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Hooked By A Dame?

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful world of pantomime

By Ralph  McAllister

Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime.

Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year.

That was in forties Scotland.

The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames emerged on their first entrances remain embedded in my memory.

The cheers that greeted Katie (Gavin Rutherford) Pie at the opening night of Peter Pan at Circa this past weekend were no less considerable. read more…

Japan: Soccer v Rugby

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Transforming Japanese soccer

By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith

Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university.

This was also the case with rugby and other sports.

This is where all the necessary contacts were made and coming from a strong high school or university definitely smoothed the path to becoming a national representative. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers

2017 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1 (Credit Schulz)

    The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Memorials On The Western Front

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Reminders from souvenirs

By Howard Chamberlain

Howard with one of the wagons used in an Arras tunnel

In my first article for Kapiti Independent News I wrote about my trip to the Western Front as being a series of daily adventures and spoke a little of Paris, of Clairière de l’Armistice (where the Armistice was signed on 11 Nov 1918) and Arras where the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company worked for a long time. (To find this first article, scroll down to October  29.)

Looking through my souvenirs of the visit to Great War Western Front in France and Flanders caused me to think about some of the other things that emerged from that visit. read more…

Peter Pan the Pantomime!

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Outstanding entertainment for all the family  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Get hooked this Pantomime season with one of the most loved stories of all times.

Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland.

Without Google Maps, their only directions are: ‘Second on the right and straight on ‘til morning!’

Meet the Lost Boys, the cunning crocodile and the crooked Captain Hook!  And of course, there’s the Dame, played by all-time favourite Gavin Rutherford. read more…

Our Unique Fuchsias

2017 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata)

By Cushla McGaughey

Kotukutuku is the world’s tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter.

It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed or cuttings, the tree will not tolerate drought or strong wind.

The flowers can grow directly from the tree trunk. The buds are green, streaked with purple, but the flowers turn red after pollination. If the buds are red, then it’s an exotic fuchsia, not our endemic kotukutuku. Tui and bellbirds are the primary pollinators. read more…

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The proceeds from our Hospice Strawberry Festivals go towards paying for all the services our patients need – doctors, nurses, pain-relieving medication, counselling, home visits and much more.

Saturday 18 November 9am-3pm

This year it’s all happening in the grounds of Kapiti School on Rimu Road, opposite the Council Buildings and the Library.

As well as supporting the Hospice you get to enjoy all the other great things that happen at each uniquely different festival. Kapiti is a family fun day, with 100 stalls, Rugby World Cups to be photographed alongside, food, lots of entertainment and things to buy.

This year it ties in with the Kapiti Coast Festival. read more…

Did Youthquest Kapiti Need To Fold?

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We contacted MPs, we had potential proposals for sustainable income for next year. We just needed to get to next year. Darcy Hata, Youthquest Kapiti mentoring manager

Well-heeled young folk do better?

By Roger Childs

Youthquest Kapiti graduation

Back in June, I was honoured to be present at the Youthquest Kapiti (YQK) prize giving. (Good to know that the Mayor was there.) It was great to see nine young men who were “at risk” before they started their tough six week course, graduating, and speaking about having their lives turned-around.

Most were from working class backgrounds and many were part-Maori.

Earlier in the year I had attended a Council meeting where representatives from the national ZEAL youth organisation were given 40 minutes to make a case for more KCDC funding. One of the group spoke of a recent achievement in building the confidence of a very shy girl.

Comparing the two groups today: YQK has had to go into liquidation, whereas ZEAL, is alive and well, and as of June 2016, has well over $360,000 in the bank. read more…

History As Propaganda

2017 November 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The case of Vincent O’Malley

By John Robinson  

Recently several of us took the train to Wellington to hear a talk at the National Library by Vincent O’Malley about his recent book, The Great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000.

O’Malley does not take on the role of an independent scholar; indeed, he is firmly in the rebel camp.

He is an avowed supporter of the king movement and the dedication of his book is to “those who founded and fought to defend the Kingitanga”.

His presentation began with a slide of his friendly meeting with the current ‘king’. read more…

The Fight for Nature

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Panel discussion at Victoria University

By Bill Benfield

Sue and I went to “the Fight for Nature” at Victoria University on November 10.

The panel discussion was moderated by Kathryn Ryan, host of the radio programme “nine to noon”.

The panel was

  • Emma Marris from the US
  • Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato and a recipient of the Royal Society Charles Fleming Award
  • Jamie Steer from Greater Wellington Council
  • Myfanwy Emeny from Wellington City Council who deals with the burning issues of kaka from Zealandia nesting in suburbanites roofs
  • Jacqueline Beggs, director of the Centre for Biodiversity from AU
  • Wayne Linklater from Victoria.

read more…

Helping The Refugees

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ROOT CAUSES OF REFUGEE CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED

By Murray Horton, political activist and writer since 1969; organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)  

The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for trying to do the decent thing by, in her words, “offering to lend a hand” with regards to Australia’s appalling treatment of refugees detained, then abandoned, on Manus Island (not to forget the others detained on Nauru). Malcolm Turnbull tried to swat her away by saying that he has a deal with the US to take the Manus men – I think pigs will fly before Donald Trump honours what he calls “the worst deal ever”, made by Barack Obama.

Nor do I see why there is anything stopping Jacinda from dealing directly with Papua New Guinea. After all, the Manus Island men are being detained in its country and Australia has abandoned them. NZ and PNG are two independent countries, so what’s to stop the two governments sorting out this mess of Australia’s making? read more…

The True Believer

2017 November 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Critics Exit Left

2017 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Professional critics are an “endangered species”

Tom Aitken, in London, reviews another reviewer’s despair of a dying art

Chris Tookey: 1993 ‘Better Criticism – Ten Commandments for a Dying Art’ (Arena Books)

In December 2013, Christopher Tookey, who had been the Daily Mail’s greatly admired principal film critic for seven years, was sacked. His recently published book examines the reasons for his rejection and that of a number of other distinguished newspaper film critics.

The blurb summarises the situation:

‘Paid critics are an endangered species, and good criticism is a dying art. Editors are culling many, and frequently all, of their best critics. Especially on the internet but also in newspapers and magazines, there’s more bad criticism than ever before –– needlessly rude, ill-judged, poorly expressed or bigoted and sometimes all four.’ read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96

2017 November 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Hoop Club Well Represented

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Big basketball tournament in the Hutt

The Kapiti 8s and under

By Angelo Robinson

Hoop Club Kapiti recently took part in one of Wellington’s biggest junior basketball tournaments.

Hoop Club Hutt Valley organised and hosted this year’s junior basketball tournament on Saturday 11. November.

This all-day event proved so popular with 53 teams participating that the organisers had to book a second venue. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Safe To Feel Hopeful?

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A government of change, but still some worries

By Mandy Hager

Made the right call in the end

After the ambiguous election results and then the wait for coalition talks, I thought I would be over the moon when Winston Peters finally made his call to support a government of change.

And, don’t get me wrong, I am.

Nine long years of watching our democracy, social supports, human rights and futures undermined by a cynical, self-interested National-led government is quite enough.

But the mess and pain they have left behind for others to clean up, while still (unbelievably) lauding themselves as having improved our lot, leaves me nervous.

Why? I still have nagging concerns in a number of areas. read more…

American WW2 Sailor Passes On

2017 November 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ted Pickard was here in 1943

By Allie Webber

Theodore (Ted) Picard, one of three U.S.Navy veterans who returned to Kapiti in 2012 to honour his ten mates who drowned in a tragic landing exercise off Paekakariki Beach during World War II, died in Hatfield (Maine) on November 9, aged 97.

The three men forged a life-long friendship in the Navy.

Mr Picard was coxswain (driver) of an LCVP loaded with Marines in combat gear, Ray Plante was on the ship itself, and Frank Zalot was in the beach party of 25 sailors whose task was to manage the flotilla after landing their human cargo. read more…

Poem of the Week: The Tide Recedes

2017 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

A time to remember

By Roger Childs

Back in mid October there was a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice in Kapiti.

Loved ones of those who were helped by the Hospice over the previous five months, before they passed on, were remembered.

These remembrance ceremonies are always moving occasions and there are many appropriate reading and songs.

One of the readings from this recent service features below. read more…

Tonga Takes The Cake

2017 November 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Busy sporting times

By Roger Childs

The Tongans celebrate an historic victory

There was plenty of excitement over the weekend in a mixed bag of results for New Zealand.

The All Blacks, The Breakers and The Phoenix(!) won, while the Kiwis and Maori All Blacks lost.

Meanwhile the All Whites, seeking World Cup qualification, lived to fight another day in Lima, with a nil all draw at the Caketin.

However, probably the most impressive result from the last two days, was Tonga’s win over New Zealand in the rugby league. read more…

Women Mountaineers Reach For The Heights

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Playwright Jan Bolwell brings these two women mountaineers together across time to challenge and confront each other about their climbing prowess and the challenges and difficulties they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Taking the High Ground

Jan Bolwell’s new play Taking the High Ground delves into the lives of two outstanding climbers.

  • Freda du Faur, an Australian, was the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1910.
  • Lydia Bradey, a New Zealander, was the first woman to scale Mount Everest solo and without oxygen in 1988.

Bolwell pushes the women together across time to confront each other about their climbing worlds and the challenges they face in both their professional and personal lives. read more…

The Wonderful Cabbage Tree ~ Ti Kouka

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More than meet the eye

By Cushla McGaughey

Cabbage tree fruit

The Cabbage Tree is common in swamps, flood plains and forest margins, but will die if overgrown by larger trees.

The young cabbage tree develops as a single slender stem, until the first flowering.

The flower panicles arise from the growing tip, so causing the trunk to branch. Each successive flowering causes further branching.

There is much more to a Cabbage Tree than meets the eye.

The flowers attract honey bees and bumblebees, native bees and moths, tui and bellbirds. The fruits are important in the diet of kereru and popular with bellbirds. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 95 Answers

2017 November 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10

    You can do the latest challenge by scrolling down to November 8.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Poisoner Attacks Trees

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maclean Park pond at Paraparaumu Beach

KCDC to remove dead pohutukawa trees at Paraparaumu Beach 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says someone appears to have deliberately poisoned pohutukawa trees at a popular children’s park at Paraparaumu Beach.

The Council says it’s letting Maclean Park users know that six large pohutukawa trees have recently died and will need to be removed. read more…

“Many a Word” Calligraphy Exhibition

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local Calligraphers showing their wares

The exhibition is happening in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space at the Paraparaumu Public Library.

It will be open to view

 ~ Sunday 19th November until Friday 8th December

 ~ the hours the library is open.

As well as exhibits there will be calligraphic cards and gift items available for sale daily from 11.30 to 3.30 – and some days there will also be calligraphers demonstrating their skills in the art space. read more…

The Power of Prayer

2017 November 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor In The Dark?

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA was “bending over backwards to help” and was “caught between a rock and a hard place” as it tried to keep motorists safe and remedy noise complaints, he (Guru) said. Dominion Post, November 3 2017

The worry is after dark

By Roger Childs

Does Guru understand the issues?

Residents affected by expressway noise at night, wonder if Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan (Guru) understands what’s been going on since the new road opened on February.

Many parts of the four lane highway do have sound walls and earth bunds to protect nearby residents from the sound of traffic; but not all.

A particular problem is the noise generated by big trucks passing through the area in the wee small hours.

