despite Trump, Brexit and Sonny Bill Williams covering up the BNZ logo on the collar of his Blues jersey. Honestly! The seasons may be changing — that, after all, is what they do. They wouldn’t be

Ōtaki Mail — May 2017 A light-hearted look at the media, by Manakau’s gnarled commentator Tom Frewen seasons if they didn’t change. The ne plus ultra of change, seasons are Nature’s traffic lights, e.g. that hedge on Manakau Road South with leaves that go from green to brown and back to green without falling off. Some things do remain constant, however. Among them is April Fools’ Day which invariably falls on the first day of the month of April. You can count on it, unlike Easter and daylight saving. They’ve mucked around with Easter so much that Parliament can’t make up its mind whether or not to make up its mind about whether shops should be open or closed. After decades of dithering, they’ve decided to pass the buck to local councils. When I say “decided”, our 121 MPs voting as individuals nevertheless split neatly along party lines with National supporting their government’s bill and Labour, worried about shop workers being forced to work on Easter Sunday, voting against it. That was on August 25 last year. Fast-forward through seven and a half months to Easter 2017, and what’s happening up our neck of the woods? Porirua City Council decided to keep shops closed on Easter Sunday. A survey revealed a majority of respondents in favour of keeping shops closed and their city councillors, elected to make decisions, earned their keep

by doing exactly that. Kapiti Coast District Council, not one to muck around with namby-pamby consulting of voters, did nothing, effectively deciding to keep the shops closed without going to the trouble of actually making a decision. Horowhenua District Council, in contrast, launched into a consultation frenzy. Setting out “to test the initial views of the community” the council surveyed 168 residents — 1.1% of the population — for feedback “to help inform councillors about whether to draft a policy (shops open) or retain the status quo (shops closed)”. Nevertheless, the 168 completed forms were duly subjected to analysis. Two days before Easter, Levin’s local paper, known not entirely affectionately as “The Kronk”, reported under the headline “Easter trading decision in limbo” that the analysis was still in progress. How long should it take? A week? Some survey respondents might have written essays but most, surely, would have been literally “open” or “shut” cases. Even if it only took a few hours to analyse them, less time than it takes to speak to someone in Manila about your email, the council would then still have had to make a decision.

And then, after taking into account the views expressed on the 168 completed survey forms, had the council decided to develop a draft policy to allow shops to open on Easter Sunday (but not if it decided not to develop a draft policy and keep them closed) there would still have to be “a formal consultation and submissions process with the community”. To be crystal clear, The Kronk’s report concluded: “Any draft policy developed would need to be adopted by council before going out for public consultation.” So, having consulted on whether or not to put the cart before the horse the council puts the horse before the horse but forgets to lock the stable door before it gets thrown out in the next election and has to start all over again. And they expect us to keep on voting for them? Cycling to the shop for the bread and paper I see the little man is back at the school with his metal detector. Crouched down, digging with his trowel, possibly about to unearth a ring-top off a drink can or a diamond ring, he seems to me to be a metaphor for the modern economy where everybody’s down on their knees scrabbling around for loose change or buried treasure.

Trips on the Beach (and other places) HOWIE C. THINGS

Oldilocks knocked on my door. “I’m just heading down to the beach to stretch my legs. Want to join me, Howie?” he asked. I fetched hat and sunnies and we set off. “I have to watch my feet,” said Oldie, stepping cautiously over soft furrowed sand and scattered driftwood. “Stretching your legs wouldn’t help with that,” I grinned. “You could lose sight of your feet altogether.” “I already am losing sight of my feet,” he sighed. “My arms and my eyes struggle to reach my feet these days,” I told him. “Opening my mouth and putting a foot in it is still a possibility, proverbially, but definitely impossible physically.” “Now that’s something I’d struggle to visualise,” chuckled Oldie. Then he sighed again, and returned to his feet. “I’m going to

have to take my toenails to a podiatrist, and it’s very likely there could be sand beneath them. That would be so embarrassing.”

pills for all ills,” added Oldie. “I’ve always nursed a hankering to play a percussion instrument – now I’m becoming one.”

