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Te Wananga o Raukawa won the Gold medal in the Corporate race at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2021 for the third successive year. As the team of 12 paddlers crossed the line they were 3 seconds ahead of the other 13 teams, finis in t e 25 m ace in 1: 1 The week of racing is held annually on Lake Karapiro and again Otaki paddlers were there in good numbers, making their community proud of their efforts and success. The J19 team also produced an exciting win fo t e old medal in t e 5 m ace, thrashing it out against the defending champs fo a nail itin finis Results page 17

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Enliven - a great place to volunteer

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Enliven’s Levin rest homes are on the lookout for volunteers to give their time in 2021. In Levin Enliven operates Levin Home for War Veterans and Reevedon Home and Village. “Volunteers make such a difference to the esidents in o omes, sa s Mana e Mic elle a “We’re very grateful to have such amazing people on board here helping every week doing a range of different things.” She says in 2021 they’d love to hear from anyone who could help with cafe mornings at Reevedon Home, spend one-on-one time with residents at both the homes and help with board games. Mo e t an 3 eo le ol ntee t ei time at Enliven rest homes and retirement villages across the lower North Island every year. Volunteers of all ages regularly help at Enliven homes and there are a diverse

range of roles that people can donate their time to, Enliven’s business operations manager Suzanne Simpson says. “They give much more than just time. Volunteers become friends and supporters; they bring diversity, spontaneity and excitement to our rest homes and day programmes.” Some volunteers help with recreation activities such as the men’s shed or art and craft groups, and others provide companionship. “They might visit with their children or pets, or spend one-on-one time with a resident,” explains Suzanne. In Levin Enliven offers a full continuum of care from independent retirement living to rest home, hospital and dementia care, short-term respite, health recovery care and an engaging day programme. To learn more about Enliven’s philosophy and services or to volunteer with Enliven, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call 06 368 7900 (Reevedon Home) or 06 366 0052 (Levin Home).

Enliven creates elder-centred communities that recognises elders as individuals and supports them in a way that’s right for them. Across Horowhenua, Enliven offers lively welcoming communities with specialist offerings.

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• Levin Home for War Veterans • Reevedon Home and Village retirement villages rest home hospital dementia short term respite health recovery day programmes For more information please visit:

www.enlivencentral.org.nz Separation is hard – a good lawyer is essential R Separation is seldom easy, even when both parties remain on good terms. There are a whole series of issues that arise, quite apart from the emotional and mental issues people face when their relationship breaks down. mon t e man iss es a e: • who will receive what when the relationship property is divided up; • who is responsible for any debts; • who will occupy the family home while the relationship property is sorted out; • who will look after the children; and • what will happen to any inheritances one or both partners may have? There are so many issues involved and the issues are usually complex. That makes it very important to see a good lawyer. Quite apart from the fact that you will enefit in man a s f om t e ad ice and help a good lawyer can give you, you will need to see a lawyer to make agreements that will stand up in court if your partner

decides to take court action. When it came to dividing up the relationship property, many people who became our clients drafted and signed their own agreements, thinking that was all they needed to do. They discovered that was not the case when their ex decided to bring a claim against them for some of the property they jointly owned before separating. In one case, a person became a client of ours because their ex was taking them to court seeking a half share in the home the person had owned before the relationship began. They thought that they owned the ome fo t o easons: fi stl eca se t e owned it before the relationship began, and secondly because that was what they and their ex had agreed after they separated. They had been in a de facto relationship for well over the three years when, in most cases, the home that is owned by one of the partners then becomes relationship property. Also, their agreement did not stand up in court because it did not meet the four

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conditions to be a legally binding a eement T ese fo e i ements a e: • the agreement must be in writing and signed by both the people who have separated; • each person must get independent legal advice before signing the agreement; • a lawyer must witness each signature; and • the lawyer who witnesses a signature must certify that they had explained to the person the effect and implications of the agreement before it was signed. When people have been married, in a civil union, or simply living together (known as a de facto relationship) for three years or more, relationship property is divided equally, unless the court thinks that would be extremely unfair. If the relationship is less than three years, relationship property will be divided based on what each person brought to the relationship in most cases. As well as the family home and any other properties, relationship property also includes chattels such as furniture,

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vehicles and appliances. It can even incl de ets inancial assets, s c as Kiwisaver or superannuation, savings or investments are also included. Inheritances usually are not included, unless the inheritance has been mingled with relationship property. Debts are also part of the relationship property equation. When people separate, they often disagree about who should have the right to live in the family home while the relationship property is sorted out. This can, and quite often does, become ite a com le iss e, makin it once a ain e im o tant to see a la e Then there are issues like caring for any children from the relationship or addressing any issues related to violence or harm. ood la e s can el in si nificant a s with all the issues that arise when people separate.If you have separated, or you are considering leaving your partner and want good advice, we would be only too happy to el o ontact le o sie at sie Mills a 2 19, 364 719

Ōtaki Mail is od ced Lloyd, Ann & Penny at 176 Waerenga Road. Printed by Beacon Print. Delivered to every house (urban and rural) at the end of every month. If your paper doesn't arrive, please tell us and we'll sort it. o ne s, please tell us on 06 364 5500 or by email at otakimail@xtra.co.nz

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Green light for new bottle store R Kiw-E Otaki Limited can now open a new off licence, kno n as e i o Ōtaki, at 4 t t eet afte an a eal opposing it has been turned down. Me eana el , on e alf of Te nan a o Ra ka a, lod ed t e a eal a ainst t e iti oast ist ict Licensing Authority decision to grant Kiw-E Otaki Limited’s application to open the new off-licence. at e a e talkin a o t is t e Ōtaki community, which has 16 liquor licenses, Minte llison la e ncan Mac en ie said en esentin Selby’s appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in Levin on 18 December. Increasing the number of licenses from 16 to 17 o ld mean one licence fo 375 eo le in Ōtaki T is a eal, M Mac en ie said, as fundamentally about a community that had high levels of alcohol-related harm and high levels of social deprivation. In fact, t e Ōtaki comm nit sat nea t e to of the social deprivation index. “This is a highly vulnerable community and needs special consideration. That simply did not happen before the District Licensing Committee.” One of the purposes of the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012 was to minimise alcohol-related harm.

Ōtaki is so adl affected e istin licences, the licence should not be issued [to Kiw-E Otaki Limited],” M Macken ie said “Enough is enough. We do not need a 17th licence.” A series of letters supporting Te Wananga o Raukawa’s appeal was tabled for the Licensing Authority. T e lette s of s o t e e f om: • t e inci als of Ōtaki olle e, Ōtaki c ool, Te o o c ool, aito c ool, Te a i i akat an a R a Mano, Te a a a a M o i o te Rito, ato ete a Kaniera (St Peter Chanel) and Te Rean a an i Ōtaki d cation Trust; • Kiwa Raureti, Chief Executive of the Ōtaki Medical ent e • d ian e o , ai of t e Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group; • Ms elle a ick, of t e Ōtaki omm nit oa d and Ōtaki olle e Board; • ono an o ce, ai of ti Mai taki and • Leigh Rau, mother and member of the Ōtaki comm nit T e e idence fo Te nan a o Raukawa is about the impact of alcohol on eo le, a tic la l M o i in t e ide Ōtaki a ea, and t e st dents of t e

FOTOR to bid for Jobs for Nature contestable funding BY PENNY GAYLOR iends of t e taki Ri e c ai Ma t sa s t e o ill make a bid for a share of the Government’s newly announced Jobs for Nature contestable fund for private landowner and community groups. onse ation Ministe on i i llan made t e anno ncement in an a en isitin t e aikanae st a cientific Rese e Ma sa s T R see t is as an o o t nit to t a id in fo a local s a e of t e 34million f nd to e administe ed o “We’d seek funding to employ a full-time person to compliment our o of ol ntee s, sa s Ma e d o e t is f ll time em lo could help make the bigger gains we need around the Otaki River est a , notin t e en i onmental si nificance of est a ies and t ei important role for creating and safeguarding natural habits for native species.” T e aikanae st a Rese e is nationall si nificant t otects a natural mosaic of freshwater lakelets, saltwater lagoons and ma s es, tidal sand ats and sand eac at t e mo t of t e Waikanae River. The Waikanae Estuary is an important traditional source of mahinga kai, and associated s a nin o nds, fo i i n s all fo a scientific ese e, ite aitin and ot e fis in is e mitted ss es caused by whitebaiters, particularly use of vehicles in the Estuary Reserve, has been an ongoing issue, including for your predecessors. The Waikanae river and estuary are a tidal home and airport to a a iet of ade s and sea i ds Mo e t an 6 s ecies of i ds eed there, including NZ dotterel, banded dotterel, pukeko, dabchick, and a ia le o ste catc e omestic t a elle s s c as ills and lack f onted te ns f om ante sto o e , as do t e international migratory birds, such as godwits and knots from i e ia locks of ite f onted te ns, s a s, lls and en ins oost on land t el on t e sea fo small fis and s im s NZ dotterels have recently nested on the Estuary sandspit. They are protected by signs and rope barriers attempt to protect them from human pressures - increasing numbers of cats, ferrets, dogs, cars and trail bikes on the other side of the reserve. However, one chick was recently lost, likely to a dog. There will be an opportunity to view the dotterel nesting area from a distance during Thursday’s visit.

Gorge Café – Good Samaritans en an set a ent osted on nn Ōtaki ace ook ecentl that the money their kids had earned picking and selling plums on the berm near Waitohu Valley Road had been stolen, Gorge Café stepped in and offered them a voucher for some ice-creams. Then when those same kids had their money stolen a second time, Gorge Café stepped in again offering to sell the plums at their café where “we could keep an eye on it.” Thanks Gorge Café. That’s what community spirit is all about.

nan a and t e need to o ide t ose students a ‘safe haven’,” the Licensing Authority decision states. Ms el s oke of Ōtaki ecomin kno n fo alco ol and fast food Ms Ra spoke of work going on in the wider Ōtaki comm nit and a o t a f t e licence ein nnecessa in Ōtaki Ms a ick simila l s oke of t e impact of alcohol generally on services within the community, including emergency services and mental health services. M o ce fo ti Mia taki a s oke to the detrimental effect of alcohol on his a , a tic la l in es ect of mental health and the effects of alcohol on the an ata i of is a t also mo e widely). “These are all legitimate concerns,” the authority decision said. However the scheme of the Act concerning whether further licences should be issued in a particular district or part of a district “is more properly the subject of a local alcohol policy”. In the absence of a local alcohol policy iti oast ist ict o ncil does not have a local alcohol policy], the district licensing committee had to assess the a lication in te ms of s1 5 of t e ct, which it had done. T e committee said it as satisfied t at t e issue of the licence would not reduce the amenity and good order of the locality”.

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“Having considered the evidence, the Authority agrees with this assessment,” its decision says. Everyone involved in the appeal is “really disappointed” at the decision granting a 17th licence in Ōtaki, el told t e Ōtaki Mail. T e Ōtaki comm nit as, s e sa s, “silenced at that hearing” and that was “terribly frustrating”. The lack of objections to the off-licence from the Police and the health authorities had a really big impact on the decisionmaking process. “I think we were really let down by the organisations that have a duty of care to the community, particularly the health authorities and the Police.” As a result of the lack of support from the Police and health authorities “we feel completely helpless”. Another disappointing aspect of that “is that the health authorities that represent us are located in the Hutt Valley”. ne of t e t in s t at a o of Ōtaki people will be looking at is how the conditions placed on Kiw-E Otaki’s application will be monitored. The next step, in fact, will be to organise a “meeting of our community and decide what to do from here,” Dr Selby says.

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To all o r Ōta i and Te oro Gre Power em ers r Ōta i ffi e will open on Th rsda e r ar e will e open in the Ōta i i rar e er st & 3rd Th rsda of the month from am to pm Come alon and renew o r em ership New em ers alwa s wel ome ----------------------------------n T esda ar h we will e ha in mornin tea for all Gre Power mem ers and those who wo ld li e to oin s e will e in the S pper oom at the Ōta i i rar e loo forward to meetin o En

Mirek Smisek Art Centre fundraiser

t e f nd aisin fo t e esta lis ment of a Te o o ased Mi ek misek t Centre takes place at Susi White’s Te Horo Property at 123 Settlement Road, a ende eek a m, on nda e a 7, 2 m to 7 m T e picnic-themed event (bring a blanket) will e a f a ance filled famil da , oll in the Lavender,’ that features a concert including blues, jazz and original bands Mana l es and T e t e s T e e ita e kilns of Mi ek misek (recently moved from their original position) will form the focus of the planned art centre, which will include the work of local studio potters, and the arts and crafts of tangata whenua in Te Horo, Otaki and the Kapiti-Horowhenua regions. All proceeds from ‘Loll in the Lavender’ o to a ds to t e Mi ek misek t Centre (entry is $20 per person (accompanied under 16 free). o f t e info mation contact lavendercreeksusi@gmail,com

Te Horo’s fundraising Christmas Market

The earthquake strengthening of the community’s historic hall was the focus of the 2020 Christmas market. With hot, sunny weather, more than 60 stalls, lots of visitors, Santa and his lollies and fruit, and the hard-working committee women in t e caf , t e e ent aised 3 5k to a ds the structural reconstruction of the hall. “Thanks to the goodwill of the Te Horo community, helping in the café, donating food and af e i es, and m c mo e, e were able to keep costs rock bottom,” said Sharon Hurst, president of the Te Horo Hall Society.

ocal cons ltin en inee in fi m, ea a plan to start strengthening work early this year. “We are so grateful to those people who have used the hall during the last three years, helping our fundraising. Their support means we can now commence the design phase of the remedial work.”

