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

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.

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.”

Gardening

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

Developing a drought tolerant garden

Over the last four years in Otaki there have been long periods during summer that have been very hot and dry. Whilst this is great for spending time with the kids at the beach it can be challenging for gardens particularly for those in the Kapiti beach communities.

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

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.

Maternity wards call for woollen baby clothes

The maternity wards at Horowhenua Health Centre and Palmerston North Hospital are calling for donations of knitted or crocheted woollen clothing that can be given to newborns, or wool that can be passed on to volunteers.

History

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.

Otaki Historical Society – Pip Devonshire speaking

The speaker for April will be Pip Devonshire, a nationally-known weaver who has exhibited her work around the world. She is a tutor of Maori Art and Design at Te Wananga o Raukawa where she teaches and creates from historic Maori designs, and with her creative talent presents them in a new form.

Life

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.

Great Gravel Grab

The annual Great Gravel Grab on the Otaki River bank was another resounding success, with over 250 car, truck and trailer loads of gravel and boulders being taken “home” for a wide variety of home garden projects.

Business, industry & farming

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.

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.

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

An End to Summer Sports

With the first term of the year already racing to an end, summer sports are winding up too.

Waitohu Tryathlon

It was a hard slog for some of the younger children at Waitohu School as they ran, cycled and swam their way through the annual tryathlon or duathlon of run and swim.

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...

Are you missing out on your rates rebate?

It seems that Otaki ratepayers may be missing out on rate rebates said Trevor Daniell Local Body spokesperson for Kapiti Coast Grey Power. The 2013 census shows that 987 Otaki ward households earn less than $30,000 a year but only 420 claimed the rates rebate and 194 have applied for rates remission due to hardship.

Environment

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.

Great Gravel Grab

The annual Great Gravel Grab on the Otaki River bank was another resounding success, with over 250 car, truck and trailer loads of gravel and boulders being taken “home” for a wide variety of home garden projects.

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.

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.

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