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Guru v. KCDC in Court

2016 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Councillor wins ‘David and Goliath’ battle v. own Council in High Court

By Alan Tristram

GuruThe Kapiti Coast Councillor K Gurunathan (Guru) has finally emerged completely victorious in an important case involving democratic process in the Kapiti Coast District Council.

The Councillor took legal action against his own council over a decision to exclude him and four

KCDC Chief Pat Dougherty

KCDC Chief Pat Dougherty

other Councillors from a committee set up to review the CEO’s performance and pay.

The Council’s ‘Chief Executive Performance and Employment Committee’ (CEPEC) was made up of the Mayor, Ross Church,  and five of the ten KCDC councillors.

Cr Gurunathan objected to the fact he couldn’t attend commitee meetings or get access to all its information. When his objections were ignored he took his own cas to the High Court — and won. read more…

The Wonderful Oliver Sacks

2016 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a largely autobiographical account of the brilliant neurologist, doctor, writer, weight lifter, motorbike enthusiast and music lover. Ralph McAllister

An amazing man and a great writer

By Roger Childs

A great man

A great man

Ralph thought this book was great and you can’t get a better recommendation than that! (He reviewed it for KIN last year: scroll down to June 25 2015.)

At the time, Oliver Sacks was still alive, but sadly he passed away at the end of August aged 82. It would be hard to find anyone who packed so much into one life. Amongst many things, he was one of the most influential medical figures on the planet over the last 60 years.

His chosen field was neurology and his endless fascination with mental health and its huge range of medical manifestations, made him a famous and respected doctor and innovator. read more…

New Police Non-Pursuit Policy

2016 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) is urging police to review their policy on chasing fleeing drivers, saying too many young people are dying. Amelia Langford, Radio New Zealand News

non pursuit

 

Blacks Caps On The Up

2016 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An impressive home record

By Melbourne correspondent, John Smith

Big test at the Basin Reserve

Big test at the Basin Reserve

Another successful sequence at home: two test against Sri Lanka and then three winning ODI series and some very encouraging T20 results.

There are many more positives than negatives.

For me the particular delight has been

~ the emergence of two new talents

~ the rebirth of an old one. read more…

Some Excellent Reads Over The Summer

2016 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Distractions: sport and primaries!

By Ralph McAllister

A distraction we could do without!

A distraction we could do without!

After 2015 proved to be a good year for readers, the focus now shifts to this New Year and what beckons.

I must admit to spending much more time watching television these holidays, what with the cricket, the sevens and, most surprisingly, Fox News, and the inexorable awfulness of the primary battles for the Republican nomination.

The repetition, the viciousness, the intolerance and downright stupidity would grace any mediocre thriller, but there is an extra fascination as we watch the reality of this circus. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 6

2016 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizThe latest in our series.

 

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

 

Answers on Sunday. read more…

Kapiti Shark Warning

2016 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Bronze whaler shark, which DOC says may have been the  type of shark seen off Kapiti beaches

Bronze whaler shark, which DOC says may have been the type of shark seen off Kapiti beaches

Sharks sighted off Peka Peka and Waikanae beaches

The sharks were first seen by a Heliworks Helicopter working in the area, says Inspector John Spence of the Police Central Communications Centre.

read more…

Biking To Work Or School

2016 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Go By Bike Day” is a one-day event in February every year where thousands of Kiwis ditch their cars or trains and buses – and cycle to work or school. Bikewise website

Kapiti folk get on their bikes

By Roger Childs

A group all set to  head north through the park from Paekakariki. Jan Nisbet is on the right.

A group all set to head north through the park from Paekakariki. (Photo credit: KCDC)

Three of us running back through Queen Elizabeth Park at 8.00am this morning  saw Paekakariki kids and adults in action.

Appropriately, the new Te Ara o Whareroa cycleway was a popular routeway for people to head north to work and school on ‘Go By Bike Day.’.

Cycling enthusiast and Park conservationalist Jan Nisbet was checking bikers through at the main Paekakakriki cycleway entrance into the park. read more…

Kapiti Crowds for Waitangi

2016 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Koro Don te Maipi welcomes vistors to the  Marae at Waikanae

Koro Don te Maipi  and Council representatives welcome visitors to the Marae at Waikanae

KCDC welcomes crowds for Waitangi Day commemorations

By Alan Tristram

The KCDC says the number of people attending the Waitangi Day

Visitors arrive for official Maori welcome on the Marae

Visitors arrive for official Maori welcome on the Marae

ceremonies at Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae ran into the thousands.

The event began with a powhiri and  speeches by Koro Don Te Maipi and Mayor Ross Church.

Anbd other speakers included Hohepa Potini, George Jenkins, Andre Baker and Ake Taiaki from local iwi Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai. read more…

“One Treaty, One Nation”: A Review

2016 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(The writers) share a common concern at the way that democracy and equality… are being undermined by the ever increasing demands of some tribalist groups –part-Maoris – for special rights and privileges, over and above other New Zealanders.

The book every New Zealander should read

By Roger Childs

The one treaty that matters, signed in 1840

The one treaty that matters, signed in 1840

Is this just publisher blurb to sell the book or should it be taken at face value?

It should be. Some people may have a quick look at the seventeen chapter headings and conclude that this is just another anti-Maori, racist rant.

But in reality, it is a very thorough, well researched plea to end racism and it destructive consequences – separatism, favouritism and inequality. read more…

Black Caps: A Class Act

2016 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wednesday was brilliant – one of the most complete NZ ODI displays you could imagine. Our Melbourne based cricket expert John Smith, on the Black Caps recent win over Australia in Auckland

Near the top of the tree

By Roger Childs

Black Caps with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Black Caps with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

The Black Caps comfortable victory over Australia in the ODI in Hamilton on Monday, is indicative of how good this team is. After easy series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan earlier in the season, players and fans were looking forward to the big “test” against the Aussies, who are ranked number one in the world.

A win in Auckland followed by a loss at the Wellington Caketin meant, that the fate of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy hung on the Hamilton result.

Winning that match gave the home team the series win and moved them up to second in the world cricket rankings for the 50 over game. Now there are two five day tests to come and the Black Caps will be keen to avenge the 2-0 loss in the recent series in Australia. read more…

Kapiti Women’s Triathlon Coming Up

2016 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Encouraging participation

By Roger Childs

Raumati Beach setting for the start

Raumati Beach setting for the start (Credit: KWT website)

Kapiti residents, especially in Raumati and Paraparaumu Beach, will have recently noticed plenty of women and girls out running, swimming and riding in preparation for the big event.

The 2016 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting fixture will take place on Sunday 28 February from Raumati Beach.

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

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

Money For Kāpiti Events

2016 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

otaki kite festivalKCDC to fund 3 big Kāpiti events

The Kapiti Coast Council has approved one-off funding for three major events to be held in Kāpiti this year.

Still from 'The Dead Lands'

Still from ‘The Dead Lands’

The Ōtaki Kite Festival ( photo shows kites flying last year) gets $8,000 for promoting the event  — which is being held this year on  5 & 6 March – and for providing a bus services from Waikanae Railway Station.

The Māoriland Film Festival receives $32,000 and $10,000 has been granted for a new event,

the Coastella International Music Festival.  The film festival and the  music festival will be held over Easter. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 5 Answers

2016 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIf you would still like to give it a go feel free. (Scroll down to February 4)

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

Answers below. read more…

Otaki River Hazard

2016 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki_River_mouth_mediumGWRC warning after toxic algae kills dog

By Alan Tristram

Toxic algae mat

Toxic algae mat

Following the death of a dog this week, Greater Wellington Regional Council are warning river users with dogs to avoid the Otaki river mouth and estuary.

The exact cause of the dog death is still being investigated but poisoning from toxic algae is suspected.  read more…

Waitangi: Sovereignty, Property And Rights

2016 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He iwi tahi tatou – We are now one nation. Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson to each chief after he had signed the Treaty of Waitangi

What it meant at the time

By Roger Childs

Captain William Hobson, a man with a peaceful mission

Captain William Hobson, a man with a peaceful mission

It was 6 February 1840 and the location was an elevated area above the Bay of Islands known as Waitangi. The British government’s envoy, Captain William Hobson, had called tribal leaders together to sign a treaty.

When we examine the significance of this agreement, we need to comprehend what the signatories understood at the time.

This was a treaty about the scattered native peoples of New Zealand, through their iwi leaders, ceding sovereignty to the British government in exchange for read more…

TPPA — No Longer A Secret

2016 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

secret tppa

2016 Paekakariki Races Next Weekend

2016 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This will be the 9th running of this event in its current format. The course is both fast and challenging and scenic and suitable for athletes of all abilities. Bryn Kempthorne, President Kapiti Running and Tri Club

Great value in a picturesque setting

By Roger Childs

Great setting for a walk or run

Great setting for a walk or run

The Kapiti Running and Tri Club Paekakariki Road Races will take place on Sunday 14 February. The three lap run and two lap walk start at 9.00 am on the road beside Campbell Park on The Parade. The other races begin at 9.30. (See details of the distances below.)

The entry fee is $15 for adults and under 19 competitors pay $5. Participants can enter on the day, but need to get there early and will be required to pay a $5 late entry fee.

~ The entry form/flyer is here

~ Online entry is here

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: End the Waitangi Farce?

2016 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The origins of the national day

Where it all started, but time to shift the emphasis to modern day unity?

Where it all started, but time to shift the emphasis to modern day unity?

February 6 is supposed to be our national day, but the big news stories this week have been about Part-Maori protests and whether our politicians will be safe on the marae at Waitangi. In an earlier FFT we compared what happens here with the recently celebrated Australia Day. (See February 2.)

Waitangi Day 2016 is 176 years from the date a treaty was signed which brought New Zealand into the British Empire. It was done with the consent of the great majority of native chiefs who ceded sovereignty to the British Crown.

There was no reference to a partnership or joint rule, because the most powerful nation on earth wasn’t going to do deals with what Lord Normanby of the Colonial Office, called … people composed of numerous dispersed and petty tribes who possess few political relations to each other … read more…

Otaki Energy Initiative

2016 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Coastal Energy director Phil Malpas with equipment used to audit energy usage

Coastal Energy director Phil Malpas with equipment used to audit energy usage

Co-op helps Kapiti folk save on energy 

From the Coastal Energy Co-operative

With the start of a New Year, good intentions about what we are going to do differently are on our ‘to do’ lists .

So why not add energy resolutions for 2016 and move towards energy efficiency and sustainability? read more…

A Treaty Puts An End To Political Chaos

2016 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we begin a series of short articles on aspects of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi: Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Starting with the chaotic 1830s scene and what the treaty did for Maori culture at the time.

Reluctant colonisers

New Zealand in the 1830s had no government or political structure either Polynesian or British. The native tribes were frequently at war with one another and there was no concept of a united Pacific nation.

Polynesian- European interaction increased rapidly in the 1830s

Polynesian – European interaction increased rapidly in the 1830s

Up until 1838 the British government had no desire to get involved in New Zealand and establish another expensive colony. It was however, well aware that British settlement was increasing, but was reluctant to interfere, and content to let the Governor of New South Wales monitor the changing scene across the Tasman.

Ultimately it was the expanding European (mainly British) economic activity, trading and settlement, and concerns over the impact of this on the native peoples that forced the British government’s hand. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 5

2016 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizHere is number 5.

 

See how you go, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

Answers on Sunday. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New Zealand Day?

2016 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Most Australians consider January 26 with national pride, flying the Australian flag from businesses, homes, cars and even their babies. They attend festivals, fireworks, community and sporting events or gather for family barbecues at homes, parks or on the beach. publicholidays.au.com

A lesson for us?

By Roger Childs

Australia DaySometimes our friends from across the Tasman can teach us a thing or two. They celebrate their national day on January 26 and appropriately call it Australia Day. As the quote above indicates, it is a time for celebration and enjoyment.

There is no emphasis on ethnicity, being Aboriginal or Chinese or Italian, it’s about pride in being Australian.

Contrast that with our national day which officially falls on the date when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed 176 years ago. Already the predictable posturing and debates have started: who will be protesting over what, will the Prime Minister go to Waitangi and so on. read more…

Little Known Facts (3) …

2016 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Reagan.SalutingUS President meets Paekakariki Polly

By Alan TristramPolly, Don 2010 001 (1)

Many years ago Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, wandered into a Los Angeles garage where Don Polly, later to become one of Paekakariki’s most famous sons, happened to be employed as a grease monkey.

Mr Polly recognised the Governor and rushed over to shake him warmly by the hand.

But brain fade had set in and Don couldn’t put a name to the famous actor’s face.

Quick thinking as ever, he blurted: ‘Are you who I think you are?’

‘Sure son, Ronald Reagan, glad to meet ya,’ the future Republican President intoned gravely.

Little did Reagan know that he was shaking the hand of dyed-in-the (Red) wool Communist sympathiser, and future Editor of the Paekakariki Xpressed, Donald Polly.

 

Djokovic Too Good For Murray

2016 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We were left with a familiar impression: Djokovic does everything Murray does, only better. Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian

Singles final not vintage but had its moments

By Roger Childs

The moment of victory

The moment of victory

The 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 score-line suggests that Djokovic’s victory over Andy Murray was an easy one. However after the one-sided first set, the number one seed didn’t have it all his own way.

The Scot produced some excellent play in both the second and third sets with impressive serving and a number of aces. There were also periods when he had the champion on the back foot with powerful ground strokes, superbly angled placements and cross-court winners.

Murray is one of the best retrievers in the game and he chased down plenty. He also broke Djokovic’s service four times, but then failed to capitalise at crucial times as he found the net or hit too long. read more…

German Angst Increases

2016 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Harald Daehne

Harald Daehne

A new Wall around Germany?

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

(KIN welcomes our new central Europe correspondent Harald Daehne, who lives and works in Berlin)

Germany’s generosity stretched to the limit

In my nice, quiet middle-class quarter, Berlin-Friedenau, where most buildings date from 1900 and are not seen by most Berlin tourists, some 400 refugees are arriving from the near and Middle East this month.

Town Hall Berlin-Friedenau

Town Hall Berlin-Friedenau

They will live in the old district town hall, not 100 metres away from my little flat.

Most areas around the city of Berlin are colourful, liberal and tolerant — and it’s normal to live together with people from all over the world. read more…

Anti- TPPA Protests Continue

2016 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

1a prue hyman‘Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership now- and on February 4 !’

By Prue Hyman

I am immensely grateful to the experts trying to analyse the arcane legal language in the enormous document that is TPPA.

A series of research papers at https://tpplegal.wordpress.com/nzlf-expert-paper-series/ sponsored by the NZ Law Foundation do a great job.

February 4th is signing day in Auckland for the 12 countries involved. There will be major protests, as well as a petition circulating, and this marks the end of a national speaking tour with the indefatigable Jane Kelsey joined by Lori Wallach from Public Citizen in the US.  At last this issue is getting significant publicity. read more…

Kerber Wins Exciting Final

2016 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You deserve it… I am very happy for you. Tennis legend, Serena Williams, gracious in defeat

First German grand slam winner this century

By Roger Childs

Angelique Kerber, worthy champion

Angelique Kerber, worthy champion

7th seed, Angelique Kerber, held her nerve to win the third set and take the Australian Open women’s singles title. In so doing, she won her first grand slam and denied the favourite Serena Williams her 22nd.

Kerber nearly went out in the first round to world No 64 Misaki Doi, and had to survive a match point before going on to win.

Five matches later without dropping a set, she was up against the winner of four of the last five grand slams. It was an exciting contest which kept the crowd on the edge of the seats and, sometimes on their feet, as the score see-sawed back and forth. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 4 Answers

2016 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIf you would like to  have a go scroll down to  January 27.

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

Answers below. read more…

Saudi Bendover

2016 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

saudi bendover

Big Turnout for Parkrun Anniversary

2016 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great morning at Otaihanga

By Roger Childs (Click on the photos to enlarge)

Finishers enjoying the friendly post-race atmosphere and refreshments

Finishers enjoying the friendly post-race atmosphere and refreshments

A year ago, an enthusiastic local group launched the Kapiti parkrun. This worldwide “event” operates on Saturdays at 8.00am in over 20 countries, and runners and walkers compete over a 5km course.

In the first Kapiti event in 2015, out and back along the south bank of the Waikanae River, the winner was local triathlete, Leon Goodwin. In the first anniversary race today, he did it again, in a time of 18.54. Lucy Townend was first woman home, and third overall, in 20.42.

Today’s event brought out a large field of 101, and  as well as plenty of locals, there were visitors from Sydney, Hamilton and Porirua.

read more…

Tennis Faces Clean-up

2016 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nick-Lindahl-AUS-Jan-4-067-wkShadow’ over Melbourne tournament:  ‘Low-level’ fixing hard to beat

 By Akbar Hamid, tennis correspondent

In Sydney this week, former tennis pro Nick Lindahl pleaded guilty to one charge related to match fixing during a minor tournament in 2013.

Lindahl, who hit a career high ATP ranking of 187 in 2010, pleaded not guilty to a series of other charges linked to match fixing.

This has rocked the tennis world and sports world in general as there have been allegations about widespread match fixing at all levels of the game. A shadow has been thrown over the first tennis grand slam tournament of the year in Melbourne. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: TPPA Nonsense

2016 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It will be disastrous if New Zealand does not sign up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). New Zealand Trade Minister

Government diversionary tactics

By Roger Childs

TPP cartoonThe Trade Minister’s statement is a gross exaggeration designed to scare those who haven’t thought about it, and those who have blind faith in the National government’s decision making. Now John Key is diverting attention from the real issues, by exploiting divisions within the Labour ranks over TPPA.

The government has only come out with some rough estimates on trade and economic growth, based on dubious economic models, to justify signing up. Meanwhile opponents such as respected economist, Rod Oram and academic Jane Kelsey, have produced detailed and thoroughly researched position papers on the downside.

On this week’s dismal Wednesday evening, there was standing room only in Wellington’s St Andrew Church, testifying to the depth of feeling against TPPA among people from all walks of life.

The Wellington meeting was one of many that have been held around the country in recent weeks. The next step is to present a petition to the Governor General.

You can still add your name to the TPPA petition.

read more…

Leicester Set the Pace, Phoenix Falter

2016 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Crunch time for the Premier League frontrunners

By Dave Daniel

Still in top spot

Still in top spot

Leicester City sit three points clear at the top of the Premier League and those 3 points are invaluable.

Coming up are games against  Liverpool (Home), Manchester City (Away) and then Arsenal (Away).

In any given season there are periods of games that can define a club, expose their frailties or send a powerful message to those around them.  read more…

And Then There Were Four

2016 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is going to be a big challenge for both of us, I’m expecting a great fight. Novak Djokovic on the upcoming semi-final with Roger Federer

Semis time in Melbourne

By Roger Childs

Novak Djokovic: odds on favourite to win another grand slam

Novak Djokovic: odds on favourite to win another grand slam

It’s reached the sharp end of the Australian Open singles. The qualifiers and lesser lights have been discarded and no Aussie, and only one American, made it to the last eight.

On the men’s side the usual suspects are there for the semi finals: Federer, Djokovic and Murray, and amongst the women two of the top four: Williams and Radwanska are through.

The women’s singles always seems to be more volatile, and intriguingly, even though there are 32 seeds, two unseeded players contested one of the quarter finals. read more…

Chaos Hits Parisian Roads

2016 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

paris taxi protestOur Paris correspondent says taxi drivers are hitting back at Uber — with some success

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

Police have arrested 20 people as striking taxi drivers in Paris  and  across France staged  protests over competition from new rivals such as Uber.  I observed some of the chaos  near my flat — on foot.

At least 2,000 taxi drivers took part in the national protest; and in Paris drivers succeeded in disrupting traffic around airports and railway stations.

As the photo shows, the drivers blocked off key ring roads with burning tires — and security forces had to fire teargas at crowds in an effort to maintain order.
read more…

Can Otaki Gorge Road Be Reopened?

2016 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The dead end road is 18km long. The first 13km are asphalted, but the road gets funny the last 5km. It’s unsealed, narrow and winding, with plunging drops to steel-grey river waters on one side, and steep, forbidding cliffs, often wrapped in cold wisps of white mist on the other. dangerous roads/Australia.org

Gateway to the Southern Tararuas closed

 By Roger Childs

Otaki Gorge Road1The Otaki Gorge Road is a popular access point for trampers, campers, runners, kayakers and multi-sporters heading into the headwaters of the Otaki River and the mountains beyond.

It travels east from State Highway One south of Otaki, and ends at the start of several tracks into the Tararua Range, the most famous of which is the legendary 40km Southern Crossing.

However, as the quote above vividly describes, the road is tricky to negotiate and steep cliffs along the way regularly create problems. The Blue Bluff section, in particular, is prone to slips as the underlying rock is crumbly greywacke. Unfortunately the worst fears have now been realised. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 4

2016 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizOur latest weekly quiz.

 

See how you go, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

Answers on Sunday. read more…

Lively TPPA Meeting at Otaki

2016 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Gaining an understanding of TPPA

By Kathryn Ennis

TPPOtaki residents were treated to an informative and lively TPPA meeting, held at the Tele Hotel on Saturday 23rd January.

A diverse group of speakers were lined up for the event, to provide an overview of the TPPA, its potential implications and current TPPA activities.

A blessing to start the meeting was given by Queenie Rikihana, journalist and noted local author. read more…

Threat to Kapiti Foodsellers

2016 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Cr K Gurunathan

Coucillor warns new laws will hit 260 Kapiti food firms  

By Kapiti Cr K Gurunathan (Guru)

New regulations under the Food Act 2014, scheduled to take effect in March, are likely to dramatically increase costs for Kapiti’s 260 registered food businesses.

Left unchanged, the regulations will also increase council costs to manage food operators under the new regime.raumati-fish-supply

Worse, the complexity of the regulations means Council costs could be passed on to the food operators. This will lead to businesses blaming council. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THE POOR

2016 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(A law) passed unanimously by the National Assembly last week, will force chains to donate discarded food to charity or allow it to be turned into animal feed, compost or energy. Lizzie Dearden, The Independent 23 May 2015

Makes perfect sense

By Roger Childs

Parisian councillor Arash Derambarsh started a petition that led to law passed in france

Parisian councillor Arash Derambarsh started a petition that led to the law being  passed in France (Credit: The Independent)

The Belgians did it in 2014, the French last year and the pressure is going on the British government. The question of what happens to the “surplus food” from supermarkets has probably made you wonder. The answer in New Zealand is that it gets thrown out.

In the Kapiti area I know of one enterprising farmer who collects surplus vegetables and feeds it to his stock.

However, basically the reality is, that while tens of thousands of Kiwis go short, our supermarkets throw away millions of dollars worth of edible food each week. Food rotting in landfills doesn’t benefit our society, so we think it should be given to charity. (Elnaz Bahadori)

She wants that to change and you can help by signing her petition.

