June 2015

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,”


Otaki College Computers in Homes Graduates 2015: KIA KAHA

On the 2nd of May 2015 six amazing families from Otaki College completed the Computers in Homes programme for 2015. These six families have successfully...

Editorial: Capital Connection — Letting Otaki Down

The news that the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)is not going to help fund and therefore save the Capital Connection is very grim news for Otaki and our only rail link to Wellington. On the face of it Otaki has been let down by the very agency which should be supporting us and advocating for us... STOP PRESS "Fran Wilde advised the the GWRC had agreed to match the funding of Horizons Regional Council on condition that government came on board."


Caring for Orchids

The key to successful orchid growing is to replicate their original habitat (the Himalayas, down to Malaysia to Australia) as closely as you can....

Daphnes Galore

Daphne Perfume Princess is a new exciting Daphne. Larger and longer flowering of all the Daphne, it has show stopping, highly fragrant pink flowers....

Fresh In at the Greenery

A choice selection of CITRUS trees. Are you a bit bored of Meyer lemons? Come along and check out our old school lemons. Lisbon: Originally from Portugal...

Focus on Apricots

The apricot (Prunus armeniaca) grows naturally as a slender tree. A member of the rose family, it has delicate, white blossoms that emerge in...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupCoach of the Year: Peter Housiaux (Canoe Polo) at the Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards
  • To the elderly people seen clearing the gutters of debris to prevent flooding
  • Te Horo residents with an upgraded broadband service.
  • Stephen Yung for 30 years fundraising for the Otaki Labour Party and who got a ‘gold gong’ from them for it.
  • KCDC for their regular and timely updates during the recent weather bomb.
  • Keeley O’Hagan for representing NZ at the World University Games in Korea in July in the High Jump.
  • Riley Moy & Brayden Donald Pashby, footballers from Otaki Sports Club selected as Mascots at the upcoming FIFA U-20s World Cup
  • Firefighter David Mchattie who completed the Sky Tower Challenge in full fire fighting gear with his mates from the Otaki Fire Brigade.
  • Cherie Semeri, Emma Whiterod, Moko Cooper and Maia Whiterod who organised a great fundraiser in support of their friend Rena Sciascia who has cancer. Kia kaha.

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTo the people who half-filled an elderly couple’s wheelie bin with their own rubbish!
  • Three men with guns shooting birds near the Otaki river bridge at the weekend. Illegal and dangerous.
  • To the stealers of church property (again) All Saints Church had their heavy safe stolen. So unchristian.
  • To the low-life thief who stole a jacket from the Nepal stall at the Sunday market. Shame.
  • That’s $95 which will not be going to support Nepal in their time of need.
  • To the dickheads who set fire to the rubbish bins at the beach car park and picnic area
  • The blocking of the Railway Hotel alleyway. Why??



Why a Transition Town movement in Otaki?

Deirdre Kent, founder of Transition Town Otaki (TTO), was inspired by a British permaculture teacher, Rob Hopkins, who with energy researcher and author Richard...

Reevedon Home’s battle of the bowls

Enliven’s Reevedon Home in Levin held their annual inter-rest home bowls tournament on Wednesday 13 May, which saw seven rest homes from Foxton and...

Business, industry & farming

Energise Otaki update

Clean Technology Intern for Otaki Om Dolasia, a postgraduate student from Western Australia, will be arriving in New Zealand and coming to work in Otaki...

Two crazy ladies

There are two crazy ladies at Otaki Beach, but they’re not riding the waves. Angelique Snow andamanda Dumbleton belong to the 2 Crazy Ladies...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Kapiti Orchestra a Sell-out

The Otaki Memorial Hall was filled to capacity — audience members almost sittingamong the double bass players — at the recent Kapiti Concert Orchestra’s...

KCDC Update

KCDC: Otaki Update

Ōtaki, the northernmost pearl in the district's string of townships, is poised for economic growth and expansion as its political leaders push for advancements...

Kapiti Coast District Council, meetings in June 2015

Attendance at Meetings DayDateMeetingTimeVenue Tuesday 2 June Paekākāriki Community Board 7.00 pm St Peter’s Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāriki Thursday 4 June Council Meeting 10.00 am Council Chambers Ground Floor, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu Tuesday 9 June Ōtaki Community...


No Better Way To Commemorate Arbor Day

Arbor Day Planting Chrystall’s Bend Walkway Otaki River 10am, Friday 5th June. Join Otaki College and Friends of the Otaki River to plant 1100 native plants. Holes are pre dug, bring a spade and a friend. Morning tea provided. Trevor Wylie, secretary 06 3648918 geminiservices@xtra.co.nz

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Waitohu Streamcare Group our sincere thanks for the recent support we have had — in no particular order — from...

Rotary Shelter Boxes

With the recent natural disasters in Vanuatu and Nepal, many of Otaki’s school children know they have contributed to aid through the Otaki Rotary Club’s Shelter Box project. “The kids now have an idea of what we are doing (helping in time of disaster),” Rotary Shelter Box facilitator, Derek Chisholm said. “It’s just a small bit but I’m sure there will always be a need. With Vanuatu and Nepal it’s brought home to the kids we’re doing something to help.”

Winter Planting at The Otaki river

The Friends of the Otaki River FOTOR, held their first open planting day for the season, last Saturday with over 50 people bedding 700...

Kapiti floods, Otaki doesn’t

The recent flooding bought Kapiti into nationwide focus. If you were a commuter, by car or by train, you didn’t make it to Wellington, which...

Our people

Otaki kindy teacher retires

One of Otaki’s most dedicated teachers has retired from full-time work after a life teaching children. Pene Ryan said goodbye to Otaki Kindergarten at a farewell function which included flowers and gifts from the children,...

Focus On : Trevor Hunter

Born and grew up in Ranfurly, Central Otago, Trevor Hunter was the eldest of three children. Dad was a joiner, and when he left school, Trevor Hunter took up an apprenticeship with him. After coming out of his time, Trevor spend 4 more years in dad’s joinery factory, then went into partnership with a friend, and ‘went building’.