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Key’s Xmas Pressie

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Water Ups and Downs

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Who should control our freshwater?

Who should control our freshwater?

Water usage down but charges going up!

By Local Govt. Correspondent Jeremy Smith

Kapiti residents can expect a rise in their water rates over the next two years, partly because they are saving water.

With ratepayers now charged for the exact amount they use, the cost of supplying water, forecast at $8.3million, is running higher than the income from water meter charges.  

The deficit is expected to be $250,000 by the end of June 2017. read more…

Photo of the Week

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This view of the expressway looking south from north of the Wharemauku Stream illustrates the many features of the project. The bridge and four lanes will obviously carry the vehicular traffic; the well-lit cycleway caters for people on foot and bike; the wetland to the right allows for stream overspill and the planted banks below the road will eventually provide a corridor of green either side of the expressawy.

Looking south towards Raumati, The Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

Horowhenua Council Horrors

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Something stinks in Horowhenua — and it’s not just the water

By Pam Vernon
Horowhenua Environmental Health Watch

If you’ve been following recent events after the Local Government elections you’ll be aware all is not yet plain sailing at the Horowhenua District Council.

Michael Feyen

Michael Feyen

Our new Mayor Michael Feyen and Ross Campbell, the deputy he appointed, who’ve only ever been passionate about partnering with Iwi, cleaning up our polluted waterways, and

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell

providing us with clean drinking water, seem to have hit an impasse. 

That being, the remaining nine councillors and CE don’t like the Mayor’s choice of deputy, and with no justification offered, have announced they will shortly be rolling him (1).

So in spite of noises from the general public via the various forums about ‘getting on with the job’, they’re actually having a difficult time of it.

And the folks who voted for the new Mayor, not to be easily thwarted, have set up a petition and are intending to exercise their democratic right and present themselves en masse next Wednesday outside the HDC building with placards saying so – peacefully of course (2). read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ridiculous Ranking?

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scoring out of ten

By Roger Childs

Beauden Barrett all class against France in Paris.

Beauden Barrett all class against France in Paris.

It has been the practice for the papers to rank the All Blacks after each test.

Rugby fans would probably generally concur, for example giving Beauden Barrett a 9 for his excellent performance against the highly competitive French last weekend.

However when it comes to the politicians, it seems to be very subjective.

Last Monday, reporter Stacey Kirk did her annual audit, and you could be forgiven for thinking that she was a member of the National Party General Council. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 48 Answers

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to November 30
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Letter from Canada

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Eriburt Loehner

Eriburt Loehner

Meanwhile up north…

By Eriburt Loehne

KIN welcomes our newest columnist, Eriburt Loehner, of Vancouver (of whom more later).

Here’s his first  column —

‘Oh Canada’, begins our national anthem. It brings to mind visions of boreal forests filled canadian-rockieswith wildlife: bear, elk, and moose; majestic mountains covered in snow; massive farms with oceans of swaying prairie wheat stretching to the horizon; and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, red serge clad “Mounties” that always get their man.

To Canadians these visions are all quite cliché and border on kitsch.   read more…

Predator Free By 2050?

2016 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector. Department of Conservation (DoC) website

At a recent meeting of the Kapiti Restoration groups Rob Stone, from Predator Free NZ, spoke about the project to rid the country of pests by the middle of the century. The article below is a summary of what he said.

An ambitious project initiated by the government

By Roger Childs

The big guns at the Zealandia launch: Stephen Joyce, John Key and Maggie Barry

The big guns at the Zealandia launch: Stephen Joyce, John Key and Maggie Barry

The scheme was launched at Zealandia in July and John Key, Maggie Barry and Stephen Joyce were there. They emphasized that it was not just about eradicating pests, but also about promoting economic development.

The concept had its origins in 2012 when the current strategy on pest control centred on having “ halos” like Zealandia, Wairakei Golf Course and Lee Bay Reserve on Stewart Island, where predator-proof fences could allow zones to become pest-free.

In time these could be linked with other zones by corridors. read more…

Dr Key Cuts Up Rough

2016 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Expressway Nearing Completion

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More than just a highway

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Pam Childs

Looking south towards Raumati, The Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

Looking south towards Raumati; the Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

The massive development of the Wharemauku Stream zone illustrates the wide range of benefits for the community from building the expressway.

The Wharemauku Bridge is one of sixteen which will facilitate the rapid movement of vehicles wishing to by-pass the Kapiti area. This separation of through traffic from town traffic will dramatically reduce congestion on local roads.  However, many of  the surrounding features of the project will enhance the quality of life for locals.

Wetlands, well-lit pathways, flood control and bank plantings are big pluses from the Mackays to Peka Peka project. read more…

Restore the Christchurch-Picton Rail Link

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Major earthquake disruption to transport

Damage in Picton (Photo: stuff)

Damage in Picton (Photo: stuff)

By Bruce Taylor, a Kapiti-based rail transport writer

The 7.8 magnitude Culverden Earthquake of 14 November, caused significant damage in North Canterbury and Southern Marlborough.

It has also seriously impacted on the movement of freight and passengers by KiwiRail and its ferry business, Interislander, across Cook Strait and between Picton and Christchurch.

In particular, the key freight corridor between Auckland and Chistchurch has been affected badly. read more…

Recording Council Forums

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A responsibility to engage not hide

By John Le Harivel

Elected councillors need to take the community seriously

Elected councillors need to take the community seriously

I take issue with Mayor Gurunathan’s determination not to record Council Public Forums. Is there a hidden agenda? Is it to avoid public scrutiny? Is it to avoid accountability?

Councillors should be open to scrutiny and accountability. There are enough public excluded meetings as it is. What are they hiding?

Councillors have a responsibility to engage. Where else can people engage with all the councillors together in one place? Councillors have a responsibility to enter into dialogue with the community.

They should not hide behind bureaucratic rules and use legal processes on an ‘attack and defend at all costs’.  Or adopt a we know best attitude. read more…

Imported Labour To Help Build Expressway?

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They (Fletcher Construction) will be able to draw on the local knowledge and expertise built through the Mackays to Peka Peka project and it will provide continuity of relationships for both the Council and the Kāpiti Coast community. Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan

Peka Peka to Otaki All Go

(Source NZTA)

(Source NZTA)

 By Roger Childs

With the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway due to open in a few weeks, the extension north is set to start with the contract now let.

Fletchers were the logical company to get the job, having successfully managed the build through to Peka Peka.

It is believed that they may employ some Fijians to help fill the shortfall in labour. read more…

Weather News — Keep Calm

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

WeatherNIWA predicts business as usual on weather front

By Alan Tristram

NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has come out with a pretty average prognostication for our weather over the next few months.kapiti-coast

It says December 2016 – February 2017 temperatures are most likely to be near average (45% chance) for

the west of the North Island.

And, it says, they  are about equally likely to be near average or above average (40- 45% chance) for the remainder of the country. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The versatile Pam Kessler

Writers groupPam is one of the founding members of the Calligraphers of Kapiti and is also a writer and artist.

She was short-listed in the recent Friends of the Library story competition and you can read her entry: The First Part of the Journey, by scrolling down to November 2.

This week’s art work is a painting by Pam entitled My tribute to Frances Hodgkins.

Pam comments that the piece is A2 size, on hot press Fabriano Artistico paper. I used Winsor & Newton gouache for the background and Winsor & Newton sepia ink for my renditions of the photographs.

read more…

KCDC Paddy-whacked by Padamsey

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Salima Padamsay

Salima Padamsey

Democracy campaigner says Council is devaluing community’s voice

By Salima Padamsey

If the KCDC continues to fails  to record the new public forums, they deny citizens their place in the Council’s institutional memory.

But I think the Council’s decision to hold a public forum at the beginning of certain meetings is a great idea. It just needs to take another democratic step. read more…

UNICEF’s Sonny Bill In Lebanon

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photographer Christine Spring was scheduled to speak to a Kapiti UNICEF gathering last week, but couldn’t make it because of a family bereavement. However John Daysh, UNICEF’s Bequest Manager, filled in, and spoke about Christine’s book on Syrian refugees and Sonny Bill’s visit to Lebanon.

Christine and Sonny Bill

Christine and Sonny Bill (Photo: stuff)

UNICEF and the Syrian refugees

By Roger Childs

Lebanon has a population about the size of New Zealand’s 4.5 million. But they also have over 1 million refugees who have fled from the civil war in Syria. However, the Lebanese government only regards them as “temporary visitors”, so they cannot buy land and the men are not allowed to work.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is active in providing for the Syrians and especially the women and children.

In the Bekaa Valley, the organisation has established a fenced safe area for children where they can play, go to school and get medical care. read more…

KIN Mid-Week Quiz 48

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Trump is 1st elected president post WWII with no political experience. T or F ? Beat our quizmaster!

  • quiz-1The latest challenge. (nb: no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti Growing Fast

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Council meets in the ground floor chambers

Council meets in the ground floor chambers

 KCDC reports a boom time for local economy

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says the local economy is growing fast.

There’s a reported 3.1 % increase over the year to September — and visitor numbers are up 14%, well over double the national average.

Sarah Stevenson, Group Manager, Strategy and Planning, says much of this came from the success of ‘our local businesses including tourism and retail.’ read more…

Kapiti Calligraphy Update: November 2016

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A busy time of year: giving and receiving

 By Pam Kessler

Pam’s Peace Dove.

Pam’s Peace Dove

With the festive season nearly upon us, calligraphers are hard at work. Like the elves in Santa’s workshop we seem to be busier than ever at this time of year.

My desire to splatter gold and silver ink seems almost insatiable! Cards are waiting to be designed and every note and message seems to need an extra flourish or two.

It is a time of giving and receiving and our final monthly club meeting included the giving of a hand made Christmas decoration. How wonderful it was to see the variety of work that was produced!

The dove pictured above was my contribution for the exchange and the decoration I received in return is shown in the photo of the three Persian-style hanging ornaments. read more…

The Superb “I Daniel Blake”

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I Daniel Blake, am a citizen, and as such, I demand my rights.

Getting it right

By Roger Childs

daniel-blake-1This latest movie by Ken Loach is a beauty. It won the Palme D’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year and the selection panel definitely got it right.

I Daniel Blake has no sex, violence or scenery, and very little music, and yet it packs an enormous punch.

The main character lives in a flat in Newcastle upon Tyne, but his wife has passed on.

He is a decent, solid citizen who has worked for decades as a joiner, but suddenly a heart attack threatens to upset his comfortable existence and confidence in the future.

This film is a must see: five stars. read more…

Remembering Fidel Castro

2016 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Castro’s rise is one of the most amazing success stories of the (20th) century. Historian Hugh Thomas

A towering figure in recent history

By Roger Childs

A revolutionary who had a great impact

A revolutionary who had a great impact

The news of the Cuban leader’s death has been greeted with both sadness and delight.

What is not in dispute, is that he freed his country from a ruthless dictator and American economic imperialism, and remained in power for over 40 years.

However his lengthy rule in Cuba was a mixed bag: there were huge improvements in social development, but also economic failings and restrictions on people’s freedoms.

Fidel Castro had a huge impact on the planet from the late 1950s. “Inspired revolutionary” or “brutal dictator”, these are the edges of the opinion spectrum. Objectivity on Fidel Castro is difficult! read more…

Les Bleus Good News

2016 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

Why France is very,very proud…but then there are politics

Le Bleus Magnifique

Le Bleus Magnifique

By Paul Jacobs, in Paris

 

You were good, but we were very, very good. Coming within 5 points of the All Blacks makes us very proud. If only we had controlled things better near the touch lines we might well have done an Irish on you. That will be for another time.

The other almost-as-important event was the election of the Republican Party candidate for next year’s presidential elections. read more…

Tight Test In Paris

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you are going to beat the All Blacks, you have to score tries. Commentator Justin Marshall.

The Player of the Year is the match winner

The turning point

The turning point

Early in the second half with the All Blacks leading 10-6, the French were hot on attack. 15 metres from the line, they swung the ball wide toward the left wing, but floated the final pass.

With superb anticipation and blistering speed, Beauden Barrett intercepted the ball and ran the length of the field to score under the bar.

What might have been 13-10 to France became 17-6 to the All Blacks. It was the turning point in the game and allowed the visitors to eventually run out the winners 24-19. read more…

Refugee Children’s Carol

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Syrian children try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, who find enough courage to make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged states, often end up in the crammed settlements in the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Greece or Serbia, after being caught on the borders of wealthy Western European nations for attempting to cross illegally. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

CAROL OF THE REFUGEE CHILDREN

 By Shirley Erena Murray, of Raumati Beach                                            Tune: Cradle Song                                                                                                                  

Away and in danger,

no hope of a bed,

the refugee children,

no tears left to shed read more…

Mayor Defends Forums

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cropped-guru-2Kapiti’s Mayor defends informal public forums

Kapiti’s new Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru), has replied to criticism in KIN with a detailed defence of the new policy of providing public forums, which are neither minuted or recorded. He says:

Thank you for the long standing invitation. The informal public forum is an experimental attempt to create another opportunity for members of the public to raise matters with councillors.

The only constraint is the allocated 30 minute time before the start of formal council meetings. So public speakers are asked to speak for 3 minutes with the discretion of the chair to extend that. read more…

New Novel From Story Prize Winner

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ve written a few thin books! Alyth Darwin

The versatile Alyth

By Roger Childs

friends-of-the-libraryAlyth took first prize in the recent Friends of the Library short story competition with My Gumboot Journey. (Scroll down to November 17 to read the story.)

She’s had short stories published before, as well as articles and poems, and a novel.

Alyth is also a watercolour artist.

At the recent Friends of the Kapiti Libraries AGM, Alyth spoke about her second recently published novel: A Broken Chord. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 47 Answers

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf would still like to do Quiz 47, scroll down to November 23.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Lighthouse Movie Worth A Look

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Loneliness, opportunity and punishment

By Roger Childs

the-light-between-1The lighthouse which is at the centre of The Light Between Oceans is on Janus Island off the coast of Western Australia.

The movie is set after World War One and the main character is Tom Sherbourne, who has returned from the Western Front.

Wanting isolation, to recover from the horrors of war, he gets the job of lighthouse keeper on Janus.

In the settlement closest to the island he meets and marries Isabel, the daughter of his employer, and they look to establish a family on their isolated, wind-swept outpost.

The unfolding story is engaging and includes some dramatic footage, especially on the island, but does stretch one’s credulity somewhat. A three star film. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Long Live The Forum?

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… the Forum Romanum was the key political, ritual, and civic center. Sal Khan

Public speaking to Council under threat?

By Roger Childs

The new mayor in not keen on recording the new forum

The new mayor in not keen on recording the new forum

Having time set aside for the local citizens to raise issues with the Council they elected, is common around the country. Kapiti people have welcomed the recent introduction of 30 minutes public speaking time before Council Meetings.

Along with John Le Harivel and Salima Padamsey, I’ve attended the two forums held so far.

At both, there has been some tension, mainly over the very reasonable request that the submissions, and subsequent councillor questions and comments, go on the public record.

The mayor and some councillors don’t like the idea, and Mayor Gurunathan and Councillor Cootes last Thursday, suggested that continuing to ask for this sensible and logical process might see an end to the forums. read more…

Shalom from David

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

David Zwartz is a former editor of the NZ Jewish Chronicle, president of the NZ Jewish Council, and was for five years Honorary Consul of Israel. He now chairs the Wellington Regional Jewish Council.

David Zwartz

David Zwartz

What it means to be Jewish in Aotearoa

By David Zwartz

Sometimes it’s hard to explain what it feels like being a member of a minority group in New Zealand especially when I don’t look different from the Pakeha majority.

When someone who knows I’m a Jew said “Happy New Year” to me at the beginning of October, the time of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, I felt a warm glow.

It was a gesture of good will towards something that is meaningful for me. read more…

Key to State Housing

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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The Poetry Scene At Year’s End

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti is a great place for poetry

By Gill Ward

poetry-5The end of the year and I often think about the dawn of 2000 AD. What a place the world has become. How we need a little dose of calming poetry these days.

Kapiti is the right place to be for poetry.

People write poetry, read poetry, perform poetry, discuss poetry and books are published by local poets: check out the Kapiti Writes selection in Paraparaumu Library.

At High Tide Café on Marine Parade there has been a stellar collection of visiting guest poets this year. Each one has been different and has much to offer. read more…

Tsunami Briefing

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Typical NZ boat ramp warning sign

Typical NZ boat ramp warning sign

Kapiti Council worried about tsunami confusion

By Jeremy Smith, KIN Local Govt. Correspondent

Confusion over tsunami warnings after the November 14 7.8 earthquake was the focus of discussion when KCDC councillors received a staff briefing over the council’s response.

Councillor Mike Cardiff said he heard through radio that a tsunami warning was declared for something called southern coastal areas without an description of what these areas covered.

Cardiff noted that the media was moving information faster than official sources. read more…

Work For A Healthy Planet

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

stephen-hawkingHawking is wrong: Germaine is right

By Bianca Begovich, Environment Correspondentgermaine-greer

Last year I saw Germaine Greer at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Wellington Writers and Readers Festival.  She told the sell-out crowd that Stephen Hawking had said, “The earth is dying – there is no hope but to look for life on other planets.”

For the next five minutes Germaine proceeded to tell us in no uncertain terms exactly how ridiculous she thought Professor Hawking’s comments were.

Her argument was loosely based along the lines ‘why would we seek life elsewhere without first doing everything we can to save the planet we currently live on?’ read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful Helen McIntosh

By Pam Kessler

callig-2455We are fortunate to have many characters amongst our lively Kapiti Calligraphers group of members and Helen McIntosh is a classic example.

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

The most endearing feature of all, however, must be her quick and ready wit.

How we love her for all the times she has made the perfect comment to lighten the moment! read more…

Kapiti’s Right to Die

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john_murrayRaumati church leader urges Parliament to enact

‘dying with dignity’ Bill

By Alan Tristram (copy edited and abridged in minor ways)

The well-known human rights campaigner the Reverend John Murray, of Raumati, has

Maryan Street, MP

Former MP Maryan Street

urged the Health Select Committee to back Maryan Street’s Bill which he says will allow people to die with dignity.

Mr Murray, who has been seriously ill, was forced to make his submission by telephone.

But his message is clear — the Bill is about ‘Choice and compassion’, not ‘suicide,”killing’ or even ‘murder.’ read more…

The Season Of Andy Murray

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From zero to hero

By Roger Childs

The Barclay's champion

The Barclay’s champion

In the 2014 ATP Barclays, in which the top eight men played, Murray had qualified as the eighth seed.

In a round-robin match he came up against arguably the greatest indoor player ever, Roger Federer.

The Swiss maestro led 6-0 5-0 with Murray on serve. To the great relief of the Scot he won that game, his only game, and avoided the worst tennis score possible, the double bagel.

Fast forward two years, and Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the Barclays final to retain his number one world ranking. read more…

London’s Airport Woes

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

one-heathrownProtests grow over Heathrow’s expansion plans

By Tom Aitken in London

I could not claim that my house in Richmond has much in common with Richmond Park, Richmond Green and Kew Gardens and the banks of the River Thames. The Park and the Gardens are visited by thousands of people most weeks in the year.

They come in search of horticultural beauty, green empty spaces and the peace and quiet associated with them.twin-jet-v-low-over-houses

But in Park, Gardens, Green and River Banks (and in my house) from soon after dawn until well after sunset you will be overflown, most days, by the droning carriers of international business and tourism, flying low and gradually sinking towards the runaway at London Heathrow. read more…

More DoC Deception On 1080 And Possums

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We trust that all New Zealanders and Wellingtonians in particular, see the benefits and support this essential work that needs doing now. Lou Sanson, Director-General of the Department of Conservation

Playing fast and loose with the truth

By Roger Childs and Bill Benfield

The public needs the full story and the truth Mr Sanson

The public needs the full story and the truth Mr Sanson

Speak about the Battle for our Birds and you take the high moral ground. Forget about the fact that many birds are predators and eat other bird and their eggs.

DoC’s Lou Sanson’s article in the DomPost Tuesday November 15 2016, did not tell the full story about what has gone on, and will be going on in the Rimutaka. He spoke about the birds of the Rimutaka …(being)… under severe predator pressure.

This he said justified … two short, sharp predator-busting operations that will reclaim and restore the native forest habitat of the southern Rimutaka Range. Towards the end he slipped in that these would involve aerial 1080 operation … read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 47

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Welcome To The Mayoralty Guru!