Local groups have been agitating to get the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) to take measures to reduce the noise affecting residents who live close by.

Some action has belatedly been taken, but NZTA has not been bending over backwards to help as the mayor claims. read more…

London Climax For Men’s Tennis

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

What a difference a year makes

By Roger Childs

The indoor venue in London

The Barclay’s Indoor Tournament is the year’s finale for men’s tennis.

It’s also the toughest event of the year, as only the top eight seeds take part.

They play round-robin in two groups and the best two in each, contest the semi-finals.

This year there are players from eight different nations, and six of them were not in the 2016 draw.

Gone from last year’s group are injured players Andy Murray (winner in 2016), Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, as well as Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. read more…

1080 – Buses and Books

2017 November 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How can you reveal the truth if those to whom you are speaking do not want to hear? Journalist David Walsh

Seen on the back of a bus

By Roger Childs

This time it’s the honey bus! (To see the kea bus, scroll down to November 9)

Sadly, under pressure from the pro-poisoners these revelations of the truth are no longer featuring.

If you feel strongly about the truth getting out on 1080, ring the bus company on 0800 801 700 to show your support for the signs. read more…

Fighting in Raumati Street

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police investigating fight in Kapiti

Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Martin says Police responded to reports of three men fighting outside a property in Raumati around 8:30pm last night.

It is believed the fight was in relation to an earlier incident at an address on Rimu Road.  read more…

Ban 1080 On A Bus

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The signs on the buses are being removed! It looks as though the Poisoners have been at work complaining. I believe there are proper channels to go through but this doesn’t appear to be what has happened in this case. Environmentalist Bill Benfield

Getting the ‘Ban 1080’ message out!

Many readers will have seen the news about the Department of Conservation admitting that 1080 had killed kea.

To their credit, the DomPost recently featured a missive from a Kapiti resident “voicing” criticism of DoC’s use of 1080, as letter of the day with a photo.

One senses that there is a growing ground swell against the poisoning, especially as one on the Coalition partners, New Zealand First, has campaigned to ban 1080. There was also a big march in Coromandel recently.

Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage

Eugenie Sage, a Greenie, is the new Minister of Conservation. So is there hope of ending the spread of sodium fluoroacetate?

Unfortunately the Greens, despite their name, have said 1080 poisoning is not desirable but it’s the only way to protect our birds etc … read more…

Getting Your Kick In First

2017 November 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Catastrophe: Explosion in Halifax

2017 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We had just drawn soap and powder, and the necessary utensils for cleaning paint work when the most awful explosion I ever heard, or want to hear again, occurred. Frank Baker, ship inspector, HMCS Arcadia

The massive 1917 disaster

By Roger Childs

Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, is remembered as being the closest port to the Titanic sinking in 1912 — but five years later it was the site of the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosion.

After the Titanic sank, most of the survivors and the recovered bodies were taken to Halifax in April 1912.

Then, just five and a half years later, a much bigger disaster occurred when a French munitions ship collided with a Norwegian freighter in the narrow entrance to Halifax harbour.

The Mont Blanc caught fire and twenty minutes late exploded. It is recorded as the biggest non-nuclear, man-made conflagration in human history.

The consequences for the prosperous city were appalling. read more…

Creative Writing Challenge Winners

2017 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ll have grounds
More relative than this—the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

William Shakespeare Hamlet

Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017

The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 was The Play’s the Thing.

Participants in the competition had to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue in no more than 500 words. 

Kapiti Independent will publish the chosen winners over the next week or two.

However, to start with here’s an “also ran”: a light-hearted piece with a Kapiti flavour. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 95

2017 November 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Poem Of the Week

2017 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Imagine Marvin at your hospital bedside

By Trish Harris

Imagine if the hospital

employed a Marvin.

A monotone, pill-toting machine

who in less than 15 seconds

fires medication directly

into your mouth, offers you

a consoling phrase

(from a store of 1,005)

and pats your head with

plastic hands.

Imagine if the hospital

employed a Marvin

instead of the nurse

with her soft-timbred voice

who reaches across

the fear and says

We want to help you

get on top of your pain.

This poem comes from ‘My Wide White Bed’ (reviewed by Gill Ward on November 5). read more…

What happened at Rangiaowhia in 1864?

2017 November 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claims have been made that atrocities were committed by British soldiers at Rangiaowhia, most recently by historian Vincent O’Malley. John Robinson says he can dispel these alleged myths, based on the evidence of people who were there.

British forces arrive in the area

By John Robinson

General Cameron

Towards the end of the war of rebellion in the Waikato, in 1864, the kingite forces constructed a well-fortified pa at Paterangi.

It would have taken a considerable effort, with great loss of life on both sides, to defeat that stronghold.

So the British Army ignored it and walked past.

General Cameron outflanked the kingites’ heavy defences and the Government forces moved on to capture the food supplies of the garrison, the fields of wheat, maize and potatoes, and peach groves at Rangiaowhia.   read more…

Julie’s Sonnet of the Month

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering a wonderful teacher

By Julie Leibrich

I had a wonderful English teacher who not only taught us the language, but taught how to think.

Years later, on visits to England, we would go for lunch and talk about ideas.

When she died in 2005, she was blind, deaf, one hundred years old and as sharp as ever. In those later years she would say ‘Call me Jessica’, but it wasn’t possible. She would always be Miss Crossfield to me. read more…

Assessing the Policies of the New Government

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Can they change the old neo-liberalism? 

By Prue Hyman

Now comes the hard part

Well, we got the Labour/NZ First/Greens government I was, with some trepidation, hoping for, with a 63/57 majority perfectly viable to implement its policies.

Now comes the difficult process of major legislative and attitudinal change.

I think they’ve got off to a reasonable start, with both Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters talking about the bad consequences of the neo-liberal economic policies of the last decades.

However, this is more rhetoric than reality: neither party has indicated any intention to make the major changes in fiscal, monetary and trade policies which would really challenge neo-liberalism. read more…

Ban the Booker?

2017 November 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Intolerant or reasonable?

 By Ralph McAllister

A worthy winner in 2012

I know, I know.

Different tastes are the stuff of debate, dissension and disagreements, but I am beginning to think I have had enough.

We all know about that barbaric three strikes and you are out negative policy or practice.

Well I am now introducing my own brand of intolerance.

Let me explain. read more…

Birds of the Week: New Zealand Parakeets

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Parrots

By Cushla McGaughey

Red-crowned Parakeets

Our largest parrot, the nocturnal kakapo, weighs up to 2.1 kg. Our smallest parrots, the New Zealand Parakeets, weigh only 40 to 80 gm.

The Yellow-crowned Parakeet is unique to New Zealand, but the larger Red-crowned Parakeet is also found in New Caledonia and on Norfolk Island.

Although the two species have been known to interbreed, the conservation goal is to avoid hybrids by fostering their different habitat preferences. read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 94 Answers

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9.

    If you would still like to do it, scroll down to November 1.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Hospital Bed Nights

2017 November 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

my wide white bed  

by Trish Harris  (Publisher: Landing Press 2017)

Reviewed by Gill Ward

This book is Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry. It follows her ‘journey’ in a hospital bed recovering from surgery.

Harris has written theses poems using the hospital almost as an extended metaphor for her stay there. I say ‘almost’ because she starts off by introducing the hospital as sailing ‘like a tall white ship’ which of course is a simile, but you feel throughout this book that you are sailing with her on a huge ship.

A ship which is bursting with passengers, crew and associated engine noises and machinery. read more…

Hollywood Follies

2017 November 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Second Arts Trail Weekend

2017 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Arts Trail Magic Again

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am 

The trail, which has been running for 17 years, showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

Tutere Gallery is a major hub and you can find it at 48 Tutere St, Waikanae.

You can also download a guide to the trail here: http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/arts-trail read more…

Rumble Strips and Engine Brakes

2017 November 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Limited expressway action

The section in greatest need of sound walls and bunds: Wharemauku Bridge to the Raumati Road Bridge

NZTA have announced plans to remove all the outside edge rumble strips on the new Kapiti Expressway.

These were added after the road opened, and have proven to be a major source of the excessive noise experienced by residents.

Nick Fisher, Expressway Noise Action Group spokesperson, said “While are pleased that NZTA have acknowledged their mistake in fitting these rumble strips, we should never have been put in this position.

Their own guidelines state that  ‘audio tactile profiled markings’ should not be used in noise sensitive areas, yet they proceeded to fit them, arrogantly ignoring the adverse effects they have had on residents. read more…

The Great War for New Zealand?

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A grandiose title

By Roger Childs

Vincent O’Malley

Historian Vincent O’Malley book The Great War for New Zealand Waikato 1800-2000 takes its name from a quote by Wiremu Tamihana in 1865. It’s unfortunate that O’Malley perpetuates this exaggeration in writing about the Waikato Wars.

He spoke recently at a Ministry of Culture and Heritage session, and seemed surprised that some in the audience challenged a few of his conclusions and sweeping generalisations.

The book takes a very sympathetic line to Maori involved in the Kingite rebellion, and the book has been well received in the Waikato and among many other Maori groups.

The timing for the session was appropriate as the first annual commemoration of the NZ Wars occurred on Saturday. (Scroll down to October 28  to see KIN’s story.) read more…

Common Sense About Conservation?

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time for a positive emphasis

By Roger Childs

Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage

The reign of the arrogant Maggie Barry is now over and the new Minister is Green MP Eugenie Sage.

The former Minister was a staunch advocate of 1080 poisoning and also helped launch the ludicrously named  Predator Free New Zealand.

Hopefully with the new government in office and fresh leadership in the Department of Conservation (DoC), there can be a shift in policy from killing to preservation.

A recent letter to the editor of the DomPost, from a Kapiti resident, quoted figures from DoC about the many deaths of bird of the year kea, from 1080 poisoning.

The carnage needs to stop. read more…

NZ Intelligence

2017 November 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photo of the Week: Day of the Dead

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There is some sadness as we remember our lost love ones, but it also a time of happiness as we are reunited. Mexican Ambassador, Her Excellency, Mrs Rosaura Leonora Rueda Gutierrez

Remembering the departed

By Roger Childs

This is a poignant time of the year for Mexicans, as they remember those who have passed on.

There are two days of remembrance:

~ November 1: a day when departed children’s souls return to Earth.

~ November 2: when the adults who have passed away return. read more…

Spy Protests Ahead

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Waiohopai Spying equipment, with AIM subtitle

AIM asks why NZ is still part of Trump’s Empire

By Alan Tristram

The Aotearoa Independence Movement, (AIM), says the disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire?

It says: ‘The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone.

‘It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.’ read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 94

2017 November 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 8.

    Apologies for the lateness.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Halloween Once Again!

2017 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Linus firmly believes that on Halloween night the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch and flies all over the world delivering toys to all good children everywhere. Charles Schultz

Kiwis get into the spirit

By Roger Childs

Last Saturday at Parkrun there were people decked out in black with funny hats, and this evening, weird-looking kids are set to prowl the streets with expectant faces and large bags! It’s that time again; have your candy/sweets ready.

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

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

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

Motivating Kapiti Kids

2017 October 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Musicians Neil Worboys and Maurice Priestley

By Roger Booth

Neil Worboys

Neil Worboys and Maurice Priestley will be presenting Neil and Maurice’s stories and a range of music, featuring singing and the playing of various instruments, on

  • Tuesday Oct 31 (Raumati South School 9.15am and 10.15am; Paraparaumu School 1.30pm)
  • Wednesday November 1. (Raumati Beach School 9.15am and 10.15am; Otaki School 1.45pm)

All welcome.

