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All Blacks Mix of Experience And Youth

2015 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We have to go out and earn it. Head coach Steve Hansen speaking of the upcoming World Cup

A squad to do New Zealand proud

By Roger Childs

ABs hakaIt’s just 20 days to the opening match in London, and the three All Black selectors have chosen their 31 players. It is a strong squad which blends a wealth of experience with some exciting younger players. There is only one big surprise, but inevitably there are the fortunate and the unlucky.

Amongst the lucky ones are Slade, Williams and Messam. Naholo and Faumuina needed to prove their fitness and have been given the nod. Desperately unlucky are Piutau and Sopoaga. read more…

Tree Protection Slashed

2015 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

trees-removingKapiti Council Cuts Tree Protection numbers from 14,000 to under 1400

Tree protections eased, trimming rules simplified in radical changes

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has radically changed its rules on tree protection – slashing the number of trees under protection orders by more than 12,000.

It’s also cutting much of the red tape around tree trimming — and abolishing charges for tree resource consents.

Mayor Ross Church says: “ This gives people much greater freedom in trimming these protected trees, without the need for resource consent.” read more…

Getting the Best Care Workers

2015 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wendy HustonKapiti Trust selects staff with high ethical standards

By Wendy Huston, CEO Kapiti Retirement Trust

I was recently asked what the characteristics are that a person needs to have to work successfully with the very frail elderly.

The Trust’s Mission Statement sums these up:

  • Preserve Dignity
  • Promote Independence
  • Provide Choice.

If all these elements become part of how someone works in aged care then they will be successful at what they do.  It’s something all our staff, but particularly our care staff, work relentlessly to achieve. read more…

Discover Kapiti’s Heritage

2015 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

anthony talk poosterFilms, tours and talks reveal Coast’s amazing history

By Alan Tristram

The Discover Kapiti Heritage group are launching a major series of  film shows, tours and talks for the public to bring the Kapiti Coast’s history to life.

The programme marks Heritage Month in September. read more…

CYF Report in Full

2015 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cyf report

Great Session With Steve Adams

2015 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Successful Basketball Camp with New Zealand’s biggest star

By Angelo Robinson

Steve Adams Camp 2014New Zealand’s own NBA player Steven Adams returned home to host three basketball training camps in Tauranga, Wellington and Nelson.

The Steve Adams Wellington Camp was held on Sunday 23 August at the ASB Arena in Wellington. The Camp was open to all players aged 7 to 17 years of age who were looking for an introduction to the sport and for those wanting to further develop their basketball skills.

The Camp was a huge success with about 300 kids attending. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Anthems With Meaning

2015 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageThe Diamonds belted out Advance Australia Fair with triumphant gusto at the prize-giving for the recent World Netball Championships. Before rugby test matches the Springboks sing their national anthem with nationalistic pride, and for the coach it is always an emotional experience.

Similarly Welsh and French teams put plenty of patriotic fervour into their renditions of Land of My Fathers and La Marseillaise respectively.

What are the common factors accounting for the pride in singing these national anthems? The music is stirring and the words have meaning with references to people, land and history. read more…

Hail To The Sports Champions!

2015 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwi women on top of the world or close

By Roger Childs

Our best ever woman swimmer Lauren Boyle

Our best ever woman swimmer Lauren Boyle

In the last week, two New Zealand women have beaten the world’s best. Lisa Carrington picked up two gold medals in the World Canoe Racing Championships and Lydia Ko won the Canadian Golf Open for the third time. Furthermore, Valerie Adams would have probably picked up gold in the shot put in the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing but for injury.

Earlier in the month, Lauren Boyle grabbed two silver medals in a world swimming meet and the Silver Ferns came very close to winning the World Netball Championships. Then last Sunday Andrea Hewitt was third in the International triathlon in Stockholm.

New Zealand women certainly put us on the world sports map. read more…

Paraparaumu Home Invaded

2015 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KAPITI POLICE STATIONPolice question pair over violent attack on woman at home

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Police have released details of a serious home invasion at Paraparaumu Beach just before daybreak today.

The police  say that at 5.51am they were called to an address in Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti, where a female occupant at the address woke to find an unknown man standing in her bedroom. read more…

“A Little Life” for the Booker?

2015 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 It is a tale which is brilliantly delineated, profoundly moving and desperately upsetting.

I’ve picked one before!

By Ralph McAllister

A little Life 3Perhaps a little early but, crowing ever so slightly, I do remember predicting that The Luminaries would win the Man Booker, quite some time before it was even long listed.

This new prediction may be not quite so risky.

Having said that you might wonder why a novel which is over 700 pages long and has as its central theme abuse, abuse and more abuse, why one would suggest that A Little Life by American Japanese author, Hanya Yanagihura, will win this year’s top literary prize.

Read on. read more…

Kapiti Basketball: Open Day & Father’s Day Events

2015 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The games were all fun, but did get quite competitive with both the Kids and the Dads all wanting to win. Angelo Robinson on last year’s Father’s day sessions

Happenings at the Paraparaumu College gym

 By Jacqui Shearman

Hoop Club 1On Sunday 30 August the Wellington Sport & Cultural Group is coming up to Kapiti to play across all age groups.

This is going to be a really fun day of basketball and people will be able to see the depth of our programme – from 5 year olds right through to adults.

Then a week later it’s the much anticipated annual Father’s Day clashes! read more…

Waikanae Wins Town Award

2015 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waikanae from_Hemi_Matenga_Park,_WaikanaeWaikanae judged NZ’s most beautiful large town

By Alan Tristram

Waikanae is the winner of this year’s ‘Beautiful Towns and Cities Award’ for the most beautiful large town with a population of between 5,000 and 20,000.

The award comes from the Keep NZ Beautiful programme.

Kapiti Coast Mayor Ross Church says Waikanae is a very special place to live.

He says: ‘The award’s wonderful for Waikanae and the town is thoroughly deserving.’ read more…

Give Priority To Social Justice

2015 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Russell Marshall

Russell Marshall

Party differences

By Russell Marshall

Our two major political parties are of very long standing. Labour will mark its centenary next year and National  will be 80.

Historically Labour has seen itself as existing primarily to look after and do justice to employees, though there has also always been an element of intellectually driven egalitarianism.   read more…

Chinatown And Possum Eradication 3: Ecosystem Poisoning

2015 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

For the first two articles, scroll down to August 10 and 18.

Battle for the Birds” is killing birds

By Bill Benfield

The rock wren: a probable casualty of 1080

The rock wren: a probable casualty of 1080

Although “Battle for the Birds” yielded DoC a lot of money, the real impact was largely in the forests and unseen. Included in the massive poisoning programme were hundreds of square kilometres of previously unspoiled wilderness, such as Kahurangi National Park.

As before and after operation monitoring does not seem to be a DoC priority, there is no complete picture of the damage other than the claim that native birds including kiwi are declining due to the “predators” that DoC claim to be selectively poisoning with aerial 1080.

But other bits of information come out, or in the case of the rock wren, obtained by a freedom of information request. Here in the Grange Range of the Kahurangi Park, 25 rare and endangered rock wren “disappeared”. read more…

Nursing Through The Wars

2015 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The book tells of the struggle to have a military nursing service established and the ensuing misfortunes and achievements of the nurses … Sherayl McNabb

A fascinating story of one hundred years of nursing

New Zealand nurses in Egypt in 1915

New Zealand nurses in Egypt in 1915

The Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (RNZNC) dates back to 1915 and from that time nurses have served in two world wars, on battle fields from Vietnam to Afghanistan and assisted in natural disasters.

The role of women in wartime has often been under-estimated and Sherayl McNabb’s detailed volume 100 Years NEW ZEALAND MILITARY NURSING will help right the balance.

Sherayl spoke recently at Linton Camp about her book. read more…

‘If You’re a Poet…Let’s Know It’

2015 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

poetryTake a stanz for Poetry Day

By Alan Tristram

Wordsmiths in Kāpiti will mark National Poetry Day at the Paraparaumu Library this week by sharing their latest stanzas.
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is hosting an open mic poetry reading on Friday, 28 August, to celebrate National Poetry Day and also mark the end of the libraries’ third annual poetry contest – ‘If You’re a Poet We Want to Know It.’ read more…

Canberra Scandals

2015 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Tempers rise over same-sex marriages

By Julia Meek in  Melbourne

Tying the knot in different ways

Canberra Airport's Gay Rainbow statement

Canberra Airport’s Gay Rainbow statement

There is one subject that is attracting much interest from the public and the media… namely that of same-sex marriage.

As Parliament re-assembled in the capital after the recess, the Airport was lit by rainbow lights!

It so happens the Canberra Airport’s owners and operators, the Snow family, have among them a gay younger member, Tom Snow, who recently returned from his wedding to partner Brooke Home in New Zealand .

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Polls: Key and Abbott

2015 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageThe recent poll which has the Nats and Key soaring ahead defies explanation. Citizens on both sides of the Tasman have embarrassing governments.

However, while JK basks in the sun his Tory mate, Tony Abbott, rates poorly with most of the Aussie people.

You almost have to dig underground to find the Australian PM’s poll ratings. Abbott has made a fool of himself in recent months over paying boat traffickers, make false claims about wind farms and opposing same-sex marriage. However, the Opposition leader Bill Shorten, is hopelessly compromised politically for taking bribes from big companies when he was a union boss in Victoria, so both men are despised by the media and the public.

Meanwhile Key has made an idiot of himself over demeaning ATTP opponents, hair pulling and serial dishonesty.

What will it take for JK to start sliding down the greasy political pole? Tony Scott suggested that mistaking a horse’s tail for a pony tail might knock him out for a while and a video clip of him strangling the family cat could do it. But seriously, it’s time New Zealanders woke up to the fact that we have an incompetent, dishonest and undemocratic government.

Health and Safety

2015 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Keep Yourself Safe

KCDC Acts on Climate Change

2015 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Paraparaumu College students Maddie Adams and Holly Green, Cr Holborow, Cr Gaylor, Labour MP Megan Woods and Council’s Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants Manager Dave Bassett (shows woodfire boiler that dries sewage sludge )

Paraparaumu College students Maddie Adams and Holly Green, Cr Holborow, Cr Gaylor, Labour MP Megan Woods at Kapiti Cc Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant. Manager Dave Bassett points to woodfire boiler which dries sewage sludge.

Labour’s climate expert sees Kapiti Council climate an d conservation work

By Alan Tristram

Labour’s Spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change, Megan Woods, has praised the KCDC for its climate change efforts after touring council projects this week.

The Council showcased several activities to tackle climate change, conserve water and help the environment. read more…

National Gets Up

2015 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

national logoLatest poll show National surging ahead again

Support for National jumped 7.5% to 50.5% in August, says the latest Roy Morgan poll.

National is now well ahead of a potential Labour/Greens alliance; Labour Greens are on 38% (down 7%) . read more…

Progress On The Expressway

2015 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first of two articles, we look at how the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway is proceeding. The second article will critically examine whether this massive transport development is good for the nation generally and the Kapiti District in particular.

Rapidly becoming a reality

Story by Roger Childs. Photos by Ian Linning, except where stated otherwise

The Expressway reality

The Expressway reality?

In two years time, through traffic will be quickly flowing through Kapiti and no longer clogging local roads. The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway will be the first of the National Government’s Roads of National Significance to be completed.

Inevitably the construction process has been disruptive, however even long time detractors of the project acknowledge that the NZTA public relations have been good. There has been plenty of information available and the monthly updates in the local papers and online plus letterbox drops, have kept the public well informed. Furthermore the employees who control the traffic and access have been polite and efficient. read more…

Kiwi Inspired Library Survives Cyclone Pam

2015 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The school is badly hit by the hurricane, 5 teachers have lost their houses … all the corridors [walkways] are down, the library doors are blown away, I can only estimate 20% damage. We have dried up some books, most of the wet books are picture books. Madam Josephine, teacher in charge of the Tafea College library

Devastation for Vanuatu

By Roger Childs with information from Pauline and Gary Graham

A boy called Samuel kicks a ball as his father Phillip searches through the ruins of their home which was destroyed by Cyclone Pam in Port VilaIn early March 2015 300kph winds, torrential rain and storm surges wreaked havoc across the 80 islands of Vanuatu. Houses have been devastated, crops destroyed, power lost and roads damaged. However, the greatest damage from Tropical Cyclone Pam was on the southern volcanic island of Tanna.

This is where Tafea College is located and it was in the cyclone’s path. How the school fared was of great concern for a New Zealand couple living in the Marlborough Sounds. They were particularly worried about people they knew at the school and the library.

The library brings together some interesting connections: college staff and pupils, the Australian government, Samson Nalau, Kiwis Pauline and Gary Graham, Koromiko School, Marlborough, and the wider Marlborough community. read more…

Editorial: Gandhi on TPPA ?

2015 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our Quotation of the Year

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Gross Anti-TPPA Tirade

2015 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
CTU Sec. Sam Huggard

CTU Sec. Sam Huggard

‘Government slagging TPPA opponents proves its arguments are weak’

By Alan Tristram

“The continuous slagging and belittling of opponents of the TPPA, describing them as dupes and anti-trade, shows just how weak the Government’s arguments are,” says CTU National Secretary, Sam Huggard.

He has been commenting on recent statements by the Prime Minister John Key and Trade Minister Tim Groser. read more…

Chinatown And Possum Eradication 2: A False Crisis

2015 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first of three articles, Bill Benfield summarised the manufactured water crisis in Los Angeles from the film “Chinatown” and related it to Gareth Morgan’s “Million Dollar Mouse” project. (Scroll down to August 10.)

Manufacturing a false crisis

By Bill Benfield

TB free NZThe activities of what was the New Zealand Animal Health Board (AHB) and now TB Free are more in the classic mould of making a false crisis.

To maintain a vast possum eradication industry, this organisation both deliberately maintains a level of Tb in New Zealand cattle herds and falsely demonises possum as a carrier of the disease.

On the first count, it has been common knowledge for years that the tests used to isolate the disease in cattle are at best crude. read more…

Kapiti Drone Warning

2015 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

X4-ES-ultra-portable-cfmount-full21000KCDC warns drone users about flying rules

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has warned drone users they can’t fly their un-piloted aircraft in key areas of the district.

But it says it doesn’t see any need to make special bylaws covering the operation of  unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPAs) in public spaces. read more…

Wonderful Waikanae Students

2015 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanae school kidsWaikanae School children provide coffee and cakes for commuters

By Peter Corlett

After a three week focus on kindness, Year 7-8 students from Room 15 at Waikanae School put into practice what they had been learning.

As part of their classroom programme the class had discussed what they thought kindness meant, how it could be shown in class, at home and in the community. read more…

UK Labour Leadership Battle

2015 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

11-Jeremy-Corbyn-Alamy ‘Mr Corbyn, I believe.’

‘No you don’t. Only I do that.’

By Tom Aitken in London

It appears that the next cataclysmic disaster to hit Britain will be the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party.

  “Who he?’ do I hear you cry? read more…

Greetings to Poetry Community !

2015 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gill Ward 011‘Poetry seeds’ to be planted in cafes, marking Poetry Month

By Gill Ward

Greeting Poetry Community – August is a poetry month! And Friday, August 28, is National Poetry day.

I will be putting little bowls of ‘poetry seeds’ in a few cafes. These are small poems printed on fancy paper (with a white back) which will be folded into little ‘parcels’ for people to take home. read more…

Key to Saudi Sheep Farming

2015 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

saidi sheep

Children at risk deserve better

2015 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board candidate 2013. Deborah Morris-Travers.It is a great pleasure for KIN to welcome a new columnist: Deborah Morris-Travers.

Deborah started working with UNICEF NZ in October 2013.  She has a degree in political science and a Masters of International Relations; has been a Member of Parliament and was New Zealand’s youngest ever Minister of the Crown. For the past 11 years she has been advocating for children through building partnerships and campaigns, commissioning and overseeing research projects, bringing children’s voices to the fore, and pursuing a wide range of advocacy activity aimed at drawing attention to the issues impacting on child wellbeing.  Deborah is a member of the Paraparaumu – Raumati Community Board and has a keen interest in how we build a society that effectively support families to do their best for children. She is the mother of two small children. 

 Assessing the risks of child abuse

By Deborah Morris-Travers

child abuseIn recent weeks there’s been some media interest in the government’s work to develop a Predictive Risk Model, to assess a family’s circumstances and predict whether or not a child is at risk of abuse.

The model draws on a raft of evidence about the circumstances that put children at risk – and for that reason it may become an important tool for those working with families. But there are also some risks that need to be managed, so that particular ethnic or socio-economic groups are not unfairly targeted. read more…

New Zealand Journalism Under Scrutiny

2015 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The metropolitan dailies are very uncomfortably stuck between their online platforms and their printed papers. Kevin Milne

Packed house for the media dissection

By Roger Childs

Credit: Massey University

Credit: Massey University

A crowd of over 200 packed the Paraparaumu Turf Community Room on Friday night to hear media experts expound on The State Of New Zealand Journalism. The public meeting was organised by the local Labour Party and chaired with wit and good humour by Rob McCann. Journalism was broadly defined to include papers, radio, television and online platforms.

It was an entertaining session with each speaker talking for up to ten minutes. A great range of opinions were expressed, but there was a consensus that journalism has changed dramatically over the years, especially with the advent of digital technology, and that quality had often had been sacrificed in the interests of ratings and profits. read more…

All Black Comeback?

2015 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More intensity, aggression, purpose and better execution will be demanded from the All Blacks. Liam Napier, Dom Post, 14 August 2015

A must win test

By Roger Childs

All Blacks v AustraliaIt’s just over a month to the opening game of the World Cup and two days later New Zealand plays Argentina. The latter had an impressive win against the Springboks in Durban last weekend, whereas the All Blacks had a disappointing loss in Sydney.

There are plenty of reasons for the home team to win well against the Wallabies tomorrow, especially

~ to keep the Bledisloe Cup in the cupboard

~ to lift morale in this last hit-out before London. read more…

More Kiwis Oppose Trade Pact

2015 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Medicine - Whether You Want It Or Not (1)100,000 + Kiwis say no to the TPPA!

By Alan Tristram
The Action Station campaign group says 100,000 people have now taken some form of action – both on and offline –  to try and stop New Zealand from signing on to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

It says hundreds of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Māori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

read more…

Mandy Hager Honoured

2015 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Kapiti Coast author wins another top award

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti writer Mandy Hager’s book Singing Home the Whale has won this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award at the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Mandy Hager, a long-time columnist for the Kapiti Independent, tells the story of Will, a teenager, and Min, a young orca that gets separated from his pod.

The book was praised by judging panel convenor Bob Docherty as relevant, timeless and extraordinarily powerful. read more…

The State Of Journalism In New Zealand

2015 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public meeting on Friday night

By Roger Childs

Media 1There have many concerns expressed in recent times about the nature and quality of journalism in our country.

These include issues such as foreign ownership, challenges to press freedom, insufficient investigative research, political bias, the influence of advertisers, the overuse of press statements and the heavy reliance on articles from overseas sources.

 On Friday 14th August, 7:00pm at the Kapiti Sports Turf Community Room there will be a Public Meeting on the current media scene chaired by Rob McCann. read more…

Capital Connection Maintenance Programme

2015 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ensuring the safety of the continuing service

By Bruce Taylor, freelance writer on rail transport

Capital Connection OtakiKiwiRail has given further details of the programme for the maintenance and repair of the “Capital Connection” carriages.

This follows the company’s decision in late June 2015 to continue operating the Palmerston North to Wellington commuter train service for another three years.

“KiwiRail has maintenance programmes in place to assess our rolling-stock, identify what work is needed, and determine when it needs to be undertaken”. David Miller, KiwiRail spokesperson, explained recently. read more…

Napier Survivor – Althaea’s Story 6: Reconstruction

2015 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away in June 2015 at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. This is the final episode in her account of the 1931 earthquake. (To see parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 scroll down to July 6. 10, 22, 27 and August 7.)

Back in Napier: cleaning up and returning to normal

By Althaea Sheppard

Downtown Napier mid 1931 as seen from Bluff Hill

Downtown Napier mid 1931 as seen from Bluff Hill

Althaea returned to Napier in late March 1931. The family home had been very well built and remained largely intact. However the effects of the earthquake were considerable. Althaea’s father and mother set about making the place liveable again.

Two chimneys broke off at roof level and their weight sent them through the corrugated iron, so a lot of bricks landed in the house itself. Everything that was moveable moved. The very heavy piano shot right across the room.

My mother had the most beautiful china and when my father came back from working, because men if you remember were to return to work or to help, he took one horrified look. read more…

World Class Kiwi Sportswomen

2015 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Classy performances

By Roger Childs

Lydia Ko, number two woman golfer in the world

Lydia Ko, number two woman golfer in the world

Two weeks ago Lydia Ko came third in the British Golf Open. This was a performance you would expect from the world number two and but for two bunker shots in the final round she might have been in the playoff for the title.

Then on Sunday the Silver Ferns at the World Netball Championships did what the All Blacks couldn’t do: they beat the Australians in Sydney 52-47. Meanwhile Kiwi long-distance swimming star Lauren Boyle won two silver medals in the Kazan World Championships and ultra-distance swimmer Kim Chambers became the first woman to complete a marathon swim in the cold waters off the coast near San Francisco. read more…

Chinatown And Possum Eradication 1: Water And Mice

2015 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Classic Polanski movie about creating a crisis

By Bill Benfield

Chinatown 1It was a movie I’d seen long ago. Chinatown starred Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. They were probably then at their best. It was directed by Roman Polanski, beautifully scripted and beautifully shot.

A few weeks ago we had the chance to see it again. Once more, I was almost spell bound by how a detective thriller can be, in the hands of a master, a work of sheer artistry. Where years ago, the story line seemed far-fetched, at this viewing, it became more sharply focused as an essay in deception and malfeasance. read more…

Get Into Action Against TPPA

2015 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The TPPA is nothing more than a power grab by overseas corporates, and delegates should actively campaign against it. Democrats for Social Credit Party leader Stephnie de Ruyter

“We can still rattle its pillars”

By Roger Childs

TPPThe good news is that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement talks broke down recently; the bad news is that our government remains committed to signing a deal. There is always something sinister about discussions taking place in secret with corporations heavily involved.

KIN has long been opposed to New Zealand signing up to a trans-national agreement that would threatens our sovereignty and bring no obvious social and economic benefits. (Scroll down to see the August 2 article: TPPA Is Everybody’s Business)

It is great to see the significant raising of public awareness nationwide in recent weeks. Even the mainstream media is asking serious questions.

We are now three days into a nationwide week of action and as Waikanae’s Dr Viola Palmer says The TPPA is not signed yet. In a concerted action we can still rattle its pillars. read more…

Levin Stabbing & Robbery

2015 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

Police arrest man for aggravated robbery at Mobil service station

Thje Levin Police say that ‘thanks to the swift actions of officers, and information from the public ,a 21-year-old Levin man has been arrested in relation to the Levin Mobil Service Station aggravated robbery yesterday (9 August) morning.

The man was found after Police received information that he was at an address in Levin about 1am today.

