Sunday, 24 July 2011


Trees and railway south of town.

Main Street (south)
Stoat tracks?

St Joseph's Catholic Church

The Union Presbyterian Church

Otautau Railway
Otautau Stream

Holt Park

Seats in the amphitheatre
Hills around the town
Mini Me (snowman on car top)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Book Sale

Otautau's annual book sale is coming up next month. If you have books that you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the Otautau SDC office during opening hours.

The book sale is a joint fundraiser for the Otautau Heritage Trust and the Otautau Museum Trust. The sale will take place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of August at the Courthouse, 146 Main Street. Doors open at 9am and close at 4pm.

You never know if Serendipity has placed a book there just for you to find. So come along - there is something for everyone. And the prices are always reasonable.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Return of the Sun

The glass was indeed low and we had some dismal weather. We got some snow on the local hills but it didn't stick around for long.
We've had some sunny days since then and things are feeling more normal.
Sometimes my winter pictures of Otautau really don't show how sunny it can be.
So here is an example of how nice it was today.
These horses came over to see why I was taking pictures of trees.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Glass is Low

Today, I was talking to someone about the weather. The Takitimus really don't have much snow on them, and her crocuses are starting to bloom. She said, 'we haven't really had winter yet, but the glass is low'. As the saying goes:
When the glass falls low, prepare for a blow.
When the glass is high, let your kites fly.
So if Otautau barometers (glass) are right, we may be in for a storm or even a dumping of snow.

Working Bee

This Saturday, there will be a working bee at the arboretum from 1pm to 3pm. If the weather is extreme, foul, nasty or brutish, the bee will move to Sunday. Transplanting is on the menu so bring a spade if you can.

The arboretum is just 1 km south of Otautau on the main road. See you there!

Friday, 1 July 2011

New Te Reo Website

As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) celebrations 2011, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are launching a new online resource called Destination Reo.

Destination Reo is an online mapping tool powered by Google Maps, allowing users to quickly find te reo Māori services, learning opportunities and events nationwide, even worldwide. It will help provide answers to those everyday questions about te reo, like:

o My baby is sick. I want to go to a doctor who can pronounce her name. Where are all the reo Māori speaking doctors?
o I have just moved to this town and want to keep up my reo Māori studies. What's available?
o I am a hairdresser learning te reo Māori. I would love to practice at work. How do I let people know where I am?

The tool splits services into 3 categories Ako, Hoko and Korero or Learn, Shop and Enjoy. Destination Reo will go live to users on Monday the 4th of July, to mark the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. BUT you can upload your information now!

How to add your services to the Destination Reo map?

It’s easy. Simply go to Destination Reo and fill in the online form for service providers (link at bottom of page).

Choose the best category that your organisation or group fits under, Learn, Shop, or Enjoy. Fill in your details and information pertaining to what reo Māori service you provide. Add in links to your Facebook, Twitter or Website. Upload photos of your logo or team to personalise your look.

For more information about this website and the tool email or phone through on 0800 KAITAHU.

While you're on the website, check out the 12-week Challenge, or learn some new waiata.

Climbing the Walls

A 10cm stick insect scales the walls of an Otautau residence. 
Along with its woody colouring and branch-like arms, the 'thorny' protrusions on its back combine to make a perfect cloaking device. It can blend into any natural environment but on white roughcast, it stands out.

According to Te Ara - Stick Insects: Maori names include rō, whe and wairaka.

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