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Community Notice - Hoop Club Info

posted 20 Mar 2019, 16:29 by OC Web

Click on the image on the left to enlarge the info re Hoop Club's entry level Referee's Course.

March Newsletter Out Now

posted 20 Mar 2019, 14:46 by OC Web

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Barnardos Bumps to Babies

posted 5 Mar 2019, 20:05 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 20:06 ]


Bumps to Babies is Barnardos' dedicated pregnancy and antenatal education and support programme in the MidCentral region. It provides expectant mums and partners (and support people) all the information they need to prepare for the arrival of their first child. It also helps new parents build support networks of people in similar situations to their own.
Antenatal classes are run in Otaki on Monday evenings (7pm – 9pm) by a trained and qualified educator for 6 consecutive weeks. Attendees are given a wealth of information from pregnancy, labour and birth and also the first 6 weeks of baby’s life, which is backed up by great resources and support from their educator and peers.
We also arrange post-birth classes, Babies & Beyond which run for 3 consecutive weeks during the day for our new parents to get back in touch with their antenatal classmates and develop a support network with their babies while learning information about settling, feeding, brain development, baby massage and much more.
Should you not be able to attend a class but still want more information, you can discuss your needs with our qualified Childbirth Educator Jen Geraghty.
Our Bumps to Babies & Babies and Beyond classes are FREE as they are fully funded by MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) and available to all first time parents.
Otaki Antenatal Class Dates:
20th May – 24th June
12th August – 16th September
11th November – 16th December
To register for classes please call 0508 247 8433 or for pregnancy information call our Childbirth Educator Jen Geraghty on 027 406 7824.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Give A Little Page

posted 5 Mar 2019, 20:00 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 20:00 ]

Thank you to all those people who have contributed to the Give A Little Page for the Te Wiata family.  We are pleased to report that Bailey is back at home and will now commence his rehabilitation locally.

Notice from Mental Health Foundation re "Momo Challenge"

posted 5 Mar 2019, 19:54 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 19:56 ]

The MHF has watched with growing concern at reporting and social media sharing about the  “Momo Challenge” and strongly discourages further sharing or publicising of the challenge.

The Momo Challenge started as a hoax and there is no evidence the initial hoax caused any harm to young people.

However, increased media coverage and sharing on social media created widespread panic and alarm, which may have inspired some dangerous individuals to imitate the challenge and encourage young people to self-harm.

It is always difficult to balance a need for parents and caregivers to be aware of any risks to their children with real concerns about alerting more people to the existence and availability of a challenge that can do harm.

We know most people have been sharing news of the challenge to try and warn other parents and adults. However, much of the information shared isn’t credible and images have caused significant distress to young people who viewed them.

We have had no reports of self-harm resulting from young people taking part in the challenge, although young people are increasingly experiencing significant distress if they have seen the challenge show up online.

We are aware copycats may have created material that may have appeared on YouTube and elsewhere and alarmed parents and young people alike.

Young people are aware of and talking about this challenge. Some may be distressed by it, others may be intrigued and seeking out ways to try it. Others still may try to copy the challenge and try to cause harm to others.

Young people use social media differently to adults and will almost inevitably encounter material related to mental health, self-harm and suicide. As adults it’s our job to ensure they are supported to talk about things that concern them and access any help they need.

Social media platforms need to step up and take responsibility for the content they host but this will take some time, and in the meantime parents and caregivers must take the lead in keeping young people safe online.

It’s up to us to bridge the gaps that exist between adults and rangatahi and ensure we’re not making problems worse. Social media can be a huge positive for many young people – banning it isn’t the answer. We need to ensure young people feel they can safely talk to the adults in their lives about distressing things they have seen or heard without fear of punishment or losing access to social media.

While there is a lot of misinformation and speculation around the Momo Challenge, what we do know is sharing details and imagery of the challenge is causing harm and distress to young people. Because of this, we strongly discourage further media reporting or social media sharing about the challenge.

Momo Challenge, dos and don’ts:


§ Read Connecting through Kōrero – a guide to having safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about suicide with taiohi/young people before approaching your young people

§ Find a private, quiet opportunity to talk

§ If you know your young people are aware of the game, ask them directly if they or anyone they know is taking part

§ If you’re not sure if your young people are aware of the challenge and don’t want them to find about it, ask them if they have seen anything online lately that has worried or upset them

§ Keep an eye on your young people for signs they have become depressed or withdrawn, have significant mood changes, stop participating in things they used to enjoy or start talking negatively about themselves

§ Keep an eye out for signs your young person might be self-harming – these signs can include wearing long-sleeved shirts or long pants when the weather is warm, having unexplained injuries, scars, bruises or marks and washing their own clothes separately

§ Be patient – let them know you’re there to talk whenever they’re ready.


§ Share anything that includes an image of the challenge as this creates further panic and has led to some young children becoming very distressed

§ Re-post things from Facebook/Twitter/Instagram accounts that are not verified and not from credible sources

§ Share content that creates alarm or panic without supporting adults or young people to respond well or giving information/advice about how to get help.


Need to talk?

Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.


0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE).


0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat.


0800 726 666.

Note for Māori: You can also contact or visit your local Māori or iwi social and health organisation for support.

