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Donna Clarke “Finding Balance”

2018 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Crafting in stone and bronze

By Kate Hartmann

Donna and Kate

Donna Clarke’s Finding Balance, a small show of bronze and Oamaru stone works, opens at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space on Sunday March 11.

Donna will be here from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to not only talk about her work but also to demonstrate some of the processes that go into creating such pieces. The works are collectively called ‘Finding Balance’ as Donna explains: It has been an adventure in pushing the point of balance in wax, bronze, stone and life. A crazy combination but heaps of fun! 

Donna has been working with Oamaru stone for many years now, bronze joining her body of materials in the past few years. read more…

Super 15 Kicks Off In Style

2018 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thriller at Forsyth Barr

By Roger Childs

The days of cricket giving way to rugby and other winter sports about Easter are long gone.

The Black Caps have a limited over series and a couple of tests against the English coming up, but Super 15 always starts in late February. (Two matches were played in South Africa last weekend to  get things underway.)

And what a start it was! In front of a large crowd in the covered Dunedin stadium the home team beat the visiting Blues 41-34. But for a yellow card against Blues forward Antonio Kirikiri, it could have been even closer.

There were nine excellent tries and both teams played quality rugby with few mistakes. read more…

Whitianga and Cave Creek

2018 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There could have been a tragedy

By Carol Sawyer

Cave Creek was a DoC tragedy; there could have been another one in Whitianga

Eugenie Sage, Lou Sanson – please remember Cave Creek and do the honest thing by the people of Whitianga whose crime was to not want their water, land and wildlife poisoned.

Remember Cave Creek ? Turns out Denis Marshall, Minister of Conservation at the time, actually offered to resign immediately after the accident ( but Jim Bolger told him not to ). See this link :

https://tramper.nz/forums/thread/9773?offset=11

Well what happened in Whitianga on the night of 17 October, 2017, isn’t Cave Creek, or anything close to it, obviously.

However there might have been an enormous tragedy in Whitianga if that undeclared, improperly stored 23.7 tonnes of 1080 baits had caught fire.

Still, there has been a huge injustice and nobody from DoC is offering to resign! read more…

Bronze Age

2018 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Medal Mania

2018 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sporting success in perspective

By Roger Childs

Nico and Zoi: worthy third place-getters (Credit stuff)

We do have a reputation for being a country that’s sporting mad.

However, I have friends who, despite my best efforts, don’t know who is playing in up-coming cricket and rugby tests.

But at times the media seems to go crazy over meritorious, but by world standards, minor successes.

The bronze medals won by the 16 years old Kiwis in the Winter Olympics are great personal achievements, but they were not gold or silver. read more…

1080 Whistleblower Wins Case

2018 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Graeme Sturgeon goes free

By Stephanie McKee

In the Thames District Court on 20th February,  Judge Greg Hollister-Jones dismissed a charge of common assault brought by the New Zealand Police against Graeme Sturgeon of Coromandel.

The unprofessional and confrontational methods used by the DoC security guard, in opening Graeme Sturgeon’s car door forcibly, in a surprise move, without identifying himself, appeared to tip the balance in the judge’s mind to decide that Sturgeon’s actions from the moment the door was opened were made in self-defence.

Outside the Thames Courthouse on 20th February, friends and family are relieved that the charges have been dismissed against Graeme Sturgeon, third from right.

read more…

Scott Trial Date Set

2018 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Kapiti Councillor on trial in May for alleged indecent assault

Kapiti Coast District Councillor David Scott will go to trial on May 21  on a count of indecent assault.
The jury trial is set down for three days.
Cr Scott,71, has retained veteran counsel Hugh Rennie, QC to lead his defence.
The charge relates to events involving a female council employee in April last year.

read more…

Poetry Monthly

2018 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Welcome to 2018 & exciting literary adventures!

By Gill Ward 

I’m thinking of the Readers and Writers – New Zealand Festival 8 – 11 March this year. So good to have it taking place in Wellington.

There are brochures in the libraries, and if not there will be some in the information site over by the Mediterranean Food Warehouse. I’ve seen them in cafes as well.  The events/sessions are very reasonable and there are many free events too.

We even have a Kapiti session at Mahara Gallery 4-5 pm on Friday 9th March, with two successful graphic novelists, Mimi Pond (USA) and Brent Williams (NZ). Of course you’ll find it online too WWW.festival.co.nz. That know-all Google will direct you! read more…

Clean-up Follows Downpour

2018 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1 News photo taken at the intersection of Nathan Ave and Manly Street, Paraparaumu Beach

UPDATE ON KĀPITI FLOODING 

After last night’s rain, the Kāpiti Coast District Council operations and welfare teams are working with the community to clean up areas that were affected by flooding.

The KCDC says: “The Kapiti Fire Service has advised us that approximately six houses in the Paraparaumu Beach area were evacuated due to flooding.

“The people living in those homes went to neighbours, friends or relatives houses. We assessed the situation and determined that there was no need to activate our

Emergency Operations Centre. Reports that our centre was activated were incorrect,” says Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon.  read more…

Poem of the Week: Vincent

2018 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Remembering the master in different ways

By Roger Childs

We watched Loving Vincent at Shoreline yesterday and emerged to a sight we had never seen before. Beyond the theatre entrance a tropical downpour was drenching Waikanae through incredibly bright sunlight.

It needed Van Gogh to paint it.

The film breaks new ground in the history of cinema, as it is painted. (See our earlier articles on February 10 and 19.)  It is a magical experience and not to be missed, if you haven’t seen it yet: unquestionably five stars.

Van Gogh is also remembered in poetry and music, courtesy of the highly talented Don McLean.

Our Turangi correspondent, Leslie Clague, is also doing her bit and embroiding Starry Starry Night. read more…

Sea Wall Progress

2018 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters



SH1 Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay repair work ‘progressing well.’ 



NZ Transport Agency is advising commuters that State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay remains down to one lane as ongoing emergency repairs continue to the sea protection.

Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says the damage inflicted by ex-cyclone Gita washed away the cycle-lane, footpath and threatened to undermine the road.


He adds: “Firstly, I want to thank road users for their patience. The damage caused long delays in the area and every effort is being made to get the road reopened to two lanes as soon as possible.” 

read more…

Emergency Sea-Wall Repairs

2018 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters


Damage to SH1 sea protection causing delays


The NZ Transport Agency is making emergency repairs to the sea protection on State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay following damage sustained during ex-cyclone Gita.http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/emergency-sea-wall-repairs-2/


NZ Transport Agency Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says one lane of the road is currently open to traffic in both directions under Stop/Go traffic management, but traffic in the area is heavy.

read more…

St Joyce and the Dragon

2018 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 110

2018 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3

    The eighth quiz of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

SHI Closed by Storm

2018 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
nz police

Safer Communities Together

 

SH1 closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki overnight

Wellington Police were warning motorists that State Highway One was closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki after it sustained weather damage overnight.

The road was closed around 12:30am as the high tide was washing across both lanes.

As seen in the photo, there was damage to the road and Police said this needed to be further assessed.

The Paekakariki Hill Road is available as a detour for light vehicles only, this detour can add up to 30 minutes to travel times.

read more…

Help Coming For Waikanae Citizens

2018 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Iride McCloy: concerned about the Waikanae community (Credit Stuff)

The Waikanae Support Hub will offer a “front door” to anyone in the community seeking information or assistance as well as arranging specific purpose appointments. Iride McCloy

Meeting a local need

The Support Hub officially opens its doors at 10.30am on Wednesday 21 February.

Iride is a former Kapiti mayor and more recently has been involved in the travel industry.

She has long been concerned about the lack of information and assistance available in Waikanae and is hopeful that The Waikanae Support Hub will fill the gap. read more…

Newsflash on Gurunathan

2018 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K (Guru) Gurunathan

Kapiti Mayor files defence in defamation case

Kapiti’s Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru) has filed his defence in the High Court against a defamation case being brought by the owners of Waikanae’s well-known macrocarpa hedge.

View of the controversial hedge in Te Moana Rd before trimming work by the Council.

He is being represented by Sarah Macky, a partner at Heaney and Partners out of Auckland.

The Mayor  is facing the case over remarks he made allegedly defaming the well-known Waikanae couple, Vince and Raechel Osborne, who own the 80-year-old hedge on Te Moana Rd.

KIN understands he is being sued for more than $50,000, and costs — as well as a full apology — for allegations he made in print and on the radio. The Council is paying for his defence.

It’s the first time in living memory that a Kapiti Mayor has faced  Court action over such a community dispute.

 

Photo Of The Week: Pipe Bands

2018 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Music to stir the Scottish soul

Last Saturday Weka Park was alive with the sound of Scottish music.

For the 1-2 million New Zealanders who have some Scots ancestry, it is music which makes the heart beat faster.

12 bands were featuring in the annual Wellington – Hawke’s Bay Championships and there were plenty of prizes to be won.

One of the big prize winners was the Manawatu Grade 1 band, who are New Zealand’s finest and currently ranked 9th in the world. They will be competing at the World Championships on Glasgow Green in August. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Change The Gun Laws!

2018 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… one of his (Trump’s) first acts upon taking office was to do away with restrictions imposed by his predecessor on the availability of firearms to people with mental illness. Danielle McLaughlin, Sunday Star Times 18 February 2018

It’s in the constitution

By Roger Childs

Grieving family members

The names are a litany of school gun tragedies: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and now Parkland Florida.

Senior Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio, who was a prominent Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, played the sympathy card, but stood by the second amendment of the constitution.

What does it say?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. read more…

Horowhenua Rates to Rocket

2018 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin, heart of the Horowhenua

Council let $100 million go down the plughole to please developers.

Ratepayers suffer the consequences

By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua correspondent

Rates are set to skyrocket in Horowhenua with plans by Horowhenua District Council to spend up to $52.5 million on new waste water systems — and $54.3 million on water systems at Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau and Waikawa Beach.

But since 2015 there has been an explosion of property developments and, if Council had not cancelled development contributions,up to $100 million could have been raised in extra revenue! read more…

Federer Simply The Best

2018 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The goal at start of week was to make it to the semi-finals, Federer said. It’s unbelievable to be number one again. This is one of the best weeks of my life.

On top of the world

By Roger Childs

With his victory over-night in the Rotterdam Open, Roger Federer displaces Rafal Nadal as world number one.

It was back in October 2012 that he last held that coveted spot, and most pundits did not expect a comeback.

In January 2017, after a six month break with a knee injury, he was ranked 17th.

Since then he has won three of the five grand slams and five other top titles.

At 36 he is the oldest player ever to be number one. read more…

Disturbances in Whitianga 5: Breaches And Aggression

2018 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is Stephanie’s final article in the series. Scroll down to  February 14, 15, 16  and 18 to see the earlier ones.)

Dysfunctional DoC

By Stephanie McKee

There is strong feeling against 1080 and the way DoC operates

This whole raruraru (trouble) in Whitianga and beyond, demonstrates that the Department of Conservation is dysfunctional, and treats local residents and local government alike with arrogance.

The public experiences the Department of Conservation as a law unto itself.  It does not inform local authorities, it does not follow its own consultation guidelines, and it breaches statutes.

For example, the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act under which DoC receives consents for aerial poisoning requires :

  • caution where there is scientific or technical uncertainty ( Section 7);
  • protection of Maori taonga (Section 8)
  • and consultation ( Section  5).

read more…

Loving Vincent – Brief Review

2018 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fascinating hand-painted animation

By John Granville

This can only be seen on quite small screens in boutique cinemas such as the Waikanae.

It is the first fully painted animated film in history.

Seven-years in the making, it is primarily by Polish couple Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.   read more…

Disturbances in Whitianga 4: Clandestine And Dangerous

2018 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(To read the earlier episodes scroll down to February 14, 15 and 16.)

Nobody seemed to know but DoC

By Stephanie McKee

 DoC managers were utterly secretive about the storage of 23,000 kgs of 1080 bags in the centre of Whitianga town. Very few knew about this storage, as far as we know not the local council, not the community board, and certainly not the local fire chief.

Their planning included storing 23,000 kg of bags of 0.15% 1080 baits in their Whitianga warehouse in advance of the signoff for the drops from the Waikato Medical Officer of Health, and without the knowledge of the other tenants in the building, nor of the local residents metres away.

The baits arrived on the 6th June. At this time DoC did not have the go-ahead for the drops from the Waikato Medical Officer of Health.

This was not applied for until August and not received until September 23. Obviously they saw it as a mere formality that would not be refused. read more…

Pipes Skirl At Weka Park

2018 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We travelled many miles for our homeland we have lost, to make a new beginning beneath the Southern Cross. Scottish balladeer, Steve McDonald

Scottish heritage alive and well

 Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The Manawatu Grade 1 Band

Twelve pipe bands playing in Raumati were a reminder of New Zealand’s proud Scottish heritage.

Saturday 17 February saw the annual Wellington, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay Provincial Championships featuring at Weka Park.

Under the efficient co-ordination of former piper, Sandra Harry, the bands competed in four grades and a juvenile division.

The senior grades were judged on three items: Street March, Set Piece and Medley. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 109

2018 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 9

    The seventh quiz of 2018 can still be attempted by scrolling down to February 14.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Poem of the Month

2018 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Do you remember?

By Gill Ward

Do you remember the streamers – the

ones we threw from the ships?

And the crowds on the old wooden

wharves who grasped them as

we threw.  That boy I was leaving

to get 12,000 miles away from…

I just had to hope that he was on the

other end of the one I hurled – my heart

beating with the excitement the hurly

burly and crashing of it all. read more…

Black Caps Squander The Advantage

2018 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Big score, poor bowling

By Roger Childs

The Black Caps celebrate an Aussie dismissal but there weren’t enough

The T20 matches are the most exciting form of cricket. This is crash and bash stuff and not for the purists.

There is plenty of hit, miss and snick, and consequently runs aplenty. You haven’t got time to play yourself in and need to make the big hits for the team, preferably sixes.

If you get a big score batting first you need bowl with care and precision to secure the victory.

At Eden Park last night the Black Caps did the first but not the second. read more…

Bulletproof Platitudes

2018 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Struggling To Find A Leader

2018 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Desperately Seeking National

By Roger Childs

The three frontrunners (Credit RNZ)

Even the most diehard Tory supporter would be dismayed at the field lining up to replace Bill English as leader. Judith Collins has a lot of baggage; Simon Bridges is not easy to listen to; and Amy Adams had a flawed run as Justice Minister.

There is nobody to set the pulses racing like Rob Muldoon, John Key or David Lange. To find a leader to match the star quality and charisma of Jacinda Ardern looks very difficult.

In the background behind the three frontrunners are the tired old faces of Stephen Joyce, Paula Bennett, Ann Tolley and Nick Smith.

No right wing Messiah there. read more…

Bridge Building At Whareroa Farm?

2018 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Needs but no action

By Roger Childs

Flooding in Raumati May 2015

Back in May 2015 the Kapiti area suffered severe flooding and several houses had to be evacuated.

