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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Build the Wall!

2017 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Down Mexico Way?

By Roger Childs

No, we are not talking America’s southern border, but the Kapiti sound walls.

The new expressway through the area has shortened travel time, brought environmental and recreational benefits and reduced traffic congestion.

But problems remain. Number one is the noise factor. read more…

Manchester United

2017 May 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Manchester United

Marines Event Will Benefit At Risk Youth

2017 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Charity event all set for this Sunday

By Roger Childs

The Runners get started in 2016 (Photo by Doug Stevens)

The planning for this year’s In the Footsteps of the Marines event on Sunday 28 May, is now complete.  There are 120 entries so far and this is expected to rise to over 200 on the day. Good weather is forecast.

The charity run/walk benefits local groups and charities, and each year the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers nominate a particular charity to be the main recipient. In 2015 $800 was given to the local Foodbank and last year Kapiti Youth Support received $1000.

In 2017 Youth Quest Kapiti (YQK) is the chosen charity. read more…

Kapiti Council By Remote

2017 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Councillor on indecency charge can still participate… but not in person

By Alan Tristram

When Kapiti District Councillor David Scott was charged with indecency and banned from KCDC premises,  a vital question arose — what about his right to represent his constituents?

KIN followed this up with the KCDC and discovered the Council  has come up with  an historic first for the District, and perhaps NZ– Councillor Scott will be allowed to take part in all Kapiti District Council meetings, but only by remote control.

Cr Scott, it must be said, has not been proven guilty of the charge of indecent assault, which followed alleged bodily contact with a female Council officer during a crowded tea break early last month. read more…

Bird of the Week: North Island Tomtit

2017 May 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

North Island Tomtit ~ Miromiro

By Cushla Mc Gaughey

Tomtits are the smallest and lightest of our Australasian Robins. When sharing the same habitat, tomtits and robins do not compete for food. Robins tend to feed in the understorey and on the forest floor, while tomtits spend more time in the higher canopy. Renowned for their sharp eyesight, tomtits can spot insects up to twelve metres away. They sometimes catch insects on the wing as well as searching tree trunks, branches and foliage. In autumn they supplement their diet with berries and small fruits.

Tomtits are among the species that have adapted well to cleared land and can be found in both native and exotic forests. Strongly territorial, they will come to investigate any newcomer. They raise their crown feathers when challenging other birds, but with other intruders, including humans, they flash the white frontal spot on their foreheads.

The male is more inquisitive than his mate and so is more often seen. He guards her on the nest, trying to lure any predators away. Chicks learn to recognize their father’s brief, whistled song. Once fledged, they are tempted from the nest on hearing him sing from a nearby tree. He then assumes sole care while his little brown mate builds a new nest for the next clutch of eggs. read more…

Poem of the Week: Remembering

2017 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Time of Remembrance

On Thursday there will be a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice in Kapiti.

Loved ones of those who were helped by the Hospice over the last six months, before they passed on, will be remembered.

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

One of the readings for this May service features below. read more…

Aussie Rugby Woes Continue

2017 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Australian beleaguered rugby chiefs insist they have not botched their efforts to reduce the country’s Super Rugby presence, despite players calling the saga a “fiasco”. Daily Mail, 18 May 2017

 A shambolic situation

By Roger Childs

All rugby people know that the 18 team Super Rugby competition is a mess.

It’s divided into four conferences and the winners of each qualify for the finals.

This is despite the fact that the leader of the Australian Conference ranks only tenth in the overall points standings.

Whereas all five New Zealand teams feature in the top half, the five Australian sides are in the bottom half. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 72

2017 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Horowhenua ‘Conflict of Interest’

2017 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson, MP Clare Curran

Labour’s Clare Curran deplores joint role of Councillor

By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod, in Levin

Horowhenua District councillor Ross Brannigan’s role as an emergency management officer for the Horizons Regional Council has been described as “a conflict of interest” by Labour Party spokesperson Clare Curran,.

At a public meeting in Levin yesterday, she said: “A civil defence role is an operational role which requires a lot of co-ordination and trust to act quickly.
“The mayor of an area calls a civil defence emergency, and the civil defence controller manages it. But if that person has
another governance role, that is a conflict of interest and I will be raising the matter with TAG,” ( a Technical Advisory Group overseeing the recently set up Earthquake Readiness National Inquiry). read more…

Kapiti Remembers the US Marines

2017 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

When the First Marine Division arrived at Camp Mackay (Whareroa Farm), in mid-June 1942, the men were amazed to find a town ready and waiting for them. It had roads, streets, paths, water supply, power, sewerage, mess facilities and recreation halls – even hospital wards for the sick and a prison for the unruly. Allie Webber, Secretary of the Kapiti US Marines Trust

Two days of activity and reflection

By Roger Childs

The Kapiti Coast will be remembering the important part played by Americans servicemen and women in our history on Sunday May 28 and Monday May 29, 2017.

It is a reminder that 15,000 Marines lived in the Paekakariki area in 1942 and 1943, at a time when New Zealand was in danger from a possible Japanese invasion.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American forces in New Zealand, there will be

 ~ A walk/run on an old route march

 ~ A Memorial Day Service

 ~ The dedication and opening of a restored Marines hut. read more…

Kapiti Wins War Game

2017 May 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local war gamers out-manoeuvre the Wellington warriors

By Peter Corlett

Kapiti and Wellington rivalries have come to the fore with teams of intricately-decorated troops and futuristic machines battling over rugged terrain.

They fought in derelict buildings, wastelands and industrial complexes in a ‘Warhammer’ challenge between the two districts. The battle took place in the Waikanae School hall. read more…

Blood, Gore and Debuts

2017 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Jo Nesbo in top form

By Ralph McAllister

The ubiquitous Jo Nesbo, the King of Scandinavian thriller writers, is back with his best story in some time.

Harry Hole, retired detective, returns, dragged away from his university job, to battle vampires in Norway, and, no guessing what the thirst in The Thirst is needed, to quench the craving.

Hole is his usual irascible self, much like his Scottish counterpart Rankin’s John Rebus.

How fascinating if those two were to meet sometime. read more…

Canada’s Healthy Health System

2017 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Eribert Loehner

Another area where Canada leaves the US for dead

By Eribert Loehner in Vancouver

The underlying message of my previous articles has been how much Canada and the United States are the same, yet different. But when it comes to health care today, there are virtually no similarities.

Given the efforts in the U.S. by the previous Obama administration to establish a program to provide health insurance coverage for citizens who presently do not qualify under private insurance underwriting criteria, and the present Trump administration’s efforts to repeal and replace this program, it’s worth looking at how Canada handles health care. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 72 Answers

2017 May 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If would still like to attempt the latest challenge, scroll down to May 16.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Councillor Scott Remanded

2017 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

David Scott to appear in Court again next month on indecency charge

Kapiti District Councillor David Scott has been given bail on a charge of indecent assault after appearing in the Porirua District Court,

Councillor Scott entered no plea to the charge — and he must appear in Court again next month.

He was in Court following an allegation he pressed himself against a female council staffer in front of the mayor at a tea break during a meeting at the Council headquarters in Paraparaumu on April 13.

Judge James Johnston granted bail on various conditions, including one which says Cr Scott is not to go inside the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) building, and must not associate with the complainant.

The conditions also say he is not to associate with the three witness except within business hours for KCDC work; and then they must not discuss the case.

The judge reserved the right to make variations on the conditions in future.

Cr Scott was ordered to reside at a certain address and must reappear in court in June.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Away from court, a Kapiti Coast District Council spokeswoman Janice said the council had no comment.

Cr Scott has previously denied all the allegations.

 

 

 

read more…

Help Finance Elijah’s Special Needs

2017 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Getting the little guy to Sydney

Leslie Clague, Elijah’s Nana

Elijah and Laura

Earlier this week at the Waiouru Community Centre, the New Zealand Army opened a fund raising campaign for my third grandchild, Elijah North, to get him to a special education centre in Sydney to help him progress.

Elijah has been diagnosed with microcephaly causing severe global development delay.

Now almost two, he still weighs about seven kilos. He has mastered sitting, rolling over and some tactile skills. When he wants attention, he will call out, “Yah, yah.” His visual ability is growing and he loves music.

(See the article by my daughter, Laura, on May 19, which explains in part the on-going challenges and joys that Elijah has brought to our family.) read more…

Gareth Morgan’s Election Buzz

2017 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gareth on the election trail

Photo of the Week: Marines Hut

2017 May 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Coming home

Loading the hut at MenzShed (Photo by Larry Keim)

This year is the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American Marines in New Zealand. Over 15,000 lived in three camps in the Paekakariki area and one of the huts they lived in has been restored by the Waikanae MenzShed. On Thursday of last week this hut was moved to the US Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.

It will be officially “opened” at the US Memorial Day Service on Monday 29 May. The service starts at 10.00am and members of the public are very welcome.

The other key event in  this year’s celebrations is on Sunday 28 May: the In the Footsteps of the Marines event. This 13.2km run or walk follows an old Marines route march and starts at Whareroa Farm. It costs $25 to enter and this can be done at enteronline. Proceeds will be going to local organisations and charities. read more…

The Extraordinary Elijah

2017 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rushed to intensive care

Elijah with brother TJ and sister Ellamae

By Laura North

On the 23 June 2015, a month early, our third child Elijah was born.

After an unremarkable pregnancy we expected nothing other than a healthy, happy, wee baby, just like his brother and sister.

Less than an hour after he was born he was rushed to the Neo-natal intensive care unit and from here our journey into the world of disability began. read more…

A Book For All Seasons

2017 May 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood-wide web” of soil fungi that connect vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods. Tim Flannery, Scientist and Conservationist

The social network of trees

By Roger Childs

Peter Wohlleben has been a forester in the Eifel Mountains in Germany for decades, and he has put together an amazing book on what he has learnt about trees.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate will change your perceptions of what goes on in a forest, forever.

Much of what the author reveals has been known from university research for many years, but has never been made this accessible to the lay person.

The fundamental concept that provides the basis for the book is that forests are like human communities, and that within the wood-wide web trees think, feel, smell, communicate and share. read more…

Cr Scott Faces Court

2017 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Kapiti Councillor will defend charges brought against him

The Kapiti Independent understands Kapiti Coast District Councillor, David Scott. has now been charged by Police with a sexual offence involving a female Council worker.

A preliminary Court hearing is taking place today.

This is the first time in living memory that an elected Kapiti councillor has faced such a charge (indecent assault).

read more…

Poem of the Week: Democracy Is Coming …

2017 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The poet has passed on, but the issues are real

Leonard Cohen passed away last year, but his poems and songs remain relevant in a troubled world.

Currently in Trumpdom, there are real concerns about the subversion of democracy, ranging from inequalities in wealth and opportunity, to Republican-dominated state governments restricting voting rights to already disadvantaged people.

In the Cohen song Democracy is Coming to the USA there is a vast array of historical references, social realities and home truths.

It is a devastating indictment on modern America. read more…

Tight Matches in the Mothers Day Clashes

2017 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All go at the Hoop Club on Sunday 14 May

By Angelo Robinson

The 5 to 7 year old kids and Mums

 

Every year Hoop Club Kapiti hold their annual “Kids vs Mums” games at Hoop Club on Mother’s Day.

This is something our players really look forward too.

It is always a great fun day with both the Mums and Kids all having a great time but both sides trying to win. read more…

Trump Latest

2017 May 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

UNICEF Focus On Ethiopia

2017 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A changing scene in  part of north-east Africa

By Roger Childs

Civil war raged in the 1990s

Her mother worked for UNICEF and now Elinor Mills is following in the footsteps. As a child she spent two years in Ethiopia at a time when war and poverty plagued the large African country. She remembers houses riddled with bullet holes.

Elinor spoke recently at Southwards on progress, problems and challenges in Ethiopia.

Back in the early 1990’s when Elinor was living there, the country was one of the poorest in the world. Things have changed since then, but currently the age-old problem of drought besets the land.

UNICEF is active in Ethiopia helping families especially in the provision of clean water. New Zealand has been assisting. read more…

Kapiti Could Lose Artworks

2017 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Priceless’ Hodgkins paintings may go unless Mahara extension goes ahead soon

By Jeremy Smith

Waikanae may lose the “priceless” Field collection- including early Frances Hodgkins paintings –  if work in the Mahara gallery redevelopment is not speeded up.

The trustees of the Field collection, possibly the largest private art collection in New Zealand, say they are still waiting for a permanent home five years after they thought a viable plan for the gallery had been approved. read more…

Bird of the Week: Robins/Toutouwai

2017 May 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A bird without fear

By Cushla McGaughey

Petako: liked by the robins

Toutouwai are exceptionally fearless and inquisitive. They will approach people to feed in leaf litter disturbed by their feet, and even take crumbs from their hands. Homesick settlers named them robins, reminded of the friendly redbreasts left behind. European robins belong with thrushes among the songbirds. Toutouwai belong to the flycatcher family, as fantails do, but prefer life in the shade of the forest under-storey.

Tomtits, smallest of our Australasian Robins, are treetop dwellers. They have adapted to cleared land and even to living in exotic forests. Robins were not as fortunate. Once widespread, toutouwai fled as native forests made way for settlements. No robins for us, perched on garden spades: they are instead safe on Kapiti Island, where they can feed on the softly-lit forest floor. read more…

Trump Card 6: Unravellings

2017 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Obviously they’re in a downward spiral right now, and they’ve got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Republican Bob Corker

Things have not gone well since the inauguration in January

By Roger ChildsAn inauspicious and insecure administration

It has long been known that Donald Trump lacked intelligence, humility and honesty, however, the last week has shown other glaring deficiencies such as a lack of prudence and discretion.

Overall his presidency has been little short of a disaster.

He promised much on the campaign trail, but in his four months in office he is yet to chalk up a legislative success, although a bill to replace Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act has passed the House of Representatives.

His one success has been to appoint a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. read more…

Key Civil Defence Meeting

2017 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Clare Curran

Labour’s Clare Curran will meet Horowhenua residents to get action on civil defence

Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran will meet Horowhenua residents in Levin on Sunday, May 21.

One of the topics is just how locals can take part in the Government review of the Civil
Defence structure.

The meeting’s being organised by the Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association (HDRRAI). read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 71

2017 May 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Waste Apace in Kapiti

2017 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Deidre Kent

KCDC waste disgrace sees rubbish up by a third! — Eco campaigner

By Alan Tristram

The well-known environmental campaigner Deidre Kent says the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) must change policy to stop increasing the rubbish mountain in the district.
She told Council Annual Plan hearing today that waste went up 36% in four years.
“Well, that means we have to do something very different,” she says in her submission to the Mayor. councillors and staff.

read more…

2016 Champions Star at Yokohama

2017 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Wet for the Third International Triathlon Event

By Roger Childs

Kiwi Andrea Hewitt came into the Japanese event having won both in Abu Dhabi and on the Gold Coast. Could she make it three in a row? There was a strong field dominated by British and American athletes, and it also included 2016 champion, Bermudan Flora Duffy, was having her first ITU outing of the year.

In the elite men’s event, Spaniard, Mario Mola, had also won on the Gold Coast. However the 2016 champion would face tough competition in a Yokohama from fellow countrymen, Javier Gomez and Fernando Alarza, and Englishman star, Jonathan Brownlee.

Weather conditions were calm, but it teemed with rain throughout both races. The athletes would have to take great care cycling on the very wet, puddly roads. read more…

Community Boards Confer

2017 May 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We can’t all soar like eagles but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines. Conventional political wisdom

Catering for communities real and virtual

By Bernie Randall, Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board

“If at first you don’t succeed then sky diving is not for you.”

These pearls of wisdom spoken by the convenor opened and set the tone for a successful NZ Community Boards conference.

It was being hosted by the good folks of Methven who normally entertain the pretty, young and wild skiing fraternity.

The theme of the conference was communities both the real and virtual and the dilemmas both face. read more…

Zumba Carumba in Kapiti

2017 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Charyl Doyle, Kat Francis and Emma Te Paa demonstrate their dance moves in the display.

Dancing the helicopter hop

By Peter Corlett

Shoppers in Coastlands at Paraparaumu have been treated to a surprise fitness dance routine demonstration by three instructors and Zumba enthusiasts from the City Fitness gym.   

Zumba is a fitness program focusing on dance, created in the 1990’s by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez. read more…

Classical Piano Trio in Paekakariki

2017 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Talented musicians to perform in the village

Te Koki Trio: Martin Riseley – violin, Jian Liu – piano, Inbal Megiddo – cello

An exciting concert is coming to the Kapiti Coast on Sunday 28 May, when Mulled Wine Concerts presents the Te Koki Trio at the beautiful beachfront Memorial Hall,in Paekakariki.