Officer’s went to the property and located the man and the clothing from the incident. read more…

Australia Has One Hand On The Bledisloe

2015 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It came down to one or two crucial moments and the Wallabies took their chances. All Black captain, Richie McCaw

Close match but Australia deserving winners 27-19

By Roger Childs

The Wallabies celebrate a rare win

The Wallabies celebrate a rare win

The Sydney test did not start well for the All Blacks. The Wallabies out-sang them in the national anthems, the kick-off was not secured, the first scrum saw the visitors pushed back and then David Pocock secured two turnovers in as many minutes. However, the All Blacks had the better of the first half, but couldn’t turn half-chances into tries.

The second half brought all five tries with three to the Wallabies from excellent individual efforts. Aaron Smith and Dan Carter made crucial mistakes and a number of other All Blacks were off the pace. The selectors will need to put the best possible combination on the field for the Bledisloe Cup decider next week. read more…

Youth Stabs Levin Mobil Worker

2015 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cctv_2Police want public’s help to identify offender

Police investigating an aggravated robbery in the early hours of this morning at the Levin Mobil Service Station on Oxford Street need the public’s help to identify the offender.

At about 4:30am a person, who made efforts to cover his (or possibly her) face, entered the service station and stabbed the male attendant with what is believed to be a knife at least three times — in the head, face, and arm.

The offender then demanded cigarettes, stole an unknown amount, and left the scene.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing and had a white, bandanna-type, cloth covering his face. read more…

Food for Thought

2015 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-image

Modesty can be a win-win in sport

Alan Tristram in Sydney

As Australians wring their hands, and bow their heads, over the performance of their cricketers, it is hard to pluck up much sympathy for a side that resorts to sledging when they think things are going their way.

The great thing about true sportsmanship is that one can hold one’s head high even in defeat.

On the other hand, if you’re a braggard and a sledger, you’ll suffer like all bullies do when they finally meet their match.

But whatever the outcome, I think the rugby Bledisloe Cup players — in the yellow and green, and black jerseys can teach many Aussie cricketers a thing or two about the real meaning of sport.

 

Ōtaki Gorge Road Closed

2015 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Blue Bluff 2 - 7 Aug 2015Dangerous banks force prolonged closing of local road

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast Council says Ōtaki Gorge Road at Blue Bluff will remain closed from four to six weeks due to on-going stability issues on the banks alongside the road.

It says the closure will allow an investigation and remedial work to be carried out.

The road was closed four days ago after a ‘dropout’ occurred on the lower bank at Blue Bluff.

Debris is also falling off the top bank in this area where several slips have occurred recently. read more…

The Ashes Beckon For England

2015 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 At one stage it looked on that England could win match and series inside two days, but they’ll have to settle for three. Nick Millar The Guardian

 On the brink of a series win

Kiwi born ben Stokes celebrates another  wicket in Australia's second innings

Kiwi born Ben Stokes celebrates another wicket in Australia’s second innings

After only two days of the fourth test in Nottingham, England are just 3 wickets away from another resounding victory, and the recovery of the Ashes. It’s been another amazing match: the third test was almost completed in two of the scheduled five days at Trent Bridge. And but for bad light stopping play, the English fans could have been celebrating before the weekend.

The first day brought the unheard of spectacle of a strong Australian batting line-up being bundled out for 60! Stuart Broad’s figures of 8 for 15 are amongst the best of all time. Then England cruised rapidly to 274 for 4 with the in-form Joe Root scoring 124 not out. read more…

Presidential hopefuls for a distant election

2015 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thursday’s Republican primary debate nabbed a huge 24 million viewers Thursday, ranking as the most-watched primary debate ever. Gary Levin,  USA Today

A very lengthy selection process

By Roger Childs

The rich Republican men vying for attention

The rich Republican men vying for attention

The Republicans are lining up in the States but hey when is the election: later this year, early next year? No it’s in November 2016 and the new president won’t assume office until early 2017.

Around the world, people have great difficulty understanding the United States going through its interminable presidential process of candidacy announcements, television debates, boring advertising, raising millions for their war-chests, state primaries, conventions, and then a lengthy election campaign.

However, as Gary Levin notes above, the American public love it! read more…

Fonterra’s Woes

2015 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Queens of the Wild Fonterra

Napier Survivor – Althaea’s Story 5: Evacuation and Auckland

2015 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away in June 2015 at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. This is her account of the 1931 earthquake. (To see parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 scroll down to July 6. 10, 22 and 27.)

Evacuation to Palmerston North

By Althaea Sheppard

A massive clearance and rebuild was needed

A massive clearance and rebuild was needed

Within a few days the plan was set in motion to evacuate most women and children, and men not involved in the clean up, demolition and rebuilding. This was imperative because of the problems of providing essential supplies in the heavily damaged towns of Napier and Hastings and the obvious public health risks.

People from across the country rallied round with offers of assistance and accommodation. For the refugees from Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North was a key transit centre.

I don’t know how the message got out to the rest of New Zealand that help was needed to evacuate Napier but help arrived from everywhere. read more…

Australian Speaker Resigns

2015 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bronwyn Bishop is technically still federal Speaker and still getting paid the generous $341,000 Speaker’s salary. Adam Gartrell Sydney Morning Herald August 6

Big spending Bronwyn out of a job?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

(Credit andrewfyfe.com.au)

(Credit andrewfyfe.com.au)

On Monday August 3, Bronwyn Bishop, Liberal party stalwart , resigned as Speaker for Parliament, after revelations that she had indulged in “grandiose use” of taxpayer-funded travel perks over a considerable period of time.

A recent much-publicized incident was her decision to hire a $5000 private helicopter to fly from Melbourne to a Liberal fundraiser in Geelong, photos of which appeared in the press.

There have been many such occasions recently, which have initiated calls for her resignation, but these she has stubbornly dismissed. read more…

A Hiroshima Survivor Speaks

2015 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN is obliged to John Murray for  suggesting ideas for this article and for providing the key source: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Quarterly. Setsuko Thurlo’s “A Long Journey” first appeared in the July 2015 edition and we gratefully acknowledge being able to use extracts from her story and SGI.

August 6: destroying a beautiful city

The Hiroshima stoery as told by Seretsu

The Hiroshima story as told by Setsuko Thurlo (Credit Carlos Osario, Toronto Star.)

… a town of dreams, a place of fun… … extremely beautiful city… … a very graceful place… …encompassed the best of traditional culture… Survivors views of Hiroshima before August 6

The Americans developed the atomic bomb at their secret Los Alamos base in New Mexico. They wanted to build and detónate the weapon before the Russians developed their own nuclear technology. 200,000 people had worked on it for 4 years, at a cost of over $2 billion. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 6: Remember Hiroshima

2015 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hiroshima_childIt is probably the worst single atrocity in human history. A bold claim, but what can match the instant killing of 80,000 people with one weapon? The dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima 70 years ago today, was a calculated move by the Americans to demonstrate their military superiority to the Russians. And four days later they did it again over Nagasaki. read more…

Adam Goodes, Australian Football Star

2015 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nasty racism

From Julia Meek in Melbourne

Adam Goodes star Rules player

Adam Goodes star Rules player

A story that has made headlines lately concerns Adam Goodes, star Australian Rules footballer for the Sydney Swans. He is an Aboriginal man and has sometimes celebrated goals by performing a mini war-dance and throwing an imaginary spear. Recently there has been loud booing from the crowd accompanied by rude racial taunts.

This has disgusted many people as Adam Goodes is one of Australia’s top sportsmen, has twice won the coveted Brownlow medal for sport and last year was nominated Australian of the Year. Last week, Goodes asked not to play in two matches, while controversy has raged. Today, Goodes returned for a training session, much cheered by fans.

Some correspondents to the Press have commented quietly, that no one has objected to the All Blacks performing the haka prior to games.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 5: Name and Shame Athletes

2015 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Long history of cheating

Kiwi middle distance runner Nick Willis moved up  to  a silver medal at the 2008 when original second place-getter tested positive

Kiwi middle distance runner Nick Willis gained a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics when original medallist tested positive

The seemingly endless race between chemists, dopers and anti-doping bodies goes on, but at least now we know the potential scale of the problem. Richard Williams, The Guardian 5 August 2015

The revelations about hundreds of athletes testing positive for drugs in recent years, sadly comes as no surprise. Our own Nick Willis says that the druggies are well known but the biggest frustration is when he misses out on qualifying for a final and has to watch some cheats compete for the medals.

Using drugs to cheat in sport has a long history dating back to the ancient Olympics. In more recent times sports such as cycling, cross country skiing, weightlifting, swimming and athletics have had a well established “tradition” of using performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping. read more…

Killing Patients Is Wrong

2015 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At the time of the Lecretia Seales case we published two stories supporting the right to die. (See May 31 and June 8.) Today Don Mathieson QC puts the case against legalising euthanasia.

In the Lecretia Seales case the judge ruled that parliament would need to  change the law

In the Lecretia Seales case the judge ruled that parliament would need to change the law

Simplifying a complicated issue

By Don Mathieson

People who support the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia usually present the issue in a simplistic and misleading way. They typically picture a person who is in full command of his or her mental facilities, who is suffering unbearable pain and who should be allowed to have medical assistance to exit life.

Choice is always good. Everyone, it is said, should be able to die when desired, and have the right to ask a doctor to help them.

This has considerable appeal to those who do not think hard and who rely on mere gut feeling. read more…

Ballet Dancer to Calligrapher

2015 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_9174 (1)Well-known artist works with Kapiti Calligaphers

By Pam Kessler 

The past few weeks have seen flu viruses circling, and pouncing on the unsuspecting, and I wondered whom amongst us has been strong enough to keep working and shrug off the bugs?

I lighted upon our stalwart full-time professional artist, Philip Markham and was delighted when he agreed to be my featured calligrapher. Philip lives on the Kapiti Coast and has been a member of the Calligraphers of Kapiti since 2010. read more…

Secret Bridesmaids Business – Review

2015 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 “Secret Bridesmaids Business” is playing at Kapiti Playhouse, Ruahine St, Paraparaumu until August 9

Sydney setting for the night before the wedding

By Ann Hunt

Australian playwright Elizabeth Coleman

Australian playwright Elizabeth Coleman

Secret Bridesmaid’s Business by Australian playwright Elizabeth Coleman, (who incidentally scripted the popular Phryne Fisher mysteries for television,) is a stylish, well-acted and fast paced production directed by Margaret Brown.

Set in a Sydney hotel room on the night before the Big Wedding, the bride Meg is holed up for a night of fun with her two bridesmaids, Lucy and Angela and her fussy, but loving mother, Colleen.

However, the comedy turns a little custardy when a secret is revealed that quickly becomes the elephant in the room.

The well-written script gently satirises the obsession with wedding perfection, has believable characters and crisp, real dialogue. It is helped enormously by the close rapport between the three friends. read more…

The State Of NZ Media

2015 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Layout 1There have many concerns expressed in recent times about the nature and quality of journalism in our country. These include issues such as foreign ownership, challenges to press freedom, insufficient investigative research, political bias, the influence of advertisers, the overuse of press statements and the heavy reliance on articles from overseas sources.

 On Friday 14th August, 7:00pm at the Kapiti Sports Turf Community Room there will be a Public Meeting on ‘The state of journalism in New Zealand’ chaired by Rob McCann. read more…

Graeme Lay’s Two New Worlds

2015 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mistaken identity

By Roger Childs

Author Graeme Lay

Auckland author Graeme Lay (Credit The Listener)

My wife went to school with Graeme Lay and we were fellow students at Victoria University. So we have followed his literary career with interest.

Graeme recently launched the final book in his trilogy on the great British explorer: “Captain Cook’s New World”.

Ana Samways in The New Zealand Herald reported on an amusing experience which followed.

Graeme was shopping at the Devonport supermarket and the checkout girl said brightly: I saw your photo and a picture of your book in the Auckland Writers’ Festival programme and I couldn’t help wondering: why did you write about our supermarket? read more…

TPPA Is Everybody’s Business

2015 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Under the Investor States Disputes Settlement (ISDS), foreign investors can sue a nation with which their own country has such treaty arrangements over any rules, regulations or changes in policy that they say harm their financial interests. Howard Meyerson, Washington Post

Beware the corporations!

By Roger Childs

TPPThe TPP talks have been going on for many months, in secret. The Pacific Rim discussions which involve New Zealand and eleven other countries, are part of trade negotiations going on around the world, led by the Americans and the European Union. However, key drivers of the process are the thousands of ubiquitous corporations.

At the TTP and TFTA (involving Africa), negotiations the US delegations have had more than 600 corporate advisers. European negotiators also have business representatives advising them. Counterpunch estimates that these advisers represent about 75,000 corporations and subsidiaries.

So while the public in all the participating nations has been kept in the dark, hundreds of multi-national consultants have been looking over the shoulders of the negotiators.

Whether agreement will be reached is debatable. The good news is that talks in Hawaii have broken down and probably won’t resume until November. read more…

England 2-1 Up In The Ashes

2015 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s time the captain got off the plane and turned up. Australian cricket captain, Michael Clarke, after his team’s loss in the third test

An unpredictable series

By Roger Childs

Captains Alistair Cook and Michael Clarke pose with The Ashes trophy

Captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke pose with The Ashes trophy

The Ashes” is the traditional name for the cricket matches between England and Australia. In the last series held in 2013-14 the holders, England, were humiliated down under getting beaten 5-0. They were lucky to get nil.

Arriving in England this year the Aussies were confident of retaining The Ashes, but were well beaten in the first test. Then they bounced back to thrash the English in the second match at Lords by 405 runs! One English fan emailed a relation in New Zealand saying normal service has been resumed.

But wait, the tables have turned again with England’s comprehensive 8 wicket third test victory in less than three days. What will happen next? read more…

Taking Our TPPA Medicine

2015 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Medicine - Whether You Want It Or Not (1)

UNICEF’s Work With Syrian Refugees

2015 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Everyone has scars. Vivien Maidaborn

 The huge challenges in Lebanon

Story by Roger Childs based on the observations of UNICEF’s Vivien Maidaborn

Playtime for a Syrian girl in a refugee settlement in Lebanon

Playtime for a Syrian girl in a refugee settlement in Lebanon (Credit UNICEF)

Lebanon has a similar size population to New Zealand: 4.8 million. But then add 1.2 million refugees. Most of the latter have poured across the border from Syria ever since the civil war began in early 2011.

UNICEF is a key player in helping these displaced people, most of whom live in dilapidated shelters close to open pits and polluted streams.

New Zealand UNICEF Executive Director Vivien Maidaborn recently visited Lebanon to see for herself the challenges aid agencies face in trying to help the Syrian refugees. read more…

Environment Watch

2015 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
 Focus on the ecosystem
ForestKIN is pleased to announce a new weekly series which will put the spotlight on environmental issues. These may be local, national or international. On the global scale, we’ll look at major ecosystem problems such as the
 ~ pollution of the oceans
 ~ destruction of the rain forests
 ~ wiping out of endangered species
 ~ melting of the Arctic ice cap.

read more…

Assessing Post-Cyclone Progress in Vanuatu

2015 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Every child wanted a UNICEF backpack! Vivien Maidaborn

 UNICEF follows up the battering from Cyclone Pam

Story by Roger Childs based on the observations of UNICEF’s Vivien Maidaborn

Vanatu damage 1Back in March 300kph winds, torrential rain and storm surges wreaked havoc across the 80 islands of Vanuatu.

Houses were devastated, crops destroyed, water supplies polluted, power lost and roads damaged.

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) leapt into action with clear priorities:

The volcanic island of Tanna

The volcanic island of Tanna

~ providing clean water

~ immunizing against measles

~ organising shelter and safety for families

~ getting kids back to school.

New Zealand UNICEF Executive Director Vivien Maidaborn recently visited the island nation to assess the progress made by the organization and other aid agencies. read more…

Wellington: Capital Place 150 Years On

2015 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Absolutely, Positively Wellington!

A central political site thanks to the Aussies

By Roger Childs

Wellington harbourIt all seems so logical today that Wellington should be the nation’s seat of government with its central location, spacious sheltered harbour, hub for domestic air traffic and convenient ferry links with the South Island.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and historians and journalists frequently indulge. Back in the mid 1860s it was by no means certain that the small settlement of 7000 people, 15,000 chickens and 5 donkeys would make a desirable capital. read more…

Froome Makes It Two Tour Wins

2015 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s your yellow jersey as much as mine. Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, thanking his Sky team

Another British win

By Roger Childs

Chris Froome: simply the best

Chris Froome: simply the best

After three weeks of riding 3660km in a little over 84 hours, Chris Froome celebrated his second Tour de France win in Paris. The Kenyan born Englishman took a decisive lead on the first mountain stage from Gap to Sainte-Jean-de-Marienne and never looked back.

His main threat was ace climber Nairo Quintana and although the Columbian reduced Froome’s lead by over 2 minutes on the final climb up the legendary L’Alpe D’Huez, the Englishman was able to ride on to the Champs-Elysées with a 1 minute 12 seconds buffer. This completed Britain’s third win in the grueling race in four years. read more…

Kapiti Cycleway Underway

2015 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

qe-park-18 (1)KCDC’s update on key projects

By Alan Tristram 

The Kapiti Coast District Council’s latest update on key projects says work on the long-awaited Paekakariki/Raumati cycleway link is at last underway.

The KCDC says:

Work underway on Queen Elizabeth Park cycleway

  • Construction on the new cycleway in Queen Elizabeth Park is under way.
  • The new cycleway will link into Kāpiti Coast District Council’s cycle and pedestrian network, ensuring a safe connection between the Raumati South and Paekakariki communities for commuters and recreational cyclists.
  • For more information contact Greater Wellington Regional Council.

read more…

Napier Survivor – Althaea’s Story 4: Safe On The Hill

2015 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away in June 2015 at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. This is her account of the 1931 earthquake. (To see parts 1, 2 and 3 scroll down to July 6. 10 and 22.)

Sleeping out under the stars

By Althaea Sheppard

The shattered city as seen from Bluff Hill

The shattered city as seen from Bluff Hill

Because of the devastation to houses and the fear that aftershocks might cause further damage, the Balquhidder folk decided it would be best to spend the night outside.

It was a very bright moonlit night, people arranged themselves in families and we eventually got down onto the mattresses. I don’t think anybody slept. There seemed be constant moving of the earth and the creaking noises when little tremors occurred and horrible screeching of windows that strained when there were big ones. Somehow we got through the night with nervous laughter and I guess some silent prayer.

There were 27 people. A near neighbour had a croquet lawn and a lot of people congregated there. My father decided that the weather could turn and he arranged for a tent we had to be erected and somebody else had one too. I really felt much safer with nothing above my head at all! read more…

All Blacks Win Another Thriller

2015 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A fantastic Test match with both sides giving it absolutely everything, but New Zealand found that way to win again. supersport.com

 A very close match

By Roger Childs

ABs v SA 2In the cauldron of Ellis Park Johannesburg, it was a case of outlasting the Springboks.

Over 60,000 South African fans were anticipating another famous victory over the old rivals.

With 20 minutes to go, New Zealand lost Whitelock to the sin bin. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 4: Public ownership

2015 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageThe Mt Eden Correctional Facility debacle is another example of the failure of privatization. Selling off or contracting out government run enterprises has often proved embarrassing and in the cases of the BNZ, Air New Zealand and NZ Railways the taxpayer had to pick up the pieces.

Entrusting New Zealand’s most notorious prison to the foreign multi-national Serco has been a predictable disaster and the revelations of gang violence, bullying, rape, extortion and corruption have exposed appalling incompetence and mismanagement.

The Northland charter school debacle also highlights the pitfalls of private ownership using taxpayer money. Te Pumanawa o te Wairua has received a damning audit report detailing failure to follow staffing procedures, poor financial management, inadequate discipline and low student achievement. The Education Ministry advised the minister to close it, however Hekia Parata has decided to keep it open and throw it another $129,000!

These two conspicuous failures send a strong message: that prisons and schools are best run by the state.

London Bomb Victim Remembered

2015 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

prue's nieceHonouring the life of Miriam Hyman — 10 years on

By Prue Hyman

My cousin Miriam Hyman died in the London bombings of July 7,2005, just ten years ago.

The bus on which she was travelling was blown up by one of four suicide bombers who attacked London’s transport network that day. read more…

A struggle worth the time and effort

2015 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Among the best questions literature has to offer English readers in the second half of this decade is whether the gifted Mr. Knausgaard can, in his final two volumes, drive this vital series home. Dwight Garner, The New York Times

 Plenty of pages on the trivialities of life

By Ralph McAllister

Knausgaard 5 At the end of my review, published in May, of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Boyhood Island: My Struggle, I questioned whether I would read the other three volumes of this vast autobiographical venture.

After all here was an author, still in his forties, having the audacity to presume we would be interested in the trivia of his and others’ lives. read more…

Kapiti Councillors Kept In The Dark

2015 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kapiti-ride-11Alice in Wonderland world of the KCDC Speed Limits

By Alan Tristram

A truly extraordinary  ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story has been revealed on the Kapiti Coast as revelations emerge about the district’s ‘secret’ speed limits fiasco — with the Mayor and Council officials keeping elected Councillors in the dark.

The convoluted story begins when the KCDC was late in renewing its speed limit bylaw because of a legal “grey area”, which left local roads technically without council speed limits since 2012.

Internal Affairs told Kapiti Coast District Council to ‘maintain confidentiality’ till a solution was found.

Ross Church outside his car business

Ross Church outside his car businessfound.

And so not even elected councillors were told by Mayor Ross Church, who knows a thing or two about fast cars in his former life as a classic car dealer. read more…

Julie Leibich Short-Listed For Book Award

2015 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The book is a conversation. It is an intimate book that reaches out. Julie Leibrich

“Sanctuary” makes the cut

By Roger Childs

SanctuaryRaumati South author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health as well as children’s stories and poetry. Her latest book Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder was launched at Unity Books in mid April and has received excellent reviews. (For KIN’s perspective, scroll down to April 18.)

Not surprisingly, “Sanctuary” is a finalist in the Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards organised by the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust. There are 11 in the running and according to the press release, include works by a former methamphetamine addict, a university professor, a monk, two vicars, a documentary film maker and a mental health commissioner (Julie). read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 3: Arts Spending

2015 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Editorial Viewpoint

Buy Kapiti’s best art

food-for-thought-imageThe sacking of Jackie Elliott from the Public Art Panel has drawn plenty of criticism. The process may not have been well handled, however a key reason for replacing Cr Elliott with Church ally Mike Cardiff was performance. Cr Elliott recently criticised the proposed spending on upgrading McLean Park, but her group did not used any of its allocated budget over the last 12 months.

Kapiti has one of the best Arts Trails in the country and we have many artists, sculptors, photographers and potters of national renown.

Why doesn’t the Public Art Panel use the unspent $54,000 to purchase a number of works from the best of our art and craft community to display in the libraries, council chambers and other public buildings?

