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November 2022
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The November Issue
Good taste is in their genes
Process begins to 'dispose' of St Thomas's 
Those FAQs are back, we're introducing...
Campers dig deep for defibrillator
Have you signed the petition?
Covid-19 returns to town
Care in the community 
Thank you - we hope you all had fun
A slideshow of memories

Regular Features

Something to Puzzle Over  
The Noticeboard 

The Community Reports 
The Directory
Situations Vacant 
The Last Page is Classifieds
The Weather that Was 
Good taste is in their genes
Father and daughter Dave and Heather Smith share a love of home grown veggies.
When it comes to good taste, it has to be in the genes.
Father and daughter gardeners, Dave (Pop) and Heather Smith, also share that same easy and generous smile.
There can considerable challenges to gardening in Ōmārama, especially to growing a veggie garden. 
But both Heather and Dave, together with partners Jill Crawford-Ferguson and Shona Smith, have not only met the challenges and coaxed a generous bounty of both flowers and vegetables out of their town gardens, they have great tips for others facing similar hurdles. 
And for this collaborating whanau sharing comes as easy as those smiles.

Dave and Shona have been in their present home for the past 25 years but have lived in the town for 48 and 49 years respectively. 
The property had been a rental and was virtually bare ground when they moved in. 
They worked together on the landscaping, moving in plenty of topsoil to begin to build up the stony, river silt soils. 
Dave is a from a farming background and also from the generation where growing a substantial vegetable garden was part and parcel of putting a meal on the family dining table. 
Now in early spring the raised veggie patch is already weed free, the seed sown into the newly warmed soil waiting to burst into crops of  greens and carrots, beetroot, potatoes and parsnips “to get us through the winter”. 
Tomatoes and other tender plants are waiting safely under frost shelter for their turn in the sun. 
The veggie garden is built on four ton of pig manure and bales of meadow-hay – replenished each season with blood and bone and sheep manure. 
Recently, bringing in mushroom compost has been a boost for the whole garden. 
Strawberries – Pop’s speciality -  are flourishing in the spring-time warmth in more raised beds along the retaining wall. They're already frothy with white blooms - and already covered in netting to thwart greedy birds. 
Raised beds improved drainage and the warmth of the soil. Dave digs the beds over when necessary because the silty soil base becomes easily compacted. 
But he is mindful there is more knowledge nowadays about how digging can interfere with natural processes.

That’s one thing about gardeners, they’re lifelong learners, always ready to try something new.
Heather reckons gardening must be in her genes. 
Not only Dave but both her Nana's - especially Nana Smith - were great gardeners.
Dave and Heather feed knowledge back and forth and up and down the family tree.
Thanks to Heather kohlrabi - a low, stout relation of cabbage, with the appearance of a turnip - is now a staple crop in Dave's garden as is golden beetroot – Dave loves his beetroot. 

Dave and Shona’s flower garden boasts roses, lilies, trillium, hostas and peony roses; irises are blooming at the gate and pansies at the doorstep.
Weeping Japanese maples grace sheltered corners with a lacey and delicate air.
But Shona’s daphne has been knocked back by this year’s snowstorm.
Heather and Jill’s garden is comparatively new. 
They began developing, what was also a relatively bare section, only four years ago. 
Now deep 'doonas' of peastraw and mushroom compost are thickly embroidered with lush green foliage, and, like Shona and Dave’s garden, scattered with eye-catching sculptures.
“We’ve always had a garden,” Heather says. 
Coming to Ōmārama from Australia, this the smallest garden the couple have built. 
Consequently, there is no separate vegetable garden. 
“We feed out of Dad and Shona’s garden.” 
Nonetheless, in traditional cottage garden style, vegetables and herbs are popped in and thrive among the flowers and in pots on the sunny deck. 
And fruit trees now ring the property instead of pine trees, each marking the resting place of  a beloved pet.
Heather and Jill have built the garden from the ground up – following less backbreaking no-dig garden principles and letting “worms do the work”. 
And they revel in the fact water is more plentiful and free here unlike water use in Australia.