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n 2 19 fifteen ea old i a aka aia alon side co di ecto Te Ma a a Tamehana became New Zealand’s youngest directors to premiere offshore it t ei de t s o t film, Bub ilmed at t e M o iland it a an ata i c e and sta in fi e ea old nia Mana ataa i Ran iaaio, Bub found Te Horo Country Market quick success with international screenings at festivals in Toronto, Canada Te Horo’s monthly market opens 10.00 and inland o t e o n filmmake s, it am on nda 7 e a at Te o o was a dream come true. Then COVID-19 all Mo e t an t i t stalls sellin local hit, and both festivals and travel were produce and products as well as Italian cancelled globally. cheeses and meat. There will also be plenty of fresh veggies, fruit and eggs on o M o iland, e ectin on t e s ccess of offer at the seasonal surplus stall. The Bub during the COVID-19 lockdown, it market runs till 1.00 pm. was less a disappointment and more an opportunity. With everyone stuck at home, Drinks and Nibbles ne ideas e e o is in and so in Ma T e mont l social at e in is on gail@mixedmediadesign.co.nz ida 2 2 , M o iland la nc ed t e akiaka 5 e a 5 3 m at Te o o allmixedmediadesign.co.nz oin Incubator Programme (NPIP). gail@mixedmediadesign.co.nz other locals at the community catch-up, mixedmediadesign.co.nz is a fi st fo e ealand, a d inks and late of fin e food to targeted mentorship programme that will share. All welcome. produce eight professional rangatahi short films in ea l 2 21 lon side i a and Te Ma a a o a e ne e sonal projects, there are six further rangatahi o a e o kin to a ds t ei fi st ofessional s o t films T e a e Te Waiarangi Ratana, Bailey Poching, Tiana

T e o all, Tio eo e atai Mel o ne, a a aina atai Mel o ne and M o iland s o n an ata i co o dinato , Aree Kapa. Each of the participants had to pitch to participate in the programme and then received one-on-one mentorship and workshops from industry experts throughout 2020. o a e ead to s oot t ei films and they need your help. With support f om t e e ealand ilm ommission, M o iland ill a tiall f nd all ei t o ects t eac filmmake m st aise $6,000 to support their project. This will enable them to hire essential camera equipment, crew and post-production facilities. o i a aka aia, t e s ccess of has encouraged her to work towards her fi st feat e film, Ruarangi. It’s a great lea fo t e o n filmmake t making Ruarangi, Hakaraia hopes to “abolish the stereotype that young people can’t take on big projects or that young people should have to wait till they’re older to tell their stories, the world needs young voices and young stories now.” o mo e info mation and to s ot NPIP visit boosted.org.nz


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First National Ōtaki - Covering three generations!

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upsizing as family needs change, ensuring safe passage through the changes! Travis Robertson has nearly clocked up 12 months (albeit some of this through lockdown) of ‘breathing through his nose’ as they say in Parliamentary terms, studying, listening and learning, and is now doing im essi e o k, a tic la l it fi st ome e s, and during the Appraisal process. Ōtaki First National are an incredibly well balanced, hard working and successful team, as constantly proven by the results being achieved. Look no further for any Real Estate needs in 2021.

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Õtaki Gorge Road Intersection Closure 2021 The southern partial interchange for the PP2Õ expressway will be located on Õtaki Gorge Road. As the new interchange will be up to 2.5m higher than the existing road level, the road needs to be raised. To do this, structural fill will be used to build up the area that is currently part of State Highway 1. Traffic has already been switched off this section of road to a temporary diversion south of the Õtaki River Bridge. This will allow the project team to complete a significant amount of work before they need to close the Õtaki Gorge Road/State Highway 1 intersection to complete the work.

PP20 Alignment map showing the Otaki Gorge Road partial interchange..

The existing Otaki Gorge Road shown parallel to the new Otaki Gorge Road Bridge shows the area that needs to be built up to form the new expressway partial interchange.

The intersection will be closed for a period of up to 11 weeks from the end of February/early March 2021. During the closure, Õtaki Gorge Road traffic will be diverted via School Road and along Hautre Cross Road. The Te Horo Beach Road bridge (Bridge 8) will be open prior to the closure of ÕGR allowing northbound traffic to enter and exit School Road without having to cross the centre line. Southbound traffic ONLY travelling to and from School Road will continue to use the existing School Road/State Highway 1 intersection (i.e. left in and left out).

Diversion route to Otaki Gorge Road.

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Regular progress updates and information on milestones will be available during the intersection closure. Residents and interested parties are encouraged to email PP2O@NZTA.govt.nz (subject line: OGR) to receive these.



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By Ann Chapman

Cancer Society Horowhenua Messages from MidCentral DHB


Monday 1

o ton an Ōtaki iary e ruary Foxton Support Group (St Johns Hall, Avenue Road)


Thursday 4

Massage: (post treatment) Winchester Hse. ph 06 3688624

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Volunteers Meeting. Freemasons Hall, Parker Ave.

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Ōtaki Support Group. Gertrude Atmore Supper Rooms.


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Pure Breast Care. Ph Liz 0800 259 061. Winchester House.

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Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. 10 – 11am Week 2. Topic: Post radiotherapy – 06 356 5355 Non medical. RSVP to Fran Wednesday 17

Rimu Group – Men’s Support. Winchester House.


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Lymphoedema Support Group. Winchester House.


Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. 10 – 11am Week 3. Addis House Topic: Sleep & 06 356 5355 Relaxation. RSVP to Fran


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Coffee Club. Women’s Support. Winchester House.

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Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. 10 – 11am Week 4. Addis House. Topic: Exercise 06 356 5355 & Nutrition. RSVP to Fran

For further information on any of the above please contact: Jennie Wylie, Support Coordinator, Horowhenua Services 112 Winchester Street, Levin 5510 Opening Hours 10am to 2pm

Ph 06 367 8065, Mob 027 542 0066 email jennie.wylie@cancercd.org.nz

In these summer months, please remember to take ca e of o self and o na otectin your skin and eyes if you are spending time out in the sun (slip, slop, slap and wrap). It’s also important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. As you age, your body forgets to tell you you're thirsty, so if you are an older person you need to drink at regular intervals to combat this. Upcoming Measles Campaign T e Minist of ealt as la nc ed a national Measles atc am ai n fo 15 3 ea olds, who may not have had their measles, mumps and ella MMR imm nisation en t e ee o n e ationall , t e e a e an estimated 5 , people in this age group who have not had their measles vaccination and are at high risk of getting, and spreading, measles if there is an outbreak. Measles is a i l infectio s disease se en times more infectious than COVID-19. To learn more about the campaign, called “Guardians of the t e , o to ealt o t n and click on t e ‘protect against measles’ link. Mid ent al is la nc in t e local cam ai n and is currently reaching out to General Practices, Pharmacies, School-based health programmes and community groups to raise awareness and prepare to implement an all-hands-on-deck effort to identify and encourage people in this critical age group to be vaccinated if they have not had their measles jab.

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f om t e ana at Ōtaki Medical ent e e t l o e o ad a eat festi e season. Its timely to remind you of some aspects of our service, fo e am le, o o enin o s a e 8 45 a m to 5 m n addition, e a e an afte o s se ice so if o find o need assistance afte 5 m , call s on t e ad e tised phone number and you will be redirected to our after hours triage service, and if necessary to an on call GP. There are a couple of avenues for making an appointment to see your GP, Nurse Practitioner or nurse. The most obvious being to call us. In previous publication I have suggested that if it is not urgent, call us after 10.30 a.m. It is more likely that an operator is available at that time and your call can be answered. If your medical event is urgent, call us as soon as the phone lines o en at 8 45 a m lease emem e , e a e a number of incoming phone lines. If your call is not answered, it is because the operators are busy, we are not ignoring you. Once we receive your urgent request, you will be placed in the triage list. A GP or NP will call you back and in discussions with you will agree with you on a way forward. That might include coming in for a face to face consultation, prescribing medication, or just advice on how to manage your issue. Call us or come to one of our community consultation hui if you want more information.

If you are part of a community group that en a es it 15 3 ea olds, a tic la l M o i o asifika, and a e upcoming events that we could be a part of, or want to engage with us to do an event with you, please reach out! The Campaign goes through to August, but we will be focusing on outreach and messages et een late an a and t e end of Ma c e on the lookout for more information! If you have questions about the campaign, ideas about a community event that we could be a part of or any thoughts at all, please reach out to Rachel lac e , Measles atc am ai n Mana e at Rachel.blacher@thinkhauora.nz Covid-19 preparedness We have been fortunate over the past few months to have had COVID-19 under control in New Zealand, however, there is still a risk of the virus returning to the community. We encourage you to protect yourself and others by continuing to follow the simple steps listed below, and to also have a plan of how you would manage should we go back to Alert e els 3 o 4 • ee t ack of e e o e een se t e Covid Tracer app or record where you visit • If you’re sick, stay home • f o a e cold o like s m toms, isolate wherever you are and call Healthline about a free COIVID-19 test • Wash and sanitize your hands • Sneeze or cough into your elbow and regularly clean shared surfaces • Maintain sical distancin , e e ossi le, when out and about • Be kind to others and to yourself.

There are other ways to book a general consultation, I i l ecommend t e Mana e M ealt a T is a allows you to book appointment, to receive test results, to see medications and more. I encourage you to sign up, its free, all you need is to be over 16 and have your own email address. Come in, get the form, sign up and we will help you to work the app. Covid is still a thing, raise your shield, use the covid scanner app, wash your hands and maintain social distancing where possible. T e Minist of ealt as la nc ed its Measles vaccination catch up project. There are currently 222 Ōtaki Medical ent e atients et een t e a es of 15 30 who haven’t been fully immunised. If that’s you, we will be trying to make contact, however, you can call us (after 10.30) and book in for the immunisation. o f t e dates isit o face ook a e tt s: face ook com takiMedical ent e or website otakimedical.co.nz to view our video.

Presbyterian Support Central (PSC) has appointed a ne ief ec ti e M ammad aseem oe s a ill take t e elm of t e not fo ofit organisation on Tuesday 26 January 2021. He takes the lead from interim Chief Executive Pat aite o came on oa d in Ma c 2 19 follo in the retirement of Chris Graham. PSC operates health and social services across the lower North Island with its Central Hub based in Porirua, and services located between Taranaki and Wellington. PSC’s services for tamariki and their na a e o ided amil o ks, ile s services for older people are provided by Enliven. Joe brings to PSC a rich and varied career having worked across the health, government, voluntary and NGO sectors. Highlights include roles at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Diabetes NZ, ACC and Physiotherapy NZ. Joe is also actively involved in a range of community groups and is passionate about his volunteer work supporting the homeless in the Wellington region. Joe is a Justice of the Peace, chair of Te Awakairangi Health Network, a member of the Pharmacy Council Professional Conduct Committee and General Practice NZ Strategic Council and a Rotarian.

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Te Horo consumer rights champion honoured R Consumer rights champion Suzanne Chetwin was made a Companion of the e ealand de of Me it in t e 2 21 New Year’s Honours. The Te Horo resident, who served as Chief Executive of Consumer New Zealand for 13 years, was honoured for services to consumer rights. m deli ted, Ms et in told t e Ōtaki Mail. “I’m absolutely thrilled. This is recognition that consumer rights matter. “Consumer rights is really fantastic to be involved in. There are so many things, from quite small to very meaty. “That’s the wonderful thing about being involved in consumer rights. It is such a broad thing. Just about anything is consumer related.” in Ms et in s time at t e elm of Consumer New Zealand, she was involved in a whole range of improvements to how things are done in this country. Just a few examples of where Consumer New Zealand was battling to achieve fairness for New Zealanders under her leade s i a e: • working towards change so that unfair terms were banned in contracts; • working towards fairness in credit contracts; • working towards country of origin labelling; and • involvement in electricity reforms, which is currently leading to a consumer advocacy group being set up. ne of t e fi st initiati es en Ms Chetwin was appointed was the work it did elatin to financial ad iso s en she joined Consumer New Zealand some of the services being provided by financial ad iso s e e scandalo sl poor,” she says. T in im o ed si nificantl follo in major reforms in the industry, and reform is still happening today. M c still needs to e done, o e e T o e am les Ms et in notes ee

much more is needed are sunscreen regulation and buying property in a retirement village. “In New Zealand, there is still no mandatory requirement for sunscreen to meet the standard. Also the testing regime needs to be carefully monitored.” And there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in the retirement village space. Another aspect about Consumer New Zealand under her leadership is that is cemented its place as a trustworthy o anisation one t at co ld e cons lted on consumer reforms. “We were the go-to people on just about any topic, even if the consumer link was weak. “And we weren’t afraid to take up the cudgel,” she says. Before joining Consumer New Zealand, most of Ms et in s ca ee ad een in journalism. e fi st o in o nalism as on t e Courier News in Wainuiomata. After working for Wellington Newspapers in advertising features, she then joined the Evening Post as a journalist. Ms et in as edito of t e Sunday News f om 1994 to 1998, t e Sunday Star-Times from 1998 to 2003, and was the founding editor of the Herald on Sunday in 2003. “I went into journalism,” she says, “because I believe in fairness and I anted to le el t e la in field That concern for justice, for fairness, for working to make things right led her into consumer advocacy. And it is an area where she is still active, despite stepping down from her role as Consumer’s Chief Executive last year. She serves as a board member of the inancial Ma kets t o it and ood Standards Australia New Zealand, and is a member of a Law Society Steering Group for the review of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. Last year she chaired the InternetNZ Policy Review Advisory Panel, reviewing the ‘.nz’ domain name space.

And her work in justice, fairness and helping to make the world a better place looks likely to continue as she is currently studying part-time for a law degree, ic s e o es to finis in t e ne t fe weeks. “I’m really interested in the human rights s ace in man i ts, cons me i ts and international disputes resolution. I’m interested in indigenous rights as well. “I’m not just an advocate. I’m living among the issues as well.”

n e am le of t is is t e Man aone Stream. “Right next door to us is a dirty river. People should have the right to swim in it. The discharge into it is just a dis ace, Ms et in sa s, notin t at a major problem is farm discharge into the waterway. “Climate change and the environment are issues that are very much alive and issues that I’m living among. These issues need to be addressed.”

