A total of 135 riders from 42 schools competed in Ōtaki College’s annual equestrian show-jumping event at Waikanae in late February. The meet is the second biggest school equestrian event in the country, growing year-on-year with riders coming from as far away as Whanganui, Wairarapa and elsewhere in the Wellington... Keep Reading
Hall Of Fame 2020
POSTED 19 March 2020
The 2020 Hall of Fame event is postponed until further notice, due to the uncertainties of Covid-19.
2019 Otaki College Reunion Photos
POSTED 20 July 2019
Relive some of the moments from April's incredible reunion in our photo gallery.
XŌtaki projects making a big difference and how you can help
POSTED 17 July 2019
XŌtaki College Alumni Trust has funded an amazing number of projects and good causes at the College. Take a look at the list and consider whetheR you'd like to pledge your support as well? Read more.
Inaugural XŌtaki Hall Of Fame recipients announced at black-tie dinner
POSTED 4 May 2018
Two accomplished 1960s graduates were honoured at the inaugural Hall Of Fame Awards dinner on 3 May 2018. See the media release here and you can read the citation for Chris Parkin here and for David Pritchard here.
College pool a memorial to Stephen Hillas
Shelly Warwick writes about how Otaki College’s swimming pool memorialised a young student to become the Stephen Hillas Memorial Pool. Read the story here.
Where in the World is 1960’s Otaki College teacher JC (“Snow”) Burnett?
STORY POST: 13 April 2015
Ever wondered what happened to a favourite teacher? Ron Gibbard, a student from the very early years of Otaki College, wondered just that about teacher Snow Burnett. Being a curious and tenacious student, Ron tracked Snow down and recorded the visit in this article.
So where did the 2009 Reunion money go?
BLOG POST: 9 December 2014
Ron Gibbard, Reunion Treasurer and now member of the XOtaki Foundation Trust, lets us know how the excess money from the 50th Reunion has been accounted for and well used. Read Ron’s post here >
Video interview with John Saunders, Principal from 1963 to 1975
BLOG POST: 2 October 2014
This is a chance to see and hear one our founding and important staff members, but it's also an opportunity to see if you might stump up to buy the school a new video microphone? See the video here >
XOtaki College Foundation Trust faces up to photo shooting
NEWS RELEASE: 2 July 2014
With the formal establishment of the XOtaki College Foundation Trust, it was time for... you guessed it, a photo. And what use is a team photo without a news release? Read all about it and see the smiling faces here >
John Stewart Heatherwick 1947 - 2014
John Heatherwick was a founding committee member of XOtaki Alumni and about to become a Trustee of XOtaki College Foundation Trust when he tragically died on 11 April 2014 at age 67.
A past student and friend to all, John will be missed by all who knew him. Few knew him better than lifelong friend Ron Gibbard who delivered a tribute at his funeral and in an article specially prepared for this website. Read Ron’s tribute here.
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Dr. Lincoln Nicholls is passionate about getting more Maori into joining him as a doctor of medicine. He happens to also be a Captain in the New Zealand Army and... you guessed it, he's an XŌtaki alumni student. Take a look at this Maori TV report.
The future of science, the joy of learning and the importance of clean technology. Otaki College students get it all at the Otaki Centre for Clean Technology.
