May 2014

Kapiti Concert Orchestra at Nga Purapura

The Kapiti Concert Orchestra began its 10th anniversary concert series with an Otaki concert, performed in the Nga Purapura complex. To begin the year’s celebrations, the Otaki concert featured three soloists, Otaki’s Angela Ford on clarinet, Robert Dussler on cello and Jay Hancox on violin. Up and coming young conductor was Vincent Hardaker from Christchurch.

News

Energise Otaki Website Launched

The Energise Otaki website is up and running. A voluntary effort coordinated by Miriam Richardson and Gael Ferguson has given the town a focal point...

MenzShed Update » May 2014

The outside of the shed is painted, filled, windows puttied up and barge boards replaced where the rot was too much to fill ... the old girl is ready for quite a lot more years for us sheddies to enjoy. The inside is nearly finished with a race on to get it ready for the official opening and blessing on June 17.

Gardening

Garden tasks for June 2014

Flower garden: Plant lily bulbs or divide existing ones. Dig up bulbs and divide bulb scales - plant in seed-raising mix. ... Orchard ... Vegetables ... Lawns

Pretty as a pansy

Cheerful, fragile-looking pansies are one of the toughest performers for chilly winter gardens — and who can resist falling for that pretty, velvety face — whether plain, patterned, smudged or be-whiskered? They come in more colours than the rainbow — ruby red and regal purple, azure blue and glowing gold, apricot and rusty brown, snowy white and even black.

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupTe Huinga Selby-Ricket for Kapiti Sportswoman of the year.
  • Talisman Nursery for plants and planting outside the Birthright House.
  • The good samaratin who found and returned the BMW keys at Otaki Beach.

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTe Horo Beach, for the loss of your identity and character, with the closing of Kirsty’s bus.
  • People who drive vehicles on the beach without regard for other beach users.

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

Fight continues against legal highs

Council and the Ōtaki Community Board are to continue working with Police, the Ministry of Health and local people on a policy to reduce the harm being done to the community by legal highs. It is now illegal to sell most psychoactive substances, but Council has been advised by the Ministry to develop a Local Approved Product Policy (LAPP).

Health Shuttle Phone 364 5603

Health Shuttle booking — phone 364 5603

History

Otaki’s History: From the Otaki Mail, May 7, 1924

ACCIDENT IN MAIN STREET CAR CRASHED INTO POST A large motor-car, driven by a young man named Willis, ran foul of a verandah post at...

Otaki Museum: Rotary’s fifty years in Otaki

The exhibition celebrating Rotary’s fifty years in Otaki has only another month to run, so if you haven’t seen it, be sure you do...

Life

Library book reviews

A Burnable Book, Bruce Holsinger — The School Inspector Calls, Gervase Phinn — Forty Days Without Shadow, Olivier Truc — The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, Irvine Welsh

Don’t Be Powerless – Not Sure? Ask Us

If you’ve got money worries, getting your power disconnected because you couldn’t afford to pay the bill might be the last straw – especially...

Business, industry & farming

Entyre brings jobs to Ōtaki

More than 50 jobs could be created in Ōtaki when the Entyre rubber recycling plant gets fully into production, converting a sizeable chunk of New Zealand’s waste tyres into products such as mats for dairy farms.

Energise Otaki Website Launched

The Energise Otaki website is up and running. A voluntary effort coordinated by Miriam Richardson and Gael Ferguson has given the town a focal point...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Kapiti Concert Orchestra at Nga Purapura

The Kapiti Concert Orchestra began its 10th anniversary concert series with an Otaki concert, performed in the Nga Purapura complex. To begin the year’s celebrations, the Otaki concert featured three soloists, Otaki’s Angela Ford on clarinet, Robert Dussler on cello and Jay Hancox on violin. Up and coming young conductor was Vincent Hardaker from Christchurch.

The Civic Chat

Why go to live theatre? Someone said “it's like why have live actual sex when you can watch it on film. Or why go to a concert when you can buy a CD? People go to the theatre to suspend their belief... and give in to the world of LIVE entertainment. There is an energy that is given off from people performing on stage.

KCDC Update

Fight continues against legal highs

Council and the Ōtaki Community Board are to continue working with Police, the Ministry of Health and local people on a policy to reduce the harm being done to the community by legal highs. It is now illegal to sell most psychoactive substances, but Council has been advised by the Ministry to develop a Local Approved Product Policy (LAPP).

Rubbish dumping unacceptable

Community Board Chair James Cootes is urging Ōtaki people to take a more responsible attitude to the dumping of rubbish – and Council to take strong action against those who litter the town’s beaches.

Council’s next round of contestable waste reduction grant funding opens later...

Funding is awarded under the Waste Levy Grants process and from the Waste Levy Fund. This does not come from rates. The levy money...

Entyre brings jobs to Ōtaki

More than 50 jobs could be created in Ōtaki when the Entyre rubber recycling plant gets fully into production, converting a sizeable chunk of New Zealand’s waste tyres into products such as mats for dairy farms.

Environment

Rubbish dumping unacceptable

Community Board Chair James Cootes is urging Ōtaki people to take a more responsible attitude to the dumping of rubbish – and Council to take strong action against those who litter the town’s beaches.

Friends of the Otaki River Plant More Natives

With the planting season on us, the Friends of the Otaki River held their first public planting day, the Pub Charity Family Planting, above Chrystalls Bend recently. About 30 people turned out and made short work of imbedding the 1000 trees, shrubs and grasses in the prepared holes.