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Wadestown School Comes to QE Park

2014 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I do know they went home last night and raved about it to their families. Teacher, Jan Ashworth

A highly successful multi-purpose field trip

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Ian Linning

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA91 Wadestown students with four teachers and ten parents enjoyed a day at Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 8 December. Travelling on a wonderful New Zealand Coach Services double-decker bus, the group descended on the Kapiti Coast to extend their learning and enjoy the rural atmosphere. It was all part of their Education Outside The Classroom programme.

A tram ride down to Whareroa Beach was one of the favourite activities, along with a look around the Tramway Museum. The students also learnt about the Marines’ involvement in the area in 1942-43 and later had a guided walk with the assistant ranger who told them about what the park has to offer and the on-going conservation work. read more…

Vigilance Needed On Trade Talks

2014 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Those people who are opposed to the agreement want access to the texts so they can blow it apart. Trade Minister Tim Groser

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is everybody’s business

 By Roger Childs

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

Whether agreement will be reached is debatable, however once signed the TPP could well mean that foreign interests have a big say how our economy is run and be able to limit the government’s ability to regulate.

To raise awareness of the possible implications of TPP, Motueka activist, Greg Rzeniowiecki, is travelling around the country to get councils to adopt a 12 point statement. This was first passed by the Auckland City Council in 2012, however the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), has not come on board yet. read more…

Paekakariki Hill Murder arrest

2014 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Police lay accessory charges against couple

A 27 year old male and a 27 year old female have been arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to murder in relation to the killing of Lower Hutt man Matthew Stevens.

The body lof Mr Stevens was found near his Toyota Corolla sedan near the top of Paekakariki Hill Road three weeks ago.

The couple appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court yesterday morning and both were remanded in custody until 26 January. read more…

A Real Xmas Message…

2014 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wadestown 1A ‘Carol for grown-ups’ from Shirley Erena Murray

Kin Columnist Shirley Erena Murray, of Raumati, says of her new Carol :

It already has three fine settings — one as a  choral piece by local composer, Jillian Bray of Waikanae; one by

Dunedin Professor Colin Gibson ; and a third by a composer in the USA.

It’s a ‘Carol for grown-ups’ – an attempt to connect the meaning of the season to the world we live in now. read more…

Waikanae Assault Arrest

2014 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

otaki policePolice charge young man in serious assault inquiry

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti-Mana Police say they’ve charged a 17-year-old man with two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for the serious assault of an elderly couple in Waikanae.

He appeared in the Porirua District Court yesterday afternoon, charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He also faced two charges of burglary for this incident — as well as a burglary earlier in the evening near He Awa Street.

read more…

Andrew Little At The Races

2014 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“We are looking forward to welcoming the new Labour leader and members of his parliamentary team to Otaki.” Otaki Labour Electorate Committee Spokesperson, Bruce Taylor

Labour leadership visiting the Otaki electorate

Andrew LittleLabour’s new leader, Andrew Little, will have an afternoon at the Otaki races on Thursday 18 December. On his first official visit to the electorate, he will be accompanied by

~ Deputy Leader, Annette King

~ Mana MP, Kris Faa’foi

~ Palmerston North MP, Iain Lees-Galloway read more…

People Who Speak Out: Great!

2014 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pru HymanHurrah for free speech, academic freedom and whistleblowing

 By Prue Hyman

My last column for 2014 is in praise of free speech, whistleblowing, academic freedom and above all scientists, public servants, and NGOs with government contracts being able to speak out on policy issues.

This is essential on matters where they are experts, but also more generally. New Zealand sadly is becoming a more corrupt country. read more…

Jim Webber Reports

2014 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Which Wheelchair Symbol Makes it Official?

wheelchair symbolsBy Jim Webber

International Day of Disabled Persons came and went recently without disturbing anyone, with predictable platitudes about conventions and agreements.

Concerns survive about New Zealand’s patchy response to disability needs and desires, perhaps because there is quite a gulf between high-level jargon and actual on-the-ground stuff that needs doing. read more…

Our Floods Are ‘Different’!

2014 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The flooded Whareroa Stream at Coastlands, Paraparaumu

The flooded Wharemauku Stream at Coastlands, Paraparaumu

Regional council says this week’s rain differs from the usual

By Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) says this week’s deluge bringing surface flooding to areas of the Kapiti differs from the usual heavy rainfalls that hit the region.

It says most of the damaging rainfall occurred on the coastal plains, rather than high in the Tararua Ranges. read more…

Phoenix down the Jets 3-1

2014 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Newcastle Jets conceded three goals in five minutes to blow a 1-0 lead for the fifth time this season and remain winless… Newcastle Herald

This is Ernie’s team now 

By Dave Daniel

Ernie MerrickThere has been a lot of talk about this Phoenix performance and in the aftermath it is worth reflecting on the job that Ernie Merrick is doing. The evidence clearly states that this is now Ernie’s team. He is well into his second year at the helm but it is clear now that the playing style and personnel are beginning to reflect his image of how he wants the team to play.

On the sideline, Merrick is not one to jump around waving his arms or burying his head when a chance goes begging. I’m betting that at half-time he gets his message across in a clear measured way, no shouting required, but individuals are left in no doubt what he needs from them. read more…