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Advice to Jacinda

2017 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

‘Hey Jacinda — Let’s Do THIS!’

By Murray Horton, political activist and writer since 1969; organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)  

Jacinda, we have some suggestions for when you go to APEC in Vietnam in November. Take note of where you are – in a country that

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern — ‘Listen Up!’

fought Western imperialists for decades, first the French, then the Americans, to successfully achieve independence.

What more appropriate inspiration for your new Government, one elected by people wanting change for the better, to declare that Aotearoa too will become truly non-aligned and independent?

 

  • Close the Waihopai spy base,
  • Get out of Five Eyes,
  • And pull the plug on the ANZUS-in-all-but-name military and intelligence alliance with Trump’s increasingly dangerous and unhinged US.
  • Get out of the American wars that we are already in, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan and definitely stay out of any new wars that Trump may try to drag us into, such as in Korea. 

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‘Jacinda Barinda ‘Ole!’

2017 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why we support Labour’s plan for our future

By Alan Tristram

We’ve supported the revitalised Labour Party because, frankly, they stand for decency in the face of  financial obscenity.

Jacinda Ardern represents a new, younger and better NZ

While National represents, encourages and supports a class whose key interests are money, property and accumulation, Labour represents a fairer and better society.

While ‘NZ’ Inc. might be doing well, with lots of people seeing their finances swell on the back of unearned profits from property, a huge underclass without property, or much in the way of assets, has suffered. read more…

‘Let’s do This!’

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poem of the Week: Into the Future

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Land of Dreams

I sewed myself a fine ship,

Of fabric rich with silken seams,

And knowing neither time nor tide

Sailed off to find the land of dreams.

Claire Maddicott

Horowhenua Rates Horror Story

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Massive rate rises may subsidise land developers … with profits of $100 million plus

By Veronica Harrod

Land developers and investors in the Horowhenua District will reap at least $100 million profit by not having to pay development contributions towards essential infrastructure.

And the Horowhenua District Council seems intent on loading the burden on to ratepayers who could now face massive rates increases. read more…

Oh For Democracy

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Talented Gary Henderson

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The job of a writer is to design the architecture of a live performance. Gary Henderson

A versatile New Zealand playwright

By Roger Childs

Gary Henderson

The recent Friends of the Library Literary festival had as its theme: The play’s the thing. The opening session was a fascinating multi-media presentation by Gary Henderson.

One of his plays – Homeland – was performed by Kapiti Players recently, and two of the cast set the evening rolling with a vigorous exchange from the drama.

Homeland centres on the situation of Ken who can no longer look after his farm and the family having to work out what to do for the best.

Gary then outlined how his career as a playwright has unfolded with regular clips from his plays and the views of people who have performed in them. read more…

In Praise Of Graphic Novels

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A long evolution

By Roger Childs

Graphic novels have the reputation of being about super heroes, science fiction, medieval times and fantasy, often with plenty of violence. Probably the father of the modern graphic novel is Neil Gaiman whose Sandman series set new standards in the genre.

In many ways they are an outgrowth from the old time comics many readers will remember: The Phantom, Roy of the Rovers, Flash Gordon, the Famous Five – to name but a few.

There were also the classic comics: Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson, Ivanhoe etc.. and religious organisations produced pictorial renditions of the life of Jesus and tales from the Old Testament.

Today there is an incredible range including all of the above, as well as the famous Japanese Manga on every topic under the rising sun, and many which cover serious topics of history, and pictorial versions of classic literature, modern films, television series and novels. read more…

Canada’s Gun Law Sanity

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Canadians control arms while Americans amass them

By Eribet Loehner in Vancouver

By now we are likely all aware of the horrific mass shooting that recently occurred in Las Vegas in the US; 58 innocent people killed and 549 injured.

The perpetrator was a lone gunman who had no criminal record or history of mental illness.  His considerable arsenal was legally purchased.

But while the mass killings continue in the US, the situation north of the border is as different as chalk from cheese. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Revising New Zealand History 11: Cultural Change among Maori Chiefs, Part 2

2017 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rewi Maniapoto: warrior chief

By John Robinson

Wiremu Kingi: a key figure in causing war in Taranaki

Rewi Maniapoto (1807-1894) came from the upper Waikato and to the west of Lake Taupo, far from early contact with Europeans.

When Kingi started war at Waitara, Rewi was at first cautious, and attempted, without success, to convince his tribesmen to return from Taranaki.

However, after further tribal debate he felt differently and he requested Te Wherowhero and his council to consent to a war-party of Ngati Maniapoto marching to Taranaki in order to assist Te Atiawa.

When that fighting was over, Waikato, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Ruanui refused to join in the 1861 peace agreement between Taranaki and the Crown. read more…

The Latest From The Inspirational Gill

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All I need is to write!

By Gill Ward

(Credit Portland Library)

Good day/morning/afternoon/evening (covering all bases) and all shift workers and insomniacs!

After all these years, all I know is, I need not to do anything as a part of remorse.
All I need is to write.
Because, Poetry forgives.”

Nishikant The Papery Onions

I’ve started with this lovely quote because it’s how I feel at the moment. I so enjoy writing this column, but always seem to be apologising because I should have done it sooner.

I have, however identified the problem. It’s this: Alan and Roger do not set me deadlines; they never harass nor criticize nor apply pressure. Maybe they should (for me anyway). read more…

Board of NZ First Holds Last Supper

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(With thanks to Tim McCready)

Federer Masters Nadal

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The two greats meet in Shanghai

By Roger Childs

Federer and Nadal in Shanghai

It’s one of the greatest rivalries in sporting history.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are arguably the two best players ever to hold a racquet, and they have won an incredible 35 grand slams between them.

They are currently one and two in the world, and well ahead of the rest. The Spaniard took the top spot with his grand slam victory in New York, and followed up winning the China Open in Beijing.

Meanwhile Federer hadn’t played since losing to Del Potro in the semi finals at Flushing Meadows. The Argentine was his semis opponent again, in Shanghai. read more…

Giant Dragonfly ~ Kapokawai

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Winged Hunters

By Cushla MacGaughey

Dragonflies have existed for more than 250 million years and were once much larger. Even so, our largest dragonfly has a wingspan reaching up to 13 cm.

Despite their somewhat fearsome appearance, Giant Dragonflies are harmless – except to other insects – and are themselves eaten by kingfishers.

True flies have only two wings. Dragonflies have four, which they can operate independently. They can hover, rise vertically, fly backwards or shoot forwards. Large compound eyes and a head that rotates sideways, backwards and downwards are additional aids in catching insects on the wing.   read more…

Passchendaele 100 Years On: October 2107

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering a disastrous battle: a photo essay

Photos by Antony Steven, Words by Roger Childs

Wellington resident David McCrone and his nephew Antony Steven have be in Belgium for the 1ooth anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres: Passchendaele.

(Scroll down to October 12 for our story of the battle.)

The battle was disaster for the allies and New Zealand suffered its highest casualties for a single day on October 12 2017. David has sent through some of Antony’s photos of the commemorations and will later provide some on his own. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92 Answers

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1.

    You can still do this latest challenge, if you scroll down to October 12.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield: The Original Letter

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nation Waits; Winston Consults

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Art Work of the Week: Jilted Bride

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb cast glass work

By Kate Hartmann

Judith with “Big Daddy”

Tutere Gallery currently has a selection of cast glass work by Paraparaumu artist Judith Le Harivel.

The image below shows pieces from the ‘Jilted Bride’ series.  These pieces are very beautiful particularly when situated with the light behind them, but they also have a rather tragic source of inspiration.

As Judith explains: “I was back in the UK and saw a newspaper article about a young Chinese woman who had tried to throw herself out of a window on her wedding day, after finding out the groom was already married.

There was a striking picture of the young woman caught as she tried to jump.

I couldn’t get the picture out of my mind and was trying to understand why a young woman would feel compelled to do this in a country where young men outnumber women. This led to a series of works in ceramic, mixed media and glass: “jilted bride”, “fragments of a romance and “broken dreams”.  read more…

Kapiti Protest v. Arms Forum

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KAPITI PEOPLE JOIN DEMO DEFYING THE ARMS RACE

By Dr Viola Palmer

Several Kapiti people, including me, joined the protest against the Weapons Expo in Wellington earlier this week.

Each year the NZ Defence Industry Association (DIA) holds a trade exhibition that they call a ‘Forum’.   Each year peace people protest against it, holding up the proceedings at times.

This year was no exception. Peace Action Wellington, together with other peace groups, mounted a determined well-planned effort to obstruct the proceedings. By 6.30am on October 10, peace activists were blocking every entry into the Westpac Stadium, site of the Forum. read more…

Historic Bridge Collapses

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public warned not to cross Ngatiawa Bridge 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to stay clear of the historical Ngatiawa Bridge site that crosses the Ngatiawa River in Reikorangi, following the bridge’s recent collapse.

Acting Infrastructure Services Group Manager Glen O’Connor says heavy wooden beams and debris from the bridge are now resting in the river below,” he says. read more…

Kapiti Roads Safer

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Avoid rural roads — and tourist hotspots

By Jeremy Smith

When the rescue helicopter flies over Kapiti we normally assume it’s most likely the result of a traffic accident.

And every week it seems there’s another traffic pile-up after an accident on highway One.

So how does Kapiti rate in the national statistics for traffic accidents, including crashes and casualties- injuries and deaths? read more…

The Soggy Green Grass Of Home

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wet enough for ya? Recent headline in the Taranaki Daily News

Far too much water!

By Roger Childs

Dismal conditions on the wonderful coastal walkway

On a recent visit to the land of my wife’s birth, we drove through pouring rain before at last seeing the famous mountain.

Then, amazingly, we experienced three days of consecutive fine weather which nearly broke the record for the year. Coming home however, it was teeming down again.

To the naked eye the Taranaki pastures look deceptively lush, but in fact the very wet winter and spring has been bad news for farmers. The high water table means that more rain just sits on the surface and the grass won’t grow.

A farming friend of a relative says that he’s spending over $10,000 a week feeding out precious fodder to his stock. read more…

Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As far as we know Te Rauparaha couldn’t read or write, so maybe it was his son Tamihana who wrote it … David Hadfield, direct descendant of Missionary Octavius Hadfield

Warrior chief turned peacemaker

By Roger Childs

Warrior chief, Te Rauparaha

The letter translated below, has recently emerged from the Hadfield family papers. It shows the huge respect the old Maori chief had for the English missionary. Although he did not become a Christian, he attended services in Otaki later in his life.

As David mentions above, it may have been written by his son. Tamihana was  baptized by Octavius Hadfield in 1841 and served as a missionary in the South Island among the Ngai Tahu.

For much of his life Te Rauparaha was a brutal warrior chief, but after his arrest in 1846 he became a man of peace and lived his last few years in Otaki.

(We are very grateful to David Hadfield for permission to publish the original letter and a translation.)

read more…

The Passchendaele Disaster

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Morale in the New Zealand Division was at its lowest after Passchendaele. The promise of Messines had not been fulfilled ….  Historian Damien Fenton

The country’s worst day’s losses

By Roger Childs

New Zealand soldiers heading for the front line.

A hundred years ago, on 12 October 1917, New Zealand troops serving with the ANZAC Corps advanced towards the German lines in atrocious conditions of rain and mud.

They also had to pick their way through the bodies of British troops who had fallen a few days before.

This was the Kiwis second engagement in the Third Battle of Ypres.

The first attack had gone well, although there were still large casualties. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Another Hollywood Epic

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hollywood Frolics

Our Political Shambles

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Major changes needed, but timidity may rule

By Prue Hyman 

Well, here we are again, waiting on Winston (though he is quoted as saying he is in a ‘no win’ situation – do we feel sympathy for him?!) I wonder how many of us could give the names of many of his 9 MPs – at least until looking at his list in the last few days.

Yes we know of new MP Shane Jones – who will attract a range of reactions. For me, part of his background is good and he surely has links to a different section of Maori voters than his leader. But he has a very patchy record – for example on his attitudes to women – and being caught charging the taxpayer with viewing pornography appalls me on many levels. read more…

Kapiti Basketballers Keen to Get to Vegas

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Highly sought after selection!

By Angelo Robinson

Left to right – Coach Angelo Robinson, Players – Moss Whitham, Victor Allen, Luke Dowdall, Samuel Maxwell, Leith Maxwell, Sereana Rokotakala, Rachael Pike. In front Coach Ben Maligieri.

