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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.

read more…

Halloween Once Again!

2017 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Linus firmly believes that on Halloween night the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch and flies all over the world delivering toys to all good children everywhere. Charles Schultz

Kiwis get into the spirit

By Roger Childs

Last Saturday at Parkrun there were people decked out in black with funny hats, and this evening, weird-looking kids are set to prowl the streets with expectant faces and large bags! It’s that time again; have your candy/sweets ready.

We didn’t celebrate this favourite American day when I was a kid, however with the influence of US culture many Kiwi youngsters dress up on October 31 and head out trick or treating.

The Peanuts fans among you will recall the patient Linus camping out every year on Halloween night, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise from the patch.

Very amusing, but all rather strange! Linus’s friends use to tease him because the big vegetable never put in an appearance. However that didn’t stop the lad living in hope and nestling down in the garden. read more…

Motivating Kapiti Kids

2017 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Musicians Neil Worboys and Maurice Priestley

By Roger Booth

Neil Worboys

Neil Worboys and Maurice Priestley will be presenting Neil and Maurice’s stories and a range of music, featuring singing and the playing of various instruments, on

  • Tuesday Oct 31 (Raumati South School 9.15am and 10.15am; Paraparaumu School 1.30pm)
  • Wednesday November 1. (Raumati Beach School 9.15am and 10.15am; Otaki School 1.45pm)

All welcome.

Neil was the lead singer in Bulldog All-star Goodtime Band, which won the New Zealand TV talent show New Faces in the 1970s, back in the days when The Beatles were around.   read more…

Off-Road Legend Passes Away

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Colin Rolfe, his name crops up time and again, having held every race record at some point or another in the park (Tararua Forest Park), it seems the norm now to prefix with ‘legend’ … Tararua Speed Records website

The remarkable Colin Rolfe

By Roger Childs

Colin high up in the Holdsworth-Jumbo Trail Race (Credit: Jumbo-Holdsworth Race website)

Mention his name to any experienced tramper or ultra runner and you will get a respectful nod and a comment like great guy.

Colin was a larger than life individual who was always great company and had many a story to tell.

In his heyday he rewrote the record books for off-road events in New Zealand and was competitive on the road as well. His best marathon time was 2 hours 42 minutes

Most of his life, when he was in town, was spent in the Nelson area and on the Kapiti Coast.

Sadly he passed away last week at the age of 57. read more…

Maori Racing History

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki Maori Racing Club enters new era

By our  local government correspondent, Jeremy Smith

A unique Kapiti Institution, the Otaki Maori Racing Club, is facing one of the biggest changes in its 131-year history. It’s about to become the site for a farmers’ market.

Changes in the racing industry mean that, since August this year, the club has stood alone, outside the formal racing group it previously belonged to.

The horses will still race; but for the non-racing public the changes mean the Otaki course, which dates from 1910, will become the site of the Kapiti Farmers market, running every fortnight from March to October. read more…

This Racist New Zealand

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Embedded racial differences

By John Robinson

Racial difference is firmly embedded in New Zealand – in statute, in requirements for special attention based explicitly on race, within local bodies, universities, many professional organisations, and in societies that refuse any discussion or questioning of that conventional wisdom.

The idea that we can be divided into separate races is morally repugnant.  Yet here it is, written into law. 

The separation of New Zealand citizenship into two peoples is between Maori and others, with just who is Maori defined in the Maori Affairs Amendment Act 1974.  “A Maori is a person of the Maori race of New Zealand; and includes any descendent of such a person.”

This is a logical absurdity, defining Maori as Maori, which is no definition at all.  But we are more interested in the key word here, which is “race”.  read more…

Mary Singleton’s Remarkable Life

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Mary Singleton

‘Was That Really Me?’ by Mary Singleton

Reviewed by Robyn Smith

Mary Singleton’s remarkable memoir, ‘Was That Really Me?’, covers an extraordinary life of 80 years.

She grew up in Island Bay in a dramatic landscape, but with uncommunicative, distant parents. She lost her sister to TB, (a subject that was never talked about), but found solace in the Anglican church through music. She married young, divorced early, and had to raise a child alone. read more…

Howard’s Journey Back to World War One 1

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Howard Chamberlain was a member of the New Zealand forces serving in Malaya. Today he is one of the custodians of the Royal New Zealand Engineers Museum at Linton Camp. This year he made a pilgrimage to the Western Front. This is the first article in a series on his experiences.

