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BY FRANK NEILL “I’m expecting to see great things in the next three years,” sa s t e ne M fo Ōtaki, Terisa Ngobi. “I’m really proud of this government and what it has achieved already,” the Levin resident says. Among the achievements Ms Ngobi lists are more housing, better health policies and more jobs. “Before Covid we had one of the lowest rates of unemployment and the lowest ate of M o i nem lo ment ever.” Among the other achievements she mentions are the introduction of winter energy payments, the doubling of that payment, the change in the abatement rates and the $800 million of Provincial Growth Fund. “The electorate did really well in that,” she says, and it has provided more social services, infrastructure and housing. One of the two major en ancements fo t e Ōtaki electorate that she will be promoting with vigour will be better access to hospital care, without having to drive to Palmerston North Hospital, for those in the northern half of the electorate, or to Wellington Hospital, for those in the southern sector. “We need better access to hospital care,” she says. e is not talkin a o t omotin a ne hospital in the electorate, though. What she will be pushing for is more regular hospital specialist services delivered through outpatient facilities much closer to people’s homes. The other enhancement she will be promoting will be much improved transport services. e ill e s in fo elect ification of t e main t nk line no t of aikanae, e e it stops at present, in the longer term.

o ld like to see it elect ification as fa north as Palmerston North.” In the meantime, she says, “the Capital Connection needs to run more than once a day.” Running at least two Capital Connection t i s a da is somet in s e o ld like to have seen done 10 years ago, and that needs to happen soon. Makin t e a ital onnection mo e regular would be awesome. That’s a really good solution for now.” Both she and the Labour government are also committed to o k sta tin on a ne fo lane i a connectin Ōtaki and

Levin. The electorate was already seein si nificant o t , in a a a a m , aikanae, Ōtaki and e in and can see more of that growth happening,” Ms Ngobi says. “With the population growth, I’m excited to see the creation of jobs to match that, and the continued support of small business. “We need the transportation to match that.” innin t e Ōtaki seat came as a surprise, she says. “For 12 years this electorate as een ational e kne we’d give them a good run for their money, but we didn t e ect to take t e seat. “It was a nice surprise.” She found election night “quite nail biting”. Res lts fo t e Ōtaki electorate were among the last to be posted, and as the results came in the lead was switching between her and National candidate Tim Costley. On the election night results, Ms Ngobi won the seat by 1,267 votes. “You were on the edge of your seat. It was pretty surreal. “It was a good result, and I t ink it as a ood es lt fo t e Ōtaki electo ate Ms o i is t e fi st ol nesian, indeed t e fi st e son of colo , to in t e Ōtaki seat “It is excellent to see that diverse voice in Parliament,” she says. n fact, s e finds t e di e sit in a liament, incl din a in its fi st e e e son of African descent, “really incredible but really heartening”. “It’s a privilege as well,” she says. T e Ōtaki electo ate, Ms o i sa s, is t e pearl of New Zealand. It is a fantastic place to be.”

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Residents at Ree edon illa e can ook an appointment with the hairdresser on her regular visits to Reevedon Home. t e se ices illa e esidents can take advantage of include meals, cleaning, health recovery care and medical alarm systems provided by Securely. Ethel has her lunch delivered to her villa each day. Sometimes she and the other villa residents will visit a nearby restaurant for a roast dinner. Reevedon Village is located at 37 Salisbury Street in Levin and provides independent retirement living right next door to Enliven’s Reevedon Home, which provides rest home care, respite, and a popular day activity programme. To find o t mo e, call t e illa e sales agent Allan Davidson on 06 366 0444 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.

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a an e of needs f om inde endent living through to serviced apartments, rest home care and 24-hour hospital care. If moving to a retirement village is your preference, there are two things you need to do. T e fi st is to c eck o t eti ement villages in the area where you want to li e o need to find o t at t e offe and, ideally, what the people who live t e e t ink a o t t e illa e, o it is n and the staff. The second thing is to contact a good lawyer, who can help and advise you on makin t e s ift and at it ill mean There will be a series of documents that your lawyer will need to obtain and advise you about. These documents can include: • an Occupation Right Agreement; • a legal description of the property; • a ce tificate of e ist ation • a Disclosure Statement, which

summaries what must be disclosed under the regulations governing retirement villages; • the Deed of Supervision between the village operator and the Statutory Supervisor, to protect the interest of residents; and • the Consent of the Statutory Supervisor to act. Before you can move into the village, you will need to have signed the Occupation Right Agreement (ORA). Most ORAs will give you the right to live in a unit but you won’t own the unit or the land it sits on. However, all residential units in registered retirement villages have a “memorial on the land title”. This gives residents security ahead of any creditor that has loaned your operator money against the village property. If your operator can’t repay the loan the lender can’t evict you and sell the unit to recover their money. The ORA will also spell out what you will

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i in a k cto e s de a t e nea s, a at an k is e ositionin it the arrival of Spring and daylight saving. This month Toi Matarau has enjoyed an inc ease in isits f om Ōtaki locals since t e M o iland ilm esti al Remo nt We have noticed more visitors from out of town coming through our doors, in a tic la , en o in t e o o Te Whenua Exhibition by students, graduates, tutors and employees of Te nan a o Ra ka a o t ose o a en t seen it et, o o Te en a is curated by Pip Devonshire, Diane Prince and Hinepuororangi Tahuparae, open until November 16th. The public can expect to see high quality traditional and contem o a M o i fine a ts in t is e i ition of o en and ca ed a t o ks An exquisite range of pieces perfect for special events such as graduations, weddings, birthdays and almost every occasion one can t ink of t at in ol es ceremony or milestone moments. A ea tif l collection of kete akai o, kaaka , mana taon a and akai o to e in awe of. T e iti ts T ail o 7, 8, 14, 15 is just around the corner where Toi Matarau ill e s o casin t e o ks of mo e than 80 artists of the ART Confederation of ti Ra ka a, Te ti a, ti Toa an ati a, Ōtaki, iti and otea oa a tici atin fo t e e fi st time in t e 2 t ea of t e iti ts T ail, all measures to ensure a COVID-19 safe experience continue to be a priority.



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During the arts trail, multi-media artist Mi iama ace mit of aekaka iki ill e onsite o e seein t e fi st sta e of t e lic a t installation of Tai ki ta at t e M o iland , a m al desi n o kin it tama iki and an ata i of Ōtaki Fully sponsored by Resene Paraparaumu, this project would not have been possible without their support. Collaboration is celebrated and enco a ed it o ks o i Tame Iti, Les Hoerara & Hinauri Mead as well as stand o t o ks ac ic olas, anne Tamaki One of our aims is to present a strong e esentation of M o i and ndi eno s artists both young and mature supported by the four pou of our whare - the pillars of our organisation promoting and uplifting creatives through celebration, inspiration, respect and inclusion. A Toi Iho (TM) licensed gallery we are t ankf l fo t e s o t of M o i a tists s c as onia no den, t e ek Lardelli, Steve Gibbs, Lewis Gardiner, Wendy Whitehead, Alex Nathan, the late Colleen Waata Urlich, Hiwirori Maynard, Gabrielle Belz, Stacy Gordine, Karl Leonard, June Grant, Todd Couper, Roi Toia, Baye Riddell and others. T e an e of o ks in t e alle o s as t e a tists o , as ot e a tists seek o t M o iland and all it as to offe in a s ace t at am lifies t ei oices and t ei stories. With the Summer holidays and the shopping frenzy of November and

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BY MADELEINE DE YOUNG fte nea l t o ea s of lannin and de elo ment, t e fi st M T ntensifie o amme as o ened at t e M o iland e t e ne t si eeks, nine an ata i ill nde take a a id animation training programme that will see them enter careers in the creative technology sector. o 19 ea old sa ella etineiai, t s takin a assion and a hobby and connecting me to people from the industry who I can learn from even more. My self-motivation has increased because I’m connected with those who can help turn my dream in a full-on professional.” Led by Jared Tuoro and Rautini Thompson, the MATCH animation intensifie ill feat e maste classes it ind st ofessionals, a field t i to otea oa s to di ital od cin st dios incl din eta Digital alongside cultural, social and vocational mentorship. This training will see the participants achieve an industry-recognised M T mic o c edential and 12 eeks of on o t ainin to kick sta t t ei o kin life t is one of fo intensifie o ammes to take lace at t e M o iland o e t e ne t ea T eM T ntensifie o amme as de elo ed i aka aia and Madeleine de o n and is s o ted t e odafone Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development. It is com lemented a a Taka aen a and a ek a o amme c eatin a at a fo an ata i in Ōtaki and t e iti oast into the creative tech sector. Creative Technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the o ld and olds eat otential fo an ata i M o i it ne o s c eated e e da T is is o k t at can e done f om an e e in the world. MATCH is a tangible way for rangatahi to seize this opportunity.

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BY VIVIENNE BAILEY A special art project for Te Horo School Students from Te Horo School have ecentl een o kin on a s ecial a t project. Together with NZTA and Fletcher Construction, the enterprise focused on creating a handprint that will be digitalised, and later used in the stylised ink a nation a t o k to e feat ed on t e inside of t e finis ed Te o o underpass. T e iconic ca nation taki ink as een isto icall linked to t e to n fo many decades, and is a popular choice for o ists and a dene s, ot d a n to its astel ink, s eetl scented looms During community engagement “the ca nation as consistentl identified as a ele ant a t of t e taki isto and cultural fabric. It was referenced by a diverse range of community groups including mana whenua Nga Hapu o taki, t e taki isto ical ociet , ee taki ea tif l and iends of t e taki River.” ased on local feed ack t e Te o o c ool t o ect as nde taken, a cele ation of t e taki ink ca nation ein a nat al fit it in t e c lt al and art projects being developed as part of the PP20 Expressway, and introducing the bloom to a whole new generation,” (NZTA report on the PP20 project). The school’s 237 pupils were involved in the project which included an art class (pipe cleaners and tissue papers formed into o e s , and a colo in com etition of the design to be featured on the underpass walls, part of the PP20 shared pathway. The children created their handprints in aint on a e to make o e etals (these will go towards the digital mural

on the underpass walls), and also had the opportunity of putting their initials into their print. “The children are excited about the project and participating in something that will have a visual impact on the community,” said Te Horo School principal, Michelle Tate. The fun morning concluded with a sausage sizzle provided by Fletcher Construction. According to renowned New Zealand plant breeder, Dr Keith Hammett the ‘Otaki Pink’ carnation is actually ‘Frank Alldritt’ bred by M.S. Herbert of Hazaldene Nursery, Castle Hill, NSW Australia c.1930. It was grown commercially in Otaki (hence the name) in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s (NZ Gardener August 2013). Te Horo Country Market T e comm nit mont l ma ket takes place at Te Horo Hall, on Sunday 1 November 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, wet or fine it mo e t an 3 stalls offe in local produce, goods and crafted items, and the seasonal surplus stall with spring veggies and fruit straight from the garden, there is something for everyone at this t aditional al ma ket Te Horo Christmas Market It’s time to dust off the tinsel and fairy li ts kee at da , 12 ecem e , 10.00 am to 1.00 pm free for some istmas Ma ket deli t Mo e details to follo in ne t mont s Te o o Talk Drinks and Nibbles Meet up with friends and neighbours on ida , 6 o em e 5 3 m at Te o o all d inks and a late of ni les to share.

Between mid July and September 2020 Freddy Sayer and Pierre Lange-Gerrard ot 13 , a e een t e eekl entertainment at Ruth Pretty’s ‘Friday Frolics’ at her catering and events centre, e e in Te o o, Ōtaki edd la s t e ke oa d, ie e la s ita and t e both sing, they are called ‘The Pretty Boys’ (named after Ruth Pretty). They had been invited by Ruth to raise funds for a ‘worthy cause’ of their choice. This ea t e c ose t e local Ōtaki fte School Music Program which they have both attended for years. Both thought would be a great candidate for this year’s recipient. T e o am is n o t of Ōtaki olle e and aims to offer a very affordable music programme giving primary aged children, from the wider Kapiti area, some experience with a variety of instruments in professionally run group lessons fo a o nd a 5 donation e student per year. It is open to all the primary schools in the area and any primary homeschoolers. Freddy and ie e a e aised t e f nds s ecificall to help buy new instruments for this local comm nit se ice, and ot o ofit music-learning program. T e a e no aised 31 skin at R t s fo T e Ōtaki M sic ent e They presented this fundraising to the head of the music program, Carylann Martin on 20th October. Ruth Pretty has always been amazing and she has formed a great relationship with

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Freddy and Pierre over the 3 years, they have been coming to play, since they were 11years old and raise funds at these lunches. Ruth curates the experience com letel and looks afte t em oll She always introduces the boys to the crowd, gets them to explain what they a e skin fo , and t e c o d is s ita l captivated. The boys step up to play and the room is usually very attentive, sometimes singing and clapping along. The set list has been carefully chosen to appeal to the slightly older crowd of around 40 people for the two sittings. The boys play one set, are treated to a delicious two-course lunch and then play again. They played an eclectic set this year, featuring songs by Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, e s in, and ck e , to name a few. The crowd loved it and rewarded the boys generously when the little suitcase got passed around. They played every ida fo 6 eeks it a little inte tion o id 19 fo 2 eeks and have played twelve 30-40 minute sets in total to raise this amount. Both the boys were given leave from their respective Principals on Friday afte noons edd oes to Ōtaki olle e and Pierre to Te Horo Primary School, and it is considered a fantastic opportunity for both of them to gain confidence, la li e to eo le o ill appreciate them and to learn the value of raising money for a worthwhile cause. ot o s feel e l ck and take ide in the way they perform.

