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Spring Is In The Air

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12.27

Tui on Kowhai by Cushla McGaughey

In awe of nature’s interactions

By Roger Childs

From our dining table we look out at trees of many colours. However, at this time of the year the deciduous species are the most fascinating and the birds.

Every day there are more leaves or flowers, or both. And the birds are tucking into the nectar, especially the tui.

We have a kowhai tree next door and yesterday we counted 10 tui at one time, often upside down, burrowing into the flowers.

On the run with Joggers this morning, I recounted this amazing story and got the response Oh, we had 12 yesterday!  What could be more deflating! read more…

Who Doesn’t Love Winston?

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Opportunity Lost

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

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

The triumph of dirty politics?

By Roger Childs

Bill English: set to continue as prime minister

After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of inequality and unfairness.

National probably did much better than even they expected, and the smug Winston is once more the Kingmaker. And he’ll make us wait, again!

Sadly it was probably Steven Joyce’s Plan B with the dirty tricks, once Labour got close, that saw the Nats pull away over the last week. Bill English claims he has the moral authority to  govern, but morality has nothing to do with it. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89 Answers

2017 September 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 20.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Creative Writing Challenge!

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’ll have grounds
More relative than this—the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

William Shakespeare Hamlet

Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017

The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 is The Play’s the Thing.

In conjunction with the festival we invite you to write a short, dramatic monologue or dialogue. 

Prizes of $100, $60 and $30 will be awarded to the three top entries as well as the opportunity to have your story published by the sponsors: Kapiti News.  They will also be read on the radio.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Festival Launch on Friday, 13 October at 7:30pm. read more…

Opinion Poll

2017 September 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New Boy Tops The Podium

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Exciting Triathlon Grand Final

By Roger Childs

The climax of the eight event International Triathlon Union (ITU) season is the Grand Final. This year Rotterdam, the busiest port in the world, was the setting.

There were two trophies up for grabs:

~ the Grand Final

~ the ITU 2017 World Championship.

During the year in the elite men’s division, Mario Mola from Spain had set the pace, and he only had to finish in the top six in the Dutch city to take the overall 2017 title.

However, he was keen to win the Grand Final as well! read more…

100 Days Of Creativity

2017 September 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kate with one of her art works

Kate Hartmann runs the excellent Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach. On September 19 we featured an article from Kate on the extraordinary “100 Day Project”.  

 Below is Kate’s outline of what she got out of taking up the challenge. (Read the earlier article first, if you haven’t done so, to get some background on what it was all about.)

What inspired you to participate in the 100 day project?

Lisa Call did when she asked me to participate! I hadn’t heard of the 100 Day Project NZ before, at least not the official version of it.

It excited me, the concept of doing something every day for 100 days, I don’t think I would have done it if it had been any shorter. read more…

Junior College Teams Basketball Derby

2017 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Exciting Junior Girls Clash

By Raima Kingi and Hamish Weir, Kapiti College Junior Girls Coaches

Wednesday 13 September saw the inaugural end of year derby between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College Junior Girls.

Both teams were missing some key players, but managed to entertain the crowd with a hard-fought game played in great spirit.

Kapiti College were looking to overturn a 48 point loss from when the two teams last met in the regular season, and showed their much improved skills and team work by dominating and winning the first two quarters to go into halftime with a 7 point lead. read more…

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A little code breaker

By Cushla  McGaughey

Scarlet Mistletoe: need to know the code!

Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species.

Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way up and down vertical tree trunks or hang upside down as they search for food.

They feed mainly on insects, spiders and caterpillars, but sometimes add fruit and nectar to their diet. Like tui and bellbirds, they know how to open mistletoe flowers. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Women’s Suffrage Day: 19 September

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Let not babies, the wash tub or even dinner, prevent women from going. Franchise activist, Amey Daldy, encouraging women to vote in 1893

Votes for women

By Roger Childs

Not in favour of women voting

124 years ago women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country to pass such a law, however in the US states of Wyoming and Utah women had been voting for over 20 years.

The first Women’s Franchise Bill had gone before the New Zealand parliament in 1878, but it would take another 15 years before the deal was finally done.

It was one of the many achievements of the reforming 1890s Liberal government, but not a triumph for Premier Richard John Seddon. He was against such a drastic step: in his view politics was the preserve of men. read more…

Lake Horowhenua Retrial

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lake Horowhenua

Retrial this week of Philip Dean Taueki for trespassing on his own land 

By Veronica Harrod
Horowhenua correspondent
Lake Horowhenua beneficial owner Philip Dean Taueki faces retrial for trespass in Levin District Court this Thursday (September 21) despite having been acquitted of two previous charges of trespass.
Even though Taueki lives on Maori freehold land beside the lake, and is one of the legally recognised owners of Lake Horowhenua, his repeated arrests, trials, and even imprisonment on trespass charges eloquently symbolises contemporary methods the Crown and its agencies use to maintain and assert control over Lake Horowhenua.

100 Days at Tutere Gallery

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Amazing work over three months!

By Kate Hartmann

Busy times at the Tutere Gallery!

If you say “100 Day Project” really quickly and you don’t think too deeply about what that might actually entail, then it doesn’t seem that big a deal!

Fast forward to the set up and hanging of the resulting exhibition, “6 x 100” and it felt like a very big deal indeed.

This was the moment when the six participating artists from Waikanae and Otaki, stood back and surveyed silently what they had created over the previous 100 days.

In front of them over 1,500 hours of work, 600 individual pieces of art work.  You could literally feel the energy, the love, the care and consideration that had gone into each and every one of those pieces of art work. read more…

Revising NZ History 7: Celebrating Peace – Rewi at Waitara

2017 September 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Warmonger becomes peacemaker

By John Robinson

Waitara today; land issues were settled in 1878

Rewi Maniapoto had been the most active warrior chief in the king movement, joining with Kingi’s rebellion at Waitara in 1860, and driving Government Agent Gorst out of the Waikato in 1863 against the wishes of the ‘king’, Tawhiao, and his family.

But he later recognised that the war was over, that they were defeated and it was time for peace.  Warmonger became peacemaker.

Thus when, in May 1878, Governor Grey came to Te Kopua and offered generous terms including the return of all confiscated land that had not been sold, Rewi was delighted – a load had been taken off his mind.

He, like most others, believed that the offer would be accepted, that it was a done deal.  read more…

Mary Singleton’s Book Launch

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Was that really me?” 

Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singleton’s memoir.

The session is on

~ Sunday September 24th

 ~ at 2.30 pm

 ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

 ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu

 

read more…

Wonderful Ali Harper as Doris Day

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Superb entertainment

By Ralph McAllister

Many of us have had a not so secret love affair with Doris Day since childhood.

So if I tell you I have just blown in from the Windy City, after a sentimental journey, during which my face was powdered with sunshine, you might guess what you are about to read  is a review of a show which is nothing short of magic.

Ali Harper has written and is performing her A Doris Day Special at Circa for the next month and you would be a fool to miss this brilliant piece of musical theatre. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Fun Games

2017 September 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kids have a great time 

By Angelo Robinson

On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games.

We got underway at 9.30am with the 5 to 7 year olds; at 10.30 for the 8 to 10 year olds and the 11 to 13 year olds played at 11.30.

All the players thoroughly enjoyed the day with plenty of games and on court action. read more…

All Blacks In Full Cry

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An outstanding 80 minute performance

By Roger Childs

Plenty of tries against France in the World Cup

There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies.  The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to sleep.

No such luck for the Springboks in Albany. It was 31-0 at half time, but there was no let up  from the All Blacks in the second half. They kept the pressure on and the players off the bench played superbly to take the score out to an amazing record 57-0.

There was a similar pattern to this year’s tests in the 2015 World Cup. The New Zealand form was mixed in the early matches, but then they hit the French like a fast moving train in the quarter-finals to score over 60 points. read more…

Harald Dähne’s Report On Refugees

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Harald Dähne

We’ve made it!” – How Germany absorbed a million refugees

By Harald Dähne in Berlin

In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began – with many unforeseen consequences.

East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990’s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against Russia, but now they are unhappy with EU-treaties and EU court decisions.

At the same time, their administrations cut civil rights, followed abstruse conspiracy theories, and introduced intolerant cultural changes.

Luckily things in Germany have been different. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 Answers

2017 September 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 9

    If you wish to do this latest challenge before looking a the answers, scroll down to September 13.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Wonderful Skills Of Cartoonists

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

His work exposed hypocrisy and self interest, but did so with irreverent humour and intelligence. A fierce defender of free speech, he could articulate his point in a way that was both challenging and thought provoking. Andrew Weeks on the late Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian

The must see “Ludicrous Likenesses”

By Roger Childs

Andy does not feature in the exhibition, but would not be out of place

Kapiti Independent is very fortunate to have the services of a quality cartoonist in Andy Tristram.

He is part of a long tradition in the art of caricature, which goes back to 16th century England when sketchers began lampooning the rich and famous, and commenting satirically on political events.

Cartoonists have frequently been a target for censorship and have often been feared by those in power. New Zealand’s David Low, working in London for the Daily Standard during the Second World War, was on Hitler’s hit list.   read more…

College Basketball Clashes

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paraparaumu College girls far too strong

By Anglo Robinson 

Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September.

Congratulations to Paraparaumu College Senior Girls on winning the Rosanne Robinson Cup for 2017.

The game was played in great spirit and both teams performed very well, but on the night Paraparaumu College were just that bit stronger and hungrier. Kapiti College suffered a real blow with a key player going down injured in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The final score: Paraparaumu College 60 – Kapiti College 30 read more…

McCully of Arabia

2017 September 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

‘What goes around, comes around…and bites you in the bum’

Kāpiti CEO Moves ON

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Pat Dougherty goes back to Nelson

Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty has resigned, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council.

Mr Dougherty says he has enjoyed his time in Kāpiti but now the time is right to step up and try something different. read more…

Policies That Appeal

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… Jacinda Ardern has promised a “relentlessly positive” election campaign, but she should not have been surprised to see her opponents go just as relentlessly negative. Dominion Post editorial, September 15 2017

Some great ideas from Labour

By Roger Childs

It’s good to see this election campaign being largely fought over policies. However, while Labour is announcing plenty of interesting and practical ideas for voters to weigh up, National is into its familiar scaremongering in a desperate attempt to keep its grip on the Treasury benches.

Labour has been progressive releasing policies in key areas such as health, education, housing and paid parental leave, and the concept on doing x number of things in the first hundred days is an appealing prospect.

Hopefully, if elected, the new government’s first few months will be more productive than Trump’s! read more…

Cr Challenges KIN Story

2017 September 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge — Cr Jackie Elliott

Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC.

The KIN story ( ‘Ratepayers Headed for the High Court’; Sept. 11) said: ‘November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

‘Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.’ read more…

A Book about the Book

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A must read, must own

By Leslie Clague

I recently finished reading a book entitled  The Book Actually, the full title is The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time The author is Keith Houston. If you are a lover of books and reading, I think this is a must read.

It tells the history of the book as an artefact, an object. It gives clearly the technical and engineering principles that create it.

It also relates some delightful stories and humorous anecdotes as it takes you through the journey of the book’s development. (I never knew the financial difficulties of Gutenberg in the creation of his Bible.) read more…

Wooooo

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman – ‘Party Vote Green’

2017 September 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scared of ‘frightening the horses?’

Jacinda’s scared of ‘frightening the horses.’

So vote Green for real change !

By Prue Hyman

I said last month that I ought to be writing about the election with Jacinda Ardern’s accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turia’s benefit stretching revelations (that was before she resigned the co-leadership) – but that I couldn’t face it and would do so in September.

So I’ve looked back at what I wrote for KIN in September 2014 and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I found that I should almost repeat that article – so here are my thoughts. read more…

Kids/Artists/Ngā Manu Combine

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Mahara director Janet Bayly handing Raumati South students’ their free copy of the new book (containing their own artworks)

HE KĀKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH – RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL

He Kākano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school.

The book highlights over 100 students’ artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience of the project which is supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF).  

The project involves a trip to Ngā Manu and a visit to Mahara Gallery, followed up by several school visits by local artist Michelle Backhouse, poet Mary-Jane Duffy and filmmaker Dean Hapeta to produce the seed-related poems and artworks featured in the book.

read more…

The Housing Guy

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy

No housing crisis, just a housing boom — Nathan Guy

Labour’s Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasn’t a housing crisis, it was a housing boom.

“I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates,” says Mr
McCann.

“It was such a clear demonstration of how out of touch Mr Guy has become.” read more…

Poem of the Week

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The Other Guy

By Judith Bryers Holloway

‘There is a Guy –

Not Fawkes…but who?

I can’t recall…

Help me, please, can you? read more…

Anyone Can Vote in Advance

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyone’s interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer

Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters

By Roger Childs

Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11.

Anyone can vote ahead of time and save the hassles of finding a handy park and standing in a long queue on September 23.

In the Kapiti area, you have a choice of either

 ~ Coastlands Centre Court in Paraparaumu.

 ~ Electoral Headquarters 37 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu.

Advance voting started on Monday and plenty of people have already combined their shopping business with casting an early vote. Across the nation just under 40,00o cast their ballot on Monday.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88

2017 September 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 4.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Revising NZ History 6: The Waikato King’s Land Rejection

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A government land offer rejected

By John Robinson

Tawhiao

In 1878 the New Zealand government offered to the defeated rebels of the king movement the return of all confiscated Waikato land not disposed of by the Government to Europeans.

That generous offer was refused by ‘king’ Tawhiao.

The very reason why many Waikato Maori continued without land was that decision by Tawhiao to turn down the offer, with his refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.  read more…

Japanese Soccer and Rugby: Status and Popularity

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the second article by Neil Smith on the winter codes in Japan. Scroll down to September 8 to see the first.) 

International soccer

By Neil Smith, our correspondent in Japan

The national men’s soccer squad for 2017 comprises 23 players, of whom only seven are active in Japan’s domestic league. The best players are currently in professional teams in France, Italy, Germany, England, Mexico, and Spain.

An additional 16 players are on call-up status, but 14 of them play in Japan’s league.

Results too are showing a significant improvement, from regular losses (letting in 5 goals was not uncommon when playing leading countries) to more common victories against top teams. read more…

The Birds and the Bees

2017 September 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We’ve had a wonderful series of “Birds of the Week”,  however, as September is “Bee Aware Month”, Cushla has shifted focus to that incredibly important insect.

About the Bees

By Cushla McGaughey

The hoverfly

The mini helicopter suspended over a flower suddenly zips sideways. It looks like a bee and even does some pollinating, but has no sting. It’s actually a native hoverfly.

An added bonus for the gardener, though, is that hoverfly larvae feed on aphids.