The Ōtaki Mail fi st ofiled im e ell and his Te Horo farm Common Property in 2008, soon after he stood for the Greens in that year’s election. The son of Mana at fa min stock and an excommunicated priest, Jim was educated in Wanganui, and England at Cambridge ni e sit ile c a lain at Masse ni e sit in t e si ties is s o t of anti-Vietnam protests soon got him offside with his peers, and when he o osed to ma Ma ion t in s came to a head, resulting in his departure from the ministry. They married in 1973, opening a alf a o se in Mt icto ia fo the disadvantaged. Three years in amoa on a o ei n ffai s rural development programme followed. On their return to Wellington, im d o e a ta i ile Ma ion worked for YWCA, while developing the halfway house. T ei fi st c ild c as o n in 1975, it andmot e ances isitin f om n land for the birth. im and Ma ion e e lookin for land in the country where the young people they were living with could learn basic growing skills ances as inst mental in the purchase of twelve acres at Te Horo, which over time would grow to nearly thirty. ances sti lated t at it s o ld be farmed using organic practices, which she had

participated in while living in England. The farm was christened Common Property, and would become one of New ealand s fi st e iste ed o anic fa ms Jim Kebbell would become one of the early chairmen of Bio-Gro, the organic ce tification o ani ation fast fo a d 45 ea s, and io o is no o ned the Soil and Health organization, of which Ma ion ood is c ai e son im as rewarded for his stewardship of Bio-Gro with Life membership. Common Property was producing more o anic od ce t an im and Ma ion knew what to do with, so the logical conclusion was to open a shop. So, in 1991 Commonsense Organics opened in akefield t eet, ellin ton Ma ion as the driving force in the management of this venture with her strong commitment for eating healthily and growing organically. Thirty years later, they have fi e s o s: t ee in ellin ton, one in Paraparaumu and one in Auckland. Their long-held principles of fairness and equity emain T e financial ottom line is not the main driver in their business. They look after the environment and their staff to ensure they have a sustainable business. Growing organically also mitigates the effects of climate change. They now have a total staff of 130, representing several nationalities, and operate a Living Wage philosophy. Commonsense Organic is a family affair, it da te c oinin Ma ion and Jim on the board, with brother Dominic’s ife la in a senio financial ole

Organics founders honoured M Te o o s Ma ion ood and im e ell ecei ed Mem e s of t e de of Me it in t e e ea s ono s, fo services to sustainability. Their business is all about sensible options for growing and selling food organically, for protecting the environment and supporting their staff. o nde s of ommonsense anics, their history is steeped in organics, social justice and community involvement, and all were recognised in the year’s awards.

The couple have been community activists here in te Horo and in Wellington for many years Ma ion ood s a ents mo ed to Te o o beach in 1981. English father Geoffrey Wood was a distinguished engineer decorated by the Queen. His Kiwi wife ances ma ied eoff in ma d in the war, where she was governess to a senio itis famil T i d c ild Ma ion was born in Bombay at the end of the war. When Geoff retired, they moved to Te Horo.

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Pots and Garden Art at Anam Cara: record crowds T e Ōtaki otte l s o la esti al Pots and Garden Art featured over 100 exhibitors with a wide range of works on sale, from paintings, pottery in many its many forms, wood and metal crafts. Club president Rod Graham said. “We thought it would

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Musical Muse – Suzanne Priestley - Music is Her Life M M sic is m life s lood, anne sa s “You can’t give it up.” And music has followed Suzanne and her husband Dave, a piano restorer, all their lives, from n land to t e iti oast o n in lo ceste in t e o est of ean s e li ed on a fa m in M c i c , a small village in Herefordshire and attended the local primary school there. Suzanne has a long family heritage of music. Her great-grandfather was an organist at Norwich Cathedral, grandmother attended the Royal College of M sic in ondon, e fat e as a chorister, her two sisters were musical, but more important than a family s o nded m sic as t e fi st ima school she attended. This was a primary school with a difference and blessed with an abundance of music teachers. “When you went through the door on o fi st da , o e e i en a iolin rather than a pencil.” Her dedication to music started then. While she grew to ate t e iolin, ic s e ad diffic lt holding in her small hands, it did teach her the rudiments of music. It was the arrival of a cello teacher which set in train Suzanne’s musical career. She never looked ack M c i e t an a iolin, I sat down while I played and holding the instrument and bow was much easier. Reac in and mana in t e fin e s on t e four strings proved easier for me than the violin.” She started on a half sized cello, made of plywood and shaped like a coffin nlike t e eco de ic hated, the cello needs time to master but I fell in love with the low, rich tones. And my teacher was critical in learning not only the notes, and how to hold the bow, but in teaching commitment to practice. You need that lifelong commitment of daily practice to master the cello,” she said. Suzanne was invited to audition for the e di Men in c ool of M sic ile still at primary school. But a family crisis, when her mother left the family, meant she was unable to attend, and music played little part in her life. But by secondary school she was back la in , and a ed 14 s e a ditioned fo t e et ams M sic c ool in Manc este , a eco nised cent e fo musical children. Although she didn’t get a scholarship, she was offered a place, but her father couldn't afford the fees. It didn’t stop her though and she carried on playing regardless, and in her teens she was playing cello in four different orchestras. She says was roped in to play for everything and couldn't say no.


Eventually she went to the Birmingham c ool of M sic, did a fo ndation ea there before being admitted to the Royal olle e of M sic in ondon it i hopes for a career in music. While studying in Birmingham her pathway to a career as a professional musician dramatically came to a stop. Working part-time in the hospitality industry, she slit her left medial nerve in her wrist and hand. She was left with no ability to feel the strings on her cello. She had complete withdrawal symptoms and for a period was plunged into depression. The visible scar on her hand is still a daily reminder of those dark times and how far she has now come. A casual remark by a friend who suggested she use her musical knowledge

and her special ability to know the pitch of a note by ear and become a piano tuner. Called ‘relative pitch’ she is able to recognise and name a single note by ear without reference to anything else. She did a two-year training course at the London Trades School and was mentored by a former Steinway employee. She met her husband Dave while working at the same piano company in London. Although unable to play her chosen instrument, her road back into music had begun. She entered a world traditionally inhabited by old men. It was a comment from a friend which helped her become the top student of her course. “In this game,” he said, “you have to be good, the est if o a e a oman fte 4 ea s she still practices her skill as a piano tuner.

Suzanne was still not playing the cello following her accident when she started her new career, but she is blessed with a much-maligned Scorpio trait, absolute determination. In 1991 she started playing the cello again, retrained herself reworking the damaged nerves until her brain recognised the movements and the numbness in her fin e s ecame mana ea le e sta ted lessons again, a few masterclasses, and she was on her way. The music addict was back in business. She tuned the pianos of notable musicians like James Galway, ank inat a o s e desc i ed as unlikeable), Shirley Bassey and Andrew Lloyd Webber further reinforced her ability as a piano tuner. She tuned the grand pianos at the Royal Albert Hall, that great monument to Prince Albert and a recognised pinnacle for any musician to perform at. She also tuned pianos at Jazz esti als at t e a ican ent e in London, a recognised venue for contemporary and classical music. In 2006 the family emigrated to New Zealand to a promised job in Wellington which proved a myth. But New Zealand offered a better life for their three daughters, so they settled in Paraparaumu and mo ed to Ōtaki ele en ea s a o Suzanne plays with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra and the Kapiti Light Orchestra which she joined when she arrived in Paraparaumu. Her dual careers as a concert player and a piano tuner continues e e in Ōtaki e t a els e ealand wide and is the only female piano tuner on the Kapiti Coast. Nestled on the Hautere Plains with views of her neighbour’s Alpacas, Suzanne and her husband Dave work harmoniously in music. Suzanne with her cello and piano tuning, and Dave in a workshop full of pianos awaiting restoration, which includes a rather beautiful black Grand tein a is comm te to o k is ick: he steps from the house and over the paddock to a workshop and surrounds himself with the inner workings of pianos. Today the life of a dedicated musician is busy, peaceful and all-consuming.

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Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard won the prestigious Levin Classic 1600 at Trentham on Saturday 16th January. This race was once known as the Bayer Classic. T e ai a e een t ainin at Ōtaki fo fi e ea s, and a e ased in t e a d once the home of Karen Zimmerman.

n fi e ea s, t e a e t ained 83 inne s f om 466 sta ts fo stakes of o e 2 5 million Johno learned his craft from Te Horo’s master horseman Chris Rutten. This year Johno & Hollie sit atop the strike rate table, with 17 inne s f om onl 5 sta te s On Saturday they ran 3rd in the $1 million Karaka Million 3 o Classic at Ellerslie.

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The Milk Station – It’s Still About Nourishment M e co ldn t t a el to Mo occo t is ea so instead we took ourselves of to a Long Moroccan Lunch at Ōtaki s Milk tation With complementary skills and a common love for food and entertaining, o e t o tisc and Ma t de Cotesworth are a dynamic duo who plan to bring their love for food and ente tainin to Ōtaki it an eclectic selection of food-related events they hope that one or more of them will appeal to Ōtaki esidents

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The gradual transformation of the o nds came fi st, t nin a asteland into four acres of European styled gardens with rosemary, olive trees, statutes made from old milk factory equipment and Cypress trees standing sentinel along the walkways. There was lots of machinery left behind much of it so large it needed to be cut into pieces to be removed.


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But even while renovations and restructuring was happening, something else was always going on. Kapiti Olives and the Artisan Bakery both had their

siness at t e Milk tation fo a e iod o e t and Ma t e e not a t of t e original vision, that came later, when the complex was nearing completion. Norbert, the son-in-law of Lyndia together with his wife Nicola, now mana e t e Milk tation facilit it Norbert as the operations manager. Their eddin in 2 11 as t e fi st eddin held there and the venue has continued to host weddings, always booked out during the season. Ma t de otes o t is t e d eam maker coming up with the ideas for food-related events. Norbert has spent a lifetime in the hospitality industry both here and in his homeland Austria. Since he emigrated in 1983, he has been part of the New Zealand hospitality scene in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington where he managed the notable Italian restaurant, Il Casino and then the St James Theatre front of house operations. T e Milk tation as o e ated since 2 11 as a venue for weddings, conferences and parties with the associated accommodation enhancing the totality of events. Originally it operated only at weekends but then it blossomed and by 2 15 o e t ad mo ed to Ōtaki to run the centre full time. Ma t mo ed to Ōtaki nea l t ee ea s ago after a lifetime as a restauranteur, cookbook author, writer and designer. With Cordon Bleu experience in esta ants, caf s and delis, Ma t as ecome an inte al a t of t e Milk Station ‘Long Lunch’ events. She does all the cooking in-house in her quest for authenticity and quality which she’s o sessed a o t e as a si nificant cookbook collection and does a lot of research for each event, carefully matching the food with the theme. Her menus are also sparked by her own travels and time living abroad. When COVID-19 hit us and closed New Zealand down, the conference and events market dried up and the idea of special themed lunches and dinners was born. The corporate market is still in limbo. Once the expressway is complete they will enlarge the variety of events. They recently held The Long Moroccan Lunch, and are planning events for Valentine’s a : a icnic fo families as ell as a special Table for Two event in the evening. The Long Sicilian Lunch, a Ladies Flowers in their Hair Long Lunch, and many more are also in the pipeline. There are also plans for music events in conjunction with dining. There will also e inte e ents it t e i lo fi e in the foyer. Inspired by visions of the long continental outdoor eating of many European towns and cities, the long lunches are held in the at i m of t e old Milk tation, a and ai s ace ea tif ll fitted o t, it to 4 eo le seated at one lon ta le, all able to mix and chat. Guests attending the long lunches are invited to bring their own beverages to match with the speciality on offer, be it Italian, Sicilian, or Valentine’s Day. They have great plans for the future, ideas percolating through their heads, taking time to evolve especially as the road works are sited so close to the venue.

Ma t adds a diffe ent dimension and ai to t e occasions T e e a e lans fo music, Opera in the Garden, South American style outdoor BBQ. The idea of the long table was to make people feel a part of the collective rather than sitting at separate tables in their own little groups. R nnin a siness o t of one of Ōtaki s significant historic buildings, Norbert wants to make the venue appeal to locals e ants Ōtaki eo le to en o great food, company, venue and have a sense of occasion, special and relaxed. T e Milk tation s ccessf ll min les the past history with the future, not only in the building with the remnants of a past lives and the new and beautiful restructuring, but also with the people. Man esidents of Ōtaki ill emem e Ross the milkman, who used to collect the milk from the station and deliver it around town. He still delivers milk but in t e afte noons e et ns to t e Milk Station to work in the buildings and grounds.


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Hugely successful Ōtaki R Well over 220 young people aged under 30 years, all with a vision to make the world a better place, converged on this to n fo t e Ōtaki mme am , ic an f om 22 to 25 an a The camp, which gave those attending the opportunity to explore ways to improve a series of issues facing New Zealand, proved highly successful. The fourth camp in the series, it was “just as successful as the other” camps that came before it, says Adrian Leason, one of the organisers. And the 2021 camp was the biggest so far. “It is only made possible by the ene osit of t e Ōtaki comm nit , M Leason says. Ōtaki o anisations and eo le donated goods, including fruit and vegetables, donated their skills and loaned the camp organisers equipment for the event. s ell as local siness, non ofit organisations also assisted, including aito c ool, t e Ōtaki f ifesa in l , Te nan a o Ra ka a and Te a i io akat an a R a Mano “I sense great hope in this room,” said keynote speaker and journalist John Campbell during the opening keynote speech on 22 January.




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didn’t want to make the world a better place. “I think you can change the world and I think you have the determination to do it.” M am ell a e t e cam oe s a series of recommendations. “Be singular. Be tenacious. Be hard working. If you are down, get up. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer from anyone you don’t respect. T st o sel es nde stand t at o can change the world and that you can make it a better place.” Those attending the camp came with a series of community issues important to t em o some it as climate c an e, and those attending included climate change strikers from secondary schools. o some it as acial e it iss es o ot e s it as c ild o e t o ot e s it as o sin o ot e s it as c iminal stice efo m o ot e s it as distributive justice. And the list goes on. As well as the keynote speakers, there were workshop activities, and also chances to build networks for future social action.

