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Top-Level Meeting on Raumati P.O.

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Ross Church

Mayor Ross Church

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

By Alan Tristram

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

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

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

Last Word on Anzac

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By John Murray

Kipling -- jingoistic author of 'Lest We Forget'

Kipling — jingoistic author of ‘Lest We Forget’

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

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

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

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

Lest we forget – Lest we forget!

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

Great ANZAC Day Basketball Tournament

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

By Angelo Robinson

Exciting, high quality basketball

The Kapiti Junior Girls  won the Fair Play Award

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

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

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

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

KEY’S DAUGHTER MOMENT

2015 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Key to Diplomacy

Kapiti Calligraphers Excel

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

Sally Davis (l) and Teresa Francis

Talented two  bring overseas experts to the Coast

By Pam Kessler

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

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

Stewart Island 2: The Magic Rakiura Track

2015 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

It all starts from Oban

By Roger Childs

Capital of Stewart Island: the seaside settlement of Oban

Capital of Stewart Island: the seaside settlement of Oban

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

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

Poets Busy (Again) in Kapiti

2015 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ward, Gill Poetry Book launch 2011 006

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

By Gill Ward

Greetings – Poetry Talk again and other literary news.

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

Rough On Women

2015 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The tragedy of abortion in late 19th century New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Dr Margaret Sparrow

Dr Margaret Sparrow

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

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

Raumati Demands Post Office

2015 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Alan and Helen Tristram

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

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

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

World War II And After – The Survivor

2015 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

biancabegovichFrom childhood in a concentration camp to driving a Wellington taxi  

A family story by Bianca Begovich, of Waikanae

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

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

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

Furore Over Post Office Closure

2015 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

kris faafoiMP says Govt neglect has hit Raumati too

By Kris Faafoi, MP for Mana

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

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

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

read more…

Phoenix Make The Play Offs

2015 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Phoenix 1-2 down to Sydney but still through

By Dave Daniel

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

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

Marines Walk / Run Is On Again

2015 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the Footsteps of the Marines retraces history

 By Roger Childs

US Marines training in the Tararuas in 1942

US Marines training in the Tararuas in 1942

The hills and valleys behind Paekakariki were an ideal war training ground for US Marines in 1942-43. During this time over 15,000 Americans lived in the three camps in the area, and not surprisingly this “friendly invasion” had a huge impact on the seaside village with its population of 600.

One of the Marines was Leon Uris and in his novel Battle Cry he recounted one of the route marches in the hills. In The Footsteps Of The Marines roughly follows his description. read more…

Anzac Reflections 7: New Zealand Wars

2015 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Lest we forget the Musket and Sovereignty Wars

 By Andy Oakley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hair Today, JK, Gone Tomorrow

2015 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Anzac Reflections 5: Memories

2015 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A World War Two connection

By Russell Marshall

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

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

Anzac And The Future: Work for Peace !

2015 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The meaning of ANZAC

By Julia Meek

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

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

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

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

Gallipoli Reflections 4: Nationhood Nonsense

2015 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

By Roger Childs

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

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

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

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

Not Peace But War for 34 Countries

2015 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Mandy Hager

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

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

Gallipoli Reflections 3: Fiasco

2015 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A party to a disaster

By Roger Childs

New Zealand troops on the tiny beach at Anzac Cove

New Zealand troops on the tiny beach at Anzac Cove

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

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

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

Animal Rights Group Hails Govt Action

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

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

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

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

Anzac – From a UK Kiwi

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Tom Aitken in London

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

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

Djokovic: Simply The Best

2015 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

All class in Monaco

By Roger Childs

Monte Carlo centre court

Monte Carlo centre court

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

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

Kapiti Wants Capital Connection Saved

2015 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

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

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

Gallipoli Reflections 2: Why Turkey?

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Four months after the Gallipoli landing, the Turks captured two New Zealanders and questioned them. You live so far away, they said, why come here to fight? The Kiwis replied that they thought war would be like playing rugby. Patrick Carlyon “The Gallipoli Story” p31

At war on the other side of the world

By Roger Childs

Chunuk BairThe distance from Auckland to Istanbul is over 17,000km. It’s almost as far from New Zealand as you get on the globe, so why were over 8,000 of our troops fighting there in1915-16? The answer is quite simple: Great Britain was at war with the Ottoman Empire (sometimes just referred to as Turkey), and as a loyal cub of the British lion New Zealand was fighting them too.

However, Britain had spent much of the previous 60 years in support of the Ottoman Empire, principally to prevent Russian spreading its influence in the area. But in an act of political stupidity in early August 1914, the British turned a potential ally into an enemy. read more…

Democracy Wins on Harry Shaw

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

hary shaw wayKapiti Council agrees to delay decision on Harry Shaw Way

Residents of Harry Shaw Way in Raumati have succeeded in getting council to delay making a decision on whether to revoke the reserve status of a vacant section in their street.

Several residents addressed the recent council meeting and asked that the reserve status not be removed because they are concerned this would open the way for the land to be used in the future for a through road to a future subdivision. read more…

Auckland Elephant Eludes Key

2015 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Elephant sequel as cartoonist agreThe Elephant in the Roome

Tom Scott of the Dompost got there first with his Auckland elephant symbol on Friday.

Meantime our cartoonist Andy had been working on  the elephant theme himself – great minds think alike!

And here’s his take on the devastating problems caused by Auckland housing speculators, among other factors…unbeknown to Auckland multi-millionaire mansion resident John Key.

 

Superb “Sanctuary” Launched

2015 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Julie is a true warrior woman. Rachel Scott, Otago University Press

Classic book unveiled in Wellington

By Roger Childs

Julie reading from "Sanctuary" at the launch

Julie reading from “Sanctuary” at the launch (Photo by Pam Childs)

Julie Leibrich has had more than her fair share of challenges in life, and these are a key element of her new book. Last Thursday at Unity Books, in front of over 60 of the Greater Wellington literati, Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder was launched. It was appropriate that the capital’s finest book shop should be venue, as this is a work of great quality.

Sanctuary is a multi-faceted book and is beautifully presented. One of its many appealing features is that it is a warm and welcoming volume which can be dipped into as the spirit moves. However, before indulging in any random sampling, readers should get acquainted with the context by first absorbing wondering about sanctuary. read more…

Successful Ambassadorial Visit

2015 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tour of the Marines Sites

By Roger Childs

Ambassador Gilbert and Mrs Gilbert watch one of videos at the museum

Ambassador Gilbert and Mrs Gilbert watch one of the videos at the museum

Last Sunday saw American ambassador, Mark Gilbert, out on the Kapiti Coast. Accompanied by his wife Nancy, daughter Liz, and embassy staff, he had a comprehensive tour of the areas around Paekakariki where over 20,000 Marines lived and trained in 1942-43.

The seven hour visit was coordinated by the Kapiti United States Marines Trust (KUSMT) and concluded with a delicious evening meal at the Raumati home of former Marine, Major Larry Keim. read more…

Anzac Reflections 1: Overview

2015 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The first casualty when war comes, is truth. Senator Hiram Johnson 1917

The search for truth

By Roger Childs

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

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

As we approach Anzac Day 2015, it is important to reflect on what we are commemorating. In the past few years tens of millions of dollars have been spent to remember the hundredth anniversary of the landing of New Zealand troops on the Gallipoli peninsula. Most money has been spent in the capital on the War Memorial Park and the Arras tunnel.

However, just how significant was April 25th 1915 and it is really the day that changed New Zealand forever? Tony Abbott has recently come across the Tasman to take part in the dedication of an Australian memorial at the new park. But just how important have our military links with Australian been over the years? read more…

KIN Special on NZ’s Appalling Child Poverty

2015 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand has the necessary resources to reduce child poverty, and equitable and efficient ways to secure these resources are available. The question is not about our capacity, it is about our political will. Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple

We  must advocate for our children — now!

By Roger Childs

Poverty 4We usually associate UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) with the needs of children and families in war-torn countries and places devastated by natural hazards.

However, in our own backyard the reality of poverty affects one in four children.

In their book,Child Poverty in New Zealand, Boston and Chapple provide a scholarly analysis of the extent of the crisis with plenty of suggestions on what needs to happen.

Deborah Morris-Travers is the UNICEF NZ National Advocacy Manager. A former cabinet minister, Deborah has also worked for Barnados and Plunket. She spoke recently at a Wellington UNICEF lunch on this topic and the following article is largely based on her talk. read more…

Poetry Soars on Kapiti Coast

2015 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

gill ward‘Salutations Poetry people!’

By Gill Ward

Well who remembers the C&O polishing oil jingle on the radio way back then? “Good morning Mr O, Salutations Mr C!” I bet if you do you are singing to yourself now…

It make me wonder about those poetry lines you can start saying and someone else will finish it for you – you know – I must go down to the sea… and, I remember, I remember…. Yes certainly if you are reading this you would be able to finish the next line or two. read more…

The Wonderful Richie Benaud

2015 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Richie stood at the top of the game throughout his rich life, first as a record-breaking leg-spinner and captain, and then as cricket’s most famous broadcaster who became the iconic voice of our summer. Cricket Australia chairman, Wally Edwards

An outstanding Australian

By Roger Childs and John Smith

BenaudRichie Benaud was a fine all rounder, captain and broadcaster. The cricket world is much the poorer for his passing this week aged 84.