Less well known was the damage caused in Whareroa Farm.

Near the start of the Farm Road that runs inland from the Shelter, a stream began running across the road, and at the base of the hill where several tracks diverge to go up to Campbell’s Mill Road, the main stream had washed away much of the bank at the main crossing point.

Furthermore two bridges were swept away and have not been replaced. read more…

Disturbances in Whitianga 3: Who Assaulted Whom?

2018 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We continue our series on the bizarre events in the Coromandel back in late 2017. Next week the trial begins of a man who was allegedly assaulted but then charged with assault! (To read stories 1 and 2 scroll down to February 14 and 15.)

A Kafkaesque Turn of Events

By Stephanie McKee

Graeme Sturgeon: assaulted but charged!

In November 2017, a victim became the accused and Graeme Sturgeon found himself charged by the NZ Police with Common Assault.

Wendy Pond was informed verbally that the police would not charge the security guard with assaulting her as she was associated with Graeme Sturgeon.

Two months after the assault on her, Diana Halstead received from the Police, on 21 December 2017, formal notification that they would not lay charges for assault against the security guard, while at the same time, advising her that “people affected by crime” can get help from Victim Support and “a Ministry of Justice website www.victimsinfo.govt.nz”.

Question: What circumstances prevented NZ Police from laying a charge of assault in this case, given that they acknowledged that Diana is a victim of crime? read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Does Te Reo Have A Future?

2018 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The second language

By Roger Childs

Anthropologists estimate that there were over 400 indigenous languages in Australia before white men and women arrived. Less than 10% now remain. What lies ahead for Te Reo Maori?

In New Zealand there is plenty of official support to keep Te Reo alive and well, and there are many proponents for making it compulsory in all schools. At the government level, all documents, papers and notices are required to be in both languages.

The bottom line however, is that even if people and especially younger folk, become fluent in the language, will they use it regularly in the future? read more…

Disturbances in Whitianga 2: Assaults

2018 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Graeme Sturgeon’s account

By Stephanie McKee

The Kaimarama valley: such a beautiful place they are poisoning, and the watershed for Whitianga.

“Three elders, with myself one of them, were camped at Kaimarama near the river ready to bear witness to the dropping of toxins into the Whitianga water supply.

As I have suffered the effects of Agent Orange for just on 50 years now, I have a particular interest in aerial deployed toxins into my or anyone else’s water supplies.

Just as it was getting dark, I received a phone call telling me that there was a strong smell from the lure mixed with the 1080 bait and the caller had observed bags of bait being loaded out of a warehouse in the middle of Whitianga. read more…

On The Ropes

2018 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cars On Reserve Worry Mayor

2018 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC calls for police action to stop lawbreakers on Waikanae Estuary

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan (Guru) says he’s disturbed by reports about vehicles intruding into the environmentally sensitive Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve. And he wants the Police to take action.

He says he speaks as ‘the initiator and founding member of the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve Care group.’

Answering queries from KIN, the Mayor says the cost of installing electronic gates must be shared by KCDC, DoC and the Police. This is because of the overlapping legal responsibilities.  read more…

Disturbances in Whitianga 1: 1080 In Town

2018 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we begin a story about disgraceful happenings in October 2017 involving a government department in the Coromandel. It is tale about the storage of dangerous chemicals near houses and shops, secretive loading of trucks, assault on civilians, unregistered security guards, a flawed police investigation, not to mention poisoning the land.

DoC is in trouble

By Stephanie McKee

2017 was initially a good year for the Department of Conservation (DoC), on the Coromandel Peninsula.

They simply ignored all public calls for alternatives to aerial 1080, and just planned to go ahead with the drops as directed.

Consultation has been abandoned by DoC, even though DoC rangers are currently required to declare they have complied with the Communications Guidelines for Aerial 1080 Operations.

No longer are locals being offered “options for control” as required by the Communications Guidelines for Aerial 1080 Operations (1) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 109

2018 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3

    The seventh quiz of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Private 1080 Operations Draws Fire

2018 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Halt regional funding for poisoning

By Reihana Robinson, Upper Coromandel Landcare Assocation

Loading 1080 onto trucks in Whitianga

A Coromandel conservation group is calling for a halt to regional funding of toxin use on private land for wild animal control.

The Upper Coromandel Landcare Assocation (UCLA) is asking Waikato Regional Council (WRC), to suspend any further cash grants to “community” groups for placement of toxin 1080 and anticoagulant rat poisons on private properties on the peninsula.

UCLA cited a $41,000 grant to the Moehau Environment Group (MEG), a local contractor to WRC, for placement this summer of the poisons in bait stations on hundreds of hectares in Port Charles in an operation opposed by many landowners in the small community. read more…

Information Act Request Refused

2018 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua District Council HQ in Levin

Horowhenua Council keeps mum on economic board activities

By our Levin correspondent, Veronica Harrod

An Official Information Act request for the minutes of economic development board meetings held in 2016 and 2017 has been refused by Horowhenua

Horowhenua Council CEO, David Clapperton

District Council.

The council’s chief executive David Clapperton says, “The Horowhenua Economic Development Board is not a committee of the Horowhenua District Council. Council is not required to hold and does not possess copies of Horowhenua Economic Development Board meeting minutes. We are therefore unable to provide the information you have requested.”
The request was made because of concerns the board is having an undue and unmandated amount of influence and control over decisions made by council.

Editorials: Get The Facts Right

2018 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

DomPost slips up

By Roger Childs

Editorials are always opinion pieces, but they relate to actual events, issues and developments. FOODS FOR THOUGHT are KIN’s editorials and we work hard to get the facts right before tossing our views, analysis and interpretation at the readers.

Today the DomPost based its editorial on the topic of how the new government is handling the issue of our military involvement in Iraq. The heading was Questions about Iraq.

Legitimate points were raised on whether our role had gone beyond that of training Iraqi troops.

Unfortunately the editor strayed into another continent when commenting The other urgent Iraqi issue (our underlining) for the new Government is whether it will stick with former Labour leader Andrew Little’s statement in April last year that an independent inquiry was needed into allegations in the book “Hit and Run” by Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager. read more…

Beachies Facing Huge Bills

2018 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waikawa rates may soar by $1500 under draft 20-year plan

By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod

Residents of Waikawa Beach have been told their rates could increase by $1500 annually if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with a scheme to provide water and waste water essential infrastructure.

Historically, septic tanks and a combination of bore water and water tanks have provided for each dwelling. read more…

Octavius Hadfield On Screen

2018 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Rangatira every inch of him. Maori tribute to Octavius Hadfield

Production beginning shortly!

By Roger Childs

Octavius Hadfield, was the son of a rich English merchant, and he came to New Zealand in 1839 as a missionary aged 25.

His life to that time had been dogged by illness, and it was uncertain how long he would live.

It turned out to be an unexpectedly long time: in 1890 he became Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand and died 14 years later at the age of 90.

He is unquestionably one of the great New Zealanders of the 19th century. read more…

Flood-prone Kapiti

2018 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Previous flooding in Kapiti

Quarter of a billion dollars to fix all Kāpiti’s flood problems

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Mayor K (Guru) Gurunathan worries about huge costs ahead

Kāpiti’s Mayor, K Gurunathan, says it’s sobering to know that more than a quarter of the district’s properties are a risk of being flooded.

And KIN says that it’s even more sobering to note the long-term costs could be a quarter of a billion dollars.

The Mayor’s assessment has come at a workshop on the Council’s long-term plan. read more…

Kapiti Women’s Triathlon Coming Up

2018 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This iconic Kapiti event first began in November 1983, 35 years ago! KWT website

 Encouraging participation and enjoyment

 By Roger Childs

The 2018 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 25 February.

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

As the website puts it: The emphasis of the event is on a friendly, affordable, non-competitive atmosphere. There’s something for everyone with a range of event options available.

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

Stop on the Kapiti 1080 Drop?

2018 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Island (Photo Chris Keating)

That balanced biodiversity (Kapiti Island’s) is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area – 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, between the Akatarawa Road in the south and the Otaki River in the north. Michelle Edge OSPRI CEO December  2017

Not happening apparently

By Roger Childs

It was scheduled for February 2018, but OSPRI’s official documents show four other parts of the North Island set down for poisoning this year, but not the Tararua foothills.

Kapiti Biodiversity Officer, Rob Cross hasn’t heard anything, and it was he who announced last year’s September drop behind Waikanae.

So it appears that the birdlife, insects and animals in the hills behind Kapiti are safe, for now. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 108 Answers

2018 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3

    You can still do the quiz by scrolling down to February 7.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Stunning Olympics Opening

2018 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The games are seen as a pivotal moment for relations between the two countries, who have been officially at war since 1950. Democracy Now, 9 February 2018

An amazing country

By Roger Childs

Korea has given the world many things which we now take for granted. To name a few: heated greenhouses, sauna, moveable metal printing (two centuries before Gutenberg), ironclad ships, celadon pottery, taekwondo, mask dancing, and …. Samsung products. (Any at your place?)

Back in the early 1950s South Korea was one of the poorest nations on the planet. Today it is one of the richest and most innovative.

As we know, dark political clouds hang over the Korean peninsula, not helped by the fulminations of President Trump and the intransigence of the North’s dictator, Kim Jong Un.

However the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which opened in spectacular fashion, may be the start of a thawing in relations across the 38th parallel. read more…

Good Sports

2018 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Painted Picture Preview

2018 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And now I understand what you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
They did not know how.

Perhaps they’ll listen now.

From Vincent by Don McLean

Van Gogh on the big screen

By Roger Childs

The Dutch painter is many people’s favourite from the dawning of “modern art”. Vincent Van Gogh was part of the extraordinary late 19th – early 20th era when a plethora of different styles emerged.

Gone were the days of the domination of representational art, and Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstraction to name but a few, burst onto the European  art scene.

Van Gogh can’t be pigeon-holed, as he included elements in his painting from a range of styles to create a unique blend. His most amazing work was done in the south of France, especially in and around Arles.

Now in Loving Vincent the greatness of the artist is celebrated on screen, with the movie entirely rendered in the Van Gogh style. read more…

The Wisdom of Ursula Le Guin

2018 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin can help you live better!

By Prue Hyman

 

OK – enough of one of my obsessions – I am now leaving sports politics! (See February 7).

Instead, I want to draw your attention to the wonderful work of Maria Popova who has a brilliant website and weekly newsletter on literary and philosophical writers and issues.

Recently she praised the extensive writing of Ursula Le Guin, who sadly died last month after 89 years of wonderful life and writing. read more…

International Sport Hits Kapiti

2018 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Overseas croquet players from 11 countries compete at Waikanae and Paraparaumu

By our croquet corespondent, Jeremy Smith

International sport – the world championships for Association Croquet — came to Kapiti this week .

The district’s two croquet clubs, Waikanae and Paraparaumu, started by hosting qualifying matches , along with three other clubs from the Wellington region. read more…

Helicopter Company Not Being Honest

2018 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This article is currently in preparation.

Coming soon.

Waikanae Sandspit: Urgent Need For Action

2018 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

My open letter to all KCDC councillors and mayor

By John Robinson

The Waikanae River sandspit features middle left. (Credit David Wall)

I oppose inaction, and apparent permission, concerning vehicles driving across the sandspit at the Waikanae River estuary, which is a Scientific Reserve and thus legally out of bounds.

I want something done about it.

Vehicles regularly drive across the sandspit at the mouth of the Waikanae River, at all times of the year.

The number of such vehicles is particularly large during the whitebaiting season.

Note: KIN Has asked Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan, to comment on this serious threat to sea birds.

read more…

Another Year, Another Set Of Adventures

2018 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Let’s start with one of the best

By Ralph McAllister

Mick Herron is a spy thriller writer of huge talent, right up there with Grahame Greene and John Le Carre, but with a voice of staggering originality.

Slow Horses is the first of four, so far, about the ineptitude of spies sent out to pasture.

We all reach our sell by date and Jackson Lamb supervises his gang of failures by consuming large quantities of whisky, smoking endless cigarettes and farting with deadly punctuation.

His team is Keystone Cops with English idiosyncrasies.

Desperately funny, yet somehow managing to succeed despite the odds, this crazy gang makes you glad to be alive, unlike some of the nasty victims who suffer some revolting endings. read more…

Triumph For The Fourth Estate

2018 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam war, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the founders hoped and trusted they would do. Supreme Court Justice Black, 1971

The very watchable Post

By Roger Childs

The Vietnam War was the one the Americans lost. That humiliating defeat still hangs heavily on the national conscience.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the media played a crucial part in encouraging the rising opposition to the country’s continuing involvement in Indochina, not least with the publication of the Pentagon Papers.

This is what The Post is all about and it is an exciting story without the need to take any cinematic licence.

The early sections take some sorting out, however once the issues and motives become clear, the tension builds to a stunning climax as the Washington Post presses roll. Four stars. read more…

Recognising Women’s Sport

2018 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Where are the Women’s Rugby Sevens?

Portia Woodman heading for the line in the semi-final against the USA

By Prue Hyman (1st of two columns)

I can’t resist starting this column with a quick follow up to my December one which had both praise and some criticism to the place given to women’s sport in New Zealand (and overseas).

Good on Portia Woodman, huge rugby star, for her comments last week on the lack of women’s 7’s in New Zealand when we have a great women’s team. read more…

Jacinda’s Day

2018 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 108

2018 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    The sixth quiz of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Waitangi Day For The People

2018 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

A day for all New Zealanders 

By Roger Childs

Whatever people’s ethnicity, Waitangi Day is for all New Zealanders. In 2018, it marks the 178th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, sometimes called “our founding document”.

This agreement guaranteed certain rights to all people living in the country at the time, both Maori and European, in exchange for British sovereignty.

Sadly in recent years, the formalities at Waitangi have been marred by protests, political grandstanding and the jostling of dignitaries. read more…

World-class music in Paekakariki

2018 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A variety of contemporary music

By Gilbert Haisman

Paekakariki: setting for the concert

The Hayden Chisholm Trio will be performing at the Paekakariki gallery and home of painter Gerda Leenards and craft artist Lindsay Missen on Friday 16 February, 7.30pm.

Their music is original, subtle, and likely to appeal to people attracted to contemporary classical music, chamber jazz, Ravi Shankar, and/or the art music that shares the bill with the more spectacular world music that features at WOMAD.

There will also be quirky touches, including words from James Joyce.  The trio is completed by two former lecturers at the New Zealand School of Music: bassist Paul Dyne, and composer and pianist Norman Meehan. read more…

2015 Records Missing From Website

2018 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua District Council should put all the records onto the website

Horowhenua Council fails transparency test on making 1015 records internet friendly

By Horowhenua correspondent Veronica Harrod

Agendas and minutes of Horowhenua District Council meetings in 2016 will now be made available on the Council website — but not those  for 2015.
Announcing this, rhe Council says changes have been made to the website making it easier for the public to find information about meetings.