Outrage Over Live Sheep Trade

2015 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

nadaPublic must pressure ‘morally bankrupt’ MPI to stop live shipments, says SAFE

The ‘expected ‘444 deaths

By Hans Kriek, Exec Director SAFE  (Save All Animals from Exploitation)

The recent export of over 45,000 sheep and 3000 dairy cows to Mexico has been an unmitigated animal

Otaki MP Nathan Guy, who is Primary Industries Minister

Otaki MP Nathan Guy, who is Primary Industries Minister

welfare disaster, yet somehow was hailed as a success by the exporter and the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI).

(Otaki MP Nathan Guy is the Minister for Primary Industry and is an advocate for the animal trade to Mexico)

The animals were transported by boat on a journey that took 16 days. MPI reported that; “nothing unexpected happened” with regards to the welfare of the animals, just the deaths of 444 sheep. read more…

Napier Survivor – Althaea’s Story 3: Post-quake Organisation

2015 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away in June 2015 at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. This is her story of the 1931 earthquake. (To see parts 1 and 2 scroll down to July 6 and 10.)

Survival depended on cooperation

By Althaea Sheppard

Althaea Woodhouse in 1931

Althaea Woodhouse in 1931

For the Woodhouse family, their neighbours and the other citizens of Napier who survived, the immediate concerns were safe shelter and getting food and water. There was a tremendous spirit of cooperation.

People rallied round and used their skills, resources and initiative in the battle for survival.

No-one moved from their family groups in Balquhidder Road. Men are rather wonderful I think. As soon as a few men arrived they began to see that we were going to need food and we would need shelter. But the shelter wasn’t really organised until the next day.
read more…

1080 Blackmail Investigation: Need To Target All Suspects

2015 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Several possible motives

Story from Laurie Collins

Laurie Collins from the West Coast

Laurie Collins from the West Coast

A recreational hunting advocacy has called on police to target all avenues of possible suspects in tracking down the culprit responsible for the blackmail threat to contaminate baby formula with 1080.

Laurie Collins of Hector on the West Coast said identifying the culprit in the 1080 blackmail, in which baby food powder was reportedly laced with industrial strength 1080, would be a challenge to police since there were several possible motives.

He said it was understandable that hunters should be angry about 1080 as not only deer, but anything living from insects to birds and animals were poisoned and killed or left with sub-lethal doses that made creatures sick and incapable of breeding. read more…

Self Poisoning New Zealand 5: Cruel 1080

2015 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Conservationalist and writer Tony Orman concludes his series on self-inflicted damage to the New Zealand ecosystem. (To view the other articles scroll down to July 7, 10, 13 and 17.)

Dying in agony

By Tony Orman

1080 pure cruelty1080 is a cruel unethical poison as it is non-selective and takes 24 to 48 hours or more to kill an animal. Dogs go through agony in dying from 1080 poison. So do wild deer and farm stock such as horses, cattle and sheep.

The most bizarre aspect to all this, is that 1080 is a direct affront to the claim of clean and green used to promote exports. The potential is that markets are likely to ban New Zealand exports if the country’s 1080 practices reach foreign shores.

One pet food manufacturer using possum meat, had export orders to Japan abruptly stopped because of disclosure on TV of New Zealand’s mass 1080 poison programme.

Tiny New Zealand uses over 90 percent of the world’s manufactured 1080 poison. read more…

Local Cafe Supports The Foodbank

2015 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

MARINE PARADE EATERYBy Roger Childs

Hats off to the Marine Parade Eatery for their coffee for a can campaign. On Thursday you could bring in a can of food for the Foodbank and be rewarded with a cup of their excellent coffee.

It’s a win-win scenario, as it helps a good cause and gets new customers through the café door. In buying food to go with the beverage, they put money in the till and are likely to come back again.

We arrived about 10.00am and the place was humming with standing room only. It’s an idea that other cafes in Kapiti could well take up; everyone would benefit and especially the Foodbank.

 

Cr ‘Saddened’ by Mayor’s Move

2015 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

jackie-Jack-election-2Cr Elliott says her sacking shows Mayor Church is ‘out of his depth’

By Alan Tristram

 

Kapiti Coast District Councillor Jackie Elliott says her dismissal from the Public Art Panel shows Mayor Ross Church is ‘out of his depth.’

(the Mayor’s views are given in the story below)

Cr Elliott says in her detailed statement to KIN :

“I am saddened by the Mayor’s move. read more…

Kapiti Mayor Defends Sacking

2015 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Church says he’s ‘happy with decision’ as three Crs allege bullying

By Alan Tristram

 

Kapiti’s Mayor Ross Church has replied to KIN regarding our story quoting councillors who allege he bullied Cr Jackie Elliott by organising her sacking from the Public Art Panel.

Mayor Church says:

‘I am very happy with the decision made by the council, on my recommendation, to remove Cr Elliott from the panel for non-performance.

‘I spoke to all panel members before making my recommendation, and have been in touch with them since.

‘The panel is looking forward to now being able to make a significant contribution under new leadership with a fresh approach.’

 

 

KCDC ‘Bullying’ Alleged

2015 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 jackie Jack election 2Crs deplore ‘bullying’ of Jackie Elliott in sacking from Arts Panel

By Alan Tristram

Two Kapiti Councillors are accusing other Councillors of ‘bullying’ Cr Jackie Elliott, by summarily sacking her from the Public Art Panel.

By a narrow vote (five to four, including Mayor Church’s vote), the Kapiti Coast District Council at its latest meeting has voted to dismiss Cr Elliott from the panel.

But Cr K Gurunathan (Guru) Gurusays : ‘The only conclusion that one can come to was that this has been another display of brute political power to teach Cr Elliot a lesson by attempting to publicly humiliate her in response to her recent filing of Code of Conduct complaints against two councillors.’

david scottAnd Councillor David Scott says this is a blatant case of bullying and lays the blame squarely on Mayor Ross Church. read more…

Chinese Whispers

2015 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Chinese Whispers (2)

Kapiti Lights Anti-TPPA Protest

2015 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_2726Kapiti Coast protesters get commuters’ support in demo against Govt’s secret trade deal

By Alan Tristram ; photos by Helen Tristram

Protesters from the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua got hundreds of supporting toots from motorists as they demonstrated early this evening against the Government’s secret TPPA trade deal.

They warned passers-by the Trans Pacific Trade Deal would:

  • Make medicines more expensive (by undermining Pharmac)
  • Let foreign investors challenge NZ laws
  • Over-ride the Treat of Waitangi
  • Push Kiwi jobs overseas
  • Prevent limits on fracking, mining and drilling

read more…

Move to Burst Housing Bubble

2015 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Deidre Kent, of Otaki, New Economics Party Co-Leader

Deidre Kent, of Otaki,
New Economics Party Co-Leader

New Economics Party calls for tax on foreign buyers

By Alan Tristram

In a move to burst the housing bubble, the New Economics Party says overseas house buyers should be made to pay a full land rental and in the meantime pay a stamp duty.

Co-leader Deirdre Kent, of Otaki, says: “The Auckland housing bubble, exacerbated by a flood of capital from China, is actually a tax issue. It exposes the illogicality of our tax system.

“The only way to stop the price of land going up is to stop people making profit from rising land prices,” she says. read more…

The Self-Poisoning Of NZ 4: Blame The Possums

2015 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Frustrated scientists head off shore

By Tony Orman

Deer: regarded by many as an exotic pest

Deer: regarded by many as an exotic pest

Dr Graeme Caughley’s path was to follow that of Thane Riney’s. After a similarly frustrating time with the wild animal haters/exterminators, Dr Caughley headed overseas and eventually became chief research scientist and Acting Chief CSIRO, Division of Wildlife Ecology, Canberra, Australia. Dr Caughley was the author of over 130 scientific papers, articles and books – a prodigious output.

This “anti-exotic animal phobia” as Dr Graf termed it (and as was encountered by both Thane Riney and Dr Caughley) is still prevalent today within the Department of Conservation – the department with the responsibility for assessing wild animal situations and for spreading poisons. read more…

Froome takes charge in the mountains

2015 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s part of the game, isn’t it? If he does well [on Tuesday], the rest of the Tour it’s ‘How do you know he’s not doping?’ Team Sky’s Sir Dave Brailsford

In the lead and facing drug accusations

By Roger Childs

Comfortably in yellow: Chris Froome

Comfortably in yellow: Chris Froome

Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France and tested negative for drugs 19 times. After comfortably winning the grueling Mt Ventoux climb that year, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was amongst those to cast aspersions. In response to the drugs accusations and comparisons with Armstrong, Froome said: Lance cheated. I’m not cheating. End of story.

Armstrong is at it again: Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? This followed Froome’s storming win on the first Pyrennes mountain stage when he rode away from the field on the final climb to extend his lead to over two and a half minutes. The whole issue has be amplified by the suggestion that hackers are trying get hold of Froome’s performance data to show that the tour leader is getting some chemical assistance. read more…

Kapiti TPPA Demo Planned

2015 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 CDr Palmer invites locals to join protest at Kapiti Lights

By Alan Tristram

Well-known Kapiti GP Dr Viola Palmer is inviting local people to join a protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Dr Palmer, a leading member of Kapiti TPPA Concern, says the secret agreement would make medicines more costly and destroy vital NZ democratic rights.

She says: “We are going to  hold a demonstration tomorrow (17 July) at the Kapiti Lights , corner Kapiti Rd and SH1, from 4 to 6pm. We invite all who are concerned for NZ’s future to join us in this anti TPPA/pro-democracy  event!” read more…

Kapiti Basketballer Jacinta Beckley From Seattle

2015 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jacinta has worked hard, had a focused goal and now her dream is coming true. She has worked hard on and off the court. She has made sure that the basketball challenges were being met and also the strict academic standards that must be achieved before any player can be considered for a US university scholarship. Jacinta has ticked all the boxes. KBA Head Coach, Angelo Robinson, March 2014

Adjusting to Seattle and the joys of travelling

By Jacinta Beckley

Jacinta in action for the Seattle Redhawks

Jacinta in action for the Seattle Redhawks

Getting a scholarship and moving to the States (in the second half of 2014) has been a very challenging time.

Going over early was a great idea as it gave me time to settle in and get to know the systems, the people and get used to the food and climate. Leaving home is hard enough but missing family, friends and my favourite foods was just the beginning!

We trained multiple times a day every day. During off season we had individuals, weights, conditioning and open gym. During season we have three hour team practices, weights and conditioning. read more…

Murder, Rugby Mayhem and NZ Identity!

2015 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Mid 1950’s Christchuch: A proving ground for NZ’s independence?

56-third-test-bekker-and-skinner521By Tom Aitken, a New Zealander living in London

It may be because the 1950’s coincided with my teenage years that I have been inclined to see that as a significant decade in New Zealand’s movement towards independence as a nation.

It depends what you mean by ‘independence’. After all, it wasn’t until about 1970 that Kiwi cinema audiences ceased to be required to stand for God Save the Queen before ‘the big picture’ (as opposed to ‘the shorts’) was screened… read more…

Native American Marine Pays His Respects in Kapiti

2015 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I hope that my new grandson will never ever have to go to war. Saginaw Grant

A man of many parts

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe’s a television and film actor, a dancer and a motivational speaker from the state of Iowa. Amongst other films, he appeared in The World’s Fastest Indian: the story of Invercargill motor cyclist Bert Munro.

Saginaw Grant also served in the US Marine Corps with the United Nations forces during the Korean War of the early 1950s. In New Zealand on a cultural exchange, he visited the Queen Elizabeth Park Memorial last Monday to pay his respects to fellow Marines.

He was welcomed by the Kapiti US Marines Trust and local iwi, to the area where thousands of Marines lived and trained in 1942-43 read more…

Kapiti Art Budget Neglected, says Cr

2015 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

jackie elliottCr Elliott slates KCDC spending for playground while neglecting public art

The Chair of Kapiti’s Public Arts Panel, Cr Jackie Elliott, says she is dismayed that the total budget for a park upgrade at Paraparaumu Beach, $105,000, is more than twice the annual budget for acquiring new public art in Kapiti.

The playground upgrade includes a life-size purpose built aluminium boat and trailer amongst other equipment in a $90,000 package from one supplier. read more…

The Self-Poisoning Of NZ 3: Anti-exotic Phobia

2015 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They do not know what (exotic) animals are capable of doing and what they are incapable of doing in the way of ruining forests or how to measure the effects that animals do have. American biologist Thane Riney on the incompetence of official botanist policy makers

Dislike of exotic wild animals

By Tony Orman

Deer: regarded by many as an exotic pest

Deer: regarded by many as an exotic pest

Why does New Zealand have a hatred of “introduced” species? It’s all very selective. Humans are introduced, so are cows and sheep and other farm animals. But wild animals seem fair game!

In 1958, Dr William Graf, a Californian Professor of Zoology, arrived in New Zealand to study the wild deer situation as Hawaii was considering introducing deer for sport. Conflicting information about New Zealand “pest” deer herds prompted the Hawaiian Board of Agriculture to send the scientist to study the situation first-hand.

William Graf viewed the New Zealand scene often in the company of departmental officers. In his report following the visit, Dr Graf wrote that there existed in New Zealand an “anti-exotic animal phobia, to an extent that much of the public as well as many government officials do not and cannot view the situation from an objective perspective.” read more…

Raumati Baby Death Case

2015 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Porirua District Court

Porirua District Court

Un-named 31-year-old man to get pyschiatric test

before next Court hearing

A man charged with assaulting a six-month-old baby girl who died after suffering severe head injuries at Raumati Beach, will be psychiatrically assessed before his next Court appearance in September.
The man, aged 31, appeared twice in the Porirua District Court last week.
Judge Jan Kelly said she “somewhat reluctantly” continued an order suppressing the man’s name. The baby’s name was also suppressed. read more…

Carnage As Le Tour Rolls On

2015 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the jersey standings Froome maintained yellow, Teklehaimanot kept the polka dots and Sagan’s fourth-placed finish helped him grab green from Greipel. Lawrence Ostlere, Guardian correspondent on the jersey holders after Stage 8

 Intense competition and casualties

By Roger Childs

A pile up on Stage 6

A pile up on Stage 6

The first week of the Tour de France finishes tomorrow with a 28km team time trial in Brittany. The focus then shifts from the flatness and undulations of northern France to the mountains far to the south in the Pyrénées. The competition is fierce and the four favourites: Froome, Contador, Quintana and Nibali, will show their hands in the major climbs ahead.

On the narrow roads and cobblestones of the early stages there have been many crashes for the field of 198 cyclists and the inevitable broken bones and withdrawals. Sadly for New Zealand the casualties include the two Kiwi participants: Jack Bauer and Greg Henderson. In all 13 riders have withdrawn, including two yellow jersey wearers and an Italian rider for drugs.

read more…

Kapiti Boys Off To Las Vegas

2015 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local basketballers make the Academy teams

By Jacqui Shearman

 

Off to  Las Vegas in mid July (Left to Right)  - Coach Andy Hamilton, Zach Shearman  Coach Angelo Robinson, Kaito O’Hara, Thomas Murtagh (non travelling reserve), Emmerson Kavakura, Josh Bunker )

Off to Las Vegas in mid July (Left to Right) – Coach Andy Hamilton, Zach Shearman Coach Angelo Robinson, Kaito O’Hara, Thomas Murtagh (non travelling reserve), Emmerson Kavakura, Josh Bunker )

Four Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA) college players, and a reserve, are heading for Nevada later this month along with Coaches Angelo Robinson and Andy Hamilton.

It may be holidays for most students, but for Zach Shearman, Kaito O’Hara, Emmerson Kavakura and Josh Bunker, selected for the NZ Basketball Academy Teams, the hard word continues.

After months of trials, practice camps and fund-raising these boys fly out on 19 July 2015 to be their best, against the best. read more…

Great Wimbledon Finals In Prospect

2015 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s great to play Novak anywhere these days. He’s a great player, he’s had great success. He’s an unbelievable player. Roger Federer, before the 2015 final

And now there are four

Last year's finalists meet again

Last year’s finalists meet again

Two weeks ago 256 women and men players set out on the quest to be Wimbledon singles champions. Novak Djokovic played Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first game on centre court and will play the last match of the tournament on Sunday.

The grass was pristine in his first round game, but for his final against Roger Federer there will be bare, dusty, crumbly baselines. This final matches the two best players in the world and is a rematch of last year’s epic struggle.

Meanwhile the powerful, in-form Serena Williams is odds on to win her third grand slam of the year against 20th seed Garbine Muguruza. However the 21 year old Spaniard has beaten the champion before. read more…

Train of Thought

2015 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

train of thoujght

Napier Earthquake Survivor: Althaea’s Story 2: 3/2/1931

2015 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There was a violent noise, we were thrown, all of us, to the ground and everything began to rock around us. Althaea Sheppard

 The day of the earthquake

By Althaea Sheppard and Roger Childs

Althaea Woodhouse in 1931

Althaea Woodhouse in 1931

Tuesday 3 February 1931 was a warm summer’s day and children went off to school in the usual way. Althaea walked the 500 metres from her home in Balquhidder Road on the hill along Napier Terrace to Napier Central School.

Yes I can clearly remember it. I had everything ready. It was our second day at school and I wanted to put on the gym frock that had been bought from Bestall’s the day before. I set off for school, a short distance away, met friends, and with then joined the rest of the large class in our new room. Everything was quite normal.

It was a very hot day and we were released to have morning play time, although as it turned out Mr Hislop, the Headmaster, decided to give us extra time because of the heat and because the year had just started. read more…

The Self-Poisoning Of NZ 2: “Unfriendly” Scientists

2015 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Conservationalist and writer Tony Orman continues his series on self-inflicted damage to the New Zealand ecosystem. (To view Part 1 scroll down to July 7.)

We only want scientists who support DoC policies

By Tony Orman

Mike Meads: not producing research supporting 1080 drops

Mike Meads:  producing unpopular research on  1080 damage

The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC) employ scientists to come up with conclusions that will be deemed favourable to the pro-poison policies: aka policy-based evidence-making.

If a scientist comes up with the unwanted realities, the system goes to work, discredits their findings and pillories them.

One example was the late Mike Meads, a respected invertebrate scientist, who in 1992 after studying the effects of an aerial drop of 1080 in Taranaki, predicted that continued 1080 airdrops over New Zealand forests will destroy much of the food supply of ground eating birds like the kiwi. read more…

Raumati Murder Inquiry

2015 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

Man in Court when baby girl dies after Raumati Beach incident

A man has appeared in the Porirua District Court charged with assaulting a six-month-old Kapiti girl who died in Wellington Hospital from severe head injuries.
Police and an ambulance were called to a Raumati Beach home on Monday afternoon and the child was flown to Wellington Hospital.  She died in hospital at 8.30pm on Tuesday, July 7.
The accused man had his name suppressed when he appeared in Court. He was remanded in custody on what police described as a holding charge. read more…

Waitangi Reflections 5: What The Treaty Said

2015 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy Oakley continues our series with the second part on what the treaty actually said in 1840. (To access Part 1 scroll down to July 6.)

 The 1840 Meaning of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Part Two

By Andy Oakley

Treaty of W 1In the first article we learnt that, according to the Herbert Williams Dictionary of the Maori Language, there were no people known as Maori  in New Zealand in February 1840. This was because the word “maori” was not used to describe people until 1850, a decade later.

In comparing the Treaty’s English draft to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and by using the Dictionary of the Maori Language, I will analyse what the three articles that were agreed to really meant in 1840. read more…

Review: The Salt Of The Earth

2015 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastiao Salgado

Capturing a world of disaster and beauty

By Roger Childs

Salgrado 1Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado is one of the world’s great photojournalists. He started out as an economist, but at the age of 26 decided to take up photography as a profession and travel the world. His journeys took him to places where there was immense human suffering, such as the Sahel, Rwanda, Sudan and Yugoslavia.

After concentrating on the world’s trouble-spots and man’s inhumanity to man for many years, he shifted the focus to the diverse and amazing beauty of the planet. Salgado had pictured the horrors of war, famine, oppression, pollution and cruelty in black and white, but made the transition to colour to show nature at its best.

The Salt of the Earth is directed by German film and literary legend Wim Wenders and carries the warning “content may disturb”. Everyone needs to see this film and be disturbed: four and a half stars. read more…

Police Investigate Death Of Child

2015 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

policePolice announce murder inquiry  after baby girl from Raumati dies in Hospital

Police have begun a homicide inquiry after a six-month-old girl from Kapiti died in Wellington Hospital last night.

The baby was taken to hospital from a Raumati Beach address on Monday afternoon with a severe head injury.

Detective senior sergeant Grant Ferguson says a post-mortem examination is due to take place later today.

A Kapiti man has been charged with assaulting a child. read more…

PHARMAC: At Risk From The Trans Pacific Partnership?

2015 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dr Viola Palmer is a retired general practitioner and has been active in advocating for health, especially a healthy alcohol policy. She has been studying the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and has had concerns about it, for the past 4 years. In the article below she writes about the likely public health effects of the TPPA on PHARMAC.

Public health issues

By Viola Palmer

PHARMACPublic health is all about keeping ourselves and our environment healthy. There are many public health issues which have been dealt with by sensible legislation. Think of

~ lead in paint and petrol

~ asbestos in buildings

~ ozone depleting refrigerants

~ smog over Christchurch. read more…

NZ’s Coming Financial Crunch

2015 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanBroken financial system must be fixed to solve NZ’s glaring inequalities

KIN columnist Prue Hyman says in her latest column that NZ’s  economic system has links to the world financial crises — and is now broken.

And she argues the current system fosters ‘greed, gambling, and inequality’ and must be changed.

Read on for Prue’s description of the corruption that lies underneath our current skewed economy… read more…

The Self-Poisoning Of NZ 1: Clean And Green?

2015 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tony Orman is a Marlborough based part time journalist/retired. His interests in conservation go back 40 years to the Save Manapouri campaign. He has been a keen outdoorsman for over 60 years, in saltwater and trout fishing as well as deerstalking and is still active. As an author he has had some 24 books published, many on fishing and hunting.

The flimsy “clean and green” claims

By Tony Orman

John Key promoting the clean, green image

John Key promoting the clean, green image

Food from farming and other primary industries makes up about 70% of New Zealand’s exports and the country markets itself as “clean and green” and “100% pure”. This “clean and green” boast is a strategy to convince our markets that the exported food is “100% pure.”

In addition it is used to attract tourism dollars to New Zealand on the promise of pristine, pure wilderness. Farming and tourism are two major components of the country’s economy, but the boastful branding is looking shaky.

A couple of years ago a survey revealed that 60% of New Zealand’s rivers were unfit for swimming. On the UK’s BBC “Hard Talk” Prime Minister John Key was given a torrid time over the state of rivers relative to the clean, green claims. Key looked distinctly uncomfortable. read more…

Earthquake Survivor – Althaea’s Story 2: Pre Quake

2015 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away in June 2015 at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. Just around the corner is Napier Central School which she had attended from the late 1920s as Althaea Woodhouse. This is her story of the 1931 earthquake.

