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Reflecting On The Past In Central

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Taking it all in on the ride back

By Carol Sawyer

Schist outcrops near Middlemarch

I have just spent five days away, staying in sweet little Apple Blossom Cottage, built in the 1890’s, on the outskirts of Dunedin.  This was during the heatwave: 34C was the highest temperature reached during the day, and it didn’t seem to drop below the mid twenties at night.

Sutton rail crossing

I drove back to Central Otago on Wednesday, in the same heat, and decided to take the slightly longer, but quieter, route through the Maniototo, via Middlemarch, Oturehua and Ophir.

It was too hot and lovely a day to do anything other than savour the countryside and the emptiness and peace and silence that still exists in that part of the world, and what is normally a 3 1/2 hour trip took me 6 1/2 hours. read more…

Horo. Pollies of the Year (Part II)

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin — centre of secrecy?

 Shadow boxing with the public on development in Horowhenua

By Veronica Harrod

Last week Kapiti Independent News revealed that Horowhenua District Council removed a webpage that included information about the council’s economic development board after it received an Official Information Act request for minutes of board meetings held in 2016 and 2017.

It was also revealed residents and ratepayers were not consulted on the Horowhenua’s economic development 2014-2017 strategy or the 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan despite the fact both documents continue to have a disproportionate amount of power and influence over decisions made by council.

So who are the main players in this tail wagging the dog political environment? read more…

Visual Records Of UNICEF’s Work

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tanna Island volcano

Fascinating videos of progress

By Roger Childs

Ethan Donnell is UNICEF NZ’s Leader of Digital Content. Late last year he spoke to a Kapiti group about digital records he’s made of the organisation’s work in

  • Vanuatu
  • Kiribati
  • New Zealand.

As always, UNICEF’s projects aim to improve the lives not only of children, but also whole communities. read more…

Emelia On The Road

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It has all started this morning!

By Roger Childs

Emelia at Kaka Point in Southland yesterday

Emelia Lahti is from Finland and is running the length of New Zealand to raise awareness about domestic violence.

In our story on January 15 we had her starting at Cape Reinga. To set the record straight, it is the other way round! She’ll be on the road now heading north from Bluff.

She hopes to do 50 ultra marathons in 50 days! It’s a big ask, however she is a very determined young woman!

We’ll keep you posted!

(To find out more go to https://www.emilialahti.com/)

Summer At The Beach

2018 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 105

2018 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10.

    The third quiz for 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Harriet Bright: Pencil Specialist

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mid-summer garden

By Kate Hartmann

Paekakariki based artist Harriet Bright continues to impress with her skill with the pencil.

Well known for her beautiful renderings of the human form, this time Harriet has captured the charm and chaos of a summer’s day in the garden hunting down chickens.

“Catching Chickens”, a framed pencil and conte drawing on board, is drawn from the viewpoint of the artist and takes in a full kaleidoscope of Harriet’s garden:

I wanted to show the glorious detail, but also the ever changing, confusing nature of the garden in midsummer, complete with escaped chickens, my own hand reaching to part the grass and lunge for one of them, my day-dreamy daughter, odd angles of the house, the fence, snatched views from here and there.  read more…

Horo. Pollies of 2017

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The Horowhenua District Council building in Levin — keeping the public in the shade?

Horowhenua’s Economic Board members win 2017 award (for secrecy)

By KIN Horowhenuq correspondenmt Veronica Harrod (Part I of II)

Levin — centre of land frenzy?

My choice for Local Horowhenua Politicians of 2017 goes to members of the Council’s Economic Development Board. But this is for all the wrong reasons: Secrecy, lack of democracy and lack of public input.

After an Official Information Act request was made for the 2016 and 2017 HDC economic board minutes, the council removed information about the economic development board from its website.

Council’s communications advisor Trish Hayward said, “Council is in the process of updating the information, layout and photographs on the Horowhenua Economic Development Board page of our website. read more…

The Wonderful Forgotten World Highway

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Stratford to Taumaranui the long way!

By Sandra Smith

Progress…. always progress. The roads and railway lines around us are often superceded by a straighter, faster and more direct route.

This leaves behind smaller, now less used roads and sometimes the once thriving towns dwindle. But that is not to say that the communities do not survive.

An example of this is the “Forgotten World Highway” which runs between Stratford in Taranaki and Taumaranui in the King Country – Highway 43,  some 148 kms long. read more…

SISU: Doing Something About Violence

2018 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sisu means extraordinary determination, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Emelia Lahti

Emelia from Finland is here in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

I was one of hundreds of millions who experience domestic violence at the hands of a domestic partner. That was seven years ago in New York. Her motto now is Sisu not silence.

She has built a campaign to increase awareness of the problems and show survivors that there is a lot of life on the other side of the trauma.

So what’s she doing in New Zealand?

On January 18 she will start at Cape Reinga to run to  Invercargill. Along the way she will organise events and encourage people to join her and/or follow her progress online. read more…

Austin Mitchell Returns

2018 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Austin Mitchell, former UK MP and doyen of the political broadcasters in NZ

‘Revenge of the Rich

The neo-liberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand’

By Austin Mitchell (Biteback Publishing (UK): Canterbury University press NZ)

Reviewed by Jeremy Smith

Back in the mid-late 60’s, academic Austin Mitchell was busy man- writing books about the New Zealand politics, presenting entertaining lectures at Canterbury University and appearing on our single channel television as one of the first current affairs stars. read more…

Auckland Tennis: Good And Bad

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great to see the stars, but …

By Roger Childs

Champion at last: Julia Goerges

The recent ATP Auckland tournaments which are lead ups to next week’s Australian Open, were a mixed bag.

World number 10, Roberto Bautista Agut was a worthy winner, and played a semi final which was the match of the two weeks, while last year’s champion American Jack Sock was a dead loss.

On the women’s side German Julia Goerges, who has supported the tournament for many years, at last won the big trophy.

However, possibly the best female player in the draw, Barbora Strycova, looked unbeatable at times, then dreadful. read more…

Pictures Of The Week: Auckland Sun

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sunrise 5.00am

Four photos from the same location

By Howard Chamberlain

Here are four photos taken while was in Auckland on 29 Nov 2017.

I was conducting some research for my NZ Korea Roll and started at 5.00 am.

The next three were taken at 20.00 then 20.35 the 23.05. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 104 Answers

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2

    You can still do the second challenge for 2018 by scrolling down to January 10.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Vote For NZ’s Favourite Sporting Moment

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Choose from eleven 2017 highlights

The Halberg Foundation has announced eleven sporting highlights for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment of 2017. This is the one category in the Halberg Awards that the public chooses.

The sporting moment award gives the New Zealand public the opportunity to choose the nation’s most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting moment, game or series in 2017. 

The highlights include moments from cricket, tennis, rugby, yachting, softball, athletics, canoe racing and motor racing. read more…

Jacinda’s Summer Holiday

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Things are going swimmingly!

‘Real’ Left Must Pressure Govt.

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Summer is here — and so is climate change

By Prue Hyman

 For those of us lucky enough to live close to a beach, this Summer has been heavenly, with lots of swimming. But there were still too many floods and droughts.

Anyone who still denies that the increasing frequency of these extreme events is mainly due to human excesses leading to global warming is in cloud cuckoo land.

So summer and politics are not separate – we all need to decide what we can do in our personal and political lives to make a difference on carbon emissions and climate change. read more…

A Tom Scott Masterpiece

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Drawn Out is brilliant!

By Roger Childs

This is Tom Scott, the wider family, friends, colleagues, politicians and world movers and shakers – wrinkles, warts and all.

The man is a living legend: virtuoso journalist, cartoonist, playwright and entertainer.

The cover calls it A SERIOUSLY FUNNY MEMOIR and this is an apt description.

As expected, the pages are riddled with cartoons and humorous observations, but there is also plenty of perceptive, poignant, tragic and wonderfully descriptive writing.

Definitely five star stuff. read more…

Ecotourism On The Mainland

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Blue penguins: magic!

By Tony Fraei

After Xmas Allison and I went with our son, daughter in law and two grandchildren for a week in the South Island

Our daughter in law is from Bristol and had visited NZ some three times already but never seen the “main land”

One of our favourite spots is Oamaru. We spent two nights there and our team selected the Blue-Penguin Colony as a must for an evening visit.

It appeared an ideal selection as none of the party had been, and the two granddaughters were particularly very keen. read more…

End of Life Choice: Get Involved!

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A real bill this time!

By Ann David

No, you’re not seeing double nor are you having a déjà vu experience.

The issue is back again and this time there’s a real bill to comment on.

This is unlike in 2015/2016 when Parliament was merely canvassing our opinions on assisted dying.

Here’s the story. read more…

Skewing New Zealand History

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Honesty is the best policy. Old proverb

National institution slants our story

By Roger Childs

A country’s history is a key element of its culture.

Consequently it is vital that our young people understand what has gone before and fully appreciate the heritage they are heirs to.

However, the messages must be as accurate and objective as possible. Our history is too important to be sanitised to suit a particular agenda.

So why is the National Library doing just that? read more…

Rodger Fox Back In Kapiti

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Popular jazzman returns

By Mary Gow

The Kapiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of jazz, and most of them will be fans of New Zealand’s premier jazzman, Rodger Fox.

Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekakariki are kicking off their 2018 season on 27 January with a hot summer’s Saturday night of jazz, swing, Latin – not forgetting some blues on the side!

It will include Rodger with his Jazz Ensemble, and special guest singer, Erna Ferry.

A good time will be had by all! read more…

Guru’s Defamation Case Costs

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K (Guru) Gurunathan

Kapiti Council says insurer could cover Mayor’s court costs

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has replied to KIN on the vexed question of ‘Who pays for the costs?’ associated with Mayor K Gurunathan’s defamation case.

The Mayor is alleged to have defamed Raechel and Vince Osborne in the dispute over their macrocarpa hedge adjoining Te Moana Road in Waikanae.

View of the controversial hedge before trimming work.

Gary Simpson, KCDC Acting Chief Executive, says:

“Should the Osbornes claim be successful, costs associated with this matter will be covered by the Council’s insurer.

The Council has insurance cover that responds to defamation claims.” read more…

Photos Of The Week: Demolishing Defence House

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

While the office building is relatively stable you don’t want to leave it sitting there half torn down and the whole focus is getting these buildings demolished as soon as possible. Steve Cody, Wellington City Council building resilience manager

Demolition continues apace

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Sometimes they start at 5.30am to complete the destruction of the capital’s Defence Department edifice.

The November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake damaged a number of Wellington buildings, including one next to the cathedral, which has now been totally removed.

The Defence headquarters on the corner of Murphy and Aitken Streets in now a shell which is rapidly getting smaller. Local residents are getting sick of the noise, especially with some early starts and motorists are frustrated with traffic down to one lane on the two streets.

Finishing the project quickly and safely is in everybody’s interests. read more…

Poem of the Year

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gill Ward selects ‘All my feelings would have been of common things’

Rachel Bush, of Nelson, KIN poet of the year

This poem by Rachel Bush is brave and strong. These are her feelings about dying – her collection  Thought Horses ( Victoria University Press 2016) came out in 2016 just before she died.

Although the poem was written in 2016 It appeared on that year’s Best New Zealand  Poems, online in May 2017. Rachel  was a Nelson poet and as well as her own writing she was a warm supporter of other poets.

If you get a chance read this collection, it is very moving and  the poems are mostly short and all are beautifully written with every word carefully  and precisely chosen. Nothing is wasted each word is built on the others in the poem, each on each in its perfect place. An honest and compelling insight  of a writer sharing her thoughts on life and death. Rachel does the craft of poetry proud. read more…

Horowhenua Development ‘Frenzy’ Ahead

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Horowhenua District Council building in Levin —
home of development?

House building ‘explosion’ likely

By Veronica Harrod, KIN Horowhenua reporter
An explosion of at least 2100 new houses for Levin alone will be given the green light if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with new District Plan rules.
These allow increased urban density and large scale residential developments.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 104

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9.

