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Christmas 2019

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Artscape rebranded as Courthouse Gallery P9 BY PENNY GAYLOR The Ōtaki Players have turned out another theatre triumph, this time with the December production of Grease Junior. The original movie Grease was made 41 years ago, while the actors in the local production to the specifically tailored youth script and songs were all under 20 years old. Director Frances Tull pulled off a glittering performance with a cast of the youngest generation from many well-known local family names. This version of the musical is an adapted version for a younger cast and younger audience, featured many solo performances. All up the cast of 18 and a Chorus of 21, acted, sang and jived their way through eight performances of the two hour show. The Stage set was the usual high standard for an Ōtaki Players production. Many parents were also drawn in to the show in supporting roles, taking up multiple backstage roles from makeup to backstage wranglers. Off-stage roles also featured local youth with Kadyn Orchard on lighting (pictured right) and Leo Pettigrew on projection (left) showing you’re never too young to get involved in any of the high pressure roles that it takes to pull off a big-stage musical. The musical’s live Band was lead by Andrea King on keyboard, Jacob Gates on guitar, Ciaran Rountree on Saxophone, Preston

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Orchard on Drums, and Alexandra Stephens on Flute, with Frances Tull conducting.

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A short-term respite stay can make all the difference this holiday season.

Opportunity to ‘holiday’ at Enliven’s Reevedon Home Enliven’s Reevedon Home in Levin is reminding locals that short-term care is available for older family members. Respite care gives family caregivers the chance to take a break, while their loved ones ‘holiday’ at an Enliven home. The short-term care can offer families greater flexibility over the Christmas and New Year season, says Enliven general manager Nicola Turner. “It takes a lot of emotional strength to be a carer, and burnout can be a real chronic issue,” she explains. “At Christmas time, additional family commitments can make things even harder for carers trying to juggle all their duties. “Taking time away to refresh and recharge your batteries, even for just a little while, can make a big difference to your wellbeing.” Reevedon Home and sister site Levin

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• Levin Home for War Veterans • Reevedon Home and Village retirement villages rest home hospital dementia short term respite health recovery day programmes For more information please visit: Making sure your wishes will be met BY FLEUR HOBSON A couple came to see us about their wills. We shall call them John and Jane, although they are not their real names. They wanted to know how they could make sure that what had happened to Jane’s sister did not happen to them. Jane’s sister’s husband had died recently, and Jane’s sister discovered that the will her husband had made about a year before he died was quite different from the two wills the sister and her husband had made earlier. Jane’s sister had no idea her husband had changed his will, and it favoured his children over her children, as they had both been married previously. We were able to talk to Jane and John about making what is known as a “mutual will”.

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When Jane’s sister and her husband made their wills together some years before the husband died, they had what is known as “mirror wills”. The two wills mirrored each other by outlining the same assets and dividing them in the same way with the same list of people who would inherit under each will. However, there was nothing to stop either of them changing their will without letting the other person know. If they had made a mutual will, they would have promised that each person would not revoke or change their will without keeping the agreement in the same or a better way. They would also have promised not to dispose of some or all of an item of property that the will specifically dealt

with. A mutual will creates a legally binding agreement between a couple. This means that mutual wills can sometimes be the best way for a couple to ensure that their wishes will be met. One very obvious advantage of a mutual will is that it ensures neither of the couple will be given a shock soon after their partner dies – coming, as it will, at a time when they are grieving anyway. Mutual wills can be beneficial for couples who are part of a blended family – where one or both have been in a previous marriage or relationship, and quite often have children from both the relationships. Having said that, mirror wills can also work well for many families, including blended families.

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There are benefits and disadvantages of both mutual wills and mirror wills, and it can require some expertise in the law to help work out which is the best option for a couple. What is best for you will depend on a variety of factors. To find out what is best for you, the best way forward is to discuss your situation with a lawyer experienced in wills and estates. If you are looking for more information or advice on your will, or if this article means that you would like to review the will or wills you have made, we would be happy to help. Contact Fleur or Susie at Susie Mills Law 2019, 364 7190, 282 Mill Road – opposite Farmlands.

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Stapping it out in New York. ANN-MARIE STAPP

New York, New York. My most favourite city in the world. My first experience of New York was 1992 when I was left by my airport transport, five blocks short of my hotel overnight accommodation and I enlisted the help of a bellhop to hail a taxi for me. While I was trying to come up with that plan, I sat on some steps and stared across at Carnegie Hall and thought of singers like Chris Williamson, Holly Near, and Meg Christian who’d performed there, vowing to return one day and look around. On my one-night layover, Bill Clinton was elected President and my love affair with the USA began. Fast forward 21 years and I am staying with a friend who Anne-Marie Stapp says he can get us tickets to hear a performance of the Britten War requiem Symphony and Choral Fantasy, under the at Carnegie if I wanted. direction of Maestro Griffith, it was a no I nonchalantly accepted. He didn’t know brainer. I had performed with a my bucket list items of hearing a concert Wellington choir and orchestra in 2017, at Carnegie and listening to and under his direction, in a concert performing as many Mass settings as I commemorating the 50th anniversary of can. the Welsh mining disaster in 1966 at Aberfan, with the Memorial Cantata by I sat in that world-renowned space and Sir Karl Jenkins. soaked up a class act by a New York orchestra and local choir from St John of In the Wellington concert, we performed the Divine. in the first half, the Benedictus from another Jenkins piece, Mass of Peace for So, when I had the opportunity to join the Armed Man, in memorial for the men with some members of the Nelson Civic of the Pike River mining disaster. Choir, and travel to New York in December 2018 to sing Beethoven’s 9th


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I was privileged to be present at the after-performance function where Maestro Griffith presented me the baton he’d used to conduct the Benedictus, that I’d won at auction. I was also privileged to tell the mining families why I’d bid on the Benedictus baton and not the one used for the Cantata remembering the Welsh, and that is because I wanted to be able to talk about justice for the Pike River miners each time I used it. The baton, pictured below, was blessed with the words, ‘you carry the lives of 29 miners with you.’ I’ve used the baton a couple times when conducting for Kāpiti Chorale and I carry the responsibility seriously. At the same presentation, Wim Oosterhoff, who had organised the event, presented Maestro Griffith with a new conducting baton. One with a handle made from West Coast greenstone.

When I talked with Maestro Griffith after the New York Beethoven concert in 2018, he told me he’d use the pounamu handled baton to conduct the concert that night. It was a special moment with a smile from both of us and a tear or two on my behalf. He told me about applications for a conducting school in January each year and I submitted a number of videos with

my application in July and been accepted for advanced tuition in New York in 2020 under his and Sir Karl Jenkins tuition. I initially registered as an alumni, to sing the Jenkins, Mass of Peace for the Armed Man but then realised that choral weekend was attached to the mentoring conducting workshop week and conducting school would also be concentrating on that work. I am fulfilling a whole pile of pipe dreams at once: singing again at Carnegie, returning to my beloved New York, reuniting the Benedictus baton with the Maestro who first used it, remembering Pike River miners and their families, singing another Mass and learning some more conducting skills in order to pursue my chosen second career, that as a musician. I run several singing groups for health, the Kāpiti women’s choir based in Waikanae, Let’s Sing Ōtaki, an initiative of the Ōtaki Anglican Church; Ōtaki ecumenical choir, and Sing out Levin, community choir as well as being Assistant Director of Kāpiti Chorale and singer in newly created auditioned choir, Voices in the Wind. But singing in Carnegie, with 250 people on stage and an orchestra to an audience of 3,000 and receiving a spontaneous standing ovation is pretty special

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BY VIVIENNE BAILEY Te Horo Beach ‘Christmas in the Park’ Celebrate Christmas at Dixie Street Park, Te Horo Beach on Sunday, 22 December 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (when Santa arrives). There’ll be a bouncy castle and a free sausage sizzle, and plenty of traditional games such as egg in spoon, three-legged and sack races – all the old favourites. Summer 2020 Wednesday Writing Workshops Positive feedback following Kapiti-based writer and tutor, Mandy Hager’s winter Writing Workshop at Ruth Pretty’s Springfield House, has resulted in a repeat, summer-based programme (Wednesday 26 February to Wednesday 1

April 2020). Through six Wednesday mornings (plus lunch), Mandy will guide participants through the various elements of writing including structure, and how to make your characters believable, whether in a novel, memoir, short story or family history – writing that grips readers and makes them want to keep turning those pages. All this while relaxing over Ruth’s café-style lunch, sharing ideas and helping support and motivate one another. A former Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Mandy was recently awarded the Storylines Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. For more info:

Te Horo Hall bursting with handcrafts, recycled clothing and books, jewellery and much more

Santa arrives at the Te Horo Christmas Market with a basket of goodies, however all a bit overwhelming for some

Te Horo Country Market Te Horo’s monthly rural market is at Te Horo Hall, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm Sunday 5 January 2020 – more than 40 stalls featuring a variety of local produce, food, crafts and plants.

Drinks and Nibbles Community get-together at Te Horo Hall, 3 January, 5.30 pm – bring a bottle and a plate of finger food to share. All welcome.

Outside stalls offered plenty of great food (including bread, home made pies, and locally produced olive oil) to take home for lunch,and heaps of ideas for Christmas presents such as the perfect canine gift from ‘Essential Accessories for Dogs

Otaki is still the place to be!!

A town chock full of diverse and interesting people, full of passionate volunteers running amazing organisations, and business’s achieving great results, punching way above their weight! Add to that our top Barista’s making great coffee, our outstanding sportspeople, our rich History that wraps around us in our everyday lives and above all else our exquisite Climate, and Otaki is still the place to be. This is backed up by the outrageous demand for our properties, once again we have had so many multi offer situations, and recently 30 visitors to a Thursday morning open home, followed by 9 offers in 3 Days! We thank all those Vendors who have placed their faith in Derek and Grant to achieve the outstanding result they desired. 75 Sales in all for the year. We have particularly enjoyed welcoming new people into Otaki. Our talent pool is being constantly upgraded!! All the best for Christmas, New Year, and Family time. We open our Office for the New Year on Monday 6th of January 2020, but as always our phones will be by our sides for service right through.

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Wishing you all a happy holiday break. Thank you for your patience over the past year and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Keep Safe and Have a Happy Christmas You might not see many of us around the PP2Ō site over the Christmas / New Year Period but that doesn’t make your safety any less important to us. And we will be checking in from time to time to make sure everything is alright. But there’s good reasons for the reduced speed limits and cones to help you navigate your way around the roads which run through the PP2Ō construction area. Not only are the roads narrowed in places and vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians need to feel and be safe using them, but during the Christmas period road use increases. Last year, around 18,000 vehicles per day passed through Ōtaki. We expect at least that many each day this year. That’s a lot of traffic and such high levels can cause unexpected problems to occur for road surfaces, especially when the weather’s hot and car engines are hotter. So slow down, obey the signs, share the road and let us help you give your family the best Christmas present ever – you, home safely, enjoying the festive season together.

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Manakau Lamb and kids BY TOM FREWEN Manakau School was represented by Paisley Richardson (11) and McKenzie Masters (9) and their lambs Arley and Syd at the Horowhenua Boys’ and Girls’ Agriculture Club regional lamb and kids competition in Levin on Friday 22 November. While the eight lambs entered in Manakau School’s lamb and calf

competition was up on last year’s number, the absence of calves reflected the ongoing effects of the discovery of the Mycoplasma bovis disease in some New Zealand cows in 2017. Along with lambs and blossom, Spring brings dodgy weather. Manakau School’s lucky run of fine days for its annual country fair ended on Sunday 10

November just as the gates opened at 11am and the heavens opened and seriously heavy rain poured down. Principal Deb Logan said it was reluctantly decided at 12.30pm that it was too wet to continue through to 2pm as planned. Although that put paid to hopes of exceeding last year’s revenue total of around $12,000 and setting a new fund-raising record, fair-goers who

braved the weather managed to spend nearly $8000 in the 90-minutes before the event was called off, itself recognition of a remarkable achievement by Roger Beech-Pooley on his first outing as the leader of a key group of Parents, Teachers and Families Association members who put this year’s country fair together.


