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Australian Professions of Loyalty

2015 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

malcolm turnbull ‘Et tu” Turnbull ?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

The top contender for the Australian PM’s job has again professed his undying loyalty to the leader.

This week Communications Minister  Malcolm Turnbull (also a former Liberal leader) , interviewed on ABC News, said the Liberal Party ‘inner room’ is fully behind Tony Abbott as Leader. read more…

Kites Soar at Otaki Beach

2015 March 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Ross Church, resplendent in red 'Dorothy' shoes, admires the kite flight

Mayor Ross Church, resplendent in red ‘Dorothy’ shoes, admires the kite flight

 

Festival of kites wows visitors of all ages

Photo story by Ian Linning

It was an exhilarating, great, opening day, well organised, with reasonably-priced rides for the kids and good
food and coffee for the adults.

There was just enough wind to keep the kites in  the air, but not too much to blow the sand across the beach. read more…

‘Ghost’ signs and calligraphers

2015 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Nicole Swain hand lettering Shepherds’ Arms Hotel on the old Speight’s Ale House in Tinakori Road.  Image credit – Fine Signs

Nicole Swain hand lettering Shepherds’ Arms Hotel on the old Speight’s Ale House in Tinakori Road.
Image credit – Fine Signs

Calligraphers of Kapiti

By Pam Kessler

Our first club night of the year was held on 19 February, and what a great time we had as we caught up with our fellow calligraphers. Twenty people attended the meeting, including two visitors, who by the end of the evening had decided to join our merry throng.

Both told us they had dabbled with calligraphy in former lives and now wanted to renew their skills. They are already planning on taking lessons from club member Maggie Salter and so before they know it they will be fully immersed in the calligraphy world of pens, nibs, inks and papers. read more…

Isis Perils in UK

2015 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tom aitken cuTricky problems confronting British security services

By Tom Aitken in London

As I write, the front page of the The Times proclaims;

‘Isis butcher had been MI5 terror suspect for six years’

Two subheadings inform us further:

‘Jihadi John’ is computer science graduate from west London’

and

‘Security services made repeated attempts to recruit killer’ read more…

Abbott’s Attack on Refugees Rights

2015 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Gillian Triggs --Abbott wants her gone

Gillian Triggs –Abbott wants her gone

Another Side to Australian PM — attacking human rights and their staunch defender

Letter from Australia

By Julia Meek

One of the continuing stories from Canberra is the rumpus surrounding a report from the Human Rights Commission, presided over by Professor Gillian Triggs,.

This criticizes the Abbott Government about the number of children in detention in immigration centres in Australia and Manus Island and the terrible conditions they live under. read more…

Waikanae Children Survivors

2015 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanae pupils under tarpsIt was tough for the Waikanae School kids under tarps — while teachers luxuriated under tents !

WAIKANAE SCHOOL SURVIVORS

By Peter Corlett

If you were passing Waikanae School recent y you could be forgiven for thinking it had been solf off as a camping ground.
Te Poutama (the year 7-8 classes) were enduring – enjoying rather — a Survivors’ Day. read more…

ISIS Solution

2015 February 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guns Got Us Into This

Australian Greyhound Cruelty Exposed

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

greyhound racing two‘Brutal’ Greyhound industry should end

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, SAFE

(Save Animals From Exploitation)

I feel a bit sick. I just watched Australia’s current affairs show Four Corners on live-baiting in the greyhound industry.

Live-baiting is the practice of blooding greyhounds to increase their prey drive and make them run faster. This is achieved by tying small, live animals to a lure, dragging them around the track and letting the greyhounds rip them apart. read more…

The Confident Australian Cricketers

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How do our trans-Tasman rivals stack up?

By John Smith

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

My starting point would be that they are the favourites and that they deserve to be: they have the ability, self-belief and motivation to win this tournament. For Australian cricketers and fans the memories of 1992 are even bitterer than for Kiwis: not only did they lose to New Zealand but they didn’t even make the semi-finals.

They see the World Cup as their tournament: they have won it four times: they expect to be in the final, which is being played on their turf – the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. They have a very strong battling line-up, all the way down to Johnson and Starc at 9 and 10, and they have a fast and lethal pace attack. read more…

Auckland Super City Works for Franklin

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Take the politicians out of politics and it would work perfectly! Andrew Baker, Chair, Franklin Board, Auckland

 More heat than light?

By Roger Childs

 Wellington local bodiesThe debate over possible amalgamation for the Wellington Region is heating up and there is plenty of argument and counter-argument. However, the process of informing the population about what’s proposed has been less than efficient. For example, Kapiti locals received a pamphlet on the proposals a few weeks ago labelled December 2014!