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BY MARGARET ANDREWS ele atin its si nificant lace in t e wider Te Horo Community, after 100 years, as place of worship, Te Horo’s St Margaret’s Anglican Church parishioners ackno led ed t e centennial ea s it a eekend of e ents T e fi st c c se ice was held on 22nd September 1920. T e eekend e an on ida e enin , e tem e 25, it a Te o o dist ict wide scavenger hunt following clues to historical sites and places of interest around the area. Families of contestants had a lot of fun and the evening concl ded it a fis and c i tea o those who enjoyed musical entertainment Saturday afternoon’s soiree, with m sicians iss ackson and ete ackson as m c en o ed and appreciated, as much as the mulled wine and afternoon tea which was served. The culmination of celebrations was the Eucharist service on Sunday morning, e e lifelon Ōtaki o e esident, a Mansell gave a review of the history of the Church. Several people who had grown up within the St Margaret’s area joined with others who still live there and others from the wider Anglican parish, when the four mns s n at t e fi st se ice e e a ain used. A sumptuous morning tea was served after the service. The unsociable weather was the only non la e of t e eekend it at da ni t s to ential ain leadin to oodin alon c ool Road, oodin t e l c ate, almost fillin t e la e di in t e f ont la n and leaving worshippers to paddle down the st eet to t e est ate and make t ei a across the lawn to the door. In his review of the life of St Margaret’s c , M Mansell s oke of t e fundraising efforts begun in 1919, with the ne l fo med adies ild takin leadin part in burden of fundraising,” he said. After much fundraising, the Wellington architects Clere and Williams prepared the plans, quotes were received and building contract approved for £360. nis in s, s o tin , a ate tank and

candle sticks and a i le amo nted to another £119. Landscaping the ground began and parishioners made an attempt to fill t e dee de ession in f ont la n T is as left f om t e o e o c annel of the Mangaone Stream and over the years numerous endeavours have been made to fill it “As recently as about 10 years ago, when we put in new concrete paths, the dugout t f as ca ef ll laced like tiles ac oss the depression and now the slope is an acceptable level,” he said. After more fundraising events - dances and concerts, a new organ was purchased and installed and as fi st la ed at a wedding on March 28, 1921. Later the parochial district of Johnsonville gave them a bell. A Queen Carnival was held in March 1923 to the £339 raised and the decision was made to pay £100 off the loan, to complete the church belfry and chancel it ildin o k to cost 14 With building complete and the loan clea ed t Ma a et s as finall officiall given its name and was consecrated. But before St Margaret’s was built, an earlier church St Anne’s was built in 1909 on site in the west side of Hautere Cross Road near the Mangaone Stream. After closing in 1931, it was moved in 1936, in three sections, to behind St Margaret’s Church and initially used as social hall and Sunday School rooms. A lean to kitc en and toilet facilities e e added after more fundraising; the honours’ board was relocated in St Margaret’s. Mr Mansell made mention of the late Tom m son and t anked im fo is esea c and recording of earlier activities and dates in is e cellent ooklet Te o o and the Anglican Church 1900-1977 St Anne’s is still standing there today and is also home to the Te Horo Playgroup. c itect ede ick de le e also provided the plans for St Andrew’s c in Manaka in t e late 189 s and ll aints c in Ōtaki in mid193 s

ome progress rom BY TOM FREWEN I enjoy a spot of irony as much as the next cynic. So I was moderately amused by NZTA’s roadside electronic sign just south of Ohau on SH1: “Expect Delays, Plan Ahead”. Ironic, no? If there’d been any planning ahead there wouldn’t be delays now or signs warning about delays while transferring the responsibility for avoiding them to motorists. To be fair, the most recent delay, stalling elimina o k on t e Ō2 i a which will extend the multi-lane e ess a o t of ellin ton f om Ōtaki to north of Levin, was not NZTA’s fault. The project was shunted aside after the 2017 General Election by the Greens’ desire to switch funding for new road construction into urban rail projects and c cle a s T at is nlikel to e

ld ti ers so e still in the Te oro area others further afield fro left Barry and ue ansell o Borer nee Bothe ley Bud ie ich ond Ann Kennedy nee Aldworth elicity Botha ley ean Ca p ell nee u sden and an ich ond an s hus and ock was una le to attend ut is one of the last two or three still livin in the Te oro area

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repeated, even if the Greens retain their associate ministerial position in the Government’s transport portfolio. Mean ile, as T kee s an e e on Wellington’s stop-go funding light, the purchase of some properties along the route has been completed and its comms staff have put out another monthly update on t ei o k indoo s “September rounded out a busy couple of mont s of en a ement fo t e Ō2 programme,” they report. Nearly 800 people had dropped in on their 10 drop-in sessions to lea n a o t t e likel o te of t e ne i a to e ilt f om Ōtaki to north of Levin. Some 26 people com leted t e feed ack fo m and 67 commented via email. “We’ve also held over 100 meetings with property owners,” NZTA said.

nal sis of feed ack as on oin o e e e a e identified some emerging themes in discussions about such things as the difference between a roundabout and a full interchange and o t e east est links ill e maintained fo alkin and c clin There had also been interest in the design of the interchange at Tararua Road, access to the new highway, and the impacts on horse riders. Potential noise from the new highway had been a concern raised by many property owners. “We have now put together a ‘Managing Noise’ information sheet. While we are still efinin t e efe ed ali nment, noise is part of the multi-criteria analysis which considers environmental and social impacts.

“As we progress through the design and construction phases more detailed assessments will be carried out and we’ll be considering how we can avoid or mitigate potential noise effects.” The draft preferred alignment will be efined o e t e ne t fe mont s e ll come ack to o it mo e info mation a o t efinements to t e alignment and local road connections early next year,” says NZTA. T e feed ack ill contin e to e anal sed in t e comin eeks and e ill update you again later this year. The full engagement report will be published next year, when we let property owners and t e comm nit kno a o t efinements to the draft preferred alignment.” No pressure. The highway is set for completion by the end of the decade.

Ōtaki s first retirement illage BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Man olde Ōtaki esidents ill ecall with disappointment the departure of friends to ‘granny farms’ in Levin, aikanae o a a a a m , as t e ot older. T e estion as often asked isn t t e e a eti ement illa e in Ōtaki Not everyone thought the monolithic aikanae illa e, ie ed f om 1, often referred to as Colditz was what Ōtaki needed o anted o a ma ket a den at t e to of Waerenga Road is being developed as a

o ti e de elo ment fo eo le 5 a t o ks a e nde a , it t e fi st residential unit due for completion in March. Two bedroom duplex units with inte al a a e a e offe ed at 425, with monthly outgoings of $328 to cover insurance and exterior maintenance. 37 villas are proposed on what was te en n s 1 a ma ket a den One unit is already sold, with interest in others. Developers are believed to be Fernyhurst, who were responsible for Levin’s T ackside illas at t e e in aceco se

T e Ōtaki Mao i Racin l ecentl sold land on Te Roto Road, adjacent to t e Ōtaki aceco se, to ellin ton developer and Te Horo resident Ian Cassels. This is believed to be for a residential village development.

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By Ann Chapman

Cancer Society Horowhenua


o ton an Ōtaki iary Novem er

Monday 2

Foxton Support Group (St Johns Hall, Avenue Road)


Thursday 5

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

By Appointment

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. Week 1. Topic: New Normal. At Addis House, RSVP to Fran

10 – 11am 06 356 5355

Wednesday Ōtaki Support Group. Gertrude Atmore 11 Supper Rooms. Thursday 12

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. Week 2. Topic: Post radiotherapy – Non medical. RSVP to Fran


10 – 11am 06 356 5355


Welcomes ew Famil member

Congratulations to Dr Charlotte and Dr Kars on the a i al of a Mette li a et You will remember Drs Charlotte and Kars joining our na f om olland in 2 19 alon it t ei t o o s Pepijn and Mees. On the 29 September 2020 their daughter Mette Elizabeth arrived. We are so pleased to elcome t e ne addition to o na ict e e e is Dr Kars, cradling Mette Elizabeth, Dr Charlotte and the o s Dr Charlotte is on parental leave returning to us in early February 2021. In the meantime, Dr Harding Richards has settled in ell anneke e t aite ill e oinin s come o em e 2 2 T in s a e lookin fo ima ca e in Ōtaki


Wednesday Rimu Group – Men’s Support. 18 Winchester House.


Thursday 19

Lymphoedema Support Group. Winchester House.


st a eminde na , ile e a e not ad an o id 19 in Ōtaki, t e ecent comm nit case in Ta anaki is oof t at co id emains a t eat lease remain diligent, remember your hand hygiene, and lease, if o a e an s m toms a e a test Mi i

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. Week 3. Addis House Topic: Sleep & Relaxation. RSVP to Fran

10 – 11am 06 356 5355

And the

Tuesday 24

Coffee Club. Women’s Support. Winchester House.


Thursday 26

Living With & Beyond Cancer Series. Week 4. Addis House. Topic: Exercise & Nutrition. RSVP to Fran

10 – 11am 06 356 5355

By Appt

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

By appointment

By Appt

Natural Wear (Kerilee Beale) Ph 0800 622 397

By appointment

Winchester House Hours

10am to 2pm

Although COVID 12 has dominated our lives this year with the positive results from New Zealand compared with the disaster unfolding in the rest of the world somet in ema ka le as a ened e e easonal as een a sent, it onl si cases detected in t e co nt et een il and st t aditionall t e eak e iod T is is a 99 8 dec ease in n m es t t is ea , t e season en 2 , eo le s all catc t e i s and et een 4 and 5 die ne e came T is can e att i ted to mask ea in and social distancin ofesso Mic ael ake as said t at t e e as een nea e tinction of in en a in e ealand following our very effective Covid-19 response". The Ministry of Health also reported a big jump in imm nisation ates a ainst "What the Covid-19 response has done is largely eliminated those excess winter deaths and mortality as a ole is do n a o nd 5 e cent, e said

For further information on any of the above please contact: ennie Wy ie Support Coor inator Horowhenua Services 112 Winchester Street, Levin 5510 Ph , Mob email jennie wy ie cancerc org n

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Covid-19 is going to be around for some time and the government pleads with everyone to use the Covid-19 Tracer app. NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app that allows you to create a digital diary of places you visit by scanning the official R codes T is i es contact t ace s a eadsta t it identifying anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 so e can ickl eak t e c ain of t ansmission Government says that the use of the app has dropped off lately as people relax their vigilance because of the successful management in controlling the virus. t t e ecent o t eak in ckland and in o o ts einfo ces t e o e nment s leas to make t ei li es easier by using the app and record your movements.

Lucy Feltham Physiotherapist • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

peripheral joint pain spinal pain muscle strains sports injuries tendon injuries- advanced tendon rehab osteoarthritis manual therapy-mobilisation peripheral and spinal joints massage exercise prescription- exercise prescription course hand therapy post op rehabilitation chest physiotherapy biomechanical assessment attends annual sports medicine conference 28 years experience , all ages


nstan t eet Ōtaki Ph/ fax 06 364 7027 elt am@ t a.co.nz no ACC surcharge self-referral or GP-referral Hours 9am -6pm Monday -Friday

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What does this mean for future management for winter e a s e s o ld et sed to ea in masks and contin e to as o ands inte can e se io s fo our elderly so just maybe we could learn the good lessons arising from Covid-19. s le loomfield asks s to e i ilant and continue to uses the Covid-19 Tracer App when you’re out and about.

Notice to all Society Members Annual General Meeting taki Montesso i e c ool nc Tuesday 24th November 7.30pm At the Pre-school, a atai a k, Mill Road All Welcome


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n 1 cto e , a ne Ōtaki t itis ot o as launched, and aims to improve the life of every person affected by arthritis and the Group is now ready to help Ōtaki esidents T is not fo ofit o anisation as a net o k of s ot groups- some meet face-to-face, and others are online but all provide an opportunity for people to connect with each other to share experiences, tips, support, and motivation. Being able to communicate with others who have arthritis is very powerful. It enables those living with arthritis to feel less alone, supported, motivated and info med eo le o o ld like to oin a o a e welcome to phone Tory on 0800 663 463. Arthritis New Zealand provides support and information to people with arthritis. Anyone that needs extra help mana in t ei a t itis is enco a ed to call to s eak to an Arthritis Educator, or viat www.arthritis.org.nz. Arthritis is a painful condition which limits movement. • It affects all ages, including young children and teenagers. • More than 700,000 people in New Zealand have arthritis, and this number is expected to increase to 1 million by 2040. • alf of t e eo le o a e a t itis a e of o kin age, and it is a condition that can affect a person’s a ilit to emain in t e aid o kfo ce • It is one of the most common causes of disability in New Zealand. • The total cost of arthritis in New Zealand is estimated to be $12.2 billion (in 2018). This includes the direct and indirect health costs, loss of productivity and loss of well being. • The three most common forms of arthritis in New Zealand are osteoarthritis, gout arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Many people do not realise that gout is a form of arthritis, but it is the second most common form in this country. Ōtaki t itis o t o : meets 1st Thursday of the Mont , 4 m to 5 m at T e c Contact: Robyn on 027 326 3407 or email o nkeelin 77 mail com

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unstan street motel wins Wellington Wairarapa esene olour in esign Award

Japanese Remedial Yoga BY ANN CHAPMAN o e e kne there was such a thing. I didn’t until I saw a new sign on an empty shop window with a wonderful celtic abstract logo and four S’s in the centre which stand for Sassy, Stylish, Savy and Stessa. This is what Stessa’ Personal Empowerment business is about, enabling clients to be bold, strong, assertive and lively with heaps of self-awareness. Stessa is the accredited teacher of Japanese Remedial Yoga, fresh from dne and Ōtaki, is t e cent e of e proposed catchment area from Wellington to Palmerston North. She is enjoying the kindness and f iendliness of Ōtaki Her business, ‘SSSS Personal Empowerment’ incorporates Japanese Remedial Yoga as part of the Personal Empowerment courses as they complement each other perfectly. Or do just yoga. It depends on what is needed or requested. Stessa is short for Priestessa Kimberli. She used Priestessa as her stage name in another life in Australia where she was on top of her game as a professional singer son ite ndie ock as e en e, s e says. She moved away from the stage, reluctant to “sell her soul” to that industry, so she sought a pathway to health and healing. She left unhappiness and “other stuff she had to deal with” behind her. She chose this form of yoga because of the remedial and therapeutic aspect to it. She took e self off on a t el e mont co se where she leaned anatomy, theology, and teaching. The Japanese part is the added

component she wanted, and is about balance, of life, of body and mind. Her course was from the accredited Sydney College of Yoga Therapy and also o e nment ce tified Japanese remedial yoga is a combination of pilates, personal training and posture designed to achieve therapeutic results in conjunction with strengthening, toning, balancing and realigning the entire body. e o ks o s foc s on em o e in women, teaching them to love themselves by exercising both the body and mind and are aimed at managing anxiety, depression, stress bad habits and addiction. Stessa is living proof of the positive nature of this method of yoga. She says the reason why she has created SSSS Personal Empowerment and chooses to teac at s e elie es in and kno o ks, is eca se s e ltimatel ants to help people. “My passion is especially empowering women & young girls, but I am open to helping males,” and she will e offe in mi ed o ks o s soon

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Ōtaki ollege sports awards recipients

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BY MARGARET ANDREWS Ōtaki olle e all as filled to ca acit for the annual Sports Awards presentation evening with many young sports enthusiasts, across a wide range of sports ecei in c s, t o ies and ce tificates “After such an unsettled year, it is great to be able to be here tonight to celebrate the achievements of these wonderful young athletes,” said Sam Ward, teacher of physical and outdoor education as he opened the evening on Thursday October 22. He paid tribute to all who assisted with the teams. “Without amazing whanau, coaches, waterboys, taxi drivers and supporters we most certainly couldn’t make t is all a en 12 s o ts, and many boys and girls teams, required lots coaches and helpers throughout the seasons. T e est s eake , en i m nd, professional football player for Wellington Phoenix for eight years. He also played for e ealand 35 times, incl din at t e 2010 Fifa World Cup.