“Change comes from the combined efforts of people. By working together they can achieve more.” Initiatives that have come from the last three camps already promised to lead to change that will make our world a better place for everyone. “Connections have happened and political action has begun,” M a e said An excellent piece of advice came from keynote speaker Laura O'Connell Rapira Te tia a, i, Te Ra a a, ti Whakaue). Laura is a grassroots activist, community organiser, speaker and leader, well known for her leadership of ActionStation. ActionStation’s mission is to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and co-ordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on o o n: a societ , econom and democ ac t at se es all of s e e da eo le and a at n k , t e planet we love. “If we can make the issue one that is not a party political issue, but an issue that affects all New Zealanders, then we have a chance of success,” she said. “It’s about identifying the levers we need to push to create change.” While at the camp, the Ōtaki Mail spoke to t ee of t e o n eo le: ell an from Wellington, Ethan Reille from Oamaru and Nicholas Dewhurst from Waikanae. Kelly, who was on the school strike for climate, has a particular focus on climate change issues. “I think it is so important for us to focus on this issue that is going to affect us and future generations,” she said.

We need to be “putting pressure on the government by writing letters and making submissions”. She is also doing her part by talking to people about the issue, by taking public transport and by riding her bike. Also, “I really don’t like wasting food,” she adds. Climate action is also a focus for Ethan, who was on the school strike for climate too. It was important, he said, to pay attention to the “justice aspects of climate change”. That included respecting and honouring Te Ti iti o aitan i, and es ectin o acific neighbours “so they can migrate [to New Zealand] with dignity and also so they can hold onto a sense of their culture.” Nicholas, who goes to Palmerston North Boys High School, also has solving the climate crisis as a major personal goal. “I think we can help solve the climate crisis using innovative technologies. We a e oin to need to find a a to ca t e carbon from the atmosphere.” One technology that could be used is marine permaculture. Seaweed can be used to capture carbon, and can do it both eall efficientl and eall ickl , e says. T e Ōtaki mme am as een “great,” Kelly says. “I really enjoyed listening to all the speakers.” “It’s a good opportunity for us to all meet from our different backgrounds and explore the different issues we all care about,” Ethan adds.

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“I sense great hope that there are people who want to make something happen.” o , M am ell said, is to c an e the world”, so that the children who live in the same city we do have “radically different” lives. “I just want you to believe that you can make the difference. Our generation hasn’t. “I look at the room and I believe in you. “I don’t think you would be here if you

This camp would prove itself mainly over the years to come, said well-known author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager, who is also one of the camp’s organisers. Having people who want to speak up about social issues where change is needed is “very powerfully important,” he said in his speech to the camp. “This room is full of people who are going to make a difference in this country.” M a e em asised t e im o tance of networking and building relationships when people were seeking to improve things in society. “We believe that getting good people together leads to good things.

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Police beach patrol highly successful R The Police beach patrol, introduced this summer, has proved very successful in helping make the beaches safer places to be. “I am really pleased to see that we are finall add essin an iss e t at as een a o lem fo ea s, sa s Ōtaki a d Councillor James Cootes. Not only did he “absolutely welcome” the Police beach patrol, many people in person and on social media also supported the Police initiative. There were also some people on social media who were against the Police initiati e some, fo e am le, o considered it to be too heavy handed. “Overall, I think people are pretty pleased with this very good initiative,” Cr Cootes says. “The feedback has been good to date.” The beach patrol was a “direct collaboration” between KCDC staff and the Police, he notes. T e aim of t e at ol as ed cation fi st and then enforcement”. iti oast ist ict o ncil, ellin ton Regional Council and New Zealand law (for example the fact that New Zealand law considers that beaches are roads and subject to speed restrictions) covered the rules around what people cannot do on beaches. The beach patrol “is where we step in and have some enforcement. It’s good to see t at t e olice a e o t t e e f lfillin t ei role.” Cr Cootes is also working on an associated initiati e et e t e e a e options other than the beach where people can safely ride motorcycles. “I have been actively in discussion with people about whether there is an

alternative site where people can go. I have put some feelers out there.” However Cr Cootes says that this will be a diffic lt o ect to t to et e If anyone has land that may be suitable for a dirt track, they can contact Cr Cootes at james.cootes@kapiticoast.govt.nz. Everybody the Ōtaki Mail spoke to welcomed the Police beach patrol, although most said they were not in a position to make a statement for the paper. Waitohu Stream Care Group member Sue Mc ntos said s e as not in a osition to say much about the Police initiative. One thing that she had noticed living next to the beach, however, was that since the Police patrol began “it has been incredibly peaceful compared with what it has been.” The area near her where birds were breeding had also fared “much better” since the patrols had started, and that was something that “really delighted” her. The new Police initiative, known as the Beach Summer Policing Programme, runs from Te Horo beach in the south to Tangimoana in the north. “The focus is on safer beaches,” says Constable Rob Naysmith, who has the primary role in the programme. The Police’s focus has been on any unsafe or unsocial behavior and most of that has been as a result of people’s driving. There has also been a focus on cars getting broken into, although that had not happened as much as he expected. The programme, Constable Naysmith says, as een easona l ell ecei ed Most people seem pretty positive about it.” The Police patrol was implemented “in response to requests from coastal communities for increased Police

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visibility in and around beaches and also because the disruptive impact of Covid-19 on international travel suggested that our beach populations would be greater for the 2020-2021 period,” says Senior Sergeant Beth Purcell, Prevention South Mana e fo t e Mana at olicin a ea “The early part of the programme has been focused on educating the public on key issues such as the safe use of vehicles on eac es s eed est ictions, a eas where vehicles are not permitted etc. “Poor driver behaviour has an enormous impact on public safety and can affect everyone’s enjoyment at the beach,” Senior Sergeant Purcell says. As well as Constable Rob Naysmith in the primary role, the second role is shared by members of the Levin Police Community Team e eant an i ott, and enio Constables Simon Carter, Tracey Colville

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and Nathan Daly. “Te Horo Beach has been one coastal community that has residents expressing frustration with vehicles driving on the eac f e entl t at do not fit t e exemption category. “Residents have been able to report their concerns to Police, most of which has been able to be followed up where good detail has been provided. T e office s aim to isit Ōtaki and Te Horo Beach as least once a day in their 4 4 olice a on to en ance lic safety, connect with local people, assist with issues, give advice on how to prevent crime and provide a presence at public events,” Senior Sergeant Purcell says.


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Gardening with Garden tasks for February

Flower garden

Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal Cape’ A versatile easy-to-grow shrub with a prof sion of l e owers thro h warmer months from late spring to Autumn. Grows in full sun as well as part shade. Height 2m. Flowering Under the tunnels we have a wonderful variety of plants and colour, annuals and perennials.

Anemone, ranunculus, tulips and daffodils arrive in a den sto es t is mont lant no , in o e eds and pots, so they can develop a strong root system before winter. By planting continuously through to autumn (choose a sheltered, warm spot for ranunculus) you’ll ens e a contin o s o al dis la e ennials t at a e o e ed can e c t ack and fed with compost to build stronger plants for the coming year. Stake tall plants such as artemesia, delphinium, lilies and s n o es ontin e to ick o o e in oses and emo e an spent blooms. Sow seeds of pansy, viola, primula, polyanthus, calendula, cineraria, poppies, lobelia, alyssum and snapdragon. Plant out seedlings of aquilegia, cosmos, linaria, statice, co n o e , diant s, stock, fo lo e, celand o , sweet pea, verbena and carnation.

Fruit and vegetable garden Nandina pygmaea ‘Firepower’ A hardy sun loving small shrub up to 1m. Foliage changes from lime green to crimson orange & scarlet through Autumn and Winter. We have gift vouchers plus garden and pest products available year round. Monday.- Saturday 9am - 5pm closed Sundays.

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HIBISCUS Rose of Sharon Hardier than tropical hibiscus. Vigorous upright growers with hollyhock type owers thro ho t s mmer a t mn Several varieties to choose from iolet l e to rose pink. Single and double.

JACARANDA Stunning clusters of vibrant purple blue owers amidst fern folia e in mid s mmer An ideal shade tree.

SAMBUCUS Black Beauty Elderberry Upri ht shr with lemon scented pink-purple looms edible black berries.

Pick tomatoes as they turn colour and place on a warm, though not sunny, window sill to ripen. This should ensure good sugar development and also protects your fruit from fungal disease. Pumpkins can be lifted and stored, also kumi kumi, melons and winter squash. Pumpkins should be picked when their skin is dry and hard, but take care not to

dama e skin as f n i can et in and ca se f it to ot try leaving a small bit of stem when you’re cutting the pumpkin. Pick vegetables such as peas, beans, eggplant, cucumbers and courgettes daily to encourage production, and water all veggies and fruit if conditions are dry. Sow seeds of beetroot, leek, spring onion, turnip, Brussels sprouts, carrot and spinach. Plant out seedlings of endive, lettuce, purslane (miners’ lett ce , adis , sil e eet, ca li o e , ca ot, cele and broccoli. Continue harvesting mid-season pip and stone fruit, berries and citrus.


If you’re using seed to repair worn or thin areas in your lawn do it now or in early autumn, soil should be moist, but not yet cold. Soil should be lightly forked before any bare patches are reseeded.

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Make t e most of o e s and f ee e fo se d in our long winter months. Whole sprigs can be frozen and transferred to freezer bags, or chopped and frozen in small tubs or ice cube trays. Drying herbs is easy too. Choose a dry day to collect e s andle as little as ossi le e s d est in a dark, warm, airy place so your airing cupboard would be ideal Most take a o t a eek to d once d sto e in airtight containers until needed.

Focus on growing sweet corn T e s e ma kets a e o e o in it s eet co n d in mid-summer, conjuring up images of golden cobs dripping with melted butter. But like all vegetables they taste sweeter picked straight from the garden, the cobs still warm from the sun. You can sow sweet corn seeds when the weather warms up in spring, either in the garden or in seed trays which can be replanted. If you’re using the garden choose a sunny sheltered spot, and sow in blocks rather than in rows, to aid pollination. eet co n needs a ell o ked, fe tile soil to t i e apply compost or well-rotted manure to soil before planting and keep well-watered through the warm months. Although corn grows happily in the heat of late summer, regular watering will produce sweeter, succulent cobs more quickly. A consistently moist soil is also necessary to produce fat, juicy cobs. Stake and support your corn where necessary and apply liquid fertiliser throughout the summer. Any highly nitrogenous fertiliser, such as fowl manure, cow manure, or lood and one ill el od ce ea c o s s eet co n needs heavy feeding to do well. M lc in it sea eed, st a , ne s a e , old ca et, ass clippings, or sawdust is also essential to the development of a good corn crop. Like tomatoes sweet corn produces aerial

oots if t ese can e fed m lc in ea il t e c o yield will be greater. The trick with growing your own sweet corn is to know when, and how, to harvest. Check the end of a corn cob, if it’s rounded or blunt rather than pointed, your corn ears are ready to harvest. You can also tell when it’s harvest time by the colour of the corn silk or hairs, as they’re sometimes called. When this has turned brown, or when kernels inside are golden yellow, your corn is ready to eat. You can check this by carefully pulling back some of the husk. Then twist the ears away from the parent plant. ometimes o ma find t at o co doesn t a e a lot of actual corn on each cob - this may be caused by a lack of ate and o n t ients d in t e de elo ment ase of corn. Leave corn on the plant to ripen fully, and harvest by snapping cleanly at the base or by using a sharp knife e ca ef l not to eak t e lant in alf en ickin Most t es of co n a e ead to eat it in 1 da s reliable varieties include ‘Honey and Pearl’, and Yates ‘Super-sweet’ and ‘Sun n Snow’, which produces cobs with yellow and white kernels. Kings Seeds also sell the cute and colourful ‘Strawberry’ (its red kernels are perfect for popcorn), and the heirloom variety, ‘Çountry Gentleman.’

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the Ō taki Mail

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

Mediterranean blues

T ose Medite anean nati es, osema and lavender are big favourites of mine, and I wouldn’t be without either of them t e a e ot s c fo i in , eas plants. Pretty much every home can have a rosemary bush to provide year-round f es a o There’s no reason to use the dried, often stale product on the supermarket shelves (it seems to taste quite different to the ‘real’ thing).

Evergreen rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) loves poor, dry soils and hot sun so don’t be too kind to it (forget about compost and overwatering), although your plant will appreciate mulch

in spring and autumn, and a balanced general fertiliser in mid-spring. It’s easy-peasy to root rosemary from cuttings (choose new growth which has a dened so it s not o al summer is best for this.

Prune out the oldest one-third of shoots in spring. When growing your rosemary as a ed e, ne t ice, fi st a o nd midsummer, and again in early autumn. Overgrown plants can usually be rejuvenated by cutting back hard to just above soil level, spreading the work over two consecutive spring seasons. Best of all, bees love rosemary (because of t e lo el l e o e s t e od ce By planting plenty of rosemary in your garden you’ll be giving bees lots of foraging opportunities.

‘Prostrata’ is a vigorous (rather wiry) o ndco e osema 3 cm 1 5 m t at od ces small, dee l e o e s during summer. ‘Tuscan Blue’ (1 x 1 m) is an upright variety with violet-blue

Best time for trimming and pruning is afte o e s a e faded, it a main annual cut back in summer so new growth has time to harden off before winter. Remove spent lower spikes and trim to shape. Prune back by a third as soon as t e finis o e in to enco a e ne growth (if you’re growing for potpourri, they must be cut just as they fully open). Lavendula augustifolia ‘Grosso’ is a classic enc id, a fa lo s la ende with a vigorous habit, and strongly f a ant la e, da k l e o e s ikes acific l e, is a mo e com act augustifolia a iet 4 cm 4 cm which produces small, purple-blue o e s on s o t s ikes d in t e summer months.

o e s f om late s in to a t mn Lavender (Lavendula) is another sunlover so plant where it will receive light for most of the of the day. They prefer a light, free-draining soil but will tolerate almost any provided it is not too wet. Like rosemary, mulch in autumn and spring, and feed with a balanced rose or similar potash-rich fertiliser in mid-spring and again after mid-summer. To keep plants bushy, and to promote t ose ee att actin o e s la ende s a e a lon o e in e iod , it s essential to prune regularly (it also prevents the plant becoming woody).