“We have to get over these things, my friend,” I consoled my neighbour. “Let’s face it. Our bodies aren’t what they used to be. But, on the positive side, there are agencies ready to offer a helping hand .”

“You’re a piece of work, my friend,” I chuckled.

“Like podiatrists,” he said. “Dentists,” I added, progressing from foot to mouth. “And everything between,” he grinned. “Yes, we’re well provided for here in Ōtaki with various health agencies and help services.” “And emergency services,” added Oldie. “And, let’s not forget the support services.” Now we were moving forward positively. “Everything provided to help us adjust to change, as bodies change,” I murmured. “Including doctors and pharmacists, with

Ocean View Newsletter Kia Ora and Welcome Autumn is upon us and it is noticeable with the chilly mornings and evenings. We have finally had some fine weather which our residents have made the most of with walks along the parade and visits over to the beach front. We have been experiencing lovely views of the ocean with many small boats out fishing the area. There have obviously been schools of fish close in to the foreshore with large flocks of birds floating or diving into the sea in clusters.

Our residents experienced an enjoyable trip on the new expressway last week many comments made about the shorter distance to Paraparaumu and easy drive. Many residents are attending the senior citizens group twice a month on a Wednesday afternoon. It is a good chance for the residents to catch up with some of the older locals, enjoy the entertainment and share a lovely afternoon tea together. We also have one or two that like to go to the RSA for a game of housie on a Thursday. We had the Kite festival and the residents made Kites for the occasion with the assistance of a professional Kite maker Yvonne Deville. We now have a sewing machine kindly donated by one of our new

“Yeah...a work in progress,” he grinned. “We both are.” Which couldn’t be truer, I thought. We don’t grind to a halt when age, health issues or disability dictate a change of life-style – we progress. It’s a time to adjust, to explore new options and avenues and set our sights on different, realistic goals. There are many organisations in our village qualified to provide advice and assistance to help us keep our focus forward, and continue living fulfilling lives. My mind continued wandering. We live in a progressive environment, a fulfilling environment, a creative environment, I mused... Recently, the Maoriland Film Festival, then the Ōtaki Kite Festival, soon the Kapiti Arts trail and so on, and so on...

“Watch where you’re walking!” warned Oldilocks abruptly. “Nearly put my foot in it,” I gasped, quickly side-stepping a sizeable pony poo. “Focus on where you’re going, Howie,” advised Oldilocks. “That’s exactly what I was thinking about,” I told him. “I feel a new rhyme coming on,” said Oldie, “Shall we go home now, so I can capture it before it escapes my memory?” “Sure,” I agreed, “but let’s just pause for a moment and capture a memory of the ocean.” Oldie's Completed Rhyme By Oldie When eyes can’t reach to see my toes it’s handy that I have a nose, located in the perfect place for perching glasses on my face. When age dictates a need to change, we do not stop, we rearrange.

May 2017 residents who not only uses herself but we encourage other residents to utilise as well. We are hoping to build up a supply of Fabric and haberdashery items that may be donated to help with craft and sewing items. We have had entertainment from a couple who not only sing and play music but give us a lovely ballroom dancing display. We also had more musical entertainment which the residents always enjoy and sing along too. A few of the residents have had fun making pikelets for afternoon tea, although not many get out for the rest of the facility as they seem to get eaten as they come out of the pan. Ocean view has a few rooms remaining for either respite or long term care. We have had a lot of interest in the rooms so if you are

planning to have a loved one enter short or long term care and prefer they remain in the local vicinity call us for a chat or pop in for a visit and see what is available. I often advise families to bring in their loved one for morning and afternoon tea so they can see what is here. Often the fear of the unknown makes them reluctant to come into care. I am very happy if you would like to call and arrange a visit to Ocean View and stay for a cup of tea and chat. Just make a call to arrange I am available anytime during the day during the work week for discussion. Ngaire Rosewarne Facility Manager Ocean View Residential Care 06 364 7399


