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Golden Age of Home Ownership

2016 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Golden Age of HomeOwnership

A Walk On The Coast

2016 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All  aboard Winston’s Train!

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Winston's train approaching Paraparaumu

Winston’s train approaching Paraparaumu

The Peters’ Express departs week days from Waikanae at 9.00 am and fills up at Paraparaumu about 9.07.

The passengers have fifty shades of grey hair and flash their gold cards with gay abandon. It’s a free trip to the big city or, perhaps, just to Pukerua Bay.

We alighted at that stop and while some were destined for a walk in the hills on the new trail to Paekakariki, we went the other way.

For us it was a trek from Pukerua Bay to  Plimmerton, the hard way. Not the easy jaunt down the Harakeke Track, but round the rugged coastline. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Misleading headline

2016 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Why let the truth get in the way of a good headline? Anon

Safety calls for Kapiti track after second death. Dom Post, 29 April 2016

By Roger Childs. Photos by Doug Steven.

One of many steep flights of steps where care is needed

One of many steep flights of steps where care is needed

The Kapiti community, and people further afield, has only just come to terms with the first fatality.

Teacher Derek Bunting sadly passed away along the Te Araroa link from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay on Anzac Day. It has been the big news story in the district since then.

My reaction to the headline, like many people I imagine, was Oh no, not another one.

Initially I wondered why is this on page 5 and not a lead story? I read further and soon realised why the article was not front page news. read more…

Remembering The Bard

2016 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whether in light comedies, tragedies or histories, Shakespeare focused on human hopes, dreams, absurdities, cruelties, kindnesses, doubts: the inwardness of lives. Libby Purves, The Times

The huge influence of William Shakespeare

By Roger Childs

It is 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil: to coin a phrase. Hands up if you studied any of his plays at college and can still quote a few lines?

Shakespeare 1Feel free to pick up on one or more of these cues:

~ Friends, Romans, countrymen…

 ~ To be or not to be ….

 ~ Is this a dagger which I see …

 ~ All the world’s a stage …

 ~ Now is the winter of our discontent …

~ If music be the food of love …

No-one in the history of western literature has had a greater lasting influence. As well as his many plays and poems, he had left us hundreds of phrases and images which we use without thinking about their origin. read more…

Leicester Close In On The Title

2016 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On to premiership glory?

By football correspondent Dave Daniel

Leicester didn't need Varney last weekend

Leicester didn’t need ace striker Jamie Varney last weekend

There is only one place to be this weekend if you are following the English Premier League (EPL). Sunday afternoon, Manchester United host Leicester City in a match that could well determine the future of one manager and also the destination of the EPL title for 2016.

Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy who will be suspended after his outburst against referee Jon Moss after being sent off in the game against West Ham.

Last week a Vardyless Leicester demolished Swansea City 4-0 which heaped pressure onto Spurs who subsequently drew at home to West Bromwich, leaving the gate to glory well and truly open. read more…

A Film You Should See

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

great maidens blush poster‘Great Maiden’s Blush’ — single mothers ‘rare and beautiful’ story

By Mandy Hager

I loved this in-depth look at the pain and turmoil that surrounded two first-time single mothers who meet in a post-natal ward.

I felt as though, in bringing these two women’s stories to life, this NZ film speaks of all women and the sacrifices made when new life is brought forth. So if you want to be wowed by something rare and beautiful, go see it! read more…

Calligraphers of Kapiti 2016

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time for change

By Pam Kessler

"Feather" by Pam Kessler

“Feather” by Pam Kessler

Calligraphers of Kapiti are beginning a new phase in their development as we have just elected a committee to manage the club.

The club began in 2001 with 8 members, fifteen years later; we now have 56 members.

With such a large membership spread out from Kapiti, to all over the North and South Island’s of New Zealand and Australia too, we felt it was time to elect a committee to ensure that our club continued to flourish, and to enable us to move forward in a positive manner.

This will be a time of change for the club, a time of opportunity, and a time to renew our focus. read more…

Fatality on the Te Araroa Track

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vistas, challenges and dangers

Vic James, Doug Steven, Jim Hammonds and Dougal Cable walked the trail in 2 and dquarter hours

Vic James, Doug Steven, Jim Hammonds and Dougal Cable, and the photographer, walked the trail in  a little over 2  hours. (Photo by Mary Hadfield)

By Roger Childs

It’s only been open a week or two and already hundreds have done the Kapiti Coast’s latest tourist attraction.

It is definitely this month’s novelty and the excellent autumn weather has brought hundreds out on to this breath-taking trail.

The 10 kilometre link between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki is an amazing feat of construction with over 400 steps, two swing bridges and plenty of narrow track.

It offers superb views of the coastline, Kapiti Island, the South Island and the Tasman Sea.

However it not for the faint-hearted and  requires a reasonable level of fitness as there are many steep climbs and flights of steps.

Sadly, on Anzac Day it claimed its first life when a man in his 60s collapsed and could not be revived.   read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 17

2016 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 17 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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The Poppy of Peace

2016 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poppies red and white

 By John Murray

John Murray with the white peace poppy

John Murray with the white peace poppy

What colour poppy did you wear over Anzac weekend?

Red poppies are for Flanders Fields and our men who were killed there, trying to be brave for King and Country – and maybe for God too. 2016 marks 100 years since the catastrophic Battle of the Somme.

White poppies are for all the victims of all wars, soldiers and families, friend and foe. White is a prayer for an end to the folly of war.

This movement was established in 1933. It grew out of the Cooperative Women’s Congress, founded in 1883, a movement to provide social, health and suffrage services for women. read more…

Cat Out Of The Council Bag

2016 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

So where can I put plastic bags in my recycling? Go for it. Councils that will accept: Lower Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti Coast. Michael Forbes, Dominion Post, 20 April 2016

Red faces over plastic bags

By Roger Childs

RecyclingLate last century the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) began a recycling campaign. Residents got on board and conscientiously started separating out tins, bottles, paper and cardboard.

Then the word got out that the so-called recyclables, especially glass, were being stockpiled in Otaki and a lot of the carefully separated materials was being covered up at the Otaihanga tip.

Last week it was the Wellington City Council which was in trouble over the issue. Residents received an apology over being deceived about recycling plastic bags. Now it’s KCDC in damage control. read more…

The Dawn Parade: Anzac Day Reflections

2016 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If God is on our side, he’ll stop the next war. Bob Dylan

The community comes together

By Roger Childs

Dawn parade in Auckland

Dawn parade in Auckland

At the dawn service Kapiti people came together in front of  the local War Memorial, like hundreds of others communities around the nation.

There were the veterans of past wars; men and women in the armed forces; police and fire service personnel; adults, teenagers and younger school kids; pre-schoolers on the shoulders of supportive parents, and even a police dog who decided to join in the national anthem!

