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With a rich history of community engagement and empowerment, the Otaki Women's Community Club has become a prominent feature in local news outlets and social platforms. Its inspiring initiatives, tireless dedication to supporting the community receives recognition in the media.

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2024 Otaki Kids Market

Acknowledged in the 2023 Volunteer 

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2023 Otaki Kids Market

Runner-Up in the Wellington Airport Awards: Education & Child/Youth Development.

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2023 Otaki Market

Acknowledged in the 2023 Volunteer 

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2017 Otaki Women's Community Club

Winner: Health and Wellbeing

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2024 Volunteer Kapiti

OTAKI KIDS MARKET TEAM: Volunteer story

Otaki Kids Market

Volunteers at the Ōtaki Kids Market. They play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and successful operation of this special event. With a passion for supporting young entrepreneurs and creating a fun and engaging experience for children and families, these volunteers dedicate their time and energy to various tasks before, during, and after the market.

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2023 Wellington Airport Regional Awards

RUNNER UP: EDUCATION & CHILD/YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Otaki Kids Market

It's the perfect platform for young minds to unlock their entrepreneurial talents, whether they're crafting handmade treasures or showcasing their baking prowess. Our Kids Market is more than just an event; it's a community celebration. Families from Horowhenua, Kapiti, and all-around Greater Wellington come together to support these young talents and share in the fun! Approx 80-90 young people take part.

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2023 Volunteer Kāpiti

Ōtaki Market Team: Volunteer Story Comp

Otaki Women's Community Club

Covid-19 had a significant impact on the Otaki Market, and with a downturn of stall holders and community support it was in danger of closing 12 months ago. The Ōtaki Women’s Community Club took up the challenge to revitalise the market back to its glory days.

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2017 Wellington Airport Regional Awards

winner: Health and Wellbeing

Otaki Women's Community Club

A determined group of ladies aged from 40 to 90 years. Through fundraising activity including running the Otaki markets every second Sunday, they support the cultural, social and welfare needs of the Otaki Community. Wellington Airport, in partnership with Wellington Community Trust, and the five local councils have joined together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region. The focus of the Awards is to reward the valuable contribution made by volunteers.

media 

With a rich history of community engagement and empowerment, the Otaki Women's Community Club has become a prominent feature in local news outlets and social platforms. Its inspiring initiatives, tireless dedication to supporting the community receives recognition in the media.

TVNZ 1 BREAKFAST

April 2023 - Otaki Market, Kids' Market Live on TV

Live interview with TVNZ 1 Breakfast to promote the April Kids Market.​ Which gave three children the opportunity to showcase their craft to the nation.

TVNZ 1 BREAKFAST

February 2023 - Love your Local Market

Live interview with TVNZ 1 Breakfast about the Love Your Local Market theme.

NEWSTALK ZB

JANUARY 2023 - Otaki Kids Market

Now, here's an idea to encourage a bit of entrepreneurial spark among young New Zealanders.

Ōtaki Market is looking to encourage children to set up their own stalls. Market organiser Claire Roper joined Tim Dower. Listen to the full interview here

Otaki Kids Market Closes for Winter

Ōtaki Mail, May 2024

The Otaki Kids Market (21 April 2024) recently concluded with a resounding success, drawing over 83 children from across the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua regions, as well as participants from Lower Hutt, Tawa, Porirua, Ashburst, Dannevirke and event as far as Nelson. Read more...

Mayoral musings

Kapiti News, April 2024

On another note, last Sunday saw the latest Otaki Kids Market, a great opportunity for young people to have a stall and sell what they've made or sourced. With participants from as far away as Ashhurst, the creativity shone with a range of stalls on display, from 3D prints to dog supplies to cupcakes 

Read more...

kids market set to return

Kapiti News, April 2024

On another note, last Sunday saw the latest Otaki Kids Market, a great opportunity for young people to have a stall and sell what they've made or sourced. With participants from as far away as Ashhurst, the creativity shone with a range of stalls on display, from 3D prints to dog supplies to cupcakes 

Read more...

Community embraces easter event

April 2024

The Ōtaki Easter Market was a resounding success, attracting more than 2,000 visitors from with the community and beyond. There were more than 40 stalls offering a diverse range of products and activities, along with a mini kids market. Read more...

KC NEWS 

December 2023

Kids Market 1st anniversary a huge success

The first anniversary of the Ōtaki Kids Market in January 2024 was a huge success, boasting over 50 stalls operated by 80 enthusiastic tamariki and rangatahi. From Ashhurst to Wellington, as well as locally from Ōtaki, Te Horo, Paraparaumu, Waikane, Raumati, Levin and Pukerua Bay: young minds converged to create a vibrant celebration on the Kāpiti Coast.

KAPITI NEWS

April 2024

Three of the rangatahi attending the Kapiti Food Fair where invited by the team to be part of the live cross from the Kapiti Food Fair site with TVNZ Breakfast.

TVNZ 1 BREAKFAST 

December 2023

Three of the rangatahi attending the Kapiti Food Fair where invited by the team to be part of the live cross from the Kapiti Food Fair site with TVNZ Breakfast.

Otaki Today - Tamariki Fun

October 2023, Otaki Today

A busy market day at the Kids Market in October 2023.

Mayoral column

October 2023, The Kapiti News

Alanah Reeves (10) from Levin, won the Best Kids Stall at the October 2023 Kids Market, judged by Janet Holborow - Mayor of Kāpiti.