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Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

Ōtaki’s History From the Ōtaki Mail, April 29, 1927



The Ōtaki Horticultural Society will hold its Autumn Show on Friday next as advertised elsewhere. There is no necessity to recapitulate what we have often said in this column concerning the mutual benefits derived from the holding of such shows in Ōtaki.... However for the benefit of newest residents we desire to briefly draw attention to the activities of the Horticultural Society. It is an old established body, full of local enthusiasts, who always welcome new blood.... There are many varieties of exhibits, and the embryo gardener and the seasoned nurseryman are each catered for. Open classes for professionals, and mixed classes for amateurs invite your entry. If it is only the sole bloom, the result of hours of patient watering and attention, we say “enter it – in the single bloom class” and the experience gained will stand in good stead for the future. If everyone in Ōtaki who has a garden would enter their horticultural productions there would be indeed a splendid show, and it would prove what the district is really capable of growing....

Well-known local author Rex Kerr spoke about his work on the exhibition about the sinking of the ship Otaki II on 10 March 1917 in the First World War. A large number of New Zealanders served in both the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy. The Merchant Navy members’ names were not often registered, and many of those who died were very young, just boys. The best-known locally was Archibald Bisset Smith who received a posthumous Victoria Cross. The talk was illustrated with paintings by Wallace Trickett of the New Zealand ships in the war. Wallace spoke about the research he did for his paintings, and his enjoyment in both marine painting and the research for it. There were many questions following these most interesting talks.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 6 June 2017 ‘The archaelogy of the PP2Ō Expressway’

Speaker: Emily Cunliffe, Archaeologist 7.30 in the Rotary Lounge, Aotaki St, Ōtaki


The First World War at Sea continues to be popular with visitors of whom there were many over Easter. The exhibition features colourful paintings of ships by our local artist Wallace Trickett, and also tells the story of the Merchant Marine service.

Preserving our heritage for 40 years

The Ōtaki Museum is at 49 Main Street, and is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.

This is for all you Men and Women who are unable to reach or can’t see your feet. Treat Yourself to a PEDICURE in YOUR OWN HOME We offer this HOME service for only $40. You will have your feet pampered with a foot spa soak, nails cut, and filed, cuticles cared for and a soothing foot massage There is also the option of including a MANICURE for only $15. If you would prefer to visit Angela’s Studio in Waikanae a PEDICURE will cost $30. PHONE ANGELA 04 293-5611 A 1920s photo of Helen Small (nee Jones) and Anne Small (nee Kerr) with horse & gig, in the garden at Clifden - later to be called Bridge Lodge, Te Horo. Helen’s son (Anne’s husband) Harold Small was involved with organising the Autumn Show, and Clifden had a very fine garden.

Some tips for flatters and tenants (and landlords) At the CAB we deal with heaps of questions from renters and landlords about their rights and obligations. So we’ve come up with some must-know tips for you. Tenancy agreements A tenancy must be covered by a written tenancy agreement. Read your tenancy agreement before you sign it and seek advice if you aren’t sure (you can check it against the Tenancy Services template agreement online or contact your local CAB or tenants’ association). Even if you don’t have a written tenancy agreement covering your rental situation you may still be protected under the Residential Tenancy Act. Landlords aren’t allowed to require you to get the place professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy. Even if you sign the agreement anyway, that clause is unenforceable. Amateur cleaning is perfectly acceptable. Make sure you and the landlord do a property inspection together at the start of the tenancy - and take photos of the place while you do. Ask the landlord whether the “P” has been used or manufactured on the property. The landlord should be checking for this between tenancies. Are you a tenant or a flatmate? When you are renting, what your rights and obligations are differs depending on whether your name is on the tenancy agreement. If your name is on the tenancy agreement then as a tenant your have obligations to your landlord (and vice versa) under tenancy law.