Several hundred people from all walks of life were united in showing respect for those who gave their lives in wars not of their own making. read more…

Brexit and the European Balance of Power

2016 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dangers for Britain and Europe

By our Berlin correspondent, Harald Dähne

Where with the loyalties lie?

Where with the loyalties lie?

On 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom the second referendum on membership in the European Union (EU), will take place.

First planned by Prime Minister Cameron as political strategy to counter criticism by Euro-sceptics in his own party, now dropping out of the EU (Brexit), has become an imminent danger.

It is not only a threat to the UK and its economy, but also to the EU at large. The latter is currently fundamentally challenged as a union and in its greatest crisis ever.

And a negative future development of the EU could be the most important knock‑on effect for the UK, if the Brexit scenario plays out. read more…

The Blood We Share Runs Deep

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Strangers meet

Pita Pirihi

Pita Pirihi

Stefan Tarr and Pita Pirihi had never met each other, yet they were bonded by blood.

The deeply moving stories of these men – Stefan, Pakeha, and Pita, Maori – are told in a new documentary project, The Blood We Share, from Maori Television.

Pita’s great uncle, Ngawaka Pirihi, was one of the first Maori to enlist for service in the medical corps and both men’s great grandfathers fought in the Battle of the Somme, widely regarded as one of the bloodiest battles of WW1.

“I can only imagine what my uncle went through. He went into his shell when he came home from the war and [doctors] were still taking shrapnel out of his limbs well into his fifties,” says Pita.  read more…

Hail To The Chiefs?

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

Gamesmanship, errors and the ref

By Roger Childs

Hurricanes v Chiefs 2It was heralded at the Super Rugby clash of the season so far: pack leader Chiefs against the improving Hurricanes.

The crowd of over 20,000 at the Caketin was evidence that this was a highly anticipated match-up.

It lived up to expectations: eight tries, some near misses, early niggle in the forwards, plenty of individual brilliance and a fair share of controversy. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 16 Answers

2016 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

QuizAnzac AustraliaNumber 16 in the series, with an ANZAC theme

If you would still like a go scroll down to April 20.

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

Answers below.

 

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Lest We Forget Them All

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, Lest we forget – lest we forget! From Rudyard Kipling’s Recessional

The casualties of wars

By Roger Childs

Anzac Cove where the legend began

Anzac Cove where the legend began

It will be the 100th Anzac Day on Monday. The New Zealand government decided in 1916 that it would be good for morale on the home front to remember the fallen, especially after the horrendous casualties of the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign.

Last year we had an overblown emphasis on the landings at Anzac Cove, so who and what should we be remembering on Monday?

I am currently reading Max Hastings’ superb book, Catastrophe, on the origins of World War One and the early disastrous campaigns. It covers the 1914-15 action in some detail and there are horrific accounts of the widespread executions of civilians by the Austrians in Serbia, and the Germans in Belgium and Eastern France. read more…

Jazz Concert On Memorial Day Weekend

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rodger Fox will be back in Paekakariki

By Mary Gow, Mulled Wine Concert organiser

Roger Fox 1Jazz – lovers in Kapiti will soon have a unique opportunity to hear the very best combo in New Zealand when Rodger Fox and his Jazz Ensemble come to the delightful Memorial Hall in Paekakariki on Sunday 29 May at 2.30.

Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator and arranger. He is bringing some musicians from the big band, together with special guest jazz singer Erna Ferry.

The concert is part of a now well- established Memorial Day Weekend run by the Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust, Mulled Wine Concerts and the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers Club. read more…

John Key States New Zealand’s Position

2016 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

China Tip

A Hymn For Remembrance And Peace

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

HYMN  FOR  ANZAC  DAY 

 

Honour the dead, our country’s fighting brave,

honour our children left in foreign grave,

    where poppies blow and sorrow seeds her flowers,

    honour the crosses marked forever ours.

 

Weep for the places ravaged with our blood,

weep for the young bones buried in the mud,

    weep for the powers of violence and greed,

    weep for the deals done in the name of need.

 

Honour the brave whose conscience was their call,

answered no bugle, went against the wall,

    suffered in prisons of contempt and shame,

    branded as cowards, in our country’s name.

 

Weep for the waste of all that might have been,

weep for the cost that war has made obscene,

    weep for the homes that ache with human pain,

    weep that we ever sanction war again.

 

Honour the dream for which our nation bled,

held now in trust to justify the dead,

    honour their vision on this solemn day:

    peace known in freedom,  peace the only way.

 

 

Music: © Colin Gibson 2005     ©  Shirley Erena Murray

Tune:  ANZAC                                      2005

 

 

 

New Zealand and British Medical Systems

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Challenges ahead

 By Tom Aitken

 

Dr Nicholas Mays

Dr Nicholas Mays

The speaker at the most recent New Zealand University Graduates’ Association Buffet Supper (the first of three during the year) was Dr Nicholas Mays. He is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Mays examined the perceived need to reorient New Zealand’s health care system in order to meet the challenge of long-term conditions in a fiscally constrained environment.

How, in particular, can New Zealand continue to provide (and improve) the range of services available without incurring excessive levels of taxes and/or debt?

Much of his talk however was about comparing our system with the UK’s. read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 4

2016 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the final part of Bill Benfield’s article on the damage being done to many rivers, because of the negligence and connivance of government and local authorities. In the third piece he wrote of the winners from changing the regulations and interfering with the natural fluvial processes. Who are the losers? (For parts one, two and three scroll down to April 10, 12 and 19.)

The wider community pays for the damage

By Bill Benfield

The damage of cross-blading

The damage of cross-blading

Ripping, cross-blading, drag lining dredging, weed spraying and raising stop banks do not come cheap under the private contracting system.

Ultimately the wider community ends up picking up the tabs as “indirect beneficiaries”, and there are various other smoke and mirror guises to get money from the wider community to continue the destruction of rivers.

Who are the losers? Ultimately the public, indeed, the whole nation. read more…

Focus On The Remembrance Of Wars

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

flanders fieldsHymn writing is not a common cause of international controversy. However Raumati’s own Shirley Murray rattled a few cages some years ago with her Hymn for Anzac Day. (More on this shortly.)

KIN is already underway with its reflections on Anzac Day. There has been a low key opening with our mid-week quiz which has an Anzac/Gallipoli  theme. (See the 20 April listing.)

However, below we have our first article, from Shirley Murray, about the hymn that upset the New Zealand establishment, but received a more enlightened response across the Tasman.

 

Anzac Hymn Causes Worldwide Controversy

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The gentle art of hymn writing?

By Shirley Erena Murray MNZM

flanders fieldsHymn-writing might seem to be an innocuous, rather private occupation.

Not so when you have touched a nerve in the national psyche. A Hymn for Anzac Day, voicing what New Zealanders might consider right for the occasion has brought forth an intriguing raft of reactions.  I have a large file of them.