Our native bees lead a short, solitary life, with habitat loss another threat.

The female lines a small chamber at the end of an underground tunnel. She stocks it with a small lump of pollen and nectar, carried in little by little. read more…

Expressway Noise: Breach of Human Rights?

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Disturbing sleep

Kapiti Expressway

Kapiti residents living in the vicinity of the new expressway are experiencing disturbed sleep which is affecting their health and Bernie Randall, of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, believes a breach of the Human Rights Act has occurred.

He has written to the Human Rights Commission asking it to investigate residents’ complaints of night time noise along the Kapiti Expressway.

New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international treaties that basically give New Zealanders the right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Excessive noise can interfere with this right, according to Mr Randall. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Collusion – Big Parties and the Media

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(Our FOOD FOR THOUGHT columns are opinion pieces designed to get readers thinking about issues. Today our guest contributor is John McLean, author and commentator. He examines what he feels are the critical issues that the politicians should be addressing in the election campaign.)

 Election campaign hijacked

By John McLean

This election campaign has been hijacked by the sinister combination of National, Labour and the mainstream media. Three debates – all compered (controlled) by the mainstream media in the form of Mike Hosking, Patrick Gower, etc.

Why not get a professor of political science from a university to compose and ask the questions?

Or two people – one from the trade union movement and one from the employers’ federation? Instead we have the mainstream media controlling the questions, the agenda and the issues.  read more…

Coastal Ratepayers Headed For High Court

2017 September 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hazards issue goes to court again

By Roger Childs

November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.

Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.

CRU’s concerns centre on Council going back on decisions made in 2014 to

  • withdrew coastal hazard areas from the Proposed District Plan.
  • set up a Coastal Advisory Group, with community representation, to work on the hazards issue.

(To see the detail of KCDC’s illegal and un-notified actions and CRU’s responses, scroll down to the July 26 article: Ratepayers Win V KCDC) read more…

Down To Earth Politics

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Land Boom

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Conflicts of interest, land development and Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod

When the Horowhenua District Council’s Long Term Plan is reviewed in early 2018, will the Council reintroduce development contributions that land developers used to pay towards essential infrastructure costs?

To set the scene, we need to go back to June 2015 when council voted to end development contributions collected from land developers for essential infrastructure to service a growth in population.

read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87 Answers

2017 September 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you still wish to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 6.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Photo of the Week: The Wall

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Residents from Waikanae and Raumati combine to build a wall alongside the expressway. (Photo Nick Fisher)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jacinda Looking Prime Ministerial

2017 September 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Heading for change?

By Roger Childs

The country starts going to the polls on Monday, when advanced voting begins. The early indications are that a majority of voters will take advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballot early, rather than wait for “election day”.

The latest poll gives Labour a 43-39 lead over National, and that will be hard for the government to pull back.

The massive increase in support for Labour is undoubtedly due to the impact of new leader, Jacinda Ardern.

She has captured the imagination of the nation and even the predominantly right-leaning media, with not only her image and dynamism, but also her debating skills and grasp of the key issues facing the country. read more…

Improving Japanese Rugby and Soccer

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(This is the first in a series by our Japanese correspondent on men’s winter sports codes aiming for international status.)

Getting started

By Neil Smith, our columnist in Japan

While the relative strength and performance of individual players is not the only way to assess how well the sports structure in a given country is functioning, it does offer a clear guideline.

We must first check the state of soccer and rugby and the level of Japan’s professional players on the world stage back when Japan launched its leagues for professional soccer and rugby.

J-League for soccer started in 1993 and Top-League rugby began in 2003, Corporate rugby was moving toward professionalism from the early-1990s and those teams are the core teams in the Top League. read more…

Still Tied To The Americans?

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

New Zealand: A Reality Check — 

‘But Isn’t NZ Nuclear-Free And Out Of ANZUS?’

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

I recently spoke at an Australian peace movement conference in my capacity as Organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign. My speech involved the interesting exercise of having to look at my own country from an outsider’s perspective. Here’s an edited extract.

Viewed from Australia, New Zealand probably looks pretty good. For example, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the country having become nuclear free by law. read more…

Greypower Election Debate

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Otaki farmer and National MP Nathan Guy — away for the day

Guy absent — smaller parties get look in 

The non-appearance of sitting Otaki MP Nathan Guy (National) gave minor parties more speaking time at the Greypower-organised election debate in Paraparaumu.

And some of the strongest applause came for the NZ First candidate when he referred to the Party’s promise of three free dental visits each year for over 65’s.

Dr Romuald Rudzi (“UK-born with Polish ancestry”), of NZ First, said he wanted “to stop the rot”. He said it broke his heart to sell all the things which made New Zealand so good being destroyed. read more…

Hoop Club Kapiti Father’s Day Games

2017 September 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Traditional clashes!

By Angelo Robinson

8 to 10 year olds take on their Dads in Paraparaumu

On Father’s Day, September 3, Hoop Club Kapiti held their annual “Kids vs Dads” games at Hoop Club in Paraparaumu and in Otaki.

It is always a great day and something the kids really look forward to.

The players love the idea of playing against the Dads and showing them what they have learnt at Hoop Club and of course they all try really hard to beat the Dads, but as we always know the Dads will always win on their special day. read more…

Dr Smith Raises Profile

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smith’s relief

Possum Cruelty

2017 September 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Professor Andrew Knight

Possum-killing damages New Zealand’s image

By Andrew Knight

(Andrew Knight is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics; ‘Founding Director’ of the Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare (UK);  and is currently on secondment to animal advocacy organisation SAFE in New Zealand).

It’s not often New Zealand primary school fundraising events are reported by the world’s media. However, Drury School in South Auckland and others have recently achieved exactly this – but for all the wrong reasons.

As reported in The Guardian in London – newborn possums were recently torn from their mothers’ pouches at Drury School, and drowned in a bucket of water. All in the name of fundraising. read more…

Intriguing Semi-finals In Prospect

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unexpected US Open match-ups

By Roger Childs

US Open 2016: last year’s winners are nowhere to be seen!

The last grand slam of the year has been an unusual tournament.

On the men’s side four of the top ten ranked players have been absent: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.

On the women’s side the Americans have come through strongly and potentially there could be four United States players in the semi finals, something that has never happened in the modern era.

And that’s with new mother Serena Williams on the sideline. read more…

Revising NZ History 5: Wiremu Kingi at Waitara

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(To see John’s earlier articles, scroll down to August 10, 14, 21 and 29)

Kingi’s strong attachment to Waitara

By John Robinson

Waitara today looking south

Even though he had moved south from Taranaki, and lived at Waikanae for some years, Kingi had decided that he was passionately attached to Waitara (north-east of New Plymouth).

He repeatedly threatened anyone who would allow its sale, having forced the abandonment of the 1839 sale after it had been recognised by Commissioner Spain in 1844.  (See article 4: August 29)

In 1848, he broke a promise to Governor Grey and went back to the south bank of the Waitara River.  There he continued to oppose those Te Atiawa who wished to sell their land.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 87

2017 September 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 10. (Credit Bill Leek)

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

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NZ Needs Free Education

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

PIECEMEAL POLICIES WON’T FIX EDUCATION INEQUALITY

The ‘Closing the Gap’ group says a commitment to fully free education is the only way to tackle New Zealand’s high level of education inequality.

Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality group, says:

“While the renewed political focus on education is good news, an unequivocal commitment to free education at all levels is needed across the political spectrum. read more…

Expressway: Just Build the Wall!

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA experts to do an assessment

By Nick Fisher, spokesperson for Expressway Noise Abatement Group (ENAG)

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have released the terms of reference for a review of their noise mitigation on the Kapiti expressway.

The two people asked to conduct the review will assess if NZTA has complied with the conditions of NZS 6806, and also if the noise affects are ‘reasonable’.

If these two experts come from the same pool as other NZTA experts, then we won’t hold our breath for a satisfactory outcome, observed the spokesperson for ENAG a group of affected residents campaigning for better noise mitigation. read more…

Kapiti Easter Trading Move

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan — shop-owners could decide

Locals can have their say on Easter Sunday trading

By Alan Tristram

Kāpiti Coast residents can now say if they want shop trading on Easter Sunday.

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says last week its Strategy and Policy Committee proposed a draft policy for Easter Sunday trading for consultation.

And the consultation period began this week. It ends on October 8. read more…

Bird of the Week: Silvereye

2017 September 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Australian immigrant

By Cushla McGaughey

The bellbird

Like the tui and the smaller bellbird, silvereyes (tauhou), have a brushed tongue for extracting nectar, but belong to an unrelated family from Australia.

They are even smaller again than bellbirds, yet they somehow established themselves in New Zealand during the 1850s. Appropriately, the Maori name, ‘tauhou’, means ‘stranger’.

One theory is that silvereyes hitched a ride in the rigging of the sailing ships common at the time. Another is that a westerly gale helped large numbers make the 1500 km flight across the Tasman. After all, butterflies can do it: there are eight Australian butterfly species that sometimes visit New Zealand with the help of favourable westerly winds. read more…

Feeling Sorry For The Aussies

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Started with having to avoid rubbing in the Bledisloe and assuring the Aussies that the Wallabies had been a bit unlucky. Kiwi John Smith, on humouring fellow staff at the Melbourne college where he works

Not a great run of sporting results

By Roger Childs

Beauden Barrett on his way to scoring the decisive try.

In fact it’s be a lousy ten days for sports fans across the Tasman. It started with the Wallabies snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the Dunedin test.

Leading 29-28 late in the game, they lost their focus and let the All Blacks run in the winning try in the 77th minute.

Then the Aussie cricketers lost the first test to Bangladesh by 20 runs.

Worse was to follow. Australia’s tennis number one, Nick Kygios, who was a finalist in the recent Cincinnati tournament, crashed out of the US Open being beaten in the second round, by the unseeded John Millman  6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. read more…

It’s The Season For Planting

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Springtime!

Story Roger Childs, Photos by Steve Aiken

Friends of the Wharemauku Stream stalwart, Tony Fraei, in action last month

It might not be the greatest of weather, but the blossoms are coming out and the lawns are growing.

Around the Kapiti area, the 20+ conservation groups have been busy doing their annual planting. The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), is to be congratulated on the backing it gives these groups and the planting it does itself.

In Queen Elizabeth Park last month several thousand seedlings, flaxes and shrubs were embedded in the soil.

On a smaller scale, there has been action near the Wharemauku Stream. read more…

We Need To Talk About Kim

2017 September 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A nuclear threat and the need for rational leadership

By Roger Childs

President John Kennedy

Back in 1962 the world came close to nuclear war. Fortunately at the time the United States had one of its more intelligent and pragmatic leaders.

President Kennedy didn’t rush into a decision or make off-the-cuff threats. His administration gathered the evidence against the Soviet Union and Cuba, and used the United Nations to help defuse the crisis.

55 years on, there is the possibility of a nuclear war breaking out over North Korea. Back in 1953 the Korean War “ended” with a divided peninsula and a cease fire. That is still the situation. read more…

Art Work of the Week: Tangled Up

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The threads of our inner self 

By Kate Hartmann

Kate Hartmann at the Tutere Gallery

The work below was completed whilst I was participating in the 100 day challenge and therefore was directly influenced by some of that experimentation in line work.

The title came first, I had the phrase “Tangled up in Blue” in my head and I wanted to depict a round fabric like ball wrapped tightly and suspended by threads.

The colour palette of cool blues and greens was warmed by the use of yellow hues and the ball sits seemingly floating in its own world.  It is simultaneously being filled and drained by the ‘threads’ that come in and out and around it.

It symbolizes our inner self and the push and pull of both stress and calming that is applied daily onto that inner core, the highs and lows, both joy and anxiety.

read more…

Jacinda v. Farmer Bill

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 86 Answers

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to August 30.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turning Tides

2017 September 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Game Changer

By Roger Childs

Stood aside for the good of the Party

If Labour forms the next government in a few weeks time, commentators and historians will acknowledge the role of a key player.

He is of course, Andrew Little.

It was he, who in a thoughtful, pragmatic decision stepped aside from the Labour leadership allowing the more charismatic Jacinda Ardern to seamlessly slip into the role. There was no acrimony and no blood on the red carpet.

The pundits warned against Labour changing horses in mid-stream, however if you can safely get in the saddle on a stronger steed, it’s the way to go. read more…

The Wonderful Tutere Gallery

2017 September 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 Tutere Gallery has a strong philosophy which revolves around ‘Connection’, and we are always working to ensure that the three main functional areas of the gallery support this philosophy. Kate Hartmann

With space for creativity 

By Roger Childs

Set in the heart of Waikanae Beach, this is one of Kapiti’s cultural treasures.

The Tutere Gallery and Creative Space exhibits only the works of local artists.

It began business in 2016. However, as Director Kate Hartmann, explains

its story began some five years prior when a girl fell in love with a run down, 90 year old bach that had been vacant for some time and somehow managed to convince her husband to buy it. He thought she was mad but all she could see was potential. read more…

Poem of the Week: Rainy Day

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

In theory, today is the  first day of Spring. However, there is no sudden change of temperature to mark its arrival, but no doubt the new season will bring rain to help the buds and shoots that are already appearing.

It’s definitely time for Julie Leibrich’s highly appropriate September sonnet.

The lives I might have known 

By Julie Leibrich

I think we all still the child we once were within us.

Sometimes it is important to listen to that child. read more…

Park Farming Defended

2017 September 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

QE Park, from Poplar Avenue looking south. The left side of photo shows manuka and native regrowth. Over the fence on the right side, grassland is only possible through drainage, spraying and grazing.

Regional Council replies to KIN stories about farming threat to QE Park

The Greater Wellington Regional  Council (GWRC) says it wants to put the record straight about two recent KIN stories on farming in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Amanda Cox, GWRC Parks Manager, says: “The Kapiti Independent has recently published a story about Queen Elizabeth Park suggesting that, somehow, its licensee farmer is exploiting the park at the public’s expense.

“The facts are that annually GWRC receives just under $85,000 in licence revenue from farming, which helps offset the $450,000 annual direct cost of running the park.” read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Chinese Helping The Nats

2017 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A time of giving and receiving

By Roger Childs

John Key looking after Chinese leaders

It’s that’s time again which comes but once every three years.

The charities don’t get a look in as every party from Labour and New Zealand First to the Democrats for Social Credit and Ban1080, have their hands out for donations.

But how about the big one – the New Zealand National Party? They’ve got the backing of China and local Chinese business interests.

What do people actually expect for their $5, $10, $100 whatever?  Perhaps they hope for a government that will introduce economic, social and environmental policies which they support.

