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Ōtaki pitches for Holopuni Worlds in Kāpiti

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Ōtaki Holopuni sailers are preparing their pitch to host the Holopuni World Championship here in either 2021 or 2022. Perry Hakaraia says their upcoming trip to the Worlds in Tahiti will be not only to compete, but also as fact finding to “lay down the foundations for our event planning”. The outline for their blue water event would include sailing to around Kapiti island and Mana island, and then sailing across the cook strait and staying over there. Perry says the sport is growing internationally, with the November event will be the 10th anniversary. He’s looking to bring people onboard to the project people around and develop relationships with potential sponsors as planning for holding the Worlds on the Kapiti Coast develop. Three Ōtaki residents will represent New Zealand at the Holopuni World champs in Tahiti in November.

Perry Hakaraia, Tewera Henare and Te Ara Smiler will compete in the Holopuni VA’A Hawaiki nui Voyage held 23-30 November where they will sail and paddle all 5 channels leaving from Morea for a 5 leg races series and voyage 350km all the way to Bora Bora. The crew train on the Ōtaki Lake, alongside the Waka Ama crews, and also out on the local coast. “In our small town of Ōtaki we are fortunate to be surrounded by mountain river and sea,” says crew member Te Ara Smiler, “which gives great training opportunities for many sports especially water sports.” “We will host our Tahitian, Hawaiian, Australian and European Holopuni teams leading up to the NZ Holopuni 2021/22 series. “We have plans to tun our own sailing series locally around our beautiful Kāpiti and Mana islands. This will lay the foundation and capacity to host our international event,” says Te Ara. continued p 12

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Finish Our Road - Connect Kapiti

Proposed Southbound On-ramp

Proposed Roundabout From the website : “Join Finish our Road and Connect Kapiti Earlier this year the NZ Transport Agency left many Kapiti residents stunned after it announced that it was going to cut Te Horo, Peka Peka and Waikanae North residents off from access to the new expressway. In an extraordinary failure to plan for the future, NZTA reversed an earlier decision, made under the previous government, to build two south-facing access ramps at Peka Peka. This flawed decision is based on a faulty business case. It will have a major impact on residents from Te Horo through to Waikanae and the wider Kapiti Coast.


It is ironic that a first-world country such as ours should be run by a third-world government. There is also irony in our boast of first-world status being so obviously undermined by the third-world state of some of our public infrastructure. Yet another serious car crash on SHI just north of Ōtaki on Thursday 19 September renewed the focus on the hiatus that has descended on the 02NL project proposed for extending the four-lane expressway north of Ōtaki to by-pass Levin and join the existing SH2 at Koputaroa. The decision to reduce the new highway to two lanes — revealed almost exactly a year ago — was followed two months later by details of the preferred route, affecting around 340 properties. NZTA’s last “Project Update” was published on 12 December 2018. It has since turned out that in NZTA’s promise to start “working with property owners, stakeholders and the community throughout 2019 and early 2020” the key words were “subject to funding approval”. That would have to come from the Cabinet and the failure of the Government’s transport ministers, Labour’s Phil Twyford and the Greens’ Julie Anne Genter, to fund the new highway became evident halfway through the year. Despite the boasts of transparency by NZTA and its political master and mistress, the only transparent aspect of this latest chapter on the seemingly never-ending 02NL saga is the patent insincerity of the disclaimer that NZTA attaches to all its media statements, like a stamp on an envelope, about how much they “greatly appreciate people’s patience . . . and recognise the frustration that the uncertainty has caused.” The rumour and speculation now filling the information void has that uncertainty possibly continuing for another decade. That is an appalling prospect for all the people who have had their lives placed on hold by the ongoing indecision over identifying the exact route for the new road. It is all the more frustrating for them and everyone — local authorities and businesses — knowing that the existing SHI is well past its use-by date and will have to be replaced, sooner rather than later. Aside from the acknowledged risks of the two main bridges that help make SHI between Otaki and Levin a “killer highway” there is the ever-increasing congestion, evident in public holidays and in the freight convoys off the ferries turning town centres into truck stops. Local government leaders are seeking an urgent meeting with Mr Twyford whose ministerial diary reveals that he will talk to anyone except National MPs. Politicians who meddle in their country’s administration are a hallmark of third-world governments. In some countries, it’s the military and their political leaders are generals, in others it’s religion and priests rule. In New Zealand, a long-tradition of administration by government departments staffed by politically neutral public servants — think the Ministry of Works and its engineers — has been supplanted by elected politicians who are unable to implement any long-term plans if they are replaced every three years by their rivals.

The goals to be accomplished: • Secure the land for future improvements at the Peka Peka Interchange of the Expressway • Update the business case, so that it is based on sound and up-to-date facts • Revise the decision regarding two south-facing access ramps and add this project to the Regional Plan Transport for realisation This project has the backing of KCDC, Ōtaki & Waikanae Community Boards. For more information:”

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Garden Tour tickets on sale

Garden lovers planning to visit Te Horo’s rural gardens in the Te Horo Country Garden Tour can find tickets (available from early October) at the following outlets: • Te Horo Garden Centre • Harrisons Gardenworld, Peka Peka • Watson’s Garden Centre, Ōtaki • Palmers Garden Centre, Plimmerton • First National Real Estate, Ōtaki The fundraising garden tour covers two days (Saturday 16 November and Sunday 17 November) although tickets ($20) are valid for one day only (you get to choose the day). The first two hundred tickets sold go into a draw for a “super prize.” Tickets will also be available over the tour weekend at Te Horo Hall, School Road, and Harrisons Gardenworld.

Sun shines on successful Paddy’s Mart

After some dodgy weather the previous night, sunny skies and calm conditions ruled for the recent Te Horo School’s Paddy’s Mart. Fun and mayhem dominated the annual event which raised $32,966, due in large part to the amazing efforts of the Home and School Committee, and an array of supportive sponsors. Main raffle prize winners were: Shauna Powell – overnight glamping value $600 Kyle – Ruth Pretty Cookery School value $530 Stephen Simpson – outdoor connect, rugby balls, craft activities etc value $450 Nicolette Butler – family picnic backpack set for four value $360 Dan– $200 degustation dinner, $50 restaurant voucher, tickets to Shoreline value $300 The renewed cow pat bingo was won by Hope Balason, and Presley Miscall

received a prize for selling the most raffle tickets. This year the popular cake and cupcake competition was judged by Kirsty, of the wonderful Bus Stop Café. Best cake was awarded to Isaac and Ronel Bridge, and best cupcakes went to Prairie Cudby. Prior to the big day, a 2019 RWC signed by the All Blacks squad was auctioned on Trade Me. “This was very generously donated by Hiko and Julie Black (and family). It made a whopping $2,600 for Te Horo School,” said Home and School Committee chairperson, Shelley Mecoy.

Te Horo School takes Mastermind Junior Prize

The recent Mastermind Competition run by Kapiti Libraries, and based on the New Zealand Children’s Book Award finalists, resulted in a win for Te Horo School’s junior team one (Chloe Buller, Bill Brookman, Zara Simpson-Bird, Pearl Glanville Hall, and Charlotte Findlay). Four school teams (two junior and two senior) participated in the annual event, a literary commitment involving huge amounts of reading (and testing), and support from family (and the school librarian).

Te Horo Country Market

Te Horo’s monthly community market is on Sunday 6 October, from 10.00 to 12.30 pm at Te Horo Hall. You’ll find around 40 stalls featuring a range of local produce, food, crafts, plants and seedlings (time for some spring planting).

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The evenings are drawing out – time to join locals at Drinks and Nibbles on Friday 4 October, 5.30 pm at Te Horo Hall. Bring a bottle, and a plate of finger food to share. Te Horo Bandquest story & pics P9


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Andrew London – another Ōtaki talent BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Twenty years an Ōtaki resident, Andrew London’s name is well known on the national music scene. When he and wife Kirsten featured recently at the Railway Hotel, we thought it was about time the Ōtaki Mail took notice. Born in the ‘sixties in Whanganui, Andrew was the eldest of three children. Dad went to Wanganui Collegiate, and so did his son. Andrew was in the school choir, went to chapel every day, and played in the brass band. He received no formal musical education. The inspiration came via his father who was a jazz aficionado. From his dad, Andrew gained an appreciation of Trad Jazz, and the history of modern music, which dated back through Louis Armstrong to W C Handy, Father of the Blues, born in 1873. ‘That history, along with Jazz rooted in Blues, was the gift my father gave me’, recalled Andrew. While at school, Andrew taught himself guitar, but it took a while for the gift of music to come to fruition. While he was a good scholar, his academic life came to a premature halt: after a term at Auckland university, he succumbed to sex & drugs & rock ‘n roll, and dropped out. While visiting a friend in Wellington in 1979, Andrew heard a band rehearsing upstairs in Boulcott street. On investigating, he found they had just lost their vocalist: ‘I can sing a bit’ he offered, and was given a trial, which encouraged his musical aspirations. Back in Wanganui, working as a window-cleaner, Andrew joined a band Three Samoan Men doing rock ‘n roll covers. Their rhythm guitarist got him an office job, and thus, at weekends began his musical career. With Whanganui friend Mark Jackson, Andrew formed a duo Torque, and at 20 years old was recruited to the Lion Breweries circuit facilitating the relaxation of Lion customers in their pubs. They played Blues, the expected R&R covers, both playing guitar, accompanied by ‘a dreadful drum machine. The job paid well, but all it did was to fuel a life of alcohol and drugs, and after eighteen months, when they’d both lost their licences it came to an end. He returned home. Back in Whanganui he found a job working for his cousin who owned the local music store. At the age of 25, he ‘got it’ and became a good salesman. He loved selling electric guitars, drums, keyboards, pianos and even sheet music. And with the developing appreciation of the music business came a rebirth of the Jazz bug. Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole ant the other jazz ‘greats’were his mentors. Andrew married a farmer’s daughter who managed a fashion store, and they soon moved to Wellington, where she had a high-profile fashion job on Lambton Quay. Andrew made a living five nights a week playing solo, mostly jazz standards ‘a bit like Malcom McNeill’ he recalls. It was a living, albeit a lonely one, working while all his peers were relaxing. He auditioned for a TV music show, but didn’t make it, but attracted the attention of a Radio NZ music producer, and recorded twelve songs for National Radio, where he would find a musical home that would last for decades. ‘Middle of the road, adult contemporary, easy listening’ became Andrew London’s musical signature, encompassing elements of jazz, swing, folk and country music. By this stage, Andrew was working five or six nights a week at all the swanky Wellington hotels: Park Royal, James Cook, West Plaza. He had a solo gig at the band Rotunda restaurant in Oriental bay, playing jazz standards for $160 a night. It was financially rewarding but rather lonely work, and despite a repertoire of a hundred jazz standards,

Andrew realised he was going nowhere. The Michael Fowler boutique hotel, situated where Te Papa now sits was the nadir. Government-owned, and haemorrhaging money to the tune of $30,000 a day. After a year, at the time of the Global Financial Crisis, the government shut it down and Andrew’s lucrative role came to an end. This was a turning point for Andrew London. He bought the piano store in Manners street, which he would run for five years. Part of the business involved a staff of fifteen, teaching students keyboard skills, which, while lucrative, wasn’t Andrew’s cup of tea. He was an ace marketer, however, and would sell forty $8,000 digital pianos a year. At this point, Andrew’s marriage was evaporating, but his performing career was on the ascendancy. He played in a five person covers band, ZM Allstars with Grant Kereama and Nick Tansley, and began to enjoy music again. ‘Great fun, big swell affairs’ he recalls. They didn’t take themselves too seriously, and soon found themselves on the festival circuit, playing gigs at the West Coast Wild Food and the Alexandra Blossom Festivals. His music is so broad it’s hard to define, he says. ‘Components of jazz, folk and swing. Music we all knew and loved while growing up.’

his Wellington music business. The only solution was to go back to work in a sales job at Northern Music in Porirua. Meanwhile Hot Club Sandwich was a tight, compact band, in demand. Kirsten’s uncle, who had decades in the jazz world overseas had some advice: ‘You’ve gotta write your own shit, man’, and with encouragement from Kirsten he started writing, which merged into satire, and found a receptive audience, particularly amongst the elderly Wellington set. Hugely successful, they started a monthly gig at Wellington’s Old St Pauls church, which proved a sellout, with audiences receptive to their CDs, which over a decade sold well. Invitations to jazz festivals saw them performing as far away as Queenstown, Christchurch and even Sydney, with annual invitations for repeat performances. The Christchurch earthquakes stimulated them to do a charity gig at Old St Pauls to raise money for the Christchurch Jazz school, and they raised $6,000 to replace the school’s instruments. By 2012, Hot Chub Sandwich was in decline, and Andrew conscripted wife Kirsten, a bass guitarist and already a star in her own right with her group Henpicked, and formed the Andrew London Trio with Kirsten and saxophonist friend Nils Olsen.

Andrew and Kirsten London play to a full house, along with guitarist Dave Allen (left).

Andrew’s jazz leanings took off in the early ‘90s when he met up with Wellington jazz identity Terry Crayford, and together they formed Hot Club Sandwich, a liaison that would last twenty years, would release eight CDs that would take them all over the country and attract critical acclaim. HCS’s swing style, popularised in the 1930s by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli was epitomised by their 2004 album Toasted, which rated a four star review by the influential American Downbeat magazine. In 2010 Hot Club Sandwich were flown by the New Zealand Embassy to Saudi Arabia, to present a slice of Kiwi culture to an international audience. Apart from numerous Australian performances, this is as far afield as Andrew has performed. After five years, Andrew quit the retail music business, and moved to Ōtaki. He married Kirsten ‘A kiwi girl from Stoke’ who was working as a nanny for his ZM friends. Andrew kept being offered gigs, which he was unable to refuse, and suddenly he found he was an entertainment business, a musical entrepreneur. To his amazement, he was able to earn a living performing all over the country,based in Ōtaki. He and Kirsten decided to buy a house. Oops, musicians were not on the list of preferred occupations, and he was unable to raise a mortgage, despite having had solid backing from his bank when running

Their fame spread quickly, and soon they were performing over 150 gigs a year, to 35 Ryman villages, which Andrew characterises as ‘five star hotels with polite, attentive audiences’. They performed as far away as Norfolk Island, on cruise ships around Australia and even had a week’s residency in Melbourne. Not bad for a couple of Ōtaki-resident musicians! When Nils Olsen went to Germany, they found a replacement in James TaitJameson from Palmerston North who sang, played flute, kazoo, spoons, saxophone and harmonica. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2005 Andrew found time to join Kapiti musicians James Cameron, Colleen Trenwith, Dave Berry

and Evan Williams in Cattlestops, playing country rock and western swing. This lasted for 5 years culminating in the soundtrack for the film Second Hand Wedding. With two children educated in Ōtaki schools, Andrew and Kirsten have donated countless hours to ‘good causes’, playing music at fundraising events for playcentre, kindy, Waitohu school and Ōtaki college, not to forget the golf and surf clubs. And now the Stationhouse Social Club threatens to be yet another of Andrew London’s musical triumphs. We’re lucky to have such talent in our town!

