It’s a brand new $25,000 IRB for the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club after it won the BP Click for your Club competition. Thanks to the great wider Otaki community — schools, community groups, retailers and businesses and members, the Otaki club finished the competition with 12,982 online votes, well ahead of the other North Island finalists from Gisborne and Coromandel.
This issue completes our first year of producing and publishing the Otaki Mail. It has often been a joy to report the activities of Otaki...
It was strange to return to Trinity Farm to participate in their new Rose Festival. The day dawned grey but was offset by a garden in full flower. Glorious roses in all their shapes, sizes and colours, tumbling over trees and fences or upright in their garden beds.
Thumbs up, Thumbs down
- To the Levin branch of the Salvation Army for giving the Otaki Foodbank a share of their Christmas Appeal goodies, donated through Countdown Otaki.
- To all those who have supported Otaki Foodbank with donations of cash and food throughout the year. “Thanks very much for your support” says manager Lucy Tahere.
- To the Otaki Historical Society for yet another great journal.
- To Chairs Hair Salon for their special treats to four lucky women.
- To the Otaki Promotions Group for a successful Christmas Fair.
- To the volunteers who have offered to help at the Christmas lunch in the Memorial Hall.
- To the people who have donated Christmas gifts to Birthright.
- To the Otaki Mail for the messup (inadvertent) of the latest invoices.
- To the lowlifes who left a mess down at the Otaki river mouth.
- To Fonterra and supermarkets – farmer’s milk payouts halved, but consumers still paying more than they should for milk.
Taking Ōtaki's Pulse
There is a new product on the market to help end the need for sugary drinks. Endorsed by Beatrice Faumuina, ‘Just Water’ has launched...
The Cancer Society would like to thank all of our community and volunteers for helping and supporting us through the year. We wish you...
There is a great deal of new material to see in the exhibition “Otaki Remembers World War I”. A display on the ship Otaki, the...
The final talk of the year was an excellent presentation by Shaun Barnett and Chris Mclean, authors of Tramping: A New Zealand History. It was...
The holiday season can be overwhelming for animals and a full house can be quite intimidating. There’s a lot going on, and plenty of...
Business, industry & farming
The Christmas spirit won over the weather and Otaki’s Main Street Christmas Festival went ahead as planned, even though some events were moved indoors. The...
Four lucky women spent a recent Friday afternoon being pampered by the staff at Chairs Hair Design, treated with a foot spa, hair styled...
Sports, arts, music & entertainment
Nga Purapura was definitely the place to be on the afternoon of Sunday 23 November. The occasion was a concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Kapiti Concert featuring internationally acclaimed New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun as guest soloist. The Kapiti Chamber Choir and the Kapiti Chorale also joined the Orchestra for this special concert which attracted a sell-out audience of over 850.
The recent raku firing, hosted annually by the Otaki Pottery Club, drew a steady stream of visitors, mainly families, looking to create a unique...