Neil was the lead singer in Bulldog All-star Goodtime Band, which won the New Zealand TV talent show New Faces in the 1970s, back in the days when The Beatles were around.   read more…

Off-Road Legend Passes Away

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Colin Rolfe, his name crops up time and again, having held every race record at some point or another in the park (Tararua Forest Park), it seems the norm now to prefix with ‘legend’ … Tararua Speed Records website

The remarkable Colin Rolfe

By Roger Childs

Colin high up in the Holdsworth-Jumbo Trail Race (Credit: Jumbo-Holdsworth Race website)

Mention his name to any experienced tramper or ultra runner and you will get a respectful nod and a comment like great guy.

Colin was a larger than life individual who was always great company and had many a story to tell.

In his heyday he rewrote the record books for off-road events in New Zealand and was competitive on the road as well. His best marathon time was 2 hours 42 minutes

Most of his life, when he was in town, was spent in the Nelson area and on the Kapiti Coast.

Sadly he passed away last week at the age of 57. read more…

Maori Racing History

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki Maori Racing Club enters new era

By our  local government correspondent, Jeremy Smith

A unique Kapiti Institution, the Otaki Maori Racing Club, is facing one of the biggest changes in its 131-year history. It’s about to become the site for a farmers’ market.

Changes in the racing industry mean that, since August this year, the club has stood alone, outside the formal racing group it previously belonged to.

The horses will still race; but for the non-racing public the changes mean the Otaki course, which dates from 1910, will become the site of the Kapiti Farmers market, running every fortnight from March to October. read more…

This Racist New Zealand

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Embedded racial differences

By John Robinson

Racial difference is firmly embedded in New Zealand – in statute, in requirements for special attention based explicitly on race, within local bodies, universities, many professional organisations, and in societies that refuse any discussion or questioning of that conventional wisdom.

The idea that we can be divided into separate races is morally repugnant.  Yet here it is, written into law. 

The separation of New Zealand citizenship into two peoples is between Maori and others, with just who is Maori defined in the Maori Affairs Amendment Act 1974.  “A Maori is a person of the Maori race of New Zealand; and includes any descendent of such a person.”

This is a logical absurdity, defining Maori as Maori, which is no definition at all.  But we are more interested in the key word here, which is “race”.  read more…

Mary Singleton’s Remarkable Life

2017 October 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Mary Singleton

‘Was That Really Me?’ by Mary Singleton

Reviewed by Robyn Smith

Mary Singleton’s remarkable memoir, ‘Was That Really Me?’, covers an extraordinary life of 80 years.

She grew up in Island Bay in a dramatic landscape, but with uncommunicative, distant parents. She lost her sister to TB, (a subject that was never talked about), but found solace in the Anglican church through music. She married young, divorced early, and had to raise a child alone. read more…

Howard’s Journey Back to World War One 1

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Howard Chamberlain was a member of the New Zealand forces serving in Malaya. Today he is one of the custodians of the Royal New Zealand Engineers Museum at Linton Camp. This year he made a pilgrimage to the Western Front. This is the first article in a series on his experiences.

Selecting A Commemorative Tour 

By Howard Chamberlain

Passchendaele 1917

By the time 2014 had arrived it was evident that there would be many World War One (WW1) commemorative and remembrance services.

For some time I had wondered about seeing if I could go on one of these commemorative visits.

Arras in July 2017 was an initial choice but I had left that too late and so sought to see if I could go to Passchendaele in October.

My wife agreed that I should go, but she did not want to, so I booked in with a tour through Steven Parsons House of Travel in Palmerston North.

This visit had the advantage of having Professor Glyn Harper, War Studies Department Massey University, as our historical advisor. read more…

Kea ~ Bird of the Year 2017

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Beat the Kereru by a beak

By Cushla McGaughey

Found only in the South Island, the Kea is in fact the world’s only mountain parrot.

Its great intelligence and inquisitive nature has helped it to survive in the harsh environment of the Southern Alps, and also to earn a reputation for some very destructive behaviours!

Their natural diet includes insects, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds and so many Kea die in winter. from starvation and cold.

They’ve learned to scavenge fat and meat from carcasses, but although they seldom attack healthy, living sheep, it was enough to set a Government bounty on their heads. read more…

The KIN Quiz 93: Answers

2017 October 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7.

    You can still have a go by scrolling down to October 27.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Gold Card Catch Up?

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Oldies do better north of the Bombay Hills

The capital lags behind

By Roger Childs

On a recent weekend in the City of Sails, I paid $15 for a HOP card.

This gives me 3 years travel on any bus, train or ferry in the wider Auckland area after nine in the morning.

Of course it’s free in Wellington, but oldies can’t travel for nothing during the commuter peak hours after 3.00pm. read more…

US Opioid Crisis Deepens

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

us opioid crisis deepens

October 28: Remembering 19th Century Wars

2017 October 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Need for accurate information

By Roger Childs

Otorohanga College students Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson proposed the idea after a visit to Orakau seven years ago.

Their feeling was that the public needed to have a better understanding of the conflicts of the 19th century and that students should learn about them as part of the school curriculum.

Today is the first commemoration, and it is vital that there is accuracy and objectivity.

Let’s start with one important fact: the Wars were not just between Maori and Crown forces representing white settlers. In reality there were more Maori fighting with the government (kupapa), than against it. read more…

MMP Delivers A Fine Balance

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Changing political fortunes

By Roger Childs

Jacinda Ardern represents a new, younger and better NZ

Election night was a depressing one for Labour and Green supporters. National came in comfortably as the largest party and the combination of the lefties was well short. But the Tories had lost the Maori Party and only had the ACT puppy dog as an ally.

Special votes delivered a seat each to the parties on the Left, and, with New Zealand First (NZF) holding the balance, a change of government looked like a strong possibility.

Bill English and co had foolishly alienated Winston by gunning him down in the Northland electorate, so it was no big surprise that he threw in his lot with a Labour-led coalition.

So an Ardern government is a very welcome reality: it’s got to be good for the country. MMP has delivered a well balanced coalition which represents the majority of the nation’s voters. read more…

Two Great Arts Trail Weekends!

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Starts tomorrow

By Kate Hartmann, of the Tutere Gallery, Waikanae Beach

Heron

Kapiti’s annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am.

The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

The Arts Trail now runs over two weekends, this year the 28th/29th of October and 4th/5th of November, to give people a chance to visit as many artists as possible.

You can download a guide to the trail here: http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/arts-trail read more…

The KIN Mid/Late Week Quiz 93

2017 October 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3.

    Apologies for the lateness.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

East/West Divide in Levin

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Horowhenua District Council buildings in Levin.

Horowhenua’s elephant in the council chamber

by Veronica Harrod
 The Horowhenua Long Term Plan (2018-2038) has one big elephant in the room —  whether divisions based on privilege and power should determine urban design in Levin.
Residents have to think about priorities — and the real estate sections in local community newspapers are already referring to the north east of Levin as “the prestigious north east sector” and “prime north east upmarket.”
 This shows the divide not only exists but is being encouraged.

read more…

Revising New Zealand History 12: Class, Family and Corruption in a Tribal Society

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Traditional Maori society was hierarchical

By John Robinson

There were considerable class distinctions within traditional Maori tribal society.  Each extended family had a male head who, if he were a man of good birth (belonging to the tribal aristocracy), would be termed a “rangatira” (a tribal lord).

Any person lacking position was “a tuatua, not worth a spike nail”.  Slaves could be killed at a whim, and for cannibal feasts, including following the death of an important chief.  Women were burdened with all the heavy work, and aged rapidly.

Then Europeans introduced the idea of equality.  The great transition that followed necessarily reduced the power and position of chiefs.

This was clearly recognised during the debate preceding the signing of Treaty of Waitangi.  For example, Tareha, the great chief of the Ngatirehia said “No Governor for me – for us Native men.  We, we only are the chiefs, the rulers.  We will not be ruled over.read more…

Two Films Of Quality

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two films, shot through with compassion, integrity and sheer brilliance, have little else in common, but try to see them before they disappear from our local screens.

Frantz: A War Film With A Difference 

By Ralph McAllister

Frantz, directed by the prolific Francois Ozon is set in 1919 Germany, not long after the end of World War One.

Young German Anna visits the grave of her fiancée only to find flowers placed there by a mysterious young Frenchman.

The story then moves to the village and family resentments, as the young man stays,

obviously racked with guilt. read more…

Advice For The Coalition

2017 October 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wisdom from Auckland

Go the coalition! 

By Eric Bennett, Red Beach

Congratulations to the incoming Coalition Government for winning the treasury benches.

I do not need a tax cut.

Use the $1.5 million surplus, (if there is one), to better the lives of the needy, not the greedy.

(Letter to the Editor of The New Zealand Herald, 24 October, 2017)

Sandwich Bored With National

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

MID-WEEK QUIZ ANSWERS

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • Here are the answers to the Mid-Week Quiz

(my apologies for the delay — Ed)

  1. Who ran the first sub four minute mile? (Roger Bannister)

read more…

Henry Burling

2017 October 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Henry Burling, pioneer extraordinary

The Otaki grave of pioneer founder of Featherstone … who lived to 110

Judith Bryers Holloway
Who, these days, knows much about Henry Burling? I do, because I (along with about 600 others) am one of
his descendants.

He was born in Stratford, England, in 1807, lived to the age of 110 in NZ after many extraordinary adventures, and was buried in the Otaki Cemetery.

 

read more…

Advice to Jacinda

2017 October 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

‘Hey Jacinda — Let’s Do THIS!’

By Murray Horton, political activist and writer since 1969; organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)  

Jacinda, we have some suggestions for when you go to APEC in Vietnam in November. Take note of where you are – in a country that

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern — ‘Listen Up!’

fought Western imperialists for decades, first the French, then the Americans, to successfully achieve independence.

What more appropriate inspiration for your new Government, one elected by people wanting change for the better, to declare that Aotearoa too will become truly non-aligned and independent?

 

  • Close the Waihopai spy base,
  • Get out of Five Eyes,
  • And pull the plug on the ANZUS-in-all-but-name military and intelligence alliance with Trump’s increasingly dangerous and unhinged US.
  • Get out of the American wars that we are already in, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan and definitely stay out of any new wars that Trump may try to drag us into, such as in Korea. 

read more…

‘Jacinda Barinda ‘Ole!’

2017 October 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why we support Labour’s plan for our future

By Alan Tristram

We’ve supported the revitalised Labour Party because, frankly, they stand for decency in the face of  financial obscenity.

Jacinda Ardern represents a new, younger and better NZ

While National represents, encourages and supports a class whose key interests are money, property and accumulation, Labour represents a fairer and better society.

While ‘NZ’ Inc. might be doing well, with lots of people seeing their finances swell on the back of unearned profits from property, a huge underclass without property, or much in the way of assets, has suffered. read more…

‘Let’s do This!’

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poem of the Week: Into the Future

2017 October 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Land of Dreams

I sewed myself a fine ship,

Of fabric rich with silken seams,

And knowing neither time nor tide

Sailed off to find the land of dreams.

Claire Maddicott

Horowhenua Rates Horror Story

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Massive rate rises may subsidise land developers … with profits of $100 million plus

By Veronica Harrod

Land developers and investors in the Horowhenua District will reap at least $100 million profit by not having to pay development contributions towards essential infrastructure.

And the Horowhenua District Council seems intent on loading the burden on to ratepayers who could now face massive rates increases. read more…

Oh For Democracy

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Talented Gary Henderson

2017 October 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The job of a writer is to design the architecture of a live performance. Gary Henderson

A versatile New Zealand playwright

By Roger Childs

Gary Henderson

The recent Friends of the Library Literary festival had as its theme: The play’s the thing. The opening session was a fascinating multi-media presentation by Gary Henderson.

One of his plays – Homeland – was performed by Kapiti Players recently, and two of the cast set the evening rolling with a vigorous exchange from the drama.

Homeland centres on the situation of Ken who can no longer look after his farm and the family having to work out what to do for the best.

Gary then outlined how his career as a playwright has unfolded with regular clips from his plays and the views of people who have performed in them. read more…

In Praise Of Graphic Novels

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A long evolution

By Roger Childs

Graphic novels have the reputation of being about super heroes, science fiction, medieval times and fantasy, often with plenty of violence. Probably the father of the modern graphic novel is Neil Gaiman whose Sandman series set new standards in the genre.

In many ways they are an outgrowth from the old time comics many readers will remember: The Phantom, Roy of the Rovers, Flash Gordon, the Famous Five – to name but a few.

There were also the classic comics: Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson, Ivanhoe etc.. and religious organisations produced pictorial renditions of the life of Jesus and tales from the Old Testament.

Today there is an incredible range including all of the above, as well as the famous Japanese Manga on every topic under the rising sun, and many which cover serious topics of history, and pictorial versions of classic literature, modern films, television series and novels. read more…

Canada’s Gun Law Sanity

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Canadians control arms while Americans amass them

By Eribet Loehner in Vancouver

By now we are likely all aware of the horrific mass shooting that recently occurred in Las Vegas in the US; 58 innocent people killed and 549 injured.

The perpetrator was a lone gunman who had no criminal record or history of mental illness.  His considerable arsenal was legally purchased.

But while the mass killings continue in the US, the situation north of the border is as different as chalk from cheese. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

2017 October 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Revising New Zealand History 11: Cultural Change among Maori Chiefs, Part 2

2017 October 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rewi Maniapoto: warrior chief

By John Robinson

Wiremu Kingi: a key figure in causing war in Taranaki

Rewi Maniapoto (1807-1894) came from the upper Waikato and to the west of Lake Taupo, far from early contact with Europeans.

When Kingi started war at Waitara, Rewi was at first cautious, and attempted, without success, to convince his tribesmen to return from Taranaki.

However, after further tribal debate he felt differently and he requested Te Wherowhero and his council to consent to a war-party of Ngati Maniapoto marching to Taranaki in order to assist Te Atiawa.

When that fighting was over, Waikato, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Ruanui refused to join in the 1861 peace agreement between Taranaki and the Crown. read more…

The Latest From The Inspirational Gill

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All I need is to write!

By Gill Ward

(Credit Portland Library)

Good day/morning/afternoon/evening (covering all bases) and all shift workers and insomniacs!

After all these years, all I know is, I need not to do anything as a part of remorse.
All I need is to write.
Because, Poetry forgives.”

Nishikant The Papery Onions

I’ve started with this lovely quote because it’s how I feel at the moment. I so enjoy writing this column, but always seem to be apologising because I should have done it sooner.

I have, however identified the problem. It’s this: Alan and Roger do not set me deadlines; they never harass nor criticize nor apply pressure. Maybe they should (for me anyway). read more…

Board of NZ First Holds Last Supper

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(With thanks to Tim McCready)

Federer Masters Nadal

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The two greats meet in Shanghai

By Roger Childs

Federer and Nadal in Shanghai

It’s one of the greatest rivalries in sporting history.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are arguably the two best players ever to hold a racquet, and they have won an incredible 35 grand slams between them.

They are currently one and two in the world, and well ahead of the rest. The Spaniard took the top spot with his grand slam victory in New York, and followed up winning the China Open in Beijing.

Meanwhile Federer hadn’t played since losing to Del Potro in the semi finals at Flushing Meadows. The Argentine was his semis opponent again, in Shanghai. read more…

Giant Dragonfly ~ Kapokawai

2017 October 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Winged Hunters

By Cushla MacGaughey

Dragonflies have existed for more than 250 million years and were once much larger. Even so, our largest dragonfly has a wingspan reaching up to 13 cm.

Despite their somewhat fearsome appearance, Giant Dragonflies are harmless – except to other insects – and are themselves eaten by kingfishers.

True flies have only two wings. Dragonflies have four, which they can operate independently. They can hover, rise vertically, fly backwards or shoot forwards. Large compound eyes and a head that rotates sideways, backwards and downwards are additional aids in catching insects on the wing.   read more…

Passchendaele 100 Years On: October 2107

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering a disastrous battle: a photo essay

Photos by Antony Steven, Words by Roger Childs

Wellington resident David McCrone and his nephew Antony Steven have be in Belgium for the 1ooth anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres: Passchendaele.

(Scroll down to October 12 for our story of the battle.)

The battle was disaster for the allies and New Zealand suffered its highest casualties for a single day on October 12 2017. David has sent through some of Antony’s photos of the commemorations and will later provide some on his own. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92 Answers

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1.

    You can still do this latest challenge, if you scroll down to October 12.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield: The Original Letter

2017 October 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nation Waits; Winston Consults

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Art Work of the Week: Jilted Bride

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb cast glass work

By Kate Hartmann

Judith with “Big Daddy”

Tutere Gallery currently has a selection of cast glass work by Paraparaumu artist Judith Le Harivel.

The image below shows pieces from the ‘Jilted Bride’ series.  These pieces are very beautiful particularly when situated with the light behind them, but they also have a rather tragic source of inspiration.

As Judith explains: “I was back in the UK and saw a newspaper article about a young Chinese woman who had tried to throw herself out of a window on her wedding day, after finding out the groom was already married.

There was a striking picture of the young woman caught as she tried to jump.

I couldn’t get the picture out of my mind and was trying to understand why a young woman would feel compelled to do this in a country where young men outnumber women. This led to a series of works in ceramic, mixed media and glass: “jilted bride”, “fragments of a romance and “broken dreams”.  read more…

Kapiti Protest v. Arms Forum

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KAPITI PEOPLE JOIN DEMO DEFYING THE ARMS RACE

By Dr Viola Palmer

Several Kapiti people, including me, joined the protest against the Weapons Expo in Wellington earlier this week.

Each year the NZ Defence Industry Association (DIA) holds a trade exhibition that they call a ‘Forum’.   Each year peace people protest against it, holding up the proceedings at times.

This year was no exception. Peace Action Wellington, together with other peace groups, mounted a determined well-planned effort to obstruct the proceedings. By 6.30am on October 10, peace activists were blocking every entry into the Westpac Stadium, site of the Forum. read more…

Historic Bridge Collapses

2017 October 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public warned not to cross Ngatiawa Bridge 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to stay clear of the historical Ngatiawa Bridge site that crosses the Ngatiawa River in Reikorangi, following the bridge’s recent collapse.

Acting Infrastructure Services Group Manager Glen O’Connor says heavy wooden beams and debris from the bridge are now resting in the river below,” he says. read more…

Kapiti Roads Safer

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Avoid rural roads — and tourist hotspots

By Jeremy Smith

When the rescue helicopter flies over Kapiti we normally assume it’s most likely the result of a traffic accident.

And every week it seems there’s another traffic pile-up after an accident on highway One.

So how does Kapiti rate in the national statistics for traffic accidents, including crashes and casualties- injuries and deaths? read more…

The Soggy Green Grass Of Home

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wet enough for ya? Recent headline in the Taranaki Daily News

Far too much water!

By Roger Childs

Dismal conditions on the wonderful coastal walkway

On a recent visit to the land of my wife’s birth, we drove through pouring rain before at last seeing the famous mountain.

Then, amazingly, we experienced three days of consecutive fine weather which nearly broke the record for the year. Coming home however, it was teeming down again.

To the naked eye the Taranaki pastures look deceptively lush, but in fact the very wet winter and spring has been bad news for farmers. The high water table means that more rain just sits on the surface and the grass won’t grow.

A farming friend of a relative says that he’s spending over $10,000 a week feeding out precious fodder to his stock. read more…

Te Rauparaha to Octavius Hadfield

2017 October 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As far as we know Te Rauparaha couldn’t read or write, so maybe it was his son Tamihana who wrote it … David Hadfield, direct descendant of Missionary Octavius Hadfield

Warrior chief turned peacemaker

By Roger Childs

Warrior chief, Te Rauparaha

The letter translated below, has recently emerged from the Hadfield family papers. It shows the huge respect the old Maori chief had for the English missionary. Although he did not become a Christian, he attended services in Otaki later in his life.

As David mentions above, it may have been written by his son. Tamihana was  baptized by Octavius Hadfield in 1841 and served as a missionary in the South Island among the Ngai Tahu.

For much of his life Te Rauparaha was a brutal warrior chief, but after his arrest in 1846 he became a man of peace and lived his last few years in Otaki.

(We are very grateful to David Hadfield for permission to publish the original letter and a translation.)

read more…

The Passchendaele Disaster

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Morale in the New Zealand Division was at its lowest after Passchendaele. The promise of Messines had not been fulfilled ….  Historian Damien Fenton

The country’s worst day’s losses

By Roger Childs

New Zealand soldiers heading for the front line.

A hundred years ago, on 12 October 1917, New Zealand troops serving with the ANZAC Corps advanced towards the German lines in atrocious conditions of rain and mud.

They also had to pick their way through the bodies of British troops who had fallen a few days before.

This was the Kiwis second engagement in the Third Battle of Ypres.

The first attack had gone well, although there were still large casualties. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 92

2017 October 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Another Hollywood Epic

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hollywood Frolics

Our Political Shambles

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Major changes needed, but timidity may rule

By Prue Hyman 

Well, here we are again, waiting on Winston (though he is quoted as saying he is in a ‘no win’ situation – do we feel sympathy for him?!) I wonder how many of us could give the names of many of his 9 MPs – at least until looking at his list in the last few days.

Yes we know of new MP Shane Jones – who will attract a range of reactions. For me, part of his background is good and he surely has links to a different section of Maori voters than his leader. But he has a very patchy record – for example on his attitudes to women – and being caught charging the taxpayer with viewing pornography appalls me on many levels. read more…

Kapiti Basketballers Keen to Get to Vegas

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Highly sought after selection!

By Angelo Robinson

Left to right – Coach Angelo Robinson, Players – Moss Whitham, Victor Allen, Luke Dowdall, Samuel Maxwell, Leith Maxwell, Sereana Rokotakala, Rachael Pike. In front Coach Ben Maligieri.

Seven players from Kapiti attended the New Zealand Basketball Academy Camp held on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October at the ASB Arena in Wellington.

This was the first camp and first trial for the New Zealand Basketball Academy  Age Group Teams Tour to Las Vegas in July 2018.

Two Kapiti Basketball Players, Victor Allen from Kapiti College, and Fraser Beggs from Paraparaumu College, were selected last year.

There were  good numbers at the Camp with players attending from all over New Zealand. read more…

Revising New Zealand History 10: Cultural Change among Maori Chiefs 1

2017 October 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Two very different cultures

By John Robinson

Early Maori culture was tribal and primitive.  Then in the late eighteenth century developed European people came, bringing the advances of millennia of Eurasian development.  I have written of this in When two cultures meet, the New Zealand experience (2012).

An extraordinary cultural shift followed.  However, there was no uniformity in Maori thinking.  Some led the changes and some resisted, while many vacillated between the two cultures, not sure of which way to go.

Here the lives of a number of influential chiefs are outlined, to show how the times were changing and how individual personalities helped to define the story of the new country.

read more…

Bird of the Week: A Winged Hunter

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Kingfisher ~ Kotare

By Cushla McGaughey

Kingfishers are a worldwide group, the most unusual being Australia’s kookaburra. Our kingfisher migrated to New Zealand relatively recently.

It is larger and has more brilliant plumage than the Australian form. More common in the north than in the south, kingfishers are found in many different habitats, ranging from forests and open countryside to sheltered beaches, estuaries, mangrove swamps, mudflats and along the edges of streams, rivers and lakes.

Kingfishers are usually solitary or in pairs. Their call is a single piercing note, though pairs do converse together in a softer, more musical tone. Their small feet make walking difficult and so kingfishers are never seen on the ground. Very keen eyesight and swift, silent flight enables them to swoop down to snatch up their prey. read more…

Protesters Arrested in Capital

2017 October 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Defence’ meeting greeted by demonstrators

Police say they are continuing to respond to protests outside an arms conference at the Westpac Stadium today — and by 1045am five people had been arrested for obstructing a roadway.

The conference has been organised by the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA).  read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Farewell Maori Party?

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Like NZ First in 2008, the Maori Party faces oblivion unless it can bolster membership and remind people why it matters. Journalist Jo Moir

Out of parliament

By Roger Childs

The recent election, saw the Maori Party lose its two seats.

The Party came into existence in 2004 over the foreshore and seabed ownership issue, but even though it gained 4 Maori seats in the 2005 election, it has always struggled to establish a lasting identity and justify its existence.

It has never picked up more than 1% – 2% of the party vote, as most Maori voters have usually cast their ballot for Labour. Some would argue that the party has now been punished for throwing its support behind the John Key National governments.

So with no representation in parliament, has the New Zealand Maori Party got a future? read more…

Reflections on Four Nation Rugby

2017 October 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All Blacks Undoubted Champions?

By Roger Childs

Yes and No.

New Zealand won all six of their matches and the next best were South Africa and Australia with two apiece.

Argentina failed to win a match and can be compared to the Italian team in the Northern Hemisphere six nations: they are often competitive in the first half of matches and get the occasional victory, but are not in the same league as the others.

The All Blacks did have a clean sweep, but two of the matches were very close. read more…

Ralph’s Book Recommendations

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The following are just holding their own, with the new Alan Hollinghurst and Robert Harris sitting waiting patiently in front of me for next month’s column. Time and pressure!

Another touching story from Sweden

By Ralph McAllister

The Scandal by Fredrik Backman is by the author of A Man Called Ove the best seller from a couple of years ago.

This is darker and less funny, but an equally touching story of prejudice and love in small town Sweden.

Based around ice hockey and the importance of the sport to the local community it examines the extent to which blindness will take over from enthusiasm in the pursuit of success.

And don’t let the hockey put you off, it could be any rugby mad small town in New Zealand.

Highly recommended. read more…

Missing Kapiti man found

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police thank public for help in missing person case

Police say the 51-year-old Kapiti man reported missing on Friday has been found safe and well — and they’re thanking the public for their help.

They say Jason Penny was found in Paraparaumu yesterday evening. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91 Answers

2017 October 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 1

    If you would still like to do the quiz, scroll down to October 4.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Centre-Left Government?

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Closing the gap

By Roger Childs

Our new PM? Hold all tickets!

As expected, the 400,000+ special votes have delivered an extra parliamentary seat to each of Labour and the Greens.

This means that if New Zealand First (NZF), backs the Nats it’s a government of 65 MPs; or if it backs the left, 63 MPs.

Winston Peters campaigned on the slogan of  HAD ENOUGH?, presumably of the National Government. In total about 55% of the voters agreed.

However, Bill English claims that National has the moral authority to govern, but given that there wasn’t a lot of morality in his election campaign, the boast has a hollow ring. read more…

Extraordinary Rugby!

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Super Shield Challenge

Classic Canterbury teams feed on your mistakes and like you to play a lot in your own half. But we’ve talked a lot about doing our things right, exiting well and putting pressure on them while scoring points when we get the opportunity. Taranaki skipper, Angus Ta’avao

By Roger Childs

The triumphant boys from Taranaki

Should the leading team in the country playing at home, concede a match after leading by 31-7? Definitely not.

However, Canterbury did just that last night, in losing the Ranfurly Shield to Taranaki by an incredible 55-43!

It was 13 try ball game and the crowd witnessed one of the greatest provincial matches of all time.

This was rugby at its best and the quality was exemplified in the excellent goal kicking which saw home town boy Richie Mo’unga and Taranaki’s Marty McKenzie slot 14 goal kicks out of 15, most of them from wide out. read more…

Winston’s Last Waltz

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Searching For Missing Man

2017 October 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Police seek sightings of missing Kapiti man 

Police are appealing for sightings of a missing 51 year old Kapiti man.

Jason Jon Penny was last seen on Thursday the 5th of October at 7.30pm leaving work in Porirua.

He left on foot, leaving his car in the car park with his cell phone and cards inside.

He withdrew some money before he went missing. read more…

‘Don’t Miss The Literary Festival’

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Popular Friends of The Libraries Extravaganza

This year’s theme is The Play’s The Thing and sessions are spread over three days.

Friday 13 October: Making the Play

Gary Henderson

Playwright Gary Henderson will launch the festival.

 7:30pm

$15

Kapiti Community Centre

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday 14 October: Playing the Play

Dawn Sanders

Featuring Dawn Sanders and Claire Thorley

10:00am-12:00 noon

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Saturday 14 October 

Pinky Agnew

Featuring Pinky Agnew, Danny Mulheron and Nick Ward

2:00-4:00pm

$10

Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Sunday 15 October

Visit the Kapiti Playhouse

10.30am

Free

read more…

Art Work of the Week: Greg Chaston

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The latest from Tutere Gallery

By Kate Hartmann

Artist Greg Chaston

The art work I have chosen to profile this week is Looking for Keith by Greg Chaston.

Greg Chaston has been painting for many years and lives in Waikanae Beach with his partner and fellow artist, Helen Forrest.

He is the current President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington and his work has been selected and shown at numerous galleries around the country.

Most recently he was awarded recognition at the Peters Doig Contemporary Art Awards in Marlborough. read more…

Time Marches On

2017 October 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great shows

By Ralph McAllister

More and more we are attacked by quality forces demanding our time.

Forgetting books for a moment, which I cannot, in the last few weeks I have been deeply impressed by National Theatre’s Live Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, both brilliantly captured live on stage from London.

One starred Daniel Ratcliffe, the other the miraculous Imelda Staunton, and were experienced here for the price of a cinema ticket in Kapiti. read more…

NZ History Revised: 9. Maori Disagreement about a King

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Maori benefited from 1840, but problems remained

By John Robinson

Around 1840 Maori across the country began the adjustment to the new culture and the new form of government, with peace agreements among previously warring tribes and resettlement of deserted lands, freedom for slaves and economic development.

They were growing crops, trading and shipping.

However, differences remained.  While many Maori wanted law and order under the new system, others wanted a separate law or a return to old divided tribal ways.

Some became dissatisfied when the promised stability was not provided by the over-cautious colonial government, as arguments among Maori were often violent yet not policed. read more…

Dave Gallaher: Rugby Legend And Hero

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He died in the First World War and we as a team recognise he was the figure of the legacy that started where we are today. All Blacks 2015 World Cup skipper, Richie McCaw

Casualties of war

By Roger Childs

New Zealand lost over 16,700 men and women in World War One and this included a number of sporting stars.

The country’s greatest tennis player, four time Wimbledon winner Anthony Wilding, was killed in 1915.

And it was 100 years ago, on October 4 1917, that the captain of the famous 1905-06 All Blacks,Dave Gallaher, was killed in Belgium on the Western Front.

He was one of 13 All Blacks to die serving the British Empire in the great war.

read more…

Bird of the Week: From the Plover Family

2017 October 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our extraordinary wrybill

By Cushla McGaughey

Banded Dotterels

Like the more common Banded Dotterel, the Wrybill belongs to the Plover Family, but it is the world’s only bird with its bill curved to one side.

Seen from the front, the slender bill curves to the right. From the side it is spoon-shaped. It’s used with a sideways movement to sieve tiny creatures from the water or else to probe in the sand or mud and under stones. The tiny bills of newly-hatched chicks already have the distinctive sideways curve.

Grey upper and white underparts provide the Wrybill with effective camouflage on northern mudflats and shellbanks.

In breeding plumage, however, both male and female develop a dark band across the chest, the better to merge with the pattern of sunlight and shadow on their bare, stony breeding grounds. Males also gain a thin black edging to the white forehead. read more…

Las Vegas Cop Out

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin Land Scramble

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua District Council’s HQ in Levin — where consultation starts later

Unbridled land development planned since 2008 — but plan consultation just starting

By Veronica Harrod

Despite intentions by Horowhenua District Council to initiate a “collaborative approach” to consultations on a proposed 20-year Long Term Plan (2018-2038) the council and land developers have been meeting since 2008 to advance a potential 963.3 hectare land development programme for Levin.

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

In a two page advertisment on the proposed Long Term Plan (LTP), council’s chief executive David Clapperton says, “We expect similar growth to that experienced by Kapiti. So, as a community, we need to think about our towns, villages, our facilities and infrastructure…We are taking a collaborative approach.”

But a 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan for Levin says, “It is proposed that council in consultation with landowners will prepare an overall structure plan for the main areas in advance of rezoning to establish the spatial arrangement of key streets, open spaces and linkages, densities [and] infrastructure.” read more…

Julie’s October Sonnet

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hail to the cliché!

By Julie Leibrich

I woke up one Spring morning with the first verse buzzing round my head and just continued to think of idioms.

Maybe a sonnet has to be serious; maybe not? read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 91

2017 October 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

NZTA Session On The Expressway Noise

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wednesday evening meeting

By Nick Fisher

NZTA are holding an informal meeting about the noise

  • on Wednesday October 4
  • at the Kapiti Community Centre, Pohutokawa Room.

They need to see that hundreds of Kapiti folk are affected by this issue. So please try to get to the meeting.

It runs from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

A large group of us will be attending at 7pm.

It would be good for NZTA to see the strength of our feeling through the strength in numbers.

If you need a ride email motorwaynoise@slingshot.co.nz read more…

Kapiti Easter Trading Opposed

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Will shopping rule our district? Oppose Easter Sunday trading!

By Lyndy McIntyre,  former KCDC Councillor

What kind of district do we want to live in? I want to live in a place where workers and their families can have time off together.

Where we’re not driven by a need to shop till we drop every day of the year. I want to live in a place where we stand up for local workers.
That’s why I oppose open slather on shopping on Easter Sunday. I’m taking a stand on this and I invite you to take a stand too. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Greens Political Suicide?

2017 October 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sign up with the Nats?

By Roger Childs

Would National implement much of their policy?

The phones are now ringing as the four main parties try to put together a coalition government. Most media attention and cartooning has centred on the rather pompous Winston Peter’s enjoying the limelight as the potential King Maker.