Early days in Napier

By Althaea Sheppard and Roger Childs

Napier before the earthquake looking south from Bluff Hill

Napier before the earthquake looking south from Bluff Hill

Napier before the earthquake was a prosperous regional centre and port for Hawke’s Bay, with a population in 1930 of around 16 000. However its growth was restricted by river estuaries and tidal flats to the south, west and north.

In 1914, Althaea’s parents were married in Auckland and then moved into a new house in Napier which, to her mother’s surprise, had electricity and an inside toilet!

Their four children were all born in Napier. read more…

Waitangi Reflections 4: What The Treaty Said

2015 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy Oakley continues our series with the first of a two part article on what the treaty actually said in 1840. (To access the earlier reflections just type Waitangi Reflections into SEARCH above.)

 The 1840 Meaning of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Part One

 By Andy Oakley

Treaty of WToday in New Zealand the Treaty of Waitangi has as many meanings as there are versions of the treaty. Matters are not made any clearer by the Crown which has adopted a document in English that is not the Treaty of Waitangi.

This was penned by William Hobson’s secretary James Freeman from notes gathered together from February the 3rd.

They have adopted this document as the “Official English version” of the Treaty, which has caused all manner of confusion for many decades. read more…

Hurricanes Heartbreak

2015 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 If the Highlanders hadn’t won, another bunch of good guys in the form of the Hurricanes would have. Rugby writer, Phil Gifford

A final worthy of the occasion

By Roger Childs

To the winners the spoils

To the winners the spoils

It was the perfect script for New Zealand rugby: an exciting, open Super 15 final played between two Kiwi franchises before a full house in Wellington. The weather for mid winter was great and the atmosphere was electric. The home team were odds-on favourites, but everyone knew it would be close.

That the southern men triumphed 21-14 is a tribute, not only to their players on the night, but also to their wily coaches, Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown, who had prepared their team well and devised a cunning game plan to take the title. The Hurricanes probably did more attacking and make more breaks and could have won it until the last few minutes, but sadly for the home fans vital opportunities were squandered. read more…

The Burden of Education

2015 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Burden of Education (2)

Calligraphy Tutor ‘Extraordinaire’

2015 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Winter’s just the season for lessons !’

Maggie Salter with her tribute to Dame Sister Mary Leo

Maggie Salter with her tribute to Dame Sister Mary Leo

By Pam Kessler, of Calligraphers of  Kapiti

I have decided the only reason I love this cold weather is that it provides calligraphers with the perfect excuse to hide away in a cosy room and practice with pens and inks.

It is also proving to be the best time for calligraphers to have

'Peace' by Maggie Salter

‘Peace’ by Maggie Salter

lessons, as local tutor Maggie Salter (photo left) tells me that lately she has had more people applying to join her classes than ever before.

On second thoughts, perhaps it’s not the cold weather; perhaps it’s my column that is inspiring others to try calligraphy! read more…

Tour de France Ready To Go

2015 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Age is not on Alberto Contador’s side and Nairo Quintana’s climbing strength could give him the edge, although it may not be an uphill task for Chris Froome. Guardian cycling reporter, William Fotheringham

The great race starts in The Netherlands

By Roger Childs

Tour favourites: Nibali, Fromme, Contador, Quintana (Sourse Getty Images)

Tour favourites:  Fromme, Nibali, Contador, Quintana (Source: Getty Images)

 For the 21st time the legendary Tour de France will start outside the home country. Le Grand Départ will be from Utrecht on July 4, then after two days in Belgium it’s on to the roads of North-Eastern France. The winners from 2013 and 2014, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali, are back for the gruelling three week event, and they will be the favourites along with Colombian rider Nairo Quintana and the evergreen Spaniard Alberto Contador.

There will be a huge world-wide television audience and millions will watch the cyclists pass by from roadsides, footpaths and vantage points along the route. On the 2013 Mont Ventoux stage in Provence, there were an estimated 300,000 people actually on the mountain! read more…

Hurricanes Have The Edge?

2015 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

These two teams I think will produce the ultimate final. Commentator Justin Marshall

A great contest in prospect

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes fans: will this be the year?

Hurricanes fans: will this be the year?

 The odds on the Super 15 final being between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders were 240-1 at the start of the season. Tomorrow, against the odds, these two New Zealand franchises will compete for the silverware before a packed Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The interest has been huge and the organisers could have sold twice the ground’s capacity.

The television audience world-wide will be in the millions and there as an almost test match atmosphere building. The home team, only beaten twice in sixteen games, should have the advantage, but few are counting out the men from the south. read more…

Capital Connection Saved For Three More Years

2015 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Positive statement from KiwiRail

By Bruce Taylor

The Capital Connection: an important commuter service

The Capital Connection: an important commuter service

KiwiRail has announced earlier this week that it will keep the Palmerston North to Wellington commuter train, the Capital Connection, running for three more years following a funding contribution from the Horizons and Greater Wellington Regional Councils.

The decision was a win for an intensive “Save the Capital Connection” campaign waged since February by the train’s passengers with the support of people in the communities served by the train.

The campaign was joined by local councils, including the Palmerston North City Council, the Kapiti Coast DC and the Horowhenua DC, to actively lobbying KiwiRail, the New Zealand Transport Agency, politicians in the Beehive and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), to retain the train. read more…

Waterloo: A Turning Point In History

2015 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is an unforgettable story of frantic marching, extreme weather, brutal fighting and extraordinary courage of those caught up in the last great battle of horse, musket and cannon shot. Historian, Tim Clayton

Not all over

By Roger Childs

Vienna: the calm before the storm

Vienna: the calm before the storm

It was March 1815 and the European great powers thought that Napoleon was no longer a threat to peace on the continent. They had endured over 20 years of war and the leaders and their entourages were now in Vienna, feasting, dancing, playing up and occasionally negotiating the future map of Europe.

However, they were jolted out of their revelry and increasing political disagreement by the news that Bonaparte had escaped from the Mediterranean island of Elba and was being welcomed back to France. It was time for the Allies to get back in the saddle and unite against the common enemy. read more…

Laidlaw Scores Again

2015 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

chris laidlawFormer All Black gets Captain’s position on GWRC

By Alan Tristram

Chris Laidlaw has been elected chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council at a Council meeting.

His election followed the resignation as Chair of Fran Wilde.fran wilde

She stepped down after campaigning fiercely for the Super City plan, which was disliked by most other councils in the Region – and by an overwhelming majority of ratepayers – but espoused by big business interests and the Government. read more…

The formality Of Wimbledon Underway

2015 July 1
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 prestigious grand slam

By Roger Childs

WimbledonIt may lack the flamboyance of Roland Garros, however Wimbledon has its unique English character and prestige. In the words of head coach, Dan Bloxham, it reminds everyone of the heritage of the game. Players regard it as the top grand slam and the competition is always fierce. But don’t you dare wear any colour other than white and that includes everything you’ve got on!

The 2014 gentlemen’s final was one of the best ever, with Novak Djokovic outlasting Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. Meanwhile in the ladies match Petra Kvitova blasted Eugenie Bouchard off the court 6-3, 6-0. As expected, all the usual suspects are back this year vying for the trophies in the season’s third grand slam. read more…

Upgraded Town Centres And New Cycleways

2015 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Positive plans to enhance the Kapiti District

 By Roger Childs

QE 2 PARK cyclingKapiti Council’s (KCDC) adoption of the Long Term Plan (LTP) has given the go-ahead for the modernisation of Waikanae and Paraparaumu town centres.

Furthermore, the Government has announced a $1.57m contribution from its Urban Cycleways Fund to extend the district’s cycleway network.

According to Mayor Ross Church: “We now have the certainty we need to proceed with plans to create functional town centres around the expressway and expand our network of safe off-road cycling routes.” read more…

A Dream Super 15 Final

2015 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hurricanes and Highlanders: simply the best!

 By Roger Childs

Super rugbyThe convincing victories by the two teams over Australian’s best on Saturday, highlights New Zealand’s current dominance in world rugby. These semi-final results means that a North Island and South Island franchise will play off for the title, in front of a packed house at the Wellington Caketin.

Both weekend wins were decisive, and the current champion Waratahs, and the Brumbies could only manage one try between them, while the Hurricanes and Highlanders scored nine! The two finalists are exciting teams who love to spin the ball, counter-attack from anywhere and have superb understanding between backs and forwards. It will be an entertaining finale to the 2015 Super 15 competition. read more…

Australian PM Learns his ABC

2015 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Abbott tries to censor media – but lacks public support

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

220px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010Public interest has been  grabbed this week by the row between PM Tony Abbott and the national broadcaster ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

It’s all because the ABC allowed a terrorism sympathiser suspect, Zaky Mallah, to join the audience of Q&A last week.

Q&A (Questions and Answers) is broadcast live and is an opportunity for members of the audience to freely ask their questions to a panel who are chosen for their differing viewpoints. Zaky Mallah confronted a panel member who is a government MP.

That provided ammunition for PM Tony Abbott to begin a war of words with the broadcaster. Abbott said: “Now frankly heads should roll, heads should roll over this.

“We are not satisfied with an internal ABC inquiry because so often we ‘ve seen virtual whitewashes when that sort of thing happens. Frankly the ABC ought to take some strong action.”

‘A is for Australian’

ABCBut the ABC managing director, Mark Scott, replied: “ The A in ABC is for Australian.

“And the part we play, what we do for the side, is a vital one, central to our culture and our democracy – that of being an independent public broadcaster.

“I hope no one wants the ABC to be a State broadcaster …we know the examples, North Korea and Russia, China and Vietnam. There are many others.”

Public opinion appears to support the ABC and Mark Scott’s stand!

 

 

The Aussies And The Refugees

2015 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The main thing is we stopped the boats. Australian PM Tony Abbott’s response to the question of paying the boat owners to turn back

Show us the money!

By Roger Childs

Refugee boatsThe Australians have an appalling record over refugees on the water and once they land. To their credit they took in thousands of Europeans after World War Two, but at least these people were white, even though many couldn’t speak English. They would also help build the post-war economy and provide labour for infrastructure schemes like the massive Snowy River Project.

In recent decades there has been the big issue of dealing with desperate Asian people on overcrowded and often leaky boats heading for the lucky country and paying a fortune to unscrupulous people traffickers. Earlier this month the government admitted, after strenuous denials from some ministers, that boat owners were benefiting from what one observer called a floating ATM. read more…

Smacking Debate Re-Ignites

2015 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

colin craig

Napier 1931: A Schoolgirl In The Big Quake

2015 June 27
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A survivor’s story

 By Roger Childs

Althaea Woodhouse in 1931

Althaea Woodhouse as a school girl

 Napier identity Althaea Sheppard passed away recently at the age of 94. Until earlier in the year she had lived in Colenso Avenue on Napier’s Hill. Just around the corner is Napier Central School which she had attended from the late 1920s as Althaea Woodhouse.

On Tuesday 3 February 1931, during the morning playtime, disaster struck. A powerful earthquake centred near Napier shook the country, causing many deaths and injuries, and resulting in massive damage to property and infrastructure in the Hawke’s Bay region.

The Woodhouse family lived on the hill and all survived this greatest natural disaster in New Zealand’s recorded history.

In the coming weeks we will bring you Althaea’s fascinating story of the 1931 Napier earthquake.

 

Kapiti Plan Gets The Green Light

2015 June 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

During consultation we … engaged with many local people through open days, displays and drop-in sessions held throughout the district and also through our Facebook and website pages. Ross Church

Mayor Church satisfied with community consultation

Major Church: happy with the plan and the consultation process

Major Church: happy with the plan and the consultation process

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), adopted the 2015 Long Term Plan (LTP) last week after a new, simplified process of community consultation that Mayor Ross Church says proved extremely effective.

“We are very confident our community has been heard and that the vision outlined in this document belongs to the people of Kāpiti,” said Mayor Church.

The LTP is reviewed every three years but this time to make it easier for people to get involved council produced an easy-to read-summary document Future Kāpiti, which was distributed throughout the community.

“Planning documents can be dense and detailed and apt to induce sleep but Future Kāpiti is concise and visually appealing. It clearly sets out key initiatives and planned projects and included a form to make it easy for people to make a submission.” read more…

Can The Hurricanes Make The Final?

2015 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I think we have the best team in the competition at defending mauls and we’re coming up against the best team in the competition at scoring off mauls. Hurricanes tighthead prop, Ben Franks

The Brumbies are formidable opponents

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes fans: will this be the year?

Hurricanes fans: will this be the year?

The Canberra-based team has been to South Africa and back to qualify for Saturday night’s semi-final at the Caketin. They may be a little weary, but with a strong tradition of playing and winning Super Rugby finals, they will not lack for motivation.

The Hurricanes will need to be at their best to win and must eliminate the mistakes made in recent games, especially giving away lineout ball. There has no doubt been a big focus on this vital set piece in training this week.

If the home team does triumph, it’s back in Wellington for the final next week, against either the Waratahs or the Highlanders. read more…

“Being Mortal” And Other Gems

2015 June 25
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By Ralph McAllister

Getting a better end of life

Atul Gawande in fine form

Atul Gawande in fine form

This has been a vintage month.

My one regret was not attending the lecture given by Atul Gawande when he was here last month. Apparently thousands of New Zealanders did attend as he talked about Being Mortal, his latest book on ageing.

He says the ultimate goal should be the seeking of a better exit from this life, rather than a tacit acceptance of rest homes, unnecessary operations and medications.

He was given little training in encouraging dying patients to make their own choices, to decide what was important to them as they began shuffling off this mortal coil. read more…

Taking On The Dragons

2015 June 25
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Successful Basketball Session In Taita

 By Jacqui Shearman

Kapiti Lakers in action against the Dragons

Kapiti Lakers in action against the Dragons

Hoop Club Kapiti took seven basketball teams over to the Walter Nash Stadium in Taita on Sunday 14 June to play the Chinese Dragons Sports Club. This was the first meeting of the two clubs, but the tournament was such a roaring success that everyone agreed that it will become an annual fixture.

Next year Kapiti will host the Dragons. Angelo Robinson, Hoop Club’s head of coaching, was really pleased with the outcome.

The Dragons were amazing hosts and the games were played in the right spirit – it was competitive but fun. It was just so great seeing our 5 and 6 year olds wearing the Hoop Club uniform for the first time with so much pride. We also gave our Hoop Club teams NBA names like the Lakers and the Spurs, so who knows there might be a few ‘Nuggets’ amongst them.”  read more…

NZ’s Ranks 90th On Helping Refugees

2015 June 24
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shirely murrayKapiti poet respond’s to Key’s lack of concern on refugee numbers accepted by NZrefugees

By Alan Tristram

The international recognised hymn writer and poet Shirley Murray, of Raumati Beach, has again expressed her concern about this country’s lack of action in increasing its refugee quota of only 750 a year.

At the same time, United Nations figures released for World Refugee Day earlier this week show New Zealand is ranked at only 90th in the world when it comes to its number of refugees per capita.

Shirley, who is a regular KIN columnist, says her  poem ‘Stranger, Standing at My Door’ says what needs to be said by all of us to our politicians … read more…

Biodiversity Project Launched

2015 June 24
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Biodiversity is about beauty and love, and is sacred… Maya Maclean, Kapiti College Eco-action Group

Minister sets the initiative in motion

By Roger Childs

Environment Minister Nick Smith launches the project

Environment Minister Nick Smith launches the project

Environment Minister, Nick Smith, launched the Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project at the Tramway Centre in Queen Elizabeth Park yesterday afternoon. He commended the conservation work that has already been done on the Kapiti Coast and was delighted to announce a grant of $290,000 to ensure the survival of endangered species in the future.

The Ministry of the Environment is keen to work with community groups nationwide to improve New Zealand’s lowly global status in protecting native fauna and the Minister emphasised that it was important in the Kapiti project to engage the children. read more…

Increasing NZ’s Refugee Quota

2015 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john keyGovt urged to increase refugee numbers as Key apologises for exaggerating total

By Alan Tristram

In the week the world marks International Refugee Day (June 20), three separate groups have urged the Government to increase the annual intake of refugees from 750.

And Prime Minister Key has admitted he got his figures wrong and exaggerated the numbers of refugees when he said up to 4,000 refugees came into New Zealand each year.

John Key said yesterday he had been wrong and the numbers were much lower. read more…

Watch Out For Rogue Tree Contractors

2015 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Monkey business

By Roger Childs

The real deal

The real deal

Kapiti residents will be familiar with itinerant tree fellers knocking on doors and looking for work. Many of them run legitimate businesses, but some are masquerading under false names.

The latest example of this deception is Pacific Island men claiming they work for Monkeyman Tree Services.

Craig and Claire from the company are not happy: They do not work for us, sub-contract to us or have anything to do with us, they have no ID, their vehicles do not have our logos. read more…

Ministry of Despair

2015 June 23
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ministry of despair

Plenty Of Depth In The All Blacks

2015 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ve often thought, am I good enough to be with these guys? New All Black lock, James Broadhurst

The envy of the world

A squad to put a  smile on Steve Hansen's face

A squad to put a smile on Steve Hansen’s face

By Roger Childs

All Blacks squads are always the envy of other top rugby nations. Although countries like England, Australia and South Africa have more people playing the game, we have the greatest depth in all positions.

Steve Hansen announced his 41 strong squad yesterday and the selections demonstrate the enviable talent of our players. New Zealand’s top world ranking has also been underlined by the outcome of the Super 15 round-robin: we provided three of the six play-off teams and the Crusaders were a close seventh. read more…

Kapiti Dries Up

2015 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Church and Cr Gaylor examine damaged bridge near Otaki

Mayor Church and Cr Gaylor examine damaged bridge near Otaki

Mayor Church hopes Mother Nature will help out

By Alan Tristram

As Kāpiti dries out after the second  major storm in just over a month, Mayor Ross  Church has paid tribute to Council workers and volunteers who worked over the weekend to get the district through.

And he says: “I hope now Mother Nature will treat us kindly for a while.”

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church

Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday caused widespread flooding, particularly in the north of the district, causing slips, closing rural roads and, for a time, State Highway 1 at Manakau.

SH1 was closed when the Waikawa Stream Bridge, in the Horowhenua District, suffered extensive damage late on Friday night. The bridge is now open but subject to speed restrictions.

read more…

Kapiti Biodiversity Launch

2015 June 21
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 ‘Biodiversity’ usually means the range of organisms living in a place, the range of ecosystems or communities in which the organisms are living and the genetic make-up and variation of species present. Rob Cross, KCDC Biodiversity Officer

A new conservation venture

By Roger Childs

Wharemauku wetlandConservation is alive and well on the Kapiti Coast with over 20 groups functioning from Otaki Beach to Pukerua Bay. Tomorrow (June 23) Environment Minister, Nick Smith, will launch the latest environmental programme in the area: the Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Project.

This will take place at the Tramway Fiduciary Centre at Mackay’s Crossing at 4.00pm and signals the start of another initiative aimed at improving the Queen Elizabeth Park environment for the native biosphere. read more…

KCDC’s Update on Floods

2015 June 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Waikanae River at Otaihanga today

Waikanae River at Otaihanga

Flooding in Otaki, road slips, bridge washed out

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast Council says it’s dealing with major flood damage in several parts of the district following further heavy rain yesterday and overnight. But no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The KCDC says it’s clearing slips, trees and other debris in the Ōtaki Gorge and dealing with flooding in Otaki township.

And clean-up crews have been at work at slip sites at Waterfall Road, Forest Lakes, Freemans Road and Rahui Road. read more…

Heavy Rain Warning For Kapiti

2015 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Metservice 3-Day rain forecast

Metservice 3-Day rain forecast

Metservice issue 24-hour warning; Council staff on alert

By Alan Tristram

The Metservice has issued a heavy rain warning for the Kāpiti Coast for the next 24 hours and Kāpiti Coast District Council has already closed the Otaihanga Domain and Otaraua Park as a precaution.

The KCDC says the Waikanae and Ōtaki rivers have already risen significantly and it continues to ‘keep a close eye on the situation.’

The Council says: “We’re encouraging the public to stay away from waterways.  As was demonstrated by the recent floods, streams and rivers can rise very rapidly. read more…

More Floodwaters Forecast

2015 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Flooded river during the last big weather bomb

Flooded river during the last big weather bomb

Kapiti Council warns residents to take precautions

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says  heavy rain and strong winds  are forecast for today.

It says : “If this eventuates, we could again be looking at some surface flooding in low-lying areas around the region as well as river corridors. read more…

Jill Lloyd Continues Waikanae Tradition

2015 June 17
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Jill Lloyd signs a declaration of office, watched by Waikanae ward councillor Michael Scott and KCDC manager corporate services Wayne Maxwell.

Jill Lloyd signs a declaration of office, watched by Waikanae ward councillor Michael Scott and KCDC manager corporate services Wayne Maxwell.

Cr Tony Lloyd’s widow takes office in his old Board

By Alan Tristram

Jill Lloyd, widow of KCDC councillor Tony Lloyd, and sister of late mayor Brett Ambler, has now taken up public office herself in a KCDC community board.

She’s been sworn in as a member of the Waikanae Community Board, in which Tony served for 15 years.

 

read more…

Jews and Nazis — Refugees…and Us?

2015 June 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager recalls family flight from Nazi terror — and sees parallels in the mindset of today’s Europeans, Australians & Us

mandy author at desk jan 2010‘Why I feel outrage at the treatment of refugees’

By Mandy Hager

When my father was sixteen years of age he travelled alone from Vienna to England to entreat the Red Cross to help facilitate his family’s evacuation and relocation in advance of the Nazi genocide that swept his country.

His father was Jewish and although a convert to Catholicism (which appears to have been a prudent diversionary tactic at the time) he, his wife and son were very much at risk. Thankfully, the New Zealand government agreed to repatriate them, along with many other European refuges at the time.

I have seen my family tree and there are many branches which were lopped off as a result of failure to escape in time. I have no doubt that if my father and his parents had not been given refuge outside of their home country, they would not have survived. read more…

Libraries Smarten Up Digitally

2015 June 16
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Kapiti Library. 004Kapiti Libraries offer help with social media, writing..and Minecraft!

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are planning major changes to help people use computers and the internet.

And a key part of this will be a new digital learning centre to be set up at Paraparaumu Library. read more…

Super City Leader Axed

2015 June 15
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fran wildeGreater Wellington 9, including Wilson, roll Fran Wilde

By Alan Tristram

Nine Greater Wellington councillors, including Kapiti’s Nigel Wilson, have forced the resignation of the Chair Fran wilde.

Ms Wilde has been a hugely controversial figure since she became the main proponent for a Wellington ‘Super Council’ — in spite of widespread public opposition to the plan.

Now it has emerged (Scoop, Dompost) that a no-confidence letter signed by 9 councillors forced Ms Wilde to step down. read more…

Refugees, Sheep…and NZ

2015 June 14
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Economics and Migration (1)

Legal Highs Restricted in Kapiti

2015 June 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

legal-highsKapiti Council confines ‘legal’ drugs to smallest possible area

After an intense and at times emotional two-hour debate, the Kapiti Coast District Council has adopted a policy to restrict the sale of psychoactive substances (legal highs) in Kāpiti.

The KCDC says the policy will ensure that 99.9% of the district will be protected from any future retail sales of legal highs. read more…

Poetry Changes Lives!

