Monday, 26 April 2010

Waters on the Rise

After such a steady rain, the waters surrounding Otautau - the Otautau Stream and the Aparima River - are on the rise and looking impressive. Otautau Stream from traffic bridge looking west
It hasn't been this wide in a long time.

Otautau Stream looking east
The 'island' that used to be in the middle was removed a few months ago by SDC. Now the waters flow freely.

Willows under water at Aparima River

Aparima River from bridge near Otautau
The thing in the middle is a big tree trunk, as big as a car, floating downstream like a feather.

There was some flooding noted at Lieman Street near the Otautau Main Road but not too bad. More like a big puddle.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Anzac Day

As usual, the Otautau Anzac Day had a good crowd, great pipe band, and, thankfully, good weather. Pictured above is the parade marching in the blue morning haze toward the Town Hall after the speeches, laying of wreaths and singing of songs at the Otautau War Memorial.

At the hall, Brian Drummond, head of the Otautau RSA spoke to the crowd. He passed out awards and acknowledgement to three Otautau School students, and thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who made the ceremony and tea happen. Lastly, he mentioned with regret that this would be the last Anzac Day in the Town Hall; and that after June, there would be no more bookings accepted for the hall.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Town Hall

Well, it seems official now. It was stated in the SDC draft annual plan that the Town Hall is to be disposed of with conditions. No details on when this could happen or how much it will cost, or what will happen to the RSA and Floral Art groups that use the building.

So in fact, this coming Anzac Day could be the last time it is officially used by the public. Or, it may survive a year or two in time for its centenary.

Planting Day at the Arboretum

Last Saturday, the Arboretum Trust held a very successful planting day. The Otautau Lions Club provided much of the labour, and a few community members showed up too.

The area had been prepared days before with holes dug and planting stakes in place. Carpet squares had been pre-cut to provide a barrier against the tall grass. All in anticipation of the 150 native plants which were to arrive from Home Creek nursery. The plants looked big and healthy but not all arrived despite the best efforts at communication.

When I dropped by, the Lions (and a Cub Scout pictured left) were well into the planting. This was facilitated by a coding system - the planting bags were labelled and plants brought to the stakes of the same label. The coordinator, Jesse Bythell, had it all mapped out - which plants were to go where. Really great to see what highly organised people with a vision can accomplish. By noon, everything had been planted and carpeted. Job done.

The next aspect of the vision is to develop a heritage orchard with the help of the Guytons of Riverton.

Thanks to the Trust, the arboretum is realising its potential and turning into an asset the town can be proud of.

(Pictured above: Otautau Lions planting at the Arboretum. Pictured left: Cub Scout, Bradley Braven, planting)

Otautau RSA

The Otautau RSA got a nice mention on TV One's Breakfast show on Friday from a woman who has written a book about NZ RSAs. You may be able to watch it from the web from this link. If that doesn't work, just go to the TVNZ website and search for RSA.

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