June 2015

Paul Carlyon — Surf lifesaving volunteer of the year

Last weekend, at the Capital Coast Surf Lifesaving Awards of Excellence at the Plimmerton Boating Club, Otaki surfers were prominent. Otaki’s Neal Ames, President of Surf Life Saving New Zealand made the awards and 'Volunteer of the year' was Paul Carlyon. “Paul is an outstanding example of a volunteer who goes above and beyond, performing a number of roles for his club and local community,”

News

Otaki College Computers in Homes Graduates 2015: KIA KAHA

On the 2nd of May 2015 six amazing families from Otaki College completed the Computers in Homes programme for 2015. These six families have successfully...

Paul Carlyon — Surf lifesaving volunteer of the year

Last weekend, at the Capital Coast Surf Lifesaving Awards of Excellence at the Plimmerton Boating Club, Otaki surfers were prominent. Otaki’s Neal Ames, President of Surf Life Saving New Zealand made the awards and 'Volunteer of the year' was Paul Carlyon. “Paul is an outstanding example of a volunteer who goes above and beyond, performing a number of roles for his club and local community,”

Gardening

Fresh In at the Greenery

A choice selection of CITRUS trees. Are you a bit bored of Meyer lemons? Come along and check out our old school lemons. Lisbon: Originally from Portugal...

Focus on Apricots

The apricot (Prunus armeniaca) grows naturally as a slender tree. A member of the rose family, it has delicate, white blossoms that emerge in...

All about texture

People often are turned off using native plants in their garden because there are few with big bright flowers. Whilst this is true to...

Autumn in Kaptiti–Horowhenua: Bees in May — Who turned the heating...

I was bringing in the washing yesterday evening. It was chilly and felt almost like there could be a frost. A bee was clinging...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupCoach of the Year: Peter Housiaux (Canoe Polo) at the Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards
  • To the elderly people seen clearing the gutters of debris to prevent flooding
  • Te Horo residents with an upgraded broadband service.
  • Stephen Yung for 30 years fundraising for the Otaki Labour Party and who got a ‘gold gong’ from them for it.
  • KCDC for their regular and timely updates during the recent weather bomb.
  • Keeley O’Hagan for representing NZ at the World University Games in Korea in July in the High Jump.
  • Riley Moy & Brayden Donald Pashby, footballers from Otaki Sports Club selected as Mascots at the upcoming FIFA U-20s World Cup
  • Firefighter David Mchattie who completed the Sky Tower Challenge in full fire fighting gear with his mates from the Otaki Fire Brigade.
  • Cherie Semeri, Emma Whiterod, Moko Cooper and Maia Whiterod who organised a great fundraiser in support of their friend Rena Sciascia who has cancer. Kia kaha.

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTo the people who half-filled an elderly couple’s wheelie bin with their own rubbish!
  • Three men with guns shooting birds near the Otaki river bridge at the weekend. Illegal and dangerous.
  • To the stealers of church property (again) All Saints Church had their heavy safe stolen. So unchristian.
  • To the low-life thief who stole a jacket from the Nepal stall at the Sunday market. Shame.
  • That’s $95 which will not be going to support Nepal in their time of need.
  • To the dickheads who set fire to the rubbish bins at the beach car park and picnic area
  • The blocking of the Railway Hotel alleyway. Why??

Health

The NZ Blood Service needs your help!

The NZ Blood Service Team is coming to Otaki Each blood donation can save up to 3 lives. 42,000 patients are treated with blood and blood...

Ōtaki Community Health Centre

186 Mill Road, Otaki. Monday – Friday. A wide range of health services. Rooms available for rent, long or short term For information on services phone Janet or Michelle on 364 6367

Scammers targeting the Otaki Community

Otaki Medical Centre would like to alert their patients to scammers phoning (usually in the evenings) and claiming to be from the Otaki Medical...

Te Whare Hauora Health Centre

The range of health services available to students at Ōtaki College has increased this term with the opening of Te Whare Hauora health centre....

Life

Outside the Box — challenging conventional thinking and offering new perspectives...

Let’s Change our Money-as-Debt Problem By Amanda Vickers You’d think that the most important aspect of a sovereign nation would be for its Government to have...

Ocean View — Residential Care Facility

Well, we are now heading into the cooler months but still the beautiful vista from our beachfront residence keeps a smile on our dial...

Business, industry & farming

Autumn in Kaptiti–Horowhenua: Bees in May — Who turned the heating...

I was bringing in the washing yesterday evening. It was chilly and felt almost like there could be a frost. A bee was clinging...

Energise Otaki update

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

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Kapiti Orchestra a Sell-out

The Otaki Memorial Hall was filled to capacity — audience members almost sittingamong the double bass players — at the recent Kapiti Concert Orchestra’s...

KCDC Update

KCDC: Otaki Update

Ōtaki, the northernmost pearl in the district's string of townships, is poised for economic growth and expansion as its political leaders push for advancements...

Kapiti Coast District Council, meetings in June 2015

Attendance at Meetings DayDateMeetingTimeVenue Tuesday 2 June Paekākāriki Community Board 7.00 pm St Peter’s Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāriki Thursday 4 June Council Meeting 10.00 am Council Chambers Ground Floor, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Tuesday 9 June Ōtaki Community...

Environment

Winter Planting at The Otaki river

The Friends of the Otaki River FOTOR, held their first open planting day for the season, last Saturday with over 50 people bedding 700...

No Better Way To Commemorate Arbor Day

Arbor Day Planting Chrystall’s Bend Walkway Otaki River 10am, Friday 5th June. Join Otaki College and Friends of the Otaki River to plant 1100 native plants. Holes are pre dug, bring a spade and a friend. Morning tea provided. Trevor Wylie, secretary 06 3648918 geminiservices@xtra.co.nz

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Waitohu Streamcare Group our sincere thanks for the recent support we have had — in no particular order — from...

Rotary Shelter Boxes

With the recent natural disasters in Vanuatu and Nepal, many of Otaki’s school children know they have contributed to aid through the Otaki Rotary Club’s Shelter Box project. “The kids now have an idea of what we are doing (helping in time of disaster),” Rotary Shelter Box facilitator, Derek Chisholm said. “It’s just a small bit but I’m sure there will always be a need. With Vanuatu and Nepal it’s brought home to the kids we’re doing something to help.”

Kapiti floods, Otaki doesn’t

The recent flooding bought Kapiti into nationwide focus. If you were a commuter, by car or by train, you didn’t make it to Wellington, which...

Our people

Two crazy ladies

There are two crazy ladies at Otaki Beach, but they’re not riding the waves. Angelique Snow andamanda Dumbleton belong to the 2 Crazy Ladies Café, a recently opened venue at 84 Moana Street, but...

Starpath illuminates an Aston Martin

Otaki’s son and Global award-winner Hamish Scott, inventor of the STARPATH innovation phenomenon, lights up an Aston Martin DBS for the Gumball3000 Rally and launches Nevana Designs, creators of a bespoke UV material that...