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Ross Church had a challenging start to his mayoralty

Ross Church had a challenging start to his mayoralty

Easier to oppose than govern

By Roger Childs

Three years ago KIN published an article called A Fiery Church Baptism. It was on the early days of the mayoralty of Ross Church.

Like K Gurunathan (Guru), Ross Church had been a councillor in the Jenny Rowan regime, but had not always seen eye to eye with her, notably over the issue of water metres.

However, as mayor himself, he accepted the democratic decision to install the metres, but was taken to task by some councillors, notably Jackie Elliott.

Both Church and Gurunathan found that once in charge at the top of the Council table, life was very different from being a councillor on the side. read more…

Stunning Dance Performances

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful School of Dance Graduation Finale

Reviewed by Ann Hunt. Photos by Stephen A’Court.

school-of-dance-3Each year the standard of the students graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance just seems to get better.

This year the array of talent on stage is stunning. As well as the third year students, those in the second and first years also participate in this production.

This year features three world premieres. One is by Australian dancer/choreographer Amber Haines from DanceNorth and the other by Jiri and Otto Bubenicek, whose most recent work was choreographed for the San Francisco Ballet Company.

The programme runs from Tuesday November 22 to Saturday November 26, at the New Zealand School of Dance Te Whaea : National Dance & Drama Centre, Newtown, Wellington, so you’ve still time to catch it. read more…

Photo of the Week

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The signatories for the November 14 Mahara Gallery Agreement. ( See the story below: November 21). Photo from KCDC.

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From left to right: Professor Les Holborow, Mahara Gallery Trust Chairman; Mayor K Gurunathan; Janet Bayly, Director Mahara Gallery; Pat Dougherty, Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive; Simon Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust; Councillor Michael Scott, Ward Councillor for Waikanae; Kay Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust.

Waikanae Smash Hits Commuters

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanae-road-smashTruck crash hits road and rail traffic 

By Peter Corlett

It was a slow trip between Paraparaumu and Waikanae  this morning due to a traffic incident about 7.30am on the Waikanae straight near the intersection of Kebbell Dr and State Highway 1, south of Waikanae.

A man was flown to hospital  after the truck crashed near rail lines, resulting in the cancellation of some train services between Waikanae and Paraparaumu.  read more…

US Poll In Perspective

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

US election is a trifle compared to US history

Earthrise

Earthrise — taken from the Moon by US astronaut Bill Anders (Apollo 8 flight)

and culture

By Paraparaumu writer Graham Bathgate

In Scotland long ago I entered my teens having read stories about cowboys and indians, watched Wagon Train, Bonanza and Maverick, and listened to Buddy Holly, Doris Day and Bing Crosby, American music and culture much applauded until our very own heroes came along taking America by storm but hardly eclipsing America’s great lights.

Now living in New Zealand, I often hear of Sir Edmund Hillary and I wonder what he would have said about the US President-elect. read more…

Sarkozy Exits Stage

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

sarkozyPollsters get it wrong again — this time in France

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

One of France’s most controvertible and colourful politicians, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced the end of his political career.

Although he was President for one term from 2007 to 2012, Sarkozy has come in at third place in the first of two rounds to elect a presidential candidate for next year’s elections. read more…

Mahara Gallery Upgrade A Step Closer

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We recognize what an asset a combined gallery-library complex would be in a revitalized Waikanae Town Centre and we are working closely with the Council to make it a reality. Mahara Gallery Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow

Mahara Board welcomes Agreement signing

By Roger Childs

A lot more space needed for Kapiti's premier gallery

A lot more space needed for Kapiti’s premier gallery

The Mahara Gallery Trust Board has welcomed Monday’s (14 November) formal signing of the Agreement for the Upgrade of Mahara Gallery.

The document was signed by representatives of Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust Board and the Field Collection Trust. Mayor, K Gurunathan, signed the document on behalf of the Council.

Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow says Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans for the revitalisation of the Waikanae Town Centre and upgrade of the Waikanae Library provide a unique opportunity to create a shared library and gallery complex.

It represents a change in direction from the original plan to redevelop or refurbish the two existing buildings but it is one we have embraced, he said. read more…

Sexual Predator Profiles

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police_2Beware the predator wolf in sheep’s clothing

By Anne Stephenson, of Paraparaumu

( Anne is a retired Methodist minister and hospital chaplain with long experience of working with sex abuse victims…and perpetrators)

The sexual assault on a boy in Ranui, Waitemata, last week has highlighted the need for the public to be aware of personality traits often exhibited by sex offenders.

Empathy and compassion are usually absent, but the offender can often be undetected because because he or she is plausible and appears to be caring.

In the past, when communities were smaller and people knew each each other over many years, people were more aware who was unsafe and who was not. read more…

All Blacks Get Revenge

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Too much flair for the Irish this time

By Roger Childs

Fekitoa score the first try in the fourth minute.

Fekitoa score the first try in the fourth minute. (Photo credit: The Guardian)

After the Irish victory in Chicago a fortnight ago, the second test was eagerly awaited, and attracted a sell-out crowd at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

It was a passionate and physical performance from both teams, but the All Blacks ultimately showed their superiority in scoring three excellent back tries to none, to win comfortably 21-9.

The Irish should have done better, as the visitors were down to 14 men for 20 minutes, and in the second half they had 70% of the possession. However the All Black tackling was resolute and the Irish made some poor decisions from attacking positions. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Deirdre’s Calligraphy

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A wonderful calligrapher and tutor

By Pam Kessler

Deirdre Hassed is Melbourne based but is a New Zealander! Auckland born and bred, Deirdre lived and worked here until 1993. Deirdre conducts workshops in Australia and New Zealand and at the yearly Art in Action festival in England.

deirdre-exhibit-melbourne-img_0677Deirdre supports our club by

~ entering her work in our local exhibitions,

~ conducting workshops for us here in Kapiti,

~ keeping up to date with our events through our magazine

~ keeping in contact with club members.

Deirdre is a patient, kind, and gentle tutor who has the amazing ability to make students feel totally relaxed in her classes while at the same time inspiring them to achieve greater things in their work. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 46 Answers

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to November 16.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Friends Of The Library Session

2016 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Interesting evening in prospect

friends-of-the-libraryNext Wednesday, November 23, the Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are holding their Annual General Meeting and celebrating local writers.

It’s all happening in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room from 7.00 pm.

The AGM will be held first and then, after light refreshments, two local writers will speak about their work.

Anyone is welcome to attend. read more…

Holiday of a Lifetime

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Poem to Cohen

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

leonard-cohen-3So long Leonard Cohen . . . a farewell from Michael O’Leary

Beginning life as a middle-class son

Comfortable in your Jewish Catholicism

Tailor-made for the family’s business

You chose the more difficult artist’s path read more…

Strawberry Festival Cancelled

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Recent natural hazards behind the decision

Strawberry and ice cream sellers at Paraparaumu Beach in 2104

Strawberry and ice cream sellers at Paraparaumu Beach in 2014

By Roger Childs

The popular Kapiti Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival has been cancelled.

It was scheduled for this Saturday, November 19 at Kapiti School.

Two years ago wild weather forced an abandonment of festivities at Paraparaumu Beach, and the uncertain forecast for Saturday, is one factor behind this year’s decision to cancel. read more…

Waikanae Young Scientists Win

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

waikanae-young-scientists-oneSchools Up For The Challenge

By Peter Corlett

Waikanae School and Te Horo school have tied with another school for a three-way first place in a major scientific problem-solving cvontest.

They were qt the top of 24 teams from primary schools from the Wellington region, battling it out in the semi-finals of the EPro8 challenge.

The teams of four worked frantically for two and a half hours, racing to complete science and engineering challenges.  read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (8)

2016 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And the first shall be last

friends-of-the-libraryWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, a car crash, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants were limited to 500 words.

Our final story is actually the winner! read more…

Travel Update

2016 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Slip neqr Pukeruq Bqay yesterdqy

Slip neqr Pukeruq Bqay yesterdqy

NZTA warns motorists of delays/ but many roads reopened

The NZ Transport Agency (as of 1.30pm, Nov 16) has been advising motorists to plan carefully for travel.

It says they can expect delays at some places in and around Wellington and the Kapiti regions, due to ongoing clean-up and repairs following slips and flooding. read more…

Messy Start To Public Forums

2016 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We recognise and value our communities’ contribution to our work and in establishing these sessions we’re helping deliver on our aim of ensuring people have opportunities to participate in the work of the Council in ways that work for them. Mayor Gurunathan

A great idea which needs refining

By Roger Childs

kapiti-councilFrom Thursday 10 November a 30-minute public forum before formal Kāpiti Coast District Council, Strategy and Policy Committee and Operations and Finance Committee meetings will allow people to address the Mayor and councillors about anything they like.  KCDC media release

The first forum on November 10 was not a great advertisement for the concept.

It was not recorded, the fourth scheduled speaker was not heard and the mayor got into an unfortunate verbal spat with local activist Salima Padamsey.

Before speaking on the issue of Council policy on Managed retreat in relation to on-going coastal erosion, Salima raised the question of the value of the forum if there was no public record. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 46

2016 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Wellington Region Awash

2016 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

People unable to get home due to the road closures should make arrangements to stay with friends and family where they can. Claire Harman, Senior Communications Advisor, Kapiti Coast District Council

Flooding causes havoc

By Roger Childs

The view from the Petone overbridge at midday. (Photo by David Morrison)

The view from the Petone overbridge at midday. (Photo by David Morrison)

Following hard on the heels of the earthquakes and after-shocks, comes the flooding.

Heavy rain, flooding and slips have closed many roads in the Wellington area.

The Kapiti Coast is cut off from the capital as slips have closed both State Highway One north of Plimmerton and the Paekakariki Hill Road.

Today’s rain has fallen on already sodden ground and for the second time this week the Otaihanga Domain is underwater. Both the Waikanae River and the Wharemauku Stream are running bank to bank. read more…

Growing up amid quakes

2016 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Waiau School Principal in the schoolhouse after yesterday's quake

Waiau School Principal in the schoolhouse after yesterday’s quake

Playground drills in the 1940’s at Waiau School

KIN local government reporter Jeremy Smith grew up in the centre of Monday’s earthquake zone- between Hanmer and Waiau. Here’s his account of life in the quake zone —

At Waiau school in the 1950’s earthquake drill was a fact of life.

Earthquakes themselves, at minor levels, were fairly common as well.

The rule was simple: one mention of the word earthquake and everyone was under the desks. Next, after a set time, came the evacuation from the building out on to the assembly area. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (7)

2016 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Another story

friends-of-the-libraryWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, a car crash, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants were limited to 500 words. A South Pacific island is the setting for the latest story. read more…

Good News From Police

2016 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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No serious damge reported, says new 

Police Chief

Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman, the recently appointed Response Manager for Kapiti, says the police haven’t had any reports of serious damage to property across Kapiti.

“We worked across the District attending to a number of incidents relating to the Earthquake and some of our staff were deployed to areas closer to the city to assist,” she says. read more…

Emergency Centre Closes

2016 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Photo shows Kapiti Expressway and local roads

Kapiti Expressway and local roads checked out earlier

Kapiti Coast Council update on Quake aftermath

The Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) Emergency Operations Centre has  been deactivated.

The Council says it’s  now responding to any further earthquake-related matters through business-as-usual activities. read more…

New Venue For Strawberry Festival

2016 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our services are free thanks to the generosity of the people in our community who make donations and bequests to help meet costs. Mary Potter Hospice website

Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival

 By Roger Childs

strawberries-and-ice-creamStrawberries and ice cream is something we associate with summer. The weather during November has been summery at times and with the temperature range for Saturday likely to  be 13º- 18º C, the  timing is good for the annual strawberry festival.

 ~ Saturday 19 November 2016

 ~ Kapiti School Paraparaumu, opposite the Council Buildings and Library

 ~ 9.30 am – 3.00 pm

 ~ No admission charge

 ~ Strawberries and ice cream for $5

The main purpose of the festival is to raise money for the local Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu. read more…

NZ Dancers Promise Great Show

2016 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Graduation Season

By Natasha Giera

school-of-dance-3The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 2016 Graduation Season promises outstanding performances of both classical and contemporary dance: 16 – 26 November 2016.

The programme combines the efforts of an array of influential guests with the hard work of students and tutors from the School.

Attendees will enjoy exhilarating performances featuring a number of premieres and dance works by acclaimed choreographers from New Zealand and abroad.

(See venue and booking details at the end.) read more…

Kapiti Quake Report

2016 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

Council staff checking buildings and roads

the KCDC says Council staff are continuing to check community facilities, infrastructure and local roads in the district.

And the Kāpiti Emergency Operations Centre remains fully operational.

The Coastlands Aquatic Centre has been checked and was due to open at 9am.

Ōtaki Library and service centre, Paraparaumu Library and the council’s animal management shelter has also been cleared and are opening for normal business hours. read more…

Summer 5km Series Starts Monday

2016 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

So get yourself there for the first race on Monday evening and bring a friend. Bryn Kempthorne, President Kapiti Running & Tri Club

Eleven race series gets underway

By Roger Childs

imgp2158-001The first of the Kapiti Running and Tri Club summer 5km events starts in Waikanae on Monday November 14.

Registration will be at the Salt and Wood Collective on Ngaio Road or opposite the Countdown car park.

It’s $5 to enter ($10 max for a family), with the walkers starting at 6.15 and the runners at 6.30.

The series is sponsored by Stirling Sports. read more…

All Blacks Bounce Back

2016 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They have become a bit predictable.  Former All Black coach and selector, Brian Lochore

The B team does well

By Roger Childs

Israel Dagg scores on if the ten tries

Israel Dagg scores one of the ten tries

As expected the All Blacks thrashed Italy in Rome, with essentially a B team.

Virtually anyone who hadn’t played in the loss to Ireland last week, was on the field at some point.

Most of the first fifteen were rested and under Sam Cane’s leadership, the rest of the squad provide a feast of quality rugby. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 45 Answers

2016 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to November 9.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Mandy, Bianca Trounce Trump

2016 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti women authors speak out about new US

Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager

President

By Alan Tristram

Two of Kapiti’s best writers — both women — have given KIN their views on the new

Bianca Begovich

Bianca Begovich

Age of Trump.

Mandy Hager is well-known as the author of an award-winning series of novels for young adults; she’s also a Katherine Mansfield fellow, among other achievements.

Bianca Begovich, who also writes regularly for the Kapiti Independent, is well-known as a writer of childrens’ stories with a strong concern for the natural world. read more…

Mandy Hager on Trump

2016 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager 1‘I understand why people voted for him’

By Mandy Hager

I’m feeling the need to write about the US elections, mostly so I can process all my whirling thoughts.

It’s probably important to start with this, so you will read the rest in this context: I despise Donald Trump for his entitled misogyny, xenophobia and racism, and for his cynical manipulation of the decent ordinary people he has stomped over in his life to date.

And I deeply fear for those who really do support women’s rights, climate change action, civil rights and a fairer and more equitable and peaceful society. But here’s the thing: I also understand why so many otherwise disenfranchised people voted for him.  read more…

Bianca Begovich’s View

2016 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

biancabegovich‘Plant Our Apple Trees’

By Bianca Begovich, Environment Correspondentapples-on-apple-tree

Okay so Donald Trump is now the leader of the free world.  Who knew it could get worse than Bush?

Does this mean we are heading for World War III?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Does this mean there will be a huge influx of Americans coming to NZ?  Perhaps (Oh the irony).

Does this mean the world is going to hell in a gold-plated handbasket?  Who knows? read more…

Legendary Leonard Cohen Passes On

2016 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I am ready to die, I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me. Leonard Cohen, October 2016

A Towering Figure in The Tower of Song

By Roger Childs

leonard-cohen-2Canadian Leonard Cohen is one of the greatest composers and performers in the history of popular music.

Sadly he passed away on Thursday, at the age of 82, after more than 50 years performing around the world.

His output of top quality numbers and albums over the years has been prolific; his concerts were always memorable occasions; and some of his best known numbers, such as Halleluyah and Suzanne, have been sung by many famous artists. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (6)

2016 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More of the best

friends-of-the-libraryWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, a car crash, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants were limited to 500 words.

An African setting features in Mary Singleton’s story below. read more…

Trump’s Tower of Liberty

2016 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Murder, Violence and Death

2016 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Subject material in the latest batch

By Ralph McAllister

Is Dylan Thomas right?

Is Dylan Thomas right?

Much as I admire Dylan Thomas I begin to question his belief that and death shall have no dominion.

Too many deaths in the last months, too many funerals, too much grief. It looks increasingly apparent that death does have the ultimate control.

All the more reason to question my own reading habits. Has it helped that my latest batch of books has been preoccupied with murder, violence and grief?

Yes and no, I guess. read more…

KCDC Pay Rises

2016 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Otaki Councillor James Cootes

Otaki Councillor James Cootes

Councillor says ‘no’ to extra money — but Kapiti Council votes for it anyway

By Jeremy Smith, Local Govt. correspondent

The mayor’s casting vote at Thursday’s Kapiti council meeting could be costed at $1,600.

That is the additional allowance Otaki councillor James Cootes did not want for chairing the council’s Strategy and policy Committee — but the Council voted for it anyway.

Councillors were voting on a 25% allowance for the councillors who chair the three major committees. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (5)

2016 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More of the best

friends-of-the-libraryWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, Norfolk Island, gumboots, a car crash, whitebait and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys with a word limit of 500.

Dani’s gem is set out below. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 45

2016 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizThe latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Horowhenua Housing Protests

2016 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Keeping Horowhenua’s Community Housing 

New Mayor, Michael Freyen, wants to keep public housing

New Mayor, Michael Feyen, wants to keep public housing

By Pam Vernon
Horowhenua Environmental Health Watch

More protests are planned over the proposal by the Horowhenua District Council (HDC) to tender its stock of community

Deputy Mayor Ross Campbell

Deputy Mayor Ross Campbell

housing for sale to an alternative community housing provider.

And the Council is seriously split on the issue. Newly-elected Mayor Michael Feyen and Deputy Mayor Ross Campbell have always fully endorsed keeping community housing stock. They continue to do so.

However the remaining councilors are in favour of selling. read more…

Trump, Trump, Trump…

2016 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Trump Heading For Victory

2016 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The American people have spoken

By Roger Childs

America's next president

America’s next president

What seemed impossible as late as last week has happened: Donald Trump has become the president-elect of the United States. In a shock result, Hillary Clinton has not become the first woman president, despite being picked as a winner by virtually every media outlet.

Trump has cashed in on widespread dissatisfaction with Washington and the past elected representatives of both parties. The next president has had no political experience, an ideal position from which to appeal to people who want change.

When he stood on the stage amongst a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls 14 months ago, he was seen as the joke candidate. Against all expectations, he will tip the Democrats out of the White House in late January next year. read more…

Kapiti’s Post Poll Optimism

2016 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bianca‘Progressive’ Council welcomed — times are ‘a changin’

By Bianca Begovich

According to one ex-council worker, Kāpiti Coasters have elected “one of the most progressive groups of people” they’ve seen

The new mayor

The new mayor

 

in years to represent us in our recent local body elections.

 

From our new mayor Krishnan Gurunathan (Guru) and his deputy, Janet Holborow, right through to the new community boards, our current line-

Deputy Mayor Janet Holborough -- $42,000

Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow

up has a strong background of community involvement, business acumen, iwi liason and environmental action. read more…

Voting For President State By State

2016 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Democracy is coming to the USA. Leonard Cohen

No, it’s not truly democratic

By Roger Childs

us-electionAmericans across the 50 states go to the polls today, cast a vote for president and the candidate with the most votes wins.

Right? No, not necessarily.

The winner might get the most votes, however in 2000 Al Gore received over half a million more votes than George W Bush, but the latter became president.

The system is ludicrously complicated. The national presidential election actually consists of a separate poll in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. read more…

Councillors Eye Rises

2016 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Do Kapiti’s Crs and Mayor deserve a pay rise — already?

Should he get a pay rise this week?

Should he get a pay packet of $115,000?

By KIN political correspondent Jeremy Smith

Kapiti Coast councillors will be setting their own new pay rates this week — and these  include a proposed pay rise for the Mayoralty, now occupied by K Gurunathan Guru).

Deputy Mayor Janet Holborough -- $42,000

Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow — $42,000 ?

Councillor pay-rates are set in conjunction with the Remuneration Authority.