He was held in high esteem wherever the game was played and his standing in Australia is reflected in the offer of a state funeral made by the government. His death is perhaps comparable to New Zealand losing an iconic figure like Sir Edmund Hillary. read more…

The Launching of “Sanctuary”

2015 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Revealing my interior life became a way of sharing authentically with the reader. Julie Leibrich.

A versatile writer

By Roger Childs

SanctuaryRaumati author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health. As well as a writer of children’s stories and non-fiction, she is also a poet. Her most recent volume is a pocket size hardback called A Little Book of Sonnets which combines the 14 line poems with photos.

However it’s her latest non-fiction writing which features on Thursday 16 April at 6.00pm, at Unity Books in Wellington.

She will be launching Sanctuary: the discovery of wonder. In Julie’s words, The book is a conversation. It is an intimate book that reaches out. read more…

Paul and the Aliens

2015 April 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Ego Has Landed

New Ambassador To Visit Marine Sites

2015 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’re excited to meet you, the Kiwis, known throughout the world for your friendliness and independent spirit. Ambassador Gilbert

 Keen to see the country

By Roger Childs

The new US ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy

The new US ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy

He’s been a professional baseball player, a financier and a fund raiser for Barack Obama. Moving in a new direction, Mark Gilbert is now the US ambassador to New Zealand. In a promotional video, he and his wife Nancy expressed their enthusiasm about being here and their keenness to hear from Kiwis about things they should do and see in the country. Skiing and tramping are already on the schedule.

One of their early experiences of getting out of Wellington, will actually be here on the Kapiti Coast on Sunday. They will visit places associated with the three wartime Marines camps which were located in and around Paekakariki. read more…

Golden Jewels Seek Owner

2015 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ring_1Police seek owners of valuable the_coinjewellery found in second-hand store

Police are seeking the owners of some jewellery and an antique coin that were discovered at a second hand business.

ring_3Palmerston North officers were conducting a routine inquiry at the business which led to the discovery of the items which are believed to be stolen.

The three rings are all yellow gold and there is a set of small gold hoop earrings joined with a love heart, and a yellow gold pendant with a ruby set in it. The coin has a Greek/Roman pendant_and_earringsfigure riding a horse on one side.

If this jewellery or the coin belongs to you please contact Constable Merryn Robson on (06) 213 9629 to discuss the missing item.

 

 

Fun Night On The Raumati Railway

2015 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our trains will never be replaced by buses! Lawrie Duffield, Kapiti Miniature Railway enthusiast

The Twilight Run in Raumati Beach

By Roger Childs

The Raumati Junction Station

The Raumati Junction Station

The Kapiti Miniature Railway will have the trains running at Marines Gardens from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday 11th April. This is to celebrate the first weekend after the end of daylight saving. People are encouraged to bring a picnic tea and there will be a party atmosphere with music, and trains featuring head and tail lights.

Local band ensemble Brasso will feature in what promises to be a great evening for all the family to enjoy. read more…

Time for White Poppies!

2015 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

white_poppiesKapiti Peace campaigner’s song reminds us of civilian casualties

By Alan Tristram

As the incessant news of war — and now of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli slaughter — dominate our media, an internationally-known peace poet  from Raumati reminds us of those who suffer most from war — women, children and families.

Shirley Erena Murray, whose hymns are now sung throughout NZ and around the world, has sent us her poem ‘It Is Time!’

Shirley explains: ‘This song, with its easy tune, was written to remind us that the white poppy
is the international symbol of remembrance for all the casualties of war, and for peace.

Any person or group is welcome to use and sing this song as long as copyright to author
and composer are clearly stated and nothing is altered.
Contact serenam@paradise.net.nz for words permission and colin.gibson@clear.net.nz
for the music. read more…

The Wonderful Chatham Islands

2015 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Think about going – there are flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch – and the March festival, we just missed, sounds great.

 Great place for a holiday!

By Prue Hyman

Chatham Islands 2I’ve just had a splendid holiday on the Chatham Island(s). So this column is happily about that venture and provides a rare change from my political rants, though I’ll find room for a little politics!

This visit was with my friend Linda who instigated the trip and I’m so glad I took up the opportunity. I write Chatham Island(s) because we were only on the main island, but could also enjoy a magnificent scenic flight over Pitt Island, the second largest in the group and the only other populated by humans. read more…

Raumati Protests Over PO Closure Plan

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

Community leader John Murray says village must have a Post Office

The former New Zealand Presbyterian Church leader John Murray says it’s a disgrace that the Post Office is planning to close the Raumati Beach postal centre.

Mr Murray, who lives at Raumati Beach in retirement, helped lead a protest outside the Post Office by local people this morning.

NZ Post plans to close the shop on May 22 and there’s already been one major protest outside.raumati PO protest

A steady flow of residents, including elderly people and mothers with children in push chairs, added their protests today with banners saying “Save Our Raumati Post Office.”

read more…

Calligraphy Master Helps Kapiti Club

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

International expert still inspires locals

By Pam Kessler

Living calligraphic legend Don Little

Living calligraphic legend Don Little

We are privileged to have several well-known artists as members of our club – among them, Don Little, a professional artist and calligrapher.

Don and his wife Anne used to live in Waikanae and were founding members of the club. In the early years, they conducted workshops for members and freely gave of their time, love, and support to pass on their knowledge and experience, and to keep us connected as a unified group. read more…

Phoenix Lose The Plot And The Lead

2015 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hurricanes nearly blew a 22 point lead, the traffic was murder, the shops were shut, his friends deserted him, the printer jammed and the Phoenix were hammered at home. Not a great weekend for our soccer correspondent Dave Daniel!

Capping off a difficult weekend

By Dave Daniel

Hurricanes just hold on for a 25-20 win

Hurricanes just held on for a 25-20 win

Time for reflection

As Archie Thompson (he who always scores against us) hit home the third goal in the 66th minute, I reflected on how I came to be sitting in the stand at the Caketin.

My rugby following friends had decided to go and watch the Hurricanes instead of the Phoenix. Did they have a premonition? The Hurricanes did win, just, but the Phoenix were thrashed 3-0 by the Melbourne Victory. read more…

Good Friday in London

2015 April 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OA Passion Play in Richmond upon Thames

By Tom Aitken

On Good Friday the London Borough of Richmond staged its first Passion Play, using two of the Borough’s central traffic-free areas.
The stages were sited at Heron Square, a few yards from the main shopping areaO – and on an open hillside space, just downhill from that, leading down to the Thames by Richmond Bridge.

The plot against Jesus, the Last Supper, Judas’s betrayal and Peter’s denial of Jesus took place in Heron Square, surrounded by imposing buildings. read more…

Remembering Music from the Wars

2015 April 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ANZAC Variety Concert at Southwards

flanders fieldsParaparaumu RSA and the Kapiti Rotary Club are presenting a special variety concert with music, songs and readings from the two World Wars.

The concert will be held at Southwards on Saturday April 18 will start at 2.30pm.

It is timed to commemorates the start of a week of ANZAC events 100 years on from the Gallipoli landings of April 25.

John Granville, formerly RNZN, says I am really excited that such a variety of music and song is to be performed for the benefit of the local community. read more…

Good Look Needed At Good Friday?

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Romans 14:5

A holiday with a difference

By Roger Childs

Good FridayMost of us have just enjoyed another public holiday, but there was no paper and the shops were shut. Those things don’t happen on Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day or Waitangi Day. Good Friday has tremendous significance for the minority who are devout Christians, but for the vast majority it is just another holiday tacked on to the Easter weekend.

In the United States, where a much higher proportion of the population are church-going Christians compared with New Zealand, there is no federal Good Friday holiday. (However it is a holiday in twelve out of fifty states.)

Maybe it’s time to rethink whether it should be a public holiday in New Zealand? read more…

Aussies Warned of Big GST Increases

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

220px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010Abbott’s right wing government forcing through unpopular financial measures

By Julia Meek from Melbourne

Dominating the news over the past week has been Australia’s win at the cricket World Cup over New Zealand in front of a record crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Various jubilations have followed.

But the past month has seen other developments, of course, that are of serious interest. read more…

Whose The Cooked Goose?

2015 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who's is the Cooked Goose

Towering Historical Mysteries

2015 April 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 The Tudor period and especially the reign of the much married Henry VIII, has been thoroughly picked over by numerous novelists, television producers and film directors. The best known writers are probably Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel, however CJ Sansom is possibly the most perceptive. Resident book reviewer, Ralph McAllister has recently immersed himself in C J Sansom’s six Tudor novels and here are his impressions.

