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.


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...

Celebrating Parents’ Achievement at Waitohu School

Waitohu School celebrated their first Computers in Homes programme on April the 22nd 2015. 9 Families completed the 20 hours of computer training at...


The biggest kamokamo

A whopping 6.25 kg kamokamo was the clear winner of “The biggest kamokamo” competition, run by the organisers of the Seasonal Surplus Stall on...

Focus on Winter lettuce

Our recent cooler morning and night-time temperatures are a cue to start planting cool season crops, but if you’re not ready to let go...

Garden tasks for April

Flower garden Lift gladioli corms and dahlia tubers once the foliage has died down, and store in a cool, dry place. Plant your lily bulbs or...

Fruit Trees Galore

We have some treasures for you… Just some of the many varieties available now available. Te Horo Garden Centre Main Highway & Te Horo Beach Rd TE...

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


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...

Otaki Historical Society

There was a disappointingly small turnout for the recent speaker on 7 April, and those who stayed away missed a stunning display of Pip...


Buying a new laptop? New is not always better

If you are faced with the task of replacing your aging laptop you would be safe in assuming a new laptop would be both...

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...

Business, industry & farming

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...

New print shop in town

The drums are beating around town about a new print shop. When this is corroborated by a couple of charitable organisations who have received...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

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...

Kapiti Concert Orchestra presents Pieces for Peace

The Kapiti Concert Orchestra will present a concert to commemorate those who fought and died in the First World War, those who lived through...

KCDC Update

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...

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...


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...

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...

Our people

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...

Top film award for Philly

Otaki’s Philly Mete-Kingi, was the winner of a golden Taniwha, one of the top awards at the recent E Tu Whanau Rangatahi film making awards for her documentary Puke Ora, Living Hills. “I like making...