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FIBA U17 Champs for Oscar

Published July 10, 2017

Oakura student Oscar Robertson is off to Guam this week to compete in the FIBA Oceania U17 basketball championship. The U17’s will compete against Tahiti, the Marshall Islands and Guam. The team is looking to finish in the top two to secure a spot in the 2018 U18 Asia basketball championship which then leads on to the U19 world championships. 

Nine other New Zealand young men as well as Oscar were named in the U18 New Zealand squad to train in Hangzhou, China in June along with NZ head coach Miles Pearce. In total 73 athletes from Australia, China, India, Korea and NZ took part in the camp and Miles Pearce says the quality of talent was amazing.  
New Zealanders attending:
Cooper Boyce-Towler| Forward | Basketball Manawatu
Iaac Tama Faamausili | Guard | Basketball Manawatu
Tom Higgins | Guard / Forward | Basketball Auckland
James Moors | Forward | Harbour Basketball
Oscar Oswald | Guard | Basketball Manawatu
Kruz Perrott-Hunt | Guard | North Harbour Basketball
Oscar Robertson | Guard | New Plymouth Basketball
Cameron Trethewey | Forward | New Plymouth Basketball
Max de Geest | Guard | Canterbury Basketball
Matthew O'Connell | Guard | New Plymouth Basketball

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The "Good Guys" hand on the baton at Butlers

Published June 09, 2017

The Friday night unofficial social club at Butlers Hotel has seen the changing of the guard with Norton Moller and Bert Seamark handing on ‘official’ book keeping duties to the younger generation. The two Jimmy’s - Jim Lawn and Jim Duff are now taking care of the groups’ finances.

The group of locals who have gone by many names over the years including the ‘cabinet meeting’  have been gathering together at Butlers for decades. It’s not an opportunity to get drunk but more to (as one patron puts it) talk “butterfat and bullshit”  and many of the local males gather for a natter, where age is no barrier, nor religion, vocation, politics or preference of beer.  They set the world to rights with their deliberations then go off home satisfied they have done their bit for the world.  Each Friday will see up to a dozen or more gather at Butlers, buy their beers and a ticket which goes into the draw at the end of the session and a lucky member gets a free beer or two. It is a bone fide group with its own fundraising.  These funds are used once a year to take the ladies out for dinner either at Butlers or some other establishment.
 
Norton and Bert have been the custodian of these funds up until recently and by all accounts have done a fine job.  The group honoured these stalwarts with a ceremonial cap at a recent dinner and I’m sure they will both wear these caps with pride.

Long may the tradition continue.
by Kim Ferens

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Kaitake Farm Gets Growing

Published March 11, 2017

On the warm verdant slopes of the Kaitake Ranges a growing project is evolving. The sustainably managed plot of land is the brainchild of two ambitious young men – Toby Dixon and Ryan Gut. They have called their project Kaitake Farm – the name being significant because Kaitake means ‘source or abundance of food’ and this is what they hope to produce – an abundance of food for the community.

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The Three Mustangeers

Published March 12, 2016

Way back in 2014 possibly earlier three locals were dreaming of owning the soon to be released first ever factory made right hand drive Ford Mustang. 

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Oakura Consultation

Published November 28, 2015

Oakura a growing community, discussion document. What do you think? Kaitake Community Board and Focus Group 2015.

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