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Vlad Glad On Drugs

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Can The Hurricanes Do It?

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One game at a time

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes fansWe know what happened last year: finals time at the Caketin, a dropped pass with the try line begging and the Super Rugby trophy went south to Dunedin.

It’s the semi-final against the Chiefs on Saturday and a big crowd is assured. The Hurricanes are in great form and have won their last six games. Last weekend they slaughtered the Sharks 40-0 and if they play like that tomorrow, they will make the final.

However the Chiefs are made of sterner stuff than the Sharks. read more…

Kapiti Coastline Battered Again

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On-going hazards

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

Sunday’s storm with its potent combination of intense low pressure, powerful winds and high seas did significant damage up and down the coast.

This has happened many times before and will occur again.

Coastal processes are very unpredictable and today’s beach nourishment can be tomorrow’s sand erosion. read more…

Urgent Works After Storm

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan beach twoConcrete blocks hauled to beach to protect sewer

The Kapiti Coast District Council says temporary measures are being put in place to protect an exposed area at the south end of Paraparaumu Beach after the recent storm damage.

The Manager for Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, says the concrete structure will provide temporary protection for a sewer main serving several properties on Wharemauku Road. read more…

Chinese Association Launched In Style

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A well attended inauguration

By Shally Webb

image4The inaugural foundation ceremony of the Kapiti Chinese Association was held on Saturday 23 July. The occasion was a fantastic success with over 100 were in attendance, and clearly highlighted how much we share in common with the Chinese community, and the importance of continued cultural engagement.

We were very fortunate to have a number of officials attending, including

~ Mr Xu – Chinese Consulate

~ Mr Mike Cardiff – Kapiti Coast District Council Deputy Mayor

~ Mr Nathan Guy – MP for Otaki and Minister of Primary Industries. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Gold-striped Gecko, (Hoplodactylus chrysosireticus) is unique to New Zealand and is listed as being “at risk”. Related to the more common Forest Gecko (Hoplodactylus granulatus), the Gold-striped Gecko has been recognised as a separate species only since 1980. It has an extremely limited range, found so far in just three locations: coastal Taranaki, Mana Island and, more recently, Kapiti Island.

Gecko on flax by Cushla McGaughey

Gecko on flax by Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey

Gold-striped geckos grow to about 14 cm long. They can be brown, olive green or yellow, with prominent stripes. Though nocturnal, they are sometimes active during the day. They live in forest, scrub or flax, feeding on nectar, small fruits and insects. They are unusually agile for a gecko and if disturbed sunbathing on a flax leaf, will vanish at once into the undergrowth”

1080 Terror Continues

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There is a growing number of farmers joining up Deer killed by 1080with FATE: Farmers Against Ten Eighty. (Scroll down to May 28 to see our story on the group.) Our Turangi reporter provides another example of the disastrous consequences of a 1080 drop affecting farm stock.

Deer killed by 1080

By Leslie Clague

A Taupo farmer has found 10 dead deer on his property and along his fence line after a dropping of 1080 poison by OSPRI for its TB-free New Zealand programme.

The spreading of the poison occurred April through July of this year covering 80,000 hectares of the Hauhungaroa Ranges west of Lake Taupo. read more…

Guy Burns Standing

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

guy burnsRaumati identity ‘sick of seeing rate rises’ and council squabbling

By Alan Tristram

Long-time local resident Guy Burns has announced he is standing in the local government elections for the Raumati Paekakariki ward and the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board.

“I’m sick of seeing our rates rise steadily each year at an amount massively greater than inflation.

“Most ratepayers have relatively fixed incomes, yet, rates continue to rise higher, year after year,” he says. read more…

“Something strong, something simple, something English”

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A very challenging and satisfying concert

By Ralph McAllister

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

I was reminded of the original angry young man Jimmy Porter who confesses at the beginning of Look Back In Anger of his unlikely admiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Something strong he says, something simple, something English.

So it proved on Sunday at the English Masters concert, presented by the Kapiti Chamber Choir, with their ubiquitous conductor Eric Sidoti.

In a crammed auditorium with the wind threatening to blow the roof off the Kapiti United Church nearer to the gods, we were treated to an eclectic and varied selection of English greats and not so greats. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 30

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizWe’ve now been going for 30 weeks.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Olympic Committee Cop-Out

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, I think he’ll be rolling in his grave. Moss Burmester, New Zealand swimmer

Soft on Russian cheats

By Roger Childs

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is balled from Rio but tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova is in the draw

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is banned from Rio but tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova is in the draw. (Photo credit: Dylan Martinez, Reuters)

There has been world-wide outrage at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) washing its hands over the issue of banning Russians from the upcoming Rio Olympics.

Instead of throwing them out, lock, stock and barrel, The IOC has tamely left the issue to individual sporting federations.

Whether these organisations will have time to make the obvious decision, is problematic. However, hopefully they will follow the Athletics body – IAAF  – in saying no Russians, and not the International Tennis Federation which has ticked the box for seven players. read more…

Food For Thought: Trumping Along

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s coming to America first, the cradle of the best and the worst …. Leonard Cohen

 Behold ! I tell you a mystery

By Bill Clague

Trump 1And the Trump, it shall sound …

And they shall be praised, incorruptible.

I have been viewing some snippets from the current Republican Party Convention, in particular the crowd’s reaction to the Cruz address:

I come to bury Donald, not to praise him.

I smell an elephant at large in the arena. read more…

Stopping Strokes Now

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Professor Alan Barber

Professor Alan Barber

Global study shows most strokes can be prevented

By Alan Tristram

A  McMaster University study in Canada says high blood pressure is the most important, and controllable, risk factor in preventing strokes.

And following this news, a leading NZ health researcher, Professor Alan Barber, the Neurological Foundation’s Professor of Clinical Neurology, has come out with a special programme for Kiwis to follow.

The Canadian study says risk factors that can be modified are responsible for nine of 10 strokes worldwide.

The  study, led by researchers of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University in Canada, says that of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important in all regions. read more…

Countdown Called to Account

2016 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Hens in factory farm cages

Hens in factory farm cages

Countdown misses chance to reduce animal suffering

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, SAFE

Three million egg laying hens are suffering in New Zealand, trapped in cruel cages for every day of their lives. They cannot carry out their natural instinct to scratch in the earth or dust bathe, they can barely even open their wings.

Supermarket giant Countdown sells approximately one in five of all eggs in New Zealand and is now being called on to set an end date for the sale of eggs from caged hens. read more…

Poetry Metaphor Poser

2016 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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By Gill Ward

Greetings Literature lovers!

At the risk of sounding like a walking cliché, ‘July already!’

That made me wonder as I wrote it whether I’d like to be a cliché or a metaphor. Time to think about what would be a metaphor for yourself?

This month has been busy on the poetry scene for me. Unfortunately I missed the poetry event in Paekakariki on July 17.  Poets:  Mary Jane Thomson, Mark Pirie, Rob Hack, Polina Kouzminova, Michael O’Leary and Jeanne Bernhardt (Otago) read their poetry  which will be published by Michael O’Leary in an anthology. Look out for it.  I’ll put the word out in my column when it appears. read more…

UK Muddles On

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

09_theresamay_r_wTheresa May calms things down

By Tom Aitken in London

I have now lived in the UK for almost 49 years and I cannot remember any period during that time when it was in such a muddle as it has been during the past few weeks.

The Brexit Poll took place almost exactly a month ago. It was expected by those who initiated it to settle unequivocally the idea that Britain was better off within the Common Market than without and thus make the country safe for the Conservatives at least until the next election falls due in 2020. read more…

Big Sam Takes Charge

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sam Allardyce’s first act as England’s new manager was to inform his players that the time has come “to deliver”. Louise Taylor, The Guardian,  22 July 2016

The new England manager

By Dave Daniel

Sam when he was at West Ham

Sam when he was at West Ham

One of the few things that I have learnt during my time on this earth is that it is never wise to make big decisions when you are feeling sick, down or under pressure. The best thing to do is rest, take stock, recover and look at the situation from all angles.

So it is, that a little over 3 weeks after being dumped from the 2016 Euro Nations tournament by Iceland, England are about to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.

Big Sam has never won a trophy, but has secured promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and West Ham, and won Division Three with Notts County in 1998.  Despite this rather meagre record, he is not without confidence.

In September 2010 he said:  I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid . . . I would win the double or the league every time.  Then in February 2015 he remarked:  I don’t think there is any coach more sophisticated then me anymore. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 29 Answers

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you still want to take up the challenge, scroll down to July 19.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Andy’s Latest Cartoon

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Aged Boost For NZ

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan and silvers four‘Silver Economy’ recognised at last

By Wendy Huston, CEO Kapiti Retirement Trust

It may be overdue but at long last there is a growing realisation of the economic value of what in some circles is known as the ‘silver economy’.  Statistical work recently released by the Office of the Older Person shows the significant impact those over 65 are making to the economy. read more…

It’s the Bible Truth — O’Leary

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan michael o'learyPaekakariki’s Poet Laureate immortalised in his own words

By Michael O’Leary, of Paekakariki
My autobiography will be launched tomorrow 3pm at Paekakariki Railway Station.

Published by Wellington publisher Steele Roberts the book will be on sale at the launch for the special price of $30.

The publisher’s says: ‘Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made
an indelible contribution to its literature.’ read more…

Ngāi Tahu’s Surprising Stance On 1080

2016 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

For 13 years Ngāi Tahu has been working away quietly behind the scenes as an environmental watchdog, a lone Māori voice monitoring the threat of a wave of hazardous products and new organisms flooding into the country. Ngāi Tahu Te Karaka website

Concern over  hazardous products?

By Roger Childs

1080 dropA massive programme of South Island 1080 poison drops is planned by the Department of Conservation (DoC) for the rest of the year.

In mid June a poorly advertised public meeting was held in Te Anau, which obviously 1080 sympathizers knew all about.

At the meeting, a member of the audience asked why there were more 1080 drops in the South Island compared with the North Island. read more…

Local Bodies: Nominating And Enroling

2016 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hats in the ring for the top job

By Roger Childs

Ross Church: keen to continue as mayor

Ross Church: keen to continue as mayor

Nominations have now officially opened for the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Community Boards in Otaki, Waikanae, Parapapaumu and Raumati  – Paekakariki.

However, as far as the right to wear the mayoral chain is concerned, at least five hopefuls have already stated their intentions.

Incumbent, Ross Church, is keen to continue in the role and three current councillors have started campaigning: Jackie Elliott, Gavin Welsh and K (Guru) Gurunathan. Another candidate is Otaki businesswoman, Angela Buswell. read more…

Raumati Post Seeks Upgrade

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
MP Kris Faafoi and Kamal Patel

Labour MP Kris Faafoi and Kamal Patel outside the Raumati Bargain Centre and Postal Services shop

MP Faafoi takes urgent message to Post Office from the Patels 

Exclusive by Alan Tristram; photos by Helen Tristram

Labour MP Chris Faafoi has agreed to support the Patel family to get upgraded postal facilites for their Raumati Beach postal shop.

The Patels took up the baton and saved a postal service for the area early last year after the Post office closed the Kiwibank and Post Office.

At first they ran a reduced service from their Four Square shop across the road, on the corner of Raumati and Margaret roads.

But now they’ve have set up the ‘Raumati Bargain Centre’ in  the former postal premises, just across the road — and they want to offer a better service. read more…

Kapiti Dog Days Arrive

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan groupCatsDogsCouncil can ‘make a plan’ to help hard-up dog owners

By Alan Tristram 

The Kapiti Coast District council says it can help dog owners who find it difficult to pay dog registration fees . (These are due to be paid by the end of the month).

Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says they should contact the Council on 0800 486 486 to discuss options.

“We’d rather talk with people now and perhaps arrange a payment plan to avoid the risk of them receiving an infringement fee,” she says. read more…

Trump: A Cartoonist’s Dream Come True

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One woman to another at a Trump rally: With great ignorance comes great confidence. (The New Yorker 25 April 2016)

Scary prospects provide fodder for caricature

By Roger Childs

TrumpHe’s now bestriding the stage like a colossus at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. What seemed impossible when Donald Trump lined up with 11 other presidential hopefuls in debates last year, is progressively becoming a reality.

Whatever the eventual outcome 0f the presidential election, cartoonists around the world have been enjoying an extended field day. Our own Tom Scott has ridiculed the Republican candidate in at least a dozen sketches.

There will be plenty more to come as the presidential campaign unfolds. read more…

Have War Memorials Encouraged War?

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Investigating memorials around the nation

By Roger Childs

Respected New Zealand historian: Jock Phillips

Respected New Zealand historian: Jock Phillips

Back in 1990 Historian Jock Phillips wrote a book about how war deaths and service have been remembered in New Zealand.

In April 2016 his updated work on the subject – To The Memory – was published.

Jock spoke recently at a Ministry of Culture and Heritage session about New Zealand war memorials, and what he has discovered since the first book came out.

He focused mainly on how memorials remember the New Zealand Wars (57) and World War One (over 500). The article below is one of two based on his talk. read more…

Will Biden Pressure Key on Arms ?

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Joe Biden (left) and Malcolm Turnbull

Joe Biden (left) and Malcolm Turnbull

Biden, Turnbull agree on closer military ties between US/Australia

(Summary by Alan Tristram based on Roy Morgan Polls story) 

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has just held talks with US Vice-President Joe Biden, who’s paying a flying visit to NZ today.

And KIN says NZ Prime Minister John Key will come under pressure to support the US against China over the  territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

It’s a tricky issue for New Zealand which depends so much on trade links with the rising Chinese super power.

read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jean Lees is a Waikanae artist who paints in watercolours and acrylics. She is a member of Watercolour New Zealand.  Jean will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the summer season. Her painting “Hydrangeas” features below.

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Tour de France Into Switzerland

2016 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All day was very fast so there was less time to think about what I’d do at the end. I knew the last 5k was going to be very tough and it was like that. It wasn’t that easy but I wasn’t badly placed. Swiss cyclist, Fabian Cancellara

Swinging over the border

By Roger Childs

It has started in many places but always ends in Paris

It has started in many places but always ends in Paris

The organisers of the most famous cycle race on the planet, generously share the event. In 2014 the Tour de France started in Yorkshire and in years gone by it has had stages in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg.

Spain regularly features in the Pyrenees mountain stages, and the tiny nation of Andorra hosted a stage finish this year.

Yesterday’s Stage 16 crossed the Swiss border and finished in the beautiful city of Berne. There are eight Swiss riders in the field this year, and the most famous is Fabian Cancellara. He has been a competitive sprinter since 2004 and is now riding his last Tour, so could he win on home turf? read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 29

2016 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizDefinitely number 29!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Food For Thought

2016 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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National sensation!

Heart Transplant for Mr Key.

By Tacitus, of Karaka Grove

In an amazing volte face, NZ Prime Minister Key says he has decided to help the country’s burgeoning numbers of homeless.,

He says he plans to sell off his overseas Hawaii duplex and use the proceeds to provide six apartments for homeless itinerants in his Remuera mansion.

Members of Auckland’s rentier class have been dumbfounded by the move.

One of them, Mr Gradgrind Fatchance, says: ‘This means the end for us, you know. Next thing he’ll be asking us to get off our bums and work, or pay taxes on our property gains. We knew that once this Trust thing exploded our time might be up.’ read more…

Chinese Association For Kapiti

2016 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The idea of this association is to provide support to the growing Chinese population in Kapiti area, including new immigrants, students, and families who come to visit or reside. NZCA press release

Ending discrimination and providing support

By Roger Childs

An anti-Chinese cartoon from 1905

A racist cartoon from 1905 designed to whip up anti-Chinese feeling in New Zealand

In 1881 the Chinese Immigration Act imposed a poll tax of £10 ($1640 in today’s currency), on every new Chinese settler. This appalling discrimination was eventually repealed in 1944.

A key organisation agitating for ending this racism was The New Zealand Chinese Association (Inc) (NZCA), which had been set up in 1935.

Finally, in 2002, there was a formal apology from Helen Clark’s government and it was privilege to be present when this was made at the National Library. A Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust was also set up at the time to keep the Chinese contribution to New Zealand history alive. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

alan thelma and grahamA Centenarian Remembers: ‘Conversations with Thelma McLean,’ by Graham Bathgate  

Thelma McLean lives at a resthome in Waikanae, New Zealand. She has been there for almost 6 years and is visited by her daughter, Rae, almost every day. Thelma grew up in a family of ten siblings; poetry was a part of their education at home, in school and at Sunday School. She can recall short poems and many lines in longer poems, a great thing for anyone to do but at Thelma’s age it’s marvellous to hear.

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Kapiti Gets Another Olympian

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nick’s been so open, he welcomed us into his home at Ann Arbor and to Flagstaff at altitude to train. We wouldn’t have made it to this point without his help. Hamish Carson on the help provided by 1500m Kiwi star, Nick Willis

Hamish Carson Off To Rio

By Roger Childs

An Olympian at last!

An Olympian at last!

After a campaign of several months, Hamish Carson got to within .05 of a second of the 1500 metres A qualifying time. Back in 2012 he went close to qualifying for the London Olympics and was stymied two years later by a virus when aiming for selection in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The good news this week is that he has been selected for the Rio Olympics next month.

