We welcome a new writer who is already well-known to many Kapiti people—Bianca Begovich.
Bianca, mother-of-three and activist housewife, has established a reputation as a highly-effective leader in the campaign against the Kapiti Expressway.
In her first article, Bianca explains just what she’s been doing in recent years…
Protests, burnt dinners, and revelations of corruption and deceitBy Bianca Begovich
Three years ago I quit work as an environmental educator and settled into a new eco-home to be a stay-at-home mother of a 4-year old, a 2-year old and a new-born son.
But life had other plans and catapulted me into an alternative dimension when I became heavily involved in the campaign against the Kapiti Expressway.
The last three years have been a vortex of nappies, politics, protests, burnt dinners, community meetings, revelations of corruption and deceit.
And there’s been a stray cat, huis, movie premieres, school trips, a Wizard, trips to Parliament, tantrums, a Board of Inquiry, tramps through wetlands and over farmland and many, many cups of tea.
The highlight of this campaign for me has undoubtedly been the people I have met along the way.
I am not sure what qualifies me to write for the Kapiti Independent other than the fact that the Editor has asked me.
In the past I have written some poetry, some environmental education resources and a Master’s thesis on New Zealand’s native Kowhai.
At present I am working on a series of environmentally-themed children’s books.
But it is my pleasure to attempt to share with you my experiences with the Kapiti community, some stories from the Expressway campaign and the sometimes amusing musings from the life of an Activist housewife.