September 2015

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.


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.

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.


Potato growing competition

Ōtaki Hydroponics are now in their second year of running their fun Potato growing competition . Ōtaki Fire Brigade This year all proceeds raised from the competition entries...

White shrubs for the spring garden: Te Horo Garden Centre, September...

Spirea Nipponica ‘Snowmound’, a deciduous small shrub, dense and upright carries spectacular clusters of white flowers profusely over arching stems. Tolerant, graceful and easy to grow in well drained soil, full sun to part shade. Prune after flowering. Snowmound Butterflies love it and so will you.

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up


  • To Ian King and the volunteer fi re brigade for donation of a defibrillator to Otaki School
  • To Otaki Promotions Group – runners-up in the Community Awards for their kite festival
  • Te Horo School winning the senior category of the recent KCDC Mastermind Competition. The winning team: Emma and Patrick Joss,
  • Jacob Walker, Peyton Morete and Paige Cull.
  • The moderators of Sunny Otaki Facebook page – a great source of local information
  • Otaki Kindy getting 2nd prize in the Waikanae Camellia Show

Thumbs down


  • To the thieves who broke into Otaki School and stole the safe
  • To whoever is putting lassos round letterboxes and signs in Te Horo and towing them away
  • To the rubbish dumpers in our streams
  • To all the thieves stealing from Otaki residents’ back yards and garages. Shame on you all.
  • To the vandals trashing Te Horo Beach letterboxes.
  • To the dumb graffiti vandals whose actions have now closed the play area at Matta Products.

The Otaki Mail was misled in their assertion about bus-turning at Hyde Park, and apologises for any confusion.

Taking Ōtaki's Pulse


Kapiti on film 1921 – 2000

A Compilation Of Locally Made Films Newsreels and home movies, comedy and drama Saturday 5 September, 2pm Waikanae Community Centre, 28–32 Utauta Street Sunday 20 September, 2pm Paraparaumu...

Otaki Historical Society

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held on 4 August.  Instead of a speaker there was a film show.   Errol Maffey is...


Getting Long in the Tooth

If you have an older cat or dog, age can sometimes be perceived as a barrier to treatment.  ‘She’s old so she’s not worth...

Serendipitous kindy puzzle

When Mitty and her whanau came back from the UK to live in Otaki they came in to enrol at Otaki Kindergarten. Mitty’s Nana,...

Sports, arts, music & entertainment

Otaki Golf Club champions

Karaka Million winner Johno Benner has added another trophy to his growing haul, the Otaki Golf Club’s Senior Men’s Champion. With Vespa, the Otaki trainer...

Otaki potters throw themselves into raising funds for Downtown Community Ministry

Wellington’s potters community have thrown themselves into an ambitious project to handcraft 850 bowls, to raise funds for DCM, the organisation committed to ending...

KCDC Update

KCDC Council Meetings, September 2015

Meetings are sometimes cancelled for a variety of reasons. To confirm whether a meeting is on, please ring the Democracy Services Advisor on 04 296 4700 or toll free 0800 486 486.

Encouraging visitors to stay and play

A new approach to delivering visitor information is being rolled out in Ōtaki. Two large composite metal destination maps have been installed recently on State...

Boosting youth job prospects

A new programme aims to improve employment opportunities for people in Ōtaki aged between 15 and 24. The Youth to Employment pilot has nine months’...

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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.