However, do the Chinese government, and Chinese companies with a stake in New Zealand’s economy, want more? read more…

Carnival Time at Notting Hill

2017 August 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

When West London and the West Indies Meet

By Tom Aitken in London

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most public and spectacular products of the migration of West Indians to London during the 1950s.

It provides illustrations of the enjoyment that the elements in a carnival –– colourfully costumed processions and energetic dancing –– and the general remaking of normally fairly staid north European streets and squares as background for exuberance and the physical enjoyment of being alive.

Even staid and elderly persons like myself have been known to join in the fun. read more…

Who Wants A Fight With Winston?

2017 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Flight of Pollen” Launch This Saturday

2017 August 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A new board game launch

By Cushla McGaughey

JiL Hemming’s new board game, Flight of Pollen, will be launched from Mahara Gallery on Saturday 2 September from 11.00am.

Research and illustrations for the game were the work of Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey.

JiL says there’ll be teams of players to demonstrate and/or teach visitors how to play.

There will also be sample games to view and the how-to-play video, made by Kapanui School students, will have its first showing. People are welcome to pop in any time.

The introduction, will be brief, out of consideration for the children. They will then take over the proceedings. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 86

2017 August 30
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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Another Brilliant Bryson!

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bryson tackles science in his brilliant “A Short History of Nearly Everything”. This new book could as easily be categorised as “a short history of nearly everything else”. The Times

In top form again

By Roger Childs

Bill Bryson is the greatest non-fiction writer of the age. A bold claim; can anyone come up with an author to challenge him?

The American born scribe now comfortably settled in Norfolk, England, has an insatiable curiosity about things and the superb skills to research and write about them.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life  is another tour de force, as it examines all the rooms in their 1851 Rectory in East Anglia, and then shoot off at tangents on what they were used for, and any history worth telling about those activities.

Expounded in the usual fascinating Bryson style, this lavishly illustrated 553 page volume is absolutely magnificent! read more…

Birds of the Week: The Tui

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Honeyeater and pollinator

By Cushla McGaughey

Tui like the nectar of the kowhai

Tui belong to New Zealand’s unique family of honeyeaters.

They will travel long distances in search of nectar, congregating in spring on flowering plants and trees.

In summer and autumn they feed on berries and other small fruits.

Being highly mobile, they play an important part in the ecology of the forest by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. read more…

Revising NZ History 4: Wiremu Kingi – Waikanae to Waitara

2017 August 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This is the latest in John Robinson’s popular series. To see the earlier articles, scroll down to August 10, 14 and 21.

Maori living in a time of change

By John Robinson

My first few articles on New Zealand history have dealt with the big picture – the total culture and population.  The focus now turns to the actors – the people whose ideas and actions defined early events.

Their lifetimes spanned two very different societies and social systems.

They were born into a world of violence and bloody intertribal warfare, and came to see the steady, if slow, establishment of law and order. 

They lived through a most extraordinary cultural revolution within Maori society, a complete transformation from a time when disputes over land ownership (taonga) were settled by might (with the spear, tao), to a rule of law.  read more…

Levin Librarians Trumped

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Author Judith Holloway, lyricist for a new National Anthem

Author asks: ‘Why do Librarians have to re-apply for their own jobs?”

By Alan Tristram

Well-known author Judith Holloway is angry and thereby hangs a tale.

So she’s taken to print to publicise the sad story of the librarians of Levin.

She’s asked the Horowhenua District Council why all librarians at Te Takere ( the main library and cultural centre in Levin) have had to re-apply for their own jobs — and why most of them are being made part-time. read more…

The Brilliant Black Ferns

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I felt as soon as we got that first try in the second half, I knew we had it. Black Ferns half back, Kendra Cocksedge

Women’s rugby comes of age

By Roger Childs

Well deserved World Cup champions

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

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

But those days are gone. Last Saturday, in front of a large enthusiastic crowd, the amateur Black Ferns comfortably beat the professional English team 41-32 to take the World Cup.  It was rugby of high quality. read more…

QE Park Farming Deplored

2017 August 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

From Poplar Avenue looking south: On the left side of the photo, Manuka and native regrowth is evident. Over the fence on right side, grassland is only possible through drainage, spraying and grazing.

CALL TO RESTORE QE PARK WETLANDS

By Alan Tristram

The Raumati South Residents Association say they support the call by Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park to restore QE Park wetlands.

The Association President, Trevor Daniell, says: “ (Formerly) much of the Park was under water and local Maori could canoe from Raumati to Paekakariki.

“From the 1860s, QE Park was farmed by Pakeha settlers and the drainage of the ancient swamps began. read more…

Lessons From A Tight Test

2017 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. Duke of Wellington 1815

Never underestimate the opposition

By Roger Childs 

A tight one under the roof.

Last weekend it was a decisive 54-34; last night 35-29 in Dunedin on the back of a 77th  minute try.

There is an old sporting adage that you can only play as well as the opposition lets you.

In Sydney the Wallabies left yawning gaps in their defence which the All Blacks exploited unmercifully in the first 47 minutes.

Seven days later, it was clear that the Australians had done their homework. No easy ride this time. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85 Answers

2017 August 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If would still like a go at the latest challenge, scroll down to August 23.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Peace Grants Available

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dr Viola Palmer (in blue jersey) at a recent gathering

Loxley grants for peace can be accessed in Kapiti

Kapiti peace activist and Quaker Viola Palmer has asked KIN to let locals know that they can apply now for peace grants.

She says grants of up to $1,000 are available for local peace projects.
“These Loxley grants are from a donation by the late Ken Loxley; applications close on 15 September 2017,” says Dr Palmer.

read more…

Come Up And See Me Some Time!

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Rethink Farming In QE Park?

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Farming and forestry are permitted on reserve land … where it is in the public interest…. 1977 Reserves Act

Queen Elizabeth Park land use in the news

By Roger Childs

Recent articles in the Kapiti News have raised issues about how the districts largest public reserve is being exploited by the farmers. Concerns over draining wetlands, poisoning pasture and altering the gates to allow for increased stock truck movements, raise doubts about whether the interests of the public are paramount.

Under the Reserves Act (quoted above) Queen Elizabeth Park is fundamentally a recreation reserve: Farming, forestry or any other commercial venture, needs to be in the public interest.

The administering body is the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) which in its wisdom has allowed a large farming operation to develop and expand. At the expense of the ratepayers, they provide the farmers with a large number of a capital items and services. read more…

Horowhenua Council Mystery

2017 August 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Horowhenua Council CEO, David Clapperton

Why is CEO’s signature missing from ‘sensitive spending’ policy?

by Veronica Harrod 

Horowhenua correspondent

Unanswered questions remain as to why all of Horowhenua District Council’s general managers signed the 2016 sensitive expenditure policy except chief executive David Clapperton.
Mr Clapperton’s refusal to sign the policy was revealed in the ‘Peer Review of Sensitive Expenditure Internal Audit Horowhenua District Council’ report that the council contracted KPMG to complete after an Internal Audit (IA) described Mr Clapperton’s practice of blocking emails as extremely high risk.
According to a copy of the policy included in the KPMG review, if council officers did not adhere to the sensitive expenditure policy it, “may amount to misconduct or serious misconduct by the staff member which may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.” read more…

On The Hustings In Kapiti

2017 August 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Housing the hottest topic

By Jeremy Smith

Cold and unaffordable housing was the hottest topic in Kapiti’s first pre-election meeting on Wednesday evening.

The debate featured the National and Labour candidates for the two Kapiti electorates –  Mana and Otaki.

The four men were Labour’s Mana MP Kris Fa’afoi and his national challenger, Porirua businessman and former city councillor Euon Morrell, and Otaki MP and cabinet minister Nathan Guy and Labour challenger Rob McCann. read more…

New Zealand Memories Of The World

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

…. building peace in the minds of men and women. UNESCO mandate

Part of a world-wide mission

By Roger Childs

The Taliban: destroyers of ancient heritage

Maintaining the world heritage is no easy task. Buildings, statues and libraries may survive for centuries and then be destroyed in the so-called modern world. Warsaw lost 95% of its documents in World War II.

More recently Serbian shelling and NATO bombing destroyed libraries in the 1990s Balkan War, and the Taliban and ISIS have obliterated priceless structures in Afghanistan and Syria.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Memories of the World mission is designed to preserve the planet’s documentary heritage and New Zealand has enthusiastically joined the project. read more…

Waikawa Copter Crash

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police responding to report of helicopter crash, Waikawa Beach

The Police say that at about 1:20pm they got a report of a helicopter crash on farm land near Drake Street, at Waikawa Beach.

Map showing Drake Street (dark outline) , Waikawa Beach, Horowhenua 

Emergency services are still responding to the incident, however initial reports from the scene say that the two occupants are both out of the aircraft.

Poice say an update will be provided when more information becomes available.

 

Sand Mining Will Disrupt Marine Life

2017 August 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 (The recent approval for Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine for iron off the south Taranaki coastline is a huge environmental issue. Retired New Plymouth resident, Murray Crombie, was formerly the city’s DoC Area Manager, so his professional background lies in the protection and management of natural areas. In the article below he analyses the likely impact of this industrial venture.)

Iron sand extraction at what cost?

By Murray Crombie

Opunake students protesting (Photo credit: stuff)

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved with conditions, an application by Trans Tasman Resources Ltd. (TTR) to mine iron sand off the coast of Patea. (Their earlier application in 2014 was rejected.)

The mining licence covers an area of 65 square kilometres. The process will suction a huge quantity of sand and mud off the ocean bottom.

After iron ore is extracted, the residue is returned to the sea. This fine debris will, as depicted in the application, create a plume of sediment spreading east some 15 kilometres wide and 60 kilometres long, tailing out along the foreshore at Wanganui.

Marine ecosystems and species will be damaged and displaced by this work, as will people’s use of the worked area. read more…

National’s Core Values (Rotten)

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

“Once We Were One”: Review

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell Animal Farm

Exploding the myths and lies

By Roger Childs

Andy Oakley was brought up in Cannons Creek where he mixed with many different ethnic groups. He cares deeply about New Zealand society and what the future holds.

The key thesis of his book Once We Were One: The Fraud Of Modern Separatism is a plea for treating every New Zealander equally, regardless of where their many ancestors may have come from. Surely this is what we all want, and it lines up with the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

He is appalled at the way our early history has been twisted, to provide favoured status for people who have even the smallest connection with a group that came to be called Maori in the late 1840s. read more…

Otaki Fatal Crash

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

91-year-old dies in mobility scooter crash with car

Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a mobility scooter in Otaki.

Emergency services were called to Waerenga Rd, between Aotaki St and Kowhai Court, just after 4.30pm yesterday.

A 91-year-old man who was on the scooter died later in Palmerston North Hospital.

Police say his family has been informed.

And the incident is under investigation by the Serious Crash Unit.

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85

2017 August 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • See question 6.

    The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Kiwi Kids Being Taught to Hate Wild Animals

2017 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

American academic alarmed 

by Ben Hope

Dr Marc Bekoff, an American professor of ecology, is alarmed at New Zealand school children in schools being taught to hate wild animals and even practise cruelty to them.

He blamed government policy as the catalyst saying the cruelty teachings were all part of the country’s war on wildlife, with government goal being to get rid of all predators by 2050.

I’m incredulous that something like this actually occurs, he said. read more…

More Books: Accentuate The Positive!

2017 August 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Excellent finale to the 1960s civil unrest trilogy

By Ralph McAllister

A mixed bag of books this month so let’s start with the best of a rather indifferent collection.

Greg Iles fans will need no encouragement to read the final part of his trilogy, Mississippi Blood.

This one spends most of the time in the courtroom as racial tension, bigotry and violence take centre stage in this gripping conclusion to the 1960s civil unrest in the Southern States.

The parallels with today are too obvious to dwell on, but this long 650 page saga is well worth attention as it is written by one of the best writers of the genre. read more…

NZ History Revised 3. Maori Population Recovery After 1840

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

… inter-tribal warfare took many lives and produced a shortage of young and females, assuring a population decline for further generations.

Colonisation the reason for Maori population decline?

By John Robinson

The Maori population declined considerably during the first period of colonisation: by one third between the first census count in 1847 and the end of the century.

The claim has been made that, because they were at the same time, the decline must have been a consequence of that colonisation, and that many wrongs were done that must now be apologised for, and atoned for.

That simplistic argument does not tell of the cause of that decline, of when and why it began.  There is no explanation of just how those “wrongs” may have had such a significant impact on population. read more…

Buddies Kim and Donald

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Unfortunately we don’t know the name of the
.cartoonist. Apologies to her or him.

Bird of the Week: Poaka

2017 August 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An Aussie import

By Cushla McGaughey

Pied Stilts (Poaka) 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…

Not Wanted — 1080 Drops In The Coromandel

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

(With 1080 drops planned in the hills behind Waikanae in September (See the article on August 3), we publish concerns and views about the Coromandel scene. We will approach the Waikanae Community Board for their reactions to this and the plans for the Waikanae hills.)

A plea for help to SPCA

We citizens, on the Coromandel, are struggling to assist the Department of Conservation (DOC), to choose trapping over poison 1080. Moehau is fully tracked, there is insufficient rationale for the use of aerial 1080 but the mindset seems in paralysis.

I have heard nothing so would appreciate some action. It appears DOC will not listen to local communities however if there is a small chance that your organisation could be seen to be supporting rural conservationists in their pursuit of humane wild animal control this could be helpful.

Reihana Robinson, spokesperson Upper Coromandel Landcare Association read more…

All Blacks Decisive Victory

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

First blood in Sydney

By Roger Childs

Barrett denied late in the game

After 47 minutes the All Blacks were ahead 54-6, but didn’t score again. Meanwhile the Wallabies ran in four converted tries to gain some respectability with 34 points by the end of play.

However in the lead up to Folau’s try there was a forward pass, a knock–on and an off side. All were clearly shown in the replays, but the unpredictable Wayne Barnes awarded the try!

Then a few minutes later he denied Beauden Barrett a charge-down try when he appeared to  have pressed the ball momentarily before Bernard Foley, Barnes ruled that their actions were simultaneous! read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 84 Answers

2017 August 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to attempt the latest challenge, scroll down to August 16.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Metiria Turei: Green Wrecker

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s not easy being Green. Kermit the frog

What was she thinking?

By Roger Childs

Poor political judgement

We can all look back to youthful indiscretions.

However what happened back then can stay in the past, unless it was criminal.  Metiria Turia was a key element in the rise of the Green Party and along with James Shaw, they looked Great Together.

Now those election billboards, and many are still standing, have a hollow ring.

Turei has gone down and taken the Green Party with her. Her resignation came too late, after her revelations of cheating the benefit system and then stubbornly refusing to budge from the co-leadership.