They come from the Defence Department, the RSA, newspapers, church bulletins, a former Prime Minister and the Attorney General.

They come, also, from other countries – Japan, Canada and the USA, where the hymn has been seriously studied and used. read more…

Foxes Headed For Glory?

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Spurs striker has scored more goals than Aston Villa’s entire team. Alan Smith, The Guardian

Leicester on the run home

By Roger Childs

Leicaster City not in the frame at the start of the season

Leicester City not in the frame at the start of the season

No-one gave them a chance of winning world football’s toughest competition: the English Premier League.

That was back in August last year, now in April they are five points clear with four matches to play. Only Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) can head them off.

The Foxes will be without star striker Jamie Varney, for at least one match, but the team is more than one player. Spurs are clipping at their heels and while Leicester could only picked up one point last weekend, Spurs thrashed Stoke 4-0 to take maximum points and narrow the gap. read more…

Kapiti Boys Basketball Team Does Well

2016 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Very good performances at Porirua

KBA Under 15 Boys Team (Photo by Paula Cowle)

KBA Under 15 Boys Team (Photo by Paula Cowle)

By Angelo Robinson

KBA’s Under 15 Boys Representative Basketball Team played in a Regional Representative Tournament in Porirua on Saturday 9 April, 2016.

With two wins and one loss they placed a credible third place out of six teams.

This was a great effort for the team who also looked the part in their new uniforms kindly supplied by Dominos. read more…

Changes to Kapiti Home Care Services

2016 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Access to be Kapiti Home care provider

By Jim Webber

Access healthCapital & Coast District Health Board (DHB). has contracted Access Homehealth to be the provider for home and community support services for older people in Kapiti from September 1.

At present homecare services are provided by both Access and Enliven, and the DHB announcement says that Enliven clients will transfer to Access from September 1 or earlier by mutual agreement.

“Wherever possible older people receiving service will not have a change in support worker and there will be no immediate changes to the level of support delivered.” read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 16

2016 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quizflanders fieldsNumber 16 in the series.

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

This week there is an ANZAC theme.

Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Local Body Elections

2016 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

local body pollsOur ground rules for local body elections

By the Editors

With the local body elections due later this year, and one or two candidates already announcing their intentions, we have decided to lay down some ground rules in the interests of fairness and democracy.

In the month leading up to the election date (October 8), we will publish a 200-word manifesto from each candidate, if these are emailed to us.

We don’t intend to publish media releases from candidates before that time.

Be part of it in 2016!

Be part of it in 2016!

But Mayoral candidates are welcome to send in an election statement now or when they announce their candidacy: up to 400 words.

We have already published one.

We will, however, publish other political stories on their news merit. There will also be election background stories, such as an interview with Electoral Officer, Jude Wadsworth.

So if you are a candidate, please don’t send us media releases and expect to see them  published – unless you are able to provide a genuine news point.

With thanks,

The Editors

 

 

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 3

2016 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is part 3 of Bill Benfield’s article on the damage being done to many rivers, because of the negligence and connivance of government and local authorities. (For parts one and two scroll down to April 10 and 12.)

Damaging the food chain

By Bill Benfield

The damage of cross-blading

The damage of cross-blading

The river as a flood channel in its constrained bed offers almost no habitat for both native fish and trout.

The cross-blading and ripping make the home of the many small insects and crustaceans untenable – the food chain of both fish and wading birds is being constantly destroyed. There is similar destruction of habitat for fish, the normal cover or pools are now few and far between. read more…

Bridging the Wharemauku Stream

2016 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 We’re still using Ihakara Street to move materials and machinery to site for the construction of the Wharemauku Bridge. There are a lot of truck and trailer movements here, so please take extra care in this area. NZTA April Newsletter

Expressway tourism

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The crane in action a the Wharemauku bridge

The crane in action at the Wharemauku bridge: watchable from the track a few metres away

It’s probably been the most visible major roading project in New Zealand history. Because it passes through the middle of the built-up Kapiti Coast, people have been able to watch progress from many vantage points.

Hundreds of local folk have been  observing the workmen and women, and the heavy, and sometimes huge, machines in action, from spots like:

~ the tracks on both sides of the Waikanae River

~ at the end of Ngarara Road

~ along the track beside the Wharemauku Stream

~ the footpaths of Kapiti Road and Raumati Road

~ the new road at the east end of Leinster Avenue. read more…

Keeping Parkrun Free

2016 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 …  this decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council to set a precedent that could undermine one of our core founding principles: that there should be no barrier to participation in physical activity, however small. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of parkrun

The best things in life are free

By Roger Childs

They're off for nothing! (Photo Neill Hall, Reuters)

They’re off for nothing! (Photo Neill Hall, Reuters)

 Love and laughter, family and friends, conversation and companionship, beach walks and river trails, and parkrun. So consternation has broken out in England because the Stoke Gifford Parish Council has made the unprecedented decision to charge a fee for the local park run.

Why? Well in the words of Chairman Ernest Brown: Three hundred feet pounding the paths every Saturday morning does cause extra wear. Really??? The decision has brought worldwide criticism led by sports stars, health professionals and politicians.

There are over 1.5 million park runners in 15 countries around the world and they can participate every weekend, usually at 8.00am on a Saturday, to run or walk 5km. There were 62 taking part at Otaihanga last Saturday. read more…

Helping Street Beggars

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
City Mission workers get down to basics with a street beggar in Wellington

City Mission workers get down to basics with a street beggar in Wellington

The people doing something positive for beggars

 By Alan Tristram

Wellington’s Anglican City Mission has outlined to KIN what it is trying to do, with other groups, to deal with the human problems behind the city’s proliferating band of street beggars.

And the Kapiti Independent feels it is refreshing indeed to see social agencies actually doing something positive in contrast to others who just castigate the unfortunates forced to live rough on the streets. This at a time when so many of the affluent continue to enjoy the low tax, or tax-free, advantages of life under our National Government.

The City Mission says it’s involved in the ‘Te Mahana Strategy,’ which is is a collective effort to end homelessness in Wellington.

It says: ‘One aspect we’re proud to be involved in is a ‘Street Outreach’ initiative. read more…

‘Doggone’ Says Andy

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

dog pog

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 15 Answers

2016 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quiz~ Number 15 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to April 14.

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

~ Answers below.

read more…

“Gatsby Tapas” Has Intriguing Appeal

2016 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

tapas – small Spanish savoury dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar.

A bit of Americana in Raumati South

Review by Leslie Clague. Restaurant photos by Pam Childs
You'lll get a warm welcome at Tapas Gatsby

You’ll get a warm welcome at Gatsby Tapas

Recently I had a quick visit to Kapiti to visit some good friends and we went to dinner at Gatsby Tapas, located in Raumati South.