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“Dad was a mad soccer player, I was t o n into it, e said s eakin of is involvement in football from the age of fi e mon is i li ts e e t e nde 17 foot all t ials in ckland e ad played in Christchurch teams and was the only trialist from Canterbury, most were f om ckland, t e made it into t e team. “I had struggled at school, went away for the World Champs and missed a year of sc ool ent ack to sc ool did ea 11 my mates were year 13, and I passed c ool e tificate, e told t em fte trying several jobs he got a job with a paper company. “It was there I learnt I wasn’t dumb. I just struggled to learn.” He was called up to the NZ All Whites with Winton Rufer, for the World Cup, ack it t e oeni and a totall different attitude. “I just got better and better.”



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ee o kin , don t i e , o o t and do it,” he said as he congratulated all the sports people. Several teams were entered in the College Sport Wellington Team Awards. Two teams ente ed in t e Team of t e ea o s Youth Football and Senior Girls Football. The girls won the College Sport Wellington Northern League for the second year in a row and the boys won their division 2 in the Wellington League. The boys’ team coach, Kerry Bevan was awarded the NZ Community Trust Coach of the Year, he ecei ed a ce tificate and ift The school awards followed, with two new events added to the athletics day, javelin, and triple jump. Cups and ce tificates e e a a ded in o s and girls year grades. New records were set in the high jump, shot put and triple jump. o s asket all, t e se en aside mi ed

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ade ocke , canoe olo, e est ian, boys and girls’ football. Finley Stevenson won the Catherine McDonald Cup for player of the year and the boy’s Lorne Singer Gold Boot Trophy. Netball had seven teams, two playing in the College o t ellin ton com etition i ls senior team in division one and the boys 15 in di ision t ee o s and i ls rugby, cross country running, tennis and volleyball received awards. Swimming sports saw a number of eco ds oken too o ts l es eci ients ecei ed ce tificates, recognising their achievements in both local, national, and international events, competing at elite levels. One of these recipients will be named Sportsperson of the Year at the senior prizegiving on November 11.

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orth Pole

press coming to Ōtaki

BY FRANK NEILL Not only is Christmas coming, the North ole ess is comin to Ōtaki t is ea The steam locomotive hauling 10 ca ia es ill make si et n t i s et een a a a a m and Ōtaki on 12 and 13 December. The trains will leave Paraparaumu at noon, 3pm and 7pm and will stop for a o t 2 to 25 min tes in Ōtaki Santa will be on board, and he will hop off t e t ain d in its Ōtaki sto One of the aims of the North Pole Express is to “spread Christmas joy within iti, sa s t e e ent o anise , a a Ferguson. A Te Horo resident, Ms Ferguson is principal of On Train Events, which also ran the hugely successful “light the night” steam train trips between Paraparaumu and Ōtaki on 1 st “We love to be able to do as much as we can locally and for local businesses,” Ms Ferguson says.

Ōtaki s olden ldies net all team, fo example, is helping as ground crew for the North Pole Express. nd t e cookies all t ose t a ellin on t e train will be given will be hand-made and deco ated ando a ake , o ned Te Horo residents Pamela and Tony Beasley. If past years are anything to go by, there will be a lot of singing and dancing on the train, Ms Ferguson says. It really will be a fun experience, and o a ack is t e look on eo le s faces,” she adds. T e 1 ca ia es ill accommodate 45 per train, meaning some 2,600 people will t a el to Ōtaki on t e o t ole ess People from as far north as Whangarei and as fa so t as nedin a e ooked seats already, but seats were still available en t e Ōtaki Mail ent to ess o mo e info mation, and to ook a seat, visit ont acke ents co n .

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hursda s easonal urplus tall back this month ome o n f it and e eta les in Ōtaki et ead Ma k T sda 12th November in o calenda fo t e fi st da of t e easonal l s tall ein ack in action. This is the chance to offer your surplus of locally grown vegetables, fruit and eggs to eo le o a e lookin fo a d to buying fresh produce. “It's an ideal opportunity for home gardeners to share their extra produce with the community," says Bernadine Bloemgarten, one of the group's initiators. e make it eas fo t em to dist i te their surplus, and allow locals to buy fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs at affordable prices. It’s fresh and mainly organically grown" she says. Produce is bought at 80% of the price at which it will be sold. The other 20% goes to cover expenses in setting up and running the stall. Any excess produce, or ofit o e and a o e e enses, is i en to local community groups. Ōtaki s staina le ood o sta ted the surplus stall 11 years ago when e nadine didn t like to see s l s f it going to be wasted. It supports the idea of ecomin a mo e self s fficient community.

This year the group wants to encourage more people to start growing their own vegetables, herbs or fruit. "You don't need a big garden to do this - everybody with a little o tdoo s ace can sta t se lack growing bags, old tins (don't forget to make a ole at t e ottom to let s l s water out), plastic containers or an old eel a o is s fficient to sta t o t Bernadine explains. And to help you along the way, we'll again be offering seedlings grown by our members at very reasonable prices on the stand. The stall operates every Thursday, on the green area in front of the Memorial Hall Ōtaki f om 11am till 12 noon, o ntil sold out. Growers should bring their garden surplus to the stall between 10.30am and 11am. e a e lookin fo mo e o e s to bring their surplus, and value volunteers to el on t e stand T e o k is lots of fun and only once per month on a roster system. Contact us, or call in to the stall if o d like to el Keep up to date with what is happening on o f a e T ansition To n Ōtaki tt s: face ook com o s T ansitionTo n taki or call Bernie on 6 364 7255 o ane on 27 232 3 51


lea in t e a ed c tains it o t a home - or rather a theatre, enter stage Left t e Ōtaki la e s o n e ai ed t e a s in the curtains, and with the costs being for professionally installing them in the theatre, along with updating to a new

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Ōtaki Pla ers new curtains With the opening of their next production Pink Hammer opening on 12 November, t e Ōtaki la e s ill allso e e ealin the newly installed theatre curtains. T anks to t e la e ant f om t e ili amil o ndation of 27, , t e Ōtaki Players have purchased new plush red theatre curtains that adorn the stage and balconies. Behind them are layers of lack c tains and a o nd t e alls ic a e also fi e eta dant fo a dience safet Players committee member Joy McKenzie says the old front of house curtains were o , f a ed and not fi e eta dant Joy went to all sorts of lengths to prolong the life of the old curtains, even resorting to perching up with her sewing machine to se t e f a in ends to kee t em going. t as ile t e Ōtaki la e s e e investigating replacements with New Zealand’s theatre curtain specialist John Herber in Kaiapoi that they heard how the new curtains for the rebuilt Christchurch To n all ad een installed onl to find t ee ee a st o o t t e e man imported curtains. So the German company replaced them,

By Michele Amas Five unhappy people in a shed full of tools. What could possibly go wrong? !!!!!

pulley-system so the curtains will graciously, and quietly, glide across stage. aeme c a d of t e Ōtaki la e s sa s they are all incredibly grateful for the generous support of the Philipp Family

Foundation for their grant. “Our special t anks to t e ili amil o ndation for the support they have given to the arts on the Kapiti Coast.”


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a id tchells rom isaster management to molten glass Rusty to sell at Lean-To, and to have in his own house. antic as an me ican mini d a on kiln t at can andle 6k of lass stellica lass comes f om e man t melts at 1100 degrees, and once blown, cast or turned into an a t o k , it m st e annealed , ic is a gradual cooling process, without which it would shatter. a id eckons e s al ead t in 5 o s in an nde ton s lass o ks, and in anot e ea o t o e t inks e mi t ac ie e o ks of e standa d

BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Delivering newspapers is a fun job on a nice day. to in in at ean To in Ōtaki eac s Moana st eet is one of the highlights. The coffee’s decent, the local clientele, as you might expect at a beach settlement are diverse, and always interesting. Their canine companions must be the nicest, friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet. a in s ent a co le of eekends lea nin lass lo in at t e an an i lass o ks, m al a s on t e looko t fo inte estin lass o ects Part of

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T e ne t eek, as d inkin coffee it eac esident a id tc ells, talkin lass and e aminin is creations. a id mo ed to Ōtaki si ea s a o, afte n sin is late wife through a decade of dementia. alified teac e , a id s late life as in ol ed in disaster management for the Upper Hutt City council. is i est o as a 6 da ildfi e in il e st eam, e e an a sonist lit a se ies of fi es t at ned nde o nd, needin 5 elico te s and 2 fi efi te s to bring it under control. In his retirement, David has indulged in the delights of lassmakin His friend Fran Anderton as a lassmakin st dio in Whanganui, The Frantic Glass Gallery where David has been learning the joys of o kin it lass ile is o k does not approach the fantastic subtlety and quality of his teac e , it s i k and ran Anderton s e uite lass interesting enough for

Meanwhile, while you’re savouring Lean-To’s delicious coffee, fondle and admire David Etchell’s interesting glass objects, all on sale, all highly affordable, and all wonderfully tactile.


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I now have a delightful piece of Etchells glass in my collection.

owling club holds triples contest BY FRANK NEILL Ronnie one ski , licia old and at Mont ome on t e Ōtaki o lin l s omen s t i les competition, held on 3 and 4 October. T e defeated ane el ate son ski , Ma een ea e and so el enned in t e final to take t e title Ross Mc ean ski , ennis e n and eoff tis won the men’s triples when they scored a narrow victory o e a l el ski , Ro e a s and eil Tunnicliffe. The triples competition attracted 42 bowlers, and each bowler played with only two balls. Each team played four games in section play on the Saturday. The teams that won three or four of their matches progressed to post section play on the Sunday.

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Ōtaki olle e s ea 7 and 8 e a tment ente ed t ee teams in the 2020 ePro8 Challenge. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the challenge was moved to an in-school format with teams required to submit a video and written

report relating to their design. Teams e e e i ed to desi n and make a mec anical animal for a Mechanical Zoo attraction. The animal had to be made to scale and also had to include a number of

The Colle e s tea s were incredi Mechanic Group ach eenan Bevan and arriet eor etti takin challen e with their rilled eck

Take my Shoes and Lose tanley Butler iko ulford icky Te Wiata and achlan Byrne ca e in at second place with their alli ator desi n

ly successful with The rew Cootes ior io out first place in the i ard

features, including having a distinct movement. ll t ee teams no o ess to t e semi finals ic take lace o e t e ne t fe eeks, it t e o es of makin it to t e and final

Turtles can Fly ikaia i son a ish Ca p ell and Keira ohns also placed hi hly with their turtle desi n

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nergise Ōtaki s olar arms BY LLOYD CHAPMAN ne ise Ōtaki s ola a ms e e officiall o ened limate an e Minister James Shaw and Finance Minister Grant Robertson on 30 September. fte a lessin f om a o Ōtaki, o also ifted t e name of Ra ma a for the Wastewater Treatment Plant solar fa m, t e ministe s officiall o ened t e Ra ma a site to et e it ne ise Ōtaki c ai ei Ramse Finance Minister Grant Robertson said t e e ansi e o ect s o ed o Ōtaki provided community resilience and education, and harnessing energy. T is t e fi st comm nit ased sola project in New Zealand and it will act as a catalyst for future green initiatives,” he said. Climate Change Minister James Shaw said he was pleased to see the project come to fruition. “I’ve seen this come a long way from its concept a number of ea s a o Ōtaki as a lot of skills f om engineering and the passion to see this through. This has the opportunity to expand, and I hope we see these cropping up across the country.” With generous funding of $407,000 from the Wellington Community Trust, ne ise Ōtaki set t o sola s stems to generate power from the sun. A 107 k s stem ad acent to t e Ōtaki aste ate T eatment lant and a 23k s stem at Ōtaki olle e T e ene ated power will be used to run the Council’s wastewater treatment process, and at the College. The proceeds from the electricity sold ill e t into t e ne ise Ōtaki Community Investment Fund, supporting energy, education and other energy-

related projects in the town. e t ank t e ellin ton omm nit T st and iti oast ist ict o ncil fo being partners with us on this project with the support of our Mayor, K Gurunathan and Electra for their willingness to support the vision,” said Leigh Ramsey, ai e son, ne ise Ōtaki Roger Palairet, Chairperson, Wellington Community Trust said, “One of the many a ealin as ects of ne ise Ōtaki s proposal for us as a Trust was the return on o in estment ein ein ested ack into t e Ōtaki comm nit T e establishment of a local community trust that will redistribute income earned from the solar arrays into projects that address energy hardship and sustainability in the region was innovative and very attractive to us”. ne ise Ōtaki is a c a ita le incorporated society established in 2010 to de elo Ōtaki as a to n t at is as self-sustaining as possible in energy. This includes energy conservation, renewable energy generation, innovation around technologies, energy education and o kin it sc ools, findin a s to avoid energy waste, and energy recovery from waste. The solar farms will save 23 tons of ca on, and ene ate o e 25, annually for a Community Investment Fund, to be administered by e esentati es f om a , Wellington Community Trust, KCDC and ne ise Ōtaki

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eft: 52 Photovoltaic panels were installed on the oof at Ōtaki College, ‘Scholarships from the sun' enthused college principal Andy Fraser. eft P panels at the Wastewater Treat ent Plant inance inister rant o ertson ner ise Ōtaki Chair ei h a sey Cli ate Chan e inister a es haw KC C ayor K urunathan

And Fraser s welcoming address to guests at the college To all of our esteemed guests assembled here today to participate in the Energise taki a nc of t e ola fa m at Ra ma a and t e olle e it i es me eat leas e as T m aki of t is colle e to e tend a e a m Ōtaki elcome I feel very privileged to serve this community which I have been part of now for over 20 years and now have moko na t at aka a a ack to o 3 ART confederation iwi. To ne ise Ōtaki a e con at lations to you all in continuing to strive to meet your goals around sustainable energy. o ld like to take t is o o t nit to lace t e ac ie ements of ne ise Ōtaki inside an Ōtaki onte t Welcome to the second oldest town in NZ steeped in history with a story of ongoing strength, resilience and a philosophy of doin t in s t e Ōtaki a We have the second oldest Catholic church in NZ and the oldest functioning at olic c in , T e Ōtaki Mao i acin l t e onl indi eno sl owned racing club in the world, the stunning and iconic Rangiatea Church which is a testament to Te Rauparaha’s foresight around uniting our 3 iwi on the coast and building educational capacity among his people. It was through this insi tf l t inkin t at sa Mao i t i e and prosper before being stripped of land, wealth and health through the process of colonisation. Lying down and capitulating was not in t e of ati Ra ka a and en faced with the loss of language and culture it was invigorated and regenerated ack into life t o t e akat an a R a Mano st ate ic no sees Ōtaki as one of onl 3 designated bilingual towns in NZ with 33 of Mao i ana s eakin Te Reo e la l and entl in t ei omes T is isto of ed cation no sees Ōtaki as unique education hub awaiting the fo malisation of Te a i Tokotoko o

Ōtaki ic ill contin e to ild on t e strong ties between a rural primary sc ool, 2 ima sc ools in to n 1 it a t i in maki nit of 3 classes and a bilingual unit, a school of special fait , a seconda sc ool, a a ai i and a a ka a a Mao i ot of ic a e a e k a dd to t is an ea l c ild ood secto ic oasts 5 ko an a reo, a play centre, Montessori kinde a ten and kinde a ten and at t e tertiary end a University (Te Wanaga o Ra ka a and o o ld e a d essed to find s c a di e se ed cational community in many cities in NZ. Despite this richness in education we endure many disparities brought about through unemployment and low incomes and the fact that we often suffer from disconnection. In 1987 the town was placed with KCDC but the job was never completed. We sit between Kapiti and Horowhenua but the boundaries for essential services such as health, Policing, NGO services were never shifted. Being caught between boundaries means that most of the services we are aligned with sit north of us and cannot be accessed due to no public transport and the services we pay for through rates are not accessible because we are on the wrong side of the o nda line e ices sit in ke cent es and do not come to the township and this is an ongoing battle we grapple with es onse is i e s t e tea and let s et on it it, as e kno at s est for this town and its community. T is ack o nd s o ld set t e scene Ōtaki is a lace e e e do not take no for an answer. lace t at ene ates eo le o t ink out of the square. A community that rallies together whenever this is required to get the best outcomes for its residents and a community which is steeped in a cultural history that gives it strength and character around how it operates.

