October 2015

Andrew Little’s day in Ōtaki

On Friday September 14, Labour’s leader, together with a gaggle of senior Labour MPs descended on our town to meet locals, culminating in the Margaret Long memorial speech in the evening.

News

Ko Te Toronga Mai o Ngā Mema o Te Pati Reipa

I tērā wiki, i tērā Rāmere, i tae mai ngā mema paremata o Reipa ki Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano. Kātahi...

Thursday’s Seasonal Surplus Stall is back

Mark Thursday 8th October in your calendar and start offering or buying locally-grown vegetables, fruit and eggs. This is the seventh season Ōtaki’s Sustainable...

Gardening

Birds in the garden

Feasting, frolicking tui swooping from kowhai and cherry blossom, low flying kereru bashing around in your puriri, yep, it’s springtime. Cheery companions when gardening,...

Garden tasks for October

Flower Garden Check roses for signs of downy mildew or pest damage, and spray if necessary. You could also check roses and other vulnerable plants with...

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

Mental Health Awareness Week celebrates the power of giving

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is bringing back Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) once again in 2015 — from 5–11 October. The theme this year...

Over 1,100 doctors and nurses taking care of MidCentral patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working at MidCentral District Health Board (DHB). “Our dedicated health workforce is...

History

Otaki museum: Have you seen the colourful Kapiti Island exhibition?

There is much to see and information about the history, people, plants and animals. Ōtaki Museum is at 49 Main Street Ōtaki and this exhibition...

Spread the Word — Family History is Cool!

The Ōtaki Genealogy Group hosted in late August a very successful three open research days during the annual August Family History Month, an initiative...

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  • Whitebaiting
  • Ogo Wheelchair, one of 6 finalists in the Innovations’ Awards
  • Daylight Saving
  • Energise Ōtaki
  • Sunny Ōtaki
  • 50% of Maori in Ōtaki now speak te reo

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  • Cemetery Vandals – hurtful and disrespectful.

Life

Perspectives: TPPA: A corporate takeover; opinion by Dr Jeff Sluka

Here one of several voices on the TPPA. Make no mistake that the TPPA will affect you and your grandchildren. It is a treaty the...

Ocean View Newsletter, October 2015

Kia Ora All, We have now headed in to spring but didn’t winter knock us for 6 with cold and flu symptoms hitting our region...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Ōtaki Netballers Triumph!

Rahui Taiohi is a combined team from Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito o Raukawa.  The...

Mahara Exhibition illustrates European links

The work of Dutch-trained artist, designer and educator, Bob Bassant (1927–2014), is one of three exhibitions curently featured at Mahara Gallery. His retrospective show...

Environment

Mayor attends Otaki River walkover

Mayor Ross Church with fellow walkers on the recent 2015 Ōtaki River Walkover, says the annual event was the best ever, with about 200...

Land Search and Rescue to the rescue

The fifth annual Big Bang Adventure Race will take place on a top secret course within the Kapiti / Horowhenua region on 7th November...

Lighting the fire of the energy revolution

Rod Oram, top business journalist and advocate for a grass-roots “energy revolution” in New Zealand will address two meetings in Ōtaki in October. Energise Ōtaki...

Business, industry, farming

Te Horo’s Kapiti Olive Oil One of Only Two Gold Medal...

Kapiti Olive Oil has topped the country for being Class Champion in the Medium Olive Oil category, and winning one of only two gold...

Energise Ōtaki, with help from two interns

Thanks to the vision and global contacts of Stuart Pritchard, Ōtaki has two environmental engineering students from Western Australia here for eight months work...