My friends shared that they recently discovered this restaurant, which has been open not quite a year.

It would be a fun night out of chat, wine and food.

Intrigued by the name of the restaurant, I went online and checked out the website and menu.

Tapas meals have each person selecting a variety of dishes which are then shared with the others. read more…

Don’t We All Own The Rivers?

2016 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Focused on ensuring the Government recognises and gives effect to full range of iwi rights and interests in freshwater.  Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group, July/August 2015

What we are about to lose

 By Bill Benfield, Co-Chair, Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand

We need to protect free access for all New Zealanders

We need to protect free access for all New Zealanders

Last week I had a really pleasant, though unfruitful afternoon’s fishing with some friends. We were working a mile or so of attractive water, bordered here and there with willows, sometimes over steep banks, and sometimes riffles fished from gravel beaches.

The river was running across Crown land which is currently being held as “land bank” for Treaty Settlements.

As we were putting our gear back in the car, we talked about the future of fishing in our country in the light of the impending handover of rivers to iwi. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 15

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

OUR LATEST QUIZ — 

Who for instance is the New Zealander who was Ernest Shackleton’s captain in Antarctica? For 10 more questions like this, read on —

  • QuizThis is Number 15 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday!

read more…

FLUORIDATION MOVE BACKED

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti water treatment plant on Waikanae River

Kapiti water treatment plant on Waikanae River

Kapiti Mayor welcomes fluoride handover to Health Boards

The Kāpiti Coast District Mayor, Ross Church, says he supports a Government plan to remove  decision-making on water fluoridation from councils — and hand over responsibility to  Health

Fluoridation equipment at KCDC water works

Fluoridation equipment at KCDC water works

Boards.

And the Mayor says he welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will introduce a Bill to Parliament that, if passed into legislation, would make District Health Boards responsible for decisions about adding fluoride to drinking water supplies. read more…

The Beating of Gwen Jorgensen

2016 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming into the race, I couldn’t see anyone who could possibly knock Gwen off the top podium spot. Commentator and former world triathlon champion, Emma Snowsill

Seemingly unbeatable

By Roger Childs

Gwen Jorgensen: the greatest woman triathlete of all time

Gwen Jorgensen: the greatest woman triathlete of all time

Triathlon is one of the hardest sports to keep winning, because it combines three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running.

There have been a few men and women who have won three or four international events on the trot, however American Gwen Jorgensen has set standards that may never be beaten.

Since Capetown in 2014 she has had 14 !!! successive first placings, with latest being in the sprint triathlon ten days ago at New Plymouth.

Over the weekend, the second elite standard distance triathlon of the year took place on the Gold Coast. Could anyone beat Speedy Gwen? read more…

Otaki Land Row

2016 April 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Otaki beach powered-camp-siteKCDC councillor says Otaki reserve being denied to residents — but resort disputes claim

By Alan Tristram

A Kapiti Coast councillor claims local residents have told him they intend taking direct action to  reclaim public use of reserve land at Otaki Beach.

But the business which uses the land, Byron’s Resort, deny there is any problem and say the authorities — the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) — can still use the land in whatever way they wish. Byrons also say they are happy to pay a lease for the land. read more…

Let’s Talk About Politics

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

mandy author at desk jan 2010Politicians say we can’t change things – but we can and must

By Mandy Hager

I think one of the most worrying trends that was revealed in my brother Nicky’s book ‘Dirty Politics’ was the revelation that a concerted strategy has been put in place by the National Party (and their ilk around the world) to disengage the public from politics.

Oh, how we roll our eyes when they bicker. How we turn away when we perceive they are lecturing us.

We laugh when we see polls that put politicians at the bottom of lists for the most trustworthy, but though we can all relate to this sentiment, the outcome is a lessening of democracy because we do not challenge what is essentially an awful truth: our politicians could well be telling lies and working against our interests. read more…

2016: Marines Walk / Run Is On Again!

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the Footsteps of the Marines retraces history

By Roger Childs

Marines in battle dress ready for training

Marines in battle dress ready for training

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

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

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the fifth running of this event on Sunday 29 May 2016. Last year more 217 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and the US ambassador’s daughter.  read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 2

2016 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first segment, Bill Benfield used the Ashley River as an example of how the management of land beside natural waterways has changed to the detriment of the environment. (Scroll down to April 10 if you missed it.) The full article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times” on 4 April 2016.

Environmental change from human activity

By Bill Benfield

The Ashley River in better times

The Ashley River in better times

Change, not necessarily always bad, has been happening for millions of years, but what is happening now is not change from the natural events of nature, but from human activity.

The serious long-term decline came with large scale settlement, agriculture and industry.

Even in the 1870’s at the time of Provisional Government, Wellington was issuing by-laws against waste discharge into rivers.

A 1931 press report described Karori Stream as “polluted”. It is not new. read more…

Final Round Drama At Augusta

2016 April 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The agony of Jordan Spieth admitted the ecstasy of Danny Willett. Ewan Murray, The Guardian

A chequered history

By Roger Childs

Masters 2016The Masters is probably the most famous golf tournament on the planet. It is one of the world’s annual grand slams and has seen some amazing last round excitement, especially today.

However, the history of the prestigious Georgia event is steeped in nativism, racism, elitism and sexism. The first Native American was only allowed to play in 1975 and the first woman permitted to swing a club was former Secretary of State, Condolessa Rice, in 2012.  Not exactly a great advertisement for the home of the brave and the land of the free.

There are many hallowed traditions at Augusta and the commentators speak in hushed tones and  play-up the picturesque setting and the drama of tournaments gone by. The President of Augusta National behaves as if he’s the President of the United States, and stage-manages the famous winner’s green jacket ceremony with pomp and seriousness. read more…

Appropriate Inhabitants In The Public Trust

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We show respect for the building. Imelda Bargas, Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New tenants

By Roger Childs

The Public trust Building today (Photo by Bruce Taylor)

The Public Trust Building today (Photo by Bruce Taylor)

The Ornate Public Trust Building in Wellington welcomed the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (Te Manatu Taonga) in October 2015.

Built in the early years of last century, the striking edifice once housed most of the capital’s public servants.

In more recent times, it was home to Creative New Zealand and a sports medicine clinic. Not surprisingly, it was eventually declared an earthquake risk and there were moves to have the iconic building demolished. read more…

Destroying Some New Zealand Rivers 1

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first of four articles, environment writer, Bill Benfield, looks at how changes in the management of rivers have been disastrous. Bill’s key example is the Ashley River in North Canterbury. (The full article was first published in the “Tasmanian Times” on 4 April 2016)

New Zealand has over the last four or five years become increasingly concerned about the state of its rivers. Although agricultural intensification really began in a big way in the early 1990’s, the consequences have not really impinged on the public psyche until recently.