Sign Elnaz’s petition 
read more…

Making Sense of Anniversary Days

2016 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The provinces have broken down because of their coming into conflict with the colonial government on many points, and especially on points of finance. Their doom was only a question of time … Colonial Treasurer, Julius Vogel 1874

A link back to the old provinces

By Roger Childs

Julius Vogel: the key man in putting paid to  the provinces

Julius Vogel: the key man in putting paid to the provinces

140 years ago, provincial government was abolished in New Zealand. Six provinces had been set up under the 1852 constitution to provide for the efficient administration of the country’s scattered settlements. This was in the days before the development of road and rail links, and most transport and trade was by sea. Four more provinces were set up later.

By 1876 land transport was rapidly expanding and many provincial administrations were in dire financial straits. The central government in Wellington, led by Julius Vogel, decided the time had come to abolish the provinces.

However, each province had set up an anniversary day and 140 years after the abolition of provincial government, these public holidays remain. read more…

Dumb and Dumber

2016 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

dumb and dumber

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 3: Answers

2016 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIf you still want to have a go, feel free. (Scroll down to  January 21.)

 

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

 

Answers below. read more…

Delightful French Comedy

2016 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

La Famille Bélier

By Roger Childs

Belier familyThey are a typical French farming family: Mum, Dad and two teenage kids, except they are all deaf, apart from the daughter. So 16 year old Paula, very well played by the award-winning Louane Emera, does the sign language communication for the others.

The Béliers run a dairy farm and regularly sell their produce at the nearby town market. However, the story largely centres on Paula who has a very good singing voice which impresses the school music teacher. The possibility that this talent might mean she will one day leave the family which is so dependent on her, is a key element of the storyline.

This is a movie which has plenty of laughs and but is also poignant in parts and occasionally sad. Four stars. read more…

The 6km Park Route ‘Official’ Opening

2016 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A trail for all seasons and ages

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA group of joggers who run from Raumati to Paekakariki and back every week, regularly came across a girl and a boy in 2015 biking to school through Queen Elizabeth Park. They attend Te Ra in Raumati South and were excited about the prospect of the new cycleway being completed.

Te Ara o Whareroa officially opens tomorrow, but has been used for weeks. There has been a noticeable increase in cyclists in this time, with ages ranging from 8 months to 80 years.

But this is not just for cyclists: the 6km trail from Tilley Road, Paekakariki to Poplar Avenue in Raumati South is also popular with walkers and runners. read more…

Continuing action on the TPPA

2016 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As in all things TPPA the date and venue for the signing is a secret. So much for full public disclosure in our democracy. Activist Greg Rzesniowiecki

 The need for public meetings now

 By Roger Childs (My thanks to Greg Rzesniowiecki and Morgan Le Quesne for much of the information provided below.)

TPPThe TPP talks went on for months in 2015, in secret. The Pacific Rim discussions which involved New Zealand and eleven other countries, were part of trade negotiations going on around the world, led by the Americans and the European Union.

However, key drivers of the process have been thousands of ubiquitous corporations. So while the public in all the participating nations were kept in the dark, hundreds of multi-national consultants were looking over the shoulders of the negotiators.

Agreement was reached late last year, but before New Zealand can officially sign up Parliament has to agree. read more…

Expressway: The Raumati Connection

2016 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Raumati  Bridge development November 2015

Raumati Bridge development November 2015

The crossheads – some of the largest in New Zealand weighing up to 170 tonne each – will be placed on top of the bridge piers, and will support the bridge beams that span the road. New Zealand Transport Agency Newsletter

Rapid progress at Raumati Road

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs and NZTA

The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway is advancing rapidly and will probably be complete by Christmas.

Raumati Bridge development January 2016

Raumati Bridge development January 2016

A recent visitor from Christchurch would like to take the work force back down south to speed up the painfully slow repair of roads and bridges in the garden city!

Bridge building has created great interest up and down the Kapiti Coast and one of the most visible has been at Raumati Road.

The construction of the abutments, piers, crossheads and beams is a complicated business, however the process east of the Raumati S-bend is well advanced. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 3

2016 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizHere is the latest.

 

See how you go, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Sports Team of the Year

2016 January 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

World champions to fight it out

By Roger Childs

The All Blacks claim the big rugby prize of 2015

The All Blacks claim the big rugby prize of 2015

This is a class line up with three of the finalists being by far the best in the world in 2015.

The All Blacks, Men’s Rowing Pair: Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, and Men’s 49er Class Yachtsmen: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been unrivalled in their respective disciplines for many years.

The Black Caps can’t compete with these amazing records, even though they reached the final of the ODI World Cup Cricket final and beat the eventual champions, Australia, along the way.

So it’s down to three. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: QE Park: Kapiti’s Reserve?

2016 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful cycleway

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis weekend will see the official opening of an outstanding Kapiti project: the 6km Te Ara o Whareroa Trail. In the words of the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) website:

The route provides a link between the communities of Raumati and Paekākāriki and makes it possible to avoid highway traffic when cycling between the two villages. It demonstrates a commitment to the development of healthy sustainable transport options for the Kāpiti Coast and will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

You could be forgiven for thinking that this was a KCDC initiative, but in fact it was built and financed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). read more…

Kapiti Vandals on Smashing Spree

2016 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Vandalism wreckage at toilets in Paraparaumu Domain

Vandalism wreckage at toilets in Paraparaumu Domain

Community facilities destroyed in wave of vandalism

(All photos courtesy KCDC)

The Kapiti Coast District Council says wall cladding and toilet cisterns have been ripped down from bathroom facilities at the Paraparaumu Domain in another spate of damage to community facilities in Kāpiti.

It says this mean a number of parks, playgrounds and community facilities have been damaged or vandalised in throughout the District this summer. read more…

NIWA’s Latest on ‘Hotspots’

2016 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 weather mapHotspot Outlook

From Niwa (National Institute of  Water and Atmosphere research)

This is an update describing soil moisture across NZ to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.  Regions experiencing these are deemed “hotspots”. 

Outlook

For the North Island, very little in the way of widespread and organised rainfall is anticipated through to Friday —  but isolated areas about the higher terrain of the lower part of the island may receive in excess of 20m in response to a moist flow around a low over the Tasman. read more…

“Submission”: A Prophetic Novel?

2016 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 A novel which hunts big game, while others settle for shooting rabbit. Julian Barnes on “Atomised” in the Times Literary Supplement

A controversial writer

By Roger Childs

Submission 4Michel Houellebecq is regarded by some as the enfant terrible of French writing and by others as a literary genius.

What is not in doubt is that he is a best-selling author and The Times calls him … currently France’s greatest literary export.

He exploded on to the world of novels with Atomised, a story about two dysfunctional brothers, one of whom has sex on the brain and the other who has great difficulty with the female population.

Houellebecq followed this up with Platform, a novel about sex tourism. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 2

2016 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz Our second weekly quiz.

If you still want to have a go scroll down to January 14

See how you do, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

If you’ve done  it, the answers feature below.

read more…

Suffragette: A Movie To Catch

2016 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We don’t want to be law breakers, we want to be law makers. Emmeline Pankhurst

An epic struggle

By Roger Childs

Suffragette 3New Zealand women gained the vote in 1893 and yet 20 years later in the mother country, the British Liberal government remained unconvinced about the merits of female suffrage.

Despite the vigorous promotion of the cause by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and other groups, peaceful tactics were clearly not taking the movement anywhere. So the WSPU led by the Pankhurst sisters, launched a civil disobedience campaign in 1912.

This shift in tactics, which become increasingly bitter and violent, is the basis for Suffragette.

London in the pre-war era is faithfully reconstructed and the story builds to one of the most shattering climaxes in the history of film making. Four and a half stars. read more…

Sportswoman of the Year

2016 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The women’s category looks arguably the toughest. stuff.co.nz

An outstanding field

By Roger Childs

Lydia Ko: part of a quality field

Lydia Ko: part of a quality field

Unlike the sportsmen, the women finalists are all world champions, or in one case, second best. The four female stars all have first names starting with L:

~ ace golfer Lydia Ko

~ kayaking star Lisa Carrington

~ long distance class swimmer Lauren Boyle

~ cycling time trialist champion Linda Villumsen.

There will be three very unlucky women. read more…

Alcohol and Violence

2016 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Alcohol Study

Kapiti Councillor’s Water Worries

2016 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

jackie elliott, new, twoJackie Elliott promises to fight for affordable water

By KCDC Cr Jackie Elliott

The Kapiti Coast District Council voted at its last meeting to reconvene the Water Charging Regime Advisory Group (CRAG).

Later Mayor Ross Church is reported as saying the council had put much effort into establishing an advisory group that would represent a range of perspectives from the community.

And he said CRAG’s recommendations will be an important input into council’s decisions for the 2016/2017 financial year. read more…

KIN YEARLY AWARDS 6: Best Non-Fiction Book

2016 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A deeply affecting, urgently important book – one not just about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy. Katherine Boo

Understanding what people want

By Ralph McAllister

Being MortalBeing Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End by Atul Gawande is surely one of the most significant books written in the last few years.

Gawande is a surgeon, writer, lecturer who practises in Boston.

He has written for The New Yorker for over 15 years and is hugely respected for his wisdom, erudition and compassion. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 2

2016 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIt’s time for our second weekly quiz!

See how you go, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

Answers on Sunday. read more…

Life With The Patels

2016 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Dignaben Patel and Grandmother Patel (Greetaben) serving at the Raumati Beach FourSquare store

Dignaben Patel and Grandmother Patel (Greetaben) serving at the Raumati Beach FourSquare store

Local Heroes at Raumati Beach

By Alan Tristram; photos by Helen Tristram

 

Life has been hectic for Shirish and the extended Patel family since I last wrote.

Half the family are in India for a series of ‘big family weddings’, there’s been a complete makeover for the Raumati Beach FourSquare Raumati-Beach_cropMainImagestore — and on top of that a ‘postal takeover and makeover’.

It’s the postal takeover  that’s seen the Patels ride to the rescue of the community and become local heroes in the process. read more…

KIN YEARLY AWARDS 5: Best Work Of Fiction

2016 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is in no way little

By Ralph McAllister

A Little Life 2Simply put, it is easily the best book of the year.

Why? Let me explain.

Four young graduates and friends arrive in New York to seek fame and fortune.

Willem is an aspiring actor, Malcolm hopes to change the architectural landscape of the city, J B is a black visual artist with strange ambitions and, central to the book, is Jude, a budding lawyer with deeply personal problems. read more…

British Problems Pile Up

2016 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tom aitkenThe Winter of Our Discontents  — an Ongoing Tragicomedy in Numerous Settings

By Tom Aitken in London

There is probably a more or less worldwide assumption that the British Isles are a fairly safe and comfortable place in which to live with a temperate climate and absence of volcanoes. Furthermore, the English Channel is still something of a barrier to foreign epidemics, and foreign political upheavals, political refugees and the absurd political and social attitudes to be found in parts of Europe.

What could possibly go wrong?

In fact, quite a lot can. read more…

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS 2: Arthur Conan-Doyle

2016 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Little Known Facts About Well-known People.2 — Creator of the detective legend

By Roger Childs

Starting a detective legend

Starting a detective legend

Arthur Conan-Doyle published a book in 1890 called A Study in Scarlet.

It was about a detective called Sherlock Holmes, a character who has since become the most famous sleuth in the history of literature, film and television.

Readers will be aware that the writer was born in Scotland and became a doctor, however less well known are his talents as a sportsman. read more…

Prue On Sustainability

2016 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

helen clarkHelen Clark heads UN team, but little in NZ media about sustainable development

By Prue Hyman

From MDG’s to SDG’s – why do we hear so little about them?

I decided that I should start 2016 with a reasonably optimistic column, despite being inescapably myself more geared to the glass half empty than the glass half full.

But I fear that pessimism has crept back in whether thinking locally or worldwide – today I am looking at the global scene, which gets insufficient coverage in NZ media. read more…

Sportsman Of The Year

2016 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Four top performers

The biggest sporting triumph of the year, so should an All Black be the Sportsman of the Year?

The biggest sporting triumph of the year, so should an All Black be the Sportsman of the Year?

It’s a completely different group to last year’s finalists. In World Cup winning year there is naturally an All Black and the chosen one is Dan Carter.

Then performing well in two sports in the United States, we have Scott Dixon winner of the Indy Car series and Danny Lee who has had a stellar season in the tough competition of the Professional Golf Tour (PGA).

To complete the group of four, there is New Zealand’s top batsman Kane Williamson. read more…

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS 1: Nigel Wilson

2016 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nigel WilsonLittle-Known Facts About Well-Known People (1)

By Editor Alan Tristram

Nigel Wilson, Kapiti Regional Councillor, is a familiar face to most people on the Kapiti Coast.

He’s probably one of the best-known, and best-looking, politicians in the region. And he’s a constant thorn in the side of other politicians (particularly on the KCDC) when he perceives they’re falling down on the job.

But a little-known fact about Nigel is that he has a secret love. read more…

Quick Quiz Answers

2016 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizLast Thursday we set up our first ten question quiz. As promised the answers are provided below.

If you would still like to have a go, scroll down to January 7.

Remember that no correspondence , computer or cell phone may be entered into!

The next quiz will feature on Wednesday 13 January. read more…

Good Pope Francis?

2016 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

By deploying his modest personality and inclusive rhetoric, he has created the impression of a much more open and inclusive Church without actually changing Church doctrine. Alexander Stille, New Yorker, September 14 2015

The heir to a long and controversial legacy

By Roger Childs

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful … I see the church as a field hospital after battle.

Highly popular wherever he goes

Highly popular wherever he goes

Pope Francis is the latest head of the Catholic Church in a history that stretches back, if legend is to be believed, two thousand years to St Peter. There have been 266 popes over this time, ranging from the saintly and the learned to the licentious and corrupt.

The Papacy has long had important political, as well as a religious functions, and until the middle of the 19th century the Papal States sat astride the middle of the Italian peninsula.

Today the political control is limited to the Vatican City in central Rome, but that doesn’t stop the Pope having enormous influence. He is the head of the world’s largest Christian Church with possibly a billion adherents; makes widely publicized pronouncements and travels around the globe to meet the faithful. read more…

Happy New Year, North Korea

2016 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

happy new year

Our Weather Forecast

2016 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

niwa

Weather near average for the next quarter, says NIWA

The NIWA weather outlook for Kapiti, the central North Island, Manawatu and Wellington (and Taranaki) predicts a relatively normal pattern for the next three months.

NIWA, the National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric research, says (and probabilities are listed as ‘above average’, ‘near average’, and ‘below average’)

  • Temperatures are about equally likely to be above average (40% chance) or average (35% chance).
  • Rainfall totals are about equally likely to be near normal (40% chance) or below normal (35% chance).
  • Soil moisture levels and river flows are equally likely to be in the below normal range (40% chance) or normal range (40% chance).

read more…

Selecting The Best NZ Sports People

2016 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Twenty four finalists have been announced for the 2016 Halberg Awards, New Zealand’s most prestigious sporting excellence event. Maori Television

Halberg Awards time again

World golf's number one Lydia Ko will be hard to beat for the Supreme Award

World golf’s number one Lydia Ko will be hard to beat for the Supreme Award

As usual the finalists are mainly sportswomen and men who are the best on the planet or at least world class.

The women, coincidentally all with first names starting with L, are in fact more impressive than the males.  And the team nominees include three who have been top of the world for years. There are some tough choices for the selection panel.

The big night is Thursday 18 February and prior to that time KIN will be analysing the relative merits of the finalists. read more…

English Premier League At Half Way

2016 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Gunners looking good

By Dave Daniel

ArsenalWe are at the halfway mark in the English Premier League (EPL) and with FA Cup games being played this weekend it is an opportune time to have a look at the season so far.

Sitting at the top are the team that I expect and hope, will go on and win the title. Arsenal are traditionally stronger in the second half of the season and if they manage to get their usual momentum they will be hard to stop.

They have shaken off their defensive woes and vulnerability at the back, have a ton of creativity in the centre of the park and the goals are flowing from Giroud and Sanchez. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz

2016 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizA little something to test your knowledge

Today we start a new feature: a weekly quiz.

See how you go, but no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

Answers on Sunday. read more…

KIN YEARLY AWARDS 4: Best Documentary

2016 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What made us survive all these hundreds of thousands of years is our spirituality; the link to our land. Sebastião Salgado

Capturing the best and the worst

By Roger Childs

Vivian Maier: not even Google knew about her!

Vivian Maier: not even Google knew about her!

There have been many excellent documentaries on television and in cinemas during 2015. Exposés of issues have been a feature, ranging from financial and corporate shenanigans to sex scandals in the Catholic Church.

One remarkable movie, was the unmasking of unheralded American street photographer, Vivien Maier: a fascinating piece of cinematic sleuthing.

However the KIN award goes to The Salt of the Earth. This coveted accolade is give on two grounds: the subject Sebastião Salgado has made:

~ a huge contribution to world photography

~ a very positive impact on the environment of his homeland: north-east Brazil. read more…

The Sad Story of the Raumati Post Shop

2016 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
A weela ttended public meeting in support of keeping the post shop open

A well attended public meeting in support of keeping the post shop open

Raewyn and John Lamond ran the Raumati Beach Post Centre and later Post Shop for over 12 years. As many readers, especially Raumati residents, will know, it was closed down earlier last year.

KIN wrote in support of it staying open, but in spite of local protests and the action of the Kapiti Council and the Mana MP, NZ Post was on a mission and not to be denied. read more…

KIN’S YEARLY AWARDS 3: Biggest Kapiti Scandal

2016 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Plenty to choose from here!

Not a KCDC matter

Not a KCDC matter

Not disruptive meetings; the white ribbon fiasco; sacking the Public Arts Panel coordinator; the regional councillor questioning claims about the Recharge Scheme; another liquor outlet approved in Kapiti Road; the secret speed limits; misleading statements about pathway repairs; dithering over the Arts Trail; the list goes on….

No it’s the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), which wins this award hands down. read more…

Brit Bangladeshi Rates NZ

2016 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Zara and Akbar‘New Zealand is the best place to be an alien, to be different’

By Akbar Hamid 

( Akbar, KIN’s latest recruit, was born in Bangladesh. He now spends much of his time based in London or Bangladesh, when he is not globe-trotting)

I travel to visit people as much as I travel to discover new places.

My New Zealand adventure started many years ago. But this past year I have been back twice already and fallen in love with the Kiwi people as much as the country’s world famous natural beauty.

I have been a ‘professional foreigner’ for most of my life and caught between cultures. For me the fundamentals are most important — that is to feel welcome and respected. read more…

Aussie High Temps/Fires Continue

2016 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Victoria firesSeventeen years ago, we were in Melbourne during January and experienced four days of 40° C temperatures. There were forest fires, homes were destroyed and four people died. One night the mercury never dropped below 28° and because air conditioning was restricted many people went to swimming pools to cool off.

As our Melbourne correspondent reports, fires and high temperatures continue to plague Victoria.

Heat and fire

By Julia Meek

fires in victoriaThe days pass while reports come in about the devastating fires that swept into parts of Victoria over the week of Christmas.

The fire started, as we reported on December 19th from a lightning strike and reached its peak on Christmas Day. read more…

KIN’S YEARLY AWARDS 2: Most progressive group

2016 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Spoilt for choice

By Roger Childs

Whareroa Guardians; one of more than 20 conservation groups in the Kapiti District

Whareroa Guardians; one of more than 20 conservation groups in the Kapiti District

This is a tough one, as the Kapiti Coast has scores of organisations doing great work. They range from the Calligraphers of Kapiti to ZEAL, parkrun to the Mary Potter Hospice, Foodbank to Probus.

There is a myriad of social, sporting, support, cultural, conservation, educational, religious and political organisations which are busy across the Kapiti landscape.

They provide outlets, support and activities for the elderly and the young, the fit and the sick, the retired and the needy, the talented and the curious, animals and conservationists.

KIN warmly acknowledges your excellent efforts in 2015. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Honours System Fiasco

2016 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ve never been comfortable with titles. It’s not who I am. Rugby legend, Richie McCaw

Knighthood nonsense

By Associate Editor Roger Childs

Probably the most respected figure in the country, but he s doesn't want or need a knighthood

Probably the most respected figure in the country, but he doesn’t want or need a knighthood

John Key reintroduced knighthoods back in 2009, possibly because he wants one himself once the political game is over. Whatever the prime minister’s motives, Richie McCaw’s attitude sums ups what probably most New Zealanders feel about titles.

Calling people Sir or Dame or whatever, smacks of the British class system which is something many of our forebears were happy to leave behind when they migrated to these shores.

The twice-yearly dishing out of so-called honours is a farce. There are plenty of examples in the lists of people who are acknowledged for voluntary work and the time they give in community service, but many are ‘rewarded’ for simply doing their job. read more…

Our New Bangladeshi/British Columnist

2016 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Akbar and friend at a recent social gathering

Akbar and friend at a recent social gathering

Akbar joins the Kapiti Independent

From the desk of the Editor, Alan Tristram

As part of a New Year treat to you, the readers, the Kapiti Independent welcomes another well-travelled overseas correspondent.

He is Akbar Hamid, who  was born in Dacca, East Pakistan and left Dhaka, Bangladesh, for the UK immediately after the War of Independence to continue his education in English. read more…

No French Compromise With Terrorism

2016 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

‘Nous ne céderons pas!’ (We will not give in !)

From our correspondent in Paris, Paul Jacobs

The terrorist attacks in France dominated news and sentiments in France this past year.charlie-hebdo-new-main1

A year ago (January 7) in Paris 12 people were killed in the attack on the satirical newspaper ‘Charlie Hebdo’ This was  followed two days later by four deaths at a Jewish food store. The three terrorists involved in the two attacks were killed on January 9.

French outpouring to these atrocities was immediate – nearly four million people marched in the streets of France the following Sunday, January 11. Together with the 1.5 to 2 million Parisians on the streets were over 40 world leaders. Paris was not alone. read more…

New Year Stress

2016 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

new year stress

Diane Ammundsen: A Well Deserved QSM

2015 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Anyone who knows Diane will know she has devoted her life to this community. Kapiti mayor, Ross Church

An acknowledgement of community service

By Roger Childs

Cr Diane Ammundsen (Photo credit: stuff)

Cr Diane Ammundsen (Photo credit: stuff)

Popular Kapiti councillor, Diane Ammundsen, has been rewarded for more than forty years of service to the Kapiti District. She has been involved in a wide range of activities from guiding to conservation, fund raising to youth development.

In recent times she was the key KCDC figure involved in getting the Kapiti Aquatic Centre financed and up and running.

Her contribution to local body politics on the Kapiti Coast is unparalleled. Her popularity with voters has seen her returned to office in every election since 1989. The local community has appreciated her hard work, wide ranging experience and interests, and her no-nonsense approach to local government. read more…

Kapiti Councillor Replies

2015 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

SHAG 1KIN has started its annual awards series.