    The second challenge of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Julie’s Book of Sonnets

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A must have for poetry lovers

By Roger Childs 

Many readers will be familiar with KIN featuring the appropriate Julie Leibrich’s sonnet for each month, over the last year. We have had plenty of positive feedback.  (Scroll down to January 1 to see the latest.)

A Little Book of Sonnets is a treasure which every home library should have. So if you would like a copy here’s what Julie recommends.

It is best for me if people buy it from me directly. I am happy to sell a signed copy directly for $15 + postage (or I can drop it into a letter box for free if local).

Her email is JulieLeibrich@outlook.com

Otherwise order through me: phone (04) 902 1754

 

Kapiti Mayor Faces Court Case

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guru being sued for defamation over Waikanae hedge row

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Mayor of Kapiti, K Gurunathan is facing a major trial over remarks he made allegedly defaming a well-known Waikanae couple, Vince and Raechel Osborne, over their macrocarpa hedge.

The hedge in Te Moana Road, Waikanae before trimming

 

 

KIN understands he is being sued for more than $50,000, and costs — as well as a full apology — for allegations he made in print and on the radio.

It’s the first time in living memory that a Kapiti Mayor has faced  Court action over such a community dispute.

The case has arisen over a long-standing dispute related to an historic hedge on the Osborne’s property, fronting onto Te Moana Road in Waikanae. read more…

Tribute to Workers’ Champion

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jim Anderton praised by Trade Unions Council

The Council of Trade Unions says the late Jim Anderton stood by workers throughout the neoliberal onslaught — and led the charge for an alternative vision for New Zealand.
CTU president Richard Wagstaff says this has put communities and working people ahead of the free market, and puts values ahead of excessive greed.

read more…

Environmental Good News In 2017

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hitting the headlines

By Roger Childs

Melting

Plenty of bad news featured on front pages and in lead stories on radio and television. Take American alone: Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change accord; a series of devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean and southern states; and California had two of its worst ever fires.

In the early part of the year, New Zealand had very little summer as the rain continued to fall every few days, then later in November – December, some areas were experiencing drought.

The Arctic ice sheet continued to melt, as did parts of Antarctica.

However, beyond the headlines, there were plenty of good things happening. read more…

Canada’s North Pole Temperatures

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Snow-plowing in Winnipeg

Why we shouldn’t grumble about the weather in NZ

By Alan Tristram

I’ve just received an email from our Canadian correspondent, Eribert Loehner, of Vancouver, who’s been describing what must surely be a ‘Winter to remember.’

Here’s a few paragraphs which paint the picture:

A rural scene in frozen southern Manitoba

The temperatures in Ontario this week have hit -30 deg C with the wind-chill factored in.
‘Exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. Even worse, the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, near the US border was colder than the North Pole this past week.”

read more…

The Kiwibank Legacy

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Michael, Jim’s beaten back every argument against the bank we’ve ever put up. For God’s sake, give him the bloody bank. Annette King to Finance Minister, Michael Cullen 2001

The principled Jim Anderton

By Roger Childs

The country has lost one its most colourful politicians: a man of many parties.

Initially inside the big left wing tent, Jim Anderton rejected the Labour Party’s Rogernomics in 1989 and set up New Labour which he felt was true to the roots and traditional philosophy of the movement.

Later came the Alliance and Progressive, and cooperation with Helen Clark in government. From 1999 to 2002 he was Deputy Prime Minister.

The electors in Sydenham, and later Wigram, kept voting for the man, regardless of his party, returning him to parliament every three years.

Anderton was a key player is the evolution of MMP which recognised for the first time, the support given to minor parties. However, probably his most important legacy is Kiwibank. read more…

Parkrun (Or Walk) Keeps Growing

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s true that in the early days of parkrun, the people who took part were mainly those with some experience of running, but as we have broken down more and more barriers to participation – whether it be walking, jogging, running or volunteering – we have welcomed more people for whom physical activity was not the norm. In doing so we are redefining what it means, and looks like, to be physically active. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of Parkrun

An expanding world-wide movement

By Roger Childs

Every Saturday, at 8.00am, over 200,000 people around the world run or walk 5km.

Yesterday from Otaihanga Domain along the south bank of the Waikanae River, 55 Kapiti folk, and a few visitors, did just that.

2017 saw this wonderful free event include five new countries: Germany, Namibia, Norway, Finland and Swaziland.

There are now 1,300 parkruns world wide and over 4 million people of all ages and levels of fitness are registered. New Zealand has 18 locations and it will only be a matter of time before centres like New Plymouth, Hastings, Timaru, Nelson, Invercargill, the West Coast and Gisborne join the list. read more…

Truth Or Dare

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Is Trump egotistical and semi-literate?

By Andy Tristram

Under American libel law, the prosecution has to prove that the defendant has lied.

Whereas in British libel law, the defendant must prove that they have told the truth.

So, to sue, Trump will have to show that Micheal Wolff has lied when he characterized the President as a child-like moron who reads nothing and must have his ego stroked at all times.

Should be interesting!

 

 

 

Reshaping Kapiti’s Old State Highway

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The expressway is great, but it’s now time to tidy up the old highway

A quieter local road

Work will start shortly converting the old State Highway into a local road.

It is important that the NZTA should first start on the Raumati South end,” says Bernie Randall.

Bernie Randall, a member of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, is urging the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter to make this happen.

Probably the first task should be to improve pedestrian access.

read more…

Mid-Week Quiz 103 Answers

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    The first challenge of 2018 can be answered by scrolling down to January 3.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Let’s Hear The Good News!

2018 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Future Crunch accentuates the positive

By Roger Childs

We do get plenty of bad news from the media, and often the evening television bulletins are full of extreme weather, car crashes, crime and court cases.

So it’s good to find out about Future Crunch; thank you Tony Fraei!  They have recently come out with 99 items of good news from 2017. Sadly many of the stories didn’t make the front pages.

The sources range from The Peking Review to The Guardian.

We’ll feature at a range of these positives over the next week or two. However, there are some tasters below. read more…

Kapiti Swimming Ban Suggested

2018 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Coast, as seen from the escarpment near Paekakariki

Council advises swimmers to avoid the sea, rivers and streams for two days

The Kāpiti Coast District Council advises people visiting beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy

Waikanae River

rain.

Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of bacteria are likely to be higher in these areas due to the recent heavy rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell.

He says: “So it’s important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick.” read more…

Dishonesty Over Kapiti Poisoning

2018 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And how is a February drop going to help birds, this season’s birds have fledged, and the rats will have recovered to even higher numbers just in time for next year’s nesting. Bill Wallace

OSPRI needs to be truthful

By Roger Childs

1080 poisoning should be banned in New Zealand, as it is in most parts of the world.

It is sickening when the Department of Conservation’s sanctioned perpetrators trot out barefaced lies to justify their dirty work. This from OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries) to back their proposed poison drop in the Kapiti foothills:

The operation, designed in consultation with local communities and landowners, aims to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB)

Not guilty!

into the neighbouring farms and lifestyle blocks around Reikorangi, and reduce the risk of TB infection being maintained by possums.

It is time to stop the repetitive lies: the truth is possums don’t spread TB to cattle. read more…

‘Scott Watson Is Still Innocent’

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The ketch doesn’t exist. Inspector Pope on the boat that water taxi driver Guy Wallace delivered the young couple to, on 1 January 1998 (The Police actually received information of about a hundred sightings of the two-masted vessel round the Sounds and Golden Bay.)

Stitching up the suspect

By Roger Childs

Scott Watson

The disappearance of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds was the big news story of 1998.

Scott Watson was the main suspect for the police from early on, and he was subsequently tried and sentenced to 18 years in prison, for a crime he didn’t commit.

This is possibly the worst case of police duplicity in our history. Pope and his team

~ twisted, and in some cases allegedly falsified, the evidence to suit their suspect

~ ignored possible leads and evidence linking a mystery man to the crime

~ harassed Watson family members and bugged their homes

~ pressured witnesses into changing their stories

~ manipulated the media. read more…

Front Page of the Week

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Real alternative news and views from WATCHDOG

By Alan Tristram

I’ve just received my copy of ‘foreign control WATCHDOG,’ published by a little-known independent group in Christchurch.

And I think this latest front-page cartoon packs a powerful message into a small space.

This magazine is packed with lots of penetrating, independent- minded political articles you won’t find in the mainstream NZ media.

So why don’t you subscribe, too?  You can contact the publishers at ‘cafca@chch.planet.org.nz’

Your subscription will benefit not only you: It will help to keep this independent voice flourishing.

Expressway With A Vista

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Never mind the noise, enjoy the view!

By Roger Childs

No wall between the bridges

A friend who lives near the new highway told me that an NZTA official said that the reason that there was no sound wall was aesthetic.

He was referring to the raised section between the Wharemauku Stream and Raumati Road bridges.

Surely he was joking?

No way, they have even built expensive seats at strategic points so that passers-by can watch the traffic roar past. read more…

‘Dump Trump and the Spy Bases’

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Aotearoa Independence asks: ‘Why is NZ still part of the Trump empire?’

From the Aotearoa Independence Movement

 

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire?

The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. 

The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone. It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.

read more…

Police Tactics Tehran Style

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police Tactics Tehran Style

Kapiti Council Great On Pathways!

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paths for the people

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Improved access to the Te Araroa Walkway from Paekakariki

KCDC does some of its best work on off-road trails and beach access points.

The development of walkways and cycleways from Paekakariki to Otaki over the last 10 years has been greatly appreciated by thousands of Kapiti residents.

So it is good news that the present council is continuing to improve and repair the existing infrastructure.

Two recent examples are the Kaitawa Reserve bush walk and access to the beach from Arawa Street in Raumati. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 103

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The first challenge of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Fitness Resolution? KIN Can Help!

2018 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I know it’s not much, but it’s okay
Keep on moving anyway …

Five

Fitter, better, healthier

By Roger Childs

I know that many readers are as fit as buck rats, however some of you may be contemplating 2018 as the year to shape up. One adage that is indisputable is that getting fitter has got to be good for you.

Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming ….  whatever you do, if you keep on moving, your blood pressure will go down and you’ll start feeling better about yourself.

Below the masthead at the top, you’ll find a Keeping Fit section. If you click on it you will find a series of articles which might help you on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle. read more…

1080 Drops for Inland Kapiti

2018 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poisoning plan — Operational Solutions for Primary Industries explains

Issued by chief executive, Michelle Edge

The model for the mainland: Kapiti Island (Photo: Chris Keating)

Kāpiti [Island] is a predator-free sanctuary where birds can survive and breed untroubled by introduced possums, rats and stoats.

Their sustaining habitat of native bush offers food, safe nesting and shelter, undamaged by pests.

That balanced biodiversity is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area – 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, between the Akatarawa Road in the south and the Otaki River in the north. read more…

Poem Of The Week: If I Stop Words

2018 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From the Italian sonetto, which means “a little sound or song,” the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. poets.org

Dismiss the fear

By Julie Leibrich

One year I decided that the only poetry I would write for a whole year would be sonnets, so I set out to write one a month and to make a little book for friends at the end of the year.

I couldn’t begin for the fear that using a strict form might spoil something essential about the way I write.

So first I needed to write about my fear. read more…

New Year’s Greetings!

2018 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the winery of life may yours be a vintage one.

A beautiful day to get started

A very happy 2018 to all our readers and contributors.

Thank you for supporting Kapiti Independent News. As viewers, you are a very important part of the success of the paper, and we appreciate your readership and Comments.

To our regular correspondents and contributors, a special thank you.  We incorporate a variety of material in KIN on a wide range of subjects, because of your efforts. It is great to get coverage from around the world: Vancouver, London, Paris, Berlin, Japan, Australia; around the nation: Turangi, Wanaka, Martinborough, Christchurch, Wellington; and around the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts.

Also special thanks to  our resident cartoonist Andy, who consistently provides wonderful insights into the issues of the day with graphic skill and oral perception.

Have a pleasant and relaxing day to kick the year off.