Insights From Knowing The Watson Family

2018 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Every now and then we get a detailed Comment which warrants turning into an article. Alan Mountford has followed up on our Scott Watson story (See January 4) and puts his perspective from knowing the Watson family.

A friend of the family

The missing couple

By Alan Mountford

I met the Watson family, including Scott about 17 years before this event occurred.

We became good friends over the years.

Yes – Scott got into a bit of trouble in his teenage years – not really any different to a lot of other young guys though. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ardern and Waitangi

2018 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We will be looking for practical ways to bring to reality increased Māori home ownership, more jobs for our rangatahi and working together on child wellbeing – in particular for tamariki. Jacinda Ardern

A fresh approach

By Roger Childs

Jacinda at Waitangi

In recent years Waitangi Day has often generated more heat than enlightenment. There has sometimes been feuding between different iwi and visiting politicians have been jostled.

Jacinda Ardern is continuing to get a good name from making smart moves. From the time she became Labour leader she has acted with dignity, thought carefully before speaking and has not allowed herself to be rattled by the media.

Confronting with the manifold issues facing the country, she has been breath of fresh air. Not least in her approach to the often contentious Waitangi Day celebrations. read more…

In Praise Of Little Libraries

2018 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A colourful new addition to Raumati Rd is turning heads as well as pages, thanks to the efforts of a local librarian.  Cloe Willetts, Kapiti News

Free books accessible locally

The Raumati Little Library

By Roger Childs

It’s the brain-child of Paraparaumu librarian, Nisa Promchot.

The idea is to bring books to  the people in their local communities.

Users are encourage to take one / leave one, or just add to the stock.

The colourful Little Library is the first of its kind in the area, but has encouraged other communities to set up their own.

Plans are underway in Waikanae and Paekakariki to provide such book options for locals. read more…

The Treaty: Sovereignty, Property, Rights

2018 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

a people composed of numerous dispersed and petty tribes, who possess few political relations to each other and are incompetent to act or even deliberate in concert. Colonial Secretary, Lord Normanby, speaking about the native inhabitants of New Zealand in his instructions to Hobson, August 1939

What it meant at the time

Opinion piece by Roger Childs

It was 6 February 1840 and the location was an elevated area above the Bay of Islands known as Waitangi. The British government’s envoy, Captain William Hobson, had called native tribal leaders together to sign a treaty.

When we examine the significance of this agreement, we need to understand what the signatories understood at the time.

This was a treaty about the scattered native peoples of New Zealand, through their iwi leaders, ceding sovereignty to the British government in exchange for

~ having the ownership of their lands, dwellings and property (taonga) protected

~ becoming British citizens.

There was no Waitangi Tribunal, no late 1980s Maori back-translation into Te Reo, no mention of partnership or principles. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 107 Answers

2018 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 1

    You can still do the fifth quiz of 2018 by scrolling down to January 31.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Ending Inter-Tribal Warfare

2018 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we begin a series of short articles on aspects of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi: Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We start with the rapidly changing scene in the 1830s and what the Treaty did for the Maori way of life at the time.

Reluctant colonisers

By Roger Childs

Raising the flag after the signing of the 1835 Declaration

New Zealand in the 1830s had no government or political structure either Polynesian or British. The native tribes were frequently at war with one another and there was no concept of a united Pacific nation. This was despite the fact that in 1835 there was a Declaration of Independence cobbled together by British Resident, James Busby.

Although signed by a number of chiefs, mostly from Northland, and accepted by the British government, it did not set up a unified Maori nation.

Up until 1838. the British government had no desire to get involved in New Zealand and establish another expensive colony. It was well aware that British settlement was increasing, but was reluctant to interfere.  In the meantime, it was happy to let the Governor of New South Wales monitor the changing New Zealand scene from across the Tasman. read more…

Anti-Establishment Politics

2018 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Worth Looking At The Billboards

2018 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Martin McDonagh’s latest laconic, multilayered wrong-footer pits McDormand’s storming mourner against two local cops, Woody Harrelson’s omnipotently beloved sheriff and Sam Rockwell’s richly monstrous officer in waiting. Sight and Sound

Tensions in the Mid-West

By Roger Childs

The three billboards are outside Ebbing, Missouri and they have been put up by Mildred Hayes. The messages are about the lack of action by local police into the rape and death of her daughter.

Mildred is part of a highly dysfunctional family: her husband has left her for a 19 year old; her teenage son has issues, and she has plenty of guilt about the night her daughter stormed out on foot.

Downtown at the police department there are also plenty of issues and Ebbing citizens are divided over Mildred’s actions.

This is a film with plenty of strong language and violence, and is not for the faint-hearted.

However, it grabs your attention from the start and doesn’t let go: 4.5 stars. read more…

Defamation Case Costs

2018 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC District Cr Mike Cardiff

Councillor ‘surprised’ by amount of insurance excess costs in Mayoral Court case

By Alan Tristram

The vexed question of who pays out for a defamation case brought against Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan continues to surprise even a sitting councillor.

Mayor Gurunatha — facing court case

Late this week KIN approached Districtwide  Councillor Mike Cardiff for his opinion. Cr Cardiff says:
‘Councillors were made aware of the defamation case against the Mayor.
( Waikanae couple Vince and Raechel Osborne are suing Mayor Gurunathan over remarks about their antique hedge bordering Te Moana Road, near Waikanae Beach).

read more…

The Big New Zealand Food Trip

2018 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waddell Media is an award winning producer of lifestyle formats, high quality documentaries and specialist factual programmes for the UK, Irish and International markets. Waddell Media website

Food and history: a great combination!

By Roger Childs

Chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn (Credit Concern Worldwide)

Dave Gallaher is a legendary figure in New Zealand sporting history. His famous 1905 All Blacks completed a long tour through the British Isles, France and California, and set new standards for the game of rugby.

Gallaher was born in Ramelton in the north of Ireland and came to Kati Kati with his family in the late 19th century.

This Irish-New Zealand link is why Waddell Media is involved.

For five series now, chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn have travelled the world in the footsteps of the Ulster-Scots, unearthing some interesting history, and creating some bespoke meals for distinguished descendants. ibid. read more…

Masterminds at Work in Levin

2018 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua District Council building in Levin — home of the master plan

Horowhenua Council’s Master Plan revealed

By KIN Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod
The most damning evidence to date that Horowhenua residents live in a ‘tail wags the dog’ political environment is the District Council’s proposed sponsorship of a ‘Charitable Community Trust’ dedicated to rolling out a ‘Master Plan’ from the Economic Development Board.

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

The 49-page “HDC-Project-Lift-Master-Plan-FINAL” contains a time line which states, “On 12 April, 2016 Horowhenua Economic Development Board introduced [the Master Plan] concept and on 13 April 2016 [former] Mayor Brendan Duffy and chief executive David Clapperton [held a] discussion on the role of Horowhenua District Council and related ownership, leadership, and governance of the project.”

read more…

Kapiti Mayor’s Defamation Case

2018 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mayor KGurunathan

Mayor K Gurunathan answers some of the vital questions

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

View of the controversial hedge before trimming work.

A month ago we published important stories about Kapiti’s Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru), and a defamation case being brought by the Osborne family of Waikanae Beach.

The case centres on the controversial hedge nurtured by the Osborne family in Te Moana Road over many years — and efforts by the KCDC and Mayor Gurunathan to get it cut back because of safety concerns.

Various remarks were made about Mr and Mrs Osborne and they were unhappy about some attributed to the Mayor, and so took legal action.

Much of this is sub judice, but not the question of who will pay for all the possible very large legal fees. And perhaps most important of all — why didn’t the Mayor get legal advice before launching into the media?

The KCDC insurers will cover the legal costs. But we understand there is a $10,000 excess. So who pays for this — the Mayor or the Public (through their rates).

read more…

World Wetlands Day, 2 February

2018 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Highly valuable environments

 By Cushla McGaughey

World Wetlands Day was established in 1997 to raise awareness about the value of wetlands.

They include swamps, marshes, peat bogs, lakes and rivers, salt marshes, mudflats and mangroves.

Wetlands reduce flooding, filter water and recharge groundwater.

They create a rich, diverse habitat for hundreds of native plant, bird and invertebrate species. read more…

Sonnet of the Month

2018 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Distinguished local writer and poet 

Raumati author, Julie Leibrich, is well known for her writings on justice, crime, spirituality and health. As well as a writer of children’s stories and non-fiction, she is also a renowned poet.

One evening at low tide she was on the beach looking out to where Kapiti Island had disappeared in the mist ….

There was no one else in the water or on the beach. A swoop of gulls – about a hundred birds – flew towards me and I really thought they had come to take with them to the island for the night. I was so sure that they had, I raised my arms in readiness.

This was the inspiration for Julie’s February sonnet. read more…

Gastric Measures

2018 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Hills are alive with the sound of Paula Bennett!

Vehicles Illegally Using the Sandspit

2018 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vehicles regularly drive across the sandspit at the mouth of the Waikanae River, at all time of the year. The number of such vehicles is particularly large during the whitebaiting season. Waikanae resident, John Robinson

Council Permit Confusion

By Roger Childs

Banded Dotterels. (Painting by Cushla McGaughey)

The sandspit at the mouth of the Waikanae River is an important nesting zone for birds such as the Banded Dotterels.

So what are cars doing in the area?

Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says that whitebaiters can get a permit to drive a car as far as the Waikanae River Mouth. However, they add but not on any part of the Waikanae Estuary forming the Department of Conservation Scientific Reserve.

Confused? You are not alone. As every knows, you can’t get to the river mouth from Waikanae, without going into the Scientific Reserve which includes all the sandspit. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 107

2018 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The fifth quiz of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Rape Case on TV

2018 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Reflections on the TVNZ series ‘National Treasure’

By Anne Stephenson, of Pa

 

This is a good series to watch and can be accessed on TVNZ On Demand.

The series introduces us to Paul, a charming, eloquent buffoon who is easy to like. He is a comedian, and loved with his high profile and history. We are introduced to his wife, daughter and grandson.

The bubble of warmth we have been experiencing is pierced by the news of a sexual charge being brought against him by a young woman: It is rape. read more…

Read All About It In Kapiti

2018 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Libraries Manager: Kat Cuttriss

District Libraries issue 25,000 items in a month!

By Kat Cuttriss, Libraries & Arts Manager

How about this summer! Everyone at the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries is definitely enjoying it!  We know a lot of you have been making the most of our collections and services during the holiday season. 

In fact, our monthly transaction total for January was a most impressive 101,939!

That comprises 55,281 issues, and 46,658 returns.

‘Wild about reading’, our annual summer reading programme for 5-12 year olds has been in full swing, with our district’s budding book lovers reporting in each week on books they’ve read. The finale party for programme participants will be held at the Waikanae Pools on Thursday 1 February at 4pm. read more…

Life After Federer

2018 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The best for now

By Roger Childs

The 36 year old father of two sets of twins bestrides the tennis world like a Colossus. In Melbourne on Sunday night he secured his record breaking 20th grand slam 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and is clearly the top player around.

Marin Cilic fought gamely for five sets, but only in set four did the Swiss maestro seem to lose his way after leading 2-1. However it was business as usual in the final set, which the champ roared through with the loss of only one game.

But is there a young breed coming on to fill the gaps when Fed, Rafa, Novak and Andy leave the scene? read more…

Mandy Hager on #MeToo

2018 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager

We already know what to do to stop sexual abusers — so let’s do this now!

By Mandy Hager

For the last two days I’ve sat down at my computer and started writing about the “#Me Too” campaign to call out sexual abusers.

I tried to craft a reasoned response, explaining the endemic problems, with constructive suggestions for how we should respond, re-educate and move forwards.

But here’s the thing: we women all know this stuff; the misogynists know this stuff; the abusers know this stuff; the average guy, harassing women in bars on a Saturday night or in their workplaces, knows this stuff.

So why do we keep having to campaign to straighten out something that is the most basic of human rights? read more…

New Grand Slam Winner

2018 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s really nice not to have to answer the ‘no grand slam’ question ever again and now finally I have the world No 1 and a grand slam title. It’s very special. Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki makes the breakthrough

By Roger Childs

She’s been number one before and has twice been the beaten finalist in the US Open.

However in Melbourne on Saturday she picked up her first major, in an exciting three set encounter against Simona Halep who was also looking for her first big title.

Many women’s grand slam finals in recent year have been tame, one-sided affairs; this was a battle royal with both players in very good touch. read more…

Deadly Botulism Warning

2018 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waimanu Lagoons at Wakainae Beach, where deadly avian disease may have broken out

Avoid bird carcasses near waterways, says KCDC

— Dogs and cats at risk

The Kapiti Coast Council is warning the public to keep away from dead birds in or near waterways in the district.

Swans at Waimanu in happier times

Earlier, the Waikanae SPCA reported two cases of suspected avian botulism in two swans, a disease that causes paralysis and death in birds, at the Waimanu Lagoons near Waikanae Beach.

Parks and recreation manager Alison Law says that formal testing on the dead swans that showed avian botulism symptoms has yet to confirm the cause of death. But a precautionary approach is taken in cases where an outbreak is suspected. read more…

Federer Chases Number 20

2018 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Twenty times special! I don’t know what to tell you. It would be amazing.  Roger Federer

Intriguing final in prospect

By Roger Childs

One of Federer’s great strength’s is his huge reach.

Back in 2012 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam and most experts predicted it would be his last.

In the following years Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal had the edge, and the Swiss maestro had some injury concerns. Furthermore he was now in his thirties and the end of his career seemed nigh.

Fast forward to this time last year, Fed met arch rival Rafa and won in a five set thriller in Melbourne. Then he went on to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.

Now he faces Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final and victory would give him a record breaking 20th major. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 106

2018 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 3.

    You can still do the fourth quiz of 2018 by scrolling down to January 24.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Women’s Finalists Well Matched

2018 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Number 1 seed plays number 2 seed

By Roger Childs

The top seed

In any sports tournament when players or teams are seeded, this is the theory.

However, it usually doesn’t happens.

In tennis grand slams in recent years, especially in women’s singles, it has been very rare.

So it is no doubt gratifying for the those who did this year’s  seedings for the Australian Open, that the top seed, Simona Halep, meets number two seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Neither has won a grand slam in their careers, so history will be made. read more…

No Nudes is Good Nudes

2018 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kea Thrive In Non 1080 – Poisoned Areas

2018 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Doing well in Mid Burn …

By Carol Sawyer 

Worth protecting. (Credit Clyde Graf)

Last December the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation sent a letter to members asking for volunteers to capture and monitor Kea as part of a Kea survey.

The Wapiti Foundation has since banded 44 Kea in the Mid Burn valley. The Mid Burn is straight across Lake Te Anau from the Te Anau Downs boat harbour. This area has never been 1080 poisoned. It is all red deer country – there are no Wapiti there.

These figures ( 44 banded Kea) come from one of the Kea Survey party.