Various local body notables from across the region have sounded off in the media and the Kapiti Coast District Council has changed from a status quo position. It has decided to adopt a neutral stance, saying let the people decide. read more…

American Tourists Visit Marines Memorial

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I didn’t know we were so involved in New Zealand during the war. American tourist

Visitors fascinated by the US-Kapiti connection

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

By Roger Childs

Six Americans from the cruise ship MS Marina came out to Paekakariki on Monday. They were all interested in military history and were keen to find out more about the American presence on the Kapiti Coast in 1942-43. Formerly from New York they have now retired to the warmer climes of Florida. One was a Marine who served in the Korean War. read more…

Phoenix Draw With The Jets 2-2

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I thought it was a tremendous display of football without the finishing. Phoenix coach, Ernie Merrick

The home team should have won!

By Dave Daniel

Roly Bonavenca unfortunately scored an own goal

Roly Bonevacia unfortunately scored an own goal

Most spectators would have wondered how on earth the Phoenix did not win this game. However, while the result was hugely disappointing there was a lot to admire about this performance.

First the bad stuff: being 2-0 down after 18 minutes ensured that it was going to be a hard day at the office for Ernie Merrick’s team. The first was an unfortunate own goal off Roly Bonevacia and the second a Scott Neville header. Both from corners, situations that should have been dealt with, but the reaction of the Phoenix defenders was not hugely impressive. read more…

Church Leader Condemns Key’s War Move

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

PM joins ‘The Club ‘ and ignores public opinion

By the Very Rev. John Murray

After more than six months prevaricating, the Prime Minister has now on his own authority, decided that we the people of New Zealand, must enter the Middle East civil war.

His tactics to lull the unthinking and fearful people among us have included a long list of ‘maybes’, not this but not that. read more…

Prospects For The Trans-Tasman Cricket Clash

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our Melbourne correspondent, John Smith, looks at the weekend’s long awaited match up in the World Cup. In the first of two articles he analyses the Black Caps line-up.

A history of not making the final about to change?

By John Smith

Black Caps Southee wicketAs a Black Caps fan from way before they were called the Black Caps I know only too well the cycle of hope and despair that comes with that: all of our World Cup semi-final exits are scarred into my memory.

But I have a special feeling about this team, and this year and I am going to go with that until – and if – events prove me wrong. From where I sit in Melbourne, I am getting the same feeling as I did with the Rugby World Cup in 2011. A very special team playing consistently well, led by an impressive captaincy and coaching team, and with the country getting behind them. read more…

Fighting Democracy for the USA

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy on Key's war on democracy

Why NZ Troops Should Stay Put

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Russell MarshallTime for NZ to stop following US and UK into foreign wars

By Russell Marshall (former Labour Cabinet Minister)

In 1899 when Britain was at war in South Africa, our European population was still largely no more than third generation, the opportunity to travel offshore to support Britain was welcomed by a good number of young men who duly signed up, as did a number of female teachers and nurses.
It was largely the same, just over a decade after the Boer War ended. Until 1917 when older men and others began to be drafted, there was no shortage of volunteers, though for the first time there were some conscientious objectors. read more…

Poetry Blooms Again In Kapiti

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Copy of Ward, Gill Poetry book launch 2011 007Local children can get poems published

By Gill Ward

Greetings from the sidelines of Poetry and Literature.
Mostly lately I have felt that I’m there giving a short, hoarse cheer for the arts world, but things are looking up and I am getting back on deck (oh a cliché – sorry!) and hope my column will be more regular.
Well… Poets to the People 2015 is on its way for the year and hopefully you will have received or seen information about February’s poet and the new venue, Hightide Café on Marine Parade Paraparaumu. read more…

Black Caps On A Roll?

2015 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tim Southee takes seven wickets as Black Caps steamroll England. The Melbourne Age

New Zealand in great form at the World Cup

By Roger Childs

Black Caps celebrateThe Black Caps came into the tournament with some excellent lead-up performances. There was a comfortable win in the series against Sri Lanka, then two easy wins over Pakistan and a surprisingly comprehensive victory over one of the favourites, South Africa.

In the first match of the World Cup it was another comfortable win over the Sri Lankans, then a closer victory over Scotland followed by the brutal mauling of the English on Friday. The Australian experts and media are starting to take notice and the trans-Tasman clash in Auckland next weekend is eagerly awaited. read more…

‘Don’t Swim’ notice for Kapiti streams

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

children in kapiti streamCouncil warns public of bacteria danger in three local streams

A high bacterial count has been found in three local streams in the district and Council is advising people, especially children, not to swim in these waterways.