If you aren’t named on the tenancy agreement then you are a flatmate - not a tenant - and your rights and obligations are to the tenant/s. Those rights and obligations should be recorded in a house-sharing agreement (there’s a template on the Tenancy website). You don’t have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act if you’re just a flatmate. Bond money A landlord can ask for a bond that is the equivalent of up to four weeks’ rent. They must pay your bond to Tenancy Services within 23 working days of receiving it. Alternatively, the tenant can lodge the bond with Tenancy Services online. At the end of the tenancy, the tenant/s and landlord must sign a bond refund form and sent it to Tenancy Services, before the bond money can be returned (minus any deductions for damage to the rental property). The people who are named on the tenancy agreement are the only ones who can get their bond back from Tenancy Services. Who pays for the water? If the property you rent has a separate water meter, the water is supplied on a metered basis and the charges can be exclusively attributed to your living on the property, then you (the tenant) have to pay the water supply bills. Usually you pay the landlord and the landlord pays the water supply company. We have more tips and information – empower yourself by knowing your rights. Visit your CAB or email, give them a call.

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Ōtaki Mail — May 2017

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

The Trophy Child

Blue Light Yokohama

War Cry

See What I Have Done

by Paula Daly

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by Wilbur Smith

by Sarah Schmidt

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte. Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel. But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point. Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?

Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo's homicide department, is assigned a new partner and a secondhand case. A case that's complicated - a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who then ate ice cream, surfed the web and painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before he left in broad daylight. Fearing corruption among his fellow officers, tracking a killer he's sure is only just beginning and trying to put his own shattered life back together, Iwata knows time is running out before he's taken off the case or there are more killings . . .

In the 1920s, the continent of Africa is a dangerous place. As Leon Cortney attempts to navigate political waters, his daughter Saffron grows into an independent and headstrong young woman bound for a far different life in Britain, as a student at Oxford. But over the course of more than two decades, spies, traitors, and adventurers will dog their every step. As the fitful years of peace lead to the outbreak of the Second World War—involving Africa once more—Leon and Saffron must fight for their survival . . . and that of their illustrious family.

He was still bleeding. I yelled, "Someone's killed Father." On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother. Through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River. Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she?

Terrible Toxicities We’re approaching a time of year where we see a lot of animals with potentially fatal toxicities. Their natural curiosity makes them vulnerable to substances about the home that are harmful to their health. Most pet owners go to great lengths to care for their pets, but there are several hazards which are commonly overlooked, yet easily avoided. Rat Bait The majority of rat baits available to the public contain anticoagulants. These work by preventing clotting of the blood. Symptoms often do not appear until several days after eating as it takes some time for the clotting factors to be depleted. Unfortunately, rat bait is often ingested without the owner’s knowledge and an untreated animal can potentially die from blood loss.

kill an average-sized cat. Unless you catch it early, the damage to pets’ kidneys is irreversible. Signs can be seen from 30 minutes to 12 hours after ingestion. Please go to for a comprehensive list of signs associated with these poisons. Slug/Snail Bait Most contain a toxin called metaldehyde that affects the central nervous system causing seizures. Initial signs of poisoning occur in as little as half an hour after ingestion. Death can occur within a couple of hours. Antifreeze Antifreeze formulations contain ethylene glycol. The sweet smell attracts animals, but it is deadly if ingested even in small amounts. As little as half a teaspoon can

Think about your pets as you would your children when considering the dangers of using these products. There may be alternatives that pose less of a risk. Keep all

products stored safely, well out of reach of your pets and any spills or leaks cleaned up immediately. If you suspect your pet been exposed to any of these poisons it is important to contact your vet clinic immediately. If you know the brand, inform the vet and if possible, bring the container with you. As with all emergencies, the sooner they get to the vet the better the chance of a positive outcome.