Selecting A Commemorative Tour 

By Howard Chamberlain

Passchendaele 1917

By the time 2014 had arrived it was evident that there would be many World War One (WW1) commemorative and remembrance services.

For some time I had wondered about seeing if I could go on one of these commemorative visits.

Arras in July 2017 was an initial choice but I had left that too late and so sought to see if I could go to Passchendaele in October.

My wife agreed that I should go, but she did not want to, so I booked in with a tour through Steven Parsons House of Travel in Palmerston North.

This visit had the advantage of having Professor Glyn Harper, War Studies Department Massey University, as our historical advisor. read more…

Kea ~ Bird of the Year 2017

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Beat the Kereru by a beak

By Cushla McGaughey

Found only in the South Island, the Kea is in fact the world’s only mountain parrot.

Its great intelligence and inquisitive nature has helped it to survive in the harsh environment of the Southern Alps, and also to earn a reputation for some very destructive behaviours!

Their natural diet includes insects, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds and so many Kea die in winter. from starvation and cold.

They’ve learned to scavenge fat and meat from carcasses, but although they seldom attack healthy, living sheep, it was enough to set a Government bounty on their heads. read more…

The KIN Quiz 93: Answers

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7.

    You can still have a go by scrolling down to October 27.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Gold Card Catch Up?

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Oldies do better north of the Bombay Hills

The capital lags behind

By Roger Childs

On a recent weekend in the City of Sails, I paid $15 for a HOP card.

This gives me 3 years travel on any bus, train or ferry in the wider Auckland area after nine in the morning.

Of course it’s free in Wellington, but oldies can’t travel for nothing during the commuter peak hours after 3.00pm. read more…

US Opioid Crisis Deepens

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

us opioid crisis deepens

October 28: Remembering 19th Century Wars

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Need for accurate information

By Roger Childs

Otorohanga College students Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson proposed the idea after a visit to Orakau seven years ago.

Their feeling was that the public needed to have a better understanding of the conflicts of the 19th century and that students should learn about them as part of the school curriculum.

Today is the first commemoration, and it is vital that there is accuracy and objectivity.

Let’s start with one important fact: the Wars were not just between Maori and Crown forces representing white settlers. In reality there were more Maori fighting with the government (kupapa), than against it. read more…

MMP Delivers A Fine Balance

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Changing political fortunes

By Roger Childs

Jacinda Ardern represents a new, younger and better NZ

Election night was a depressing one for Labour and Green supporters. National came in comfortably as the largest party and the combination of the lefties was well short. But the Tories had lost the Maori Party and only had the ACT puppy dog as an ally.

Special votes delivered a seat each to the parties on the Left, and, with New Zealand First (NZF) holding the balance, a change of government looked like a strong possibility.

Bill English and co had foolishly alienated Winston by gunning him down in the Northland electorate, so it was no big surprise that he threw in his lot with a Labour-led coalition.

So an Ardern government is a very welcome reality: it’s got to be good for the country. MMP has delivered a well balanced coalition which represents the majority of the nation’s voters. read more…

Two Great Arts Trail Weekends!

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Starts tomorrow

By Kate Hartmann, of the Tutere Gallery, Waikanae Beach

Heron

Kapiti’s annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am.

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.

The Arts Trail now runs over two weekends, this year the 28th/29th of October and 4th/5th of November, to give people a chance to visit as many artists as possible.

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

The KIN Mid/Late Week Quiz 93

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3.

    Apologies for the lateness.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

East/West Divide in Levin

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Horowhenua District Council buildings in Levin.

Horowhenua’s elephant in the council chamber

by Veronica Harrod
 The Horowhenua Long Term Plan (2018-2038) has one big elephant in the room —  whether divisions based on privilege and power should determine urban design in Levin.
Residents have to think about priorities — and the real estate sections in local community newspapers are already referring to the north east of Levin as “the prestigious north east sector” and “prime north east upmarket.”
 This shows the divide not only exists but is being encouraged.

read more…

Revising New Zealand History 12: Class, Family and Corruption in a Tribal Society

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Traditional Maori society was hierarchical

By John Robinson

There were considerable class distinctions within traditional Maori tribal society.  Each extended family had a male head who, if he were a man of good birth (belonging to the tribal aristocracy), would be termed a “rangatira” (a tribal lord).