The Authority puts a limit on how high they can go, depending on the population of each council. read more…

Reflections On The All Black Defeat

2016 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Great for the Irish

 By Roger Childs

ireland-v-abs-1There are plenty of fans out there saying that they are glad it was Ireland. Probably most New Zealanders have some Irish ancestry! We all know the Irish had the better of the last game in Dublin, only to be defeated by one of the greatest tries of all time, and a conversion on a lucky second attempt.

At the Soldier Field in Chicago, the huge Saturday crowd witnessed history being made with the first Irish win over New Zealand, but they also saw a stirring contest with nine tries scored. This was not a thrashing, but definitely a decisive victory.

At 33-29 with ten minutes to play, if it had been business as usual, the All Blacks would have run in at least a couple of tries to win their nineteenth test in a row. But instead it was the Irish who scored an outstanding late try. read more…

The Latest In The Poetry World

2016 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“If prose is a house, poetry is a man on fire running quite fast through it.” Anne Carson Observer

Back on the literary scene

By Gill Ward

nz-book-weekTime to talk writing, reading and poetry once again.

I have had a break from this column but that doesn’t mean I have stopped all literary activity.

It has been a full on month and I am delighted to live in a community so alive with the literary arts.

Last week was New Zealand Book Week and events were taking place far and wide across the country. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (4)

2016 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Some of the best

friends-of-the-libraryWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants had to limit their expositions to 500 words.

Today we continue publishing some of the best. read more…

Coastal Row Re-ignites

2016 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Resize Pukerua coastal walk 016Managed Retreat through ‘the back door

By Salima Padamsey  

‘Managed Retreat’ was introduced by Council into the Proposed District Plan (PDP) in 2012 and as a result caused widespread panic among individual homeowners.  

‘Managed retreat’ is defined, in the context of coastal erosion, as allowing an area that was not previously exposed to flooding by the sea to become flooded by removing coastal protection.

In December, 2012, KCDC published on their website “In some cases, properties will lose access to water/storm water/sewerage services even before their land or buildings will suffer damage”.  Natural Hazards:  Frequently Asked Questions, Kapiti Coast District Council, 2012. read more…

Honouring Helen Kelly

2016 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

helen kellyHelen Kelly’s memorial and after

By Prue Hyman

The memorial event for Helen Kelly at the Michael Fowler Centre last week was inspiring and poignant, I am sure, for everyone in the huge crowd there to salute her.serrvice

She packed a lot into her 52 years right up to the end.

So for any of us tired of fighting the same old battles and instead tempted to put our feet up on our generous superannuation and indulge our hobbies (I am guilty of this at times), it should have enervated us to keep going. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz Answers

2016 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz 44 — the quizAnswers

If would still like to take on the latest challenge, scroll down to November 2.

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

read more…

Democratic Boost for Kapiti

2016 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

Citizens get chance again to freely air views to Kapiti councillors

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti’a new Mayor, K Gurunathan, has shown his true colours early by re-instating the public’s right to speak openly — about anything — to their elected councillors.

The new mayor

The new mayor

The new democratic agenda actually improves on the situation a decade or so ago when anyone could speak about anything at the opening of a Council meeting. This right helped to bring to light many injustices and grievances.

But from Thursday next week (November 10), there’ll also be a 30-minute public forum before formal Kāpiti Coast District Council meetings — and also before meetings of the Strategy and Policy Committee, and the Operations and Finance Committee. This will allow people to address the Mayor and councillors about anything they like. read more…

US Cliffhanger

2016 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

us-election-choice-cliffhanger

Appalling Treatment of the TPP Hikoi

2016 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Trans Pacific Partnership is still news and New Zealanders of all ages continue to exercise their democratic rights in protesting about it likely impact. Here’s what happened to younger protestors who had walked 400km from Christchurch to parliament in Wellington.    

Denied entry to the seat of democracy

By Gen De Spa

The Hikoi passing through Kaikoura

The Hikoi passing through Kaikoura

The Our Children’s Future hikoi were denied entry into Parliament yesterday. The fifteen children were not even allowed to sit on the steps of Parliament to eat their lunch.

Josie Butler, spokesperson and hikoi walker states “the children were incredibly upset that after walking 400km to parliament, they were treated like criminals and refused entry on the orders of Speaker of the House, David Carter. Security turned away all women and children involved in the hikoi.

This truly shows how the National Party feels about Our Children’s Future”. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (3)

2016 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Some of the best

fotlWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants had to limit their expositions to 500 words.

Today we continue with publishing some of the best. A fourth entry will feature on Monday. read more…

Poem of the Week: Peace

2016 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Time of Remembrance

By Roger Childs

mary-potter-hospice-historyThere was a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice on Thursday, November 3.

63 people who had used the Hospice in 2016 before they passed on, were remembered.

There was a garden theme this year, and the readings and music reflected on the meaning of life and death.

One of today’s poems struck a particular chord, as the sentiments can be readily appreciated by all of us who find sanctuary in gardening.

The poem was discovered by the late Rosamund Langham in a book, but she did not list the poet. read more…

Guru Well Qualified For The Mayoralty?

2016 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A decisive victory

By Roger Childs

The new mayor

The new mayor

Former councillor and journalist K Gurunathan (Guru) won the mayoralty comfortably, coming through the middle as six candidates split the vote. Although based in Otaki, he clearly has a loyal following across the District, and his weekly column in the Kapiti News has meant he is very well known in the community.

Two terms as a councillor, where he was often challenging Mayor Ross Church and the Chief Executive, also kept him in the public eye. And speaking of eyes, the distinctive advertising he used in his campaign caught people’s attention.

However, some voters expressed concern that if Guru did get to wear the chain, would the factionalism and the frequent criticism of the actions of KCDC management, that bedevilled the last two trienniums, continue? read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Another calligraphic masterpiece from the local group.

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Initial by Noellla Carran

Regional Council Congratulates…Itself

2016 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

chris-laidlawGWRC chair Laidlaw gives his council hearty pat on  back

By Alan Tristram

Greater Wellington Regional Council chair, Chris Laidlaw, has given himself and his council a big pat on their collective backs with his release of the annual report.

Laidlaw kicks for touch

Laidlaw kicks for touch

Quickly picking up the ball again after his re-election, former All Black halfback Laidlaw opines:

“A better and more effective transport system, well-protected floodplains and a vibrant diverse environment, these are our keystone responsibilities, the main priorities of our investment and the main focus of our annual report.” read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (2)

2016 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thirty two entries

fotlWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects for creative Kapiti writers.

As part of the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants had to limit their expositions to 500 words.

Over the next couple of weeks KIN will be publishing some of the best. As expected, there is a fascinating range of tales. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 44

2016 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Guru Performs Somersault

2016 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Mayor chooses controversial Councillor for key committee 

By KIN Political Correspondent, Jeremy Smithmichael scott

In his first meeting as Mayor of the Kapiti Coast, K Gurunathan (Guru),  has had to defend his appointment of Waikanae councillor Michael Scott to head an important KCDC committee.

Cr Scott, who was subject to a complaint last year, will head the Operations and Finance Committee, which includes all councillors.

But the public forum at the start of the first Council meeting saw Kapiti activist Dale Evans criticise Mayor Gurunathan for making the appointment. read more…

I’ve A Whale Of A Tale To Tell You! (1)

2016 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The best from thirty two entries

fotlWhat do a canal barge, the Water Festival, a hotel assignation, whitebait, Norfolk Island, gumboots and the Caprivi Strip have in common? Part of the smorgasbord of settings and subjects from the creative Kapiti literati.

For the recent Literary Festival, the Friends of the Library had their usual story writing challenge.

The theme this year was Journeys and entrants had to limit their expositions to 500 words. read more…

Halloween comes round again

2016 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

halloween-great-pumpkinZombie dancing in Cathedral Square; people dressed up at parkruns with wings and funny hats; and weird looking kids set to prowl the streets tonight with expectant bags: it’s that time again!

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

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

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

Hitler’s Shadow Over Euthanasia

2016 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hitlerNazis’ Aktion T4 casts evil shadow on German consciences

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

While New Zealand debates the right to die, euthanasia in Germany is discredited because of its link with crimes against humanity in the Nazi era.

Victims of the Nazis t4 killing programme

Victims of the Nazis t4 killing programme

Founded on an order by Adolf Hitler in 1940, about 70,000 hospitalised people were murdered by health workers during the so-called ‘Aktion T4’. Mostly of them had hereditary diseases. Many were children.

They were killed in special psychiatric clinics — or in spcecial ambulances — with gas or poison. read more…

The Gillard Book: Fascinating And Enlightening

2016 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… a nation where hard work is rewarded and where the dignity of work is respected; a nation that prides itself on the excellence of its education system, where the government can be relied on to provide high-quality services for all Australians; an Australia that can achieve ever greater things in the future. Julia Gillard on her first day as prime minister

 A class act

By Roger Childs

julia-gillardWhile in Australia last year, I was fortunate to be able to see two episodes of a superb ABC documentary series: The Killing Season. It was about the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd leadership interchange. During the excellent coverage of what happened from 2007 to 2013, both former prime ministers were interviewed at length.

In assessing the protagonists, one could confidently conclude that Rudd was a conniving ratbag and that Gillard was hard done by. The Labor causus, in dumping Australia’s first women prime minister, prior to the 2013 election, did the country a great disservice.

Julia Gillard in three years had brought in wide-ranging reforms, initiatives and positive changes to the economy, society, welfare, diplomacy and the environment. She is probably one of Australia’s better prime ministers. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 43 Answers

2016 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like to do the latest challenge, before checking the answers, scroll down to 26 October.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Delpo The Comeback Kid

2016 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

After two years with many problems with my wrist, coming back and playing at this level and winning another trophy at this unbelievable tournament is great. Juan del Potro in Stockholm

The US Open 2009

By Roger Childs

Not was was expected

Not what was expected

In late September that year, I was flying back from Australia and wondering about how the tennis was going.

World number one Roger Federer, was playing Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, in the final.

When we left our hosts in Brisbane, the Swiss maestro was ahead 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 2-2 and seemingly heading for his sixth American title in a row.

I was half asleep when suddenly my reverie was interrupted by the pilot providing weather information for Wellington, and then he said if you are interested in the tennis, del Potro won the US Open. read more…

Kapiti Schools Busted

2016 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kena Kena School principal Bruce McDonald and Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann with parent and teacher outside thecampaign bus

Kena Kena School principal Bruce McDonald and Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann with parent and teacher outside thecampaign bus

Teacher Unions’ bus drives the no-cuts message home at Kapiti Coast schools

By Peter Corlett

Sporting the words “We Stand For Better Funding, Better Learning,” on a big yellow and blue bus, arrived at Kapiti schools, colleges and kindergartens yesterday.

The campaign bus embodies the joint campaign by teacher unions NZEI, and PPTA , with parents, to show the Minister of Education the government’s funding proposals for centers and schools are a no-go area.

Following the historic joint meetings between teacher unions, the bus tour has highlighted the issue of government policies that have failed to deliver the resources to meet current and future student needs. read more…

Dangerous Grannies Targeted…Again

2016 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Kapiti Hospice Turns 20

2016 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In that time Mary Potter Hospice has supported 2169 patients and their families. Philippa Sellens, Director Fundraising Marketing and Communications

Very satisfied customers

By Roger Childs

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Staff and volunteers at the Hospice

Last Tuesday I had the honour of delivering three people to their homes, in Paraparaumu, Paraparaumu Beach and Waikanae Beach, respectively.

These are folk who are in the twilight period of their lives, but you wouldn’t know it. They chatted away about

~ what they’ve been up to lately

~ the fun they had at the four hour respite session at the Hospice

~ the delicious lunch the volunteer ladies had served. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The colourful and talented Helen McIntosh

By Pam Kessler

callig-2455We are fortunate to have many characters amongst our lively group of calligraphy members and  it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to one of them– Helen McIntosh.

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

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

Below is Helen’s calligraphic take on Mathematics.

read more…

Dylan’s Nobel Number

2016 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Bretexit Woes Worsen

2016 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Britain’s sorry state worries everyone

By Tom Aitken in London

It seems likely that when David Cameron set up the Brexit referendum, he thought that Brexit would be rejected and that would clear the matter up and allow government to concentrate on other, more immediately relevant matters.

Britain joined the Common Market in 1973 without a referendum being held. Many people had reservations. Many of those who had fought in the 1939-45 would have been much happier to become part of a closer knit empire and commonwealth. After all it was less than thirty years since Britain had ceased to be at war with much of Europe. read more…

Graham Bathgate and the Centenarian

2016 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the third in a series of articles about the writers who featured in the recent Kapiti Literary Festival. Graham spoke at the Saturday morning session of this  Friends of the Kapiti District Libraries event.

The Amazing Thelma McLean: 105 years and nearly 6 months

thelma-104-birthdayWhat are you writing there? It’s not for the newspaper, I hope, or my obituary! Thelma

Graham wondered whether his contribution to the festival really fitted in with the theme of “Journeys”. He reflected that life is perhaps more of a dance than a journey!

He spoke mainly about his poetry relationship with centenarian Thelma who lives in a Waikanae rest home.

It was appropriate that Thelma’s daughter, Rae was in the audience and she provide some interesting insights about her mother’s long life and occasional exaggerations! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 43

2016 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti’s New Mayor Dobbyned

2016 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
New Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan

New Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan

Family hails new chief with a Welcome Home serenade

By Jeremy Smith

Kapiti Coast’s new Mayor, K  Gurunathan, received a serenade from his own family after his official swearing-in last night.

Jessie Gurunathan, well-known as a tv personality, and eldest son Ari sang the Dave Dobbyn song ‘Welcome Home’ to welcome their father to his new position, with wife  Claire and the youngest son, Ra, in supporting roles.

Ari, Guru, Claire and Kaiza

Ari, Guru, Claire and Kaiza

The song was to be a surprise. But the songsters had to admit to misleading their father the previous night when he asked what their practice session was about.
Sources close to the Mayor said Kaiza the Alsation  was invited to participate but howled off at the last moment.

read more…

School Cuts Ahead?

2016 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kris Faafoi, MPKapiti schools to face budget cuts

By Kris Faafoi, Labouir MP for Mana

New figures from the Ministry of Education have revealed that many Kapiti

schools are facing cuts to funding under National’s new operations grant

funding model.

According to new data from the Ministry of Education schools in the

south of Kapiti face a combined $31,000 funding cut for the 2017 year.

Kapiti College faces the largest funding cut of $16,418.63

for the next school year.

When adjusted for the expected increase in costs over the coming year– such as power bills and

learning equipment this funding loss leaves Kapiti schools even worse off.

This new funding model continues the erosion of school funding, and will lead to increased

pressure on  parents to pay for more of the cost of their kids’ education.

The new funding system is simply a dressed up funding cut — the fact is funding for our schools is being cut

and the burden will once again fall on parents.

Here’s the list of schools which will be hit:

School Total Cut
Te Ra School $1,578.42
St Patrick’s School $1,694.61
Raumati South School $4.129.76
Raumati Beach School $6,949.97
Paekakariki School $743.60
Kapiti College $16,418.63

 

Oh America, What Have You Done?

2016 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two unworthy candidates

By Roger Childs

Guess who made it through?

Guess who made it through?

Thirteen months ago 10 Republican presidential hopefuls lined up for a televised debate. Alongside seasoned politicians like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, was the joke candidate: businessman Donald Trump.

No doubt he wouldn’t be at the next debate; wouldn’t contest the primaries; wouldn’t be at the Republican Convention and wouldn’t win the GOP nomination. How wrong can you be?

On the other side, Hillary from the House of Clinton, was expected to sleep walk her way to the Democrat nomination. But Socialist Bernie Sanders, battled her all the way to the Convention floor. Without the so-called “super-delegates” and the lid being kept on the email scandal, Sanders might be facing Trump in the final run to the White House.

So what have we got: two highly unsuitable candidates representing the big parties for the election in three weeks time. read more…

Poem of the Week: “Pot Shot”

2016 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

adrienne-jansenAdrienne Jansen has written or collaborated on several books about migrant experiences in New Zealand, her latest being Migrant Journeys: New Zealand Taxi Drivers tell their Stories (2015).

She spoke on this topic at the recent Kapiti Literary Festival. (Scroll down to 22 October to see an article on her talk.)

She has also written four novels, and in October is publishing her third collection of poetry.

This old poem is still one of my favourites. It’s about our two sons when they were small. We were cooking sausages at night on a bonfire, and Paul looked at the moon and said ‘Pow! Pow!’ and Ben said, ‘Look, Paul’s shooting down the moon.’ And that was the poem. read more…

Swearing In The Local Bodies

2016 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Taking up their roles officially

By Roger Childs

kapiti-councilOn Tuesday evening October 25, the recently elected mayor, councillors and community board members will be officially sworn in.

They will all take an oath of office and Kapiti residents will be hoping that they treat it seriously.

After the divisiveness of the last triennium which saw a new record for Code of Conduct  cases; issues going to the courts and councils of the land; controversial dealings with ratepayers such as over trimming native vegetation; and sometimes bitter factionalism, the Kapiti District needs efficient and united local government. read more…

All Blacks Undoubted Champions

2016 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Finishing with a characteristic flourish

By Roger Childs

abs-v-wallabies-2016-2There was plenty of pressure on the All Blacks in the final home test of the season. Sure it was at Eden Park where they have been unbeaten since late last century, and it was a dead rubber in the Bledisloe Cup series.

However, it was against a Wallaby side with a lot of talented players, and the record of 18 consecutive test victories might have been under threat.

The visitors were highly competitive for three quarters of the match, however once again the superior fitness of the All Blacks, and the huge impact off the bench, saw the home side run away with the game in the final 15 minutes 37-10. read more…

Kapiti Schools ‘Bursting at Seams’

2016 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1-school-gen-shotWaikanae School gets latest- design classroom for ‘explosive growth’ in student numbers

By Peter Corlett

An excited crowd of more than 500 students, teachers and parents has gathered for the official opening of a new classroom block at Waikanae School.4-waik-sch-large-group-students-outside-room

This permanent classroom is based on the Ministry of Education’s latest ‘Modern Innovative Flexible Learning Environment’ (MIFL) design; and it features two classrooms, several ‘break-out’ spaces, toilet blocks and shared office space. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 42 Answers

2016 October 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you still like to take on this latest challenge, scroll down to October 19.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Adrienne Jansen: Migrant Stories

2016 October 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You’re at the airport. You want a cab so you head for the long line of taxis sitting on the rank. You take the first. Chances are the driver will be a first generation migrant – the taxi industry in New Zealand has become a microcosm of multiculturalism.
Adrienne Jansen and Liz Grant

adrienne-jansenRecounting the migrant experience

By Roger Childs

This is the second in a series of articles about the writers who featured in the recent Kapiti Literary Festival. Adrienne spoke at the second session of this Friends of the Kapiti District Libraries event.

Adrienne is a novelist, poet and writer of non-fiction. She has worked as a writer at Te Papa and now teaches Creative Writing at Whitireia. She lives in Titahi Bay.

In keeping with the Journeys theme of the Festival, Adrienne spoke about how migrants have coped after their journeys to New Zealand. In particular she talked about the need for the country to look after and value the newcomers, and highlighted the interviews she and Liz Grant carried out with taxi drivers. read more…

Junior Doctors

2016 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Rail/Bus Service This Weekend

2016 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

wellington-rail-junctionRailway maintenance means bus journeys over Labour weeknd

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and KiwiRail will use the 3-day Labour weekend to do maintenance work to replace overhead poles at Wellington Junction — which affects the Kapiti Coast, Johnsonville, Hutt, and Wairarapa rail lines.

Extra buses will replace some train services over the weekend.

But all train services restored to normal on Tuesdaymorning. read more…

Kapiti College Students Support Clean Water

2016 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Taking social action

Bree and Pippa are second and third from the left.

Bree and Pippa are second and third from the left.

Kapiti College students recently made submissions to the Parliamentary Select Committee Hearing on the Choose Clean Water petition.

(To see Sophie Handford’s statement, scroll down to October 19. For the Fish&Game press release on the issue, scroll down to October 17.)

Today we publish two more submissions from the Kapiti College group. Pippa is a 14 year old Year 10 student, and Bree is a 15 year old in Year 10. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Featuring Morgan Rothwell

Morgan Rothwell is a Kapiti artist who has featured at Mahara Gallery and will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre during the Kapiti Arts Trail and for their summer season.

morgan-rothwell-3I was brought up in the north of England in St Helens, near Liverpool, and have been an artist as long as I can remember.

