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Ōmārama Gazette
June 2022

The June Issue 

The Noticeboard 
Memorial to be relocated at Hall
'Bird box' heading home to roost
Wishing a fond farewell
Weekend forecast - lakes are getting hotter

Something to Puzzle Over
The Community Reports 
The Directory
The Last Page is Classifieds
The Weather that Was 
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Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Stacey Scobie.

All the very best to the Ōmārama Collie Dog Club triallists; Ginger Anderson who qualified three dogs in the heading events, Rick Aubrey who qualified two dogs in the heading events; and Scott Hunter, who qualified one dog in the heading and one in the hunts, for the TUX North Island  and New Zealand Dog Trial championships which began on Monday, in Taumarunui.

Returning soon… Wednesday, June 8, weekly Community Housie, see notices below.

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

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 12pm, tee-off 12.30pm. Club captain James Moynihan phone: 027 215 8266; 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
Memorial to be relocated at Hall
- By Lindsay Purvis, Ōmārama Residents' Association chairperson

The Residents’ Association of Ōmārama together with the Upper Waitaki Returned and Services Association are proposing to move Ōmārama’s War Memorial Rock from its position outside the Police Station to an outdoor area at the Memorial Hall.
This will allow bigger crowds to gather in safety, will be subject to less traffic noise, and will mean services can be held indoors if the weather is wet.
The Memorial Hall will also be used for the morning tea and gathering traditionally held after the service.
Along with the RSA, the Association has consulted the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Ōmārama Brigade and Ōmārama Police. All fully support the move.
If you would like to make any suggestions or need further information please contact myself at 027 438 9630 or 03 438 9630 or email:
Alternatively. If you would like to discuss this matter further you are invited to attend the next meeting of the association which is 7pm, Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Ōmārama Memorial Hall and Community Centre.
'Bird box' heading home to roost
Above: Some of volunteers who gather on a regular basis to complete community projects have recently completed a new announcer's box for the Ōmārama Rodeo Club. Photo: Ruth Grundy

By Ruth Grundy

The recently-formed Ōmārama Shed Group's first project has been finished and will soon be heading home to 'roost' at the Ōmārama Rodeo Club grounds.
The volunteer group was 'commissioned' by the club to build a replacement 'bird box' or announcers' box for the grounds.
Each week, volunteers have gathered at the community den to work on the project which was 'handed over' to Rodeo Club representative Wendy Parsons on Saturday.
Wendy said the Rodeo Club was extremely grateful to Murray Stuart and the Shed Group for its work. 
"What a great community we live in…  it's so awesome the local clubs are helping each other out."
As thanks for their efforts the Rodeo Club will make a donation to the work of the Shed Group, Wendy said. 
The Rodeo Club will be having working bee to move and install the Bird Box at the rodeo grounds 2pm, Saturday June 18.
Read more about what these groups have planned in the group reports below
Below: Ōmārama Rodeo Club representative Wendy Parsons takes 'receipt' of the new 'bird box' - announcer's box - from Shed Group organiser Murray Stuart. Photo: Hank Verheul
Wishing you a fond farewell
Becky Martin in action coaching Ōmārama Junior Hockey. Photo: Ruth Grundy

By Ruth Grundy
This month the Ōmārama community farewells the Morgan-Martin family.
Becky, Weasel (Craig), Wilfred, Nell and Georgie, are moving to Ngapara where they have bought a farming property. 
The community would like to  thank them for all they have given to Ōmārama and especially for services to junior hockey and tennis, with Becky most recently arranging hockey coaching sessions ahead of the new season.
This winter Ōmārama will field one hockey team for the North Otago Hockey Association junior season.
Other Ōmārama juniors are playing for the Kurow Rugby Club , miniball in Twizel, and netball in Oamaru.
Hockey and tennis will continue in Ōmārama and any adults with skills in these sports are invited to step forward.
Lakes are getting hotter this weekend
It's about to get noisy at the lakes. Photo: Ruth Grundy

It maybe mid-winter but things are about to get hot, hot, hot at the lakes.
This Queens Birthday weekend the Waitaki Recreational and Boating Club  together with the NZ Boat Marathon Commission are hosting two days of power boat racing - the Twin Lakes marathon events on Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore.
Here is a preview of the weekend's action.