New music event proves a hit BY FRANK NEILL

Ōtaki’s new music evening, Stationhouse Social Club, had a hugely successful launch at the Railway Hotel on September 5. The first of what is now planned as a monthly event featured Ōtaki husband and wife Andrew and Kirsten London, and the country band Salty Hearts. Two Salty Hearts members – Dave Allen and Anje Gindemann – also joined Andrew and Kirsten for some performances, making a third line-up. The Stationhouse Social Club launch attracted a full house of 50. In fact, tickets sold out four days before the event, one of the event’s organisers, Andrew London told the Ōtaki Mail. “We’re absolutely delighted with the turnout,” he said. The event “went really well. We’re pretty enthusiastic about it.” As a result, the plan is for the Stationhouse Social Club to run monthly. In fact the organisers decided on the next date on the night of the successful launch. It will be held on October 10 “and we have sold 12 tickets already,” Andrew says. The idea to start a new music evening in Ōtaki came from Paula Gizzi, who runs Grub’s Up catering service, and who previously ran the Nikau Cafe at the Lindale complex. She talked to Andrew about the idea about a month ago. Andrew then talked to Anje Glindemann. “We all decided it was a great idea,” Andrew says. “There isn’t anywhere locally for musicians to play, except for the RSA occasionally.” The idea was to provide something “relatively sedate”, rather than loud rock music, and to combine it with a meal, beginning at 6:30pm and running to 8:30pm. The organisers thought it may be a good social activity for local businesses, and a good social event for Ōtaki generally. “I think it worked really well,” Andrew says. Judging by the successful first evening “we think it’s got legs.” The performances ensured the full house was a listening audience, and appreciative of the music on offer. The other musician organiser, Anje, has also played in a variety of lineups, including Tin Pan Alley, Monty Wolf, Raven Mavens and Henpicked. A very busy musician, she is a drummer and vocalist.

Salty Hearts:: Dave Allen, Greg Sayer, Richard Guerin and Anje Glindermann


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By Ann Chapman

Vote Local for your District Health Board After nineteen years of representing Ōtaki on the MidCentral District Health Board, I am not seeking re-election. I was first appointed by the then Minister Annette King in the transitional year before the first DHB elections took place. I have, with your help won the six elections following that. It has been nineteen years of ups and downs for the board but what I have learned is that having an Ōtaki voice is critical around that table which is dominated by residents of the Palmerston North area. There have been gains for Ōtaki having that voice, that repetition of ‘What about Ōtaki?’ ‘Where is Ōtaki in this?’ ‘How will this work in Ōtaki?’ I have become used to the smiles and raised eyebrows. The occasional frowns as well. Having experience in the health system is an advantage and both the Ōtaki candidates offer different, complementary but relevant health experiences. Both Shelly Warwick and Adrian Gregory offer enthusiasm, knowledge and ability. There is room for them both in a board of eleven. Seven of these positions are elected at large by the district, and the rest appointed by the minister.

There are 15 candidates this year, and you can vote for as many or as few as you wish. You can choose to rank them all in descending order of preference. You can choose only seven if you wish to place your top picks high. Or you can give the Ōtaki candidates a greater chance by only voting for the two of them. That is the strategic view, but it is your right to vote for whoever you think fits the profile of a good effective board member in a time of change. It was the Ōtaki vote which gave me the numbers to become elected over six elections. So, let’s try and double that voice. Let’s get them both elected. With five of the elected seven members retiring this year, there is a good chance for Ōtaki candidates. I urge you to remember the Ōtaki candidates when you place your votes this year. Vote them 1 and 2 to ensure the Ōtaki voice. Thank you for supporting me to be your voice over these years. Nga Mihi Ann Chapman

Measles case in MidCentral DHB region A third case of measles in the MidCentral region has been confirmed in Palmerston North. All contacts are now in isolation. All patients who were in the waiting room at the time, and who are deemed to have been potentially exposed to the measles virus, have been traced. People 50 years of age who have not been vaccinated, or who are unsure of their vaccination status, are being monitored by the service. Measles is highly infectious and anyone unvaccinated is at risk. It spreads through the air, and is contagious from just before symptoms begin until about five days after onset of the rash. The illness usually starts between 10 and 14 days after contact with the measles virus. Symptoms of measles include: fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes. After three to five days a rash appears on the head and spreads down the body. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your community. If you think you have measles stay away from work, from school or social events. You can protect both yourself and the community by getting vaccinated. Herd immunity is important for those at risk.

It is recommended that anyone between the ages of 4 years and 50 years who has no documented evidence of vaccination against measles, is vaccinated. Vaccination is not usually provided to people over the age of 50 years, as people born before 1969 are highly likely to have caught measles as a child and will therefore be immune. Ministry of health Guidelines. • Infants aged 6–11 months can have their first MMR vaccination if they are travelling overseas to a country with a measles outbreak. They’ll need their 15 month and 4 year MMR doses as per the national schedule. • Infants aged 12–14 months who are travelling to Auckland or overseas as above should receive their 15 month vaccinations at least two weeks before travelling. • Children aged 5 years or older, teenagers and adults aged under 50 years who do not have two documented doses of MMR vaccine are recommended to receive a catch-up MMR vaccination. This is especially important for those under 30 – the age group where most cases are seen.

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Ōtaki mental health response team The MidCentral DHB Horowhenua/ Ōtaki Local Response Team (LRT) was formed with a dual purpose of assisting the management of a coordinated local response to suspected suicides and to promote mental health wellbeing in the community. The LRT increases the co-ordination and capacity of those responsible for managing the DHB’s Suicide Prevention/Postvention Action Plan, and will respond to events in partnership with the Suicide Prevention/Postvention Response Team (SPPRT). Membership of the LRT consists of representatives from central and local government agencies and from appropriate community-based health and social service agencies, which can assist in the response to suicide, and with the promotion of community wellbeing. These agencies include, Oranga Tamariki – Nga Hapu o Ōtaki, Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Inc, Raukawa Whānau Ora Services, Ōtaki Medical Centre; Kapiti Youth Service, Pasifika Team, LGBTIQ+ and school counsellors. Other agencies/members can be co-opted on to the team, or included in postvention response, by the Suicide Prevention-Postvention Coordinator, on advice of the team. This will include appropriate cultural advisors/services, as required.

In partnership with the DHB’s Suicide Prevention/Postvention coordinator, the LRT will: - be an identified point of contact for responding to suspected suicide in the community; - promote a consistent and safe response based on evidence-based practice among agencies and individuals responding to a death; - pro-actively identify those who may be at risk of suicide or self-harm as a result of suicide; and participate in suicide prevention mapping exercises, to ensure that people bereaved by suicide have timely access to services appropriate to their need, and, if required, implement support and monitoring mechanisms; - support and engage in community wellbeing, promotion and prevention initiatives. e.g. training and education and community initiatives promoting resiliency and mental wellbeing. It is hoped that by being increasingly proactive in the local community, and by identifying members of the public who may be at risk and offering them timely access to services, that the instances of suspected suicide within the community will reduce. There are many social factors which impact on mental wellbeing. These include income, lack of affordable housing, domestic violence, sexual abuse, relationship problems, racism, literacy and employment. It is therefore important that collaborative initiatives to address these issues are also implemented where possible.

Focus on Sustainable Food BY BELINDA MCLEAN Following its successful July forum, “Food for thought: He whakaaro kai”, Transition Town Ōtaki’s Sustainable Food Group is working on a local food map, showing who is growing what and where in the region. “We would welcome any input people can offer on this,” said spokesperson Bernadine Bloemgarten. “It’s an essential first step towards food security here in Ōtaki, to connect with food producers and find out who is growing what, to see what our options are. There are probably many small growers who could contribute their knowledge and ideas.” Developing a mentoring system is another idea. “We’d like to match up families or individuals who would like some guidance in backyard growing and composting with a mentor from our group to give a hand. ” Recently the group held a potluck meal and meeting to explore sustainable growing and supplying of food in the Kāpiti/Horowhenua region. Eight locals spoke briefly on a diversity of projects from round the region. Te Horo woman Barbara Harford, who is mentoring a newly-formed group of 21 organic growers, spoke of the opportunities for education, as well as for growing organic fruit and vegetables for supply. Michael Kay is a second generation sustainable farmer, who described how

his father 28 years ago gave away the orthodox, chemical-based approach in favour of a more regenerative approach to farming, which his son has now taken over. Other topics were the permaculture approach to commercial growing as practised at Common Property, Te Horo; biodynamic growing; the Dreamcatcher Food Co-operative based at what used to be Windsor Park garden on SH1; Kaibosh, the enterprise which collects surplus food from around the region and re-distributes it to other nonprofit groups to supply those in need. Suggestions from the earlier forum include: • An Ōtaki kumara bank • A “swap” food market • Community gardens • Food and climate change – consider alternative forms of farming • Exchange of cooking ideas between young and old; nutrition education in schools. “All these ideas are well worth pursuing,” said Bloemgarten. Transition Town’s Sustainable Food Group also runs the Seasonal Surplus Stall, where local gardeners sell their extra produce each Thursday from November through to May. The stall reopens this year on November 7. For further information contact Bernadine Bloemgarten, 020 4131 5780 / 364 7762 or visit the Facebook page.

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Gun Buyback: Some thoughts of one law-abiding Gun Owner BY PHIL WALLINGTON The terrorist attack in Christchurch came with no warning. As the news broke, it was certain that life in New Zealand could never be the same again. An Australian, resident in NZ, had obtained a semi-automatic “Assault Rifle”, had attacked innocent New Zealanders, and other nationalities, who were worshipping in two mosques. The victims were peacefully attending to their Friday prayers, when all hell broke loose. Fifty-one people were murdered and many others wounded, in what seems to be white supremacist and anti-Muslim rage. The Government response was quick. The Prime Minister flew to the scene to offer comfort and solidarity to the victims. “They are us” she said. Within hours of the terrible news, I was already anticipating the Government announcement that there would be tightening of the NZ Firearms Laws. A ban on the private ownership of certain semi-automatic rifles and a range of shotguns with large capacity magazines, was on the cards. Being a licenced firearms owner, a shooter and hunter for 60 years I expected no less would happen. Now, months after the murders, scores of opinion columns and hundreds of news stories, a national “gun buy-back” scheme is in progress and it seems to be working. Thousands of ordinary kiwis are giving up rifles, shotguns and other shooting impedimenta and accepting a sum of money, determined by an independent valuer, and paid from special funds set aside for this purpose in the recent budget. As a result of the amnesty, I have decided to surrender a prized (but now prohibited) shotgun, which I have owned for more than 25 years. It is a fine gun which has been carefully locked away in my gun safe, when not being used for legal pursuits. The magazine of this weapon has a capacity of eight, 12-guage cartridges. It is not semi-automatic (i.e. self-loading). My gun is a pump-action, i.e. to load each shot, one has to manually pull and then push, a sliding handgrip, under the barrel. I used this gun in competition shooting at targets on rifle ranges, and to hunt small game like rabbits and ducks. But make no mistake; in the wrong hands it could cause mayhem – as could any other rifle or shotgun. Even since the amnesty and buy-back scheme was announced, I have been bemused and occasionally outraged, by some of the public comments which have been bandied about. I have also been dismayed by the widespread ignorance of guns, of their owners and of various shooting sports and hunting pursuits. Undoubtedly, there are some shooters who considered the Government’s response an overreaction and an infringement of “gun owners’ rights”. The speed of the legislation passing through

Parliament was remarkable, and it resonated around the world. This month, in the United States, some of the Democratic Presidential contenders are praising the NZ initiative. They are testing the electoral viability of a compulsory buy back of assault rifles. They also propose a voluntary scheme for removing some of the millions of handguns held by the American public. It is a brave move by the Democratic politicians. But, given the prevailing “gun culture” and the strength of the National Rifle Association, it is unlikely to get any traction. Meanwhile, the on-going string of mass-shootings by deranged or terrorist gunmen and the lack of action, other than to offer “thoughts prayers”, has finally shaken public opinion. A recent study showed that shootings in the US this year alone, had exceeded the death toll of the American military intervention in Afghanistan. At last, some politicians are questioning the belief that the Second Amendment to the Constitution is “set in stone”, rendering any attempts at gun control futile. Of course, the situation in NZ is completely different. There is no “right” for kiwis to have guns. It is a privilege, granted to the law abiding, after testing the individual’s firearms handling knowledge. Stringent checks as to the character and sanity of applicants are also conducted. They include having no criminal convictions, having personal references (obtained in face to face interviews) with partners, spouses and a close acquaintance or friend. One must therefore ask, what went wrong with this process? How did it fail to identify the Christchurch gunman as a menace to society? They are questions for the future, which must be answered in the trial of the accused or by some other subsequent inquiry. Gun owners are middle-class European Kiwis Earlier this month the Australian website, “The Conversation”, ran a revealing poll of kiwis’ attitudes to gun ownership. It revealed that 88% of New Zealand firearms users were men. People in gun-owning households were somewhat more likely to be New Zealand European (84% vs 74% in the general population) and were more likely to be between 45 and 60 years old, compared to those who did not own guns (34% vs 25%). Overall, 15% of respondents reported owning a gun (7.7%), or living in a household with someone who owned a gun (7.5%). Among those who said they owned a gun, 88% were men, but among those who said they didn’t personally own a gun but there was a firearm in the home, 81% were women. These statistics paint the profile of gun-owning households as fairly average, middle-class, New Zealand European Kiwis, with men primarily the owners.