Tips for growing healthy hibiscus The enormous, brightly-coloured blooms of hibiscus bring a touch of the tropics to the summer garden. Despite their dramatic appearance, they are a hardy, evergreen shrub that doesn’t require a huge amount of maintenance, bringing interest and a splash of colour to your backyard without hours of work.

Position your plant in a sheltered spot in full sun (direct sun for long periods of time can burn their blooms). Semi-shade however can result in sparser foliage and fe e o e s Hibiscus like loose, free-draining, acidic soil. If your soil is lacking in acidity, add acid fertilizer or more organic matter such as compost or sheep pellets (this will also help conserve water).

During the growing season provide plenty of ate ens e a e la , dee soakin to prevent soil drying out (but while hibiscus need ample moisture they do not like et feet Mostl nati es of t e tropics, except for a few from temperate

climates, they enjoy high humidity (in dry a eas, t e lants ill enefit f om a regular misting). During winter when the plant is dormant, watering is not required unless the soil is looking very dry. Hybrid hibiscus will usually tolerate tem e at es t at eac do n to 3 o 4 degrees Celsius. If temperatures drop to zero or below, plants may survive only if this lasts for a short period of time (after a longer time span, the plants will die).

Before planting in the garden, dig in plenty of organic matter (replenish from time to time, this plant loves heaps of com ost Make a ole t ice as i as t e pot the shrub came in, and gently add o i isc s, fillin emainin s ace with a mixture of existing soil and plenty of compost or good quality garden mix.

If planting in a pot, choose a container that is as wide as it is deep, if not wider, as hibiscus have a shallow rooting system, roots spread out the sides more than down.

lants ill o is en fed e la l d in t e o in season a fe tili e high in potassium will ensure profuse o e in ll i isc s enefit f om nin f left untouched, plants will grow leggy or shapeless, and produce fewer, smaller o es nin in s mme ill e at t e e ense of o e s est to ne in late winter or early spring (except for deciduous species which should be pruned mid-winter) when the resultant new growth will be safe from cold damage. Remove about a third of the plant’s growth, cutting just above and angled down and away from an eye or node. This allows water to run off rather than collect on the wound. Don’t cut off more than two thirds of a single branch at one time as this will harm your hibiscus. find t e mo e i o o s i ian i isc s such as the popular, rich pink, ‘Suva Queen,’ easier to grow than the weaker Hawaiian type, although this range produces the more spectacular, exotic blooms.


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Ōtaki Update January 2021

Grants available from the Māori Economic Development Fund The 2020/21 Māori Economic Development Fund is now open to whānau, hapū, iwi and mātāwaka in Kāpiti to help develop their business or social enterprise. A total of $60,000 is available for projects that align to the Māori Economic Development strategy. Applications close 5pm, 5 February 2021.

 For more information about the Māori Economic Development strategy, including how to apply for a grant, visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/maori-ed-grant

Is it safe to swim? Kāpiti’s water cleanliness is generally safe for swimming and other water-based recreational activities, but we recommend regularly checking if it’s safe to swim – especially after rain or drought. If you walk your pooch near waterways it also pays to be aware of toxic algae as the weather warms up.

 Check the status of your favourite swimming spots on our website before you head out to take a dip at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/safe-to-swim

Festivals and flicks – we’ve got you covered! It’s another busy month of events for Kāpiti. Join us for the 9th annual Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach on the weekend of February 6 and 7. As well as fabulous kite displays, enjoy world class entertainment, fun activities for the young ones, tasty food and more stalls than ever before! This event is proudly supported by Council’s Major Events Fund. Movies in the Park was such a success in 2020, we’re going to do it all over again! Take a seat on the banks of Waikanae Park on Saturday 20 February and enjoy the children’s movie Wonderpark (PG) followed by Yesterday (PG13) for the older kids (and the kids at heart). We’ll have sport and play equipment to keep the kids entertained before the movies start.

Long-term Plan 2021–41 Formal consultation kicking off April 2021 The Long-term Plan lays out the mahi we intend to do over the next 20 years and how we plan to pay for it. It’s an interesting time to be planning ahead, not only are we dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, we have challenges like responding to climate change and the impact of growth on our infrastructure.

 We’ll be formally consulting on the draft plan between April 7 – May 10. To stay informed subscribe to Everything Kāpiti at kapiticoast.govt.nz/everythingkapiti


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Cricketers win T20 with round to spare R T e Ōtaki esidents a e on t e 2020-21 T20 cricket competition with one round to spare. Three convincing victories have seen Ōtaki fi ml at t e to of t e ta le it 9 oints 5 oints a ead of second laced Levin Old Boys. The only undefeated team in the com etition, Ōtaki ad t ei a dest enco nte fi st a ainst e in on 13 December. attin fi st, Ōtaki sco ed 13 fo t e loss of nine wickets, and then bowled Levin out for 100. Mic ael a s to ed t e sco in fo t e inne s en e notc ed 43 ns, ile a m in finis ed on 3 not o t o Ōtaki o le s eac took t o ickets eclan entice 2 fo 23, a m in 2 for 16, Inder Singh 2 for 11 and Conrad Mo e 2 fo 8 ollo in t e istmas eak, Ōtaki began 2021 strongly when they overtook Paraparaumu Presidents with three overs to spare on 9 January. la in at a atai a k, Ōtaki o led tightly to restrict Paraparaumu to 137 for four wickets in their 20 overs. Captain Inder Singh took two wickets for 21 runs and Declan Prentice took one wicket for 31 while there was one run out.

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n t e last all of t e 17t o e , Ōtaki it the winning runs to notch up 139 for three wickets. Sam Whitt topped the scoring with 36, ile aeme o e as 35 not o t and Mic el a s sco ed 27 Ōtaki ens ed t e o ld in t e competition with a convincing victory over Paraparaumu Thirds on 16 January. attin fi st, Ōtaki notc ed t ei est score of the season with 168 for 8 wickets from their 20 overs. They then restricted Paraparaumu to 106 for 6 wickets. a m in sco ed a e fast 45, ic included four sixes and two fours. Parm o ld o on to s ine en Ōtaki as in t e field, takin 1 icket fo 27 and making a very good run out. at an ood sco ed 35, od Ro al 33 and ase m ie 21 not o t Cody Royal and Declan Prentice opened t e o lin fo Ōtaki and est icted Paraparaumu to 22 for 2 wickets off the fi st ei t o e s, effecti el ens in t e outcome. Cody took 1 wicket and conceded 12 runs while Declan also took a wicket and conceded just 9 runs. Jimmy ase as t e ot e s ccessf l o le , takin 2 ickets fo 15 T e final o nd of t e T2 com etition as la ed on 23 an a , ile t e 4 o e com etition, ic Ōtaki leads, resumes on 30 January.

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Waka Ama results o o ate: Te aanan a o Ra ka a Man a o i 1st 25 m J19 boys Te Rangihaeata 1st in 5 m 2nd 1000m J16 Men: Raukawa 6 5 m inalists lacin 6th 61 m T ns emi inalist Mukukai 6 5 m inalist lacin 8th 61 m T ns emi inalist Combined Mukukai and Raukawa 12 5 m 4th place overall Aukaha 61 m T ns emi inalist Master Womens: Maki iki i semi final in 1 m Mak ata iti semi final in 1 m, 6th in 5 m inal


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Pre-season 9’s league tournament BY PENNY GAYLOR

Master Mens: Wairukuruku heats only 1: Luci Robbins and Tracey Doyle semi finals Intys W1 Jeremiah Qaranivalu 9th overall J16 Boys ai e lliott Toman emi inalist Dahrius and Caleb Smith raced in the heats J19 Boys Hoani Akavi 10th in inal J16 Boys W1 ean Ma ie aama ka i 7th in inal Midgets Rangiatea - Taitamaahine 6 25 m 2nd in inals Ōtaki Ran iatea Taitama 12 25 m 3rd in inals Ōtaki Taitama 6 25 m 2nd in inals

Whiti Te Ra will host a 9’s league to nament on at da 27 e a at t e Ōtaki omain Organiser Tamati Davis says this the third year they’ve held the pre-season 9 a-side tournament, and they’re hoping to bed it in as an annual sporting event. This year there’s a $1000 prize for the winning team. “In 2019 we had just four teams competing, which Whiti Te Ra won,” says Tamati. “In 2020 there were seven teams,

which Rahui won. Both Whiti and Rahui a e confi med teams fo 2 21 “We’re hoping to keep growing the tournament every year. It’s a shortened version of rugby league, with the 9 a-side teams playing nine minute halves. This year’s tournament is named after ale Mi atana, o as a fo me iti Te Ra coach, and coached numerous other teams in ellin ton and Mana at e passed away in 2018, but the family connection continues with his son Te m la in fo iti Te Ra


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WelTec graduate gets dream engineering job straight out of course ili Moo e as lon lo ed lea nin t e mechanics of how things work, and as a child was always taking things apart and putting them back together. When he completed his engineering degree at WelTec in 2019 he was offered his dream ole doin st t at as is fi st o afte study. Philip grew up in Picton. His drive to learn about engineering was so strong that when he was in Year 11 he moved schools so he could take a class focused on this subject area. “I always knew that I wanted to study en inee in , so en finis ed colle e enrolled in an engineering course at a university,” explains Philip. “I think, like a lot of teenagers, I had it drilled into me that I had to go to university to be successful, but I soon realised that it wasn’t for me.” “I found the course was too theoretical and it was honestly a bit boring. I asked around and heard good things about WelTec so I decided to drop my university course and enrol there.” The change in course did the trick and Philip hasn’t looked back. “The hands-on approach of the WelTec co se as definitel mo e at anted out of my degree. I found the course work challenging and engaging and there was a good balance of theory to go alongside the practical work. I think what I found so useful about the course was the fact that the tutors were very good at showing us the practical implications of what we were learning for later in our careers. It made it feel relevant and worthwhile.” After completing his degree Philip

applied for a position at Omeo Technology. He impressed the Omeo team and was quickly offered the role. “I applied for a role at Omeo Technology straight out of WelTec for a position that required at least two years experience. I didn’t think that I had a chance, but because it sounded like my dream job I thought it was worth a shot. I was so excited when they offered me the job!” Omeo Technology is an innovative com an ased in Ōtaki, t at c eates electric, self-balancing mobility devices which can be driven completely hands- free. The two-wheeled devices have all-terrain capabilities, meaning beaches, forests, tracks and unsealed pathways are now accessible for those restricted to a mobility device, and occupants can travel at speeds of up to 20km per hour. ief od ct ffice at meo Tec nolo , ete teen e e lains: "Omeo personal mobility devices give o tions fo eo le o can t, o find it diffic lt to alk t still ant to et outdoors where their other mobility devices may not allow. Our devices mean that owners can travel almost anywhere that has pedestrian access. Our devices can be life-changing for people. Some customers have even found new job opportunities have become available to them since switching to Omeo." Peter was in charge of interviewing Philip for the role and was impressed by his technical ability and his practical approach. ili e celled in t e fi st sta e of is interview,” explains Peter. “He brought in is final o ect f om is time at elTec and I asked him to develop a live

dashboard with diagnostics, and do a 3D desi n model e as i en fo da s to do it in - which we thought would be a stretch - but he sent it back to us in three and to a very high standard! “After stage one, we brought him back and realised that his hands-on approach and willingness to get things done made im an e cellent fit fo o small team Omeo Technology is a team of 10 so each member has to pull their own weight which sometimes means doing jobs that are outside of your job description. “Being in a small team has been a huge

blessing, I have gotten to understand the company structure in a way that I wouldn’t usually as an engineer in a bigger company, and I have been given opportunities such as completing a CPR course and becoming the company health and safety representative. “I have been working for Omeo Tec nolo since Ma and a e lo ed m time here and learnt so much. I really credit my experience at WelTec, and their practical learning environment for getting this role and I am so pleased I made the change from university to WelTec.”

mighty tug-of-war in the birdcage. The i ls took o t t e fi st o e t ee o nds Among other activities were face painting, a colouring competition, toss the horse-shoe, bouncy castles, and a chance to meet and pat Turbo the pony. A lolly scramble rounded off their day.

“It’s been a fantastic day here, we’re so t ankf l Ōtaki Mao i Racin l as taken up concept of a dual code day,” KCHRC’s president, Chris Craddock said, T is is t e fi st time t e Ōtaki Mao i Racin l and a iti oast Harness Racing have held a dual event. Thanks to the (day’s) sponsors and the crowd who’ve turned up and all who have supported us.” In the afternoon it was the gallops turn to take to the track with a full schedule of nine races between 1.20 and 6pm. With great races and opportunities to win at the tote and even those whose picks didn’t win had a chance of winning ticket in the ose s a a a el f ll of named losing tickets with one happy punter at the end of the day. It was a great day’s outing with the two racing codes providing the excitement and betting opportunities, a good was to end the Christmas holiday season.