Very best wishes

Alan Tristram and Roger Childs

Kapiti Traffic Congestion Goes North

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expressway helps only so much

By Roger Childs

Expressway congestion south of Peka Peka. (Credit NZTA)

We decided to head for New Plymouth for Christmas on Saturday December 23. Surely the big rush would have been on the Friday, with more going north on Christmas Eve.

Hard to know what happened, but we had a quick ride to about 1km south of Peka Peka, then the traffic was clogged.

It took us an hour from there to get to Otaki.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), put up electronic displays about what they quaintly describe as SUMMER JOURNEYS. The message was EXPECT DELAYS.

The expressway has solved the congestion problem within Kapiti south of Peka Peka, but the issue has merely been shunted further north. read more…

Photos Of The Week: The NZ Falcon

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Caught in the Richmond Range

Story from information supplied by Bill Benfield. Photos by Tristan Gornall 

Tristan Gornall and his friend Mark, were mountain-biking in the Richmond Range, south of Nelson, a few days before Christmas.

They returned with these photographs of a New Zealand falcon swooping down on them. The falcon clipped their helmets. 

The falcon (Karearea) is an aerial predator as environmentalist Bill Benfield testifies below.

Karearea does not make aerial passes, this bird, about the same size as a magpie, is fearless. It targets the face, particularly the eyes of passers-by too close to its nest.  I’ve had a first-hand account of it attacking a walker by Makarora. The Graf brothers met a man with his face covered in blood walking out of the bush. read more…

Mid-Week Quiz 102 Answers

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you want to do the quiz before looking below, scroll down to December 27.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Talented Whetū

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Animals and abstracts

By Kate Hartmann

Whetū van den Oever

Whetū van den Oever is an Otaihanga based painter, perhaps best known for her vibrant animal portraits.

In recent times she has found herself drawn to the abstract form and concept.

This particular painting, “Osmosis” is based on nature, as are all of Whetūs’ works and related to her interest in chemistry which she studied at one point in her life.

Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a semi-permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalise the solute concentrations on the two sides. For me this describes how I create my abstracts.” read more…

‘Crappy New Year!’

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Birds of the Year: Parakeets

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Little parrots

Story and art work by Cushla McGaughey

The Parakeets are our smallest parrots, and weigh only 40 to 80 gm.

The Yellow-crowned Parakeet is unique to New Zealand, but the larger Red-crowned Parakeet is also found in New Caledonia and on Norfolk Island.

Although the two species have been known to interbreed, the conservation goal is to avoid hybrids by fostering their different habitat preferences. read more…

Remembering Christmas In Poetry

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sun, rain and Christmas

By Gill Ward

Here we go last one for 2017 and what a sunny end to the year, although I feel guilty about enjoying it when New Zealand needs rain.

I know Hone Tuwhare’s words from his iconic poem Rain would echo with those longing for rain:

the something

special smell of you

when the sun cakes

the ground

Of course it is a poetical/literary time of the year and there is a wealth of beautiful poems out there to celebrate or recognise Christmas. read more…

Concerns about storage of 1080

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poison stocks near a school in Marlborough

By Mary Wood

Tua Marina School (Credit Marlborough Express)

If you took your kid to a fun, charity horse event, you wouldn’t expect it to be where one of the world’s deadliest chemicals was also stored.

But this is what’s happening at Shrawley Equestrian Centre, 121, Thomas Road at Tua Marina, close to the local primary school.

I volunteer for the education charity Clean Green New Zealand and contacted the Kapiti Independent News after I received an Official Information Act (OIA) response from the Dept of Conservation confirming the extremely hazardous Compound 1080 storage facility at Tua Marina. read more…

Twelve Months of Trump’s Mess

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cataloguing a disastrous presidency

Don Caron has penned a delightful and sadly accurate record of twelve months most Americans would care to forget. Unfortunately this is not fake news.

It was written by Don Caron and is sung to the tune of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas.

 

TWELVE MONTHS OF TRUMP’S MESS (Parody of Twelve Days of Christmas)

You can find the words below. read more…

Cartoonist’s ‘ He-Man of the Year’

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local Polly of the Year

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KCDC offices in Paraparaumu — home of surprises in 2017

2017 in Kapiti: how our local politicians did 

By KIN Local Govt. Correspondent, Jeremy Smith

( And won by a dark horse candidate! — Ed )

First, our new mayor. Mayor Gurunathan is not very different from councillor Guru pre October 2016.

Those who like him will probably still like him. Those who are suspicious probably have not changed.

Guru — credit where credit’s due

But work and relations between councillors around the council table often reflect the leader and in 2017 Kapiti council worked well enough. Credit Guru for that – mostly. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Petrol Price Madness

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Welcome to Kapiti, petrol price capital!

By Roger Childs

Definitely not in Kapiti!

If you can find a higher price for petrol, we will match it, plus 10%! This seems to be the message from dispensers of the vital fluid in Paraparaumu.

On a recent trip to New Plymouth we failed to find any petrol station which could equal the extraordinary prices on the Kapiti Coast. How’s this for 91 at British Petroleum outlets:

  • Paraparaumu        1.10.9
  • Otaki                       1.01.9
  • Bulls                        1.95.9
  • Wanganui              1.00.9
  • New Plymouth      1.93.9

read more…

2017’s Fallen Angel

2017 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first three weeks alone, Médecins Sans Frontières treated over 250 newly arrived patients with violence-related injuries. Their injuries included bullet wounds, severe burns, blast wounds, stab wounds and sexual violence. Médecins Sans Frontières website

Heroine turned hypocrite?

By Roger Childs

Late last century she was on a par with Mother Theresa as the most respected woman on the planet. The Oslo gurus awarded her the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and this was greeted with thunderous acclamation.

Aung San Suu Kyi was the voice of democracy in Burma/Myanmar leading the campaign to  end military rule and restore constitutional government.

However, having at long last achieved her goal to lead the country, Suu Kyi has now betrayed her principles by failing to protect the rights of the Myanmar’s Rohingya communities. read more…

Mid-Week Quiz 102

2017 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Back to 10 questions this week.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Quiz 101 Answers

2017 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All the answers to KIN Mid-Week Quiz 101 

 Happy Xmas — and we hope a good quiz is part of your celebrations.

To get you going, here are the answers to our Quiz number 101.

Remember that you can still do the quiz by scrolling down to December 20 — and that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers ahead:

read more…

Xmas in Washington

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Leadership Down In Twelve Months

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s tough at the top

By Roger Childs

A key leader

It’s been a year full of surprises in New Zealand politics.

Every party of any significance experienced leadership changes, and even the old campaigner, the mercurial Winston Peters, got a shock in the election.

Probably the most unexpected move from the top was in December 2016, when John Key stepped down as prime minister. read more…

Poem of the Week: Twelve Days

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Twelve Days of Christmas

This is a Christmas classic, but probably few of us can remember the full complement of gifts! Whether it can be strictly characterised as a carol is debatable as it has no religious connotations. However, it remains popular because of its originality, positive message and humour.

It may have originated in France, but was first published in England in 1780.

Scores of choirs, groups and vocalists have recorded it, but perhaps the most magnificent rendition is by the King Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. (This is certainly the view of well-known local Chorale singer, Gordon Dickson.) See what you think.

Here is the utube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ6K967Kk3I

read more…

Holiday Reading From Ralph

2017 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Try these 

By Ralph McAllister

Last minute suggestions if you don’t trust my recommendations for book of the year. (Scroll down to December 20 for Ralph’s selection.)

 ~ Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

 ~ Elmet by Fiona Mozley

 ~ The Passage of Love by Alex Miller

 ~ The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna

 ~ Slow Horses by Mick Herron

I shall review these early next year but all are worthy of your attention.

Watch out for the film of Aciman’s  Call Me By Your Name, being released on Boxing Day and already given rave reviews. read more…

Guru Hails New Pathway

2017 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan

Kāpiti Mayor welcomes shared path option chosen for Peka Peka to Ōtaki  

 Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has welcomed the Transport Agency’s plan for a proposed shared path to run alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.

Earthworks begin near SH1 rail overbridge at Peka Peka. Photo: Mark Coote.

“The Agency has listened to what our community had to say and have come up with a solution that will greatly enhance cycling and walking connections across our district while at the same time showcasing the areas natural beauty,” he says. read more…

Cartoonists Living Dangerously

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In New Zealand … the likeliest reaction to a pointed cartoon about a cabinet minister’s foibles is for his or her press secretary to be on the phone wanting to buy the original. Ian Grant, Founder of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive

Having the courage of their convictions

By Roger Childs

A cartoon shows the grim reaper looking down at a grave which has the inscription CARTOONIST. He observes: That’s not funny.

Glasgow cartoonist, Terry Anderson, recently spoke in Wellington on the 25th Anniversary of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive.

His subject was Cartoonists on the front lines of free speech.

He is closely involved with a group which supports cartoonists under threat: the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).

Unfortunately there was only a small audience of about 40 at the National Library; Terry’s fascinating and informative talk deserved at least a hundred more. read more…

KIN’s Non-Fiction Book Of The Year

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The case for 1080 blown apart

By Roger Childs

This voyage of discovery into 1080 poisoning in New Zealand is a very important book.

The author Fiona M F McQueen, has had as distinguished medical and academic career, is a keen tramper and lives near Glenorchy in Central Otago.

She knew little about the topic, when she first contacted scientist and anti 1080 activist Jo Pollard.

What she has uncovered in her investigation, is an indictment on the Department of Conservation’s decades of persistent poisoning of back country areas, with pellets that can kill anything that breathes. read more…

Expressway Noise Recommendations

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vindication for Bernie Randall 

The Jacobs report on peer reviewing NZTA’s noise mitigation on the Kapiti expressway has vindicated Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board member Bernie Randall’s approach to the Human Rights Commission.

The report makes a number of important recommendations.  “Six houses require mechanical ventilation to avoid opening their windows to loud expressway noise and this should be carried out without any delay owing to the hot summer,” said Mr Randall. (However people will have to pay for this ventilation!)

The report recommends, among other things, removing the rumble strips on the left hand edge lines along the urban part of the expressway and fixing approach surfaces to bridges to make them smoother. read more…

KIN’s Fiction Book Of The Year

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Alan Hollinghurst in top form

By  Ralph McAllister

Many readers, myself included, believe that he is England’s best living author.

Since he plunged into the literary scene with The Swimming Pool Library he has crafted four other novels including The Line of Beauty which was not only filmed but won the Booker.

To label his novels as unashamedly gay would be accurate, but also limiting.

His are stories which delve into the psyches of his complex men and women. read more…

Xmas Romance For Takahē

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Male takahē arrives on Kapiti Island for love tryst

Male takahē Noam departing his transfer box on Kapiti Island after the short ride from Mana.

Department of Conservation staff say they’ve moved a male takahe called Noam from Mana Island to Kapiti Island  to pair up with a recently widowed female.

Noam arrived on the island this week and it’s hoped he’ll be a suitable suitor for a female called Ihi.

Kapiti Island ranger Nick Fisentzidis says Ihi returned from her winter feeding grounds this year without her usual two male companions, Ahoake and Bargie. read more…

Nats Shocking Christmas Stocking

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA Expressway Noise Report

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Patience and progress?

Thank you for your patience while the expert review panel completed their review of the operational noise on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway (M2PP) and we acknowledge the noise concern you have raised with us.

It has been important for both the NZ Transport Agency and the M2PP Alliance to understand the factors contributing to the Expressway noise, and to be able to make improvements where practicable.

The M2PP Road-Traffic noise review report is now available on the NZTA website, along with FAQs and a summary of the next steps. The terms of reference for the Panel are also posted here.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-northern-corridor/mackays-to-peka-peka/noise-management/ read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 101

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7. Credit Cushla McGaughey

    Back to 10 questions this week.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Event Of The Year

2017 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The expressway opening

By Roger Childs

The forecast was not that great for Express Day on Saturday 18 February, but as it happened, there was no rain or wind.

NZTA expected about 15,000 to take advantage of walking, running or cycling the new expressway, but in the end over 21,000 Kapiti people turned out.

Probably many of these were people who originally opposed the Road of National Significance running through the middle of Kapiti.