A fascinating month with C J Sansom

 By Ralph McAllister

C J Sansom great chronicler of the reign of Henry VIII

C J Sansom great chronicler of the reign of Henry VIII

It is not often I spend almost a month with one author’s work, but that has been the case, with my utter fascination of C J Sansom’s monumental Tudor series of six massive novels.

Let me try to convince you that you should go on this journey, which, regrettably, I have just this day finished.

Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer who finds it impossible to stay out of embroilments, be they political or personal. read more…

Le Quesnoy Welcomes Kiwis

2015 April 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… the tissues came out as we passed locals standing at their doorsteps waving to us as we left. We felt like royalty, but were humbled that after all these years, they still honour visitors from New Zealand. Sheilah Downs, Lower Hutt on their visit to Le Quesnoy

A victory to remember

By Roger Childs

Gallipoli-2015The country has spent tens of millions preparing for the hundredth anniversary on April 25 of the beginning of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. As a bit player on the peninsula – we provided about 2-3% of the total number of troops engaged – we were part of a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Turkish, Arab and Kurdish forces defending their homeland.

However later in World War One we had our successes on the Somme, at Messines and in liberating Le Quesnoy. If New Zealand is going to emphasize the nation at war, why not focus on where we made a difference? read more…

Mental Health Scandal Leads to Murder

2015 April 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Can’t we fund mental health properly to stop these suicides and murders?

By Mandy Hager

It’s roughly two years now since I wrote about the suicide of my closest friend and the negative stigma attached around mental health issues, plus the lack of support for those in need.

Now we have been confronted by it again, with the violent death of a friend I have known since childhood, who was murdered by her mentally unwell son. read more…

A Feast Of Quality Cricket

2015 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

McCullum’s speech covers, in this guys view of the world, in a few short words what sport is all about… it made me just so very, very proud to be a Kiwi. Sports enthusiast, Tony Fraei

A team to be proud of

By Roger Childs and John Smith

World Cup CricketThe country has just experienced six weeks of international cricket at the highest level. OK we didn’t win the coveted trophy in the end, but our team did us proud. Like the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and the 2014 Americas Cup, the nation and the media rallied behind the New Zealand team.

The Blacks Caps exceeded expectations in the ICC Cricket World Cup, and were humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Their attitude and humility is something the cocky Australians could learn from. read more…

Life With The Patels

2015 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

one shirish andc wife outxside looking at pkgParking progresses for the Patels

Kamal Patel and Dignab en Patel

Kamal Patel and Dignab en Patel

By Alan Tristram

The Patels of the Raumati Beach Four Square say their parking problems are over – and business is booming.

And – blush – they’re crediting the Kapiti Independent for arranging several new short-term parking spaces right outside the shop. read more…

Winnie Wallops The Northland Nats

2015 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I think this is the beginning of the end for the Key-led government. Labour leader, Andrew Little

The great opportunist strikes again

By Roger Childs

The new MP for Northland

The new MP for Northland

Winston Peters is the most colourful and charismatic politician we’ve had since David Lange. Love him or hate him, he had stood out as a large goblin above the garden gnomes of New Zealand politics. With an acute eye for the main chance, he accurately sensed that National assumed they could sleep-walk to victory in their safe seat of Northland. So he threw his hat into the ring with nothing to lose.

In an appallingly mismanaged campaign which featured bribery, threats and misinformation the government lost a seat in the house as Winston cruised to an easy victory. read more…

Winston Wins Play Off

2015 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who's Playing with a Full Deck

Can The Black Caps Win?

2015 March 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand are not reliant on one man these days, but their cause would be greatly enhanced in Williamson is amongst the runs in the World Cup final … DomPost cricket writer, Jonathan Millmow

The two best teams

By John Smith in Melbourne

The setting for the final: the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground

The setting for the final: the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground

On February 14th Australia and New Zealand played the opening games of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. They both

~ batted first and made big scores with very similar scoring rates

~ bowled their opponents out to win comfortably, by very similar margins.

Since then they have travelled two different paths to the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). read more…

Julie Leibrich Featuring At the Beach

2015 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Julie Leibrich is a poet, children’s writer, and author of non-fiction works. New Zealand Book Council

A must for poetry lovers

Julie LeibrichJulie is well known for her writings on justice, spirituality and health. She trained as a research psychologist and was one of the country’s first Mental Health Commissioners.

As well as children’s stories and non-fiction she is also a poet and it is in this role that she is featuring on

~ Sunday 29 March, 4.00 – 6.00pm

~ Hightide Café

~ 44 Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach. read more…

Ōtaki splashpad – setting the record straight

2015 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Splashpad at Raumati Beach playground

Splashpad at Raumati Beach playground

 KCDC says anonymous flyer is confusing locals

By Alan Tristram

A proposed new splashpad for Ōtaki will be free to use and will not unfairly
add to the rates of local residents, says the Kapiti Coast Council.

It says a flyer being circulated
anonymously in the town is confusing residents because it contains misleading information. read more…

Not Enough Sustainability At The Show?

2015 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There will be a huge range of eco-friendly products on display, talks and demonstrations, vibrant school gardens, a treasure hunt for kids and plenty of activities for them to try. Kapiti Council promotion for the Sustainable Home and Garden Show

Getting tired?

By Roger Childs

SHAG 1The show has been running for eight years and the fundamental concept is sound. There were 96 exhibiters this year with the usual range of gardening offerings, goods for sale made from recycled materials, energy saving ideas, a couple of school garden, suggestions for smarter water use and home heating, groups promoting themselves etc… and the food stalls.

There were good crowds on the fine Saturday and obviously most people enjoyed themselves. However overall the numbers attending were down, and there is a feeling that maybe SHAGS has had its day or needs to be renamed and energized. read more…

Blacks Caps Win A Thriller

2015 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I don’t even know where the ball went. Grant Elliott on his winning six.

Finalists at last!

 By Roger Childs

The Black Caps celebrate their victory

The Black Caps celebrate their victory

After six failures at the semi-final stage, New Zealand is at last in a World Cup one day cricket final. In a pulsating match against the gallant South Africans in Auckland, the Black Caps officially won by the seemingly comfortable margin of 4 wickets. However, the reality was that the result was in doubt until the second to last ball.

It was a contest that really deserved two winners, but while the men in black danced and leapt, the men in green slumped and wept. Both sides contributed equally to a match which had the 40,000 spectators at the ground and millions of television watchers on the edge of their seats to the end. read more…

Dogs On A Hot Tin Roof

2015 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dogs on Roof croppedKapiti Council workers rescue two hot dogs

By Alan Tristram

Tennessee Williams’ classic play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ came to mind when two KCDC workers were summoned to rescue two hot dogs from a suburban roof recently.

The Kapiti Coast animal control officers got a call from a neighbour of the Paraparaumu Beach property about two dogs pacing up and down on the roof of a neighbouring house.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing”, says Animal Control Officer, Pete Fitz-Gerald. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 2: Heart Of The Desert

2015 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We continue our series on the Fraei’s amazing trip though Namibia and some nearby countries. To read episode 1, scroll down the Home Page.

 Wildlife and metal roads

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Fish River Canyon accommodation

In our first week on the road we had already seen a lot of varied wildlife from the roads we traversed. There were lots of Springbok (short horns), Gemsbok Oryx (long straight horns), Kudu and Impala (spiral horns), plus Ostriches and Eland who apparently come from the buffalo family. read more…

Stewart Island Magic 1: Tranquility

2015 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We who are fortunate enough to live here value the Island’s special qualities – its clear, clean waters, the lush rain forest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty that are constant in our lives. The Stewart Island Promotion Association

The latest news

 By Roger Childs

Port William on the north east coast

Port William on the north east coast

If you want the news from our third biggest island, you need to read SIN. So what’s the lead story in the February-March edition of the Stewart Island News? Floating body found in Patterson Inlet? Car goes down a bank at Horseshoe Bay? Fishing boat catches fire off Chew Tobacco Bay? None of the above, in fact the front page scoop is the ROCKS signs, like Oban You Rock. read more…

Can The Black Caps Make The Final?

2015 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A tough semi-final in Auckland

By John Smith

Tough opponents

Tough opponents

South Africa are a dangerous opponent. Firstly, they have AB De Villiers, seen by many as the best batsman in world cricket right now. Then they have Hashim Amla who has been out of form so far in the tournament, but a wonderful player when he’s batting well. They also have hitting power from Francois du Plessis, Rilee Roussow and David Miller, and a fine middle order player in J P Duminy.

Their pace attack is fast and hostile: Dale Steyn also has not been at his best, but looked close to it against Sri Lanka, and he is a big match player. Their leg-spinner Imran Tahir is probably the most penetrative spinner that we will face in this tournament. read more…

Fighting Foreign Control of NZ

2015 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
CTU Secretary Sam Huggard

CTU Secretary Sam Huggard

 Unions call on MP’s to fight foreign corporations

‘Vital to support Corporate Control Bill’

By Alan Tristram

The Council of Trade Unions  (CTU) says it’s vital that all MP’s support the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill which New Zealand First has introduced into Parliament.

CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says the Bill could stop New Zealand governments allowing overseas investors to sue NZ in private offshore tribunals, if they think their profits are threatened by NZ decisions. read more…

National Slips; Labour Inches Up

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Key's National still leading ... just

John Key’s National still leading … just

Roy Morgan Poll shows National still winning, but Labour gaining ground…slowly

By Alan Tristram

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National led by PM John Key falling to 46.5% (down 2.5% since February).

Support for the main opposition Labour Party is at 31% (up 1% – their highest level of support for nearly a year since May, 2014), but down for the Greens 11% (down 1%) while Winston Peter’s NZ First is 6% (unchanged).winston peters

However, support has increased for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%) and Act NZ 1% (up 1%) although United Future is still on 0% (unchanged). read more…

Guptill Sensational For Black Caps

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Just sublime. I will never forget it! Brendon McCullum on Guptill’s knock

Opener’s record takes New Zealand into the semi-finals

By Roger Childs

Black Caps hero Martin Guptill

Black Caps hero Martin Guptill

In one of the greatest innings in limited-over cricket history, Martin Guptill kept the World Cup dream alive.

His record breaking 237 not out, ensured a Black Caps semi-final match up with the talented South Africans next week. The 393 target was always going to be too tough for the West Indies.

They did score rapidly, but at the cost of regular wickets. In the end it was a chase too far. read more…

French Fall In Love With Brit Show

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

french top gearLe Top Gear soars while Clarkson sulks

By Alan Tristram

The bust up involving British motoring bad-boy Jeremy Clarkson has proved to be priceless PR for the launch of the French version of Top Gear.

The first episode proving to be the best-rated show in its broadcaster’s history. read more…

Le Top Gear

2015 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Le Top Gear du JourLe Top Gear

Hospice Changes Controversial

2015 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Patients and family/whanau are at the heart of our service. Mary Potter Hospice Day Hospice Structure Confirmation

Day Unit programmes to be halved

By Roger Childs

Members of the local Lions Club present audio equipment to Linda Miller, right, at the  Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti base.

Members of the local Lions Club present audio equipment to Linda Miller, right, at the Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti base.

Who will need hospice services in the future? This is a big unknown for most people and the answer is ”maybe”. So having a Mary Potter Hospice centre in Paraparaumu is comforting for folk living between Peka Peka and Pukerua Bay.

A big success story in palliative care for Kapiti patients has been the Day Care programmes at the Paraparaumu base on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Numbers attending have been variable, but those who do get along are unanimous in their enthusiasm for the 10.00am to 2.00pm sessions. However, under a new regime starting next month, day care will be reduced to one day a week. Many patients and volunteers are not happy with this change.
read more…

Kapiti’s Economy Soars

2015 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coast outstrips Wellington and other regions

By Alan Tristram

kcdc hqThe Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC), says Kāpiti has outstripped the Wellington region and the country as a whole in terms of its economic performance over the last year, setting the base for future growth in the district.

Details on the Annual Economic Profile for Kāpiti, provided to Council’s Environment & Community Development Committee, reveal the district is outperforming the rest of the Wellington Region and the national averages for New Zealand in several key areas. read more…

UNICEF Active In Vanuatu

2015 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A coalition of national and international humanitarian organizations is coordinating to send aid to Vanuatu, where 3,300 people are sheltered in some 48 evacuation centers. Get Wired

Following in the wake of Cyclone Pam

By Roger Childs

Devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam

Devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam

Winds of 300kph , torrential rain and storm surges have wreaked havoc across the 80 islands of Vanuatu.

People have been killed and injured, buildings have been devastated, crops destroyed, power lost and roads damaged. The greatest damage has been on the southern volcanic island of Tanna.

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ranks the emergency in the small Pacific island nation as EXTREME and is quickly acting on the two major priorities for children:

~ providing clean water

~ immunization against measles. read more…

Otaihanga Roundabout Accident

2015 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The traffic south of the roundabout was backed up all the way to McDonalds south of Kapiti lights. Ian Linning

Truck mishap highlights need for a speed limit

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Ian Linning

Otaihanga accident 1A north bound truck overturned at the Otaihanga roundabout at 1.30pm today, Thursday. Coincidently, the vehicle was carrying a cargo of McDonalds’ fries. The roundabout was the site of three truck accidents soon after it was opened last year, prompting Ken Shirley from the Road Transport Forum to express concern about safety at this intersection of roads from Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Otaihanga. He cited complaints from truck drivers about its camber and layout. Furthermore KIN, in a September article, argued strongly for a speed limit on the roundabout, but the case was rejected by the Transport Authority. read more…

A Celebration Of ANZAC Music

2015 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Variety concert at Southwards

Gallipoli-2015Paraparaumu RSA and Kapiti Rotary Club will jointly present a special variety concert celebrating the music, songs and times of the two World Wars.

The concert to be held at Southwards on Saturday 18th April also commemorates the start of a week of ANZAC events 100 years on from the Gallipoli landings.

John Granville, the concert spokesman, announced The programme will be really varied and includes musical entertainment and performances, which will appeal to all ages. It covers music, skits and songs from 1914 to 1950. read more…

Train, Bus & Ferry Fares Freeze

2015 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
‘We’re hoping to get more people on public transport.’  Fran Wilde

Regional Council wants fares frozen for a year

 

commutersBy Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is proposing to freeze public transport fares for another year as part of its 10 Year Plan.

It says this is possible, in part, because of  savings made from more people using trains following the introduction of the Matangi trains on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and Johnsonville lines. read more…

The Sharp End Of The ODI Cricket

2015 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand does not have quite the track record yet to go in favourites but they do have huge potential.

Analysing the knock out stage

By John Smith

The Black Caps celebrate against England

The Black Caps celebrate against England

History suggests that we shouldn’t read too much into the pool stages form – the winners often start slowly and peak when they need to. I would add that runs and wickets against weaker sides (and with apologies to English readers; I would include England in that group this time), don’t count for very much.

It is hard to compare the different roads to the quarter-finals. The Black Caps’ path – bowling first 5 times – has emphasized the quality of our attack at the expense of our batting. Other teams have had contrasting paths. read more…

New Police Motorbikes With Safety Message

2015 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police_bike_7New Police machines will soon be on Wellington roads

By Alan Tristram
Four new-look Police motorcycles being unveiled today for the Wellington region will bear the message ‘Look for bikes’ to remind all road-users that taking another look can save lives.
A total of 10 bikes are being provided nationwide, replacing existing bikes. Overall, the Police run a fleet of 27 machines throughout NZ.
Four of the new Honda machines are for Wellington, one for Canterbury and the other five are for the Auckland City and Waitemata areas. read more…

Licences And Helmets For Mobility Scooter Drivers?

2015 March 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Passers-by rushed to help an elderly man who fell down a riverbank while riding a mobility scooter on the Kapiti Coast this morning. The man was seen trapped under the scooter at the bottom of the riverbank in the Karu Reserve, Waikanae, shortly after 10am. Kay Blundell, Fairfax NZ

Geriatric scooter accidents

By Roger Childs

Fire fighters carry the injured man to  a waiting ambulance after the recent Waikanae River accident. ) (Photo by Kay Blundell)

Fire fighters carry the injured man to a waiting ambulance after the recent Waikanae River bank accident.  (Photo by Kay Blundell)

The long summer days have seen more mobility scooters emerging from Retirement Village gates. But are they safe? Accidents can happen, such as the recent mishap in early March described above, which resulted from a scooter toppling down a slope on the north Waikanae River bank.

Maybe it’s time, in our safety conscious society, to beef up the regulations for the motorised geriatrics in the interests of everyone. read more…

Hurricanes On Fire!

2015 March 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hurricanes 30-23 win was their fourth straight win this year, their best start to Super Rugby since the competition began… 20 years ago. Tony Robson DomPost.

Winning is style

 By Roger Childs

Hurricanes v Blues 1This was the team’s first match in New Zealand and some fans wondered about over-confidence. They need not have worried, as the Hurricanes were too strong for the Blues in a fast-moving, exciting game. Although it was four tries to two in Palmerston North, the visitors were very competitive and held the lead for much of the game. However, in the end the Wellington franchise had too much pace in the backs and generally had the edge in the forwards. read more…

Northland’s Fat Chance

2015 March 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Fat Winston Sings

An Upsetting And Uplifting Book

2015 March 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of Us is memorable

By Ralph McAllister

One of UsJust occasionally one reads a book which promises to remain with you forever. I am convinced that One Of Us  by Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, is one of those books.

Fifty years ago, almost to the day, I read and was horrified by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.  That book became and remains a classic of what we came to describe as faction.

The insights into the minds and actions of two mediocre nobodies who slaughtered four members of the Clutter family on their Kansas farm in a robbery which gained them $40, remain one of the great studies of American violence. read more…

CanSurvive Dragon Boaters In Competition

2015 March 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This team takes it seriously because they understand the huge benefits of dragon boating.