The Trio comprises three full-time members of the staff from New Zealand School of Music:

~ Martin Riseley (violin)

  ~ Inbal Megiddo (cello)

  ~ Jian Liu (piano)

They have all had extensive careers as professional musicians, performing both nationally and internationally. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 70 Answers

2017 May 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • If you would like to do the latest challenge scroll down to May 10.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Time For Guru To Set The Record Straight

2017 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The difficult art of saying sorry

By Roger Childs

KCDC Mayor K Gurunathan

Responsible media outlets quickly print or state retractions if they get a story wrong. Often they will also apologize to individuals for any stress or embarrassment  or unintended damage to reputation.

Some politicians get highly annoyed when they get it wrong, or are found out making incorrect statements, and have great difficulty in saying sorry.

Australian John Howard couldn’t bring himself to say sorry to the stolen generation of Indigenous Australians and Councillor Michael Scott refused to apologize last year when a legal report found him in breach of the Code of Conduct.

Now the Kapiti Mayor seems reluctant to rectify an error of fact he made in a Kapiti News column earlier in the year. read more…

Escarpment Track’s Successes and Problems

2017 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Escarpment Track leading south from Paekakariki

Te Araroa brings tourists to Paekakariki

By Jeremy Smith

And the view seawards!

Twelve months after its opening, the 10km Pukerua Bay- Paekakariki escarpment track has been an extraordinary success … and great for Paekakariki shops.

The track, part of the remarkable Te Araroa Walkway from North Cape to the Bluff, has been averaging out at 100 walkers per day.  Some days there’s been 1500 on the this challenging route. Walkers can do it in two-plus hours.

But the success also brings two major problems: dogs and toilets. read more…

Labour — the Road Ahead

2017 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Quilters Present Prizes

2017 May 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wrapping up the exhibition

From the Kapiti Coast Quilters

Thursday evening saw the final event in the Kapiti Quilters Exhibition with the presentation of prizes for the winning quilt.

Griet Lombard, this year’s judge, was there to comment on the quality of the quilts and to present the prizes.  She also commented that we were “a great group with such a good vibe” so if you are looking for a sewing group to join, come along to our next day meeting

~ on Tuesday 16th May, 10.30 am

~ at the Waikanae Bridge Club Rooms in Elizabeth Street.

Or contact Judy Boyle on (04)9042282 to find the date of an evening or weekend meeting. read more…

Kapiti Basketball Star Reports From The US

2017 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(In late 2013, Kapiti’s Jacinta Beckley won a scholarship to play basketball in the US. In April 2014 she began studies at Seattle University and joined the Seattle Redhawks squad in the Western Athletic Conference.)

On the bench then a break-through

By Jacinta Beckley

Jacinta signs the scholarship forms for Seattle University

This year has been full of ups and downs.

It all started with our old coaching staff being replaced with four new coaches.

Initially the chief coach saw me as the starting short forward in the 4 position, but I didn’t quite fulfil her expectations and quickly became the sixth one off the bench.

I was putting up solid numbers, but nothing great.

So I worked really hard to prove my coach wrong to see me as the player that I can be.

Unfortunately our starting centre suffered from a concussion in our first game before conference play started and I was the next option. read more…

Scarifice by ‘Andy’

2017 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Craft Work of the Week: People’s Choice

2017 May 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Picking up the votes

At the recent Quilting Show at Southwards, there was a wonderful array of quality craft work on show. The viewing public was amazed to  see the range of subjects and styles, and this made it difficult to choose which one impressed them most.

At any art or craft show, the people’s choice is usually not the one the judges select as best in show. Most votes often go to a work that has the Wow factor, and may have quirky and humorous elements. It may also be something that has instant appeal for children.

Jackie Holland’s winner met all these criteria! read more…

The Eagle Has Landed!

2017 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Marines hut returns”home”

By Roger Childs

Loading the hut at Waikanae Beach ready for the trip south. (Photo Larry Keim)

The  Marines hut, which has been meticulously restored by MenzShed craftsmen, now resides in Queen Elizabeth Park.

It began its 15km journey at about 8.30 this morning after being carefully loaded onto a truck at MenzShed headquarters in Waikane Beach.

The prepared site

Following a gentle ride down the expressway and under the overpass near the Park, the truck squeezed through the Mackays Crossing gates.

It was then across the grass where the equestrian course is located, and through behind the Marines Memorial to a specially prepared site. read more…

‘Save Public Housing’ appeal

2017 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Well-known author pens plea to Horowhenua Councillors — ‘Please save our pensioner houses’

By Alan Tristram

Judith Holloway, the well-known Levin (and former Otaki) writer, is developing a new talent — political letter writing.

Her subject is the appalling plan master-minded by Horowhenua councillors to sell off 115 much-needed council pensioner houses.

She’s been writing personally to all Horowhenua District Councillors asking them to see sense on the issue.
And Kapiti Independent News thinks all New Zealanders should read Judith’s letter (below) and take action to save public housing as the housing crisis worsens.

read more…

Health  Boost for Kapiti

2017 May 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Capital and Coast boss Debbie Chin makes promise to Kapiti group

Health Board chief promises to help Kapiti group

By Jeremy Clark, KIN Local Govt. Editor

Kapiti’s  Health Advocacy group will get an official member appointed by the Capital and Coast DHB.

This is the promise made by the DHB CEO Debbie Chin at a presentation to the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board. read more…

Where To For Kapiti Financial Management?

2017 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Waikanae resident, Aldous MacIvor. Dip VFM, BA. is a retired consultant and lecturer in farm management.

Limitations on sources of income

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) came in existence in 1989 as an amalgamation of all or parts of several local authorities.

The new council found itself with the challenge of creating the infrastructure for a future city.

From the outset it was disadvantaged with few assets, reliance on income from rates, and funding capital work through borrowing.

Today this is still the case. With no investment income KCDC is reliant on ratepayers  (76.6%) for income. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 70

2017 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Labour Fights Inequality

2017 May 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Graham Bathgate, of the Kapiti Labour Party

Kapiti Labours for solution to inequality

By Graham Bathgate

A recent discussion on ‘Inequality in NZ’ by the Kapiti Labour Committee turned up several key ideas:

  • Labour needs to get back to being a movement as in its early years when it introduced free education and health.
  • People should be able to buy their first homes more easily (though no-one at the meeting suggested there should free housing).
  • These three areas — free education, health and housing — are where government should provide more help than is being given at the moment by a National Government.
  • This kind of help from a Labour government, true to its roots and beliefs, should form firm policies. This would go a long way to reducing the inequality which has developed in New Zealand since the 1980’s.

read more…

WWII Marines Hut Returning Home

2017 May 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of hundreds

By Allie Webber

The hut under construction

A WWII U.S.Marines Hut lovingly restored by the MenzShed in Waikanae, will be taken to Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell), on Thursday 11 May – to begin its new life.

The hut will be loaded on a transporter at the MenzShed and moved down the expressway to a new resting spot alongside the U.S.Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.

The 2.4m x 4.5m hut has been meticulously restored for the Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust under the watchful eye of Trust Historian, Anthony Dreaver.

“We don’t know exactly which camp it came from, but it was one of hundreds built for the three Paekakariki Camps,” says Trust Chair Jenny Rowan. read more…

Equal Pay Shenanigans

2017 May 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Pay equity for women – what is the government up to?

By Prue Hyman

Two months back I mentioned that we were waiting for an offer from government to settle the Kristine Bartlett/ Terranova pay equity case.

After five years we finally heard there was a reasonably decent possible settlement.

But there’s been no attempt to value the work in a systematic way  — this would have led to a much bigger increase! read more…

Poem of the Week: Shirley Hayes

2017 May 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the best

Petanque winners: Rex and Shirley on the left.

Today we farewelled one of Kapiti’s model citizens. Shirley embodied all the best Kiwi values: warmth, friendliness, devotion to family, diligence and selflessness. She passed away suddenly last week and a large crowd turned out to pay their respects this morning.

Shirley packed plenty into her 71 years doing a range jobs, playing many sports and running an immaculate household. She and husband Rex were enthusiastic orienteers and, in later times, stalwarts of the local pentanque club. She was well known among older members of the community, as she did over 20 years of home care service on the Kapiti Coast.

The verse below, sums up her spirit and commitment to making life better for other people. read more…

California Dreamin’ 5: The Real Sausilito

2017 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Little resemblance to Shelly Bay

Story by Roger Childs, Sausalito photos by Pam Childs

Shelly Bay (Photo from stuff.)

Back in the early 20th century tourist promoters called the Whanganui River New Zealand’s Rhine.

Sausalito

This is about as ridiculous as calling a future Shelly Bay Wellington’s Sausilito.

Having been to the real one last month, I can vouch for the fact that there is little resemblance.

In fact we already have a mini one in Oriental Bay. read more…

Health On The Agenda

2017 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Capital and Coast boss Debbie Chin

Health Board boss to attend Community Board meeting

A Kapiti Health advocacy Group may be a step closer after this week’s Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board meeting. It’ll be attended by the Capital and Coast Health Board’s chief executive (CE).

CE Debbie Chin ‘s presence comes  after a health forum meeting held in March and a second meeting last week. read more…

Messages From The Seuss World

2017 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager (left) at the Paraparaumu Library

A person’s a person no matter how small…

By Mandy Hager

One of the delights of my new status as a grandmother is the revisiting of the picture books I loved in my youth.

I joke that my values were formed by Dr Seuss (above right) and in many ways this true!

My parents went to enormous lengths to provide their children with a wealth of books, many delivered from overseas because they weren’t available here, and to discuss their thematic messages so we understood the values such books imparted.

The moral messaging in Dr Seuss’s books became so ingrained that, even to this day, I can still quote whole chunks by heart. read more…

Take Your Partners!

2017 May 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwis Flourish While Aussies Languish

2017 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Oh dear!

By Roger Childs

Another weekend of rugby, another set of wins for New Zealand teams and losses for the Australian franchises.

The South African teams didn’t have a great weekend either and it is no surprise that next year’s competition will shed teams from the weaker conferences.

In the overall standings, the five Kiwi teams have more points that all five teams across the Tasman.

Furthermore, while all our teams rank in the top seven, four of the Australian teams are in the bottom six. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 69 Answers

2017 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still to do the latest challenge scroll down to May 3.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Biking Ahead in Kapiti

2017 May 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Willow with her new bike after the presentation

Kena Kena girl wins school biking prize

Kena Kena School pupil Willow Bardsley has just been presented with a bike for her participation in Movin’ March.

It’s an annual event that encourages kids to cycle, walk, scooter or skateboard to school.

“We had 886 entries from six schools in Kāpiti which was a fantastic effort,” says Nicky Morrison, the Regional Council’s School Travel Co-ordinator, who organised things with support from Kāpiti Council. read more…

Rivers Talk Pulls A Crowd

2017 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

WILL I EVER BE ABLE TO SWIM IN A RIVER? Sign carried by a young boy at a protest in Timaru, March 2017

Excellent session with Catherine Knight

By Roger Childs

The monthly Ministry of Culture and Heritage talks are always good, and are usually attended by 30-40 people.

However, the topic of rivers – wadeable, swimmable or just plain dreadful – touches a raw nerve in many folk.

Over 120 crowded into the new venue at the National Library last Wednesday, and they were not disappointed.

Catherine is an award winning author on the contentious subject of our waterways, and her Ravaged Beauty on the Manawatu has been followed up with a wider study of the nation’s rivers in New Zealand’s Rivers: An Environmental History. read more…

A Voice of Reason

2017 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tony Fraei is one of our regular KIN readers and often makes comments. These are always perceptive and thoughtful, and his latest effort warrants an article in itself. He was responding to Jackie Elliott’s recent piece entitled “Mannequin Madness in Kapiti”. (Scroll down to  May 4.)

Behaving with dignity and moderation

By Tony Fraei

I fully agree that this (the protest Jackie referred to in her article), is just so sad.

I didn’t see this protest, however I have seen two of the regular “anti council protesters” outside the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) building and both were dressed like a couple of hobos!

In my experience people who have differing views, their absolute free right, have the most success when they:-

  1. Wear professional attire. The few councillors that I have met always look very ‘professional & have taken care with their grooming.
  2. Influence folks by the moderation and intellectual strength of their argument.
  3. Are fully aware that anger, bullying and boorish behaviour never changed anything. In fact just the opposite, as they play into the other parties hands.

read more…

Brownlee Rolls Over

2017 May 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Germany and the Turkish Migrants

2017 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Erdogan’s shadow looms over Turks in Germany

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

In Berlin recently, I came home from work by taxi.

The driver was born in Turkey, but has been living in Germany for about 30 years.

His German is perfect and he told me his daughter is studying economics at university. Then we talked about politics and he said he voted for Erdogan’s constitutional amendment.

“Why was  that?” I asked. His answer: “Erdogan gave us Turks our pride back again!” read more…

Fire at Ohau

2017 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Roadside blaze slows SH1 traffic

Story and photos by Peter Corlett

It was a slow trip for drivers on SH1 North and South of Manakau yesterday evening, with traffic at a crawl due in the aftermath of a house fire that destroyed a roadside house.  

Sirens sounded several times in Levin shortly after 4:30p.m. read more…

The Devil’s Dictionary

2017 May 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you want to read a perfect book, there is only one way: write it. Ambrose Bierce

One of America’s great writers

By Roger Childs

On our recent trip to California I came across Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, which is a masterpiece of wit, humour and cynicism. His satirical observations remind you of writers like Oscar Wilde and H L Mencken.

However Bierce was also a wonderful short story writer, and An Occurrence at Owl Creek is one of the most brilliant pieces of short fiction ever written.

He was also a poet, producing a number of anthologies, and worked as journalist for the San Francisco Examiner with a column called The Prattle.

Much of his writing related to his war experiences, as he had served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Tragically it was during the Mexican Revolutionary War that he disappeared without trace. He had gone south of the border in 1913 and was last seen in the company of rebel forces. read more…

Spectacular Opening Ceremony

2017 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

World Masters Games gets underway

By Tony Farmer

The build up to the ceremony to be held in Eden Park began late afternoon following an afternoon spent with many other sportspeople registering for their events in The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront.

I even had a game of table tennis there hoping that one of my heroes. Sir Peter Snell, would show up – but unfortunately he didn’t, at least not when I was there!

The Opening Ceremony was a spectacle my wife and I will never forget. The use of light and sound was amazing and the laser and light show was simply the biggest ever to be seen in New Zealand. read more…

Mannequin Madness in Kapiti

2017 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC district-wide Councillor Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Councillor deplores ‘vulgar’ mannequin demo outside KCDC HQ

By Cr Jackie Elliott

KCDC Civic Building

Three well known anti-council protesters have created a vulgar mannequin display outside the Kapiti Coast District Council building during a Council meeting.

This, and their (alleged) releasing of details of an in-house sexual conduct complaint to the media, has shown reckless disregard for the sensitivities and well-being of both parties involved in the complaint — both of whom are our well liked and well respected colleagues.

The display last Thursday also showed complete disregard for the well-being of all the workers and public in council on the day, undoing, at the first opportunity, the efforts made by management to provide a safe workplace as is their legal obligation. read more…

The Anzac Spirit

2017 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Craft Work of the Week: Best Quilt!

2017 May 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Anne Marie takes the top prize

There was plenty of competition at Southwards last weekend.

The Quilting Exhibition is one of the Kapiti Coast’s annual cultural highlights, and hundreds passed through the doors to view the amazing range of quilts on show.

Quilting has a big following locally and this was a chance for the local crafts people to show their wares.

There were a range of prizes awarded based on category, however the supreme award of “Best in Show” went to  Anne Marie Dunlop. (See below.)

Jill Hammonds will provide further details on prize winners in a day or two. read more…

KIN v. the Kapiti Snooze

2017 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Don’t be confused, there is only one Kapiti Independent News!

By Alan Tristram

While we were overseas recently,visiting a sick relative, a postcard has appeared in some mail-boxes, purporting to come from a local epaper.

Some folks think this was from us, but it wasn’t.

Please remember, there is only one truly independent, non-commercial, epaper on the Kapiti Coast — Kapiti Independent News!

Trumpisms in NZ Education

2017 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An unfair Govt. tax on teachers

By Peter Corlett

Donald Trump’s idea of building an impenetrable wall between the United States and Mexico is one that met a fair degree of ridicule around the world for a number of reasons, but in particular because he said that Mexico would pay for its construction. (Scroll down to May 2 for the latest on the wall proposition.)