Both Heather and Dave recommend looking after plant health to keep the bugs at bay; though the damage caused by cabbage white caterpillars has deterred Dave from ever growing cabbages. 
The dominant nuisance in Heather and Jill’s garden are a tribe of noisy blackbirds which have quite bossily insisted on squatters rights.
Despite two burly feline security guards on the premises and every other legal attempt used to evict them the birds are  happily raising more progeny to double the population.
Dave and Shona, Heather and Jill all agree on one thing. 
The ultimate reward for all the effort that goes into a veggie garden is the harvest and “eating it”. 
They try to use everything the produce – they have plenty to share and freeze and to process into something more. 
Shona makes the mint sauce, Jill makes a "beautiful sauce" for meats from the leaves of the golden beetroot.

They also agree there's something more than just a family connection that pulls people into gardening. 
“If you want a healthy lifestyle, out in the sun, in the outdoors, how can you not be a gardener.
 “You never see an unhappy gardener," Jill says.
Coming soon:
Heather was involved in setting up community gardens when she lived in Australia.
Now, she and Jill are bringing their skills to our backyard.
Work is progressing to set up a community garden at the Community Centre – a project Heather is leading. We will keep you posted.

Process begins to 'dispose' of St Thomas's
By Rev Lee Kearon, Kurow Presbyterian Church minister and ministry provider for St Thomas's, Ōmārama.

At this year's AGM the future of the parish and its assets were discussed, and this motion was agreed to;

"That with a sad heart, the St Thomas's Management Committee move that the St Thomas's Church, Ōmārama, be dissolved and the property be dispersed with the appropriate processes being followed, and the agreement of the partner churches." 


This decision has now been shared with our partner churches, and with the community.
As the church has not been the home of a worshipping congregation for some years now, it has become a sad, but realistic eventuality. 

Over the years we recognize people have put a huge effort into keeping the church going, and we thank them for their faithfulness and endeavour.
Back in February 2017 representatives of Kurow Church met with the partner churches named in the St Thomas's Joint Use Agreement, 2011 to advise that the vestry of St Thomas's could no longer continue, and the management of the church was handed back into the care of a management committee formed at that time to administer the parish and its assets.

For the past five years the Church building has been leased out and rental income split between continued maintenance and ministry in the area as needed, and donations to community groups; school, search and rescue, fire service, and latterly the funding of Covid support and food parcels during the pandemic.

However, in spite of the Presbyterian and Anglican minister's best endeavours in visiting and taking services, initiating fellowship meetings, etc we could not turn around the fortunes of the parish.

During this time we have consulted widely on the future with the community, but in spite of regular visiting in the area, fellowship invitations and trying to maintain contact we were not able to garner sufficient support for a parish fellowship.

The primary function for church buildings is to provide a place of worship and gathering for the people of God in a community, and when they cannot do that, hard decisions have to be made.

While details have not been worked out at this stage I have written to you to share this decision.

Yours Sincerely,
The St Thomas's Management Committee.
The FAQs
Those Five Awkward Questions with Richard and Margaret Webby

Richard and Margaret Webby (former Nelsonians) moved to Ōmārama from Westport last month to take up the position of managers of Big Sky Motels.
The Ōmārama Gazette caught up with the pair and by way of introduction to the community asked them those 'Five Awkward Questions'.  Welcome, Guys.

1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Richard: Always be honest (- you will always be found out!)
Margaret: Always listen to your wife! 
Both: Treat others the way you would like to be treated

2. What was your best impulse buy?
Richard: My 'properly fitted' golf clubs
Margaret: A beautiful leather couch, very comfortable and the envy of her son. Unfortunately, it had to be sold before the move to Ōmārama.

3. What is your best day outside the office?
Richard's twin passions are golf and white-baiting.
Once they are settled in, he plans to join the Ōmārama Golf Club.
Margaret and Richard both love sightseeing and "going out to lunch".
Although Nelson will always be 'home-base', living in different parts of New Zealand like Westport and now Ōmārama is allowing them to explore the country and meet new people. They are especially enjoying meeting the 'fun' guests cycling the Alps to Ocean Trail.
And they are gradually making their way around the local eateries.