I am told they will not have been able to band all the Kea in the valley, and that there could be up to 100 Kea in that area alone. read more…

An Undignified Death

2018 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ethel and Henry

A journey around my mother

By Roger Childs

Back in 1981 my older brother and I used to alternate in taking the rail car to Napier. We went up to the Hawke’s Bay to see our mother Ethel and support father Henry.

Ethel was in Napier Hospital and was not coming out. These were the days before sophistication scans and she had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

So there she was in a hospital bed with her life ebbing away and without her dignity and self respect. read more…

Emilia Battles On

2018 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

South – North runner making progress

By Roger Childs

The legendary Lisa Tamati

Publisher and philanthropist AH Reed walked from North Cape to the Bluff in 1960 to raise money, and many people have done it since. Doing the off-road Te Araroa Trail is now a target for many adventurers.

The legendary ultra-runner Lisa Tamati ran South to North on the highways a few years back for the cause of Child Cancer and battled though bad weather and injuries.  However, she completed the journey and was able to include an excursion through her beloved New Plymouth.

Other have run it on the roads since, including a plumber from Wanaka. A few of us from the Kapiti Harriers joined him on his way through the area.

Now we have the flying Finn, Emilia Lahti. read more…

And Then There Were Four

2018 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Intriguing semi-final contests

By Roger Childs 

Halep (left), just beat Davis in the third round but is now a semi-finalist.

The Australian Open has provided fascinating viewing for nearly two weeks.

After 128 started in the first round of the two singles tournaments, we are now down to four.

Unusually, the women’s semi-finalists are a more predictable quartet than the men!

Only Angelique Kerber, is a previous grand slam winner, however the two top seeds: Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki have survived. read more…

Ralph McAllister’s Radio Best

2018 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our book man stars again — on Nine to Noon

Our book reviewer par excellance, Ralph McAllister, of Paekakariki, has provided more entertainment and illumination for the masses in his latest appearance on radio.

After his interview with Kathryn Ryan, on Radio NZ’s ‘Nine to Noon,’ looking at some of the best reads for the past year, Ralph said, modestly: ‘Quite pleased with this one’.

Kathryn Ryan, host of RNZ’s Nine to Noon

So, decide for yourselves by clicking on the link below.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018628952

 

What Price Education?

2018 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 106

2018 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    The fourth quiz of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Best Of Three?

2018 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Somebody who is running the tour should think [a] little bit about what’s going on. Too many people getting injured. Rafael Nadal

Too much pressure?

By Roger Childs

Nadal is one of the greatest sportsmen of the 21st century. He’s currently ranked number one for men’s tennis in the world, but last night had to retire from the Australian Open with an injury.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Nadal was not able to continue in the fifth set of his epic quarter final against Marin Cilic.

After the match he made some thoughtful comments about pressure and injuries. read more…

Horowhenua Records Missing

2018 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Horowhenua District Council building in Levin — where are the records for 2015 and 2016?

Why are public records for 2015 and 2016 not available on HDC website?

By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod

Despite declaring the public can “Find almost anything on our website” Horowhenua District Council has excluded the public from accessing agenda and minutes of council meetings for 2015 and 2016 and only allows searches for 2013, 2014 and 2017.
The council has been asked to comment on the two-year gap and its response will be included in an update to this article. Watch this space!

read more…

Predator-Free Goal Is Wrong

2018 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The biggest danger to bird life and bio-diversity are the animal haters with their obsessive ignorance in using ecosystem poisons such as brodifacoum and 1080. Outdoor writer and author, Tony Orman.

 American professor highly critical 

Dr Marc Bekoff

New Zealand’s programme “Predator-Free 2050” set is flawed and unrealistic says an American professor, an expert in both biology and ecology.

The bloody decision by some New Zealanders to try to return to what used to be by slaughtering millions of non-native animals is troubling from biological and ethical perspectives, says Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado

read more…

Did 1080 Poison The Kochumman Family?

2018 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kathy White has followed the case of the Putaruru Indian family, who were poisoned late last year, with some major concerns. She is the Waikato Regional Councillor for Taupo-Rotorua, however what follows are her personal views.

Possum/rodent poison suspected

By Kathy White 

The Kochumman family

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading the medical notes of the Kochumman family who were poisoned through eating wild boar, and my reading has worried me.

Not just because of the vomiting, the inability to speak and the violent convulsions that required the family to be strapped to their hospital beds for weeks.

But because the first working diagnosis by the registrar on the day the family was admitted to hospital was

‘consumption of meat containing poison used for possum/rodent killing? neurotoxin? 1080? strychnine poisoning which can produce a picture of lactic acidosis, nausea, vomiting, altered mental state and convulsions ….  I cannot come up with an alternative pathology for raised lactate. May need to see if the police can test the meat for neurotoxins’. read more…

Comes with a warning!

2018 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If harrowing deaths in New Zealand hospitals and hospices horrify you, please move on to the next article.   Read on if this situation resonates with you or with your family.

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories

This book, compiled by retired intensive care specialist Dr Jack Havill and Kāpiti writer David Barber, contains relatives’ stories of bad deaths suffered by their loved ones.

Dying Badly includes stories from personal submissions to the New Zealand Parliament’s inquiry into the issue of assisted dying for the terminally ill.

 

read more…

Iwi (Leaders) Get Richer And Richer

2018 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The only “sacred bond” Ngai Tahu has is with its bank account. Writer Bruce Moon

How much is enough?

By Roger Childs

Ngai Tahu doing well again.

Taxpayers will be incredulous to learn that on December 15 $370 million of their money was secretly handed over to two iwi. All credit to the Sunday Star Times for uncovering this and a big black mark against the government.

The other extraordinary element about the payments, is that they have been made on a continuing technicality.

How many people know there is a relativity clause that means Tainui and Ngai Tahu get a percentage, 17% and 16% respectively, of all other iwi settlements made by the Waitangi Tribunal?

This is Ngai Tahu’s seventh settlement! read more…

Sharp End Of The Aussie Open

2018 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Plenty of quality tennis

By Roger Childs

Angelique Kerber won in 2016

The first grand slam in Melbourne is always a showpiece for the world’s best embarking on another year of professional tennis.

It is a chance to see if the highly experienced stars are still up to it, and who are the up and comers.

As usual there has been some carnage for the seeds and among the women’s quarter finalists only Angelique Kerber has previously won a grand slam.

The men’s singles is always more predictable, and five of the top six seeds are likely to be in last eight. read more…

In Praise Of Agapanthus

2018 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 It is a major threat to native plants and some Councils list it as a pest species. Nicholas Boyack, Dominion Post, Saturday 20 January 2106

The popular South African import

By Roger Childs

It’s flowering time for agapanthus and you may have the attractive white and purple-blue flowers in your garden at the moment.

But many exotaphobes regard it as a weed. Well, it’s not a native and is seen by some as a threat to our biodiversity.

Some local authorities have suggested to their citizens to root them out, but should all foreign plants in the country be wiped out?

Camelia originated in China and Japan and rhododendrons come from Europe and Japan. How about roses? read more…

Total Eclipse

2018 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Care Still Needed In Kapiti Waters

2018 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Swimmers urged to stay clear of some Kāpiti waterways

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to remain vigilant when swimming in Kāpiti waterways.

Bacteria levels are higher than usual in some of the district’s waterways due to the long dry spell and streams and rivers flushing debris during rain events.

While Kāpiti beaches and rivers are not closed to the public the Council is advising people to stay clear of streams and river mouths when at the beach, the Waikanae River, Te Horo Beach and the Paraparaumu Beach area between the Mclean Street beach access (south of the Kāpiti Boating Club access) and Nathan Avenue as bacteria levels in the water at these locations may be high enough to cause illness. read more…

The Road Ahead

2018 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s expectations for 2018

By Jeremy Smith, our Local Govt. correspondent 

The biggest news for the district in 2017 was the opening of the Kapiti expressway, the first of the district’s “ roading threesomes”.

But there’s another two years of earth moving for the remaining two, Pekapeka to Otaki and Transmission Gully, with considerable economic benefits for the district. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 105 Answers

2018 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 8.

    You can do this third quiz of 2018 by scrolling down to January 17.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: PM’s Wonderful Wee Announcement

2018 January 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Best news I’ve heard all year! Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester

Superb timing

By Roger Childs

This lady has class and brilliant timing. A year ago she was a list MP and now she is the pregnant prime minister.

She brought the Labour Party back from the dead in the polls and gave Bill English a run for his money in the election.

Then Winston did the business, as we all know, and he will unexpectedly be acting prime minister for six weeks mid-year.

Before the election Jacinda slapped down announcer Mark Richardson when he suggested that the electorate had the right to know if the Labour leader had plans to have a family.

He went too far and he hadn’t asked Bill English if he would be having more children. read more…

Stay Out Of The Water!

2018 January 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Avoid swimming in Kāpiti waterways for the next 48 hours. KCDC Media release

Council warning about bacteria 

By Roger Childs

High bacteria counts in the Wharemauku Stram

Rain after a prolonged dry spell, inevitably increases bacteria levels.

So the Kapiti Council recommends staying out of rivers, streams and beaches until mid Sunday (January 21st) afternoon.

Heavy recent rain has flushed out the waterways, such as the Wharemauku Stream, and the bacteria levels are higher than usual. Toxic algae is also a concern. read more…

Great Expectations!

2018 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prime Minister expecting — and will carry on with her duty

From Jacinda Ardern

The Editors both got this personal message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — and it’s worth repeating. Here it is —

‘I wanted to share with you a bit of exciting news. Clarke and I are expecting a baby! We’re both really happy – we wanted a family but weren’t sure it would happen for us, in fact, we had been told we would need help. That has made this news unexpected but exciting.

‘I have used the last few weeks to get on with making a plan.

‘Yesterday (Thursday) I met with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, to share the news and to ask him to take on the role of Acting Prime Minister for a period of 6 weeks after our baby is born.

‘Just like when I am overseas, Mr Peters will take on all the functions of Prime Minister, working with my office and staying in touch with me. I fully intend to be contactable and available throughout the six week period when I’m needed. read more…

Provincial Anniversary Days

2018 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On Monday January 22, Wellington has the first provincial holiday of the year with Auckland a week later. Why do we have these anniversaries?

A link back to the old provinces

By Roger Childs

Sir Julius Vogel: abolished the provinces

Six provinces had been set up under the 1852 constitution to provide for the efficient administration of the country’s scattered settlements.

This was in the days before the development of road and rail links, and most transport and trade was by sea. Four more provinces were set up later.

By 1876 land transport was rapidly expanding and many provincial administrations were in dire financial straits. The central government in Wellington, led by Julius Vogel, decided the time had come to abolish the provinces.

The provinces have broken down because of their coming into conflict with the colonial government on many points, and especially on points of finance. Their doom was only a question of time … Colonial Treasurer, Julius Vogel 1874

However, each province had set up an anniversary day and 142 years after the abolition of provincial government, these public holidays remain. read more…

Rakitu Island Aerial Poison Drop

2018 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Many readers will have seen the item about this on TV1 News. (See the link at the bottom, if you missed it.) Good to have this very important issue aired on the national network. However, not all of what happened at the meeting was revealed on television.

Apparently the Department of Conservation (DoC) has no idea about rat numbers!

Meeting to discuss the issue

By Carol Sawyer

Protestors talking to DoC’s Paul McArthur (Credit TVNZ)

Rakitu Island, less than 3km from Great Barrier Island, is about to be aerially poisoned with brodifacoum.

Today I spoke to a friend of mine on Great Barrier Island. He says local Iwi are supportive of the poison drop and DoC is not listening to the other locals.

Those other locals invited TV1 News to be present at the presentation at the DoC office of the more than 700 signatures they had collected against the drop. That is what you see happening in the video. read more…

Reflecting On The Past In Central

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Taking it all in on the ride back

By Carol Sawyer

Schist outcrops near Middlemarch

I have just spent five days away, staying in sweet little Apple Blossom Cottage, built in the 1890’s, on the outskirts of Dunedin.  This was during the heatwave: 34C was the highest temperature reached during the day, and it didn’t seem to drop below the mid twenties at night.

Sutton rail crossing

I drove back to Central Otago on Wednesday, in the same heat, and decided to take the slightly longer, but quieter, route through the Maniototo, via Middlemarch, Oturehua and Ophir.

It was too hot and lovely a day to do anything other than savour the countryside and the emptiness and peace and silence that still exists in that part of the world, and what is normally a 3 1/2 hour trip took me 6 1/2 hours. read more…

Horo. Pollies of the Year (Part II)

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Levin — centre of secrecy?

 Shadow boxing with the public on development in Horowhenua

By Veronica Harrod

Last week Kapiti Independent News revealed that Horowhenua District Council removed a webpage that included information about the council’s economic development board after it received an Official Information Act request for minutes of board meetings held in 2016 and 2017.

It was also revealed residents and ratepayers were not consulted on the Horowhenua’s economic development 2014-2017 strategy or the 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan despite the fact both documents continue to have a disproportionate amount of power and influence over decisions made by council.

So who are the main players in this tail wagging the dog political environment? read more…

Visual Records Of UNICEF’s Work

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tanna Island volcano

Fascinating videos of progress

By Roger Childs

Ethan Donnell is UNICEF NZ’s Leader of Digital Content. Late last year he spoke to a Kapiti group about digital records he’s made of the organisation’s work in

  • Vanuatu
  • Kiribati
  • New Zealand.

As always, UNICEF’s projects aim to improve the lives not only of children, but also whole communities. read more…

Emelia On The Road

2018 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It has all started this morning!

By Roger Childs

Emelia at Kaka Point in Southland yesterday

Emelia Lahti is from Finland and is running the length of New Zealand to raise awareness about domestic violence.

In our story on January 15 we had her starting at Cape Reinga. To set the record straight, it is the other way round! She’ll be on the road now heading north from Bluff.

She hopes to do 50 ultra marathons in 50 days! It’s a big ask, however she is a very determined young woman!

We’ll keep you posted!

(To find out more go to https://www.emilialahti.com/)

Summer At The Beach

2018 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 105

2018 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10.

    The third quiz for 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Harriet Bright: Pencil Specialist

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mid-summer garden

By Kate Hartmann

Paekakariki based artist Harriet Bright continues to impress with her skill with the pencil.

Well known for her beautiful renderings of the human form, this time Harriet has captured the charm and chaos of a summer’s day in the garden hunting down chickens.

“Catching Chickens”, a framed pencil and conte drawing on board, is drawn from the viewpoint of the artist and takes in a full kaleidoscope of Harriet’s garden:

I wanted to show the glorious detail, but also the ever changing, confusing nature of the garden in midsummer, complete with escaped chickens, my own hand reaching to part the grass and lunge for one of them, my day-dreamy daughter, odd angles of the house, the fence, snatched views from here and there.  read more…

Horo. Pollies of 2017

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The Horowhenua District Council building in Levin — keeping the public in the shade?

Horowhenua’s Economic Board members win 2017 award (for secrecy)

By KIN Horowhenua correspondent Veronica Harrod (Part I of II)

Levin — centre of land frenzy?