The list of awards at Ōtaki College’s prize-giving night in November was impressive – it included plenty of academic and sports achievers who were worthy recipients. It wasn’t a list that Jayda Maihi thought she would ever be on. But there it was. Jayda Maihi, recipient of the Civil Trim Plant Hire Scholarship that gave the spirited... Keep Reading
Work is under way to ensure the permanence of Ōtaki College’s Sander Scholarship. Shelley Macrae of Sander Ties has committed her company to supporting the award as it stands, as long as Sander is still operating. The company was established in 1921. However, college principal Andy Fraser says that with Shelley’s support, he wanted to... Keep Reading
As the word “unprecedented” has become a colloquial expression in 2020, it can also be applied to the number of young people/rangatahi self-referring for counselling support. It’s positive that rangatahi can recognise the support they need for themselves, but we need to ensure that the resource is available to meet the demand. As a... Keep Reading
It doesn’t seem too long ago that “mental health” was not part of our lexicon. Certainly, when I was a schoolboy it never entered the conversation. That’s not to say it didn’t exist; it was simply that if anyone was feeling “a bit down”, it would be assumed they’d get over it or just needed to harden up. These days, for... Keep Reading
Ōtaki College has benefited from a $350,000 contribution from Kāpiti Coast District Council to refurbish its ageing gymnasium. The council agreed to the grant, which will be spread over six years, on condition that the gym will be available for community use for sporting events and training. The funding, which was agreed through... Keep Reading
There will be no visit by the Ōtaki Scholar this year, the first absence since the Second World War. The head Boy of Robert Gordon’s College (RGC) in Aberdeen, Scotland, automatically becomes the Ōtaki Scholar, which includes a visit to Ōtaki and other parts of New Zealand in July. Head boy this year is Patrick Robinson. RGC’s... Keep Reading
It’s that time of year when, as a council, we have to strike our rates, fees and charges for the next financial year. Now let’s be frank . . . no one likes a rates increase and if I’m being even more frank, no elected member probably likes having to talk about a rate increase! To make the situation even more challenging we are.. Keep Reading
The calm voice of a man well into his 90s, but with wartime memories as vivid as yesterday, urged a mainly young audience not to allow war to happen again. Chris King was speaking on Monday (March 9) during the annual commemoration at Ōtaki College of the sinking of SS Otaki in 1917. This year also acknowledged the contribution of the Arctic... Keep Reading
All past Ōtaki College students are invited to get together at the RSA on Friday, February 7. Foundation pupil Ron Gibbard, who has been on the organising committee for the college’s 50th and 60th reunions, says students of his age are “getting on a bit”. “At the most recent reunion last year, a few of us there thought we couldn’t wait... Keep Reading
Ōtaki area state schools and kura are to get just over a million dollars in government funding to spend on infrastructure. The money in a nationwide hand-out totalling $400 million will help schools with things such as upgrading and fixing classrooms, replacing roofing and guttering, and resurfacing paved areas. Schools will not be the only... Keep Reading
Receiving financial awards at the Ōtaki College prize-giving on October 31 were:mHunter Austin: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education. Paikea Bai-Te Kira: Kāpiti Skills Trust Year 11 Award for Outdoor Education; MI Turnbull Award for Top Year 11 Boy. Lauren Blakeley: Sander Scholar Award, Sander Ties; Concrete Doctors... Keep Reading
David Pritchard was farewelled at Southwards in Paraparaumu on November 7 at a big funeral where mourners spilled into the foyer. It was a sign of his huge respect among business people, workers, colleagues and friends. (The following is the full eulogy as given at David’s funeral by his son, Sam.) I thought I would start with a short list... Keep Reading
Damien Doyle is Ōtaki College’s 2019 sportsperson of the year. At the college’s sports prize-giving ceremony on October 24, Damien received the accolade and a financial award from local company Marlan Trading. Damien is a top performer in swimming and surf lifesaving, winning a gold and four silver medals at national level in swimming and... Keep Reading
Young Ōtaki College actor Parekawa Finlay is off to the Globe Theatre in London thanks to the generosity of the XŌtaki College Alumni Trust. The trust came up with the $9000 required after hearing of Pare’s selection to attend the theatre made famous by bard William Shakespeare. “We knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so the... Keep Reading
Are you an old girl or boy, or do you know someone who is?
Stories and images back
through the years
2000 to 2010
A new century and the new Principal John Kane arrives from Taihape College, and the winter sports tradition with that college continued. PAGE >
1990 to 1999
Principal Mel Cooper settled in for a period and the Nelson Block got a lick of paint to welcome the Governor General. PAGE >
1980 to 1989
Rex Kerr's long serving period (21 solid years) and a rugby loving Principal / Coach of the First XV. PAGE >
1970 to 1979
Continuation of the John (Jack) Saunders years, with 'Credence Clearwater Revival' school socials and UE exams in Hadfield Hall. READ >
1959 to 1969
District High School to College status under the three early Principal's, and a first overseas trip. READ >