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America First! Netherlands Second!

2017 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From this day forward it’s going to be only America first, America first. President Trump to a class of pre-schoolers, or so it seemed

Savouring the humour while we can

By Roger Childs

At some stage we are going to have to take the reality of President Trump seriously. However in the meantime let’s enjoy the cartoons and satire.

While America and the World wait with fear and trepidation as to what will unfold, one thing is certain, Trump is a cartoonist’s dream.

In the 25 April 2016 issue of the New Yorker, every cartoonist on the payroll did a Trump cartoon.  (One of them is featured as the Editor’s Pick on the right hand side.) read more…

Chance To Hear “Ukes of Wellington”!

2017 January 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… all ages were enjoying a hearty strum as they sang along to the songs that we all know from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I found that I knew the majority of the songs. So come along, have a sangria or two, or a wine or beer and get into the atmosphere. Mary Gow on a recent Wellington concert

Now for something completely different

The Mulled Wine Concert Series in Paekakariki is normally a stage for highly-trained classical musicians.

However, as concert organiser Mary Gow says, “Sometimes we like to let our hair down and have a little fun!”

So, to kick off the 2017 season, the organisers are hosting an evening of music devoted to the Mighty Ukelele

~ on Saturday 28 January 2017

~ at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall, starting at 7 PM.

~ Door and bar open at 6:30 PM read more…

Australian Open:The Sharp End

2017 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ROGER Always My Number 1!  Slogan of Federer fans in the crowd

Carnage for high seeds in Melbourne

By Roger Childs

Angelique Kerber, last year’s winner, congratulates Coco Vanderweghe

It’s quarter finals time and many of the top eight seeds haven’t made it. Both number ones -Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber – are out, as are Simona Harap, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic.

Some young talent is coming through, such as the Zverev brothers from Germany. In the fourth round Mischa beat Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, while Alexander took Nadal to five sets. Relative unknown, American Coco Vandeweghe, thrashed Kerber in the fourth round to set up a quarter final clash with the talented Garbiñe Muguruza.

However in among the great matches in the round of 16, there was tennis of high quality between Roger Federer, returning from injury, and Kei Nishikori the world number 5. read more…

Paraparaumu Beach Fun Day

2017 January 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mother and children beside the pond at Maclean Park

Kapiti Council hosting family day at Maclean Park 

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is hosting a family fun day at Maclean Park on Saturday, 28 January, between 11am to 3pm.

Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says it’ll be a fun day for all ages — with entertainment, food and activities.

The Park was the centre of controversy last month when the KCDC decided to leave the popular pool empty this summer because of leakage problems (see KIN story, Dec. 20).

read more…

Otaki Pool Upgrading

2017 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki pool as it is now — great fun, but can be improved

Major work starts soon to improve facilities at Otaki’s swimming pool

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast Council says redevelopment of the Ōtaki Pool’s will get underway next month.

And the pool will be closed from Friday, 24 February, for about eight months while work is carried out.

Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says the pool hall will be rebuilt, access into the building improved, a ramp added to the pool and filtration systems separated. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Trump: No He Can’t?

2017 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Yes we can! Catch cry in the 2008 Obama presidential campaign

Beyond belief

By Roger Childs

Most Americans woke up this morning wondering why the shallow Donald Trump, who so many had said was unfit for high office, was now President of the United States. However, he may have lost the personal vote by nearly three million to Hillary Clinton, but under the electoral college system, enshrined in the constitution, he won comfortably.

In his inauguration speech and earlier pronouncements, Trump made it clear that he was the man who would solve all America’s problems, sweep away Obama policies and take on the federal establishment on behalf of the people.

However, he is now part of the political establishment. He had also been very critical of Wall St and big business, however many of his cabinet and advisors have been selected from the corporations and the Washington elite. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 55 Answers

2017 January 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to attempt the latest challenge, scroll down to January 18.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Trump’s Job Creation

2017 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“A United Kingdom” Very Good Viewing

2017 January 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The tenacity he had to hang on to a white wife; to say, she’s who I’m in love with – if you want me, you have to have her.  Director, Amma Asante

Avoiding the perils of making historical films

By Roger Childs

Movies about historical figures and events can been disastrous, as directors often can’t resist taking liberties with the truth. Elizabeth is a case in point where there were at least a dozen factual errors, including making a leading character a Catholic when he was actually a Protestant!

A United Kingdom is based around the future leader of Botswana (Bechuanaland), Seretse Kharma, and his battle to have his marriage to English woman Ruth Williams accepted, so that he could assume leadership of the former British colony.

Obviously there is licence taken over the conversations that take place, however the story is well told and sticks to the basic historical facts. The result is a very watchable film, part love story, part political intrigue: four and a half stars. read more…

Otaki Needs Teen Amenity

2017 January 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pump track at the Avantidrome in Cambridge — why not Otaki too?

The struggle for a pump track for Otaki teenagers 

By Ann Lawler in Otaki

During a visit to Napier/Cambridge almost three years ago, I saw some great bike tracks and realised how neglected Otaki teens are.

Enthusiasts in Otaki tried hard to get something similar, but so far the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Otaki Community Board have failed to come up with the goods. read more…

Djokovic the First Major Men’s Casualty

2017 January 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

First of all, I feel sorry for Novak, I was playing so good today. I surprised myself, as well. Wild card, Denis Istomin

The wonderful Australian Open!

By Roger Childs

Serena top seed and beaten finalist in 2016

It’s the most watched January sporting event on the planet.

The first tennis grand slam of the year sees the Aussies roll up to Melbourne Park in their hundreds of thousands, while millions around the world, watch wall-to-wall coverage of the two week tournament on television.

Last year Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were the number one seeds, but for the 2017 tournament it’s Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray. Tennis is a truly international sport and possibly the most competitive. read more…

Kapiti Political Donations Revealed

2017 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Guy Burns

GIFT OR POISON?

By Guy Burns, deputy chair,Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Bd

The Kapiti local government elections have been and gone — so let’s look now at our system of electoral donations.

Donations are a type of gift. The root word for gift in ancient German and Greek means both gift (as in English) and poison. This is no coincidence based on the obligatory nature of reciprocity of a gift (or in ancient times, the threat of harm that was believed to befall a recipient who failed to reciprocate). read more…

Art Work of the Week: Jacob Bly

2017 January 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A talented young calligrapher

At age fifteen Jacob is one of the youngest members of the Calligraphers of Kapiti. He has been mentored by local artist Philip Markham.

When asked what he finds the hardest, Jacob said that he still finds it hard to form lettering and get it just the way he wants it to look.

Pam Kessler reports that art and music are Jacob’s passions, but sailing at Titahi Bay seems to come a pretty close third!

Our art work this week by Jacob has a sailing theme. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 55

2017 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: In Praise of Possums

2017 January 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The possum is the most maligned animal in NZ. If you want to provoke a New Zealander tell them you like possums, or even that you’re indifferent – this elicits visceral and even xenophobic responses from what are normally quite measured people. Scientist, Jamie Steer

A native by now?

By Roger Childs

If it was a native animal we would be protecting it! But it’s an Aussie import let loose 180 years ago. If your forebears arrived in New Zealand three years before the Treaty of Waitangi, would you regard yourself as a “native” today?

The slow breeding possum is vilified, as Jamie Steer observes above. It was introduced in 1837 to start a fur industry and that business continues today. There were hundreds of liberations up until the 1930s, and it was only after World War Two that all hunting and trapping restrictions were lifted and the possum was categorised as a noxious pest.

Today all sorts of dirt is thrown at possums to justify trying to wipe them out. They destroy forests; they eat bird eggs and chicks; they spread tuberculosis to cattle; they have limited value. read more…

Otaki Smash Injures 3

2017 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Serious crash on Otaki Gorge Road

Police say roads closed by a serious accident south of Otaki have now reopened.

Emergency services were called to a serious crash on State Highway One, just south of Otaki South Bridge, this morning.

Police said one person was in a critical condition, one was in a serious condition and another in a moderate condition. read more…

KCDC May Threaten Democracy

2017 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Kapiti Council’s new rules deny free speech

An opinion piece by Salima Padamsey

The KCDC’s new standing orders — recently recommended for the 2016-2019 triennium by Local Government NZ — were adopted by a majority vote.

But they seem deeply undemocratic. 

Standing orders are comprised of rules for council meetings that are mostly administrative in nature.  They are vital in ensuring that Council meetings flow smoothly and efficiently. read more…

Poem of the Week: From Julie Leibrich

2017 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Inspiration from a remote island

Tiree is a low lying island located in the Inner Hebrides.

It was visits to this small, lightly populated, Scottish outpost that inspired Julie to write seven poems.

These are gathered in a collection called Land Below the Waves.

Today we feature the title poem. read more…

Canada’s Air Force Rearms

2017 January 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Canada needs new fighter in a more threatening world

By Eribert Loehner in Vancouver

In 1977, Canada entered an extensive procurement process to find a suitable replacement for its aging fleet of military fighter aircraft.

At that time the Royal Canadian Air Force flew a number of obsolescent aircraft types that had similar roles.

Ideally,it’s been argued, a single more-capable aircraft could handle all these roles and would generate savings by streamlining maintenance and pilot training. read more…

Naval Tragedy Survivor Passes On

2017 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And that next wave was big: we were immediately capsized and dumped into the frigid, angry sea. Signalman, Frank Zalot Jr. United States Navy

A long life after nearly drowning in New Zealand

By Roger Childs

Frank lays a wreath in 2012 at the memorial for the sailors in Queen Elizabeth Park

Frank Zalot Jr. passed away in Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 10, aged 90. More than seventy three years earlier, he had narrowly escaped death off the Kapiti Coast.

He was one of only two survivors after a landing craft overturned in a naval training exercise in June 1943. It occurred in stormy seas, off a beach close to the US Marine Camps.

10 sailors were drowned, but because of wartime security, details of the tragedy were embargoed. It was not until Frank returned to the Kapiti Coast in 2012, that the full story was told. read more…

‘Why I’m a Teacher’

2017 January 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Huge challenges, successes, and where the Govt. gets it wrong

By Peter Corlett, of Waikanae School

After being a teacher for more than  30 years, I’ve asked myself:’ Why have I been doing this for so long?

And while children may say I am teacher, I prefer the broader term ‘educationalist.’

Why ‘educationist’?  It’s a reflection of one of the big changes in education. read more…

Sportsman of the Year: No Contest

2017 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The WBO World Heavyweight Champion boxer Joseph Parker is the only non-Olympian to be up for Sportsman of the Year, where he will compete against rower Mahe Drysdale, shot putter Tom Walsh and runner Nick Willis. RNZ News

Leaving the right ones out?

