Flipping Heck!

How long does it take to flip a tractor tyre the 4.5 kilometres from the Main Highway to the beach? If you were Ngawira...

The worst floods in twenty years

Otaki wasn’t alone in suffering from a downpour this time. Wanganui suffered much worse.At the Waikawa Stream, the State Highway One bridge was taken...


At the Te Horo Garden Centre

Two favourite shrubs to delight you in winter are available this month which the birds and bees love Dichroa – The Evergreen Hydrangea with its...

Sand Country

Prior to settlement along the Kapiti Coast the coastal sand dune system extended from Paekakariki in the south to beyond Foxton in the north....

Edible blooms

The culinary use of flowers, particularly those of herbs, dates back thousands of years. You’ll find rose petals in many Indian dishes, squash blossoms...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupKapiti Council for the bbq table/seats in the skate park
  • All our volunteers
  • Emergency services during the recent flood event
  • Otaki College students who graduated from the CACTUS course
  • New World for supplying breakfast to the CACTUS kids
  • Joseph from Body and Soul for a free month’s membership in July for CACTUS kids and their parents
  • Matariki
  • Errol Maffey for filming the CACTUS kids
  • Terry Moore and the Otaki Police for the CACTUS kids initiative
  • Atea and Ngawira, flipping for Rena to raise funds for her treatment

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownThe rubbish dumpers at Te Rito School recycling bins thereby negating the value of teaching the kids the value of recycling
  • The sightseekers after the flooding who invaded Atkinson Ave, leaving wheel ruts in the verge
  • Fonterra & supermarkets — why does milk have to cost so much?


The Magic of Wood

In the MenzShed rickety old antique chairs are stripped down, missing bits replaced, old shellac scraped off and sandpaper lovingly worked for hours to...

Energise Otaki update

Clean Technology Interns for Otaki Om Dolasia, a postgraduate Environmental Engineering student from Western Australia, will be arriving in New Zealand and coming to work...

Business, industry & farming

Ultrafast broadband for Ōtaki

To stimulate business growth and productivity, Ōtaki is making a bid to be linked up to ultra-fast broadband (UFB). KCDC is preparing a submission for...

Tech Talk

Don’t forget your Phone Filters This used to be the first question that Internet providers asked when a customer reported an internet issue. Now it...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Interschool Annual Cross Country

Two weeks earlier the interschool annual cross country event was held at Haruatai Park. 200 kids in years four to eight covered distances of...

Kids Ontrack

Who are our leaders of the future? While the focus was on sports, there was much more that 40, Year 10 Otaki College students...

KCDC Update


River watchers wanted

Ōtaki and Te Horo were hard hit in the recent floods, particularly homes andrural blocks in low-lying areas near waterways. Living by a river or...

Bring on the energy revolution

Andrew Clark, solar energy expert and founder of local cleantech company Sunrayker Ltd, recently gave TTO (Transition Town Otaki) an over-view of solar energy...

Our people

Volunteer Surprised

Otaki volunteer Ailsa Voice, was surprised with a morning tea to celebrate her winning Volunteer Kapiti’s Volunteer Recognition Award. Volunteer Kapiti Chairperson, Lorraine Williams awarded...

We note the passing of two Otaki Stalwarts:

Richard Orzecki Former Otaki community board member. He has also been an active member on the MidCentral District Health Board. Peter Thorpe Our condolences go to Ann...