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Funeral Directors Association of NZ Take the Time to Talk’’ is the name of our national awareness week aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discuss theirAssociation funeral and their final wishes. Funeral Directors of NZ Ways to “Take theTalk’’ Timeisto Talk” with and loved ones suggest sharing Take the Time to the name of family our national awareness week aimed at stories and asking questions about simple occurrences in your lifetheir — such as a first job, encouraging New Zealanders to discuss their funeral and final wishes. the purchase of your first car, a mentor or person who taught you a life lesson — all Ways to “Take the Time to Talk” with family and loved ones suggest sharing stories these stories help build a picture of a life which can be honoured and celebrated at and asking questions about simple occurrences in your life — such as a first job, the appropriate time. Rather than it being a sad conversation, sharing stories can be the purchase of your first car, a mentor or person who taught you a life lesson — all an enjoyable, comforting event which can provide reassurance your final farewell is these stories help build a picture of a life which can be honoured and celebrated at respectful of your wishes and an accurate portrayal of your life. the appropriate time. Rather than it being a sad conversation, sharing stories can be The Funeral Directors Association of New will be running a co-ordinated an enjoyable, comforting event which can Zealand provide reassurance your final farewell is campaign weekand of 10-13 April asking kiwis to think respectful during of yourthe wishes an accurate portrayal of your life.about their final wishes. Michael Hill Directors is available to talk toofcommunity groups individuals who wish to The Funeral Association New Zealand will beorrunning a co-ordinated “Take the during Time to Talk” orofwould Michael talktotothink theirabout groups about the campaign the week 10-13like April asking to kiwis their final wishes. funeral industry. Michael can be contacted on (06) 368 2954. Michael Hill is available to talk to community groups or individuals who wish to “Take the Time to Talk” or would like Michael to talk to their groups about the funeral industry. Michael can be contacted on (06) 368 2954.









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Waitohu School’s Sunny Gala BY MARGARET ANDREWS

The sun shone down on Waitohu School’s recent gala after a week of rain and storms, bringing people out to enjoy the sun and fun the day. There were lots of activities for everyone, young and not so young to take part in, with the Ōtaki Firefighters’ kids confidence course being PROOF very popular. AlsoCHECK popular was Bigwood’s little digger for the PLEASE READ ALL COPY CAREFULLY. SPELLING AND Rob PHONE NUMBERS. PROOF kids to operate as well as sheep shearing with Alan Manning. The Once proof is approved NZME. will not accept responsibility for incorrect copy or layout. face painters were kept busy, as were the Funky Hairstylists.The Fun Zone team set up a “jousting” challenge within an inflatable “ring’ – the bouncing added to the difficulty of “clobbering” your opponent with a huge inflated medieval hammer. And a bouncy castle was also well used. The quickfire raffle is always popular and queues formed beside the food stalls – spit roasted lamb sandwiches, burgers, chips and hot dogs. Café Waitohu staff was kept busy serving their array of savouries, sandwiches, cakes and slices, along with coffee, tea or cold drinks. PLEASE READ ALL COPY CAREFULLY. CHECK SPELLING AND PHONE NUMBERS.

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People could relax at the tables and listen to musicians, Andrew and Kirsten London and Ari Gurunathan who provided musical interludes during the day. The general stall holders – cakes, sweets, white elephant and jumble, were kept busy as people snapped up bargains to give them a new home.

The plant stall was a popular place during the Waitohu School gala, with most of their stock sold.

Home and School Association’s Shelly Warwick, thanked everyone who had supported the gala in so many different ways, “what an amazing team we have,” she said. “What a great day we had, thank you all.” Next term’s major fundraiser will be the “Cabaret Night” a combined evening with Te Horo School. This is on June 3 at the Ōtaki Race Course.

Taking a moment’s breather, the food stalls workers were kept busy as the big crowd at the Waitohu School gala Having learnt the techniques necessary to operate the mini digger, eight year old, Jackson Filimaua has a go at shifting the made their way around the stalls and activities available. sand on his own, digger owner-operator Rob Bigwood is just behind the digger, a popular activity at the Waitohu School Gala. Ōtaki Mail - a community newspaper produced monthly by Ann & Lloyd Chapman, 176 Waerenga Road, Ōtaki. Printed by Beacon Print, Hastings. If you have any news, or don't receive your paper by the end of the month, please let us know by phoning 364 5500

Otaki mail may 2017  

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