By Roger Childs

The Halberg Awards selectors have a habit of getting things wrong. Their worst mistake was to give the All Whites, Team of the Year and the Supreme Award in 2010, when they couldn’t even win a match in the World Cup.

Now with their selection of finalists in the Sportsman category, only one out of the four is the best in the world.  That is Mahe Drysdale, who won single sculls gold in Rio by a coat of shellac. So he must win the Men’s award.

However two men who are the best in the world – Beauden Barrett and Liam Malone – are not on the short-list. read more…

Modern Manners

2017 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 54 Answers

2017 January 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you still want to take on the latest challenge, scroll down to January 11.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Columnists of the Year (3)

2017 January 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A ‘Teacher for All (Good) Reasons’

By Alan Tristram

Another of our columnists you should get to know is Waikanae School teacher Peter Corlett.

He’s among the best friends of KIN.

Not only an educator, he’s also a talented photographer, marriage and funeral celebrant, and he fills the vital post of president of the Kapiti Branch of the the NZEI (the primary teachers’ union). read more…

Unusual Freeze Hits Vancouver

2017 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Eribert and Barbara Loehner on skates in Vancouver

Pacific Coast temperature plunges; skaters and hockey players rejoice

From Eribert Loehner in Vancouver

Since the turn of the New Year, Vancouver has endured a rather nasty period of cold weather — highly unusual for us.
The last time Vancouver had a snow accumulation on the ground was over 1000 days ago. Vancouver is on the Pacific coast and rather than cold and snow, it usually suffers extended periods of rain during the winter. Our city rarely has to suffer through more than a few days each year when the temperature drops below freezing.

read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: NZ’s National Day

2017 January 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He iwi tahi tatou – We are now one nation. Lieutenant-Governor Hobson, February 1840

Take the politics out of it?

By Roger Childs

We are still more than three weeks away from Waitangi Day and the sparring has already begun. The Prime Minister won’t go to Waitangi because he wouldn’t be allowed to speak, and Maori groups in the area have responded with mixed messages.

New Zealanders are tired of the annual stoush over the national day and would be delighted if the event could be de-politicised.

Politics are not an issue on Australia Day or Canada Day, so why here? read more…

Misleading Expressway Story

2017 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Giving the Kapiti highway a bad rap

By Roger Childs

Cyclist riding illegally on the expressway?

Kapiti readers picking up their paper off the driveway today, would have been mystified by the front page news.

There, blaring out at the bottom of page one was the headline: Cyclists fall victim to high expressway kerbs.

But the Expressway isn’t open until later next month, so were these cyclists riding illegally on the new highway? No they weren’t.

So was this a case of don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story? Yes to that. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Copperplate Lettering

2017 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More beautiful calligraphic lettering

Maggie Salter is one of the talented Calligraphers of Kapiti.

She runs workshops for the group from time to time and tutors beginner students at her Raumati home.

It gives me much pleasure in seeing their progress and their enthusiasm in their quest to learn calligraphy.

The art work below is an example of gouache copperplate lettering applied to black paper. read more…

Middle-East Morass

2017 January 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And you thought the Palestine problem couldn’t be sorted?

Atkinson’s Masterly Maigret

2017 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s quite weird the way the arts community has a long lasting cynicism of the artistic value of comedy. Whereas as soon as you play a serious role ‘Aha!  Now you’re an actor’. Rowan Atkinson

A comic actor is a serious role?

 By Roger Childs

Rowan Atkinson is one of Britain’s greatest comedians. With an ability to do wonderful impersonations, extraordinary faces and look like a complete idiot, he has entertained a generation.

But how about playing the legendary and serious French detective Maigret?  No worries: Atkinson performed superbly in the title role of the recent BBC series Maigret’s Dead Man shown on TV1.

Definitely a different interpretation compared to Maigrets of the past played by luminaries of the silver screen such as Charles Laughton, Rupert Davis and Michael Gambon, but just as impressive. read more…

Women Who Changed the World

2017 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Vera Rubin — cosmologist who deserved a Nobel Prize

Mighty Girls should be celebrated

By Prue Hyman 

I’m starting 2017 with a rousing feminist column, bemoaning the lack of celebration of good women and introducing some who should be better known.

And of course the ongoing impediments to women having the opportunity to achieve in many parts of the world need major actions (ALL parts of the world but some are worse!)

Women achievers Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton

Take Vera Rubin – a recent example where a woman has been well celebrated AFTER she died aged 88 in December, but few of us had heard of during her life (unless we were astronomers).

She discovered the existence of dark matter, thanks to a job her male colleagues thought too boring and menial to bother with. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 54

2017 January 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Quakers Bloomin’ Upset

2017 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Auckland Quakers caught on camera as they make posies for prisoners at Christmas

Quaker blooms shut out of clink by bureaucratic paranoia 

‘P-injected palatable pansies?’

By Viola Palmer, a Kapiti Coast Quaker

How many traditions have been going on quietly for 99 years then abruptly cease?  It was  not a volcanic eruption or an earthquake that was going to put an end to the tradition of Quakers in Auckland sending posies to prisoners in Mt Eden Jail at Christmas. It was bureaucratic paranoia.

But just who are these Quakers ? And why do they take an interest in prisoners ?

Well, Quakers are members of a small, but tenacious, religious sect which originated in England in the 1650’s. read more…

Angela of the World

2017 January 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Angela Merkel — the most powerful women in the world?

Story and photos by Harald Daehne in Berlin

After Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the resignation of the French President, Europe knows only one dependable and adaptable leader —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In office since 2005, she is respected as a rational and reliable partner in domestic and in foreign affairs. read more…

Courting Tennis Etiquette

2017 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Are you serious?????? Tennis star John McInroe at his brattish worst, harassing officials

Bring on the men

By Roger Childs

The popular David Ferrer

The ASB women’s tournament with probably be remembered more for on-court antics and the under-whelming performances of some of the seeds, than for the quality of the tennis.

The men are now in action, and fans will be looking forward to seeing stars such as the evergreen David Ferrer; the skyscraper John Isner; the talented Roberto Batista Agut and the unpredictable Marcos Baghdartis, show their skills.

The Auckland tournament organiser, Karl Budge, will probably be delighted to have the women’s event behind him and move on to the men’s tournament. read more…

Poem of the Week: From Sting

2017 January 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This song is about feeling joyous, but knowing that the joy is going to end someday. Songfacts

Classic verse, beautiful song

Sting (Gordon Sumner), released Field’s of Gold in 1993 and some regard it as the best song ever written.

The British poet and song writer created it soon after buying a house near a field of barley.

Probably the best loved rendition of the classic is by the late Eva Cassidy.

 

read more…

Necessary Skills for Library Management

2017 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti is an intelligent, well-read community. It deserves a manager that will maintain a quality library service …

Change and continuity

By Leslie Clague

leslie-clague-the-latestI understand the Kapiti Coast has a new library manager pending. My five years as district library manager at Kapiti were most rewarding and a great way to end my library career.

Mind you, it has been close to six years since I departed. I am aware that the power of technology is changing the library experience somewhat, however there are some key skills necessary in a library manager that don’t change.

I trust these abilities will feature in the Kapiti Coast District Council’s selection process. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 53 Answers

2017 January 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to January 4.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Kapiti Parkrun Turns 100

2017 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Whether you’re young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not, you’re always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running (or walking). www.parkrun.com

Great day for the centenary

By Roger Childs

Happy parkrun finishers!

Happy parkrun finishers!

It was a classic Kapiti summer’s day for the century run: fine, warm and calm.

Back in late January 2015 parkrun had its first outing from the Otaihanga Domain. An amazing 205 folk turned up to run 5km out and back along the south bank of the Waikanae River.

Parkrun is a world-wide movement which began at Bushy Park in England. The idea was to get people out exercising with the opportunity to do it every Saturday morning. And it was free!

It’s now happening in 17 countries around the world with 3 million people registered! Later this month the new Taupo parkrun will make it 16 venues for New Zealand. read more…

Conspiracy Theories

2017 January 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘It isn’t paranoia…if they’re all in it together’
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“The Times” Top Cartoonist

2017 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Tory Michael Gove backstabbing Boris Johnston

Tory Michael Gove backstabbing Boris Johnston

Brooke’s cartoons impale Pollies… and Royals

By Tom Aitken in London

On the last day of 2016, The Times celebrated the award of a CBE to its political cartoonist Peter Brookes by devoting that week’s issue of its weekly colour magazine to cartoons produced by him during the year.

This act of celebration is in itself something to celebrate.

I will surely not be the only person who will keep the very handsomely produced magazine next to other volumes of political cartoons.

It provides an entertaining and, dare I say it, in its way a beautiful record of the British political year. read more…

An Obama Environmental Legacy

2017 January 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes.  President Obama, 3 January 2017

Part of the Cherokee Nation

By Leslie Clague

leslie-clague-the-latestI start this story with some background.

I am 1/16th Cherokee Indian. I am proud of this bit of ancestry, especially since, a few years back, I discovered:

~ the Cherokee Nation is alive and doing very well in the state of Oklahoma

~ it has a newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, available on-line and now emailed to me on a regular basis.

The web site is cherokeephoenix.org. Please go and have a look.

read more…

Security Council Breakthrough

2017 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Solving the Middle East Problem — UN Style
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Art Work of the Week from Maggie Salter

2017 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The beauty of calligraphic lettering

maggie-salterMaggie is one of the many very talented calligraphers in the local Kapiti group.

I love teaching calligraphy to beginner students and I take small groups or give individual tuition in my home in Raumati Beach. 

It gives me much pleasure in seeing their progress and their enthusiasm in their quest to learn calligraphy.

Recently I have enjoyed doing some lovely quotes in copperplate lettering using white gouache on black paper.

read more…

Columnists of the Year (Contd)

2017 January 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
From the heart of the old empire in London... to modern Berlin and Vancouver, KIN columnists cover the world

From the heart of the old empire in London… to modern Berlin and Vancouver, KIN columnists provide new insights.

 

Tom Aitken

Tom Aitken

‘Tom, Eribert, and Harald’

 

By Alan Tristram

For the second article in this series, we look at three of our overseas correspondents whose writing enables us to provide coverage rarely seen in other epapers.