Do Gun owners trust the Government? Perhaps surprisingly, gun owners are only a little different from others in thinking the government is generally doing the right thing. Concerning the things that differentiate gun owners from those who don’t own guns, The Conversation’s Poll found a statistically significant, but not very meaningful difference. Survey respondents were asked: How much trust do you have in the government to do what is right for New Zealand? On a scale of 1 to 4, where 1 is “very little/none” and 4 is “a great deal”, gun owners reported an average of 2.6 vs 2.7 among those who did not own guns. If gun owners seem like the group who stood to lose through this legislation, why aren’t there bigger differences between those who do and do not own guns in their trust in government? One explanation could be that gun owners are actually more similar than different from the rest of New Zealand when it comes to their views on guns. This is a view that I share. Despite some of the steam-heated rhetoric directed against gun-owners, I think we are a law-abiding bunch and will “do the right thing”. People who describe gun owners and shooters as being in love with their “toys” or potential psychopaths do us a disservice. Forget the emotive language and let us all see how the gun amnesty works and how effective it is in the long term. That’s what I am going to do… Next month I shall report on my personal experience of the gun amnesty.

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Bandquest success for Te Horo school

MARGARET ANDREWS The Ōtaki Community Board has finished its business for the current term signing off at their last meeting this month. There was one matter of urgency discussed, being the Greater Wellington Regional Council business case, for improved rail for Ōtaki: Board member Shelly Warwick said “that it was imperative that the Ōtaki Community Board conveys their support to GWRC and KCDC to send a clear message to the decision makers that it has the ŌCB’s support (for improved rail for Ōtaki) and it is a high priority for Ōtaki.” She believed that as this was the final meeting of the current board, they needed to send their endorsement of the “planned” improvements for rail to Ōtaki.

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Report on Ōtaki Library and Service Centre Parking Restrictions:

Following complaints to KCDC re lack of short term parking close to the library and service centre, with all day parking taking the few parks on Aotaki Street and the carpark behind the library, leaving little or no space for people needing short term parking to use the library or service centre. KCDC traffic engineer Gary Adams reported to the Board the preferred changes to introduce short term parking outside the library on Main Street, Aotaki Street and the closest spaces in the library carpark. These will have a 30 minute parking restriction and the next section will be restricted to four hour parking, the remainder of the spaces will stay long term. The new time limits would only apply Monday to Friday. He noted there were “plenty” of all day parks available in the car park behind the museum. The new signs and road markings will be “accommodated” within the current works budgets. The ŌCB members approved the recommendations. Elevate Ōtaki Update: Councillor James Cootes noted a BY VIVIENNE BAILEY new brochure would be available Three senior bands from Te Horo School in September. The Ōtaki Promotions Group and Māoriland competing in Palmerston North at the Trust were both “performing well” recent Bandquest (a national competition for Year 8 and under, primary and in keeping Ōtaki events in the intermediate students) took home awards. public notice. Logan Olsthoorn-Hughes (band, School Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Road) was awarded the ‘Rock Solid Group: Marilyn Stevens noted Bassist,’ Victor Perkins of the band, that KCDC pays $1 per Kapiti ratepayer to the Wellington Free Gasoline, won ‘Killer Guitarist’ and school Ambulance which is not available band, Algorhythm, were placed third. to Ōtaki residents. Ms Stevens Te Horo School bands are mentored by suggested Ōtaki ratepayers’ $1 Anje Glindemann and Richard Guerin as should go to the St John part of the school’s music programme. Ambulance, which services this Amicus Club Ōtaki: was approved $500 area. to assist with bus hire costs for elderly Community Grants: members’ outings, Bob Slade spoke to the application. Michelle Young: was granted $330 to attend the Summer Camp at the Ōtaki RSA: was approved $500 towards University of Xiamen. costs of a structural engineer’s report for upgrade of the club rooms. President Karen Su: Granted $330 to attend the Mike Foggarty spoke to the application. Summer Camp at the University of Xiamen, the application spoken to by Music Matters: was granted $250 Michelle Young. towards costs of staging the Spring Sing concert with massed choirs from Levin to Alex Lundie: was granted $330 to attend Plimmerton. A part of the costs went the Pacific Leaders Programme in the towards transport and tuning of a piano, Cook Islands in October.




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Rippa Rugby Scores Again BY MARGARET ANDREWS Thirty two teams kicked off for the annual Ōtaki Interschool Rippa Rugby tournament with boys and girls all playing in the same teams and a good lead in to the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The Waitohu A team won the trophy beating Te Horo A in the final when both teams showed their game skills which required ripping the coloured ribbon from the opposition’s waist belt while the player with the ball twists and turns to avoid being ripped and still heading for their score line. This makes for fast moving play – five rips or a dropped ball can mean handing the ball to the opposition. “It’s great to have such a good representation from all the schools,” Cameron Prouting from the HorowhenuaKapiti Rugby Union, organisers of the days competition. “With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner there’s lots of excitement around rugby at the moment.

We’re very thankful for all the teachers, parents and volunteers who allow approximately 350 kids to play today.” Rippa rugby began as a learning skill for younger players teaching them to go down to the hipline as they learnt the first tackle skills, but the fun element was soon adopted by higher grades too for its dodging skills and speed. Girls from the Rahui Under 15 Girls rugby team, made up of players from the local college and kura. Teams played in school levels – years seven and eight, five and six, with years four and five making up the social learner teams. The tournament was held at the Ōtaki Domain. Schools playing were Manakau, Waitohu, Ōtaki. St Peter Chanel, Te Horo, Ōtaki College, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o “Now which way” Waitohu’s player takes a moment to decide whether to pass the ball or Te Rito and Te Kura-a-iwi o make a run for it. Whakatupuranga Rua Mano.

“Gotcha” Waitohu makes a grab for Te Horo’s man as he twists and squirms to get away.

Waitohu passes the ball across field to their man as they head for the score line, on their way to winning the A team final with Te Horo in hot pursuit.

The champions. Waitohu A team with coach Matua Kahura Cameron Back row of boys: Mana Toimata, Jeremiah Qaranivalu, Zenith McCartney, Kaylis Peneha. Matua Kahura Cameron Front row girls: Ajia McNaught, Mauatua Edwards, Darby Doyle, Bijou Austin, Makaia Royal-Strawbridge


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Waitohu Fancy Dress dance night BY MARGARET ANDREWS After a break for a couple of years, the Waitohu School Fancy Dress dance night was back with a great evening’s display of traditional, line and pattern dances, some with a modern twist. With over 200 children all taking part there was an amazing variety of costumes of the princesses from various stories and films. There were sports people, hip hop dancers with many dressed in character for their dance. All the Room seven and eight Gum-boot dancers were wearing their gumboots and among the more unusual was a young horse and rider. The classes worked in pairs, first with a circuit of the Nga Purapura sports hall to show off their costumes and then into their dance. And then mum and dad, or an older sibling – many also in fancy dress, had to join the dance floor with their child in a performance of the dance. Among the dances were traditional old English Strip the Willow, popular American styles and the Gum-boot Dance from the gold mines of South Africa

where the workers devised a means to communicate in the dark mines by stomping out messages with the gumboots - rather like Morse code. These movements would later become one of South Africa’s most famous dances. Four pupils, Jentezen Christy-Mae, Skyla and Jackson are from South Africa and told the story of the gumboot dance and Jentezen then gave a demonstration of the slap and stomps which made up the movements. The classes then showed their talents while wearing gumboots. Rooms two and 10 hit the American Bad Hair Day in song and dance some wearing psychedelic wigs and cheerleader outfits. “I have been 16 years at Waitohu School,” principal Maine Curtis said as the evening opened. “Now I see some of my first pupils coming in with their children.” It was a wonderful family evening, it was full house at Nga Purapura, even the pre-schoolers were included with their own grand march round the dance floor before the dancing began. The evening was topped off with an ice cream for all pupils and pre-schoolers.

It’s The Rumble in The Park for these parents and their offspring and they show their skills at dancing.

Rooms five and six, demonstrated their version of Strip the Willow set to modern music. It looks like Willy Wonka joined the dance too.

Seven year old Manase Nelson Latu rode his horse to join in the dance with his Rooms 11 and one classmates. Mr Pony wasn’t so keen on the dance idea and kept butting others aside.

Willy Wonka, also known as the principal, Maine Curtis, doesn’t just hand out ice creams he collects the empty tubs too.

Repair Café Ōtaki at the Memorial Hall A Repair Café is a meeting place where people repair things together. You’ll find expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of areas along with the tools and materials to repair or to help you make any repairs you need. We can help you with clothes, small furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, sharpening your knives and tools, crockery, small appliances, toys, or anything that is broken or not working as it should.

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We throw away vast amounts of stuff. The spirit of it is about getting to rethink something that you purchased that may be broken and see if it can be repaired instead. Sometimes people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Repairs can save money and resources, as well as help minimize CO2 emissions and landfill. But above all, our Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Repair Café is also a great way to put our community in touch with each other in a new way. You will discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home, right here at the Repair Café. There’ll also be presentations on how to shop plastic free, make your own soap and mix your own

The mums and dads have joined the young dancers in Strip the Willow

home made cleaning products. If you have nothing to repair, you’re welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. We look forward to help you at our Ōtaki Repair Café in 2019 supported by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Energise Ōtaki. Let’s celebrate the 10th International Repair Day. Do you have repairing skills? Can you use a screwdriver or know how to glue things, sew on a button, show someone how to use a tool? Then we would welcome your help. Get in touch and let us know how you could help or 021 104 2885. To find out more about repair cafés, check out

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Lights, camera, Toronto! Õtaki’s own headed to world premiere of her film, Bub BY MADELEINE DE YOUNG Over the summer months, most of us catch any sunny moment to head to the beach, but for Ōtaki 16 year old Oriwa Hakaraia, this summer past was dedicated to the realisation of her first professional short film, Bub. Filmed at the Māoriland Hub in January 2019, Bub is the story of a small boy learning to cope on his own in the inexplicable absence of his Nan. It was a difficult shoot with soaring temperatures, a five year old star - Inia Manawatāwhi Rangiāio and a mouse (cast on Sunny Ōtaki no less!) But the hard work has now paid off with Bub set to have its world premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto Canada this coming October. Oriwa describes this as a dream come true, “My main goal for Bub was to get into an international film festival, which it has,” says Oriwa who alongside cowriter/director Te Mahara Tamehana, at 16 years old are now the youngest New Zealand directors to premiere a work at an international film festival. Located in Ōtaki and Kaitaia, Oriwa and Te Mahara met in 2017 through the Māoriland Charitable Trust’s Through Our Lens programme - in which rangatahi from across Aotearoa are selected to travel internationally to deliver filmmaking workshops for their peers in other Indigenous nations. They are now both members of Ngā Pakiaka, the MCT’s youth leadership programme, planning the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival and delivering workshops for other young people around Aotearoa. Bub was dreamed up following one of these workshops and planned over messenger and google docs defying the 900 km distance separating them.

Bub was then shot on shoestring budget with a crew blending whānau, rangatahi and professional filmmakers. Director of Photography, Raymond Edwards had recently concluded working on the upcoming TV series of The Deadlands while editor Te Rurehe Paki and sound editor Dick Reade contributed their skills in post. For Oriwa, Bub is just the beginning of what she hopes to be a life-long career, “My dream is to spend my life making films, whether they’re small scale, or big scale. My goal is to continue working in the industry, and make films that inspire people and tell stories from a Māori point of view, I want to show people that age isn’t and shouldn’t be an obstacle when it comes to making films.” The next challenge for the pair is to get to imagineNATIVE to present their film. Flights to Toronto are upwards of $2,500 each posing a significant challenge for the young filmmakers. They are currently crowdfunding on with a goal of $6,000 to cover flights and accommodation. Boosted, is operated by the Arts Foundation and is an all or nothing campaign - so every dollar counts! The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival launched in 2000 and celebrates 20 years this October. The festival was founded to support the diverse, contemporary work of Indigenous directors, producers and screenwriters working in film, video, audio and digital media from around the world. To have Bub screen at the largest annual Indigenous media arts event in the world is a significant achievement for Oriwa and Te Mahara who represent the next generation of Māori filmmakers. Support Oriwa and Te Mahara to get to imagineNATIVE on

Group photo; Bub cast and crew at the Māoriland Hub

Directors Te Mahara Tamehana and Oriwa Hakaraia flank the stars of Bub, Inia Manawatāwhi Rangiāio and Spud, the mouse.

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What is Holopuni racing? The 10th edition of the Holopuni Va’a Tahiti to Bora Bora voyage will be taking place November 23rd to 30th, 2019. That voyage will also be the 1st Holopuni Sailing Canoe World Championship. Te Ara Smiler says the nine previous voyages have seen all types of conditions across the five main legs; from no wind, night crossings, 25+ knots and 20+ foot seas, rain storms, white-out conditions, to sunny skies. “Being ready for whatever the ocean and nature serves us is all about being safe and not taking unnecessary risks. A minimum amount of physical and material preparation is required to insure a fun and rewarding voyage. Te Ara says the “Golden Rule: Light is Right. Take the essentials, leave the rest.” “A lighter canoe will float higher, be dryer, easier to paddle, and respond faster. You will be safer.” “Our escort catamarans will be our homes for six nights. They are comfortable, however, as on any boat, space for storage is always at a premium. A duffel bag is a must rather than a hard-side suitcase (which will be hard to stow). “Although it does not need to be, a waterproof (or greatly water resistant) duffel bag is better for all the times it will be transferred

around (all the big brands make very nice such bags: Patagonia, Naish, Dakine, Quiksilver, etc.). A wheeled duffel could even do it. “Light is right for the canoe but also for you in general. You’ll find that you don’t need that much stuff. Do not overpack. A couple of board shorts (or paddling shorts – perhaps long ones to protect your knees from the sun), a clean T-shirt for everyday/evening, lightweight long sleeve cotton hoodie, lightweight pants, a pair of socks, one pair of comfortable closed shoes (good for your plane trip and for the few “dress up” occasions here), flipflops, water shoes (that drain well and don’t have places for sand to get stuck), toiletries, bath/beach towel, good waterproof sunscreen, hat, 2 pairs of sunglasses with retainers (note: The waterman by Maui Jim does the job nicely – and Maui Jim is an official sponsor). The person in the front seat especially needs good eye protection from the sun AND the water. You will be provided with a long-sleeve race jersey which you will wear each day. The crew’s Whakatauki E kore au e ngaro e kakano I Ruia mai I rangiatea. For I will never be lost, I am seed born of greatness.


