September 2015

TPPA — ‘No Way’ say protestors

Nui taioreore o ngā tāngata i tae atu ki te hīkoi a te hapori “TPP NO WAY” mai i te Kohanga reo o Tuu Roa tae rawa atu ki Memorial Park, e tautohetohe ana mō te takatu a te kawanatanga kia hono ki te multi-national partnership.
About 150 people joined the locally organised TTP NO WAY hikoi from the Tuu Roa Kohanga Reo to Memorial Park, vociferously protesting against the government’s negotiations to join the multi-national partnership.

News

Ōtaki Civic Award Winners Jackie & Mark Kennedy and Shelly Warwick

August saw a selection of worthy community minded people receive awards for their voluntary contribution to community welfare. The Civic Awards recognises those people who worked hard and achieved outstandingly as individuals. Ōtaki recipients of this award are Mark & Jackie Kennedy from Ōtaki’s New World.

Tidings of Hager and Joy

The supper room was packed to hear local boys, author Nicky Hager and environmental scientist Mike Joy talk about the power of research. To have two eminent Horowhenua men who have been ‘dissed’ by John Key was warmly appreciated by the audience. Their low-key presentation gave us a glimpse into the minds of two committed people swimming against the current.

Gardening

Potato growing competition

Ōtaki Hydroponics are now in their second year of running their fun Potato growing competition . Ōtaki Fire Brigade This year all proceeds raised from the competition entries...

White shrubs for the spring garden: Te Horo Garden Centre, September...

Spirea Nipponica ‘Snowmound’, a deciduous small shrub, dense and upright carries spectacular clusters of white flowers profusely over arching stems. Tolerant, graceful and easy to grow in well drained soil, full sun to part shade. Prune after flowering. Snowmound Butterflies love it and so will you.

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

R-Thumbsup

  • To Ian King and the volunteer fi re brigade for donation of a defibrillator to Otaki School
  • To Otaki Promotions Group – runners-up in the Community Awards for their kite festival
  • Te Horo School winning the senior category of the recent KCDC Mastermind Competition. The winning team: Emma and Patrick Joss,
  • Jacob Walker, Peyton Morete and Paige Cull.
  • The moderators of Sunny Otaki Facebook page – a great source of local information
  • Otaki Kindy getting 2nd prize in the Waikanae Camellia Show

Thumbs down

R-Thumbsdown

  • To the thieves who broke into Otaki School and stole the safe
  • To whoever is putting lassos round letterboxes and signs in Te Horo and towing them away
  • To the rubbish dumpers in our streams
  • To all the thieves stealing from Otaki residents’ back yards and garages. Shame on you all.
  • To the vandals trashing Te Horo Beach letterboxes.
  • To the dumb graffiti vandals whose actions have now closed the play area at Matta Products.

The Otaki Mail was misled in their assertion about bus-turning at Hyde Park, and apologises for any confusion.

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

Want Healthy Kids?

Then give them less screen time says Nigel Latta. Overweight, Overtired Kiwi Kids Need Less Screen Time The scientific consensus is pretty clear that overweight, overtired...

Congratulations to Otaki Dry July-ers

More than $400,000 was raised by over 3200 compassionate Kiwis to support New Zealanders living with cancer. Last month’s charitable fundraiser Dry July is...

History

Kapiti on film 1921 – 2000

A Compilation Of Locally Made Films Newsreels and home movies, comedy and drama Saturday 5 September, 2pm Waikanae Community Centre, 28–32 Utauta Street Sunday 20 September, 2pm Paraparaumu...

From the Otaki Mail August 6, 1935

LOCAL AND GENERAL At the last meeting of the Otaki Football Club a donation of 10s 6d for the funds was accepted with thanks from...

Life

Getting Long in the Tooth

If you have an older cat or dog, age can sometimes be perceived as a barrier to treatment.  ‘She’s old so she’s not worth...

Serendipitous kindy puzzle

When Mitty and her whanau came back from the UK to live in Otaki they came in to enrol at Otaki Kindergarten. Mitty’s Nana,...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Otaki Golf Club champions

Karaka Million winner Johno Benner has added another trophy to his growing haul, the Otaki Golf Club’s Senior Men’s Champion. With Vespa, the Otaki trainer...

Junior Sevens — Bigger and even Better

The Rahui Junior seven’s rugby tournament was one of the biggest sporting events in Otaki in recent times, with over 550 players and at...

KCDC Update

KCDC Council Meetings, September 2015

Meetings are sometimes cancelled for a variety of reasons. To confirm whether a meeting is on, please ring the Democracy Services Advisor on 04 296 4700 or toll free 0800 486 486.

Boosting youth job prospects

A new programme aims to improve employment opportunities for people in Ōtaki aged between 15 and 24. The Youth to Employment pilot has nine months’...

Courthouse update

A panel comprising three Ōtaki community board members and two local residents is to assess expressions of interest in leasing the old court house...

Our people

Motivating Kids

How do you encourage children to write stories— sit them down with Oscar Kightley for a couple of hours and you would be amazed at...

Daryl McLaren Retires

After 45 years working in the legal world, Otaki’s Daryl McLaren is retiring from his law office in Main Street in mid-September to spend more time writing poetry and working in his garden. He has a two hectare block in Taylors Road which he has been developing over the last few years, planting it in natives.

Penelope Haines

Ōtaki has more than its share of published authors. Penelope Haines joins this group with her first novel The Lost One, out in good bookshops, and available as an ebook.