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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.

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.

CACTUS at Ōtaki College

Earlier that day, the students in 3 teams had endured a marathon test of stamina and endurance starting at Forest Lakes, culminating in a...

Paul Carlyon — Surf lifesaving volunteer of the year

Last weekend, at the Capital Coast Surf Lifesaving Awards of Excellence at the Plimmerton Boating Club, Otaki surfers were prominent. Otaki’s Neal Ames, President of Surf Life Saving New Zealand made the awards and 'Volunteer of the year' was Paul Carlyon. “Paul is an outstanding example of a volunteer who goes above and beyond, performing a number of roles for his club and local community,”

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.

Second Maoriland film festival to put Otaki on the world map

The second Maoriland Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday 24th March, finishes Sunday 29th March. Last year close to 5,000 attended screenings of 48 short films and 11 feature films. This year is even more ambitious with 120 short films, 10 feature films and 10 documentaries from USA, Canada, South Africa, Europe and Aotearoa.

Otaki’s Regulators are Waka Ama champions

At the national Waka Ama championships held at Lake Karapiro, six under-10 Otaki boys came of age. In the Midget class (under 10yrs) there were 36 teams competing, but it was the 200 vocal supporters from Te Rau o te Rangi Ki Otaki Waka Ama Club who were cheering the loudest as their boys “The Regulators” paddled their outrigger canoe to victory.

Energise Otaki wins Project category of WWF’s Conservation Innovation Awards

WWF gave a $25,000 award to Energise Ōtaki so it can explore innovative solutions including alternative energies, energy conservation, a census to measure ‘Energy Poverty’ in the town and the establishment of an Energy Investment trust to stimulate uptake of renewable energy solutions.

Otaki Sunday Market – It’s Our Birthday!

The Otaki Womens Community Club was formed from the demise of the Otaki Lioness Club 18 Years ago. Our members are aged from 40 to...

Healthy hearts for college kids wins Award

Students at Otaki College can now be found trading pies for sushi at their school canteen. The school has launched a number of fantastic health...

Penny’s Piece » November 2014

It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of two people this month, my colleague Cr Tony Lloyd, the Waikanae Ward councillor,...

A Big Bang Adventure

By MARGARET ANDREWS The fourth Big Bang Adventure Race proved to be a big challenge for some of the teams with the expected six hour...

Children’s Action Plan – Otaki acts for kids

Working under the government’s Children’s Action Plan, Otaki/Horowhenua has recently established a pilot ‘Children’s Team’. This is a new way of working together in partnership with children, families/whanau and support services - all aimed at getting vulnerable children the help they need quickly and efficiently.

Otaki says ‘farewell’ to Edhouses after 91 years

Some years ago, a button came off my corduroy jacket. I asked my wife if she had a replacement. No luck. In desperation, I took the jacket to Edhouses, and asked the woman behind the counter if they sold buttons. She took me to the habadashery department. Needless to say there were more buttons than you would believe, and I came away with an exact match. That's what Edhouses has always been about.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat cast
The production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Otaki this month demonstrates that good theatre is not the sole preserve of the city. It is truly good theatre. The Otaki Players, with ambition and courage, have once again given the Wellington region one of the best shows of our time and delivered it with style and energy worthy of any stage anywhere.