While it can be argued that a president can decide how taxpayer dollars might be spent in their own country, it is a totally different story and somewhat arrogant to dictate how another country will allocate their spending for their citizens. read more…

Kapiti’s Bronze Medallist

2017 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An event not to be missed!

By Maureen Farmer

Auckland: the venue for this year’s Masters Games

We read the advertisement –  The World Masters Games (WMG) 2017 to be held in Auckland!

Wow that’s going to be some event we thought! Perhaps I should explain here that it is not Masters of the Universe, or the like, that are involved here but sportspeople over the age of 35.

Well, having qualified twice over age-wise I, or should I say we (‘my husband and I’ the Queen might say) decided that having given athletics a go in our (comparative) youth (starting at age 39!) we would see what the other criteria were. Put simply there weren’t any!

So no get-out clauses there. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 69

2017 May 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge .

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Trump Card 5: 100 Days of Turmoil

2017 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A hard act to follow

By Roger Childs

FDR had the best first 100 days ever.

The first hundred days has been used since 1933, as a benchmark for how a new president is doing. Franklin Roosevelt took office that year in the midst of the Great Depression.

It was time of massive social and economic problems, and from 8 March to 16 June the President and Congress set up what became known as the New Deal with a raft of positive legislation covering everything from saving the banks and subsidising farmers, to providing youth employment and building new dams.

Donald Trump was keen to do something comparable to the great FDR, and set in motion a programme to put America First and Make America Great Again.

He had made plenty of promises on the campaign trail, but could he carry them out? read more…

Poem of the Week: Verses of Love

2017 May 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The May sonnet: remembering a loved one

By Julie Leibrich

I wanted to write a poem for Doug’s birthday in February.

It was difficult because I wanted to write a love poem yet also acknowledge the thought I sometimes have – what if we had met when we were both young?

Would we have had children together? Where would we be now? read more…

Cr Scott Speaks Out

2017 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

KCDC’s ‘Bureaucratic Elite’ upset by his voting, claims Councillor

Chief Executive, Pat Dougherty — his rise was opposed by Cr Scott

Kapiti Coast Councillor David Scott has spoken out against the Council establishment following the controversy over allegations against him by a female Council officer.

In an exclusive statement to KIN, Cr Scott says: “In recent weeks, I have voted against the 5.9% rates increase. I have voted against the CEO (Pat Dougherty) getting another large wage rise.

“I also object to the multi-million spending planned for Rimu Rd., Kapiti Lights and Mahara Place.

“These I promised in the election. They have annoyed the bureaucrat elite of KCDC.”

Details of complaint

Cr Scott then  goes on to deal with details of the complaint laid against him. (This was featured in a front-page story in the Dompost on April 25. See our story of April  26 )

The paper said then: “A Kapiti Coast District councillor is understood to have been stripped of some powers and is under police investigation after being accused of grabbing a council staffer and pressing himself

Mayor K Gurunathan — what, if anything, did he see?

against her in front of the local mayor.” (Mr K Gurunathan). read more…

Restoring A Quality Range of Magazines

2017 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti is an intelligent, well-read community. It deserves a manager that will maintain a quality library service, not necessarily a social institution, but one where the skill of reading and research is rewarded and celebrated.  Former Library Manager, Leslie Clague

A task for the new library manager

By Roger Childs

New Library Manager: Kat Cuttriss

Kapiti is fortunate in having a well qualified, talented and enthusiastic new chief at Paraparaumu Library.

Jeremy Smith has already outlined aspects of Kat Cuttriss’s agenda – scroll down to April 30 – and he touched on the issue of magazines.

Libraries of comparable size, such as Taupo and Newtown, subscribe to about 30% to 40% more magazines than Kapiti.

A wide range of periodicals used to be a strong feature of our local libraries, but the stocks were run down during the time of Kat’s predecessor. read more…

Photo of the Week: Spectacular Quilts!

2017 May 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great quilting show in the weekend!

Big crowds turned out for the exhibition at Southwards over the weekend.

The examples on show demonstrated the great wealth of quilting talent that exists in the Kapiti area.

Quilting is an intricate, highly skilled and time-consuming craft, and the results are often extraordinary. A wide range of techniques were on show at the exhibition.

(Later in the week, KIN will feature an article by Jill Hammonds on the how things went and provide a list of prize winners.) read more…

Acting Chair Vining Out of Order?

2017 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

(The David Scott story has been splashed through the media and is a key talking point among cafe, walking, running and cycling groups in the Kapiti area. The Kapiti Observer reported last week that the Mayor confirmed that “an investigation was under way…”

Whether this is a case of vindictiveness on the part of Council staff who oppose Cr, Scott’s positions on spending, or a genuine case of sexual harassment, will obviously come out in the inquiry.

 So surely this is a sub judice situation, and therefore not to be discussed publicly. Why then did it come up at last Thursday’s public Council Meeting?)   read more…

Libraries Are ‘Democracy of Knowledge’

2017 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kat Cuttriss alongside the sadly-depleted magazine rack at Paraparaumu Librqry

Kapiti’s new chief librarian has 20/20 vision  for our reading

By Jeremy Clark (with assistance from the Editor and Associate Editor)

The Kapiti Coast new chief librarian, Kat Cuttriss, has good news for readers across the shelves. Even those, like our associate editor,Roger Childs, who bemoan the loss of high-quality magazines under the previous incumbent.

Kat is a local with a background in library work in three universities, in Parliamentary research and in the corporate sector.

But, as a Kapiti resident for 14 years, Kat Cuttriss says taking a public library appointment ( Manager, Kapiti Coast Arts and Libraries) is a chance to give something back to the community.

And KIN fervently hopes this means more good-quality fiction and non-fiction, more high-quality magazines — and perhaps the return of some of more than 10 librarians displaced under the former regime’s ‘reforms.’

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 69 Answers

2017 April 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to have a go at the ANZAC quiz, scroll down to April 25.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Somewhere to Live

2017 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great Quilting Exhibition Over the Weekend

2017 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Southwards Museum: Saturday/Sunday 29-30 April

Story by Jill Hammonds, photos by Pam Childs

Today the doors opened on the Kapiti Coast Quilters’ Guild ExhibitionRapt in Quilts.  This is the culmination of two year’s preparation and quilt making with over 150 creative quilts on display.

Yesterday some of the guild members were busy mounting all the quilts on the display stands, ensuring everything was set up ready for the merchants who will be selling a wide range of quilting fabrics and tools, and the quilts were judged and ribbons awarded.

The crowds have been pouring through and the response has been very rewarding and the comments very positive. read more…

Marines Walk/Run Set to Go

2017 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An event with history

By Roger Childs

One of the Marines who was stationed in the 1942-43 camps near Paekakariki was Leon Uris. In his novel Battle Cry he recounted one of the route marches into the hills. In The Footsteps Of The Marines roughly follows his description.

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the sixth running of this event on Sunday 28 May 2017. Last year over 220 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and New Zealand soldiers.

This year it will be part of the celebrations, coordinated by the Kapiti US Marines Trust, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of US Marines in New Zealand.

The highlight of these celebrations will be the traditional Memorial Day Service at the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday 29 May. read more…

Kelsey is Coming!

2017 April 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Anti-TPPA champion will talk about life after neoliberalism

By Alan Tristram

One of the NZ’s most effective and intelligent critics of National’s policies, Professor Jane Kelsey, is coming to Kapiti soon.

Professor Kelsey, from Auckland, is an anti-TPPA champion and will lecture on Saturday, May 13, at an event sponsored by local Quakers.

It’s  the ‘Quaker Lecture 2017’  and its title is “Transcending Neoliberalism: Moving From A State Of Denial To Progressive Transformation.” read more…

“King of Clay” Peaking Nicely

2017 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… I was serving well, at a good speed, and changing directions well, I had the chance to hit my forehand after my serve and take control of the rallies. Rafael Nadal after his fourth round match in Barcelona on April 27

Nadal has his eyes on the prize in Paris

By Roger Childs

Spaniard Rafael (Rafa) Nadal is the world’s best ever clay court tennis player. He holds the incredible record of nine grand slam wins on the orange dust at Roland Garros. The next best is Bjorn Borg with six.

Unfortunately in 2015 and 2016 Rafa was plagued with injuries, so his last win in Paris was 2014.

But now he’s back, and keen to get that tenth clay title in early June. He has been in four finals so far this year and lost three.

However earlier in the month, back on clay, he won the Monte Carlo final. And now in Barcelona he is through to the quarter finals. read more…

Photo of the Week: Remembering ’67

2017 April 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Recalling the Summer of Love at City Hall

City Hall San Francisco

The 50th anniversary of the momentous months fifty years ago in San Francisco, is being celebrated in a magnificent exhibition.

The Summer of Love Experience is appropriately running at the De Young Art Museum in Golden Gate Park.  The Park, at the the western end of the Haight-Ashbury District, was the scene of many of the gatherings in 1967.

City Hall in downtown San Francisco (pictured alongside), is also remembering the social revolution of 1967 with photographs of scenes of the time distributed around the walls.

A picture of one of the gatherings is featured below. (Photo of the photo by Pam Childs.)

Scroll down to April 27 for a longer article on the “Summer of Love”. read more…

Poem of the Week: Desire for Normality

2017 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwi wanting the war to end

There are various versions of this verse and some have substituted lousy and bloody for “blasted”.

New Zealander Donald H Lea’s view of the common soldier’s desire to get back to normal life was the first, and provided the inspiration for the copyists.

Lea was wanting to leave the great war and its regimentation behind, a sentiment shared by millions of soldiers. read more…

Xi May Be The One We Adore

2017 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

California Dreamin’ 3: Make Love not War

2017 April 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Summer of Love

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. John Phillips and Scott McKenzie 1967

Over 100,000 young people descended on San Francisco fifty years ago. However, what became known as the Summer of Love actually began in the winter month of January when an estimated 40,000 met in Golden Gate Park for A Gathering of the Tribes.

This was designed to bring together disparate radical political groups and bohemians who made up the counter-culture which would make San Francisco famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view.

As the year unfolded the tide of revolutionary change quickened as social, political and cultural norms were challenged and upended. read more…

KCDC ‘mum’ on front-page story

2017 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC public relations goes quiet on Cr Scott story

KCDC clams up on case involving Cr David Scott

Susan Owens, the KCDC’s Principal Engagement and Communications Advisor (Te Kaitohutohu Whakawhitiwhitinga Whakānga Mātāpono), has answered KIN’s request for a comment on  the inquiry involving Cr David Scott and a woman employee (see story below).

This is her reply on behalf of Mayor K Gurunathan (a former journalist) and the CEO, Pat Dougherty:

“Thank you for your email to Mayor Gurunathan and Pat Dougherty.

“This is not a matter we are prepared to comment on.”

 

 

 

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 69

2017 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

~ The latest challenge with an appropriate theme.

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

~ Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kapiti Council’s Latest Imbroglio

2017 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Dompost front-page story pillories KCDC Cr David Scott

According to a Dompost story yesterday Kapiti Coast District Councillor David Scott has denied any wrongdoing for his part in an alleged incident with a senior manager at the Council.

The paper said: “A Kapiti Coast District councillor is understood to have been stripped of some powers and is under police investigation after being accused of grabbing a council staffer and pressing himself against her in front of the local mayor.” (Mr K Gurunathan) read more…

Kapiti Rates Rumpus

2017 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC Headquarters in Paraparaumu– home of ‘Rolls Royce’ spenders?

Guy Burns deplores Council extravagance

Rate rise riles Community Board deputy chair

(‘Kapiti’s  rate rise highest in region’)

News that Kapiti’s planned rates rise is the highest in the region is a ‘massive cause for concern’, says Guy Burns,.Raumati/Paraparaumu Community Board Deputy Chair.

“A 5.9 percent increase is over the top and, frankly, outrageous given that inflation is running at just under one per cent,” he says. read more…

‘President Macron’

2017 April 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Emmanuel Macron (right) with President Hollande

Latest from Paris — it looks as though Emmanuel Macron will be the next French leader

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

Macron is president of France.

Well, maybe not yet but that is how this chronicler sees it. Those slinging mud his way before the first round of the Presidential elections are now inviting their supporters to vote for him in the second round.

Those who vilified him but now will vote for him, include the infamous François Fillon of expensive suits and funny-money-to-wife Penelope fame. read more…

Kapiti Players In NZ Basketball Academy

2017 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 A reward for strong performances

By Angelo Robinson

Two Kapiti Basketball Players, Victor Allen from Kapiti College, and Fraser Beggs from Paraparaumu College, have been selected for the New Zealand Basketball Academy Age Group Teams to tour Las Vegas USA in July this year.

Both players put in strong performances at the trials and both were rewarded with securing positions in these top Age Group Teams.

They will fly out in July ready to do their best against the best in the USA. read more…

Sea Life Centre

2017 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Marine Education Centre at Island Bay

Could Kapiti host a marine education centre?

By Dr Viola Palmer

One long-awaited day arrived recently when I had an excuse to travel to Wellington and visit the Marine Education Centre.

The grandchildren were with us — and we approached the Centre in a glorious  Cook Strait gale and step into the shelter inside. I imagine it’s like stepping into Scott Base in an Antarctic blizzard.    read more…

A Hymn for Anzac Day

2017 April 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Shirley’s poignant, evocative contribution

Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray is a hymn writing legend. Twelve years ago she wrote a hymn for the day when New Zealanders and Australians remember those who served in wars gone by.

However, this was verse with a difference, emphasizing the horror and futility of conflict, and extending the remembrance to those who would not go to war, and suffered for their belief that peace was the only way forward.

Shirley, and her late husband John, were strong advocates of Peace Movement Aotearoa and promoted the wearing of the white poppy of peace.

(Scroll down to April 24 for the story about the hymn. You’ll find the words below.)

read more…

Anzac Hymn Causes Worldwide Controversy

2017 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Last year at this time, we published Shirley’s article about her amazing Hymn for Anzac Day. The poignant words are an indictment on the cost and waste of war. They also touch on all those who suffered for their service, or for their beliefs, and emphasizes that “peace is the only way”. The hymn has touched some raw nerves over the years, so we are pleased once again to let Shirley tell the story. 

The gentle art of hymn writing?

By Shirley Erena Murray MNZM

Shirley Erena Murray, hymn writer extraordinaire

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

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

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

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

California Dreamin’ 2: Wit and Wisdom

2017 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

If you buy this book, Mexico will pay for it. On the cover of a volume called “Trump’s America”

Letting everyone know

Story Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Many Americans wear their hearts on their sleeves and have no hesitation in putting their message out.

In many shops and front gardens in Rockridge and Berkeley, there are posters stating WE STAND WITH OUR MUSLIM, ARAB & IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORS.

Their best advertising carries a message; this on the side of a bus Babies sleep best on their backs alone. read more…

Take Me to Your Leader

2017 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fund Raising for Elijah

2017 April 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Support the little guy

By Leslie Clague

A Givealittle fund raising drive will be launched early in May at the Waiouru Community Centre for Elijah North, a not yet two year old diagnosed with microcephaly, causing severe global developmental delay.

As a family we are quite moved by the work of Marise and David Hill and other members of the NZ Army community in making this campaign happen,” notes Leslie Clague, Turangi resident and grandmother of Elijah.

The money raised will go to getting Elijah to the NAPA Centre in Sydney for a three-week intensive development course for special needs children. NAPA stands for Neurological and Physical Abilitation. read more…

Brilliant Day for the Te Araroa Trek

2017 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A magnificent 10km walk/run

Story by Roger Childs photos by Jack McAllister and Andrew Li

The walking group about half way. (Photo: Jack McAllister)

For over a year, the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers have been keen to do the Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki section of the iconic Te Araroa Walkway .

So Sunday 23 April was chosen as the day, and conditions could not have been better: fine weather, light breezes and mild temperatures.

But how would the timing work out? The decision was made to send the walkers off an hour ahead of the runners.

All 18 participants took the train from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay, and the walkers started on the southern end of the trail at 7.30am. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 68 Answers

2017 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • If you would like a go at the quiz, scroll down to April 19.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

France Decides Today

2017 April 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Emmanuel Macron (right) with President Holland

‘Imagine!’ Emmanuel or Marine leading the Republic

Marine Le Pen

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

Imagine national elections with neither Labour or National having a chance of winning. The French presidential elections, which kick off today, are a little like that, for the first time in memory.

The two main parliamentary parties are down in the polls, the Socialists are no longer contenders, while the Republicans on the right are beset with scandal involving their candidate, François Fillon. He is formally under investigation for having paid a fictitious salary to his Welsh wife, Penelope, for a number of years. read more…

ANZAC Perspectives: Poppies White and Red

2017 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“White Poppies For Peace” from Peace Movement Aotearoa have been for years actively promoting peace education, and challenging young people to think. Shirley Erena Murray.