- By Debbie Smith, Waitaki Recreation and Boating Club

As well as the two boat races there will be a nominated speed event designed for families.
Saturday's races are on Lake Benmore  and Sunday's are on Lake Aviemore with an 11am start for both.
We also have boats entered from the North Island.
The nominated speed events is a class for family boats.
It is not a race against other boats. Come and nominate your speed!.. It's not who's fastest, it's who's smartest! Take as long as you like but be time accurate and top spot could be yours..
Great prizes up for grabs.
 Any questions please call Neil Smith 027 804 9140

Waitaki Recreation and Boating Club Twin Lakes Marathons Programme:
Friday: Otematata Bar and Eatery car park
4.30pm to 6pm scrutineering, and any new entries.

Saturday: Lake Benmore / Sailors Cutting ramp,
8.30am scrutineering and safety boat briefing
9.30am race boat briefing and roll call.
10.30am to 11am race start depending on weather, to Ohau C finish line .As soon as last boat gets to finish there will an immediate race start to return to finish at Sailors Cutting.
All nominated speed entries only will race in the main race.

Sunday: Lake Aviemore
8.30am safety boat briefing,
9.30am race boat briefing and roll call.
10.30am race start including nominated speed entries.

Both days prize giving (Cash prizes) will be at 4pm at the Otematata Bar and Eatery
Something to puzzle over 
Pink Ribbon Breakfast, Boots and Jandals Hotel Ōmārama, May 2019
The July issue of the Ōmārama Gazette
is Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The close-off for this is Thursday, June 30.

Office hours are from 8am to 10am, Monday to Friday
Advertising pays for
production and distribution
To find out about publication and close-off dates,
and how much it costs to place your advertisment, 
 phone 021 294 8002, 03 438 9766 or email
The Community Reports
Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade
Hello to you all,
Here we are, the start of winter. Time to start your Christmas shopping.
We have had our first snow in the Lindis. Let's make sure we drive to the conditions. There will be ice and grit on our roads. I was driving up from Oamaru the day the sunstrike was terrible. 
If using a drying rack remember the metre from the heater rule, also the same goes for warming yourself in front of the fire.
When you empty your fire place remember to empty ash into a metal bucket with a lid and keep for at least five days and wet it before putting in your bin.
Stay safe
Greg Harper and the team
at the Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade      

Greg Harper
Chief Fire Officer 
021 293 1171
Ōmārama Rodeo Club
Coming up ...
Working bee
to move and install our new Bird Box
at the rodeo grounds, Ben Omar
2pm Saturday,  June 18

Annual Meeting
at Boots and Jandals Hotel, Omarama
7pm Saturday June 18 
followed by a general meeting. 
New members welcome. 

But wait there's more ...

 Mid Winter Quiz Friday, July 15
Great night out for the whole family, 
Quiz questions to suit all; amazing race, taste, general sports ...
 Raffles, Prizes, Auction… 

And the Hillbilly Hunt
Register on Quiz night Friday, July 15, and weigh-in on Sunday,  June 17
More details to follow -  check out the Facebook page Omarama Rodeo
Ōmārama Golf Club
By Christine Bowman

If you are interested in joining the club please contact Christine 027 209 2320 we have a couple of membership options.
Saturday club day cards in 12 noon and tee off 12.30 pm.

Club captain James Moynihan, phone: 027 215 8266;
Secretary: Christine Bowman phone: 027 209 2320
Waitaki Recreation and Boating Club
By Debbie Smith

Hi all ,
Just to let you know what the Waitaki Recreation Club is planning in July. Believe me it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm booking in now.
Friday 22nd July - Make your way down to Invercargill at your leisure, in car, motor bike , or fire engine!
(You can organize your own accommodation but we have a deal at The Ascot Park Hotel (mention "Waitaki Social Club") motels $135 a night or superior room $165.
The beauty of the Ascot is the cars are out of view and everything we need is there, restaurant, bar etc.
Phone 03 219 9076
Saturday 23rd July- Have you heard of "Dig This Invercargill"? Google this place it looks so much fun and a lot of laughs.
We will have exclusive and full access to the entire venue, including the classroom (complete with table and chairs) all machinery, instructors and other amenities while there. Attendees will have about an hour on a 15 ton digger, bulldozer, 4 ton skid steer, or 5ton digger, there will be a revolving mini dig competition where a single winner will be found. $169 per person
We have also got a turbo deal for our club into Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca (if more than 10 people, $48 for a pass to both.) Maybe we could meet at the Classic Motorcycle Mecca café on Sunday morning for breakfast have a look around and head home from there.