My choice for Local Horowhenua Politicians of 2017 goes to members of the Council’s Economic Development Board. But this is for all the wrong reasons: Secrecy, lack of democracy and lack of public input.

After an Official Information Act request was made for the 2016 and 2017 HDC economic board minutes, the council removed information about the economic development board from its website.

Council’s communications advisor Trish Hayward said, “Council is in the process of updating the information, layout and photographs on the Horowhenua Economic Development Board page of our website. read more…

The Wonderful Forgotten World Highway

2018 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Stratford to Taumaranui the long way!

By Sandra Smith

Progress…. always progress. The roads and railway lines around us are often superceded by a straighter, faster and more direct route.

This leaves behind smaller, now less used roads and sometimes the once thriving towns dwindle. But that is not to say that the communities do not survive.

An example of this is the “Forgotten World Highway” which runs between Stratford in Taranaki and Taumaranui in the King Country – Highway 43,  some 148 kms long. read more…

SISU: Doing Something About Violence

2018 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sisu means extraordinary determination, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Emelia Lahti

Emelia from Finland is here in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

I was one of hundreds of millions who experience domestic violence at the hands of a domestic partner. That was seven years ago in New York. Her motto now is Sisu not silence.

She has built a campaign to increase awareness of the problems and show survivors that there is a lot of life on the other side of the trauma.

So what’s she doing in New Zealand?

On January 18 she will start at Cape Reinga to run to  Invercargill. Along the way she will organise events and encourage people to join her and/or follow her progress online. read more…

Austin Mitchell Returns

2018 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Austin Mitchell, former UK MP and doyen of the political broadcasters in NZ

‘Revenge of the Rich

The neo-liberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand’

By Austin Mitchell (Biteback Publishing (UK): Canterbury University press NZ)

Reviewed by Jeremy Smith

Back in the mid-late 60’s, academic Austin Mitchell was busy man- writing books about the New Zealand politics, presenting entertaining lectures at Canterbury University and appearing on our single channel television as one of the first current affairs stars. read more…

Auckland Tennis: Good And Bad

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great to see the stars, but …

By Roger Childs

Champion at last: Julia Goerges

The recent ATP Auckland tournaments which are lead ups to next week’s Australian Open, were a mixed bag.

World number 10, Roberto Bautista Agut was a worthy winner, and played a semi final which was the match of the two weeks, while last year’s champion American Jack Sock was a dead loss.

On the women’s side German Julia Goerges, who has supported the tournament for many years, at last won the big trophy.

However, possibly the best female player in the draw, Barbora Strycova, looked unbeatable at times, then dreadful. read more…

Pictures Of The Week: Auckland Sun

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sunrise 5.00am

Four photos from the same location

By Howard Chamberlain

Here are four photos taken while was in Auckland on 29 Nov 2017.

I was conducting some research for my NZ Korea Roll and started at 5.00 am.

The next three were taken at 20.00 then 20.35 the 23.05. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 104 Answers

2018 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2

    You can still do the second challenge for 2018 by scrolling down to January 10.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Vote For NZ’s Favourite Sporting Moment

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Choose from eleven 2017 highlights

The Halberg Foundation has announced eleven sporting highlights for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment of 2017. This is the one category in the Halberg Awards that the public chooses.

The sporting moment award gives the New Zealand public the opportunity to choose the nation’s most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting moment, game or series in 2017. 

The highlights include moments from cricket, tennis, rugby, yachting, softball, athletics, canoe racing and motor racing. read more…

Jacinda’s Summer Holiday

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Things are going swimmingly!

‘Real’ Left Must Pressure Govt.

2018 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Summer is here — and so is climate change

By Prue Hyman

 For those of us lucky enough to live close to a beach, this Summer has been heavenly, with lots of swimming. But there were still too many floods and droughts.

Anyone who still denies that the increasing frequency of these extreme events is mainly due to human excesses leading to global warming is in cloud cuckoo land.

So summer and politics are not separate – we all need to decide what we can do in our personal and political lives to make a difference on carbon emissions and climate change. read more…

A Tom Scott Masterpiece

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Drawn Out is brilliant!

By Roger Childs

This is Tom Scott, the wider family, friends, colleagues, politicians and world movers and shakers – wrinkles, warts and all.

The man is a living legend: virtuoso journalist, cartoonist, playwright and entertainer.

The cover calls it A SERIOUSLY FUNNY MEMOIR and this is an apt description.

As expected, the pages are riddled with cartoons and humorous observations, but there is also plenty of perceptive, poignant, tragic and wonderfully descriptive writing.

Definitely five star stuff. read more…

Ecotourism On The Mainland

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Blue penguins: magic!

By Tony Fraei

After Xmas Allison and I went with our son, daughter in law and two grandchildren for a week in the South Island

Our daughter in law is from Bristol and had visited NZ some three times already but never seen the “main land”

One of our favourite spots is Oamaru. We spent two nights there and our team selected the Blue-Penguin Colony as a must for an evening visit.

It appeared an ideal selection as none of the party had been, and the two granddaughters were particularly very keen. read more…

End of Life Choice: Get Involved!

2018 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A real bill this time!

By Ann David

No, you’re not seeing double nor are you having a déjà vu experience.

The issue is back again and this time there’s a real bill to comment on.

This is unlike in 2015/2016 when Parliament was merely canvassing our opinions on assisted dying.

Here’s the story. read more…

Skewing New Zealand History

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Honesty is the best policy. Old proverb

National institution slants our story

By Roger Childs

A country’s history is a key element of its culture.

Consequently it is vital that our young people understand what has gone before and fully appreciate the heritage they are heirs to.

However, the messages must be as accurate and objective as possible. Our history is too important to be sanitised to suit a particular agenda.

So why is the National Library doing just that? read more…

Rodger Fox Back In Kapiti

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Popular jazzman returns

By Mary Gow

The Kapiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of jazz, and most of them will be fans of New Zealand’s premier jazzman, Rodger Fox.

Mulled Wine Concerts in Paekakariki are kicking off their 2018 season on 27 January with a hot summer’s Saturday night of jazz, swing, Latin – not forgetting some blues on the side!

It will include Rodger with his Jazz Ensemble, and special guest singer, Erna Ferry.

A good time will be had by all! read more…

Guru’s Defamation Case Costs

2018 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K (Guru) Gurunathan

Kapiti Council says insurer could cover Mayor’s court costs

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council has replied to KIN on the vexed question of ‘Who pays for the costs?’ associated with Mayor K Gurunathan’s defamation case.

The Mayor is alleged to have defamed Raechel and Vince Osborne in the dispute over their macrocarpa hedge adjoining Te Moana Road in Waikanae.

View of the controversial hedge before trimming work.

Gary Simpson, KCDC Acting Chief Executive, says:

“Should the Osbornes claim be successful, costs associated with this matter will be covered by the Council’s insurer.

The Council has insurance cover that responds to defamation claims.” read more…

Photos Of The Week: Demolishing Defence House

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

While the office building is relatively stable you don’t want to leave it sitting there half torn down and the whole focus is getting these buildings demolished as soon as possible. Steve Cody, Wellington City Council building resilience manager

Demolition continues apace

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Sometimes they start at 5.30am to complete the destruction of the capital’s Defence Department edifice.

The November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake damaged a number of Wellington buildings, including one next to the cathedral, which has now been totally removed.

The Defence headquarters on the corner of Murphy and Aitken Streets in now a shell which is rapidly getting smaller. Local residents are getting sick of the noise, especially with some early starts and motorists are frustrated with traffic down to one lane on the two streets.

Finishing the project quickly and safely is in everybody’s interests. read more…

Poem of the Year

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gill Ward selects ‘All my feelings would have been of common things’

Rachel Bush, of Nelson, KIN poet of the year

This poem by Rachel Bush is brave and strong. These are her feelings about dying – her collection  Thought Horses ( Victoria University Press 2016) came out in 2016 just before she died.

Although the poem was written in 2016 It appeared on that year’s Best New Zealand  Poems, online in May 2017. Rachel  was a Nelson poet and as well as her own writing she was a warm supporter of other poets.

If you get a chance read this collection, it is very moving and  the poems are mostly short and all are beautifully written with every word carefully  and precisely chosen. Nothing is wasted each word is built on the others in the poem, each on each in its perfect place. An honest and compelling insight  of a writer sharing her thoughts on life and death. Rachel does the craft of poetry proud. read more…

Horowhenua Development ‘Frenzy’ Ahead

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Horowhenua District Council building in Levin —
home of development?

House building ‘explosion’ likely

By Veronica Harrod, KIN Horowhenua reporter
An explosion of at least 2100 new houses for Levin alone will be given the green light if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with new District Plan rules.
These allow increased urban density and large scale residential developments.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 104

2018 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9.

    The second challenge of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Julie’s Book of Sonnets

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A must have for poetry lovers

By Roger Childs 

Many readers will be familiar with KIN featuring the appropriate Julie Leibrich’s sonnet for each month, over the last year. We have had plenty of positive feedback.  (Scroll down to January 1 to see the latest.)

A Little Book of Sonnets is a treasure which every home library should have. So if you would like a copy here’s what Julie recommends.

It is best for me if people buy it from me directly. I am happy to sell a signed copy directly for $15 + postage (or I can drop it into a letter box for free if local).

Her email is JulieLeibrich@outlook.com

Otherwise order through me: phone (04) 902 1754

 

Kapiti Mayor Faces Court Case

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Guru being sued for defamation over Waikanae hedge row

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Mayor of Kapiti, K Gurunathan is facing a major trial over remarks he made allegedly defaming a well-known Waikanae couple, Vince and Raechel Osborne, over their macrocarpa hedge.

The hedge in Te Moana Road, Waikanae before trimming

 

 

KIN understands he is being sued for more than $50,000, and costs — as well as a full apology — for allegations he made in print and on the radio.

It’s the first time in living memory that a Kapiti Mayor has faced  Court action over such a community dispute.

The case has arisen over a long-standing dispute related to an historic hedge on the Osborne’s property, fronting onto Te Moana Road in Waikanae. read more…

Tribute to Workers’ Champion

2018 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jim Anderton praised by Trade Unions Council

The Council of Trade Unions says the late Jim Anderton stood by workers throughout the neoliberal onslaught — and led the charge for an alternative vision for New Zealand.
CTU president Richard Wagstaff says this has put communities and working people ahead of the free market, and puts values ahead of excessive greed.

read more…

Environmental Good News In 2017

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hitting the headlines

By Roger Childs

Melting

Plenty of bad news featured on front pages and in lead stories on radio and television. Take American alone: Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change accord; a series of devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean and southern states; and California had two of its worst ever fires.

In the early part of the year, New Zealand had very little summer as the rain continued to fall every few days, then later in November – December, some areas were experiencing drought.

The Arctic ice sheet continued to melt, as did parts of Antarctica.

However, beyond the headlines, there were plenty of good things happening. read more…

Canada’s North Pole Temperatures

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Snow-plowing in Winnipeg

Why we shouldn’t grumble about the weather in NZ

By Alan Tristram

I’ve just received an email from our Canadian correspondent, Eribert Loehner, of Vancouver, who’s been describing what must surely be a ‘Winter to remember.’

Here’s a few paragraphs which paint the picture:

A rural scene in frozen southern Manitoba

The temperatures in Ontario this week have hit -30 deg C with the wind-chill factored in.
‘Exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. Even worse, the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, near the US border was colder than the North Pole this past week.”

read more…

The Kiwibank Legacy

2018 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Michael, Jim’s beaten back every argument against the bank we’ve ever put up. For God’s sake, give him the bloody bank. Annette King to Finance Minister, Michael Cullen 2001

The principled Jim Anderton

By Roger Childs

The country has lost one its most colourful politicians: a man of many parties.

Initially inside the big left wing tent, Jim Anderton rejected the Labour Party’s Rogernomics in 1989 and set up New Labour which he felt was true to the roots and traditional philosophy of the movement.

Later came the Alliance and Progressive, and cooperation with Helen Clark in government. From 1999 to 2002 he was Deputy Prime Minister.

The electors in Sydenham, and later Wigram, kept voting for the man, regardless of his party, returning him to parliament every three years.

Anderton was a key player is the evolution of MMP which recognised for the first time, the support given to minor parties. However, probably his most important legacy is Kiwibank. read more…

Parkrun (Or Walk) Keeps Growing

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s true that in the early days of parkrun, the people who took part were mainly those with some experience of running, but as we have broken down more and more barriers to participation – whether it be walking, jogging, running or volunteering – we have welcomed more people for whom physical activity was not the norm. In doing so we are redefining what it means, and looks like, to be physically active. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of Parkrun

An expanding world-wide movement

By Roger Childs

Every Saturday, at 8.00am, over 200,000 people around the world run or walk 5km.

Yesterday from Otaihanga Domain along the south bank of the Waikanae River, 55 Kapiti folk, and a few visitors, did just that.

2017 saw this wonderful free event include five new countries: Germany, Namibia, Norway, Finland and Swaziland.

There are now 1,300 parkruns world wide and over 4 million people of all ages and levels of fitness are registered. New Zealand has 18 locations and it will only be a matter of time before centres like New Plymouth, Hastings, Timaru, Nelson, Invercargill, the West Coast and Gisborne join the list. read more…

Truth Or Dare

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Is Trump egotistical and semi-literate?

By Andy Tristram

Under American libel law, the prosecution has to prove that the defendant has lied.

Whereas in British libel law, the defendant must prove that they have told the truth.

So, to sue, Trump will have to show that Micheal Wolff has lied when he characterized the President as a child-like moron who reads nothing and must have his ego stroked at all times.

Should be interesting!

 

 

 

Reshaping Kapiti’s Old State Highway

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The expressway is great, but it’s now time to tidy up the old highway

A quieter local road

Work will start shortly converting the old State Highway into a local road.

It is important that the NZTA should first start on the Raumati South end,” says Bernie Randall.

Bernie Randall, a member of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, is urging the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter to make this happen.

Probably the first task should be to improve pedestrian access.

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Mid-Week Quiz 103 Answers

2018 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 2.

    The first challenge of 2018 can be answered by scrolling down to January 3.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Let’s Hear The Good News!

2018 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Future Crunch accentuates the positive

By Roger Childs

We do get plenty of bad news from the media, and often the evening television bulletins are full of extreme weather, car crashes, crime and court cases.

So it’s good to find out about Future Crunch; thank you Tony Fraei!  They have recently come out with 99 items of good news from 2017. Sadly many of the stories didn’t make the front pages.

The sources range from The Peking Review to The Guardian.

We’ll feature at a range of these positives over the next week or two. However, there are some tasters below. read more…

Kapiti Swimming Ban Suggested

2018 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Coast, as seen from the escarpment near Paekakariki

Council advises swimmers to avoid the sea, rivers and streams for two days

The Kāpiti Coast District Council advises people visiting beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy

Waikanae River

rain.

Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of bacteria are likely to be higher in these areas due to the recent heavy rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell.