Any person lacking position was “a tuatua, not worth a spike nail”.  Slaves could be killed at a whim, and for cannibal feasts, including following the death of an important chief.  Women were burdened with all the heavy work, and aged rapidly.

Then Europeans introduced the idea of equality.  The great transition that followed necessarily reduced the power and position of chiefs.

This was clearly recognised during the debate preceding the signing of Treaty of Waitangi.  For example, Tareha, the great chief of the Ngatirehia said “No Governor for me – for us Native men.  We, we only are the chiefs, the rulers.  We will not be ruled over.read more…

Two Films Of Quality

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two films, shot through with compassion, integrity and sheer brilliance, have little else in common, but try to see them before they disappear from our local screens.

Frantz: A War Film With A Difference 

By Ralph McAllister

Frantz, directed by the prolific Francois Ozon is set in 1919 Germany, not long after the end of World War One.

Young German Anna visits the grave of her fiancée only to find flowers placed there by a mysterious young Frenchman.

The story then moves to the village and family resentments, as the young man stays,

obviously racked with guilt. read more…

Advice For The Coalition

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wisdom from Auckland

Go the coalition! 

By Eric Bennett, Red Beach

Congratulations to the incoming Coalition Government for winning the treasury benches.

I do not need a tax cut.

Use the $1.5 million surplus, (if there is one), to better the lives of the needy, not the greedy.

(Letter to the Editor of The New Zealand Herald, 24 October, 2017)

Sandwich Bored With National

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

MID-WEEK QUIZ ANSWERS

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • Here are the answers to the Mid-Week Quiz

(my apologies for the delay — Ed)

  1. Who ran the first sub four minute mile? (Roger Bannister)

read more…

Henry Burling

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Henry Burling, pioneer extraordinary

The Otaki grave of pioneer founder of Featherstone … who lived to 110

Judith Bryers Holloway
Who, these days, knows much about Henry Burling? I do, because I (along with about 600 others) am one of
his descendants.

He was born in Stratford, England, in 1807, lived to the age of 110 in NZ after many extraordinary adventures, and was buried in the Otaki Cemetery.

 

read more…

Advice to Jacinda

2017 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

‘Hey Jacinda — Let’s Do THIS!’

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

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

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern — ‘Listen Up!’

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

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

 

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

read more…

‘Jacinda Barinda ‘Ole!’

2017 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why we support Labour’s plan for our future

By Alan Tristram

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

Jacinda Ardern represents a new, younger and better NZ

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

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

‘Let’s do This!’

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poem of the Week: Into the Future

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Land of Dreams

I sewed myself a fine ship,

Of fabric rich with silken seams,

And knowing neither time nor tide

Sailed off to find the land of dreams.

Claire Maddicott

Horowhenua Rates Horror Story

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Veronica Harrod

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

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

Oh For Democracy

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Talented Gary Henderson

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A versatile New Zealand playwright

By Roger Childs

Gary Henderson

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

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

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

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

In Praise Of Graphic Novels

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A long evolution

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

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

Canada’s Gun Law Sanity

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Canadians control arms while Americans amass them

By Eribet Loehner in Vancouver

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

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

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

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

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

2017 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rewi Maniapoto: warrior chief

By John Robinson

Wiremu Kingi: a key figure in causing war in Taranaki

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

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

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

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

The Latest From The Inspirational Gill

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All I need is to write!

By Gill Ward

(Credit Portland Library)

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

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

Nishikant The Papery Onions

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

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

Board of NZ First Holds Last Supper

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(With thanks to Tim McCready)

Federer Masters Nadal

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The two greats meet in Shanghai

By Roger Childs

Federer and Nadal in Shanghai

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

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

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

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

Giant Dragonfly ~ Kapokawai

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Winged Hunters

By Cushla MacGaughey

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

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

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

Passchendaele 100 Years On: October 2107

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering a disastrous battle: a photo essay

Photos by Antony Steven, Words by Roger Childs

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

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92 Answers

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

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

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield: The Original Letter

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nation Waits; Winston Consults

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Art Work of the Week: Jilted Bride

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb cast glass work

By Kate Hartmann

Judith with “Big Daddy”

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

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

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

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

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

Kapiti Protest v. Arms Forum

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KAPITI PEOPLE JOIN DEMO DEFYING THE ARMS RACE

By Dr Viola Palmer

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

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

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

Historic Bridge Collapses

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public warned not to cross Ngatiawa Bridge 

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

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

Kapiti Roads Safer

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Avoid rural roads — and tourist hotspots

By Jeremy Smith

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

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

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

The Soggy Green Grass Of Home

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Far too much water!