More to it than dairy farming excesses

By Bill Benfield

Not the only culprit

Not the only culprit

Since then, the finger has been pointed at dirty dairy in what has become a myopically hysterical campaign claiming “90% of the problem is dirty dairy”.

In so doing, it ignores other, equally damaging elephants in the room.

Let’s look at the other elephants in the room (or river), and specifically the actual physical destruction of the river beds. read more…

‘Keep Calm, Carry On’– or Brexit

2016 April 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

eu-flag-in-front-of-union-jackLooking to the Future: Britain and the European Union

By Tom Aitken in London

I was present when the New Statesman convened a distinguished panel at Church House, Westminster, to debate the issues raised by the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Would and should this result in (the year’s great inventive dialect word) BREXIT? read more…

Taxman Goes Begging

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

begging for tax

Poetry Pours Forth in Kapiti

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bornholdt, Manhire, McQueen, Turner & more at Festival Laureates’ session

edited gill wardBy Gill Ward in Raumati 

Greetings Readers and lovers of literature

Well of course I should be saying words like ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but how can I? The sun still has his (her?) hat on and is out to play. It’s still warm enough for swimming in our very accessible sea so let’s hang on to summer for a little while yet.

Once I wrote a poem titled ‘We don’t talk about the weather in our house’ – and here I am doing it! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 14 Answers

2016 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 14 in the series. If you would still like a go scroll down to April 6.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Wharemauku Stream Track: A Short History

2016 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Of recent vintage

By Roger Childs

The Wharemauku Stream Track looking west

The Wharemauku Stream Track looking west

This is a short history, because the track has only existed since the late 20th century. When we came to Raumati Beach in the mid 1960s, there was no trail along the stream through to Rimu Road and Coastlands. In fact, there was no Coastlands, and Rimu Road had not been joined up.

The land along the stream from Raumati to Paraparaumu was scrubby farmland with patches of swamp, and on the seaward side of the present Wharemauku Bridge construction there was a wooden bridge which the farmer used to move his cattle from one side to the other.

The controversy over the possible renaming of the present track has raised some myths and legends about the area and its history which need clarifying. read more…

Animal Cruelty Expose Worked

2016 April 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

calves crueltySAFE campaign shocked NZ, but finally got Govt. action

By Hans Kriek, executive director SAFE

At the end of last year, an exposé by SAFE and Farmwatch of the mistreatment of bobby calves shocked the nation.

The exposé showed calves being removed from their mothers shortly after birth, left in cages on the roadside for many hours without any food, thrown on trucks and brutalised and bashed to death at a slaughterhouse. read more…

Wharemauku Path Renaming Hitch

2016 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Wharemauku Stream near Kapiti Airport, looking towards the east ( the main part of the pathway is on the right)

Wharemauku Stream near Kapiti Airport, looking towards the east (the main part of the pathway is on the right)

‘Diane Ammundsen Path’ voted down

By Guy Burns ( A Raumati identity who opposed the renaming) and Alan Tristram

The Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board has unanimously rejected a Kapiti Coast Council officer’s proposal to rename the Wharemauku Stream Path the Diane Ammundsen Path.

The board made this decision at its  April meeting this week after feedback from public speaking attendees (including former Mayor Iride McCloy)  who said the walkway already had a name from bygone days  — the ‘Wharemauku Stream Track.’

KCDC councillor and  Mayoral hopeful Jackie Elliott, spoke about the  historical communication and transport importance of route for Maori. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 14

2016 April 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 14 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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NZ & Global Arms Race

2016 April 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

arms_race__pavel_constantinWelfare or warfare? military spending rises

From  Peace Movement Aotearoa

This week sees the start of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending, when the latest global military spending figures are released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPR

A public forum on government spending priorities – ‘Welfare or warfare? Dollars and sense’ — is being  held in Wellington today to mark the Global Days of Action, with speakers from UNICEF, the NZ Council of Christian Social Services and Peace Movement Aotearoa . read more…

A Fair Go Needed For Women’s Sport

2016 April 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Controversy over women’s tennis

By Prue Hyman

The infamous Raymond Moore with world number one Serena Williams

The infamous Raymond Moore with world number one Serena Williams

In March a controversy flared up for the umpteenth time about whether women should receive the same pay as men when they win a grand slam.

At first I sighed when I saw the stupid remarks by Raymond Moore. He felt the backlash and rightly had to resign as tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

He’d said of women tennis players: They are very, very lucky. If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 13 Answers

2016 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 13 in the series. If would like to  have a go, click on Mid-week quiz 13 on the right.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Dam Plus Kayak Course

2016 April 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This will give the Kapiti area a world class sporting facility. John Smith, President of the Kapiti Kayaking and Canoeing Club

Dam started April 1st Imbroglio

By Roger Childs

Councillors and KCDC staff visiting the dam lake site

Councillors and KCDC staff visiting the dam lake site

In a press release which came out today, the Council (KDC) has announced a long awaited decision on the Kapiti Dam. Land in the hills behind Nikau Valley was bought some years ago for a future dam by the Rowan Council, but construction was deferred.

The now, recently completed, Waikanae River Recharge Scheme was considered to be adequate to deal with the area’s growing water needs, in the meantime.

A spokesperson for the Council said that the opportunity to build a kayaking and canoeing  course down the gully below the dam, hastened the decision. Overspill from the dam would flow through a series of spectacular cataracts which would make up an international standard kayak and canoe facility. read more…

Kris Faafoi Writes…

2016 March 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cowsUrgent Govt. action needed on dairy crisis

By Kris Faafoi, Labour MP for Mana

You don’t have to be a genius to know New Zealand’s dairy industry is going through very difficult times.

Many farmers are heading into their third loss-making season in a row. Many are deep in debt and most won’t have paid themselves for some time.

You don’t have to be a genius to see that’s a car crash waiting to happen and potentially the last straw for some.  read more…

Marines Tales 1: Life And Death

2016 March 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In two months it will be the 74th anniversary of the US Marines coming to Paekakariki. To commemorate this “friendly invasion”, there will be a Memorial Day service in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday May 30, and a concert and a fun run or walk on the Sunday. Over the next few weeks, KIN will be doing a series of articles about the Americans on the Kapiti Coast.

The inevitability of casualties

By Roger Childs

Marines training for the war in the Pacific

Marines training for the war in the Pacific

When you have thousands of servicemen in large camps training for war, there are bound to be casualties. There were probably 15,000 Marines stationed in Camps Paekakariki, Russell and Mackay on the Kapiti Coast in 1942-43 and there was plenty of live ammunition being fired and activities involving tank movements, “jungle” training and beach landings.

10 sailors were drowned in June 1943 when a night time beach landing ended badly. After decades of ignoring this tragedy, a memorial was finally unveiled in Queen Elizabeth Park in 2012, to honour these American servicemen who lost their lives in New Zealand. read more…

New Waikanae Sign A Joke?