The public has punished the Greens in the polls, and the sad thing is that it could have been avoided. read more…

Special Effects

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Merkel the New Kohl ?

2017 August 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

German elections — it looks like Merkel will keep ‘driving through the fog’

By Harald Daehne in Berlin

Helmut Kohl was the German Chancellor from 1982 till 1998. But he died embittered in June this year at the age of 87.

It’s interesting that from 1990 he supported a young woman from East-Germany, and made her Minister and later Secretary-General of his conservative

Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in the early 1990’s. 

Party. Her name: Angela Merkel.

After Kohl lost his Chancellorship in 2001, she saw her chance: In a party donation affair she forced her former patron  to resign from the honorary chair of the party.

In this Merkel acted very calculatedly and coldly against Kohl. Then she captured the leadership of the CDU. Kohl never forgave her.

read more…

GWRC Responds On The Gates Removal

2017 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The article below came through as a Comment on our Memorial Gates article. ( Scroll down to August 10.) Because of the public interest about the unannounced removal of the original 1963 gates, we have decided to publish Amanda Cox’s Comment in full on the home page.

Resolving issues with KUSMT

By Amanda Cox, Parks Manager, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)

The new sliding gate

GWRC has met with representatives of the Kapiti United States Marines Trust (KUSMT) to resolve issues relating to the removal and replacement of the Heritage gates in Queen Elizabeth Park.

While communication on the issue has not been as good as it could’ve been, both parties acknowledge an enduring and extremely good working relationship that has seen them achieve a great deal together.

We regret any upset this has caused. read more…

Aesthetic Views Or Noise Reduction?

2017 August 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Expressway options?

By Roger Childs

The expressway looking south to the Raumati Road bridge. The Wharemauku Stream bridge is on the left.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has recently built elaborate, solid seats in places where people can rest and view the new wetlands and the expressway.

They have also laid plenty of green surface material on the cycleways/walkways where there are entrances and intersections.

One wonders about the spending priorities.

There is a crying need for money to be spent on noise reduction, so that Kapiti citizens can get a good night’s sleep, notably in the area between Raumati Road and the Wharemauku Stream. read more…

Letter From London

2017 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Now Is the Summer of Our Discontent

By Tom Aitken in London

Recent events which, taken together, suggest a nation in restrained turmoil ––which makes the future course of Britain somewhat unpredictable.

The general election that took place in June solved none of the problems that Prime Minister Theresa May hoped it would solve.

Quite the reverse in fact. It failed to produce a majority for any of the competing parties. The Conservatives under Theresa May won more seats than any other single party, but not more than all the other parties put together. read more…

Bishop Out Of Order And Out of Office?

2017 August 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The situation of Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, must now have made it obvious to the Turnbull government that if it survives it will have to begin the process of amending the constitution provisions on the eligibility of MPs. Sydney Morning Herald August 15 2017

Salvos across the Tasman

By Roger Childs

Barnaby Joyce: the man in the spotlight

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has become a respected figure on the world scene in recent years, but has tipped the ink pot on her copybook over Joyce’s potential resignation over partial New Zealand citizenship.

Obviously the two cross-Tasman Labo(u)r  parties didn’t consult over the issue, but it was the Australian media who have put the skids under their deputy prime minister.

Bishop went over the top accusing New Zealand of interfering in Australia’s internal affairs. read more…

‘Hit and Run’ Inquiry Now!

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Mandy Hager’s film — Kiwis must demand inquiry into SAS and civilian deaths in Afghanistan

By Alan Tristram

KIN columnist Mandy Hager has given our readers the chance to see a new video exposing the SAS’s part in the deaths of  six innocent Afghan civilians, and the

‘Hit and Run’ — Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson expose a terrible war crime in Afghanistan

wounding 0f 15 others, in a raid seven years ago.

Numerous Army and Government cover-ups have prevented the public knowing the facts — and our Government is still refusing to order an independent inquiry. Here’s Mandy Hager’s introduction.

Mandy Hager

A short guide to a war crime involving NZ secret forces

By Mandy Hager

This film is a short guide for those who haven’t read the book or were confused by the Defence Force denials at their song and dance show!

See the video below.

read more…

West Coast Magic

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Riding the Wilderness Trail

By Sandra Smith

Punakaiki pancake rocks

There’s been a bit of a buzz recently about the West Coast Wilderness Trail. I thought I would check it out for you!

The West Coast of New Zealand is already a favourite destination for travellers. It matters not whether you arrive from the north through the beautiful Buller Gorge, or from the south via the stunning Haast Pass, it will be a memorable expereience.

The West Coast has scenery like no other: bush covered mountains, a stone’s throw it seems from the often wild Tasman Sea, rushing rivers, pancake rocks (Punakaiki) and of course the wonderful hospitality from the laid back ‘Coasters’ who will make your stay one to remember. read more…

Anzac Union Postponed

2017 August 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 83

2017 August 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…

Keeping The Memory Of The World

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992. Impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. UNESCO website

Credit UNESCO

How New Zealand is involved

By Roger Childs

Kapiti Friends of the Library have invited Dianne McCaskill who is the Chair of the New Zealand Memory of the World Programme to speak about the programme and how the New  Zealand register

Dianne McCaskill

of documents is being developed.

  • On Sunday 20 August at 2:30
  • In the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room.

read more…

Mahara’s Resident Artist

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Paul Forrest with Waikanae School students

‘Halo Effect’ creator is Gallery’s first Artist in Residence

By Bianca Begovich

Wellington artist Paul Forrest has become Mahara Gallery’s first Artist in Residence — contributing his ‘Halo Effect – Nga Manu’ art works to the current exhibition of paintings on the environmental theme of “seed” by pupils of Raumati South Primary School.

Paul is spending two weeks in the Gallery, talking to school and adult groups about his art and his enthusiasm for nature and birds in particular.

 
Mahara Gallery Director Janet Bayly says the Halo Effect – Nga Manu exhibition complements the current major exhibition It’s the sixth art and environment project the Gallery has developed in partnership with Nga Manu Nature Reserve and with the financial support of the Philipp Family Foundation. read more…

Youthquest Kapiti Setting An Example

2017 August 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It’s become clear that there is a small group of around 150 very serious young offenders for whom our Youth Justice System in its current form just doesn’t work. Prime Minister Bill English

Kapiti Boot Camps

By John Granville and Roger Childs

Clearly the Kapiti Independent “Comment of the Week” is suggesting that Bill English’s boot camp idea is equivalent to Hitler Youth Camps.

I am all in favour of Bill English’s initiative IF it means the government will fund existing programmes for Youth at Risk.

Bill English’s initiative for Youth at Risk already exists in a different and appropriate form for Youth at Risk in Kapiti. read more…

Neutral Host For Election Debates Essential

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I am saddened by the choice of Mike Hosking as election debate presenter not only because as a National supporter, he’s so bigoted, but also because I will miss seeing the political leaders, leaving the TV firmly off if Hosking is presenter. Graham Bathgate 

Mike Hosking unsuitable to present

Definitely not politically neutral

Please replace Mike Hosking as the host for the upcoming election debates on August 31, September 14 and September 20. Hosking is well known for his aggressively right wing views in his segments as a political commentator. As such, Hosking cannot be trusted to present each candidate fairly in a moderated debate.

Section 4(1)(d) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 requires broadcasters to maintain standards consistent with the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest. read more…

NZ History Revised 2: The Insecurity Of Tribal Life

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The reality of New Zealand history

By John Robinson

I have introduced myself, in “Revisionism of revisionism: taking history back to reality”, (Scroll down to August 10), as the author of several books on New Zealand history, with a focus on the key role of the Maori actors in the unfolding drama.

Here I note some features of pre-contact Maori tribal life, to consider what the movement of tribes meant for those whose lands, and lives, were taken from them.

As I have read further historical accounts, I have often found a common story, repeated many times over the centuries, of tribal movement to conquer and replace the then ‘people of the land’. read more…

Pollinating our flowers

2017 August 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Insects and birds do the work

By Cushla McGaughey

Mountain lacebark

Our small native bees have only short tongues and butterflies species are few.

To set seed, insect-pollinated flowers must also attract beetles, flies and an abundance of moths. That’s why most native flowers are white.

It’s a colour visible to all pollinating visitors, especially night-flying moths.

The flowers usually have simple shapes so that nectar is easy to reach. Strong scent is often an added lure. read more…

Review: Dunkirk – Sand, Sea And Air

2017 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dunkirk is about suffering and bravery, about individuals who care less about themselves  than about a greater good. Stephanie Zacharek TIME Magazine

Telling the personal stories within the big picture

By Roger Childs

It was a momentous event early in World War II, and enabled Britain to battle on against Nazi Germany. Over 300,000 French, Dutch and British troops were rescued from the Dunkirk beach after being corralled there in May 1940 by German Panzer divisions.

Christopher Nolan’s movie, which is the first to focus entirely on Dunkirk, is told mainly from the point of view of individual participants – soldiers, sailors, airmen and boat owners. The film is predictably noisy, but the cinematography is very impressive and the acting first class.

However in providing only minimal historical context and jumping around between men on the beach, Spitfire pilots and one pleasure boat in the “Armada”, the film sometimes loses its way: three and a half stars. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 82 Answers

2017 August 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • If you would still like a go scroll down to August 9.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Expressway Noise Continues To Annoy

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

NZTA not answering the key questions

By Nick Fisher, Expressway Noise Action Group

Beyond the Wharemauku Bridge there is an elevated section close to houses which has no bunds or sound walls to deaden the noise.

Kapiti residents have been told there is little chance of respite from the expressway noise in the medium term.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have employed two consultants, a PR specialist and a Planner, to field all noise inquiries and are refusing to answer any noise related questions.

Below is a list of action points that NZTA have committed to.

However there is no mention of a commitment to reduce noise, nor an acceptance that there is a problem. If NZTA spent as much on solving the problems as they spend on consultants to tell us we there isn’t a noise problem, there wouldn’t be a problem! read more…

Review: Pacey Kapiti-Based Crime Novel

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Claire Hardcastle flies again!

By Roger Childs

Penelope Haines lives on the Kapiti Coast and in an earlier life was a flying instructor. She operated out of Paraparaumu Airport and now, as a crime writer she has her leading character doing the same.

Straight and Level is the second thriller which features Claire as the first person narrator. I haven’t yet read Death on D’Urville which obviously establishes the main setting and the key players in what will ultimately be a Hardcastle trilogy. However, reading number two first showed that the book can stand alone as an authentic, comprehensible story.

Penelope writes well and has produced a fast moving and dramatic story with settings that range from the Sounds to the Urewera. read more…

Leadership in the Bunker

2017 August 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Police Want Help in Kidnap Case

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Appeal for van sightings in taxi driver kidnapping

 

Detective Sergeant Richard Gibson says the Wellington Police are appealing for sightings of a white van believed to be linked to the kidnapping and assault of a taxi driver in the wider Ngauranga area on Wednesday morning.

Police believe the vehicle, a white Toyota Probox similar to that in the image above left , registration FLY984, travelled from Auckland to Wellington last Sunday. read more…

Cr Scott Back in Council

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Cr Scott takes full part in his 1st KCDC meeting for three months

By KIN Local Govt. reporter Jeremy Smith

KCDC councillor David Scott facing a High Court trial for indecent assault, resumed formal council duties when he returned to the council meeting room yesterday for the first time since May.

Scott, 71, has pleaded not guilty to the charge which involves a female staff member. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sensible Water Policies

2017 August 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Action at last on crucial water issues?

By Roger Childs

A long overdue fresh approach on water

After endless fudging by Environment Minister, Nick Smith, on the parlous state of our waterways, Labour’s new leader is seizing the cow by the horns.

We know that the election will be won and lost on policies, although a charismatic leader will help! Ardern has quickly started the process of telling New Zealand what her new government will do to tackle some of the nation’s many problems.

Jacinda Ardern is proposing a clean-up of our rivers and charging commercial entities for using our precious water resources. Many farmers are howling, but some of them have been plundering and polluting our waterways for decades.

Labour’s fresh approach is heartening, but can it be implemented? read more…

Getting To The Truth About NZ History

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Today we welcome a new columnist in Dr John Robinson. John lives in Waikanae and his writings on our past challenge many of the politically correct myths which many so-called professional historians perpetuate.

Revisionism of revisionism: taking history back to reality

By John Robinson

I am a retired scientist with an interest in New Zealand history.

I have written a few books on the interactions among and between Maori and Europeans in the early days of contact.

I moved to Waikanae early this year, and have prepared a series of articles introducing some of the information I have gathered.

This first one is an introduction to my background and history writing. read more…

The Real News

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Smashed buses after the biggest Christchurch quake

DISASTER CAPITALISM

By Murray Horton in Christchurch. Murray Horton has been a political activist and writer since 1969. He is the Organiser for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc).

Having endured the 2010/11 seismic reign of terror in Christchurch, I, like all Cantabrians, have my share of war stories.

Such as having been upstairs in the CTV Building on the morning of February 22, 2011 – two hours after he shook my hand and went back into that building, the 25 year-old reporter who had interviewed me was dead. He told me he’d worked there for a week.

His name is now one of those on the city’s Earthquake Memorial.

But the lessons to be learnt from the country’s greatest natural disaster in its recorded history are not only of the personal kind. read more…

Be Careful What You Ask For

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Memorial Gates Changes: Secretive & Dishonest?

2017 August 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU. PRESENTED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD WAR II ARRIVAL OF THE SECOND MARINE DIVISION. SECOND MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION 1963

A huge event for Kapiti

By Roger Childs

Crowds turned out to see the Prime Minister open the gates. (Photo courtesy of John Porter)

Prime Minister, Keith Holyoake, opened the Memorial Gates at the Mackay Crossing entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park in 1963. It was one of the largest official events in the history of the Kapiti Coast.

The gates were paid for by the Second Marine Division Association (see the words of their plaque above), and the New Zealand-American Association (NZAA).

Marine veterans came from all over the United States for the occasion: they marched through the streets of Wellington before being heading out to Paekakariki.

In the middle of 2017, the gates were removed and left in the grass near the Park nursery. read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turei Should Resign

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Green Party has lost its third person in two days, with Susanne Ruthven, candidate for Hutt South, announcing she’s withdrawing from the candidacy at a debate on Tuesday night. Newshub, 8 August

Some Greens see red

By Roger Childs

After the euphoria generated by Jacinda Ardern elevation to Labour stardom, the last thing the Left wanted was for the Greens to self-destruct.

Co-leader, Metiria Turei, has done her best to destroy the party’s “clean green” image with recent revelations of benefit and electoral fraud. However she stubbornly won’t relinquish the co-leadership.