2015 June 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

flower poem“A flower is Mother Nature’s ‘tap on the shoulder’ to stop and look … A poem is an author’s ‘tap on the shoulder’ to find the flowers.”

By Gill Ward

I thought you’d love this poetry quote, which sums up what our poets are trying to achieve on the Kapiti Coast.

Meanwhile, Poets to the People is now happily settled in on the last Sunday of the month at High Tide Café on Marine Parade.

The staff are delighted to host us and have been very accommodating, having the sound system all set up when we get there and have also made a shade curtain so that the poets at the microphone do not have bright light behind them. read more…

Kapiti Backs Super City Dumping

2015 June 10
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Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Church welcomes decision to junk Super City plan

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Mayor Ross Church says he welcomes the announcement by the Local Government Commission that it is scrapping a proposal for a Wellington Super City.

The commission says it’s abandoned the idea of merging the nine local bodies in the region into a single Greater Wellington Council with eight local boards. read more…

End of Life Choice

2015 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ends

 ‘Let’s tell MP’s what we think!’

By Carole Sweney, National Secretary, Voluntary Euthanasia Society

With the decision by Judge David Collins falling short of giving Lecretia Seales the right to have assistance to die without her doctor being prosecuted, we reach another point in the long campaign to have a compassionate law that allows personal choice at the end of life.

Justice Collins was right to say that parliament needs to deal with any new law that changes the present situation. This has been the message from voluntary euthanasia supporters for decades. read more…

Stan The Man At Roland Garros

2015 June 8
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Playing against Novak was one of the biggest challenges. I know how much he wanted this Roland Garros. New French Open champion, Stanislas Wawrinka

Upset victory in the French men’s final

By Roger Childs

French Open 2015The score was 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 but not to world number one Novak Djokovic. Stanislas Wawrinka was seeded eighth for the tournament, but toppled his more famous compatriot Roger Federer in the quarter finals, easily beat the last French hope, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, in the semis and then triumphed in the final.

Wawrinka is only the fourth player to break the Federer / Nadal / Djokovic stranglehold on grand slam men’s singles titles since 2005. 37 out of the last 42 titles had been won by the big three. For Djokovic, after victories in the warm-up clay tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome, it looked as though the clay grand slam in Paris would be a formality. But he didn’t bargain on meeting the “other Swiss player” in top form. read more…

‘Our appalling banks,’ says KIN columnist

2015 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

roger cover 2014Why ANZ Bank got the Roger Award

By Prue Hyman

Our appalling banking and finance industries

As I mentioned last time, the CAFCA (Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa)40th anniversary weekend began with the serious, but also fun business of announcing the winners of the annual Roger Award.,

This goes to the Transnational Corporation (TNC) with the most negative impact in the previous year. And the 2014 award was deservedly won as in 2009 by ANZ Bank. read more…

National’s Housing Drive

2015 June 7
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NZ's Bold New Housing Plan (1)

Hobbit Artist Adorns Kapiti Group

2015 June 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Daniel Reeve and his work at the last annual exhibition of Kapiti Calligraphers

Daniel Reeve and his work at the last annual exhibition of Kapiti Calligraphers

Multi-talented Hobbit artist works with the Coast’s Calligraphers

By Pam Kessler

This month I have yet another exciting calligrapher to introduce —  Daniel Reeve, the graphic artist for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy.

Daniel is a prime example of the generous spirit that so many members demonstrate.  He’s an accomplished artist, calligrapher, cartographer, photographer, and writer.

A truly multi talented person and a nice guy to boot! His work is sought after both in NZ and overseas.  read more…

Waitangi Reflections 3: An Uncertain Path To A Treaty

2015 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maori and Europeans engaged with each other when either side saw some benefit in doing so. Trade, conversion to Christianity, education, literacy and personal relationships of all degrees were the actual frontiers where these encounters and exchanges took place. Historian Paul Moon on New Zealand in the 1830s

No British desire to take over New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Natives and Europeans interact in the 1830s

Natives and Europeans interact in the 1830s

There was no inevitability about the Treaty of Waitangi until 1839. For the historian, the greatest enemy is hindsight and using the knowledge of subsequent events to conclude that it was obvious what was going to happen.

In the decade before the Treaty there were plenty of things happening in the “country”, but no inevitability about what would occur in 1840. At the time, New Zealand was inhabited by hundreds of scattered tribal communities of Pacific Island origin. There were perhaps 100,000 natives, plus a small, but growing minority of about 2000 European settlers, mainly British. read more…

More ‘Food For Thought’

2015 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Flag one of the suggested designs

Flag one of the suggested designs

Flag The Flag

Food for Thought No. 2

How can the country save $26 million? Answer: simply by dropping the unnecessary Flag Consideration Project. 

We are now getting bombarded by ridiculous adverts showing people holding up signs saying I stand for…. 

What’s this got to with the flag? And we are assured that highly paid respected New Zealanders will be sitting in judgement on over 150 designs. There are to be two referenda and the outcome might be a very expensive “no change”.

This is an appalling waste of taxpayer money designed to help John Key cement his place in history. The cash should go instead towards dealing with vital needs such as reducing child poverty, raising the minimum wage and providing more hip replacements.

Kapiti’s Field of Crosses

2015 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Field of Crosses on Waiheke Island

Field of Crosses on Waiheke Island

One hundred white crosses to commemorate local soldiers

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says it’s starting to construct a Field of Remembrance to commemorate Kāpiti soldiers who died in battles during World War 1 (WW1).

The field will resemble others installed around the country by local councils (see photo left).

One hundred white crosses, made by Otaki Menzshed, will be installed on the grass area behind the Paraparaumu Bridge Club on Brett Ambler Way opposite the Aquatic Centre. read more…

Amazing Women Paddlers Team Of The Year!

2015 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The feisty women of CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team are absolutely ecstatic to be named this year’s recipients. Team Captain Heather Steevens.

CanSurvive Dragon Boaters scoop the pool

By Bette Cosgrove

CanSurvive on the water

CanSurvive on the water

This year’s Wellington sports awards featured a twenty-five member team of totally amateur older women, who joined a little known sport to maintain their survival against breast cancer, and now they have become the Hiremaster Sports Team of the Year.

Most of the CanSurvive paddlers have never been part of a competitive sports team before they joined dragon boating.

So to win an award as prestigious as this alongside the highly competitive finalists from Wellington Firebirds and the Wellington Saints, is very high praise indeed. It tops off a spectacular year of achievements. read more…

The Extraordinary Rafael Nadal

2015 June 4
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It’s not a big surprise, no? I didn’t win enough before here. It’s something that could happen when you see the draw. I lost in 2009 and it’s not the end. I lost in 2015 and it’s not the end. I hope to be back next year with another chance. There is only one sure thing, I want to work even harder to come back stronger. Spanish tennis legend, Rafael Nadal

A momentous match in the history of tennis

By Roger Childs

World number one: Novak Djokovic

World number one: Novak Djokovic

7-5, 6-3, 6-1 in a grand slam quarter final: a big deal? Definitely, as this was the match that ended an extraordinary run of five successive titles at the famed Roland Garros clay courts. Rafael Nadal had already won the French Open title nine times, itself a record which is unlikely to ever be beaten.

However, this year the greatest player ever to compete on clay was beaten by far and away the world current best player: Novak Djokovic. read more…

Reinhart Wrangles And Other Aussie Worries

2015 June 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

gina reinhARTMagnate fights children; same-sex unions worry Aussie conservatives; and Isis causes passport crisis

By Julia Meek in Melbourne
The items that interest the Australian public most are not always the most urgent of issues – but it was ever thus.

There’s been a flurry of correspondence about iron ore magnate Gina Reinhart, who is counted among the world’s richest people. read more…

Pfnz: Funding, Friends and Futility

2015 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(Bill Benfield’s final article on the rise of predator free New Zealand (pfnz) deals with the heavy promotion of the organisation headed by big names and funded by big business. He also looks at the wider implications of their actions and ultimate futility of their aims.)

 Promotion to pull in the cash

Wasting big money on trying to  do  the impossible

Wasting big money on trying to do the impossible

In the later part of 2014 “pfnz” went public with big promotions and opinion pieces in the major dailies, even articles in praise of Callaghan and the Royal Society from Rod Oram, the financial correspondent in the Sunday Star Times of 30/11/14.

There was also an extremely lopsided television presentation that can be seen on http://www.tv3.co.nz/tabid/3692/MCat/3304/Default.aspx. It features a Department of Conservation officer extolling the necessity of aerial 1080 to save endangered birds and wildlife.

Not only has pfnz gone public, but it is now spawning other public/private models, often as funding fronts to capture “significant donors” – corporates or celebratory suckers! read more…

Kew Gardens Spice Up Life

2015 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ad for Spices showGoing to London? Take a rickshaw round the greatest spice show on earth

By Tom Aitken in London

We have reached the time of year when Kew Gardens, which normally closes at six-thirty, remains open for two or three more hours. It’s well worth taking the opportunity of an evening visit.
Apart from the fantastic flower beds, there are magnificent trees and lawns, various lakes and a tree top walk, which gives you a birds eye view without your needing to flap your arms. For the elderly or simply tired, there is a lift to take you up to it. read more…

Sepp Blatter: The Great Survivor

2015 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The world has been fooled again

By Dave Daniel

Sepp Blatter; reelected as boss, but for how long?

Sepp Blatter; reelected as boss, but for how long?

Way back in June 1971, the British rock band The Who released a single titled “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.  The final lyrics belted out by Roger Daltry were ‘ Meet the new boss  . . . . . Same as the old boss ‘.

So it was that Sepp Blatter was voted in for a 5th term as head of FIFA, the largest sporting federation on the planet. The democratic system that we cherish, has a disturbing ability to pass leadership on to the most crooked, self serving and incompetent of those that run for office.  read more…

The Beautiful Game

2015 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Beautiful Game

Right To Die?

2015 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Lecretia Seales, who is seeking the right to die with dignity

Lecretia Seales, who is seeking the right to die with dignity

Let’s start debating how to die with dignity!

By John Murray

What’s the problem? We shall all die. But the real question is have we the right to die with dignity?

As I sat in No1 Court in Wellington this week and looked across to see the slumped body of Lecretia Seales, I knew again my answer. Here was the desperately ill figure of a vital, lively and intelligent woman in the grips of an aggressive brain tumor. read more…

Hurricanes Put To The Sword

2015 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We were outmuscled, outpassioned, outplayed, all the things we talked about before the match we didn’t want to happen. Hurricanes coach, Chris Boyd

Rampant Crusaders too good in Nelson

By Roger Childs

Drummond scores the Crusaders' opening try

Drummond scores the Crusaders’ opening try

For a team which is the leading the world’s toughest rugby competition by miles, the Hurricanes looked anything but champions. In front of a full house at Trafalgar Park, the home team played with the determination they have lacked for much of the season and scored five tries to two in a comprehensive 35-18 victory.

Despite patches of their trademark attacking flair, the visitors were guilty of appalling lineout throwing; made uncharacteristic mistakes and couldn’t cope with the rampaging Crusaders left winger Nemani Nadolo. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 1: FIFA SCANDAL

2015 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageThe FIFA Circus and the Security Council

From the Editors

Today we start with our latest feature, ‘Food for Thought’.

Mini editorials, like this one, will present our succinct views on events in the news that provide us –  as well as you – with Food for Thought.

In future, these pieces will usually appear in our right-hand column. However, here is our initial piece.

Football’s nadir — Fifa and the Security Council

What‘s the connection? Well firstly let’s be delighted that at long last the corruption, bribes and kick backs of the world soccer governing body have been exposed. Several high flying members have been arrested and there will more to come. The arch villain FIFA boss, Sepp Blatter, is not amongst them but is obviously under investigation.

But hey, in our bid to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council, didn’t we wine and dine dignitaries in New York to advance our cause, and airfare, accommodate and entertain foreign politicians in Queenstown? Corruption on a lower scale, but corruption none the less.

Famous Kiwi Basketball Coach In Kapiti

2015 May 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 By Rob Scriven

Passing on his considerable expertise

Rewi Thompson (centre) with coaches and players

Rewi Thompson (centre) with coaches and players

On Sunday 17 May the Kapiti Basketball Association ran a two hour ‘coach the coaches clinic’ at the KCDC Sportshall at Paraparaumu College. 15 local basketball coaches attended to be inspired by famed Kiwi basketball coach Rewi Thompson.

Rewi is on vacation from his professional coaching job at Middle Township High School, New Jersey in the US. He has over 25 years experience in the US college basketball scene and, boy did it show! read more…

Pfnz On A Wild Rat Chase

2015 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In this third article on predator free new zealand (pfnz), Bill Benfield looks at the likelihood of pfnz facing widespread opposition and why trying to eliminate the rat is doomed to failure.

(To view Bill’s first article: Predator free New Zealand: an anti-exotic war, scroll down to May 16. The second article: Pfnz: Big Money, Top People, Crazy Schemes was published on May 21.)

Likely public opposition to pfnz

Choppers preparing to  dump 1080 poison on an unsuspecting environment

Choppers preparing to dump 1080 poison on an unsuspecting environment

So far all the activity has been round the edges and pfnz has not yet moved on to large populated areas. Despite a Dominion Post of 24/3/13 three page special on Les Kelly and pfnz, it does not seem to have caused any major public concern so far.

However, the paper’s article did see public opposition as a likely event, primarily they thought from suburbanites, organic life stylers and hippies. An even more myopic view is expressed in a thesis by a masters’ student under the supervision of Island Eradication proponent, James Russell.

It offers the opinion that opposition will be only from a small group of anti-1080 activists. James Russell also stated that pfnz will require the endorsement of the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders. (Dominion Post 20/3/13) read more…

Arrest Follows Serious Waikanae Slashing

2015 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police armKapiti Mana Police arrest man at midnight following serious assault on Waikanae Station

Kapiti Mana Police say ‘significant assistance from the public along with tenacious investigation work’ enabled them to arrest a man aty midnight last night following a vicious unprovoked attack on the Waikanae Railway Station on Tuesday.

The 41 year old Palmerston North man was arrested in Central Wellington around midnight last night and was due to appear in the Wellington District Court charged with wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). read more…

Today’s Shock Story — From Singapore Airlines

2015 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

airbus 330Airline says plane with nearly 200 aboard lost power in both engines

By Alan Tristram

It’s one of every passenger’s worst nightmares — and it happened to a Singapore Airlines plane in mid-flight.

The Airline says it’s investigating a recent incident when one of its planes lost power in both engines in mid-flight. read more…

Quality thrillers, a gay treat and a let down

2015 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

By Ralph McAllister

Thriller writer Baldacci in good form

Baldacci Memory ManRewarding and entertaining are Memory Man by David Baldacci and World Gone By by Dennis Lehane.

Both these thrillers are written by writers totally in control of their form. Baldacci I “discovered” last month and I fear I may be hooked.

Amos is a fat ex-cop, down on his luck, particularly after he finds his wife and daughter murdered. He is blessed or cursed with a complete memory recall, he has synaesthesia and other problems, not to mention severe suicidal tendencies.

Sounds fun? Well in other less capable hands it would be turgid, to say the least, but Baldacci has written a gripping thriller ,just right for a cold winter’s night. read more…

US Ambassador Livens Up Memorial Day

2015 May 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Ambassador Mark Gilbert addresses the Memorial Day gathering

Ambassador Mark Gilbert addresses the Memorial Day gathering (Photo by Ola Thorsen/US Embassy)

Hitching a ride back to the terminus

Story by Roger Childs

A former Major League Baseball player leapt onto a moving tram in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday. Mark Gilbert played for the Chicago White Sox back in 1985 and is now the American ambassador to New Zealand. He had just laid a wreath with his wife Nancy and given a stirring speech at the annual Memorial Day Service at the Marines Memorial.

With the official duties over, he turned around and 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! he jogged across the road and jumped on. His action typified the rich mix of formality and informality at what was probably the first 2015 American Memorial Day Service in the world. read more…

Unique Beatles’ Find in NZ

2015 May 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Beatles-plane-step-colour-KiwiIf All You Need is Love, you’ll love this new Beatles’ book from the Kapiti archives !

By Alan Tristram

An unlikely Kapiti duo  – one a Paekakariki poet/philosopher, the other an emeritus pyschology professor – have just produced what’s probably the first new revelations about the Beatles for many decades.

Professor Tony Taylor

Professor Tony Taylor

The book, titled ‘John Lennon in conversation with Tony Taylor,’ is based on two previously unpublished

interviews with Lennon by Professor Tony Taylor, of Waikanae.

And Paekakariki poet and publisher Michael O’Leary, has wrapped up Professor Taylor’s study of beatlemania, with pungent observations and poems of his own in what is truly a unique booklet. read more…

Great Day Following The Marines

2015 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was a lovely course, and I really enjoyed doing it. Also please pass on my thanks to the ladies who had the lovely warm home-made soups at the end. After getting wet feet this was particularly enjoyed! Fiona Stodart

Excellent conditions and a record entry

Story by Roger Childs, photos by David McCrone

The start of the 113 strong social grade.

The start of the 113 strong social grade.

Fine, warm weather on Sunday 25 May proved ideal for the fourth running of the In the Footsteps of the Marines event. The record field of 216 was well up on the 170 finishers in 2014, and included the American ambassador’s daughter and several Marines.

The organisers had some anxious moments before deciding on the final course. Two slips which came down in the recent floods, made the magnificent zigzag track unuseable, and Waterfall Road was in doubt until Friday afternoon. In the end, the distance was reduced from 13.7km to 11.7km but nobody seemed to mind! read more…

Otaki Talks on Fairer, Cleaner, Economy

2015 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Deidre Kent‘Unconference’ leader says public land could provide a ‘Citizen’s Dividend’

By Alan Tristram

About 20-25 people will gather in Otaki over Queens Birthday weekend for what they term an “unconference” to design a post fossil fuel economy.

Spokesperson Deirdre Kent says the group, which is associated with the New Economics Party, has already been meeting online for three years.

They now want to design an economy that obeys the laws of Nature and benefits people without land or capital. read more…

New Trains Arrive for Wellington Region

2015 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Matangi train from first batch to arrive in Wellington

Matangi train from first batch to arrive in Wellington

First pair of new Matangi units arrives in Wellington

 By Alan Tristram

The first pair of two-car units from Wellington’s new batch of Matangi trains arrived this morning by boat from Korea — to join the 44 Matangi units already in service on the Kapiti, Hutt and Johnsonville lines.

The two-car units are the first of 35 pairs made by Hyundai that will arrive in stages until the middle of next year. read more…

‘I’m Left’…Behind

2015 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Chance To Follow The Marines

2015 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Marine Scott Boylan (centre) heads out in the social grade in 2014

Marine Scott Boylan (centre) heads out in the social grade in 2014

In the Footsteps of the Marines on Sunday

By Roger Childs

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, 24 May, over 200 walkers and runners will be taking part in the 2015 event, which roughly follows an old 1940’s Marine route march. Writer Leon Uris was stationed at Paekakariki in 1942-43 and wrote about expeditions in the hills above the Paekakariki camps in his book Battle Cry.   read more…

Waterfall Road Opens

2015 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
A Digger clearing the slip on Thursday

A Digger clearing the slip on Thursday

An expensive exposed bank

By Roger Childs

The last road to be cleared after the flood damage, is now open. Waterfall Road has had three major slips in the last 18 months which have cost over $1 million to fix.

The major problem area is half way up the road on the left, where trees at the top of a steep cliff were cut down two years ago. Since then debris has regularly rolled down the exposed bank and last week 2000 – 3000 cubic metres! read more…

Kapiti Cleans Up

2015 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kapiti sewasge worksParaparaumu pong at waste water plant

KCDC  treating problem — thanks locals for ‘patience’

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says recovery work on flood-damaged areas — and a smell problem at the sewage works — is now well under way.

And today the KCDC issued a summary of the repair works under way —

Wastewater treatment plant
The Council says: “Tthe storm pond at the Paraparaumu treatment plant is still around 40% full of diluted untreated waste water and is starting to smell. read more…

pfnz: Big Money, Top People, Crazy Schemes

2015 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In this second article on predator free new zealand (pfnz,) Bill Benfield looks at how pfnz gathered money and support at the highest levels. Then in the name of conservation management, undertook major campaigns to poison the New Zealand environment.

(To view Bill’s first article: Predator free New Zealand: an anti-exotic war, scroll down to May 16.)

Pulling in the money with the help of the corporations

RatA conservation management model like New Zealand’s, which is in denial of the origins and evolution of its environment, needs a lot of money. After all, it is fighting nature, and nature will keep trying to come back.

For this reason, embracing corporate funding is almost essential to maintain an unworkable programme and, in this context, pfnz would seem like a “manna from heaven” concept to the nations conservation managers.

The DoC and Landcare Research scoping paper by Andrea Byrom and Susan Timmins estimates the costs for the whole project to be around $27 billion spread over 40 to 50 years. If they can find that much money, it will be a very considerable cash injection into a science and poisons industry gravy train! read more…

Kapiti CEO Gets Nod

2015 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dougherty

Pat Dougherty gets further 5 years in Kapiti’s top job

Kāpiti Coast District Council has reappointed chief executive Pat Dougherty for a further term of five years.

Mr Dougherty’s previous contract was due to expire in August, seven years after he first took up the position.  This was the maximum term allowed under the Local Government Act and the council was required to re-advertise the role.

Mayor Ross Church says Mr Dougherty was reappointed after a robust, widely-advertised recruitment process. Twenty-nine people applied for the post; and four were interviewed. read more…

The Application of Restorative Justice

2015 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the second part of her article on this important element of our judicial system, Carolyn Tristram looks at the key principles, how they are applied and the prospects for further developments in restorative justice in New Zealand. (Scroll down to find part one which was published on May 14.)

Key principles to apply

Restorative Justice 6My hope is that practical workable solutions can be found that will truly honour the spirit of the process, to provide real justice for those who experience harm.

To realise its full potential, restorative justice principles need to be applied with reference to the particular framework or context, be that a school, the medical arena, or the criminal justice system.

These principles are to

~ focus on the harm and needs of the victim, offender and community

~ ask whose obligation it is to meet those needs

~ engage stakeholders

~ use inclusive, collaborative processes. read more…

America’s Memorial Day Commemorated In Kapiti

2015 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Historic answers to our housing crisis…

By Allie Webber

Camps Russell and Paekakariki in the foreground and Camp Mackay across the highway

Camps Russell and Paekakariki in the foreground and Camp Mackay across the highway

The theme for this year’s Kapiti Memorial Day service may offer an historic solution to Auckland’s current housing shortage…

To find out how Kiwis built accommodation for over 20,000 U.S. Marines in the Wellington region in six weeks, join us at the U.S. Marines’ Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.

The service, organised by the Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust (KUSMT), runs from 10am (sharp) to 11am on Monday May 25. read more…

Slip Clearance On Waterfall Road

2015 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Recent storm cuts road link — but Marines event will go ahead!

