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End of an era as Raukawa Dairy closes

The doors closed for the last time on February 4 with Nand and Hem Kishor holding mixed emotions after 22 years in the Mill Road business. READ MORE.











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Ōtaki College Roll

A call-out by Ōtaki Today to discover which former students and staff have died in the past 60 years has revealed a list. READ MORE.






Body likely Duncan Hill

Police say a body located by members of the public on February 5 while hunting in dense bush in the Ōtaki Gorge area is likely to be that of Duncan Hill. Duncan was reported missing in October. The death was not being treated as suspicious.

Rotunda fundraiser

The Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda are staging “A Night to Remember” at Raukura, Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre, on March 2. The event has taken on a special poignancy with the recent death of Mary-Annette Hay, who donated her last 15 paintings to be auctioned. She was also due to recite one of her favourite passages from Shakespeare. In addition to the auction there will be a premiere performance of a short film about the rotunda currently under production by film-maker Steve LaHood. Finger-food will be provided and there will be raffles with prizes from local businesses and a display of Health Camp First Day Covers.

Tickets $70 from Eventfinda ($65 for groups of 10 or more)

Eight call-outs to alarms

Of the 25 call-outs for the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade in January, eight were to attend to private fire alarms. Five were for rubbish, grass or scrub fires, and there were three each for property fires and medical emergencies. There were two motor vehicle crashes, and two “good intent” calls. Local firefighters assisted a neighbouring brigade once, and there was one “special service”.

New business group imminent

A year on from the opening of the PP2Ō expressway, Elevate Ōtaki has negotiated with Kāpiti Coast District Council to see its assets pass over to a new business association for Ōtaki-Te Horo. The new group will be established in the first half of 2024. The outgoing chair of Elevate, Adrian Gregory, who negotiated the arrangement, says the assets will include funding, the new Ōtaki Retail & Investment Strategy, street flags and a media platform that has played a part in profiling Ōtaki during the past 12 months. Businesses interested in the new association should contact


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