Lest we forget them all

By Roger Childs

Another Anzac Day is coming up on Tuesday.  There will be the traditional dawn parades and later gatherings around the nation’s war memorials; the veterans and descendants of those who served their country will march: wreaths will be laid; speeches will be delivered, and the Last Post and Reveille will be played.

We will also hear the reminders: Lest we forget and We will remember them.

The media will play their part too, with television presenters and news readers wearing the obligatory red poppies, and the channels and papers recalling battles glorious and deeds victorious. read more…

Photo of the Week: International Botanical Garden

2017 April 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A wonderland of plant life from around the planet

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Pam in front of a totara in Berkeley

In the delightfully named Strawberry Canyon high above the university campus, is the Botanical Garden of Berkeley. It’s located in a micro-climate facing northwest and operates as a living museum.

It’s unique feature is the world-wide plant life set out in appropriate zones: Southern Africa, Asia, Mediterranean, South America, Deserts of the Americas. Eastern North America, Mexico and Central America, California, and …. Australasia.

It was wonderful to see a rimu, two totara, pongas, pittosporum and other Kiwi favourites here in California.

This garden is magnificent and the range of plants is extraordinary. Not surprisingly, it attracts large numbers of researchers, students and tourists.

It’s about a 2km walk up hill from the main part of UC Berkeley, however if you want a ride up, shuttles operate on a regular basis from the campus’s Evans Hall. read more…

Award-Winning Local Author To Speak

2017 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

understanding our past is vital to preparing for a better future. It is not until we understand our environmental history that we realise how much we have already lost … Historian, Catherine Knight

Paraparaumu’s Catherine Knight featuring next month

Catherine will be giving the Ministry of Culture and Heritage monthly history talk on Wednesday 3 May.

Her topic will be New Zealand’s Rivers: can we learn from history?  This will be based around her second book New Zealand Rivers: An Environmental History.

The talk will take place from 12.15pm to 1.00pm at Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library Building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Wages Way To Go

2017 April 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It does seem insane, when you drive through Otara and poor buggers can hardly put food on their flaming plate, while others are earning millions of dollars. Waikato farmer, Lloyd Downing

Work in progress

By Roger Childs

(Credit Emmerson, NZ Herald)

The recent government reaction to the successful pay-equity test case is good news. However there is still a yawning income gap between rich and poor, and too many people are paid far too little.

The minimum wage is a paltry $15.78 an hour and there are far more women than men on this basic rate.

The concept of the living wage is better at $$20.20, and this should become the minimum at least.

If we are going to deal with our appalling poverty – we are low down in the OECD list  – we need to ramp up what the poor are paid and get serious about gender equality in remuneration. read more…

Poem of the Week: Harvest

2017 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I wear this ring …

By Julie Leibrich

The strangest harvest was one autumn, some years ago. I was digging in compost around a rosebush when I found a rose gold wedding ring in the soil. It is engraved H Evans and E Rallings 24th July 1920.

I’ve tried, without success, to trace a marriage. I wish I knew the story of this ring.

~ Was it lost while gardening or thrown to the ground in despair?

~ Did the marriage ever take place?

~ Did the ring signify a secret love?

It fitted me perfectly and I wear it to this day. read more…

1080 Madness in Mt Aspiring

2017 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a story that won’t go away and it shouldn’t. KIN has run three earlier takes on the DoC 1080 drop in the beautiful Mt Aspiring National Park which was unnecessary, dangerous and in the wrong season. ( See March 2, 6 and 25.)

Now the Graf film has come out which provides a visual and oral documentation of this appalling event which was carried out with taxpayers money.

Crime against nature

By Carol Sawyer

On the 23 February, 2017, a “Crime Against Nature” was committed in the Makarora, Wilkin and Young River Valleys of Mt Aspiring National Park.

38,500 hectares were aerially poisoned with 76 tonnes of Compound 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate), one of the deadliest poisons on Earth, banned in most countries, and an eco-toxin, and ​killing every oxygen-breathing creature that ingests it.

 It was dropped indiscriminately from the air by a fleet of seven helicopters on a hot late-summer day, poison raining out of the clear blue skies over one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Saddleback / Tieke

2017 April 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tieke – the stuff of legend and reality

By Cushla McGaughey

According to Maori legend, the great Maui was thirsty after his battle with the sun, but Tieke refused his request to bring him a drink. Maui angrily seized the bird in his still fiery hand and flung it in the water.

To this day Tieke bears the scorch mark across its back and is well known for its habit of splashing vigorously in pools and streams.

The more prosaic facts are that the saddleback, along with the kokako and extinct huia, belongs to an ancient family of wattlebirds, unique to New Zealand. Wattles are two colourful, fleshy lobes either side of the beak, noticeably larger in the adult male. read more…

Riddles Plus a Fiddle in Paekakariki

2017 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A varied entertainment at St Peter’s Hall

By Gilbert Haisman

Martin Riseley

Riddles plus a fiddle, a music, theatre and literary show in two parts, is being staged

~ in St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki

~ from 5.00 to 6.30 pm on Sunday 30 April.

First on will be recital by Martin Riseley of works for solo violin by Bach, Paganini and Cresswell.

Then the main bill is Tell Me My Name, a staged performance of new riddles by poet Bill Manhire, directed by Sara Brodie.

Tickets only  $20 through Eventfinder or at Paekakariki Fruit Supply. read more…

Hobson’s Pledge Holds Successful Session

2017 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He iwi tahi tatou – We are now one nation. Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson to each chief after he had signed the Treaty of Waitangi

Over 100 get the message in Waikanae

By Andy Oakley

Hobson’s Pledge had a successful meeting in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, April 3rd 2017.

The Waikanae Community Hall which held 160 was about 2/3rds full with most people in the over 40 age group, which is fairly much as expected.

Journalist Richard Harmen was there taking photos and posted a fairly neutral report on Scoop. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 68

2017 April 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Photo of the Week: Station with a View

2017 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

From the BART platform at Rockridge

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The station is across the bay from San Francisco. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)  journey to the big city goes above ground, through tunnels and under the water. The trip into SF is quick and packed trains go by every 5-10 minutes in the rush hour.

Nevertheless on either side of the Rockridge platform there is a constant reminder of America’s on-going love affair with the automobile, as vehicles flash by on the 10 lane freeway.

The views from the platform are dramatic. Above left is the vista of the Oakland hills where $US 2 million + houses perch in a dress circle overlooking San Francisco Bay. Then the other way there is the amazing view of the Bay Bridge and the distant city skyline. read more…

Trump Card 4: A Cartoonist’s Dream

2017 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Can’t believe their luck

By Roger Childs

New Yorker 18 April 2016

A year ago The New Yorker editor asked all the magazine’s cartoonists to do a Trump item.

The results were predictably hilarious and covered 16 different perspectives on the maverick presidential hopeful. (See below)

No one dreamed that the egotistical billionaire businessman, who many regarded as the joke candidate, would actually get to the White House.

Now that he is ensconced in the Oval Office, the world’s cartoonists are continuing to have a field day.

But let’s go back 12 months …. read more…

Creative Artist Featuring on Thursday

2017 April 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The talented Sarah Maxey

Publishers, calligraphers, designers, readers, writers, anyone interested in how a designer makes decisions about how an image conveys the right message is sure to find this interesting. Jennifer Ramshaw, FOTL Committee

Fascinating Friends of the Library session coming up

Paekakariki resident Sarah Maxey is a highly talented graphic artist and book cover designer.

Over the last twenty years she has won many awards for her displays, cover designs and typography. read more…

California Dreamin’ 1: Airports and AirTrain

2017 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we start a series on the San Francisco-East Bay scene. Topics will include airports, public transport, wit and wisdom, the Summer of Love and street life, to name a few.

LAX and SFO

Above SFO

Comparing Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) airports is a case of one very good, one not so good.

Obviously travellers have different experiences, however what you meet on arrival colours your impression.

LAX is a huge barn of a place and you to have to walk for miles to get anywhere, whereas SFO is more compact, and conveniently set out and serviced. read more…

Basketball’s Rewi Thompson Back in Town

2017 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Kiwi coach returns for a clinic

By Angelo Robinson

Capital Basketball, in association with Morehu Basketball Club, welcomes Rewi Thompson from New Jersey, USA.

Rewi has been coaching high school basketball in the USA for over 20 years and will be delivering clinics across the Capital Region during April and May.

For the Kapiti Coast the details are

  • Wednesday 3 May
  • Kapiti College Gym, Margaret Road, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu
  • 5.00 pm to 7.00pm

read more…

Art Work of the Week: Explaining the Sun

2017 April 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Light and day

Maui and his brothers struggle to slow down the Sun God

For the vast majority of people on the planet, sunlight is a daily phenomenon.

And from the dawn of civilisation, human communities have tried to explain what happens.

The Ancient Greeks said it was Helios, with his Sun Chariot drawn by four white horses, who ensured that the sun performed its daily responsibilities.

For Maori, the sun went far too fast so the magnificent Maui and his brothers used ropes to slow Tamanuitera down.

As to the origins of the sun, First Nation people in Canada claim that it is Raven who should get the credit. He stole a great ball of light from an ill-tempered chief and ran off with it. As he was about to be caught he threw it into the sky. read more…

US Bill to Ban 1080 and Other Poisons

2017 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

On March 30, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced H.R. 1817, the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017, legislation that would ban the use of the lethal poisons Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide for predator control efforts.

Time to get rid of the deadly toxins

By Peter De Fazio

I have been trying to ban the indiscriminate use of lethal devices and poisons like Compound 1080 and the chemicals used in M-44 devices for decades, even as a Lane County Commissioner.

The use of these deadly toxins by Wildlife Services has led to countless deaths of family pets and innocent animals and injuries to humans. It is only a matter of time before they kill someone.

These extreme so-called ‘predator control’ methods have been proven no more effective than non-lethal methods—the only difference between the two is that the lethal methods supported by the ranching industry are subsidized by American tax dollars. read more…

Trump Card 3: Poisonous Weapons and Words

2017 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had … someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t sink to using chemical weapons. White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer

Another public relations embarrassment

By Roger Childs

Spicer’s obviously didn’t study history in high school.

In criticising Bashar al-Assad’s recent use of poisonous gas against Syrian rebels, he elevated Adolf Hitler to a higher level.

He apparently didn’t know about the gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camps. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 67 Answers

2017 April 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like a go, scroll down to April 14.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Easter Message

2017 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Don’t Miss the Miracle of the Mali Manuscripts

2017 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu,” by Joshua Hammer, vividly captures the history and strangeness of this place in a fast-paced narrative that gets us behind today’s headlines of war and terror. Jeffrey Brown Washington Post

The great title lives up to expectations

By Leslie Clague

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu was a book on display in Turangi Library.

Available for loan and with a title like that, how could I resist?

As a retired librarian I got the giggles and then read the sub-title: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

That did it. I got it out on loan to be enthralled and educated. read more…

NZ’s Insurance Pitfalls

2017 April 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Prue Hyman

Why you need to ensure you aren’t bilked by the insurance corps

More on the Roger awards (ignored by most of the press)

By Prue Hyman 

Each year I do a column drawing attention to the ‘winners’ of the Roger Award and the evils perpetrated by many Transnational Corporations (TNC) in New Zealand.

This year it has received less main media coverage than usual: the mainstream press seem largely oblivious to the important messages it provides about the way large companies are allowed to behave under current government policies. read more…

Photo of the Week: Berkeley Squirrel

2017 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Emerging in the Spring

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

The American squirrels are always a delightful sight with their wide eyes, furry bodies and bushy tails. However, on our recent trip to California it was four days before we spotted one. Then walking down a suburban street one afternoon we heard a rustling high up in a palm tree and we had our first sighting.

The squirrels are shy creatures and usually race away when they see people.

However, on the Berkeley Campus there is an area of redwoods where they abound and early one evening we spotted four on the needles under the trees. One in particular was happy to pose for Pam’s camera. read more…

The Perils of Air Travel

2017 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expect the unexpected

Many readers will be familiar with the downside of travelling on the big birds in the sky: delayed or cancelled flights, airport closures, missing luggage, long queues and poor service.

We returned from San Francisco yesterday and expected to have 20 hours in transit, but it turned out to be nearer 25. We were booked on three flights, but in the end had five journeys! Using up Frequent Flyer points we had to fly Qantas, and that required going via Los Angeles, one of the most uninviting airports on the face of the Earth.

We won’t do that again. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 67

2017 April 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.
  • The answers to Quiz 66 can be found at the bottom.

read more…

NZ’s Worst Corporate

2017 April 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Roger Award

YOUI WINS 2016 ROGER AWARD

‘The Worst Transnational Corporation  in Aotearoa’

The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) has given its 2017 Roger award to the YOUI insurance group.

The six finalists were: Youi, Bathurst Resources, Coca Cola, IAG/State Insurance, Uber and Westpac.  read more…

Head of Communications

2017 April 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Good News For Syria

2017 April 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Mid-Week Quiz — 66

2017 April 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Little and Less

2017 April 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Answers to the Weekly Quiz 65

2017 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

At long last — the Quiz answers for last week

  1. Which long-running American television show had a character called Fonzie? — Happy Days’
  1. The tstese fly is the cause of which African disease? — African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness
  1. Australian Bill Leak was best known as an artist, a cartoonist or a writer? — Cartoonist

read more…

Europe Arms Against Terrorism

2017 April 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN Editor Alan Tristram with hezvily-armed German Police at Hamburg Airport

Police with sub-machineguns are part of modern travel

By KIN Editor Alan Tristram in Germany; (photos — Helen Tristram)

Wherever we’ve gone into travel hubs on this trip, heavily-armed police soon make themselves apparent.

It was no different when my wife Helen and I visited  the North German city of Hamburg last week. read more…

Hire Education

2017 April 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Letter From Canada

2017 March 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Neighbourly Disagreement

By Eribert Loehner in Vancouver

I live in the city of Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. It is the third largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of British Columbia.

Vancouver is also just 48 km from the US border. The American states just south of the border are Washington and Oregon States. The closest major city south of the border is Seattle, Washington; an attractive city where most Vancouverites feel quite at home.

It is difficult to tell residents of British Columbia apart from our Washington and Oregon counterparts. read more…

Army’s Pants On Fire

2017 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

 

Govt. Inquiry Must Occur

2017 March 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s imperative there’s an independent inquiry into these deaths.

We support calls for an inquiry

By Alan Tristram, Editor KIN

The ‘Action Stations’ group says the Government’s PR machine is continuing to stonewall calls for an independent inquiry into the deaths of innocent people during a raid led by our SAS soldiers.

It says: ‘Yesterday, former National Party MP and Defence Minister Dr Wayne Mapp revealed he was a key source for the Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson book ‘Hit & Run’ which first revealed details of the deaths of innocent Afghan villagers.1

It’s imperative there’s an independent inquiry into these deaths.’  The Kapiti Independent agrees.

read more…

Regional College Basketball in Kapiti

2017 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Junior college teams from across the region will do battle

By Angelo Robinson

This Saturday, April 1,  Kapiti Basketball Association is hosting the KBA Junior College Invitational Tournament at Paraparaumu College, Mazengarb Road.

Eleven Junior Boys Teams from across the region will battle it out for the trophy and for local bragging rights.

Come along to see the stars of the future, entry is free and all are welcome.

The first game starts at 8am and the tournament is due to finish by 4pm.

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 65

2017 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

London Bobbies Cool It

2017 March 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ollie (left), Helen and John meet up at demonstration outside Moroccan Embassy in London

PC’s Ollie and Big John meet Kiwi visitor at latest demo in London

By Editor Alan Tristra

Just over 30 years ago Helen Tristram was arrested in London during a Greenham Common women’s demonstration against Cruise nuclear missiles.

Yesterday, just a few miles away in Kensington, she had a much more pleasant encounter with the Metropolitan Police. read more…

Poem of the Week: Ozymandias

2017 March 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Shelley’s classic sonnet

This is one of the great sonnets of all time and most people seem to remember it from school days.

It is a brilliant testimony to the arrogance of autocratic power and the inevitability of mortality.

One can even see a message about climate change: a concept Percy Bysshe Shelley would never have heard of.

It is a timeless poem which has plenty of relevance for our 21st century world. read more…

Big Cross-Tasman Rugby Gap

2017 March 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kiwis prosper, Aussies struggle

By Roger Childs

Last weekend’s Super Rugby results illustrated the contrasts on either side of the Tasman. Whereas all the three New Zealand teams who played won, four out of the five Australian teams lost. And the only Aussie win was in the Sydney-Melbourne derby.