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Seven choirs in riotous Spring Sing

BY ANN-MARIE STAPP Ōtaki SpringSing3 2019 kicked off with a three part round that involved some ‘rock and rolling’, some ‘shake, rattle and rolling,’ and a side of ‘whop, bam booming.’ The show ended with the loud exclaim, ‘rock, rock,’ from an arrangement of the traditional ‘Rock a my Soul.’ In between all that rocking, the 137 singers from seven choirs based from Plimmerton to Levin, wowed an audience of 130 with ballads, pop, Mass excerpts, spirituals, Taizé, contemporary, movie themes and a little bit of country. Each choir had a twelve minute bracket to strut their stuff and we were treated to Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Stroope and more. When one choir was leaving the stage for the next, the audience got the chance to stun the choirs with their singing of numbers such as All My Loving, Catch a Falling Star and Tulips from Amsterdam. Local Ōtaki Choir, Let’s Sing, which meets on Tuesday’s 2-3pm in school term time at Hadfield Hall, experienced the magical accompanying of professional pianist, Jennifer Scarlet, and the applause of the other 250 in the hall when they nailed the notoriously tricky duet, You’re Just in Love from the musical, Call Me Madam. The other

local Ōtaki choir, the Ecumenical Singers, who meet at the Catholic Church in Convent Rd during term time on Wednesday’s at 11.30, took the crowd through a miniature Church programme, ending with a Taizé ostinato chorus and solo cantor. These Ōtaki choirs will join together during the fourth term to rehearse Christmas carols to support the Combined Churches Carols in the Park. Guests are welcome to join them for this term. Other choirs taking part in Spring Sing, which again was gratefully partially funded with a grant from the Ōtaki Community Board, were Kāpiti Chorale and Voices in the Wind under the direction of Eric Sidoti, Kāpiti Songsters under the direction of contralto Ruth Reid QSM, Kāpiti Women’s Choir from Waikanae and Sing Out Levin under the direction of Ann-Marie Stapp. The success of the third spring sees the Memorial Hall already being booked for September 2020. Of note this year, the hall grateful received the gift of a tuneable piano from Newlands College that is remaining for future gigs. Anyone wanting to try out any of these groups, contact, 06 3646040, in the first instance.

Nine Ōtaki Titans win personal bests

At the Gold Coast Ribbon meet in Tawa on Monday night, Titans entered nine swinners, each determined to improve their times. Result: for the third time in a row, they came out top! Thanks to parents who transported the swimmers, supported them and acted as timekeepers.

\ Back row: Giorgio Bevan, Riley Cohen, Nevaeh Gardner. Front row: Josh Sawyer, Kupa Gardner, Nevaeh Lawton (holding trophy) Ajia McNaught. Coaches Seuga and Kokoro Frost.

Conductor Ann-Marie Stapp beams with joy at her choir’s performance

Ōtaki Choir, Let’s Sing nailed the notoriously tricky You’re Just in Love


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Gardening with Flower garden

Tomato planting time

We have our usual comprehensive selection of plants ready for your greenhouse or outside. Watsons Special remains our favouite Ōtaki tomato. Robust plant & robust flavour. Cello a premier hybrid cherry tom. Will perform over a long season, inside or out. Dr Walter a good low-acid beefsteak. Scoresby Dwarf an old favourite reintroduced by us. Great chutney and sauce tomato. Dont forget a six-pack of Sweet 100 or Gold Nugget


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Garden tasks for October

Plant out new roses using plenty of compost and feed existing roses with rose fertiliser. Prune ornamental, spring flowering shrubs after flowering – cytisus (broom), deutzia, philadelphus, viburnum and weigela should be pruned hard, cutting back to within 10cm of old wood. Feed acid-loving plants such as camellias and azaleas after flowering with acid fertiliser. Amaryllis bulbs planted now will flower in late summer and early autumn. Gladiolus bulbs can be planted at fortnightly intervals from now until Christmas to provide a succession of summer colour. Continue planting begonia, callas and nerines – give newly planted bulbs a little bone dust or dried blood at the time of planting. Liquid feed all flowering annuals and perennials, and feed flowering shrubs with a side dressing of general garden fertiliser. Continue taking cuttings of fuchsias, dahlias and chrysanthemums. Sow seeds of flowering annuals directly into ground – alyssum, sunflowers, statice, Californian poppy, marigolds, cosmos and nasturtium. Sow in trays for transplanting later – carnations, salvia, gerberas, dahlia, petunia and livingstone daisy.

Fruit and vegetable garden

Apple, citrus, feijoa, fig, peach, pear, plum, persimmon, tamarillo and quince trees can still be planted for late summer and early autumn fruiting. Grape and passionfruit vines can be planted now, and bush and cane fruits should be planted and pruned for their main growing season. Mulch your strawberries to prevent new fruit from being ruined by the soil. Feed all citrus with citrus fertiliser. Dust cabbages with derris to kill white butterfly caterpillars, and check constantly for snails and slugs – they love this wet spring weather. Continue planting main crop potatoes. Sow directly into soil or into trays – eggplant, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and pumpkin – sow lettuce and radish every few weeks. Plant basil, coriander, dill, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme new herbs and parsley, so new plants are established before existing plants go to seed.


Your spring lawn requires regular mowing – as temperatures rise the lawn grows more rapidly. Late October is the best time to feed lawn, with a suitable nitrogenous fertiliser to strengthen it before the onset of hot, dry weather.

Second thoughts

Divide and re-pot crowded cymbidium orchids.

Focus on health-giving tomatoes Most of us know tomatoes are good for us. They contain high levels of lycopene, and much has been published recently on its cancer-preventing properties, particularly in regard to prostate cancer. But not everyone realises the amount of health-giving lycopene varies considerably between different varieties – modern, tough-skinned, tasteless, supermarket-sourced tomatoes just aren’t as good for you as heritage varieties – the tasty, old-fashioned kind. ‘Abraham Lincoln,’ an extremely hardy, reliable American tomato (it was introduced in Illinois in 1923), came out tops in a research project run by tomato aficionada, Mark Christensen, of the Central Tree Crops Research Trust, to establish which variety of tomato had the highest level of lycopene. The large, ox heart-shaped ‘German Red Strawberry,’ was also up there, together with ‘Red Peacevine Cherry,’ a small, bright-red fruit which has a high amino content (it creates a calming effect on the body), and grows on a rambling vine, tolerating dry conditions. Carotenoids have been found to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, artiosclerosis and cataract formation, and tomatoes contain two main types – betacarotene as well as lycopene. Christensen’s study showed that ‘Oxheart’ and ‘Matts Wild Cherry’ recorded the highest level of total carotenoids. Keep eating lots of tomatoes then, especially the heirloom variety, but, in particular, the dark- skinned types, as research indicates that fruit with lightercoloured skin – green, white, yellow, and orange, generally has lower levels of carotenoid and phenolic compounds when compared to pink, red, and black skinned varieties. Purple-black coloured ‘Black Prince ’is full of juice,

and the small fruit has a rich flavour. Originally from Siberia, it prefers a cooler spot in the garden. Large, sprawling ‘Purple Passion’ needs staking, but produces delicious, large, beef-steak fruit. Great for slicing, sauce and paste, ‘Purple Russian’ is a high yielding variety with large, long purplish-black fruit with lots of flavour. If you’re like me and like the little cherry types then ‘Black Cherry’ has all the meaty flavour of a full-sized tomato, yet looks like a perfectly round plum. Fruit picks cleanly from the stem and the exotic looking flesh is dark red, sweet and juicy. ‘Black Cherry’ is also great in containers and pots. For visual appeal try ‘Orange Roma,’ an early producer of great tasting, pretty orange fruit or the red ‘San Marzano,’which has a long, capsicum-like appearance.

A man-sized tomato is the red ‘Box Car Willie,’ a tall, vigorous plant producing an abundant crop of rich, sweet fruit. ‘Box Car Willie’ is excellent for bottling, sauces and juice and has good disease resistance.

You can source unusual heritage tomato seeds, including those from the research study, from Bristol Seeds in Wanganui – order online at or phone 06 343 6421 to request a seed list.


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

the Ōtaki Mail Scent of a garden A still, warm evening is a special time to relax in your garden – this is when many plants are at their most fragrant, and sitting in the barmy air surrounded by their perfume is more “feel good” than a session of aromatherapy. Fragrance should be a major consideration when you’re choosing plants for your garden. Exotic fragrances wafting from the subtle oils of many flowers create a special mood in the garden – think romance or a garden party – or merely delighting the gardener. Spectacular and deliciously scented, many of the following plants can be planted where you pass by, sit and entertain, or in containers framing entrances, to introduce those rosy, minty, lemony, spicy and supremely satisfying scents into your garden. No fragrant garden should be without a strongly scented honeysuckle climbing over a wall, or trailing over an arbour, or a bushy clump of pineapple sage, or a group of flowering lilies – they all smell good enough to eat.

such as Earl Grey and English Afternoon tea. A favourite with bees, bergamot likes full sun or part shade, and a fertile, moist, well drained soil. You can increase stock by dividing established plants in late autumn when they have died back after the first frosts.

The spicy-sweet, heady perfume of one of my favourite lilies (Lilium ‘Casablanca’) is intense. It grows up to 1.8 metres, and can produce up to 20 pure white, trumpet shaped flowers on a single stem. Plant your bulbs shallowly in a well-drained, sandy soil in full sun or part shade. A pot or two of these beautiful bulbs at the entrance to your house or garden are a real delight in late summer.

Pineapple sage is a hardy shrub which will grow to 1.8 x 1metre. The light green deciduous foliage has a distinctive pineapple scent and flavour. They prefer full sun and a light soil, and plenty of water during the hotter months. When the foliage dies back in late autumn cut plants to ground, and propagate by dividing the dense root system. Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) grows to 60cm in height, with a spread of 30cm. Clump-forming and frost tender, it dies back at the onset of cold weather. On warm days the dark, reddish-brown flowers have an appealing chocolate scent with hints of caramel – a chocoholic’s delight.

Both the leaves and flowers of bergamot (Monarda didyma) are spicy and highly aromatic. Not only a decorative garden plant, it is also used for flavouring teas,

Lathyrus odorata ‘Cupanii’ is an oldfashioned, highly fragrant sweet pea – a massed planting can scent a large area of the garden with a heady, sweet perfume. The creamy-flowered mignonette is another old-fashioned plant with a strong, sweet fragrance – position by your back door to appreciate its exceptional perfume, particularly on warm, sunny days. Like the rose and the muskyscented dianthus, mignonette is used in perfumery and pot-pourri. For a real perfume-blast at the end of your day plant a clump of night-scented stock. Barely detectable by day (the pastel-coloured flowers appear wilted), it dominates and transforms the night garden with a glorious, sweet fragrance.


Japanese flowering quince In late winter or early spring the bare branches of Chaenomeles, the Japanese flowering quince, break into a riot of spectacular colour. They’re among the first spring shrubs to bloom – buds may even start to show colour as early as June. Picturesque and practically indestructible, their bare, brown twiggy branches gave the plant a strong, oriental appearance. Some grow high with a wide spread , others are compact and low, but all have vicious, spiny thorns and usually bear fruit – green and yellow japonica apples, much like small quinces, which provide winter interest in the garden (they are related to Cydonia, the edible quince). Although astringent and unpleasant to eat raw (the skin is waxy and strongly perfumed), the fruit can be used to make fine jams and jelly, and to add extra flavour to apple pies. The deciduous shrubs are native to Eastern Asia, Japan, China and Korea. They come in a wide range of colours (flowers appear in stalk-less clusters on previous year’s wood) from bright orange-red to white, and are hardy and easy to grow under most garden conditions. The plants prefer full sun but will tolerate dry, cold, and windy locations. Full sun is needed for the best ornamental display. Although sparse growing (they reach a height of 1-3m) these versatile shrubs can be trained over trellis and arbour, and are excellent for espalier work against a wall or along wires. They also look great as hedges (those spiky bits keep cats away), in mass plantings, shrub borders, cottage gardens and pots. The Chaenomeles x superba varieties, such as ‘Pink Lady’ (which has dark pink, bowl-shaped flowers) are generally more compact in their growing habit, and therefore more suitable for the general garden border. ‘Green Ice’ has a low, spreading habit (1 x1m) and produces white-tinged, semidouble, green blossom from chartreuse buds, while ‘Cameo’ has soft apricotpink, double flowers, delicately shaded and borne in profusion on a compact, bushy shrub (1.2x1m). ‘Cardinal’ is a strong, vigorous grower (2 x 1.5m) with large, brilliant, deep-red, single blossoms over a long, profuse

flowering period. ‘Sunset Gold’ (2 x 1.5m) produces single, rose-pink flowers which completely cover every branch – it also bears fruit heavily. For a delightful novelty you could try ‘Toyo Nishiki’ (2 x 1.5m), which comes with single white, pink and rose flowers on the same bush – great for floral work. To preserve the shape and vigour of your shrub, you can prune virtually at any time, perhaps best when the pretty, flowering stems can be picked and taken indoors.