4. What is you wish for the world?
Both: Peace, more positivity, and patience, less anger.

5. Ōmārama is the place to be why?
They have come here for work but Richard and Margaret are taking in all that their new roles and life in Ōmārama has to offer. They are looking forward to experiencing a high country winter.
They heard about the position through a friend in Tekapo. Once they decided to make the move from Westport, "everything just fell into place", Margaret said.
Campers dig deep for defibrillator
Going to the lakes camping to “get away from it all” will now be just that little bit safer thanks to an initiative of the ‘regulars’ at Sailors Cutting.
Between 70 and 100 campers at Sailors Cutting at Labour Weekend joined forces to raise funds to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be stationed at the campsite.
“Instigator” Ross Butterick  said the group thought it was essential an AED be installed at the campground because, there was an “older population” of campers and Sailors Cutting was about 15 minutes from help from either the Ōmārama or Otematata first response units.
As well, there were more cycling through the area, he said.
“It’s an important thing for us to do …a no brainer”.
Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Greg Harper was guest speaker at the fundraiser where campers set up a raffles table and provided some entertainment for the afternoon.
There were “a good number of people” who came along to listen and ask questions about how to use an AED and what benefit it would be to have one at the camp, Greg said.
He commended them on their initiative and starting the process to have an AED on site and  the team of organisers for the “great job” they had done for their camping community.
The group was well on the way to raising all the funds needed thanks to the generosity of the campers and businesses and the contribution from volunteers who “were terrific”, Ross said.
The AED has been bought and will arrive any day with the hope it will be installed by mid-November
Ross hopes once this project is complete the campers may be able to buy more equipment to add to the emergency kit.
If people would like to donate please contact Ross:
An AED is a lightweight, portable device that that analyses the heart’s rhythm and if necessary, delivers an electric shock, known as defibrillation, to help restore the heart’s natural rhythm.
Thank you, everyone
This winter played its final hand (we hope) when its one last blast forced the postponement of the community get together held to share experiences of the worst floods in the district for several decades.
In the end a perfect afternoon was enjoyed by between 30 and 50, young and old, who came and went  throughout the afternoon to relax, share flood stories and some stayed for tea.
Plus the bouncy castle was given a great workout.

The Ōmārama Shed Group ‘manned’ the barbeque (kindly loaned by the Ōmārama Fire Brigade)  and, thanks to generous donations,  cooked up a storm of  meat patties, sausages and venison steaks  - supplemented by pizzas generously provided by Hot Tubs Ōmārama.
The 'please bring a plate' antipasti and mains would have been the envy of any MasterChef. 

Ōmārama Residents' Association chairperson Lindsay Purvis thanked the emergency services for their commitment to the community and their efforts throughout the flooding events and in the aftermath.

Special thanks for making the afternoon the success it was must go to: 
Vanessa and Johnny Anderson
Bruce and Julie Dyson, Boots and Jandals Hotel
David and Karen Ellis
Jo and Travis Golder
Alona and Blair Shaw, Four Square Ōmārama
Stephen Grundy, for the technical assistance
Those who filled the goodie bags, made sandwiches, and washed and cleared and cleaned and took care of the little things - you make our world go round!

A slideshow of memories
This video features collected footage of the Ōmārama Stream and Ahuriri River flood events July/August 2022 , including footage from Trent Spittle, Gavin Wills, Jemma Gloag, Natalie and Erwin Beiboer, Bridget Spencer, Ruth Grundy, Lex Perriam, Jo Golder, Nayland Smith, James Moynihan.
This slideshow was presented at the community afternoon at the Ōmārama Community Centre and Memorial Hall, Friday October 7, 2022.
Footage begins Monday, July 18 and includes photos and video until after the second event on August 6.
The flow of the Ōmārama Stream at Wardells bridge water level site July 18/19 was the highest ever recorded at the site by Environment Canterbury
Support Ōmārama's First Response
or you are just visiting...
And you haven't done this already, please pop it on that to do list
Please sign this petition - and thank you, you're a life saver! 💕