2016 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The winning design is simply a large board with the word WAIKANAE written on it and affixed to an irregular pailing panel. The mystery is whether this is a serious entry or just a prank?  Aldous MacIvor, DomPost Letter to the Editor, 29 March 2016

Selecting a lemon?

By Roger Childs

There some green plants of the posts

There some green plants in front of the posts

Mr MacIvor is one of many Waikanaeans to be underwhelmed by the local Community  Board’s selection of the new “Welcome” sign.

The chosen one doesn’t appear to be representative of the community, as it just consists of some plants in the foreground, a couple of sets of posts in the middle and large blue and white bands in the background.

Apparently it’s all in the symbolism and interpretation.

Some people can see the shape of Kapiti Island in the uneven tops of the higher fence and apparently the posts themselves represent a pa and the area’s Maori heritage. Did that leap out at you when you first saw it? Not sure what the plants stand for.

Is this an appropriate welcoming sign for people coming to the thriving Waikanae community, or is it just a joke? read more…

Kapiti Mayoral Bid

2016 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jackie jackie elliottElliott announces Mayoralty Bid

District-wide Kapiti  Councillor Jackie Elliott says she will stand again  for Mayor of Kapiti in the elections later this year.

Cr Elliott stood, but failed, in the last election for Mayor.

She says: “My family and I all look forward to a very energetic election and my third term as a representative of the people of Kapiti.” (Cr Elliott has already been elected twice as a KCDC councillor). read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Adrenalin Risk

2016 March 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tragedy on the Maungakotukutuku Hill

By Roger Childs

A blind bend on the Maungakotukutuku Hill

A blind bend on the Maungakotukutuku Hill

Accidents happen and sometimes they result in tragic deaths. Loss of life is saddest when people are young and the potential they had is snuffed out. Tristan Hunter, just 21, was killed late on Friday afternoon while longboarding down a steep road in the hills behind Paraparaumu.

The Maungakotukutuku Hill Road, winds two kilometres from Valley Road to the top.

This stretch of sealed road with many blind corners, is a favourite training ground for cyclists, runners and walkers.

Local triathlon coach, Murray Ashley, regularly uses it for training, and the late Stu Downs ran an annual event where cyclists competed to see who could do the most rides to the top.

It is also a great road for an exhilarating downhill ride on a longboard. read more…

Easter Uprising 100 Years Ago

2016 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

You cannot conquer Ireland, you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. Irish rebel leader, Padraig Pearse

An extraordinary event

By Roger Childs

Easter Rebellion 3On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, a small group of Irish Volunteers started an unlikely and unexpected rebellion in Dublin. Few Irish people supported the uprising and the British Army quickly crushed it.

However, the events which unfolded, ranging from the comical and bizarre to the destructive and brutal, would change the course of Ireland’s history.

The Easter Rebellion was the culmination of centuries of Irish-English enmity and an outcome of bitter divisions between various groups in the early 20th century, grappling with the issues of the political future of Ireland.

At the time, most Irish and English people saw the uprising as an exercise in treachery and futility, but, in the words of one of the leaders, James Connolly: Never had man or woman a grander cause, never was a cause more grandly served. read more…

College Basketball Tournament In Kapiti

2016 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Senior Boys teams in action

By Angelo Robinson

The Kapiti and Wanganui teams (Photo by Joy Cowle)

The Kapiti and Wanganui teams (Photo by Joy Cowle)

On Saturday 19 March Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA), hosted the inaugural Senior Boys College Invitation Basketball Tournament.

Teams from Palmerston North and Wanganui came to town to take on Kapiti College Senior Boys and there were some hotly contested games at the Paraparaumu Community Gym.

Manukura College from Palmerston North were awarded the new trophy, but the games were an excellent early season workout for all the teams involved. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 12 Answers

2016 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 12 in the series. If you would still like a go, scroll down to March 23.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
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An Easter Peace Message

2016 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

300px-Charente_ChristThank goodness for the ‘plus-sign’ of the Cross

By John Murray, of Raumati Beach

They say that 50,000 people are expected to gather in Wanaka this Easter weekend.

They want to watch “War Birds” – to enjoy the sight of a ME109 tangling with a Spitfire! What fun to remember that only 75 years ago they fought the Battle of Britain, the bombed out dead in the cities and the slaughter of young pilots in the sky.

This is the same world which provokes with terrorist attacks and with more guns and bombs, millions of human beings to become refugees from their own countries and seek new homes in a

Aftermath of US bombing in Syria

Aftermath of US bombing in Syria

safe place. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Stop Corporations Dodging Taxes?

2016 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The analysis of financial information of more than 100 multinational corporations and their New Zealand subsidiaries showed that, had the New Zealand branches of these 20 firms reported profits at the same healthy rate as their parents, their combined income tax bill would have been nearly $490 million. New Zealand Herald, March 18 2016

Avoiding the tax bill

corporationsThe companies in question actually paid $1.8 million in 2014. The problem is not new and not confined to New Zealand. The United Kingdom is starting to crack down and the Australian Tax Office is now targeting 80 major companies.

Some years ago, the whole issue of companies and rich individuals avoiding tax, led to the Occupy Movement in the US and this spread elsewhere. At the time, President Obama pondered about whether a company CEO should be paying less percentage tax than his secretary.

But nothing was done to stop US companies moving money out of the country and making use of tax havens in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. An excellent documentary called We’re not broke! catelogued the scandal of these corporations ripping the country off. read more…

Poetry and Music in Paekakariki

2016 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Bill Manhire, NZ's First Poet Laureate

Bill Manhire, NZ’s First Poet Laureate

Wordsongs  — a major poetry and music event 

WORDSONGS, a concert of new song settings of much-loved New Zealand poems by James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Eileen Duggan, Bill Manhire, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and David Mitchell, is coming to St Peter’s Hall in Paekakariki on Sunday 3 April at 7pm.

Saxophonist Blair Latham

Saxophonist Blair Latham

The songs will be performed by composer-pianist Norman Meehan, singer Hannah Griffin and saxophonist Blair Latham, with

Singer Hannah Griffin

Singer Hannah Griffin

readings and introductions by Bill Manhire, New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Their show, recently

Composer Norman Meehan

Composer Norman Meehan

toured in South Island by Chamber Music New Zealand, features songs from the new CD Small Holes in

the Silence, available from Rattle Records. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Key’s Flagging Spin

2016 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We … as a country had a nationwide discussion about our flag, about nationhood, about what we stand for. And I think that’s been an important discussion we not only should have had, but must always have. John Key

Getting positives out of defeat

By Roger Childs

The current flag is here to stay

The current flag is here to stay

The prime minister has been desperate to find positives in what is a big personal defeat over the flag. Over 55% want the old flag to stay, from a turnout of about two thirds of the voting public. That’s good, says Key, as so many people engaged on the flag issue.