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Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Update on Rotary happenings BY GRANT ROBERTSON Two weeks ago, Otaki Rotary hosted the 9940 District Governor John Mohi, already well known to many in the Otaki Community. John has a lovely spirit and an inspring story, as he leads District 9940 into the 100 years of Rotary celebrations next year. Three themes; ‘Trees, Trees, Trees,’ Rotary doing its part to get the 1 Billion trees planted ‘Give every child a future,’ a $30million immunisation Project covering the whole Pacific region, and supported by Unicef. ‘Supporting the new Childrens Hospital in Wellington. Rotary District 9940 has agreed to fund the ‘Whanau unit’ where Families stay while caring for their Children getting treatment. Otaki Rotary will be doing our part towards these important Goals! The Kapiti Horowhenua Cluster of Rotary Clubs are actively raising funds to support the Colleges ‘Youth Suicide’ drive to better intervene with ‘at risk ‘ kids. Last week, Otaki Rotary were part of the ‘Otaki Expo’ event, and thoroughly enjoyed networking with the active volunteers of Otaki. So many wonderful organisations working hard for the betterment of Otaki and District! By the time you read this our Candidates evening will be done and dusted, our Polio fundraiser done and dusted, and you will see

What Rotary is Doing in Otaki

Dictionaries in Primary Schools

Duffy Books in Homes in conjunction with Otaki Primary Schools Rotary Youth Leadership Awards are awarded each year to promising Students in our Community Support the Rotary Interact Club at Otaki College

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards are awarded each year to promising Students in our Community Otaki Rotary Douglas Walker Trust Bursaries awarded to outstanding Otaki Students for second year University study The Rotary Club of Otaki contributes to the Rotary Foundations goal of eradicating Polio World-wide

us checking Blood Pressure outside New World on Saturday 5th of October. Call and say hello and get this simple and helpful test done. During October, we will be distributing Dictionaries to all Otaki District schools, as well as delivering and taking part in the Duffy Books in Schools programme. Good to be busy! Come and join us, ring Grant on 021 660 113.

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries

Adult and teen

READING CHALLENGE Monday 16 September to Sunday 27 October Explore the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries collections with our fun reading challenges! Comment on the book you have read or attend one of our literary events during the challenge to enter the draw for the weekly prizes. The weekly draws will take place in each of the four libraries so there are plenty of chances to win! Each entry will also be en entered into the draw for the grand prize of a $100 book voucher. For more details visit your library or

Racetrack now performing well Ōtaki Māori Racing Club has been active over the past year. Extensive drainage work has proved a success, and the racetrack is now performing well. “It’s now an excellent allweather track” said Ben Jamison. The club is now exploiting its grounds and facilities with regular functions using the facilities outside the dozen annual race meetings. At Labour weekend, 700 Girl Guides will descend upon Ōtaki racecourse for a three day camp. Girls from five

to eighteen from the lower North Island will take part in a themed occasion, focusing on the Elements: Earth (pottery) Air (windmills and parachutes), Fire (campfires and candlemaking), Water (waterslides) and Heart (Zumba). Older girls will sleep in tents, while the youngsters will occupy the rooms below the grandstand. Over 150 day visitors are expected. Māori wardens will look after security.


10 October

Public Forum

9.30 am

Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu


10 October

Council meeting

10.00 am

Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu

Attendance at Meetings (1) Cancellation - Meetings are sometimes cancelled for a variety of reasons. To confirm whether a meeting is on, please ring the Democracy Services Manager on (04) 296 4700 or toll free on 0800 486 486. (2) Venue – Please note that all meetings will be held in the Council Chambers, Civic Administration Building, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu, unless otherwise specified. (3) Public Forum – a 25-minute session will be held before every Council and major committee meeting (9.30 am – 9.55 am) in which you can speak on any topic. Bookings are essential. Please book ahead with the Democracy Services Advisor – online booking form can be found on website. (4) Public Speaking Time – Under Council’s Standing Orders (Appendix I) a period will be provided after the start of each meeting for Public Speaking Time to allow for oral submissions relating to agenda items, and at the end of meeting for other items not on the agenda. If you wish to address the Council or its Committees during Public Speaking Time please book ahead with the Democracy Services Advisor and you will be given an approximate timeslot. People who book ahead for Public Speaking will be given precedence over those who do not. (5) Live-streaming: Council and Standing Committee meetings are live-streamed. (6) Agendas are available two days before the meeting at: • Our website; • Council’s Libraries and Service Centres. Wayne Maxwell Chief Executive PB 60601 Paraparaumu | Ph 04 296 4700 | Fx 04 296 4830 |


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Author’s Book Corner

Renée Hapimarika van de Weert Former Ōtaki resident Renée Hapimarika van de Weert is feeling chipper at the moment. After a hard slog of some 10 years, her novel ‘Resistance’ – the first in a series of three in the ‘Reveille’ series – is being published by XLibris, for release next month. Resistance is the first fruit from the seeds of a story planted back in 1982. Renée had a 25 acre lifestyle block in the Waitohu Valley from 1981 to 1987 before she, and her husband René, moved to Feilding to an 80 acre small farm, eventually farming 600 acres full time in the foothills of Te Urewera in the eastern Bay of Plenty. I asked what had prepared her for farming and latterly writing. She undersold herself, saying she had no qualifications but ‘will do anything (legal) to earn a crust.’ She had, she said, ‘bluffed or lucked her way into work’ and learned on the job. Initially she wanted to be an archaeologist, or a vet, or a journalist but says she was appallingly lazy at school and never applied herself. Her first piece of luck came when her children’s book ‘The Last Whale,’ made it to the short list of New Zealand Post 2002 children’s book awards. It was also printed in Te Reo, Te Tohora Whakamutanga’.

She lucked into journalism when an overloaded friend, with one too many deadlines, asked her to interview someone and write the story up for Coast to Coast. That prompted her entry into the world of agricultural journalism where she was contracted to various newspapers, the Dominion and Rural News, as well as Coast to Coast, to cover farming. She spent the next 10 years freelancing as an agricultural journalist and columnist. While still in Feilding she was asked by Adult Education if she’d run a course in Creative Writing. ‘But I’ve never taught creative writing,’ she responded. That didn’t deter them so for the next six weeks, she ran an evening a week class for 10 aspiring writers. Her class refused

to disband and formed themselves into the Feilding Writers’ Group at the completion of the course so Renée figures it must have been a success. The writers’ group still meets regularly. Even after moving to Te Urewera she still wrote her regular columns for the Rural News but it wasn’t until late 1999 that she found the time to start the mammoth task of putting her ideas of a dystopian future into a book and the lonely hours in front of a computer started. The book is about what we are doing today, what is our future, and what are our kids going to have. It covers the topics of sexism, racism and the abuse of our children. It is about injustice and unfairness, equality and equity. Renée feels strongly about the endemic violence against children in our national psyche. ‘Resistance’ is written in the voice of fourteen-year-old Joey. Injured, separated from his mother and her friend, he finds himself in the care of dangerous strangers. He is determined to survive. He seizes the chance to escape with some unlikely allies. But are they friend or foe? Will he find his mother? Will he survive his dangerous dystopian journey in a strange land where the customs are alien to his own? Will they continue to help him, or will they kill him? Joey’s voice is a teenage voice with all the angst of teens compounded by fear. ‘This is an adventure story set in our possible future. The characters are believable, the writing is clear and the voices are authentic. There are loss and loneliness, love and hate, tears and laughter, fighting, fear, friendship and death. There is something for everyone,’ van de Weert says.

Bee Keeping Through the Seasons The Ōtaki Buzz Club BY PENNY KERR-HISLOP The Ōtaki Buzz Club holds its meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9pm. The group meets at Waitohu Valley Road school hall. The Buzz Club has been going for quite a while and is a club that welcomes people who are interested in all things bees. It is an interest group that has formed as part of the wider beekeeping community of New Zealand Aotearoa to support all interested beekeepers, both newcomers and the more experienced. Each month, members get a chance to catch up on what needs to be done in and around their hives. There are guest speakers who cover relevant topics such as wasp, ant or varroa predation on bees, current research on colony collapse, pesticide use and so on. This month’s meeting had a sound presentation from a local member on the varroa threat and updated members on the current research and what it means for us as beekeepers at this time of year. Varroa destructor is one beastie that is not going away. The Gary Milne at the Buzz Club presentation covered treatments available, the importance of timing the treatments to beat the exponential The next course starts 28th September. growth patterns of the mite that occur at Contact the club or Facebook page for various points during the season, and details. There is also a queen grafting some of the alternative therapies. course on offer and again, refer to the FB page for details. Gary Milne of Southern Sun Queen Bees, armed with various bits of hardware from One of the best things about the Buzz “the best ever hive tool and why it is Club, and this was alluded to by a long painted blue”, to a queen excluder, a term member, is when life get tough and brood box, a corflute box, and two the bees seem like a job too far, there is standard hive boxes. an amazing support network there to call on. Thanks Buzz Club. He explained how and when to split your hives to prevent swarming. He included And thanks to the volunteers who make tips on finding and marking a queen and these clubs possible. Oh yes, there is even where to get the paint from and always tea and coffee and biscuits. And a where to put the dot. It was a thorough Christmas Barbeque! explanation and grounded in 30 years of If you are interested in joining the Buzz beekeeping experience. Club, there is an Ōtaki Buzz Club Francis Beech, one of the most Facebook page or talk to the President experienced beekeepers around, is Shaun Wakeford on 0274 353 640 running beginner beekeeping courses this Secretary Graham Marsh on 021 996 089 year. They run for 5 weeks on a Saturday Kia Ora Mai! for just two hours per session.

Otaki Community Network Forum BY MARGARET ANDREWS ‘Resistance’ is available from next month from select bookshops, from XLibris at, amazon or barnesandnoble or you can order a copy signed by the author Hardcover $45.95+p&p Softcover: $35.95+p&p

Voting papers are out this week!

Don’t forget to vote!

A smaller group met for the September Ōtaki Community Network Forum meeting, with eight volunteer organisations represented and four government departments present. Shelly Warwick, member of the Ōtaki College Board of Trustees noted a meeting with youth organisation Seal, for senior students to work with older people in community on the use of digital technology – mobile phones and pads and such. She also suggested NZ Transport Agency bring their mobile learner driver programme to Ōtaki to work in the colleges. Students can learn to drive and get their learner licence earning NCEA credits as the go. This programme operated in the Hutt Valley. Hanna Wagner-Nicholls: reported the CAB are looking for new volunteers, training provided. Transition Towns: installed a 40foot container at the Refuse Station – timber

will be redirected from the land fill to the container and all kinds of wood will be available for recycling, re construction or firewood on the last Sunday of the month. Volunteer Kapiti’s Cathy Canavan said they celebrated 10 years in Kapiti September 10. Adrian Gregory: Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Group: reported on the signing of the memorandum of Understanding between MidCentral and Capital&Coast health boards on cross boundary referrals and services. Heather Shaw from Ōtaki Member of Parliament, Nathan Guy’s office, said she has requested information from NZTA re how many roading people will be moving away once the PP2O expressway is finished. The initial planning processes are underway to get a small private retirement village built in Ōtaki. Next meeting Tuesday October 1 at 9.30am in the Gertrude Atmore Supper Room.


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Ōtaki Update September 2019

Plenty to see on the Kāpiti Arts Trail The 2019 Kāpiti Arts Trail is locked in for the first two weekends of November, and more than 20 artists based in the Ōtaki and Te Horo area are participating this year. To plan your days on the Trail, pick up a copy of the Kāpiti Coast Arts Trail Guide from our Council libraries and services centres, or download a copy from our website. 

Get prepared Kāpiti is a tectonically active area and an earthquake could occur at any time. There’s no early warning, the first sign of a quake is often a rumbling sound followed by rolling and shaking. Knowing what to do is an important step to helping you and you whanau stay safe. It’s easy to get prepared for an emergency. Visit our website or for some handy tips on what you need to do to prepare your household for an emergency. And remember, if you live near the coast and the earthquake is long or strong, get gone! 

Have your say on our district’s future

Creative Communities Scheme

The nominations are in and we’re gearing up for our local body election. Voting papers arrive between 20-25 September and voting closes at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October.

Nine local art projects have received a share of over $22,000 through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.

Voting is your chance to have a say in the way our district moves ahead. If you’re not already enrolled, you can still do so before 11 October and request special voting papers from our electoral officer. This also applies if your details are incorrect on the roll. Find out more on our website. 

The Scheme, which is funded by Creative New Zealand and Council, allocates grants twice a year to support arts activities that celebrate Kāpiti culture and showcase the region’s diversity, particularly Toi Māori/Māori Arts. Successful projects include a Kāpiti-wide schools tour by a group of very competent young jazz musicians, a music festival in Raumati, a pilot for a web series based in Paekākāriki, and traditional Māori carving projects that celebrate our local history and culture. 


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Spring danger for shore-birds BY BELINDA MCLEAN From August to November shore-birds are doing dangerous work, laying their eggs on exposed sites around river mouths and sand-dunes, at Ōtaki Beach and throughout Aotearoa. Shorebird eggs and chicks are highly camouflaged to help keep them safe from aerial predators such as hawks, but this doesn’t protect them from humans and other destroyers - hedgehogs, rats, stoats, cats, dogs and vehicles. “At the north end of Ōtaki Beach, the inner dune, where children love to play, is a nursery for the endangered tuturiwhatu, or banded dotterel, poaka (pied stilt) and various duck species.” said Sue McIntosh, long-time bird watcher and member of the Waitohu Stream and Dune Care group. “For the third year in a row, a pair of paradise ducks is preparing to nest. Last year, they raised five ducklings, reduced to four after a dog got one. Please keep your dog on a lead in the area and don’t let your children chase the fledglings. “Tuturiwhatu also nest in the outer dunes close to the beach, as do tōrea, oystercatchers. Often parent birds will pretend to be injured, squawking and dragging a wing, to lead you away from their nests. This keeps them away from their eggs, which may get cold and die. It’s best to avoid them and give the whole area a wide berth. “I’ve tried building fences around nesting areas, but it was a mistake—the adult birds lost their 360 degree view and abandoned their nests. Best to leave them well alone.” Tuturiwhatu are a particular concern as a threatened species that breeds only in New Zealand. They have a narrow black band on the neck and a wide chestnut band on the breast during the breeding season. They lay from August to November in shallow scrapes lined with pebbles, two to four eggs of varying colour, from blue-green to olive and brown, all with black markings Things you can do to limit disturbance and help nesting shorebirds are: • Read the signs and take on board what they say • Keep noise to a minimum and don’t get too close to birds • Keep to marked tracks and paths • Keep dogs on a leash—even welltrained dogs can scare or injure birds • Don’t dump garden waste or rubbish in the area as this can introduce weeds which will encroach on nesting sites. McIntosh and other bird-watchers from the Waitohu group have been observing the birds in the area for the last 15-20 years and have noticed a decline in numbers. “This is undoubtedly due to more and more human activity, particularly vehicles on the beach and in the dunes,” said McIntosh. “The signs spell it out—no vehicles are allowed in the Waitohu Reserve area, which extends north from Konini St and is clearly marked by tape and signs. This means cars, four wheel drives, motorbikes, quad-bikes and all other types,” she said.

