May 2015

Second Maoriland Film festival a huge success

Otaki put itself on the world map with its indigenous film festival last month. This was the second occasion, and we can look forward to it becoming an important event on the cultural calendar. 120 short films, 10 feature films and 10 documentaries from indigenous film makers all over the world were viewed in the Civic Theatre, Nga Purapura and Hadfield Hall.


Rangiatea Church gets new paint

It would have been hard to not to spot the Keep Out — Building site signs on the Rangiatea Church gates in recent weeks...

Easter Celebrations

The annual Good Friday hikoi and Easter Sunday Sonrise service were both well attended by the combined churches members over Easter weekend. The 40 or...


Focus on carrots and parsnips

Carrots and parsnips from your own garden have an earthy sweetness about them — once tasted the shop-bought ones may never taste the same. These...


Duc de Cambridge is from the Damask rose family — the family of roses that rose oil and rose water are traditionally made from....

Arts, Crafts & Fun at Trinity Farm

Weather was good, numbers were good and people enjoyed themselves at the Trinity Farm Arts and Crafts weekend over Easter. There was pottery, sculpture,...

Bees Through the Seasons

In recognition of the importance of bees to our lives we are starting a regular column by bee keeper Penny Kerr-Hislop. She will provide...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupSimon Neale and his Youtube shoots of the Maoriland Film Festival
  • Otaki Community Health Trust for funding replacement batteries and pads for the Te Horo Beach community’s defibrillator.
  • MenzShed for their awesome work for ANZAC Day making all those white crosses
  • Otaki Community Patrol as our night-time eyes and ears
  • RSA catering staff for providing all those dawn breakfasts
  • Awesome OtakiCollege Kids Shaving for a Cure for Leukaemia research, and raising $1,700

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownBroadband: Why do we have to endure slow copper, when the rest of Kapiti is getting UFB?
  • The beach rubbish dumpers. Again! Especially the dumper of dirty nappies.
  • The hoons on bikes who destroy the safety, peace and tranquillity of the beach with their unsafe driving.
  • The same hoons who ran over a dog
  • The cretin who stole the arty little metal bird perched on a metal rod, from the Te Horo beach pink stump
  • The low life who stole the laptop from All Saints Church on Easter Sunday between 8 and 9am

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

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


From the Otaki Mail, Friday April 26 1935

ANZAC DAY CELEBRATION IN OTAKI Twenty years ago yesterday the immortal name of Anzac was first forged ’mid blood and fire on Gallipoli heights, and...

Otaki Museum

Have you seen the latest items in Otaki Remembers World War I? There is a focus on Gallipoli where twelve local men died a...


From the Ötaki Police

In recent weeks their have been a number of burglaries and thefts in the Ötaki Beach and rural areas. Items targeted in these incidents...

Kapiti Libraries at the Forefront

For those who embrace new technologies and like the idea of borrowing ebooks from the library, help is at hand with our district libraries...

Business, industry & farming

Real estate: 12 month sales report

Otaki; A total of 170 properties sold in Otaki during the last 12 months to 31st March, at an average sale price of $237,660....

Real Estate and the internet — a personal perspective

The job description of a real estate agent has been turned on its head with the acceleration of internet usage. My experience as an agent...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Letter to the editor

Tena koutou, What a fantastic event our Maorilands Film Festival is. Starting with the moving powhiri at Raukawa marae on day one — to the Red...

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy

Mahara Gallery is currently hosting the national touring exhibition ‘The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy,’ curated and developed by leading New Zealand...

KCDC Update

Otaki Community Board

Public Speaking and Response: Basketball court Otaki Beach resident Ann Lawler, spoke to the Board about her concerns that the young people from the beach...

KCDC urges support for Capital Connection and public transport

The Kāpiti District wants the Greater Wellington Regional Council to commit funding support to enable the Capital Connection train service to be retained. Mayor Ross...


Major Planting Season Ahead

Friends of the Otaki River embark on another busy planting season commencing Saturday 16 May with the Otaki New World Planting Day. 5,100 native trees...

Editorial: Whose Beach is it Anyway?

The Otaki Mail has become aware of dangerous, irresponsible driving on Otaki Beach. There has always been a tension between the common belief that...

Bees Through the Seasons

In recognition of the importance of bees to our lives we are starting a regular column by bee keeper Penny Kerr-Hislop. She will provide...

Close-up with the natives

I’ve just taken off a few days to walk the Heaphy track, one of New Zealand’s 8 great walks. I really enjoyed sharing my...

Our people

Focus On: Trevor Pye

What’s most fascinating about Otaki is its diversity of residents. Someone suggested that we had a famous illustrator of children’s books living in our street. Inquiries confirmed that it was Trevor Pye who had...

A Couple of Decades On: Murray Georgel

Long standing MidCentral Health CEO Murray Georgel retires this month after sixteen years After a few years as deputy and general manager of Finance he reflects on the ups and downs of a job looking...