The battle of the red and white poppies in Kapiti
By Alan Tristram
Two Kapiti Coast personalities have ignited an Anzac conflict of their own as Anzac Day approaches.
Former local politician and Paraparaumu Vice-President Chris Turver espouses the traditional view of Anzac Day and the sale of red poppies to help ex-service people and their families.
But former Presbyterian Church moderator
John Murray is spearheading a local campaign tomorrow stressing the urgent need
to prevent war, and the need to commemorate civilian casualties. His group sells white poppies to fund peace scholarships.
Mr Turver says Mr Murray’s peace group is deliberately piggy-backing on Anzac Day and it is ‘contemptible to deliberately choose a collection date which undermines the sacrifices of so many New Zealanders.’ read more…
By Alan Tristram
The latest Roy Morgan Poll has shown a large jump in support for National as New Zealanders celebrated the visit of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Once again, Prime Minister Key is outstripping Labour Leader David Cunliffe.
National’s share of the vote is now 48.5% up 5.5% — Labour’s down by 3.5% to 28.5%. read more…
Police are investigating a serious assault last night at Cannons Creek Park in Porirua.
Police were initially called at 3am today by staff at Kenepuru Hospital, who were treating a man with a serious head injury. read more…
Bore water turned off
Thanks to recent rain, the water supply for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae is now back to 100% river water.
But the Kapiti Coast District Council says it may take 24 to 48 hours for the 100% river water to get through to customers. read more…
Time for politicians to lead with Te Reo
By Russell Marshall
The ongoing discussion about the management and stewardship of the Kohanga Reo Trust is a sad and unfortunate part of a much larger issue, the credible survival of the Maori language.
Historically, governments paid little attention to the retention of the Maori language. read more…
Kapiti Independent is starting an amazing new sports feature by Roger Childs this week.
It looks at sports stories so unusual, so unlikely and so, at times, preposterous that you will be re-telling them to your friends for months to come! Here’s the first, from the annals of the beautiful game.
Ever seen a goal like this one (below)?
Possibly without parallel in soccer annals was the goal scored by Carlsson. Willy Meisl read more…
Great Forest… is a fantastic off road event through the beautiful Waitarere Forest in Levin. Event web site
Plenty of local runners and walkers win
By Roger Childs
There were over 3000 entries in last Saturday’s Great Forest Races, making it one of the biggest sporting events in the southern North Island. With races from a 5km fun run or walk through to the marathon, there was something for everyone. The ages ranged from single figures through to the 80s, and the wonderful setting far from traffic and sealed roads, was a very attractive proposition.
The Kapiti Coast was well represented and over 50 competitors from the local Running and Tri Club and the Joggers and Walkers took part. From this group there were 15 winners, including four who won their event outright read more…
‘Bore water, which has supplemented the water supply for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati in recent weeks, goes through the same treatment process as river water before it comes out of our taps,’ says the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC).
‘The amount of bore water being used to supplement this water supply was 75% at the beginning of this week. Water supplies for Ōtaki and Paekākāriki come from different bore fields and don’t use any river water.’ read more…
Grey PowerBy Alan Tristram
The majority of mature Kapiti people are very happy or satisfied with their life, according to a Grey Power survey.
This was the first large-scale survey (1198 respondents) that specifically asked about the health and well-being of Kapiti residents over 50.
It also sought to zero in on their needs within the community. read more…