It is this “can do response, despite the odds”, that I believe was the genesis for ne ise Ōtaki T is as t e ideal lace and comm nit to look at a s of doin things differently. In its early days ne ise Ōtaki as desc i ed as a loose coalition of interested individuals and organisations coming together, including t e colle e, it t e notion of takin Ōtaki off t e id Many people laughed at this notion as being ridiculous and unachievable but it t e Ōtaki can do attit de, ne ise Ōtaki oasts man ac ie ements ot community based and in partnership with the College. om m e s ecti e o kin it ne ise Ōtaki as t e e fect o o t nit to not only localise curriculum but also engage with national and global environmental and sustainability issues facing our young people. This partnership gives the opportunity to foster deep learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address lo al c allen es and o is in a complex world. T o t is o k e a e een a le to ild o st dents a ilit to o k on s c things as Collaboration, Creativity, itical T inkin , iti ens i , a acte and Communication with a Cultural lens We have achieved a great deal in this partnership Our initial solar array in 2014 was to harness the rays of Tamanui te ra and the savings from this were put into scholarships fo st dents sc ola s i s f om t e s n initiative continues today e a e o ked on en i onmentall friendly blended emulsion fuels, and at one point this fuel was running our college vans A highlight was the winning of the WWF onse ation nno ation a a d in 2 15 Project Solar was developed providing a range of science projects taught across

year levels including designing solar cars and the energy cubes on display We have generated a partnership with ne ise Ōtaki and o l mni T st fo further solar panel arrays to increase the capacity for scholarships e took a t in t e na al olocit ike com etition takin o t e ional and national titles and this has continued on since then in terms of winning national honours. T e o k it s o ted o ola project to heat the college pool from discarded solar heating from our local swimming pool The college has recently partnered with ne ise Ōtaki to access t e s staina ilit building funding from the MOE and we hope that our creative approach will be received with more enthusiasm from the selection panel this time around as it goes ell e ond st fittin o t li tin in school buildings. nd finall Toda e cele ate t is latest solar initiative which required gaining the right to occupy the college roof space for the solar arrays from MOE so we can create further power savings that will generate a fund to support local projects around sustainability. n closin ne ise Ōtaki is a o t t e oal of the town becoming a net producer of clean ene , and of findin a s to i e eo le, businesses and community groups the tools to harvest the environmental, social and economic enefits of a diffe ent ene future. The partnership with the college is an enduring one and will continue to advance this goal and continue to show NZ and the o ld at a small semi al to n like Ōtaki can do to make a diffe ence des ite what it comes up against. Noreira Tena ko to Tena ko to Tena ko to


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BY ANN CHAPMAN Ōtaki Meats as mo ed fte mo e t an two decades on one side of Main St, ane a ille f om Ōtaki tc e s as moved to a new space across the road. Now called Saville’s Gourmet Meats, this is an outlet store for his bigger butchery in Levin. Shane offers an array of preacka ed meat f es dail , all la elled and priced in a recyclable tray. He is also aiming to increase his array of homemade products including old fa o ites like ilton , a o t f ican Te ra Pu au Baker happy to e a new utcher s oy

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e k , salami, c m ed c icken, acon, and his famous much loved assortment of sausages. These are all made by him in Levin. Shane welcomes your orders for that special occasion. Shane now has two apprentices, both young Ōtaki o s, Te a ma and na ake sta tin to lea n t e c aft of tc e as well as the art of serving people. not e Ōtaki ente ise dese in o support.

ilingual ori literature ournal launches in e eo heartland BY ANAHERA GILDEA This month the literary community celebrated the online launch of the new ilin al M o i lite at e o nal Te te a o te en a eat in oet , s o t sto ies and essa s in Te Reo M o i and n lis , t e o nal incl des o k from some of Aotearoa’s most talented M o i ite s e anted to i este n notions of publishing and writing on their head and discover what could be created if we used a a a M o i as o st ct e and inspiration,” explains Anahera Gildea, coeditor of the journal. “Lots of energy can o into t e often dis i itin o k of getting published by mainstream methods so e decided to c ck t at all o t t e window and see what happens when we, as M o i ite s, define t e te ms The writing in the journal began with a nan a at ti T ko e e ma ae in an a ite s e e asked to es ond to sto ies f om t e a k in a, to t e e e ience of ein to et e in nan a and to t e akata k ko e a e n a o, e k kano i ia mai i Ran i tea adine nne a, co edito of Te sa s, t as si nificant to nan a and t en et n to la nc t is ka a a at T ko e e, a lace e e se e al of o ite s aka a a to, and also to e la nc in a ilin al o nal in Ōtaki which has been the site of staunch language revitalisation.”

Te iR a t e ka m t a idin o o k in t is edition a e at icia Grace, Renée, Haare Williams, Joe a a i a, Mike Ross and o n ia Contributors: Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Anne Waapu, Annette Morehu, Arihia Latham, ta ia a man, eck Mana at , Cassandra Barnett, Emma Espiner, Kahu Kutia, Kirsty Dunn, Michelle Rahurahu, Miriama Gemmell, Nicole Titihuia a kins, Ren e, R Mae ine n i Solly, Sinead Overbye, Te Kahureremoa Taumata, Nadine Anne Hura and Anahera Gildea A small print run of 200 was returned to t e a k in a ki T ko e e, so t at t e stories that began in the land, are returned to t e land Te a e atef l fo the support of Creative New Zealand, Toi M o i, t e M , and t e Horowhenua District Council. The journal is available for free online here: www.tewhe.nzursday

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To get over the COVID 19 blues, come and enjoy this smorgasbord of music and dance by the Crows Feet Dance Collective as they cavort gaily into their 21st year. Crows Feet Dance Collective, is Wellington region’s unique community dance company for mature women, founded by Jan Bolwell in 1999, who pioneered the creation of dance opportunities for mature performers in New Zealand. Now there are numerous similar groups scattered up and down the country. Bolwell says, "It began from adversity when at age 48 in 1998, I was twice st ck do n it east cance "As part of my recovery I started dancing again with fellow dance educators." T en film make ame a lene eston saw my dance Off My Chest and included it in e film a o t east cance Titless Wonders." n seein t at film, omen of m a e approached me saying we want to dance like t at, ill o teac s And so Crows Feet was born. There are no entry requirements and previous experience is not necessary. The group is a mix of experienced, less experienced and beginner dancers. Crows eet are coming to Ōtaki Crows Feet, after postponing its show because of the COVID pandemic, has regrouped and they are now striding down t e cat alk it lent of sass, ai and style in Fashionistas, a celebration of older women in high fashion.

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Director Jan Bolwell says "we have been inspired by women such as Iris Apfel, 99 ea old e o k fas ion icon, and 7 year-old Dame Anna Wintour, long time editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine." "We found further inspiration in the fa lo s fas ion ooks Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older and Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen." Dancing to Vivaldi’s glorious music The Four Seasons, four choreographers - Jan ol ell, ac a o land, Tania o tko and Carolyn McKeefry each give their take on t e seasons t o li el inventive movement and costume design. The Crows are delighted to present guest artists and models Barbara Brinsley (82) and Margaret Austin (73) who join them on t e cat alk T ei cameo a ea ance is a knock o t Last year some of the Crows performed in it t e onde f l Mala ika o al, violinist with the NZSO. They enjoyed themselves so much that Mala ika is a ea in a ain, t is time playing a Bach Partita danced by eight of the Crows. Original music by Michelle Scullion is heard in Pumped, a ne ok o s di ecto an ol ell ic looks at aspects of the human heart. ol ell sa s: ead t ese t o ooks, Heart, A History, by Sandeep Jauhar and Nine Pints, by Rose George." t ot me t inkin a o t t e ea t, ot literally and metaphorically, and a dance idea started to evolve. " It is performed into two contrasting sections by the Wellington and Kapiti Coast Crows dancers. See Whats On, P18.

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ight ummer 22 year old soprano Michaela Cadwgan is currently in her fourth year of study towards a BMus(Hons) under the tutelage of Margaret Medlyn, Wade Kernot and Jenny Wollerman, alongside completing her BA in German and Italian. Mic aela e la l takes a t in performances, concerts and competitions throughout New Zealand. In 2017 she performed as a chorus member in The New Zealand School of Music’s (NZSM) production of an ek s, The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2018 she performed the role of Gretel from m e dinck s Hansel and Gretel for the NZSM Opera Scenes Production 'Eat Your Heart Out'. In July of last year Michaela performed the title role of Suor Angelica in the NZSM Puccini double bill.

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In 2019 she was selected as a finalist at ot t e ellin ton Regional Dame Malvina Major Aria Competition, and NZ Aria where she performed with Maestro Giordano Bellincampi and t e ckland il a monia Orchestra. In December last year Michaela performed the role of the soprano soloist in Linda Twine's Changed My Name cantata with Kapiti Chorale and Voices in the Wind, and was awarded the 'Merle Higgie Opera Prize for Potential' at the New Zealand Opera School in January, 2020.



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BY ANN CHAPMAN Joe has been steeped in music since he was born. He e in ke a a e e is a ents settled when they emigrated from England in 1969. Jon and Tina Callwood are both musicians and the house e e oe and is ot e e in as filled it the sounds of the guitar and singing. His parents e e a t of t e itis folk e i al of t e 196 s, is father on guitar and both parents singers. His father taught him and his brother the guitar until e as 14 en e sta ted takin mo e fo mal ita lessons with a tutor, and moved from his teenage o session of t e ock m sic of T e olice and ed Zeppelin into the more classical genre of jazz guitar. e sa s e ated a at fi st t e ent all as e ecame mo e oficient came to lo e it He went to a music school in Mount Victoria once housed in the old fever hospital which offered him a three-year Diploma in Music. Entrance to the school was not a given. He had to go through the horrors of an audition and was granted entry into the foundation programme for six months. The audition panel saw something in this young musician, and he was then given full entry to the course. Joe specialised in jazz guitar. He says the biggest thing he got from the course was his friendship with other students and they still all play together. He is a member of a number of bands, including Swagman, Jeep Road, The Woods and Little Bushman, as well as his own solo projects. Swagman is his most recent one, a three-piece instrumental band of guitar, saxophone and drums, and also incorporating bass, vibraphone and percussion. They play jazz and o ld m sic it in ences f om Africa and South America. www. swagmanmusic.com In Jeep Road, he plays with Clare Christian, a singer and songwriter along with saxophonist Gabe



a idson, and at ick leakle and Rick anson in the rhythm section. Jeep Road is a very versatile contemporary blues band with a touch of country. It can be a duo/trio one day for a mellow sound or with the addition of sax/bass/drums become a more upbeat band ideal for dancing. Little Bushman is completely different, with s c edelic ock in enced f om t e 6 s and 7 s imi end i is a ma o in ence in t ei m sic T e band has recently made a vinyl pressing of one of t ei al ms in l asked t s a o t nostalgia and the sound is better,” Joe replied. “Vinyl is becoming more popular.” Joe has lots of musically. Along with teaching, both i atel and at col, e as st finis ed an al m of solo guitar music, playing versions of tunes from t e and folk t adition, in in a sli tl jazzy/worldy sound to the traditional music. The album is free to download from his webpage: www.joecallwood.com is la in is a o nd 5 et een elect ic and aco stic ita , and e as een kno n to la ass and e c ssion, and o ide ackin ocals en needed. Joe offers private guitar lessons but can help with ot e inst ments en asked, alon it son writing. He has been teaching now for twenty years and is desi e to ena le ed lin m sicians emains strong.