A petition requesting Parliament urge St John and Fire and Emergency New Zealand formalise their trial - a local agreement - and allow Ōmārama First Response to respond to all 111 medical and personal alarm calls in the Omarama call-out area, regardless of acuity, is available at any of these locations:

🔷 Boots and Jandals Hotel Ōmārama
🔶 Four Square Ōmārama
🔷 GlenCraigs
🔶 Heritage Gateway Hotel
🔷 Mobil Ōmārama
🔶 Ōmārama School
🔷 Ōmārama Veterinary Services

Or go online now to:

!! NB The closing date of the petition has been extended !!

Photo: Jack Zorab
Thank you from Hat
Where Would We Be...?

I am sincerely grateful for the very quick turnout by the Ōmārama Fire and First Response teams, also the Twizel and Oamaru St John crews during a recent medical event. 
It was very reassuring to know that there is such a highly motivated, respected, and well-trained group of volunteers who, when I was listening to the alarm sounding in the distance, were already putting down their tools, and coming to my aid.
A damned fine effort indeed.
Thanks for being there when we need you. Awesome, truly awesome.
Yours most sincerely,
Glam group toasts 'Gold Trip' win
This glam group of Omarama-rites gathered in the afternoon sunshine at Boots and Jandals Hotel, Ōmārama ahead of watching Gold Trip charge home to take this year's Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Boots and Jandals Hotel Omarama
Covid-19 returns to town

Just to let you know, Covid-19 is back in town.
It's disappointing news, but we're old hands at this and we know what to do.
We know it's a sneaky one and so there's a danger of infecting others before you know you've got it.
By doing the basics - wearing a mask, keeping our distance, washing hands - we can help care for those around us whose immune systems are not quite up to it.

If you are unlucky enough to catch the bug here is the link to the up-to-date regulations and advice.

Unite against Covid-19

Ministry of Health Covid-19 Health Hub

Our Covid Community Care group officially went into recess at the end of September and so we don’t have access to the same volunteer or other resources that we did.
But we are still able to help, so please do make contact if either yourself or a friend or neighbour need anything.
We have - free RATS, free sanitiser, masks, gowns and face shields if you are caring for someone with Covid and need protection.

Only a phone call away:  Ruth Grundy 021 294 8002 

Care in the community - this could help

This past year and its events - plague, snow, floods - has taught us much.
Significantly, it has highlighted the lack of services available in Ōmārama which would be ordinarily available and within walking distance if you lived in town. ***
We are extraordinarily blessed to live in the community we do. We look out for each other and step up to meet the need.

However, some of us have been working in the background to find out more about what is available and to encourage more outside agencies to consider isolated rural towns of the district in their planning and activities.
This is still a work in progress but here's what we know;


If you need any of these services this is what the Twizel Community Care Centre offers:
By Kristin Murdoch, coordinator

• Work and Income – assistance with applying for benefits, helping with
queries regarding superannuation, and any other financial assistance you
may receive. Printing and scanning of documents.
• Inland Revenue – queries regarding anything IRD related, access to forms
• Twizel-Tekapo Community Car bookings – this is a community car that
picks you up from your house and takes you wherever you need to go
such as town here in Twizel or Timaru for an appointment, whatever you
need. There is a cost involved depending on destinations.
• Home Delivered Meals – We have small roasts for $10, Regular meals for
$8 and small snack meals for $4. We can deliver to your home.
• Printing/scanning services
• Assistance with finding jobs in the area.
• Foodbank – donations, and supply people with food parcels when in need
• Any other government services – ACC, Department of Corrections, etc
• Arowhenua Health Clinic – Free health clinic on the first Wednesday of
each month.
• Computer/cellphone assistance – needing help with something on your
computer or cellphone
• Rat tests/Mask supply free of charge
• Assistance with filling in any forms or paperwork.
• Offer room hire to community groups and businesses.