But probably the voting numbers were up, because the status quo supporters didn’t want to see a beach towel design representing our nation.

Regardless, it’s been a costly waste of money and a distraction from the important issues facing the country. read more…

Fonterra’s A Real Knock Out

2016 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

fonterra

Good Friday: A Meaningful Day?

2016 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A holiday around some of the world

By Roger Childs

Good FridayGood Friday has tremendous significance for the minority who are devout Christians, but for the vast majority it is just another holiday added on to the Easter weekend. It is a public holiday in 29 countries, but in only 13 states in America where overall there is a much higher proportion of church-going Christians than in New Zealand.

Today there is no paper and the vast majority of shops are shut. Some businesses may risk prosecution if they open on Good Friday, but there are no such restrictions on Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day or Waitangi Day.

Is it time to rethink what we do in New Zealand? read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Equal Pay For Equal Tennis?

2016 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

They are very, very lucky. If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. Raymond Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tennis tournament

Gender issues

Roland Garros womenMoore said a lot more, and has since apologised and resigned. Some of his remarks were highly offensive and personal. There is no question that some people may watch women’s tennis because, in Moore’s phrase, they are physically attractive, however the standard of play often makes for very good viewing. I do have a friend who likes watching Anna Ivanovic, and it’s not about the backhand.

There is no question that the last ten years has seen a golden age in men’s tennis with three of the greatest players of all time Federer, Nadal and Djokovic plying their trade, as well as many young pretenders. read more…

Some of Ralph’s Best Recent Reading

2016 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And today is the second wettest I have encountered since taking up residence here in Waiheke, courtesy of some friends, for some weeks. So why not a quick summary of some of the best reading during this time?

Leaving BerlinGreat spy novel in the classic Berlin setting

By Ralph McAllister

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon is an outstanding spy novel set in Berlin in 1949 at the time of the airlifts.

The four different sector leaders from France, America, Russia and Britain, vie to see who can perpetrate greater atrocities, injustices and scandals in bombed out Berlin.

Alex Meier a young German returns from America, partly to flee from McCarthy witch-hunts, but soon finds himself embroiled in spying for different sides, a situation which becomes more and more confusing and dangerous as he is a total amateur in this political quagmire.

If you enjoy John Le Carre as much as I do you will have no trouble appreciating this realistic, fast moving and gripping story. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 12

2016 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizNumber 12 in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!

Beggars, Buskers and Belief

2016 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

City_Missioner_Rev_TricWhat you can do about our beggars and homeless 

By the Rev. Tric Malcolm

Wellington City Missioner

One of the questions I am asked most is about the issue of homelessness. I usually ask in return – do you mean homelessness, rough sleeping or begging? These are separate but related issues.

For most their concern is around begging. People in our region feel there is an ever increasing number of people begging and busking on our Wellington streets, especially along the main drag of the CBD. This pushes our reserved Kiwi psyches. read more…

Bovine TB Deliberately Spread By Government!

2016 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This sounds incredible but it’s true. DoC, Landcare, TB Free NZ, Federated Farmers, Forest and Bird and the 1080 poison industry have been trying to pin the spread of bovine tuberculosis on possums for years. But in reality, and DoC concedes this, only a minuscule percentage of possums have TB: they are not guilty. So why not waste taxpayer money deliberately infecting possums to spread the disease!?  Make any sense to you?

Incomprehensible waste of government money!

By Richard Prosser MP, NZ First Spokesperson for Primary Industries and Outdoor Recreation

Not guilty of spreading TB so the government will give it to you!

Not guilty of spreading TB so the government will give it to you!

New Zealand First says it is incomprehensible that Government agencies are using taxpayers’ money, and farmers’ Animal Health Levies, to introduce bovine tuberculosis (BTB) into an area previously determined to be free of the disease.

TB Free NZ is funding a Landcare research project close to Wellington where possums are deliberately inoculated with TB and then released to spread the disease in the wild, in what is described as a “transmission trial.” read more…

Miracle In India: Eliminating Polio

2016 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poliomyelitis (polio)is an acute viral disease affecting the spinal cord and nervous system. Symptoms include fever, headache, malaise, pain and stiffness in back and neck, and partial or complete paralysis of limbs or the entire body. The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

Hard to think of a bigger challenge!

By Roger Childs

Indian children celebrating success

Indian children celebrating success

Immunizing 172, 000,000 children twice a year in a huge country with many religions, cultures and environments.

That was the task for UNICEF, if the dreaded poliomyelitis (polio) affliction was to be wiped out.

In the early 1990s the organisation took the initiative, and with the support on the Indian government and other sponsors, started the campaign to eliminate the disease on the sub-continent. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Tolls and Car-pooling

2016 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The benefits of carpooling

By Roger Childs

Casual carpoolers await their ride at marked stops along Beale Street in downtown San Francisco, Calif., on the first day of the BART strike late Monday afternoon, July 1, 2013. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Years ago when we were staying in Oakland we carpooled into San Francisco. We were passengers and lined up under a motorway bridge off Grand Avenue with hundreds of others.

Our driver headed over the Bay Bridge and when we came to the 17 toll booths we went through for nothing in a special carpool lane.

It was quick trip and a win-win situation for both our driver and ourselves. read more…

“Dad’s Army” Movie Good Fun

2016 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

She can’t be a German spy, she’s a woman. Captain Mainwaring

Expectations

By Roger Childs

Dad's ArmyThe Dad’s Army movie provides viewers with an entertaining couple of hours. If you liked the 1968 –1977 television series you’ll enjoy the film. There have been mixed reviews of the movie and it rates 38% in one survey which includes a number of film critics.

Some critics have unrealistic exptectations. You can’t hope for anything deep and profound from a film about Captain Mainwaring and his men. Even so, there is an interesting and credible plot in Dad’s Army, which allows the famous Home Guard platoon to make asses of themselves, as usual.

The acting is first class and although the movie is slow to get moving early on, the pace soon picks up and it builds to an exciting and unexpected climax. Three and a half stars. read more…

Rural Event a Treasure

2016 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An event deep in the heart of the Rangitikei

By Leslie Clague, our Turangi correspondent

On their way in the Taihape Half

On their way in the Taihape Half (Photo credit: ginsure.co)

Attention Kapiti runners, joggers, walkers and folk from elsewhere:  I have an event for you! Mind you, the next one won’t be until March 2017, but you could mark your calendars now.

And, the event is at some distance – about a three and a half hour drive from Kapiti. (Maybe plan a bus group?)