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By Ann Chapman

Live well, get well, stay well

Community Korero – Talking Health about the difficulty in getting an appointment and how hard it was in an emergency to find out where to go. Other difficulties experienced by the centre was that doctors and nurses are a mobile workforce, it is a finite resource and there are currently only seven practices in the MidCentral area taking new patients. So it’s a constant battle to service our people. The population is expanding but the number of doctors available is not. There was a lot of discussion about emergencies and what is currently being done. There are 15 appointments allocated daily for emergencies, but they are usually filled quickly. Then there is an option of phone triage for patients where a nurse will ring, followed by a doctor or appointment if necessary. A ‘floater’ nurse is available for emergencies most days but if a nurse calls in sick the ‘floater’ is reallocated to cover the patients of the sick nurse. The Saturday Emergency Clinic is overflowing. There is one doctor on duty able to see 12 patients. They often see 24 in the three-hour morning session. Many patients come in with children as it’s the only time available for parents to bring their kids. Opening longer or for seven days is a resource issue. The centre does not have enough people to do that. They are working as hard and fast as they can. The Community Health Forums are planned to be held every three months.

Two community Forums were jointly held by Te Puna Oranga O Ōtaki and the Ōtaki Medical Centre, (ŌMC) with Adrian Gregory of the Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group in attendance, on how to improve medical services. Both reached the same conclusion. Better communication was key to people’s experience of the medical centre. Better marketing of Ōtaki was needed. Kiwa Rareti, Manager of the ŌMC, said the forum was to get positive contributions about improving the service and to look for opportunities to achieve that aim. ‘We want to encourage the community to say how the ŌMC can provide their services better’.’ Over 20 people attended the morning session and slightly fewer in the evening, but the theme was the same – better communication, more doctors, access, and transparency. The ŌMC has difficulty in recruiting and retaining general practitioners and nurses, but they are not alone. There is a national shortage of GPs but our centre has more difficulty than most. Young doctors don’t want to come to rural practices. The medical centre, owned by Dr John Sprunt, pays over the odds to encourage recruitment, but receives under the odds in contributions from the ministry. The practice also retains Nurse Practitioners to help with access problems. Members of the community complained to the forum

Ōtaki Community Health Trust 24 Years old The Ōtaki Community Health Trust held its annual general meeting in November. The Chair Ms E Hird noted in her report to the meeting that the Trust had continued its successful programme of providing grants to students from Ōtaki college who were going on to undertake tertiary study in the health field. This programme has provided 12 Marjorie Gordon memorial awards totaling $8,000 in grants and the trustees were pleased with the number of recipients who continued with their studies The grants form a substantial part of the Trust’s support for the local community. Other support included a grant to the

college hau ora programme of $9751 to assist with suicide awareness. The Chair also noted that the Trust is entering its 25th year of providing support to the community. This had included establishing and running the Ōtaki Community Health Centre for over 10 years, being the driving force behind the establishment of the Ōtaki PHO, providing defibrillators to local community groups and supporting the health shuttle. The Trust will be considering appropriate ways to mark its significant milestone in 2020.

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MidCentral DHB’s New Chair Levin’s Brendon Duffy has been appointed the new chair by Minister of Heaalth David Clark, after a term as deputy chair. As a former mayor of Horowhenua, Brendon is experienced in the art of governance and will lead the DHB through what may prove to be a challenging three years. Next March Heather Simpson will present the recommendation of her review into the current state of the health system and it’s

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Ōtaki Community News As our two regular council columnists have declined the Otaki Mail’s offer to continue their long-standing free column space, which provided them the opportunity to report back to the community on important council and community board activities. We have decided on a new occasional format featuring Community Board members and other members of the community in a new Community News section. Here is our first community contribution from Marilyn Stevens: It’s been a few very busy weeks since the election with all of our Board settling into their new positions. We have yet to sort portfolios, but have been engaging with our own areas of interest. There are a lot of exciting things happening in our town. Big thumbs up to NZTA who took the time to meet with Te Horo residents to address their concerns

regarding tree species, heights of bridges and noise control from the new Expressway. Rahui Bridge is open, Old Hautere Link Road is promised to be open this Saturday. The Expressway, revocation of the old State Highway & getting the Business Case for the Peka Peka Interchange reviewed are areas I am really interested & involved in. Ōtaki Promotion Group is well under control for the Kite Festival in February and have a lot of other events planned for 2020. Ōtaki Community Network Group who meet the first Tuesday of every month and invite any organisation or person who is providing a service to our Ōtaki residents to come along. From that meeting we learned IRD are no longer going to be accepting cheques, payments will need to be made by internet or telephone banking. They have an End of Life service encouraging people to have Enduring Powers of Attorneys, Wills, the

importance of joint accounts etc. They are happy to come and talk to groups about that. Also, available are entitlements to grandparents or anyone else caring day to day for a child. Zeal is now active in our area, a really positive place for our youth to go. Last seasonal surplus stall will be 19th December, re-opening 9 January. Energise Ōtaki are looking for someone to help with the ‘bike container’ . There will be a community Christmas dinner at the Memorial Hall. Barnardos Bumps to Babies next class will start on January 27th. Horowhenua Community Law has clinics in Ōtaki 2nd & 4th Friday of each month. If anyone has spare sports equipment please contact Joseph Te Wiata at Body & Soul as he is co-ordinating a community sport bank to help our youth with sports. And a BIG thankyou to the interact club of Ōtaki college who kicked off the

festive season by decorating around the cenotaph. Lastly, I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a safe, happy holiday break.

typhoid, malaria, 50 degree heat and elephant charges are all there, along with political troubles in the Sudan and the Egyptian Revolution. His second book is a novel which draws on his own adventures and features the life of a teenager Maddie. Threads was published this year and describes Maddie’s adventures in Dirt Bike racing

and her struggles in the red outback of Australia, Africa to a dramatic ending in the remote Dida Galgalu Desert of Northern Kenya. Both books are available from the author at Lindsay would like to acknowledge the substantial sponsorship of Deco bikes and help from WebtoPrint in Ōtaki. Follow him on

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Ōtaki’s Resident Cycling Adventurer BY ANN CHAPMAN ‘What madness possessed you to do this?’ I asked Lindsay Gault who next year will embark on his fifth cycling marathon all in the name of charity. ‘It’s a pretty extreme way of raising funds.’ ‘I’m attracted to adventure and this way I can have my own fun and at the same time support a charity by raising money. I like to make use of the chance, and give some benefit back to charities who do that all the time.’ This next mad adventure is Lindsay’s fifth. It first started with a marathon race through Africa, raising funds for health workers in Africa to get bikes to enable them to travel to treat people. His second also through Africa was to raise funds for the Cancer Society, as were the subsequent bike trips through Canada and here in New Zealand. Altogether he has raised $25,000 for the society. Next May he starts in Siberia: cycles through Russia, Mongolia and China, finishing at the southern tip of India. This is a 16,000km ride with a small international team of cyclists, raising funds and awareness to battle cancer. Why is Lindsay fundraising for the Cancer Society? Two years ago, he had two sisters simultaneously diagnosed with cancer. Andrea, with prompt action and early diagnosis, survived surgery with a cancer-clear result. Shelley, his sister-inlaw did not survive the subsequent twenty-two-month battle with metastasized breast cancer. Her story highlighted the need for the support of integrated health services, in particular, the value of volunteer support via the Cancer Society. Lindsay once ran a small software company in Wellington and finds his cycling trip liberating after the confines of intense office work. ‘You travel at a pace to interact with people and see countries in a totally different way.’ There have been only a few issues with safety in all the months he’s travelled: either by himself, or with a few other

cycling madmen. For the next trip he will be joined by three others for the Russian leg, four through Mongolia, six plus a guide & car through China, and maybe two through India. Lindsay is the only cyclist who will be doing the whole marathon trip, scheduled to last six months. ‘What about wild animals?’ I asked. ‘Well there was an encounter with a grizzly bear in Canada. He crept up alongside me before I even realised he was there, sniffed at my snack pack on my handle bars, busted it open. So I quietly got out my bear spray and sprayed it into his open mouth as he was about to take another snack. While he was recovering I managed to cycle away except it was uphill and you can’t out-cycle an angry bear. They can run around 40km /hour so adrenaline kicked in, and I rode for my life.’ ‘Then there was the bull elephant in India.’ Suffice to say he managed to escape that encounter as well so he’s now looking forward to facing a different challenge from frozen Siberia to the heat of India. ‘How do you get fit? What about your bottom?’ Apparently you can’t stop saddle sores and you just need to keep riding. What is more difficult than physical fitness is mental fitness. ‘You have to put on some extra weight before you go, as you do shed lots. Mental conditioning is more important. You just grit your teeth. It’s your choice to be here and it’s fatal to have doubts, so you don’t complain and just get on with it. A head wind is the greatest mental challenge as it means you can’t do your 100km a day with resulting delays down the line.’ He carries camping gear, food and water in the trolley behind his bike. When he’s home in Ōtaki he writes books and has published two. One is a travel journal describing the bike race, Tour d’Afrique. It’s a chronological account of a 11,00km bike trip through 10 African countries. Starting in Egypt and finishing in Cape Town it is a lively story of intrepidness, complete with photos. It is a story of a kiwi mountain bikers’ race over African roads containing elements of danger and excitement. Armed holdups,

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ABC - Authors Book Corner Mariska and the Incredible Island Last Saturday morning, an Ōtaki author launched her latest book at the Ōtaki Library. Josephine Van den Berg’s children’s book, ‘Mariska and the Incredible Island’ tells the story of Mariska who lives on an island with her father and six sisters. She wants to become a circus artist. Even though she knows this seems impossible, she stubbornly holds on to her dream until one day, life on the island changes in the most incredible way as it mysteriously seems to merge one ridiculous adventure into another. This leaves Mariska with very unexpected, exotic, sometimes dangerous characters and situations to deal with. Realizing what is happening she wonders if Fate is against her, or perhaps, for her? This adventure will take your children on an amazing, hilarious and exciting roller coaster reading ride! Great reading for the summer holidays on a wet day. Josephine Van den Berg is from the Netherlands. She emigrated with her husband and young children to Aotearoa, in 1990. She did teacher aiding, story telling, holiday programs, and worked at Forest Lakes Camp, where her husband was the horse instructor and maintenance man for 25 years. He also is a farrier. Josephine has written 3 other books, ‘Don’t Give Up’, ‘Shaken’ and ‘In Your Dreams’. She is also an artist and illustrates her own stories. Her stories are a mixture between reality and fantasy. She always tries to convey the thoughts, understandings and responses of children, into the tale. Usually her stories address various social and cultural issues today’s youth has to deal with, in a positive and engaging way.

All her tales have plots that unfold in an unconventional and surprising way. The books are $20. and available by email from Josephine,

The Blokes Book Two Trusts have got together, along with a myriad of sponsors to produce a helpful booklet for men. The Blokes Book has been put together by the ‘Father and Child Trust’ and ‘Kidz Need Dadz Trust’. The purpose of the booklet is to promote men’s health and wellbeing, often ignored in our communities. Inside this 52 page colourful booklet are chapters covering parenting, violence, aging, youth, weight, mental health, addictions and much more. It also contains all the agencies where men can receive advice and help.

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Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

‘Chrystalls Bend’ Artist: Liz Falconer

From Artscape to Old Courthouse Gallery BY VIVIENNE BAILEY Ōtaki’s heritage-registered courthouse (1891) has had a variety of functions in our rural township (currently Artscape), beginning its long life on a site in Matene Street, just a block away from the main township. It replaced an earlier building described by people at the time as “a barn-like shed”, with broken windows and a leaking roof. However, moves were afoot for the distinctive building – firstly to Domain Road, then, in order to make way for the present police station (on the corner of Iti Street and Matene Street) to Haruatai Park to provide civil defence headquarters for the town. A final move was to the present site in Centennial Park, State Highway One – a major achievement owing much to the skill of the contractor who managed to transport the building in one piece (only minor restoration and modification work was needed). ‘The Chronicle’ newspaper (22 January, 1998) reported: “Thirty-five tonnes of Ōtaki history rocked and rolled its way to a new site in January. The route was chosen to avoid cutting either the trees in Haruati Park or the courthouse itself. Unfortunately, the rig became bogged in soft ground, and it took the added strength of two more trucks and a bulldozer to tow it to safety on Anzac Avenue.”