In the first (see below), the Editor has suggested that the worst decision by the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC ) in 2015 was to terminate the Sustainable Home and Garden Show.

Councillor Diane Ammundsen replies. Diane is a staunch advocate of sustainability and biodiversity, and belongs to two of the local conservation groups. read more…

KIN’S YEARLY AWARDS 1: KCDC’s Worst

2015 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Civic Building

KCDC Civic Building

Kapiti Council’s worst decision in 2015

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

It’s time for our Annual Awards for the Year’ and over the next few weeks we’ll bring you our full selection.

But the stand-out ‘Stupid Decision of 2015′ by the Kapiti Coast District Council goes to their recent move to scrap funding for the Sustainable Garden Show — and use funds instead for a motorhead project at the airport.

All this at a time when the whole world has been concentrating on climate change and sustainability at the the Paris summit conference! read more…

Bush Fires Devastate

2015 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

fires in victoriaLetter from Australia

By Julia Meek, in Melbourne

The big news during the Christmas break — terrible as it is — has been about huge bush fires in the state of Victoria, around the Wye River, Separation Creek and the Otways National Park.

The outbreak follows a period of record-breaking hot, dry weather , which is expected to continue. read more…

New Zealand Sports Highlights in 2015

2015 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwi sports people have always boxed above their weight. Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Rugby World Cup: comfortable winners

No excuses. We were well beaten by a better team on the day. The All Blacks are the best team in the world. The thoughts of Wallaby captain, Stephen Moore

World Cup final 2The All Blacks went in as hot favourites and that put the pressure on. In their group round robin they won all their matches well, but there were still plenty of things to work on. However, the fans could not have anticipated what would happen in the quarter final.

The All Blacks ran riot against France and scored nine tries, in one of the greatest victories in World Cup history. South Africa was predictably tough in the semi final, however the All Blacks never let the Australians into the final game and won easily 34-17. If Ben Smith hadn’t been sin binned early in the second half, the New Zealanders might well have run up 50 points. read more…

Poetry News From Kapiti

2015 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

gill wardLeading poets coming our way soon

By Gill Ward

Greetings Poetry Friends and writers. Once more poetry is in the air. In November we enjoyed the 2nd NZ Poetry conference at the National Library in Wellington.

There were some excellent sessions. Notably a reading by past Poet Laureates, Elizabeth Smither and Cilla McQueen and Glenn Colquhoun who stood in for Hone Tuwhare and read some of Hone’s poems and sounded exactly like him. Must admit there were tears in my eyes. read more…

Tidying Up Kapiti Island

2015 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Looking after our icon

High in the Kapiti Island hills

High in the Kapiti Island hills

It’s the geographic feature that gives our district its name. Kapiti Island has a fascinating history and Polynesians under Te Rauparaha and European whalers have used it as a base.

In more recent times under the supervision of the Department of Conservation (DoC), possums, stoats and rats have been eradicated to allow the trees and bird life to flourish.

However, there is always work to be done. Chris Keating was recently involved with a group helping out. read more…

Christmas Arrest

2015 December 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Making Sense Of Boxing Day

2015 December 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The forecast is short and sweet – the North Island: fine with the possibility of a shower in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, South Island: fine, Chatham Islands: fine with high cloud. Weather forecast, National Radio, 26 December 2015

A strange name!

By Roger Childs

The stoning of Stephen

The stoning of Stephen

Could it be a day when traditionally there were major pugilistic contests following Christmas?

Or perhaps it celebrates the day when the Boxer Rebellion ended in China when a multi-national force relieved the besieged legations in Peking in 1900.

It is the day for St Stephen the martyr who was stoned to death, but the boxing link doesn’t fit.

It has to be connected to Christmas Day. read more…

No Justice Over Pike River Culpability

2015 December 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No-one has given an apology, we’ve had nothing. You can’t have 29 men die, especially under the circumstances that they did, and not have somebody to account. Sonya Rockhouse, mother of 21 year old Ben who died in the Pike River Mine disaster. November 2015

Accountability for corporate manslaughter?

By Roger Childs

Pike River locationThe answer is currently “no” but the families have vowed to fight on for justice. It is now five years since 29 men died after explosions in the West Coast coal mine. Many would argue that their deaths were inevitable because Pike River Coal Ltd broke all the rules in developing their enterprise.

The company bosses, led by Peter Whittall, put investor interests, dishonest advertising and their own reputations ahead of thorough research, scientific advice, meticulous planning and worker safety.

Coal mining is the riskiest industry on the planet and has killed tens of thousands around the world. Pike River Coal Ltd developed their mine too quickly, took shortcuts and paid scant attention to the warnings of many experts. read more…

Photo of The Week

2015 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Six Points Good!

2015 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Encouraging attacking play

By Roger Childs

Worth eight points with a successful conversion.

Worth eight points with a successful conversion.

The proposed new rugby laws include the concept of six points for a try and just two for a penalty. This will be music to the ears of All Black fans, but may get the thumbs down from some rugby aficionados in the British Isles.

Devotees of the game will remember a very talented British Lions team losing the first test against the All Blacks 18-17 in 1959. If the laws announced recently had applied then, the Lions would have won 31-12!! read more…

SAFE Cruelty-Free Xmas Fare

2015 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hans kriekDairy cruelty exposed — but Hans explains how to eat without harming animals

By Hans Kriek, executive director SAFE

(Save Animals From Exploitation)calves cruelty

The recent publicity about the treatment of bobby calves in the dairy industry caused shockwaves around the country.

Never before was the spotlight shone on an industry’s animal welfare practices will such intensity.

Footage of newborn calves ripped away from their mothers, thrown on trucks, kicked and then bludgeoned to death showed a truly dark side of dairy production. read more…

Phoenix Snatch An Unlikely Draw

2015 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A point won from the jaws of defeat

By Dave Daniel

Sydney had much the better of the game

Sydney had much the better of the game

Just about everyone who left the Westpac Stadium on Saturday night, including the players, would have wondered how on earth the Phoenix got out of jail.

It was a night where Sydney FC dominated for long periods against an out of sorts local team, but it ended 1-1.

This game also reminded us how important Roly Bonevacia is for the Wellington side.  read more…

Evening Out The Raumati Straights

2015 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Upgrading the crucial link

p A key part of the connection between the Mackays – Peka Peka Expressway and Transmission Gully is a four lane road that has existed for a half a century.
 For years the Raumati Straights south of Paraparaumu, was a surprising 4km piece of “motorway” but then ran out at an equally surprising railway level crossing at the entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park. Looking for trains on State Highway One (SH1), 45km from the capital?
 The Mackays overpass has fortunately changed that and going north it runs on to the Raumati Straights. The uneven road however is due for a big make-over and this will happen in 2016.

read more…

Number One Batsman: Kane Williamson

2015 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kane Williamson scored his fifth century in eight Tests in 2015 to guide New Zealand to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka before lunch on the fourth day of the second Test. The Guardian, Monday 21 December 2015

On top of the world

By Roger Childs

Kane Williamson acknowledges the applause of the Hamilton crowd today

Kane Williamson acknowledges the applause of the Hamilton crowd today

Black Caps’ star batsman, Kane Williamson, is fundamentally a team player. He is not obsessed with records and does whatever he can to improve the fortunes of the Black Caps.

Fans will recall his coolness in the World Cup match against Australia earlier in the year when he hit a magnificent six off the second to last ball to guide the team to a one wicket victory.

Today he steered the national team to a series 2-0 win over Sri Lanka. However in doing so, he put himself in the history books: he became the first New Zealand batsman to top the world test cricket rankings since the system was developed. read more…

Pureora Magic: The Timber Trail

2015 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The King Country forest contains the largest and oldest podocarp trees in the world and the widest range of rare forest birds on the New Zealand mainland. Phillipa Stevenson, NZ Herald

A forest for people to enjoy

By Roger Childs

One of many swing bridges

One of many swing bridges on the Timber Trail

The Pureora Forest in the eastern King Country, north-west of Lake Taupo, has had its fair share of controversy.

Back in the late 1970s, activists sat in trees to stop the logging of native timber, and 20 years later there were more protests about the need for action to protect the area’s biodiversity.

And in more recent times, there has been a battle over the use of 1080 poison to control pests.

However, one of the big positives of this magnificent area of native vegetation, is the labyrinth of tracks and paths through the forest. But the jewel in the crown is the spectacular 85km ride/tramp on the Timber Trail from Pureora to Ongarue. read more…

All I want for Christmas …

2015 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What I want to see and experience

By John Murray

Something we need to  eliminate (Credit: Emmerson, NZ Herald)

Something we need to eliminate (Credit: Emmerson, NZ Herald)

~ up to 60% reduction in the number of children on the poverty line.

~ a land independent and free from the surveillance and pressure to do what the world powers expect us to do.
~ New Zealand being a welcoming place for refugees driven from their homes by bombs and brutal rulers, both from the east and west.

~ to be part of a world that cares for and protects the land we live off.

~ to live in a community of nations where difference is not solved by war.

~ rich people to become wise and for all of us to sing a new song about peace. read more…

Photo Of The Week

2015 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The Hoop Club: Final Session for 2015 (Photo credit: Paula Cowle)

The Hoop Club: Final Session for 2015 (Photo credit: Paula Cowle)

A Christmas Present

2015 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Christmas Present for NZ

Give Parkrun/walk A Go Over Summer!

2015 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running. www.parkrun.com

Run or walk 5km from Otaihanga

By Roger Childs 

Happy parkrun finishers

Happy parkrun finishers

Around the globe on Saturday at 8.00am, more than 70,000 people run, jog or walk 5km. There are more than 750 parkruns worldwide and today at the Kapiti session there were visitors from Capetown and Cairns.

On the Kapiti Coast, the venue is the Otaihanga Domain, and competitors set out along the south bank of the Waikanae River for 2.5km then turn around and head back.

Coming up in the next two weeks there are the usual 8.00am Saturday parkruns on December 26 and January 2 plus an extra New Year run at 9.00am on January 1. read more…

Simply The Best in 2015: Novak Djokovic

2015 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This season definitely stands out, Djokovic said after winning his fourth consecutive ATP World Tour championship. I can’t say I expected it, not at all. But I always gave my best, and I’m always asking from myself the most.

To be number one

By Roger Childs

Djokovic with the Wimbledon trophy

Djokovic with the Wimbledon trophy

Serbian champion, Novak Djokovic, started 2015 as the world number one and increased his lead throughout the year. He amassed 16,585 points in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, over 7000 more than number two, Andy Murray. He won 82 out of 88 matches and took out three of the four grand slams.

He also won the Barclays indoor tournament in November which is arguably the toughest of the year, as the top eight men play off against each other.

It’s been an extraordinary season, but the one tournament he’s never won eluded him: the French Open. read more…

Hoop Club Wrap Up

2015 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Final session for 2015

By Angelo Robinson

Photo credit: Paula Cowle

Photo credit: Paula Cowle

Sunday 13 December was our last day for Hoop Club for Term 4 2015.

The year finished with our “KIDS vs FAMILY GAMES” in each of the regular Hoop Club sessions.

So Mums, Dads, Grandads, Grandmas, Uncles, Aunts, older Brothers and Sisters all dusted off their shoes and came down to play against the kids. read more…

2015 Books: The Best And Some Of The Worst

2015 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great Humour!

By Ralph McAllister

We go to the galleryJust in case you are still looking for a present, or a holiday read, this list might help you to buy or not to buy.

The funniest and somewhat risqué book of the year is We Go To The Gallery published by, believe it or not, the Beetle Dung Reading Scheme.

It is a book for the under fives learning to read but, please, do NOT let children near this hilarious adult send up of parenthood, art pretensiousness, and our own memories of reading for the first time.

Share it with friends. I promise you will laugh and laugh. read more…

Don’t We All Own The Rivers?

2015 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Focused on ensuring the Government recognises and gives effect to full range of iwi rights and interests in freshwater. Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group, July/August 2015

What we are about to lose

By Bill Benfield, Co-Chair, Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand

For all Kiwis or Iwis?

For all Kiwis or Iwi?

Last week I had a really pleasant, though unfruitful afternoon’s fishing with some friends. We were working a mile or so of attractive water, bordered here and there with willows, sometimes over steep banks, and sometimes riffles fished from gravel beaches.

The river was running across Crown land which is currently being held as “land bank” for Treaty Settlements.

As we were putting our gear back in the car, we talked about the future of fishing in our country in the light of impending handover of rivers to Iwi. read more…

Shots Fired at Car in Paraparaumu

2015 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

policeArmed Offenders Squad rushes to Paraparaumu Beach

About 5.15pm yesterday Police responded to multiple calls from the public of shots having been fired at a vehicle from an address in Frederick Street, Paraparaumu.

The Wellington Armed Offenders Squad was deployed to the area to assist Kapiti front-line police staff. read more…

Problematic Otaki Road Closed Again

2015 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The dead end road is 18km long. The first 13km are asphalted, but the road gets funny the last 5km. It’s unsealed, narrow and winding, with plunging drops to steel-grey river waters on one side, and steep, forbidding cliffs, often wrapped in cold wisps of white mist on the other. dangerous roads/Australia.org

Gateway to the Southern Tararuas

 By Roger Childs

Otaki Gorge Road: drive with care!
Otaki Gorge Road: drive with care!

The Otaki Gorge Road is well known to trampers, campers, kayakers and multi-sporters.

It heads east from State Highway One south of Otaki, and ends at the start of several tracks into the Tararua Range, the most famous of which is the legendary 40km Southern Crossing.

However, as the quote above vividly describes, it is tricky to negotiate and steep cliffs in particular regularly create problems. The Blue Bluff section is particularly prone to slips as the underlying rock is crumbly greywacke.

read more…

Climate Change: Time For The Action

2015 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The delegates are to be congratulated for agreeing to anything, really, since so many previous attempts at doing so have failed, but the bar has not been set high enough, and the enforcement mechanisms are not strong enough, to warrant the praise they are heaping upon themselves. Daniel Wagner Huffington Post

Celebrations premature?

By Roger Childs

Climate change 4The champagne has been flowing after 196 countries signed an agreement on climate change in Paris. There has been a commitment to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5° C by the end of the century, but as IMF director, Christine Lagarde says: Governments must now put the word into actions.

However there is no commitment to ending fossil fuel use, just scaling down carbon emissions. Two of the massive polluters, China and India, have stated that they will actually increase using coal and oil before they start reducing!

New Zealand, which has so often led to world on progressive change, has done little in recent times to even formulate a plausible emissions reduction policy and there were no break-through announcements in Paris. read more…

Kapiti Homeless Need Housing Too

2015 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sleeping rough near SHI at Christmas

By KCDC District Cr Jackie Elliott

The Citizens Advice Bureau want more emergency housing in Kapiti

The Citizens Advice Bureau want more emergency housing in Kapiti

Picture this, it’s late on a Friday afternoon, I’m driving south on SH1 to Waikanae. Under the 50km sign on the verge to the right, I see a rubbish-filled shopping trolley and lying in the rose garden, his back propped up by the signpost, a stocky, dusty, man with a sack over his head.

This scene is so out of place in Waikanae. I decide not to stop, heavy traffic and a van has pulled over just ahead, the occupants are getting out fast.

I don’t know who he is but I have noticed him in his cardboard shelter on the clay bank, roadside just north of the SPCA. I heard he stopped traffic at 7 am recently, shuffling across the road leaning on his trolley. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Kapiti Postal Inconvenience

2015 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poor decision making

By Roger Childs

Food for thoughtSometimes large organisations make bad decisions. A glaring example was New Zealand Post deciding to close the Raumati Beach Post Shop in May of this year. Despite considerable local opposition, protests, public meetings and action from the mayor and MP, the government corporation stuck to its guns and the well used service ended.

The one concession made was to keep the post boxes at the dairy on the corner of Raumati and Margaret Roads.

The results have been inconvenience for people, especially older folk, having to travel to Coastlands and longer queues at the Post Shop there. read more…

Spraying More Heat Than Light

2015 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We got that very, very wrong. It was a silly thing to do. Chris Laidlaw on the Labour Day aerial spraying

Impasse at Raumati South

By Roger Childs

A local organic farmer who actually felt the spray on Labour Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

A local organic farmer who actually felt the spray on Labour Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

Despite efforts by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to argue that spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park was safe and did no harm to the environment, a large number of anti-spraying  locals remain unconvinced.

This was made plain at a  second meeting of about 60 people held last week to discuss the contentious issue of spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park.

GWRC Chairman, Chris Laidlaw, opened proceedings by reiterated the apology given over the infamous helicopter spraying on Labour Day. He also made the point that the GWRC was here to listen.

However Russell Bell, from the Queen Elizabeth Park Protectors, then spoke and made the point that it seemed that GWRC thought the apology settled things and now it was back to business as usual with the spraying. read more…

Otaki’s Energy Co-operative

2015 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Director Phil Malpas at the Energy Co-op launch

Director Phil Malpas at the Energy Co-op launch

Coastal Energy Co-operative takes off

A new co-op energy company based in Otaki says its revolutionary ideas are starting to pay off for the local community.

The Otaki Energy Co-operative Ltd says its purpose is to deliver energy efficiency for both domestic and commercial consumers.

It says a group of local people are behind the idea — and they’ve worked diligently over several months to set-up up the Co-operative.

As a Co-op, owned by its members, it says this allows:

  • a fair and economic co-operation for all
  • a sharing of the benefits such as better prices for electricity, discounts on purchases and  rebates on transactions
  • dividends on shares
  • increased installations of solar panels and other clean-energy opportunities as they emerge.

read more…

Nightmare Scenario

2015 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It's Alive (1)

Christmas & Susan Devoy

2015 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

susan devoy father xmasRace Relations Commissioner and Father Christmas get along just fine

Now who said that Susan Devoy, our acclaimed World squash champion and Race Relations Commissioner, didn’t like ‘Christmas’ in seasonal greetings ?

She’s  just sent us this photo showing herself with a close friend, and the message:

Merry Christmas and Peace On Earth, from Susan Devoy’

 

A Book You Need To Get

2015 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I got work in comedy because that was the work I was offered, but I’m quite a serious person generally. I’m not one of those guys who walks into a room and starts cracking a gag. I find that exhausting. Comedian and writer, Oscar Kightley

‘Oscar Inspires’

By Roger Booth

Oscar at Otaki College (Credit: Otaki Mail)

Oscar at Otaki College (Credit: Otaki Mail)

This is a book title and you need a copy. We can promise you a very good read, and an opportunity to gauge the literary potential of a good selection of promising young Kapiti writers.

It is the product of the latest children’s project schemed up and organised by Kapiti Kids Motivation Trust.

The Trust was set up back in 2007, and since then it has hosted in Kapiti schools visits by over 30 sporting and arts identities. The aim is to present the visitors in a way that encourages, inspires and motivates children across Kapiti. Danyon Loader, Barbara Kendall, Tina Cross, and African drummer Sam Manzanza have been amongst the visitors. read more…

Kapiti Peace Advocate Speaks Out

2015 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

us cruiserIt’s disgusting to mark Xmas by waging war

By the Rev John Murray, of Raumati Beach

I am more than disgusted by the thought of how we can celebrate Christmas by waging war — a war that, like  the Roman Empire, makes death and refugees and civil war the order of the day.

So can we repeat the Christmas story in all its reality–

‘Here’s wishing us all a Happy Christmas ………

— Peace on the Earth — Good relations between all nations.’ read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Human Rights And Equality

2015 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Making a stand for all people everywhere

By Roger Childs

Food for thought In Paris on 10 December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly passed The Declaration of Human Rights.

Its first Article set the tone:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The remaining Articles touch on the full gamut of rights related to

~ work and social security

~ cultural life and leisure

~ freedoms and nationality

~ religion and beliefs

~ slavery and discrimination

~ justice and property. read more…

Susan Devoy’s Xmas Serve

2015 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Susan-DecoyChristmas comments ‘twisted’ by journo — I don’t want ban, says Susan

After the row over a so-called ban on ‘Christmas’, and a KIN writer’s editor’s suggestion  the Race Relations office should fold, KIN asked Commissioner Susan  Devoy to front up to Christmas fans and explain her game.

‘Here’s our position’

By Susan Devoy

Here’s our position: If you want to say ‘Merry Christmas’ it’s up to you.  If you don’t want to say ‘Merry Christmas’: that’s up to you too. 

This is what I told a journalist who rang me out of the blue a few weeks ago.

Next minute my comments were twisted to say I supported banning the use of the word Christmas. I do not. read more…

Kapiti Pathway Progress

2015 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is starting work on the Paraparaumu Escarpment this week as part of the on-going management of the historically slip-prone slope. KCDC Media Release, Monday 16 November 2015

Paths for the people

By Roger Childs. Photos by Pam and Roger Childs

The much improved Rewai St entrance to  the track down to the station

The much improved Riwai St entrance to the track down to the station

KCDC does some of its best work on walkways and pathways around the district.

The new cycleway through Queen Elizabeth Park has been a major new development in 2015 and other established tracks have been repaired or re-routed.

Heavy seas and flooding have taken their toll this year. The escarpment track above the railway line was severely damaged by slips and the Raumati South seawall walkway was scoured out by high tides.

These have both now been repaired with work on the escarpment being wrapped up today. read more…

Americans And Guns

2015 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In America, you can be shot at an elementary school. You can be murdered at a church or movie theatre. You can even be executed on live TV — and yet there’s no real expectation of gun reform. Dan Diamond, Forbes 26 August 2015

Gun culture steeped in history

By Roger Childs

Easy to buy

Easy to buy

The Americans have had a love affair with weapons since white people spread across the country. Not surprisingly the right to bear arms featured in their late 18th century constitution. A few years ago the justification for US citizens being able to freely buy and own guns was the constitution’s second amendment.

These days it is the terrorist threat and the latest slaying of 14 people in California by a couple who support the Islamic State has led to brisk trade in gun buying.

President Obama tried, after the tragic Sandy Hook school massacre in 2013, to tighten gun laws. However the Republican-dominated Congress threw out the very moderate proposals. Will there be any action this time? Very unlikely. read more…

Council Slated Over Sustainability

2015 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

KCDC takes ‘Great Leap Backwards’

By Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott

The Kapiti Coast District Council’s decision to cancel the Sustainable Garden Show held in Paraparaumu each spring for the last ten years is a great leap backwards.

The show was undoubtedly the district’s premier event. It consistently attracted more and more visitors up until last year when due to wet weather and pre-show controversy over a decision to include a M2PP public information tent, questions were asked about the council’s commitment to environmental sustainability.  read more…

Sustainable Garden Show Buried

2015 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

SKapiti Council kills off Sustainability Show

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has decided to stop funding for the annual Sustainable Home and Garden Show.

