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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

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Train heading north passing the WDFF's golden elm planted in 1980 for their golden jubilee.
New pedestrian guard where railway crosses floodbank walking track.

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