And They’re Racing M R R T R T e fi st ace da fo t e Ōtaki Mao i Racing Club’s 2021 calendar was the successful dual code event with the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club (KCHRC). T e e as a total of 14 aces t o o t the day. T e t ots e e fo t e fi st fi e aces, proving a very successful day for many locals, both owners and trainers when me ican Me and T e a iti ess came in a close fi st and second in t e Ōtaki T ottin ot o ned Kapiti syndicates and trained by Bulls’ o ale, t e made a eat finis to

the New Year holiday weekend on an a 4 Ōtaki t ned on a e fect da it o eno ned nn Ōtaki eat e ic drew a big crowd from throughout the e ion Man isito s o t icnics, gazebos and sunshades and set up on the trackside lawns. It was a full day’s racing it a 1 5 am sta t and t e final ace nine lea in t e ates at 5 58 m T e da as filled it a a iet of non-horse activities for the children who took over the track between the afternoon’s races for the traditional egg & spoon, sack races, running races and the

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The Bee Column

What’s On

BY PENNY KERR-HISLOP In 2018, Swiss campaigners secured enough signatures to force a referendum to ban the use of synthetic pesticides. 2021 will see if the public support for this people’s initiative will be enough to override the vigorous campaigning by agriculture representatives and the agrochemical industry. The government has rejected the proposal so in the end it will be a people’s choice. If the vote is passed, Switzerland would become only the second country after Bhutan to implement a full ban. It is a brave move by the Swiss against synthetic chemicals and it will be interesting to see if this referendum passes and if it does, how the economy and the environment are impacted. Here in New Zealand the weedicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is in the news again as the Japanese have warned that some of our honey has tested positive for contamination after a second random test. f mo e t an 5 of im o ted one exceeds its glyphosate limit, it will ban im o ts ot an insi nificant dolla al e The amounts contained in the honey are minimal and, acco din to M , t e chemical does not pose any credible risk to consumers. What does matter, in a more global context, is the perception that our honey is contaminated, and this is must be taken very seriously. As a result of the Japanese shot across our bows, glyphosate testing will be required before any New Zealand honey is exported to Japan and the tests must be carried out in an approved laboratory

efo e ce tification fo e o t ill e granted. So, from where are the bees sourcing this chemical and how can beekeepers prevent their bees from going places where spraying has happened? Bees will go e e t e o e s a e s s mme ea s on and o e s sta t d in and sto producing nectar, bees will forage up to 5km f om t e i e T e ill d a remaining nectar from wilting, sprayed roadside meadows, from the edges of sprayed off cropland, around urban gardens where zealous gardeners are spraying convolvulus, dandelions, clover and dock eedin and eedin ntil t e e fect la n is ac ie ed Most of s do it or have done it and it is ubiquitous to gardening and farming practices here in Aotearoa and therein lies the rub. Bee keepers can no more control their bees from gathering nectar than we can stop the sun from rising. It will be a matter of chance if a beekeeper’s honey is found to have traces of glyphosate and this will be another blow to an industry that struggles with ever increases regulatory requirements.

Lavender Creek Farm Open Air Concert n e 7 e 2 7 m f nd aise fo t e Mi ek misek kilns ll oceeds f om t is famil f iendl conce t o to a ds t e Mi ek m ek ts ent e in Te o o, it ent at 2 e e son (accompanied under 16s free). Bring a picnic and a blanket to 'loll in the la ende at a ende eek a m ente tained l es, a and o i inals ands Mana l es T e t es Mahara Gallery T e o e and Te a o o ai, ntil e a 13 Ōtaki Kite estiva e 6 7 Ōtaki eac Maoriland Film Festival 24 28 Ma c Waitangi Day 6 e n es onse to t e contin in 19 sit ation, Te akaminen a o iti is in itin t e iti oast comm nit to commemorate Waitangi Day online. T e online commemo ations ill a e se e al ni e t connected a ts: aitan i ki iti ideo se ies deli e ed on o ncil s ace ook and o t e playlist exploring what Waitangi Day means to people in our district, n online aitan i a elcome and ka akia on o ncil s ace ook a e, s ecial li e st eam of t e aitan i a commemo ations at Ran i tea asto ate c in Ōtaki f om 3 4 m, at da 6 e a Stationhouse Social Club with the Salty Hearts 6 3 4th Ma c at t e olf cl ecial ests: a e M and san M e id e Regular Events Ōtaki Women’s Community C u Market 1e e nda 9 3 Waitohu Dune Care Group Monda s, no t Ōtaki eac 9 11 Te Horo Market Te o o all, fi st nda of t e mont 1 am 12 3 Ōtaki Li rary Books an Bickies 2nd ida of t e mont 1 3 11 3 K piti Horowhenua nterprising at P us Network. Paraparaumu Library. 6 3 last Monda of e e mont n elaand illR o tlook co n Ōtaki Arthritis Support roup i st T sda eac mont an e ce ted T e Tasman Road 3 45 5 m Seasonal Surplus Stall e T sda Memo ial all 1 3 in 11am (selling)

Manakau resident wins writing award R Manaka esident lan o e d as on a major award for his writing. M o e d took o t t e 2 2 dito s Award for his “fantastic contributions” to Spare Parts, the magazine of the Constructors Car Club NZ. The award came as something as a e a d, as M o e d did not do ell in English at school, his wife Barbara points out. “I’ve matured over the years as far as my itin is conce ned, M o e d sa s “And I have a very good editor.” Anyone who visits the Hoverd’s in Manaka o ld not e s ised t at e has won an award for his creativity, such is the evidence everywhere of a very creative person. Outside the house, for example, are excellent pieces of stone carving, and on the all of t e lo n e is a fine oil o k one of m ea l aintin s, M o e d sa s e t e ea s, M o e d as itten dozens of articles for Spare Parts, and his major contribution last year was a series on a car he is building. So far, 12 articles on his build, presented as a diary of the whole project, have appeared in the magazine. at e an its life as a t o doo Mo is Mino ill, en com lete, ecome a radically different all steel two-door cabriolet. Gone, for example, will be the original 8 3cc 3 Mo is en ine n its lace, M o e d as installed a new Toyota Racing Development motor. Coming in at just under 1000cc, it is a small engine with all the latest technology, including Variable Valve Timing Intelligent (known as VVT-i). Despite its larger cc rating, it is still lighter and very much more powerful than the original engine, and will be energy efficient des ite nnin on et ol Even though it is still under construction,

t e ca as al ead on an a a d M Hoverd was invited to show it at the Ta a a Rodde s l in 2 19 nkno n to him, the club entered the car in the est nfinis ed o ect cate o “Surprise, surprise, when we attended the i e i in in t e afte noon, e on, M Hoverd says. nd t at in came f om a field of ot rods and show cars worth thousands of dollars at an event attended by thousands of people. T e o ect, ic M o e d sta ted in 2018, still has some way to go before it is complete, and when the Ōtaki Mail visited the car was at his cousin’s workshop. As well as his series on the build he is com letin , M o e d as also contributed other articles, some related to the project. One article on the Austin 7, due to appear in Spare Parts s o tl , ill feat e Ōtaki resident Neil Carpenter. M a ente can e seen d i in a o nd Ōtaki in a ee “This next article will be on how the Austin 7 got to the American market, where it was called the Austin Bantam, and eventually evolved to become the American Jeep.” s ell as o nin a ee , M a ente is a former employee of Southwards M se m and el ed to esto e an stin Bantam for the museum. The Bantam was the basis for the car Walt Disney developed for Donald Duck to drive around in. en e eti ed in 2 15, M o e d as in charge of technical services for the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria ni e sit Te Toki a Rata Among many things he achieved during is 5 ea s in science as el in to design and build the Coastal Ecological Laboratory in Island Bay. This building won a National Architecture Award. His artistic talent was also put to use, as

publications previously relied on handd a n ima es M o e d d e and painted illustrations that were used as teaching aids, and also appeared in local and inte national scientific ooks and journals. e as also itten a ticles fo scientific journals and magazines. He was one of the writers invited to contribute to the book The Taputeranga Marine Reserve, and also provided a series of illustrations for the book. s ell as is 5 ea s it icto ia ni e sit , M o e d as een ell kno n in do ci cles fo some 5 ea s also. He began his Judo career, which would

take him to international competition, while a student at Wellington College. M o e d fi st e esented e ealand in the sport in 1969, competing in Australia. In Kata, he has appeared on the podium, both here and overseas, more than anyone else in New Zealand, with his most recent victory at the national championships in Rotorua. He and Colin Berry won gold at the event around two years ago. In December 2019 he was promoted to sixth dan, a position held by fewer than 1 eo le in e ealand M o e d continues to train and to teach at the Budokan Judo Club in Wellington. His next aim is promotion to seventh dan.


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Squash: Full house for Tournament R A full complement of more than 60 ent ies ill contest Ōtaki s ma o s as tournament, the Tall Poppy Summer Open 2021. One entrant will even travel from as far away as Auckland to the event, held on 19 and 2 e a Most of t e ot e ent ants a e f om t e Wellington region, although three people will come from Levin, three from Palmerston North and two from

Whanganui. o of t e ent ants a e Ōtaki la e s a am o cott, allan iko a, eclan entice and M a ce Abraham and Callan have taken up squash only in the last few years, but are improving in big strides. eclan, o is also sta in fo Ōtaki on t e c icket field, is in t e nio anks and is also showing steady improvement.


M al and nei o , ldilocks, sank into his favourite chair, thanked me for the cup of tea I handed him, and launched into the subject of his visit. “There’s an old favourite song that just popped into my mind, Howie,” he said. He took a sip of tea. I waited. “Well, am I going to hear it?” I asked. “I don’t belong in a choir like you, Howie,” he murmured. “But I’ll give it a go.” He cleared his throat and took a deep breath.“Here goes!” he said, and sang with gusto. “I love those dear hearts and gentle people, who live in my home town, because those dear hearts and gentle people will always help to lift things down...” “Huh! Well, there’s no problem with the tune, my friend. But that is NOT as I remember it! Shouldn’t it be “Because those dear hearts and gentle people will never ever let you down?” “Ah, yes,” he admitted, “I did make a small rearrangement, due to the occasion and circumstances.” I could tell Oldie was quietly enjoying my bewilderment.“Well Howie, perhaps I should make this a little clearer. Envisage me shopping in a local supermarket... I spot an item I want, on the very top shelf. ‘I look to the left, I look to the right.I see someone in sight, at a reasonable height. c se me lease on t at e to shelf,there’s an item I need. I can’t reach it myself...’And almost, at once... T “Ahh...yes, my friend. Now I can see how the song relates!”Thanks to all the ‘kind hearts and helpful people’ who live in our home town! Aroha nui.

Chris Heenan's Oaty Ginger Crunch

Base 300g all-purpose flour 1½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2½ tsp ground ginger 300g brown sugar 135g rolled oats (old fashioned oats) 225g unsalted butter, cold from the fridge is fine 90g golden syrup 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract Ginger Topping 135g unsalted butter, cold from the fridge is fine 125g golden syrup 2 Tbsp ground ginger (dial back to 1½ Tbsp if you don't want a super intense ginger flavour) 325g icing sugar / powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Grease a 9" x 9" (23cm square) tin, and line with two pieces of parchment paper, so that there is paper sticking out of the tin on all sides, forming a 'sling'. Base In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and ground ginger. Add the brown sugar and rolled oats, and mix well to combine. In a small pot, melt together the butter, golden syrup and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients, and mix well. Press the mixture into the tin. Bake for 25–30 minutes, until lightly golden on the edges. Five minutes before the base is done, prepare the topping. Topping Add all of the topping ingredients to a medium pot in the order listed. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Pour over the hot base. Leave at room temperature until set. Then Slice into pieces with a hot knife. Store in an airtight container. Can be kept in the fridge, but bring to room temperature before eating.

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Media Muse

It’s not been much of a summer and I don’t know what we’re going to do without Donald Trump to kick around. The Listener devoted nine pages to him T anks fo all t e T eets, Missin You Already. It was like an ugly drunk evicted from a bar getting a good kicking to speed him on his way. Every morning I walk over to the shop to get the Hardly Normal. It’s the same f ont a e ne s da afte da : 6 mont s interest free storewide. The only thing that changes is the Sudoku. Summer is when you have time to tackle the “Hard” Sudoku. The “Easy” one I can do while waiting for the lights to change. Medi m takes lon e and can end badly. “Hard” is like setting out to climb Everest in slippers. I am researching a paper on the role of sheer luck as a co efficient in doin dok I began my research by Googling “coefficient ic , it t ns o t, is a multiplicative factor in some term of a polynomial. I haven’t got any further. Inside the daily Hardly Normal, the news is either “Property prices hit new record high in red hot housing market” or ent o e nment inte ention needed to address housing supply shortage — economists.” Where had I heard that before? Oh yeah, that’s right, only about every second day for the past decade. Housing supply and what’s the other thing? Low interest rates, that’s right. ent o e nment inte ention needed on them — economists. Among them economists, Shamubeel Eaqub (rhymes with Yahkub) was asked on TVNZ’s Q+A current affairs programme on Sunday 22 November whether he thought the Government could make some progress on housing affordability. “It has every opportunity to do so,” he said, “but to do it, they will need courage and speed.” Courage. An odd word, coming from an

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen mess that New Zealand’s media have got themselves into over the past three years. His biggest mistake was in letting the boards and management of TVNZ and RNZ run the radio and television networks as if they were the owners. TVNZ was allowed to retain the dividend it’s supposed to earn from being run as a purely commercial broadcaster. Ostensibly, this was because the company was facing tough times. In reality, it was to provide funding to start up a new streaming service, TVNZ On Demand, in com etition it et i RNZ decided to go into competition with commercial radio networks, hoping to steal their younger audience to replace once t M s old ee e classical m sic buffs who were be shunted off onto the digital wilderness on the internet, a oidin t e a o imatel 15 million cost of c eatin a ne national M frequency. Telecom, the former state-owned telecommunications company, decided to go into competition with pay-tv satellite broadcaster SKY to gain a share of the big advertising revenues generated off sports coverage. A common factor was thinking the internet can replace broadcasting as means of transmitting live television and radio. While pictures and sound can be streamed to all manner of devices, they do not attract the audiences that live broadcast sports and news programmes do. And it is the audiences that either generate the advertising revenue or that justify the expenditure of public funds to pay for the production and broadcasting of the programmes. It takes courage to admit to making a big mistake. Looking at housing and media as if they were simply markets is a big mistake. I doubt that either he or his boss have the courage to admit it.