Hamish began his running with Kapiti Harriers, but it was not until he was at Kapiti College that he started winning races. After leaving school he joined Scottish Harriers in Wellington to get more competition. (His mother and number one supporter, Julie, had run for Scottish in earlier days.) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 28 Answers

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to July 12.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

 

 

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Help For Nepali Women

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Gilbrt Haisman entrains at Paekakariki

Gilbrt Haisman entrains at Paekakariki

Entertaining adventures raised funds 

Sarah Delahunty reviews The Adventures of a Dance Band Pianist by Gilbert Haisman

This Paekakariki house concert series, part of the Jazz at Large section of the Wellington Jazz Festival, succeeded both as a fundraiser and an entertainment. There was a capacity audience both nights with an atmosphere of relaxation and warmth throughout.

The show, devised by Gilbert Haisman and friends, raised $1700 for the Women’s Project of CASD  Nepal, a village-based NGO committed to Common Action for Sustainable Development. read more…

Otaki Gorge Rd Reopens

2016 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Otaki Gorge Road will be closed for some time

Otaki Gorge Road when it closed

Seven months work brings success

Road access to private property and popular recreational facilities within the Tararua Forest Park is now restored after a seven-month closure.

Kāpiti Coast District Council has completed extensive earthworks at the slip-prone Blue Bluff site on Ōtaki Gorge Road, meaning the public can access Ōtaki Forks again. read more…

Chinese Checkers

2016 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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New Zealanders on the Somme

2016 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time to break through?

By Roger Childs

WW! deathsThis month marks the 100th anniversary of  the start of one of the most costly battles in history: the Somme. Late in 1914, the world war had become bogged down on the Western Front in the mud of North-eastern France and Western Belgium.

So in July 1916, the western allies, led by France and Britain, decided the time had come for an offensive to roll the Germans back.

As well as tens of thousands of troops from those two nations, soldiers from their empires, including New Zealand, were present in June ready for the slaughter that lay ahead.  read more…

Housing Crisis — What Housing Crisis ?

2016 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan family in carLabour’s comprehensive plan to tackle housing shortage

By Kris Faafoi, Labour MP for Mana

Come Sunday, hundreds of young Kiwis will be queuing up at open homes around the country, hoping against hope that maybe, just maybe, they’ll get lucky.  

It’s a scenario that’s being played out every week – young couples up against a property market where dog-eat-dog has become the norm, where, unless you’ve already on the ladder, unless you win Lotto, the home ownership dream will continue to be just that – a dream.

And still the National Government won’t admit there’s a housing crisis.  read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a mural from Richard Childs who paints in Oakland, California. His preferred surfaces are wood and plaster. He is also well know for his painted posts.

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Taxpayer Millions Wasted On A Fraud

2016 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Having a nationally coordinated plan driven by those affected has led to significant TB control progress resulting in a dramatic decline in the number of infected herds from a high of 1700 in 1994, through 695 in 2000, and now 43 at the end of June this year.

The key objectives of the plan … are the biological eradication of TB from New Zealand by 2055, with TB freedom (i.e. high confidence the disease is gone) in livestock by 2026 and possums by 2040. TB Free website, 13 July 2016

Spending on unnecessary organisations

By Jim Hilton and Roger Childs

TB free NZThe government has just officially approved a TB Plan which will last for the next 39 years! Why should Jane and Joe Public care?

Basically because serious government money – $100 million in the next four years for starters – is being spent on organisations such as TB Free NZ and OSPRI which are being perpetuated to use dubious methods to solve a problem which is now minimal.

(See the figures in the quote above. From 1994 to 2016 there has been a 97.5% reduction in infected herds.)
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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 28

2016 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNow into the seventh month of quizzes!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Froome Makes A Statement In The Pyrenees

2016 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As a deluge of rain and hail fell on the super-category climb here, amid the lowering Pyrenean skies there was a little clarity over the identity of the men who may eventually stand in Chris Froome’s way as he bids to win his third Tour de France. William Fotheringham, The Guardian

The champion pounces

By Roger Childs

Tour 2015 3The Tour de France is won and lost in the mountains. You have to be an expert climber if you want to have the yellow jersey on in the run into Paris. Once the mountain stages begin, the real contenders come out to play.

Chris Froome won last year and Nairo Quintana was second. It could happen again this year. The commentators were not sure when Froome would launch his big attack to take yellow after eight stages which were mainly flat to undulating.

The Kenyan born Englishman decided the first Pyrennes stage would do nicely. read more…

Exclusive — Guru For Kapiti Mayoralty

2016 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Cr K Gurunathan

Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Coast may get its own Guru in the Mayor’s chair

Exclusive report from Alan Tristram

One of the Kapiti’s most most unusual — and immediately recognisable — politicians has finally decided to run for Mayor.

KCDC Councillor K Gurunathan, known universally as Guru, says he aims to ‘give the people of Kapiti a chance to vote for real change in the coming elections.’

If elected, he will give the District its first ‘ethnic’ Mayor  — Guru hails originally from an Indian family living in Malaysia. read more…

Council Culture: Upgrade Needed

2016 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the news often for the wrong reasons

By Roger Childs

Ratepayers helped fund the decent building and they expect decent behavour inside

Ratepayers helped fund the decent building and they expect decent behavour inside

Learning that approval of Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) services is up on last year, is good news.

There is no question that in some areas, the Council does impressive work. KCDC front desk service, conservation and the provision of pathways stand out.

However this “good news” cannot conceal the fact that the since the present council was elected in 2013, government departments, national bodies and the judiciary have taken KCDC apart on many issues, ranging from inadequate pool access for the disabled and prosecuting people for tidying up native bush, to sloppy record-keeping and breaches of the White Ribbon code.

Add to that the national record for Code of Conduct cases and a councillor refusing to  apologise, when told to by his fellow elected members, and you have a serious case of  council dysfunctionality. read more…

Wellington Region Sees More Kaka

2016 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Pair of North Island Kaka in a tree

Pair of North Island Kaka in a tree

Kaka sighting highlights importance of biodiversity

By Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) says previously vulnerable kaka are now being seen more often throughout the Wellington region.

An example of this occurred during the GWRC’s annual bird count when a North Island kaka was sighted in the Wainuiomata catchment — the first in the area since 1998. read more…

Great Super Rugby Results

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand 24 Australia 0

By Roger Childs

super 15This was the outcome of the weekend’s franchise matches.

All the New Zealand team played for five wins and 24 points. All the Australian teams played too, for five losses ….

Consequently four Kiwi teams will qualify for the play-offs, but across the ditch it will only be one or two. This year’s Super Rugby has shown a big gap in the quality of teams either side of the Tasman and all five New Zealand sides have been very competitive.

The weekend fixtures started with the Blues, the fifth ranked Kiwi team hammering the top Australian side, the Brumbies, 40-14. read more…

Food For Thought: Blair And Bush War Criminals?

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A decision had to be taken (to go to war against Saddam Hussein) and it was for me to take as prime minister. I took it, I stand by it. I only ask with humility that the British people accept that I took this decision because I believed it was the right thing to do based on the information I had. Former British prime minister, Tony Blair

Blair guilty as charged

Yes you Tony.

Yes you Tony.

By Roger Childs

It’s something we’ve known for a long time and has now been reinforced by the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry.

While we’re at it, we can add names to the list; leaders who have allowed atrocities to be committed, approved the torture and killing of prisoners and sent thousands of men and women to their deaths in unnecessary wars.

For starters, Presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon Ronald Reagan, and of course, George W Bush, can be put in the dock.  read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Break-up

Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth Coleman

By Elizabeth Coleman

There’s a whole bunch of things

a whole crop of this and that

to wade through; read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 27 Answers

2016 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz ~ If you would still like to have a go, scroll down to July 6.

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

~ Answers below.

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Blair Beggars Belief

2016 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Finals Time At Wimbledon

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Marin is such a wonderful player and I was in so much trouble in the third set and in the fourth. I played super great at the end so I am very, very, pleased. Marin is one of the nicest guys on the tour so I feel sorry for him but for me the dream continues. Roger Federer after his quarter-final win over Marin Čilić

Quality tennis in prospect

By Roger Childs

Serena: keen to defend her title

Serena: keen to defend her title

Not surprisingly the further the tournament goes, the better the tennis. After struggling to hit top form in the early rounds, Serena Williams annihilated unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in one semi-final, while sister Venus succumbed to the polished Angelique Kerber in the other.

This sets up an intriguing ladies finale which will be a re-match of the 2016 Australian Open final.

Meanwhile the quality had come to the top in the gentlemen’s semis, with 2012 finalists Andy Murray and Roger Federer due to meet the talented Tomáš Berdych and Milos Raonic respectively. This quartet emerged from exciting quarter final matches. read more…

Art Work Of The Week: Cosmos

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Jean Lees Cosmos

 

Jean Lees of Waikanae – a watercolourist of long standing who more recently has begun working in acrylics. Jean will be at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the gallery’s summer season.

 

Police Warn Kapiti Homeowners

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

‘Opportunistic offending on the Kapiti Coast’

Police say there’s been a spike in burglaries and thefts from unlocked homes and in the Waikanae and Paraparaumu communities recently.

With the  school holidays starting, Police say they want to remind residents in these areas to be vigilant about ensuring that homes are locked while they are out — and property such as bikes and vehicles are left secure and, where possible, out of sight. read more…

Our World Crumbles

2016 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan english -speaking countriesAre the main English-speaking countries falling apart?

By Prue Hyman

I have to pinch myself to check I’m not dreaming when I look at politics this week in Australia, the UK (if it still exists), and the U.S.ALAN ON MALCOM TURNBULL

Malcolm Turnbull miscalculated badly with his double dissolution of both houses in Australia and it will take time and the full count to be completed to see if his right wing coalition can just cobble a majority.

At least Labour improved their position – but if only they had a proportional system, the Greens, who polled well, would hold the balance of power. read more…

Poem Of The Week

2016 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NasturtiumThe late Jean Lonie was a Correspondence School Science teacher and also a poet.

In her later years she lived in Kiwi Road, Raumati Beach.

She had a great feel for the events and routines of everyday life and could give wonderful poetic expression to seasonal changes in the environment.

Our poem of the week is appropriately one for the season. read more…

Sprinters to the fore in the Tour de France

2016 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Along the way, riders will be cheered on by millions of roadside fans, escorted by tens of thousands of gendarmes, and follow a publicity caravan comprising 170 colourfully-arrayed vehicles and populated by almost 500 permanently enthusiastic staff. David Hughes, The Independent

Well underway in France!

By Roger Childs

Tour de France 2016After starting last year in Yorkshire and the previous year in the Netherlands, the 2016 tour began in France!

The scenery is always amazing in this, the most watched sporting event on the planet.

Beginning with the background of the picturesque Mont St Michel, there have already been four stages on largely flat or undulating roads. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 27

2016 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Now into the seventh month of quizzes!

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

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Resounding Condemnation Of Privatization

2016 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public service no place for private enterprise

By Roger Childs

Lead-off speaker: Kelvin Davis

Lead-off speaker: Kelvin Davis

The Paraparaumu Coastal Church was packed with Labour supporters, local body candidates and the public for a meeting on the creeping privatization of public services under the National.

The evening meeting on July 4 heard details of  the disastrous impact this is having from MPs Carmel Sepuloni and Kelvin Davis, and Erin Polaczuk, Public Service Association (PSA) national secretary.  read more…

A Warning from Germany’s Past

2016 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

alan union jackElements of Weimar — Living in a ‘post-fact’ world

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

Brexit has happened and the UK is now in a crisis caused by clowns and gamblers.

Never before have I been so scared by a democratic decision!

Meanwhile, in Austria, a right-wing extremist could campaign for presidency a second time.

The first, narrow, election of a Green-party candidate has been annulled by the Constitutional Court. read more…

Extraordinary Triathlon Victory

2016 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s just one word for Flora on the bike: fearless… Triathlon commentator

Tactics to win races

By Roger Childs

Triathlon trainingNo-one in the modern era of international triathlons has ever led from start to finish.

But now it’s been done, by a young woman from the samll Caribbean island of Bermuda, Flora Duffy.  Usually, it’s just too tiring to stay out in front all the way, especially on the bike.

Top performers usually aim:

~ be near the front coming out of the water

~ get in the front pack on the bike

~ come out of transition for the run in the first half dozen. read more…

Shocks at Wimbledon

2016 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Inside the grounds, it’s heaven: you’re hit by the sophisticated, well groomed Britishness that the All England Club does so well. Veteran Wimbledon watcher, Pippa Middleton

The oldest of the grand slams

By Roger Childs

WimbledonIt’s the third major tennis tournament of the year and the English like to think it’s the most important.

It is all very proper and good mannered: it’s not men’s and women’s singles but gentlemen’s and ladies, and you must wear appropriate white clothing, and that includes everything you’ve got on.

Tradition is a key part of the Wimbledon fortnight. In the seats at one end, fashionable dresses and suits, collars and ties are de rigeur for the rich and famous who attend, and strawberries and cream is the favoured lunch time snack. read more…

Book Quiz…plus Wine

2016 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan fol quizIt’s not Mastermind, it’s a fun quiz for Kapiti folks

By Alan Tristram

The Friends of Kapiti Coast Libraries are holding a ‘Books, Writers and Writing’ Quiz

~ at Paraparaumu Community Centre

 ~ at 2pm on Sunday 17th July.

All are invited and no special knowledge is needed.

Everyone will be assigned to a team. So if you make a mistake, you can blame it on the others.

The Friends guarantee it’ll be much easier than KIN ‘s  mid-week quiz devised by former teacher — and KIN co-editor — Roger Childs.

And there’ll be raffles, prizes, mulled wine and a tasty afternoon tea. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 26 Answers

2016 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to June 30.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Euro 2016: The Surprises Continue

2016 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I don’t believe it! This is the greatest day in Welsh football history! Excited English commentator

Unexpected contenders mixing it

By Roger Childs

Euro 2016After England’s drubbing at the hands of little Iceland, could the British Isles salvage anything from the Euro 2106 quarter-finals? Yes indeed! Wales came up trumps and took their chances to win 3-1 over the more fancied Belgium.

Earlier The Poles had run the expected winners Portugal close and only lost after a tense penalty shoot-out. So the first semi-final teams have been decided.

Overnight Germany will play Italy in a match-up which has gone according to form book. Then on Sunday the French play Iceland, before a home crowd in Paris: a forgone conclusion? read more…

Time to Apologize Councillor Scott!

2016 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Saying sorry

Kevin Rudd said sorry on behalf of a nation

Kevin Rudd said sorry on behalf of a nation

 “Saying sorry” seems rather hollow when apologizing for horrendous crimes and deeds. However the gesture is some acknowledgment of wrong doing. To its credit, Helen Clark’s government did apologize to the Chinese community for the appalling prejudice and discrimination meted out to their forebears in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

However some countries and people have been reluctant to say the magic words. After Australian prime minister John Howard couldn’t bring himself to apologize to the stolen generation of Aboriginal people, Kevin Rudd did the job in 2008. read more…

Smug Complacency

2016 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smug Complacency

Poignant Time Of Remembrance

2016 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No life is ever truly lost – its course is only altered to travel to a distance shore. Candace

Reflecting on journeys

By Roger Childs

Mary Potter Hospice historyFunerals can be taxing on the emotions. Despite the fact that the celebrant might emphasize that the service is a celebration of the life of …  sorrow and grief are never far away.

Having a remembrance service where many people who have passed away are recalled, is easier to handle.

Then like a hawk upon the wind,

I climbed the sky, I made the flight.

Elizabeth  J Buchtenkirk

Twice a year, the Mary Potter Hospice have A Time Of Remembrance for the people who have used the hospice services and passed on. The service held last month emphasized journeys. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Blue Chorus by Waikanae artist Jean Lees

Jean Lees is a Waikanae artist who paints in watercolours and acrylics. She is a member of Watercolour New Zealand.  Jean will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the summer season.

Blue Chorus watercolour 23cm x 33 cm

Watercolour is a wonderful medium to work with, it has qualities that are ideal for a variety of styles and moods; from the perfection of fine detail to flamboyant abstracts. It is exhilarating to allow the paint to ‘do it’s own thing’, that is to merge and flow freely thus creating lovely shapes and patterns, and of course, beautiful colours! Using watercolour can be a magical experience!!

Jean Lees

 

Fraud And Wasted Funding On Poisoning 1

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1080 flagTBfree / OSPRI and Department of Conservation (DoC) poisoning is a monstrous white collar fraud (over $100 M dollars annually). Almost 100 years of Government propaganda have cemented the ideas of “pests” and “poisoning” into the New Zealand psyche, writes Scientist, possum trapper and farmer, Jim Hilton

Some readers will recall Jim’s excellent series on New Zealand Biodiversity which we published last year. This was based on a talk he gave to the Nelson Science Society in 2014. (If you would like to read it, and it’s well worth the effort, click on New Zealand’s Biodiversity above.)

As the quote at the top indicates, Jim is passionate about:

~ the fraud over the myths surrounding animal TB

~ the unsubstantiated links between possums and bovine TB

~ the waste of money on 1080 drops and the consequent ecological damage. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 26

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 26 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Maori Get Expressway Jobs

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Natural Habitats Wellington Manager Tim Broadbent welcomes new employees at the induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.

Natural Habitats Wellington Manager Tim Broadbent welcomes new employees at the induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.

Partnership with Iwi brings new jobs for young Maori

A group of nine Māori from the Kāpiti Coast have exciting new job prospects on the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway project.

This is because of a partnership between the project’s main landscaping subcontractor , Natural Habitats, and local iwi Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.

