Saturday, 26 May 2007

Otautau v Tokanui

The Otautau senior rugby team played Tokanui today at Holt Park. The Otautau team had lots of possession and territory in the first half, but at the break it was Otautau 0, Tokanui 7.

I had to dash away for most of the second half and missed Otautau's only try of the game. Despite Otautau's best efforts, the game seemed to go Tokanui's way as the final score was Otautau 7, Tokanui 22. Still, it was great to see rugby being played in our town again and all the best to the team for their next game.

Gunners Day

Members of the RSA gathered at the Cenotaph today in commemoration of Gunners Day. A bagpiper played a lament followed by the laying of a wreath at the steps of the monument. Afterwards all gathered at the Town Hall. CueTV (formerly SouthlandTV) were covering the event so it may be televised in the next few days.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

a call for photos

The Otautau Museum is continuing to expand its collection of photos. If you have photos of Otautau, Aparima, Merrivale, Fairfax, Isla Bank, Gladfield etc., please consider dropping them by the museum to be scanned. You keep the original and the museum gets to keep the scan. They are also looking for newspaper clippings that relate to the area. The time period for photos and newspaper clippings is continuous - from way back to the present day are all acceptable.

I'm also personally looking for more information on Margaret Elizabeth Mackay, author of Customers and Green Men. If anyone knows about her or has a photo, please contact me Are any of her relatives still around? Thanks!

SDC submissions closing date

Today is the closing day for submissions to the SDC draft annual plan. Thanks to all who considered putting in a submission regarding the old Otautau Cemetery. Whether you were for or against, it's important to have the conversation.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

In memory of...

Two Otautau women passed away this past weekend: Jean Morven Smith and Ina Mary Menzies.

An afternoon tea for Mary will be held at the Sunday School Hall (Otautau) on Tue, 22 May, at 2:30pm.

A service for Jean will be held in the Macdonald and Weston Chapel (Inv) on Wed, 23 May, at 1:30pm.

These women will be greatly missed.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Old Cemetery

The closing date for submissions to the SDC draft annual plan is 23 May 2007. It is my understanding that there is movement afoot to make submissions to this plan regarding the state of the old Otautau Cemetery. A descendant of early settlers has written a submission and is asking if others would like to sign it or submit their own regarding this issue. I have a pdf copy (129 kb) of this submission if anyone would like to see it and/or sign it. I will also try to post it at the SuperValue noticeboard for people to read.

You can contact me at

Monday, 14 May 2007

Celtic night - Bickerton delights

The Celtic concert featuring Bob Bickerton held last Saturday evening at the old Courthouse was pure delight.

The first thing I noticed was that the seating was done very imaginately. The Creative Arts exhibition room is a very rectangular room but the Creative Arts folks found a way to think outside the square and make a large semi-circle so we all had a good angle to see the performer. The room was just near filled to capacity with folks from Otautau, Winton and Invercargill.

Adorned around the room was a nice display of giclee prints by John Hicks, formerly a veterinarian at Otautau Vets. His photographs highlight some of the very special plants, wildlife and landscapes he has found in Western Southland. They added a really nice touch to the whole evening.

The lighting for the show (mostly table lamps from home) gave the room a cosy, intimate feeling but was at times was a little lacking, however Bob's talent, humour and warmth was the real highlight of the show. At one point he joked that the people seated behind the judges bench at the back of the room made him feel like he was facing a jury. We all laughed at that and many other jokes in his bag of quips.

But all kidding aside, he was a one-man show with his many instruments flanked around him, going easily from harp to penny whistle to Irish pipes and many other instruments. What really impressed me was that many of his songs were his own composition, and he has quite a talent not only for creative heartfelt Celtic melodies but also for meaningful and clever lyrics.

Bob is a real showman, and it was a great pleasure to have seen him in concert in our very own little town.

Thanks to Bob Bickerton for bringing Celtic music to us and for the Creative Arts Trust, namely Viv Hicks, for making it all happen.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Tickets still available

There are still a few more tickets available for the Celtic Concert that's happening this Saturday night. Tickets are obtained by phoning the contact person, and tickets wont be sold at the door. So phone now and come and enjoy this enchanted evening of Celtic music.

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Otautau War Memorial - the price of war

The Otautau Museum has a photo on display of the war memorial on the day it was opened in 1922. A huge crowd gathered in comemoration of the 57 men from our area who had died in WWI. Here is the list of the men killed in action. I found out where they were from on this site and whether they were killed in Gallipoli on this site

Angus, H. L.
Allan, L.
Ayton, J. B. -- of Aparima.
Beck, J. R. E. -- of Wairio.
Brown, W. G. N. -- of Otautau.
Butler, W. J.
Clark, W.
Craig, F. -- of Tuatapere; died in Gallipoli.
Dodds, H. B.
Dove, A. E.
Ellis, P. -- of Wairio.
Evans, G. R.
Findlater, A. W.
Flett, W.
Ford, H.
Ford, R. E.
Ford, S.
Gavigan, O. D. -- of Otautau.
Gibson, J. T. -- of Waikoura.
Gonley, D.
Grant-Ussher, F. -- of Caversham, Dunedin; died in Gallipoli.
Healey, W.
Johnstone, P. T.
Johnstone, W. E. -- of Isla Bank.
Keddell, R. A.
King, L. V.
Laidlaw, F. A. -- of Otautau.
Laidlaw, J. G. -- of Otautau.
Laing, J. D.
Lamont, N. S.
Lindsay, A. D. -- of Otautau.
Meffin, G.
Moffat, H. -- of Orawia; died in Gallipoli.
Moore, J. W. C. -- of Otautau.
Morris, J.
Muir, D.
McAfee, J. -- of Otautau.
McCaw, D.
McKenzie, D. -- of Wairio.
McIntosh, C. F. -- of Fairfax.
O'Shaughnessy, P.
Pay, E. J.
Poole, A. P. -- of Isla Bank.
Poole, T. H. -- of Isla Bank.
Poole, E. A. -- of Isla Bank.
Powell, W. J.
Ryan, T. G.
Scott, A. J.
Stephens, T. A.
Tangney, E.
Thomas, E. R. -- of Otautau; died in Gallipoli.
Thomson, A. D. -- of Otautau.
Ward, A. H. -- of Fairfax.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

May -- Calendar of Events


2 -- Pot Luck Lunch to farewell our Karitane Nurse, Otautau Past and Present Mothers, 11:30am, Plunket Rooms.
2 -- Wallace Community Board mtg, 6pm, SDC office, Otautau.
4 -- AGM, Otautau Garden Club, Otautau Bowling Club rooms.
8 -- AGM, Otautau Museum Trust, 7:30pm, Old Courthouse.
9 -- Hot Tips for Parenting Teenagers seminar with John Cowan, 7pm-9.30pm, Lumsden Memorial Hall, $5.
12 -- Celtic Concert w/Bob Bickerton, 8pm, Old Courthouse, $10, advance ticket sales only, phone 03-225-8596.
12 -- Live music - Night Shift, Railway Hotel.
22 -- Takitimu PHO mtg, 7:30pm, SDC office, Otautau.
23 -- Closing date for submissions to the SDC draft annual plan.

? -- Pilates exercise group, Otautau Sports Complex, seeking registrations for term 2.

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.
? -- Patchwork Classes for beginners, May 8, 15, 22, 29; $20.

10am-11:30am -- Jumping Jacks Playgroup, every 1st and 3rd Wed during school term.
4pm-5pm -- Netball Academy, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13, 20, 27.

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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