And in its statement indicating a change in direction, the KCDC says it’s launching a new ‘events plan to stimulate the  local economy.’ read more…

The Phoenix Beat A Class Team

2015 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If  Football Federation Australia wants a measure of the “metrics” required for the Wellington Phoenix to remain in the A-League, they should have been in the stands to hear the roars at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland on Saturday night when the home side upset Melbourne Victory. David Thornton, The Guardian

Wellington Phoenix  2 Melbourne Victory 0

By Dave Daniel

Phoenix congratulate goal scorer Roly Bonavecia

Phoenix congratulate goal scorer Roly Bonevacia

First of all the game. A great result for the Phoenix and one that keeps them in touch with the leading clubs. There is no doubt that they deserved to win after controlling the first half and going 2-0 up at the break.

It was obvious that the Victory would come back and they did, forcing the Phoenix to defend desperately at times, with Glenn Moss having a great game.

The Victory are a class team and you know that there are going to be periods of the match where they will dominate and create chances. read more…

Dangerous DuPlessis

2015 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Equal Pay News

2015 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanThe struggle for equal pay goes on

By Prue Hyman

Just over a year ago, I wrote about the Kristine Bartlett case against her employer Terranova, and her union’s victory in the Court of Appeal in the cause of gender pay equity.

The decision meant in essence that the 1972 Equal Pay Act was always and continues to be an Act covering equal pay for work of equal value.

It is NOT a defense against equal pay claims to find a few men in a female-dominated occupation who are paid as little as the (undervalued!) women – ‘any evidence of systemic undervaluation of the work in question must be taken into account.’ read more…

Orca Off Kapiti

2015 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

orca (2) Our Island correspondent films orca pair near Tokomapuna Island

By Alan Tristram

Our Kapiti Island correspondent, Karl Webber, has filmed a unique encounter with orca off Tokomapouna Island, just off Kapiti, this week.

He has generously sent us this message… read more…

Make My Future Fair: Help Me To Learn!

2015 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Learning starts early

By Deborah Morris-Travers

Make my future fairBabies and small children are born to learn. But what they learn depends on their environment and whether they have access to learning opportunities. This means government efforts to improve educational outcomes must focus on the home, early childhood education and schools.

From the time of birth, babies are programmed to soak up the environment around them:

~ seeing the facial expressions of parents, toys and books

~ listening to the language and music in the home

~ feeling the comfort of attentive parents who respond when baby needs feeding, bathing or cuddles.

Through basic care routines, these tiny people learn whether or not their world is safe, and the brain connections for future learning are established. read more…

Hoop Club Fun!

2015 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Annual session with the Hutt Valley a great success

 By Angelo Robinson

Photo by Paula Cowle

Photo by Paula Cowle

On Sunday 22 November Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games.

~ 9.30am with the 5 & 6 year olds and the 8 & Unders

~ 10. 30 the 10 & Unders & 12 & Unders

~ 11.30 the 14 & Unders. read more…

Enviro Watch: Climate Change Matters

2015 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I have come here personally as leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it. US President, Barack Obama

The world wants and needs significant action

By Roger Childs

Getting the message across

Getting the message across

Over half a million people rallied in countries around the world ahead of the Paris conference. After the inconclusive and ineffective outcomes of the last international meeting on climate change six years ago in Copenhagen, there seems to be a determination amongst the big players to make things happen in the French capital.

All the major industrial nations are represented at the talks, including China, the biggest producer of greenhouse gases, and the United States, by far the largest per capita culprit.

New Zealand has a pathetic record of reducing carbon emissions and it to be hoped that our representatives come up with significant targets. Rising sea levels are just one of many environmental consequences of global warming, and this of particular concern to our citizens in the Tokelaus. The highest point in the island group is just 5m above sea level! read more…

Case of the Jolly Inn Robbery

2015 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

jollyPolice need help re armed robbery at the Jolly Pub

Kapi-Mana Police want help to find  the clothing and bag used by the armed offender at the Jolly Inn in Paraparaumu, as pictured in CCTV images (above).

Jolly Miller Inn, Paraparaumu

Jolly Miller Inn, Paraparaumu

They say the armed robbery took place about 4.30 pm last Thursday (26 November) at  the Pub, in Mazengarb Road.

read more…

Sidoti’s Mozart?

2015 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Big crowd in Otaki for the Mozart concert

 By Ralph McAllister

the 2104 concert at Nga Purapura. There was another large audience this year

the 2104 concert at Nga Purapura. There was another large audience this year

Last Sunday in Otaki saw traffic jams outside Nga Purapura and it wasn’t for sport!

Over 100 choir members from Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Chamber Choir combined to present an all Mozart programme to over 600 patrons, the traffic jams.

And what an achievement it turned out to be. read more…

Armed Burglary Arrest

2015 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Jolly Miller Inn, Paraparaumu

Jolly Miller Inn, Paraparaumu

Police breakthrough in armed offence case at Paraparaumu pub

 

The Police say they can confirm that a 19-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night in relation to the armed burglary at The Jolly Miller Inn in Paraparaumu.

The offender, a Paraparaumu man, appeared in court yesterday charged with aggravated robbery.

He was remanded in custody until an other court appearance appearance on Friday (4 December).

Our Immigrants’ Views

2015 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Sue Scott

Sue Scott

Xmas in bikinis, bare feet and steak and cheese pies; what next for English migrants ?

KIN’s new columnist, Sue Scott, has been looking at life for new migrants. Her first interview is with an Englishwoman in her fifties.

When did you shift from England to New Zealand and why?

We arrived in NZ in 2008. Not knowing NZ was cold in August we hadn’t brought any heavy coats. So funny now looking back! read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Race Over-rated?

2015 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtToday the vast majority of those involved in research on human variation would agree that biological races do not exist among humans. Among those who study the subject, who use and accept modern scientific techniques and logic, this scientific fact is as valid and true as the fact that the earth is round and revolves around the sun. Robert Wald Sussman, author of “The Myth of Race: The troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea”

Out of Africa

By Associate Editor Roger Childs

There has been recent debate over the role of the Race Relations Commissioner and whether her office should continue to exist. The study of human existence reveals that all of us living today are of the same species and through our DNA we can trace our origins back to people who migrated out of Africa over 200,000 years ago. read more…

Trumped Up History: The River Of Blood

2015 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“How would they know that?” Mr Trump asked when told a local historian had called his plaque a fiction. “Were they there?” Nicholas Fandos, New York Times Wednesday November 25

Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good plaque

By Roger Childs

Trumps Worst EnemyIn a year’s time the world will be hoping that the Americans have elected a new president whose name is not Donald Trump. The billionaire tycoon is currently making great copy for journalists and cartoonists (including our Andy), as he seeks to win the Republican Party nomination for next year’s presidential election.

He recently attracted publicity by giving Civil War history a new slant at a golf course he has renovated in Virginia. As a man who does not know the word humility, he has renamed the course the Trump National Golf Club and close to the 15th tee has set up a stone pedestal with a plaque highlighting “The River of Blood”. read more…

Trumped Again

2015 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Trumps Worst Enemy

The Middle Eastern Tangle

2015 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

whenever there is military intervention, whenever there is American intervention in particular, there is failed states. We have more than five failed states in the Middle East. Who will fill the vacuum? The Islamic State. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, UN Human Rights Commissioner

The mess that is Syria

By Roger Childs

Assad clings to power supported by Russia

Assad clings to power supported by Russia

Syria is wedged between Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

Its geography and the failed government of Bashar al Assad are key reasons for the horrendous problems of the area.

A rebellion against Assad’s autocratic rule began four years ago, but it has not succeeded in toppling the dictator. read more…

Amazing Sports Stories 18: Marvellous Mal!

2015 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I knew I was going to win. He was a chain smoker and I was living the gorgeous clean life, no whiskey, no smoking! Mal Whitfield on his race with Jamaican Arthur Wint

A middle distance star passes on

By Roger Childs

Mal Whitfield on his way to  winning Olympic gold in 1948

Mal Whitfield on his way to winning Olympic gold in 1948

One of world’s greatest 800m runners died last week at the age of 91. Malvin (Mal) Whitfield was orphaned as a child, served in the American air force in two wars and won five Olympic medals.

At the 1948 London Olympics Mal won the 800m in a world record time.

However, would the Korean War end his dream of repeating the feat four years later in Helsinki? read more…

The Ugly Australians

2015 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
United Patriots Front members behead a dummy outside Bendigo Council offices

United Patriots Front members behead a dummy outside Bendigo Council offices

Violent anti-Islamic groups alive and well in Oz

 By Julia Meek in Melbourne

Racism is alive and well in Australia.

There has always been a hard core of racism in this country and racists are now focusing their vitriol on Muslims.

Former PM Tony Abbott  'boosted' racism

Former PM Tony Abbott
‘boosted’ racism

There are a number of anti-Islam groups who are vocal and violent — and of course the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, gave racism a big boost during his tenure. read more…

Kapiti Bus Boost

2015 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 nakedbus.com announces route expansions for Otaki (1)nakedbus & ManaBus will help Otaki people (and others) get moving 

By Alan Tristram

The InMotion bus group says services between Otaki and Wellington will be doubled over summer as part of a major boost in services for the area.

The services are provided by nakedbus.com and ManaBus.com.

And the addition of an evening service for Otaki locals wanting to head south after work will now see two journeys per day reaching Wellington in just over 1 hour.    (Note: Currently, it is nakedbus.com buses that service the Otaki stops) read more…

Sexual Violence Petition

2015 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

women mp's protest‘Sign the Petition for Parliament — Now !

 From Marianne at ActionStation! 

When, one after another, women MPs stood in Parliament recently to disclose they were survivors of sexual violence, some people insisted they must have been exaggerating to make a political point.

But the cold, hard reality is that these women represent the statistical norm for women and girls in New Zealand, who are amongst the worst off in the world when it comes to sexual violence. Last year New Zealand was ranked below only sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe when it comes to rates of sexual violence.[1] read more…

Met Opera Live

2015 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Il_Trovatore_570Catch IL TROVATOTE if you can

By Ralph McAllister

It may not be too late for you to catch the first of the season’s offerings ,IL TROVATORE

,presented in New York just a few weeks ago,and now showing locally at art cinemas around Wellington .

David McVicar’s production is the stuff of grand opera at its grandest. read more…

Paris Kiwi On French Courage

2015 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

Former NZBC journalist says French show guts despite fearparisians

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

( Paul worked for several years for the NZBC before heading overseas to work in Europe. He married a Parisian and is caregiver for their two children)

Some are frightened, others are more plucky — but all Parisians I spoke to admitted to being wary in the Métro and in the street since the attacks of Friday 13. read more…

Late Kapiti Mayor Honoured

2015 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Council’s Kaumātua Rakauoteora Te Maipi (Koro Don), David Hadfield (son of Barry Hadfield), Mayor Ross Church and Council’s Recreation Facilities Coordinator Mark Hammond unveiling a Heritage Trail sign at the renaming of the Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve event this afternoon. Photo credit: Kāpiti Coast District Council

Council’s Kaumātua Rakauoteora Te Maipi (Koro Don), David Hadfield (son of Barry Hadfield), Mayor Ross Church and Council’s Recreation Facilities Coordinator Mark Hammond unveiling a Heritage Trail sign at the renaming of the Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve event this afternoon. Photo credit: Kāpiti Coast District Council

 Nikau Reserve becomes Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve

Kāpiti Coast District Council staff, elected members, iwi and the family of Barry Hadfield came together  for the renaming of a Kāpiti reserve in honour of the former mayor. 

Council unanimously supported renaming Nikau Reserve, which is half a kilometre north of Paraparaumu on State Highway One, to Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve earlier this year. 

(See KIN’s September 10 tribute to  Barry Hadfield: http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/honouring-barry-hadfield/)

read more…

Quote of the Day

2015 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

dalai llama‘Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them’

The Dalai Lama, this week

Top Dancers Graduate

2015 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
'Paquita', New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2015. Photography by Stephen A'Court

‘Paquita’, New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2015. Photography by Stephen A’Court

NZ School of Dance Graduation at Te Whaea Theatre

Reviewed by Ann Hunt

The much anticipated Graduation Season of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is, as always, thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly professional.

The high standard of tutoring from New Zealand and international teachers ensures the third year students are employment-ready immediately after Graduation (held this year on November 18 in Wellington). read more…

CIVILISATION AND TERROR

2015 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Civilisation

Words Against Violence

2015 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

sue scottAward-winning writer highlights campaign against domestic violence

KIN is pleased to be able to publish the winning entry from Kapiti’s Literary Festival, run by the Friends of the Kapiti Libraries. It’s a powerful piece of writing by Paraparaumu author and counsellor Sue Scott. The competition subject was ‘I’ve got to use words’ …

‘I’ve Got To Use Words’

By Sue Scott

Ok, so I’m not perfect. Who is? That’s why I’m here. That and Mel. If she hadn’t called the noise cops, I wouldn’t  be here. read more…

Expressway, Cycleway… Now Canoeway

2015 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_2806Kapiti Canoeists paddle new route from shopping centre to sea

Photo story by Alan and Helen Tristram

The Wharemauku walkway and cycleway provides a convenient off-road link between Raumati Beach and Coastlands for many Raumati locals — but until now the waterway has been overlooked.IMG_2813

That changed recently for us when we came across two Raumati boat people as we cycled home from Coastlands.

We met two Raumati Beach men — Zec Norris (on the red surf ski in photo) of Alexander Road, and Vaughan Lloyd Jones, of Weka Road (in the blue canoe), paddling their way back from the Coastlands precinct. read more…

 Liquor Decision Hurts Maori

2015 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guru‘District Licensing Committee Alienates Another Community’

By Kapiti Councillor K Gurunathan

The District Licensing Committee’s decision  to allow a bottle store to relocate to Frater Lane close to the Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae

is hurting local Maori.

And the Whakarongotai Marae will appeal the decision, which is a serious breach of raukawa maraecultural protocols.

Frater Lane is used as a traditional path from the Marae to the urupa across the State Highway One. The Marae also believes there has been a lack of meaningful consultation. read more…

Boyd At His Best With “Sweet Caress”

2015 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

However long your stay on this small planet lasts, and whatever happens during it, the most important thing is that – from time to time – you feel life’s sweet caress. Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau

The male novelist as a woman

 By Roger Childs

Sweet caress 1Crossing the gender line is a risk for writers. Can a man convincingly convey the feelings, emotions and experiences of women, and vice versa? In one of his recent novels, William Boyd pulled it off with great skill. Restless in fact had two leading women and the consensus is that he was resoundingly successful in making mother and daughter credible and believable characters.

Sweet Caress throws up different sorts of challenges, as photographer extraordinaire, Amory Clay, roams through the world from 1908 to 1985. The story, which has both real and imagined personalities, is very much a female equivalent of Any Human Heart.

In the latter, Logan Mountstuart bestrides the 20th century in a range of interesting historical settings and experiences a realistic blend of life’s ups and downs. However Sweet Caress has a different structure and different settings. read more…

Arab Cartoonist’s View

2015 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

arab cartoonThe news agency Aljazeera has been featuring Arab cartoonists’ views on the Paris bombings.

Most are sympathetic. Others, like Arab-Brazilian Carlos Latuff are sympathetic and percipient…

Here is Latuff’s cartoon, chosen as cartoon of the day by Aljazeera.

Honouring the French Dead

2015 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

IMG_2800Should KCDC fly the flag at half mast ?

By Alan Tristram

New Zealanders of all persuasions have been quick to stand alongside the French following the devastating bomb attacks in Paris.

The Wellington City Council arranged to fly the NZ flag at half mast yesterday.

But the Kapiti Coast District Council didn’t follow suit yesterday (when the photo was taken, outside the Paraparaumu Library), or by mid-day today when we again checked things out.

So we are asking Mayor Ross Church and the KCDC — can you do something about this ?

The Kapiti Independent thinks most Kapiti Coasters would like this show of solidarity and respect.

 

Dance Graduates In Action

2015 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Performance

by Ann Hunt

School of DanceThe New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is recognised as one of the leading dance training institutions in Australasia.

Its graduate students secure positions in the world’s leading dance companies, including: The Australian Ballet; Black Grace; Chunky Move; English National Ballet ; National Ballet of Canada; Rambert; Royal NZ Ballet; Sydney Dance Company, to name but a few.

Their Graduation season is something many people look forward to every year. Barely a month before Christmas, the entertaining show is well positioned in the Festive calendar and this year’s production looks like a cracker.

Performances run from 18-28 November. (See further details at the bottom.) read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: White Ribbon Perspectives

2015 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Viewpoints on “violence” against Council women

Food for thoughtThe issue of whether the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), is in line with the letter and spirit of the White Ribbon designation, has been well aired in KIN and elsewhere.

This is especially appropriate in this month of white ribbon awareness.

We have had contributions from a number of people including Councillors Elliott and Scott. Cr Elliott has been particularly concerned about breaches of the code in relation to herself.

One of our correspondents, Kerry Bolton, noted that: There are only four councillors who are not tainted in some manner by bullying, intimidation, false accusations, self-serving manipulation of White Ribbon. They are: Councillors Elliott, David Scott, Gurunathan and Cardiff.

This is a bold statement and one of the dangers of claiming to be on the side of the angels is that you may in fact be associating with Lucifer, the fallen angel. One wonders if the four “untainted” councilors listed by Dr Bolton can say, hands on heart and bible, that they have never been in breach of the White Ribbon pledge. read more…

When Recreation And Farming Don’t Mix

2015 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Resident and organic farmer Peter Brooking was in the grounds with his family just before 9am on Monday as the helicopter was spraying about 100 metres from the road through the recreation area. Olivia Wannan, Dominion Post, October 28 2015

A good blend?

By Roger Childs

A local organic farmer who actually felt the spray on Labour Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

Local organic farmer Peter Brooking, who actually felt the spray on Labour Day at Queen Elizabeth Park. (Photo credit: stuff.)

The two largest recreation areas on the Kapiti Coast are reserves where the land use is shared.

Queen Elizabeth Park and Whareroa Farm were established primarily as public spaces, with former administered by The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the latter by the Whareroa Guardians and the Department of Conservation.

However, in both areas there is a substantial amount of land leased for agriculture. It seems like a sensible and logical mix of land use, but not if the farming involves poisoning pasture.   read more…

A UK View on the Massacres

2015 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tom aitkenThe Last Time I saw Paris

 

By Tom Aitken, our UK correspondent

I passed through Paris on my way back to London from a conference on Pacific History in Le Havre on Saturday 7th November.

I travelled from Paris St Lazare toParis Nord during the late afternoon before, in the early evening, travelling from the latter back to London on Eurostar.

A victim is wheeled away from the Bataclan Theatre

A victim is wheeled away from the Bataclan Theatre

Six nights later, as I tidied up before going to bed, I noticed that it was Friday the thirteenth. I smiled to myself. ‘Nothing bad has happened so far’, I thought.

The world knows that I was wrong. The massacres in Paris had just begun.

read more…

Mr Key and the NZ Prisoners

2015 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john key guts

Our cartoonist Andy’s take on the Prime Minister’s ‘efforts’ on behalf of Kiwi detainees on Christmas Island

Terror Attacks Claim 153+ Lives in Paris

2015 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They tried to kill as many people as possible. French President, François Hollande

Six locations targeted with devastating results

By Roger Childs

Paris terrorism 2France is in mourning today after terrorists struck across the French capital. Targets ranged from a Cambodian restaurant to the Stade de France where a soccer match between France and Germany was taking place.

However, the greatest toll was at the Bataclan Concert Hall where an American rock band was performing. 110 people were slaughtered by gunmen.  French police stormed the building and at least 4 terrorists were killed.

The attacks were clearly coordinated, but as of 6.15pm NZ time, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility. However ISIS is celebrating the outcome. read more…

Paris Embassy Advice After Attacks

2015 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
British neswspaper  article following terrorist attacks in Paris

British neswspaper article following terrorist attacks in Paris

The number to phone if you are worried about Kiwis visiting France

The New Zealand Embassy in Paris is seeking information on the nationalities of victims and casualties from the incidents in Paris, and is liaising with local authorities.

There is currently no confirmed information on nationalities of victims.

There are 249 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in France.

The NZ Embassy advises that if you have concerns about a New Zealand family member in Paris, please try and make direct contact in the first instance.

If you have ongoing concerns about a family member in Paris, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Tel: 04 439 8000 (if calling from within New Zealand) or Tel: +64 4 439 8000 (if calling from outside New Zealand).

Poisoning The Kapiti Landscape

2015 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We acknowledge that some people in the community are concerned about spraying in the park. This meeting will give people the opportunity to have their say… Amanda Cox, GWRC Manager Parks

Roundup spraying causes outrage

By Roger Childs

Browned off with Roundup

Browned off with Roundup

Roundup, with the active ingredient glyphosate, has been widely sprayed in New Zealand for decades, but its use to kill off farm paddocks is relatively new.

In recent times many Kapiti residents had been mystified over why fields in Queen Elizabeth Park and Whareroa Farm had turned a deadly brown.

So they were horrified to learn that Roundup had been used in these popular public areas to kill the vegetation in farm paddocks so that rape seed and plantain could grow through. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Remember Peace

2015 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We wanted to honour those people in our district who sacrificed their lives for us during the war. These crosses symbolise them and the bravery they showed. It is my privilege to declare this field open. Kapiti Mayor, Ross Church, on Armistice Day 2015

 Armistice Day: a time to remember war and peace

Kapiti remembers Armistice Day (Photo credit: KCDC)

Kapiti remembers Armistice Day (Photo credit: KCDC)

New Zealand spent a fortune this year commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. While our day to remember war sacrifice and service was the start of a World War 1 fiasco, the British have their remembrance on the day that peace came.

This week on November 11, there were thousands of services at cenotaphs and war memorials throughout the United Kingdom, and one in Kapiti. read more…

Kapiti’s White Ribbon Stoush

2015 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a kcdc crashCouncil’s media machine tries to blunt White Ribbon criticism

By Alan Tristram

The row which has been brewing within Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), for a some time over the White Ribbon label shows no sign of abating.

Our report of a ‘cease and desist’ letter from White Ribbon sent the media team in the communication department at KCDC into overdrive this week.

The KCDC team asked us to publish a rebuttal of our story. We refused. read more…

Wharemauku: Wasteland, Wetland, Workland

2015 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The changing environment

By Roger Childs

The Wharemauku Stream in flood May 2015

The Wharemauku Stream in flood May 2015

Back in May the Kapiti area had its worst flooding for forty years. The land north and south of the Wharemauku Stream was covered in water, and in Raumati the normally placid waterway overflowed its banks and a number of properties had to be evacuated.

Before the flooding, the area south of the stream had been a wasteland of swamp, tussock, gorse and blackberry. Plenty of birds and waterfowl inhabited the area, but it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Now, both sides of the Wharemauku are a hive of activity as the Expressway development is rapidly changing the landscape. read more…

Key’s Shabby Thoughts

2015 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtAll Black aura turns shabby grey

By Alan Tristram

It’s not often a Kiwi leader makes one feel ashamed to be associated with him as a New Zealander.