Tom Aitken reports from London

In the UK, for instance, we have long-time correspondent Tom Aitken, an expatriate Kiwi, who can turn his hand or pen to most things. read more…

The Gift Of Water

2017 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I am making a bequest to UNICEF because of the range and complexity of relief work it has been doing for many decades. Playwright, Roger Hall

A bequest with a difference

By Roger Childs

unicef-nzMany people leave a legacy to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICF), which has been helping families around the world since 1946.

Anyone can, and in doing so you become a member of the Kora Lang Society. (See details at the end of the article.)

UNICEF’s work is helping vulnerable children and meeting their needs to be fed, housed, protected from disease, provided with clean water and given places where they can feel safe.

Sometimes people specify what they would like their bequest spent on. For Jennifer it was clean water in Africa. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 53

2017 January 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Contributors, Comment-makers And Supporters, Thanks!

2017 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Keeping KIN going and honest in 2016!

whareroa-horsesKIN prides itself on maintaining its independence, covering a wide range of topics and often challenging so-called conventional wisdom.

But we can’t continue to function without you folk out there who are specialist columnists, occasional contributors, comment makers and regular readers. Sincere thanks to all of you!

During 2016, we have expanded – taking on new columnists, covering a broader range of subjects and introducing regular weekly features. read more…

Columnist(s) of 2016

2017 January 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager

KIN’s columnist(s) of the Year 2016 (a series) — Part 1

By Alan Tristramdearvincentcvr_fnl

I’ve been asked (well, auto-suggested in fact) to pick a ‘Columnist of the Year.’  But it’s got to be ‘Columnists.’

Because all I can say is that we’ve now built up an unparalleled group of committed writers, who bring you some of the best-informed, incisive writing, in New Zealand.

It’s hard to know where to start and where to stop.

Prue Hyman

Prue Hyman

Our Kapiti-based women columnists are among the best — Mandy Hager, Prue Hyman, Gill Ward and Pam Kessler. read more…

The US Could Recognize Palestine

2017 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy. The truth is that trends on the ground—violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation—they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing an irreversible one-state reality that most people do not actually want. Secretary of State, John Kerry

The US could bring peace and hope to Palestine

By Roger Childs

 

palestineBoth Jewish and Palestinian people have claims to this volatile area of the Middle East dating back thousands of years.

A partition of the area between the two Semitic groups sponsored by the United Nations almost occurred in 1947, but the opportunity was lost.

It falls now to the world’s most powerful nation to sort out the mess. However, John Kerry’s statement this week, quoted above, makes it sound as if the USA has given up.

Barack Obama has less than three weeks in the job before the unpredictable and volatile Donald Trump takes over. Time enough for him to cut the Gordian Knot? read more…

Poem of the Week: Classic Cohen

2017 January 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

Not sure when!

By Roger Childs

leonard-cohen-2The verse is from Leonard Cohen’s classic Democracy is Coming to the USA.

In less than three weeks the improbable Donald Trump will be president of the USA. I don’t think even he can believe it; certainly the world can’t. However, that’s democracy for you … but is it?

Actually Clinton easily beat Trump in the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes. It should have been game, set and match Hillary, but that’s not the American way. Because of their archaic electoral college system, democracy hasn’t come to the USA, yet. read more…

The Year In Review On High

2017 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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KIN 2016 AWARDS: Best Film

2017 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ken Loach directs the best

By Roger Childs

daniel-blake-1Unfortunately I missed plenty of films others recommended, so this is based on what I saw. (Sadly I didn’t see Spotlight.)

 Suffragette and Sully come close, but Loach’s I Daniel Blake takes the prize.

This was social realism at its best: a man with health problems wanting to get back into the work force facing the government bureaucracy.

The main character lives in a flat in Newcastle upon Tyne, but his wife has passed on. He is a decent, solid citizen who has worked for decades as a joiner, but suddenly his comfortable existence is threatened. read more…

Pohutukawa Phobia

2017 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pohutukawa is now one of Wellington’s most invasive plant problems, colonising almost unstoppably, and compromising the integrity of the city’s own distinctive indigenous ecosystems. Barbara Mitcalfe, in a recent letter to the Dominion Post

An obsession with endemic plants

By Roger Childs

pohutukawa-1Kapiti readers will recall that a few years ago the Council ordered the removal of some plants along the Waikanae River.

Were they exotic weeds like broom, gorse and blackberry, or perhaps Australian or English shrubs?

No, they were New Zealand seedlings which were not endemic to the Waikanae watershed.

Now we have concerns expressed in Wellington (see the quote above), that the wonderful native pohutukawa has no place in the local environment. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 52 Answers

2017 January 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizThe latest challenge. If would still like to have a go, scroll down to December 28.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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KIN 2016 AWARDS: World Politician

2016 December 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And the Trump, it shall sound! Bill Clague

Coming out of right field

By Roger Childs

republican-presidential-debateIt will be no big surprise that Donald Trump, who has never been a politician, is our choice for 2016.

When he lined up with a dozen other Republican presidential hopefuls 15 months ago, the odds on him getting to the White House were probably as good as Elvis being found alive in Nashville, or Leicester City winning the English Premier League.

Regarded as the joke candidate, he was written off by every media analyst in the world and even on election day the odds were heavily in favour of the US electing its first woman president. read more…

Trees Down,Track Closed

2016 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unfortunately there is a group of very old pines and macrocarpas above Ramaroa Bush – they are visible in photos from the Marines’ time so are probably a hundred years old and are beginning to topple over. Whareroa Guardians Coordinator, Ann Evans

The latest addition to the Whareroa tracks

By Roger Childs

Horses an driders enjoy the sun and fabulous views from just below the Rocks

Horses and riders enjoy the sun and fabulous views from just below the Rocks

The Te Ara Ramaroa was opened in mid June providing access to the higher reaches of Campbell’s Mill Road which overlooks northern Paekakariki and Queen Elizabeth Park.

This track was on the 2012 Whareroa Farm master plan and was constructed with the help of the NZ Walking Access Commission, Department of Conservation and Beetham Pastoral.

However the hard graft was put in by 54 Whareroa Guardian volunteers working a total of 600 hours over 6 months. The result is a wonderful track which climbs over 300m and provides spectacular views of the Kapiti Coast and the Island. read more…

KIN 2016 AWARDS: Best Fiction

2016 December 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Days without end

By Ralph McAllister

sebastian-barry-1Now that this ghastly year is almost over, time to look back at what stood out in what has been a less than distinguished literary year.

Two books you might enjoy as much as I have, one non-fiction and one fiction.

(See December 29 for Ralph’s non-fiction choice.)

Best fiction of the year would have to be Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. read more…

KIN 2016 AWARDS: Best Non-Fiction

2016 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A real joy

By Ralph McAllister

alan-bennett-1Now that this ghastly year is almost over, time to look back at what stood out in what has been a less than distinguished literary year.

Two books you might enjoy as much as I have, one nonfiction and one fiction. (Ralph’s fiction choice will feature in a later article.)

Alan Bennett’s  Keeping On Keeping On only just qualifies for 2016 choice, as I finished the 700 pages yesterday.

This, the third part of his memoirs, following on from Writing Home and  Untold Stories, is an absolute joy, compiled from  diary entries from 2005 to 2015,essays and eulogies, and early scripts of plays. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 December 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Skilled calligrapher Maggie Salter

Maggie Salter, on the left, at a calligraphy workshop

Maggie Salter, on the left, at a calligraphy workshop

I love teaching calligraphy to beginner students.

I take small groups or give individual tuition in my home in Raumati Beach. 

It gives me much pleasure in seeing their progress and their enthusiasm in their quest to learn calligraphy.

Recently I have enjoyed doing some lovely quotes in copperplate lettering using white gouache on black paper. read more…

KIN 2016 AWARDS: NZ Sportswoman

2016 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The battle of the L’s

By Roger Childs

Luuka Jones won silver in Rio

Luuka Jones won silver in Rio

Last year the four main contenders were Lydia, Lisa, Lauren and Linda. This year a fifth L can be added: Luuka Jones.

From the 2015 list, Lauren Boyle unfortunately was sick during the Olympics and consequently below her best, but she would still never have beaten American teenage star Katie Ledecky in the 400m or 800m swimming final. And Linda Villumsen didn’t win the expected medal in the time trial in Rio.

Luuka Jones won a silver in the canoe slalom at Rio, but that brilliant effort can’t compete with world champions. read more…

Poem of the Week: Let It Be

2016 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The trauma of funerals

funeral-1Hundreds of Kapiti people attended a funeral today. Such services for the departed can be very hard to take for the relatives and close friends. If the love one was in her/his 70s, 80s or 90s it is easier for people to cope, and the emphasis at the funeral is usually on “celebrating a life”.

However, when it is a 39 year old, or anyone who has passed on well before their time, it is a very sad occasion indeed.

Many of you, like us, have lost children or relations who were young, or in the prime of life. In these circumstances it is difficult to come to terms with the loss.

Adjusting to life without them is tough and challenging, however in the end we all know that we just have to “Let it be”. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 52

2016 December 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizThe latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Wonderful “Wolf Hall”!

2016 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I loved “Wolf Hall”, but I was spooked by it too. The voice is so true: I have my suspicions that Hilary Mantel actually is Thomas Cromwell. Rachel Cooke, Observer

Doing the Tudors to death?

By Roger Childs

Not surprisingly it has been made into a TV series

Not surprisingly it has been made into a TV series

The famous English dynasty has been the subject of numerous films, TV series and books.

Henry VIII’s colourful reign has been the major feature of these, and many readers will be familiar with Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl et al. She has written novels on all six of Henry’s wives.

Hilary Mantel takes a different approach, and tells Henry’s story from the perspective of one of England’s greatest politicians and reformers: Thomas Cromwell.

So far, she has produced two novels which will rank amongst the finest of the early 21st century.

Fans eagerly await the third volume in the trilogy. read more…

Road Delays Warning

2016 December 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police_2Police: ‘Drivers should consider delaying’ departures  north from Wgtn 

Police said late this afternoon that SH1 north of Wellington is ‘very slow going at the moment, as everyone seems to be leaving town at once.’

According to police traffic units, the traffic is slow going from Plimmerton all the way up to Otaki. read more…

Would You Ride With Lance Armstrong?

2016 December 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Thanks, Lance Armstrong; you were bad for sport but you were good for many others. Kevin Norquay, a cyclist and cancer sufferer

Cancer survivor and champion

By Roger Childs

armstrongThere is probably no sportsman in the modern era who polarizes public opinion more than Lance Armstrong.