Seven players from Kapiti attended the New Zealand Basketball Academy Camp held on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October at the ASB Arena in Wellington.

This was the first camp and first trial for the New Zealand Basketball Academy  Age Group Teams Tour to Las Vegas in July 2018.

Two Kapiti Basketball Players, Victor Allen from Kapiti College, and Fraser Beggs from Paraparaumu College, were selected last year.

There were  good numbers at the Camp with players attending from all over New Zealand. read more…

Revising New Zealand History 10: Cultural Change among Maori Chiefs 1

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two very different cultures

By John Robinson

Early Maori culture was tribal and primitive.  Then in the late eighteenth century developed European people came, bringing the advances of millennia of Eurasian development.  I have written of this in When two cultures meet, the New Zealand experience (2012).

An extraordinary cultural shift followed.  However, there was no uniformity in Maori thinking.  Some led the changes and some resisted, while many vacillated between the two cultures, not sure of which way to go.

Here the lives of a number of influential chiefs are outlined, to show how the times were changing and how individual personalities helped to define the story of the new country.

read more…

Bird of the Week: A Winged Hunter

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Kingfisher ~ Kotare

By Cushla McGaughey

Kingfishers are a worldwide group, the most unusual being Australia’s kookaburra. Our kingfisher migrated to New Zealand relatively recently.

It is larger and has more brilliant plumage than the Australian form. More common in the north than in the south, kingfishers are found in many different habitats, ranging from forests and open countryside to sheltered beaches, estuaries, mangrove swamps, mudflats and along the edges of streams, rivers and lakes.

Kingfishers are usually solitary or in pairs. Their call is a single piercing note, though pairs do converse together in a softer, more musical tone. Their small feet make walking difficult and so kingfishers are never seen on the ground. Very keen eyesight and swift, silent flight enables them to swoop down to snatch up their prey. read more…

Protesters Arrested in Capital

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Defence’ meeting greeted by demonstrators

Police say they are continuing to respond to protests outside an arms conference at the Westpac Stadium today — and by 1045am five people had been arrested for obstructing a roadway.

The conference has been organised by the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA).  read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Farewell Maori Party?

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Like NZ First in 2008, the Maori Party faces oblivion unless it can bolster membership and remind people why it matters. Journalist Jo Moir

Out of parliament

By Roger Childs

The recent election, saw the Maori Party lose its two seats.

The Party came into existence in 2004 over the foreshore and seabed ownership issue, but even though it gained 4 Maori seats in the 2005 election, it has always struggled to establish a lasting identity and justify its existence.

It has never picked up more than 1% – 2% of the party vote, as most Maori voters have usually cast their ballot for Labour. Some would argue that the party has now been punished for throwing its support behind the John Key National governments.

So with no representation in parliament, has the New Zealand Maori Party got a future? read more…

Reflections on Four Nation Rugby

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All Blacks Undoubted Champions?

By Roger Childs

Yes and No.

New Zealand won all six of their matches and the next best were South Africa and Australia with two apiece.

Argentina failed to win a match and can be compared to the Italian team in the Northern Hemisphere six nations: they are often competitive in the first half of matches and get the occasional victory, but are not in the same league as the others.

The All Blacks did have a clean sweep, but two of the matches were very close. read more…

Ralph’s Book Recommendations

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The following are just holding their own, with the new Alan Hollinghurst and Robert Harris sitting waiting patiently in front of me for next month’s column. Time and pressure!

Another touching story from Sweden

By Ralph McAllister

The Scandal by Fredrik Backman is by the author of A Man Called Ove the best seller from a couple of years ago.

This is darker and less funny, but an equally touching story of prejudice and love in small town Sweden.

Based around ice hockey and the importance of the sport to the local community it examines the extent to which blindness will take over from enthusiasm in the pursuit of success.

And don’t let the hockey put you off, it could be any rugby mad small town in New Zealand.

Highly recommended. read more…

Missing Kapiti man found

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police thank public for help in missing person case

Police say the 51-year-old Kapiti man reported missing on Friday has been found safe and well — and they’re thanking the public for their help.

They say Jason Penny was found in Paraparaumu yesterday evening. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91 Answers

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 1

    If you would still like to do the quiz, scroll down to October 4.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Centre-Left Government?

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Closing the gap

By Roger Childs

Our new PM? Hold all tickets!

As expected, the 400,000+ special votes have delivered an extra parliamentary seat to each of Labour and the Greens.

This means that if New Zealand First (NZF), backs the Nats it’s a government of 65 MPs; or if it backs the left, 63 MPs.

Winston Peters campaigned on the slogan of  HAD ENOUGH?, presumably of the National Government. In total about 55% of the voters agreed.

However, Bill English claims that National has the moral authority to govern, but given that there wasn’t a lot of morality in his election campaign, the boast has a hollow ring. read more…

Extraordinary Rugby!

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Super Shield Challenge

Classic Canterbury teams feed on your mistakes and like you to play a lot in your own half. But we’ve talked a lot about doing our things right, exiting well and putting pressure on them while scoring points when we get the opportunity. Taranaki skipper, Angus Ta’avao

By Roger Childs

The triumphant boys from Taranaki

Should the leading team in the country playing at home, concede a match after leading by 31-7? Definitely not.

However, Canterbury did just that last night, in losing the Ranfurly Shield to Taranaki by an incredible 55-43!

It was 13 try ball game and the crowd witnessed one of the greatest provincial matches of all time.

This was rugby at its best and the quality was exemplified in the excellent goal kicking which saw home town boy Richie Mo’unga and Taranaki’s Marty McKenzie slot 14 goal kicks out of 15, most of them from wide out. read more…

Winston’s Last Waltz

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Searching For Missing Man

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Police seek sightings of missing Kapiti man 

Police are appealing for sightings of a missing 51 year old Kapiti man.

Jason Jon Penny was last seen on Thursday the 5th of October at 7.30pm leaving work in Porirua.

He left on foot, leaving his car in the car park with his cell phone and cards inside.

He withdrew some money before he went missing. read more…

‘Don’t Miss The Literary Festival’

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Popular Friends of The Libraries Extravaganza

This year’s theme is The Play’s The Thing and sessions are spread over three days.

Friday 13 October: Making the Play

Gary Henderson

Playwright Gary Henderson will launch the festival.

 7:30pm

$15

Kapiti Community Centre

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday 14 October: Playing the Play

Dawn Sanders

Featuring Dawn Sanders and Claire Thorley

10:00am-12:00 noon

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Saturday 14 October 

Pinky Agnew

Featuring Pinky Agnew, Danny Mulheron and Nick Ward

2:00-4:00pm

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Sunday 15 October

Visit the Kapiti Playhouse

10.30am

Free

read more…

Art Work of the Week: Greg Chaston

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The latest from Tutere Gallery

By Kate Hartmann

Artist Greg Chaston

The art work I have chosen to profile this week is Looking for Keith by Greg Chaston.

Greg Chaston has been painting for many years and lives in Waikanae Beach with his partner and fellow artist, Helen Forrest.

He is the current President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington and his work has been selected and shown at numerous galleries around the country.

Most recently he was awarded recognition at the Peters Doig Contemporary Art Awards in Marlborough. read more…

Time Marches On

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great shows

By Ralph McAllister

More and more we are attacked by quality forces demanding our time.

Forgetting books for a moment, which I cannot, in the last few weeks I have been deeply impressed by National Theatre’s Live Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, both brilliantly captured live on stage from London.

One starred Daniel Ratcliffe, the other the miraculous Imelda Staunton, and were experienced here for the price of a cinema ticket in Kapiti. read more…

NZ History Revised: 9. Maori Disagreement about a King

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maori benefited from 1840, but problems remained

By John Robinson

Around 1840 Maori across the country began the adjustment to the new culture and the new form of government, with peace agreements among previously warring tribes and resettlement of deserted lands, freedom for slaves and economic development.

They were growing crops, trading and shipping.

However, differences remained.  While many Maori wanted law and order under the new system, others wanted a separate law or a return to old divided tribal ways.

Some became dissatisfied when the promised stability was not provided by the over-cautious colonial government, as arguments among Maori were often violent yet not policed. read more…

Dave Gallaher: Rugby Legend And Hero

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He died in the First World War and we as a team recognise he was the figure of the legacy that started where we are today. All Blacks 2015 World Cup skipper, Richie McCaw

Casualties of war

By Roger Childs

New Zealand lost over 16,700 men and women in World War One and this included a number of sporting stars.

The country’s greatest tennis player, four time Wimbledon winner Anthony Wilding, was killed in 1915.

And it was 100 years ago, on October 4 1917, that the captain of the famous 1905-06 All Blacks,Dave Gallaher, was killed in Belgium on the Western Front.

He was one of 13 All Blacks to die serving the British Empire in the great war.

read more…

Bird of the Week: From the Plover Family

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our extraordinary wrybill

By Cushla McGaughey

Banded Dotterels

Like the more common Banded Dotterel, the Wrybill belongs to the Plover Family, but it is the world’s only bird with its bill curved to one side.

Seen from the front, the slender bill curves to the right. From the side it is spoon-shaped. It’s used with a sideways movement to sieve tiny creatures from the water or else to probe in the sand or mud and under stones. The tiny bills of newly-hatched chicks already have the distinctive sideways curve.

Grey upper and white underparts provide the Wrybill with effective camouflage on northern mudflats and shellbanks.

In breeding plumage, however, both male and female develop a dark band across the chest, the better to merge with the pattern of sunlight and shadow on their bare, stony breeding grounds. Males also gain a thin black edging to the white forehead. read more…

Las Vegas Cop Out

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin Land Scramble

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua District Council’s HQ in Levin — where consultation starts later

Unbridled land development planned since 2008 — but plan consultation just starting

By Veronica Harrod

Despite intentions by Horowhenua District Council to initiate a “collaborative approach” to consultations on a proposed 20-year Long Term Plan (2018-2038) the council and land developers have been meeting since 2008 to advance a potential 963.3 hectare land development programme for Levin.

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

In a two page advertisment on the proposed Long Term Plan (LTP), council’s chief executive David Clapperton says, “We expect similar growth to that experienced by Kapiti. So, as a community, we need to think about our towns, villages, our facilities and infrastructure…We are taking a collaborative approach.”

But a 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan for Levin says, “It is proposed that council in consultation with landowners will prepare an overall structure plan for the main areas in advance of rezoning to establish the spatial arrangement of key streets, open spaces and linkages, densities [and] infrastructure.” read more…

Julie’s October Sonnet

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hail to the cliché!

By Julie Leibrich

I woke up one Spring morning with the first verse buzzing round my head and just continued to think of idioms.

Maybe a sonnet has to be serious; maybe not? read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3.

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

NZTA Session On The Expressway Noise

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wednesday evening meeting

By Nick Fisher

NZTA are holding an informal meeting about the noise

  • on Wednesday October 4
  • at the Kapiti Community Centre, Pohutokawa Room.

They need to see that hundreds of Kapiti folk are affected by this issue. So please try to get to the meeting.

It runs from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

A large group of us will be attending at 7pm.

It would be good for NZTA to see the strength of our feeling through the strength in numbers.

If you need a ride email motorwaynoise@slingshot.co.nz read more…

Kapiti Easter Trading Opposed

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Will shopping rule our district? Oppose Easter Sunday trading!

By Lyndy McIntyre,  former KCDC Councillor

What kind of district do we want to live in? I want to live in a place where workers and their families can have time off together.

Where we’re not driven by a need to shop till we drop every day of the year. I want to live in a place where we stand up for local workers.
That’s why I oppose open slather on shopping on Easter Sunday. I’m taking a stand on this and I invite you to take a stand too. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Greens Political Suicide?

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sign up with the Nats?

By Roger Childs

Would National implement much of their policy?

The phones are now ringing as the four main parties try to put together a coalition government. Most media attention and cartooning has centred on the rather pompous Winston Peter’s enjoying the limelight as the potential King Maker.

However, there are some, mainly National and anti-New Zealand First commentators, who are suggesting that the Greens get together with the Tories. In other words form a coalition of chalk and cheese.

The Greens leader, James Shaw, has even stated that he would be prepared to talk to Bill English. However, he and his senior colleagues should heed the message of the fate of the Maori Party in this year’s election. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 90 Answers

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    If you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to September 27.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Woman Who Invented Solo Mothers

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There were widows who were respectable, deserted wives who were less so, divorcees who were not and solo mother who were beyond the pale. Mary Singleton on attitudes in the 1950s

Creating social history

By Roger Childs

Mary Singleton

Mary spoke at a recent Friends of the Library session as she launched her book: Was that really me? 