And lastly, you need to be a fan of rural New Zealand, like hills, river gorges, sheep and beef, and good old Kiwi down-on-the-farm hospitality. read more…

National Flags In Poll

2016 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Andrew Little and John Key

Andrew Little and John Key

Winston wins, Key stumbles and Little limps

By Alan Tristram

The latest opinion poll shows National’s lead cut to the smallest margin last since September — while the NZ First vote

Winston Peters

Winston Peters

has surged to 9% as Winston Peters takes a strong stand on the New Zealand Flag Referendum

The  NZ-Roy Morgan Poll shows that during this month support for National fell 2.5% to 46% — the lowest since September 2015 — now only 4% ahead of a potential Labour/Greens alliance 42% (up 0.5%).

If a New Zealand Election were held now, the poll shows NZ First on 9% (up 3%). It would hold the balance of power and be in a position to determine who would form the next New Zealand Government. read more…

Local Identity Speaking

2016 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Chris Turver at Friends of the Library session

Chris TurverBy Jennifer Ramshaw

We are delighted to welcome Chris Turver JP to talk to us.

Monday March 21 at 7:30 pm in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

In the 2016 New Year’s Honours Chris was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to journalism, local government and the community.

Chris Turver has given more than 50 years to journalism, broadcasting, local government and community activities, mainly in the Kapiti region. read more…

UNICEF In Action In Devastated Fiji

2016 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If their house has been destroyed by flash flooding and their land washed out, they will have no home, no food, no livelihood. Alice Clements, UNICEF

On the ground in short time

By Roger Childs

Devastation in Fili

Devastation in Fili

20 February 2016 was a black day for the Fiji Islands. Cyclone Winston ravaged the Pacific nation with winds gusting in excess of 300 kph, heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surges.

Villages with their homes, schools, medical centres and basic infrastructure suffered severe damage.

Within 36 hours the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was arriving in Suva with emergency supplies. Initially 100 metric tonnes were landed, including

~ water containers

~ tarpaulins

~ mosquito nets

~ medicines

~ micro-nutrients

~ materials to set up temporary schools. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 11 Answers

2016 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe eleventh in the series. If you would still like a go scroll down to March 16.
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Ralph At The Auckland Festival

2016 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A modern parable, part-Fellini, part-Beckett, part-Dalí and with more than a little Laurel and Hardy. Metro on Carl Bland’s Te Po

 Not all bad being exiled to Waiheke

By Ralph McAllister

Being at Palm Beach has its compensations!

Being at Palm Beach has its compensations!

I know that Wellington is in the middle of its festival, but spare a thought for my martyring myself, house-sitting for an extended period in Waiheke, just in time to catch some of the wonderful events being held in Auckland at their festival.

No, this is not a competition, though whoever thought to have both events simultaneously, deserve to have their collective heads read.

We are far too small a country in terms of population to mount programmes of conflicting geographic appeal, not to mention the fact that most of our citizens are not terribly interested in the arts. read more…

Gun Culture

2016 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gun Economy

Kapiti Rate Rises…Again

2016 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
KCDC Offices. Paraparaumu

KCDC Offices. Paraparaumu

The good news, says KCDC, is you may only pay about 4% more in rates!

By Alan Tristram

In a remarkable media release, the Kapiti Coast District Council has hailed the fact that rates may only rise by 4.3 or 3.7 per cent — that’s at least 700% higher than the current rate of inflation (see note below).

In a cheery release, headlined ‘Kāpiti residents could face a lower than projected rates rise’ the PR team at the council certainly manage to look on the bright side of things.

However, long-suffering ratepayers may disagree. read more…

The Irish Spirit Comes Through!

2016 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A very good morning to you Sean!

Any morning I wake up Pat is a good one!

A scattered people with humour and talent

(Photo credit: The Telegraph)

(Photo credit: The Telegraph)

No doubt many of you of like Sinead O’Connor, Tipene O’Regan, Jack McAllister and myself, have Irish ancestry. In the 50 years following the Irish famine in the 19th century, over half the population of Ireland migrated to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

They took with them their talents, culture, religion and good humour, and made huge contributions to the development of their new homelands.

Today is St Patrick’s Day and in many shops, supermarkets, rest homes and work places people have been wearing silly hats, costumes and even wigs of the colour green.

This colour is closely associated with Eire, and the country is well known for its green countryside. However the national flag also has a strip of orange: a colour associated with Protestants and Northern Ireland. read more…

Otaki Quake Problems

2016 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Otaki Civic Theatre

Otaki Civic Theatre

Two Council buildings at risk in major quake

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has identified two of its buildings in Ōtaki as potentially dangerous in an earthquake.

Otaki-Museum

Otaki-Museum

The council’s assessment of seven of its buildings found the Ōtaki Civic Theatre and Ōtaki Museum, both in Main Street, of being ‘potentially earthquake-prone.’

The KCDC says this doesn’t mean the buildings shouldn’t be occupied – it means a structural engineer has identified a potential problem. read more…

Expressway — the Slow-Way

2016 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

bianca-begovich-rCommuters hit hard by Govt. road ‘improvements’

By Bianca Begovich

The average time it used to take my husband to get home from his work in Wellington was about an hour and a-quarter.  That was on the days he didn’t use the train, which took roughly the same amount of time door-to-door.

These days, anybody who is travelling from Kāpiti to Wellington or back in peak time traffic can expect that same journey to take somewhere between two to two and a-half hours! read more…

Poisoning Forests = Remedy for Drought? 3

2016 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a part 3 of an article first published in the “Tasmanian Times” on 5 March 2016. It relates to the so called crisis over trees dying in Northland and agitation from “Forest and Bird” and others, to blame pests and drop 1080 to solve the problem. (Scroll down to 10 March to read Part 1 and 13 March for Part 2.)

A possum crisis in Northland?

By Bill Benfield

Scientific wisdom from peter Bellingham

Scientific wisdom from Peter Bellingham

Dr Peter Bellingham said drone footage of dead trees offered a “snapshot” that did not necessarily prove possums were to blame.

He considered a point in time evaluation was no substitute for an un-biased temporal evaluation.

These words of caution have been totally over looked in a hysterical campaign beaten up by Forest & Bird and their Northland advocate. The front cover of their Summer 2015 magazine, Forest & Bird, features a possum and the lead article is about Baigent Mercer and the possum crisis in Northland. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 11

2016 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • QuizThe eleventh in the series.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

 

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Foreign Drivers: Don’t Copy Kiwis

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

belligerant drivers !

Amazing Sports Stories 17: Olivia

2015 March 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A profile in courage

By Roger Childs. Photos by Steven Jaquery and supplied

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

Why the Payments Gap is Wrong

2015 March 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

By Prue Hyman

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

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

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

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Australian Professions of Loyalty

2015 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

malcolm turnbull ‘Et tu” Turnbull ?

By Julia Meek in Melbourne

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

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

Kites Soar at Otaki Beach

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

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

 

Festival of kites wows visitors of all ages

Photo story by Ian Linning

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

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