His heart-rending story of surviving cancer, immortalised in the best-selling book It’s Not About the Bike, made him a hero around the world.

His subsequent establishment of the Lance Armstrong Foundation: LIVESTRONG which raised over $US30 million for cancer research and support for sufferers, further enhanced his reputation.

This was followed by his successful return to competitive cycling and an amazing seven consecutive Tour de France victories. read more…

A Programme To Poison A Nation 4

2016 December 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be familiar with the grand mid-year launch of Predator Free NZ by 2050. Our Wairarapa-based ecology expert traces the background on its forerunner: Predator Free New Zealand (pfnz). (To read the first article, scroll down to December 13, for the second: December 18 and the third on December 22.)

Chasing rats up every drainpipe

By Bill Benfield

Rats have defied mankind for thousands of years. Could New Zealand get the last one?

Rats have defied mankind for thousands of years. Could New Zealand get the last one?

For pfnz to succeed, every rat in every roof, down every drain, in every house, every garden shed in every town in New Zealand will have to be eradicated.

To achieve that level of intrusion into the lives of every family in the country it is likely to require an almost police state right of entry.

Entry will be needed for trapping and poisoning. There will also be monitoring inspection to determine if eradication has been achieved.

To suggest that the public of New Zealand will be as welcoming as pfnz, for what many will see as an insane programme is naïve, especially as the first consequence of the programme that the public is likely to see as the campaign gets going will be a plague of mice. read more…

KIN 2016 AWARDS: Best Sports Team

2016 December 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone.  Manager Claudio Raniero

The Foxes beat the odds

By Roger Childs

leicester-cityThe top few teams in the English Premier League table are usually drawn from the big six: Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Over the last 20 years, prior to the 2015-16 season, just four of these teams had shared the titles between them. Other sides don’t really get a look in, and at the start of each season the smart money is scattered around these elite sides with the big spending power.

Last year the odds on Leicester City winning their first every trophy were 5000 to 1, similar odds to Elvis Presley being found alive in Nashville. A few punters who showed blind faith in the East Midlands team from the start, made a fortune in late May! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Christmas Quiz 51 Answers

2016 December 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • christmasStill a chance to take on the Christmas Day challenge! Scroll down to  December 21.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Pike River Realities?

2016 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On the gate leading to the mine where the Pike River families have staged their protest, there is a sign which reads CRIME SCENE.

Corporate manslaughter

By Roger Childs

pike-river-bookRebecca Macfie’s brilliant analysis of the 2010 mining disaster will be well known to many readers.  In Tragedy at Pike River Mine she demonstrated conclusively that it was corporate manslaughter that took the lives of 29 men. However, the individual most responsible, Peter Whittall, got off scot-free. (To see KIN’s review of the book SEARCH above for Pike River. It’s the January 16, 2015 article.)

One of John Key’s government’s greatest failings was to allow the perpetrators to get away with it. The Solicitor General should have nailed Whittall and his colleagues. read more…

Good Advice From The Three Kings?

2016 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

adoration

China’s Economic Imperialism

2016 December 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 …. He’s not afraid of confrontation. Xi  (President Xi Jinping) is China. Chinese citizens are more nationalistic and triumphant than ever before. In this sense Xi represents the people. Dr Shi Yinghong, International Relations Professor at Beijing’s Renmin University

A power to be reckoned with

By Roger Childs

President Xi

President Xi

China has long regarded itself at the centre of the world and was called the “middle kingdom”.

Its history dates back thousands of years, and over that time the empire has experienced periods of nationalist ascendancy when it expanded its borders, and of internal disorder when it was vulnerable to invasion.

In the early 21st century, the repressive Communist dictatorship, is in an expansionist phase and now possesses wealth unprecedented in its history. read more…

A Tale of Two Cities

2016 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

City Mission workers in the Food Bank

City Mission workers in the Food Bank

‘Desperate Needs’ in Mr Key’s home town

By Alan Tristram

Because so many Aucklanders, including our former PM, are property millionaires, we thought we should present the other side of Christmas in  NZ’s biggest and richest city.

Mr Key may not have noticed, but things are getting steadily more Dickensian for the large numbers of poor in Auckland.

Dicken's Oliver asks for more food

Dicken’s Oliver asks for more food

For those in desperate need, it can’t be pleasant to have to queue for free food.

Dickens would have given Mr Key and Co. hell for what they have allowed to happen. I’d call it ‘malign neglect.’

This is born out by news from one of Auckland’s largest charities, the City Mission. They said today they’ve distributed nearly 4,000 food parcels since December 7.  read more…

Property Sales Slow

2016 December 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Tommy's ad for Kapiti property

Tommy’s ad for Kapiti property

Expected sales ‘pick up’ didn’t occur

By Jeremy Smith

The wait for the opening of the Kapiti Expressway may be having a flow-on effect on the property market.

November is traditionally one of the ‘pick-up’ months for sales coming out of winter but this year it saw only 113 sales, all bar two for houses or units. read more…

Photo of the Week: Demolition!

2016 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is what it must be like throughout Aleppo. Wellington bystander

Earthquake risk coming down

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

2016-12-19-12-49-28The 7.8 Culverden earthquake caused more damage in Wellington than originally thought. As readers will know, there is currently plenty of debate over the murky science of assessing tectonic damage. It seems that a number of building owners may have received over-generous assessments from friendly engineers.

However, some building in Wellington and the Hutt Valley are coming down, and the most spectacular project so far is the demolition of the former Deloittes building in Molesworth Street. The highly skilled work being carried out by the crews with sophisticated machinery is a regular attraction for local workers and visitors to the capital. read more…

Berlin Under Fire Again

2016 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Aftermath of the truck attack on a Xmas market in Berlin

Aftermath of the truck attack on a Xmas market in Berlin

Terrorism won’t defeat the Berliners

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

When Berlin experienced its first attack from islamist terrorists –on the Breitscheid Platz in the western part of the city —  I was with my colleagues in our office near Brandenburg gate in the East, on the other side of the Tiergarten. We had enjoyed a nice Christmas staff party and were in good spirits.

Thirty minutes after the attack I drove my car through the city, from Brandenburg Gate through the Tiergarten, then over the

Police guard a Christmas market after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Police guard the Christmas market

Siegessäule to the Western City.

I wondered why the streets were so extraordinarily empty — it was a little bit scary. Near the site of the attacks I saw a lot of ambulances, but not until I got home did I hear the shocking news.  read more…

A Programme To Poison A Nation 3

2016 December 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be familiar with the grand mid-year launch of Predator Free NZ by 2050. Our Wairarapa-based ecology expert traces the background on its forerunner: Predator Free New Zealand (pfnz). (To read the first article, scroll down to December 13, and for the second: December 18.)

Such a lunatic scheme …

By Bill Benfield

Henderson Island: the rats are alive and well

Henderson Island: the rats are alive and well

What I find amazing about all this is that supposedly sane, allegedly clever people can buy into such a lunatic scheme.

Not only will it cost around $27 billion and generate a groundswell of public opposition, but on the basis of the many failures of island eradications on simple uninhabited islands like Birnie in the Kiribatis, Henderson south of Pitcairn and Desechio (Puerto Rica), the prospects for the success of pfnz look hopeless. read more…

Christmas Calligraphy 3: Enhancing Cards

2016 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Making a gift more special

 By Pam Kessler

calligraphy-3-1There is nothing nicer than giving a gift to someone you love, and when you have made the gift, it is even more special. Grandparents treasure the artwork of their young family members and that doesn’t change, as the children grow older.

I believe homemade, thoughtful gifts will always win out over bought, and commercially produced presents.

Adding calligraphy to a gift is a way in which you can enhance your work. read more…

Poem of the Week: Christmas Time

2016 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Ten Lords a leaping

Ten Lords a Leaping

This is a Christmas classic, but probably few of us can remember the full complement of gifts!

Whether it can be strictly characterized 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. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 51

2016 December 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Cartoon credit: the late Charles Schultz

    Cartoon credit: the late Charles Schultz

    The latest challenge with an appropriate Christmas theme!

  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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The Guru Responds

2016 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

‘Deputy Chair Guy Burns Should Have more Faith in our gurunathanCommunity’

By Mayor K Gurunathan  in response to Guy Burn’s statement (below)

Councillors who voted not to entertain the Board’s recommendation to keep the pond filled over Christmas

understand the Board’s sentiments that it will be a nice look over the summer months when the Park is packed with holiday makers and visitors.

It’s a noble sentiment but not practical, financially responsible, or consistent with council’s perennial message to residents to be frugal with water.   read more…

Guru Pulls Pool Plug

2016 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
The pond during repairs last year

The pond during repairs last year

Burns slates Kapiti Mayor for keeping kids out of water at favourite pool 

By Alan Tristram

Guy Burns, from the Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board, says Kapiti Mayor K. Gurunathan is acting like

Mother and children beside empty pond

Mother and children beside empty pond

Scrooge and spoiling Christmas for many children by helping keep their Paraparaumu Beach pond empty.

He says Guru’s use of a casting vote at the last Kapiti Coast District Council meeting rejected the Board’s plan to keep the pond in Maclean Park full of water over the summer period. read more…

KIN 2016 Awards: NZ Politician

2016 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dipton’s Bill English

By Roger Childs

A loser in 2002 but a winner in late 2016

A loser in 2002 but a winner in late 2016

He was a disaster for National in the 2002 election taking the Tories to their worst election defeat in history. Not surprisingly, he was rolled in 2003 with the help of the ambitious John Key, and this allowed the divisive Don Brash to take the leadership.

However, the cat came back, and ironically, courtesy of JK, Bill is now not only leader of the National Party, but Prime Minister. But he may have been given a hospital pass, as replacement mid-term leaders don’t have a great record of success. (See Jeremy’s  December 12 article.)

Nevertheless, because of his unexpected and dramatic late year ascendancy, the former Finance Minister and farmer from Dipton in the deep South, is our New Zealand Politician of the Year. read more…

KIN’s 2016 Awards

2016 December 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s that time again!

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

Over the next few weeks we will be looking back at the best and worst of 2016.

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, KCDC foul up … to name a few.

And it all starts today!

Stay posted!

Wagner’s Ring Cycle Top Quality

2016 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful Melbourne!

By Ralph McAllister

melbourneMelbourne at this time of the year, fluctuates in terms of weather, as much as Wellington.

One day 15 degrees, the next 30.

What doesn’t change?