But John Key’s slanderous remarks yesterday about the Labour Partyjohn key have exposed the essential shabbiness of the man.

He has jumped into the gutter, revealing his callousness. The All Black aura he hoped to retain has turned into a shabby grey.

By refusing to help New Zealanders on Christmas Island – or even show any genuine concern – he has revealed the man within.

220px-Howard_Karl_Kippenberger,_1952I always recall reading about the late, great, Brigadier Howard Kippenberger. After WWII, as president of the RSA, Kippenberger took up the case of a former POW who had supported the Nazis while in a prison camp.

From memory, the former POW had trouble with his serviceman’s pension; and this was enough for ‘Kip’ to act on.

Contrast that with Key’s blanket denigration and his refusal to help the maltreated Kiwis on Christmas Island.

Yes, some of them are criminals, convicted of horrifying crimes.

But that isn’t the point, Mr Key: they are New Zealanders.

And your job is to represent and fight for all of us – good, bad; brown and white; everyone of us.

 

 

Maureen’s 50th Parkrun

2015 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Parkrun happens every Saturday around the world at 8.00am. On the Kapiti Coast the venue is the Otaihanga Domain. It’s only 5km and it’s free thanks to the sponsorship of New Zealand Home Loans. You can run it, jog it or walk it, and push a stroller if you wish. To do 50 parkruns is a big deal and you get a special T shirt and more!

Last Saturday Raumati’s Maureen Farmer passed the milestone. Here is her story.

First one in London

 By Maureen Farmer

Ready to go at Otaihanga

Ready to go at Otaihanga

It has taken me a long while to reach my 50th Parkrun milestone but I must admit to a sense of achievement at reaching it!

In fact I only realised a few weeks ago that I was approaching the 50th and this prompted me to have a look to see where and when it all started – and I admit to being shocked and surprised to see that the first run I ever did was in Greenwich, South East London in October 2010! read more…

Councillor On Being Bullied

2015 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

White Ribbon Campaign and the KCDC — One Woman’s View

By District Councillor Jackie Elliott

November is ‘White Ribbon Month’ where the message is ‘It is not ok’ to inflict any form of violence, physical, psychological or verbal against women, children, team mates, work colleges or anyone at all.

White Ribbon campaign supporters are asked to lead this message by example by embodying the principles of the campaign. However in my opinion, in Kapiti, the White Ribbon Campaign has been hijacked. read more…

When You Make Someone Happy

2015 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Casualties of the American War

VietnamTwo years ago our young columnist, Annie Budd, visited Vietnam with her family.

She is a perceptive observer, and was moved by the people who still bear the scars and reminders of the wars with the French and the Americans. 

We have published her earlier poem on Kapiti Island on November 9.

Here is her verse about walking down a city street in Vietnam when she was 11. read more…

Fire and Brimstone From Ralph

2015 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The best doesn’t always win the Booker!

By Ralph McAllister

Marlon JonesI try not to bore with repetition but the fact remains the best book did not win the Booker.

Hence my brimstone.

Everyone now knows that Marlon James and his A Brief History Of Seven Killings did win, but I await anyone telling me that they liked the violence, the difficult language, the plot, indeed the book!

Winning the Booker always means major sales but I suspect this novel will languish on shelves, ignored and forgotten. read more…

KCDC View on White Ribbon

2015 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC Offices. Paraparaumu

KCDC Offices. Paraparaumu

Council says White Ribbon affirms Kāpiti commitment to Non-Violence’

The Kapiti Coast District Council has asked KIN to publish a ‘rebuttal’ to what it terms ‘the unbalanced story you are running’ on the white Ribbon anti-violence campaign. (see story below headlined ‘KCDC and the white Ribbon Row’ ) . Here is the KCDC view:

White Ribbon Charitable Trust National Chair Ric Odom ric-odom-ceo-ymca-nzsays he’s looking forward to working with Council on this year’s White Ribbon anti-violence campaign.

Auckland-based Mr Odom made a special trip to meet with Kāpiti Mayor Ross Church and Chief Executive Pat Dougherty, to discuss recent statements challenging Council’s commitment to the principles of White Ribbon. read more…

KCDC and the White Ribbon Row

2015 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott alleges KCDC bullying

White Ribbon campaign chides Kapiti Council after woman councillor alleges bullying 

By Alan Tristram

After repeated complaints of bullying by a Kapiti woman councillor, the White Ribbon anti-violence campaign has effectively asked the Kapiti Coast District Council to stop using the White Ribbon name.

In a letter to the Kapiti Mayor and Councillors, the White ribbon campaign manager, Rob McCann, says:

White Ribbon organiser Rob McCann

White Ribbon campaign manager, Rob McCann

‘Given the concerns expressed by some members of the public about actions of the KCDC, White Ribbon now asks that they cease calling themselves a ‘White Ribbon’ Council. 

Councillor Jackie Elliott has complained by a long time about bullying within the Kapiti Council; and she is backed up by Councillor David Scott.

KIN asked the KCDC for comment immediately after publishing the first story. The Council said the story was wrong and asked us to withdraw it. We refused — and we await their considered reply.

read more…

Annie Budd’s Writing Rewarded

2015 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN Editor hands over prize for essay high-lighting plight of refugees

Talented writer Annie Budd

Talented writer Annie Budd

By Alan Tristram

The young writer Annie Budd has received her Kapiti Independent writing award and $50 from editor Alan Tristram at her home in Raumati, on the Kapiti Coast.

Annie (13) who is a year  9  student at Raumati Beach School, won the prize for her article (published in KIN on October 26 ) on the plight of refugees from the Middle East.

She said New Zealand should take more refugees, and the Government should be ashamed of not doing enough.

And she called on the Kapiti Coast District Council to urge the Government to take action. read more…

VIP’s in New Zealand

2015 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

VIPs in New Zealand

Living Wage Breakthrough

2015 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hyman‘Congratulations Wellington’ for Council’s decision on living wage

By Prue Hyman

Living wage demonstrators outside WCC headquarters

Living wage demonstrators outside WCC headquarters

In March I mentioned enthusiastically the Living Wage campaign – the hourly rate it calculates as a minimum for a reasonable life is $19.25 from July 2015.

This is rightly well above the minimum wage and is a voluntary initiative embraced by increasing numbers of employers who see the productivity, morale and customer approval benefits.

Wellington City Council (WCC) has been the pioneer in local government on this issue. read more…

Bill Manhire Launches Literary Festival

2015 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Photo by Helen Tristram

Photo by Helen Tristram

Famous poet and teacher adds shine to Kapiti’s Weekend of Words

By Alan Tristram

New Zealand’s first Poet Laureate Bill Manhire gave a significant insight into creative writing when he launched the ‘I’ve Got to Use Words’ festival at Paraparaumu this weekend.

The festival, which runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, is sponsored by Kapiti Friends of the Libraries.

Photo by Helen Tristram

Photo by Helen Tristram

A packed audience at the ‘Pak N Save’ room in the Kapiti Community Centre were treated to a rare explanation of how a leading poet puts words into action. read more…

Kapiti Basketballers Wins Dominos Challenge

2015 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KBA U15 Boys take the honours

By Angelo Robinson

The teams fro the first Domino Challenge (Photo credit: Paula Cowle)

The teams for the first Dominos Challenge (Photo credit: Paula Cowle)

On Saturday the Kapiti U15 Boys Representative Team took on Levin and emerged victorious in the inaugural Dominos Challenge Trophy.

The trophy challenge was the culmination of a successful year for the U15’s and in the words of their Coach Paul Roberts they have really started to gel as a team.

The win and the score line 91-35 reflected the tremendous gains the team have achieved over the past 8 months. read more…

Remembering Armistices Day in Kapiti

2015 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front in 1918, with the signing of the Armistice. Christchurch City Libraries

A tribute to soldiers from the Kapiti Coast

flanders fieldsA Field of Remembrance remembering Kāpiti soldiers who died during World War 1 will be opened on Armistice Day, next Wednesday 11 November.

A hundred wooden crosses will be placed in the field, opposite the Coastlands Aquatic Centre, to pay tribute to the Kāpiti soldiers involved.

This Field of Remembrance will stay in place until Armistice Day, 2018 which will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. read more…

Fitting Tribute To A Petanque Legend

2015 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… a great tribute to Rex from all those who knew him and benefited from what he contributed to the sport of petanque …    

Rex Hayes Memorial Mixed Doubles Competition

By Rex’s wife, Shirley Hayes

Shirley with the winners

Shirley with the winners: Annick Le Guen and Grant Bray (Photo credit: Marlene Barker)

A suggestion was made from a Kapiti Petanque Club member, Harl Stevens, to host a tournament as a tribute to honour Rex for all his involvement over 17 years with the club.

This was put to the committee who agreed and so the inaugural tournament was held on Sunday 1st November 2015 at the club grounds in Aorangi Domain, Paraparaumu, an event which will take place annually. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Say “No” To Charles III?

2015 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Royals back in town

Back again

Back again

We have yet another royal visit and this time it is Charles and his second wife feeding off the New Zealand taxpayer.

The heir to the throne was born with a gold spoon in his mouth, is one of the wealthiest men in Britain and has over 130 servants who do everything from tying his shoelaces to driving his flash cars.

The pathetically small “crowd” at the War Memorial Park yesterday is a reflection of the esteem in which the imperious Charles and the blousy Camilla are held. read more…

Homelessness Is Our Problem

2015 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

homelessFormer Coaster highlights our shameful record on caring for homeless

‘Let’s start talking about the NZ’s most deprived people’

By Moira Lawlor (formerly of Pukerua Bay) General Manager, Lifewise

In March 2014, I moved from Pukerua Bay, Porirua, to Mangere Bridge Auckland.  I also moved from an 11 year stint with Porirua City Council to Lifewise the social development arm of the Methodist church.

The move was partly about returning to home and my aging mother, and partly about returning to where my working life starting – in the community sector.  read more…

Creative Writing Theme In The Weekend Festival

2015 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

His voice is appealingly restless and seriously funny. New York Times on Bill Manhire

Another Friends of the Library classic

By Roger Childs

Bill Manhire kicks the festival off on Friday night

Bill Manhire kicks the festival off on Friday night

This is the seventh literary festival run by the Friends of the Kapiti Libraries and this year’s theme is  using words. It begins at 7.30pm on Friday 6 November with distinguished academic, writer and poet Bill Manhire, speaking on the writing process.

Then on Saturday morning at 10.00am there is a panel discussion on different ways words are used. And there are more events on the Sunday. (See below.)

Tickets for the weekend events are still available, so if you would like to attend any or all of the sessions or need more information please contact

Hilary Wooding at 04 297 9704 or email hilaryw@paradise.net.nz read more…

Celebrating “The Day Of The Dead” In Style!

2015 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I would rather die than lose my life. Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Mexican comic actor, writer and director

Mexican flair and a precious collection

By Roger Childs

Ambassador Giuttereez an dLeslie Clague

Ambassador Gutierrez and Leslie Clague with two examples from Lois’s collection

People arriving for the November 2 cocktail party at the Mexican Embassy in Wellington, were greeted at reception by a black and white skeleton bearing a New Zealand rugby flag! It was a nice touch for the annual celebration of the Day(s) of the Dead.

The focal point of the display in the reception room was a large skeleton and a wonderful collection of Mexican art and craft which the Clague family has gifted to the embassy.

The collection was the prize possession of Leslie Clague’s mother, Lois Gaines, who was a prominent businesswoman in Los Angeles. Lois spent her last eight years on the Kapiti Coast and passed away earlier in the year aged 94. read more…

Reflecting On Rugby 2015

2015 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I still admire a lot of those guys and watch them on TV and to be being alongside them in the same team is it’s just a privilege and a massive honour to send them off the way we did with the World Cup, it’s fantastic. Nehe Milner-Skudder on the departing All Blacks

Over-emphasis on the national game?

By Roger Childs

Receptionist at the Mexican Embassy in Wellington

Receptionist at the Mexican Embassy in Wellington

Most of the New Zealand public, advertisers and media are obsessed with rugby. This had been especially so this year with the World Cup capturing the imagination of nation.

KIN has also been caught up in the rugby whirlwind!

However we do need to keep a wider perspective when it comes to sport. We have plenty of top world performers. Hopefully sports fans have noticed that this last week the Silver Ferns twice beat the world champion Aussies at netball and a week before that Lydia Ko reclaimed her amazing number one position in women’s golf.

Then the Phoenix beat the Brisbane Roar 3-2 ten days ago, but we won’t dwell on last night’s score. read more…

Another Kapiti Liquor Outlet

2015 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

GuruCouncillor Guru slates Licensing Committee for approving liquor store despite expert advice

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Coast Councillor K Gurunathan says the public will be alarmed because the District Licensing Committee has approved another liquor outlet along Kapiti Road.

He says this is in spite of widespread local opposition. Diane Ammundsen

But the Chair of the District Licensing Committee, Cr Diane Ammundsen, has told the Independent that, under the law, the committee had no option but to approve Pangotra Enterprises application for a liquor store at Unit 2, 119 Kapiti Road.

She pointed out that the lack of a KCDC local alcohol policy meant the committee could only turn down the application if the business owners failed to meet legal criteria. But this was not so. read more…

Kapiti Arts Trail Popular

2015 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Artist Lydia bMcallister with her artworks and her sisters Margo (l) and Sue

Artist Lydia bMcallister with her artworks and her sisters Margo (l) and Sue

Council paints rosy picture of 1st half of Arts Trail

The Kapiti Coast district council says hundreds of locals and visitors to the Kapiti district were out and about at the Kāpiti Arts Trail over the weekend.

“We’re really pleased with the way the first weekend went,” says Leeann Morgan, Council’s District Libraries and Arts Manager. read more…

Some Botanical French Flair

2015 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fascinating watercolour workshop

By Pam Kessler

The classroom for our botanical watercolour workshop at Whitireia Polytechnic.

The classroom for our botanical watercolour workshop at Whitireia Polytechnic.

Four days with a Frenchman and I was exhausted!

Yes, I know that sounds like the stuff of fantasies, but in this case, it’s true! I was one of fourteen who attended the botanical watercolour workshop with Vincent Jeannerot.

Vincent was in Kapiti from October 8 – 12 and there wasn’t one amongst us who wasn’t charmed by his friendly manner, his humour, and of course, his accent. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 20: Best Team Wins

2015 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No excuses. We were well beaten by a better team on the day. The All Blacks are the best team in the world. The thoughts of Wallaby captain, Stephen Moore

Proving their superiority

By Roger Childs

Michael Hooper congratulates winning skipper Richie McCaw

Michael Hooper congratulates winning skipper Richie McCaw

The All Blacks came into the World Cup as the top ranked team and remain so with their emphatic 34-17 win over the Wallabies in the final.

Only a moment of stupidity by Ben Smith which cost him 10 minutes in the bin, saved the Australians from a humiliating annihilation. Leading 21-3 early in the second half, after a superb individual try by Ma’a Nonu, the flood gated were about to open, but Smith’s absence allowed the Wallabies to score two converted tries.

However normal service was resumed when the full back returned and the champions won their second consecutive World Cup with a flourish. read more…

Halloween In Australia

2015 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Halloween in Australia III

Halloween Worth Celebrating

2015 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What’s it going to be Pops, the candy or your front window? Paul Stookey from “Peter, Paul and Mary”

Now a Kiwi fixture

By Roger Childs

Linus lives in hope

Linus lives in hope (Credit Charles Schultz)

Today at the Otaihanga park run there were about 25 people dressed for Halloween. There were plenty of kids togged out, but most of the costumes were worn by adults.

We didn’t celebrate this favourite American holiday when I was young, however with the influence of  television many Kiwi kids dress up on October 31 and head out trick or treating.

The Peanuts fans among you will recall Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch every year on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear.

Linus’s mates use to mock him because the big vegetable never put in an appearance. However that didn’t stop Linus living in hope and nesting down in the garden. read more…

Poetry People Confer

2015 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

edited gill wardGreetings Poetry People!

By Gill Ward

The big news these days is the upcoming New Zealand Poetry Conference Nov 13-15th so I thought I’d use this column to tell you about it.

It’s not too late to register do this through the New Zealand Poetry Society’s web page. The cost for the weekend is $150 which some have felt is expensive. Well, it’s the capital city and being held at the National Library plus you get a light meal with drinks on the Friday night.

The weekend is full of stellar poetic offerings and we can’t expect ‘artists’ to perform and share for nothing! read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 19: Final Time

2015 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We knew we would have to earn the right to progress through the tournament so being in the final is very satisfying in its own right. All Black coach, Steve Hansen

Greatness beckons for two teams

By Roger Childs

Rugby world cupThe Wallabies and the All Blacks have been the two best teams at the World Cup, so it is fitting that they should meet in the final match.

Australia won the Four Nations Trophy and New Zealand successfully defended the Bledisloe Cup this year, however this silverware pales into insignificance beside the Webb Ellis Cup.

The 2015 All Blacks are considered to be possible the greatest team in the modern era, but they won’t be if they lose on Saturday at Twickenham. Both finalists are quality sides and will be very determined to round off the season with the ultimate prize. read more…

Phoenix: Good, Bad And Ugly

2015 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The application for a 10-year extension to the licence does not meet the requirements we see as fundamental to the future growth of the Hyundai A-League. Football Federation Australia boss, David Gallop

Great 3-2 win for the Phoenix

By Dave Daniel

The Phoenix win against a top team

The Phoenix win against a top team

What a week it’s been in the history of the Wellington Phoenix. It was good, bad and it could get ugly. The Wellington team downed the league leaders Brisbane Roar in fine style at the Westpac stadium on Saturday night. It was the type of performance that you want to see from your team.

A goal down after 26 minutes, Michael McGlinchey equalised with a spectacular free kick and then punished the Roar in the 49th minute with a fine counter attacking strike from Roy Krishna.

The visitors equalised through ex Phoenix player Jade North after some scrappy defensive work from the home team. read more…

Rain Closes Two Roads

2015 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Akatarawa Road today

Akatarawa Road today

Heavy rain hits the Kāpiti Coast… again

By Alan Tristram

The KCDC says heavy rain overnight and this morning has had a moderate impact on the Kāpiti Coast – but two roads were closed because of the downpour – the Akatarawa Road (on the Upper Hutt side) and the Ōtaki Gorge Road.

The Council says The Ōtaki Gorge Road is passable by ute and it anticipates being able to open it to all traffic later this afternoon.

But luckily the flooding isn’t as bad as in May and June this year. And the effects aren’t as bad as in Upper Hutt where the Bridge Road bridge off the Akatarawa collapsed bridgeRoad slumped in the middle above the raging Hutt River.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Poisoning QE Park

2015 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The only warning sign I saw on Monday ‘Labour Day’ morning was a very long way up the Paekākāriki end of the new cycle path, apparently well into the spray area. I saw dozens and dozens of people out walking, none of which had any idea that the sign saying “weed spraying” sign actually meant “from a helicopter”. Flo McNeill, Queen Elizabeth Park Protectors

Spray and fly away

By Roger Childs

Foliage killed by the spraying (Credit Flo McNeill)

Foliage killed by the spraying

We are seemingly obsessed in this so called “clean green country” of ours with poisoning the land. We scatter 1080 and Brodifacoum like confetti and some people use Roundup as if they are scared supplies will run out.

Amazingly the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is in on the act in the Kapiti area, with seemingly little concern for the general public.

This is the explanation for the dead land in Queen Elizabeth Park and Whareroa Farm: 2,4-D has been sprayed on a regular basis. A few of us ran through the park this morning and wondered why much of the farm land was brown. Just as well we didn’t run there on Labour Day. read more…

Council Walkway Statement Misleads

2015 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thank you to residents and regular beachgoers for your patience while we repaired the popular walkway along The Esplanade this week….. It’s all good to be used again, do enjoy! Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) press release, Tuesday 8 October 2015

Raumati South repairs not well grounded

By Roger Childs

Most of the walkawy has not been repaired and remains dangerous

Most of the walkway has not been repaired and remains dangerous

Earlier in the month KCDC sent out a statement announcing the reopening of the Raumati South seawall walkway. The area south of the revetment was being repaired because of severe rutting and erosion damage.

The 8 October press release reported that things were complete as a result of … patching the pathway near Jeep Road with a cement-stabilised base course.

KIN took the Council at its word and wrote an article in praise of their efforts. (See Seawall Walkway Repaired – 9 October). But things are not what we were led to believe.

The photo above is just one example of the current situation. (Double click on the photo for more detail.) read more…

Live Music At Kapiti Music & Photo

2015 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great setting for live entertainment

By Dave Daniel

Kitichen HandsKapiti Music & Photo on Kapiti Rd, just down from the Z Service Station are hosting monthly live music gigs.

Dave Berry has created a special environment:

~ a musical instrument shop,

~ a photographic shop with full printing facilities,

~ a coffee shop

~ an on-site servicing department for guitars and amplifiers. read more…

Labour Day’s Meaning

2015 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Keep the real meaning of unionism alive — people before profit !

By Mandy Hager

As I sit down to write this, today is Labour Day, to celebrate the founding of an eight-hour working day.

While we all take this holiday with great enjoyment, it seems we have forgotten the spirit that first introduced such worker-friendly legislation.

Not only has the eight-hour day been increasingly eroded for a great many workers in this new neo-liberal world, but the union movement so vital to the inception of many workers’ rights has also been virtually destroyed by a government which holds little respect for the rights of those below the 1% wealth index. read more…

Refugees are Our Problem Too !

2015 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtThe girl who touched our conscience by saying we must do something to help

Some of the latest refugees trudging through the Balkans

Some of the latest refugees trudging through the Balkans

By Alan Tristram

There’s a saying in the New Testament that from ‘the lips of children and infants ….’ great wisdom (praise) can come forth.

This past week I recalled these words when I read Raumati student Annie Budd’s column on the urgent need for you and I, the local Council, and the Government to do much more to help the flood of refugees engulfing Western Europe.

Annie, your’s is a fine piece of writing and today we are pleased to award you our first children’s writing award– $50, which we’re sure you’ll put to good use. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 18: ABs In A Cliff Hanger

2015 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We did it the hard way today. Richie McCaw

Tense semi-final

By Roger Childs

To the victors a place in the final

To the victors a place in the final

The All Blacks are through to the final, but it was close. The game ebbed and flowed, and although the New Zealanders scored two tries to none, ill discipline gave Handre Pollard the opportunity to keep the Springboks in the game with accurate goal kicking.

In the end the All Blacks were fitter and able to pen their opponents in their own 22 during the last few minutes and take the victory 20-18.

There was never going to be a French cricket score as the South Africans are too good for that. It was a victory which was ground out and there will be no over-confidence or complacency in the final as there are plenty of lessons to take from this very tense match. read more…

Feather&Fibre Worth A Look

2015 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kay Paget featuring from next weekend

By Finola Chamberlain and Cushla McGaughey

The talented Kay Paget

The talented Kay Paget

A demonstration of the skill of painting in the decorative art style will welcome visitors on 31 October at the Feather&Fibre Gallery in Waikanae.

