Sunday, 7 December 2014

Symons Contracting's 50th

Last Friday, Doug & Mary Symons and family celebrated Symons Contracting's 50th anniversary. Friends and associates joined in to mark the milestone at the workshop which was the perfect venue for the evening. Decorations were provided by the Western Southland Floral Art Club. Here are a few photos from the festivities.

New diggers ready for duty.

Doug & Mary Symons
Mary and Doug and the grandkids.

It's great that a local family has remained in business for so long. Here's to the next 50 years.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Rubber Duck Race

Look for the rubber duck and registration sheet at local businesses on Main Street.
The Otautau Street Party is fast approaching and preparations are well in hand. One of the newest events is a rubber duck race on the Otautau Stream organised by the Otautau Lions for Otautau United. People can register at the Main Street Cafe, SuperValue, Farmlands and other places on Main Street. Only $5 and it promises to be a lot of fun! The race will be around 7:30 pm, 12 Dec, at either the walking bridge or railway bridge. The finish line is the Main Street bridge, and people will be on hand with butterfly nets to catch the ducks as they cross the line. Be sure to register as soon as you can so you can race your duck. Prizes include a kayak, BBQ, Christmas hamper and more.

RD1 Building Progress

With a little less rain, a lot more progress is being made on the RD1 building on Main Street. The foundation is in, and the steel framing is up.
Corner view showing the front of the building on the left, and side of building facing Main Street.
Side view facing Main Street.
Back side of the building view from Rochdale and Queen Streets. The Catholic Church in the background.
It's been great watching the construction day by day. The future is looking good.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Lydia's and Rory's in the Making?

After a few cancellations due to bad weather last month, the Western Zone Primary School Golf Tournament was all go on the 18th of November at the Otautau Golf Club. Five schools came to practice skills and compete for golfing glory.  Any one of them could be a Lydia Ko or Rory McIlroy in the making but I think most were just happy to be outside enjoying a full day of golf.

It was a fine, sunny morning, and the kids were rarin' to go, but first they happily posed for team photos.

The Heddon Bush junior team
The Heddon Bush senior team
The Winton team
The Otautau team
The Drummond team
The Waiau team
Half of the teams played a few holes of golf while the other half practiced at various skill stations. One of the stations was the Chuck and Putt which provided a few challenges as it was harder than it looked. Three competitors chucked a ball each onto the putting green, and wherever it landed is where they had to take their putt from.

Good chucking form
Preparing to putt against each other
Good composure.
Nearby, the Snag Golf station always provided a challenge. The player had to hit a snag ball at a target. The person holding the target could not move their feet but could move the target to get the ball.
Hand-eye co-ordination for both players.
Just about to snag it.
Driver practice was also on the schedule.
Eyes on the ball.
A good full swing and still tracking the ball.
Meanwhile the other kids were heading out to play a few holes of golf.
With golf bags in tow, heading out to play.
After lunch they switched places so that by the day's end all got to practice specific skills as well as play golf in a competitive setting.

And who won?

1st - Drummond 1(Matt Hal, Ollie Stevens, Alex Doyle, Brenna Gibbs)
2nd - Drummond 2 (Partrick Marron, Nicholas McLeish, Courtney Laughton, Emma Freemans)
3rd - Winton 2 (Rachel Alexander, Ollie Waldrom, Lochie Earland, Jogs Milne)
4th - Waiau 1 (Ben Egerton, Emma Howden, Cameron Johnston, Sam Unahi)

Friday, 14 November 2014

November Calendar

Events/Ngā Takunetanga

  • 7 Dec: Senior Citizens' Christmas Dinner, Otautau Lions Club. All senior citizens are invited and welcome. If you haven't received an invitation, phone Gretchen on 225-8878.
  • 12 Dec: Otautau Street Party, produced by Otautau Promotions and Otautau United. Main Street will be blocked off from 5pm-8pm. Craft stalls, entertainment and food. A fun event for all.
  • 21 Feb 2015: Clifden Playgroup 4WD Tiki Tour, starts at Blackmount School then through Blackmount and Eastern Bush farms to Clifden Playgroup. Reg $25/person or $30 on the day, includes tea. Lunch available en route at Wairaki Station.To register or find out more ring Sheryl 225-4404.
  • 28 Feb 2015: New Event, Otautau Blueberry Classic. Cars, singers, pop-up market, kids' activities, bbq tea and more.
  • 28 Feb 2015: Otautau Three Churches Flower and Quilt Walk. More info to come.
  • 28 Feb 2015: 7:30pm, Blueberry Classic Concert. Otautau Sports Complex.

Sport / Fitness

  • Otautau Golf Club, season closes 22 Nov.
  • Otautau Squash Club, Summer League, Mondays, 3 Nov - 8 Dec, 7pm. Register teams on 20 Oct, 7:30pm.
  • Western Tennis, coaching Wednesdays, 12 Nov to 3 Dec, 3:15pm. Men's and Ladies' social competition starting after Labour Weekend; entries close on 20 Oct. Holiday/Fun programme may be run during Dec/Jan holidays if there is enough interest. Contact Annemarie 03 225-8857 (junior co-ordinator) or Ann 03 225-8733 (social co-ordinator).
  • Yoga, Mondays, 7:15pm-8:15pm, Otautau Netball Pavilion; Thursdays, 8pm-9pm at Nightcaps Rugby Club.
  • Otautau Athletics Club, Tuesdays, 14 Oct - 9 Dec and 10 Feb - 24 Mar 2015, 5:30-7pm.
  • 19 Nov: Women's golf, Three Blind Mice, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club, Slaughterhouse Road.
  • 16 Oct - 11 Dec: Summer Football, 30-minute, 5-a-side games played at Moore's Reserve, Winton. A casual backyard feel event. All are welcome Local teams forming. Call Suzie 225-8917 to join.
  • 15 Nov: Men's golf, King of the Mountain SBS Tournament, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 22 Nov: Golf Closing Day, Kathleen Manson Trophy, presentation of trophies and afternoon tea, Otautau Golf Club. Golf will continue to be played over the summer months with the same tee off times or play when it suits you. Friday night golf will start in Dec.
  • 17 Nov: Swimming pool opens. Sign up for the roster by contacting Carolyn 027-463-7630.
  • 12 Dec: Biggest Loser, final weigh-in. Otautau Fitness Centre. Prizes.


  • 18 Nov: St Andrews Scout Group Annual General Meeting, 7:30pm at the Den. All parents and caregivers are asked to attend. Apologies to Helen Mason, 03 225-8200.
  • 18 Nov: Otautau Golf Club Annual General Meeting, 8pm at the Otautau Golf Clubrooms. Any new players, new people in the district and any just interested are encouraged to join and play golf.


  • The Otautau Museum is looking for volunteers. Those interested in creative display and interpretation, cataloging, family history or even just opening the museum during the week are welcome to email and find out more. Attending monthly meetings is not required. No experience is necessary.
  • Fitness Centre 3-month membership given away each month by the Otautau Medical Centre. To enter, you must be 18 or older and pay for your consultation on the day. Entry forms given out by reception staff.
  • Wanted: drivers for the St John health shuttle, Otautau. Contact the Co-ordinator for more information (03) 225-8588.