Respected senior MPs Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, from the environmental wing of the Greens, have had enough and are pulling out at the election. And the Hutt South candidate has also withdrawn. read more…

David Scott Set To Return

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Kapiti Cr David Scott says he’ll be at tomorrow’s meeting — his 1st in three months

 

Kapiti Councillor David Scott, banned from KCDC premises since being charged with indecency more than three months ago, has told KIN he intends to turn up at a Council meeting tomorrow morning.

He’s been banned from the Council premises in Paraparaumu since appearing in Court in early May charged with indecently assaulting a woman Council worker during a tea break. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 82

2017 August 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Bird of the Week: Kereru

2017 August 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Dispersing seed skills

By Cushla McGaughey

Puriri drupes

Seedlings have best chance of survival when they grow far from the parent tree. To catch the eye of hungry birds, seeds are brightly packaged in berries and drupes of all shapes and sizes.

Tui and bellbirds can swallow smaller fruits whole, dropping seeds wherever they fly. The kaka, our biggest forest parrot, grinds the seeds of fruit it eats.

Only plus-sized kereru can gulp down very large drupes, such as those of puriri and miro. The seeds survive intact to grow even better, spread anywhere around a home range of about 20 km. read more…

Students and ‘He Kakano, Seed’

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raumati South students taking part in the He Kakano project

Art, Science and Environment linked for Kapiti schoolchildren

By Bianca Begovich

He Kākano, Seed, a collaborative project between Mahara Gallery, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School, was launched last week and is currently showing at the Mahara Gallery.

The project, supported by the Phillip Family Foundation (PFF), links science, environmental themes and creativity via a day trip to Ngā Manu, followed by a visit to the gallery.   read more…

Crusaders Worthy Super Rugby Champions

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The recipe for success

By Roger Childs

The Christchurch based franchise overcame the travel, altitude and 60,000 screaming Lions fans to win the Super Rugby title on Saturday. The result confirmed what most fans knew: they were the best team in the competition, just ahead of the Hurricanes.

They were very well coached by Scott Robertson and his staff, and were steeped in the traditional Canterbury rugby culture which has been a key factor in bringing competition success so often in the past.

However, there were a number of very good teams in the mix, notably the other four New Zealand franchises.  What made the Crusaders the best side? read more…

Flight of Pollen

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Board game launch

By Cushla McGaughey

Jill Hemming’s new board game, Flight of Pollen, will be launched

 ~ from  Mahara Gallery

~ on Saturday 2 September.

Research and illustrations for the game were the work of Waikanae artist, Cushla McGaughey.

Some of her bird paintings and original game illustrations feature in Mahara’s current environmental-themed exhibition, three new shows wonderfully curated by Director, Janet Bayly ( see story ‘He Kakano, Seed’ above ). read more…

Hospital Petition Takes Off

2017 August 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s Mayor K  (Guru) Gurunathan

14,000 sign Petition for Coast Community Hospital

Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan says more than a quarter of the population of the Kapiti Coast ( 27 per cent) have now signed the petition for a community hospital.

 

He says that since the  Kapiti Health Coalition ( KHC) launched their petition for a Kapiti Community Hospital on 12 July more than 14,000 people (27% of the Kapiti population) have signed and signalled their support. read more…

Creativity Home And Abroad

2017 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Some literary escapism

By Gill Ward

Well around solstice time we are entering into hopeful thoughts. Yes?

The days are getting longer, if not brighter so let’s slip into some literary escapism and intellectual exercise.

Oh well I can hear you mutter – she’s a fine one to be talking about intellectual exercise. Why?

Did you just see me throw down my London Review of Books in despair and run to write this instead? There was one thing in the edition that appealed.

They run a ‘personal column’ I don’t think it’s quite as funny as the ones in New York Review of Books but then I haven’t been reading that lately.  read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 81 Answers

2017 August 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to 2 August.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Fugitive

2017 August 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

How Helen Missed Out

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Movies you must see, starting with ‘My Year With Helen’

By Prue Hyman 

Maybe I should be writing about my thoughts on the election with Jacinda Ardern’s accession to the Labour leadership and Metiria Turia’s benefit stretching revelations, but so much has already been written and I just can’t face it – maybe in September or when the election is over.

Regular readers of my column will already know that I favour a change of government with as many Green MPs as possible – and none of the recent events has changed my views on that! read more…

Time for a Change?

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Comedy Debate 11 August at 7.30pm

Venue: Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Road Paraparaumu.

Join us for a fun filled evening of comedy as the Paraparaumu Branch hosts our annual comedy debate.

Featuring Pinky Agnew (team captain and final debate after 16 years), Graham Kelly (former MP) Kieran McAnulty (candidate), Rob McCann (candidate), Iain Lees-Galloway (MP), Steph Lewis (candidate) and Annette King (MP).

Tickets are $20 waged, $15 unwaged.

Contact Beryl Barr 04 902 2950 for tickets – and invite your friends!

 

Teens Tip Ardern

2017 August 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jacinda’s appeal to young people

By Graham Bathgate 

On Sunday, July 30th there was a discussion held by the Kapiti Labour Committee at the Kapiti Uniting Church.

The topic was Labour values.

Two schoolgirls in the group, Sophie Handford and Niamh Prendergast, sang the praises of Jacinda Ardern, saying that she embodied what was important for young people in New Zealand, someone who could communicate a clear vision for the future.

They also cited her enthusiasm and energy as appealing to younger voters, intimating with prescience that she would make a fine leader. read more…

1080 Drop Planned Behind Waikanae

2017 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Readers will be aware that KIN has taken a strong line against the continuing use of 1080 poison on our land. However, the story below is important local news, so we publish it to inform Kapiti readers on what is going to be happening in the hills behind Waikanae. Comments are welcome.

Targeting TB spreading possums

By Rob Cross, Kapiti Coast District Council Biodiversity Officer

The main target

Though the aerial 1080 operation planned to cover native bush behind Waikanae will target possums to control the spread of Bovine TB, it will also significantly benefit native flora and fauna.

Large areas will be covered that have never had effective pest animal control before.

These areas have been ravaged by possums, stoats and rats for decades, and have served as pest animal reservoirs feeding pests into areas where pests have been controlled, such as Hemi Matenga Reserve. read more…

Poem of the Week: Rituals

2017 August 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Commitment

By Julie Leibrich

Some years ago my sister-in-law Lilla gave us one of her beautiful quilts for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was the ‘wedding ring pattern’. With every stitch made by hand, it must have been a labour of love.

I have thought a lot about love this year. Maybe the word love should be reserved until a relationship has lasted for a long time and gone through many ups and downs. Maybe love is what happens though commitment.

May be love is commitment itself.

read more…

Pass The Ball!

2017 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Scroll down to see KIN’s editorial

 

 

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 81

2017 August 2
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: Jacinda Can?

2017 August 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

24 hours is a long time in politics. Winston Churchill

Changing the political landscape

By Roger Childs

Last night we were at the wonderful comedy show Destination Beehive, centred on the election battle for the Tinakori Heights electorate.

Whereas on Monday evening the audience saw Andrew Little creeping round the stage, we were treated to the new Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, striding the boards like a Colossus.

The political pundits will argue that it is unwise to change horses in mid-stream leading into an election campaign.

Back in 2013 the egotistical, unpredictable Kevin Rudd stabbed Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the back and took Australian Labor down to its worst election defeat in decades.

But this horse has a great set of teeth and plenty of substance behind them. Jacinda is no show pony. read more…

US Intern Enjoys New Zealand Experience

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It was great to get the chance to experience another political environment. Julia Adams

Here helping Labour on the ground

By Roger Childs

The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

Julia Adams is from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where the American Declaration of Independence was signed on 4 July, 1776. Politics is one of her key interests.

She is a student at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, and is doing research in international relations and politics, while studying for a B Sc. Her empirically driven programme touches on fields such as defence, foreign policy and America-China relations.

Earlier in the year she heard from her adviser about the opportunity to go to New Zealand and assist the Labour Party in the lead up to the 2017 general election. read more…

Book Review: I am Malala

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An inspirational story

By Tony Fraei

I’m sure that most of you may have heard of this young lady. You may recall the news of when she was shot in the head by the Taliban, in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, returning home from school on a bus.

She is also the youngest ever person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, covers her life up to the age of 16. Today she is only 20 years old.

Her book is one the most inspiring that I have read. It is not too long and I managed to read it in one sitting. read more…

Birtwhistle Puts Some Humour Into Triathlon

2017 August 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Would it be fair to say that your running is stronger that your maths? Interviewer to Jacob Birtwhistle

A slight miscalculation

By Roger Childs

There can be accidents in transition

Triathlon is a serious business and is one of the tougher sports as it combined three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running.

It is also has its risks, as you can be bashed or kicked in the melee around the buoys on the swim. And there is always the possibility of crashing on the bike, especially if the roads are slippery.

However in Edmonton last weekend promising Australian triathlete, Jacob Birtwhistle, added a bit of humour. read more…

Birds of the Week: Fantails

2017 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The aerobatic piwkawaka

By Cushla McGaughey

Living mainly on insects captured in flight, piwakawaka are never still. They constantly flick their tails and perform aerobatics.

The little feather-weights are as fearless as robins, but unlike robins, fantails have a life-style that could adapt to urban living.

They dare to flutter around us, fielding insects flushed out underfoot. They’ll even flit into an open garage to tweak spiders from their webs. read more…

Tiny Bermuda’s Gift to the Sports World

2017 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 I’ve tried to be consistent over the last two years. Flora Duffy

An amazing triathlete

By Roger Childs

The winner last year in Stockholm

She’s modest, cheerful and very fast.

Flora Duffy, from the small  island of Bermuda, population 65,000, is currently the best woman triathlete on the planet.

Kiwi Andrea Hewitt won the first two events in the 2017 International Triathlon Union series in Abu Dhabi and the Gold Coast, but Flora wasn’t competing.

The Bermudan won the next three in Yokohama, Leeds and Hamburg, and she was out to make it four in a row in the sprint distance event in Edmonton. read more…

NZTA Response to Expressway Noise Concerns

2017 July 31
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Acknowledgement of a noise problem 

By NZTA Senior Manager, Project Delivery, Chris Hunt.

The sound of vehicles crossing the metal sections across bridges as well as engine brakes are major annoyances at night

The NZ Transport Agency acknowledges that some people living near the expressway are experiencing noise from the road that didn’t previously exist.

We are listening to their concerns and have brought forward noise monitoring work to ensure we are complying with the noise designation conditions.

We are also doing specific monitoring on various sources of road noise e.g truck engine braking, traffic volumes and noisy exhausts. The results of this monitoring will inform any additional steps which might be taken to address any non-compliant noise issues. read more…

Dubious Refereeing in Hurricanes Loss

2017 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lions will host the final

By Roger Childs

The Crusaders celebrate another try.

The Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13 and the Lions put the Hurricanes away 44-29.

Two decisive wins? Yes and No. The home team scored 4 tries to one in Christchurch. While in South Africa it was 6 to 4.

But in Johannesburg, the referee controversially sent Beauden Barrett to the sin-bin when the Hurricanes were leading 29-22.

The Lions capitalised by scoring 14 points in the following ten minutes, to put the game out of reach of the visitors. read more…

Trump Card 8: The Honourable Senator

2017 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This giant of the Senate, this leader of men, is a principled fighter. And he’ll keep fighting. For his life, for his family and for his country.  Danielle McLaughlin, journalist

While the president fulminates, the senator acts

By Roger Childs

As Donald Trump was banning transgender people from the military, saying inappropriate things to a Scout Jamboree and insulting his own Attorney General, John McCain rode into town.

Although recently diagnosed with brain cancer, the senior Senator for Arizona had come to  Washington to vote on contentious and hastily conceived plans to repeal Obamacare and replace it with …. something else.

He was also going to respond to Trump’s on-the-fly, tweeted decision on transgender members of the armed services. read more…

Transport Agency ‘Steals Silence’

2017 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raumati group says Transport Agency stalling and cheating on Expressway noise 

Stuff photo

The Kapiti Expressway Noise Action Group has accused the Transport Agency (NZTA) of failing to take any action on the high noise levels affecting Raumati residents.

They say the residents who placed signs on the expressway encouraging heavy vehicle drivers to drive quietly are ‘becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of communication and action by NZTA.’

The ‘Please no engine braking’ sign was a copy of the standard NZTA sign, they say. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 80 Answers

2017 July 30
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you still wish to do the latest challenge, scroll down to July 26.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Trump’s Policy Focus: TG Freaks

2017 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Auckland Beggars Belief

2017 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Tale of Two Cities

Kapiti Councillor Jackie Elliott left the plush confines of Sky Tower in  Auckland this week to see at first-hand the other side of life in our largest city.

She met and mixed with the beggars, homeless and hungry who suffer on the streets, while the ‘haves’ gorged themselves on food and drink in the warmth of the city’s gambling and conference centre.

Cr Elliott was attending the Local Government conference. Here’s her report:

Homeless on no-one’s agenda

By Kapiti District-wide Cr Jackie Elliott

This one was a chance to bring the latest in local Government ideas back to KCDC’s senior management team, but my most valuable lessons were learnt on the street outside SkyCity. read more…

Missing Woman Found

2017 July 29
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Kapiti Police thank public for their help

Kapiti Police would like to thank the public for  their assistance in looking for the missing Kapiti woman who has now been found.

Tamzyn Whitehead (41) had not been seen since Monday afternoon.

She was seen then by a family member in the area of the Waikanae Shopping Centre.

 

 

The Power of Pen to Paper

2017 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

An article for all seasons and media!

By Turangi columnist, Leslie Clague

Perhaps this is not quite the article for an e-newspaper. Then again, I found the article I want to tell you about on a website by an Aussie organisation called Value of Paper and Print: valueofpaperandprint.com.au.

The organisation puts out a paper quarterly magazine, as well as an e-version, called VoPP Mag. In their autumn 2017 issue there is an article called “Why We Should Put Pen to Paper,” written by Dilvin Yasa.

The article made me smile, feel virtuous, and confirmed a lot of things I have sensed over time, if not actually thought about proving them. No worries, others have. read more…

Super Rugby Permutations

2017 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The scheduling of Super Rugby matches defies logic. The refrain of many commentators and fans

Lions the best team?

Roger Childs

Yes: if they can beat the Hurricanes tomorrow and the Crusaders, or Chiefs, the following Saturday.

The South African team did top the table, so they were the best side through the 15 rounds of pre-finals competition? This is highly debatable.

For some unfathomable reason, the Lions only played other South African teams, the Argentine Jaguares, Japan’s Sunwolves and the very weak Australian teams.

