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Ōtaki Scholar Visit (2013)

posted 30 Jul 2014, 20:48 by OC Web   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 20:49 ]
As Head Boy of Ōtaki College it was my duty and great honour to host the 70th Ōtaki scholar, Craig Brownhill, from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen.

Craig was in Ōtaki for 4 days, during which time we were welcomed onto Raukawa Marae and visited Pukekaraka hill, where we laid wreaths to commemorate the 60th Korean War anniversary. We also spent some time at the Sander tie factory where we were shown the wide range of quality ties produced in Ōtaki . The highlight of the trip for me was our visit to Kapiti Island where we saw a kiwi up close in its natural habitat. This is something I have never seen in the wild before. A huge thanks to John Barrett and Kapiti Island Nature tours for this opportunity and for hosting us for the night. I also enjoyed going to Rangiatea church and learning the history behind this spectacular church in Ōtaki and how it was rebuilt after being burnt down in 1995.

I enjoyed getting to know Craig better and learning about his country and school. I look forward one day to going and visiting him in Aberdeen.

I’d like to thank the following people who were responsible for making this visit so enjoyable and full of historic activities: Colin Robertson from the RSA, Sander Ties, Kapiti Island Nature tours, Rupene Waaka and especially Andre Baker for his organisation and also for transporting Craig and I around Ōtaki during Craig’s visit. His passion and wealth of knowledge really helped make Craig’s visit memorable.