Tōrea / oystercatcher with chicks

Photo credit: Lena Berger and Mavis Hirini, Horowhenua Forest & Bird

The only vehicle access is below the high tide mark, which is outside the reserve area, where cars and other four-wheeled vehicles can drive along the beach to the south of the Waitohu Stream mouth, as long as speeds are less than 20kmph. Motorbikes are banned from the beach at all times. The Waitohu Stream and Dune Care Group’s work includes growing native species, planting, weeding and predator control, to restore the habitat for native birds, plants, insects and fish. The group has its own nursery and grows its plants from locally sourced seed. New volunteers are welcome—for more information contact Lyndsay Knowles, 364 6283.

Tuturiwhatu/NZ Banded Dotterel

Banded Dotterel eggs

Oyster-catcher eggs

Photo credit: Lena Berger and Mavis Hirini


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Watch This Space ...The Continuing Story BY HOWIE C. THINGS My neighbour Oldilocks burst in before I’d barely managed to open my door. “Have you seen one of these? Have you read this, Howie?” he blurted, waving a flyer in my face. “Read what? What is it?” I gasped, ducking to save my nose. “It’s a flyer,” he said. “I can see that – but what’s the big deal?” I asked. “A GREAT deal, Howie,” he cried. “Look at the headline! KAPITI COAST OPENSPACE STRATEGY REVIEW... followed by... ‘We would like to hear from you about the issues and opportunities we have identified.’ One of the issues mentioned, Howie, is playgrounds! Do you think they read your last article in the Ōtaki Mail, suggesting a new playground be established at the south-west of Ōtaki, on that grass reserve beside the Viewing Platform at Rangiuru by theSea?” “Well, that would be an ideal site, with wide open space and ample room for a range of playground equipment.” “Hmm... yes,” murmured Oldie thoughtfully. “It needs something unique – something quite different from the Haruatai Park and the Tasman Road playgrounds. Can we be suggestive?”“You certainly can!” I grinned. “How about a Flying Fox?” Oldie enthused. “Facing the sea... imagine the view we would get on the ride? It would be so great!” “I think there may be an age limit on playground equipment, my friend,” I cautioned, guessing where his thoughts were flying. “Well, how about a Zip Line, Howie... right down to the beach?” “You’re joking of course,” I sighed. “Next thing, you’ll be suggesting a rocket launching pad!” “Well... KAPITI COAST OPEN SPACE!” Let’s see how they fill it.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Alyssa Te Wiata ½ cup caster sugar (100g) ¾ cup brown sugar, packed (165g) 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (115g) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1¼ cups all-purpose flour (155g) ½ teaspoon baking soda 110g milk chocolate buttons 110g dark chocolate button 1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps 2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture 3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula. (Be careful not to over-mix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies). 4. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for 1 hour. For a more intense toffee-like flavour and deeper colour, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavour will be. 5. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan bake. 6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 7. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly. 8. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown. TIP: Make sure you do refrigerate the cookie dough before putting them in the oven because it makes them taste better and its easier to scoop onto the tray. How I like to eat them: Fresh out of the oven or microwaved for 20 seconds and dipped in a glass of milk.


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Media Muse In Manakau we have the USB (UltraSlow Broadband), its speed measured not in Mbps (Megabytes per second) but in Mpm (Metres per month). They started “rolling it out” — digging holes and trenches for the fibre cable — back in June. They were still there last week. Walking over to the shop to get the paper, I passed one guy who was up to his hi-vizzed chest in a hole that was just a couple of feet from the hole dug by his colleagues a couple of months ago. Being a bit of a dag, I asked him if he was tunnelling all the way through to Tokyo so we could get the Rugby World Cup on our phones as promised by Stephen Joyce over 10 years ago. His response was to make a noise that can most accurately be described as a “derisive snort”. There’s now a fence and cones around the hole which is roughly 250 metres from our front gate. At this rate of roll-out, we should have fibre to the home in time for the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023. By then, though, it will have become bleedingly obvious to the Government that it must adopt the practice of every other rugby-playing country by legislating to ensure that all the big games are live and free-to-air and broadcast direct to the home via satellite. There is already a bill in Parliament. All they have to do is get together with National and pass it. “People said ‘you’re nuts’ when we told them what we were doing in New Zealand,” says Ian Bonnar, corporate relations general manager for Chorus, talking about comments made at the Broadband World Forum a few years ago. What “we were doing” here in New Zealand was trying to be like Singapore, a city covering 725 square kilometres in which 5.6 million people are crammed together, one on top of the other, in

by Manakau’s Tom Frewen skyscraper apartments. New Zealand’s slightly smaller population (4.98 million) live widely spread out over an area 370 times bigger (268,021 km2). You would have to be nuts, or Stephen Joyce, not to spot the difference. But coming into power in 2008 as John Key’s main man, controlling key portfolios including communications, economic development and infrastructure, he was able to swing taxpayer funding of nearly $2 billion in behind wiring up the country with an ultra-fast fibre network. Although UFB’s extra bandwidth and speed were said to be essential for increasing economic productivity, commercial activities and scientific research, it was always going to be dependent on widespread domestic consumption of movies and television for revenue. Hence the government’s insistence that the cable roll-out go right up to the front door, to overcome the understandable resistance to paying a hefty lump sum for a wire to get movies and television already available through the air or over the existing copper phone lines. The advent of Netflix in 2015 followed by Spark’s Lightbox and similar “streaming” services gave a much-needed boost to take-up of UFB. Nevertheless, the numbers who get their movies and television programmes off the internet remain tiny compared to audiences for conventional satellite or terrestrial broadcasts. A big reason for that, highlighted by the sudden panic at the possibility of Spark’s streaming service going on the fritz during the Rugby World Cup, is the hassle of getting the picture out of your phone or laptop and on to your telly. Just when you should be settling down on the couch and reaching for your beer, your biltong and your remote, you’re rooting round behind

History? BY TOM FREWEN The decision to make New Zealand history a compulsory subject in schools from 2022 raises some interesting questions, such as “What is History?” and, if you can answer that, “What is New Zealand History”? History is knowledge of the past, obviously, But then it gets tricky. When and where do you begin? The Government has set the starting point for the study of New Zealand history in schools as the landfall of the first Maori settlers, around 1250 AD. With the arrival 400 or so years later of the first European explorers, Abel Tasman in 1649 and James Cook in 1769, the written word was added to myth, fable and legend as means of recording and interpreting events and natural phenomena. The first written histories are attributed to Herodotus, a very ancient Greek who lived in the fourth century BC. He was called the Father of History. He was also called the Father of Lies for including gossip, rumour and myths in his narrative. His successor, Thucydides, believed history should be about war, politics and economics. Today, Thucydides would be writing for The Economist while Herodotus would be working on Game of Thrones — Medieval Europe in a box set designed for binge viewing. Their different approaches to recording and interpreting the past have equal value in achieving one of history’s chief purposes — ordering events and giving them meaning. As Wellington author and retired scientist, Lionel Sharman, writes in his 2013 book Matter and What Matters: Some Science for the Religious and some Religion for

the set trying to find the slot for your dongle or, even worse, frantically on the Google to find out what a dongle actually is. It’s incredible that in the week before the Rugby World Cup that, in a country where rugby is more closely entwined with national identity than in any other, newspapers and magazines should be running features on the five different ways of watching their beloved All Blacks on television — none of them by simply switching on and tuning in. Although Spark will take the flack for the sudden loss of picture video just as Beauden Barrett lines up for the critical match-winning kick in the last minute of the final, the ultimate responsibility for catastrophe rests with politicians such as Mr Joyce and his most recent successor as broadcasting minister, Mr Faafoi. Like his National predecessor in the broadcasting portfolio, Mr Faafoi also has ministerial responsibilities in the area of digital communications and technology. Recently joining Foreign Minister Winston Peters to announce the expenditure of $10 million over five years “to support Pacific countries as they develop national cyber security strategies, secure infrastructure and data, enhance online safety, and implement robust cyber-crime laws across the Pacific,” Mr Faafoi said that building cyber capability in the Pacific was one of the priority actions of New Zealand’s cyber security strategy. “With improvements in connectivity in the region, Pacific countries are seeing an increased risk of cyber security threats and New Zealand is committed to supporting our Pacific neighbours to provide a safe, secure online environment for their citizens and to maximise the benefits of a free and open internet while

minimising cyber security risks.” Mr Faafoi will be overseas at the same time as rugby fans at home are wrestling with their remotes or keeping their hands over their eyes and ears so as not to learn the results of matches before they see the delayed screenings on state-owned television broadcaster, TVNZ, of which Mr Faafoi is a share-holding minister. He will be attending the “Tech for Humanity” meeting of G7 Digital Ministers in Paris and has added “a number of cyber engagements to planned travel to support the Government’s focus on international collaboration on cyber issues.” He will accompany the Prime Minister, Our Lady Jacinda, while she is in Paris “championing the Christchurch Call, with the aim of adopting concrete commitments by governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, while protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms and maintaining a free, open and secure internet.” Mr Faafoi says “Our vision is for an open, safe and secure cyberspace. New Zealand is committed to addressing cyber security threats and building cyber security capacity and resilience. While we are geographically isolated, this offers no protection in the cyber world.” There are bound to be some critics who believe rising sea levels caused by global warming to be a more immediate existential threat to low-lying Pacific Islands, such as Tokelau where his parents lived before coming to New Zealand. Although the internet was just a gleam in a nerd’s eye in 1985 when Neil Postman’s famous book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business was published, his choice of title was eerily prophetic.

Kapiti Island news: Conservation Scientists: “Given that there is no meaning in natural events in themselves we, as makers of meaning, provide it with our rich creativity and imagination.” In this way, working from the same written eye-witness accounts of the encounters at Gisborne between local Maori and Captain James Cook, it is possible to come to two wildly different conclusions about their significance and meaning. One question for students sitting exams testing their knowledge of New Zealand history could be: “Captain Cook: brilliant explorer and navigator or despicable murderer and thief?” The view that Cook was leading an invasion to seize control of land and forcibly remove its occupants, at the start of a process that would much later be dubbed “colonisation”, has added fresh fuel to the growing controversy over the Government’s decision to spend $22.5 million on “celebrating” the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Cook’s Endeavour off our shores in 1769. A replica of the Endeavour at the head of a flotilla of historic sailing vessels and waka has become the focus of protest. Another exam question for New Zealand history students might be: “Compare and contrast the cultural conflicts and communication breakdowns that marred first encounters between Polynesian and Europeans all around the Pacific with the Turia 250 protests of 2019.” Their answer would have to draw on their knowledge of the past as much as their understanding of the present for, like all history, New Zealand’s is a work in progress, subject to continuous revision and reinterpretation. The rest, as they might say, is politics.

BY DANIELLE BARRETT Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “carefully using valuable natural substances that exist in limited amounts in order to make certain that they will be available for as long a time as possible”. A conservation-focussed approach to life is an idea being increasingly considered & embraced by people in New Zealand & around the world as we grapple with ever-growing sustainability & waste issues. September 14-22 marked New Zealand’s 50th annual Conservation Week with hundreds of people planting native trees, organising beach clean ups and building weta motels (Google it!) throughout the country. While this annual event draws focus on the environmental aspects of Sustainability, from a Tourism perspective Sustainability is a much larger beast. The Tourism Industry of Aotearoa (TIA) has an ambitious goal of “a New Zealand where our economy, people & environment are better off because tourism exists”. The TIA recognised that New Zealand’s piece of the global tourism pie couldn’t grow purely by drawing in more & more visitors each year, and instead needed to focus on quality experiences, and longer stays in the country. In 2017 the TIA launched the Tourism Sustainability Commitment - a set of goals & commitments covering sustainability across 4 key pillars: Economic, Visitor, Environment & Host Community. This is much wider than just looking after the natural environment and reflects the concepts of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship & protection of our natural, built & cultural resources for current & future generations) and Manaakitanga (showing

respect, hospitality, generosity and care for others). Manuhiri (visitors) are seeking tourism experiences which take them off the beaten track and provide a unique & authentic encounter that they can’t find anywhere else. While eco-tourism isn’t a new trend, eco-tourists are currently considered one of the fastest growing groups of travellers. They are increasingly demanding that businesses share and live their values, work to conserve the environment, and help improve the well-being of local people. One of the most tangible Tourism Sustainability Commitments focussed on delivering directly to local people is offering quality jobs & paying a fair wage to all staff. Kapiti Island Nature Tours has just been announced as a newly minted Living Wage Accredited Employer having committed in April 2019 to pay a minimum hourly rate of $21.15 to all staff. This reflects their belief in the well known whakatauki (proverb) “He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata he tangata he tangata”. The meaning roughly translates as “What is the most important thing in the world, it is the people, the people, the people”. While New Zealand is fortunate to have a huge array of stunning natural landscapes, it is our people that make our country truly unique. Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and has a massive impact on the environment & people of the world. We need to ensure we provide quality, but more importantly sustainable travel experiences. If you’d like to learn more, check out


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Ōtaki - Education Town a learning eco-system

Kia ora te reo Māori BY KAHUKURA KEMP The official ‘Māori Language Week’ has just finished for a large part of the population. But for us at the wānanga the journey continues. It’s an integral part of our core business, one of two compulsory components of our teaching and learning programme. Our internal planning document Hei Whakamaunga Atu is based on our ten guiding kaupapa. The te reo kaupapa has three goals: • Give priority to the survival and wellbeing of te reo Māori as a taonga • Develop a te reo Māori campus • Staff are provided with opportunities to become capable speakers and writers of te reo through classes and experiential learning Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi maurea A new course introduced in 2019 that has proven spectacularly successful is a kaumātua reo class. It’s no secret that many of our kaumātua were, through the insidious process of colonisation, denied te reo and encouraged instead to see

English as the language of success, achievement and advancement. It’s a wonderful thing to see and hear our elders on campus, particularly as many of them worked tirelessly over the past 40 or so years in the kitchens of our marae where reo immersion hui were held so that younger ones were well looked after while taking the opportunity to grow and develop into language speakers. E kui mā, e koro mā ka nui te aroha, ka nui te mihi. Tau kē koutou! Whāia te iti kahurangi In early September we were delighted to host a Kura Whakarauora, a practical workshop in a supportive and interactive environment, for whānau and communities to develop a plan for their whānau, marae, iwi, school or group to revitalise te reo. Two and a half days were spent learning and making plans to keep te reo thriving for future generations, led by te reo luminaries Ruakere Hond, Rawinia Higgins, Charisma Rangipunga, Jeremy Tatere McLeod, Hinurewa Poutu and Shane

Emma Whiterod and Mark Taratoa

the kaumātua reo class

Meleane reaches the Summit BY PENNY GAYLOR Last weekend local Year 8 student Meleane Nelson-Latu joined 19 other young explorers from around the country at the Christchurch Antarctica Centre for the first Young Inspiring Explorers’ Summit. The Antarctic Heritage Trust, in partnership with the William Pike Challenge Award, hosted the summit. The Year 7-9 students spent the weekend with the Trust and Kiwi explorer William Pike, who lost his leg in the 2007 Mt Ruapehu eruption. They were challenged to step outside their comfort zone, camping out overnight, meeting huskies and penguins and learning about the inspiring stories of the great Antarctic explorers, including Scott and Shackleton and Hillary. Meleane is grateful to the Trust for the opportunity to be one of the 20 at the Summit and shared some of her highlights from the weekend’s adventure. “One of the big things I learnt was how Antarctica loses over 250 gigatons(Billion Kgs) of ice a year! That is a lot! However, a lot of that ice is ice that builds up around Antarctica.”