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Continue planting main crop potatoes. Feed leafy salad crops with nitrogen-rich materials to kee t em o in steadil o m tea is es eciall good for this. Most warm weather veggies can be planted, but use trays or pots under cover for the most cold-tender varieties like asil, a e ines, tomatoes and e e s o clim in and d a f eans fo contin o s a estin make so in s at t ee eekl inte als eans don t like oot dist ance so so seed di ectl into the garden. Root c o s can e so n in ell tilled, loose soil if sowing parsnips, use fresh seed as parsnip seed is short-lived. Seed left over from last year, especially in nsealed ackets, is nlikel to e minate Tomatoes a e o in ickl and need lent of ate and feedin e la dee ate in is est


Mo la ns mo e e la l to kee it s in o t T not to scal t em as t is st makes it easie for fast-growing weeds to become established. Second thoughts ot att acti e ann als s c as et nias, o e s like a sle , asil and co iande , to make ett istmas gifts. Recycle used plastic containers and nourish plants with liquid fertiliser. In December, fancy up your present with ribbon, tinsel, tissue and wrapping paper, or maybe a smart pot.

he berries o summer Summer (yes, it will be coming) means berries, and of all the yummy summer fruits strawberries are undoubtedly t e most o la afte all, at o ld s mme e without the luscious taste of strawberries and cream? Or the sight of a snowy pavlova piled with juicy, scarlet fruit? Strawberries are the fastest and sweetest berry crop, and can be grown in pots, but they do best in soil that is well-drained and enriched with organic matter. Choose a a m, s elte ed s ot and kee t e ed moist not too wet, strawberries hate wet feet). Cut off any runners that a ea efo e o e s fo m, and oost o t it li id manure. Surround plants with pine needles, straw or lack lastic to kee f it clean ld time s like a a o and ‘Tioga’ are reliable, or try a newer variety ‘Strawberry Sundae.’ nk colo ed l e e ies can et a it sc a en they shed their leaves in winter, but you get spring o e s, s mme f it and a la e of a t mn colo to oot T e like soils ic in antio idants, and o est in full sun, although they’ll tolerate light shade. Plant in moist, acidic, free-draining soil and add plenty of organic matte m lc o com ost to kee t ei s allo oots cool and moist). They will also need regular watering from spring until autumn. To ensure cross-pollination plant two different varieties. A single blueberry will produce, but yields will be higher and fruit bigger if several plants are grown together. Try the compact and loss l e e M ffin, Tast l e o l e a n, which develops attractive winter foliage colour.

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BY VIVIENNE BAILEY BY i VIVIENNE aile t a coBAILEY n i aile t a co n

Focus on growing chillies Chillies come from the same species (Capsicum annum) as s eet e e s, and a e kin to tomatoes, a e ines, potatoes and tamarillos. Hot is the operative word for t ese s e c a ed e ies, in looks, taste and o t e i ements, and to od ce t ei fie eat and fine a o , t e need to e o n in t e eat of s mme , and allo ed to mat e t o a lon , fine a t mn If you’re planning to grow chillies from seed, sow in t a s o ots and lace in a a m s ot t e e i e tem e at es of at least 15de to e minate like most other plants, chilli seeds need warmth, oxygen and moisture before germination can occur). Anything you can do to increase heat aids their subsequent growth, including covering them with cloches o s o ndin t em it eat a so in ocks When the soil and weather is reliably warm, plant your

chillies, 30cm apart, in fertile, free-draining soil. Don’t o e den soil it f es nit o en too m c nit o en produces excess foliage at the expense of fruit, and makes lants s sce ti le to disease ick a a m s ot t at ecei es f ll s n fo at least alf the day, and feed regularly with liquid fertiliser to ensure steady, disease-resistant growth. Chilli plants are compact, however their shallow root s stem needs s ot t a stake in en t ans lantin They also need regular watering to produce quality fruit, but are pretty tough once established, and can tolerate dry conditions provided they have periodic deep watering. Soil that stays wet for long periods can bring on root-rot, and may also lead to fruit having a bitter taste, and plants grown in constantly dry soil will produce smaller crops of under-sized fruit. Mulching with a weed-free product,

such as pea straw pellets, will help maintain soil moisture. Regular harvesting of chillies encourages more fruit to o , so make s e o ick ea l and often en o e icked t e s mme c o , ne lant to at least alf t ei si e t is el s t e c illi s i e o e inte Chillies are eaten in almost every culture, and there are hundreds of varieties around the world, ranging from mild to the exceedingly hot, such as ‘Habanero Red’, ic as a colo to matc t e a o a c oice fo t e t e c illi aficionado A pungent yet mild variety is ‘Anaheim’ which ripens to a deep scarlet, but can also be used when still green if fully formed. If you’re interested in drying your chillies, ‘Asian Fire’ is hot and spicy, can be used in both its unripe and ripe form, and is an excellent variety for stringing up, drying, then grinding into your own chilli powder. Chilli plants are an attractive addition to either the ornamental or vegetable garden, and with their glossy leaves, ite, sta s a ed o e s and fi st een, t en dee ed f it, look ood eno in ots to ace t e s nniest s ot on o deck o o c t kee a f om little fin e s


A little blue charmer A member of the iris family, Sisyrinchium e on kies, is a m st a e fo lo e s of l e o e s t od ces la e, i t, sk l e looms t o s in and s mme , and t e e ennial s small, e e een, ass like cl m s 15 3 cm emain neat and ood lookin all year round. This is a real tough little plant, cold-hardy and tolerant of heat and humidity. Happy in a well-drained soil with plenty of sunshine (but don’t position in a spot where it fries in hot, dry summer conditions, particularly im o tant if o in in a ot , e on kies is not a eed lant t likes a little lime and en o s a li t feed every spring especially if grown in a container (it’s great in a pot on its own, or as an edging for a larger container plant).

lants, and looks ite i k o n in f ont of o amon st talle d a f i ises olo ise, it looks s e it ello o e s s c as t e f ee o e in d a f da lil tella ella, and class it a an e of l e o e s from simple violas, and smaller-growing English lavender (such as ‘Foveaux Storm’ or ‘Violet Intrigue’) to the rather more sophisticated honeywort (Cerinthe major)



Sisyrinchium no ells is a ite o e ed e sion, the plant covering itself with attractive clean-white looms it a olden e e it s also a eall eas lant to grow, tolerating pretty much any conditions. e on


T e lant is also ood fo ed in a o nd o e eds, adding a pleasing touch of formality and helping with maintenance, preventing leaves and soil being spread onto at s i ds t looks ood o in in t e foreground of bolder perennials or attractive foliage

i e 5 4 cm mem e of t e Sisyrinchium famil is t iat m, also kno n as ale ello e e ass is like in a ea ance, t e lant o s in t ft like cl m s, and is an ele ant, e e een perennial with grey-green foliage (there is also a variegated variety). In late spring, early summer tall, m lti le s ikes of small, c eam ello o e s it

le o n st i es a ea eac o e ill o en fo just one day with the morning sun and then close again on d sk eat in t e e aceo s o de , t e looms att act ot tte ies and ees fte o e in , att acti e, lack seed ods a e od ced o ll need to emo e s ent o e stems if o don t ant t e lant to naturalise). Frost-hardy and happy in a poor but well-drained soil in either sun or partial shade, ‘Striatum’ is drought-tolerant once established, and is a wonderful landscaping plant, good mass planted, and although it spreads over time, clumps are easily divided (providing you with more plants)

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Ōtaki s as la e anna immett is a national champion. anna as a mem e of t e iti Squash Club team that won the B grade national title at the New Zealand Squash Championships, held in Palmerston North from 23 to 26 September. Eight teams from around New Zealand contested three pool matches before o essin to a semi final and t en t e final n t e final, iti defeated a a oa ak as l , f om Ta anaki, 3 2 T at icto came t anks to anna winning her match against Deanne ocke 3 Playing at number three, Hannah won all of t e fi e ames s e contested in t e to nament, as did t e to t o iti players. This year’s victory is the third time Hannah has won a B grade New Zealand title. The two previous times she has won she played for the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club. Ōtaki osted a e s ccessf l s as tournament on 2 and 3 October.

Trinity Rose Garden opened for the season on a o eekend and t e heritage roses put on a wonderful display. T e o e t is o en e e eekend f om 10-4 through till Easter for sales and a den alks ome akin and ot d inks a e a aila le to en o in t e sun-porch or out in the home orchard. enn a e otaka, o took o e t e o et st o e a ea a o, said t e fi st year was an exciting dive in to the world of heritage roses and has very much en o ed ettin to kno mo e a o t t e treasured plants on the property, and really appreciates the support she has had from the heritage rose community and the e io s o ne s in a tic la Ōtaki Mail’s very own Ann and Lloyd). a in taken on a en e t at is ell suited to weddings and small events, Peter and Jenny are delighted to be able to offe t e en e to some f iends, Ma k Laurent and Brenda Liddiard, from ckland o a e doin a m sical journey around New Zealand. e met Ma k and enda ack in t e late eighties and have always enjoyed their music. The tape (yes that long ago) of their music was the most played one in our van for a long time.

This tournament attracted some 60 la e s, mostl f om ellin ton, iti and Levin, with a few coming from Foxton, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

uch lo ed carol ser ice coming BY FRANK NEILL The much loved ecumenical carol service will be held this year in the play area at a atai a k at 3 m on nda 13 December.

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arden e a e eall lookin fo a d to ostin them at Trinity Farm. All funds from the evening will go directly to support their music and travels around New Zealand.” o t ee decades Ma k and enda a e been playing music together, part of that sec et a m of indie m sicians o just below the commercial radar, playing grass-roots, mostly un-plugged music throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Ma k la s t e l es like is life de ends on it is ita is st a o t as expressive as his vocals while his wife and performance partner Brenda has a oice o n of t e folk, otest and alt country sentiments. Brenda has been eatl in enced n lis and American acoustic music and found her niche as a songwriter during her passionate involvement with environmental and anti-nuclear issues dating from the 70’s and 80’s. The couple will be playing at Trinity Farm on Friday November 20th. nt is ko a donation s ested an e 15 2 T e e ent kicks off at 7pm and a light supper will be provided. Place are limited and reservations can be made via www.trinityfarm.co.nz

In the event of rain, the service will move to the Presbyterian Church on Mill Road. The service will run for around an hour and a quarter, and will feature a choir of some 4 to 45 eo le eo le f om t o ensem les et s in Ōtaki and t e Ōtaki c menical oi will be among the choir who will lead the singing. However anyone interested can also join the choir. Lyrics will be available on the day so everyone who wants to can sing along. Musicians will include the event organiser, Ann-Marie Stapp, as well as players from the Little Brass Quartet, iti c est a, e in ass and and iti ass Ms Stapp says she would also be very happy if any instrumentalists wanted to come forward. There will be rehearsals, and anyone interested in joining the choir or the line-up of musicians can phone, text or email Ms Stapp at 364 6040, 021 492 127 or amsta t a co n

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athews and ampson will ne er grow old

BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Earlier this month, when the aptly named Ōtaki ace o se am son on t e Egmont Cup for the second time, veteran Ōtaki t aine o ie Mat e s looked ack on 33 ea s as a ace o se t aine n over a third of a century, horses Howie’s t ained a e sta ted 3,5 times, innin 327 aces fo stakes of o e 4 6 million Sampson, the iron horse just won’t lie down. He’s won 12 races, and he’s only

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11 years old. Most racehorses are purchased as yearlings, spend the next two years learning how to become equine at letes, and fi e ea s old, t e mostl a e finis ed acin , afte ma e 20 or thirty races. Not Sampson. He won is second ace, at Ōtaki, as a fo ea old, and in the subsequent seven years has started in 83 races, winning over half a million dollars, paying his way in every year. Raced on lease by Howie’s wife Lorraine

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and friend Janice Street, Sampson’s t ack o k is it o aine in t e saddle Last year, Sampson won the New Zealand St Leger at Trentham, a prestigious race, usually won by a horse half his age. e io sl o ie and o aine took am son to st alia e 11 eeks e ad se en sta ts: t o in icto ia and fi e in Queensland. Best result was 2nd in the s ic T eti as financiall successful: Sampson’s seven starts earning him over $60,000.

Chad r s y narrowly wins the ar ins a nose

BY FRANK NEILL ot Manaka nited and Ōtaki Purutaitama Reserves had very successful seasons in t e o o en a iti football competitions this year. T e Ōtaki team as decla ed di ision 2 c am ions o o en a iti Football after it topped the table in the full round of competition. t finis ed t e com etition it 22 oints, as did aekaka iki ent al, t on t e to spot with a much better goal difference of 36, com a ed it aekaka iki s 22 T at as seen Ōtaki alif fo omotion to division 1 next season. Although the club did not have a prizegiving this year, the team’s player coach and manager, Brendan Heenan, says the two prizes they would have a a ded o ld o to ackson idd ick as la e of t e ea and ia ook as t e player’s choice. After a quiet beginning to the season, Manaka nited lifted its ame and on t e o o en a iti di ision 2 to fi e competition. Manaka i ed aekaka iki ent al when they both scored seven competition points and both ended with a goal diffe ence on one Manaka to ed t e

table by scoing 11 goals, just one more t an aekaka iki Manaka nited also eac ed t e final of t e knocko t com etition afte eatin aekaka iki 2 in t e semi final T at sa t em a ainst fi st di ision team aikanae ets in t e final, eld on 26 September. la ed at Manaka omain, t e ome team la ed e ell efo e finall losin 1 4 tain alle fo nd t e ack of t e net fo Manaka Manaka s fo t o inne s e e presented their silverware at the club’s prizegiving on 10 October. Atain Halley won the Golden Boot, presented to the player who scored the most goals over the season. Simon Ryding won the Golden Balls trophy, for the most valuable player based on performances in every game. Nathan Fulford won the Player of the Tournament trophy, and Marty Yaxley won the Players’ Player award, voted on by all the players. T is as een a ea of si nificant o t by the club, which ended the season with 32 players in the squad. It is hoping that growth continues, and that it will be able to field t o teams ne t ea

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Amazingly, Sampson in his racing career as een idden 27 diffe ent ocke s: 11 women and 16 men. In his last win in the Egmont Cup, he was piloted for the fi st time ad ms e io sl in 23 of his races he was ridden by an an i s onat an a kes, o sal ted the judge three times. When Sampson eventually tells Howie it s time to eti e, it s likel t e c tain will fall on both their illustrious careers.

Ōtaki s ot e nio mi ed ade team, t e it and Misses, lost 1 5 to Tita i a , while the senior D grade mixed doubles team saw their match postponed because of rain. Following the junior matches, four new awards were presented in a somewhat belated prize-giving for the 2019-20 season. Thorsten Edginton won the O’Sullivan Cup for player of the season, Elsie O’Sullivan and Nathan Sparrow shared the Quigan Cup for dedication to sport, Davy and Sam Leason shared the Bramley Cup for best sportsmanship and Toby Howes won the Sparrow Cup for most improved player. People interested in trying their hand at tennis will have an opportunity, starting on Sunday 1 November. The club has decided to hold a “club day” every Sunday, running from 1pm to 4pm. The club day is open to people of all abilities and ages. The format will be doubles matches, which will run for around 20 minutes, when new doubles combinations will be made up. Some combinations will be children only, some adults only, and some will be a mix of both children and adults. inks ill e a aila le ot d in and after matches. The club day will be free for at least the fi st t o eeks fte t at, t e cl o es that people will either join the club or contribute towards the cost of running the day.