I have worked in advertising, commercial printing, book illustrations, including medial illustrations, as well as in textile, wallpaper and carpet design.

I have also had a keen interest in wildlife and also fantasy art, and this is what I do these days.

As well as painting New Zealand birds I also paint fantasy and have recently embarked on a long-held passion to model fantasy figures and dragons.

read more…

Train Girl Movie Well Done

2016 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Things are not all what they seem

By Roger Childs

girl-on-the-train-3The main character in The Girl on the Train is a mess. The alcoholic Rachel has lost her job, her husband and her self-respect, and not surprisingly, her mind is playing tricks. She spends her alimony riding the trains in and out of New York, and regularly passes the street where she had lived. Her ex-husband, Tom, is now married to Anna and they have a child.

Rachel couldn’t have a baby, and to compound her marriage problems, Tom was sleeping around the office and continues in the neighbourhood. One of his on-going lovers is Megan, who lives a few doors away. read more…

Wanted: Fresh, Clean Water!

2016 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Petitioners outside parliament

Petitioners outside parliament (Photo by Brett Hayvice)

Sophie Handford is a 15 year old in Year 11 at Kapiti College. Along with fellow students, she recently made a submission at the Parliamentary Select Committee Hearing on the Choose Clean Water petition.

(To see the Fish&Game press release on the issue, scroll down to October 17.)

What motivated Sophie to do this?  The fact that the opportunity was almost right in front of me, it would have been silly not to!

I am extremely interested in other people’s opinions and am passionate about social action and influencing positive change.

Here is her submission. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 42

2016 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

quiz-1 ~ The latest challenge.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

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Newsflash — SH1 Crash

2016 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

Extensive traffic delays following SH1 crash in Kapiti

Police are advising motorists this morning to avoid travelling south on SH1 on the Kapiti Coast due to an earlier vehicle crash.

The one-car crash occurred just after 6.30am in Paekakariki this morning.  The single occupant of the car was uninjured.

There have been extensive delays on the state highway with traffic back to Poplar Avenue, Raumati South.

Motorists are asked avoid or delay travel in the area if possible.

Fiona Farrell: Writing About Earthquakes

2016 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the first in a series of articles about the writers who featured in the recent Kapiti Literary Festival. We start with Banks Peninsula resident, Fiona Farrell, who spoke on the first night of this Friends of the Kapiti District Libraries event.

A versatile literary star

By Roger Childs

fiona-farrell-1Fiona is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished writers and she has covered the range from novels and short stories to poetry and history.

She has won many prizes, awards and fellowships including the coveted Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Merton.

It was a privilege to hear her speak.

In keeping with the festival theme of Journeys she focused on her literary journey around the Christchurch earthquakes. read more…

Dylan Tribute in Kapiti

2016 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

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Paekakariki’s Poet Laureate honours Bob Dylan

The noted Paekakariki poet Michael O’Leary has given KIN permission to publish this special tribute to Bob Dylan — ‘A Visitation.’

Michael O’Leary was inspired by the Nobel Prize committee’s decision last week to award Bob Dylan an award for literature.

Here’s the poem —  read more…

In Search Of Fresh Water

2016 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

clean-waterOlder readers will recall swimming and playing in rivers as kids, when the water was fresh and clear. But that’s all changed now. Today, many of our rivers carry the detritus of human activity, from raw sewage and industrial waste to cow poo, nitrates and 1080 pellets.

This year KIN has published a number of articles by our environment correspondent, Bill Benfield, on the parlous state of our waterways. Today we begin a new series related to recent submissions on the need for clean water to a parliamentary committee. A group of Kapiti College students was proactive in this process.

We start with a press release from “Fish & Game”. read more…

Indians Hail Guru

2016 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

helen-052Kapiti’s Indian community welcomes Mayor Gurunthan at Festival of Light

KIN Exclusive by Alan and Helen Tristram

The first gathering of Kapiti’s Indian community has welcomed the new Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru), as one of their own .

In a colourful gathering at the Paraparaumu Community Centre , 60 or so family members from throughout the district celebrated Diwali — the Hindu Festival of Light — and the election of NZ’s first Mayor of Indian origin. read more…

Poem of the Week: Surfing

2016 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

adrienne-jansenThe multi-talented Adrienne Jansen

Adrienne Jansen has written or collaborated on several books about migrant experiences in New Zealand, including I Have in my Arms Both Ways and The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand with photographer Ans Westra.

She has also written four novels, and in October is publishing her third collection of poetry.

She teaches in the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme, and for ten years was a writer at Te Papa.

She lives in Titahi Bay. read more…

In Praise of Spring

2016 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12.27

In awe of the patterns of nature

By Roger Childs

springFrom our dining table we look out at trees of many colours. However, at this time of the year the deciduous species are the most fascinating.

Every day there are more leaves or flowers, or both. Spring is a wonderful season as there is new growth and plenty of it, especially if there is a lot of rain as well as warmth.

It can galvanise us in to the well named “spring clean” and it is a time of mowing lawns, weeding gardens and planting flowers and vegetables. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 41 Answers

2016 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a crack at the latest challenge, scroll down to October 12.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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‘Ditch Westpac !’- Bianca

2016 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Waikanae locals protest about plans to close Westpac branch

Waikanae locals protest about plans to close Westpac branch

Billionaire (Aussie) bankers shut out Waikanae customers

By Bianca Begovich

Another empty shop in Mahara place as the Waikanae branch of Westpac bank closes its doors next month.

Despite a show of courage by locals (including our new Mayor and local Labour candidate) in a small demonstration outside their doors, the corporate machine has decided that profits must come first.  No surprises there.

Westpac posted almost a billion dollar profit last year (up 6% from the previous year). read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Poverty of Judith Collins

2016 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s not that, it’s people who don’t look after their children, that’s the problem. And they can’t look after their children in many cases because they don’t know how to look after their children or even think they should look after their children. I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring. Police Minister, Judith Collins

Blame it on the parents

By Roger Childs

It's the parents' fault.

It’s the parents’ fault.

The Minister’s comments to the Police Association’s Annual Conference, beggar belief. She dismissed a link between poverty and crime, but said there was a strong link between bad parenting and child poverty.

Her comments are about as credible as Donald Trump’s claim that no-one respects women more than I do.

Perhaps it is bad parenting that has given us so many uncaring, unfeeling National Government ministers. read more…

Newsflash — Poverty Vanishes!

2016 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Honouring Helen Kelly

2016 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

helen kellyWorking-class hero Helen Kelly will live on in NZ’s roll of honour

By Alan Tristram

Helen Kelly with Pike River reps Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse

Helen Kelly with Pike River mourners Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse

KIN joins tens of thousands of New Zealanders today in honouring  trade union leader Helen Kelly, who died last night from cancer.

Among her many other, nationwide concerns, she found time as CTU president to write columns for the Kapiti Independent; and we thank her again for this.

But most of all Helen will be remembered for the lengths she went to to help the Pike River families and the families of workers who died horrible deaths in the timber industry.

She was the best sort of New Zealander.

read more…

Health Board Victories

2016 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vital poll result could help save hospital services

By Alan Tristram

The preliminary election result for seven members of the Capital & Coast District Health Board has elected candidates  who could make a difference to health services fran wildethreatened by Government tight-fistedness and neglect. And six of the seven are women.

The former chair of the Greater Wellington Council, Fran Wilde (left), who’s also been Wellington Mayor and a Labour MP, has been elected to the Board for the first time.suekedgley

And the redoubtable Green Sue Kedgley (right)  has returned to the Board. As always, she is sure to use her intellect and empathy to keep the Board on track, opposing the Government’s right-wing health agenda.

Boards of DHBs have up to 11 members – and seven of these are elected every three years during local body elections. The Minister of Health appoints up to four additional members to fill any gaps in the board’s expertise and appoints the chair and deputy chair.

read more…

Acts of Random Kindness 1: Searching

2016 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On a mission

By Roger Childs

A Taranaki feature our friend well remembers

A Taranaki feature our friend well remembers

Editor Alan Tristram and I have a friend in a local retirement village. He’s in their dementia wing, but because he is very fit he likes to get out for breaks.

We take him for a walk twice a week, and, sometimes a swim.

He has problems remembering names and what happened last weekend, but ask him about his time in the Navy and early years in Taranaki, he has great recall. Also, we are constantly surprised about some information he can remember.

A few years ago he went AWOL and was on a mission. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Featuring Morgan Rothwell

Red-incendiary-dragon

Red-incendiary-dragon

Morgan Rothwell is a Kapiti artist who will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre during the Kapiti Arts Trail and for our summer season.

I was brought up in the north of England in St Helens, near Liverpool, and have been an artist as long as I can remember.

I have worked in advertising, commercial printing, book illustrations, including medial illustrations, as well as in textile, wallpaper and carpet design.

I have also had a keen interest in wildlife and also fantasy art, and this is what I do these days.

As well as painting New Zealand birds I also paint fantasy and have recently embarked on a long-held passion to model fantasy figures and dragons.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 41

2016 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Poem of the Week: Your 98th Birthday

2016 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Distinguished local writer and poet

julie-leibrich-1Raumati author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health.

As well as a writer of children’s stories and non-fiction, she is also a poet.

Her first poetry collection, The Paper Road (Steele Roberts), was published in 1998. More recently she produced a pocket size hardback called A Little Book of Sonnets which combines the 14 line poems with photos.

The poem below is from her book Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder. read more…

How Wilson Went Down

2016 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

nigel wilsonNigel Wilson squeezed out by two good competitors

Three-term Wellington Regional Councillor Nigel Wilson may have lost out in the race for Kapiti’s seat on the Regional Council  because of the redistribution of the third  candidate’s votes.

Peter Bollmann

Peter Bollmann

Number three in the race, Peter Bollmann, was excluded after gaining some 3,013 votes under the STV (Single Transferrable Vote) system. He got some 3013 votes in the first iteration, or counting.

But at that stage Nigel Wilson was second, only just behind Penny Gaylor. ( 6701 votes to 6728). read more…

Poll Shows Kapiti Dissatifaction

2016 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Cr K Gurunathan

New Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan

Why Guru won — and why more citizens should vote

Analysis of results in local elections here and elsewhere

By Prue Hyman 

Congratulations to the new Mayor of the Kapiti District, Guru (K. Gurunathan) who bested the incumbent, Ross Church, in a reversal of the 2013 election

Reversal of 2013 vote for Ross Church

Reversal of 2013 vote for Ross Church

result.

In both elections they were the top two candidates and in both it took several iterations under the Single Transferable Vote system (6 in 2013, 5 in 2016) before the result emerged.

Guru ended up with up with 8911 votes in the final iteration, 2300 ahead of Ross on 6611. In both elections the sitting Mayor was defeated, with Jenny Rowan falling to third place in 2013.

This is an interesting and important result which appears to indicate some dissatisfaction in both three year periods with the conduct or results of Council/Mayoral activities. read more…

Food for Thought (and Action)

2016 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Cr K Gurunathan

Mayor K Gurunathan

First ‘Person of Colour’ to lead Kapiti Coast Council

By Alan Tristram 

Mr K Gurunathan has the honour of being the first ‘ethnic’ winner in what what has been an all-white Kapiti Coast Council up till now — and this has already drawn national attention. He is of course a proud Kiwi from a Malaysian-Indian background.

But I think his first major asset in winning the Kapiti Mayoralty has been his self-awarded nickname ‘Guru.’ It is catchy, reminds one somehow of Gandhi — and also suggests sagacity and expertise.

But Guru in name and in nature and action? We’ll have to see.

His second, huge, asset has been his  journalistic background, which he’s employed to the fullest in self-promotion. What other minor politician in Kapiti  has able to use his or her own newspaper column month after month to slag off his own Council and fellow politicians? read more…

Analysing Rugby Greatness

2016 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All Blacks on top of the world

By Roger Childs

Another try coming up

Another try coming up

The New Zealand national team is on top of the tree and it’s a long way down to the next branch.

The 57-15, nine tries to  none, thrashing of the Springboks in Durban over the weekend underlined the All Black dominance and gave the team its 17th win in a row.

If they can beat the Wallabies at Eden Park in two weeks time, they will break the world record for successive victories against top tier teams. This achievement would undoubtedly make them the greatest team of all time. read more…

The French Connection in World War I

2016 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We made the Froggies eyes stick out the way we got through the work! Rifleman Percy Miller, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Lining up of the Western Front

By Roger Childs

Ian McGibbon with Maggie Barry, minister for Culture and Heritage

Ian McGibbon with Maggie Barry, minister for Culture and Heritage

Amongst the many books which have been published on the hundreth anniversary of the Great War, Ian McGibbon’s is one of the best.

Ian spoke recently at a Ministry of Culture and Heritage session about New Zealand’s Western Front Campaign, and highlighted a little known aspect of New Zealand’s war involvement: the interaction with the French civilians.

Kiwi soldiers fought with the British forces on the Western Front and alongside other Empire troops from Australia, South Africa, Canada, Fiji and India. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 40 Answers

2016 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to October 5.
  • Remember that no correspondence, dictionaries, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Wilson Out of GWRC

2016 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Penny Gaylor -- 'IN'

Penny Gaylor — ‘IN’

Electors reject Wilson for Regional Council after three terms;

Otaki’s Penny Gaylor wins sole seat for Kapiti

Nigel Wilson -- 'OUT'

Nigel Wilson — ‘OUT’

In another major local body upset (see our story below) former KCDC Councillor Penny Gaylor has snatched the Regional Council seat from three-term holder Cr Nigel Wilson.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says preliminary results show Penny Gaylor, a strong Labourite, has been elected, while Nigel Wilson and Peter Bollmann have both been ‘excluded’ in the STV election. read more…

New Zealand’s Dirty Rivers 3: “Sewermahunga”

2016 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is Part 3 of Bill Benfield’s series on a huge environmental concern for New Zealanders: the degradation of rivers. To read the earlier articles scroll down to 2 and 8 September.

Wairarapa rivers

By Bill Benfield

ruamahanga-flooplainThe largest catchment in the southern North Island is the Ruamahunga, it is also known as the “Sewermahunga”.

It is sometimes described as one of the dirtiest rivers in the North Island. From its main headwaters in the Tararua Ranges to the west it flows out into a wide valley with farmlands and towns that is the major geographical feature of the Wairarapa.

The two major western tributaries, the Waiohine and the Waingawa, also rise in the southern end of the Tararuas. Then there are lesser tributaries, some from large catchments in the dry eastern hill country. Many of those rivers carry sediment from the often clayey country they pass through as well as forestry. read more…

14 Hours Homeless

2016 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

038Two hundred sleep rough to support Wellington’s homeless 

By Alan and Helen Tristram047

Two hundred Wellingtonians of all ages slept in cardboard boxes and cars last night to raise awareness, and funds, for the rapidly rising numbers of homeless in the region.

A powhiri at Mt Cook School started a cold night out for young people, families, singles, and workers from six  charities — as well as some of those who have to sleep out every night in cardboard boxes, cars or doorways. read more…

Poverty And Property

2016 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

poverty-and-property

Friday 7 October: Still Time To Vote!

2016 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If your voting paper is just sitting on the bench waiting for you to fill it out, grab it now, take a moment and make sure you have your say on who is going to represent you on the Kāpiti Coast District Council for the next three years. Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth

Use the Library ballot box

By Roger Childs

2016-electionsIf you still haven’t voted, have you say and deposit your voting envelope in the box at your local library by midday tomorrow: Saturday October 8.

At this stage, less than half of eligible voters in the Kapiti area have exercised their democratic right.

The opportunity won’t come again for another three years, so if you haven’t voted, don’t hesitate. Have your say on who will be governing in the Kapiti District from 2016 to 2019. read more…

Up With The Workers

2016 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

meatworkers-affco-nzhWorkers win another legal action against AFFCO

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by AFFCO New Zealand Ltd against an Employment Court decision that AFFCO unlawfully locked out members of the Meat Workers Union.
“Both the Employment Court and now the Court of Appeal have held that our members we’re unlawfully locked out by AFFCO. That judgment is a major step forward in advancing and protecting meat workers’ collective bargaining rights,” says Graham Cooke National Secretary of the Meat Workers’ Union (MWU). read more…

Kapiti Literary Festival Ahead

2016 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

villa-at-the-edgre6th book festival features journeys of body and soul

By Janet Seckermigrant-journeys-hr_0

Kapiti’s 6th annual Literary Festival  will bring some of NZ’s top writers here to talk about journeys — journeys of the heart and soul, of whales and a Kapiti centenarian.

The festival is sponsored by the Friends of Kapiti Libraries and will be held onFriday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Cut Glass

2016 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Judith le Harivel is one of a number of Kapiti artists who were selected for the  Wellington Regional Arts Review, a biennial exhibition for emerging and established artists in the Greater Wellington Region.

The exhibition is on at the moment until 20 November at Expressions in the Upper Hutt.

There’s a  Creative Fibre exhibition on at the same time so the exhibitions seem well worth a visit. read more…

Good And Bad English

2016 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Former dignatary

Former dignitary

Words for Thought 

By Alan Tristram

I hope you like this new series. I’ve been driven to write it because everyday I have to read the most awful tosh in other journals, weeklies and periodicals.

Let’s start with this awful word from the Dompost yesterday : ‘Dignitaries‘.

They’re all over the place these days, these dignitaries. But many of them don’t behave in a dignified manner. And who appoints them anyway?

The journos mostly. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 40

2016 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Scott Watson Is Innocent

2016 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The ketch doesn’t exist. Inspector Pope on the boat that water taxi driver Guy Wallace delivered the young couple to, on 1 January 1998

Stitching up the suspect

By Roger Childs

The young couple

The young couple

The disappearance of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds was the big news story of 1998.

Scott Watson was the main suspect for the police and he was subsequently tried and sentenced to 18 years in prison, for a crime he didn’t commit.

This is possibly the worst case of police duplicity in our history. read more…

Elliott Unhappy About Filming

2016 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

jackie elliottKCDC Mayoral candidate says filming of meetings ‘under false pretences’

KCDC Mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott alleges the filming of election meetings  on the Kapityi Coast was ‘underhanded’ and unfair to her.

She has told KIN: “As a candidate in the local body elections, I was present at all the GreyPower Meet the Candidate meetings.

“The disclaimer provided to the chair by Jack Penman, who was filming the meetings, and read out to participants by the meetings Chair, was false. The reading out of this disclaimer by the Chair should be at the beginning of each meeting proceedings. Please check the footage.” read more…

Election Film-Maker Replies

2016 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Jack Penman

Jack Penman

Waikanae photographer Jack Penman replies to Elliott allegations

Waikanae photographer and film-maker Jack Penman says he discussed both of the issues raised by Mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott with Linda Evans at (Alexander Turnbull Library) and Kevin Burrows (President, Kapiti Grey Power) some weeks ago.

He says:”And neither has raised any objections to the recordings. This is borne out by the fact that the Grey Power website has links to the videos on its home page as does the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce.” read more…

‘Be the Change’ — Mandy Hager

2016 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Homeless in Auckland

Homeless in Auckland

Why you, and I, must help the homeless

By Mandy Hager

It’s impossible to walk through any of our major cities now without the shameful spectre of homelessness raising its head. And it’s the same for many of our provincial cities and towns as well.

It is, of course, an issue tied to our equally shameful rates of poverty and hardship, as we all know. But are we really aware how close most of us are to falling down this rabbit hole of misery ourselves? read more…

Officious Officiating Mars Test

2016 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Disappointing the referee allowed the game to become so scrappy in the second half. Got sucked into letting that AR (Assistant Referee), run the game. So much in Peyper’s face to the extent that had I been the latter I’d have said ” Here have the whistle”. Andrew from Brisbane

A game of two halves

By Roger Childs

pumas-v-abs-4The All Blacks comfortably won their sixteenth test on the trot, beating the Pumas 36-17.

However while fans around the world would have enjoyed the enterprising and entertaining first half, after the break it all went sour.

After another excellent try to the visitors, an over-enthusiastic assistant referee entered the fray and changed the game for the worse. The outcome was a very boring final half hour with constant stoppages for TMO deliberations and injuries. read more…

Wharemauku Bridges Taking Shape

2016 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All go either side of the stream

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Pam Childs

Looking across to the Wharemauku Bridge northern abutment

Looking across to the Wharemauku Bridge northern abutment

The expressway continues to progress with a likely opening before Christmas. As well as the road alignment itself, there is major work continuing on the walkways/cycleways and wetland planting.