~ the friendliness of the locals

~ the quality of the restaurants

~ the joy of walking along the river bank on your way to the glorious Melbourne Arts Centre. read more…

Calling Kapiti Police

2016 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Kapiti Police HQ in Paraparaumu

Kapiti Police HQ in Paraparaumu

Kapiti Police chief tells public how to make contact quickly

By Alan Tristram

As thefts and burglaries are predicted to escalate over the holidays, KIN has asked Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman, Kapiti’s Police Response Manager, to give details of the best number(s) to contact local police on.

(In past months, there has been criticism of the lack of police response to calls made to the Kapiti Police Station in Paraparaumu)

Senior Sergeant Chapman says: “The Kapiti Police station phone number is 296 6800. However, due to the reallocation of communication resources over the last year, this number now connects directly to Wellington telephony.” read more…

Police Seek Calling

2016 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Senior Sgt Chanel Chapman

Senior Sgt Chanel Chapman

Kapiti Police say ‘call us’ if predicted thefts arrive with Santa Claus

By Alan Tristram

Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman, Kapiti’s Police Response Manager, says the usual thefts and burglaries are expected to arrive with the Christmas goodies this year.

She says: “Christmas traditionally sees a rise in thefts, so please be vigilant with locking and securing property – garages and sheds, vehicles and homes.” read more…

The Dreadful “Nocturnal Animals”

2016 December 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was horrible! One patron’s reaction

Give this movie a wide berth

By Roger Childs

nocturnal-animalsWatching this film made me ponder on why studios spend so much time, energy and money on producing lemons. After his impressive, thought-provoking A Single Man, Tom Ford’s second movie is a pretentious flop.

How it won the Venice Grand Jury Prize and three Golden Globe nominations is beyond comprehension.

The story centres on Susan Morrow, who is an emotionally insecure up-market gallery owner. The day after the opening of her latest show, she receives a parcel in the mail which contains the draft of a book written by her ex-husband.

Most of the film enacts this fanciful novel, set against some confusing shifts in time and place in the real world.

One lone star, and that’s because it was mainly shot in Texas. read more…

A Programme To Poison A Nation 2

2016 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be familiar with the grand mid-year launch of Predator Free NZ by 2050. Our Wairarapa-based ecology expert traces the background on its forerunner: Predator Free New Zealand (pfnz). (To read the first article, scroll down to December 13.)

A distinguished cast

By Bill Benfield

pdnz“pfnz” is now well entrenched as a concept and structure complete with a trust comprising notable figures from both the public and private conservation industry.

Among them are Rob Fenwick, the chairman of the government science provider, Landcare Research, Kevin O’Connor of DoC, economist/businessman Gareth Morgan, William McCook of OSPRI, the former Animal Health Board,  Fran Wilde, chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council,  Charles Daugherty of the Ecology Department of Victoria University and several others.

Until recently it was still being low keyed in its public profile and certainly evasive on eradication methods with airy claims of “blue sky” technology and self re-setting traps. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 50 Answers

2016 December 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like a go at this latest challenge, scroll down to  December 14.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Whareroa Farm Boost

2016 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

whareroa-trackSigns point way to enhanced network of tracks for Kapiti Coast

Whareroa Farm.  just north of Paekakariki, has taken another major step forward with a grant for signs highlighting its unique network of tracks and paths.

The Walking Access Commission has given the Whareroa Guardians $2,140 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a new Kapiti Coast track.­

read more…

Aleppo

2016 December 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

aleppo

Canada’s Pipeline Furore

2016 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Politics of Pipelines

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By Eribert Loehner

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been cruising along the highway of Canadian popular opinion since he was elected.

However, it appears he may have just hit a sizeable pot-hole in the province of British Columbia because he approved the construction of an oil pipeline.

Canada is blessed, or cursed, depending on your point of view, with substantial oil reserves. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 50

2016 December 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Christmas Calligraphy 2: Graffiti Tiles

2016 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The great variety of Letter Arts

By Pam Kessler

graffiti-tiles-3Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, is rich and varied in form and tradition.

Historically there were over a hundred scripts but today the italic and copperplate hands seem to be the most widely used, recognised, and appreciated forms of calligraphy.

The term Letter Arts is now accepted as an expression that encompasses modern freeform lettering and mark making, where the rules of the old scripts no longer apply, and artists push the boundaries of the known and accepted. read more…

Kapiti’s Pathway Progress

2016 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Lyon Edwardson, Council CWB Planner), Lyn Sleath (Kāpiti Cycling Incorporated), Jan Nisbet (Kāpiti Coast District Council CWB Advisory Group), Feriel Falconer, CWB Advisory Group), Brad Hayward (Kāpiti Accessibility Advisory Group), Ruth Halliday, KCDCl CWB Advisory Group).

Lyon Edwardson, CWB Planner, Lyn Sleath (Kāpiti Cycling), Jan Nisbet CWB Advisory Group), Feriel Falconer,Advisory Group), Brad Hayward (Accessibility Advisory Group), Ruth Halliday,  CWB Advisory Group).

Otaihanga’s Shared Path Gets ‘Thumbs Up’

Cycleway, walkway and bridleway users have given final approval to the Kapiti Council’s shared path improvements at Otaihanga.

Kāpiti Accessibility Advisory Group member Brad Hayward says the improvements will make it safer and easier for pedestrians, cyclists, mobility scooters and wheelchair users to use the upgraded 2.5 metre wide path.

The work extended the existing 2.5 metre shared path that runs along Otaihanga Road, between the Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway on the Expressway, and the Otaihanga Road /Ratanui Road intersection. read more…

A Programme To Poison A Nation 1

2016 December 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be familiar with the grand mid year launch of  Predator Free NZ by 2050. Our Wairarapa-based ecology expert traces the background on its forerunner: Predator Free New Zealand (pfnz).

Killing off native wildlife

By our Environment Columnist, Bill Benfield

1080-flagSince the mid 1950’s, when New Zealand started aerial poisoning to rid the land of invasive mammals, there has been a steady decline in its native wildlife which the poisoning was supposed to advantage.

In the past 20 years, the decline has become dramatic to the point that people who visit the forests note and comment on it.

As it is the nation’s conservation agencies, who do the poisoning supposedly to protect the forests and birds, they must blame the decline on something other than their own activities – i.e. “pest” and “predators”. read more…

Poem of the Week by Julie Leibrich

2016 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

julie-leibrich-1Distinguished 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 poet.

Her first poetry collection, The Paper Road (Steele Roberts), was published in 1998.

More recently she produced a pocket size hardback called A Little Book of Sonnets which combines the 14 line poems with photos.

The poem below is the first one in this collection.

Julie wondered if she could cope with the limitations of the sonnet: I couldn’t begin for 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…

Blexit For Bill?

2016 December 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Support in high places

Support in high places may not be good enough

The Odds and Omens for Bill English

By Political Correspondent Jeremy Smith

Bill English is the most recent prime minister to win the job not through a general election but because a prime minister resigned.

So what are the odds of English winning an election himself.  If the history is any guide, they are not that good. read more…

One Of the World’s Finest Organisations

2016 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From its establishment in 1946, to help children suffering in post-WWll Europe, to today being active in more than 190 countries. UNICEF’s John Daysh

There for children in need

By Roger Childs

unicef-nzToday is the 70th birthday of The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

The organisation is always ready to swing into action when disaster strikes or wars break out.

In 1946 its main area of activity was war-torn Western and Southern Europe, whereas today a huge operation is dealing with Syrian refugees. (see our November 30 story.) read more…

Tolley Talks Tough

2016 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 49 Answers

2016 December 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to December 7.
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Civil Defence And Emergency Response

2016 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Christchurch-based Paul Mulvaney sent the following submission to a parliamentary select committee, after the recent Culverden earthquake.

Need to learn from past tragedies

The badly constructed CTV building cost scores of lives.

The badly constructed CTV building cost scores of lives.

By Paul Mulvaney

In February, 2011 I lost two good friends to the CTV and PGC building collapse in Christchurch.

I hoped that at the very least steps would be taken to prevent such a tragedy arising again.

On 23 March 2012 I presented a submission to various government agencies regarding the Christchurch earthquakes and the painful lessons that could be learned. read more…

Report From Trump Country

2016 December 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

ngaere-smithNorth Carolina locals tell NZ migrant why they like The Donald

By Ngaire Smith

New Zealander Ngaire Smith, whose parents live in Paraparaumu, is married to an American and lives in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina — an blue-ridge-parkwayarea which voted for Trump. She’s been talking to some of the locals about how they voted and why…

The Blue Ridge Mountains in the western sliver of North Carolina boast the kinds of scenery that photographers crave – bush-clad hills, dramatic waterfalls, and spectacular sunsets. read more…

Climate Change World Authority In Town

2016 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Expressway: Rain Stops Play

2016 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

While we’re not yet in a position to confirm an opening date, based on current progress we’re confident that the road will be safely completed and open to traffic well ahead of the originally scheduled completion date of June 2017. NZTA, December 2017

Regular rain holds up progress

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Wharemauku bridges

Wharemauku bridges

The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway was due to be completed mid 2017. However excellent progress was made in 2016 and through to the middle of this year.

A friendly bridge builder on the Wharemauku project told me in July that it would probably be open by Christmas and that John Key would whizz past in his limousine and wave to poor guys like me!

Wrong on two counts! However, although the very wet spring has slowed the progress, a mid February inauguration complete with open days, formalities and fun runs is still on the cards.  read more…

Art Work Of The Week: Kingfisher

2016 December 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A welcome addition to the Kapiti art community

By Pam Kessler

The dog is called Izzy and is graphite on water colour paper.

The dog is called Izzy and is graphite on water colour paper.

Lorna Ward has recently retired on the Kapiti Coast meaning more time for art work.

Whilst Lorna works in a number of media, at this stage of her art interests, Lorna enjoys detailed graphite and colour pencil work.

Here’s what she says about this week’s Art Work: The kingfisher is coloured pencil on water colour paper. It is drawn from a photo taken by Roger Smith of Waikanae Beach (with his permission).

The kingfisher is one of two who live at the Waikanae River estuary lagoon and Roger regularly goes and photographs them.  read more…

Family Christmas Calligraphy 1

2016 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Something new for KIN: practical activities for producing Christmas gifts from Pam Kessler. Here’s the first.

Making a peace dove

By Pam Kessler

Pam’s Peace Dove.

Pam’s Peace Dove.

There is nothing nicer than making a gift for someone you love.

When the whole family is involved in the making, it is even more special for the receiver.

Recently my Peace Dove was featured in KIN and I thought others might like to make their own doves and give as gifts. This is a great family activity, as all levels of skill are needed to complete the decoration and the materials used are easily available.