Ōtaki tennis as c alked a i l successful start to the 2020-21 season. i st as t e o e Tennis eekend, eld at t e Ōtaki o ts l s tennis co ts at a atai a k on 1 and 11 October. The two days of entertainment attracted some 60 people over the two days. That turnout was really good for two days, says Ōtaki tennis s okes e son a i an The Saturday, in particular, was very ood T e e e e lent of kids and most of t e kids a e si ned to la tennis , a sa s cti ities at t e o e Tennis eekend included a ball machine, competitions such as serving accuracy and hit the target. A chance to experience actually playing tennis was also one of the activities. Refreshments, including a barbecue, were on offer at no charge along with a lolly scramble. Inter-club tennis started its 2020-21 season t e ne t eekend, and t is sa t ee Ōtaki teams in t ei matc es The senior mixed doubles team defeated ton a k 4 2 on 18 cto e , it t e match held over from the Saturday owing to the heavy rain that fell. allan iko a on all t ee matc es e was involved in, while Hannah Grimmett and Monique Moore each won twice and Adam Shelton won once. Ōtaki s t ee nio teams did la in t e rain on the morning of 17 October. The mixed A grade team, the Racqueteers, began the season with a con incin 5 1 icto o e atittoa Hurricanes. This continues the outstanding form the Racqueteers displayed last season, when Covid-19 restrictions saw the competition cut one round before the scheduled close. At the time, the Racqueteers were at the top of the table. The mixed C grade team, the Aces, also won on 17 October in what proved a very tight encounter. In fact a co nt ack as needed to decide t e match, with the Aces just ahead of ke a a Winiata Pri e de onstrates so e deft a ility durin the ove Tennis weekend


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5 November

Public Forum


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5 November

Strategy and Operations Committee


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10 November

Ōtaki Co Meeting

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12 November

Chief Executive Performance and Employment Committee – held in public excluded session


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


17 November

Waikanae Co Board eetin


Waikanae Co unity Centre, 30 Utauta Street, Waikanae


19 November

Public Forum


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


19 November

Strategy and Operations Committee


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


19 November

Audit and mittee


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24 November

Te Whaka inen a o K piti


Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


24 November

Paraparaumu-Raumati Co unity Board Meeting


Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf and Pavilion, 10 Scaife Drive, off Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu


26 November

Public Forum


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26 November



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ancellation eetin s are so eti es cancelled for a variety of reasons To confir whether a meeting is on, please ring the Democracy Services Manager on (04) 296 4700 or toll free on 0800 486 486. enue – Please note that all meetings will be held in the Council Chambers, Civic Ad inistration Buildin i u oad Paraparau u unless otherwise specified Public Forum – a 25-minute session will be held before every Council and major committee eetin a a in which you can speak on any topic Bookin s are essential Please ook ahead with the e ocracy ervices Advisor online ookin for can e found on website. Public peaking ime – Under Council’s Standing Orders (Appendix I) a period will be provided after the start of each eetin for Pu lic peakin Ti e to allow for oral su issions relating to agenda items, and at the end of meeting for other items not on the agenda. If you wish to address the Council or its Co ittees durin Pu lic peakin Ti e please book ahead with the Democracy Services Advisor and you will be given an approximate timeslot. People who ook ahead for Pu lic peakin will e iven precedence over those who do not i e streaming: Council and Standing Committee meetings are live-streamed. Agendas are available two days before the meeting at: • Our website www kapiticoast ovt n ; • Council’s Libraries and Service Centres.

Wayne Maxwell Chief Executive

What’s On

Ōtaki P Pu Wa k in. Every Wednesdays 12-2pm (Closed During Holidays) Supper Room, Memorial Hall. Refreshments provided. Arthritis Group Meetings :T sda 5 o em e , and T sda 3 ecem e Crows Feet Dance Company, a a a, 144 Tasman Road, 2 15 oo sales cas onl ookin s: e entfinda co n Mahara Gallery, iti oast ist ict alle 6 o 13 ec, 1 a s: a o ne 2 2 l s tist o ks o s in t is e i ition etails on e site and ace ook a es Carols at Dusk 12th ecem e en e and times still to e confi med Arts Trail 7 8 and 14 15 o em e M lti le en es t c Music in the Rose Garden at Trinity Farm, Waitohu Valley Road. 20 Nov 7pm Station House Social Club it nd e ondon and iends 6 m 5 o Ōtaki olf l Tickets 21496766 Montessori AGM a atai a k 7 m T esda 24 o em e Regular Events Ōtaki Women’s Community C u Market 1e e nda 9 3 Waitohu une Care roup Monda s, no t Ōtaki eac 9 11 Te Horo Market Te Horo Hall, fi st nda of t e mont 1 am 12 Kapiti Horowhenua nterprising at P us Network. Paraparaumu Library. 6.30 last Monday of every month. n elaand illR o tlook co n

Ōtaki esidents can la a i a t in el in kee o comm nit safe They can do this by providing information to Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers is an independent c a it t at el s e ealande s fi t crime by providing an anonymous and simple way to pass on information to the Police. T e Ōtaki olice a e ad sit ations where information passed on by Crimestoppers has been helpful, says Sergeant Phil Grimstone, the Police’s office in c a e of Ōtaki “Often the information in isolation is of value in itself for intelligence purposes,” Sergeant Grimstone says. “When we can corroborate it with further information it can become of value evidentially. “So often it’s just another piece of the puzzle that’s needed to provide the full picture and enable Police action, such as e ec tin sea c a ants All the information passed on to imesto e s a o t acti it in Ōtaki is assigned to Sergeant Grimstone for assessment. “The reason I bring this up is because I t ink sinesses and indi id als a e success generating information from

the community via social media. However social media is not a reliable or appropriate platform fo Ōtaki olice to e e o tin o requesting information.” Crimestoppers is an appropriate platform though. And it provides anonymity. Crimestoppers are not the Police. They protect their sources and they destroy all details of people’s reports that could identif t e e son makin t e e o t eo le can make a e o t tele onin 8 555 111, o sending a report via the Crimestoppers website, www.crimestoppers-nz.org. On 16 October Police arrested and c a ed an 18 ea old Ōtaki o t with aggravated robbery. The robbery, ic took lace in e tt on 9 l , in ol ed a fi ea m The arrest came after Police executed a search warrant. Following his arrest, the 18-year-old was remanded in custody to appear in the Porirua District Court on 22 October. The Police attended 26 family harm incidents in Ōtaki in t e mont to 22 October. Three prosecutions resulted. A 26-year-old man was arrested on charges of threatening behaviour and resisting arrest.

elebrating Friendship Fellowship BY DONNA PETERS Ōtaki mic s l c entl as o e 70 active retired or semi-retired members, but we always welcome more. We provide regular opportunities to expand our inte ests and kee o minds acti e in order to enjoy life. The fellowship in our Club means we are always among friends, old and new. Amicus is not a service club so t e e is no o k to do e a e a f iends i cl , affiliated to iends i New Zealand (Inc.). Our annual subscription is only $20. We meet on the second Monday of the month from 10am to 12 noon at the RSA ooms, 9 Ra ka a t eet, Ōtaki illa e Our next meeting is on 9th November. Most meetin s incl de a s o t talk f om a member, sharing some of their life story or recent activities. After morning tea, at 11am e a e ente tained a est s eake Recently these have been interesting people such as: ballet star, Sir Jon Trimmer; rugby commentator, Keith Quinn telling us about their experiences; fo me ime Ministe o man i k s private secretary, Dr Margaret Hayward, s eakin on t e i k ea s eti ed Detective Inspector, John Williams, giving us the facts on the infamous murder of


Eugene and Gene Thomas; and just before the referendum we had toxicologist, Dr Helen Poulsen, tell us all about the pros and cons of canna is last s eake was Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Ledson, o ente tained s ell it is ollickin naval stories. Amicus also organises interesting bus trips to out of town places of interest; some as far as Whanganui or Wellington, and some close to ome like R t ett s establishment and the Lavender Farm in Te Horo. Our next outing will be to Foxton. Tenpin bowling is also a popular activity, with ferocious competition, as is o ann al i ot a e eat f n lease e o est Visitors are welcome to come to any meeting - with no obligation. Contact our Secretary Val Long 364 6464 or just turn up.

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Contributed by the Otaki Historical Society and the Otaki Museum t e taki isto ical ociet and t e taki M se m

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BY DAVID LEDSON T e last co le of taki M se m a ticles a e een a o t t e ildin and ite a o iatel i en t at t e official name of t e M se m T st is T e taki e ita e ank ese ation T st However, while the building itself is important, it is the collection which is its treasure and which gives it life as a Museum. What is really interesting about museum collections is that, although greater accessibility is being provided on-line, only a small proportion of the items is on public display. The Metropolitan Museum of t in e o k, fo e am le, o ns two million objects and displays only tens of thousands at a time. In England, many museums and galleries have up to 90% of their collection in storage. For a variety of reasons, including the need to protect items from light, heat and d st, and limited eso ces, t e taki Museum is no different. Which is a pity eca se sto ed in ack ooms and t e old ank a lt t e e a e some eal t eas es which I am fortunate enough to occasionall st m le on and t is is what happened during my last four-hour duty spell at the Museum. A man from Greater Wellington Regional o ncil came into t e M se m lookin for information on the Mangapouri

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t eam e is in ol ed in o k to mana e t e oodin t at occ s a o nd t e Waitohu Stream in the vicinity of Convent Road co ldn t find an t in of se to him on our data bases but, then I remembered we had old Council related items in t e ank a lt an a ea into which I rarely venture. Having turned the t o ke s in t e t o locks and st led to open the heavy steel door, we stepped into t e s ace, to find t e a ea in f ont s was dominated by a steel cabinet; with large but narrow drawers inside of which were a variety of documents, plans and maps. mon t em as a lan of Ōtaki to s o t a o osal to constit te an Ōtaki oo ic came into effect on 1 April 1921. Interestingly, around that time plans and maps were made of cloth because they lasted longer with constant folding and refolding, than paper versions. I was fascinated by this item, and continued rummaging very gently and in e l lookin fo ot e t eas es My favourite was an advertisement for an 1897 auction of sections alongside tkinson en e et een Te ena Street and Old Coach Road. It was identified as Ran i t e ea and described as ‘The Fashionable Watering Place of Wellington’. The description of the area two years

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earlier in the Evening Post of 11 April 1895 ad een, No marine township in the colony has excited more interest in its inception than Rangiuru-by-the Sea. ….its accessibility is a first feature, and the climate, freedom from strong winds, the expanse of its beach, and the facilities

offered for enjoyment in its surroundings render ‘Rangiuru-by-the-Sea’ wonderfully attractive alike for invalids and holidayseekers.’ As many things change over time, many remain the same.

Ōtaki omm nit oa d, info min people what is needed so the Police can follo on t e la eakin If people witness illegal vehicle activity on the beaches and sand dunes, the Police can follow up, but they need evidence to do so en eo le take otos o ideos of the offending, or of the vehicles used to take di t ikes to t e eac , and i e these to the Police, they can then act. As a result of the initiatives, the Police have been receiving photos and videos, and a e follo ed on t em takin either an educative approach or enforcement action. iti oast ist ict o ncil Environmental Standards manager Jacqui M i sa s feed ack as s o n t e e is overall agreement with many of the current rules, but issues with how some of them are managed or enforced. Driving on beaches, the use of longline fis in s stems and t e les a o nd o ses on eac es a e een ke a eas of interest the community has raised. “I encourage anyone with an interest in how our beaches are managed to read the tatement of o osal and make a submission. We want to hear the diverse

range of reactions from the community from those that may or may not support the proposed changes,” Ms Muir says. Proposed changes to the Beach Bylaw can be found in the Statement of Proposal at ka iticoast o t n eac la T at e a e o ides a link to a fo m ee eo le can make a s mission online Submission forms can also be completed in hard copy and will be available at all council service centres and libraries. The Beach Bylaw covers a range of activities, including: • how people behave on the beach; • dumping litter or greenwaste on the beach • horse riding; • harvesting sand, stones and wood; • life saving; • vehicles; and • trading and events on the beach. The Local Government Act 2002 dictates that a bylaw must be reviewed 10 years from the date it was adopted or it will be a tomaticall e oked T e e is a provision for a two-year grace period for local a t o ities to nde take t is o k, ic means t at a e ie of t e iti Beach Bylaw must be completed by no later than 7 May 2021.

a e our sa on beach b law changes BY FRANK NEILL iti oast ist ict o ncil as o osed a set of changes to its Beach Bylaw, and this o osal is no o en fo eo le to make formal submissions. People have until 13 November to have their say on the council’s rules and e lations t at a e sed to kee o beaches safe. The council will then hold public hearings later in November. o idin esidents t e o o t nit to make formal submissions on the proposed new eac la ma ks t e final sta e on at has been a lengthy consultation process. The consultation began early this year it a se ies of initiati es a s e people could participate in, a series of d o in stations on iti s eac es, and a se ies of comm nit o ks o s The council received more than 1,400 responses to its Beach Bylaw survey, 386 of t ese f om t e Ōtaki a d, ic co e s Ōtaki, Ōtaki eac and Te o o Driving on the beach, even where it is currently allowed, was one of the major issues that arose during the consultation. For example, one of the council’s survey estions asked eo le s eaction to

eo le d i in ecklessl on a section of t e eac e e d i in is allo ed 154 Ōtaki a d esidents said t at made t em an t e s o ld not d i e an ee on t e eac it is a safet isk and o it can damage the environment”. Another 163 people said they were annoyed by that behaviour. st 64 eo le said it as oka to d i e there, but they should drive carefully, while only seven people said that e a io as fine T e Ōtaki a d es lts of t e s e a e at tt s: ka iticoast o t n media/37927/beach-bylaw-survey-2020otaki a d es lts df In its documents, the council notes that the Police are responsible for enforcing bylaws relating to driving on beaches. Beaches fall nde t e definition of oad nde t e Land Transport Act 1998. olice a e no makin si nificant ead a in acting on illegal driving on beaches in Ōtaki and Te o o, e eant il imstone, t e olice s office in c a e of Ōtaki, told t e Ōtaki Mail in September. This follows Police initiatives where they had multiple conversations with the leaders of various local groups and the


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What is reall threatening our hone bees






Professor Phil Lester is a strong advocate of science-based evidence to explain the main threats to the honey bee population in e ealand n is ne ook Healthy Bee, Sick Bee, e identifies t e in ence of “parasites, pathogens, predators and pesticides” on the health of our bees. He deals with each of these threats and de nks some of t e mo e o la misconceptions or accepted truths around the effects of neonicotinoids on bee populations. According to Lester there appears to be little eal a d scientific e idence t at neonicotinoids a e one of t e main kille s of our bees but rather it is a combination of facto s n is esentation to t e Ōtaki Buzz Club, he listed the varroa mite and its virus loads and American Foulbrood as the current and present dangers that exist here in Aotearoa. e also a ned of some f eakis l sca , potentially lethal newcomers that could have an equally if not more disastrous impact on our bees. Namely tropilaelap mites which are the equivalent of varroa destructor on steroids, the small hive beetle and the Asian giant hornet. All three of these predators originated in Asia and have in the meantime spread to large areas of Europe putting huge pressure on colonies and threatening the honey industry.

