Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sunday, 8 June 2014

June Calendar

Events
  • 22 Jun: Otautau Plunket Garage Sale. See News n Views for details.
  • 9-14 Jul: ILT Kidzone Festival. Get tickets at SDC Otautau office.
  • 19 and 20 Jul: Otautau Book Sale, 10am to 4pm, The Courthouse, 146 Main Street, Otautau. Great bargains and a raffle.
 Sport / Fitness
  • Yoga, Mondays, 7:15pm-8:15pm, Otautau Netball Pavilion; Thursdays, 8pm-9pm at Nightcaps Rugby Club.
  • Netball Skills, Thursdays, 3:15pm-4pm, Sports Complex, ages 5 and up. $2/session to be paid each session.
  • 11 Jun: Women's golf, MacDonnell Stableford, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 14 Jun: Men's golf, Club Captain v President Aggregate Stableford, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 18 Jun: Women's golf, Single Affro, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 21 Jun: Men's golf, Hidden Holes, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 25 Jun: Women's golf, Extra LGU & Hidden Holes, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 28 Jun: Men's golf, Off Ladies Tee, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
Meetings/Hui
  • 10 Jun: Otautau Museum Annual General Meeting, 7:30pm, Otautau Courthouse, 146 Main Street, Otautau. All welcome.
  • 16 Jun: Otautau Community Health Trust AGM, 7pm, SDC Otautau office. All welcome.
  • 10 Jul: Otautau Community Board, 2pm, at the SDC office. If you wish to make a presentation to the Board, contact Kelly Tagg, Area Officer, no later that 48 hours before the meeting, 0800 732 732.
Opportunities
  • Wanted: drivers for the St John health shuttle, Otautau. Contact the Co-ordinator for more information (03) 225-8217.
  • 23 Jun: Donate Blood to NZBlood. Your donation could save three lives. Invercargill Working Men's Club, 154 Esk Street, Invercargill, 12pm to 2:30pm. Or call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) for more information.
  • 24 Jun: Free dog microchipping, 4pm to 4:30pm. SDC Otautau office.
  • Looking for reliable people to update this blog and the Otautau Facebook page. Contact Cathy 027-422-2175.
  • Work & Income NZ will visit Otautau at the Plunket Rooms on the third Tuesday of each month from Feb to Dec 2014. Make an appt by phoning 0800 559 009 or contact Zola Ayson, Community Worker, 0800 732 732 ext 3670.
  • Asian Science Camp, a fully funded opportunity for a Maori Year 12 or Year 13 student to attend The 8th Asian Science Camp in Singapore, 24-29 Aug. See http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/international-secondary

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

May Calendar

Events
  • 17 May: Otautau Lions Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Tickets $25; all proceeds to go to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. To be held 9:30am at the New Life Church, corner of Queen and Chester Streets, Otautau.
  • 17 May: La Sylphide and Big Top, matinee and evening performances, 2pm and 7:30pm, Robertson School of Dance, Centrestage Theatre, 33 Don Street, Invercargill. Tickets $20 adult, $10 child.
  • 18 May: La Sylphide and Big Top, final performance, 2pm. Robertson School of Dance, Centrestage Theatre, 33 Don Street, Invercargill. Tickets $20 adult, $10 child.
Sport
  • 17 May: Men's golf, Bisque Par, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 14 May: Women's golf, MacDonnell Stableford, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 21 May: Women's golf, Extra LGU and Putting Stableford, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 24 May: Men's golf, Club Championship finals, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 28 May: Women's golf, Deputy Club Captain's Choice, 10:30am, Otautau Golf Club.
  • 31 May: Men's golf, String Day Stableford, 1pm, Otautau Golf Club.
Meetings/Hui
  • 19 May: Nominations due for three vacancies for the Otautau Community Health Trust. Nominations must be in writing and signed by a member or trustee and the nominee. Post nominations to Secretary, OCHT, c/- Otautau Medical Centre, P.O. Box 100, Otautau 9641.
  • 29 May: Otautau Community Board meeting, 2pm, at the SDC office. If you wish to make a presentation to the Board, contact Kelly Tagg, Area Officer, no later that 48 hours before the meeting, 0800 732 732.
  • 10 Jun: Otautau Museum Annual General Meeting, 7:30pm, Otautau Courthouse, 146 Main Street, Otautau. All welcome.
  • 16 Jun: Otautau Community Health Trust AGM, 7pm, SDC Otautau office. All welcome.
Opportunities
  • 18 Jun: Good Governance Workshop, Series 2. This is an opportunity to bring your trust deed, constitution or rules along and find out from a legal expert if it is up to date and meeting the needs of your group. Spaces are limited and it is essential that you register your interest by phoning Suzanne McKenzie on 03 211 1400.
  • Shuttle drivers needed for St John, Otautau. Contact the Co-ordinator for more information (03) 225-8217.
  • Blog and FB people. Looking for reliable people to update this blog and the Otautau Facebook page. Contact Cathy 027-422-2175.
  • Work & Income NZ will visit Otautau at the Plunket Rooms on the third Tuesday of each month from Feb to Dec 2014. Make an appt by phoning 0800 559 009 or contact Zola Ayson, Community Worker, 0800 732 732 ext 3670.
  • Asian Science Camp, a fully funded opportunity for a Maori Year 12 or Year 13 student to attend The 8th Asian Science Camp in Singapore, 24-29 Aug. See http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/international-secondary