If you like the look of my Peace Dove, the materials list, and directions, can be found below. Good luck. read more…

Prue Hyman’s 2016 Analysis

2016 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1a prue hyman‘Let’s gear up for 2017’

by Prue Hyman December, 2016   

In 2016 I’ve written about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the need to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Anti-TPPA protest in Wellington

Anti-TPPA protest in Wellington

The next topic was International Women’s Day, including the ongoing need to fight for gender equality, generally and in professional pay for sportspeople.

I celebrated our leftwing pressure groups and the potential Greens/Labour alliance, but bemoaned Brexit and, pre-election, the rise of Trump, while celebrating Trudeau’s victory in Canada. read more…

Horowhenua Council Rumpus

2016 December 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

levin-protest-3Public row in Levin as Councillors try to sack Deputy Mayor 

By KIN Local Govt. correspondent Jeremy Smith

Horowhenua has a new deputy mayor- but he’s the old one Ross Campbell!

A long and noisy, sometimes bitter, meeting of the Horowhenua District Council yesterday, including a karakia from

Sometime Deputy Mayor Ross Campbell

Sometime Deputy Mayor Ross Campbell

one councillor, saw Campbell dumped as the deputy by a vote of six to two then promptly reinstated by district mayor Michael Feyen. read more…

Poem Of The Week

2016 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Philip Larkin, an eminent writer in postwar England, was a national favourite poet who was commonly referred to as “England’s other Poet Laureate” until his death in 1985. Poetry Foundation

Poetry that won’t disappoint

By Poetry columnist, Gill Ward

philip-larkinI am reading about Philp Larkin at the moment.  Having owned and read Letters To Monica and also Andrew Motion’s Biography of Larkin, I have been rereading Larkin’s Collected Poems edited and introduced by Anthony Thwaite, which reawakened my interest in this complex man.

Consequently I bought James Booth’s book Philip Larkin Life, Art and Love. (Bloomsbury2014) This book links Larkin’s poems into the context of his life. It is fascinating reading and I am reading it in conjunction with Larkin’s poems. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 49

2016 December 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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A New Focus For Social Studies

2016 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The importance of active citizenship

By Jennifer Little and Rose Atkins

social-studiesMaking active and critically informed contributions to society are now part of the formal assessment programme in New Zealand schools.

Around 50 social studies teachers met on the Massey University Manawatū campus, to share experiences and strategies on how to implement the ‘personal social action’ component of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) senior social studies assessment requirements.

Case studies discussed included a teacher who took students to Wellington to learn about the workings of Parliament and another whose class visited the Beehive to make a submission at the select committee hearing of the Healthy Homes Bill. read more…

Sunny John On His Way

2016 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I think I’ll vote for that nice Mr Key!  Elderly constituent

Politicians who smile

John Key with Richie

John Key with Richie McCaw

By Roger Childs

People like politicians who can joke about themselves and smile.

It was an appealing feature of David Lange’s style, and voters could even identify with Rob Muldoon’s twisted grin.

John Key may not have left the nation a better place than when he assumed power, however his popularity during the eight years of office has been extraordinary. read more…

Key — Good and Bad

2016 December 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

keyPower and the use of it

By Anne Stephenson, of Paraparaumu

( Anne is an author, and former industrial chaplain and Methodist minister)

New Zealand’s Prime Minister has announced his retirement. A shock for New Zealand but it is a time also to reflect. He has used his ‘power’ well regardless of which political persuasion we hold.

As a leader we can be proud of how he has handled relationships and assisted in the good reputation of New Zealand abroad. He has been astute and shown political  wisdom. read more…

Key’s Xmas Pressie

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Water Ups and Downs

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Who should control our freshwater?

Who should control our freshwater?

Water usage down but charges going up!

By Local Govt. Correspondent Jeremy Smith

Kapiti residents can expect a rise in their water rates over the next two years, partly because they are saving water.

With ratepayers now charged for the exact amount they use, the cost of supplying water, forecast at $8.3million, is running higher than the income from water meter charges.  

The deficit is expected to be $250,000 by the end of June 2017. read more…

Photo of the Week

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This view of the expressway looking south from north of the Wharemauku Stream illustrates the many features of the project. The bridge and four lanes will obviously carry the vehicular traffic; the well-lit cycleway caters for people on foot and bike; the wetland to the right allows for stream overspill and the planted banks below the road will eventually provide a corridor of green either side of the expressawy.

Looking south towards Raumati, The Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

Horowhenua Council Horrors

2016 December 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Something stinks in Horowhenua — and it’s not just the water

By Pam Vernon
Horowhenua Environmental Health Watch

If you’ve been following recent events after the Local Government elections you’ll be aware all is not yet plain sailing at the Horowhenua District Council.

Michael Feyen

Michael Feyen

Our new Mayor Michael Feyen and Ross Campbell, the deputy he appointed, who’ve only ever been passionate about partnering with Iwi, cleaning up our polluted waterways, and

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell

providing us with clean drinking water, seem to have hit an impasse. 

That being, the remaining nine councillors and CE don’t like the Mayor’s choice of deputy, and with no justification offered, have announced they will shortly be rolling him (1).

So in spite of noises from the general public via the various forums about ‘getting on with the job’, they’re actually having a difficult time of it.

And the folks who voted for the new Mayor, not to be easily thwarted, have set up a petition and are intending to exercise their democratic right and present themselves en masse next Wednesday outside the HDC building with placards saying so – peacefully of course (2). read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ridiculous Ranking?

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scoring out of ten

By Roger Childs

Beauden Barrett all class against France in Paris.

Beauden Barrett all class against France in Paris.

It has been the practice for the papers to rank the All Blacks after each test.

Rugby fans would probably generally concur, for example giving Beauden Barrett a 9 for his excellent performance against the highly competitive French last weekend.

However when it comes to the politicians, it seems to be very subjective.

Last Monday, reporter Stacey Kirk did her annual audit, and you could be forgiven for thinking that she was a member of the National Party General Council. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 48 Answers

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go, scroll down to November 30
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Letter from Canada

2016 December 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Eriburt Loehner

Eriburt Loehner

Meanwhile up north…

By Eriburt Loehne

KIN welcomes our newest columnist, Eriburt Loehner, of Vancouver (of whom more later).

Here’s his first  column —

‘Oh Canada’, begins our national anthem. It brings to mind visions of boreal forests filled canadian-rockieswith wildlife: bear, elk, and moose; majestic mountains covered in snow; massive farms with oceans of swaying prairie wheat stretching to the horizon; and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, red serge clad “Mounties” that always get their man.

To Canadians these visions are all quite cliché and border on kitsch.   read more…

Predator Free By 2050?

2016 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector. Department of Conservation (DoC) website

At a recent meeting of the Kapiti Restoration groups Rob Stone, from Predator Free NZ, spoke about the project to rid the country of pests by the middle of the century. The article below is a summary of what he said.

An ambitious project initiated by the government

By Roger Childs

The big guns at the Zealandia launch: Stephen Joyce, John Key and Maggie Barry

The big guns at the Zealandia launch: Stephen Joyce, John Key and Maggie Barry

The scheme was launched at Zealandia in July and John Key, Maggie Barry and Stephen Joyce were there. They emphasized that it was not just about eradicating pests, but also about promoting economic development.

The concept had its origins in 2012 when the current strategy on pest control centred on having “ halos” like Zealandia, Wairakei Golf Course and Lee Bay Reserve on Stewart Island, where predator-proof fences could allow zones to become pest-free.

In time these could be linked with other zones by corridors. read more…

Dr Key Cuts Up Rough

2016 December 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Expressway Nearing Completion

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

More than just a highway

Story by Roger Childs, Photos by Pam Childs

Looking south towards Raumati, The Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

Looking south towards Raumati; the Wharemauku Bridge is on the left. The new cycleway runs along the seaward side.

The massive development of the Wharemauku Stream zone illustrates the wide range of benefits for the community from building the expressway.

The Wharemauku Bridge is one of sixteen which will facilitate the rapid movement of vehicles wishing to by-pass the Kapiti area. This separation of through traffic from town traffic will dramatically reduce congestion on local roads.  However, many of  the surrounding features of the project will enhance the quality of life for locals.

Wetlands, well-lit pathways, flood control and bank plantings are big pluses from the Mackays to Peka Peka project. read more…

Restore the Christchurch-Picton Rail Link

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Major earthquake disruption to transport

Damage in Picton (Photo: stuff)

Damage in Picton (Photo: stuff)

By Bruce Taylor, a Kapiti-based rail transport writer

The 7.8 magnitude Culverden Earthquake of 14 November, caused significant damage in North Canterbury and Southern Marlborough.

It has also seriously impacted on the movement of freight and passengers by KiwiRail and its ferry business, Interislander, across Cook Strait and between Picton and Christchurch.

In particular, the key freight corridor between Auckland and Chistchurch has been affected badly. read more…

Recording Council Forums

2016 December 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A responsibility to engage not hide

By John Le Harivel

Elected councillors need to take the community seriously

Elected councillors need to take the community seriously

I take issue with Mayor Gurunathan’s determination not to record Council Public Forums. Is there a hidden agenda? Is it to avoid public scrutiny? Is it to avoid accountability?

Councillors should be open to scrutiny and accountability. There are enough public excluded meetings as it is. What are they hiding?

Councillors have a responsibility to engage. Where else can people engage with all the councillors together in one place? Councillors have a responsibility to enter into dialogue with the community.

They should not hide behind bureaucratic rules and use legal processes on an ‘attack and defend at all costs’.  Or adopt a we know best attitude. read more…

Imported Labour To Help Build Expressway?

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They (Fletcher Construction) will be able to draw on the local knowledge and expertise built through the Mackays to Peka Peka project and it will provide continuity of relationships for both the Council and the Kāpiti Coast community. Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan

Peka Peka to Otaki All Go

(Source NZTA)

(Source NZTA)

 By Roger Childs

With the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway due to open in a few weeks, the extension north is set to start with the contract now let.

Fletchers were the logical company to get the job, having successfully managed the build through to Peka Peka.

It is believed that they may employ some Fijians to help fill the shortfall in labour. read more…

Weather News — Keep Calm

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

WeatherNIWA predicts business as usual on weather front

By Alan Tristram

NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has come out with a pretty average prognostication for our weather over the next few months.kapiti-coast

It says December 2016 – February 2017 temperatures are most likely to be near average (45% chance) for

the west of the North Island.

