October 2014

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.


Hamish Scott – update on Starpath’s creator

Since we reported earlier in the year on Hamish Scott's achievements in England with his revolutionary Starpath 'glow in the dark' footpath, much has...

Energise Otaki wins WWF award

Energise Otaki were the big winners of the prestigious WWF's Conservation Innovation award, which carried a prize of $25,000 the World Wildlife Fund is a...


Making a Wisteria tree

By ANN CHAPMAN When we were at Trinity Farm we had room for Wisteria – that wonderful thug of a rambler best seen gracing the...

Garden tasks for November 2014

by Vivienne Bailey Flower garden Mulch your perennials, trees and shrubs to help conserve moisture, using compost, bark and peat. Complete dahlia and chrysanthemum planting, and stake...

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up

  • R-ThumbsupKapiti Olive Oil for 2 more silver medals
  • Electra Awards finalists Planet Retro and Te Horo Jams
  • 2 Otaki knights in shining armour who gave us a ride back to Otaki after a recent car accident
  • Otaki Promotions Group for the Community organisation Expo
  • Levin Placemakers for their exemplary, principled and courteous service
  • Te Huinga Reo Selby-Ricket for winning Kāpiti’s Sportsperson of the Year
  • To the givers & collectors for Red Cross

Thumbs down

  • R-ThumbsdownTo the shop on SH1 selling sexually exploitative themed T-shirts for kids.

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse

MidCentral Health Awards

Although there were no Otaki based health professionals in the winner’s line-up this year, the supreme winner is very relevant to all of us....

Child safety is always something to consider

Labour Weekend signals the start of the social summer season in New Zealand. The weather gets warmer, Christmas festivities and holiday planning begins – present...


Jack and Maureen Gimblett – part of Otaki’s history

By MARGARET ANDREWS Working together was always a part of Jack and Maureen Gimblett’s 62 years of marriage and it was through this lifetime partnership...

Otaki Historical Society » October 2014

From the Otaki Mail Friday October 31 1924 THE GOVERNOR VISITS OTAKI VISITS NATIVE COLLEGE UNVEILS BUBBLE FOUNTAIN The Governor-General, Lord Jellicoe, and Lady Jellicoe, accompanied by...


Book reviews from the Otaki Library October 2014

  Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party by Alexander McCall Smith It takes a lot to get under the skin of Cornelius ‘Fatty’ O’Leary, but then there is a...

Business, industry & farming

Ocean View Residential Care – Holiday Respite

Are you thinking of having a break over the holiday period and are requiring a safe, homely and caring place for your elderly loved...

Guardian Angels fight family violence

Each hour of each day about seven New Zealand children are caught up in family violence. Family Works, part of Presbyterian Support Central, is calling...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Kapiti Arts Trail coming soon

Make sure you save the weekend of 15/16 November for the Kāpiti Arts Trail! This is a not be to missed opportunity to browse, be...

Michael Houston and Kapiti Concert Orchestra at Nga Purapura

Michael Houstoun, the renowned New Zealand pianist is the special guest soloist in a concert on Sunday, 23 November at Nga Purapura, Otaki at...

KCDC Update


We’re wasting away

By Belinda McLean “There’s no such thing as waste, only the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time”, says Simon Calcinai, KCDC’s...