There were fears of the expressway dividing the district; people losing their Kapiti Island views; native trees being destroyed; birds being displaced; and increased pollution and noise.

Also many thought that the earlier Western Link Road proposal would have been better. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Brash Bashing Not OK?

2017 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Of course everyone knows Don has the old fashioned idea that all New Zealanders are created equal. How quaint! James Cook, DomPost letter to the editor, 19 December  2017

A media target

By Roger Childs

Credit Tom Scott

Don Brash has been in the headlines for decades. Back in the late 20th century he was Governor of the Reserve Bank, and then as Leader of the National Party, using some dubious and secretive tactics,  he almost caused an upset in the 2005 election. Earlier that year he had given a controversial speech on race relations at the Orewa Rotary Club, which considerably increased support for the Tories.

After being dumped by National in favour of John Key, Brash took on Rodney Hyde for the leadership of the ACT Party and won, carrying out what many regarded as a political shafting.( See Tom Scott’s view alongside.)

In more recent times he has headed the Hobson’s Pledge movement which is committed to seeing equality for all New Zealanders, and an end to favourtism for people who have any blood link to the early Polynesian immigrants. read more…

Poem of The Week: A Christmas Wish

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Choose the great outdoors

James K Baxter’s message is to forget the traditional ways of remembering Christmas and get out into the hills.

Experience nature in all its wonder: mountains, flowing water, fish and birds. read more…

1080 Story Draws Short Reply

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Loading 1080 in a public car park in Whitianga

DoC says it won’t say anything

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Department of Conservation has replied to our invitation to comment on our story ‘DoC Using Unlicensed Security Guards?’ (December 17).

It says, in effect, ‘thanks but no thanks.’

Doc’s Mr Herb Christophers, who works at its media department in Wellington, says: “We’ve got nothing to say.

Incognito “security” at the drop zone

“The Department of Conservation is carrying out its lawful business.

“Other people have a different perspective.”

And when asked specifically to comment on the charge that DoC has been using unlicensed security guards, Mr Christophers again declined to comment.

 

KIN Sports Team Of The Year

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

To understand what drives the Black Ferns … think about fundamentals: spirit, fair play, camaraderie, passion, pride, and the notion that the team is always bigger than the individual. The Black Ferns never once complained publicly about resources, allowances, pay parity, or the delicate balancing act of combining sport and work. Scotty Stevenson

Women’s rugby comes of age

By Roger Childs

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.

Back in late September, in front of a large enthusiastic crowd and an ITV audience on Britain of 2.65 million, the amateur Black Ferns comfortably beat the professional English team 41-32 playing rugby of high quality. read more…

DoC Using Unlicensed Security Guards?

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coromandel man, 69-year-old Graeme Sturgeon, author, conservationist, and Vietnam war veteran, was assaulted in in the public car park of the Liquor King Building, Whitianga, on the night of 17 October, 2017 – hauled from his car by a ” security guard’, his clothing torn and his nose bloodied.….. (even his car door handle broken.) Carol Sawyer

Violence at a secret 1080 loading site

Put together by Roger Childs, with information from Carol Sawyer, Graeme Sturgeon and Wendy Pond

Loading 1080 in a public car park in Whitianga

There is a strong anti-1080 group on the Coromandel Peninsula and members were concerned about a planned drop in the area two months ago.

On the night of the October 17, the day before the scheduled operation, Department of Conservation (DoC), employees were spotted loading tons of 1080 pellets on to trucks. This was beside a storage area located at the back of the Liquor King building, close to houses and shops.

There was no signage or any indication that vehicles couldn’t enter, so Graeme Sturgeon drove in. Then all hell broke loose. According to Graeme: read more…

Local Papers Not Printing

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raising an important issue

By Roger Childs

Painting by Cushla McGaughey

Waikanae resident, John Robinson, responded to articles in the Kapiti Observer and the Kapiti Observer about the danger to dotterels at the Waikanae River estuary.

He raised valid issues in concise letters to the editor, following the requirements set by the papers, but neither weekly was prepared to publish.

Waikanae Watch has printed the letters (See https://waikanaewatch.org/ ), and we have done so too. (See below.) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 100 Answers

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 19

    The 20 question special to mark the century, can still be attempted by scrolling down to December 13.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: More Pressure On Trump

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The soul of the Republican party, tattered from bigotry and auctioned off over and over again to naked self-interest and greed, was absolutely not restored by the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate  race this week.  Detroit Free Press

Democrats coming up

By Roger Childs

Democrat success in Republican heartland

The Democrat victory in Republican heartland country has narrowed the GOP majority in the US Senate to 51-49.

This will make it harder for Trump to get any legislation passed, such as the Tax Bill which will give the rich a substantial increase in income.

It needed three Republican Senators (all women), to cross the floor earlier in the year to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, now just two defectors would stymie the president. read more…

Cheer Up Steven It’s Christmas!

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC Horrified by Waste

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti has one of NZ’s worst records on waste

Deirdre Kent, secretary for Low Carbon Kapiti says Kapiti council has revealed shocking statistics about the district’s waste.

In a letter to KIN, she says: “Recently the council did a comprehensive audit on waste, analysing the content of 240 litre, 120 litre, and 80 litre bins, as well as rubbish bags.

“It found some horrifying statistics, including this:  of all the councils cited by the consultant at WasteNot, Kapiti Coast collected more waste per capita per annum than any other. In fact it was twice as much as Christchurch.” read more…

The Iconic Children’s Book

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An early and lasting influence

By Roger Childs

Children’s writer Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent much of his childhood in Nazi Germany.

He loved drawing at school, but at the time “degenerative art” was forbidden in Germany.

Fortunately for Eric, Herr Kraus his Art teacher, showed him examples of abstract, expressionist and fauvist paintings, and he never looked back.

My green lion, polka-dotted donkey and other animals painted in the ‘wrong’ colors were really born that day seventy years ago. Eric Carle, on the influence of Art teacher, Herr Kraus read more…

News Blackout In Horowhenua

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A recent book on another s

Commentary: When the forest falls silent

By Veronica Harrod

On November 29 there was a public notice in local community paper Horowhenua Chronicle which stated, “the [Horowhenua district] council has decided not to establish a Maori Ward within the Horowhenua District.”
However, almost two working weeks later this is the only public statement that has been made to date.
I have waited in vain for what comprises our local media to at least do a cursory interview of council, councillors and local iwi representatives on this decision but all that reigns is silence as though Bambi has died in the forest.

Making Memories In The Tararuas

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A November Crossing

By Sandra Smith

Credit Fraser Crichton

The first serious tramp I did was in 1977 when we tramped the Southern Crossing of the Tararua Range.

For us it was a two and a half day trip.

It was November. It should have been mild weather but we had a 3 day southerly blast upon us and the weekend was not looking good.

On Friday it had eased and by lunchtime the call was made that we would go ahead with the trip.

I was ecstatic! For weeks we had been looking forward to this and now we were off. read more…

New Zealand Moths And Orchids

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lichen Moths and Forest Ringlets 

By Cushla McGaughey

North Island Lichen Moth

New Zealand has fewer than 30 named butterfly species, but has an abundance of moths. Some of the 2,000 species fly during the day. Many are brightly or strikingly patterned.

The South Island Lichen Moth is highly valued enough to feature on the back of our $100 note.

The North Island Lichen Moth is distinguished by being the only moth or butterfly with asymmetric wing patterns.

Not many people know of the Forest Ringlet, which is not closely related to any other of our native butterfly species. Once found throughout New Zealand’s forests, it is now very rare and restricted to a few remote areas above 600 metres, such as the Tararua Ranges.

On windy days the butterfly will briefly take flight before alighting on a sunny branch to rest.On calm days it flies up into the tree tops to sunbathe with outstretched wings, descending lower to feed on flowers. read more…

A Battle For Exotics In North Wairarapa

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Pokai Parera Farms near Eketahuna are owned by Bud and Dr. Elizabeth Jones. Bud was awarded the QSM in 2013 for efforts in wildlife conservation and arboretum achievements.

Covenant application denied

By Bud Jones

I applied for a Queen Elizabeth 11 Open Space Covenant for 214 acres.

The area included 5 large lakes plus 21 small ponds with 30,000 trees planted by me and all areas developed for wildlife habitat.

(Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is an independent statutory organisation and a registered charity. It was set up in 1977 to ‘encourage and promote, for the benefit of New Zealand, the provision, protection, preservation and enhancement of open space’.)

Assessors from QE2 came out to view the situation, and were not initially impressed or interested.

Why? – because the majority of the trees were exotics  – maple, oaks, cherry, birch, alders, taxodium and others.

I was turned down. read more…

Foreign Cartoonist Of The Year

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who had more life, more energy than him? So many more cartoons to draw; painting to paint, politicians to satirise… so many more lives to enhance with his wit, his brilliance, his good friendship. Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull, speaking of Bill Leak

The magic of the caricaturists

By Roger Childs

Cartoons are often the first thing magazine and newspaper readers look at. (We know how much readers enjoy the work of  KIN’s Andy.)

They are an amazing group and are generally fearless in putting their interpretation on events and issues.

In most countries this doesn’t cause problems, but in places like Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea and Turkey cartoonists may up end up before the courts and in jail. Tragically in the Charlie Hebdo case people died.

And in Australia, Bill Leak’s brilliant cartoon showing the prophet Muhammad arguing with God resulted in jihadist threats and forced Bill and the family to go to a safe house. read more…

Kapiti Long Term Planning

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The message to submitters

By Mayor K Gurunathan

A draft of our long term plan will be released in late March next year.  Once it is available to review, you can choose whether you wish to have your earlier feedback considered as a submission on the draft plan and formally responded to through the long term plan process.

You will also have the opportunity to put in a new submission during the consultation.  We’ll let you know when the consultation opens, so you have some time to decide.

As part of the community engagement we received a wide range of input from the community, and I thought you might be interested to know about some of the other feedback we received and key themes that emerged. read more…

Trump’s Sex Movie

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 100

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 4

    A 20 question special to mark the century!

 

  • See the incentive for Kapiti readers at the bottom.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Hoop Club Family Day

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Kids vs Family” Games

By Angelo Robinson

Hoop Club- 8 to 10 yrs Family Day

Sunday 10 December was the last Hoop Club Kapiti session for 2017.

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti celebrates the last day of Hoop Club for the year with “Kids vs Family” games and end of year awards in all three sessions at Hoop Club. read more…

Molesworth 1080 Drop: Wasteful & Costly

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Although possums are the main source of wildlife infection, it is difficult and costly to directly detect TB in the possum population itself, because the disease often only occurs in small population clusters.” OSPRI

A cheaper more effective way to deal with possums

By Marty Foote

There has been work done, by contract possum trappers, that has proved able to identify the small TB possum clusters (TB hot-spots), by autopsying all the possums caught during the initial control work.

Consequently, the trappers can then target future possum control in those small areas where TB possum clusters have been found.

This means that there is no by-kill of any other animals, TB is eradicated from possums quicker and less money is spent on TB targeted possum control. 

However, OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries),  is following a TB eradication programme that only considers the more expensive, guaranteed to provide work for the aerial 1080 industry for 10-20 years, as the only option for the possum control work.

OSPRI is being paid to do this through money forcibly collected from taxpayers, ratepayers and farmers. read more…

What Jacinda Must Do

2017 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

‘TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES’

But what’s needed is  major overhaul !

‘She exudes genuine warmth and humanity’

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

 

I’m going to start by doing something unusual, possibly unique, for me – namely, praising a politician.

Perhaps I’m going soft in my old age but I think Jacinda is just what it says on the tin. She exudes genuine warmth and humanity. She’s a fresh face, a breath of fresh air, and any other cliché including the word “fresh”. read more…

What’s Up DoC? 3: Deer Kill

2017 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A 1080 poison operation targeting possum on New Zealand’s largest farm has angered hunters who fear it’s needlessly killed hundreds of red deer. The Marlborough Express

Time to get real over 1080 and Tb

By Roger Childs

1080 was originally developed as an insecticide and is now banned in most of the World. But not in clean green New Zealand which use 80%+ of the planet’s supply. Sodium fluoroacetate  kills anything that breathes, and the deaths of animals, birds, insects, dogs and humans is often long and painful.