He says: “So it’s important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick.” read more…

Dishonesty Over Kapiti Poisoning

2018 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And how is a February drop going to help birds, this season’s birds have fledged, and the rats will have recovered to even higher numbers just in time for next year’s nesting. Bill Wallace

OSPRI needs to be truthful

By Roger Childs

1080 poisoning should be banned in New Zealand, as it is in most parts of the world.

It is sickening when the Department of Conservation’s sanctioned perpetrators trot out barefaced lies to justify their dirty work. This from OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries) to back their proposed poison drop in the Kapiti foothills:

The operation, designed in consultation with local communities and landowners, aims to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB)

Not guilty!

into the neighbouring farms and lifestyle blocks around Reikorangi, and reduce the risk of TB infection being maintained by possums.

It is time to stop the repetitive lies: the truth is possums don’t spread TB to cattle. read more…

‘Scott Watson Is Still Innocent’

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The ketch doesn’t exist. Inspector Pope on the boat that water taxi driver Guy Wallace delivered the young couple to, on 1 January 1998 (The Police actually received information of about a hundred sightings of the two-masted vessel round the Sounds and Golden Bay.)

Stitching up the suspect

By Roger Childs

Scott Watson

The disappearance of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds was the big news story of 1998.

Scott Watson was the main suspect for the police from early on, and he was subsequently tried and sentenced to 18 years in prison, for a crime he didn’t commit.

I think this is possibly the worst case of police duplicity in our history. Pope and his team are alleged to have:

~ twisted, and in some cases allegedly falsified, the evidence to suit their suspect

~ ignored possible leads and evidence linking a mystery man to the crime

~ harassed Watson family members and bugged their homes

~ pressured witnesses into changing their stories

~ manipulated the media. read more…

Front Page of the Week

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Real alternative news and views from WATCHDOG

By Alan Tristram

I’ve just received my copy of ‘foreign control WATCHDOG,’ published by a little-known independent group in Christchurch.

And I think this latest front-page cartoon packs a powerful message into a small space.

This magazine is packed with lots of penetrating, independent- minded political articles you won’t find in the mainstream NZ media.

So why don’t you subscribe, too?  You can contact the publishers at ‘cafca@chch.planet.org.nz’

Your subscription will benefit not only you: It will help to keep this independent voice flourishing.

Expressway With A Vista

2018 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Never mind the noise, enjoy the view!

By Roger Childs

No wall between the bridges

A friend who lives near the new highway told me that an NZTA official said that the reason that there was no sound wall was aesthetic.

He was referring to the raised section between the Wharemauku Stream and Raumati Road bridges.

Surely he was joking?

No way, they have even built expensive seats at strategic points so that passers-by can watch the traffic roar past. read more…

‘Dump Trump and the Spy Bases’

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Aotearoa Independence asks: ‘Why is NZ still part of the Trump empire?’

From the Aotearoa Independence Movement

 

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire?

The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. 

The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone. It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.

read more…

Police Tactics Tehran Style

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police Tactics Tehran Style

Kapiti Council Great On Pathways!

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paths for the people

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Improved access to the Te Araroa Walkway from Paekakariki

KCDC does some of its best work on off-road trails and beach access points.

The development of walkways and cycleways from Paekakariki to Otaki over the last 10 years has been greatly appreciated by thousands of Kapiti residents.

So it is good news that the present council is continuing to improve and repair the existing infrastructure.

Two recent examples are the Kaitawa Reserve bush walk and access to the beach from Arawa Street in Raumati. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 103

2018 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The first challenge of 2018.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Fitness Resolution? KIN Can Help!

2018 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I know it’s not much, but it’s okay
Keep on moving anyway …

Five

Fitter, better, healthier

By Roger Childs

I know that many readers are as fit as buck rats, however some of you may be contemplating 2018 as the year to shape up. One adage that is indisputable is that getting fitter has got to be good for you.

Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming ….  whatever you do, if you keep on moving, your blood pressure will go down and you’ll start feeling better about yourself.

Below the masthead at the top, you’ll find a Keeping Fit section. If you click on it you will find a series of articles which might help you on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle. read more…

1080 Drops for Inland Kapiti

2018 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poisoning plan — Operational Solutions for Primary Industries explains

Issued by chief executive, Michelle Edge

The model for the mainland: Kapiti Island (Photo: Chris Keating)

Kāpiti [Island] is a predator-free sanctuary where birds can survive and breed untroubled by introduced possums, rats and stoats.

Their sustaining habitat of native bush offers food, safe nesting and shelter, undamaged by pests.

That balanced biodiversity is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area – 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, between the Akatarawa Road in the south and the Otaki River in the north. read more…

Poem Of The Week: If I Stop Words

2018 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From the Italian sonetto, which means “a little sound or song,” the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. poets.org

Dismiss the fear

By Julie Leibrich

One year I decided that the only poetry I would write for a whole year would be sonnets, so I set out to write one a month and to make a little book for friends at the end of the year.

I couldn’t begin for the fear that using a strict form might spoil something essential about the way I write.

So first I needed to write about my fear. read more…

New Year’s Greetings!

2018 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the winery of life may yours be a vintage one.

A beautiful day to get started

A very happy 2018 to all our readers and contributors.

Thank you for supporting Kapiti Independent News. As viewers, you are a very important part of the success of the paper, and we appreciate your readership and Comments.

To our regular correspondents and contributors, a special thank you.  We incorporate a variety of material in KIN on a wide range of subjects, because of your efforts. It is great to get coverage from around the world: Vancouver, London, Paris, Berlin, Japan, Australia; around the nation: Turangi, Wanaka, Martinborough, Christchurch, Wellington; and around the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts.

Also special thanks to  our resident cartoonist Andy, who consistently provides wonderful insights into the issues of the day with graphic skill and oral perception.

Have a pleasant and relaxing day to kick the year off.

Very best wishes

Alan Tristram and Roger Childs

Kapiti Traffic Congestion Goes North

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expressway helps only so much

By Roger Childs

Expressway congestion south of Peka Peka. (Credit NZTA)

We decided to head for New Plymouth for Christmas on Saturday December 23. Surely the big rush would have been on the Friday, with more going north on Christmas Eve.

Hard to know what happened, but we had a quick ride to about 1km south of Peka Peka, then the traffic was clogged.

It took us an hour from there to get to Otaki.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), put up electronic displays about what they quaintly describe as SUMMER JOURNEYS. The message was EXPECT DELAYS.

The expressway has solved the congestion problem within Kapiti south of Peka Peka, but the issue has merely been shunted further north. read more…

Photos Of The Week: The NZ Falcon

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Caught in the Richmond Range

Story from information supplied by Bill Benfield. Photos by Tristan Gornall 

Tristan Gornall and his friend Mark, were mountain-biking in the Richmond Range, south of Nelson, a few days before Christmas.

They returned with these photographs of a New Zealand falcon swooping down on them. The falcon clipped their helmets. 

The falcon (Karearea) is an aerial predator as environmentalist Bill Benfield testifies below.

Karearea does not make aerial passes, this bird, about the same size as a magpie, is fearless. It targets the face, particularly the eyes of passers-by too close to its nest.  I’ve had a first-hand account of it attacking a walker by Makarora. The Graf brothers met a man with his face covered in blood walking out of the bush. read more…

Mid-Week Quiz 102 Answers

2017 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you want to do the quiz before looking below, scroll down to December 27.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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The Talented Whetū

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Animals and abstracts

By Kate Hartmann

Whetū van den Oever

Whetū van den Oever is an Otaihanga based painter, perhaps best known for her vibrant animal portraits.

In recent times she has found herself drawn to the abstract form and concept.

This particular painting, “Osmosis” is based on nature, as are all of Whetūs’ works and related to her interest in chemistry which she studied at one point in her life.

Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a semi-permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalise the solute concentrations on the two sides. For me this describes how I create my abstracts.” read more…

‘Crappy New Year!’

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Birds of the Year: Parakeets

2017 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Little parrots

Story and art work by Cushla McGaughey

The Parakeets are our smallest parrots, and weigh only 40 to 80 gm.

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

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

Remembering Christmas In Poetry

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sun, rain and Christmas

By Gill Ward

Here we go last one for 2017 and what a sunny end to the year, although I feel guilty about enjoying it when New Zealand needs rain.

I know Hone Tuwhare’s words from his iconic poem Rain would echo with those longing for rain:

the something

special smell of you

when the sun cakes

the ground

Of course it is a poetical/literary time of the year and there is a wealth of beautiful poems out there to celebrate or recognise Christmas. read more…

Concerns about storage of 1080

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poison stocks near a school in Marlborough

By Mary Wood

Tua Marina School (Credit Marlborough Express)

If you took your kid to a fun, charity horse event, you wouldn’t expect it to be where one of the world’s deadliest chemicals was also stored.

But this is what’s happening at Shrawley Equestrian Centre, 121, Thomas Road at Tua Marina, close to the local primary school.

I volunteer for the education charity Clean Green New Zealand and contacted the Kapiti Independent News after I received an Official Information Act (OIA) response from the Dept of Conservation confirming the extremely hazardous Compound 1080 storage facility at Tua Marina. read more…

Twelve Months of Trump’s Mess

2017 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cataloguing a disastrous presidency

Don Caron has penned a delightful and sadly accurate record of twelve months most Americans would care to forget. Unfortunately this is not fake news.

It was written by Don Caron and is sung to the tune of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas.

 

TWELVE MONTHS OF TRUMP’S MESS (Parody of Twelve Days of Christmas)

You can find the words below. read more…

Cartoonist’s ‘ He-Man of the Year’

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local Polly of the Year

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KCDC offices in Paraparaumu — home of surprises in 2017

2017 in Kapiti: how our local politicians did 

By KIN Local Govt. Correspondent, Jeremy Smith

( And won by a dark horse candidate! — Ed )

First, our new mayor. Mayor Gurunathan is not very different from councillor Guru pre October 2016.

Those who like him will probably still like him. Those who are suspicious probably have not changed.

Guru — credit where credit’s due

But work and relations between councillors around the council table often reflect the leader and in 2017 Kapiti council worked well enough. Credit Guru for that – mostly. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Petrol Price Madness

2017 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Welcome to Kapiti, petrol price capital!

By Roger Childs

Definitely not in Kapiti!

If you can find a higher price for petrol, we will match it, plus 10%! This seems to be the message from dispensers of the vital fluid in Paraparaumu.

On a recent trip to New Plymouth we failed to find any petrol station which could equal the extraordinary prices on the Kapiti Coast. How’s this for 91 at British Petroleum outlets:

  • Paraparaumu        1.10.9
  • Otaki                       1.01.9
  • Bulls                        1.95.9
  • Wanganui              1.00.9
  • New Plymouth      1.93.9

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2017’s Fallen Angel

2017 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In the first three weeks alone, Médecins Sans Frontières treated over 250 newly arrived patients with violence-related injuries. Their injuries included bullet wounds, severe burns, blast wounds, stab wounds and sexual violence. Médecins Sans Frontières website

Heroine turned hypocrite?

By Roger Childs

Late last century she was on a par with Mother Theresa as the most respected woman on the planet. The Oslo gurus awarded her the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and this was greeted with thunderous acclamation.

Aung San Suu Kyi was the voice of democracy in Burma/Myanmar leading the campaign to  end military rule and restore constitutional government.

However, having at long last achieved her goal to lead the country, Suu Kyi has now betrayed her principles by failing to protect the rights of the Myanmar’s Rohingya communities. read more…

Mid-Week Quiz 102

2017 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Back to 10 questions this week.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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Quiz 101 Answers

2017 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All the answers to KIN Mid-Week Quiz 101 

 Happy Xmas — and we hope a good quiz is part of your celebrations.

To get you going, here are the answers to our Quiz number 101.

Remember that you can still do the quiz by scrolling down to December 20 — and that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers ahead:

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Xmas in Washington

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Leadership Down In Twelve Months

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s tough at the top

By Roger Childs

A key leader

It’s been a year full of surprises in New Zealand politics.

Every party of any significance experienced leadership changes, and even the old campaigner, the mercurial Winston Peters, got a shock in the election.

Probably the most unexpected move from the top was in December 2016, when John Key stepped down as prime minister. read more…

Poem of the Week: Twelve Days

2017 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Twelve Days of Christmas

This is a Christmas classic, but probably few of us can remember the full complement of gifts! Whether it can be strictly characterised as a carol is debatable as it has no religious connotations. However, it remains popular because of its originality, positive message and humour.

It may have originated in France, but was first published in England in 1780.

Scores of choirs, groups and vocalists have recorded it, but perhaps the most magnificent rendition is by the King Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. (This is certainly the view of well-known local Chorale singer, Gordon Dickson.) See what you think.

Here is the utube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ6K967Kk3I

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Holiday Reading From Ralph

2017 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Try these 

By Ralph McAllister

Last minute suggestions if you don’t trust my recommendations for book of the year. (Scroll down to December 20 for Ralph’s selection.)

 ~ Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

 ~ Elmet by Fiona Mozley

 ~ The Passage of Love by Alex Miller

 ~ The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna

 ~ Slow Horses by Mick Herron

I shall review these early next year but all are worthy of your attention.

Watch out for the film of Aciman’s  Call Me By Your Name, being released on Boxing Day and already given rave reviews. read more…

Guru Hails New Pathway

2017 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan

Kāpiti Mayor welcomes shared path option chosen for Peka Peka to Ōtaki  

 Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has welcomed the Transport Agency’s plan for a proposed shared path to run alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.

Earthworks begin near SH1 rail overbridge at Peka Peka. Photo: Mark Coote.

“The Agency has listened to what our community had to say and have come up with a solution that will greatly enhance cycling and walking connections across our district while at the same time showcasing the areas natural beauty,” he says. read more…

Cartoonists Living Dangerously

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In New Zealand … the likeliest reaction to a pointed cartoon about a cabinet minister’s foibles is for his or her press secretary to be on the phone wanting to buy the original. Ian Grant, Founder of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive

Having the courage of their convictions

By Roger Childs

A cartoon shows the grim reaper looking down at a grave which has the inscription CARTOONIST. He observes: That’s not funny.

Glasgow cartoonist, Terry Anderson, recently spoke in Wellington on the 25th Anniversary of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive.

His subject was Cartoonists on the front lines of free speech.

He is closely involved with a group which supports cartoonists under threat: the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).

Unfortunately there was only a small audience of about 40 at the National Library; Terry’s fascinating and informative talk deserved at least a hundred more. read more…

KIN’s Non-Fiction Book Of The Year

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The case for 1080 blown apart

By Roger Childs

This voyage of discovery into 1080 poisoning in New Zealand is a very important book.

The author Fiona M F McQueen, has had as distinguished medical and academic career, is a keen tramper and lives near Glenorchy in Central Otago.

She knew little about the topic, when she first contacted scientist and anti 1080 activist Jo Pollard.