‘The Big Boys’ by Margaret Turner

The new Kapiti Coast District Visitor Information Centre (i-SITE), “one of the most attractive information centres in New Zealand,” (Evening Post, 1 May, 1998) opened in May, 1998 in the converted courthouse (the building was largely unchanged – lino was removed and the floor sanded and polished). But changing demographic needs meant the centre closed in June 2015, and the historic building was later leased to Artscape Art and Craft Cooperative, a collection of emerging (mainly) local artists and craftspeople (John Craven, Jan Perkins, Bronya Clare, Margaret Turner, Liz Falconer, Maggie Allan, George Allan, Sherryle Le Chaundeler, Kevin Haste, and David Simmons). Currently showcasing artwork from a variety of artists, and featuring a range of mixed media, quilting work, wood turning, clay pottery, and the blacksmithing and bodging work of Warren Baillie, Artscape is about to undergo a name change. Although the focus of the Cooperative remains the same (promoting Kapiti’s emerging artists and craftspeople) the rebranding to ‘Old Courthouse Gallery’ will reflect the background of the building, and its strong local links. Plans are also underway to replace garden layout at the front of the courthouse. Box hedging and beds of old-fashioned roses will complement the heritage aspect and underline the building’s value as a community asset.

‘Solitude’ Artist: Liz Falconer

although not a full member of the co-op, Kathy Gabriel’s fabric sculpture is on display


Penny’s Piece It’s great to be back into writing columns as your representative on Greater Wellington Regional Council. It is such a privilege to have been reelected, and with around 2500 more votes than when I first ran for GWRC in 2016, I hope that endorsement is because I have taken every opportunity to share with residents the work of GWRC and the efforts I’m making at the regional council table to drive progress for our district in amongst the aspirations of our entire region. Accountability and transparency does matter. Part of the reason I moved on from two terms as the Ōtaki councillor on KCDC to being the Kapiti Coast councillor on GWRC was to pursue the community’s aspirations of rail electrification to Ōtaki, and in the meantime changing GWRC’s

Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019 mind to support saving the Capital Connection. In my first term I’ve achieved the Capital Connection result, and to prove it over a year ago GWRC made a financial commitment to part-funding the replacement trains for the Capital Connection. Actually that was a historic win for Ōtaki. Now GWRC has prepared and presented to the Government a Business Case that outlines the options to purchasing new trains, and increasing the services to Ōtaki. I’m really proud of that achievement which would not only secure sustainable public transport for our community, but also other communities north of Ōtaki. I’m grateful for the expertise of GWRC staff and consultants who have delivered this compelling Business Case. And huge thanks to my GWRC councillor colleagues who have backed this community to want to commit substantial regional resources to improving the

transport disparity in Ōtaki. While I have written about this a lot, to refresh memories, GWRC’s Business Case pitches for modern, longer distance trains which will boost service levels and regional access for the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast to Palmerston North lines, as well as provide more capacity on the Wellington metro network. Peak patronage over the network is growing at 5 to 6 per cent ahead of the boldest modelled patronage forecasts, with over 14.3 million passenger journeys counted in 2018/19. One of the key drivers of the investment is to provide more peak, off-peak and weekend connections, and economic access between the city and the immediately adjacent provincial centres. Kapiti Coast has benefitted from the unexpected distribution of population growth across the region with recent census data showing less growth in Wellington City as affordability continues

to push people out of the centre, and instead to other parts of the region, including our patch.

Tina Ngata – Decolonisation Tina Ngata (Ngāti Porou) is an advocate for sustainability and indigenous rights, a researcher, teacher, activist and writer (thenonplasticmaori). Russel Norman – How Change Happens Russel Norman has been the Executive Director of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand since November 2015. Before this he was a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and Co-leader of the Green Party from 2008-2015. Leah Bell – Remembering the NZ Wars Leah Bell is a co-signatory to the successful 2015 Petition to Parliament seeking a statutory commemoration day for the NZ Wars, spear-headed by Ōtorohanga College students. Leah and her peers have advocated for this pivotal history to be included in the New Zealand school curriculum, which will be rolled out in schools in 2022. Leah will talk about why they did it, how they did, what obstacles they had to overcome and the lessons they have learned. Dean Baigent-Mercer – a history of the natural world of Aotearoa: politics, tragedy, and hopefulness. Dean is a conservation advocate for Forest and Bird, an activist, writer and researcher. Nicky Hager – Research and Writing for Change Nicky Hager is an investigative journalist and writer, and will be talking about research and writing as a way to expose wrongs and create change. He’s also an experienced tramper, and will be one of the outdoor trip leaders on a tramp up into the mountains. Mike Joy – River Ecology Walk Renowned water scientist Mike Joy will will lead a trip to the Ōtaki Forks to explore the river ecology and discuss water issues in Aotearoa.

The Ōtaki Mail, as it has done before, is pleased to support the Ōtaki Summer Camp Tickets for the three-day event cost $115, which covers food and accommodation. Once again we are sponsoring an attendee. Contact us by email and tell us why you would like us to sponsor you. The only obligation is that you must write a 300 word report on the camp, which we will publish in the February Ōtaki Mail.

representatives from New Zealand civil society: Dr Gill Greer and Moko Morris, both co-writers for New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and Ronja Ievers, Hui E! Community Aotearoa’s External Relations Coordinator. The New Zealand government presented its first progress report towards the SDGs at the HLPF on 17 July and we were able to ask (although not directly answered) two key questions: 1. How will the New Zealand government encourage and strengthen meaningful participation and collaboration with Māori and wider civil society in achieving its vision and the SDGs? 2. Will the government set up, in consultation, a framework and

national plan that are formally linked to the SDGs? Disappointingly and through bitter experience the concern for the increasing number of farmers, small producers, peasant farmers and marginalised indigenous communities worldwide continually becoming more displaced from their land continues to grow. Urgent need from the UN is needed to stop the criminalisation of Indigenous people defending their land from extractive industries. While calls to defend the earth are universal indigenous people protecting their ancestral land are being silenced. Although the United Nations is a complex ambitious organisation, essentially it is a whole lot of people trying to do the best they can, just like you and I.

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Third year of the Ōtaki Summer Camp BY LLOYD CHAPMAN Ōtaki Summer Camp is for young people who care about political issues and ideas. It is a chance to hear and discuss interesting ideas, meet and get to know others who care, and explore local mountains, forests and rivers with experienced guides. This three-day summer camp is open to anyone aged 17 – 30 years old (though if you are a bit outside this age range and would like to come, you are welcome to get in touch with the organisers). Some assume young people in New Zealand don’t care about politics, yet many young people care deeply about the issues affecting Aotearoa and the world. It is more correct to say young people have felt ignored and left out of politics. The camp will be welcoming, fun, and safe – the orhanisers have deliberately kept the price as low as possible. All they ask is that people arrive in time for the Friday night festivities, treat other attendees with respect, and follow their code of conduct (see website). The organising team is well-known to Ōtaki Mail readers: Adrian Leason Adrian is a teacher and peace campaigner based in sunny Ōtaki where he lives on an organic farm. Nicky Hager Nicky is the author of a range of books covering politics, intelligence, military and environmental issues. Mary Fisher Mary is a paralympian who lives in Wellington. She is a member of the Access Alliance, working towards a more accessible

and equitable Aotearoa. Mark Callagher Mark has been a secondary teacher and now works for an educational technology company. He has an interest in history, along with political and social justice. Johanna Knox Johanna’s books include A Forager’s Treasury and Guardians of Aotearoa. She’s a past editor of Forest & Bird’s Wild Things magazine, and has a longstanding commitment to LGBTQIA+ issues. Hanneke Lewthwaite Hanneke is a doctor at Wellington Hospital with an interest in health and environment issues, and is currently living at Berrigan Catholic Worker House in Wellington. Hannah Higgison Hannah is a student at Victoria University at Wellington, studying for a BA in Sociology and Māori Studies. She cares about making politics and activism inclusive and accessible for people of all ages.

Speakers are guaranteed to stimulare and provoke:

Pania Newton – Protecting Ihumātao Lawyer Pania Newton (Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maniapoto) is the public face of the campaign and subsequent land reclamation to protect land at Ihumātao. She will be returning to Ōtaki Summer Camp to talk about how she and other leaders of the campaign have made it into a major national issue. Sophie Handford – School Strike 4 Climate Sophie Handford, KCDC councillor and national coordinator of School Strike 4 Climate will be at the camp to talk about how they did it and what is coming next.

Sustainable Development Goals BY MOKO MORRIS In 2015 the United Nations decided on an ambitions global agenda – Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty,

promote peace, share wealth and protect the planet by 2030. Based on 17 goals ( SDG’s) the agenda calls for action from countries. It is the only global framework we have. The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main global platform on sustainable development and attended by all sectors of society. It is a review mechanism on progress made towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, and a key opportunity to take part in the global discussion on challenges and successes in implementing the SDGs both at global and national level. New Zealand was one of 49 countries to present its first voluntary national report (VNR) of our SDG progress. The Forum was attended by three


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Raku Pottery Days Fires Again BY MARGARET ANDREWS The weather conditions were “perfect” and the crowds were there for the Ōtaki Pottery Club’s Raku Day held at Ōtaki College. “It’s all about the creativity and fun. A lot will be Christmas presents,” said Sue Wilson, the day’s convenor. “It’s very hot, but perfect weather for raku. We get great colours and sparkle effect. We’ve been flat out since 10.30.” They were so busy the sales and glazing tables were closed down at 2.00, giving those operating the kilns a chance to get hundreds of pieces fired before 6pm. Selecting and glazing a pot takes only a few minutes but firing in the special kilns takes 15 minutes and there’s usually a long queue waiting. The weather can have an effect on the glazed pieces. A strong cool wind or

heavy cloud means the colours aren’t as bright as they proved to be on Saturday. It’s virtually impossible to get two absolutely identical pieces even when they have been glazed “stroke for stroke”. One piece might catch a slight breeze between the kiln and the sawdust trays where they are “smoked” before a cool wash and scrub ready to take home. This is a great family day with the keen artists painting the glazes onto their selected pieces of pre-made pottery, among them fish, butterflies, sea horses, plaques, bowls and containers in all shapes and sizes, which had been made by club members during the year and had had their first firing. People could purchase the pieces of pottery priced from $2-$10 for the bigger pieces. This was the final raku day at Ōtaki College as the pottery club is moving up to the Ōtaki Maori Race Course in the new year.

Jan Logie in Conversation with Ōtaki

Eenthusiastic people at the Raku Day painting the special glazes on to the pots and pieces.

Last Sunday afternoon at Ōtaki Beach’s Pohutakawa café, Green MP Jan Logie reported back to the community on green achievements during the past two years. In starting her conversation she said what drove her to politics, was the discovery that while working as a member of the Paid Parental Leave Campaign it was possible to work together with politicians and get a good outcome. She liked that collaborative concept so she’s now committed to working with the community, hearing their ideas and moving to help them achieve their vision. She has been reporting back to Kapiti communities over the past month. Her special portfolio as an under-secretary is the newly formed focus on reducing family and sexual violence. It is the first time that parliament has ever had an undersecretary for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. She is proud of that and her work in

reducing family violence. All the Green MPs experience frustration at not working fast enough to achieve their goals but they have a healthy list of achievements in conservation and the environment as well as welfare. Heading her list is the family violence and anti-strangulation legislation which has reduced the alarming number of victims exposed to this. Environmental and conservation legislation around zero carbon, changes to the emissions trading scheme, fuel efficient cars, stopping state houses being sold and building over 3,000 more, warmer homes, rent to own, a tourist levy putting more dollars back into conservation, ban on plastic bags and they are working on a returned bottle refund. Not fast enough and not complete she says but this is the first time the Greens have had ministers to encourage the government to facilitate such green ideals.

Energise Ōtaki Year in Review BY SARA VELASQUEZ, COORDINATOR

2019 has been a wonderful year of collaboration, and seeing the growth of seeds planted in 2018 come to fruition. It’s been a reminder that good things take time, hardwork, and collaboration, but worth it in the end. Thanks to volunteers donating their time, ideas, and energy, we had several very interesting presentations that offered ideas on how to do things smarter. Presentations from Stuart Ayers from OMEO about their personal mobility device, Stuart Pritchard from Forest Lake Farm presenting on the benefits of soil health. Leigh Ramsey talked about NuFuel’s Solomon Islands project, and we had the opportunity to visit the owners’ of LOCO miniature railway and garden’s strawbale home – which totally shifted how I had thought about strawbale homes – and, Energise Ōtaki announced the successful solar farm funding from Wellington Community The boys show the end products from their day’s work, Quinn Tesoriero 11, Carlos Pettigrew Trust. Pottery Club members take the white hot pieces from the special kiln to place in trays of sawdust to smoke before those who glazed them can take them home..