The October drop on Molesworth Station was ostensibly to kill possums which spread Tb to cattle. BUT THEY DON’T.

New Zealand is Tb free according to the world standard, so organisations like TBfree New Zealand and OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries), have no reason to exist.

The highly paid staff should be set loose on the labour market to get real jobs. read more…

Photo of the Week

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Meals on Wheels’ in Wyoming, USA

Kapiti local historian Anthony Dreaver has contributed this photo, highlighting a photo finish in the mountains of Wyoming recently…

 

 

Waikanae Pupils Welcome Xmas

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Children, staff and parents celebrate at Waikanae School

By Peter Corlett

Waikanae School was alive with the sounds of Christmas as families gathered for a summer evening picnic recently on the top field.  

An appreciative audience of several hundred enjoyed BBQ sausages and drinks, sitting on deck chairs or blankets as the different class groups entertained them with a range of traditional and NZ Christmas carols.  

Principal, Bevan Campbell, acted as the compare, announcing each group, calling them to the stage. read more…

KIN Politician of the Year

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The rise and rise of Jacinda Ardern

By Roger Childs

A list MP and just one of the Labour front bench in bench in January.

In January she was just one of the Opposition’s shadow cabinet and a list MP. However by late October she was prime minister.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Jacinda Ardern, to become the 40th leader of the New Zealand government and at 37, the youngest since the middle of the 19th century.

In her short time as leader of the nation her government has implemented a number of policies, in line with her promises to do plenty in the first 100 days.

She has also been overseas to the APEC Conference and made a favourable impression with world leaders. read more…

Filipino Carers Suffer

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Author Judith Holloway, lyricist for a new National Anthem

New Government must sort out rest home scandal

By Judith Bryers Holloway, In Levin

I’ve been reading recently about Filipino nurses and carers employed in our ‘rest’ and ‘care’ homes who are subjected to unfair and absurd conditions! (article by Helen King in  Dominion Post, Dec. 4)

Filipino nurses recruited for NZ hospital work

Yet I shouldn’t be surprised as this is on a par with the poor working conditions under which other staff, including native-born Kiwis, suffer.

They are hard-working, kindly, cheerful and good at what they do.They are contracted to be on call at the will of management, have few of the employment rights that used to be part-and-parcel of all NZ workers’ expectations. They are threatened with dismissal if they object to too-long hours, the burden of extra tasks, of ‘spilling the beans’ about management. This is Dickensian.

read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 99 Answers

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Scroll down to Wednesday December 6, if you would still like to do it.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Top Sportswomen Deserve Better

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

How about better support for our top professional sportswomen?   

By Prue Hyman

 

A couple of years ago I wrote a column about yet another controversy on women receiving the same pay as men, in this case for winning a grand slam tennis event – perhaps the only sport where this has been achieved.

Women’s tennis is just as popular as men’s in all respects including TV coverage and sponsorship and so has reached this status.

My column pointed out the strong feminist fight to achieve this and paid tribute to Billie Jean King and others for their work on the issues. Her victory over Bobby Riggs has recently received new attention with the excellent film Battle of the Sexes dramatizing the lead-up and the match. read more…

Bummer in the Summer

2017 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Gets Easter Trading

2017 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KCDC offices in Paraparaumu — just across the road from a shopping centre

Councillors vote 7-3 for Easter Sunday trading; Mayor abstains

By Jeremy Smith, KIN Local Govt. reporter

Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan abstained

Kapiti shops will be able to open on Easter Sunday next year.

The council vote was split seven to three.  

Councillors Jackie Elliott and James Cootes voted against Sunday trading and mayor Gurunathan abstained.  Elliott had called for each vote to be recorded.
Councillor David Scott who was absent had indicated he opposed Sunday trading. read more…

Cartoonist Behaving Badly

2017 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in January 2015, focused the collective attention of the world on cartoonists and the tension that exists between the right of freedom of expression and the responsibilities that come with it. Scottish cartoonist, Terry Anderson

The wonderful cartooning art

By Roger Childs

Caricature is one of the great graphic arts and probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Editors know that quality cartoonists sell a lot of papers and older Wellington readers will remember Nevile Lodge’s visuals covering the entire front page of the Saturday Sports Post. (See alongside.)

Tom Scott once said that if the editor won’t print my piece for the day, I’m off because I earn more than he does.

Overseas, cartoonists can risk going to jail and even their lives, when the strokes of their pen touch sensitive political nerves. New Zealander David Low was the most famous anti –Nazi cartoonist and was on Hitler’s hit list if Britain had been invaded.

We are fortunate at KIN in having our own resident cartoonist, the talented Andy. read more…

What’s Up DoC 2?

2017 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How is a democratic society supposed to function when lobbying organisations, acting on behalf of a significant segment of society, decide they can no longer perform this important role?

How do you effect change when organisations such as Fish & Game start worrying more about where their funding is coming from than about the risks to our food chain and the lives of hunters and fishermen?

Kathy White, Waikato Regional Councillor for Taupo-Rotorua and the Environmental and Services Performance Committee Chair.

“Fish and Game’s” primary duty

By Tony Orman

I’m the author of some trout fishing books and have held a Fish and Game trout fishing licence for just on 70 seasons. I consider Fish and Game’s first duty is to its licence holders, i.e. the trout fishing public.

I realise under the act of parliament transforming the old acclimatisation  societies to today’s fish and game councils that for some strange reason, the new councils’ first obligation was to the Minister of Conservation in other words the Department of Conservation.

Frankly the apparent support by Fish and Game NZ and its then CEO for this political hamstring was a very dumb, very stupid move. read more…

Mahara Arts Review: Textile Art

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Textile art excites!

By Cushla McGaughey

Sara Boland with her winning entry

This year’s exhibition has seen an exciting increase in textile art entries. (The Mahara exhibition runs through until January 12.)

In fact, the top award was taken out by textile artist, Sara Boland, with Di-vision, a statement about the effect of the Expressway on the Kapiti community.

She says it is also “a statement about the place of textile work as a legitimate medium in the world of art”.

(Sara currently has an exhibition on at Tutere Gallery. Scroll down to November 21.)

read more…

House Sales Falter

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti misses out on housing ‘spring Flush’

By Local Govt. correspondent Jeremy Smith

Kapiti missed the traditional ”spring flush” of residential house sales in October.

Compared with the previous month, median prices were down and the number of actual sales was significantly less.

Some numbers also softened compared with the same month last year. read more…

Chain Gang Blues

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tale of the Horowhenua CEO

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

Land, property and the CEO in Levin 

By Veronica Harrod
There’s an an intriguing tale of land and property interests owned by the Horowhenua District Council chief executive, David Clapperton.
He says: “We are not in the land development game,” in response to a query about why he and his wife Catherine Whitehouse have their company Kai Tipu Ora Ltd listed under a “Land development or subdivision (excluding construction)” industry code.
He made the declaration in an exclusive interview after the company, of which Mr Clapperton and his wife are sole directors, was publicly revealed for the first time in the commentary ‘Horowhenua Horror Bout’ that appeared in Kapiti Independent News on November 30.

read more…

KIN’s 2017 Awards: Worst Politician

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And the Trump it shall sound! Bill Clague

Winning by miles

By Roger Childs

Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong Un were in the running, but, in the end, couldn’t match US President Donald Trump.

Many Americas are still shaking their heads over how the current occupant of the White House got there.

It was a tragedy that the Democrats didn’t choose Bernie Sanders last year or persuade Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, to stand. Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate and now the Americans and the World has to put up with the bigoted buffoonery of Donald Trump.

Many hoped that he might moderate his style once in office, but no chance. read more…

KIN’s 2017 Awards

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s that time again!

We realise that long-term readers have been eagerly awaiting our selections. You and the new folk won’t be disappointed.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking back over the year and looking at the best and worst of 2017.

In our of the year articles, we will include local politician, best work of non-fiction, national politician, best film, international politician, worst international event, biggest sporting surprise, top NZ sportswoman and sportsman to name a few.

And it all starts today! Stay posted!

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 99

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 8.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Coastal Rules Worry Residents

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A doomed part of the present coastal track south of Raumatti South

CRU fears residents will lose rights to protest

The High Court has released its decision in the case brought by Coastal Ratepayers United Inc (CRU) against Kapiti Coast District Council. But the CRU says residents still deserve a fair say.

Chair Paul Dunmore says the issue was the process that KCDC has been using to develop its new District Plan.

At an earlier stage, the Environment Court had ruled that what KCDC had done was unlawful in part. In response KCDC made last-minute changes to its proposed plan.

The High Court has now declined to go further than the Environment Court had done. read more…

Kenny McFadden At Hoop Club Kapiti

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Basketball legend in town

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photography by Ben Hopkinson

On Sunday 3 December 2017 Kenny McFadden was in the district.

His credentials are unquestioned:

  • Exchequer Saints Player
  • Hoop Club Founder with Coach Angelo Robinson & Coach Terry Stallworth
  • Director of Coaching Hoop Club Wellington & New Zealand Basketball Academy
  • former Basketball New Zealand Jnr Tall Blacks Coach
  • Coach and Mentor to Oklahoma NBA Star Steve Adams.

He came to Hoop Club Kapiti to work with our Hoop Club players and coaches in the middle and last Hoop Club sessions: 8 to 10 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am, 11 to 13 year olds 11.30 to 12.30pm.

read more…

Mahara Arts Review

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Show now featuring in Waikanae

By Cushla McGaughey

The Mahara Arts Review opened at the District Gallery on 2 December and will run until 14 January 2018. The exhibition comprises a wonderfully varied range of new artworks from 74 Kapiti and Horowhenua artists.

Warmest congratulations to Julie Leibrich, who contributes Sonnet of the Month on Kapiti Independent News.

Her watercolour and ink, Intimate Connections, won the Special Merit Award sponsored by Picture Perfect Framing. read more…

Photos of the Week: Bud’s Farm

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Creating beautiful landscapes

Bud (Herbert Jones) was born in America, but has lived most of his life in New Zealand. Having earlier been a teacher, lecturer and musician, in recent years he has been transforming his farms in the north Wairarapa into things of beauty.

He recognises the value of exotics, and these feature in much of his tree plantings: maple oaks, cherry, birch, alders etc … However, he has run foul of local authorities who have an obsession with natives!

More on this battle in a later feature. Meanwhile enjoy Bud’s photos!

read more…

What’s Up DoC 1?

2017 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

conservation noun  the protection and preservation of the environment. Chambers Compact Dictionary

Censorship and opinion manipulation?

By Roger Childs

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Our article title was first used by Investigate magazine when, many years ago, it examined the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) obsession with wanting to “restore” New Zealand’s bygone ecology. (Our environment columnist, Bill Benfield was a major contributor.)

The question still needs to be asked, in relation to the on-going poisoning of our land, especially with 1080. Former medical professor and keen outdoors enthusiast, Fiona McQueen, has recently produced a damning indictment on DoC’s disastrous aerial 1080 policy in her book The Quiet Forest. (See the review on November 29.)

Meanwhile the Department’s sensitivity over the issue has led to attempts to stifle dissent and threaten freedom of expression. What’s going on? read more…

Julie’s Sonnet of the Month

2017 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Discard and enjoy!

 By Julie Leibrich

Sometimes the most oppressive thoughts disappear if we can only somehow let go of them.

Then, suddenly, we are swept up in the love for life! read more…

Lisa Call’s Reflections On Cape Palliser

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A talented textile artist

By Kate Hartmann

Lisa Call, an award-winning American born artist now based here in Waikanae Beach, currently has this impressive 5 panel piece available at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space.

Lisa is predominantly a textile artist who paints with fabric and creates design by drawing with thread.

This particular piece “Falling in Love – Cape Palliser” was inspired by one of her very first Kiwi adventures, a 4WD getaway to Cape Palliser where she was struck by the beauty of the landscape.  read more…

Te Reo On Radio New Zealand

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cultural respect

By Roger Childs

Saginaw honours his Marime comrades

Some years ago I was present at a ceremony at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.