By Roger Childs

Massive slump in Waterfall Road

Massive slump in Waterfall Road

The heavy rain and floods last Wednesday and Thursday created another landslide on this link road.

However, the latest slip of 2000 – 3000 cubic metres should be cleared within a few days  and the scheduled In the Footsteps of the Marines event will be able use the road next Sunday.

Waterfall Road connects Emerald Glen Road with Valley Road and provides a useful alternative route to State Highway One, to and from Paraparaumu. It also gives access to the Maungakotukutuku Valley from the south. read more…

Raumati Gets Community Garden

2015 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Matai  Community Garden Group

By Bianca Begovich

Garden group members at the garden site on Matai reserve: David Eyles, Rebekah Roos, Jonathan Roos, Ben Bowater, Jake Roos, Holly Thomas and son, Yvonne van Leeuwan.

Garden group members at the garden site on Matai reserve: David Eyles, Rebekah Roos, Jonathan Roos, Ben Bowater, Jake Roos, Holly Thomas and son, Yvonne van Leeuwan.

Neighbours near the Matai Road Reserve have been given the go ahead by the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board to build a community garden.

The garden site is situated in the sheltered South corner of the reserve, next to the Arts Society building.

It will be planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs in raised beds and containers, with plenty of room in the 180 m2 section for future developments, including compost bins, rain barrels, garden art, seating and more. read more…

Kapiti Cleans Up

2015 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC co-ordinating massive clean up after the floods

By Alan Tristram

julius_family_in_raumati_E1The rain may have stopped but the clean-up work in the wake of flooding in Kāpiti has continued over the weekend – and is in full swing today.

The Kapiti Coast District Council says staff and contractors have been working most of the weekend, pumping out the worst effected homes, clearing slips, checking infrastructure, parks and walking tracks. read more…

Govt’s Colour Therapy

2015 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Govt Dept Clour Therapy

Remembering the US Forces in Kapiti

2015 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There were long route marches to toughen up young city slickers and scouting missions in the Tararua Ranges, which stood in for tropical jungle. New Zealand History online

Two days of activity and reflection

By Roger Childs

Marines training near Paekakariki in 1943

Marines training near Paekakariki in 1943

The Kapiti Coast will be remembering the important part played by Americans servicemen in our history on Sunday and Monday 24-25 May. The recent visit by US Ambassador, his wife and embassy staff to the area, is a timely reminder that thousands of their countrymen in the army, navy and marines lived in the Paekakariki area in1942 and 1943.

To celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the first arrival of the Americans there will be

 ~ A Memorial Day Service

 ~ A Concert featuring music from the time

 ~ A walk/run on an old route march. (See details below.)

read more…

Patels To The Rescue

2015 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

patelsPopular Indian corner store rescues Raumati Postal Service

By Alan Tristram

The popular Patel Family of Raumati Beach Four Square are about to become even more popular — with the announcement they have agreed to help save the community’s postal service.

They have done this by agreeing to make space in their crowded corner shop to accommodate a postal centre as well.

Community groups who’ve campaigned for several weeks against the planned shutdown of all PostShop services on May 22 will be delighted.

NZ Post’s announcement says: ‘New Zealand Post has reached an agreement that will see postal services run from the Raumati Four Square from Monday 25 May 2015.’

Four Square Owner Shirish Patel says he made the decision to take on postal services after careful consideration.

“We took into account the Raumati community’s strong desire to retain postal services locally. We will serve the community as best we can from our current store and look forward to offering postal services along with our core business,” Shirish Patel says.

read more…

Predator free New Zealand: an anti-exotic war

2015 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bill Benfield is an architect, vintner, conservationist, fisherman, lobbyist and author. His two books: “The Third Wave – Poisoning the Land” and the more recent “At War with Nature – Corporate Conservation and the Industry of Extinction”, highlight the dangers of tampering with the ecosystem and using chemicals to alter the delicate balances of nature.

In the first of four articles he looks at the origins of the pfnz lobby. The full article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times”

Establishing an anti-exotic predator lobby

By Bill Benfield

pdnzSince the mid 1950’s, when New Zealand started aerial poisoning to rid the land of invasive mammals, there has been a steady decline in its native wildlife which the poisoning was supposed to advantage. In the last 20 years, the decline has become dramatic to the point that people with who visit the forests note and comment on it.

As it is, the nation’s conservation agencies who do the poisoning, supposedly to protect the forests and birds, blame the decline on something other than their own activities They use terms like “pests” and “predators”.

It is against the back drop of an escalating decline in native birds and insects, despite poisoning, that increasing shrill claims are made against non-natives as the cause. Predator free New Zealand (pfnz) is the product of this misdirected “exotiphobia”. read more…

Top Basketball Coach In Kapiti

2015 May 15
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’s a coaching clinic

 By Roger Childs and Jacqui Shearman

Kapiti-Basketball-AssociationIt’s happening on Sunday 17 May from 12.00 to 2.00pm at the Paraparaumu College gymnasium.

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…

Latest Warning in Kapiti

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The Wharemauku Stream in flood

The Wharemauku Stream in flood

Kapiti Emergency Centres ready — more rain forecast.

Council rationing sandbags to help homes in greatest danger 

Civil Defence Emergency Assistance Centres are on standby around the Kāpiti District as more heavy rain is forecast.

The centres are at the Community Centre in Ngahina St, Paraparaumu (between the Paraparaumu Library and the Aquatic Centre), Raumati South School hall and Waikanae Memorial Hall.

The KCDC says: “22 properties have been  evacuated today and we are keeping a close eye on a number of other vulnerable low-lying properties in Waikanae, Otaihanga  and Raumati around the Wharemauku Stream in Raumati, which has burst its banks.” read more…

Flooding In Raumati

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Commuters have been warned against trying to get home as both highways out of Wellington and train services are severely affected by flooding. Stuff

The Wharemauku Stream becomes a raging river

Story by Roger Childs. Photos by Pam and Roger Childs

The Wharemauku Stream in flood

The Wharemauku Stream in flood

Heavy rain over night and through the morning has brought heartbreak for many families in Raumati. The Wharemauku Stream, which flows from the hills behind Paraparaumu through to Raumati Beach, overflowed its banks and led to the evacuation of a number of homes.

All rivers and streams in the Kapiti area have been in flood and many adjacent walkways have been awash. A cyclist was swept into the Waikanae River and a man fell into the Wharemauku Stream near Rimu Road. Fortunately both were rescued. read more…

Restorative Justice: New Zealand A World Leader

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Carolyn Tristram from Raumati South completed her studies on restorative justice last year. In a two part article, she provides a brief introduction on what it is and where New Zealand fits in the picture.

The methods and principles are widely practised

Restorative JusticeRestorative Justice practices are commonly practised in homes, are increasingly being implemented in schools, and are reflected in the Family Group Conferences that have been taking place in New Zealand since the 1990’s.

The principles and values were introduced into our legal system in 2004 and increased government funding was provided in 2013 to establish restorative justice providers who operate in conjunction with the courts and police in our communities. read more…

Wharemauku Flooding at Raumati

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Flooding from Wharemauku Stream at Weka Park, Raumati Beach. Picture by Helen Tristram

Flooding from Wharemauku Stream at Weka Park, Raumati Beach.
Picture by Helen Tristram

Flooding at 71 Kiwi Road.  Picture by Pam Childs.

Flooding at 71 Kiwi Road. Picture by Pam Childs.

Property flooded in the Kiwi Road cul de sac. Picture by Pam Childs.

Property flooded in the Kiwi Road cul de sac. Picture by Pam Childs.

Property flooded in the Kiwi Road cul de sac. Picture by Pam Childs.

Property flooded in the Kiwi Road cul de sac. Picture by Pam Childs.

Wharemauku Stream at the end of Kiwi Road (Photo by Pam Childs)

Wharemauku Stream at the end of Kiwi Road (Photo by Pam Childs)

Surface flooding in Kiwi Road. Picture by Pam, Childs

Surface flooding in Kiwi Road. Picture by Pam, Childs

Full-scale Emergency on Kapiti Coast

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Flooding in Kapiti today

Flooding in Kapiti today

KCDC says Wharemaukau Stream in Raumati ‘close to bursting its banks’

Locals warned to stay away from rivers and footbridges

The Kapiti Coast District Council has announced (mid-morning) that the Emergency Management Centre in Paraparumu has been fully activated.

It says: “Rivers are running high and the Wharemaukau Stream in Raumati is close to bursting its banks. Some evacuations are now being considered.

“We are preparing to activate welfare centres, as required

“An evacuation centre has been set up at the Community Centre in Paraparaumu where evacuated residents are welcome.” read more…

Aussie Budget Blues Hit Kiwis Too

2015 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Treasurer Joe Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey

 Working holidays’ tax will cost young New Zealanders

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

The Australian Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has  broadcast his second Budget, followed by the usual controversy.
Although the general emphasis was on encouraging (particularly small) businesses, some of the more unpopular measures of last year’s budget remain, such as deregulation of university fees. read more…

The ‘Must See’ Armed Man

2015 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Musically this is sublime material which pierces the heart whenever it is heard.
Ralph McAllister

A musical masterpiece in Wellington

By Ralph McAllister and Roger Childs

The Armed Man 1Karl Jenkins superb composition The Armed Man is on in Wellington this weekend. Jan Bolwell is well known for her anti-war shows such as Bill Massey’s Tourists, and her production of the Jenkins’ work has already garnered great reviews.

With the Crows Feet Dance Collective featuring, along with Whitireia Polytechnic Performing Arts students, this is a perceptive and poignant music and dance experience on the futility, sacrifice and ideology of war.

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 at 3pm
  • Whitereia Performance Centre
  • 25-27 Vivian St, Wellington

read more…

KCDC OPTIMISTIC ON P.O.

2015 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Protestors voice their anger outside the Raumati Beach Post Shop

Protestors voice their anger outside the Raumati Beach Post Shop

‘Breakthrough possible this week’ on Raumati Post Shop

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says it expects ‘a development this week’ after Kapiti’s Mayor and Mana Electorate MP Kris Faafoi met the NZPost top brass last week.

The Post Office announced plans to shut the Raumati Village Post Office earlier this year, sparking widespread protests from the local community. read more…

Overseas Corporates — the Threat

2015 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hyman40 years’ hard labour to fight foreigners controlling Aotearoa

By Prue Hyman

I’ve just returned from Christchurch, where we celebrated forty years of work by the Campaign against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), analysing, critiquing, and exposing successive governments’ policies and hypocrisies on foreign investment and land sales.

The main seminar covered CACFA’s history, writing, and campaigns — and alerted us to the ongoing challenges of the government’s neoliberal agenda.transnationals

 

 

This went wider than foreign investment, discussing also the linked areas of the free trade area negotiations, security intelligence activities, and labour law. read more…

Mahara Madrigals and Sonnets

2015 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

SonnetsShall I compare thee to a summer`s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May

And summer`s lease hath all too short a date ……….

From Sonnet XVII by William Shakespeare read more…

Can the Hurricanes Go All The Way?

2015 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Home team coach Chris Boyd said he was very happy to win ugly – the Sharks played very well, while they couldn’t get quality ball for their backs. Radio New Zealand News

Being top of the table is unusual!

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes fans living the dream

Hurricanes fans living the dream

The Wellington franchise is not use to leading the Super 15 pack. Hurricanes supporters are well known for being frustrated by the inconsistent form of their team. By now in previous seasons, Tom Scott has done his long-suffering Hurricanes fans cartoon, encapsulating the disappointment of the team again coming up short. It hasn’t happened yet in 2015.

With 10 wins from 11 games, the side is well out in front and barring a run of four or five losses in the remaining round-robin matches, they could top the table. But can they go on to win the competition for the first time ever? read more…

Nuts in May

2015 May 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Politicians Feeding Off The Taxpayer

2015 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The gold-plated super really is outrageous. They handed themselves the superannuation scheme … and decided who gets it… The … scheme was endorsed by Parliament in the dead of night in 1987, in seven minutes. Ms Turei, Green Party Co-Leader

The privileged in the trough

 By Roger Childs

Cartoon by espresso

Cartoon by expresso

There are 260,000 New Zealand children living in poverty. Add their parents and caregivers plus many pensioners who struggle, and there are probably over half a million people with sub-standard living conditions.

Meanwhile our current politicians have plenty of perks and a gilt-edged super scheme and former prime ministers and their partners travel the nation and the world on the taxpayer. Such inequality, in what we would like to think is a caring society, is all terribly wrong. read more…

College Basketball Underway

2015 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wellington Colleges basketball season kicks off

By Jacqui Shearman

Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team

Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team

Friday night 1 May, saw the kick off of the College Sport Wellington Basketball competition for 2015.  In action were

~ Kapiti College Senior A Boys Team (Coach Shane Waanga, Team Manager Margot Mooney)

~ Kapiti College Senior A Girls Team (Coach Fabian, Team Manager Mystery Leah)

The Senior Boys had a great win over Aoeta College and the Senior Girls had a challenging game against Sacred Heart, just being overcome in the 3rd quarter. read more…

P.O. Progress on Raumati’s Needs

2015 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Raumati Beach Post Office and some loyal supporters

Raumati Beach Post Office and some loyal supporters

 Plan ‘finalising’ to save postal services at Raumati Beach, says P.O.

The New Zealand Post General Manager of Retail Distribution, Tracey Berry, says New Zealand Post is finalising a plan to ensure
postal services are continued at Raumati Beach.

There have been widespread protests, and several demonstrations, since the Post Office announced that the present Post Office in
Raumati Road would close on May 22. read more…

Ross Church on Postal Problem

2015 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
'New era' with Mayor Church

‘New era’ with Mayor Church

Kapiti Mayor says meeting with NZ Post ‘productive’

Kapiti Mayor Ross Church says his meeting with NZ Post representatives over plans to close the Raumati Village Post shop has been ‘constructive.’

Mayor Church, with Mana Electorate MP Kris Faafoi and a community representative, met with NZ Post CEO Brian Roche and other staff yesterday to voice their concerns on behalf of the community over the proposed closure, scheduled for 22 May. read more…

Thrillers: Dark, Darker, Darkest

2015 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Three popular thriller writers and a Proustian oddball make up this month’s list.

Ralph CollectorsDavid Baldacci in great form

By Ralph McAllister

First time I have read David Baldacci and I shall certainly revisit this prolific crime writer.

The Collectors is part of a Camel Club series, set in the Library of Congress with puzzling deaths amongst the literary treasures.

While cardboard characters would dominate, except for a plot of breathless dimension which keeps you turning page after page, but, be warned, there are over 500 pages to turn! read more…

Fair Trade Fortnight

2015 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

shilrey murrayRaumati composer hymns the praises of trading fair

By Alan Tristram
The well-known Raumati Beach writer Shirley Erena Murray has penned a special hymn for Fair Trade Fortnight, which starts in two days’ time.

The fortnight, an annual celebration of fair trade benefits for millions in developing countries, has been supported by Shirley for many years — and she says this hymn sums up her feelings.

She adds: ‘It goes to the familiar Welsh tune, ST DENIO, known to the words “Immortal, invisible, God only wise…”

 

FAIR TRADE HYMN

Good neighbours, forgive us – we do not play fair;
those marketplace forces determine our share,
in trading, in aiding economy’s role
we’ve had to exchange dollar notes for our soul. read more…

The Drug Trafficking Bali Nine

2015 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If there is to be a message out of these executions, I sincerely hope it is that other young lives are saved by people thinking twice before participating in serious crimes overseas. Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin

A case going back to 2005

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

Indonesian authorities show the drug haul

Indonesian authorities show the drug haul

April 18th 2005, Alexander Downer was Foreign Minister for Australia. Nine Australians, aged between 18 to 29, had just been picked up by Indonesian authorities in Bali carrying commercial quantities of heroin bound for Australian streets.

Evidence was provided by Australian Federal Police. The foreign Minister regarded Australia’s contribution to the Indonesian arrests as a triumph of co-operation with an emerging and like-minded democracy.

It was known that death by firing squad was the ultimate penalty there for a drug-smuggling conviction. read more…

Burglars Caught Out In Waikanae

2015 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

Caretaker takes care of brazen burglars at beach

By Alan Tristram
Kapiti Police report that a quick-thinking caretaker caught a couple ‘in the act of the burglary’ of a Waikanae Beach property in the early hours of the morning.

The  man  and woman pair were at the address and had gained access into the garage  –and had begun loading the stolen property into a van — when the caretaker of the property arrived. read more…

Top-Level Meeting on Raumati P.O.

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Ross Church

Kapiti’s Mayor and MP Faafoi to meet NZ Post in bid to save popular Post Office

By Alan Tristram

Mayor Ross Church, along with Mana Electorate MP Kris Faafoi and a community representative, will meet NZ Post CEO Brian Roche on Wednesday, May 6, to discuss  retaining postal services in Raumati village.raumati po

At present, the P.O. is planning to close the popular Raumati Beach shop on May 22, despite widespread community protests.

Mayor Church says he will be echoing the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board’s call for an extension of time to allow solutions to be found. read more…

Last Word on Anzac

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Gallipoli can’t be compared with the real events that made us a nation’

By John Murray

Kipling -- jingoistic author of 'Lest We Forget'

Kipling — jingoistic author of ‘Lest We Forget’

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line …

The tumult and the shouting dies,
The Captains and the Kings depart …

Lo all our pomp of yesterday
is one with Nineveh and Tyre …

For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on thy people, Lord …

Lest we forget – Lest we forget!

Maybe we have forgotten that these echoing words were written for us
by that great imperialist poet, Rudyard Kipling. read more…

Great ANZAC Day Basketball Tournament

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

By Angelo Robinson

Exciting, high quality basketball

The Kapiti Junior Girls  won the Fair Play Award

The Kapiti Junior Girls won the Fair Play Award (See names at the bottom)

On ANZAC day the Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA), ran a basketball tournament in Paraparaumu. The tournament is sponsored by local firm, Higgins Aggregates.

Fifteen teams from the Greater Wellington region attended and over the course of the day 23 games of competitive and exciting basketball took place in front of big crowds.

KBA’s head coach Angelo Robinson was impressed with the calibre of basketball on show including some notable individual performers. read more…

KEY’S DAUGHTER MOMENT

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Key to Diplomacy

Kapiti Calligraphers Excel

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Sally Davis (l) and Teresa Francis

Sally Davis (l) and Teresa Francis

Talented two  bring overseas experts to the Coast

By Pam Kessler

Another month has gone by and here we are still enjoying our inks and blobs, splashes and successes! I find there is nothing quite as rewarding as a few well-placed blobs of paint!

This month I would like to introduce two of our talented and special members, Teresa Francis and Sally Davis. Teresa has concentrated her creativity on mastering the lettering of copperplate, italics, and versals and says she most enjoys working with a pointed pen. read more…

Stewart Island 2: The Magic Rakiura Track

2015 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Walking the Rakiura Track was definitely the highlight of my year. American tourist, Peggy

It all starts from Oban

By Roger Childs

Capital of Stewart Island: the seaside settlement of Oban

Capital of Stewart Island: the seaside settlement of Oban

Most of Stewart Island’s 400 permanent inhabitants live in the Halfmoon Bay settlement of Oban. From here you can do walks ranging from a scenic 2-3 hour stroll on tracks inland from Oban, to a 9 day tramp round the northern part of the island. However, by far the most popular, is the three day excursion on the Rakiura Track.

Until you get there, you don’t appreciate that this is a large island by New Zealand standards. Kapiti is 20km², Great Barrier 285km² however Stewart Island covers more than 1746km²! The Rakiura tramp is about 38km long, but it only encompasses a small peninsula in this substantial landmass. read more…

Poets Busy (Again) in Kapiti

2015 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Remember – ‘If you can’t be a poet, be the poem!’

By Gill Ward

Greetings – Poetry Talk again and other literary news.

It’s been a busy literary month in Kapiti in April. There have been book launches, talks, poetry performances and guests. There is always something going on in the bookshops, cafes, courses available, workshops, libraries, Mahara Gallery, film activity and personnel, to say nothing of the conversations and book sharing of poems and literature. read more…

Rough On Women

2015 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Having children out of wedlock was a source of guilt, shame, family dishonour and social disgrace. Dr Margaret Sparrow

The tragedy of abortion in late 19th century New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Dr Margaret Sparrow

Dr Margaret Sparrow

At least 25 women are known to have died as a result of abortion “operations” in the second half of the 19th century in New Zealand. Infection and blood poisoning were the major cause of death. In those days, long before contraception was widely available or even socially acceptable, many women, both married and unmarried, were desperate to end unwanted pregnancies. Tragically for many, it cost them their lives.

Well known family planning adviser, Dr Margaret Sparrow, spoke recently at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage about this tragic topic, based on her book Rough on Women: Abortion in 19th Century New Zealand. The article that follows is from on her lecture. read more…

Raumati Demands Post Office

2015 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_2606Community meeting wants action to save full P.O. at Raumati Beach

By Alan and Helen Tristram

A Raumati Beach community meeting has decided to seek a top-level meeting with the Post Office CEO to save the local Post Office shop.

A meeting of about 50 last night agreed unanimously not to accept the P.O.’s decision to close the Post Office on May 22.

Raumati residents, backed up by the local Community Board, two KCDC councillors, and Mana Labour MP Kris Faafoi confronted two P.O. representatives (one shown in photo above addressing the crowd) and a PR woman at the meeting. read more…

World War II And After – The Survivor

2015 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

biancabegovichFrom childhood in a concentration camp to driving a Wellington taxi  

A family story by Bianca Begovich, of Waikanae

My father was just seven years old when he was put  in a concentration camp in his own country (Yugoslavia) near Zagreb, the present-day capital of the Republic of Croatia.

His father was a partisan who refused to take sides (among Yugoslav factions) during the Second World War.

This peaceful stance meant that my Dad and his three siblings, all aged under twelve, were considered ‘the enemy’. read more…

Furore Over Post Office Closure

2015 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kris faafoiMP says Govt neglect has hit Raumati too

By Kris Faafoi, MP for Mana

There’s a lot of talk recently about the neglect of the regions and to some degree we think on the Kapiti that our patch because of its proximity to the capital that we might be immune to it all.

But our recent experience with some of the vital services in our Raumati Beach community is one signal that neglect has hit here too.

(There is  a meeting to discuss the issues tonight, Wednesday 29 April, at the The Kapiti Uniting Parish Church in Weka Road, Raumati Beach starting at 7.30.)

read more…

Phoenix Make The Play Offs

2015 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s two things the Wellington Phoenix won’t do against Melbourne City, on Sunday. No-one will try anything cute from the penalty spot, said coach Ernie Merrick, nor will any corners get hung out over the six-yard box. Report from Hamish Bidwell

Phoenix 1-2 down to Sydney but still through

By Dave Daniel

Phoenix v SydneyThe Phoenix have finished 4th in the A League and now head off into the play offs with a home game against Melbourne City this weekend. Whatever happens from here on, it has been a good season and the loss against Sydney just about sums up where the Phoenix are in relation to the powerhouse teams in the league.

