skip to main content
Site banner


Jared Carson with sons Cade, left, and Kyuss.


Ōtaki Today cartoonist Jared Carson has produced his third book in time for Christmas called Fish Musicians.

With typically quirky use of cartoon characters and rhyming prose, Fish Musicians features well-known musicians depicted as sea-life – think Eelvis Presley, David Buoy and Mackerel Jackson!

The story follows the task of Bernard the gurnard and Kate the skate, who are friends of Neptune, the king of the sea, to throw him a regal birthday party.

They have to organise a band, so they ask the best underwater musicians they can find. There are drummers, guitarists, trumpeters and flautists. There’s also the gig to organise, which is part of the story.

Fish Musicians is a fun book for parents and young readers. It follows two other successful books by the Ōtaki author, illustrator and musician – Animals in Vehicles and More Animals in Vehicles. All three books can be bought online at or from RiverStone Cafe.

Jared plays drums for the Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac Showcase, which is playing at the 2020 Ōtaki Kite Festival.

Third children’s book for local author


Home page stories from October 2019

Two Ōtaki College students set sail on the Spirit of Adventure and have a rich tale to tell. READ MORE  

A brand new VW Crafter provides more space and a smoother ride for St John health shuttle. READ MORE

Walkover shows off transformed riverbank due to 20 years work by Friends of the Ōtaki River. READ MORE 

Riria Ropata started out in powerlifting in 2016 and has just won a world championship in Canada. READ MORE


Home page stories from September 2019

Candidates ask questions when the local paper was published with their advertisements missing. READ MORE

Ōtaki College perform a rousing haka that was specially written and choreographed for the college. READ MORE

People packed the Memorial Hall on a sunny Saturday for the eighth annual Ōtaki Community Expo. READ MORE

Ōtaki Community Board had its last meeting on September 3, with elections on the horizon. READ MORE


+ Text Size -
Original generation time 1.9803 seconds. Cache Loaded in: 0.0334 seconds.