And, it says, they  are about equally likely to be near average or above average (40- 45% chance) for the remainder of the country. read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 December 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The versatile Pam Kessler

Writers groupPam is one of the founding members of the Calligraphers of Kapiti and is also a writer and artist.

She was short-listed in the recent Friends of the Library story competition and you can read her entry: The First Part of the Journey, by scrolling down to November 2.

This week’s art work is a painting by Pam entitled My tribute to Frances Hodgkins.

Pam comments that the piece is A2 size, on hot press Fabriano Artistico paper. I used Winsor & Newton gouache for the background and Winsor & Newton sepia ink for my renditions of the photographs.

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KCDC Paddy-whacked by Padamsey

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Salima Padamsay

Salima Padamsey

Democracy campaigner says Council is devaluing community’s voice

By Salima Padamsey

If the KCDC continues to fails  to record the new public forums, they deny citizens their place in the Council’s institutional memory.

But I think the Council’s decision to hold a public forum at the beginning of certain meetings is a great idea. It just needs to take another democratic step. read more…

UNICEF’s Sonny Bill In Lebanon

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photographer Christine Spring was scheduled to speak to a Kapiti UNICEF gathering last week, but couldn’t make it because of a family bereavement. However John Daysh, UNICEF’s Bequest Manager, filled in, and spoke about Christine’s book on Syrian refugees and Sonny Bill’s visit to Lebanon.

Christine and Sonny Bill

Christine and Sonny Bill (Photo: stuff)

UNICEF and the Syrian refugees

By Roger Childs

Lebanon has a population about the size of New Zealand’s 4.5 million. But they also have over 1 million refugees who have fled from the civil war in Syria. However, the Lebanese government only regards them as “temporary visitors”, so they cannot buy land and the men are not allowed to work.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is active in providing for the Syrians and especially the women and children.

In the Bekaa Valley, the organisation has established a fenced safe area for children where they can play, go to school and get medical care. read more…

KIN Mid-Week Quiz 48

2016 November 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Trump is 1st elected president post WWII with no political experience. T or F ? Beat our quizmaster!

  • quiz-1The latest challenge. (nb: no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Kapiti Growing Fast

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Council meets in the ground floor chambers

Council meets in the ground floor chambers

 KCDC reports a boom time for local economy

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Council says the local economy is growing fast.

There’s a reported 3.1 % increase over the year to September — and visitor numbers are up 14%, well over double the national average.

Sarah Stevenson, Group Manager, Strategy and Planning, says much of this came from the success of ‘our local businesses including tourism and retail.’ read more…

Kapiti Calligraphy Update: November 2016

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A busy time of year: giving and receiving

 By Pam Kessler

Pam’s Peace Dove.

Pam’s Peace Dove

With the festive season nearly upon us, calligraphers are hard at work. Like the elves in Santa’s workshop we seem to be busier than ever at this time of year.

My desire to splatter gold and silver ink seems almost insatiable! Cards are waiting to be designed and every note and message seems to need an extra flourish or two.

It is a time of giving and receiving and our final monthly club meeting included the giving of a hand made Christmas decoration. How wonderful it was to see the variety of work that was produced!

The dove pictured above was my contribution for the exchange and the decoration I received in return is shown in the photo of the three Persian-style hanging ornaments. read more…

The Superb “I Daniel Blake”

2016 November 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I Daniel Blake, am a citizen, and as such, I demand my rights.

Getting it right

By Roger Childs

daniel-blake-1This latest movie by Ken Loach is a beauty. It won the Palme D’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year and the selection panel definitely got it right.

I Daniel Blake has no sex, violence or scenery, and very little music, and yet it packs an enormous punch.

The main character lives in a flat in Newcastle upon Tyne, but his wife has passed on.

He is a decent, solid citizen who has worked for decades as a joiner, but suddenly a heart attack threatens to upset his comfortable existence and confidence in the future.

This film is a must see: five stars. read more…

Remembering Fidel Castro

2016 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Castro’s rise is one of the most amazing success stories of the (20th) century. Historian Hugh Thomas

A towering figure in recent history

By Roger Childs

A revolutionary who had a great impact

A revolutionary who had a great impact

The news of the Cuban leader’s death has been greeted with both sadness and delight.

What is not in dispute, is that he freed his country from a ruthless dictator and American economic imperialism, and remained in power for over 40 years.

However his lengthy rule in Cuba was a mixed bag: there were huge improvements in social development, but also economic failings and restrictions on people’s freedoms.

Fidel Castro had a huge impact on the planet from the late 1950s. “Inspired revolutionary” or “brutal dictator”, these are the edges of the opinion spectrum. Objectivity on Fidel Castro is difficult! read more…

Les Bleus Good News

2016 November 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

Why France is very,very proud…but then there are politics

Le Bleus Magnifique

Le Bleus Magnifique

By Paul Jacobs, in Paris

 

You were good, but we were very, very good. Coming within 5 points of the All Blacks makes us very proud. If only we had controlled things better near the touch lines we might well have done an Irish on you. That will be for another time.

The other almost-as-important event was the election of the Republican Party candidate for next year’s presidential elections. read more…

Tight Test In Paris

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you are going to beat the All Blacks, you have to score tries. Commentator Justin Marshall.

The Player of the Year is the match winner

The turning point

The turning point

Early in the second half with the All Blacks leading 10-6, the French were hot on attack. 15 metres from the line, they swung the ball wide toward the left wing, but floated the final pass.

With superb anticipation and blistering speed, Beauden Barrett intercepted the ball and ran the length of the field to score under the bar.

What might have been 13-10 to France became 17-6 to the All Blacks. It was the turning point in the game and allowed the visitors to eventually run out the winners 24-19. read more…

Refugee Children’s Carol

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Syrian children try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, who find enough courage to make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged states, often end up in the crammed settlements in the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Greece or Serbia, after being caught on the borders of wealthy Western European nations for attempting to cross illegally. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

CAROL OF THE REFUGEE CHILDREN

 By Shirley Erena Murray, of Raumati Beach                                            Tune: Cradle Song                                                                                                                  

Away and in danger,

no hope of a bed,

the refugee children,

no tears left to shed read more…

Mayor Defends Forums

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

cropped-guru-2Kapiti’s Mayor defends informal public forums

Kapiti’s new Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru), has replied to criticism in KIN with a detailed defence of the new policy of providing public forums, which are neither minuted or recorded. He says:

Thank you for the long standing invitation. The informal public forum is an experimental attempt to create another opportunity for members of the public to raise matters with councillors.

The only constraint is the allocated 30 minute time before the start of formal council meetings. So public speakers are asked to speak for 3 minutes with the discretion of the chair to extend that. read more…

New Novel From Story Prize Winner

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ve written a few thin books! Alyth Darwin

The versatile Alyth

By Roger Childs

friends-of-the-libraryAlyth took first prize in the recent Friends of the Library short story competition with My Gumboot Journey. (Scroll down to November 17 to read the story.)

She’s had short stories published before, as well as articles and poems, and a novel.

Alyth is also a watercolour artist.

At the recent Friends of the Kapiti Libraries AGM, Alyth spoke about her second recently published novel: A Broken Chord. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 47 Answers

2016 November 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf would still like to do Quiz 47, scroll down to November 23.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Lighthouse Movie Worth A Look

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Loneliness, opportunity and punishment

By Roger Childs

the-light-between-1The lighthouse which is at the centre of The Light Between Oceans is on Janus Island off the coast of Western Australia.

The movie is set after World War One and the main character is Tom Sherbourne, who has returned from the Western Front.

Wanting isolation, to recover from the horrors of war, he gets the job of lighthouse keeper on Janus.

In the settlement closest to the island he meets and marries Isabel, the daughter of his employer, and they look to establish a family on their isolated, wind-swept outpost.

The unfolding story is engaging and includes some dramatic footage, especially on the island, but does stretch one’s credulity somewhat. A three star film. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Long Live The Forum?

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… the Forum Romanum was the key political, ritual, and civic center. Sal Khan

Public speaking to Council under threat?

By Roger Childs

The new mayor in not keen on recording the new forum

The new mayor in not keen on recording the new forum

Having time set aside for the local citizens to raise issues with the Council they elected, is common around the country. Kapiti people have welcomed the recent introduction of 30 minutes public speaking time before Council Meetings.

Along with John Le Harivel and Salima Padamsey, I’ve attended the two forums held so far.

At both, there has been some tension, mainly over the very reasonable request that the submissions, and subsequent councillor questions and comments, go on the public record.

The mayor and some councillors don’t like the idea, and Mayor Gurunathan and Councillor Cootes last Thursday, suggested that continuing to ask for this sensible and logical process might see an end to the forums. read more…

Shalom from David

2016 November 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

David Zwartz is a former editor of the NZ Jewish Chronicle, president of the NZ Jewish Council, and was for five years Honorary Consul of Israel. He now chairs the Wellington Regional Jewish Council.

David Zwartz

David Zwartz

What it means to be Jewish in Aotearoa

By David Zwartz

Sometimes it’s hard to explain what it feels like being a member of a minority group in New Zealand especially when I don’t look different from the Pakeha majority.

When someone who knows I’m a Jew said “Happy New Year” to me at the beginning of October, the time of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, I felt a warm glow.

It was a gesture of good will towards something that is meaningful for me. read more…

Key to State Housing

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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The Poetry Scene At Year’s End

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti is a great place for poetry

By Gill Ward

poetry-5The end of the year and I often think about the dawn of 2000 AD. What a place the world has become. How we need a little dose of calming poetry these days.

Kapiti is the right place to be for poetry.

People write poetry, read poetry, perform poetry, discuss poetry and books are published by local poets: check out the Kapiti Writes selection in Paraparaumu Library.

At High Tide Café on Marine Parade there has been a stellar collection of visiting guest poets this year. Each one has been different and has much to offer. read more…

Tsunami Briefing

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Typical NZ boat ramp warning sign

Typical NZ boat ramp warning sign

Kapiti Council worried about tsunami confusion

By Jeremy Smith, KIN Local Govt. Correspondent

Confusion over tsunami warnings after the November 14 7.8 earthquake was the focus of discussion when KCDC councillors received a staff briefing over the council’s response.

Councillor Mike Cardiff said he heard through radio that a tsunami warning was declared for something called southern coastal areas without an description of what these areas covered.

Cardiff noted that the media was moving information faster than official sources. read more…

Work For A Healthy Planet

2016 November 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

stephen-hawkingHawking is wrong: Germaine is right

By Bianca Begovich, Environment Correspondentgermaine-greer

Last year I saw Germaine Greer at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Wellington Writers and Readers Festival.  She told the sell-out crowd that Stephen Hawking had said, “The earth is dying – there is no hope but to look for life on other planets.”