On their way to the top of the table they did not play the second, third, fourth or fifth highest teams in the rankings. In other words, they played no New Zealand franchises. read more…

New Zealand Water is Everyone’s Concern

2017 July 28
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Analysis from an expert

By Roger Childs (Photos by Bill Benfield)

Bill Benfield is one of New Zealand’s most perceptive and knowledgeable commentators on environmental issues. He should be a regular columnist in the mainstream media along with the likes of Joe Bennett, Dave Armstrong and Jane Bowron. Sadly the politically correct papers and magazines don’t approve of many of Bill’s well researched views, and stick with the safe, and sometimes superficial, columns of people like Bob Brockie.

Many readers will know Bill’s excellent history of environmental degradation in New Zealand: The Third Wave: Poisoning the Land.

This time, in Water Quality and Ownership, Bill has focused his extensive knowledge, varied lifetime experience and formidable research skills on the many facets of the decline and exploitation of the country’s water resources. read more…

Belize: Paradise in Central America

2017 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Great place for a holiday

By Kay Brown

Locals at Tobacco Caye (Island)

This is a little piece of paradise, with something for everyone, rainforests, ancient Maya ruins, tropical islands and the second longest barrier reef in the world.

Belize is small, only 174 miles long and 68 miles wide, bordered by Mexico in the north, Guatemala in the west and south, and the Caribbean to the east.

Belize became a colony of Britain in 1862 when the name was changed to British Honduras, they achieve self government in 1964.

In 1971 their name was changed back to Belize, and in 1981 they achieved full independence. read more…

Trump Card 7: Russian Connections

2017 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

It would not only provide the fox with a map of the hen house, but give him the security code, the backdoor key and a wheelbarrow to make off with the carcasses. Washington Post on the implications of Trump sharing cyber-security information with the Russians.

Another plot against America?

By Roger Childs

In 2004 Novelist Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America.

The story centres on legendary flyer Charles Lindbergh, who defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election and proceeds to set up a fascist government sympathetic to Nazi Germany.

Many American today must be wondering if there is a new plot, led by the Trump family, to establish an administration sympathetic to autocratic Russia.

The possible Russian involvement in getting Donald Trump elected last year is the subject of many investigations. They say that where’s there’s smoke there’s fire, however this is a gigantic volcanic ash cloud. read more…

Breath Of Fresh Hair

2017 July 27
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

No Spying in KCDC

2017 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Coast Chief Executive, Pat Dougherty — no email ‘vetting’

Kapiti Council in the clear as row over email vetting rages in Horowhenua

By Alan Tristram

Pat Dougherty, KCDC Chief Executive, says the Kapiti Council does not pry into anyone else’s emails.

In a statement for KIN, he says: “The Kāpiti Coast District Council does not screen, filter or block any emails sent to staff, councillors or community board members, unless they specifically make a request to a group manager or the Chief Executive to do so.”

A furore over email censorship erupted in Horowhenua earlier this month when  a leaked internal audit  uncovered “extremely high-risk” email “blocking” processes.

These allowed chief executive David Clapperton to read, divert and stop certain emails coming in and going out of the council.

read more…

Search For Missing Woman

2017 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Police want help to find woman last seen in Waikanae centre

Kapiti-Mana Police are looking for 41-year-old Tamzyn Whitehead.

Tamzyn has not been seen since Monday afternoon, when she was seen by a family member in the area of the Waikanae Shopping Centre.

Tamzyn usually walks with crutches due to an injury but she does not have these with her, so she may be walking with a limp.

read more…

Kapiti Climate Challenge

2017 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Low Carbon Kapiti says Council has missed out on climate change planning


A new group formed to spur climate local action, Low Carbon Kāpiti, asks why climate change is completely missing from the Kāpiti Coast Council’s list of key

Jake Roos with the Kapiti Council’s first electric car, a Nissan Leaf (earlier photo)

challenges for the Long Term Plan.

Low Carbon Kāpiti chairperson Jake Roos says “The Long Term Plan should have climate change as a priority challenge, but nowhere in the Council’s document is it even mentioned”. read more…

Ratepayers Win v. KCDC

2017 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

KCDC hit by court costs over coastal plan

Court Costs awarded to CRU v KCDC

Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) has succeeded once again in its legal challenge against Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) in the Environment Court .

Coastal Ratepayers says its 100 % success rate in challenging KCDC over the Proposed District Plan (PDP), and in particular  the coastal hazards, is indicative of CRU’s commitment to good law and good science. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 80

2017 July 26
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

Youth Quest Kapiti: Turning Lives Around

2017 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Ministry won’t fund the programme any more

By John Granville

Youthquest graduates and staff at the recent course graduation

After 11 years of programmes for youth at risk, school mentoring and youth and family follow-ups, Youthquest  no longer meets the new criteria for Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) priorities, and applications for funds for the 2017/18 year have been declined.

 Up till now, approximately 250 young men, their families and the communities from Levin to Porirua have benefitted from the 6 week programme and 12 months mentoring.

The programme provides a valuable opportunity for youths referred by colleges, parents, police and the courts. In his previous role in the Youth Court, Judge Andrew Beacroft, supported the programme, as do many local courts and police. read more…

Values in Politics

2017 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raising and discussing issues

With the general election taking place in late September, this important topic is up for discussion.

~ Kapiti Uniting Church Hall, Raumati Road, Raumati Beach

 ~ Sunday, July 30, 2017, 2.30 – 4.00pm    

(A discussion organised by Kapiti Coast Labour Committee)

A starting point will be Ian Harris’s review of a pertinent book by Max Harris.

Ian Harris is a journalist and commentator who writes on religion and life for the Dominion Post in Wellington. He is a former assistant editor of The Auckland Star, a former editor of The New Zealand Methodist and a former director of communication for the Presbyterian Church. He helped inaugurate the Sea of Faith Network in New Zealand.

ChCh and The Living Wage

2017 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

Another Council looks at The Living Wage

Murray Horton, Convenor, Keep Our Assets Canterbury

The Living Wage will be considered by the Christchurch City Council this Thursday 27 July (KIN has pointed out the importance of this issue in Kapiti).

I’d like you to consider this letter which ‘Keep Our Assets Canterbury’ has sent to the Christchurch Mayor and Councillors. read more…

Bird of the Week: Whio

2017 July 25
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

White-water specialists

By Cushla McCaughey

The whio is an ancient species of duck found only in New Zealand.

Evolving in isolation millions of years ago, whio have several unique features. Male and female are alike in plumage. They also lack the iridescent bar of wing feathers usual on other ducks. Most duck species feed and breed on the calm waters of lakes and wetlands.

Whio inhabit boulder-strewn rivers where each pair claims and vigorously defends its own territory all year round.

Streamlined head, heavy body and extra large feet enable whio to feed in fast flowing water. Unusually forward-set eyes allow whio to scan the rocks for food. A rubbery flap overlapping the lower bill assists in scraping algae, insect larvae and freshwater snails from the rock surfaces. Blue-grey plumage merges perfectly with the river boulders as the birds feed, facing upriver with head and neck submerged read more…

Tour de France Finishes in Style

2017 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Champs Elysees never disappoints. 2107 Tour winner, Chris Froome

Magic in the French capital

By Roger Childs

Last stage (Photo Cycling News)

16 years ago I ran down the ChampsElysées at 6 o’clock in the morning and there was hardly anyone there.

Yesterday there were more than 100,000 people cheering on the Tour de France riders completing their last stage on the famous Avenue.

Following the final 10 laps of the Champs-Elysées, the finale of the gruelling, three week bike race was carried out with a combination of French flair, style and panache.

There was

  • the rousing playing of the magnificent Marseillaise
  • the fly-past of nine jets streaming red, white and blue smoke
  • the excitable commentator who love drawing out the last syllable of the winners names
  • the statuesque beauties dressed à la mode in the appropriate coloured dresses to match the jerseys
  • the efficient presentations complete with wonderful trophies for the winners.

read more…

Fitness 6: Keep On Moving!

2017 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lord, I’ve got to keep on moving … Bob Marley

Move for health and longevity

By Roger Childs

All the research spells out that movement and exercise has got to be good for you.

Whether it’s yoga, stretching, strength training, running, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing … moving is great for lowering stress, making you healthier and increasing life expectancy.

There are plenty of myths about exercise. How about putting stress on the joints? A recent America study from Bringham Young University found that running is actually good for your knees. read more…

Poem of the Week: Shane Cave’s Smile

2017 July 24
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Smile and the world smiles with you … Stanley Gordon West

Joy in smiling

By Roger Childs

You always feel better when people smile at you.

One of the joys of running or walking is that invariably people coming the other way, whether you know them or not, will greet you and smile.

Last week I was jogging back from the gym and came past the new seat that overlooks the wetland by the Wharemauku Stream. There was a girl of about ten sitting there and she turned, said Hullo! and smiled.

In Shane Cave’s words: I saw a kindly smile today, smiled back, and was happy. read more…

Whareroa Volunteers Plant On!

2017 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The Whareroa Guardians operate in the Farm tucked into the foothills north of Paekakariki. Over many years they have planted thousands of trees, shrubs and flaxes to enhance the environment of what was the US Marines Camp Mackay in 1942-43. They also build and maintain tracks and catch pests. Their latest planting venture was on land which has recently be retired from farming.

Great work on a cool Sunday

Story and photos by Ann Evans, Whareroa Guardians Coordinator 

Fifty volunteers, including 11 “Kapiti Joggers and Walkers”, planted 650 plants in the Ramaroa wetland at Whareroa Farm last Sunday, July 16.

A fantastic effort. read more…

C is for Climate Change

2017 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

President Trump may scoff at climate change, but we don’t. Crows Feet presents a powerful, provocative and entertaining programme of dance that comments on the most pressing global issue of all — climate change.  

 See the show!

Crows Feet Dance Collective, directed by Jan Bolwell, is giving four performances. Make sure you catch one!

  • Paraparaumu College, 151 Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu: Saturday 5 August 3pm

Tickets $20/$17/$10  — Book: Coastlands Booking Office: TicketDirect 04 902 9885

  • Whitireia Theatre, 25-27Vivian Street , Wellington, Fri 11 Aug 8pmSat 12 Aug 3pm, Sun 13 Aug 3pm

Tickets $25/$20/15 — Book: www.thetheatre.co.nz read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 79 Answers

2017 July 23
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do this latest challenge, scroll down to July 19.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

The Amazing Andreas Reischek

2017 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The chiefs told me the Maori are a mixed race … They landed at different spots in the North Island and found them inhabited by dark coloured men with curly black hair and short of stature … So the Maori conquered them, killed the men and took possession of the women. This union would account for the three differentiated types I noticed. Andreas Reischek

The intrepid traveller

By Roger Childs

He came from Austria to New Zealand for a couple of years to help out with setting up the Canterbury Museum. But he stayed for twelve.

With his dog Caesar, a pack and a gun he traversed the country, exploring and tramping through inland Canterbury, Northland, the Waikato, King Country, Volcanic Plateau, the West Coast, Fiordland, Nelson and the Bay of Plenty.

He also visited all the sub-Antarctic islands south of mainland New Zealand.

His autobiography Yesterdays In Maoriland, which came out in 1930, over 40 years after he had returned to his homeland, is a fascinating record of his travels, interaction with Maori, and observations on native flora, fauna, New Zealand history and Maori customs. read more…

Wet Winter Continues

2017 July 22
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Bird of the Week: The Fernbird

2017 July 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Lifestyle contrasts: pukeko and fernbirds

By Cushla McGaughey

Gregarious birds!

Pukeko can fly strongly enough to have introduced themselves to New Zealand from Australia hundreds of years ago.

Their cooperative social behaviour, predator awareness, varied diet and ability to adapt to different habitats combine to make the pukeko one of our most successful native birds.

Fernbirds

Contrast this with the life and prospects of our unique fernbirds. They live a secret life under cover of wetland vegetation, hunting for insects and spiders and raising their chicks. read more…

Levin goes Crackers

2017 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The late Mr Fred Dagg parking his tractor near the Horowhenua Council HQ in Levin

It’s a Dagg Place in the Horrorwhenua

By Judith Bryers Holloway ( former primary school teacher to the Dagg family)

I found this poem stuck under my doormat. I’m pretty sure Mr Trevor Dagg, oldest son of Fred, won’t mind if others read it and sing it. I think he just wants to feel he’s ‘doing something to stop the rot’. He’s very like his dad in that way.

Trev’s a recent HDC Councillor — and he actually sings it after a few mournful beers.

I do know he’s pretty concerned about the stuff going on in his home town of Levin with all those Lefties and Greenies and Winnie-ites trying to shove their crap down people’s throats.

Here’s his ode: read more…

Expressway Noise: Kicking Up A Rumpus

2017 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Raumati residents fed up

By Roger Childs

Concerned residents gather. (Photo by Bernie Randall)

Over 80 people gathered at the Kapiti Uniting Church in Raumati on Monday to voice their concerns over on-going expressway noise.

Representatives from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), were invited, but opted to send a letter instead of fronting up.

Mana MP, Kris Faafoi, Deputy Mayor, Janet Holborow and Local Community Board Chair Jonny Best were at the top table, and former Deputy Mayor, Roger Booth, who lives in ear-shot of the new highway on Kiwi Road, chaired the meeting. read more…

Fitness 5: Join A Gym

2017 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A great way to get fitter

By Roger Childs

Gyms are great places to increase your fitness and extend your boundaries. There was a time when gyms were seen as the preserve of strong, muscular men and svelte, fit young women in lycra.

However, these days there are people of all shapes, sizes and ages there and an increasing number of retired folk.

Obviously there is a cost to belong, but if you want plenty of options to improve your health, well-being and fitness, being part of a gym is money well spent.

Most gyms will allow you to try them out for nothing, so you have a chance without obligation, to see if it’s your thing. read more…

Green Bullseye

2017 July 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Exciting Tour Climax In Prospect

2017 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

I’m glad I was on the right side of the split. Leader Chris Froome, on the breakup of the peleton resulting from cross-winds in Stage 16

Down to the wire

By Roger Childs

Chris Foome has a narrow lead

In recent years with five stages to go, the leader has usually had a comfortable three to four minute lead. Not so in the 2017 Tour de France.

Yellow jersey wearer, Chris Froome has a slender 18 second advantage over Italian Fabio Aru, and the top four are separated by only 30 seconds.

Before rolling into the finish on the ChampsÉlysées at the weekend, there are two mountain stages and a time trial.

The leader would like an unbeatable lead on the road to Paris, with no pressure to defend his top place in the general classification. But will it happen? read more…

Kapiti Hospital Petition

2017 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Petition being launched at Coastlands, Paraparaumu

7,000 signatures in just 6 days on petition demanding new hospital

By Alan Tristram

The petition for a community hospital in Kapiti has chalked up 7,000 signatures in just six days.