This engaging memoir reveals snippets of Mary’s fascinating life which, like everyone’s, has had plenty of ups and downs.

(KIN will publish a review by Robin Smith later this month.)

One interesting revelation was her involvement in setting up a solo mothers group in Wellington before that term for women bringing up children on their own was in vogue. read more…

Swamp McGHoo?

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Donald Trump to sweep all before him under supernatural supervision

By SWAMP McGOO, late of Paekakariki   

(Conspiracy Theorist, Occult Genius and Supreme Icon of the Alt-Centre Delusion)

HI EVERYBODY!  Thank you for your adoring applause.

My name is Swamp McGoo and I have extra-sensory perception. And here’s the proof.  Wherever you are in the cosmos, I know exactly what you are doing at this very instant. You are reading this sentence. read more…

Nazis In The Reichstag Again?

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Daehne

A modern German nightmare

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

The Bundestag in Berlin

Since 1999 the German Bundestag has been housed in the building of the former German Reichstag. There were no real problems with that.

But after the elections last week (September 24th), the radical right wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) captured more than 14 Percent of the seats (94 from 709) in the German parliament. This was much higher than expected. The crypto Nazis were in.

Their slogan, chanted in the streets against Chancellor Angela Merkel : “Merkel go home!” read more…

Farewell Hugh Hefner

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZ History Revised

2017 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

History all in one place

By Roger Childs

Kapiti Independent is fortunate to have the services of Waikanae-based historian, John Robinson.
There has been considerable interest in his weekly articles which take a fresh look at 19th century New Zealand history.
To help readers who may have come on John’s articles “part way through”, we have placed them all in order in the New Zealand History section below the masthead.

read more…

Milking The Peasants

2017 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZ Is National, Mostly

2017 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Can Labour break a 70-year cycle of National repeat victories?

By Jeremy Smith

New Zealand’s voters restored normal service on Saturday, at least at first glance.

Normal service means voting National and over the last 70 years National has won most of the time.

Here are the figures: of the 24 elections since 1949 National has won 16 of them and Labour only seven.  
The figures are not as clear after 1996 and MMP: National still normally the biggest party but having to do deals to form a government. Likewise post-MPP Labour had to do deals under Helen Clarke to govern. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz: 90

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Here’s the latest challenge; just remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday…and ‘Good Luck.’

read more…

Revising NZ History 8: Tamihana Te Rauparaha

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From warrior to squire

By John Robinson

Wiremu Kingi: one of the older generation of Maori leaders

Many important figures who played a part in the story of the meeting of two cultures had come to maturity within traditional Maori society.

These include Te Rauparaha (1768-1849), Te Wherowhero (1770-1860), Tamati Waka Nene (1785-1871), Wiremu Kingi (1795-1882) and Rewi Maniapoto (1807-1894).  Some led the transition while others initially held to the old ways.

Tamihana Te Rauparaha (1820-1876) of Otaki came from a new generation.

He lived in his formative years within the cultural change of the time, as so many Maori turned from the old ways to Christianity – a transformation of Maori society which both preceded and led to the Treaty of Waitangi. read more…

Bird of the Week: Tui

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A tui misnomer

By Cushla McGaughey

The parson bird?

Early settlers called tui the Parson Bird, because of the distinctive white feathers around the neck and at the throat.

But the male tui in particular has a very assertive personality and the bill curved to probe for deep-set kowhai nectar also makes a most effective weapon.

He postures with feathers fluffed to twice his size, trying to challenge another male – or trying to impress a slender female.

She’s heard it all before and knows where this is headed. It’s her job alone to build the bulky nest and incubate the eggs. He meanwhile sings from a nearby tree or engages in aerial displays. To be fair, he’s on the watch for intruders, every so often bringing her food. After the chicks hatch, he does eventually join her in feeding them as well. read more…

Taking to the Streets in Taupo

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Protesting about poisoning the land

By our Turangi correspondent, Leslie Clague

A week or so ago I participated in a 1080 protest in Taupo. For this old civil rights and women’s lib’ demonstrator of the 1960’s it was fun to get the feel of protesting once more.

Held on 11 September, there were about 20 of us who showed up, representing communities around Lake Taupo (Taupo, Motuoapa, Turangi), complete with signs and determination.

We stood on one of the major intersections in Taupo, near a big fish statue and made sure we were visible to passing motorists as well as chatting with passing tourists and shoppers. read more…

Who Doesn’t Love Winston?

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Winston’s Choice

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The pros and cons of MMP

By Roger Childs

One of the best things about MMP is that the leading party has to make compromises when it’s in power. Since the system was instituted in New Zealand in 1996, no party has been able to rule alone, so all governments have been coalitions.

This brings us to the worst aspect of MMP: individuals and parties with minimal support, often have undue influence.

A recent case in point is National’s parasitic ally, ACT’s David Seymour, who has been able to inflict the expensive and largely unsuccessful charter schools on the country.

However, with the lack of a decisive outcome in the weekend’s election, a party with significant popular support, New Zealand First (NZF), will decide who governs. read more…

Museums Combine for Weekend

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New book features in Museum Open Days

‘Open days’ in Museums will feature transport history

By Dave Johnston, of the Paekakariki Station Museum

The Discover Kapiti Heritage Group — with representatives from the different museums on the Kapiti Coast, including Mahara Gallery — are holding special ‘open days’ for the first time this coming weekend (30th September and 1st October)

The theme for the weekend  is the ‘Story of Transport’ across the region. Each Museum will share stories and displays regarding different aspects of transport. read more…

Spring Is In The Air

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12.27

Tui on Kowhai by Cushla McGaughey

In awe of nature’s interactions

By Roger Childs

From our dining table we look out at trees of many colours. However, at this time of the year the deciduous species are the most fascinating and the birds.

Every day there are more leaves or flowers, or both. And the birds are tucking into the nectar, especially the tui.

We have a kowhai tree next door and yesterday we counted 10 tui at one time, often upside down, burrowing into the flowers.

On the run with Joggers this morning, I recounted this amazing story and got the response Oh, we had 12 yesterday!  What could be more deflating! read more…

Opportunity Lost

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At the end of the day some you win some you don’t. Justice Crew

The triumph of dirty politics?

By Roger Childs

Bill English: set to continue as prime minister

After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of inequality and unfairness.

National probably did much better than even they expected, and the smug Winston is once more the Kingmaker. And he’ll make us wait, again!

Sadly it was probably Steven Joyce’s Plan B with the dirty tricks, once Labour got close, that saw the Nats pull away over the last week. Bill English claims he has the moral authority to  govern, but morality has nothing to do with it. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89 Answers

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 20.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Creative Writing Challenge!

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ll have grounds
More relative than this—the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

William Shakespeare Hamlet

Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017

The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 is The Play’s the Thing.

In conjunction with the festival we invite you to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue. 

Prizes of $100, $60 and $30 will be awarded to the three top entries as well as the opportunity to have your story published by the sponsors: Kapiti News.  They will also be read on the radio.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Festival Launch on Friday, 13 October at 7:30pm. read more…

Opinion Poll

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Boy Tops The Podium

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Exciting Triathlon Grand Final

By Roger Childs

The climax of the eight event International Triathlon Union (ITU) season is the Grand Final. This year Rotterdam, the busiest port in the world, was the setting.

There were two trophies up for grabs:

~ the Grand Final

~ the ITU 2017 World Championship.

During the year in the elite men’s division, Mario Mola from Spain had set the pace, and he only had to finish in the top six in the Dutch city to take the overall 2017 title.

However, he was keen to win the Grand Final as well! read more…

100 Days Of Creativity

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kate with one of her art works

Kate Hartmann runs the excellent Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach. On September 19 we featured an article from Kate on the extraordinary “100 Day Project”.  

 Below is Kate’s outline of what she got out of taking up the challenge. (Read the earlier article first, if you haven’t done so, to get some background on what it was all about.)

What inspired you to participate in the 100 day project?

Lisa Call did when she asked me to participate! I hadn’t heard of the 100 Day Project NZ before, at least not the official version of it.

It excited me, the concept of doing something every day for 100 days, I don’t think I would have done it if it had been any shorter. read more…

Junior College Teams Basketball Derby

2017 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Exciting Junior Girls Clash

By Raima Kingi and Hamish Weir, Kapiti College Junior Girls Coaches

Wednesday 13 September saw the inaugural end of year derby between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College Junior Girls.

Both teams were missing some key players, but managed to entertain the crowd with a hard-fought game played in great spirit.

Kapiti College were looking to overturn a 48 point loss from when the two teams last met in the regular season, and showed their much improved skills and team work by dominating and winning the first two quarters to go into halftime with a 7 point lead. read more…

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A little code breaker

By Cushla  McGaughey

Scarlet Mistletoe: need to know the code!

Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species.

Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way up and down vertical tree trunks or hang upside down as they search for food.

They feed mainly on insects, spiders and caterpillars, but sometimes add fruit and nectar to their diet. Like tui and bellbirds, they know how to open mistletoe flowers. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Women’s Suffrage Day: 19 September

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Let not babies, the wash tub or even dinner, prevent women from going. Franchise activist, Amey Daldy, encouraging women to vote in 1893

Votes for women

By Roger Childs

Not in favour of women voting

124 years ago women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country to pass such a law, however in the US states of Wyoming and Utah women had been voting for over 20 years.

The first Women’s Franchise Bill had gone before the New Zealand parliament in 1878, but it would take another 15 years before the deal was finally done.

It was one of the many achievements of the reforming 1890s Liberal government, but not a triumph for Premier Richard John Seddon. He was against such a drastic step: in his view politics was the preserve of men. read more…

Lake Horowhenua Retrial

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lake Horowhenua

Retrial this week of Philip Dean Taueki for trespassing on his own land 

By Veronica Harrod
Horowhenua correspondent
Lake Horowhenua beneficial owner Philip Dean Taueki faces retrial for trespass in Levin District Court this Thursday (September 21) despite having been acquitted of two previous charges of trespass.
Even though Taueki lives on Maori freehold land beside the lake, and is one of the legally recognised owners of Lake Horowhenua, his repeated arrests, trials, and even imprisonment on trespass charges eloquently symbolises contemporary methods the Crown and its agencies use to maintain and assert control over Lake Horowhenua.

100 Days at Tutere Gallery

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Amazing work over three months!

By Kate Hartmann

Busy times at the Tutere Gallery!

If you say “100 Day Project” really quickly and you don’t think too deeply about what that might actually entail, then it doesn’t seem that big a deal!

Fast forward to the set up and hanging of the resulting exhibition, “6 x 100” and it felt like a very big deal indeed.

This was the moment when the six participating artists from Waikanae and Otaki, stood back and surveyed silently what they had created over the previous 100 days.

In front of them over 1,500 hours of work, 600 individual pieces of art work.  You could literally feel the energy, the love, the care and consideration that had gone into each and every one of those pieces of art work. read more…

Revising NZ History 7: Celebrating Peace – Rewi at Waitara

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Warmonger becomes peacemaker

By John Robinson

Waitara today; land issues were settled in 1878

Rewi Maniapoto had been the most active warrior chief in the king movement, joining with Kingi’s rebellion at Waitara in 1860, and driving Government Agent Gorst out of the Waikato in 1863 against the wishes of the ‘king’, Tawhiao, and his family.

But he later recognised that the war was over, that they were defeated and it was time for peace.  Warmonger became peacemaker.

Thus when, in May 1878, Governor Grey came to Te Kopua and offered generous terms including the return of all confiscated land that had not been sold, Rewi was delighted – a load had been taken off his mind.

He, like most others, believed that the offer would be accepted, that it was a done deal.  read more…

Mary Singleton’s Book Launch

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Was that really me?” 

Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singleton’s memoir.

The session is on

~ Sunday September 24th

 ~ at 2.30 pm

 ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

 ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu

 

read more…

Wonderful Ali Harper as Doris Day

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb entertainment

By Ralph McAllister

Many of us have had a not so secret love affair with Doris Day since childhood.

So if I tell you I have just blown in from the Windy City, after a sentimental journey, during which my face was powdered with sunshine, you might guess what you are about to read  is a review of a show which is nothing short of magic.

Ali Harper has written and is performing her A Doris Day Special at Circa for the next month and you would be a fool to miss this brilliant piece of musical theatre. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Fun Games

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kids have a great time 

By Angelo Robinson

On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games.

