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 belin7mclean@gmail.com 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...

OTAKI MUSEUM: The exhibition Otaki Remembers World War I is in...

Otaki Remembers World War I focuses on Gallipoli, as 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove. After eight months of battles and heavy losses, the troops had to be evacuated. Gallipoli was a costly failure; the Allies suffered 141,547 casualties of which 44,150 died; Turkey had 251,309 casualties of which 86,692 died. New Zealand had around 8,000 casualties, of which 2,779 died. Otaki just after the war is also featured.

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.

Otaki Historical Society – Pip Devonshire speaking

The speaker for April will be Pip Devonshire, a nationally-known weaver who has exhibited her work around the world. She is a tutor of Maori Art and Design at Te Wananga o Raukawa where she teaches and creates from historic Maori designs, and with her creative talent presents them in a new form.

An End to Summer Sports

With the first term of the year already racing to an end, summer sports are winding up too.

Garden tasks for April, 2015

April is a busy month in the garden

Are you missing out on your rates rebate?

It seems that Otaki ratepayers may be missing out on rate rebates said Trevor Daniell Local Body spokesperson for Kapiti Coast Grey Power. The 2013 census shows that 987 Otaki ward households earn less than $30,000 a year but only 420 claimed the rates rebate and 194 have applied for rates remission due to hardship.

Waitohu Tryathlon

It was a hard slog for some of the younger children at Waitohu School as they ran, cycled and swam their way through the annual tryathlon or duathlon of run and swim.

Developing a drought tolerant garden

Over the last four years in Otaki there have been long periods during summer that have been very hot and dry. Whilst this is great for spending time with the kids at the beach it can be challenging for gardens particularly for those in the Kapiti beach communities.

Help for separating parents

How the family justice system works changed in April 2014, but separating parents are still unsure how to go about resolving their disputes over...

Focus On : Graham ‘Ras’ Rasmussen

When it comes to woodchopping and contracting, the name Rasmussen is pretty well-known in Otaki.