100 and Lee Pettigrew 12. Are these Christmas gifts for family ?

Energise Ōtaki’s public meetings will continue in 2020, starting on February 12, and every other month thereafter. You are warmly invited to participate. Nau mai, haere mai. Some of our projects still need support, and we would appreciate you joining in! We have the Power to the People project at Ōtaki Kindergarten that is a stationary bike that charges mobile phones. There is also the Ōtaki Repair Café, the Ōtaki Curtain Bank, and the Ōtaki Bike Space – we really need a volunteer manager for the Bike Space, and more volunteers fixing bikes would mean that we could have regular fix-up sessions. In 2020, we are interested in working with interns and more volunteers for upcoming projects, completing the Solar Farm and finalising the reinvestment mechanism, as well as having an office space on Main Street. More information on our space to come!


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Ōtaki Food Bank Movie Night success with Capital Training A big challenge for many food banks is being able to offer enough food to people in need. Ōtaki Food Bank and local support agencies are all working together to help the community, in getting food to people that need it most, especially at this busy time of year. Two Capital Training students decided to actively help out by organising a Family Movie Night event in order to collect as much food as possible. With full support from Lucy from the Ōtaki Food Bank, Mr. Curtis the principal from Waitohu School and the Teachers from Capital Training. The movie night was organised for the 28th November. It was asked that everyone attending were to bring a food item that could benefit Ōtaki Food Bank and would be swapped upon entry for their very own Movie ticket. Over 80 people attended the event and there was a good amount of food collected. The project helped Iris Seymour and Holeva Kata Level 3 Business Administration students at Capital Training, to gain knowledge and skills for their future employment, especially in communication and customer service area. When they asked for advice on the best types of foods to donate, Food Bank staff said that there is always a need for food here. Any non-perishable food items are of much help. For Iris and Holeva, the whole project experience was more than just supporting the Food Bank. It was also their way to take an active part in supporting the whole Ōtaki community. “It’s not enough to just talk about it” They said. “We need to show how to make the world a better place and, hopefully, inspire others to do the same”.

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• Christmas Lunch 25 December Memorial Hall Book by 20th tootakichristmaskai@ or text 0211432320 • Te Horo Christmas in the Park 22 Dec. 11-1 Dixie St • Ōtaki Museum Hospital on the Hill Thurs-Sat 10-2 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 From beginners to experienced, all welcome. ph. 364 3335. • Ōtaki Library Books and Bickies 2nd Fri of the month 10.30-11.30 • Budget Advice Service. Citizen’s Advice Bureau Ōtaki. Trained Financial Mentors. 06 364 8664 or 0800 367222, or call into 65A Main Street • Stationhouse Social Club Thurs 16 Jan • Otaki Summer Camp 17-20 January see P10 Upcoming Events • Ōtaki Kite Festival Feb 8-9 • Māoriland Film festival 18-22 March • Writing Workshop at Ruth Pretty’s Wed 26 Feb to Wed 1 April tutor Mandy Hager


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Māoriland invited to Taiwan and Finland! BY LIBBY HAKARAIA While everyone in Ōtaki will be having a sunny beach holiday in January 2020 a group of Māoriland filmmakers will be experiencing the tropical climate of Taiwan before heading to -30 degrees in Northern Finland. The Māoriland youth leadership initiative Through our Lens has been invited to Taiwan in early January to make short films with indigenous Taiwanese youth in two tribal communities. Māoriland director Libby Hakaraia went on a government delegation to Taiwan in July and was impressed by what she experienced. “There are 16 recognised indigenous tribes in Taiwan each with their own languages. We visited two of these tribes and the welcome we received was similar to our pōwhiri Māori. We were shown maps that included Māori migration routes as well as that of our Polynesian cousins and how that relates to indigenous Taiwanese. I couldn’t help but think that they know how we connect but that we are still largely unaware of this connection. Through Our Lens is about getting to know the connections with indigenous peoples through making films together” said Libby. Young Māori filmmakers from across Aotearoa who have been involved with Māoriland film workshops have been

chosen to be part of Through Our Lens 2020. They need to be strong as storytellers with the necessary film skills to be able to lead a workshop with their peers. Aged between 14-24 Māoriland travels groups of four rangatahi at a time to lead the workshops that include up to 20 indigenous youth. “In 2018/19 Through Our Lens travelled to Samoa, Hawaii, Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Tahiti. 16 Short films were made by young indigenous people and really strong networks were created. These films screened at Māoriland Film where rangatahi could see their stories on the big screen.” said Maddy de Young, Rangatahi Manager at Māoriland. At the end of January a fresh group of rangatahi filmmakers will travel up to Inari in Northern Finland to lead a workshop ahead of the Sami film festival Skabmagovat. Through Our Lens films will then screen at the festival along with other Māoriland films including BUB which was made by 16 year old Te Mahara Tamehana and Oriwa Hakaraia. “Inari is a centre for Sami culture and includes an amazing museum. It is 300 km north of the Arctic Circle and screens films on an ice screen under the Northern Lights which is truly spectacular” said Libby Hakaraia. Libby went to the festival 3 years ago when the temperature dropped to -39 degrees.

Tainui Stephens represents Māoriland in Inari, Finland

The invitation to the Sami film festival came in part from the collaboration between Māoriland and the International Sami Film Institute Director Anne Lajla Utsi who has just completed a three week stay in Ōtaki as the first Māoriland Filmmaker in Residence. “We are developing film projects and cultural exchanges between the Northern

Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere that will provide amazing opportunities for the current and next generation of screen storytellers to have our stories seen widely.” said Anne Lajla. “Being in Ōtaki has surpassed by family and my expectations. It is paradise and we have hardly left the Kāpiti Coast the whole time”.


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Gardening with Garden tasks for January Flower garden

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Pinch out the tips of chrysanthemums to encourage bushy growth. If you’re growing them mainly for an autumn garden show, and maybe a few flowers to put in a vase, you could do this with hedge clippers. Check out the stakes of tall growing flower plants, such as dahlias (strong winds or heavy rain in summer storms can break or flatten them). Dahlias will perform well if you give them a top-up feed. Proprietary or homemade liquid fertilisers work well because they supply nutrients almost immediately. Roses will have finished producing their spring and early summer flush of flowers. If they’re looking tired and tatty, give them a moderate prune, their summer feed and a good soaking if the soil is dry. They should reward you with another lovely show in early autumn (unless they’re roses that only flower once a year). Keep mulches topped up and give established plants a good soaking once every week or two in very dry weather. Sow seeds of ageratum, alyssum, polythanus, cinearia, cyclamen, marigold, poppies, sunflowers, primula, stock, sweet pea, pansy, viola and verbena. Plant out your summer annuals - petunia, phlox, cosmos, marigolds, begonias, lobelia, verbena, godetia, snapdragons, hollyhocks, chrysanthemums and nasturtium – remember to water in well.

Fruit and vegetable garden It’s almost time for harvesting your garlic, so you can cut the watering right back. Plants are ready for harvest when their foliage goes brown and flops over. Late tomatoes can still be planted for autumn harvesting – plant basil alongside to improve flavour of fruit. Watch out for white butterfly – their caterpillars are sure to follow. Dust all brassicas with derris dust. Supply regular moisture to tomato plants and conserve by mulching with a 10-15cm layer of hay or straw. If

moisture levels fluctuate, blossom-end rot may occur. Alternating wet and dry periods can also cause tomato skins to crack. As you harvest tomatoes, keep removing laterals and tying up tall varieties. Remove bottom leaves to help air circulation. Plant more lettuce seedlings as you harvest – keep the summer salad supply going. Pick sweet-corn when tassels have begun to dry. Picking cucumbers and courgettes as they come ready will encourage continuous fruiting. Sow seeds of beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spring onion, leeks, cauliflower, radish, silver-beet, celery, swedes, courgettes and cress. Plant out seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, leeks, lettuce and silver-beet. Feed fruit trees to encourage a bumper crop later in the season. Give citrus a deep watering once a week to avoid fruit drop. Plants in containers should be watered more regularly. Feed strawberry plants with a seaweed solution – keep birds off by covering with netting.

Lawns Continue mowing grass weekly or more often when it is growing rapidly. If red thread appears (pale brown patches of grass with needles on grass leaves), apply a nitrogenous fertiliser such as aluminium sulphate, applied at 15 g per square metre (this fertiliser can burn if not watered in well). Remember – a healthy lawn will survive dry periods, although it may look a bit brown.

Second thoughts Plan and prepare the garden for spring-flowering bulbs. The first of the anemone and ranunculus bulbs become available in late January.

Summery Chinese lanterns I love the delicate, papery flowers of Abutilon, commonly known as Chinese lanterns, and the forgiving, easy-care nature of this shrub, a close cousin of sun-loving hibiscus (and the fact they grow with the greatest of ease from cuttings, as most of mine have). Finding shrubs that flower in summer shade can be a challenge, but abutilons are happy to oblige, providing welcome colour (and shade) while we relax and entertain outdoors (although they grow, and probably flower more, in the sun). There are more than 100 species of Abutilon in the wild in various parts of the world, but the ones that shine in our gardens are mostly complex hybrids, mainly known as Abutilon x hybridum which come in many flower colours, from white through pink to dark red, and also yellow and orange. Although they bloom for much of the year north of Auckland, further south flowering becomes spasmodic (our winter conditions restrict or stop growth). Although easily maintained, the shrubs have a tendency to become leggy and woody if not pruned regularly, and they appreciate feeding from time to time. Moist, fertile soil is preferred. We do grow a few Abutilon species in New Zealand, including one that British gardener, Vita Sackville-West grew in her famous Sissinghurst garden. She extolled the desirability of Abutilon megapotamicum in one of her books, likening the flowers to “a

ballet dancer, something out of Prince Igor (wearing) a tight-fitting red bodice, with a yellow petticoat springing out below it in flares.” It is certainly one of my favourites also, especially grown against a wall to cater for its sprawling habit, though it does need protection from frost in colder regions. This species, which originates in southern Brazil and Uruguay, can be trained upwards against a fence, or grown as a groundcover. In cooler climates it thrives in a container. Another famous 20th century gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, found much to admire in a second species, Abutilon vitifolium a native of cool areas of Chile that is occasionally seen in New Zealand gardens. She described it as “a shrub for wall use that is much neglected though of the highest beauty. The flowers, each two and a half inches across, are borne in large, loose clusters, their tender, lavender colour harmonising perfectly with the greyish, downy foliage.” After reading that description I’m determined to hunt it down!


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

the Ōtaki Mail Living Christmas trees A living tree in a pot is a planet-friendly option, and it will help fill the room with Christmas cheer as well as giving your house that authentic Christmas feeling. They offer year-round beauty when planted out after the festive season (serving as an outdoor Christmas tree for

the dainty foliage). There are many native shrubs and trees that you can bring indoors as living specimens for a few days over Christmas, such as kawaka (Libocedrus plumose). Kawaka belong to the cedar family and closely resemble the cypresses of the northern hemisphere. They have small, distinctly conical crowns and papery bark that separates in long, narrow strips and hangs from the trunk. You can decorate these trees and pile presents underneath, before taking them back outdoors to live on for further years. An obvious festive choice must be the pohutakawa, our New Zealand Christmas tree, complete with its own seasonal decorations of iconic deep red flowers. You can buy these in an affordable range of sizes and grow as potted plants for several years before they require planting in the ground. Pohutakawa can grow throughout the country in generally frost-free areas – coastal areas usually, but try to source varieties with the correct characteristics for your area (this is known in the horticultural world as ‘ecosourcing’).

many years), ensuring a yearly source for cut greenery during Christmas (great for wreaths and table decoration). Left in their containers, they offer the versatility of being able to be moved from one spot to another for year-round beauty. Our traditional pine, Pinus radiata, doesn’t perform well in pots, and while the fragrance of many pines is lovely (though less welcome to people with allergies) you could have a break with tradition and try something a little different – choose a potted Muehlenbeckia, a native with twisted, tangled branches and tiny leaves (use delicate ornaments to complement If you’re still keen to go for a traditional living tree, popular types include the real McCoy of Christmas trees, the Norway spruce, a stiff, pyramid-shaped tree with dark green foliage, and the graceful, but sturdy Austrian pine, a well-shaped tree with dark green needles. If you opt for a faster- growing type they can be lightly cut and made to last for two or three Christmases – trim and use them as a pot plant on the deck for the other 11 months of the year.