They may of course go on to win the title, although this has never been achieved by a team outside the top two. The smart money would have to be on a Melbourne Victory and Sydney final. read more…

Marines Walk / Run Is On Again

2015 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the Footsteps of the Marines retraces history

 By Roger Childs

US Marines training in the Tararuas in 1942

US Marines training in the Tararuas in 1942

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 the 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. read more…

Anzac Reflections 7: New Zealand Wars

2015 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… let’s not forget those who fell on New Zealand soil. Historian, Vincent O’Malley

Lest we forget the Musket and Sovereignty Wars

 By Andy Oakley

The Musket Wars probably killed more people than all the other wars involving New Zealanders put together

The Musket Wars probably killed more people than all the other wars involving New Zealanders put together

Every year on the 25th of April New Zealanders are encouraged to remember other New Zealanders killed in war.

However, we are discouraged to think about the absolute horror of war, why there are wars and what stops them.

Probably the most important thing to remember by far, is the most deaths and impact have occurred in wars fought right here on our own soil.

However who on ANZAC day remembered the wars in New Zealand? read more…

Hair Today, JK, Gone Tomorrow

2015 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Anzac Reflections 5: Memories

2015 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A World War Two connection

By Russell Marshall

Anzac RNZAFOne of my clearest childhood memories is of the day the war in Europe ended, 7 May 1945. I was 9 years old, sitting in the Standard 3 room at Hampden Street, Nelson. We could hear the cathedral bells ringing. Our teacher’s husband was in the NZ Army and I used to post her letters to him on the way home from school.

They were addressed to Gnr Nodwell and it was some time before I realised that I was posting to a gunner and not a general. During the war my mother’s older brother had died in Crete and a cousin was in an RNZAF plane shot down over Germany. read more…

Anzac And The Future: Work for Peace !

2015 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our Melbourne correspondent, Julia Meek, gives her perspective on Anzac Day 2015, from across the Tasman.

The meaning of ANZAC

By Julia Meek

A very important day in Australia too. Lest we forget.

A very important day in Australia too. Lest we forget.

The term ANZAC, of course, stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, which was created during World War 1. It was part of the British Empire’s military strength and went into battle under the command of British officers.

It received its “baptism of fire” on April 25th 1915 in the invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula and this date was chosen as a public holiday in both countries in order to commemorate that event and to acknowledge the sacrifices made by participants and those who loved them. read more…

Gallipoli Reflections 4: Nationhood Nonsense

2015 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s where we started. As New Zealanders we were fighting as one, and that set the tone for the nation we are and defines who we are. Minister of Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry, April 2015

Building a nation? Maggie Barry’s miss-take on history

By Roger Childs

This year's Anzac Day: the most significant and expensive in our history

This year’s Anzac Day: the most significant and expensive in our history

Maggie has joined the myth makers. The country has spent tens of millions to commemorate Anzac Day 2015 and this one is regarded as the most important in our history. It has to be justified, so the politicians and the media have been bombarding us with propaganda about Gallipoli.

Many would remind the Minister that the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi was probably where we started. She should also be aware that there were many New Zealanders who actively opposed our involvement in the World War and thousands who wondered why we were fighting on the other side of the globe and sacrificing our manhood in somebody else’s war. read more…

Not Peace But War for 34 Countries

2015 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010‘Lest we forget…’ But we did…

By Mandy Hager

Most years I feel somewhat ambivalent about ANZAC day, preferring the ‘white poppy’ of peace approach rather than what I view as the traditional glorification of wars past.

This year, with the increasing hype around the WWI commemorations as well, I feel even more conflicted.
I have no problem with the idea of taking time to reflect seriously on the horrendous loss and mayhem of war, but it feels like we’ve reached a whole new level of Disneyfication and hyperbole – and that there is a huge, bloody elephant in the room that we are ignoring at our peril. read more…

Gallipoli Reflections 3: Fiasco

2015 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gallipoli achieved absolutely nothing. Narrator in the documentary “Gallipoli Revealed”

A party to a disaster

By Roger Childs

New Zealand troops on the tiny beach at Anzac Cove

New Zealand troops on the tiny beach at Anzac Cove

The 1915-16 Gallipoli campaign was a humiliating defeat for the British and French Empires, which left 450,000 dead or wounded. New Zealand’s casualties were 7991. It was a mismanaged affair from start to finish. Not quite finish, as ironically the withdrawal from the peninsula without a single death was the most successful part of this disastrous venture.

It all started on April 25 and things went wrong from the start. Poor planning, outdated maps, landings in the wrong places, confusion on the tiny beaches, unrealistic objectives, inadequate medical facilities and heavy casualties meant that this was a catastrophic opening to the campaign.

One Australian soldier later summed up the feeling of most: How we prayed for this ghastly day to end. read more…

Animal Rights Group Hails Govt Action

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

primate_testing_540xHow you can tell if your cosmetics from overseas are cruelty free too

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, Safe Animals from Exploitation (SAFE)

This month New Zealand animal activists, who campaigned for many years against this cruelty, rejoiced when the Government finally announced that cosmetics testing on animals in New Zealand would be banned.

Around the world cosmetics companies have for decades tortured animals by dripping shampoo in their eyes, rabbit testforce-feeding them lipstick and carrying out many other sick abuses that would make “Game of Thrones” proud.

But now  SAFE has a handy app that tells you which cosmetics tested overseas are cruelty-free. The app can be downloaded for free. read more…

Anzac – From a UK Kiwi

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 tom aitkenWhither Anzac Day? or Will Anzac Day Never Wither?

By Tom Aitken in London

On the afternoon of April 25th, 1958, I was required to march through the streets of Taumarunui , five paces in advance of a platoon of the High School’s Cadet Corps.

This occurred because, as someone who despised the play-acting involved in our Wednesday afternoon parades and the ‘training’ which occupied the rest of the afternoon, I had reached the sixth form without being persuaded to go to Waiouru to be taught how to be an NCO and train cadets younger than myself. read more…

Djokovic: Simply The Best

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Obviously Roland Garros and Wimbledon are the priority: that’s where I want to perform my best, but we’ll take it step by step and see how far I can go. Novak Djokovic after winning the Monte Carlo Masters

All class in Monaco

By Roger Childs

Monte Carlo centre court

Monte Carlo centre court

It is one of most beautiful tennis settings in the world. The centre court at Monte Carlo is tucked high in the hills of Monaco overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. This was the venue for another outstanding victory for the world number one, Novak Djokovic, as he beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.

So far this year he has also won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. Of the major 2015 tournaments, only Dubai eluded him, when he met the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, at his very best. read more…

Kapiti Wants Capital Connection Saved

2015 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

capktal connection trakinKCDC tells Regional Council: ‘Save the Manawatu toWellington trains’

The Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) wants the Greater Wellington Regional Council to commit funding support to enable the Capital Connection train service to be retained.

Mayor Ross Church says this is a main recommendation in the KCDC submission to the Greater Wellington Region’s Long Term Plan. read more…

Gallipoli Reflections 2: Why Turkey?

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Four months after the Gallipoli landing, the Turks captured two New Zealanders and questioned them. You live so far away, they said, why come here to fight? The Kiwis replied that they thought war would be like playing rugby. Patrick Carlyon “The Gallipoli Story” p31

At war on the other side of the world

By Roger Childs

Chunuk BairThe distance from Auckland to Istanbul is over 17,000km. It’s almost as far from New Zealand as you get on the globe, so why were over 8,000 of our troops fighting there in1915-16? The answer is quite simple: Great Britain was at war with the Ottoman Empire (sometimes just referred to as Turkey), and as a loyal cub of the British lion New Zealand was fighting them too.

However, Britain had spent much of the previous 60 years in support of the Ottoman Empire, principally to prevent Russian spreading its influence in the area. But in an act of political stupidity in early August 1914, the British turned a potential ally into an enemy. read more…

Democracy Wins on Harry Shaw

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hary shaw wayKapiti Council agrees to delay decision on Harry Shaw Way

Residents of Harry Shaw Way in Raumati have succeeded in getting council to delay making a decision on whether to revoke the reserve status of a vacant section in their street.

Several residents addressed the recent council meeting and asked that the reserve status not be removed because they are concerned this would open the way for the land to be used in the future for a through road to a future subdivision. read more…

Auckland Elephant Eludes Key

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Elephant sequel as cartoonist agreThe Elephant in the Roome

Tom Scott of the Dompost got there first with his Auckland elephant symbol on Friday.

Meantime our cartoonist Andy had been working on  the elephant theme himself – great minds think alike!

And here’s his take on the devastating problems caused by Auckland housing speculators, among other factors…unbeknown to Auckland multi-millionaire mansion resident John Key.

 

Superb “Sanctuary” Launched

2015 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Julie is a true warrior woman. Rachel Scott, Otago University Press

Classic book unveiled in Wellington

By Roger Childs

Julie reading from "Sanctuary" at the launch

Julie reading from “Sanctuary” at the launch (Photo by Pam Childs)

Julie Leibrich has had more than her fair share of challenges in life, and these are a key element of her new book. Last Thursday at Unity Books, in front of over 60 of the Greater Wellington literati, Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder was launched. It was appropriate that the capital’s finest book shop should be venue, as this is a work of great quality.

Sanctuary is a multi-faceted book and is beautifully presented. One of its many appealing features is that it is a warm and welcoming volume which can be dipped into as the spirit moves. However, before indulging in any random sampling, readers should get acquainted with the context by first absorbing wondering about sanctuary. read more…

Successful Ambassadorial Visit

2015 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tour of the Marines Sites

By Roger Childs

Ambassador Gilbert and Mrs Gilbert watch one of videos at the museum

Ambassador Gilbert and Mrs Gilbert watch one of the videos at the museum

Last Sunday saw American ambassador, Mark Gilbert, out on the Kapiti Coast. Accompanied by his wife Nancy, daughter Liz, and embassy staff, he had a comprehensive tour of the areas around Paekakariki where over 20,000 Marines lived and trained in 1942-43.

The seven hour visit was coordinated by the Kapiti United States Marines Trust (KUSMT) and concluded with a delicious evening meal at the Raumati home of former Marine, Major Larry Keim. read more…

Anzac Reflections 1: Overview

2015 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The first casualty when war comes, is truth. Senator Hiram Johnson 1917

The search for truth

By Roger Childs

This year's Anzac Day: the most significant and expensive in our history

This year’s Anzac Day: the most significant and expensive in our history

As we approach Anzac Day 2015, it is important to reflect on what we are commemorating. In the past few years tens of millions of dollars have been spent to remember the hundredth anniversary of the landing of New Zealand troops on the Gallipoli peninsula. Most money has been spent in the capital on the War Memorial Park and the Arras tunnel.

However, just how significant was April 25th 1915 and it is really the day that changed New Zealand forever? Tony Abbott has recently come across the Tasman to take part in the dedication of an Australian memorial at the new park. But just how important have our military links with Australian been over the years? read more…

KIN Special on NZ’s Appalling Child Poverty

2015 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand has the necessary resources to reduce child poverty, and equitable and efficient ways to secure these resources are available. The question is not about our capacity, it is about our political will. Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple

We  must advocate for our children — now!

By Roger Childs

Poverty 4We usually associate UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) with the needs of children and families in war-torn countries and places devastated by natural hazards.

However, in our own backyard the reality of poverty affects one in four children.

In their book,Child Poverty in New Zealand, Boston and Chapple provide a scholarly analysis of the extent of the crisis with plenty of suggestions on what needs to happen.

Deborah Morris-Travers is the UNICEF NZ National Advocacy Manager. A former cabinet minister, Deborah has also worked for Barnados and Plunket. She spoke recently at a Wellington UNICEF lunch on this topic and the following article is largely based on her talk. read more…

Poetry Soars on Kapiti Coast

2015 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

gill ward‘Salutations Poetry people!’

By Gill Ward

Well who remembers the C&O polishing oil jingle on the radio way back then? “Good morning Mr O, Salutations Mr C!” I bet if you do you are singing to yourself now…

It make me wonder about those poetry lines you can start saying and someone else will finish it for you – you know – I must go down to the sea… and, I remember, I remember…. Yes certainly if you are reading this you would be able to finish the next line or two. read more…

The Wonderful Richie Benaud

2015 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Richie stood at the top of the game throughout his rich life, first as a record-breaking leg-spinner and captain, and then as cricket’s most famous broadcaster who became the iconic voice of our summer. Cricket Australia chairman, Wally Edwards

An outstanding Australian

By Roger Childs and John Smith

BenaudRichie Benaud was a fine all rounder, captain and broadcaster. The cricket world is much the poorer for his passing this week aged 84.

He was held in high esteem wherever the game was played and his standing in Australia is reflected in the offer of a state funeral made by the government. His death is perhaps comparable to New Zealand losing an iconic figure like Sir Edmund Hillary. read more…

The Launching of “Sanctuary”

2015 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Revealing my interior life became a way of sharing authentically with the reader. Julie Leibrich.

A versatile writer

By Roger Childs

SanctuaryRaumati author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health. As well as a writer of children’s stories and non-fiction, she is also a poet. Her most recent volume is a pocket size hardback called A Little Book of Sonnets which combines the 14 line poems with photos.

However it’s her latest non-fiction writing which features on Thursday 16 April at 6.00pm, at Unity Books in Wellington.

She will be launching Sanctuary: the discovery of wonder. In Julie’s words, The book is a conversation. It is an intimate book that reaches out. read more…

Paul and the Aliens

2015 April 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Ego Has Landed

New Ambassador To Visit Marine Sites

2015 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’re excited to meet you, the Kiwis, known throughout the world for your friendliness and independent spirit. Ambassador Gilbert

 Keen to see the country

By Roger Childs

The new US ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy

The new US ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy

He’s been a professional baseball player, a financier and a fund raiser for Barack Obama. Moving in a new direction, Mark Gilbert is now the US ambassador to New Zealand. In a promotional video, he and his wife Nancy expressed their enthusiasm about being here and their keenness to hear from Kiwis about things they should do and see in the country. Skiing and tramping are already on the schedule.

One of their early experiences of getting out of Wellington, will actually be here on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday. They will visit places associated with the three wartime Marines camps which were located in and around Paekakariki. read more…

Golden Jewels Seek Owner

2015 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ring_1Police seek owners of valuable the_coinjewellery found in second-hand store

Police are seeking the owners of some jewellery and an antique coin that were discovered at a second hand business.

ring_3Palmerston North officers were conducting a routine inquiry at the business which led to the discovery of the items which are believed to be stolen.

The three rings are all yellow gold and there is a set of small gold hoop earrings joined with a love heart, and a yellow gold pendant with a ruby set in it. The coin has a Greek/Roman pendant_and_earringsfigure riding a horse on one side.

If this jewellery or the coin belongs to you please contact Constable Merryn Robson on (06) 213 9629 to discuss the missing item.

 

 

Fun Night On The Raumati Railway

2015 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our trains will never be replaced by buses! Lawrie Duffield, Kapiti Miniature Railway enthusiast

The Twilight Run in Raumati Beach

By Roger Childs

The Raumati Junction Station

The Raumati Junction Station

The Kapiti Miniature Railway will have the trains running at Marines Gardens from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday 11th April. This is to celebrate the first weekend after the end of daylight saving. People are encouraged to bring a picnic tea and there will be a party atmosphere with music, and trains featuring head and tail lights.

Local band ensemble Brasso will feature in what promises to be a great evening for all the family to enjoy. read more…

Time for White Poppies!

2015 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

white_poppiesKapiti Peace campaigner’s song reminds us of civilian casualties

By Alan Tristram

As the incessant news of war — and now of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli slaughter — dominate our media, an internationally-known peace poet  from Raumati reminds us of those who suffer most from war — women, children and families.

Shirley Erena Murray, whose hymns are now sung throughout NZ and around the world, has sent us her poem ‘It Is Time!’

Shirley explains: ‘This song, with its easy tune, was written to remind us that the white poppy
is the international symbol of remembrance for all the casualties of war, and for peace.

Any person or group is welcome to use and sing this song as long as copyright to author
and composer are clearly stated and nothing is altered.
Contact serenam@paradise.net.nz for words permission and colin.gibson@clear.net.nz
for the music. read more…

The Wonderful Chatham Islands

2015 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Think about going – there are flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch – and the March festival, we just missed, sounds great.

 Great place for a holiday!

By Prue Hyman

Chatham Islands 2I’ve just had a splendid holiday on the Chatham Island(s). So this column is happily about that venture and provides a rare change from my political rants, though I’ll find room for a little politics!

This visit was with my friend Linda who instigated the trip and I’m so glad I took up the opportunity. I write Chatham Island(s) because we were only on the main island, but could also enjoy a magnificent scenic flight over Pitt Island, the second largest in the group and the only other populated by humans. read more…

Raumati Protests Over PO Closure Plan

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

Community leader John Murray says village must have a Post Office

The former New Zealand Presbyterian Church leader John Murray says it’s a disgrace that the Post Office is planning to close the Raumati Beach postal centre.

Mr Murray, who lives at Raumati Beach in retirement, helped lead a protest outside the Post Office by local people this morning.

NZ Post plans to close the shop on May 22 and there’s already been one major protest outside.raumati PO protest

A steady flow of residents, including elderly people and mothers with children in push chairs, added their protests today with banners saying “Save Our Raumati Post Office.”

read more…

Calligraphy Master Helps Kapiti Club

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

International expert still inspires locals

By Pam Kessler

Living calligraphic legend Don Little

Living calligraphic legend Don Little

We are privileged to have several well-known artists as members of our club – among them, Don Little, a professional artist and calligrapher.

Don and his wife Anne used to live in Waikanae and were founding members of the club. In the early years, they conducted workshops for members and freely gave of their time, love, and support to pass on their knowledge and experience, and to keep us connected as a unified group. read more…

Phoenix Lose The Plot And The Lead

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hurricanes nearly blew a 22 point lead, the traffic was murder, the shops were shut, his friends deserted him, the printer jammed and the Phoenix were hammered at home. Not a great weekend for our soccer correspondent Dave Daniel!

Capping off a difficult weekend

By Dave Daniel

Hurricanes just hold on for a 25-20 win

Hurricanes just held on for a 25-20 win

Time for reflection

As Archie Thompson (he who always scores against us) hit home the third goal in the 66th minute, I reflected on how I came to be sitting in the stand at the Caketin.

My rugby following friends had decided to go and watch the Hurricanes instead of the Phoenix. Did they have a premonition? The Hurricanes did win, just, but the Phoenix were thrashed 3-0 by the Melbourne Victory. read more…

Good Friday in London

2015 April 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OA Passion Play in Richmond upon Thames

By Tom Aitken

On Good Friday the London Borough of Richmond staged its first Passion Play, using two of the Borough’s central traffic-free areas.
The stages were sited at Heron Square, a few yards from the main shopping areaO – and on an open hillside space, just downhill from that, leading down to the Thames by Richmond Bridge.

The plot against Jesus, the Last Supper, Judas’s betrayal and Peter’s denial of Jesus took place in Heron Square, surrounded by imposing buildings. read more…

Remembering Music from the Wars

2015 April 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ANZAC Variety Concert at Southwards

flanders fieldsParaparaumu RSA and the Kapiti Rotary Club are presenting a special variety concert with music, songs and readings from the two World Wars.

The concert will be held at Southwards on Saturday April 18 will start at 2.30pm.

It is timed to commemorates the start of a week of ANZAC events 100 years on from the Gallipoli landings of April 25.

John Granville, formerly RNZN, says I am really excited that such a variety of music and song is to be performed for the benefit of the local community. read more…

Good Look Needed At Good Friday?

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Romans 14:5

A holiday with a difference

By Roger Childs

Good FridayMost of us have just enjoyed another public holiday, but there was no paper and the shops were shut. Those things don’t happen on Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day or Waitangi Day. Good Friday has tremendous significance for the minority who are devout Christians, but for the vast majority it is just another holiday tacked on to the Easter weekend.

In the United States, where a much higher proportion of the population are church-going Christians compared with New Zealand, there is no federal Good Friday holiday. (However it is a holiday in twelve out of fifty states.)

Maybe it’s time to rethink whether it should be a public holiday in New Zealand? read more…

Aussies Warned of Big GST Increases

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

220px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010Abbott’s right wing government forcing through unpopular financial measures

By Julia Meek from Melbourne

Dominating the news over the past week has been Australia’s win at the cricket World Cup over New Zealand in front of a record crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Various jubilations have followed.

But the past month has seen other developments, of course, that are of serious interest. read more…

Whose The Cooked Goose?

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who's is the Cooked Goose

Towering Historical Mysteries

2015 April 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 The Tudor period and especially the reign of the much married Henry VIII, has been thoroughly picked over by numerous novelists, television producers and film directors. The best known writers are probably Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel, however CJ Sansom is possibly the most perceptive. Resident book reviewer, Ralph McAllister has recently immersed himself in C J Sansom’s six Tudor novels and here are his impressions.

A fascinating month with C J Sansom

 By Ralph McAllister

C J Sansom great chronicler of the reign of Henry VIII

C J Sansom great chronicler of the reign of Henry VIII

It is not often I spend almost a month with one author’s work, but that has been the case, with my utter fascination of C J Sansom’s monumental Tudor series of six massive novels.

Let me try to convince you that you should go on this journey, which, regrettably, I have just this day finished.

Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer who finds it impossible to stay out of embroilments, be they political or personal. read more…

Le Quesnoy Welcomes Kiwis

2015 April 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… the tissues came out as we passed locals standing at their doorsteps waving to us as we left. We felt like royalty, but were humbled that after all these years, they still honour visitors from New Zealand. Sheilah Downs, Lower Hutt on their visit to Le Quesnoy

A victory to remember

By Roger Childs

Gallipoli-2015The country has spent tens of millions preparing for the hundredth anniversary on April 25 of the beginning of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. As a bit player on the peninsula – we provided about 2-3% of the total number of troops engaged – we were part of a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Turkish, Arab and Kurdish forces defending their homeland.

However later in World War One we had our successes on the Somme, at Messines and in liberating Le Quesnoy. If New Zealand is going to emphasize the nation at war, why not focus on where we made a difference? read more…

Mental Health Scandal Leads to Murder

2015 April 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Can’t we fund mental health properly to stop these suicides and murders?

By Mandy Hager

It’s roughly two years now since I wrote about the suicide of my closest friend and the negative stigma attached around mental health issues, plus the lack of support for those in need.

Now we have been confronted by it again, with the violent death of a friend I have known since childhood, who was murdered by her mentally unwell son. read more…

A Feast Of Quality Cricket

2015 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

McCullum’s speech covers, in this guys view of the world, in a few short words what sport is all about… it made me just so very, very proud to be a Kiwi. Sports enthusiast, Tony Fraei

A team to be proud of

By Roger Childs and John Smith

World Cup CricketThe country has just experienced six weeks of international cricket at the highest level. OK we didn’t win the coveted trophy in the end, but our team did us proud. Like the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and the 2014 Americas Cup, the nation and the media rallied behind the New Zealand team.

The Blacks Caps exceeded expectations in the ICC Cricket World Cup, and were humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Their attitude and humility is something the cocky Australians could learn from. read more…

Life With The Patels

2015 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

one shirish andc wife outxside looking at pkgParking progresses for the Patels

Kamal Patel and Dignab en Patel

Kamal Patel and Dignab en Patel

By Alan Tristram

The Patels of the Raumati Beach Four Square say their parking problems are over – and business is booming.