What she has uncovered in her investigation, is an indictment on the Department of Conservation’s decades of persistent poisoning of back country areas, with pellets that can kill anything that breathes. read more…

Expressway Noise Recommendations

2017 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vindication for Bernie Randall 

The Jacobs report on peer reviewing NZTA’s noise mitigation on the Kapiti expressway has vindicated Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board member Bernie Randall’s approach to the Human Rights Commission.

The report makes a number of important recommendations.  “Six houses require mechanical ventilation to avoid opening their windows to loud expressway noise and this should be carried out without any delay owing to the hot summer,” said Mr Randall. (However people will have to pay for this ventilation!)

The report recommends, among other things, removing the rumble strips on the left hand edge lines along the urban part of the expressway and fixing approach surfaces to bridges to make them smoother. read more…

KIN’s Fiction Book Of The Year

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Alan Hollinghurst in top form

By  Ralph McAllister

Many readers, myself included, believe that he is England’s best living author.

Since he plunged into the literary scene with The Swimming Pool Library he has crafted four other novels including The Line of Beauty which was not only filmed but won the Booker.

To label his novels as unashamedly gay would be accurate, but also limiting.

His are stories which delve into the psyches of his complex men and women. read more…

Xmas Romance For Takahē

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Male takahē arrives on Kapiti Island for love tryst

Male takahē Noam departing his transfer box on Kapiti Island after the short ride from Mana.

Department of Conservation staff say they’ve moved a male takahe called Noam from Mana Island to Kapiti Island  to pair up with a recently widowed female.

Noam arrived on the island this week and it’s hoped he’ll be a suitable suitor for a female called Ihi.

Kapiti Island ranger Nick Fisentzidis says Ihi returned from her winter feeding grounds this year without her usual two male companions, Ahoake and Bargie. read more…

Nats Shocking Christmas Stocking

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA Expressway Noise Report

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Patience and progress?

Thank you for your patience while the expert review panel completed their review of the operational noise on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway (M2PP) and we acknowledge the noise concern you have raised with us.

It has been important for both the NZ Transport Agency and the M2PP Alliance to understand the factors contributing to the Expressway noise, and to be able to make improvements where practicable.

The M2PP Road-Traffic noise review report is now available on the NZTA website, along with FAQs and a summary of the next steps. The terms of reference for the Panel are also posted here.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-northern-corridor/mackays-to-peka-peka/noise-management/ read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 101

2017 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 7. Credit Cushla McGaughey

    Back to 10 questions this week.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Event Of The Year

2017 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The expressway opening

By Roger Childs

The forecast was not that great for Express Day on Saturday 18 February, but as it happened, there was no rain or wind.

NZTA expected about 15,000 to take advantage of walking, running or cycling the new expressway, but in the end over 21,000 Kapiti people turned out.

Probably many of these were people who originally opposed the Road of National Significance running through the middle of Kapiti.

There were fears of the expressway dividing the district; people losing their Kapiti Island views; native trees being destroyed; birds being displaced; and increased pollution and noise.

Also many thought that the earlier Western Link Road proposal would have been better. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Brash Bashing Not OK?

2017 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Of course everyone knows Don has the old fashioned idea that all New Zealanders are created equal. How quaint! James Cook, DomPost letter to the editor, 19 December  2017

A media target

By Roger Childs

Credit Tom Scott

Don Brash has been in the headlines for decades. Back in the late 20th century he was Governor of the Reserve Bank, and then as Leader of the National Party, using some dubious and secretive tactics,  he almost caused an upset in the 2005 election. Earlier that year he had given a controversial speech on race relations at the Orewa Rotary Club, which considerably increased support for the Tories.

After being dumped by National in favour of John Key, Brash took on Rodney Hyde for the leadership of the ACT Party and won, carrying out what many regarded as a political shafting.( See Tom Scott’s view alongside.)

In more recent times he has headed the Hobson’s Pledge movement which is committed to seeing equality for all New Zealanders, and an end to favourtism for people who have any blood link to the early Polynesian immigrants. read more…

Poem of The Week: A Christmas Wish

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Choose the great outdoors

James K Baxter’s message is to forget the traditional ways of remembering Christmas and get out into the hills.

Experience nature in all its wonder: mountains, flowing water, fish and birds. read more…

1080 Story Draws Short Reply

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Loading 1080 in a public car park in Whitianga

DoC says it won’t say anything

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Department of Conservation has replied to our invitation to comment on our story ‘DoC Using Unlicensed Security Guards?’ (December 17).

It says, in effect, ‘thanks but no thanks.’

Doc’s Mr Herb Christophers, who works at its media department in Wellington, says: “We’ve got nothing to say.

Incognito “security” at the drop zone

“The Department of Conservation is carrying out its lawful business.

“Other people have a different perspective.”

And when asked specifically to comment on the charge that DoC has been using unlicensed security guards, Mr Christophers again declined to comment.

 

KIN Sports Team Of The Year

2017 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

To understand what drives the Black Ferns … think about fundamentals: spirit, fair play, camaraderie, passion, pride, and the notion that the team is always bigger than the individual. The Black Ferns never once complained publicly about resources, allowances, pay parity, or the delicate balancing act of combining sport and work. Scotty Stevenson

Women’s rugby comes of age

By Roger Childs

There was a time when rugby was considered too rough for women and girls; best left to the male of the species.

Then, when it started officially, there was scant media interest and games looked as bad as male college staff trying to beat the top girls’ netball team.

But those days are gone.

Back in late September, in front of a large enthusiastic crowd and an ITV audience on Britain of 2.65 million, the amateur Black Ferns comfortably beat the professional English team 41-32 playing rugby of high quality. read more…

DoC Using Unlicensed Security Guards?

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coromandel man, 69-year-old Graeme Sturgeon, author, conservationist, and Vietnam war veteran, was assaulted in in the public car park of the Liquor King Building, Whitianga, on the night of 17 October, 2017 – hauled from his car by a ” security guard’, his clothing torn and his nose bloodied.….. (even his car door handle broken.) Carol Sawyer

Violence at a secret 1080 loading site

Put together by Roger Childs, with information from Carol Sawyer, Graeme Sturgeon and Wendy Pond

Loading 1080 in a public car park in Whitianga

There is a strong anti-1080 group on the Coromandel Peninsula and members were concerned about a planned drop in the area two months ago.

On the night of the October 17, the day before the scheduled operation, Department of Conservation (DoC), employees were spotted loading tons of 1080 pellets on to trucks. This was beside a storage area located at the back of the Liquor King building, close to houses and shops.

There was no signage or any indication that vehicles couldn’t enter, so Graeme Sturgeon drove in. Then all hell broke loose. According to Graeme: read more…

Local Papers Not Printing

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raising an important issue

By Roger Childs

Painting by Cushla McGaughey

Waikanae resident, John Robinson, responded to articles in the Kapiti Observer and the Kapiti Observer about the danger to dotterels at the Waikanae River estuary.

He raised valid issues in concise letters to the editor, following the requirements set by the papers, but neither weekly was prepared to publish.

Waikanae Watch has printed the letters (See https://waikanaewatch.org/ ), and we have done so too. (See below.) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 100 Answers

2017 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 19

    The 20 question special to mark the century, can still be attempted by scrolling down to December 13.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: More Pressure On Trump

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The soul of the Republican party, tattered from bigotry and auctioned off over and over again to naked self-interest and greed, was absolutely not restored by the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate  race this week.  Detroit Free Press

Democrats coming up

By Roger Childs

Democrat success in Republican heartland

The Democrat victory in Republican heartland country has narrowed the GOP majority in the US Senate to 51-49.

This will make it harder for Trump to get any legislation passed, such as the Tax Bill which will give the rich a substantial increase in income.

It needed three Republican Senators (all women), to cross the floor earlier in the year to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, now just two defectors would stymie the president. read more…

Cheer Up Steven It’s Christmas!

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC Horrified by Waste

2017 December 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti has one of NZ’s worst records on waste

Deirdre Kent, secretary for Low Carbon Kapiti says Kapiti council has revealed shocking statistics about the district’s waste.

In a letter to KIN, she says: “Recently the council did a comprehensive audit on waste, analysing the content of 240 litre, 120 litre, and 80 litre bins, as well as rubbish bags.

“It found some horrifying statistics, including this:  of all the councils cited by the consultant at WasteNot, Kapiti Coast collected more waste per capita per annum than any other. In fact it was twice as much as Christchurch.” read more…

The Iconic Children’s Book

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An early and lasting influence

By Roger Childs

Children’s writer Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent much of his childhood in Nazi Germany.

He loved drawing at school, but at the time “degenerative art” was forbidden in Germany.

Fortunately for Eric, Herr Kraus his Art teacher, showed him examples of abstract, expressionist and fauvist paintings, and he never looked back.

My green lion, polka-dotted donkey and other animals painted in the ‘wrong’ colors were really born that day seventy years ago. Eric Carle, on the influence of Art teacher, Herr Kraus read more…

News Blackout In Horowhenua

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A recent book on another s

Commentary: When the forest falls silent

By Veronica Harrod

On November 29 there was a public notice in local community paper Horowhenua Chronicle which stated, “the [Horowhenua district] council has decided not to establish a Maori Ward within the Horowhenua District.”
However, almost two working weeks later this is the only public statement that has been made to date.
I have waited in vain for what comprises our local media to at least do a cursory interview of council, councillors and local iwi representatives on this decision but all that reigns is silence as though Bambi has died in the forest.

Making Memories In The Tararuas

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A November Crossing

By Sandra Smith

Credit Fraser Crichton

The first serious tramp I did was in 1977 when we tramped the Southern Crossing of the Tararua Range.

For us it was a two and a half day trip.

It was November. It should have been mild weather but we had a 3 day southerly blast upon us and the weekend was not looking good.

On Friday it had eased and by lunchtime the call was made that we would go ahead with the trip.

I was ecstatic! For weeks we had been looking forward to this and now we were off. read more…

New Zealand Moths And Orchids

2017 December 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lichen Moths and Forest Ringlets 

By Cushla McGaughey

North Island Lichen Moth

New Zealand has fewer than 30 named butterfly species, but has an abundance of moths. Some of the 2,000 species fly during the day. Many are brightly or strikingly patterned.

The South Island Lichen Moth is highly valued enough to feature on the back of our $100 note.

The North Island Lichen Moth is distinguished by being the only moth or butterfly with asymmetric wing patterns.

Not many people know of the Forest Ringlet, which is not closely related to any other of our native butterfly species. Once found throughout New Zealand’s forests, it is now very rare and restricted to a few remote areas above 600 metres, such as the Tararua Ranges.

On windy days the butterfly will briefly take flight before alighting on a sunny branch to rest.On calm days it flies up into the tree tops to sunbathe with outstretched wings, descending lower to feed on flowers. read more…

A Battle For Exotics In North Wairarapa

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Pokai Parera Farms near Eketahuna are owned by Bud and Dr. Elizabeth Jones. Bud was awarded the QSM in 2013 for efforts in wildlife conservation and arboretum achievements.

Covenant application denied

By Bud Jones

I applied for a Queen Elizabeth 11 Open Space Covenant for 214 acres.

The area included 5 large lakes plus 21 small ponds with 30,000 trees planted by me and all areas developed for wildlife habitat.

(Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is an independent statutory organisation and a registered charity. It was set up in 1977 to ‘encourage and promote, for the benefit of New Zealand, the provision, protection, preservation and enhancement of open space’.)

Assessors from QE2 came out to view the situation, and were not initially impressed or interested.

Why? – because the majority of the trees were exotics  – maple, oaks, cherry, birch, alders, taxodium and others.

I was turned down. read more…

Foreign Cartoonist Of The Year

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Who had more life, more energy than him? So many more cartoons to draw; painting to paint, politicians to satirise… so many more lives to enhance with his wit, his brilliance, his good friendship. Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull, speaking of Bill Leak

The magic of the caricaturists

By Roger Childs

Cartoons are often the first thing magazine and newspaper readers look at. (We know how much readers enjoy the work of  KIN’s Andy.)

They are an amazing group and are generally fearless in putting their interpretation on events and issues.

In most countries this doesn’t cause problems, but in places like Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea and Turkey cartoonists may up end up before the courts and in jail. Tragically in the Charlie Hebdo case people died.

And in Australia, Bill Leak’s brilliant cartoon showing the prophet Muhammad arguing with God resulted in jihadist threats and forced Bill and the family to go to a safe house. read more…

Kapiti Long Term Planning

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The message to submitters

By Mayor K Gurunathan

A draft of our long term plan will be released in late March next year.  Once it is available to review, you can choose whether you wish to have your earlier feedback considered as a submission on the draft plan and formally responded to through the long term plan process.

You will also have the opportunity to put in a new submission during the consultation.  We’ll let you know when the consultation opens, so you have some time to decide.

As part of the community engagement we received a wide range of input from the community, and I thought you might be interested to know about some of the other feedback we received and key themes that emerged. read more…

Trump’s Sex Movie

2017 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 100

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • See question 4

    A 20 question special to mark the century!

 

  • See the incentive for Kapiti readers at the bottom.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Hoop Club Family Day

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Kids vs Family” Games

By Angelo Robinson

Hoop Club- 8 to 10 yrs Family Day

Sunday 10 December was the last Hoop Club Kapiti session for 2017.

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti celebrates the last day of Hoop Club for the year with “Kids vs Family” games and end of year awards in all three sessions at Hoop Club. read more…

Molesworth 1080 Drop: Wasteful & Costly

2017 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Although possums are the main source of wildlife infection, it is difficult and costly to directly detect TB in the possum population itself, because the disease often only occurs in small population clusters.” OSPRI

A cheaper more effective way to deal with possums

By Marty Foote

There has been work done, by contract possum trappers, that has proved able to identify the small TB possum clusters (TB hot-spots), by autopsying all the possums caught during the initial control work.

Consequently, the trappers can then target future possum control in those small areas where TB possum clusters have been found.

This means that there is no by-kill of any other animals, TB is eradicated from possums quicker and less money is spent on TB targeted possum control. 

However, OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries),  is following a TB eradication programme that only considers the more expensive, guaranteed to provide work for the aerial 1080 industry for 10-20 years, as the only option for the possum control work.

OSPRI is being paid to do this through money forcibly collected from taxpayers, ratepayers and farmers. read more…

What Jacinda Must Do

2017 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

‘TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES’

But what’s needed is  major overhaul !

‘She exudes genuine warmth and humanity’

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

 

I’m going to start by doing something unusual, possibly unique, for me – namely, praising a politician.

Perhaps I’m going soft in my old age but I think Jacinda is just what it says on the tin. She exudes genuine warmth and humanity. She’s a fresh face, a breath of fresh air, and any other cliché including the word “fresh”. read more…

What’s Up DoC? 3: Deer Kill

2017 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A 1080 poison operation targeting possum on New Zealand’s largest farm has angered hunters who fear it’s needlessly killed hundreds of red deer. The Marlborough Express

Time to get real over 1080 and Tb

By Roger Childs

1080 was originally developed as an insecticide and is now banned in most of the World. But not in clean green New Zealand which use 80%+ of the planet’s supply. Sodium fluoroacetate  kills anything that breathes, and the deaths of animals, birds, insects, dogs and humans is often long and painful.