Friday, 25 April 2014

Anzac Day 2014

Every year, the Otautau RSA hosts one of the most important events in Otautau's calendar: the Anzac Day Service. This moving, public ceremony brings the community together to honour the men and women who served in New Zealand's Defence Force.

Members of the Otautau RSA and other former military personnel.
In the dark of Anzac morning, we leave our homes and gather around the 1922 war memorial.

Otautau's core civic groups -- Police, Fire, and Ambulance -- are already there dressed in uniform. RSA member, Allan Brown, calls them to attention. Bugler, Dave Clapp, sounds his mournful strains. Before long, in the distance, the pipe band begins its march toward the memorial bringing the St Andrew Scouts and Girl Guides with them. It's always a very poignant moment when the pipe band plays.

St Andrew Scouts about to lay wreath.
The St Andrews Scouts and Girl Guides parade, raise and lower the flag, and lay wreaths. The participation of these young ones is probably more valued than they know.

Three-volley salute.
As the rain drops fell, a 3-volley salute pierced the air, scaring a few Spur-wing plover and giving us all pause for further reflection.

Otautau's Finest: Otautau Fire Brigade standing with other civic groups.
Father Vaughn Leslie (left) and Allan Brown.
Allan Brown conducted the ceremony with the able help of Father Vaughan whose prayers, Benediction and hymns gave it a spiritual dimension.

Members of the Waimatuku Pipe Band.
And though the rain was falling more steadily by the end, the soul-stirring strains of the Waimatuku Pipe Band filled the air once again, beating out a solemn, moving conclusion to the morning. The Band led the parade and community to the Otautau Fire Station where a morning tea was given.

Once again, the Otautau RSA's Anzac Day Service brought the community together in remembrance to feel, share and strengthen its bond. Thank you, RSA, for this important public ceremony.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

April Calendar

Events

  • 8 Apr: Internet Safety Presentation by John Parsons, Otautau School, 7pm-9pm.
  • 17 Apr: Poppy Day, purchase a poppy to support Otautau RSA. To be sold at tables in front of Supervalue, FourSquare and Clark's Fish & Chips shop.
  • 25 Apr: Otautau Anzac Day Service, 7am, Otautau War Memorial, Main St. Morning tea to follow at the Fire Brigade. All welcome.
  • 25 Apr: Drummond Community Anzac Day Service, 8:15am at the War Memorial. If wet, will be held at the Drummond Bowling Club. Cup of tea available at Bowling Club provided by Drummond Rural Women.
  • 26 Apr: Arboretum Planting Bee, 2pm, meet in carpark. Planting tussocks in the native wetland and stream bank. Bring a spade and boots. All welcome. More info 027-422-2175.

Meetings/Hui

  • 13 Apr: Monthly General Hui is cancelled, Oraka Aparima Rūnaka at Takutai o te Titi Marae.
  • 17 Apr: Otautau Community Board, 2pm, at the SDC office. If you wish to make a presentation to the Board, contact Kelly Tagg, Area Officer, no later that 48 hours before the meeting, 0800 732 732.
  • 5 May: Holt Park Recreation Centre Inc, committee mtg. Representatives of all local sports clubs are invited, SDC Otautau office at 7:30pm

Opportunities

  • Looking for reliable people to update this blog and the Otautau Facebook page. Contact Cathy 027-422-2175.
  • Work & Income NZ will visit Otautau at the Plunket Rooms on the third Tuesday of each month from Feb to Dec 2014. Make an appt by phoning 0800 559 009 or contact Zola Ayson, Community Worker, 0800 732 732 ext 3670.
  • 12 Apr: Wahine Hui at Takutai o te Titi Marae, Colac Bay, 6pm. Pot luck kai. Open to all Ngai Tahu and non-Ngai Tahu wahine who belong to Oraka Aparima Rūnaka and want to learn tikanga on the marae. Contact Lynley 03 974-0215.
  • Asian Science Camp, a fully funded opportunity for a Maori Year 12 or Year 13 student to attend The 8th Asian Science Camp in Singapore, 24-29 Aug. See http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/international-secondary