The Wharemauku Stream area is indicative of the range of on-going activity, with:

~ work proceeding on top of the traffic bridge

~ earth moving machinery levelling the surface from Kapiti Road to the northern Wharemauku abutment

~ the installation of a walkway/cycleway bridge

~ planting nearing completion on both sides of the route from Raumati Road

~ the construction a massive wetlands drainage system on both sides south of the bridge.

read more…

Poem of the Week: Stan Cooper

2016 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

max-richardsThis week we feature New Zealand born poet, Max Richards, who was tragically killed recently on a pedestrian crossing in Seattle.

He was born in Auckland in 1937 and studied English at the city’s university. His poetry was widely published in academic journals in New Zealand and overseas.

In the early 1960s he went overseas and he lectured in English in Edinburgh and Melbourne.

In 2014 he moved to Seattle with his second wife.

This poem recalls a character he knew when he lived in Owairaka as a young teenager. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 39 Answers

2016 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf would still like to have a go, scroll down to September 29.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

KCDC Replies on Beach Hazards

2016 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Resize Pukerua coastal walk 016Council responds to Ratepayers’ threat of court action on  coastal hazards policy

By Alan Tristram

KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu

The Kapiti Coast District council has responded to accusations by Coastal Ratepayers United (C RU) that  it has not acted properly over coastal hazards.

CRU, the group which helped get the coastal hazard lines removed from the Proposed District Plan, has asked the Environment Court to declare the District Council breached the

Resource Management Act.  It alleges the Council  withdrew provisions without specifying what was to replace them. (The CRU application is currently awaiting a Court hearing). read more…

Putin’s PR Problem

2016 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

putins-pr-problem

Bryson In Top Form

2016 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This splendid book, written in the breezy and humorous style that has come to be Bryson’s trademark, is sure to delight. Huffington Post

The master chronicler does it again

twenties-6If you’re a Bill Bryson fan and haven’t read it, One Summer: America 1927 is a treat in store. If you are not into this legendary non-fiction writer yet, it’s time to get started!

Bryson has crafted an amazing array of books on topics ranging from Shakespeare and Appalachians tramping, to the origins of the American language and travelling around Australia.

His research is comprehensive, and he has a marvellous ability to provide the reader with fluent discourse laced with quirky humour and fascinating detail.

One Summer: America 1927 is obviously about key events on that particular year, but is also a chronicle of the whole of the earth-shattering 1920s. It’s Bryson at his best. read more…

Getting The Right Local Bodies

2016 September 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… all eligible voters should have their say via the ballot box to get the people they want around council tables. That’s much more effective than not voting and spending the next three years writing letters to the editor complaining about elected members’ priorities. Local Government New Zealand Chief Executive, Malcolm Alexander.

Get your votes in!

By Roger Childs

2016-electionsAs of the end of September, only about 20% of Kapiti voters had done their voting. The deadline is Saturday 8 October at midday.

It is a much more complicated process than the parliamentary elections, but worth the effort.

In summary, in Kapiti we are voting for

  • a mayor
  • 5 councillors for the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC)
  • 1 ward councillor
  • Community Board members
  • 1 regional councillor for the Wellington Regional Council
  • 7 board members for the Capital and Coast District Health Board

read more…

Tell Us About Your Journeys!

2016 September 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prizes to be won

By Janet Secker, Chair, Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries

 friends-of-the-libraryWe are looking forward to receiving your entry for this competition.

Use the theme of our 2016 Literary Festival “Journeys” as the title of a short story, essay, or nostalgic piece.

A first, second, and third prize will be awarded.

Your entry must be in by 5:00 pm Friday 7 October.

You could win a prize, have your story published in the Kapiti News and read on the radio. read more…

“Sully” Well Worth A look

2016 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Heads down, stay down! Instructions from the hostesses to the passengers

Miracle in New York

By Roger Childs

sullyUS Airway Fight 1549, with 155 people on board, left La Guardia Airport on January 15 2009 headed for Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shortly after take-off it landed on the Hudson River. The plane had lost power in both engines as a result of a bird strike by Canadian geese.

No-one was injured and Captain Sullenberger was hailed a hero. Veteran actor and director Clint Eastwood, has made an impressive movie out of this amazing story. However, rather than the actual “crash landing”, the inquiry which followed is the focus for the film. read more…

Court Challenge to KCDC

2016 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Plenty of coastal challenges (Photo by Pam Childs)

Plenty of coastal challenges (Photo by Pam Childs)

Coastal Ratepayers pursuing Kapiti Council in Environment Court

Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU), the group which helped get the coastal hazard lines removed from Kapiti Coast’s Proposed District Plan, has asked the Environment Court to declare the District Council breached the Resource Management Act.

The Secretary of CRU, Salima Padamsey, says the Council  withdrew provisions without specifying what was to replace them.

And the CRU application is currently awaiting a Court hearing. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 39

2016 September 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

quiz-1 ~ The latest challenge.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Nat. Support Plummets

2016 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Andrew Little hqs reqslon to smile at last

Andrew Little has reason to smile at last

National could be out next year — if Grand Alliance forms

By Alan Tristram

While PM John Key has been hob-nobbing with World leaders, support for the National Government has been steadily leaching away, according to the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll.

During September support for National fell for the second straight month, by 4.5% to 41.5% (the lowest support for National in three years since September 2013).,

National is now clearly behind a potential Labour/Greens alliance 45.5% (up 5.5%) for the first time in a year. read more…

American Photographic Odyssey

2016 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Come and hear Mark Thompson!

By Jennifer Ramshaw, Secretary, Friends of the Kapiti Libraries

mark-thompsonA warm invitation to come along and meet our latest guest speaker.

Mark Thompson, adventurer, explorer, photographer will talk about how he came to publish a book called  A 25,000 mile photographic odyssey across America

 Thursday 29 September 7:30 pm in the Kapiti Community Centre. read more…

Kapiti Basketball On The Rise

2016 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hoop Club Teams featuring in Wellington

Kapiti Cavaliers

Kapiti Cavaliers

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photos by Paula Cowle

Hoop Club Kapiti recently took 8 teams into Wellington to take on teams from the Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre (WCSCC).

The Hoop Club Kapiti had 4 teams in the 5-8 age group, three teams aged 9-10, and one at U14.

All the teams did the Club proud with several teams remaining unbeaten in a fun-filled action packed day.  read more…

Mid Week Quiz 38 Answers

2016 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you still wish to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 21.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Her Majesty’s Favourite Music ?

2016 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

‘A Jolly, Noisy and Enjoyable Loyal Occasion’ — for The Queen and her Subjectsband-in-church

By Tom Aitken, in London

It was, locally, decreed and thus it came to pass:

‘That the London Borough of Richmond Should demonstrate and celebrate Its loyalty to the Monarch by singing together some of the Queen’s favourite stage and patriotic musical numbers in the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene’ last Saturday afternoon.

So it came about that at the appointed time, the pews of the church were largely full of entirely informally dressed citizens, partly amused, partly quite clearly moved. read more…

Meet the Candidates…Anytime !

2016 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Book fairIf you missed the candidates’ meetings, see them now

Waikanae photographer’s unique record of local election campaign

By Alan Tristram

Young Waikanae multi-media expert Jack Penman has recorded the first complete record of a Kapiti Coast local election campaign.

Anyone who missed the meetings, can now catch up online, for free, thanks to to his efforts. read more…

Womb With A View

2016 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A writer full of surprises

By Ralph McAllister

You expect the unexpected with McEwan

You expect the unexpected with McEwan

Any new novel by Ian McEwan is greeted with a degree of excitement and apprehension.

Will it join the ranks of the great creations, such as Atonement, Enduring Love, The Comfort of Strangers or Saturday?

Will it be included with the flawed but fascinating On Chesil Beach, The Children Act, Solar  or Amsterdam? 

Or join the less appealing Sweet Tooth or The Daydreamer? read more…

Artwork of the Week

2016 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Sitting Girl’

by Kaz Tindall

Kaz Tindall is a Waikanae artist who also makes amazing jewellery. She will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and the summer season.  The medium for these pieces is Chalk Pastel on Sugar Paper.

pic-of-the-week

‘Keep Council Houses’

2016 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

270Labour’s Phil Twyford urges Kapiti and Horowhenua councils to keep public housing

By Alan Tristram

Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has made a special visit to the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua to urge councils not to sell council houses.

He spoke to Jutta Batsch (pictured left with Mr Twyford) outside her Council pensioner unit at Paraparaumu Beach.

And he told her Labour was pleading with councils throughout NZ to keep and improve affordable public housing, not to sell it off in line with Government wishes. read more…

Quiz Answers Below !

2016 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz (38) Answersquiz

  • If you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down toSeptember 21.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

 

‘No Whea Koe?’

2016 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

City_Missioner_Rev_TricThere’s no place like home

By the Rev. Tric Malcolm, Wellington City Missioner

If you clicked your heals together and whispered, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …” I wonder what the picture of ‘home’ would be in your head.

The New Zealand Definition of homelessness (Statistics New Zealand) has four pieces to it. It states homelessness is ‘a living situation where people have no other options to acquire safe and secure housing: are without shelter, in temporary accommodation, sharing accommodation with a household, or living in uninhabitable housing.’ http://nzceh.org.nz/about/Definition/ read more…

Winnie The Poo Story

2016 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

attention-seeking-behaviour

Waikanae Fatal Crash

2016 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

crashSH1 between Te Mona Road and Peka Peka closed due to fatal crash — Update

The NZ Transport Agency is advising that following a fatal crash earlier this morning, State Highway 1 between Te Moana Road and Peka Peka is closed in both directions until at least 3pm today.

Motorists can expect significant delays, and if possible should delay travel or avoid the area. read more…

Kapiti Rescues Featured

2016 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

life-flightNew TV series depicts dramatic rescues on the Kapiti Coast

The Life Flight Trust says Kapiti Coast rescues will feature in four of the main  episodes of the new tv show ‘Life Flight’.

The Trust says: “This week the new series of our ‘Life Flight’ TV show launched on TV One  — and rescues from Kapiti will feature in

future weekly episodes four, six, seven and ten. read more…

Time To Get Voting!

2016 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Have you received your voting papers?

By Roger Childs, and Jude Wadsworth, Electoral Officer

2016-electionsVoting Papers for this year’s Local Council elections should have been delivered to you by now. So don’t delay in doing your democratic duty. To help you make your selections, you will have also received an Instructions & Candidate Information booklet.

If you haven’t received papers and the booklet, it may mean that you are not correctly enrolled.

If you have not received papers contact the Electoral Officer – Jude Wadsworth

  • on 296 4700
  • or 0800 486 486.

read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

pets-1This week’s poem is dedicated to all pet owners.

Inevitably the time comes when tough choices have to be made as the companions of many years become ” frail and weak”.

Doing what it is in the best interests of the animal is paramount.

They should be able to die with dignity.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 38

2016 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizThe latest challenge (among others) — ‘Where will the next Olympic Games be held?’
  • So get cracking. Just remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

CanSurvive Dragon Boating Invitation

2016 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An opportunity to have a go!

By Bette Cosgrove

can-surviveWe have an open invitation to our Have-A-Go days.

It’s an opportunity to join CanSurvive and CAn2 dragon boat teams – for well being, friendship, fun and fitness.

We are the Wellington Dragonboat teams of Breast Cancer Survivors and supporters who have had success both internationally and nationally. read more…

From Elgar to Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

2016 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mirga-grazint-tylerImpressive Debut for Lithuanian director at top British orchestra

By Tom Aiken, our UK Correspondent

This year’s 120th Proms concert season — 75 of them in the Royal Albert Hall plus a considerable number more in smaller venues–– is at least as triumphant as the many others I have attended (starting in 1967).

This may be because this year seems to have been crammed with bad news of various sorts.

So it makes a nice change to be part of a huge crowd hugely enjoying itself — like the appearance of the City of Birmingham under its new Music Director, Lithuanian Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, who’s just 30 and already an international star.

read more…

Giving Sydney the Run-Around

2016 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I completed my first marathon and lived to tell the tale. Richie Hadfield

Huge participation

By Roger Childs

Photo credit: Daily Telegraph

Photo credit: Daily Telegraph

It was probably a day for Sydneysiders not interested in road running, to stay at home, or head for the hills or the beach or the Ku-ring-gai Chase!

There were about 33,000! taking part in the Running Festival last Sunday, in everything from a family fun run over the famous bridge to a full marathon.

According to Richie: They closed off a large part of the city, as well as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. read more…

Kids Clean Beach

2016 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan-waik-kids-on-beach-en-masseWaikanae School children take to sands to help environment

By Peter Corlett

Waikanae Beach was a hive of activity, with a swarm of children, when Waikanae School organised a major beach clean-up recently.

The Year Seven and Eight children filled the equivalent of a large wheelie bin with rubbish. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Passing of a Friend

2016 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’ve had so many happy years and what’s to come must hold no fears

You’d not want me to suffer, so … when the time comes, please let me go.

Pet’s poem

Priceless friendship

By Roger Childs

Can die with dignity when the time comes

Can die with dignity when the time comes

A couple of weeks ago I met some friends who I hadn’t seen in a while. After the usual greetings, I inquired about the dog and they told me the sad story of having to put the animal down.

The three of them had been inseparable for years and were a frequent sight along the Waikanae Riverbanks and other walkways north of the river.

The loss of a pet is hard to take, but the time comes to make the tough decision.

 

read more…

Photo of the Week

2016 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hoop Club is the junior section of the wonderful Kapiti Basketball Association, coordinated by local sporting legend, Angelo Robinson. He is assisted by enthusiastic families and talented coaches.

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The photo by Joy Cowle, shows the folk involved with the recent highly competitive Fathers’ Day matches.

 

 

Kapiti Travellers Warned

2016 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Te Horo flooding

Te Horo flooding

Council urges drivers to take care on rain-drenched roads

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast District Council is urging motorists to take care on Kāpiti’s rain-drenched roads as darkness falls.

Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says Kāpiti had managed fairly well so far, although there had been large areas of surface flooding and some minor slips.  There is still the potential for further disruption over the next few hours, he says. read more…

Ashes Rule Supported

2016 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

andrew-malcolmCouncil’s new rules on human ashes supported by leading funeral director

By Andrew Malcolm (M/D, Kapiti Coast Funeral Home; chair, Independent Funeral Homes group)

More rules, but why do we need more rules, and for such a personal things as scattering human ashes.
As the owner of the largest Funeral Home on the Kapiti Coast, you would think I have an opinion on this  — and you’re right, I do.

In fact, this is not a ‘jump up and down’ opinion about the proposed changes, but rather a ‘good on you’ approach.  Why?  Because without rules people do silly things.

People often don’t act sensibly

You would think that people would be sensible at such a sensitive time and ask before scattering ashes in a public place, waterway, park, public gardens etc, and some do, But often they don’t. read more…

Quality Reading In The Mix

2016 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Subtle insights into the downstairs

By Ralph McAllister

longbournLongbourn by Jo Baker is a downstairs version of  Pride and Prejudice.

I missed reading it when it came out a couple of years ago and only came to it after reading Baker’s second and superb novel A Country Road, A Tree, reviewed last month.

In this first novel the servants’ lives, their loves and challenges, including the washing of the girls’ underwear and the emptying of the chamber pots, are all there in fascinating detail.

The characters are depicted with gentle empathy, particularly in the emerging love of Sarah and James. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 37 Answers

2016 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to September 14.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Migrant Workers’ Paradise

2016 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Art Work of the Week

2016 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Masked portrait ” by Kaz Tindall

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Kaz Tindall is a Waikanae artist who also makes amazing jewellery.

She will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and the summer season.  The medium for this piece is Chalk Pastel on Sugar Paper.

 

 

Kapiti College Wins Basketball Trophies

2016 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Senior Boys retain their trophy

By Angelo Robinson

kba-lo-rob-cup-2016-1The annual clash for the Angelo Robinson Basketball Cup (also known as the Lo Rob Cup), was played on Friday 9th September at Kapiti College.

This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 6 years ago and is always a very competitive game and this year was no exception.

Friday night saw a packed Kapiti College Gym with spectators watching an explosive game between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College. The game was action packed with both teams fighting hard, keeping the spectators on their toes cheering for their colleges – the atmosphere was fantastic.

Congratulations to Kapiti College Senior Boys who retained the Cup until they meet again next year.

Final score was KC 88  –  PC 63 read more…

Expressway Opens New Link

2016 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

sh1-expressway-exit-at-poplar-aveNew exit for SH1 motorists at Poplar Ave, Raumati South

The NZ Transport Agency says that from next week traffic heading north to Poplar Avenue/Raumati South can use the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway off-ramp at the Poplar Avenue Interchange.

This will allow contractors to carry out works to connect the Expressway to the existing state highway.

Southbound traffic will continue using the same lanes along the existing State Highway One for now. read more…

Waikanae Election Meeting Tomorrow

2016 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Last chance to hear the candidates

By Roger Childs

2016-electionsThis session will take place at the Waikanae Memorial Hall, on Saturday September 17, starting at 2.00pm.

This is a final opportunity to hear the views of those standing for

  • Mayor
  • Council: District wide and Waikanae ward
  • Waikanae Community Board
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council

read more…

OSPRI: Founded On A Fallacy? Part 1

2016 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Establishing an everlasting pest management programme

By Environment Correspondent, Bill Benfield

tbNew Zealand has for around 45 years built up a pest management industry based on the belief that possum cause Tb in cattle.

It started with infected possum being found where there was an outbreak of Tb in cattle near Westport in the late 1960’s.

Sometime after, infected possum were found in the southern North Island, again in association with Tb in cattle. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Amazing Paralympians!

2016 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’m very grateful for the way my parents brought me up. If they’d treated me as a little disabled kid who couldn’t do anything, that’s exactly what I’d be doing now – nothing. Swimming legend, Sophie Pascoe

To be the best

By Roger Childs

Swimmer extraordinaire: Sophie Pascoe

Swimmer extraordinaire: Sophie Pascoe

These athletes do not have handicaps, only challenges. They set themselves goals: to run cycle and swim faster; to throw further; to lift heavier weights; to shoot straighter and more accurately; to jump higher and longer.

What a delight it is to watch the Paralympians in action as they compete with determination, enthusiasm and passion.

Their skills are extraordinary and they deserve all the rewards and satisfaction that comes their way. read more…

Book Covers Everywhere !

2016 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1-cover-upThe Art of…the Book Cover Lover

By Gill Ward

As a person who loves graphic and advertising art, the world of book covers is just up my street. I have a few clear-files with big glossy pages of stunning advertising from expensive magazines.

I don’t actually buy the magazines myself but glean them for free from here and there.

Once you start looking at art in this form you see it everywhere ! read more…

Reflections On New Tennis Champions

2016 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unexpected winners

By Roger Childs

us-open-2016The US Open didn’t go according to the script. Serena Williams was supposed to break Steffi Graf’s records for grand slams and weeks as number one in the rankings.  Meanwhile in the men’s competition it was a toss-up between Andy Murray, victor at Wimbledon and in Rio, and world number one Novak Djokovic.

However Serena was bundled out in two sets in the semis by up and comer Czech, Karolína Plíšková, and Andy Murray lost to Kei Nishikori in the quarters. Djokovic did at least make the final.

In the end Angelique Kerber and Stanislaw Wawrinka won their first US Open titles. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 37

2016 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ The latest challenge!

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

~ Answers on Sunday. read more…

Kiwi Among 22 Million French Cyclists !

2016 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Tour to French Coast has the most for our intrepid cycling correspondent

By Paul Jacobs, (formerly of Wellington and NZBC; now resident of Paris)

France has the Tour de France, but it also has 22 million people who cycle regularly, some emulating the greats with rides on some of the famous mountain passes.
The less adventurous use their electric bicycles for city cruising.
And this year I joined hundreds of other enthusiastic amateurs to cycle a marvellous route from Paris to the Channel Coast — great scenery, good company and, of course, lots of rich French food.

read more…

Banks Blamed For Housing Crisis

2016 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Homeless in Auckland

Homeless in Auckland

BANKS CREATE HOUSING CRISIS AND INEQUALITY

KIN is proud to publish Bryan Gould’s  devastating analysis of the housing crisis, and the dark role played by Australian banks. Our thanks go to CAFCA (Campaign Against

Bryan Gould

Bryan Gould

Foreign Control of Aotearoa) — this article appears in ‘Foreign Control Watchdog 142, August 2016.