The petition has been  organised by the Kapiti Health Coalition. Its core members are from Grey Power, Older Persons Council, and the Disability Access Advisory Group. read more…

Kapiti Cr Alleged Indecency Case

2017 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Cr David Scott

Cr Scott chooses trial by jury in sex case involving KCDC officer

Kapiti District Coast Councillor David Scott has opted for trial by jury on charges alleging an indecent assault on a female council worker.

He appeared in the Porirua District Court yesterday, where he was represented by Mike Antunovic

At an earlier hearing, Cr Scott (71) had requested a judge-alone trial. read more…

Lake Horowhenua Pollution

2017 July 19
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Drain from a Levin subdivision

Waitangi report condemns pollution of Waters sacred to Maori

Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua Correspondent
Plans by Horowhenua District Council to increase urban density in Levin in response to population growth follows a damning Waitangi Tribunal report revealing an historic and enduring disregard for pollution effects on Lake Horowhenua from urban growth.
In the same week the the 750 page Waitangi Tribunal document titled ‘Horowhenua, The Muaūpoko Priority Report’ was released, the Horowhenua Council’s strategy committee met to discuss making changes to the District Plan to allow greater housing density. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 79

2017 July 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…

Federer: Simply The Best

2017 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A hundred years from now they’ll be talking about the beautiful Federer, the graceful Federer, the respectful Federer, the caring Federer, the decent Federer, the dominant Federer, the effortless Federer, the resilient Federer, the humble Federer, the one-and-only Federer. Will Swanton, The Australian

Breezing through seven matches

By Roger Childs

Federer with the Wimbledon trophy for the eight time

To win a grand slam tennis title you need to win seven matches and it’s gets harder as you go.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer has just done that to win a record eighth Wimbledon title without losing a set.

He’s coming up for 36 and has been written off many time in the last few years.

On Sunday he confounded his critics by beating Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to take his 19th grand slam: four more that his great rival Rafael Nadal. read more…

Letter From Levin

2017 July 18
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

Democracy under wraps in the Horowhenua

By Judith Bryers Holloway ( writer, social activist and KIN  Levin correspondent)

Well, how is it that the paid servant of a democratic institution, the Chief Executive (CE) of the Horowhenua District

Horowhenua Chief Executive David Clapperton

Council, can possibly get away with refusing to allow the publication of the full audit of the Council’s financial doings?

How can it be possible for a CE to think he has the right to intercept and interfere with the emails of his staff?
Is this man even a New Zealander, one wonders? Possibly he was raised in Sicily…? read more…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Abolish the Maori Seats

2017 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Article 1, United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

Winston’s right

By Roger Childs

In touch with what the majority want?

The New Zealand First Leader, who has some Maori blood, rightly points out that the existence of the seven Maori seats is an element of inequality which we should remove.

We do not have special seats for Pacific Island people or citizens of Chinese, Indian, Korean or any other ethnic origin.

When they were first set up in the middle of the 19th century they were only intended to be a temporary expedient to provide representation for Maori people. read more…

MP Proactive On Expressway Noise

2017 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kris Faafoi’s meeting tonight

By Roger Childs

Local MP taking action

The Kapiti Council (KCDC) has been surprisingly quiet on a problem which affects hundreds, if not thousands, of ratepayers. Few would question the value of the Kapiti Expressway, but the noise of traffic passing through the area is a major concern.

A great benefit for traffic but rather noisy

The problem is greatest at night when big trucks are heading for the capital and in the morning when commuters start driving to work further south.There is also the double sound of vehicles passing over the metal sections of bridges.

With KCDC seemingly disinterested, MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, has called a public meeting.

  • Tonight, Monday 17 July at 7.00pm
  • Kapiti Uniting Church, opposite Weka Park in Raumati Beach.

(KIN will have a full report on proceedings tomorrow.)

 

Pros And Cons Of Philanthropy

2017 July 17
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Prue Hyman

Should others pay when the Govt shirks its duty?

By Prue Hyman 

How can one be anything but pleased on hearing that Mark Dunajtschik is giving $50 million for a new children’s hospital in Wellington – and organizing it to be built himself. It’s much needed and it’s an incredibly generous gift and I don’t doubt his motives – he’s quoted as saying that he likes Wellington, which has been good to him and he wants to repay some of that.

 

And yet I can’t help having some uncomfortable feelings about this and many other philanthropic gifts. read more…

Trump Trump With Kin

2017 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Join twitter and follow KIN
(twitter@kapiti_reports)

We’ll keep you up-to-date with the very latest — Real Facts too

By Alan Tristram

If an ill-educated man like President Trump can be a twit, you can go one better.

Get the very latest local news from us via twitter.

If you’re not using twitter now, just join up and then follow us.

We’ll do our damnedest to keep you ahead of Trump’s latest shenanigans, and those of our local pollies too.

 

Pre-Election Row Hits Kapiti

2017 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A sign of the times — Labour accuses KCDC of vandalising its housing signs

Election campaign off to an early start with allegations flying along the Coast

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan has replied to allegations by Labour candidate Rob McCann  that the KCDC removed and ‘vandalised’ his signs about a housing crisis meeting.

Mr McCann said the Council ‘has caused a great deal of unnecessary angst’ following revelations that three ‘Housing Crisis’ meeting signs were taken by council, despite earlier assurances from council that they had not been involved.

It’s all a sign of the times, says Mayor Guru

But Mayor Gurunathan denies Mr McCann’s claims and says says it’s all a sign of the (coming election) times…

read more…

The Fascinating Bothmer Family

2017 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

John Smith and his wife Renata have recently been travelling in Germany. He filed this report on the amazing Hans Caspar.

A man on the make

By John Smith

Schloss Bothmer

We spent two nights in a village near Lubeck with Renata’s sister Eloise and her German husband.

On the second day we went for a drive and passed a sign to a ‘Schloss Bothmer’ – schloss means castle/palace so we thought it might be worth a look.

Turned out to be fascinating – the Bothmer name came from Hans Caspar Graf von Bothmer who was a self-made diplomat in the early 18th Century  – one of the people involved in getting George I on to the English throne. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 78 Answers

2017 July 16
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • You can have a go at the latest challenge by scrolling down to July 12.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

Veterans in Wimbledon Finals

2017 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Williams and Federer playing for more titles

By Roger Childs

She’s 37 and he’s nearly 36.

On the way to this year’s ladies and gentlemen’s finals they’ve each beaten seven younger talented players.

If Roland Garros is the most colourful grand slam, Wimbledon with all its history and tradition, is probably the most prestigious.

After the riot of colour in Paris, on the London courts the players are required to wear white from top to toe. And that’s how they’ll appear in the finals. read more…

The Week That Was

2017 July 15
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hear Catherine Knight on Rivers

2017 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

This Sunday afternoon

Catherine Knight is coming to talk at a Friends of the Library gathering about her new book New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history.

Sunday 16 July 2:30 in the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room. All welcome.

She is an excellent speaker and earlier in the year addressed a sellout crowd at the National Library in Wellington.

(See http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/rivers-talk-pulls-a-crowd/)

 

 

Winston’s Laughter Lines

2017 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Poem of the Week: Secret Gardens

2017 July 14
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Encouragement

By Julie Leibrich

Janet Secker who shares a love of sonnets, encouraged me to write this book, and asked me to write about my garden.

It prompted me to think about all the gardens I have known and how special secret gardens are.


read more…

Bird of the Week: The Pukeko

2017 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

One of the family of swamp hens

By Cushla McGeaghey

Pukeko are closely related to the takahe and more distantly to the weka.

They belong to a group of purple swamp-hens found throughout the western Pacific, Africa and southern Europe. Our pukeko, however, display more interesting and complex social behaviour than do similar species elsewhere.

Because nest sites are often limited, pukeko will form stable cooperative communities. The group may include two or more breeding males, one or two breeding females, who lay eggs in a communal nest, and the previous year’s young.

Males are the nest builders, but incubating the eggs is shared. Once the chicks start to hatch a second nest is built for them near to feeding areas, while incubation of remaining eggs continues in the original nest. read more…

Life With the Patels

2017 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti’s Mayor K. Gurunathan

Mayor Guru clarifies position re Dairy Owners’ complaints

By Alan Tristram

The Patel family outside their Raumati Beach shop

The Kapiti Coast Mayor, K Gurunathan, (Guru) has made clear his position on complaints by Raumati Beach dairy owners that the KCDC is discriminating against them.

The Four Square owners, Shirish and Kamal Patel, alleged the Mayor had promised a visit to discuss Council’s action in telling them to remove a firewood pallet from the pavement outside the popular store of the corner of Raumati and Margaret Roads.

But Mayor Gurunathan said today he pointed out a week ago this was not so.

(And we apologise for any malfeasance on our part in getting and publishing his reply). read more…

Destination Beehive: Must See!

2017 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quality topical comedy

By Ralph McAllister

Bruce Mason told me, as we prepared for his revue Wits End in 1956, that audiences should consider themselves well pleased if they enjoyed seven out of ten of the sketches in this form of entertainment.

He might change his estimates if he were to rise from his grave to see Destination Beehive: 2017, currently playing at Circa 2 for the next four weeks.

He would certainly be applauding loudly. read more…

The Real News

2017 July 13
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Murray Horton — longtime activist for Aotearoa

NOT JUST A FEW BAD APPLES — Uber and company

By Murray Horton — political activist and writer since 1969. He is the Organiser for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC). 

On rare occasions, the misdeeds of specific transnational corporations (and sometimes of the individuals owning and/or controlling them) make it into the mainstream media – which is itself owned by transnationals or local Big Business. The current such “bad apple” is Uber, which has been the subject of critical cover stories in both the Listener and Time very recently.

Uber is one of the most high profile of the multi-billion dollar American technology behemoths which head what is labelled the “disruptive” economy, or more ludicrously, the “sharing” economy (in Uber’s case, a smartphone app enabling ride sharing for payment in private cars). read more…

Memorial Gates Updated to Save Time

2017 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

HALF THE WORLD DISTANCE FROM HOME THEY CAMPED HERE. Words on one of the two memorial plaques attached to the pillars

Interfering with the national heritage?

By Roger Childs

A new sliding gate has replaced the original 54 year old gates (Photo by Don Polly)

The Queen Elizabeth Park Memorial Gates at Mackays Crossing have been removed. The pillars remain and a new sliding gate has been installed. Park Management staff will now be able to open and close it electronically.

The work was done by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) who administer the park. However key stakeholders such as the Kapiti United States Marines Trust, the New Zealand – American Association (NZAA) and the Queen Elizabeth Park Guardians were not consulted.

The Memorial Gates, dedicated to the Marines who lived and trained in the area in 1942-3, were opened in 1963 by Prime Minister Keith Holyoake, in one of the biggest official events in Kapiti’s history.

The gates were paid for by 2nd Marines Veterans and the NZAA, and are an important part of the heritage of the Kapiti district and the nation. read more…

Age Friendly Kapiti

2017 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Wendy Huston

Businesses encouraged to value the elderly

By Wendy Huston, Kapiti Retirement Trust CEO

Working at putting into reality the concept of an ‘age friendly’ community is something I have been involved in over the past few years.  

The work of the Kapiti Older Persons’ Council and initiatives taken by KCDC in forming the Kapiti Age-Friendly Steering Group some years ago have all seen various steps forward in making this concept a reality. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 78

2017 July 12
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

College Basketball Team v. OB’s

2017 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Second year for the Henry Gray Cup clash

By Angelo Robinson

The Henry Gray Memorial Cup contest between the Kapiti College Old Boys & All Star Team vs Kapiti College Senior Boys A Team was played on Saturday 8 July at Kapiti College Gym.

The inaugural game was played last year and a trophy set up so that this event and cup game is now a yearly fixture on the calendar.

Tip OFF was at 5.00pm with both Teams playing hard and looking for that WIN. read more…

Hear the Iota Piano Quintet on Sunday

2017 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Quality music at Paekakariki

The talented Quintet will be playing on 16 July 2017 at 2.30pm in the Memorial Hall at Paekakariki.

Iota Piano Quintet includes NZSO violinists Rebecca Struthers and Elizabeth Patchett, NZSO violist Lyndsay Mountfort, NZSO cellist Eleanor Carter and pianist Kathryn Mosley – Eleanor’s sister, who resides in England.

They will be playing

~ Czerny – his arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2  

 ~ Beethoven’s String Trio in D, Op.9 No. 2

 ~ Schumann – Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44. read more…

Impressive Track Unfolding At Paekakariki

2017 July 11
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Link to the Te Araroa Walkway

By Roger Childs

The magnificent Te Araroa link from Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki is one of the wonders of the Kapiti Coast.

The 10km path has been incredibly popular since it was opened a couple of years ago, and Paekakariki cafes and shops have been reaping the benefit.

The Kapiti Council, in cooperation with Community Boards, does some of its best work in extending public pathways and promoting conservation.

These two areas of positive development come together in a track that is being pushed through the trees alongside the railway line south of the village.   read more…

Old Glory…is Half British

2017 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

 

The British Star Spangled Banner

By Eribert Loehner

On July 1st of this year, Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Confederation. Only three days later, the United States celebrated the 241st anniversary of its independence from Britain.

The histories of both Canada and the United States are closely intertwined. That is not to say that our relationship has always been friendly, but as president John F. Kennedy aptly proclaimed, “Our geography has made us neighbors, our history has made us friends, our economy has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.”  

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Unique Opportunity to Hear Master Guitarist

2017 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Giuseppe Petrella (Pino) in Raumati

Pino is a world renowned classical guitarist. He is on a two week trip to New Zealand and is currently staying with friends in Raumati.

Tonight – Monday July 10 at 7.15 – he is performing at the Kapiti Uniting Parish Church, in Raumati Beach.

The concert will be raising money for the new Performing Art Centre, and entry is by folding koha.

This is a wonderful chance to hear a master musician who specialises in Baroque music.

Photo of the Week: Youth Quest Kapiti

2017 July 10
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Impressive passing out ceremony

Nine teenage boys from Kapiti and Hawke’s Bay graduated on Thursday. These lads who mainly come from working class and Maori backgrounds, had completed a Youth Quest Kapiti (YQK) course.

The organisation picks up at-risk youths who are referred by police, schools and the courts, and turns their lives around.

At the graduation all the young men spoke warmly about what the course had done for them, what the staff had taught them and their hopes for the future.

It was occasion filled with humour, informality, pride and commendation.

read more…

All Blacks the Better Team

2017 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Hey the sun still came up this morning! Rugby fan, Wendy Eglinton

The referee lost it

By Roger Childs

Honours shared

His performance was better that Wayne Barnes shocker in the World Cup quarter final in 2007. Nevertheless, in the deciding test last night Romain Poite denied the All Blacks a well deserved victory against the Lions.