going forward that will be “part of a wider suite of work that the Government is carrying out on housing market settings in the economy, both on the demand and supply sides of the housing market.” Adrian welcomes “the opportunity to contribute to your work programme aimed at improving housing affordability.” Later, addressing the media and colleagues, he says. “I think the Government has been courageous in writing an open letter to ask for assistance.” Girding of the ministerial loins would not a e een necessa en M Ro e tson then sat down — or told one of his communications advisors to sit down — to write a “What I did in my hols” essay for which the editor of the Dominion Post generously devoted a half-page on Wednesday 13 January. “The holidays are over for me,” he began. “Three weeks of food, friends, cricket . . .” If he’d watched cricket on television he must have been watching the matches across the Tasman because, in the s mme t at e ealand fielded t e world’s best test side, an unimaginable feat just a few years ago, their exploits were not to be seen on free-to-air television here. The televising of nationally important sports such as cricket and rugby is ultimately a political decision. Spark, formerly Telecom, could not have outbid pay-tv operator, Sky, and the state-owned free-to-air broadcaster TVNZ, for the exclusive rights to international cricket and rugby, without the tacit approval of the Labour-led coalition government. A e ealand i st ill t at o ld a e secured matches of national importance on free-to-air television quietly disappeared without explanation in December 2019. s inance Ministe , and T s senio s a e oldin ministe , M Ro e tson must shoulder much of the blame for the

economist. What is it about interest rates t at calls fo i din of loins and fi ed bayonets? The girding in this case would e a o nd t e loins of t e Ministe of inance, ant Ro e tson In response to the question “What should the second-term Labour Government be doin a o t o sin M a said: “We need to stop lending too much money to property investment because it just drives up the price of existing houses. o e need t e inance Ministe to o very hard on the Reserve Bank and say ‘Your job is to make sure there is not too much credit in the economy and that it’s not going into the wrong places.’” Within two days of the economist urging him to go very hard on the Reserve Bank, t e inance Ministe l cked eno courage to write a letter to its Governor. “Dear Adrian,” he began, “I am writing to you to seek your views on ways the Government and the Reserve Bank can work together to address the issue of rising house prices . . .” ea Ministe , d ian e lied t e same day, “Thank you for your letter seeking our views on ways we can work together to address your concerns regarding rising house prices . . .” It helps to know, when thinking of the courage and speed involved in this exchange, that Grant and Adrian are in offices st a l e e m ffin s t o apart across Bowen Street. In a total communications blackout they could use semaphore or shout to each other. ant: at a o t t ese inte est ates, then? Whaddaya going to do about them? d ian: ot m o o do it ant: don t e set a s ecial task force.” d ian: nd a anel of inde endent experts”. ant: T e ll kno at to do With courage and speed, the minister sets out a path for him and Adrian to follow

How to use an 'island' of surplus land? perfect for Walking and Cycling paths, gardens and the potential for things like a e M t ack, o at a o t a sola farm as a renewable energy resource? “We hope that NZTA would almost gift t e land to t e eo le of Ōtaki, as it is a piece of land that will be problematic and unsaleable to them. But for us, this land, unmanaged, could become a problem for























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T is is a e e citin os ect fo Ōtaki, only in its infancy of thought, but an opportunity not to be missed and one that e o e e can in t e Ōtaki Community and Iwi on to if council will commit to supporting this. T nin asteland into onde land: watch this space,” says Shelly.

t e ima e of Ōtaki, sa s am ell The River to Rail Park group, will submit to KCDC and GWRC’s upcoming Long Term Plans 2021 to get support both financiall and in t e lannin and implementation of the project. GWRC is important too as the culvert links to GWRC land that can be developed as part of the park.



A group of locals have formed the River to Rail Park group to ignite discussion and stake a claim on future use of 10 acres of bare land that will this year be excess to NZTA after the completion of t e Ōtaki ess a Neighbouring farmer Campbell Andrews, Ōtaki omm nit oa d mem e s ell Warwick and Steve Carkeek, and Keep Ōtaki ea tif l c ai lo d a man, a e working together to seek community ideas for the land once NZTA complete the bypass and they no longer require the land. T e land, ed ed et een t e Ōtaki Rail a , Ōld 1, taki Ri e and t e new Expressway,(see map) has the potential to end up a disused wasteland, and an eyesore for those travelling into Ōtaki, if no lans a e made to de elo and beautify this strip of land,” says Shelly Warwick. It has access only from a culvert on the West side, that will link up to the new a ed at off t e e Ōtaki id e, and the Winstones Lake area. “This could all be linked to provide more areas to walk, cycle and recreate in our town, adding to the attractiveness for visitors. Access is a problem, with the only access at present through a small culvert, but plans could be made for a walkover from the Railway station in the future” said Shelly. Campbell Andrews says the land is unusable for much, due to its location and its ground makeup, but it would be

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Learning outside the classroom BY JANA VODANOVICH While the school holidays provide an opportunity to take a break from the classroom, for

Zara Brooker has always had a passion for animals and has spent many years learning from them. Recently, she has devoted her time and attention to fostering and hand raring orphaned and malnourished kittens until they are healthy and at the appropriate age to be put up for adoption. As well as fostering kittens in her own home, Zara spends a minimum of 5 o s eac eekend volunteering at the Levin SPCA. en a a ot e fi st litte of kittens in late October 2019, it was discovered that the litter had contracted a deadly virus known as panleukopenia; more commonly known as parvovirus. nfo t natel , t e i s as already too advanced, meaning the kittens could not be saved. After getting off to a bad start, Zara had a newfound incentive to exceed all expectations and has gone on to foster 16 litters, it a com ined total of 52 kittens overall. Zara can’t wait to continue to watch and aid her foster kittens develop and grow into healthy young animals in the year 2021.

both students and teachers, summer activities and new adventures are also opportunities to learn new skills and learn new

Learning to ride horses at the a e of 4, o dan lakle as continued to love and excel in the equine world since that very fi st moment o dan com etes in show hunter, which is jumping judged on style and rhythm displayed throughout the course. This season Jordan has acquired a younger pony named Crunchie. As she is only young, Jordan will spend the duration of the season building up Crunchie’s kno led e, skill, and confidence in the lower classes. Crunchie and Jordan also attend pony club on a fortnightly basis and take lessons when made available. The pair are currently gearing up for the Levin AP&I show on the 22nd of January. Although Crunchie and Jordan hold a full on sc ed le, t e ai still find time for their favourite escape, taking rides along the beach. The sheer love that Jodan holds for the world of equestrian, comes from the rewarding feeling of finis in a co se kno in t at your hard work has paid off, but even more so, the love and loyalty given in return.

things about ourselves. Here are some locals who did just that this summer.

Year twelve student and head boy for 2021, Donald Hall, started work experience at Paul Branch automotive on the 30th November last year, in hopes of a future career as an auto tec nician s t e field of mechanics consists of many different roads, at this stage, Donald is interested in being a general auto technician. Donald is currently working two days a week and will continue working afternoon when school resumes. With his ambitions of someday ecomin a alified a to technician, taking part in work experience provides Donald with a great opportunity for hands-on learning, and exposure to what he will soon do. Post year 13, Donald will continue to pursue his passion for mechanics, and has already made a head start in doing so.

wi rust oard to e it air Farming in Ōtaki BY PENNY GAYLOR n i i T st oa d ased in Ōtaki is makin si nificant c an es in 2 21 to its land-based farming operations, changes t at e ect its commitment to t e environment and to future generations. T e isto ic Ōtaki and o i a T sts Board, having managed dairy farming o e ations in Ōtaki fo a nd ed ea s will exit dairy-farming on Tasman Road, Ōtaki, at t e end of t e c ent season ts strategic planning over the past three years has reinforced a commitment to Kaitiakitanga following a growing appreciation of the sensitivity of land located between the town and the beach. ai e son of t e Ōtaki and o i a Trusts Board (OPTB) Rachael Selby said in the past three years, in developing a strategic plan, the Board had researched land use options across all its holdings. “It is now in a position to implement si nificant c an es Ms el said t e ne ati e en i onmental impacts that result from current farming practices on whenua owned by the OPTB will be reduced. The Board can exercise Kaitiakitanga of the land, respect to the iwi owners and the community by proactively reducing the impacts of dairy farming in Ōtaki e e ect t e i i and t e community will recognise the growing acceptance of the need for all land owners to take meaningful steps to restore the environment for future generations. The board is conscious of its responsibilities to protect land and water, environmental health and the wellbeing of its eo le t at incl de t e eneficia ies, stakeholders and wider community. It also eco nises its financial responsibilities and requirement to provide educational scholarships to students.

ene al Mana e T o o son said t e Board will relocate its dairy operation to the established dairy farming area at Manaka e noted t e oa d is demonstrating both its commitment to Te Mana o te ai and to mana in its environmental footprint into the future. He supports the Board’s decision and commented t at it e ects a oad attit de of doing no harm to the land, water and environment. “It’s a brave decision for a traditional farming entity and is a proactive step towards reducing the negative environmental impacts from our commercial activities.” M o son said t at inc easin urbanisation on Tasman Road could see some form of land use change that may include the provision of housing solutions. The Board has noted that Iwi members have increasingly called for environmental sustainability and support oacti e c an es t at e ect man relationships with the land. T e Ōtaki and o i a T sts oa d is a e iste ed c a ita le non ofit o anisation c eated nde t e Ōtaki and o i a T sts ct 1943 The Board has 10 members who are a ointed t e o e no ene al fi e of whom represent the Diocesan Trusts Board, four representing the Raukawa Ma ae T stees, and one e esentin t e Minist of d cation The Board’s current core business is land based asset management (including dairy farming, land leases and rental properties). The income generated is applied to its scholarship funds, making available scholarships for post-primary education to members up to the age of 20 who aka a a to t e t ee i of Te tia a ki aka on otai, ti Ra ka a ki te Ton a and ti Toa Ran ati a

Surf Club has always been a fact of life fo Mac a l on and a passion she has inherited from her dad, who has also been involved with the Surf Club from a very young age. entl , Mac is a ookie and a aitin e 14th birthday, at which age she can start the ocess of ecomin an official life a d s a ookie, Mac is presented with a good opportunity to observe what a real patrol is like, in turn giving her a good idea of what will be expected of her as a lifeguard. In order to become a lifeguard, you must spend a lot of time training in the surf, be able to practice CPR, and learn the appropriate way to perform a water rescue efo e st d in fo a final e am to decide your fate as a life a d Mac lo es t e f Club because of the atmosphere it creates when she is down at the beach and feels this passion is detrimental to being a good lifeguard because at the end of the day your safety lay in the hands of lifeguards.

Kaitlin Vodanovich embarked on a week of adventure and learning at the Hillary Outdoor pursuits center, located up north at Tongariro National Park. Kaitlin was presented with this fantastic opportunity at senior prizegiving, where she was awarded a scholarship donated t e taki l mni t st Outdoor education being Kaitlin’s highlight of school, the sc ola s i co ld not a e fitted her interests more. Kaitlin alongside three other Year 12 st dents f om Ōtaki colle e spent a week at Hillary outdoor pursuits center, taking part in abseiling, rock climbing tramping, kayaking, canyoning, and more. All of these events required teamwork, a positive outlook, and being vigilant when assessing the risks that you may be presented with. But most of all, Kaitlin learnt that being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean being the front and center person. Kaitlin would like to give a massive thank you to the taki l mni t st fo i in her this marvelous opportunity to learn new and important life skills.

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Ōtaki Colle e January 2021



rom the Principa An y raser mi i o te Ta o , a e ea A very warm welcome to all our current students and na e t st t at o a e ad a fantastic olida and look forward to your return to the 2021 school year. To all our new students, we are looking forward to

meetin and eetin o at t e olle e i i on T sda 4t e a e o e t at t is ill e t e commencement of a strong and positive relationship d in o time at Ōtaki olle e ll a ents and na s o ld feel f ee to contact me

ŌTAKI COLLEGE 2021 STUDENT RETURN DATES Monday 1st February 10:00am–2:00pm Any new enrolments from Years 7-13 who have not received a confirmation letter or phone call before this date need to come in to the College Hall and enrol. All Year Level Deans will be available at this time. Tuesday 2nd February 09:00am–3:00pm Year 11, 12 and 13 course counselling for students and, if possible, parents – individual appointment times will be posted mid January. No uniform required. Wednesday 3rd February 10:00am–1:00pm Year 7 and new Year 8, 9 and 10 students please come to the College Library with your parent/ caregiver to meet with your Homeroom or Kaiārahi Teacher and the Principal for a short visit. No uniform required. Thursday 4th February Pōwhiri and full school return but at different times, depending on Year Level. Correct uniform to be worn (female students must wear a skirt to the pōwhiri). 9:00am

RETURNING Students yr 8 and Yr 11–13 (assemble in the College Gym)

Kia hari te tau hou, Happy New Year! From erisa gobi P or Ōtaki I hope everyone had a good Christmas and those who were able to take a longer break, had a good and relaxing time off. We have been really fortunate in the Ōtaki lecto ate to a e, fo t e most part, fantastic weather! M famil and a e een f e entin our local rivers and beaches to cool down and have noticed many other families enjoying a day at the beach and river. I see what is happening around the world, while we enjoy being with our extended family and friends over this summer break and think how lucky we are! I would encourage people to continue to slip, slop, slap and use your Covid app! This will make sure we all continue to do our part in having an unstoppable summer! I am really looking forward to Waitangi a , Te Ra aitan i on t e 6 e a

This year I am fortunate to celebrate at Waitangi Treaty Grounds where Te Tiriti aitan i as si ned in 184 and is commonly known as the Birth Place of our Nation. I try to be mindful of Te Tiriti O Waitangi in all that I do and am grateful to tangata whenua for the partnership and aroha in sharing Aotearoa, New Zealand. It will mean of course that I miss, for the fi st time, attendin t e aitan i celebration at Lake Horowhenua hosted M a oko T i al t o it and Horowhenua District Council from 10am - 3pm. ill definitel e t e e ne t ea though! Regardless of where you are on Waitangi Day I hope you have a great day and continue to enjoy our glorious summer!

on afs@otakicollege.school.nz at any time should you require further information about the school start-up details and o an s o t o ma e i e in t e future. mi i, nd ase , inci al


All Year 7 and NEW students/staff assemble on tennis courts


Pōwhiri Following the pōwhiri new students and parents are invited for refreshments in the staffroom


RETURNING Yr 9 and 10s (assemble in Gym)

11:30am– 3:15pm

Students in class, followed by a house event in the afternoon - students should bring a change of clothes for this event.

(Buses will run as for normal school day) Friday 5th February 9.00am-3.15pm All Year Levels full school day The College Office will be open for chromebook and stationery sales before College starts as follows: Tue 26 Jan-Fri 29 Jan, 09.00am-12.00midday and 1.00pm-3.00pm (closed for lunch from 12.00-1.00pm) From Mon 1 Feb normal office hours will resume: 08.30am - 04.00pm Chromebooks may be purchased outright from the College for $510 - Acer C733 4GB RAM. This price includes 3yr warranty, 3yr insurance (2 repairs, 1 replacement) and a bag with a 6yr warranty. The canteen will be open from 4th Feb. Uniform is sold through Marlan Trading, State Highway One, Ōtaki. Marlan Trading will be open for College Uniform fittings Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm until 18 December and will reopen on 11 January – if these hours don’t suit, ring Kirsten on 027 466 3317 to arrange a time. There will be a second-hand uniform day in mid January. The date will be advertised on the Sunny Ōtaki Facebook page.


