After a relaxing day at Otaki Beach, we travelled the short distance to Peter Chanel School in Otaki township, where our caravan club was hosting the Combined Rally. Caravan friends from the Wairarapa and Wellington clubs joined our club, Heretaunga for a weekend of fellowship and friendly banter.
There was a little club rivalry too, which reared it’s head during the Saturday games afternoon. Disc bowls was on the agenda, a bit of a mystery to a non sporty person like me. But I did my best, and valiantly threw those discs through the air, trying to land as close to the kitty as I could. Not very successfully, I might add. Why I was made leader of the team, I’ve got no idea!
Robin was in a different team, and had a much better idea of what to do, and used a more professional throwing technique than me. My method is more like “chuck it and see where it lands”.
St Mary’s Catholic Church is adjacent to the school and is New Zealand's oldest Catholic church still in use. It is on the site of what was once a Catholic Mission. A large Maori settlement (kainga) grew up around the mission. The church is in the process of getting a new roof, but that didn’t stop church services being held over the weekend.