March 2015

Second Maoriland film festival to put Otaki on the world map

The second Maoriland Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday 24th March, finishes Sunday 29th March. Last year close to 5,000 attended screenings of 48 short films and 11 feature films. This year is even more ambitious with 120 short films, 10 feature films and 10 documentaries from USA, Canada, South Africa, Europe and Aotearoa.

News

Heritage Trust concerned at fate of Otaki Children’s Health Camp rotunda

Letter to the mayor, KCDC: The Otaki Museum read with some concern the item about the removal of Stand Children’s Services (formerly the Otaki Children’s Health Camp) to Paraparaumu. Breaking news: Health camp stays!

Local funeral directors in hospice fundraiser

Arohanui hospice will receive $500 as a result of a fundraiser called Death by Chocolate. Vintage hearses descended on Napier as part of their...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupOtaki Men’s Shed for putting up the painted panels at the skate park
  • Kapiti Youth Council for their Youth 2 U $ grants for young people
  • To Otaki College kids enjoying (very noisily) their sports’ day.
  • To the three Otaki College soccer boys selected to go to Sydney.
  • Dutchy’s Burger Joint – portable van with healthy burgers. Yea to healthy fast food!
  • To home grown veges and those beautiful purple aubergines.
  • To the Friday Group at the Golf Club

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTo the ratbags who stole the Koru from Waitohu School.
  • To the man laying commercial nets and poaching fish from the Otaki River.
  • To the person poaching eels from the stream by the Quarter Acre Café.

Gardening

Garden tasks for March 2015

Flower garden, Fruit and vegetable garden, Lawn and ‘Second thoughts’.

Focus on growing quinces

This golden-yellow fruit is widely known as an emblem of happiness, love and fruitfulness, and features strongly in the history and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome.

Ultra-easy, low water sedums

Sedums are often taken for granted in our gardens. Maybe it’s because they don’t bloom till late summer or autumn, but more likely it’s because they are so easy to grow.

Te Horo Garden Centre, March 2015

Featuring the Chocolate Silk Tree – Purple Leaf Albizzia and the Eucalyptus Ficifolia – Red Flowering Gum

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

Living a healthy life: March 10 – April 14

This course will help you take charge of your life and will be of benefit to anybody living with a long term condition, not...

New funding boosts maternal mental health

New funding for MidCentral DHB’s already successful maternal mental health service will allow them to enhance the care being provided to new mothers.

History

Heritage Trust concerned at fate of Otaki Children’s Health Camp rotunda

Letter to the mayor, KCDC: The Otaki Museum read with some concern the item about the removal of Stand Children’s Services (formerly the Otaki Children’s Health Camp) to Paraparaumu. Breaking news: Health camp stays!

From the Otaki Mail, February 22, 1935

Otaki State School annual picnic. The annual picnic in connection with the Otaki State School was held at Kaingaraki Park, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr and Mrs F Kilmister, on Wednesday.

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Creative Communities Scheme

Calling arts & cultural activities organisers! You may be eligible to apply to the Creative Communities Scheme, administered by the Kāpiti Coast District Council and...

Now & When

an exhibition of six Images from Otaki Beach

Life

Citizens Advice Bureau Otaki, Awareness Week 16 – 22 March

Your local bureau is an independent community organisation that is here to help you with a wide range of issues. We provide free, confidential and independent information and advice. It doesn’t matter what your question is, we’ll help, and if we can’t help you directly, we’ll find someone who can.

Making Ends Meet

After Christmas financial fall out can push families past the point of being able to cope with all their financial commitments.

Business, industry & farming

Local funeral directors in hospice fundraiser

Arohanui hospice will receive $500 as a result of a fundraiser called Death by Chocolate. Vintage hearses descended on Napier as part of their...

Te Horo Garden Centre, March 2015

Featuring the Chocolate Silk Tree – Purple Leaf Albizzia and the Eucalyptus Ficifolia – Red Flowering Gum

KCDC Update

Ōtaki Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has been working through a series of projects to improve the Ōtaki Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Otaki Children’s Day

Don’t miss the celebrations for Ōtaki Children’s Day on Sunday 1 March at Ōtaki Pool, 11am–3pm.

Sky’s the limit at Ōtaki Kite Festival

A record number of national and international kite flyers will be at this year’s Ōtaki Kite Festival on 28 February/1 March.
More KCDC

Classifieds

Environment

Vandana Shiva visits Ōtaki kura

Networking and relationship building was delivered in abundance at the Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano,(WRM) garden, as they hosted notable international manuhiri (visitors) and local growers.

An Environmental Mission

Local woman Di Buchan is on a mission. She, along with support from her late husband Michael Moriaty, has set up an environmental trust. “… with the right support, little by little, we can heal our waterways and our soils and our forests.”

Our people

Reg & Val Taylor – married for 65 Years

Long time Otaki couple, Reg and Val Taylor reached their 65 year wedding anniversary on January 28, celebrating with 60 plus family members on February 21.

Car salesman to international Chef

Having worked his early years on his parents’ market garden followed by a few years selling cars and then a stint in the corporate world, Lindsay Thorpe was beginning to feel a bit bored – what to do with life.