Tests in Wharemaukau Stream (outlet by Waterfront Bar & Kitchen), Takitou Stream (beside Kapiti Boating Club) and Waimeha Stream (north Waikanae) have revealed high bacterial counts due to dry weather and low/slow water flows. read more…

National Down in Latest Poll

2015 February 22
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by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john key wideshotRoy Morgan Poll shows National falling to 49%, down 3% since January 5-18

 

The latest NZ Roy Morgan Poll shows National falling to 49%, down 3% since January 5-18.
Support for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners has also fallen with the Maori Party 1.0% (down 0.5%), Act NZ 0% (down 1%) and United Future still on 0% (unchanged). read more…

Assisted Death Pioneer Coming to Kapiti

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dutch Doctor to spread the word about assisted dying

By Alan Tristram

Dr Ron Jonquiere

Dr Rob Jonquiere

Dr Rob Jonquière, a world-famous doctor who helped pioneer Dutch euthanasia law, is to visit the Kapiti Coast in eight days’ time as part of a nationwide tour.
He is a leading campaigners for medically assisted dying, and has had more than 30 years’ experience with Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) and working on legal issues and doctors in the Netherlands.
He is currently Communications Director of the ‘World Federation of Right to Die Societies,’ which campaigns in 24 countries for peoples’ right to a  ‘dignified death.’ read more…

Corporates Design New Pyramid

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Corporate Pyramid

Kapiti Women’s Triathlon On March 1

2015 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I smiled all the way! Mahina, one of the 2014 finishers

Encouraging participation

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The Raumati Beach setting for the KWT

The Raumati Beach setting for the KWT

The 2015 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 1st March.

The Kapiti Women’s Triathlon (KWT) promotes participation for all women and girls, with options suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We consider everyone who makes the start line is a winner. Evelyn Williamson.

The KWT mantra sums up what the event is all about: Inspire, Motivate, Participate read more…

Police Warn of Computer Scam

2015 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 computer criminalsElderly Waikanae man defrauded of $20,000

Kapiti Police have warned locals about computer crime, saying a 79-year-old Waikanae man lost $20,000 yesterday.

They say he got a phone call from a man calling himself a ‘Spark’ technician, who said he was calling to fix the man’s computer connections.

The victim then gave the caller remote access to his computer, which  led to the $20,000 financial loss. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 4: Falls, Delta and National Park

2015 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Into Zambia but not without incident!

Story by Tony Fraei. Photos by Allsion Fraei

Namibia af_2014-08-23_3189 (2)From Namibia we drove into Zambia to visit the Victoria Falls at Livingstone. The border crossing was quite a challenge. While our Rental was allowed to cross the border there was still a lot of paper work viz. an import license, insurance for Zambia and tax payments both in and out. Plus all these transactions were handled by different individuals each with their own queue. However, these challenges have happened before and you just roll with the punches and keep smiling, being friendly and staying relaxed works in every country we have ever been in. read more…

New Councillor for KCDC

2015 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

michael scottWaikanae lawyer elected to fill Council vacancy

Waikanae lawyer Michael Scott has been elected as the new Waikanae Ward councillor on the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

The results of the by-election for the seat, which became vacant with the death of Councillor Tony Lloyd late last year, have just been announced. They are as follows: read more…

Wonderful Ti Kouka Track Now Open

2015 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

thanks again for another great horse / people track. Horsewoman, Anita Jones

Whareroa Guardians push out the tracks

View from near the top of the Ti Kouka track

View from near the top of the Ti Kouka track

By Roger Childs

Another fantastic walking, running or riding experience is now possible in Whareroa Farm on the Kapiti Coast. Volunteers worked on the track with support from the DOC Community Conservation Partnerships Fund. It was officially opened on 1 February and led by Guardian Coordinator, Ann Evans, a group of horses and trampers headed upwards into the mist. This new trail rises 300m and reaches the highest point in the Farm.
read more…

Picture Of The Week: Top Of The Ti Kouka Track

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whareora Te Kouka 1 horses

 

A few of us met up to go for a ride since the weather was less than ideal at the official track opening. We were all impressed with the track, it was clear enough footing for us to have a nice canter uphill. It was so nice to have the track to ourselves yesterday but we are loving having to share it and look out for only people, not mountain bikes!