“It’s an absolute mystery,” frowned my pal ldilocks, s akin is ead dolef ll and dabbing his eyes. “They were such dedicated a ents o do kno , don t o , Howie, that certain species partner for life? And that their young are closely protected, like all ood a ents “I get your drift,” I nodded. “I’ve noticed the sudden mysterious disappearance from Ran i t eam too se en ea tif l c nets ite a ood nd al a s closely herded together and carefully guarded by their proud parents.” ell, don t t ink t e o d d ift a lies in this circumstance. The cygnets would never have strayed from the watchful eyes of their parents. So what has happened to them?” sighed Oldie mournfully. n eel a k nlikel T at o ld have been too large a meal or seven easona l la e c nets nd t e en and Cob would have fought any foe furiously.” “Was it sadistic humans?” I sighed sadly. o ld st ate to t ink t at some depraved person could have caused harm to those helpless babies.” ldie d fo is ankie and da ed is eyes. “Were they uplifted? Shifted? Or worse..?” He shuddered. “If only the grieving Cob and Pen could tell us the answer.” Maybe someone who reads this could give us an answer?

ofesso este s latest ook on Apis mellifera, like is fi st ook The Vulgar Wasp, is written in an accessible, entertaining and clever way that is entirely digestible while at the same time ein scientificall fact al is lo e of bees and his extensive research into all t in s t at la e t em makes t is an important read and a fabulous Christmas esent

ollege anoe polo wins sil er at ationals ne l es a ed Ōtaki olle e anoe olo nde 15 Team won silver in their division at the National schools’ competition in Hastings in October. T e ad com eted at t e e ional alifie s in eildin in March, and while not qualifying for the nationals at that tournament, they were then called up for a spot at the Nationals as a Wildcard entry. T e team on fo of t ei fi e ool ames, ic alified t em fo a s ot in t e finals The Final then re-matched them against Feilding High School, o ad eaten t em in t e ool o nds eildin took o t t e title, it Ōtaki olle e ea nin t e sil e medal Team mem e s e e illiam o den, aa e e Mc a , nika Edginton, Witana Cameron, Louis Bevan, and Giorgio Bevan. The support crew were Coach Pete Housiaux, Assistant Coach Mana atoa ak la, Mana e a a ame on, and Nutritionalist & Hydration Technician Penny Gaylor.

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Raspberry drops & kisses

Pink Ribbon treats Kirsten Housiaux Raspberry drops 125gm butter ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla essence 1 egg 1 ½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder raspberry jam Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Mix in sifted flour and baking powder. Roll into small balls and flatten with palm of hand, in the middle of each make a small well and fill with raspberry jam (or your favourite jam). Bake 15 minutes at 180°C, until golden.

Kisses Recipe is in the Edmonds Cookbook.

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Saturday 31 October 9AM to 4PM our local collectors will be at

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Media Muse

After getting grumpy old Winston Peters and his loser New Zealand First Party out of the road, the media felt free to concentrate on writing the ending to the 2020 General Election campaign that they ad een o kin on fo se e al mont s T ei sto , a kind of olitical este n t ille om com it ick fi e de atin duels, was supposed to end with Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, and Greens co-leader, James Shaw, signing a pre-nup it t e eens ckland ent al candidate, loe a ick, in attendance as bridesmaid. t didn t ite o k o t t at a and one of the most interesting aspects of the most important election of a generation/ cent as t e time it took t e media to come to terms with the fact that voters had decided that, for whatever reason, they didn’t want a Labour-Green coalition. eek afte it ecame o io s t at Labour had the numbers to govern alone, and an si nificant in ol ement of t e Greens in the exercise of power, would be contrary to the will of the people, Shaw as still ein asked if e o ld e negotiating a deal with Labour. Night after night on the telly, female reporters were hammering away at Shaw, like at e Ted s o sekee e , M s Doyle, played by Pauline McLynn: “Won’t you have another cup of tea, Father? Are you sure you won’t? Just another cup. What about a sandwich?” On election night with counting of votes barely under way, Newshub’s female anchor, Samantha Hayes, cornered the Greens co-leader and interrogated him on his innermost coalition thoughts. A couple of days later at a “presser” or “stand-up” a female voice, probably Newshub’s political editor Tova O’Brien, demanded of Shaw: “Will you go into coalition with Labour? Yes or no?” onfi min fo me, at least, t at television channels appoint their female

By Manakau’s Tom Frewen

political reporters purely on the basis of their appearance, their reluctance to abandon the prospect of a Labour-Green coalition revealed two things: the appalling ignorance throughout the media of the simple mechanics of an election and the translation of its result into executive power, and the evidence of a kind of do le ias in t e media ot only are they biased in favour of politicians in a similar demographic to themselves but they are also biased towards their own narratives. As Bill Birch, National’s “minister for everything” in the Bolger governments of t e 199 s, o se es in a ema k e o ted in is io a ad Tette sfield: often t e media a e sim l lookin fo an innocent author for the headline they have already decided to run.” The headline that the media wanted to run in t e final eek of t e cam ai n as inston ete s is a c ook T e “innocent author” of this headline was to be the courts. Radio New Zealand and Stuff, which had been running stories about the New Zealand First foundation for about a year, were joined by TVNZ and the Australian-owned newsorganisation, NZME, in trying to persuade judges to lift the name suppression orders on two people connected with the foundation who had een c a ed t e e io s a d ffice with “obtaining by deception”, a criminal offence with a potential sentence of three years in the slammer. There’s not enough space here to explain that the reason for politicians and their parties constantly running foul of the e io s a d ffice stems f om Parliament’s failure to reform the political finance la s ffice to sa t at t e media won’t complain about the convenience this provides of being able to write “serious fraud” into headlines about politicians t e don t like, kno in t e lic ill make t ei d ement on t e asis of t e e ein no smoke it o t fi e

T e media a en t liked inston ete s for decades now, mainly because he won’t play their game. He has no hesitation in telling them when their “hard” questions are just plain stupid. He can e de and, in t e last eek, e st seemed to give up on even trying to humour them. f co se, t e media kne t e names of the two accused and were fully aware that publishing them would be devastating to Peters’ attempts to draw a line between the foundation and his Party. The media’s lawyers argued there was a “compelling public interest” in favour of informing voters, despite the fact that by Tuesday 13 October, some 40 percent of eligible voters had already case their ballots. On that day — just four days before Polling Day — the Labour Party published its manifesto — without fanfare or publicity, on the intenet, hidden down a worm hole at the bottom of a coal mine. T e onl efe ences to it t at can find were on the web pages of the two state broadcasters, TVNZ and RNZ, both of which appeared to have heard about its existence from the E Tu trade union which has many journalists and comms staff as members. The E Tu Uion, which is to media what the Drivers Union was to Labour and Federated Farmers to National, had been iefed, es ma l ia oom o k e, by Labour’s Broadcasting Minister, Kris Faafoi. eakin to T nion e esentati es ac oss t e co nt toda T sda 15 October),” reported TVNZ’s One News, “Labour’s Broadcasting, Communications and i ital Media s okes e son expanded on the Party’s statement in its 2020 manifesto which mentioned “multiyear contestable funding through NZ on Air to fund public interest journalism.

“The funding, which Faafoi said is al ead d eted, o ld consist of 25 million annually over three years.” At the same time as hunting down the New Zealand First Foundation in the courts in the interests of a fully informed electorate, the hypocritical mainstream television, radio and newspaper organisations turned a blind eye to the failure of the governing Labour party to inform voters of its policies until four days before Polling Day. Journalists, who continually remind us of their Fourth Estate responsibilities to hold the government to account, had little time to question Faafoi on the precise definition of lic inte est o nalism Does it include the output of foreignowned news organisations such as NZ Herald publisher, NZME, or TV3’s Media o ks, no o ned multinational giant, Discovery Inc? Are public media the same as public broadcasters and do they include i atel o ned ne s sites like t ff Stuff certainly hopes so and won’t be pressing the minister to answer these tough questions. Stuff’s editorial director, Ma k te ens, told R t at t ff as interested in how it might “tap into the fund” and said “we’d be very interested in this fund and the details around it.” If Stuff does get hold of these details it’s to be hoped they will share them with taxpayers who will have to come up with t e 75 million t at a o lans to spend on “public media”. Faafoi also told the E Tu Union that a merger of TVNZ and RNZ “would remain on the cards” which means that, not only has Labour failed to deliver the noncommercial television channel they promised before the 2017 election, they’re revisiting a question that the Fourth Labour Government answered decisively in 1987 — commercial television, public radio.

anakau chool reno ation nears completion BY TOM FREWEN isto is comin ali e at t e Manaka School as renovation of the classrooms in its ld lock nea s com letion ead fo an official o enin ce emon provisionally planned for Saturday 21 November. T at s also t e da set fo Manaka School’s legendary annual fair. Adding to the usual uncertainty that surrounds the e act finis in timin of e e ildin project, the heavy rain that almost washed out last year’s event is a reminder of the eat e s otential to eck t e est laid plans. But some memories of schooldays in the ld lock o i inall t o classrooms, one dating from 1906 and the other from 1920 on the site set aside for Manaka s sc ool in 1888 om c f t e ack School principal, Deb Logan, has been i in sneak e ie s of t e o k in progress. “We’ve had grandparents coming through,” she told the Mail. “One remembered trying to get the front seat at the windows, because that's where it was warm.” “She also remembers getting the strap from one of the teachers because she was giggling.” There are a lot of stories attached to the place, she says. “Jeremy Miles and anot e c a sed to o and et t e ke from the principal's house and come in and li t t e fi es in t e class ooms ea l in the mornings.

“There are so many stories. Capturing some of them is part of this project as well.” Among physical reminders of the past are objects, unearthed from beneath layers of mud with the help of a metal detector. They include a pair of small glass ink ells, one of t em d o ed f om a schoolbag near the school’s main gate and gradually covered by soil several centimetres deep.

Then there’s the school’s name on a sign i on t e ld lock s este n all s a t of t e e a ation o k on t e exterior,” Ms Logan said, “the painters removed many layers of paint and disco e ed a lack sm d e nde neat about four layers. T en t e o ked on t at lack sm d e and t e Manaka c ool si n came through. It had become embedded into the wood.” The sign has been cleaned up and its original lettering repainted with “Est 1888” added below. “That's the only exciting thing that we've

found, to be honest,” Ms Logan admits. “There's been no treasure buried underneath the building, no old ne s a e s t cked a a in t e alls “But when that sign came out, that was pretty cool. It was as exciting for me as it was for the painters” It had been decided at the outset that the exterior would stay the same and only the interior would be modernised. “When we were allocated the modular ildin , asked t e Minist to conside t e isto ic nat e of t e ld lock , which they did. A substantial amount of money was then given to the whole building restoration. The budget for the restoration project increased to nearly $800,000, up from the approximately 12 , allocated fi e ea s a o fo t e renovation of one classroom. e mo ed f om lookin at one classroom that didn't meet any of the criteria for acoustics, heating, insulation and lighting that the Miinistry currently has for learning spaces. “The school's argument was that, if we e e oin to o k on t is ildin , it should include all of the features that are expected for children to learn in an appropriate space, so ensure an equitable outcome for all the children and staff at Manaka c ool “The building has been re-roofed and insulated. There will be appropriate lighting systems. As far as the restoration goes, O’Leary Builders (D S O’Leary Building Ltd of Plimmerton) have been amazing.

“The Rimu doors have all been made to measure for each of the doorways because nothing lines up. “But there was very little rot in the building, which was a surprise, because t e e as si nificant leaka e T e t o main o t eaks of ot e e e e mode n wood had been used and alterations had been done to the building. But it's a really solid, good building. Ms Logan said it was explained to her that the building had ‘weathered’. “So it might be a bit breezy in winter and t e oof did leak t in s mme , it d ied And so the building weathered with the seasons kind of like t at nd e senio ils ill ite like comin home after being based for the past three ea s ac oss Mokena o e e t in t e s e oom of t e Manaka ist ict omm nit Association’s hall. The school expects to have close to 30 senior (Years 7 and 8) pupils next year in a total muster close to 130 — a long way from the handful on its roll over a century ago.


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Ōtaki ollege

anukura students break World ecord

Ōtaki olle e s Man k a o s o has set a new World Record for playing Four Square after playing for 30 hours in the College Hall in October. While the College boys leadership o is no a aitin official confi mation f om inness o ld Record, they are savouring reaching anot e si nificant ac ie ement of aisin 12,635 fo t e Mental ealt Foundation at the same time. The current world record for longest marathon playing four square stands at 29 hours, which was set in 2008 by a

Matthew Brooker

co ldn t a e icked a ette group of boys to do it with for thirty hours.

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group from the Buenos Aires International Christian Academy. Man k a Mento and olle e teac e Sam Ward says the group’s Givealittle a e closed a in aised 12,635 fo the Mental Health Foundation. “The money was raised through social media posts, canvassing local businesses, putting posters up in the community, the school newsletter and general word of mouth around our fantastic community,” said Sam. t ink e e one needs to e t anked The school for the use of facilities, anyone who donated, came down and

West Pu'e

Heart over mind.

atc ed, c ecked t e li e st eam, offered words of encouragement and s o t, aked, o local sinesses who supported through donations or af e items T e ole Ōtaki comm nit needs a massi e t ank o f om t e Man k a c e en asked at as t e most unexpected thing about attempting an endurance world record, Sam replied “how hard it actually was”. “For a few of the boys who thought t e co ld li e off nk food and ene d inks, it eall it t em a d and they were the ones that really

Jacob Walker

It feels great to have raised all of that money for the Mental Health Foundation.

struggled to get through, or didn't go the whole 30 hours. “In hindsight, getting everyone to t ink a o t mo e alanced meals and less sugar probably would have saved a bit of personal punishment for some group members.” ill it e incl ded in t e ne t ook e sion am sa s o kno s t ink it s o ld e f ont co e t o “We are in the process of sending all our documentation in for it to be a t enticated and s o ld find o t in a couple of months whether the record is officiall o s

Trent Thompson-Tawhara Jacob Gates

It was spicy.

This thing was so huge for our community and I’m glad it grew so big.


Sam Ward

Finley Stevenson

It was pretty hearty. I wouldn't recommend all those energy d inks m lad e aised more awareness for a such worthy cause.

Morgan Gould

It was long and hard but we were able to handle it.