Kay Paget, a member of the Wellington Decorative & Fine Arts Society, will set the scene for the upcoming summer. Her work will be on show along with that of about 20 mainly local artists.

The small gallery showcases a variety of works including paintings, prints, photography, jewellery, garden art and a range of fibre art. It is very handily located at 470 Te Moana Rd, not far from Waikanae Village. read more…

Regional Councillor On KCDC Allegations

2015 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

n igel wilsonWilson accuses Acting Mayor Cardiff of ‘empty bluster’ over water recharge criticism

By Alan Tristram

We offered Regional Cr Nigel Wilson the chance to reply to allegations by the KCDC Acting Mayor, Mike Cardiff,

that Cr Wilson’s claims about the Kapiti river recharge scheme were ‘littered with factual inaccuracies.’

(see story below, dated 23rd)

Here is Cr Wilson’s full reply:Mike Cardiff

‘As usual, this is sadly more empty bluster from Mr Cardiff in another personal attack on the messenger. read more…

Brothers In Arms

2015 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Council Action Needed On Syrian Refugees

2015 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Welcome to our latest columnist, Annie Budd, who is a Year 8 student at Raumati Beach School. She is very concerned about the lack of action over accepting Syrian refugees. (We’ll have a photo of Annie with her next article.)

Put yourself in the position of the Syrians

By Annie Budd, 13

More Syrians arrive in Greece from Turkey

More Syrians arrive in Greece from Turkey

What if you were living in a country where you were afraid of being in your own neighbourhood?

Imagine if the town you grew up in, worked in, and lived in had become completely unrecognizable, and bombings and shootings were now normal. What if you had to make the difficult decision to travel in a blow-up boat across the Mediterranean Sea?

Finally after many difficult days at sea you arrived in mainland Europe only to be taken away and put in a cramped, cold camp. read more…

Regional Cr Wilson Slated

2015 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nigel WilsonKapiti Council castigates Regional Councillor over ‘incorrect’ information

By Alan Tristram

In a highly unusual move, the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has publicly chastised a regional councillor for allegedly telling fibs about its water supplies.

Acting Kapiti Mayor Mike Cardiff

Acting Kapiti Mayor Mike Cardiff

The Regional Councillor for the Kapiti district, Nigel Wilson, is always invited to attend KCDC meetings – and they are supposed to work together for the good of the community.

However, Acting Kapiti Mayor Mike Cardiff now says in a media statement that he is ‘dismayed about incorrect information being publicly distributed by Cr Wilson about the River Recharge Scheme.’

(Editor’s note: We have given Cr Wilson an opportunity to write a detailed reply, but he has so far failed to do this. He did object to the wording of our first paragraph and asked us to remove it. I refused.)

read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 17: All Blacks Up For It?

2015 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you don’t turn up, you go home. New Zealand head coach, Steve Hansen

South Africa should never be underestimated

By John Smith from Melbourne

The Springboks should never be taken lightly

The Springboks should never be taken lightly

I have watched enough matches against the Springboks in the last 50 years to know that there is no such thing as a weak South African team. It would be foolish to be over-confident or complacent in the upcoming semi-final.

However, after last Sunday, I have great difficulty seeing them as good enough to beat this All Black team if it brings its A game. This team only needs to be in top gear for 40/50 minutes and they should win by a double -figure margin. read more…

Police Hunt For Man Over

2015 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

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‘Karl BAARS in custody’

Kapiti Police were searching for Karl BAARS after a warrant was issued for his arrest for breaching conditions of intensive supervision and for breach of community work.  Police in Blenheim have now located Mr Baars and he is in custody.

Earlier in the week, Kapiti Police said they were looking for Mr Barrs, who has links to both the Hutt Valley and Kapiti areas.

The 27-year-old has a warrant to arrest for breaching conditions of intensive supervision and for breach of community work.

The public were advised not to approach Mr Barrs. read more…

A Wellington Special Economic Zone?

2015 October 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Regional Council says  economic zones worth exploring

Wellington local bodiesGreater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) chair Chris Laidlaw says special economic zones are worth considering.

The idea comes from the New Zealand Initiative, which  proposes that each region of New Zealand should be looked at as a separate entity when it comes to overseas investment regulations.

This would be a way to tailor policy reform to particular regional needs and encourage regional economic development. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 16: Wallabies and Pumas

2015 October 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We are now down to the last four and it’s the southern hemisphere super powers. In the first of two articles on the semi-finals, our Melbourne correspondent assesses the Australia v Argentina battle.

Argentina have been impressive

By John Smith in Melbourne

The Pumas have no obvious weaknesses and have been building nicely

The Pumas have no obvious weaknesses and have been building nicely

Argentina have been one of the quiet achievers of this tournament and surprised many with the margin of their win against Ireland last weekend. Yes Ireland had some injuries, but they are the Six Nations champions.

Losing to the All Blacks in the first match by 10 points suddenly looked a whole lot better after the result of the quarter-final with France.

They offer consistency across the park, with strength in the tight and some pace and skill in the loose. read more…

Exciting Children’s History Series

2015 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Chronicles of Paki make for exciting reading. Each story should capture the imagination of children in every generation. The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Bishop of Tai Tokerau

Telling the story of early 19th century New Zealand  

By Roger Childs

PakiIt is important for all New Zealanders to understand the history of their country. By appreciating our past we are better able to understand each other and it’s not too early to start. For adults, recent publications such as Kupapa and Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own provide fresh insights into key periods of our history.

However, for primary children, an appealing new series should ensure that youngsters get a valuable understanding of the formative years of New Zealand, before and after the Treaty of Waitangi. The imaginatively told and delightfully illustrated Chronicles of Paki will fill a gap in telling “NZ’s untold story”. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 15: Refereeing Woes

2015 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Australia are into the semi-finals but only by virtue of a disputed last-minute penalty kicked by Bernard Foley that will be debated everywhere from Sydney to the Shetland Isles for weeks, if not years, to come. Robert Kitson, The Guardian

Determining the outcome

By Roger Childs

The dejected Scots after their last minute loss

The dejected Scots after their last minute loss

The last things fans want, is for the referee to decide who wins with a wrong late decision. South African referee, Craig Joubert, will probably never be allowed over the Scottish border after his game changing 77th minute decision in the Scotland – Australia quarter final. Instead of a scrum to the Australians, which might still have led to a Wallaby win, a penalty was awarded and the rest is history.

Rugby fans can accept defeat, if it’s fair and square. They don’t watch a game to focus on the refereeing, but do get emotional if bad decisions are made. Unfortunately, Craig Joubert has been involved before in late, incorrect game-changing decisions. read more…

First River Recharge

2015 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

water treatmentKCDC turn on revolutionary river recharge system 

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has used its advanced  river recharge scheme for the first time, with good results.

The KCDC says it turned the system on last Friday following a drop in Waikanae River levels.

It was in operation for 12 hours and was switched off on Saturday morning after the rain overnight. Further rain on Sunday meant river levels were back up again. read more…

Kapiti Photo Of The Week

2015 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Amazing Sports Stories 18: Incredible Audrey

2015 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A great example of keeping fit and active

By Roger Childs

Audrey 4Audrey Childs is 85 and lives in Lyall Bay, Wellington.  She exercises six days out of seven. This includes five Zumba classes, some run by her daughter Alison. A few of her Zumba sessions are with the “Over 50s”, but Audrey finds them a bit slow! Doing weights is another part of her exercise regime.

She also has at least two long walks a week. One of these is on a Sunday morning with the Wellington Marathon Clinic (WMC) which Audrey and her husband Bill joined when the popular sports club began in 1979. Audrey and Bill are life members. read more…

Art Collection Finds A New Home

2015 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lois’s amazing Mexican art

By Leslie Clague

Lois and one of her Mexican art pieces

Lois and one of her Mexican art pieces

Lois Gaines, a former Los Angeles publicist, died earlier this year at the age of 94.

She spent the last eight years of her life on the Kapiti Coast. First she was an apartment owner at Sevenoaks, then a resident of Kapiti Rest Home, and lastly she was in “end of life care” in Matai Wing at Sevenoaks. She is now buried at Awa Tapu Cemetery.

Wherever she resided she had on display a Mexican art collection, developed over the years from various trips to Mexico.

The main features of the art work are bright coloured, hand-carved, hand-painted animals and figures from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Called “Alebrijes” in Mexico, visitors, passer-by’s and staff of her residence were always delighted and fascinated by the collection. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 14: Sensational All Blacks!

2015 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We knew we had to turn it up notch and we applied the pressure early on. Richie McCaw

A huge team effort

Milner-Skudder scores the third try

Milner-Skudder scores the third try

There were nine tries in the extraordinary 62-13 victory over France in the quarter final. It could have been ten if Ma’a Nonu hadn’t lost the ball on the line after a brilliant 50 metre run in the dying moments. It was a rare mistake in what was a wonderful team performance in which, as Steve Hansen remarked, everybody from number 1 to number 23 played their part.

There was concern that the All Blacks were not playing their best in pool play, and even though they won all four games convincingly there was a plenty to work on. However no-one could have anticipated such a one-sided quarter-final with the New Zealanders turning in one of the greatest performances in World Cup history. read more…

Collins New Car Crush

2015 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 13: Beware French Flair!

2015 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The All Blacks will beat us nine times out of ten. Former French captain

The tenth game?

By Roger Childs

The French can be tough in the big games

The French can be tough in the big games

Going into the 2015 quarter final against France, the All Blacks will be well aware of what the opposition is capable of. They need to ignore what has gone before, such as the decisive loss against Ireland last weekend and the rumour of a player revolt against the coach.

The French can peak for the big games as they did in the 2011 World Cup. New Zealand had beaten them in pool play, then France suffered an embarrassing loss to Tonga. But they still made the final and very nearly took the World Cup away from the All Blacks.

There is a clear message: never under-estimate the French! read more…

Maori On Both Sides In NZ Wars

2015 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Governor’s way of flying is to flap with one wing downwards and the other up. Renata Tamakihikurangi, the spokesman of Ngatikahuhunu, to the Superintendent of Hawke’s Bay, February 1861

Kupapa book raises uncomfortable issues

By Roger Childs

KupapaThe publication this year of Kupapa, the bitter legacy of Maori alliances with the crown by renowned historian Ron Crosby, is bound to cause controversy.

The word kupapa traditionally as a verb has meant to be neutral (in a quarrel), be loyal or collude. As a noun it has meant ally or collaborator. However for some Maori in recent times it has come to mean traitor.

Kupapa was the term used for Maori who supported British, and later New Zealand government forces, in the New Zealand Wars. read more…

Kapiti Firing Up Energy Revolution

2015 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rod_Oram_2012Rod Oram for two meetings on the Coast

By Bianca Begovich

The top business journalist and advocate for a grass-roots energy revolution , Rod Oram, is to talk at two local meetings this month.

Energise Ōtaki (EŌ) has organised the meetings as a public launch of its vision of Ōtaki as a ‘vibrant, energy efficient and energy producing community’.

The first talk will be at a public meeting at Ōtaki College on Tuesday, 27 October; the second at a business breakfast at the Ōtaki RSA on Wednesday, 28 October. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cell Phone Rudeness

2015 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thought

By associate Editor Roger Childs

About ten years ago I went to a lecture at Te Papa with about 500 other teachers. The speaker was an Australian professor and the topic was digital technology in education. About ten minutes into his talk a musical jingle rang out. After a lot of looking around the lecturer suddenly realized it was his phone. To his credit he blushed and apologized.

We are now all familiar with requests before films, concerts, plays and other entertainment to please ensure that your cell phone has been turned off. At the last funeral I attended the minister duly intoned the same message. But hey, halfway through one of the eulogies the tell tale music shattered the dignity of the occasion. read more…

Animal Rights Breakthrough

2015 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hans-kriek_0Animal feelings are no longer in doubt 

By Hans Kriek, Executive director of SAFE (Save All Animals from Exploitation)

A criticism often thrown at animal advocates  is that we wrongly ascribe emotions to animals.

We are told dairy cows do not mind at all when their calves are taken from them, mother pigs are not driven mad in cages so small they cannot turn around and rodeo bulls just love performing – apparently. read more…

Phoenix Familiar Slow Start!

2015 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Newcastle Jets punished Wellington Phoenix’s inability to finish with a season-opening 2-1 A-League win at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. Sydney Daily Telegraph

Opening with a home loss, again!

By Dave Daniel

Phoenix  v JetsSix thousand odd turned up at the stadium on Sunday to watch the Phoenix get downed by the Newcastle Jets.

The Jets that nearly didn’t make this season after being wooden-spooners (what a strange expression!) and having a hat full of problems both on and off the pitch.

In a strange way you could see it coming. read more…

A Rugby Jersey Auction And A Disputed Try

2015 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The jersey, worn by the ‘Originals’ tour captain Dave Gallaher, was expected to reach between £20,000 and £40,000 at the auction today. Imogen Calderwood, Daily Mail 9 October 2015

The Welsh capital brings back  test memories

Dave Gallaher: captain of the 1905-06 All Blacks

Dave Gallaher: captain of the 1905-06 All Blacks

The All Blacks face France in the World Cup quarter finals in Cardiff on Sunday morning, just as they did in 2007. New Zealand fans well remember that game eleven years ago where inexperienced and intimidated English referee, Wayne Barnes, was virtually “playing” for the French.

This disastrous loss still rankles with fans, however 110 years ago there was another controversial test in the same city. Wales won 3-0 and denied the famous “Original” All Blacks an unbeaten run on its tour of the British Isles. In this match captain Dave Gallaher wore a jersey which recently was up for auction. It was also the game in which Bob Deans claimed he scored a try which was disallowed. read more…

Pope is Relevant, Begovich says

2015 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

laudato-si400The Pope’s climate message is a ‘game changer’ 

By Bianca Begovich, of Waikanae

The Pope’s involvement in the fight against climate change is a game changer.  It’s exciting and unexpected and totally what’s needed.

For those of you who haven’t read his encyclical on climate change, I recommend you do – it expresses everything we need to address the biggest issue of our time. Find it at www.papalencyclicals.net read more…

Nonu’s Rocky Road To Fame

2015 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Over time he’s matured into one of the best second-fives we’ve had play for the country. All Black senior coach, Steve Hansen

100 caps for the All Blacks

By Roger Childs

Two centurions

Two centurions

With his match against Tonga over the weekend, Ma’a Nonu joined a select band of All Blacks who have made a hundred test appearances.

One of them is the man he has served under for much of his career, the inspirational Richie McCaw. It was fitting that the New Zealand World Cup skipper should be the one to give Nonu his 100 games cap.

Nonu has had his ups and downs over the years, having been dropped from the All Black squad three times and being shown the door from the Hurricanes in 2011. However, he overcame these setbacks and in 2015 was one of the first choices for the World Cup. read more…

Kapiti Council News

2015 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Vicki and Ross Church at their wedding a year ago

Vicki and Ross Church at their wedding a year ago

Mayoress’s funeral at Southwards tomorrow

The Kapiti Coast District Council says the funeral for Mayoress Vicki Church will be held at Southwards at 11am tomorrow.

The family have requested donations to Wellington Free Ambulance (Kapiti Rebuild) or the Mary Potter Hospice.

Mayoress  Vicki had died in Wellington Hospital last week after a two-year battle with cancer.

She died almost a year to the day after the couple married.  Ross and Vicki (nee Vicki McCarthy) would have celebrated their one year anniversary at the weekend.

The KCDC says the deputy-Mayor, Councillor Mike Cardiff, has assumed the role of Acting Mayor ‘for the coming weeks.’ read more…

Guru Wants New Sculpture

2015 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Tui sculpture removed from Praraparaumu Beach by KCDC

Tui sculpture removed from Praraparaumu Beach by KCDC

Guru and Louella want KCDC to keep promise on replacing Tui sculpture

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council must keep its promise to provide a new sculpture to replace the Tui sculpture removed from Paraparaumu beach, say  Councillor K Gurunathan (guru) and former chair of the local Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board, Louella Jensen.

The sculpture was removed by the Council after Paekakariki sculptor Brendan Nolan was jailed for sex crimes against teenage girls in Paekakariki.

Brendan Nolan and his sculpture for the Paekakariki School gates

Brendan Nolan and his sculpture for the Paekakariki School gates

Nolan, 55, admitted sexually violating two young girls in 1999 and 2001 before his metal artworks, including the Tui sculpture and the  $15,000 Paekakariki School gates, became landmarks on the Kapiti Coast.

He was sentenced to  five years, three months in prison in Wellington District Court in June 2012.

read more…

Junior Summer Hockey Starting Soon

2015 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Play starting early November

By Sue Spellacey

Kids hockey starting next month

Kids hockey starting next month

We are going to run a Summer Hockey Primary School competition for years 5-8.

  • Registrations close: Tuesday 27th October (Full payment due 29th Oct)

It will run for 4 weeks and cost $25 per person

Game days are Mondays between 4pm and 6pm: first day meet at 3.45pm.

  • First day will be Monday 2nd November to 23 November (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd) 

read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 12: Thriller in Newcastle

2015 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Samoa were thunderous and clever and accurate and Pisi, Leiataua and Lee-Lo crossed with aplomb. Scotland were bullied. At the break they were in trouble. Big trouble. Tom English BBC Sport

Samoa saves the best till last

By Roger Childs

Motu Matu'u scores Samoa's fourth try

Motu Matu’u scores Samoa’s fourth try

In a match to rival the excitement of Japan’s boil-over against South Africa, Samoa nearly took Scotland out of the World Cup.

The Pacific Islanders made most of the play in front of more than 50,000 fans, out-scoring the Scots by four tries to three.

However five penalty goals by Greg Laidlaw enabled Scotland to scrape a win and take second place in Pool B. A loss would have allowed Japan to advance to the last eight. read more…

Kapiti Mayoress Dies

2015 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Vicki and Ross Church at their wedding a year ago

Vicki and Ross Church at their wedding a year ago

Vicki Church dies from cancer one year after marrying Mayor of Kapiti

Kapiti’s Acting Mayor, Mike Cardiff, has announced the death of the Mayoress Vicki Church, nee McCarthy.

He said it was ‘with great sadness’ that he had to report that Mayoress  Vicki had died in Wellington Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer.

She died almost a year to the day after the couple married.  Ross and Vicki (nee Vicki McCarthy) would have celebrated their one year anniversary today.

 

read more…

Sherlock Holmes And The TPPA

2015 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sherlock Holmes and the TPP

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 11: Tough Against Tonga

2015 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You need a tough game at this stage in the competition. All Black captain, Kieran Read

Great entertainment

By Roger Childs

A spirited Tongan haka

A spirited Tongan haka

It started with hakas from both sides and this set the tone for plenty of excitement for the 50,000+ crowd at Newcastle’s St James’s Park. The All Blacks were expected to win well, which they did in the end, against a competitive and spirited Tongan side.

However, It was only 12-6 at half time and Tonga was unlucky not to score and possibly win a penalty try just before the break.

Late in the second half the All Blacks hit their straps and found gaps in the backs to take the try tally to seven for the game. Pleasingly Dan Carter converted the first six of these. However, as all the team will know, there is still plenty to work on! read more…

Seawall Walkway Repaired

2015 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thank you to residents and regular beach-goers for your patience while we repaired the popular seawall walkway along the Esplanade this week. Lucy Townsend KCDC

 The Raumati South revetment

By Roger Childs

The revetment today below the Esplanade

The revetment today. The Esplanade is above to the right. (Photo Pam Childs)

Some years ago at Raumati South, a major storm threw up waves several metres high and debris was strewn on the Esplanade.

It was obvious that, without permanent protection, the roadway would eventually be undermined and collapse into the sea.

Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) decided that major work was needed to stop the erosion. Massive piles of rocks were built up from the beach to diffuse the impact of the high tides and a revetment was constructed to create a narrow terrace below the road. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 10: Crunch weekend

2015 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The quarter-finals beckon

By Roger Childs

Japan has been a revelation but despite three wins will probably miss the quarter-finals

Japan has been a revelation but despite three wins will probably miss the quarter-finals

The last eight are virtually decided. Only an upset win by Samoa against Scotland can change things.

If that happened, Japan could be in the quarter-finals if they beat the USA.

The other seven teams are the usual suspects: New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Wales, France Ireland and Argentina.

Who plays who will be decided by this weekend’s final pool games. read more…

35 Years Of Radio Kapiti

2015 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

By Bette Cosgrove

Getting community radio underway

2XX Station Manager Dave Campbell, and local announcer Rob Walker

2XX Station Manager Dave Campbell, and local announcer Rob Walker

35 years ago a group of four radio enthusiasts who met as students met at Victoria University conceived an idea to run short-term commercial radio station during their summer breaks.

This resulted in one of the first short-term commercial broadcast licences being issued to Radio Taupo based at the lake in 1979-80.

Hoping to work closer to home in Wellington the four young men formed C4 Communications and decided that the beach front town of Paraparaumu was a promising venue for a summer station.

Radio Kapiti, on 1377 khz, was founded in Paraparaumu in 1980. This later grew into an FM station covering both Kapiti and Horowhenua as 2XX and 2XL. Their operation also expanded into Ohakune in winter for SKI FM. read more…

Young Writers Get Published

2015 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s young scribes fly high

kid writers its rainingBy Alan Tristram

Aspiring young Kapiti authors and illustrators will have the chance to see their work published at a book launch on Friday 16 October at the Kapiti Community Centre.

Flying High is a collection of stories, poems and illustrations by Kapiti 8 to 13 year olds, being published by the Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group (KCWG). read more…

Photo Of The Week

2015 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

A happy band of park run finishers at the Otaihanga Domain!

A happy band of park run finishers at the Otaihanga Domain!

The Wonderful Park Run!

2015 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running. www.parkrun.com

World-wide exercise

By Roger Childs  (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Getting ready to start at the Otaihanga Domain

Getting ready to start at the Otaihanga Domain

Every Saturday at 8.00am, more than 70,000 people around the world run, jog or walk 5km.

On the Kapiti Coast, the venue is the Otaihanga Domain, and competitors set out along the south bank of the Waikanae River for 2.5km then turn around and head back.

And it’s all free thanks to sponsorship, which in our country is provided by New Zealand Home Loans.

The Kapiti Coast branch is headed by Jill Burns who is an enthusiastic supporter of the park run concept. read more…

Plenty Of Good Books Around

2015 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Make MeLee Child: nothing if not consistent!

By Ralph McAllister

Make Me is Lee Child’s 20th novel featuring Jack Reacher….phew!

I haven’t read them all, but Make Me is right up there with the consistently formulaic and predictable of the other novels. Some critics might sneer.

A chance stop at Mother’s Rest in the middle of the prairies means Reacher encounters mystery, violence, bodies and sex, not necessarily in that order.