Taurima. Staff members Emma Whiterod and Mark Taratoa were among the participants. (see pic below) Emma, mum to three children, 9, 12 and 14 years old, enjoyed all the facilitators but was particularly inspired by Hinurewa whose presentation focused on ways to engage with rangatahi in their social media world and by making language fun, relevant and easy. The message was that learning must be R.A.W.E: Relevant and social; Appealing, fun and engaging; Wā/ Wāhi - at the right time and in the right place; Easy, not inconvenient but natural and in context with language needs. Emma liked that the speakers were inspirational but realistic and down to earth, gave personal examples of their own successes and failures and were encouraging but cautionary about inevitable challenges. Above all, “they made speaking te reo seem achievable”. Emma and her whānau now have a definite plan to run with and are looking forward to putting it in place. Mark similarly was inspired by the speakers and by his own realisation that

“I also learnt about the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic. I learnt the importance of not giving up - we got given some real challenges like an outdoor activity where we had to navigate through the dark as a team, without falling into crevasses. “We slept in tents at the Omaka Scout Camp and this was definitely like the Antarctic as it was freezing! We also got to experience an Antarctic Storm in the Storm Room at the Antarctic Centre, which gave us the experience of what it would be like to be in a storm in Antarctica. The William Pike Challenge has been offered to all students in Years 7 & 8 at Otaki College this year. Fifty students across both year levels have been actively engaged in logging Passion Projects and Community Service. The William Pike Challenge consists of three sections. Over the year students are required to complete 20 hours of Community Service, 20 Hours of a Passion Project or projects and five Outdoor Activities which are organised by the school. Right: William Pike and Meleane NelsonLatu

reo revitalisation is not actually that difficult, “you can do it with even a low level of reo”. He has tuned in to the ‘wā; wāhi; horopaki’ concept – identifying times and places for strengthening his own, and his wife Merrin’s reo use in their own home and creating language bonds with others. He and Merrin are looking forward to “expanding the bubble and testing ourselves” as they grow in confidence and ability. Kua takoto te manuka Anyone, young or old, can learn te reo, from a raft of programmes available nationwide. There are also excellent resources including grammar books, dictionaries, soundtracks, radio and television programmes, podcasts and even gaming apps. Some lucky few will also have native or fluent speakers to rely on. Programmes offered by this wānanga include courses from certificate to masters level. An absolute beginners course, Poupou Huia te Reo, is delivered on-line. Heke Reo is a 1-year intensive diploma course that will lead students into a 3-year degree, Poutuarongo Reo. There are two postgraduate courses for those who wish to extend further. So if you’ve been inspired by Māori Language Week and are keen to continue please feel welcome to come and have a chat. Tū whitia te hopo! Visit us at 144 Tasman Road, Otaki Phone us at 0800 WĀNANGA Visit our website at Email us at


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Ōtaki College News

September 2019 From the Principal Andy Fraser Ra Haka

On Wednesday 11 September, as part of the College commitment to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, the annual Ra Haka competition was held between the College Houses (Kauri, Matai, Rimu and Totara). As a lead-in to this it has become apparent that previous haka used by the College have not always been as inclusive as they could be due to students and staff of various levels of competency in te reo Māori. To allow greater participation I ­requested Matua Te Tahi to write a haka that would have strong connection to the pepeha (geneological link) to the land and people that our students and staff are more familiar with. Matua Te Tahi has successfully captured this in a haka that our students have quickly learned and adopted as their own. It was great to see members of our kapa haka group and boys involved in the Manakura GPS Group, along with other students who already have a depth of knowledge in haka and in te reo, stepping up to take a strong lead in helping their houses learn words and actions ready for the competition. As part of this event we have taken the opportunity to teach students about the tradition behind haka and its origins. The Meaning of Haka: Hā - ‘the breath of life’ that we share between each other is represented in the words and different noises made throughout haka. Kā - being to ignite, and the energy that is shown through the actions, the facial expressions we use, and also the ‘wiri’ which represents Tāne Rore. The Origin of Haka: Tāne Rore is the son of the sun god, Tama Nui Te Rā and Hine Raumati, goddess of summer. The rising of the heat waves, the trembling air as seen on a hot day, and the shimmering of Tama Nui Te Rā reflecting from Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) is the dance of Tāne Rore, the deity of haka. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. “Mai i ngā atua, heke iho ki a tātau tīpuna”. From the gods, to

our Ancestors. And Now ... We see haka everywhere: on marae, in the street, at celebrations, at protests, at school, in the military, at sports events - anywhere kiwis are celebrating our uniqueness as Māori and as New Zealanders. Haka is a tāonga unique to Aotearoa and its people. House Competition: Matai were the winners on the day. They will be receiving “Tāne Rore”, a new trophy carved by Matua Te Tahi to celebrate the haka competition, now an annual event. Ngā mihi nui, Andy Fraser, Principal

Alpine Adventures

Over the last 3 weeks Year 12 and Year 13 Outdoor Education students have been privileged to learn skills in an alpine environment. Mt Ruapehu has been the focus for these students. Year 12 spent 5 days on Whakapapa staying at the Manawatu Lodge. During their stay students took part in building snow shelters (snow mounds) in which they slept, cooked in alpine conditions and learnt skills related to walking in soft and hard snow using ice axes and crampons. Throughout the week, students were exposed to the harsh climate of Mt Ruapehu and its ever changing weather conditions. This provided challenging conditions at times and encouraged students to think about important concepts surrounding preparedness and contingency plans.

Year 13’s experience on Whakapapa provided different challenges. This Alpine trip was the last of their 3 multi day tramps that allow students to complete their Multi Day Tramping Unit Standard. One night was spent in tents on the snow up Tennant’s Valley. Students were then required to navigate their way down Whakapapa and locate the ‘round the mountain track’ which connects with Whakapapaiti Valley track. The last night was spent in the Whakapapaiti Hut. Both year levels showed respect towards the environment and represented Ōtaki College with pride. A huge thankyou to Howard Manins, Nathan Thompson and Nikki Lundie. Without volunteer help these trips would not go ahead. It was a pleasure to be sharing these amazing opportunities with these students. Kent Pollard, Teacher in Charge of Outdoor Education

Evolocity Success at Regionals

On Saturday the 14th of September a group of junior students from Ōtaki College travelled down to Whitiriea in Porirua to race electric vehicles that they’d built in the Lower North Island Regional Evolocity Competition. Their challenge was to design, build and then race an electric vehicle against other schools. Students were supplied with a standard electric motor and batteries to be used in the design, or they could enter the open class and have up to 1kW electric motors. Over the year the students designed and built a two wheeled vehicle, modified last year’s winning three wheeled single seater and build an open class bike. Ōtaki College did spectacularly well in heavy rain and with a slippery track, winning 11 of the 12 races and qualifying for the November National Competition in Hamilton. Titles won by the standard class two wheeled vehicle

were; fastest drag race, fastest street circuit, fastest gymkhana and most efficient vehicle. The three-wheeler also won; fastest drag race, fastest street circuit, fastest gymkhana and most efficient vehicle. The open class vehicle was first equal in the drag race and fastest in the street circuit and gymkhana. The students who build the vehicles and competed on the day were William Fogden, Manawatoa Nakhla, Harrison Gould and Sam Georgetti. The competition utilises many of the practical and academic skills taught in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Students learn to meet deadlines and manage a project, make models, test and trial ideas, manage safety when developing a vehicle and develop skills and passion in the engineering and technology areas. Ōtaki College and the students involved would like to thank Fletcher Construction for their sponsorship this year, making it possible for the students to enter a vehicle in all three classes. They are also very appreciative for the past support of Energise Ōtaki and the Curious Minds funding. Training and improvements will start again soon in preparation for the Nationals in Hamilton – Ōtaki College will be ready! Chris Georgetti, Curriculum Leader, Technology


Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

A passion for books, or how at 57, I retrained to become a librarian BY VYVIEN STARBUCK-MAFFEY So there I was, on my deathbed, my life spooling past my eyes. What had I accomplished during my time on earth? What had I contributed? With horror I realized the truth was, as far as a career had gone, I had only ever chased the dollar. I had always been a wage slave, living from payday to payday, lucky enough to have well-paying jobs, with, for the most part, nice colleagues but inside me there was a growing sense of futility and exhaustion. Dear reader, you will be relieved to know I wasn’t actually on my deathbed, but at the age of 57 while I didn’t know when exactly I would be popping my clogs and meeting my Maker I knew there was less time left than there had been, and that the one thing I didn’t want to be facing at that time was the pain of regret. So many magazine articles came back to haunt me! Those glossy mag articles where middle-aged women (and men) decide to chuck it all in to “Follow Their Passion”: from board-room maven to mushroom farmer! from university lecturer to tiny-house builder! Mother of three to installation artist! Lawyer to chocolatier! Architect to backpacking vlogger! My cynical lipcurling at these earnest secular sermons hid envy, and a kind of despair. What if you’d tried to find your passion and failed miserably? Every decade I had tried to unearth the answer to the question that for so many other people seemed effortless. I tried life coaches, journaling, endless self-help books. The only conclusion I came to was that I wouldn’t be pursuing my passion anytime soon as I found simply EVERYTHING absorbing, fascinating and entrancing! The world was my passion! I needed half a dozen lives to pursue everything that interested me, not just one! At the end of this spiral I would crawl back into my 9-5 sleeping bag, telling myself to be grateful to have a job and so many other blessings. But there it was, my ‘deathbed’ insight, stark and horrifying. I absolutely HAD to find the answer. Perhaps the question needed to be rephrased. Not: what was my passion? But WHERE had I felt most alive all my life? The answer came: in a bookshop, or a library. Bingo! Being surrounded by books left me feeling exhilarated, safe and calm all at the same time, just as it had when I was a tot building blanket forts using Mum’s Webster’s dictionary and Arthur Mee encyclopedia. All that knowledge, the limitless abundance of discoveries, and the ability to share all these – that was the thing that made me feel most excited and on track. The librarian idea had always been lurking. At two other times in my life I had made tentative steps towards this career path, but the timing wasn’t right, so I

told myself, and the financial constraints were compelling. Now, at 57, I realized it was now or never. Even if I never found a library job it was time to do something that involved more than just chasing the next dollar, to do something that resided in the core of who I was and what I believed in. I couldn’t think of any other profession that was more exciting than being a librarian, even though as a child my encounters with She Who Insisted on Silence amongst The Shelving were not reassuring! Although that stereotype persists in people’s minds the reality is very different now in modern libraries. I had no desire to become a Shusherette, but to be someone helping people access information and knowledge, exercise their creativity and connect them with technology, that was a dream worth pursuing! Once this realization had taken root the practical steps just seemed to take themselves. I enrolled in the Open Polytechnic Graduate Diploma course; it was computerbased and not too expensive and I could be qualified within 2 years. Blithely I signed up for a double helping of papers and luckily my employer made it possible for me to work part-time - financially it was doable, if we were careful. Turning a realization into a reality isn’t easy; there have been times of self-doubt and exhaustion. It’s not fun waking up at 5am with the flu and struggling to complete a 2,000-word assignment due at midday. Learning via computer was also a different discipline; for the first couple of months I was like a deer in the headlights. But a new world opened before me, all over Ōtaki there was the sound of gunshot – not criminal activity but my head exploding as new ideas and worlds of knowledge opened before me! For the first time in a long time I began to feel alive again. I was also lucky enough after a year to win a part-time job in a library to put my fledgling skills into action. I love helping people find stuff, whether it’s books or obscure journal articles, or introduce them to the public computers. It’s just the start of the journey but that’s the best bit, the fact that the learning will never end. Am I going to finish this brief reflection by saying, like all those magazine articles, it’s never too late to follow your dream? Nope. I am enough of a realist to know that some dreams can’t be achieved. It’s a bit late for me to become a dancer or a veterinarian! But it all began with asking myself where have I felt most alive? I found the answer, I just wish I had found it sooner, but better late than never. And now, when Death finally does come, I’ll contentedly tell him my life story is now ready to be shelved.