JOBS: If you are looking for jobs a great place to start is follow the Jobs in the
Mackenzie Facebook
page. This is regularly updated so has the most up to date
information. Also, Leaine Rush runs that Facebook page, and she is amazing if
you are needing some assistance. Feel free to contact her via email -

We are known as a one stop shop; we will always try our best to put you in the
right direction or supply you with contact details of someone that can help
further or printing of forms.
Currently, we are operating an appointment only system, we are open Monday – Friday 9am until 2.30pm. Please ring prior to your arrival to guarantee I’m not in a meeting or out of the office.

Kristin Murdoch (coordinator)
Twizel Community Care Centre
Mount Cook St, Twizel
Phone: 03 435 0687
Hours of opening: 9.00am - 2.00pm
Days of opening: Monday - Friday

Transport can be quite a hurdle if you aren't able to drive
Here's one solution and we subsidise this through our Environment Canterbury Rates

Twizel-Tekapo Community Car

Here's how it works...

Kristin (above) takes the bookings for this service.
Driven by volunteers, the car can be booked and used by anyone in Omarama to get you to nearby towns or cities for medical appointments or shopping visits – e.g to Twizel and back or Kurow and  includes trips to Oamaru, Dunedin or Christchurch etc.
There is a minimal charge depending on the destination.

Another organisation that does offer some limited help up our way is Age Concern (for people 65 and older).

Kathryn Bennett is the coordinator for Age Concern Waitaki, based in Oamaru.
From February 14 she will run monthly coffee afternoons at the Omarama Community Centre.
She plans to bring guest speakers to these session. Topics for the first session are how to deal with elder abuse and setting up enduring powers of attorney.
Age Concern has agreed to help with funding to develop the community garden and has previously helped fund equipment for the weekly winter housie sessions.

Kathryn’s contact details are:
03 434 7008
027 4347 089
Hours: Mon-Wed 9- 4.30pm  / Thur- Fri 9-12.30pm

If you need  emergency home help – this is if you need cleaning done or the like in the short term, for example, if you are recovering from an illness - contact your GP for a referral.

- we will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.

Something to puzzle over 
Rhododendrons are in full bloom in Carolynne and Kevin Grant's garden
The Noticeboard

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Welcome to Shaun and Vivian, who have taken up the lease of Merino Country Café and gifts, Open daily 7.30am to 4.30pm.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Graham Wardell, who passed away peacefully at Terrace View Rest Home, Ashburton. A service for Graham will be held at the Ōmārama Community Centre at 2pm, Friday, November 4 

Coming up - The Ōmārama Gliding Club Mountain Flying Course, from November 28 to December 2, at the Ōmārama Airfield. (See poster below)
Community Housie: There will be Christmas Housie at the Wrinkly Rams café, date to be confirmed.

Kurow Medical Centre  Ōmārama Clinic at the  Ōmārama Community Centre, is open Thursdays, 8.30am to 12.30pm. To make appointments for all clinics, order repeat scripts or make enquiries please contact Kurow Medical Centre 03 436 0760
(Monday to Thursdays).

The Ōmārama Community Library is open 9.30am to 11am,  Wednesdays and Saturdays. Library hours can change. Contact Yvonne: 027 476 7473.

St Thomas' Ōmārama Church Community: 
chairperson: Ven Dr Michael Godfrey, phone 022 342 9977 or  email; committee secretary (Presbyterian): Rev Lee Kearon, phone: 021 250 1060 or email:

The Ōmārama Golf Club  Saturdays cards in 12.30pm, tee-off 1pm
. Club captain James Moynihan phone: 027 215 8266; email

The Ahuriri Community Catchment Group meets once a month. For time and place contact facilitator Nicola McKerchar. Phone: 022 612 7570; email:

The Upper Waitaki Young Farmers Club meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month at the ‘Top Pub’ - the Blue and Gold pub, in Kurow. All welcome. Join the Facebook group.