Great and instantly forgettable stuff. read more…

Author Talks On Kupapa Maori

2015 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kupapa has been variously defined as being neutral (in a quarrel), being loyal, being an ally or being a traitor, the word itself has come to be as hotly contested as its history. Historian,  Ron Crosby

A bitter legacy of Maori – British cooperation

KupapaRon Crosby is a highly respected author on ethnic interaction in New Zealand. His most famous book is the seminal work on pre-Waitangi tribal conflict: The Musket Wars –A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806-1845.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 7 October at 12.15, at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage on the Terrace in Wellington, Ron Crosby will speak on his latest book: Kupapa – The bitter legacy of Maori alliances with the crown. Published earlier in 2015, this work on the Maori who did not support opposition to British forces in the New Zealand Wars, is bound to create plenty of interest and, for some, open old wounds. read more…

Prue Hyman On Voices From The Left

2015 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanNZ Left needs to fight on the real issues

By Prue Hyman

I’ve just been away from New Zealand for two months and re-entry is quite difficult, both the weather and the politics.

Very little seems to have happened here in my absence.

That’s apart from unnecessary distractions (like the flag debates) perpetrated by the government designed to hide its appalling policies of increasing inequalities, and encouraging employers to reduce workers’ conditions. read more…

Stolen Jewellery? Reclaim It Now

2015 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
A stolen necklace recovered from  a Paraparaumu property

A stolen necklace recovered from a Paraparaumu property

Police seek owners for jewellery recovered in Paraparaumu

Wellington District Police say they’ve  recovered a large range of jewellery following the execution of a search warrant at a Paraparaumu address.

The alleged offender is believed to have operated throughout the lower North Island and may have been selling the stolen property on Trade Me. read more…

Dave Gallaher: Rugby Legend And Hero

2015 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Casualties of war

By Roger Childs

One of the legends of the game of rugby

One of the legends of the game of rugby

New Zealand lost over 16,700 men and women in World War One and this included a number of sporting stars. The country’s greatest tennis player, four time Wimbledon winner Anthony Wilding, was killed in 1915.

13 All Blacks also died serving the British Empire and probably the most famous of these was Dave Gallaher.

Exactly 98 years ago on October 4, the captain of the famous 1905-06 All Blacks, was killed in Belgium on the Western Front. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Salary Obscenity

2015 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Freezing the giant salary: big deal!

The labourer is worthy of his hire. 1 Timothy 5.18

Best of Times Worst of TimesSome years ago it was announced that the new CEO of Westpac had a salary package in excess of $NZ 4,000,000. A Wellington newspaper featured an article on the front page, with appropriate graphics, comparing his yearly income with one of his tellers. A front desk bank employee would have to work for 128 years to match the big boss’s 12 month return!

The recent announcement that Fonterra chief, Theo Spierings, has frozen his own close to $5 million salary is an insulting gesture. (See Andy’s view above.)

While many families struggle to put decent food on the table, 25% of children live in poverty and we have an inadequate minimum wage, it is obscene there are many people out there are “earning” millions. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 9: England Down And Out

2015 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

For England it wasn’t meant to end like this. English commentator

Classy performance by the Wallabies

By Roger Childs

Giteau scores the final try

Giteau scores the final try

In defeat England has created a dubious record: they are the first host nation in World Cup history to have been eliminated in the pool round. In a polished performance at Twickenham Australia broke English hearts by outplaying the home team in all aspects of the game. The 33-13 victory was comprehensive and the Wallabies were superior in the lineouts, breakdowns and attacking back play.

The English were not helped by a yellow card with 10 minutes to go, but there was nothing controversial about it as two players could have been sent off for illegal tackles. The Australians capitalised to cement the victory with 10 more points. read more…

Best Of Times, Worst Of Times

2015 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On Thursday it emerged that Fonterra boss Theo Spierings had requested that his base salary be frozen. The gesture was apparently made internally a week ago, on the day Fonterra announced hundreds more job losses, but it would seem no more generous then than it does today.Spierings saw his pay increase last year by $770,000, to a little under $5 million. Hamish Rutherford Stuff

Best of Times Worst of Times

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 8: All Blacks Building Well

2015 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You can’t underestimate a team like Georgia. Richie McCaw

An uneven performance but plenty of quality play

By Roger Childs

The Pumas were tough as expected

The Pumas were tough as expected

Back in the 2007 The All Blacks beat Italy 76-14 in the first game and then Portugal 108-13. After that Scotland was subdued 40-0. It was a fantastic pool round for New Zealand who were favoured to win the World Cup. They were the top ranked side and against Italy, a six nation team, much of their play was polished and nearly flawless as backs and forwards combined brilliantly, passed superbly and scored 11 tries.

In 2015 it was not going to be like that. Argentina was always going to be tough, however cricket scores were expected against Namibia and Georgia. It hasn’t happened and Georgia worked hard to keep the All Backs to 43-10. However, seven very good tries were scored by the New Zealanders and the tackling was impressive. Although there were too many knock-ons and missed passes, it was a good workout. read more…

Consider The Maori Flag?

2015 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The Tino Rangatiratanga flag

The Tino Rangatiratanga flag

Maori have flag, but still strive for equality

By Karl Webber, of Kapiti Island

Maori have a flag that we voted on. The Tinorangatiratanga flag was adopted around 1990.

To a considerable degree, many Maori in Aotearoa don’t give the whole new flag debate a moment’s thought, many live in a different world from other non Maori.

The sad fact is this was not even considered as an option for the new official flag debate. Go figure. read more…

Faafoi’s Postal Triumph

2015 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kris faafoiWhen common sense prevails

By Kris Faafoi, Labour MP for Mana

I don’t pity New Zealand Post. At a time when their traditional business is falling away and with its revenue falling it is forced to make changes to not only ensure it provides a dividend but also keeps customers happy.

But in times of major technological advances and changes in decades old modes of operation, one mustn’t forget the customers who you’ve dealt with prior to such change and advancement. That is the crux of our recent friction (I’m being diplomatic now we have much of what we wanted) between the Raumati Beach community and New Zealand Post. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 7: Georgia on my mind

2015 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Third game in the pool

By Roger Childs

Georgia struggled with a a man down against the Pumas

Georgia struggled with a a man down against the Pumas

The All Blacks had a tough game against Argentina to start their pool round, then an easier one with Namibia. It’s Georgia on Saturday morning our time and the selectors have picked a predictably strong team.

Georgia beat Tonga in their first game and played well against Argentina until their captain was put in the bin. Down to 14 men, the flood gates opened and the Pumas scored three tries.

The All Blacks will want to win well against the Georgians and reduce the handling errors that plagued the Namibian game. read more…

A Subject Fit For A Fun Debate: The Flag

2015 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We should flag it?

Keep it or change it?

Keep it or change it?

It’s a subject that the KIN editors and readers have expressed a range of views on, and is very debatable.

The Paraparaumu Branch of the Labour Party is holding its annual comedy debate with the proposition that ‘that we should flag it’. The debaters will argue for and against changing New Zealand’s current flag.

The debate starts at 7:30pm on Friday October 9 and is being held in the Senior Citizens Hall on Ocean Road in Paraparaumu Beach. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling Beryl on 04 902 2950 read more…

Calligraphers Of Kapiti: A Growing Group!

2015 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Increasing interest and involvement

 By Pam Kessler

Young calligrapher Jacob Bly

Young calligrapher Jacob Bly with his entry in the 2014 Earth, Air, Fire & Water Exhibition

Another month has slipped by and here I am with more news from the Calligraphers of Kapiti. It is so great to be able to say that we are going from strength to strength with talented new members continuing to join us.

At our September monthly meeting we had 23 members brave a wet and windy spring evening to attend.

It’s great to catch-up with other members and it’s always interesting to see and hear what people have been working on. read more…

Hiroshima And Nuclear Disarmament

2015 September 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

it is in the interests of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never again used under any circumstances.

70 years on and 28 years ago

By Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Hiroshima Peace Park

Hiroshima Peace Park

It is 70 years since an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. A 14 kilo-tonne weapon dropped on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people and caused horrific humanitarian suffering.

Surrounded by mountains of thick green bush and magnificent seascapes Hiroshima does not look like a place visited by a nuclear disaster.

It presents as a modern attractive city of more than 1.2 million people.

During an official visit to Japan in 1987 Margaret and I went to Hiroshima. We received a conducted tour of the Peace Park where we saw the museum and the ruined building left as it was after the conflagration.

At that time New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy attracted admiration in Japan. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A Flag Within A Flag

2015 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The current flag literally has a flag within it that represents to conquest, militarism, imperialism, colonialism, terror bombing, domination. That symbol show’s that we are still under the influence of those things. Our correspondent Jake

Food for thoughtBritish heritage

By Roger Childs

Jake raises some good points about the significance of the union jack which features on our current flag. But has the British heritage been all bad? We all have our histories: family/whakapapa, community, group and nation. Whatever ethnicity we identify with in New Zealand, we all share a British/Western heritage. read more…

KCDC Update

2015 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Raumati Beach Post Office and some loyal supporters

Raumati Beach Post Office and some loyal supporters

Raumati community wins fight tlo keep postal services

By Alan Tristram

Post Office boxes associated with the old PostShop in Raumati Village are to stay following a major community protest.

In its latest news round-up, the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says:

‘This is a great outcome for the community and shows what can be done when a community makes a stand.

‘Lobbying to NZ Post by various bodies including Paraparaumu-Raumati Community and Council had its effect.’ read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 6: Reign in the TMO!

2015 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I didn’t knock it on ref, check with the TMO! Wales first five, Dan Biggar

Over the top officiating

By Roger Childs

Craig Joubert calls on the TMO in the France v Italy game

Craig Joubert calls on the TMO in the France v Italy game

Biggar was right, he had actually picked up a low pass on the half volley. But does it matter if the referee got this one wrong? Making use of the Television Match Official (TMO) at the World Cup is becoming ridiculous. It was overdone in the first match between England and Fiji and that seems to have set the tone.

There are already three match officials with the referee and two assistants running the touch lines. The TMO system was originally brought in to rule on whether a try had been scored: no more no less. Since then the power of the man high in the stands watching a battery of screens has grown out of control. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Wonderful National Health Service

2015 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtThe NHS – a bastion of democracy in a world of mammon

Staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

By Alan Tristram in London

In the streets of Kensington,  the Ferraris, Maseratis and Bentleys outnumber Toyota Corollas, but the poorest sleep rough on the pavements outside the shops loaded with merchandise.

London is the home of Mammon, where money is King. But pockets of resistance and hope remain and one of these is Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where poor and rich, black and white, can still get free and equal treatment.

Death, of course, is the ‘Great Leveller’ — it comes to all. But good health can and should be provided on a level playing field too. read more…

Waitangi Perspectives 6: Special Maori-Crown Relationship?

2015 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In this article, Treaty of Waitangi authority, Andy Oakley, writes about whether the concept of partnership and financial obligations between Maori and the Crown has any historical basis.

Does the Crown have a financial relationship with Maori?

By Andy Oakley

Waitangi_Tribunal_logoIn 1991 the Waitangi Tribunal (W T) stated, The cession by Maori of sovereignty to the Crown was in exchange for the protection by the Crown of Maori rangatiratanga.

It is this statement that they have then extrapolated out into a partnership and further, on and on until they finish with a legal term “fiduciary relationship” i.e. the Crown as the dominant partner has a legal duty of care to Maori.

So, it is this statement, based on the W T interpretation of the words in the Treaty of Waitangi, which is the basis of the endless claims and has set in stone a prevailing view in every sector of New Zealand society including the law. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 5: Wales Ascendant

2015 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the closing moments England decided to kick for touch and launch an attacking line-out instead of taking shot at goal, but the gamble failed and Wales held firm. Sydney Morning Herald

A long way back for England

By Roger Childs

Credit: The Telegraph

Credit: The Telegraph

In the first crunch mid pool game between likely quarter final contenders, Wales triumphed over England 28-25. The latter fancy themselves to take the trophy but the road ahead is now much tougher. In the so called pool of death a loss to the Wallabies would see them out of the tournament.

 England had a rusty start to their campaign against Fiji and was lucky to pick up a bonus point when the player looked to have come up short in ‘scoring’ the last of their four tries. read more…

Turnbull Needs To Act On Climate Change

2015 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The aim is to renew the government, recast its priorities and rectify the most glaring deficiency of the one it replaces: the dearth of female representation. Michael Gordon The Age

Women to the fore

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

Michaelia Cash

Michaelia Cash

Malcolm Turnbull has been Prime Minister for nearly two weeks and already he has been distancing himself from his predecessor, Tony Abbott.

Turnbull’s Cabinet has more women and includes Australia’s first female Minister of defence: Senator Marise Payne.

His Minister for Women is, funnily enough, a woman: Senator Michaelia Cash!

That wouldn’t be remarkable except Tony Abbot was the previous Minister for Women and it would be an understatement to say he was less than successful in advancing women’s causes. read more…

What Has Science Ever Done For Us?

2015 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Crown research institute has confirmed it will cut the jobs of of 33 scientists and 50 technicians during the next year, as part of a restructuring to cope with a $5 million cut in funding. Radio New Zealand

What Has Science Ever Done For Us

Protestors Brave The Elements

2015 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We need to expose all the lies and misinformation we’ve been fed for years about the reasons for using1080. New Zealand First’s Richard Prosser

Ban 1080 supporters march to Parliament

By Roger Childs

Protestors in Hokitika on Saturday 26 September

Protestors in Hokitika on Saturday 26 September (Credit: Greymouth Star)

It wasn’t a great day to protest in the capital on Thursday 24 September. However the cold, windy and wet conditions didn’t deter about 40 Ban 1080 advocates marching from Frank Kitts Park down Lambton Quay and on to the seat of government.

People had come from around the country to take part and included folk in wheelchairs and pushing walkers. Although the organisers were hoping for well over 100 marchers, the smaller group certainly made an impact.

Carrying a range of banners displaying the many reasons why DoC should stop poisoning our land and wildlife and chanting All things great and small 1080 poison kills them all! the intrepid group received plenty of support on the streets and honking horns from numerous passing cars.

Another protest took place in Hokitika on Saturday. read more…

Another Exciting Hoop Club Event

2015 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 11 & Under Basketballers compete at Levin

By Angelo Robinson

The 11 and Under Girls Team with cosach Meelee Joe

The 11 and Under Girls Team with coach Meelee Joe

On Sunday Hoop Club Kapiti sent two 11 & Under teams to a basketball tournament in Levin, which involved ten teams from around the lower North Island.

Both the boys and the girls teams enjoyed the games on the day and played very well against some very experienced and well drilled teams.

The teams were put together for the tournament and they made up for their lack of preparation by working incredibly hard for each other and showing great enthusiasm to work as a team. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 4: Satisfactory AB Workout

2015 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This was the All Blacks purring rather than roaring. Like a cat half-heartedly playing with a mouse, they toyed with Namibia, intermittently inflicting a bit of punishment but not completely snuffing the life out of their plaything. Daniel Schofield in the London Telegraph

A good win but frustrating stoppages

By Roger Childs

The All Blacks applaud as the brave Namibians leave the field

The All Blacks applaud as the brave Namibians leave the field

It was always going to be a decisive win when the All Blacks took on minnows Namibia. The 58-14 victory included nine impressive tries for the winners and the final effort was probably the best.

However it was a stop-start affair, especially in the second half and coach Steve Hansen would no doubt have liked a more free flowing game.

The out-classed Namibians fought bravely but did try to slow the game down as much as possible. There were interminable scrums, injury breaks and TMO deliberations, especially in the second half. Nonetheless, the All Blacks will come out of the match with plenty of confidence. Nobody played poorly and there were no injuries. read more…

Winston Reid, Dr Eva and The Phoenix

2015 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Winston Reid could not have started this season better. The Hammers centre-back seemed to block everything in his path. BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks

Expect the unexpected

By Dave Daniel

They toppled the Premier League leaders

They toppled the Premier League leaders

When it comes to sporting results, we should never be surprised, but of course we are. Who could have predicted that Winston Reid’s West Ham United would travel to Manchester last weekend and dump City on their backsides after City had previously toyed with each of their opponents and sat clear at the top of the league.

It was a classic hit and run, perfectly executed by a team that was well prepared and organised.

The Hammers enjoyed 28% possession which gives you an idea of the running and covering that they had to do, with Reid excelling with a man of the match performance. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Flag Absurdity

2015 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food for thoughtParliament went into urgency today. To declare war on child poverty? To raise the minimum wage? To ban 1080 poison? No, just to add a fifth flag to the referendum options. Labour’s Clare Curran described it as a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money. It’s well known that this whole flag fiasco will cost $24 million and that so called respected New Zealanders have had a nice little earner sitting in judgement.

We’ve had loads of publicity; people have looked ridiculous holding up signs saying what they stand for and thousands of designs were submitted. Four were chosen for the run-off, three much the same, and then “red peak” raised its head. read more…

Welcome To Wonderful Waikanae!

2015 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As we are now entering Waikanae, there will be no swearing, spitting or sweating. Kapiti Jogger and long time Waikanaen, Leo Rakich

Top town

By Roger Childs

Hemi MatengaBack in August Waikanae was named best large town in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards. This was a well deserved accolade for the attractive settlement which is defined by natural features: eastern hills, the river on the south side and the beach to the west.

Kapiti Joggers and Walkers do their Sunday morning exercise in the area once a month and alternate between three venues: Hemi Matenga, Waikanae Park and Waikanae Beach.

However, not only is the district an excellent place to get out on foot, bike or horse, but the presence of quality cafes is a great draw-card. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: US Presidential Election Imminent?

2015 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageNo, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. The next American president will take office on January 20 2017! So what’s all this nonsense about Republican presidential debates and extensive media coverage on potential candidates, with the actual election 14 months away?

Around the world people have great difficulty with the Americans going through their interminable presidential process of candidacy announcements, television debates, negative advertising, raising millions for war-chests, state primaries, party conventions and then a lengthy election campaign. read more…

“Everest” Magnificently Filmed

2015 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Getting to the top means nothing if you don’t get back. Josh Clark

Tragedy on the big mountain

By Roger Childs

EverestRob Hall is a legend in New Zealand mountaineering circles. He will be remembered most for pioneering guiding up the world’s highest mountain with his company Adventure Consultants.

Hall charged big money: c $100,000, however he was never short of clients because of his reputation for being meticulous, reliable and level-headed.

The rather grandiosely named Everest is about the last expedition he led.

The cinematography is spectacular and although you know it will end badly, the movie keeps the viewer riveted to the finish. Three and a half to four stars. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 3: All Blacks Rusty

2015 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

PumasThe All Blacks will be pleased come away with a 26-16 win in their first pool match. They haven’t played for four weeks and it looked it.

Argentina was never going to be easy and their rugby has matured with their experience in the Four Nations competition in recent years.

The Pumas came out firing in front of 90,000 spectators at the iconic Wembley Stadium and probably had the better of the first half. read more…

“A Walk In the Woods” OK

2015 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Walk in the Woods” is unabashedly sentimental and sometimes as slow-moving as its two curmudgeonly leads, but it has an undeniable and redemptive charm. Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent

Filming a classic is not easy

By Roger Childs

A Walk in the Woods 1Bill Bryson is a prolific writer who successfully blends scholarship and wisdom with humour and humanity.

He has covered a wide range of topics from Shakespeare and the origins of language to travelogues and tramping.

One of his funniest and most informative books is A Walk in the Woods.

Aging film star, Robert Redford, has long wanted to play Bryson in a film of his expedition along the very challenging Appalachian Trail.

The result is an amiable, but unremarkable movie: three stars. read more…

Great Regional Basketball Tournament

2015 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Under 13 teams battle it out in Kapiti

Kapiti v Wellington 1 Story by Jacqui Shearman, Photos by Paula Cowle

 12 teams, 150 talented boys and girls, dedicated volunteers, a couple of dozen basketballs, a full car park, two gyms buzzing with excitement, and 300 sausages – they are the ingredients that made for a fantastic Basketball Tournament held at Paraparaumu College on Saturday 12 September.

The Kapiti Basketball Association hosted an U13 Age Grade Tournament with teams travelling from Wellington, Levin, Porirua, and Hutt Valley.   read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 2: Japan makes history

2015 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Because we are giving away height and weight we have to play at a furious tempo and we must tackle when South Africa has the ball until our eyes are starry. Japan’s coach, Australian Eddie Jones

Hesketh scores the winning try

Hesketh scores the winning try

In the 1995 World Cup the All Blacks beat Japan 145-17! Since then their game has come on a long way, but prior to the weekend the Japanese had only won one match in a World Cup.

This changed in Brighton on Saturday, when they caused one of the biggest upsets in rugby history by beating South Africa 34-32 with a try in the 84th minute. The crowd was delirious as they knew they had seen an historic match. There was scarcely a dry eye in the stadium. read more…

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT 1: Openers

2015 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rugby world cupIn keeping with tradition the host nation, England, kicked off the first game. Their error-ridden match against Fiji followed an OK Opening Ceremony.

The best part of the ceremony was the re-enactment of the myth of schoolboy William Ellis “inventing” the game, with Prince Harry in a bit part as a gardener, and the graphics of world cup stars of the past running through the streets of the game venues. read more…

Speedy Gwen: Easily The Best

2015 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

She’s the best in the business by a country mile. Triathlon commentator

Unbeatable!

Chicago triathlon 1American Gwen Jorgensen started in six International Triathlon Union (ITU) events this year and easily won all of them. No triathlete, male or female has ever had an unbeaten season in the history of the sport. Her strength in the three discipline sport has always been her running. Last year, in the World Championships, Jorgensen was in 19th position at the start of the run and 67 seconds behind the leader.

With 2.5 km to go she caught the Kiwi duo of Andrea Hewitt and Nicky Samuels at the front and eased away to win comfortably.

In 2015 Jorgensen has improved her swimming and cycling, so in the ITU finale in Chicago on Saturday 19 September, could she be beaten? read more…

Flagging Enthusiasm

2015 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Flagging enthusiasm

Patents, Pills And The Press

2015 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Trying to reign in corporate power

By Roger Childs

PatentsThe Kapiti Quakers recently hosted a visit from fellow Quaker and Auckland academic, Dr Thomas Owen.

With opposition rising against New Zealand joining the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), his talk on the recent history of patents and corporate power was very apposite.

His interest in these issues was first roused at a meeting of Quakers in Spain where the scandal of horrendously expensive medication for HIV sufferers was discussed.  read more…

National Support Plummets

2015 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Labour leader Andrew Little and PM John Key

Labour leader Andrew Little and PM John Key

Potential Labour/Greens alliance  jumps ahead of National 

By Alan Tristram

Support for National led by John Key has fallen by 6% to 44.5% — now just behind a potential Labour/Greens alliance 46% (up 8%), according to the latest Roy Morgan Poll.

If an election were held now the Poll shows that the election would be too close to call, with fourth party New winston petersZealand First led by Winston Peters in a position to pick New Zealand’s next Government.