The October drop on Molesworth Station was ostensibly to kill possums which spread Tb to cattle. BUT THEY DON’T.

New Zealand is Tb free according to the world standard, so organisations like TBfree New Zealand and OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries), have no reason to exist.

The highly paid staff should be set loose on the labour market to get real jobs. read more…

Photo of the Week

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Meals on Wheels’ in Wyoming, USA

Kapiti local historian Anthony Dreaver has contributed this photo, highlighting a photo finish in the mountains of Wyoming recently…

 

 

Waikanae Pupils Welcome Xmas

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Children, staff and parents celebrate at Waikanae School

By Peter Corlett

Waikanae School was alive with the sounds of Christmas as families gathered for a summer evening picnic recently on the top field.  

An appreciative audience of several hundred enjoyed BBQ sausages and drinks, sitting on deck chairs or blankets as the different class groups entertained them with a range of traditional and NZ Christmas carols.  

Principal, Bevan Campbell, acted as the compare, announcing each group, calling them to the stage. read more…

KIN Politician of the Year

2017 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The rise and rise of Jacinda Ardern

By Roger Childs

A list MP and just one of the Labour front bench in bench in January.

In January she was just one of the Opposition’s shadow cabinet and a list MP. However by late October she was prime minister.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Jacinda Ardern, to become the 40th leader of the New Zealand government and at 37, the youngest since the middle of the 19th century.

In her short time as leader of the nation her government has implemented a number of policies, in line with her promises to do plenty in the first 100 days.

She has also been overseas to the APEC Conference and made a favourable impression with world leaders. read more…

Filipino Carers Suffer

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Author Judith Holloway, lyricist for a new National Anthem

New Government must sort out rest home scandal

By Judith Bryers Holloway, In Levin

I’ve been reading recently about Filipino nurses and carers employed in our ‘rest’ and ‘care’ homes who are subjected to unfair and absurd conditions! (article by Helen King in  Dominion Post, Dec. 4)

Filipino nurses recruited for NZ hospital work

Yet I shouldn’t be surprised as this is on a par with the poor working conditions under which other staff, including native-born Kiwis, suffer.

They are hard-working, kindly, cheerful and good at what they do.They are contracted to be on call at the will of management, have few of the employment rights that used to be part-and-parcel of all NZ workers’ expectations. They are threatened with dismissal if they object to too-long hours, the burden of extra tasks, of ‘spilling the beans’ about management. This is Dickensian.

read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 99 Answers

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Scroll down to Wednesday December 6, if you would still like to do it.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Top Sportswomen Deserve Better

2017 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

How about better support for our top professional sportswomen?   

By Prue Hyman

 

A couple of years ago I wrote a column about yet another controversy on women receiving the same pay as men, in this case for winning a grand slam tennis event – perhaps the only sport where this has been achieved.

Women’s tennis is just as popular as men’s in all respects including TV coverage and sponsorship and so has reached this status.

My column pointed out the strong feminist fight to achieve this and paid tribute to Billie Jean King and others for their work on the issues. Her victory over Bobby Riggs has recently received new attention with the excellent film Battle of the Sexes dramatizing the lead-up and the match. read more…

Bummer in the Summer

2017 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Gets Easter Trading

2017 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

KCDC offices in Paraparaumu — just across the road from a shopping centre

Councillors vote 7-3 for Easter Sunday trading; Mayor abstains

By Jeremy Smith, KIN Local Govt. reporter

Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan abstained

Kapiti shops will be able to open on Easter Sunday next year.

The council vote was split seven to three.  

Councillors Jackie Elliott and James Cootes voted against Sunday trading and mayor Gurunathan abstained.  Elliott had called for each vote to be recorded.
Councillor David Scott who was absent had indicated he opposed Sunday trading. read more…

Cartoonist Behaving Badly

2017 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in January 2015, focused the collective attention of the world on cartoonists and the tension that exists between the right of freedom of expression and the responsibilities that come with it. Scottish cartoonist, Terry Anderson

The wonderful cartooning art

By Roger Childs

Caricature is one of the great graphic arts and probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Editors know that quality cartoonists sell a lot of papers and older Wellington readers will remember Nevile Lodge’s visuals covering the entire front page of the Saturday Sports Post. (See alongside.)

Tom Scott once said that if the editor won’t print my piece for the day, I’m off because I earn more than he does.

Overseas, cartoonists can risk going to jail and even their lives, when the strokes of their pen touch sensitive political nerves. New Zealander David Low was the most famous anti –Nazi cartoonist and was on Hitler’s hit list if Britain had been invaded.

We are fortunate at KIN in having our own resident cartoonist, the talented Andy. read more…

What’s Up DoC 2?

2017 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How is a democratic society supposed to function when lobbying organisations, acting on behalf of a significant segment of society, decide they can no longer perform this important role?

How do you effect change when organisations such as Fish & Game start worrying more about where their funding is coming from than about the risks to our food chain and the lives of hunters and fishermen?

Kathy White, Waikato Regional Councillor for Taupo-Rotorua and the Environmental and Services Performance Committee Chair.

“Fish and Game’s” primary duty

By Tony Orman

I’m the author of some trout fishing books and have held a Fish and Game trout fishing licence for just on 70 seasons. I consider Fish and Game’s first duty is to its licence holders, i.e. the trout fishing public.

I realise under the act of parliament transforming the old acclimatisation  societies to today’s fish and game councils that for some strange reason, the new councils’ first obligation was to the Minister of Conservation in other words the Department of Conservation.

Frankly the apparent support by Fish and Game NZ and its then CEO for this political hamstring was a very dumb, very stupid move. read more…

Mahara Arts Review: Textile Art

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Textile art excites!

By Cushla McGaughey

Sara Boland with her winning entry

This year’s exhibition has seen an exciting increase in textile art entries. (The Mahara exhibition runs through until January 12.)

In fact, the top award was taken out by textile artist, Sara Boland, with Di-vision, a statement about the effect of the Expressway on the Kapiti community.

She says it is also “a statement about the place of textile work as a legitimate medium in the world of art”.

(Sara currently has an exhibition on at Tutere Gallery. Scroll down to November 21.)

read more…

House Sales Falter

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti misses out on housing ‘spring Flush’

By Local Govt. correspondent Jeremy Smith

Kapiti missed the traditional ”spring flush” of residential house sales in October.

Compared with the previous month, median prices were down and the number of actual sales was significantly less.

Some numbers also softened compared with the same month last year. read more…

Chain Gang Blues

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tale of the Horowhenua CEO

2017 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

Land, property and the CEO in Levin 

By Veronica Harrod
There’s an an intriguing tale of land and property interests owned by the Horowhenua District Council chief executive, David Clapperton.
He says: “We are not in the land development game,” in response to a query about why he and his wife Catherine Whitehouse have their company Kai Tipu Ora Ltd listed under a “Land development or subdivision (excluding construction)” industry code.
He made the declaration in an exclusive interview after the company, of which Mr Clapperton and his wife are sole directors, was publicly revealed for the first time in the commentary ‘Horowhenua Horror Bout’ that appeared in Kapiti Independent News on November 30.

read more…

KIN’s 2017 Awards: Worst Politician

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And the Trump it shall sound! Bill Clague

Winning by miles

By Roger Childs

Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong Un were in the running, but, in the end, couldn’t match US President Donald Trump.

Many Americas are still shaking their heads over how the current occupant of the White House got there.

It was a tragedy that the Democrats didn’t choose Bernie Sanders last year or persuade Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, to stand. Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate and now the Americans and the World has to put up with the bigoted buffoonery of Donald Trump.

Many hoped that he might moderate his style once in office, but no chance. read more…

KIN’s 2017 Awards

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s that time again!

We realise that long-term readers have been eagerly awaiting our selections. You and the new folk won’t be disappointed.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking back over the year and looking at the best and worst of 2017.

In our of the year articles, we will include local politician, best work of non-fiction, national politician, best film, international politician, worst international event, biggest sporting surprise, top NZ sportswoman and sportsman to name a few.

And it all starts today! Stay posted!

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 99

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 8.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Coastal Rules Worry Residents

2017 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A doomed part of the present coastal track south of Raumatti South

CRU fears residents will lose rights to protest

The High Court has released its decision in the case brought by Coastal Ratepayers United Inc (CRU) against Kapiti Coast District Council. But the CRU says residents still deserve a fair say.

Chair Paul Dunmore says the issue was the process that KCDC has been using to develop its new District Plan.

At an earlier stage, the Environment Court had ruled that what KCDC had done was unlawful in part. In response KCDC made last-minute changes to its proposed plan.

The High Court has now declined to go further than the Environment Court had done. read more…

Kenny McFadden At Hoop Club Kapiti

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Basketball legend in town

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photography by Ben Hopkinson

On Sunday 3 December 2017 Kenny McFadden was in the district.

His credentials are unquestioned:

  • Exchequer Saints Player
  • Hoop Club Founder with Coach Angelo Robinson & Coach Terry Stallworth
  • Director of Coaching Hoop Club Wellington & New Zealand Basketball Academy
  • former Basketball New Zealand Jnr Tall Blacks Coach
  • Coach and Mentor to Oklahoma NBA Star Steve Adams.

He came to Hoop Club Kapiti to work with our Hoop Club players and coaches in the middle and last Hoop Club sessions: 8 to 10 year olds 10.30 to 11.30am, 11 to 13 year olds 11.30 to 12.30pm.

read more…

Mahara Arts Review

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Show now featuring in Waikanae

By Cushla McGaughey

The Mahara Arts Review opened at the District Gallery on 2 December and will run until 14 January 2018. The exhibition comprises a wonderfully varied range of new artworks from 74 Kapiti and Horowhenua artists.

Warmest congratulations to Julie Leibrich, who contributes Sonnet of the Month on Kapiti Independent News.

Her watercolour and ink, Intimate Connections, won the Special Merit Award sponsored by Picture Perfect Framing. read more…

Photos of the Week: Bud’s Farm

2017 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Creating beautiful landscapes

Bud (Herbert Jones) was born in America, but has lived most of his life in New Zealand. Having earlier been a teacher, lecturer and musician, in recent years he has been transforming his farms in the north Wairarapa into things of beauty.

He recognises the value of exotics, and these feature in much of his tree plantings: maple oaks, cherry, birch, alders etc … However, he has run foul of local authorities who have an obsession with natives!

More on this battle in a later feature. Meanwhile enjoy Bud’s photos!

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What’s Up DoC 1?

2017 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

conservation noun  the protection and preservation of the environment. Chambers Compact Dictionary

Censorship and opinion manipulation?

By Roger Childs

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Our article title was first used by Investigate magazine when, many years ago, it examined the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) obsession with wanting to “restore” New Zealand’s bygone ecology. (Our environment columnist, Bill Benfield was a major contributor.)

The question still needs to be asked, in relation to the on-going poisoning of our land, especially with 1080. Former medical professor and keen outdoors enthusiast, Fiona McQueen, has recently produced a damning indictment on DoC’s disastrous aerial 1080 policy in her book The Quiet Forest. (See the review on November 29.)

Meanwhile the Department’s sensitivity over the issue has led to attempts to stifle dissent and threaten freedom of expression. What’s going on? read more…

Julie’s Sonnet of the Month

2017 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Discard and enjoy!

 By Julie Leibrich

Sometimes the most oppressive thoughts disappear if we can only somehow let go of them.

Then, suddenly, we are swept up in the love for life! read more…

Lisa Call’s Reflections On Cape Palliser

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A talented textile artist

By Kate Hartmann

Lisa Call, an award-winning American born artist now based here in Waikanae Beach, currently has this impressive 5 panel piece available at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space.

Lisa is predominantly a textile artist who paints with fabric and creates design by drawing with thread.

This particular piece “Falling in Love – Cape Palliser” was inspired by one of her very first Kiwi adventures, a 4WD getaway to Cape Palliser where she was struck by the beauty of the landscape.  read more…

Te Reo On Radio New Zealand

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cultural respect

By Roger Childs

Saginaw honours his Marime comrades

Some years ago I was present at a ceremony at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.

An elderly Native American Marine had come from half a world away, to honour his comrades who had lived and  trained in New Zealand during World War Two.

There was a Maori welcome, and the visitor stood patiently and respectfully as two local iwi leaders spoke and joked in Te Reo for about 20 minutes.

There was no translation.

Finally one of them welcomed the former Marine in English.

Who showed cultural respect? read more…

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 98 Answers

2017 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 1.

    The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 29.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Books As Gift Ideas

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Panic at Christmas?

By Ralph McAllister

Don’t know what to buy him/her?

Don’t worry Help is nigh.

Here are four novels from writers at the pinnacles of their careers.

Surely one or more will solve your quandary. read more…

Calligraphy Exhibition Continues

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Perfection the Joy – a collaboration

By Pam Kessler

Barbara Field and Michelle Mainwaring worked together to create the stunning piece featured below.

Acrylics, PVA glue and a variety of other mediums were applied to an 8×8 canvas.

I also heard a blow torch was somehow employed in the process – but that may have been just idle gossip!

Michelle is a Graphic Designer and Barbara an Interior Designer, and both artists define themselves as painters and ‘beginner’ calligraphers. read more…

The Beast of Fiends

2017 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand Wars – Getting The Truth

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

19th century history in the spotlight

By Roger Childs

Fighting at Rangiaowhia in 1864

Otorohanga College students Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson came up with the idea of a day of remembrance for the New Zealand Wars.

This was taken up and the first commemoration occurred on October 28.

The girls felt that the public needed to have a better understanding of the conflicts of the 19th century and that all students should learn about them as part of the school curriculum. read more…

Germany At The Crossroads

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Come on, come out. Think about your responsibility!’

Germany after the elections: Nobody wants to govern with Merkel?

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

Never before in German history since 1949 has it been so difficult forming a federal government.

For decades, every party wanted to be in the government, getting well-paid positions, big black cars and time on TV.

But now it seems no one wants to run the country – except Chancellor Merkel. read more…

Kapiti Marine Reserve Protection

2017 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Helping terns and penguins

By Cushla McGaughey

The Kapiti Marine Reserve is a 22-square-kilometre area that connects with both the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve and the Waikanae Estuary Reserve.  A continuum of protected land, sea and estuary such as this is very rare.

It greatly benefits species like terns and penguins that rely on the sea for food, but must roost and breed on land.

White-fronted terns nest in small colonies on rocky islets close to the coast of Kāpiti Island. They come to feed around the Waikanae river mouth or rest on the sandbanks along the beach.

Unlike scavenging gulls, they feed solely on live fish, caught on the wing. Flying into the wind, they hover a few metres above the sea and then dart down, with scarcely a splash, to snatch small surface-shoaling fish. They can fish in the surge of breaking waves as well. read more…