An elderly Native American Marine had come from half a world away, to honour his comrades who had lived and  trained in New Zealand during World War Two.

There was a Maori welcome, and the visitor stood patiently and respectfully as two local iwi leaders spoke and joked in Te Reo for about 20 minutes.

There was no translation.

Finally one of them welcomed the former Marine in English.

Who showed cultural respect? read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 98 Answers

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1.

    The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 29.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Books As Gift Ideas

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Panic at Christmas?

By Ralph McAllister

Don’t know what to buy him/her?

Don’t worry Help is nigh.

Here are four novels from writers at the pinnacles of their careers.

Surely one or more will solve your quandary. read more…

Calligraphy Exhibition Continues

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Perfection the Joy – a collaboration

By Pam Kessler

Barbara Field and Michelle Mainwaring worked together to create the stunning piece featured below.

Acrylics, PVA glue and a variety of other mediums were applied to an 8×8 canvas.

I also heard a blow torch was somehow employed in the process – but that may have been just idle gossip!

Michelle is a Graphic Designer and Barbara an Interior Designer, and both artists define themselves as painters and ‘beginner’ calligraphers. read more…

The Beast of Fiends

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand Wars – Getting The Truth

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

19th century history in the spotlight

By Roger Childs

Fighting at Rangiaowhia in 1864

Otorohanga College students Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson came up with the idea of a day of remembrance for the New Zealand Wars.

This was taken up and the first commemoration occurred on October 28.

The girls felt that the public needed to have a better understanding of the conflicts of the 19th century and that all students should learn about them as part of the school curriculum. read more…

Germany At The Crossroads

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Come on, come out. Think about your responsibility!’

Germany after the elections: Nobody wants to govern with Merkel?

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

Never before in German history since 1949 has it been so difficult forming a federal government.

For decades, every party wanted to be in the government, getting well-paid positions, big black cars and time on TV.

But now it seems no one wants to run the country – except Chancellor Merkel. read more…

Kapiti Marine Reserve Protection

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Helping terns and penguins

By Cushla McGaughey

The Kapiti Marine Reserve is a 22-square-kilometre area that connects with both the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve and the Waikanae Estuary Reserve.  A continuum of protected land, sea and estuary such as this is very rare.

It greatly benefits species like terns and penguins that rely on the sea for food, but must roost and breed on land.

White-fronted terns nest in small colonies on rocky islets close to the coast of Kāpiti Island. They come to feed around the Waikanae river mouth or rest on the sandbanks along the beach.

Unlike scavenging gulls, they feed solely on live fish, caught on the wing. Flying into the wind, they hover a few metres above the sea and then dart down, with scarcely a splash, to snatch small surface-shoaling fish. They can fish in the surge of breaking waves as well. read more…

Horowhenua Horror Bout

2017 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Slugging it out in the Horowhenua

by Veronica Harrod

What is happening in the small neck of the woods called the Horowhenua is a power struggle between conflicting agendas.

In one corner, Mayor Michael Feyen

On one side of the boxing ring stands Horowhenua District Council Mayor Michael Feyen, supported by councillor Ross Campbell holding the towel and the water bottle in the background.
On the other side of the boxing ring stands deputy mayor Wayne Bishop with his supporters; the eight remaining councillors (although there are signs the amount of blood being spilled is getting too much for some). read more…

Ginger Heir

2017 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Peter Pan Is Great Entertainment

2017 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Family fun at the Circa Pantomime

By Roger Childs

The Wellington show has plenty of action and humour for all ages.

In the tradition of pantos around the world, there are heaps of local jokes, and not surprisingly, the politicians come in for a fair amount of lampoonery.

The talented cast of eight, some playing multiple parts, do a great job and there are no weak links. They are all beautifully costumed, dance and sing superbly, and the traditional over-the-top acting provides plenty of excitement. Director Susan Wilson keeps the show moving at a fast pace, and there is an entertaining mix of music, choreography and dialogue.

The show is on until December 23 and then resumes in the New Year from January 2 to 13. Go see with the young ones. read more…

Creative Writing Second Place Getter

2017 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

l 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 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words.

Here is the second placed entry from John Joyce.   read more…

The Book to Trigger Change?

2017 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Compelling case against 1080

By Leslie Clague

On the recommendation of Kapiti Independent News’ editor I have just completed reading The Quiet Forest: The Case Against Aerial 1080 by Fiona M.F. McQueen.

This book by this particular author may be just the catalyst necessary to end New Zealand’s 1080 tragedy. I call it a “must read” for everyone, whether pro or con 1080.

The author is a medical doctor, specialising in Rheumatology. She has an MD in Immunology and is a Professor as well. Her career includes research and teaching, giving her the methodology necessary in writing this book.  read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 98

2017 November 29
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…

New Expressway News

2017 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Construction begins on Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway

This week marks the beginning of construction on the new $330 million Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway, part of the Wellington Northern Corridor.

Transport Agency Regional Relationships Director, Emma Speight, says the project will cut congestion, and provide safer and more efficient journeys through the Kapiti Coast, connecting with the McKays to Peka Peka Expressway in the south. read more…

Creative Writing Place Getter

2017 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

l 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 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words. 

Here is the third placed entry from Elizabeth Farris. (Banded Dotterel painting by Cushla McGaughey.)                                      read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Honesty and Common Sense

2017 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth. Cicero

Getting the truth out

By Roger Childs

Cicero: in the search for truth he made himself unpopular

Roman lawyer and politician, Marcus Tullius Cicero, lived over 2000 years ago and was a seeker after the truth.

Like today’s investigative journalists: Robert Fisk, Naomi Kline, John Pilger, Nicky Hager etc …, he ruffled feathers and rattled cages. In the end he paid with his life.

Mandy Hager, puts out the challenges today

KIN prides itself on ‘speaking’ openly about issues and not being concerned about how people may react. We feel strongly about challenging dubious conventional views and ensuring that we are getting the full story. Nevertheless, we are always happy to print readers’ comments that may challenge our writers.

We are fortunate in having a number of regular contributors who are fearless in presenting their opinions, people like Prue Hyman, Bill Benfield, John Robinson and Mandy Hager. read more…

Mugabe’s Pension

2017 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(The Editor apologises for the delayed publication of this cartoon (due to a tech. glitch). But our cartoonist Andy’s sentiments remain valid, we feel)

Watch Waikanae Watch!

2017 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Being independent and not concerned about offending advertisers, we can tackle issues that the other media are reluctant to. Geoffrey Churchman

Eyes on the town

 By Roger Childs

Meeting Eva and Geoffrey at the The Front Room last week was a pleasure.

The cafe is a beach institution, and the scones are always fresh and the coffee, hot and tasty. It was the perfect setting to chew the fat on community issues and the role of the local fourth estate.

The Churchmans moved to Waikanae early in 2006 and continued their long term interest in local body politics.

They started Waikanae Watch: issues of relevance to Waikanae people, partly because of worries over what was going on in the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC). read more…

A ‘Man Of Convictions’

2017 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

WIP Version 11a Hero.pdf

A Man, his tribe and their lake

Veronica Harrod reviews  ‘Man of Convictions: Taueki – a man, his tribe and their lake’

(Anne Hunt, published by Potangotango Foundation, PO Box 664, Levin 5540, New Zealand, Man of Convictions: Taueki – a man, his tribe and their lake, www.annehunt.co.nz, 2017. 275pp. ISBN 978-0-473-40314-0. PDF)
This is journalist Anne Hunt’s fourth non-fiction book and first e-book. “Man of Convictions” is referred to as ‘first published’ and ‘V1.11’ because Hunt will update the content with new information when it’s available. The author states she, “makes no apology for writing this book from the perspective of the Taueki family.”

read more…

Creative Writing Competition Winner!

2017 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

l 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 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words. 

Here is the winning entry from Carol Markwell. read more…

Kapiti OK For Water

2017 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waikanae River

KCDC SAYS WATER RESTRICTIONS UNLIKELY THIS SUMMER

While other parts of the region are applying water restrictions, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is confident that its supply is in good health.

Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says water consumption across the Kāpiti Coast District has reduced since water meters were introduced in July 2014.

“People are now more aware of their water consumption and as a result peak water consumption has reduced by more than 26%. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Exhibition Graphic

2017 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 The talented Don Little

By Pam Kessler 

Don Little is one of the inaugural members of the Calligraphers of Kapiti, and has been made a Life Member in recognition of his contributions to the club.

Don is a professional artist and graphic designer and willingly shares his skills and knowledge with all members.

Don designed the black and white advertising flyer for this exhibition and then turned up the colour to create the vivid eye-catching piece featured below.

This art work can be found in the Calligraphers of Kapiti exhibition, presently on display in the Art Space, Paraparaumu Library. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 97 Answers

2017 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7

    To do this latest challenge, scroll down to November 22.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Summer We Never Had?

2017 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unseasonably high temperatures

By Roger Childs

Definitely beach weather!

Driving through Waikanae at 3.00pm on Thursday the car indicated it was 27° C outside. Two hours later along Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach it was still high at 26° C. But it’s only November, which is theoretically the last month of Spring.

We’ve also had ten days in a row of fine weather which is probably more than we had all last summer.

So are we in for great weather over the holiday period, unlike 2016-17? read more…

Five-finger lollypops

2017 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Five-finger flowers on female tree

Separate male and female plants

By Cushla McGaughey

Five-finger is one of New Zealand’s many dioecious species –  having separate male and female trees.

In this way, cross-pollination is guaranteed.

When pollen from a flower on one plant is transferred to a flower on another plant of the same species, the seedlings that develop are more varied and virile.

Consequently they are less prone to genetic defects.

 

read more…

Forgiving Maori ‘Trespasses’ on Maori Land

2017 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Phil Taueki, man of conviction

Phil Taueki, man of too many Pakeha convictions

By Veronica Harrod

Horowhenua correspondent

Questions about the legality of Lake Horowhenua Trust have been raised by Wellington lawyer Michael Bott who is representing Lake Horowhenua kaitiaki Philip Taueki on a charge of trespass in Levin District Court.
Mr Taueki is being retried next January on a charge of trespassing on Maori Freehold land he is a beneficial owner of after the Crown successfully appealed his acquittal on the charge earlier this year.
In total Mr Taueki has been acquitted twice of two separate trespass charges and, as Anne Hunt’s e-book Man of Convictions states, other trespass charges have been quietly dropped by Levin police on legal advice from the same Crown office that has successfully applied for the retrial. read more…

A Word To The Wise

2017 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Open Letter To The Treaty Minister

2017 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

To Andrew Little: Minister for Treaty Settlements

By local historian, John Robinson

The man with the authority to bring change

I have worked on gathering information on Treaty issues, as a consultant for the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice, and with the Victoria University treaty of Waitangi Research Unit in projects for the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.

This was in addition to other research for Massey University and Te Puni Kokiri, which was focussed on data and not Treaty issues.

All effort in those organisations was to find wrongs committed by government, in an adversarial situation – to support lawyers in a court of law, making every effort to put the case for a client, and not as independent scholars.  There was no effort to prepare and present a case for the Crown – to protect public property and rights.  read more…

Creative Writing: Property Loss Therapy

2017 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

l’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 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words. 

Kapiti Independent will publish the chosen winners over the next week or two.

However here is Graham Bathgate’s entry with an appropriate Kapiti theme. read more…

Photo of the Week: The Lake of Love

2017 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The best of a few thousand!

We have recently featured two articles by Howard Chamberlain (pictured above), about his recent visit to battle sites and cemeteries on the Western Front. (See  October 29 and November 18. )

There are a number of his photos in these pieces, however Howard’s pick of the best one he took on his trip, is Minnewater or the Lake of Love.

This picturesque area is located in the southern part of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in Belgium. read more…

Storm Damage Repairs

2017 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Former work clearing a slip in Waterfall Road

Waterfall Road work will cost $500,000

By Local Government correspondent Jeremy Smith

Re-opening Paraparaumu’s Waterfall road, closed by slips since September, will cost about half a million dollars.