Focus on passionfruit Juicy, tangy and fragrant – what isn’t there to like about subtropical passionfruit. And there’s the added bonus of fruiting in a relatively short time, from about eight to nine months after planting. The purple fruit also offers good amounts of vitamin A, B and C plus protein, carbohydrates, iron and flavonoids – no wonder it’s my all-time favourite fruit. For quick establishment plant your passionfruit in spring, once all danger of frost has passed. The fruit is not windhardy so will need protection from cold winds, and they’re not that fussed on salty, coastal locations. However, they do like plenty of sun, so pick a sunny spot and plant with plenty of compost. Plants require a light, free-draining soil so adding some sand will help improve drainage (if you have heavy soil then planting in a container may be your best option – ensure you use a good quality potting mix formulated for containers). Add a slow release citrus fertiliser to the bottom of the soil before planting, firm down and water well. Provide support for these climbers – it needs to be strong enough to take weight when fully grown. The root system of passionfruit is very shallow but extensive – mulch to retain moisture, keep roots cool and suppress weeds but make sure mulch is kept away from the stem. It’s also particularly important to water regularly throughout the flowering and fruiting period from spring until the end of summer (when watering keep water off foliage to avoid fungal problems). Like citrus, passionfruit are heavy feeders. It’s a good idea to feed at least twice over the spring, summer and autumn months with slow release citrus fertiliser

– over the fruiting period feeding with a liquid fertiliser is also recommended. Fruit is formed on current season’s wood so prune in early spring to encourage new growth. Prune hard one lateral annually. Train your vine up a fence or wall removing all laterals until it reaches the height you require then pinch out the top. Pruning (should be done in October or November) establishes the framework of leaders from which laterals grow. Cutting out denser growth allows better air circulation and fruit development the following season. Passionfruit are ripe when skin turns purple and fruit falls to the ground, from mid-summer onwards. Your consistent watering will prevent fruit drop and premature wrinkling of the skin. The vine also has great decorative value – it looks stunning grown on a pergola where the large green leaves can provide shade all year, with the added benefit of a vibrant flower display in summer and tasty fruit in late summer/autumn.


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Lions Club Food Bank Collection

The Ōtaki Lions Club Annual Food Bank Collection was held on Saturday 30 November with great success. This was the first year that Ōtaki Lions did not supply plastic bags in advance, but instead delivered a yellow flyer to letterboxes around Ōtaki asking for donations to be put into re-used boxes or bags. “It was great to see the people of Ōtaki respond to the new way of doing our collection”, says Club President Jenny Askwith. “When the flyer was attached to

the bag or box, it was quite easy for us to locate the donation”. The people of Ōtaki showed great generosity, and Lucy Tahere, manager of the Ōtaki Food Bank, was delighted with the contributions received this year. “The shelves are full for Christmas”. Thank you, Ōtaki, for your kind donations. ”If your donation was not collected, it can be dropped off at the Food Bank, Main Street, Ōtaki on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am until 12 noon.

Two Ōtaki tennis teams victorious BY FRANK NEILL Two Ōtaki tennis teams are have emerged victorious from the first round of competition this season. The senior mixed doubles won the mixed B grade table in the Tennis Central Interclub competitions. With that victory, they gained promotion to the A grade, where their competition will resume in February. The Ōtaki Sports Club team won five of the six rounds in the competition, beating Ngaio, Kilbirnie 1, Waikanae Beach, Kilbirnie and Titahi Bay. They drew their other encounter, against Johnsonville 1. The team of Emma Whitehead, Ema Moore, Monique Moore (pictured above), Hannah Grimmett, Gary Quigan, Heitia Raureti and Adam Shelton now have their eyes firmly fixed on performing well in the A grade. The Ōtaki Junior A team, called The Racqueeters, won the pre-Christmas Kapi Mana Mixed A Grade competition for players aged 16 and under. The team of Thorsten Edington, Robson Chapman, Archie O’Sullivan, Forest Glanville-Hall and Declan Prentice were undefeated in the competition, winning all five of their games. The Ōtaki junior C team, The Hit and Misses, came third in its competition, while the Ōtaki Aces team finished around the middle of the table in the Mixed Hot Shots under 12 competition. The Ōtaki Sports Club is running an open

junior tennis evening every Wednesday at 4:30pm on the four courts at Haruatai Park. Free and open to anyone to attend, the evening is consistently attracting 20 to 30 people. As well as competing in tennis, the Ōtaki Sports Club also runs football in the winter and squash. The next big event on the squash calendar will be the Tall Poppy Ōtaki Summer Open, which the club hosts in February each year. Entries for the 2020 event are already full, with 74 people having entered and made the draw. Others who have put their names forward are now on a waiting list, and will get to play only if somebody in the field drops out. The 2020 Tall Poppy Ōtaki Summer Open will run from 20 to 22 February. Entries have come mostly from the central and lower North Island, although there are some from wider afield. The Ōtaki Sports Club has just decided to add another major tournament to New Zealand’s squash calendar. Called the Ōtaki Spring Open, it will be contested on 2 and 3 October next year. The Tall Poppy Ōtaki Summer Open has proved a “successful format, so we will try and build on that and do something similar at a different time of the year,” says Hannah Grimmett, who chairs the Ōtaki Sports Club.

Some of the donated food from Saturday’s collection ready to be sorted onto the shelves at the food bank.

WRAPPING THINGS UP and the Sound of Music BY HOWIE C. THINGS A knock at my door signalled a visitor. It wasn’t hard to guess who the visitor might be.“Come in!” I called. “It’s open.” My pal Oldilocks headed for his favourite chair. “The roads and shops are so busy,” he sighed. I nodded. “The last-minute build up to Christmas. It starts earlier and gets more frantic every year.” “And more expensive. And more persuasive,” he moaned. “We are lured into spending, bombarded by advertising on TV and radio, and so many flyers are crammed into our letterboxes... I contemplated putting up a NO JUNK sign, but then the local people who deliver flyers would be denied of income at a time they’d most need it.” I nodded. We were both on the same page in regard to that. “Christmas shopping,” he sighed, shaking his head. “I’ve given up. I tend now to mostly just buy gift cards and let the recipients choose for themselves.” “Good idea,” I nodded. “You can’t go wrong with that... and you don’t have to worry about fancy gift paper and tinsel

for wrapping presents up.” Oldilocks slipped into one of his contemplative moods. “There are different ways of giving of course,” he murmured. I waited, anticipating a lengthy explanation.“Well, for example,” he said. “There’s the gift of time. We have an incredible number of people in the Otaki district gifting their time in various ways.” I nodded. “That’s certainly true. A most recent example – thirty singers carolling for an hour at Haruatai Park, reminding us all at this busy time, of the reason for the celebration.” “The ULTIMATE GIFT,” said Oldie, thoughtfully. “God’s gift to the world – wrapped in swaddling clothes.” He began to sing, “Away in a manger...”I joined in. “I think you should stick to whistling, Howie,” he grinned. Howie and Oldilocks wish all Ōtaki Mail readers A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

A Rotary Christmas wish BY GRANT ROBERTSON

Gary Quigan plays a shot during practice.

Thorsten Edgington, Ōtaki’s number 1 in the junior A tennis team, plays a shot during practice.

The wider Ōtaki Rotary Family joined together to Celebrate Christmas at our Rotay Lounge. Stalwart Member Ian MacIndoe was beknighted with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his many years dedication to Rotary causes. Ian writes our Bulletin each week with accuracy and good humour, takes charge of issuing Dictionaries in Schools each year, is always amongst the first to put his hand up in any voluntary task, and is a thorough gentleman to boot. Well done Ian and thank you for your continued service.

At our recent Youth night, Scholarships were awarded to William Tam and Caitlin MacAlpine, to support their continuing education at University level. Both are very worthy recipients. We also heard from Telesia Nelson-Latu who attended the Rotary youth leadership course earlier in the year, and goes from strength to strength in her vocation. We finish the year on a high note, and offer the Rotary motto as a Christmas wish ‘Service above Self’


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Birthday cake boost for fruit and veg stall

Supporting Global Bees PENNY KERR-HISLOP

11 quick questions to test your knowledge! 1. How many types of bee are there in New Zealand? a. Three b. 28 native and 13 introduced species c. Nobody knows d. Approximately 300 different species 2. How often do you check your hive for American Foulbrood (AFB) a Never b. Just before the reports are due c. Spring d. Spring and autumn e. Every time you open your hive 3. What is a Frankenbee? a. A bee made of different body parts b. A robot c. A genetically modified bee d A killer bee 4. What is the best way of preventing wasps attacking your hives a. Find the nest and kill them b.Call in a VESPEX registered wasp eradicator c. Move your bee hives d. Put wasp guards on the hives e. Any of the above 5. How do you know when you need a new queen? a. No laying b. Spotty brood c. Find her dead on the bottom of the hive d. Bad tempered bees e. Any of the above 6. When you open your hive at this time of year do you? a. Think “how wonderful” and close it again b. Check that you have drones c. Check feed supplies d. Check space for expansion e. Make sure you’ve done varroa treatment f. Check for foulbrood g. All of the above 7. What does foulbrood look like? a. White and chalky b. Brown and stringy c. Clear but smells bad d. Covered in maggots 8. A queenless hive sounds like a. A roar b. A gentle hum c. Silent d. Squeaky 9. Can drones sting? a. Yes but leave no sting behind b. Yes and leave the sting behind c. No, they are harmless d. No, but they can bite badly 10. Do beekeepers have to be registered? a. Yes but only if they have more than five hives b. Yes, but only if they have more than 100 hives c. No d. Yes even if they have only one hive. 11. How long does a queen bee live for? a. 6 weeks b. 6 months c. 1 year d. 2-3 years Answers on p24

Growers and cake-bakers of the Seasonal Surplus Stall, l-r: Rosli Adams, Lyndsay Knowles, Katy Horwood, Bernadine Bloemgarten, Jane Bell, Doris Martin, Belinda McLean

BY BELINDA MCLEAN A colourful array of birthday cakes using home-grown fruit or vegetables proved a hit with customers as Ōtaki’s Seasonal Surplus Stall celebrated its 10th birthday. “A Black Doris plum cake, German apple cake, beetroot and chocolate cake, lime and lemon drizzle cakes were all popular offerings with many request for recipes as well as second slices,” said spokesperson Bernadine Bloemgarten. “Our customers were particularly taken by the beetroot and chocolate cake .”(recipe follows) The stall opened on for the season on November 7 with an abundance of produce and even more brought for the birthday stall the following Thursday. “The tables were loaded with eggs, globe artichokes, rhubarb, silverbeet, lettuce, NZ spinach, spring onions, the odd leek, cauli and cabbage, limes, broad beans (not enough--we could have sold lots more). Several people donated produce and we sold everything so our takings were excellent. One person had arrived from Wellington, read about the stall in the local paper, and came along. Our fame is spreading.” she said. The Ōtaki Seasonal Surplus Stall is open on Thursdays in Main Street, on the green area near the library. The stall buys gardeners’ surplus fruit, vegetables or eggs From 10.30 until 11am, and then sells to all comers from 11am to 12pm. The stall aims to be plastic-free and offers free bags home-made from recycled fabric. New volunteers always welcome.