Ōmārama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday during the primary school term at the Ōmārama Community Centre.  For more information phone president Nic McKerchar 022 612 7570 or secretary Tarsh Bell  027 349 0016

Bridge Club - The Ōmārama  Bridge Club meets on a regular basis and would welcome new members. If you are interested please phone Sylvia Anderson 438 9784 or Ann Patterson 438 9493.

The Ōmārama Model Aircraft Club meets on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon at its flying ground at the Ōmārama airfield. All welcome - Contact Don Selbie on 027 435 5516.

FENZ Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade meets 7pm each Wednesday and has its meeting at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. 

A gentle exercises and social afternoon group meets at the Otematata District Club at 1.30pm  Thursday afternoons. Gold coin donation and a cuppa after the exercises.

The exercises are run with the guidance of personal trainer Lauren Maree. Gold coin donation and a cuppa after the exercises. Contact Ethel Gray 03 438 7764.

Waitaki Newcomers Network: For more information about this group and to subscribe to regular updates send contact details to E:
W: F:

Plunket Line: 0800 933 922
Ōmārama Plunket Committee: Aimee Snelgrove 
022 350 5536
The December issue of the Ōmārama Gazette
is Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The close-off for this is Thursday, December 1.

Office hours are from 8am to 10am, Monday to Friday
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To find out about publication and close-off dates,
and how much it costs to place your advertisment, 
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The Community Reports
Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade 
Kia ora,

November, less than two months untill Christmas, and Guy Fawkes night is on the 5th.  Please, if you choose to let off some fire works, make sure it is done safely. Only adults should light them. Keep all unlit fireworks in the box until you are ready to light them. Don’t light them on a windy evening, consider other people and their pets, keep a supply of water handy or fire extinguisher and make sure you are an open area. Or better, still head off to a public display somewhere.
We have now moved into a restricted fire season so please make sure you have a permit. Go to to obtain one or the Fire and Emergency website. The grass may be green but there is a lot of dry material in amongst it.

Stay Safe
Greg Harper and the team at the Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade      

Greg Harper
Chief Fire Officer 
021 293 1171
Facebook: /Omaramafirebrigade
Ōmārama Community Co-Response Trust
The Omarama and Districts Community Co-Response Trust held its annual meeting at the Ōmārama Fire Station last month.
This year's committee is Lindsay Purvis (chairperson), Ken Rogers (secretary), Lynley Pryde (treasurer),  Liz Komen, Craig Dawson, Bruce Dyson, Greg Harper and Georgie Robertson.
The chairperson's report is below.

Hi All,
 - a  short update from the Ōmārama Co-Response Trust.
Again, thankyou, to all of you who turned out for our very successful public forum. The outcome of that was an email from St John indicating that they had reinstated our trial enhancement to the Memorandum Of Understanding between St John and FENZ to enable us to attend all calls .


The key word in this statement was "trial", so the work continues to have this formalised officially so that we don’t have to go through this again .

Since then we have had the AGM of our trust and I was elected Chair. We felt that by having someone who was in no way connected with FENZ it would give us more autonomy when fighting for the changes that we are seeking to the MOU.
The petition is still in circulation and it is our intention to present this to Parliament in February.
This will give us more time for negotiations if needed before the MOU is revised next November.
With this in mind we have set up a zoom conference with the 14 other trusts in the lower South Island who made a sub-mission in 2021 seeking the change that Ōmārama has had in the past.
Hopefully, from this we can gain their support to add submissions to our petition and push for an “opt in/opt out “ clause added to future MOU’s to enable Fire Brigade  Co and First Response of other small rural communities to make the choice that best suits their needs. 
We are meeting regularly to discuss other ideas to gain support from these small rural communities throughout New Zealand to help them have the medical support formalised along with us and to assist us in this 'David and Goliath' battle.

Cheers everyone.

Lindsay Purvis
Ōmārama Co Response Trust
 027 438 9630
Ōmārama Golf Club
By Christine Bowman

The Golf Club held our Flood Relief tournament on the 22 October and it was a great success with a field of 66 players. 
A big thank you to all the players, from 10 clubs around the South Island, for supporting the tournament.
Also, thanks to all our generous sponsors, our prize and raffle table was fabulous.
The funds raised will assist the club recover from the recent floods, with work still to be completed replacing fencing and continue repairing the course etc.