Support for the National partners was little changed with the Maori Party 1.5% (unchanged), Act NZ 0.5% (unchanged) and United Future 0.5% (up 0.5%).

Of the three Parliamentary Opposition parties, Labour,led by Andrew Little,  is now at 31% (up 4%), Greens 15% (up 4%) although support for NZ First decreased to 5.5% (down 2.5%) – the lowest level of support for New Zealand First since last year’s New Zealand Election. read more…

Expressway Analysis 3: Will It Be Worth It?

2015 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the final article in our series on the Kapiti Expressway, looking at the likely pros and cons of the finished project. For the first article on History and Objections, scroll down to September 1. For the second on whether the pre-development concerns about the construction, have come to pass, scroll down to September 6.

Up and running in 2017

By Roger Childs

ExpresswayNo man (community) is an island entire of itself… John Donne

The Expressway is currently full steam ahead and there is plenty of action along the entire route from Mckays to Peka Peka. NZTA is currently ahead of schedule, and is confident that the new 18km State Highway One route will be completed on time.

Kapiti residents will welcome an end to the flying dust, traffic disruption and the noise of pile driving and dynamic compaction. However, once it’s up and running, will it have been worth all the expense, time and effort? read more…

Say No To 1080!

2015 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unfortunately, 1080 does not choose which animals it harms. As well as these pests, 1080 also kills native birds like robins, tits, ruru (morepork) and kea. It is also deadly to livestock, deer, dogs and humans. Ban 1080 Party website

Peaceful Protest in Wellington

By Roger Childs

1080 flagPeople opposed to the use of 1080 will gather in the capital on Thursday September 24. Citizens who are concerned about the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) massive and expensive campaign of poisoning large areas of the country, are encouraged to join.

The meeting point for protestors is Frank Kitts Park at 11.00 am.

The march will leave about 11.30 and sweep by Midland Park in Lambton Quay to pick up other protesters. The aim is to arrive at parliament buildings by about 12 pm. The crowd will then be addressed by speakers, including New Zealand First anti-1080 activist, Richard Prosser. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Bare-faced Political Lying

2015 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-image… last year we had the very successful Battle for our Birds that brought back from extinction, almost, or the brink of it, 10 of our native bird species… Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation, stated these “facts” in a recent Facebook video.

Lies all lies: can anyone name the saved species? Anti-1080 activist, Bill Benfield, endeavoured to get the list without success.

It is an appalling abuse of power, for cabinet ministers to use their positions to proclaim falsehoods about their portfolios. read more…

World Basic Income Week: Sept 14-21

2015 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Such a system would be “income and cost neutral”. Income earners would pay much the same tax on their total income as they do now.

Basic IncomeUniversal Basic Income

By Lowell Manning

The idea of an unconditional universal basic income (UBI) for all to replace the complex and failing welfare system is rapidly becoming mainstream across the world.

The 8th International World Basic Income Week is being marked by events in various countries under the motto “UBI: A safety net for life”, including several in New Zealand. read more…

Aussies Get Yet Another PM

2015 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

malcolm turnbullTurnbull Takes Over In Australia

By our Melbourne correspondent Julia Meek

Turnbull underlined the need for leadership which explains “the great challenges and opportunities that we face”. His would be a “thoroughly Liberal government”. The future of Australia should be “agile”, “innovative” and “creative”. Gabrielle Chan, The Guardian

read more…

Public Discussion on TPPA

2015 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

protestsThe face (farce?) of Democracy in NZ

A personal view from  Alan Tristram in London

NZ Prime Minister  John Key must be proud of himself seeing the face of public protest again in New Zealand — this time against the Trans Pacific Partnership deal.

It must remind him of the anti-Springbok tour protests of the 1980’s; though of course he can’t remember which side he took then.

If John put a tenth of the energy he invests in this secret deal into helping out the refugees of this world, then New Zealanders could hold their heads high.

Kapiti Medical Alert On TPPA

2015 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

TPPA-cartoon-558x400Why the TPPA is bad for your health!

By Dr Viola Palmer, a member of the Kapiti Quakers

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement now being secretly negotiated by our government with eleven other countries will reduce our public health services.

Already,  NZ PM John Key has admitted recently that medicines will cost more —  so it is probable that PHARMAC has already been sold out!

Here’s how this secret agreement will affect our lives: read more…

Djokovic: Simply The Best

2015 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming on court knowing you are playing against probably the best player in the game adds a little bit more pressure. I knew he was going to be very aggressive. US Open winner, Novak Djokovic

The two best fight out another tight match

By Roger Childs

US Open 1Last year top seeds, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, seemed destined for another finals match up. However, amazingly they were both beaten in the semi finals. In 2015 it was the turn of the top women’s seeds to crash out in the semis. Meanwhile, this year, Djokovic and Federer hammered their opponents in the pen-ultimate round and it was all on for their forty-second clash.

The two men are clearly ahead of the pack in the present golden age of men’s tennis. The expectation at Flushing Meadows on Sunday night, was for another tight match like the June Wimbledon final, with plenty of entertainment and quality shot making. It didn’t go to five sets, however the crowd got their money’s worth as the two great players produced another epic struggle. read more…

Plans for Waikanae taking shape

2015 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanaeShaping Waikanae Beach’s Future

From the KCDC Media Team

The Kapiti Coast District Council puts Waikanae Beach at the top of its ‘to do’ list in its weekly summing up of

council activities… read more…

Italian Tennis Women Score

2015 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Just play, enjoy, don’t think about Serena! Roberta Vinci

The Italians make tennis history

By Roger Childs

Roberta Vinci; unseeded but not overawed

Roberta Vinci; unseeded but not overawed

Roberta Vinci was ranked 43 in the world and came into the US Open unseeded. It was odds on she would be eliminated in the second or third round, however she made it to the semi finals to meet number one seed Serena Williams.

The American super star had won the previous four grand slams and seemed likely to match Steffi Graf’s 1988 record of winning four in a calendar year. A final against the number two seed, Simona Halep, was the likely scenario. read more…

College Basketball Clash A Thriller

2015 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local colleges battle for coveted trophy

 By Angelo Robinson

The Basketball Cross Town Derby – Kapiti College vs Paraparaumu College – was held on Friday 11 September.  This end of season College Basketball game between the Senior Boys teams from the two schools was started five years ago and is always a very competitive match.

This year’s clash for the Angelo Robinson Cup was no exception.

Last year the Paraparaumu boys won a tight match by 5 points to retain the trophy,and the expectation on Friday was for another close encounter.

 Turning the tables

The triumphant Kapiti College team

The triumphant Kapiti College team

Friday night saw a packed Paraparaumu College Gym with spectators watching a nail biting game between the two colleges.The score see sawed keeping the spectators on their toes cheering for their colleges – the atmosphere was fantastic.

Congratulations to Kapiti College Senior Boys who will hold the Cup until they meet again next year.

Final score was KC 75  –  PC 68

At the presentation of the cup, Angelo Robinson applauded the huge array of talent on display in both teams and encouraged all the players to continue with their basketball careers.

 

The Charter Of Compassion

2015 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion …

Bringing people together

By John Murray

Compassion“We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force  in our polarized world”  This is the summary of The Charter for Compassion which was launched six years ago. It has now thousands of members throughout the world including such diverse notables as Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama.

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions,calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.

Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: World Cup Reality

2015 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageAll Black selectors Steve Hansen and Grant Fox have been at pains to stress that we not in the UK to defend the World Cup. We won in 2011, but in a few days it’s a whole new tournament. If we win this one we will the number one ranked rugby team in the world, if we lose, we will be the number one …. The winners of the World Cup are not the world champions, but they are the winners of the particular tournament and the Webb Ellis Trophy.

After England’s fortuitous win in the 2003 tournament knighthoods were scattered round like confetti and the English crowed for years about being world champions, even though they were being regularly beaten. Football fans move on. Germany won the soccer World Cup last year in Brazil, but for all teams and fans the focus is now on club championships and qualifying for the big European tournament in 2016.

Obviously the All Blacks want to win the World Cup in September-October, but then it’s time to keep on winning and maintain our number one ranking in world rugby.

Noah Meets All Blacks

2015 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

noah itiA good news story at last: How Noah joined some All Blacks…

By Alan Tristram

Once upon a time a there was a 9-year-old boy at Titahi Bay School, north of Wellington, called Noah Iti.

He always tried hard in class and was well-liked by his teachers — and was obviously destined to do well at sport, and writing, as you’ll note.

As Noah puts it on his Blog: ‘I like BMX racing and surfing. I like watching rugby league and playing rugby.‘ Which is how he came to join the All Blacks for breakfast recently. read more…

Good News For Syria?

2015 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Good News for Syria

Who Leads New Zealanders?

2015 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

Why can’t our leaders lead?

Alan Tristram in London introduces an open letter from  John Murray in Raumati

Do we have no real leaders who can take a moral stand and help the refugees? It’s a question John Murray asks and I feel I have to do something, anything, to help.

So, just what is wrong with our country and our Kapiti Coast?

In London to visit a sick brother, I realise that for most people overseas, New Zealand now counts for nothing but rugby and scenery.

We have become a nation of hypocrites, unwilling and seemingly unable to take a moral stand on the greatest crisis facing humanity since WWII. We sit on our hands and do nothing except posture in the UN Security Council. read more…

Mandy Hager Calls for Refugee Action

2015 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Why good NZ’ers are ashamed, and why we must do much much more

By Mandy Hager

As I sat down to write this, I realised twice already I have written on this topic – and each time the situation has grown even more desperate and concerning.

Last year while in Europe we watched the refugee crisis unfold as dozens of young people tried daily to cross the border from Italy to France.

It was an ugly sight: kids spread-eagled in alleyways as they were searched, the plucking of black-skinned travellers off trains before any questions were asked, the cat and mouse chases through the town. read more…

Honouring Barry Hadfield

2015 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 He felt a genuine calling to serve his community. Barry’s son, David Hadfield

Due recognition for the former mayor

By Roger Childs

The Nikau Reserve, soon to  be renamed in honour of Barry Hadfield

The Nikau Reserve, soon to be renamed in honour of Barry Hadfield

The Nikau Reserve north of Paraparaumu is well known to local readers. Its native bush slopes rise steeply up the hillside and the reward for undertaking the challenging walk to the top is a wonderful view of the Kapiti Coast.

This area is Hadfield country. Descended from the first missionary Octavius Hadfield, the family owned much of the land either side of the highway, and until his death in 2012 Barry and his wife Nina, lived just north of Lindale.

Barry was the first Mayor of the Kapiti Borough and served from 1974 to 1980, so it is fitting and appropriate that the Nikau Reserve should now be named after him. read more…

Serving Marines Visit Memorial

2015 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thank you for keeping the memories of the Marines alive. Marine officer Terry

Visitors from Linton Camp

By Roger Childs

Larry Kime talks to some of the visitors to  the Marines Memorial

Larry Keim talks to some of the young Marines

30 US Marines and two Canadian artillery members visited Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 7  September. They were welcomed by the Kapiti United States Marines Trust (KUSMT) and after looking round the Marines Memorial the group joined trustees for morning tea in the tramway Fiducia House.

At the memorial local historian, Anthony Dreaver, told the visitors about the three camps which provide accommodation for up to 15,000 Marines in 1942-3 and recounted the circumstances of the tragic drowning of 10 US sailors in June 1943. read more…

Kids V Dads At The Hoop Club

2015 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Enjoyable Father’s Day basketball

Story by Angelo Robinson. Photos by Paula Cowle

Hoop Club Fathers day 2015 (5) On Father’s Day Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual Kids v Dads games at Hoop Club. It always is a great day and something the kids really look forward to.

The players love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have learnt at Hoop Club and of course they all try really hard to beat their Dads. read more…

Ralph Wades “Into The River”

2015 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“As soon as possible, I intend to read Into the River. Starting with all the pages that fall open by themselves.” Raybon Kan

An impressive award winning book

By Ralph McAllister

Into The RiverI was going to spend time writing about Oliver Sacks, but I am sure he would understand, that as a writeroholic (I have just made that word up) he would be the first to defend my fury and impatience that, once again, we have given the opportunity for the world to laugh at our idiocy.

Into The River by Ted Dawe, a young adults book, won awards in 2013 including the Margaret Mahy Award for best young adult novel.

I read it then, and was deeply impressed by the author’s skill at entering the mind, the language and the anguish of the young Maori growing up in the foreign city that was Auckland.

The harrowing scenes of violence and the fumbling attempts at physical contacts were authentic and, in no way gratuitous. read more…

European Football And Premier League

2015 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Let’s hear it for Wales!

By football correspondent Dave Daniel

The Welsh team doing well

The Welsh team doing well

Right now we are in the middle of a FIFA international break as the Premier League and its European counterparts make way for the qualifying rounds for The 2016 Euro Nations tournament. Some interesting results have come through over the weekend.

Wales are all but through to their first major tournament since 1958. They need one more point from two games, with the final match being at home to Andorra in October. That game alone is a certain win, given the weakness of the opposition.

When they qualify, I am sure to be reminded by my Welsh workmate that they have done so and are also above England in the FIFIA rankings. When your team is doing well you must make the most of it. read more…

Kapiti Police Chief Honoured

2015 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

anita dixonAnita Dixon wins excellence award

By Alan Tristram

The NZ Police media team say Kapiti Police can be proud that their Response Manager, Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon, has won the top award for excellence in policing for the ‘Most outstanding female leader or practitioner.’

The award comes from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.  read more…

Quakers’ Welcome For Media Expert

2015 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thomas-Owen250px-Media Lecturer to put TPPA under the microscope

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Quakers have organised a visit by a media expert who will be able to explain just how serious the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership could be for New Zealand  — and what the media can do to explain this to the public.

The visiting speaker is Dr Thomas Owen, lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Auckland University of Technology.

His subject is ‘Patents, Medicines, Trade Agreements, and the Media.’ read more…

A New Look At King Dick

2015 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A big fat book about a big fat man. Historian Tom Brooking

A towering figure

By Roger Childs

SeddonRichard John Seddon is our longest serving and greatest prime minister. He won five elections in a row, four with absolute majorities. He was six foot tall and 24 stone and was a political colossus in New Zealand as the 19th century rolled over into the twentieth.

The classic biography of Seddon was written 50 years ago by R M Burdon. Now Professor Tom Brooking from Otago University has taken a new look at this “ordinary bloke” from Lancashire and the West Coast whose governments transformed the nation and laid the basis for the modern welfare state.

Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own by Tom Brooking is published by Penguin NZ and retails at $65. read more…

‘There Is No Child So Lost’

2015 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

THERE IS NO CHILD SO LOSTmigrant-child-dead-beach-turkey

 

There is no child so lost,

no refugee so nameless

that God will leave us blameless,

who share no care or cost.

 

There is no child unfed,

left hungry now and homeless

but God will ask for justice,

for shelter and for bread.TURKEY Migrant_2

 

There is no child so cheap,

in  warfare or destruction

that love cannot take action

when God is made to weep.tumblr_nu4csftsib1qgsazuo1_1280

 

There is not one of us

 who could not be more giving,

and in the gift more loving,

to light a star for peace.

 

(C)   Shirley Erena Murray N Z., Australia & Asia

Expressway Analysis 2: Fears Unfounded?

2015 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We continue our series on the Kapiti Expressway, looking at whether the pre-development concerns about the construction, have come to pass. To see an update on progress, scroll down to August 20. For the first of the analytical pieces (History and Objections) scroll down to September 1.

Worries over the airport

By Roger Childs

AirportKapiti readers will recall that when Noel Robinson bought Paraparaumu Airport and announced ambitious plans for its development, there were vociferous protests. Opposition groups were formed and fears were expressed about dark satanic mills rising in the area and big trucks rumbling through the night to service them.

Is anyone now opposed to the convenient flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Blenheim; the removal of the scruffy buildings on Kapiti Road and the development of the new Landing commercial area?

Perhaps it will be the same with the Expressway. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Meaning Of Democracy

2015 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageThe history of factionalism amongst our elected representatives and the recent disruptive council meeting are a sad commentary on the realities of local democracy. Kapiti people will recall that shortly into his mayoralty, Ross Church was upbraided by some councillors for doing an about face on water meters, having voted against them under the previous council.

The mayor explained that his revised position was a recognition that the matter had been decided by a democratic vote.

Later on an issue related to  standing orders, Cr Elliott claimed that the Mayor was running the least transparent and democratic Council in New Zealand. read more…

Migrant Quota

2015 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy cartoon

Miracle In The Andes

2015 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was all worth it. I would do it all again for you. Nando Parrado’s book dedication to his wife and two daughters

The first-hand account of an extraordinary ordeal

By Roger Childs

AndesThe story is well known and many of you will have read Alive! by Piers Paul Read. It is a riveting account of the survival of 16 Uruguayan rugby players spending 72 days high in the Andes after their plane had crashed on Friday 13 October 1972. One of the two young men, who trekked over the mountains into Chile to start the rescue, decided to tell his story 30 years later.

Nando Parrado never saw himself as a hero and shyed away from giving his account in any detail. Then in 1991 he was persuaded to speak to a group of young businessmen and after a faltering start poured it all out in the next 90 minutes. The response was overwhelming and Nando decided that the time had come to tell of his experiences in print. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New Zealand and Refugees

2015 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

food-for-thought-imageStranger, standing at my door, you disturb me in the night; you have needs I can’t ignore, you have eyes that speak your plight. Raumati poet and hymn writer, Shirley Murray, poignantly sums up what is probably the view of most New Zealanders.

The huge refugee wave crashing across Europe is consistently in the news, but John Key sits on his hands. Australia takes 20,000 refugees a year, Germany will absorb 800,000 in 2015 but New Zealand accepts just a measily 750 annually. read more…

Australian Calligraphers Boost Kapiti Club

2015 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Talented professionals from across the Tasman

By Pam Kessler

Deidre exhibiting at CODEX, Melbourne

Deirdre exhibiting at CODEX, Melbourne

I have two surprises to introduce this month.

Two talented professional calligraphers from Australia and before you think you need to remind me that this column is all about the Calligraphers of Kapiti, I’ll hasten to add that both these calligraphers are members of our club!

Deirdre Hassed and Olive Bull are in fact not just members of the Calligraphers of Kapiti but they have also proved themselves to be ardent supporters of our club, and to top it off, they are both internationally recognised as world class calligraphers. How lucky we are. read more…

3rd Cr speaks Out on Art

2015 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

jackie elliottCr Jackie Elliott weighs in on row over Arts Trail

By Jackie Elliott

I ( and, incidentally, I am the second highest polling  Districtwide Councillor) say the current situation, where our creative community are told they are not good enough, is the worst possible scenario councillors would have wished for.

We suggested staff work on dividing the Arts Trail over two weekends after feedback form last years event. read more…

What Is Art? Kapiti Decides

2015 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

12 Artists Out, then In, as KCDC changes track on Arts Trail

Hiccups over now???!!!

 

In or out?

In or out?

By Alan Tristram and Roger Childs

The Kapiti Coast District Council has explained its revolving door policy on this year’s arts trail.

Sharon Foss, Acting Manager Community Services, says:

‘A total of 12 artists were not chosen (originally) by the selection panel to be part of the Arts Trail. read more…

Arts Trail Selection Panel Out

2015 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Arts Panel resigns — All artists now welcome!

Rejoice1 Arts Trail back on track

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast arts spat is over — and local artists are rejoicing!

The Arts Trail Selection Panel has stepped down. But the Kāpiti Coast District Council is emphasising it has never criticised the Selection Panel.

The KCDC  says ‘Our view is that the council-developed selection criteria, not the panel, should have been more robust. Council is very appreciative of the work the panel did in selecting artists for the Arts Trail.( (KIN’s previous interpretation was wrong here. Our apologies)

And the KCDC says ‘all artists’ who applied to be on the trail will now be accepted. read more…

Gay But Not Always Happy

2015 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Out of a bleak upbringing comes acting success

By Ralph McAllister

Not my fathers sonIf you watch Whose life is it Anyway? you will be interested in Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son.

Alan Cumming is a well known Scottish actor who accepted the challenge of delving into his past under the full glare of cameras. The programme gives no warning about what is revealed so there are some risks to be taken. His father physically abused Alan from an early age.

The author jumps back and forward through time and paints bleak pictures of growing up in Scotland with happier accounts of his succeeding at drama school and becoming the Hamlet of his day.

Interesting. read more…

CityFitness Support For The 2016 KWT

2015 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We are looking for applicants who are committed to making some life changes … Event Organiser, Evelyn Williamson

Women’s Triathlon to get two scholarships

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACityFitness Kapiti is pleased to announce their support of The Kapiti Women’s Triathlon (KWT) taking place on 28 February 2016 by partnering with the trust which administers the KWT Scholarship programme.

This initiative will provide two event applicants with an all-expense paid build up towards taking part in the 28 February 2016 event.

Club Manager of CityFitness Kapiti, Jin Humphreys says we’re pleased to be involved with the Kapiti Women’s Triathlon. This will be our 6th year of involvement with the event and we hope that by providing a scholarship by way of a gym membership and Personal Training, we’re helping to change someone’s life for the better. read more…

Baby’s Death Murder Charge

2015 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Gracie May McSorley

Gracie May McSorley

Police upgrade charges after death of baby girl at Raumati Beach

By Alan Tristram

Today in the Porirua District Court a charge of assaulting a child was upgraded to a murder charge against 31 year old Michael Te Kouarehu KEREOPA.

Initial charges were laid following the death of six-month old Gracie May McSorley in July this year.

Gracie died as a result of severe head injuries that were inconsistent with Kereopa’s claims of an accidental fall. read more…

Expressway Analysis 1: History And Objections

2015 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Worsening traffic congestion in Kapiti

Otaihanga roundaboutRoad traffic congestion has been a major problem on the Kapiti Coast for decades. At commuter travelling times morning and night, and at weekends, especially those including public holidays, the roads have become increasingly clogged.

The critical problem has been the mixing of all types of traffic, with everyone being inconvenienced at critical times of the day.

Over 50 years ago land was set aside for a bypass known as the sandhills designation to separate the local and through traffic, but it remained undeveloped until 2013. read more…

Artists Get Antsy Over Arts Trail

2015 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

guruLeading Kapiti Coast councillors call on arts intelligensia to ‘speak out’ on rowgavin-welsh

Artists Warned of ‘crochet needles at dawn’

By Alan Tristram

Councillors Gavin Welsh and K Gurunathan have plunged into a row brewing over moves to sideline some artists from the annual Kapiti Coast Arts Trail in November.

The row surfaced when Otaki carver Malcolm McCrea was informed his art work didn’t make the cut for the show.

Artists’ applications for the new-format Arts Trail — to be run over two-weekends for the first time — are scrutinised by a new outside selection panel. The panel meets in secret and its minutes are not published. read more…

Brilliant NZ Flag Unveiled !

2015 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our Choice !

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THEIR CHOICE

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