Jane Bell’s beetroot and chocolate cake Preheat the oven to 200 deg C Grease and line a 20cm cake tin (preferably spring-form) Cake ingredients 175 grams plain flour 10 grams baking powder 50 grams cocoa powder 225 grams soft brown sugar 3 eggs 200 millilitres rice-bran or corn oil 225 grams raw beetroot (boiled or roasted, peeled and chopped) Method Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and sugar into a bowl. Blend the eggs, beetroot and oil in a blender until smooth. Fold the beetroot mixture into the dry ingredients. Scoop mixture into cake tin, bake for 40 minutes or until done when tested with a skewer. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool, then generously cover the cake with icing. Icing ingredients 1 1/2 Tb pureed beetroot, 1 Tb cream cheese, 1 Tb butter, ½ tsp vanilla, icing sugar Beat softened butter and cream cheese together. Add vanilla and beetroot puree and beat in enough sifted icing sugar to make a creamy topping. Contacts: Bernadine Bloemgarten 0204 131 5780 Belinda McLean 021 262 9347

The Harshness of Spring BY PENNY KERR-HISLOP Spring’s first vibrant rush of flowering and blossoming comes to an end just as the hives are expanding in bee numbers. The changeable weather and the reduction in nectar available, means that sometimes your hives are in danger of running out of food and consequently starving. Even the millions of forget-me-nots are drying off and going to seed. Urban bees will be better off; enjoying the spring flowers and the new roses, catnip and the everyielding lavender. On the farms, buttercup is everywhere, and clover flowers are showing but not yet yielding. The willow and ivy have been and gone. In some locations, close to the bush, Kamahi trees will be getting ready to flower When the bee numbers are growing and the nectar sources are reduced, stored honey can be quickly consumed. So we do need to be on the watch for starvation. When necessary, honey sources can be substituted with sugar syrup. Equal quantities of white sugar and water

thoroughly mixed and then poured into the feeder. Make sure that the feeder has material such as bracken floating in it to prevent bees from drowning. In this area, the main nectar flow is in December so November will require some careful management. By now all hives should have been inspected for American foulbrood and varroa treatment strips should be being removed before the main honey flow begins. If your hive is really strong, swarming prevention measures should be taken. Wasps are making their presence felt but there’s not a lot you can do except track down their nests and destroy them. The use of sugar-based baiting is obviously to be avoided. The eco-toxin Vespex can be introduced in December when the wasps start hunting for protein as opposed to just sugar. But remember to sit and listen to the busy hum of bees in the trees and amongst the flowers on a warm spring day. It is one of the pleasures of beekeeping.

Easy Peasy chocolate cake 225g plain flour 350g caster sugar 85g cocoa powder 1½ tsp baking powder 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Chocolate icing 2 free-range eggs ½ cup cocoa powder 250ml milk 100g butter 125ml vegetable oil 2 cups icing sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp vanilla essence 250ml boiling water Splash of hot water 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins. 2. For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined. 3. Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.) 4. Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25– 35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. 5. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing. Icing 1. Soften the butter in the microwave. 2. Sift icing sugar and cocoa powder together in a bowl. 3. Add the butter and a splash of water if needed, and mix together.

Everyone loves chocolate cake


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Council services over Christmas and New Year

We wish everyone a happy and safe festive season! Some of our hours are a little different during this time. Check below or visit to see when our Council and community services are operating over the break.

Paraparaumu Service Centre Closes 3pm, Tuesday 24 December 2019 Re-opens 8am, Friday 3 January 2020 Ōtaki and Waikanae Service Centres Close 3pm, Tuesday 24 December 2019 Re-open 9am, Friday 3 January 2020

EnviroWaste /Low Cost Bins/Waste Management: Collections due on Wednesday 25 December will be collected on Saturday 21 December. Collections due on Wednesday 1 January will be collected on Saturday 28 December. Lucy’s Bins: Collections due on Wednesday 25 December will be collected on Tuesday 24 December. Collections due on Wednesday 1 January will be collected on Tuesday 31 December. Waikanae and Otaki Transfer Stations

Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Year. Building inspections are also not available over this period. Building inspections and processing of building consents, resource consents and LIMs will resume on 3 January. Note that the days from 20 December to 10 January are not counted as working days in the related legislation.

All libraries are closed 25 & 26 December 2019 and 1 & 2 January 2020, and will be closing at 3pm on the 24 and 31 December 2019. Open regular hours all other days.

25 December – Closed Boxing Day – Open 1 January – Closed 2 January – Open Otaihanga Resource Recovery Facility 25 December – Closed Boxing Day – Open 9am - 5pm 1 January – Closed 2 January – Open 9am - 5pm Composting NZ – Greenwaste Facility 25 December – Closed Boxing Day – Closed 1 January – Closed 2 January – Closed

A reminder that alcohol-free zones are in place for: • all beaches - 9pm to 6am every day • all public places in urban areas from Paekākāriki to Te Horo: 9pm to 6am every day • all skateboard parks and reserves - 24 hours/7 days • specified areas in Ōtaki - 24 hours/7 days Please visit for more information and FAQs about the how the zones work.

Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Waikanae Pool and Ōtaki Pool are closed Christmas Day only. All three facilities will have slightly different hours between 23 December and 3 January, with usual hours resuming 4 January. For all opening hours over this period please visit, or look for the holiday hours sign at your local swimming pool.


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Ōtaki Update December 2019

Season’s greetings and Mere Kirihimete As the new Council and I settle into our roles for our next three years in office, and our communities start thinking about work breaks and celebrations with family and friends, I’m taking time to reflect on how far we’ve come again this year, to improve how we do our job keeping our District ticking over. It’s all thanks to a joint effort by your councillors, community boards and Council staff and I look forward to seeing that collaboration strengthen as we develop and deliver our plans over the coming years. I hope you take good care of you and yours in our unique home this summer festive season and enjoy whatever you do. I will certainly be spending as much time as I can in my part of sunny Ōtaki. K Gurunathan, JP, MA Mayor, Kāpiti Coast District

Summer reading programme

Toxic algae in rivers and streams

Registrations are now open for the Kāpiti Kids Summer Reading Programme. The programme is for children in years 1-8 and involves completing a series of reading challenges over the summer break.

If you walk your furry friend near the lagoons in any of our parks and reserves or along the District’s rivers and streams, including the Ōtaki River, keep an eye out for toxic algae as the temperature rises. Toxic algae looks like brown or black mats that grow on rocks in the river bed.

Everyone who completes the programme receives a free book and an invite to the celebration pool party. Pop into the Ōtaki, Waikanae or Paraparaumu Libraries to register!

Dogs are at the greatest risk from toxic algae because they love the smell of it and will eat it given the chance. It can be fatal to dogs, even if eaten in tiny amounts. Read more on toxic algae on the Greater Wellington website. 

Is it safe to swim? Whether it’s at the beach, a river or one of our aquatic centres or pools, Kāpiti has you covered if you’re looking to take a dip! Our rivers and beaches are generally pretty clean and it’s usually safe for a swim, but sometimes the weather and other things can change that. You can check if it’s safe to swim anytime this summer on the Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website. Just click on your favourite spot on the map, or allow your location to find the closest swimming spots to you, and you can then check out the water quality at all of the best water spots in Kāpiti and around NZ. 


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

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28 January Ōtaki Community Board Meeting

Thursday 30 January Public Forum Thursday 30 January Council Meeting

7.00pm Gertrude Atmore Supper Room, Memorial Hall, Main Street, Ōtaki 9.00am Council Chambers, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu 9.30am 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

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Stay healthy this Christmas - eat lots of fruit!


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Media Muse “Welcome back” they say when they’re the ones who went away and left us sitting there twiddling our thumbs, waiting for them to come back from wherever they go during commercial breaks and carry on reading the news. Watching television is something we do, an activity like eating, drinking, talking, sitting and looking — which is all that watching television amounts to a lot of the time). It’s not like bird watching or keeping an eye out for the next bus. More often than not, watching television is simply blobbing out — situation vacant mentally, nil by brain. Newsreaders must know this. Occasionally a female newsreader “falls” pregnant. Samantha Hayes was one such pregnancy victim, with child and away from her autocue at TV3, the longest break she’d had from work since her six-week vacation in South America where she met her future husband, Jeroen Blaauw, but let’s not go there. Discussing her imminent return with Stuff journalist, Emily Brookes, Mrs Blaauw (nee Hayes), said: “I know it’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be a challenge and I’m going to have to figure it out as I go.” Part of figuring it out as she goes, interpolates Ms Brookes, “will be figuring out how her boundaries have moved.” Next question: You’ve fallen pregnant, you’ve been with child, off work for a record 11 weeks — a personal best, you’ve been living in your PJs for several weeks, probably without make-up, and now you are about to be reunited with your autocue and reading words aloud off it — how far, would you say, have your boundaries moved? “Being a new mum has changed the way that I see news stories and the way that I feel about news stories,” says Mrs Blaauw (nee Hayes).

by Manakau’s Tom Frewen “I just can’t help but think every time something awful happens to somebody, that’s somebody’s son or daughter.” Or father or mother, for that matter but why stop with immediate family? Seasoned viewers of television news have their boundaries moved nightly by stories about some simply awful things happening to somebody somewhere. Without awful things happening, there would bee just sport, weather and heartwarming animal stories. “I definitely think I’m a little bit more sensitive now than I would usually be and I’m going to have to be really careful about that in the studio and just generally at work.” Always immaculately groomed and possessed with a distinctive news reading style of forming words right back up behind her nose and lightly strangling them on their way down, Mrs Blaauw (nee Hayes) says she has made her co-anchor, Mike Roberts (nee Roberts) and her producers aware of her “heightened emotions”. “If I feel like I’m getting into a danger zone where I might be getting a bit too emotional or something I’ll have a chat to them and hopefully we can get through it.” What could go wrong? Viewers have come to depend on television newsreaders to stay calm and conduct themselves in a disciplined and professional manner, much like paramedics and firefighters, through the crises, mayhem, seemingly endless acts of violence, atrocities, natural disasters, sudden and unexplained deaths, road carnage and bizarre new twists in the fleetingly few minutes it takes to get from one commercial break to the next. Like canaries in a coal mine, newsreaders are early warning devices alerting viewers about upcoming scenes that they might find disturbing or upsetting in some way. “Challenging” is a word often used to

describe these images and viewers are advised to exercise discretion. Well-Intentioned and considerate as these warnings may be, they do present viewers with a dilemma: how does one exercise discretion when one does not know why discretion is necessary or even, in the case of challenging images, it is even desirable. I personally found many of the scenes in the last over of the Cricket World Cup final between the Black Caps and England more than a little challenging. Would I have watched them if they had come with a health warning? Probably. Viewer discretion could well have been advised in that instance, as it should be — but never is — in news clips of injections, the needle puncturing the skin always shown magnified in close-up. Newsreaders, knowing what’s coming up, can avert their gaze. They are, in any case, off-camera and have time to make a quick recovery if they faint, as I sometimes do. With her new insight into watching television from the other side, as it were, Mrs Blaauw (nee Hayes) could well use her insider position to ban shots of needles and any internal organs. And surely there is no longer any need to show rolls of banknotes at any mention of money, banks, the economy, The Budget and drug busts. We all know by now what money looks like even if we’re stopped carrying cash so that pictures of ATMs and cards being waved at EFTPOS machines would be more up-to-date which, come to think of it, is exactly what the news is supposed to be. That brings me to the subject of “Breaking News”, the newsreader’s favourite, which typically involves emergency services, sirens, flashing lights and an increase in urgency as in a Harvey

Norman commercial winding up with “Hurry. Sale ends Tuesday.” Most likely it will be during some “Breaking News” that Mrs Blaauw (nee Hayes) will find out exactly how far her boundaries have moved. As “Breaking News” must be delivered hot off the autocue to distinguish it from news that is merely recent and news that came in even earlier and is already going mouldy, she will have little time to steel herself against the emotional impact on victims of the awful something that is going off, down or up, even as she reads if off the autocue before crossing live to a reporter at the scene for a live update. It may be necessary for television newsrooms to bring in counsellors, perhaps seated beside newsreaders with tissues and words of comfort at the ready. It could get crowded if they also have a signer communicating to the deaf. Incidentally, I have found an amusing way of watching the prime minister’s media conferences by muting the sound and trying to guess what she’s saying by relying on the signer. It is another way of getting a fresh new perspective on the news, much easier than giving birth, taking 11 weeks off work and coming back uncertain as to how far your boundaries have moved. Another way of getting a fresh new perspective on the news is to exercise viewer discretion by hitting the mute button just before it starts and only turning the sound back on for the sport and the weather. Summer is the season for blobbing out. Readers are advised to exercise discretion, slip, slap, blob and be sure to have a very blobby holiday.