And – blush – they’re crediting the Kapiti Independent for arranging several new short-term parking spaces right outside the shop. read more…

Winnie Wallops The Northland Nats

2015 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I think this is the beginning of the end for the Key-led government. Labour leader, Andrew Little

The great opportunist strikes again

By Roger Childs

The new MP for Northland

The new MP for Northland

Winston Peters is the most colourful and charismatic politician we’ve had since David Lange. Love him or hate him, he had stood out as a large goblin above the garden gnomes of New Zealand politics. With an acute eye for the main chance, he accurately sensed that National assumed they could sleep-walk to victory in their safe seat of Northland. So he threw his hat into the ring with nothing to lose.

In an appallingly mismanaged campaign which featured bribery, threats and misinformation the government lost a seat in the house as Winston cruised to an easy victory. read more…

Winston Wins Play Off

2015 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who's Playing with a Full Deck

Can The Black Caps Win?

2015 March 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand are not reliant on one man these days, but their cause would be greatly enhanced in Williamson is amongst the runs in the World Cup final … DomPost cricket writer, Jonathan Millmow

The two best teams

By John Smith in Melbourne

The setting for the final: the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground

The setting for the final: the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground

On February 14th Australia and New Zealand played the opening games of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. They both

~ batted first and made big scores with very similar scoring rates

~ bowled their opponents out to win comfortably, by very similar margins.

Since then they have travelled two different paths to the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). read more…

Julie Leibrich Featuring At the Beach

2015 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Julie Leibrich is a poet, children’s writer, and author of non-fiction works. New Zealand Book Council

A must for poetry lovers

Julie LeibrichJulie is well known for her writings on justice, spirituality and health. She trained as a research psychologist and was one of the country’s first Mental Health Commissioners.

As well as children’s stories and non-fiction she is also a poet and it is in this role that she is featuring on

~ Sunday 29 March, 4.00 – 6.00pm

~ Hightide Café

~ 44 Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach. read more…

Ōtaki splashpad – setting the record straight

2015 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Splashpad at Raumati Beach playground

Splashpad at Raumati Beach playground

 KCDC says anonymous flyer is confusing locals

By Alan Tristram

A proposed new splashpad for Ōtaki will be free to use and will not unfairly
add to the rates of local residents, says the Kapiti Coast Council.

It says a flyer being circulated
anonymously in the town is confusing residents because it contains misleading information. read more…

Not Enough Sustainability At The Show?

2015 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There will be a huge range of eco-friendly products on display, talks and demonstrations, vibrant school gardens, a treasure hunt for kids and plenty of activities for them to try. Kapiti Council promotion for the Sustainable Home and Garden Show

Getting tired?

By Roger Childs

SHAG 1The show has been running for eight years and the fundamental concept is sound. There were 96 exhibiters this year with the usual range of gardening offerings, goods for sale made from recycled materials, energy saving ideas, a couple of school garden, suggestions for smarter water use and home heating, groups promoting themselves etc… and the food stalls.

There were good crowds on the fine Saturday and obviously most people enjoyed themselves. However overall the numbers attending were down, and there is a feeling that maybe SHAGS has had its day or needs to be renamed and energized. read more…

Blacks Caps Win A Thriller

2015 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I don’t even know where the ball went. Grant Elliott on his winning six.

Finalists at last!

 By Roger Childs

The Black Caps celebrate their victory

The Black Caps celebrate their victory

After six failures at the semi-final stage, New Zealand is at last in a World Cup one day cricket final. In a pulsating match against the gallant South Africans in Auckland, the Black Caps officially won by the seemingly comfortable margin of 4 wickets. However, the reality was that the result was in doubt until the second to last ball.

It was a contest that really deserved two winners, but while the men in black danced and leapt, the men in green slumped and wept. Both sides contributed equally to a match which had the 40,000 spectators at the ground and millions of television watchers on the edge of their seats to the end. read more…

Dogs On A Hot Tin Roof

2015 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dogs on Roof croppedKapiti Council workers rescue two hot dogs

By Alan Tristram

Tennessee Williams’ classic play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ came to mind when two KCDC workers were summoned to rescue two hot dogs from a suburban roof recently.

The Kapiti Coast animal control officers got a call from a neighbour of the Paraparaumu Beach property about two dogs pacing up and down on the roof of a neighbouring house.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing”, says Animal Control Officer, Pete Fitz-Gerald. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 2: Heart Of The Desert

2015 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

 Wildlife and metal roads

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Fish River Canyon accommodation

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

Stewart Island Magic 1: Tranquility

2015 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We who are fortunate enough to live here value the Island’s special qualities – its clear, clean waters, the lush rain forest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty that are constant in our lives. The Stewart Island Promotion Association

The latest news

 By Roger Childs

Port William on the north east coast

Port William on the north east coast

If you want the news from our third biggest island, you need to read SIN. So what’s the lead story in the February-March edition of the Stewart Island News? Floating body found in Patterson Inlet? Car goes down a bank at Horseshoe Bay? Fishing boat catches fire off Chew Tobacco Bay? None of the above, in fact the front page scoop is the ROCKS signs, like Oban You Rock. read more…

Can The Black Caps Make The Final?

2015 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A tough semi-final in Auckland

By John Smith

Tough opponents

Tough opponents

South Africa are a dangerous opponent. Firstly, they have AB De Villiers, seen by many as the best batsman in world cricket right now. Then they have Hashim Amla who has been out of form so far in the tournament, but a wonderful player when he’s batting well. They also have hitting power from Francois du Plessis, Rilee Roussow and David Miller, and a fine middle order player in J P Duminy.

Their pace attack is fast and hostile: Dale Steyn also has not been at his best, but looked close to it against Sri Lanka, and he is a big match player. Their leg-spinner Imran Tahir is probably the most penetrative spinner that we will face in this tournament. read more…

Fighting Foreign Control of NZ

2015 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
CTU Secretary Sam Huggard

CTU Secretary Sam Huggard

 Unions call on MP’s to fight foreign corporations

‘Vital to support Corporate Control Bill’

By Alan Tristram

The Council of Trade Unions  (CTU) says it’s vital that all MP’s support the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill which New Zealand First has introduced into Parliament.

CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says the Bill could stop New Zealand governments allowing overseas investors to sue NZ in private offshore tribunals, if they think their profits are threatened by NZ decisions. read more…

National Slips; Labour Inches Up

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Key's National still leading ... just

John Key’s National still leading … just

Roy Morgan Poll shows National still winning, but Labour gaining ground…slowly

By Alan Tristram

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National led by PM John Key falling to 46.5% (down 2.5% since February).

Support for the main opposition Labour Party is at 31% (up 1% – their highest level of support for nearly a year since May, 2014), but down for the Greens 11% (down 1%) while Winston Peter’s NZ First is 6% (unchanged).winston peters

However, support has increased for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%) and Act NZ 1% (up 1%) although United Future is still on 0% (unchanged). read more…

Guptill Sensational For Black Caps

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Just sublime. I will never forget it! Brendon McCullum on Guptill’s knock

Opener’s record takes New Zealand into the semi-finals

By Roger Childs

Black Caps hero Martin Guptill

Black Caps hero Martin Guptill

In one of the greatest innings in limited-over cricket history, Martin Guptill kept the World Cup dream alive.

His record breaking 237 not out, ensured a Black Caps semi-final match up with the talented South Africans next week. The 393 target was always going to be too tough for the West Indies.

They did score rapidly, but at the cost of regular wickets. In the end it was a chase too far. read more…

French Fall In Love With Brit Show

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

french top gearLe Top Gear soars while Clarkson sulks

By Alan Tristram

The bust up involving British motoring bad-boy Jeremy Clarkson has proved to be priceless PR for the launch of the French version of Top Gear.

The first episode proving to be the best-rated show in its broadcaster’s history. read more…

Le Top Gear

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Le Top Gear du JourLe Top Gear

Hospice Changes Controversial

2015 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Patients and family/whanau are at the heart of our service. Mary Potter Hospice Day Hospice Structure Confirmation

Day Unit programmes to be halved

By Roger Childs

Members of the local Lions Club present audio equipment to Linda Miller, right, at the  Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti base.

Members of the local Lions Club present audio equipment to Linda Miller, right, at the Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti base.

Who will need hospice services in the future? This is a big unknown for most people and the answer is ”maybe”. So having a Mary Potter Hospice centre in Paraparaumu is comforting for folk living between Peka Peka and Pukerua Bay.

A big success story in palliative care for Kapiti patients has been the Day Care programmes at the Paraparaumu base on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Numbers attending have been variable, but those who do get along are unanimous in their enthusiasm for the 10.00am to 2.00pm sessions. However, under a new regime starting next month, day care will be reduced to one day a week. Many patients and volunteers are not happy with this change.
read more…

Kapiti’s Economy Soars

2015 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coast outstrips Wellington and other regions

By Alan Tristram

kcdc hqThe Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC), says Kāpiti has outstripped the Wellington region and the country as a whole in terms of its economic performance over the last year, setting the base for future growth in the district.

Details on the Annual Economic Profile for Kāpiti, provided to Council’s Environment & Community Development Committee, reveal the district is outperforming the rest of the Wellington Region and the national averages for New Zealand in several key areas. read more…

UNICEF Active In Vanuatu

2015 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A coalition of national and international humanitarian organizations is coordinating to send aid to Vanuatu, where 3,300 people are sheltered in some 48 evacuation centers. Get Wired

Following in the wake of Cyclone Pam

By Roger Childs

Devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam

Devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam

Winds of 300kph , torrential rain and storm surges have wreaked havoc across the 80 islands of Vanuatu.

People have been killed and injured, buildings have been devastated, crops destroyed, power lost and roads damaged. The greatest damage has been on the southern volcanic island of Tanna.

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ranks the emergency in the small Pacific island nation as EXTREME and is quickly acting on the two major priorities for children:

~ providing clean water

~ immunization against measles. read more…

Otaihanga Roundabout Accident

2015 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The traffic south of the roundabout was backed up all the way to McDonalds south of Kapiti lights. Ian Linning

Truck mishap highlights need for a speed limit

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Ian Linning

Otaihanga accident 1A north bound truck overturned at the Otaihanga roundabout at 1.30pm today, Thursday. Coincidently, the vehicle was carrying a cargo of McDonalds’ fries. The roundabout was the site of three truck accidents soon after it was opened last year, prompting Ken Shirley from the Road Transport Forum to express concern about safety at this intersection of roads from Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Otaihanga. He cited complaints from truck drivers about its camber and layout. Furthermore KIN, in a September article, argued strongly for a speed limit on the roundabout, but the case was rejected by the Transport Authority. read more…

A Celebration Of ANZAC Music

2015 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Variety concert at Southwards

Gallipoli-2015Paraparaumu RSA and Kapiti Rotary Club will jointly present a special variety concert celebrating the music, songs and times of the two World Wars.

The concert to be held at Southwards on Saturday 18th April also commemorates the start of a week of ANZAC events 100 years on from the Gallipoli landings.

John Granville, the concert spokesman, announced The programme will be really varied and includes musical entertainment and performances, which will appeal to all ages. It covers music, skits and songs from 1914 to 1950. read more…

Train, Bus & Ferry Fares Freeze

2015 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
‘We’re hoping to get more people on public transport.’  Fran Wilde

Regional Council wants fares frozen for a year

 

commutersBy Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is proposing to freeze public transport fares for another year as part of its 10 Year Plan.

It says this is possible, in part, because of  savings made from more people using trains following the introduction of the Matangi trains on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and Johnsonville lines. read more…

Queens of the Wild Fonterra

2015 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Queens of the Wild Fonterra

Serco Kicks A Gaol

2015 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Serco

The Sharp End Of The ODI Cricket

2015 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand does not have quite the track record yet to go in favourites but they do have huge potential.

Analysing the knock out stage

By John Smith

The Black Caps celebrate against England

The Black Caps celebrate against England

History suggests that we shouldn’t read too much into the pool stages form – the winners often start slowly and peak when they need to. I would add that runs and wickets against weaker sides (and with apologies to English readers; I would include England in that group this time), don’t count for very much.

It is hard to compare the different roads to the quarter-finals. The Black Caps’ path – bowling first 5 times – has emphasized the quality of our attack at the expense of our batting. Other teams have had contrasting paths. read more…

New Police Motorbikes With Safety Message

2015 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police_bike_7New Police machines will soon be on Wellington roads

By Alan Tristram
Four new-look Police motorcycles being unveiled today for the Wellington region will bear the message ‘Look for bikes’ to remind all road-users that taking another look can save lives.
A total of 10 bikes are being provided nationwide, replacing existing bikes. Overall, the Police run a fleet of 27 machines throughout NZ.
Four of the new Honda machines are for Wellington, one for Canterbury and the other five are for the Auckland City and Waitemata areas. read more…

Licences And Helmets For Mobility Scooter Drivers?

2015 March 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Passers-by rushed to help an elderly man who fell down a riverbank while riding a mobility scooter on the Kapiti Coast this morning. The man was seen trapped under the scooter at the bottom of the riverbank in the Karu Reserve, Waikanae, shortly after 10am. Kay Blundell, Fairfax NZ

Geriatric scooter accidents

By Roger Childs

Fire fighters carry the injured man to  a waiting ambulance after the recent Waikanae River accident. ) (Photo by Kay Blundell)

Fire fighters carry the injured man to a waiting ambulance after the recent Waikanae River bank accident.  (Photo by Kay Blundell)

The long summer days have seen more mobility scooters emerging from Retirement Village gates. But are they safe? Accidents can happen, such as the recent mishap in early March described above, which resulted from a scooter toppling down a slope on the north Waikanae River bank.

Maybe it’s time, in our safety conscious society, to beef up the regulations for the motorised geriatrics in the interests of everyone. read more…

Hurricanes On Fire!

2015 March 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hurricanes 30-23 win was their fourth straight win this year, their best start to Super Rugby since the competition began… 20 years ago. Tony Robson DomPost.

Winning is style

 By Roger Childs

Hurricanes v Blues 1This was the team’s first match in New Zealand and some fans wondered about over-confidence. They need not have worried, as the Hurricanes were too strong for the Blues in a fast-moving, exciting game. Although it was four tries to two in Palmerston North, the visitors were very competitive and held the lead for much of the game. However, in the end the Wellington franchise had too much pace in the backs and generally had the edge in the forwards. read more…

Northland’s Fat Chance

2015 March 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Fat Winston Sings

An Upsetting And Uplifting Book

2015 March 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of Us is memorable

By Ralph McAllister

One of UsJust occasionally one reads a book which promises to remain with you forever. I am convinced that One Of Us  by Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, is one of those books.

Fifty years ago, almost to the day, I read and was horrified by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.  That book became and remains a classic of what we came to describe as faction.

The insights into the minds and actions of two mediocre nobodies who slaughtered four members of the Clutter family on their Kansas farm in a robbery which gained them $40, remain one of the great studies of American violence. read more…

CanSurvive Dragon Boaters In Competition

2015 March 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This team takes it seriously because they understand the huge benefits of dragon boating.

Using their experience to succeed

By Bette Cosgrove

CanSurvive in action

CanSurvive in action

The women of Wellington’s CanSurvive dragon boat team are pulling together their experience gained over the past year of national and international competition and their positive attitudes, to face the next three consecutive weeks of tough competition at local, regional and national paddling festivals.

Team members are drawn from all ages and backgrounds across the Wellington region from Kapiti to Miramar. Age or physical ability is no barrier to this team of breast cancer survivors, with three Hutt Valley paddlers being septuagenarians. read more…

Kapiti’s Health Care Problems

2015 March 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

map of kapiti coastHealth Factors in Super-city Plan?

By Jim Webber

Kapiti is at the northern end of the Greater Wellington region, comparable with Carterton and Greytown in terms of distance from Wellington’s regional hospital.

In terms of health-care, most of Kapiti District is covered by Capital & Coast District Health Board which encompasses a long, narrow strip from Wellington City to Pekapeka.  North of that, including Otaki, is in MidCentral DHB area.

As the mobile surgical bus operators point out, no other centre in New Zealand with the population of Kapiti is as far from a regional hospital — which poses problems for health care. read more…

Poisoning Children And Wildlife?

2015 March 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Protest out of control

By Roger Childs

Nathan Guy and John Key

Nathan Guy and John Key

Enthusiasm can quickly lead to fanaticism and sometimes stupidity. The threat of poisoning baby formula if the government doesn’t ban 1080 use, is abhorrent. Nothing wrong with the cause, KIN has long been an anti-1080 supporter, but the tactics are utterly misguided and highly dangerous. The mainstream media has predictably focused on John Key’s “eco-terrorism” view, the implications for Fonterra and our dairy industry and the effects on the stock market. Perhaps some attention could be given to the issue which is basis of this appalling blackmail: poisoning the land. read more…

Stewart Island Magic 1: Tranquility

2015 March 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 We who are fortunate enough to live here value the Island’s special qualities – its clear, clean waters, the lush rain forest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty that are constant in our lives. The Stewart Island Promotion Association

Port William on the north east coast

Port William on the north east coast

The latest news

By Roger Childs

If you want the news from our third biggest island, you need to read SIN. So what’s the lead story in the February-March edition of the Stewart Island News? Floating body found in Patterson Inlet? Car goes down a bank at Horseshoe Bay? Fishing boat catches fire off Tobacco Chew Point? None of the above, in fact the front page scoop is the ROCKS signs, like Oban You Rock. read more…

River Water Back On In Kapiti

2015 March 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Matt, a young Raumati Beach resident ,takes advantage of the flood-waters in Weka Park to go water boarding

Matt, a young Raumati Beach resident ,takes advantage of the flood-waters in Weka Park to go water boarding

No more bore water for a while following deluge

By Alan Tristram; photos, Helen Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says that, after a week on 100% bore water, the water supplies for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae switched back to river water after Friday’s rain.

It adds: “Whilst some people complain about the taste of bore water and the effect on hot water jugs, we are lucky — because of the foresight of previous councils — to have it as a backup.” read more…

Waitangi Reflections 2: Stakeholders

2015 March 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the second in our monthly series on the Treaty of Waitangi. Andy Oakley, author of “Cannons Creek to Waitangi”, looks at the key players in 1840 amongst whom were the white settlers living in New Zealand. In the light of this knowledge, he asks some serious questions about the nature of the Treaty settlement process.

Who were the interested parties in 1840?

By Andy Oakley

Signing the Treaty at Waitangi, February 1840

Signing the Treaty at Waitangi, February 1840

Little real thought has ever gone into who the stakeholders actually were with regards to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Firstly, to accurately analyse either the Treaty or who the stakeholders were, we need to ensure we refer only to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and not to other documents that were not the Treaty, such as the false English version written by James Freeman. Or for that matter “back translations” a hundred years after the event. read more…

New Zealander of the Year in London

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bronwen inspires Kiwis on International Women’s Day

Today women all over the globe are marking International Women’s Day, with the International Trade Union movement’s theme for the day  ‘Count us in’.

From London, Tom Aitken reports on a young Kiwi who is fulfilling the slogan.

bronwen horton‘I give It A Go !’

By Tom Aitken

This week Christchurch born and educated Bronwen Horton, ‘New Zealander of the Year 2013,’ spoke to the New Zealand University Graduates’ Association in the New Zealand House Penthouse, high above central London.

Bronwen’s day job is at Coutts Private Bank. However, she is also the founder of the New Zealand Business Women’s Network. read more…

Foreign Drivers: Don’t Copy Kiwis

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

belligerant drivers !

Amazing Sports Stories 17: Olivia

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 …it is her drive, fierce determination and total commitment that we all greatly admire. Lennox Sharp, East Otago High School Principal

A profile in courage

By Roger Childs. Photos by Steven Jaquery and supplied

Olivia OllerenshawDuathlete, Olivia Ollerenshaw, is not a household name in the world of sport, however her story of determination and recovery from a near death road accident is extraordinary. The 17 year old East Otago head girl won the South Island Secondary Schools’ Duathlon early in 2014. Not long after, while on a training ride, she was run over by a truck and trailer. She sustained multiple injuries and faced the possibility of having her right arm amputated. A promising sporting career was seemingly at an end. read more…

Why the Payments Gap is Wrong

2015 March 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanLow-wage earners and beneficiaries lose out…again

By Prue Hyman

On 1 April increases come in for benefits, superannuation, minimum wages, MPs’ pay and the rest – but can we make sense of them?

Annual adjustments in benefits and wages are a part of New Zealand’s social policy, and labour market framework, and the amounts involved regularly produce controversy which is often kneejerk rather than well informed.

But both beneficiaries and low wage earners are short changed by current policies.

read more…

Australian Professions of Loyalty

2015 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

malcolm turnbull ‘Et tu” Turnbull ?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

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

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

Kites Soar at Otaki Beach

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

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

 

Festival of kites wows visitors of all ages

Photo story by Ian Linning

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

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

‘Ghost’ signs and calligraphers

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

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

Calligraphers of Kapiti

By Pam Kessler

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

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

Isis Perils in UK

2015 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tom aitken cuTricky problems confronting British security services

By Tom Aitken in London

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

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

Two subheadings inform us further:

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

and

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

Abbott’s Attack on Refugees Rights

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

Gillian Triggs –Abbott wants her gone

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

Letter from Australia

By Julia Meek

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

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

Waikanae Children Survivors

2015 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

WAIKANAE SCHOOL SURVIVORS

By Peter Corlett

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

ISIS Solution

2015 February 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guns Got Us Into This

Australian Greyhound Cruelty Exposed

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

greyhound racing two‘Brutal’ Greyhound industry should end

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, SAFE

(Save Animals From Exploitation)

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

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

The Confident Australian Cricketers

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How do our trans-Tasman rivals stack up?

By John Smith

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

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

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

Auckland Super City Works for Franklin

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

 More heat than light?

By Roger Childs

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

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

American Tourists Visit Marines Memorial

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Visitors fascinated by the US-Kapiti connection

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

By Roger Childs

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

Phoenix Draw With The Jets 2-2

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The home team should have won!

By Dave Daniel

Roly Bonavenca unfortunately scored an own goal

Roly Bonevacia unfortunately scored an own goal

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

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

Church Leader Condemns Key’s War Move

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

PM joins ‘The Club ‘ and ignores public opinion

By the Very Rev. John Murray

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

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

Prospects For The Trans-Tasman Cricket Clash

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A history of not making the final about to change?

By John Smith

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

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

Fighting Democracy for the USA

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy on Key's war on democracy

Why NZ Troops Should Stay Put

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Russell Marshall (former Labour Cabinet Minister)

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

Poetry Blooms Again In Kapiti

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Gill Ward

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

Black Caps On A Roll?

2015 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

New Zealand in great form at the World Cup

By Roger Childs

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

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

‘Don’t Swim’ notice for Kapiti streams

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

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

National Down in Latest Poll

2015 February 22
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by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john key wideshotRoy Morgan Poll shows Nati