The nine Kāpiti locals have just been welcomed onto the job with a pōwhiri and induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.  M2PP Project Manager Alan Orange congratulated Natural Habitats for their commitment to employing local people.

One of the big benefits of expressway projects is the jobs they create for local people. Providing employment opportunities through the relationship with local iwi has become a working policy for Natural Habitats, and this recent round of recruitment demonstrates the benefits of such a partnership,” Mr Orange says. read more…

Marines Event Benefits Kapiti Community

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fund raising helps local groups

By Roger Childs

The Runners get on their way. (Photo Doug Stevens)

The Runners get on their way. (Photo Doug Stevens)

The In the Footsteps of the Marines takes participants into areas where US servicemen trained over 70 years ago. It is also a fundraiser which provides money for local charities, services and groups.

This year, for the first time, the weather prevented the use of the Whareroa Farm section of the course, so the event was turned into an “out and back” affair. A record field of 222 enjoyed the experience and the “experimental” alternative course worked well.

From the proceeds, the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers have been able to donate over $3000 to  local groups and charities. read more…

Khamidullin – Watkins Duo In Fine Form

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Schubert: Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ / Schumann: Three fantasy pieces, Op 73 / Rachmaninov: Sonata in G minor – the 3rd movement, Andante / Franck: Sonata in A (for violin, arranged for cello)  Paekakariki Memorial Hall, June 19 at 2.30pm

Excellent concert well worth the travel

By Lindis Taylor

Rustem Klamidullin: the master cellist

Rustem Khamidullin: the master cellist

I had gone to my third encounter with Rustem Khamidullin, not to write about it but just to enjoy without a pen in my hand, to hear him in another context.

And of course, the pleasure of being able to get there by train, being able to look at the heavy seas and Kapiti Island from high on the cliffs north from Pukerua Bay rather than seeing little while driving on the road, and then a pleasant 12 minute walk to the hall.

(Witnessing the thousands of one-to-a-car commuters from Kapiti, and their passion for Transmission Gully, I wonder that the population seems indifferent to its lovely train service).

It was such a treat that when I got home the computer keyboard seemed to plead for attention. read more…

KCDC — Food for Thought

2016 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food-for-thought2-150x150It’s time for Kapiti Councillors (and Mayor) to grow up

By Alan Tristram (KCDC Councillor 2001-2007)alice-in-wonderland-tea-party-wallpaper_preview_e499

Reading ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ ( see below, June 27), I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t nodded off and re-entered the childhood world of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

How could any group of adults waste so much time in niggling, stupid, personality politics?

The Kapiti Coast has many challenges to deal with; and even more opportunities to pursue.

Yet our elected representatives can turn away from these to waste hour upon hour in playground squabbling. read more…

Privatisation of Social Services?

2016 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Labour Party public meeting on the threat to public services

By Bruce Taylor

Rob McCann

Rob McCann

The local branches of the Labour Party are organising a public meeting on Monday July 4. about the Privatisation of Social Services.

This is in response to the government’s ongoing drive to outsource these services.

2014 Labour Candidate Rob McCann thinks the drive towards privatisation is driven by ideology, and is looking forward to hearing what the impressive panel of speakers will say. read more…

Conduct Unbecoming

2016 June 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claims of plagiarism; an offensive email; a refusal to apologise; a code of conduct breach claim; a one-sided legal report; a hearing charade; red faces in high places; a smack on the wrist and no further action. Scott v Scott had it all.

Wasting time and money?

By Roger Childs

Waikanae Town Centre: possible re-develpoment has been much discussed

Waikanae Town Centre: possible re-development has been much discussed

The Code of Conduct claim taking by David Scott on behalf of Sue Smith, against Michael Scott was resolved on Thursday. Or was it? It all started with Waikanae Councillor Michael Scott featuring front page in the Kapiti News with what he claimed were his original ideas for revitalising the town centre.

The proposals had in fact been discussed many times over the last few years by local Waikanae groups and a key figure in these organisations was Sue Smith. She was exasperated and sent out an email to friends expressing her frustration.

Cr M Scott was one of the recipients and he replied with a personal attack on Ms Smith’s integrity. (See full text below.) Cr D Scott took exception and claimed that the Council Code of Conduct had been breached. read more…

Local Body Elections: Answers To Questions 2

2016 June 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we have part two. Local Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, takes more of the mystery out of what’s involved. (Scroll down to June 22 for part one.)

KIN: Is the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system standard across the nation?

JW: We are among six councils that use STV.

STV ~ Dunedin City Council

~ Kāpiti Coast District Council

~ Marlborough District Council

~ Palmerston North City Council

~ Porirua City Council

~ Wellington City Council

read more…

All Blacks Hit Top Form

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is very reassuring to see so many new players step up with ease to the required AB standard. This was a class performance – just need to carry on at this level or better for the Rugby Championship/Bledisloe. Christchurch rugby expert, Richard Belton

 Welsh blown away

By Roger Childs

Israel Dagg in full cry

Israel Dagg in full cry

After competing for much of the play in the first two tests the Welsh had no answers in the third contest. Under the roof in Dunedin the All Blacks went into overdrive and scored six unanswered tries to win 46-6. (They were denied a seventh after a poor call from the TMO.)

Wales needed to score from a sustained period of attack just before half time, to have any chance. However staunch All Black defence held them out.

All the home team played well with the new players providing impressive debut performances. However, the outright stars were Beauden Barrett at first five and full back, Israel Dagg. read more…

Novels: Excellent To The Unconvincing

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming Rain: you better believe it!

 By Ralph McAllister

Coming RainThe first Ockham New Zealand Book Award worth some $50,000, went to Stephen Daisley  for Coming Rain.

During my reading of the first few pages I suspected that Tilly Lloyd, of Unity Books fame, and friend and near neighbour, had gone bonkers.

Set in 1940’s Western Australia, written by a New Zealander who hadn’t lived here for over thirty years and featuring a dingo ……..c’mon!

But such is the originality, authenticity and the speedy plot, it only took 20 pages for me to spend the rest of the day reading and finishing. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan's skeletonX-ray

It’s difficult not to be curious
about this bone-man under the skin:
to think how he’s carried me over the years
without malice or contempt. In return
I’ve fed and clothed him of course,
shared the same bed, been shaped by his will,
but even after a lifetime together
I can’t say I know him, not for real . . .
apart, that is, from a broken wrist
when he once came peeping through.
And now there’s this inner-map of his ills,
that ageing stoop, those honeycombed hips,
the thinning tail-end bits. But what
really appals is his Model-T look.
He’s indistinguishable — except to the nurse —
From the millions like him who’ve come and gone
since one of us first stood up. Perhaps
it’s time to applaud his ancestral support
and keep this negative by the bed. Even then
it’ll be tough to view that crumbling master-plan
without a more personal sense of loss.

By Peter Bland

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 25 Answers

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 25 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to June 22.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

The Brexit Shambles

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

keep-calm-and-leave-the-eu-21 (1)How to Create a Shambles without Really Trying

By Tom Aitken in London

To begin at one possible beginning:brexit suporters

I suppose that, four years ago, Prime Minister David Cameron had to do something to distract public attention from George Osborne’s budget of 2012, dubbed ‘the omnishambles budget’ by Ed Milliband, the then Labour Leader.

But Osborne’s budget was not Cameron’s only problem. There were murmurings from the troops about his own performance as party leader. He accordingly cast about for something he could do that would gratify a large part of the Conservative Party.

What he came up with was a referendum to be held on Britain’s future so far as the European Union was concerned. read more…

Brexit — by Andy

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Brexit, by Andy

Brexit, by Andy

‘Bring the Shysters to Account!’

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Award winning author Mandy Hager

Award winning author Mandy Hager

It’s time to clean up our toxic Government

By Mandy Hager

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paula Bennett and the incredible deceit over her press secretary’s leaking of information about a police investigation into Te Puea Marae chairman and police inspector Hurimoana Dennis.

It speaks to three very important issues that are particularly toxic about our current National-led government. read more…

Euro Nations At The Knockout Stage

2016 June 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Farewell to the Russians

By Dave Daniel

Euro 2016Well, here we are, already at the knockout stages of the Euro Nations 2016 football tournament. There have been surprises, moments to savour and also some to forget.

Not all of them have been on the pitch of course, the ugly scenes between the English and Russian supporters were a sad recall of years gone by. Patriotism and alcohol are a terribly potent mix.

As the Russians were eliminated I almost felt sorry for manager Leonid Slutsky who looked badly in need of a vodka or two. He has resigned after the country’s press described it all as a disgrace and a humiliation.

What a shame we can’t get rid of politicians like that, but never mind.  read more…

Poor Water Quality In Canterbury

2016 June 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 4 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the negative effects in Canterbury of the massive draw-off water for irrigation. For parts 1and 2, scroll down to June 15, 19 and 21.

The multiple causes of Canterbury’s problems

By Bill Benfield

Dairy cowsIt is on what was once the home of dryland agriculture that irrigated intensive farming has had its greatest impact.

It would be fair to say that 95% of the problems on the Canterbury Plains are from dairy, but water abstraction and altered river flows are also a part of the problem.

Then there is the pollution from fertilisers and heavy metals. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Banded Dotterel Waikanae Estuary

 Cushla M. McGaughey

 Exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and the gallery’s next season.

 Banded Dotterel resized

One of our largest estuaries, the Waikanae Estuary is listed as a wetland of national significance. Among the many species that live or visit here is the Banded Dotterel. It is the only one of our plovers with two breast-bands. The little birds are not quite the size of a thrush. It takes a keen eye to spot them running across the sand or wading in the water. Several pairs breed around the estuary.

Homeless Need United Support

2016 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

homeless-sleep-in-cars-jason-oxehamBright ideas are good, but not good enough

By Moira Lawler, CEO Lifewise

New Zealanders cannot bear injustice. We sign petitions to change the system, sleep in cars to show solidarity, and generously donate to a worthy cause like the Lifewise Big Sleepout.

In the last few weeks, a marae opened its doors to homeless people, a community housing trust in Auckland received $800K to fund more emergency housing, homes were donated to homeless families.

Why then does homelessness not go away? read more…

Springboks Won, Wallabies Should Have

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the 64th minute the Wallabies, needing to at least draw the match to keep the series alive, shunned the chance for a gift three points straight in front of the posts, opting instead to kick for touch and go for the try. It was a costly error. Christy Doran, Herald Sun, June 20 2016

Need to focus on gaining points

By Roger Childs

England's hero, Owen Farrell, scores the decisive late try

England’s hero, Owen Farrell, scores the decisive late try (Credit Canberra Times)

You look at the score 23-7 and this seems like a decisive victory in a largely one-sided game.  No way: England won, but Australia did over 80% of the attacking in the second half.

However, the home side forgot that it is points on the board that win games, no matter how much possession you have and the pressure you apply.

Meanwhile the Springboks, having lost the first test to Ireland, seemed certain to concede a series victory to the visitors. However unlike the Wallabies, they used their bench very effectively and got home 32-26. read more…

Local Body Elections: Answers To Questions

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we have the latest in our series on the local authority elections due to take place in October. In the first of two articles, Local Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, takes some of the mystery out of what’s involved.

2016 electionsKIN: What is your main role as Electoral Officer?

JW: The Electoral Officer’s main role is to ensure every resident and/or property owner in Kāpiti can vote in the election. This involves

~ calling for candidates,

~ preparing voting documents

~ posting to all electors listed on the Parliamentary roll in the Kāpiti District and on the locally-compiled Ratepayer roll.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 25

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Number 25 in the series.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Libraries’ Trust Axed

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Library and Community Centre building in Levin

Library and Community Centre building in Levin

Horowhenua Council taking back libraries next week — Library Trust gets fired

By Alan Tristram

Joann Ransom

Joann Ransom

The Trust running Horowhenua libraries, and Te Takere community centre, will be axed at the end of next week.

And it’s understood the role of the Trust’s Chief Executive Joann Ransom’s will also be abolished by the council.

The move to take these services back ‘in house’ has aroused widespread anger among trust members and the local Friends of the Libraries. read more…

Winter solstice: longest and shortest

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The overhead sun “moves”

By Roger Childs

Our weather engine

Our weather engine

The Sun is the engine that generates our weather. Because the Earth orbits around the Sun every 365 days or so, and revolves on its tilted axis every 24 hours, we get our seasons.

The winter solstice for the Southern Hemisphere (summer north of the Equator) is when the overhead sun is vertically above the Tropic of Cancer.

Today, June 21, is the solstice which gives us our shortest “day” and the sun is at its lowest in the sky to the north. Believe it or not, the daylight time will increase from tomorrow on! The overhead sun will start to ‘move’ south. read more…

Fantastic CanSurvive Results In Queensland

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Breast cancer survivors in great form

Cansurvive in action on the water in 2014

CanSurvive in action on the water in 2014

By Bette Cosgrove

You may be impressed by the exceptional results of our local pink dragons Wellington’s breast cancer survivor team, CanSurvive, in Australia over the weekend.

As a fitting end to their hugely successful season, CanSurvive Dragonboat Team will be proudly bringing home the silverware from their latest competition.

They return tomorrow from a weekend competing against their sister teams at Kawana Lake on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. read more…

Knitting Kapiti Together

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

knitting 1 group in charis relaxedLibraries encourage woolly thinking

By Alan Tristram

WORLD WIDE ‘KNIT IN PUBLIC’ DAY

Kāpiti’s District Libraries have celebrated ‘World Wide Knit in Public Day’ by hosting a group knitting session at the Paraparaumu Library.

More than 25 knitters and crocheters joined library staff at Paraparaumu Library  on Saturday to mark the day by stitching together. read more…

Let’s Hear It For Volunteers!

2016 June 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We couldn’t run our services without the help of the volunteers. Ria Earp, Chief Executive,  Mary Potter Hospice

National Volunteer Week: 19 – 25  June

By Roger Childs

Mary Potter volunteers gather

Mary Potter volunteers gather

Driving patients, making meals, shaking collection tins, home visiting, doing gardening and performing hundreds of other tasks: there are tens of thousands of volunteers helping our communities every week.

There will be legions of you out there, and you are to be congratulated.

Today at the Kapiti Mary Potter Hospice, volunteers gathered, and patron, Lady Susan Satyanand handed out certificates to those who had provided 5, 10 or 15 years of service. read more…

Appalling Damage To The Canterbury Environment

2016 June 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 3 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally, are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the negative effects in Canterbury of the massive draw-off water for irrigation. For parts 1and 2, scroll down to June 16 and 19.

Far-reaching damage to the ecosystem

By Bill Benfield

Increased production but a terrible cost to the ecosystem

Increased production but a terrible cost to the ecosystem

The catalogue of environmental damage beggars belief. They range from build-up of nitrogen in the soils and water, as well as nitrogen contamination of the water tables.

Nitrogen is also deposited by cow urine, and in this form easily enters the water table through the light porous soils. There was also a build up of phosphorous fertilisers, though this appears to have peaked; their levels still remain unacceptably high.

A lot of New Zealand’s phosphorous (superphosphate) fertiliser has come from ancient guano deposits on Nauru in the Pacific – it contains the heavy metal, cadmium, a poison which can even show up in town supplies as it has in that of Martinborough. read more…

Raumati Bargains Begin

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Dignaben Patel, Pal Vasant, Jaitra and Kamal Patel outside the Bargain city and Post Shop at Raumati Beach

Dignaben Patel, Pal Vasant, Jaitra and Kamal Patel outside Bargain City and Post Shop

Post Office back home with brand-new Bargain City 

Mrs Dignaben Patel and daughter Pal Vasant at the counter

Mrs Dignaben Patel and daughter Pal Vasant

By Alan and Helen Tristram

Raumati Beach locals can now go to their postshop in its old home thanks to the the Patel Family’s latest enterprise — the Raumati Bargain  City.

Like a miniature version of a former Woolsworths, Bargain City, in Raumati Road, has more than 10.000 items for sale.

Customers can buy anything from an ornamental wall clock at $11.95 to balls of knitting wool at competitive prices.

 

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Dirty Dairying and Irrigation in Canterbury

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 2 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the impact in North Canterbury. For part 1 scroll down to June 15.

Fertiliser, irrigation and intensified dairying

By Bill Benfield

Dairy cowsIt is on the Canterbury Plains that the combination of superphosphate, subsidised urea (nitrogen) and the wild west of water extraction for irrigation has made intensive dairy into the perfect environmental storm.

To this has to be added the concentration of nutrients produced off site, through “imported” feed supplements.

Some, such as imported palm kernel is a by product of the destruction of tropical rainforest, the others like the maize that you can see being grown all over New Zealand, it is transported to dairy farm areas and fed to stock. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 24 Answers

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 24 in the series. If you would still like a go, a scroll down to June 15.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Hoop Club Kapiti v the Chinese Dragons!

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Over 80 Kapiti kids aged 4-13 battle the Dragons

Report by Angelo Robinson, Photos by Paula Cowle

Hoop Club v Dragons 2016Hoop Club Kapiti had its annual Basketball tournament at the Paraparaumu Community Gym recently against the Chinese Dragons Basketball Club from Lower Hutt.

Kapiti entered 9 teams into the tournament and the Dragons entered 4.

The contests were hard fought but with a strong emphasis on participation and having fun. read more…

Kiwi Values

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwi values

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Democracy and Equality

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An egalitarian society?

By Roger Childs

All New Zealanders, but are they equal?

All New Zealanders, but are they equal?

Like thousands of migrants to the United States, Canada and Australia over the centuries, a key motive for people moving to New Zealand was to escape from societies where class and inequality were the norm.

Unfortunately, New Zealand in the 21st century hasn’t lived up to the dream: poverty is widespread and there are huge disparities in income.

However, at least the country is democratic; people are equal before the law and theoretically have the same opportunities. But do they? read more…

Helping Young People: Kapiti Youth Support

2016 June 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KYS helps young people in need. To quote their brochure “KYS is a free confidential health and support service for anyone between the ages of 10 and 24.” We will be featuring articles about what services the organisation provides and how successful it has been. KYS is a charitable trust and needs donations for some services. First up, a shop to raise funds.

Raising money for helping youth: the KYStore

By Rachel Osborne

Brainwave 2The KYStore will be the only charity store focused on benefiting youth in the Wellington region, with 100% of the profit going directly back to the KYS One Stop Shop Trust.

The KYStore will be situated at 39 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, and aims to provide the Kapiti region with good quality second-hand goods presented in a modern, attractive environment.

But in order to succeed, we need your help!  We are asking for donations of good quality clothes, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac, linen, books and household items. read more…

Report From Riga, Latvia

2016 June 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The domed cathedral in Riga

The domed cathedral in Riga

Five Nights in Riga

From our London correspondent Tom Aitken

On the last day of May,  I and 13 other cultured persons of middle to advancing years, boarded a morning plane for Latvia. We were guided by Simon, a lecturer, and Arabella, the tour manager.

At five o’clock, having settled into the Raisson Blu Ridzene Hotel in Riga, Latvia’s capital, we went on our first walking tour, guided by Olga Vilks, a local lady with excellent English and a relaxed sense of humour. read more…

Making A Mess Of Our Rivers 1

2016 June 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Earlier in the year, we serialised Bill Benfield’s examination of the damage done to rivers by local authorities and farmers physically changing river beds. In this second exposé, our environment correspondent looks at what dairying is doing to our natural waterways.

Rivers, where it really is “Dirty Dairy”

By Bill Benfield

The intensification of dairying has had a disastrous effect on rivers

The intensification of dairying has had a disastrous effect on rivers

Today, the problems of our rivers have been condensed, by many, to a single issue – pollution arising from “dirty dairy”.

In some districts it is the big issue, especially on east coast drylands where there is sufficient water to supply large scale irrigation. Here, the combination of water abstraction and dairy pollution makes it more than 95% of the problem.

Canterbury, the focus of this article is the single biggest “dirty dairy” district, but there are others. There are also more in the pipeline, such as Wairarapa and Central Hawke’s Bay where there are planned irrigation projects. read more…

Getting The Right Local Bodies 1

2016 June 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we begin a series on the local body elections. The voting for this important three yearly event to select community representatives, will take place in October.  Our first article is on meetings for would-be candidates and on voter enrolment.

Hats in the ring!

Current mayor, Ross Church, wants another term

Current mayor, Ross Church, wants another term

By Roger Childs

Nominations for candidates officially open in mid July and close on August12. However, a number of people have already signalled their intentions.

Existing mayor Ross Church is keen to continue in the job and sitting councillors, Jackie Elliott and Gavin Welsh, will challenge for the top position. Otaki businesswoman, Angela Buswell has also indicated that she will be a mayoral candidate.

Former Mayor, Iride McCloy, will be standing for council and Cr Penny Gaylor is seeking to be Kapiti’s sole representative on the Greater Wellington Regional Council. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 24

2016 June 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 24 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Exciting Addition To The Cultural Landscape

2016 June 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be a centrepiece of the community for generations to come.   It will be a place to learn, to teach and to be entertained.  In that way, it is something the whole community can be connected to. Jennie Gutry, Chair Kapiti College Board of Trustees

Changing the face of Raumati Beach

By Roger Childs

The Performing Arts Centre in Raumatti Beach

The Performing Arts Centre now under construction in Raumati Beach

For decades there had been a large block of virtually unused land on Raumati Road, north of Kapiti College. In earlier times it was earmarked for an intermediate school, but that never eventuated.

That’s all changed now, as the earthmovers have recently removed the old caretaker’s house, cut down a number of trees and leveled the area. A Performing Arts Centre is being constructed to serve Kapiti College and the wider community.

The college has a proud record of regional and national achievement in the arts: music, drama and film making, and it’s most famous old boy is Peter Jackson. So a modern performing arts facility beside the school is certain to be well utilized by the students and Kapiti cultural groups. read more…

Poetry in Winter

2016 June 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ward, Gill Poetry Book launch 2011 006Kapiti poets can compete for Matariki honours

By Gill Ward

Well it says it’s Winter but some days it’s more like Spring. Of course we all remember T.S.Eliot’s take on Spring April is the cruellest month.…’

However I do have some Winter news to start off with. The Library is running a poetry competition for NZ Poetry Day. Poems must be in by 30 th June in English or Te Reo. You will find the guidelines and entry forms online at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry

There will be an evening with an open mic on Friday August 26 5.30 6.30 pm. The winners will be announced then. 26th August is National Poetry Day. The theme for the poetry competition is Matariki or Winter. Go on! Give it a go. read more…

Bridges Great And Small

2016 June 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Just before Christmas, John Key will flash pass in his limousine and wave to poor fellows like us. Wharemauku Bridge builder

Bridging the waterways

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs, except the one below

Putting the first span across Te Moana Road (Photo by Howard Chamberlain)

Putting the first span across Te Moana Road (Photo by Howard Chamberlain)

There are 14 bridges on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway and some are already completed, like the one over Otaihanga Road.

The biggest bridge of all is the long awaited connection over the Waikanae River.The structure across Te Moana Road where there is an inter-change, is also massive. (See picture alongside.)

A smaller one crosses the flood-prone Wharemamuku Stream, and as well as building this structure, there is major work going on south of the stream to develop wetlands and swales to cope with future overflows. read more…

Cello and Piano Duo in Paekakariki

2016 June 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A quality concert guaranteed

By Mary Gow

RustemKapiti music-lovers are eagerly looking forward to the appearance of a new STAR cellist Rustem Khamidullin. He was the 2014 winner of the Gisbourne cello competition and who will be the guest of the Wellington Regional Orchestra this month.

Auckland pianist Sarah Watkins (NZTrio) will accompany him.

 ~ Paekakariki Memorial Hall

 ~ Sunday 19 June at 2:30pm.

Their programme includes Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Schumann Three Fantasiestucke, Rachmaninoff Sonata (3rd movement) and Cesar Franck Sonata. read more…

All Blacks Have Plenty To Work On

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Second half burst secures test win

By Roger Childs

Naholo heading for the first of his two tries

Naholo heading for the first of his two tries

For not the first time in recent years, the All Blacks made a late charge,  to beat Wales 39-21 on Saturday. The Welsh had led 18-15 at half time after a pulsating first 40 minutes which saw both sides score two tries.

The home side increased the pace of the game in the last quarter, and showed their superior fitness in scoring three tries to secure the victory.

As expected, the All Blacks were a bit rusty, having not taken the field since the October 2015 victory in the World Cup final. However, there were many uncharacteristic handling and tackling lapses, especially in the first half. read more…

Great War Classic

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sir Max has retold it as well as any of his predecessors. Character, pace, sense of landscape, battlefield detail – all are superbly done. Ben Shephard, The Guardian

WW1 2A seminal work on the war’s origins

By Roger Childs

Max Hastings is justifiably a highly respected historian on the conflicts on the 20th century.

His comprehensive All Hell Let Loose on World War Two was described by Ian Kershaw in the Evening Standard as “military history at its most gripping” and other reviewers concur. He is currently working on a history of the Vietnam War and this will be eagerly awaited by devotees of military history.

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War is a classic on the origins and early months of World War One. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 23 Answers

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 23 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to June 8.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Kindness to Strangers

2016 June 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwis say Sydneysiders are great !

Food-for-thought2-150x150By Alan Tristram

Sydneysiders in business district attempting record for largest swimwear parade

Sydneysiders in the  CBD attempting a record for the largest swimwear parade

I had been a confirmed Aussie-phobe until recently — because of their hard-line treatment of refugees, aboriginals, and Kiwis with ‘issues’ — and I haven’t even mentioned sport.

But after another spell in Sydney to visit my dying brother (John Tristram, d. 1/6/16), everything has changed.

My wife Helen and I were overwhelmed, again, by the sheer generosity and kindness of Sydneysiders to strangers like ourselves. read more…

Last Ganz-Mavag Journey

2016 June 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Ganz-Mavag trains have kept the capital running since the early 80s, but have now been replaced by new units from Hyundai in Korea. NewsHub, Saturday 28 May 2016

Over 30 years of service

Ganz MavagBruce Taylor reports

The last Ganz Mavag train ran from Wellington to Melling and return on 27 May.

It was the end of 34 years of service for the Hungarian built Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) on the electrified part of the Wellington Metro network.

They were the mainstay of passenger services on the Kapiti line from 1982-83 till the introduction of the new Matangi EMUs. read more…

Brownlie’s War Games Revealed

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

defence spending

Marines Camp Life: A New History Trail

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I recall the training, keeping fit and the wonderful meals served up by a New York chef! And I also enjoyed trips into Wellington, the dances and meeting New Zealand women. Marine James Jones, reminiscing when he visited the old camp sites in 2008

In The Footsteps of the Marines: Camp Mackay Signage Walk

By Anthony Dreaver

Details on the Camp Mackay Trail in the Whareoa Shelter

Details on the Camp Mackay Trail in the Whareoa Shelter (Photo by Pam Childs)

Leave SH1 at the brown sign for Queen Elizabeth Park to enter Whareroa Farm, known to the US Marines as ‘Camp Mackay’s Crossing’.

On 30 May 2016 ( on what Americans call Memorial Day), the Kapiti US Marines Trust opened the Camp Mackay Walk round seven sites that mark the events of 1942–43. The project was backed by Transpower.

Signs were devised by myself ( as a member of Kapiti US Marines Trust), and were designed by Anne Johnston Graphic Design and printed and installed by DAC Group. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Callig-MathematicsOne of the district’s most vibrant cultural groups is Calligraphers of Kapiti. Members produce wonderfully creative art based around lettering. Here is a classic example from Helen McIntosh.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Good Autumn Weather?

2016 June 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Everywhere you go, always take the weather … Crowded House

There’s no getting away from it

By Roger Childs

WeatherWeather is one of life’s certainties, like death and taxes. It’s always with us and features with monotonous regularity on radio, television and in the papers.

Hands up if you’ve waited for the forecast on radio and heard: For Northland, Auckland and Coromandel … and then suddenly it’s …and for the Chatham Islands …. Missed again!

 We’ve just experience the highest temperatures for autumn in decades: a good thing?

Obviously the phrase the weather’s been good depends on the recipients. read more…

Kapiti Basketball News: Qualifying & Coaching

2016 June 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s U15 Boys Basketball Team Qualify for Nationals

Girl Player of the Tournament: Porirua's Harmony Hunter

Girl Player of the Tournament: Porirua’s Harmony Hunter

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photos by Joy Cowle

On Saturday 28 May the Greater Wellington Regions best basketball talent came to Paraparaumu to take part in a tournament to try and qualify for the Basketball New Zealand National finals in July.

Eleven association teams from Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Lower Hutt battled for the limited qualification spaces. read more…

Novak Djokovic: One Of The Greats

2016 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is a very special moment, the greatest of my career. Djokovic, after winning the French Open over the weekend

Undoubted champion

By Roger Childs

Djokovic 2014The French title had eluded him for eleven years, and it was the only one he needed to  complete the set of four. In beating Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 he now joins seven other legends of the game and also climbs to fourth equal in the list of most grand slams.

He currently holds all four grand slam titles at the same time: a feat that not even the great Roger Federer has achieved.

Only Don Budge back in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969, have done that. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 23

2016 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 23 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti Calligraphers Flamboyant Helen

2016 June 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Characters make a group

By Pam Kessler

John Masefield's "Cargoes" (Credit Pam Kessler)

John Masefield’s “Cargoes” (Credit: Pam Kessler)

We are fortunate to have many characters amongst our lively group of members and this month it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to one of them– Helen McIntosh.

She is out-going, gregarious, loving, kind, and generous and is frequently seen with red, blue, or green coloured hair – an effect, I’ve observed, that is not necessarily done to match her outfit!

The most endearing feature of all, however, must be her quick and ready wit. How we love her for all the times she has made the perfect comment to lighten the moment! read more…

Prue Hyman welcomes Green/Labour pact

2016 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanA Greens/Labour alliance – will it work?

By Prue Hyman 

I was pleasantly surprised by this week’s announcement of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Labour and Green Parties – in that order, unlike MY title.

No doubt the order reflects the realities of the larger and smaller parties to the agreement, which are also the focus of my worries about this putative alliance.

Of course it’s good to have the two major left-of-centre parties (slightly left-of-centre anyway in the case of Labour) work together, rather than be at each others’ throats.

The conflicts between them were one of several reasons why National was returned in 2014. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ditch The Honours System

2016 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A billionaire property investor, senior members of the judiciary and a legendary footballer are among the 177 New Zealanders in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Dominion Post, 6 June 2016

A system without merit

By Roger Childs

Dame Ellen France: reward fro doing a well paid job? (Credit: stuff)

Dame Ellen France: reward for doing a well paid job? (Credit: stuff)

The twice yearly dishing out of so-called honours is a farce. Once again we have long list in the paper of people getting rewarded for services to this, that and the other thing.

What for example, does for services to business mean?

The awards system has always been controversial. My late father spent decades serving the community but never wanted an “honour”. For him OBE meant Other Blokes Efforts. However every year at Queen’s Birthday and early Januarry we still get the lists and with their simplistic justifications. read more…

Muguruza Too Strong For Williams

2016 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I grew up on clay, so for Spain and for me this is amazing. Hopefully next year we’ll be back. French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza

A quality final

By Roger Childs

A new grand slam champion (Photo: Christophe Ena)

A new grand slam champion (Photo: Christophe Ena)

Venezualan born Garbine Muguruza beat the defending champion 7-5, 6-4 in the French Open final. But it was no easy victory. Serena Williams contributed to a quality match which was enjoyed by the sell-out crowd at Roland Garros in Paris.

Both sets were tight and the two players moved each other from side to side in many thrilling rallies. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 22 Answers

2016 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 22 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to May 31.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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The Amazing Thelma McLean: 105 n.o.

2016 June 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What are you writing there? It’s not for the newspaper, I hope, or my obituary! Thelma

Very fond of poetry

Celebrating 104 years

Celebrating 104 years

By Graham Bathgate

Thelma McLean lives at a rest-home in Waikanae, New Zealand. She has been there for almost 6 years and is visited by her daughter, Rae, almost every day.

Thelma grew up in a family of ten siblings; poetry was a part of their education at home, in school and at Sunday School.

She can recall short poems and many lines in longer poems, a great thing for anyone to do but at Thelma’s age it’s marvellous to hear. read more…

Great Expectations At Roland Garros

2016 June 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Now Murray will face Djokovic in the final, a player he hasn’t fared too well against. In their careers, Djokovic holds a 23-10 edge, but Murray did win the last meeting between the two… Bleacher Report

Close contests in the finals?

By Roger Childs

After her 22nd grand slam

After her 22nd grand slam

The match ups for the French Tennis Open finals promise some exciting tennis. In the women’s final tonight, number one sees Serena Williams  plays Garbiñe Muguruza, while the top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will battle it out on Sunday.

The clay court tournament has had its usual upsets and surprises. For the first time in over ten years neither the incomparable Roger Federer, nor the nine times champion Rafael Nadal, were playing in the second week. Both were out with injuries.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost to up and coming Dutch woman Kiki Bertins who went on to run Serena close in the semi-finals. On the men’s side Milos Raonic lost in the second round and Kei Nishikori in the fourth. read more…

Land Of Milk And Honey

2016 June 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Land of Milk and Honey

Reflections on the All Blacks

2016 June 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… our aim for the next two weeks –  get some unity, get ourselves established with a culture again and start living our standards. All Black head coach, Steve Hansen

Into the new international season

By Roger Childs

Ma'a Nonu: a hard man to replace

Ma’a Nonu: a hard man to replace

There are three tests this month against Wales and the All Black squad is the expected mix of youth and experience. This is not a major rebuild but there are gaps to fill.

There were a number of retirements after the 2105 World Cup but some of those players were no longer in the first fifteen.

Essentially McCaw, Nonu and Conrad Smith were the front liners who needed to be replaced. However there have been a number of players groomed to slot into the spaces. Replacing what has probably been our best mid field combination ever, was the selectors biggest challenge. read more…

Not Employed, Being Educated Or Trained

2016 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The employment potential of our young people needs to be harnessed. They are, after all, New Zealand’s future leaders.

Growing numbers of “disengaged” young New Zealanders

By Kris Faafoi

Credit Trace Hodgson

Credit Trace Hodgson

Since 2004 Statistics New Zealand has measured the number of young Kiwis who were not in employment, education or training – the NEETs.

Twelve years later and we now have 87,200 young Kiwis between the ages of 15 and 24 categorised as NEETs. 23,100 more than when National took office. read more…

Memorable Memorial Day Service

2016 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We would not be here today without their bravery. US Ambassador, Mark Gilbert, pays tribute to American service people who died in times of war

Inspirational leadership

By Roger Childs

Mark and Nancy Gilbert

Mark and Nancy Gilbert (Photo Pam Childs)

Dignitaries at the memorial service (Photo Pam Childs)

Dignitaries at the memorial service (Photo Pam Childs)

Mark and Nancy Gilbert are great ambassadors for their country: the United States of America. They handle the formal occasions with appropriate decorum and dignity, and then mix easily with people of all ages.

There is no feeling that they have to rush away; they clearly enjoy the interaction with New Zealanders and are happy to pose for anyone who wants a picture. The immaculately attired Marines in their dress uniforms and medals, often feature in these photos.

Last year at the Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park, with the official duties over, Ambassador Gilbert saw one of the old Wellington trams heading back to the terminus carrying embassy Marines and Paekakariki school children.

With a shout of I want a ride on that tram! he jogged across the road and jumped on.

It was a memorable moment and enjoyed by all who witnessed it! read more…

The Spirit of Parkrun

2016 June 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The parkrun community is growing all the time – but it’s all still based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, 5km, for everyone, forever. Parkrun website

Whatever the weather

By Roger Childs

Happy parkrun finishers during the summer!

Happy parkrun finishers during the summer!

There were 17 of us at Otaihanga Domain last Saturday for parkrun. We splashed our way along the south bank of the Waikanae River in the pouring rain for 2.5km and then turned around and came back.

The familiar volunteers were there as was the competitive spirit, the determination and the camaraderie.

Parkrun started in Bushy Park, Teddington, England in 2004 with 13 runners, 3 volunteers, a stop watch and a post-race chat at a nearby café.

Today tens of thousands compete around the world in over 900 parks in 12 countries, early on Saturday morning. read more…

Germany and the Panama Papers

2016 June 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Panama Papers and the finance industry

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

(Credit: wikipedia)

(Credit: wikipedia)

In 2015 a whistle-blower gave the well-established German “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ) about 11 million E-mails, letters, fax, contracts, bills and statements from the offshore company Mossack Fonseca & Co. in Panama City.

Part owner Mr. Jürgen Mossack is a German lawyer from Nuremberg.

So it’s may not be a coincidence just the SZ was chosen from the unknown informant. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 22

2016 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 22 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Record Entry For Footsteps Event

2016 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

My legs were pretty stiff getting out of bed this morning and they went a bit numb when I was doing flag duty today! One of the US Embassy Marines commenting the day after the event.

Change of course no worries

By Roger Childs

The start of the Social grade (photo Doug Steven)

The start of the Runners grade (photo Doug Steven)

Despite heavy rain over the weekend and a change of course, the In the Footsteps of the Marines still attracted its best field ever.

The charity fun run/walk organised by the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers is now an institution on the Kapiti Coast and 222 competitors took part in the fifth event on Sunday.

An inspection of the Whareroa Farm tracks on Saturday afternoon indicated that the 2.5km zigzag trail was slippery, but useable. However there was a lot of water at the bottom of the track, and the stream competitors would have to cross, was ankle deep. read more…

Photo of the Week: The Famous Kiss

2016 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

That Kiss! Memorial Day 2016

On 14 August 1945 an American sailor kissed a woman in Times Square, New York. It was VJ Day and the Americans were celebrating the end of World War Two.

The moment was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt and was published in the next edition of LIFE magazine. It is one of the most famous photos of the 20th century.

A  large statue has been made of the embrace and it is frequently re-enacted. Today it happened after the Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park. This time the tender scene was snapped by Pam Childs.

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Posing in the classic style are Gunnery Sergeant Patrick Hammer and his wife Danica

Rewi Thompson back for KBA Coaching

2016 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

US-based coach passes on his knowledge

By Angelo Robinson

Rewi with the U15 Boys Team ((Photo by Joy Cowle)

Rewi with the U15 Boys Team ((Photo by Joy Cowle)

On 23 May at the Paraparaumu Community Gym the Kapiti Basketball Association U15 Representative Players had an amazing experience with Coach Rewi Thompson.

Rewi, who was one of New Zealand’s best Basketball players has over 20 years’ experience coaching at High Scholl level in the USA.

KBA U15 Boys Rep Coach Graham Cowle said “It was a privilege for me and the players to learn from Coach Rewi, we soaked up his advice and guidance.

You could see the players confidence grow as Coach Rewi took them through a series of drills to improve their team work and with a strong focus on defence. The timing was also perfect as we are preparing for the regional qualification tournament.” read more…

First Memorial Day Service in the World

2016 May 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. The Old Farmer’s Almanac (USA)

Coming together in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park 2015

Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park 2015

Kapiti’s association with American service people, is strong because of the three Marines camps located north of Paekakariki in 1942-3. It is also poignant because of the deaths of 10 navy personnel off the coast of Whareroa Beach in June 1943.

So it is appropriate that the Memorial Day Service in our area should be held at the Marines Memorial in Camp Russell, Queen Elizabeth Park, where there is also a tribute to the lost sailors.

As Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday in May, the local service will be tomorrow, May 30. It will take place at 10.00am sharp at the Memorial, but if it is wet the venue will be the Memorial Hall in Paekakariki.

Contributions from old and young

The service is a mix of solemnity, formality and reflection as well as music, reminiscences and good humour. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 21Answers

2016 May 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 21 in the series. If you would still like to have a go, scroll down to May 25.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

The Truth Needed on Bovine TB

2016 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The New Zealand public has been fed the lie for years that possums transmit Tb to cattle. They don’t. However the possum’s status as arch-villain has been used to justify dumping tonnes of 1080 over the landscape. FATE (Farmers Against Ten Eighty) want it to stop and to terminate TBfreeNZ.

If any cattle have TB it's not from possums

If any cattle have TB it’s not from possums

Federated Farmers challenged over Tb ‘deception’

By Roger Childs

The New Zealand-based farmers’ organisation “Farmers Against Ten-Eighty”(FATE), opposed to the use of 1080 poison, has challenged Federated Farmers NZ to explain its support for TbfreeNZ Ltd for its policy of aerially blanket spreading the poison.

Spokeswoman, Mary Molloy who with husband Lindsay, runs a dairy farm at Hari Hari said the answers by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy to questions about TB incidence in possums, from NZ First farming spokesman Richard Prosser, vindicated FATE’s opposition to the poison, but raised serious questions about Federated Farmers NZ’s stance. read more…

Budget Twist

2016 May 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Budget Twist

Business Rates Differential A Good Idea?

2016 May 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In an earlier article, Councillor Gurunathan raised the question of whether Kapiti should have a business differential in rates, like all the other councils in the Greater Wellington region. He picked up on criticism by Federated Farmers about KCDC using ratepayers money to promote economic development. (Scroll down to May 24 to see the full article.)

The following is the official Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce’s view.

 Regional Economic Development: Not just for businesses

Farmers getting a fair deal?

Farmers getting a fair deal?

The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce was encouraged by the challenge to respond to last week’s “Farmers don’t get benefits from rates” article.

Economic development is a subject that doesn’t receive the attention or airtime it deserves, and to see engagement and debate on this subject is a positive step forward for our community.

At the heart of the article was the view that farmers and other landowners do not benefit from economic development, and the argument was put forward that these activities should be funded by a rating system targeted at businesses who would directly benefit. read more…

Opportunity To Follow The Marines

2016 May 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It will be an honor to celebrate the Marines’ long-established relationship with New Zealand and to help raise funds for good causes. Marines Gunnery Sergeant Scott Boylan

In the Footsteps of the Marines on Sunday

By Roger Childs

Two Marines who ran in 2014: Scott Boylan on the left

Two Marines who ran in 2014: Scott Boylan on the left

Scott Boylan served as a Marine at the American Embassy in 2013 and was back in New Zealand on holiday in 2014.  He ran the In the Footsteps of the Marines in both years.

On Sunday 29 May 2016, over 200 walkers and runners will be taking part in the fifth running of this unique event, which roughly follows an old 1940’s Marines route march.

Writer Leon Uris was stationed at Paekakariki in 1942-43 and wrote in his novel Battle Cry about excursions into the hills, inland from the Paekakariki camps.

Sunday’s event starts and finishes at Whareroa Farm which is located north of Paekakariki, off State Highway One at Mackay’s Crossing. read more…

Writer Tina Makereti Featuring On Sunday

2016 May 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Makereti is able to take a moment and examine its reality, even as she turns it into something symbolic and transcending…she writes lyrically – lushly on a few occasions. There’s excellent, crackly dialogue, and there’s a satisfying awareness of what to leave out, as well as what to include. David Hill , reviewing Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa

Tina Makereti 1Interesting Library Friends Session

By Jennifer Ramshaw

Tina will be speaking about her writing:

~ on Sunday May 29 2:30pm

 ~ at the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Come along to hear award winning author, Tina Makereti, talk about her writing, particularly her debut novel and how her own background affects what she writes.

We are so fortunate to be able to welcome Tina. read more…

Changing the Guard at Manchester United

2016 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Louis van Gaal shown the door

By Dave Daniel

Manchester U fansWell, it’s all over for Louis van Gaal. He flew out of Manchester airport in a private jet to his house in Portugal on Monday. He had £6m in his pocket, being payment for his final year of his three season contract, which was terminated after his FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Winning the cup was never going to be enough of course. Missing out on the Champions League was the final nail in his coffin, but if Daniel Taylor of The Guardian is to be believed, there were plenty of other reasons why Louis was shown the door.

He had lost the trust of many of his senior players, they were tired of his strict training sessions, endless meetings, harsh dressing downs in front of team mates and a tactical template that went against all that United stood for. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 21

2016 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 21 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Time for Business differential in Rates ?

2016 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Civic Building

KCDC Civic Building

Federated Farmers Challenge KCDC to introduce targeted rates

By KCDC Cr K Gurunathan

Federated Farmers have opposed the way KCDC is funding economic development in the district.federated farmers

In its submission to the 2016 – 17 Annual Plan, the organisation says it’s against the use of ratepayers money — generated from council’s land-value based general rates — to fund economic development . read more…

The New Waitomo Trail Run

2016 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We recently ran an article from Leslie Clague about a new event in the Hawke’s Bay.(See May 17)  Here is another new one which was very popular too.

Something for everyone

By Gary Crilley. Photos from the event website.

Waitomo trail 1The inaugural Waitomo Trail Run was held on Saturday 30th April and it lived up to all of its pre-race hype and more.

With distances of 6km and 11km for the young, old, and toe-in-the-water trail runners, and 22km and 33km for the more seasoned weekend warrior, the race had something for everyone.

I chose the 33km ‘Super Long Course’ as it started in a cave, ran through the most spectacular landscape, and had an element of all-you-can-eat about it. And I wasn’t disappointed. read more…

Stars Present and Future

2016 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Like a football match!

By Ralph McAllister

Auckland Writers FestivalI was at a football stadium in Auckland last week. No, no I wasn’t.

It just felt like that , as I mingled with thousands, I kid you not, of book lovers at the best festival devoted to writers  I have ever attended.

The foyer in the Aotea Centre seethed with fans, queuing sometimes for over an hour to get an author’s signature or waiting to get in early to the next session.

The whole atmosphere was exhilarating without quite the violence that sometimes typifies some football events.

Why all the excitement? read more…

Biodiversity in the Wellington Region

2016 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Activities of the Regional Council

By Roger Childs

A key biodiversity area: Queen Elizabeth Park

A key biodiversity area: Queen Elizabeth Park

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has a Biodiversity Department which works on a range of projects from Wairarapa to Kapiti. The Manager, Tim Porteous, spoke at a recent meeting of Kapiti restoration groups on how the department operates.

It has three core functions:

~ to provide biodiversity advice and advocate for maintaining existing ecosystems

~ to actively manage indigenous diversity

~ to support private landowners in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity areas on their properties. read more…

Housing for the Homeless

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

lifewise-team-moira-lawler‘Housing the Homeless – Let’s Talk About What Works!’

Moira Lawlor, Lifewise Chief Executive in Auckland

There has been an outcry in the last few weeks about Auckland’s housing crisis.  The situation is serious, there is no question about that.

The lucky New Zealanders’ safely housed are awakening to the breadth and depth of a problem that leaves mothers with newborn babies sleeping in cars.

This is a systems issue that requires both a coherent long term strategy and some immediate help. read more…

Choreographic Season at the NZ School of Dance

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quality contemporary dance

Reviewed by Ann Hunt

Wellington, NZ. 19.05.2016. Choreographic Season 2016 - SCOPE at New Zealand School of Dance. Season 20 to 28 May 2016. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Photo by Stephen A’’Court

This very impressive programme is choreographed by the ten graduating students of the NewZealand School of Dance’s full-time contemporary dance programme.

It is danced by the second and third year students.

The production is a collaboration between the dance students and those of the production/stage craft students of Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School.)

It is directed with sensitivity and skill by Victoria Colombus.

You can experience this quality show:

at Te Whaea Theatre; 11 Hutchison St (off from the corner of Wallace and John Streets),  Newtown, Wellington; from 20-28 May. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 20 Answers

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 20 in the series.
  • If you would still like a go, scroll down to May18.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Brilliant Enlightenment on Adolescence

2016 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The presentation was fantastic, it was like she was talking to me. Her stories just stuck, and it was nice how she didn’t tell you how to parent but told you what was happening. Parent Emma Harty

Unravelling the teenage brain

By Roger Childs

Brainwave 2About 90 parents attended a fund raiser for the Raumati Scouts in Paraparaumu on Wednesday. One of the organisers, Carolyn Tristram, was delighted with the turnout and about $1000 was raised for the upcoming jamboree expenses for the Raumati Scouts.

If the audience was anticipating plenty of words of wisdom, Kathryn Berkett’s presentation would have their exceeded expectations.

Kathryn is from Brainwave which is an organisation that promotes understanding of how the brain functions and sets out to inform the New Zealand public on how to ensure all children grow up to achieve their full potential. read more…

Appeal For The Needy

2016 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food baq oneCity Mission challenges people to help fill Brown Paper Bags for the needy

By Alan Tristram

The Wellington City Mission has issued a challenge to the people of Greater Wellington and Kapiti: Can you raise funds or food for the annual Brown Paper Bag Appeal?

The appeal is being launched this weekend  at The Food Show in Wellington, supporting the Mission’s Foodbank and Drop-in Centre services for people in need. read more…

Housing Problem, What Housing Problem?

2016 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Stars in America

2016 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I think Adams may have almost been the difference in winning game #1 of the NBA. Oakland resident, Richard Childs

Thunder in the East

By Roger Childs

Steve Adams about to shoot for goal

Steve Adams about to shoot for goal

China invading Taiwan? Another typhoon in Japan? No just Steven Adams causing mayhem in a basketball fixture over 10,000 km east of here. It was the number one sporting event in California last Sunday, with the local favourites, the Golden State Warriors, playing the visiting Oklahoma Thunder.

It was the first match in the NBA playoffs for the Western Conference in Oakland. On the American Sunday we were actually on the phone to our son Richard, who lives in the city, and he had just got home. read more…

Kapiti Remembers the US Marines

2016 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When the First Marine Division arrived at Camp Mackay (Whareroa Farm), in mid-June 1942, the men were amazed to find a town ready and waiting for them. It had roads, streets, paths, water supply, power, sewerage, mess facilities and recreation halls – even hospital wards for the sick and a prison for the unruly. Allie Webber, Secretary of the Kapiti US Marines Trust

Two days of activity and reflection

The three camps near Paekakariki

The three camps near Paekakariki

The Kapiti Coast will be remembering the important part played by Americans servicemen in our history on Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30.

It is a reminder that more than 20,000 Marines lived for a time the Paekakariki area in 1942 and 1943 when New Zealand was in danger from the Japanese in the Pacific.

To celebrate the 74th anniversary of the arrival of American forces in New Zealand, there will be

 ~ A walk/run on an old route march

 ~ A concert featuring music from the time

 ~ A Memorial Day Service

 ~ The opening of a heritage signage trail in Whareroa Farm where Camp Mackay was located. (This will follow the Memorial Day Service.) read more…

Paraparaumu Police Search

2016 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Samuel Wilkinson

Samuel Wilkinson

Police have multiple warrants to arrest man who may be in Kapiti

Paraparaumu Police are looking for Samuel Wilkinson who has links to the Kapiti, Horowhenua and Wellington areas.

The 29-year-old has multiple warrants to arrest for failing to appear in court, as well as being required to arrest and be interviewed by Police on further matters. read more…

Life with the Patels…continued

2016 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The redoubtable Patel family of Raumati Beach

The redoubtable Patel family of Raumati Beach

Kiwi Gujaratis of Raumati Beach show how to succeed

By Alan Tristram

Why are Kiwi Indians like the Patels in the Raumati Beach Four Square shop so successful?

Popular opinion used to be that it was because Indians worked ‘all hours.’ But that’s not enough to explain why the Patels are tops with Raumati locals.

I reckon the key thing is that they aim to please. And do so. read more…

Beam placement in Waikanae

2016 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photo of the week from Howard Chamberlain

The first Expressway beam across Te Moana Road, Waikanae, being brought into place about 10 pm Sunday night 15 May, just prior to being correctly sited and lowered into position.

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Kapiti Conservation Alive and Well

2016 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Active up and down the Coast

By Roger Childs

The Wharemauku wetland

The Wharemauku wetland

There are 23 restoration and conservation groups operating from Otaki Beach to Pukerua Bay.

More than 200 volunteers are involved and if it’s translated into dollars on the minimum wage, there is up to $1,000,000 of effort put in each year.

These efforts have a major pay-off in

~  environment enhancement

~ social interaction

~ benefit to the wider community. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 20

2016 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 20 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

New Running/Walking Event A Great Success

2016 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Former Kapiti resident Leslie Clague, now living in Turangi, walked her first half marathon for 2016 in Taihape back in March. (See the March 21 story) Now it was number two for the year in Hastings. The goal was to break three and a half hours.

Launching a big event in the Hawke’s Bay

By Leslie Clague

HB Marathon 2It’s called the “Hawke’s Bay International Marathon” and it was launched last weekend. It includes runners and walkers, with the full marathon starting on Marine Parade in Napier and the half-marathon at Pakowhai Park in Hastings.

A 10-kilometer event and a children’s race are also included.

Hawke’s Bay has been known for its running and walking events for many years. This new one has major sponsors:  Air New Zealand, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty and AIA the Real Life Company.  Foundation sponsor is the combo of regional council, Hastings District and Napier City.

The event is designed basically to make money, but it also gives participants a very special track, highlighting the beauty and feel of the area. read more…

Top Basketball Coach Back In Kapiti

2016 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to work with people who are as passionate about the sport as I am.  Rewi Thompson

Rewi Thompson taking a coaching clinic

By Angelo Robinson and Roger Childs

Rewi Thompson at last year's clinic

Rewi Thompson at last year’s clinic

~ on Monday 23 May 7.00 to 8.30pm

~ at the KCDC Sportshall, Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu

Rewi was bought up in the capital and went to Wellington College. Basketball is in the blood and his parents, sister and aunt have all played and coached extensively. He played national junior and senior basketball in New Zealand before moving to New Jersey.

Rewi is back in New Zealand for a couple of weeks and is keen to pass on his expertise which has been honed by over 30 years of High School basketball coaching in the States. read more…

Science 4: Truth Needed On Aerial Poisoning

2016 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the final part of Murray Dench’s convincingly argued article on environmental science and the need for honesty over the impact of aerial poisoning. To read the earlier sections scroll down to May 10, 12 and 15. (The article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times”.)

Commissioner for the Environment not playing fair

Jan Wright: just looking at one side

Jan Wright: just looking at one side

By Murray Dench

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Jan Wright, has made numerous public statements supporting the aerial poisoning industry.

However,  not once has she called to see the contrary science nor has she alluded to its absence as being a major flaw in the science or as a threat to the environment.

For such a powerful public servant to be unaware of how true science works bodes ill-will for our environment. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Time to Apologize?

2016 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… the president’s very appearance at Hiroshima bears the hallmark of an apology, regardless of the words he utters. Historian Arthur Herman

Saying sorry

By Roger Childs

Helen Clark said sorry to the New Zealand Chinese community

Helen Clark said sorry to the New Zealand Chinese community

“Saying sorry” seems rather hollow when apologizing for horrendous crimes and deeds. However the gesture is some acknowledgment of wrong doing. To its credit, Helen Clark’s government did apologize to the Chinese community for the appalling prejudice and discrimination meted out to their forebears in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

However some countries have been reluctant to say the magic words. After Australian prime minister John Howard couldn’t bring himself to apologize to the stolen generation of Aboriginal people, Kevin Rudd did the job in 2008.

President Obama is about to become the first American president to visit Hiroshima since the atomic bomb was dropped in August 1945. So is it a good time to say sorry for killing over 100,000 innocent people? read more…

It’s A Conspiracy!

2016 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It's A Conspiracy!

Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor

2016 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

sadiq khanThe Excitements of the London Mayoral Election

By Tom Aitken in London

Let us begin by eliminating one possible misunderstanding.

The Mayor of London and the Lord Mayor of London are not the same, either as an office or in person.

The Lord Mayor of London is a ceremonial office and its fiefdom consists of the financial centre––the Bank of England, St Paul’s and so on. read more…

Prize-winning Writer for Kapiti Event

2016 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tina makeritiTina Makeriti to speak to Library friends in Paraparaumu

By Alan Tristram

Multi-talented Maori author Tina Makereti  will speak at the next Friends of Kapiti Libraries event on Sunday 29th May in Paraparaumu.

Tina is a novelist, essayist and author of short stories.

Her newest short story, ‘Black Milk’ recently won the Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2016). read more…

Science 3: Tobacco and Aerial Poison Industries

2016 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scientists working for the tobacco industry

By Murray Dench

The tobacco industry a hot-bed of biased science

The tobacco industry is a hot-bed of biased science

Scientific bias is a bad thing because it can cause great harm by slowing down our ability to realise when we are making mistakes.

There are many thousands of examples of this with a good example being the studies into cigarette smoking and its impact on human health.

“It is estimated that 17.7 million Americans died from tobacco-related causes between 1964 and 2012.” (http://www.popsci.com/article/science/100-years-smoking-studies-popular-science)

Had the tobacco industry-sponsored scientists not been biased in their work many of those folks may have lived long and productive lives. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 19 Answers

2016 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizNumber 19 in the series.

If you would still like a go, scroll down to May 11.

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

Answers below. read more…

Pressure Groups v. Corruption

2016 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

anti-tppa-march_30-march-2014_wellington-94We must support NZ groups fighting crookedness in Government agencies and Government

By Prue Hyman

Whenever I feel miserable and exasperated with New Zealand and world politics, I cheer myself up by looking at (and contributing money to) the websites and activities of the many wonderful NGOs and community groups doing great political work.

These include Amnesty, Greenpeace, Campaign against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), It’s Our Future Oxfam, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and many others. read more…

Flourishing Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group

2016 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming soon – a Mandy Hager Writing Workshop

By Pam Kessler

Award winning author Mandy Hager

Award winning author Mandy Hager

The Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group (KCWG) will be holding their latest workshop on Sunday 29 May with Mandy Hager taking the sessions.

Mandy says, “The workshop will look at the essential thinking needed to plan a satisfying story, whether a short story, chapter book or a novel. It will be a mix of discussion and writing exercises and participants need to be prepared to read a little of their work to the group. We will look at theme, character, voice and story shape.”

The group has also opened its membership to adult writers and illustrators of work for children. read more…

Good and Bad Spending on Entertainment

2016 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We are all limited in terms of how much we spend on books, theatre, music etc.. More so perhaps these days than ever before. But we do have choices. Thank goodness.

A great choice

By Ralph McAllister

Pearl FishersFor instance, I happily spent $28 to see the Met Opera’s The Pearl Fishers, the other day at Downtown.

A wonderful production with glorious singing, magical moments, even deep sea fishermen looking for pearls under water.

Brilliant duets from the three principal singers.

All in all, a sumptuous exchange for my $28. read more…

Kapiti Poet’s Success

2016 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ward, Gill Poetry Book launch 2011 006Raumati’s Gill Ward steals place in  ‘The Waiting Room’ competition

By Alan Tristram

The ‘poetess with the most-est,’ Gill Ward, of Raumati South, has won a major prize in a competition involving 160 poets from throughou New Zealand.pic of poems in the waiting room

She came second with a poem called ‘What I Forgot to Steal’ in the 2016 competition organized by a remarkable charity called ‘Poems in the Waiting Room.’

(the first prize went to Frankie McMillan, of Christchurch, with ‘My mother and great aunt laughed like trees’). read more…

Understanding the Adolescent Mind

2016 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I  think the presentation will provide valuable information that can help us be more understanding teenagers, leading to better communication and hopefully better relationships within families and within the community.  Kathryn the Brainwaves presenter is high energy with a sense of humour which makes it a fun night. Carolyn Tristram

Highly informative session guaranteed!

Brainwave 2Raumati South Scout Troop is fundraising to go to the New Zealand Scout Jamboree to be held in Blenheim in December 2016.

They are hosting a session presented by the Brainwave Trust: Unravelling the Adolescent Brain.

~ Wednesday 18 May 7.00 – 9.15pm

~ Coast Community Church

~ 57 Hinemoa St, Paraparaumu. read more…

Science 2: Burning, Banning and Bias

2016 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Professor Shaun Hendy has just released a book “Silencing Science” and he had been interviewed on television. (See http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/science-muzzled-video-6468513)

On the same theme we continue the serialisation of Murray Dench’s recent “Tasmanian Times” article  What is wrong with our Environmental Science? For Part 1 scroll down to May 10.)

Burned for telling the scientific truth

By Murray Dench

Bruno: executed for telling the truth about the universe

Giordano Bruno: executed for telling the truth about the universe

It is possible that every piece of science produced over the millennia has had some degree of bias associated with its findings, as it is a human trait to tend to find what one is looking for or to interpret observations which fit the expected results.

Bias is not a conscious decision in science, but its impact can be enhanced by the conditions under which scientists work.

A comparison between today and the 15th century may help explain this.

In the year 1600 Giordano Bruno was burned to death at the stake.

At the time the Catholic Church was all-powerful and decreed that the Sun revolved around Earth. Bruno established the fact that the Earth revolved around the Sun. read more…

Rethinking New Zealand

2016 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy hager‘Buy this book’ — help save our country !

By Mandy Hager

I know you’re probably expecting me to write about the Panama Papers and the local fallout.

But other than say I’m proud of my brother Nicky for his unfailing dedication to democracy and transparency and pleased that the mainstream media have, in this case, collaborated with him (and, obviously, that I am appalled by signs of our PMs fingerprints all over it), I thought I might just shock you by writing in a positive vein! read more…

Leading Poets Die

2016 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Ruth Gilbert

Ruth Gilbert

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Vital works by three late NZ Poets

By Gill Ward

Rachel Bush

Rachel Bush

I’ll start with some N.Z. poetry news. One of NZ poetry’s important poets, Ruth Gilbert, (real name Florence Mackay) died on April 16 th 2016 and around a week later another wonderful woman poet, Rachel Bush died. Ruth was 99 years and Rachel 75, both poets a big loss to New Zealand writing.

Ruth Gilbert began writing with her first poem when she was 12 and so her writing scanned many years. Her life was full and interesting. She received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to poetry in 2002. read more…

The Friendliness of Paper Revealed

2016 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“And then there is the smell!” Sean Vennell, Quality Print

Print needs to survive!

By Leslie Clague

A well-known communicator using print

A well-known communicator using print

This may not be quite the story for an e-paper!  However, recently I learned that if we want to be environmentally friendly, and properly retain our published treasures, paper and print will continue strongly into the future.

Friends of Turangi Library (yes, other libraries have friends beyond Kapiti) has held a night on Self-Publishing.

As a smaller community than Kapiti, it didn’t have a series of seminars on this rather hot topic of today, but a night of interest for sure. read more…

Pylon Blasting Pollution

2016 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Spotswood residents are concerned gritty material blown on to their homes and cars from the sand-blasting of power pylons could be toxic and corrosive. Kirsty McMurray Daily News New Plymouth 2011

One of our readers reports on on-going problems with blasting power pylons in the Kapiti area.

Issues over pylon blasting

Issues over pylon blasting

Unwanted pollution in Peka Peka

About 30 months ago Transpower grit blasted the pylons on our property, and all the pylons on the Haywards A&B line to Bunnythorp.

They in effect striped the galvanized skin off the pylons and spread heavy metals all over the countryside.

According to the Greater Wellington Regional Council permit they were not allowed to drop any of this stuff onto water ways – rivers, streams, creeks and swamps.

However, it seems private property does not get the same protection??? read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 19

2016 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizNumber 19 in the series.

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

Answers on Sunday. read more…

The Importance of Science to Society 1

2016 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There is concern in Tasmania that science has lost its integrity and value for the community. Across the ditch there have been jobs losses and funding cuts. What about in New Zealand?

In the first installment of a three part article, Murray Dench looks at the importance of science and how the practitioners can be frustrated. (This article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times”.)

Thinking things through

By Murray Dench

The development of mankind over millennia has shown that we have the ability to think ideas through and work things out.

A Stone Age man making a weaponThere were always some in the fledgling communities who ‘tried things out’.

~ They chipped away at stone to see if they could make a sharp edge

~  they planted seeds to see if they could grow food closer to their new habitations

~ they found ways to cure animal skins. read more…

Expressway Update: Wharemauku Changes

2016 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Residents between Poplar Avenue, Raumati Road and the Wharemauku Bridge will continue to notice a lot of activity as we form the main alignment and build a flood storage area on either side of the expressway. We have temporary walkway diversions in place and the walking track remains open at all times. NZTA May Bulletin

Bridging the flood-prone stream

A photo essay by Pam and Roger Childs

The view from the seaward side

The view from the seaward side

Today has seen a significant development by the bridge: the trail diversion has been closed and a new track now takes people under the bridge spans for the first time.

Meanwhile:

~ the northern abutment is now complete

~ a huge pile of rock fill is poised on the northern side

~ the stream diversion is being prepared for filling in

~ the old channel of the stream is being restored. read more…

The Annual Mother’s Day Clash!

2016 May 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The 5 to 8 year olds with their Mums and supporters

The 5 to 8 year olds with their Mums and supporters

The youngsters against their Mums

By Angelo Robinson. Photos by Joy Cowle

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti hold their annual Kids vs Mums games at Hoop Club on Mother’s Day.

It is always a great fun day with both the Mums and Kids all having a great time, but both all trying to win.

In fact it can get very competitive and this year was no exception, the Mums were all there out in force. read more…

Food For Thought –LABOUR PAINS

2016 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtIT’S TIME FOR LABOUR TO GO RED

By Alan Tristram

The left-of-centre parties in New Zealand will never get a new Government just by attacking National.

This is despite the stink of financial scandals and shady dealings which swirl around the Government  — think trusts, think ‘gifts’ to Saudi Arabian tycoons, think rampant unchecked housing speculation.

What is really needed is a Labour Party with strong policies to — among other things — tackle child poverty, get ordinary people into their own homes, and cut the cost of education and health care. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 18 Answers

2016 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizNumber 18 in the series.

If would still like a go, scroll down to May 4.

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

Answers below. read more…

Fascinating Film Footage: For King & Country

2016 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All New Zealand theatres showed these films. Historian, Chris Pugsley

An anthology of great war film

Story by Roger Childs. Photos from Nga Taonga’s DVD “For  King and Country”

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles in Palestine

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles in Palestine

In 2013 James Taylor from Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, began a fascinating project. It involved putting together a DVD of early New Zealand film footage with an emphasis on the country’s participation in World War One.

There were plenty of pieces of film available: 60 in the New Zealand Film Archive, Te Papa and the National Library, and 100 more from collections around the world.

The aim was to make the material accessible to a modern audience. (James Taylor) read more…

TRUST ME

2016 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Foreign Trusts

Wellington Electric Car First

2016 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

electric carGreater Wellington Regional Council begins move to electric vehicles 

 By Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has added its first fully electric car to its vehicle fleet.

The move came as Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced a package of measures to increase the use of electric vehicles in New Zealand. 

GWRC Chair Chris Laidlaw, shown in photo with a  a Nissan Leaf, says there’s increasing interest in electric vehicles across the country, and the Government’s announcement provides strong support for those considering electric vehicles. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Trumping Right Along

2016 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Knowing the gruelling nature of the primaries, what you have to go through to go on and represent your party in a general election – anyone who makes it through that deserves our respect.  British Prime Minister, David Cameron

The return of Elvis?

By Roger Childs

Leicester City did ti against the odds, maybe Donald Trump will?

Leicester City did it against the odds, maybe Donald Trump will?

Did anyone see Elvis on Monday? No? Well last August the odds given by British bookmakers on the singer being found alive as well, were the same as Leicester City winning the English Premier League. Well the Foxes have done just that, so don’t be surprised to see “The King” walking round Coastlands over the weekend.

There were probably similar 5000-1 odds on Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States in early 2017, when he threw his hat in the ring last year for the Republican nomination.

The media scoffed while the cartoonists danced and drew in delight, but surely he would be a one month wonder and vanish into the dustbin for presidential hopefuls. read more…

Cycleway Benefits Students

2016 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
SONY DSC

SONY DSC

Mazengarb link to new Expressway cycle route

Kāpiti students are among the many residents who will benefit from a cycleway and footpath which connects to the new shared cycleway/walkway running alongside the Kapiti Expressway.

The Paraparaumu College students now have a new direct access point to the Mazengarb Road shared path that starts right in front of their school.

This pathway connects to the new shared cycleway beside the Kāpiti Expressway.cyclists-section-image-cropped

It’s the first of a network of off-road links being developed by the council under the $5million Stride ‘n’ Ride programme. read more…

Bridging the Waikanae River

2016 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Three sets of spans are now in place including the ones over the water

Three sets of spans are now in place including the ones over the water

Time for the crossbeams

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

A second bridge over the Waikanae River has been needed for decades.

It is now taking shape and will be a reality by the end of the year.

Laying the huge crossbeams to link the column piers is currently taking place, in what is the biggest bridging operation on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway. read more…

Provocative Communication Causes Conflict

2016 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Members must avoid aggressive or abusive behaviour towards members of the public. Code of Conduct (CoC), statement quoted by Councillor Gurunathan (Guru), Kapiti News, April 27 2016

Cr David Scott (Credit stuff)

Cr David Scott (Credit stuff)

Waikanae affairs generate another CoC complaint

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) leads the nation in filing complaints.

The latest one is Scott v Scott: David verses Michael.

This one relates to what many regard as an offensive email from a local councillor to a Waikanae resident of long standing.

It is the outcome of the sometime bitter divisions over the future direction of Waikanae.

Various suggestions have been made on this vital subject by local business people and residents, and many have been ignored by Council. read more…

Transdev Taking Over Rail Operation

2016 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wellington network under new control

By Bruce Taylor, Kapiti based freelance rail transport writer

Paraparaumu trainThe Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has signed a contract in March 2016 with Transdev Wellington Ltd to operate trains on the Wellington Metro network for up to 15 years.

Their involvement starts on  July 1st 2016.

Transdev is a French based international private company. It has partnered with Hyundai Rotem, who will carry out maintenance of the Metro trains. The company  operates public transport in 19 countries and is the current operator of the trains on the  Auckland Metro network. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 18

2016 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizNumber 18 in the series.

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

Answers on Sunday. read more…

Kapiti Energy Co-op Warms Up

2016 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

heater oneOtaki Energy Co-op lauds benefits of night store heaters

By Alan Tristram

 The Otaki Energy Co-operative, Coastal Energy, says an efficient night storage heater is a good way to control Winter fuel costs.

And it’s offerings various types of heaters at special prices.

(Note: KIN is running this story because Coastal Energy.nz is a  non-profit local co-operative, currently run by volunteers.) read more…

Leicester Wrap Up The Premier League

2016 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone. I never expected this when I arrived. Manger Claudio Ranieri

Spurs falter to let the Foxes in

Leicester City fans in Japan

Leicester City fans in Japan

With three rounds to go, only Tottenham Hotspur could deny Leicester City their first top league title in 132 years. The Foxes picked up a point over the weekend from a draw away against Manchester United, to give them a 7 point lead.

So Spurs had to win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea to have any chance of an unlikely premiership. They took a 2-0 lead in the first half against their London rivals, but a late equalizer by Eden Hazard ended their hopes.

So Leicester are the champions, having started the season rank outsiders with odds of 5000 to 1! A few punters who showed blind faith in the East Midlands team from the start, will now be enjoying their new found wealth. read more…

In Praise Of “Coast”

2016 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coast NZ certainly outdoes any other local productions for bells and whistles. Russell Baillie, New Zealand Herald

Highly entertaining and informative

By Roger Childs

The engaging host: Neil Oliver

The engaging host: Neil Oliver

Many readers with be familiar with the British television series. It started along the coastlines of Britain, with an hour’s vignettes about sections of shore line mixing history, geography, demography, marine biology, archaeology and culture, as well as interesting occupations.

One of its biggest attractions is narrator Neil Oliver, who has a delightful Scottish accent as broad as your kitchen table. His obvious enthusiasm for the amazingly diverse aspects of coasts gives the programme a diverting appeal.

Not surprisingly the BBC started a series on sections of Australia’s lengthy and fascinating shore and now New Zealand is featuring.

You can catch it on TV1 on a Tuesday at 8.30pm read more…

SHI Boost for Raumati Straights

2016 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

raumati straights roadworksNZTA says two lanes at peak times will help commuters

The NZ Transport Agency says help is on the way for motorists frustrated by long delays on SHI in Kapiti. It will open two lanes during peak hours between Mackays Crossing and Raumati for the remainder of the upgrade works.

This is part of the next stage of the Raumati Straights Upgrade.

And Transport Agency Wellington Highways Manager, Neil Walker, says work is expected to get underway during the week beginning Monday 9 May. read more…

New Zealand Rugby Teams Make A Statement

2016 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We kind of lacked a little bit of energy and they came back like we knew that they would, so that was kind of disappointing. But the last 10, 15 we got back that form we were playing with in the first half and really got up into their faces and brought the energy again. Hurricanes winger, Corey Jane

The depth is showing

Proctor on his way to score the Hurricanes fourth try

Proctor on his way to scoring the Hurricanes fourth try

All four Kiwi teams that played over the weekend won their games.

In the expanded Super Rugby competition, New Zealand has the top three teams on points and the Highlanders are fifth.

The best South African team is the Stormers in fourth place on 29 points but the best Australian team, the Rebels, is languishing in 8th.

The gap between the New Zealand team and the rest has been exemplified by two recent Hurricanes victories away:

~ beating the top Aussie side, the Rebels, 38-13

~ thrashing the second place South African team, the Lions, 50-17. read more…

Another Great Walk On The Coast

2016 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All  aboard Winston’s Train!

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Winston's train approaching Paraparaumu

Winston’s train approaching Paraparaumu

The Peters’ Express departs week days from Waikanae at 9.00 am and fills up at Paraparaumu about 9.07.

The passengers have fifty shades of grey hair and flash their gold cards with gay abandon. It’s a free trip to the big city or, perhaps, just to Pukerua Bay.

We alighted at that stop and while some were destined for a walk in the hills on the new trail to Paekakariki, we went the other way.

For us it was a trek from Pukerua Bay to  Plimmerton, the hard way. Not the easy jaunt down the Harakeke Track, but round the rugged coastline. read more…

Golden Age of Home Ownership

2016 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Golden Age of HomeOwnership

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 17 Answers

2016 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you still want a go, scroll down to April 27.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

KBA U15 Boys In Tough Games

2016 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Solid preparation

By Angelo Robinson and Graham Cowle

Under 15 Boys team. (Photo Paula Cowle)

Under 15 Boys team. (Photo Paula Cowle)

In preparation for the Regional Qualifying Tournament Boys U15 Team took part in a tournament on Friday in Wellington.

The qualifying matches will be hosted by Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA) on Saturday the 28 May.

Over the course of the day they played four energy sapping games against high quality opposition.

The team narrowly lost (by 40-44) in the third/fourth playoff game against the Wellington Filipino Sports Association. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Misleading headline

2016 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why let the truth get in the way of a good headline? Anon

Safety calls for Kapiti track after second death. Dom Post, 29 April 2016

By Roger Childs. Photos by Doug Steven.

One of many steep flights of steps where care is needed

One of many steep flights of steps where care is needed

The Kapiti community, and people further afield, has only just come to terms with the first fatality.

Teacher Derek Bunting sadly passed away along the Te Araroa link from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay on Anzac Day. It has been the big news story in the district since then.

My reaction to the headline, like many people I imagine, was Oh no, not another one.

Initially I wondered why is this on page 5 and not a lead story? I read further and soon realised why the article was not front page news. read more…

Remembering The Bard

2016 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whether in light comedies, tragedies or histories, Shakespeare focused on human hopes, dreams, absurdities, cruelties, kindnesses, doubts: the inwardness of lives. Libby Purves, The Times

The huge influence of William Shakespeare

By Roger Childs

It is 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil: to coin a phrase. Hands up if you studied any of his plays at college and can still quote a few lines?

Shakespeare 1Feel free to pick up on one or more of these cues:

~ Friends, Romans, countrymen…

 ~ To be or not to be ….

 ~ Is this a dagger which I see …

 ~ All the world’s a stage …

 ~ Now is the winter of our discontent …

~ If music be the food of love …

No-one in the history of western literature has had a greater lasting influence. As well as his many plays and poems, he had left us hundreds of phrases and images which we use without thinking about their origin. read more…

Leicester Close In On The Title

2016 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On to premiership glory?

By football correspondent Dave Daniel

Leicester didn't need Varney last weekend

Leicester didn’t need ace striker Jamie Varney last weekend

There is only one place to be this weekend if you are following the English Premier League (EPL). Sunday afternoon, Manchester United host Leicester City in a match that could well determine the future of one manager and also the destination of the EPL title for 2016.

Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy who will be suspended after his outburst against referee Jon Moss after being sent off in the game against West Ham.

Last week a Vardyless Leicester demolished Swansea City 4-0 which heaped pressure onto Spurs who subsequently drew at home to West Bromwich, leaving the gate to glory well and truly open. read more…

A Film You Should See

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

great maidens blush posterGreat Maiden’s Blush — single mothers ‘rare and beautiful’ story

By Mandy Hager

I loved this in-depth look at the pain and turmoil that surrounded two first-time single mothers who meet in a post-natal ward.

I felt as though, in bringing these two women’s stories to life, this NZ film speaks of all women and the sacrifices made when new life is brought forth. So if you want to be wowed by something rare and beautiful, go see it! read more…

Calligraphers of Kapiti 2016

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time for change

By Pam Kessler

"Feather" by Pam Kessler

“Feather” by Pam Kessler

Calligraphers of Kapiti are beginning a new phase in their development as we have just elected a committee to manage the club.

The club began in 2001 with 8 members, fifteen years later; we now have 56 members.

With such a large membership spread out from Kapiti, to all over the North and South Island’s of New Zealand and Australia too, we felt it was time to elect a committee to ensure that our club continued to flourish, and to enable us to move forward in a positive manner.

This will be a time of change for the club, a time of opportunity, and a time to renew our focus. read more…

Fatality on the Te Araroa Track

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vistas, challenges and dangers

Vic James, Doug Steven, Jim Hammonds and Dougal Cable walked the trail in 2 and dquarter hours

Vic James, Doug Steven, Jim Hammonds and Dougal Cable, and the photographer, walked the trail in  a little over 2  hours. (Photo by Mary Hadfield)

By Roger Childs

It’s only been open a week or two and already hundreds have done the Kapiti Coast’s latest tourist attraction.

It is definitely this month’s novelty and the excellent autumn weather has brought hundreds out on to this breath-taking trail.

The 10 kilometre link between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki is an amazing feat of construction with over 400 steps, two swing bridges and plenty of narrow track.

It offers superb views of the coastline, Kapiti Island, the South Island and the Tasman Sea.

However it not for the faint-hearted and  requires a reasonable level of fitness as there are many steep climbs and flights of steps.

Sadly, on Anzac Day it claimed its first life when a man in his 60s collapsed and could not be revived.   read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 17

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 17 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

The Poppy of Peace

2016 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poppies red and white

 By John Murray

John Murray with the white peace poppy

John Murray with the white peace poppy

What colour poppy did you wear over Anzac weekend?

Red poppies are for Flanders Fields and our men who were killed there, trying to be brave for King and Country – and maybe for God too. 2016 marks 100 years since the catastrophic Battle of the Somme.

White poppies are for all the victims of all wars, soldiers and families, friend and foe. White is a prayer for an end to the folly of war.

This movement was established in 1933. It grew out of the Cooperative Women’s Congress, founded in 1883, a movement to provide social, health and suffrage services for women. read more…

Cat Out Of The Council Bag

2016 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

So where can I put plastic bags in my recycling? Go for it. Councils that will accept: Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast. Michael Forbes, Dominion Post, 20 April 2016

Red faces over plastic bags

By Roger Childs

RecyclingLate last century the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) began a recycling campaign. Residents got on board and conscientiously started separating out tins, bottles, paper and cardboard.

Then the word got out that the so-called recyclables, especially glass, were being stockpiled in Otaki and a lot of the carefully separated materials was being covered up at the Otaihanga tip.

Last week it was the Wellington City Council which was in trouble over the issue. Residents received an apology over being deceived about recycling plastic bags. Now it’s KCDC in damage control. read more…

The Dawn Parade: Anzac Day Reflections

2016 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If God is on our side, he’ll stop the next war. Bob Dylan

The community comes together

By Roger Childs

Dawn parade in Auckland

Dawn parade in Auckland

At the dawn service Kapiti people came together in front of  the local War Memorial, like hundreds of others communities around the nation.

There were the veterans of past wars; men and women in the armed forces; police and fire service personnel; adults, teenagers and younger school kids; pre-schoolers on the shoulders of supportive parents, and even a police dog who decided to join in the national anthem!

Several hundred people from all walks of life were united in showing respect for those who gave their lives in wars not of their own making. read more…

Brexit and the European Balance of Power

2016 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dangers for Britain and Europe

By our Berlin correspondent, Harald Dähne

Where with the loyalties lie?

Where with the loyalties lie?

On 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom the second referendum on membership in the European Union (EU), will take place.

First planned by Prime Minister Cameron as political strategy to counter criticism by Euro-sceptics in his own party, now dropping out of the EU (Brexit), has become an imminent danger.

It is not only a threat to the UK and its economy, but also to the EU at large. The latter is currently fundamentally challenged as a union and in its greatest crisis ever.

And a negative future development of the EU could be the most important knock‑on effect for the UK, if the Brexit scenario plays out. read more…

The Blood We Share Runs Deep

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Strangers meet

Pita Pirihi

Pita Pirihi

Stefan Tarr and Pita Pirihi had never met each other, yet they were bonded by blood.

The deeply moving stories of these men – Stefan, Pakeha, and Pita, Maori – are told in a new documentary project, The Blood We Share, from Maori Television.

Pita’s great uncle, Ngawaka Pirihi, was one of the first Maori to enlist for service in the medical corps and both men’s great grandfathers fought in the Battle of the Somme, widely regarded as one of the bloodiest battles of WW1.

“I can only imagine what my uncle went through. He went into his shell when he came home from the war and [doctors] were still taking shrapnel out of his limbs well into his fifties,” says Pita.  read more…

Hail To The Chiefs?

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Gamesmanship, errors and the ref

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes v Chiefs 2It was heralded at the Super Rugby clash of the season so far: pack leader Chiefs against the improving Hurricanes.

The crowd of over 20,000 at the Caketin was evidence that this was a highly anticipated match-up.

It lived up to expectations: eight tries, some near misses, early niggle in the forwards, plenty of individual brilliance and a fair share of controversy. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 16 Answers

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizAnzac AustraliaNumber 16 in the series, with an ANZAC theme

If you would still like a go scroll down to April 20.

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

Answers below.

 

read more…

Lest We Forget Them All

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, Lest we forget – lest we forget! From Rudyard Kipling’s Recessional

The casualties of wars

By Roger Childs

Anzac Cove where the legend began

Anzac Cove where the legend began

It will be the 100th Anzac Day on Monday. The New Zealand government decided in 1916 that it would be good for morale on the home front to remember the fallen, especially after the horrendous casualties of the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign.

Last year we had an overblown emphasis on the landings at Anzac Cove, so who and what should we be remembering on Monday?

I am currently reading Max Hastings’ superb book, Catastrophe, on the origins of World War One and the early disastrous campaigns. It covers the 1914-15 action in some detail and there are horrific accounts of the widespread executions of civilians by the Austrians in Serbia, and the Germans in Belgium and Eastern France. read more…

Jazz Concert On Memorial Day Weekend

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rodger Fox will be back in Paekakariki

By Mary Gow, Mulled Wine Concert organiser

Roger Fox 1Jazz – lovers in Kapiti will soon have a unique opportunity to hear the very best combo in New Zealand when Rodger Fox and his Jazz Ensemble come to the delightful Memorial Hall in Paekakariki on Sunday 29 May at 2.30.

Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator and arranger. He is bringing some musicians from the big band, together with special guest jazz singer Erna Ferry.

The concert is part of a now well- established Memorial Day Weekend run by the Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust, Mulled Wine Concerts and the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers Club. read more…

John Key States New Zealand’s Position

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

China Tip

A Hymn For Remembrance And Peace

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

HYMN  FOR  ANZAC  DAY 

 

Honour the dead, our country’s fighting brave,

honour our children left in foreign grave,

    where poppies blow and sorrow seeds her flowers,

    honour the crosses marked forever ours.

 

Weep for the places ravaged with our blood,

weep for the young bones buried in the mud,

    weep for the powers of violence and greed,

    weep for the deals done in the name of need.

 

Honour the brave whose conscience was their call,

answered no bugle, went against the wall,

    suffered in prisons of contempt and shame,

    branded as cowards, in our country’s name.

 

Weep for the waste of all that might have been,

weep for the cost that war has made obscene,

    weep for the homes that ache with human pain,

    weep that we ever sanction war again.

 

Honour the dream for which our nation bled,

held now in trust to justify the dead,

    honour their vision on this solemn day:

    peace known in freedom,  peace the only way.

 

 

Music: © Colin Gibson 2005     ©  Shirley Erena Murray

Tune:  ANZAC                                      2005

 

 

 

New Zealand and British Medical Systems

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Challenges ahead

 By Tom Aitken

 

Dr Nicholas Mays

Dr Nicholas Mays

The speaker at the most recent New Zealand University Graduates’ Association Buffet Supper (the first of three during the year) was Dr Nicholas Mays. He is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Mays examined the perceived need to reorient New Zealand’s health care system in order to meet the challenge of long-term conditions in a fiscally constrained environment.

How, in particular, can New Zealand continue to provide (and improve) the range of services available without incurring excessive levels of taxes and/or debt?

Much of his talk however was about comparing our system with the UK’s. read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 4

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the final part of Bill Benfield’s article on the damage being done to many rivers, because of the negligence and connivance of government and local authorities. In the third piece he wrote of the winners from changing the regulations and interfering with the natural fluvial processes. Who are the losers? (For parts one, two and three scroll down to April 10, 12 and 19.)

The wider community pays for the damage

By Bill Benfield

The damage of cross-blading

The damage of cross-blading

Ripping, cross-blading, drag lining dredging, weed spraying and raising stop banks do not come cheap under the private contracting system.

Ultimately the wider community ends up picking up the tabs as “indirect beneficiaries”, and there are various other smoke and mirror guises to get money from the wider community to continue the destruction of rivers.

Who are the losers? Ultimately the public, indeed, the whole nation. read more…

Focus On The Remembrance Of Wars

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

flanders fieldsHymn writing is not a common cause of international controversy. However Raumati’s own Shirley Murray rattled a few cages some years ago with her Hymn for Anzac Day. (More on this shortly.)

KIN is already underway with its reflections on Anzac Day. There has been a low key opening with our mid-week quiz which has an Anzac/Gallipoli  theme. (See the 20 April listing.)