Anita Jones

Anti Super City Campaign Gathers Steam

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Success So Far in Anti-Amalgamation Campaign

Wellington local bodiesBy Alan Tristram

The Paraparaumu Beach resident who started a campaign against the Wellington ‘Super City’ plan says he’s getting good feedback from local citizens. Graeme Trask says that over the last two weekends when he has been out  canvassing, many people have voiced their concerns to him.

He says: “Generally they are saying they don’t want to see any amalgamation with other regions.” read more…

Otaihanga Murder Hearing

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OtaihangaMurder suspect given name suppression

The man charged with the weekend murder in the riverside community of Otaihanga on the Kapiti Coast has appeared in court.

The victim, Catherine Gay Stewart, 56, who was a popular and well-known nurse at a Paraparaumu clinic, was found dead at her Otaihanga home on Valentine’s Day. read more…

Surprises In The Super 15

2015 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You’ve got to win those arm-wrestles and we did enough. Chiefs coach, Dave Rennie

Top teams struggle

By Roger Childs

Super rugbyWith the main sports focus on the World Cup cricket opening, the Super 15 rugby season got underway with less fanfare than usual. There are always unexpected results, but no-one anticipated three of last year’s semi-finalists losing in the first round. The exception was the Brumbies, who thrashed the Reds 47-3, in the weekend’s biggest victory.  Meanwhile the 2015 champions, the Waratahs, were well beaten and the other finalist, the Crusaders, and semi-finalist, the Sharks, suffered unexpected defeats. It could be a very close competition this season. read more…

Australia’s Human Rights Abuses

2015 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Abbott tries to defend refugee mistreatment by attacking messenger

By Julia Meek in Melbourne 

Refugee boatsAustralian PM Tony Abbott has worsened his international reputation even  more by savagely attacking the body that criticised his country’s appalling treatment of refugees.

While questions continue about his leadership, despite his survival in a confidence vote in his own caucus, one of the Abbott government’s boasts is that they “turn back the boats” of asylum seekers and refugees attempting to reach Australian shores. read more…

“MOMENTS for which there are no words”

2015 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…changing and challenging times. Writer Janet Slater Bottin

Local writer launches adult readers` anthology

Janet BottinOtaki author, Janet Slater Bottin, has had a long and distinguished career writing for children dating back to 1987. However, her latest venture is a set of short stories for adults. Janet will launch her anthology MOMENTS for which there are no words at 7pm on February 19 in the Paraparaumu Library meeting room.

The collection includes stories of topics ranging from a wartime prisoner escape to recollections of a teenage adventure. read more…

Murder Inquiry at Otaihanga

2015 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OtaihangaPolice arrest man after woman’s body found in house near Paraparaumu

Kapiti police say they started a ‘homicide Investigation’ about 1.45pm yesterday after they were called to a residential address at the peaceful riverside suburb of Otaihanga, north of Paraparaumu.

A middle aged woman was located dead inside the address and a homicide investigation was launched.

A 29 year old man, who was known to the victim, was located nearby and arrested. read more…

Kapiti Cleric Opposes War Move

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

JOIN THE CLUB ?

By the Very Rev. John Murray, Of Raumati

Former head of the NZ Presbyterian Church

Confused by the swithering words of Mr Key, we New Zealanders should join the Club – the Coalition of the Righteous – get ready for war,  help save the world from “terror” and put an end to the threat to world peace from those Muslims.

Well, that’s the official view.

read more…

John Key’s Big Gamble

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

One Armed Bandit

‘If these people love gambling so much, why not gamble with their own money?’

Volunteers’ Kindness More Vital than Economics

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wendy HustonHow  volunteers bring happiness to residents in Kapiti’s Trust’s homes

By Wendy Huston, CEO, Kapiti Retirement Trust

You can go on to any economic website or even use ‘Dr Google’ and you will get a truckload of data on the value of volunteer work as part of GDP, value to the country etc etc.

While such facts may make interesting reading, in terms of its real value the data is all academic.  The essence of volunteering is not economic, it’s people. read more…

A Feast Of Cricket In Prospect

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hard to look beyond Australia New Zealand and South Africa. Man for man, South Africa have the most quality, but they also carry the most scars from World Cups past. New Zealand are in red-hot form, but I wonder whether they have the mental strength to go past the semi-final barrier that’s stopped them six times. Dileep Premachandran, Indian cricket writer

 A huge event for New Zealand

By Roger Childs

World Cup CricketSharing the ICC Cricket World Cup with Australia is one of the biggest sporting events in our history. Over the next six weeks 14 countries will battle it out to determine who is the champion one-day international team. On Saturday 14 February the tournament gets underway with New Zealand playing Sri Lanka in Christchurch while England takes on Australia in Melbourne.

A television audience of possibly up to one billion will watch from around the world in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Scotland, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.
read more…

Kapiti Police chase car driving on rims

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

otaki policeLong pursuit ends on beach when offender crashes on wastewater pipe

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti police say several of their cars chased a stolen car for several kilometres along SHI and then onto the beach at Raumati and Paraparaumu.

After first being spotted on the Haywards Hill by a Kapiti police dog handler, they say, the stolen car was chased, then ‘spiked’ on Paekakariki Hill Road.

But the offender continued driving on SHI on three tireless wheels, then  headed to the Waterfront Bar area at Raumati Beach and onto the beach, driving north for several kilometres before crashing. read more…

Lax Biosecurity for Kapiti Island?

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mickey Mouse Biosecurity for Kapiti Island Visitors

Gurunathan

By Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Boating Club’s move to substantially increase its rent charged to Kapiti Island Nature Tours has exposed the Micky Mouse biosecurity measures at the mainland departure point to one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves. Kapiti Island Nature Tours had been renting space at the KBC building to conduct its biosecurity and check-in facilities for visitors.

read more…

Democracy: Subversion And Restoration

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…let’s get involved in trying to change things, however we can!

Frustration for the Greens

By Prue Hyman

Pru HymanMy third column on the erosion of our democracy, unashamedly pays tribute to the last two male co-leaders of the Greens Party. I am sad though totally understanding of the resignation of Russel Norman from that position, taking effect in a few months. Yet another three years of being effective leader of the opposition, despite Labour being the largest opposition party, must be unattractive when the Greens have so many positive ideas for change which they are not in a position to enact. read more…

Mandy Hager On The Catton Comments

2015 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Govt attacks on writers must be resisted

By Mandy Hager

I’m sure by now you’ll all have heard about the brouhaha caused by Eleanor Catton’s interview while she was at a festival in India.

Our poor sensitive PM got a little hot under the collar when she said: “At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, (is dominated by) these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. . . read more…

Abbott Dodges A Bullet

2015 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tony Abbott needs to let his ministers do more talking and better understand his opponents’ perspectives if he is truly to reset his leadership, negotiation experts say. Judith Ireland, National Political Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald

Economic woes since the election

 By John Smith in Melbourne

Tony Abbott hangs on as prime minister

Tony Abbott hangs on as prime minister

Tony Abbott led the Liberal/National Coalition to victory in the 2013 election by being very negative. He offered few sensible policies and managed to create an impression that Labor had not done well with economic policy. (Ironically, this one of the few areas that Labor did handle well.) Since then the terms of trade have gone down, as a result of sharp drops in resource prices, and the government is struggling to meet financial targets due to factors out of its control.

The Coalition has made that worse than it needed to be, by poor policy such as asking all people to take some pain, but the poor much more than the rich. read more…

Kapiti Island Tourism

2015 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Popular Kiosk gets Kapiti Island tours tenant

By Alan Tristram

best kioskThe Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has agreed to allow a firm running Kāpiti Island tours to rent the popular MacLean Park kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach for the rest of the summer.

Kapiti Island Nature Tours (KINT) asked to use the newly-refurbished kiosk temporarily.

Two years ago the kiosk was saved from demolition after a huge public outcry and campaign.  This followed the KCDC initial plan to get rid of the fire-damaged building. The council then changed its mind and restored the iconic structure.

read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 3: The Essence of Africa

2015 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Seeing the African wildlife

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Namibia af_2014-08-23_3189 (2)Etosha National Park, which is one of the world’s great wildlife viewing venues. It is huge, some 350km from east to west. There is lots of accommodation, with three campsites at Okaukuejo, Namutoni and Halai. Each site has lodges, camp sites and a large restaurant and bar. All have excellent watering holes, with two (Okaukuejo and Halai) lit up all night.

You are not allowed out of the Campsites at night so in the months we visited August and September the water holes are very busy with plenty of wildlife coming by. In the winter period these water holes would be the only source of water, apart from others you can visit during the day outside the camps. read more…

KCDC Reply On Amalgamation

2015 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Civic Building

KCDC Civic Building

 Super City plan ‘not being driven by councils’

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has replied to criticism in the Kapiti Independent, (see the story below about Graeme Trask), that it isn’t doing enough to help locals make up their minds on the ‘Super City’ proposals.

The KCDC says: “Local government amalgamation is a central government initiative run through the Local Government Commission. It is not being driven by local councils. read more…

Anti Amalgamation Website

2015 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

graeme traskKapiti citizen urges locals to join the fight against ‘Super City’

By Alan Tristram

The son of a former Kapiti mayor says it’s time local people woke up to the dangers of local body amalgamation — and he’s set up a website to back his cause.

Graeme Trask, of Paraparaumu Beach, says people are not being properly informed about the issues surrounding plans for a Wellington region ‘Super City.’ And he says the Kapiti Coast District Council isn’t doing much to help.

His website is: kapiticoastdistrict.co.nz. read more…

High On The Hills Above Whareroa

2015 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This track takes trampers and horse riders up to the highest point of the reserve: “The Rocks”, at 320m altitude, a total climb of 300m. Whareroa Guardian Convener, Ann Evans

Ambitious track opened

By Roger Childs

2015-01-31 07.30.09The Whareroa Farm’s latest track is the steepest and highest yet. Cut into the south-eastern corner of the Whareroa land area, the trail rises 300m to reach some large rocks high above. From here, and along the way up, there are spectacular views of land, sea and island.

On Sunday February 1 the Ti Kouka/Rocks Track was officially opened by the Guardians. However the day before four runners from the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers decided to take up the challenge of running it. read more…

Letter From Australia

2015 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

220px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010Will Australians lose a leader soon?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

Australians are in a great state of excitement over the questioned leadership of PM Tony Abbott.

And the excitement went up another notch at the weekend when it was announced a special Liberal caucus meeting to vote on his leadership would be brought forward a day to  Monday (February 9).

The media are speculating with enthusiasm, perhaps even more so than the general public. read more…

Remembering Animals On Waitangi Day

2015 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The old hospital was built 1918-1920-ish as an infectious disease treatment facility, this was back in the day when they thought building a hospital on the top of a hill was a great idea because fresh air cured TB. URBEX NZ

Wellington SPCA Open Day a great success

By Roger Childs

2015-02-06 11.20.24The SPCA is probably the nation’s most popular charity. So it was appropriate for the Wellington branch to invite the public to its recently developed headquarters on Waitangi Day. The old Fever Hospital on Mount Victoria is now home to a range of animals wanting families to adopt them. People from the region flocked in their thousands to the Alexandra Road site and parking was at a premium.

Needless to say, there were plenty of children present, enthralled by the animals and no doubt putting pressure on Mum and Dad to order a new pet for collection on Monday. But there was no sign of Gareth Morgan wanting to adopt a cat, or of the ghost of “Sister Slippers”. read more…

Key’s New Laptop

2015 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Laptop Keys Color (1)

Waitangi Reflections 1: Tangata (People)

2015 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He aha te mea nui o te ao. What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. (Maori proverb)

 A day for all New Zealanders

By Roger Childs

Source: suzeinmayfair.com

Source: suzeinmayfair.com

Whatever people’s ethnicity, Waitangi Day is for all New Zealanders. In 2015, it marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, sometimes called “our founding document”. This agreement guaranteed certain rights to all people living in the country at the time, both Maori and Pakeha, in exchange for British sovereignty.

Sadly in recent years, the formalities at Waitangi have been marred by protests, political grandstanding and the jostling of dignitaries. February 6 should be a day when we celebrate unity in diversity, and media reports should be about people getting together in positive ways in our multi-cultural society. This is what the Canadians and Australians do on their national days. read more…

Kapiti’s Waitangi Day

2015 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waitangi Treaty gounds

Waitangi Treaty grounds

Special Waitangi event at Queen Elizabeth Park

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says “Don’t miss the Waitangi Day commemorations in Kapiti tomorrow (Friday 6 February) !”
It says the event at Queen Elizabeth Park will be co-hosted by Ngāti Toarangatatira and the KCDC.

It will begin at 10am with a powhiri, followed by plenty of entertainment and activities finishing at 4pm. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 2: Heart Of The Desert

2015 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We continue our series on the Fraei’s amazing trip though Namibia and some nearby countries. To read episode 1, scroll down the Home Page.

Wildlife and metal roads

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Accommodation at Fish River Canyon

Accommodation at Fish River Canyon

In our first week on the road we had already seen a lot of varied wildlife from the roads we traversed. There were lots of Springbok (short horns), Gemsbok Oryx (long straight horns), Kudu and Impala (spiral horns), plus Ostriches and Eland who apparently come from the buffalo family.

The other new experience for us was that, as we left the main sealed highway south to get to Fish River Canyon, we travelled on our first metal road. This road was quite dissimilar to metal roads in NZ. It was a bit wider and certainly very straight, but had not been graded. Consequently it was heavily rutted, providing a very jarring ride. read more…

The Best of Andy

2015 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poverty in NZLife with Kiwi Key

To mark the Great Leader’s 3rd term — and continuing popularity — KIN is reproducing some of cartoonist Andy’s best tributes to Mr (‘Kiwi’) Key.

Andy has chronicled many of Mr Key’s signal contributions to NZ culture, speech patterns and political philosophy.

More soon from Andy…

Life with the Patels Looks Up

2015 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
'New era' with Mayor Church

‘New era’ with Mayor Church

Kapiti Mayor & Cr Welsh get on the case with the corner dairy

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has sprung into action over the Patels’ parking problems at the Raumati Beach shopping centre.

Following our ‘Life wth the Patels’ stories, the Council has assured us that they are  ‘aware of the Patel’s frustrations and actively working on  finding solutions.’ read more…

Ready to Tax Your Brain?

2015 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Throwing out the challenge!

By Leslie Clague

Wonderful worldOkay, want a New Year challenge? Feel like exploring the extraordinary in bite size pieces? Prepared to work your brain and fantasy? There’s a book I would like to recommend. It’s What a Wonderful World: Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell by Marcus Chown.

Handed over the fence by our retired civil engineer neighbour, he suggested it was a good read. And indeed it was mostly enjoyed for opening up the world and the universe in clear, light, friendly prose.

Chown is a well-known writer and broadcaster. He works as a “cosmology consultant” for the magazine New Scientist. His Wonderful World book came out in 2013 and is divided into five parts. read more…

World Champions Vie For Supreme Sports Award

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The big one

 By Roger Childs

Murray HalbergThe Supreme Sports Award is for the best in 2014, individual or team. There have some distinguished recipients in the past. Lydia Ko won it last year; Valerie Adams has taken it three times; the World Cup winning All Blacks did so in 2011 and the incomparable rowers, Bond and Murray, won in 2012.

The one year the Halberg panel got it wrong, was in giving the award to the All Whites for doing better than expected at the World Cup in 2010. Like the other awards, the big one should only go to world champions and we always have plenty to choose from. read more…

Beautiful Writing, Kapiti !

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OCalligraphy Column for Kapiti Independent

By Alan Tristram

Beautiful writing is worth celebrating in every sense of the phrase.
So we’ve asked Pam Kessler, a founding member of Kapiti Calligraphers, to write a monthly column ( see below).

Pam, a retired teacher, worked for 33 years at all levels with children and adults, both in NZ and California.

Pam is a founding member of the Calligraphers of Kapiti, a member of the Friends of the Library and Friends of Mahara Gallery, a trustee for the Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Charitable Trust, and a published author.

She loves working with art materials, and calligraphy provides a chance to extend and explore. See her first column below…

How to Write Beautifully

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Calligrapher Maxine Livingston, who features in this month's column

Calligrapher Maxine Livingston, who features in this month’s column

Calligraphers of Kapiti — and Maxine Livingston’s work

By Pam Kessler

Welcome to the world of calligraphy and lettering arts, a world of creativity, innovation, dripping ink and splashing paint!

Calligraphy is thriving on the Kapiti Coast proving that the ancient art of beautiful writing continues to be exciting and engaging. read more…

Life with the Patels: Parking Woes

2015 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_1338AKapiti Council says Patels will have to wait for action on parking crisis

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says the Patel family who run the Raumati Beach Four Square will have to wait at least a further three weeks before customers can get a quick park near their shop.

The Council has effectively denied the Patels any short-term parking spaces anywhere near their shop because of a huge area devoted to disabled parking — and by designating the rest of the Margaret Road shopping area for 60-minute parking.

The 60-minute limit means patrons  for near-by cafes and fashion stops make long stays, so denying parking spaces for short-term visitors to the Patels. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 1: Southern Namibia

2015 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN is delighted to feature Allison and Tony Fraei’s account of journeying in southern Africa. The following gives a small glimpse of some of their highlights that they hope might encourage others to do the same.

 Seizing the opportunity

Story by Tony Fraei. Photos by Allison Fraei

Namibia elephantsWe flew out in August 2014 for two months, our first ever trip to Africa. Allison got the idea for the trip after seeing a presentation made on Africa at the local Kapiti Photographic Club in early July. For us retirees these things are easy, if you haven’t done it before, do it NOW!