By Roger Childs

Dismal conditions on the wonderful coastal walkway

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

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

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

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

Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Warrior chief turned peacemaker

By Roger Childs

Warrior chief, Te Rauparaha

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

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

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

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

read more…

The Passchendaele Disaster

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The country’s worst day’s losses

By Roger Childs

New Zealand soldiers heading for the front line.

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

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

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Another Hollywood Epic

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hollywood Frolics

Our Political Shambles

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Major changes needed, but timidity may rule

By Prue Hyman 

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

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

Kapiti Basketballers Keen to Get to Vegas

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Highly sought after selection!

By Angelo Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two very different cultures

By John Robinson

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

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

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

read more…

Bird of the Week: A Winged Hunter

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Kingfisher ~ Kotare

By Cushla McGaughey

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

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

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

Protesters Arrested in Capital

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Defence’ meeting greeted by demonstrators

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

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Farewell Maori Party?

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Out of parliament

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

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

Reflections on Four Nation Rugby

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All Blacks Undoubted Champions?

By Roger Childs

Yes and No.

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

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

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

Ralph’s Book Recommendations

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Another touching story from Sweden

By Ralph McAllister

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

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

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

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

Highly recommended. read more…

Missing Kapiti man found

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police thank public for help in missing person case

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91 Answers

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 1

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

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Centre-Left Government?

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Closing the gap

By Roger Childs

Our new PM? Hold all tickets!

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

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

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

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

Extraordinary Rugby!

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Super Shield Challenge

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

By Roger Childs

The triumphant boys from Taranaki

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

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

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

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

Winston’s Last Waltz

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Searching For Missing Man

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Police seek sightings of missing Kapiti man 

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

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

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

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

‘Don’t Miss The Literary Festival’

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

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

Friday 13 October: Making the Play

Gary Henderson

Playwright Gary Henderson will launch the festival.

 7:30pm

$15

Kapiti Community Centre

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday 14 October: Playing the Play

Dawn Sanders

Featuring Dawn Sanders and Claire Thorley

10:00am-12:00 noon

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Saturday 14 October 

Pinky Agnew

Featuring Pinky Agnew, Danny Mulheron and Nick Ward

2:00-4:00pm

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Sunday 15 October

Visit the Kapiti Playhouse

10.30am

Free

read more…

Art Work of the Week: Greg Chaston

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The latest from Tutere Gallery

By Kate Hartmann

Artist Greg Chaston

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

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

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

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

Time Marches On

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great shows

By Ralph McAllister

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

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

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

NZ History Revised: 9. Maori Disagreement about a King

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maori benefited from 1840, but problems remained

By John Robinson

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

They were growing crops, trading and shipping.

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

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

Dave Gallaher: Rugby Legend And Hero

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Casualties of war

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

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

read more…

Bird of the Week: From the Plover Family

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our extraordinary wrybill

By Cushla McGaughey

Banded Dotterels

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas Cop Out

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin Land Scramble

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

By Veronica Harrod

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

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

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

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

Julie’s October Sonnet

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hail to the cliché!

By Julie Leibrich

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91

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

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

NZTA Session On The Expressway Noise

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wednesday evening meeting

By Nick Fisher

NZTA are holding an informal meeting about the noise

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

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

It runs from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

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

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

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

Kapiti Easter Trading Opposed

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Will shopping rule our district? Oppose Easter Sunday trading!

By Lyndy McIntyre,  former KCDC Councillor

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

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Greens Political Suicide?

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sign up with the Nats?

By Roger Childs

Would National implement much of their policy?

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

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 90 Answers

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

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

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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The Woman Who Invented Solo Mothers

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Creating social history

By Roger Childs

Mary Singleton

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

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

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

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

Swamp McGHoo?

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Donald Trump to sweep all before him under supernatural supervision

By SWAMP McGOO, late of Paekakariki   

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

HI EVERYBODY!  Thank you for your adoring applause.

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

Nazis In The Reichstag Again?

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Daehne

A modern German nightmare

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

The Bundestag in Berlin

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

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

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

Farewell Hugh Hefner

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters