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Photo of the Week

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Sunrise

From Vonny Sprey in Antarctica

 

Vonny sunrise

New Sunrise on Ross Sea Ice 22 August. ( Well officially 1st Sunrise was 19th but clouds did not play ball for a couple of days.) read more…

Rob McCann Selected For Otaki

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Labour make their choice

Rob McCann

Rob McCann

Rob McCann has been selected as the Otaki Labour Party candidate for the 2017 General Election.

Eddie Dickson, Chair of the Otaki Labour Electorate Committee, said:

I am delighted that Rob will once again be our candidate for Otaki. He has extensive community links and will be an excellent advocate for the region as MP for Otaki.

We are gearing up to run a strong campaign in 2017 and planning is already well advanced.” read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 35

2016 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Mandy Hager On School Wrecking

2016 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Award winning author Mandy Hager

Award winning author Mandy Hager

How National is ruining our State school system

Kiwi kids at play in a State primary School (Kelston in Auckland)

Kiwi kids at play in a State primary School (Kelston in Auckland)

By Mandy Hager

I’ve just spent 18 months immersed in the world of 12th century France and, more particularly, the world of ‘schools’ and scholars.

Over the course of that century, the education opportunities for women (which were already elitist and shaky at best) were purposefully eroded by the State and Church.

Knowledge, as we all know, is power – and in order for the consolidation of wealth that took place at this time (back into the coffers of the King and Catholic church) it was necessary to silence any dissenting voices, and to control who accessed education and what was taught. Ring any bells? read more…

Amazing Sports Stories 19: Jan-Ove Waldner

2016 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The greatest table tennis player of all time has retired. Paddle Palace Catalog, July 2016

Statutes for the famous

By Roger Childs

Waldner 1Erecting a statue acknowledges someone who has achieved great fame. Joan of Arc looks down on the Champs Elysees and Richard John Seddon surveys the open spaces of parliament grounds in Wellington. There are a lot more edifices for politicians than sports people.

However, the latter are not uncommon. The amazing Dutch athlete, Fanny Blankers Koen, features in full stride in Rotterdam; New Zealand’s greatest track athlete Peter Snell stands on  a main street corner in Opunake, and All Black legend Michael Jones is remembered outside Eden Park.

However in China, they have a statue of Jan-Ove Waldner, the Swedish table tennis legend. read more…

Airport Plans Opposed

2016 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
New runway mock-up pic

New runway mock-up pic

Most public submissions oppose Wellington airport extension

By Alan Tristram

 

The Guardians of the Bays say a large majority of public submissions oppose an extension to the Wellington Airport runway.

They say  new stats from the Greater Wellington Regional Council show no fewer than 525 of 776 submitters are opposed.

The Guardians have neen campaigning for Wellingtonians to make their voices heard as Wellington International Airport’s consent application is submitted to the Environment Court.

Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays, says that 525 submissions express a variety of concerns, including the economic, social and environmental impacts. read more…

Poem of the Week (2)

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When I had a son in his early teensLynn-Jenner-2010

By Lynn Jenner from ‘Dear Sweet Harry’ (Auckland University Press 2010)

When I had a son in his early teens

a Russian thought formed in my head

that if a war came I would cut off

the index finger of his right hand

so that he would be no use for fighting. read more…

The Bledisloe Back In The Cabinet

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As expected the ABs didn’t reach the heights of last week but in the end a comprehensive win. No tries for the Aussies speaks volumes for the contrast in the skills of the two teams. Christchurch rugby expert, Richard Belton

All Blacks in a class of their own

By Roger Childs

Another fine performance by Beauden Barrett

Another fine performance by Beauden Barrett

It wasn’t as convincing as the Sydney test, but the 29-9 victory over Australia in Wellington last night was decisive. Four tries to none was a measure of the New Zealanders’ superiority as they retained the Bledisloe Cup for the thirteenth consecutive year.

The Wallabies were more physical than last week, but if they thought that pushing and shoving in the forwards was going to put their opponents off stride, they soon had to face up  to reality. Once again the All Blacks were fitter, faster and smarter.

As anticipated there was a lot of post-match whinging from the Australian coach, especially about the refereeing. But Michael Cheika needs to realise that it’s quality rugby not stouch, bad language and moaning that wins test matches. read more…

Poem of the Week (1)

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we feature local poet Nicola Easthope. Nicola has ancestral links to the Orkney Islands, Scotland, Wales and England, was born in London and grew up in the northern suburbs of Wellington.

She has lived in Raumati South for 15 years, working as an Enviroschools facilitator, and high school teacher of English, Social Studies and Psychology.

Nicola’s first collection, ‘leaving my arms free to fly around you,’ was published in 2011 by Steele Roberts.

Her second, ‘Working the tang’ is marinating away, somewhere under her pile of marking… Nicola was a guest poet at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2012.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 34 Answers

2016 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like to take up the challenge, scroll down to August 24.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Havelock Just The Start?

2016 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When you get feedlots and you get a lot of animals concentrated on one area you get a lot of soil disturbance, you get a lot of faecal material concentrated in one place. And then you also get these rain bombs and storms, which are going to become more common with climate change, and then you get a massive wash through of faeces and sediment run-off into surface waterways and also through cracks in the ground into aquifers. Waikato veterinarian and ecologist Alison Dewes

Environmental degradation

By Roger Childs

swimming in the poo4700 Havelock people being poisoned by dirty water is unprecedented in New Zealand history. It is the latest chapter in the long record of major problems resulting from human interference in the environment.

As expected, there is plenty of finger-pointing going on over the recent water crisis in the Hawke’s Bay town of Havelock North. Whatever comes out of various inquiries, the painful reality is that unchecked human activity continues to pollute our waterways and ground water.

Whether it’s “dirty dairying”; releasing sewage into rivers; industrial waste; excessive nitrogenous fertiliser use, or 1800 pellets landing in waterways, our precious water resources are being continually polluted. read more…

Police Test Too

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

westpac stadiumPolice prepare for sell-out rugby game in Wellington

The Police say they’ll have extra staff on duty to keep people safe when Wellington hosts the All Blacks v Wallabies in the second test of the Bledisloe Cup tomorrow night.

Given it’s a sell-out event, the city will be busy with a lot of people from the Greater Wellington Region and elsewhere. read more…

1.3 Million Plants Along The Expressway!

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At one stage we were putting in 10,000 plants a day. Tim Broadbent, Manager of Natural Habitats

The biggest conservation project on the Kapiti Coast

By Roger Childs

Photo credit: NZTA

Photo credit: NZTA

This is one of the big pluses from the building of the expressway. Kapiti residents will be familiar with the enormous conservation project which so far has seen a staggering one million seedlings already planted.

All the plants are native, except for a few strays from across the Tasman: lomandra and callistemon, and are endemic to the Foxton Ecological District, which stretches from Paekakariki to Bulls and across to the Tararuas

The planting started in April 2014 and will finish early next year. read more…

NZ’s Clean, Green…Poo

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

swimming in the poo

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jean Lees is a Waikanae artist who paints in watercolours and acrylics. She is a member of Watercolour New Zealand.  Jean will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the summer season. Her painting “Suva Queen” features below.

Suva Queen watercolour 10cm high

Commuter Parking Boost

2016 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Commuter cars at present-day parks near Waikanae Station

Commuter cars at present-day parks near Waikanae Station

Waikanae getting 240 new parks for Christmas

By Alan Tristram

Waikanae train commuters are expected to get 240 new parks for Christmas with the construction of the Metlink ‘Park and Ride’ facility on the site of the old Waikanae Hotel.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says work is set begin as early as next week and will take 12 to 16 weeks, depending on weather. read more…

New Zealand’s Love Affair With The 1500m

2016 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An amazing record in the Olympics

By Roger Childs

Standing a trend

Starting a trend

Nick Willis‘s bronze medal in the Rio 1500m men’s final, adds another chapter to New Zealand’s proud record over the distance. The legendary Jack Lovelock started the trend at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In winning gold he also broke the world record, a feat never equalled at any subsequent Games.

Peter Snell won the 1500m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and John Walker took the country’s third gold medal over the distance in Montreal twelve years later.

Add to these victories a silver and three bronze medals, and New Zealand has an enviable record in the blue ribbon event. In Olympics since 1924, only Kenya with eight medals, has won more than New Zealand. read more…

Ali Wows the Crowd!

2016 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful performance from the versatile star

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3Ali Harper was in top form at Southwards on Sunday. The audience of over 150 experienced a virtuoso performance, as the Christchurch entertainer unfurled her Legendary Divas show.

Once again she demonstrated her versatility as she sang in the style of dozens of the great female popular music vocalists of the last100 years.

As usual, Ali established great rapport with her audience from the start and the show rocketed along with plenty of repartee and interesting diva detail interspersing the superb singing. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 34

2016 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Reflections On All Black Supremacy

2016 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The only real difficulty is working out how much the score was due to the ABs being good and how much to the Wallabies being woeful. Our Melbourne based rugby expert, John Smith

Crotty leaves would-be tacklers in his wake as he races to score the first try

Crotty leaves would-be tacklers in his wake as he races to score the first try

Being on top

By Roger Childs

Being the best in the world at a sport can be a two edged sword. It’s great being top of the tree, but there is always the chasing pack wanting to tip you off your perch. Eventually you will succumb to the pressure.

The All Blacks don’t look like being vulnerable anytime soon. They have won their last 12 matches including the World Cup, and thrashed the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney on Saturday.

The expectations for this week’s match against Australia in Wellington, are for another comfortable win. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two Papers Better Than One?

2016 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The commission is continuing to assess the effects of the proposed merger on areas such as the provision of national, regional and local news content. Commerce Commission, 22 August 2016

Detrimental narrowing of the field

By Roger Childs

Food for thoughtOver the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of news outlets worldwide.  Larger media organizations have swallowed smaller businesses, and in New Zealand, Fairfax and NZME have steadily become bigger and bigger players.

Of the metropolitan dailies, only the Otago Daily Times stands a beacon of independent ownership amidst the news oligopoly.

On the Kapiti Coast, and in many other areas, the proposed merger of Fairfax, owner of The Kapiti Observer, and NZME, owner of The Kapiti News, threatens to leave local news readers with just one weekly community paper. read more…

Jorgensen Too Quick In Rio Triathlon

2016 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great racing at Copacabana

By Roger Childs

Too close to call?

Too close to call?

One of the unforgetable moments at the London Olympics, was the women’s triathlon finish. In a dramatic sprint to the line, Sweden’s Lisa Norden and Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig hit the tape together. It was an excellent case for awarding two gold medals, but someone decided that the Swiss had won by a freckle.

Spirig has had time out from ITU events in recent years, but was back in Rio to defend her title. But could she beat Gwen Jorgensen?

If there is a certainty in the world of international sport, it’s the run in elite women’s triathlon events. If Gwen is in the leading group out of transition, she wins. read more…

Fantastic Olympic Performances

2016 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Very impressive across the board

By Roger Childs

Now the carnival is over we can reflect on a impressive outcomes

Now the carnival is over we can reflect on a impressive outcomes

Olympic competition is fiercely competitive, and the best in the world are there, knowing it’s the last chance for four years to get a medal. New Zealand definitely punches above its weight in world sport and confidently boxes on from a base of four million people. And so it was in Rio.

The media will do the stats and come up with fascinating conclusions such as only the Virgin Islands did better per capita, and Australia, with its population compared to ours, should have won 100 medals.

Forget the comparisons, with the two week Rio carnival now over, we can reflect on a job very well done. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The poet

Shane CaveShane Cave has a degree in history and political science and, when in the country, lives in Raumati Beach.

He has worked as a journalist in New Zealand, Britain and Kenya.

In later years he has been employed as an anti-corruption consultant by the United Nations, and by other international organisations, in East Africa, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, the Pacific and the Caribbean. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 33 Answers

2016 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Rio 11If you would still like to take up this challenge, scroll down to August 17.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: End Privately Run Prisons

2016 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… officials concluded that they (private prisons) are less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than prisons run by the government. Washington Post, August 19, 2016

The Americans have seen the light

By Roger Childs

The message has got through in America

The message has got through in America

The US Justice Department is looking to phase out privately run federal prisons, and New Zealand should follow suit. There is substantial evidence that American findings are replicated in our country. Readers will be familiar with SERCO’s disastrous record in managing Mt Eden Prison.

At a recent meeting in Paraparaumu, Labour ‘s Spokesperson for Corrections, Kelvin Davis, made the point that private companies being allowed to provide public services will always put the profit motive first. read more…

Kiwisaver Investment Bombshell

2016 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwisaver Investment Bombshell

Brownlees Unbeatable In Rio Triathlon

2016 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They have really set a hot pace on the bike. British commentator

Creating history

By Roger Childs

Brownlees gold and silver with South African, Henri Schoeman, taking bronze

Brownlees gold and silver with South African, Henri Schoeman, taking bronze

No brothers have ever been first and second in an Olympic event. Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee went closed at London in 2012 taking gold and bronze. There they were separated by their great rival, Spaniard Javier Gomez. Sadly, Gomez had to pull out of the Rio event after being injured in a bike crash in July.

However, there would still be plenty of competition for the Brownlees at Copacabana, with the speedy Spaniard, Mario Mola, and South Africa’s Richard Murray, being the most likely challengers.

As it turned out, the Brownlee boys won the gold and silver comfortably. read more…

Don’t miss Ali Harper!

2016 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Enjoyment guaranteed

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3Ali is an international star who is acclaimed throughout the country. Sunday’s Southwards performance will be her fourth show on the Kapiti Coast and is guaranteed to be great entertainment.

She has an excellent singing voice and her remarkable versatility enables her to sing in the manner of any female vocalist you care to name. In Legendary Divas you’ll hear Madonna, Dolly, Shirley, Judy, Vera, Doris, Julie, Carole, Ethel  and many more!

Don’t miss this time, as Ali performs “Legendary Divas” at Southwards on Sunday 21 August at 4.00pm. (Booking details below.) read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Les Demoiselles D’Avignon is one of most revolutionary paintings in the history of art. Pablo Picasso created it in 1907 and it was a pioneer work in the Cubist style which he and Georges Braque developed. It is characterised by the two dimensional flat depth technique the Cubists would evolve, and the faces of the women reflect Picasso’s interest at the time in African masks and ancient Iberian sculptures.

(Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org)

(Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org)

Picasso originally called it Le Bordel d’Avignon, but the art critic who was displaying it, changed the title in deference to his patrons.

Michael Scott Exposed

2016 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… I can confirm that after informally researching all available information myself, I can find no evidence that supports the allegations made by Cr Michael Scott. Deputy Mayor, Mike Cardiff

Councillor unable to provide promised evidence

By Roger Childs

No evidence from Cr Scott

No evidence from Cr Scott

The well publicized Code of Conduct case taken by David Scott against Michael Scott continues to fester. It was taken on the basis of an abusive and derogatory email sent by Cr M Scott to Waikanae resident, Sue Smith.

Cr Scott released a press statement claiming that Ms Smith had made many “abusive, rude and derogatory” remarks about him.

Having had contact with Cr Scott, Cr Ammundsen subsequently assured the Mayor and Cr Holborow, stating He will bring evidence of all the malicious statements from Sue Smith which caused him to answer her as he did.

At the later Council hearing of the case, Cr Scott repeated his statement about malicious statements, but provided no evidence.

As Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff’s statement above makes clear, there is no evidence. read more…

Carson Suffers In Slow 1500m Heat

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… with about 500, 600 metres to go, I got a bit boxed in and had to work a bit too hard with a lap to go. Hamish Carson

The wrong heat!

By Roger Childs

Hamish Carson, sixth from the left. finishing with the front bunch

Hamish Carson, sixth from the left. finishing with the front bunch

Competition in Rio is over for the Kapiti 1500m runner. He was not totally outclassed and finished ninth at the back of the front bunch in heat 2. Unfortunately this was the slowest heat. If Hamish had been in heat 3 and come ninth, he would have been through to the semi-finals.

The first six runners qualified from each of the three heats, then the next fastest six. Nick Willis was sixth in heat 3, so he went through and so did the next four.

Hamish’s race was just too slow. The winner’s time was 3.46.82, 10 seconds slower than the Kapiti runner’s  personal best (PB).

What could he have done? read more…

Understanding the New Zealand Environment

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of our readers, Adam Craig, responded to Leslie Clague’s story on deer killed by 1080  near Taupo. (Scroll down to July 27.) Here’s what he said:

Killing deer, which browse seedling regrowth in forest reserves, is one of the beneficial side effects of 1080 poison drops. These deer did not belong to the farmer.

Leslie’s husband replies.

A typical urban dweller’s comment

By Bill Clague

Do the members actually get out in the forest?

Do the members actually get out in the forest?

Mr. Craig makes an easy-to-understand point. Sadly, he seems to be unable to grasp the fact that New Zealand forests have always, since the beginning of their existence, been open, and that the present forest reserves, as he calls them, are in fact, in most cases, made up of secondary growth.

The sad thing is Mr. Craig’s comments are typical of many city dwellers who rarely if ever actually get out into the reserves he mentions.

Forest and Bird members also most often fall into this category, as the bulk of that organisation’s membership also reside in our capital city and/or similar densely populated areas. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 33

2016 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Rio OlympicsThe latest challenge with an appropriate theme.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Poem of the Week

2016 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cat Baudelaire

The Cat

Come, superb cat, to my amorous heart;
Hold back the talons of your paws,
Let me gaze into your beautiful eyes
Of metal and agate.

When my fingers leisurely caress you,
Your head and your elastic back,
And when my hand tingles with the pleasure
Of feeling your electric body,

In spirit I see my woman. Her gaze
Like your own, amiable beast,
Profound and cold, cuts and cleaves like a dart,

And, from her head down to her feet,
A subtle air, a dangerous perfume
Floats about her dusky body. read more…

Superb Sprinters in Rio

2016 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Van Niekerk is now beginning to tire, or is he? He’s pulling way! British athletics commentator

Outstanding athletics performances

By Roger Childs

Bolt powering away in the last 10 metres to win his third 100m golds

Bolt powering away in the last 10 metres to win his third 100m gold

Most publicity on Day 4 of the Olympics track and field has been about Usain Bolt winning the 100m men’s final. His achievement in taking gold over the distance in three successive Olympics, is unprecedented.  The accolades are well merited.

However a few minutes before the sprint field stepped onto the track, a young South African was making history, in what will long be regarded as one of the great performances at the Rio Olympics.

He broke a world record which one commentator said seemed set to stand for another 10 years. read more…

Great Film On The Iconic Song

2016 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 … the story takes off and every detail is fascinating,moving and ultimately enchanting. Sarah Watt, film critic for the Sunday Star Times, August 7 2016

Poi E put Patea on the world map

By Roger Childs

PateaPatea is the gateway to Taranaki from the south. Passing through during the day, it is a sleepy little town with plenty of old shops boarded up. However, it survived the loss of its main industry, the freezing works, in 1982, and a song entered by the local Maori Club in the Hasting Polynesian Festival in that same year, gave it a new lease of life.

The key figure behind the popularizing of the song was local son, Dalvanius Prime, and he would go on to become a household name. Poi E was only first equal in Hastings, but would later become top of the New Zealand pops, win numerous awards and feature at a Royal Variety Concert in England.

The film on the iconic song is a must see for all Kiwis. It charts the history of Dalvanius and Poi E, and is told with plenty of pride, passion and good humour.  read more…

Computer Broadband Use Up

2016 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters


home-computer-support-300x225Kapiti Coast Broadband Use Soaring 

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti households have more than doubled consumption of broadband data in the last 18 months driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, according to Chorus.

The average Kapiti Coast District home used 76GB of broadband data in June 2016 compared to 37GB in January 2015, a 104% increase in usage. read more…

Drysdale’s Gold: Oh So Close!

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was a near run thing. The nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. Duke of Wellington

Under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer

By Roger Childs

single sculls 3One of the endearing photos from Rio which will flash around the world, is the sight of Mahe Drysdale’s young daughter playing with her father’s second gold medal. Etched in white on the back of her black T shirt are the words: ROW ROW DADDY!

It could well have been a silver medal, as Damir Martin raced home in the last 100 metres of the single sculls, to almost deny Drysdale back-to-back Olympic golds. read more…

Sunshine Aids Dementia Residents

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
David Blair, Support Services Manager, in the Sunshine Place conservatory

David Blair, Support Services Manager, in the Sunshine Place conservatory

Sevenoaks opens ‘Sunshine Place ‘ conservatory for dementia residents 

Photo story by Alan and Helen Tristram

The Kapiti Retirement Trust has come up with another ‘good news’ story for Sevenoaks’ residents afflicted with dementia.

It’s called ‘Sunshine Place’ — and it’s a $70,000 conservatory which has just been added to the Kauri House.

Sunshine Place was opened by CEO Wendy Huston, Reverend Maureen Ellis, of St Paul’s Church, and John Bruce, chair of the Residents Association. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32 Answers

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • It you would still like a go, scroll down to 10 August.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32 Answers

2016 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIt you would still like a go, scroll down to 10 August.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Extraordinary Women’s 10,000m in Rio

2016 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is one of the most impressive athletics performances of all time. Australian commentator

First track final in a staggering world record

By Roger Childs

Running like the wind: Ayana Almaz

Running like the wind: Ayana Almaz

There was a sensational race on the first day of athletics competition in Rio. In only her second event over the distance, Ethiopian Ayana Almaz shattered the world record by 14 seconds (!!!!!) to win the gold. The record has stood for 23 years.

In the words of Sebastian Coe, … this is a moment the crowd will never forget.

In winning with such an incredible time, Ayana dragged 21 of the field of 25 through to personal best times (PBs) and, in many cases, national records.

Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot, was second in 29.32.53, and Tirunesh Dibaba, the winner in London four years ago, was third in a PB of 29.42.56. read more…

American Dreams

2016 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

trump dreams cartoon

Fiji Magic in the Men’s Sevens!

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From the dusty villages of Lomaiviti to the crowded central markets of Suva, Fijians called a halt to work and school to celebrate the country’s first ever Olympic medal … Eleanor Roy, The Guardian

An exciting international sport

By Roger Childs

Fiji at an early Hong Kong Sevens tournament

Fiji at an early Hong Kong Sevens tournament

Ever since sevens rugby became an international sport, Fiji has been a super-power. Although the game dates back to late 19th century Scotland, world competition only got underway with the Hong Kong Sevens in 1976.

Either New Zealand or Fiji  were the winner of most of the early tournaments, but it didn’t take long for other nations like Western Samoa, Australia, France and British Isles nations to challenge the front runners.

Today it is a truly international sport and upsets occur regularly, as shown by Japan’s victory over New Zealand in Rio. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jilted Bride
Judith le Harivel’s  Image of jilted bride series in cast glass. read more…

Dependable Bond and Murray Win Gold

2016 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’re just pleased to be able to put one on the board for the country. Hamish Bond

Some classy performances in Rio

By Roger Childs

Our first medal winner: Natalie Rooney

Our first medal winner: Natalie Rooney

Despite the disappointment of missing expected medals in the equestrian, men’s sevens and women’s time trial, there have been some great New Zealand achievements so far at the Olympics.

Unexpected silver medals to Natalie Rooney in the trap shooting and Luuka Jones in the K1 canoe slalom have given the country a lift.

Then add another silver from the men’s cycling sprint team and the Kiwi medal momentum is back.

However, it was the dependable Bond and Murray who have put the first gold on the board. read more…

NATS — ‘WE DON’T CARE’

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why thinking Kiwis must get rid of the Key StoogesFood-for-thought2-150x150

By Alan Tristram 

The Key Government’s motto is surely ‘We Don’t Care.’

This is because on all the main indicators of the nation’s well-being — good affordable housing, free medical care, universal free education, and respect for civil rights everywhere — their attitude is one of indifference, covered up if possible by PR gloss.

All this is summed up neatly in the phrase ‘We Don’t Care.’ read more…

The Huge Wharemauku Operation

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Massive drainage work west of the expressway

Massive drainage work west of the expressway

The biggest drainage project along the expressway

Story Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

“Expressway tourism” has become a growing activity on the Kapiti Coast. Never in the nation’s history has a major infrastructure project been so observable.

Because the expressway roughly follows the sandhills motorway designation set aside more than 50 years ago, people

The Wharemauku Bridge

The Wharemauku Bridge

have been able to watch the progress because it cuts through the various urban areas, and the tracks under its path have remained open.

One of the 18 bridges on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway crosses the flood-prone Wharemauku Stream. Consequently, not only is there a substantial bridge being constructed, but extensive drainage and wetland development is transforming the landscape either side of the road alignment north of Raumati Road. read more…

Youth Support Store Opens Tomorrow

2016 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Youth Support (KYS), helps young people in need. To quote their brochure “KYS is a free confidential health and support service for anyone between the ages of 10 and 24.”

2016-08-10 16.55.03Raising money to help the district’s youth

By Roger Childs

The store is located at 39 Kapiti Road, on the corner with Ngahina Street. The grand opening is on Friday August 12 at 10.00am.

Over the last few weeks, store manager Charlotte Lane-Tobin (pictured below), has been working hard organising the layout and displaying the goods. read more…

Digital Library Lessons

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the 'Stepping Up' lessons under way

A ‘Stepping Up’ lesson under way

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES AT THE LIBRARY

By Alan Tristram

If you’re worried about your computer and internet skills, and live on the Kapiti Coast, stop worrying  — help has arrived, thanks to our main District Library.

This week local people have started to get free computer lessons at the Paraparaumu Library.

The Library is offering the classes on Mondays ( from 10am to 12pm) and Wednesdays (1-3pm) until September 21. read more…

Coastal Protection: Unfinished Business

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We have a number of options to consider over the next few weeks for a more permanent solution for this stretch of beach and will be consulting with residents and Greater Wellington Regional Council to find the best long-term approach.  Kapiti Council Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, 1 August 2016

Continuous protection a must

Photos by Pam Childs, story by Roger Childs

Boulders at the base of New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway

Boulders at the base of New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway

The Kapiti built-up area will always have problems along the seafront, because houses were allowed to be constructed on the foredunes.

However, the reality is that houses and roads are there and consequently face the damaging  onslaught of wind and waves from time to time.

The recent July storms showed the wrecking capacity of the angry sea and lessons will have to be learned. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Losing with dignity

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 It wasn’t quite the fairy-tale ending we had been hoping for. It has been a real roller coaster but that is how the sport goes. A couple of hours ago it was a very different story. But that’s horse competition. It is what it is … you have to take the ups and downs and that was a downer. The philosophical Mark Todd, after his poor performance in the show jumping cost the team a medal

Showing grace and respect

A proud. dignified silver medal winner

A proud, dignified silver medal winner

The women’s sevens rugby team won a silver medal and might have taken gold. But as the Justice Crew song goes: At the end of the day some you win some you don’t. However, their histrionics after losing the final to Australia did them no credit.

There is always going to be disappointment when you don’t pull off the victory, but it is good sportsmanship to show grace in defeat and respect for the winners.

The sevens hysteria was in sharp contrast to the quiet dignity of Natalie Rooney, who won a silver medal in the trap shooting. I would have liked gold but just to make that gold medal match was amazing, she said. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 32

2016 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz ~ The latest challenge with an appropriate theme.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

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Aussies Deny NZ Rugby Sevens Gold

2016 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Yellow card crucial in Kiwi defeat

By Roger Childs

Decisive winners

Decisive winners in the final

Portia Woodman had been one of the stars in New Zealand’s campaign to win sevens gold in Rio. However, she was guilty of a deliberate knock down late in the first half of the final and the cross Tasman rivals took full advantage.

After a close shave against the USA in the quarter finals when New Zealand won by just 5-0, the semi final proved much easier. It was courtesy of two yellow cards against British players that the Kiwis were able to score a five try to one victory.

Being down to five players against seven on a large rugby field is a huge disadvantage, and Britain were punished losing 25-7. read more…

Poem of the Week: Plant Cover

2016 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

pohutukawaThe late Jean Lonie was a teacher and also a poet. In her later years she lived in Raumati Beach.

She had a great feel for the events and routines of everyday life, and provided wonderful poetic expression to seasonal changes and the biodiversity in the Kapiti environment.

Our poem of the week is appropriate for the time of year. read more…

Postal Food For thought

2016 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Protesting about the closure of the Raumati Post Shop

Locals protesting about the closure of the Raumati Post Shop in December, 2015

NZ Post fails to deliver for Raumati Beach

By Alan Tristram

NZ Post has refused to reinstate a full postal service for the residents of Raumati Beach and Raumati South on the Kapiti Coast.

Last year NZ Post closed the Post Shop and the Kiwibank branch at Raumati Beach, forcing their customers — many elderly and disabled — to make a time-consuming trip to Coastlands to use the postal service or bank.

For a time, no local firm seemed willing to take over what is a poorly-rewarded service. Then the entrepreneurial Patel Family of the Raumati Beach Four Square shop stepped into the breach to offer a reduced postal service in their crowded shop on the corner of Raumati Rd and Margaret Rd.

However, they had limited space and were not given bill-paying or licensing  facilities. read more…

Whiter Than White For Winter?

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The  Wilkie Collins classic

By Ralph McAllister

Wilkie CollinsI first read Wilkie Collins ‘ The Woman In White, fifty years ago.

Some ten years ago I suggested that a friend should try reading it. Ten years later he did. Slow learner perhaps, or maybe he took a while to trust me?

His enthusiasm, albeit belatedly, made me go back to this classic, some claiming that it was the original detective thriller, a claim easy to support.

What a joy to rediscover the felicitous writing, the characters who could grace the pages of Dickens, and the complexities of a plot which has one guessing to the very end. read more…

Hurricanes: Simply The Best!

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There were tumultuous scenes in the packed stadium as the Hurricanes, a team which often promised plenty but never delivered, became the fifth New Zealand side to be crowned Super Rugby champions. ABC News online

The wait is over: 20-3 in the final

By Roger Childs

Thr captains pose beside the trophy pre-match

The captains pose beside the trophy pre-match

Great to see the boys do it and win the Super Rugby trophy for the first time: I’ve waited 20 years!

It will be interesting to see Tom Scott’s DomPost cartoon on Monday.

Every year, for the last couple of decades, he’s regularly done sketches on frustrated Hurricanes fans who have faithfully supported a team which often showed brilliance, but never played consistently enough to deliver the title. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 31 Answers

2016 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizIf you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to August 3.

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

Answers below. read more…

Rio’s Stunning Opening Ceremony

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Brazil welcomes the world with open arms! Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Chairman of the Organising Committee

Sensational start to the Olympics

By Roger Childs

Rio 11The expectations have been great and the wait is now over. Flair, panache, colour and exuberance were expected at the opening ceremony, and the Brazilians did not disappoint. There were the usual dramatic fireworks start and finish, and these were spectacular.

However, in between, there was a magnificent representation of the evolution of the Brazilian landscape and its transformation by human beings; a vibrant approach to the parade of athletes; the usual speeches and formalities, then an amazing spectacle as the Olympic flame was hoisted high.

Music, dance and informality were constant themes and this was a key feature of the parade of athletes from 207 nations across the globe. read more…

The Art of Working with Letters

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Learning to present the alphabet

By Pam Kessler

Tutors Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham

Tutors Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham

Winter and calligraphy really are a great combination! The wind blew and the rain hurtled down, and yet I calmly ignored it all as I attended a recent workshop.

Two of our members, Maggie Salter and Pauline Markham, were our tutors and they had a full contingent of 18 keen calligraphers to satisfy.

Their mission for the day was to pass on tips, techniques, and ideas for new ways to present the alphabet. read more…

Doubts About Helen Clark

2016 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Theresa May

Theresa May

Will women in powerful positions do much for the world?

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

By Prue Hyman

It will be quite a novelty if we have women in the most powerful positions in the UK, the US and the UN, as well as Germany – but I admit it does not fill me with the glee I would have hoped for as a feminist.

Theresa May has already joined Angela Merkel and appears to be equally impressive as a strong speaker and decision maker. But her record in Conservative governments is as right wing as her predecessors – the last thing the world needs is another Margaret Thatcher. read more…

Rugby Strip Cartoon

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

andy's take on rugby strip

Microcephalic Babies: Small and Wonderful

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

A dash to hospital

By Leslie Clague

Leslie Clague the latestIt’s a term I had never heard. It is growing in usage these days due to the Zika Virus.  It can occur, however, without a mosquito bite.

My daughter is a Captain in the New Zealand Army. So is her husband. They are currently based in Waiouru, relatively close to my Turangi home. It’s good for grand parenting to be fairly close by. Mind you, the Desert Road in winter makes the distance seem a bit farther.

The captains were already the parents of two children – Ellamae, age seven and TJ age 2 – when Laura let us know she was having a third child last year. I was invited to come to the birth and received the call to come quick a few weeks before expected. It was a mad dash to Waiouru to join Laura and husband Tane to get to Palmerston North Hospital. read more…

Did War Memorials Encourage War 2?

2016 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the second article based on a talk given by Jock Phillips about his 2016 book “To The Memory”. To read the first article, scroll down to July 20.

Post World War One: the golden age of memorials

By Roger Childs

War memorials 1Following the great war there was a boom in erecting memorials to those who died and those who survived. The first was built in Wakefield Street in Auckland, and was put up in 1919.

However, it was designed to remember all who had died to preserve British rule. Whether it be in the New Zealand Wars, the South African War of Independence or World War One.

On the memorial were the words: Through war they won the peace. However, was keeping the peace the main element in the 500+ obelisks, cenotaphs, gates and other memorials which were constructed mainly in the 1920s? read more…

Labour Leader Visits Kapiti

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

010We’ll overhaul tax system to make it fairer, says Andrew Little 

By Alan and Helen Tristram

Labour’s leader Andrew Little outlined his plans for a much fairer society during a flying visit to the Kapiti Coast today.

And during an interview at the Kapiti Expressway site at Waikanae he told KIN that this would be part of a major plan to solve the housing crisis., read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

California painter

A portrait of the artist as a young man

A portrait of the artist as a young man

More from Oakland abstract artist Richard J Childs.

Richard will paint on any surface that doesn’t move – walls, canvas, timber, plywood, concrete.

He works mainly with oils and acrylics, and is well known for his “painted posts”. read more…

Legendary Ali Harper In Town!

2016 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ali Harper lights up every room she enters, owns every stage she steps upon, and steals every heart that hears her singAlex Rybeck, New York, 2013

The versatile singer and actress returns to the Coast

By Roger Childs

Ali Harper 3This will be the Christchurch entertainer’s fourth show in Kapiti. Her first concert to a small audience in Paekakariki was a sensation and, not surprisingly, her next superb singing performance was at Southwards.

Ali Harper is an international star and showed her amazing versatility as an actress in Blonde Bombshells, at the Kapiti Theatre, where she did a solo show about the lives of six very different women. A magic performance!

Many people, who have missed her in the past have deeply regretted not getting along.

Don’t miss this time, as Ali performs “Legendary Divas” at Southwards on Sunday 21 August at 4.00pm. (Booking details below.) read more…

Noted NZ Filmmaker Dies

2016 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john oneWellington’s John Tristram — world traveller, film-maker, and devoted friend 

(Collated by his brother, Alan Tristram)

Born in Wellington in 1939, John Davy Tristram discovered a love of travel and film making at an early age.

He would go on to produce over 100 films and television stories in the Pacific, in addition to many projects in Europe and Australia.

His final project in 2012 was a film celebrating Samoa’s 50 years of Independence, and a lasting tribute to a country that he loved.

His parents came from farming stock in Warwickshire and Hereford, England. They sailed to New Zealand in the 1920s and settled first in Wellington.  John’s father later became Bank Manager with the then Commercial Bank of Australia.  They raised five children in course of moving between various New Zealand cities. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 31

2016 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe latest challenge!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

See the Movie about the Legendary Song

2016 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poi E Fundraisers in Levin and Waikanae

By Rob McCann

Poi EI’d like to invite you to a very special movie fundraiser that we are holding in Levin and Waikanae: August 10 and 11 respectively. (See full details at the end.)

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SAM HOKOPAURA, AN ORIGINAL PATEA MAORI CLUB MEMBER

Join us for a screening of what could be the NZ Film of the Year with a very special guest – Uncle Sam.

Sam Hokopaura (an original member of the Patea Maori Club) experienced first-hand the amazing story of ‘our song’. A freezing worker, Uncle Sam went through the highs and lows of Patea in the 80s – he lost his job with the closure of the Patea Freezing Works, and watched as the community suffered. read more…

Enlightenment on NZ in the 50s and 60s

2016 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dr Bronwyn Labrum speaks tomorrow

Bronwyn labrum 1Bronwyn has recently published Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s and is this month’s guest at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Public History talk series.

~ Wednesday 3 August at 12.15pm

~ MBIE Building (formerly the Defence Building) on Stout Street in  Wellington

~ up the steps by the HOME Café signage

~ the meeting room is away to the right from reception.   read more…

Kapiti Storm Repairs

2016 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan beach threeKCDC places 500+ tonnes of concrete blocks to protect sewer

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says its finished a  temporary concrete structure along 170 metres of Paraparaumu Beach to protect a sewer pipe..

The structure, which is made from 266 stacked reinforced concrete blocks weighing about two tonne each, will protect the sewer line behind it if more wild weather hits Kāpiti.

And it says council staff and contractors have been busy for the past few days doing ‘fix-ups’ on the district’s drainage systems, beach accessways, and roads, following the high winds and high tides experienced on the coast last week.alan beach two

 

In the work at Paraparaumu Beach, 3,000 cubic metres of sand has also been placed behind the rows of concrete, to make them level with the land in front of properties in the area. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Hillary Flawed But Best

2016 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Democracy is coming to the U S A. Leonard Cohen

The royal family better than the Trumpet?

By Roger Childs

Could be the next president of the United Sates of America

Could be the next president of the United Sates of America

The conventions are over and the presidential candidates chosen. Millions probably wish that Barack Obama could serve another term.

America is faced with a choice of two flawed individuals.

However, while Hillary Clinton has received the ringing endorsements of the Democrat hierarchy, Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of most influential Republican politicians.

It is unthinkable that the self-opinionated, dishonest and reckless billionaire should have a crucial role in determining the world’s destiny over the next four years.  However, he could. read more…

Possums Have Their Uses

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Time to give the possum a fair dinkum go?

Time to give the possum a fair dinkum go?

Possum industry and the Govt’s predator-free dream

By Alan Tristram

New Zealand’s $130 million possum fur industry says it wants to work with the Government following the announcement of a plan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

The Fur Industry Council chairman, Neil Mackie, says: “ Predator Free New Zealand is a commendable and aspirational goal and we want to be part of the solution to achieve it.” read more…

Poem Of The Week

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Th versatile Shane cave

Th versatile Shane Cave

This week it’s from Raumati based Shane Cave.

Amongst many things, Shane has written for The Listener and worked for the United Nations in places like New Guinea and East Timor.

This poem is taken from his collection The Sound of Words. read more…

The Hurricane Ease Into The Final

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The home team wins the semi in style

By Roger Childs

Barrett was brilliant, again!

Barrett was brilliant, again!

The score was 25-9 and a decisive three tries to none. For the second year in a row the final will be at the Caketin in Wellington and this time the Hurricanes will want the ultimate prize.

In the last three matches, against quality opposition, the Hurricanes have only conceded one try, and on Saturday their staunch defence was a critical factor in their victory.

Add to that a solid team effort and the breakout brilliance of Barrett, Savea and Perenara, and the Chiefs were not in the hunt. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 30 Answers

2016 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like to take up the challenge, scroll down to July 27.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Temuera Morrison For Women’s Refuge

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Once Were Warriors” thug gives the message

By Roger Childs

Temuera Morrison 2Many readers will remember the Once Were Warriors movie based on Alan Duff’s novel.

It’s not easy to forget, especially Temuera Morrison’s performance as the brutal Jake “The Muss” Heke who had a penchant for throwing his weight around and, domestic violence.

Morrison makes reference to his film role in a Farmer Clark commercial supporting the Women’s Refuge movement.

This is a very compelling appeal, with no props, scenery or supporting cast, just the big man, the visual medium and the powerful message. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Predator-free nonsense

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Predator: an animal that hunts, kills and eats other animals. Cambridge Dictionary

A convenient diversion from the real problems

Can we catch the last one?

Can we catch the last one?

The announcement earlier this week that the government is keen to rid the country of predators by 2050, is typical of their style. This is a warm, fluffy diversion from the pressing issues facing New Zealand: such as housing shortages, child poverty and the low minimum wage.

It is a ridiculously impossible dream, and yet the media are falling over themselves to uncritically praise the initiative. The late, respected scientist, Paul Callaghan, gave it his blessing, but probably just his first phrase was the accurate one: It’s crazy!

So-called experts point to the success in ridding off-shore islands of predators, so, hey, why not the whole country?  A reality check is needed: Kapiti Island is about 20 km², New Zealand 268,021 km². Do people really think we’ll get the last rat? read more…

Fascism Comes to Turkey

2016 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
An artwork in Potsdam, Germany, depicting extremism

An artwork in Potsdam, Germany, depicting extremism

Germany’s Nazi past has a lesson for Turks

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

‘Machtergreifung’ in Turkey

The coup in Turkey on July 15th was a failure because people and most political and social groups didn’t accept it. It could have been a great day for democracy.

But what is happening now has the grim look of dictatorship. Freely-elected president Erdogan is using the national crisis to chase and overawe everybody who is inconvenient or a part of the opposition. read more…

Vlad Glad On Drugs

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan drugs in sport cartoon

Can The Hurricanes Do It?

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One game at a time

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes fansWe know what happened last year: finals time at the Caketin, a dropped pass with the try line begging and the Super Rugby trophy went south to Dunedin.

It’s the semi-final against the Chiefs on Saturday and a big crowd is assured. The Hurricanes are in great form and have won their last six games. Last weekend they slaughtered the Sharks 40-0 and if they play like that tomorrow, they will make the final.

However the Chiefs are made of sterner stuff than the Sharks. read more…

Kapiti Coastline Battered Again

2016 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On-going hazards

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

Beyond the rocks the sea cut deep

Sunday’s storm with its potent combination of intense low pressure, powerful winds and high seas did significant damage up and down the coast.

This has happened many times before and will occur again.

Coastal processes are very unpredictable and today’s beach nourishment can be tomorrow’s sand erosion. read more…

Urgent Works After Storm

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan beach twoConcrete blocks hauled to beach to protect sewer

The Kapiti Coast District Council says temporary measures are being put in place to protect an exposed area at the south end of Paraparaumu Beach after the recent storm damage.

The Manager for Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, says the concrete structure will provide temporary protection for a sewer main serving several properties on Wharemauku Road. read more…

Chinese Association Launched In Style

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A well attended inauguration

By Shally Webb

image4The inaugural foundation ceremony of the Kapiti Chinese Association was held on Saturday 23 July. The occasion was a fantastic success with over 100 were in attendance, and clearly highlighted how much we share in common with the Chinese community, and the importance of continued cultural engagement.

We were very fortunate to have a number of officials attending, including

~ Mr Xu – Chinese Consulate

~ Mr Mike Cardiff – Kapiti Coast District Council Deputy Mayor

~ Mr Nathan Guy – MP for Otaki and Minister of Primary Industries. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Gold-striped Gecko, (Hoplodactylus chrysosireticus) is unique to New Zealand and is listed as being “at risk”. Related to the more common Forest Gecko (Hoplodactylus granulatus), the Gold-striped Gecko has been recognised as a separate species only since 1980. It has an extremely limited range, found so far in just three locations: coastal Taranaki, Mana Island and, more recently, Kapiti Island.

Gecko on flax by Cushla McGaughey

Gecko on flax by Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey

Gold-striped geckos grow to about 14 cm long. They can be brown, olive green or yellow, with prominent stripes. Though nocturnal, they are sometimes active during the day. They live in forest, scrub or flax, feeding on nectar, small fruits and insects. They are unusually agile for a gecko and if disturbed sunbathing on a flax leaf, will vanish at once into the undergrowth”

1080 Terror Continues

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There is a growing number of farmers joining up Deer killed by 1080with FATE: Farmers Against Ten Eighty. (Scroll down to May 28 to see our story on the group.) Our Turangi reporter provides another example of the disastrous consequences of a 1080 drop affecting farm stock.

Deer killed by 1080

By Leslie Clague

A Taupo farmer has found 10 dead deer on his property and along his fence line after a dropping of 1080 poison by OSPRI for its TB-free New Zealand programme.

The spreading of the poison occurred April through July of this year covering 80,000 hectares of the Hauhungaroa Ranges west of Lake Taupo. read more…

Guy Burns Standing

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

guy burnsRaumati identity ‘sick of seeing rate rises’ and council squabbling

By Alan Tristram

Long-time local resident Guy Burns has announced he is standing in the local government elections for the Raumati Paekakariki ward and the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board.

“I’m sick of seeing our rates rise steadily each year at an amount massively greater than inflation.

“Most ratepayers have relatively fixed incomes, yet, rates continue to rise higher, year after year,” he says. read more…

“Something strong, something simple, something English”

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A very challenging and satisfying concert

By Ralph McAllister

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

I was reminded of the original angry young man Jimmy Porter who confesses at the beginning of Look Back In Anger of his unlikely admiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Something strong he says, something simple, something English.

So it proved on Sunday at the English Masters concert, presented by the Kapiti Chamber Choir, with their ubiquitous conductor Eric Sidoti.

In a crammed auditorium with the wind threatening to blow the roof off the Kapiti United Church nearer to the gods, we were treated to an eclectic and varied selection of English greats and not so greats. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 30

2016 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizWe’ve now been going for 30 weeks.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Olympic Committee Cop-Out

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, I think he’ll be rolling in his grave. Moss Burmester, New Zealand swimmer

Soft on Russian cheats

By Roger Childs

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is balled from Rio but tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova is in the draw

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is banned from Rio but tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova is in the draw. (Photo credit: Dylan Martinez, Reuters)

There has been world-wide outrage at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) washing its hands over the issue of banning Russians from the upcoming Rio Olympics.

Instead of throwing them out, lock, stock and barrel, The IOC has tamely left the issue to individual sporting federations.

Whether these organisations will have time to make the obvious decision, is problematic. However, hopefully they will follow the Athletics body – IAAF  – in saying no Russians, and not the International Tennis Federation which has ticked the box for seven players. read more…

Food For Thought: Trumping Along

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s coming to America first, the cradle of the best and the worst …. Leonard Cohen

 Behold ! I tell you a mystery

By Bill Clague

Trump 1And the Trump, it shall sound …

And they shall be praised, incorruptible.

I have been viewing some snippets from the current Republican Party Convention, in particular the crowd’s reaction to the Cruz address:

I come to bury Donald, not to praise him.

I smell an elephant at large in the arena. read more…

Stopping Strokes Now

2016 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Professor Alan Barber

Professor Alan Barber

Global study shows most strokes can be prevented

By Alan Tristram

A  McMaster University study in Canada says high blood pressure is the most important, and controllable, risk factor in preventing strokes.

And following this news, a leading NZ health researcher, Professor Alan Barber, the Neurological Foundation’s Professor of Clinical Neurology, has come out with a special programme for Kiwis to follow.

The Canadian study says risk factors that can be modified are responsible for nine of 10 strokes worldwide.

The  study, led by researchers of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University in Canada, says that of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important in all regions. read more…

Countdown Called to Account

2016 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Hens in factory farm cages

Hens in factory farm cages

Countdown misses chance to reduce animal suffering

By Hans Kriek, Executive Director, SAFE

Three million egg laying hens are suffering in New Zealand, trapped in cruel cages for every day of their lives. They cannot carry out their natural instinct to scratch in the earth or dust bathe, they can barely even open their wings.

Supermarket giant Countdown sells approximately one in five of all eggs in New Zealand and is now being called on to set an end date for the sale of eggs from caged hens. read more…

Poetry Metaphor Poser

2016 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Likelivepoetssociey

By Gill Ward

Greetings Literature lovers!

At the risk of sounding like a walking cliché, ‘July already!’

That made me wonder as I wrote it whether I’d like to be a cliché or a metaphor. Time to think about what would be a metaphor for yourself?

This month has been busy on the poetry scene for me. Unfortunately I missed the poetry event in Paekakariki on July 17.  Poets:  Mary Jane Thomson, Mark Pirie, Rob Hack, Polina Kouzminova, Michael O’Leary and Jeanne Bernhardt (Otago) read their poetry  which will be published by Michael O’Leary in an anthology. Look out for it.  I’ll put the word out in my column when it appears. read more…

UK Muddles On

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

09_theresamay_r_wTheresa May calms things down

By Tom Aitken in London

I have now lived in the UK for almost 49 years and I cannot remember any period during that time when it was in such a muddle as it has been during the past few weeks.

The Brexit Poll took place almost exactly a month ago. It was expected by those who initiated it to settle unequivocally the idea that Britain was better off within the Common Market than without and thus make the country safe for the Conservatives at least until the next election falls due in 2020. read more…

Big Sam Takes Charge

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sam Allardyce’s first act as England’s new manager was to inform his players that the time has come “to deliver”. Louise Taylor, The Guardian,  22 July 2016

The new England manager

By Dave Daniel

Sam when he was at West Ham

Sam when he was at West Ham

One of the few things that I have learnt during my time on this earth is that it is never wise to make big decisions when you are feeling sick, down or under pressure. The best thing to do is rest, take stock, recover and look at the situation from all angles.

So it is, that a little over 3 weeks after being dumped from the 2016 Euro Nations tournament by Iceland, England are about to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.

Big Sam has never won a trophy, but has secured promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and West Ham, and won Division Three with Notts County in 1998.  Despite this rather meagre record, he is not without confidence.

In September 2010 he said:  I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid . . . I would win the double or the league every time.  Then in February 2015 he remarked:  I don’t think there is any coach more sophisticated then me anymore. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 29 Answers

2016 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you still want to take up the challenge, scroll down to July 19.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
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Andy’s Latest Cartoon

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Aged Boost For NZ

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan and silvers four‘Silver Economy’ recognised at last

By Wendy Huston, CEO Kapiti Retirement Trust

It may be overdue but at long last there is a growing realisation of the economic value of what in some circles is known as the ‘silver economy’.  Statistical work recently released by the Office of the Older Person shows the significant impact those over 65 are making to the economy. read more…

It’s the Bible Truth — O’Leary

2016 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan michael o'learyPaekakariki’s Poet Laureate immortalised in his own words

By Michael O’Leary, of Paekakariki
My autobiography will be launched tomorrow 3pm at Paekakariki Railway Station.

Published by Wellington publisher Steele Roberts the book will be on sale at the launch for the special price of $30.

The publisher’s says: ‘Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made
an indelible contribution to its literature.’ read more…

Ngāi Tahu’s Surprising Stance On 1080

2016 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

For 13 years Ngāi Tahu has been working away quietly behind the scenes as an environmental watchdog, a lone Māori voice monitoring the threat of a wave of hazardous products and new organisms flooding into the country. Ngāi Tahu Te Karaka website

Concern over  hazardous products?

By Roger Childs

1080 dropA massive programme of South Island 1080 poison drops is planned by the Department of Conservation (DoC) for the rest of the year.

In mid June a poorly advertised public meeting was held in Te Anau, which obviously 1080 sympathizers knew all about.

At the meeting, a member of the audience asked why there were more 1080 drops in the South Island compared with the North Island. read more…

Local Bodies: Nominating And Enroling

2016 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hats in the ring for the top job

By Roger Childs

Ross Church: keen to continue as mayor

Ross Church: keen to continue as mayor

Nominations have now officially opened for the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Community Boards in Otaki, Waikanae, Parapapaumu and Raumati  – Paekakariki.

However, as far as the right to wear the mayoral chain is concerned, at least five hopefuls have already stated their intentions.

Incumbent, Ross Church, is keen to continue in the role and three current councillors have started campaigning: Jackie Elliott, Gavin Welsh and K (Guru) Gurunathan. Another candidate is Otaki businesswoman, Angela Buswell. read more…

Raumati Post Seeks Upgrade

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
MP Kris Faafoi and Kamal Patel

Labour MP Kris Faafoi and Kamal Patel outside the Raumati Bargain Centre and Postal Services shop

MP Faafoi takes urgent message to Post Office from the Patels 

Exclusive by Alan Tristram; photos by Helen Tristram

Labour MP Chris Faafoi has agreed to support the Patel family to get upgraded postal facilites for their Raumati Beach postal shop.

The Patels took up the baton and saved a postal service for the area early last year after the Post office closed the Kiwibank and Post Office.

At first they ran a reduced service from their Four Square shop across the road, on the corner of Raumati and Margaret roads.

But now they’ve have set up the ‘Raumati Bargain Centre’ in  the former postal premises, just across the road — and they want to offer a better service. read more…

Kapiti Dog Days Arrive

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan groupCatsDogsCouncil can ‘make a plan’ to help hard-up dog owners

By Alan Tristram 

The Kapiti Coast District council says it can help dog owners who find it difficult to pay dog registration fees . (These are due to be paid by the end of the month).

Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says they should contact the Council on 0800 486 486 to discuss options.

“We’d rather talk with people now and perhaps arrange a payment plan to avoid the risk of them receiving an infringement fee,” she says. read more…

Trump: A Cartoonist’s Dream Come True

2016 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One woman to another at a Trump rally: With great ignorance comes great confidence. (The New Yorker 25 April 2016)

Scary prospects provide fodder for caricature

By Roger Childs

TrumpHe’s now bestriding the stage like a colossus at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. What seemed impossible when Donald Trump lined up with 11 other presidential hopefuls in debates last year, is progressively becoming a reality.

Whatever the eventual outcome 0f the presidential election, cartoonists around the world have been enjoying an extended field day. Our own Tom Scott has ridiculed the Republican candidate in at least a dozen sketches.

There will be plenty more to come as the presidential campaign unfolds. read more…

Have War Memorials Encouraged War?

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Investigating memorials around the nation

By Roger Childs

Respected New Zealand historian: Jock Phillips

Respected New Zealand historian: Jock Phillips

Back in 1990 Historian Jock Phillips wrote a book about how war deaths and service have been remembered in New Zealand.

In April 2016 his updated work on the subject – To The Memory – was published.

Jock spoke recently at a Ministry of Culture and Heritage session about New Zealand war memorials, and what he has discovered since the first book came out.

He focused mainly on how memorials remember the New Zealand Wars (57) and World War One (over 500). The article below is one of two based on his talk. read more…

Will Biden Pressure Key on Arms ?

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Joe Biden (left) and Malcolm Turnbull

Joe Biden (left) and Malcolm Turnbull

Biden, Turnbull agree on closer military ties between US/Australia

(Summary by Alan Tristram based on Roy Morgan Polls story) 

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has just held talks with US Vice-President Joe Biden, who’s paying a flying visit to NZ today.

And KIN says NZ Prime Minister John Key will come under pressure to support the US against China over the  territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

It’s a tricky issue for New Zealand which depends so much on trade links with the rising Chinese super power.

read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jean Lees is a Waikanae artist who paints in watercolours and acrylics. She is a member of Watercolour New Zealand.  Jean will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the summer season. Her painting “Hydrangeas” features below.

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Tour de France Into Switzerland

2016 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All day was very fast so there was less time to think about what I’d do at the end. I knew the last 5k was going to be very tough and it was like that. It wasn’t that easy but I wasn’t badly placed. Swiss cyclist, Fabian Cancellara

Swinging over the border

By Roger Childs

It has started in many places but always ends in Paris

It has started in many places but always ends in Paris

The organisers of the most famous cycle race on the planet, generously share the event. In 2014 the Tour de France started in Yorkshire and in years gone by it has had stages in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg.

Spain regularly features in the Pyrenees mountain stages, and the tiny nation of Andorra hosted a stage finish this year.

Yesterday’s Stage 16 crossed the Swiss border and finished in the beautiful city of Berne. There are eight Swiss riders in the field this year, and the most famous is Fabian Cancellara. He has been a competitive sprinter since 2004 and is now riding his last Tour, so could he win on home turf? read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 29

2016 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizDefinitely number 29!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Food For Thought

2016 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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National sensation!

Heart Transplant for Mr Key.

By Tacitus, of Karaka Grove

In an amazing volte face, NZ Prime Minister Key says he has decided to help the country’s burgeoning numbers of homeless.,

He says he plans to sell off his overseas Hawaii duplex and use the proceeds to provide six apartments for homeless itinerants in his Remuera mansion.

Members of Auckland’s rentier class have been dumbfounded by the move.

One of them, Mr Gradgrind Fatchance, says: ‘This means the end for us, you know. Next thing he’ll be asking us to get off our bums and work, or pay taxes on our property gains. We knew that once this Trust thing exploded our time might be up.’ read more…

Chinese Association For Kapiti

2016 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The idea of this association is to provide support to the growing Chinese population in Kapiti area, including new immigrants, students, and families who come to visit or reside. NZCA press release

Ending discrimination and providing support

By Roger Childs

An anti-Chinese cartoon from 1905

A racist cartoon from 1905 designed to whip up anti-Chinese feeling in New Zealand

In 1881 the Chinese Immigration Act imposed a poll tax of £10 ($1640 in today’s currency), on every new Chinese settler. This appalling discrimination was eventually repealed in 1944.

A key organisation agitating for ending this racism was The New Zealand Chinese Association (Inc) (NZCA), which had been set up in 1935.

Finally, in 2002, there was a formal apology from Helen Clark’s government and it was privilege to be present when this was made at the National Library. A Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust was also set up at the time to keep the Chinese contribution to New Zealand history alive. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

alan thelma and grahamA Centenarian Remembers: ‘Conversations with Thelma McLean,’ by Graham Bathgate  

Thelma McLean lives at a resthome in Waikanae, New Zealand. She has been there for almost 6 years and is visited by her daughter, Rae, almost every day. Thelma grew up in a family of ten siblings; poetry was a part of their education at home, in school and at Sunday School. She can recall short poems and many lines in longer poems, a great thing for anyone to do but at Thelma’s age it’s marvellous to hear.

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Kapiti Gets Another Olympian

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Nick’s been so open, he welcomed us into his home at Ann Arbor and to Flagstaff at altitude to train. We wouldn’t have made it to this point without his help. Hamish Carson on the help provided by 1500m Kiwi star, Nick Willis

Hamish Carson Off To Rio

By Roger Childs

An Olympian at last!

An Olympian at last!

After a campaign of several months, Hamish Carson got to within .05 of a second of the 1500 metres A qualifying time. Back in 2012 he went close to qualifying for the London Olympics and was stymied two years later by a virus when aiming for selection in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The good news this week is that he has been selected for the Rio Olympics next month.

Hamish began his running with Kapiti Harriers, but it was not until he was at Kapiti College that he started winning races. After leaving school he joined Scottish Harriers in Wellington to get more competition. (His mother and number one supporter, Julie, had run for Scottish in earlier days.) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 28 Answers

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to July 12.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

 

 

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Help For Nepali Women

2016 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Gilbrt Haisman entrains at Paekakariki

Gilbrt Haisman entrains at Paekakariki

Entertaining adventures raised funds 

Sarah Delahunty reviews The Adventures of a Dance Band Pianist by Gilbert Haisman

This Paekakariki house concert series, part of the Jazz at Large section of the Wellington Jazz Festival, succeeded both as a fundraiser and an entertainment. There was a capacity audience both nights with an atmosphere of relaxation and warmth throughout.

The show, devised by Gilbert Haisman and friends, raised $1700 for the Women’s Project of CASD  Nepal, a village-based NGO committed to Common Action for Sustainable Development. read more…

Otaki Gorge Rd Reopens

2016 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Otaki Gorge Road will be closed for some time

Otaki Gorge Road when it closed

Seven months work brings success

Road access to private property and popular recreational facilities within the Tararua Forest Park is now restored after a seven-month closure.

Kāpiti Coast District Council has completed extensive earthworks at the slip-prone Blue Bluff site on Ōtaki Gorge Road, meaning the public can access Ōtaki Forks again. read more…

Chinese Checkers

2016 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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New Zealanders on the Somme

2016 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time to break through?

By Roger Childs

WW! deathsThis month marks the 100th anniversary of  the start of one of the most costly battles in history: the Somme. Late in 1914, the world war had become bogged down on the Western Front in the mud of North-eastern France and Western Belgium.

So in July 1916, the western allies, led by France and Britain, decided the time had come for an offensive to roll the Germans back.

As well as tens of thousands of troops from those two nations, soldiers from their empires, including New Zealand, were present in June ready for the slaughter that lay ahead.  read more…

Housing Crisis — What Housing Crisis ?

2016 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan family in carLabour’s comprehensive plan to tackle housing shortage

By Kris Faafoi, Labour MP for Mana

Come Sunday, hundreds of young Kiwis will be queuing up at open homes around the country, hoping against hope that maybe, just maybe, they’ll get lucky.  

It’s a scenario that’s being played out every week – young couples up against a property market where dog-eat-dog has become the norm, where, unless you’ve already on the ladder, unless you win Lotto, the home ownership dream will continue to be just that – a dream.

And still the National Government won’t admit there’s a housing crisis.  read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a mural from Richard Childs who paints in Oakland, California. His preferred surfaces are wood and plaster. He is also well know for his painted posts.

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Taxpayer Millions Wasted On A Fraud

2016 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Having a nationally coordinated plan driven by those affected has led to significant TB control progress resulting in a dramatic decline in the number of infected herds from a high of 1700 in 1994, through 695 in 2000, and now 43 at the end of June this year.

The key objectives of the plan … are the biological eradication of TB from New Zealand by 2055, with TB freedom (i.e. high confidence the disease is gone) in livestock by 2026 and possums by 2040. TB Free website, 13 July 2016

Spending on unnecessary organisations

By Jim Hilton and Roger Childs

TB free NZThe government has just officially approved a TB Plan which will last for the next 39 years! Why should Jane and Joe Public care?

Basically because serious government money – $100 million in the next four years for starters – is being spent on organisations such as TB Free NZ and OSPRI which are being perpetuated to use dubious methods to solve a problem which is now minimal.

(See the figures in the quote above. From 1994 to 2016 there has been a 97.5% reduction in infected herds.)
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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 28

2016 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNow into the seventh month of quizzes!
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Froome Makes A Statement In The Pyrenees

2016 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As a deluge of rain and hail fell on the super-category climb here, amid the lowering Pyrenean skies there was a little clarity over the identity of the men who may eventually stand in Chris Froome’s way as he bids to win his third Tour de France. William Fotheringham, The Guardian

The champion pounces

By Roger Childs

Tour 2015 3The Tour de France is won and lost in the mountains. You have to be an expert climber if you want to have the yellow jersey on in the run into Paris. Once the mountain stages begin, the real contenders come out to play.

Chris Froome won last year and Nairo Quintana was second. It could happen again this year. The commentators were not sure when Froome would launch his big attack to take yellow after eight stages which were mainly flat to undulating.

The Kenyan born Englishman decided the first Pyrennes stage would do nicely. read more…

Exclusive — Guru For Kapiti Mayoralty

2016 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Cr K Gurunathan

Cr K Gurunathan

Kapiti Coast may get its own Guru in the Mayor’s chair

Exclusive report from Alan Tristram

One of the Kapiti’s most most unusual — and immediately recognisable — politicians has finally decided to run for Mayor.

KCDC Councillor K Gurunathan, known universally as Guru, says he aims to ‘give the people of Kapiti a chance to vote for real change in the coming elections.’

If elected, he will give the District its first ‘ethnic’ Mayor  — Guru hails originally from an Indian family living in Malaysia. read more…

Council Culture: Upgrade Needed

2016 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the news often for the wrong reasons

By Roger Childs

Ratepayers helped fund the decent building and they expect decent behavour inside

Ratepayers helped fund the decent building and they expect decent behavour inside

Learning that approval of Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) services is up on last year, is good news.

There is no question that in some areas, the Council does impressive work. KCDC front desk service, conservation and the provision of pathways stand out.

However this “good news” cannot conceal the fact that the since the present council was elected in 2013, government departments, national bodies and the judiciary have taken KCDC apart on many issues, ranging from inadequate pool access for the disabled and prosecuting people for tidying up native bush, to sloppy record-keeping and breaches of the White Ribbon code.

Add to that the national record for Code of Conduct cases and a councillor refusing to  apologise, when told to by his fellow elected members, and you have a serious case of  council dysfunctionality. read more…

Wellington Region Sees More Kaka

2016 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Pair of North Island Kaka in a tree

Pair of North Island Kaka in a tree

Kaka sighting highlights importance of biodiversity

By Alan Tristram

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) says previously vulnerable kaka are now being seen more often throughout the Wellington region.

An example of this occurred during the GWRC’s annual bird count when a North Island kaka was sighted in the Wainuiomata catchment — the first in the area since 1998. read more…

Great Super Rugby Results

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand 24 Australia 0

By Roger Childs

super 15This was the outcome of the weekend’s franchise matches.

All the New Zealand team played for five wins and 24 points. All the Australian teams played too, for five losses ….

Consequently four Kiwi teams will qualify for the play-offs, but across the ditch it will only be one or two. This year’s Super Rugby has shown a big gap in the quality of teams either side of the Tasman and all five New Zealand sides have been very competitive.

The weekend fixtures started with the Blues, the fifth ranked Kiwi team hammering the top Australian side, the Brumbies, 40-14. read more…

Food For Thought: Blair And Bush War Criminals?

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A decision had to be taken (to go to war against Saddam Hussein) and it was for me to take as prime minister. I took it, I stand by it. I only ask with humility that the British people accept that I took this decision because I believed it was the right thing to do based on the information I had. Former British prime minister, Tony Blair

Blair guilty as charged

Yes you Tony.

Yes you Tony.

By Roger Childs

It’s something we’ve known for a long time and has now been reinforced by the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry.

While we’re at it, we can add names to the list; leaders who have allowed atrocities to be committed, approved the torture and killing of prisoners and sent thousands of men and women to their deaths in unnecessary wars.

For starters, Presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon Ronald Reagan, and of course, George W Bush, can be put in the dock.  read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Break-up

Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth Coleman

By Elizabeth Coleman

There’s a whole bunch of things

a whole crop of this and that

to wade through; read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 27 Answers

2016 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz ~ If you would still like to have a go, scroll down to July 6.

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

~ Answers below.

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Blair Beggars Belief

2016 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Finals Time At Wimbledon

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Marin is such a wonderful player and I was in so much trouble in the third set and in the fourth. I played super great at the end so I am very, very, pleased. Marin is one of the nicest guys on the tour so I feel sorry for him but for me the dream continues. Roger Federer after his quarter-final win over Marin Čilić

Quality tennis in prospect

By Roger Childs

Serena: keen to defend her title

Serena: keen to defend her title

Not surprisingly the further the tournament goes, the better the tennis. After struggling to hit top form in the early rounds, Serena Williams annihilated unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in one semi-final, while sister Venus succumbed to the polished Angelique Kerber in the other.

This sets up an intriguing ladies finale which will be a re-match of the 2016 Australian Open final.

Meanwhile the quality had come to the top in the gentlemen’s semis, with 2012 finalists Andy Murray and Roger Federer due to meet the talented Tomáš Berdych and Milos Raonic respectively. This quartet emerged from exciting quarter final matches. read more…

Art Work Of The Week: Cosmos

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Jean Lees Cosmos

 

Jean Lees of Waikanae – a watercolourist of long standing who more recently has begun working in acrylics. Jean will be at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the gallery’s summer season.

 

Police Warn Kapiti Homeowners

2016 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

KAPITI POLICE NEWS

‘Opportunistic offending on the Kapiti Coast’

Police say there’s been a spike in burglaries and thefts from unlocked homes and in the Waikanae and Paraparaumu communities recently.

With the  school holidays starting, Police say they want to remind residents in these areas to be vigilant about ensuring that homes are locked while they are out — and property such as bikes and vehicles are left secure and, where possible, out of sight. read more…

Our World Crumbles

2016 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan english -speaking countriesAre the main English-speaking countries falling apart?

By Prue Hyman

I have to pinch myself to check I’m not dreaming when I look at politics this week in Australia, the UK (if it still exists), and the U.S.ALAN ON MALCOM TURNBULL

Malcolm Turnbull miscalculated badly with his double dissolution of both houses in Australia and it will take time and the full count to be completed to see if his right wing coalition can just cobble a majority.

At least Labour improved their position – but if only they had a proportional system, the Greens, who polled well, would hold the balance of power. read more…

Poem Of The Week

2016 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NasturtiumThe late Jean Lonie was a Correspondence School Science teacher and also a poet.

In her later years she lived in Kiwi Road, Raumati Beach.

She had a great feel for the events and routines of everyday life and could give wonderful poetic expression to seasonal changes in the environment.

Our poem of the week is appropriately one for the season. read more…

Sprinters to the fore in the Tour de France

2016 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Along the way, riders will be cheered on by millions of roadside fans, escorted by tens of thousands of gendarmes, and follow a publicity caravan comprising 170 colourfully-arrayed vehicles and populated by almost 500 permanently enthusiastic staff. David Hughes, The Independent

Well underway in France!

By Roger Childs

Tour de France 2016After starting last year in Yorkshire and the previous year in the Netherlands, the 2016 tour began in France!

The scenery is always amazing in this, the most watched sporting event on the planet.

Beginning with the background of the picturesque Mont St Michel, there have already been four stages on largely flat or undulating roads. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 27

2016 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Now into the seventh month of quizzes!

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

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Resounding Condemnation Of Privatization

2016 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Public service no place for private enterprise

By Roger Childs

Lead-off speaker: Kelvin Davis

Lead-off speaker: Kelvin Davis

The Paraparaumu Coastal Church was packed with Labour supporters, local body candidates and the public for a meeting on the creeping privatization of public services under the National.

The evening meeting on July 4 heard details of  the disastrous impact this is having from MPs Carmel Sepuloni and Kelvin Davis, and Erin Polaczuk, Public Service Association (PSA) national secretary.  read more…

A Warning from Germany’s Past

2016 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

alan union jackElements of Weimar — Living in a ‘post-fact’ world

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

Brexit has happened and the UK is now in a crisis caused by clowns and gamblers.

Never before have I been so scared by a democratic decision!

Meanwhile, in Austria, a right-wing extremist could campaign for presidency a second time.

The first, narrow, election of a Green-party candidate has been annulled by the Constitutional Court. read more…

Extraordinary Triathlon Victory

2016 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s just one word for Flora on the bike: fearless… Triathlon commentator

Tactics to win races

By Roger Childs

Triathlon trainingNo-one in the modern era of international triathlons has ever led from start to finish.

But now it’s been done, by a young woman from the samll Caribbean island of Bermuda, Flora Duffy.  Usually, it’s just too tiring to stay out in front all the way, especially on the bike.

Top performers usually aim:

~ be near the front coming out of the water

~ get in the front pack on the bike

~ come out of transition for the run in the first half dozen. read more…

Shocks at Wimbledon

2016 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Inside the grounds, it’s heaven: you’re hit by the sophisticated, well groomed Britishness that the All England Club does so well. Veteran Wimbledon watcher, Pippa Middleton

The oldest of the grand slams

By Roger Childs

WimbledonIt’s the third major tennis tournament of the year and the English like to think it’s the most important.

It is all very proper and good mannered: it’s not men’s and women’s singles but gentlemen’s and ladies, and you must wear appropriate white clothing, and that includes everything you’ve got on.

Tradition is a key part of the Wimbledon fortnight. In the seats at one end, fashionable dresses and suits, collars and ties are de rigeur for the rich and famous who attend, and strawberries and cream is the favoured lunch time snack. read more…

Book Quiz…plus Wine

2016 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan fol quizIt’s not Mastermind, it’s a fun quiz for Kapiti folks

By Alan Tristram

The Friends of Kapiti Coast Libraries are holding a ‘Books, Writers and Writing’ Quiz

~ at Paraparaumu Community Centre

 ~ at 2pm on Sunday 17th July.

All are invited and no special knowledge is needed.

Everyone will be assigned to a team. So if you make a mistake, you can blame it on the others.

The Friends guarantee it’ll be much easier than KIN ‘s  mid-week quiz devised by former teacher — and KIN co-editor — Roger Childs.

And there’ll be raffles, prizes, mulled wine and a tasty afternoon tea. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 26 Answers

2016 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to June 30.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Euro 2016: The Surprises Continue

2016 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I don’t believe it! This is the greatest day in Welsh football history! Excited English commentator

Unexpected contenders mixing it

By Roger Childs

Euro 2016After England’s drubbing at the hands of little Iceland, could the British Isles salvage anything from the Euro 2106 quarter-finals? Yes indeed! Wales came up trumps and took their chances to win 3-1 over the more fancied Belgium.

Earlier The Poles had run the expected winners Portugal close and only lost after a tense penalty shoot-out. So the first semi-final teams have been decided.

Overnight Germany will play Italy in a match-up which has gone according to form book. Then on Sunday the French play Iceland, before a home crowd in Paris: a forgone conclusion? read more…

Time to Apologize Councillor Scott!

2016 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Saying sorry

Kevin Rudd said sorry on behalf of a nation

Kevin Rudd said sorry on behalf of a nation

 “Saying sorry” seems rather hollow when apologizing for horrendous crimes and deeds. However the gesture is some acknowledgment of wrong doing. To its credit, Helen Clark’s government did apologize to the Chinese community for the appalling prejudice and discrimination meted out to their forebears in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

However some countries and people have been reluctant to say the magic words. After Australian prime minister John Howard couldn’t bring himself to apologize to the stolen generation of Aboriginal people, Kevin Rudd did the job in 2008. read more…

Smug Complacency

2016 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smug Complacency

Poignant Time Of Remembrance

2016 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No life is ever truly lost – its course is only altered to travel to a distance shore. Candace

Reflecting on journeys

By Roger Childs

Mary Potter Hospice historyFunerals can be taxing on the emotions. Despite the fact that the celebrant might emphasize that the service is a celebration of the life of …  sorrow and grief are never far away.

Having a remembrance service where many people who have passed away are recalled, is easier to handle.

Then like a hawk upon the wind,

I climbed the sky, I made the flight.

Elizabeth  J Buchtenkirk

Twice a year, the Mary Potter Hospice have A Time Of Remembrance for the people who have used the hospice services and passed on. The service held last month emphasized journeys. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Blue Chorus by Waikanae artist Jean Lees

Jean Lees is a Waikanae artist who paints in watercolours and acrylics. She is a member of Watercolour New Zealand.  Jean will be exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and for the summer season.

Blue Chorus watercolour 23cm x 33 cm

Watercolour is a wonderful medium to work with, it has qualities that are ideal for a variety of styles and moods; from the perfection of fine detail to flamboyant abstracts. It is exhilarating to allow the paint to ‘do it’s own thing’, that is to merge and flow freely thus creating lovely shapes and patterns, and of course, beautiful colours! Using watercolour can be a magical experience!!

Jean Lees

 

Fraud And Wasted Funding On Poisoning 1

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1080 flagTBfree / OSPRI and Department of Conservation (DoC) poisoning is a monstrous white collar fraud (over $100 M dollars annually). Almost 100 years of Government propaganda have cemented the ideas of “pests” and “poisoning” into the New Zealand psyche, writes Scientist, possum trapper and farmer, Jim Hilton

Some readers will recall Jim’s excellent series on New Zealand Biodiversity which we published last year. This was based on a talk he gave to the Nelson Science Society in 2014. (If you would like to read it, and it’s well worth the effort, click on New Zealand’s Biodiversity above.)

As the quote at the top indicates, Jim is passionate about:

~ the fraud over the myths surrounding animal TB

~ the unsubstantiated links between possums and bovine TB

~ the waste of money on 1080 drops and the consequent ecological damage. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 26

2016 June 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 26 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti Maori Get Expressway Jobs

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Natural Habitats Wellington Manager Tim Broadbent welcomes new employees at the induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.

Natural Habitats Wellington Manager Tim Broadbent welcomes new employees at the induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.

Partnership with Iwi brings new jobs for young Maori

A group of nine Māori from the Kāpiti Coast have exciting new job prospects on the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway project.

This is because of a partnership between the project’s main landscaping subcontractor , Natural Habitats, and local iwi Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.

The nine Kāpiti locals have just been welcomed onto the job with a pōwhiri and induction hui at Whakarongotai Marae.  M2PP Project Manager Alan Orange congratulated Natural Habitats for their commitment to employing local people.

One of the big benefits of expressway projects is the jobs they create for local people. Providing employment opportunities through the relationship with local iwi has become a working policy for Natural Habitats, and this recent round of recruitment demonstrates the benefits of such a partnership,” Mr Orange says. read more…

Marines Event Benefits Kapiti Community

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fund raising helps local groups

By Roger Childs

The Runners get on their way. (Photo Doug Stevens)

The Runners get on their way. (Photo Doug Stevens)

The In the Footsteps of the Marines takes participants into areas where US servicemen trained over 70 years ago. It is also a fundraiser which provides money for local charities, services and groups.

This year, for the first time, the weather prevented the use of the Whareroa Farm section of the course, so the event was turned into an “out and back” affair. A record field of 222 enjoyed the experience and the “experimental” alternative course worked well.

From the proceeds, the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers have been able to donate over $3000 to  local groups and charities. read more…

Khamidullin – Watkins Duo In Fine Form

2016 June 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Schubert: Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ / Schumann: Three fantasy pieces, Op 73 / Rachmaninov: Sonata in G minor – the 3rd movement, Andante / Franck: Sonata in A (for violin, arranged for cello)  Paekakariki Memorial Hall, June 19 at 2.30pm

Excellent concert well worth the travel

By Lindis Taylor

Rustem Klamidullin: the master cellist

Rustem Khamidullin: the master cellist

I had gone to my third encounter with Rustem Khamidullin, not to write about it but just to enjoy without a pen in my hand, to hear him in another context.

And of course, the pleasure of being able to get there by train, being able to look at the heavy seas and Kapiti Island from high on the cliffs north from Pukerua Bay rather than seeing little while driving on the road, and then a pleasant 12 minute walk to the hall.

(Witnessing the thousands of one-to-a-car commuters from Kapiti, and their passion for Transmission Gully, I wonder that the population seems indifferent to its lovely train service).

It was such a treat that when I got home the computer keyboard seemed to plead for attention. read more…

KCDC — Food for Thought

2016 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Food-for-thought2-150x150It’s time for Kapiti Councillors (and Mayor) to grow up

By Alan Tristram (KCDC Councillor 2001-2007)alice-in-wonderland-tea-party-wallpaper_preview_e499

Reading ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ ( see below, June 27), I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t nodded off and re-entered the childhood world of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

How could any group of adults waste so much time in niggling, stupid, personality politics?

The Kapiti Coast has many challenges to deal with; and even more opportunities to pursue.

Yet our elected representatives can turn away from these to waste hour upon hour in playground squabbling. read more…

Privatisation of Social Services?

2016 June 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Labour Party public meeting on the threat to public services

By Bruce Taylor

Rob McCann

Rob McCann

The local branches of the Labour Party are organising a public meeting on Monday July 4. about the Privatisation of Social Services.

This is in response to the government’s ongoing drive to outsource these services.

2014 Labour Candidate Rob McCann thinks the drive towards privatisation is driven by ideology, and is looking forward to hearing what the impressive panel of speakers will say. read more…

Conduct Unbecoming

2016 June 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claims of plagiarism; an offensive email; a refusal to apologise; a code of conduct breach claim; a one-sided legal report; a hearing charade; red faces in high places; a smack on the wrist and no further action. Scott v Scott had it all.

Wasting time and money?

By Roger Childs

Waikanae Town Centre: possible re-develpoment has been much discussed

Waikanae Town Centre: possible re-development has been much discussed

The Code of Conduct claim taking by David Scott on behalf of Sue Smith, against Michael Scott was resolved on Thursday. Or was it? It all started with Waikanae Councillor Michael Scott featuring front page in the Kapiti News with what he claimed were his original ideas for revitalising the town centre.

The proposals had in fact been discussed many times over the last few years by local Waikanae groups and a key figure in these organisations was Sue Smith. She was exasperated and sent out an email to friends expressing her frustration.

Cr M Scott was one of the recipients and he replied with a personal attack on Ms Smith’s integrity. (See full text below.) Cr D Scott took exception and claimed that the Council Code of Conduct had been breached. read more…

Local Body Elections: Answers To Questions 2

2016 June 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we have part two. Local Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, takes more of the mystery out of what’s involved. (Scroll down to June 22 for part one.)

KIN: Is the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system standard across the nation?

JW: We are among six councils that use STV.

STV ~ Dunedin City Council

~ Kāpiti Coast District Council

~ Marlborough District Council

~ Palmerston North City Council

~ Porirua City Council

~ Wellington City Council

read more…

All Blacks Hit Top Form

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is very reassuring to see so many new players step up with ease to the required AB standard. This was a class performance – just need to carry on at this level or better for the Rugby Championship/Bledisloe. Christchurch rugby expert, Richard Belton

 Welsh blown away

By Roger Childs

Israel Dagg in full cry

Israel Dagg in full cry

After competing for much of the play in the first two tests the Welsh had no answers in the third contest. Under the roof in Dunedin the All Blacks went into overdrive and scored six unanswered tries to win 46-6. (They were denied a seventh after a poor call from the TMO.)

Wales needed to score from a sustained period of attack just before half time, to have any chance. However staunch All Black defence held them out.

All the home team played well with the new players providing impressive debut performances. However, the outright stars were Beauden Barrett at first five and full back, Israel Dagg. read more…

Novels: Excellent To The Unconvincing

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming Rain: you better believe it!

 By Ralph McAllister

Coming RainThe first Ockham New Zealand Book Award worth some $50,000, went to Stephen Daisley  for Coming Rain.

During my reading of the first few pages I suspected that Tilly Lloyd, of Unity Books fame, and friend and near neighbour, had gone bonkers.

Set in 1940’s Western Australia, written by a New Zealander who hadn’t lived here for over thirty years and featuring a dingo ……..c’mon!

But such is the originality, authenticity and the speedy plot, it only took 20 pages for me to spend the rest of the day reading and finishing. read more…

Poem of the Week

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

alan's skeletonX-ray

It’s difficult not to be curious
about this bone-man under the skin:
to think how he’s carried me over the years
without malice or contempt. In return
I’ve fed and clothed him of course,
shared the same bed, been shaped by his will,
but even after a lifetime together
I can’t say I know him, not for real . . .
apart, that is, from a broken wrist
when he once came peeping through.
And now there’s this inner-map of his ills,
that ageing stoop, those honeycombed hips,
the thinning tail-end bits. But what
really appals is his Model-T look.
He’s indistinguishable — except to the nurse —
From the millions like him who’ve come and gone
since one of us first stood up. Perhaps
it’s time to applaud his ancestral support
and keep this negative by the bed. Even then
it’ll be tough to view that crumbling master-plan
without a more personal sense of loss.

By Peter Bland

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 25 Answers

2016 June 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 25 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to June 22.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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The Brexit Shambles

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

keep-calm-and-leave-the-eu-21 (1)How to Create a Shambles without Really Trying

By Tom Aitken in London

To begin at one possible beginning:brexit suporters

I suppose that, four years ago, Prime Minister David Cameron had to do something to distract public attention from George Osborne’s budget of 2012, dubbed ‘the omnishambles budget’ by Ed Milliband, the then Labour Leader.

But Osborne’s budget was not Cameron’s only problem. There were murmurings from the troops about his own performance as party leader. He accordingly cast about for something he could do that would gratify a large part of the Conservative Party.

What he came up with was a referendum to be held on Britain’s future so far as the European Union was concerned. read more…

Brexit — by Andy

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Brexit, by Andy

Brexit, by Andy

‘Bring the Shysters to Account!’

2016 June 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Award winning author Mandy Hager

Award winning author Mandy Hager

It’s time to clean up our toxic Government

By Mandy Hager

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paula Bennett and the incredible deceit over her press secretary’s leaking of information about a police investigation into Te Puea Marae chairman and police inspector Hurimoana Dennis.

It speaks to three very important issues that are particularly toxic about our current National-led government. read more…

Euro Nations At The Knockout Stage

2016 June 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Farewell to the Russians

By Dave Daniel

Euro 2016Well, here we are, already at the knockout stages of the Euro Nations 2016 football tournament. There have been surprises, moments to savour and also some to forget.

Not all of them have been on the pitch of course, the ugly scenes between the English and Russian supporters were a sad recall of years gone by. Patriotism and alcohol are a terribly potent mix.

As the Russians were eliminated I almost felt sorry for manager Leonid Slutsky who looked badly in need of a vodka or two. He has resigned after the country’s press described it all as a disgrace and a humiliation.

What a shame we can’t get rid of politicians like that, but never mind.  read more…

Poor Water Quality In Canterbury

2016 June 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 4 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the negative effects in Canterbury of the massive draw-off water for irrigation. For parts 1and 2, scroll down to June 15, 19 and 21.

The multiple causes of Canterbury’s problems

By Bill Benfield

Dairy cowsIt is on what was once the home of dryland agriculture that irrigated intensive farming has had its greatest impact.

It would be fair to say that 95% of the problems on the Canterbury Plains are from dairy, but water abstraction and altered river flows are also a part of the problem.

Then there is the pollution from fertilisers and heavy metals. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Banded Dotterel Waikanae Estuary

 Cushla M. McGaughey

 Exhibiting at Feather&Fibre for the Kapiti Arts Trail and the gallery’s next season.

 Banded Dotterel resized

One of our largest estuaries, the Waikanae Estuary is listed as a wetland of national significance. Among the many species that live or visit here is the Banded Dotterel. It is the only one of our plovers with two breast-bands. The little birds are not quite the size of a thrush. It takes a keen eye to spot them running across the sand or wading in the water. Several pairs breed around the estuary.

Homeless Need United Support

2016 June 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

homeless-sleep-in-cars-jason-oxehamBright ideas are good, but not good enough

By Moira Lawler, CEO Lifewise

New Zealanders cannot bear injustice. We sign petitions to change the system, sleep in cars to show solidarity, and generously donate to a worthy cause like the Lifewise Big Sleepout.

In the last few weeks, a marae opened its doors to homeless people, a community housing trust in Auckland received $800K to fund more emergency housing, homes were donated to homeless families.

Why then does homelessness not go away? read more…

Springboks Won, Wallabies Should Have

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the 64th minute the Wallabies, needing to at least draw the match to keep the series alive, shunned the chance for a gift three points straight in front of the posts, opting instead to kick for touch and go for the try. It was a costly error. Christy Doran, Herald Sun, June 20 2016

Need to focus on gaining points

By Roger Childs

England's hero, Owen Farrell, scores the decisive late try

England’s hero, Owen Farrell, scores the decisive late try (Credit Canberra Times)

You look at the score 23-7 and this seems like a decisive victory in a largely one-sided game.  No way: England won, but Australia did over 80% of the attacking in the second half.

However, the home side forgot that it is points on the board that win games, no matter how much possession you have and the pressure you apply.

Meanwhile the Springboks, having lost the first test to Ireland, seemed certain to concede a series victory to the visitors. However unlike the Wallabies, they used their bench very effectively and got home 32-26. read more…

Local Body Elections: Answers To Questions

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we have the latest in our series on the local authority elections due to take place in October. In the first of two articles, Local Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth, takes some of the mystery out of what’s involved.

2016 electionsKIN: What is your main role as Electoral Officer?

JW: The Electoral Officer’s main role is to ensure every resident and/or property owner in Kāpiti can vote in the election. This involves

~ calling for candidates,

~ preparing voting documents

~ posting to all electors listed on the Parliamentary roll in the Kāpiti District and on the locally-compiled Ratepayer roll.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 25

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Number 25 in the series.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Libraries’ Trust Axed

2016 June 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Library and Community Centre building in Levin

Library and Community Centre building in Levin

Horowhenua Council taking back libraries next week — Library Trust gets fired

By Alan Tristram

Joann Ransom

Joann Ransom

The Trust running Horowhenua libraries, and Te Takere community centre, will be axed at the end of next week.

And it’s understood the role of the Trust’s Chief Executive Joann Ransom’s will also be abolished by the council.

The move to take these services back ‘in house’ has aroused widespread anger among trust members and the local Friends of the Libraries. read more…

Winter solstice: longest and shortest

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The overhead sun “moves”

By Roger Childs

Our weather engine

Our weather engine

The Sun is the engine that generates our weather. Because the Earth orbits around the Sun every 365 days or so, and revolves on its tilted axis every 24 hours, we get our seasons.

The winter solstice for the Southern Hemisphere (summer north of the Equator) is when the overhead sun is vertically above the Tropic of Cancer.

Today, June 21, is the solstice which gives us our shortest “day” and the sun is at its lowest in the sky to the north. Believe it or not, the daylight time will increase from tomorrow on! The overhead sun will start to ‘move’ south. read more…

Fantastic CanSurvive Results In Queensland

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Breast cancer survivors in great form

Cansurvive in action on the water in 2014

CanSurvive in action on the water in 2014

By Bette Cosgrove

You may be impressed by the exceptional results of our local pink dragons Wellington’s breast cancer survivor team, CanSurvive, in Australia over the weekend.

As a fitting end to their hugely successful season, CanSurvive Dragonboat Team will be proudly bringing home the silverware from their latest competition.

They return tomorrow from a weekend competing against their sister teams at Kawana Lake on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. read more…

Knitting Kapiti Together

2016 June 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

knitting 1 group in charis relaxedLibraries encourage woolly thinking

By Alan Tristram

WORLD WIDE ‘KNIT IN PUBLIC’ DAY

Kāpiti’s District Libraries have celebrated ‘World Wide Knit in Public Day’ by hosting a group knitting session at the Paraparaumu Library.

More than 25 knitters and crocheters joined library staff at Paraparaumu Library  on Saturday to mark the day by stitching together. read more…

Let’s Hear It For Volunteers!

2016 June 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We couldn’t run our services without the help of the volunteers. Ria Earp, Chief Executive,  Mary Potter Hospice

National Volunteer Week: 19 – 25  June

By Roger Childs

Mary Potter volunteers gather

Mary Potter volunteers gather

Driving patients, making meals, shaking collection tins, home visiting, doing gardening and performing hundreds of other tasks: there are tens of thousands of volunteers helping our communities every week.

There will be legions of you out there, and you are to be congratulated.

Today at the Kapiti Mary Potter Hospice, volunteers gathered, and patron, Lady Susan Satyanand handed out certificates to those who had provided 5, 10 or 15 years of service. read more…

Appalling Damage To The Canterbury Environment

2016 June 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 3 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally, are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the negative effects in Canterbury of the massive draw-off water for irrigation. For parts 1and 2, scroll down to June 16 and 19.

Far-reaching damage to the ecosystem

By Bill Benfield

Increased production but a terrible cost to the ecosystem

Increased production but a terrible cost to the ecosystem

The catalogue of environmental damage beggars belief. They range from build-up of nitrogen in the soils and water, as well as nitrogen contamination of the water tables.

Nitrogen is also deposited by cow urine, and in this form easily enters the water table through the light porous soils. There was also a build up of phosphorous fertilisers, though this appears to have peaked; their levels still remain unacceptably high.

A lot of New Zealand’s phosphorous (superphosphate) fertiliser has come from ancient guano deposits on Nauru in the Pacific – it contains the heavy metal, cadmium, a poison which can even show up in town supplies as it has in that of Martinborough. read more…

Raumati Bargains Begin

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Dignaben Patel, Pal Vasant, Jaitra and Kamal Patel outside the Bargain city and Post Shop at Raumati Beach

Dignaben Patel, Pal Vasant, Jaitra and Kamal Patel outside Bargain City and Post Shop

Post Office back home with brand-new Bargain City 

Mrs Dignaben Patel and daughter Pal Vasant at the counter

Mrs Dignaben Patel and daughter Pal Vasant

By Alan and Helen Tristram

Raumati Beach locals can now go to their postshop in its old home thanks to the the Patel Family’s latest enterprise — the Raumati Bargain  City.

Like a miniature version of a former Woolsworths, Bargain City, in Raumati Road, has more than 10.000 items for sale.

Customers can buy anything from an ornamental wall clock at $11.95 to balls of knitting wool at competitive prices.

 

read more…

Dirty Dairying and Irrigation in Canterbury

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 2 of an article by our environment correspondent, on how rivers, and the ecosystem generally are suffering from increased intensive dairying. This episode covers the impact in North Canterbury. For part 1 scroll down to June 15.

Fertiliser, irrigation and intensified dairying

By Bill Benfield

Dairy cowsIt is on the Canterbury Plains that the combination of superphosphate, subsidised urea (nitrogen) and the wild west of water extraction for irrigation has made intensive dairy into the perfect environmental storm.

To this has to be added the concentration of nutrients produced off site, through “imported” feed supplements.

Some, such as imported palm kernel is a by product of the destruction of tropical rainforest, the others like the maize that you can see being grown all over New Zealand, it is transported to dairy farm areas and fed to stock. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 24 Answers

2016 June 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 24 in the series. If you would still like a go, a scroll down to June 15.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Hoop Club Kapiti v the Chinese Dragons!

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Over 80 Kapiti kids aged 4-13 battle the Dragons

Report by Angelo Robinson, Photos by Paula Cowle

Hoop Club v Dragons 2016Hoop Club Kapiti had its annual Basketball tournament at the Paraparaumu Community Gym recently against the Chinese Dragons Basketball Club from Lower Hutt.

Kapiti entered 9 teams into the tournament and the Dragons entered 4.

The contests were hard fought but with a strong emphasis on participation and having fun. read more…

Kiwi Values

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwi values

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Democracy and Equality

2016 June 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An egalitarian society?

By Roger Childs

All New Zealanders, but are they equal?

All New Zealanders, but are they equal?

Like thousands of migrants to the United States, Canada and Australia over the centuries, a key motive for people moving to New Zealand was to escape from societies where class and inequality were the norm.

Unfortunately, New Zealand in the 21st century hasn’t lived up to the dream: poverty is widespread and there are huge disparities in income.

However, at least the country is democratic; people are equal before the law and theoretically have the same opportunities. But do they? read more…

Helping Young People: Kapiti Youth Support

2016 June 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KYS helps young people in need. To quote their brochure “KYS is a free confidential health and support service for anyone between the ages of 10 and 24.” We will be featuring articles about what services the organisation provides and how successful it has been. KYS is a charitable trust and needs donations for some services. First up, a shop to raise funds.

Raising money for helping youth: the KYStore

By Rachel Osborne

Brainwave 2The KYStore will be the only charity store focused on benefiting youth in the Wellington region, with 100% of the profit going directly back to the KYS One Stop Shop Trust.

The KYStore will be situated at 39 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, and aims to provide the Kapiti region with good quality second-hand goods presented in a modern, attractive environment.

But in order to succeed, we need your help!  We are asking for donations of good quality clothes, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac, linen, books and household items. read more…

Report From Riga, Latvia

2016 June 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The domed cathedral in Riga

The domed cathedral in Riga

Five Nights in Riga

From our London correspondent Tom Aitken

On the last day of May,  I and 13 other cultured persons of middle to advancing years, boarded a morning plane for Latvia. We were guided by Simon, a lecturer, and Arabella, the tour manager.

At five o’clock, having settled into the Raisson Blu Ridzene Hotel in Riga, Latvia’s capital, we went on our first walking tour, guided by Olga Vilks, a local lady with excellent English and a relaxed sense of humour. read more…

Making A Mess Of Our Rivers 1

2016 June 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Earlier in the year, we serialised Bill Benfield’s examination of the damage done to rivers by local authorities and farmers physically changing river beds. In this second exposé, our environment correspondent looks at what dairying is doing to our natural waterways.

Rivers, where it really is “Dirty Dairy”

By Bill Benfield

The intensification of dairying has had a disastrous effect on rivers

The intensification of dairying has had a disastrous effect on rivers

Today, the problems of our rivers have been condensed, by many, to a single issue – pollution arising from “dirty dairy”.

In some districts it is the big issue, especially on east coast drylands where there is sufficient water to supply large scale irrigation. Here, the combination of water abstraction and dairy pollution makes it more than 95% of the problem.

Canterbury, the focus of this article is the single biggest “dirty dairy” district, but there are others. There are also more in the pipeline, such as Wairarapa and Central Hawke’s Bay where there are planned irrigation projects. read more…

Getting The Right Local Bodies 1

2016 June 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we begin a series on the local body elections. The voting for this important three yearly event to select community representatives, will take place in October.  Our first article is on meetings for would-be candidates and on voter enrolment.

Hats in the ring!

Current mayor, Ross Church, wants another term

Current mayor, Ross Church, wants another term

By Roger Childs

Nominations for candidates officially open in mid July and close on August12. However, a number of people have already signalled their intentions.

Existing mayor Ross Church is keen to continue in the job and sitting councillors, Jackie Elliott and Gavin Welsh, will challenge for the top position. Otaki businesswoman, Angela Buswell has also indicated that she will be a mayoral candidate.

Former Mayor, Iride McCloy, will be standing for council and Cr Penny Gaylor is seeking to be Kapiti’s sole representative on the Greater Wellington Regional Council. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 24

2016 June 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 24 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Exciting Addition To The Cultural Landscape

2016 June 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be a centrepiece of the community for generations to come.   It will be a place to learn, to teach and to be entertained.  In that way, it is something the whole community can be connected to. Jennie Gutry, Chair Kapiti College Board of Trustees

Changing the face of Raumati Beach

By Roger Childs

The Performing Arts Centre in Raumatti Beach

The Performing Arts Centre now under construction in Raumati Beach

For decades there had been a large block of virtually unused land on Raumati Road, north of Kapiti College. In earlier times it was earmarked for an intermediate school, but that never eventuated.

That’s all changed now, as the earthmovers have recently removed the old caretaker’s house, cut down a number of trees and leveled the area. A Performing Arts Centre is being constructed to serve Kapiti College and the wider community.

The college has a proud record of regional and national achievement in the arts: music, drama and film making, and it’s most famous old boy is Peter Jackson. So a modern performing arts facility beside the school is certain to be well utilized by the students and Kapiti cultural groups. read more…

Poetry in Winter

2016 June 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ward, Gill Poetry Book launch 2011 006Kapiti poets can compete for Matariki honours

By Gill Ward

Well it says it’s Winter but some days it’s more like Spring. Of course we all remember T.S.Eliot’s take on Spring April is the cruellest month.…’

However I do have some Winter news to start off with. The Library is running a poetry competition for NZ Poetry Day. Poems must be in by 30 th June in English or Te Reo. You will find the guidelines and entry forms online at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry

There will be an evening with an open mic on Friday August 26 5.30 6.30 pm. The winners will be announced then. 26th August is National Poetry Day. The theme for the poetry competition is Matariki or Winter. Go on! Give it a go. read more…

Bridges Great And Small

2016 June 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Just before Christmas, John Key will flash pass in his limousine and wave to poor fellows like us. Wharemauku Bridge builder

Bridging the waterways

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs, except the one below

Putting the first span across Te Moana Road (Photo by Howard Chamberlain)

Putting the first span across Te Moana Road (Photo by Howard Chamberlain)

There are 14 bridges on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway and some are already completed, like the one over Otaihanga Road.

The biggest bridge of all is the long awaited connection over the Waikanae River.The structure across Te Moana Road where there is an inter-change, is also massive. (See picture alongside.)

A smaller one crosses the flood-prone Wharemamuku Stream, and as well as building this structure, there is major work going on south of the stream to develop wetlands and swales to cope with future overflows. read more…

Cello and Piano Duo in Paekakariki

2016 June 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A quality concert guaranteed

By Mary Gow

RustemKapiti music-lovers are eagerly looking forward to the appearance of a new STAR cellist Rustem Khamidullin. He was the 2014 winner of the Gisbourne cello competition and who will be the guest of the Wellington Regional Orchestra this month.

Auckland pianist Sarah Watkins (NZTrio) will accompany him.

 ~ Paekakariki Memorial Hall

 ~ Sunday 19 June at 2:30pm.

Their programme includes Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Schumann Three Fantasiestucke, Rachmaninoff Sonata (3rd movement) and Cesar Franck Sonata. read more…

All Blacks Have Plenty To Work On

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Second half burst secures test win

By Roger Childs

Naholo heading for the first of his two tries

Naholo heading for the first of his two tries

For not the first time in recent years, the All Blacks made a late charge,  to beat Wales 39-21 on Saturday. The Welsh had led 18-15 at half time after a pulsating first 40 minutes which saw both sides score two tries.

The home side increased the pace of the game in the last quarter, and showed their superior fitness in scoring three tries to secure the victory.

As expected, the All Blacks were a bit rusty, having not taken the field since the October 2015 victory in the World Cup final. However, there were many uncharacteristic handling and tackling lapses, especially in the first half. read more…

Great War Classic

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sir Max has retold it as well as any of his predecessors. Character, pace, sense of landscape, battlefield detail – all are superbly done. Ben Shephard, The Guardian

WW1 2A seminal work on the war’s origins

By Roger Childs

Max Hastings is justifiably a highly respected historian on the conflicts on the 20th century.

His comprehensive All Hell Let Loose on World War Two was described by Ian Kershaw in the Evening Standard as “military history at its most gripping” and other reviewers concur. He is currently working on a history of the Vietnam War and this will be eagerly awaited by devotees of military history.

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War is a classic on the origins and early months of World War One. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 23 Answers

2016 June 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 23 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to June 8.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Kindness to Strangers

2016 June 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwis say Sydneysiders are great !

Food-for-thought2-150x150By Alan Tristram

Sydneysiders in business district attempting record for largest swimwear parade

Sydneysiders in the  CBD attempting a record for the largest swimwear parade

I had been a confirmed Aussie-phobe until recently — because of their hard-line treatment of refugees, aboriginals, and Kiwis with ‘issues’ — and I haven’t even mentioned sport.

But after another spell in Sydney to visit my dying brother (John Tristram, d. 1/6/16), everything has changed.

My wife Helen and I were overwhelmed, again, by the sheer generosity and kindness of Sydneysiders to strangers like ourselves. read more…

Last Ganz-Mavag Journey

2016 June 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Ganz-Mavag trains have kept the capital running since the early 80s, but have now been replaced by new units from Hyundai in Korea. NewsHub, Saturday 28 May 2016

Over 30 years of service

Ganz MavagBruce Taylor reports

The last Ganz Mavag train ran from Wellington to Melling and return on 27 May.

It was the end of 34 years of service for the Hungarian built Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) on the electrified part of the Wellington Metro network.

They were the mainstay of passenger services on the Kapiti line from 1982-83 till the introduction of the new Matangi EMUs. read more…

Brownlie’s War Games Revealed

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

defence spending

Marines Camp Life: A New History Trail

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I recall the training, keeping fit and the wonderful meals served up by a New York chef! And I also enjoyed trips into Wellington, the dances and meeting New Zealand women. Marine James Jones, reminiscing when he visited the old camp sites in 2008

In The Footsteps of the Marines: Camp Mackay Signage Walk

By Anthony Dreaver

Details on the Camp Mackay Trail in the Whareoa Shelter

Details on the Camp Mackay Trail in the Whareoa Shelter (Photo by Pam Childs)

Leave SH1 at the brown sign for Queen Elizabeth Park to enter Whareroa Farm, known to the US Marines as ‘Camp Mackay’s Crossing’.

On 30 May 2016 ( on what Americans call Memorial Day), the Kapiti US Marines Trust opened the Camp Mackay Walk round seven sites that mark the events of 1942–43. The project was backed by Transpower.

Signs were devised by myself ( as a member of Kapiti US Marines Trust), and were designed by Anne Johnston Graphic Design and printed and installed by DAC Group. read more…

Art Work Of The Week

2016 June 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Callig-MathematicsOne of the district’s most vibrant cultural groups is Calligraphers of Kapiti. Members produce wonderfully creative art based around lettering. Here is a classic example from Helen McIntosh.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Good Autumn Weather?

2016 June 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Everywhere you go, always take the weather … Crowded House

There’s no getting away from it

By Roger Childs

WeatherWeather is one of life’s certainties, like death and taxes. It’s always with us and features with monotonous regularity on radio, television and in the papers.

Hands up if you’ve waited for the forecast on radio and heard: For Northland, Auckland and Coromandel … and then suddenly it’s …and for the Chatham Islands …. Missed again!

 We’ve just experience the highest temperatures for autumn in decades: a good thing?

Obviously the phrase the weather’s been good depends on the recipients. read more…

Kapiti Basketball News: Qualifying & Coaching

2016 June 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s U15 Boys Basketball Team Qualify for Nationals

Girl Player of the Tournament: Porirua's Harmony Hunter

Girl Player of the Tournament: Porirua’s Harmony Hunter

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photos by Joy Cowle

On Saturday 28 May the Greater Wellington Regions best basketball talent came to Paraparaumu to take part in a tournament to try and qualify for the Basketball New Zealand National finals in July.

Eleven association teams from Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Lower Hutt battled for the limited qualification spaces. read more…

Novak Djokovic: One Of The Greats

2016 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It is a very special moment, the greatest of my career. Djokovic, after winning the French Open over the weekend

Undoubted champion

By Roger Childs

Djokovic 2014The French title had eluded him for eleven years, and it was the only one he needed to  complete the set of four. In beating Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 he now joins seven other legends of the game and also climbs to fourth equal in the list of most grand slams.

He currently holds all four grand slam titles at the same time: a feat that not even the great Roger Federer has achieved.

Only Don Budge back in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969, have done that. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 23

2016 June 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 23 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti Calligraphers Flamboyant Helen

2016 June 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Characters make a group

By Pam Kessler

John Masefield's "Cargoes" (Credit Pam Kessler)

John Masefield’s “Cargoes” (Credit: Pam Kessler)

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

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

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

Prue Hyman welcomes Green/Labour pact

2016 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hymanA Greens/Labour alliance – will it work?

By Prue Hyman 

I was pleasantly surprised by this week’s announcement of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Labour and Green Parties – in that order, unlike MY title.

No doubt the order reflects the realities of the larger and smaller parties to the agreement, which are also the focus of my worries about this putative alliance.

Of course it’s good to have the two major left-of-centre parties (slightly left-of-centre anyway in the case of Labour) work together, rather than be at each others’ throats.

The conflicts between them were one of several reasons why National was returned in 2014. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ditch The Honours System

2016 June 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A billionaire property investor, senior members of the judiciary and a legendary footballer are among the 177 New Zealanders in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Dominion Post, 6 June 2016

A system without merit

By Roger Childs

Dame Ellen France: reward fro doing a well paid job? (Credit: stuff)

Dame Ellen France: reward for doing a well paid job? (Credit: stuff)

The twice yearly dishing out of so-called honours is a farce. Once again we have long list in the paper of people getting rewarded for services to this, that and the other thing.

What for example, does for services to business mean?

The awards system has always been controversial. My late father spent decades serving the community but never wanted an “honour”. For him OBE meant Other Blokes Efforts. However every year at Queen’s Birthday and early Januarry we still get the lists and with their simplistic justifications. read more…

Muguruza Too Strong For Williams

2016 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I grew up on clay, so for Spain and for me this is amazing. Hopefully next year we’ll be back. French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza

A quality final

By Roger Childs

A new grand slam champion (Photo: Christophe Ena)

A new grand slam champion (Photo: Christophe Ena)

Venezualan born Garbine Muguruza beat the defending champion 7-5, 6-4 in the French Open final. But it was no easy victory. Serena Williams contributed to a quality match which was enjoyed by the sell-out crowd at Roland Garros in Paris.

Both sets were tight and the two players moved each other from side to side in many thrilling rallies. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 22 Answers

2016 June 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 22 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to May 31.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
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The Amazing Thelma McLean: 105 n.o.

2016 June 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Very fond of poetry

Celebrating 104 years

Celebrating 104 years

By Graham Bathgate

Thelma McLean lives at a rest-home in Waikanae, New Zealand. She has been there for almost 6 years and is visited by her daughter, Rae, almost every day.

Thelma grew up in a family of ten siblings; poetry was a part of their education at home, in school and at Sunday School.

She can recall short poems and many lines in longer poems, a great thing for anyone to do but at Thelma’s age it’s marvellous to hear. read more…

Great Expectations At Roland Garros

2016 June 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Now Murray will face Djokovic in the final, a player he hasn’t fared too well against. In their careers, Djokovic holds a 23-10 edge, but Murray did win the last meeting between the two… Bleacher Report

Close contests in the finals?

By Roger Childs

After her 22nd grand slam

After her 22nd grand slam

The match ups for the French Tennis Open finals promise some exciting tennis. In the women’s final tonight, number one sees Serena Williams  plays Garbiñe Muguruza, while the top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will battle it out on Sunday.

The clay court tournament has had its usual upsets and surprises. For the first time in over ten years neither the incomparable Roger Federer, nor the nine times champion Rafael Nadal, were playing in the second week. Both were out with injuries.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost to up and coming Dutch woman Kiki Bertins who went on to run Serena close in the semi-finals. On the men’s side Milos Raonic lost in the second round and Kei Nishikori in the fourth. read more…

Land Of Milk And Honey

2016 June 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Land of Milk and Honey

Reflections on the All Blacks

2016 June 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… our aim for the next two weeks –  get some unity, get ourselves established with a culture again and start living our standards. All Black head coach, Steve Hansen

Into the new international season

By Roger Childs

Ma'a Nonu: a hard man to replace

Ma’a Nonu: a hard man to replace

There are three tests this month against Wales and the All Black squad is the expected mix of youth and experience. This is not a major rebuild but there are gaps to fill.

There were a number of retirements after the 2105 World Cup but some of those players were no longer in the first fifteen.

Essentially McCaw, Nonu and Conrad Smith were the front liners who needed to be replaced. However there have been a number of players groomed to slot into the spaces. Replacing what has probably been our best mid field combination ever, was the selectors biggest challenge. read more…

Not Employed, Being Educated Or Trained

2016 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The employment potential of our young people needs to be harnessed. They are, after all, New Zealand’s future leaders.

Growing numbers of “disengaged” young New Zealanders

By Kris Faafoi

Credit Trace Hodgson

Credit Trace Hodgson

Since 2004 Statistics New Zealand has measured the number of young Kiwis who were not in employment, education or training – the NEETs.

Twelve years later and we now have 87,200 young Kiwis between the ages of 15 and 24 categorised as NEETs. 23,100 more than when National took office. read more…

Memorable Memorial Day Service

2016 June 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We would not be here today without their bravery. US Ambassador, Mark Gilbert, pays tribute to American service people who died in times of war

Inspirational leadership

By Roger Childs

Mark and Nancy Gilbert

Mark and Nancy Gilbert (Photo Pam Childs)

Dignitaries at the memorial service (Photo Pam Childs)

Dignitaries at the memorial service (Photo Pam Childs)

Mark and Nancy Gilbert are great ambassadors for their country: the United States of America. They handle the formal occasions with appropriate decorum and dignity, and then mix easily with people of all ages.

There is no feeling that they have to rush away; they clearly enjoy the interaction with New Zealanders and are happy to pose for anyone who wants a picture. The immaculately attired Marines in their dress uniforms and medals, often feature in these photos.

Last year at the Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park, with the official duties over, Ambassador Gilbert saw one of the old Wellington trams heading back to the terminus carrying embassy Marines and Paekakariki school children.

With a shout of I want a ride on that tram! he jogged across the road and jumped on.

It was a memorable moment and enjoyed by all who witnessed it! read more…

The Spirit of Parkrun

2016 June 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The parkrun community is growing all the time – but it’s all still based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, 5km, for everyone, forever. Parkrun website

Whatever the weather

By Roger Childs

Happy parkrun finishers during the summer!

Happy parkrun finishers during the summer!

There were 17 of us at Otaihanga Domain last Saturday for parkrun. We splashed our way along the south bank of the Waikanae River in the pouring rain for 2.5km and then turned around and came back.

The familiar volunteers were there as was the competitive spirit, the determination and the camaraderie.

Parkrun started in Bushy Park, Teddington, England in 2004 with 13 runners, 3 volunteers, a stop watch and a post-race chat at a nearby café.

Today tens of thousands compete around the world in over 900 parks in 12 countries, early on Saturday morning. read more…

Germany and the Panama Papers

2016 June 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Panama Papers and the finance industry

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

(Credit: wikipedia)

(Credit: wikipedia)

In 2015 a whistle-blower gave the well-established German “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ) about 11 million E-mails, letters, fax, contracts, bills and statements from the offshore company Mossack Fonseca & Co. in Panama City.

Part owner Mr. Jürgen Mossack is a German lawyer from Nuremberg.

So it’s may not be a coincidence just the SZ was chosen from the unknown informant. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 22

2016 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 22 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Record Entry For Footsteps Event

2016 May 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

My legs were pretty stiff getting out of bed this morning and they went a bit numb when I was doing flag duty today! One of the US Embassy Marines commenting the day after the event.

Change of course no worries

By Roger Childs

The start of the Social grade (photo Doug Steven)

The start of the Runners grade (photo Doug Steven)

Despite heavy rain over the weekend and a change of course, the In the Footsteps of the Marines still attracted its best field ever.

The charity fun run/walk organised by the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers is now an institution on the Kapiti Coast and 222 competitors took part in the fifth event on Sunday.

An inspection of the Whareroa Farm tracks on Saturday afternoon indicated that the 2.5km zigzag trail was slippery, but useable. However there was a lot of water at the bottom of the track, and the stream competitors would have to cross, was ankle deep. read more…

Photo of the Week: The Famous Kiss

2016 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

That Kiss! Memorial Day 2016

On 14 August 1945 an American sailor kissed a woman in Times Square, New York. It was VJ Day and the Americans were celebrating the end of World War Two.

The moment was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt and was published in the next edition of LIFE magazine. It is one of the most famous photos of the 20th century.

A  large statue has been made of the embrace and it is frequently re-enacted. Today it happened after the Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park. This time the tender scene was snapped by Pam Childs.

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Posing in the classic style are Gunnery Sergeant Patrick Hammer and his wife Danica

Rewi Thompson back for KBA Coaching

2016 May 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

US-based coach passes on his knowledge

By Angelo Robinson

Rewi with the U15 Boys Team ((Photo by Joy Cowle)

Rewi with the U15 Boys Team ((Photo by Joy Cowle)

On 23 May at the Paraparaumu Community Gym the Kapiti Basketball Association U15 Representative Players had an amazing experience with Coach Rewi Thompson.

Rewi, who was one of New Zealand’s best Basketball players has over 20 years’ experience coaching at High Scholl level in the USA.

KBA U15 Boys Rep Coach Graham Cowle said “It was a privilege for me and the players to learn from Coach Rewi, we soaked up his advice and guidance.

You could see the players confidence grow as Coach Rewi took them through a series of drills to improve their team work and with a strong focus on defence. The timing was also perfect as we are preparing for the regional qualification tournament.” read more…

First Memorial Day Service in the World

2016 May 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. The Old Farmer’s Almanac (USA)

Coming together in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park 2015

Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park 2015

Kapiti’s association with American service people, is strong because of the three Marines camps located north of Paekakariki in 1942-3. It is also poignant because of the deaths of 10 navy personnel off the coast of Whareroa Beach in June 1943.

So it is appropriate that the Memorial Day Service in our area should be held at the Marines Memorial in Camp Russell, Queen Elizabeth Park, where there is also a tribute to the lost sailors.

As Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday in May, the local service will be tomorrow, May 30. It will take place at 10.00am sharp at the Memorial, but if it is wet the venue will be the Memorial Hall in Paekakariki.

Contributions from old and young

The service is a mix of solemnity, formality and reflection as well as music, reminiscences and good humour. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 21Answers

2016 May 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 21 in the series. If you would still like to have a go, scroll down to May 25.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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The Truth Needed on Bovine TB

2016 May 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The New Zealand public has been fed the lie for years that possums transmit Tb to cattle. They don’t. However the possum’s status as arch-villain has been used to justify dumping tonnes of 1080 over the landscape. FATE (Farmers Against Ten Eighty) want it to stop and to terminate TBfreeNZ.

If any cattle have TB it's not from possums

If any cattle have TB it’s not from possums

Federated Farmers challenged over Tb ‘deception’

By Roger Childs

The New Zealand-based farmers’ organisation “Farmers Against Ten-Eighty”(FATE), opposed to the use of 1080 poison, has challenged Federated Farmers NZ to explain its support for TbfreeNZ Ltd for its policy of aerially blanket spreading the poison.

Spokeswoman, Mary Molloy who with husband Lindsay, runs a dairy farm at Hari Hari said the answers by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy to questions about TB incidence in possums, from NZ First farming spokesman Richard Prosser, vindicated FATE’s opposition to the poison, but raised serious questions about Federated Farmers NZ’s stance. read more…

Budget Twist

2016 May 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Budget Twist

Business Rates Differential A Good Idea?

2016 May 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In an earlier article, Councillor Gurunathan raised the question of whether Kapiti should have a business differential in rates, like all the other councils in the Greater Wellington region. He picked up on criticism by Federated Farmers about KCDC using ratepayers money to promote economic development. (Scroll down to May 24 to see the full article.)

The following is the official Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce’s view.

 Regional Economic Development: Not just for businesses

Farmers getting a fair deal?

Farmers getting a fair deal?

The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce was encouraged by the challenge to respond to last week’s “Farmers don’t get benefits from rates” article.

Economic development is a subject that doesn’t receive the attention or airtime it deserves, and to see engagement and debate on this subject is a positive step forward for our community.

At the heart of the article was the view that farmers and other landowners do not benefit from economic development, and the argument was put forward that these activities should be funded by a rating system targeted at businesses who would directly benefit. read more…

Opportunity To Follow The Marines

2016 May 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It will be an honor to celebrate the Marines’ long-established relationship with New Zealand and to help raise funds for good causes. Marines Gunnery Sergeant Scott Boylan

In the Footsteps of the Marines on Sunday

By Roger Childs

Two Marines who ran in 2014: Scott Boylan on the left

Two Marines who ran in 2014: Scott Boylan on the left

Scott Boylan served as a Marine at the American Embassy in 2013 and was back in New Zealand on holiday in 2014.  He ran the In the Footsteps of the Marines in both years.

On Sunday 29 May 2016, over 200 walkers and runners will be taking part in the fifth running of this unique event, which roughly follows an old 1940’s Marines route march.

Writer Leon Uris was stationed at Paekakariki in 1942-43 and wrote in his novel Battle Cry about excursions into the hills, inland from the Paekakariki camps.

Sunday’s event starts and finishes at Whareroa Farm which is located north of Paekakariki, off State Highway One at Mackay’s Crossing. read more…

Writer Tina Makereti Featuring On Sunday

2016 May 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Makereti is able to take a moment and examine its reality, even as she turns it into something symbolic and transcending…she writes lyrically – lushly on a few occasions. There’s excellent, crackly dialogue, and there’s a satisfying awareness of what to leave out, as well as what to include. David Hill , reviewing Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa

Tina Makereti 1Interesting Library Friends Session

By Jennifer Ramshaw

Tina will be speaking about her writing:

~ on Sunday May 29 2:30pm

 ~ at the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

Come along to hear award winning author, Tina Makereti, talk about her writing, particularly her debut novel and how her own background affects what she writes.

We are so fortunate to be able to welcome Tina. read more…

Changing the Guard at Manchester United

2016 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Louis van Gaal shown the door

By Dave Daniel

Manchester U fansWell, it’s all over for Louis van Gaal. He flew out of Manchester airport in a private jet to his house in Portugal on Monday. He had £6m in his pocket, being payment for his final year of his three season contract, which was terminated after his FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Winning the cup was never going to be enough of course. Missing out on the Champions League was the final nail in his coffin, but if Daniel Taylor of The Guardian is to be believed, there were plenty of other reasons why Louis was shown the door.

He had lost the trust of many of his senior players, they were tired of his strict training sessions, endless meetings, harsh dressing downs in front of team mates and a tactical template that went against all that United stood for. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 21

2016 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 21 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Time for Business differential in Rates ?

2016 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Civic Building

KCDC Civic Building

Federated Farmers Challenge KCDC to introduce targeted rates

By KCDC Cr K Gurunathan

Federated Farmers have opposed the way KCDC is funding economic development in the district.federated farmers

In its submission to the 2016 – 17 Annual Plan, the organisation says it’s against the use of ratepayers money — generated from council’s land-value based general rates — to fund economic development . read more…

The New Waitomo Trail Run

2016 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We recently ran an article from Leslie Clague about a new event in the Hawke’s Bay.(See May 17)  Here is another new one which was very popular too.

Something for everyone

By Gary Crilley. Photos from the event website.

Waitomo trail 1The inaugural Waitomo Trail Run was held on Saturday 30th April and it lived up to all of its pre-race hype and more.

With distances of 6km and 11km for the young, old, and toe-in-the-water trail runners, and 22km and 33km for the more seasoned weekend warrior, the race had something for everyone.

I chose the 33km ‘Super Long Course’ as it started in a cave, ran through the most spectacular landscape, and had an element of all-you-can-eat about it. And I wasn’t disappointed. read more…

Stars Present and Future

2016 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Like a football match!

By Ralph McAllister

Auckland Writers FestivalI was at a football stadium in Auckland last week. No, no I wasn’t.

It just felt like that , as I mingled with thousands, I kid you not, of book lovers at the best festival devoted to writers  I have ever attended.

The foyer in the Aotea Centre seethed with fans, queuing sometimes for over an hour to get an author’s signature or waiting to get in early to the next session.

The whole atmosphere was exhilarating without quite the violence that sometimes typifies some football events.

Why all the excitement? read more…

Biodiversity in the Wellington Region

2016 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Activities of the Regional Council

By Roger Childs

A key biodiversity area: Queen Elizabeth Park

A key biodiversity area: Queen Elizabeth Park

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has a Biodiversity Department which works on a range of projects from Wairarapa to Kapiti. The Manager, Tim Porteous, spoke at a recent meeting of Kapiti restoration groups on how the department operates.

It has three core functions:

~ to provide biodiversity advice and advocate for maintaining existing ecosystems

~ to actively manage indigenous diversity

~ to support private landowners in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity areas on their properties. read more…

Housing for the Homeless

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

lifewise-team-moira-lawler‘Housing the Homeless – Let’s Talk About What Works!’

Moira Lawlor, Lifewise Chief Executive in Auckland

There has been an outcry in the last few weeks about Auckland’s housing crisis.  The situation is serious, there is no question about that.

The lucky New Zealanders’ safely housed are awakening to the breadth and depth of a problem that leaves mothers with newborn babies sleeping in cars.

This is a systems issue that requires both a coherent long term strategy and some immediate help. read more…

Choreographic Season at the NZ School of Dance

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quality contemporary dance

Reviewed by Ann Hunt

Wellington, NZ. 19.05.2016. Choreographic Season 2016 - SCOPE at New Zealand School of Dance. Season 20 to 28 May 2016. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Photo by Stephen A’’Court

This very impressive programme is choreographed by the ten graduating students of the NewZealand School of Dance’s full-time contemporary dance programme.

It is danced by the second and third year students.

The production is a collaboration between the dance students and those of the production/stage craft students of Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School.)

It is directed with sensitivity and skill by Victoria Colombus.

You can experience this quality show:

at Te Whaea Theatre; 11 Hutchison St (off from the corner of Wallace and John Streets),  Newtown, Wellington; from 20-28 May. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 20 Answers

2016 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 20 in the series.
  • If you would still like a go, scroll down to May18.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Brilliant Enlightenment on Adolescence

2016 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The presentation was fantastic, it was like she was talking to me. Her stories just stuck, and it was nice how she didn’t tell you how to parent but told you what was happening. Parent Emma Harty

Unravelling the teenage brain

By Roger Childs

Brainwave 2About 90 parents attended a fund raiser for the Raumati Scouts in Paraparaumu on Wednesday. One of the organisers, Carolyn Tristram, was delighted with the turnout and about $1000 was raised for the upcoming jamboree expenses for the Raumati Scouts.

If the audience was anticipating plenty of words of wisdom, Kathryn Berkett’s presentation would have their exceeded expectations.

Kathryn is from Brainwave which is an organisation that promotes understanding of how the brain functions and sets out to inform the New Zealand public on how to ensure all children grow up to achieve their full potential. read more…