We have tended, on all previous off shore travel, not to make accommodation bookings until we are there, apart from the first few nights. Primarily because we have found that it is much better to have the flexibility when there, to decide where we want to go, to add and delete locations as we talk to the locals, plus also pace our travel rate. We opted to continue with this approach for Africa. read more…

Bridge Divers Danger

2015 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

bridge jumpersSecurity increased at Mana Road Bridge

By Alan Tristram

The Wellington Regional Harbour Master has increased monitoring and security on the Mana Road Bridge on SH1 because of hazards caused by bridge jumpers to  swimmers and boaties.

Because of the dangers in this part of the Porirua Harbour  this summer the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s harbour rangers have regularly visited the site and this year a security firm has been contracted to patrol and monitor activities. read more…

Sports Team Of The Year: Tough Choice!

2015 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Just three in the running

By Roger Childs

The Kiwis won the World Rugby League Cup: good enough?

The Kiwis won the World Rugby League Cup: good enough?

This will be a closely contested race between three world champions: the men’s rowing pair, the men’s cycling team and the 49er yachtsmen. Not in the hunt, are the Auckland City Football Club who were third in the World Club Championships, and the Kiwi League team who won the World Cup.

Third is not good enough when you are up against world champions and the league tournament had only four participating teams. The other three nominees were the best on the planet in hotly contested sports. One surprise is that our world champion Surf Life Saving team didn’t make the cut. read more…

Editorial on Biodiversity

2015 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Alan T smilingShould we refuse to publish controversial viewpoints?

By Alan Tristram

Our ‘Biodiversity’ series has attracted some serious support and opposition.

The latest from ‘Sam’ says: ‘No wonder your webpage/”news” is independent as any reputable newspaper would not publish such blatant propaganda. I will not be reading any more of your stuff or recommending this to anyone.’

I disagree, Sam. read more…

NZ’s Biodiversity 10: Poison Reality And The Future

2015 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Introduced by Leslie Clague

In this the final segment of Jim Hilton’s presentation to the Nelson Science Society he discusses the results of poisoning and provides some ideas on a way forward.IMG_5889

(To see the earlier instalments, refer to the New Zealand’s Biodiversity section at the top.)

Poisons don’t discriminate read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime

2015 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fascinating travels in southern Africa

Photos by Allison Fraei

Namibia elephantsIf you would like to have the “Journey of a lifetime, full of unusual and interesting experiences” Kapiti retirees Allison and Tony Fraei would heartily recommend a self drive safari in Namibia, Africa.

For them, it was just an exhilarating experience to head off, behind the wheel, into such a vast and beautiful country full of incredible scenery and fantastic animal wildlife.

KIN is delighted to be able to bring you the Fraei’s account of their holiday, which also included time in nearby Zambia and Botswana. Look forward to four fascinating episodes which will be accompanied by photographs taken by Allison. read more…

Kapiti Guru and the Patels

2015 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

GuruGuru explains go-slow on parking ‘privileges’ for Patels

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Councillor K Gurunathan has finally responded to KIN’s appeals on behalf of the long-suffering Patels of the Raumati Beach Four Square dairy.

The hard-working Patels have no short-term parking for their patrons because the Kapiti Coast District Council has put two — repeat two — large disabled parking places right outside their entrance — and 60-minute parking down the rest of Margaret Road, effectively depriving them of all short stay-parking for their customers.

Some weeks ago we asked Cr Gurunathan for a statement on this KCDC botch-up. Here, at long last, is his reply: read more…

Biodiversity Enlightenment from Scientist Jim Hilton

2015 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_5889KIN is much obliged to Jim Hilton (left), for allowing us to publish his address. Former travel journalist, Leslie Clague, organised the division into ten and she provides some personal perspectives below, on the issues Jim raised in his excellent talk. All the instalments can be found in the New Zealand’s Biodiversity section above.

 

Greater clarity on biodiversity and poisoning

By Leslie Clague

I speak with more confidence now in regards to my anti-1080 position, bolstered by Jim Hilton’s talk to the Nelson Science Society. Hilton gave such a clear explanation of New Zealand’s history of the relationship between mankind and nature and nature’s strength in biodiversity. read more…

Life With The Patels

2015 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_1334A (1)Council parking spots plague life for Kamal and Dimple

By Alan Tristram; Photos by Ian Linnng (PrimoFoto)

Life’s pretty tough for Kamal and Deempalben (‘Dimple’) Patel at the moment because their loyal customers can’t park cars anywhere near the shop at Raumati Beach.

Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) parking laws have wiped out all parking for nearly 20 metres along the Margaret Road shop frontage in favour of two large disabled-only parks – the only one’s of their kind in the village. read more…

Andy’s Latest Cartoon

2015 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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