Well-known Kāpiti Coast Councillor K Gurunathan (Guru) is lighting a candle for peace tonight near the scene of two recent murders. And he wants members of the public to join him at Kāpiti Lights.
A follower of Gandhi’s teachings, Guru, who has Indo-Malyasian heritage, brings a unique perspective to the turmoil affecting young people in the area.
Within the space of five weeks, two young Kāpiti men — Izak Millanta (17) and Sean Strongman-Lintern (20) — have died violence deaths late at night in the Coastlands/Kāpiti Lights area.Councillor Gurunathan says: “There is no single silver bullet solution to the alcohol-fueled violence that has plunged Paraparaumu’s Kapiti Lights area into darkness resulting in the tragic death of two young men within a period of a month.”
He says there are a number of causes and Mayor Jenny Rowan has stressed the need for all parties to come up with long-term solutions.
Guru adds: “Council needs a groundswell of community support to do this. Today at 7.30pm I will be at Kapiti Lights with a lighted candle to give my support to the Mayor’s efforts.
“It will be a Silent Virgil and a time of reflection
“I am urging everyone concerned about what’s been happening to bring their candles and join me.”