After five rounds there are four Kiwi teams in the top eight on the table, and four Australian teams in the bottom seven.

In 2016 there was similar pattern. At the end of the qualifying rounds the Hurricanes, Highlanders, Chiefs and Crusaders featured in the top 6, whereas all the Australian teams, except the Brumbies, were in the bottom 9.

The writing is on the wall for a fifth team across the Tasman. read more…

Trump Card 2: The Health Care Fiasco

2017 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Massive blow for the administration

By John Smith and Roger Childs

Things definitely not looking great for the Trump team

The highlight of the weekend on the international stage was the Trump meltdown over the Ryancare/Trump bill to replace Obamacare.

It was a victory for Washington over Trump, and a clear demonstration of the lack of understanding that he and his team have of how things work in politics.

Imagine how LBJ would have handled it – “give me the numbers son!” read more…

The Year Without A Summer

2017 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I had a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d. The opening line of Byron’s poem Darkness

Not much summer in Grater Wellington

By Roger Childs

For Kapiti and Wellington people there has been virtually no summer.

There have been possibly a dozen days when the beach beckoned, compared with over a hundred in the early months of last year.

A couple of weeks ago Wellington sunshine hours for the first 70 days of the year were nearly 100 behind 2016.

But our absent summer, pales into insignificance compared with what happened in the Northern Hemisphere in mid 1816. read more…

South Island Travels

2017 March 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

There’s a lot to do in and around Blenheim

By Sandra Smith

We recently took a couple of weeks break in the South Island. When we looked at the weather map, the only place that showed sunshine was Blenheim. Blenheim? What was there to do in Blenheim?

Not much, we thought but as we have had a non-existent summer this year we opted for the sunshine and a bit of warmth.

We ended up spending 7 days there and found heaps to do! read more…

Book Reviews From Waiheke

2017 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ralph is slumming it in a hovel above Palm Beach on Waiheke Island. However, he is needless to say, spending plenty of time reading! His latest reviews.

Fiction mirroring reality

By Ralph McAllister

Perched above Palm Beach in Waiheke, reading again one of Ian McEwan’s finest novels, Saturday.

I was deeply involved with Henry Perowne, famous neurosurgeon and his battles with his conscience, his squash opponent and whether Blair was doing the right thing by invading Iraq.

Next minute the news started emerging about the Westminster atrocity, not fake news, but the real thing.

How often literature mirrors and reflects reality and proves that history does repeat itself.

Saturday is set in London in 2003 over one day during the huge demonstrations over the decision to invade Iraq. read more…

Dairy Warzone

2017 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN Mid-Week Quiz 64 Answers

2017 March 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • You can still have a go at the latest challenge by scrolling down to March 22.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

1080 Poison Drop at Makarora Not Justified?

2017 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KIN ran two stories earlier in the month related to a 1080 poison dump near Wanaka. (Scroll down to March 2 and March 6.) Anti-1080 activist, Carol Sawyer, has now found out from the Otago Regional Council that DoC did not follow its own rules.

Poisoners in breach of the consents

By Roger Childs

The Department of Conservation’s (DoC) 1080 drop in the Makarora area, did not meet their own criteria for reducing rat numbers, and was carried out after the preferred timing.

The DoC application to the Otago Regional Council, justified poisoning the land in the area, to reduce rat numbers to below 5% in rat tracking tunnels. In answer to an Official Information Act (OIA) request, DoC findings revealed that only 1.9% of 2,280 tracking tunnels had evidence of rats.

As regards timing, the Discharge Permit Application stated: The preferred timing of aerial operations is between 1 August and 30 December. In other words during the spring. When did it happen?  23 February. read more…

Two Ballets: L’Arlesienne and Carmen

2017 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Obsession and drama from Roland Petit

Reviewed by Ann Hunt

Roland Petit was a brilliant and inventive French choreographer, whose work throughout the 1930’s until he died in 2011 was received with great acclaim and inspired many others.

This is the first time any of his ballets have been performed in New Zealand.

The two works performed both deal with obsession. The first, L’Arlesienne, was created in 1974 for the Ballet National de Marseille, which Petit founded.

It is a dramatic work with two strong roles for the principal dancers. read more…

Iconic Australian Cartoonist Passes On

2017 March 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ladies and gentlemen, I know it’s International Women’s Day, so first I must apologise for not being a woman. Bill Leak’s last speech

The loss of giants in the art

The cartoon that got Bill referred to the Human Rights Commission

Story Roger Childs. Cartoons and other visuals courtesy of the late Bill Leak and The Australian.

New Zealand has sadly lost the incomparable Murray Ball recently, and across the Tasman the amazing Bill Leak has also moved on.

Bill was for many years cartoonist for The Australian, and was probably the country’s best known visual analyst of the national and international scene.

Many Australian readers would first check to see who Bill was lampooning and upsetting that day, before looking at anything else. Cartoonists often “sell’ the papers. read more…

Reikorangi Crime Sequel

2017 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Police nab two burglars with public’s help

By Alan Tristram

Police in Kapiti have aested two suspected male burglars after a $15,000 theft from a Reikorangi property near Waikanae. One of the men was recently deported back to NZ from Australia because of his criminal background.

Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman say that in early February about $15,000 worth of gear was stolen from Reikorangi property, including a 4×4 vehicle and horse-float type trailer.  The 4×4 was later found burnt out in the Maungakotukutuku valley. read more…

Calligraphers of Kapiti Update

2017 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Versals are ornate styles of letters that are written, usually with a chisel shaped nib or quill. Calligraphy for Beginners

Working with Versals

By Pam Kessler

Olive Bull, Australian professional calligrapher, with her sample book of modern versals.

Recently versals have filled my thoughts.

Olive Bull, a renowned Australian calligrapher, spent three days with us, patiently talking us through and demonstrating the tricks and intricacies of Modern Versals.

Who knew that the construction of pen written versals was a task suitable only to those with a steady hand and a fierce determination to succeed!

Classical Roman proportions were originally used as a basis for these letters, in terms of letter width in relation to letter height. read more…

Photo of the Week: Noosa Sunset

2017 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Sun going down at 6 o’clock

With no daylight saving, the sun rises early in Queensland and then sets when New Zealanders are still on the beach, playing tennis and gardening. (Scroll down to March 16 for an article on the early start.)

However, one of the wonders of being at a Noosa resort which faces west, is to watch the beautiful sunsets.

Sipping wine on the deck as as the sun goes down and the clouds change colour, is a delightful and relaxing experience.

Sally Ashley was recently on holiday with friends in Noosa and took these photographs from Culgoa Point. read more…

A Dagger in the Heart

2017 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Home of Democracy under attack — again

By KIN Editor Alan Tristram in the UK

We were in a charity shop deep in Surrey when I heard one of the volunteer women say quietly,’there’s been an attack in London, a person’s been killed near Parliament.’

No gasps or histrionics, just a quiet acceptance that our worst fears had been realised.

Since arriving in Britain two weeks earlier, Helen and  had been aware of tightened security — Police officers with sub-machine-guns at Waterloo Station, constant tannoy announcements about reporting suspicious items or events. read more…

Desexing Dogged by Error

2017 March 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dangerous dogs can get get cut-price cures, but nothing is free in this world

The KCDC advises us that a news  release titled ‘FREE DESEXING FOR MENACING DOGS IN KĀPITI’ that was distributed on Friday, 17 march, was unfortunately incorrect.

It says the correct version reads: ‘Subsidised desexing and microchipping of dogs with a menacing classification is being offered by the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

‘The initiative is part of the Government’s national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.’ read more…

New Names For The Old Highway

2017 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Since this is still all one road, the names for each section should have a common theme. Historian Anthony Dreaver

Designation loss creates a unique opportunity

By Roger Childs

New names needed for sections of the old highway

With the new expressway operational, the old state highway is now a local road. However it is still officially State Highway One (SH1), but that will cease in early 2019.

Consequently the Council is keen to get community input for renaming the seven sections of the highway once the expressway takes over as SH1.

So up until 14 April 2017 you have the opportunity to make your felling know. You can your thoughts and suggestions: SH1nameyourroad@kapiticoast.govt.nz

This is a unique chance to  have a say on key road names.

 

read more…

Essential Reading

2017 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Sorry State of the Kapiti Finances

2017 March 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 A local authority should conduct its business in an open, transparent and democratically accountable manner. A statement from the Local Government Act frequently quoted by Mayor Gurunathan in his election campaign

Finance at the heart of the Annual Plan

By Salima Padamsey

It’s that time of the year when our Council is preparing yet another Annual Plan which outlines the activities and budget for 2017/2018.

So we, as ratepayers, should also have a look at the state of our finances, as published by our Council for 2015/2016.

By way of background, Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) came into existence in 1989 as an amalgamation of all, or parts, of several local authorities: Horowhenua County, Otaki Borough, Kapiti Borough and Hutt County Councils.

The District now has approximately 50,000 residents. The presumed number of ratepayers is approximately 21,000. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Bellbird

2017 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bellbird on a fuchsia tree

By Cushla McGaughey

Kotukutuku

Bellbirds or korimako, and the larger, more dominant tui belong to our unique honeyeater family.  Their slender, curved bills and long, brush-tipped tongues can reach deep-set nectar. As the birds feed, pollen dusts their heads, transferring from flower to flower.

The bellbird is arguably an even more outstanding songbird than the tui. The bell-like notes for which the bird is named sound their finest at dawn and dusk.

Kotukutuku is the world’s tallest fuchsia, a tree growing 13 metres high. The flowers turn from green and purple to red as they age. Bellbirds are particularly fond of konini, the delicious little berries of kotukutuku, eating them as soon as they start to colour. read more…

Waikanae Meeting On Equality

2017 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

He iwi tahi tatou – We are now one Nation. Lieutenant Governor Hobson, 5 February 1840

Brash and Costello putting the case

Casey Costello

Hobson’s Pledge spokespersons, Don Brash and Casey Costello, will be in Waikanae on the night of April 3, promoting a New Zealand in which all citizens would have the same rights, irrespective of when they or their ancestors arrived in this land.

Dr Brash, a former National Party leader, and Ms Costello, an Auckland business manager with Ngapuhi ancestry, are raising awareness about the problems associated with

Don Brash

~ tribal appointees in local government

~ race based policy

~ treaty clauses in legislation

~ iwi claims for water ownership

~ the tax exemption that tribal businesses enjoy. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 64

2017 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Cyclists Want Shared Pathway

2017 March 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Kapiti cyclists expect better than a single white line on the road!

By Jeremy Smith

Kapiti cyclists enjoying the new cycling and walking path alongside the McKays to Peka Peka motorway,want more: a shared path right through to Otaki.

Last weekend, 60 cyclists gathered at the Te Moana off-ramp and biked through to the end of the motorway at Peka Peka, where work will soon start on the Otaki motorway extension, without a separate cycleway. read more…

Seduction, Passion, Obsession

2017 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ballet comes to Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2017 season begins with two New Zealand premieres of French master choreographer Roland Petit’s landmark works L’Arlésienne and Carmen,

The Wellington performances are at the St James Theatre, from Wednesday 22 March to  Saturday 25 March.

Tickets available through Ticketek:
Adult: $35 – $140
Child: $25 – $50
Senior/Student/Unwaged: $31.50 – $126 read more…

“A Broken Chord” Now Available

2017 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Author, Alyth Darwin, has crafted a moving story with a deft, gentle touch, revealing a deep level of emotional insightfulness, and a strong awareness of the complexities of human nature. Vivienne Bailey, Librarian, Freelance Writer.

Alyth Darwin’s latest

Venturing around the Baltic and through Southern Norway gave Alyth ideas for her second book.

She loved the mountains which reminded her of the South Island, and the Scandinavian environment would provide part of the setting for A Broken Chord.

The book is now available from Paper Plus in Coastlands. read more…

Kapiti Garden Jazz On Again!

2017 March 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jazz in a Country Garden this Sunday

By Diane Ammundsen

We had to postpone our Jazz in a Country Garden which we planned for 12 March as it was so wet!!

We are on again for next Sunday 26 March so I hope this date may suit some of you and remind your that it is a lovely way to enjoy a few hours on a Sunday afternoon!!

So this Sunday, the June Oakley Memorial Youth Trust is holding a “Jazz in a Country Garden” at 264 Valley Road, Paraparaumu.
read more…

Federer Superb At Indian Wells

2017 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I couldn’t be more happy. It’s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane last year. The change is dramatic, and it feels great. Roger Federer

The ageing tennis player returns with a vengeance

By Roger Childs

Grand Slam winner in Melbourne in January

The Swiss maestro came into the 2017 season after a layoff of six months recovering from a knee injury, sustained while running a bath for his twins. He was beaten in the third round in his comeback tournament in Perth, and was seeded 17th in the Australian Open in late January. However, the 35 year old was not expected to make the quarter finals.

He confounded the critics by winning his 18th grand slam in Melbourne. Then, over this last week, he made the final at Indian Wells in southern California without dropping a set. On the way he thrashed old rival Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3. read more…

The Grass Revolution In Japan

2017 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Welcome to our new correspondent from Japan. Neil has started a campaign which will benefit children and people of all ages. He lives in Tottori in south-west Japan, on the Japan Sea coast. (See the end of the article, for more details on Neil. )

Why no sliding tackles?

By Neil Smith

The Blossoms beat South Africa in their first match at the 2015 World Cup. But can they do better?

I have two simple questions for anyone who has watched Japanese rugby or soccer teams.

~ How often do you see a player passing the ball out of the tackle in rugby?

~ How often do you see a proper sliding tackle in soccer?

The answer for both questions: not very often.

The reason is not the coaching or the lack of commitment and skill of the Japanese players. They are totally dedicated to their sport. read more…

Poem of the Week: First Tomato

2017 March 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Another of Raumati poet Julie Leibrich’s evocative sonnets. Julie has kindly given KIN permission to feature one each month.

March

By Julie Leibrich

The seed for this poem was sown in several ways. First, a tomato plant popped up unexpectedly in the garden. A few weeks later, Christine Lenk, and then Peter Cresswell, brought early tomatoes for us to taste.

Next, the first fruit on my plant turned red. That unique smell of a ripe tomato on the vine reminded me so strongly of my dad, who loved growing tomatoes. That evening I served my first tomato on a plate, cut into four.

Next morning the poem arrived, telling me that it was time to start growing my own tomatoes. read more…

Hurricanes, Crusaders and Chiefs Set the Pace

2017 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Zealand rugby teams building points

By Roger Childs

As in the 2016 Super Rugby competition, it’s same again for this year. All five New Zealand sides are highly competitive, unlike the group across the Tasman.

Yesterday saw the Hurricanes, Crusaders and Chiefs win again, but only the Wellington franchise was totally convincing.

The latter beat the injury-plagued Highlanders 41-15 with seven tries to two, in an entertaining s display of running rugby.

The Crusaders had to come from behind, again!, to beat the Blues 33-24, and the Chiefs unexpectedly struggled to head off the lowly Rebels in Melbourne, but finally won 27-14 with three late tries. read more…

Outrage In Perspective

2017 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 63 Answers

2017 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like a go, scroll down to March 17.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Women Rule, OK?

2017 March 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

These two women are changing our British history…forever

Editor’s Notes from the UK — No. 2

By Alan Tristram in the UK

It’s fascinating, and chilling, to see how a bitter feud between two leaders can effectively dismember a great country.

British Tory PM Theresa May (left, patronising as only an English Tory can be) and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, between them hold the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands. read more…

Kapiti Council Apologises

2017 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Our investigations confirm that there was an inaccuracy as a result of human error, and we apologize. Wayne Maxwell, Group Manager, Corporate Services

Local activist vindicated

By Roger Childs

Salima Padamsey picked up on some errors in a January newspaper column by Kapiti Mayor, K Gurunathan. It related to the Kapiti Council  (KCDC) voting on changes to standing orders late last year. (See the detail by scrolling down to March 5)

KCDC hasn’t had a great record on making apologies in recent years. In 2016, Councillor Michael Scott was found by the Chemis Report to have breached the Code of Conduct standards in an aggressive and abusive email to Waikanae’s Sue Smith, but he would not apologize, despite the requests of his fellow councillors.

Then back in 2014, during the Ross Church regime, KCDC took an age to apologize to Otaki’s Diane and Peter Standen, over the ridiculous court case council took against them over tidying up some diseased and dangerous native bush. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Daniel Reeve

2017 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Gullfight

Daniel has been a painter and calligrapher for many years, but this is his first exhibition.