For those people who are totally not into these activities, other Attractions:
  • Shopping
  • Seriously Good Chocolate Company
  • Splash Palace
  • Queens Park etc.
  • Shopping (in case you missed it )
  • BAR
Any information needed please email Joppy on
P. S. don't the forget the power boat racing at Queens Birthday Weekend (see above)
Debbie Smith
027 229 4376
Ōmārama Shed
Coming up...
a bus trip to the Timaru Community Menzshed
for more information or to register interest
contact Murray 027 432 7537
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
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 is
7pm, Thursday, June 23, 2022

at the Ōmārama Community Centre

An invitation is extended to all
(Note: winter time)

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

The minutes of the April meeting are here  
The minutes of the May 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

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

‘The Community Reports' is
dedicated to news
from clubs, groups and sports teams.

Contributions are welcome 
Here's the Covid stuff 😀 

NB Our community Care Group is here to help in anyway, not only if Covid hits!


Our volunteers are here to help - just give anyone of us a call.

If you must self-isolate and there's a few things you've not had a chance to do or get in, or you need to put your mind at rest over something, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed below.
We're a bunch of volunteers able to help with most things.
BUT  we will not approach you unless invited to by yourself or a friend. 
And your privacy and confidentiality will be respected.

🔸Keeping connected - keeping in touch and getting the info
Ruth Grundy, 021 294 8002
Adrienne Harper, 021 139 2817
 🔹‘Meals on wheels’  and deliveries
Carolynne Grant, 03 438 9742 and leave a message.
Georgie Robertson, 027 486 1525

 🔸 Rural tasks (complementing the work of the Rural Support Trust)
Annabelle and Richard Subtil; 
Annabelle 027 406 9522, Richard 027 208 9096
🔹Taking care of visitors and hospitality industry advice
(If you are accommodating guests in any way eg airbnb and have questions, give Megan a call) Megan Talarico, 021 545 566
🔸 Drop-offs and deliveries (other than meals above)
 Alona Shaw, 027 773 4214
🔹Pets and plants and necessary chores.
Tanya Humphreys 022 611 7099

Staying mentally well: This bugger takes its toll. We are all feeling anxious or stressed about this, it’s normal. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
COVID-19 Healthline: 0800 358 5453
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Health advice about babies or children:
Plunket Line: 0800 933 922; Family Services: 0800 211 211
Work and Income: 0800 559 009
Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797
Rural Support Trust: 0800 787 254
Business support: South Island 0800 505 096
Kurow Medical Centre: 03 436 0760 or Mackenzie Health Centre Twizel: 03 976 0503
Twizel Medical Centre: 03 435 0777
Mackenzie Pharmacy: 03 435 0883
Four Square Omarama:

Our Waitaki Community Connectors
These people are available to help with non-health-related welfare matters.
Mafa Alaloto 021 107 8163 8.30 to 1pm
Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc
Lauao Havili 027 213 8939 1pm to 5pm
Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc
A dedicated 0800 COVID-19 welfare support helpline (0800 512 337) is also available to those who need to self-isolate.

Help for businesses
Free business helpline: 0800 505 096

Because Facebook is unreliable and some people do not run a social media account, all important or urgent messages will be emailed to you, posted on the noticeboard
and/or posted as flyers in your mailbox.
To make certain you are on the list to receive these local notices email and put 'local list' in the
subject box. We'll do our level best to get the messages to you.

The volunteers involved in the development of this community plan include Omarama Police, FENZ Omarama, Otago Rural Support Trust, Omarama Resident's Association and Omarama business representatives.
Outside agencies - emergency services, medical practices, health and welfare will be able to 'feed into' this plan.
The Directory 

phone 021 294 8002 or email

The last page is classifieds

Building since 1939 - available for your all of your construction projects in the Upper Waitaki and Mackenzie districts.
Contact our area manager Jason Pryde on 021 340 694
or email
The weather that was - May 
Thank you all, for your contributions to this issue

This year the Ōmārama Gazette has a focus on community group reports and our 'Noticeboard' section.
Let us all know what you are up to, and any little snippets such as congratulations or farewells.
There are some guidelines and the usual editorial standards will apply.
Contributions of up to 500 words with a minimum of one photo are welcome – as you know most of us have short attention spans.
Contributions must carry a byline, will be fact checked, must be fair and ethical; balancing opinion may be sought.
No promotional or corporate media 'manufactured' pieces,  will be accepted.
We want to read those ‘exclusives’.
Let’s read all about it, and read it here first – let’s have news and more you’ve never heard before! Go on, let's all have some fun! 

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If you find anything amiss in the Ōmārama  Gazette
please contact Ruth Grundy, 021 294 8002 or email
and I will do my very best to put it right.
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021 294 8002, 03 438 9766
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