For the next five minutes Germaine proceeded to tell us in no uncertain terms exactly how ridiculous she thought Professor Hawking’s comments were.

Her argument was loosely based along the lines ‘why would we seek life elsewhere without first doing everything we can to save the planet we currently live on?’ read more…

Art Work of the Week

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful Helen McIntosh

By Pam Kessler

callig-2455We are fortunate to have many characters amongst our lively Kapiti Calligraphers group of members and Helen McIntosh is a classic example.

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

The most endearing feature of all, however, must be her quick and ready wit.

How we love her for all the times she has made the perfect comment to lighten the moment! read more…

Kapiti’s Right to Die

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

john_murrayRaumati church leader urges Parliament to enact

‘dying with dignity’ Bill

By Alan Tristram (copy edited and abridged in minor ways)

The well-known human rights campaigner the Reverend John Murray, of Raumati, has

Maryan Street, MP

Former MP Maryan Street

urged the Health Select Committee to back Maryan Street’s Bill which he says will allow people to die with dignity.

Mr Murray, who has been seriously ill, was forced to make his submission by telephone.

But his message is clear — the Bill is about ‘Choice and compassion’, not ‘suicide,”killing’ or even ‘murder.’ read more…

The Season Of Andy Murray

2016 November 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From zero to hero

By Roger Childs

The Barclay's champion

The Barclay’s champion

In the 2014 ATP Barclays, in which the top eight men played, Murray had qualified as the eighth seed.

In a round-robin match he came up against arguably the greatest indoor player ever, Roger Federer.

The Swiss maestro led 6-0 5-0 with Murray on serve. To the great relief of the Scot he won that game, his only game, and avoided the worst tennis score possible, the double bagel.

Fast forward two years, and Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the Barclays final to retain his number one world ranking. read more…

London’s Airport Woes

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

one-heathrownProtests grow over Heathrow’s expansion plans

By Tom Aitken in London

I could not claim that my house in Richmond has much in common with Richmond Park, Richmond Green and Kew Gardens and the banks of the River Thames. The Park and the Gardens are visited by thousands of people most weeks in the year.

They come in search of horticultural beauty, green empty spaces and the peace and quiet associated with them.twin-jet-v-low-over-houses

But in Park, Gardens, Green and River Banks (and in my house) from soon after dawn until well after sunset you will be overflown, most days, by the droning carriers of international business and tourism, flying low and gradually sinking towards the runaway at London Heathrow. read more…

More DoC Deception On 1080 And Possums

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We trust that all New Zealanders and Wellingtonians in particular, see the benefits and support this essential work that needs doing now. Lou Sanson, Director-General of the Department of Conservation

Playing fast and loose with the truth

By Roger Childs and Bill Benfield

The public needs the full story and the truth Mr Sanson

The public needs the full story and the truth Mr Sanson

Speak about the Battle for our Birds and you take the high moral ground. Forget about the fact that many birds are predators and eat other bird and their eggs.

DoC’s Lou Sanson’s article in the DomPost Tuesday November 15 2016, did not tell the full story about what has gone on, and will be going on in the Rimutaka. He spoke about the birds of the Rimutaka …(being)… under severe predator pressure.

This he said justified … two short, sharp predator-busting operations that will reclaim and restore the native forest habitat of the southern Rimutaka Range. Towards the end he slipped in that these would involve aerial 1080 operation … read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 47

2016 November 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quiz-1The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

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Welcome To The Mayoralty Guru!

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
Ross Church had a challenging start to his mayoralty

Ross Church had a challenging start to his mayoralty

Easier to oppose than govern

By Roger Childs

Three years ago KIN published an article called A Fiery Church Baptism. It was on the early days of the mayoralty of Ross Church.

Like K Gurunathan (Guru), Ross Church had been a councillor in the Jenny Rowan regime, but had not always seen eye to eye with her, notably over the issue of water metres.

However, as mayor himself, he accepted the democratic decision to install the metres, but was taken to task by some councillors, notably Jackie Elliott.

Both Church and Gurunathan found that once in charge at the top of the Council table, life was very different from being a councillor on the side. read more…

Stunning Dance Performances

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful School of Dance Graduation Finale

Reviewed by Ann Hunt. Photos by Stephen A’Court.

school-of-dance-3Each year the standard of the students graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance just seems to get better.

This year the array of talent on stage is stunning. As well as the third year students, those in the second and first years also participate in this production.

This year features three world premieres. One is by Australian dancer/choreographer Amber Haines from DanceNorth and the other by Jiri and Otto Bubenicek, whose most recent work was choreographed for the San Francisco Ballet Company.

The programme runs from Tuesday November 22 to Saturday November 26, at the New Zealand School of Dance Te Whaea : National Dance & Drama Centre, Newtown, Wellington, so you’ve still time to catch it. read more…

Photo of the Week

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The signatories for the November 14 Mahara Gallery Agreement. ( See the story below: November 21). Photo from KCDC.

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From left to right: Professor Les Holborow, Mahara Gallery Trust Chairman; Mayor K Gurunathan; Janet Bayly, Director Mahara Gallery; Pat Dougherty, Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive; Simon Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust; Councillor Michael Scott, Ward Councillor for Waikanae; Kay Brown, Trustee Field Collection Trust.

Waikanae Smash Hits Commuters

2016 November 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

waikanae-road-smashTruck crash hits road and rail traffic 

By Peter Corlett

It was a slow trip between Paraparaumu and Waikanae  this morning due to a traffic incident about 7.30am on the Waikanae straight near the intersection of Kebbell Dr and State Highway 1, south of Waikanae.

A man was flown to hospital  after the truck crashed near rail lines, resulting in the cancellation of some train services between Waikanae and Paraparaumu.  read more…

US Poll In Perspective

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

US election is a trifle compared to US history

Earthrise

Earthrise — taken from the Moon by US astronaut Bill Anders (Apollo 8 flight)

and culture

By Paraparaumu writer Graham Bathgate

In Scotland long ago I entered my teens having read stories about cowboys and indians, watched Wagon Train, Bonanza and Maverick, and listened to Buddy Holly, Doris Day and Bing Crosby, American music and culture much applauded until our very own heroes came along taking America by storm but hardly eclipsing America’s great lights.

Now living in New Zealand, I often hear of Sir Edmund Hillary and I wonder what he would have said about the US President-elect. read more…

Sarkozy Exits Stage

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

sarkozyPollsters get it wrong again — this time in France

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

One of France’s most controvertible and colourful politicians, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced the end of his political career.

Although he was President for one term from 2007 to 2012, Sarkozy has come in at third place in the first of two rounds to elect a presidential candidate for next year’s elections. read more…

Mahara Gallery Upgrade A Step Closer

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We recognize what an asset a combined gallery-library complex would be in a revitalized Waikanae Town Centre and we are working closely with the Council to make it a reality. Mahara Gallery Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow

Mahara Board welcomes Agreement signing

By Roger Childs

A lot more space needed for Kapiti's premier gallery

A lot more space needed for Kapiti’s premier gallery

The Mahara Gallery Trust Board has welcomed Monday’s (14 November) formal signing of the Agreement for the Upgrade of Mahara Gallery.

The document was signed by representatives of Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust Board and the Field Collection Trust. Mayor, K Gurunathan, signed the document on behalf of the Council.

Trust Board Chairman, Professor Les Holborow says Kāpiti Coast District Council’s plans for the revitalisation of the Waikanae Town Centre and upgrade of the Waikanae Library provide a unique opportunity to create a shared library and gallery complex.

It represents a change in direction from the original plan to redevelop or refurbish the two existing buildings but it is one we have embraced, he said. read more…

Sexual Predator Profiles

2016 November 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

police_2Beware the predator wolf in sheep’s clothing

By Anne Stephenson, of Paraparaumu

( Anne is a retired Methodist minister and hospital chaplain with long experience of working with sex abuse victims…and perpetrators)

The sexual assault on a boy in Ranui, Waitemata, last week has highlighted the need for the public to be aware of personality traits often exhibited by sex offenders.

Empathy and compassion are usually absent, but the offender can often be undetected because because he or she is plausible and appears to be caring.

In the past, when communities were smaller and people knew each each other over many years, people were more aware who was unsafe and who was not. read more…

All Blacks Get Revenge

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Too much flair for the Irish this time

By Roger Childs

Fekitoa score the first try in the fourth minute.

Fekitoa score the first try in the fourth minute. (Photo credit: The Guardian)

After the Irish victory in Chicago a fortnight ago, the second test was eagerly awaited, and attracted a sell-out crowd at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

It was a passionate and physical performance from both teams, but the All Blacks ultimately showed their superiority in scoring three excellent back tries to none, to win comfortably 21-9.

The Irish should have done better, as the visitors were down to 14 men for 20 minutes, and in the second half they had 70% of the possession. However the All Black tackling was resolute and the Irish made some poor decisions from attacking positions. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Deirdre’s Calligraphy

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A wonderful calligrapher and tutor

By Pam Kessler

Deirdre Hassed is Melbourne based but is a New Zealander! Auckland born and bred, Deirdre lived and worked here until 1993. Deirdre conducts workshops in Australia and New Zealand and at the yearly Art in Action festival in England.

deirdre-exhibit-melbourne-img_0677Deirdre supports our club by

~ entering her work in our local exhibitions,

~ conducting workshops for us here in Kapiti,

~ keeping up to date with our events through our magazine

~ keeping in contact with club members.

Deirdre is a patient, kind, and gentle tutor who has the amazing ability to make students feel totally relaxed in her classes while at the same time inspiring them to achieve greater things in their work. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 46 Answers

2016 November 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • quizIf you would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to November 16.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Friends Of The Library Session

2016 November 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Interesting evening in prospect

friends-of-the-libraryNext Wednesday, November 23, the Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are holding their Annual General Meeting and celebrating local writers.

It’s all happening in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room from 7.00 pm.

The AGM will be held first and then, after light refreshments, two local writers will speak about their work.

Anyone is welcome to attend. read more…

Holiday of a Lifetime

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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Poem to Cohen

2016 November 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

leonard-cohen-3So long Leonard Cohen . . . a farewell from Michael O’Leary

Beginning life as a middle-class son

Comfortable in your Jewish Catholicism

Tailor-made for the family’s business

You chose the more difficult artist’s path read more…