The exhibition is on now at the

~ Kapiti Gallery

~ 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach

 ~ until March 19, so you can still see today or tomorrow

The hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm. read more…

Kapiti Maori Reject New Law

2017 March 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Professor Whatarangi Winiata, of Ngati Raukawa, leads protest

Hui at Ōtaki angered by Govt’s plan on children at risk

Ngāti Raukawa leaders say the Iwi rejects the Crown’s proposed Vulnerable Children’s legislation.

At a gathering of forty people at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, eight Māori organisations presented strong concerns about the proposed amendments to the Oranga Tamariki Bill to Minister for Children, Hon. Anne Tolley. read more…

Noosa 3: A Love Affair with the Water

2017 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A sailing miracle

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Some years ago, on holiday in Noosa, I walked into the unit lounge on the first morning and saw a young lady going past on the river. I couldn’t see her feet and she seemed to be walking on the water!

It’s been done before I know, but I needed to check this out.

All was revealed from the deck: the lass was standing upright on a paddle board and making good speed. read more…

Kat Cuttriss is the New Library Manager

2017 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Well qualified and experienced

By Janet Secker

Kat Cuttriss

Kapiti Libraries have a new Libraries and Arts Manager, Kat Cuttriss who joined the Kāpiti Coast District Council team at the end of February this year.

She has extensive experience developing, designing and delivering library and information services and was most recently the Associate Director, Library Resource Services at Victoria University of Wellington. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 63

2017 March 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Always On The Ball

2017 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 62 Answers

2017 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Apologies for the delay in providing these. If you still wish to do this one, scroll down to March 7.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.
  • Quiz 63 will be up tomorrow.

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Noosa 2: Early Start

2017 March 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Life after dawn with surfies galore

By Roger Childs

Tony and I were off at 5.00am: our destination — Hell’s Gate in the National Park.

Before we left, a range of river craft had passed by our deck: canoes, kayaks, dragon boats, stand up paddle boards and launches.

The dawn was breaking by the time we reached Noosa Heads and there were already a couple of hundred people on the beach.

read more…

Noosa 1: The Place to Be

2017 March 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘North of Brisbane is best’

By Roger Childs

Compared to its bold, brash cousin, the Gold Coast south of the Queensland capital, the Sunshine Coast is the relaxing. holiday option.

And the jewel in the crown is Noosa. read more…

Putin’s Pinocchio

2017 March 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyam Champions Women’s Rights

2017 March 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

(Much) more work needed to bring equality

By Prue Hyman 

Each year I write about IWD – which is on March 8th. This year there is something to celebrate, with the National Government finding it at least politically expedient to support the first reading of Jan Logie’s domestic violence Bill.

In fact, the whole of Parliament supported it to go to Select Committee, with Jan saying it would help save lives and better protect survivors of domestic violence. read more…

Letter From England (1)

2017 March 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Bobbies go in two by two…with submachine guns

By Alan Tristram

I’m in England for a while because my wife Helen’s older sister is very ill in St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey.

But, thanks to the internet, I can still, with Roger Child’s help (though he’s on holiday at times), keep KIN going.

The first thing that strikes me about dear old England is how similar, culturally, we Kiwis are to these Brits — except for the police with sub- machineguns. read more…

Poetry For The People

2017 March 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time is swift,slow, sure — but not for those in love

By our poetry correspondent, Gill Ward

Greetings readers!

A new year and we are so far into it already. Time is so odd. Much has been written about how fast or slow time passes.

Have you noticed if you are waiting for something an hour is an hour but if you are doing something really fun then an hour is still an hour but they never seem to be the same length of time?

Here’s a poetic thought regarding time: read more…

Wellington College Leads Again

2017 March 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Art Work of the Week

2017 March 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pied Stilt ~ Poaka

By Cushla McGaughey

Pied stilts occur widely around the world. They established themselves here thousands of years ago. Evolved in isolation, their plumage darkened to become our unique Black Stilt. They are largely confined to the braided rivers of the South Island and are considered the world’s rarest wader.

Present-day Pied Stilts were first recorded in New Zealand in 1854, self-introduced from Australia. These elegant waders are a common sight around the Waikanae Estuary. Their high-pitched yapping as they feed or fly can also be heard at night when they fly to other feeding locations.

Nests are usually close to or surrounded by water in open areas of swamps, estuaries and damp fields. Chicks hatch covered with down. They are able to leave the nest within a few hours to start foraging for food. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 62

2017 March 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

1080 Poisoning Endangers the Public

2017 March 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ray sent the following article in as a Comment on the story about the recent 1080 drop near Wanaka. (Scroll down to March 2.) We think it needs front page exposure.

Witnessing Conservation Department stupidity at Makaroa 

Mt Aspiring National Park: one of the most beautiful places on Earth

By Ray Thompson

I personally witnessed the 1080 poisoning of Makarora. My first impressions on arrival at Cameron Flat were: why are they spreading on the tops well above the bush line?

Myself and several others had positioned ourselves at the Cameron Flat camp ground entrance overlooking the load-out zone.

Every time a helicopter was loaded and was lifting off, the rotor wash would send a huge cloud of green dust into the air which the slight breeze carried straight across the state highway, which had a continuous flow of traffic, including many touring cyclists. read more…

A “New” Hut To Remember The Marines

2017 March 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A highlight for Memorial Day

By Roger Childs

Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park in 2016. The Marines Memorial incorporates six free-standing hut walls which have displays on the Marine camps in the area in 1942-43.  (Photo: Pam Childs)

On Monday May 29, Queen Elizabeth Park will witness the first 2017 Memorial Day commemoration in the world. It will be a special occasion this year, as it is the 75th anniversary of the arrival of US Marines in New Zealand during World War Two.

To add to the celebrations, the Kapiti US Marines Trust (KUSMT), will have on site, a ‘life-size’ replica of one of the huts that the American Marines lived in during 1942-43. The huts were originally for officers only, but as more were built the ranks moved off the “tent decks” they had originally occupied, into huts. read more…

Hoop Club Family Fun Day

2017 March 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Picnic atmosphere for the KBA awards

Story by Angelo Robinson, Photo by Paula Cowle

Hoop Club and Kapiti Basketball Association (KBA) made the most of the recent sunshine and had their annual picnic barbeque and KBA awards at Mazengarb Park.

Games of cricket, softball and a traditional egg throwing contest was interspersed with the KBA awards for a number of very talented local athletes and officials. read more…

Kapiti Council: Need For Accurate Reporting

2017 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Getting the record straight

By Roger Childs

At last week’s Council Meeting, Activist Salima Padamsey took Mayor Gurunathan and CEO Dougherty to task, for inaccurate statements in relation to a vote on changes to Standing Orders taken in 15 December 2016.

The mayor got it wrong about what transpired in two respects in a Kapiti News column, and the CEO was incorrect on one count in replying to Ms Padamsey’s Official Information Act (OIA) requests. read more…

Russian Desserts

2017 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 61 Answers

2017 March 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to take on the latest challenge, scroll down to March 1.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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A Russian Name On An American Law

2017 March 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A ripping yarn of murky financiers, desperate investments and large sums of money…  (and) a terrible tragedy of corrupt officials, grieving friends and the murder of a honest man. I can think of no other book like it. Observer

The Sergei Magnitsky Rule Of Law Accountability Act

By Roger Childs

A fitting tribute to a lawyer who angered by the criminality he saw around him, was determined to do something about it. Financial Times

Sergei was a Moscow lawyer who was beaten to death by guards in a prison cell in 2009. A tragic event, but how did it lead to Barack Obama signing a law in 2012 that bears the Russian’s name?

To find out you’ll need to read an extraordinary book: Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy by Bill Browder.

It is a complicated and fascinating story, but also shocking and horrific. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Daniel Reeve

2017 March 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Daniel has been a painter and calligrapher for many years, but this is his first exhibition.

The exhibition is on now at the

~ Kapiti Gallery

~ 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach

 ~until March 19. 

The hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm, except Mondays and Tuesdays. read more…

Political Turning Point?

2017 March 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A loser in 2002 and losing it in 2017

The Week National Lost the Election

 by Alan Tristram

I think two seminal signals from the past week show just how quickly politicians can snatch disaster from the jaws of success. Even  Nationalistas.

Jacinda Ardern

On the right-hand , PM Bill English has demonstrated several times how lacking he is in ‘Key Charisma’ — on the left, Labour has at last come up with a Leading Lady who has pizzaz as well as political nous. read more…

Marines Walk / Run Is On Again!

2017 March 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Retrace history In the Footsteps of the Marines

By Roger Childs

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

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

The Kapiti Joggers and Walkers are organising the sixth running of this event on Sunday 28 May 2017. Last year more 220 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and New Zealand Army personnel. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A New Way Of Governing?

2017 March 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quietly changing the game

By Bill Benfield

Several things have happened in the last week or so that are beginning to make me think there is a new style of governance coming to New Zealand.

Prior to that, back in May last year, an order in council changing the game for a private company called OSPRI that spreads 1080 poison to combat Tb in a Tb free land.

The order changed definitions of Tb incidence and time-frames, it was quietly slipped through the house. It was interesting in that the whole deal was shaped by an anonymous and clandestine “steering committee”. It is now law. read more…

Important Annoucement– Editors Away!

2017 March 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We plan to Keep Calm and Carry On.

By Alan Tristram

My wife Helen and I have to rush off this weekend to the UK to see Helen’s older sister who is seriously ill.  So we’ll be based in the UK for about six weeks.

It just so happens that our assistant editor, Roger Childs, has booked two periods of leave during this period.

So KIN could be faltering a bit while we’re all ‘on tour.’

Please bear with us. We plan to ‘Keep Calm and Plug On’. We’ll continue to publish and will answer all your responses as soon as we get a chance. read more…

Poisoning A Beautiful Place

2017 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

1080 dropped on Makarora

By Carol Sawyer and Clyde Graf

MAKARORA, MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK – AERIAL 1080 POISON DROP, 23 FEB, 2017

I am still recovering from the sadness I feel about the poisoning of this beautiful place – Makarora has not suffered an aerial 1080 drop before. I spent two days there, photographing the drop and talking to tourists.

Clyde Graf and his brother Steve were there too (makers of the 4 x international award-winning film “Poisoning Paradise”, and many other smaller films ).

They have documented every aspect of this poisoning and a film will be out before long. read more…

Stoned Kiwis

2017 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC’s Electrifying News

2017 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jake Roos with the Kapiti Council’s first electric car, a Nissan Leaf

Back to the future with electric car

By Jeremy Smith, Local Govt. Correspondent

The latest technology for the Kapiti DC’s car fleet involves a hitching post outside the council building in Paraparaumu.

But this post is not for horses– it’s where they charge the council’s Nissan Leaf KET1 electric vehicle when it is not on the road. It’s the first in the fleet but council CEO Pat Dougherty says there will be more. read more…

Express Day Good For Kapiti Youth Support

2017 March 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KYS helps and benefits

The Te Roto Drive entrance where KYS collected and helped out

 By Petra Aregger

KYS was very pleased to be able to help out at the recent M2PP Kapiti Express Day.

KYS provided volunteers on the gates, collecting for the gold coin entry donation.

The organisation also provided help with parking wardens and health and safety as needed at the Te Roto Drive site.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 61

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

read more…

Trial Bus Service

2017 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
New Mayor, Michael Freyen, wants to keep public housing

Horowhenua District Mayor, Michael Feyen

‘Hop on the new bus between Waikanae and Levin’

The Mayor of Horowhenua, Michael Feyen, says local people in Horowhenua and Kapiti need to use the new twice-weekly bus service between Levin and Waikanae if it’s to keep going.

The new service starts next Tuesday, 7 March.

However, it is for a trial period only, he says, ‘so we need people to use it and prove its need.’ read more…

Photo of the Week: Yes Today Josephine!

2017 March 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Josephine on the highway

The car is a 1970 Vauxhall Viva, the driver Paekakariki’s music legend Mary Gow, and the passenger her 98 year old Mum, Josephine.

It was day one for traffic on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, and the Village identities were not to be denied.

The sandhills designation for the new highway pre-dates the year the car was built by decades, however, last Thursday the two came together.

 

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Herodotus: History Man

2017 February 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… to show what caused them to fight one another. Herodotus speaking of his account of  Greco-Persian Wars

The Greek have a word for it

By Roger Childs

Every country, place, person, group, subject and institution has its history.

We like to think that when we read history books and articles, we are getting as close to the truth as possible. It doesn’t always happen, however professional historians generally pride themselves on being objective.

The best writers will provide the facts, but emphasise causes and effects in their studies.

When they put forward opinions and perceptions, they make it clear are these are views and conclusions based on the best available evidence. read more…

Expressway to Auckland Inc.

2017 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Welcome to ‘Auckland,’ Capital and Coast 

By Fergus Wheeler
Heading south, Sunday evening, 6pm and the traffic is backed up to the Levin Post Office.  Congratulations Wellington and Kapiti, your new expressway is open !The expressway price is now heading now to one billion dollars.  

Not counting the years of “consultation” by highly paid consultants who offered the public a road or, as another option, a . . .  road.

read more…

Must See Art In Raumati

2017 February 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

My first solo exhibition is on the wall! Daniel Reeve

A multi-talented artist

Daniel has been a painter and calligrapher for many years, but this is his first exhibition.

The dominant piece in a variety of works, is a large acrylic painting entitled Taniwha,
which is featured alongside.

The exhibition is on now at the Kapiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach, until March 19. 

The hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm, except Mondays and Tuesdays. read more…

Trump Card 1: Will He Last?

2017 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Late in 2016, people ranging from Barack Obama to Republican Party grandees, concluded that Donald Trump was not suited or qualified to take on the high office of President. Now that he has beaten the odds and sits behind the big desk in the Oval Office, there is speculation on how long he can last.

In the first of a series of “Trump Card” our Melbourne correspondent looks at the new president’s tumultuous early days, the White House ranks jockeying for position and what might happen.

The importance of the movers and shakers in Washington

By John Smith

My basic feeling about Trump is that he is playing to the wrong constituency – the redneck fan base of the little people who feel that the system has failed them.

The new President has underestimated the need to play to the Washington constituency, who have the power to delay some of his agenda and even possibly derail his presidency.

He has attacked the judicial system – some of them won’t like that.

He has attacked the media – some of them won’t like that.

He is at odds with the intelligence community – some of them won’t like that. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 60

2017 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like a go, scroll down to February 22.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Waikanae Dispute Tragedy

2017 February 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police shoot fleeing man after Waikanae domestic row

A man has died after being shot when he approached a police car with a large knife following a domestic dispute  in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.

About 11.00pm last night, (25 February) Police were called to a domestic incident in Waikanae.

But before they arrived, the man has left the address in a vehicle. read more…

Charities Do Well On Express Day

2017 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… (it) is a testament to the support that the Hospice has in the community and how much interest there is in the expressway. Phillip Harris, Mary Potter Hospice Senior Fundraiser

Generous public support

By Roger Childs

Crowds at the Te Roto Drive entrance

The forecast was not that great for Express Day on Saturday 18 February, but as it happened, there was no rain or wind. NZTA expected about 15,000 to take advantage of walking, running or cycling the new expressway, but in the end over 21,000 Kapiti people turned out.

Although there were plenty of things to spend money on at entry points off Te Roto Drive and Te Moana Road, people put their hands in their pockets and provided over $11,000 for the two designated charities. read more…

Remembering John Murray

2017 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

John Murray with a white peace poppy — one of his many campaign emblems

A farewell tribute to a ‘Friend, teacher and man of conscience’

By local citizen Alida Van der Velde

John Murray was our friend, teacher and fellow Kapiti Coast resident for more than 25 years.

John died on 17/02/2017 and there was a celebration of his life, and farewell gathering, at the Kapiti Uniting Church at Raumati four days later in which about 300 people took part.

John indeed was a man with an incorruptible conscience who always followed through on the initiatives he took to serve justice, peace, and enhancing understanding. read more…

Pure New Zealand

2017 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unmanaged Coastal Retreat in Kapiti

2017 February 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The steady erosion of Queen Elizabeth Park

Story  and photos by Roger and Pam Childs

The concept of managed coastal retreat has been debated by the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), over many years.

At one point when it was included in the District Plan, it was vigorously opposed by many coastal property owners.

Some residents are concerned that the present council may be contemplating a revival of the “policy”.

Meanwhile to the south of the district, a process of unmanaged coastal retreat is rapidly unfolding. read more…

Norman Bilbrough’s Garden Notes

2017 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘Keep Calm’ and carry on…gardening

By Norman Bilbrough

Vegetables, and more vegetables…

In September last year, a Wellington newspaper reported a ‘suspicious blaze’ that caused damage to a local community garden. It was the second fire there in recent months, and there was $20,000 worth of damage.

The Waitaki Community Garden

This seemed a particularly vindictive crime, and yet the community group who run the garden are determined to keep it going.