School holidays 2023: Family-friendly events and activities

September 2023, The Herald

School holidays are back in New Zealand! If you’re wondering where to take the kids or hunting for a family-friendly event, look no further. There are movie nights, cool activities, and loads of fun programs lined up all around the country. Dive in and make these holidays memorable.

Ōtaki’s Kids Market back for the school hols

September 2023, Kapiti News

Young entrepreneurs will have the chance to manage their own stalls next month at the Ōtaki Kids Market - just in time for the school holidays.

Ōtaki’s Mini-Moguls Market

September 2023, KCNews

The upcoming Ōtaki Kids Market, set for Sunday, 8th October from 10 am to 2 pm, promises a unique gathering that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the coast’s young citizens. 

Award recognise the generous contribution of our volunteers

September 2023, Otaki Today

The Wellington Airport Community Awards and Good Sorts Awards were held at Te Raukura ki Kāpiti last month, with a record number of nominee. 

Ōtaki Market Team - 2023 Volunteer Story Comp

June 2023, Volunteer Stories

Covid-19 had a significant impact on the Otaki Market, and with a downturn of stall holders and community support it was in danger of closing 12 months ago. The Ōtaki Women’s Community Club took up the challenge to revitalise the market back to its glory days. 

Ōtaki Mail - Mayor Janet Holborow Report

June 2023, Ōtaki Mail

Did you see Janet Holborow - Mayor of Kāpiti column in the Otaki Mail! Awesome shout out to the Kids Market at the end of the article. "It was great to see so much creativity and entrepreneurship on display" - Janet Holborow talking about the Otaki Market Kids Market.

Stunning Day for the Otaki Craft Market

April 2023, Kapiti Mail

Ōtaki turned out a stunning day for its weekly Craft Market. There were lots of happy faces, no doubt due to the perfectly poured cups of coffee, delectable and delicious lunch foods on offer, as well as the friendly and welcoming, smiling stallholders. 

Otaki Craft Market

April 2023, Kapiti Mail

Ōtaki’s State Highway is home to an outdoor market that boasts a wide range of products, from art and craft to fresh produce and delicious food stalls. Visitors to the market will also find regular stalls selling coffee, fruits, vegetables, pre-loved and new clothing, tools, books, homeware, and sustainable products.

Otaki Market, Kids' Market

April 2023, Otaki Mail

At the Otaki Market - Kids Market, Sunday 16 April 2023, kids get to be stall holders. They may run their own stall, make products and sell their goods. 

Otaki Market, Kids' Market

February 2023, Ōtaki Mail

This January, we wanted to mix things up a bit, and hosted our first ever Kids Market plus regular market. With over 30 tamariki and rangatahi, aged between 6 and 19, having a stall at our market. 

Children allowed stalls at popular market

January 2023NZ Herald

Children now have the chance to run their own stalls at the Ōtaki Market.

The market is held every week during summer and fortnightly during winter.

It was started in 1996 by Sherryl Gray and today is run by a small team made up of Claire Roper, Chrissy Anderson and Michelle Vui. 

Market encourages children to set up their own stalls

January 2023Newstalk ZB

Now, here's an idea to encourage a bit of entrepreneurial spark among young New Zealanders.

Ōtaki Market is looking to encourage children to set up their own stalls.

Otaki Women's Market flourishing

October 2022Otaki Mail

A pictorial feature in the Otaki Mail about the latest schedule of the market. Read the full article here

New Comers help to reboot Sunday Market

Summer 2022Otaki Street Scene

If punters think there's something different about Otaki's long-running Sunday market, they'd be right. The market opposite New World has had a reboot. Read the full article here

Otaki Market Christmas Magic

November 2022Electra Feature in the Chronicle

Otaki Market began in 1996 and is the longest running market on the Kapiti Coast. Since then the market has raised and donated thousands of dollars to community organisations including Arohanui Hospice, St John Health Shuttle, Rescue Helicopter, the Cancer Society, Otaki Food Bank, and others. Otaki College offers two scholarships annually sponsored by the Otaki Market. 

Out and About, Onesies at One

September 2022Otaki Today

A small feature in the Otaki Today featuring the Onesies at One competition.

New St John shuttle for Ōtaki

October 2019Otaki Today

The purchase was made possible with the assistance of the Ōtaki Market Growers Charitable Trust and Ōtaki Women’s Community Club.

Ōtaki market organisers pass on reins

2018NZ Herald

The Otaki Community Club Market's reins have been handed over after more than 20 years of being run by Sherryl and Steve Gray on behalf of the Otaki Women's Community Club. 

WELLINGTON AIRPORT COMMUNITY AWARDS 2017 

2017Wellington Regional Airport Community Awards

Every year, Wellington International Airport, Wellington Community Trust, and the five local councils come together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region. The focus of the Awards is to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society.

OTAKI MARKET - IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY

2014, Otaki Mail

The Otaki Womens Community Club was formed from the demise of the Otaki Lioness Club 18 Years ago. Our members are aged from 40 to 90 years, and are a determined group of ladies who’s main aim is to support the town that they live in.

Free swim lessons a hit in Otaki

2010, Stuff.co.nz

Forty Otaki children are better swimmers than they were before the school holidays, thanks to the efforts of the local swim school. 

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