Christmas arrives early at Kapiti Island BY DANIELLE BARRETT The sun is shining, the sky is blue and Christmas has arrived early for the tūī, korimako (bellbird) kākā and honey bees on Kapiti Island. Many Kiwis are familiar with the blazing red flowers of pōhutukawa - also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree - visible along the coastline at this time of year. There are plenty of pōhutukawa on Kapiti Island, however at Waiorua Bay at the Northern end of the Island we are privileged to have a very special tāonga in the form of a yellow pōhutukawa. This stunning specimen (pictured) in front of the lodge is now in full flower attracting all the birds and bees in the valley. The yellow flowering variety, known as Metrosideros excelsa Aurea, originates from Mōtiti Island in the Bay of Plenty. The tree at the lodge was planted in the late 70s by Nana Piki and always blooms a month earlier than its red flowering cousins. Also in flower on the island this month are the Northern Rātā (Metrosideros robusta). Northern Rātā is one of New Zealand’s tallest flowering trees and often grows from an unusual starting point - perched on a host tree in the forest canopy. Its roots grow down to the ground, eventually enclosing the host tree and producing a huge tree up to 25 metres high with a trunk of 2.5 metres wide.

Pōhutukawa can be distinguished from rātā by the presence of small hairs on the underside of the leaves. Like pōhutukawa, rātā are part of the myrtle family of trees. Other members include mānuka & kānuka - both of which are also prolific on Kapiti Island. Rātā are best known for their striking red flowers which appear from November to January. Last year the rātā bloom was quite subdued, as they tend to flower well only once every couple of years. This year we are seeing brilliant patches of red and more subtle colour splashes, especially at Rangatira. If the birds & bees don’t have enough of a smorgasbord to feast on - the harakeke (flax) has also started to bloom. The nectar-loving tūī, korimako & kākā are enjoying their Summer feast. Like children who have had a sugar ‘hit’ the birds were described this week by one visitor as “going bonkers” - they really have to be seen to be believed! Yellow pohutakawa in full flower Kapiti Island Nature Tours offer gift vouchers if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift. Check out

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Ōtaki - Education Town a learning eco-system

Kids Unite to Perform Kapa Haka BY MARGARET ANDREWS Over a thousand children from 16 schools in Kapiti took part in the 18th annual Kapiti Schools Kapa Haka Festival. Held in the Kapiti College gymnasium, it was another day filled with waiata, haka, poi and action. Raumati South School was host school for the day. Shortly after 9am a karanga rang out, calling the visitors into the gym while the host school continued with their waiata until all those attending with their family members and supporters were inside and the powhiri began the day. With some of the schools numbering 70 to over 100 performers, space was at a premium, so this year it was organised so groups performing later in the morning onwards didn’t come in for the opening powhiri. Raumati South School were the first performers on the stage. Six Ōtaki School groups took part and the Ōtaki College years seven and eight kapa haka team were the first from Ōtaki to take to the stage, with a strong performance in all their waiata, poi, haka and movement. St Peter Chanel were the next from Ōtaki and

the whole school, about 30 pupils, took part – just four years ago there were only about 12 pupils at the school. They were great performers, as good as the others who have had more experience. Waitohu had the biggest group from Ōtaki with 109 pupils taking part. They presented a programme of waiata, some with movement and poi. Boys displayed their skills with haka and tiaha. Ōtaki School had two teams performing, the Kai Manawanui – bi-lingual classes and the te reo immersion unit Te Korowai Whakamana. The children in the latter group are very experienced performers; the older children have been performing since they were five. They gave very strong performances in all skills to the large and appreciative audience. Te Horo School was the last local school to perform. They gave a strong rendition of the waiata, poi and haka skills. The final performance for the day came from the pupils of Te Ra School. After they had completed their repertoire, the day came to an end with the some of the Raumati South members handing the Mauri – treasure, to Te Ra School, who will host the Kapa Haka Festival next year.

St Peter Chanel pupils show their skills in waiata .

Ōtaki College junior kapa haka group in waiata and action.

Te Korowai Whakamana at the Kapiti Schools Kapa Haka Festival.

Waitohu School’s kapa haka group

The boys from Te Korowai Whakamana in action with the taiaha.

Te Horo returned to the Festival this year.

Pupils from Ōtaki School’s Kaimanwainui classes show their skills


Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Ōtaki College News December 2019

From the Principal Andy Fraser 2019 has been a thoroughly enjoyable and successful year and we are looking at positive outcomes in our school NCEA results. The outcomes of the ERO review have been very affirming and clearly articulate the fact that Ōtaki College is doing a thorough job in providing a high quality education for its students. It appears that we will continue to have roll growth in 2020 which is exciting. To accommodate this roll growth and reduce classroom numbers, we are in the process of appointing a new Year 7&8 staff member to enable us to have six classes available in 2020. Should this roll growth allow further appointment, our next focus will be on reducing class sizes in Year 9. Some key changes that may affect whānau/parents in 2020 are the new uniform regulations and we encourage Junior Prizewinners Jessica Thomsen and you to go to our website for further Kaia Pollock information. Mobile Phones School TV is a new resource that the In light of health and education research College has purchased for parents and we we would like to inform you that mobile feel that over the holiday break it would phones and headphones will not be able be extremely advantageous for all to be used at all during class time. parents to review this site at https:// Please support the College in its efforts look after the health and wellbeing of latest-newsletter your child and increase their opportunity to learn by reinforcing to your children


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


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

Wednesday 29th January 10:00am–2:00pm Any new enrolments from Years 7-13 who have not received a confirmation letter or phone call before this date need to come in to the College Hall and enrol. All Year Level Deans will be available at this time. Thursday 30th January 10:00am–2:00pm Year 11, 12 and 13 course counselling for students and, if possible, parents – individual appointment times will be posted mid January. No uniform required.



Returning Yr 9 and 10s (assemble in Gym)

11:30am– 3:15pm

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(Buses will run as for normal school day) Tuesday 4th February 9.00am-3.15pm All Year Levels full school day The College Office will be open for chromebook and stationery sales before College starts as follows: Monday 27 Jan, 11.00am-12.00midday and 1.00pm-3.00pm Tue 28 Jan - Fri 31 Jan, 9.00am-12.00midday and 1.00pm - 3.00pm (closed for lunch from 12.00-1.00pm) From Mon 3 Feb normal office hours will resume: 08.30am - 03.30pm

Friday 31st February 10:00am–1:00pm Year 7 and new Year 8, 9 and 10 students please come to the College Hall with your parent/caregiver to meet with your Homeroom or Kaiārahi Teacher and the Principal for a short visit. No uniform required.

Chromebooks: Acer C733 may be purchased outright for $470.00 or $490.00 over time-payments. Insurance is for 3 years, two repair claims and one replacement.

Monday 3rd February Pōwhiri and full school return but at different times, depending on Year Level. Correct uniform to be worn (female students must wear a skirt to the pōwhiri).

Uniform is sold through Marlan Trading, State Highway One, Ōtaki. Marlan Trading will be open for College Uniform fittings Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.30pm from 21 November–20 December and from 7-31 January 2020. They will also open Saturday 11 and 25 January from 10.00am-12.00midday. After 31 January normal opening times will apply (i.e. Fridays from 1.00-4.30pm or by appointment – ring Kirsten on 027 466 3317 to arrange a time).


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

The canteen will be open from Monday 3 Feb.

that this is a new policy at the College. Phones can be used during break times but must remain in bags at all other times. If you need to contact a student by phone, please do so in break times. If you need to contact a student urgently or about a serious matter please contact the Office so that an adult is there to support your child. Students can use the phone in the office to ring home.

We would like to sincerely thank parents/whānau and local businesses for all the support that they have offered over 2019. We wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Merry Christmas, Ngā mihi nui, Andy Fraser and Staff

New releases BY KAHUKURA KEMP Kei te kamakama te tikanga Te Whānau Pāmu is the second collaboration between Marie Waaka (author) and Arahia Ngatai (illustrator).

for many happy moments of happiness and laughter between child and parent or child and grandparent or indeed any other combination. Produced in hardback form, the book is available for sale @ $20 and can be purchased on site at the campus or online through tetakupusales@twor-otaki. Ka haere te kawe rimurimu I te ara ka mako pare

showcase works produced by local artists. Sonia Snowden, Elaine Bevan, Pip Devonshire, Chris Gerretzen, Tracey Pātete, Hēmi Tahupārae, Leah Warbrick and Hinepūororangi Tahupārae are the artists featured, all of whom are either full time staff or kaiāwhina. As an aside, the wānanga congratulates Sonia Snowden on her recent recognition by Creative New Zealand through the Sir Kingi Ihaka Award to recognise and celebrate her lifetime contribution to Maori art. The artforms featured in the maramataka include kete whakairo fashioned from harakeke; kete mātaitai using harakeke and rimurapa (kelp); kete muka; kete tatahi; hei tiki made of corian; putorino

and pukaea fashioned from tōtara; k1akahu and piupiu made of muka. The whakataukī used above emphasises the link between art and nature, something that is magically captured in each of the featured pieces and in their descriptions. The maramataka is available for sale on site at the campus at a cost of $10.

Pūtōrino-Ōrua-Rangi by Hēmi Tahupārae

It retains the same style as the first book, Te Whānau Moana, published in 2018. These books are for children of kōhanga reo age. The theme of this one is farm animals and the simple, repetitive, rhyming language structure is easily transferable from spoken to sung. Along with the rhyming the illustrations will delight youngsters and there is potential

Pūtōrino-Ōrua-Rangi by Hēmi Tahupārae

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Ōtaki’s History

Contributed by the Otaki Historical Society and the Otaki Museum

Ōtaki Museum Collection BY DI BUCHAN This month’s special items display The Small family of Clifden farm, where the Bridge Lodge once stood prior to the Expressway construction, gifted a great deal of material to the Otaki Museum. Last month we displayed some of those items and this month the Museum will exhibit a few more. Readers of the October edition of the Ōtaki Mail will recall that Mary and William Small came to Ōtaki from Scotland in the early 1860s and established their farm south of the river in the 1870s. Over the years four generations of the Small family lived on the farm. Mary and William’s son Alexander and his wife Helen were the original farmers but it was their only son Harold who made the greatest mark on our local history. He was a truly innovative farmer adopting agricultural practices that at the time were quite revolutionary. He also held many important civic positions in the district. His mother Helen grew flowers for the Wellington markets and in addition to cows, pigs and chickens, the farm produced a variety of fruit and nuts which were sold locally. The items on display over the past two months included encased photos of William and Mary, a gold pocket watch, Harold’s agricultural notebook, Mary’s hymn book and William’s hand-written will dated 1883. This month the display has a plate with a Grecian theme which was given to Harold as a prize in a local flower show, a silver jug in a velvet case which was a gift to Harold from his Grandfather William and a 1 pound weight which was presumably used by Mary and Helen for weighting baking ingredients and produce. But the highlight of this month’s exhibition has to be Mary’s 1851 recipe book the title of which is “The Modern Housewife or Menagere”. The flyleaf contains the following description: “Comprising nearly one thousand receipts

(sic) for the economic and judicious preparation of every meal of the day and those for the nursery and sick room, with minute directions for family management in all its branches.” Although one might think that “nearly 1,000 receipts “ would be more than enough to cater for every possible meal and situation confronting a housewife in the 19th century, Mrs Small still added a few of her own and these are either in the form of newspaper clippings wedged between pages or hand-written notes in the back of the book. This book is a second edition - the first, produced in Britain in 1850 sold, according to the fly-leaf, 20,000 copies! There are very interesting articles about the Small family in 3 Journals produced by the Ōtaki Historical Society. These can be viewed or purchased at the Ōtaki Museum. Visitor Survey results Over the past five months a visitor survey has been undertaken at the museum. This was to provide the Trustees with information about who is visiting the museum, where they come from, what value they see in the museum and in particular, to gather suggestions for future exhibition topics. Nearly 100 visitors completed the survey and although this was less than a quarter of the people who visited over that period, the information gathered has been very useful. The results show that the museum is visited by all age groups with just over half being of retirement age or older. Visitors come from all over New Zealand and some even from other countries but the majority are Kapiti residents and Ōtaki residents in particular. The most appreciated aspects of the museum experience, apart from the exhibitions which attracted highly favourable comments, were the friendly reception they received from volunteers and trustees and the historic qualities of the building. Twenty-four suggestions for future exhibition topics were received and these

will provide a wonderful resource for the Trustees when deciding topics for next year and the following. Most of the suggestions fall into two broad categories – the social history of Ōtaki township (i.e. its people and their histories) and the history of local iwi and Maori institutions in the town. Drawing on these ideas, the next exhibition (which will follow the Health on the Hill exhibition) will be about the retailers of Ōtaki prior to 1950. This exhibition is planned to open about April next year. If you or your family were associated with retailing at that time or have photos or memorabilia associated with the retail industry in Ōtaki please contact the museum. We will be very pleased to hear from you. Correction Last month’s History article supplied by Otaki Museum about the old Cottage Hospital contained some inaccurate information. Here’s their correction: In the late 1990s the Ōtaki Community Health Trust was formed to negotiate the future of the Home with the Palmerston North hospital authorities. They managed to lease the building and ran it for ten years, hosting the Birthing Unit and other services. Today the old hospital building is owned by the Crown and is managed by the Ōtaki Community Health Centre. The lead tenant is the Ōtaki Women’s Health Group through a lease agreement with the Crown. The MidCentral DHB is also a tenant, as are several independent health providers.

