April 2015

Kite festival huge success

The third Otaki Kite Festival was a resounding success with “perfect” conditions over the whole weekend, drawing thousands of spectators and kite flyers from around the wider region. Twenty master kite makers and fliers from around New Zealand attended inclduing two of Australia’s best known designers and makers who also ran kite making workshops.

News

The Wilde Debate!

Supercity amalgamation, yes or no, is still the question and it’s not much clearer after the discussion-cum-briefing-cum-question and answer meeting held at the Otaki Golf Club in late February.

Te Horo’s horse rescuer

A forgotten, potholed road turns from the bustle of SH 1 and winds past a cluster of forlorn deserted buildings, derelict structures that once housed the Mary Crest Catholic Girls’ Home. But once through this slightly disquieting area you’ll come across rolling hills and flat pasture – you’ve arrived at specialist horse sanctuary, the Riverside Retreat Equine Rescue and Re-homing Centre.

Gardening

Transition Town Otaki: Sustainability in action

Food forest, sustainable gardening, permaculture, locavore—words once unfamiliar to gardeners now crop up regularly in the media and in gardening conversations.All are talking about a way of gardening that is both productive and efficient, making the best use of soil, sun and water. Planting intelligently with a mixture of different trees, shrubs and crops and using chooks, worms or other animals to keep the garden fertile and abundant without expensive fertilisers and pesticides.

Little ballerinas

A fuchsia’s ballerina-like blooms lift and brighten the gloomiest spots in our gardens, and most of us remember the large, flamboyant, double-flowered hybrids, those lovers of dappled shade, that were popular in our grandparents’ gardens.

Otaki Daffodils

Hooray! we have locally grown Malvern City daffodil bulbs for this year’s planting season. Malvern City is a classic all yellow trumpet daffodil. It is tall-growing (50cm) and an early flowering variety, a perfect cut flower.

Garden tasks for April, 2015

April is a busy month in the garden

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupOtaki’s Manihera Tehei — top scoring Maori language student in Year 13 winning an outstanding scholarship
  • To all those who ‘Shave for a Cure’
  • Otaki College being powered by the sun
  • Otaki Sunsets
  • New Café at the beach
  • Save the Capital Connection Group http://www.savethecapitalconnection.nz/

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTo the rubbish dumpers who will not use the receptacles provided, or the Refuse Centre. The community bears the cost of your rubbish!
  • The dumpers of fish heads and bones by the Waitohu Stream

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

New MDHB CEO Kathryn Cook appointed

Kathryn Cook is to lead MidCentral DHB and will take up the CEO role in early May. “Kathryn has a strong history of leadership in the health sector both in New Zealand and overseas.”

Pink Bales Succeeds

Remember those pink bales dotted round the countryside raising money and awareness for country women who have cancer? $23,000 was raised which will go a long way in supporting women and their families as they live with secondary cancer.

History

From the Otaki Mail, March 18, 1935

When Noel Coward, brilliant young English writer, launched his sensational stage success “Cavalcade”, dramatic critics said he had borrowed from the technique of making films. He had used kaleidoscopic symbolism, the close-up and panorama. In their screen play of the subject, which will screen its grand return season to-morrow, Fox Films are paying back with interest; they put “Cavalcade” where it really belongs – into the fluent medium of action – the movie.

OTAKI MUSEUM: The exhibition Otaki Remembers World War I is in...

Otaki Remembers World War I focuses on Gallipoli, as 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove. After eight months of battles and heavy losses, the troops had to be evacuated. Gallipoli was a costly failure; the Allies suffered 141,547 casualties of which 44,150 died; Turkey had 251,309 casualties of which 86,692 died. New Zealand had around 8,000 casualties, of which 2,779 died. Otaki just after the war is also featured.

Life

College Heads Settle In

A new year and a new team of student leaders have settled into their roles at Otaki College, with the head boy, Tevita Kata and head girl Clare McInerney-Heather at the helm.

When Your Cat Can’t Pee…

Sometimes we notice our cats frequently going (or trying to go) to the toilet. We may describe this as straining, or think that they are constipated. Sometimes they manage to pass little drops of urine which may be tinged with blood. At other times, nothing seems to happen. Your cat may cry out, seem distressed, or become quiet and depressed.

Business, industry & farming

Te Horo’s horse rescuer

A forgotten, potholed road turns from the bustle of SH 1 and winds past a cluster of forlorn deserted buildings, derelict structures that once housed the Mary Crest Catholic Girls’ Home. But once through this slightly disquieting area you’ll come across rolling hills and flat pasture – you’ve arrived at specialist horse sanctuary, the Riverside Retreat Equine Rescue and Re-homing Centre.

Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of the Otaki Buzz Club.A group of men and women united by their passion for Bees. Most have hives, some like me are gathering information and getting up to speed before taking the plunge.

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Learning the Art of Kite Making

A highlight of the Otaki Kite Festival for 20 or so people was a workshop held in the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club room, to learn the art of making a traditional Japanese hishi kite with world renowned kite maker, Robert Brasington. During the evening, with the basic shape already cut, those participating were shown a variety of templates to decorate their kite, which was first spray painted with ordinary household spray paints.

Otaki Waka Ama success continues

4 teams from Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano participated in the Wellington Secondary Schools Regional Waka Ama competition, held in Porirua. 23 colleges participated from the Hutt Valley, to the greater Wellington Region, the Western and Eastern suburbs of Wellington, to Porirua through to the Kapiti Coast.

KCDC Update

KCDC Meetings for April 2015

DayDateMeetingTimeVenue Wednesday 1 April Open Day – Long Term Plan 7.00 pm Ōtaki College, 233 Mill Road, Ōtaki Thursday 2 April Corporate Business Committee 10.00 am Council Chambers Ground Floor, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Wednesday 8...

Otaki Community Board

Public Speaking Otaki Beach resident, Ann Lawler, spoke to several issues about provision of equipment and upgrading facilities at the beach, particularly land for the...

Environment

Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of the Otaki Buzz Club.A group of men and women united by their passion for Bees. Most have hives, some like me are gathering information and getting up to speed before taking the plunge.

Transition Town Otaki: Sustainability in action

Food forest, sustainable gardening, permaculture, locavore—words once unfamiliar to gardeners now crop up regularly in the media and in gardening conversations.All are talking about a way of gardening that is both productive and efficient, making the best use of soil, sun and water. Planting intelligently with a mixture of different trees, shrubs and crops and using chooks, worms or other animals to keep the garden fertile and abundant without expensive fertilisers and pesticides.

Our people

Scouting Awards Celebrated

Sunday 22nd February was ‘Founder’s Day’ which celebrates the birth of Lord Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement is a day for celebration and recognition of good works within the scout movement. Roger Beech- Pooley was awarded the Medal of Merit for Good Service to NZ Scouting.

Margaret Long QSM

On March 10, long-time Otaki resident and my friend for over 20 years, Margaret Long died. She was 88 years old and just two days short of her 89th birthday.

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