However, there are some, mainly National and anti-New Zealand First commentators, who are suggesting that the Greens get together with the Tories. In other words form a coalition of chalk and cheese.

The Greens leader, James Shaw, has even stated that he would be prepared to talk to Bill English. However, he and his senior colleagues should heed the message of the fate of the Maori Party in this year’s election. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 90 Answers

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    If you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to September 27.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Woman Who Invented Solo Mothers

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There were widows who were respectable, deserted wives who were less so, divorcees who were not and solo mother who were beyond the pale. Mary Singleton on attitudes in the 1950s

Creating social history

By Roger Childs

Mary Singleton

Mary spoke at a recent Friends of the Library session as she launched her book: Was that really me? 

This engaging memoir reveals snippets of Mary’s fascinating life which, like everyone’s, has had plenty of ups and downs.

(KIN will publish a review by Robin Smith later this month.)

One interesting revelation was her involvement in setting up a solo mothers group in Wellington before that term for women bringing up children on their own was in vogue. read more…

Swamp McGHoo?

2017 October 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Donald Trump to sweep all before him under supernatural supervision

By SWAMP McGOO, late of Paekakariki   

(Conspiracy Theorist, Occult Genius and Supreme Icon of the Alt-Centre Delusion)

HI EVERYBODY!  Thank you for your adoring applause.

My name is Swamp McGoo and I have extra-sensory perception. And here’s the proof.  Wherever you are in the cosmos, I know exactly what you are doing at this very instant. You are reading this sentence. read more…

Nazis In The Reichstag Again?

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Daehne

A modern German nightmare

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

The Bundestag in Berlin

Since 1999 the German Bundestag has been housed in the building of the former German Reichstag. There were no real problems with that.

But after the elections last week (September 24th), the radical right wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) captured more than 14 Percent of the seats (94 from 709) in the German parliament. This was much higher than expected. The crypto Nazis were in.

Their slogan, chanted in the streets against Chancellor Angela Merkel : “Merkel go home!” read more…

Farewell Hugh Hefner

2017 October 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZ History Revised

2017 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

History all in one place

By Roger Childs

Kapiti Independent is fortunate to have the services of Waikanae-based historian, John Robinson.
There has been considerable interest in his weekly articles which take a fresh look at 19th century New Zealand history.
To help readers who may have come on John’s articles “part way through”, we have placed them all in order in the New Zealand History section below the masthead.

read more…

Milking The Peasants

2017 September 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZ Is National, Mostly

2017 September 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Can Labour break a 70-year cycle of National repeat victories?

By Jeremy Smith

New Zealand’s voters restored normal service on Saturday, at least at first glance.

Normal service means voting National and over the last 70 years National has won most of the time.

Here are the figures: of the 24 elections since 1949 National has won 16 of them and Labour only seven.  
The figures are not as clear after 1996 and MMP: National still normally the biggest party but having to do deals to form a government. Likewise post-MPP Labour had to do deals under Helen Clarke to govern. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz: 90

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Here’s the latest challenge; just remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

 

  • Answers on Sunday…and ‘Good Luck.’

read more…

Revising NZ History 8: Tamihana Te Rauparaha

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From warrior to squire

By John Robinson

Wiremu Kingi: one of the older generation of Maori leaders

Many important figures who played a part in the story of the meeting of two cultures had come to maturity within traditional Maori society.

These include Te Rauparaha (1768-1849), Te Wherowhero (1770-1860), Tamati Waka Nene (1785-1871), Wiremu Kingi (1795-1882) and Rewi Maniapoto (1807-1894).  Some led the transition while others initially held to the old ways.

Tamihana Te Rauparaha (1820-1876) of Otaki came from a new generation.

He lived in his formative years within the cultural change of the time, as so many Maori turned from the old ways to Christianity – a transformation of Maori society which both preceded and led to the Treaty of Waitangi. read more…

Bird of the Week: Tui

2017 September 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A tui misnomer

By Cushla McGaughey

The parson bird?

Early settlers called tui the Parson Bird, because of the distinctive white feathers around the neck and at the throat.

But the male tui in particular has a very assertive personality and the bill curved to probe for deep-set kowhai nectar also makes a most effective weapon.

He postures with feathers fluffed to twice his size, trying to challenge another male – or trying to impress a slender female.

She’s heard it all before and knows where this is headed. It’s her job alone to build the bulky nest and incubate the eggs. He meanwhile sings from a nearby tree or engages in aerial displays. To be fair, he’s on the watch for intruders, every so often bringing her food. After the chicks hatch, he does eventually join her in feeding them as well. read more…

Taking to the Streets in Taupo

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Protesting about poisoning the land

By our Turangi correspondent, Leslie Clague

A week or so ago I participated in a 1080 protest in Taupo. For this old civil rights and women’s lib’ demonstrator of the 1960’s it was fun to get the feel of protesting once more.

Held on 11 September, there were about 20 of us who showed up, representing communities around Lake Taupo (Taupo, Motuoapa, Turangi), complete with signs and determination.

We stood on one of the major intersections in Taupo, near a big fish statue and made sure we were visible to passing motorists as well as chatting with passing tourists and shoppers. read more…

Who Doesn’t Love Winston?

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Winston’s Choice

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The pros and cons of MMP

By Roger Childs

One of the best things about MMP is that the leading party has to make compromises when it’s in power. Since the system was instituted in New Zealand in 1996, no party has been able to rule alone, so all governments have been coalitions.

This brings us to the worst aspect of MMP: individuals and parties with minimal support, often have undue influence.

A recent case in point is National’s parasitic ally, ACT’s David Seymour, who has been able to inflict the expensive and largely unsuccessful charter schools on the country.

However, with the lack of a decisive outcome in the weekend’s election, a party with significant popular support, New Zealand First (NZF), will decide who governs. read more…

Museums Combine for Weekend

2017 September 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New book features in Museum Open Days

‘Open days’ in Museums will feature transport history

By Dave Johnston, of the Paekakariki Station Museum

The Discover Kapiti Heritage Group — with representatives from the different museums on the Kapiti Coast, including Mahara Gallery — are holding special ‘open days’ for the first time this coming weekend (30th September and 1st October)

The theme for the weekend  is the ‘Story of Transport’ across the region. Each Museum will share stories and displays regarding different aspects of transport. read more…

Spring Is In The Air

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Tui on Kowhai by Cushla McGaughey

In awe of nature’s interactions

By Roger Childs

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

Every day there are more leaves or flowers, or both. And the birds are tucking into the nectar, especially the tui.

We have a kowhai tree next door and yesterday we counted 10 tui at one time, often upside down, burrowing into the flowers.

On the run with Joggers this morning, I recounted this amazing story and got the response Oh, we had 12 yesterday!  What could be more deflating! read more…

Opportunity Lost

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The triumph of dirty politics?

By Roger Childs

Bill English: set to continue as prime minister

After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of inequality and unfairness.

National probably did much better than even they expected, and the smug Winston is once more the Kingmaker. And he’ll make us wait, again!

Sadly it was probably Steven Joyce’s Plan B with the dirty tricks, once Labour got close, that saw the Nats pull away over the last week. Bill English claims he has the moral authority to  govern, but morality has nothing to do with it. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89 Answers

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 20.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Creative Writing Challenge!

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ll have grounds
More relative than this—the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

William Shakespeare Hamlet

Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017

The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 is The Play’s the Thing.

In conjunction with the festival we invite you to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue. 

Prizes of $100, $60 and $30 will be awarded to the three top entries as well as the opportunity to have your story published by the sponsors: Kapiti News.  They will also be read on the radio.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Festival Launch on Friday, 13 October at 7:30pm. read more…

Opinion Poll

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Boy Tops The Podium

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Exciting Triathlon Grand Final

By Roger Childs

The climax of the eight event International Triathlon Union (ITU) season is the Grand Final. This year Rotterdam, the busiest port in the world, was the setting.

There were two trophies up for grabs:

~ the Grand Final

~ the ITU 2017 World Championship.

During the year in the elite men’s division, Mario Mola from Spain had set the pace, and he only had to finish in the top six in the Dutch city to take the overall 2017 title.

However, he was keen to win the Grand Final as well! read more…

100 Days Of Creativity

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kate with one of her art works

Kate Hartmann runs the excellent Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach. On September 19 we featured an article from Kate on the extraordinary “100 Day Project”.  

 Below is Kate’s outline of what she got out of taking up the challenge. (Read the earlier article first, if you haven’t done so, to get some background on what it was all about.)

What inspired you to participate in the 100 day project?

Lisa Call did when she asked me to participate! I hadn’t heard of the 100 Day Project NZ before, at least not the official version of it.

It excited me, the concept of doing something every day for 100 days, I don’t think I would have done it if it had been any shorter. read more…

Junior College Teams Basketball Derby

2017 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Exciting Junior Girls Clash

By Raima Kingi and Hamish Weir, Kapiti College Junior Girls Coaches

Wednesday 13 September saw the inaugural end of year derby between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College Junior Girls.

Both teams were missing some key players, but managed to entertain the crowd with a hard-fought game played in great spirit.

Kapiti College were looking to overturn a 48 point loss from when the two teams last met in the regular season, and showed their much improved skills and team work by dominating and winning the first two quarters to go into halftime with a 7 point lead. read more…

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A little code breaker

By Cushla  McGaughey

Scarlet Mistletoe: need to know the code!

Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species.

Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way up and down vertical tree trunks or hang upside down as they search for food.

They feed mainly on insects, spiders and caterpillars, but sometimes add fruit and nectar to their diet. Like tui and bellbirds, they know how to open mistletoe flowers. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Women’s Suffrage Day: 19 September

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Let not babies, the wash tub or even dinner, prevent women from going. Franchise activist, Amey Daldy, encouraging women to vote in 1893

Votes for women

By Roger Childs

Not in favour of women voting

124 years ago women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country to pass such a law, however in the US states of Wyoming and Utah women had been voting for over 20 years.

The first Women’s Franchise Bill had gone before the New Zealand parliament in 1878, but it would take another 15 years before the deal was finally done.

It was one of the many achievements of the reforming 1890s Liberal government, but not a triumph for Premier Richard John Seddon. He was against such a drastic step: in his view politics was the preserve of men. read more…

Lake Horowhenua Retrial

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lake Horowhenua

Retrial this week of Philip Dean Taueki for trespassing on his own land 

By Veronica Harrod
Horowhenua correspondent
Lake Horowhenua beneficial owner Philip Dean Taueki faces retrial for trespass in Levin District Court this Thursday (September 21) despite having been acquitted of two previous charges of trespass.
Even though Taueki lives on Maori freehold land beside the lake, and is one of the legally recognised owners of Lake Horowhenua, his repeated arrests, trials, and even imprisonment on trespass charges eloquently symbolises contemporary methods the Crown and its agencies use to maintain and assert control over Lake Horowhenua.

100 Days at Tutere Gallery

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Amazing work over three months!

By Kate Hartmann

Busy times at the Tutere Gallery!

If you say “100 Day Project” really quickly and you don’t think too deeply about what that might actually entail, then it doesn’t seem that big a deal!

Fast forward to the set up and hanging of the resulting exhibition, “6 x 100” and it felt like a very big deal indeed.

This was the moment when the six participating artists from Waikanae and Otaki, stood back and surveyed silently what they had created over the previous 100 days.

In front of them over 1,500 hours of work, 600 individual pieces of art work.  You could literally feel the energy, the love, the care and consideration that had gone into each and every one of those pieces of art work. read more…

Revising NZ History 7: Celebrating Peace – Rewi at Waitara

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Warmonger becomes peacemaker

By John Robinson

Waitara today; land issues were settled in 1878

Rewi Maniapoto had been the most active warrior chief in the king movement, joining with Kingi’s rebellion at Waitara in 1860, and driving Government Agent Gorst out of the Waikato in 1863 against the wishes of the ‘king’, Tawhiao, and his family.

But he later recognised that the war was over, that they were defeated and it was time for peace.  Warmonger became peacemaker.

Thus when, in May 1878, Governor Grey came to Te Kopua and offered generous terms including the return of all confiscated land that had not been sold, Rewi was delighted – a load had been taken off his mind.

He, like most others, believed that the offer would be accepted, that it was a done deal.  read more…

Mary Singleton’s Book Launch

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Was that really me?” 

Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singleton’s memoir.

The session is on

~ Sunday September 24th

 ~ at 2.30 pm

 ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

 ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu

 

read more…

Wonderful Ali Harper as Doris Day

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb entertainment

By Ralph McAllister

Many of us have had a not so secret love affair with Doris Day since childhood.

So if I tell you I have just blown in from the Windy City, after a sentimental journey, during which my face was powdered with sunshine, you might guess what you are about to read  is a review of a show which is nothing short of magic.

Ali Harper has written and is performing her A Doris Day Special at Circa for the next month and you would be a fool to miss this brilliant piece of musical theatre. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Fun Games

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kids have a great time 

By Angelo Robinson

On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games.

We got underway at 9.30am with the 5 to 7 year olds; at 10.30 for the 8 to 10 year olds and the 11 to 13 year olds played at 11.30.

All the players thoroughly enjoyed the day with plenty of games and on court action. read more…

All Blacks In Full Cry

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An outstanding 80 minute performance

By Roger Childs

Plenty of tries against France in the World Cup

There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies.  The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to sleep.

No such luck for the Springboks in Albany. It was 31-0 at half time, but there was no let up  from the All Blacks in the second half. They kept the pressure on and the players off the bench played superbly to take the score out to an amazing record 57-0.

There was a similar pattern to this year’s tests in the 2015 World Cup. The New Zealand form was mixed in the early matches, but then they hit the French like a fast moving train in the quarter-finals to score over 60 points. read more…

Harald Dähne’s Report On Refugees

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Dähne

We’ve made it!” – How Germany absorbed a million refugees

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began – with many unforeseen consequences.

East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990’s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against Russia, but now they are unhappy with EU-treaties and EU court decisions.

At the same time, their administrations cut civil rights, followed abstruse conspiracy theories, and introduced intolerant cultural changes.

Luckily things in Germany have been different. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 Answers

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you wish to do this latest challenge before looking a the answers, scroll down to September 13.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Wonderful Skills Of Cartoonists

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

His work exposed hypocrisy and self interest, but did so with irreverent humour and intelligence. A fierce defender of free speech, he could articulate his point in a way that was both challenging and thought provoking. Andrew Weeks on the late Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian

The must see “Ludicrous Likenesses”

By Roger Childs

Andy does not feature in the exhibition, but would not be out of place

Kapiti Independent is very fortunate to have the services of a quality cartoonist in Andy Tristram.

He is part of a long tradition in the art of caricature, which goes back to 16th century England when sketchers began lampooning the rich and famous, and commenting satirically on political events.

Cartoonists have frequently been a target for censorship and have often been feared by those in power. New Zealand’s David Low, working in London for the Daily Standard during the Second World War, was on Hitler’s hit list.   read more…

College Basketball Clashes

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paraparaumu College girls far too strong

By Anglo Robinson 

Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September.

Congratulations to Paraparaumu College Senior Girls on winning the Rosanne Robinson Cup for 2017.

The game was played in great spirit and both teams performed very well, but on the night Paraparaumu College were just that bit stronger and hungrier. Kapiti College suffered a real blow with a key player going down injured in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The final score: Paraparaumu College 60 – Kapiti College 30 read more…

McCully of Arabia

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘What goes around, comes around…and bites you in the bum’

Kāpiti CEO Moves ON

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pat Dougherty goes back to Nelson

Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty has resigned, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council.

Mr Dougherty says he has enjoyed his time in Kāpiti but now the time is right to step up and try something different. read more…

Policies That Appeal

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… Jacinda Ardern has promised a “relentlessly positive” election campaign, but she should not have been surprised to see her opponents go just as relentlessly negative. Dominion Post editorial, September 15 2017

Some great ideas from Labour

By Roger Childs

It’s good to see this election campaign being largely fought over policies. However, while Labour is announcing plenty of interesting and practical ideas for voters to weigh up, National is into its familiar scaremongering in a desperate attempt to keep its grip on the Treasury benches.

Labour has been progressive releasing policies in key areas such as health, education, housing and paid parental leave, and the concept on doing x number of things in the first hundred days is an appealing prospect.

Hopefully, if elected, the new government’s first few months will be more productive than Trump’s! read more…

Cr Challenges KIN Story

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge — Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC.

The KIN story ( ‘Ratepayers Headed for the High Court’; Sept. 11) said: ‘November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

‘Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.’ read more…

A Book about the Book

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A must read, must own

By Leslie Clague

I recently finished reading a book entitled  The Book Actually, the full title is The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time The author is Keith Houston. If you are a lover of books and reading, I think this is a must read.

It tells the history of the book as an artefact, an object. It gives clearly the technical and engineering principles that create it.

It also relates some delightful stories and humorous anecdotes as it takes you through the journey of the book’s development. (I never knew the financial difficulties of Gutenberg in the creation of his Bible.) read more…

Wooooo

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman – ‘Party Vote Green’

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scared of ‘frightening the horses?’

Jacinda’s scared of ‘frightening the horses.’

So vote Green for real change !

By Prue Hyman

I said last month that I ought to be writing about the election with Jacinda Ardern’s accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turia’s benefit stretching revelations (that was before she resigned the co-leadership) – but that I couldn’t face it and would do so in September.

So I’ve looked back at what I wrote for KIN in September 2014 and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I found that I should almost repeat that article – so here are my thoughts. read more…

Kids/Artists/Ngā Manu Combine

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Mahara director Janet Bayly handing Raumati South students’ their free copy of the new book (containing their own artworks)

HE KĀKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH – RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL

He Kākano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school.

The book highlights over 100 students’ artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience of the project which is supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF).  

The project involves a trip to Ngā Manu and a visit to Mahara Gallery, followed up by several school visits by local artist Michelle Backhouse, poet Mary-Jane Duffy and filmmaker Dean Hapeta to produce the seed-related poems and artworks featured in the book.

read more…

The Housing Guy

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy

No housing crisis, just a housing boom — Nathan Guy

Labour’s Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasn’t a housing crisis, it was a housing boom.

“I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates,” says Mr
McCann.

“It was such a clear demonstration of how out of touch Mr Guy has become.” read more…

Poem of the Week

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The Other Guy

By Judith Bryers Holloway

‘There is a Guy –

Not Fawkes…but who?

I can’t recall…

Help me, please, can you? read more…

Anyone Can Vote in Advance

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyone’s interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer

Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters

By Roger Childs

Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11.

Anyone can vote ahead of time and save the hassles of finding a handy park and standing in a long queue on September 23.

In the Kapiti area, you have a choice of either

 ~ Coastlands Centre Court in Paraparaumu.

 ~ Electoral Headquarters 37 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu.

Advance voting started on Monday and plenty of people have already combined their shopping business with casting an early vote. Across the nation just under 40,00o cast their ballot on Monday.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Revising NZ History 6: The Waikato King’s Land Rejection

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A government land offer rejected

By John Robinson

Tawhiao

In 1878 the New Zealand government offered to the defeated rebels of the king movement the return of all confiscated Waikato land not disposed of by the Government to Europeans.

That generous offer was refused by ‘king’ Tawhiao.

The very reason why many Waikato Maori continued without land was that decision by Tawhiao to turn down the offer, with his refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.  read more…

Japanese Soccer and Rugby: Status and Popularity

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the second article by Neil Smith on the winter codes in Japan. Scroll down to September 8 to see the first.) 

International soccer

By Neil Smith, our correspondent in Japan

The national men’s soccer squad for 2017 comprises 23 players, of whom only seven are active in Japan’s domestic league. The best players are currently in professional teams in France, Italy, Germany, England, Mexico, and Spain.

An additional 16 players are on call-up status, but 14 of them play in Japan’s league.

Results too are showing a significant improvement, from regular losses (letting in 5 goals was not uncommon when playing leading countries) to more common victories against top teams. read more…

The Birds and the Bees

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’ve had a wonderful series of “Birds of the Week”,  however, as September is “Bee Aware Month”, Cushla has shifted focus to that incredibly important insect.

About the Bees

By Cushla McGaughey

The hoverfly

The mini helicopter suspended over a flower suddenly zips sideways. It looks like a bee and even does some pollinating, but has no sting. It’s actually a native hoverfly.

An added bonus for the gardener, though, is that hoverfly larvae feed on aphids.

Our native bees lead a short, solitary life, with habitat loss another threat.

The female lines a small chamber at the end of an underground tunnel. She stocks it with a small lump of pollen and nectar, carried in little by little. read more…

Expressway Noise: Breach of Human Rights?

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Disturbing sleep

Kapiti Expressway

Kapiti residents living in the vicinity of the new expressway are experiencing disturbed sleep which is affecting their health and Bernie Randall, of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, believes a breach of the Human Rights Act has occurred.

He has written to the Human Rights Commission asking it to investigate residents’ complaints of night time noise along the Kapiti Expressway.

New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international treaties that basically give New Zealanders the right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Excessive noise can interfere with this right, according to Mr Randall. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Collusion – Big Parties and the Media

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(Our FOOD FOR THOUGHT columns are opinion pieces designed to get readers thinking about issues. Today our guest contributor is John McLean, author and commentator. He examines what he feels are the critical issues that the politicians should be addressing in the election campaign.)

 Election campaign hijacked

By John McLean

This election campaign has been hijacked by the sinister combination of National, Labour and the mainstream media. Three debates – all compered (controlled) by the mainstream media in the form of Mike Hosking, Patrick Gower, etc.

Why not get a professor of political science from a university to compose and ask the questions?

Or two people – one from the trade union movement and one from the employers’ federation? Instead we have the mainstream media controlling the questions, the agenda and the issues.  read more…

Coastal Ratepayers Headed For High Court

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hazards issue goes to court again

By Roger Childs

November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.

CRU’s concerns centre on Council going back on decisions made in 2014 to

  • withdrew coastal hazard areas from the Proposed District Plan.
  • set up a Coastal Advisory Group, with community representation, to work on the hazards issue.

(To see the detail of KCDC’s illegal and un-notified actions and CRU’s responses, scroll down to the July 26 article: Ratepayers Win V KCDC) read more…

Down To Earth Politics

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Land Boom

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Conflicts of interest, land development and Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod

When the Horowhenua District Council’s Long Term Plan is reviewed in early 2018, will the Council reintroduce development contributions that land developers used to pay towards essential infrastructure costs?

To set the scene, we need to go back to June 2015 when council voted to end development contributions collected from land developers for essential infrastructure to service a growth in population.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87 Answers

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you still wish to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 6.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Photo of the Week: The Wall

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Residents from Waikanae and Raumati combine to build a wall alongside the expressway. (Photo Nick Fisher)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jacinda Looking Prime Ministerial

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Heading for change?

By Roger Childs

The country starts going to the polls on Monday, when advanced voting begins. The early indications are that a majority of voters will take advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballot early, rather than wait for “election day”.

The latest poll gives Labour a 43-39 lead over National, and that will be hard for the government to pull back.

The massive increase in support for Labour is undoubtedly due to the impact of new leader, Jacinda Ardern.

She has captured the imagination of the nation and even the predominantly right-leaning media, with not only her image and dynamism, but also her debating skills and grasp of the key issues facing the country. read more…

Improving Japanese Rugby and Soccer

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the first in a series by our Japanese correspondent on men’s winter sports codes aiming for international status.)

Getting started

By Neil Smith, our columnist in Japan

While the relative strength and performance of individual players is not the only way to assess how well the sports structure in a given country is functioning, it does offer a clear guideline.

We must first check the state of soccer and rugby and the level of Japan’s professional players on the world stage back when Japan launched its leagues for professional soccer and rugby.

J-League for soccer started in 1993 and Top-League rugby began in 2003, Corporate rugby was moving toward professionalism from the early-1990s and those teams are the core teams in the Top League. read more…

Still Tied To The Americans?

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

New Zealand: A Reality Check — 

‘But Isn’t NZ Nuclear-Free And Out Of ANZUS?’

By Murray Horton in Christchurch, political activist and writer since 1969.  He’s the Organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)  

I recently spoke at an Australian peace movement conference in my capacity as Organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign. My speech involved the interesting exercise of having to look at my own country from an outsider’s perspective. Here’s an edited extract.

Viewed from Australia, New Zealand probably looks pretty good. For example, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the country having become nuclear free by law. read more…

Greypower Election Debate

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy — away for the day

Guy absent — smaller parties get look in 

The non-appearance of sitting Otaki MP Nathan Guy (National) gave minor parties more speaking time at the Greypower-organised election debate in Paraparaumu.

And some of the strongest applause came for the NZ First candidate when he referred to the Party’s promise of three free dental visits each year for over 65’s.

Dr Romuald Rudzi (“UK-born with Polish ancestry”), of NZ First, said he wanted “to stop the rot”. He said it broke his heart to sell all the things which made New Zealand so good being destroyed. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Father’s Day Games

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Traditional clashes!

By Angelo Robinson

8 to 10 year olds take on their Dads in Paraparaumu

On Father’s Day, September 3, Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual “Kids vs Dads” games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Otaki.

It is always a great day and something the kids really look forward to.

The players love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have learnt at Hoop Club and of course they all try really hard to beat the Dads, but as we always know the Dads will always win on their special day. read more…

Dr Smith Raises Profile

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smith’s relief

Possum Cruelty

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Professor Andrew Knight

Possum-killing damages New Zealand’s image

By Andrew Knight

(Andrew Knight is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics; ‘Founding Director’ of the Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare (UK);  and is currently on secondment to animal advocacy organisation SAFE in New Zealand).

It’s not often New Zealand primary school fundraising events are reported by the world’s media. However, Drury School in South Auckland and others have recently achieved exactly this – but for all the wrong reasons.

As reported in The Guardian in London – newborn possums were recently torn from their mothers’ pouches at Drury School, and drowned in a bucket of water. All in the name of fundraising. read more…

Intriguing Semi-finals In Prospect

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unexpected US Open match-ups

By Roger Childs

US Open 2016: last year’s winners are nowhere to be seen!

The last grand slam of the year has been an unusual tournament.

On the men’s side four of the top ten ranked players have been absent: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.

On the women’s side the Americans have come through strongly and potentially there could be four United States players in the semi finals, something that has never happened in the modern era.

And that’s with new mother Serena Williams on the sideline. read more…

Revising NZ History 5: Wiremu Kingi at Waitara

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(To see John’s earlier articles, scroll down to August 10, 14, 21 and 29)

Kingi’s strong attachment to Waitara

By John Robinson

Waitara today looking south

Even though he had moved south from Taranaki, and lived at Waikanae for some years, Kingi had decided that he was passionately attached to Waitara (north-east of New Plymouth).

He repeatedly threatened anyone who would allow its sale, having forced the abandonment of the 1839 sale after it had been recognised by Commissioner Spain in 1844.  (See article 4: August 29)

In 1848, he broke a promise to Governor Grey and went back to the south bank of the Waitara River.  There he continued to oppose those Te Atiawa who wished to sell their land.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10. (Credit Bill Leek)

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

NZ Needs Free Education

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

PIECEMEAL POLICIES WON’T FIX EDUCATION INEQUALITY

The ‘Closing the Gap’ group says a commitment to fully free education is the only way to tackle New Zealand’s high level of education inequality.

Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality group, says:

“While the renewed political focus on education is good news, an unequivocal commitment to free education at all levels is needed across the political spectrum. read more…

Expressway: Just Build the Wall!

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA experts to do an assessment

By Nick Fisher, spokesperson for Expressway Noise Abatement Group (ENAG)

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have released the terms of reference for a review of their noise mitigation on the Kapiti expressway.

The two people asked to conduct the review will assess if NZTA has complied with the conditions of NZS 6806, and also if the noise affects are ‘reasonable’.

If these two experts come from the same pool as other NZTA experts, then we won’t hold our breath for a satisfactory outcome, observed the spokesperson for ENAG a group of affected residents campaigning for better noise mitigation. read more…

Kapiti Easter Trading Move

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan — shop-owners could decide

Locals can have their say on Easter Sunday trading

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast residents can now say if they want shop trading on Easter Sunday.

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says last week its Strategy and Policy Committee proposed a draft policy for Easter Sunday trading for consultation.

And the consultation period began this week. It ends on October 8. read more…

Bird of the Week: Silvereye

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Australian immigrant

By Cushla McGaughey

The bellbird

Like the tui and the smaller bellbird, silvereyes (tauhou), have a brushed tongue for extracting nectar, but belong to an unrelated family from Australia.

They are even smaller again than bellbirds, yet they somehow established themselves in New Zealand during the 1850s. Appropriately, the Maori name, ‘tauhou’, means ‘stranger’.

One theory is that silvereyes hitched a ride in the rigging of the sailing ships common at the time. Another is that a westerly gale helped large numbers make the 1500 km flight across the Tasman. After all, butterflies can do it: there are eight Australian butterfly species that sometimes visit New Zealand with the help of favourable westerly winds. read more…

Feeling Sorry For The Aussies

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Started with having to avoid rubbing in the Bledisloe and assuring the Aussies that the Wallabies had been a bit unlucky. Kiwi John Smith, on humouring fellow staff at the Melbourne college where he works

Not a great run of sporting results

By Roger Childs

Beauden Barrett on his way to scoring the decisive try.

In fact it’s be a lousy ten days for sports fans across the Tasman. It started with the Wallabies snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the Dunedin test.

Leading 29-28 late in the game, they lost their focus and let the All Blacks run in the winning try in the 77th minute.

Then the Aussie cricketers lost the first test to Bangladesh by 20 runs.

Worse was to follow. Australia’s tennis number one, Nick Kygios, who was a finalist in the recent Cincinnati tournament, crashed out of the US Open being beaten in the second round, by the unseeded John Millman  6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. read more…

It’s The Season For Planting

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Springtime!

Story Roger Childs, Photos by Steve Aiken

Friends of the Wharemauku Stream stalwart, Tony Fraei, in action last month

It might not be the greatest of weather, but the blossoms are coming out and the lawns are growing.

Around the Kapiti area, the 20+ conservation groups have been busy doing their annual planting. The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), is to be congratulated on the backing it gives these groups and the planting it does itself.

In Queen Elizabeth Park last month several thousand seedlings, flaxes and shrubs were embedded in the soil.

On a smaller scale, there has been action near the Wharemauku Stream. read more…

We Need To Talk About Kim

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A nuclear threat and the need for rational leadership

By Roger Childs

President John Kennedy

Back in 1962 the world came close to nuclear war. Fortunately at the time the United States had one of its more intelligent and pragmatic leaders.

President Kennedy didn’t rush into a decision or make off-the-cuff threats. His administration gathered the evidence against the Soviet Union and Cuba, and used the United Nations to help defuse the crisis.

55 years on, there is the possibility of a nuclear war breaking out over North Korea. Back in 1953 the Korean War “ended” with a divided peninsula and a cease fire. That is still the situation. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Tangled Up

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The threads of our inner self 

By Kate Hartmann

Kate Hartmann at the Tutere Gallery

The work below was completed whilst I was participating in the 100 day challenge and therefore was directly influenced by some of that experimentation in line work.

The title came first, I had the phrase “Tangled up in Blue” in my head and I wanted to depict a round fabric like ball wrapped tightly and suspended by threads.

The colour palette of cool blues and greens was warmed by the use of yellow hues and the ball sits seemingly floating in its own world.  It is simultaneously being filled and drained by the ‘threads’ that come in and out and around it.

It symbolizes our inner self and the push and pull of both stress and calming that is applied daily onto that inner core, the highs and lows, both joy and anxiety.

read more…

Jacinda v. Farmer Bill

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 86 Answers

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to August 30.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turning Tides

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Game Changer

By Roger Childs

Stood aside for the good of the Party

If Labour forms the next government in a few weeks time, commentators and historians will acknowledge the role of a key player.

He is of course, Andrew Little.

It was he, who in a thoughtful, pragmatic decision stepped aside from the Labour leadership allowing the more charismatic Jacinda Ardern to seamlessly slip into the role. There was no acrimony and no blood on the red carpet.

The pundits warned against Labour changing horses in mid-stream, however if you can safely get in the saddle on a stronger steed, it’s the way to go. read more…

The Wonderful Tutere Gallery

2017 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Tutere Gallery has a strong philosophy which revolves around ‘Connection’, and we are always working to ensure that the three main functional areas of the gallery support this philosophy. Kate Hartmann

With space for creativity 

By Roger Childs

Set in the heart of Waikanae Beach, this is one of Kapiti’s cultural treasures.

The Tutere Gallery and Creative Space exhibits only the works of local artists.

It began business in 2016. However, as Director Kate Hartmann, explains

its story began some five years prior when a girl fell in love with a run down, 90 year old bach that had been vacant for some time and somehow managed to convince her husband to buy it. He thought she was mad but all she could see was potential. read more…

Poem of the Week: Rainy Day

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In theory, today is the  first day of Spring. However, there is no sudden change of temperature to mark its arrival, but no doubt the new season will bring rain to help the buds and shoots that are already appearing.

It’s definitely time for Julie Leibrich’s highly appropriate September sonnet.

The lives I might have known 

By Julie Leibrich

I think we all still the child we once were within us.

Sometimes it is important to listen to that child. read more…

Park Farming Defended

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

QE Park, from Poplar Avenue looking south. The left side of photo shows manuka and native regrowth. Over the fence on the right side, grassland is only possible through drainage, spraying and grazing.

Regional Council replies to KIN stories about farming threat to QE Park

The Greater Wellington Regional  Council (GWRC) says it wants to put the record straight about two recent KIN stories on farming in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Amanda Cox, GWRC Parks Manager, says: “The Kapiti Independent has recently published a story about Queen Elizabeth Park suggesting that, somehow, its licensee farmer is exploiting the park at the public’s expense.

“The facts are that annually GWRC receives just under $85,000 in licence revenue from farming, which helps offset the $450,000 annual direct cost of running the park.” read more…