Using their experience to succeed

By Bette Cosgrove

CanSurvive in action

CanSurvive in action

The women of Wellington’s CanSurvive dragon boat team are pulling together their experience gained over the past year of national and international competition and their positive attitudes, to face the next three consecutive weeks of tough competition at local, regional and national paddling festivals.

Team members are drawn from all ages and backgrounds across the Wellington region from Kapiti to Miramar. Age or physical ability is no barrier to this team of breast cancer survivors, with three Hutt Valley paddlers being septuagenarians. read more…

Kapiti’s Health Care Problems

2015 March 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

map of kapiti coastHealth Factors in Super-city Plan?

By Jim Webber

Kapiti is at the northern end of the Greater Wellington region, comparable with Carterton and Greytown in terms of distance from Wellington’s regional hospital.

In terms of health-care, most of Kapiti District is covered by Capital & Coast District Health Board which encompasses a long, narrow strip from Wellington City to Pekapeka.  North of that, including Otaki, is in MidCentral DHB area.

As the mobile surgical bus operators point out, no other centre in New Zealand with the population of Kapiti is as far from a regional hospital — which poses problems for health care. read more…

Poisoning Children And Wildlife?

2015 March 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Protest out of control

By Roger Childs

Nathan Guy and John Key

Nathan Guy and John Key

Enthusiasm can quickly lead to fanaticism and sometimes stupidity. The threat of poisoning baby formula if the government doesn’t ban 1080 use, is abhorrent. Nothing wrong with the cause, KIN has long been an anti-1080 supporter, but the tactics are utterly misguided and highly dangerous. The mainstream media has predictably focused on John Key’s “eco-terrorism” view, the implications for Fonterra and our dairy industry and the effects on the stock market. Perhaps some attention could be given to the issue which is basis of this appalling blackmail: poisoning the land. read more…

Stewart Island Magic 1: Tranquility

2015 March 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 We who are fortunate enough to live here value the Island’s special qualities – its clear, clean waters, the lush rain forest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty that are constant in our lives. The Stewart Island Promotion Association

Port William on the north east coast

Port William on the north east coast

The latest news

By Roger Childs

If you want the news from our third biggest island, you need to read SIN. So what’s the lead story in the February-March edition of the Stewart Island News? Floating body found in Patterson Inlet? Car goes down a bank at Horseshoe Bay? Fishing boat catches fire off Tobacco Chew Point? None of the above, in fact the front page scoop is the ROCKS signs, like Oban You Rock. read more…

River Water Back On In Kapiti

2015 March 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Matt, a young Raumati Beach resident ,takes advantage of the flood-waters in Weka Park to go water boarding

Matt, a young Raumati Beach resident ,takes advantage of the flood-waters in Weka Park to go water boarding

No more bore water for a while following deluge

By Alan Tristram; photos, Helen Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says that, after a week on 100% bore water, the water supplies for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae switched back to river water after Friday’s rain.

It adds: “Whilst some people complain about the taste of bore water and the effect on hot water jugs, we are lucky — because of the foresight of previous councils — to have it as a backup.” read more…

Waitangi Reflections 2: Stakeholders

2015 March 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the second in our monthly series on the Treaty of Waitangi. Andy Oakley, author of “Cannons Creek to Waitangi”, looks at the key players in 1840 amongst whom were the white settlers living in New Zealand. In the light of this knowledge, he asks some serious questions about the nature of the Treaty settlement process.

Who were the interested parties in 1840?

By Andy Oakley

Signing the Treaty at Waitangi, February 1840

Signing the Treaty at Waitangi, February 1840

Little real thought has ever gone into who the stakeholders actually were with regards to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Firstly, to accurately analyse either the Treaty or who the stakeholders were, we need to ensure we refer only to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and not to other documents that were not the Treaty, such as the false English version written by James Freeman. Or for that matter “back translations” a hundred years after the event. read more…

New Zealander of the Year in London

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bronwen inspires Kiwis on International Women’s Day

Today women all over the globe are marking International Women’s Day, with the International Trade Union movement’s theme for the day  ‘Count us in’.

From London, Tom Aitken reports on a young Kiwi who is fulfilling the slogan.

bronwen horton‘I give It A Go !’

By Tom Aitken

This week Christchurch born and educated Bronwen Horton, ‘New Zealander of the Year 2013,’ spoke to the New Zealand University Graduates’ Association in the New Zealand House Penthouse, high above central London.

Bronwen’s day job is at Coutts Private Bank. However, she is also the founder of the New Zealand Business Women’s Network. read more…

Foreign Drivers: Don’t Copy Kiwis

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

belligerant drivers !

Amazing Sports Stories 17: Olivia

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 …it is her drive, fierce determination and total commitment that we all greatly admire. Lennox Sharp, East Otago High School Principal

A profile in courage

By Roger Childs. Photos by Steven Jaquery and supplied

Olivia OllerenshawDuathlete, Olivia Ollerenshaw, is not a household name in the world of sport, however her story of determination and recovery from a near death road accident is extraordinary. The 17 year old East Otago head girl won the South Island Secondary Schools’ Duathlon early in 2014. Not long after, while on a training ride, she was run over by a truck and trailer. She sustained multiple injuries and faced the possibility of having her right arm amputated. A promising sporting career was seemingly at an end. read more…

Why the Payments Gap is Wrong

2015 March 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanLow-wage earners and beneficiaries lose out…again

By Prue Hyman

On 1 April increases come in for benefits, superannuation, minimum wages, MPs’ pay and the rest – but can we make sense of them?

Annual adjustments in benefits and wages are a part of New Zealand’s social policy, and labour market framework, and the amounts involved regularly produce controversy which is often kneejerk rather than well informed.

But both beneficiaries and low wage earners are short changed by current policies.

read more…

Australian Professions of Loyalty

2015 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

malcolm turnbull ‘Et tu” Turnbull ?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

The top contender for the Australian PM’s job has again professed his undying loyalty to the leader.

This week Communications Minister  Malcolm Turnbull (also a former Liberal leader) , interviewed on ABC News, said the Liberal Party ‘inner room’ is fully behind Tony Abbott as Leader. read more…

Kites Soar at Otaki Beach

2015 March 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mayor Ross Church, resplendent in red 'Dorothy' shoes, admires the kite flight

Mayor Ross Church, resplendent in red ‘Dorothy’ shoes, admires the kite flight

 

Festival of kites wows visitors of all ages

Photo story by Ian Linning

It was an exhilarating, great, opening day, well organised, with reasonably-priced rides for the kids and good
food and coffee for the adults.

There was just enough wind to keep the kites in  the air, but not too much to blow the sand across the beach. read more…

‘Ghost’ signs and calligraphers

2015 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Nicole Swain hand lettering Shepherds’ Arms Hotel on the old Speight’s Ale House in Tinakori Road.  Image credit – Fine Signs

Nicole Swain hand lettering Shepherds’ Arms Hotel on the old Speight’s Ale House in Tinakori Road.
Image credit – Fine Signs

Calligraphers of Kapiti

By Pam Kessler

Our first club night of the year was held on 19 February, and what a great time we had as we caught up with our fellow calligraphers. Twenty people attended the meeting, including two visitors, who by the end of the evening had decided to join our merry throng.

Both told us they had dabbled with calligraphy in former lives and now wanted to renew their skills. They are already planning on taking lessons from club member Maggie Salter and so before they know it they will be fully immersed in the calligraphy world of pens, nibs, inks and papers. read more…

Isis Perils in UK

2015 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tom aitken cuTricky problems confronting British security services

By Tom Aitken in London

As I write, the front page of the The Times proclaims;

‘Isis butcher had been MI5 terror suspect for six years’

Two subheadings inform us further:

‘Jihadi John’ is computer science graduate from west London’

and

‘Security services made repeated attempts to recruit killer’ read more…

Abbott’s Attack on Refugees Rights

2015 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Gillian Triggs --Abbott wants her gone

Gillian Triggs –Abbott wants her gone

Another Side to Australian PM — attacking human rights and their staunch defender

Letter from Australia

By Julia Meek

One of the continuing stories from Canberra is the rumpus surrounding a report from the Human Rights Commission, presided over by Professor Gillian Triggs,.

This criticizes the Abbott Government about the number of children in detention in immigration centres in Australia and Manus Island and the terrible conditions they live under. read more…

Waikanae Children Survivors

2015 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanae pupils under tarpsIt was tough for the Waikanae School kids under tarps — while teachers luxuriated under tents !

WAIKANAE SCHOOL SURVIVORS

By Peter Corlett

If you were passing Waikanae School recent y you could be forgiven for thinking it had been solf off as a camping ground.
Te Poutama (the year 7-8 classes) were enduring – enjoying rather — a Survivors’ Day. read more…

ISIS Solution

2015 February 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guns Got Us Into This

Australian Greyhound Cruelty Exposed

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

greyhound racing two‘Brutal’ Greyhound industry should end

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, SAFE

(Save Animals From Exploitation)

I feel a bit sick. I just watched Australia’s current affairs show Four Corners on live-baiting in the greyhound industry.

Live-baiting is the practice of blooding greyhounds to increase their prey drive and make them run faster. This is achieved by tying small, live animals to a lure, dragging them around the track and letting the greyhounds rip them apart. read more…

The Confident Australian Cricketers

2015 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How do our trans-Tasman rivals stack up?

By John Smith

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

My starting point would be that they are the favourites and that they deserve to be: they have the ability, self-belief and motivation to win this tournament. For Australian cricketers and fans the memories of 1992 are even bitterer than for Kiwis: not only did they lose to New Zealand but they didn’t even make the semi-finals.

They see the World Cup as their tournament: they have won it four times: they expect to be in the final, which is being played on their turf – the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. They have a very strong battling line-up, all the way down to Johnson and Starc at 9 and 10, and they have a fast and lethal pace attack. read more…

Auckland Super City Works for Franklin

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Take the politicians out of politics and it would work perfectly! Andrew Baker, Chair, Franklin Board, Auckland

 More heat than light?

By Roger Childs

 Wellington local bodiesThe debate over possible amalgamation for the Wellington Region is heating up and there is plenty of argument and counter-argument. However, the process of informing the population about what’s proposed has been less than efficient. For example, Kapiti locals received a pamphlet on the proposals a few weeks ago labelled December 2014!

Various local body notables from across the region have sounded off in the media and the Kapiti Coast District Council has changed from a status quo position. It has decided to adopt a neutral stance, saying let the people decide. read more…

American Tourists Visit Marines Memorial

2015 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I didn’t know we were so involved in New Zealand during the war. American tourist

Visitors fascinated by the US-Kapiti connection

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

American visitors at the US Marines Memorial

By Roger Childs

Six Americans from the cruise ship MS Marina came out to Paekakariki on Monday. They were all interested in military history and were keen to find out more about the American presence on the Kapiti Coast in 1942-43. Formerly from New York they have now retired to the warmer climes of Florida. One was a Marine who served in the Korean War. read more…

Phoenix Draw With The Jets 2-2

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I thought it was a tremendous display of football without the finishing. Phoenix coach, Ernie Merrick

The home team should have won!

By Dave Daniel

Roly Bonavenca unfortunately scored an own goal

Roly Bonevacia unfortunately scored an own goal

Most spectators would have wondered how on earth the Phoenix did not win this game. However, while the result was hugely disappointing there was a lot to admire about this performance.

First the bad stuff: being 2-0 down after 18 minutes ensured that it was going to be a hard day at the office for Ernie Merrick’s team. The first was an unfortunate own goal off Roly Bonevacia and the second a Scott Neville header. Both from corners, situations that should have been dealt with, but the reaction of the Phoenix defenders was not hugely impressive. read more…

Church Leader Condemns Key’s War Move

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

PM joins ‘The Club ‘ and ignores public opinion

By the Very Rev. John Murray

After more than six months prevaricating, the Prime Minister has now on his own authority, decided that we the people of New Zealand, must enter the Middle East civil war.

His tactics to lull the unthinking and fearful people among us have included a long list of ‘maybes’, not this but not that. read more…

Prospects For The Trans-Tasman Cricket Clash

2015 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our Melbourne correspondent, John Smith, looks at the weekend’s long awaited match up in the World Cup. In the first of two articles he analyses the Black Caps line-up.

A history of not making the final about to change?

By John Smith

Black Caps Southee wicketAs a Black Caps fan from way before they were called the Black Caps I know only too well the cycle of hope and despair that comes with that: all of our World Cup semi-final exits are scarred into my memory.

But I have a special feeling about this team, and this year and I am going to go with that until – and if – events prove me wrong. From where I sit in Melbourne, I am getting the same feeling as I did with the Rugby World Cup in 2011. A very special team playing consistently well, led by an impressive captaincy and coaching team, and with the country getting behind them. read more…

Fighting Democracy for the USA

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Andy on Key's war on democracy

Why NZ Troops Should Stay Put

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Russell MarshallTime for NZ to stop following US and UK into foreign wars

By Russell Marshall (former Labour Cabinet Minister)

In 1899 when Britain was at war in South Africa, our European population was still largely no more than third generation, the opportunity to travel offshore to support Britain was welcomed by a good number of young men who duly signed up, as did a number of female teachers and nurses.
It was largely the same, just over a decade after the Boer War ended. Until 1917 when older men and others began to be drafted, there was no shortage of volunteers, though for the first time there were some conscientious objectors. read more…

Poetry Blooms Again In Kapiti

2015 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Copy of Ward, Gill Poetry book launch 2011 007Local children can get poems published

By Gill Ward

Greetings from the sidelines of Poetry and Literature.
Mostly lately I have felt that I’m there giving a short, hoarse cheer for the arts world, but things are looking up and I am getting back on deck (oh a cliché – sorry!) and hope my column will be more regular.
Well… Poets to the People 2015 is on its way for the year and hopefully you will have received or seen information about February’s poet and the new venue, Hightide Café on Marine Parade Paraparaumu. read more…

Black Caps On A Roll?

2015 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tim Southee takes seven wickets as Black Caps steamroll England. The Melbourne Age

New Zealand in great form at the World Cup

By Roger Childs

Black Caps celebrateThe Black Caps came into the tournament with some excellent lead-up performances. There was a comfortable win in the series against Sri Lanka, then two easy wins over Pakistan and a surprisingly comprehensive victory over one of the favourites, South Africa.

In the first match of the World Cup it was another comfortable win over the Sri Lankans, then a closer victory over Scotland followed by the brutal mauling of the English on Friday. The Australian experts and media are starting to take notice and the trans-Tasman clash in Auckland next weekend is eagerly awaited. read more…

‘Don’t Swim’ notice for Kapiti streams

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

children in kapiti streamCouncil warns public of bacteria danger in three local streams

A high bacterial count has been found in three local streams in the district and Council is advising people, especially children, not to swim in these waterways.

Tests in Wharemaukau Stream (outlet by Waterfront Bar & Kitchen), Takitou Stream (beside Kapiti Boating Club) and Waimeha Stream (north Waikanae) have revealed high bacterial counts due to dry weather and low/slow water flows. read more…

National Down in Latest Poll

2015 February 22
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by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john key wideshotRoy Morgan Poll shows National falling to 49%, down 3% since January 5-18

 

The latest NZ Roy Morgan Poll shows National falling to 49%, down 3% since January 5-18.
Support for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners has also fallen with the Maori Party 1.0% (down 0.5%), Act NZ 0% (down 1%) and United Future still on 0% (unchanged). read more…

Assisted Death Pioneer Coming to Kapiti

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dutch Doctor to spread the word about assisted dying

By Alan Tristram

Dr Ron Jonquiere

Dr Rob Jonquiere

Dr Rob Jonquière, a world-famous doctor who helped pioneer Dutch euthanasia law, is to visit the Kapiti Coast in eight days’ time as part of a nationwide tour.
He is a leading campaigners for medically assisted dying, and has had more than 30 years’ experience with Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) and working on legal issues and doctors in the Netherlands.
He is currently Communications Director of the ‘World Federation of Right to Die Societies,’ which campaigns in 24 countries for peoples’ right to a  ‘dignified death.’ read more…

Corporates Design New Pyramid

2015 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Corporate Pyramid

Kapiti Women’s Triathlon On March 1

2015 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Encouraging participation

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The Raumati Beach setting for the KWT

The Raumati Beach setting for the KWT

The 2015 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 1st March.

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

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

Police Warn of Computer Scam

2015 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 computer criminalsElderly Waikanae man defrauded of $20,000

Kapiti Police have warned locals about computer crime, saying a 79-year-old Waikanae man lost $20,000 yesterday.

They say he got a phone call from a man calling himself a ‘Spark’ technician, who said he was calling to fix the man’s computer connections.

The victim then gave the caller remote access to his computer, which  led to the $20,000 financial loss. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 4: Falls, Delta and National Park

2015 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Into Zambia but not without incident!

Story by Tony Fraei. Photos by Allsion Fraei

Namibia af_2014-08-23_3189 (2)From Namibia we drove into Zambia to visit the Victoria Falls at Livingstone. The border crossing was quite a challenge. While our Rental was allowed to cross the border there was still a lot of paper work viz. an import license, insurance for Zambia and tax payments both in and out. Plus all these transactions were handled by different individuals each with their own queue. However, these challenges have happened before and you just roll with the punches and keep smiling, being friendly and staying relaxed works in every country we have ever been in. read more…

New Councillor for KCDC

2015 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

michael scottWaikanae lawyer elected to fill Council vacancy

Waikanae lawyer Michael Scott has been elected as the new Waikanae Ward councillor on the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

The results of the by-election for the seat, which became vacant with the death of Councillor Tony Lloyd late last year, have just been announced. They are as follows: read more…

Wonderful Ti Kouka Track Now Open

2015 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

thanks again for another great horse / people track. Horsewoman, Anita Jones

Whareroa Guardians push out the tracks

View from near the top of the Ti Kouka track

View from near the top of the Ti Kouka track

By Roger Childs

Another fantastic walking, running or riding experience is now possible in Whareroa Farm on the Kapiti Coast. Volunteers worked on the track with support from the DOC Community Conservation Partnerships Fund. It was officially opened on 1 February and led by Guardian Coordinator, Ann Evans, a group of horses and trampers headed upwards into the mist. This new trail rises 300m and reaches the highest point in the Farm.
read more…

Picture Of The Week: Top Of The Ti Kouka Track

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whareora Te Kouka 1 horses

 

A few of us met up to go for a ride since the weather was less than ideal at the official track opening. We were all impressed with the track, it was clear enough footing for us to have a nice canter uphill. It was so nice to have the track to ourselves yesterday but we are loving having to share it and look out for only people, not mountain bikes!

Anita Jones

Anti Super City Campaign Gathers Steam

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Success So Far in Anti-Amalgamation Campaign

Wellington local bodiesBy Alan Tristram

The Paraparaumu Beach resident who started a campaign against the Wellington ‘Super City’ plan says he’s getting good feedback from local citizens. Graeme Trask says that over the last two weekends when he has been out  canvassing, many people have voiced their concerns to him.

He says: “Generally they are saying they don’t want to see any amalgamation with other regions.” read more…

Otaihanga Murder Hearing

2015 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OtaihangaMurder suspect given name suppression

The man charged with the weekend murder in the riverside community of Otaihanga on the Kapiti Coast has appeared in court.

The victim, Catherine Gay Stewart, 56, who was a popular and well-known nurse at a Paraparaumu clinic, was found dead at her Otaihanga home on Valentine’s Day. read more…

Surprises In The Super 15

2015 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You’ve got to win those arm-wrestles and we did enough. Chiefs coach, Dave Rennie

Top teams struggle

By Roger Childs

Super rugbyWith the main sports focus on the World Cup cricket opening, the Super 15 rugby season got underway with less fanfare than usual. There are always unexpected results, but no-one anticipated three of last year’s semi-finalists losing in the first round. The exception was the Brumbies, who thrashed the Reds 47-3, in the weekend’s biggest victory.  Meanwhile the 2015 champions, the Waratahs, were well beaten and the other finalist, the Crusaders, and semi-finalist, the Sharks, suffered unexpected defeats. It could be a very close competition this season. read more…

Australia’s Human Rights Abuses

2015 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Abbott tries to defend refugee mistreatment by attacking messenger

By Julia Meek in Melbourne 

Refugee boatsAustralian PM Tony Abbott has worsened his international reputation even  more by savagely attacking the body that criticised his country’s appalling treatment of refugees.

While questions continue about his leadership, despite his survival in a confidence vote in his own caucus, one of the Abbott government’s boasts is that they “turn back the boats” of asylum seekers and refugees attempting to reach Australian shores. read more…

“MOMENTS for which there are no words”

2015 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…changing and challenging times. Writer Janet Slater Bottin

Local writer launches adult readers` anthology

Janet BottinOtaki author, Janet Slater Bottin, has had a long and distinguished career writing for children dating back to 1987. However, her latest venture is a set of short stories for adults. Janet will launch her anthology MOMENTS for which there are no words at 7pm on February 19 in the Paraparaumu Library meeting room.

The collection includes stories of topics ranging from a wartime prisoner escape to recollections of a teenage adventure. read more…

Murder Inquiry at Otaihanga

2015 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OtaihangaPolice arrest man after woman’s body found in house near Paraparaumu

Kapiti police say they started a ‘homicide Investigation’ about 1.45pm yesterday after they were called to a residential address at the peaceful riverside suburb of Otaihanga, north of Paraparaumu.

A middle aged woman was located dead inside the address and a homicide investigation was launched.

A 29 year old man, who was known to the victim, was located nearby and arrested. read more…

Kapiti Cleric Opposes War Move

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
John Murray

John Murray

JOIN THE CLUB ?

By the Very Rev. John Murray, Of Raumati

Former head of the NZ Presbyterian Church

Confused by the swithering words of Mr Key, we New Zealanders should join the Club – the Coalition of the Righteous – get ready for war,  help save the world from “terror” and put an end to the threat to world peace from those Muslims.

Well, that’s the official view.

read more…

John Key’s Big Gamble

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

One Armed Bandit

‘If these people love gambling so much, why not gamble with their own money?’

Volunteers’ Kindness More Vital than Economics

2015 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wendy HustonHow  volunteers bring happiness to residents in Kapiti’s Trust’s homes

By Wendy Huston, CEO, Kapiti Retirement Trust

You can go on to any economic website or even use ‘Dr Google’ and you will get a truckload of data on the value of volunteer work as part of GDP, value to the country etc etc.

While such facts may make interesting reading, in terms of its real value the data is all academic.  The essence of volunteering is not economic, it’s people. read more…

A Feast Of Cricket In Prospect

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hard to look beyond Australia New Zealand and South Africa. Man for man, South Africa have the most quality, but they also carry the most scars from World Cups past. New Zealand are in red-hot form, but I wonder whether they have the mental strength to go past the semi-final barrier that’s stopped them six times. Dileep Premachandran, Indian cricket writer

 A huge event for New Zealand

By Roger Childs

World Cup CricketSharing the ICC Cricket World Cup with Australia is one of the biggest sporting events in our history. Over the next six weeks 14 countries will battle it out to determine who is the champion one-day international team. On Saturday 14 February the tournament gets underway with New Zealand playing Sri Lanka in Christchurch while England takes on Australia in Melbourne.

A television audience of possibly up to one billion will watch from around the world in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Scotland, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.
read more…

Kapiti Police chase car driving on rims

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

otaki policeLong pursuit ends on beach when offender crashes on wastewater pipe

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti police say several of their cars chased a stolen car for several kilometres along SHI and then onto the beach at Raumati and Paraparaumu.

After first being spotted on the Haywards Hill by a Kapiti police dog handler, they say, the stolen car was chased, then ‘spiked’ on Paekakariki Hill Road.

But the offender continued driving on SHI on three tireless wheels, then  headed to the Waterfront Bar area at Raumati Beach and onto the beach, driving north for several kilometres before crashing. read more…

Lax Biosecurity for Kapiti Island?

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mickey Mouse Biosecurity for Kapiti Island Visitors

Gurunathan

By Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Boating Club’s move to substantially increase its rent charged to Kapiti Island Nature Tours has exposed the Micky Mouse biosecurity measures at the mainland departure point to one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves. Kapiti Island Nature Tours had been renting space at the KBC building to conduct its biosecurity and check-in facilities for visitors.

read more…

Democracy: Subversion And Restoration

2015 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…let’s get involved in trying to change things, however we can!

Frustration for the Greens

By Prue Hyman

Pru HymanMy third column on the erosion of our democracy, unashamedly pays tribute to the last two male co-leaders of the Greens Party. I am sad though totally understanding of the resignation of Russel Norman from that position, taking effect in a few months. Yet another three years of being effective leader of the opposition, despite Labour being the largest opposition party, must be unattractive when the Greens have so many positive ideas for change which they are not in a position to enact. read more…

Mandy Hager On The Catton Comments

2015 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

mandy author at desk jan 2010Govt attacks on writers must be resisted

By Mandy Hager

I’m sure by now you’ll all have heard about the brouhaha caused by Eleanor Catton’s interview while she was at a festival in India.

Our poor sensitive PM got a little hot under the collar when she said: “At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, (is dominated by) these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. . . read more…

Abbott Dodges A Bullet

2015 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tony Abbott needs to let his ministers do more talking and better understand his opponents’ perspectives if he is truly to reset his leadership, negotiation experts say. Judith Ireland, National Political Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald

Economic woes since the election

 By John Smith in Melbourne

Tony Abbott hangs on as prime minister

Tony Abbott hangs on as prime minister

Tony Abbott led the Liberal/National Coalition to victory in the 2013 election by being very negative. He offered few sensible policies and managed to create an impression that Labor had not done well with economic policy. (Ironically, this one of the few areas that Labor did handle well.) Since then the terms of trade have gone down, as a result of sharp drops in resource prices, and the government is struggling to meet financial targets due to factors out of its control.

The Coalition has made that worse than it needed to be, by poor policy such as asking all people to take some pain, but the poor much more than the rich. read more…

Kapiti Island Tourism

2015 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Popular Kiosk gets Kapiti Island tours tenant

By Alan Tristram

best kioskThe Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has agreed to allow a firm running Kāpiti Island tours to rent the popular MacLean Park kiosk at Paraparaumu Beach for the rest of the summer.

Kapiti Island Nature Tours (KINT) asked to use the newly-refurbished kiosk temporarily.

