Issue September 2015

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.

Foodbank AGM

The Otaki Foodbank held its AGM on August 20, when the annual reports were presented and committee elected. Foodbank manager, Lucy Tahere reported a slight...

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.

The Lost One by Penelope Haines — A Review

If you like a bit of a mystery, a family saga, a smattering of Russian history and have always lusted after Faberge eggs, then...

Otaki Authors Group?

The Otaki Mail would be happy to host a  discussion group, if local writers are interested. Email otakimail@xtra.co.nz with ‘Authors’  in the subject line

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.

Chairman’s Annual Report, Otaki Menzshed

After our first full year of operation it is great to be able to report that the Otaki Menzshed has gone from strength to...

Future All Whites?

Three Otaki boys in July travelled to Sydney with Capital Football to play in the M sports cup. Heres a little bit of background....

Focus on growing artichokes

This veggie is not only delicious to eat, but as a bold, silver-foliaged, strongly architectural plant, is a handsome addition to your ornamental garden. The...

Garden tasks for September 2105

Flower garden Plant new perennials, but take care with tender plants – it’s best to wait till all danger of frost is over. Continue planting dahlia...

A spring blossom crunch

Botanically, almonds aren’t nuts at all – they’re fruit. Part of the Prunus family, almonds count cherries, nectarines, and peaches as close cousins, but...

How to Use Sticky Notes in Windows

The Sticky Notes accessory enables you to plaster the electronic equivalent of good old-fashioned Post-It notes all over your Windows desktop. You can even...

Living food

Mayatiita Southerwood bases his life and work on spiritual, holistic philosophies. It’s reflected in the name of his organic microgreen business in Te Horo,...

Kapiti Orchestra on Form

One of the nicest things about the Kapiti Orchestra is the way it includes the Kapiti Youth Orchestra. This month’s offering gave our young...