Monday, 30 April 2007
You can find the links to the databases here: http://www.southlanddc.govt.nz/services/libraries/online-databases.cfm
Just click on a database, sign in, and put in the keywords that you are looking for. It's great that we have this resource for free. Thanks SDC.
Sunday, 29 April 2007
To the right are the names of soldiers who died in WWII.
While I was searching for something else on the web I ran across an old letter to the editor in the Southland Times that referred to a soldier buried in the old Otautau Cemetery who had died in Gallipoli in WWI.
Saturday, 28 April 2007
The Pourakino picnic area is only about 10km from Otautau. You have to leave your car at the main entrance and walk into the area because there are such deep ruts in the road that driving would be unwise. But it is a very short and pleasant walk and hints at the wonderful, native forest within.
There is the old steam engine there of course and blocks where the saw mill once stood. For walkers, there are two trails to choose from. Both trails are loops so there is no chance of getting lost. The trail pictured starts with a wooden bridge built by DoC and proceeds along a waterway with occasional signs to point out features.
In the centre of this photo you can barely see the arched concrete bridge that covers Granite Stream. This bridge was used for carting out logs with bush tractors and locomotives.
The trail takes approximately 45 minutes to walk and is a very lovely, quiet experience.
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Soon the room was full of up to 200 men, women and children. RSA men added more rows of chairs for those who wanted to sit down while people set up the sound system. The bagpipes sounded just outside the building. The veterans lined up in the front of the room first. There were officers from the fire department, policemen, the local Scouts troop, and girls from Otautau Primary to read official letters from the Prime Minister and other dignitaries. Volunteers from St John Ambulance were there too. I didnt catch the name of the gentleman who officiated the ceremony but he was accompanied by Judith Day who led us in prayers and hymns.
This was my first Anzac ceremony since I'd moved to New Zealand and it was quite an experience. I thought back to my home town and couldn't recall seeing the town gather for anything other than midnight mass at the Catholic Church once a year. It made me realise that there is a real community here and these kinds of events are part of what binds them together. War has had its affect on Otautau through soldiers lost during both world wars. It's important to remember the loss and cost of these wars to our local families.
I tried to get some photos after the ceremony but none turned out very well. If anyone would like to post a photo or send a comment please do so.
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
If you would like to bring an item but havent registered, you can still come by and see if there is room, between the hours of 9am and 1:30pm on Sunday. They will be accepting items at that time. The shows starts at 2pm and there is a $5 entry fee. Come on out and have a fun afternoon at the Roadshow.
Thursday, 12 April 2007
It's easy to make your own page, just click on the link in the right hand column for "Western Southland" and follow the instructions to get started.
To find out more about Venture Southland's review of sports, recreation and community facilities, go to:
There, you will find previous reviews for Central and Northern Southland.
The current review is for Western Southland including Otautau, Tuatapere and Riverton.
Thursday, 5 April 2007
4 -- Wallace Community Board mtg, 6pm, SDC office, Otautau.
12 -- AGM, Otautau Creative Arts Trust, 7:30pm, Old Courthouse.
14 -- Otautau Rugby (senior), Holt Park.
17 -- Silent Auction closing date (Playstation 2 + games), Otautau & Districts Toy Cupboard.
17 -- Venture Southland community forum, provision of facilities for local groups, 8pm, SDC office, Otautau.
19 -- Leadlighting for Kids (ages 7-12), 1:30pm-3:30pm, Old Courthouse, $10.
21 -- Otautau Rugby (senior), Holt Park.
21 -- "Small Feat" band, Railway Hotel, 9pm.
22 -- Otautau Antiques Roadshow, 2pm, Sunday School Hall, $5.
24 -- Takitimu PHO mtg, 7:30pm, SDC office, Otautau.
9am -- Otautau Patchwork and Craft, Otautau Bowling Club.
9:30am -- Otautau Walking Group, meets at the Sports Complex.
9:30am-noon -- Aparima Playgroup, Aparima Hall.
7:30pm -- Takitimu PHO board mtg, 4th Tuesday of every month, SDC office, Otautau, open to the public.
10am-11:30am -- Jumping Jacks Playgroup, every 1st and 3rd Wed.
7:30pm-8:30pm -- Western Southland Toastmasters, at Otautau Primary School, every 2nd and 4th Thursday.
7:30pm -- Otautau Plunket mtg/speakers, Otautau Plunket Rooms, 3rd or 4th Thursday.
2pm -- Otautau Senior Citizens, Otautau Bowling Club Pavilion, 2nd and 4th Friday.
? -- Western Netball (social), Sports Complex, starts April 13.
2pm-4pm -- Otautau Museum open, the Old Courthouse, 146 Main Street.
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