Australian banks profiting mightily from housing nightmare

By Bryan Gould

News reports alerted New Zealanders at the end of June 2016 to the fact that we are not as equal a society as we had thought. Just 10% of New Zealanders, it seems, own 60% of the nation’s wealth.

he figures, produced by Statistics New Zealand, related to the situation as at June 2015 and may well have got worse since. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: War Crimes

2016 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore told Radio New Zealand that Kiwis involved in the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front in 1916 were “desensitised” and murdered German soldiers instead of taking prisoners. New Zealand Herald 10 September 2016

The brutality of war

By Roger Childs

Dead soldiers in World War I

Dead soldiers in World War I

Men and women who go and fight for their country, are to be respected. It is right and proper that their service should be acknowledged and, in the case of thousands, their ultimate sacrifice.

Nevertheless,  it is important that things are kept in perspective.

We do put New Zealanders who have fought in wars on a pedestal on Anzac Day and emphasize remembering them, lest we forget. However we should also, not forget the atrocities that have occurred in every conflict. read more…

Tough Matches on Fathers’ Day!

2016 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hoop Club Games on Special Day

By Angelo Robinson

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On Father’s Day Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual “Kids vs 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 the Dads. read more…

Rugby Striptease Unfolds

2016 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Poem of the Week: To Stretcher Bearers

2016 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Even though he was an asthmatic he was a very heavy smoker and he used to go along the troop trains at Rouen, where he was based at the time, giving out the bible, but also packets of Woodbines to all the soldiers to send them off. Sandra Taylor

A brave and talented padre

studdert-kernnedyHe was known as Woodbine Willie and is probably the most famous padre of the Great War. The Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy MC, was an Anglican minister and also a poet.

The publisher of his anthology The Unutterable Beauty observed that his poems said for the soldiers the things they wanted to say for themselves, and brought home the truth to the people left in England.

Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy saw it first hand, and at this time of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, we present his evocative poem about that key group on the western front: the stretcher bearers. read more…

STP Voting Explained

2016 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

2016_local_elections_0How to use your single transferable votes to best effect

By Prue Hyman 

On 1 September I wrote an article on the local elections advocating that people take an interest and make sure to vote. And now I’ll explain exactly how the system works. ( Many people find it puzzling — Ed)1a prue hyman

I said earlier: “The local elections are coming up fast, and local papers and meetings are beginning to give us information to help us decide – the voting documents will be delivered to electors between 16 and 21 September.

It’s postal voting using the single transferable vote (STV) system (you rank as many candidates as you wish in your order of preference) – final date 8 October”. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ashes Nonsense

2016 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust … The Book of Common Prayer, 1662, Burial Service

A waste of Council time and money?

By Roger Childs

Human ashes being scattered at Taupo

Human ashes being scattered at Taupo

 The recent discussion and policy decision by the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), over limiting where human ashes can be cast is a waste of ratepayer money.

It makes as much sense as requiring plantation owners to ensure that pine pollen falls in forested areas.

The local iwi have been consulted, and if this was a serious matter, it begs the question whether KCDC discussed it with the Irish Society, The Chinese Association, Pasifika groups and the local Indian community. read more…

How Good Are The All Blacks?

2016 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Finishing strongly against the Pumas

By Roger Childs

The Pumas were competitive fro 50 minutes and at time rattled the All Blacks

The Pumas were competitive for 50 minutes and at time rattled the All Blacks

There was plenty of fire, passion and imagination from the Argentinians in the test last night. After the Wallabies barely firing a shot in two tests, the Pumas set the All Blacks back on their heels with a brilliant try under the posts in the third minute.

This was their only try, but they remained very competitive for 50 minutes and often threatened to retake the lead they had held for much of the first half. However, in the last quarter they ran out of puff and the All Black machine eventually ran in a total of eight classy tries, five in the second spell.

So it was a comprehensive victory to New Zealand and underlined its current dominance in world rugby. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 36 Answers

2016 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz ~ If you would still like to do he latest challenge, scroll down to Sptember 7.

 

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

 

~ Answers below. read more…

Kapiti Rules On Human Ashes

2016 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Human ashes being scattered at Taupo

Human ashes being scattered at Taupo

KCDC Councillors vote to restrict scattering of ashes

Kapiti Coast councillors have voted for tighter restrictions on the scattering of human ashes in the region.

The Kapiti Coast District Council is hoping the restrictions will stop people from spreading them in public spaces, such as beaches, playing fields, rose gardens or areas of cultural concern.

The council’s website already states that scattering ashes in public places is not permitted. read more…

North Waikanae Expressway Progress

2016 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As work in this area continues through the coming months, the new local connections will be shaping up in preparation for the Expressway opening – and before that, for a temporary re-route of SH1 traffic, probably in October. NZTA

Looking north from Smithfield Road

Looking north from Smithfield Road

Plenty of activity in the northern zone

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Pam Childs

While the southern and central sections of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway near completion, there is a big push in the northern zone. As the quote above spells out, the end point at Peka Peka is a major focus.

South from there, all the way to Te Moana Road, intensive work is being done to get the basic roading alignment in place.

Much of the drainage work has been done, as well as the walkway/cycleway. And the Ngarara Bridge, one of only two which go over the expressway, has been completed and is in use. read more…

Others Benefit From Serena’s Loss

2016 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

She’s a big hitter and she can have 50 winners — and you cannot do much about it. But I’m still going to hope that there is going to be some chance in the match where I can get my chance and be the one who is playing aggressive. Karolina Pliskova

New grand slam finalist

A new grand slam finalist in Karolina Pliskova. (Photo credit: Bleacher Report)

A new grand slam finalist in Karolina Pliskova. (Photo credit: Bleacher Report)

Serena Williams was out to create more tennis history at the US Open. A win in the final would give her a record 23 grand slams and also a record for weeks as world number one. But it was not to be. Like last year, she crashed out of the semi-finals, this time at the hands of 10th seed Karolina Pliskova.

As she stated in her pre-match comment above, the only way to beat the big serving Serena is to be aggressive and take the initiative, and Karolina did just that.

The Czech was far too good on the day, and with Williams looking sluggish and making far too many unforced errors, Pliskova cruised into the final where she will meet Australia Open champion, Angelique Kerber. read more…

Key and the Workers

2016 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Immigrant workers needed due to NZ’ers work ethic, drug use – John Key.

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Art Work of the Week

2016 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Last Supper: an iconic subject

By Roger Childs

leonardoChrist’s last formal meal before his crucifiction is one of the most popular subjects in the history of religious art.

Although the mural painting of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, completed in the last decade of the 15th century, is the most famous, the scene was probably first represented about 520 AD.

Through to the 20th century it has been painted by many artists, including Emil Nolde, Stanley Spencer and Salvador Dali.

Leonardo crafted his masterpiece on a wall in the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Because of the unstable surface it was painted on, deterioration set in early and over the centuries there were attempts to retouch and restore it, often by inept artists.  read more…

Local Body Candidates in Waikanae

2016 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 If we wish to have a vibrant, prosperous, high achieving community, then it is over to us to get out and vote, and select the candidates who have the skills and aptitude to lead us there. Waikanae resident and meeting organiser, Aldous MacIvor

Sitting mayor, Ross Church, didn't ge tto Wednesday's candidates meeting; will he front this time

Sitting mayor, Ross Church, didn’t get to Wednesday’s candidates meeting because of long-standing commitments; hopefully he will make the Waikanae session.

Candidates on show: Saturday 17 September

By Roger Childs

This session will take place at the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starting at 2.00pm.

This is a chance to meet and quiz those standing for

  • Mayor
  • Council: District wide and Waikanae ward
  • Waikanae Community Board
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council

read more…

Dirty Rivers 2: The Decline In Manawatu Fauna

2016 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is Part 2 of Bill Benfield’s series on a huge environmental concern for New Zealanders: the degradation of rivers. To read the first article scroll down to 5 September.

The river’s tributaries

By Bill Benfield

The gorge divides the upper reaches from the coastal plain

The gorge divides the upper reaches from the coastal plain

The Manawatu is a river in two parts separated by the gorge. Above the gorge it splits into the northern and southern tributaries.

There is still a significant urban presence from Eketahuna in the south to Dannevirke in the north, and there has been a significant recent increase in agricultural activity including dairy.

It is obvious to an observer that there has been a decline in water quality and the fishery in the last 20 years, but it is localised. read more…

Kapiti Warned of ‘Noxious’ TPPA

2016 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

fletcher-tabuteauNZ First MP says TPPA will hit poor and middle-class

— Day of Action tomorrow

By Alan Tristram

Fletcher Tabuteau, NZ First Trade and Foreign Affairs spokesperson, has told a Kapiti audience the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will hit ordinary New Zealanders.

In a recent address in Paraparaumu, he said although the Agreement is signed, it still needs to be ratified, which means Parliament voting to bring NZ laws into line to suit the TPPA.

( Editor’s note: And there’ll be a nationwide ‘Day of Action Against the TPPA tomorrow )

read more…

Big Weekend For Basketball: 9-10 September

2016 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

These will be two great games of basketball!

The Angelo Robinson Cup – Basketball Cross Town Derby

By Angelo Robinson

kapiti-basketball-associationThe annual Angelo Robinson Basketball Cup (known as the LO ROB Cup) is being played

  • Friday 9th September 7.30pm
  • at Kapiti College.

This end of season College Basketball game between Paraparaumu College Senior Boys Basketball Team & Kapiti College Senior Boys Basketball Team was started 6 years ago and is always a very competitive game and this year will be no exception.

Kapiti College currently hold the Lo Rob Cup and will be fighting hard to hold onto it. read more…

Local Poem of the Week

2016 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Distinguished local writer and poet

Julie Leibrich 1Raumati South author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health.

As well as a writer of children’s stories and non-fiction, she is also a poet.

Her first poetry collection, The Paper Road (Steele Roberts), was published in 1998.

More recently she produced a pocket size hardback called A Little Book of Sonnets which combines the 14 line poems with photos.

The poem below is from this collection. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 36

2016 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Island Group Goes West

2016 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Monitoring Committee (left to right): Susie Mills, Councillor K Gurunathan, Dr Hugh Barr (Chair), Mayor Ross Church and Tony Ward.

Monitoring Committee (left to right): Susie Mills, Councillor K Gurunathan, Dr Hugh Barr (Chair), Mayor Ross Church and Tony Ward.

FINAL MEETING OF THE KĀPITI ISLAND NATURE LODGE MONITORING COMMITTEE

The Kāpiti Island Nature Lodge Monitoring Committee has held its last meeting.

The committee was established in 2003 after a resource consent was issued to operate an eco-tourism business on rural land on Kāpiti Island.

Since then regular reports on consent conditions have been provided to the committee.  These conditions included the number and supervision of visitors, predator and rodent protection and sewage treatments.  read more…

The Great Fire Of London

2016 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We stayed till it being darkish, we saw the fire as only one entire arch of fire from this to the other side of the bridge, and in a bow up the hill for an arch of above a mile long: it made me weep to see it. Samuel Pepys

Another blaze 350 years later

By Roger Childs

Remembering the fire of 350 years before. (Photo credit: The Telegraph)

Remembering the fire of 350 years before. (Photo credit: The Telegraph)

1666 is one of those dates many people remember, as well as the year before when England had its last major plague epidemic. To commemorate the Great Fire of three and half centuries ago, London turned on an amazing spectacle.

A huge replica of the capital was set on fire tonight to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The 120-metre structure of 17th century London was set alight on the River Thames this evening at 8.30pm. Evening Standard, September 5, 2016

The fire which started in a Pudding Lane bakery, burnt down hundreds of houses and 84 churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral. Fortunately, although tens of thousands were made homeless, the casualty rate was low and only about 6 people were killed. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the great poets of all time

GibranKhalil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. He was born in 1883 in what is now Lebanon. As a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career.

He is best known in the English speaking world for his poetry and the 1923 book The Prophet, which includes a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture.

Khalil Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. He died in New York in 1931. read more…

The Phoenix Feature in Raumati

2016 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was great seeing fans lining the ground and spilling out of the Kāpiti Coast United clubrooms creating a festival atmosphere for the game and a great day out for friends and families on the coast. Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager, Alison Law

Chance to see New Zealand’s top team

By Roger Childs

The teams and local football kids line up before the match

The teams and local football kids line up before the match

Well over 1500 people descended on Weka Park last Saturday to see the Wellington based A League team play an invitation eleven. Local kids who play for the Kapiti Coast United Football Club were there in droves and a chosen few proudly accompanied the two teams onto the field.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the park with food and coffee available, and a bouncy castle and slide in place for the little ones.

The Kapiti Coast District Council worked with the local club to host the event.

The weather was fine and calm for the match and the crowd enjoyed the football on display. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Give Lydia a Break!

2016 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ko off the pace. Media comment with Lydia Ko “trailing” in fourth place

Great expectations

By Roger Childs

The public expects them to keep winning

The public expects them to keep winning

For a small country we have an amazing number of world champions, for example in rugby, rowing, yachting, canoeing, and women’s golf. We expect them to keep winning and the All Blacks, Bond and Murray, Burling and Tuke, and Carrington do.

When the All Blacks lose next, there could be a “day of mourning”.

But the expectations can be too great, especially for Lydia Ko. Some of the media expect her to win every tournament she goes in, and there was disappointment in some quarters that she only got a silver medal at Rio. read more…

German Fascist Nightmare?

2016 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

German's burden ? -- statue outside the Rathaus in Potsdam

German’s burden ? — statue outside the Rathaus in Potsdam

A disrupted nation

By Harald Daehne, KIN correspondent in Berlin

Just one year after Chancellor Merkel opened the country’s borders to refugees, Germany is a disrupted nation.

Politically, many  people have shifted to the right. And half the population think it’s necessary to ban foreigners by building barbed wire fences and using the police to keep them out.

The other half support the famous and repeated sentence of Merkel: ‘Wir schaffen das!’  (‘We will make it’). They  have compassion, want to help refugees and are looking for ways of integrating them. read more…

New Zealand’s Dirty Rivers 1: The Messy Manawatu

2016 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is easy from just a simple travel map to tell where “dirty dairy” is: easier still from Google Earth. Any river with few or any towns and a vast hinterland of dairy farms will be a candidate. All the major Canterbury rivers, such as the Rakaia or the Ashley, fit the bill. But not all our waterways’ problems can be laid solely at the door of dirty dairy. Looking at three other river systems where other factors are at play …

The Manawatu – one of the world’s dirtiest?

By our Wairarapa environment columnist, Bill Benfield

River rubbish is common through out New Zealand

River rubbish is common through out New Zealand

The Manawatu is an interesting comparison.

Not only is it often cited as one of New Zealand’s dirtiest rivers, it is also,according to research by the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, one of the dirtiest in the western world ! read more…

Nick’s Water Problem

2016 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy’s timely cartoon — see Bill Benfield’s article above on Dirty Rivers.

Nicks Water Problem

The Golden Summer of Andy Murray

2016 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy Murray made a major error in… (competing) … at a time when three players of undisputed all-time greatness are all plying their trade.  The Times tennis reporter, Simon Barnes, 2012

Up against the legends of the game

By Roger Childs

Djokovic remains number one

Djokovic remains number one

The all time greats Barnes was referring to were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. However, times have changed. Federer is currently out recovering from knee surgery and Nadal is struggling to recapture his best form after injuries in 2015.

Earlier this year, Djokovic was undoubtedly the number one player. He beat Murray easily in the Australian Open final which led Guardian reporter, Kevin Mitchell, to observe: We were left with a familiar impression: Djokovic does everything Murray does, only better.

At Roland Garros, Djokovic again beat Murray in the final, but it was closer this time. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 35 Answers

2016 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
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London’s Policing in Trouble

2016 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A policeman’s lot is not a happy one

alan 3 bobbiesCan the Bobbies be housed so they can police all of the people all of the time?

By Tom Aitken in London

A recently published, long and detailed report by Glyn Gaskarth, Head of the Crime & Justice Unit at Policy Exchange, Commuter Cops: Helping our police to live within the city they serve, is being read more widely might have been expected.

The reason is that what looks like a report on the domestic situation of members of the Metropolitan Police has turned out to cover much more than that.

It shows that as things stand, there is a mare’s nest of problems, in origins financial, which have huge negative effects on commitment and efficiency and on the situation of police, their spouses and children. read more…

Nick Willis Continues the 1500m Tradition

2016 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nick is unmatched in late reaction, coming through the bunch at the end, but that’s the difference between him and Lovelock, Snell and Walker, who all in different ways dominated their races. But two medals eight years apart is a remarkable achievement. Legendary runner, writer, commentator and English professor, Roger Robinson

Brought up in Lower Hutt

By Paul Mulvaney

Nick Willis We have a wonderful tradition in this blue ribbon event which looks set to continue.

Nick Willis and his older brother Steve Willis and twin sister Mieke were born on Anzac Day 8 years apart, to parents Rosalie and Richard Willis. They attended Hutt Valley High School.

Sadly, their mother passed away in 1987, and they were left with feelings of being lost and lonely. However, they ultimately emerged from this event with a strong sense of faith where ultimately religion provided a welcome balance. read more…

Kapiti College Basketball Team Win Championship

2016 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great win in the final

By Coach Boyang Zhoa

The Champs!

The Champs!

Congratulations to the Kapiti College Senior Boys B Team – well done and a fantastic effort.

Kapiti College Senior Boys B Team played Tawa in the final of College Sport Wellington Basketball League.

It was a very hard and tight game. The team felt so nervous at the beginning of the game, because this was the first time for most of the boys playing in a final in a big stadium with lots of spectators. read more…

Raumati Seawall Repaired

2016 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Storm damage being progressively fixed

Story Roger Childs, Photos by Pam Childs

The concrete blocks south of the S bends

The concrete blocks south of the S bends

The late July storm caused considerable damage along the Kapiti foreshore to the seawall and exposed dunes. The most urgent repairs were needed to the shoreline south of the S bends at Paraparaumu Beach. This was quickly completed with the installation of a 170 metre temporary concrete wall.

According to the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), it was made from made from 266 stacked reinforced concrete blocks weighing about two tonne each. read more…

Why You Must Vote

2016 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanWe need local politicians who will fight for our rights

By Prue Hyman  alan KCDC-logo

The local elections are coming up fast, and local papers and meetings are beginning to give us information to help us decide – the voting documents will be delivered to electors between 16 and 21 September. It’s postal voting using the single transferable vote system (you rank as many candidates as you wish in your order of preference) – final date 8 October.

I think it’s really important we take an interest and vote – if not, you can’t legitimately complain about the results. The future of Kapiti is strongly influenced by our Mayor and Councillors – even if less so that we might hope, given the strong (over?) influence of the officials on the one hand and the interference by central government on the other. read more…

Pylon Blasting Pollution

2016 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

Issues over pylon blasting

Issues over pylon blasting

Unwanted pollution in Peka Peka

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

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

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

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

Photo of the Week

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Sunrise

From Vonny Sprey in Antarctica

 

Vonny sunrise

New Sunrise on Ross Sea Ice 22 August. ( Well officially 1st Sunrise was 19th but clouds did not play ball for a couple of days.) read more…

Rob McCann Selected For Otaki

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Labour make their choice

Rob McCann

Rob McCann

Rob McCann has been selected as the Otaki Labour Party candidate for the 2017 General Election.

Eddie Dickson, Chair of the Otaki Labour Electorate Committee, said:

I am delighted that Rob will once again be our candidate for Otaki. He has extensive community links and will be an excellent advocate for the region as MP for Otaki.

We are gearing up to run a strong campaign in 2017 and planning is already well advanced.” read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 35

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge.
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Mandy Hager On School Wrecking

2016 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Award winning author Mandy Hager

Award winning author Mandy Hager

How National is ruining our State school system

Kiwi kids at play in a State primary School (Kelston in Auckland)

Kiwi kids at play in a State primary School (Kelston in Auckland)

By Mandy Hager

I’ve just spent 18 months immersed in the world of 12th century France and, more particularly, the world of ‘schools’ and scholars.

Over the course of that century, the education opportunities for women (which were already elitist and shaky at best) were purposefully eroded by the State and Church.