What's ON

• Adult &Teens Reading Challenge Mon 16 Sept to Sun 27 Oct. Explore the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries collections. Comment on the book you have read to enter the draw for the weekly prizes of coffee vouchers or a gift basket. Attending one of our literary events during this period qualifies you for an entry. Each entry will also be entered into the draw for the grand prize of a $100 book voucher. Age 13 +. Visit your library or the library website for more details. see also page 16 • Rotary Charity Lunch and Auction. Lifting the Lid on Youth Suicide. 4 Oct 11am at Southwards. Tickets from College • Big Read-In. Ōtaki Library Fri 11 Oct 10.30am – 12pm Celebrate reading and your library, come along to our Big Read In. Meet others, share your book and enjoy reading together.. For ages 13+ • Ako: Skills Café Ōtaki Library Fri 18 Oct 10.30am – 12pm. Join teachers from Te Wānanga o Raukawa to complete a simple weaving project in harakeke. Free but registrations are essential. Call in at the library or visit the library website to register. • Energise Ōtaki – Repair Café. Sat 19 Oct 10am-2pm Memorial Hall see p11 • Bike Rodeo Oct 1, for 3 - 10 year olds at Ōtaki Bike Space 11am - 2pm - 2 Convent Road, Ōtaki • Gale Force Gospel Choir Rangiatea Church 6 Oct 1.30pm Koha entrance • Energise Ōtaki Oct 9, bi-monthly meeting 6pm - 8pm Supper Room, Ōtaki • Mana Akiaki Lifekeepers for Maaori, Suicide Prevention Training. (18yo+) Maaoriland Hub, Wed 30 October, 9 -5 • Kāpiti Arts Trail 2019 Nov 2/3 and 9/10, 10-5pm: springtime showcase of over 100 artists on Kāpiti Coast. Free entry. • Te Horo County Garden Tour 16 and 17 November details p4

Regular Events

• Ōtaki Women’s Community Club market. SH1 every Sunday 9– 3 • Waitohu Dune Care Group Mondays, north Ōtaki Beach 9-11 • Te Horo Market Te Horo Hall, first Sunday of the month. 10am – 12.30 • The Hope Cafe 19 Aotaki St Thurs 3-5 Creative workshops for the non- arty • Te Horo-Ōtaki Ukulele group, te Horo Hall. First and third Friday 10:30-12. ph. 364 3335. deeandtim@gmail. com

Buying Motor Vehicles from a Private Seller What can you do to protect yourself when buying a used vehicle privately? What does “as is where is” mean? Our client, B, reported that the truck he bought from a private seller in Auckland developed a major mechanical fault after five days of running it. Client contacted the seller and after some discussion, was told by the seller that he was not going to do any repairs or refund as it was in a good condition at the time of purchase. It was advertised as “as is where is”. Client wanted to know what his legal rights are. When buying privately, you aren’t protected by the Consumer Guarantees Act or Fair Trading Act, so it is wise to have a thorough mechanical check of the vehicle. Many organisations provide a pre-purchase inspection service. You should also check that the vehicle has a current Warrant of Fitness - vehicles for sale must have a warrant which is less than a month old unless they are being sold ‘as is, where is’. If a vehicle is being sold without a current warrant of fitness then the seller must advertise it ‘as is, where is’. Sellers generally use the term “as is, where is” to mean that they won’t confirm whether the car will start or what hidden faults it might have, and that it will be the buyer’s responsibility to move the car after they have bought it. Note that it means something slightly different when the vehicle is being sold by a registered motor vehicle dealer. When this term is used by a registered dealer it generally means that the car’s warrant of fitness (WOF) is more than one month old. If you go ahead and buy the vehicle, you have to give the dealer written confirmation that you accept this. If the WOF is not current, you’ll also have to confirm that you will not drive the vehicle except to get a warrant of fitness. If you do buy a car privately and have problems, you may

have some rights after purchase if: • you were persuaded to buy the car based on false information the seller gave you • money is owed on the vehicle and was dishonest with you about it and it is repossessed by a finance company • the seller didn’t have the right to sell the car • the car seller should actually be a registered motor vehicle trader. You may be able to get a refund or compensation under the Contract and Commercial Law Act (CCLA). Otherwise, you have very few legal protections. Private sellers do not have to comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) or the Fair Trading Act (FTA). This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contact the seller to try to work out a solution to the problem. It’s important to get as much information about the condition of the car before you buy it and learn as much as you can about the seller beforehand. You can also search the seller’s name on the Motor Vehicles Trader Register to see if they are listed as a registered trader. Motor vehicle trader search(external link) — Trading Standards Use Personal Property Security Register’s TXTB4UBUY service to make sure there’s not money owing on the car. Using the car’s registration number or vehicle identification number (VIN), check if the vehicle is listed as stolen. Stolen vehicles(external link) — New Zealand Police If you do strike any problems getting the problem fixed, feel free to give your CAB a call/visit or send us an email at . We have trained volunteers to help you out.

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Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

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

Big Sky

The Testaments

by Kate Atkinson

by Margaret Atwood

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back across the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breath-taking novel.

The Girl Who Lived Twice

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

by David Lagercrantz

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she reveals the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

In a run-down, drought-stricken outback town, a well-liked priest goes on a murderous rampage. A year later, a troubled journalist arrives to write a feature about the tragedy. This dark and complex crime thriller unravels the story of the shooting, and all the smalltown (inter-generational) secrets that surround it. Well-crafted and densely plotted with a vast array of characters, Scrublands takes you on a journey. The writing meanwhile captures the essence of the landscape – so you can almost feel the heat, dust and grit. I was hooked from start to finish.

The next episode in David Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series is a thrilling ride that plunges into the depths of Russia’s criminal underworld, where Lisbeth Salander will face her nemesis. Lisbeth Salander’s mentor and protector is dead, and she has been gone from Stockholm since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander’s enemies will come after her. He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself. Following the trail of her twin sister Camilla to Moscow, Salander nevertheless continues to watch over her old friend. Soon Blomkvist will need her help. But first, she has an old score to settle; and fresh outrage to avenge.

commonly found in pet foods like beef, dairy, and wheat. A low allergen, novel protein diet and certain supplements may help in these cases. If your pet is displaying signs of generalised redness, including around the eyes, paws and gum line, puffy eye, typical signs of sinusitis/bronchitis or shaking of the head or pawing at this ears it is quite likely it is suffering from a seasonal allergy. And not to forget, some animals react to stress with symptoms of itchiness like scratching, chewing of feet and in between the toes, rubbing of face, etc, too. As firework season is upon us this will certainly affect some of our pets. Fireworks can be incredibly scary and stressful for animals. In preparation of this, you can take

some preventative measures. Pheromone sprays, diffusors and collars, natural supplements and certain diets with calming ingredients can all help in reducing your pet’s stress levels. By talking to your vet you can find the solution that is best suitable for your situation.

The itch for spring Spring is on its way and with it it brings a lot of itchy pets. The main cause of this seasonal itch is allergy. Skin allergies can have a number of causes including contact allergy, flea allergy, atopy and food allergy/ intolerance. Common allergens include pollen, grasses, dust mites and flea saliva. While flea numbers might have reduced outside over winter, now is the time for them to start hatching in larger numbers again. They will be joining the fleas that survived winter inside of unsuspecting people’s warm homes. Pets that are sensitive to the flea bites and their saliva will start reacting with itchiness. For those pets it will be crucial to be up to date with their flea treatments. Some pets are allergic to products

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Ōtaki Churches welcome you ANGLICAN 9.30am 47 Te Rauparaha St 1st and 3rd Sundays Eucharist Te Horo St Margarets School Rd 2nd and 4th Sundays Eucharist 9.30am Manakau St Andrews 1st Sunday, Cafe Church, 9.30am 2nd & 4th Sundays, Eucharist 9am Ōtaki Rangiatea Church Services 37 Te Rauparaha St Acts Churches The HUB Sunday Eucharist: 9am Church viewing hours, school terms: Tel: 364 6911 157 Tasman Rd, Ōtaki Mon–Fri 9.30am–1.30pm 10.15 am Family service tel office: 364 6838 email: 10.15 am Big Wednesday Shannon Turongo Church, Poutu Marae Baptist Shannon/Foxton Highway Tel: 364 8540 3rd Sunday 11.30am Cnr Te Manuao Road/SH1 10am service Levin Ngatokowaru Marae Presbyterian Hokio Beach Road Rev. Peter L. Jackson 4th Sunday 11am Tel: 364 6346 CATHOLIC 249 Mill Rd, Ōtaki Ōtaki St Mary’s “Pukekaraka” Worship: 11am 4 Convent Road Cafe Church: Weekend Mass Sunday 10am 2nd Sunday 10.45am Weekday Mass Tues 9.30 Wed 9.00 Liturgy with Communion: Monday, Friday 9.00 Thursday 9.30 Kuku St Stephens, 9am first Sunday of the month Ōtaki

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Insurance Inpro 364 6123 Nurseries 100&1 364 7084 Talisman 364 5893 Te Horo Garden Centre 364 2142 Watsons Garden Centre 364 8758 Kapiti Coast District Council General Inquiries 364 9301 Toll Free 0800 486 486 Ōtaki Library 364 9317 Ōtaki Swimming Pool 64 5542 Lawyer Susie Mills Law 364 7190 Locksmith Ōtaki Locksmith 021 073 5955 Mowers Mower & Engineering 364 5411 Plumbing About Plumbing 364 5586 Henderson Plumbing 364 5252 Ryan Plumbing & Gas 027 243 6451 Rest Homes Ocean View 364 7399 Enliven 0508 365483 Computers TechMan 022 315 7018 Sports Clubs To come, (when you let us know!) Storage Otaki Secure Storage 0800 364 632

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Ōtaki Mail – October 2019

Surf Club news BY NIKKI LUNDIE We have patrolled our beautiful patch of the Kapiti coastline every sizzling summer since 1953. Offshore rips and holes can be treacherous here – in the past few years alone, we have performed a large number of preventative actions and people have needed to be rescued. So our watchtower, which is currently undergoing a flash new refurb, is crucial for keeping an eagle eye on the surf. Kitted out with the latest technology, including wifi, two-way radios, a speaker system and a surf camera, it is our command centre. We’d like to make special mention of Nulook windows who have gone above and beyond, we are extremely grateful for their amazing generosity. Mention should also be made of our awesome builders M & H Builders for their superior workmanship and commitment.

Lifeguards We currently have a record number of 21 people training to become lifeguards this season including rookies, parents of rookies, and newcomers. A reminder to anyone 14 years or over who would like to train as a lifeguard that our training has recently started at Haruatai Pool on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7 and 8 pm. We welcome you to come along and have a chat with one of our coaches if you’re keen to know more. Nippers Pool training every Thursday night between 7 and 8 pm is in full swing and beach sessions will commence on Sunday 10th Nov. 3.30 - 5 (be there by 3.15). Just in time for the first competition of the season to be held in Titahi Bay on Sunday 17th November. If your child is keen to join our rookie program, they need to be able to swim 2 lengths of the Haruatai pool and tread water for 30 seconds to be eligible. We welcome you to come along on a Thursday evening to have a chat with one of our coaches if you’re keen to know more. Apologies In last months edition, the photo ref should have read ‘Neale Ames accepting a cheque for $10,000 to the Club toward the purchase of equipment from Phillip Sue, representing the Ōtaki District Commercial Gardiners Trust.


Ōtaki Swimmers score medals

Our watchtower makeover in progress

Rāhui women start with huge victory BY FRANK NEILL The Rāhui women’s team had a dream start to competitive rugby, winning their first match by more than 50 points on 18 September. And they achieved the nine-try rout of their opposition in just 40 minutes of play, with the game format of four 10-minute quarters. The match, held at Playford Park, Levin, marked the first time a Rāhui women’s team had played competition rugby, and the team achieved an historic first-up victory. Facing Levin team Athletic Wanderers, Rāhui completely outclassed their opposition, with the final scoreline reading 51-0. Athletic Wanderers had no answer to the team from Ōtaki, coached by Makaore Wilson, who is also the Rāhui Club Captain. The women in blue and red went on a try-scoring spree. Kirsty Maheno touched down four times, with Shay-Marie Peneha and Rongomai Te Hei grabbing two tries each, while Christina Tuitupou also

crossed the line. Grace Kaihau added three conversions. It was a dominant display, with line breaks a-plenty and some excellent passing helping to put players into space. The team from Ōtaki was also very competitive at the breakdown, winning possession on numerous occasions. Whenever Athletic Wanderers did put some passages of play together, Rāhui defended superbly, and although their opposition did mount three or four promising movements, Rāhui’s defence kept their try line intact. Given that some of the Rāhui team had never played rugby before, it was a truly notable performance. The Rāhui players also have a wide age range, with the oldest being 51 years and the youngest 17 years. The Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Football Union’s women’s competition is being contested by five Both swimmer and teams this year. junior coach won medals at the As well as Rāhui and Athletic Wanderers, the 10-a-side competition features Levin College Old Swim Wellington Short Course Boys, Paraparaumu and Shannon. Championships . Photos show Nevaeh Gardner: bronze medal for 100m fly, and 3 silver medals for 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke. The club junior coach also entered nine events and won 9 medals. 2 Bronze for 50m breaststroke and fly, 6 silver medals for 100 IM, 100m free, 100m back, 50m back, 200m back and 50m free. Gold achieved in his 100m fly.

Rāhui women’s rugby team (back row from left): Erana Harrison-Paurini, Te Rina Marsh-Wilson, Kylie Gardner, Grace Kaihau, Māhinarangi Rikihana, Hēni Cooper, Chiao-Bhonet Ruri, Keriana Stirling, and Chaka Nikora; (front row from left): Kirsty Maheno, Taramea Hennessy, Hinekura Connor-Phillip, Raureka Gray, Shay-Marie Peneha, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, Zivana Eriha and Rongomai Te Hei. Although she played in the match, Christina Tuitupou was not in the photo. Photo credit: Makaore Wilson

Daylight Saving kicks off this weekend Summer is coming! Time to get out and enjoy a round of golf with your mates? Ōtaki golf club summer membership allows you full use of club facilities and rounds of golf for 6 months. That’s right you can play golf - from 1st October 2019 through to 31st March 2020. Summer membership 18 Hole Summer Member $420 9 Hole Summer Member $315 Casual Green fees rates for 18 holes once a week for next 6 months would be $962. You do the maths: that’s a saving of $542!! Kick off your summer with a round of golf at Ōtaki golf course. Call today 06-364 820 for your summer membership or better still buy an early Christmas present for a loved one.

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