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Te Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa

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Celebrating Friendship, Fellowship and Fun

Unexpected new bowls champ

HAPPY NEW YEAR! fi st mic s at e in fo 2 21 ill e on Monda 15th e a one week later than usual to avoid Waitangi Day) from 10am until noon, at the RSA. We are a social club for retired or semi-retired people. Visitors are welcome to come to any of our monthly meetings with no obligation. So please eo est in e a ontact o ec eta al on 364 6464 fo details or just turn up. You will be very welcome.

Yvonne Dellow. We were rather hoping that no members of t e committee o ld in t e af es at Christmas, as committee members had een innin too man af es last ea And it almost happened, except for committee mem e s, Me alcone , and Rob Crozier (who won the meat pack)! Most of t e i mas askets, o e e , were won by regular members, Barbara mit , esle o l m and isito , an Jenkins. We like things to be fair at Amicus.

last et to et e as t e mas Party at the RSA which was roaring s ccess it ma nificent food f om t e new catering staff, and a great ambience. As we do every year, we had extra af e i es as ell as t e s al meat pack. These prizes are always large baskets crammed with Christmas goodies. Last year they were lovingly put together by long-time member,

t o fi st meetin fo 2 21 t e est speakers will be Amicus member, Diana Standen, and her daughter Vicky who will give an illustrated talk of their walk on t e Milfo d T ack last ea iana achieved this feat to celebrate her 80th birthday! ome and oin s on t e 15th e a , meet lots of new friends, and hear about iana s ad ent es in io dland


Ma k Mc lone ac ie ed a ma o set at t e Ōtaki Bowling Club’s singles championship on 16 and 17 January. After qualifying for the semi final, Ma k as against Club Captain Paul Selby, who not only won last year’s club singles but went on to become champion of champions by defeating all the other club singles winners on t e iti oast As champion of champions, a l alified fo t e e Zealand champion of champion competition which was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Ma k ent on to take o t a convincing victory. In the ot e semi final l nn a ies defeated Mic ael m ekos fte is semi final set in, ar Glone pset winner Ma k ent on to ecome t e 2 21 Ōtaki sin les c am ion T e es ence of t e Ōtaki o lin en e eat l nn in t e final, finis in at l as contin ed t is ea , it 14 ne t e to of t e field of 12 ent ies members joining the club. Jane Selby-Paterson won the women’s The turnaround in the club’s fortunes singles when she defeated Elicia Gold. began with the laying of new greens, at a ot ane and licia e esent t e Ōtaki cost of some $230,000, in October 2019. Bowling Club in inter-club competitions. Before the club laid the new greens its Jane, like Paul, was also a champion of future was not looking promising. In fact, champions last season. She and Ronnie there was a prospect that it may have to one on t e iti c am ion of close down. c am ions omen s ai s in e a 2 2 Death Notice R , lison o aine f Ōtaki assed a a eacef ll on ida , ecem e 18, 2 2 ea l lo ed ife of ian M c lo ed mot e of ent a oline, elle Matt, and Ma k do ed an of at an, dam, Reece, a le , all m, i st nn and iam ll messa es to t e es ell famil , 547 een t ast, e in 551 In accordance with Alison's wishes a private service and cremation has been held.



ne ise Ōtaki is lookin fo a fantastic Communications and Administration ffice o ld t is e o ne ise Ōtaki is a comm nit organisation with the aims of the town becoming a net producer of clean energy, findin a s to i e eo le, sinesses and community groups the tools to harvest the environmental, social and economic enefits of a diffe ent ene f t e t is primarily a broad ‘umbrella’ concept in which a range of people and projects come together and all relate in some way to the sustainable energy objective. T is is a cont act osition fo 15 o s per week with a pay rate of $30 per hour, GST exclusive. The contract at this stage ill e fo t e e iod e a 2 21 to the end of July 2021. Subject to availability of funding it may extend beyond this period.

ficer This role has a two primary a eas of foc s: • maintaining and improving the internal and external communications within ne ise Ōtaki and et een t e community and other stakeholders. • day to day administration of Energise Ōtaki ocesses o a moti ated self sta te a le to o k within broad parameters and priorities with good communication skills, this is a unique opportunity to contribute to some exciting socially and environmentally important projects. Read t e f ll o desc i tion and find o t mo e a o t ne ise Ōtaki and its o ects at tt s: ene ise otaki net n lications d e t e 1st of e a

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ia o a f om t e Ōtaki

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– Te Wharepukapuka o Ōtaki


He Pukapuka T taku i ng Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui / A Record of the Life of the Great Te Rauparaha Translated & Edited by Ross Calman Reviewed by Tiriata Te Rauparaha, sometimes referred to as the Napolean of the South, was a major fi e in t e nineteent cent e changed both our local landscape and the shape of New Zealand history after leadin is t i e ti Toa to mi ate to iti f om ia in t e ea l 182 s Between 1866 and 1869, his son Tamihana Te Rauparaha wrote an account of is fat e s life it t e es ltin hand-written manuscript being stored in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Library. T is ne ook is t e fi st time t at Tamihana's manuscript has been lis ed in a a allel Mao i n lis edition. It is also a major contribution to M o i lite at e, containin as it does history, knowledge and insights into t aditional M o i life as ell as t e ni e oice and lan a e of si nificant isto ical fi es The book’s editor and translator Ross Calman is a descendant of Te Rauparaha.

The Invisible Life of Adie LaRue by Victoria Schwab When Addie LaRue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there's always a price the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by e e one ddie ees e tin ometo n in 18t ent ance, e innin a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day. Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Then, one day, in a second and ooks o in Man attan, ddie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can't escape her fate forever.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

Open: the story of human progress

by C Pam Zhang

by Johan Norberg

An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landsca e a dies in t e ni t Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam, are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. leein t e t eats of t ei este n mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fie cel o i inal lan a e and sto tellin , o M c of T ese ills s Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature.

Humanity's embrace of openness is the key to our success. The freedom to explore and exchange - whether it's goods, ideas or people - has led to stunning achievements in science, technology and culture. As a result, we live at a time of unprecedented wealth and opportunity. So why are we so intent on inin it om tone e nte gatherers to contemporary ChineseAmerican relations, Open explores how across time and cultures, we have struggled with a constant tension between our yearning for co-operation and our profound need for belonging. Providing a bold new framework for understanding human history, bestselling author and thinker Johan Norberg examines why we're often uncomfortable with openness - but also why it is essential for progress. Part sweeping history and part polemic, this urgent book makes a compelling case for why an open world with an open economy is o t fi tin fo mo e t an e e

IV FLUIDS You may have heard us talking about i.v. ids o seen it on o et s s e s invoice and wondered what it is all about. Well, i.v. stands for intra-venous and means t at t e ids a e ein administered directly into the blood system through a vein. We use this in sick animals, which get “put on a drip”, while staying in our clinic for treatment, and also in surgical cases. If your pet has been off their food and water, has had ongoing diarrhea, vomiting or has another condition causing it to e de d ated e se i ids to et t ei id le els ack to no mal During anaesthesia your pet’s blood pressure drops and does not supply the vital organs ( i.e. liver, kidney, heart, brain ) as well as normal.

Depending on how much decrease there is this can cause damage and affect the organ’s ability to function properly. i in i ids e a e inc easin t e ol me of lood id nnin t o the blood vessels and therefore increasing the blood pressure, keeping it at a level

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Government Funding a Game Changer

ast ea inance Ministe ant Robertson announced in the 2020 Budget t at fo t e fi st time e e t e e o ld e a Central Government contribution to the costs of surf life saving operations. This is a ame c an e fo t e 74 f Lifesaving Clubs around the country and will underpin our sustainability and to continue to provide the essential services that we do for the foreseeable future. Ōtaki f ifesa in l as e recently been advised that our application for Central Government funding has been allocated to the much-needed completion of our Gear Shed repair project for the 2 2 21 ea T is co ld not a e come at a better time, with our traditional sources of short term, high-risk revenues

that were already under pressure prior to Covid-19. While greatly appreciated, this is only a part contribution to the costs of o e atin ndin at e do is still going to be a ‘joint effort’ between Central Government, Local Government and the wider community in its many forms. But we are delighted with the o tcome e sto e e im o tant life-saving equipment in our gear shed, and it is a very costly project, so it’s a relief not having to try and rely on fundraising efforts. Thank You Regional Guards for an ne entf l mme so fa On another very positive note, it’s been a

String of PBs for Titans swimmers R i e s imme s f om t e Titans l chalked up a string of personal best times when they competed in Swimming Wellington’s 12 and under championships on 12 and 13 December. nd t ese fi e s imme s e ae Gardner, Riley Cohen, Penny Tulloch, a a dne and io io e an all alified to com ete in t e nio esti al at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre on 29 and 30 January. et een t e fi e, t e eco ded 3 e sonal est times as follo s: e ae a dne in t e 5 m and 1 m ackst oke, tte , indi id al medle and freestyle. Rile o en in t e 5 m and 1 m ackst oke, tte , indi id al medle and freestyle. enn T lloc in t e 5 m, 1 m and

200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. a a dne in t e 5 m and 1 m backstroke, breaststroke, individual medley and freestyle. io io e an in t e 5 m ackst oke, tte and f eest le and 1 indi id al medley. ollo in t e ellin ton c am ions i s, a group of Titans Club swimmers com eted in t e Ra to s Meet eld at t e oastlands atic ent e on 15 December. This gave the Dolphins from Ōtaki t e o o t nit to e e ience competitive racing. The team of 12 Titans competed against swimmers from Coastlands Aquatic, Levin and the Hutt Valley. Although very nervous for some of the Titans at fi st, afte t ei initial ace t e warmed to the next events.

The fi e Titans who swam in Swimmin ellin ton s and nder hampionships from left ile Cohen Penn T llo h Ne aeh Gardner Gior io Be an and K pa Gardner

At the aptors eet in Parapara m a row Gior io Be an Samantha Baillie Penn T llo h Ne aeh Gardner K pa Gardner and ile Cohen front row Toiha J mar De Br in aisie Knowles Car s at ins Der n at ins asm ssen and Kaia i hler Ōta i




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safe and a olida season at Ōtaki Beach so far. According to the Regional Guard Team - Cassie Lundie, Josh Braddock, Shea Lenaghan (also current local ol ntee life a ds at Ōtaki f l and li ia a din o ton eac Surf Club) beach goers have been well behaved and safety conscious. “This makes it a pleasure working at the beach during the busy holiday period. It may sound boring that the most action we’ve seen is a bee sting and a pair of lost sunglasses, but that’s just the way we like it. Whilst we’re trained to respond to an emergency at any given time, the fact we haven’t had to, is a huge relief. As much as TV shows like Piha or Bondi Rescue make it look like we’re all about the rescues, our key focus is to prevent incidents f om a enin in t e fi st place. We test the conditions everyday efo e settin o t t e a s, e ask swimmers to move back between the a s, e emind s fe s to mo e o t of t e a ed a ea, e ad ise i i collecto s where the best spots are and we highlight rips and other dangers. When necessary, we close the beach. All these measures are preventative.” The Regional Guard team love the interaction with the public, they even a e a fe fa o ites t e oo ie boarding ladies who turn up rain or shine; the dedicated dads who spend countless hours pushing kids onto waves; the

delightful poodle cross Lizzie and her equally delightful owners; and the small children who are turning a more concerning shade of blue with each passing minute but refuse to get out the water any time soon. They particularly en o t e ente tainment facto wipeouts, tantrums, and tired parents with energetic littlies. Apparently new skim boarders deserve a special shout out! ;)

Ōtaki pla er wins

ori tennis title

R Ōtaki o ts l tennis la e iona Wilson came away with three prizes, including one victory, at the Aotearoa M o i Tennis To nament in an an i from 27 to 29 December. iona teamed it e e , f om t e Maste ton Tennis l , to in t e 5 59 years women’s doubles. e as nne in t e 5 59 ea s women’s singles and teamed up with Ric a d M aa i to finis as nne in t e 5 59 ea s mi ed do les iona as one of t ee Ōtaki o ts l players to take part in the tournament. o e a te a t la ed in t e 3 49 ea s com etition and Maia te a t in t e under 12s. The three achieved many things at the to nament, dis la in na n atan a (miximing and connecting), manaakitanga (taking it upon ourselves to referee, ball boy and score the +80 kaumatua doubles game, and to ensure they just focused on playing amazing tennis). Ōtaki s t o senio tennis teams ill e looking to emulate their pre-Christmas results when they begin their postChristmas season soon. Both teams won their pre-Christmas com etitions t e fi st team in t e Wellington A grade mixed doubles and the second team in the D grade mixed doubles. T e to Ōtaki team as ndefeated and notc ed 49 com etition oints in t e ade to finis a eso ndin 12 oints ahead of Waikanae Beach A. It will begin the post-Christmas competition against Vogelmorn at Haruatai Park on 30 January. Ōtaki s second team as also ndefeated in the D grade mixed doubles, scoring 39 oints to finis fo oints a ead of Ngaio. That victory saw the team promoted to the C grade, and they begin their postChristmas season with a game against Paraparaumu Beach 2 at Otaki on 13 e a

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Ōtaki s to nio team, t e Rac etee s, will look to go one better in the postChristmas competition. la in in t e a i Mana ade nio interclub competition, the Racqueteers finis ed a close second in t ei e Christmas competition. T e sco ed 4 oints, finis in st t ee points behind the winners, Titahi Bay Hammerheads. The Racqueteers kick off 2021 against Paraparaumu Beach Nadal at Haruatai Park on 30 January. T e it and Misses e in t ei ost Christmas competition against Waikanae Beach Backhanders while the Aces will la ke a a in t e nio ade both on 30 January at Haruatai Park.

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