Knowledge, as we all know, is power – and in order for the consolidation of wealth that took place at this time (back into the coffers of the King and Catholic church) it was necessary to silence any dissenting voices, and to control who accessed education and what was taught. Ring any bells? read more…

Amazing Sports Stories 19: Jan-Ove Waldner

2016 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The greatest table tennis player of all time has retired. Paddle Palace Catalog, July 2016

Statutes for the famous

By Roger Childs

Waldner 1Erecting a statue acknowledges someone who has achieved great fame. Joan of Arc looks down on the Champs Elysees and Richard John Seddon surveys the open spaces of parliament grounds in Wellington. There are a lot more edifices for politicians than sports people.

However, the latter are not uncommon. The amazing Dutch athlete, Fanny Blankers Koen, features in full stride in Rotterdam; New Zealand’s greatest track athlete Peter Snell stands on  a main street corner in Opunake, and All Black legend Michael Jones is remembered outside Eden Park.

However in China, they have a statue of Jan-Ove Waldner, the Swedish table tennis legend. read more…

Airport Plans Opposed

2016 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
New runway mock-up pic

New runway mock-up pic

Most public submissions oppose Wellington airport extension

By Alan Tristram

 

The Guardians of the Bays say a large majority of public submissions oppose an extension to the Wellington Airport runway.

They say  new stats from the Greater Wellington Regional Council show no fewer than 525 of 776 submitters are opposed.

The Guardians have neen campaigning for Wellingtonians to make their voices heard as Wellington International Airport’s consent application is submitted to the Environment Court.

Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays, says that 525 submissions express a variety of concerns, including the economic, social and environmental impacts. read more…

Poem of the Week (2)

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When I had a son in his early teensLynn-Jenner-2010

By Lynn Jenner from ‘Dear Sweet Harry’ (Auckland University Press 2010)

When I had a son in his early teens

a Russian thought formed in my head

that if a war came I would cut off

the index finger of his right hand

so that he would be no use for fighting. read more…

The Bledisloe Back In The Cabinet

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As expected the ABs didn’t reach the heights of last week but in the end a comprehensive win. No tries for the Aussies speaks volumes for the contrast in the skills of the two teams. Christchurch rugby expert, Richard Belton

All Blacks in a class of their own

By Roger Childs

Another fine performance by Beauden Barrett

Another fine performance by Beauden Barrett

It wasn’t as convincing as the Sydney test, but the 29-9 victory over Australia in Wellington last night was decisive. Four tries to none was a measure of the New Zealanders’ superiority as they retained the Bledisloe Cup for the thirteenth consecutive year.

The Wallabies were more physical than last week, but if they thought that pushing and shoving in the forwards was going to put their opponents off stride, they soon had to face up  to reality. Once again the All Blacks were fitter, faster and smarter.

As anticipated there was a lot of post-match whinging from the Australian coach, especially about the refereeing. But Michael Cheika needs to realise that it’s quality rugby not stouch, bad language and moaning that wins test matches. read more…

Poem of the Week (1)

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we feature local poet Nicola Easthope. Nicola has ancestral links to the Orkney Islands, Scotland, Wales and England, was born in London and grew up in the northern suburbs of Wellington.

She has lived in Raumati South for 15 years, working as an Enviroschools facilitator, and high school teacher of English, Social Studies and Psychology.

Nicola’s first collection, ‘leaving my arms free to fly around you,’ was published in 2011 by Steele Roberts.

Her second, ‘Working the tang’ is marinating away, somewhere under her pile of marking… Nicola was a guest poet at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2012.

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 34 Answers

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Havelock Just The Start?

2016 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When you get feedlots and you get a lot of animals concentrated on one area you get a lot of soil disturbance, you get a lot of faecal material concentrated in one place. And then you also get these rain bombs and storms, which are going to become more common with climate change, and then you get a massive wash through of faeces and sediment run-off into surface waterways and also through cracks in the ground into aquifers. Waikato veterinarian and ecologist Alison Dewes

Environmental degradation

By Roger Childs

swimming in the poo4700 Havelock people being poisoned by dirty water is unprecedented in New Zealand history. It is the latest chapter in the long record of major problems resulting from human interference in the environment.

As expected, there is plenty of finger-pointing going on over the recent water crisis in the Hawke’s Bay town of Havelock North. Whatever comes out of various inquiries, the painful reality is that unchecked human activity continues to pollute our waterways and ground water.

Whether it’s “dirty dairying”; releasing sewage into rivers; industrial waste; excessive nitrogenous fertiliser use, or 1800 pellets landing in waterways, our precious water resources are being continually polluted. read more…

Police Test Too

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

westpac stadiumPolice prepare for sell-out rugby game in Wellington

The Police say they’ll have extra staff on duty to keep people safe when Wellington hosts the All Blacks v Wallabies in the second test of the Bledisloe Cup tomorrow night.

Given it’s a sell-out event, the city will be busy with a lot of people from the Greater Wellington Region and elsewhere. read more…

1.3 Million Plants Along The Expressway!

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At one stage we were putting in 10,000 plants a day. Tim Broadbent, Manager of Natural Habitats

The biggest conservation project on the Kapiti Coast

By Roger Childs

Photo credit: NZTA

Photo credit: NZTA

This is one of the big pluses from the building of the expressway. Kapiti residents will be familiar with the enormous conservation project which so far has seen a staggering one million seedlings already planted.

All the plants are native, except for a few strays from across the Tasman: lomandra and callistemon, and are endemic to the Foxton Ecological District, which stretches from Paekakariki to Bulls and across to the Tararuas

The planting started in April 2014 and will finish early next year. read more…

NZ’s Clean, Green…Poo

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

swimming in the poo

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Suva Queen watercolour 10cm high

Commuter Parking Boost

2016 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Commuter cars at present-day parks near Waikanae Station

Commuter cars at present-day parks near Waikanae Station

Waikanae getting 240 new parks for Christmas

By Alan Tristram

Waikanae train commuters are expected to get 240 new parks for Christmas with the construction of the Metlink ‘Park and Ride’ facility on the site of the old Waikanae Hotel.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says work is set begin as early as next week and will take 12 to 16 weeks, depending on weather. read more…

New Zealand’s Love Affair With The 1500m

2016 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An amazing record in the Olympics

By Roger Childs

Standing a trend

Starting a trend

Nick Willis‘s bronze medal in the Rio 1500m men’s final, adds another chapter to New Zealand’s proud record over the distance. The legendary Jack Lovelock started the trend at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In winning gold he also broke the world record, a feat never equalled at any subsequent Games.

Peter Snell won the 1500m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and John Walker took the country’s third gold medal over the distance in Montreal twelve years later.

Add to these victories a silver and three bronze medals, and New Zealand has an enviable record in the blue ribbon event. In Olympics since 1924, only Kenya with eight medals, has won more than New Zealand. read more…

Ali Wows the Crowd!

2016 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful performance from the versatile star

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3Ali Harper was in top form at Southwards on Sunday. The audience of over 150 experienced a virtuoso performance, as the Christchurch entertainer unfurled her Legendary Divas show.

Once again she demonstrated her versatility as she sang in the style of dozens of the great female popular music vocalists of the last100 years.

As usual, Ali established great rapport with her audience from the start and the show rocketed along with plenty of repartee and interesting diva detail interspersing the superb singing. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 34

2016 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge.
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Reflections On All Black Supremacy

2016 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The only real difficulty is working out how much the score was due to the ABs being good and how much to the Wallabies being woeful. Our Melbourne based rugby expert, John Smith

Crotty leaves would-be tacklers in his wake as he races to score the first try

Crotty leaves would-be tacklers in his wake as he races to score the first try

Being on top

By Roger Childs

Being the best in the world at a sport can be a two edged sword. It’s great being top of the tree, but there is always the chasing pack wanting to tip you off your perch. Eventually you will succumb to the pressure.

The All Blacks don’t look like being vulnerable anytime soon. They have won their last 12 matches including the World Cup, and thrashed the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney on Saturday.

The expectations for this week’s match against Australia in Wellington, are for another comfortable win. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two Papers Better Than One?

2016 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The commission is continuing to assess the effects of the proposed merger on areas such as the provision of national, regional and local news content. Commerce Commission, 22 August 2016

Detrimental narrowing of the field

By Roger Childs

Food for thoughtOver the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of news outlets worldwide.  Larger media organizations have swallowed smaller businesses, and in New Zealand, Fairfax and NZME have steadily become bigger and bigger players.

Of the metropolitan dailies, only the Otago Daily Times stands a beacon of independent ownership amidst the news oligopoly.

On the Kapiti Coast, and in many other areas, the proposed merger of Fairfax, owner of The Kapiti Observer, and NZME, owner of The Kapiti News, threatens to leave local news readers with just one weekly community paper. read more…

Jorgensen Too Quick In Rio Triathlon

2016 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great racing at Copacabana

By Roger Childs

Too close to call?

Too close to call?

One of the unforgetable moments at the London Olympics, was the women’s triathlon finish. In a dramatic sprint to the line, Sweden’s Lisa Norden and Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig hit the tape together. It was an excellent case for awarding two gold medals, but someone decided that the Swiss had won by a freckle.

Spirig has had time out from ITU events in recent years, but was back in Rio to defend her title. But could she beat Gwen Jorgensen?

If there is a certainty in the world of international sport, it’s the run in elite women’s triathlon events. If Gwen is in the leading group out of transition, she wins. read more…

Fantastic Olympic Performances

2016 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Very impressive across the board

By Roger Childs

Now the carnival is over we can reflect on a impressive outcomes

Now the carnival is over we can reflect on a impressive outcomes

Olympic competition is fiercely competitive, and the best in the world are there, knowing it’s the last chance for four years to get a medal. New Zealand definitely punches above its weight in world sport and confidently boxes on from a base of four million people. And so it was in Rio.

The media will do the stats and come up with fascinating conclusions such as only the Virgin Islands did better per capita, and Australia, with its population compared to ours, should have won 100 medals.

Forget the comparisons, with the two week Rio carnival now over, we can reflect on a job very well done. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The poet

Shane CaveShane Cave has a degree in history and political science and, when in the country, lives in Raumati Beach.

He has worked as a journalist in New Zealand, Britain and Kenya.

In later years he has been employed as an anti-corruption consultant by the United Nations, and by other international organisations, in East Africa, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, the Pacific and the Caribbean. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 33 Answers

2016 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: End Privately Run Prisons

2016 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… officials concluded that they (private prisons) are less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than prisons run by the government. Washington Post, August 19, 2016

The Americans have seen the light

By Roger Childs

The message has got through in America

The message has got through in America

The US Justice Department is looking to phase out privately run federal prisons, and New Zealand should follow suit. There is substantial evidence that American findings are replicated in our country. Readers will be familiar with SERCO’s disastrous record in managing Mt Eden Prison.

At a recent meeting in Paraparaumu, Labour ‘s Spokesperson for Corrections, Kelvin Davis, made the point that private companies being allowed to provide public services will always put the profit motive first. read more…

Kiwisaver Investment Bombshell

2016 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwisaver Investment Bombshell

Brownlees Unbeatable In Rio Triathlon

2016 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They have really set a hot pace on the bike. British commentator

Creating history

By Roger Childs

Brownlees gold and silver with South African, Henri Schoeman, taking bronze

Brownlees gold and silver with South African, Henri Schoeman, taking bronze

No brothers have ever been first and second in an Olympic event. Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee went closed at London in 2012 taking gold and bronze. There they were separated by their great rival, Spaniard Javier Gomez. Sadly, Gomez had to pull out of the Rio event after being injured in a bike crash in July.

However, there would still be plenty of competition for the Brownlees at Copacabana, with the speedy Spaniard, Mario Mola, and South Africa’s Richard Murray, being the most likely challengers.

As it turned out, the Brownlee boys won the gold and silver comfortably. read more…

Don’t miss Ali Harper!

2016 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Enjoyment guaranteed

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3Ali is an international star who is acclaimed throughout the country. Sunday’s Southwards performance will be her fourth show on the Kapiti Coast and is guaranteed to be great entertainment.

She has an excellent singing voice and her remarkable versatility enables her to sing in the manner of any female vocalist you care to name. In Legendary Divas you’ll hear Madonna, Dolly, Shirley, Judy, Vera, Doris, Julie, Carole, Ethel  and many more!

Don’t miss this time, as Ali performs “Legendary Divas” at Southwards on Sunday 21 August at 4.00pm. (Booking details below.) read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Les Demoiselles D’Avignon is one of most revolutionary paintings in the history of art. Pablo Picasso created it in 1907 and it was a pioneer work in the Cubist style which he and Georges Braque developed. It is characterised by the two dimensional flat depth technique the Cubists would evolve, and the faces of the women reflect Picasso’s interest at the time in African masks and ancient Iberian sculptures.

(Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org)

(Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org)

Picasso originally called it Le Bordel d’Avignon, but the art critic who was displaying it, changed the title in deference to his patrons.

Michael Scott Exposed

2016 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… I can confirm that after informally researching all available information myself, I can find no evidence that supports the allegations made by Cr Michael Scott. Deputy Mayor, Mike Cardiff

Councillor unable to provide promised evidence

By Roger Childs

No evidence from Cr Scott

No evidence from Cr Scott

The well publicized Code of Conduct case taken by David Scott against Michael Scott continues to fester. It was taken on the basis of an abusive and derogatory email sent by Cr M Scott to Waikanae resident, Sue Smith.

Cr Scott released a press statement claiming that Ms Smith had made many “abusive, rude and derogatory” remarks about him.

Having had contact with Cr Scott, Cr Ammundsen subsequently assured the Mayor and Cr Holborow, stating He will bring evidence of all the malicious statements from Sue Smith which caused him to answer her as he did.

At the later Council hearing of the case, Cr Scott repeated his statement about malicious statements, but provided no evidence.

As Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff’s statement above makes clear, there is no evidence. read more…

Carson Suffers In Slow 1500m Heat

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… with about 500, 600 metres to go, I got a bit boxed in and had to work a bit too hard with a lap to go. Hamish Carson

The wrong heat!

By Roger Childs

Hamish Carson, sixth from the left. finishing with the front bunch

Hamish Carson, sixth from the left. finishing with the front bunch

Competition in Rio is over for the Kapiti 1500m runner. He was not totally outclassed and finished ninth at the back of the front bunch in heat 2. Unfortunately this was the slowest heat. If Hamish had been in heat 3 and come ninth, he would have been through to the semi-finals.

The first six runners qualified from each of the three heats, then the next fastest six. Nick Willis was sixth in heat 3, so he went through and so did the next four.

Hamish’s race was just too slow. The winner’s time was 3.46.82, 10 seconds slower than the Kapiti runner’s  personal best (PB).

What could he have done? read more…

Understanding the New Zealand Environment

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of our readers, Adam Craig, responded to Leslie Clague’s story on deer killed by 1080  near Taupo. (Scroll down to July 27.) Here’s what he said:

Killing deer, which browse seedling regrowth in forest reserves, is one of the beneficial side effects of 1080 poison drops. These deer did not belong to the farmer.

Leslie’s husband replies.

A typical urban dweller’s comment

By Bill Clague

Do the members actually get out in the forest?

Do the members actually get out in the forest?

Mr. Craig makes an easy-to-understand point. Sadly, he seems to be unable to grasp the fact that New Zealand forests have always, since the beginning of their existence, been open, and that the present forest reserves, as he calls them, are in fact, in most cases, made up of secondary growth.

The sad thing is Mr. Craig’s comments are typical of many city dwellers who rarely if ever actually get out into the reserves he mentions.

Forest and Bird members also most often fall into this category, as the bulk of that organisation’s membership also reside in our capital city and/or similar densely populated areas. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 33

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Rio OlympicsThe latest challenge with an appropriate theme.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Poem of the Week

2016 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cat Baudelaire

The Cat

Come, superb cat, to my amorous heart;
Hold back the talons of your paws,
Let me gaze into your beautiful eyes
Of metal and agate.

When my fingers leisurely caress you,
Your head and your elastic back,
And when my hand tingles with the pleasure
Of feeling your electric body,

In spirit I see my woman. Her gaze
Like your own, amiable beast,
Profound and cold, cuts and cleaves like a dart,

And, from her head down to her feet,
A subtle air, a dangerous perfume
Floats about her dusky body. read more…

Superb Sprinters in Rio

2016 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Van Niekerk is now beginning to tire, or is he? He’s pulling way! British athletics commentator

Outstanding athletics performances

By Roger Childs

Bolt powering away in the last 10 metres to win his third 100m golds

Bolt powering away in the last 10 metres to win his third 100m gold

Most publicity on Day 4 of the Olympics track and field has been about Usain Bolt winning the 100m men’s final. His achievement in taking gold over the distance in three successive Olympics, is unprecedented.  The accolades are well merited.

However a few minutes before the sprint field stepped onto the track, a young South African was making history, in what will long be regarded as one of the great performances at the Rio Olympics.

He broke a world record which one commentator said seemed set to stand for another 10 years. read more…

Great Film On The Iconic Song

2016 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 … the story takes off and every detail is fascinating,moving and ultimately enchanting. Sarah Watt, film critic for the Sunday Star Times, August 7 2016

Poi E put Patea on the world map

By Roger Childs

PateaPatea is the gateway to Taranaki from the south. Passing through during the day, it is a sleepy little town with plenty of old shops boarded up. However, it survived the loss of its main industry, the freezing works, in 1982, and a song entered by the local Maori Club in the Hasting Polynesian Festival in that same year, gave it a new lease of life.

The key figure behind the popularizing of the song was local son, Dalvanius Prime, and he would go on to become a household name. Poi E was only first equal in Hastings, but would later become top of the New Zealand pops, win numerous awards and feature at a Royal Variety Concert in England.

The film on the iconic song is a must see for all Kiwis. It charts the history of Dalvanius and Poi E, and is told with plenty of pride, passion and good humour.  read more…

Computer Broadband Use Up

2016 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters


home-computer-support-300x225Kapiti Coast Broadband Use Soaring 

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti households have more than doubled consumption of broadband data in the last 18 months driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, according to Chorus.

The average Kapiti Coast District home used 76GB of broadband data in June 2016 compared to 37GB in January 2015, a 104% increase in usage. read more…

Drysdale’s Gold: Oh So Close!

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was a near run thing. The nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. Duke of Wellington

Under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer

By Roger Childs

single sculls 3One of the endearing photos from Rio which will flash around the world, is the sight of Mahe Drysdale’s young daughter playing with her father’s second gold medal. Etched in white on the back of her black T shirt are the words: ROW ROW DADDY!

It could well have been a silver medal, as Damir Martin raced home in the last 100 metres of the single sculls, to almost deny Drysdale back-to-back Olympic golds. read more…

Sunshine Aids Dementia Residents

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
David Blair, Support Services Manager, in the Sunshine Place conservatory

David Blair, Support Services Manager, in the Sunshine Place conservatory

Sevenoaks opens ‘Sunshine Place ‘ conservatory for dementia residents 

Photo story by Alan and Helen Tristram

The Kapiti Retirement Trust has come up with another ‘good news’ story for Sevenoaks’ residents afflicted with dementia.

It’s called ‘Sunshine Place’ — and it’s a $70,000 conservatory which has just been added to the Kauri House.

Sunshine Place was opened by CEO Wendy Huston, Reverend Maureen Ellis, of St Paul’s Church, and John Bruce, chair of the Residents Association. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32 Answers

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • It you would still like a go, scroll down to 10 August.
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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32 Answers

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
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Extraordinary Women’s 10,000m in Rio

2016 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is one of the most impressive athletics performances of all time. Australian commentator

First track final in a staggering world record

By Roger Childs

Running like the wind: Ayana Almaz

Running like the wind: Ayana Almaz

There was a sensational race on the first day of athletics competition in Rio. In only her second event over the distance, Ethiopian Ayana Almaz shattered the world record by 14 seconds (!!!!!) to win the gold. The record has stood for 23 years.

In the words of Sebastian Coe, … this is a moment the crowd will never forget.

In winning with such an incredible time, Ayana dragged 21 of the field of 25 through to personal best times (PBs) and, in many cases, national records.

Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, was second in 29.32.53, and Tirunesh Dibaba, the winner in London four years ago, was third in a PB of 29.42.56. read more…

American Dreams

2016 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

trump dreams cartoon

Fiji Magic in the Men’s Sevens!

