Issue April 2015

Content of the April 2015 issue

KCDC Meetings for April 2015

DayDateMeetingTimeVenue Wednesday 1 April Open Day – Long Term Plan 7.00 pm Ōtaki College, 233 Mill Road, Ōtaki Thursday 2 April Corporate Business Committee 10.00 am Council Chambers Ground Floor, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Wednesday 8...

Transition Towns Otaki potluck 29 April

Next potluck meeting will be Wednesday April 29 at 6pm — for more info contact Belinda McLean, 364-5573 or TTO has links with the...

Kite festival huge success

The third Otaki Kite Festival was a resounding success with “perfect” conditions over the whole weekend, drawing thousands of spectators and kite flyers from around the wider region. Twenty master kite makers and fliers from around New Zealand attended inclduing two of Australia’s best known designers and makers who also ran kite making workshops.

Reevedon Village: ‘why wait?’

‘Why didn’t I move in sooner’ is the most common question asked by Enliven’s Reevedon Retirement Village residents after settling into their new relaxing...

Te Horo’s horse rescuer

A forgotten, potholed road turns from the bustle of SH 1 and winds past a cluster of forlorn deserted buildings, derelict structures that once housed the Mary Crest Catholic Girls’ Home. But once through this slightly disquieting area you’ll come across rolling hills and flat pasture – you’ve arrived at specialist horse sanctuary, the Riverside Retreat Equine Rescue and Re-homing Centre.

Transition Town Otaki: Sustainability in action

Food forest, sustainable gardening, permaculture, locavore—words once unfamiliar to gardeners now crop up regularly in the media and in gardening conversations.All are talking about a way of gardening that is both productive and efficient, making the best use of soil, sun and water. Planting intelligently with a mixture of different trees, shrubs and crops and using chooks, worms or other animals to keep the garden fertile and abundant without expensive fertilisers and pesticides.

Great Gravel Grab

The annual Great Gravel Grab on the Otaki River bank was another resounding success, with over 250 car, truck and trailer loads of gravel and boulders being taken “home” for a wide variety of home garden projects.

Penny’s Piece, April 2015

This month Council released its draft Long Term Plan for public consultation. We do this every three years, as prescribed in the Local Government Act. It might be prescribed, but I can assure you we genuinely want people to give us feedback on what’s in there: it is your chance to have your say in between elections.

Local Women Supporting Cambodian School Libraries

Fourteen school libraries, a teachers’ conference and a farewell function for a school principal – Helen Walch and Judith Miller’s recent visit to Cambodia was definitely not a leisurely holiday. The two local women are trustees for Books for Cambodia, a small charitable trust that supports the development of some rural school libraries in two Cambodian provinces.

Growing Tomatoes the Watsons Way

At the annual Kapiti Home and Garden Show, local firm Watsons’ star tomato grower gave a demonstration of how the experts grow tomatoes in small spaces. Damon Braddock assisted by KCDC's Green Gardner Hannah Zwartz showed us a cunning device – the old number 8 bent wire trick – growing many tomato plants in pots contained within a large plastic container.

Margaret Long QSM

On March 10, long-time Otaki resident and my friend for over 20 years, Margaret Long died. She was 88 years old and just two days short of her 89th birthday.

Little ballerinas

A fuchsia’s ballerina-like blooms lift and brighten the gloomiest spots in our gardens, and most of us remember the large, flamboyant, double-flowered hybrids, those lovers of dappled shade, that were popular in our grandparents’ gardens.

From the Otaki Mail, March 18, 1935

When Noel Coward, brilliant young English writer, launched his sensational stage success “Cavalcade”, dramatic critics said he had borrowed from the technique of making films. He had used kaleidoscopic symbolism, the close-up and panorama. In their screen play of the subject, which will screen its grand return season to-morrow, Fox Films are paying back with interest; they put “Cavalcade” where it really belongs – into the fluent medium of action – the movie.

Otaki Golf Club survives the drought

At the far end of Te Rauparaha Street is the picturesque Otaki Golf Club, looking green and immaculate despite this summer’s drought. How do they do it? I wondered.

Otaki Daffodils

Hooray! we have locally grown Malvern City daffodil bulbs for this year’s planting season. Malvern City is a classic all yellow trumpet daffodil. It is tall-growing (50cm) and an early flowering variety, a perfect cut flower.