But more than half of this, $287,000, will be subsidised by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), leaving the Kapiti Council to pick up the remaining $213,000. read more…

Councillor Class

2017 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Art Work of the Week: Philip Markham

2017 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At the Calligraphy Exhibition

The work below by Philip Markham, can be found in the Calligraphers of Kapiti exhibition, presently on display in the Art Space, Paraparaumu Library.

If the Library is open, so is the show.

Cards and small gifts are available for purchase. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 97

2017 November 22
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…

Sara Boland At Tutere

2017 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Red List, Red Thread”

By Kate Hartmann

A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled “Red List, Red Thread” opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallery’s exhibition space.

In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently listed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List.

The five birds the exhibition focuses on are

  • Sara Boland

    the Glaucous Macaw from South America

  • the Forest Owlet from Central India
  • the Seychelles Paradise-Flycatcher from the Seychelles Islands
  • the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker from South Eastern USA and Cuba
  • the Sapphire-Bellied Hummingbird from Columbia.

These birds are all classified as critically endangered. read more…

Must See Calligraphy Exhibition

2017 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Japan: Soccer v Rugby Part 2

2017 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

To read part 1, scroll down to  November 19.

School based structure

By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith

Women’s soccer is popular

Sport for school students was all co-coordinated by athletic associations for primary, junior high, and high schools respectively, all under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Sport.

Each primary school had its own team participating in leagues with other schools. In a move to encourage more participation in kids’ sport by local residents, the primary school athletic association was disbanded approximately 20 years ago, with soccer and local sports clubs were established nationwide.

These clubs tended to be general clubs offering a wide range of sporting activities and funded in the main by the local authorities. read more…

Calligraphers Of Kapiti On Show!

2017 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful exhibition at the library

By Pam Kessler

“Draught Horse” by Daniel Reeve

Wow! It really is something to see. The Art Space at the Paraparaumu Library has been transformed into a calligraphic wonderland!

It is three years since the Calligraphers of Kapiti had their last group exhibition and from the amazing collection of work on show you can tell we were ready for this one.

Twenty members of the club have participated under the exhibition title of Many a Word and as you will see the theme has been interpreted in a variety of ways with each calligrapher able to highlight their preferred medium in their piece of work. read more…

Remembering John Murray

2017 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

John Murray with a white peace poppy — one of his many campaign emblems

‘Man for All Seasons’ deserves a Kapiti Memorial

By Alida Van der Velde, a long-time friend of John Murray

You probably remember that our friend and teacher the Very Reverend John Stewart Murray, ‘John’, died on the 17th February this year.

Since then several tributes in KIN have described what  he has done for people in the district and beyond (February/March issues).

We’ve also talked about finding a suitable place of remembrance for John in our district. Because most readers will have known John personally or have been involved with one of the good works he started with other progressive people, I’d like to tell you what’s happened since. read more…

Hooked By A Dame?

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful world of pantomime

By Ralph  McAllister

Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime.

Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year.

That was in forties Scotland.

The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames emerged on their first entrances remain embedded in my memory.

The cheers that greeted Katie (Gavin Rutherford) Pie at the opening night of Peter Pan at Circa this past weekend were no less considerable. read more…

Japan: Soccer v Rugby

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Transforming Japanese soccer

By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith

Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university.

This was also the case with rugby and other sports.

This is where all the necessary contacts were made and coming from a strong high school or university definitely smoothed the path to becoming a national representative. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1 (Credit Schulz)

    The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Memorials On The Western Front

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Reminders from souvenirs

By Howard Chamberlain

Howard with one of the wagons used in an Arras tunnel

In my first article for Kapiti Independent News I wrote about my trip to the Western Front as being a series of daily adventures and spoke a little of Paris, of Clairière de l’Armistice (where the Armistice was signed on 11 Nov 1918) and Arras where the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company worked for a long time. (To find this first article, scroll down to October  29.)

Looking through my souvenirs of the visit to Great War Western Front in France and Flanders caused me to think about some of the other things that emerged from that visit. read more…

Peter Pan the Pantomime!

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Outstanding entertainment for all the family  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Get hooked this Pantomime season with one of the most loved stories of all times.

Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland.

Without Google Maps, their only directions are: ‘Second on the right and straight on ‘til morning!’

Meet the Lost Boys, the cunning crocodile and the crooked Captain Hook!  And of course, there’s the Dame, played by all-time favourite Gavin Rutherford. read more…

Our Unique Fuchsias

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata)

By Cushla McGaughey

Kotukutuku is the world’s tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter.

It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed or cuttings, the tree will not tolerate drought or strong wind.

The flowers can grow directly from the tree trunk. The buds are green, streaked with purple, but the flowers turn red after pollination. If the buds are red, then it’s an exotic fuchsia, not our endemic kotukutuku. Tui and bellbirds are the primary pollinators. read more…

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The proceeds from our Hospice Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need – doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much more.

Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm

This year it’s all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library.

As well as supporting the Hospice you get to enjoy all the other great things that happen at each uniquely different festival. Kapiti is a family fun day, with 100 stalls, Rugby World Cups to be photographed alongside, food, lots of entertainment and things to buy.

This year it ties in with the Kapiti Coast Festival. read more…

Did Youthquest Kapiti Need To Fold?

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We contacted MPs, we had potential proposals for sustainable income for next year. We just needed to get to next year. Darcy Hata, Youthquest Kapiti mentoring manager

Well-heeled young folk do better?

By Roger Childs

Youthquest Kapiti graduation

Back in June, I was honoured to be present at the Youthquest Kapiti (YQK) prize giving. (Good to know that the Mayor was there.) It was great to see nine young men who were “at risk” before they started their tough six week course, graduating, and speaking about having their lives turned-around.

Most were from working class backgrounds and many were part-Maori.

Earlier in the year I had attended a Council meeting where representatives from the national ZEAL youth organisation were given 40 minutes to make a case for more KCDC funding. One of the group spoke of a recent achievement in building the confidence of a very shy girl.

Comparing the two groups today: YQK has had to go into liquidation, whereas ZEAL, is alive and well, and as of June 2016, has well over $360,000 in the bank. read more…

History As Propaganda

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The case of Vincent O’Malley

By John Robinson  

Recently several of us took the train to Wellington to hear a talk at the National Library by Vincent O’Malley about his recent book, The Great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000.

O’Malley does not take on the role of an independent scholar; indeed, he is firmly in the rebel camp.

He is an avowed supporter of the king movement and the dedication of his book is to “those who founded and fought to defend the Kingitanga”.

His presentation began with a slide of his friendly meeting with the current ‘king’. read more…

The Fight for Nature

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Panel discussion at Victoria University

By Bill Benfield

Sue and I went to “the Fight for Nature” at Victoria University on November 10.

The panel discussion was moderated by Kathryn Ryan, host of the radio programme “nine to noon”.

The panel was

  • Emma Marris from the US
  • Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato and a recipient of the Royal Society Charles Fleming Award
  • Jamie Steer from Greater Wellington Council
  • Myfanwy Emeny from Wellington City Council who deals with the burning issues of kaka from Zealandia nesting in suburbanites roofs
  • Jacqueline Beggs, director of the Centre for Biodiversity from AU
  • Wayne Linklater from Victoria.

read more…

Helping The Refugees

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ROOT CAUSES OF REFUGEE CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED

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)  

The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for trying to do the decent thing by, in her words, “offering to lend a hand” with regards to Australia’s appalling treatment of refugees detained, then abandoned, on Manus Island (not to forget the others detained on Nauru). Malcolm Turnbull tried to swat her away by saying that he has a deal with the US to take the Manus men – I think pigs will fly before Donald Trump honours what he calls “the worst deal ever”, made by Barack Obama.

Nor do I see why there is anything stopping Jacinda from dealing directly with Papua New Guinea. After all, the Manus Island men are being detained in its country and Australia has abandoned them. NZ and PNG are two independent countries, so what’s to stop the two governments sorting out this mess of Australia’s making? read more…

The True Believer

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Critics Exit Left

2017 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Professional critics are an “endangered species”

Tom Aitken, in London, reviews another reviewer’s despair of a dying art

Chris Tookey: 1993 ‘Better Criticism – Ten Commandments for a Dying Art’ (Arena Books)

In December 2013, Christopher Tookey, who had been the Daily Mail’s greatly admired principal film critic for seven years, was sacked. His recently published book examines the reasons for his rejection and that of a number of other distinguished newspaper film critics.

The blurb summarises the situation:

‘Paid critics are an endangered species, and good criticism is a dying art. Editors are culling many, and frequently all, of their best critics. Especially on the internet but also in newspapers and magazines, there’s more bad criticism than ever before –– needlessly rude, ill-judged, poorly expressed or bigoted and sometimes all four.’ read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96

2017 November 15
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…

Kapiti Hoop Club Well Represented

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Big basketball tournament in the Hutt

The Kapiti 8s and under

By Angelo Robinson

Hoop Club Kapiti recently took part in one of Wellington’s biggest junior basketball tournaments.

Hoop Club Hutt Valley organised and hosted this year’s junior basketball tournament on Saturday 11. November.

This all-day event proved so popular with 53 teams participating that the organisers had to book a second venue. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Safe To Feel Hopeful?

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A government of change, but still some worries

By Mandy Hager

Made the right call in the end

After the ambiguous election results and then the wait for coalition talks, I thought I would be over the moon when Winston Peters finally made his call to support a government of change.

And, don’t get me wrong, I am.

Nine long years of watching our democracy, social supports, human rights and futures undermined by a cynical, self-interested National-led government is quite enough.

But the mess and pain they have left behind for others to clean up, while still (unbelievably) lauding themselves as having improved our lot, leaves me nervous.

Why? I still have nagging concerns in a number of areas. read more…

American WW2 Sailor Passes On

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ted Pickard was here in 1943

By Allie Webber

Theodore (Ted) Picard, one of three U.S.Navy veterans who returned to Kapiti in 2012 to honour his ten mates who drowned in a tragic landing exercise off Paekakariki Beach during World War II, died in Hatfield (Maine) on November 9, aged 97.

The three men forged a life-long friendship in the Navy.

Mr Picard was coxswain (driver) of an LCVP loaded with Marines in combat gear, Ray Plante was on the ship itself, and Frank Zalot was in the beach party of 25 sailors whose task was to manage the flotilla after landing their human cargo. read more…

Poem of the Week: The Tide Recedes

2017 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

A time to remember

By Roger Childs

Back in mid October there was a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice in Kapiti.

Loved ones of those who were helped by the Hospice over the previous five months, before they passed on, were remembered.

These remembrance ceremonies are always moving occasions and there are many appropriate reading and songs.

One of the readings from this recent service features below. read more…

Tonga Takes The Cake

2017 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Busy sporting times

By Roger Childs

The Tongans celebrate an historic victory

There was plenty of excitement over the weekend in a mixed bag of results for New Zealand.

The All Blacks, The Breakers and The Phoenix(!) won, while the Kiwis and Maori All Blacks lost.

Meanwhile the All Whites, seeking World Cup qualification, lived to fight another day in Lima, with a nil all draw at the Caketin.

However, probably the most impressive result from the last two days, was Tonga’s win over New Zealand in the rugby league. read more…

Women Mountaineers Reach For The Heights

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Playwright Jan Bolwell brings these two women mountaineers together across time to challenge and confront each other about their climbing prowess and the challenges and difficulties they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Taking the High Ground

Jan Bolwell’s new play Taking the High Ground delves into the lives of two outstanding climbers.

  • Freda du Faur, an Australian, was the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1910.
  • Lydia Bradey, a New Zealander, was the first woman to scale Mount Everest solo and without oxygen in 1988.

Bolwell pushes the women together across time to confront each other about their climbing worlds and the challenges they face in both their professional and personal lives. read more…

The Wonderful Cabbage Tree ~ Ti Kouka

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More than meet the eye

By Cushla McGaughey

Cabbage tree fruit

The Cabbage Tree is common in swamps, flood plains and forest margins, but will die if overgrown by larger trees.

The young cabbage tree develops as a single slender stem, until the first flowering.