My father always had a big garden. He was a schoolteacher, and I grew up in central North Island towns in the 1940s and 1950s. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Terns

2017 February 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

White-fronted terns, Cape Palliser Coast

By Cushla McGaughey

A wild location!

Terns belong to the same family as gulls, but have black-capped heads and longer, more pointed wings. Their short legs and small feet make for an inefficient shuffle on land and so terns are more aerial than fleet-footed gulls. They inhabit beaches, harbours, estuaries, reefs and shallow coastal waters all round New Zealand. The search for food ranges from well up tidal rivers to a few kilometres out to sea.

Unlike gulls, they are not scavengers. They feed solely on live food, captured by plunge-diving.  It takes time and practice to perfect the skills needed for successful fishing and so the parents continue feeding their young after they fledge, for at least 3 months.

Cape Palliser on the Wairarapa Coast is the southern-most point of the North Island.  Exposed to the full force of Cook Strait gales, it is one of New Zealand’s most hazardous stretches of coast. From here there is nothing but open sea all the way to Antarctica.  The lumpy rocks consist of lava deposited millions of years ago. read more…

Will Canada Be Trumped?

2017 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Eribert Loehner

Canadians hold their breath as Trump ‘thinks’

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau with President Trump recently

By Eribert Loehner in Vancouver

Last year at this time, most Canadians were spellbound by the carnivals that are the US primaries; conventions used to select candidates for the presidential election.

The Republican Party chose Donald Trump. I didn’t think he had a chance. Most Canadians think Trump is a buffoon, yet his rallies would draw a huge number of supporters. I could not understand why Americans felt that only he could make America great again.

And Trump’s threat to tear-up the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico made Canadians’ hearts stop. read more…

Expressway Traffic Set To Roll!

2017 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Midnight tonight

By Roger Childs

The Wharemauku Bridge

After three years of construction, traffic will flow along the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, three months ahead of schedule.

My impeccable source is of a workman at the Wharemauku Bridge. NZTA vehicles have been driving up  and down the down the road today making final checks and doing some fine-tuning.

Over the last few days the main area of activity has been at the Te Moana bridge, getting the on and off ramps finished, the signage completed and the lights functioning. read more…

A Healthier Point of View

2017 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time for a health consultation — with Labour

Editorial by Alan Tristram

KIN doesn’t print adverts. But we make an exception for this poster from the Labour Party.

Our health services on the Kapiti Coast are sick — under-funded, under-resourced and over-stretched.

Ask anyone who’s waiting months for a simple operation.

Probably our only hope is to change the Government.

So, if you want change, go to the public meeting.

You certainly won’t get this from National’s Mr Nice Guy.

Expressways, ‘Yes.’  ‘Proper public health services — forget it.’ (full size ad follows) read more…

Swedes Riot — Trump

2017 February 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Putting It Right

2017 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

My Funeral Blues

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast’s dear friend and mentor, John Murray, was given a wonderful send-off at a packed funeral at Raumati Beach yesterday (see story below).

John Murray

But I apologise for getting one important fact wrong in my eulogy.

John led the campaign to keep the beach accessway at 181 Rosetta Road. I suggested it be named the ‘John Murray Walkway’ in his honour, forgetting that’s it’s already been named Bert’s Way (in honour of the original land donor).

This was a crass error on my part. I am sorry! read more…

Kapiti’s Best Selling Author

2017 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

They’re modern romance stories with contemporary themes, a strong sense of family and community and happy endings. I like happy endings. It’s nice to be able to put a smile on someone’s face.

Leeann(a) Morgan Tells All

By Roger Childs

When she was serving as Kapiti’s Library Manager, Leanne used to spend two hours writing before work and three hours after getting home.

Now crafting romantic novels is her full time job and she has been incredibly successful.

Leeanna produces five novels a year and sell 300 books a day!

Far away Montana is her main setting and Leeanna’s extensive readership is mainly American women. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 60

2017 February 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Great Send Off For John Murray

2017 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Fitting farewell for a distinguished New Zealander

By Roger Childs

John Murray lived for 88 years and packed in a huge range of experiences and achievements. The pinnacle of his vocation as a Presbyterian minister was becoming Moderator in 1990, however he is better remembered by many for his commitment to good causes. No issue was too big or too small for him, whether it be a nuclear-free world or preserving access to Raumati Beach.

His  determination and persistence in fighting for what was right often provoked opposition, and over the years he was a thorn in the side of many organisations from the New Zealand Rugby Union to the Paraparaumu RSA. (The latter didn’t like John’s advocacy for the white peace poppy.)

In the early 1990s he and his wife, Shirley Erena, settled in Raumati, and from that time they were very active Kapiti citizens. (Scroll down to February 19 to see Alan Tristram’s tribute.) read more…

Police Seek Grassers

2017 February 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Riding Lawn-Mower popular with thieves

Thieves hit on garden lawn-mowers

By Alan Tristram

Police say the grass isn’t growing under busy thieves in the Central District, where they’re targeting lawn-mowers and garden tools.

And they’re asking anyone seeing suspicious behaviour to ‘grass’ (cockney term meaning ‘inform’) on the culprits immediately. read more…

Photo of the Week: Expressway Enthusiasm

2017 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Community gives the thumbs up

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Gordon Cameron

Over 20,000 Kapiti people took the opportunity to walk or bike on the new highway. Some of our readers have expressed their dismay over the money spent on this massive project and KIN respects their views.

Some people have lost their homes; there has been noise, dust and banging concerns; local traffic has been disrupted and the money could have gone towards more efficient public transport.

On the positive side there will be a separation of through and town traffic; less pollution, fuel use and stress; a wonderful new 16km cycleway/walkway and large areas of new wetland and plantings. read more…

Stabbing in Raumati

2017 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Young man hospitalised with serious stab wounds after brawl at Rosetta Road party

Kapiti Police say a 24-year-old man at a party in Rosetta Road, Raumati, was assaulted with a crowbar and stabbed approximately 12 times in the back, stomach and chest with a small folding knife.

Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman says a group of males had spent Saturday evening together drinking.

‘Another male friend joined the group and then an altercation took place,’ she says. read more…

Scott Brown: A Suitable US Ambassador?

2017 February 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 A sensational story for the front page

By Roger Childs

A good man for New Zealand?

The suggestion that the former Massachusetts Senator might be an unsuitable pick for Ambassador to New Zealand, was a hyped-up story for the lead article in the Sunday Times.

Posing naked for Cosmopolitan; support for waterboarding; sexual harassment charges at Fox News and wanting to come to New Zealand to cycle, were made into a case for Brown being a highly unsuitable choice.

The main source was a Boston Globe story which made no reference to support for water boarding or the sexual harassment charges. read more…

A Totara Falls in Kapiti

2017 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

John Murray with a white peace poppy — one of his many campaign emblems

John Murray — our conscience — has passed away

By Alan Tristram

The Very Reverend John Murray — friend, human rights campaigner and scholar — has died.

The Kapiti Coast has lost a man of conscience, who has been a  Christian in the best sense of the word.

Much will be said about John, who is well-known to many New Zealanders as a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church.

But I want to give you a personal view of ‘A Man for All Seasons.’  A man who was a key person in building a better, fairer, and more democratic community here on the Coast. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 58 Answers

2017 February 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • Still like a go at the latest challenge? Scroll down to February 15.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Brilliant Expressway Open Day

2017 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wonderful community socialisation on the new highway

By Roger Childs

15,000 – 20,000 perhaps, hard to give an accurate estimate, but the Kapiti community was out in force to walk, run or ride the new expressway.

It was a fantastic experience, complete with entertainment, food and drink stalls at both ends, and worthy, local charities, Kapiti Youth Support and Mary Potter Hospice, raising plenty of money.

It was great for people to be able to wander or bike through landscapes they had never seen, and peer down from bridges they had only ever been under before.

However, the added bonus was greeting and catching up with people you knew, and some you hadn’t seen for years. The atmosphere was very positive and it was a real community day like no other. read more…

Small Mercies

2017 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Is The Expressway Actually Open?

2017 February 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Yes, and No

By Roger Childs

Photo Credit: Joel Maxwell

On Thursday the requisite Minsters of the Crown plus local bigwigs, the press and other distinguished guests gathered to open the Kapiti Expressway.

It was a rather comical scene as the opening took place on the new Waikanae Bridge.

The speeches were made, the blessing given, the ribbon cut, and then the first cars, trucks and buses rolled down the highway.

All “real news”, except for the traffic part; vehicles won’t be using it for a little while. NZTA says rather vaguely, by the end of the month. read more…

In Praise of “Democracy Now!”

2017 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Democracy Now! is an independent, global news hour anchored by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González that airs on 1,300+ TV and radio stations in the United States and around the world. Democracy Now! website

Getting the real story?

By Roger Childs

Amy Goodman fronting Democracy Now!

Whatever the historical legacy of the Trump campaign and administration turns out to be, it will be remembered for two phrases: “fake news” and “alternative facts”.

So where can you get the stories you can safely believe?  As for news on the United States, and the wider world, is concerned, you probably can’t do better than Democracy Now!

You can get a daily email with the latest. Check their website: https://www.democracynow.org/ read more…

Motorway Madness Hits Kapiti

2017 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expressway hysteria — a balancing view

Alan Tristram introduces a special article by Mandy Hager

Amid the general jubilation, National backslapping and huge PR spending in our local papers about the Kapiti Expressway. I think it’s time for an alternative view to be aired.

So here is columnist Mandy Hager, giving us her views on all this kerfuffle —

A Yellow Brick Road to Nowhere 

Mandy Hager

By Mandy Hager

So tomorrow sees the grand unveiling of the Kapiti Expressway, with all the bangs and whistles. Locals are invited to travel along it, as if it was as magical as the yellow brick road. It looks as if all the money spent on positive spin is having an effect. read more…

Te Reo Apology

2017 February 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Chong apologises about Te Reo comment

By Alan Tristram

New Plymouth Councillor Murray Chong has emailed the people who made formal complaints about his Facebook post saying he was sorry for the comments and any offence he had caused.

Mr Chong had suggested on Facebook that te reo Maori is ‘being kept alive on a respirator.’

He went on to say the comments were his personal view and had nothing to do with the council.

 

Art Work of the Week: Tranquility

2017 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Calligraphers of Kapiti

Calligraphy means “beautiful writing” and is a flourishing art form.

The local group includes a rich tapestry of talent, and today we feature a superb piece of beautiful writing by one of the members.

Tranquility was crafted by Maxine Livingston. read more…

Constitution Time For NZ

2017 February 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Do we want a formal written constitution?

By Prue Hyman

This may feel like a pretty boring topic, but it DOES matter.

Of course we have lots of bits and pieces of a constitution in various Acts of Parliament (including the Bill of Rights and human rights legislation), judgments and precedents – and we have the Treaty of Waitangi.

But there is no overall document with the ultimate power when politicians write new legislation – to enable the legislation to be challenged on constitutional grounds. And politicians often say that documents, including the Treaty, mean whatever they feel like defending at the time. read more…

Britain Rules the Ravers

2017 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

May Theresa Play the Trump Card?

By Tom Aitken in London

Soon after I first suggested to KIN that I might write something about Trump and Theresa May I started collecting articles from the press.

The result, in no time at all, was a study floor covered with piles of pages from The Times, The London Evening Standard, Private Eye, The Oldie, The Spectator, The New Statesman, and so on and on. read more…

Photo of the Week: Antarctica

2017 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An amazing blue and white world

By Pat McAllister

We saw plenty of whales, but they only would surface for such a short time to breathe, that we didn’t get a chance to photograph them.

We saw seals basking on chunks of ice floating by, and little penguins, darting so fast through the water … also small colonies of them on shore.

The landscape was amazing:  huge cliffs of snow and ice towering above the ship, glistening blue/white in the weak sun.

Loads of icebergs everywhere some looked from a distance to be taller than the ship.  (Thankfully they were not playing the theme song from ‘Titanic’ over the P.A. system.) read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 58

2017 February 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Poem of the Week: An Auden Classic

2017 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Stop all the clocks

W H Auden’s memorable Funeral Blues featured at a memorial service I attended yesterday.

Readers will be familiar with it, as it is intoned at many funerals, as in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

It is highly evocative, and appropriate when celebrating the life of friend or relation whose time on the planet should not only be remembered by people, but by the natural world.

In effect the poem, which dates from the mid 1930s, is saying that time should stand still to mark the passing. The world will never be the same again. read more…

Kapiti Plugs In Cars

2017 February 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bright Sparks & Council to plug electric-car chargers into phone boxes

‘Free for 12 months’

Environment adviser Jake Roos with the KCDC’s first electric car at the EV exhibit at Ōtaki Racecourse on Waitangi Day last week

By Alan Tristram

Spark and the Kāpiti Coast District Council have just announced they’re working togther to extend a ‘Spark Plugs’ initiative, adding electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Spark phone boxes around the Kapiti district.

The new chargers will be free for anyone to use for the first 12 months.

Five ‘Spark Plugs’ are planned to begin with and these will be installed over the next few months. read more…

Reaching For the Moon

2017 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The bitter taste of Space

By Bianca Begovich

The movie Hidden Figures is a wonderful true story about a group of black women who helped make the calculations to launch the first (and subsequent) American shuttles into space.  

While the movie is thoroughly enjoyable (you should all see it), it leaves a bitter taste about both the American nation and the supposed benefits of space exploration.

 On one hand, it highlights the plight of the negro people during the 1960s civil rights movement. On the other, it showcases the united racism of the American people against the Russians (or more definitively, the Communists). read more…

Expressway To Benefit Hospice And Youth

2017 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mary Potter Hospice has been chosen alongside of Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) as the charity of choice for the Community Open Day of the MacKay’s to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway opening. Phillip Harris, Senior Fundraiser – Corporate, Community and Events

Open Day next Saturday

By Roger Childs

The politicians gather to officially open the Expressway on Thursday while the public will be free to roam on Saturday.

The 5km stretch from Kapiti Road to Te Moana Road will be open for walkers, runners, cyclists, buses, and possibly horse riders, from 8.30am.

There will be entertainment and food stalls at the two ‘ends’ and this is where two local charities will have volunteers shaking buckets.

Up to 15,000 people are expected to take advantage of the open access to the long awaited Expressway. read more…

Kapiti Expressway’s Opening

2017 February 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bridges to open Expressway at the long-awaited second bridge over Waikanae River 

By Alan Tristram

 

The Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, will officially open the much-heralded Kapiti Expressway next Thursday (February 16).

The event will be held at the north end of the new bridge over the Waikanae River.

The opening will end at least a half century of waiting for a second bridge crossing the Waikanae River — seen as urgently needed in the case of quake damage to the present State Highway One bridge further East. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 58 Answers

2017 February 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If would still like to attempt this latest challenge, scroll down to February 8.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

New Year Reading for Late Late Summer

2017 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The weather may have delayed the swimming, the walks and the sun bathing but it sure has left time for reading, reading and reading.

Escaping from slavery in the Old South

By Ralph McAllister

First up, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

This is an ambitious novel centred on slavery and how to escape it in the 1850’s South, in America.

The railroad doesn’t exist, but is a metaphor for the transportation system, bathed in secrecy and danger, which fifteen year old Cora is subjected to, as she fights for her freedom.

A brilliant and upsetting book. read more…

Amnesty and Assad

2017 February 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

An Amnesty International report claims up to 13,000 people have been hanged in a Syrian prison as part of an extermination campaign.

It has been called ‘fake news’ by the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

Assad says it has been fabricated on fake allegations to try to undermine the government.

Have Your Say on the Motorway

2017 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Photo shows Kapiti Expressway and local roads

Council says: ‘Express Yourself Kapiti!’

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast District Council is encouraging the district’s residents to get ready to express themselves at the Kāpiti Coast ExpressDay on Saturday 18 February.

Corporate Services Manager Wayne Maxwell says the Council will be there on the day to see the expressway before it opens to traffic and to celebrate the completion of this project alongside the Kāpiti Coast community. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Equal Citizens of the Nation

2017 February 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The 24 of you demonstrate the incredible diversity of nationalities helping to mould the identity of a 21st century New Zealand. Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy

Another National Day

By Roger Childs

One more Waitangi Day has been and gone. The antics of what happens at the place where a fewNew Zealanders signed the Treaty 177 years ago, is a bore for most Kiwis, but the public holiday is most welcome.

It would be interesting to know what proportion of the population actually reflected on the meaning of the day on the 6th and took part in the various community activities which were organised.