However, below we have our first article, from Shirley Murray, about the hymn that upset the New Zealand establishment, but received a more enlightened response across the Tasman.

 

Anzac Hymn Causes Worldwide Controversy

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The gentle art of hymn writing?

By Shirley Erena Murray MNZM

flanders fieldsHymn-writing might seem to be an innocuous, rather private occupation.

Not so when you have touched a nerve in the national psyche. A Hymn for Anzac Day, voicing what New Zealanders might consider right for the occasion has brought forth an intriguing raft of reactions.  I have a large file of them.

They come from the Defence Department, the RSA, newspapers, church bulletins, a former Prime Minister and the Attorney General.

They come, also, from other countries – Japan, Canada and the USA, where the hymn has been seriously studied and used. read more…

Foxes Headed For Glory?

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Spurs striker has scored more goals than Aston Villa’s entire team. Alan Smith, The Guardian

Leicester on the run home

By Roger Childs

Leicaster City not in the frame at the start of the season

Leicester City not in the frame at the start of the season

No-one gave them a chance of winning world football’s toughest competition: the English Premier League.

That was back in August last year, now in April they are five points clear with four matches to play. Only Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) can head them off.

The Foxes will be without star striker Jamie Varney, for at least one match, but the team is more than one player. Spurs are clipping at their heels and while Leicester could only picked up one point last weekend, Spurs thrashed Stoke 4-0 to take maximum points and narrow the gap. read more…

Kapiti Boys Basketball Team Does Well

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Very good performances at Porirua

KBA Under 15 Boys Team (Photo by Paula Cowle)

KBA Under 15 Boys Team (Photo by Paula Cowle)

By Angelo Robinson

KBA’s Under 15 Boys Representative Basketball Team played in a Regional Representative Tournament in Porirua on Saturday 9 April, 2016.

With two wins and one loss they placed a credible third place out of six teams.

This was a great effort for the team who also looked the part in their new uniforms kindly supplied by Dominos. read more…

Changes to Kapiti Home Care Services

2016 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Access to be Kapiti Home care provider

By Jim Webber

Access healthCapital & Coast District Health Board (DHB). has contracted Access Homehealth to be the provider for home and community support services for older people in Kapiti from September 1.

At present homecare services are provided by both Access and Enliven, and the DHB announcement says that Enliven clients will transfer to Access from September 1 or earlier by mutual agreement.

“Wherever possible older people receiving service will not have a change in support worker and there will be no immediate changes to the level of support delivered.” read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 16

2016 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quizflanders fieldsNumber 16 in the series.

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

This week there is an ANZAC theme.

Answers on Sunday.

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Local Body Elections

2016 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

local body pollsOur ground rules for local body elections

By the Editors

With the local body elections due later this year, and one or two candidates already announcing their intentions, we have decided to lay down some ground rules in the interests of fairness and democracy.

In the month leading up to the election date (October 8), we will publish a 200-word manifesto from each candidate, if these are emailed to us.

We don’t intend to publish media releases from candidates before that time.

Be part of it in 2016!

Be part of it in 2016!

But Mayoral candidates are welcome to send in an election statement now or when they announce their candidacy: up to 400 words.

We have already published one.

We will, however, publish other political stories on their news merit. There will also be election background stories, such as an interview with Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth.

So if you are a candidate, please don’t send us media releases and expect to see them  published – unless you are able to provide a genuine news point.

With thanks,

The Editors

 

 

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 3

2016 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 3 of Bill Benfield’s article on the damage being done to many rivers, because of the negligence and connivance of government and local authorities. (For parts one and two scroll down to April 10 and 12.)

Damaging the food chain

By Bill Benfield

The damage of cross-blading

The damage of cross-blading

The river as a flood channel in its constrained bed offers almost no habitat for both native fish and trout.

The cross-blading and ripping make the home of the many small insects and crustaceans untenable – the food chain of both fish and wading birds is being constantly destroyed. There is similar destruction of habitat for fish, the normal cover or pools are now few and far between. read more…

Bridging the Wharemauku Stream

2016 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 We’re still using Ihakara Street to move materials and machinery to site for the construction of the Wharemauku Bridge. There are a lot of truck and trailer movements here, so please take extra care in this area. NZTA April Newsletter

Expressway tourism

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The crane in action a the Wharemauku bridge

The crane in action at the Wharemauku bridge: watchable from the track a few metres away

It’s probably been the most visible major roading project in New Zealand history. Because it passes through the middle of the built-up Kapiti Coast, people have been able to watch progress from many vantage points.

Hundreds of local folk have been  observing the workmen and women, and the heavy, and sometimes huge, machines in action, from spots like:

~ the tracks on both sides of the Waikanae River

~ at the end of Ngarara Road

~ along the track beside the Wharemauku Stream

~ the footpaths of Kapiti Road and Raumati Road

~ the new road at the east end of Leinster Avenue. read more…

Keeping Parkrun Free

2016 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 …  this decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council to set a precedent that could undermine one of our core founding principles: that there should be no barrier to participation in physical activity, however small. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of parkrun

The best things in life are free

By Roger Childs

They're off for nothing! (Photo Neill Hall, Reuters)

They’re off for nothing! (Photo Neill Hall, Reuters)

 Love and laughter, family and friends, conversation and companionship, beach walks and river trails, and parkrun. So consternation has broken out in England because the Stoke Gifford Parish Council has made the unprecedented decision to charge a fee for the local park run.

Why? Well in the words of Chairman Ernest Brown: Three hundred feet pounding the paths every Saturday morning does cause extra wear. Really??? The decision has brought worldwide criticism led by sports stars, health professionals and politicians.

There are over 1.5 million park runners in 15 countries around the world and they can participate every weekend, usually at 8.00am on a Saturday, to run or walk 5km. There were 62 taking part at Otaihanga last Saturday. read more…

Helping Street Beggars

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
City Mission workers get down to basics with a street beggar in Wellington

City Mission workers get down to basics with a street beggar in Wellington

The people doing something positive for beggars

 By Alan Tristram

Wellington’s Anglican City Mission has outlined to KIN what it is trying to do, with other groups, to deal with the human problems behind the city’s proliferating band of street beggars.

And the Kapiti Independent feels it is refreshing indeed to see social agencies actually doing something positive in contrast to others who just castigate the unfortunates forced to live rough on the streets. This at a time when so many of the affluent continue to enjoy the low tax, or tax-free, advantages of life under our National Government.

The City Mission says it’s involved in the ‘Te Mahana Strategy,’ which is is a collective effort to end homelessness in Wellington.

It says: ‘One aspect we’re proud to be involved in is a ‘Street Outreach’ initiative. read more…

‘Doggone’ Says Andy

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

dog pog

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 15 Answers

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Number 15 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to April 14.

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

~ Answers below.

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“Gatsby Tapas” Has Intriguing Appeal

2016 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tapas – small Spanish savoury dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar.

A bit of Americana in Raumati South

Review by Leslie Clague. Restaurant photos by Pam Childs
You'lll get a warm welcome at Tapas Gatsby

You’ll get a warm welcome at Gatsby Tapas

Recently I had a quick visit to Kapiti to visit some good friends and we went to dinner at Gatsby Tapas, located in Raumati South.

My friends shared that they recently discovered this restaurant, which has been open not quite a year.

It would be a fun night out of chat, wine and food.

Intrigued by the name of the restaurant, I went online and checked out the website and menu.

Tapas meals have each person selecting a variety of dishes which are then shared with the others. read more…

Don’t We All Own The Rivers?

2016 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Focused on ensuring the Government recognises and gives effect to full range of iwi rights and interests in freshwater.  Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group, July/August 2015

What we are about to lose

 By Bill Benfield, Co-Chair, Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand

We need to protect free access for all New Zealanders

We need to protect free access for all New Zealanders

Last week I had a really pleasant, though unfruitful afternoon’s fishing with some friends. We were working a mile or so of attractive water, bordered here and there with willows, sometimes over steep banks, and sometimes riffles fished from gravel beaches.

The river was running across Crown land which is currently being held as “land bank” for Treaty Settlements.

As we were putting our gear back in the car, we talked about the future of fishing in our country in the light of the impending handover of rivers to iwi. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 15

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OUR LATEST QUIZ — 

Who for instance is the New Zealander who was Ernest Shackleton’s captain in Antarctica? For 10 more questions like this, read on —

  • QuizThis is Number 15 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday!

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FLUORIDATION MOVE BACKED

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti water treatment plant on Waikanae River

Kapiti water treatment plant on Waikanae River

Kapiti Mayor welcomes fluoride handover to Health Boards

The Kāpiti Coast District Mayor, Ross Church, says he supports a Government plan to remove  decision-making on water fluoridation from councils — and hand over responsibility to  Health

Fluoridation equipment at KCDC water works

Fluoridation equipment at KCDC water works

Boards.

And the Mayor says he welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce a Bill to Parliament that, if passed into legislation, would make District Health Boards responsible for decisions about adding fluoride to drinking water supplies. read more…

The Beating of Gwen Jorgensen

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming into the race, I couldn’t see anyone who could possibly knock Gwen off the top podium spot. Commentator and former world triathlon champion, Emma Snowsill

Seemingly unbeatable

By Roger Childs

Gwen Jorgensen: the greatest woman triathlete of all time

Gwen Jorgensen: the greatest woman triathlete of all time

Triathlon is one of the hardest sports to keep winning, because it combines three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running.

There have been a few men and women who have won three or four international events on the trot, however American Gwen Jorgensen has set standards that may never be beaten.

Since Capetown in 2014 she has had 14 !!! successive first placings, with latest being in the sprint triathlon ten days ago at New Plymouth.

Over the weekend, the second elite standard distance triathlon of the year took place on the Gold Coast. Could anyone beat Speedy Gwen? read more…

Otaki Land Row

2016 April 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Otaki beach powered-camp-siteKCDC councillor says Otaki reserve being denied to residents — but resort disputes claim

By Alan Tristram

A Kapiti Coast councillor claims local residents have told him they intend taking direct action to  reclaim public use of reserve land at Otaki Beach.

But the business which uses the land, Byron’s Resort, deny there is any problem and say the authorities — the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) — can still use the land in whatever way they wish. Byrons also say they are happy to pay a lease for the land. read more…

Let’s Talk About Politics

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

mandy author at desk jan 2010Politicians say we can’t change things – but we can and must

By Mandy Hager

I think one of the most worrying trends that was revealed in my brother Nicky’s book ‘Dirty Politics’ was the revelation that a concerted strategy has been put in place by the National Party (and their ilk around the world) to disengage the public from politics.

Oh, how we roll our eyes when they bicker. How we turn away when we perceive they are lecturing us.

We laugh when we see polls that put politicians at the bottom of lists for the most trustworthy, but though we can all relate to this sentiment, the outcome is a lessening of democracy because we do not challenge what is essentially an awful truth: our politicians could well be telling lies and working against our interests. read more…

2016: Marines Walk / Run Is On Again!

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the Footsteps of the Marines retraces history

By Roger Childs

Marines in battle dress ready for training

Marines in battle dress ready for training

The hills and valleys behind Paekakariki were an ideal war training ground for US Marines in 1942-43. During this time over 15,000 Americans lived in the three camps in the area, and not surprisingly this “friendly invasion” had a huge impact on the seaside village with its population of 600.

One of those Marines was Leon Uris and in his novel Battle Cry he recounted one of the route marches in the hills. In The Footsteps Of The Marines roughly follows his description.

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the fifth running of this event on Sunday 29 May 2016. Last year more 217 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and the US ambassador’s daughter.  read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 2

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first segment, Bill Benfield used the Ashley River as an example of how the management of land beside natural waterways has changed to the detriment of the environment. (Scroll down to April 10 if you missed it.) The full article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times” on 4 April 2016.

Environmental change from human activity

By Bill Benfield

The Ashley River in better times

The Ashley River in better times

Change, not necessarily always bad, has been happening for millions of years, but what is happening now is not change from the natural events of nature, but from human activity.

The serious long-term decline came with large scale settlement, agriculture and industry.

Even in the 1870’s at the time of Provisional Government, Wellington was issuing by-laws against waste discharge into rivers.

A 1931 press report described Karori Stream as “polluted”. It is not new. read more…

Final Round Drama At Augusta

2016 April 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The agony of Jordan Spieth admitted the ecstasy of Danny Willett. Ewan Murray, The Guardian

A chequered history

By Roger Childs

Masters 2016The Masters is probably the most famous golf tournament on the planet. It is one of the world’s annual grand slams and has seen some amazing last round excitement, especially today.

However, the history of the prestigious Georgia event is steeped in nativism, racism, elitism and sexism. The first Native American was only allowed to play in 1975 and the first woman permitted to swing a club was former Secretary of State, Condolessa Rice, in 2012.  Not exactly a great advertisement for the home of the brave and the land of the free.

There are many hallowed traditions at Augusta and the commentators speak in hushed tones and  play-up the picturesque setting and the drama of tournaments gone by. The President of Augusta National behaves as if he’s the President of the United States, and stage-manages the famous winner’s green jacket ceremony with pomp and seriousness. read more…

Appropriate Inhabitants In The Public Trust

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We show respect for the building. Imelda Bargas, Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New tenants

By Roger Childs

The Public trust Building today (Photo by Bruce Taylor)

The Public Trust Building today (Photo by Bruce Taylor)

The Ornate Public Trust Building in Wellington welcomed the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (Te Manatu Taonga) in October 2015.

Built in the early years of last century, the striking edifice once housed most of the capital’s public servants.

In more recent times, it was home to Creative New Zealand and a sports medicine clinic. Not surprisingly, it was eventually declared an earthquake risk and there were moves to have the iconic building demolished. read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 1

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first of four articles, environment writer, Bill Benfield, looks at how changes in the management of rivers have been disastrous. Bill’s key example is the Ashley River in North Canterbury. (The full article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times” on 4 April 2016)

New Zealand has over the last four or five years become increasingly concerned about the state of its rivers. Although agricultural intensification really began in a big way in the early 1990’s, the consequences have not really impinged on the public psyche until recently.

More to it than dairy farming excesses

By Bill Benfield

Not the only culprit

Not the only culprit

Since then, the finger has been pointed at dirty dairy in what has become a myopically hysterical campaign claiming “90% of the problem is dirty dairy”.

In so doing, it ignores other, equally damaging elephants in the room.

Let’s look at the other elephants in the room (or river), and specifically the actual physical destruction of the river beds. read more…

‘Keep Calm, Carry On’– or Brexit

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

eu-flag-in-front-of-union-jackLooking to the Future: Britain and the European Union

By Tom Aitken in London

I was present when the New Statesman convened a distinguished panel at Church House, Westminster, to debate the issues raised by the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Would and should this result in (the year’s great inventive dialect word) BREXIT? read more…

Taxman Goes Begging

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

begging for tax

Poetry Pours Forth in Kapiti

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bornholdt, Manhire, McQueen, Turner & more at Festival Laureates’ session

edited gill wardBy Gill Ward in Raumati 

Greetings Readers and lovers of literature

Well of course I should be saying words like ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but how can I? The sun still has his (her?) hat on and is out to play. It’s still warm enough for swimming in our very accessible sea so let’s hang on to summer for a little while yet.

Once I wrote a poem titled ‘We don’t talk about the weather in our house’ – and here I am doing it! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 14 Answers

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 14 in the series. If you would still like a go scroll down to April 6.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Wharemauku Stream Track: A Short History

2016 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Of recent vintage

By Roger Childs

The Wharemauku Stream Track looking west

The Wharemauku Stream Track looking west

This is a short history, because the track has only existed since the late 20th century. When we came to Raumati Beach in the mid 1960s, there was no trail along the stream through to Rimu Road and Coastlands. In fact, there was no Coastlands, and Rimu Road had not been joined up.

The land along the stream from Raumati to Paraparaumu was scrubby farmland with patches of swamp, and on the seaward side of the present Wharemauku Bridge construction there was a wooden bridge which the farmer used to move his cattle from one side to the other.

The controversy over the possible renaming of the present track has raised some myths and legends about the area and its history which need clarifying. read more…

Animal Cruelty Expose Worked

2016 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

calves crueltySAFE campaign shocked NZ, but finally got Govt. action

By Hans Kriek, executive director SAFE

At the end of last year, an exposé by SAFE and Farmwatch of the mistreatment of bobby calves shocked the nation.

The exposé showed calves being removed from their mothers shortly after birth, left in cages on the roadside for many hours without any food, thrown on trucks and brutalised and bashed to death at a slaughterhouse. read more…

Easter Uprising 100 Years Ago

2016 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You cannot conquer Ireland, you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. Irish rebel leader, Padraig Pearse

An extraordinary event

By Roger Childs

Easter Rebellion 3On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, a small group of Irish Volunteers started an unlikely and unexpected rebellion in Dublin. Few Irish people supported the uprising and the British Army quickly crushed it.

However, the events which unfolded, ranging from the comical and bizarre to the destructive and brutal, would change the course of Ireland’s history.

The Easter Rebellion was the culmination of centuries of Irish-English enmity and an outcome of bitter divisions between various groups in the early 20th century, grappling with the issues of the political future of Ireland.

At the time, most Irish and English people saw the uprising as an exercise in treachery and futility, but, in the words of one of the leaders, James Connolly: Never had man or woman a grander cause, never was a cause more grandly served. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 12 Answers

2016 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 12 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to March 23.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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