We got underway at 9.30am with the 5 to 7 year olds; at 10.30 for the 8 to 10 year olds and the 11 to 13 year olds played at 11.30.

All the players thoroughly enjoyed the day with plenty of games and on court action. read more…

All Blacks In Full Cry

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An outstanding 80 minute performance

By Roger Childs

Plenty of tries against France in the World Cup

There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies.  The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to sleep.

No such luck for the Springboks in Albany. It was 31-0 at half time, but there was no let up  from the All Blacks in the second half. They kept the pressure on and the players off the bench played superbly to take the score out to an amazing record 57-0.

There was a similar pattern to this year’s tests in the 2015 World Cup. The New Zealand form was mixed in the early matches, but then they hit the French like a fast moving train in the quarter-finals to score over 60 points. read more…

Harald Dähne’s Report On Refugees

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Dähne

We’ve made it!” – How Germany absorbed a million refugees

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began – with many unforeseen consequences.

East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990’s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against Russia, but now they are unhappy with EU-treaties and EU court decisions.

At the same time, their administrations cut civil rights, followed abstruse conspiracy theories, and introduced intolerant cultural changes.

Luckily things in Germany have been different. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 Answers

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you wish to do this latest challenge before looking a the answers, scroll down to September 13.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Wonderful Skills Of Cartoonists

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

His work exposed hypocrisy and self interest, but did so with irreverent humour and intelligence. A fierce defender of free speech, he could articulate his point in a way that was both challenging and thought provoking. Andrew Weeks on the late Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian

The must see “Ludicrous Likenesses”

By Roger Childs

Andy does not feature in the exhibition, but would not be out of place

Kapiti Independent is very fortunate to have the services of a quality cartoonist in Andy Tristram.

He is part of a long tradition in the art of caricature, which goes back to 16th century England when sketchers began lampooning the rich and famous, and commenting satirically on political events.

Cartoonists have frequently been a target for censorship and have often been feared by those in power. New Zealand’s David Low, working in London for the Daily Standard during the Second World War, was on Hitler’s hit list.   read more…

College Basketball Clashes

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paraparaumu College girls far too strong

By Anglo Robinson 

Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September.

Congratulations to Paraparaumu College Senior Girls on winning the Rosanne Robinson Cup for 2017.

The game was played in great spirit and both teams performed very well, but on the night Paraparaumu College were just that bit stronger and hungrier. Kapiti College suffered a real blow with a key player going down injured in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The final score: Paraparaumu College 60 – Kapiti College 30 read more…

McCully of Arabia

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘What goes around, comes around…and bites you in the bum’

Kāpiti CEO Moves ON

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pat Dougherty goes back to Nelson

Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty has resigned, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council.

Mr Dougherty says he has enjoyed his time in Kāpiti but now the time is right to step up and try something different. read more…

Policies That Appeal

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… Jacinda Ardern has promised a “relentlessly positive” election campaign, but she should not have been surprised to see her opponents go just as relentlessly negative. Dominion Post editorial, September 15 2017

Some great ideas from Labour

By Roger Childs

It’s good to see this election campaign being largely fought over policies. However, while Labour is announcing plenty of interesting and practical ideas for voters to weigh up, National is into its familiar scaremongering in a desperate attempt to keep its grip on the Treasury benches.

Labour has been progressive releasing policies in key areas such as health, education, housing and paid parental leave, and the concept on doing x number of things in the first hundred days is an appealing prospect.

Hopefully, if elected, the new government’s first few months will be more productive than Trump’s! read more…

Cr Challenges KIN Story

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge — Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC.

The KIN story ( ‘Ratepayers Headed for the High Court’; Sept. 11) said: ‘November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

‘Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.’ read more…

A Book about the Book

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A must read, must own

By Leslie Clague

I recently finished reading a book entitled  The Book Actually, the full title is The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time The author is Keith Houston. If you are a lover of books and reading, I think this is a must read.

It tells the history of the book as an artefact, an object. It gives clearly the technical and engineering principles that create it.

It also relates some delightful stories and humorous anecdotes as it takes you through the journey of the book’s development. (I never knew the financial difficulties of Gutenberg in the creation of his Bible.) read more…

Wooooo

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman – ‘Party Vote Green’

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scared of ‘frightening the horses?’

Jacinda’s scared of ‘frightening the horses.’

So vote Green for real change !

By Prue Hyman

I said last month that I ought to be writing about the election with Jacinda Ardern’s accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turia’s benefit stretching revelations (that was before she resigned the co-leadership) – but that I couldn’t face it and would do so in September.

So I’ve looked back at what I wrote for KIN in September 2014 and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I found that I should almost repeat that article – so here are my thoughts. read more…

Kids/Artists/Ngā Manu Combine

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Mahara director Janet Bayly handing Raumati South students’ their free copy of the new book (containing their own artworks)

HE KĀKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH – RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL

He Kākano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school.

The book highlights over 100 students’ artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience of the project which is supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF).  

The project involves a trip to Ngā Manu and a visit to Mahara Gallery, followed up by several school visits by local artist Michelle Backhouse, poet Mary-Jane Duffy and filmmaker Dean Hapeta to produce the seed-related poems and artworks featured in the book.

read more…

The Housing Guy

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy

No housing crisis, just a housing boom — Nathan Guy

Labour’s Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasn’t a housing crisis, it was a housing boom.

“I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates,” says Mr
McCann.

“It was such a clear demonstration of how out of touch Mr Guy has become.” read more…

Poem of the Week

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The Other Guy

By Judith Bryers Holloway

‘There is a Guy –

Not Fawkes…but who?

I can’t recall…

Help me, please, can you? read more…

Anyone Can Vote in Advance

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyone’s interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer

Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters

By Roger Childs

Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11.

Anyone can vote ahead of time and save the hassles of finding a handy park and standing in a long queue on September 23.

In the Kapiti area, you have a choice of either

 ~ Coastlands Centre Court in Paraparaumu.

 ~ Electoral Headquarters 37 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu.

Advance voting started on Monday and plenty of people have already combined their shopping business with casting an early vote. Across the nation just under 40,00o cast their ballot on Monday.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Revising NZ History 6: The Waikato King’s Land Rejection

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A government land offer rejected

By John Robinson

Tawhiao

In 1878 the New Zealand government offered to the defeated rebels of the king movement the return of all confiscated Waikato land not disposed of by the Government to Europeans.

That generous offer was refused by ‘king’ Tawhiao.

The very reason why many Waikato Maori continued without land was that decision by Tawhiao to turn down the offer, with his refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.  read more…

Japanese Soccer and Rugby: Status and Popularity

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the second article by Neil Smith on the winter codes in Japan. Scroll down to September 8 to see the first.) 

International soccer

By Neil Smith, our correspondent in Japan

The national men’s soccer squad for 2017 comprises 23 players, of whom only seven are active in Japan’s domestic league. The best players are currently in professional teams in France, Italy, Germany, England, Mexico, and Spain.

An additional 16 players are on call-up status, but 14 of them play in Japan’s league.

Results too are showing a significant improvement, from regular losses (letting in 5 goals was not uncommon when playing leading countries) to more common victories against top teams. read more…

The Birds and the Bees

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’ve had a wonderful series of “Birds of the Week”,  however, as September is “Bee Aware Month”, Cushla has shifted focus to that incredibly important insect.

About the Bees

By Cushla McGaughey

The hoverfly

The mini helicopter suspended over a flower suddenly zips sideways. It looks like a bee and even does some pollinating, but has no sting. It’s actually a native hoverfly.

An added bonus for the gardener, though, is that hoverfly larvae feed on aphids.

Our native bees lead a short, solitary life, with habitat loss another threat.

The female lines a small chamber at the end of an underground tunnel. She stocks it with a small lump of pollen and nectar, carried in little by little. read more…

Expressway Noise: Breach of Human Rights?

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Disturbing sleep

Kapiti Expressway

Kapiti residents living in the vicinity of the new expressway are experiencing disturbed sleep which is affecting their health and Bernie Randall, of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, believes a breach of the Human Rights Act has occurred.

He has written to the Human Rights Commission asking it to investigate residents’ complaints of night time noise along the Kapiti Expressway.

New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international treaties that basically give New Zealanders the right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Excessive noise can interfere with this right, according to Mr Randall. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Collusion – Big Parties and the Media

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(Our FOOD FOR THOUGHT columns are opinion pieces designed to get readers thinking about issues. Today our guest contributor is John McLean, author and commentator. He examines what he feels are the critical issues that the politicians should be addressing in the election campaign.)

 Election campaign hijacked

By John McLean

This election campaign has been hijacked by the sinister combination of National, Labour and the mainstream media. Three debates – all compered (controlled) by the mainstream media in the form of Mike Hosking, Patrick Gower, etc.

Why not get a professor of political science from a university to compose and ask the questions?

Or two people – one from the trade union movement and one from the employers’ federation? Instead we have the mainstream media controlling the questions, the agenda and the issues.  read more…

Coastal Ratepayers Headed For High Court

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hazards issue goes to court again

By Roger Childs

November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.

CRU’s concerns centre on Council going back on decisions made in 2014 to

  • withdrew coastal hazard areas from the Proposed District Plan.
  • set up a Coastal Advisory Group, with community representation, to work on the hazards issue.

(To see the detail of KCDC’s illegal and un-notified actions and CRU’s responses, scroll down to the July 26 article: Ratepayers Win V KCDC) read more…

Down To Earth Politics

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Land Boom

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Conflicts of interest, land development and Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod

When the Horowhenua District Council’s Long Term Plan is reviewed in early 2018, will the Council reintroduce development contributions that land developers used to pay towards essential infrastructure costs?

To set the scene, we need to go back to June 2015 when council voted to end development contributions collected from land developers for essential infrastructure to service a growth in population.

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87 Answers

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you still wish to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 6.

 

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  • Answers below.

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Photo of the Week: The Wall

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Residents from Waikanae and Raumati combine to build a wall alongside the expressway. (Photo Nick Fisher)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jacinda Looking Prime Ministerial

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Heading for change?

By Roger Childs

The country starts going to the polls on Monday, when advanced voting begins. The early indications are that a majority of voters will take advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballot early, rather than wait for “election day”.

The latest poll gives Labour a 43-39 lead over National, and that will be hard for the government to pull back.

The massive increase in support for Labour is undoubtedly due to the impact of new leader, Jacinda Ardern.

She has captured the imagination of the nation and even the predominantly right-leaning media, with not only her image and dynamism, but also her debating skills and grasp of the key issues facing the country. read more…

Improving Japanese Rugby and Soccer

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the first in a series by our Japanese correspondent on men’s winter sports codes aiming for international status.)

Getting started

By Neil Smith, our columnist in Japan

While the relative strength and performance of individual players is not the only way to assess how well the sports structure in a given country is functioning, it does offer a clear guideline.

We must first check the state of soccer and rugby and the level of Japan’s professional players on the world stage back when Japan launched its leagues for professional soccer and rugby.

J-League for soccer started in 1993 and Top-League rugby began in 2003, Corporate rugby was moving toward professionalism from the early-1990s and those teams are the core teams in the Top League. read more…

Still Tied To The Americans?

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

New Zealand: A Reality Check — 

‘But Isn’t NZ Nuclear-Free And Out Of ANZUS?’

By Murray Horton in Christchurch, political activist and writer since 1969.  He’s the Organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)  

I recently spoke at an Australian peace movement conference in my capacity as Organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign. My speech involved the interesting exercise of having to look at my own country from an outsider’s perspective. Here’s an edited extract.

Viewed from Australia, New Zealand probably looks pretty good. For example, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the country having become nuclear free by law. read more…

Greypower Election Debate

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy — away for the day

Guy absent — smaller parties get look in 

The non-appearance of sitting Otaki MP Nathan Guy (National) gave minor parties more speaking time at the Greypower-organised election debate in Paraparaumu.

And some of the strongest applause came for the NZ First candidate when he referred to the Party’s promise of three free dental visits each year for over 65’s.

Dr Romuald Rudzi (“UK-born with Polish ancestry”), of NZ First, said he wanted “to stop the rot”. He said it broke his heart to sell all the things which made New Zealand so good being destroyed. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Father’s Day Games

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Traditional clashes!

By Angelo Robinson

8 to 10 year olds take on their Dads in Paraparaumu

On Father’s Day, September 3, Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual “Kids vs Dads” games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Otaki.

It is always a great day and something the kids really look forward to.

The players love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have learnt at Hoop Club and of course they all try really hard to beat the Dads, but as we always know the Dads will always win on their special day. read more…

Dr Smith Raises Profile

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smith’s relief

Possum Cruelty

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Professor Andrew Knight

Possum-killing damages New Zealand’s image

By Andrew Knight

(Andrew Knight is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics; ‘Founding Director’ of the Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare (UK);  and is currently on secondment to animal advocacy organisation SAFE in New Zealand).

It’s not often New Zealand primary school fundraising events are reported by the world’s media. However, Drury School in South Auckland and others have recently achieved exactly this – but for all the wrong reasons.

As reported in The Guardian in London – newborn possums were recently torn from their mothers’ pouches at Drury School, and drowned in a bucket of water. All in the name of fundraising. read more…

Intriguing Semi-finals In Prospect

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unexpected US Open match-ups

By Roger Childs

US Open 2016: last year’s winners are nowhere to be seen!

The last grand slam of the year has been an unusual tournament.

On the men’s side four of the top ten ranked players have been absent: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.

On the women’s side the Americans have come through strongly and potentially there could be four United States players in the semi finals, something that has never happened in the modern era.

And that’s with new mother Serena Williams on the sideline. read more…

Revising NZ History 5: Wiremu Kingi at Waitara

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(To see John’s earlier articles, scroll down to August 10, 14, 21 and 29)

Kingi’s strong attachment to Waitara

By John Robinson

Waitara today looking south

Even though he had moved south from Taranaki, and lived at Waikanae for some years, Kingi had decided that he was passionately attached to Waitara (north-east of New Plymouth).

He repeatedly threatened anyone who would allow its sale, having forced the abandonment of the 1839 sale after it had been recognised by Commissioner Spain in 1844.  (See article 4: August 29)

In 1848, he broke a promise to Governor Grey and went back to the south bank of the Waitara River.  There he continued to oppose those Te Atiawa who wished to sell their land.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10. (Credit Bill Leek)

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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NZ Needs Free Education

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

PIECEMEAL POLICIES WON’T FIX EDUCATION INEQUALITY

The ‘Closing the Gap’ group says a commitment to fully free education is the only way to tackle New Zealand’s high level of education inequality.

Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality group, says:

“While the renewed political focus on education is good news, an unequivocal commitment to free education at all levels is needed across the political spectrum. read more…

Expressway: Just Build the Wall!

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA experts to do an assessment

By Nick Fisher, spokesperson for Expressway Noise Abatement Group (ENAG)

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have released the terms of reference for a review of their noise mitigation on the Kapiti expressway.

The two people asked to conduct the review will assess if NZTA has complied with the conditions of NZS 6806, and also if the noise affects are ‘reasonable’.

If these two experts come from the same pool as other NZTA experts, then we won’t hold our breath for a satisfactory outcome, observed the spokesperson for ENAG a group of affected residents campaigning for better noise mitigation. read more…

Kapiti Easter Trading Move

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan — shop-owners could decide

Locals can have their say on Easter Sunday trading

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast residents can now say if they want shop trading on Easter Sunday.

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says last week its Strategy and Policy Committee proposed a draft policy for Easter Sunday trading for consultation.

And the consultation period began this week. It ends on October 8. read more…

Bird of the Week: Silvereye

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Australian immigrant

By Cushla McGaughey

The bellbird

Like the tui and the smaller bellbird, silvereyes (tauhou), have a brushed tongue for extracting nectar, but belong to an unrelated family from Australia.

They are even smaller again than bellbirds, yet they somehow established themselves in New Zealand during the 1850s. Appropriately, the Maori name, ‘tauhou’, means ‘stranger’.

One theory is that silvereyes hitched a ride in the rigging of the sailing ships common at the time. Another is that a westerly gale helped large numbers make the 1500 km flight across the Tasman. After all, butterflies can do it: there are eight Australian butterfly species that sometimes visit New Zealand with the help of favourable westerly winds. read more…

Feeling Sorry For The Aussies

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Started with having to avoid rubbing in the Bledisloe and assuring the Aussies that the Wallabies had been a bit unlucky. Kiwi John Smith, on humouring fellow staff at the Melbourne college where he works

Not a great run of sporting results

By Roger Childs

Beauden Barrett on his way to scoring the decisive try.

In fact it’s be a lousy ten days for sports fans across the Tasman. It started with the Wallabies snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the Dunedin test.

Leading 29-28 late in the game, they lost their focus and let the All Blacks run in the winning try in the 77th minute.

Then the Aussie cricketers lost the first test to Bangladesh by 20 runs.

Worse was to follow. Australia’s tennis number one, Nick Kygios, who was a finalist in the recent Cincinnati tournament, crashed out of the US Open being beaten in the second round, by the unseeded John Millman  6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. read more…

It’s The Season For Planting

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Springtime!

Story Roger Childs, Photos by Steve Aiken

Friends of the Wharemauku Stream stalwart, Tony Fraei, in action last month

It might not be the greatest of weather, but the blossoms are coming out and the lawns are growing.

Around the Kapiti area, the 20+ conservation groups have been busy doing their annual planting. The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), is to be congratulated on the backing it gives these groups and the planting it does itself.

In Queen Elizabeth Park last month several thousand seedlings, flaxes and shrubs were embedded in the soil.

On a smaller scale, there has been action near the Wharemauku Stream. read more…

We Need To Talk About Kim

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A nuclear threat and the need for rational leadership

By Roger Childs

President John Kennedy

Back in 1962 the world came close to nuclear war. Fortunately at the time the United States had one of its more intelligent and pragmatic leaders.

President Kennedy didn’t rush into a decision or make off-the-cuff threats. His administration gathered the evidence against the Soviet Union and Cuba, and used the United Nations to help defuse the crisis.

55 years on, there is the possibility of a nuclear war breaking out over North Korea. Back in 1953 the Korean War “ended” with a divided peninsula and a cease fire. That is still the situation. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Tangled Up

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The threads of our inner self 

By Kate Hartmann

Kate Hartmann at the Tutere Gallery

The work below was completed whilst I was participating in the 100 day challenge and therefore was directly influenced by some of that experimentation in line work.

The title came first, I had the phrase “Tangled up in Blue” in my head and I wanted to depict a round fabric like ball wrapped tightly and suspended by threads.

The colour palette of cool blues and greens was warmed by the use of yellow hues and the ball sits seemingly floating in its own world.  It is simultaneously being filled and drained by the ‘threads’ that come in and out and around it.

It symbolizes our inner self and the push and pull of both stress and calming that is applied daily onto that inner core, the highs and lows, both joy and anxiety.

read more…

Jacinda v. Farmer Bill

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 86 Answers

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to August 30.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turning Tides

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Game Changer

By Roger Childs

Stood aside for the good of the Party

If Labour forms the next government in a few weeks time, commentators and historians will acknowledge the role of a key player.

He is of course, Andrew Little.

It was he, who in a thoughtful, pragmatic decision stepped aside from the Labour leadership allowing the more charismatic Jacinda Ardern to seamlessly slip into the role. There was no acrimony and no blood on the red carpet.

The pundits warned against Labour changing horses in mid-stream, however if you can safely get in the saddle on a stronger steed, it’s the way to go. read more…

The Wonderful Tutere Gallery

2017 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Tutere Gallery has a strong philosophy which revolves around ‘Connection’, and we are always working to ensure that the three main functional areas of the gallery support this philosophy. Kate Hartmann

With space for creativity 

By Roger Childs

Set in the heart of Waikanae Beach, this is one of Kapiti’s cultural treasures.

The Tutere Gallery and Creative Space exhibits only the works of local artists.

It began business in 2016. However, as Director Kate Hartmann, explains

its story began some five years prior when a girl fell in love with a run down, 90 year old bach that had been vacant for some time and somehow managed to convince her husband to buy it. He thought she was mad but all she could see was potential. read more…

Poem of the Week: Rainy Day

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In theory, today is the  first day of Spring. However, there is no sudden change of temperature to mark its arrival, but no doubt the new season will bring rain to help the buds and shoots that are already appearing.

It’s definitely time for Julie Leibrich’s highly appropriate September sonnet.

The lives I might have known 

By Julie Leibrich

I think we all still the child we once were within us.

Sometimes it is important to listen to that child. read more…

Park Farming Defended

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

QE Park, from Poplar Avenue looking south. The left side of photo shows manuka and native regrowth. Over the fence on the right side, grassland is only possible through drainage, spraying and grazing.

Regional Council replies to KIN stories about farming threat to QE Park

The Greater Wellington Regional  Council (GWRC) says it wants to put the record straight about two recent KIN stories on farming in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Amanda Cox, GWRC Parks Manager, says: “The Kapiti Independent has recently published a story about Queen Elizabeth Park suggesting that, somehow, its licensee farmer is exploiting the park at the public’s expense.

“The facts are that annually GWRC receives just under $85,000 in licence revenue from farming, which helps offset the $450,000 annual direct cost of running the park.” read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Chinese Helping The Nats

2017 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A time of giving and receiving

By Roger Childs

John Key looking after Chinese leaders

It’s that’s time again which comes but once every three years.

The charities don’t get a look in as every party from Labour and New Zealand First to the Democrats for Social Credit and Ban1080, have their hands out for donations.

But how about the big one – the New Zealand National Party? They’ve got the backing of China and local Chinese business interests.

What do people actually expect for their $5, $10, $100 whatever?  Perhaps they hope for a government that will introduce economic, social and environmental policies which they support.

However, do the Chinese government, and Chinese companies with a stake in New Zealand’s economy, want more? read more…

Carnival Time at Notting Hill

2017 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

When West London and the West Indies Meet

By Tom Aitken in London

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most public and spectacular products of the migration of West Indians to London during the 1950s.

It provides illustrations of the enjoyment that the elements in a carnival –– colourfully costumed processions and energetic dancing –– and the general remaking of normally fairly staid north European streets and squares as background for exuberance and the physical enjoyment of being alive.

Even staid and elderly persons like myself have been known to join in the fun. read more…

Who Wants A Fight With Winston?

2017 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Flight of Pollen” Launch This Saturday

2017 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A new board game launch

By Cushla McGaughey

JiL Hemming’s new board game, Flight of Pollen, will be launched from Mahara Gallery on Saturday 2 September from 11.00am.

Research and illustrations for the game were the work of Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey.

JiL says there’ll be teams of players to demonstrate and/or teach visitors how to play.

There will also be sample games to view and the how-to-play video, made by Kapanui School students, will have its first showing. People are welcome to pop in any time.

The introduction, will be brief, out of consideration for the children. They will then take over the proceedings. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 86

2017 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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Another Brilliant Bryson!

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bryson tackles science in his brilliant “A Short History of Nearly Everything”. This new book could as easily be categorised as “a short history of nearly everything else”. The Times

In top form again

By Roger Childs

Bill Bryson is the greatest non-fiction writer of the age. A bold claim; can anyone come up with an author to challenge him?

The American born scribe now comfortably settled in Norfolk, England, has an insatiable curiosity about things and the superb skills to research and write about them.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life  is another tour de force, as it examines all the rooms in their 1851 Rectory in East Anglia, and then shoot off at tangents on what they were used for, and any history worth telling about those activities.

Expounded in the usual fascinating Bryson style, this lavishly illustrated 553 page volume is absolutely magnificent! read more…

Birds of the Week: The Tui

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Honeyeater and pollinator

By Cushla McGaughey

Tui like the nectar of the kowhai

Tui belong to New Zealand’s unique family of honeyeaters.

They will travel long distances in search of nectar, congregating in spring on flowering plants and trees.

In summer and autumn they feed on berries and other small fruits.

Being highly mobile, they play an important part in the ecology of the forest by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. read more…

Revising NZ History 4: Wiremu Kingi – Waikanae to Waitara

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the latest in John Robinson’s popular series. To see the earlier articles, scroll down to August 10, 14 and 21.

Maori living in a time of change

By John Robinson

My first few articles on New Zealand history have dealt with the big picture – the total culture and population.  The focus now turns to the actors – the people whose ideas and actions defined early events.

Their lifetimes spanned two very different societies and social systems.

They were born into a world of violence and bloody intertribal warfare, and came to see the steady, if slow, establishment of law and order. 

They lived through a most extraordinary cultural revolution within Maori society, a complete transformation from a time when disputes over land ownership (taonga) were settled by might (with the spear, tao), to a rule of law.  read more…

Levin Librarians Trumped

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Author Judith Holloway, lyricist for a new National Anthem

Author asks: ‘Why do Librarians have to re-apply for their own jobs?”

By Alan Tristram

Well-known author Judith Holloway is angry and thereby hangs a tale.

So she’s taken to print to publicise the sad story of the librarians of Levin.

She’s asked the Horowhenua District Council why all librarians at Te Takere ( the main library and cultural centre in Levin) have had to re-apply for their own jobs — and why most of them are being made part-time. read more…

The Brilliant Black Ferns

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I felt as soon as we got that first try in the second half, I knew we had it. Black Ferns half back, Kendra Cocksedge

Women’s rugby comes of age

By Roger Childs

Well deserved World Cup champions

There was a time when rugby was considered too rough for women and girls; best left to the male of the species.

Then, when it started officially, there was scant media interest and games looked as bad as male college staff trying to beat the top girls’ netball team.

But those days are gone. Last Saturday, in front of a large enthusiastic crowd, the amateur Black Ferns comfortably beat the professional English team 41-32 to take the World Cup.  It was rugby of high quality. read more…

QE Park Farming Deplored

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

From Poplar Avenue looking south: On the left side of the photo, Manuka and native regrowth is evident. Over the fence on right side, grassland is only possible through drainage, spraying and grazing.

CALL TO RESTORE QE PARK WETLANDS

By Alan Tristram

The Raumati South Residents Association say they support the call by Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park to restore QE Park wetlands.

The Association President, Trevor Daniell, says: “ (Formerly) much of the Park was under water and local Maori could canoe from Raumati to Paekakariki.

“From the 1860s, QE Park was farmed by Pakeha settlers and the drainage of the ancient swamps began. read more…

Lessons From A Tight Test

2017 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. Duke of Wellington 1815

Never underestimate the opposition

By Roger Childs 

A tight one under the roof.

Last weekend it was a decisive 54-34; last night 35-29 in Dunedin on the back of a 77th  minute try.

There is an old sporting adage that you can only play as well as the opposition lets you.

In Sydney the Wallabies left yawning gaps in their defence which the All Blacks exploited unmercifully in the first 47 minutes.

Seven days later, it was clear that the Australians had done their homework. No easy ride this time. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85 Answers

2017 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to August 23.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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Peace Grants Available

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dr Viola Palmer (in blue jersey) at a recent gathering

Loxley grants for peace can be accessed in Kapiti

Kapiti peace activist and Quaker Viola Palmer has asked KIN to let locals know that they can apply now for peace grants.

She says grants of up to $1,000 are available for local peace projects.
“These Loxley grants are from a donation by the late Ken Loxley; applications close on 15 September 2017,” says Dr Palmer.

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Come Up And See Me Some Time!

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rethink Farming In QE Park?

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Farming and forestry are permitted on reserve land … where it is in the public interest…. 1977 Reserves Act

Queen Elizabeth Park land use in the news

By Roger Childs

Recent articles in the Kapiti News have raised issues about how the districts largest public reserve is being exploited by the farmers. Concerns over draining wetlands, poisoning pasture and altering the gates to allow for increased stock truck movements, raise doubts about whether the interests of the public are paramount.

Under the Reserves Act (quoted above) Queen Elizabeth Park is fundamentally a recreation reserve: Farming, forestry or any other commercial venture, needs to be in the public interest.

The administering body is the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) which in its wisdom has allowed a large farming operation to develop and expand. At the expense of the ratepayers, they provide the farmers with a large number of a capital items and services. read more…

Horowhenua Council Mystery

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Council CEO, David Clapperton

Why is CEO’s signature missing from ‘sensitive spending’ policy?

by Veronica Harrod 

Horowhenua correspondent

Unanswered questions remain as to why all of Horowhenua District Council’s general managers signed the 2016 sensitive expenditure policy except chief executive David Clapperton.
Mr Clapperton’s refusal to sign the policy was revealed in the ‘Peer Review of Sensitive Expenditure Internal Audit Horowhenua District Council’ report that the council contracted KPMG to complete after an Internal Audit (IA) described Mr Clapperton’s practice of blocking emails as extremely high risk.
According to a copy of the policy included in the KPMG review, if council officers did not adhere to the sensitive expenditure policy it, “may amount to misconduct or serious misconduct by the staff member which may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.” read more…

On The Hustings In Kapiti

2017 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Housing the hottest topic

By Jeremy Smith

Cold and unaffordable housing was the hottest topic in Kapiti’s first pre-election meeting on Wednesday evening.

The debate featured the National and Labour candidates for the two Kapiti electorates –  Mana and Otaki.

The four men were Labour’s Mana MP Kris Fa’afoi and his national challenger, Porirua businessman and former city councillor Euon Morrell, and Otaki MP and cabinet minister Nathan Guy and Labour challenger Rob McCann. read more…

New Zealand Memories Of The World

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…. building peace in the minds of men and women. UNESCO mandate

Part of a world-wide mission

By Roger Childs

The Taliban: destroyers of ancient heritage

Maintaining the world heritage is no easy task. Buildings, statues and libraries may survive for centuries and then be destroyed in the so-called modern world. Warsaw lost 95% of its documents in World War II.

More recently Serbian shelling and NATO bombing destroyed libraries in the 1990s Balkan War, and the Taliban and ISIS have obliterated priceless structures in Afghanistan and Syria.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Memories of the World mission is designed to preserve the planet’s documentary heritage and New Zealand has enthusiastically joined the project. read more…

Waikawa Copter Crash

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police responding to report of helicopter crash, Waikawa Beach

The Police say that at about 1:20pm they got a report of a helicopter crash on farm land near Drake Street, at Waikawa Beach.

Map showing Drake Street (dark outline) , Waikawa Beach, Horowhenua 

Emergency services are still responding to the incident, however initial reports from the scene say that the two occupants are both out of the aircraft.

Poice say an update will be provided when more information becomes available.

 

Sand Mining Will Disrupt Marine Life

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 (The recent approval for Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine for iron off the south Taranaki coastline is a huge environmental issue. Retired New Plymouth resident, Murray Crombie, was formerly the city’s DoC Area Manager, so his professional background lies in the protection and management of natural areas. In the article below he analyses the likely impact of this industrial venture.)

Iron sand extraction at what cost?

By Murray Crombie

Opunake students protesting (Photo credit: stuff)

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved with conditions, an application by Trans Tasman Resources Ltd. (TTR) to mine iron sand off the coast of Patea. (Their earlier application in 2014 was rejected.)

The mining licence covers an area of 65 square kilometres. The process will suction a huge quantity of sand and mud off the ocean bottom.

After iron ore is extracted, the residue is returned to the sea. This fine debris will, as depicted in the application, create a plume of sediment spreading east some 15 kilometres wide and 60 kilometres long, tailing out along the foreshore at Wanganui.

Marine ecosystems and species will be damaged and displaced by this work, as will people’s use of the worked area. read more…

National’s Core Values (Rotten)

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Once We Were One”: Review

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell Animal Farm

Exploding the myths and lies

By Roger Childs

Andy Oakley was brought up in Cannons Creek where he mixed with many different ethnic groups. He cares deeply about New Zealand society and what the future holds.

The key thesis of his book Once We Were One: The Fraud Of Modern Separatism is a plea for treating every New Zealander equally, regardless of where their many ancestors may have come from. Surely this is what we all want, and it lines up with the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

He is appalled at the way our early history has been twisted, to provide favoured status for people who have even the smallest connection with a group that came to be called Maori in the late 1840s. read more…

Otaki Fatal Crash

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

91-year-old dies in mobility scooter crash with car

Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Otaki.

Emergency services were called to Waerenga Rd, between Aotaki St and Kowhai Court, just after 4.30pm yesterday.

A 91-year-old man who was on the scooter died later in Palmerston North Hospital.

Police say his family has been informed.

And the incident is under investigation by the Serious Crash Unit.

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6.

    The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kiwi Kids Being Taught to Hate Wild Animals

2017 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

American academic alarmed 

by Ben Hope

Dr Marc Bekoff, an American professor of ecology, is alarmed at New Zealand school children in schools being taught to hate wild animals and even practise cruelty to them.

He blamed government policy as the catalyst saying the cruelty teachings were all part of the country’s war on wildlife, with government goal being to get rid of all predators by 2050.

I’m incredulous that something like this actually occurs, he said. read more…

More Books: Accentuate The Positive!

2017 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Excellent finale to the 1960s civil unrest trilogy

By Ralph McAllister

A mixed bag of books this month so let’s start with the best of a rather indifferent collection.

Greg Iles fans will need no encouragement to read the final part of his trilogy, Mississippi Blood.

This one spends most of the time in the courtroom as racial tension, bigotry and violence take centre stage in this gripping conclusion to the 1960s civil unrest in the Southern States.

The parallels with today are too obvious to dwell on, but this long 650 page saga is well worth attention as it is written by one of the best writers of the genre. read more…

NZ History Revised 3. Maori Population Recovery After 1840

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… inter-tribal warfare took many lives and produced a shortage of young and females, assuring a population decline for further generations.

Colonisation the reason for Maori population decline?

By John Robinson

The Maori population declined considerably during the first period of colonisation: by one third between the first census count in 1847 and the end of the century.

The claim has been made that, because they were at the same time, the decline must have been a consequence of that colonisation, and that many wrongs were done that must now be apologised for, and atoned for.

That simplistic argument does not tell of the cause of that decline, of when and why it began.  There is no explanation of just how those “wrongs” may have had such a significant impact on population. read more…

Buddies Kim and Donald

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unfortunately we don’t know the name of the
.cartoonist. Apologies to her or him.

Bird of the Week: Poaka

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Aussie import

By Cushla McGaughey

Pied Stilts (Poaka) occur widely around the world. They established themselves here thousands of years ago. Evolved in isolation, their plumage darkened to become our unique Black Stilt. They are largely confined to the braided rivers of the South Island and are considered the world’s rarest wader.

Present-day Pied Stilts were first recorded in New Zealand in 1854, self-introduced from Australia. These elegant waders are a common sight around the Waikanae Estuary. Their high-pitched yapping as they feed or fly can also be heard at night when they fly to other feeding locations.

Nests are usually close to or surrounded by water in open areas of swamps, estuaries and damp fields. Chicks hatch covered with down. They are able to leave the nest within a few hours to start foraging for food. read more…

Not Wanted — 1080 Drops In The Coromandel

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(With 1080 drops planned in the hills behind Waikanae in September (See the article on August 3), we publish concerns and views about the Coromandel scene. We will approach the Waikanae Community Board for their reactions to this and the plans for the Waikanae hills.)

A plea for help to SPCA

We citizens, on the Coromandel, are struggling to assist the Department of Conservation (DOC), to choose trapping over poison 1080. Moehau is fully tracked, there is insufficient rationale for the use of aerial 1080 but the mindset seems in paralysis.

I have heard nothing so would appreciate some action. It appears DOC will not listen to local communities however if there is a small chance that your organisation could be seen to be supporting rural conservationists in their pursuit of humane wild animal control this could be helpful.

Reihana Robinson, spokesperson Upper Coromandel Landcare Association read more…

All Blacks Decisive Victory

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

First blood in Sydney

By Roger Childs

Barrett denied late in the game

After 47 minutes the All Blacks were ahead 54-6, but didn’t score again. Meanwhile the Wallabies ran in four converted tries to gain some respectability with 34 points by the end of play.

However in the lead up to Folau’s try there was a forward pass, a knock–on and an off side. All were clearly shown in the replays, but the unpredictable Wayne Barnes awarded the try!

Then a few minutes later he denied Beauden Barrett a charge-down try when he appeared to  have pressed the ball momentarily before Bernard Foley, Barnes ruled that their actions were simultaneous! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 84 Answers

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to attempt the latest challenge, scroll down to August 16.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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Metiria Turei: Green Wrecker

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s not easy being Green. Kermit the frog

What was she thinking?

By Roger Childs

Poor political judgement

We can all look back to youthful indiscretions.

However what happened back then can stay in the past, unless it was criminal.  Metiria Turia was a key element in the rise of the Green Party and along with James Shaw, they looked Great Together.

Now those election billboards, and many are still standing, have a hollow ring.

Turei has gone down and taken the Green Party with her. Her resignation came too late, after her revelations of cheating the benefit system and then stubbornly refusing to budge from the co-leadership.

The public has punished the Greens in the polls, and the sad thing is that it could have been avoided. read more…

Special Effects

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Merkel the New Kohl ?

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

German elections — it looks like Merkel will keep ‘driving through the fog’

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

Helmut Kohl was the German Chancellor from 1982 till 1998. But he died embittered in June this year at the age of 87.

It’s interesting that from 1990 he supported a young woman from East-Germany, and made her Minister and later Secretary-General of his conservative

Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in the early 1990’s. 

Party. Her name: Angela Merkel.

After Kohl lost his Chancellorship in 2001, she saw her chance: In a party donation affair she forced her former patron  to resign from the honorary chair of the party.

In this Merkel acted very calculatedly and coldly against Kohl. Then she captured the leadership of the CDU. Kohl never forgave her.

read more…

GWRC Responds On The Gates Removal

2017 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The article below came through as a Comment on our Memorial Gates article. ( Scroll down to August 10.) Because of the public interest about the unannounced removal of the original 1963 gates, we have decided to publish Amanda Cox’s Comment in full on the home page.

Resolving issues with KUSMT

By Amanda Cox, Parks Manager, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)

The new sliding gate

GWRC has met with representatives of the Kapiti United States Marines Trust (KUSMT) to resolve issues relating to the removal and replacement of the Heritage gates in Queen Elizabeth Park.

While communication on the issue has not been as good as it could’ve been, both parties acknowledge an enduring and extremely good working relationship that has seen them achieve a great deal together.

We regret any upset this has caused. read more…

Aesthetic Views Or Noise Reduction?

2017 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expressway options?

By Roger Childs

The expressway looking south to the Raumati Road bridge. The Wharemauku Stream bridge is on the left.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has recently built elaborate, solid seats in places where people can rest and view the new wetlands and the expressway.

They have also laid plenty of green surface material on the cycleways/walkways where there are entrances and intersections.

One wonders about the spending priorities.

There is a crying need for money to be spent on noise reduction, so that Kapiti citizens can get a good night’s sleep, notably in the area between Raumati Road and the Wharemauku Stream. read more…

Letter From London

2017 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Now Is the Summer of Our Discontent

By Tom Aitken in London

Recent events which, taken together, suggest a nation in restrained turmoil ––which makes the future course of Britain somewhat unpredictable.

The general election that took place in June solved none of the problems that Prime Minister Theresa May hoped it would solve.

Quite the reverse in fact. It failed to produce a majority for any of the competing parties. The Conservatives under Theresa May won more seats than any other single party, but not more than all the other parties put together. read more…

Bishop Out Of Order And Out of Office?

2017 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The situation of Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, must now have made it obvious to the Turnbull government that if it survives it will have to begin the process of amending the constitution provisions on the eligibility of MPs. Sydney Morning Herald August 15 2017

Salvos across the Tasman

By Roger Childs

Barnaby Joyce: the man in the spotlight

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has become a respected figure on the world scene in recent years, but has tipped the ink pot on her copybook over Joyce’s potential resignation over partial New Zealand citizenship.

Obviously the two cross-Tasman Labo(u)r  parties didn’t consult over the issue, but it was the Australian media who have put the skids under their deputy prime minister.

Bishop went over the top accusing New Zealand of interfering in Australia’s internal affairs. read more…

‘Hit and Run’ Inquiry Now!

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager’s film — Kiwis must demand inquiry into SAS and civilian deaths in Afghanistan

By Alan Tristram

KIN columnist Mandy Hager has given our readers the chance to see a new video exposing the SAS’s part in the deaths of  six innocent Afghan civilians, and the

‘Hit and Run’ — Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson expose a terrible war crime in Afghanistan

wounding 0f 15 others, in a raid seven years ago.

Numerous Army and Government cover-ups have prevented the public knowing the facts — and our Government is still refusing to order an independent inquiry. Here’s Mandy Hager’s introduction.

Mandy Hager

A short guide to a war crime involving NZ secret forces

By Mandy Hager

This film is a short guide for those who haven’t read the book or were confused by the Defence Force denials at their song and dance show!

See the video below.

read more…

West Coast Magic

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Riding the Wilderness Trail

By Sandra Smith

Punakaiki pancake rocks

There’s been a bit of a buzz recently about the West Coast Wilderness Trail. I thought I would check it out for you!

The West Coast of New Zealand is already a favourite destination for travellers. It matters not whether you arrive from the north through the beautiful Buller Gorge, or from the south via the stunning Haast Pass, it will be a memorable expereience.

The West Coast has scenery like no other: bush covered mountains, a stone’s throw it seems from the often wild Tasman Sea, rushing rivers, pancake rocks (Punakaiki) and of course the wonderful hospitality from the laid back ‘Coasters’ who will make your stay one to remember. read more…

Anzac Union Postponed

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 83

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Keeping The Memory Of The World

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992. Impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. UNESCO website

Credit UNESCO

How New Zealand is involved

By Roger Childs

Kapiti Friends of the Library have invited Dianne McCaskill who is the Chair of the New Zealand Memory of the World Programme to speak about the programme and how the New  Zealand register

Dianne McCaskill

of documents is being developed.

  • On Sunday 20 August at 2:30
  • In the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room.

read more…

Mahara’s Resident Artist

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paul Forrest with Waikanae School students

‘Halo Effect’ creator is Gallery’s first Artist in Residence

By Bianca Begovich

Wellington artist Paul Forrest has become Mahara Gallery’s first Artist in Residence — contributing his ‘Halo Effect – Nga Manu’ art works to the current exhibition of paintings on the environmental theme of “seed” by pupils of Raumati South Primary School.

Paul is spending two weeks in the Gallery, talking to school and adult groups about his art and his enthusiasm for nature and birds in particular.

 
Mahara Gallery Director Janet Bayly says the Halo Effect – Nga Manu exhibition complements the current major exhibition It’s the sixth art and environment project the Gallery has developed in partnership with Nga Manu Nature Reserve and with the financial support of the Philipp Family Foundation. read more…

Youthquest Kapiti Setting An Example

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s become clear that there is a small group of around 150 very serious young offenders for whom our Youth Justice System in its current form just doesn’t work. Prime Minister Bill English

Kapiti Boot Camps

By John Granville and Roger Childs

Clearly the Kapiti Independent “Comment of the Week” is suggesting that Bill English’s boot camp idea is equivalent to Hitler Youth Camps.

I am all in favour of Bill English’s initiative IF it means the government will fund existing programmes for Youth at Risk.

Bill English’s initiative for Youth at Risk already exists in a different and appropriate form for Youth at Risk in Kapiti. read more…

Neutral Host For Election Debates Essential

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I am saddened by the choice of Mike Hosking as election debate presenter not only because as a National supporter, he’s so bigoted, but also because I will miss seeing the political leaders, leaving the TV firmly off if Hosking is presenter. Graham Bathgate 

Mike Hosking unsuitable to present

Definitely not politically neutral

Please replace Mike Hosking as the host for the upcoming election debates on August 31, September 14 and September 20. Hosking is well known for his aggressively right wing views in his segments as a political commentator. As such, Hosking cannot be trusted to present each candidate fairly in a moderated debate.

Section 4(1)(d) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 requires broadcasters to maintain standards consistent with the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest. read more…

NZ History Revised 2: The Insecurity Of Tribal Life

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The reality of New Zealand history

By John Robinson

I have introduced myself, in “Revisionism of revisionism: taking history back to reality”, (Scroll down to August 10), as the author of several books on New Zealand history, with a focus on the key role of the Maori actors in the unfolding drama.

Here I note some features of pre-contact Maori tribal life, to consider what the movement of tribes meant for those whose lands, and lives, were taken from them.

As I have read further historical accounts, I have often found a common story, repeated many times over the centuries, of tribal movement to conquer and replace the then ‘people of the land’. read more…

Pollinating our flowers

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Insects and birds do the work

By Cushla McGaughey

Mountain lacebark

Our small native bees have only short tongues and butterflies species are few.

To set seed, insect-pollinated flowers must also attract beetles, flies and an abundance of moths. That’s why most native flowers are white.

It’s a colour visible to all pollinating visitors, especially night-flying moths.

The flowers usually have simple shapes so that nectar is easy to reach. Strong scent is often an added lure. read more…

Review: Dunkirk – Sand, Sea And Air

2017 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dunkirk is about suffering and bravery, about individuals who care less about themselves  than about a greater good. Stephanie Zacharek TIME Magazine

Telling the personal stories within the big picture

By Roger Childs

It was a momentous event early in World War II, and enabled Britain to battle on against Nazi Germany. Over 300,000 French, Dutch and British troops were rescued from the Dunkirk beach after being corralled there in May 1940 by German Panzer divisions.

Christopher Nolan’s movie, which is the first to focus entirely on Dunkirk, is told mainly from the point of view of individual participants – soldiers, sailors, airmen and boat owners. The film is predictably noisy, but the cinematography is very impressive and the acting first class.

However in providing only minimal historical context and jumping around between men on the beach, Spitfire pilots and one pleasure boat in the “Armada”, the film sometimes loses its way: three and a half stars. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 82 Answers

2017 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • If you would still like a go scroll down to August 9.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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Expressway Noise Continues To Annoy

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA not answering the key questions

By Nick Fisher, Expressway Noise Action Group

Beyond the Wharemauku Bridge there is an elevated section close to houses which has no bunds or sound walls to deaden the noise.

Kapiti residents have been told there is little chance of respite from the expressway noise in the medium term.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have employed two consultants, a PR specialist and a Planner, to field all noise inquiries and are refusing to answer any noise related questions.

Below is a list of action points that NZTA have committed to.

However there is no mention of a commitment to reduce noise, nor an acceptance that there is a problem. If NZTA spent as much on solving the problems as they spend on consultants to tell us we there isn’t a noise problem, there wouldn’t be a problem! read more…

Review: Pacey Kapiti-Based Crime Novel

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claire Hardcastle flies again!

By Roger Childs

Penelope Haines lives on the Kapiti Coast and in an earlier life was a flying instructor. She operated out of Paraparaumu Airport and now, as a crime writer she has her leading character doing the same.

Straight and Level is the second thriller which features Claire as the first person narrator. I haven’t yet read Death on D’Urville which obviously establishes the main setting and the key players in what will ultimately be a Hardcastle trilogy. However, reading number two first showed that the book can stand alone as an authentic, comprehensible story.

Penelope writes well and has produced a fast moving and dramatic story with settings that range from the Sounds to the Urewera. read more…

Leadership in the Bunker

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police Want Help in Kidnap Case

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Appeal for van sightings in taxi driver kidnapping

 

Detective Sergeant Richard Gibson says the Wellington Police are appealing for sightings of a white van believed to be linked to the kidnapping and assault of a taxi driver in the wider Ngauranga area on Wednesday morning.

Police believe the vehicle, a white Toyota Probox similar to that in the image above left , registration FLY984, travelled from Auckland to Wellington last Sunday. read more…

Cr Scott Back in Council

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Cr Scott takes full part in his 1st KCDC meeting for three months

By KIN Local Govt. reporter Jeremy Smith

KCDC councillor David Scott facing a High Court trial for indecent assault, resumed formal council duties when he returned to the council meeting room yesterday for the first time since May.

Scott, 71, has pleaded not guilty to the charge which involves a female staff member. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sensible Water Policies

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Action at last on crucial water issues?

By Roger Childs

A long overdue fresh approach on water

After endless fudging by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, on the parlous state of our waterways, Labour’s new leader is seizing the cow by the horns.

We know that the election will be won and lost on policies, although a charismatic leader will help! Ardern has quickly started the process of telling New Zealand what her new government will do to tackle some of the nation’s many problems.

Jacinda Ardern is proposing a clean-up of our rivers and charging commercial entities for using our precious water resources. Many farmers are howling, but some of them have been plundering and polluting our waterways for decades.

Labour’s fresh approach is heartening, but can it be implemented? read more…

Getting To The Truth About NZ History

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we welcome a new columnist in Dr John Robinson. John lives in Waikanae and his writings on our past challenge many of the politically correct myths which many so-called professional historians perpetuate.

Revisionism of revisionism: taking history back to reality

By John Robinson

I am a retired scientist with an interest in New Zealand history.

I have written a few books on the interactions among and between Maori and Europeans in the early days of contact.

I moved to Waikanae early this year, and have prepared a series of articles introducing some of the information I have gathered.

This first one is an introduction to my background and history writing. read more…

The Real News

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Smashed buses after the biggest Christchurch quake

DISASTER CAPITALISM

By Murray Horton in Christchurch. Murray Horton has been a political activist and writer since 1969. He is the Organiser for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc).

Having endured the 2010/11 seismic reign of terror in Christchurch, I, like all Cantabrians, have my share of war stories.

Such as having been upstairs in the CTV Building on the morning of February 22, 2011 – two hours after he shook my hand and went back into that building, the 25 year-old reporter who had interviewed me was dead. He told me he’d worked there for a week.

His name is now one of those on the city’s Earthquake Memorial.

But the lessons to be learnt from the country’s greatest natural disaster in its recorded history are not only of the personal kind. read more…

Be Careful What You Ask For

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Memorial Gates Changes: Secretive & Dishonest?

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU. PRESENTED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD WAR II ARRIVAL OF THE SECOND MARINE DIVISION. SECOND MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION 1963

A huge event for Kapiti

By Roger Childs

Crowds turned out to see the Prime Minister open the gates. (Photo courtesy of John Porter)

Prime Minister, Keith Holyoake, opened the Memorial Gates at the Mackay Crossing entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park in 1963. It was one of the largest official events in the history of the Kapiti Coast.

The gates were paid for by the Second Marine Division Association (see the words of their plaque above), and the New Zealand-American Association (NZAA).

Marine veterans came from all over the United States for the occasion: they marched through the streets of Wellington before being heading out to Paekakariki.

In the middle of 2017, the gates were removed and left in the grass near the Park nursery. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turei Should Resign

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Green Party has lost its third person in two days, with Susanne Ruthven, candidate for Hutt South, announcing she’s withdrawing from the candidacy at a debate on Tuesday night. Newshub, 8 August

Some Greens see red

By Roger Childs

After the euphoria generated by Jacinda Ardern elevation to Labour stardom, the last thing the Left wanted was for the Greens to self-destruct.

Co-leader, Metiria Turei, has done her best to destroy the party’s “clean green” image with recent revelations of benefit and electoral fraud. However she stubbornly won’t relinquish the co-leadership.

Respected senior MPs Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, from the environmental wing of the Greens, have had enough and are pulling out at the election. And the Hutt South candidate has also withdrawn. read more…

David Scott Set To Return

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Kapiti Cr David Scott says he’ll be at tomorrow’s meeting — his 1st in three months

 

Kapiti Councillor David Scott, banned from KCDC premises since being charged with indecency more than three months ago, has told KIN he intends to turn up at a Council meeting tomorrow morning.

He’s been banned from the Council premises in Paraparaumu since appearing in Court in early May charged with indecently assaulting a woman Council worker during a tea break. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 82

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Bird of the Week: Kereru

2017 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dispersing seed skills

By Cushla McGaughey

Puriri drupes

Seedlings have best chance of survival when they grow far from the parent tree. To catch the eye of hungry birds, seeds are brightly packaged in berries and drupes of all shapes and sizes.

Tui and bellbirds can swallow smaller fruits whole, dropping seeds wherever they fly. The kaka, our biggest forest parrot, grinds the seeds of fruit it eats.

Only plus-sized kereru can gulp down very large drupes, such as those of puriri and miro. The seeds survive intact to grow even better, spread anywhere around a home range of about 20 km. read more…

Students and ‘He Kakano, Seed’

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raumati South students taking part in the He Kakano project

Art, Science and Environment linked for Kapiti schoolchildren

By Bianca Begovich

He Kākano, Seed, a collaborative project between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School, was launched last week and is currently showing at the Mahara Gallery.

The project, supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF), links science, environmental themes and creativity via a day trip to Ngā Manu, followed by a visit to the gallery.   read more…

Crusaders Worthy Super Rugby Champions

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The recipe for success

By Roger Childs

The Christchurch based franchise overcame the travel, altitude and 60,000 screaming Lions fans to win the Super Rugby title on Saturday. The result confirmed what most fans knew: they were the best team in the competition, just ahead of the Hurricanes.

They were very well coached by Scott Robertson and his staff, and were steeped in the traditional Canterbury rugby culture which has been a key factor in bringing competition success so often in the past.

However, there were a number of very good teams in the mix, notably the other four New Zealand franchises.  What made the Crusaders the best side? read more…

Flight of Pollen

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Board game launch

By Cushla McGaughey

Jill Hemming’s new board game, Flight of Pollen, will be launched

 ~ from  Mahara Gallery

~ on Saturday 2 September.

Research and illustrations for the game were the work of Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey.

Some of her bird paintings and original game illustrations feature in Mahara’s current environmental-themed exhibition, three new shows wonderfully curated by Director, Janet Bayly ( see story ‘He Kakano, Seed’ above ). read more…

Hospital Petition Takes Off

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s Mayor K  (Guru) Gurunathan

14,000 sign Petition for Coast Community Hospital

Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan says more than a quarter of the population of the Kapiti Coast ( 27 per cent) have now signed the petition for a community hospital.

 

He says that since the  Kapiti Health Coalition ( KHC) launched their petition for a Kapiti Community Hospital on 12 July more than 14,000 people (27% of the Kapiti population) have signed and signalled their support. read more…

Creativity Home And Abroad

2017 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Some literary escapism

By Gill Ward

Well around solstice time we are entering into hopeful thoughts. Yes?

The days are getting longer, if not brighter so let’s slip into some literary escapism and intellectual exercise.

Oh well I can hear you mutter – she’s a fine one to be talking about intellectual exercise. Why?

Did you just see me throw down my London Review of Books in despair and run to write this instead? There was one thing in the edition that appealed.

They run a ‘personal column’ I don’t think it’s quite as funny as the ones in New York Review of Books but then I haven’t been reading that lately.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 81 Answers

2017 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to 2 August.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers below.

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The Fugitive

2017 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How Helen Missed Out

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Movies you must see, starting with ‘My Year With Helen’

By Prue Hyman 

Maybe I should be writing about my thoughts on the election with Jacinda Ardern’s accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turia’s benefit stretching revelations, but so much has already been written and I just can’t face it – maybe in September or when the election is over.

Regular readers of my column will already know that I favour a change of government with as many Green MPs as possible – and none of the recent events has changed my views on that! read more…

Time for a Change?

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Comedy Debate 11 August at 7.30pm

Venue: Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Road Paraparaumu.

Join us for a fun filled evening of comedy as the Paraparaumu Branch hosts our annual comedy debate.

Featuring Pinky Agnew (team captain and final debate after 16 years), Graham Kelly (former MP) Kieran McAnulty (candidate), Rob McCann (candidate), Iain Lees-Galloway (MP), Steph Lewis (candidate) and Annette King (MP).

Tickets are $20 waged, $15 unwaged.

Contact Beryl Barr 04 902 2950 for tickets – and invite your friends!

 

Teens Tip Ardern

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jacinda’s appeal to young people

By Graham Bathgate 

On Sunday, July 30th there was a discussion held by the Kapiti Labour Committee at the Kapiti Uniting Church.

The topic was Labour values.

Two schoolgirls in the group, Sophie Handford and Niamh Prendergast, sang the praises of Jacinda Ardern, saying that she embodied what was important for young people in New Zealand, someone who could communicate a clear vision for the future.

They also cited her enthusiasm and energy as appealing to younger voters, intimating with prescience that she would make a fine leader. read more…

1080 Drop Planned Behind Waikanae

2017 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be aware that KIN has taken a strong line against the continuing use of 1080 poison on our land. However, the story below is important local news, so we publish it to inform Kapiti readers on what is going to be happening in the hills behind Waikanae. Comments are welcome.

Targeting TB spreading possums

By Rob Cross, Kapiti Coast District Council Biodiversity Officer

The main target

Though the aerial 1080 operation planned to cover native bush behind Waikanae will target possums to control the spread of Bovine TB, it will also significantly benefit native flora and fauna.

Large areas will be covered that have never had effective pest animal control before.

These areas have been ravaged by possums, stoats and rats for decades, and have served as pest animal reservoirs feeding pests into areas where pests have been controlled, such as Hemi Matenga Reserve. read more…

Poem of the Week: Rituals

2017 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Commitment

By Julie Leibrich

Some years ago my sister-in-law Lilla gave us one of her beautiful quilts for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was the ‘wedding ring pattern’. With every stitch made by hand, it must have been a labour of love.

I have thought a lot about love this year. Maybe the word love should be reserved until a relationship has lasted for a long time and gone through many ups and downs. Maybe love is what happens though commitment.

May be love is commitment itself.

read more…

Pass The Ball!

2017 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 81

2017 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jacinda Can?

2017 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

24 hours is a long time in politics. Winston Churchill

Changing the political landscape

By Roger Childs

Last night we were at the wonderful comedy show Destination Beehive, centred on the election battle for the Tinakori Heights electorate.

Whereas on Monday evening the audience saw Andrew Little creeping round the stage, we were treated to the new Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, striding the boards like a Colossus.

The political pundits will argue that it is unwise to change horses in mid-stream leading into an election campaign.

Back in 2013 the egotistical, unpredictable Kevin Rudd stabbed Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the back and took Australian Labor down to its worst election defeat in decades.

But this horse has a great set of teeth and plenty of substance behind them. Jacinda is no show pony. read more…

US Intern Enjoys New Zealand Experience

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was great to get the chance to experience another political environment. Julia Adams

Here helping Labour on the ground

By Roger Childs

The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

Julia Adams is from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where the American Declaration of Independence was signed on 4 July, 1776. Politics is one of her key interests.

She is a student at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, and is doing research in international relations and politics, while studying for a B Sc. Her empirically driven programme touches on fields such as defence, foreign policy and America-China relations.

Earlier in the year she heard from her adviser about the opportunity to go to New Zealand and assist the Labour Party in the lead up to the 2017 general election. read more…

Book Review: I am Malala

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An inspirational story

By Tony Fraei

I’m sure that most of you may have heard of this young lady. You may recall the news of when she was shot in the head by the Taliban, in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, returning home from school on a bus.

She is also the youngest ever person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, covers her life up to the age of 16. Today she is only 20 years old.

Her book is one the most inspiring that I have read. It is not too long and I managed to read it in one sitting. read more…

Birtwhistle Puts Some Humour Into Triathlon

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Would it be fair to say that your running is stronger that your maths? Interviewer to Jacob Birtwhistle

A slight miscalculation

By Roger Childs

There can be accidents in transition

Triathlon is a serious business and is one of the tougher sports as it combined three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running.

It is also has its risks, as you can be bashed or kicked in the melee around the buoys on the swim. And there is always the possibility of crashing on the bike, especially if the roads are slippery.

However in Edmonton last weekend promising Australian triathlete, Jacob Birtwhistle, added a bit of humour. read more…

Sisters Housing Takeover

2017 August 1
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by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Council says pensioner housing sale will be positive for Horowhenua 

All Horowhenua District Council’s pensioner housing tenants will remain and gain access to regular nurse visits and other new services as a result of the pending sale of the 115 units to experienced community housing provider Compassion Housing Ltd.

There will be an equal shareholding between the Sisters of Compassion and Willis Bond & Co private investors. The two have a long standing relationship. read more…

Labour Loses Signs

2017 August 1
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by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 

Housing Meeting Billboards Stolen

 

Labour candidate Rob McCann says the sudden disappearance of three large signs is as much a concern about political issues as it is about sign theft.

 

“Obviously we are not pleased to have three large signs stolen from three different areas on the same night, but the bigger concern is the message on the signs, and that is the housing crisis being faced by many throughout our region.

 

“It’s pretty clear this was not a random act repeated three times and the idea that someone is so scared that we are talking about the housing crisis, that they would steal these signs should be concerning for everyone.

 

“There are people in our community without homes, people staying in motels, staying on other people’s couches and families moving further north because they can’t afford the rent. There are parents and grandparents worrying about whether their children will ever be able to buy a house. We should be able to talk about those issues, without someone trying to silence us,” says Mr McCann.

 

The signs were last seen on Wednesday and by Thursday had vanished, in some cases with the entire wooden framework.

 

“You always expect a drawn on eye-patch or some moustache to be added to political signs from time to time, but to have the signs stolen is rare. This isn’t the work of kids. The removal required power tools and a large trailer. Democracy is about people being able to have an opinion. That someone or some party should be removing signs about the housing crisis is wrong on so many levels.”

 

Mr McCann says his team will get as many signs replaced as quickly as possible.  Someone certainly made an effort as the Housing Meeting signs were 2.4m x 1.2m and located on the Paraparaumu College Roundabout, outside Coastlands on Rimu Road and on the roundabout in Otaki on SH1.

 

 

The Housing Meeting will be held on Saturday 12 August at the Hope Centre Hall in Levin from 2pm to 3:30pm