The main winners were:
Winner over the field  41 stablefords    Phil Jackson (Waimate)  pictured below being congratulated by Christine Bowman
Senior Men's              40 stablefords    Brian Bedford (Kurow)
Junior Men's               40 stablefords    Gav Giles (Mt Nessing)
Ladies                         40 stablefords    Paula Goodman (Geraldine)

Twilight golf has commenced on Thursday evenings (weather permitting) from 5 p.m. If interested contact James Moynihan (Club Captain).       

                  Photo: supplied         
If you are interested in joining the club
please contact Christine 027 209 2320
we have a couple of membership options.

Saturday club day, daylight saving times: cards in 12.30pm, tee-off 1pm.

Club captain James Moynihan, phone: 027 215 8266;
Secretary: Christine Bowman phone: 027 209 2320
Ōmārama Shed
The Ōmārama Shed Group meets at 10am each Saturday 
and at other times, too.
For further information contact: Murray Stuart 027 432 7537

Ōmārama Community Library 
The  Ōmārama Community Library  
is open 9.30am to 11am, 
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 
at the Ōmārama Community Centre.

Contacts: Georgie  027 486 1525 or Yvonne  027 476 7473
Waitaki Seniors' Survey
A message from Stronger Waitaki, Grey Power and Age Concern

In 2017 Stronger Waitaki, in collaboration with Grey Power and Age Concern conducted a seniors' survey to learn more about the barriers, needs and circumstances of older people living in our community.
Five years later the survey is being conducted again, with the same questions plus a few extra Covid specific questions.
“The comparative data we will be able to get from this survey will be invaluable to help inform future initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing of our older people and continue us along the path of creating an age-friendly Waitaki,” Waitaki District Council Community Development coordinator Yvonne Avis said.

To get the best data those in the 65+ age group are encouraged to participate. 
Paper copies are available at the Ōmārama Community Library.

There is a link to the electronic survey here

The survey closes on Friday, November 11.
Ōmārama Playgroup
Ōmārama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday
during the primary school term at the Ōmārama Community Centre.  

For more information contact:
president Nic McKerchar 022 612 7570
or secretary Tarsh Bell  027 349 0016 
Plunket: Aimee Snelgrove 022 350 5536
Ōmārama Residents' Association 
The next meeting of the 
Ōmārama Residents' Association 
will be 
Thursday, November 17, 2022

An invitation is extended to all

Lindsay Purvis, chairperson, 027 438 9630
Yvonne Jones, secretary, 027 476 7473 

The minutes of the annual meeting are here 
The chairpersons annual report is here

The minutes of the previous meeting are here
Could those who want to contact the association by mail, send accounts to be paid, or have correspondence considered at the monthly meetings ensure it is addressed to: 
The Secretary,  P O Box 93, Ōmārama 9448.
The association's email address is

A plaque representing a lone soldier reflecting on those lost in war was installed on the front of the Ōmārama Memorial Hall last month by volunteer builder Hank Verheul and Ōmārama Residents' Association chairman Lindsay Purvis.
The installation was the initiative of the Ōmārama Residents' Association and created by  AcuCut, Oamaru.

Photo:  Lex Perriam
Thank you, Guys
To all of those with stars in their eyes 🤩🤩🤩 we now have the technology so you can karaoke until the cows come home!
With thanks to a generous donation from the Foodstuffs South Island Community Trust General Grant of almost $2000 the Residents’ Association of Ōmārama has been able to buy a state-of-the-art sound system for the Ōmārama Memorial  Hall. The Association's grant application was sponsored by Blair and Alona Shaw, Four Square Ōmārama.
The purchase is part of a larger project to buy and install an audio-visual system at the Community Centre.
Hire conditions and rates are yet to be set by the Association committee.

To make a booking for an upcoming event or for more
information about hall hire and availability
please  contact  Michelle Kitchen, 027 280 5446

or email

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