The flower panicles arise from the growing tip, so causing the trunk to branch. Each successive flowering causes further branching.

There is much more to a Cabbage Tree than meets the eye.

The flowers attract honey bees and bumblebees, native bees and moths, tui and bellbirds. The fruits are important in the diet of kereru and popular with bellbirds. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 95 Answers

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10

    You can do the latest challenge by scrolling down to November 8.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Poisoner Attacks Trees

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maclean Park pond at Paraparaumu Beach

KCDC to remove dead pohutukawa trees at Paraparaumu Beach 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says someone appears to have deliberately poisoned pohutukawa trees at a popular children’s park at Paraparaumu Beach.

The Council says it’s letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be removed. read more…

“Many a Word” Calligraphy Exhibition

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local Calligraphers showing their wares

The exhibition is happening in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space at the Paraparaumu Public Library.

It will be open to view

 ~ Sunday 19th November until Friday 8th December

 ~ the hours the library is open.

As well as exhibits there will be calligraphic cards and gift items available for sale daily from 11.30 to 3.30 – and some days there will also be calligraphers demonstrating their skills in the art space. read more…

The Power of Prayer

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor In The Dark?

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA was “bending over backwards to help” and was “caught between a rock and a hard place” as it tried to keep motorists safe and remedy noise complaints, he (Guru) said. Dominion Post, November 3 2017

The worry is after dark

By Roger Childs

Does Guru understand the issues?

Residents affected by expressway noise at night, wonder if Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan (Guru) understands what’s been going on since the new road opened on February.

Many parts of the four lane highway do have sound walls and earth bunds to protect nearby residents from the sound of traffic; but not all.

A particular problem is the noise generated by big trucks passing through the area in the wee small hours.

Local groups have been agitating to get the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) to take measures to reduce the noise affecting residents who live close by.

Some action has belatedly been taken, but NZTA has not been bending over backwards to help as the mayor claims. read more…

London Climax For Men’s Tennis

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What a difference a year makes

By Roger Childs

The indoor venue in London

The Barclay’s Indoor Tournament is the year’s finale for men’s tennis.

It’s also the toughest event of the year, as only the top eight seeds take part.

They play round-robin in two groups and the best two in each, contest the semi-finals.

This year there are players from eight different nations, and six of them were not in the 2016 draw.

Gone from last year’s group are injured players Andy Murray (winner in 2016), Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, as well as Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. read more…

1080 – Buses and Books

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How can you reveal the truth if those to whom you are speaking do not want to hear? Journalist David Walsh

Seen on the back of a bus

By Roger Childs

This time it’s the honey bus! (To see the kea bus, scroll down to November 9)

Sadly, under pressure from the pro-poisoners these revelations of the truth are no longer featuring.

If you feel strongly about the truth getting out on 1080, ring the bus company on 0800 801 700 to show your support for the signs. read more…

Fighting in Raumati Street

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police investigating fight in Kapiti

Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Martin says Police responded to reports of three men fighting outside a property in Raumati around 8:30pm last night.

It is believed the fight was in relation to an earlier incident at an address on Rimu Road.  read more…

Ban 1080 On A Bus

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The signs on the buses are being removed! It looks as though the Poisoners have been at work complaining. I believe there are proper channels to go through but this doesn’t appear to be what has happened in this case. Environmentalist Bill Benfield

Getting the ‘Ban 1080’ message out!

Many readers will have seen the news about the Department of Conservation admitting that 1080 had killed kea.

To their credit, the DomPost recently featured a missive from a Kapiti resident “voicing” criticism of DoC’s use of 1080, as letter of the day with a photo.

One senses that there is a growing ground swell against the poisoning, especially as one on the Coalition partners, New Zealand First, has campaigned to ban 1080. There was also a big march in Coromandel recently.

Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage

Eugenie Sage, a Greenie, is the new Minister of Conservation. So is there hope of ending the spread of sodium fluoroacetate?

Unfortunately the Greens, despite their name, have said 1080 poisoning is not desirable but it’s the only way to protect our birds etc … read more…

Getting Your Kick In First

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Catastrophe: Explosion in Halifax

2017 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We had just drawn soap and powder, and the necessary utensils for cleaning paint work when the most awful explosion I ever heard, or want to hear again, occurred. Frank Baker, ship inspector, HMCS Arcadia

The massive 1917 disaster

By Roger Childs

Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, is remembered as being the closest port to the Titanic sinking in 1912 — but five years later it was the site of the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosion.

After the Titanic sank, most of the survivors and the recovered bodies were taken to Halifax in April 1912.

Then, in December 1917, a much bigger disaster occurred when a French munitions ship collided with a Norwegian freighter in the narrow entrance to Halifax harbour.

The Mont Blanc caught fire and twenty minutes late exploded. It remains the biggest non-nuclear, man-made conflagration in human history.

The consequences for the prosperous city were appalling. read more…

Creative Writing Challenge Winners

2017 November 8
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 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words. 

Kapiti Independent will publish the chosen winners over the next week or two.

However, to start with here’s an “also ran”: a light-hearted piece with a Kapiti flavour. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 95

2017 November 8
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…

Poem Of the Week

2017 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Imagine Marvin at your hospital bedside

By Trish Harris

Imagine if the hospital

employed a Marvin.

A monotone, pill-toting machine

who in less than 15 seconds

fires medication directly

into your mouth, offers you

a consoling phrase

(from a store of 1,005)

and pats your head with

plastic hands.

Imagine if the hospital

employed a Marvin

instead of the nurse

with her soft-timbred voice

who reaches across

the fear and says

We want to help you

get on top of your pain.

This poem comes from ‘My Wide White Bed’ (reviewed by Gill Ward on November 5). read more…

What happened at Rangiaowhia in 1864?

2017 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claims have been made that atrocities were committed by British soldiers at Rangiaowhia, most recently by historian Vincent O’Malley. John Robinson says he can dispel these alleged myths, based on the evidence of people who were there.

British forces arrive in the area

By John Robinson

General Cameron

Towards the end of the war of rebellion in the Waikato, in 1864, the kingite forces constructed a well-fortified pa at Paterangi.

It would have taken a considerable effort, with great loss of life on both sides, to defeat that stronghold.

So the British Army ignored it and walked past.

General Cameron outflanked the kingites’ heavy defences and the Government forces moved on to capture the food supplies of the garrison, the fields of wheat, maize and potatoes, and peach groves at Rangiaowhia.   read more…

Julie’s Sonnet of the Month

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering a wonderful teacher

By Julie Leibrich

I had a wonderful English teacher who not only taught us the language, but taught how to think.

Years later, on visits to England, we would go for lunch and talk about ideas.

When she died in 2005, she was blind, deaf, one hundred years old and as sharp as ever. In those later years she would say ‘Call me Jessica’, but it wasn’t possible. She would always be Miss Crossfield to me. read more…

Assessing the Policies of the New Government

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Can they change the old neo-liberalism? 

By Prue Hyman

Now comes the hard part

Well, we got the Labour/NZ First/Greens government I was, with some trepidation, hoping for, with a 63/57 majority perfectly viable to implement its policies.

Now comes the difficult process of major legislative and attitudinal change.

I think they’ve got off to a reasonable start, with both Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters talking about the bad consequences of the neo-liberal economic policies of the last decades.

However, this is more rhetoric than reality: neither party has indicated any intention to make the major changes in fiscal, monetary and trade policies which would really challenge neo-liberalism. read more…

Ban the Booker?

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Intolerant or reasonable?

 By Ralph McAllister

A worthy winner in 2012

I know, I know.

Different tastes are the stuff of debate, dissension and disagreements, but I am beginning to think I have had enough.

We all know about that barbaric three strikes and you are out negative policy or practice.

Well I am now introducing my own brand of intolerance.

Let me explain. read more…

Birds of the Week: New Zealand Parakeets

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Parrots

By Cushla McGaughey

Red-crowned Parakeets

Our largest parrot, the nocturnal kakapo, weighs up to 2.1 kg. Our smallest parrots, the New Zealand Parakeets, weigh only 40 to 80 gm.

The Yellow-crowned Parakeet is unique to New Zealand, but the larger Red-crowned Parakeet is also found in New Caledonia and on Norfolk Island.

Although the two species have been known to interbreed, the conservation goal is to avoid hybrids by fostering their different habitat preferences. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 94 Answers

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9.

    If you would still like to do it, scroll down to November 1.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Hospital Bed Nights

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

my wide white bed  

by Trish Harris  (Publisher: Landing Press 2017)

Reviewed by Gill Ward

This book is Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry. It follows her ‘journey’ in a hospital bed recovering from surgery.

Harris has written theses poems using the hospital almost as an extended metaphor for her stay there. I say ‘almost’ because she starts off by introducing the hospital as sailing ‘like a tall white ship’ which of course is a simile, but you feel throughout this book that you are sailing with her on a huge ship.

A ship which is bursting with passengers, crew and associated engine noises and machinery. read more…

Hollywood Follies

2017 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Second Arts Trail Weekend

2017 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Arts Trail Magic Again

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am 

The trail, which has been running for 17 years, showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

Tutere Gallery is a major hub and you can find it at 48 Tutere St, Waikanae.

You can also download a guide to the trail here: http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/arts-trail read more…

Rumble Strips and Engine Brakes

2017 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Limited expressway action

The section in greatest need of sound walls and bunds: Wharemauku Bridge to the Raumati Road Bridge

NZTA have announced plans to remove all the outside edge rumble strips on the new Kapiti Expressway.

These were added after the road opened, and have proven to be a major source of the excessive noise experienced by residents.

Nick Fisher, Expressway Noise Action Group spokesperson, said “While are pleased that NZTA have acknowledged their mistake in fitting these rumble strips, we should never have been put in this position.

Their own guidelines state that  ‘audio tactile profiled markings’ should not be used in noise sensitive areas, yet they proceeded to fit them, arrogantly ignoring the adverse effects they have had on residents. read more…

The Great War for New Zealand?

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A grandiose title

By Roger Childs

Vincent O’Malley

Historian Vincent O’Malley book The Great War for New Zealand Waikato 1800-2000 takes its name from a quote by Wiremu Tamihana in 1865. It’s unfortunate that O’Malley perpetuates this exaggeration in writing about the Waikato Wars.

He spoke recently at a Ministry of Culture and Heritage session, and seemed surprised that some in the audience challenged a few of his conclusions and sweeping generalisations.

The book takes a very sympathetic line to Maori involved in the Kingite rebellion, and the book has been well received in the Waikato and among many other Maori groups.

The timing for the session was appropriate as the first annual commemoration of the NZ Wars occurred on Saturday. (Scroll down to October 28  to see KIN’s story.) read more…

Common Sense About Conservation?

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time for a positive emphasis

By Roger Childs

Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage

The reign of the arrogant Maggie Barry is now over and the new Minister is Green MP Eugenie Sage.

The former Minister was a staunch advocate of 1080 poisoning and also helped launch the ludicrously named  Predator Free New Zealand.

Hopefully with the new government in office and fresh leadership in the Department of Conservation (DoC), there can be a shift in policy from killing to preservation.

A recent letter to the editor of the DomPost, from a Kapiti resident, quoted figures from DoC about the many deaths of bird of the year kea, from 1080 poisoning.

The carnage needs to stop. read more…

NZ Intelligence

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photo of the Week: Day of the Dead

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There is some sadness as we remember our lost love ones, but it also a time of happiness as we are reunited. Mexican Ambassador, Her Excellency, Mrs Rosaura Leonora Rueda Gutierrez

Remembering the departed

By Roger Childs

This is a poignant time of the year for Mexicans, as they remember those who have passed on.

There are two days of remembrance:

~ November 1: a day when departed children’s souls return to Earth.

~ November 2: when the adults who have passed away return. read more…

Spy Protests Ahead

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Waiohopai Spying equipment, with AIM subtitle

AIM asks why NZ is still part of Trump’s Empire

By Alan Tristram

The Aotearoa Independence Movement, (AIM), says the disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire?

It says: ‘The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone.

‘It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.’ read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 94

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 8.

    Apologies for the lateness.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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