However, one very positive event on Waitangi Day, was the citizenship ceremony at Government House. 24 people from 17 countries officially became New Zealand citizens. read more…

Kapiti Tree Dangers

2017 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No comets seen lately, but Coast faces deadly hazards from flying ephiphytes and astelias, says KCDC

By Alan Tristram

After the controversial closing of the Wi Parata Reserve in Waikanae ‘because of the danger of falling ephiphytes’, the Kapiti Independent asked the Kapiti Coast District council exactly how many people have been killed or hurt by flying tree-lump


Asteria growing on Kauri tree in Northland

hazards.

These are known scientifically as ephiphytes and astelias.

But it turns out the Council has no statistics to back up the drastic action of closing the reserve, but it is worried because of a ‘near miss’ from a falling astelia. read more…

Aussie Buggers

2017 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Craft Work of the Week: Jill’s Quilt

2017 February 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quilting for the grand kids

Jill Hammonds

I first started quilting in 2013 when our first NZ grandchild was being developed.  Our first three grandchildren are American citizens living in Paducah,Kentucky.

This city is known for its quilting guild and has a wonderful quilting museum which I have visited on a couple of occasions.

When each of the children were christened, the ladies from their church present the child with a quilt.

Our three grandchildren had always treasured theirs, so when our Kiwi grandchildren started to arrive, there was a need to provide for them also, so Granny Jill joined a quilting class with Diana Carroll over at the then Kapiti Bernina Shop in Raumati. read more…

Kapiti Women’s Triathlon On February 26

2017 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Encouraging participation

By Roger Childs

The piper leads the swimmers down the beach

The 2017 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 26 February.

The Kapiti Women’s Triathlon (KWT) promotes participation for all women and girls, with options suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

We consider everyone who makes the start line is a winner.  Evelyn Williamson.

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

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 58

2017 February 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Hear Former Librarian, Now Romance Writer Leeann Morgan

2017 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Friends of the Library opener for 2017

The first speaker of the year will be Leeann Morgan.

Leeann was, until recently, Kapiti’s Library and Arts Manager and resigned her position last year to devote herself to full-time writing.

She will talk to us about her writing, her books and her recent travels in America where her stories are set. This promises to be a lively and entertaining evening.

Leeann Morgan: Wednesday 15 February at 7:00pm in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room. read more…

Canada’s Search For Jet Fighters

2017 February 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers on patrol during the ‘Cold War’

Jets needed to counter Russian threat, but dithering prevails

Part 2 of a 3-part series by Eribert Loehner

My previous article described why Canada needs a new fleet of military fighter jets.  

They are required to both replace its aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets and to ensure sovereignty over Canada’s arctic by preventing incursions of Russian military patrol bombers.

However, the purchase of new military fighter aircraft is very expensive. The cost can easily undermine a smaller country’s marginal fiscal budget. read more…

Fencing Off Rivers For What?

2017 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

As an example of corporate posturing by big dairy to take the heat off, fencing rivers has been a stunning success. The only trouble is, it has done nothing for the rivers and has contributed to the loss of rivers for the public.

Raising concerns about dairy run-off

By Bill Benfield

Just one of the culprits

This could well be one that New Zealand Fish & Game brought upon itself and its license holders. It was around 17 or 18 years ago that they started raising concerns about dairy run-off into rivers.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the concern was proper, but it failed to look at other things that were happening in the environment and were also ending up in rivers or how the issue could best be addressed.

When the heat came on, Fonterra, the biggest player, moved quickly. To deflect attention by proposing the Dairy and Clean Streams Accord of 2003. It was signed by the Dairy industry, the Ministry of the Environment, local government and the now the Ministry of Primary Industries. read more…

Surviving as distinctly Māori

2017 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Piripi Walker (right rear) with other Te Hono ki Raukawa members: from left Rachael Selby, Professor Whatarangi Winiata and Daphne Luke

Te Hono ki Raukawa

By Alan Tristram

Writing a report that spans 200 years of Ngāti Raukawa history was an emotional journey for iwi historian Piripi Walker, of Ngāti Kikopiri.

He says at first it was an honour, then a challenge, then a privilege — and finally writing the report proved enjoyable.

Piripi has just completed a Waitangi Tribunal report titled The Social and Political Institutions of Ngāti Raukawa 1820-2010. read more…

Poem of the Week: Wild Daisies

2017 February 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Selected by our Poetry Columnist, Gill Ward

Here is a well know Bub Bridger poem has been online and published widely. I love it.

Bub came to poetry when she was 60. Lived in Wellington and was much beloved by many. Her poetry is plain but deep, accessible and sympathetic.

By that I mean you (especially women but not only women) can identify with practically everything she write.

She has the gift of being able to be funny and poignant at the same time.

She loved Wellington and this is a very Wellington poem. It is from her 1989 volume Up Here on the Hill  and ha! a very Wellington title! read more…

Waikanae Reserve Closed

2017 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dangerous overhanging trees pose risk to walkers

By Alan Tristram
Kāpiti Coast District Council is urging residents to stay clear of Wi Parata Reserve in Waikanae for their own safety.

The Council has closed the reserve because of a risk that overhanging plant clumps  — ephiphytes or astelias — may fall onto the tracks. read more…

Former Councillor Ammundsen Reflects

2017 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Diane Ammundsen retired last year from the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC). She served on council for 27 years, longer than anyone else. She was on the very first governing group, when KCDC was established under the mayoralty of the late Barry Hadfield.

She did not stand for election in 2016 and is now enjoying retirement. She is still involved in community affairs and among other things, is a member of two conservation groups.

In the interview below, Diane reflects on her long period of service to the Kapiti District. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 57 Answers

2017 February 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • It you would still like a go, scroll down to February 1.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

read more…

Rookie Cops Beat Up

2017 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rimutaka Cycle Trail and Beyond

2017 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Three great days of biking

By Sandra Smith

Six of the group at the start of the Rimutaka Rail Trail. Sandra is on the far left.

Recently a group of nine of us from our Joggers and Walkers club cycled the Rimutaka Cycle trail.

Part of the trail travels over what once was the first rail connection between Wellington and the Wairarapa. As the current railway now runs through a tunnel beneath the hills the old line has become a walk/cycle way.

We began our trip at the beginning of the Rimutaka incline and from here into the Wairarapa, down to the south coast and finished at Eastbourne on the Wellington harbour. read more…

Amazing Sports Stories 19: The Swiss Maestro

2017 February 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is a slight rehash of the first story I wrote for Kapiti Independent. It’s 2012 and 30 year old Roger Federer was not expected to win another tennis grand slam. However, at Wimbledon in June he was out to prove the pundits wrong.

The famous Dad seeking another grand slam

By Roger Childs

A lasting memory of this year’s Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles final will be the sight of two little girls in matching dresses waving furiously to their famous father.

Famous is understating it, as Roger Federer is the greatest male tennis player ever to lift a racquet. He had won a record 16 grand slam tournaments prior to Wimbledon 2012, however most pundits speculated that this would be his lot.

In recent times the 30 year old Swiss maestro has had to surrender the number one spot in the rankings to the young bucks: Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

Nadal, the great clay specialist, won the recent French Open and the precise, accurate Djokovic took out the first 2012 grand slam in Melbourne back in February. read more…

Latest Poetry News From Gill

2017 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time passes quickly!

By Gill Ward

Greetings for the New Year, which I note is already a 12th of the way through.

Something about getting older is that time goes more quickly. Time is relative though and much has been written about how if you are waiting for something and looking forward to it, time is slow, but if you are enjoying yourself it disappears in a flash.

And isn’t it irritating – as soon as the 1st January is over the ‘back to school’ shop signs are out and any minute now it will be Easter eggs and bunnies.

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if once the shortest day was over they’d be telling us about Christmas. ( I nearly said ‘trumpeting’ – how Freudian! ) read more…

Art Work of the Week: Morepork

2017 February 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Another bird classic

Large, sensitive eyes

Waikanae-based artist, Cushla McGaughey, specialises in painting New Zealand birds. Naturally,

she thoroughly researches the habits and nature of the birds she draws!

Here’s what she says about the morepork.

The morepork is a forest bird that could adapt to urban living, but he needs enough cover to hide by day. If found, he’ll be mobbed by the feathered neighbourhood watch!

As night falls he comes into his own, taking flight on silent wings to hunt.  read more…

Another Tribute to Bernie

2017 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘You were simply the best, Bernie’

Following the death of the legendary runner and all-round character Bernie Portenski (see obituary by Roger Childs downpage), veteran journalist Allie Webber, of Paekakariki, wrote this moving tribute for us:

‘Thanks you so much Roger, this is a great tribute to a fantastic woman. Bernie was my hairdresser for nearly 20 years and when she left Kapiti I followed her to Miramar.

‘All the things said about her as an athlete apply to her as a hairdresser.’

‘She was upbeat, positive, and always on her game and wanted to be the best.

‘She was always keen to try something new and encourage clients to do the same.’ read more…

Retirement Villages Rates Boost

2017 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Retirement homes at Sevenoaks, Paraparaumu Beach

17,000 oldies could benefit from new rates law

By our Local Govt. Correspondent, Jeremy Smith

More than 17,000  rest-home residents may benefit from legislation that will allow them to claim a rates subsidy.

The change would affect people who live in retirement homes under a licence to occupy but who can’t legally be described as ratepayers under laws going back to 1973. read more…

The Inspirational Bernie Portenski

2017 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Like her hero Paula Radcliffe, Bernie’s got plenty of guts and determination. She’s also a hoot, irreverent and tells “it as it is”. Bernie’s been trimming hair and cutting records for years. Women Running Together.com

Bernie in the Scottish colours

The loss of a legend

By Roger Childs

The running, hair cutting and cheek have sadly come to an end. The seemingly indestructible, larger than life Wellington personality has passed away after a nine month battle with cancer.

She is one of the greatest athletes New Zealand has ever produced. You won’t find her name in the ranks of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists, however the list of records she held and the titles she won is longer than your arm.

When competing Bernie always gave a hundred per cent and took no prisoners, but afterwards there was always plenty of chat, humour and good-natured banter. read more…

Election Day Seven Months Away

2017 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The winds of change are blowing

Rob McCann

Labour’s Otaki candidate Rob McCann

The Prime Minister has announced the date of the election set for 23rd September.

Rob McCann, Local Labour candidate for the Otaki electorate, is excited at the prospect of changing the government and changing our local MP.

At the last local body elections both the long serving Mayor for Horowhenua, Brendan Duffy, and one term Kapiti Coast Mayor Ross Church were not re-elected, indicating the region wanted something new.

“It’s definitely time for a change,” says Mr McCann “and both the Horowhenua and Kapiti Coast local body elections demonstrated that the public wanted an alternative vision.” read more…

US Customs — Shoot Through

2017 February 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

English’s Failed Leadership

2017 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Time to build a better New Zealand

By Kris Faafoi 

This is an election year. We face an important choice about our future and the country we want to build.

On one side, we have Bill English, who has shown a lack of leadership on everything from Pike River to the Mt Albert by-election to Trump’s Muslim Ban. read more…

Poem of the Week: The Gulls

2017 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Distinguished local writer and poet

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

Photo credit: Rob Suisted

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

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

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

Latest From Paris

2017 February 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paul Jacobs

French politics almost trumping

By Paul Jacobs in Paris

US politics have taken centre stage recently but France is doing its best to catch up.

The Socialist Party has just voted, by a clear majority, for Benoît Hamon as its candidate for the French presidential elections due to take place in April and May this year.

The surprised loser is Spanish-born former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. This puts the Socialists well to the Left, which they don’t really need. They were likely to lose in May. Now they are certain to lose. But strange things can happen yet. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 57

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

read more…

Ultra Fast Otaki

2017 January 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Tech. worker installing Ultra Fast Broadband

 Otaki chosen for internet upgrade — key move to promote business and learning 

By Alan Tristram

Ōtaki is one of 151 towns around the country that will be given access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in the near future.

In the second phase of the Government’s rollout, installation of UFB for these towns will start this year and be completed between 2018 and 2024 with each build taking up to 12 months. read more…

Great Australian Tennis Final

2017 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Shots like that are worth the price of admission alone. Commentator, Cliff Drysdale, on a Federer backhand cross-court winner.

The dream match up

By Roger Childs

It was the 9th seed against the 17th, who just happen to be two of the greatest players of all time.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had come back from injury to play in the Australian Open, and neither was expected to make the final.

However, the higher seeds dropped like flies and top favourites, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, were out before the quarter finals.

It is a golden age in men’s tennis, and Nadal and Federer were made to work hard in their five set semi-finals. However, through they went, to the delight of the crowds and the organisers. But would the final live up to expectations? It exceeded them! read more…

Body on Beach Identified

2017 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Police HQ in Paraparaumu

Police name dead man found on rocks at Paekakariki

Police in Kapiti have confirmed the identity of the man found at Paekakariki rocks on the Kapiti Coast on Saturday.

He was 35-year-old Jared Evan Anderson of New Plymouth who has been missing from Otaki Beach since last week. read more…

Retirement Rates Aid

2017 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Retirement homes at Sevenoaks, Paraparaumu Beach

Rates rebates scheme could apply to all retirement homes

By Jeremy Smith

People who live in retirement homes may soon be officially classified as ratepayers and apply for rates rebates.

This might sound good to someone thinking of applying for a rebate, but the district council isn’t so sure. It sees the possibility of having to do more work to administer a national scheme and wants to know who would pay. read more…

Photo of the Week: Palliser Light

2017 January 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Warning light at the end of the Island

It’s 78 metres above sea level on the south-east corner of the North Island. It provides a double flash every 20 seconds from a 1000 watt incandescent bulb to warn shipping heading in and out of Wellington harbour.

Cape Palliser is one of the windiest places in the country located in the “roaring forties” 41.37 south and 175.17 east. The 18 metre high, cast iron lighthouse has been an aid to passing ships since 1897.

It was automated in 1983, but remains a major tourist attraction in the Wairarapa with a challenging 253 steps to the concrete platform beside the building. The effort is worth it as stunning views await visitors in every direction. read more…

Italian Couple Tandem Round The World

2017 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Alessandro and Stefania

We love the Kiwi unique landscapes and the hospitality of the cycling community! Stefania Sposato

From Firenze (Florence) to Kaitoke and beyond

Just 30,000km so far, but more to come!

The friendly Fiorentini, Stefania, and Alessandro Maccarrone, set out from Firenze in 2014 and won’t be home until 2020.

So far they have crossed through the Balkans, on the Silk Road through the Central Asian republics and China, down through Southeast Asia and around the South Island.

They will spend a year in New Zealand and then another 12 months across the Tasman. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 56 Answers

2017 January 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • It you would still like a go, scroll down to January 25.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers below.

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Retirement Trust Honour

2017 January 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Kapiti Retirement Trust’s Sevenoaks complex in Paraparaumu

Kapiti Retirement Trust Reaches final for world award

The Kapiti Retirement Trust in Paraparaumu has reached the finals for ‘Facility of the Year, Aging-in-Place’ category in the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

Other finalists in this category are from Japan, Australia and Singapore  — making a total of 15 including NZ. read more…

Voter Fraud Trumped

2017 January 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local Politician of the Year

2017 January 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The ‘People’s Guru’ made his mark on Kapiti last year

By Alan Tristram

Mr K  Gurunathan, universally known as Guru, is probably the most unusual and interesting person ever to rise to the top of local politics in Kapiti (and perhaps, New Zealand).

Unusual because he comes from an Indian family and was born in Malaysia, but now seems more ‘Kiwi-ised’ than many English migrants who’ve settled on the Coast.

But, unlike many Malaysian Indians, he is also a committed Christian in one of the many small church groups so popular in Kapiti. read more…

Manna for Kiwis

2017 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 56

2017 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.
  • Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!
  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Our Columnists of the Year (Contd)

2017 January 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Pam Vernon’s hatred of injustice and corporatisation  in NZ

Pam Vernon, of Foxton, is another of our great new columnists. Here’s her personal story:

With Whina Cooper on the Land Hikoi

By Pam Vernon

Raised in the post WWII era in rural Rangitikei, both of my parents were from Whanganui, my father of Māori descent (Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi), my mother English.

While raising my small family, I qualified as a social worker at Massey University in PN,

and worked as a Care and Protection Social Worker for the better part of the 1990’s. read more…

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.

read more…

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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…

Manchester: We Mourn With You

2017 May 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Manchester and (NZ) United against terror

Editorial by Alan Tristram

We extend our deepest sympathy to the people of Manchester, and the UK, who are suffering from yet another terrorist outrage.

Over the years, many Mancunians have settled on the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua, so we think of them at this time too.

We know that the qualities that make Manchester people great — determination, gritty courage, and solid working-class camaraderie — will carry them through these, the worst of times.