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From the dusty villages of Lomaiviti to the crowded central markets of Suva, Fijians called a halt to work and school to celebrate the country’s first ever Olympic medal … Eleanor Roy, The Guardian

An exciting international sport

By Roger Childs

Fiji at an early Hong Kong Sevens tournament

Fiji at an early Hong Kong Sevens tournament

Ever since sevens rugby became an international sport, Fiji has been a super-power. Although the game dates back to late 19th century Scotland, world competition only got underway with the Hong Kong Sevens in 1976.

Either New Zealand or Fiji  were the winner of most of the early tournaments, but it didn’t take long for other nations like Western Samoa, Australia, France and British Isles nations to challenge the front runners.

Today it is a truly international sport and upsets occur regularly, as shown by Japan’s victory over New Zealand in Rio. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jilted Bride
Judith le Harivel’s  Image of jilted bride series in cast glass. read more…

Dependable Bond and Murray Win Gold

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’re just pleased to be able to put one on the board for the country. Hamish Bond

Some classy performances in Rio

By Roger Childs

Our first medal winner: Natalie Rooney

Our first medal winner: Natalie Rooney

Despite the disappointment of missing expected medals in the equestrian, men’s sevens and women’s time trial, there have been some great New Zealand achievements so far at the Olympics.

Unexpected silver medals to Natalie Rooney in the trap shooting and Luuka Jones in the K1 canoe slalom have given the country a lift.

Then add another silver from the men’s cycling sprint team and the Kiwi medal momentum is back.

However, it was the dependable Bond and Murray who have put the first gold on the board. read more…

NATS — ‘WE DON’T CARE’

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why thinking Kiwis must get rid of the Key StoogesFood-for-thought2-150x150

By Alan Tristram 

The Key Government’s motto is surely ‘We Don’t Care.’

This is because on all the main indicators of the nation’s well-being — good affordable housing, free medical care, universal free education, and respect for civil rights everywhere — their attitude is one of indifference, covered up if possible by PR gloss.

All this is summed up neatly in the phrase ‘We Don’t Care.’ read more…

The Huge Wharemauku Operation

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Massive drainage work west of the expressway

Massive drainage work west of the expressway

The biggest drainage project along the expressway

Story Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

“Expressway tourism” has become a growing activity on the Kapiti Coast. Never in the nation’s history has a major infrastructure project been so observable.

Because the expressway roughly follows the sandhills motorway designation set aside more than 50 years ago, people

The Wharemauku Bridge

The Wharemauku Bridge

have been able to watch the progress because it cuts through the various urban areas, and the tracks under its path have remained open.

One of the 18 bridges on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway crosses the flood-prone Wharemauku Stream. Consequently, not only is there a substantial bridge being constructed, but extensive drainage and wetland development is transforming the landscape either side of the road alignment north of Raumati Road. read more…

Youth Support Store Opens Tomorrow

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Youth Support (KYS), helps young people in need. To quote their brochure “KYS is a free confidential health and support service for anyone between the ages of 10 and 24.”

2016-08-10 16.55.03Raising money to help the district’s youth

By Roger Childs

The store is located at 39 Kapiti Road, on the corner with Ngahina Street. The grand opening is on Friday August 12 at 10.00am.

Over the last few weeks, store manager Charlotte Lane-Tobin (pictured below), has been working hard organising the layout and displaying the goods. read more…

Digital Library Lessons

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the 'Stepping Up' lessons under way

A ‘Stepping Up’ lesson under way

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES AT THE LIBRARY

By Alan Tristram

If you’re worried about your computer and internet skills, and live on the Kapiti Coast, stop worrying  — help has arrived, thanks to our main District Library.

This week local people have started to get free computer lessons at the Paraparaumu Library.

The Library is offering the classes on Mondays ( from 10am to 12pm) and Wednesdays (1-3pm) until September 21. read more…

Coastal Protection: Unfinished Business

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We have a number of options to consider over the next few weeks for a more permanent solution for this stretch of beach and will be consulting with residents and Greater Wellington Regional Council to find the best long-term approach.  Kapiti Council Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, 1 August 2016

Continuous protection a must

Photos by Pam Childs, story by Roger Childs

Boulders at the base of New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway

Boulders at the base of New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway

The Kapiti built-up area will always have problems along the seafront, because houses were allowed to be constructed on the foredunes.

However, the reality is that houses and roads are there and consequently face the damaging  onslaught of wind and waves from time to time.

The recent July storms showed the wrecking capacity of the angry sea and lessons will have to be learned. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Losing with dignity

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 It wasn’t quite the fairy-tale ending we had been hoping for. It has been a real roller coaster but that is how the sport goes. A couple of hours ago it was a very different story. But that’s horse competition. It is what it is … you have to take the ups and downs and that was a downer. The philosophical Mark Todd, after his poor performance in the show jumping cost the team a medal

Showing grace and respect

A proud. dignified silver medal winner

A proud, dignified silver medal winner

The women’s sevens rugby team won a silver medal and might have taken gold. But as the Justice Crew song goes: At the end of the day some you win some you don’t. However, their histrionics after losing the final to Australia did them no credit.

There is always going to be disappointment when you don’t pull off the victory, but it is good sportsmanship to show grace in defeat and respect for the winners.

The sevens hysteria was in sharp contrast to the quiet dignity of Natalie Rooney, who won a silver medal in the trap shooting. I would have liked gold but just to make that gold medal match was amazing, she said. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz ~ The latest challenge with an appropriate theme.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

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Aussies Deny NZ Rugby Sevens Gold

2016 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Yellow card crucial in Kiwi defeat

By Roger Childs

Decisive winners

Decisive winners in the final

Portia Woodman had been one of the stars in New Zealand’s campaign to win sevens gold in Rio. However, she was guilty of a deliberate knock down late in the first half of the final and the cross Tasman rivals took full advantage.

After a close shave against the USA in the quarter finals when New Zealand won by just 5-0, the semi final proved much easier. It was courtesy of two yellow cards against British players that the Kiwis were able to score a five try to one victory.

Being down to five players against seven on a large rugby field is a huge disadvantage, and Britain were punished losing 25-7. read more…

Poem of the Week: Plant Cover

2016 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

pohutukawaThe late Jean Lonie was a teacher and also a poet. In her later years she lived in Raumati Beach.

She had a great feel for the events and routines of everyday life, and provided wonderful poetic expression to seasonal changes and the biodiversity in the Kapiti environment.

Our poem of the week is appropriate for the time of year. read more…

Postal Food For thought

2016 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Protesting about the closure of the Raumati Post Shop

Locals protesting about the closure of the Raumati Post Shop in December, 2015

NZ Post fails to deliver for Raumati Beach

By Alan Tristram

NZ Post has refused to reinstate a full postal service for the residents of Raumati Beach and Raumati South on the Kapiti Coast.

Last year NZ Post closed the Post Shop and the Kiwibank branch at Raumati Beach, forcing their customers — many elderly and disabled — to make a time-consuming trip to Coastlands to use the postal service or bank.

For a time, no local firm seemed willing to take over what is a poorly-rewarded service. Then the entrepreneurial Patel Family of the Raumati Beach Four Square shop stepped into the breach to offer a reduced postal service in their crowded shop on the corner of Raumati Rd and Margaret Rd.

However, they had limited space and were not given bill-paying or licensing  facilities. read more…

Whiter Than White For Winter?

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The  Wilkie Collins classic

By Ralph McAllister

Wilkie CollinsI first read Wilkie Collins ‘ The Woman In White, fifty years ago.

Some ten years ago I suggested that a friend should try reading it. Ten years later he did. Slow learner perhaps, or maybe he took a while to trust me?

His enthusiasm, albeit belatedly, made me go back to this classic, some claiming that it was the original detective thriller, a claim easy to support.

What a joy to rediscover the felicitous writing, the characters who could grace the pages of Dickens, and the complexities of a plot which has one guessing to the very end. read more…

Hurricanes: Simply The Best!

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There were tumultuous scenes in the packed stadium as the Hurricanes, a team which often promised plenty but never delivered, became the fifth New Zealand side to be crowned Super Rugby champions. ABC News online

The wait is over: 20-3 in the final

By Roger Childs

Thr captains pose beside the trophy pre-match

The captains pose beside the trophy pre-match

Great to see the boys do it and win the Super Rugby trophy for the first time: I’ve waited 20 years!

It will be interesting to see Tom Scott’s DomPost cartoon on Monday.

Every year, for the last couple of decades, he’s regularly done sketches on frustrated Hurricanes fans who have faithfully supported a team which often showed brilliance, but never played consistently enough to deliver the title. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 31 Answers

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIf you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to August 3.

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

Answers below. read more…

Rio’s Stunning Opening Ceremony

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Brazil welcomes the world with open arms! Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Chairman of the Organising Committee

Sensational start to the Olympics

By Roger Childs

Rio 11The expectations have been great and the wait is now over. Flair, panache, colour and exuberance were expected at the opening ceremony, and the Brazilians did not disappoint. There were the usual dramatic fireworks start and finish, and these were spectacular.

However, in between, there was a magnificent representation of the evolution of the Brazilian landscape and its transformation by human beings; a vibrant approach to the parade of athletes; the usual speeches and formalities, then an amazing spectacle as the Olympic flame was hoisted high.

Music, dance and informality were constant themes and this was a key feature of the parade of athletes from 207 nations across the globe. read more…

The Art of Working with Letters

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Learning to present the alphabet

By Pam Kessler

Tutors Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham

Tutors Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham

Winter and calligraphy really are a great combination! The wind blew and the rain hurtled down, and yet I calmly ignored it all as I attended a recent workshop.

Two of our members, Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham, were our tutors and they had a full contingent of 18 keen calligraphers to satisfy.

Their mission for the day was to pass on tips, techniques, and ideas for new ways to present the alphabet. read more…

Doubts About Helen Clark

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Theresa May

Theresa May

Will women in powerful positions do much for the world?

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

By Prue Hyman

It will be quite a novelty if we have women in the most powerful positions in the UK, the US and the UN, as well as Germany – but I admit it does not fill me with the glee I would have hoped for as a feminist.

Theresa May has already joined Angela Merkel and appears to be equally impressive as a strong speaker and decision maker. But her record in Conservative governments is as right wing as her predecessors – the last thing the world needs is another Margaret Thatcher. read more…

Rugby Strip Cartoon

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

andy's take on rugby strip

Microcephalic Babies: Small and Wonderful

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

A dash to hospital

By Leslie Clague

Leslie Clague the latestIt’s a term I had never heard. It is growing in usage these days due to the Zika Virus.  It can occur, however, without a mosquito bite.

My daughter is a Captain in the New Zealand Army. So is her husband. They are currently based in Waiouru, relatively close to my Turangi home. It’s good for grand parenting to be fairly close by. Mind you, the Desert Road in winter makes the distance seem a bit farther.

The captains were already the parents of two children – Ellamae, age seven and TJ age 2 – when Laura let us know she was having a third child last year. I was invited to come to the birth and received the call to come quick a few weeks before expected. It was a mad dash to Waiouru to join Laura and husband Tane to get to Palmerston North Hospital. read more…

Did War Memorials Encourage War 2?

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the second article based on a talk given by Jock Phillips about his 2016 book “To The Memory”. To read the first article, scroll down to July 20.

Post World War One: the golden age of memorials

By Roger Childs

War memorials 1Following the great war there was a boom in erecting memorials to those who died and those who survived. The first was built in Wakefield Street in Auckland, and was put up in 1919.

However, it was designed to remember all who had died to preserve British rule. Whether it be in the New Zealand Wars, the South African War of Independence or World War One.

On the memorial were the words: Through war they won the peace. However, was keeping the peace the main element in the 500+ obelisks, cenotaphs, gates and other memorials which were constructed mainly in the 1920s? read more…

Labour Leader Visits Kapiti

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

010We’ll overhaul tax system to make it fairer, says Andrew Little 

By Alan and Helen Tristram

Labour’s leader Andrew Little outlined his plans for a much fairer society during a flying visit to the Kapiti Coast today.

And during an interview at the Kapiti Expressway site at Waikanae he told KIN that this would be part of a major plan to solve the housing crisis., read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

California painter

A portrait of the artist as a young man

A portrait of the artist as a young man

More from Oakland abstract artist Richard J Childs.

Richard will paint on any surface that doesn’t move – walls, canvas, timber, plywood, concrete.

He works mainly with oils and acrylics, and is well known for his “painted posts”. read more…

Legendary Ali Harper In Town!

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ali Harper lights up every room she enters, owns every stage she steps upon, and steals every heart that hears her singAlex Rybeck, New York, 2013

The versatile singer and actress returns to the Coast

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3This will be the Christchurch entertainer’s fourth show in Kapiti. Her first concert to a small audience in Paekakariki was a sensation and, not surprisingly, her next superb singing performance was at Southwards.

Ali Harper is an international star and showed her amazing versatility as an actress in Blonde Bombshells, at the Kapiti Theatre, where she did a solo show about the lives of six very different women. A magic performance!

Many people, who have missed her in the past have deeply regretted not getting along.

Don’t miss this time, as Ali performs “Legendary Divas” at Southwards on Sunday 21 August at 4.00pm. (Booking details below.) read more…

Noted NZ Filmmaker Dies

2016 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john oneWellington’s John Tristram — world traveller, film-maker, and devoted friend 

(Collated by his brother, Alan Tristram)

Born in Wellington in 1939, John Davy Tristram discovered a love of travel and film making at an early age.

He would go on to produce over 100 films and television stories in the Pacific, in addition to many projects in Europe and Australia.

His final project in 2012 was a film celebrating Samoa’s 50 years of Independence, and a lasting tribute to a country that he loved.

His parents came from farming stock in Warwickshire and Hereford, England. They sailed to New Zealand in the 1920s and settled first in Wellington.  John’s father later became Bank Manager with the then Commercial Bank of Australia.  They raised five children in course of moving between various New Zealand cities. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 31

2016 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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See the Movie about the Legendary Song

2016 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poi E Fundraisers in Levin and Waikanae

By Rob McCann

Poi EI’d like to invite you to a very special movie fundraiser that we are holding in Levin and Waikanae: August 10 and 11 respectively. (See full details at the end.)

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SAM HOKOPAURA, AN ORIGINAL PATEA MAORI CLUB MEMBER

Join us for a screening of what could be the NZ Film of the Year with a very special guest – Uncle Sam.

Sam Hokopaura (an original member of the Patea Maori Club) experienced first-hand the amazing story of ‘our song’. A freezing worker, Uncle Sam went through the highs and lows of Patea in the 80s – he lost his job with the closure of the Patea Freezing Works, and watched as the community suffered. read more…

Enlightenment on NZ in the 50s and 60s

2016 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dr Bronwyn Labrum speaks tomorrow

Bronwyn labrum 1Bronwyn has recently published Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s and is this month’s guest at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Public History talk series.

~ Wednesday 3 August at 12.15pm

~ MBIE Building (formerly the Defence Building) on Stout Street in  Wellington

~ up the steps by the HOME Café signage

~ the meeting room is away to the right from reception.   read more…

Kapiti Storm Repairs

2016 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan beach threeKCDC places 500+ tonnes of concrete blocks to protect sewer

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says its finished a  temporary concrete structure along 170 metres of Paraparaumu Beach to protect a sewer pipe..

The structure, which is made from 266 stacked reinforced concrete blocks weighing about two tonne each, will protect the sewer line behind it if more wild weather hits Kāpiti.

And it says council staff and contractors have been busy for the past few days doing ‘fix-ups’ on the district’s drainage systems, beach accessways, and roads, following the high winds and high tides experienced on the coast last week.alan beach two

 

In the work at Paraparaumu Beach, 3,000 cubic metres of sand has also been placed behind the rows of concrete, to make them level with the land in front of properties in the area. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Hillary Flawed But Best

2016 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Democracy is coming to the U S A. Leonard Cohen

The royal family better than the Trumpet?

By Roger Childs

Could be the next president of the United Sates of America

Could be the next president of the United Sates of America

The conventions are over and the presidential candidates chosen. Millions probably wish that Barack Obama could serve another term.

America is faced with a choice of two flawed individuals.

However, while Hillary Clinton has received the ringing endorsements of the Democrat hierarchy, Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of most influential Republican politicians.

It is unthinkable that the self-opinionated, dishonest and reckless billionaire should have a crucial role in determining the world’s destiny over the next four years.  However, he could. read more…

Possums Have Their Uses

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Time to give the possum a fair dinkum go?

Time to give the possum a fair dinkum go?

Possum industry and the Govt’s predator-free dream

By Alan Tristram

New Zealand’s $130 million possum fur industry says it wants to work with the Government following the announcement of a plan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

The Fur Industry Council chairman, Neil Mackie, says: “ Predator Free New Zealand is a commendable and aspirational goal and we want to be part of the solution to achieve it.” read more…

Poem Of The Week

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Th versatile Shane cave

Th versatile Shane Cave

This week it’s from Raumati based Shane Cave.

Amongst many things, Shane has written for The Listener and worked for the United Nations in places like New Guinea and East Timor.

This poem is taken from his collection The Sound of Words. read more…

The Hurricane Ease Into The Final

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The home team wins the semi in style

By Roger Childs

Barrett was brilliant, again!

Barrett was brilliant, again!

The score was 25-9 and a decisive three tries to none. For the second year in a row the final will be at the Caketin in Wellington and this time the Hurricanes will want the ultimate prize.

In the last three matches, against quality opposition, the Hurricanes have only conceded one try, and on Saturday their staunch defence was a critical factor in their victory.

Add to that a solid team effort and the breakout brilliance of Barrett, Savea and Perenara, and the Chiefs were not in the hunt. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 30 Answers

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like to take up the challenge, scroll down to July 27.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Temuera Morrison For Women’s Refuge

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Once Were Warriors” thug gives the message

By Roger Childs

Temuera Morrison 2Many readers will remember the Once Were Warriors movie based on Alan Duff’s novel.

It’s not easy to forget, especially Temuera Morrison’s performance as the brutal Jake “The Muss” Heke who had a penchant for throwing his weight around and, domestic violence.

Morrison makes reference to his film role in a Farmer Clark commercial supporting the Women’s Refuge movement.

This is a very compelling appeal, with no props, scenery or supporting cast, just the big man, the visual medium and the powerful message. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Predator-free nonsense

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Predator: an animal that hunts, kills and eats other animals. Cambridge Dictionary

A convenient diversion from the real problems

Can we catch the last one?

Can we catch the last one?

The announcement earlier this week that the government is keen to rid the country of predators by 2050, is typical of their style. This is a warm, fluffy diversion from the pressing issues facing New Zealand: such as housing shortages, child poverty and the low minimum wage.

It is a ridiculously impossible dream, and yet the media are falling over themselves to uncritically praise the initiative. The late, respected scientist, Paul Callaghan, gave it his blessing, but probably just his first phrase was the accurate one: It’s crazy!

So-called experts point to the success in ridding off-shore islands of predators, so, hey, why not the whole country?  A reality check is needed: Kapiti Island is about 20 km², New Zealand 268,021 km². Do people really think we’ll get the last rat? read more…

Fascism Comes to Turkey

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
An artwork in Potsdam, Germany, depicting extremism

An artwork in Potsdam, Germany, depicting extremism

Germany’s Nazi past has a lesson for Turks

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

‘Machtergreifung’ in Turkey

The coup in Turkey on July 15th was a failure because people and most political and social groups didn’t accept it. It could have been a great day for democracy.

But what is happening now has the grim look of dictatorship. Freely-elected president Erdogan is using the national crisis to chase and overawe everybody who is inconvenient or a part of the opposition. read more…

Vlad Glad On Drugs

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan drugs in sport cartoon

Can The Hurricanes Do It?

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One game at a time

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

Kapiti Coastline Battered Again

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On-going hazards

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

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

This has happened many times before and will occur again.

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

Urgent Works After Storm

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan beach twoConcrete blocks hauled to beach to protect sewer

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

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

Chinese Association Launched In Style

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A well attended inauguration

By Shally Webb

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

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

~ Mr Xu – Chinese Consulate

~ Mr Mike Cardiff – Kapiti Coast District Council Deputy Mayor

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

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Gecko on flax by Cushla McGaughey

Gecko on flax by Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey

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

1080 Terror Continues

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Deer killed by 1080

By Leslie Clague

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

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

Guy Burns Standing

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Alan Tristram

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

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

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

“Something strong, something simple, something English”

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A very challenging and satisfying concert

By Ralph McAllister

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

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

Something strong he says, something simple, something English.

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

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 30

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizWe’ve now been going for 30 weeks.
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Olympic Committee Cop-Out

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Soft on Russian cheats

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

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

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