Judith Miller opening the Health on the Hill exhibition at the museum

Items from the Smith Family collection currently on display at the Ōtaki Museum

Answers to Bee quiz on P17 . 1.b. 2.e. 3.c. these are transgenic bees currently being developed by Monsanto to be resistant to pesticides. 4.e. 5.e. 6.any of b to g. 7.b. 8.a. 9.c. 10.d. 11.d.

Know your Rights Under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) The spirit of Christmas is all over us, the carols are over the air and some people are frantically preparing for festivities. It is the season when most people tend to spend more money for gifting, dining out, celebration, holiday, etc, and there’s a lot out there in the market that are offered on special deals – heavily discounted items and vouchers. Some people are impulsively attracted to those deals and fail to read the fine prints - the terms and conditions. Before long, they realise that they could not use the voucher because of the time restrictions - they have expired by the time they want to use it. Others also buy gifts which receivers may not want. Do you have the right to return the gift and be refunded? So what are your remedies under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA)? If you have forgotten to redeem your voucher for dinner, for example, at the stated date, there is usually no remedy to this. However, you can try to talk to the provider of the deal to see what they can offer you as some of them value their customers’ goodwill. You also don’t have the right to return goods which were given to you as a gift, unless the retailer has a returns policy which allows this or there is a serious fault with the goods. What does the CGA say? Whenever you buy consumer goods or services in New Zealand from a retailer or trader, which are usually bought for personal, domestic or household use - you are covered by the CGA. But if you buy such goods for commercial

purposes then the retailer or trader can contract out of the CGA, which means that you aren’t covered by it. When do you have the right? If the good is faulty (i.e. if you didn’t cause the problem) and the problem is minor the retailer can choose between repairing the goods, replacing them or giving you a full refund. If there is a major problem you can return the goods and demand a replacement or a complete refund. If Te Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa the retailer won’t replace or repair the good or refund your money as is required under the Consumer Guarantees Act Our advice is free and confidential. We have the information to help then you can take your case to the Disputes Tribunal. you with your problems, or can point you in the right direction. When don’t you have the right? call, email or see us You don’t have the right to return goods just because We are next to the you’ve changed your mind about them, unless the retailer Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm swing park by the has a returns policy which allows you to do this. Their 65a Main Street, Ōtaki Village Memorial Hall policy may specify that the goods must be in the same condition that they were in when you purchased them, etc. tel 06 364 8664 or 0800 367 222 web email Does the retailer have the right to give you store credit We close 23 December and reopen instead of a refund if you are returning something faulty? 13 January 2020. If you’ve returned the goods because they have a serious fault or are not fit for purpose, then the retailer cannot Calls and Emails will be monitored and answered insist on giving you store credit instead of a refund. during the holidays Budgeting Services The CGA is a law that protects your legal rights as a consumer. To know more about your rights and other related Free 20-minute Solicitor's Appointment information, visit/call/email us at Citizens Advice Bureau.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

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

Librarian’s Pick Reviewed by Andrea.

Mindful money

The Bodies in the Library

The Giver of Stars

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

by Canna Campbell

by Marty Wingate

by Jojo Moyes

This is a comprehensive, practical and accessible guide to holistic financial wellbeing from Canna Campbell - the YouTube star and best-selling author of The $1000 Project. Campbell is also an experienced financial planner, a mother, partner and entrepreneur. She understands that as we juggle the commitments and responsibilities in our busy lives, good money habits and good intentions can quickly fade away. From new banking rituals and money mindsets to growing passive income through shares and property, she will help you shed the excess and embrace what you really love, value, use and appreciate – including your necessary luxuries. ‘Canna Campbell offers a glamorous vision of a life of minimalism and saving … Not spending feels more like a creative challenge connected to a sense of purpose, rather than deprivation.’ New York Times

Narrator Hayley Burke has bluffed her way into a dream job. She is the new curator of The First Edition Society, a library dedicated to first editions from the Golden Age of Mysteries. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the prickly Glynis Woolgar – who does not like Hayley’s ideas to modernise The First Edition Society. When one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society takes flight - an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group - Hayley is thrilled. But when one of the group is found dead in the library stacks, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job. Inspired by Miss Marple in Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library, Hayley turns amateur sleuth. A cosy crime novel and an enjoyable summer read.

The Giver of Stars is a mesmerising tale of female friendship, romance, and the wonder of books and reading, inspired by a remarkable true story. Alice Wright is stifled, bored, and misunderstood. So when she meets wealthy and handsome American, Bennett Van Cleve, she is quickly swept off her feet. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing fatherin-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new travelling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. Led by feisty and rebellious Margery O’Hare, this unlikely group of women travel far and wide on their mission to bring books and reading to those that need it, and Alice finally finds the freedom, friendship and love that she’s been looking for.

by Ruth Wariner This talking book is the true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. After Ruth’s father - the founding prophet of the colony - is brutally murdered, her mother remarries. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. This is the riveting story of one girl’s fight for peace and love.

Yes it’s that time of year. The grass seed season. We regularly see dogs with grass seed problems. Just last week one dog had two grass seeds that had worked their way into his ear canal, causing acute pain, and requiring sedation for removal. Another dog had numerous seeds tangled in her coat especially around the armpits and feet. We ended up removing about 50 seeds, most of which had worked their way into the skin and were beginning to burrow underneath. So what is it with grass seeds that make them such a problem? It’s partly to do with their shape, like an arrowhead, with a sharp point. But also to do with the small barbs along the seed’s length that allow them to travel forward but not backward. As the dog moves through the long grass, seeds attach to the coat. As the animal moves, the seeds slowly work their way forwards, penetrating the skin

and then burrowing subcutaneously at which time they are no longer visible. Often a weepy sore is the only clue of what is happening internally. Seeds will travel under the skin for some distance and have been known to enter the chest and abdomen. But more commonly we find them in places where the fur coat is long, like the feet, armpits and inner thighs and occasionally also in the ears or the eyes. Needless to say they are very painful, lead to suppurating sores and are expensive to treat. Prevention as always is best. Keep fur short in those danger areas. Carefully check your dog all over every night in case he has picked up a seed. And of course avoid walking in areas with long grass.

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Ōtaki Mail – Christmas 2019

Summer’s here - be beach aware! BY NIKKI LUNDIE It’s official, summer is here and our voluntary weekend beach patrols have started – boom! By the time you read this, Regional Lifeguards employed by Surf Lifesaving New Zealand will also be on patrols weekdays until the end of January. So no matter what beach you’re planning to spend time at this holiday season, Surf Lifeguards have got you covered! But here are a few ways you can keep yourselves, your whanau and your mates safe this summer: 1. Choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the flags. 2. Read and understand the safety signs - ask a lifeguard for advice as conditions can change regularly. 3. Don’t overestimate your ability or your children’s ability to cope in the conditions. 4. Always keep a very close eye on young children in or near the water keep them within arm’s reach at all times.

5. Get a friend to swim with you - never swim or surf alone. atch out for rip currents, they can 6. W carry you away from shore. If caught in a rip current, RELAX and float, RAISE your hand to signal for help, RIDE the rip until it stops and you can swim safely back to shore. Remember - nobody is stronger than a rip. 7. Be smart around rocks: When fishing, never turn your back towards the sea and always wear a lifejacket. 8. I f in doubt, stay out! 9. If you see someone in trouble, call 111 and ask for Police. 10. Be sun smart – Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. From all of us at the Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club we wish you a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season.

Ōtaki Titans’ fourth successive victory BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki Titans have won the Personal Best Trophy for the Gold Coast Zone swimming competition. Despite being the smallest club in the Gold Coast Zone, which stretches from Tawa in the south to Ōtaki in the north, the Titans have now won the trophy for the fourth successive year. Every member of the team swam well, achieving personal best times, and giving them the trophy after the final of the five meets this year was swum on 24 November. On their way to winning the Personal Best Trophy, five Ōtaki Titans qualified for the Swimming Wellington’s 12 and under Junior championships. This event was due to be swum at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre on 15 and 16 December. The five qualifiers are Kupa Gardner, aged 8; Nevaeh Gardner, aged 10; Ajia McNaught, aged 11; Riley Cohen, aged 11; and Nevaeh Lawton, aged 11.

Nevaeh Gardner has qualified in 11 events: 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres freestyle; 50 metres and 100 metres butterfly; 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke; 50 metres breaststroke; and 100 metres and 200 metres individual medley. Riley Cohen has qualified in nine events: 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres freestyle; 50 metres and 100 metres butterfly; 50 metres and 100 metres backstroke; 100 metres breaststroke; and 100 metres individual medley. Kupa Gardner has qualified in seven events: 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle; 50 metres butterfly; 50 metres and 100 metres backstroke; 100 metres breaststroke; and 100 metres individual medley. Ajia Mc Naught has qualified in three events: 50 metres freestyle; and 50 metres and 100 metres backstroke. Nevaeh Lawton has qualified in the 50 metres freestyle.

Ōtaki seeking seventh straight title BY FRANK NEILL Ōtaki’s Presidents Grade cricket team is leading the competition in its quest for a seventh straight title. The team won its first three matches of the season and followed this up with another victory, giving it four wins from its first six matches. Ōtaki has just the one senior team in the Horowhenua Kapiti cricket competition, yet it is a team that is playing consistently well season after season. As well as winning the Presidents Grade competition for the last six seasons, it also won the T20 competition last year. At least one other trophy is also in sight for a repeat this season. Inder Singh won bowler of the season when he took the most wickets in the competition, including a hat trick. This season, Inder has already taken 12 wickets for Ōtaki, with one three-wicket haul and two two-wicket returns.

Inder, now the team’s vice-captain, also won the trophy for best all rounder last season. The Ōtaki Presidents are being very well led by captain Kere Strawbridge, who is in outstanding form. The junior team is also performing well, and has notched up two wins. Hunter Topliss is performing outstandingly with both the bat and the ball, while Otto Miller is bowling very well and Finn Rolton is proving a very useful batsman. The junior team had a convincing win over Paraparaumu. Batting first, Ōtaki scored 149 while losing only three wickets. In reply, Paraparaumu managed just 56, again for the loss of three wickets. The match against Levin Old Boys Crushers proved a cliff hanger. Ōtaki finished just four runs ahead when they scored 99 runs for the loss of three wickets. The Crushers could not quite overhaul that total and ended up scoring 95 runs, also for the loss of three wickets.

Ōtaki’s Inder Singh on his way to an undefeated 30 on 14 December. The team was in some trouble when Inder and Greg Selby came together and put on a big partnership. Greg was 33 not out when Ōtaki beat Paraparaumu in the last over of the match

The Ōtaki Titans with the Personal Best Trophy they won for the fourth successive year: Back row: Ajia McNaught, Nevaeh Gardner, Jazz Aungiers and coach Kokoro Frost Front row: ) Riley Cohen, Giorgio Bevan, Nevaeh Lawton and Kupa Gardner.

Inder Singh sends down another delivery for the Ōtaki President’s team in its T20 match against Paraparaumu on 14 December. Inder took two wickets and scored 30 runs to help Ōtaki gain a last over victory

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