Otematata, in the Waitaki Valley, is a stunning small town in New Zealand, we are proud of our town and all it has to offer both locals and visitors.  

We are a volunteer organisation made up of residents and homeowners who live in, and/or have an interest in Otematata, giving locals a voice in our community.

We are committed to continually improving our town through new community projects, maintaining amenities, fostering goodwill, co-operation and a sense of community amongst our district.

We aim to provide a forum at which ideas and feedback can be given a voice, assist with events/projects, promotions or activities as may be agreed upon.

We have a range of ongoing and new projects underway.  If you have skills you would like to share, new members are always welcome.

We currently have a range of new initiatives upcoming with our Community Led Development Programme (CLDP) in conjunction with The Department of Internal Affairs.  See CLDP tab for further information.  


Otematata Wetlands Calendar Competition

Theme: The Four Seasons of Otematata Wetlands

Here is your chance to get creative and support a great Otematata initiative – The Otematata Wetlands.

In preparation for next year’s calendar, ORAI will be holding a competition for a ‘guest image’ to appear alongside the other 11 images in the calendar.

As reward, the winning entry will feature in the 2023 calendar with full accreditation to the photographer.

The winning image will be selected by Peter Hockley

Competition Rules:

  • Images entered must fit the calendar theme ‘The Four Seasons of Otematata Wetlands’

  • Only one image per entry/person

  • Images to be in jpg format and of a high resolution suitable for printing

  • If possible provide META data showing technical specifications of the image

  • Images to be in landscape format

  • Entries to be received no later than 30th June 2022

  • Images must be recent and taken within 12 months of the competition closing date

  • Entries not meeting the above criteria will be deemed invalid

  • The judge’s decision will be final and no discussion/correspondence will be entered into

To Enter:

Email your best image to peterhockley11@gmail.com   

Subject:ORAI Photo Comp

State your name, contact details and title of your image ie:  ‘Picnic in the Wetlands’

2022 Wandering Otematata Calendar

Christmas is coming! Order your 2022 Wandering Otematata Calendar for you, your friends and whānau. Fifteen beautiful images were taken by Peter Hockley.
This calendar is an Otematata Residents Association Inc Fundraising venture, with all proceeds going towards the development and maintenance of the Otematata Wetland.
$20.00 plus postage 
Contact: Diane Loach 021 237 9636 or loafam@gmail.com for your order.
ORAI Bank a/c: 06 0927 0080798 00
Bank Ref: Calendar




$35 each

plus $10 postage South Island

Incl. Names of Residents – Circa 1964 - with Tube

Size A1 (89.1 x 59.4 cm)

For orders contact:

Greg Sanders

021 027 17551

Otematata Residents Association Inc.

Bank # 06-0927-0080798-00


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