Useful resources:

Connecting through KōreroMental Health Foundation of New Zealand: a guide to having safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about suicide with taiohi/young people.

Information for parents and caregiversOffice of Film and Literature Classification: information and support for parents to talk to their young people about the media they consume – including things they see online.

Social Media and Suicide: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers, American Association of Suicide Prevention: an easy-to-use tipsheet for parents, health providers and caregivers. It is the goal of AAS and our member experts to provide parents and providers the help they need to make the world safer for youth at risk for suicide.

#chatsafe: A young person's guide for communicating safely online about suicideOrygen: These guidelines have been developed in partnership with young people to provide support to those who might be responding to suicide-related content posted by others or for those who might want to share their own feelings and experiences with suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviours. The #chatsafe guidelines may also provide practical assistance to parents, educators and those who provide support to young people engaging in online activities.

Netsafe: Momo Challenge advisoryNetsafe. 

Netsafe’s advice for parentsNetsafe: a series of resources for parents to support them to keep their young people safe online.

Self-harmCommon Ground: Advice for friends, whānau and family of young people who may be at risk of self-harming

Further reading:

*Please note all of these articles use the image that has caused distress. Please do not click on these articles if you feel viewing this image may upset or distress you:

Opinion: Momo Challenge is likely a hoax that plays on parents’ guiltNew Zealand Herald

Viral Momo Challenge a malicious hoaxThe Guardian

How ‘Momo’, a global social media hoax about a paranormal threat to kids morphed into a US viral phenomenonNBC News

How Much of a Threat Is the Purported ‘Momo Challenge’ Suicide Game? Snopes

A note about the Momo Challenge:

It may be useful to know what copycat pranksters may be imitating. Primarily targeted at children and adolescents, the Challenge is said to involve users receiving instructions to chat with a stranger via an unknown number on WhatsApp. Once the interaction commences they are challenged to complete a series of extreme tasks in the hope of meeting “Momo”, a fictional character with bulging eyes and a wide mouth. The artwork, called Mother Bird by Link Factory, was thought to be inspired by the work of a Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, however according to officials neither the Link Factory nor Midori Hayashi are affiliated with the challenge. If the player refuses to follow orders, “Momo” replies with a series of violent images and threats. Some have claimed their interactions with “Momo” included being sent violent images during the night, threatening to appear while they are sleeping and curse them.

Latest Newsletter Out Now

posted 5 Mar 2019, 19:41 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 19:42 ]

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College Gates

posted 5 Mar 2019, 19:33 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 19:43 ]

Please remember that no vehicles should be inside the College grounds between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm unless it is an emergency.  The new automated gates will be in action soon - probably from next week, so this is now best practice.

Community Notice: Mobile Curtain Bank Otaki 2018

posted 5 Mar 2019, 19:19 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 19:43 ]

04 – 22 March 2019

· Available for Community Card Holders

· Lined curtains, i.e. 2 layers of material, make them thermally efficient and are a good step towards a healthy home, reducing power and medical bills. Together with insulation and draught stoppers around windows and doors this can prevent up to 60% of heat loss.

· The order forms can be picked up at the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Otaki. Your agencies has some copies of the order form as well. Plus order forms can be downloaded from the website of the Sustainability Trust
The completed forms should be dropped at the Citizens Advice Bureau between 04-22 Mar. We send them all together to Wellington, where the donated curtains are made to fit their windows.

· We expect that the curtains will be ready around early to mid May, just in time before it starts to get cold. Curtains can be picked up from the CAB - we will let them know when they are ready to be picked up.

· Further information on insulation for houses and what subsidies are available to make houses warmer and healthier go the Sustainability Trust - Subsidies & Finance.

· 2018 this initiative helped 45 families, who have a community services card, in Otaki. Among them many families with children. Curtains are for the main living ad sleeping areas.

· The Mobile Curtain Bank is an initiative supported by Energise Otaki Inc., the Kapiti Coast District Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau Otaki in partnership with the Sustainability Trust in Wellington.

· Any questions, you can either email me or phone 021 104 2885 (Hanna)

Give a Little Page for Bailey Te Wiata - ex College Student

posted 21 Feb 2019, 14:36 by OC Web

A former student of Ōtaki College, Bailey Te Wiata, suffered a fall which has caused damage to his spinal cord. Bailey has undergone surgery at Christchurch Hospital and has now been moved to Burwood to undergo a long period of rehabilitation.

This means that his whānau have to travel frequently to Christchurch to support Bailey through this time which will not be easy. Dad, Joseph, has been an outstanding contributor to the Ōtaki community through his involvement in sport, coaching and supporting players in his gym. 

Now is the time to give back to Joseph and his whānau and support them by enabling them to travel to look after their son in Christchurch and his siblings at home.  You can give koha by going to the Give a Little Page - https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-support-one-of-our-families-in-need, or direct to the Ōtaki College office.

"E tu kahikatea, hei whakapai ururoa, awhi mai awhi atu, tatou tatou e!"

Andy Fraser, Principal

Stationery Lists 2019

posted 19 Dec 2018, 16:24 by OC Web

Year 7&8, Click here
Year 9, Click here
Year 10, Click here
Year 11, Click here
Year 12, Click here
Year 13, Click here

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