In reversing his original correct decision in awarding a penalty when Ken Owens caught the ball in an offside position, Beauden Barrett did not have the chance to make the score 18-15.

But it’s all history now, the score remains, and the Lions know they were lucky to scrape a draw. On the positive side, the 20,000 visiting fans will go home happy with series drawn. read more…

What’s Left of Levin Public Housing?

2017 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Author Judith Holloway, lyricist for a new National Anthem

Our Story: ‘Nuns step in front door of  public housing — as Council steps out back’

Or…’How to give away public money’

Pensioner flats in Levin

By Judith Bryers Holloway (Writer /Scriptwriter/editor for TV/Editor/Publishing Manager of educational books/Tutor in Writing for Children)

There’s been a PR exercise at the Horowhenua District Council as we got to hear from the people who have planned to buy the portfolio of 115 houses and the 1.7 hectare of land owned by us! (the  ratepayers)
 
We heard from one of the Sisters of the ‘Compassion Housing’ about how nice it will be for the present tenants and all future tenants to be tended by a proposed visiting nurse and other ‘helpers’ of their organisation.
But someone was impolite enough to point out that these services are already being provided in the community by Access, Enliven, Supportlinks, and others, all paid for by funding through Mid-Central Health. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 77 Answers

2017 July 9
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • If you would still like to do this latest challenge, scroll down to July 5.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

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Usual Spills and Thrills in the Tour

2017 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Business as usual in the big cycle race

By Roger Childs

2016 winner, Chris Froome, on the left. Peter Sagan on the right.

The first of three weeks in the Tour de France is over, and there has been the anticipated mix of fast racing, tight finishes and major talking points.

Scandal and controversy have dogged the Tour since it started in 1903. Corruption, tacks on the road, cyclists catching lifts, death threats and, of course, performance enhancing substances. In recent years the event has tried to clean up its act on the drugs issue, led by current champion and three time winner, Chris Froome.

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven yellow jerseys, once the revelations about his systematic use of drugs and blood-doping were proven, however other druggies like Bradley Wiggins, Jan Ulrich, Marco Pantani and Bjarne Riis, all still feature as winners in the official records.  2005 and 2007 winner,  Alberto Contador, also tested positive for drugs a few years back, however he is in this year’s field. read more…

Madame Dam Du Barry

2017 July 8
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Experiencing a Craft Takeover

2017 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

The wonderful world of embroidery

By Leslie Clague

I have taken on a major embroidery project. It is a cross-stitch tapestry of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Van Gogh had been declared insane when he painted this masterpiece. Hence my nickname for my work: “Insanity.”

Are you into embroidery? Do you like tapestry and/or cross-stitch? I have an e-site for you to look at. It is called Golden Kite (www.goldenkite.com). The company is run by a family in Sweden and has customers from many parts of the world purchasing their embroidery patterns.

Golden Kite takes art work that is past its copyright date and turns the works into embroidery patterns. Someone on the Kapiti Coast recommended the site to me and my apologies because I can’t remember who. read more…

ABs Need Possession and Speed

2017 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Building to a climax

By Roger Childs

Coach Gatland would love another test win

At the start of the Lions tour, most fans and media experts were expecting a 3-0 series win to the All Blacks. After the comfortable 30-15 victory in the first test, it was all going according to the script.

But then Sonny Bill Williams threw the visitors a lifeline in Wellington, and they now go to Eden Park with the chance of becoming the first Lions team to win a series here since 1971.

Both sides have plenty to play for, and the All Blacks will be very keen to continue their unbeaten run in Auckland since 1994. read more…

Kapiti Needs a Living Wage

2017 July 7
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Living Wage campaigners and supporters in Wellington

It’s time Kapiti started talks for a Living Wage 

By Lyndy McIntyre, Living Wage co-ordinator

Kapiti Independent News recently published two stories on the Living Wage.

It’s certainly a significant time for the Living Wage movement, with the announcement of the 2017/18 Living Wage employers and a historic vote by Wellington City Council.

The list of fully accredited Living wage employers has grown nationally to nearly 80. And a Kapiti College student, Patrick Bray, has asked locals to support Living Wage products and challenged local employers to step up and be the first in our district. read more…

Fitness 4: Joining Forces

2017 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Company is good

By Roger Childs

It’s always a nice sight, seeing young mothers pushing strollers, sometimes with the dog in tow. And also fathers on the run, with a son or daughter following or leading, on a bike.

Most people do their exercise with others. If you don’t, see if you can get family, neighbours or friends to join you. Chatting as you walk, run or bike is great, and it’s amazing how many local, national and international problems you can solve!

Another big advantage is that the time seems to pass more quickly as you enjoy the pleasant company of others. read more…

Pumping Prices

2017 July 6
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Life with The Patels

2017 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Shirish Patel and his daughter Pal Vasant  (obviously a threat to public safety) !

KIN asks the KCDC — Why are you picking on the little guys?

By Alan Tristram; photos by Helen Tristram

Harry Busch, main character for one of my favourite detective authors, says this about life: “Everyone matters, or no-one does.”

Street scene near the Patels Four Square store

Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to apply for our Council officials– and Mayor K Gurunathan — or they’d be treating the Patel Family better.

The Patels who run the Raumati Beach Four Square have been ordered to remove a firewood pallet from outside their shop. But it seems all other shops in the area with items outside have been left alone. Where’s the justice in this?

Today we asked the KCDC six questions: read more…

Trump Card 6: Health Care Follies

2017 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Congressional Republican proposals to “repeal and replace” Obamacare would slash Medicaid, the nation’s health insurance program for the poor. Los Angeles Times

The end of bi-partisan legislating

Barack Obama: a polarizing figure

There was a time when Democrat and Republican legislators could work together to approve appointments and pass laws for the good of the country.

(Scott Brown, The new US ambassador to New Zealand, was overwhelmingly supported by both parties in the Senate back in April.)

As regards lawmaking: not anymore. During Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency there was an almost pathological hatred on the part of Republicans toward America’s first Black chief executive. read more…

Giving Back To The Sport She Loves

2017 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Jacinta Beckley shares her thoughts

By Angelo Robinson 

Jacinta signing up for the scholarship

Kapiti Basketball player, Jacinta Beckley, is home from the USA during the American Summer vacation.

Jacinta gained a fully paid basketball scholarship to Seattle University USA which started in April 2014.

She has done extremely well both

~ academically: completed her first degree and will be doing her second degree when she starts back at college in August

~ playing basketball: making the starting 5 of the Seattle University Team. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 77

2017 July 5
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • The latest challenge.

 

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

 

  • Answers on Sunday.

read more…

STARS AT WHAKARONGOTAI

2017 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Waikanae children mark Matariki with Maori ceremony

Story and photos by Peter Corlett

The Whakarongotai Marae was abuzz recently as Waikanae School children gathered to celebrate Matariki.  

Matariki, also known as the Maori new year, occurs when the cluster of stars also known as Pleiades – the seven sisters, becomes visible in the night sky.  From the Maori perspective the stars represent a whanau of seven – the mother and six daughters.   read more…

Coffee For A Can

2017 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We run Coffee for a Can because it allows us to give back to the community, and since food is what we do, we choose to give back through food. Marine Parade Eatery co-owner, Fiona Grieg

Café working for the Foodbank

By Roger Childs

For the third year running the Marine Parade Eatery is collecting tinned food for people in need.

The timing couldn’t be better, as the Kapiti Community Foodbank has just reopened in a new location. (See the following story.)

In 2016 the Paraparaumu Beach café garnered over 500 cans and they are hoping to better that collection this year.

So on Wednesday July 5, locals are invited to bring in a can or more, in exchange for a cup of coffee. It’s a great way to support the Foodbank.

 

 

Kapiti Foodbank Back In Business

2017 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

We live in a wonderfully generous community, and we look forward to once again being able to assist those who really need our help. Mary Pincott, Kapiti Community Foodbank

A new home at last 

By Roger Childs

Foodbank volunteers

Last April, the Foodbank had to shift out of its McGrath Avenue premises, and staff didn’t know where they would be going. Finding new premises has been problematic.

However, through the good offices of the Mayor, Council staff and The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), this wonderful organisation now has a new location.

With the development of the expressway, the Kapiti Medical Centre moved from 92 – 94 Kapiti Road to a new building in Ihakara Street. NZTA purchased the vacated property and has now made it available to the Foodbank. read more…

Bird of the Week: The Kokako

2017 July 4
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

And Bird of the Year in 2016!

By Cushla McGaughey

The little riroriro

The North Island Kokako has blue wattles at its throat. Early settlers called it ‘the Blue-wattled Crow’, but the Kokako is in fact our largest songbird. Pairs sing for up to two hours after daybreak, flapping their wings as they call. Far from harsh cawing, their flute-like duets are hauntingly lovely.

Their length (from bill to tail) is almost a third greater than that of a tui, but at 230 g. the kokako weighs nearly twice as much. At the other end of the songbird scale, the tiny riroriro weighs only 6.5 g. read more…

New Name For SH1 in Kapiti

2017 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Kapiti Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott

Councillor Elliott names her choice for Kapiti’s old SH1

By Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott

Part of the Old SH1 at Waikanae

After reading all 700-plus submissions for a new name for the old SH1 in Kapiti, there is one standout I will support: ‘Kapiti Coast Highway.’

Two years ago when Council was first told to consult with the public and select a new name, I realised the importance of giving the road a strong identity — for residents, for businesses and for tourists. read more…

Poem of the Week: The Hills Are Alive?

2017 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Less so than before

We have some satire this week which should be taken seriously. Most New Zealanders don’t experience the sound of choppers heading inland with their lethal load of 1080. However, it has been happening for decades, in areas that the Department of Conservation designates for poisoning.

This wasteful spending of taxpayer money means that in many remote and hilly areas, the continuing drops of sodium fluoroacetate are killing birds, insects, deer, and some rats, stoats, ferrets and possums.

It needs to stop, and as many hunters will tell you, the selective trapping and shooting of pests, and the valuable possums, is the way to go. read more…

From the Left in Levin

2017 July 3
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Friend of the rich and famous — Otaki MP Nathan Guy

Friel Spiel — What A Guy! 

By our Horowhenua correspondent, Judith Holloway

This American has the qualities the Nats adore…lots of Dosh.

Are we in the Otaki Electorate sufficiently aware of the actions of our current MP, Nathan Guy, Minister of Immigration?

Are even those people who voted for him – National Party people with presumably pretty Right-wing beliefs – conscious of the decisions he is making in his Immigration portfolio?
‘Stupidity and arrogance’
The stupidity and arrogance of his recently-exposed decision – to grant NZ citizenship to American rich businessman/banker, Peter Thiel, on ‘special grounds’ after his residence in our country for merely twelve days – takes my breath away. read more…

Raumati Beach Row Flares Up

2017 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Shirish Patel and his brother-in-law Kamal stand by their firewood display

Patels allege Kapiti Council are bullying them over firewood

Mayor Guru absent on burning issue

By Alan Tristram; photos by Helen Tristram

The Patel family at Raumati Beach say officials from the Kapiti Coast Council are harassing by forcing them to remove a firewood display from the pavement outside their popular Four Square shop.

Shirish Patel says it’s blatant discrimination because other shopkeepers are allowed to use the pavement outside their shops for displays, and for  chairs and tables.

He says he’s appealed to another Indian migrant, Mayor ‘Guru’ Gurunathan, who came from Malaysia. But he says the Mayor has failed to respond. read more…

Sonny Bill Sets Up Test Decider

2017 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Moment of Madness

By Roger Childs

Both side defended well

With a shoulder barge into the face of Lions winger Anthony Watson, Sonny Bill Williams gifted the second test to the Lions. It was an act of stupidity which left the All Blacks with 14 men for three quarters of the game.

A good team will always beat opponents with one player down, however the Lions made heavy weather of it in the heavy weather. The madness of their prop, Mako Vunipola, in twice trying to take Beauden Barrett out of the game, didn’t help either, as he received 10 minutes in the bin.

In the end two late tries brought the visitors to level pegging at 21 all, and a fortuitous penalty 3 minutes from time saw the Lions home. read more…

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 76 Answers

2017 July 2
by Kapiti Independent Reporters
  • You can still have a go at this latest challenge by scrolling down to June 28.

 

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

 

  • Answers below.

read more…

In Praise Of Lions Fans

2017 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Enjoying their time here

By Roger Childs

There was a Lions fan at the Otaihanga Domain Parkrun today and he ran in the familiar red T shirt.

Graham is just one of the thousands who have accompanied the British and Irish Lions on their highly publicised tour to New Zealand.

He’s been having a great time and has found that Kiwis have been very friendly and welcoming.

A few Auckland yobos took the Mickey after his group left Eden Park last Saturday, but apart from that it’s been all good. read more…

Rates Rip Off ?

2017 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

A Matariki present from KCDC Mayor K Gurunathan?

Matariki rises — and Kapiti rates do likewise under new Mayor

By Local Govt. reporter Jeremy Smith

Here’s a  coincidence: Matariki the beginning of the traditional Maori New Year is the same week our new, and higher, rates have been formalised.

KCDC rates, under Mayor Gurunathan’s “first budget”, are up an average of 5.9 per cent for the coming 12 months — that’s twice the rate of inflation.

( The Treasury reports that the June year annual average real GDP growth is forecast to lift from 2.9% in 2017 to 3.2% next year)
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What A Laugh

2017 July 1
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Short-termism with the Nats

2017 September 21
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Short-term gain for long-term pain: my final pre-election thoughts

By Mandy Hager

I couldn’t watch the last TV One leader’s debate. As the clock rolled around towards seven p.m. I started to feel sick with nerves, knowing I would have to sit through Mike Hosking cynically manipulating the discussion in National’s favour and Bill English perpetrating lies. From what I’ve read and heard since then, that’s exactly how it panned out.

With the most recent poll shifting the balance back towards National, I’m left wondering what has happened to the people of this country? read more…

An Unreliable Guy

2017 September 20
by Kapiti Independent Reporters

Local MP another no show

Where is the Otaki MP?

Labour candidate Rob McCann says another opportunity to debate keys issues was lost when his main opponent, MP Nathan Guy, again failed to turn up to the latest candidates meeting, this time in his former home town of Levin.

“It’s disappointing for locals when their MP doesn’t front,” said Labour Candidate Rob McCann.

I think turning up just once every three years to explain your record is the very least an MP should do.

The fact that Nathan will not prioritise ‘meet the candidate debates’ is a clear indication that he’s afraid to front up and is now completely out of touch.” read more…