Two years ago the kiosk was saved from demolition after a huge public outcry and campaign.  This followed the KCDC initial plan to get rid of the fire-damaged building. The council then changed its mind and restored the iconic structure.

read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 3: The Essence of Africa

2015 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Seeing the African wildlife

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Namibia af_2014-08-23_3189 (2)Etosha National Park, which is one of the world’s great wildlife viewing venues. It is huge, some 350km from east to west. There is lots of accommodation, with three campsites at Okaukuejo, Namutoni and Halai. Each site has lodges, camp sites and a large restaurant and bar. All have excellent watering holes, with two (Okaukuejo and Halai) lit up all night.

You are not allowed out of the Campsites at night so in the months we visited August and September the water holes are very busy with plenty of wildlife coming by. In the winter period these water holes would be the only source of water, apart from others you can visit during the day outside the camps. read more…

KCDC Reply On Amalgamation

2015 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Civic Building

KCDC Civic Building

 Super City plan ‘not being driven by councils’

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has replied to criticism in the Kapiti Independent, (see the story below about Graeme Trask), that it isn’t doing enough to help locals make up their minds on the ‘Super City’ proposals.

The KCDC says: “Local government amalgamation is a central government initiative run through the Local Government Commission. It is not being driven by local councils. read more…

Anti Amalgamation Website

2015 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

graeme traskKapiti citizen urges locals to join the fight against ‘Super City’

By Alan Tristram

The son of a former Kapiti mayor says it’s time local people woke up to the dangers of local body amalgamation — and he’s set up a website to back his cause.

Graeme Trask, of Paraparaumu Beach, says people are not being properly informed about the issues surrounding plans for a Wellington region ‘Super City.’ And he says the Kapiti Coast District Council isn’t doing much to help.

His website is: kapiticoastdistrict.co.nz. read more…

High On The Hills Above Whareroa

2015 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This track takes trampers and horse riders up to the highest point of the reserve: “The Rocks”, at 320m altitude, a total climb of 300m. Whareroa Guardian Convener, Ann Evans

Ambitious track opened

By Roger Childs

2015-01-31 07.30.09The Whareroa Farm’s latest track is the steepest and highest yet. Cut into the south-eastern corner of the Whareroa land area, the trail rises 300m to reach some large rocks high above. From here, and along the way up, there are spectacular views of land, sea and island.

On Sunday February 1 the Ti Kouka/Rocks Track was officially opened by the Guardians. However the day before four runners from the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers decided to take up the challenge of running it. read more…

Letter From Australia

2015 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

220px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010Will Australians lose a leader soon?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

Australians are in a great state of excitement over the questioned leadership of PM Tony Abbott.

And the excitement went up another notch at the weekend when it was announced a special Liberal caucus meeting to vote on his leadership would be brought forward a day to  Monday (February 9).

The media are speculating with enthusiasm, perhaps even more so than the general public. read more…

Remembering Animals On Waitangi Day

2015 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The old hospital was built 1918-1920-ish as an infectious disease treatment facility, this was back in the day when they thought building a hospital on the top of a hill was a great idea because fresh air cured TB. URBEX NZ

Wellington SPCA Open Day a great success

By Roger Childs

2015-02-06 11.20.24The SPCA is probably the nation’s most popular charity. So it was appropriate for the Wellington branch to invite the public to its recently developed headquarters on Waitangi Day. The old Fever Hospital on Mount Victoria is now home to a range of animals wanting families to adopt them. People from the region flocked in their thousands to the Alexandra Road site and parking was at a premium.

Needless to say, there were plenty of children present, enthralled by the animals and no doubt putting pressure on Mum and Dad to order a new pet for collection on Monday. But there was no sign of Gareth Morgan wanting to adopt a cat, or of the ghost of “Sister Slippers”. read more…

Key’s New Laptop

2015 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Laptop Keys Color (1)

Waitangi Reflections 1: Tangata (People)

2015 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He aha te mea nui o te ao. What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. (Maori proverb)

 A day for all New Zealanders

By Roger Childs

Source: suzeinmayfair.com

Source: suzeinmayfair.com

Whatever people’s ethnicity, Waitangi Day is for all New Zealanders. In 2015, it marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, sometimes called “our founding document”. This agreement guaranteed certain rights to all people living in the country at the time, the descendants of Pacific Island migrants, and white settlers, in exchange for British sovereignty.

Sadly in recent years, the formalities at Waitangi have been marred by protests, political grandstanding and the jostling of dignitaries. February 6 should be a day when we celebrate unity in diversity, and media reports should be about people getting together in positive ways in our multi-cultural society. This is what the Canadians and Australians do on their national days. read more…

Kapiti’s Waitangi Day

2015 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waitangi Treaty gounds

Waitangi Treaty grounds

Special Waitangi event at Queen Elizabeth Park

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says “Don’t miss the Waitangi Day commemorations in Kapiti tomorrow (Friday 6 February) !”
It says the event at Queen Elizabeth Park will be co-hosted by Ngāti Toarangatatira and the KCDC.

It will begin at 10am with a powhiri, followed by plenty of entertainment and activities finishing at 4pm. read more…

Journey Of A Lifetime 2: Heart Of The Desert

2015 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We continue our series on the Fraei’s amazing trip though Namibia and some nearby countries. To read episode 1, scroll down the Home Page.

Wildlife and metal roads

Story by Tony Fraei, photos by Allison Fraei

Accommodation at Fish River Canyon

Accommodation at Fish River Canyon

In our first week on the road we had already seen a lot of varied wildlife from the roads we traversed. There were lots of Springbok (short horns), Gemsbok Oryx (long straight horns), Kudu and Impala (spiral horns), plus Ostriches and Eland who apparently come from the buffalo family.

The other new experience for us was that, as we left the main sealed highway south to get to Fish River Canyon, we travelled on our first metal road. This road was quite dissimilar to metal roads in NZ. It was a bit wider and certainly very straight, but had not been graded. Consequently it was heavily rutted, providing a very jarring ride. read more…

The Best of Andy

2015 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poverty in NZLife with Kiwi Key

To mark the Great Leader’s 3rd term — and continuing popularity — KIN is reproducing some of cartoonist Andy’s best tributes to Mr (‘Kiwi’) Key.

Andy has chronicled many of Mr Key’s signal contributions to NZ culture, speech patterns and political philosophy.

More soon from Andy…

Life with the Patels Looks Up

2015 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
'New era' with Mayor Church

‘New era’ with Mayor Church

Kapiti Mayor & Cr Welsh get on the case with the corner dairy

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has sprung into action over the Patels’ parking problems at the Raumati Beach shopping centre.

Following our ‘Life wth the Patels’ stories, the Council has assured us that they are  ‘aware of the Patel’s frustrations and actively working on  finding solutions.’ read more…

Ready to Tax Your Brain?

2015 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Throwing out the challenge!

By Leslie Clague

Wonderful worldOkay, want a New Year challenge? Feel like exploring the extraordinary in bite size pieces? Prepared to work your brain and fantasy? There’s a book I would like to recommend. It’s What a Wonderful World: Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell by Marcus Chown.

Handed over the fence by our retired civil engineer neighbour, he suggested it was a good read. And indeed it was mostly enjoyed for opening up the world and the universe in clear, light, friendly prose.

Chown is a well-known writer and broadcaster. He works as a “cosmology consultant” for the magazine New Scientist. His Wonderful World book came out in 2013 and is divided into five parts. read more…

World Champions Vie For Supreme Sports Award

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The big one

 By Roger Childs

Murray HalbergThe Supreme Sports Award is for the best in 2014, individual or team. There have some distinguished recipients in the past. Lydia Ko won it last year; Valerie Adams has taken it three times; the World Cup winning All Blacks did so in 2011 and the incomparable rowers, Bond and Murray, won in 2012.

The one year the Halberg panel got it wrong, was in giving the award to the All Whites for doing better than expected at the World Cup in 2010. Like the other awards, the big one should only go to world champions and we always have plenty to choose from. read more…

Beautiful Writing, Kapiti !

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OCalligraphy Column for Kapiti Independent

By Alan Tristram

Beautiful writing is worth celebrating in every sense of the phrase.
So we’ve asked Pam Kessler, a founding member of Kapiti Calligraphers, to write a monthly column ( see below).

Pam, a retired teacher, worked for 33 years at all levels with children and adults, both in NZ and California.

Pam is a founding member of the Calligraphers of Kapiti, a member of the Friends of the Library and Friends of Mahara Gallery, a trustee for the Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Charitable Trust, and a published author.

She loves working with art materials, and calligraphy provides a chance to extend and explore. See her first column below…

How to Write Beautifully

2015 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Calligrapher Maxine Livingston, who features in this month's column

Calligrapher Maxine Livingston, who features in this month’s column

Calligraphers of Kapiti — and Maxine Livingston’s work

By Pam Kessler

Welcome to the world of calligraphy and lettering arts, a world of creativity, innovation, dripping ink and splashing paint!

Calligraphy is thriving on the Kapiti Coast proving that the ancient art of beautiful writing continues to be exciting and engaging. read more…