Hunter Austin

a en t looked at an ene d ink since t e aise o e 12k fo an ama in ca se

Keegan Ryan

It was tiring but it was worth it.

We don t need another li uor outlet BY KAHUKURA KEMP Our challenge to local and regional leaders do t e i t t in and s o t t e ealt and ell ein of o comm nit o t e t i d time in ecent ea s 2 15, 2 17, 2 2 Te nan a o Ra ka a as registered its objection to an application to open yet another liquor outlet in our town. In 2017 when we wrote to the Kapiti Coast District Council we concluded our letter stating that we would be more than happy to meet with them to discuss our concerns, in the hope that we mi t o k to et e on ositi e approaches that contribute to community health and wellbeing. Our offer was not taken T e e a e een no meetin s nor any discussion. Our stance in 2017 was one of hope. In 2020 that has been proven to be false hope. Our current stance is one of anno ance an e , in fact. We wrote recently to the Council appealing against the recent decision of the District Licensing Committee to grant a ne licence e find it nacce ta le t at t e e as no M o i e esentation on the committee that is charged with considering the effects of the proposal on a demographic more than a third of whom aeM oi one of t e ommittee no t e licensee eside in t e Ōtaki a ea so a e immune to the impact of the decision on our local community. The case we have put forward comprises dereliction of duty, unnecessary oversupply of liquor outlets and an

nde minin of t e o k and ose of Te nan a o Ra ka a Ōtaki is al ead o e s lied it li o outlets. In our small town there are more than 20 liquor outlets that include bars, esta ants cafes, cl s, s e ma kets and bottle shops. In our view dereliction of duty has been displayed by the Licensing Committee, the Regional Health Authority and the police. The Committee’s decision disregards the socio-economic challenges and cultural composition of our community and the efforts of its ed cation o ide s k an a eo, ea l c ild ood cent es, sc ools ka a a M o i o iented and ot e ise , Ōtaki olle e and Te nan a o Ra ka a towards empowering and strengthening its residents. T e a licant is domiciled in ckland and has no intention to reside in this area. Ironically, when questioned at the hearing a o t is kno led e and nde standin of t is comm nit e ema ked t at it is a community with a high deprivation score. Yet that did not deter him from progressing the application. We can only conclude then that (a) his motive is purely fo financial ain it a sol te dis e a d for, and no accountability to, the negative impacts on our community and (b) that that is acceptable to the Committee and its parent, the KCDC. Particularly galling is the suggestion made during the hearing that the store could participate in

educating people about responsible alcohol consumption. That, we believe, is an implausible and deceitful response. The Regional Health Authority, e esentin t e Medical ffice of Health offered no objection at the hearing. That leads us to assume that they are supportive of the application. So from our viewpoint the Authority has a andoned t e Ōtaki comm nit and absolved itself of a core responsibility to act in ways that protect the health and wellbeing of its region. No canvassing of the community was done, yet the Authority was present to represent the ealt and ell ein needs of Ōtaki residents. One could reasonably expect o ealt e esentati es to e t e fi st to raise alarm bells about this application. But they did not. T e olice can s eak it a t o it a o t the harmful impacts of alcohol use and the normalisation of alcohol use/abuse that comes with the visibility and glut of alcohol sellers in small towns such as ours. They did not attend the hearing, nor did they submit any objection. Our view of their inaction is that they have let our comm nit do n and Ōtaki dese es better. The application was granted with some conditions, one of which is that “the licence olde ill take easona le ste s to esta lis an Ōtaki alco ol fo m o a e son li in in ckland and a in little kno led e of t is

community, can or even should be considered able to do that is an insult. It would be far better for the Licensing ommittee to take o e ste s to lead in this activity. If that is outside the scope of their responsibilities then they could at least have internal Council discussions that lead on to proper community consultation and, most importantly, action. We applaud our whanaunga in Porirua Te R nan a o ti Toa Ran ati a, t e oi a na ent e, sc ools, c c es and health professionals who recently successfully opposed a liquor licence in their community because of the harmful effects of alcohol on families. We want to achieve the same result here. We will not give up. Business owners such as the applicant in t is latest case a e c asin financial ain eo le a e o ealt at e seek is good health, good education, improved economic circumstances and a safe, vibrant town. moe ana te mata t na, e a a ana te mata a a isit s at 144 Tasman Road, taki one s at 8 Visit our website at www.wananga.com Email us at tetomon a t o otaki ac n

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Ōtaki Colle e October 2020


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rom the Principa An y raser Te m 4 as commenced it a of acti it as e no find o sel es ea in up towards the end of the year with our senior students. Given the short time-frame that we have had to address the academic needs of our st dents e a e sadl ad to make t e decision to cancel the College Ball. We are, however, hoping that this will be offset by a Leavers’ Dinner where Year 13 students will have an opportunity to relax, socialise and have their achievements over t ei time at Ōtaki olle e ackno led ed At the commencement of 2020 we chose to experiment with the idea that NCEA Level 1 would not be compulsory to allow greater time fo s to o k it st dents to ild their capacity in gaining Level 2 NCEA which is seen as the minimum leaving alification T is as met it mi ed success so a decision has been made to re-introduce NCEA Level 1 next year, but with the idea that there will be an ongoing de ee of e i ilit a o nd t is alification This does mean that some Year 11s will be nde takin e te nal e aminations in 2020 but it has raised the question around what other students will be doing at t is time, so e a e no lookin at developing individualised Year 11 programmes which may require some f t e attendance at olle e e ond eek fi e in o de to ain ma im m c edits fo the year. While there has been a focus on maximising time around academic achievement, we have enjoyed a successful ink i t a , cele ated t e Man k a inness ook of o ld Reco ds fo the longest game of Four Square and contin e to en o acti ities t at a e takin place at lunchtime. These have been led by our current Heads of School but this now also brings us to the selection of next year’s Heads of School, who will be announced at Senior Prizegiving. is to take t is o o t nit to congratulate all of the Heads of School candidates on their speeches and interviews. It is nothing short of a privilege to be able to listen to the achievements that these students have made o e t ei time at Ōtaki olle e and can onl look fo a d to t ei cont i tion next year in Year 13. o ld like to take t is o o t nit to co diall in ite na to o i e i in on Wednesday November 11th, which will commence at 7.00pm in the College Hall.

Mental Health Fundraiser id o kno t at alf of all e Zealanders will experience mental distress at some point in their lives? id o kno t at t e Mental ealt Foundation website has over 1 million hits a year and roughly 3000 users a day? id o kno t at e can al a s take a stand and make a diffe ence e e it matters most? id o kno t at o can la a sill ame of o a e and eak an official inness o ld Reco d Starting at 9am on October 3rd, an amazing group of young men from within o Man k a leade s i o set o t to make a diffe ence fo t e Mental Health Foundation (pictured below). 30 Hours later; overwhelmed, exhausted and sore, they could proudly say that they had done so. Over this thirty hour stint, ten young men had endeavoured to play a non-stop game of four square. Armed with an incredible support crew o o ided kai, coffee ns, a tec set with more cables then I have ever seen in m life and ent siasm to oot, e st ck at at seemed like an im ossi le task and ultimately ended our attempt surrounded by aroha, encouragement and support from our fantastic wider community. T e eekend s ame as ema ka le in many ways. Seeing the ability of our young men to remain positive and supportive of one another despite challenge and adversity was deeply inspiring. The willingness for our friends, whanau and wider community to give their time in supporting was even more so. It was mind blowing also, to view the vast array of people willing to support o ka a a donatin to o i ea ittle a e o t of t ei o n ockets Knowing that everything we were striving to ac ie e as oin to make a diffe ence across Aotearoa and that the cause we were supporting was something relevant to ourselves and our own lives. t e end of t e eekend, t e Man k a GPS group not only successfully raised over $12,000 for the Mental Health o ndation t in doin so ad oken t e official inness o ld Reco d fo t e Longest marathon game of four square. T is t ink is ett s ecial t it also doesn't happen without being surrounded s ecial eo le T ank o to e e one o a e t ei time, t ei kind o ds, financial s o t, c ecked

t e li e st eam, aked, cleaned afte us or helped in any other possible way. That is what it is all about. It is also summed up in the picture. Taken st afte o eco d attem t ended it is a signal that we only get through things together. He aha te mea nui o te ao - He tangata, he tangata, he tangata Mat a am a d, Man k a Cu ture Week in t e last eek of Te m 3, t e student Wellbeing and Culture councils lanned a eek of acti ities to coincide with Mental Health a eness eek T e Mental ealt o ndation 5 a s to ell ein - Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, i e and Take otice e e at t e forefront of planning. There were acti ities on d in ot eak times that students could participate in. These included, sumo wrestling, yoga, m am, ock and m al aintin , ietnamese s in olls and a ma ket da of s a ed kai t as a eall ositi e eek it i levels of participation from students and staff. A mindfulness colouring competition was also held which many Year 7/8 students participated in. The winners of the colouring competition (below left to right) Lucy Gilpin, Cruize Lambert, Jay-Dee Gouws ,Ella-Jaye Mildove-Henderson.

T e taki olle e as alt net all and tennis courts have been resurfaced with Astro Turf through Ministry of Education funding. College Principal Andy Fraser says e s leased t at t is as finall een able to happen.

Pink Shirt ay ink i t a as ecome an ann al e ent at Ōtaki olle e o e t e last 6 years. It provides an opportunity to address the issue of bullying and to focus on positive and constructive messages of support. This year the Heads of School team stressed the importance of the role of an upstander - to awhi/support the person being bullied, to interrupt the bully, to 'call' the bully on their behaviour and to get support for the student being bullied. We held a mufti day and sausage sizzle as part of the day's events. It was great seeing so many students and staff involved on the day.

“It’s brilliant that we now have an all weather surface, and it even includes ocke so teams can actise on a t f surface,” said Andy. “This is a continuation of building a facility that our community can be proud of and utilise.”


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e ea alified fo t e 5 m f eest le, e e s e finis ed 17t i Titans a e alified fo t e 12 years and under Wellington Junior Championships, to be held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre on 12 December. T e si alifie s a e: Rile o en, Penny Tulloch, Nevaeh Lawton, Nevaeh Gardner, Giorgio Bevan and Kupa Gardner. The Titans learn to swim squad have lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays f om 5 m to 6 m and t e senio ca Squad trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday Fundays. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact the club’s sec eta a la 21 235 9 96 or email otakitsc mail com.

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Paul arl on appointed hairman o BY NIKKI LUNDIE a l oined t e Ōtaki f l in 1994 as a keen ne life a d and e ent all took on leade s i oles as l a tain and ai ationall , a l took is opportunities with a Surf Lifesaving leadership programme and chaired local and national surf lifesaving committees. In 2017, Paul was elected to the NZ Surf Lifesaving Board of Directors. The Board has a governance role and sets the strategy for the organisation and supports clubs and members to do the enomenal o k t e do on e Zealand beaches. Recently, in September 2020, Paul was announced as the new Chair of Surf Lifesaving NZ. He’s excited by the opportunity and energised by the vision that no one drowns on our beaches. However, the oa d ole doesn t kee im a a f om Ōtaki eac and a l contin es to

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inst ct ne life a ds, n t e ookie programme and patrol the beach alon side t e team of a esome Ōtaki Surf Lifeguards. fe eekends a o, 2 teams f om o surf club led by IRB drivers Paul Carlyon and Rob Bigwood competed in the Tan imoana an R on a l Race, finis in im essi el 4t and 1 t place respectively. Crews began outside the Foxton SLSC, heading north towards Himatangi beach and onward to Tangimoana. Once there and having completed challenges along the way, they et ned ack to o ton eac T e t a elled a o imatel 36km on t e water and also had to complete a dune run, boat carry, motor carry, boat assembly and refuelling. e e s o in t is e ent ill e locked into the local calendar for years to come, o teams ad a last

In another local event, some of our lifeguards joined in at the 'Restart a heart' da T e fi e se ice lanned an all welcome CPR demonstration on the day and challenged us to a 10 minute CPR competition, the results of which were 'too close to call'. It was a fantastic opportunity to watch the pros in action and also show our mettle. We’re super excited that the 2020/21 Surf eason is almost on s fi st eekend of at ol is sc ed led fo Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of November. We will be patrolling from 1 6 m eac eekend ntil ea l Ma c Bring on summer, we can’t wait to see o at t e eac

hui women win championship again BY FRANK NEILL T eR i omen s team a e t e o o en a iti c am ions R i on t e title en t e sco ed an em atic 85 2 icto o e e in College Old Boys on 21 October. The team had saved its best rugby until t e last ame, and t is as e ected in t e final sco e fte a elati el e en fi st alf, t e Ōtaki team led st 25 15 at alf time R i played a good structured game in spell one, laying the foundation for what followed. They completely dominated proceedings afte t e eak, sco in at e actl a oint a min te o e t e final 4 min tes oeni i ai as in fine fo m, sco in four tries and 4 conversions. Phoenix was one of the stand-out players of the match, along with Roimata Ropata, Daisy Davis and Kati Cooper. inek a onno sco ed t o t ies and one conversion, and seven other players also

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sco ed t ies ats Mat eson, a la Hirini-Watson, Zivanha Eriha, Ariana Ransom, Miriam Panga, Daisy Davis and Te Rina Marsh. T e team, coac ed Makao e e an Wilson, entered the competition for the fi st time last ea , en t e also sco ed a con incin in in t e final, defeatin Paraparaumu 78-12. T is ea s icto means t at R i as lifted t e o o en a iti nion Women’s Championship Cup every season they have played. T e i in in t e final as in ma ked cont ast to t e matc a eek ea lie , also against Levin College Old Boys. R i e e do n 22 14 at alf time When Levin stretched their lead to 36-14 in t e second alf, it looked all o e fo R i nstead, t e Ōtaki team sta ed a ema ka le come ack to ed e o t e in 45 41 at t e final istle Phoenix Huriwai scored two tries and two

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con e sions ile inek a onno scored a try and three conversions. o ot e R i la e s also sco ed t ies Maia oo e , a la i ini atson, istian ke and i an a i a T e fi st matc of t e season, on 3 e tem e , sa R i demolis last ea s finalist a a a a m 61 15 inek a onno sco ed t o t ies and 3 conversions and Maraea Murray touched down twice. Seven other players also sco ed t ies fo R i a la i ini atson, Ron omai Te ei, ee sa ako, Miriam Pauga, Roimata Ropata, Patsy Matheson and Daisy Davis. R i as na le to e eat t ei 2 19 record and end the season undefeated however. They narrowly lost a close encounter with Shannon 43-37 on 7 October. Phoenix Huriwai scored three tries, inek a onno t ee t ies and one conversion and Roimata Ropata one try in the match against Shannon.

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